Saigon, Mekong Delta, Cu Chi, Mui Ne, Nha Trang, Hoi An, Hue, Hanoi, Ninh Binh, Ha Long Bay, Sapa 17D16N
|Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City Arrival|
You are met at Tan Son Nhat International Airport by your guide and taken to your hotel in the centre of Ho Chi Minh City. You are then free to relax or explore at your leisure after your long flight.
Hotel in Saigon
|Day 2: Full-day City Tour (B/L/D)|
After breakfast, you will have a day tour of Ho Chi Minh City with highlights such as, Notre Dame Cathedral, Post Office, Reunification Palace and soaking up the atmosphere at Ben Thanh market, one of Ho Chi Minh’s liveliest areas.
After lunch, a trip to the War Remnants Museum is a tribute to the Vietnam-American war and offers interesting insights into that period of Vietnamese history. Don’t miss the photograph display on the 2nd floor, examples and stories of the dedication of war photographers from many countries who risked their lives (and often died) to get the story to the world.
Dinner on Cruise
Overnight in Saigon
|Day 3: Saigon – My Tho – Can Tho (B/L/D)|
After breakfast, you will be picked up for a trip to Mekong River. The tour begin with cruising a boat trip along Mekong river and around fishing village and 04 islands of Dragon, Unicorn, Turtle and Phoenix for sight-seeing. Crossing Mekong river, keeping on taking a boat trip along a small canal, named Vam Xep to see daily life of local inhabitants in Ben Tre province (called coconut village), visiting Quoi An tourist spot for bee farm and handicraft workshop to enjoy some honey-tea and see how people make things from coconut wood. Taking horse-carts along country road to visit fruit orchards, enjoy seasonal tropical fruits and listen to traditional music by local inhabitants.Taking small sampans along small canal, named Vam Chua to come back the big boat, leaving boat for coconut candy workshop and tasting this speciality in coconut village. Lunch at local restaurant. Coming back Tien Giang province by boat. We then heading back to Can Tho.
Overnight in Can Tho
|Day 4: Can Tho – Saigon – Cu Chi Tunnels (B/L/-)|
06:00AM Have an early breakfast at the hotel and checking out the room.
06:30AM Being at a wharf to board a motorboat for sightseeing the Cai Rang Floating Market which is the biggest and most colorful floating market in the Mekong Delta’s region.
In the very early morning, the river has become a busy commercial site where hundreds of boats packed with fruits, vegetables, plants and foods…line along the river and are ready for trading. Sellers will hang samples of what they are selling on the top of a long pole on their boats so that buyers can see from a distance what sellers are selling. We will then return back to Saigon. Lunch is served en route.
We will take a drive to the famous and extraordinary Cu Chi Tunnels. The tunnels were built by the Viet Cong guerillas and formed a labyrinth virtually underneath the U.S bases and were used for surprise raids and to avoid air strikes. The tunnels themselves extend over 200 kilometers and for short stretches are accessible to visitors.
Overnight in Saigon
|Day 5: Saigon – Mui Ne (B/-/-)|
08:00 AM: You will be picked up at your hotel and transfer to Mui Ne. After check-in, you are free at your leisure.
Overnight in Mui Ne
|Day 6: Mui Ne – Nha Trang (B/L/D)|
After check out, your guide will pick you up for lunch, then we start the trip discover Mui Ne with the Fairy Stream.It is a photography hotspot in Mui Ne due to its dramatic landscape of reds, whites, oranges and pinks. Located 18 km northeast of Phan Thiet City, this geological formation is actually a water fissure nearby Rom Island that’s flanked by a mix of white and red sand dunes on one side while the other is an expansive field of verdant trees, blossoming flowers, and coconut palms. Visitors are encouraged to take off their shoes and wade through the water during their visit to Fairy Stream as the shore can get rather hot to walk on, especially in the summer. With water flowing from Ham Tien’s Dinh Mountain, the stream is about ankle-deep for the most part and doesn’t get past your knees at its deepest.
The Red Dunes, as the name suggests, features reddish-brown sand that makes them a more popular place for photography. Smaller than White Dunes, they are easier to reach. Sand-sledding is a common (and fun) activity here, but it is hard to nail down where the best location to do so is as the sands shift from season to season so it’s best to look around. Dry sand is much more enjoyable to sled on.
We then heading to Nha Trang. Stop on the way to visit Mui Ne Fishing Village. You will have chance to see the typical activities of Vietnamese Fisherman. Continue to Nha Trang, dinner at local restaurant.
Overnight in Nha Trang
|Day 7: Nha Trang (B/L/-)|
After breakfast, we visit Hon Chong-Nui Co Tien, Ponagar Cham Tower. then, go shopping at Dam Market.
