Essence of Vietnam


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Discover the essence of Vietnam on this tour covering Hanoi, Pu Luong Ha Long Bay, Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City. Commence in Hanoi, immersing yourself in temple visits and a captivating Water Puppet Show. Sail through the ethereal islands of Ha Long Bay before delving into Pu Luong's emerald rice terraces, a land reminiscent of the famed bay. Traverse Hoi An's historic alleys, aglow with charming lanterns. Conclude in Ho Chi Minh City, where the War Remnants Museum and dynamic Cholon unveil the city's past. Indulge in local flavors and absorb the bustling urban pulse.

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Discover the essence of Vietnam on this tour covering Hanoi, Pu Luong Ha Long Bay, Hoi An, and Ho Chi Minh City. Commence in Hanoi, immersing yourself in temple visits and a captivating Water Puppet Show. Sail through the ethereal islands of Ha Long Bay before delving into Pu Luong's emerald rice terraces, a land reminiscent of the famed bay. Traverse Hoi An's historic alleys are aglow with charming lanterns. Conclude in Ho Chi Minh City, where the War Remnants Museum and dynamic Cholon unveil the city's past. Indulge in local flavors and absorb the bustling urban pulse.


Prepare yourself! You are leaving today for Hanoi to start your unbelievable Best of Vietnam Journey.

Chao mung! Welcome to Vietnam and the captivating ancient capital, Hanoi. After landing in Hanoi, collect your luggage and head towards the arrival hall. Our team member will be there to greet you and help with your transportation to the hotel. (The standard check-in time is 3:00 pm.) Once you've checked in at the hotel, take a moment to unwind and rejuvenate. Depending on your arrival timing, seize the opportunity to leisurely explore the afternoon or evening at your own pace.

Overnight in Hanoi

Start your day with a hearty breakfast at your hotel. Embark on the first day of your journey with a guided tour of Hanoi. Depart from the hotel at 08:30 to explore Vietnam’s oldest university, the Temple of Literature, established in 1076. Originally named Quoc Tu Giam, this institution was housed within a temple and aimed to educate the country's elite, including royalty and mandarins. Continue the tour with a stop at the renowned One Pillar Pagoda, among Vietnam's most iconic temples. Nearby lies the mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh, a pivotal figure in Vietnam's modern history, along with his modest stilt house. Please note that these sites are observed from the outside and are closed on Mondays and Fridays, as well as during October and November.

Conclude the morning with a visit to the scenic West Lake and the Tran Quoc Buddhist Pagoda, dating back to the sixth century. Tran Quoc Pagoda holds the distinction of being Hanoi's oldest pagoda, with a history spanning over 1,500 years. Enjoy lunch at an authentic Vietnamese restaurant, followed by free leisure time for the remainder of the day.

Overnight in Hanoi

Begin your day with a nourishing breakfast at your hotel, and kick off the first day of your journey with a guided tour of Hanoi. Your excursion commences with a departure from your hotel at 08:30 AM, taking you first to the Temple of Literature, a historic establishment that dates all the way back to 1076. This revered institution was established within a temple complex with the purpose of educating Vietnam's nobility and elite class.

Following this, you'll delve into the iconic One Pillar Pagoda, a profound symbol of Vietnam's cultural heritage. Nearby, you'll encounter the mausoleum and unassuming stilt house of Ho Chi Minh, a central figure in the modern history of Vietnam. It's important to note that these sites are viewable from the exterior and are closed on Mondays and Fridays, as well as during the months of October and November.

To round off your morning, you'll visit the picturesque West Lake and the Tran Quoc Buddhist Pagoda, a place of worship with a remarkable history stretching over 1,500 years, making it one of Hanoi's most ancient pagodas. Following your exploration, relish a delicious lunch at an authentic Vietnamese restaurant, and the remainder of the day is yours to enjoy at your own pace.

Overnight in Pu Luong

This leisurely stroll through the exquisite rice terrace valley in front of the Retreat is a well-known and uncomplicated activity. We will commence by descending into the charming valley, which offers captivating views of cascading rice terraces. Subsequently, we'll traverse narrow, lush pathways that gradually unveil the picturesque Uoi village nestled at the foot of a towering mountain. You'll find it hard to keep your camera still when you witness the panoramic view of the village from an elevated vantage point.

We'll continue our downhill walk to Uoi village, and then proceed to Lan village. If time allows, there's a possibility of visiting a local family to gain insights into their traditional brocade weaving techniques, although this is not guaranteed. Following that, we'll meander through the rice paddies once more to return to the main road, where our car will be waiting to pick us up. You'll then be transported back to Puluong Retreat, where lunch will be served.

