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Vietnam Overview
  • Vietnam Overview
Vietnam Overview
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 Lying on the eastern part of the Indochina peninsula, Vietnam is a strip of land shaped like the letter “S”. The country’s total length from North to south is 1,650km with the coastline length of 3.260km. Vietnam is also a transport junction from the Indian Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. Rich of tradition and culture, beautiful landscape, Vietnam is now a common, interesting destination in Southeast Asia for travelers, “Vietnam Overview” is an outlook of what is so called “ Vietnam – the hidden charm”...
 DAY 1:  HO CHI MINH CITY ARRIVAL 
Upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat International airport, meet our local tour guide and transfer to center. Check in hotel 
Overnight at selected hotel in Ho Chi Minh

DAY 2:  HO CHI MINH CITY TOUR (B/L)  
Breakfast at hotel
 Full day city tour:  Visit Thien Hau Temple before continuing to the lively Binh Tay Market. See the incredible display of fresh produce on offer and enjoy the eclectic array of goods that are on sale.
Lunch at local restaurant, in the afternoon continue to visit the War Remnants and the former Presidential Palace. From there, the Notre Dame Cathedral, Old Saigon Post Office, Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Cantinas), passing by Continental Hotel, Opera House and City Hall are all a short walk away. Dinner by own account
Overnight at selected hotel in Ho Chi Minh

DAY 3:  HO CHI MINH CITY - CU CHI TUNNEL - TAY NINH - HO CHI MINH CITY   (B/L) 
 Breakfast at hotelTransfer Cu Chi province (150km from Saigon) visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, an incredible underground tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese resident fighters during the struggle for independence. Lunch at local restaurant
In the afternoon, proceed through typical southern Vietnamese countryside to Tay Ninh Province in the west of Vietnam, center of Cao Dai religion visit Cao Dai Great Temple. You will have the opportunities to watch the worshippers in their white long tunics during noon mass.
Return to Ho Chi Minh City late in the afternoon.
Overnight at Hotel in Ho Chi Minh  

DAY 4:  HO CHI MINH CITY - MEKONG DELTA - HO CHI MINH CITY     (B/L)
Private Cruising on CAI BE Princess Boat
Breakfast at hotel 
 In the morning, leaving Ho Chi Minh City for the Mekong Delta town of Cai Be where you will board the Cai Be Princess boat for a tour of the Delta at around 10:00am. Upon embarkation on Cai Be Princess boat, clients are welcomed with fresh cotton towels.The tour will start with the visit of Cai be colorful floating market, cruising among local sampans coming from all provinces of the delta full of fruits and vegetables. Your sampan will proceed to Dong Hoa Hiep island located between Vinh Long Cai Be. During a 40minutes cruise, you will be able to discover beautiful landscape along the river and observe to discover the typical Mekong Delta rural life. These evergreen islands among the Mekong river still remain unknown to many people. 

Visit at an ancient mandarin house dating from the 19th century where the family will welcome you with a cup a tea.
 Back on board, we will lead to you to observe the activity of the biggest rice stock market. Further, other stops will allow you to see a traditional bricks and tiles factory and how locals are using palm leaves for houses. Cruising 20 minutes further to Phu An hamlet passing by Cai be beautiful church, we will have a visit at some interesting home factories to see how rice paste is made, but also rice cookies coco candies, as well as longan fruits drying process.Lunch will await you at Le Longanier, a superb Indochinese villa located in a lush tropical garden by the river, surrounded by fruits orchards.
After a short walk along a beautiful canal, the excursion will end at approx. 3.30pm at Ba Bon Bridge where your own private transportation vehicle will await you. Drive back Ho Chi Minh.
Overnight at Hotel in Ho Chi Minh
 
DAY 5:  HO CHI MINH CITY - DA LAT  (B)
Breakfast at hotel 
 Transfer to Ho Chi Minh City's domestic airport for early flight to Da Lat (established as a hill station at the beginning of the century). Upon arrival, meet our tour guide at airport and transfer to hotel. 
Exploring Dalat's French chalets and pine forests are more reminiscent of an alpine village than a town in Southeast Asia. An afternoon of sightseeing in Dalat takes in the art deco former summer residence of Emperor Bao Dai, the old Dalat Railway Station, Xuan Huong Lake, the Central Market and Lam Ty Ni Pagoda where a Buddhist monk, Vien Thuc, produces abstract paintings and poetry.
Overnight at selected hotel in Dalat

DAY 6:  DA LAT - PHAN RANG - NHA TRANG    (B)
 
