Best of Vietnam Self-Guided Tour
Best of Vietnam Self-Guided Tour overview
|First available departure:||1 Jan 2013|
|Last available departure:||31 Dec 2015|
To see the best of Vietnam in 10 days, you can't beat this self-guided itinerary to Hanoi, Halong, Hue, Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City, which we at InsideVietnam Tours affectionately call the famous five Hs. Packed with contrast you'll get an insight into every aspect of Vietnamese culture: the history, landscape, cuisine and wonderful people.
See the very Best of Vietnam Self-Guided Adventure
Begin your tour in the modern capital of Hanoi; a guided city tour is a great way to get your bearings in town. The Stalinist mausoleum where Ho Chi Minh’s body is preserved makes for a fascinating beginning to our trip. The Presidential Palace, the Temple of Literature - Vietnam's first university constructed in 1070 - the Ethnology Museum and the Women’s Museum are all worth a visit.
Set sail in a comfortable Chinese-style junk boat around the wonderful scenery of the bay. Disembark to explore one of the remarkable floating fishing villages along the way.
Fly south to Hue, imperial capital of the once-great Nguyen Emperors. Following a guided exploration of the vast Citadel, take a picturesque boat ride up the Perfume River, named for the fragrance of tropical flowers carried down from orchards upriver, to the Thien Mu Pagoda.
A scenic drive, ascending the Pass of Ocean Clouds before dropping down to Danang and following the coast south takes you down to the ancient trading port of Hoi An. The narrow, meandering streets of Hoi An's Old Town are perhaps the most appealing places in Vietnam to wander at your own pace, or hire a bike and get out into the countryside.
Next on your journey, a short flight will take you to Ho Chi Minh City, the energetic heart of modern Vietnam, where something can be found to entertain every disposition. Still know by its inhabitants as Saigon, it’s packed with things to see, including the former Presidential Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, Benh Thanh Market and Dong Khoi Street.