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An lifetime trip to Vietnam

An lifetime trip to Vietnam

Hanoi, Sapa, Halong, Hue, Danang, Hoian, Ho Chi Minh, Cu Chi, Con Dao
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Vietnam leaves great impression on foreign visitors for its diversity of natural landscapes, the hospitality of Vietnamese people and its unique culture which cannot be found anywhere else. Let us bring you the best of Vietnam as a great introduction to our beautiful land through the stunning 20 day trip which covers almost all parts of Vietnam with must-see destinations. All adventures are waiting for you to discover.

Highlights:

  • Discover the richness in culture and the traditional lifestyle of the locals in the capital of Vietnam
  • Get to know more about the unique traditions of ethnic minorities in Sapa
  • Stunning experience on the luxurious cruise to the famous attraction of Halong Bay
  • Enjoy outstanding experience with two day excursion to the Mekong Delta
  • Relax on the turquoise water and tranquil atmosphere of the beautiful Con Dao Beach

Brief itinerary

Day 1
Hanoi arrival

Day 2
Hanoi full day city tour (B, L)

Day 3
Hanoi - Lao Cai (B, L)

Day 4
Lao Cai - Sapa - Cat Cat Village (B, L)

Day 5
Lao Chai & Tavan Village - Hanoi (B,L)

Day 6
Hanoi - Halong Bay (B, L, D)

Day 7
Halong Bay (B, L, D)

Day 8
Halong Bay - Hanoi - Hue (B)

Day 9
Hue City tour (B, L)

Day 10
Hue - Danang - Hoi An (B, L)

Day 11
Hoi An (B)

Day 12
Hoi An - Danang - Ho Chi Minh (B, L)

Day 13
Ho Chi Minh - Tay Ninh – Cu Chi Tunnels (B, L)

Day 14
Ho Chi Minh - Ben Tre - Mango cruise (B, L, D)

Day 15
Mango cruise – Ho Chi Minh (B)

Day 16
Ho Chi Minh City - Con Dao (B)

Day 17
Con Dao Island (B)

Day 18
Con Dao Island (B)

Day 19
Con Dao - Ho Chi Minh (B)

Day 20
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 full day city tour (B, L)
Day 2: Hanoi full day city tour (B, L)

Spend all day exploring the city. The first stop in your journey will be Ho Chi Minh Memorial Complex- an important historical attraction in Hanoi; Ho Chi Minh’s Stilt house where the leader Ho Chi Minh spent the last part of his life, the Presidential palace and Ho Chi Minh Museum. Then, make your way to the Temple of Literature which reveals the Hanoians’ spirit of study in the past.

Take a break for lunch at a local restaurant. You afternoon journey will start 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 to Ngoc Son Temple located in the middle of Hoan Kiem Lake- the picturesque heart of Hanoi.

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 - Lao Cai (B, L)
Day 3: Hanoi - Lao Cai (B, L)

Today you will visit Thanh Chuong Palace- a complex of historic- looking buildings on the outskirts of Vietnam’s capital. After stepping through the large wooden gate, you will soak up into the long-lasting culture of Vietnam. Here, you can find various traditional buildings and artifacts across the country.

After lunch at a local restaurant, transfer back to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure to explore the city on your own until being transferred to the train station for the night train to Lao Cai. Overnight on the train.

Day 4: Lao Cai - Sapa - Cat Cat Village (B, L)
Day 4: Lao Cai - Sapa - Cat Cat Village (B, L)

After arriving in Lao Cai at around 6.00 am, continue to Sapa- the town of cloud. After breakfast, start your excursion to Sapa town. Take a stroll around Sapa to visit its market and an old cathedral.

In the afternoon, take a walking tour to Cat Cat village where H’mong hill tribe inhabits. This is a great chance to get to know more about their traditions and customs. From the village, proceed to handicraft shops to admire beautiful brocade and silver jewelry. Make a stop at a small waterfall where you can pay a visit to the old Hydro Electric Power Station built by the French. Overnight at the hotel in Sapa.

Day 5: Lao Chai & Tavan Village - Hanoi (B,L)
Day 5: Lao Chai & Tavan Village - Hanoi (B,L)

After breakfast at the hotel, set off your full day tour of Sapa. Make the first stop at a vibrant market and colonial houses to learn more about the traditions and customs of hill tribe villages. Make your way to Muong Hoa Valley to visit Lao Chai village and Ta Van village where you can get a true insight into the local life of ethnic minorities. Take your time to admire the breathtaking scenery of terraced rice paddies, green forests and rolling mountains.

