Vietnam In Depth

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TOUR SUMMARY

This tour take you through the most famous and favorite destination 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, scuba diving in Nha Trang, discover eye-opening history and many more great experiences. Let's join in the tour to discover the exciting Vietnam and spend your holiday on the most beautiful beach on earth of Nha Trang.

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh Arrival

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City - Street Food Tour

Day 3: Ho Chi Minh - My Tho - Can Tho

Day 4: Can Tho – Cai Rang Floating Market

Day 5: Ho Chi Minh – Nha Trang

Day 6: Nha Trang

Day 7: Nha Trang – Dalat

Day 8: Dalat

Day 9: Dalat – Zen Monastery

Day 10: Dalat - Flight to Danang – Hoi An

Day 11: Hoi An

Day 12: Hoi An

Day 13: Hoi An

Day 14: Hoi An – Hue

Day 15: Hue City

Day 16: Hue – Fly to Hanoi

Day 17: Hanoi City Tour

Day 18: Hanoi - Lao Cai – Sapa – Lao Chai - Ta van

Day 19: Cat Cat village – Sapa - Hanoi

Day 20: Hanoi - Ha Long Bay

Day 21: Ha Long Bay - Lan Ha Bay

Day 22: Ha Long Bay – Cat Ba Island

Day 23: Cat Ba Island

Day 24: Cat Ba Island – Ninh Binh

Day 25: Hanoi Departure

FULL ITINERARY

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh Arrival (Meals: Dinner)
Upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat airport, you will be welcomed by our guide and transfer to hotel in center of Ho Chi Minh City. Free at your leisure on the rest of the day. Enjoy your welcome dinner on floating restaurant by Sai Gon River.  

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City - Street Food Tour (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
After breakfast at hotel, you will start your day visiting the Reunification Palace, once a symbol of the South Vietnamese Government. It was here on 30 April 1975, that the war ended when a North Vietnamese Army tank crashed through its gates. Pass by iconic architectural landmarks the Notre Dame Cathedral built from French colonization. You will then visit War Remnants Museum with documents, artifacts and other evidence of the Vietnam War. The eye-opening history of this country will enrich your knowledge and fascinate those who love history. Transfer to local restaurant for Lunch. 
After Lunch, you will visit China town and Binh Tay market to observe and feel the dynamic lifestyle of locals here. Stop by Fito museum and learn more about fascinating history of Asian medicines. In the evening, join in our street food tour to experience local culinary culture by the street. Make you sure are hungry before the tour because we will stop by many local street food stores and try all the sample of those delicious foods. Transfer back to hotel and overnight in Ho Chi Minh city. 

Day 3: Ho Chi Minh - My Tho - Can Tho (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
After your breakfast, around 8.00 AM you will leave Ho Chi Minh City and take about 70km to My Tho where we cruise on little boat through the green vegetation of the canals to an orchard, where we are treated to a delicious lunch in a local restaurant in the heart of the Mekong, complete with tropical fruits. We then visit the snake farm Dong Tam where you can challenge your bravery by holding python on your arms. We then transfer to Vinh Trang pagoda, a combination of Asian and European pagoda before heading Can Tho city, heart of the Mekong Delta. Arrive at Can Tho, checking in your hotel and enjoy dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Can Tho.

Day 4: Can Tho – Cai Rang Floating Market (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)
The watery world of the Mekong Delta is home to many bustling floating markets. This day we take a boat trip exploring the vibrant floating market of Cai Rang and Phong Dien, which the trading way is unique; each boat usually sells one particular item, whether it will be pumpkins, pineapples, sugar canes. After sampling local fruits, our guide will escort you back to the hotel through myriad canals. Lunch at local restaurant before return to your hotel in Ho Chi Minh. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.

Day 5: Ho Chi Minh – Nha Trang (Meals: Breakfast)
After breakfast at hotel, you will transfer to Tan Son Nhat airport, take your flight to Nha Trang, the heaven of beach, wind and sunshine. Upon arrival at Nha Trang airport, our car will take you to your hotel where you will check in and the rest of the day will be free at your leisure. Overnight in Nha Trang.

Day 6: Nha Trang (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)
Today will be a free day of your beach holiday. Enjoy your time relaxing and being lazy on the sunny beach of Nha Trang. Overnight in Nha Trang.  

Optional Activities:
Boat trip to Mun Island: you will join in our boat trip to visit Mun Island where can enjoy scuba diving, snookering and other water sports. (Scuba diving, snookering and other water sports fees are not included). 
Tri Nguyen Entertainment Center: This is a perfect spot for family since the entertainment center offer variety of games, ocean museum, water sports for family. 
You may want to spend your time with some spa treatment or mineral and mud bath.

