CT01: Vietnam tour at a glance - 8 days from Ho Chi Minh

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What better way to get to view Vietnam at a glance than taking this Vietnam classic tour? This tour takes you to every visitor’s favorite destination; from Ho Chi Minh City to Mekong Delta to Cu Chi Tunnels to Ha Noi to Ha long Bay. These places are matched by a very few spots on this planet.

Land at the capital city and get hauled along for the ride as the city breathes life and vivacity into the residents.  Take a Vietnam culinary tour in the city and enjoy a blend of a variety of cooking techniques and flavor from pungent to mild as you dine in on traditional Vietnamese food. Wander through the timeless alleys of this Vietnam classic tour and get mesmerized by jaw dropping French architecture.

Take a Vietnam history tour by going underground in Cu Chi tunnels to explore further the vast meandering underground tunnel built by guerilla fighters during the Vietnam War. Learn more about the Vietnam War, with the Vietnamese people refer to as the American War, in a Vietnamese point of view.

Travel to the Mekong delta  on a Vietnam culture tour and experience a different Vietnamese lifestyle of the communities living along the river. Watch the beautiful landscapes as the water move to the rhythm of the great Mekong. Take part in a shopping spree at Cai Rang floating market for fresh rice, vegetables and exotic fruits. Then take a flight to Hanoi city. Wander through the tree lines boulevards , visit the historical sites in the city  and dine in on a different sumptuous meal.

Travel to the aquatic landscapes and be taken aback by the Halong Bay. For a better view of Vietnam, Cannon Fort in Halong Bay is the place to be. From amazing panoramas of rolling jungles to the incredible aquatic landscapes and colorful tangles of fishing boats, it is the highlights of Vietnam on a spoon.

Destinations: Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta – Cu Chi Tunnels – Ha Noi – Ha Long Bay

Highlights: Hanoi city with street food tour, Halong bay cruise, Cu Chi Tunnels and Mekong Delta.

Brief Vietnam tour at a glance – 8 days from Hanoi

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh arrival
Day 2: HCM – Cao Dai temple & Cu Chi tunnels – HCM
Day 3: HCM – Ben Tre – Can Tho
Day 4: Cai Rang floating market – Flight to Hanoi
Day 5: Hanoi city tour - Train Street
Day 6: Hanoi – Halong bay – Night on board
Day 7: Halong – Hanoi – Street food & walking tour
Day 8: Hanoi departure


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Short trip but long-lasting memories, this 8 day Vietnam tour is a best option for all tourists who do not have much time to travel Vietnam. This is private tour itinerary, but can always be customised to meet your needs and budget. So, just feel free to contact us now!

                                                                                              

TOUR ITINERARY

Please contact us at info@vivutravel.com to get tailor-made itinerary and price

  • Tour Class

  • 3 Star Hotel
  • 4 Star Hotel
  • 5 Star Hotel
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    High Season

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    (Jan 1 - Apr 30 & Oct 1 - Dec 31)

  • From $665
  • From $682
  • From $918
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    Low season

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    (May 1 - Sep 9)

  • From $635
  • From $645
  • From $885

Ho Chi Minh arrival (None)

It is essential to travel to Vietnam once in your lifetime as it will be really more different and interesting than just reading in the books, learning in the movies and hearing from the others. Vietnam is now far beyond your imagination with modern and dynamic cities, exotic and marvelous landscapes, famous natural and cultural World Heritage Sites. With efforts from our experienced travel consultants, it will be so quick and easy to plan your Vietnam tour packages.

Being welcomed at Tan Son Nhat airport (Ho Chi Minh) by our experienced English speaking guide and driver and listen to a brief introduction of your beautiful Vietnam tour when we are on the way to hotel for check-in.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.

Accommodation at:

Day 01

HCM – Cao Dai temple & Cu Chi tunnels – HCM (Breakfast)

After breakfast, enjoy a morning drive through typical southern Vietnamese countryside to Tay Ninh Province in the west of Vietnam. At Tay Ninh visit the incredible Cao Dai Great Temple, with architecture that could have come straight from a Walt Disney fantasy and where all the major faiths of the world blend together in a unique religious cocktail.

In the afternoon, visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, an underground tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters during the long struggle for independence where you will understand more about the Vietnam War or American War, a must see Vietnam Tour for any tourists to learn about Vietnam past and present days.

Overnight in a Ho Chi Minh hotel.

Accommodation at:

Day 02

HCM – Ben Tre – Can Tho (Breakfast, Lunch)

Around 08:00, our tour guide picks you up at your hotel lobby, then driving 90Km (2hrs) to Ben Tre. The boat will cruise along the Ham Luong river (a branch of the Mekong) and stop off at various local workplaces including a brick works, a coconut processing workshop and a mat weaving house. The boat will then stop at a quiet village where you can have a short walk to experience real Delta village life and take a bicycle ride through dense coconut plantations.

Continue to Can Tho – the heart of Mekong Delta in Vietnam. Check in on your arrival, time at leisure and overnight in a Can Tho hotel.

