Reflections of Vietnam


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An ever-changing country sprouted from tradition and a long line of invaders, Vietnam offers unsurpassed cultural experiences and natural sights. Cycle through lush countryside, taste beautifully spiced food and get to know the locals in the Mekong Delta.

tour duration 17 Days from
tour price 2,590pp
tour type Group Tour

Places Visited

UK - Hanoi (3N) - Sapa (2N) - Halong Bay (1N) - Hoi An (3N) - Saigon (2N) - Can Tho (1N) - Mekong Delta (1N) - UK

Tour Highlights

Invigorate your senses with a Tai Chi session on Halong Bay and scout its hidden cave networks
Cycle through the charming streets of Hoi An
Explore the verdant rice terraces of Sapa, visiting its local ethnic villages
Wind over the sleepy backwaters of the Mekong, discovering a relaxed pace of life in the Delta
Relax on the white beaches and swim in the sapphire sea of the idyllic Cham Islands
Float along the famous bustling floating market of Cai Rang, observing the local customs

Days 1-2 Fly to Hanoi
Fly to Hanoi, Vietnam’s colonially influenced atmospheric capital. Depending on your time of arrival, the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture. (D)
Days 1-2 Fly to Hanoi
Day 3 Discover local Hanoi
Start your day with a visit to the Ho Chi Minh complex and the Ethnology Museum to learn about the country’s ethnic groups. Next visit the home of a water puppet artist where you will have the chance to participate in the creation of the puppets and experience a private performance. Tonight, discover Hanoi’s street-side night life and taste the varied flavours of Vietnamese street food such as Pho Cuon and Banh Xeo – a truly local way of eating dinner! (B,L,D)
Day 3 Discover local Hanoi
Day 4 Temple of Literature & Lao Cai
This morning you may choose to get up early and pay a visit to the fabulous flower market in Quang Ba, and see the Tai Chi at Truc Bach Lake – an oasis of peace and daily life in the centre of Hanoi. Visit the Confucian Temple of Literature and the Old Quarter before boarding your overnight train to Lao Cai. (B,L,D)
Day 4 Temple of Literature & Lao Cai
Day 5 Sapa Minority Village
After an early morning arrival and breakfast, transfer to beautiful Sapa. Today you will trek through luscious, stepped rice paddies and hills visiting Suoi Ho and Ma Tra village before climbing Ham Rong mountain. (B,L,D)
Day 5 Sapa Minority Village
Day 6 Sapa Trekking
Your Sapa adventure continues today with approximately 7 hours of trekking through the rice terraces, visiting the H’Mong Village of Y Linh Ho and Cat Cat Village. On the way, take in the marvellous landscapes, visit Lao Chai to meet with a local Black H'mong family and take part in a batik painting class before continuing the walk on to Ta Van. (B,L)
Day 6 Sapa Trekking
Day 7 Overnight on Halong Bay
Enjoy a relaxing morning in Sapa before taking a short trek to the remote villages of Hau Thao and Giang Ta Chai. Tonight, board the train for the overnight journey back to Hanoi. (B,L)
Day 7 Overnight on Halong Bay
Day 8 Tai Chi and Cave Exploration
Cruise on the glassy, limestone studded waters of Halong Bay. Pass by quaint fishing towns, taste freshly caught seafood, and take a swim in the cool waters of the bay. Watch the sun set behind the limestone karsts from the deck of the boat, cocktail in hand. (B,L,D)
Day 8 Tai Chi and Cave Exploration
Day 9 Discover Hanoi by Bicycle
Start your day with a calming yet invigorating Tai Chi session on the deck of your junk boat, and take in the stillness or the morning as you gently set sail. Explore the inquisitive formations of Surprise Cave before cruising back to the dock and driving to Hanoi. (B,D)
Day 9 Discover Hanoi by Bicycle
Day 10 Hoi An Walking Tour
Fly to Danang and drive to Hoi An, where you will spend an afternoon wandering the beautiful, charming, flower covered streets of this ancient town. Walk past Chinese traders’ homes, visit local artists and tailors and walk through the 16th century Japanese Bridge. Arguably Vietnam’s friendliest town, Hoi An is always a favourite for relaxed exploration. (B,L,D)
Day 10 Hoi An Walking Tour
Day 11 Rural Hoi An by Bicycle
Take a cycle tour today through the scenic rice paddies outside Hoi An. Pay a visit to local farmers where you can try your hand at traditional farming techniques – look out for water buffalo! Enjoy a calming boat ride to a peaceful fishing village, where you can try fishing net making and paddling unique bamboo basket boats. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure. (B,L,)
Day 11 Rural Hoi An by Bicycle
Day 12 Cham Island Paradise
Cruise a sapphire sea to the idyllic Cham Island. Arriving at Lang Village, you’ll take a relaxed stroll and learn about the island’s history. Enjoy amazing sea views on the way to Chong Village – if you’re lucky the monkeys might make an appearance. There’s time to take a swim in the sea, relax on the white sands and take a seafood lunch before returning to Hoi An. (B,L)
Day 12 Cham Island Paradise
Day 13 Saigon Walking Tour
Fly to dynamic Saigon, where modern high-rises rub shoulders with ancient temples. Take a tour of Saigon’s busy streets, from the colonial Notre Dame Cathedral and French colonial Post Office, down former Rue Catinat to the Hotel Continental made famous in the ‘Quiet American’ movie, before taking a final stop at the Caravelle Hotel’s beautiful rooftop bar for panoramic views of the city. Take a cycle tour today through the scenic rice paddies outside Hoi An. Pay a visit to local farmers where you can try your hand at traditional farming techniques – look out for water buffalo! Enjoy a calming boat ride to a peaceful fishing village, where you can try fishing net making and paddling unique bamboo basket boats. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure. (B,L,D)
Day 13 Saigon Walking Tour
Day 14 Mekong Delta by Rickshaw
Head south to Ben Tre. Ride a rickshaw (xeloi) past quiet rural villages and verdant fields before boarding a boat to drift through small backwater canals. Drop into local workshops where you can chat to the locals before visiting a boat-building household and residence of a former Viet Cong Soldier who survived two years fighting the Khmer Rouge. Arrive at your homestay in the afternoon and take the time to wander around the village. (B,L,D)
Day 14 Mekong Delta by Rickshaw
Day 15 Cycling in the Mekong
After breakfast visit the colourful Cai Thia market, then cycle along small paths through orchards and thatched houses stopping to chat with local farmers on the way. Enjoy a garden lunch with fresh fruit, rice wine and traditional music, before transferring to Can Tho.(B,L,D)
Day 15 Cycling in the Mekong
Day 16 Cai Rang Floating Market
Pay a morning visit to the famous floating market, taking in the scenery and locals going about their daily business along the canals. Take a relaxed cycle through quiet and isolated countryside before returning to Saigon. (B,L,D)
Day 16 Cai Rang Floating Market
Day 17 Depart Saigon
Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day. (B)
Day 17 Depart Saigon

