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Vietnam Photography Tour - 14 Days 13 Nights

Vietnam Photography Tour - 14 Days 13 Nights

Hanoi, Sapa, Halong Bay, Hoian, Hue, Ho Chi Minh, Mekong Delta
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The tour is a unique chance for visitors to pose fantastic photographs of many beautiful destinations in Vietnam. Hanoi, Sapa, Halong Bay, Hoian, Hue, Danang, My Son Holly Land or Mekong Delta will be the ideal names appeared in your photography diary when you visit Vietnam. Now! Do you have your own camera for this tour?
Highlights:
 
  • Immerse yourself in the impressive natural beauty in Sapa.
  • Discover the lifestyle of some particular ethnic minorities in Vietnam.
  • Cruise in Halong Bay, UNESCO World Heritage with its fantastic landscape of nature.
  • Visit My Son Holly Land, the historic religious site of Cham people.
  • Try becoming a Vietnamese guerilla when descending into Cu Chi Tunnels.
  • Cruise on Mekong Delta and experience the daily activities of locals.

Brief itinerary

Day 1
Hanoi Arrival

Day 2
Hanoi City - Night Train to Lao Cai (B)

Day 3
Lao Cai - Bac Ha Market - Sapa (B,L)

Day 4
Sapa - Y Linh Ho - Lao Chai - Ta Van - Sapa (B,L)

Day 5
Sapa – Heavens Gate – Tam Duong - Hanoi (B,L)

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

Day 7
Halong Bay (B,L,D)

Day 8
Halong Bay - Hai Phong - Danang - Hoian (B)

Day 9
Hoian Town - My Son Holy Land (B)

Day 10
Hoian - Danang - Hue (B)

Day 11
Hue Sightseeing - Ho Chi Minh City (B,L)

Day 12
Cu Chi Tunnels - Ho Chi Minh City (B)

Day 13
Ho Chi Minh City – Cai Thia – Can Tho (B,L)

Day 14
Can Tho - 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. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel. 
 
Day 2: Hanoi City - Night Train to Lao Cai (B)
Day 2: Hanoi City - Night Train to Lao Cai (B)
Leaving the hotel, we will pay a visit to Hang Be Market where you can see a popular picture of Vietnamese morning market. Walking around here, you will feel an astonishing atmosphere of locals with many kinds of goods arranged in colour orders. Don’t hesitate to pose some nice photos of this live life.
 
Continue visiting 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.
 
In the evening, transfer to Hanoi Railway Station for overnight train to Lao Cai. Meals on your own. Overnight on train.
 
Day 3: Lao Cai - Bac Ha Market - Sapa (B,L)
Day 3: Lao Cai - Bac Ha Market - Sapa (B,L)
Reaching Lao Cai in the morning, we will stop at a local restaurant for breakfast. Once satisfied your tummy, we will take the beautiful mountain road to Bac Ha and visit the market, the ideal place for your shopping or photo posing. Around the market, you will have chance to meet different ethnic group in their traditional clothes. You can ask your guide to know how to distinguish them. Leaving the village, drive head to Sapa for hotel check in. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel. 
 
Remark: Bac Ha Market is held only on Sundays. Other markets are held in the region on some other days of the week: Can Cau Market is every Saturday morning and the Coc Ly Market every Tuesday. Your exact itinerary does depend on the day of the week you arrive.
 
Day 4: Sapa - Y Linh Ho - Lao Chai - Ta Van - Sapa (B,L)
Day 4: Sapa - Y Linh Ho - Lao Chai - Ta Van - Sapa (B,L)
We will visit Sapa village, built in early 1920s as a French hill station. Reaching here, visitors will know that this village used to rest in peace at the end of World War II and have opened for foreign tourists for few years ago. The French used call Sapa “Tonkinese Alps” and its beauty still looks like a fantastic draw. The district is home for 8 different ethnic groups originated in China and some other nations surrounding Vietnam. Almost are farmers living with crop. Continue to trek through the beauty landscape of rice terrrace to visit the H’mong and Black Daos villages.
 
Transfer back to hotel and head to Y Linh Ho village, trekking along a small path to Lao Chai village and deep into the valley the largest paddy terrace in Sapa. If you are interested in rice and rice growing, thw guide can explain to you. Depending on the time of year, you might have chance to experience the rice planting and harvesting activities of locals. Keep on walking to Ta Van village, the home of Giay minority, you can visit a local school and then visit a local family for lunch and a short rest.
 