Accommodation at:

Day 03

Cai Rang floating market – Flight to Hanoi (Breakfast, Lunch)

In the morning, we make the boat cruise to see the Cai Rang floating market (the nicest one with heaps of rowing boats), truly highlights of any Vietnam Tours where you will enjoy the beautiful scenery and see the daily activities of the locals who live along the Mekong canals and later, you will roam through the village to visit a rice husking mill, a rice noodles making shop which are nice chances to discover the daily life of Vietnamese people in Mekong Delta. Around noon, transfer back to Ho Chi Minh airport for flight to Hanoi (operated by Vietnam Airlines).

Check in hotel, time at leisure and overnight in Hanoi ( Check in time: 14:00).

Accommodation at:

Day 04

Hanoi city tour - Train Street (Breakfast)

Ranked among the world's best destinations, Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam with more than 1000 years of history and culture. Hanoi is also well-known for its beautiful lakes with the image of local Tai Chi in the early morning, tree-line boulevards, flowers on bicycles and delicious dishes.

08:00: Pick up and transfer to visit the Museum of Ethnology - an insight into the 54 different ethnic groups living in Vietnam.It is here you will learn about the cultural diversity of different ethnic groups from religious events to the symbolic rituals as well as display of a variety of Vietnamese homes as full-scale replicas outside.

Continue to the Temple of Literature which is the first university in Vietnam. It was constructed in 1070, first to honor Confucius and nowadays to celebrate the doctorates and ranked scholars of Vietnam.

Have lunch at local restaurant. 

Then, you will have an amazing trip to the Train Street (best time to be there is around 2pm as there is a train leaving at 02:30pm and another arrival at 03:30pm) to take fantastic pictures of incoming train as well as see how locals live on both sides of the railway. A little bit far from the hustle, bustle and narrow old streets, Train street is where the trains just hurl through the residential area in mere feed away from local lives. Enjoy a cup of coffee at Train Track Coffee Shop while watching the trains pass.

Next, visit Ho Chi Minh complex with first stop at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (outside) –a large memorial pays homage to the national hero - President Ho Chi Minh who led the country to independence and reunification. The Mausoleum is located at Ba Dinh Square where Ho Chi Minh President read the Declaration of Independence on September 2, 1945 establishing the Democratic Republic of Vietnam. Then take a short walk to the Presidential Palace and house on stilts.

Near from Ho Chi Minh complex, we visit to the One Pillar Pagoda (special with unique architecture of lotus flower) - a must-see place for tourists to Hanoi.

End the day with a fantastic water puppet show.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Accommodation at:

Day 05

Hanoi – Halong bay – Night on board (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

We start at 9.00 A.M for the 2.5 hours drive to Halong Bay (150 km) through highways connecting Hanoi - Hai Phong & Hai Phong - Ha Long Bay. Our destination is Halong bay – the most famous World Heritage Site in Vietnam, famous for its beautiful seascape, thousands of spectacular islands and islets jutting out from the sea, amazing caves with marvelous stalagmites and stalactites in different sizes and shapes.

11:30 – 12:00 Upon arrival, you'll be welcomed on board our luxury junk and treated with wine and fresh local seafood. As our junk gliding further into the tranquility of Ha Long Bay amid the towering mountain cliffs and on the emerald green water, you'll have relaxing time combining the fine tastes of the wine and the freshness of Ha Long Bay. During the cruise, we'll stop some times for visiting the amazing Sung Sot cave and the Ti Top white sand beach before anchoring for the night. Overnight on board the junk in the wild of Halong Bay.

Accommodation at:

Day 06

Halong – Hanoi – Street food & walking tour (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

It is said that your Vietnam Tours will not be complete without a tour to Halong Bay and spending one night on romantic Halong Cruise. People describe Halong Bay as majestic and mysterious, inspiring and imperious and words alone cannot do justice to the natural wonder that is Halong Bay, a priceless collection of unfinished sculptures hewn from the hand of nature.

After breakfast, we'll take a little sampan or kayak to visit a secret lagoon of Ha Long Bay while the surrounding mountains are just waking up. After that our cruise takes us further into the Bay of Bai Tu Long traveling past the Human Head Island, the Turtle Island, and the Duck Islet... to the studio site where the famous Indochine film was shot. Around noon, our junk travels back to the harbor, pick up and drive back to Hanoi.

Arrive in Hanoi at 15:00, take a cyclo ride around the Old Quarter to observe the daily life of Hanoian, as well as see how locals manage in the incredible traffic. 

Then, start your interesting and fantastic street food & night walking tour (the walking tour will be much more fantastic at the weekend from Friday night to Sunday as many Old Streets will blocked for pedestrians). 

At first, the street food tour starts at one of Hanoi’s largest market, Dong Xuan market. In every corner, you can easily find various types of products, from dried food to pork, beef, seafood, from fruits to cakes, candies & fashion stuff. Our tour guide will give you full introductions of Vietnamese food culture with prominent ingredients as well as famous local dishes. 

Next, you will try one of the most delicious foods in Hanoi, Banh Cuon at a local restaurant. There, you can easily watch how our master chefs cook and prepare the dish. Banh Cuon is made from a first layer of steamed fermented rice batter and a second layer of minced wood ear mushroom, minced pork, minced shallots that are all rolled together. It is served with dipping sauce consisting of Cha Lua (Vietnamese pork sausage), sliced cucumber, carrot, bean sporuts and fish sauce. 

