1: Arrival in Hanoi
& greeting at the airport upon your arrival and transfer to hotel
for check-in and tour briefing. If time permits we will take an
orientation tour around central Hanoi.
2: Hanoi (B)
we'll be on a full day tour to discover the most outstanding attractions
of Hanoi. First we pay a visit to the complex of memorials to Ho
Chi Minh to know his amazing life. Continue to the Single
Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature to gain understanding
of the two driving forces in Vietnam culture.
we visit the Museum of Ethnology which exhibits a large collection
of artifacts about the cultures of the 54 ethnic groups in the country.
Next we enjoy a rickshaw ride through the lively Old Quarter,
a series of 36 ancient streets where peddlers still trade the way
they have done for centuries. The rickshaw tour ends up at an old
house on Ma May Street, an example of dwellings in the 19 century.
we walk through the busy traffic to the water puppet theatre
and enjoy a performance of the famed traditional art form created
by village farmers around the Red River Delta region.
3: Hanoi - Halong Bay (B, L, D)
morning we journey east to Halong Bay, Vietnam's greatest natural
wonder. Board a beautiful traditional luxury wooden junk
and spend a full day and night cruising the bay's 3000 magnificent
the evening when the boat is anchored in the middle of the stunning
lagoon, we enjoy a wonderful seafood meal and later there is opportunity
for an evening swim from the side of the boat. Stay overnight aboard.
Kayaks are available if specified at time of booking.
4: Halong - Hanoi - Danang - Hoian (B, L)
up to fresh coffee then further cruising and more sightseeing. En
route the junk weaves through impressive rock formations that invite
comparisons from fighting cocks to dragons and even further!
and return to Hanoi for a flight to Danang in Middle Vietnam.
Meet up with our local guide upon arrival and drive 35 km along
the scenic coast to the quaint town of Hoian for the night.
5: Hoian & Danang (B)
morning we'll be on foot exploring the ancient quarter of
Hoian, recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage site because of
its historic role in international trade, unusually well-preserved
ancient streets and homes. Sites include the Japanese Bridge,
a Sino-Vietnamese merchant house, a Chinese Temple, the Central
Market, and the Culture Museum.
There'll be time for independent
exploration and shopping opportunities, which many of our guests prefer as Hoian is a very good place to find interesting gifts. This is also the place that you can have a suit or dress tailor-made (usually
ready in 24 hours).
Optional tour of herb village: take a bike ride or car depending on your preference through the rural scenery of Hoian to a small vegetable planting village located on the banks of Tra Que lagoon (5km - 15mins cycling from Hoian). Tra Que village has been known for its special aromatic herbs such as mint and basil. Join local people in their daily work of planting and watering vegetables. Learn to cook some local specialties, for example "Tam Huu" - a set of shrimps, pork and aromatic herbs, and then enjoy lunch. Tour finishes around 14:00 PM. We can re-arrange your morning walking tour to suit.
Overnight in Hoi An.
6: Hoian (B)
day to relax in Hoian and enjoy the hotels ammenities, the local
7: Hoian - Hue (B, D)
leave Hoian and travel overland to Hue, the former capital of Vietnam,
This visiting the Cham sculpture museum, the Non Nuoc Beach and
Marble Mountains in Danang, climbing over the breathtaking Pass
of Ocean Clouds and passing by the scenic beach of Lang Co.
Hue we'll be exploring the former Imperial Citadel, a complex
of palaces and temples built in the early 19th century and a recognized
UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. We also take a leisure boat
trip on the scenic Perfume River and visit Thien Mu pagoda.
Round off the evening with Hue cuisine and folk music.
8: Hue - Saigon (B)
visit the tomb of Emperor Minh Mang and a garden house belonging
to a member of the royalty before our flight to Saigon. Upon arrival
we continue our sightseeing with the former Presidential Palace,
War Remnant Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office,
the Opera House, the City Hall, and Ben Thanh Market.
9: Saigon- Caodai Temple -Cu Chi Tunnels - Saigon (B, L)
tour today includes a visit to the opulent Holy See Temple
of Caodai Sect in Tay Ninh. Caodai is a fascinating Vietnamese religion
combining aspects of Christian, Buddhism, Muslim, Taoism and Confucius
into a single religion. There's a chance to observe the impressive
noon service of adherents.
afternoon we travel to Cu Chi to explore the legendary network
of underground combat tunnels where our guide will explain
how the Vietcong survived and fought during the Vietnam War. Known
as the "Iron Triangle" during the war of the 60's, the story of
Cu Chi is one of struggle, determination against all odds, and eventual
victory. Now the tunnels are a major site of interest for tourists
and historians, and those interested in Vietnam's military history.
Day 10: Saigon - My Tho - Can Tho in Mekong Delta (B, L)
leave the hustle and bustle of Saigon behind and journey to Mekong
Delta, a world that lives and works on the waters. Arriving in My
Tho, a prosperous town just 80 km from Saigon, we take a boat to
an insular village to visit family workshops producing handicrafts
and candy from coconut. Tasting seasonal tropical fruits in an exuberant
orchard, we ride a horse cart to a typical Delta house and
enjoy folk music by amateurs.
Proceed by local sampan through the small canals and side
arms of the river to further experience river life. For
lunch we'll sample regional specialties such as Elephant Ear Fish,
Rice Ball, etc… After a pleasant break we travel to Can Tho where
we take a spin around Ninh Kieu Quay - bustling and exciting with
river life on Hau River.
11: Can Tho - Saigon (B)
morning, we take a boat to the extraordinary market of Cai Rang.
Famous as one of the largest markets on the complex of waterways
that comprise the Mekong Delta, hundreds of boats packed with local
produces gather and make for an exciting maze. Boats come to us
from all sides, offering fruits, vegetables, plants, foods, etc…
Sellers advertise their wares by hanging samples high atop bamboo
poles so that their customers can find from afar. It is a great
view of how commerce actually happens in the Mekong.
boat tour is capped off with an orchard visit and we return
to Saigon. We'll have ample time to relax in Saigon or further discover
the city independently.
12: Departure (B)
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- Sept 2016
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