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Treasures of Vietnam

Treasures of Vietnam

Hanoi, Mai Chau, Ninh Binh, Halong, Hue, Danang, Hoian, Ho Chi Minh, Can Tho
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Not only a popular place for adventure lovers, Vietnam is also ideal for gentle holidays for family or honeymoon thanks to its stunning natural landscapes, beautiful beaches with white sandy beach and turquoise water. This 15 day tour is a great example of Vietnam family tour which allows you have a great time with your family while exploring treasures of this beautiful country.

Highlights:

  • Enjoy local experience with an overnight in a home stay with friendly locals
  • Take in the peaceful and beautiful landscapes of Tam Coc on a stunning boat trip
  • Spend the fascinating night on a traditional wooden junk on Halong Bay
  • Discover the timeless charm of treasures in central parts of Vietnam
  • Get an insight into the rustic life of the Mekong Delta

Brief itinerary

Day 1
Hanoi Arrival

Day 2
Hanoi exploration (B, L)

Day 3
Hanoi - Mai Chau (B, L, D)

Day 4
Mai Chau - Hoa Lu - Tam Coc (B, L)

Day 5
Tam Coc - Halong Bay (B, L, D)

Day 6
Halong - Hanoi (B)

Day 7
Hanoi - Hue (B)

Day 8
Hue - Thuy Bieu eco-village (B, L)

Day 9
Hue - Danang - Hoi An (B, L)

Day 10
Hoi An Free (B)

Day 11
Hoi An - Danang - Ho Chi Minh (B)

Day 12
Ho Chi Minh - Cai Be (B, L, D)

Day 13
Cai Be - Can Tho (B, L)

Day 14
Can Tho - Ho Chi Minh (B)

Day 15
Ho Chi Minh departure (B)

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
Day 1: Hanoi Arrival

Upon arrival in the airport, you will be warmly welcomed and taken to the hotel for check in. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Overnight at the hotel in Hanoi.

Day 2: Hanoi exploration (B, L)
Day 2: Hanoi exploration (B, L)

Today is spent exploring the hidden charm of Hanoi. Start you exploration with a visit to the Museum of Ethnology- the largest and most interesting museums in Hanoi where artifacts about 54 ethnic groups are well displayed. Despite being out of the way compared with other museums in Hanoi, Vietnam Museum of Ethnology is worth a thorough visit, for those who are keen to learn about the multiculturalism of Vietnam and for those who would appreciate some green space.

Continue onto the Temple of Literature which reveals the Hanoians’ spirit of study in the past.

In the afternoon, take a walking tour around Hanoi’s Old Quarter- a popular destination of almost all tourists. Wrap your afternoon exploration by paying a visit to Ngoc Son Temple located in the middle of Hoan Kiem Lake.

Your beautiful day will end with a visit to a traditional water puppet show in the evening- a great way to learn more about the traditional culture of the charming land. Overnight at the hotel in Hanoi.

Day 3: Hanoi - Mai Chau (B, L, D)
Day 3: Hanoi - Mai Chau (B, L, D)

This morning, you will be taken to Mai Chau in Hoa Binh- a green land where many ethnic minorities such as Muong, Thai, Tay inhabit. Upon arriving in Mai Chau around noon, check in the Thai ethnic homestay and take a rest.

After lunch at the homestay, take a short walk through a village of White Thai to get a true insight into the daily life of friendly locals. Take time to chat with them to get to know more their unique traditions and customs.

In the evening, enjoy a dinner followed by a traditional dance show performed by skillful local dancers and taste some local rice wine- Ruou Can. Overnight at the homestay.

Day 4: Mai Chau - Hoa Lu - Tam Coc (B, L)
Day 4: Mai Chau - Hoa Lu - Tam Coc (B, L)

After breakfast, drive to Tam Coc- also known as “Halong Bay on land”. En-route, make a stop to visit Hoa Lu- the capital of the first feudal state in Vietnam.

