Overview

  • Experience the authentic local life in Mekong Delta as well as many interesting traditional handicrafts.
  • Uncover the secrets of the great underground system of Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Enjoy a coracle ride along Bay Mau Nipa Palm Forest and take part in a cooking class
  • Indulge in a relaxing cruise on Halong Bay
VIETNAM HIDDEN GEMS 8 DAYS
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Full Itinerary

Day 1

Ho Chi Minh Arrival

Transfer:

Meals: N/A

When arriving at the airport, you will be picked up and move to the hotel for your 2:00pm check-in. You are at your leisure for the rest of the day, which means meals are on your expense and overnight is spent in the hotel.

Day 2

Ho Chi Minh - Mekong Delta full day

Transfer:

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

The whole day is for the visiting to the boisterous Mekong Delta. A trip from Ho Chi Minh City to Ben Tre will take us about 2.5 - 3 hours. For a cruise on a tributary of Mekong river, Chet Say river, we embark the boat at Phong Nam wharf. During the trip, feast your eyes with the vibrant local life and the people’s traditional handicrafts such as coconut activated charcoal making, coconut processing for production, as well as mat weaving.

A nearby peaceful village can be explored as you choose to get in on “xe loi" (a special motorized tricycle) or hiring a bike to move around the village through the luxuriant trees and magnificent paddy fields. We will have lunch at a local house where tasty Vietnamese cuisine is served.

Before heading back to the wharf for your return to Ho Chi Minh City, enjoy a wonderful boat trip along a narrow canal. Dinner will be served at a cozy restaurant, and your staying will be at the hotel.

Day 3

Cu Chi Tunnels Half Day

Transfer:

Meals: Breakfast

In the morning, transfer by car to Chu Chi Tunnels - the magnificent network of 250 km in length tunnels. This is the most important shelter for the Vietnamese soldiers during the Vietnam War with living areas, communication routes and even hospitals and bunkers that have weapons and food inside. Visitors can also try to get into the tunnels to experience the harsh life that the people of the past have to face during the hard time.

Then, you will be driven to Ho Chi Minh city center. You are free from schedule for the rest of the day. Meals on your own. Staying overnight at the hotel.
 

Day 4

Ho Chi Minh - Flight to Hanoi

Transfer:

Meals: Breakfast

In the morning, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Hanoi (without guide). When you arrive, our guide and driver will pick you up and drive you to the hotel for your check-in.

You are free from schedule for the rest of the day. Meals are on your own expense. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 5

Hanoi - Overnight cruise on Ha Long Bay

Transfer:

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Breakfast at the hotel before traveling to another wonderful location today. The UNESCO-nominated Ha Long Bay is famous for its magnificent beauty with breathtaking natural scenes. 

En - route, enjoy the beautiful scenery of the vast rice paddies and great mountain ranges of Red River Delta. Then, you will get on board the Junk boat for an unforgettable cruise on the bay. Lunch will be served on board.

Afternoon is the time to visit some of the most interesting caves in Halong as they feature stunning stalactites and stalagmites. The ship will stop along the way for you to take a swim. Also you can choose kayaking to enjoy the view of this tropical paradise.

Our ship will dock on the Bay. Dinner will be served on board followed by many interesting activities.

Day 6

Ha Long Bay - Ha Noi

Transfer:

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Early risers can enjoy the tranquility of the morning and gentle sun beam lighting up the Bay. Savor your breakfast on board as the ship continues to sail to other lesser - known areas. After having your lunch served, you will be transferred to a shuttle bus on your way back to Hanoi.

Dinner is served at a local restaurant. Stay overnight at the hotel in Hanoi.

Day 7

Ha Noi - Free Day

Transfer: N/A

Meals: Breakfast

You are free from schedule for the rest of the day. Feel free to explore the city.

Meals are on your own expense. Stay overnight at the hotel.
 

Day 8

Hanoi - Departure - No guide

Transfer:

Meals: Breakfast

Spend the rest of your time seeking for some cool souvenirs for your loved ones before transferred without guided to Noi Bai Airport for your upcoming flight.

Meals at your expense.

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Inclusions

Exclusions

Trip Notes

► Best Time to Visit: February to October

► Visa Requirements: 

Your passport must be valid for six months beyond your planned stay, and at least one blank page for each visa stamp. You will aslo need a visa (or pre - approval letter for a visa on arrival) to enter Vietnam. Check out the guides to get Vietnam visa or contact our travel consultants for useful advices on visa requirements. 

► Car Procedure:

Group Types of Car
1 - 2 Pax 4 - seater car
3 - 8 Pax 16 - seater car
9 - 14 Pax 30 - seater car
15 - 20 Pax 35 - seater car
21 - 35 Pax 45 - seater car

Rooms are available from 14.00 on arrival day until 12.00 on departure day. Special request for early/late check in/out will come with a surchage.

Airfares (if any) may change without prior notice to e-ticket issuance.

