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Vietnam Cultural Tour - 12 Days / 11 Nights

Vietnam Cultural Tour - 12 Days / 11 Nights

Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hoian, Hue, Ho Chi Minh City, Mekong Delta
From USD
$773 /pp
The tour offers you a chance to discover many famous destinations in Vietnam as well as explore the lifestyle of Vietnameses people. Now, take your backpack and come to visit this magical country!
Highlights:
 
  • Visit Hanoi and discover this ancient capital city and also try some local foods.
  • Cruise in Halong Bay and contemplate the natural beauty.
  • Visit Cham Museum and explore the culture of Vietnam.
  • Visit Hue Imperial Citadel and discover Hoian Town.
  • Discover the metropolis Ho Chi Minh City, visit some local markets to observe the local life.
  • Cruise in Mekong Delta and explore the river life of people.

Brief itinerary

Day 1
Hanoi Arrival

Day 2
Hanoi Sightseeing (B)

Day 3
Hanoi - Halong Bay (B/L/D)

Day 4
Halong Bay – Hanoi – Danang – Hoi An (B)

Day 5
Tra Que Vegetable - Hoian Town (B/L)

Day 6
Hoian - Free at your leisure (B)

Day 7
Hoian - Danang, Cham Museum - Hue (B)

Day 8
Hue Outskirt – Hue City sightseeing (B)

Day 9
Hue Sightseeing - Ho Chi Minh City (B)

Day 10
Cu Chi Tunnels - Ho Chi Minh City Sightseeing (B)

Day 11
Ho Chi Minh - Mekong Delta - Ho Chi Minh (B/L)

Day 12
Ho Chi Minh City - Departure (B)

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
Arriving at Hanoi Airport, welcome you to Hanoi! We will transfer you to your hotel for check in. The room is at your disposal from 14.00 onwards. Free time at your leisure. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel. 
 
Hanoi Hotel: L'Heritage Hotel - Deluxe Room
Day 2: Hanoi Sightseeing (B)
Day 2: Hanoi Sightseeing (B)
In the morning, visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (closed on Monday and Friday) where the great President Ho Chi Minh rest in peace. We will visit he traditional stilt house and the respected One-Pillar Pagoda, the special pagoda with particular structure. Leaving here, we will transfer to thousand-year-old Temple of Literature, the famous first university in Vietnam. You will recognize that this is a popular place for Vietnamese students to take commemorative photographs when graduating.
After short rest, we start visiting the Ethnology Museum (closed on Monday). Here, you can deeply explore the diversity of Vietnam’s ethnic groups before enjoying a traditional water puppet show performed after the sunset.
Transfer back to hotel. Meals on your own and take a sound sleep for the following day!
(Remark: Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum closes from Octorber to November for annual maintenance. Outside visiting will be arranged)
 
Hanoi Hotel: L'Heritage Hotel - Deluxe Room
Day 3: Hanoi - Halong Bay (B/L/D)
Day 3: Hanoi - Halong Bay (B/L/D)
After breakfast, we will leave Hanoi for a 180-km journey to Halong Bay, one of UNESCO World Heritage site with its 3000 islands located in a background of limestone in Gulf of Tonkin. Coming to Halong, visitors will be impressed with the beauty of natural achievement and many wonderful types of scenery.
You will enjoy an overnight cruise on a wonderful boat floating on Halong Bay and savouring special menu of fresh seafood will absolutely bring you the best moment you have ever had.
You will be served with lunch and dinner on boat. Overnight onboard.
 
