Vietnam Journey

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TOUR SUMMARY

This journey takes you to visit the best destinations of Vietnam, from dynamic Ho Chi Minh city to majestic Ha Long Bay, UNESCO heritage site of Hoi An to tranquil Mekong Delta. This lifetime journey brings you unforgettable memory with plenty of activities, exploration as well as relaxing time on sunny beach. More than just touring, the core value of this journey is about exploring local culture, foods, history and experience unique Vietnamese lifestyle.

 Day 01: Ho Chi Minh arrival - Half Day city

 Day 02: Ho Chi Minh - Mekong Delta - Overnight on River Cruise

 Day 03: Cai Be – Ho Chi Minh City - Explore Saigon Culinary on Bike

 Day 04: Cu Chi Tunnel - Flight to Hoi An

 Day 05: Hoi An free at leisure

 Day 06: Hoi An - Flight to Hanoi - Half day city

 Day 07: Hanoi - Ha Long Bay

 Day 08: Ha Long Bay - Hanoi

 Day 09: Hanoi Departure

FULL ITINERARY

Day 01: Ho Chi Minh arrival - Half Day city (Meals: None)

Upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat airport, our driver will welcome you and transfer you to your hotel in Ho Chi Minh.

In the afternoon, 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 enich your knowledges and facinating those who love history. Transfer back to hotel, overnight in Ho Chi Minh.

Day 02: Ho Chi Minh - Cruising on Mekong Delta - Overnight on Cruise (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Around 08.00 Am in the morning, our guide and bus will come and pick you up at your hotel in center Ho Chi Minh (Our tour bus can only pick up from hotels in district 1, 3). The bus departs directly to Cai Be. Arrive Cai Be around 12h.00, you will board on boat. Enjoy welcome drink. Transfer to a local boat for an extensive visit of Cai Be: the floating market, the mazes of waterways, local pop-rice and sweets production. Visit of colonial buildings, old houses, delightful flower gardens and local coconut candy and rice paper manufacturers. The Cruise continues its cruise to Cochien . Lunch served on board.

Embark on a pleasant walk or cycle on the footpaths of the countryside to discover tropical fruit orchards and the local people's activities. Visit a cottage industry, a local farm  and sample seasonal fruits. Leisurely cruise on the Mekong River while taking in the beautiful scenery. Enjoy an aperitif over the sunset. Dinner and overnight night on board.

Day 03: Tra On - Can Tho – Ho Chi Minh - Explore Saigon Culinary on motorbike (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Enjoy your breakfast on board. The morning bobbling commotion of Mekong river life comes to life for another lovely day our boat set sails to Can Tho through tributary and canals. Check out your cabin and transfer to Cai Rang: one of the most bustling floating markets in Mekong. We go for a walk along the canals and the palm-shaded creek to see local houses and green orchards, ship building yards, rural and water activities in full swing. Boarding back at noon, with a welcome-back drink. Around 11.00 Am, Disembark in Can Tho. The bus will transfer you back to Ho Chi Minh city on 3.5 hour ride (Stop at half day for short break). Drop off at hotel.

In late afternoon, our guide will pick you up from your hotel are a foody and expect to explore the best of Sai Gon culinary. How about taking a big fun ride around Saigon and see its lively daily life as well as tasting all the best foods the city has to offer? Saigon has long been rated one of the best cities for street food in the world. Let’s get on the motorbikes 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. Our guide will ride the bike and 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 Ho Chi Minh City. 

Day 04: Cu Chi Tunnel - Flight to Danang - Hoi AN (Meals: Breakfast)

In the afternoon, Enjoy a half day excursion explore Cu Chi Tunnel  - the famous historic place in Cu Chi district. With more than 200km of underground tunnels and many branches connecting to underground hideouts, shelters, and entrances to other tunnels Cu Chi Tunnels has become the home of thousands of fighters and villagers in Vietnam War. Coming here you can discover how people communicate and supply routes, hospitals, food and weapon caches and living quarters for numerous guerrilla fighters during the war. Transfer to airport and take your flight to Danang.

