Vietnam Explorer

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Duration

18 Days/17 Nights

Departure

Daily from Hochiminh city, Vietnam

Return

Hanoi, Vietnam

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Vietnam Explorer

Explore Vietnam delightful landscapes from Mekong river cruise to Bac Ha market, rice fields on terrace or cycling around West Lake in Hanoi capital

Day 1: Saigon – arrival (-/-/-)
Meet on arrival at Tan Son Nhat International  Airport, transfer to the hotel for check-in. Leisure time. Overnight in Saigon.

Day 2: Saigon – Cuchi tunnels – Saigon (B/L/-)
Depart for Cuchi tunnels, built by Viet Cong fighters during the Vietnam War.
At its height, the tunnel system stretched from Saigon to Cambodian border and was three levels deep. There are more than 200km of underground tunnels, consisting of a main axis system with many branches connecting to underground hideouts, shelters and other tunnels. The remaining tunnels have become a major tourist attraction giving the visitor a unique experience and a feel of what underground life in the war must have been like. On the way back to Saigon, stopover at local homes producing rice papers & rice wine. Lunch at local restaurant in Saigon.
Discover Hochiminh city (formerly Saigon), the biggest economic center in the country: Opera house, Notre Dame cathedral, Central Post Office, Palace of Reunification, War Remnants Museum, a lacquer factory. Overnight in Saigon.

Day 3: Saigon – Cai Be – Vinh Long (B/L/D)
Journey to Caibe district, Tien Giang province. Enjoy a wonderful cruise to visit Caibe floating market, emerald rice fields, lush green orchards of tropical fruits. Walk along Monkey bridges linking villages, hamlets and narrow canals. Interact with local people whilst learning cooking lesson with your host family. Home stay in Cai Be.

Day 4: Vinh Long – Can Tho (B/L/-)
Continue walking or cycling on the small roads which connect villages or leisure discovery around the village.
Take a boat trip to Vinh Long town. Disembark at Vinh Long harbor to see local market.
Proceed to Can Tho. Upon arrival, visit Binh Thuy ancient house and Khmer pagoda. Check-in at the hotel. Overnight in Can Tho.

Day 5: Can Tho – Saigon (B/L/D)
Enjoy a cruise to access to Cai Rang floating market, the most important in the region. Buyers and sellers are busy to exchange or trade local products or tropical fruits, vegetables etc...on board. Afterwards, drive back to Saigon. Dinner cruise on Saigon river to watch Saigon by night landscapes. Overnight in Saigon.

Day 6: Saigon – Nha Trang (B/-/-)
Today we fly to Nha Trang, famous as seaside resort town. Check-in at the hotel. Leisure time for your own discovery. Overnight in Nha Trang.

Day 7: Nha Trang (B/L/-)
Full day to discover Nha Trang delights: Po Nagar Cham towers, Oceanographic Institute, Long Son pagoda where you have a wonderful view over Nha Trang bay and the whole city and shopping. Overnight in Nha Trang.

Day 8: Nha Trang – Hoian (B/L/-)
Morning flight to Danang.
Meet on arrival at Danang airport, transfer to Hoian. Enjoy a boat trip on Thu Bon river to discover Thanh Ha pottery village. Overnight in Hoian.

Day 9: Hoian – My Son Holy Land (B/L/-)
After breakfast, discover Hoian ancient town, known to early Western merchants, the city was one of the major trading centers of South East Asia in the 16th century. Hoian has a distinctive Chinese atmosphere with low, tiled-roof houses and narrow streets. Many of the houses were constructed of rare timbers and decorated with lacquer panels engraved with Chinese characters and pillars carved with ornamental designs. Visit historic merchants and community houses, places of worship, Japanese bridge and Hoian central market. 
PM: Drive to My Son sanctuary, the former royal city of Cham empire during 4-16th centuries. My Son was listed as UNESCO’s World Heritage in 1999. Back to your hotel for refreshment. Overnight in Hoian.

Day 10: Hoian – Hue (B/L/-)
Then depart for Hue. The scenic 3hours and half drive via Hai Van pass offers spectacular views of mountains, the sea, idyllic beaches and villages. Visit Cham museum on the way.
We continue further north to the charming historic city of Hue. Lunch at local restaurant.
Enjoy a boat trip on the Perfume River to discover Thien Mu pagoda, the wonderful architectural structures for religious worship in Hue.
Then check-in at hotel. Free time. Overnight in Hue.

