It was my husband’s birthday and were looking for an exotic and less travelled destination offering impeccable beauty. After looking up a few countries in Asia and nearby, we found that Vietnam was the one destination that matched our preferences! As we were looking forward to make it the best birthday celebration ever, we wanted to make it more special and were quite impressed by Halong Bay cruises. So we finally decided to go to Vietnam along with enjoying a romantic stay at Halong Bay cruise. We checked numerous itineraries on TravelTriangle website and finally decided our 7 days in Vietnam.
Read more to know the best experiences to our 7 days Vietnam tour along with getting details of our itinerary:
Details Of Our 7 Days In Vietnam
Trip Type: Tour Package
Cost: INR 94,500
Duration: 7 Days 6 Nights
Inclusions: Accommodation, Airfares, Taxes, Transfer, Sightseeing, Cruise Stay, Entry Fee, Breakfasts, Lunch, Dinner
Exclusions: Visa Stamping Fee
The Itinerary Of Our 7 Days In Vietnam
Day 1: Arrival & Visiting Hoan Kiem Lake
Day 2: Temple of Literature & Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
Day 3: La Regina Cruise
Day 4: Stay at La Regina Cruise
Day 5: Kayaking
Day 6: Visiting Cu Chi Tunnels
Day 7: War Museum & Departure
Vietnam Weather In June
We visited Vietnam in June and we were fortunate to experience the most beautiful weather. Though it was an off-season for tourists due to the heat and humidity, we didn’t feel much of a difference as we were coming from Mumbai. The time we spent on the cruise at Halong probably had the best weather, climate and breeze. We felt that the temperature varied from one place to another in this country but it didn’t make us feel uncomfortable or uneasy.
5 Best Experiences Of Our 7 Days In Vietnam
The following are the best experiences of our Vietnam trip!
1. Stay At Laregina Cruise
The most enthralling experience of our 7 days in Vietnam was the stay at Laregina Cruise. It was a completely safe and comfortable stay with hassle-free transfers that made our journey a lifetime memory. We had an awesome time here and loved every minute of our stay. The feeling of lying still on a royal cruise boat’s deck while glancing the stars shining above us was spellbinding. The realization of floating around on a far away Bay was nothing short of magical. The food served at the cruise was scrumptious and served the true flavors of Vietnam.
2. Viet Hai Village
We loved visiting Viet Hai Village which is a serene village located amidst lush green valleys, surrounded by the enormous mountains of the Cat Ba National Park. There were numerous trekking trails at this place and the peaceful ambiance of this place will surely make you fall in love with this small village, located away from the hustle-bustle of the city life. We loved strolling in the lanes of this village and the refreshing aura here was really delightful.
3. Hoan Kiem Lake
Another beautiful experience of our 7 days in Vietnam was visiting Hoan Kiem Lake. This quiet place is also surrounded by Ngoc Son Temple which is believed to be built in the 13th century. We had a really memorable time here, as it gave us time to revive our souls amidst the peaceful ambiance. At Hanoi, my husband and I decided to walk around this beautiful lake on our first evening there. We enjoyed the entire scene around the lake. It was a Sunday evening and the entire lake had almost come alive with music performances, painters, artists, dancers and the locals.
4. Cu Chi Tunnels
If you love exploring cities and try finding the roots of it then you must surely visit Cu Chi Tunnels in Vietnam. This immense network of connecting tunnels are the main connectivity of this country and we loved the the entire architecture and the way they are designed smartly. This tunnel was used during the Vietnamese war and showcases the remnants of that time.
5. War Museum
Last but not the least, our experience at War Museum was amazing. The place is also known as the War Remnants Museum and is truly a delight for history-lovers. The museum exhibits the struggle faced during the Vietnamese and alike other museums details on all the aspects covered to overthrow the rebelling powers.
We had many wonderful moments and memories throughout our trip. The impeccable beauty of Vietnam is worth exploring and I was glad that we selected this destination!
Our Hotels In Vietnam
The best part of our trip to Vietnam-Hanoi, Halong Bay Cruise and Ho Chi Minh city is the perfect location of our hotels. At Hanoi, the first stop of our trip, we stayed right in the centre of the Old Quarter at the Hanoi Peridot hotel. It was located on the Bat Su street in the Hoan Kiem district. The room was just perfect for a couple and the staff was extremely humble and polite, not to forget extremely helpful. We enjoyed listening to the hum-drum of the street below and the many vendors selling their wares even past 10 pm each day. If you are looking to get a feel of the real-life of Vietnamese, it is highly advised to stay in the Old Quarter. Apart from the old world charm of the place, it spells convenience as it is centrally located and its proximity to local markets, Hoan Kiem lake, other popular attractions makes it one of the best places to stay in Hanoi.
