Our most recommended things to do in Vietnam
1. Hue: Historical Tour from Hoi An
After being collected from Hoi An express office at 7:00 AM, embark to spend a day exploring Vietnam's former imperial capital, Hue, with its fascinating historical sights. Your tour will begin with stops to admire the area's natural beauty at Hai Van Pass, where you can view in particular the Ocean Cloud Pass and Lang Co beach, the most beautiful beach in Vietnam. Upon arrival in Hue, you will start your visit at the Citadel, Hue’s prime attraction. Here you will find the Imperial City, the Forbidden Purple City, and the Emperor's Private Residence. After that, the tour continues to Thien Mu Pagoda. Considered by many as the unofficial symbol of Hue, Thien Mu is an active Buddhist monastery with origins dating back to 1601. One of its most poignant displays is a car belonging to a former monk, who in 1963, drove to Saigon and set himself alight to protest against the South Vietnamese r...
2. From Hue: Hai Van Pass Motorbike Tour to Da Nang or Hoi An
Start your experience with hotel pickup in Hue, where your driver will load your backpack on to the motorbike. Set off on a day of sightseeing as you drive along the beautiful coastal road to your destination. Admire rice fields and tranquil villages along the road, and take a break at Lap An Lagoon to snap photos of the beautiful lake. Continue to Lang Co Beach, where you can swim and enjoy a seafood lunch at your own expense. Pass bunkers from the Vietnam War as you cross the famous Hai Van Pass, and enjoy panoramic views over the ocean. Make a stop in the Marble Mountains to explore colorful Buddhist temples and amazing caves before being dropped off in Da Nang or Hoi An.
3. Ho Chi Minh City: War Remnants Museum & Ben Thanh Market
Start your day with pick-up from your hotel. Choose to travel in either a VIP limousine or a luxury car. Journey to Independence Palace, which was built on the site of the former Norodom Palace. View the tank that famously crashed through the palace gates in 1975. Admire fascinating sights from the French colonial period, such as the Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica and the historic Saigon Central Post Office. Visit the War Remnants Museum, which displays a large collection of artifacts from the Indochina wars. You'll also get to enjoy lunch with sticky rice at Bui Sai Gon Restaurant. End your tour by travelling to the Bến Thành Market, the largest market in the center of the city and one of the earliest surviving structures. Explore the stalls and see what the locals have for sale.
We enjoyed the tour very much. Tour guide Lee was excellent and was very accommodating! He even offered extra stops.
4. Hanoi: Private Mausoleum and Ethnology Museum Tour
At around 8:00AM, your guide will pick you up from your the hotel and transfer you to the Tran Quoc Pagoda. The Tran Quoc Pagoda is a Buddhist relic, and national heritage lying on the west lake. Following the pagoda, you will continue to visit Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and House on Stilts. The Mausoleum is the final resting place of Viet Nam’s greatest father, Ho Chi Minh. You can feel his modesty when visiting the House on Stilts, where Ho Chi Minh lived and worked from 1958 to 1969. Next, you will be impressed by a one-pillar pagoda’s special architecture, and the old tale hidden behind its construction. The Ethnology Museum is considered one of the largest museums in Vietnam, reflecting the diversity of 54 ethnic groups of Vietnam. At around 1:00PM, you will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in the old quarter. Following this, you will visit the Temple of Literature Imperial Academy,...
5. Ho Chi Minh: Cu Chi Tunnel & Mekong Delta My Tho Tour
Start your day at 7:30 AM with a departure from your accommodation where your guide will meet you. Hop in your comfortable, air-conditioned car and drive 1.5-hours through scenery until you reach the famous Cu Chi. Upon arrival at Cu Chi, be greet by the staff and settle in as you watch a documentary, shedding insight on the history of this fascinating place. Learn about the handmade weapons and traps that were used and discover an underground city. Working up an appetite? After Cu Chi, you will also get to taste some delicious, steamed Tapioca and drink some Hot Tea. Continue on your tour with a boat trip that will take you to visit some of the small islands, surrounded by various stunning landscapes. Here you can enjoy some tropical fruits whilst listening to the traditional South Vietnamese folk songs performed by local artists. Next up, visit a small bee farm where you can play w...
6. Discover China Town by Pedicab
Choose from a group or private experience and begin your tour with a relaxing pedicab ride to the Lady Thien Hau Temple. This temple, built to worship Lady Thien Hau (the goddess of the sea), is one of the most interesting and ancient temples in the China Town area. After visiting the temple, you can walk around China Town and visit some of the local shops. Chinatown is also a place of great historical and cultural importance. This area is a popular site for those on the tourist trail and also attracts many Taiwanese and Chinese visitors. Chinatown is an interesting place to see classical Chinese architecture reminiscent of years gone by with plenty of Chinese restaurants. Here you can find traditional Chinese products including medicinal herbs, clothing, and more. After departing for the China Town area, you will visit Cha Tam Church. You will then go shopping at Binh Tay Market, the ...
