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Vietnam Women Tour

Vietnam Women Tour

Hanoi, Halong Bay, Sapa, Hue, Hoian, Ho Chi Minh City, Mekong Delta
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Discover Vietnam in women ways and interests to experience the local culture and life of Vietnamese. You will travel from the North to the South, explore the culture at each destination, join in many interesting activities and taste diversity in local foods. This trip offers you many different experiences such as explore Hanoi’s street food with a local, passionate foodie women guide, spend the night on a traditional wood junk houseboat in Halong Bay and a visit at the impressive caves, visit to a local garden house to learn more about the culture of Hue, join the local farmers to learn how to cultivate spices, and have a hands-on cooking experience in Tra Que village, explore Saigon on the back of a Vespa scooter, join in an interesting cooking class in Cu Chi.

Highlights:

  • 14-day itinerary in Vietnam to get your heart racing and stimulate your brain
  • Hands-on learning experiences, to get immersed in the local culture
  • Culinary adventures
  • Knowledgeable, fun women guides

Brief itinerary

Day 1
An introduction to Hanoi (D)

Day 2
Hanoi in your eyes (B, L)

Day 3
The Charms of Halong Bay (B,L,D)

Day 4
Halong Bay - Hanoi (B)

Day 5
Hanoi to Sapa (B,L,D)

Day 6
A time for exploration (B,L)

Day 7
Farewell Sapa (B)

Day 8
Hanoi - Hue City (B,L)

Day 9
Hue - Danang - Hoi An (B)

Day 10
Tra Que village - Hoi An Town (B,L)

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

Day 12
Cooking class in Cu Chi – A O Show in Saigon (B,L)

Day 13
Bobbing along the Mekong Delta River (B,L,D)

Day 14
Mekong Delta - Saigon - departure flight (B)

Day 1: An introduction to Hanoi (D)
Day 1: An introduction to Hanoi (D)
You will be welcomed by our guide at the Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi upon arrival, followed by a one hour transfer to the hotel for check in. You will have time to recover after the flight until the afternoon when we will spend some time to get to know each other, in order to start the tour on a comfortable note. 
 
We will stroll around the city and visit Hoan Kiem Lake, in the heart of Hanoi, with trees mirroring in its waters, and Ngoc Son Temple on a small island at its center.          
 
To end the day we will have dinner at a nice local restaurant, visit the Old Quarter, and then transfer at the hotel. Overnight at Chalcedony hotel or similar.
Day 2: Hanoi in your eyes (B, L)
Day 2: Hanoi in your eyes (B, L)
Breakfast will be provided at the hotel, after which we visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the stunning One Pillar Pagoda. After that, we explore the one thousand year old First University of Vietnam, also known as the Temple of Literature.
 
We will have lunch for a cause at KOTO, a restaurant that gives back to the community by training and employing young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
 
Next on our itinerary will be the Vietnam Women’s Museum, for an immersion into Vietnamese culture and a moving depiction of local women and their role in the often troubled history of this country. We will end the day with a cup of coffee in Hanoi Old Quarter. Transfer back to hotel. Overnight at Chalcedony hotel or similar.
Day 3: The Charms of Halong Bay (B,L,D)
Day 3: The Charms of Halong Bay (B,L,D)
In the morning we will leave Hanoi to continue on our journey to the charming Halong Bay. One of the great natural wonders of Asia, Halong Bay is the most popular trip from Hanoi. The beauty of the bay and its 3000 islands makes it an essential part of any visit to Northern Vietnam. 
 
After 3.5-4 hour drive, you will be rewarded with some of the most spectacular and memorable sights of your trip. We will embark on a boat, and go far from the shore, and meandering among the islands and inlets. Exploring the bay, with its peaceful atmosphere, inspires a feeling of relaxation. Limestone islands bearing strange shapes, numerous caves with magnificent stalactites, it will all make you feel like you are lost in a fairyland. To top it all the freshest seafood will be served for dinner as part of an excellent menu. Take your time to enjoy wonderful moments on this beautiful boat.
 
