Welcome to Vietnam by a glimpse through South starting from Saigon to Hanoi in the North, capture into your eyes the energetic cities, deep-in the fascinating heritage and breath-taking natural. Jump-off to Cu Chi tunnels for an amazing discovered the underground labyrinth. Then overwhelmed by visit the former royal citadel of Hue and the fanciful historical town of World Cultural Heritage Hoi An in Central before taking the flight to the North where you are surprised by the breath-taking scenery of Ha Long Bay and glamour by the charming of Hanoi, the heart capital city of Vietnam.
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Our driver welcomes you on arrival at Hanoi capital city of Vietnam / Noi Bai International Airport then transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day at your leisure or you can join our interesting daily excursions in and around Hanoi.
Accommodation at hotel in Hanoi
07:45' - 08:15': Pick up at your hotel in Ha Noi by shuttle bus. After that we leave Hanoi for a 3.5 hour to reach Halong Bay. At Tuan Chau International Marina, a tender boat will take you to our Halong Phoenix Cruiser. A refreshing welcome drink is served and you can check into your cabin. When you are putting all of your stuffs into your cabin, our boat starts gliding out to the centre of the World Heritage Site. Your lunch, at the boat’s restaurant, is would be served with fresh local seafood, but vegetable menu is always available at your request.
From the marina area, our cruiser passes by Dog Head and Swan Islands, Ba Hang Floating villages (with floating houses), Incense Burner then Thumb Islands before reaching to Luon cave area for kayaking.
We have time to gear up for one hour kayaking around Luon cave area .Our guide will show you some basic safety guidelines and techniques to paddle before helping you to sit on our brand new sit-on-top kayaks.After that our boat will help you visit the Titop Island one hour for swimming, sun-bathing or getting a panoramic view on island peak.
As the sun sets over the bay, we head back to our cruise and relax. Coffee, tea and fruits will be available on the sundeck or you can order your favorite drink while our boat cruises to the night’s anchorage area.
Dinner will be served with local seafood. After dinner you may choose to enjoy drinks from the bar or top deck or experience squid fishing before retiring.
Accommodation on board in Halong Bay
Enjoy the morning view of the beautiful landscape with a cup of coffee or tea. Have breakfast in the fresh air.
You will visit the impressive Cave of Halong Bay – Surprising Cave (Sửng Sốt) with your tour guide, a truly awesome and amazing cave to experience.
Check out of your cabin and settle your bill as our boat begins cruising back to the harbor. Experience more views of Halong Bay such as Fighting Rooster Island (Symbol of Halong Bay), Incense Burner and Stone Dogs Islands.
A cooking demonstration onboard shows you how to make authentic Vietnamese Spring rolls. You will learn about the recipes and techniques that create this popular dish of Vietnamese people.
Lunch is served on board during cruising towards the harbor.
Depart the Halong Phoenix Cruiser and travel by tender boat back to Tuan Chau International Marina where you then board the bus for your return journey to Hanoi. Arrive at your hotel around 17.00
Accommodation at hotel in Hanoi
Half day Hanoi city tour
You will commence your half day trip with a visit to Ho Chi Minh Complex (*) which contains Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum and museum, his former stilt-house residence, the Presidential Palace as well as the One Pillar Pagoda. Then you will visit the Temple of Literature – Vietnam’s first university dating back to 1070 and was originally built as a temple to Confucius.
From this site you will have a transfer to visit the Ngoc Son Temple set on a tiny island on the Hoan Kiem Lake, the history of which is dated back to the 13 th century. You will enjoy a typical lunch at a local restaurant before having a transfer back to your hotel or continue exploring Hanoi on your own.
In the afternoon, transfer to Noi Bai Airport for your flight to Hue then check in your hotel upon arrival.
(*) Closed on Mondays and Fridays. Annually closed time for maintenance is October and November.
Accommodation at hotel in Hue
We will pick you up from the hotel in Hue city. The tour will start with a visit to a hat and incenses stick making village, you will have the opportunity to learn the traditional job of people here and you can buy some for souvenirs…
Next is a short drive to visit Tu Duc tomb: Tu Duc designed the exquisitely harmonious tomb, which was constructed between 1864 and 1867, for use both before and after his death. Then we move to tomb of Emperor Khai Dinh. Unlike Hue’s other tombs, Khai Dính's tomb being a synthesis of Vietnamese and European elements. Even the stone faces of the mandarin honor guards are endowed with a mixture of Vietnamese and European features.