Upon arrival at Tam Coc, embark on a small rowing boat to explore spectacular limestone karst along Ngo Dong River. Tam Coc is known as the second nicest grotto in Vietnam for its poetic and inspirational natural scenery. Enjoy stunning scenery of rice paddies along the river bank as floating on the river.

Overnight at the hotel in Tam Coc.

Day 5: Tam Coc - Halong Bay (B, L, D)
Day 5: Tam Coc - Halong Bay (B, L, D)

After breakfast, make your way to Halong Bay- famous for its breathtaking caves and grottos. The scenic drive will take you through beautiful scenery filled with rice fields, charming rivers and peaceful villages. Upon arriving at the wharf, board the wooden junk. Enjoy lunch on board as the boat cruises through numerous islands and majestic limestone karst. A fabulous dinner with delicious seafood will be prepared by our experienced chef. Overnight on board.

Day 6: Halong - Hanoi (B)
Day 6: Halong - Hanoi (B)

After breakfast, you have plenty of time to admire magnificent sunrise while the ship cruises to Luon Cave. You also have chance to visit a fishing village on the bay to get a glimpse of daily local life. Afterwards, cruise back to the harbor and drive back to Hanoi.

Along the way, make a stop at Phu Lang Pottery village in Bac Ninh to first hand witness the making process of beautiful pots. In the late afternoon, arrive in Hanoi. Overnight at the hotel in Hanoi.

Day 7: Hanoi - Hue (B)
Day 7: Hanoi - Hue (B)

This morning, you will be taken to the airport for the flight to Hue- famous for its historical and cultural relics built by Nguyen Dynasty. Around noon, arrive in Hue. Transfer to the hotel for check in.

In the afternoon, take a cycling tour around the Imperial City of Hue- one of seven World Heritage Sites of Vietnam. You will have the chance to learn in depth the history of the region with its all sites including Flag Tower, Ngo Mon Gate, Nine Dynastic Ums, Nine Holy Cannons, Thai Hoa Palace and Forbidden Purple City. Overnight at the hotel in Hue.

Day 8: Hue - Thuy Bieu eco-village (B, L)
 Day 8: Hue - Thuy Bieu eco-village (B, L)

In the morning, take a boat trip on Perfume River and en-route visit Dong Ba Market where you will buy ingredients for the evening cooking class. Make a stop at Thanh Tien village to first-hand witness the making process of beautiful paper flowers. You also visit Van Mieu Temple which is dedicated to memorizing and worshiping Confucius and Thien Mu Pagoda- one of the oldest and prettiest religious buildings in Hue.

The boat will then take you to Thuy Bieu eco-village – a charming village on the bank of Perfume River. The afternoon is spent paddling around the peaceful village. During the biking tour, you will make some stops to visit several communal houses, ancient temples and the garden house- a typical of Hue.

After a day of sightseeing, indulge yourself with an excellent blind massage and relax your feet with medicinal herb water.

In the evening, join a cooking class- a great chance to prepare a typical Vietnamese meal for dinner with the guide of our experienced chef. Afterwards, embark an elegant junk to enjoy a relaxing night on the river.

Day 9: Hue - Danang - Hoi An (B, L)
Day 9: Hue - Danang - Hoi An (B, L)

This morning, you will be taken to Hoi An. The drive will take you through stunning views of beautiful beaches and lush tropical forest. Do not miss the chance to take as many photos as you want along the road. Pay a visit to Cham Museum- a graceful building and an eclectic mix of French-colonial architecture and Cham elements.

Arrive at Hoi An ancient town- an exceptionally well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century.

In the afternoon, set off your exploration to the ancient town with some famous attractions including Japanese Pagoda Bridge- a unique covered structure built by the Japanese, Phung Hung Ancient House which is considered the heritage of the town; Chinese street, Hoi An market and the ancient port. Overnight at the hotel in Hoi An.

Day 10: Hoi An Free (B)
 Day 10: Hoi An Free (B)

Today is at your leisure to explore the town on your own. Overnight at the hotel. 

