Join us this year for a magical Vietnam singles explorer. Short on time but after a Vietnamese experience rich in the very best this country has to offer? Experience the dazzling hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. Relax and soak up the rays on a beach in Nha Trang. Cycle around the UNESCO listed Hoi An, enjoy the amazing scenery of Hue, and chill out amongst the amazing limestone formations of Halong Bay aboard a traditional junk boat. Delve deeply into this country where East meets West, with spectacular results. This will be a perfect vacation filled with spectacular sightseeing, incredible food and a group of fun singles to enjoy it all with. This is a once in a lifetime vacation that you will look back on as one of your best ever!
Day 1 Arrive Ho Chi Minh City
Start your Vietnam Highlights this evening in Ho Chi Minh City, still referred to as Saigon, a cosmopolitan city that combines Vietnamese flair with US influences post the Vietnam War and is one of the most dynamic and progressive cities in Asia with great places to eat and drink. The French also left their fingerprints all over this ‘Paris of the Orient’, from architecture like Notre Dame Cathedral to the best pastries this side of the Eiffel Tower. Hotel – Breakfast
Day 2 Ho Chi Minh City To Nha Trang
We also see the Presidential or Reunification Palace, the former political heart of the country, from where various leaders have ruled. Learn how the loss of this building marked the fall of Saigon during the Vietnam War. Then look through the sobering War Remnants Museum and find out about victims of the Vietnam War.
In the afternoon, the group flies to the seaside resort town of Nha Trang, famous for its sweeping, golden beach, turquoise waters and fun water sports.
This evening, order yourself some fresh lobster, prawns or even fish’n’chips!
Hotel – Breakfast
Day 3 Nha Trang
A free day gives you time to sink into the laid-back beach lifestyle. Snack on fresh pineapple or other tropical fruits from the area. Try a massage and soak up the sun or cool off in the South China Sea.
Activity-wise, there’s a chance to get out among the gorgeous offshore islands on our optional cruise. With swim stops and snorkelling off the island of Hon Mun, this is a fun way to explore the area.
Your Tour Manager can also organise you a treat – experience a mineral mud bath and hot thermal springs!
Tonight, find yourself a spot on the beach or at a waterfront bar to watch the sun set over the sea. But don’t stop there! Get into Nha Trang’s nightlife with some of the group – it’s a pretty lively place!
Hotel – Breakfast
Day 4 Nha Trang to Hoi An
After a short flight to Danang this morning, we drive on to Hoi An.
Hoi An is a pretty little town, with history written all over it. Blending Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese and European influences, this former port town is an unusual mix of architectural styles.You’ll get a real feel for this town when you walk through the UNESCO World Heritage Listed old quarter with our Local Guide, who’ll tell you the story behind the old merchant shops, the 400-year-old Japanese covered bridge and the pretty pagoda.
This afternoon, it’s free time to either relax back at the hotel pool or get some clothes made. Hoi An is known for its beautiful cloths and colourful silks, and there are loads of tailors ready to whip up some made–to-order threads in record breaking time. One tip is to bring some clothes you like from home with you. Then the tailors can copy the patterns pretty much exactly. They also have designs in their shops to choose from.
As the sun sets, we head out on bikes with a Local Guide into the surrounding countryside for a look at the gorgeous scenery. Cruise past rice fields and traditional homes before riding riverside back into town.
Hotel – Breakfast
Day 5 Hoi An
For a day away from it all, head to untouched Cham Island on an optional trip through this UNESCO World Heritage Listed World Biosphere reserve. With a speed boat cruise, fantastic snorkelling, secluded beaches, wildlife and delicious local food for lunch in a small village – this is a great way to spend the day.
Alternatively, you could visit the ruined Hindu temples of the Champa Empire at My Son. Our optional excursion takes in the highlights of this UNESCO Heritage Listed site that was built between the 4th and 14th century. You’ll see overgrown temples in a location that was once a leading spiritual centre in this part of Vietnam.
Otherwise, look through the galleries, antique shops and workshops of the old town. Locals still use traditional methods for pottery, weaving silk and wood-carving. Walk along the historic waterfront to the local market and continue through the stalls selling hand-woven baskets, medicinal herbs and local specialties. If you’re working up an appetite, there are lots of cool cafes serving great food to snack on, as well as coffees and beer.
Hotel – Breakfast
Day 6 Hoi An to Hue
Back on the coach we travel through the “Pass of the Ocean Clouds”, on to the former imperial city of Hue. Keep your camera handy for the incredible coastal views and rolling green hills along the way.
We start our time in mellow Hue with a visit to the imperial Tu Duc tomb. Our Local Guide will give you the story on this poet Emperor and ancient burial rites as you walk together around the intricately decorated pavilions, gorgeous gardens, and lotus flower ponds. Take your time to view the statues and colourful artwork. The next spot we stop at is the 7-storied Thien Mu Pagoda. Learn about the legend behind its construction plus the events surrounding the notorious Hue Buddhist massacre.
To head back to town, the group boards a dragon boat and drifts down the Perfume River.
