Multi-Day Tour | Group, Independent, Private

Romance Sojourn in Vietnam (13 days)

Trails of Indochina - Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam To Hanoi, Vietnam

Valid for Departures Now Through: 04 Feb 2019


Day 1
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Park Hyatt Saigon None

Upon arrival Tan Son Nhat airport, after clearing all customs procedures, please proceed to exit gate and look for your guide who will be waiting at the lobby, holding the Trails of Indochina signboard with your name on it. Your guide will come to meet you and transfer you to hotel.

The rest of the day is for you to rest after the flights.

Day 2
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Park Hyatt Saigon Breakfast, Dinner

With over eight million inhabitants and four million motorbikes, Saigon is truly a city that never sleeps. Despite its modernity, Saigon maintains a strong link to the past and our city tour takes in some of Saigon’s most historic landmarks including the Notre Dame Cathedral, a red brick edifice with twin spires constructed from materials imported from France (entrance is only permitted when no services are being performed)

Then head across the square to the Central Post Office, completed in 1891. A short drive away is the former Presidential Palace, the headquarters of the Saigon Government during the American War. Continue to the War Remnants Museum for a vivid perspective of the American War through the eyes of the Vietnamese. (Please note that some of the displays are very graphic.) Experience Saigon’s famed street coffee culture while your guide provides a brief language lesson as well as insights into daily life of a Saigonese before returning to your hotel.

The darker the night gets, the more vivid Saigon becomes! Get ready for a fascinating ride by vintage vespa tonight to discover busy Saigon after dark, together with mouth-watering street food tasting in the most authentic local restaurants. Make your first stop at a small yet popular Vietnamese bread stall, line up to get a fresh bread roll before heading to a vintage coffee shop tucked away in a back alley for a briefing

Then continue to zig zag through the hustle and bustle of the streets, wandering around an old apartment complex which becomes extremely lively at night with hundreds of food and drinks stalls. Take a break at a 50-year-old dessert shop to try different hand-made sweet soups. Keep on riding to a hidden boutique seafood restaurant to taste the freshest local seafood courses.

End up your night at a cozy bar room tucked away in a quiet alley to taste some local beer or cocktail and have a chat with people here. Take a walk or catch a taxi to get back to your hotel.

Day 3
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Park Hyatt Saigon Breakfast, Lunch

Early morning departures leave from Saigon for a 1.5hr drive to Ben Tre, the gateway to the Mekong Delta. Escape the high-energy city for a day of exploring sprawling rice paddies and colorful fruit farms.

Arrive at the quaint An Khanh hamlet, where travelers will visit a small home factory that makes the traditional dish of sticky rice covered by coconut leaves. Meet with the owner and her hard-working team who will teach you about how they use century-old traditional methods to make this special and tasty cake.

Continue this rural journey of discovery with a short drive to meet a local family in Quoi Son village. After wandering though the lush gardens of this village, a motorboat awaits your arrival to begin a thirty-minute excursion passing peaceful scenes of countryside living. Disembark at a local ship building workshop and meet the owner who has perfected his craft, learning it from three generations of river boat-makers before him. With passion, he is devoted to preserving the traditional craft and supporting the local community.

Trade boat for bicycle and enjoy a relaxing 3 km ride over easy, level terrain as you travel through narrow village lanes lined with fruit orchards and customary cottages. When you arrive at your destination, sample exotic fresh fruits on the orchard of a local fruit farmer. Here you can also choose to ride on either a horse-drawn cart or tri-motorcycle through the lush surroundings of the fruit farms before boarding a sampan for a ride along the narrow canals of the Mekong.

End your excursion at a 100 year-old ancient house or local farmer's house where a lunch of Mekong Delta specialties will be served before driving back to Saigon.

Day 4
Hoi An, Vietnam
Hotel Royal Hoi An MGallery by Sofitel Breakfast, Dinner

This morning, your guide will escort you to the airport for your flight to Danang.

Upon arrival at Danang Airport, after clearing all customs procedures, please proceed to exit gate and look for your guide who will be waiting at the lobby, holding the Trails of Indochina signboard with your name on it. Your guide will come to meet you up and transfer you to hotel in Hoi An.