Upon arrival at Danang International Airport, our driver will welcome you and our private car will transfer you on a 40 minute drive to Hoi An. Check in your hotel and overnight in Hoi An.  

Day 05: Hoi An Free at leisure (Meals: Breakfast)

Today is free at your leisure.

If you want to explore local culture and you can also choose following half day tours:

Option Tour: Fishing and Farming activities in Tra Que and Cam Thanh Villages (+ Surcharge 45USD/person)

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 06: Hoi An - Da Nang - Flight to Hanoi (Meals: Breakfast)

Free at leisure until our driver transfer you to airport for your flight to Hanoi.

Upon arrival at Noi Bai International airport, our driver will welcome you and transfer to your hotel in the Old Quarter, center of Hanoi City. Free at leisure on the rest of the day. overnight in Hanoi.

In the afternoon, we 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. Have lunch at local restaurant and try Vietnamese traditional food. 
You’ll 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. Enjoy a traditional water puppet show to learn more about local culture and history. Transfer back to Hotel and overnight in Hanoi.

Day 07: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay Overnight on boat (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

After your breakfast at hotel, our van will pick you up and transferred to Halong bay on 3.5 hour ride. Arrive at Halong Bay, get on board, enjoy welcome drink, receive cruise briefing, check in cabin and begin your cruise. Enjoy the view as the boat peacefully sails the bay, passing by Ba Hang floating village. A charming sightseeing, particularly when the fishermen wave as you pass their tiny floating houses while Vietnamese Set Menu Lunch is served in the elegant dining-room. Visit Sung Sot Cave one of the largest and most beautiful caves in Halong bay. Continue cruising and sightseeing in Halong Bay.  Enjoy Afternoon Tea on the Sundeck. A Coffee and Tea brewing demonstration will introduce you to the traditional culture of drinking tea and coffee in Vietnam. Nibbles include cakes and biscuits. You now can relax on the sun deck or discover the bay on kayak by yourself.

A cooking demonstration will take place on the sundeck. Have a go at making spring rolls, and learn to toast the Vietnamese way with local rice wine. Enjoy a high-end, 6-course Vietnamese - Western fusion dinner. Evening Activities – relax at leisure; enjoy Movie Night, Squid Fishing. Overnight on boat in Ha Long Bay.

Day 08: Halong Bay – Hanoi (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)

Enjoy early Tai Chi session on the Sundeck, at the break of dawn. Coffee & tea with assorted homemade pastries. Take in the charm and tranquility of the lago,on of Luon Cave. Experience breathtaking view from a traditional rowing bamboo boat. Enjoy international Buffet Breakfast in dining room. Around 9.30 Am, you will check-out your cabin and settle the bill for your drinks and extra services (if any) on boat.  At 10.30 the boat anchors in the wharf and it is time to go ashore from the boat. As you get back to harbor, our car will transfer you back to Hanoi.Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 09: Hanoi Departure (Meals: Breakfast)

Free at your leisure until our driver pick you up and transfer you to Noi Bai airport for your departure flight leaving Vietnam. Ends of services.

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INCLUSIONS

  • Transfer with private A/C vehicle in tour
  • Airport Transfer with A/C vehicle
  • 2 days tour on Mekong River Cruise
  • Accommodation with breakfast
  • English Speaking Guide
  • All entrance fees as per program
  • Shuttle bus Hanoi - Ha Long - Hanoi
  • Shuttle bus HoChiMinh-Mekong-HoChiMInh
  • Cooking class & Kayaking in Ha Long Bay
  • Meals as mentioned in itinerary
  • 2 Domestic flights: Ho Chi Minh - Danang & Dannang - Hanoi with eco seats

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
Mekong Cruise Mekong Eyes Cruise Le Cochinchine Cruise Bassac Cruise

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