Enjoy a cruise on one of the most amazing places on earth – Halong Bay
Temple of Literature
Visit the Temple of Literature which is featured on the back of the 100,000 Vietnamese đồng banknote
Ho Chi Minh City
Explore the historical heart of Ho Chi Minh City
Mui Ne Beach
Soak up the sunshine at Mui Ne Beach
The nature, history and culture don’t even scratch the surface of the draw that Vietnam has for travellers. From foodies and beach hoppers to culture and adventure seekers, Vietnam has something for everyone. Join us on a tour from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City and explore this truly amazing gem of south-east Asia.
Vietnam certainly has its fair share of natural beauty, the most breathtaking of which you’ll find at the iconic Halong Bay. Made up of over a thousand limestone peaks, which jut out of the turquoise water like daggers, the bay has become famous for its surreal, otherworldly beauty, which we’ll witness first-hand on our junkboat tour. Then there’s the beaches; this tour ends with a few days at the coastal town of Phan Thiet, where pure white sand and azure shores are commonplace.
Welcome to incredible Vietnam! Upon arrival at Hanoi International Airport, we’ll proceed through immigration, collect our luggage and transfer to our hotel in Hanoi for an early check-in.
We will have some time to have a rest before our tour in the afternoon. We will visit the Temple of Literature, the first University for the sons of mandarins. We will also walk through the old quarter of the city and visit a local house. Afterwards we will continue to Ngoc Son Temple nearby Hoan Kiem Lake.
After breakfast we will continue our tour of Hanoi. We will start with Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and his personal residence, the One Pillar Pagoda, the Tran Quoc Pagoda and Museum of Women. Afterwards we will have a lunch at a local restaurant.
In the afternoon we will enjoy a leisurely ride on a rickshaw around the city and through its hidden alleyways, followed by a water puppet show in the early evening.
After breakfast we will depart for the stunning Halong Bay (3½ hour drive) located in the Gulf of Tonkin, a must-see in Vietnam with over 1,600 islands and islets, most of which are uninhabited. After we arrive at Halong City we will check in and board a junk boat. Lunch will be served while cruising towards the bay.
In the afternoon you can enjoy some visits and activities or just spend some time relaxing on board (there is a possibility of swimming in the bay if weather permits). Dinner is served on board.
After breakfast on board the boat we can enjoy a fresh morning in the bay. Our cruise ends at around 11am, after which we will have an oriental tour in Hon Gai and Halong before going to Van Don Airport for our flight to Ho Chi Minh City.
Upon arrival at Ho Chi Minh airport we will transfer to our hotel in Saigon.
Please note: Breakfast, lunch or brunch will be served on board depending on each junk‘s service.
After breakfast we will enjoy a full day exploring the city. We will visit the former Presidential Palace, or as it is known today – the Reunification Palace. Then we will head to the historical heart of the city and visit the Notre Dame Cathedral (outside visit only due to its renovation). The red bricks of the cathedral walls were originally from Paris in France. From there, we will take a short walk to the old Central Post Office. After that, we will visit the best-preserved buildings from the colonial era, the Opera House and the Hotel de Ville – now home to Saigon’s municipal authorities.
After breakfast we will drive to Phan Thiet and after we check-in at the hotel we can relax for the rest of the day. Enjoy lunch at the hotel after check in.
After breakfast you can enjoy the beach or local area. In the evening we will join other Solos guests for dinner at hotel restaurant.
After breakfast you can enjoy the beach or local area before lunch at the hotel restaurant.
After breakfast, spend the day enjoying the beach. After a late check-out at 5pm, we’ll transfer to Ho Chi Minh City Airport for over night flight home
The visa waiver programme for British nationals has been suspended. You must obtain a visa in order to travel on Vietnam Airlines. For further information please visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/vietnam/entry-requirements or the Embassy of Viet Nam http://vietnamembassy.org.uk/ (contact details on their website).
For latest info please check: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/vietnam/entry-requirements
A number of British nationals have been refused entry and exit due to their passport being damaged. Make sure your passport is in good condition before arriving in Vietnam. Being refused entry can result in significant cost and a long stay at the airport.
Your passport should be valid for a minimum of 6 months on the date you enter Vietnam.
Medical Declaration Form for travellers entering Vietnam:
You will need to fill Medical Declaration Form. This form can be found on http://tokhaiyte.vn or http://suckhoetoandan.vn/khaiyte websites. Please note that the Medical Declaration Form must be filled either online or as a hard copy to be handed in on arrival in Vietnam.
When checking into a hotel, you’ll have to hand over your passport so that the hotel can register your presence with the local police. Make sure your passport is returned and keep it in a safe place.
The transfer time from Hanoi International Airport to your hotel in Hanoi is approximately 50 minutes, depending on the traffic. The transfer time from hotel in Phanthiet to Ho Chi Minh International Airport is approximately 4 hours, depending on the traffic.
We suggest a Group Collection to cover guides, transfer drivers, and hotel staff of £50.00 per person. Your Tour Leader will collect this on your behalf and distribute it accordingly, thus relieving you of the burden of who, when and how much to tip. The tipping of housekeeping will be left to your individual discretion (a small amount left in your room on departure should cover this and would be much appreciated). As is customary, ‘the hat’ will be passed around for the driver and guide on all optional excursions. For any meals that are not included in your itinerary, or taxi fares, your Tour Leader can advise of an appropriate % to add on.
The emphasis is on casual clothing for throughout. Go for light, loose cotton clothing and comfortable shoes or walking boots. Conservative dress is preferred for both men and women. No shorts or vest tops in restaurants. When visiting temples and certain museums dress politely; shorts, singlets, spaghetti straps, skirts, tank-tops and open backed sandals are not acceptable. The dress code would be same for men and women, that is shoulders and legs covered, no hats, and shoes to be taken off.
A sightseeing programme is included in your touring package.
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|March||26 °C||20 °C|
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