Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi city in Vietnam 10 Days 9 Nights

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Departure Date



10 days



Maximum Seats


What's Included?

All Transport
All Meals
All Entrance fees
Tour guide
Airline tickets on tour


Ho Chi Minh City, Mekong Delta, Hanoi, Sapa, Halong Bay, Ninh Binh

Embark on a 10-day journey through Vietnam, commencing in Ho Chi Minh City and concluding in Hanoi! The In-depth Cultural tour, spanning 10 days and 9 nights, encompasses various destinations in Vietnam. This immersive experience includes accommodation in both hotels and hostels, along with flights, guidance from an expert, meals, transport, and more.

Tour Overview

Day 1

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh city arrival - Aiport pick-up - Hotel check in ( No meal)

Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City. Your designated driver will pick you up upon acquiring your visa and transport you to the hotel. Check-in at the hotel and enjoy your leisure time. Overnight stay at the hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 2

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh - Cu Chi tunnels half day (Meal: B,L)

Between 7:45 and 8:15 am, your tour guide and driver will rendezvous with you at your hotel in District 1 of Ho Chi Minh City, kicking off the excursion to the Cu Chi tunnels. The journey to Cu Chi entails approximately one and a half hours of bus travel. Upon arrival, a brief introduction precedes your exploration of the tunnels, complemented by an informative video illustrating their construction and how inhabitants endured the challenging wartime conditions. Delve into the remaining area and tunnel systems, discovering specially constructed living quarters with kitchens and bedrooms juxtaposed with other martial facilities like storage areas, weapons factories, field hospitals, and command centers—essential for meeting the basic needs of those residing inside the tunnels. Additionally, uncover hidden trap doors and perilous traps strategically placed within the labyrinthine tunnels for security during the war. Following this, indulge in a serving of special tea and cassava, the guerilla's sustenance during wartime. Take a break to relax or try your hand at firing real shooting guns. At 14:00, return to your hotel in Saigon for an overnight stay.
Day 3

Day 3: Mekong Delta Discovery My Tho - Ben Tre Full Day (Meal: B,L)

Between 7:30 and 8:15, your tour guide and bus will collect you from your hotel, marking the beginning of your journey away from the vibrant atmosphere of Ho Chi Minh City. Your destination is My Tho, a town nestled on the left bank of the Mekong River. Embark on a sampan, cruising along the river, immersing yourself in the picturesque landscape adorned by the Dragon, Unicorn, Phoenix, and Tortoise islands. Pause at Unicorn Island, stroll along country lanes, explore orchards, savor tropical fruits, and relish in the folk song melodies performed by local residents. Visit a fruit plantation, and then navigate Thoi Son canal on a hand-rowed sampan, immersing yourself in the idyllic countryside. Explore a family business, visit a honey-bee farm, and partake in a session of honey tea and coconut candy craftsmanship. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant, followed by a break. In the afternoon, indulge in a cycling escapade around Tan Thach village, engaging with local villagers to grasp the essence of daily life in the Mekong Delta. For those who prefer a more relaxed experience, unwind in a hammock, enjoying the refreshing breeze. At 17:30, return to Ho Chi Minh City, where you will spend the night at your hotel.
Day 4

Day 4: Ho Chi Minh airport transfer - Flight to Hanoi city (Meal: B )

Spend today at your leisure, exploring Saigon on your terms until the driver arrives to transfer you to the airport for your flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival at Hanoi airport, our driver will be ready to pick you up and transfer you to a hotel in the charming Hanoi Old Quarter for check-in. Enjoy a free day to explore the captivating and vibrant area of Hanoi city. Overnight at your hotel in Hanoi.
Day 5

Day 5: Sapa – Ylinh Ho – Lao Chai – Ta Van village ( Meals: B, L, D )