In the afternoon, you can check out from the Lodge and begin your journey back to Hanoi. Your overnight stay will be in Hanoi.



Following breakfast in Hanoi, begin your journey from the capital to Halong Bay, which is approximately a 3-hour and 30-minute drive. Upon reaching Halong City's pier at around noon, you'll go through the check-in process. Once onboard the vessel, you'll receive a warm welcome, and a delightful lunch will be served as the boat cruises towards the bay. In the afternoon, you can engage in some sightseeing, partake in on-board activities (based on the boat's specific itinerary), or simply unwind on the vessel. As the day draws to a close, the boat drops anchor among the striking karst formations for the night, and dinner will be served onboard.

For those who wake up early, a remarkable sunrise over the karst formations of Halong Bay can be a memorable experience. Following this, breakfast will be served shortly. You can savor your breakfast (or brunch on certain boats) while the vessel gently navigates through the stunning rock formations, heading back to the port.

Upon disembarking, our guide and driver will be ready to transport you to Hanoi for your departing flight. Once back on land, we will arrange for your transfer to catch a flight to Da Nang. Upon arrival at the airport, you will embark on a forty-five-minute journey to Hoi An, where you'll check in at the hotel.

Morning or afternoon departure depend on availability

Hoi An, an ancient port town, was established through a blend of various cultures from Vietnam, Japan, China, and Europe. Fortunately, many of the historic structures in this town have been well-preserved, maintaining their original condition, although some are now utilized for commercial purposes. This ensures that travelers can gain a comprehensive understanding of the history and cultural diversity of this remarkable place. Our half-day excursion primarily involves a leisurely stroll.

During our walk, we'll meander through old streets, pass by several historical houses, observe the daily lives of the local inhabitants, and witness the harmonious coexistence of historical elements and modernity in the town. We'll also visit some ancient monuments from other nations, such as the Japanese Covered Bridge and the Fujian Assembly Hall of Chinese origin.

After a bit of walking, quench your thirst and savor the genuine flavors of Hoi An with a refreshing glass of traditional herbal drink from a street-side vendor. If time permits, we may also drop by a handicraft store, where you can witness the creation of some of the most iconic souvenirs in town and even take a few of them back with you.



Following your breakfast, our transportation service will convey you to Da Nang airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City. After approximately 1.5 hours of flying, you'll arrive at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City, where our driver will be ready to transport you to your city center hotel. Check-in at the hotel and enjoy some free time for the remainder of the day.

This morning, you'll embark on a 55-kilometer drive from Ho Chi Minh City to Cu Chi District, renowned for its remarkable network of underground tunnels. These tunnels extend for over 200 kilometers and consist of a central system with numerous interconnected branches leading to hideouts, shelters, and other subterranean passageways. For lunch, you'll have the opportunity to savor traditional noodles.

In the afternoon, you'll immerse yourself in the attractions of Ho Chi Minh City. This will include viewing examples of French colonial architecture and delving into Vietnam's tumultuous history at the Museum. Your guide will lead you to the most intriguing sights that Ho Chi Minh City has to offer.

You'll commence by departing from your hotel to the Reunification Palace, a beautifully preserved residence that once housed the President of the Republic of Vietnam. On April 30th, 1975, this iconic place marked the official end of the American War. Following that, you'll visit Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, which was constructed in 1880, and the Old Post Office, a stunning example of classical French colonial architecture built between 1886 and 1891.

Your final stop will be at a local market, where you can practice your bargaining skills while shopping for souvenirs and immerse yourself in the local way of life and culture. Here, you'll encounter some of the most friendly, vibrant, and hospitable people in the city. Following this eventful day, you'll return to your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City and have free time for the remainder of the day. You'll spend the night in Saigon.

Following breakfast at your hotel, we set out for the Cai Be market. Before reaching the heart of the Cai Be market, our car will make a stop at the Cai Be Cao Dai Oratories, a symbol of local religious uniqueness. From there, you'll be transferred to tourist boats for a visit to the rice floating market in An Cu commune, Cai Be district. This is the largest rice trade market in the southwestern region of Vietnam, where you'll have the opportunity to engage with the traders and gain insights into their daily lives.

Our journey continues to the ancient village of Dong Hoa Hiep commune and the Cai Be floating market. After leaving the floating market, the tourist boats will take you to Tan Phong islet, where you'll visit the Hai Yen bee farm. Here, you can explore a large flower garden where bees produce honey, enjoy fresh honey tea, and learn more about the life of bees. You'll also have the chance to visit the Linhzhi mushroom area, try your hand at catching fish with your feet, and experience crossing the monkey bridges.

