14 Days Charming Vietnam

12 Days

Overview

Discover Vietnam, South East Asia’s most popular and exciting destination. Explore enchanting places from Halong Bay to the tropical fruits in Mekong delta.

Itinerary

Meet upon arrival at Hanoi International Airport, and then transfer to the hotel for check-in. Time at leisure.

Accommodation in Hanoi. Check – in time at 2:00pm.

We discover Hanoi – the charming capital of Vietnam today:

Hochiminh’s mausoleum (closed on Monday & Friday, October &

November) and his residence, Presidential Palace, Tran Quoc

Pagoda, One pillar pagoda, French colonial quarter, Temple of

Literature, Hanoi Opera, Museum of Army.

Then explore Hoan Kiem lake and a short walk in the Hanoi Old

quarter to observe the daily life of local people.

Attend a performance of water puppet show.

Transfer to Hanoi Railways Station to catch the night train to

LaoCai. Overnight on train.

Early arrival at Laocai Railways Station.

Enjoy 01hour drive to Sapa hill.

AM: Visit Sapa market, short trek to Laochai & Tavan villages

where we meet H’mong, Dzao, Dzay people.

PM: Explore Taphin village with Black H’mong people. Overnight
in Sapa.

Depart to Bacha market, the biggest colorful market in Laocai

province, held every Sunday morning. You can see the ethnic

minorities go to the market on the back-horse or on foot. The

market is bustling from 9.00am to 12:30pm. Lunch at local

restaurant.

Then visit Hmong’s King palace in ancient house built with

French architecture.

Drive back to Laocai to take the train night to Hanoi. Overnight

on train.

Early arrive in Hanoi, transfer to hotel for breakfast.

8:00am depart for Halong bay, 180km east of Hanoi, listed as

World Heritage Area by UNESCO in 1994.

12:00 we board a traditional junk to discover the 8th World

Wonder where the movie “Indochinese” was realized with Catherine

Deneuve, French star in the 1990’s. Lunch on boat with fresh

Seafood. It is time to relax on the deck through the most

Beautiful landscapes with more than 2,000 islands and islets

Limestone, rising from the emerald water. Visit a natural cave,

the most picturesque grotto in the bay. Swimming (if the

Weather permits) and relaxing on the deck. Dinner & Overnight on board.

Continue our excursion in the bay.

11:50 Disembark at Tuan Chau pier, then have lunch at local

Restaurant.

12:00 Drive back to Hanoi. Visit a workshop of potteries en route

And Trinh Pagoda – Yen Tu.

Upon arrival at hotel, check-in. FREE TIME. Overnight in Hanoi.

Fly to Hue VN1543 @ 11:50-13:00

We explore Hue, the former Royal city of the 13 ruling Nguyen

Dynasties: visit the Imperial Citadel and Forbidden City. Enjoy a boat trip on the Perfume River to discover

Thien Mu pagoda, the wonderful architectural structures for religious worship in Hue. Lunch at local

Restaurant. Accommodation in Hue.

Morning: Visit Tu Duc king’ mausoleum and a local market Dong

Ba.

Afternoon: Explore the village producing the conical hats. We

Walk around Kim Long village where you can visit the original

Ancient house of the former mandarin, mingle with local people

And experience their daily activities in the village. Back to the

Hotel. Overnight in Hue.

Then we leave Hue for Danang. The scenic 3hours and half drive via Hai Van pass offers spectacular views

Of mountains, the sea, idyllic beaches and villages. Visit Cham museum on the way. We continue further

South to the charming historic city of Hoian. Upon arrival, check-in at hotel. Accommodation in Hoian

Today we enjoy a cooking class from the buying local ingredients

At Hoian market to tasting Vietnamese cuisine prepared by

Yourself.

After having lunch, discover Hoian ancient town, known to early

Western merchants, the city was one of the major trading

Centers of Southeast Asia in the 16th century. Hoian has a

Distinctive Chinese atmosphere with low, tiled-roof houses and

narrow streets. Many of the houses were constructed of rare

Timbers and decorated with lacquer panels engraved with

Chinese characters and pillars carved with ornamental designs.