Day 7: Nha Trang – Dalat (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
After breakfast at hotel, you will transfer by car to Dalat city on 2 hour ride. Upon arrival in Dalat, you will check in your hotel. The afternoon will be free at your leisure.  Overnight in Dalat.

Day 8: Dalat (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)
In the morning, you will enjoy fresh air on the way to Van Thanh Flower village to get closer to daily lives of local people. Many kinds of flowers are planted here to make our life more beautiful! We will continue to cross Ta Nung pass, enjoy the whole view of Nam Ban town and the mighty sight of huge jungle. Let’s stop to visit Highlands Coffee Plantation and Weasel Coffee Workshop (Kopi luwak or civet coffee) : tasting coffee (excluded fee) and learn about coffee making process. Then take a walk around K’Ho minority village. The most interesting thing of this tour is the Silk Factory: to watch the silkworm rearing and the process of silk making. Our tour guide will show you how silkworms grow and take a tour around the factory to see how the silk is made. Have your lunch at local restaurant on the way.

In the afternoon, you will enjoy the imposing wild scene of Elephant Waterfall, the widest waterfall of Lam Dong province, impressive! roaring like thunder! Climbing up to the hill through the cement stairs, you will see a solemn pagoda – Linh An Pagoda with two august dragons flanking two sides. Then touching the huge Happy Buddha can bring you happiness and luck basing on the belief of local people. Have you ever try local rice wine? Let find out how they make it and taste a little bit at Workshop of Organic Rice Wine! Cricket Farm is the last place of countryside, tasting the fried crickets (included fee) and enjoy it! crunchy! On the way back to Dalat, you will visit Ancient Train Station of Indochina – Dalat Railway Station which is the oldest and the most beautiful railway station in Indochina.

Day 9: Dalat – Zen Monastery (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)
In the morning, You can enjoy airy space at RoBin Hill, Dalat Cable Car Station to get the panorama view of the Dalat City and enjoy the marvelous sight of the pine forested valley stretched down to the South. After taking some photos of this, an option to take the cable car descending down 300 meters with the nice view of flower, vegetable fields dotted in the pine forested valley below to visit to Tuyen Lam Lake. Surrounding by pine forest, Tuyen Lam Lake looks like a paradise with the Truc Lam Zen Monastery, at present is the biggest Zen University in Viet Nam. Please dress decently, a very quiet scenery beside it’s beautiful flower garden, which is built on the top of Phoenix Hill. Spend the morning to do some meditation at Zen Monastery under the guidance of the monk. Keep driving southward, you will visit Prenn waterfall where you can try elephant riding. Overnight in Dalat.

Day 10: Dalat - Flight to Danang – Hoi An (Meals: Breakfast)
After breakfast at hotel, you will transfer to Dalat airport, take your flight to Danang airport. 
Upon arrival at Danang airport, our guide will transfer you to your hotel in Hoi An town, Unesco Heritage Site and the most romantic town on earth. Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 11: Hoi An (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)
After breakst at your hotel, you will join in a walking tour around this enchanting port town a thriving international commercial port for Chinese, Dutch, French, Japanese and Arab traders. Follow the narrow lanes lined with centuries-old houses influenced by Chinese, Japanese, French and European architectures and visit its numerous places of interest: the 400-year old Japanese Covered Bridge, the Phuc Kien Assembly Halls. We enjoy a half day walking tour through the narrow winding streets of the Ancient Quarter visiting Chua Ong Pagoda, Chinese Assembly Halls, the 200 year old Tan Ky Ancestral House. Enjoy lunch at local restaurant. Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 12: Hoi An (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Hoi An is one of the most attractive destination in Vietnam and offers variety of activities for your holiday. For today activities, you can choose one or two out of three following activities:

Tra Que village: 
You will ride by bicycle to Tra Que Vegetable Village (3kms far from Hoian). It is time for you to experience a day of living and working with the local farmers in this village. A tour of the organic vegetable and herb gardens can include some time working in the field if you like, or merely observing and learning about the system and the fresh ingredients. Back to Tra Que’s family house, you will be enjoy working together with our family chef to learn the traditional ways of preparing and cooking Vietnamese food. Then, sit down and a chance to savor the dishes you have prepared. After the light meal, biking back to your hotel. 

Cooking class: 
You will take part in a cooking class with an expert chief and try to cook the Quang Nam traditional food before taste your dishes. A real experience of Middle Vietnam cuisine! Follow our chef to local outdoor market, try new local ingredients and learn about local culinary. Have fun with cooking class under the guidance of chef and enjoy your result as a big feast with everybody. 

