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11 DAY(S) TOP SELLING TOURS

Hanoi - Halong Cruise - Hue - Hoi An - My Son - Saigon - Cu Chi - Mekong Delta - Saigon

Excellent to visit the major landmarks of Vietnam within a very limited time, heading Southbound from historic Hanoi to the bustling Saigon

Highlights

  • Passing thought the narrow alley of Hanoi Old Quaters. 
  • A leisure boat trip in Ha Long Bay – one of the world’s new seven wonders 
  • Discover Hue - the evocative capital of the Nguyen emperors still resonates with the glories of imperial Vietnam. 
  • Strolling under the lantern lights through ancient streets of Hoi An Town
  • Travelling to Myson holy land and feel the remains of Cham dynasty
  • Explore the metropolitan pulse of Ho Chi Minh City and what make it differnt from the other part of the world.

Itinerary in Brief

  • Day 1 – Day 4
    Visiting historical sites of Hanoi and cruising Halong Bay.  
  • Day 5 – Day 8
    Enjoying peaceful royal city of Hue, ancient Hoian town and  it's long sandy beaches. 
  • Day 8 – Day 11 
    Visiting Mekong delta and Cu Chi Tunnels. It's then our own leisure time for shopping at the modern and fascinating Saigon.
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Inclusion

  • English-speaking tour guides
  • Land transportation by air-con vehicles
  • Accommodation based on Twin-shared room with breakfast
  • Private room on shared cruise in Halong Bay
  • Meals as mentioned in the program (no drinks)
  • Boat trips and admissions as mentioned in the program
  • Drinking water during the touring day (2 bottles/person/day)

Exclusion

  • Airfare (international and domestic) and airport tax
  • Visa services (Visa approval letter/Visa stamp fee/ Visa fast track)
  • Early check-in/late check-out/ room upgrade surcharge
  • Other meals, Drinks, and personal expenses (phone call, laundry, tipping etc.)
  • Any services not mentioned in the program
  • Optional Tours.

Welcome to Hanoi – Vietnam!
Upon arrival flight, the tour guide & driver will be welcoming you at Noi Bai airport; it takes us 35 minutes driving to the centre of Hanoi then check-in at hotel. 
Afternoon, have an overall view of the capital by a “cyclo” visit, which will start around the Old Quarter of Hanoi, stop at Ngoc Son Temple located on the Hoan Kiem Lake (the “Sword” Lake).  Welcome dinner will be arranged at the local restaurant. Overnight in Hanoi.
Please note: Standard check in time is 14:00. Early check in is subject to availability of the hotel

Today, we will start our city tour with Ho Chi Minh Complex included Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, his house-on-stilts & One Pillar Pagoda. Later, we will discover Hoa Lo Prison Museum, also known as the "Hanoi Hilton", was a prison used by the French colonists in Vietnam for political prisoners and later by North Vietnam for prisoners of war during the Vietnam War. Lunch at the local restaurant.
Afternoon, we will visit Ethology Museum to discover about 54 ethinic groups in Vietnam. Next, head onward to the Temple of Literature, an ancient collection of courtyards, gardens and architecture built in homage to the Chinese scholar Confucius. Last day, we will enjoy a unique fascinating show of Water Puppetry, a traditional stage art of Northern Vietnam. Dinner at your own arrangement. Overnight in Hanoi. 
Please note: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is closed on Monday, Friday and all afternoons as well as during months of Sep, Oct, and Nov for annual maintenance.

From Hanoi, at 8AM, head East for more than 3 hours to Halong Bay, the pride of the Gulf of Tonkin, a Natural World Heritage as designated by UNESCO in 1994 . The road will pass by the Red River delta with green paddyfields and rural villages, where hard-work farmers are busy with their farming jobs, ploughing buffaloes or planting seedling. Upon arrival in Halong, we’ll take a big boat to cruise the Bay to discover the magnificent beauty of this “Descending-dragon” bay, created by thousands odd-shaped limestone rocks and karst grottoes. After a lunch of fresh seafood on board, we can visit the Surprising Grotto, stop for swimming or kayaking, passing floating villages and approach islets to enjoy their beauty in close distance. Back to the boat for dinner late afternoon. Evening attend activities on the boat or relax at your own leisure. Overnight on the boat near Titov Beach. 
Please note: The program may be little varied upon the cruise you choose. Only Vietnamese & International food available on the boat.

You should wake up early to enjoy the dawn on the sea in the early morning. The Vietnamese call the "East Sea" by a point-oriented name "Eastern Sea", so you may guess how miraculous seeing the sunrise over the islets of the Bay. After breakfast our boat will continue to cruise in marvelous areas, where almost each islet has its own name, adopting its shape or reminiscent like Sail Island, Fisherman’s head rock, Butterfly rock or Turtle islet etc. Having brunch on board before check out. Transferred back to Noibai International Airport for a short flight to Hue. On the way, stop to visit Phu Lang Ceramic Village. Welcomed at Phu Bai airport in Hue City and transferred to hotel for checking in. Overnight in Hue.