From there, continue our walking tour to the heart of the Old Quarter, wandering around street stalls, passing ancient house & pagodas. 

Our next stop is a Grilled Pork Street Stall where small pork pieces are are flame grilled over hot coals. You can also have grilled pork with bread & vegetable that is really a Vietnam specialty and even considered one of the world best hamburgers. 

It’s then our time for dessert after some main dishes and fresh fruits should not be missed!!! However, it is not only fresh fruits but all of the stuff will be mixed with condensed milk and crushed ice. 

One another try should be the egg coffee, served at a quiet and ancient café shop, hidden behind buildings and busy streets. Cold Beer may be a better choice if coffee is not your style. 

Finally, end the trip with Hanoi most famous ice-cream where locals really enjoy. 

Overnight in Hanoi. 

Accommodation at:

Day 07

Hanoi departure (Breakfast)

Time at your leisure for you to wrap up your memorable Vietnam Holiday until Vivutravel's private guide and driver will transfer you to Noi Bai airport for your departure flight with the sincere thanks for your travel to Vietnam and with Vivutravel. We hope that you have enjoyed your Vietnam trip and look forward to welcoming you back for your next Vietnam Tours, goodbye and see you again!!!

Accommodation at:

Day 08

Inclusion:

  • Hotel accommodation as specific or similar, base on twin sharing
  • Private car/mini van
  • All entrance fees
  • Boat Trips as in the itinerary
  • English speaking guides (Except for free days)
  • Meals as per program
  • Visa approval letter to Vietnam (Except for $45 usd per person as stamping fee at the airport)

Exclusion:

  • Tips
  • Drinks
  • Personal Expenses
  • Insurance
  • Other not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Flights

ABOUT VIVUTRAVEL
Vivutravel is a local, trustworthy and professional Vietnam tour operator, offering a wide range of Vietnam and Indochina tour packages to the most exciting destinations at most competitive price. Our Business License Number is 0104000493 and our International Tour Operator License Number is 01 – 258. We are very pleased to be a member of Vietnam Administration of Tourism with financial guarantee – a deposit of 1.000,000,000 million Vietnam Dong (US$ 50,000) in a bank of Vietnam. Besides that, we are also official members of;

Pata http://www.patamanager.org/Members/8088
Tripadvisor http://www.tripadvisor.com/vivutravel

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Are you planning your Vietnam Holiday, but not sure how to arrange the trip? Getting lost in many tour options? Being sick of searching...? Just leave your troubles behind to read our Vietnam travel guides and send us your requests. Your private travel consultant at Vivutravel will help you design a perfectly suggested tour itinerary and quote which are tailor made to suit your wishes and budget.

* How to plan my Vietnam tour with you?
1. Send us an inquiry by submitting one of our online tour inquiry forms (Click). Tell us as much information as possible. For examples;

- Please tell us how many people will be traveling with you?

- Please tell us your preferred hotels, level of hotel (3, 4 or 5 stars), type of hotel, type of room...

- Please tell us your type of travel, length of travel and activities that you are interested in. For example; Family with kids, Couple's vacation, Honeymoon, Friends, Shopping, Sightseeing, Leisure and Relaxing, Cuisine & Cooking, Kayaking, Caves & Grottoes, Fishing, Swimming, Hiking, Minority, Adventure & Discovery...

- Please tell us where and what you want to visit. If you do not know much about Vietnam and Indochina, just give us your travel plan and ideas and we will create a suggested tour for you.

- Most of our tour guide are English speaking tour guides, but if you want another language like French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Chinese... we can always arrange. Please tell us what you do you expect from your guides, for example; you want a guide with sense of humor? Good knowledge in history & culture? Male/Female guide? Talkative/untalkative? Young/Old guide?

- Please advise if you want breakfast included only or also lunch and dinner. Please let us know if you are a vegetarian, the food you can eat or can't? If you want local food in local restaurants or western food in tourist restaurant...? Actually, you do not have to send us all information, but the more we know, the better we plan your holiday.

2. After having received your inquiry, one of our professional Vietnam travel consultants will email and give you a proposal.

3. If you accept the proposal (you may modify it till you are satisfied with it), we will calculate the tour cost and send you the tour price. If you accept it, please confirm that you would like to book it.

* How Travel Experts at Vivutravel Service you?
"Highest Standards of Quality and Honesty" is the core value of each specialized team at Vivutravel.

Everyone in our company is working hard for only one goal, which is to ensure the highest level of service, luxury, and attention to detail from the minute you begin planning your trip, to the day you return home.

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1-on-1 Travel Consultant
After sending us an inquiry, one of our travel consultants will get back to you within 0.5~23.5 hrs. In the next few days, he/she will be working closely with you to formulate a customized tour plan, as well as providing professional suggestions based on your travel interests, time, and budget.

Beside, he/she will keep in contact with you during your entire tour in Vietnam and Indochina, continually checking if everything is going well as planned.

* How to proceed to book Vietnam and Indochina tour with you?
When you decide to book your Vietnam and Indochina holiday with us, please send us your full names (name on passport) for hotel and domestic flight reservations, and your international flight details in and out Vietnam/Indochina for airport transfers / pick up & see off.