At Lunch, You can choose one of two options below to relax or discover Nha Trang at your leisure.
Option 1: Vinpearl Land (payment by yourself): Visit Vinpearl Land Amusement Park with many attractive activities: access to the Island by Cable car crossing the sea. Discover the bigest Aquarium in Vietnam with hundreds of species of marine life. Enjoy many games indoor and outdoor; Watch 4D movies with special effects; Enjoy the spectacular water music show; Walking along the shopping street.
Option 2: Mud Bath at I Resort (payment by yourself): The resort is well known for its mineral mud bath services which claim to have many advantages for health care, health treatment and beauty. Here, the mineral mud bath services are diversified, from popular to high-class. After having a mud bath, visitors can relax in the beautiful swimming pool with shade created by Nipa leafed eaves or enjoy services at the spa using Eastern and Western style therapies or try traditional foods at the resort’s restaurant.
Dinner and transfer back to hotel at your budget.
Overnight in Nha Trang
|Day 8: Nha Trang – Da Nang – Hoi An (B/L/D)|
This morning is free to do as little or as much as you like. After check out you’ll be transferred to the airport to catch the flight to Da Nang. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the UNESCO World Heritage listed town of Hoi An, stopping en route at the Marble Mountains, Son Tra Peninsula – Linh Ung Pagoda to enjoy the view of Danang. As an important trading route during the 15th to 19th centuries, Hoi An is now a unique blend of culture, cuisine and architecture. Step back in time as you wander the narrow streets of this charming former trading port, with its ancient covered bridges and temples.
Overnight in Hoi An
|Day 9: Hoi An (B/L/D)|
Enjoy a walking tour through the narrow and ancient streets of this charming town. Perhaps more than any other place in Vietnam, Hoi An retains the feel of centuries past. Once known as Faifo, Hoi An was an influential port along the Silk Road. For over 500 years, merchants from China, Japan, France and Portugal settled in the prosperous town resulting in a distinctive blend of culture, cuisine, religions and architecture. The town has the status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999, listed for having the ‘most unique’ architecture in Southeast Asia.It has been restored and protected by both the UNESCO funding and proud locals ever since. The tour takes in the Chinese Assembly Halls, the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge and old family houses.
Hoi An is a very comfortable place to be for tourists who are well catered for with the many restaurants, Café’s and bars and shops that not only sell clothes and shoes, they will also make something to order within a 24 hour period. And everything is within easy walking distance.
The evenings are charming when the many lanterns light the riverside and the bridge.
Overnight in Hoi An
|Day 10: Hoi An – Hue (B/L/D)|
We leave Hoi An and travel north to Hue through the emerald-green paddy fields. Hue was the political, economic and cultural capital of Vietnam during the Nguyen Dynasty (1802–1945) and used to be the home of past emperors.
Our tour of Hue starts at the Thien Mu Pagoda, one of the oldest and most beautiful pagodas in Hue. After that we move on to see the Minh Mang Tomb who was emperor of Vietnam from 1820 to 1841.
In the afternoon, we will start our journey by heading to the beautiful Imperial Citadel, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site since 1993. The Citadel includes the Imperial City and Forbidden City. Enjoy the various palaces, ornate halls, libraries, residences, colleges, Flag Tower and Noon Gate. We then visit the traditional Dong Ba Market, a typical market that has existed in this way for centuries where vendors sprawl their goods out for you to walk around and select the items you want.
Overnight in Hue
|Day 11: Hue – Hanoi (B/L/D)|
After breakfast, you transfer to the airport to catch the flight Ha Noi. Ha Noi is over 1000 years old and is the current capital of Vietnam as well as being the commercial, political, and cultural heart of the country. After checking into the hotel, we start the city tour.
The tour starts with a visit to the Temple of Literature. Built in October 1073 to worship Confucius, it is the first known university in Vietnam. We then take the short drive to Hoan Kiem Lake where you will see Ngoc Son Temple, which worships Van Xuong saint, and Tran Hung Dao, a former general commander.
You can then walk down the elegant tree lined boulevards where we can see many French influences such as Hanoi Opera House, the State Bank, the former Governor’s palace, and the Hanoi Cathedral (Saint Joseph’s built in the late 19th century).
Enjoy dinner at one of the local restaurants before going to see the unique and intriguing Water Puppet Show, a traditional folk performance held on the Red River Delta.
Overnight in Hanoi
|Day 12: Hanoi – Tam Coc – Hoa Lu – Hanoi (B/L/-)|
Leaving Ha Noi, we travel 80 km south to the Ninh Binh Province. This is an area of outstanding beauty, unrivaled historical and religious sites. Often known as the ‘Ha Long Bay on Land’, the area has large rock structures jutting out of the water and the land that are reminiscent of the Bay.