Overnight on Aphrodite Junk or similar.
Day 4: Halong Bay - Hanoi (B)
Day 4: Halong Bay - Hanoi (B)

We’ll wake up early and have the chance to take a Tai Chi lesson on deck followed by a light breakfast before heading out to visit the Surprise Cave. To get to Surprise Cave, we’ll take a short hike. This is one of the widest grottoes in Halong Bay, so large that the Viet Cong used this as a hiding place during the American-Vietnam War. We’ll then board the boat and, on the way back to the dock, have brunch while the boat weaves through the magnificent rock formations. Upon disembarkation, our driver will meet us for the transfer back to Hanoi. After check-in at the hotel, you’ll have free time in the afternoon and dinner will be on your own to explore the many restaurants in Hanoi. Overnight at Chalcedony hotel or similar. 

Day 5: Hanoi to Sapa (B,L,D)
 Day 5: Hanoi to Sapa (B,L,D)
In the morning, we’ll go to the fascinating Hanoi Ethnology museum where you can discover the diversity of Vietnam’s many ethnic groups.
 
Around 10.30am, you will take a surprising brunch by a walking street food tour to Hanoi’s best culinary spots. A local hospitality industry insider with an enormous passion for her country’s food and culture will be our guide. Her many hours of trawling the street stalls and markets have made her a local authority on Hanoi‘s food scene. The tour will take us through the Old Quarter, by the Thanh Ha market, through the streets of the Old Quarter and to Dong Xuan – all while we sample local treats such as pho tiu and bun dau. The tour finishes up with cake stalls and Vietnamese coffee. 
 
Around 13.00pm, we start our 5-hour driving to Sapa – a beautiful place in the North of Vietnam. Arrive your hotel around 6.pm, you’ll check in your hotel, take a short rest and then enjoy a local dinner at one of the best restaurants in Sapa. Overnight at Chau Long 2 hotel or similar.
Day 6: A time for exploration (B,L)
Day 6: A time for exploration (B,L)
After breakfast, you will meet our guide again and we’ll drive about five miles to Lao Chai to visit a local family. They will teach us the process of spinning hemp from bark into yarn, weaving cloth on a loom and dying cloth using natural, traditional methods. You can try your hand at “waterproofing” and shining cloth using the traditional method of honeycomb “stones.” Afterward, we’ll drive about 30 minutes to Hang Da, the starting point for a hike to Sa Seng. This walk is mostly downhill along a dirt road set in a narrow valley, lush with greenery and a sparkling river. Black Hmong homes are clustered along the way and we will see families working their fields. Our guide will show us medicinal and fragrant herbs that grow freely in the area. We’ll then enjoy a prepared picnic lunch by the river. In the mid-afternoon, a vehicle will meet us to transport us back to Sapa. 
 
Free at your leisure in the rest of the day. Dinner on your own. Overnight at Chau Long 2 hotel or similar.
Day 7: Farewell Sapa (B)
Day 7:  Farewell Sapa (B)
A delicious breakfast will wake you up in the foggy picture of the early morning. 
 
Then stroll around a local market which is always astonishing every day. A vivid landscape will appear in your sight with numerous goods being showed for selling. A scarf or a hat you buy will be a pretty present from your trip. 
 
Around 13.00pm, we will say goodbye with Sapa and drive back to Hanoi.
 
Arrive your hotel in Hanoi around 6.00pm. Free at your leisure. Meals on your own. Overnight at Chalcedony hotel or similar.
Day 8: Hanoi - Hue City (B,L)
Day 8: Hanoi - Hue City (B,L)
At good time, you will be transferred to Hanoi Airport for a short flight to Hue. On arrival Hue Airport, you will meet our local guide and drive to your hotel for a short rest. Then we will start our exploration of Hue at the Imperial Citadel and the emblematic Thien Mu Pagoda on the banks of Perfume River. 
 
Have lunch at a lovely local garden restaurant to experience Hue’s cuisine.
 
