This amazing Essential Vietnam tour package offers
its visitors a great diversity of beautiful landscapes in Halong, Tam
Coc, as well as a vibrant traditional culture and lifestyle in Hanoi,
Hue, Hoi An, Mekong and ended with relaxing laid-back beach resort of
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Brief Essential Vietnam Tour:
Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
Day 2: Hanoi City Tour
Day 3: Hanoi - Hoa Lu - Trang An - Hanoi
Day 4: Hanoi - Halong Cruise
Day 5: Halong Cruise - Hanoi & Flight to Hue
Day 6: Hue City Tour
Day 7: Hue - Hoi An
Day 8: Hoi An Free Day
Day 9: Hoi An - Danang & Flight to Ho Chi Minh - Cu Chi Tunnels - Ho Chi Minh
Day 10: Ho Chi Minh - Mekong (Can Tho)
Day 11: Can Tho - Ho Chi Minh
Day 12: Ho Chi Minh - Phan Thiet (Mui ne Beach)
Day 13&14: Phan Thiet (Mui ne Beach)
Day 15: Ho Chi Minh Departure
Detailed Essential Vietnam Tour:
Day 1: Hanoi Arrival (G)
Upon arrival, our private Vietnam Tours guide and driver will welcome your Vietnam Holiday,
pick up and transfer to the hotel for check in. Hanoi, a city where the
exotic chic of old Asia blends with the dynamic face of new Asia. Where
the medieval and modern co-exist. A city with a blend of Parisian grace
and Asian pace, an architectural museum piece evolving in harmony with
its history, rather than bulldozing through like many of the region’s
capitals. Hanoi is where imagination becomes reality. Free at leisure.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi City Tour (B/L) (G)
Hanoi is choice for any Vietnam Tours. Today we
enjoy a full day Hanoi city tour of this charming capital city including
the mausoleum of the nation's founder Ho Chi Minh (close on Monday
& Friday), the Presidential Palace, the Ho Chi Minh's house on
stilts, the One Pillar Pagoda, the Temple of Literature, the impressive
Ethnologic Museum, the beautiful West Lake, the Tran Vu Pagoda, the
peaceful lake of the Restored Sword.
Late afternoon we take a cyclo tour for a short excursion through the
bustling old quarter streets named after the specific goods once
offered for sale at these places. In the evening, we end Hanoi city tour
with a fantastic traditional water puppet show.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 3: Hanoi – Hoa Lu – Trang An Grottoes – Hanoi (B/L) (G)
After breakfast, we continue our Essential Vietnam Tour, heading south
for the two hour drive along Highway One. We spend one hour visiting
the Dinh and Le sanctuaries. These are the two remaining temples of
the ancient citadel of Hoa Lu. The first is dedicated to Dinh Tien
Hoang (also known as Dinh Bo Linh), an Emperor from the Dinh Dynasty.
The second commemorates the rulers of the Le Dynasty. Dinh Bo Linh
successfully conquered Vietnam’s first independent rulers, the Ngo
Dynasty. On his death in 980, General Le Hoan wisely married Dinh’s
widow and established the Le Dynasty and enlarged the citadel.
We then move on to Tam Coc - Poetically penned ‘Halong Bay on the rice paddies’,
the area around Tam Coc boasts stunning scenery. While Halong Bay has
rugged rock formations jutting out of the sea, here they soar skywards
from a sea of green. After a three hour boat trip along the Boi River,
we do beautiful bicycle trip to Bich Dong pagoda for visit to a very
nice pagoda and cave. Overnight in Tam Coc. Returning to Hanoi in the afternoon. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 4: Hanoi – Halong Bay Cruise (B/L/D) (G)
This morning, after breakfast, we drive to Halong Bay (165km), Vietnam most scenic sight, a recognized World Natural Heritage Site and highlight of any Vietnam Tours.
Upon arrival, board your traditional wooden junk. Welcome drink on
board. After a relaxing break, enjoy a delicious seafood lunch while
cruising through the wonderful Ha Long bay visiting its amazing grottoes
and caves. Opportunity to dive off the boat and have a pleasant
swimming in the deep blue water of East Sea before relaxing on your sun
deck to view a Halong sunset. Dinner on board with excellent fresh
seafood. Overnight on board.
Day 5: Halong Bay Cruise – Hanoi – Hue (B) (G)
People said that your Vietnam Tours would not have been done without a trip to Halong Bay and a romantic night on Halong Cruise. People describe Halong Bay as majestic and mysterious, inspiring and imperious and words alone cannot do justice to the natural wonder that is Halong Bay.
Imagine 3000 or more incredible islands rising from the emerald waters
of the Gulf of Tonkin and you have a vision of breathtaking beauty. Halong Bay
is pure art, a priceless collection of unfinished sculptures hewn from
the hand of nature. It is absolutely true when you get up early to catch
the sunrise on the bay, doing Ta Chi on sundeck and relax with a cup of
hot coffee or tea when the boat cruising to explore more of Halong Bay.
