Vietnam Discovery Tour

  • Our Vietnam Discovery Tour is a more comprehensive overland 18-day tour of Vietnam, showing you more of her people, history and culture.
    Our itineraries are frequently updated to take in new highlights, and can change from south to north. We'll send you the official itinerary when you enquire about a tour.

    Download the Itinerary (PDF version)

    Day 1 - 8

    Day 1: NZ – SINGAPORE/BANGKOK swim

    Depart Chch, Wgtn, or Auckland to our Singapore or Bangkok hotel.


    Morning flight to Hanoi, a city of tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture and lakes. We check into our hotel, exchange currency, and take a walking orientation to Hoan Kiem Lake.


    A half-day tour of Hanoi including Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum (if open), Temple of Literature and the Ethnology Museum. In the afternoon we take a walking tour of the Old French Quarter.


    This morning we checkout of our hotel and drive to to Ha Long Bay for our overnight cruise of Halong Bay where over 2000 islands rise dramatically out of the Eastern Sea.


    After breakfast we continue cruising the bay and then drive back to Hanoi. We stop at a ceramics centre along the way, before checking back into our hotel.

    Day 6: HANOI

    Today is a free day for shopping or exploring Hanoi. There are options to visit other recommended museums and places of interest. In the evening we enjoy a performance of the world famous Water Puppets.

    Day 7: HANOI - HUE

    Transfer to Hanoi Airport for our flight to Hue. Check into hotel and take an orientation walk around Hue. The rest of the day is free time for shopping or relaxing.

    Day 8: HUE

    Morning cruise on the Perfumed River. We visit Minh Mang Tomb and the Thien Mu pagoda on the riverbanks with its seven-storey tower.

    Day 9 - 15

    Day 9: HOI AN - HUE

    We leave Hue with a stop-over at the spectacular Hai Van Pass. Here we enjoy expansive views of the coast and the photogenic fishing village of Lang Co. We continue on to explore Marble Mountain just outside Danang before arriving in Hoi An.

    Day 10: HOI AN

    Hoi An is an ancient trading port famous for its Japanese, Chinese & Portugese architecture. Today is free to shop and explore this unique town, famous for its clothing, art and silk markets. Take a walking tour of the Old Town to visit former merchants' houses and the 400-year- old Japanese bridge.

    Day 11: HOI AN

    Free to shop and exploring Hoi An. Alternately swim at the beach, or take in a Cooking Course.

    Day 12: HOI AN - QUI NHON

    This morning we continue on to Qui Nhon, the capital of Binh Dinh province, with a stop at the My Lai massacre site on route.


    We travel south to Nha Trang with a lunch stop on the way. We visit the Po Nager Cham Towers before checking into our hotel.

    Day 14: NHATRANG

    A full day is spent cruising around the area's beautiful offshore islands and swimming in the South China Sea.

    Day 15: NHA TRANG - SAIGON

    Today we continue south to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) via Highway 1 with a stop at Ca Na Beach.

    Day 16-20

    Day 16: SAIGON

    We start with a half day city tour of Saigon: visiting the colonial-style Old Post Office, the Notre Dame Cathedral, Cho Lon (Chinatown) and the Ben Thanh Market. Shopping and free time.


    A full day excursion to My Tho and the Mekong Delta. Cruise on the Tien River and visit Thoi Son Islet, where we enjoy tropical fruit with local tea, honey and coconut candy. Relax as we experience a boat ride through the small canals.

    Day 18: SAIGON-CU CHI

    Excursion to the Cu Chi Tunnels: the amazing tunnel system where the Viet Cong lived and operated underground during the Vietnam War. We return to Saigon to visit the War Remnants Museum. Free time for more shopping.


    For those not continuing onto Cambodia there is free time until transferring to the airport to depart Saigon to New Zealand.


    Arrive back in Auckland.

    Option: Onward to Cambodia

    Your trip doesn't have to end here! If you're keen for more discovery, we offer the Experience Cambodia 6-day extension.

    Cambodia Tour


    After farewelling our travel companions we take the afternoon flight or travel overland from Saigon to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Visas’ are processed at the airport/border. After checking into our hotel we make a short visit to Wat Phnom and the Independence Monument.

    Day 20: PHNOM PENH (B/L/D)

    This morning visit the fabulous Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda, and onto the National Museum. After lunch we continue with a look into Cambodia’s tragic past with a visit to Toul Sleng Museum and the Killing Fields. (This tour is quite graphic.)

    Day 21: PHNOM PENH – SIEM REAP (B/L/D)

    We depart early to Kampong Thom and onto Siem Reap. Siem Reap is the base for exploring the fabled temples of Angkor, the ancient capital of the Khmer empire.

    Day 22: SIEM REAP (B/L/D)

    Start touring with a visit to Angkor Thom city (the South Gate of Angkor Thom, Bayon, Baphoun, the Royal enclosure, the Leper King, and Prasat Sour Proat and the fabulous Ta Prohm, embraced by the roots of the enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers.) In the afternoon, visit Angkor Wat temple, the most renowned Khmer temple. Buffet dinner with APSARA show at a local restaurant.

    Day 23: SIEM REAP (B/L/D)

    Continue to explore Siem Reap visiting the local handicrafts & clothing market, and taking a boat ride on Tonle Sap Lake, the largest fresh water lake in South East Asia.


    Today we fly from Siem Reap to Singapore / Bangkok to New Zealand.

    Day 25: AUCKLAND

    Arrive in Auckland Airport before transferring to flights homeward.

  • Download a copy of the schedule and prices here

    The following pricing information includes travel to and from Auckland New Zealand and also includes taxes, travel insurance and visas.

    Packages Includes

    Return airfares New Zealand, Singapore/Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, (Siem Reap, Cambodia)
    Departure taxes - Auckland, Singapore, Vietnam (Cambodia)
    Accommodation (17 or 12 or 14 nights in Vietnam, 1 or 2 nights in Singapore/Bangkok)
    Vietnam Visa & Travel Insurance (70+ and Pre-existing Medical Surcharge will apply)
    All breakfasts, entrance fees and transport (including airfares) per itinerary in Vietnam
    Tips for local guides & drivers.
    Kiwi Vietnam Tours Escort Leader and a heap of humour and fun
    Cambodia Tour Extension Includes: Accommodation 5 nights, Cambodia Visa, Travel Insurance, Saigon-Phnom Penh
    or Siem Reap airfare or overland travel, entrance fees, all meals, departure tax and tips for guides & drivers.


    The trip is on a share twin basis. All 3/4* hotel rooms are air-conditioned, with full bathroom facilities.
    Single rooms will incur additional charges.

    Packages Excludes

    Passport fees, laundry, drinks.
    Meals & drinks in Singapore/Bangkok and Vietnam

    Terms and Conditions

    Costs are per person in New Zealand dollars
    A non-refundable deposit of $300 per person is required at time of booking
    Final payment is due 60 days before Departure date.
    Tours require a minimum of 8 persons for departure.
    Prices are correct at time of printing and subject to change without notice

    For further booking conditions and information, please contact Kiwi Vietnam Tours Ltd
    email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ph 06 324 8444 or 027 434 6178

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