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Explore ancient Ha Noi and magnificent scenery of Sapa. Cruise in Ha Long Bay.
Visit Hue Mausoleums and Imperial Citadel. Stop at Danang to visit Japanese bridge in Hoi An, Champa Museum of Sculpture.
Explore Ho Chi Minh city and Cu Chi Tunnel. Paddle through Mekong Delta, visit Can Tho, Phong Dien and Cai Rang floating market, Tra Su Sanctuary Forest. Relax in Phu Quoc.
Itinerary: SAIGON – CU CHI – MEKONG DELTA – HUE – DA NANG – HOI AN – MY SON – HA GIANG – HOANG SU PHI - SAPA – NINH BINH – HA LONG – HANOI
Day 1: Saigon arrival (Guide)
Arrive in Saigon. The guide and car will pick up and transfer to hotel for check-in. Overnight in Saigon.
Day 2: Saigon city tour – Cu Chi – Saigon (B/L/- & guide)
In the morning, pick up from hotel and start the trip by visiting Reunification Palace (Ex-Presidential Palace) that was built in 1962 and is well-known as an outstanding example of 1960’s architecture, Notre Dame Cathedral, Center Post Office, Ben Thanh Market – the symbol of Saigon. Learn more about China town through visiting Binh Tay market – the biggest wholesales market in Chinese town, Thien Hau temple – the worshipping place of Chinese community.
After lunch, 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. After that, 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 hotel in Saigon. Overnight in Saigon.
Day 3: Saigon – Ben Tre (B/L/- & guide)
After breakfast, pick up from hotel and transfer to Ben Tre – Mekong Delta. Upon arrival at Ben Tre, 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. Transfer to hotel in Ben Tre. Overnight in Ben Tre.
Day 4: Ben Tre – Cai Lay – Saigon (B/L/- & guide)
After breakfast, transfer to Cai Lay’s local pier; take a wooden boat to enjoy countryside scenery and river life while touring on the small river to your starting point of cycling trip. The ride is about 7km on shady narrow village roads curving over tiny canals and passing through fruit gardens and sleepy villages. Some stops en route to visit the traditional workshops where produce spring roll paper and roof thatching. Then, arrive at the home of a tropical fruit farmer and have a walk around his orchard. Enjoy the opportunity to taste fresh fruits. Then relax while enjoying the view from a small sampan boat as you are paddled slowly along tropical canals. Disembark and continue your ride through this Mekong village to an ancient house, enjoy a friendly interaction with these hospitable residents in their 100 years old house before tasting a hosted lunch with traditional delicacy of the Mekong land. Following, bid farewell to the family before transfer to Can Tho this late noon. Check-in at hotel and relax. Overnight in Can Tho.
Day 5: Saigon - Hue (B/-/- & guide)
Free on your own until check-out time, transfer to Tan Son Nhat Airport for domestic flight to Hue.
Arrive Hue in afternoon, guide and car will pick up and transfer to hotel for check-in. Relax on your own. Overnight in Hue.
Day 6: Hue city tour (B/L/- & guide)
After breakfast, pick up from hotel in Hue to visit the elaborate Mausoleum of Emperor Khai Dinh and Mausoleum of Emperor Tu Duc, the fourth emperor of the Nguyen Dynasty; he had his tomb constructed when he was still on the throne in 1848. After learning about the religion and culture, you continue the journey to discover the Imperial Citadel, which covers an area of 52 km2, the construction began between 1804 and 1833 under the Nguyen dynasty, surrounded as a fortification guarded by 80 bunkers and a deep trench of 40m large, connected by a bridge in front of ten gates.
In the late afternoon you will find yourself in Dong Ba market, the biggest and most significant market in Hue in particular, and Central Vietnam in general. Here, you can find traditional local products on sale together with a variety of things, from the conical hats, toothpicks to luxurious jewelleries. Afterwards, you will have time to enjoy a boat trip on the romantic Perfume River and visit the seven-storey Thien Mu Pagoda. Overnight in Hue.
Day 7: Hue – Da Nang (B/-/- & guide)
Free on your own until check-out. Pick up from hotel and depart for Da Nang after that. Arrive Da Nang in the afternoon, check-in at hotel & relax on your own. Overnight in Da Nang.
