One of our most popular tour covering the bustling Saigon metropolis and vibrant Mekong Delta in the South as well as one of the worlds most famous beach of Danang, ancient town of Hoi An and ancient citadel of Hue. The trip could not be complete without a trip to visit Hanoi city, the city of thousands years of history and culture with a side trip to the most colorful land of hill tribes in Sapa and famous Halong Bay
Our representative/tour guide will welcome you at the airport in Ho Chi Minh City, which is formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is a sprawling metropolis that is home to over 10 million people and a fast-paced city full of contrasts as street vendors selling fruit and vegetables can be seen next to glitzy western-style bars and boutiques. Saigon’s history is only 300 years old. Overnight at hotel in Saigon.
We will start discover all places to visit in Vietnam at 07:30 Leave Saigon City for Cai Be - The excursion starts from Cai Be town pier at around 10.30 am. Upon embarkation on your sampan you will be welcomed by your crew. Visiting bustling Cai Be floating market, cruising among local barges full of fruits and vegetables and then we will proceed to Phu An hamlet, an untouched beautiful area reflecting some of the Mekong delta best sights. On the way, stop will be made at some local home factories to observe how rice paste, coconut candies and other regional specialties are made. Lunch at "Le Longanier" restaurant, a superb Indochinese house located by the river, in a lush tropical garden surrounded by fruit plantations. After lunch, your sampan will proceed to Sa Dec - known as a little “Venice” with numerous narrow canals. These evergreen islands among the Mekong River bring about large networks of meandering rivers, criss-crossed with countless arroyos, and remaining unknown to many people. We will then cruise on a small beautiful canal through water jacinth plantations… You will take a small rowing boat for a cruise along a narrow canal passing by a local tiny village and fruit plantations. Further on the banks, some dark smokes in the sky will lead us to one of the largest artisan bricks and tiles factory where you will have an interesting visit. You will disembark a the local market place. Before sunset, we will have a very interesting visit at a splendid ancient house or “Nha Co” dating from the early 19th century. After being greeted by the owners, we will cater a candlelight dinner for you, an unforgettable experience in a very unique atmosphere. Overnight aboard
The day will begin with a guided visit of Sa Dec charming and peaceful town, walking along its narrow streets where beautiful French old houses and Chinese temples. You will also visit the local market and the Trung Vuong primary school where well known writer Marguerite Duras spent her childhood…(see her famous novel “The Lover”). Back on board your private sampan for your second day cruise in the delta. While your sampan will proceed upstream on the Mekong river to Long Xuyen, a delicious lunch will be served on board. Long Xuyen is a peaceful typical provincial town lying on the Mekong’s banks, dotted with an attractive floating market… In the afternoon, excursion to “Ong Ho” island to visit the museum of Ton Duc Thang, second president of Vietnam. At the end of the day, we will organize for you an exciting evening with your dinner arranged at a local ancient house. You will be able to share experiences with family members and learn about traditional southern lifestyle, a highlight of your journey to be kept for long time in your memory. Back on board your private sampan for the your second night on the river. The sampan will slowly cruising during the night back to Can Tho.
Next places to visit in Vietnam is central. Have breakfast served onboard and then we will transfer you back to Saigon City. Fly to Danang in the morning. Our representative will pick up upon arrival and transfer to Hoi An. Hoi An Ancient Town is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century. Its buildings and its street plan reflect the influences, both indigenous and foreign, that have combined to produce this unique heritage site. Overnight in Hoi An.
Known as Faifo to early Western traders, Hoi An was one of South East Asia`s major international ports and today it still retains that special old-world feel. Enjoy a walking tour through the Old Quarters to see the town`s landmarks of Japanese Covered Bridge, ancient Assembly Hall, Phuc Kien Temple and then we take a river trip and you will enjoy the scenery along the Thu Bon River and the general view of Hoi An Ancient Town. Visit ceramic village of Thanh Ha, carpentry village of Kim Bong and Dai Chiem Estuary. Hoi An is also famous for its large number of tailor shops, so if you want to have a new wardrobe made up, this is the time to do it. Spend a night in Hoi An
Free day at your own leisure at beach resort or make your own exploration to Hoi An town. Overnight at hotel in Hoi An.
This morning we drive to Hue, we will cross Hai Van Pass where you will have magnificent view of the Eastern Sea. Stop at Lang Co to have break. Check-in hotel in Hue City. Hue served as Vietnam`s capital under the emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty from 1802 to 1945 and the city’s regal past can still be seen inside the walls of the Citadel and the Imperial City. Both were heavily damaged during the Tet Offensive of 1968 when the Hue served as Vietnam`s capital under the emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty from 1802 to 1945 and the city’s regal past can still be seen inside the walls of the Citadel and the Imperial City. Touring the ancient Imperial Citadel. Back to Hotel and the rest of time at your own leisure. Overnight at hotel in Hue city.
