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Essence of Vietnam In 17 Days

(5 Reviews)
  • Hanoi - Ba Vi - Sa Pa - Ha Long Bay - Hoi An - Hue - Ho Chi Minh - Mekong Delta - Cai Rang Floating Market - Phu Quoc
  • 17 Days 16 Nights
  • Max People: 15
  • Wifi Available
  • Jan 01’ - Dec 31'
  • Age range: 2 to 80
  • Pickup: Airport
Traveling around Vietnam will surprise you with its rich traditional culture, a host of world heritage sites, stunning inland scenery, and world-renowned cuisine. Start your tour in Hanoi – Vietnam’s colonially influenced atmospheric capital, escape from the hustle and bustle of big cities in Ba Vi countryside, then be ready to be amazed by the most famous bay in Vietnam with the “Dragon” in its name.
Head to the South and discover the amazing network of Cu Chi tunnels which was used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War then explore the life of locals alongside the mighty Mekong River. Feel the essence of the calming ocean in Phu Quoc which is raw beauty, immerse yourself with white sand and emerald water sea, stay close to nature and sunbathe on the beach.
Places You’ll See
Start in Hanoi and end in Ho Chi Minh City! With the Discovery tour Essence of Vietnam 17 Days ( Hanoi/Sapa/ Halong Bay/ Hoi An /Phu Quoc), you have a 17 days tour package travelling around Hanoi, Vietnam and 7 other destinations in Vietnam. Essence of Vietnam 17 Days ( Hanoi/Sapa/ Halong Bay/ Hoi An /Phu Quoc) includes accommodation in a hotel as well as flights, an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

Day 1Welcome To Vietnam - Hanoi Arrival

Your trip begins with your arrival in Vietnam. Your private driver will meet and greet you at the airport. You will be escorted to the hotel by private transportation. Check in to the hotel and have some rest after the flight. You can travel around the streets in the capital of Vietnam. Historic charm, architectural marvels, and product variety are splashed all over this area.

After enjoying the first day yourself and return to the hotel for a relaxing sleep.

Day 2 Ba Vi Eco Tour (B/L)

Have breakfast at the hotel then you travel around the countryside style of Vietnam, a countryside located at the outskirt of Hanoi. The approximate travel time is one hour and 30 minutes.

Then arriving at Mr. Duoc’s house, you will be welcomed with fresh honey tea and green lentils or lotus seeds that made by his family.  Imagine a Vietnam in the old time of war through the stories of Mr. Duoc, who is not only a veteran who lives during those hard times but also a green tea expert. You will visit his tea plantation which is one of the largest in Ri village and join with locals in green tea processing. Afterward, have a Vietnamese cooking demonstration with another local host and then enjoy a home-cooked lunch in a lovely garden.

After that, you will wander around the village and mingle with local people. You will visit the local craftsman who has been skilled at making conical hats from a very young age and other workshops in the village to see how people there make tofu or shell the rice.  As you meander through the countryside you will experience the friendliness of the local people greeting you along the way.

Then join your guides for a leisurely cycling trip along the country roads. Observe traditional Vietnamese rural life as the local people work in the paddy fields. Along the way, watch out for a water buffalo plowing a paddy field while ducks swim across the top. Stop at another host family for foot bathing following the recipes of the Muong ethnic group and relaxing time before embarking on your private boat for a trip along the Da river. Later, enjoy a transfer between Ba Vi to your accommodation in Hanoi.

Day 3Hanoi – Sapa By Limousine (B)

Have breakfast at your accommodation then our driver transfers you to Sapa. After a long route, you arrive in Sapa town. Today, you can be walking or be travelling around the Sapa town, as considered a cloudy town in Vietnam

Overnight in Sapa.

Day 4Sapa – Cat Cat - Y Linh Ho –Ta Van (B/L/D)

Met up at your hotel in Sapa by local guide and driver for a short road transfer heading to Cat Cat village. After a couple of minutes, you will follow a road going downhill to Cat Cat village. Then you will stop by a waterfall and a hydroelectric station for a while before you trek on a dirt trail through rice paddy terraces. You will also enjoy spectacular scenery while walking along a narrow river. You eventually arrive in Y Linh Ho village of the Black Hmong minority, where you can take a rest while you are served lunch near the river.

