Best Cultural & Heritage Vietnam 12 Days

Best Cultural & Heritage Vietnam 12 Days

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Arrival in Hanoi

As you step off your plane at Noi Bai International Airport, our friendly guide will be waiting for you at the baggage claim area. Look for the sign adorned with our distinctive Asia Tour Advisor logo and your name. Your comfort and ease are our top priorities. Once you're ready, we'll escort you to your hotel, providing a brief introduction to the city along the way. The remainder of the day is yours to settle in, unwind, and begin exploring Hanoi.

Hanoi, with its seven million inhabitants, serves as the capital of Vietnam. This city gracefully combines tradition and refinement, boasting French colonial architecture, tree-lined boulevards, serene lakes, and a vibrant Old Quarter. Here, you can observe locals practicing Tai Chi by the lake, and witness the lively activities of barbers and street food vendors.

Hanoi City Tour

It is unmissable in terms of its pretty pagodas, ancient temples, enchanting French colonial quarter and cultural institutions. Just as fun, however, is darting down its winding lanes and discovering your own favourite hidden corners.

After a satisfying breakfast at your hotel, our local tour guide will pick you up to embark on an exploration of Vietnam's capital city, Hanoi. With over a thousand years of history, this city is rich with captivating cultural and historical sites. Your itinerary includes visits to the imposing Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, home to the preserved body of "Uncle Ho."  and his House on Stilts to observe how he lived and how his life unfolded to become one of modern history’s greatest names. 

You'll also experience the delicate beauty of the One Pillar Pagoda, Tran Quoc Temple are a spiritual and cultural symbol of Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam. With special features in its structure along with historical values, the temple will surely be a real eye-opener for tourists.

After lunch, continue to visit the millennia-old Temple of Literature and explore its role in the country’s past, as both a university and a Confucius temple. Next is Hoa Lo , a prison used by the French colonists in Vietnam for political prisoners, and later by North Vietnam for U.S. Prisoners of War.

To cap off your day, enjoy a one-hour cyclo tour through the bustling and lively Old Quarter, immersing yourself in the vibrant marketplace atmosphere.  Sample delicious dishes like Nom Du Du (green papaya salad), Banh Mi Pa Te (a sandwich that reflects Vietnam’s culinary heritage)

Hanoi – Halong Bay

Our journey embarks from Hanoi where we'll pick you up for a scenic drive through the verdant landscapes of the Red River Delta. Our destination: the world-famous UNESCO World Heritage site, Halong Bay, Lan Ha Bay. Here, you'll embark on a luxurious cruise for an enchanting overnight cruise.

As you relax on board, you'll be captivated by the breathtaking limestone karsts that majestically emerge from the azure waters, surrounded by thousands of jungle-clad islands seemingly suspended on the gentle waves. The turquoise waters of the Gulf of Tonkin conceal hidden grottoes and ancient caves, creating a timeless and mesmerizing world.

Enjoy a delicious seafood lunch with breathtaking views and a refreshing drink. Our next destination is a charming fishing village, where locals have ingeniously turned their boats into a floating community. Meet fishermen, explore a stunning lagoon by kayak or rowboat, and unwind on deck as the sun sets. Spend a delightful overnight stay on board!

Halong Bay – Hanoi – Hue

Kickstart your day with Tai Chi on the top deck or savor the sunrise over the bay. Sip on morning coffee or tea before setting out to explore nearby islands via rowboat.

Upon returning to the junk, witness a fruit carving demonstration and participate in a cooking class, learning to create traditional Vietnamese cuisine from scratch. Enjoy a Vietnamese lunch on board as you cruise back to Halong City. Upon arrival, your driver will be waiting at the dock to take you to Noi Bai Airport for your short flight to Hue.

Upon arrival in Hue, your tour guide and driver will transfer you to your hotel

Hue is one of the most charming towns in the Central Vietnam and has a long and illustrious history as it used to be one of the main royal capitals of the country

See the Sights of Hue

Today you will explore the royal city of Hue once served as an imperial capital to the Nguyen Lords, a feudal dynasty which reigned from the 17th to the 19th century. With splendid emperors’ tombs, ancient pagodas and the remains of the citadel, the city retains its royal charm.

After breakfast, you are picked up by your private guide and driver and begin your day with a visit to the atmospheric Imperial Citadel, a large complex that contains the remains of the former Imperial Palace and Forbidden Purple City, where the emperors and his family once lived. The two-hour walking tour allows you to see the magnificent architecture and gardens as your guide explains the events and the intrigue of the former royal court.

From the Imperial City, your guide will take you to visit the iconic Thien Mu Pagoda – Hue’s most famous religious site with its origins dating back to 1601. Here you will explore the pagoda’s landscaped gardens, the seven-tiered octagonal tower, and watch the monks chanting.