In the afternoon we will visit Emperor Tu Duc’s tomb - one of the most beautiful in Hue. We will also pay a visit to a local garden house to learn more about the culture of Hue. Overnight at Eldora hotel or similar.
Day 9: Hue - Danang - Hoi An (B)
Day 9: Hue - Danang - Hoi An (B)

We will depart by car for Hoi An (145km – 3.5 hours driving) via the scenic Hai Van Pass, where we will enjoy the spectacular panorama of the central coastline from the summit. On the way, at Lang Co you will have the opportunity to stretch your legs on the white sands of this peaceful beach. Upon arrival in Hoi An, you will be able to check in at the hotel, and enjoy a relaxing evening in this beautiful town by your own. Overnight at Ancient House Village Resort or similar.  

Day 10: Tra Que village - Hoi An Town (B,L)
Day 10: Tra Que village - Hoi An Town (B,L)
A short (20 minutes), pleasurable bike trip (other transportation options also available such as cyclo) through the Vietnamese countryside will take us to the Tra Que village, famous for its aromatic herbs culture. Mint and basil that come from here are very sought after because of their very particular aroma. You will have the opportunity to join local people in their daily tasks, and help them tend for the plants.
 
Afterwards you will have the chance to sample these tastes, and also learn how to cook some of the Tra Que specialties, like ‘Tam Huu’, a mix of shrimps, pork and aromatic herbs. And after all the ‘hard’ work you will be treated to a traditional foot massage.
 
In the afternoon, we’ll experience a special tour with the Lifestart Foundation and enjoy a fun, interactive workshop learning traditional Vietnamese painting and lantern making. Lifestart Foundation is a registered, non-profit charity helping the disadvantaged create a community, learn life skills and obtain vocational livelihoods through handicrafts.
 
Take your fresh break at Reaching Out Tea House before going back to your hotel for a leisure evening.
 
In the evening Hoi An will welcome you with its quaint cobble-stoned streets and beautiful, mustard colored, traditional houses. We highly recommend a stroll along the river, and over the lovely Japanese Bridge.
 
Overnight at Ancient House Village Resort or similar.
Day 11: Hoi An - Danang - Ho Chi Minh City (B,D)
Day 11: Hoi An - Danang - Ho Chi Minh City (B,D)

In the morning, we’ll transfer to Danang Airport for the short flight to bustling Saigon (officially called Ho Chi Minh City, but many still call it Saigon). We’ll start our full-day city tour in Cholon, the Chinatown district, to discover the area’s markets, shops and the Cantonese Thien Hau Pagoda. Next, we’ll visit Vietnam’s first traditional medicine museum, the FITO Museum, which displays an amazing collection of 3,000 items pertinent to traditional Vietnamese medicine, including implements used to prepare indigenous herbal remedies. We’ll then head back to the city center to visit Ben Thanh Market, where an incredible display of fresh produce is offered as well as meats, souvenirs, clothes and other goods. In the afternoon, we’ll visit the History Museum and the former Presidential Palace. Depending on time, you might see other major sights, including the Old Saigon Post Office, Dong Khoi Street, the Continental Hotel, the Opera House and City Hall. In the evening, we’ll experience the night life of Saigon the way locals do, from the back of a vintage Vespa scooter! Throughout the tour, we’ll stop to taste some of Saigon’s best street food and even stop at a traditional “bia hoi” (beer bar) for dinner and drinks. We’ll end the night with a visit to a Vietnamese-style coffee shop and then stop in at one of the many local clubs, where the new generation of Vietnamese unwind and flaunt their unique style. This night adventure ends at about 10:00 p.m. Overnight at Grand Saigon Hotel or similar.

Day 12: Cooking class in Cu Chi – A O Show in Saigon (B,L)
Day 12: Cooking class in Cu Chi – A O Show in Saigon (B,L)
Today we drive out of the city and head straight to a nice cooking centre in Cu Chi (about 70km away) where you will meet your experienced chef and learn your very first Vietnamese cooking course. You will love the opening atmosphere of the central and the simple home-making teaching method while visiting and relaxing at the lovely vegetable garden. During lunch time, enjoy a nice chat with your chef and feel his/ her great enthusiasm in preserving and popularizing Vietnamese culinary art.
 
