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Vietnam at a Glance Tour – 8 Days from Ho Chi Minh City

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This 8 days Vietnam tour delivers the essential Vietnamese destinations for budget-conscious travelers or those who have  a limited amount of time. All of the historical, cultural and natural “must-see” attractions are visited as the tour makes its way from South & North (Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi). The main attractions feature the vivid French-style structures of Ho Chi Minh City, the verdant and riverine My Tho city internal the fertile Mekong Delta, along with peaceful Hanoi and breathtaking Halong Bay.

Tours Itinerary

Day 01


• Welcome to Tan Son Nhat (Ho Chi Minh) international airport
• You are welcomed by Impress Travel’s guide or driver then it takes about 30 minutes by vehicle to get into Ho Chi Minh city. (Notice: hotel official check-in is from 14:00, hotel early check-in is NOT included, and is subject to hotel availability and regulation; hotel early check-in can be available on request)
• Free and easy day
• Your own arrangement for dinner on own payment
• Free time & overnight at hotel in central Ho Chi Minh City

Day Inclusions: Private A/C transfer, hotel accommodation

Day 02


Pick-up time: 8:00-8:30/ End tour 18:00 19:00

Your guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel. We will visit the following places of interest:

  • The Reunification Palace: Here on April 30th, 1975 the Vietnam War officially ended when tank number 843 of the North Vietnamese Army crashed through the gates of what was, at the time the residence of the President of the Republic of Vietnam.
  • War Remnants Museum: Formerly known as the Museum of American War Crimes, this is a poignant display of the futility of war. Some of the black and white photography in the ‘Requiem’ exhibit is particularly touching, dedicated to both foreign and Vietnamese journalists and photographers who perished during the conflict. The courtyard outside contains the spoils of war, namely rusting jets, tanks and cannons captured from the American military machine.
  • Notre Dame Cathedral and Old Post Office: Built between 1877 and 1883 this is one of the best examples of classical French colonial architecture. Remarkably every stone used in its creation was shipped from France to Vietnam. Her two 40m towers, topped with iron spires dominate the city’s skyline. The Old Post Office is another example of French colonial architecture and is also the country’s largest post office.
  • Jade Emperor Pagoda: Building in 1909 in honor of the supreme Taoist god, this is one of the most spectacularly atmospheric temples in HCMC, stuffed with statues of phantasmal divinities and grotesque heroes. The pungent smoke of incense fills the air, obscuring the exquisite woodcarvings.
    After a few hours discovering the city, you will enjoy your lunch at a famous Phở restaurant (Vietnamese noodle soup) before we drive about 1,5 hours through the pleasant countryside before arriving at Bến Đình tunnels, Củ Chi. We may stop along the way for refreshments and toilet.
  • Upon arrival, you’ll watch a brief of propaganda video, which explains how the tunnels were used to successfully defeat American military forces in combat.
  • The tour continues and the guide explains some traps that were placed in the jungles of Việt Nam to either maim American soldiers or create panic amongst the ranks.
  • From here, you can enter one of the tunnel entrances and crawl through the tunnels is a real experience to imagine how people could live there for an extended period!
  • There is a shooting range where you can try to fire an automatic or semi-automatic weapons for a fee (this fee is not included)
  • Take some rest at the end for a taste of Củ Chi boiled tapioca and thinking what humans are capable of when having to defend their home.
  • We drive back to Hồ Chí Minh city and drop you to your hotel or some place in District 1 as your request. End of your tour.

***Please note that timing and itinerary are subject to change without notice. However, we will do everything we reasonably can to make sure everything goes according to plan.

Inclusion: hotel breakfast, A/C transfer, English Speaking guide, entrance fees, lunch, hotel accommodation, water

Day 03


Pick-up time: 8:00-8:30/ End tour 18:00 19:00
Our guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel, and drive 1,5 hours to Mỹ Tho. We will stop along the way for refreshments and toilet.
• Upon arrival, we board a motor-boat and cruise along a vast network of canals and channels to enjoy wonderful views of the Mekong River, including four famous islands “Dragon, Unicorn, Turtle and Phoenix”.
• Stop at one of the floating fish houses, in nets and wire baskets under their house, the villagers cultivate freshwater fish and shrimp – a major export product of the region.
• Cross the River to the other side, you will stop at a traditional workshop to witness a step-by-step process on how to make coconut candy, honey farming… while trying some yourself and listening to traditional music.
• Enjoy what local people offer by hand rowing a sampan along the shady, breezy canal. We will transfer to local transportation called Xe Lôi to travel throughout the villages.
• Lunch will be served at a riverside restaurant with a Vietnamese 5-course set menu. Please request in advance if you have a food allergy, you are a vegetarian, or you observe Halal.
• Take a rest after lunch before boarding the motor-boat back to Mỹ Tho. We drive to Vĩnh Tràng pagoda, an ancient southern architectural gem built in the middle of the 19th century. There are many Buddha statues including some that are over a hundred years old.