My Son Tour: 
Today, you will travel about 50km from Hoi An to My Son sanctuary, the Unesco Heritage Site, for a half day tour. My Son was the site of religious ceremony of kings of the Champa dynasty, and was also a burial place of Champa royals and national heroes. The My Son temple complex is one of the foremost temple complexes of Hinduism in South East Asia and is the foremost heritage site of this nature in Vietnam. Though the complex has been destroyed over time, we still see many majestic ancient ruins of temples in the area. Arrive in My Son you will walk around this holly area to see the historic and cultural ruins of the 16th century, you will be brought back to the glorious time of the Champa civilization and learn their history as well as mysterious legends.  

Day 13: Hoi An (Meals: Breakfast)
Hoi An is one of the most attractive destination in Vietnam and offers variety of activities for your holiday. For today it will be your free day relaxing or exploring this charming ancient town by yourself. You may want to spend time for shopping or getting some tailor made clothing from the best tailors of Hoi An. Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 14: Hoi An – Hue (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)
Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel. Leave the UNESCO-designated World Heritage Hoi An for Hue, transfer through Hai Van Pass route. On the Hai Van Path, you will capture the breathtaking view of mountain and ocean of this beautiful land. Stop by the Marble Mountain for a great view and visit the traditional marble sculpture village to see daily life of sculpture artisan. Lunch at local restaurant. Arrival at Hue city, check in your hotel and free at your leisure on the rest of the day.  Overnight in Hue.

Day 15: Hue City (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Start your city day tour with a visit to Hue Citadel, the best-preserved remnant of the royal quarters that once existed at the UNESCO World Heritage site, situated behind high walls. Spend a few hours walking around the complex with your guide, who enlightens you about fascinating architectural structures that include tombs, elaborate temples and the former Imperial Palace, revealing Vietnam’s regal legacy of Nguyen Emperors. Once you’ve explored Hue’s royal grounds, meander down the Perfume River — aka Huong River — on a relaxing boat cruise to Thien Mu Pagoda, Vietnam’s tallest pagoda, which towers on the riverbank and dates back to 1601. Next, fulfill your appetite with a Vietnamese lunch. Hue is known for its cuisine, and you’ll be delighted with a great meal in a beautiful setting at Madame Ha’s Tinh Gia Vien restaurant.

In the afternoon, your guide takes you to a nearby village that specializes in producing incense. Just outside the village, a local craftswoman has been making conical hats, or non la, with just one hand since childhood. Observe her expertise at fashioning these beautiful creations that have become quite popular with visitors.  Continue on to Tu Duc Tomb, one of the most outstanding Royal Tombs, completed between 1864 and 1867. Considered one of the most beautiful works of royal architecture of the Nguyen Dynasty, the tomb is situated in a boundless pine forest, just 5 miles (8 km) from Hue. Stroll with your guide around the complex filled with temples and pavilions of the former emperors. On the way back to the city, stop for tea break at a local café, Vi Da Xua, located in the former residential area for Mandarins during the Nguyen Dynasty. Admire the traditional architectural wooden house with beautiful bonsai garden as you enjoy a beverage or snack (own expense), before your tour ends with private transport back to your hotel.

Day 16: Hue – Fly to Hanoi (Meals: Breakfast) 
After breakfast at hotel, you will transfer to Phu Bai airport, take your flight to Hanoi city. Upon arrival at Noi Bai international airport in Hanoi city, our car and guide will welcome you and transfer you to your hotel in center of Hanoi. 

Optional Activities:
Street Food Tour: By late afternoon, the tour guide will take you on Hanoi Street Food Tour in which you can try and taste famous street food of Hanoi and experience the genuine local lifestyle. Hanoi is famous for its abundance of amazing street foods and this 02 hour street food tour will guarantee you great local foods and great experiences. Transfer back to your hotel and overnight in Hanoi.

Day 17: Hanoi City Tour (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Our private car and tour guide pick you up at your hotel. We will start your full day city tour by visiting Ho Chi Minh Complex including of Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, Ba Dinh square, Presidential Palace (Outside Only), Uncle Ho’s House on stilt, One pillar pagoda. The tour in Ho Chi Minh complex provides tourist a clear understanding about the hero of Vietnam - Ho Chi Minh and Vietnam's modern history..  You will visit the Temple of Literature - Vietnam's first university, built in 1076 and 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 lunch at local restaurant.
Continue you tour by visiting Museum of Ethnology, one of four the best museum in Asia. 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. You will then visit Van Phuc Silk village, a hundred years old tradition village where you will exploring local's lifestyle and learn about making silk process. Transfer to train station and catch your night train to Lao Cai province. Overnight on train.