Day 11: Hoi An - Danang - Ho Chi Minh (B)
Day 11: Hoi An - Danang - Ho Chi Minh (B)

This morning, you will be taken to Danang airport for the flight to Ho Chi Minh City- the most bustling city in Viet Nam. Spend full day exploring this vibrant city. Highlights include Ton Duc Thang and Nguyen Hue Avenue; the Reunification Palace, also known as the Independent Palace which is a historical work with its own charm; the Notre Dame Cathedral – one of the most popular tourist spots in Ho Chi Minh City with unique and interesting history and the Central Post Office. End the tour with a stroll around Ben Thanh Market- the most bustling area of the city.

Overnight at the hotel in Saigon.

Day 12: Ho Chi Minh - Cai Be (B, L, D)
Day 12: Ho Chi Minh - Cai Be (B, L, D)

This morning, you will visit Cho Lon Market. It’s the traditional and distinctive lifestyle of ethnic community here that makes Cho Lon famous and attractive to people everywhere it exists. Take your time to stroll around stalls with all kinds of goods are displayed for sale.

Then, make your way to Cai Be- a typical for Mekong Delta with floating markets, lush orchards and green rice fields.

Around noon, you will arrive in Cai Be. Then, take a boat trip to Mekong Lodge. Check into your bungalow. Enjoy lunch at a beautiful restaurant.

In the afternoon, you could take a boat trip through lush orchards and canals or a biking tour to visit the orchards to taste various kinds of tropical fruits and get a true insight into the daily life of the locals.

Dinner and overnight at the Mekong Lodge.

Day 13: Cai Be - Can Tho (B, L)
Day 13: Cai Be - Can Tho (B, L)

In the morning, take a boat trip through the winding waterways of Cai Rang floating market. This is the best time to mingle with hundreds of trading vessels filled with fruits, vegetables. Do not miss the chance to take photos, chat with friendly locals and taste some tropical fruits.

Afterwards, head back to the Mekong Lodge for check out. Continue cruising to Tam Phong Island and visit Ba Kiet old house which was built in 1924 and is popular model for traditional houses in the South. Transfer to Can Tho. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 14: Can Tho - Ho Chi Minh (B)
Day 14: Can Tho - Ho Chi Minh (B)

In this morning, around 7.00 am, take a boat trip through winding canals to Cai Rang floating market- one of the most famous floating markets in the Mekong Delta. This is the best time to visit the market where you can mingle with numerous trading boats offering various kinds of fresh fruits, vegetables and other specialties. You could also stop to taste fresh tropical fruit before leaving the market for a transfer back to Saigon.

Along the way, make a stop at an old Binh Thuy House –renowned for its ancient beauty and unique architecture. Continue onto Long Dinh mat weaving village to see colorful mats made by skillful hands of local artisans. Overnight at the hotel in Saigon.

Day 15: Ho Chi Minh departure (B)
Day 15: Ho Chi Minh departure (B)

This morning is at your leisure to relax or do some shopping before being transferred to the airport for the departure flight. 

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4 persons
6 persons
8 persons

Inclusion:

  • Accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room with daily breakfast
  • Internal flight in economy class (Hanoi - Hue; Danang - Ho Chi Minh City)
  • 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 tickets
  • Vietnam visa stamp 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:
The official currency of Thailand is the Baht (THB).
The official currency of Cambodia is the Riel (KHR). 
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 exploration (B, L)
Day 3: Hanoi - Mai Chau (B, L, D)
Day 4: Mai Chau - Hoa Lu - Tam Coc (B, L)
Day 5: Tam Coc - Halong Bay (B, L, D)
Day 6: Halong - Hanoi (B)
Day 7: Hanoi - Hue (B)
Day 8: Hue - Thuy Bieu eco-village (B, L)
Day 9: Hue - Danang - Hoi An (B, L)
Day 10: Hoi An Free (B)
Day 11: Hoi An - Danang - Ho Chi Minh (B)
Day 12: Ho Chi Minh - Cai Be (B, L, D)
Day 13: Cai Be - Can Tho (B, L)
Day 14: Can Tho - Ho Chi Minh (B)
Day 15: Ho Chi Minh 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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