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Vietnam is a beautiful country which is well known for natural beauty, long history, and multiple cultures. Therefore, it is easy to understand the reason why the number of tourists landing in Vietnam is increasing to a greater extent. People who are wishing to visit a country famous for both cultural and natural beauty can prioritize Vietnam without any constraint. Even though there are thousands of places to visit, here are some highly recommended tourist spots which should not be missed once after landing in the Vietnam land: The 1000 year old capital Hanoi, breathtaking Halong Bay, peaceful Hoi An town, bustling and modern Ho Chi Minh City and countless of white sand beaches along the country from the North to the South. Each minute of you in Vietnam will be surrounded by friendly people who are eager to introduce you the unique culture or authentic cuisine of Vietnam which are now popular all over the world. Vietnam is now waiting for your footprints to explore…

Our Vietnam tours offer a wide range of places to go and things to do across the whole country. From north to south, Vietnam offers scenic Halong Bay, vibrant city tempo in Hanoi, unparalleled leisure in Hoi An, imperial Hue, colonial Ho Chi Minh City, and vivid Mekong Delta. From the intoxicating history and culture, stunning natural beauty, enjoyable beach holiday to an interesting fisherman experience, this hottest destination in Southeast Asia just has something for everyone.

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Route: Hanoi - City Tour - Halong Bay Day Cruise – Hue – Phong Nha cave – Hue – Hoian – Hoian Ancient town – My Son Sanctuary

Duration: 9 days

Start from Hanoi and end at Danang

CHILDREN POLICY:

  • Infant below 2 years old sharing same room with parents is free of charge.
  • Child below 12 yrs old sharing same room with 1 ADL is charged for 90%.
  • Child below 12 yrs old with extra bed and sharing same room with parents is charged for 65%.
  • Child below 12 yrs old No extra bed & sharing same room with parents is charged for 55%

Group tour of full paying 15pax, one (01) tour leader is given complimentary on twin sharing basis include breakfast (domestic air ticket is not applicable)

                

TIPPING POLICY:

US$ 5/ person/per day/ group up to 4 pax

US$ 4/ person/per day/ group up to 9 pax

US$ 3/ person/per day/ group from 10 pax

BUS POLICY

Group Size Kind of Transportation Kind of vehicle
1-    3 pax 7 seater Fortune
4 – 8 pax 16 seater For Transit
9 – 14 pax 24 – 29 seater Hyundai County
15 - 22 pax 35 seater Samco/ Thaco
23 – 42 pax 45 seater Huyndai Aero Hi-classHuyndai Universe

 

NOTE:

  • The timing of sightseeing points shall be fixing by local operator due to traffic and weather conditions, however all points must cover unless amendment or cancellation make by clients themselves (Non-refundable for any cancellation that made by clients)
  • Small deviations in the tour program are sometimes necessary, depending on weather, road conditions, flight schedules and room availability.
  • Supplement charge for room rate in peak dates depends on the hotel category used. Compulsory gala dinner on X’mas, New Year’s Eve & Lunar New Year’s Eve to be advised upon booking. Prices for group of 15 persons up in 5 stars hotels sometime requires to re-quote bases on the hotel policy

*Please inquire for groups of more than 2 travelers

*Please inquire for Higher standard accommodation if desired.

*Please inquire for rate on a single traveler 

Itineraries

Day 1

HANOI ARRIVAL (-/-)

Upon arrival Noi Bai International Airport, meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.

The driving distance is approximately 45 minutes. Your visa should be pre-arranged, or be sure that your visa-on-arrival letter is in your carry-on luggage. Please go to custom desk as your first point of entry into the country and present these documents for visa upon arrival.

Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.

Day 2

HANOI - FULL DAY CITY TOUR (B/L)

Morning, start a city tour beginning with the Ho Chi Minh Complex which features the life of Ho Chi Minh, the nation’s founder. At the complex, visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, where the nation’s founder’s body is preserved (closed on Monday, Friday and through October - November), the colonial Presidential Palace, originally the French Governor Office and a fine example of French architecture in Hanoi, and the rural style Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts where Ho Chi Minh lived and worked.

