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Impressions of Vietnam

9 Day Escorted Tour

Vietnam, South East Asia
Intermediate Pace

From the ancient waterways of the Mekong Delta to the bustling cities of Hanoi and Saigon, this captivating tour is a great introduction to this unique and vibrant country.

2022 Dossier

2023 Dossier

Tour Highlights

  • City tour of Hanoi including a walking tour of the Old Quarter
  • Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Daytime Mekong River Cruise and Can Tho Canal Ride
  • Vietnamese cooking demonstration
  • Overnight Halong Bay Cruise and Me Cung Caves
  • City tours of Saigon
  • Visit the floating market at Cai Rang
Number of nights


Day 1
UK to Saigon

Depart London on your scheduled, overnight flight to Saigon International Airport.

Day 2


On arrival in Saigon, also known as Ho Chi Minh, you will be met by your local guide and transferred to your hotel. Relax in the afternoon before enjoying a welcome dinner at a local Vietnamese restaurant.

Day 3

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast travel to the Cu Chi Tunnels, an impressive network of underground tunnels spanning 75 miles in length, used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. Pass through a traditional rice paper-making village before lunch, then start your city tour with a visit to the Reunification Palace. Continue to the Notre Dame Cathedral and travel past the grand French-style Saigon Post Office.

Day 4
Saigon to Can Tho

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

This morning drive to My Tho, stopping on the way at the Thien Hau Pagoda, an intricately designed temple. On arrival in My Tho, you will board a boat for a cruise down the Mekong River, passing floating markets and local villages. Your boat will dock at Unicorn Island, giving you the chance to visit fruit farms and a coconut sweet workshop where you can sample these local delights. Visit a bee farm to enjoy traditional honey tea, before a boat tour takes you to Can Tho for the night.

Day 5
Can Tho to Hanoi

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Your morning in Can Tho will begin with a gentle trip through the picturesque canals and waterways in a small boat, taking in the sultry scenery and daily activities of the small boat vendors of the floating markets who live along these Mekong canals, as well as stopping at the spectacular Cai Rang floating market - the largest in the entire Mekong Delta. After enjoying lunch at a local restaurant you will be transferred to the airport in Can Tho for your flight to Hanoi where you will then have the night to settle in.

Day 6

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Your full-day tour of Hanoi begins with the ancient Temple of Literature, then the Presidential Palace and the famous One Pillar Pagoda. A short drive out of the city centre follows where you can take part in a local Vietnamese cooking demonstration and enjoy your delicious creation for lunch. The afternoon continues with a visit to the Vietnam History museum, and a photo opportunity at the Hanoi Opera House, a beautiful colonial building, then a walking tour of the Old Quarter. In the evening sit back and enjoy a thousand-year-old Water Puppet Show.

Day 7
Hanoi to Halong Bay

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

This memorable day takes you to the awe-inspiring Halong Bay where you will explore these tranquil islands on a luxury cruise boat, passing local towns and intricate limestone formations on the way. Take a tour of Vung Vieng, an old floating village, by rowing boat. Anchoring at Ho Dong Tien, a Vietnamese cooking demonstration will take place on the sun deck, followed by a seafood dinner on board before you retire to your cabin.

Day 8
Halong Bay to Hanoi

Brunch & Dinner

Awake to the rising sun's glistening reflection from the centre of Halong Bay and begin your day with some calming Tai Chi. Later, embark on a small rowing boat on a tour of Vung Vieng, a scenic floating village in the heart Halong Bay's spellbinding emerald waters, Join today's Vietnamese cooking demonstration which takes place atop the sun deck, where a seafood dinner follows this evening. Retire to your cabin for tonight's stay upon beautiful Ha long Bay.

Day 9
Hanoi to the UK


Following breakfast the day is left at leisure before transferring to the airport for your evening flight back to London.

