Essence Vietnam Holiday

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TOUR SUMMARY

Live it up with the name of the tour, we will take you on a routine of Essence Vietnam. Travel at a slow pace, you will visit stunning landmark including Ha Long Bay, explore culture and history in Hanoi, Hoi An, Hue and relax in beach resort in Binh Thuan. Balanced between exploring culture and relaxing, the tour will definitely amazed you with local culinary, eye-opening history and tranquil scenery.

 Day 1: Ho Chi Minh arrival

 Day 2: Ho Chi Minh city - Cu Chi Tunnel

 Day 3: Ho Chi Minh - Mekong Delta - Ancient House - Flight to Nha Trang

 Day 4: Nha Trang free at your leisure

 Day 5: Explore Nha Trang Island

 Day 6: Nha Trang - Flight to Danang - Hoi An

 Day 7: Explore Hoi An Ancient Town - Biking, Farming & Fishing in Cam Thanh

 Day 8: Hoi An - Danang - Flight to Hanoi - Half Day City Tour

 Day 9: Hanoi - Ha Long Bay - Bai Tu Long

 Day 10: Ha Long Bay - Hanoi 

 Day 11: Hanoi Departure

FULL ITINERARY

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh arrival (Meals: None).

Upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat International Airport, our guide will meet you and transfer you to your hotel in the center of Ho Chi Minh city. Free at your leisure on the rest of the day. 

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh city - Cu Chi Tunnel (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)

Cu Chi Tunnels, also called Iron Land, is a huge system of underground tunnels that stretched over 250 km. The network was like a secret city to supported war: storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, also included specially constructed living areas, command centers and innumerable of nightmare trap doors to defend itself. Visit Cu Chi Tunnel you'll be able to get an idea of what it would have been like to live, sleep and eat in the underground passages and bunkers during the fierce battles above and below the surface.

Around 8.00 Am, our guide and car will pick you up from your hotel and depart to visit Cu Chi - a byzantine maze of underground passages, chambers, rooms and booby traps used during the war. You'll be able to get an idea of what it would have been like to live, sleep and eat in the underground passages and bunkers during the fierce battles above and below the surface. Return to the city for lunch at a tasty restaurant in the city centre.

In the afternoon, you'll discover the Reunification Palace - a blend of traditional ritual and modern architecture, served as the presidential palace of South Vietnam until reunification in 1975. The building now functions as a museum, offering tours of the former state rooms, presidential office and library, living quarters of the president's family, and underground war rooms. Then, you'll also visit the War Remnants Museum - one of the most sobering, yet popular, museums in the city. It highlights the suffering of the Vietnamese people at the hands of the French and American forces up to 1975, and while its perspective is less than perfectly balanced, its exhibits nonetheless are well designed and ably document the folly of war. You’ll find a collection of weapons, machinery, aircraft, tanks, artifacts and horrific photographs illustrating the devastating affects of napalm, Agent Orange and other weapons of mass destruction. Trip ends at your hotel around 4.30 Pm. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city. 

Day 3: Ho Chi Minh - Mekong Delta - Ancient House - Flight to Nha Trang (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)

Discovery what it is that makes Mekong Delta so special with our daily Cai Be Floating Market Tour. This tour gives you a fantastic opportunity of seeing how the Mekong Delta people get on with their busy life. For people living in Mekong, their lives are attached to rivers, water. Almost activities could be organized on river as living, working, market gathering… You will be introduced to their beautiful lifestyle when cruising among the local boats, biking around the village and interact with locals here.

Enjoy breakfast at hotel. Around 07.30 Am in the morning, our guide and car will pick you up from your hotel in Center Ho Chi Minh City and start drive to Vinh Long town. When arrival, board on a local motorboat and star cruising on Mekong River. Our guide will introduce to you the floating market, trading culture and floating houses of local here. Since Mekong Delta land is split by huge cannel systems, you will then take a rowing sampan and explore the area by sampan boat that locals use to transfer around. Enjoy the tranquil atmosphere and green fruit garden on two sides. We will stop to visit local some workshops including pop-rice, rice-paper, coconut candy producing, honey tea, snake wine… to see how local people here utilize rice, coconut and other agriculture materials and turn them into delicious products.

The boat will then transfer you to a beautiful ancient house that still well preserved after many generations. You will be welcome by family members and the host will prepare the lunch for you. The host will also teach you how to cook “Banh Xeo” dish so you can join in cooking and make your own dish. Enjoy your lunch with authentic Vietnamese southern meals and learn more about Vietnamese family lifestyle and culture from the host. 