We drive another 1,5 hours back to Hồ Chí Minh city and drop you at your hotel or somewhere in District 1 on request. End of services.
***Please note that timing and itinerary are subject to change without notice. However, we will do everything we reasonably can to make sure everything goes according to plan.
Inclusions: breakfast, A/C land transfer, lunch, local English-speaking tour guide, entrance fee, boat trip, hotel

Day 04


  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Pick up at hotel in HoChi Minh city and transfer to the airport for flight to Hanoi.
  • On your arrival in Hanoi, our driver will pick you up and will transfer you to your hotel in the center of city
  • Free time to discover Hanoi Old Quarter.
  • Stay overnight in Hanoi
Inclusions: breakfast, A/C land transfer, hotel

Day 05


  • 07h30 – 8h00: Get picked up by our friendly guide then depart for Ninh Binh province
    09h15: Have a short break for 15 – 20 minutes to relax
    10h30: Visit Hoa Lư ancient capital of Vietnam between 968 and 1010. You have a chance to learn about Vietnamese history in the feudal system under Dinh, Le and Ly Dynasty
    11h45: Have buffet lunch in the restaurant with a lot of local foods such as goat meat, fried rice…
    Vegetarian foods are always available in the buffet lunch
    13h00: Visit Tam Coc by 1.5-hour bamboo boat.  During the boat trip, you will be surprised by the charming beauty here with paddy field, river, water, cloud, sky, and stunning cave system. All make a masterpiece which Vietnamese people called “Ha Long Bay on land”
    14h30: Continue the tour with 45 minutes – cycling around the village to discover the life of local people.
    15h15: Get back to Limousine Bus then leave for Mua Cave (Dancing Cave). Walk up almost 500 steps, you can reach to the top of Lying Dragon Mountain & have an amazing panoramic view of Tam Coc from here
    16h30: Get on the bus to return to Hanoi
    18h30 – 19h00: Get dropped off at Hotel in Hanoi
Inclusion: hotel breakfast, private A/C transfer, English speaking tour guide, entrance fee, lunch, boat trip, hotel accommodation, water

Day 06


• Breakfast at the hotel, check out
• Pick up at 07:30 from your hotel to travel to Halong Bay (distance 160km, a stop for a break time on half-way for a refreshment).
• You enjoy the drive and sightseeing the peaceful countryside scenery during the bus trip (4 hours), we arrive at the at Ha Long bay seaport at around noon time
• At 12.00 noon, you aboard the cruise, check -in & enjoy a welcome drink while your cabin will be assigned.
• Check in your cabin and put your luggage in, relax and may do a short inspection tour by moving around the cruise to discover about the cruise’s architecture & design
• Relax, sightseeing and taking photographs before lunch is served.
• A sumptuous lunch with fresh seafood meal will be served while cruise slowly gliding out into the Halong bay.
• It’s a wonderful opportunity to admire thousands of islands and islets with magnificent caves and grottoes at the inside the islands, admiring sparkling stalactites and stalagmites like germs and listening to the legends of the Dragons and the land and seascape in the area,
• You may enjoy extra activities organized on board (depends on each cruise’ program, such as visiting a floating village, going for kayaking (notice: extra activities subject to availability, kayaking fee is on own expense, can be available on request at Cruise’s reception)
• Relax on  the cruise during the happy hours or may join in a cooking demonstration, watching the sunset on Cruise.
• Dinner is served on cruise
• After dinner, free at leisure time to relax on Cruise and socialize with other guests or can join in some other evening activities such as squid fishing…,
• Overnight in your cabin on the Cruise.

Inclusion: Hotel breakfast, shuttle bus A/C transfer, local English speaking tour guide on Cruise only, entrance fee, cruise in Ha Long bay with full meals on board, water

Day 07


• Early bird risers may be awarded a great chance to enjoy the sunrise and enjoy the amazingly peaceful breath-taking beauties of Ha Long Bay’s seascape in the early morning.
• Refresh your body & soul with a Tai-chi martial artless on the sundeck.
• Breakfast will be served
• You continue  to enjoy the sightseeing tour on the cruise until noontime, sightseeing, taking photographs & relax onboard
• At about 09:30 – 10:00, pick-up your luggage and check out your cabin while cruising returning to the boat pier.
• Lunch will be served on Cruise (or in the  restaurant inland in Halong city, depends on different cruise’s program)
• 11:30 am – Return to prier, and disembark the Cruise & say farewell to all crew member,
• Meet again the driver and the bus for another 4 driving back to Hanoi
• About 16:00 – Arrival back to Hanoi central city
• Stay overnight in Hanoi

Inclusion: hotel breakfast, private A/C transfer, English speaking tour guide entrance fee, lunch, hotel accommodation, water

Day 08


• Enjoy your time at leisure.
• You will be transferred to the Ho Chi Minh city airport via your scheduled flight back home or continue seeing other cities in Vietnam.
• We hope you enjoyed your trip and see you again!

