For a tropical country with a long coastline of 3,444km sprawling over 17 degrees of latitudes and a collection of 3,000 islands and islets, a bona-fide coastal paradise is the last thing Vietnam lacks. But this resilient S-shaped country offers much more than just a simple sun, sea, and sand beach vacation. Vietnam, besides the huge wealth of easily accessible natural beauty, has a whole historical and cultural background that dates back thousands of years. You will be given all the flexibility you need to customize your dream Vietnam beach vacation, choosing all the destinations and activities that tickle your fancy to enjoy in 8 days. From the striking coastal scenery of Nha Trang, to the graceful and quaint Hoi An, to the majestic seascape of Halong Bay, we have got you covered.
Day 1: Ho Chi Minh city arrival
Meal: NA/ Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
After a warm welcome upon arrival at HCMC, better known amongst the locals and expats as Saigon, you will be transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon, you will embark on a city tour around HCMC (Saigon) with en route visits to the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Old Post Office, and Ben Thanh Market. You will stay overnight in HCMC.
Day 2: HCMC – Nha Trang
Meal: Breakfast- Accommodation: Hotel in Nha Trang
In the morning, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Nha Trang. In the afternoon, take a private city tour to visit the striking Long Son Pagoda gracefully sits at the foot of Trại Thuy Mountain, founded in the 19th century, with a giant Buddhist statue erected atop the mountain’s crest, affording an excellent panoramic views over the city. Head over to Bao Dai’s Villa, one of the many holiday villas of Vietnam’s last emperor across the central part of the country, built on Nha Trang’s finest piece of real estate with a private beach and dazzling views across the bay.
Pay a visit to National Oceanographic Institute, located in the south of the city inside a grand French-colonial building, housing an extensive collection of marine life from the Eastern Sea (on the ground floor) and specimens along with local boats and fishing artifacts, especially an 18m long whale skeleton (on the second floor). Move on to the impressive ancient Po Nagar Cham Towers built between the 7th and 12th centuries that is still actively used for worship by Cham, Chinese, and Vietnamese buddhists.
Then, head off to the scenic beauty of Chong Promontory, 3.5km from the city center and drenched in legend, before visiting Mud Bath Center for some relaxation and indulgence. Chong Promontory or Husband Promontory is characterized by two clusters of rock pinnacles – one is Husband Promontory and the other one is Wife Promontory, alluring not only visitors but also the locals with fine views of the mountainous coastal line of Nha Trang’s northern area and its nearby islands. Stay overnight in Nha Trang.
Day 3 -4: Nha Trang
Meal: Breakfast- Accommodation: Hotel in Nha Trang
These two days you are free to relax at the resort. Stay overnight in Nha Trang.
Day 5: Nha Trang – Danang – Hoi An
Today, you will take a flight to Danang. Upon arrival, you will get picked up and transferred to the atmospheric town of Hoi An perched on the northern bank towards the mouth of the Hoai River. The coastal town of Hoi An was once a major entrepot in Southeast Asia from the 15th century to 19 century, harboring foreign traders from China, France, Nederlands, Japan, Poland, and Arab. After being abandoned from a commercial perspective, Hoi An was spared from the searing wars, as well as industrialization and urbanization – now looks almost the same way it did centuries ago with eclectic architecture, tailors shops, and numerous cafes.
In the afternoon take a half-day walking tour through the narrow winding alleyways visiting Chua Ong Pagoda, Chinese Assembly Halls, the 200- year old Tam Ky ancestral house, and the Japanese Bridge. After that, there will be free time for you to shop or relax. You will stay overnight in Hoi An.
Day 6: Hoi An Beach
Meal: Breakfast- Accommodation: hotel in Hoian
Today you are free to relax on the beach or do whatever that tickles your fancy!
Day 7: Hoi An – Danang – Hanoi
Meal: Breakfast – Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
Today will you get transferred to the airport for your flight to Hanoi. For your afternoon city tour, you will take a 20 minute-drive from your hotel to Ethnology Museum, housing a fabulous presentation of Vietnam’s 54 ethnic groups, featuring well-presented tribal art, artefacts, and everyday objects gathered from across the nation, and miniatures of traditional village houses. From here, you enjoy a one-hour cyclo ride weaving through the narrow alleyways of Hanoi’s vibrant Old Quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake, the very heart of the city.
Later in the afternoon, you will enjoy a traditional Water Puppet performance for an intimate insight into Vietnamese rural life throughout history. Originated in the Red River Delta in the 11th century, water puppetry hails from the country’s wet rice culture and is as old as the city itself, sketching a lively and colorful picture of an agricultural society typical of the North with a humorous twist to every skit. Stay overnight in Hanoi.
Day 8: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay
Meal: Breakfast/lunch/dinner – Accommodation: On Cruise
Halong Bay would be the first thing that pops up in our mind when it comes to a Vietnam beach vacation. After getting picked up from your hotel, you will be transferred to the astounding Halong Bay dripping in natural beauty, at 12:00 pm. You will be welcomed aboard and sailing into the bay, through innumerable islands and islets, while lunch is being served. After lunch, you will take a short trek to a nearby summit to feed your eyes on the magnificent panoramic view of the bay dotted with golden sails. Seize this chance to swim in the calm water or kayak around this ethereal seascape or just simply sunbathing on the sundeck.
Later in the afternoon, pay a visit to a quaint fishing village for an opportunity to talk with fishermen who have inhabited the bay for almost three generations. Go back to the ship and watch the crepuscular rays fade into a riveting abyss of orange as it sails to a peaceful body of water for an overnight stay on board.
Day 9: Ha Long – Hanoi
Meal: Breakfast/Brunch – Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
Kickstart your day with an early Tai Chi Session on the sundeck and you will be rewarded with an unparalleled visual glory of the sun peeking above the watery horizon. After breakfast, you will visit an enigmatic limestone grotto and then go back to the ship for a final glimpse of Ha Long Bay as you cruise back to the dock. Check out as the ship arrives at the harbor by noon and drive back to Hanoi. Stay there for the night.
Day 10: Hanoi Departure
Meal: Breakfast – Accommodation: NA
After breakfast at the hotel, our guide will accompany you to the airport to catch your scheduled flight. Your Vietnam beach vacation ends here.
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