After the lunch, we will then take your bike and start cycling around the village. The bicycle ride will take you around the village, introduce to you the genuine beautiful Vietnamese houses and community. It will be a great opportunity to take photos of this beautiful water land. If time permit, we will stop by a drying fruit factory and a local pagoda. The bike ride under peaceful canopy of this water lands will bring you a peaceful experience, shake off the busy lifestyle of city. Start driving back to Ho Chi Minh City. Arrive at your hotel around 06.00 PM, get your lugguage and drive straight to Tan Son Nhat airport where you will take a night flight to Nha Trang city. 

Upon arrival at Nha Trang airport, our driver (no guide) will welcome you and transfer you to your hotel. After checking in your hotel, you will overnight in Nha Trang.

Day 4: Nha Trang free at your leisure (Meals: Breakfast)

Today is your free at leisure day. Spend your time for relaxing, swimming in pristine water in Nha Trang Bay. Overnight in Nha Trang.

Day 5: Explore Nha Trang Islands (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)

Around 09.00 Am, our bus and guide will pick you up from your hotel and go to the harbor to get on boat for the trip. Firstly we get to Mun Island where we spend 2 hours snorkeling, swimming and sunbathing. There are many beautiful fish and lovely coral to see and explore. We will next go to Mot Island where we have a delicious lunch of seafood ( shrimp, crab, cuttlefish ), beef, rice, noodles and vegetarian food.
After lunch enjoy swimming and relaxing on sun deck  up floor, reading your favorite book while having manicure and pedicure. Fruit party will give you different tastes of seasonal fruits from Nha Trang. We then go to the Tranh shore, a beautiful beach for relaxing. We will then return to the harbor where the bus is waiting to bring you back to your hotel.

Day 6: Nha Trang - Flight to Danang - Hoi An (Meals: Breakfast)

Free at leisure in the morning until our driver pick you up and transfer you to Cam Ranh airport in Nha Trang for your flight to Danang city.

Upon arrival at Danang, our driver will welcome you and transfer you to your hotel in Hoi An. Free at leisure on the rest of the day. Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 7: Explore Hoi An Ancient Town - Biking to Tra Que - Farming & Fishing in Cam Thanh (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)

This tour will take you to Cam thanh villages, located next to Thu Bon river, with a lush Nipa forest spread over an area of ​​several hundred hectares and hundreds of hidden channels tangled beneath the broad leaves, was the refuge for VC the war. Tra Que Village is a small vegetable village that supplys fresh herbs and vegetable for Hoi An Town and nowadays, visitors can not only enjoy the fresh air and beautiful scenery, but also have the opportunity to unite with the warm and peaceful life for these villagers.

Around 08.30 AM, our guide will pick you up at hotel lobby and we will departure by bicycle to Cam Thanh Village. The bicycle ride takes you through the peaceful green palm forest, provides countless opportunities for taking photos. We will arrive at a local house in Cam Thanh Village. We will then get on boat and participate in daily works of local fishermen such as rowing, fishing techniques… Stay relaxed at Mr. Phong house and enjoy a cup of green tea before wandering around the village to observe local lifestyle .

We will then continue our trip to Tra Que Village. The ride will go through vast rice fields before our stop at Ba Le market where locals exchange and trade their agriculture products. We arrive Mr. Chinh’s house around noontime. After enjoying a welcome drink, you will have a chance becoming a genuine farmer with Vietnamese traditional clothes, hat and tools. We will head to the farm and participate in different farming works that bring you unique experiences.

We come back to Mr. Chinh’s house and enjoy a traditional foot massage with herbs therapy that help you recover after working time on the field. The host will then prepare you a lunch that you can participate in cooking Vietnamese traditional foods. Enjoy your lunch in a warm atmosphere of a local farmer family.

We will then bike back to Hoi An town. On our way we will stop by Chuc Thanh pagoda, the oldest pagoda in Hoi An that was built in 1671 featured many beautiful bronze details and valuable antiques of 17-18 century. We arrive back to Hoi An town around 03.00 PM. Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 8: Hoi An - Danang - Flight to Hanoi - Half Day City Tour (Meals: Breakfast)

After breakfast at hotel, transfer to Danang airport for your flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival at Noi Bai airport, our driver will welcome you and transfer you to hotel in Old Quarter, center of Hanoi city.

