• Vietnam Free & Easy

    Code: VCT08 - Duration: 13 Days
    Start: Hanoi | Finish: Saigon
  • With breathtaking scenery, rich culture and friendly people, Vietnam remains a mystery awaiting for exploration. The purpose of this trip is to give you more freedom to discover the highlights of this S-shaped country by yourself and we only provide Vietnam Free Easy mapnecessary services including accommodation and transport as well as a roadmap to follow. You can easily find out from our itinerary that we limit the maximum guide assistance and offer optional tours in each stage for reference.

    Benefits of a free & easy tour:

    • Enjoy the trip the way you want and make your own decision of visits
    • Reasonable price, you only pay for necessary services
    • You are free but safe with our arrangement

    Itinerary in brief:

    Day 1: Hanoi arrival (-/-/-)
    Day 2: Hanoi / Free Day - Night train to Lao Cai (B/-/-)
    Day 3: Lao Cai - Sapa (B/-/-)
    Day 4: Sapa - Lao Cai - Night train to Hanoi (B/-/-)
    Day 5: Hanoi - Halong Bay (B/L/D)
    Day 6: Halong Bay - Hanoi - Night train to Hue (Br/-/-)
    Day 7: Hue arrival (B/-/-)
    Day 8: Hue - Danang – Hoian (B/-/-)
    Day 9: Hoian / Free Day (B/-/-)
    Day 10: Hoian - Danang - Flight to Saigon (B/-/-)
    Day 11: Saigon - Cai Be - Vinh Long - Can Tho (B/L/-)
    Day 12: Can Tho - Cai Rang - Saigon (B/-/-)
    Day 13: Saigon - Departure (B/-/-)

    • Ability to change the direction of the program
    • Possibility of an extension in Laos or Cambodia 


    + We specialize in “tailor-made” tours for groups of two or more. We carefully inspect each step of your journey from the accommodation to the perfect guide to suit your needs
    + The itinerary is open to modification to fit your personal travel needs
    + Modifications to the itinerary may increase the price of the package
    + For the price of this trip, just ask for a quote by clicking on "TOUR PRICE" above 
    + If you are looking for a trip modified to your requirements, please send us your needs by filling out the form in Customize your trip” 
    + We will contact and send you a quote, excluding holiday period, within 48 hours of receiving your request .

  • Day 1: Hanoi arrival (-/-/-)

    Hanoi - Airport: 30km, ~40min drive

    hanoiUpon arrival at Noi Bai Airport, meet our guide and driver who then escort you to the city center. After making sure of your successful hotel check-in, they will be pleased to leave you free time for your own lunch and leisure to recover after the long flight.

    Meals Included: None
    Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

    Day 2: Hanoi / Free Day - Night train to Lao Cai (B/-/-)

    Hanoi - Lao Cai: 330km, ~9h by train

    hanoi tourAfter breakfast at hotel, the whole day is free without guide or vehicle for your personal discovery. Room is available until noon and there’s possibility to leave luggage at the lobby after check-out. In the evening, meet our driver at the hotel lobby for private transfer without guide to Hanoi Railway Station for overnight train to Lao Cai.

    Optional: You can enjoy a private tour of Hanoi city accompanied by an English-speaking guide. Please contact us for more details.

    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Overnight on train (Sharing air-conditioned 4-berth cabin)

    Day 3: Lao Cai - Sapa (B/-/-)

    sapaUpon arrival in Lao Cai Station at around 6a.m, meet our driver who will transfer you to hotel in Sapa passing mountainous road (35km, ~1h drive). After breakfast at hotel, the rest of the day is free without guide or driver.  

    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Sapa

    Day 4: Sapa - Lao Cai - Night train to Hanoi (B/-/-)

    sapa tourAfter breakfast at hotel, time is free for your own discovery (room is available until noon). In late afternoon, our driver will meet and pick you up at the hotel lobby for private transfer without guide to Lao Cai Station for an overnight train back to Hanoi.  

    Optional: Sapa area allows you to make interesting discoveries such as: Lively and colorful markets, villages of different ethnic minorities who still remain their traditions, beautiful landscapes of rice terraces and stunning mountains, etc. For this location, we suggest the following two private guided tour options:

    1. Bac Ha Market and Sapa Valley
    2. Villages around Sapa

    Please contact us for more details.