► Child Policy

  • 0 - 2 years old: Free of charge (Maximum 1 child under 2 years old travels with 2 adults; from the second child, 50% of the regular fare will be applied) .
  • 2 - 5 years old: 50% of the regular fare will be applied.
  • 5 - 11 years old: 75% of the regular fare will be applied.
  • From 12 years and older: 100% of the regular fare will be applied.

► During Peak Season and Special Occasions, Surcharges may be Added to the Price:

  • Christmas and New Year’s Eve: Compulsory meals would be added during these times of the years, depends on hotels or resorts you stay.
  • Easter Holidays, Vietnam Lunar New Year: Extra fee required.

Reviews us on Tripadvisor

great trip to Vietnam
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

Vicki

United States

"asiaprivatetravels provided us great service on our trip to Vietnam north n south regions. We visited Danang, Hue n Hoian before so this time we want to focus on the other regions. They created a 8 day itinerary with us and were flexible along the way when we wanted to make changes. Our local specialist was very attentive and made sure we were happy with everything. the tour guides were prompt, knowledgeable and very friendly. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip and would comeback again."

Gam really came through for me on my trip to Vietnam!!!
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

Mary N H

Canada

"APT and specifically Gam really came through for me on my trip to Vietnam. I had planned to do a foodie tour with another organization and they canceled 2 days before I was leaving. I was in a panic but then remembered that a friend mentioned this company once. I reached out, send some requests and had a really nice conversation with Gam, and quickly my trip was planned!. I did this Vietnam trip solo for the first time and loved having someone on the other end to help recommend local places to eat or things to do during my down time. I also loved having a driver to meet me at every event I did - got me to the airport, picked me up at the airport, took me on tours - it was amazing! And it's so great to have someone who knows the country. I will be using this website for my Asia trips in the future."

focusing on the tour
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

Kim H.

South Korea

"The consultant of asiaprivate travels was helpful but I was a lil bit stressed about my trip because of the visa *costly for me due to me ordering 3 visas* However, once I got to Vietnam the stress of getting here was pretty much non existent. The places are beautiful and locals are friendly, so highly rcm"

Naomi and our Tour Guides was very responsive to all our requests!
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

Paul Park

Canada

"Naomi  was very responsive to all our questions and very easy to work with. Our trip in Vietnam during 8 days was awesome! The most impressive guide was Houng - knowledgable, flexible, personable and made my wife and I feel very comfortable during the mekong tour. The scenery was breathtaking, and the local communities and its people were welcoming. We'll definitely be using your services again"

The holiday was excellent
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

Gerard L

Australia

"The holiday was excellent, N planned a great trip for me and Sarah."

Wow, what a wonderful journey!
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

volkermiller54

Turkey

"From the first contact until the end of my trip, Gam was so professional we were really pleased. Hotels and tours were exactly chosen to my needs and talking with her was so easy. I want to thank all of our guides who made this trip so wonderful, starting with the fabulous Mr Phuc who showed us secret places in Hanoi and its surroundings, followed by John the cruise guy in Ha Long bay.  Another highlight, the Cu Chi Tunnels & Mekong Tour guides. I was so lucky to have Ms Linh at my side, we always in struggling position at the traffic lights ;-). I also have to mention all of our drivers who always drove carefully, and all of the cars were in perfect condition. And of course, not to forget asiaprivatetravels... I love the concept and will always come back to book further trips with you!"

can't recommend this tour enough
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

Mark

United States

"very well-organized. feel like this company has rich experience in the industry when I saw the consultant and her colleagues handles some problems along the trip. Oh and fun fact: after spending some days in both regions north and south, I found some interesting contrasts, thanks our guides to show me some fun cultural things"

What a wonderful trip in Vietnam! 8 days went by so fast
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

Guilia Jr

United Kingdom

"We had a wonderful trip to Vietnam with Asia Private Travels: the culture was so rich and diverse between 2 regions, with immersive scenery and truly special historical sites. The food of course was fantastic, thanks to recommendations from our guides, from street food to our own cooking course. Banhmi now officially becomes my pick! All in all the trip was well-paced, comfortable, and full of memories we will treasure forever. Our guides from each place were so friendly, knowledgeable, and fun. And thank you Gam for putting it all together and making our honeymoon so special! We would highly recommend Asia Private Travels to anyone who wants to discover the beauty and charm of Vietnam in a short time."

Memorable experience - great places to visit
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

Tony W.

Australia

"Planning and delivery of our 8 day Vietnam tour by apt was excellent and really made our holiday so much more enjoyable. We were greatly assisted by wonderful local guides who went out of their way to ensure we had a memorable time and were able to better understand the culture and local lifestyle of each place. The drive to Halong Bay was quite long and tiring, maybe because we travel a lot earlier, but when we reached Halong it was totally worth everything. Very scenic and has marvelous scenery. We had an amazing trip in Vietnam and are thankful for the apt team's efforts in ensuring that outcome."