After a picnic lunch, transfer back to Sapa. On the way back, pay a visit to Ma Tra village where Black Hmong ethnic people live. Drive to Lao Cai train station for the night train back to Hanoi. Overnight on the train.

Day 6: Hanoi - Halong Bay (B, L, D)
Day 6: Hanoi - Halong Bay (B, L, D)

Upon arriving in Hanoi in the early morning, you will then be picked up to the hotel in Hanoi for breakfast and relax. Afterwards, set off your 3 hour scenic drive through the Red River Delta to Halong famous for its stunning natural landscapes.

Upon arriving at the wharf of Halong, embark on a comfortable wooden junk for a cruise on the bay. As passing through other attractions, you will immerse into the stunning views of the bay. Along the way, you will enjoy delicious lunch with fresh seafood on board.

The boat then makes the way to Vung Ha area where you will have chance to enjoy relaxing moments with a kayaking or fresh swimming. Afterwards, the boat cruises towards Bai Tu Long Bay- one of the most famous landscapes of the bay. Head back to the boat to take part in a tea ceremony followed by Happy Hour on board.

Enjoy delicious dinner. Afterwards, try your luck with squid fishing from the main deck. Overnight on board.

Day 7: Halong Bay (B, L, D)
Day 7: Halong Bay (B, L, D)

This morning, try to wake up early to take into the breathtaking views over the Bay or immerse into the fresh water. After breakfast on board, cruise into Vung Vieng fishing village- the biggest fishing village on the bay. Take a small rowing boat for 1 hour to explore the village.

Head back to the ship for lunch in the restaurant while the ship sails towards Lan Ha Bay and Cat Ba Island. Take a walking tour in the national park of Cat Ba Island and visit the Au Co organic farm.

After sometime for exploration, head back to the boat and enjoy Happy Hour and Cooking Demonstration on board. A delicious seafood BBQ will be served while the ship sails to Drum Cave for the night. Overnight on board.

Day 8: Halong Bay - Hanoi - Hue (B)
Day 8: Halong Bay - Hanoi - Hue (B)

In the early morning, enjoy the Tai Chi session to refresh your soul as the ship cruises to Sung Sot Cave- one of the most beautiful caves in the bay. Transfer back to the boat for a cruise back to the wharf. Along the way, enjoy breakfast and beautiful scenery from the bar or sundeck.

Upon arriving at Halong wharf, disembark. Take time to relax until being transferred to the airport for the flight to Hue. Upon arrival, check in hotel and relax. Overnight at the hotel in Hue.

Day 9: Hue City tour (B, L)
Day 9: Hue City tour (B, L)

In the morning, take a boat trip on the poetic Perfume River to visit Thien Mu Pagoda- one of the oldest and prettiest religious buildings in Hue and Minh Mang Mausoleum. Touted as the most majestic of all Nguyen Dynasty royal tombs, Minh Mang Tomb is a complex of 40 constructions: palaces, temples, pavilions, etc. it’s a perfect combination of manmade and natural beauty of Hue, where architecture fits harmoniously into the surrounding landscape.

Take a short break for lunch at a local restaurant. Your afternoon tour will be continued with a visit to 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. Then, proceed to Tu Duc Tomb- one of the most beautiful works of architecture of the Nguyen Dynasty. Wrap your day with a visit to Dong Ba Market where various kinds of goods are displayed.

Overnight at the hotel in Hue.

Day 10: Hue - Danang - Hoi An (B, L)
Day 10: Hue - Danang - Hoi An (B, L)

After breakfast at the hotel, you will be picked up for a journey 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 the Marble Mountain- a well-known pilgrimage site with peaks, caves, tunnels and temples.

Upon arrival in Hoi An, you will be taken to the hotel for check in. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, take a tour around the city with a visit to Japanese Bridge Pagoda- a unique covered structure built by the Japanese. Continue on to Phuc Kien Hall and Phung Hung Ancient House which is considered the heritage of the town. It is mainly made of wood with unique blending of two different architectural styles: Japanese and Chinese style. Overnight at the hotel in Hoi An.

Day 11: Hoi An (B)
Day 11: Hoi An (B)

Today is at your leisure. Spend time relaxing or exploring the city on your own. Overnight at the hotel in Hoi An.

Day 12: Hoi An - Danang - Ho Chi Minh (B, L)
Day 12: Hoi An - Danang - Ho Chi Minh (B, L)

After breakfast, your driver and guide will take to Danang airport for the flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel for check in.

In the afternoon, start your exploration of the city. Start 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.

Overnight at the hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. 