In the afternoon, we will drive to Hau Thao village. Not many tourists could fint out this place that you can feel  free here. Walking aroung the village, meet some nice children and gentle locals. You even might enjoy the locals practice singing in the communal house for their traditional church service.
 
Transfer back to hotel in Sapa. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel. 
 
Day 5: Sapa – Heavens Gate – Tam Duong - Hanoi (B,L)
 Day 5: Sapa – Heavens Gate – Tam Duong - Hanoi (B,L)
On the day of tour, we will drive uphill to reach Heaven Gate. We will make some stops for short walk and visit Silver Waterfall before arriving the Gate. You will feel comfortable with the fresh air and amazing mountain landscape surrounding, especially the Fansipan, the highest peak of Indochina. 
 
Driving downhill the main road to Tam Duong. Here you can see the Black Dao wearing their traditional black traditional clothes and trading in the a small market. It is also a good chance for you to take some nice photos about the region and locals’ daily life. After a lunch, we will transfer back to Sapa with some stops to visit other minority villages. Dropping off at Na Hum villages, home of Black Thai. The people here are famous for their particular stilt house covered by immense rice terrace which gives you a panorama of Vietnamese countryside. Visit the Lu minority in Bo Village and interact with them to discuss more information about their daily life. The last stop is at Chu Va Village, home of Flower H’mong and observe the nice picture of mischievous children playing together.
 
In the evening, we will transfer to Lao Cai Railway Station for overnight train to Hanoi. Dinner on your own. Overnight on train.
 
Day 6: Hanoi - Halong Bay (B,L,D)
Day 6: 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.
 
Day 7: Halong Bay (B,L,D)
Day 7: Halong Bay (B,L,D)
Wake up in a wonderful atmosphere in Halong Bay, enjoy the fresh air of a new day with cup of tea or coffee. Full day for you to experience many interesting activities, especially riding kayak to visit saround and contemplate the natural beauty.
 
Meals and overnight onboard.
Day 8: Halong Bay - Hai Phong - Danang - Hoian (B)
Day 8: Halong Bay - Hai Phong - Danang - Hoian (B)
You are recommended to wake up early in the morning on this day because that is the most wonderful time for you to contemplate aquamarine water of the bay at its best. Once satisfied with the tea break, you will continue the onboard excursion through impressive limestone surrounding the bay. Don’t forget to take some nice photos of this unique land.
 
Getting back to the Harbour, we will drive to Cat Bi Airport in Haiphong for flight to Danang. Welcome on arrival and transfer to hotel in Hoian for check in. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel. 
 
Day 9: Hoian Town - My Son Holy Land (B)
Day 9: Hoian Town - My Son Holy Land (B)
We will come to an anchorage and row boat on the Thu Bon River. Floating on the soft water, you can directly witness the daily activities of local fisherman such as net-casting and fishing. 
 
We will head to My Son, a concentration of abandoned and partially ruined Hindu temples constructed between the 4th and the 14th century AD by the Kings of Champa. In this period, the valley at My Son was a site of religious ceremony for kings of the ruling dynasties of Champa, as well as a burial place for Cham royalty and national heroes. Arriving here, let’s try to keep calm in the presence of its impressive beauty and listen to many attractive stories about historical and cultural values of this Holy Land.
 
Return to Hoian Town for lunch and a short rest. In the afternoon, we will start a walking trip 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.
 
Deliberately walking here, 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 Hoian. Let’s stop off at a tailor-made shop to get yourself a favourite clothes/suits/dresses done in just few hours.
 
Transfer back to hotel. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel. 
 
Day 10: Hoian - Danang - Hue (B)
Day 10: Hoian - Danang - Hue (B)
Following your breakfast, we will transfer to Hue with many chance on the way for some amazing photos. Reaching Danang city, we will visit Marble Mountain, a cluster of five marble mountains near the sea and also transfer to enjoy the beautiful white sandy beach in Son Tra. You also can visit the tallest tallest standing Buddha statue in Vietnam. Standing on the top of mountain, you can contemplate the nice view of Danang City, Marble Mountain and Ba Na Mountain.
 
Afterwards, we will transfer to Hue via the scenic Hai Van Pass. Here gives you a unique time to contemplate one in many fantastic picturesque sceneries of Vietnam as you look out over the central coastline. Arriving Hue City, transfer to hotel for check in. Free time at your leisure. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel. 
 
