Vietnam Must-sees 12 Days

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Duration : 12 Days
Availability : Everyday
Type : Group & Private
Max People : 10

This 12-day tour will show you the highlights of the country’s diverse regions.  We start out in the mountainous region of Sapa, where we will visit the colorful ethnic market Bac Ha, hike to ethnic minority villages and marvel at the stunning landscape and emerald green rice terraces. You will then get to unwind on a wooden luxury junk in Halong Bay. From here you will fly to Central Vietnam to visit Hue Imperial City, a historic city filled with famous tombs dating back to the Nguyen dynasty. Next on the itinerary is Hoi An, well known for its architecture and traditional handicraft villages. For yet another side of Vietnam, you will travel to bustling Ho Chi Minh City located in southern Vietnam before exploring the maze of colorful floating markets and waterways in the Mekong Delta.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival

Upon arrival at Noi Bai Airport, you will be warmly welcomed and transferred to hotel for check in. Today, you are free at leisure. Overnight at the hotel in Hanoi

Day 2: Explore Hanoi's famous sites - Night train to Lao Cai (B, L)

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. You can then continue exploring Hanoi by yourself until the departure of the night train to Lao Cai.

Day 3: Lao Cai - Bac Ha Ethnic Market - Sapa (B, L)

Arrive in Lao Cai 6:00 AM, and drive to Bac Ha by car to visit Bac Ha market. This is the biggest local ethnic market of the region and takes place every Sunday. Tribal people from surrounding villages flock here to exchange their products. Most still use horses to carry their loads, which means an early departure to get to the market in time. 

If you visit Sapa during a spring weekend, you will frequently meet locals in their colorful costumes heading to the markets as this is the best time for youngsters to find a partner to marry. Spring in Sapa, especially around Tet Holiday (late January to early February), is therefore a very joyful time despite the cool temperatures. This is the season of courting, dating and weddings. Nature also contributes to the atmosphere vibrant red and white flowers blooming everywhere. It all makes for a rather unique setting.

After lunch, you will leave the colorful market behind, to follow a zigzag road along the mountain to visit Ban Pho 1 and Ban Pho 2 villages, inhabited by Flower H’mong people. We will stop at a local house to see how corn wine is made – a special wine Bac Ha is renowned for. Taste some and you will truly feel its local flavor. Return to Sapa in the late afternoon. Overnight at hotel in Sapa

Day 4: Sapa - Lao Chai - Ta Van - Night Train to Hanoi (B, L)

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before commencing your full day tour of Sapa, starting with its vibrant market and colonial houses. Descending into the Muong Hoa Valley, you will reach the picturesque Lao Chai village home to the Black H’mong ethnic minority and Ta Van village inhabited by Dzay. Enjoy stunning views of rice terraces curving around the hillside, winding rivers and streams glistening in the sunshine. Enjoy a picnic for lunch. 

On the way back to Sapa, you will visit Ma Tra village, home to Black Hmong ethnic people. You then return to Lao Cai train station by car to catch the night train to Hanoi.

Day 5: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Overnight on Board (B, L, D)

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.

Day 6: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Flight to Hue (B, L)

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 Hue. Upon arrival at Hue airport, you will be transferred to your hotel for check-in. Overnight at hotel in Hue.

Day 7: Hue - Da Nang - Hoi An (B, L)

After breakfast, your guide will pick you up at the hotel at 8:00 AM for a cruise on the romantic Perfume River. Visit Thien Mu Pagoda, also known as “Heavenly Lady Pagoda and the ornate Minh Mang’s Tomb, before  disembarking to visit Tu Duc Tomb. Have lunch at a local restaurant.  

In the afternoon, you will visit the Citadel and the Forbidden Purple City. You then start our drive to Hoi An. You will drive over Hai Van Pass and stop in Da Nang to visit the Cham Museum and a handicraft village at the foot of Marble Mountain before arriving in Hoi An. Once in Hoi An, you will check into your hotel. Overnight at hotel in Hoi An.

Day 8: Half-day Walking in Hoi An (B)

Breakfast at hotel. You will be taken on a half-day walking tour through the narrow, winding streets of Hoi An’s ancient town, visiting Chua Ong Pagoda, Chinese assembly halls, the 200- year old Tan Ky ancestral house, and the Japanese Bridge. Following the tour you can explore the town and go shopping on your own. Overnight at hotel in Hoi An

Day 9: Hoi An - Da Nang - Flight to Saigon (B, L)

After breakfast, you will be taken to the airport for the flight to Saigon.

Upon arrival, check into hotel. 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.

 

Day 10: Saigon - Ben Tre - Can Tho (B, L)

You will be picked up at your hotel at 8:30 AM and driven to Ben Tre.  Upon arrival at Hung Vuong pier you will embark a boat to cruise on Ben Tre River, one of the tributaries of the Mekong River.  Enjoy the lively activities on the river like fishing and water transferring. You will stop at a brick-factory, to see how bricks are made by hand in a traditional way. Your next stop is one of numerous coconut processing workshops located along the canal. 

Take a bicycle-cart along a village path and stop at a farmer’s house for lunch. You then talk a walk to a mat-weaving village before embarking small rowing-boats to travel along palm tree lined waterways back to Hung Vuong pier.

You will then drive to Can Tho. Upon arrival, check into hotel and relax. Overnight at hotel in Can Tho

Day 11: Can Tho - Cai Rang Floating Market - Saigon (B, L)

In the early morning, you will visit Cai Rang floating market, the biggest and most famous floating market in the Mekong Delta. Get into a sampan to explore the complicated canal system of Can Tho. You then disembark to visit a beautiful old Binh Thuy house. In the afternoon you will return to Saigon. En route, you will visit Vinh Trang Pagoda, a beautiful pagoda in the Mekong Delta.  Overnight at hotel in Saigon.

Day 12: Saigon Departure

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.

PRICE & INCLUSIONS

GROUP TOUR PRICE & INCLUSIONS

950$ 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

PRIVATE TOUR PRICE & INCLUSIONS

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