Day 6: HANOI – HALONG BAY (Breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Depart from your hotel for a 3.5 hours drive to Ha Long Bay – a UNESCO World Natural Heritage – where thousands of spectacular limestone islets and grottoes rise from the clear emerald Gulf of Tonkin. Upon arrival, have a welcome drink on board prior to your check-in. Lunch with fresh seafood will be served while boat is cruising through many stone islets, floating villages, small beaches. Visit a floating fishing village, talk and meet with local villagers prior to your swimming or free time at your own on the sundeck. Dinner will be ready at the time the boat anchors off at a quiet designated overnight area. Overnight on board in Halong Bay.
Note: Itinerary is subject to change without prior notice according to weather conditions or local administration regulations.
Day 7: HALONG BAY – HUE (Breakfast, brunch)
Breakfast is served while the junk boat cruises around Ha Long Bay, passing by many islets named by their shapes such as Dog, Incense Urn, Fighting Cock, Finger, etc. Stop for a while to explore the Surprise Cave - one of the most beautiful caves of the bay. The junk boat then continues cruising towards the wharf. Ready to disembark at about 11.00AM at when our driver is ready to bring you back to Ha Noi.
En-route, we stop to visit Chi Ngai snake village. The village is some 80km from Halong City and is famous for its farming snakes for over 20 years. This is a dangerous job but thanks for that, villager life was much improved. We walk in a local family to visit their snake farms and listen to the stories about the village and their experiences of taking care of the snakes. Continue our drive to Noi Bai airport in Hanoi to board a short flight to Hue city.
Upon arrival, our local driver meets and transfers you to your hotel in city central.
Overnight in Hue City
Day 8: HUE (Breakfast, lunch)
If you are a history lover, Hue will easily be on the top of your Vietnam must-see list. This capital of Nguyen emperors is packed with temples, tombs, palaces, pagodas or their remains (survived the damage of the successive armies).
Leave your hotel at 8.00AM. Visit Thien Mu Pagoda on the bank of scenic Perfume River. Continue by road to the Tombs of King Khai Dinh & King Minh Mang. The tomb of Tu Duc, the ‘poet Emperor’, is set in an elegant garden with a magnificent lake and pavilion complex. In complete contrast to Emperor Tu Duc's stylish creation, the tomb of Emperor Khai Dinh appears at first to be an unprepossessing concrete construction. Its interest lies within in an uneasy combination of Vietnamese and European features and the use of fragments of ceramics and glass for decoration. Come back to Hue for lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, visit the Imperial Citadel where Kings of Vietnam’s last feudal dynasty ruled from 1802 to 1945, including the Flag Tower, Nine Holy Cannons, Ngo Mon Gate, Thai Hoa Palace, Nine Dynastic Urns, Forbidden Purple City, etc. The tour ends at your hotel at about 5.00PM.
Overnight in Hue City
Day 9: HUE – HOI AN (Breakfast, lunch)
Today we travel to Hoi An via Da Nang where we visit the Cham Museum which houses the largest display of Cham art anywhere in the world. 2 hours after departure from Hue, we will pass through the Truong Son Mountains, the former border between North Vietnam and South Vietnam. Hai Van Pass, which translated as "Pass of the Ocean Clouds," offers spectacular scenery. Hoi An retains a sense of charm and history that have largely survived the destruction of successive wars. Hoi An Ancient Town is an exceptional well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century. Its buildings and its street designs reflect the influences, both indigenous and foreign, that have combined to produce this unique heritage site. Sample central Vietnam dishes in local restaurant.
Afternoon, take a guided walking tour around Hoi An Ancient Town. Visit the Japanese covered bridge, Chinese assembly hall, a typical Vietnamese merchant’s house, an interesting museum and a local market. There are numerous art galleries, souvenirs and tailor shops where you can get some express made-to-order clothes. The next visit is to a lantern craftsman's home in the old streets. Here you will have a brief introduction to the history, shape and color of the lanterns as well as stages of making them. You can then try to make and decorate one on your own, and keep it as a souvenir of your time in Hoi An.
Overnight in Hoi An
Day 10: HOI AN – HO CHI MINH (Breakfast, lunch)
After breakfast, you will be free until boarding a domestic flight to Ho Chi Minh City – Vietnam’s undisputedly commercial headquarters. Located on the bank of the Saigon River, Ho Chi Minh City, or Saigon, is Vietnam's major port and the largest city which still retains the wide downtown avenues flanked by pristine colonials
Welcomed by our guide at Tan Son Nhat Airport and depart for city tour to visit Cholon market, lose yourselves walking the narrow streets of China town, the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, Old Centre Post Office. Your tour guide can drop you off at Ben Thanh Market for shopping as your request.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 11: HO CHI MINH – MEKONG DELTA/BEN TRE PROVINCE – HO CHI MINH (Breakfast, lunch)
This morning we will take you on a journey to many Mekong Delta's significant destinations. Mekong Delta is Vietnam's biggest rice bowls with three rice crops per years and is the major contributor to Vietnam and other countries' food basket. Arrive at Ben Tre and board our boat. Here we get a tour around the small islands of lush orchards to run on small channels and watch how daily life slowly passes. Leave the boat and walk along the river bank, you have a chance to witness local people's peaceful life. Stop by one of the many family businesses that produce a wide range of coconut products such as candy, juice, oil and souvenirs, mostly handmade with in simple, but skillful, methods. Next, take a local tuk-tuk (or bicycle) ride around the remote village, learn about local rural life and stop to sample tropical fruits. Have lunch at a restaurant in the heart of the delta and have a taste of several regional specialties such as the famous Elephant Ear fish. Afterwards, paddle in sampans (small rowing boats) through the Mekong, passing by the water coconut trees. Then, return to the boat to cruise in the delta’s major waterways to Ben Tre pier. A coach picks you up and for returning to Ho Chi Minh City.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City
Day 12: HO CHI MINH – DEPARTURE (Breakfast)
After breakfast, you will have some free time before being taken to the airport for the departure flight.
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