LUXURY VIETNAM UNVEILED

Immerse yourself in Vietnamese culture on this luxury tour. With insider guides, expert cooks and local families, you’ll explore and experience the real Vietnam

TOUR INTRODUCTION

13 Days, 12 Nights     FROM US$ 4,277 PER PERSON

Immerse yourself in the culture of Vietnam. With insider guides who’ll unlock secret histories, expert cooks with traditional recipes and friendly meetings with local families; you’ll explore and experience the real, authentic Vietnam.

Tour Ho Chi Minh City on a chauffeur-driven Vespa. See the cathedral of Notre Dame before ferrying to the vibrant markets and shops of Chinatown. Dine at a private home in the suburbs of Ho Chi Minh City. Board your boat the ’Song Xahn’, modeled on a traditional sampan, and explore small canals and tributaries. Enjoy a dinner at a beautiful 19th century house.

Visit Cai Rang Floating Market, seeing traditional sights along the banks of the Mekong. Transfer to Hoi An, a 17th century trading port which has changed little over the years. Cycle down narrow country roads, to meet a local farming family and join them for a lunch. Travel to the former Imperial capital where ancient tombs and mausoleums commemorate the former glory of the city. Join Buddhist monks for lunch at a pagoda.

Dine at a private ’garden house’ where the lady of the house will prepare a fabulous meal. Visit Dong Ba Market, filled with fresh produce. Transfer to Hanoi and enjoy lunch at a restored colonial villa. Take a guided tour of the Long Bien Bridge, designed by Sir Gustave Eiffel. Have a whole day food tour with an American chef and food writer. Board a traditional wooden junk for an overnight cruise into Halong Bay.

Take a trip to an agricultural village in the Northern River Delta. Discover the area’s 1200 year old history as you wander through narrow village alleyways and past tiny temples. Dine in style at the home of a true Hanoian whose grandmother used to cook for the French elite in the 1930’s.

 

Each of our itineraries can be tailored to your requirements, allowing us to create the perfect holiday just for you. Contact us with your holiday ideas, no matter how big or small, and our destination based teams will start planning a unique and personalized trip.

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Take an insider’s tour of Ho Chi Minh City with a local student on a chauffeur-driven Vespa.
Dine at a private home in the suburbs of Ho Chi Minh City.
Explore the small canals and tributaries of the Mekong Delta on a traditional sampan replica.
Visit a local market with your host and learn how to make a traditional Saigon meal.



Daily Itinerary

Daily Itinerary

  • Start
  • Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City

    Upon arrival in Ho Chi Minh City, your guide will meet you and transfer you by private car to your hotel. In the afternoon pamper yourself at one of the city’s best spas. This will be followed by dinner at one of Ho Chi Minh’s best restaurants.

    Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

    Meals included on this day: Dinner

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  • Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City

    Take an insider’s tour of Ho Chi Minh City on a chauffeur-driven Vespa. Your first stop is the building which marks the start of U.

    S. intervention in Indochina; the Ernst Thalmann School on Tran Hung Dao Street. Learn how half a million Vietnamese people demonstrated in the streets of the city in 1950.

    We continue through District One to buildings at the end of Nguyen Hue Street which have seen over 300 years of Saigon history. An unseen Hindu Temple is next, before visiting the Reunification Palace; an interesting, eerie place where time stopped on 30th April, 1975. Le Duan Boulevard and its post office are also here and are filled with interesting stories. Across the street is the magnificent ‘Our Lady’, the cathedral of Notre Dame where you can learn about the role of religion in Vietnamese Society.

    Visit Dong Khoi, or ’People’s Revolution’ Street where the iconic photograph was taken of the helicopter lifting people out during the ’Fall of Saigon’. Visit a rare Cham Muslim mosque in Dong Du Street and learn about the "Dong Gu" movement that the street is named after. Head to downtown Saigon next and hop on the ferry. District 5 is Saigon’s Chinatown area and is filled with interesting sights. Stroll the vibrant markets and shops and pay a visit to the colorful Cai Dai Temple and the Silversmith Guild Hall. After this, go to the Francis Xavier church, where the Ngo brothers hid out during a coup against them.

    Our last stop is the Chinese Community Spirit House, dedicated to the goddess Thien Hau, goddess of sea travelers. Release birds here in a symbolic gesture which reflects one of the Spirit House instructions of ’Universal Salvation to All Creatures’. Take lunch at ‘Com Nieu Sai Gon’ and see waiters throw the clay rice pots around.

