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An insight of Vietnam

An insight of Vietnam

Hanoi, Hoa Binh, Ninh Binh, Halong, Hue, Danang, Hoian, Ho Chi Minh, Ben Tre, Can Tho
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With a strong opening and rapid integration, Vietnam has become a country with a huge advantage of tourism. If you have traveled to Vietnam, you will surely want to get back to this charming city. This 13 day tour will bring you comfort and relaxation during the journey to most parts of Vietnam. It promises to be an unforgettable trip in your lifetime.

Highlights:

  • Enjoy relaxing moments on a comfortable junk while cruising to stunning Halong Bay
  • Explore the charm of “Halong Bay on land” with a boat trip
  • Mingle with traditional performance of ethnic groups in the green land of Mai Chau
  • Learn more about the richness in culture and history if the Central part of Vietnam by visiting Hue Imperial City and Hoi An’s ancient town
  • Immerse into the bustle of colorful floating markets in the Mekong Delta

Brief itinerary

Day 1
Hanoi Arrival

Day 2
Hanoi City tour (B, L)

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

Day 4
Mai Chau - Van Long - Hoa Lu (B, L)

Day 5
Hoa Lu - Halong Bay (B, L, D)

Day 6
Halong Bay - Hanoi - Hue (B)

Day 7
Hue - Thuy Bieu eco-village (B, L)

Day 8
Hue - Danang - Hoian (B, L)

Day 9
Hoi An - Danang - Ho Chi Minh (B, L)

Day 10
Ho Chi Minh City tour (B, L)

Day 11
Ho Chi Minh - Ben Tre - Can Tho (B, L)

Day 12
Can Tho - Ho Chi Minh (B, L)

Day 13
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 City tour (B, L)
Day 2: Hanoi City tour (B, L)

Spend all day to explore the city. The first stop in your journey will be Ho Chi Minh Memorial Complex- an important historical attraction in Hanoi. Then, visit 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 on to 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. Make your way to Ngoc Son Temple located in the middle of Hoan Kiem Lake.

In the evening, enjoy a traditional water puppet show - a great way to learn more about the traditional culture of the charming land. Overnight at the hotel in Hanoi.

Day 3: Hanoi - Hoa Binh - Mai Chau (B, L, D)
Day 3: Hanoi - Hoa Binh - 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 hotel and take a rest.

In the afternoon, 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. Here, you could also try your hand at weaving silk with an old loom. The rest of the day is free for you to take further exploration of the region.

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 hotel.

Day 4: Mai Chau - Van Long - Hoa Lu (B, L)
Day 4: Mai Chau - Van Long - Hoa Lu (B, L)

After breakfast, make your way to Ninh Binh- famous for its natural landscapes with peaceful countryside settings. After lunch, set off your exploration of the village by buffalo cart or bicycle. There will be plenty stops for you to take pictures.

After arriving at the wharf, you will embark on a small rowing boat and explore the beautiful Van Long Nature Reserve surrounded by picturesque waterscape. Your two hour boat trip will take you through outstanding scenery of limestone mountains, clear water and lush rice paddies and forest. If lucky, you have chance to see DelacourtLangur- an endangered species. After immersing into the beauty of nature, you then disembark the boat and pay a visit to two ancient temples of King Dinh and Le in Hoa Lu- the former capital of Vietnam. Overnight at the hotel in Hoa Lu.

Day 5: Hoa Lu - Halong Bay (B, L, D)
Day 5: Hoa Lu - Halong Bay (B, L, D)

After breakfast at the hotel, continue your journey to Halong Bay- famous for its stunning natural landscapes. The scenic drive will take you through peaceful countryside along Red River Delta with charming scenery of endless rice fields and winding rivers.

Upon arriving at the wharf of Halong, embark on an elegant wooden junk. Enjoy lunch on board while the ship cruises gently through numerous islands and limestone formations. Take your time to soak up into the tranquil atmosphere of the bay and watch the world goes by. Enjoy a delicious dinner with a fresh seafood dinner prepared by experienced chef. Overnight on board.

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

After breakfast, take your time to refresh your soul with incredible sunrise as the boat cruises towards 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 for a flight to Hue. Overnight at the hotel in Hue.