Inclusion:  hotel breakfast, English speaking tour guide, private A/C transfer, hotel accommodation – check out before 12:00 mid-day

What’s included in this trip:

  •  A/C accommodation with DOUBLE or TWIN ROOM (2 persons share 1 room; Single room can be available on request) with daily breakfast
  • A/C transfer from Airports to hotel and other tourist destinations according to the itinerary
  •  Shuttle bus round trip to Hanoi – Ha Long Bay; (private land transfer available on request)
  •  2 day 1 night on Joint Cruise trip in Halong Bay, with DOUBLE or TWIN (2 persons share 1 cabin; single cabin can be available on request), full meals on board
  •  Kayaking in Halong bay (for 3 star tour package only)
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary.
  •  English- speaking guides as specified (French/ German, Spanish speaking guide can be available on request)
  •  Entrance fees
  • Boat trip in Mekong 
  • Mineral water

What’s excluded in this trip

  • All international and domestic flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa for Vietnam
  • Airport taxes
  • Flight tickets Ho Chi Minh – Hanoi
  • All meals not mentioned
  • Street food tour in Hanoi on Day 1
  • Kayaking in Halong bay for the 4 star tour package (available on request at reception on board )
  • Tips for tour guide, driver and other tour service attendants
  • Other personal expenses not mentioned
  • Early check in and late check out (Notice: official hotel check in is at 14:00, official hotel check out time is 12:00 mid-noon )




Room Type


Hanoi 3-star Hotels

Adamas Deluxe City 

Refer: http://swancruiseshalong.com/

3-star Halong  Bay Cruises

Swan Cruise Deluxe


Refer: http://swancruiseshalong.com/

Ho Chi Minh City 3-star Hotels

Signature Deluxe







Room Type


  Hanoi  4-star Hotels

The light deluxe with window


Refer: thelighthotelhanoi.com/en/

4-star Halong Bay Cruises

Calypso Suite Canbin


Refer: www.calypsocruise.com

Ho Chi Minh City 4-star Hotels

Palace Saigon Suite Room


Refer: www.palacesaigon.com/en/




Hotel Category


  Hanoi 5-star hotels

Deluxe Sketch Apricot Hotel


Refer: apricothotels.com/room/sketch

5-star Halong bay Cruises

Deluxe Room with Ocean View Margaret


Refer: https://margaretcruises.com

Ho Chi Minh city

Superior Room Sofitel Hotel Saigon


Refer: https://sofitel.accorhotels.com/


The hotels and cruise are subject to change to similar category in case of fully booked

Vietnam Travel Map: 15 Days


You feel like organized tour, but you are in a privet tour. Impress Travel make the different.

We went on a private trip to Vietnam and Cambodia, the whole trip plan was organized for us by the Impress Travel Company from Vietnam, the company did an amazing job, the whole trip was organized in a wonderful way with an amazing match between the various parties, their choices were correct and the quality of the hotels chosen were very high quality and it is important to note that the price was low in comparison To other agencies, thanks to Impress Travel and especially to Daniel who was tolerant and open to changes and organized the route for us.


Tour of Vietnam

Impress travel were amazing. Did my bookings with Daniel for our tour of Vietnam and I must say Daniel was very professional and prompt with his services. All the arrangement, plans, pick-up & drop-off services, hotels, vehicles, sightseeing tours and guides were spot on and excellent. Did 4 nights Hanoi, 1 night Hà Long Bay cruise, 3 nights Hoian, 4 nights Saigon and 1 night in Can Tho. It was totally awesome. Every part of the journey was superbly arranged and planned. I will highly recommend Impress Travel for anyone interested in visiting Vietnam. Very organized and reliable!

Solly Pochee

The tour was fantastic

I booked with Impress Travel in July. My contact person was Tommy Thang. He is an amazing person. He was very helpful. He changed my program twice for me. Very accommodating!
We started our holiday in the north (Sapa)of Vietnam and travelled down to HCMC.
The tour was fantastic, Tommy's arrangements were to the"T".
I will always use them if I have to visit the area again and recommend them to one and all.
Thank you once again Mr.Tommy and the Impress Team.
Sulaiman Pochee

Bernard Lim

Great value for money with 4 stars hotel

Great value for money with 4 stars hotel accommodation for 4 couples. The tour guide has been very helpful and brought us to amazing places in Sapa. We want to thanks Thuy the tour guide and especially Mark from Impress Travel for his great service and assurance throughout our trip. We’ll definitely use his service for other tour packages in other parts of Vietnam.


We enjoyed our holiday with Impress travel

This is the second time we travel to Vietnam with IMPRESS Travel. First time, we booked our holiday to Hanoi, Halong Bay & Sapa during Dec 2018 with Impress.
Second time, we travel to Hoi An, Hue & Danang (Central Vietnam) during Jan 2019.

My friends & I are very glad & happy with all the hotels stay in Central Vietnam, the meals provided are delicious. We are greatly appreciated with all the tour arrangement by Tommy & his team (tour guide).
Especially, Mr. NHAT C.V. He is helpful, cheerful, knowledgeable and very professional. He always volunteer to take a nice pictures for six of us (group) .

We enjoyed our holiday with Impress travel. We will definitely come back to Vietnam again with Impress





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