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Patrick and I had a wonderful time in Vietnam - a holiday to remember. We loved the whole experience from the beautiful scenery, the delicious food, the friendly people and all the different modes of transport! By the end of the holiday we'd travelled by plane, boat (stunning trip around Halong Bay), train, car, horse & cart!!! The tour was very well organized. Our guides were always on time to meet us (this was especially good when arriving at stations after long train journeys) and were well informed. A special mention must go to our guide for the central region around Hue & Hoi An, Mr Chun (can't remember the correct spelling). He was exceptional. He had an amazing knowledge of the history, people and area and really impressed us. All the guides were friendly and helpful, however Mr Chun stood out for us.
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This vacation Vietnam tour is the combination of cultural tour and relax tour. You visit Vietnam to discover Vietnam culture and also relax after the whole year working: Vietnam country and people.

 
Highlights: Hanoi, Sapa, Halong, PhongNha, Hue, Hoian, Nhatrang,
    Ho Chi Minh, Mekong delta, Cuchi Tunnels
Duration: 18 Days/15 Nights
Tour Type: Private Tour / Daily Departure
Cost from:
Start from: Hanoi or can be reverted.
 
 
BRIEF ITINERARY:

Day 01: Hanoi Arrival
Day 02: Hanoi - Ha Long Bay (B/L/D)
Day 03: Ha Long bay - Hanoi - Sapa (B)
Day 04: Sapa (B)
Day 05: Sapa - Night train back to Hanoi (B)
Day 06: Hanoi City Tour - Night train to Dong Hoi (B)
Day 07: Dong Hoi – Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park (B/L)
Day 08: Dong Hoi - DMZ - Hue (B/L)
Day 09: Hue (B)
Day 10: Hue - Hoi An (B)
Day 11: Hoi An - Cooking Lesson (B/D)
Day 12: Hoi An - Da Nang – Nha Trang (B)
Day 13: Nha Trang (B/L)
Day 14: Nha Trang – Ho Chi Minh City (B)
Day 15: Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta (B/L)
Day 16: Mekong Delta - Ho Chi Minh City (B/L)
Day 17: Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi (B)
Day 18: Ho Chi Minh City – Departure (B)
 
 

DETAILED ITINERARY:

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
You are arriving at our thousand years Capital – Hanoi city. Our guide will welcome you at the airport Noi Bai Airport and then be transferred to your hotel in the center of city. It is time for you to relax after long journey. Overnight in Hanoi.



Day 2: Hanoi - Halong (B/L/D)
Today we leave Hanoi to Halong bay. Upon arrival, we will embark to a junk /boat for a cruise around Ha Long Bay. While the junk cruising caves, grottoes, floating villages on Ha Long bay, having seafood meals on boat. Stop for a while for an excursing to Surprise Caves, (Grotto of Surprises) and Swimming, Kayaking (kayak cost is not include in this package) if weather permitted. In the evening, enjoy the night fishing (if weather permitted). Overnight on board.



Day 3: Halong bay - Hanoi - Lao Cai (B)
In the morning, cruising to Bai Tu long bay, Fire Island, Bo Nau Island, fishing village. Having brunch on boat and arrive at Ha long wharf about 12.00 noon. Return to Hanoi by private vehicle, arrive in Hanoi about 16.00 pm. Free time until pick up for night train to Lao Cai at 0915pm. Overnight on train.
 
Day 4: Lao Cai - Sapa (B)
Arrive at Lao Cai Train station at about 6.30. Take a transfer to Sapa. Have breakfast at local restaurant and explore Sapa Town. Check in and time at leisure.
In the afternoon, take a drive to visit Lao Chai village – home of Black H’Mong – here you trek through terraced rice fields to villages, meet and talk with locals to learn more about their daily life and habits. You trek through Ta Van village – home of Dzay hill tribe and get on car back to hotel in the town. Overnight in Sapa.



Day 5: Sapa - Lao Cai (B)
Today you will visit Sapa town and take a 2km short trekking to Cat Cat Village, the home of H’mong minority. Back to Sapa for lunch. In the afternoon visit Ta Fin village with Tafin handicraft shops and explore the daily life of Red Dzao and continue the drive to transfer to Lao Cai station. Get on night train back to Hanoi.

Day 6: Hanoi City - Night train to Dong Hoi (B)
Arrive at Hanoi station very early at 0430am, you will be sending to a sub hotel for freshen up and breakfast.
The City tour starts at 08:30 with the visit to Van Mieu - Quoc Tu Giam (Temple of Literature), the first university in Vietnam, and the Mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh and HIS House in the square of Ba Dinh. In the afternoon we will visit the most interesting Museum of Vietnam Ethnology, then roaming to the old quarter for one hour cyclo ride around the old streets, then stop at Thang Long theatre for enjoying the Water puppet show at 17:15. Evening we transfer you to Railway station for night train to Dong Hoi. O/N on train.

Day 7: Dong Hoi – Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park (B/L)
Arrive in Dong Hoi in the morning, transfer to the hotel for breakfast, then we will drive you to visit Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park. Getting on boat and cruise on the world's longest underground river to Phong Nha Cave. The deeper one penetrates, the more magical are the natural aspects of the caves. After on boat for 700m, a large dry passage is appear, then you can walk to discover the cave for 500m more. You will have a chance to explore the remain of Cham Altars and Inscriptions inside. Overnight in Dong Hoi Town.