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Dates & Prices

Price (per person)
Dates available
January 2023
from £1,749
3 Dates
10th Jan - 19th Jan
24th Jan - 2nd Feb
31st Jan - 9th Feb
February 2023
from £1,749
1 Date
14th Feb - 23rd Feb
March 2023
from £1,749
1 Date
7th Mar - 16th Mar
April 2023
from £1,629
2 Dates
5th Apr - 14th Apr
26th Apr - 5th May
May 2023
from £1,499
3 Dates
10th May - 19th May
24th May - 2nd Jun
31st May - 9th Jun
June 2023
from £1,449
1 Date
7th Jun - 16th Jun
July 2023
from £1,549
1 Date
5th Jul - 14th Jul
August 2023
from £1,699
2 Dates
9th Aug - 18th Aug
30th Aug - 8th Sep
September 2023
from £1,699
1 Date
13th Sep - 22nd Sep
October 2023
from £1,749
2 Dates
4th Oct - 13th Oct
25th Oct - 3rd Nov
November 2023
from £1,749
2 Dates
8th Nov - 17th Nov
22nd Nov - 1st Dec


The hotels listed below are provided for guidance only and final confirmation of your accommodation will be sent to you approximately 90 days before you travel
Golden Central Hotel
2 nights
Saigon, Vietnam
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Ninh Kieu 2 Hotel
1 nights
Can Tho, Vietnam
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Tour Reviews

Marilyn Robinson

30 Mar 20

Hotel standards were excellent. Staff were welcoming despite the escalation of the Coronavirus pandemic.

John Grant

12 Feb 20

All good with great friendly service

Mark Bridle

29 Jan 20

All very good especially the sunsise Hotel at Hoi An

Kevin Jappe

01 Nov 19

all hotel was excellent well done

Andrea Anderson

30 Oct 19

Vietnam hotels all good, The Tara Angkor in Cambodia was excellent.

Elaine Waugh

16 Oct 19

All hotels were excellent. Everything was perfect in particular the beach resort at Hoi an

All food was excellent

Cat Morris

02 Jul 19

All hotels used throughout the tour were of a very good standard. The Mon Cheri boat used in Halong bay was phenomenal! Our cabin was beautiful. The Mon Cheri also partners with the Blue Dragon Children's Foundation charity which rescues children who have been trafficked for labour or sexual exploitation and also helps street kids and children with disibilities. The Sunrise hotel in Hoi an was absolutely fantastic. The food in the spice garden and pool house was of excellent quality. I particularly enjoyed the 'white rose dumplings' mmmmmm.

Pamela Hughes

30 Jun 19

On the whole, the hotels were good, unfortunately, the hotel in Can Tho was not as good as the ones in Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi in terms of staff quality. Advise customers that a good level of fitness is required for this tour, especially when visiting the caves on Halong Bay.

Jacqui Botten

27 Jun 19

All were of a very good standard we thought. We thought the whole experience was super. Hoi An at the end was just perfect. Le Belhamy needs a bit of tlc but we thought it had real charm and the service was second to none...so much nicer than a concrete box hotel!

Geoff Rix

26 Jun 19

All Hotels visited were Excellent

Ian Collingwood-Garrick

22 Jun 19

Overall fully satisfied with the accommodation. I thought we had requested double rooms but most accommodation was twin rooms. We were offered to change at the first hotel.

David Bignell

11 Jun 19

The hotels were all of an excellent standard. They were comfortable and pleasant throughout and all offered extensive facilities. I Cant say too many good things about this holiday it was really amazing.

Robin Barfoot

02 May 19

All hotels were very good, clean and helpful staff.

Vernon Da Cunha

01 May 19

Hotels in Saigon, Hanoi and Can Ho well located. Service at the Sunrise Hotel was exceptional.

Barbara Freeman

19 Apr 19

hotels in centre of town so good to get around on your own. hotels for food very good but to much of the same food

nice at Hoi an beach stay to have English food

Clare Bennett

17 Apr 19

The Golden central hotel was fine a bit tired in places.Food was fine and the swimming pool facility excellent.Staff v good.Position I. City v good. Can Tho Ninh Kiev fine food good rooms fine.Hanoi Sunway slightly tired shame no pool to relax in.Food however v good.staff v good. Tara Angkor hotel best hotel by a long way.Excellent.Food great lovely rooms great pool. All hotels were comfortable and the beds were all very good.

Lynnette Sandford`

27 Mar 19

All hotels were very good, especially the Sunrise in Hoi An. I found this tour to be very well organised and excellant value for money. Both the Vietnamese guides were excellant, even assisting us with the checking in procedures at the airports. Would definately recommend.

Sue Deakin

24 Mar 19

I would probably class the Vietnam Hotels as 3 Star plus. Whilst they were clean and the service was good they were not particularly luxurious or in the best locations but as you were only staying for 1 or 2 nights and transport was provided they were more than adequate. The hotel in Cambodia The Tara Angkor had a lovely pool and nice restaurant and was probably a bit more luxurious.