Breakfast at hotel. 
 Bus will transfer to Phan Rang, on the way you will visit the 13th century Po Klong Jarai Cham Towers perched high on a rocky hill surrounded by prickly pear cacti.
After Phan Rang, traveling through vivid green rice fields and salt ponds to Nha Trang, where an afternoon tour of the city includes the Po Nagar Cham Towers and Long Son Pagoda with its enormous white Buddha statue.
Overnight at selected hotel in Nha Trang  

DAY 7:  NHA TRANG ON BAY    (B)  
Breakfast at hotel 
Free at leisure with own activities (no tours, no guides) swimming or snorkeling. 
Overnight at hotel in Nha Trang

DAY 8:  NHA TRANG - DANANG - HOIAN     (B/L)  
Breakfast at hotel
 Free at leisure until transfer to Nha Trang's domestic airport for early morning flight to Danang. Upon arrival, meet our tour guide and proceed to Hoi An town, a major Asian trading port in the 17th and 18th centuries with a relaxed lifestyle that has changed little over the years. Hoi an has a distinctive china atmosphere with low, titled roof houses and narrow streets. Many of houses were constructed of rare timbers and decorated with lacquer panels engraved with Chinese characters and pillars. You will have chance to discover on foot some famous places in the town.
Lunch at local restaurant
Free at leisure rest of the day for swimming at one of the most beautiful beach in Hoian
Overnight at selected hotel in Hoi An

DAY 9:  HOIAN - MYSON - TRA KIEU - HOI AN   (B/L)   
Breakfast at hotel 
 Pick up and transfer to My Son, the capital and religious centre of the former Champa Kingdom, My Son. Set in a lush green valley, dozens of red brick towers and sanctuaries dating from between the 7th and 13th centuries provide a breathtaking site. Lunch at local restaurant. On the way back to Hoi An stop to visit Tra Kieu, formerly known as Simhapura or the Lion Citadel, that once stood as the capital of Champa between the 4th and 8th centuries. Drive bach to hotel.
Overnight at hotel in Hoi An

DAY 10:  HOI AN - DANANG - HUE       (B)   
Breakfast at hotel 
 Leaving Hoi An for Hue by road, passing through Danang where you will have a short visit the Cham museum, which holds the finest collection of Cham artwork in the country. After your visit, drive over the Pass of Ocean Clouds before dropping down to the wonderfully photogenic fishing village of Lang Co. Reaching Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam, to visit the ancient Forbidden City from where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945. Check in hotel
Overnight at selected hotel in Hue

DAY 11:  HUE - CITY TOUR     (B/L)
Breakfast at hotel
 Take a boat trip on the romantically named Perfume River to visit Hue's best-known religious site, Thien Mu Pagoda, as well as the mausoleum of former Emperor Minh Mang. Lunch at local restaurant
In the afternoon, visit the elaborate mausoleums of Emperors Khai Dinh. Enjoy some free time in Hue to explore its small streets and the Dong Da market. 
Overnight at hotel in Hue  

DAY 12:  HUE - HANOI - HALF DAY CITY TOUR       (B)   
Breakfast at hotel.
 Free at leisure until transfer to Hue's airport for flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival, meet our tour guide at the airport and transfer to centre. Check in hotel. 
Half day city tour: Explore Vietnam's capital by an escorted, tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes and oriental temples make for a unique blend of east and west in this beautiful city. The tour includes the Temple of Literature. visit the Lake of the Restored Sword and the Old Quarter on foot, enabling you to witness and discover Hanoi's eclectic and mesmerizing streets. In the evening, enjoy a traditional Vietnamese show one of the famous Vietnamese traditional art of puppet.
Overnight at selected hotel in Hanoi  

DAY 13:  HANOI - NINH BINH - HANOI     (B/L)      

Breakfast at hotel 
 Pick up and transfer to Ninh Binh, rural northern Vietnam and the site of the county's first capital, Hoa Lu. After visiting the two remaining sanctuaries of the ancient citadel, take a sampan (traditional boat) on the river to the grottoes of the sacred Trang an Caves. Enormous limestone karsts named as 'Halong bay on Land' in Ninh Binh. Lunch at local restaurant 
In the afternoon, visit Bich Dong Pagoda and temples of the Dinh and Le Dynasties. Drive back Hanoi
Overnight at Hotel in Hanoi 

DAY 14:  HANOI - COOKING CLASS      (B/L)
Breakfast at hotel   
 A perfect chance to join a special cooking class, prepare Vietnamese dishes by your own with our helpful Chief. Class will begin in the morning. Start with a visit to a local market accompanied by a chef to learn about Vietnamese ingredients and cuisine, followed by a cooking demonstration.
After the class, lunch is served, enabling you to sample all the different dishes prepared during the demonstration. In the afternoon, visit the Museum of Ethnology where traditional houses of ethnic minority groups from across the country are displayed.
Overnight at hotel in Hanoi 

