18-Day Highlights of Vietnam & Philippines

Tour Route: Vietnam: Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hoi An - Da Nang - Ho Chi Minh City, Philippines: Manila - Puerto Princesa - El Nido - Manila

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  • Tour Code: ODY-SE-003
  • Tour Style: Private Tour (No Join-in Group Tour)
  • Travel Date: Private tour with flexible travel date
  • Price Inclusions: All transportation mentioned in the itinerary (flight, train, ship, private car, etc.); private guides & drivers, hotels, meals (based on your meal plan), and all service charges & taxes.
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Day 1: Arrival,Hanoi

Welcome to Vietnam! Upon your arrival in Hanoi, your guide will meet you and escort you to your hotel. The rest of the day is for you to get rid of the jet lag and have a rest. 

Overnight: Hanoi

Day 2: Hanoi Sightseeing

Today you will visit Hanoi city attractions, including Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh House on Stilt, One Pillar Pagoda, Tran Quoc Pagoda, and Quan Thanh Temple. In the afternoon, you will visit Museum of Ethnology and cycle through the Old Quarter of Hanoi (by Rickshaw) (about 1hr), last stop is Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son Temple and enjoy a Water Puppet Show to learn more about Vietnamese traditional culture. 

Overnight: Hanoi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Hanoi - Halong Bay

Today your stunning Halong Bay cruise began. It starts with a 3-hour scenic drive from Hanoi to the World Heritage site of Ha Long Bay, where you can see nearly 2,000 limestone islands dot the sea and traditional sampans and junks sail the glinting water, grottos, thick forests, and hidden coves, it will be a real ocean adventure! A variety of optional activities like kayaking, swimming, diving will definitely add more fun to this trip. 

Overnight: Onboard
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Halong Bay - Da Nang - Hoi An

Continue your unforgettable Halong Bay cruise today. Enjoy your brunch before disembarking the cruiser at around 10 am. When the cruise ended, your guide and driver will meet you at the pier then drive to Hai Phone airport (around 1.5 hours) for the afternoon flight to Da Nang. Upon arrival, your local guide will meet you and escort you to the hotel in Hoi An for check-in. Have free time on your own.

Overnight: Hoi An
Meal: Brunch

Day 5: Hoi An Sightseeing

This morning, you will have a half day Fishman experience Fishing Village. In the afternoon, we take a light excursion to go around the tiny town of Hoi An and visit the 400-year-old Japanese Bridge, renowned Chinese Temple, and former Vietnamese merchants' houses. Your guide will tell you all the stories behind these historical relics. Enjoy the mix of peace and alive nightlight in Hoi An in the evening on your own. 

Overnight: Hoi An
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Hoi An - Da Nang - Ho Chi Minh City

After breakfast, you will be escorted to the airport of Da Nang for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon your arrival, you will be escorted to your hotel for some rest. The rest day is yours to walk around on your own or go back to the hotel for relaxing. 

Overnight: Ho Chi Minh City
Meal: Breakfast

Day 7: Ho Chi Minh City Sightseeing

This morning set out for the incredible underground Cu Chi Tunnels, and then drive back to Ho Chi Minh City to visit the War Remnants Museum and Reunification Palace (the former Presidential Palace), Ben Thanh Market, Old Saigon Post Office and Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Catinat) absolutely nice choices for a free stroll.

Overnight: Ho Chi Minh City
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8: Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta - Ho Chi Minh City

Today, drive to Mekong Delta area to enjoy one day Mekong Delta tour (My Tho) with visiting villages and markets.

Overnight: Ho Chi Minh City
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9: Ho Chi Minh City - Manila

You will have a free morning before driving to the airport for your flight to Manila. Upon arrival, you will be met by our representative and transferred to the hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is free at your own leisure.

Overnight: Kuala Lumpur
Meal: Breakfast

Day 10: Charming Manila City Tour

Manila is the capital of the Philippines, which is the home to many significant architectural and cultural landmarks of the country.

Your full-day private tour today will show you to the Casa Manila Museum and the San Agustin Church. And then take a 'calesa', a horse-drawn carriage which is still being used as a form of public transport, to the Manila Cathedral. Walk to Fort Santiago and Rizal Shrine. Continue the tour to see the bizarre Chinese Cemetery, the oldest district of Manila - Quiapo and the vibrant Binondo in Chinatown. Return to the hotel and freshen up. You will then be taken to Makati, the top-notch shopping, many dining districts. 

Overnight: Manila
Meal: Breakfast

Day 11: City Highlights of Puerto Princesa

You will take a private airport transfer for your flight to Puerto Princesa this morning. Upon arrival, meet & greet by your private guide and transfer to your hotel. After check-in, do a city tour including Palawan Museum, Plaza Cuartel, the beautiful Immaculate Conception Cathedral, and the Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center (formerly Crocodile Farming Institute) a showcase of a successful conservation project. Tour ends at a visit to the Iwahidg Prison and Penal Farm.

Enjoy your dinner at Ka Lui’s Restaurant to enjoy the fresh seafood and unique and cozy ambience. You might enjoy a firefly watching tour along Iwahig River this evening.