The next stop on our trip was the Halong Bay Cruise. This was the highlight of our trip and we wanted to go for the best cruise on the bay. We stayed here at La Regina Legend cruise. This was an extravagant cruise ship with the best in cabins, comfort, staff, food and experience. We spent 2 nights and 3 days on this regal cruise ship and sailed away exploring Halong Bay and the Lan Ha Bay.
After our mesmerizing 3 days on the Halong Bay, it was time to go to the next and final stop of our trip– Ho Chi Minh City or Saigon, as it is popularly called by the Vietnamese. Our Muong Thanh Saigon hotel was located right in the centre of the business district, and at a walking distance from all the tourist attractions in Saigon. The hotel was a business hotel with a big room, clean premises, and an extremely wonderful and helpful staff. Just like our hotel in Hanoi, we loved this hotel for its convenience factor and it was easy to walk around and explore the area by ourselves.
At Hanoi, we visited the local restaurants to try out some Bun Cha, Pho, Vietnamese Spring rolls and some Banh Mi. We explored Dong Xuan market on one evening and grabbed delicious Vietnamese pot at the eatery there. This was probably the best food we had ever had! A trip to Vietnam is incomplete without trying the ‘egg coffee’ and our guide took us to the place where it was invented, that’s, Cafe Dinh, opposite the Hoan Kiem Lake.
The food on the cruise was completely mind-blowing and had authentic Vitnamese cuisine. We tried our hand at making some Vietnamese spring rolls on the cruise as well! At Ho Chi Minh, we enjoyed some French-American cuisine along with Vietnamese flavours at the Nha Hang Ngon restaurant.
Shopping In Vietnam
Staying in the heart of the Old Quarter really helped us explore the various markets and the night market. If you visit Vietnam, your trip is incomplete if you do not bring home the Vietnamese farmer’s hat! We bought a few souvenirs – the Vietnamese hat, a few magnets for our collection, and a few quilling handicrafts. If you love some jewelry, silks, or other handicrafts, do check out 36 streets of the Old Quarter, each of which sells a particular commodity.
Vietnam Travel Tips
It is advised to have your maps and directions in place if you are adventurous enough to explore the cities by yourself. The cabbies in Vietnam can very easily contact you by beginning the ‘night meter’. Stay in touch with your travel agent as they will guide you at each step, especially when you are in doubt. Our travel agent Ben was extremely helpful and ensured we were comfortable throughout the trip.
What To Wear In Vietnam Trip
Since we went during the summer in Vietnam, we restricted ourselves to comfortable, cotton clothing. I would advise you to carry sports shoes or walking shoes to be able to comfortably explore the cities on foot. Carry some formal dresses or shirts for your dinners on the cruise. There was a probability for rain and it might be a good idea to check on the climate and carry an umbrella if required. It is absolutely essential to carry a sunscreen of minimum SPF 40, especially if you are going to be sunbathing on the cruise deck or walking around in the sun.
How To Reach Vietnam
We had clubbed our Vietnam trip with a trip to Singapore. The first stoppage of our Vietnam trip was Hanoi, so we took a direct Singapore Airlines flight from Singapore to Hanoi.
Our Experience With TravelTriangle
We highly recommend Travel Triangle for booking your next trip with them. All our bookings were planned and coordinated perfectly and we faced no trouble during our trip. Travel Triangle’s Rakshanda was very much in-sync with our bookings and the entire process of booking hotels, flight from Hanoi to Ho Chi Ming, the cruise, the tour guides and the airport pick up and drop were all superbly arranged. My husband and I have since then recommended Travel Triangle to many of our family and friends.
Our 7 days in Vietnam made us capture a lifetime memories. Plan a trip to Vietnam with TravelTriangle and get an exclusive itinerary customized according to your preferences.
Common Queries You May Have Before Going For A 7 Days In Vietnam
A. Ho Chi Minh is the most popular city in Vietnam.
A. Yes, its is a good honeymoon destination and offers numerous comfortable and safe stays. The exquisite beauty of this place will surely make you capture the lifetime memories.
A. Yes, Vietnam is safe for visitors and the government ensure a safe and comfortable environment for the guests.
A. Yes, Ho Chi Minh is safe for tourists, however, be careful about your belongings.
A. A trip to Vietnam starts from INR 80,000 and the entire cost depends on your preferences and budget.