This tour takes the must-do’s of Vietnam and blends them with unseen places and local experiences to bring you the quintessential Vietnam.


9 Days, 8 Nights     FROM US$ 1109 PER PERSON

This tour takes the must-do’s of Vietnam and blends them with unseen places and local experiences to bring you the quintessential Vietnam.

Discover unseen parts of bustling Ho Chi Minh City and the charming capital Hanoi with insider’s walking tours. Drive to the lush rice paddies of the Mekong Delta, staying in a little-changed 17th Century port town. End with an overnight cruise to the amazing limestone caves and islands of Halong Bay.

Look around the vibrant shops and markets of Ho Chi Minh’s Chinatown and see over 3000 Vietnamese medicine exhibits on show at the FITO Museum, including ancient books and documents. Explore Ho Chi Minh’s main colonial sites on foot. Pass lush green rice paddies as you drive to an unseen floating market at Cai Be.

Stay in the beautiful 17th century port town of Hoi An and visit Hue, where ancient tombs and mausoleums commemorate the glory of the former Imperial centre. Hop on a plane for Hanoi and take an insider’s walking tour of the capital, ending the day with a performance of the uniquely Vietnamese art of water puppetry. Complete your journey with an overnight cruise to Halong Bay with its amazing islands and caves.


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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Discover bustling Ho Chi Minh and its vibrant shops and markets on an insider’s walking tour
Go through the Pass of Ocean Clouds to a scenic local fishing village
Take a cyclo through the Old City of Hue to an historic relaxation area filled with flowers
See a performance of the uniquely Vietnamese art of Water Puppetry

Daily Itinerary

Daily Itinerary

  • Start
  • Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City

    Transfer to your hotel in Ho Chi Minh and the rest of your day is free to relax.

    Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

    Meals included on this day: None

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  • Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City

    Walk around the bustling city today. We’ll start at Cholon, the city’s Chinatown district and look around the vibrant markets and shops before visiting Thien Hau Pagoda, which is dedicated to the goddess of the sea.

    The FITO museum is Vietnam’s first museum of traditional medicine. Go here next to see over 3000 exhibits all dedicated to the traditional medicine of Vietnam; including ancient books and documents and implements for mixing indigenous herbs. Afterwards you’ll see an incredible display of fresh produce at the city centre market of Ben Thanh.

    For your afternoon you can choose whichever interests you the most: the War Remnants Museum or the History Museum. Afterwards, stroll to the Presidential Palace and on to the main colonial sites of Ho Chi Minh City: The City Hall, Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Catinat), The Continental Hotel, Opera House and the Post Office.Note: History Museum is closed on Mondays.

    Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast

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  • Day 3: Mekong Delta

    Leave Ho Chi Minh for a two-hour drive to Cai Be, the delta town with lush waterways and vast green rice fields. Cruise Cai Be floating market and see the traders hang their produce on poles in front of the boats to make it easier to see and to attract customers. Many of these trading families have lived on this river for generations.

    Continue to a cottage factory where coconut candies, rice paper and ‘pop-rice’ are produced. Get back in the boat and admire the scenery, witnessing the life of riverbank villages as you cruise to Dong Hoa Hiep Island. Try some local Mekong specialties there for lunch before heading back to Ho Chi Minh.

    Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast and Lunch

  • Day 4: Ho Chi Minh City – Danang – Hoi An

    Transfer to Tan Son Nhat Airport for a short hop flight to the port city of Danang. Go on 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 and pass houses which were originally home to merchants of this port town. You can also visit its unique 400 year old Japanese Covered Bridge, perfect for photos.

    Overnight in Hoi An

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast

  • Day 5: Hoi An - Hue

    Travel now to Hue, the former Imperial capital, where ancient tombs and mausoleums commemorate the former glory of the city. The Royal citadel here retains a sense of majesty and provides a window on how the dynastic rulers lived. 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.

    Explore the ruins of the Imperial Citadel where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled 1200 years ago, and visit Thien Mu (Celestial Lady) Pagoda whose centerpiece, a 21 meter high tower represents the seven reincarnations of Buddha. The pagoda grounds also contain the Austin which the monk Thic Quang Duc drove to the busy Saigon intersection where he set himself alight in protest at the Southern regime. The photo of this has become one of the most enduring images of the war.

    Overnight in Hue

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast

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  • Day 6: Hue - Hanoi

    Hit the streets again with a visit to bustling Dong Ba Market and its huge range of fresh produce. Afterwards, cyclo through the ‘Old City’ to the historic relaxation spot of emperors, Tinh Tam Lake. It’s filled with flowers in the summer and is a popular place for students to study.

    Continue to the tranquil gardens and ponds at the Emperor Minh Mang’s tomb; then on to the unique, European influenced tomb of Khai Dinh.

    Afterwards, transfer to Hue Airport for your flight to Hanoi.

    Overnight in Hanoi

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast
  • Day 7: Hanoi

    Vietnam’s first university was established in the grounds of a temple in 1076 and operated for an amazing 700 years. Quoc Tu Giam, as it is known, is well-preserved and a stroll around its halls evokes images of academia in the time of the Mandarins. We’ll go on to see one of Vietnam’s most iconic temples, The One Pillar Pagoda founded in 1049 by King Ly Thai To as a sign of gratitude for receiving a son. Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum is nearby, as well as the former resistance leader’s modest house built on stilts.

    Travel to West Lake and the Tran Quoc Buddhist Pagoda, walking 700m further on to the Taoist temple of Quan Thanh which is dedicated to one of the principle deities of Taoism. In the afternoon you’ll visit the Ethnology Museum, which doubles as a research centre and displays exhibits detailing the variety of ethnic groups in Vietnam.

    Hanoi’s Old Quarter is known as the ’36 streets’. Amble around here taking in the atmosphere through charming Hang Be Market, down bustling narrow streets and alleys and around Hoan Kiem Lake. This is a wonderful place to explore, thousands of shopkeepers and small businesses operate here and there are plenty of photo opportunities.

    We’ll end the day with a performance of the uniquely Vietnamese art form of water-puppetry, which enacts episodes from history and scenes from everyday rural life.

    Overnight in Hanoi

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast

    Bridge-on-the-Hoan-Kiem-Lake-Hanoi-VietnamYoung Child sitting at a Bamboo shop in Hanoi’s Old Quarter, Vietnam
  • Day 8: Hanoi – Halong Bay

    Leave Hanoi now for an overnight boat trip to Halong Bay, watching everyday life in Vietnam on the 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 (or a classic replica steamship- The Emeraud) 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), before weighing anchor as the sun begins to set over the bay. Enjoy a relaxed dinner on board before settling down for the night.

    Overnight in Halong Bay

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

    Halong Bay landscape, Vietnam
  • Day 9: Halong Bay – Hanoi

    Have a healthy brunch as your boat sails past gorgeous scenery and limestone rock formations to Halong City, where our driver will meet you and transfer you back to Hanoi. Once in Hanoi, your day is free at leisure until your transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast


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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.

You, your holiday and booking direct: Backyard Travel are on the ground year-round in Asia, which means you are booking direct with a local travel company, allowing you to save on the cost of your holiday. Our tailor-made tours are designed by local Travel Specialists who investigate every aspect of the trip themselves, giving you a unique view of each destination.

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

icon Not included in this Backyard Travel tour:

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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