Hue is famous for its Royal cuisine. The Nguyen Emperors’ banquets were legendary. Some feats were said to have included 300 rare dishes served in more than a thousand bowls. Today your guide will take you to the fine-dining Ancient Hue restaurant where you will be served a royal lunch. This old fashioned style meal which brings a boutique and unique experience.

After lunch, you will explore the tomb of the longest-reigned Emperor Tu Duc, located in a tranquil setting of gardens and ponds, inspired by the Chinese Confucianism, harmonious design of balance and symmetry for the emperor’s resting place.

Continue to visit the tomb of King Khai Dinh, designed in traditional Vietnamese style with a European touch making it unique from the other tombs in Hue.


Hue – Danang – Hoi An

After breakfast and check out of your hotel, meet your private guide and driver for a three-hour drive to Hoi An via the stunningly Hai Van Pass. Also known as the “Cloudy Pass,” this winding mountain road overlooks the lush countryside, sandy beaches, the blue waters of the South China Sea, and the coastal city of Da Nang.

En route, you will pause in Danang to visit the Marble Mountain with its beautiful caves of worship and the Museum of Cham Sculpture’s collection of artifacts dating back to the seventh century.

Upon arriving in Hoi An, you'll check in to your hotel and have the rest of the afternoon to unwind on the sandy shores of Cua Dai Beach.

Hoi An thrived as a bustling port city from the 16th to the 19th century, conducting trade with merchants from China, Japan, India, Indonesia, and Europe. 

Today, the UNESCO World Heritage Old Quarter of Hoi An preserves the city's past with ornate pagodas, antique trading houses, and historic tile-roofed shops. These have been transformed into art galleries, boutique restaurants, bars, and cafes. 

Hoi An is renowned for its architectural fusion of Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, and European styles, offering a rich cultural tapestry. Surrounding the city are scenic countryside landscapes with traditional farming and fishing, as well as sandy beaches featuring modern seaside resorts.

A Day to Discover Hoi An

Discover the vibrant tapestry of Vietnamese daily life and rural heritage on this distinctive Hoi An excursion. 

Begin your day with a morning market tour, sourcing fresh ingredients for your upcoming cooking class. Accompanied by your guide and driver, you'll embark on a journey to the bustling Hoi An local market, where a myriad of sights, sounds, and aromas await. Take a leisurely stroll through the market's vibrant aisles, engaging with local vendors and selecting the finest produce for your culinary adventure.

Following the market escapade, head to Cam Thanh village, making a pitstop at the enchanting Bay Mau Water Palm forest. Enjoy a brief riverside walk in this quaint fishing hamlet, then hop onto a traditional Coracle bamboo boat for a scenic cruise along a charming canal with local fishermen. 

Continue to Tra Que herbs and vegetables village, where a farmer's family awaits. Don traditional farmer attire, explore the nearby farming land with authentic tools, and engage in a cooking class at a local home. Relish the experience of preparing and enjoying your own meal, culminating in a soothing foot soak with local herbs and a foot massage.

Cap off the day with an afternoon exploration of Hoi An's UNESCO-recognized ancient town. Visit iconic landmarks such as the Japanese Bridge, a Sino-Vietnamese merchant house, a Chinese Temple, Hoian Central Market, and the Culture Museum. Conclude this splendid day trip back at your hotel.

Hoi An – Danang – Ho Chi Minh City

After breakfast, we'll pick you up and transfer you to the airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon your arrival, we'll ensure a smooth transfer to your hotel, allowing you to spend the evening immersing yourself in the bustling atmosphere of Saigon.

Ho Chi Minh City is a city that never sleeps, offering a plethora of excellent restaurants and bars catering to all tastes. From street food vendors to the rooftop bar at the Rex Hotel, where international correspondents once covered the Vietnam War, you'll find an array of dining and entertainment options. Whatever your interests, don't hesitate to ask your guide for personalized recommendations.

 Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnels

After enjoying your breakfast, your private guide will meet you and accompany you on a drive to Cu Chi, a quaint community located 60km northwest of Ho Chi Minh City. Cu Chi is renowned for its extensive network of tunnels, which served as a strategic hideout and infiltration route for the Viet Cong during the latter stages of the Vietnam War.

Upon arrival, you'll have the opportunity to watch a brief introductory video from the era before delving into the tunnels themselves, widely recognized as one of the world's most significant battlegrounds. This hidden labyrinth of Viet Cong tunnels spans "hundreds of miles" in total length, featuring living quarters, storage facilities, makeshift hospitals, kitchens, and more. While some sections of the tunnels remain narrow as originally constructed, others have been widened to accommodate tourists like yourself, offering you the chance to explore a portion of this remarkable system.

