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Best of Vietnam Tour, 20 Days

Style: Vietnam Sightseeing Tours

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Hightlights: Hanoi - Sapa - Bac Ha - Halong Bay - Cat Ba Island - Hue - Danang - Hoian - My Son - Nha Trang - Da Nang - Nha Trang - Dalat - Ho Chi Minh - Cu Chi Tunnels - Can Tho

Description: Explore deeply Vietnam culture with time for venturing to the North to meet hill-tribes, time for leisure on the beach

Day 1: Arrival - Ha Noi
Meet on arrival at Noi Bai Airport, transfer to hotel for check in. Then you enjoy a tour by cyclo around the old quarter streets to discover the local people life.
O/N in Ha Noi.

Day 2: Full Day Ha Noi City Tour
Morning : A half day city tour includes Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum with its house on stilts and One pillar pagoda. An orientation drive via colonial quarter to the West lake before taking a visit to Temple of Literature well known as Vietnam’s first university & come by Hoa Lo prison, where Viet Cong did detain hundreds of American pilots from 1967 until 1973.
Afternoon : Transfer to visit the Ethnology museum. Enjoy your time to learn about 54 ethics in Vietnam.
Then continue visiting to the Hoan Kiem Lake with Ngoc Son temple. The rest of time for a walk for shopping.
Evening: Water Puppet Show, the traditional unique Vietnamese art.
O/N in Ha Noi.

Day 3: Ha Noi - Sapa By Car
An early morning start to drive along the Red River to Sa Pa. The roads are bumpy sometimes but various scenic landscapes changing from the delta area to the Tonkinese Alps make for an interesting journey. At a height of 1,500 meters, Sa Pa was once a hill resort of French administrators when the summer heat became unbearable.
O/N in Sa Pa.

Day 4: Sapa
The Phan Si Pang range boasts Vietnam’s highest mountain and lends an alpine feel to the area surrounding this hill station. Today we have enough time to explore some of nearby hill tribe villages and visit the busy market of Sa Pa where the Red Dao, Black Hmong,Tay, XaPho ethnic minority people converge from the surrounding valleys and hillsides to sell their goods and buy provision .
O/N in Sa Pa.

Day 5: Sapa - Bac Ha Market - Back To Ha Noi By Train
We continue venturing into northern Vietnam with the next stop being Bac Ha Market, which also attracts a wide variety of ethnic minority groups including the Variegated Hmong, Dao, Phu La, La Chi, Tay. The experience of this congregation is colorful and unique.
Afternoon, enjoy a boat trip down stream Chay River and take visit to villages along the river, discover the local people life.
Transfer to Lao Cai Railways Station for overnight train back to Hanoi.
O/N on board.

Option 1: Bac Ha & Muong Khuong Market on Sunday
Option 2: Coc Ly Market on Tuesday
Option 3: Lung Khau Nhin Market on Friday
Option 4: Can Cau Market on Saturday

Day 6: Ha Long Bay - Cat Ba Island
06h00: Arrive at Hanoi Railways Station, transfer to restaurant for leisure and breakfast. Continue transferring to Halong Bay.
On arrival, we embark on a cruise to visit Ha Long Bay, listed as a World Heritage Area of outstanding natural beauty. This picturesque “Dragon descending to the sea” Bay has 1,969 limestone islets rising from the sea, many of them containing beautiful grottoes. During the boat trip, fresh seafood lunch prepared and served on board.
Arrival in Cat Ba, we have free time to relax on a beach
O/N in Cat Ba

Day 7: Cat Ba Island - Hai Phong - Ha Noi
After a short transfer takes us to the national park of Cat Ba, we set off on a half-day exploring Vietnam's unique offshore park.
The afternoon we board a hydrofoil to Hai Phong and drive back to Hanoi.
O/N in Ha Noi.

Day 8: Ha Noi - Hue
After breakfast at hotel, transfer to Noi Bai airport for flight to Hue. Upon arrival, we start our sightseeing tour with the massive citadel consisting of 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.
Afterward, visit the Royal Mausoleum of Tu Duc designed in a tranquil setting of gardens and lakes. And then we enjoy a boat trip on the Perfumes River to visit Thien Mu Pagoda.
The rest of time, we will stroll around Dong Ba market selling a wide variety of local goods and handicrafts (if time permits) before going back hotel.
O/N in Hue.

