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The whole Vietnam in the 12-day trip: From the southern site with Sai Gon city, Cu Chi tunnels, Mekong delta to Central site with Da Nang city, Hoi An ancient town, Tra Que village, and Cam Thanh village; Last stop in Northern Viet Nam: Ha Noi city, Ninh Binh with Hoa Lu citadel, Trang An landscape complex and Ha Long bay.
Vietnam is rapidly developing but holds onto the charming traditions and culture which make it such a fascinating holiday destination. Saigon in the south is the modern metropolis where the distant charm of the French colonial empire seems still hidden behind the many old city mansions and in the tree–lined avenues. The Mekong Delta is blessed with lush fertile land where villagers in traditional conical hats work in vibrant green rice paddies and traditional boats with dragons’ eyes ply the murky waters. Wartime past is eye-witnessed and experienced Cu Chi tunnels. In the central, the UNESCO-listed city of Hoi An uniquely well-preserved and its streets are lined with old shop houses, ancient temples, chic bars and fashionable restaurants. In the north, the capital city Hanoi bears the traces of centuries of change in its wide Parisian boulevards and colorful Vietnamese temples. The seascape of Ha Long Bay is a magical sight; breathtaking rock pinnacles rise dramatically from the sea and floating villages sit languidly in the bay.
- Explore the endless energy of “The Pearl of the Far East” Saigon;
- Discover the unique tunnel in the world at Cu Chi;
- Experience floating life on Mekong river;
- Relax on white sandy beaches;
- Be appealed by the ancient beauty of Hoi An Town;
- Cyclo or electric car trip around the center of Hanoi – Old Quarters;
- Visit Trang An – an ecological tourist site with many amazingly nature blessed caves;
- Set sail on Ha Long Bay – an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Validity for travelling from 01 May to 30 September 2021;
- Prices are subject to change without prior notice;
- The domestic airfare is subject to change depending on the time you book;
- Depending on the weather, road and/or river conditions, flight schedules, room availability or other reasons beyond our control, the tour program might need small adjustments when necessary;
- The suggested tip is US$ 3.00/person/day for guide/driver if you feel satisfied with their service.
Day 1: Saigon Arrival (-/-/-)
Upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Saigon, you will be warmly welcomed by our tour guide and transferred to your hotel for check-in and rest. Overnight in Saigon.
Day 2: Saigon City Tour – Shopping (B/-/-)
You will start the morning city tour with a visit to the Reunification Palace (Ex-Presidential Palace) which was built in 1962 and is well-known as an outstanding example of 1960’s architecture, Center Post Office and Notre Dame Cathedral (to watch the French architecture buildings built during the French colonial times.
In the afternoon, you will continue Saigon shopping tour at big shopping malls for the international brands and high quality Vietnamese brands, Saigon Square (for International brands made in Vietnam clothes, this is where local people go to buy), and Ben Thanh Market – a symbol of Saigon. After this last destination, you can go back to hotel or enjoy at the market as it is center-located and get back to the hotel on your own. There are many halal restaurants nearby the market, there is one very good bar right on the left of the market (OMG bar) and all the good restaurants are around with 1-2-3 dollars by taxi you can reach from the market. Back to hotel. Overnight in Saigon.
Day 3: Saigon – Cu Chi (B/-/-)
Today, you will experience one of the trip highlights with an exciting experience of the Cu Chi tunnels – an immense network of connecting underground tunnels used by Vietnamese Revolutionary army during the anti-American resistance war with over 200km long and 12m deep. The tunnels served as hiding spots, communication and supply routes, hospitals, food and weapon caches and living quarters for numerous North Vietnamese fighters. You will be well guided to discover this amazing tunnel with unforgettable feelings. Back to Saigon for relaxing. Overnight in Saigon.
Day 4: Saigon – Mekong Delta – Saigon (B/-/-)
Depart Saigon for My Tho (located in the heart of the Mekong Delta). Upon your arrival in My Tho, take a boat on the Mekong River and its multiple canals to Ben Tre. Visit a coco candy factory where you can taste the unique local specialties. After enjoying honey tea and fresh tropical fruits in a local garden, enjoy a short local coach drive before a very romantic sampan through a water coconut forest to return to your big boat. Back to Saigon for relax. Overnight in Saigon.
Day 5: Saigon – Da Nang – Hoi An, City Tour (B/-/-)
In the morning, check out and transfer to the airport for flight to Da Nang. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to hotel for check-in and relax.