Overnight: Puerto Princesa
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Trekking to Batak Tribe

After breakfast at the resort, you will have a full day trek to the Batak Tribe community, which is believed arrived in the Philippines about 50,000 years ago. Transfer to San Rafael where you will start the trek. En route, buy a bag of rice, sugar, coffee to donate to the tribal folks. You will have lunch with the Bataks. After the tour, you will return to the resort.

Overnight: Puerto Princesa
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: World Heritage of Nature in Puerto Princesa

This morning, you will head to Sabang (about 1.5 hours drive) to discover the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park. A World Heritage Site features an 8.2-kilometer navigable Underground River, reputed to be the world's longest that winds through a spectacular cave. You can also explore the surrounding area near the cave, including bird watching, mountain trekking, a mangrove paddle boat tour and exploring the deeper part of the forest.

After the tour, drive back to the resort to enjoy lunch and have free time in the afternoon.

Overnight: Puerto Princesa
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 14: Natural Wonders of El Nido

In the early morning, you will enjoy a scenic drive to El Nido (about 5 hours drive), and then take a 45-minute boat ride to check in the resort. After lunch at the resort, the island-hopping activities will show you those natural wonders of enchanting lagoons, remote islands, and mysterious caves.

Overnight: El Nido
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Beautiful Beach in El Nido

 A full day relaxing beach time or more resort-programmed activities.

Overnight: El Nido
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Beautiful Beach in El Nido

A full day relaxing beach time or more resort-programmed activities.

Overnight: El Nido
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: Day of Leisure & Flight to Manila

You will discover what El Nido has to offer this morning before your private guide and driver transfer you to the airport to fly to Manila. Upon your arrival, enjoy a private transfer back to hotel and enjoy the free evening on your own. 

Overnight: Manila
Meal: Breakfast

Day 18: Manila, Departure

Enjoy your breakfast and free time before the private transfer to the airport for onward flight. 

Meal: Breakfast

Recommended Accommodation for Your Journey

It is no doubt your journey enjoyment will be increased by a good choice of accommodation. Our well-established network with key hotel chains around Indochina area will bring you more benefits of competitive rates and guaranteed hotel quality with availability.

We pick hotels for you based on:

Location: most of the properties we selected are either located in the downtown area with main city attractions or close by main transportations. These conveniences will certainly improve your holiday experience.

Facility & Service Quality: all hotels are inspected strictly and regularly, must be with great performance in accommodating English speaking customers, and excellent feedback from our previous clients as well.

Variety in Choice: many styles and grades of hotels are available for different budgets, tastes, and cultural backgrounds.

 

Hotel Standards

3-Star Class It will meet the basic requirements for a comfortable stay, good size and clean guest rooms with AC, TV, hot water, shower, and private bathrooms. On-site restaurants with breakfast included and lunch or dinner at your own pickup. A small fitness center or spa can be expected.

4-Star Class Across Indochina, a wide range of comfortable boutique hotels are available with shopping, dining and entertainment facilities nearby. Featuring quality service, fully furnished rooms, restaurants, fitness center with spa (and swimming pool in most cases), the hotels are expected to offer an above-average accommodation experience.

5-Star Class Top-notch services and an extensive range of facilities for an excellent accommodation experience. Multiple restaurants on site and a wide range of choice for buffet breakfast, good size of swimming pool, fitness center and concierge service round out the experience.

Meals

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Normally Indochina Odyssey Tours includes two meals each day during the tour: Breakfast and Lunch. You will have the freedom to make your own dinner choice.

Breakfast

It is normally served at the hotel where you stay. Depending on the hotel, the breakfast would be in western style, local style, or a combination.

Lunch

Lunches are usually set menu at the handpicked local restaurant with comfortable dining environment where you can rest assure to taste the local flavor. All restaurants arranged by Indochina Odyssey Tours selected carefully and evaluated constantly based on customer feedback and our on-site inspection.

Dinner

Dinners will not be included in your meal plan unless you have that requirement. Enjoying the local food could be one of your best experiences in “tasty” Indochina area. This is why we provide you this flexibility of food choice. Your private guide will always give you good suggestions based on your preferences.

If you have certain food allergies or special requirements such as vegetarian food, let us know. We will do our best to accommodate your needs.

 

Private Guide & Transfer

You will have a private tour guide, private driver, and an air-conditioned vehicle escorting you at every destination you travel across Southeast Asia. This will provide you with maximized personal care, security, and flexibility

All tour guides of Indochina Odyssey Tours are qualified professionals and registered English Speaking Tourist Guides who are reassessed annually. All of our tour vehicles are clean and in excellent condition, manned with licensed & experienced drivers.

Private Tour Guide

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You will always be greeted punctually on arrival at each destination airport. At every departure, you’ll be escorted & assisted until you have checked in and passed through the security checkpoint.

All of our tour guides in every destination are locals. Knowing the area well, they are good at guiding you around and telling background stories of the tour sites, as well as showing you the secret spots for the best photos.

If any change of itinerary is needed for unexpected reasons, your private tour guides will be more than accommodating in suggesting alternatives to ensure that you always have a wonderful experience.

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Private Vehicle & Licensed Driver

With our comfortable and safe private transportation, your tour will be more relaxing and less tiresome, keeping you in the best spirits to make the most out of your journey across Southeast Asia.

Your vehicle in each destination is air conditioned, insured, clean, and regularly maintained. Your private driver is licensed and always put your safety first.

 

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