After lunch, you head to Muong Hoa valley. You will pass through Lao Chai village of the Black Hmong minority and then Tavan village of the Giay minority by following a very popular trekking route. You will spend the night in the local house of the Giay minority. Later, will be able to take a walk to enjoy the valley view as well as swim in the river nearby.

Day 5Ta Van – Giang Ta Chai – Su Pan – Sapa (B/L) – Limousine Transfer To Hanoi

Once you get energy for your last day trek by having a delicious breakfast, you leave for Giang Ta Chai village of the Red Dao minority. You will be traveling around a bamboo forest, which belongs to Hoang Lien National Park, the highest national park in Vietnam. On the way, you will pass by a waterfall where you will have time to take a rest and enjoy the surroundings. You will find a nice place to enjoy lunch.

After lunch, you continue toward Su Pan, a small village located by the road. Here you start your journey back to Sapa by car and transfer back to Hanoi city.

Day 6Excursion To The Natural Wonder Of The Worlds (B/L/D) - Sharing Cruise

Our guide and the shuttle bus will pick you up at the lobby of the hotel and start your journey east to Halong Bay, through picturesque rice-farming villages of the Red River Delta, where we see everyday Vietnamese village life. On arrival, we board a beautiful traditional junk and spend a full day and night cruising the bay’s 3000 magnificent limestone islets. In the evening when the boat is anchored in the middle of the stunning lagoon, we enjoy a wonderful seafood meal, and later there is an opportunity for an evening swim from the side of the boat.

Spend the night on the luxurious boat.

Day 7Back To Tranquil Capital (B/L)

Rise early for a lesson in Tai Chi or just to enjoy a hearty breakfast. The boat will make its way back to the port stopping at the Cave of Surprises, full of stalagmites and stalactites. From here, it’s clear sailing back to the main harbor and the return to Hanoi around 4.30 pm. Drop at the hotel in Hanoi. Free time on your own.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 8Hanoi Fly To Hoi An (B)

After breakfast, our driver will pick you up at the lobby of the hotel and transfer you to Airport for the flight to Hoi An. Upon arrival, you will be transferred directly to your hotel. After check-in, free for leisure and shopping in the local markets.

Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 9Hoi An Leisure Day (B)

Today you will have free time travelling around Hoi An and explore the cuisine of  Central Vietnam, at your own pace, seeing what interests you.


Today your English-speaking guide will meet you at the hotel and take you to a tour of the countryside and rivers around Hoi An. As you meander through the countryside you will experience the friendliness of the local people greeting you along the way. After that, you will board the Hoi An Eco-tour boat for a river cruise to meet and engage with local fishermen. Enjoy a hands-on experience of traditional net fishing. You will also take a paddleboat trip in a unique Vietnamese bamboo basket boat down the waterways of a coconut palm paradise.

In the afternoon, leisure time on your own exploring the ancient town or relaxing at the hotel.

Day 10Hoi An –To Hue (B) By Bus

Morning: Having breakfast at your hotel. Check-in at your hotel then our driver will meet you in the lobby – transfer to Hue by bus.

Afternoon: After arriving at Hue, check-in at the hotel. Next, you are free to visit the city. For example, you can go sightseeing at Thuan An Beach, Lang Co Beach, Garden House….or take some photos. Spend overnight in Hue.

Overnight in Hue.

Day 11Ancient Citadel And Cyclo Tour (B/L)

08:00 Start your tour of Hue by traveling around to the Imperial Citadel where the Nguyen Dynasty, the last dynasty in Vietnam ruled between 1802 and 1945. After exploring the ruins of this wonderful monument take a cyclo ride through the ‘Old City’ to Tinh Tam Lake where the Emperors used to come to relax, full of lotus flowers in Summer, there are many local style coffee shops around the lake where university students come to study. Drive onto Thien Mu Pagoda, constructed in 1601, the 21-meter tall tower is the centerpiece of the pagoda.

This afternoon, depart for the Mausoleum of Tu Duc, built decades before its occupant’s death, the tomb was used as a palace retreat before becoming the Emperor’s resting place. Continue to Khai Dinh’s Tomb which is traditional Vietnamese in design with a European touch making it unique from the other tombs in Hue. If you wish, before visiting the tombs pass the city’s vibrant Dong Ba Market where a huge array of fresh produce is on offer.

Overnight in Hue.