DAY 15:  HANOI - CRAFT VILLAGES - LAOCAI      (B/L)   
Breakfast at hotel
 Transfer south to Duyen Thai lacquer village where the whole process of lacquer production can be seen from start to finish. Continue to Van Phuc silk village to see silk cloth being produced on the loom using centuries-old techniques. Lunch at local restaurant
In the afternoon visit Dong Ky wood village, where furniture inlaid with mother of pearl is made. At the end of the day, stop in Dong Ho traditional paper village, where 'giay do' paper is produced and painted. All the paper is made by hand and some still in the traditional method using only natural products. Return to Hanoi before boarding the night train to Lao Cai (Sapa, North-western Vietnam).
Overnight in sharing compartments (4 persons in one compartment)

DAY 16:  LAO CAI - SAPA – HAM RONG MOUTAIN     (B/L)
 Arrive at Lao Cai train station in the early morning at around 06:00. From Lao Cai the road winds up the terraced hillsides to Sapa, a former French hill resort and home to some of Vietnam's most diverse ethnic groups.
On arrival in Sapa, you will be transferred to your hotel for breakfast and the chance to freshen up. A morning walking tour of Sapa visits the busy market, a light trekking to discover Ham rong mountain “ the dragon mountain” seeing the orchids flowers and enjoy the breathtaking scenery of mountain rice terraces. Lunch at local restaurant. In the afternoon, having a walking tour around the town and sapa market,
In the evening, joining love market (on every Saturday evening). 
Overnight at selected hotel in Sapa  

DAY 17:  SAPA – CAT CAT VILLAGE - LAO CAI        (B)   
 In the morning whilst the afternoon visit features the nearby hill tribe village tour to Cat Cat, home of the Black H'mong minority people. Continue to walk to the villages nestled in the valley below Sapa, we will meet some of the local minority people on their way to and from Sapa. Here we have the opportunity to share cultural experiences with the families that live in the area. Crossing rivers by suspended bridges you will witness people toiling the fields in Vietnam's traditional way before a free afternoon discover Sapa by yourself. Return to Lao Cai for the onward journey back to Hanoi by overnight train.
Overnight in sharing compartments (4 persons in one cabin) 

DAY 18:  HANOI - HALONG BAY - HANOI     (B/L/D) 
 On arrival at Hanoi train station, you will be served breakfast before heading to Halong Bay. Enjoy the great scenery of the surrounding farmlands of the Red River Delta including rice fields, water buffalo and everyday Vietnamese village life.
On arrival in Halong, you will board the wooden junk, a fantastic replica of a steamer that navigated Halong Bay's shallow waters a century ago. Halong Bay covers an area of 1,500 km over which thousands of limestone islands and grottoes rise from the clear emerald waters of the Gulf of Bac Bo. Climbing the steps up to the top of Titop islet will enable you to see breathtaking views over the entire bay. Kayaking is available on board with payment on pot.
At night, the boat anchors away from the crowds at the Bay, enabling you to enjoy the quietness and romance of the region
Overnight on board of Indochina in Halong Bay 

DAY 19: HALONG BAY - HANOI       (B/L)   
After a night on board, wake up early and see daylight filtering through the mist and towering rock formations, leaving you with a dream-like memory of your visit to Halong Bay. Enjoy a breakfast and continue cruising to Man’s head and Tortoise island, Luan cave, Bai tu long and Bai Tho mountain. Disembark at Halong prier. Lunch at local restaurant in Halong
Heading back to Hanoi, Drop at hotel. Free at leisure the rest of day.
Overnight at selected hotel in Hanoi  
 
Day 20: HANOI - DEPARTURE     (B)   
Breakfast at hotel
Free at leisure until transfer to Noi Bai International airport for departure flight. End of services
Quotation: NET IN USD

Services included in the tour price:
• Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels.
• Tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary.
• Services of a driver and Private air-conditioned vehicles during all tours and transfers.
• Services of an English speaking guide during all tours and transfers.
• Entrance fees for all sights visited.
•  Domestic flights and taxes: Ho Chi Minh City - Dalat; Nha Trang - Danang; Hue-Hanoi
• Lunch or dinner if mentioned in itinerary with (B= Breakfast; L= Lunch; D= Dinner)
Cruising on Cai Be Princess
Train Tickets HANOI - LAOCAI – HANOI (soft sleeper)

Services excluded in the tour price:
• International flights to/from Vietnam
• Vietnam visa fee (Visa is compulsory to entry Vietnam)
• Meal other than those mentioned above 
• All other services which are not mentioned above
• Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone, drinks etc...
• Tips for guide & porters
• Travel insurance

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