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BEST OF VIETNAM TOUR 12 DAYS

BEST OF VIETNAM TOUR 12 DAYS

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: Hà nội
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: Hanoi - Halong - Hue –Hoian - HCMC - Unique homestay in Mekong delta – Cu Chi tunnel
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DAY 1: HANOI ARRIVAL 
 
Welcome to Vietnam. Upon arrival at Hanoi Airport, obtain your Vietnam visa ( with pre-approval  letter) , and then clear Immigration and Customs. After collecting your baggage, exit the airport to meet outside our driver. He/she will be holding a sign with your names on it. From the airport, you will be privately transferred to your lovely hotel. Settle in and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. 

Meal: Not included
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.

 

DAY 2: HANOI CITY TOUR 



Morning, you'll head out with your guide and begins with a visit Ba Dinh Square to see Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, the museum to his life and the simple cottage where he lived and worked, along with his "house on stilts" and his final resting place; and take in Hanoi's famous One-Pillar Pagoda, constructed in 1049 to resemble a lotus blossom. Continue to the Museum of Ethnology, where we'll learn about the fascinating cultural diversity of this ancient land. 


This afternoon, drive through Colonial Hanoi, seeing the Opera House and other local sights. Go inside infamous Hoa Lo Prison (“Hanoi Hilton”), where Senator John McCain and Douglas “Pete” Wilson were once imprisoned, and continue to the Temple of Literature, which dates back to 1070 and is dedicated to the cult of Confucius. Next enjoy an electric tram tour or cyclo tour through the Hanoi’s Old Quarter, a network of narrow alleys and shop houses also known as “The 36 Streets.” This is a wonderful place to watch the local life, and peruse items from fabrics to crafts to exotic medicines. Enjoy a traditional Vietnamese water puppet performance, a uniquely North Vietnamese art form celebrating rural life and folklore for over 1,000 years, this evening. 

Please note:  The city tour program is flexible. Your guide will be more than happy to adjust the tour itinerary to suit you. You can skip one site or add another if you so wish.

Meal : Breakfast,
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.


DAY 3: HANOI - HALONG BAY



 
Overnight Halong Bay Cruise on traditional style cruise (junk): After breakfast you will leave Hanoi for the 3.5 hour journey to Halong Bay, passing through a number of North Vietnamese towns and villages. Upon arrival you will be welcomed aboard your traditional junk; designed in the same style as those that have sailed the bay for 100’s of years. Begin a relaxing and unforgettable cruise around the breathtaking and unique limestone karsts and islets. A delicious fresh seafood lunch will be served as you cruise this spectacular bay, a UNESCO listed site.  After lunch you will explore some of Halong Bay's famous caves by bamboo boat or kayaking based on your preference. And then reach on the top of Soi Sim beach to have a panorama view of Halong Bay.  All activities arranged by the cruise are on a shared basis. 
Return to your junk boat to watch a cooking class or fruits & vegetable carving on sundeck – How to make spring rolls. Then enjoy Sunset Party together and Happy Hour (buys two drinks, gets one free from 18.00 to 19.00). It is time for chit chat and relaxing before enjoy your dinner and evening activities around the bar. 

Please note: Program may differ slightly base on cruise ships. An extra night can be added to the program. If your time is flexible, we highly recommend it. 

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Accommodation: Overnight on cruise.
 

DAY 4: HALONG BAY - HANOI- FLY TO HUE



Take to see the sunrise over the spectacular horizon, reflecting in the pristine waters of the bay, with a cup of tea or coffee. Then join a Tai Chi class on the sundeck if you wish before enjoying breakfast in the fresh air. Continue to sail around this natural wonder. Visit to the Sung Sot Cave by walking up about 100 steps to the cave entrance and tour the cave for approximately 45 minutes. Walk down about 100 steps and return to the boat. Proper shoes are highly recommended. Return to the boat then check-out of the cabin. Start cruising towards the harbor while an A la carte lunch is served. The crew will bid you farewell and you disembark with our tender boat to the Tuan Chau Pier.  Return your Hanoi hotel by cruise’s shuttle bus to collect big baggage and take a private transfer to Hanoi airport for your short flight to Hue, Vietnam's most beautiful city, and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located on the central coast of Vietnam. 


Fly Hanoi to Hue on Vietnam Airlines VN 1905, departing 19:05, arriving 20:15 
Economy Class - Issued By Asianway Travel (Luggage allowance: 20kgs +7kg hand bag)
 

Welcome to Hue. Upon arrival at Phu Bai Airport. After collecting your baggage, exit the airport to meet our driver. He/she will be holding a sign with your names on it. From the airport, you will be privately transferred to your lovely hotel. Settle in and enjoy the evening at your leisure. 

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch 
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Hue.