Day 12Hue – Fly To Ho Chi Minh City (B)

Have breakfast at the hotel, then have free leisure time until there will be a private cab to transfer you to the airport for your next flight to Ho Chi Minh. Upon arrive at the airport, our driver escorts you to accommodation. Enjoy your time by walking and traveling around the dynamic city of Vietnam.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 13Ho Chi Minh - Mekong Delta ( Overnight At Homestay) (B/L/D)

Pick up at your hotel in Ho Chi Minh city and start the trip to My Tho. Upon arrival, visit Vinh Trang pagoda which sated back to the late 19th century. Then board the sampan and travel around four beautiful islands known as Dragon, Unicorn, Phoenix, and Tortoise islands in Vietnam.

Stop over at Unicorn Island, go walking in the village paths to contemplate orchards, and enjoy tropical fruits, and Vietnamese folk music performed by the local people. Visit the fruit plantation. Be rowed in a small sampan through the Thoi Son canal and treat yourself to the beauty of the countryside, visit the family business & bee-keeping farm, and enjoy a honey tea and coconut candy workshop. Have lunch at the local restaurant. Break time.

The afternoon is time for cycling around the Tan Thach village, meeting the local people to experience their daily life in the Mekong Delta. Relaxing on hammocks to enjoy the cool breeze is for those who do not want to join the cycling trip. Proceed to Can Tho. Your leisure.

Overnight in Can Tho.

Day 14Cai Rang Floating Market – Flight To Phu Quoc Island (B)

Breakfast at the hotel/homestay in the early morning. Take a leisure boat trip to explore the picturesque tributaries of the Lower Mekong River (Bassac River) then visit Cai Rang floating market which is the liveliest one in the whole of the region.

Walking trip to visit the fruit plantation and local noodle factory.

Our driver will bring you to the airport. Take a flight from Can Tho airport to Phu Quoc.

Check-in hotel and overnight on Phu Quoc Island.

Day 15Phu Quoc Island Leisure Day(B)

Have leisure time today.

Accommodate at the hotel. 

Day 16Phu Quoc Island Leisure Day(B)

Have leisure time today.

Accommodate at the hotel. 

Day 17Phu Quoc – Flight To Ho Chi Minh And Time To Say Goodbye (B)

Have breakfast at your hotel, travelling or walking around the island before taking a flight to Ho Chi Minh City and finish your Vietnam Trip.


Hotel list (3 star hotel)

Hanoi: Dal Vostro Hotel & Spa or similar

Halong Bay: Le Journey Cruise or similar

Sapa: The View Sapa Hotel 

Hoi An: Kiman Hoi An Hotel or similar

Hue: Cherish Hue or similar

Ho Chi Minh City: Lotus Central Hotel or similar

Mekong Delta: Homestay

Phu Quoc Island: Sea Stars Resort Phu Quoc or similar

Upgrade 4 star hotel: Pay extra 248 USD / person

Hanoi: Tirant Hotel or similar

Halong Bay: Renea Cruise or similar

Sapa: Amazing Sapa Hotel or similar

Hoi An: La Siesta Hoi An Resort & Spa or similar

Hue: Eldora Hotel or similar

Ho Chi Minh City: Cochin Zen Hotel or similar

Mekong Delta: Homestay

Phu Quoc: Famiana Resort & Spa Phu Quoc  or similar




Upgrade 5 star hotel: Pay extra 1,279 USD / person

Hanoi: The Oriental Jade Hotel or similar

Halong Bay: Athena Royal Cruise or similar

Sapa: Silk Path Sapa Hotel & Resort or similar

Hoi An: Palm Garden Beach Resort Hoi An or similar

Hue: Silk Path Sapa Hotel & Resort or similar

Ho Chi Minh City: The Myst Dong Khoi Hotel or similar

Mekong Delta: Azerai Can Tho

Phu Quoc: La Veranda Resort Phu Quoc or similar

Single traveler: Pay extra 758 USD / person

What's Included


 Hanoi to Da Nang  ( included 7kg for carry-on and 20kg check in luggage)

Hue to Ho Chi Minh City ( included 7kg for carry-on and 20kg check in luggage)

Can Tho to Phu Quoc ( included 7kg for carry-on and 20kg check in luggage)

 Phu Quoc to Ho Chi Minh City ( included 7kg for carry-on and 20kg check in luggage)



Experienced English Speaking Guide ( If mentioned)

* Exclusive and personalized single agent/single customer service


B = breakfasts

L=  Lunches

D= Dinners

This tour offers Vegetarian and Vegan food options on request. Simply let our Customer Support team know the food option that you prefer.