For lunch, you will be back to the city to enjoy Vietnamese food.
In the afternoon, you will visit the Hue citadel: the tallest flag pole of Vietnam (37m-hight), Ngo Mon gate where Bao Dai ended Nguyen dynasty, Thai Hoa Palace (Palace of Supreme Harmony), Hall of the Mandarins, Forbidden Purple city… Thien Mu pagoda: built on a hillock overlooking the Perfume river, this pagoda is an icon of Vietnam and the symbol of Hue city. Cruise the beautiful perfume river by dragon boat viewing daily life along the way. Visit some villages and do not miss viewing sunset on the river. At the end, you will be transfer back to your hotel and the rest of day is free at leisure.
The morning is free at leisure for you to visit the city.
In the afternoon, we start the stunning drive over Hai Van Pass to Danang then 30 km to reach the charming UNESCO’s World Heritage site of Hoi An. Check-in your hotel upon arrival.
Accommodation at hotel in Hoi An
In the morning we will pick up you at hotel lobby. Ride a bicycle to a local farm in Tra Que village. You will take a trip around the vegetable garden and join the farmers in preparing the land and fertilizing it with seaweed from the local lake.
Continue doing some next steps such as: raking the ground, sowing, watering greens, picking greens and many more gardening activities. Then spend the rest of the morning working the land in the time honored way, before breaking to prepare lunch with a local family.
Your lunch with consist of many local delicacies including ”tam huu” spring roll, banh xeo or local pancake of people’s middle region. After your lunch and the exertions of the morning, take an even more traditional Vietnamese post-prandial nap before learning how to harvest and wrap the vegetables.
Around 13:00, bid farewell to your host family before riding back to Hoi An, on the way back we will stop at Japanese tomb. The tour finishes at 14:00.
Transfer to Danang Airport in the afternoon for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City (Sai Gon). Upon arrival, check-in to the hotel.
Accommodation at hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City or Sai Gon (old name) once called ‘‘Paris of Asia’’ for its wide boulevards lined with stately trees and magnificent French villas is now Vietnam’s largest and most exciting city. During the trip you will explore the timeless tradition and the beauty of the ancient culture of the 300’s years old metropolis.
In the morning our guide and driver will pick you up at the hotel for visiting Re-Unification Palace, the former Presidential Palace. Your next visits are to the nearby Central Post Office, the Notre Dame Cathedral, which are in Romanesque art and French-style, and the War Remains Museum, where you can have a closer look of the Vietnam War.
After enjoying lunch at a nice local restaurant, you take a drive to visit the Giac Lam Pagoda, the oldest Pagoda in Ho Chi Minh city. The next destination is the China Town, home to more than 400,000 Chinese-Vietnamese.
Here you visit the Binh Tay market or one of many beautiful Temples and Pagodas, before having another drive to Ben Thanh market, where there are available any of the local goods which Vietnam has to offer. The tour will be then end at your hotel.
Accommodation at hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
In the morning, visit Cu Chi Tunnels (70 km northwest of Ho Chi Minh City), once time was called "Tunnel rats" by American soldiers, used the evocative term "black echo" to describe the experience of being in the tunnels.
During the Vietnam War, the network of tunnels in the Cu Chi district linked VC support bases over a distance of some 250 kilometers, from the outskirts of Saigon all the way to the Cambodian border.
On the way to Cu Chi tunnels, you enjoy spectacular view of paddy fields. After that you will go to Ben Dinh tunnels. First you see documentary film about guerillas war in Cu Chi district.
Here you can crawl through some of the safer areas of the tunnels, view command centers and booby traps, fire an AK-47 rifle on a firing range and even eat a meal featuring typical foods that soldiers living in the tunnels would have eaten.
Then you walk around the tunnel area to see Bomb crates, underground bunkers, deadly traps,... Try tunnels to see how guerillas could live, fight and survive during the war. You can feel the atmosphere of war. You will be back in Ho Chi Minh city at noon.
In the afternoon, transfer to Tan Son Nhat International Airport for your departure flight home.
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