* How to pay the deposit and the balance?
Deposit: When the booking is completely confirmed, we will send you confirmation details including confirmed itinerary, invoice, voucher then deposit request of about 30% of the total tour cost (can be less). You can pay by credit cards (via onepay gateway, pay online), make wire transfer, western union. The deposit is used to pay the flight tickets, hotels, train tickets in advance.

Balance: You can pay the rest 2 weeks before your arrival, or you can pay us on your arrival in Vietnam by credit cards, cash (AUD, USD, EUROS, VND...)

* How to enjoy the tour?
Our job is to make your holiday a memorable experience. To make sure you will have a great time, there are something that we should share;

When you request the tour: Please let us know your personal interests so our travel consultants will design and include in the itinerary, or take notes for the hotels, tour guide, restaurants...

Before you come: One week before your arrival. we always send our clients an email to update about the weather and climate, booking status, and remind you to prepare/check the documents, visa...for the holiday.

When on tour: The tour is fixed, but you can always discuss with us if you want to make it more flexible. For example, you want to make some changes in the itinerary, restaurant (meals), tour guide... please just let us know, we will do the best for you.

Tour guide: Please let us know what do you expect from your tour guides and we will arrange the right ones for you.

* Can you buy the international flight tickets for us?
Yes, we do. However, we advise you to buy the flight tickets in and out Vietnam from your end as it is always cheaper than if booked in here.

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* Do you offer any discounts?
Yes, we offer discounts for;

- Family with kids and children < 12 years old
- Disable people
- Old people (> 65 years old)
- Second trip with us
- Big group

* How can I pay you the money?
1) Credit card; (secure online payment gateway via Onepay)
ONEPAY - ONLINE PAYMENT GATEWAY (VISA, MASTERCARD, AMEX & JCB ACCEPTED)

Like PayPal, OnePAY is a payment gateway but specialized in Vietnam where the PayPal has not yet reached. This is a perfect and the first payment processor which gains reputation among clients about its efficiency and timely friendly support.

OnePAY in cooperation with biggest bank in Vietnam - Vietcombank which has been implemented this service among many tour operators in Vietnam.

OnePAY is approved by MasterCard for this payment collection on the behalf of us. OnePAY uses SSL Verisign® over internet transaction under 3D-Secure program by respective creditcard companies so you are free from worries your card information disclosed. OnePAY payment portal also meets standards of international financial system such as PCI DSS of PCI Security Standards Council, 3D-Secure of Visa, MasterCard and JCB.

2) Wire transfer (bank transfer)
3) Cash
4) Western union
5) Combination

* Is there any charge if i change my travel plan such as travel dates, tour itinerary, hotels,...?
We are happy to work on your requests, and will not charge you any money. However, if it is too urgent and the date is too close, the hotels or airlines may chare you some money, in this case we will let you know.

* What is the latest time that I can make my reservation?
We suggest you make reservations at least one month before the departure date. If you decide to travel to Vietnam in May, September or October which is peak season, we recommend you make the reservations two months (at least one) before your departure date. Late reservations can not be guaranteed for the availability of domestic flights, hotel rooms, etc.

However, we DO accept late reservations, things are possible at Vivutravel

* What about Cancellation policy?
In case of cancellation, we will not impose any charges if we are not being charged and possible to get refund from our suppliers but if our suppliers apply charges for cancellation, you will have to pay those charges that apply. Cancellation policies vary, depending upon the type of service, the time of year, and the reason for cancellation. We will pass on to you all details of any cancellation policy with our transparent reply upon demand.

General cancellation charges that applied by travel services in Vietnam and Indochina.

- Domestic flights: 25% of the fares
- 3 star hotels, train tickets, no charge if you cancel 3-5 days before your arrival. (FIT)
- 4 star hotels, 7 - 10 days before your arrival (FIT)
- 5 stars hotelS, 10 - 15 days before your arrival (FIT)

However, in peak season, we may have to pay the hotels one month before your arrival to secure the booking, and in this case, the cancellation policy will be based on the hotels' cancellation plolicies.

* Can we get refund?
For the unused services, Vivutravel will refund you the money.

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* How do I get a visa?
Vietnam Visa - For those who would like to avoid the perhaps lengthening visa procedures with their local Vietnam's Embassies, the service of Vietnam Visa On Arrival is available for help. It is legitimated and supported by the Vietnamese Immigration Department. We recommend that you choose visa upon arrival, as picking up visa at the Vietnam int'l airport/border is quite simple, easy, no additional charges and no fail.

Steps to obtain Visa on arrival
a) Please provide the following information for us to apply for your visa.

1) Full name on passport
2) Passport number
3) Date of birth
4) Nationality
5) Date of arrival
6) Date of issue
7) Date of expire
8) Please make sure that your passport is still valid for 6 months

You can apply Vietnam visa online through our www.vietnamvisaprovider.com.

b) How long does it take?
It will take 2-3 days (Normal process), 01 day (Urgent process) to get the “Visa Approval Letter” which we will send you via mail. What you need is to print it out and take it along to get the stamp at airports/borders

c) Get the stamp
Upon arrival, you will need to fill in a certain form with your personal information, get the stamp and visa will be done. For this process, you will need to prepare 02 photos (4*6) and $25 USD each in cash which is stamping fee.

Download the form that you will need to fill your personal information at airport/border here

* Do our tour guides and drivers have meals with us?
The guide and the driver in each destination will dine at the same restaurant as yours. But, they will not join you unless you invite them.