Following your exploration of the Cu Chi Tunnels, you'll be transferred back to the city, where you'll enjoy a delicious lunch at Local restaurant.

As the afternoon unfolds, you'll embark on a journey to discover some of Ho Chi Minh City's most iconic landmarks.

Your itinerary may include a visit to the Independence Palace  or the War Remnants Museum, providing you with a profound and sobering insight into Vietnam's tumultuous military history.

Next, you'll explore the Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon and Ben Thanh Market , where vendors display an array of goods and handicrafts, offering you a deeper understanding of local life.

Afterward, you'll return to your hotel. With some time left in the day, you're free to relax and unwind, or perhaps venture out to experience the vibrant nightlife of Ho Chi Minh City.

Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta – Ben Tre – Can Tho

After breakfast, your private guide and driver will take you out of Ho Chi Minh City in a private vehicle and onto some beautiful country roads to Ben Tre Town in the Mekong Delta, famous for its vast rice fields, numerous waterways, and beautiful landscapes. Known as the ‘rice bowl’ of Vietnam, this region produces most of Vietnam’s fruit, rice, sugar cane, and coconuts.

After the two-hour drive through the lush farming land, you will arrive in Ben Tre where you will set out on a motorized boat trip on narrow channels winding through the coconut forest. During the boat ride, you will stop at the local cottage industries to see how the local people make bricks and weave sleeping mats by hand. Learn about their craft handed down through generations.

Take a leisure walk along the village lanes, visiting the local homes to try fresh fruits, taste delicious honey tea while enjoying a local Tai Tu music show. Continue to visit another workshop where the local delicacy of coconut candy is produced and a wide range of coconut husk and fiber products are skillfully handcrafted.

Next, take a small sampan through palm-fringed back canals, gliding peacefully along the hidden waterways surrounded by an immense variety of tropical plants. The quiet, rural setting is a welcome and restorative retreat to the frenetic buzz of Ho Chi Minh City which seems far, far away.

Enjoy sitting in the back a Motor Cart (xe lôi) passing local hamlets, rice fields, coconut groves, and lush orchard farms while meeting with local people.

After enjoying lunch at a local restaurant you will return to Ben Tre town and continue the drive through the fields and towns of the Mekong to Can Tho city.

Spend the evening at your leisure. Explore Can Tho night market by yourself and try some local food. The market streets come alive with dozens of bustling food stalls selling grilled meats and tofu on skewers, as well as grilled rice-paper banh trang nuong(‘Vietnamese pizza’)…etc.

 Can Tho – Ho Chi Minh City

This morning, partake in a leisurely boat trip to explore the picturesque tributaries of the Lower Mekong River (Bassac River). Your voyage will lead you to the vibrant Cai Rang floating market, renowned as the liveliest in the entire region. As you navigate these waters, you'll have the opportunity to sample Vietnamese vermicelli soup, providing a taste of local culinary delights.

During your time in the village, mingle with the friendly locals and even experience crossing a "Monkey bridge," constructed using a single bamboo stem. Visit an orchard garden and enjoy a sumptuous lunch. As your boat returns to Ho Chi Minh City, soak up the scenery and take in the beauty of this unique region.

Upon arriving in Ho Chi Minh City, check in to your hotel and enjoy some free time.

Departure from Ho Chi Minh City

Your last day in Vietnam grants you free time in the morning, allowing you to savor the city's atmosphere until your private car arrives to transfer you to the airport for your onward journey.

This marks the end of your Flavor of Vietnam adventure with Asia Tour Advisor. We extend our heartfelt thanks for joining us on this incredible journey to explore the wonders of Vietnam. Farewell, and we hope to welcome you back soon. Should you desire more exploration of our country, consider our Vietnam tours, which offer a wide range of choices to suit your preferences.

Note: Asia Tour Advisor can also customize additional trips to meet your specific expectations if the above itinerary does not fully align with your desires.


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Pure Vietnam Joy
Reviewed On: Feb 19, 2024JacksonSingapore

If Vietnam's got talent, it's definitely in its heritage, and we got a front-row seat on the Best Cultural & Heritage Vietnam tour! Xuan brought history to life – from the bustling markets in Saigon to the ancient temples in Hue. It wasn't a tour; it was 12 days of pure fun and discovery.

Jackson -Singapore

Beautiful country, friendly people
Reviewed On: Feb 11, 2024MitchellSouth Africa

The Best Cultural & Heritage Vietnam tour is a cultural vibes explosion! We strolled through Hanoi's chaos, got lost in the charm of Hoi An, and felt the imperial vibes in Hue. With Xuan as our guide, it wasn't just sightseeing; it was like going on a road trip with a buddy who knows all the cool spots.

