From South To North

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TOUR SUMMARY

Norht and South Vietnam get reputation for their differences in culture, lifestyle as well as sceneries. Spend 1 week holiday to discover cultural diversity and natural beauty of Vietnam, from south to north Vietnam. Indulge in the inarguable charm of Hanoi, cruise along mystical Halong Bay, taste famous local foods in dynamic city of Ho Chi Minh and exploring the vivid Mekong Delta.

 Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City arrival - Explore Sai Gon Culinary on Bike

 Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnel

 Day 3: Ho Chi Minh city – Cai Be - Ancient House - Flight to Hanoi

 Day 4: Hanoi City tour Full Day

 Day 5: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay - Bai Tu Long - Overnight on Cruise

 Day 6: Ha Long Bay – Thien Canh Son Cave - Hanoi

 Day 7: Hanoi Departure

FULL ITINERARY

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City arrival - Explore Sai Gon Culinary on Bike (Meals: Dinner)
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.

In late afternoon, join in our bike tour and explore the best of Sai Gon's foods. Saigon has long been rated one of the best cities for street food in the world. Let’s get on the bikes and give it a go to taste the most amazing dishes Saigon has to offer. This tour is tailored to give our foreign guests the most unique and authentic experience of Saigon’s cuisine. We will take you to the most popular eateries for locals, most of which are out of the touristy area and located in hidden alleyways. Besides the part of all delicious and unlimited food, you can also enjoy the city as we will zip around on the bikes from place to place for the dishes while receiving an insiders’ view into the culture that defines Saigon from our guides, who are so much passionate in showing you the bests of their city.

Overnight in hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.     

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 tour bus 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 5.30 - 6.00 pm. Overnight in Hồ Chí Minh City. 

Day 3: Ho Chi Minh city – Cai Be - Ancient House - Flight to Hanoi (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.

Around 07.30 Am in the morning, our guide and minivan tour bus 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 Ho Chi Minh city around 06.00 PM, you will transfer directly to Tan Son Nhat airport, take your flight to Hanoi city.

Upon arrival in Noi Bai airport, our driver will wait for you at airport lobby, holding your name board, welcome you and trasnfer you to your hotel in Hanoi center. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 4: Hanoi City tour (Meals: Lunch)

Option 1: Departure Daily on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday.

From 08:00 Am - 08:30, our guide will meet you at your hotel lobby and pick you up for Hanoi City Tour. Firstly we will start the trip with Tran Quoc Pagoda, a buddhist relic and national heritage lying on the West Lake. Visit Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, the final resting place of Vietnam ‘s greatest father; his house-on-stilt and One Pillar Pagoda – modeled after a lotus flower, a symbol of Hanoi. Lunch at local restaurant.

Arrive Ethnology Museum to learn about cultures of 54 ethnic groups living in Vietnam. Occupying a modern structure, the terrific collection here features well-presented tribal art, artifacts and everyday objects gathered from across the nation. In the museum, tourist exploring Vietnam’s diversity culture and life style of 54 ethnic groups, walking in houses on still of ethnic people to experience their life style or traditional ritual. 13:00 Have a rest and enjoy lunch in a local restaurant in Hanoi Old Quarter. Visit Temple of Literature constructed in 1070 – dedicated to Confusius, sages and talented scholars. It is the most famous temple in Hanoi, also functioning as Vietnam’s first university. Leave for a legendary Hoan Kiem lake and Ngoc Son Temple dedicated to a former general commander Tran Hung Dao for his struggle against Mongolians. Around 4.00 Pm, arrive back in your hotel. Tour ends.

Option 2: Departure Daily on Monday, Wednesday, Friday.

From 08.00 am - 08:30 am, Our tour guide and tour bus will pick you up at your hotel in Old Quarter of Hanoi city. Start the trip with Tran Quoc Pagoda, a Buddhist relic and national heritage lying on the West Lake. Visit Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, the final resting place of Vietnam’s greatest father; his house – on – stilt and One Pillar Pagoda – modeled after a lotus flower, a symbol of Hanoi. Visit the Temple of Literature constructed in 1070 and it is Vietnam's first university though at first used for education of royal children only. Throughout its hundreds of years of activity in the feudal, thousands of Vietnamese scholars graduated from this university. Enjoy your delicious lunch at a local restaurant with Vietnamese cuisines.

Transfer to Bat Trang ceramic village, one of the oldest handicraft villages in North Vietnam. When you arrive, you and your family will have chances to witness the pottery producing process by local artisan. You especially can hand down to make your own pottery products (fees excluded). Explore daily life of traditional ceramics village of Bat Trang. Visit showrooms and see how they model the products. Arrive back to Hanoi city at legendary Hoan Kiem lake, visit Ngoc Son Temple dedicated to Tran Hung Dao – General Commander for his struggle against Mongolians. The bus will then drop you off at hotel. Tour ends.

Day 5: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay - Bai Tu Long - Overnight on Cruise (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. (Notice that our bus can only pick up from hotels located in Hanoi Old Quarter, contact our team for detail info). After 4 hours ride 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 Garden Bay cruise in Ha Long Bay.

Day 6: Ha Long Bay – Thien Canh Son Cave - 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 arrive hanoi around 04.30 PM.

Day 7: Hanoi Departure (Meals: Breakfast)
Free at your leisure on the rest of the day until our driver pick you up and transfer you to Noi Bai international airport for your departure flight leaving Vietnam. End of services. 

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INCLUSIONS

  • Transfer with A/C vehicle
  • 1 Domestic flight Ho Chi Minh - Hanoi
  • 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
  • Kayaking in Ha Long Bay
  • 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

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