Let discover Vietnam in depth from the North to the South. Start the trip with Charming and Historic Hanoi – Capital of Vietnam. Trekking through Sapa’s terraced rice paddies and hill tribe villages, you will enjoy the nature beauty and understand more about the local life. Spend an romantic overnight cruise to enjoy the Nature Wonderland Ha Lon Bay with magnificent cave and emerald water. Flight to central of Vietnam to visit Hue – Formal Capital of Vietnam in 19 Century. After 3 hours driving from Hue, we get to Hoi An – an ancient and tranquil town was recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage site. Explore the lush landscape of the Mekong Delta and the bright lights and urban bustle of Saigon. This tour takes you deep into our beautiful country, immersing you in our rich culture and elegant landscapes.
Day 1: Arrive Hanoi
Meals: NA/Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
You will be warmly welcomed upon arrival Hanoi airport and transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon you will take a private walking city tour to visit local markets and Hanoi’s Old Quarter, known for its 36 streets and former craft guilds. In the evening you will enjoy a water puppet performance.
Day 2: Hanoi City Tour – Night train to Lao Cai
Meals: Breakfast/Accommodation: on train (shared 4 soft sleeper cabin with AC)
Today you have a full day to explore the capital of Vietnam. You will visit main attraction site in Hanoi like: the Ho Chi Minh Complex (Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, Stilt house, One Pillar Pagoda; the Presidential Palace); the Temple of Literature; the Quan Thanh Temple, Tran Quoc Pagoda & West Lake; and the most attraction museum in Hanoi is the Ethnology Museum or History Museum. Later in the afternoon enjoy a traditional Water Puppet Performance – a unique Vietnamese Art form hailing from Southeast Asia’s wet-rice culture. Dinner by your own arrangement before transfer to railway station for overnight train to Lao Cai.
Day 3: Lao Cai – Sapa.
Meals: Breakfast/Accommodations: Hotel in Sapa
You will arrival at Lao Cai station in the early morning. Lao Cai is a town near the Chinese border. You will be greeted by your local tour guide then transfer you to Sapa town. Have Breakfast and relax for a while before start to trek to visit Mường Hoa Valley for breathtaking scenery and is the largest farmland for rice growing in SaPa. You will trek along Muong Hoa River through terraced fields passing some hamlets of the H’Mong people. The walk takes you from Lao Chai village of the Black H’mong People to Ta Van village of the Zay people, providing the opportunity to see the different traditions and costumes. Back to hotel. Overnight in Sapa.
Day 4: Sapa – Matra – Ta Phin Village – Bus to Hanoi
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch./Accommodation: hotel in Hanoi.
The walk starts from Sapa and go through the beautiful gardens and lush pine forests uphill. You will then pass through the Black Hmong tribal village of Matra, a minuscule village hiding way from the town. The walk continues passing rice terraced fields and magnificent landscapes of the Sapa, before lunch is served on the route to Taphin Village. At this village, you might be mesmerized about the unmixed cultural life of Black Hmong and Red Dao minorities, 2 largest ethnic groups in the area, which are expressed via great stories told by local elderly. You are also given chances to visit some of traditional houses here before returning to Sapa. Our bus will take you to Hanoi for your overnight in the hotel.
Day 5: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay
Meal: Breakfast-lunch-dinner/Accommodation: On Cruise
After pick-up from your hotel, you will be transferred by van/car to Ha Long Bay at 12:00. You will be welcomed aboard and set sail through the bay while lunch is served. You will pass through the emerald bay through many Islands and Islets. After lunch, you will take a short trek to a nearby summit for a panoramic view of the bay dotted with golden sails, and then go swimming on a quiet beach or sunbathing on the sundeck. Later in the afternoon, you will visit an interesting fishing village with the opportunity to interact with fishermen who have been living in the bay for almost three generations. Back on board, you can enjoy drinks while watching the sunset. Dinner and overnight on the Junk.
Day 6: Ha Long – Hanoi
Meal: Breakfast-Brunch/Accommodation: On Cruise
Early Morning wake up with Tai Chi Session on Sundek. You have opperturnity to enjoy the sun raising from the bay. After breakfast, you will visit a spectacular limestone grotto and then go back to the boat for a final glimpse of Ha Long Bay while cruising back to the dock. Checkout and the boat arrives at the harbor by noon for the drive back to Hanoi. You will then have free time. Overnight in Hanoi hotel.
