This Grand Vietnam Discovery
tour is your best choice if you want to experience
the totality of Vietnam: the land, the people, the
culture, and the history, as a Vietnamese person
would. In this tour, as you travel through the
country you will experience all forms of transport:
car, train, airplane, boat, walking and hiking.
During over 3 weeks traveling with Private Asia
Tours, you will trace the path of the founding of
Vietnam, starting in Hanoi and ending in Saigon.
This is the ultimate tour of Vietnam-an in-depth
exploration of Vietnam’s most interesting cities and
countryside. Traveling across the country from North
to South, you can explore the colonial elegance of
Hanoi - our romantic capitol, Halong Bay - our
world's natural heritage site, Sapa - with
magnificent mountainous views and opportunities to
meet with H'mong and Dzao hill tribes, Hue - the
ancient citadel of the last King in Vietnam until
1954, Hoi An - a magical lantern-lit town for all
tourist alike, our beloved Mekong Delta - the lush
forests and major cultivation area for Vietnam, Can
Tho - a discovery of daily life in the delta, and
finally, the bustle of Ho Chi Minh City, Saigon -
all a major city has to offer.
Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
Enter Vietnam at Noi Bai airport, you will be met
and driven to your hotel. You will have time to
relax before we present you with Vietnam daily life
in the past and now with one or two hour cylo tour
around the Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son temple and Old
Quarter of Hanoi. You will then enjoy a Water Puppet
Show. You will spend the night in Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi (B)
You will have the whole day to explore Vietnam’s
capital city. Your guide will take you to the Temple
of Literature, the first university in Vietnam
dating back to the 11th century, and a popular
attraction, as is Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, his
simple stilt house where he lived and worked, and
the museum dedicated to his memory. Afternoon,
you’ll call in at the serene Tran Quoc Pagoda, the
oldest in Hanoi and the excellent Ethnology Museum
for an overview of Vietnam’s 54 distinct ethnic
groups. Your overnight will be in Hanoi.
Day 3: Hanoi – Ha Long (B/L/D)
After breakfast, you will leave for Ha Long Bay, one
of the most spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Areas
and the world’s largest marine limestone ‘karst’
landscape. There you will board your boat, a wooden
junk built from the model of the old Vietnamese
court vessels with sails, a wide transom and
rectangular superstructure, that will take you first
to the busy World Heritage area and then to some of
the less well-known grottoes and caves. Weather
permitting, you will be able to swim, fish, climb a
hill for an overview of the Bay’s remarkable
seascape, or venture into some of the sea level
caves in a small sampan. All your meals will be
provided on board, usually based on fresh seafood.
Your overnight will be aboard.
Day 4: Ha Long - Hanoi – Overnight train to Sapa
You will spend the morning cruising Ha Long Bay,
followed by lunch just before docking around noon
and leaving for Hanoi. In the evening, you’ll be
transferred to the railway station to overnight
train to Sapa.
Day 5: Lao Cai - Sapa – Lao Chai – Ta Van – Giang
Ta Chai (B/L)
Arriving in the Lao Cai Railway station at 5am.
You’ll be transferred to Sapa. After breakfast, you
will follow your guide to walk around the town,
visit the town centre market before being driven to
the Lao Chai, a village of the Black H’Mong ethnic
minority people. Trek around the village and then
along the path to Tan Van of Dzay people. Pick lunch
on at Tan Van village then continue trekking to
Giang Ta Chai. Trek to main road and our car will
pick you up back to Sapa. Your overnight will be in
Day 6: Sapa – Ethnic Market – Lao Cai - Overnight
train to Hanoi (B)
You will wake up early today to explore one of the
colourful markets in Sapa or nearby Bac Ha. In
afternoon, you will return to Lao Cai for overnigh
train back to Hanoi. Your overnight will be on the
train. The schedule of the local markets as below:
Tuesday: Coc Ly Market Wednesday: Cao Son Market
Thursday: Lung Khau Nhin Market. Saturday: Can Cau
Market Sunday: Muong Hum or Bac Ha Market.
Day 7: Hanoi – Hue (B)
Getting back to Hanoi at 5am in the morning, you
will check in a mini hotel for breakfast and
refreshment. You will then board an afternoon flight
to Hue. Arriving in Hue, you will be greeted by your
guide and driven to the downtown for hotel check in.
You will be free in the remainder of the day. Your
overnight will be in Hue.
Day 8: Hue (B)
Your morning will visit the Imperial Citadel of Hue
and cruise along Perfume River to visit Thien Mu
Pagoda and the Royal Tomb of Emperor Minh Mang. In
the afternoon, you will visit the tomb of Emperor Tu
Duc. From there, you will return to Hue to visit one
of the city’s Garden Houses, a unique feature of
Hue. Your overnight will be in Hue.
Day 9: Hue – Hoi An (B/L)
After breakfast, you will drive to Hoi An via the
Hai Van Pass. Upon arriving in Danang, you will
visit the the remarkable Hindu statuary in the Cham
Museum before leaving for Hoi An. You’ll visit the
ancient town including 400 years old Japanese
Bridge, 300 years old Chinese temple, 200 years old
Vietnamese former merchants’ house before being
dropped off at your hotel. You will spend the night
in Hoi An.
Day 10: Hoi An – My Son Sanctuary – Hoi An (B)
After breakfast, your guide will meet you at your
hotel to take you to the World Heritage My Son
Sanctuary, 40km southwest of Hoi An. Located in a
lush valley; My Son was a capital and religious
center of Cham people, now remaining with red brick
towers and sanctuaries. When you return, the rest of
the day will be free. You will spend the night in
Day 11 to Day 12: Hoi An free (B)
The days will be free for strolling in the town,
lazing on the beach, or whatever takes your fancy!!!