Feel free to check out of your room, leaving your luggage at the hotel. For the trekking adventure through the breathtaking terrace fields to the homestay (covering a distance of 12km), here's the schedule: 06:30 - 07:00 am: Your guide will pick you up at your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter and transfer you to the sleeper bus. Depart for Sapa with a short break on the way. 12:30 - 13:00: Our local tour guide will warmly welcome you to Sapa, picking you up upon your arrival. Begin your immersive Real Sapa Experience. From Sapa town, embark on a trek through the town, offering a glimpse into daily life and architecture. As you wander through the town, you'll traverse the terraced rice, corn, and potato fields. This trek is not just about the natural beauty, but also an opportunity to engage with the local culture, customs, and habits. You'll feel like a member of the host's family, away from the touristy scene. Trek through villages to gain a deeper understanding of the minority life in Sapa. Experience the simplicity of their homes, daily routines, and the warmth of the people, making you wish to prolong your stay. As you traverse the trekking route, encounter terrace after terrace of fields, with a charming waterfall providing an ideal spot for relaxation and photography. Upon reaching the guide's house, her family will welcome you warmly, treating you like a long-lost family member. If you're interested, participate in preparing dinner with the family. Gather vegetables from the garden and cook local dishes in the kitchen while exchanging stories. The evening is the perfect time to soak in the local family atmosphere, sharing and learning about their culture through the host's stories. Overnight at the guide's house.
Day 6

Day 6: Ta Van – Giang Ta Chai village – Sapa – Hanoi ( Meals: B, L )

Feel free to rise early and witness the host's start to a new day, engaging in breakfast preparation and communal dining. You have a couple of options: Engage in trekking to explore the distant villages and scenic landscapes, journeying through the Bamboo forest and terrace fields. Alternatively, inform your guide about your interest in joining their family's field activities, whether it's harvesting, planting, or tending to their fields. Return to Sapa town via shuttle bus. Take advantage of your free time to explore the local market in Sapa town and discover the charms of Sapa at your own pace before returning to Hanoi. 15:30: Board the sleeper bus for the journey back to Hanoi. 21:30: Arrive at Hanoi Old Quarter. Overnight at a hotel in Hanoi.
Day 7

Day 7: Ninh Binh - Hoa Lu – Tam Coc – Cycling 1 Day Tour (Meal: B,L)

Between 8:00 and 8:30, your driver and tour guide will be at your hotel to commence the Hoa Lu – Tam Coc excursion. The bus will make a brief stop halfway to provide a 1.5-hour break, allowing you to stretch your legs and capture some scenic countryside photos. Continuing the journey, we reach Hoa Lu, the ancient capital of Vietnam during the 10th century under two dynasties: Dinh and Le Empire. This tour provides valuable insights into Vietnam's history, culture, architecture, and development, which might still be unfamiliar to you. Next, the bus will transfer you to a local restaurant for a buffet lunch featuring a variety of local dishes, with a special highlight being the renowned goat meat of Ninh Binh. Following lunch, your tour guide will provide insights into Tam Coc before embarking on a delightful rowing boat excursion along the Ngo Dong River. As the river winds through the mountains, you'll feel as if you're in the most tranquil and beautiful place on Earth. The boat will navigate through three caves (Hang Ca, Hang Hai, Hang Ba), offering not just a glimpse of the "Halong Bay on land" but also an opportunity to meet local farmers toiling in the rice fields. It's a lovely moment to gain deeper insights into the life of the local countryside in Vietnam. After the boat ride in Tam Coc, hop on a bicycle to explore the paddy fields and local villages, immersing yourself in the simple daily life of the local people. 16:00: Return to the bus and head back to Hanoi, bidding farewell to this charming location. 18:30: Arrive at your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter. Overnight at a hotel in Hanoi.
Day 8

Day 8: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Overnight on Cruise ( Meals: B, L, D )