Next, you'll visit Ms. Hang's orchard and savor fruits picked by yourself, all while listening to Vietnamese folk music. Afterward, you'll hop into a rowing boat and navigate through a small canal. Your journey then takes you to the Mekong Eco restaurant, where you'll participate in cooking and enjoy lunch.

After your meal, you'll cycle to Ms. Ba's house to learn the art of making rice paper, which is used in various spring roll dishes. Then, you'll continue to Ms. Sau's house to observe the process of crafting banana hammocks from the rope made of dried banana leaves. You'll also visit Ms. Muoi, an elderly woman, to witness the method of making nipa leaves used as roofing for traditional Vietnamese houses. Upon bidding farewell to Ms. Muoi, you'll cycle to Thao's house to learn how to weave water hyacinth and even create your own handmade gift with the guidance of Ms. Thao. Finally, you'll return to Mekong Ecolodge for some rest.

At around 4:30 p.m., you'll have the opportunity to experience the Hiep Duc ferry boat alongside the local people as you cross the Tien River, and our car will pick you up on the opposite side. You'll spend the night in Saigon.



You have free time on your hands before your departure, and you're welcome to participate in our optional and engaging excursions both within and around Ho Chi Minh City. One of the options is our "Good Morning Saigon!" tour. It's important to be aware that the hotel's standard check-out time is 12:00. If you wish to extend your stay, a late check-out can be arranged, depending on room availability, and an additional fee will be incurred.

When you're ready to head to the airport in Ho Chi Minh City for your onward flight, we will provide the transfer service. Your tour concludes upon your arrival at the airport.


Thang Long Opera Hotel

Situated in the heart of Hanoi, the Thang Long Opera Hotel is ideally located just a short 5-minute stroll away from the Denmark Embassy and the Ceramic Road. This 4-star hotel also boasts proximity to other notable landmarks, with Ly Thai To Park and the Vietnam Revolution Museum both being within 0.2 miles (0.2 km) and 0.4 miles (0.4 km) respectively.

The hotel offers a range of relaxation options, from massages and body treatments to facials. For those seeking recreational activities, there's a well-equipped fitness center and the opportunity to rent bicycles. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available throughout the hotel, and guests can benefit from services such as concierge assistance and convenient gift shops/newsstands. An area shuttle service is available for those looking to explore nearby attractions for a fee.

When it comes to dining, you can savor Asian cuisine at Lam Dien, one of the two on-site restaurants, or opt for the convenience of in-room dining with room service available during specified hours. A coffee shop/cafe is also at your disposal for quick snacks, and you can end your day with a refreshing drink in the bar/lounge. The hotel offers buffet breakfasts daily from 6:00 AM to 9:30 AM, available for a fee.

In terms of amenities, the hotel provides a 24-hour business center, complimentary newspapers in the lobby, and dry cleaning and laundry services. If you're planning an event, the hotel features a conference center with a space measuring 1292 square feet (120 square meters). For guests arriving or departing by air, a roundtrip airport shuttle service is available for a surcharge and self-parking is offered on-site at an additional cost.

Feel right at home in one of the 101 air-conditioned rooms, each equipped with refrigerators and LCD televisions. Complimentary wired and wireless Internet access ensures you stay connected, while cable programming offers entertainment. The private bathrooms come with showers featuring rainfall showerheads and designer toiletries. Additional conveniences include phones, safes, and work desks.



  • 09 Night accommodation in TWN/DBL sharing basis at listed hotels or similar
  • Daily Breakfast, room taxes, and service charges
  • 01 Night Night onboard the Cruise in Halong Bay
  • All meals while on board the cruise
  • All sightseeing tours as specified in the itinerary 
  • Admissions to the attractions as specified in the itinerary
  • Services of English speaking guide during the sightseeing tours
  • Domestic flights Hanoi - Danag - Saigon 
  • Transportation in a Deluxe Tourist Vehicle
  • International return airfare ex- Los Angeles (Please check with us for pricing from other cities)
  • All taxes and surcharges
  • All local applicable taxes


  • All other meals & other sightseeing or services
  • Gratuities for meals, tourist guides, drivers
  • Visa fees and travel Insurance
  • Personal expenses such as alcoholic and other beverages, telephone calls, and laundry
  • Any other services or Items not mentioned above as included

Planning a trip to Vietnam?

Visa requirements: To enter Vietnam, U.S., and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of return.