Breakfast at hotel. We spend full day for sightseeing in Hue Old Capital.
Being recognized by UNESCO as the 1st Cultural World Heritage for Vietnam, Hue is highlighted by the old royal architectural works and the most traditional Vietnamese lifestyle. We will discover the charm of the city from the Royal Citadel, Forbidden City, Hue Royal Museum. Go on to visit the Tomb of Emperor Minh Mang, which is renowned for its architecture and sublime forest setting.
Afternoon visit the Tombs of Emperor Tu Duc – the best-reserved monuments of the Nguyen Emperors since early 19th and early 20th centuries. Then, proceed to the Tomb of Emperor Khai Dinh, the last monument of the Nguyen dynasty. Lastly, transfer to the wharf and get on a dragon boat for a trip on the beautiful and serene Perfume River and visit the Thien Mu Pagoda, situated on Ha Khe hill, on the north bank of the Perfume River. The pagoda features a seven successive tiers, each of which is dedicated to a human form taken by the Buddha. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Hue.

After breakfast and check-out hotel, depart from Hue to Hoian thru the Hai Van Pass (the “Ocean Cloudy Mountain Pass”) and enjoy the beauty of Lang Co Beach before reaching Hoian. Upon your arrival, check in hotel and transfer to have lunch at the local restaurant.
Afternoon, you take interesting walk over the tile-roofed Japanese Bridge, visit taciturn Chinese Assembly Halls, enjoy the attractiveness of ancient houses or listen to folk music of Central Vietnam at old club-houses. Later we can stop at shrines or stroll into the market located by Thu Bon river, where you may find the same feelings of the artists, who see the rooftops of Hoian a magical old world of Oriental feel and source of inspiration. This is also a wonderful town to shop for lanterns, soft silk, raw silk, or get your clothes tailored within a day. Rest of day will be free on your own to discover the town or cycling along Thu Bon to Cua Dai Beach. Overnight in Hoian.

Today, we will visit the religious centre of the former Champa Kingdom. My Son, 60km southwest of Hoi An, sits in a lush green valley with dozens of red brick towers and sanctuaries dating from the seventh through the thirteenth centuries. Your guide will take you through the museum and the holiest of sites before returning to your hotel. We also have chance to enjoy Cham dances in this Holy Land (at 09.30). Back to Hoian. Free at leisure in the afternoon. Overnight in Hoi An.

Check out the hotel and transfer to the airport for the flight to Saigon. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed at the Tan Son Nhat airport and transfer to the hotel to check-in.
Afternoon we have an city oriental tour. We start the city tour at the Reunification Palace, the witness of the fierce Vietnam War ended in 1975. The grand building today is a Museum and Hall of official receptions. Nearby the Palace are the colonial-styled Central Post Office and the Notre Dame Cathedral, built between 1877 and 1883 and one of the city’s major landmarks.  Have a walking tour on Nguyen Hue Street to take the photos of the Opera House and the Ho Chi Minh Committee (outside). From here, walking to Ben Thanh Market one of the most typical symbol of Saigon to experience the daily life of the locals and do shopping the hand-made goods there. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Saigon.

After breakfast at hotel. Picked by at hotel and drive heading to My Tho the homeland of coconut and family factories with local products like coconut candy, rice paper, etc. Upon arrival, embark on the boat cruising on the mighty Mekong River viewing the life to the local people live along the banks. We stop at one of 4 island in the area for sightseeing. Enjoy the fresh tropical fruits served in the heart of the garden accompanied by traditional southern Vietnamese folk music at the plantation. After that you will embark on the small boats rowed the the local people thru the small cannels with water coconut tree to visit the local factories. There you will taste the honey tea and see the local people produce the coconut candy milk and of course you also can try it or stroll in the garden where the locals feed honeybee. After that enjoy the horse-cart trip through the tranquil road of the village. We continue getting on the big boat to visit the vast area. Enjoy your lunch at a local restaurant nearby Mekong River with the Elephant Ear fish. Afternoon, drive back to Saigon with stop to visit Vinh Trang pagoda, a famous pagoda in the area that its architecture is a mix of Chinese, Cambodian, and French culture. Transfer back to Saigon. Dinner at your own arrangement. Overnight in Saigon.

Breakfast at hotel. Morning visit Cu Chi Tunnels, one of the few remaining monuments to the Vietnam War. Beneath the ground lie 200 km of tunnels, dug by hand and inhabited by the forces of the Vietnamese guerillas during the conflict. At its peak, prior to the Tet Offensive in 1968, the tunnel complex was base to almost 10,000 troops. To this day, it remains one of the most impressive examples of how fierce the war used to be.  You even can try to crawl some dozens of meters on the tunnel underground to have the real experience. Lunch at the local restaurant.
Return to Saigon downtown after lunch then your time to relax. Overnight in Saigon.

Breakfast at the hotel. If your flight is in the  afternoon, you will have a half day free for the sightseeing and shopping till check out time and transfer to the airport for the departure flight back to your sweet home. (The normal check out time: 12:00pm).

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