Day 11: Hue – Hanoi (B/L/-)
Explore Hue, the former Royal city of the 13 ruling Nguyen dynasties: visit the Imperial Citadel, Forbidden city and Tu Duc King tomb.
Fly to Hanoi. Meet on arrival at Hanoi airport, transfer to the hotel for check-in. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 12: Hanoi – Lao Cai (B/L/-)
We discover Hanoi-the charming capital of Vietnam today:
Hochiminh's mausoleum Complex (closed on Monday, Friday and every afternoon, in October & November yearly) and his residence, Presidential Palace, One pillar pagoda,  Hoa Lo prison, French colonial quarter, Temple of Literature, Hanoi Opera, Museum of Ethnology.
Lunch at local restaurant.
Then explore Hoan Kiem lake and a short walk in Hanoi Old quarter.
Attend a performance of water puppets show.
Transfer to Hanoi Railways Station to catch the night train to LaoCai: FANXIPAN EXPRESSS or SAPALY TRAIN (Sleeper berth–cabin–04 passengers).  Overnight on train.

Day 13: Lao Cai – Bac Ha market – Sapa (B/L/-)
Early arrival at Laocai Railways Station.
Have a simple breakfast in Lao Cai.
Depart to Bacha market, the biggest colorful market in Laocai province, held every Sunday morning. You can see the ethnic minorities go to the market on the back-horse or on foot. The market is bustling from 9.00am to 12:30pm. Lunch at local restaurant.
Then visit Hmong’s King palace in ancient house built with  French architecture.
Drive back to Laocai before climbing to sapa hill tribe. Overnight in Sapa.

Day 14: Sapa villages – Hanoi (B/L/-)
AM: Visit Sapa market, short trek to Laochai & Tavan villages where we meet H’mong, Dzao, Dzay people.
PM: Explore Taphin village with Black H’mong people.
Return to Laocai to take the train night to Hanoi. Overnight on train.

Day 15: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B/L/D)
Early arrive in Hanoi, transfer to hotel for breakfast.
8:00am depart for Halong bay, 180km east of Hanoi, listed as World Heritage Area by UNESCO in 1994.
12:00 we board a traditional junk to discover the 8th World Wonder where the movie "Indochine" was realized with Catherine Deneuve, French star in the 1990's. Lunch on boat with fresh seafood. It is time to relax on the deck through the most beautiful landscapes with more than 2,000 islands and islets limestone, rising from the emerald water. Visit a natural cave, the most picturesque grotto in the bay. Swimming (if the weather permits) and relaxing on the deck. Dinner & Overnight on board.

Day 16: Halong Bay – Hanoi (B/L/-)
Continue our excursion until lunch.
12:00 Drive back to Hanoi. Visit a workshop of potteries en route and Trinh Pagoda – Yen Tu.
Upon arrival at hotel, check-in. FREE TIME. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 17: Hanoi – cycling (B/L/-)
Today experience a leisure cycling around the West Lake to see ancient pagodas and temples or interact with local people and shopping. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 18: Hanoi – departure (B/-/-)
Breakfast at hotel, transfer to Hanoi International Airport for departure flight. End of services. Check-out before 12:00.

Trip cost: from US$1789 per person. Kindly contact our team today for any assistance.

Including:

  • Double/Twin room at selected hotels & on junk (NON-PRIVATE BOAT) in Halong Bay
  • Entrance fees and permits
  • Train tickets Hanoi-Laocai-Hanoi on FANXIPAN EXPRESSS or SAPALY TRAIN
  • Boat trips in Halong bay, on Perfume River, Mekong delta, Hoian
  • Private air-conditioning transfer
  • Professional ENGLISH speaking guides
  • Meals (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch; D: Dinner) as mentioned in program

Excluding:

  • Vietnam visa fees
  • International airfares & airport’s taxes to/from Vietnam
  • Airfares Saigon-Nhatrang/Nhatrang-Danang/Hue-Hanoi Economy Class
  • Tips, drinks
  • Travel insurances
  • Other personal expenses...

Hotels:

  • Sapphire hotel SUP (***) or similar in Hochiminh city
  • Ut Trinh home stay in Cai Be
  • Kim Tho hotel SUP (***) in Can Tho
  • Luxury hotel SUP (***) in Nha Trang
  • Thuy Duong hotel DLX (***) in Hoian
  • Romance hotel DLX (****) in Hue
  • Celia hotel DLX (***) in Hanoi
  • Bamboo hotel SUP (***) in Sapa
  • Bai Tho Junk DLX (***) in Halong bay

Supplement: (subject to change by the carrier without prior notice)
Domestic airfares Saigon - Nhatrang/ Nhatrang - Danang/ Hue - Hanoi:US$330/person Economy Class on Vietnam Airlines

Note: Rates for 4 & 5 Star hotels or extension beach in Hoian are available.

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