* Where can I change our money into Vietnam currency?
We advise you to stop in any of a Vietnamese bank during the tour (Our tour guides will take you to the bank), you can change money at your hotel, but the exchange rate is not really good.

* Can I use credit cards in Vietnam?
Major credit cards such as Master Card, Visa, Diner's Card, American Express and JCB can be used to purchase goods in large shopping malls and stores in the big and medium cities, to pay for hotel rooms and for meals in some of the fancier restaurants, and to buy plane tickets with them.

Note: If you are to travel to those small cities or even remote rural areas, only cash in Dong can be used.

* Do I need to bring my medical record with me?
Yes, we suggest you take your medical record with you in case that you need it in the event of an emergency, and please also take with you your doctor's name, address and phone number, emergency contact name and phone number, and your insurance company's name, address and phone number.

* When I finish my tour in Vietnam, if I still have some local money, what can I do?
Upon leaving Vietnam, if you still have some local money, you can change them back to foreign currency with your passport and the exchange memos given by the banks or money exchange counters. So please keep those exchange memos well whenever you change money.

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* Tipping
Tipping is not compulsory, but expected by your tour guide and driver.  We advise you to tip as below:

- US$10 - $15 per day for tour guide
- US$7 - US$10 per day for driver

Note:
- Tipping can be more or less or nothing that depends on how big is the group? And how do you enjoy our services?

- Other tipping for tuktuk, sampan boat, cyclo,... please check with your tour guide during the tour.

* Shopping
Vivutravel guarantees "no shopping tour", which means we protect you from the tourist shopping centers or traps. However, if you want to buy something, our travel consultants, tour guides will give you suggestions, advices and help you buy to avoid being overcharged.

Bargaining is a "Must" when buying something in Vietnam and Indochina.

Vivutravel believes that a good choice of accommodation will be the key factor for a successful holiday, and for many years of experience in tourism, we have created a list of the best hotels and resorts each destination that offer us both more benefits of competitive rates, early birds, guaranteed promotion and discounts with availability.

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We pick the selected hotels for you as below:
Location: The hotels must be centrally – located, close to the main attractions and most convenient for you to enjoy your holiday.

Facility & Service Quality: Vivutravel only uses the hotels that are regularly and strictly inspected. The hotel must provide international standards and your every need is cared for by the hotel staff.

Variety in Choice: As Vivutravel offers different styles of tour such as honeymoon,, family, adventure, discovery, homestay,... so we will offer many styles and grades of hotels which are available for different budgets, tastes and culture backgrounds.

Hotel Information for planning your holiday and stay.
2 Stars - From US$35 - US$40:
We hardly use 2 star hotels for our clients but sometimes we have no choice if your trip is in the mountainous or remote areas. Basically, 2 star hotels will offer good size and clean guest rooms with AC, TV, hot water, shower and private bathrooms

3 Stars - From US$40 - US$80:
Offering basic needs for a comfortable stay, good size and clean guest rooms with Free access high speed Internet, Welcome baskets and drinking water, Telephone with international dialing, Electronic safe box in room, Hairdryer, Coffee and Tea, Wake-up service, AC, TV, hot water, shower and private bathrooms. On-site restaurants with breakfast included and lunch or dinner at your own pick up. A small fitness center, spa and swimming pool can be expected.

4 Stars - From from US$80 - US$130:
Offering a wide range of comfortable boutique hotels are available with shopping, dining and entertainment facilities nearby. Featuring quality service, fully furnished rooms, restaurants, fitness center with spa (and swimming pool in most cases), the hotels are expected to offer an above-average accommodation experience.

5 Stars - from US$130 - US$200 – US$ 300:
Offering an extensive range of facilities for an excellent accommodation experience. Multiple restaurants on site and a wide range of choice for buffet breakfast, good size of swimming pool, fitness center and concierge service round out the experience.

Tour guide and driver are Vivutravel's representatives and your travel companions during your travel in Vietnam and Indochina who take care of our travel services and make your holiday a memorable time. Understanding this, Vivutravel always selects the best tour guides and drivers for tours.

Private Guide & Transfer
Vivutravel's tour packages are private and tailor made so during your travel with us, you will have a private tour guide, private driver, and an air-conditioned vehicle escorting you at every destination you travel to. This will provide you with maximized personal care, security, and flexibility.

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Tour Guide:
We do understand that a good tour guide will make your holiday a beautiful time and tour guides who work with us are well-paid, experienced with a university background, eager to exchange our culture, lifestyle, knowledge...with travelers, and have a great passion for their country and understand the personal touch.

Note: In Sapa or some mountainous areas, we may use local tour guides who come from the ethnic groups like H'Mong, or Red Dao as they know better than anyone else about their land, culture, customs and habits... and this is also the way that Vivutravel helps the local people a better life.

Vivutravel's requirements for a tour guide:
1 - Licensed at least for 4 years with working experience.

2 - Guiding does require more than just hanging out in the sun. Guides must be friendly and good with people, organized enough to keep groups or people on schedule, quick on their feet and ready for the inevitable snafus that arises.

3 - Must be an honest broker of their services and able to take criticism.

4 - Should be qualified at some level in health, health care or first aid.