 
DAY 5: HUE CITY TOUR 



Morning tour of the Imperial Citadel & Thien Mu Pagoda: This morning visit the Imperial Citadel and the Forbidden Purple City nearby. Modelled on the Forbidden City in Beijing by the Nguyen emperors in the early 19th century, the city was badly damaged during the war but the imposing city walls surrounded by a large moat afford good views of Hué. The palace retains a feeling of its past scale and importance, with detailed stonework and pavilions and it is at the moment in the process of being restored to its former magnificence. Continue to Thien Mu Pagoda, sitting on the riverbank outside the city, this octagonal seven tier stupa has long been regarded as the symbol of Hué and was founded in 1601. It is still a site of Buddhist worship and its huge bell is said to be audible from the city. 

Afternoon tour of Royal Mausoleums: After lunch at local restaurant (on own account) you’ll continue to explore Emperors Tombs Hue’s environment is dotted with tombs of past emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty. Construction of the tombs was meticulous carried out starting whilst the king was still alive in order to ensure his comfort in the next life. Most of the tombs have courtyards, a temple for worship, statues of elephants and figures and a pond, but the layout of each is different reflecting differing each king’s personality and style. They have a lovely peaceful atmosphere. Khai Dinh and the tomb of 19th-century emperor Tu Duc, considered the most beautiful mausoleums around Hue. Each ruler of the Imperial City built his own tomb during his reign.

Meal: Breakfast, 
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Hue

 
 
DAY 6: HUE - DA NANG - HOI AN



Road journey from Hue to Hoian: After breakfast, you’ll be driven south along highway 1 to Hoian, a journey of approximately 3 hours with a short visit Cham architecture & art museum in Danang. 

Afternoon tour of Hoi An: We discover how the traditions of the past are treasured in the present in Hoi An on the Thu Bon River, a key international trading port between the 15th and 19th centuries – now a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its well-preserved, centuries-old streets, dwellings, temples and pagodas, touring Hoi An's historic highlights, explore its shop-lined streets, view the red-painted Japanese Covered Bridge - the three Chinese characters over the door mean "bridge for passers-by from afar" and tour the 200-year-old "Phung Hung" house, noted for its unique architecture. What you'll see there will reveal much about the lives of Hoi An merchants long ago. Visit the workshop of a traditional lantern maker for a demonstration of this time-honored craft; meet the artisans and try your skills as you create your own lantern to take home.  Hoi An, the cobblestone streets in the old French Quarter are a delight to roam with many cafes, art galleries and handicraft shops. Hoi An is especially well known for its local artists and tailor made clothing, with over sixty shops providing this service in town.  The remainder of the day is free at leisure. 

Meal: Breakfast,
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Hoi An.

 
DAY 7: HOI AN AT  LEISURE 
 
Today is free at leisure. We can also hire a bicycle to see the countryside of Hoian or soak up the sun at the beautiful Cua Dai Beach. There is also a  good chance to catch up with your tailor or search the numerous galleries for a masterpiece.Optional excursion: Please contact us if you interest. 
1. Wet Rice Farmer OR Fishermen & Palm Paradise  (4. 5hours ) 
2. Adventure Basket Boat & Buffalo Ride (  2.5 hours ) 
3. Wet market visit and cooking class at Red Bridge ( 5 hours ) 
4. Cycling & cooking at Tra Que vegetable village  ( 4.5 hour ) 
5. Sunrise or Sunset photo tour with Pro photographer  ( 2.5 hours ) 
6. Hoian Sunrise or Sunset photo tour with Pro photographers (2.5 hours )

Meal: Breakfast,
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Hoi An.

 
DAY 8: HOI AN - DA NANG - HO CHI MINH/ FLIGHT 



Morning, you'll be transferred to the airport in time for your flight to Ho Chi Minh . Fly Danang to HCMC  on Vietnam Airlines VN 7129, departing 09:35, arriving 10:55 

Welcome to HCMC. Upon arrival at HCMC Airport. After collecting your baggage, exit the airport to meet outside our guide. He/she will be holding a sign with your names on it. From the airport, you will be privately transferred to your lovely hotel . 

Afternoon city tour : we’ll discover Saigon's historic landmarks including the War Remnants Museum, established in September 1975 in Ho Chi Minh City, it contains countless artifacts, photographs and pictures documenting some of the less heroic activities carried out by the US army in Vietnam. Planes, tanks, bombs and helicopters are also on display. Next visit the FITO Museum, it is the first museum of Vietnamese medicine. On display are nearly 3,000 items dating back to the Stone Age. Exhibits include tools used to prepare medicine, knives, mortars and pestles, documents and objects from a traditional pharmacy. The museum regularly screens a documentary about the history of medicine. Continue visiting to the 1880's General Post Office and the late 19th century Notre Dame cathedral, located in a peaceful part of the city. Ending at Ben Thanh Market or House of Saigon for shopping and café. 