    In the afternoon, walk to the unseen oldest quarter of the city. At Le Cong Kieu, (Antiques Street) you will find a range of antiques real and fake, as well as military items from the war and even relics of French occupation.

    Continue to the Beaux Arts Museum, home to various modern arts. Stroll around the nearby galleries where you can see local artists exhibiting their works. Dinner will be cooked by a host family at a private home in the suburbs of Ho Chi Minh City. This is a great way to learn more about the city. Your guide escort here will be a local student, who will be pleased to tell you about life in Ho Chi Minh.

    Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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  • Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City-Mekong Delta

    After breakfast we leave for the Mekong Delta. Travel through the lush countryside, passing rice paddies and villages along the way.

    Once in the Delta you’ll board your boat the ‘Song Xahn’, which is modeled on a traditional sampan; and explore the small canals and tributaries of the area. Stop at Thien Hau Pagoda, also the house of Mr. Huyen Thuy Le, the main character in Marguerite Duras’ classic novel ‘The Lover’.

    Take lunch on board the boat as we head to the Cao Dai Temple, a surrealistic building with magnificent murals covering its interior. In the evening enjoy a dinner at a beautiful 19th century house. Afterwards, head back to your sampan for the night.

    Overnight aboard the Song Xanh Boat

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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  • Day 4: Mekong Delta-Ho Chi Minh City-Danang-Hoi An

    Visit Cai Rang Floating Market, seeing traditional sights along the banks of the Mekong.

    Return to Ho Chi Minh City and transfer to the airport for your flight to Danang. From here it’s a 30 minute drive to Hoi An, a 17th century trading port which has changed little over the years and retains its original architecture and relaxed feel.

    Walk around the old town center to its colorful market, past the houses which were originally home to merchants of this port town, and see its unique 400 year old Japanese Covered Bridge. The old tiny shop houses around here sell a range of craft and handmade goods, including clothes at some of Asia’s best-value tailors.

    Overnight in Hoi An

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast

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  • Day 5: Hoi An

    Cycle into the countryside of Hoi An. Ride down its narrow country roads seeing water buffaloes, organic vegetable farms and rice paddies along the way. Meet a local farming family and help them to make tam huu, a local delicacy. Join them for a lunch which includes bang khaoi, a savory pancake wrapped in rice paper. Return to Hoi an in the afternoon.

    Dinner this evening is at a relaxed local restaurant whose creative combination of Vietnamese, Latin America and Japanese cuisine has made it a favourite with locals and visitors alike.

    Overnight in Hoi An

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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  • Day 6: Hoi An-Hue

    Travel now to Hue, the former Imperial capital; where ancient tombs and mausoleums commemorate the former glory of the city. See the finest collection of Cham sculptures in the world at the Cham Museum, before heading down to the scenic fishing village of Lang Co via the Pass of Ocean Clouds.

    Next, explore the ruins of the Imperial Citadel where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled 1200 years ago. You’ll then join Buddhist monks for lunch at a pagoda; a chance to learn more about Buddhism in Vietnam.

    The ‘royal cuisine’ of Hue is widely regarded as the best in the country. It originated during the time of the Nguyen Dynasty, where the royals had very particular taste and preferences for their meals.

    Dine tonight at the private ‘garden house’ where you’ll get the chance to try this cuisine shaped by the rulers hundreds of years ago. Receive a traditional Vietnamese welcome and let the lady of the house prepare a fabulous meal, which will be served in the private garden.

    Overnight in Hue

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast and Lunch

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  • Day 7: Hue

    After breakfast take an early morning stroll to Dong Ba Market, filled with fresh produce. We’ll have lunch at the boutique Pilgrimage Village Resort and pay a visit to the Hue Royal Fine Arts Museum, housed in the former Dien Lon An Royal Palace.

    Continue to Tu Duc’s Mausoleum, used as a palace retreat by the Emperor before his death; then on to the unique, European influenced tomb of Khai Dinh. Return to your hotel in the afternoon where the rest of your day is free at leisure.Optional alternative afternoon tour (in place of a visit to either Tu Duc or Khai Dinh Tombs): Explore beyond the tombs in a cyclo (a three-wheeled trishaw) for a tour of the local part of Hue’s citadel and get the chance to see the daily life of the city’s inhabitants.