Day 7: Hue
Meals: Breakfast/Accommodation: Hotel in Hue
Spend an entire day touring the Vietnam’s former ancient capital. Start the day with a visit to the Imperial Citadel, home to the Imperial City and Forbidden Purple City – once the Emperor’s private residence. The Imperial City was created in the 19th century and modeled on the Forbidden City in Beijing. The Imperial Enclosure houses many palaces and temples within its walls. In the afternoon, continue on your tour stopping at the Imperial Museum, Tu Hieu Pagoda and vibrant Dong Ba riverside market.
Day 8: Hue – Danang – Hoi An
Meals: Breakfast/Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An.
Rising up in the ancient land, enjoy your breakfast in the hotel. Then, board a private boat for cruising the romantic Perfume River, visit Lady Pagoda (Thien Mu Pagoda), the ornate Minh Mang’s tomb. We will enjoy lunch at local restaurant. Leave the UNESCO-designated World Heritage Hue for Hoi An. You will travel over the Hai Van pass, stop in Danang for a visit to the Cham Museum and handicraft villages on the foot of Marble Mountain before arriving in Hoi An. Once in Hoi An, you will check into our hotel and have some free time to explore the town before an overnight stay.
Day 9: Hoi An
Meals: Breakfast/Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An
From the 16th to 18th centuries, Hoi An was a thriving international commercial port for Chinese, Dutch, French, Japanese, Portuguese and Arab traders. These people came primarily to trade in the high grade silk, which is still produced in the area, as well as ceramics. Today, Hoi An is a quaint riverside town, popular with tourists for its eclectic architecture, tailors shops, and numerous cafes. Some of the buildings in the narrow streets have remained unchanged for more than a century. You will enjoy a half-day walking tour through the narrow winding streets of the Ancient Quarter visiting Chua Ong Pagoda, Chinese Assembly Halls, the 200- year old Tam Ky ancestral house, and the Japanese Bridge. Following the tour there will be free time to shop or relax. You will stay overnight in Hoi An.
Day 10: Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh City
Meals: Breakfast/Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
You will then leave Hoi An for Danang Airport to take a one hour flight to Ho Chi Minh City. In the afternoon you will embark on a city tour of HCMC (Saigon) including the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Old Post Office and bustling Ben Thanh Market. You will stay overnight in HCMC.
Day 11: Cao Dai Temple & Cu chi Underground
Meals: Breakfast/Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC)
This morning you will drive to Cao Dai Temples in Tay Ninh. Cao Dai Holy See Temple is the cathedral of the Cao Daism religion and home of the Divine Eye, the official symbol of this unique religion. Cao Dai followers worship Jesus Christ, Confucius, Taoism, and Buddha. You will also be able to observe the midday service.
Following lunch you will drive to the Cu Chi Tunnels, which consist of more than 200 km of underground tunnels. This main axis system has many branches connecting to underground hideouts, shelters, and entrances to other tunnels. The network included innumerable trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers and kitchens. Today the remaining tunnels have become a major tourist attraction giving the visitor a unique experience and a feel of what underground life was like during the U.S.-Vietnam War. You will stay overnight in HCMC.
Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City – Can Tho
Meals: Breakfast/Accommodation: Hotel in Can Tho
You will leave HCMC to lush My Tho where you’ll cruise on a private boat through the green vegetation of the canals to an orchard, where you are treated to a delicious lunch in a local restaurant in the heart of the Mekong, complete with tropical fruits. You will also visit the snake farm Dong Tam that breeds snakes for, among other things, snake wine and visit VinhTrang pagoda. You then head to Can Tho city, heart of the Mekong Delta, for an overnight stay.
Day 13: Can Tho – Ho Chi Minh City
Meals: Breakfast/Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
You wake up to the sounds of the Mekong River welcoming a new day and take boat trip to join in the Cai Rang floating market, one of the most bustling floating markets in the Mekong Delta, with hundreds of small boats barging and jostling for space to sell their goods. After sampling local fruits, our guide will escort you back to the hotel through myriad canals. You will have lunch at a local restaurant before returning to Ho Chi Minh City for an overnight stay.z
Day 14: Ho Chi Minh City – Departure
Meals: Breakfast/Accommodation: NA
There is no activity planned for today so you are free to enjoy your free time souvenir shopping until transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
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