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This 15-day tour will take you to almost every corner of Vietnam, from the south to the far north, presenting to you the varied and vivid culture of local people as well as the incredible history of this nation. Taking this tour, will give you an insight into the resounding historic period of the people of the Far East.
Upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat Airport, you will be warmly welcomed and transferred to hotel for check in. Today, you are free at leisure. Overnight at the hotel in Saigon
Morning drive to the Cu Chi Tunnels, situated 70km from Saigon. The Cu Chi Tunnel system was created around 1948 to assist the Viet Minh in their combat against French occupiers. Construction and enlargement continued during American bombings and they were turned into an underground city with living areas, kitchens, storage, weapon factories and field hospitals. The Cu Chi Tunnels could house up to 10,000 people who lived underground for years, getting married and raising children. During the Vietnam – American War the entire area of Cu Chi was designated as a fire free zone yet was heavily bombarded. Since 1988, two sections of the tunnels are open for visitors
Have lunch at the local restaurant.
In the afternoon you will visit the Notre Dame Cathedral and the General Post Office. The Saigon city tour then continues along Dong Khoi Street, where the Opera House and the Peoples’ Committee building, built in 1897 by French architect Ferret Eugene, are situated. The 800 seat Opera House served as the home of the Lower House Assembly of South Vietnam after 1956. You will then visit The Reunification Palace, formerly known as Presidential Palace, which was the residence of the president of South Vietnam until the end of April 1975. Overnight at hotel in Saigon
You will be picked up from your hotel at 08:30am, leaving the bustling city of Saigon behind, we depart to the Mekong Delta considered Vietnam’s biggest rice basket. Upon arrival at Hung Vuong Pier in Ben Tre town, you commence your cruise along Bến Tre River, a tributary of the mighty Mekong to explore the local lifestyle and daily activities. Stop at Mr. Tu Lo’s brick field to see how Vietnamese workers make bricks by hand. This is followed by a visit to a coconut candy factory located along the canal to witness the process of making coconut candy and other souvenirs. We will continue our rowing trip through the canals to visit Nhon Thanh village. Here you get a chance to stroll around the village to discover the local lifestyle and taste fresh fruit.
A cycle excursion along the small roads passing lush rice paddies and vegetable gardens will leave you ready for lunch at a riverside homestay. In the afternoon, you will continue your cycling trip, and drop by Mr. Sau Khanh’s home to admire his valuable collection of antiques. You will learn about Vietnamese farm work and join hands with the locals in some of their daily tasks. Prepare and enjoy your dinner at the homestay. Overnight at the homestay in Ben Tre
After breakfast, you will visit the local market and Phu Nhuan Temple where old cycads has been growing for a hundred year. We will then row along Cai Coi canal towards Hung Vuong pier where we disembark. Drive to Saigon and visit Cao Dai Temple in My Tho en route. Have lunch at a local restaurant. Then you will fly to Danang and be driven to Hoi An, check into hotel and relax. Overnight at hotel in Hoi An.
In the morning, our guide and car will pick you up at your hotel and take you to My Son Holy Land, once the capital city of the Champa Kingdom, between the 4th and 12th century. My Son is a large complex of religious relics that comprises more than 70 architectural works. They include temples and towers connecting to each other with complicated red brick designs. The major structure of the Cham architecture is a tower, built to reflect the divinity of the king.
Return to Hoi An for lunch at a nice local restaurant. After that you will visit Hoi An’s ancient town, once an important international trading port and now a charming riverside town. Hoi An features a fantastic combination of Chinese, Dutch, Japanese and Portuguese culture. Explore each, when visiting the Japanese Pagoda Bridge, Chinese streets, old Phung Hung houses, Hoi An’s market and ancient port, enjoy the city’s transformation and stroll through this quaint, glowing fairy tale town in your free time. Overnight at hotel in Hoi An
After having breakfast at hotel, drive to Hue. Stops en route are the sensational Marble Mountain, Danang Beach and Danang city for a visit to the Cham Museum. We then follow the road over the scenic Hai Van Pass before arriving in Hue, the last imperial capital of Vietnam.
The afternoon will be spent visiting Hue Imperial City, the last royal city of Vietnam with various beautiful structures including the Flag Tower, Ngo Mon Gate, Nine Dynastic Urns, Nine Holy Cannons, Thai Hoa Palace and the Forbidden Purple City or Tu Cam Thanh. We then visit the Tomb of Emperor Tu Duc, which was built between 1864 and 1867 by 3000 soldiers and workers. It includes 50 monuments surrounded by a 1500m long wall and covers an area of 12 hectare.
We then stroll through the bustling Dong Ba Market, passing many fantastic eating spots where visitors have a chance to sample various local delicacies. Overnight at hotel in Hue.
Start the day with a leisurely boat trip on the poetic Perfume River. We will stop at Dong Ba Market to buy ingredients for the evening cooking class. En route you will visit Thien Mu Pagoda also known as “Heavenly Lady Pagoda”, the symbol of Hue city.
We will then continue the cruise toward Thuy Bieu eco-village, an ancient village overlooking the most pristine part of Perfume River backed by Ngu Binh Mountain.
Arrive in the village, and join our cooking class to prepare Hue’s signature dishes with our chef’s instruction, then enjoy your creations in the open air riverside restaurant surrounded by lush trees.
