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Wonders of Vietnam Tour, 15 Days

Style: Vietnam Sightseeing Tours

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Hightlights: Ho Chi Minh - Cu Chi - Tay Ninh - Mekong Delta - Da Lat - Nha Trang - Hoi An - Hue - Ha Noi - Ha Long ...

Description: This compact trip is specially designed for those who want to see the south and north of Vietnam in a short length. You explore the vibrant Ho Chi Minh and

Day 1: Arrival - Ho Chi Minh City
On arrival at Tan San Nhat Airport, you are met and transferred to hotel .
The afternoon we stroll around Saigon’s downtown.
O/N in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City Tour + Cu Chi Tunnels
Morning: A half-day city tour of dynamic Ho Chi Minh City , still called Saigon by many locals, includes the Notre Dame Cathedral, Old Sai Gon Post Office, the Chinatown, the former Presidential Palace.
Afternoon: Transfer about 30km north-west of Ho Chi Minh City to Cu Chi town. Cu Chi tunnels were used as the base from which the Vietnamese mounted their operations of the Tet Offensive in 1968. The Cu Chi tunnels consist of more than 200km of underground tunnels. This main axis system has many branches connecting to underground hideouts, shelters, and entrances to other tunnels, the tunnels are between 0.5 to 1m wide, just enough for a person to crawl along.
Transfer back to Ho Chi Minh City.
O/N in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City - My Tho - Ben Tre - Can Tho
In the morning, transfer to My Tho , take a boat trip downstream to Ben Tre , where you have the opportunity to discover the local people life in Mekong Delta with popcorn and pop-rice workshop, rice paper mill, coconut candy mill, fruit gardens… Biking or transfer by horse carriage on village road.
After lunch at a local restaurant, proceed to Can Tho .
Arrive in Can Tho, the city located on Mekong Delta bank.
O/N in Can Tho.

Day 4: Can Tho - Ho Chi Minh City
After breakfast at hotel, transfer to Ninh Kieu wharf for a boat trip to visit Cai Rang floating market . Time for taking part to the local activities and taking pictures. Then continue by boat to Phong Dien Islands . The car picks up at Phong Dien and transfer back to Ho Chi Minh City.
O/N in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 5: Ho Chi Minh - Da Lat
After breakfast, The northbound journey begins as we depart Ho Chi Minh and pass through the many tea and coffee plantations to the hill station of Da Lat (about 6-hour drive), sometimes known as the "City of Eternal Spring". The drive is long but views are fantastic all along the way. Once arriving in Da Lat we enjoy a walk to catch our first glimpse of this town. The influence of the French is evident in local culture and architecture since Da Lat was founded in early last century as a hill retreat for the colonials to escape the oppressive heat in the coastal plains and the chaos of Saigon. This charming town is set around a lake and surrounded by forests, waterfalls and rolling countryside
Later on, we take the visits to Linh Phuoc Pagoda . Then time for strolling in Center Market and around Xuan Huong Lake.
O/N in Da Lat.

Day 6: Da Lat - Nha Trang
In the morning, we embark on a drive through the charming pine hill to the summer residence of Vietnam's last Emperor Bao Dai . He was forced to abdicate in 1945, shortly after the end of the World War II. This mansion displays a lovely collection of Vietnam treasures. We follow it with a trip to the sacred Truc Lam Zen Monastery and the Hang Nga Guesthouse . This construction is well known as the Crazy House because of its bizarre architecture. The lively central market and the old rail station are also visited before we travel by roads passing through the undulating terrains to the picturesque coastal town of Nha Trang . En route we make stopover at the scenic Ngoan Muc Pass and the Po Klong Jarai Cham Towers . These amazing structures represent an interesting culture and a colorful history of the Cham people in central coast areas.
O/N in Nha Trang.

Day 7: Nha Trang
In the morning, pick up at hotel and visit the Institute of Oceanology , then step up the boat to see Hon Tam Island . Here, we have time for relaxation by bathing in private beach with transparent cool water & participating sporting activities in water (Pay by yourself).
Keep on heading to Tri Nguyen Aquarium to explore the Ghost Ship & learn more about organisms in Ocean. Lastly, we will be back to the Boat Harbour & transferred by car to hotel. Seafood lunch.
Afternoon, free time for leisure on the beach.
O/N in Nha Trang.