Visit historic merchants and community houses, places of worship and Japanese covered bridge, Hoian

Central market.

Accommodation in Hoi An.

Transfer to Danang domestic airport for flight to

Saigon/Hochiminh city.

Drive to Cu Chi tunnels. At its height, the tunnel system

Stretched from Saigon to Cambodian border and was three levels

Deep. There are more than 200km of underground tunnels,

Consisting of a main axis system with many branches connecting

To underground hideouts, shelters and other tunnels. The

Remaining tunnels have become a major tourist attraction giving

The visitor a unique experience and a feel of what underground

Life in the war must have been like. Back to Saigon for lunch at

Local restaurant.

PM: Discover Hochiminh city (formerly Saigon), the biggest

Economic center in the country: visit Opera house, Notre Dame cathedral, Post Office, China town, War

Remnants Museum, a lacquer workshop. Overnight in Saigon /Hochiminh city.

Drive to Caibe to explore the Mekong delta. Caibe is famous for

Its extensive orchards and immense rice fields. Enjoy a boat trip

On the Mekong river to floating markets, tropical orchards and

Home industries. Lunch at local restaurant. Disembark in Vinh

Long where our driver waits for you.

Proceed to Can Tho. Accommodation in Cantho.

Experience an excursion to visit Cai Rang floating market and

Walk throughout the green orchard to taste some tropical fruits.

Afterwards, we discover Binh Thuy ancient house in Cantho city.

Lunch at local restaurant on the way. Drive back to Saigon.

Overnight in Saigon /Hochiminh city.

Breakfast at hotel, transfer to HCM/Tan Son Nhat International Airport for departure flight. Tour ends.

Check-out before 12:00

Includes:

  • Double/Twin room at selected hotels and on junk (NON-PRIVATE BOAT) in Halong Bay
  • Entrance fees and permits
  • Return train tickets Hanoi-Laocai-Hanoi on LOCAL TRAIN (Sleeper berth–cabin–04 passengers)
  • Boat trips in Halong bay, the Perfume River, Mekong delta
  • Private air-conditioning transfer
  • ENGLISH speaking guides
  • Meals (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch; D: Dinner) as mentioned in program

Excludes:

  • Visa and Visa fees
  • International airfares & airport’s taxes to/from Vietnam
  • Domestic airfares & airport taxes Economy Class on Vietnam Airlines Hanoi – Hue/Danang – Saigon
  • Tips, drinks
  • Travel insurances
  • Other personal expenses

Departures through Oct. 31, 2014

Supplement: (subject to change by the carrier without prior notice)

Domestic airfares & airport taxes Hanoi–Danang/Hue–Saigon: US$220/person Economy Class on Vietnam Airlines

Note:

Our rates may be changed if Vietnamese Government applies new taxes and fees

TOURIST:

QUOC HOA Hotel SUPERIOR (***) or similar in Hanoi

BAI THO Junk DELUXE (***) in Halong

BAMBOO Hotel SUPERIOR (***) in Sapa

ROMANCE Hotel SUPERIOR (***) or similar in Hue

LOTUS Hotel SUPERIOR (***) or similar in Hoian

SIGNATURE Hotel DELUXE (***) or similar in Hochiminh city.

KIM THO Hotel SUPERIOR (***) in Can Tho

SUPERIOR:

LAN VIEN hotel DELUXE (****) or similar in Hanoi

BAI THO Junk DELUXE (***) in Halong Bay

CHAU LONG Hotel SUPERIOR (****) in Sapa

MONDIAL Hotel SUPERIOR (****) or similar in Hue

HOIAN TRAILS Resort SUPERIOR (****) or similar in Hoian

LIBERTY CENTRAL Hotel DELUXE (****) or similar in Hochiminh city.

NINH KIEU 2 Hotel DELUXE (****) in Can Tho

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