Day 11: Hue Sightseeing - Ho Chi Minh City (B,L)
Day 11: Hue Sightseeing - Ho Chi Minh City (B,L)
After your breakfast, we will catch a cyclo to 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.Then we will have a trip by bicycle to deliberately excurse Hue in an extremely astonishing way through local’s home region, immense rice filed and peaceful rural areas. You will completely feel pleasant here. 
 
Riding along Perfume River, we will drop off and visit a typical garden house built following the precise rules of geomancy. Continue the journey; we will visit the Thien Mu Pagoda, the most beautiful ancient pagoda of Hue. Built in 1601, the pagoda has been improved many times under the reign of Kings during Nguyen Dynasty. 
 
This is good chance for you to rescue your mind from the daily pressure and breathe the fresh air as well as find a peaceful feeling for your spirit. The pagoda is regarded as the unofficial symbol of the former imperial captial and often the subject of folk rhymes about Hue. Enjoy a lunch at a nice garden house. 
 
In the afternoon, we will explore Mausoleum of Tu Duc, the fouth King of Nguyen dynasty with the longest reign. After that, there will be a visit to Thanh Tien Paper Flower village located 7 kilometers from Hue City. 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.
 
In the evening, transfer to airport for flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Welcome on arrival and transfer to hotel for check in. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel. 
Day 12: Cu Chi Tunnels - Ho Chi Minh City (B)
Day 12: Cu Chi Tunnels - Ho Chi Minh City (B)
We will pay a visit to 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.
 
Returning to Ho Chi Minh City, we will excurse around to explore 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.
 
Transfer back to hotel. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel. 
 
Day 13: Ho Chi Minh City – Cai Thia – Can Tho (B,L)
Day 13: Ho Chi Minh City – Cai Thia – Can Tho (B,L)
After breakfast, we will drive to Cai Thia Canal in Cai Be District for excursion deep into Mekong Delta. Reaching here, visitors will have chance enjoy the light rhythm of daily life as well as join the locals’ activities such as taking local ferries to cross small canals and rivers, cycling in about 1 hour on small lanes passing by local church, local market, a brick kiln, lush orchard gardens…
 
Visiting a local house, you can taste some kinds of seasonal fruit with tea or even local wine. You can talk to the host for some interesting stories about their life. Leaving the house, we will transfer to another one for lunch. After that, take a rowing boat trip along the Cay Da canal to discover more and more about this region. 
 
Subsequently, depart to hotel in Can Tho for check in. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel. 
 
Day 14: Can Tho - Ho Chi Minh City Departure (B)
Day 14: Can Tho - Ho Chi Minh City Departure (B)
Departure to Ninh Kieu Quay, you will get onto the Mysterious Mekong for a cruise to the tumultuous and vivid floating markets in Cai Rang. 
 
We will run adrift along the river on boat, witness many other floating boats selling from well-known fruits such as mangos, bananas to the most exotic ones like mangos teens, star apples, or the sweetened longans and the very odorous durians. You will be satisfied with their flavours before entering the gaze of the channels and streams around Can Tho. Sitting on boat and have a direct look at locals’ activities, you will partly understand more about their daily life.
 
Transfer back to Ho Chi Minh Airport for your departure flight. If times permits, we can walk around the city and savour a cup of coffee before we say goodbye.
 
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Inclusion:
  • Accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room with daily breakfast
  • Internal flight in economy class (Hai Phong - Danang; Hue - 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.
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Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
Day 2: Hanoi City - Night Train to Lao Cai (B)
Day 3: Lao Cai - Bac Ha Market - Sapa (B,L)
Day 4: Sapa - Y Linh Ho - Lao Chai - Ta Van - Sapa (B,L)
Day 5: Sapa – Heavens Gate – Tam Duong - Hanoi (B,L)
Day 6: Hanoi - Halong Bay (B,L,D)
Day 7: Halong Bay (B,L,D)
Day 8: Halong Bay - Hai Phong - Danang - Hoian (B)
Day 9: Hoian Town - My Son Holy Land (B)
Day 10: Hoian - Danang - Hue (B)
Day 11: Hue Sightseeing - Ho Chi Minh City (B,L)
Day 12: Cu Chi Tunnels - Ho Chi Minh City (B)
Day 13: Ho Chi Minh City – Cai Thia – Can Tho (B,L)
Day 14: Can Tho - Ho Chi Minh City Departure (B)

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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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