The afternoon is reserved for cycling through the peaceful village, visiting several communal houses, ancient temples and the highlight: the garden- house, a typical and unique feature of Hue. Soaking your feet in medicinal herb water followed by an excellent blind massage will refresh them after a day of sightseeing. Back to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel in Hue
After having breakfast, you will take a short flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel and relax.. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi
You will be picked up at the hotel at 8:00am. Starting the day trip will be a visit of the Ho Chi Minh Complex, which compromises Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum (closed on Mondays & Fridays), his former stilt-house residence, the Presidential Palace and Ho Chi Minh Museum. We will then visit the Temple of Literature constructed in 1070 to worship Confucius, which served as the first Royal National University in Vietnam. The site also honors 82 Vietnamese doctorates who passed a number of rigid exams in the feudal ages. Their names, birthdays and birthplaces are engraved in 82 headstones perched on stone tortoises. It is widely believed that touching the heads of these tortoises will bring luck. Its peaceful green compound with its neatly maintained lawns, gardens and lotus ponds make it a tranquil hideaway from the city’s bustle and heat. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant.
In the afternoon, we will visit the Museum of Ethnology (closed on Mondays, the alternative being the History Museum), which offers informative and well-documented displays of the country’s 54 ethnic groups, including elaborate and colorful hill tribe costumes. The display continues in the museum’s garden with fascinating examples of traditional houses of numerous minority groups, from the Kinhs to the ethnic groups of the Central Highlands. Then back to the Old Quarter for a 1 hour cyclo tour. We then head to Ngoc Son Temple set on a tiny island in the middle of Hoan Kiem Lake. Ngoc Son Temple dates back to the 13th century, and the lake itself is the picturesque heart of Hanoi, frequented by tourists and locals alike. You can then continue exploring Hanoi by yourself until the departure of the night train to Lao Cai. Overnight on train.
We will arrive in Lao Cai around 6:00am and continue to Sapa, situated 40km from Lao Cai, by private car. After breakfast we will explore Sapa town, founded by the French as a holiday resort. Visit Cat Cat village, home to H’Mong ethnic people. They are excellent “tho cam” weavers, a kind of brocade fabric. The “tho cam” of Cat Cat village is of especially high quality, as it is dyed with natural colors, polished with beeswax and embroidered with unique designs. Cat Cat silver jewelry such as necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings are known for their sophisticated production techniques. A walk through this old village offers a glimpse into traditional customs and practices of the ethnic Black Hmong. We will stop at a beautiful waterfall and the remains of a hydroelectric plant built by the French during their colonization of Vietnam. Have lunch at the local restaurant.
In the afternoon, we’ll visit the Silver Cascade and O Quy Ho Pass. Overnight at hotel in Sapa
Breakfast at hotel, before starting our trek through the beautiful Muong Hoa valley in Sapa. After following the road for 2km, we reach Y Linh Ho village home to Black H’mong ethnic people. We continue our walk to Lao Chai village and enjoy beautiful views of terraced rice fields along the way. The guide will prepare a simple picnic style lunch for you. After lunch, we will visit a Catholic church and explore local traditions and customs. In the afternoon, we will reach the heart of the Sapa valley, the Ta Van village home to Dzay ethnic people. Dinner and overnight at a Dzay ethnic house.
(Note: During May (rice planting month) and September (rice ripening month), the golden terraced fields are especially spectacular and you can learn about methods of harvesting or planting).
Breakfast at the homestay, followed by a scenic hike through rice paddies, past waterfalls and bamboo forests to Giang Ta Chai village, home to the Red Dzao ethnic group. After visiting this village, we return to a house near the waterfall for lunch. After lunch, we hike to the main road where our vehicle is waiting to take us back to Sapa.
Depart from Sapa to Lao Cai. Along the way, we will visit Ma Tra village inhabited by the welcoming Black Hmong minority. Transfer to Lao Cai for night train to Hanoi. Overnight on train.
After approximately three and a half hours, you will reach Hon Gai Pier, Ha Long City where you will board a boat. Later, you will transfer to a traditional junk and have lunch while cruising the magnificent Bai Tu Long Bay. On the way, you can admire the fascinating rock formations which arch out of the water. In the afternoon, the boat will anchor at Vung Vieng Fishing Village, and a tender will take you to visit one of the largest and oldest fishing villages in Ha Long Bay where you can discover the lives of the local fishing villagers. Next, you will visit a pearl farm where you can learn about the processes involved in farming the precious gemstones. Then, you can enjoy relaxing on a white sandy beach, swimming or kayaking around the picturesque limestone outcrops. As the cruise continues on to Ban Chan Beach, you can enjoy a BBQ dinner and cooking class on board the boat with the sun setting over the bay. You will stay overnight in Ban Chan.
Rise to the sound of water against the ship’s belly, and take an early morning dip followed by breakfast. Sitting on the upper deck, you can relax while taking in the breath-taking beauty of the karst landscape. After breakfast, you will visit Thien Canh Son Cave with millions of surprising stalactites and stalagmites you can understand this is a must see area for the majority of people who come to Vietnam. You will continue cruising through the bay, passing ever more fascinating limstone formations. The boat arrives at the harbor around noon and you will be driven from Halong to Hanoi. Overnight in hotel in Hanoi
Free time for a last bit of shopping or exploring the city on your own, before we take you to Noi Bai airport for your flight home. We are happy to have been part of your remarkable journey.
1350$ US per traveler. You will join with other travelers of up to 10. This price covers almost everything only except your personal expenses, flight tickets & beverage. There is absolutely no extra charge after confirmation.
+ All transfer & transportation
+ Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary
+ Experienced English speaking guide
+ Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner)
+ All sightseeing tickets & entrances fees
If you want to have it tailor-made to suit your expectation, simply let us know in the inquiry form on the right. The price will be calculated depend on your group size