Halong Cruise: V'spirit Cruise - Deluxe Room
Day 4: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Danang – Hoi An (B)
Day 4: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Danang – Hoi An (B)
After breakfast on board and some relaxing, we keep cruising on the bay. Back to the pier and disembark at around noontime.
Transfer to Hanoi Airport where you will take a brief flight to Danang city. Welcome by local guide on arrival and transfer to your hotel in Hoian for check in (30 km - 45 minute driving). Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
 
Hoian Hotel: Kiman Hotel -  Superior Room
Day 5: Tra Que Vegetable - Hoian Town (B/L)
Day 5: Tra Que Vegetable - Hoian Town (B/L)
In the morning, take an excursion to Tra Que village by bicycle or car. Riding through plains of flooded rice fields, you will be impressed thanks to picturesque scenes of the local's daily life against a background of verdant countryside.
Tra Que is the land of many qualitative and fragrant herbs. Learn about locals’ agricultural techniques and join in their work for a while. Don’t worry about how to do it, they will patiently show you with some interesting tasks such as digging, watering and harvesting.
After farming time, you can relax with traditional foot massage using the family’s special technique before enjoy lunch in local house. The gourmets will be satisfied with village’s dainties such as “Tam Huu” combining shrimps, pork and aromatic herbs.
Following the lunch and a short rest, we will come back to Hoian to explore the town.
We will start a walking tour with our tour-guide around the attractive Hoian port town. In 16th century, Hoian used to be the national trading center for East-West commercial itinerary. It seems to be the assembly point for diversity of ancient streets and homes. Particularly, the quaint cobblestone streets with more than two-century-old Chinese houses are indispensable subjects to visit and explore. You will see the ancient houses built following the Chinese, Japanese, French and European architectures along the narrow lanes. The 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge built by Japanese merchants in 16th century, the Phuc Kien Assembly Halls, and the local fish market are some indispensable places that you should visit in Hoi An. Let’s stop off at a tailor-made shop to get yourself a favourite clothes/suits/dresses done in just few hours if you are interested. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
 
Hoian Hotel: Kiman Hotel -  Superior Room
Day 6: Hoian - Free at your leisure (B)
Day 6: Hoian - Free at your leisure (B)

Today is a free day. You can relax at the beach or enjoy great shopping and discover the grace and history of this well preserved ancient town. Meals on your own and overnight in Hoian.

Hoian Hotel: Kiman Hotel -  Superior Room

Day 7: Hoian - Danang, Cham Museum - Hue (B)
Day 7: Hoian - Danang, Cham Museum - Hue (B)

Today we will departure by car for Hue. On the way, we will also visit Cham Museum  which was officially built in 1915. It is home of the largest collection of sculptures and relics from the Cham civilization once known as the Khmer civilization with around 2000 multi-sizes objects dated from 12th to 15th century. Then we continue heading to Hue via the scenic Hai Van Pass, where we enjoy the spectacular panorama of the central coastline from the summit. Stop at lang Co stretch your legs on the white sands of this peaceful beach.
Arrival in Hue late in the afternoon. Check in at the hotel. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Hue Hotel: Alba Hotel -  Superior Room

Day 8: Hue Outskirt – Hue City sightseeing (B)
Day 8: Hue Outskirt – Hue City sightseeing (B)

In the morning, we will board a local boat, float downstream the Perfume River to Tien Non village, and take a biking-trip to visit Thanh Tien Paper Flower village. Reaching Thanh Tien Village, you will have chance to witness some local families making traditional local paper flower. The golden age of the village is a few decades ago when every household live with this job and make it become an indispensable activity in daily life.
Specially, the artisans here do not use the chemical industry, saps and leaves are applied to make traditional style dye. That is the secret of flower paper why it can retains lasting colour. Visitors can ask for joining the activity and discover their working methods.
Returning to city, we will visit the Royal Citadel. Once you reach here, you will absolutely agree with us that this World Heritage Site is the not-to-be-missed destination for anyone in Hue. Walking to the famous Dong Ba Market to soak in daily life of locals.  Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Hue Hotel: Alba Hotel -  Superior Room

