Vietnam Essential Tour -7 Days
Welcome to Vietnam. Upon arrival at Hanoi Airport, obtain your Vietnam visa (with pre-approval letter), and then clear Immigration and Customs. After collecting your baggage, exit the airport to meet outside a local Guide of Asianway travel . He/she will be holding a sign with your names on it. Please note that local guides are not allowed inside the airport.From the airport, you will be privately transferred to your lovely hotel. Settle in and enjoy an electric tram tour or cyclo tour through the Hanoi’s Old Quarter, a network of narrow alleys and shop houses also known as “The 36 Streets.” This is a wonderful place to watch the local life, and peruse items from fabrics to crafts to exotic medicines. Enjoy a traditional Vietnamese water puppet performance, a uniquely North Vietnamese art form celebrating rural life and folklore for over 1,000 years, this evening.
Accommodation: Stay 1 night in Hanoi
Half day tour of Hanoi: Morning, you’ll head out with your guide and begins with a visit Ba Dinh Square to see Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, and the simple cottage where he lived and worked, along with his “house on stilts” and his final resting place; and take in Hanoi’s famous One-Pillar Pagoda, constructed in 1049 to resemble a lotus blossom. Continue to the Temple of Literature, which dates back to 1070 and is dedicated to the cult of Confucius and visit the Museum of History Vietnam ( or Museum of Vietnamese women), where we’ll learn about the fascinating cultural diversity of this ancient land.
Afternoon, drive to Halong city, settle in and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.
Accommodation: Stay 1 night in Halong
Fly Hanoi to Danang on Vietnam Airlines VN 175, departing 18:10, arriving 19:25
Economy Class – Issued By Asianway Travel (Luggage allowance: 20kgs +7kg hand bag)Welcome to Danang. Upon arrival at Danang Airport. After collecting your baggage, exit the airport to meet outside your driver. He will be holding a sign with your names on it. From the airport, you will be privately transferred to your lovely hotel. Settle in and enjoy the evening at your leisure.Accommodation: Stay 1 night in Danang
Morning tour of Hoi An: Today, discover how the traditions of the past are treasured in the present in Hoi An on the Thu Bon River, a key international trading port between the 15th and 19th centuries – now a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its well-preserved, centuries-old streets, dwellings, temples and pagodas, touring Hoi An’s historic highlights with your guide. Explore its shop-lined streets, view the red-painted Japanese Covered Bridge – the three Chinese characters over the door mean “bridge for passers-by from afar” and tour the 200-year-old “Phung Hung” house, noted for its unique architecture. What you’ll see there will reveal much about the lives of Hoi An merchants long ago. Visit the workshop of a traditional lantern maker for a demonstration of this time-honored craft; meet the artisans and try your skills as you create your own lantern to take home. Hoi An, the cobblestone streets in the old French Quarter are a delight to roam with many cafes, art galleries and handicraft shops. Hoi An is especially well known for its local artists and tailor made clothing, with over sixty shops providing this service in town.
Afternoon road journey from Hoi An to Hue: You will be driven north along highway 1 to Hue, a journey of approximately 3 hours with a short visit at Cham architecture & art museum in Danang.
Accommodation: Stay 1 night in Hue
This morning, stroll around the hectic Dong Ba market with your guide. The market is best explored in the morning when a sea of conical hats, colorful fabrics, produce of every description and an array of vendors offer delights for the senses await you. Next visit the Imperial Citadel and the Forbidden Purple City nearby. Modelled on the Forbidden City in Beijing by the Nguyen emperors in the early 19th century, the city was badly damaged during the war but the imposing city walls surrounded by a large moat afford good views of Hué. The palace retains a feeling of its past scale and importance, with detailed stonework and pavilions and it is at the moment in the process of being restored to its former magnificence. Continue to Thien Mu Pagoda, sitting on the riverbank outside the city, this octagonal seven tier stupa has long been regarded as the symbol of Hué and was founded in 1601. It is still a site of Buddhist worship and its huge bell is said to be audible from the city.
After lunch at local restaurant, you’ll continue to explore Emperors Tombs Hue’s environment is dotted with tombs of past emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty. Construction of the tombs was meticulous carried out starting whilst the king was still alive in order to ensure his comfort in the next life. Most of the tombs have courtyards, a temple for worship, statues of elephants and figures and a pond, but the layout of each is different reflecting differing each king’s personality and style. They have a lovely peaceful atmosphere. Each ruler of the Imperial City built his own tomb during his reign. You can choose visiting one of three following tombs: Khai Dinh, Tu Duc or Minh Mang.
Later this afternoon, you’ll be transferred to the airport in time for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC)
Fly Hue to Saigon on Vietnam Airlines VN 1375, departing 17:25, arriving 18:45
Economy Class – Issued By Asianway Travel (Luggage allowance: 20kgs +7kg hand bag)
Welcome to HCMC. After collecting your baggage, exit the airport to meet outside your driver. He will be holding a sign with your names on it .From the airport, you will be privately transferred to your lovely hotel. Settle in and enjoy the evening at your leisure.
Accommodation: Stay 2 nights in HCMC
Afternoon tour of Saigon: After lunch at a local restaurant (on own account) continue to discover Saigon’s historic landmarks including the former Presidential Palace which was once headquarters for the Saigon Government during the “American War”, and the War Remnants Museum, established in September 1975 in Ho Chi Minh City. It contains countless artifacts, photographs and pictures documenting some of the less heroic activities carried out by the US army in Vietnam. Planes, tanks, bombs and helicopters are also on display. Next visit the 1880’s General Post Office and the late 19th century Notre Dame cathedral, located in a peaceful part of the city.