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With only 6 days in Vietnam, it is the best choice for people who love to learn about Vietnam’s culture and history but limited time. The first destination is the capital thousand years of civilization Hanoi with beautiful colonial buildings, lovely parks, museums. The next site is Halong Bay recognized two time as the World Heritage by UNESCO and the last one is dynamic and cosmopolitan Saigon.
You will be met at the airport by your guide who will be on hand to make sure your trip gets off to a fantastic start. We will then take you to the heart of Hanoi, The Old Quarter. Be sure to look out for the world’s longest mosaic which depicts some iconic Vietnamese traditional stories and offers a glimpse into the vibrancy and creativity of Hanoian culture. Once in the Old Quarter, you will be escorted to your three-star hotel where you are free to relax and take in the atmosphere. The architectural melting pot of Hanoian buildings creates an eclectic and fascinating glimpse into its history and the city pulses with the energy of the streets.
You will be picked up at the hotel at 8:00 AM. 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. You 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, you 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. 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 will perfectly wrap up the day with a traditional water puppet show in the evening. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi
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 directly to Hanoi airport for your flight to Saigon. Upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat airport, you will be transferred to your hotel for check-in. Overnight at hotel in Saigon.
You will be picked up at 8:00 AM from your hotel in Saigon, to 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. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant.
In the afternoon, you will visit the War Remnants Museum formerly known as the Museum of American War Crimes. This is a poignant display of the futility of war. Next on the sightseeing list is Thien Hau Pagoda located in Cho Lon, the city’s Chinatown. This pagoda is dedicated to the Goddess of the Sea. The most impressive features of the structure are the intricate friezes and the carved tableaus towards the front of the pagoda. The impressive incense coils inside the pagoda also make for some great photos. Another site that cannot be missed is Binh Tay Market or ‘Cho Lon’, which can be roughly translated to ‘big market’. Although the whole district lives up to its name a visit to this market really says it all. Selling everything from fake Ray Bans to dried squid, you are bound to enjoy a walk through the maze of stalls in this bustling market. your tour of Saigon will end with a visit to a lacquer ware workshop. Overnight at hotel in Saigon.
Free time for a last bit of shopping or exploring the city on your own, before we take you to Tan Son Nhat airport for your flight home. We are happy to have been part of your remarkable journey.
500$ US per traveler. You will join with other travelers of up to 10. This price covers almost everything only except your personal expenses, flight ticket & 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