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Vietnam Panorama

Overview

From the Northern part to the Southern part of the country, Vietnam hosts an incredibly dynamic territory of beautiful sceneries and diverse architectural marvels. With a rich historical background and exquisite cuisine, the country offers a unique experience as a holiday destination. This tour is specially designed to take you through some of the aesthetically pleasing sights of the country, starting from the illustrious capital city of Hanoi to the sandy beaches and thick jungles of Phu Quoc Island.

 

The tour is 21 days and 20 nights long, taking you deep into the core of the country and acquainting you with the rich cultures, lifestyle, and cuisine of the many ethnic groups in the country. During the tour, you will explore some of the hill tribe villages of Sapa, the vast Ba Be lake with its islands and inflows, the spectacular Ban Gioc Waterfalls and the abundant lakes and emerald waters of the Ha Long Bay. You will also discover the Red River Delta city of Ninh Binh, the ancient city of Hue with its famed Citadel and Imperial Palace, the pagodas and hidden Buddhist shrines of DaNang and the winding streets of the Ancient Quarter in Hoi An.

 

A trip to the most populous Vietnam city, Ho Chi Minh will also be featured, exploring its many pleasant sights and also visiting the heart of the Mekong Delta (Can Tho). The tour is concluded with a departure from Ho Chi Minh City, leaving you with unbridled positive energy from your action-packed exploration of the eclectic landscapes.

 

Note: This tour is customizable. Contact us to have it tailor-made to suit your expectation if necessary.

Travel Highlights

  • Hanoi: Hanoi is made up of a unique integration between 21st-century innovation, tradition, resilience, and turbulence. Hanoi City continues to evolve to this day. Read more!
  • Sapa: an extraordinary landscape that makes you appreciate the awesomeness of nature. Read more!
  • Ha Giang: a firsthand breathtaking karst mountain views, vibrant markets, blankets of flowers, and distinct minority communities Read more!
  • Cao Bang: North Vietnam’s lightly inhabited frontier region. This highland stretch is situated on the Northeast outskirts of China, with several ethnic minority communities residing here Read more!
  • Ba Be National Park: a paradise of amazing sights and mesmerizing biodiversity, as well as being abundant in culture Read more!
  • Halong Bay: a UNESCO World Heritage and an extraordinary landscape comprised of transparent waters with countless islands Read more!
  • Ninh Binh: a UNESCO World Heritage and an extraordinary landscape comprised of transparent waters with countless islands Read more!
  • Hue: Vietnam’s geographical, political, and cultural epicenter, Hue has survived incredible turmoil despite its grandiose eminence. Read more!
  • Hoi An: This frequently-visited destination has a little bit of everything. The places to shop, the artistry, the adventures, the beaches, and the history are all aspects of what makes this ancient town so charming, enchanting tourists and residents alike. Read more!
  • Da Nang: Encompassed by mesmerizing views, a breathtaking inland of mountains, and beaches full of soft sand over the shoreline, the city is transitioning into a tourist destination. Read more!
  • Saigon: Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is one of the most rapidly developing dynamic cities in Asia Read more!
  • Mekong Delta: When the Mekong Delta comes to mind, one visualizes every shade of green, colossal palm trees along the banks of the river, a murky green water reflection, and fertile agriculture. Read more!
  • Phu Quoc Island: a UNESCO World Heritage and an extraordinary landscape comprised of transparent waters with countless islands Read more!

Detailed Itinerary

DAY 1: HANOI ARRIVAL (-/-/-)

On arrival at the Airport in Hanoi, you will be conveyed to your hotel in a 30-minute drive. You will have the evening free to relax and explore the city on your own and stay overnight at the hotel.