Peter Roberts

09 Mar 19

all excellent, staff, comfort, cleanliness

Pamela Downing

27 Jan 19

Lovely clean efficient hotels in good locations. I will check out Mercury holidays first if I want to do any more tours!

Gillian Barrett

26 Jan 19

All were clean and comfortable and the rooms were a good size. There were bathroom cosmetics, kettles and tea/coffee making goods. Good selections at breakfast time... always buffet style, always including bacon & egg! Swam in a couple of rooftop pools. Always within an area from which we could walk to shops/ markets etc.

Sue Tye

02 Dec 18

All hotels were good standard and enjoyed staying in all of the hotels

Michael Lee

28 Nov 18

Hotels were modern and fine,

George Berry

28 Nov 18

ALL THE HOTELS WERE FIRST CLASS.THE MEALS IN THEM WERE SUPERB AND THE STAFF WERE ALL BRILLIANT. Thanks should also be expressed to the bus drivers assistant(the bus boy) on the Hanoi part of the trip. My wife is disabled but he helped with the wheelchair and assisted we 2 old fogies on and off the bus.Very often never praised enough

Paul Hellen

16 Nov 18

Hotels generally very good

Robert Gilligan

02 Nov 18

All the hotels were of a high standard. Breakfast provided was excellent with plenty of choice. Hotels were close to sights and city centres. The hotel staff couldn't do enough for us, they were really nice.

Julie Walker

31 Oct 18

All the hotels were good, very clean. The hotel staff were very helpful.

Kathleen Ayson

14 Oct 18

On the whole hotels were very good but had some minor issues with a couple of our roooms, i.e, basin plug not working, lights not working, but as I said minor issues.

Jill Montgomery

13 Oct 18

High standard hotels with very good services and amenities. I went alone and was made to feel very welcome and included by the fabulous people in my group of 28, we had much laughter. From start to finish this was an amazing experience I will never forget. Jack and Ding, our guides, were so informative and ensured that all our needs were met. As a consequence I felt totally safe.

Louis Numas

30 Sep 18

All the hotels were clean and tidy with helpful staff and good locations

Lyn Thomas

30 Jun 18

Very nice hotels. The Sunrise Premium Hoi An is an amazing hotel.

Glen Nolan

29 Jun 18

Excellent hotel's throughout the holiday

Julia Kowal

02 Jun 18

Good well located budget hotels.

George Bragg

01 Apr 18

All hotels were well situated and perfectly adequate. Hoi An hotel was excellent.

Richard Britton

28 Mar 18

All very good. No complaints!

Sharon Hunt

10 Mar 18

Hotels were excellent, especially the Golden Hotel and the Sunway

Evan Haynes

14 Feb 18

All the hotels were centrally located, very clean and provided a good breakfast. They seemed well prepared for our large group. All the hotels were quiet at night for a good nights sleep.

Barrie Jamieson

31 Jan 18

very good hotels in excellent locations

Andrew Gowans

27 Jan 18

Good standard of Hotel in a good locations.

Beds were particularly comfortable

It would have been better to eat mainly in the Hotel and go out for occasional Restaurant meals

Viv Shaw

08 Dec 17

All the hotels were very good,clean and quality food. All staff very helpful and polite.

The hotel in Hanoi, Sunway hotel is very good ,but it is in an area which could be improved, but it did not spoil our stay.

Christine Hodgson

03 Dec 17

All hotels excellent: comfortable, efficient, and well-run. Staff extremely helpful.

Eileen Oliver

30 Nov 17

Very nice hotels staff excellent

Hannah Eggelton

29 Nov 17

All the hotels used during the stay were amazing. Staff were lovely. Hotels were clean and in good central locations.