5 - Able to relate to people from a wide range of cultures and backgrounds.

6 - Clear speech and good hearing.

7 - Must not be a alcoholic or No-alcohol during working time or anytime when on tour.

8 - Tour guide is a nurse to take care of visitors, a boss to keep the right itinerary, a teacher to give information, an ambassador to introduce our country, an entertainer

9 - Must be on time every time. Being late or delay is unacceptable.

10 - Check flight tickets, train tickets, meals, weather... to make sure things are in order and inform local office if any changes that might effect the tour.

11 - Solve problems with care when there is dissatisfy. Argument should be averted by courtesy.

12 - If any change of itinerary is needed for unexpected reasons, your private tour guides will be more than accommodating in suggesting alternatives to ensure that you always have a wonderful experience.

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Transportation:
Vivutravel guarantees to offer the best means of transport during your holiday in Vietnam and Indochina. The safety, comfort and security of our customers come first. We use only the latest modern cars, vans, coaches and all our drivers are full time workers, government licensed in the tourism industry with at least 5 years driving experience. We are fully in control of our quality and service as we own our vehicles.

Vivutravel's requirements for a tour driver.
- Our drivers must be good drivers with at least 5 years of experience

- Our drivers must keep the vehicles clean,

- Our drivers are not allowed to hear cell-phone or smoke, chat, drink when driving.

- Our drivers must be friendly, helpful.

- Our drivers are not allowed to take you to shops unless you ask for.

- Your vehicle in each destination is air conditioned, insured, clean, and regularly maintained.

Tipping
Tipping is not compulsory, but expected by your tour guide and driver.  We advise you to tip as below:

- US$10 - $15 per day for tour guide
- US$7 - US$10 per day for driver

- Tipping can be more or less or nothing that depends on how big is the group? And how do you enjoy our services?

- Other tipping for tuktuk, sampan boat, cyclo,... please check with your tour guide during the tour.

Vivutravel believes that a good choice of accommodation will be the key factor for a successful holiday, and for many years of experience in tourism, we have created a list of the best hotels and resorts each destination that offer us both more benefits of competitive rates, early birds, guaranteed promotion and discounts with availability.

vietnam hotel

We pick the selected hotels for you as below:
Location: The hotels must be centrally – located, close to the main attractions and most convenient for you to enjoy your holiday.

Facility & Service Quality: Vivutravel only uses the hotels that are regularly and strictly inspected. The hotel must provide international standards and your every need is cared for by the hotel staff.

Variety in Choice: As Vivutravel offers different styles of tour such as honeymoon,, family, adventure, discovery, homestay,... so we will offer many styles and grades of hotels which are available for different budgets, tastes and culture backgrounds.

Hotel Information for planning your holiday and stay.
2 Stars - From US$35 - US$40:
We hardly use 2 star hotels for our clients but sometimes we have no choice if your trip is in the mountainous or remote areas. Basically, 2 star hotels will offer good size and clean guest rooms with AC, TV, hot water, shower and private bathrooms

3 Stars - From US$40 - US$80:
Offering basic needs for a comfortable stay, good size and clean guest rooms with Free access high speed Internet, Welcome baskets and drinking water, Telephone with international dialing, Electronic safe box in room, Hairdryer, Coffee and Tea, Wake-up service, AC, TV, hot water, shower and private bathrooms. On-site restaurants with breakfast included and lunch or dinner at your own pick up. A small fitness center, spa and swimming pool can be expected.

4 Stars - From from US$80 - US$130:
Offering a wide range of comfortable boutique hotels are available with shopping, dining and entertainment facilities nearby. Featuring quality service, fully furnished rooms, restaurants, fitness center with spa (and swimming pool in most cases), the hotels are expected to offer an above-average accommodation experience.

5 Stars - from US$130 - US$200 – US$ 300:
Offering an extensive range of facilities for an excellent accommodation experience. Multiple restaurants on site and a wide range of choice for buffet breakfast, good size of swimming pool, fitness center and concierge service round out the experience.

Indochina holiday to Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand offers you some of the world's best food and it is really the highlight of your travel. Vivutravel tends to include meals where necessary and when special. Other meals are at your own choices.

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Breakfast:
Breakfast is included at all hotels and is buffet breakfast with Asian and Western food.

Lunch
Lunches (if included) are usually set menu at handpicked local restaurant with comfortable dining environment where you can rest assure to taste the local flavor. All restaurants are carefully selected and highly recommended.

If allergic to some food
We suggest you to list any food or ingredients that you are allergic to and let our travel consultant know. Then your travel consultant will mark them in the guide’s itinerary, so that our reservation's team and tour guides in different cities can make some preparations and arrangements in advance.

Dinner
Dinners are only included if you stay overnight in a homestay, overnight on cruise in Halong Bay, Mekong Delta or at some special occasions such as welcome dinner, farewell dinner or on requested. So dinners are at your own choice and arrangement, but Vivutravel's tour guide will always give you good suggestions based on your preferences.