    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Overnight on train (Sharing air-conditioned 4-berth cabin)

    Day 5: Hanoi - Halong Bay (B/L/D)

    Hanoi - Halong: 170km, ~3h30min drive 

    halong cruiseAfter breakfast at hotel, we depart for Halong Bay via Thai Binh and Nam Dinh without guide, passing a peaceful countryside typical of Red River Delta with endless rice fields and winding rivers. We will arrive at Halong’s tourist wharf around noon and embark an elegant wooden junk for a cruise through the limestone cliffs and emerald waters of  Ha Long Bay to enjoy a fantastic view of the picturesque scenery blending with the sky and some 3,000 limestone this World Heritage Site. While being on board, we will be served a sumptuous fresh, local seafood lunch followed by swimming and exploring some of the limestone caves in this area. Try the feeling of witnessing the sunset on boat is really great. Dinner on board. The captain then will anchor for the night nearby a remote island.  In the evening, there is the option for night fishing or just sit out on the deck and relax under the stars.

    (*) Note: It is possible to book a private junk. Please contact us for this option.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation: Overnight on Junk

    Day 6: Halong Bay - Hanoi - Night train to Hue (Br/-/-)

    Hanoi - Hue: 770km, ~12h on train

    halong day toursWaking up surrounded by the tranquil beauty of the bay, we have time for an early morning dip with joys and emotions for watching sunrise on sea followed by breakfast. The cruise continues to move around the bay for us to discover more secluded areas, we then take kayaking and swimming in the stunning bay. The junk will be near us at all times serving as a backup vessel for those that require it. At around midday we will return to the main harbor before transferring to our awaiting vehicle for drive back to Hanoi without guide. We reach Hanoi around 5p.m and time is free for your own dinner. Our driver will meet and transfer you to Hanoi Railway Station for the night train (SE1: 7p.m-8:25a.m or SE3: 11p.m-10:30a.m) towards Hue.

    Meals Included: Brunch
    Accommodation: Overnight on train (Sharing air-conditioned 4-berth cabin)

    Day 7: Hue arrival (B/-/-)

    hueUpon arrival in Hue, our driver will meet you at the station before taking you for breakfast at your hotel. Time is then free for your personal discovery.

    Optional: If you choose the option to travel from Hanoi – Hue by air, Days 6 and 7 of the program will be changed. Please contact us for program and price details.

    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Hue

    Day 8: Hue - Danang - Hoi An (B/-/-)

    Hue - Hoi An: 140km~ 2,5h drive

    hoianAfter breakfast at hotel, we bid Hue farewell and continue our south bound journey to the old trading town of Hoian without guide. Along the way we will head up to the Hai Van pass with the stunning views north over Lang Co beach and south over Danang city. After check-in hotel in Hoian upon arrival, time is set free for your personal discovery of the ancient town without guide or driver.

    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An

    Day 9: Hoi An / Free Day (B/-/-)

    hoian day toursBreakfast is served at hotel. Today is completely free for your personal discovery or enjoyment at the beach.

    Optional: Your stay in Hoian offers many opportunities for exploration of Hoian & charming villages around the old town:

    1. Full day visit Hoian & archaeological site of My Son (60km, ~1h15min drive).
    2. Full day bike tour from Hoian to surrounding villages.

    Please contact us for more details.

    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An

    Day 10: Hoi An - Danang - Flight to Saigon (B/-/-)

    Danang - Saigon: ~850km, 2h flight

    saigon tours tonkin travelAfter breakfast at hotel, meet our driver at hotel lobby who will transfer you to Danang Airport for flight to Saigon. Upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat Airport, another driver will escort you to the hotel in city center for check-in. You will then have time for your own meals and relaxation.


    Optional: Saigon City and its surroundings offer many opportunities for visits and excursions. We are glad to recommend some optional tours as below:

    1. Private Saigon city tour
    2. Private excursion to Saigon & Cu Chi tunnels

    Please contact us for more details.

    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon

    Day 11: Saigon - Cai Be - Vinh Long - Can Tho (B/L/-)

    Saigon - Cai Be: 140km, ~2h30min drive

    mekongMorning after breakfast at hotel, we leave the bustling city of Saigon through the Mekong to Cai Be, well-known for its floating market. Here we will board our private boat for a cruise along the maze of waterways and canals to Vinh Long. We will stop at the home of a Bonsai gardener for a sumptuous Delta lunch, including the popular dish of 'Elephant ear fish', before continuing our exploration of the tributaries and canals of the delta. Towards the end of the day, we arrive at hotel in Can Tho for check-in.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel in Can Tho

    Day 12: Can Tho - Cai Rang - Saigon (B/-/-)

    Cai Rang - Saigon: 180km, ~3h30min drive

    mekong floating market tonkin travelRising early to the sounds of the Delta coming to life for another day, we have breakfast and start our trip with a boat cruise on sparking streams along the endless waterway of Mighty Mekong River to Cai Rang floating market. There will be hundreds of boats loaded with fruits, vegetables and fish jostling for trade. Sellers advertisers their wares by crying out across the waters. We visit the lush orchards and are treated to a delicious tropical fruits. After having lunch at a local restaurant on your own cost, we drive back to hotel in Saigon.