Stop by one of Hanoi’s icons, the One Pillar Pagoda, built in the 11th Century in dedication to Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara or Buddha of Compassion and reminiscent of a lotus blossom rising from a pond.

Continue to the Temple of Literature, known as the first university of Vietnam built in 1070 by the Ly Dynasty to honor Confucius, sages and outstanding Vietnamese scholars.

Afternoon, visit the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long with its ruins and reconstruction, a UNESCO-recognized World Cultural Heritage Site whose history dates back to 1010 and ranging over four dynasties of Ly, Tran, Le and Nguyen.

Proceed to the city’s central area to visit Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple located on an islet in the lake. Hoan Kiem Lake is the center point of Hanoi and home to a rare endangered giant turtle species. Its name “Returned Sword” comes from a legend of a sacred sword being lent to an ancient Vietnamese King by a holy turtle from the lake and later returned to the turtle.

Discover special Vietnamese traditional art of water puppetry as well as Vietnamese folklore through a compelling puppet show at Thang Long Theatre. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.

Day 3

HANOI - HALONG - OVERNIGHT ON JUNK (B/L/D)

Morning pickup at 8:00 AM from your hotel for transfer to Ha Long Bay, which is about 160 km or 3 hour drive away. On the way, you will see some rural areas of the Red River Delta with plenty of chances to take photos of Vietnamese farmers working in paddy fields. Stop half way to visit a handicraft workshop of fine clothes and embroidered paintings.

Arrive in Ha Long City at 11:30 AM and check in aboard the booked junk when your journey across Ha Long Bay starts. Ha Long Bay meaning Descending Dragon Bay in Vietnamese as legend has it that it was where a holly dragon landed down from sky. The bay, famous as one of the world’s wonders and heritage sites whose formation dates back 500 million years, consists of around 2,000 karst islands and islets scattered over an area of 1,553 km2.

After the welcome drink is served, start cruising while having lunch on board and enjoy the mighty bay view. Ha Long Bay meaning Descending Dragon Bay in Vietnamese as legend has it that it was where a holly dragon landed down from sky. The bay, famous as one of the world’s wonders and heritage sites whose formation dates back 500 million years, consists of around 2,000 karst islands and islets scattered over an area of 1,553 km2. The bay cruise will continue with up close sighting of Dinh Huong Island, Ga Choi Island, Dog Island, Sail Island, a visit to Sung Sot Cave and swimming stop at Titov Beach. Relax to enjoy the bay view at sunset, have dinner after, go fishing at 09:00 PM and spend a night on board.

Day 4

HALONG - HANOI - FLIGHT TO HUE (BRUNCH)

DOMESTIC FLIGHT TICKET HAN – HUI IS INCLUDED
Early risers can enjoy the splendid yet tranquil view of the bay at the crack of dawn. Breathe the sea’s fresh air, feel the morning breeze and hear the sounds of birds above. Have breakfast and cruise to visit Human head shaped island and Tortoise Island.

Continue to cruise into Bai Tu Long Bay to discover the adjacent bay of “The Little Dragon Bowing to His Mother” as it is named. Check out and have lunch on board while heading to shore.

Disembark and transfer back to Noi Bai International Airport for domestic flight to Hue. En route, stop to visit But Thap Pagoda in Bac Ninh province whose architecture and sculpture works are rated as the finest of Vietnam’s classical Buddhist art back in 17th Century.

Arrive in Hue after a 1 hour and 15 minutes flight, welcome by our guide and transfer to your hotel. Overnight at hotel in Hue.

Day 5

HUE - CITADEL (B)

Morning, begin with Hue Citadel, a well-known UNESCO-recognized World Heritage Site, which is a 520 ha fortress-like grand complex built in the early 1800s which features three enclosures separated by heavy ramparts namely Kinh Thanh Hue (Civic City) as the outer, Hoang Thanh (Royal City) as the middle and Tu Cam Thanh (Forbidden City) as the inner.

Move on to Khai Dinh Tomb, the burial site of Khai Dinh, Vietnam’s second-to-last king, which is the most elaborate compared to other kings’ tombs. The tomb shows a vivid European influence in architecture despite its Asian style. Take an hour cyclo tour around the peaceful city.