Day 7: Hue - Thuy Bieu eco-village (B, L)
Day 7: Hue - Thuy Bieu eco-village (B, L)
In the morning, setting off in the morning, we invite you to discover Hue’s surrounding countryside travelling by local transport. First you will visit the Thien Mu Pagoda before a short boat trip to Ho village where you will start a pleasant bike ride through the beautiful landscapes to the village of Thuy Bieu (7kms-1 hour). On the way you’ll make a stop at a local house where you’ll be invited to enjoy a cup of green tea and taste some seasonal fruits of the village. This will be a great chance to make meaningful contact with local people while getting to know more their life and culture. Then continue to visit Tu Duc Tomb- one of the most beautiful works of architecture of the Nguyen Dynasty.
 
After a day of sightseeing, indulge yourself with an excellent blind massage and relax your feet with medicinal herb water. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 8: Hue - Danang - Hoian (B, L)
Day 8: Hue - Danang - Hoian (B, L)

In the morning, take a cyclo tour around Hue Imperial City -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.

After lunch, take a scenic drive to Hoi An. Make a stop in Danang for a visit to Cham Museum- a graceful building and an eclectic mix of French-colonial architecture and Cham elements. Continue onto Hoi An’s ancient town- a great introduction to the blended culture of Chinese, Dutch and Japanese. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 9: Hoi An - Danang - Ho Chi Minh (B, L)
Day 9: Hoi An - Danang - Ho Chi Minh (B, L)

Today, explore the hidden charm of the ancient town with some highlights of the region including Japanese Pagoda Bridge- a unique covered structure built by the Japanese, Chinese street, Phuc Kien Hall and Phung Hung Ancient House which is considered the heritage of the town.

Afterwards, transfer to Danang airport for a flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City tour (B, L)
Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City tour (B, L)

Spend the day exploring this bustling city. Pick up from your hotel in Saigon at around 8.00 am and start your trip with a visit to the Notre Dame Cathedral and the General Post Office. Continue your journey along Dong Khoi Street. Make a stop at the Peoples’ Committee building and the Opera House which is served as the home of the Lower House Assembly. Move onto The Reunification Palace, also known as the Independent Palace which is a historical work with its own charm.

After lunch at a local restaurant, continue your excursion by paying a visit to the War Remnants Museum- one of the most famous history museums in Ho Chi Minh City. The next stop in your journey is Thien Hau Pagoda- one of the most ancient pagodas of Chinese in the city. Continue your trail to 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.

Finish your beautiful day with a visit to a lacquer ware workshop to see how lovely products are created.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 11: Ho Chi Minh - Ben Tre - Can Tho (B, L)
Day 11: Ho Chi Minh - Ben Tre - Can Tho (B, L)

This morning, you will leave the bustling city of Saigon for an adventure to the Mekong Delta famous for its stunning floating markets. Upon arrival at Hung Vuong Pier in Ben Tre, embark on the boat for a cruise along Ben Tre River where you will get a glimpse of local lifestyle. Make a stop at the brickfield to learn more about how bricks are made by hand and a coconut candy home factory to see interesting making process of the specialty of the region.

As moving to a local honey farm, you have the opportunity to try bee honey tea and many other tropical fruits growing in the fertile orchards. For more adventure, you could take a walking or biking tour through coconut groves and green rice paddies to take in the tranquil and peaceful atmosphere of the beautiful countryside.

In the afternoon, take a boat trip through quaint waterways surrounded by lush palm trees. Cruise back to the pier and disembark. Transfer to Can Tho. Overnight at the hotel in Can Tho.

Day 12: Can Tho - Ho Chi Minh (B, L)
Day 12: Can Tho - Ho Chi Minh (B, L)

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 Sagon.

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 13: Ho Chi Minh Departure (B)
Day 13: Ho Chi Minh Departure (B)

This morning, free time to relax or do some shopping until being transferred to the airport for your departure flight. End of service.

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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 City tour (B, L)
Day 3: Hanoi - Hoa Binh - Mai Chau (B, L, D)
Day 4: Mai Chau - Van Long - Hoa Lu (B, L)
Day 5: Hoa Lu - Halong Bay (B, L, D)
Day 6: Halong Bay - Hanoi - Hue (B)
Day 7: Hue - Thuy Bieu eco-village (B, L)
Day 8: Hue - Danang - Hoian (B, L)
Day 9: Hoi An - Danang - Ho Chi Minh (B, L)
Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City tour (B, L)
Day 11: Ho Chi Minh - Ben Tre - Can Tho (B, L)
Day 12: Can Tho - Ho Chi Minh (B, L)
Day 13: 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.
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Child(ren) (2 - 11 years)

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