Day 8: Da Nang – My Son – Hoi An – Da Nang (B/L/- & guide)
In the morning, visit My Son Sanctuary, one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most significant ancient monuments of Champa culture and religion in Vietnam. Influenced by the Indian civilization, My Son is considered one of the Southest Asian grand cities besides Angkor (Cambodia), Bagan (Malaysia)...Walking around this ancient kingdom to discover the Archaeology remaining from the 4th to the 10th century.
Back to Hoi An town. Have lunch at local restaurant. After lunch, take a tour around the charming Hoi An Town on foot, following the narrow lanes, standing the ancient houses on both sides blending with Chinese, Japanese style and a bit of European, to see the 400-year old Japanese Covered Bridge, Phuc Kien Meeting Hall, Tan Ky House. Enjoy shopping time here with numerous art galleries, handmade souvenir stores and tailor shops, where you can get some quick made-to-measure clothes.
Transfer back to Da Nang. Overnight in Da Nang.
Day 9: Da Nang – Hoi An traditional villages - Da Nang (B/-/- & guide)
You will be picked up at your hotel lobby and transferred to the Bach Dang dock (Hoi An) where you will embark on the boat. Enjoy the picturesque riverside and the peaceful surrounding atmosphere watching local daily life. Arrive Thanh Ha pottery village, which was famous for the earthenware during 16th and 17th century such as bricks, tiles, and floor slabs and mainly used to build Hoi An city. Meet the experts and observe the entire process of making a pottery product such as vase, pot, kettle or cooking pot. Continue to visit Kim Bong carpentry village - very famous for the talented carpenters when Hoi An flourished as a major sea port, and listen to the history of the village, visit the ship-building yards and see the handicrafts and sculptures.
Transfer back to Da Nang. Relax on your own in afternoon. Overnight in Da Nang.
Day 10: Da Nang – Ha Noi (B/-/- & guide)
Free on your own until check-out time and go to the airport for domestic flight to Ha Noi.
Arrive Ha Noi in afternoon, guide and car will pick up and transfer to hotel for check-in. Relax on your own. Overnight in Ha Noi.
Day 11: Ha Noi city tour & Water puppet show (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. 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 is well-worth a visit, enjoy yourself and wander around the historic Old Quarter of Hanoi with 36 streets named after the goods once sold there.
After lunch, move to Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre to enjoy the traditional water puppet show. Back to hotel after the show ends. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 12: Ha Noi – Hoang Su Phi (B/L/- & guide)
After breakfast, pick up at hotel and depart for Hoang Su Phi - Ha Giang, one of the most beautiful provinces in the North East of Vietnam.
Arrive at Hoang Su Phi after 6 hours drive and transfer to your accommodation for check-in. Overnight in Hoang Su Phi.
Day 13: Hoang Su Phi (B/L/- & guide)
After breakfast, you will visit Red Dao ethnic minority village. Along the road, you can see magnificent immerse green terraced rice fields - a special way of planting rice that the hill tribe people invented to make the best of poor soil, water conservation, and mountainous terrain. It takes nearly 6 hours but you will love immersing yourself in the history, culture and natural beauty of this colourful village. Overnight in Hoang Su Phi.
Day 14: Hoang Su Phi - Sapa (B/L/- & guide)
After breakfast, pick up at hotel and depart for Sapa, another beautiful destination in North West Vietnam.
Arrive at Sapa after 6 hours drive and transfer to your accommodation for check-in. Overnight in Sapa.
Day 15: Sapa (B/L/- & guide)
After breakfast/lunch, enjoy a short walk through the town of Sapa and along a narrow trail through beautiful gardens and lush pine forests. You will pass through the Black Mong ethnic minority village of Ma Tra, a small village hiding away from civilization. You will have multiple beautiful stops along the way to contemplate the stunning vistas and taking pictures. Continue your walk through lush green rice paddy fields while enjoying beautiful scenery along the road, you can quickly visit a local school then back to Sapa by vehicle. Overnight in Sapa.
Day 16: Sapa (B/L/- & guide)
After breakfast, enjoy a visit to Lao Chai Village which is home to H’Mong ethnic people. Then start a short trek from Lao Chai to the village of the Dzay minority called Ta Van. You will be able to observe and experience how the hill tribe people farming the lands, one of the most important activities in their daily life. Overnight in Sapa.