In the afternoon, explore charming Hoi An Town along the narrow lanes with the ancient houses on both sides blending with Chinese, Japanese style and a bit of European. The 400-year old Japanese Covered Bridge, Phuc Kien Meeting Hall, and Tan Ky House are some quick suggestions for your plan to Hoi An. Besides numerous art galleries, museum and tailor shops, where you can get some quick made-to-measure clothes, are also the options to visit. Overnight in Hoi An
Day 6: Tra Que Village – Cam Thanh Village (B/L/-)
In the morning, you will take a bicycle to lantern making workshop in the village. Here you will get a brief introduction to the history, shape, color of the lanterns; follow guidance to make one and keep the lantern as souvenir. Continue riding bicycle in 30 minutes to Tra Que vegetable village. You can join the farmers in cropping the land, watering the vegetables and many other gardening activities. After all these activities, you will take a short rest and enjoy foot bath before learning how to make some typical traditional Vietnamese dishes.
In the afternoon, experience fishing activities with local fishermen at Cam Thanh village. While listening to a brief introduce to the history of Cam Thanh coconut village, you will take on the basket boat along the water coconut river. Fishermen will teach you how to catch the crabs, learn how to make funny tools by water coconut leaf as watches, glasses… If you go in a large group, divide group into small teams for basket boat racing would be a lovely highlight of the itinerary. The winner will get a lovely gift. Visit a craftsman’s house in the village before transferring back the hotel. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 7: Hoi An – Da Nang – Hanoi (B/-/-)
Free on your own until transfer to airport for domestic flight to Hanoi. Upon your arrival, the guide will pick you up for transfer to hotel. Free activities on your own for the day. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 8: Ha Noi City Tour & Shopping (B/-/-)
Pick up and transfer for visit to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, an important place of pilgrimage for Vietnamese, Ho Chi Minh's House on Stilts, built in the style of Vietnam's ethnic minorities, surrounded by verdant and peaceful gardens, One Pillar Pagoda, built in the 11th century, of wood on a single stone pillar resembling a lotus blossom, symbol of purity, rising out of a sea of sorrow. After that, you will take a visit to the Old Quarters where you can experience the real daily life activities of local people in the oldest area of Hanoi for around one hour on the interesting electrical car with stopovers at Opera House is very famous site en route to take photos and enjoy the Old Quarters.
Transfer to shopping malls with international brands and high quality Vietnamese brands, some big shops with Made in Vietnam clothes where local people are regular; lacquer workshop (great traditional Vietnamese handicraft products). Back to hotel. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 9: Ha Noi – Ninh Binh – Ha Noi (B/-/-)
Pick up and transfer to Hoa Lu – the ancient citadel of 3km2 – to visit the temples dedicated to Emperor Dinh Tien Hoang of the Dinh dynasty (968-980), and Emperor Le Dai Hanh of the Le dynasty (980-1009).
Continue to have a boat ride in Trang An – an ecological tourist site where the rowing boat brings you through many amazingly nature blessed caves and rice fields. Back to hotel. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 10: Ha Noi – Ha Long (B/L/D)
Travel from Hanoi to Ha Long Bay to cruise amongst the bay’s spectacular scenery. After check-in and security briefings, set sail to enjoy lunch while cruising through fishing village and visit a beach area. The vessel will stop at an island, feel free to go swimming during summer time or kayaking (optional with small charge). Enjoy a cooking demonstration with the chef as he prepares traditional Vietnamese food. Dinner is served on board. At night, you can ask the cruise to do squid fishing. Overnight on cruise.
Day 11: Ha Long – Ha Noi (B/L/-)
Greet the day with a morning Tai Chi exercise and an opportunity to view the sunrise over the bay. After breakfast, visit beautiful limestone grotto then back to the boat for a final glimpse of the Ha Long Bay while cruising back to the dock. Back to the wharf. Say goodbye Ha Long Bay and transfer back to Hanoi City. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 12: Hanoi Departure (B/-/-)
Free on your own until check-out time. Transfer to airport to come back your home. Good bye Vietnam and hope to see you soon.
Good bye Vietnam and hope to see you soon.
- Hotel accommodation based on sharing twin/double rooms with daily breakfast
- Traditional boat cruise on Ha Long Bay
- Meals as indicated on the program
- Private (A/C) transfers and transportation on tours
- Sightseeing and entrance fees on tour
- English speaking guide as indicated on the program
- Mineral water and cold towel on car/van/bus
- VIP greet and meet service at the arrival airport
- Vietnam visa processing service
- Meals, drinks and other personal expenses
- International and domestic flights
- Payment transfer fee
- Others not mentioned in the itinerary