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Best of Vietnam 15 days / 14 nights

 
   
   
 
Day 1: Hanoi arrival (D)

Arrive in Hanoi’s international airport, our guide will welcome you then transfer to the center of Hanoi by car. Check in the hotel free time to relax after a long flight.
 
Day 2: Hanoi City Tour - Hanoi - Lao Cai( B, L,D )
Hanoi is the oldest capital city in Southeast Asia. Up to now, Hanoi has been one of the few cities in Asia left entirely void of the western-style boxy business architecture. Hanoi has always been a symbol of culture and a source of pride throughout the history. This tour is designed aimed to give you an opportunity to enjoy an absolute and adorable Hanoi. Small streets with old houses, friendly people with typical Vietnamese smiles offer you the true feeling of this capital city.
 
In the morning, we pick you up early to visit Ho Chi Minh Complex with Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Presidential Palace, and Ho Chi Minh Museum. A short drive to The Temple of Literature - The first university in Vietnam dating back to the 11 th century to admire the beautiful construction and learn about Royal court and Vietnamese talents.
Have lunch in local restaurant. Short time to relax before takes a drive ahead to Vietnam Museum of Ethnology . Back to downtown for refreshment by Hoan Kiem Lake - a cup of tea or coffee . Night train at 9h30 PM to Sapa (soft sleeper with A/C). O/N on train.
 
 
Day 3: Lao Cai – Sapa – Dragon Jaw  Mountain (B/L/D)
At an elevation of 1,600 meters, Sapa is a delightful former French hill station situated in the mountainous region of Vietnam 's northwest, close to the Chinese border. The region is home to many ethnic minority groups, each wearing traditional and colorful attire. This trip includes a trek through the hills and valleys of the Sapa region, discovering several different minorities along the way.
 
Arrive Lao Cai Station in the early morning nd transfer to Sapa, high in the Hoang Lien Range of mountain, check in hotel. Breakfast or brunch is served. Visit Sapa town, Sapa Post office, Valley view walking… Having lunch before trekking up to Ham Rong mountain, enjoy an amazing panorama of Sapa town, visit Orchid garden, Traditional ethnic village….Dinner in Sapa.
 
 
Day 4: Sapa – Cat Cat – Silver water fall  - Overnight train back to Hanoi (B, L, D)
Trekking to Cat Cat village ( Black H’mong ethnic minority) in the morning. Lunch at the hotel & check out, then transfer to Silver waterfall, nearby Heaven gate via vehicle. Transfer to the Lao Cai city, visit Upper Temple, Lao Cai International bordergate. Have dinner at the restaurant. then bus will pick you to train station for overnight train back to Hanoi .
 
 
Day 5: Hanoi – Halong bay (L, D):
Halong bay, the magnificent heritage with its 2000 islands rising from the emerald water of the Gulf of Tonkin . Ha Long is an excellent example of a Karst landscape created by a complex chain during millions of years of geological movement. Let us take you back in time on a fascinating relaxing journey along the Red River Delta to the World Heritage Site, the Halong Bay.

Bus and guide will pick you up at your hotel. On the way to Halong city enjoy the journey through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta and the scenery of rice fields, water buffalo and everyday Vietnamese village life. Arrive in Halong board Halong Phoenix Cruiser . Lunch is served with a welcome drink while the boat is cruising the bay to enjoy the beautiful limestone seascape with Fighting cock, Dog Rock and Incense Burner . After visiting Amazing cave we stop at a floating house and go kayaking to Luon cave to enjoy the quiet atmosphere of the bay. Fresh fruit platter will be served followed by a dinner between 6h30 and 7h00 pm. Overnight on board.
 
 
Day 6: Halong – Hanoi (B,L):
Enjoying sunrise breakfast and cruising around the clear & emerald water to another part of Halong bay with a close up view of stunning limestone peaks ….Stopping at Gia Luan Dock for picking up-dropping off passengers and keeping on another side toward Halong harbor. Feel ready to have lunch on board and enjoy the rest of the boat trip. Arriving at Halong dock have short break before en route to Hanoi. O/N in Hanoi
 
 
Day 7: Hanoi - Danang City (L/D):

After breakfast, Car & guide pick you to Airport for Danang City. Arrival in Danang. Pick-up guests for lunch – enjoy the Danang local special food and check-in hotel. City Tour Danang of Cham Sculpture Museum and make an excursion around Son Tra peninsula named as Monkey mountain to visit Linh Ung Pagoda, enjoy swimming at My Khe beach – classified as one of the most attractive beaches on earth by Forbes. Enjoy the “Gala Dinner” with exciting game show night. Free to explore Danang City.

 
 
Day 8: Marble Mountain - Hoi An Ancient Town (B/L/D):

Hoi An was listed as a world cultural heritage site by UNESCO in December 1999. As statistic shows, in Hoi An there are 1,360 relics and landscapes. These relics are divided into eleven kinds, including 1,068 ancient houses, 19 pagodas, 43 temples, 23 communal houses, 38 family temples, 5 assembly halls, 11 old wells, one bridge, 44 ancient tombs. In old quarter, there are more than 1000 relic sites.

Breakfast. Visit Marble Mountains - named as 5 elements of universe and stone carving village of Hoa Hai. Depart for Hoian ancient town for lunch and hotel check-in. Take a walking tour around the old sections (charming and wonderfully preserved, combining Chinese, Japanese and European influences), enjoy traditional music at 15:15 p.m. Explore Cua Dai Beach. Dinner at restaurant. Free to discover the “Hoi An ancient night”, get yourself back to the 17th century, relax and soak up the atmosphere.