Guide Trang was super excellent, so too was the overall trip
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

Jenny D.

Australia

"Guide Mae was supper excellent, so too was the trip. Loved the overnight cruising experience in Ha Long Bay."

excellent 101/10 service
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

shellymmm123

United States

"We were treated in a very attentive and devoted way by asiaprivatetravels. highly recommend"

Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

charlies1990

England

"We made a good decision when choosing Asia Private Travels. fantastic consultant. knowledgable tour guide. The street cuisine wa awesome. Thank you a lot."

great fun in the beautiful attractions
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

oliverbryson

United States

"Thank you so much for making our family's trip to Vietnam last month such a lovely experience. Every trip you took us on, we thoroughly enjoyed it. The trip to CuChi were lovely and valuable, and we liked them. Thank you T; she was a great help to us on the trip, we highly recommended Asia Private Travels."

well organized
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

danny

Australia

"the way Gam organized this tour was excellent. how she handled the problems when things didn't go uiwth the plan was good, and she is always there when we need assisstantce and find the most suitable a solution. some local guides were a lil bit slow but not the big problem, the exploration down Cu Chi Tunnels was not easy. some transfers did not arrive on time, some hotels didn't allow early/late check-out.  1. Guide in HCM Saigon City and Mekong guide and the driver on this part of the tour was great – it was probably the safest driver we met in the whole trip and he was always on time if not early  Cu Chi tunnel guide – Overall the guide was ok. In regards to the tour he did not seem to explain as much as other guides did. We did appreciate that we started the tour very early. He took us to a Pho place for breakfast not sure if that where we were supposed to go or not? Irrespective we did have a good experience at CuChi. 2. Guide in Hanoi  The city guide was excellent—knowledgeable, funny, helpful, and punctual. High level of historical and cultural knowledge of Vietnam; excellent English. gave us suggestions that we could use for the rest of our stay. Perhaps next customers should be aware of the amount of walking involved in this tour to fully appreciate everything. Guided food tour: He was a nice man. Very welcoming; before we started, he went over all the items we sampled and ask if we had any dietary restrictions. He walked at a speed that was comfortable for everyone. We tried many good food. 3. Guide in Halong Bay The Halong Bay guide was good, guide was nice, great English, helpful, friendly and open. Only thing of concern was that there was no safety briefing for passengers. We were so lucky that the weather allow us to enjoy all the scenery during the route."

our family enjoyed the whole trip
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

Gary

Canada

"my wife, my 2 kids and me had a great time travel in Vietnam with this tour. The itinerary was 8 days and 7 nights, we thought it would be enough but turned out quite rush. Anyway, my kids love the tour too. The guide and staff were really helpful and attentive - always support us with taking care of my kids. It will be one of my favorite journeys."

Vietnam welcomed us so well, we fell in love with this country
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

nicksayhi

Singapore

"we never came to Vietnam before, all we know is the famous dish called Pho. This vacation I want to book a tour for easier travel and my wife agreed. We found APT on google and receive kind and attentive support. Finally we chose this tour, and we did explore the hidden gems in Vietnam! Hanoi and HCMC so fun and Mekong Delta so rustic and unique. You might want to try food on floating market. Cu Chi tunnels a interesting place to learn more about history though. I loved the trip and will come back to visit other cities."

My team had a good time
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

Chandan K

India

"We impress by the devote of the travel consultant in asia private travels. Thanks to her we create a tailor-made chedules for us. Reallixin Vietnam - tog=tallu gusest"

love the journey, Vietnam has more than war time
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

traceyPark

United States

"I bet many people consider this tour because of Cu Chi Tunnels because so did I. This place has gone viral and I was so curious about it. Turned out it is a masterpiece of contruction (in war time) and help us to recreate a slice of how life went by at that difficult time in Vietnam. Tbh I was surprise as Vietnamese refer to that war as "American War". Besides this attraction, we travel to Mekong Delta - a peacful countryside and farm and floating arkets, really interesting and a whole new eexperience. We also came to Hanoi and Halong, quite close to each other so it didn't take long to reach this bay. they call this bay a symbol of northern region or sth like that, and it does look stunning. you will want to visit this bay in a sunny day, totally sparkling. This tour opens my eyes about Vietnam, and I think I might return to explore other regions such as central part or westnorth. Hope this review help you in finding a good tour to vietnam!"

Thebest trip I spent in Asia
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

hiiamwwilliam

United Kingdom

"I spent my long vacation mostly in Asia because I have long been curious about this part of the world, and it did't disappoint me at all. The stay in Vietnam might be one of the most memorable time in the journey. I love the historical  aspects of this country and decided to ask APT to advice me some tours. My wife and I ended up with this one. totally worth it and we had nothing to complain about except the slow pick up from hotel in center of Hanoi and HCMC.  Anyway thank you staff for catering us so well!!"

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