Day 9: Hue - Da Nang - Hoi An
After breakfast at hotel, transfer to visit Tu Duc Royal Mausoleum. Then transfer to Hoian. The scenic 4-hour drive via Hai Van Pass offers spectacular views of mountains, the sea, idyllic beaches and villages (we can choose the shorter way by driving through the tunnel).
Visit to Cham Museum & Marble Mountains with its beautiful grottoes and temples before arriving in Hoian.
O/N in Hoian.

Day 10: Hoian - My Son - Hoian
In this morning, after having breakfast. We will make our way 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 years old Tamky 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
After tour in Hoian, drive to My Son, 70 km from Hoian. My Son is the Holy Land of Champa Kingdom from 04th to 13th century. Now the ruins of My Son is well preserved by UNESCO as World Culture Heritage.
O/N in Hoi An.

Day 11: Hoi An - Da Nang - Nha Trang
Transfer to Danang airport for flight to Nha Trang. Check in hotel in Nha Trang.
Afterward, 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.
Overnight in Nha Trang.

Day 12: Hoi An - Da Nang - Nha Trang
Breakfast at hotel. Relax (no tour, no guide).
O/N at Nha Trang.

Day 13: Nha Trang - Da Lat
Drive to Dalat city, 1500 m above the sea level. Refresh with a little bit cool atmosphere of the highland city, which was known as “A little Paris” or “a flower city”. 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. Afterward, we take visits to the Tuyen Lam Lake, King Bao Dai’s summer palace, city flower garden & Linh Phuoc Pagoda.
Then time for strolling around Xuan Huong Lake.
O/N in Da Lat.

Day 14: Da Lat
Morning visit to garden and Dalat Market known as one of the most beautiful markets in the highland with a wide array of flowers, fruits and vegetables. Then visit to Lat K’ho hilltribe Village on the foot of Lang Bian Mountian, continue to visit the Old Dalat University and the Old railway station from French period. Finally visit to the Crazy house, one of new but strange architecture in Dalat designed by the daughter of our former president Truong Trinh. Overnight in Dalat

Day 15: Da Lat - Ho Chi Minh City
In this morning, we will leave Da Lat to Ho Chi Minh City. On the way, we will stop by to visit Bongua Waterfall and Chicken Village (K'hor ethnic minority) nearby Bao Loc, where you could stopover at coffee and tee plantations. Arrive Ho Chi Minh, check in at hotel.
The rest of time, you will be at leisure.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.

Day 16: Half -Day Sai Gon City Tour
A half-day tour of Ho Chi Minh City takes in the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Old Post Office, and a lacquerware factory. Then transfer to Chinatown to visit Thien Hau Pagoda and Binh Tay Market.
Afternoon: Free time (no tour, no guide)
O/N in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 17: Full Day To Tay Ninh +Cu Chi Tunnels
Depart for Tay Ninh, the head quarter of Cao Dai region founded on 1926. On arrival we attend the fantastic mid-day mass when the followers fill the hall wearing colored robes, a symbol of the curious combination of the Confucianism, Taoism, Christianity and Buddhism.
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.
O/N in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 18: Full Day To Tay Ninh +Cu Chi Tunnels
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 coconut candy mill, fruit gardens followed by fruit tasting, rice paper mill... Biking or transfer by horse carriage on village road. Lunch at a local restaurant on island with local specialty of "Deep fried Elephant - Eared fish". End then proceed to Can Tho.
Arrive in Can Tho, the city located on Mekong Delta bank.
O/N in Can Tho.

Day 19: 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 photo shoot. Then continue by boat through small canals to see more local daily life. Walk to visit small boat building local village before returning to the wharf. The car picks up and transfer back to Ho Chi Minh City.
O/N in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 20: Ho Chi Minh Ci ty - Departure
At leisure until transfer to Tan Son Nhat 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.