Day 9: Hue Sightseeing - Ho Chi Minh City (B)
Day 9: Hue Sightseeing - Ho Chi Minh City (B)
In the morning, we will explore Mausoleum of Tu Duc, the fouth King of Nguyen Dynasty with the longest reign. You can also discover about the history of this area when visiting here. Return to the center of Hue City and travel along Perfume River, we will drop off and visit a typical garden house built following the precise rules of geomancy.
Saying goodbye to the ancient Hue City, we will depart to the airport for flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Welcome on arrival and transfer to hotel for check in. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
 
Ho Chi Minh Hotel: Le Duy Hotel - Deluxe Room
Day 10: Cu Chi Tunnels - Ho Chi Minh City Sightseeing (B)
Day 10: Cu Chi Tunnels - Ho Chi Minh City Sightseeing (B)
After enjoying your breakfast, you will be guided to visit Cu Chi Tunnel, the historic shelter of Vietnamese soldiers during the war. We will pay a visit to the traps, the mysterious way-in, the network of bunkers and the underground hermitage. Furthermore, there gives you a unique and wonderful chance to use real guns and bullets at riffle range as well as even creep into the Cu Chi Tunnels to understand the historic harsh life of Vietcong guerrillas. Covering almost 250km, the tunnels system helped over 16.000 communist guerillas alive during the war.
Relaxing with green tea and tapioca as Vietcong in wartime, you will understand more about their former life.
Transfer back to Ho Chi Minh City. In the afternoon, we will visit this dynamic metropolis. Let’s visit some historic sites of the city such as the Old Post Office of Saigon, the Notre Dame cathedral , Dong Khoi street and the Chinese District of Cho Lon as well as astonishing Binh Tay Market. Thien Hau pagoda is also an interesting destination for peaceful feeling that you should not miss.
 
Ho Chi Minh Hotel: Le Duy Hotel - Deluxe Room

 

Day 11: Ho Chi Minh - Mekong Delta - Ho Chi Minh (B/L)
Day 11: Ho Chi Minh - Mekong Delta - Ho Chi Minh (B/L)

Today we will transfer to Mekong Delta and visit the famous fertile land in the South of Vietnam. A 1.5 hour drive trip to the Mekong Delta offers a glimpse into the unique and distinct agrarian life of the vibrant Southern Delta region. Cruise across the Mekong River to one of the Islands (located in the town of My Tho) where you can gain insight into the local cottage industry of making coconut candies and enjoy some tea sweetened with bee’s honey.
Then take a paddle-boat cruise through the narrow canals of the Mekong and enjoy a lunch of ‘Elephant Ear’ fish combined with other delicious Vietnamese dishes – a local specialty. Return to your hotel in the afternoon. Dinner on your own. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Ho Chi Minh Hotel: Le Duy Hotel - Deluxe Room

 
Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City - Departure (B)
Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City - Departure (B)

Today is a day free at leisure in Ho Chi Minh before your departure. Your room is availble until noon time only. You will be collected 3 hours prior to your flight and taken to the airport.

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Inclusion:

  • Internal flight ticket in economy class (Hanoi -  Danang, Hue - Ho Chi Minh City) 
  • Accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room with daily breakfast
  • Vietnam visa approval letter
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air-conditioned vehicle
  • Boat trips as mentioned in the itinerary (Non-private boat of Halong Bay cruise)
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Meals where mentioned (B: breakfast; L: lunch; D: dinner)
  • Entrance fees

 

Exclusion:

  • International flight to and from Vietnam
  • Vietnam visa fee
  • Other meals than mentioned
  • Other services than mentioned
  • Drinks, other than water on activity days
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)
  • Travel insurance

 

Important notes:
 
  • We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance (covering emergency medical evacuation) for trips to Vietnam.
  • Prices are valid 30 days from the date of offer. After this date, price and conditions may be readjusted.
  • The cost of air tickets is subject to change without prior notice by the airlines.
  • Reservations during peak times (Christmas, New Year, Vietnamese Lunar New Year, National Holidays) may be subject to supplementary charges.
  • Rooms at hotels are available only from 14.00 on arrival day till 12.00 on departure date. A supplement will be added if early check-in or late check-out is desired.
  • Please note that all the above services & tours have yet to be booked, they are proposed for your information only and we will not make any reservations before we receive your confirmation to do so.
  • If one or some proposed service(s) is (are) not available at the moment of booking, we will try to find other possibilities/options or other similar service(s) in order to avoid changes to the program.
 