Kindly settle your bill at the reception and feel free to store your luggage at the hotel. For the trip, please only carry a handbag containing essential items such as your passport, clothing, camera, walking shoes, sandals, and any other necessities. Between 7:45 and 8:30 am, our tour guide and bus will pick you up from the hotel, commencing our journey to Halong Bay with a short break halfway. 12:45: Upon arrival at Halong harbor, the crew warmly welcomes you on board with a refreshing Welcome Drink. Check into your cabin and relish a traditional Vietnamese lunch while cruising among the picturesque islands to the heart of Halong Bay. After lunch, enjoy some leisure time on the sundeck, capturing photos of the serene landscapes and observing the daily life of local fishermen. 15:00: The cruise drops anchor in the central part of Halong Bay. Explore the Amazing Cave, one of the largest and most enchanting grottos in the region. 16:00: Sail towards Ti-Tov Island, where you can trek to the summit for panoramic views of the entire bay. Relax on the sandy beach, sunbathe, or take a refreshing swim in the crystal-clear water. 17:15: Return to the boat and savor the enchanting Sunset time with fruit and local wine. 19:00: Dinner will be served, featuring an array of delectable Vietnamese dishes. After dinner, unwind with activities such as watching a movie, playing cards, participating in squid fishing, or simply sharing stories with fellow travelers. Overnight on the cruise.
Day 9

Day 9: Halong Bay – Kayaking – Hanoi ( Meals: B, L )

Wake up early to relish the sunrise over the captivating Halong Bay—a truly enchanting moment during your journey. 7:00: Delight in a breakfast complemented by tea and coffee. 8:15: Embark on a kayaking adventure amid the majestic mountains, immersing yourself in the beauty of Halong Bay at your own pace. 9:30: Return to the cruise and check out of your cabin. Our onboard chef will conduct a Cooking Demonstration on crafting Vietnamese spring rolls, offering you the opportunity to create your own. Take the time to unwind on the sundeck and absorb the bay's scenic views. 11:00: Lunch will be served as the cruise makes its way back to Halong harbor. 12:30: Board the bus for your return journey to Hanoi, with a brief stop midway. 16:30 – 17:00: Arrive at your hotel in Hanoi city. Overnight at your Hanoi hotel.
Day 10

Day 10: Hanoi Departure (Meal: B)

In accordance with your departure schedule, the driver will be at your hotel to facilitate your transfer to Hanoi airport for your departing flight. Wishing you a safe and pleasant journey, and we hope to welcome you again soon! Please be aware: This tour operates on an individual basis with group participation. Each trip during your vacation will be joined by a distinct group. Who is eligible to join? - This tour is suitable for everyone, including children. Pricing details: - The quoted price is on a per-person basis. For solo travelers opting for the Shared Room Option, accommodation will be provided in a Shared Dorm Room at each city hotel. This is a 3-star package. If you wish to upgrade to a 4 or 5-star package, please inform us! Should you desire to extend your trip, add more nights in any city, or commence the journey from Hanoi city, kindly let us know!

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Option Private Tour Small Group Hotel
 Standard 959 USD 559 USD 3-star
Deluxe/Superior 1159 USD 759 USD 4 & 5star

* From prices subject to availability and subject to change. Prices may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Amounts payable to third parties not included. We include all flights as detailed within the trip summary for each tour. From the moment you land in the starting city to the moment you are transferred to the airport in the end city, all transport arrangements are taken care of by us. Agents may charge service fees and/or fees for credit card payments which vary. Please check all prices, availability and other information with your travel consultant before booking. If you book with Tourism Union Indochina an additional 3% fee applies to credit card or charge card payments .


*All nights hotel accommodation.
* Breakfast daily & All lunches & Dinners.
* All transfers and transport in
modern air-conditioned vehicles.
* Boat trips   and
Halong Bay.
* 2 domestic flights.
* Sightseeing as specified
* Expert Vietnamese local guides

  • Hotel EARLY check in & LATE check out
  • Peak season surcharge & compulsory dinner at the hotel (if any)
  • International flights with taxes
  • Entry permit or Passport Fees
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips, laundry and gratuities
  • Meals not marked on itinerary, and water during meals

Children Policy

  • The rate for children applicable for one child sharing a twin or double cabin with two adults
  • For infant (<04 years old): FOC except domestic ticket cost
  • 04 – 11 years old without bed: 50% adult rate
  • 04 – 11 years old with extra bed: 75% adult rate
  • 04 – 11 years old in twin share: 90% adult rate

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