 
 
Day 9: Hoi An - Hue Imperial City (B/L/D):
This ancient capital, also known as Thua Thien Hue, was founded on the northern bank of Perfume River in the 17th century by Nguyen Dynasty. Nowadays, the city, about 660 kilometers from Hanoi, looks more like a massive open-air museum with hundreds of temples, pagodas, palaces and tombs. Some parts of the city were badly damaged during the war but there are still many notable structures worth a visit.
 
 
Breakfast and checkout. Leaving Hoi An for Hue Imperial City, through Hai Van tunnel, en route, stop-over for photos at the top of Cloud - Ocean pass, overlooking the scenic Lang Co fishing village. Luncheon and hotel check-in. Afternoon, visit the Imperial Citadel - The grand palace of the last dynasty of Nguyen and Goddess-heavenly pagoda. Dinner at restaurant and take a dragon boat trip to enjoy Hue folksong on Perfume river.
 
 
Day 10: Hue - Hochiminh City (B/L):
Free at leisure until transferring to Danang airport to take flight to Ho Chi Minh City - Vietnam's largest city has an exciting buzz as millions of people rush around on their daily business. O/N in Hochiminh City.
 
 
Day 11: Hochiminh City Tour
Boasting an electric, near palpable energy, Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) is Vietnam’s largest metropolis and its undisputed capital of commerce. For the casual visitor, Saigon – as its still called by all but the city officials who live here – can seem a chaotic mess of traffic-clogged roads and urban bustle, with nary a green space in sight.
 
 
 
At morning :
 You will visit Giac Lam pagoda that was built in 1744 and is regarded as the oldest pagoda in Ho Chi Minh City. You will also see Thien Hau pagoda built in early 19th century, Chinatown, Binh Tay market, Ben Thanh market. With a stop for a while at a lacquer shop, you can buy some gifts for your friends, beloved relatives.
 
In the afternoon :
We will take you around Ho Chi Minh City from downtown Saigon to Chinatown to get a general view of it as well as its history and culture with stops at Reunification Palace (Ex-Presidential Palace) that was built in 1963 and is well-known as an outstanding example of 1960’s architecture, the War Remmants, passing by Notre Dame Cathedral (built in 1877), the General Post Office.
 
 
Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City - Vinh Long - Cantho (L)
Mekong Delta was formed by sediment deposited by the Mekong River and the process still continues today.  The land of the Mekong Delta is renowned for its richness and most of it is under cultivation.  Its product includes rice, coconut, sugarcane, fruits and fish.  A major activity in the Mekong Delta is boating. 
 
Depart at 8:00 AM to Cai Be by air-conditioned bus. Have a motorized boat ride to see round Cai Be floating market with local people being selling, buying, exchanging goods from their boats.Walk around to see orchard, rice paper making, rice scrispies producing process, ect…Stop for a rest, a free Vietnamese lunch including tropical fruits, traditional music. Boat through a village to see peaceful tranquil life of villagers, admire marvelous natural setting of Mekong Delta region. Take a boattrip through some islands and cross Mekong river to Vinh Long. Crossing lower Mekong river to view Can Tho city by ferry. Overnight in Can Tho.
 
 
Day 13: Cantho - Ho Chi Minh City (B)
3-hour boat trip to discover the beautiful Cai Rang floating market and its surroundings. Visit a rice husking mill, fruit gardens.  Enjoy tropical fruit (free). See the peaceful life in the rural area. Have lunch  in Can Tho before going back to Saigon. Stop to visit Vinh Long market and MEKONG REST STOP in My Tho
 
 
 
Day 14: Hochiminh City - Tay Ninh - Cu Chi
Cu Chi Tunnel is 70 km from Ho Chi Minh City in the Northwest. It is miniature battle versatile of Cu Chi’s military and people during the 30-year struggle longtime and fierce to fight invading enemy to receive independence, freedom for motherland. It also is the special architecture lying deeply underground with many stratums, nooks and crannies as complex as a cobweb, having spares for living, meeting and fighting with total lengths over 200 km.  
 

You will visit the Great Temple of Caodaism in Tay Ninh, about 100 km from Ho Chi Minh City. The Temple is built on nine levels that represent nine steps to heaven at which you will see a prayer session at noon. Caodaism is a Vietnamese religion with its philosophy based on Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism and Christianity. Its tenets include believing in one God, the existence of the soul and the ability to communicate with the spiritual world.

You will stop for about 2 hours to visit Ben Dinh tunnel, a section of the 200 km-long Cu Chi tunnel network that was built over 2 decades and used as an army base during the Vietnamese-American War. You will be amazed at the tunnels with their underground storeys including trap-door, living areas, storage, weapon factories, field hospitals, kitchen, command centres, etc. You can also fire M-16, AK-47, carbine rifle

 
 
Day 15: Hochiminh City - Departure :
Free & leisure until our driver will transfer you to for departure.
 
 
 

 

Quotation in USD per person: US $1,040 (2 star hotel)  US $1,253 (3 star hotel)
 
 
Tour price includes :
  • Transportation

  • Domestic flights : Ha Noi - Saigon ( Economic class )

  • All pick ups and transfers from/to airport ; From/to boat quay

  • English speaking tour guide

  • All entrance fees

  • Hotel accommodation based on 2 guests sharing a Twin or Double.

  • Half board package meals indicated as : B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner.  

Tour price excludes :
  • International flight to/from Vietnam

  • Travel insurance

  • Drinks

  • Other meals not mentioned in the program.

  • Laundry & telephone fee at hotels

  • Vietnamese Entry visa

 

 

 

 
  • What to bring : Sun cream, insect repellent, hat, sun-glasses, comfortable shoes.

    Passengers are suggested not to wear short clothes or take any luggage for convenience.

     

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