The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Enjoy dinner in Cam Thanh Village, now an urban ward of Hoi An city. Surrounded by peaceful villages, idyllic rivers and lush water coconut palms, this little port town supplies seafood, vegetables and rice for the area. Take a short drive away from the hustle and bustle in downtown to Co Co river. A rowed basket boat ride will bring you to the floating stationary bamboo raft. Indulge yourself in a relaxing BBQ meal while enjoying sparkling river with glassy surface under sunset (for dinner), cool breeze and immerse water coconut jungles. Transfer back to hotel afterwards.

Day 5
Hoi An, Vietnam
Hotel Royal Hoi An MGallery by Sofitel Breakfast, Lunch

Enjoy a morning tour of one of the most colorful local marketplaces in all of SE Asia. Chef and proprietor Duc Tran from Mango Mango restaurant creates eclectic and innovative flavors reflective of his worldwide culinary journey. A passionate and extremely talented chef with in depth knowledge on the Hoi An food scene, Duc will take you on a culinary journey embracing a combination of refreshing flavors, beautiful presentations as well as a visit to Hoi An Market to meet the vendors who supply him daily with some of the finest and freshest ingredients in Vietnam. Join Duc in an intimate hands- on learning at his boutique restaurant, and reward yourself with a wonderful meal at the end of the class.

Between the 15th and 19th centuries, Hoi An known then as ‘Faifo’, was a prosperous trading port, attracting Chinese, Japanese, Dutch, Portuguese and Spanish ships amongst others. Today, this World Heritage ancient town is recognised for its well-preserved architecture, pedestrian-only streets and distinctive local cuisine, allowing visitors a glimpse of its illustrious past. Hoi An’s narrow lanes are ideal for a guided walking tour of its many atmospheric sights including: the old merchant houses with influences from Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese architecture; the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge, first built in the 1590s by the Japanese community to link them with the Chinese quarters across the stream; the Assembly Hall of the Chaozhou Chinese Congregation with its intricate woodcarvings; and the colourful market with stalls brimming with local specialties including silk, which can be turned into fashionable garments within a day or two.

Day 6
Hoi An, Vietnam
Hotel Royal Hoi An MGallery by Sofitel Breakfast, Lunch

The Cham Islands, 15km off the coast of Hoi An, consist of seven small islands famed for their beautiful beaches and rich marine environment including 135 species of soft and hard coral. Take a 30min private speedboat ride to experience the magical Cham Islands. Visit a traditional fishing village, where boats take shelter in bad weather, and Ong Ngu Temple, dedicated to whales and whale sharks once abundant around the islands. Snorkel off picturesque Xep Beach before making a final stop at Chong Beach, a true oasis with white sand, swaying palm trees and a simple local restaurant where you will enjoy a seafood lunch. Cruise back to Hoi An in the late afternoon.

Day 7
Hanoi, Vietnam
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi Breakfast, Lunch

Your guide will escort you to the airport for your flight to Hanoi.

Upon arrival at Noi Bai airport, you will be met and transferred to the hotel.

In the late afternoon, take a street food tour of Hanoi’s best culinary spots with a food blogger – Mr. Van Cong Tu. His blog is where he started to document his enormous passion for food and culture since 2005. Today, stroll through the Old Quarter past the old east gate to Thanh Ha market. Along the way, try local delicacies and listen to his explanation of Vietnamese food practices. This busy, eclectic market is alive with the sights and sounds of Hanoi and is the essence of Vietnamese culture. Continue through the streets of the Old Quarter to Dong Xuan market to sample some local treats such as pho tiu and bun dau. See dried goods and aromatics, the essentials of Vietnamese cuisine.

Stroll up a ‘food alley’ to see other interesting dishes on offer. Walk down to Hang Than Street to view ceremonial cake stalls and taste a special French influenced dessert. An explanation on traditions and food gifts for celebrations will be given. Continue back into the Old Quarter via Hang Cot Street – check specially treated fruit which are dependable on the seasons and a common snack in Vietnam. Walk along Phung Hung Street through temporary market stalls where you can see the changing market scene in Hanoi and how modernization is shaping tradition. At the end of the tour, stop at one of the Old Quarter busiest (yet smallest) coffee shops for a well-earned sit down and coffee before transferring back to your hotel.