Your rate:
Recent Reviews

Christene S, Australia

          ( Excellent )

Vietnam at a Glance 10 days from Sai Gon We went with friends that had a recommended from a friend who had used Vivutravel. Hoai our consultant was great to deal with. A very trustworthy & professional operation. We travelled as a party of 4 & had a travel guide & drive in each location which were all very informative, always punctual & knowledgeable. The transport was clean & the drivers ensured a comfortable ride. Hotel star rating is not really the same as Australian standards, so I would definitely go up on the stars. Hoai arranged the visa on arrival for all us, which was great but next time I would probably organise the visa here to save time at the other end, as the 2 hrs wait to be processed was what we didn't need at the end of a long day. There was a lot travel time on our tour, as I appreciate there is a lot to see in 10 days. Personally I would have like a few extra days in Hoi An & not so many in Hanoi & to have travelled to Hanoi then Hoi An, to finish the fabulous holiday in such a pretty place by the water. We travelled in July, and it was a hot hot hot. Overall a great way to see Vietnam

Mr Peter McMilland / Melbourne, Australia

          ( Excellent )

We worked with Hoai Nguyen over several months to book a guided/driver tour in early August 2018 and were extremely pleased with Hoai's approach to communicating with us and ensuring every request was satisfied. Highly recommend this company in providing advice and recommendations on how to see as much of Vietnam as is possible in a short, (8 day) trip.

Julie

        ( Very Good )

Recommended from a friend who had used Vivutravel. Hoai our consultant was very efficient to deal with. Trustworthy & professional operation. Our travel guides were all very informative, always punctual, knowledgeable and amicable. The transport was clean & good drivers ensured a comfortable ride. Hotel star rating is probably not the same as Aust standards, so go up on the stars. They even arranged the visa but go direct to the Visa desk not customs or the wait can be tiresome. A lot of travel on our tour so I would recheck distances between attractions. We travelled in July..... the hot & wet season, and it was a lot of both. A great way to see Vietnam.

Mrs Alexandra PELTS

          ( Excellent )

Used the services of Vivutravel for private shore excursions in Vietnam and was very happy with the services. Hoai was very knowledgeable and made recommendations to improve our itinerary. Everything was perfectly arranged and we had an amazing time

Catherine Standford

          ( Excellent )

Had a fantastic holiday in Vietnam with friends on a private tour. Our guides and drivers were amazing and did everything they could to make our holiday perfect Vivutravel did an amazing job organising our tour. Highly recommended

Angela Mendiz, Los Angeles, USA

          ( Excellent )

Vietnam at a glance Hello Mr. Bang, we had a lovely family outing in Vietnam. You made us feel at home from day one. The 8-day package was excellent, though bit tightly packed. We enjoyed the street food tour with you, but my most memorable moment was the Halong Bay cruise. It was magical. Your inputs helped us a lot. Moreover, your knowledge about the ancient history and stories about different places kept us entertained throughout the tour. It felt like we were traveling with a friend rather than a guide. I got to know the Vietnamese perspective on the Vietnam War, and it was possible because you shared with me your side of the story. Thank you, my friend.

Wilfred, Chicago, USA

          ( Excellent )

One of the best luxury tours ever Hello, Ms. Trinh, it was a pleasure to have you as our guide for the Vietnam luxury tour. You made our vacation such a memorable experience. At the end of our 12 days trip, we felt rejuvenated and it was all possible because of your arrangements. Thank you for taking care of everything to make us feel comfortable. Your knowledge about the heritage places is mind boggling. We had no problem in communicating with any locals, and we shall give credit to you only. I also need to thank Mr. Tan, a highly skilled driver, for giving us a smooth ride till airport.

Abu Baker Al Sadi, Oman

          ( Excellent )

Safe and secure trip Before our visit to Vietnam, it was great to hear that we had a travel consultant, tour guide, and a driver to make our visit a memorable one. Our travel consultant Ms. Ngoc made sure to prepare a well-planned schedule that made my family members and me visit most of the places in and around Vietnam. It was not just a schedule, and it was more than that as it had the foods and other things that one must try while visiting the places. We thank them a lot as we were able to find the best food while visiting random places around Vietnam. The accommodation was good, and we were not disappointed about traveling around as our driver who has been hired by the agency members, was really a friendly person and made our ride around a hassle free one. He even answered to numerous questions and guided us about things to do and not to do around the country.

Vandana

          ( Excellent )

Romantic and knowledgeable tour My boyfriend and I had a fantastic and fabulous Vietnam tour, with the company of our tour guide Ms. Dung, who made our private tour a well-organized one. It was an 8-day trip started from Ho Chi Min city and had Mr. Bao as the tour guide cum driver who took us throughout the country with just two of us. The drive was highly knowledgeable, and he even answered most of your questions. He made sure we were comfortable in terms of traveling around the country. The accommodation was excellent and not to mention about the local food that tasted so delicious and healthy at the same time. Our driver Mr. Bao introduced way different local eateries, and it was because of him we had some good local food around the country. The local markets were clean and looked fabulous. Nice locals with pleasing personality always gave us a warm smiling reception.

Kevin Spike

        ( Very Good )

8 days was gone in a heartbeat! But what an amazing experience! Our travel consultant Ms Lan was there the whole way, quick with the communications, adjustments to schedule, recommendations on accommodations or attractions to see and the whole guide/driver willingness to work around how quickly we wanted to move around each location or not worked PERFECTLY! We had an amazing 8 days and were only sad we couldn't fit in more days there as there was so much to explore, we literally felt like we only scratched the surface. The communication was great, guides were all great in terms of knowledge and conversation, cars were all late model and very clean, drivers very helpful and very professional. The trip flowed extremely well. The accommodations were each very well chosen and the food was fantastic with plenty of everything you could want and opportunities to try things you don't normally experience at home. WONDERFUL experience! Thank you Vivutravel. If you are still on the fence, just book it and don't look back. you will be very happy you did!!!