DAY 2: HANOI CITY TOUR - SAPA (B/L/-)

You will enjoy a city-wide tour of the capital city, visiting the Tran Quoc pagoda and the Ho Chi Minh complex which houses the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the President’s Palace. You will also explore the Ho Chi Minh Museum and the One Pillar Pagoda after which you’ll be treated to lunch in a local restaurant. Following lunch, you will visit the first imperial University in Vietnam, the Temple of Literature (Van Mieu – Quoc Tu Giam) and the Ngoc Son Temple which is surrounded by the Hoan Kiem Lake. Here, you will be regaled with the tale of the legend of the turtle in the lake. After relaxing in the evening, you will take an overnight train to Lao Cai.

DAY 3: TREKKING IN SAPA (B/L/D)

On arrival at Lao Cai Railway station in the early morning, you will be driven to Sapa town, have breakfast at a local restaurant and then take a trek to Lao Chai Village with a picnic along the way. You will encounter some of the friendly hill tribe people and their villages with beautiful scenery and waterfall. You will spend the night a homestay with a local Zay ethnic family.

DAY 4: SAPA - BAC HA - HA GIANG (B/L/D)

After breakfast, you will head to the colorful Bac Ha to explore the bustling Sunday Market with diverse goods and ranging from traditional textiles to live animals. You will take a walk in the afternoon to Ban Pho village where you will get to interact with the friendly people. You will then take a drive to Ha Giang, where you will have dinner and stay at a homestay with a local Tay family.

DAY 5: HA GIANG - DONG VAN (B/L/D)

From Ha Giang, you will take a trip to Dong Van, having lunch along the way at Tam Son, a beautiful mountain town. You will. Encounter the H’mong’s place and continue your journey to the Hoa Cuong Hotel, where you will have dinner and spend the night.

DAY 6: DONG VAN - BAO LAC (B/L/D)

You will take a visit to the Dong Van Market and afterward explore the French Fortress of Pu Lo After which you’ll head to Bao Lac village, by way of the Meo. Mac Valley, where you’ll have lunch and then take a mountain road to your hotel in Bao Lac, where you will stay overnight.

DAY 7: BAO LAC - BA BE LAKE (B/L/D)

You will visit Lo Lo Village and discover the Black Lo Lo in Cao Bang Province with their black cultural wears that earned them their name. You will then take a drive through a small road snaking through the mountains to arrive at Ba Be lake, where you will be welcomed by a friendly Tay family. You can take a dip in the alluring waters of the lake and afterward enjoy a tasty dinner with the family.

DAY 8: BA BE LAKE - BAN GIOC WATERFALL (B/L/D)

You will depart from Ba Be lake and head towards the Ban Gioc Waterfalls, along the way, you will encounter the Nung people of Phuoc Sen village. The Ban Gioc Waterfalls span halfway in China and the other half is in Vietnam. It is surrounded by a brilliant environment that is perfect for relaxation and fun activities. You will also discover the Nguom Ngao cave and then head back to Cao Bang for the night.

DAY 9: CAO BANG - HALONG BAY (B/L/D)

You will take a drive to Ha Long Bay, board a boat and enjoy a cruise through the Ha Long Bay. You can explore the floating fishing village of Vung Vieng via a bamboo row boat or the inviting Ban Chan Beach. Afterward, you can freshen up and lounge on the bay, enjoy a spectacular cooking demonstration by a skilled chef, treated to dinner and have fun dancing and doing Karaoke.

DAY 10: HALONG BAY - NINH BINH (B/L/D)

You can join an early gentle Tai Chi session before breakfast on board while cruising towards the structures of the beautifully lit Thien Canh Son Cave. Later, you will begin the boat ride back to the harbor, enjoying lunch on board.

DAY 11: NINH BINH - HUE (B/L/-)

Boat trip to the small city of Ninh Binh, exploring the limestone formations of Van Long and the old temples of Hoa Lu Ancient capital with an abundance of beautiful sights. Afterward, you will take an overnight train to the ancient city of Hue.