Private airport transfer

Shuttle bus to Halong bay

Sharing bus for Group tours

Additional Services

– All sightseeing tickets according itinerary

– Tissues and water on coach

– Service charges and government tax

– 24/7 hotline support guaranteed

– Vietnam Visa letter approval

– No extra charge after services confirmation

Optional Extras

Hoi An Eco Tour : 38 USD/person


International flights & Departure taxes

Beverage, Personal expenses, tips and gratuities

Travel insurance

Travel insurance is not covered in the tour price. You can organize travel insurance with your preferred insurance company. We recommend World Nomads, a company recommended by LonelyPlanet

Visa stamp fees ($25)



Any policies are in place for children?

The rate for children applicable for child sharing a room or cabin with two adults:

  • For infant (<02 years old): FOC except domestic ticket cost.
  • 02 – 11 years old: 85% adult rate.
  • Child from 12 years old and above will pay as adult.

All tickets: Based on each airlines policy, the price for children will be applied at time of booking.

What are the typical steps in the payment process?

Deposit: In order to secure your spot for the tour, an amount 10% of land service are required to pay (the amount vary based each on tour basis). The amount should be made via bank transfer or our online payment method. After receiving the deposit of your tour, a voucher confirmation will be sent to you within 24-48 hours. Some airfares or services must be paid in full at the time of booking.

Final payment: The balance of your tour will be made one month before the travel date. Payment by bank transfer or online payment is accepted.

I'm a solo traveller, is there a single supplement?

All prices are based on per adult, in Double/Twin sharing

Surcharge will be applied for single traveler or single room request

Will be there any alterations of the itinerary?

Alterations to your itinerary before the booking is processed are happily processed free of charge. We want to provide the best tour possible for you.

Alterations, after you have received your booking confirmation letter, will attract a fee of $10 USD per request.

Vietnam Tour Fun reserves the right to modify the itinerary of the tour if air schedule or surface transportation changes, and/or events beyond its control make such alteration necessary.

In this event, any of the increase or reduction of the tour cost will be calculated and charged accordingly.

If the tour is to be changed at the request of the client(s), the client will be required to pay any additional cost in advance.

What are the cancellation policies and how can I change mine?

We would deeply regret your decision to cancel your trip to Vietnam & Indochina; however, we realize that there are many reasons for this event.
In the event of cancellation, we will refund any payment made to Vietnam Tour Fun given that a cancellation fee is applicable.

The cancellation fee will be calculated as follows:

  • 31 days and more before departure: 10% of the full payment + airfare cancellation fees (if any).
  • 15-30 days before departure: 30% of the full payment + airfare cancellation fees (if any).
  • 14 days and less before departure: 100% of the full payment.
  • No-show travelers will be charged 100% of the full payment.

After the trip has commenced, we are unable to refund any amount for unused services due to your early departure, late arrival, or missed days on tours.

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Couple Traveller

I and my wife had a wonderful trip to Vietnam organized with the team to add an additional 4 days onto our tour. Dat and his team were brilliant to deal with and did and an amazing job accommodating for our request to extend the tour and also to meet my husband dietary requirements. The local tour guides were great and provided great information and were very helpful. The hotels locations were fantastic and close to everything. Again, We had a fantastic time and hope to travel with Vietnam Tour Fun again in the future,

December 4, 2019


Family Traveller

Excellent travel itinerary to Vietnam with 24hrs support, great hotels provided. Thanks Minah for your support throughout the tour and making it a memorable family vacation.

December 3, 2019


Couple Traveller

Me and my friend had a 9 day tour in Vietnam in January this year…It was absolutely fantastic from the first approach of my travel referent from Vietnam Tour Fun , Ms Minah. She helped us made some changes with tour and still have plenty of time for us doing our things. We could not have been more pleased.

February 14, 2019


Solo Traveller

It’s a good tour if you don’t have much time to explore Vietnam, you get to see a lot of what Vietnam is about

November 23, 2018


Group Traveller

Deep into culture and boarden my mind a lot on this tour. We met many mind-like travellers and listened to many good stories from our guide Hannah. She is so good that no words can describe. Everything is great except for the lady in Hanoi hotel, but then it’s not a big problem at all.

February 10, 2018
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