Train is one of marvelous ways to discover Vietnam from North to South of Viet Nam, the national railway is winding the stunning turquoise water coastal via the magnificent of Hai Van Pass, the rural villages peacefully sleep beside the immensity of fragrant paddy fields, the fishermen throwing the net under the golden blaze of sunset, the friendly smiles of Vietnamese hospitality. This special holiday by train give you a chance to caught in sight and experience all the important highlights destinations along the country.
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Arrive at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi and welcomed by your tour guide then transfer by driver to Hanoi down town for checking-in the hotel.
A specialty Vietnamese cuisine for dinner is waiting for you at Thang Long restaurant before enjoying a Water Puppet Show in National Water Puppet Theatre.
Overnight in hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel then start the city tour to visit to Ho Chi Minh Complex with Uncle Ho Mausoleum, Presidential Palace, Ho Chi Minh’s House on Stilt, One Pillar Pagoda and Ho Chi Minh Museum.
The next stop is Temple of Literature (or Quoc Tu Giam), considered as Vietnam's first university to understand about examination mode follow Confucianism and the way ancient Vietnam feudal courts strictly selected talents to become mandarins devote to the country.
Continue transfer to Hoan Kiem Lake to see the symbol of Hanoi – Turtle Tower in the middle of the green lake and listen to your tour guide tell you about the interesting histoical stories of Hanoi as well as the legend of King Le returned mythical sword to Holy Turtle after his success of defeating Ming dynasty invaders from China.
Your lunch is served in a nice restaurant No 69 at Old House before continueing the tour to visit Vietnam Ethnology Museum to discover 54 ethnic groups live in 53 provinces all over Vietnam.
Free time before taking your night train to Sapa this evening.
20h30 transfer to Hanoi Train Station for a night train LC 5 ( daily runs from 22h00 to 6h00 next day) to Lao Cai Railway Station for Sapa in the following early morning.
Overnight on the train by soft sleeper.
Hanoi to Lao Cai: 270km (10 hours)
Upon your arrival to Lao Cai Station, your driver will transfer you to Sapa Town for 1-hour (20km) journey then check-in the hotel.
Sapa lies at the altitude of 1600m, is a hill station high in the mountains and a vestige of the French colonial era, it ranks along Ha Long Bay and Hoi An Ancient Town in terms of attracting tourists solely on the merit of its natural beauty and surrounding attractions.
This morning is your own leisure, you can choose to relax at hotel after a long journey by night train visit ethnic market in Sapa Town, wander around the main square with stone church and magnificent Hoang Lien Son Mountain range hidden in the clouds.
In the afternoon we start the trek to visit Cat Cat village of Black H’mong ethnic group and Cat Cat waterfall lying in a small valley.
Black H’Mong take many places in their house to reserve for worshipping ancestors, house spirit, kitchen spirit, even the door spirit. There are different rituals which forbid people to walk into the Black H’mong house or their villages. For example, a green tree branch on the front door indicates that entrance is forbidden.
Overnight at hotel in Sapa.
Lao Cai to Sapa: 69km (1h30)
Sapa to Ta Van: 24km (1h45)
After breakfast at your hotel then the local guide pick you up for the full day trekking on the twisting path on a halfway up to visit some ethnic minority villages the mountain included Lao Chai - Ta Van, 8 kilometers from Sapa Town with approximately 150 households, where many Vietnam ethnic minority groups gathering and living in harmony with each other.
Here you have chance to meet and talk with the people Black H’mong, Dzay or Red Dzao and identify them by the the different colorful from their costumes or dress up appearance.
In spite of different ethnic minority groups living here, Giay ethnic minority accounts for the majority of population. In fact, the nobly humanistic values in characteristics and the special culture of Giay people is the most impressive feature for tourists when travelling Ta Van Village.
Lunch is served at Sapa restaurant hence check-out hotel before take on bus to return Lao Cai Railway Station at 17h00 for night train to Hanoi.
Overnight on train.
5h00 Arrive to Hanoi Train Station. Alsimexco team will pick you up and have breakfast before transfer to Quang Ninh Provice at 8h00 for the day trip in Halong Bay.
12h00 boarding into the hour cruise trip to enjoy the breath-taking beauties of Halong Bay, one of New 7 Wonder and two times recognized as World Natural Heritage Site by UNESCO. Lunch on the cruise while winding passing through the mass of islands and islets form of karst topography with many varity of unique shapes, such as the islands and islets of Rooster, Man Head, Swan, Dog, Incense Burner...
Disembark to the habour in the afternoon for returning Hanoi. Evening is reserved for Water Puppet Show. Dinner and Overnight in Hanoi.
Hanoi to Halong Bay: 200km (4 hours)
The day 6 is on your leisure, you can take a walk to visit Hanoi Old Quarter to learn more about daily life of the local or go for shopping and enjoy Hanoian culinary.
One more thing you can do as travelling in Hanoi is challenge your self by mingle into the mass of vehicles on the narrow roads and learn how to pass the road covered by a big load of motorbikes with the drivers dress-up like ninja warriors because of smog and dirt.
17h30 transfer to Hanoi train Station for Train S1 (19h00 - 8h00) to Hue, the former capital of Vietnam under the rule of last feudal dynasty of Nguyen in the coastal central of the "S-shaped"country.
Overnight on train.
Hanoi to Hue: 700km
Alsimexco team will pick you up on your arrival to Hue Train Station then transfer to your hotel.