Angela Cox

29 Nov 17

Overall we were pleased with the choice of hotels

Adrian Sheppard

22 Nov 17

Good range of hotels used

Elaine Parker

03 Apr 17

All the hotels we stayed in were very clean and staff were very helpful in everyone

Kathy Merson

26 Mar 17

All hotels were good standard

Pam West

10 Mar 17

Saigon hotel fine for a short stay - central location, comfy bed, great shower but room very small and no case rack which meant our luggage took up most of the floor space. Can Tho hotel - good room and central location Hanoi hotel - good room and great breakfast but quite a long walk from the central lake with several very busy roads to cross. Food on Halong Bay cruise fabulous Sunrise Hotel in Hoi An - fabulous

Stephen Macnaughton-Wright

22 Feb 17

The Tara Angkor in Siem Reap was fantastic, the Golden Central Hotel in Saigon was acceptable

Graem Preston

15 Feb 17

The Golden Central Hotel in Ho Chi Minh (the first on our itinerary) was the least best hotel. The rest were very good. Both teh tour guides were very professional, and the second guide (Giang, in Ha Noi) was excellent and made every effort to make our tour a pleasure.

Robert Woodward

28 Nov 16

All good but Sunrise and Halong Bay boat excellent!


Wendy Maycraft

09 Nov 16

Loved the rooftop swimming pool in Ho Chi Minh City. Loved the Sunrise in Hoi Ann, though I did think they could have provided full free wifi.

Isabel Church

17 Oct 16

Loved the whole holiday and thoroughly enjoyed being in a small group as it was more personal and got to know all the guides. Felt like we were stars as they were always so attentive to us. All the hotels were excellent and breakfasts were excellent with great variety of food. No negative comments to report.

Francis And Royston Essery

06 Oct 16

Yesterday my wife and I returned from your Impressions of Vietnam Tour plus the Temples of Cambodia holiday and the purpose of this letter is to say thank you to you and your staff both in the UK and also those in Vietnam and Cambodia for giving us both such a wonderful time. We had a fabulous time all round. The tour manager went to great lengths to make sure everyone on the trip was well looked after and happy. The group we were with all got on brilliantly and we laughed a great deal. The hotels and their staff were very good, friendly and made the experience enjoyable and stress-free. The food was varied and plentiful. The places we visited were varied, interesting and wholly enjoyable. The pace was hectic with a lot packed in, but I would not change a thing here either. Whilst we were away my wife celebrated her birthday and that evening the whole group celebrated with us at dinner with a cake organised by the tour guide. How lovely was that? It made my wife so happy! In short this holiday exceeded all my expectations, thank you and your team so much and I will most definitely be happy to book with Mercury Holidays again.

Michael Avery

27 Sep 16

All the hotels and even the boat were just great!

Louise Carrick

27 Sep 16

I will recommend you to all my friends. Could not fault anything. My granddaughter really enjoyed it too!

Kathleen Murray

25 Sep 16

All the hotels were very good, especially those in Hanoi.

Alan Evans

10 Jul 16

Excellent hotels, good facilities and very clean. Staff always very helpful.

Graham Thompson

09 Jul 16

Very good hotels throughout.

Adrian Nathan

09 Jul 16

All the hotels we stayed in were very clean, modern and comfortable. Food was great at all of them

Carol Osborne

23 Jun 16

I have recently returned from the Impressions of Vietnam Tour, it was absolutely magical. You couldn’t fault it; from the itinerary to the tour guides Jack and Phon, everything was brilliant. It was an absolutely wonderful experience and one which I shall always remember. A big thank you to everyone involved.

Mary Margery

11 Jun 16

All the hotels were very good - The rooms were spacious and the included toiletries and water were most welcome. We enjoyed the pool and gym where available. Breakfast selection was excellent in all hotels.

Ruth Myers

31 May 16

I was really so impressed and satisfied with this so well organised holiday. No delays, excellent tour guides (3 of them). Every day was filled with interesting and fun palaces, museums and temples which helped us to understand the Vietnamese history, culture and people who were helpful, pleasant and generally lovely. Whoever designed this trip did a very good job. The many different hotels were superb and transport at the door always on time. The entertainment was so varied and successful I can’t comment on all but I was very excited with the trip to the underground village. I have told all my friends about it and am so pleased to have enjoyed Vietnam with your help.

Eileen Frew

31 May 16

I am writing to express my thanks, appreciation and special congratulations following my second wonderful trip to Vietnam and Cambodia with you. The standard of the hotel, tour managers and itineraries could not have been higher. Halong bay and Cambodia where pure magic. I would be grateful if you could forward me your latest tour brochure and I look forward to travelling with you again soon.

Heather Marfleet

18 May 16

All hotels were brilliant, with a great breakfast

David Pearce

19 Mar 16

Very pleased with the standard and location of all the hotels including the Le Belhamy.