DAY 12: HUE CITY TOUR (B/L/-)

You will be welcomed at Hue, a world heritage designated center. The Royal-themed architecture of the city boasts of attraction sights such as the Lady Pagoda, Minh Mang’s Tomb, the Forbidden City, the Royal Citadel and Museum and the ever busy market of Dong Ba. You will have lunch in a local restaurant and have the evening free to spend as you wish, spending the night in Hue City.

DAY 13: HUE - DANANG - HOI AN (B/L/-)

You will travel towards Da Nang, through Lang Co and the Hai Van pass. In Da Nang, you will explore the Cham Museum, My Khe beach, and the Marble Mountains. You will head to the old town of Hoi An, where you will spend the night at a hotel.

DAY 14: HOI AN EXCURSIOn (B/L/-)

A tour of Hoi An city, featuring the streets of the Ancient Quarter, temples, pagoda, and the Japanese Bridge. You will take a boat trip on the Thu Bon River to see the people of Kim Bing Village. You will retire afterward to the Cua Dai Beach, where you may freshen up and relax for the night.

DAY 15: DA NANG - NHA TRANG (B/L/-)

After breakfast, you will be transported to the airport to board a flight to the sandy beaches of Nha Trang. The rest of the day will be yours to spend as you wish, whether by relaxing at the beach or taking refreshing dips.

DAY 16: NHA TRANG - SAIGON (B/-/-)

You will enjoy your morning in Nha Trang before taking an afternoon flight to the most populous city in Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City.

DAY 17: SAIGON CITY TOUR (B/L/-)

Ho Chi Minh City, also known as Saigon, is the financial center of Vietnam. The city boasts of many beautiful sights including China Town, FITO Museum, the Reunification Palace, the Old Post office, Ben Thanh market, and the French-inspired Notre Dame Cathedral.

DAY 18: SAIGON - MEKONG DELTA (B/L/-)

After a drive to the Mekong Delta, you will enjoy a boat trip through interconnected canals to An Binh Island. You will enjoy a walk through the village, exploring some of its edifices such as a coconut factory and local workshops. After lunch at a local garden restaurant, the boat ride continues, taking you to Vinh Long followed by a drive to Can Tho where you will spend the night.

DAY 19: CAN THO - PHU QUOC ISLAND (B/L/-)

Can Tho is the heart of the Mekong Delta, its biggest attraction being its floating markets which you will visit in the early morning before taking a flight from Can Tho airport to Phu Quoc Island.

DAY 20: PHU QUOC ISLAND (B/-/-)

Phu Quoc is the largest island in Vietnam, having undergone numerous transformations over the years. It is a haven of sandy beaches, sparkling blue water, thick jungle, and a large mountainous range. You can bask in the sublime ambiance of this glorious island, relaxing and maybe taking some snapshots for posterity.

DAY 21: PHU QUOC ISLAND - SAIGON (B/-/-)

You prepare for departure as you take in the sights for the last time on this tour before taking an afternoon flight to Ho Chi Minh City. And so, the action-packed, fun-filled and amazing 21-day experience comes to an end, leaving you with impressive memorabilia of wonderful, frozen moments.

TOUR PRICE

This trip is organized for private group only. The tariff depends on the number of participants and the tourist season of the year. Please send us an enquiry to get the price of your group and your travel date.

 

Note: Please note that due to cost efficiency, we only organize tour for at least two people.

Inclusions

For your peace of mind, our tours are designed to include as much as possible in the price, but also to give you the freedom to find a special place to eat or to seek out an independent adventure that especially appeals to you.
    • Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary.
    • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
    • Mineral water 2 bottles/person/day.
    • Travel on private, modern & comfortable air-conditioned vehicles with a caring driver for all transfers and ground transportation (except the break time or tour clearly mentioned “WITHOUT DRIVER”).
    • Boat trip as mentioned in the itinerary.
    • Entry fee for all mentioned sites for visit.
    • Qualified local tour guides during the whole trip (except the break time or tour clearly mentioned “WITHOUT GUIDE”).