7. From Hoi An & Da Nang: Authentic Vietnamese Cooking Tour
This is a cooking tour, which is different from a cooking class. The journey will take you through the beautiful and scenic countryside of Hoi An to Cam Thanh village (around 4 kilometers away from the town center). This adventure will include a visit to a local produce market and a boat trip along the beautiful Thu Bon River, with sights that include the island of Cam Nam and Duy Hai fishing village, as you pass under the majestic Cua Dai Bridge. Your adventure continues on a fun-filled Basket Boat ride through the Water Palm Village, followed by a ride in a water buffalo cart that will take you to the local supplier's cooking school and restaurant. Upon arrival, you can then unwind by soaking up the joys of a foot, head, and shoulder massage. The menu for the cooking class includes the following Vietnamese dishes:
- Rolled wet rice paper with minced pork and vegetables ...
Picked us up at our hotel and dropped us off in Hoi An whee we met our chef and tour guide. Had sometime to shop through the local market (and we were able to buy a few things too). The boat ride and bamboo boat were such a fun little treat. Our tour guide was so friendly and spoke amazing English! And the food, WOW. Delicious. We made apron rolls, beef pho, Chicken curry and and papaya salad.:: we even got the recipes to try to make at home. A wonderful way to spend half the day in hoi an and enjoy some culture!
8. Ho Chi Minh City: Street Food and Craft Beer Tour
Start the tour with pickup from your hotel at 5:00 PM. Make your first stop at a rooftop bar, where you can enjoy some drinks and snacks accompanied by a beautiful sunset. Next, make your way to Nguyen Thien Thuat Street, one of the most famous street food destinations in the city. See a diverse range of culinary and cultural influences throughout the many food stalls. Explore the street and discover more about the history of this area. Continue by visiting the flower market of Ho Chi Minh City. See a variety of flowers which are sold here, from all parts of Vietnam. Stop at a local pub where you will enjoy a satisfying meal of sprouts, egg, and fried beef tendon. Also, sample a Vietnamese craft beer called "Frozen Beer". Finally, visit a craft beer pub. Taste two kinds of unique beers brewed with strange names. Learn about the story of each beer, as well as the craft beer scene of Vie...
9. Private Shore Excursion to Hue City from Tiensa Port
After picking you up at the Tien Sa port, drive straight to Hue city and start your tour with a local expert. En route, stop at Hai Van Pass to see the view and at Lang Co Bay for coffee. Then drive to the other side of the Perfume River, from where you can admire the magnificence of the noon gate of the Royal Citadel, where Nguyen Kings used to declare the results of national examinations and new year calendar. Walk into the Imperial Citadel and the recently reconstructed Palace of Supreme Harmony. Then visit Thien Mu Pagoda, one of the oldest Buddhist pagodas. Here you can learn more about Buddhism in Vietnam and discover the spiritual life. Continuing on, take a dragon boat ride on Perfume River. This is a picturesque setting no matter the weather. Then enjoy our lunch at a quality restaurant. In the afternoon, drive straight Minh Mang tomb where its ancient architecture stands in ...
10. Hoi An: My Son Sanctuary Tour with Boat Trip and Lunch
Enjoy a day trip exploring Vietnam’s cultural, historical, and natural sights including a local market, My Son Sanctuary, and a boat ride with traditional lunch. Travel by bus along the Thu Bon River to get to your first stop, a local fishing village. Head to the local market to see the traders’ best catches of the day. Next up is a visit to My Son sanctuary, a Hindu temples built between the 4th and 14th centuries AD and a UNESCO Heritage Site. Explore and learn about the Valley of the Kings of the old Champa Kingdom here. Watch a traditional dance performance before heading along the jungle trail to see the ruins themselves. Next it’s back to Hoi An city by bus to catch a boat ride with lunch onboard. Glide along the Thu Bon River and see different Vietnamese villages from the deck, such as the fishing village of Duy Hai and the carpentry village of Kim Bong. As you take in the ...
From your Hanoi hotel enjoy a two day cruise aboard a junk on Ha Long bay with delicious meals cooked on board, with diving and kayaking into mysterious secret caves.
Set out on a 13 day bicycle tour across the famous Ho Chi Minh trail, through complex system of roads along the Trueng Son Range. More experienced and adventurous cyclists can try the 13 day bicycle tour across northwestern Vietnam to Luang Prabang mountain. Both tours depart from Hanoi.
Take a six day trek from Sapa through the mountains to Hoang Lien National Park, visiting hillside villages and camping near rivers. End the hike with a swim near a waterfall before returning by car to Sapa.
The former ancient city of Saigon was renamed Ho Chi Minh city after the war, and day tours exploring temples plus night and cooking tours of this fascinating city are a memorable experience.
Don't miss the day trip from Ho Chi Minh city to the Cu Chi tunnels, the wartime hideout of the VietCong.
Discover the wonders of the Mekong river delta either by cruise or bicycle tour with homestay. The riverbank is lined with coconut palms and rice paddies plus houseboats and floating markets.
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