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Highlights of Vietnam Tour, 11 Days

Style: Vietnam Sightseeing Tours

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Hightlights: Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi - Tay Ninh - Mekong Delta - Hoi An - Hue - Ha Noi - Ha Long Bay - Hoa Lu - Tam Coc

Description: Staying longer in each place. It is more time to visit Vietnam's most interesting places and experience the local lifestyle

Day 1: Arrival - Hanoi
You are met on arrival at Noi Bai Airport, transferred to hotel for a check-in by our guide. Then, there might be a tour by cyclo within 1 hour around the old quarter streets to discover the local people life.
O/N in Ha Noi

Day 2: Hanoi - Halong Bay
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 a visit to the Temple of Literature, well known as Vietnam's first university, and the Ethnology Museum which displays an excellent collection of artifacts illustrating the Vietnam’s ethnic minorities with their own traditions, cultures & life-styles. The peaceful lake of Hoan Kiem with its sacred temple and the bustling Hang Be or Dong Xuan Market are also visited before driving straight to Ha Long Bay.
O/N in Ha Long.

Day 3: 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 4: Full Day To Hoa Lu + Tam Coc
The country capital during the Dinh and early Le Dynasties 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 5: Hanoi - 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 6: Hue - Da Nang - Hoi An
After breakfast at hotel, before leaving to Hoi An, you will be transferred to visit Khai Dinh Royal Mausoleum located on the slope of Chau Chu mountain just 10Km from Hue city to learn about the life & history of Emperor Khai Dinh ruling the country from 1916 until 1927.
Afterward, we will depart for Da Nang, The scenic 4-hour drive will be via 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). On the way to Hoi An, we will stop by one very famous Cham Museum. 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. And then if you are interested in more discoveries, we will go up to see Marble Mountains with its beautiful grottoes and temples. Then continuing further south to Hoi An, which was originally one of major trading centers of Southeast Asia in the 16th century.
O/N in Hoi An.

Day 7: Hoi An
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
Afternoon: free time at leisure on the beach or shopping.
O/N in Hoi An.

Day 8: Hoi An - Da Nang - Ho Chi Minh City
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Pick up on arrival and transfer to city center.
In this afternoon, we spend a half-day exploring the captivating Ho Chi Minh City. The most places of interest are located near the town center. We pass by the now-demolished wartime American Embassy on our way to the Reunification Palace. This famous mansion was a former residence of the President of Southern Vietnam until end of April 1975. Close to the palace are some striking French colonial structures including the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Old Sai Gon Post Office. Upon leaving these landmarks we drive to see the crowded Saigon's Chinatown, locally named Cho Lon, which is crammed with fascinating temples as well as mysterious and narrow lanes. We follow it with a visit to the Jade Emperor Pagoda and the War remnant exhibit with a wealth of images from the notorious conflicts.
O/N in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 9: 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 10: Full Day To Mekong Delta - Cai Be
In the morning, we will keep heading out of town by roads to Cai Be in the heart of the Mekong Delta. On arrival we embark a boat for a leisurely trip around the tributaries of the mighty Mekong River, stopping en route to explore the vibrant floating market of Cai Be where each boat usually sells one particular item such as pumpkins, pineapples, sugar canes and more. In order that customers know where to shop, the vendors hang that item from the highest part of the boat. We continue our exciting river trip to visit some local cottage industries including rice paper makers, sweet factory and bonsai nurseries. The boat will anchor at an island, giving us a chance to see various farmers at work and enjoy a huge lunch followed by many seasonal fruits. We weave our way through the intricate network of canals which are the lifeblood of the Mekong Delta. On reaching Vinh Long Town, we meet up with our vehicle for a return to Ho Chi Minh City.
O/N in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City - 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.