Day 13: Hoi An - Danang – Nha Trang (B)
You will be free today until being transferred to
the airport for your flight to Nha Trang. Arriving
in Nha Trang, you’ll be transferred to your hotel
for checking in. You’ll be free to relax on the
beach. Your overnight will be in Nha Trang.
Day 14: Nha Trang (B)
This excursion take you to visit a selection of the
numerous attractions in Nha Trang City. First the
car will drive you to Cau Da for a visit the Vietnam
Oceanographic Institute. After that, you will go to
Long Son Pagoda, Chong Promontory Rocks. After a
brief visit to the impressive Ponaga Cham tower,
you’ll be driven to the nearby Thap Ba hot spring
spa. After relaxing in the mud baths and mineral
water pools, you will be driven back to your hotel.
Your overnight will be in Nha Trang.
Day 15: Nha Trang Cycling (B/L)
After breakfast, you will pick up a bike to cycle
across the countryside around Nha Trang City
stopping off at several villages, a working brick
kiln and a good example of typical 19th century
Vietnamese architecture en-route. You’ll meet local
people, find out about their rural lifestyle and see
how they earn a living. Your journey will take you
across the rice fields where the farmers work with
the water buffalos, and visit hamlets producing:
rice paper, conical hats, woven rice-stalk mats,
charcoal stoves. You lunch will be at a riverside
restaurant. You’ll spend overnight in Nha Trang.
Day 16: Nha Trang – Dalat (B/L)
In the morning, you will take a 5 hour drive journey
to Dalat. Arrive in Dalat in the afternoon, you will
check in your hotel and then be free for relaxing.
Your overnight will be Dalat.
Day 17: Dalat (B/L)
In the morning, you will ride a cable car to Truc
Lam Pagoda and Tuyen Lam Lake. Truc Lam is the
biggest pagoda in Dalat standing in Phoenix Mountain
about 1,300m above the sea-level. It’s surrounded by
an attractive flower garden and with the view of
pure water lake and the pine forest on the far side.
After lunch at local restaurant, you will visit
Emperor Bao Dai’s Summer Palace, Crazy House, Dalat
Railway station and Dalat market. You will spend
overnight in Dalat.
Day 18: Dalat – Ho Chi Minh City (B)
You will be free in the morning until your car and
driver arrive to take you to the airport for your
flight to Ho Chi Minh City. When you arrive, a
private car will be waiting to take you to your
hotel in the city centre. After checking in, you’ll
be free for a preliminary wander around District 1.
Your overnight will be in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 19: Ho Chi Minh City (B)
After breakfast, your guide will arrive to show you
around Ho Chi Minh City. You will visit the History
Museum, the Museum of War Remnants, the Notre Dame
Cathedral, the Centre Post Office and the huge Ben
Thanh market, one of the liveliest areas of Ho Chi
Minh City. After lunch, you will visit China town,
Binh Tay market and Thien Hau Pagoda. You will spend
the night in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 20: Ho Chi Minh City – Tay Ninh – Cu Chi (B)
A morning drive will take you to Tay Ninh to visit
the temple of Cao Dai and attend the fantastic
mid-day ceremony. After lunch, you’ll visit the
famous Cu Chi tunnels, a byzantine maze of
underground passages, chambers, rooms and booby
traps used by both the Vietminh and the Viet Cong to
suddenly materialise as if from nowhere, launch a
lightning ambush, and vanish equally rapidly. Your
overnight will be in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 21: Ho Chi Minh City – Vinh Long – Can Tho
After escaping from Ho Chi Minh City’s urban sprawl,
you’ll travel to Vinh Long. There, you’ll cruise on
the Mekong River, visit Cai Be floating market,
fruit orchards, a traditional family-run brick kiln,
and drop in to look at some traditional cottage
industries - a workshop making the huge coffins
unique to the Mekong is particularly interesting.
You’ll sleep in a family house in a canal-side
Day 22: Can Tho – Ho Chi Minh City (B)
The day begins with boarding a boat to cruise to Cai
Rang and Phong Dien floating markets on the Mekong
Delta – both the journey and the markets provide
insights into the Mekong rural lifestyle. Take in
the beautiful scenery and the daily activities of
the locals who lives along the Mekong canals and you
will roam through the village to visit a rice
husking mill and a rice noodles making shop. You
will drive back to Ho Chi Minh City in the late
afternoon for overnight. Your overnight will be in
Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 23: Ho Chi Minh City departure (B)
After breakfast, you will be free until our driver
arrives to take you to Tan Son Nhat airport for your
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The cost is quoted in US Dollars per Person (Pax)
base on TWIN/DOUBLE share basic, and applied for
private tour for group of 2 pax. For bigger group,
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Peak season surcharge may be applied for Christmas
Eve, New Year's Eve, Tet Holiday.
- Accommodation with daily breakfast bases on
twin/double sharing room.
- Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner)
- All airport – hotel transfers, tour transportation
by private car with A/C.
- All internal flights: Hanoi – Hue and Danang – Nha
Trang and Dalat to Ho Chi Minh City (Y Class)
- All train tickets in soft berth in private cabin
for 2 persons for the train: Hanoi – Sapa – Hanoi
- Overnight cruise 2 days/ 1 night in Halong Bay on
Bai Tho Junk or similar
- Boat trips as mentioned in the programs
- Local English speaking tour guides
- All entrance fees and permits where applicable
Meals except otherwise mentioned
Tipping, drinks, insurance, personal expenses
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