Mitchell-Sourth Africa

Amazing Vietnam
Reviewed On: Feb 06, 2024DavisNew Zealand

What a heritage hunt! The 12-day Best Cultural & Heritage Vietnam tour was like a treasure hunt across this incredible country. Xuan, our guide, didn't just tell us about history; he made it feel like we were in a live-action adventure. Exploring ancient ruins, tasting street food – every day was a joyful surprise!

Davis-New Zealand

Time-Traveling Adventure
Reviewed On: Jan 23, 2024IsabellaUnited Kingdom

Just got back from the Best Cultural & Heritage Vietnam tour, and oh my, it was 12 days of pure awesomeness! From cruising the mystical Halong Bay to wandering the ancient streets of Hoi An, every day felt like stumbling onto a hidden gem. Vietnam's heritage came alive, and it wasn't just a tour; it was like discovering a secret world of cultural marvels.


Joy and happy
Reviewed On: Jan 15, 2024ThompsonCanada

Our journey through the Best Cultural & Heritage Vietnam tour was nothing short of a delight. Xuan, our guide, not only shared historical insights but also added a layer of joy to every destination. Whether we were navigating the waterways of Halong Bay or exploring the ancient ruins of My Son, each day was a joyful discovery of Vietnam's cultural treasures.


Great, excellent, wonderfull
Reviewed On: Dec 15, 2023RaghavendraSingapore

I recently completed the 12 days Vietnam trip, which I can only describe as amazing from start to finish. As a first time solo traveller, no stone was left unturned by feel free travel or by our leader Hong from AsiaTouradvisor. The trip was well planned, accommodation was brilliant and each place we went to had the balance between culture, fun, free time, food and drinks. Special shout out to Hong, a truly amazing leader. He made this trip special and ensured everyone felt safe, happy and relaxed on the trip. His knowledge and tips were extremely helpful. I cannot recommend this trip enough. Thank you to Hong for making it so special and enjoyable too!

Great service and tours
Reviewed On: Sep 24, 2023MelindaAustralia

Since I didn't want to do a lot of trekking, I asked a lot about different types of trekking and activities, and they customized my trip for me. Mr. Hong, who took care of my trip was very patient with me from the email to the end of the trip. The hotel changed the room type in my room according to what I requested and Mr. Hong contacted the hotel and asked them to change the room for me; when I texted him.
I enjoyed my trip in Sapa, Halong bay, Hue, Hoi An until Mekong Delta River. It's all good and well planned. Thank you, Mr. Hong. Will recommend the Asia Tour Advisor to my friends.

Vietnam Escape
Reviewed On: Sep 08, 2023GlenAustralia

If you are looking for a wide range of tours in Southeast Asia and beyond, I highly recommend the 1000% Asia Tour Advisor. They consistently delivered and exceeded my expectations. Over the years to Vietnam. Most recently, Mr Hong assisted me in creating the perfect 12-day Vietnam tour. We came up with rough itineraries and worked them out from start to finish, with alternatives if necessary. He listens and communicates regularly. AsiaTourAdvisor and Hong helped create the best experience for my colleagues and myself. He was so smart about budget and time constraints, he and the staff communicated through the entire process. If there are any other problems, other apps appear for 24/7 support. The Asia Tour Advisor is where you will meet and exceed your expectations.

Reviewed On: Sep 03, 2023DavidUnited Kingdom

After 25 years back and 11 friends came together to visit Vietnam, very happy after a 12 day trip to visit Da Nang, Hoi An, My Son, Mable's mountam, Hanoi,a long cruse ... It is wonderful, All douc is very attentive, from the shuttle, very punctual and very considerate, sincerely caring for us, by the way, I would like to thank you Mr Hong, Mr. Ha (lead tour Da Nang, Hoi An ,,,) and all the children working on the cruise, all of you are very kind and happy, serving our delegation, thank you very much and see you
Mr David-United Kingdom

Enchanting Tour
Reviewed On: Aug 27, 2023LiamAustralia

The Best Cultural Heritage of Vietnam & Cambodia 14 Days tour was a captivating journey. From the tranquil beauty of Ninh Binh and Halong Bay's mystical landscape to Hoi An's charming ancient town and the historical treasures of Hue, the itinerary offered a perfect mix of culture and history. Exploring bustling Ho Chi Minh City and the serene Mekong Delta in Ben Tre added to the richness of the experience. The tour's grand finale at Angkor Wat in Siem Reap left us awe-struck. An unforgettable adventure for culture enthusiasts!

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    Cruise in Halong Bay
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