Day 8
Hanoi, Vietnam
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi Breakfast, Dinner

Transfer from your hotel to our meeting point where you and your tour guide will explore the little alleys and discover the daily lives of locals. First stop at vintage coffee shop, where you sit on very small chairs as is the special style of Hanoi, to start a day by tasting a cup of Vietnamese coffee. This also offers a perfect opportunity for people-watching, to get a better idea of the daily activities of the locals.

After that, we make our way through a small alley which is just big enough to fit through, so be sure to bring your camera along to capture the unique experience. Pass Hanoi Church to see a highlight of the regal architecture of Hanoi. Moving on from the busy street, you get to Nha Chung alley, where the morning is always the busiest time at this corner with several vendors of food or vegetables gather for sale. Engage with him to discover more about the change of people, life and thoughts on the future of this remarkably old city.

Finish this tour by having lunch at a vintage Vietnamese restaurant decked out in 70’s décor that will take you back in time to a post-liberated Hanoi.

Transfer from your hotel to Cau Go, a restaurant hidden on the 5th floor of a small building overlooking Hanoi’s famed Hoan Kiem Lake. The restaurant is more than just a great view, however. The décor, like Hanoi itself, is a mix of Old meets New in its chic lines and modern furnishings juxtaposed against antique fans, distressed French shutters and vintage staff uniforms. The chef takes a contemporary approach to traditional Vietnamese cuisine, beautifully presented in every dish of the country's specialties. Stay with the sky view theme and head over to The Rooftop Lounge just minutes away. From nightly DJ performances to special live performances, the ultra-modern lounge is a magnet for Hanoi’s nouveau riche and offers up spectacular panoramic views of Hanoi from the 19th story. Transfer back to your hotel before 24:00 at the latest.

Day 9
Hanoi, Vietnam
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi Breakfast, Dinner

Depart Hanoi for a 1.5hr drive to Duong Lam, a typical agricultural village in the northern Red River Delta. Duong Lam has the honour of being the birthplace to two Vietnamese kings and is the first village in Vietnam to be recognized by UNESCO for its Cultural Heritage Conservation. Home to approximately 300 houses built nearly 400 years ago, Duong Lam’s narrow alleyways showcase rural life and ancient Vietnamese architecture. The cultural and historical vestiges of Duong Lam include the Mong Phu Communal House in Mong Phu hamlet - the only hamlet whose original village entrance gate remains intact, here dedicated to national heroes, the 15th century Mia Pagoda known for its 287 ancient statues and the Old Catholic Church. The village well, a traditional feature of communal life, is also a fascinating stop. Finish your tour at an ancient house where you can chat with the friendly owners over a cup of tea before returning to Hanoi.

Day 10
Ha Long, Vietnam
Jasmine Cruise Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Depart for a 3.5 hour journey to Halong Bay. Make a stop en route for some refreshment (around 15-20 minutes). On arrival in Halong Bay, board your deluxe junk, settle into your cabin and prepare your appetite for an enjoyable lunch on deck.

In mid-afternoon visit the mysterious Tien Ong Cave - a wide cave but short entrance which is said to resemble the shape of frog’s mouth. In 2007 a team of Vietnamese archeologist conducted extensive research which led to the discovery of human bones and artifacts dating to 10,000 - 8,000BC, and then continue to Cua Van area. It was once the fishing village, however most of them have moved on land for their children’s future due to the lack of education system and access to vital information. Head back to the boat, participate in a cooking demonstration with the chef or enjoy sunset on the top deck before dinner.