Around 01.00 Pm, our guide will pick you up at your hotel and start the tour by a visit to Temple of literature, Founded in 1070 by Emperor Ly Thanh Tong, the Temple of Literature is consider as the first university of Vietnam. A rare example of well-preserved traditional Vietnamese architecture, the complex honours Vietnam’s finest scholars and men of literary accomplishment. It is the site of Vietnam’s first university, established here in 1076, when entrance was only granted to those of noble birth. In 1484 Emperor Ly Thanh Tong ordered that stelae be erected to record the names, places of birth and achievements of exceptional scholars: 82 of 116 stelae remain standing. UNESCO has recognised these 82 stelae as a Memory of the World. (You can choose alternative destination as following options: Women Museum/ Museum of Vietnamese History / Military Museum/ Art Museum). We will then visit Hoan Kiem Lake, the heart and soul of Hanoi, listen to the legend of the lake and learn more about history of the city. We start by a gentle walk across the old quarter to its biggest covered market. In case your hotel is located outside the old quarter, we will take a taxi for a short transfer. We take the time to walk around the bustling market, where about anything and everything can be bought. Exit the bazaar and hop on a Cyclo for a leisure ride around to the boundaries of central Hoan Kiem district. Transfer back to your hotel.

Day 9: Hanoi - Ha Long Bay - Bai Tu Long (Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Around 08.00 to 08.30 Am, our tour bus and guide will come to your hotel and pick you up for Ha Long tour. After 4 hours ride (including 30 minute break) you will arrive Hon Gai harbor. We will go on board with welcome drink and welcome briefing from Cruise Manager. Enjoy Vietnamese set menu lunch while cruising through Bai Tu Long Bay and into Ha Long Bay. Start to discover the floating Vung Vieng fishing village while sitting on rowing boats with local people. Arrive at Ban Chan Beach, you will spend your time for swimming, sunbathing or enjoy kayaking around the area.

In the afternoon, relax and enjoy the sunset cocktail while the boat is cruising to Cong Dong - Cong Do area. Docking for overnight. Around 07.30, Enjoy romantic dinning experience on top deck with BBQ dinner and Vietnamese cuisines (If weather permit and group is over 15 people). After dinner, it is free time to joining movies in the restaurant, board’s game or squid fishing. Overnight on Cruise in Ha Long Bay.

Day 10: Ha Long Bay - Hanoi (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)

If you are a morning person then today you can rise early for our morning tai chi session on the sundeck. Enjoy a hot cup of coffee and admire the tranquil atmosphere of Ha Long Bay in early morning. Light breakfast will be served in restaurant. Around 08.00, you will transfer to Island nearby, climb up small steps to explore the Thien Canh Son Cave. This is one of the biggest cave and most impressive of Ha long Bay with rich history and geology value but still very wild and untouched by human. After 1-hour cave tour, we are back to the boat for check out, put your luggage out to corridor and settle your bill at restaurant. Lunch will be served in restaurant while the boat is cruising back to harbor. We will transfer back to Hanoi and tour ends at your hotel in Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi. 

Day 11: Hanoi Departure (Meals: Breakfast)

You will then transfer by private car to Noi Bai international airport for your departure flight leaving Vietnam. End of services. 

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INCLUSIONS

  • Transfer with A/C vehicle
  • Airport Transfer with A/C vehicle
  • Accommodation with breakfast
  • Meals as mentioned in itinerary
  • English Speaking Guide
  • All entrance fees as per program
  • Shuttle bus to Ha Long Bay
  • Water and Tissues in car
  • Boat trip in Mekong Delta

EXCLUSIONS

  • International & Domestic flights
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Visa on arrival & stamp fees
  • Early check-in, late check-out
  • Personal expenses
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Alcoholic, and other beverages
  • Tips & gratuities
  • Services not mentioned in itinerary

ACCOMMODATION

Following hotels are your accommodations arranged accordingly for each standard. Our travel experts have inspected hundred hotels but only choose the best for you.
City Economic Group Private Deluxe Primary Luxury
Hanoi Hanoi Legacy Hotel Essence Hanoi Sofitel Legend Metropole
Ha Long Rosa Cruise Paloma Cruise Signature Cruise
Ho Chi Minh Beautiful Saigon Hotel Paragon Saigon Hotel Lottle Legend
Hoi An Hoi An Lantern Vinh Hung Emerald Almanity Hoian
Nha Trang SeaSing Boutique Star City Hotel InterContinential

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