Day 8: Nha Trang - Da Nang - Hoi An
After a visit to the Cham Ponagar Towers and Linh Son Pagoda , we board a flight to Da Nang. On arrival at Da Nang Airport, you are met and transferred to Hoi An, which was originally a Cham seaport but has been influenced down centuries by a myriad of traders from various cultures. There are plenty to see in this tranquil and delightful town, some of which are the famous Japanese Covered Bridges , the Pottery Museum , the 200-year-old Tan Ky House, the Chua Ong Pagoda and the vibrant market. We include these sights in an enchanting walking tour past many low tiled houses scattered along the small streets and assembly halls which reflect the town's multi-cultural past
O/N in Hoi An.

Day 9: Hoi An - Hue
n the morning, Depart for Hue via Danang from Hoi An . The scenic 4-hour drive will be getting over Hai Van Pass known as one of Vietnam’s most impressive panoramic scenes offering spectacular views of mountains, the sea, idyllic beaches and villages (we can choose the shorter way by driving through the tunnel). However, on the way we will stop by one very famous Cham Museum in Da Nang city. This structure contains many exquisite limestone carvings from the vanquished Kingdom of Champa which has been the central coastal littoral prior to the march of the Vietnamese nation south.
In the afternoon, the Imperial Citadel including Flag Tower, Noon Gate, Nine Dynastic Urns, Nine Holy Cannons, Thai Hoa Palace and the Purple Forbidden City . This royal residence was all but destroyed during the 1968 Tet Offensive, however it is still fascinating to walk among the ruins. Close to this masterpiece is Hue Imperial Museum which displays an interesting collections of bronzes, Chinaware, court robes and various emperors’ personal belongings.
Later on, we come back to Hue center &l stop by the bustling Dong Ba Market that sells a wide variety of local goods and handicrafts. Along the way we pass many fantastic eating spots, all ideal for visitors to sample some local delicacies.
O/N in Hue.

Day 10: Full Day Hue City Tour
In the morning, we keep on exploring the hidden charm of Hue by enjoying a boat trip on Perfumes River to visit Thien Mu pagoda and time for discovering the typical lifestyle of Vietnamese people at Kim Long Village .
Afternoon: We continue a car- trip to visit the Royal Mausoleum of Tu Duc and Royal Mausoleum of Khai Dinh .
O/N in Hue.

Day 11: Hue - HaNoi
After breakfast at hotel, flight to Hanoi.
Arrive at Noi Bai Airport, transfer to Hanoi Center for an orientation tour via Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, French Colonial Quarter and West Lake.
In the afternoon, we visit the Temple of Literature well known as Vietnam’s first university and The peaceful lake of Hoan Kiem with its sacred temple and the bustling Hang Be or Dong Xuan Marketare also visited. Lastly, a cyclo tour in the old quarter streets to discover the local people life.
O/N in Hanoi.

Day 12: Hue - Ha noi
Today we commence our sightseeing of Hanoi with the Ho Chi Minh Complex , containing the mausoleum of the nation's founder Ho Chi Minh, the Presidential Palace and the Ho Chi Minh's house on stilts. Close to this complex is the One Pillar Pagoda , whose origins date back to the foundation of Hanoi. We follow this with another visit to the Ethnology Museum which displays an excellent collection of artifacts illustrating the Vietnam’s ethnic minorities with their own traditions, cultures & life-styles before driving straight to Ha Long Bay.
O/N in Ha Long.

Day 13: HaLong Bay - HaNoi
The legendary Halong Bay is truly one of Vietnam's most impressive scenic sights. We board a traditional boat for a 5- hour trip around Halong Bay. This exciting cruise provides 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. These limestone karst 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. We round off our excursion with a seafood lunch served on board
Finally, we will driver back to Hanoi.
Evening: Water puppets show , the unique Vietnam traditional art.
O/N in Ha Noi.