Day 13: Ho Chi Minh - Tay Ninh – Cu Chi Tunnels (B, L)
Day 13: Ho Chi Minh - Tay Ninh – Cu Chi Tunnels (B, L)

This morning, you will be picked up from your hotel for a drive to Tay Ninh where you will pay a visit to the famous temple of Cao Dai. The temple features a unique architectural style that reflects its blended traditions. It is a perfect synthesis of the world’s most powerful religions.

After lunch at a local restaurant, drive to Cu Chi Tunnels, about 70 km from Saigon. This is unusual underground tunnel which is used to serve as a shelter, a base for Vietnamese soldiers during wartime. Your excursion will start at the Ben Dinh or Ben Duoc sections- a great way to have a closer look at the life of soldiers in the past.

Return to Ho Chi Minh. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 14: Ho Chi Minh - Ben Tre - Mango cruise (B, L, D)
Day 14: Ho Chi Minh - Ben Tre - Mango cruise (B, L, D)

In the morning, you will be taken to Ham Luong River in Ben Tre town. Upon arrival, you will embark on Mango Cruise. Enjoy a welcome cocktail on board. Make a stop at the Mo Cay floating market to take in the bustling atmosphere of local people selling and buying various kinds of food from fresh fish, meat to vegetables and other delicacies of the region.

Your boat will continue cruising along the canals. Your next stop will be a village where you will take a short walk to visit a coconut processing factory. There, coconut products like coconut oils and coconut fiber are produced.

After a short tour around the region, head back to the boat for a cold drink and spend time relaxing on deck. Your trip will be continued after lunch. Head down Vung Liem canal to explore traditional brick making factory. Take a bicycle to visit Cao Dai temple and Kh’mer temple- famous historic sites of the region. Then, head back to the boat to cruise to the anchorage in Tra On. After sometime freshening up, you will join a cooking demonstration after enjoying a delightful dinner on board. 

Day 15: Mango cruise – Ho Chi Minh (B)
Day 15: Mango cruise – Ho Chi Minh (B)

In this morning, try to wake up early to visit Tra On floating market – the best time to witness the daily life of the locals. Then head to Can Tho. Make a stop at the outstanding Cai Rang floating market. From there, you will transfer to a smaller boat and mingle with thousands of trading vessels. Do not miss out the chance to taste drinks or fruit from local vendors.

Afterwards, head back to Mango cruise and immerse into the rustic beauty of the nature before disembarking at Ninh Kieu quay in Can Tho. Return to Ho Chi Minh City for the night.

Day 16: Ho Chi Minh City - Con Dao (B)
Day 16: Ho Chi Minh City - Con Dao (B)

After breakfast at the hotel, you will be taken to the airport for the flight to Con Dao. Upon arrival, check in hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Overnight at the hotel in Con Dao.

Day 17: Con Dao Island (B)
Day 17: Con Dao Island (B)

Spend time relaxing on the beach. Overnight at the hotel in Con Dao.

Day 18: Con Dao Island (B)
Day 18: Con Dao Island (B)

Spend time relaxing on the beach. Overnight at the hotel in Con Dao.

Day 19: Con Dao - Ho Chi Minh (B)
Day 19: Con Dao - Ho Chi Minh (B)

Today is free until being transferred to the airport for the flight back to Ho Chi Minh City. Overnight at the hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 20: Ho Chi Minh departure (B)
Day 20: 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; Ho Chi Minh - Con Dao: Con Dao - 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 full day city tour (B, L)
Day 3: Hanoi - Lao Cai (B, L)
Day 4: Lao Cai - Sapa - Cat Cat Village (B, L)
Day 5: Lao Chai & Tavan Village - Hanoi (B,L)
Day 6: Hanoi - Halong Bay (B, L, D)
Day 7: Halong Bay (B, L, D)
Day 8: Halong Bay - Hanoi - Hue (B)
Day 9: Hue City tour (B, L)
Day 10: Hue - Danang - Hoi An (B, L)
Day 11: Hoi An (B)
Day 12: Hoi An - Danang - Ho Chi Minh (B, L)
Day 13: Ho Chi Minh - Tay Ninh – Cu Chi Tunnels (B, L)
Day 14: Ho Chi Minh - Ben Tre - Mango cruise (B, L, D)
Day 15: Mango cruise – Ho Chi Minh (B)
Day 16: Ho Chi Minh City - Con Dao (B)
Day 17: Con Dao Island (B)
Day 18: Con Dao Island (B)
Day 19: Con Dao - Ho Chi Minh (B)
Day 20: 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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