Meal: Breakfast, 
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh.

 
DAY 9: HO CHI MINH - VINH LONG/ HOMESTAY 



Road journey through the Mekong Delta to Tan Phong, via Cai Be: Leave the city by minivan and drive south to Cai Be in the Mekong delta, a journey of approximately 2 hours. The Mekong Delta is Vietnam's 'rice bowl' - a fertile region of flat farmland interlaced with thousands of waterways and tributaries of the Mekong. The delta's waters are interspersed with rice fields, colorful floating markets and isolated villages accessible only by boat. 

On arrival in Cai Be embarkation, set off by motor boat to visit the Cai Be floating market and watch the locals trading fruit and many other commodities on board their vessels. Visit a small family business to see how coconut candy and crispy rice popcorn are made. Then wander into the small villages to visit the orchard and fruit plantation, accompanied by traditional southern Vietnamese folk music.  Keep cruising to canals to experience the charms of the Upper Mekong Delta. Arrive in Tan Phong island, the green pearl where you can immerse yourself in nature. Enjoy your cooking experience and learn how to prepare special Vietnamese dishes. Food cooked by yourself and fresh river food served in the heart of the garden. Relax on the hammocks to get back your energy. 
Afternoon we cycle around the village path with fruit orchards and bonsai garden. Meet the local islanders to learn more about the local daily life in the Mekong delta. Continue transferring to the island for the overnight home-stay experience with the local people. After meeting your home stay hosts, you're free to walk around the house and village to explore the countryside. You will prepare your own dinner (Vietnamese dishes) with help from your host. Overnight home-stay with your hospitable island hosts.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Accommodation: Stay 1 night at Unique homestay in Tan Phong

DAY 10: VINH LONG - HO CHI MINH 
 
After breakfast, you will be visiting Mr Ba Duc ‘s ancient house. It's one of several houses preserved in harmonious combination of two architectural styles: Vietnamese and French, whose shape is unique to the colonial period. Today, you will also visit a rice husking mill to learn about the procedure for rice production. Mekong Delta is popular for its own unique charm. In Cai Be, a lot of materials are still hand-crafted, such as: "Cham La", the coconut leaves used to weave the roofs of homes. If you want to see how bricks are made, you'll see it here. 
After lunch at a restaurant serving local cuisine, you will taking back your hotel in  HCMC by minivan.


Meal: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh.

DAY 11: CU CHI TUNNEL HALF DAY 



Morning tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels: This morning, enjoy scenic drive through the countryside as people work on their rice paddies and thatched hut villages scattered along the way. Visit a local village making rice paper, a well-known product used to make the delicious spring rolls. Arriving at the Cu Chi Tunnels to explore part of the 151-mile underground network that zigzagged from the southern tip of the Ho Chi Minh Trail near Cambodia to the Saigon River. Cu Chi is a must for anyone interested in understanding a vital aspect of guerrilla warfare fought by the Vietnamese against both the French and the Americans. These criss-crossing tunnels were begun in the late 1940s by local resistance fighters looking for a place to hide their weapons from the French. Discover secret trapdoors, field hospitals, command posts, underground kitchens, living areas and meeting rooms. Drive back Ho Chi Minh city centre, drop you at hotel. You are free at your leisure in the rest of time. 

Meal : Breakfast
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh city


 
DAY 12: HO CHI MINH DEPATURE 
 
Today is your final day. You are free to chill out and relax. Depending on your departure flight, your private driver will pick you up from the hotel and transfer you to the airport in time for your flight to the next destination. 

Meal: Breakfast 

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INCLUDED
  • Transportation by private  vehicle with air condition  as itinerary
  • 1 night accommodation on  cruise 3*
  • Accommodation at hotel 3* with daily breakfast – sharing double/ twin  room
  • 1 night at homestay in Tan Phong  
  • Group tours joining with other tourists in Halong bay –  Cruise 3*
  • All Entrance fees indicated itinerary
  • English speaking guide
  • Meals according to itinerary indicated
  • Private boat trip in Cai Be and Perfume River
  • Water during the trip: 02 mineral water bottle/ day/ person.
 
EXCLUDED
  • Meals not mentioned in itinerary ;
  • Domestic and international flights
  • Drinks, gratuities and expenses of a personal nature
  • Tipping for tour guides and drivers (recommended at least US$ 5/day for guide and US$ 3/ day for driver)
  • Travel insurance 
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  • BEST OF VIETNAM TOUR 12 DAYS
    BEST OF VIETNAM TOUR 12 DAYS
    This comprehensive itinerary is ideal for travellers with more time available, who are able to spend more time to discover the many attractions that Vietnam has to offer. Highlights include an overnight cruise around Halong Bay on a junk boat, the historic towns of Hue and Hoi An, a home stay in the Mekong Delta and the two main cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh city.