Trevor Sadler

15 Feb 16

Every hotel was very good standard.

Steve Carter

04 Nov 15

All hotels were very good, with excellent service. The food, dining area t the Golden Central Hotel in Saigon could have been better. A swimming pool at the Hanoi hotel would have been a great addition. Also the bars seemed to close very early - for example we got back from dinner one evening in Can Tho at about 10.15 and fancied a drink in the bar but it had closed for the evening. The Sunrise Hotel in Hoi An was excellent - an ideal place to relax after a fairly busy few days sight seeing.

Gordon Burrell

08 Oct 15

all hotels were of a very good standard and as good if not better than expected

Simon Wood

24 Apr 15

Whilst all the hotels on the tour were good, the hotel in Cambodia was excellent with a beautiful pool and first class food and service. Highly recommend!

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Important Information

Until 30th June 2021, a visa is not required for stays up to 15 days for UK citizens. From the 1st July 2021 and for stays longer than 15 days, a visa is required for entry into Vietnam. You can apply for an e-visa online at https://evisa. xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn. The cost of the visa is approximately USD$25 and will take roughly 3 working days. Alternatively, we work closely with The Travel Visa Company who will be able to arrange your visa for you on your behalf. Please call them on 01270 250 590 and quote Mercury Holidays. The cost of the visa is £105. The visas take around 10 working days to issue and are only valid for 3 months from the date of entry. Therefore we recommend that you apply for your visa 8 weeks before travel, however, please be aware that your passport will be required for the application so make sure that you will not need it during this time. You can also visit the Embassy of Vietnam in London: 12-14 Victoria Road, London, W8 5RD. This visa information is a guideline only and is subject to change; up-to-date information regarding the process and fees will be advised at the time of calling the Travel Visa Company.<br><b>Please note, Irish citizens must accquire a visa when travelling to Vietnam, so please follow the above information to obtain a visa.</b><br> <b>Cambodia:</b> If you have booked the Temples of Cambodia extension following your tour, you will need to purchase a visa for Cambodia costing USD $30 on arrival at the airport in Siem Reap. Please note that you will be required to bring a passport photo with you as well as USD $30 cash in order to apply for your visa on arrival in Cambodia.

We strongly recommend that you and all members of your party are suitably insured as soon as you book your holiday. It is a condition of booking that you must have suitable travel insurance. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that suitably covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged travel insurance in partnership with Holiday Extras. To arrange your travel insurance with Holiday Extras, please call 0800 781 4237 and quote 'WK830' for preferential rates. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24-hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.

If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £250pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

All flights are operated by Vietnam Airlines. Baggage allowance (per person): Each passenger is entitled to 23kg of hold luggage. Hand luggage: One piece of hand baggage and one accessory not exceeding 12kg total weight for both. The total dimension of one hand baggage item must not exceed 115cm (56cm x 36cm x 23cm). The total dimension of one accessory must not exceed 40cm x 30cm x 15cm. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay extra at check-in. IMPORTANT: Please note that final flight details will be confirmed on your final documentation which will be sent to you approximately 10 days before departure.

Alternative Flights Alternative flights are available, please contact us for details.

It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

This tour is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves full days of sightseeing, often on foot, and includes some climbing of stairs and getting on and off coaches and boats. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

The minimum number of travellers in your group will be 10, and the maximum will be 40. If in the unlikely event there are less than 10 people booked on your tour date, we will endeavour to reduce any disruption to your holiday and try to operate your tour with lower passenger numbers. If we are not able to operate your departure date then you may be asked to change to a different date and a full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

This is a fully escorted tour, meaning that you will be met on arrival by your national guide who will remain with you for the duration of your trip. You will also be joined by a local guide in each of the cities which you visit, ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge at all times.

The currency in Vietnam is the Vietnamese Dong, known as VND. You can exchange your currency in Vietnam, however, US Dollars are widely accepted in Vietnam should you wish to keep an alternative currency on you. The currency in Cambodia is the Cambodian Riel, known as AHR. You can exchange your currency in Cambodia, however, US Dollars are widely accepted in Cambodia should you wish to keep an alternative currency on you.

You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any personal purchases, such as souvenirs, laundry and extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £100 - £200 will be sufficient for the duration of the tour, depending on how much of a bargain-hunter you are!