Day 17: Sapa local markets – Lao Cai – Ha Noi (B/-/D & guide)
Start your trip early in the morning to explore the vibrant ethnic market and enjoy the beauty of nature and the exotic local ethnic minorities' traditions and customs. On these days, people come here not only to exchange goods and make friends with each other. You can also observe how ethnic people enjoy their lives and how each ethnic minority will dress up carrying their own way of fashion.
(Tue: Coc Ly market; Wed: Cao Son/Sincheng market; Thu: Lung Khau Nhin market; Sat: Can Cau market, Pha Long market, Sun: Bac Ha market, Muong Hum market, Muong Khuong market, Binh Lu market, Tam Duong market)
Free time until afternoon, transfer to Lao Cai and have dinner before boarding the night train to Ha Noi.
Day 18: Ha Noi – Ninh Binh (B/L/- & guide)
After breakfast, take a nearly 2-hour drive from Hanoi to Ninh Binh and you will visit various handicraft workshops dotted throughout the countryside along the path. Have lunch at a local restaurant and then take a boat ride to explore the beautiful scenery of Hoa Lu Tam Coc, which is known as ‘Halong Bay on Land’. The stunning natural setting boasts endless rice paddies surrounded by towering limestone karst mountains. Transfer onto small rowing boats to voyage cross the canals meandering through the charming yellow and green fields. Pass through local villages and take a glimpse into the daily lives of the villagers. Also visit a workshop to see the intricate process of hand embroidery, which has been practiced by the local inhabitants for thousands of years.
After lunch, transfer to hotel for check-in. Relax on your own. Overnight in Ninh Binh.
Day 19: Ninh Binh – Ha Long overnight cruise (B/L/D & guide)
After breakfast, enjoy scenic 4-hour drive from Ninh Binh to Ha Long Bay and experience the spectacular scenery of Ha Long bay on cruise. Enjoy welcome drink and then, receive cruise briefing, check in cabin and begin your cruise. Have lunch while cruising through beautiful islands, beach and stop at beautiful caves on Ha Long Bay. Enjoy a cooking demonstration with the Chef as he prepares traditional Vietnamese spring rolls. Dinner is served on board. Overnight on cruise.
Day 20: Ha Long – Ha Noi (Br/-/- & guide)
Enjoy a Tai chi session on the sundeck in the morning, with a light breakfast of tea, coffee and pastries. Afterwards, set out to explore other caves & islands, and then head back to the ship for a full breakfast buffet. After check-out, transfer back to Hanoi. Free & relax on your own. Overnight in Ha Noi.
Day 21: Ha Noi handicraft villages (B/L/- & guide)
In the morning, you will visit Chuong Conical Hat Village, which has long been famous for its special product - palm-leaf conical hat so called “Non” in Vietnamese. It has given a discreet charm to Vietnamese women across many generations rich and poor, big cities and rural areas and become a unique feature of Vietnamese culture in the minds of visitors. Chuong Village’s conical hats are very good, beautiful and can be found at every corners of the country. Continue driving towards Bac Ninh province to visit Dong Ho painting village which is famous for Vietnamese woodblock prints that refers to a Vietnamese folk art. It is interesting to explore how the old and skillful artists make a special paper so called 'Giay Do' in Vietnamese, paint colors and also have a good talk with the painters. After lunch, take a visit to Tho Ha ceramics village which is one of three oldest and largest centers producing pottery in northern Vietnam. You will discover the rustic life of the villagers through the special brick walls, traditional craft making. Overnight in Ha Noi.
Day 22: Ha Noi Departure (B/-/- & guide)
After breakfast, free on your own until check-out. Transfer to Noi Bai Airport for the flight back home.
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- Hotel accommodation based on sharing room with daily breakfast
- Traditional boat 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 guide
- Mineral water and cold towel on car/van/bus
- Vietnam visa on arrival processing service fee
- Domestic flight HAN-SGN
- Drinks & Other personal expenses
- Travel insurance
- Early check-in and late check-out
- Domestic flights and airport taxes
- Others not mentioned in the itinerary