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8-day trip in Vietnam – Explore beautiful Vietnam include ancient Hanoi city tour (Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Complex, One-Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature, Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Lake), wooden junk boat trip on Ha Long Bay, bustling Saigon (Opera House, Central Post, Notre Dame Cathedral, Reunification Palace, Ben Thanh Market), historical Cu Chi Tunnels, cruise trip down the Mekong river.
Itinerary: HANOI – HA LONG – HA NOI - SAI GON – CU CHI – MEKONG – SAI GON.
Day 1: Ha Noi arrival - Free (Guide)
Upon arrival at Noi Bai airport in Ha Noi, you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel in the city centre - a unique city with tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, ancient temples, old pagodas and peaceful lakes. Check in hotel if available or free at your own convenience to explore the city. Overnight at hotel in Ha Noi.
Day 2: Ha Noi – Ha Long – Ha Noi (B/L/- & guide)
Depart from Hanoi to Ha Long Bay in the morning and arrive at the pier around noon. From here you will board a traditional wooden junk boat and start to explore the stunning mystical landscape of Halong Bay, one of the world's most famous UNESCO World Heritage sites where where thousands of limestone karsts and islets in various sizes and shapes rise from the clear, emerald water of the Gulf of Tonkin, most of which are uninhabitated and unaffected by humans. The wind, rain and sea have carved out dramatic caves and grottoes in some of the islands, several of which will be explored. Many have names that reflect the shape of the rocks such as Stone Dog, Incense Burner (Dinh Huong) and Fighting Cock (Ga Choi). At the core of the islets, we will visit a wonderful cave and grotto named Thien Cung (Heavenly Residence Grotto) before returning to Halong pier. Disembark at Halong pier at approximately 16.30 pm and return to Hanoi by vehicle.
Day 3: Ha Noi city tour (B/L/- & guide)
Pick up from hotel and transfer to visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Complex including Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum - the final resting place of Ho Chi Minh, the most iconic and popular leader of Vietnam, known to his people as ‘Uncle Ho’; his house-on-stilts which was built in the style of Vietnam's ethnic minorities, where he lived for most of his remaining days and One-Pillar Pagoda, built of wood on a single stone pillar, designed to resemble a lotus blossom, the symbol of purity, rising out of a sea of sorrow. Continue to visit Temple of Literature, which is a rare example of well-preserved traditional Vietnamese architecture. Founded in 1070 by Emperor Ly Thanh Tong, the temple is dedicated to Confucius (Khong Tu) and honours Vietnam’s finest scholars and men of literary accomplishment. It became Vietnam’s first university in 1076.
After lunch, you will visit one of the world's most popular museums - Vietnam's Museum of Ethnology, which gives an insight into Vietnam's diverse culture of the 54 ethnic groups. Enjoy a short visit to the historic Old Quarter of Hanoi with 36 streets named after the goods once sold there. Then head to Hoan Kiem Lake, an oasis of calm right in the heart of the city; nearby Ngoc Son Temple, which is reached via the red-painted, wooden The Huc Bridge. Free time for shopping. Transfer back to hotel. Dinner on your own. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 4: Ha Noi – Sai Gon (B/-/- & guide)
Breakfast at hotel. Leave Ha Noi for a flight to Ho Chi Minh City. You will arrive after 2-hour flight. Pick up at the airport, transfer to the hotel for relax.
Day 5: Sai Gon city tour (B/-/- & guide)
Begin your tour of this exciting city with a tour of the historic center, strolling along DONG KHOI STREET, formerly known as the Rue Catinat, the main shopping thoroughfare and heart of old colonial Saigon. Then pass by classic European-style landmarks such as the ornate CITY HALL (HOTEL DE VILLE), the old OPERA HOUSE (both may only be viewed from the outside), and pay a quick visit to the neo-Romanesque NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL and the CENTRAL POST OFFICE. Continue diving into modern history with a tour of the REUNIFICATION PALACE - formerly the Independence Palace of the South Vietnamese president. This 60s style was famously stormed by tanks on April 30, 1975 signifying the fall of South Vietnam. It has been preserved in its original state, and the original tanks remain on display near the entrance gates. Continue to the harrowing WAR REMNANTS MUSEUM, which comprehensively documents the travails of the long Vietnam- American War. Inside are detailed photographic exhibitions; outside is a collection of tanks, planes and weapons.
A powerful experience, this museum is guaranteed to provoke strong emotions.
Afterwards driving to the historic center to visit JADE EMPEROR PAGODA, one of Saigon's most interesting pagoda. In the afternoon, head out to CHOLON (CHINATOWN) and explore the highlights of this fascinating area, beginning with a brief visit to BINH TAY MARKET, the vast wholesale market selling every kind of good from dried foods to T shirts to electronics; then heading to THIEN HAU PAGODA, built by the Cantonese congregation and dedicated to the heavenly goddess; and ending the tour with the central BEN THANH MARKET, where vendors display a vast array of goods and handicrafts, appealing to every taste. Transfer back to hotel. Dinner on your own. Overnight in Sai Gon.
Day 6: Sai Gon – Cu Chi – Sai Gon (B/-/- & guide)
Depart from Ho Chi Minh city and drive to Cu Chi tunnels, then you can learn more about the mystery of Cu Chi Tunnels by watching a documentary film. You will have a chance to know, see and discover the system of tunnels deep underground, can withstand the destructive power of the bomb attack by most of the US military. The air is taken into the tunnel through the vents, which include 3 grounds: from the ground to the first floor is 3m deep, to the second floor is 6m deep and to the third floor is deeper than 12m. Tour guide will show how the tunnel works. Then visit a command center where visitors can eat meals that the Viet Cong fighters had eaten such as rice, typically steamed tapioca and hot tea. Afterthat, discover Hoang Cam smoke-less stove, secret hide-outs, fighting bunkers, dangerous booby traps and rice paper workshop. You also have chance to try shooting a variety of Vietnam War era weapons such as the M16 rifle or AK-47, as well as a light machine gun like the M60. Drive back to HCM city.
Day 7: Sai Gon – Mekong– Sai Gon (B/L/- & guide)
By vehicle to Ben Tre province, you will cruise down the busy branches of Mekong and into a peaceful canal to see the daily life of farmers. Begin biking on backcountry roads passing through rural villages, rice paddy fields, rivers and canals. Then stop and visit coconut processing workshop and sightseeing daily activities. Next, stop at farmer house for seeing mat weaving and try exotic seasonal fruits unique to the region. After lunch at local restaurant, discover the real life in village by bike, come to workshop to see people make rice paper cake and visit local Cao dai temple. Get along riverside to go back. Return to hotel for overnight.
Day 8: Sai Gon departure (B/-/- & guide)
At leisure until transfer to Tan Son Nhat airport for your sweet home. End services.
- Hotel accommodation based on double/twin room with daily breakfast
- Traditional cruise on Ha Long Bay
- Private (A/C) transfers and transportation on tours
- Sightseeing & entrance fees on tour
- Meals as specified (no drink)
- English speaking local guide
- Mineral water and cold towel on car/van/bus
- Vietnam visa on arrival processing service fee
- Domestic flight and airport taxes: Ha Noi – Sai Gon
- Drinks & Other personal expenses
- Travel insurance
- Stamp fee for single entry visa on arrival
- Early check-in and late check-out
- Others not mentioned in the itinerary