Afternoon, start sightseeing again with a boat cruise along the Perfume River for sightseeing and visiting two prominent historical landmarks namely Minh Mang Tomb, where Minh Mang, the 2nd Emperor of the Nguyen dynasty was buried, and Thien Mu Pagoda, a Buddhist monastery still in use with its origin dating back to 1601. Dinner at a royal style restaurant. Overnight at hotel in Hue.

Day 6

HUE - PHONG NHA (B)

Morning, transfer to Quang Binh province to visit its top natural icon, the Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park. The park, recognized by UNESCO as a World Natural Heritage Site, ranges over an 85,754 ha area of a limestone zone characterized by primitive tropical forests, rock formations and complex cave systems connected by long underground rivers all aged around 400 million years. While the Karst Mountains here are Asia’s oldest, the local caves hold the world records as the largest and the longest and being among the best to explore. Ride a boat along a meandering and mountain-flanked river to Phong Nha Cave, the park’s second largest cave system that was discovered in 2009 by the British Caving Association. Enter the cave through its half-submerged entrance and start to discover what is said to be speleologists’ heaven on earth.

Late afternoon, go back to Hue and spend evening at leisure. Overnight at hotel in Hue.

Day 7

HUE - DANANG - HOIAN ANCIENT TOWN (B/D)

Morning, transfer South to Hoian via Hai Van Pass (Ocean Cloud Pass). Enjoy a stunning headland-and-bay panoramic view from the pass, which for miles hugs the mountainside along the shoreline and overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Stop en route in Da Nang City to visit the Museum of Cham Sculpture, China Beach and Marble Mountains, whose peaks represent the five basic elements of the universe.

Arrive in Hoian, check-in the hotel Once a bustling maritime commercial port of Asia between 15th and 19th centuries, Hoi An is now a peaceful town of exceptionally well-preserved architecture, lifestyles and traditions. The town, being a UNESCO-recognized World Heritage Site, exemplifies a fascinating fusion of cultures between Vietnam and the outside world including China, Japan, Thailand and the Philippines.

Afternoon, take a town tour of Hoi An to see its beauty up close. Included for your sightseeing will be the town’s iconic 400-year-old Covered Bridge with a small temple attached to one side as a prominent example of Japanese architecture, the Museum of Trade Ceramics which is an elegant Vietnamese style wooden house built in 1858 showcasing antique ceramic artifacts, the 200-year-old Tan Ky House typifying an ancient Chinese merchant residence, the Ong Temple built in 1653 by Chinese settlers to worship Guan Yu, an ancient Chinese general whose character stands for loyalty, bravery and justice. Enjoy strolling the small streets of antique low tile-roofed houses, which reflect the town’s multi-cultural past.

Dinner at the local restaurant. Overnight at hotel in Hoian.

Day 8

HOIAN - MY SON SANCTUARY (B)

Morning, transfer about 40 km West of Hoian to visit My Son Sanctuary, another UNESCO-recognized world heritage which was once a religious center of Cham people where royal ceremonies and burials were performed. The site now is a colony of partially ruined Hindu temples from the total of 70 constructed by Cham Kings between the 4th and the 14th Centuries in dedication to god Shiva. It is regarded one of the foremost Hindu temple complexes in Southeast Asia and is often compared with other temple heritages of Southeast Asia such as Angkor in Cambodia, Ayuthaya in Thailand or Borobudur in Java.

Afternoon, time at leisure for shopping in town. Overnight at hotel in Hoian.

Day 9

DANANG DEPARTURE (B)

Leisure time until transfer to airport for departure.

  • Accommodation in a twin or double room with daily breakfast
  • Lunch or dinner as specified in the itinerary
  • Services of a driver and private air-conditioned vehicle during all tours and transfers.
  • Experienced English or Chinese speaking guide during all tours and transfers
  • Private board for sightseeing as mentioned in the program,
  • Entrance fees for all visits as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Mineral water is available as complementary
  • International & Domestic flight tickets
  • Meals, if not specified in the itinerary
  • Gratuities for guides and drivers
  • Travel insurance (we highly recommend that you purchase adequate insurance)
  • Personal expenses, such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc. All other services not specified in the itinerary
  • All other services not specified in the itinerary
  • Not included VAT

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