Also Available

Private Departures for this tour

If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Departure would be more ideal. Based on exactly the same itinerary as the group tour, our Private Departures give you the freedom to choose your own departure date and simply enjoy your holiday with your family, your partner, or your friends. On Private Departures your tour will be led by an English speaking local guides in each destination

Tailor Your Tour

If you like most of the itinerary which we have suggested but you'd like to change the route and the accommodation, speak to our specialist Tailormade team, who can build your perfect itinerary based around where you would like to go, what you would like to see and how much you'd like to spend. Just call us on 0800 9884 888 and we'll help plan your dream holiday.

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Additional Price Information:

Based on London Heathrow departures
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from £2190 (Hanoi - Saigon)
Single room from £340
Tipping paid locally US$80

03-Feb > 19-Feb - £2,790 BOOK NOW
08-Sep > 24-Sep - £2,790 BOOK NOW
10-Nov > 26-Nov - £2,890 BOOK NOW

Additional Price Information:

Based on London Heathrow departures
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from £2190 (Hanoi - Saigon)
Single room from £340
Tipping paid locally US$80

02-Feb > 18-Feb - £2,990 BOOK NOW
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09-Nov > 25-Nov - £3,090 BOOK NOW

Additional Price Information:

Based on London Heathrow departures
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from £2190 (Hanoi - Saigon)
Single room from £340
Tipping paid locally US$80

Wendy Wu Tours, inspect all of our hotels to ensure they meet the high levels of service which we require for our guests. If the hotels details below for your tour are not available, hotels of a similar standard will be used.

Chalcedony Hotel
Chalcedony Hotel - Hanoi, Vietnam (4 Nights)
hotel star rating

Chalcedony hotel - An Excellent New 4 Star Hotel is located in the centre of the Hanoi Old Quarter close to Hang Than Street, Van Xuan Park. The hotel consists of 73 spacious elegant en-suite rooms featuring air-conditioning, LCD TV, and tea/coffee facilities. Wi-Fi, a gym and evening entertainment is also available.



Chau Long Hotel – New Wing
Chau Long Hotel – New Wing - Sapa, Vietnam (1 Nights)
hotel star rating

Designed as a red-stone castle, Chau Long Sapa Hotel is ideally located in the heart of Sapa town - home to many colourful native hill tribes, near to Sapa market and the Church. The new wing of Chau Long Sapa Hotel features 65 comfortable en-suite rooms with modern amenities including free Wi-Fi and TV. The hotel also features shops, a lounge area and superb restaurant.



Palm Garden Resort
Palm Garden Resort - Hoi An, Vietnam (3 Nights)
hotel star rating

A classic resort set in twelve acres of lush, landscaped gardens, the Palm Garden is just metres from Cua Dai Beach. Rooms are spacious and classically decorated with a balcony complete with garden or sea views, whilst hotel facilities include a spa, outdoor pool and tennis courts. There is also a free shuttle services to Hoi An old town, just five minutes away.



Caravelle Hotel
Caravelle Hotel - Saigon, Vietnam (2 Nights)
hotel star rating

Since 1959, Caravelle Saigon has been Ho Chi Minh City’s landmark 5* address in the heart of the business, shopping and entertainment district. The hotel boasts elegantly decorated rooms featuring full-length windows which overlook the city or Saigon River. Modern comforts include a flat-screen TV, a pillow menu and 24-hour room service in all rooms. Guests can enjoy an international meal served in a casual buffet style on-site.