Morning boat trip on Perfume river to visit Thien Mu pagoda. Touring the countryside around Hue is a great way to discover the "real" Vietnam. The cultural, religious, and educational centre of Vietnam, Hue has a lot of historic sites waiting to be discovered. Visit the 500-year old village of Phuoc Tich with its worship halls and communal houses for a taste of ancient Vietnam. And stop at the historic Thanh Toan Bridge, one of two covered bridges remaining in the country and then we will drive to visit handicraft village of Phu Cam - the one of the best-known places for making conical hats for hundreds years. This guided tour will teach you more about these hidden gems and their legacy, as nearly all of them have direct links with the old Imperial Court. The houses are not only attractive, but they also are a great way to learn about the traditional beliefs and rituals of the Vietnamese people. Back to hotel. Overnight in Hue city.
Morning fly to Hanoi - the capital city of Vietnam is an elegant city located on the banks of the Red River with tranquil Restored Sword Lake at its heart. North of the lake are the bustling streets of the Old Quarter, each street named after the trade that used to take place there. Much of the city was transformed by the French when it became a French protectorate in the 1880s and there are wide boulevards and large colonial buildings which are now home to government departments and foreign embassies. You will be transferred to your hotel in the city center to refresh. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi City.
5 hour orientation city tour including essential sights of the city like Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and historical relics of Presidential Palace, House on stilt and we will visit One Pillar Pagoda nearby. Next stop is the Temple of Literature - Vietnam`s 1st University built in the 10th C". Break time for lunch and we will visit the Vietnam National History of Museum with good collection of prehistoric artifacts and everyday items of early history through eras and dynasties. Then we will take 1 hour by cyclo ride through Hanoi`s Old Quarters to experience daily life of people who are living in the oldest parts of the city, Enjoying the famous traditional water puppetry show. This is a great chance to get a general picture of the daily activities typical to Vietnam`s rural areas by watching different shows. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.
The journey from Hanoi to Hoa Lu is around two hours and takes you through picturesque countryside and agricultural land. On arrival your expert guide will lead you through this ancient complex which formed the capital city of Vietnam under both the Dinh and Le Dynasties between 968 and 1009 AD. The area is also one of astounding natural beauty with limestone peaks whose splendour is often said to surpass that of Ha Long Bay. Afterwards, head south towards Tam Coc, meaning ‘Three grottoes’ where you will board a three hour boat trip along the Boi River. This is the perfect way to marvel at the stunning limestone peaks and jade valleys. Coming back to Hanoi. At 09:00, we will transfer you to the train station to board night train to Sapa. Overnight on the train.
The train arrives in Lao Cai at 05:00 am. Drive uphill to Sapa. At an elevation of 1,500 meters, Sapa is the former hill retreat for French administrators when the heat in plain became unbearable. The remoteness and simple lifestyle of ethnic minorities are a highlight of Sapa although conditions are very basic. After checking into hotel we can soak up the fresh climate as much as we want by spending time to wander around. The ethnic people are frequently seen in this hill town and small vendors along the street sell local textiles and handicraft. In the afternoon, we trek to Cat Cat village (2 km from Sapa town) where you will visit the village of Black H’mong hill tribes. Enjoy the beautiful landscapes of Sapa Valley. Back to hotel.
This morning, trekking to visit Lao Chai and Ta Van villages inhabited by Black H’mong and Dzay ethnic minorities. Enjoy amazing and breath-taking landscapes of terraced paddies, green valleys and meet with friendly local people. Back to the hotel and free at leisure. In the afternoon, we transfer you back to Lao Cai station to take night train back to Hanoi. Overnight on the train.
Pick up at the station at 05:00 and we will transfer you to Halong Bay. We depart for Halong Bay, we go through the scenic countryside. The wondrous Halong Bay is truly one of Vietnam’s most impressive scenic sights. Heading out of the town we embark on a boat for an exploration of the legendary Halong Bay. This exciting five hour cruise will provide us a fantastic view of the picturesque scenery blending with the sky and some 3,000 limestone islands rising amazingly from the clear and emerald water. The limestone karsts formations are littered with beaches, grottoes and beautiful caves. Along the way we will anchor for a leisurely swim in a secluded cove and an enjoyable visit to one of the many hidden grottoes beneath towering cliffs. Stay overnight on the Junk Cruise
Enjoy full day cruising by day trip boat. Caving, kayaking and lunch in a deserted island included. In the later afternoon, coming back to the mother boat. Dinner served on board. Today you will be staying on the junk.
Disembark at 11:30 and we will transfer you back to Hanoi city. Stay overnight at hotel in Hanoi.
Free at leisure until transferring to Noi Bai airport to take departure flight. It is time to say goodbye Vietnam and we wish you a safe and nice journey back to home. Hope you feel should enjoy all places to visit in Vietnam
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