  • We recommend having at least three blank passport pages for entry stamps.
  • U.S. and Canadian passport holders must obtain a visa to enter Vietnam. You must obtain your Vietnam visa in advance by purchasing an electronic visa from the Vietnam Immigration Department, by applying directly to the Vietnamese consulate
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country's consulate for your specific entry requirements.

Cultural Sites: Respect local customs and traditions. Dress modestly, especially when visiting religious sites. Some cultural sites might have specific rules. For example, removing shoes before entering certain temples or pagodas is customary.

Weather: Vietnam's climate varies significantly between regions and seasons. Temperatures in this region can exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit (30 degrees Celsius), especially during the summer months. Northern Vietnam experiences four distinct seasons, while the south tends to be more consistently hot and humid. Plan accordingly based on the regions you're visiting and the time of year.

Clothing and Packing: We suggest bringing lightweight, loose clothes that can be layered for temperature changes, along with a light jacket or rain gear. For exploring, a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is ideal. Outdoor activities call for waterproof shoes or sandals, a swimsuit, sunscreen, and insect repellent. Binoculars come in handy for observing local wildlife and landscapes. Carrying a small hand sanitizer is useful when facilities are scarce while traveling. Consider packing smarter attire if visiting upscale restaurants or attending special events.

Language: Vietnamese is the official language in Vietnam, but English is widely spoken in most tourist areas.

Electricity: Vietnam operates on a 230-volt system and uses plug types A, E, or F, featuring two flat pins, two round pins, or three round pins, respectively. Bringing a universal adapter is recommended, along with a voltage converter if you intend to use personal devices like a hairdryer without a built-in converter. Air conditioning in Asian hotels might differ from what you're accustomed to in the U.S. or Canada. It's often regulated seasonally and centrally controlled by the hotel, with the strength and cooling capacity sometimes being less robust. While hotels may offer amenities like hairdryers, irons, and small appliances, these items aren't guaranteed in every room. Thus, it's advisable to check with the hotel or consider bringing your own if these are essential for your stay.

Currency and Payment: The official currency is the Vietnamese Dong (VND). While major establishments accept credit cards, it's advisable to have cash, especially for smaller shops, local markets, or rural areas.

Local Cuisine: Vietnamese cuisine is diverse and delicious. Embrace street food but ensure it's from reputable vendors to avoid any stomach issues. Be adventurous with flavors, but also be mindful of spice levels if you're not accustomed to them.

Electricity: The standard voltage is 220-240V, and the power sockets are the British three-pin type.

Time zone: Vietnam is 11 hours ahead of Eastern Time (ET)..

Health Precautions: Stick to bottled water and refrain from consuming tap water, even while brushing your teeth. When it comes to food, avoid eating raw fruits and vegetables unless they've been thoroughly cooked, washed in clean water, and peeled. These precautions can help prevent health issues during your trip.


Payment Policy & Insurance

Deposit:           US$ 500 per person [Non-refundable / Non-transferrable]
50% Deposit:  180 Days prior departure
Full Balance:    90 Days prior to departure

(Once the deposit is paid, the travelers can then pay any amount on any date. Travelers to ensure that the payment deadlines are met as above)


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VOYAGES HUB TOURS has teamed up with Travel Guard to provide a Travel Protection Plan specifically designed for U.S. residents. Feel free to email us to receive a quote, without any obligation to commit.

Cancellation Policy

  • From the date of booking to 145 days before departure: $300 per person Non-Refundable / Non-transferrable Deposit + interruption insurance cost (if purchased)
  • 144-120 days before departure: 50% of the cost per person
  • 119- 60 days before departure: 80% of the cost per person
  • 59 days or fewer before departure: No refund is available.

A person becoming single because of the roommate’s cancellation must pay the single supplement
All payment cut-off dates are firm, and missing deadlines without approved extensions will result in cancellations without refunds being offered. 


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Our tour proved to be exceptional. Despite numerous components, every facet of our journey was expertly coordinated. The accommodations were delightful, and the itinerary crafted by Voyages Hub was impressive. Our guided tours were enjoyable with fantastic guides. Without a doubt, our next vacation plans will include Voyages Hub Tours.

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Thank you immensely for providing us with an incredible experience in Vietnam. We had an absolutely wonderful time and deeply value the effort Voyages Hub Tours dedicated to orchestrating our journey. Vietnam holds a special place in our hearts, and we eagerly anticipate planning our next vacation.

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In February 2023, our trip to Vietnam was truly exceptional. We enjoyed a meticulously curated experience that allowed us to deeply immerse ourselves in the local culture. Exploring Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hoi An, and Saigon was incredible, providing us with unforgettable experiences. Undoubtedly, it was a trip of a lifetime.

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