    Optional: We can embark an overnight sharing boat on Le Cochinchine or Bassac. Please contact us for more details.

    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon

    Day 13: Saigon - Departure (B/-/-)

    Saigon - Airport: 30km, ~40min drive

    After breakfast at hotel, time is free until our driver meet and transfer you to Tan Son Nhat airport for flight to next destination. Thank you very much for travelling with us!

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  • Prices

    This trip is private and therefore can be altered to suit your needs, date of commencement and budget requirements.

    Prices vary due to a number of specifics:

    • Seasonal: during high season (October-April), the prices of services are generally higher when compared to the low season (May-September).
    • The number of participants: the more of you that travel together the less you will pay!
    • The choice of hotels: Fairly obvious one here; a 5-star hotel can cost ten times as much as a 2 star hotel.
    • The activities during the trip: Two trips on the same itinerary and of the same length can have two different prices depending on the number and nature of activities included.
    • The booking date: In some cases, booking your trip late can drastically affect prices due to their low availability.


    • Accommodation as recommended or similar category according to availability
    • Transfers according to program by private air-conditioned vehicle with driver except free days
    • English-speaking guide’s assistance as mentioned in the program
    • Meals as indicated in program (B: Breakfast /L: Lunch / D: Dinner)
    • Entrance fees for attractions included in the program
    • All activities and cruises clearly mentioned in the program
    • Halong Bay overnight on boat (sharing boat)
    • Train ticket: Hanoi – Lao Cai – Hanoi; Hanoi – Hue (sharing 4-berth cabin)
    • Flight ticket: Danang - Saigon (E-Class on Vietnam Airlines)
    • Private boat excursion in Mekong Delta
    • Water and cool tissues
    • Government taxes & service charge


    • Other drinks and meals not clearly mentioned
    • Early check-in, late check-out
    • Personal expenditures, tips
    • Personal insurance (compulsory)
    • Any service not clearly mentioned in the program
    • International air transfers associated with airport taxes
    • Visa and visa arrangement (available upon request)


    Here are 2 steps to book your trip with Tonkin-Travel:

    Step 1. Focus on your travel program:

    You can choose this trip as is or customize it to your specific desires. Just click on the “Customize this trip” tab and fill in the form. One of our travel consultants will contact you within 48 hours to develop the travel program based on your specifications.

    Step 2. Booking:

    • Following the first step, tour program is selected and we access the rates.
    • Upon confirmation of the trip, the registration must be accompanied by a deposit up to 25% of the total estimate.
    • For programs with private junk (cruise) and/or 5 star hotels, the deposit is represented by 30% of the total estimate.
    • Tonkin-Travel carries out the booking process upon receipt of the deposit. Confirmation of these reservations is sent to customer within 10 days via email

    Nature of travel

    This trip is private. That implies:

    • You will be escorted by a private guide and driver. This approach guarantees a smooth trip with fewer organizational constraints.
    • You will be the master of your trip. We guarantee flexibility in organizing visits at your request.
    • Our services will be personalized according to your desires. Thus the proposals in this package are not fixed and you can bring suggest all the desired changes.
    • You receive individualized care: ample food, organizing small events (anniversary, honeymoon, etc.), targeted information, followed necessary modifications, etc.


    • Accommodation is an important expenditure of your trip. When you choose a luxury trip for example, the accommodation can represent three quarters of the price. Thus, your choice of hotels is closely related to your budget.
    • Tonkin-Travel has negotiated rates with a wide range of hotels from 2 to 5 stars.
    • In some places you will have the option to choose ‘home-stay’. Although this provides less comfort that a hotel it is a truly authentic experience and highly recommended for at least one night of your journey.


    All transfers during your trip are covered by private vehicle with driver, unless otherwise indicated in our offer. We ensure that our vehicles are new and comfortable. Fuel, tolls, accommodation, compensation and the driver are included in our offer. Only gratuities are not included and are at your discretion.

    The size of the selected vehicle is based on the number of tour participants according to the following quality standards:

    No. of participants

    2 pax

    3 pax

    From 4 to 7 pax

    From 8 to 14 pax

    From 15 to 20 pax

    Vehicle size

    Car 4-7 seats

    Car 7 or minivan 
    16 seats

    Minivan 16 seats

    Bus 24 seats

    Bus 35 or 45 seats

    Domestic flights

    If your trip includes domestic flights if any, they will be operated by Vietnam Airlines, the largest airline in Vietnam. The fleet consists mainly of Airbus and Boeing. On some short trips, the company operates 72 ATR and some Fokker.

    Rail transport

    Train travel can be offered (particularly between Hanoi-Lao Cai and Hanoi-Hue). Travelling at a speed of 60km/h on average it is not necessarily the fastest but an interesting experience nonetheless.

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