From Hanoi to Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An, and Ho Chi Minh City, this 12-day Vietnam vacation takes you around the incredible country.
On this Classic Vietnam Tour, you can gain a deeper understanding of the country’s history and culture. Begin your journey in Hanoi, Vietnam’s historic and colonial capital, and travel to Halong Bay, which is known for its turquoise waters and towering limestone karsts.
Then, travel to Hue and visit the Citadel before moving on to Hoi An’s quiet, well-preserved streets. And see samples of French classical architecture in Saigon’s busy streets. See the Reunification Palace and the Cu Chi Tunnels, two of the most significant historical sites from the Vietnam War. This tour will also provide you with a taste of river life as you travel across the Mekong Delta.
Arrive in Vietnam’s capital which is famous for its rich culture, bustling life and colonial influences on their centuries-old architecture. Little lakes dotted around the city are encased by busy streets and secret alleyways, which are waiting to be explored.
Today we enjoy an action-packed city tour. We make the first stop at Huu Tiep Lake, where the famous downed American B-52 bomber is located, and stroll through the lively local market. We then visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, built in honor of the one who was considered a historical figure and father of modern Vietnam (closed on Mondays and Fridays from September to December) and see the exteriors of the Presidential Palace, former residence of the Governor of Indochina from 1954 to 1969. In the same complex, we find the One Pillar Pagoda, founded by King Ly in 1049 and considered an important symbol for the inhabitants of Hanoi.
We continue to Van Mieu and Quoc Tu Giam streets to visit the Temple of Literature, which was the first University of Vietnam and dates from the 11th century. We walk through the streets of the old town to see the local people trading and going about their daily lives. We sat down in a crazy coffee shop for a refreshing cup of coffee or green tea. Return to the hotel in the afternoon and the rest of the day free.
Located in Hanoi and with Thang Long Water Puppet Theater reachable within 100 metres. The rooms are fitted with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a fridge, a kettle, a bidet, a hairdryer and a desk and a private bathroom.
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Santa Maria Cruise Halong has a restaurant, bar, a shared lounge and garden in Ha Long. Featuring barbecue facilities, the 4-star cruise has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. The accommodation features a 24-hour front desk, room service and currency exchange for guests.
This hotel is located in Hue, a city that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a perfect location for both exploration and relaxation. Romance Hotel has 110 well-furnished rooms only a short distance from Perfume River and many more popular locations.
Hoi An, Vietnam
Pho Hoi Riverside Resort is located on the banks of the picturesque Hoi An River, with a stunning bridge named Cam Nam connecting the historical town center and Cam Nam Island, a tourist resort. The resort has a variety of unique villas and bungalows. All rooms feature private hallways and balconies with breathtaking views of the entire town and the hustle and bustle of the Hoi An market.
Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Located in Ho Chi Minh City, 500 meters from War Remnants Museum. The rooms are fitted with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a kettle, a shower, a hairdryer and a desk. The hotel rooms are equipped with a wardrobe and a private bathroom.
Meals are characterized by fresh, seasonal ingredients, prepared in a simple, classic style of Vientam. Food & cooking course is offering bountiful selections of local specialities and feature hand-made food among other favourites. Western food is also available during the trip.
If you have any specific food requirements (vegetarian, vegan, food allergies), please inform in advance so that we can provide a notice to the restaurant or hotel where you will be served.
Each activity comes with an experienced tour guide responsible for offering local insight, pursuing great experiences and make every tour exceptional.
They are trained to make your trip magical. We know that it’s the unexpected surprises that make a trip memorable. That’s why our guides pride themselves on anticipating your needs before you ask.
Hanoi | Ho Chi Minh
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The terrain is varied, mainly flat and follows by the mixture of tarmac roads and dirt roads passing the countryside & Angkor complex. We cycle on backroads with lovely open landscapes and leisurely with plenty of stops to rest or take photos. Our Siem Reaper guides can also easily accommodate type riders, who seek less ride with a boost in the van.
We strongly recommend that you ride a mountain bike for our trips involved in asphalt, dirt, and backroads that some are sandy and rocky. If you are much more comfortable with your own stuff, we highly suggest bringing such as pedal, saddle, helmets, and water bottles. Our mechanic will adjust to your bikes and personal stuff.
The tools and spares are carried by your tour guide in the vehicle along with a full toolkit for the tour. However, it is also gauche for us to carry spares for every eventuality, therefore, it is necessary that when before departing, you should have a quick look at your two-wheel fellow whether it is in good order.
We recommend you to wear a helmet all our biking adventures and is non-negotiable. If you do not wear a helmet you will not be allowed to cycle. Your tour guide is trained in first aid and emergency rescue, but to a large degree, you must be responsible for your own safety while riding.
The country has two distinct weather seasons but we can travel all year round in Cambodia. Our wet season runs from May to September and the dry season from October until April and the heaviest rainfall usually in August & September. The cooler is 24°C around November/December and hottest hitting 35°C around April/May.
Keeping you completely hydrated is a job we take very seriously. Cold water, some energy-restoring local fruit, and soft drinks are included in the tour price while riding. Soft drinks and other beverages during meals are not included. Beer is freely available everywhere but is NOT included in the price.
The currency of Cambodia is called ‘Riel’, and there are however no needs to change the currency into riel as US dollars are accepted everywhere. Please kindly note that ripped, torn, or old bills will not be accepted. ATM machines are available in the main cities across the country and mostly in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. Banks are open Monday to Friday from 08:00 AM to 3:00 PM and Saturday morning until 12:00 PM. Most hotels and restaurants in the major cities will charge US dollars, but for other currencies, it is advisable to visit a bank. Traveller’s checks can be exchanged at banks and some hotels, but it is not usable outside of the major cities. We would highly recommend using Visa Card or Master Card, as they are now accepted in many hotels, restaurants, and shops in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. As if you wish to travel in a local taxi (Tuk-Tuk), make sure to have the right amount of cash and change with you as the drivers are unlikely to keep a lot of cash with them.
The visitors to Cambodia require a passport to enter the country and all travelers must hold a passport with the validation for 6 months after their planned exit from Cambodia.
Citizens of the UK, EU countries, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United States and almost all other nationalities will require a visa to visit Cambodia. Non-UK residents should check with the Cambodian Embassy in their country of residence for the most up-to-date information. Most nationalities can get a visa on arrival at Phnom Penh & Siem Reap international airports without prior registration. Visa issued on arrival for most nationalities, US $30/pax, and the visa has a one-month validity. You need to pay in cash and in US Dollars and provide two recent, identical passport photographs.
Travel insurance is not covered in the tour price. You can organize travel insurance with your preferred insurance company. As medical facilities in Cambodia are rather limited, so it is imperative for you to take out a good medical insurance policy when travelling.