We begin our tour with a relaxing sampan (boat) ride through the gentle and elegant landscape of plains and mountains leading to the beautiful and mysterious Tam Coc Grottoes. We then have a gentle cycle ride (4km) to the Bich Dong Cave. This journey takes you through breath taking scenery of rice fields and imposing mountains. From Bich Dong Cave, we then head off to Hoa Lu, the former capital of the Dinh and early Le dynasties between the 10th and 11th centuries. Then we heading back to Hanoi and free at leisure for the rest of the day.
Overnight in Hanoi
|Day 13: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay (B/L/D)|
Today travel by coach through the rich farm land of the Red River Delta to arrive at Halong Bay. Designated a World Heritage site in 1994, Halong Bay’s spectacular scatter of islands, dotted with wind and wave-eroded grottoes, is a vision of ethereal beauty.
Upon arrival you will board your vessel to visit the thousands of limestone islands filled with caves of all shapes and sizes. The sails of junks and sampans gliding along the clear and emerald waters of the bay form a magnificent scene that blends into the sky. You will also have the opportunity to visit some of the hidden grottoes beneath the towering cliffs.
While on-board you’ll also enjoy lunch and dinner plus the opportunity to participate in activities such as mini golf and cooking demonstrations.
Overnight on Cruise
|Day 14: Ha Long Bay – Hanoi – Train to Lao Cai (Overnight on train) (B/L/D)|
Awake early and participate in Tai Chi on the top deck or simply relax and enjoy the sunrise over the bay’s towering islands, a sight not to be missed, especially if you are into photography. Enjoy a morning cup of coffee or tea, before setting out to explore nearby islands by rowboat. Return to take advantage of the sundeck and admire the amazing rock formations of Halong Bay. Enjoy an early lunch before disembarking the cruise. Return your hotel in Hanoi by shuttle bus. After dinner, Your guide will pick you up and transfer to Hang Co Train Station for an overnight train to Lao Cai.
Overnight on train
|Day 15: Lao Cai – Sapa (B/L/-)|
You will be met at Lao Cai railway station, and taken to a local restaurant for breakfast. You will then be driven the 35kms to the former French Hill Station of Sapa. Sapa sits snugly into the mountain side at 1.560 meters. The drive offers beautiful panoramic scenery of mountains and valleys that are typical of the region.
You will take a short trip into Cat Cat Valley where you will meet some of the local H’mong people. Cat Cat is an agricultural community that was founded in the 19th century and preserves its old architectural monuments such as Pomu timber plank – roofed triple – room houses.
Overnight in Sapa
|Day 16: Sapa – Lao Cai – Hanoi (B/L/-)|
After Breakfast, You will visit Ham Rong (Dragon Raw) to see a fantastic view of the town and rice paddy fields on terraces that are carved out of the mountainside. Moving on, you will visit one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Sapa, the Silver Waterfall. Finally, you will head back to the hotel in Sapa where you will then be able to relax in your hotel room for the night.
After check out, you are free to shopping, go to the market for souvenir.
16:00: You will be picked up to transfer to the train station in Lao Cai for the overnight train to Hanoi. Arrive Hanoi in the next morning.
|Day 17: Departure|
Arrive Hanoi after long overnight train. You will then have time to wander Hanoi one last time before the transfer for your flight to home.
END OF TOUR
+ Accommodation on a twin share basis including breakfast daily
+ Ha Long Bay Cruise
|Hotel||3 Star||4 Star||5 Star|
|Saigon||Alagon Central Hotel & Spa||Harmony||Grand Hotel|
|Mui Ne||Melon Resort||Bamboo Village||Anantara|
|Nha Trang||Golden Sand||Maple||Sunrise Nha Trang|
|Hoi An||Sunset Hoi An||Hoi An Sincerity||Lasiesta Hoi An|
|Hue||Hotel la Perle||Cherish Hue||Pilgrimage Village|
|Ha Noi||Splendid Boutique||Golden Lotus Luxury||Hilton Hanoi Opera|
|Ha Long Bay Cruise||Halong Fantasea Cruise||Rosa Boutique Cruise||Bhaya Cruise|
|Sapa||Sapa Memory||Paris Boutique||Aristo International|
+ Domestic Flights
+ All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
+ 15 Breakfasts, 14 Lunches, 09 Dinners
+ The services of professional Local tour guides
+ Entrance fees for all sightseeing as mentioned on the program
+ Boat trips as mentioned
+ Mineral waters & wet tissues serving during transportation.
+ Meals are not mentioned above
+ Single Supplement is just counted for hotel rooms, not for Ha Long Cruise.
+ Visa cost
+ International Flights
+ Laundry, phone expenses
+ Personal expense not mention in the tour
+ Tip for Guide and Driver