Visa:
You will require a visa to enter Vietnam. Your consultant will be happy to advise you on visa requirements.
 
Passport:
Please ensure that you have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity remaining after your return date. You will also need at least one blank page for each of the countries you are visiting.
 
Booking Procedure:
Only once you are completely happy with any holiday itinerary we create for you will we ask for a payment. In order that we can secure availability for your booking we would typically require a deposit of 30%.
 
Money Exchange:
Unofficially however, US currency (US$) runs the country and is the currency you should bring, mostly in cash - notes should be 2006 series onwards. Clean bills in small denominations are most useful. Notes should be 2006 series onwards. Torn, dirty or old notes, as well as the $2US note will be refused in most businesses. ATMs are available in Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville and Siem Reap and also dispense in both KHR and US$. 
The official currency of Vietnam is Dong (VND).
Some establishments will accept US currency (USD), but usually only for large purchases and in some restaurants and hotels that cater to tourists. It's not possible to exchange Vietnamese Dong outside the country, so convert or spend all your Dong before leaving.
The most convenient and cheapest way to obtain local currency in is via an Automated Teller Machine (ATM). ATMs are now available in most towns and visa cash advances are available in major banks. The use of credit cards is restricted, mainly to major hotels. Foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded can be very difficult to exchange; clean bills in small denominations are most useful. Traveller's cheques are unacceptable to change. 
 
Tipping:
If you're happy with the services provided a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it's of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Asia destinations. Although can be difficult to source we advise you to carry small notes of local currency each day to make tipping easier. Please note we recommend that any tips are given directly to the intended recipient by a member of your group as our group leaders are prohibited from collecting cash for tips.
The following amounts are per person suggestions based on local considerations and feedback from our past travelers:
Restaurants: Local markets and basic restaurants - round your bill up to the nearest US$1. More up-market restaurants we suggest 10% to 15% of your bill.
Local guides: Throughout your trip you may at times have a local guide in addition to your tour leader. We suggest US$2-US$3 per day for local guides.
Drivers: You may have a range of drivers on your trip. Some may be with you for a short journey while others may be with you for several days. We would suggest a higher tip for those more involved with the group, however, we suggest US$1-US$2 per day for drivers.
Please don't tip with coins, very small denomination notes, or dirty and ripped notes. This is regarded culturally as an insult.
 
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1. ITINERARY AND ACCOMMODATIONS

This tour is designed with balanced activities and pace. If you want to customize it, you may always change its itinerary and accommodations according to your needs.
DAILY PROGRAM
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Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
Day 2: Hanoi Sightseeing (B)
Day 3: Hanoi - Halong Bay (B/L/D)
Day 4: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Danang – Hoi An (B)
Day 5: Tra Que Vegetable - Hoian Town (B/L)
Day 6: Hoian - Free at your leisure (B)
Day 7: Hoian - Danang, Cham Museum - Hue (B)
Day 8: Hue Outskirt – Hue City sightseeing (B)
Day 9: Hue Sightseeing - Ho Chi Minh City (B)
Day 10: Cu Chi Tunnels - Ho Chi Minh City Sightseeing (B)
Day 11: Ho Chi Minh - Mekong Delta - Ho Chi Minh (B/L)
Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City - Departure (B)

2. PARTICIPANTS AND DATE OF TRAVEL

This tour is designed with balanced activities and pace. If you want to customize it, you may always change its itinerary and accommodations according to your needs.
Adult(s)
Child(ren) (2 - 11 years)

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