Bangkok Extension

Bangkok Extension

tour duration 4 Days from tour price 380pp
Cambodia Extension

Cambodia Extension

tour duration 5 Days from tour price 810pp
Singapore Extension

Singapore Extension

tour duration 3 Days from tour price 220pp
Hong Kong in Focus

Hong Kong in Focus

tour duration 4 Days from tour price 420pp

UK citizens will not need a visa to enter Vietnam for a single entry stay of up to 15 days. Entry visas for Vietnam are required for stays longer than 15 days or for multiple entries into Vietnam within a 30 day period. To allow for unforeseen circumstances if your tour includes a stay of 15 days or more in Vietnam the standard visa processing service is included in your tour cost. Currently the visa exemption rule applies until 30th June 2017. Should the visa requirements for UK citizens travelling to Vietnam change after 30th June 2017 you will be contacted by Wendy Wu Tours regarding your visa requirements.
 
If you do require a visa Wendy Wu Tours Visa Department can assist you with the process of obtaining one. We will supply you with all paperwork and submit the visa application on your behalf. Visas for Vietnam are issued with specific start and expiry dates which are based on the dates stated on the visa application form. Travel must be completed within those dates. Please be advised that your passport must have at least 6-months validity left on it when you arrive back into UK. Visa application forms and all relevant documentation are due in our office 8 weeks prior to departure; if received after this, urgent visa processing fees will apply. Please note we do not accept passports and visa applications within 30 days prior to departure. Passports will usually be returned within 4 weeks of your tour’s scheduled departure.

Phone Calls
International and domestic calls can be made from your hotel room. To call the UK the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 44, then the local area code (omitting the first 0), then the number. To call Wendy Wu Tours it is 00 44 207 403 7860. Emergency 24 hour telephone (out of office hours) is 00 44 7984 041 625.
 
Mobile Phones
Mobile phones are growing in popularity and you will find good coverage. There are active roaming agreements with all phone carriers; however SMS and call rates can be expensive. We recommend that you contact your mobile supplier if you intend to use international roaming during your holiday and ensure you investigate all associated costs before you leave the UK.
 
Internet & Email
Internet cafes can be found in all major cities and even in some small towns. This is often the easiest and cheapest way to stay in touch. Most hotels have a business centre with internet access, but at a slightly higher rate. Some hotels may have Wi-Fi which usually comes at an additional cost and may only be available in hotel lobbies. 

Tipping is an expected element in the tourism industry today and Vietnam is no exception. Many passengers are often uncertain of how much to tip so we have established a tipping system whereby every passenger gives a set amount (in US Dollars) to the National Escort who will distribute the amount appropriately. On multi-country tips, this amount will be paid in stages on arrival in each country. If there is no National Escort, you will need to give your money to your Local Guides and tipping amounts for each city will be shown in your final itinerary. The amount for the kitty is calculated for each tour depending on the length, group size and services used during the trip.
 
For independent passengers, or group passengers with pre/post tour arrangements, you should allow USD5-10 per person per day. We will indicate the tipping amounts in your final documents for guidance.

Shopping can be a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure.  In keeping with most people’s interests whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs.
 
We have included visits to establishments that not only provide an opportunity to purchase a locally produced, great-value souvenir; but you’ll witness first-hand how these local products are made, their history and how they support the local economy. We are aware that people like to take home souvenirs, so we endeavour to ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity – we do our best to ensure that you don’t get ripped off. 

The cost of all meals is included in your group tour cost. Breakfast is a combination of local and western food, usually served buffet style at the hotel you are staying in. Lunches and dinners consist of traditional cuisine and are served at reputable local restaurants. As is traditional in this region, lunch and dinner consists of small dishes of local cuisine which is then placed on the table for everyone to share so you can experience the variety of speciality dishes. The amount served is more than ample for the whole group. We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or unusual in taste.
 
Drinks will be at each tour members’ own expense and paid for at the end of each meal. Beer is widely available and cheap. Western style wine is very expensive to import and is not widely available except at upmarket restaurants. Bottled drinking water, soft drinks, and fruit juices are also widely available – remember that you should only have ice or fruit juices from a trusted restaurant, where they will use boiled or bottled water.
 
Due to the French colonial influence in some Southeast Asian countries, black tea (commonly referred to as ‘lip-ton’ by the locals), coffee, and baguettes are available in most places. However, the local style is to have sweet condensed milk with their tea and coffee. Fresh dairy milk is not usually served but many restaurants will provide this if requested. ‘Cafe Sua-da’ (or iced coffee with milk) is a favourite choice amongst the locals.

What's Included

International flights and current taxes
Domestic transportation
Accommodation
All meals
Touring with guides and entrance fees
Visa fees for UK & EU passport holders

Why Book This Tour?

This tour is suitable for those who have a reasonable amount of time and are interested in seeing the main sights and cities of Vietnam. This tour is also suitable for those looking for a more immersive experience and are interested in looking at partaking in more outdoor activities, such as cycling.

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