Kaz Peterson

        ( Very Good )

My partner and i had a blast and only wish we could take all of our guides back to the UK with us. Our guide in Hanoi went above and beyond in all areas and made us feel so welcome. Hanoi itself is a crazy town full of unique shops, street, food and sights. you really need a few days here to experience. We found it helpful to start our tour here as it is cooler than the south and gets you acclimatised to the country. Food is Amazing, our guide took us under his wing and dinned with us at all his favourite local spots. plenty of good eating and excellent conversation. All of our hotels were also beautiful, quaint and quiet with excellent customer service and often in superb locations too. Ensure you also stay here when the night market are on, the sights and smells are just fascinating. Be prepared to barter for everything, the locals expect it and love it too. Great place for gifts. Halong Bay boat tour was just fabulous and the local beer is pretty good too. A great eight days with great people. Well done Vivutravel!

Steven Adelle

        ( Very Good )

A fantastic tour which takes in all the main sites and destinations of Vietnam. You cannot fail to fall in love with Vietnam and we certainly enjoyed our very short time in the country. We just wish had longer than 8 days. We found Vivutravel online and found them responsive and helpful. Our travel consultant advised the best destinations we could see for our budget. We found the tour such good value for money and all of the accommodation was superb. The Cu Chi tunnels in HCM were a sombre start to the tour, but oh so very interesting. You can walk through the tunnels where farmers and soldiers had to hide. Great experience. Our guides were all helpful and even provided water and cold towels for us in the hot weather, be warned it can get very hot at times. Hanoi is lovely and a perfect reflection on the history of Vietnam, with pagodas and temples plentiful. The food was amazing and way better than we expected. The our included a few meals and they were all fresh and of fair quality. We loved our 8 days with Vivutravel and a special thanks to our drivers who made us feel safe.

Cecilia Lock

          ( Excellent )

What a fantastic tour! As a lone traveller I was apprehensive about going to a new country, but Vivutravel put my mind at rest as soon as I spoke to them. They put together an itinerary and I felt comfortable in their hands. My tour guide Ms. Trinh was friendly and professional. The street food tour in Hanoi was a particular highlight for me and i got to experience the best food in Vietnam. I can still taste the traditional Pho now! Hanoi is a magical city and Ms. Trinh was so helpful in recommending places to visit and she was so knowledgeable. Cu Chi tunnels were very moving and definitely worth a visit to learn more about the history of Vietnam. All in all I left Vietnam with a heavy heart and I would definitely recommend Vivutravel, especially if you are traveling alone.

Paul Smart

          ( Excellent )

My wife and I just returned from a superb adventure in Vietnam. Our tour with Vivutravel was well organised and they made us feel at home the minute we met our guide. For me, the chance to experience floating markets and all the exotic foods was just so interesting. Mr. Bang, our tour guide was super helpful and professional. All of our transfers were well organised too. We fell in love with Halong Bay, and a night onboard a traditional junk boat was just fantastic. My wife and I sipped on cocktails and watched the sunset over the Bay. Mr Bang was professional and made us feel very welcome. We will definitely use Vivutravel again.

Abbie Porter

          ( Excellent )

This was our first visit to Vietnam and we were so happy to have found Vivutravel. From the moment we arrived in Ho Chi Minh city we felt like we were in good hands. The transfer to the hotel was well organised and the Novotel Saigon Vivutravel had arranged was perfectly located. Our guide Mr. Thao was fantastic and so friendly and helpful, he even told us the best place to grab some late dinner. The Cu Chi tunnel experience was fascinating and Mr. Thao ensured we arrived before the crowds. A lovely surprise of jasmine tea & tapioca after tunnel journey. Hanoi, Halong Bay and the floating market were all fantastic experiences. We will definitely back to this beautiful country and cannot recommend Vivutravel enough.

Mario from the Netherlands

          ( Excellent )

We are from the Netherlands, but living in Thailand. Two years ago, my family booked a tour with Vivutravel, but stayed in Hue and Hoi An for 1 week. This year we focused on the south and the north of Vietnam but still enjoyed so much. Vivutravel arranged everything smoothly. We really liked the street food tour in Hanoi, Pho is the best dish you should try. Halong bay was crowded, but Vivutravel booked at at Red Dragon cruise, great choice for family with kids. Thanks Vivutravel and Lan, Quang for this wonderful trip!

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This is private tour with a flexible schedule. There is no other traveler on the tour. You will have a private English speaking tour guide and a private air-conditioned vehicle in each destination. This is sample tour and can always be personalized to meet your personal needs and travel budget.

Planning the tour:
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Supported by private travel consultant
Unlimited changes, no charge

Our guarantee:
Quality service and affordable price with added value
Use of excellent local guides
Use of well-selected hotels
Use of comfortable vehicles
Worry-free & one-stop service
Excellent customer care

Methods of payment:
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