Vietnam Dream Vacation

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TOUR SUMMARY

This holiday will take you through the most famous and favorite destinations in Vietnam including Halong Bay, Hoi An, Nha Trang, Mekong Delta, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh. The trip is professionally organized and balanced between relaxing and exploring culture and history of Vietnam. You will enjoy kayaking in Ha Long bay, snookering in Nha Trang, discovering eye-opening history through historical landmarks, trekking Mai Chau, fun biking & farming in Hoi An, and many more great experiences. Let's join in this special holiday to discover an exciting Vietnam and joining in a lifetime journey with us.

 Day 1: Ho Chi Minh arrival

 Day 2: Ho Chi Minh city - Cu Chi Tunnel

 Day 3: Ho Chi Minh - Mekong Delta - Ancient House - Overnight in Homestay

 Day 4: Cai Be - Cruising on Mekong River - Flight to Nha Trang

 Day 5 - 6: Nha Trang free at your leisure - Explore Nha Trang Island

 Day 7: Nha Trang - Flight to Danang - Hoi An

 Day 8: Explore Hoi An Town - Biking, Farming & Fishing in Cam Thanh

 Day 9 - 10 : Hoi An free at leisure - Flight to Hanoi - The best of Hanoi Foods

 Day 11-12: Hanoi – Mai Chau – Homestay - Mai Chau Trekking – Hanoi

 Day 13 - 14 : Hanoi - Ha Long Bay - Bai Tu Long

 Day 15: Ha Long Bay - Hanoi

 Day 16: Hanoi Departure

FULL ITINERARY

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

Upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat International Airport, our driverwill 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 - Overnight in Homestay (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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. Overnight in Homestay in Mekong Delta. The homestay is basic accommodation but it is a great experiences you shoud try. You can upgrade your stay to stay in private Bungalow with surcharge.

Day 4: Cai Be - Ho Chi Minh - Flight to Nha Trang (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)

Enjoy your breakfast at home-stay with beautiful tranquil atmosphere. After breakfast, say good bye to our host and we will hop on the boat and start explore the area. We will be visiting Mr Ba Duc's ancient house, a well preserved house in harmonious combination of two architectural styles: Vietnamese and French. Stop by a rice-husking mill to learn about the procedure for rice production. Stop by a small handcrafted workshop of "Cham La" to see how the local use the coconut leaves and weave them into the roofs of homes.

We continue cruising on beautiful Mekong River with green scenery along the bank and daily life of locals from the cruise. Arrive at another local house, enjoy warm welcome from the host and cheer a rice wine cup with the host. Enjoy an exciting walk around the huge fruit garden of the host and learn more about exotic local tropical fruits. Enjoy lunch served at local house; you will head back to HCMC by Mini Van/Bus. Arrive at Ho Chi Minh 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 5: 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 6: Explore Nha Trang Islands on boat (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)

Around 09.00 Am, our vehicle 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. Overnight in Nha Trang.

Day 7: 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 8: Hoi An - 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 9: Hoi An free at leisure (Meals: Breakfast)

Today is free at leisure. Spend your day relaxing at hotel or biking around town or shopping. Overnight in Hoi an.

Day 10: Hoi An - Danang - Flight to Hanoi (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. Overnight in Hanoi.

Optional Activities: The Best of Hanoi Foods - Private tour (Surcharge +45 USD/person)

You are a foody and expect to try the best of Hanoi cuisines. How about taking a big fun walking tour around Old Quarter and see its lively daily life as well as tasting all the best foods the city has to offer??? Hanoi has long been rated one of the best cities for street food in the world. Let’s explore the city with our guide and give it a go to taste the most amazing dishes Hanoi has to offer. This tour is tailored to give our foreign guests the most unique and authentic experience of Hanoi’s cuisine. We will take you to the most popular eateries for locals, most of which are famous among locals.

Our guide will come to pick you up at your hotel and start the The Best of Hanoi Foods Tour (2.5-3 hour). We start walking through the maze of bustling streets that make up Hanoi’s Old Quarter, first visiting the colorful local markets where we meet stall holders and talk about their food and learn about local culinary. Then continue along both high streets and back streets exploring many corners in Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Our guide will introduce to you the most famous locals’ foods stores and taste all of famous Hanoi foods including Hanoi traditional foods like Bun cha, Banh cuon, Cha Ca, to exotic foods like Bun Oc or Bun Rieu Cua or legendary “egg coffee”. Under guidance of our friendly tour guide, you will be introduced to the city with the best foods Hanoi has to offer and unique opportunities to travel like a local. Walk on foot back to your hotel.

Day 11: Hanoi – Mai Chau – Homestay (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
This trip to the northwest highlands of Mai Chau offers a balance of cultural interest and physical activity, set amongst some of northern Vietnam's most stunning scenery.
Your driver and guide will meet you at your hotel and take you along highway 6 to Mai Chau: a small town nestled in the midst of a lush valley and surrounded by emerald-green rice fields. Enjoy picturesque views of the scenic landscape, sown with pagodas and rural villages. Stop along the way to visit the Muong tribe and then at Thung Khe Pass for a spectacular view of Mai Chau Valley. Have lunch in Mai Chau then spend the afternoon trekking off the typical tourist track, along the Song Ma River. Trek through terraced rice paddies and small villages, discovering the natural beauty of the valley and encountering the culture of the White Thai people, living in the region. Stop at a Thai village for the night, having dinner with a local family and enjoying a homestay in their long house.

Day 12: Mai Chau Trekking – Hanoi (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)
Start the day with a simple breakfast with your host family then take a short drive through the surrounding countryside, before setting off on a trek through rice paddies and down winding lanes to visit the “Cum” and “Xam Khoe” villages. Immerse yourself in the vibrant local culture and enjoy an authentic lunch at one of the villages. In the afternoon, drive back to the bustle Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 13: 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 14: Ha Long Bay – Kayaking in Cong Do – Fishing with local fisherman in Cap La (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Enjoy a light breakfast will be served in restaurant. After breakfast, you will transfer to our Day Boat, a smaller boat we use to explore the Cong Do – Cap La area on day trip. You will then hop on a local fishing boat and learn the fishing technique from local people. The fishing experience with locals provides you further ideas about local lifestyle of people in Ha Long Bay. You will spend your rest of afternoon for more relaxing time or swimming and kayaking around the area. By late afternoon, we will return to main Garden Bay Cruise. Relaxing and Enjoy the rest of the day on board. Enjoy romantic dinning experience on top deck with BBQ dinner and Vietnamese cuisines

Day 15: 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 16: Hanoi Departure (Meals: Breakfast)

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

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INCLUSIONS

  • Transfer in tour with A/C vehicle with experienced driver
  • Airport Transfer with private vehicle (No guide escort)
  • 11 nights with accommodation in hotels with breakfast
  • All meals as mentioned in itinerary
  • Knowldgeable English speaking guide in tour
  • All entrance fees as per program
  • Shuttle bus Hanoi - Ha Long Bay - Hanoi
  • 2 nights in Homestay in Mai Chau and Mekong Delta
  • Kayaking, boat trip, cooking class & Tai Chi section in Ha Long Bay
  • 2 nights on Cruise in join in Ha Long Bay Cruise tour
  • Biking & boat trip in Mekong Delta
  • Join in cruise tour in Nha Trang Island tour
  • 03 Domestic flights HoChiMinh-NhaTrang, NhaTrang-Danang & Danang-Hanoi

EXCLUSIONS

  • International 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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