HANOI – HALONG – HOIAN – HUE – HO CHI MINH CITY
Vietnam, with its beautiful natural attractions and typical oriental culture, has always been an ideal destination of many travelers. This 10-day tour does not only feature most of Vietnam's highlights but also draw out a wonderful picture about Vietnam.
Upon arrival at Airport in Hanoi, welcomed by guide and transferred to our hotel in town. Enjoy the remainder of day at leisure, relax after a long journey.
Overnight in Hanoi.
This morning, we visit the Temple of Literature & Vietnam’s first university, constructed in 11th century, the gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a relaxing glimpse into Vietnam's past. We pass by the Ba Dinh square for photo-shot over the Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum. Next, we visit Tran Quoc Pagoda - Hanoi’s oldest pagoda on the bank of West Lake & Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first university which was constructed in 11th century.
Hanoi's Old Quarter or just simply 36 Streets, is a must-see for anyone visiting Vietnam. With a history dating back to about the 13th century, it used to be a residential, manufacturing, and commercial center, where each street was specialized in one specific type of manufacturing or commerce.
Hanoi Old Quarter now still keep its unique the architecture as well as the enormous amount and diversity of products and everyday life of its residents. Messy, crazy, but exciting with deeper encounter to local life, not as normal tourist design program. We follow the most well-known streets in the heart of the Old Quarter, then walking through dark & tiny alleys having width fit one medium Vietnamese only. To know why local residents, we stop to visit a family who been living in the Old Quarter over 50 years and having interesting chat about their daily routine, and to learn more about local tradition, culture and lifestyle as well. Continue to Dong Xuan market, the biggest whole-sale market in the Old Quarter where you could find all the amazing and cheap buys ranging from exotic herbs, fresh fruits and veggies, sweet scented flowers to wooden crafts and decor. The walk ends at O Quan Chuong Gate, the only gate of 5 gates surrounding the Thang Long citadel, survives as a proper "square gate”.
Overnight in Hanoi.
After breakfast, we set off for a scenic drive to Ha Long Bay. Ha Long has been recognized by the UNESCO twice as a World Heritage Site of outstanding natural beauty.
Board our cruise ship at around midday, enjoy the welcome activities, and check into our cozy cabin for the trip. Straight away enjoy a delicious lunch served in the onboard dining room as the cruise ship sales by magnificent karst formations as it heads into the depths of Halong. Enjoy dinner onboard and then sit back in the evening and take in the Bay at night. Alternatively, you will have an opportunity to participate in night fishing, watch a film, or treat yourself to the onboard spa therapies. Stay overnight on the cruise.
Note: The cruise program is subject to change depends on the weather condition, water level, local authority’s decision
In the morning, just after sunrise, enjoy a tai chi class which is available for those who can separate themselves from their bed, then enjoy tea, coffee and some light snacks before visiting on Halong Bay’s magnificent caves. Sections of the limestone formations in Halong Bay are easily erodible, which makes for strikingly deep and cavernous caves. Brunch is served after the activity, while the cruise gently makes its way back to the pier. Upon disembarkation, we transfer to the airport for our flight to Danang.
On arrival, greetings and proceed to Hoi An ancient town where our hotel is located.
Check in and leisure. Overnight in Hoi An.
After breakfast, you will take a guided walk around tiny town of Hoi An with the stops at a 400 year – old Japanese Bridge, a 300 year-old Chinese temple, and a 200 year – old Vietnamese former merchants’ house.
This afternoon, explore the country side by easy biking. Bike among villages, seeing the gardens, meeting local farmers. Keeping biking to the rice paddy field throughout the shrimp farm, on the ways, taking picture about duck farms, shrimps farms, cows, birds, bamboo... Arriving water coconut palm jungle, enjoying the basket boat. Having a fun to catch crab around the water coconut palm forest.
Returning to the hotel and leisure.
Overnight in Hoian.
Leisurely breakfast at the hotel. Spend this whole morning at your own pace. Check-out our hotel at noon and getting ready to transfer northward to Hue city. We travel along one of Vietnams most scenic highways and yet with several stops en-route such as the Mable Mountain, Da Nang beach (also known as China Beach during the Vietnam War), on the bank of Han river to capture the pictures of this dynamic city. We pass Hai Van Pass an enjoy a breathtaking view from here.
Checking into our hotel in Hue upon arrival and enjoy the remainder of day at leisure.
Overnight in Hue.
This full day Hue city tour will bring us to most of the highlights and the must see attractions for any tourists to Hue.
We transfer to the boat landing for a leisure boat trip along the Perfume River to visit the towering Thien Mu Pagoda, one of the most famous landmarks of Hue. Continue driving to the tomb of Tu Duc, the ‘poet Emperor’, set in an elegant garden with a magnificent lake and pavilion complex.
We also visit the Imperial Citadel where Kings of Vietnam’s last feudal dynasty ruled from 1802 to 1945, including Flag Tower, Nine Holy Cannons, Ngo Mon Gate, Thai Hoa Palace, Nine Dynastic Urns, and the Forbidden Purple City.
Returning to the hotel, leisure and overnight in Hue.
We transfer to the airport and boarding a morning flight to Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon.
Upon arrival, greeted by our guide and we proceed for the city tour.
We visit the Reunification Palace, former residence of the Indochina Governor General and later President of the Republic of Southern Vietnam until the fall of Saigon in April 30, 1975. We continue to the Chinatown area, visiting the Thien Hau Temple- built by the Cantonese congregation in the early 19th century. It is to honor the goddess of the sea and antiques shrouded in incense-smoke. Then transfer to Cho Lon, the biggest wholesale market here.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
This morning, we take a pleasant drive to Ben Tre province crossing Rach Mieu bridge. On arrival in Hung Vuong Pier, hop on a motorized boat on Ben Tre River – one of tributaries of Mekong river while sight-seeing lively activities along river as fishing, water transferring. Our first stop is at brick kiln to see how to make bricks traditionally by printing and baking. Continue to visit one of plenty of coconut processing workshops located along canal. Return to the boat and go through natural scissors creeks to a village and see some local houses making sleeping mats and enjoying some fruits. Take a motorized cart (tuk tuk) or bicycle on shady paths, pass by green rice fields and vegetable plains to be able to touch on real life and find out about tropical culture from peasants. Have lunch at local a riverside restaurant.
After lunch with local specialties, we take a rowing-boat along beautiful water palm creek before meeting up the motorized boat to ride back to the pier, where the driver is ready to drive us back to Ho Chi Minh City.
Leisure and overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.
Leisurely breakfast at the hotel. At a good time, we transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
If it is your late afternoon departure flight, you might want to consider a half-day excursion to Cu Chi Tunnels in this morning.
This morning, visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, 70km northwest of Ho Chi Minh City, created since 1948 to assist the Viet Minh to combat the French. This is an underground city with living areas, kitchens, storage, weapon shops, field hospitals and command centers. During the Vietnam War the entire area of Cu Chi was designated a fire free zone and was heavily bombarded. From 1988, two sections of the tunnels have been opened for visitors. Back to your hotel after 4 hour tour.----------- End of service ----------