IMPRESSION OF VIETNAM – 14 DAYS

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 In 14 memorable days, see the best of vibrant Vietnam. Explore Hanoi’s enchanting Old Quarter and the Imperial city of Hue. Experience life in the fast lane in Saigon and take time out in Hoi An. Spend a night aboard a Junk in breathtaking Halong Bay, cruise the scenic Mekong Delta and more on this exciting Southeast Asian adventure…

 

Tour Duration: 14 days
Tour Route: Hanoi- Halong – Hue- Danang – Hoi An- Ho Chi Minh city- Mekong Delta
Dates: Flexible departure dates. You may go wherever you wish.
Starts/Ends: Hanoi / Ho Chi Minh City
Tour Type: Landscape and Nature, Cruise Holidays, and cycling
Activity Level: Easy
BRIEF ITINERARY:

Day 01: Hanoi – Arrival
Day 02: Hanoi City Tour- (B, L)
Day 03: Hanoi – Ha Long (B, L, D)
Day 04: Ha Long – Hanoi ( Brunch)

Day 05 : Hanoi– Flight to Hue( B)
Day 06: Hue city tour ( B)

Day 07: Hue – Hoi An( B)

Day 08: Cooking class in Hoi An ½ day(B, L)

Day 09: Cycling Hoian experiene ½ day(B)
Day 10: Hoi An – Da Nang – Flight to Ho Chi Minh City ( B)

Day 11: Ho Chi Minh city tour – Cu Chi tunnel(B)

Day 12: Ho Chi Minh city – Cai Be -Homestay( B, L, D)

Day 13: Vinh Long – Ho Chi Minh city( B, L)
Day 14: Ho Chi Minh – Departure (B)

DAY 1: ARRIVE HANOI

 

On arrival Hanoi, meet your guide & driver at Noi Bai International Airport and transfer to hotel in the city center and check-in. (Hotel rooms may not be ready until 14:00 but an early check-in would be guaranteed with a surcharge.)

Rest of the day is at leisure. O/N in Hanoi

DAY 2 : HANOI CITY TOUR- ( B, L)

AM: 8:00 Tour guide will pick you up at your hotel, start your city tour by taking photos and learn about the history of the Hanoi Old quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake as well as the Hanoi Opera House. Then you stop to visit some other Hanoi’s famous sites seeing: including Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh house on stilt, Presidential Palace and the Temple of Literature – the first university of Vietnam and is constructed to dedicate to Confucius. . Have lunch at local restaurant.

PM: Visit the Ethnology museum which consists of documents, antiques and photos of culture and custom of 54 ethnic communities from the North to the South of Vietnam. Enjoy the water puppet show. Return to hotel for relaxing. O/N in Hanoi.

DAY 3 : HANOI – HALONG( B, L, D)

7:45           Hotel pick-up. Transfer to Halong Bay by shuttle bus , 165km far from Hanoi

12:30            Arrive at Hon Gai Harbor, Ha Long City.

12:45          Enjoy a welcome drink onboard.

13:30          Enjoy a freshly prepared lunch while cruising through Bai Tu Long.

15:30          Explore VungVieng Village. Guests have 01 hour riding on sampan bamboo boat and learn about life of fisher communities or kayaking around VungVieng area.

16h30:        Swimming, Sunbathing and Relaxing at Ban Chan Beach

17:30:         Relax and enjoy the sunset cocktail while the boat cruising to Cong Dong-Cong Do area for docking for overnight

18:00          Cooking class offering lessons in traditional Vietnamese cuisine.

19:30          Dinner will be served with BBQ buffet

21:00:         Relax and enjoy the evening or choose from a variety of activities including board games and squid fishing.

DAY 4 : HALONG – HANOI BRUNCH)

6: 30:          Rise early for morning tai chi on the sundeck.

07:30:         Light breakfast

8:00:           Explore the ThienCanh Son Cave.

9:30:           Checkout and relaxing on sundeck

10:30:         Enjoy the last of the Ha Long Bay scenery over lunch as the boat cruises back to shore.

12:00          Return Hanoi by bus

DAY 5 : HANOI – FLIGHT TO HUE( B)

07h00 pick up at the hotel and transfer to the airport to take flight to Hue(09:00- 10:00). On arrival Hue, meet the guide and driver and transfer to hotel in downtown. Check in hotel.

PM: Free at your leisure until

17:30 guide pick you up at your hotel and take you to a local restaurant to taste all special cake of Hue (“Loc” cake, “Beo” cake, “Khoai” cake, Spring rolls).

18:30PM Discover Citadel by night. The highlight of the Citadel is the scene from the Ngo Mon Gate, Trung Dao Brigde, Thai Dich Lake, Dien Tho Place, Truong Sanh Place… Beside, we join in ceremony at Citadel and watching performance at Thai Hoa Temple…

20:30-21:00 return to hotel. O/N in Hue

DAY 6: HUE CITY TOUR( B)

9:30am. Star the trip at your hotel in Hue City with Tourguide & Driver. Take a boat trip to visit the Thien Mu Pagoda, then visit An Hien garden house, is the most beautiful and best known in Hue. Nestled in a 5,000-square-meter garden, it overlooks the Perfume River. The road to the house is 34 m long and is bordered by white apricot trees. The house was built on the principles of Oriental geomancy. After that, you keep visiting Thanh Toan Roof bridge. . Have lunch at a local restaurant