    Overnight in Hue

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast and Lunch

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  • Day 8: Hue-Hanoi

    Transfer to the airport for the short-hop flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival you will be met by our guide and transferred to your hotel. Have lunch at a restored colonial villa, before going on an insider’s tour of the Long Bien Bridge. This bridge was built in 1902 and designed by Sir Gustave Eiffel. In the afternoon, go to one of the oldest Buddhist pagodas in Hanoi at West Lake, set in the Than Nhien causeway. We’ll also pay a visit to the nearby temple of Quan Thanh, a Taoist temple dating back to the Ly Dynasty.

    Dinner this evening is at one of Hanoi’s best restaurants.

    Overnight in Hanoi

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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  • Day 9: Hanoi

    Today you’ll go on a food tour with an American chef and food writer. Start with a breakfast of the celebrated beef and rice noodle soup, Pho Hanoi. Your guide will tell you about today’s tour and give you an overview of the food life of Hanoi.

    Continue to a local market where your guide will introduce you to some of the vendors and help you in the selection of anything you wish to buy.

    Next stop is for tea (tra) or coffee (ca phe) with the locals in the French Quarter. Drive on to Truc Bach Lake for Pho Cuon, a grilled beef and rice noodle roll. Your guide shops at the next market almost every day, and you’ll meet his regular suppliers and learn more about Hanoi ingredients.

    Have lunch at the special Bún Cha Chanh, run by two sisters who still use real wood to make the Bun Cha Chanh. It is only open a few hours per day and always busy, a real local favourite. Lastly we will visit a ‘Bia Hoi’ serving draft beer and snacks. These places are sociable spots where you can meet locals and eat snacks as you chat about your day. Your guide will also give you advice on other places to dine in Hanoi and elsewhere in the country.

    Overnight in Hanoi

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast and Lunch

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  • Day 10: Hanoi-Halong Bay

    Leave Hanoi for an overnight boat trip to Halong Bay. Witness everyday life in Vietnam on your drive to the pier; villagers work in their rice fields and plough them using buffaloes, while others cycle to market with their wares loaded wherever they can fit them.

    Arrive at Halong City in the late morning and board a traditional wooden junk for an overnight journey into the bay. Sail past a variety of rock formations, many named after their resemblance to things (Sail, Dog, and Incense Pot), then weigh anchor as the sun begins to set over the bay and enjoy a relaxed dinner before settling down for the night.

    Overnight on Halong Bay

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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  • Day 11: Halong Bay-Hanoi

    Have a healthy brunch on board as your boat sails past gorgeous scenery and limestone rock formations to Halong City. Upon disembarkation your driver will meet you for the flight to Hanoi.

    Overnight in Hanoi

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast

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  • Day 12: Hanoi

    Leave early for a trip to the agricultural village of Duong Lam in the Northern River Delta; one of the few remaining ancient villages in Vietnam. Visit 400 year old houses and meet locals as you wander through narrow village alleyways and past tiny temples. You’ll visit the hamlet of Mong Phu, whose original village entrance is the only one in the country to remain intact. Continue through alleys to see the old houses of the village made from laterite. Enjoy a local lunch at one of these 100 year old homesteads.

    After lunch, continue to Mia Pagoda with its interesting array of 287 different statues, including the Buddha and the ‘Eight Vajra Deities’. Next are two temples dedicated to the national heroes Phung Hung and Ngo Quyen. After this we’ll head to Tay Phuong Pagoda, which offers unique sculptures, beautiful architecture, and magnificent dragons and demons carved into the wooden roof. From here we’ll go back to Hanoi. Tonight you’ll dine at the home of a true Hanoian whose Grandmother used to cook for the French elite in the 1930’s.

    Overnight in Hanoi

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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  • Day 13: Hanoi

    Your private car and guide are at your disposal until your transfer to Hanoi’s Noi Bai Airport for your onward flight.

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast

    Street food vendor in the street of Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.

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Tour Details

All of our itineraries can be tailored to your requirements, allowing us to create the perfect holiday just for you. Contact us with your holiday ideas, no matter how big or small, and we’ll start planning your unique personalized trip!

Tour prices are a guideline only, and are based on two persons travelling together, sharing a double or twin room in luxury accommodation. Each tour price and can be adjusted depending on budget, activities included and standard of accommodation desired.

Tour and airfare prices include all applicable taxes and are subject to change without prior notice until services are booked.

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icon Included in this Backyard Travel tour:

Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
Private tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary
Services of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicles
Service of English speaking guides in every location
Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
Meals as mentioned in the itinerary

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Domestic and international flights
Departure taxes if applicable
Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
Early check-in and late check-out at hotels
Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
Tips for guides and drivers
Personal travel insurance
Visa fees (contact us for further information)

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