Day 18: Hanoi - Lao Cai – Sapa – Lao Chai - Ta van (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Arrive in Lao Cai station at 5:00 in the morning. You are welcomed by driver, then transfer by bus to Sapa. The bus ride uphill to Sa Pa takes a little over an hour, giving you a glimpse of the stunning vistas and impressive rice terraces. You will have breakfast at hotel before we start 12 km of trekking to visit Lao Chai villages of the H’mong minority. The trekking route offers some challenges as you balance on the rice terraces and a small trail on the steep mountainside. The vegetation is dense as the trail leads up to a peaceful village perched on the Hoang Lien mountainside. Head downhill and relax by a local stream for a picnic lunch. After lunch, we continue trekking to Ta Van village of the Dzay. Transferring back to Sapa town. Overnight in hotel in Sapa.

Day 19: Cat Cat village – Sapa - Hanoi (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)
After breafast, we start the day with an easy trek to visit Cat Cat village. The trekking will take you along local paths, up and down rice terraces and into the villages and home of local hill tribes. Enjoy a beautiful waterfall and rattan bridge with picturesque landscapes. The rest of the day is free at your leisure. Around 6pm take a bus transfer to Lao Cai train station for night train back to Hanoi. Overnight on train and reach Hanoi on the next morning.

Day 20: Hanoi - Ha Long Bay (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
In the morning our car and guide will come to your hotel and transfer you to Ha Long Bay. After an approximate 3,5 hour drive - we  will arrive at Ha Long Bay wharf, you will be met by our crew who escort you on board and serve welcome drinks. You then check into your cabin and we begin cruising into Halong Bay. Have lunch in the restaurant while you enjoy the stunning views of the Bay.
In the early afternoon we arrive at floating fishing village and drop anchor. Our guide will give you some information and interesting facts about this fascinating village and its local community. We disembark and travel on the sampans rowed by the local people. They will be your guides through their fishing village where you can meet the locals, visit the school and pearl farms. If you want private moment you can also go kayak by yourself to discover the surrounding area (Kayaking fee is included). See first-hand what life is like living on the water. Back on board we head for the island and beaches for swimming and relaxing on deck to pamper yourself. On the island you can go swimming, relax on the beach, play sport or hiking to the top of the mountain for overview image of the bay. At night, you can join in our activities like squid fishing, karaoke, movies or simply relax on quieted top deck for fresh atmosphere of the bay. Overnight on cruise in Ha Long Bay.

Day 21: Ha Long Bay - Lan Ha Bay (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Start your day with Tai Chi on the Sundeck while complimentary tea & coffee are served. Our cruise weighs anchor to sail through the bay and pass by several beautiful places such as Trong (Drum) cave, Trinh Nu (Virgin) cave, Coc Ngoi (Toad) Islet, etc. Early breakfast will be served in the dining room. You then will transfer to a smaller boat for Lan Ha Bay excursion. Spend your day with guided kayaking and swimming at Three Peaches beach, a pristine natural beach lapped by the turquoise water. BBQ lunch is served on boat. We then will continue to discovery Toi and Sang Cave (depend on the tide condition), the most remote point in Lan Ha Bay and bordering the Gulf of Tonkin. Visit its quaint fishing village and lagoon. Possibility of kayaking through an amazing tunnel under a karst mountain (time permitting). Around late afternoon, you will return to big Cruise for dinner and overnight in Ha Long Bay.  

Day 22: Ha Long Bay – Cat Ba Island (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)
In the morning, start your day with swimming, exercise or photo hunt and have breakfast at sunrise. Get your hand on some kayaking, visiting Luon cave, swimming. Option: For those who do not fancy kayaking can visit TiTop Island to enjoy the panorama view of Halong Bay or just relax, swim at the beach. Transfer by tender to the pier, from here you will catch a ferry and transfer to Cat Ba Island. Upon arrival at Cat Ba Island, our guide and car will transfer you to your hotel. Overnight in Cat Ba Island.

Day 23: Cat Ba Island (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)
The whole day in Cat Ba Island will be yours. You may want to spend time biking around the town or trekking to discover the Cat Ba national park, visiting historical Hospital Cave or just relaxing by the beach. The beauty of this Island will definitely amaze you. Overnight in Cat Ba Island. 

Day 24: Cat Ba Island – Ninh Binh (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)
After breakfast at hotel, you will check out and transfer back to Ha Long Harbor by ferry and then by car to Ninh Binh. Check in your hotel in Ninh Binh and free at your leisure on the rest of the day

Day 25: Hanoi Departure (Meals: Breakfast)
After having breakfast at your hotel, you will transfer 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
  • 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
Hoi An Hoi An Lantern Vinh Hung Emerald Almanity Hoian
Hue Cherish Hotel Eldora Hotel La Residence
Nha Trang SeaSing Boutique Star City Hotel InterContinential
Da Lat La Sapinette Terracotta Ana Mandara Villas

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