After lunch visit t the Tomb of King Tu Duc. Return to hotel. O/N in Hue

DAY 7 : HUE- HOIAN ( B, L)

08h30 : Transfer to Hoi An( 120km far from Hue). On the way, you will stop at Lang Co beach, Hai van pass. On arrival Da Nang, visit Marble mountain- Ngu Hanh Son ( Moutains of the Five Elements ). Climb up Thuy Son ( Water ) by the stone stairs and enjoy the panoramic view of the nearby countryside, and visit Huyen Khong cave before entering Tam Thai and Linh Ung pagodas. Take a rest at the foot of the mountain, where you can visit Non Nuoc stone village. Here, you can see the local skillful sculptors creating many marble products which are exported to many countries worldwide. Have lunch at local restaurant. Check in hotel in Hoian. In the evening you will have a walking tour around Hoian ancient town with visiting Japanese bridge, Phuc Kien communal house, ancient houses… O/N in Hoian

DAY 8 : HOIAN COOKING CLASS ½ DAYS( B, L)

+ Starting at 8.00am, a chef-guided tour to the local colorful and crowded Hoi An Market and experience the amazing sights, sounds and aromas of this busy place. You will have an opportunity to meet the local sellers and learn about the foodstuff to be prepared for the cooking lesson.

+ The market tour will give you an insight not just into the scents and flavor of Vietnamese herbs and spices but also real market culture, how to bargain and where to buy your fresh foodstuff. The market place is the core of Vietnamese society.

Start the cooking lesson. The lesson runs for about 2 hours. The head chef first present a theory lesson, and then He demonstrates course by course according to the lesson plan, during his demonstrate He will ask some check questions to ensure that you understand what he does, of course you can ask questions at any time. You will see the finished courses and you will have plenty of opportunity to get involved and try your hand at reproducing the flavors.

DAY 9 : HOIAN EXPERIENCE CYCLING IN 3 HOURS( B)

AM: free at your leisure

PM: at 3:00PM Start your adventure by meeting our guide at your hotel.   We then cycle a short distance to escape from the city and main roads to Tra Que village where we meet the locals working on their herb and vegetable gardens and watch and learn how the Vietnamese farm organically.

We continue our cycle ride through the rice fields, meeting local farmers along the way and seeing how friendly their water buffalo are when we have the chance to take a ride with them. We stop at the beautiful water palm area and visit a local fisherman and his family for snacks and chat to them about their lives.   We then experience a ride on the traditional bamboo basket boat amidst the famous coconut palms where the Viet Cong used to hide during the War. Finally, we enjoy a leisurely cycle back to the centre of Hoi An.

DAY 10 : HOIAN – DANANG – HOCHIMINH CITY( B)

At 12:00 PM guide and driver pick up you at the hotel and transfer to the airport to take flight to Ho Chi Minh city( 14:30 – 15:40) . On arrival Saigon, meet the guide and driver at the airport and transfer to hotel. Check in hotel. O/N in Hoc Chi Minh city.

DAY 11 : HOCHIMINH CITY TOUR – CU CHI TUNNELS( B) 

AM: Pick up at the hotel and transfer to Cu Chi tunnels. On arrival Cu Chi, view video film and presentation about Cu Chi tunnels.  On site visit of Ben Dinh tunnels.  Cu Chi tunnels were created since 1948 to assist Viet Nam to combat the French.  Construction of the tunnels continued over the next 25 years until they became an underground city with living areas, kitchens, storage, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers for the war against American

PM: Return to Ho Chi Minh city and start city tour with seeing War museum, Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, Ben Thanh market… O/N in Saigon

DAY 12 : HOCHIMINH CITY- MEKONG DELTA HOMESTAY ( B, L, D)

8:00 pick up at the hotel, then transfer to Cai Ba floating market. On arrival Cai Be, tourist will be on board at the tourist boat station in Cai Be and welcomed with cold towels, fresh coconut.

Boating and enjoying the fresh air on the Mekong river, the tourists visit the floating market, the original style of commerce on the Mekong river, will be dizzy of boats on the river.

Visiting the local poprice, coconut candy workshop and knowing the ways bee-breeding tasting honey tea by breezy river.

Crossing the Mekong river to An Binh island visiting a hundred year ancient house (Mr.Cai Cuong), a landlord’s one in the past, a combination between Vietnamese-French architecture in the Mekong delta (if low tide, tourists will visit another local house, knowing about the daily activities of the locals).

Taking about 20 minutes for rowing sampan or cycling along the village paths with discovery feelings. Boating to the local family or bungalow Mai Vang for overnight. Walking to village paths, stop at the local house to know the real rural life in the early evening.

Preparing and having dinner, is the wonderful things for tourist in cosy evening with the local ones. Overnight at local house.

DAY 13 : VINH LONG – HOCHIMINH CITY( B, L) 

Having breakfast, saygoodbye to the family.

Boating to An Binh Garden, enjoying a cup of tea and some of the local tropical fruits and listening to the traditional music, is the best chance for relaxation.

Cruising along Co Chien river, visiting brick & pottery kilns where the tourist know how to make the brick and the pottery from the local clay and styles with the traditional technique.

Visiting Tien Chau, a national cutural relic.End the tour in Vinh Long.

Return to Ho Chi Minh city. Check in hotel. Free at your leisure. O/N in Ho Chi Minh city.

DAY 14 : HOCHIMINH CITY – DEPARTURE( B)

Free at your leisure until transfer to the airport to take flight home. End of tour.

 

 

In Hoi An