After lunch break, we will head straight to visit the amazing tunnel network of Cu Chi. This incredible system, covering almost 250km in length was shelter to over 16,000 Vietcong guerrillas during the wars. Initially started in 1948 to provide shelter against the French air and ground sweeps, the network went on to serve as communication routes, storage facilities, hospitals and living quarters for Vietnamese fighters throughout the American war.  If you are interested (and game) you can even descend into the tunnels to learn more about the harsh conditions faced by Vietcong guerrillas who lived there.
Afterward, tasting boiled tapioca, drinking hot tea before driving back to your hotel. 
 
In the evening, we will spend 1 hour to watch A O Show - a new kind of art performance commonly acknowledged globally as new circus. The show surpasses all the limits that was previously constructed by many other art shows in Vietnam over the years. Dinner on your own. Overnight at Grand Saigon Hotel or similar.
Day 13: Bobbing along the Mekong Delta River (B,L,D)
Day 13: Bobbing along the Mekong Delta River (B,L,D)
The morning comes with the departure to Cai Be. We will board a sampan to Cai Be floating market, the most astonishing market. The panorama of this region is full of colours thanks to the diverse fruits, vegetables, and skilful handcrafted regional products. Geting on local boats, you will have chance to exchange with merchants to understand more about their activity here. We might visit some local candy and cake producing factories or float on river through the green water scenery to observe some local houses, verdant orchards and ship-building yards.
 
The floating markets are the centre to trade numerous fruits and vegetables in Mekong Delta that explains why the number off trading boat are dependent on harvesting seasons and market demand. Additionally, modern wholesale markets are becoming more and more popular as well as an essential part of Vietnam. 
 
Disembarking the boat, we will visit Bonsai Gardens to comprehend about the art of simple trees. With their solid wood frames and sprawling but thin branches the bonsai is known for it ability to be shaped into wonderful sculptures and for having a calming effect.
 
Private transfer will pick you up and head to Can Tho for evening. Our local guide will guide you around Can Tho for a local street food there. Overnight at Victoria Can Tho or similar.
Day 14: Mekong Delta - Saigon - departure flight (B)
Day 14: Mekong Delta - Saigon - departure flight (B)
Departure to Ninh Kieu Quay, you will get onto a boat 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.
 
Free at your hotel until be transferred back to Saigon Airport for your departure flight.
 
If you are interested in extending your trip in Southeast Asia, Hello Vietnam Travel also provides more tour packages in Cambodia, Laos or Myanmar. Contact us for more details!
 
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Inclusion:

  • Accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room with daily breakfast
  • Internal flight in economy class
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air conditioned vehicle
  • Boat trips as mentioned in the itinerary (Non private boat of Halong Bay cruise/ Mekong River Cruise)
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Meals where mentioned (B: breakfast; L: lunch; D: dinner)
  • Entrance fees

 

Exclusion:

  • International flight ticket
  • Vietnam visa fee
  • Cambodia visa
  • Laos visa
  • Myanmar visa
  • 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: An introduction to Hanoi (D)
Day 2: Hanoi in your eyes (B, L)
Day 3: The Charms of Halong Bay (B,L,D)
Day 4: Halong Bay - Hanoi (B)
Day 5: Hanoi to Sapa (B,L,D)
Day 6: A time for exploration (B,L)
Day 7: Farewell Sapa (B)
Day 8: Hanoi - Hue City (B,L)
Day 9: Hue - Danang - Hoi An (B)
Day 10: Tra Que village - Hoi An Town (B,L)
Day 11: Hoi An - Danang - Ho Chi Minh City (B,D)
Day 12: Cooking class in Cu Chi – A O Show in Saigon (B,L)
Day 13: Bobbing along the Mekong Delta River (B,L,D)
Day 14: Mekong Delta - Saigon - departure flight (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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