It’s a unique experience tonight with our included dinner. Enjoy the hospitality of the Lac Thien Restaurant operated by a local disadvantaged family. Feast on authentic Hue food in this low key restaurant that is also popular with the locals.
Hotel – Breakfast – Dinner
Day 7 Hue to Hanoi
Our visit to the Imperial Citadel will give you a feel for Hue’s former imperial glory and ancient way of life. Walk through the stunning grounds contained within 10 kms of walls, and see water-lily ponds, temples and stunning gates. Our included cyclo tour is a great way to see the Royal palaces and the Forbidden Purple City. Our expert Local Guide will show you the residential palaces of the Emperor, the imperial robes, bonsai gardens and pavilions. After a short flight, we land in the Northern capital of Hanoi. Hanoi is completely different to its southern counterpart, Ho Chi Minh City. It combines French flair, Chinese culture and Vietnamese vitality. This town is a romantic living time-line and open-air museum. Our hotel is smack in the middle of the old quarter, which is the place to be. It’s been Hanoi’s commercial core since the 15th Century and is packed into a tiny square kilometer. A maze of back streets, merchant houses and shops loaded with goods gives the old town its special atmosphere. Your Tour Manager will take you to some of the 36 trade streets found here – each street specialises in certain products. See masses of colourful items on display, from red banners, black-lacquered goods, to silks, fans and paper products.
In your free time, navigate to the French Quarter for a change of scene. Walk the wide Parisian-style boulevards and take in the shuttered mansions, balconies and other leftovers from a by-gone colonial era.
For a real slice of Vietnamese culture, sit down at one of the simple bia hoi (draught beer) sidewalk bars, pull up a stool and hang out among the locals. People-watch and order some local dishes, like bo luc lac (spicy beef and green pepper stir fry), dau chien ron (fried tofu) or nom ngo sen (lotus-stem salad).
Hotel – Breakfast
Day 8 Hanoi to Halong Bay
First thing this morning is a visit (seasonal) to the mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh – former president of Vietnam. Be part of the solemn procession of onlookers paying their respects to the leader who fought for the country’s independence. We then drive to Halong Bay, where we’ll board a Chinese-style junk boat for an overnight cruise through the absolutely stunning waters of this UNESCO World Heritage Listed site.
This natural wonder doesn’t come short on views: traditional sampans and junks sail the crystal waters of the Gulf of Tonkin. Nearly 2000 limestone islands dot the sea. Kick back on deck and soak up views of grottos, lagoons and thick forests. Our boat passes hidden coves, sheer cliffs and stunning beaches before arriving at a floating fishing village. Here we’ll be rowed by a local villager and be shown fascinating rock formations and some of the local life.
Back on board, there’s a little more cruising before we stop for a swim in an idyllic remote lagoon and dock at Dao Titop for sunset. Tonight enjoy some fresh seafood with the group for dinner before settling in to your air-conditioned cabin on board the junk.
Overnight Cruise – Lunch – Breakfast – Dinner
Day 9 Halong Bay to Hanoi
After a relaxed breakfast, we’ll visit the interior of the limestone caves of Sung Sot and keep taking in the fantastic views.
Then we cruise back to port and return to Hanoi, with free time this afternoon. Escape the busy streets with a visit to the Temple of Literature – a quiet haven of walled gardens, red-lacquered pillars and golden painted dragons. Nearly 1000 years old, the Temple is Vietnam’s most important Confucian sanctuary and its historic seat of learning.
For more culture, your Tour Manager can help you get some tickets to Hanoi’s world-famous water puppet performance, a quirky tradition from the region of the Red River Delta.
Tonight is the last night on tour so perhaps enjoy a memorable dinner at KOTO restaurant. This eatery helps support an organisation that works to improve former disadvantaged children’s lives by training them in hospitality.
Hotel – Lunch – Breakfast
Day 10 Depart from Hanoi
Our tour ends this morning after breakfast and some free time, so say goodbye to your crew and Tour Manager.Breakfast
Airport for Vietnam:
Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam (SGN)
1. Do not purchase your air to Vietnam until we confirm you registration.
2. A Visa is required we will send you a link to obtain one after you complete the registration process.
3. No Specific vaccinations are required.
4. We share this departure with several singles groups from USA, Canada & GB
Vietnam Singles Tour Package Includes:
8 Hotel Nights + 1 Cruise Ship Night
……..(3 Star Hotels)
3 Domestic Flights
…….1 Full Dinners
……All Local Transportation on Private Coaches
……Various City Tours
……Ho Chi Minh City Tour
……Walking Tour of UNESCO site
……Countryside Bike Tour
……Cyclo ride to Hue’s Citadel
……Overnight Cruise on Junk Boat
All Local Taxes
All Local Transport
Hosted by US & Local English Speaking Guides
(All Paid in Country)
Cruise to Offshore Island for Swim/Snorkel $20
Cooking Class & Dinner $20
Cruise to Cham Island $35
Trip to My Son Temples $18
NOTE: $135 Payment Due to Local Guides