Day 11
Ha Long, Vietnam
Jasmine Cruise Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Rise early and greet the day with a refreshing Tai Chi demonstration on the upper deck. Transfer to our day boat named Sunset, discover the biggest cave in Ha Long Bay with 10,000 square meters - Surprise Cave which like Vietnamese house with three chambers as lobby, dining room and bedroom with most beautiful stalagmites and stalactites. Set sail for the Luon Cave, join the bamboo riding through the Luon cave and surrounding waters and beautiful scenery. Lunch is served while sails to the Pearl Farm Village, then visit Pearl Factory. Head back to the boat, participate in a cooking demonstration with the chef or enjoy sunset on the top deck before dinner.

Day 12
Hanoi, Vietnam
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi Breakfast

Rise early and greet the day with another refreshing Tai Chi demonstration on the upper deck. Then it is time for an early morning swim - in the Bay. By tender boat we bring the guests to a natural white sandy stretch. Sporty ones can also climb up to a hill top to have a last view from above over Halong Bay before we return to the boat and cruise slowly back to Halong City. During our trundle breakfast is served before we arrive at the jetty in late morning. Disembark at Heritage Line Lounge in Tuan Chau New Marina.

Drive back to Hanoi. Make a stop on the way at a local village for stretching your legs or having a chance to witness the local life of Northern countryside.

The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Day 13
Hanoi, Vietnam
None Breakfast

This morning, your guide will escort you to the airport for your departure flight.

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  • Romance & Honeymoons
  • Sightseeing


Vietnam’s old world charm welcomes couples with a unique romance. In Ho Chi Minh City, discover the famous sites together, like the Notre Dame Cathedral and Presidential Palace, on the back of a vintage Vespa and take a day-trip to the heart of the Mekong Delta, Ben Tre. Colourful lantern-lined streets illuminate Hoi An—the historical city that provides an intimate setting for a private cooking class and wandering. The picture-perfect beaches of Cham Island are also only a short speedboat ride away. Foodie twosomes will enjoy an insider tour of Hanoi’s culinary scene before journeying to Halong Bay where the elegant Jasmine Cruise awaits. Fall in love with this UNESCO World Heritage Site as you sail over emerald waters, make stops at secluded beaches and visit the local Pearl Farm floating village. You are sure to leave with a newfound sense of closeness and culture.

About Us

Trails of Indochina had its humble beginnings in 1999 as a boutique inbound tour operator. Headquartered in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), and now with more than 250 employees throughout the region, Trails of Indochina has grown to be a full-service Destination Management Company and tour operation across Indochina. At Trails of Indochina, our personal relationships can make anything possible. We invite you to experience our part of the world where you will uncover the hidden gems and see a different perspectives of Southeast Asia.

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Trails of Indochina is headquartered in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, with offices in Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia and Thailand, ensuring that everything handled on the ground meets each client's expectation.

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By: Andy37

Reviewed on: 02 Sep 2015

Overall, our experience was a great one. The drivers, tour guides, etc were all there to pick us up and get us to where we were going and everyone was extremely friendly and outgoing. We did have a minor issue with a few additional charges that we were given and we were not told (at all) that any of them would have been an extra charge. Additionally, our tour guide in Bali seemed to be really pushing us to sign on to additional tours with him on days that we had chosen to be on our own. Our experience on Lombok was top-notch, however in Bali, the tour guides were much more chatty with what seemed their prescribed talk and not so attentive to specific questions that we had. Additionally, when we were picked up for our bike tour, the guide asked to see our itinerary, as he had no idea what we were supposed to be doing. We ended up not doing a number of activities outlined on the itinerary and instead just did what the guide wanted to do. We had a great time, but these were concerns.
Travel Advisor:  Sari Greene

Very informative

By: Jandm42

Reviewed on: 21 Nov 2015

They made the arrivals and departures very easy. All guides were personable and very well informed. They added greatly to our travel experience.
Travel Advisor:  Judy Perl

Recent trip

By: Fletch

Reviewed on: 31 Jan 2017

Our experience was excellent. The organization proved to be very professional and reliable
Travel Advisor:  Cheryl Everhart

Southeast Asia

By: David Nixon

Reviewed on: 19 Feb 2017

The tour, with a few exceptions, we well organized. We saw most of what there was to see. The hotels and guides were excellent.
Travel Advisor:  Roxanne Girard