Day 8: Dong Hoi - DMZ - Hue (B/L)
Leave Dong Hoi early for Hue. Drive along back to Hue with a stopover at historic Hien Luong Bridge, Ben Hai River and the famous Vinh Moc Tunnel. Arrive Hue at noon time and have lunch at local restaurant before check in. Free time in the afternoon. Overnight in Hue.



Day 9: Hue (B)
Today we start the tour with the visit to Imperial Citadel and King Minh Mang tomb, King Tu Duc Tomb, Thien Mu Pagoda. Then we will embark in a boat cruise along Perfume River to admire sunset. Overnight in Hue.



Day 10: Hue - Hoi An (B)
Today we will heading to Hoi An through Hai Van pass, and Lang Co beach – one of the most beautiful beach of Vietnam. Visit Cham museum on the way, Cham museum is the open air collection of Cham sculpture. Many of the sandstone carvings are breathtaking. After check-in at hotel, visit the Ancient town. Overnight in Hoi An.



Day 11: Hoi An - Cooking class (B/D)
Breakfast at hotel and free time in the morning for shopping or sea bathing. In the afternoon take part in a cooking class at Red Bridge Cooking School, including going to market with the chef for buying ingredients, cooking demonstration, cook yourself some Vietnamese dishes and enjoy dinner. Over night in Hoian.



Day 12: Hoi An - Da Nang – Nha Trang (B)
Transfer to Da Nang Airport to fly to Nha trang around noon. Relax on the beach of Nha Trang. Overnight in Nha Trang.

Day 13: Nha Trang (B/L)
You will have one day boat trip. Firstly we will go to Mun Island, the best site for snorkeling where you will see lots of live colorful corals and fish. This site has been officially protected under the support of Danish Government. Relax, sunbath and swimming at Tam island. Then visit Tri Nguyen Aquarium on Mieu Island. At this place, you will see the life of the many sea species of Nha Trang ocean that being made in a smaller world of this aquarium. Return to Nha Trang about 16.00.



Day 14: Nha Trang – Ho Chi Minh City (B)
Today you will visit Cham Po Nagar Towers, Long Son Pagoda and Stone Church. Cham Po Nagar Towers is the site can not be missed when visiting Nha Trang. Cham Po Nagar Towers is one of the best architectures of Cham People. Leisure on the beach until the transfer time to Cam Ranh Airport for late flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Overnight at Ho Chi Minh city.

Day 15: Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta (B/L)
This Mekong Delta trip provides you a look at varieties of the life and scenery on the Mekong River itself as well as on the bank of the river. Start the trip by a drive to Vinh Long, which on the way is green/yellow rice paddy fields stretching towards the horizon. On arrival, you will embark on a boat for cruising on the Mekong River with a passing floating Cai Be market. Along the river we have more exploring of the local life, farmer and handicraft productions. We then access to An Binh Islet for enjoying the very peaceful atmosphere of Vietnam country side. You are invited to enjoy lunch at local House while listening to the folk songs of Nam Bo performed by the “local family artists”. In the afternoon we continue driving toward Can Tho. Overnight in Can Tho.



Day 16: Mekong Delta - Ho Chi Minh City (B/L)
The watery world of the Mekong Delta is home to many bustling floating markets. This day we take a boat trip exploring the vibrant floating market of Cai Rang, in which the trading way is unique; each boat usually sells one particular item, they are whether pumpkins, pineapples or sugar canes and so on. After an impressive boat trip, you are back to Ho Chi Minh city via My Tho. Over night in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 17: Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi Tunnels (B)
In the morning, we will go to Hoc Mon district to visit the incredible underground Cu Chi tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese fighters during the long struggle for independence. Back to the city after 4 hours excursion. In the afternoon, visit War Museum, Reunification Palace and Notre Dame Cathedral and Ben Thanh Market for shopping. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.



Day 18: Ho Chi Minh City – Departure (B)
Free time for shopping or optional visit before the private transfer to Noi Bai airport for departure.

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TOUR COST:
The cost is quoted in US Dollars per Person (Pax) base on TWIN/DOUBLE share basic, and applied for private tour.
Peak season surcharge may be applied for Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve, Tet Holiday.

Class

Cost/Person Cost inquiry
Superior (3+4 star hotels) from 1200 US$ to 1573 US$ Contact
Deluxe (4 star hotels) from 1393 US$ to 1756 US$ Contact
Luxury (5 star hotels) from 1890 US$ to 2246 US$ Contact

Include:
Hotel accommodation as specific or similar, base on twin sharing
All transfer by private car/mini van,
All train tickets (AC comfortable soft sleeper, sharing basic)
Private boat in Hue, Nha Trang and Mekong Delta, join boat in Halong
Domestic flights: Danang - Nhatrang, Nhatrang - HCM
All entrance fees
English/ French speaking guide. Other languages can be arranged upon request
All meals as per program

Exclude:
International flights
Meals except otherwise mentioned
Vietnam Visa
Tipping, drinks, insurance, personal expenses

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