Day 14: Full Day To Hoa Lu + Tam Coc
The country capital during the Dinh and early Le Dynastie s is Hoa Lu , which however has left its legacy in the form of two small temples, each one nearly a thousand years old. Today we will depart our hotel at 8h00 for Ninh Binh to visit these two remaining structures. The first one is dedicated to the Dinh Dynasty. The second one commemorates the Le Rulers. In front of these temples is the rugged Ma Yen mount; it involves a walk over 200 steps for a fantastic view over the surrounding areas. The following sight is Tam Coc which is surnamed “Halong Bay on land” . We board a sampan for a leisurely trip through the quiet and peaceful landscape of rice fields surrounded by towering limestone cliffs to the grottoes of Tam Coc. The trip ends after arrival in Ha Noi
O/N in Ha Noi.

Day 15: Ha Noi - Departure
At leisure until transfer to Noi Bai Airport for departure flight (check out hotel before 12h00)

WHAT'S INCLUDED

- Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast. 
- Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). 
- Tours and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicles. 
- English or French speaking local guide 
- All entrance fees as indicated in itinerary. 
- Boat trips as mentioned in the itinerary 
- All Domestic flight 
- Cold water on car/ van/ bus 
- Visa Arrival to Vietnam

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

- International air ticket: 
- International airport tax: 
- Travel insurance against any personal injury of illness and damage of the property incurred during the course of this trip. 
- Visa stamp fee 
- Other meal, Tip to guide and driver 
- Personal expenses such as: drinks, phone calls, laundry, tip...etc 
- Supplement for Spanish, Italian and German speaking guide 
- Surcharged for New Year & Lunar New Year

 

 * IMPORTANT NOTES FOR VIETNAM TRIP:

When To Visit In Vietnam

As the climate has been changing in a various way from time to time and in different places in Vietnam, you should plan carefully the destination to visit. Hanoi was incredibly sunny and pleasantly warm, but sometimes misty and cold. The weather in Ha Long Bay – one of the best known Vietnam tourist attraction – is typically sunny and warm. Coming to Vietnam, Sapa is another of must-visit place which can be considered as a top destination in the country for hiking. Arriving in Hoi An, you can feel the warmer climate than in the north of the country, and experience some day enjoying the culture and food here. Saigon and the Mekong Delta cannot be missed which is insanely hot, sunny, and humid, but there are a lot of wonderful things to discover.

What To Prepare

Due to the changing of weather, you should prepare many things when coming to this country from the  warmer jacket to the hiking boots and hiking pants; a good sweater and make sure you have enough comfortable long cotton pants and t-shirts. Using a backpack is the best in Vietnam as you have to move a lot.

Visa

Visa is required by all nationalities. Visa is usually delivered by Vietnam Embassies. However, the procedure of getting of visa will be change from time to time. To apply on arrival visa, one must have 2 passport photo (4x6 cm) taken within last 6 months and passport must be valid 6 months after arrival date.

Currency

Remember to the difference between Vietnamese Dong and US Dollar. It is better to pay by the local currency although dollars can be accepted in some hotels and even in some shops. Make sure you check the money given carefully after exchanging from the bank.

Safety In Vietnam

Vietnam is truly a safe place for female travelers. However, you should be careful when facing with the traffic in Vietnam, especially the scooter when walking around. Actually, learning to cross the street is the most important thing you have to consider. The key point is to walk without stopping as the scooter drivers will never stops for visitors travelling on foot, but all of the drivers will make sure to avoid them.

Accommodation In Vietnam

There is a marvelous range of choice for accommodation in Vietnam, from the luxury hotels to medium options, then finally the basic hostels at any budget. Homestay can be a wonderful experience for most travelers in which they will have a room at local families, sometimes even sharing the bathroom facilities. Depending on your budget and the location you have chosen, the accommodation can be various from place to place.

Wine And Dine In Vietnam

Vietnamese food culture varies by regions from the north to the south. Vietnamese food is characterized by light and balanced flavors as the harmonic combination of many ingredients.  there is also an influence of western and Asian cuisines on food, such as influences from Chinese, Indian, French, and Thailand...

For visitor, in case they are not familiar with Vietnamese culinary, there is a wide range of American, EU, Asian style bar and restaurant for their alternative.

Enjoying the street food of something in the markets is what you have to try out in Vietnam, not only as it is remarkably cheaper than eating at those restaurants, but also because the street food is really tasty in the Vietnamese way. The small tip for you is to find a good place which has.