Lunch in a local restaurant with the specialty cuisine of old Hue court, one of the most well known cuisine on all over Vietnam.
In the afternoon we commense a boat trip to visit Thien Mu Pagoda, also known as Linh Mu pagoda is an ancient temple located on Ha Khe Hill, the left bank of the Huong river, from the center of Hue City about 5 kilometers to the west.
Then we continue to the royal tombs of Eperior Tu Duc and Khai Dinh before back to Hue down town to visit UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site of Imperial Citadel, which was played as the capital city of the Nguyen Dynasty for 140 years date back from 1805 until 1945.
It is considered as the most massive structure being built in the history of modern Vietnam involving thousands of workers, millions cubic meters of rock and huge volume of burden workload. The citadel locates on the northern bank of Huong River, turning South with total land area of 520 ha.
The tour ends by shopping at Dong Ba Market. Dinner at the Royal restaurant.
Overnight at hotel.
Breakfast in your hotel then check-out for the 2 hour journey to Danang City. A short break along the road in Lang Co Beach enroute, taking photograph from Hai Van Pass (The pass of Sea and Cloud).
Drop in Cham Museum upon arrival to Danang before having lunch with specialty food of this coastal city.
In the afternoon we continue to visit Marble Mountain to get in sight the panoramic view of Da Nang City and enjoying sea/sun bathing in My Khe Beach then take a short drive to Hoi An Ancient Town.
Overnight in Hoian.
Hue to Danang: 99km (2 hours)
Danang to Hoi An: 30km (45 minutes)
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel then relax on your leisure for a short walk around ancient town or try to take a cylcing trip to witness the daily life of the local and take the photos about the timless place like Hoi An.
Transfer back to Danang Station for the Train S1 (11h00 -20h00) to another beautiful coastal city of Nha Trang. Arrive to NhaTrang in the evening then picked up by our team for a transfer to your hotel.
Overnight in Nha Trang
Danang to Nha Trang: 520km (11 hours)
8:00am After breakfast we commense the boat trip to Hon Tam Island, 10 km’s southeast of Nha Trang down town by speedboat for 10 minutes to to admire the outstretched mystic tropical jungles, the beautiful beaches with clean white sand…
From here we will visit fishing village, coral island then take speedboat to Mieu Island (also called Bong Nguyen Island) for a trip to the largest-scale aquarium in Vietnam - Tri Nguyen Aquarium, a chance to explore the ocean bottom and contemplate the life of marine species, along with the companion of the mermaid.
Notably, the seawater here owns an easy circulation into and out of the, thanks to the banks which had been so cleverly arranged as to provide sufficient spaces for the water to flow in and out. Water supplying condition thus is quite suitable for the marine animals in the compartments. Among the aquarium, there are the wide aisles which are paved with concrete or stones.
Back to Nha Trang City and have dinner at local restaurant.
Overnight in NhaTrang.
After breakfast at hotel, you are have a free time morning for swmming at the beach.
12h00 tour guide pick you up for lunch and take a city tour to Ponagar Cham Tower and Long Son pagoda, the to ancient historical relics site in Nha Trang down town. Commonly known as Thap Ba, the Po Nagar Cham Towers are a complex of temples erected approximately before 781 A.D, a great deal of similarity between Angkor Wat and the Po Nagar Towers found in Nha Trang.
Dam Market is the finish point of the tour for shopping.
18h00 Pick up and transfer to train station for Ho Chi Minh City.
Overnight on train.
Nha Trang to Ho Chi Minh City: 435km (11 hours)
4h30 arrive at train station in Ho Chi Minh City. Alsimexco team welcome you and pick you up then transfer to yur hotel for relax and having breakfast.
8h30 we start the city tour to explore the most hustle and bustle city in Vietnam. The tour take you to visit People's Committee building, Saigon Central Post Office - one of the oldest buildings in Ho Chi Minh City, built around 1886 – 1891 based on Villedieu’s design, a famous French architect.
The tour continue take you to visit Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral (officially Basilica of Our Lady of The Immaculate Conception), the ancient cathedral is located in a very peaceful picturesque corner in the downtown of Ho Chi Minh City, constructed between 1863 and 1880 by the French colonists, following their conquest of the city.
Then we head to Ben Thanh Market, Historical Museum, Thien Hau Pagoda, Binh Tay Market and Cholon Chinese Town.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Enjoy the scenic journey along the National Highway bordered by green rice fields. On arrived at My Tho, take a leisurely boat ride along the river, view the stilt houses, fruit plantations and fishing villages along the river bank.
Proceed to Tortoise Islet, have lunch in the orchard garden. Then a boat ride to An Khanh – a less touristy attraction in Ben Tre, enjoy cruising on a hand-rowed sampan under the shadow of the water coconut trees along natural canals, then enjoy seasonal fruit & honey tea to the sound of "Southern Vietnamese folk music", performed by locals.
Visit a family business which epitomizes the idyllic rural lifestyle, taste the delicious coconut candy & observe the pastoral life as you roam through the fruit plantation and village. Meet the bus and return to Ho Chi Minh City.
This trip provides a fascinating insight into daily life in the Mekong Delta and you are guaranteed to take home your own private collection of beautiful memories. Transfer back to your hotel.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh to My Tho: 70km (2 hours)
My Tho to Ben Tre: 36km (1 hour)
Ben Tre to Ho Chi Minh City: 106km (2h30)
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