Exclusions

    • Domestic & International flight tickets.
    • Transportation vehicles not listed in the itinerary.
    • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary.
    • Drink, telephone, laundry and all that is not clearly mentioned in the “INCLUSIONS”.
    • Tips and personal expenses.
    • Insurances.
    • Peak season or Public holidays surcharge if any

Accommodation List

Please note that the hotels mentioned in this list are for reference only. Depending on availability and your preference, they can be changed. If we are unable to book any hotel, it will be replaced by another hotel at least of equivalent standard and value.
DestinationAcommodationStarNights
HanoiQuoc Hoa Botique Hotel31
SapaSapa Friendly Inn31
Ha GiangHomestay1
Dong VanHoa Cuong Dong Van Hotel31
Bao LacDuc Tai Hotel31
Ba Be National ParkHomestay1
Cao BangThanh Loan Hotel31
Halong BayLa Regina Hotel 51
Ninh BinhEmeralda Resort31
HueFestival hotel32
Hoi AnAncient House River Resort32
Nha TrangAsia Paradise hotel31
SaigonSignature Saigon Hotel32
Can ThoHotel31
Phu Quoc IslandResort32

Cancellation by Customer

    • Cancellation received before 15 days: FREE of charge
    • Cancellation received from 7 days to 14 days prior arrival date: 30% of total rate
    • Cancellation received from 2 days to 6 days prior arrival date: 50% of total rate
    • Cancellation received less than 1 day prior arrival date or No show: 100% of total rate

FAQs

1. How do I reserve my tours with The Terrible Tour Guide Travel?

Just complete and send the reservation form on our website, making sure that you have given us your e-mail address and phone number. As soon as we receive your request we will contact you to confirm the reservation. It is our policy to reply to all requests within 24 hours.

2. Do you have tours available on specific dates?

Almost all of our tours are daily departure. To make a booking, you must submit a reservation form. Then we process the booking and reply to you within 24 hours.

3. I don’t want to make a reservation online, what can I do?

You can reserve by phone or WhatsApp: You can call our 24/7 call center hotline at + 84 343 470 507 (also available on WhatsApp)

4. Can I make a reservation directly through a travel agent?

Yes, of course if you would like to make a reservation directly with the tour operator or travel agent, you will need to contact them directly. However, we are in good position to make the offer, make the booking and run the trip as we are a local tour operator.

5. What if the preferred hotel is not available?

You will be notified via an e-mail (within 24 hours after placing your order) and we will do our best to suggest or book an alternative similar hotel based on your preferences and our experience.

6. What is the latest time that I can make my reservation?

We can only guarantee bookings made at least 3-working days (not including Sun & Public holidays) before the departure date.

7. How far in advance can I book?

You can book as far as 24 months in advance, but please ensure you remember you have made the reservation. We will charge 30% of total rate is required upon the confirmation of services require full payment 60 days before departure.
You can expect to receive the invoice as a reminder well in advance of your trip.

8. How do I make a reservation for someone else?

To complete a reservation for someone else, simply type in his or her name instead of yours for guest name. Don’t forget to use your email address to receive your confirmation information.

9. What happens to my tour booking if my flight is delayed?

Please inform us and the hotel immediately as any changes or fee will depend on the hotel policy. We will also try our best to offer you similar ground services.

10. Is it reliable to book online?

Making an online reservation is easy and safe. Just complete the secure reservations form (SSL – 128bit), making sure that you give us your e-mail address. As soon as we receive your request we will reply within 24 hours.

Every booking with us will add 1$ US to our humanitarian project to help increase development capacity for ethnic groups in northern Vietnam. At the meantime, we are focusing on helping children in remote mountainous villages in Vietnam, major destinations of our tours.

As travelers, you can join us too. Donations of unwanted clothes, books and toys are welcome and warmly appreciated. You can also take part in our regular mission trips to these hill tribal communities.