All make your Vietnam Holiday with full sweet memory. Back to Halong
city, end of your beautiful Halong Bay Cruise at around
noon where our private guide and driver are waiting for the transfer
back to Hanoi airport for the flight to Hue. Pick up on arrival and
transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Hue.
Day 6: Hue Tour (B/L) (G)
Hue is one of places, which has many cultural heritages. Up to now,
there is no place like Hue remaining a lot of originally historical
vestiges as in this ancient Capital City and an enjoyable stop for your Vietnam tours.
After breakfast, our tour starts with the visit to Imperial Citadel
before taking the beautiful boat trip on the romantic Perfume River and
visit Hue's best-known religious site-Thien Mu Pagoda and the Mausoleum
of former emperor Minh Mang in a tranquil setting of gardens and lakes.
Return to the hotel. Free at leisure. Overnight in Hue
Day 7: Hue – Hoi An (B/L) (G)
After breakfast, we drive to Hoi An, a major Asian trading port in
the 17th and 18th centuries whose architecture and relaxed lifestyle has
changed little over the years and for sure, Hoi An is the most favorite
destination for all kinds of Vietnam Tours. This
scenic drive passes through the fishing village of Lang Co before
climbing over the Pass of Ocean Clouds. Along the way, stop in Danang to
visit the Cham Museum which contains the finest collection of Cham
sculptures in the world. Upon arrival in Hoi An, free to take walking
tour of the Hoi An ancient town centre. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 8: Hoi An (B)
Hoi An Ancient Town - highlight of any tour to Vietnam
- is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a South-East Asian
trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century. Its buildings and
its street plan reflect the influences, both indigenous and foreign,
that have combined to produce this unique heritage site.
Day free to cycle through rice paddies in the countryside of Hoi An
ancient town, shop for souvenirs among the antique shops and art
galleries, or just sit at sidewalk cafes and soak up the atmosphere of
this quaint town. Or relax on the white sandy beach of the famous Danang
Beach. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 9: Hoi An – Danang – Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi Tunnels – HCMC (B) (G)
After breakfast, our Vietnam tour guide and driver in
Hoi An will transfer you to the airport for the morning flight to Ho Chi
Minh (VN). Arrive at Tan Son Nhat airport, transfer to the hotel in
Saigon, the most exciting city of Vietnam, a mecca of commerce, also a
city with a chequered history and a rich culture, its pagodas, museums,
public buildings, parks and boulevards make it one of the most
delightful places to visit in Vietnam. Upon arrival, drive to visit the
incredible underground tunnel network of approximately 200 kilometres
hand-constructed by Vietnamese guerillas during the long struggle for
independence where you will understand more about the Vietnam War or
American War, a must see Vietnam Tour for any tourists to learn about Vietnam past and present days. Afternoon drive back to Ho Chi Minh.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh
Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta (B/L/D) (G)
we will start our exploration of the Mekong Delta, a major rice
producing area. This must be one of the most fascinating riverine
deltas in the world. The Mekong splits into nine major arteries. A vast
network of rivers and waterways with thousands of ships of all sizes
plowing the waters gives the Mekong Delta a very special atmosphere and
no doubt one of the most favorite destinations for Vietnam Tours and a smart Vietnam Tour maker would never skip.
Pick up by our driver and guide at your hotel and drive to Can Tho.
Boarding at Can Tho at Ninh Kieu pier. Welcome drink, introduction to
the ship and crew, check into the cabins. Departure downstream of the
Hau river. Lunch on board while en route.
Tour near Tra On floating market.
Turning into Nicolai canal, towards the Mang Thit and Co Chien
rivers. Rest on the upper deck in a scenery of rice fields, sugar cane,
woods on the near banks.
Visit of a village on the banks of river Mang Thit, an opportunity to
appreciate the way of life and hospitality of the local inhabitants.
Visit of the orchard or rice fields nearby.
Boarding back, complimentary drink as a welcome back on board. Rest
on the deck or around the bar enjoying the sunset. The crew will serve
dinner while the Bassac is cruising Mang Thit river towards her
anchorage point for the night.
The Bassac sets anchor for the night on river Mang Thit.
Day 11: Mekong Delta- Ho Chi Minh City (B/L) (G)
06:30 Departure towards Cai Be. The passengers take their breakfast while enjoying the scenery on the banks.
The Bassac crosses Co Chien river then branches into Cho Lach canal
for 30 minutes through the traffic of sand and rice barges, in a scenery
of fruit drying facilities and wooden ship building yards.
Arrival in Cai Be, check-out and boarding of a local boat for a tour of Cai Be floating market and handicraft.
Leaving the board at Cái Bè where a private car and guide await you
for additional sightseeing and exploration in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 12: Ho Chi Minh – Phan Thiet (B) (G)
After breakfast, we drive to Phan Thiet (5 hours), once a part of the Cham Kingdom, it’s now a perfect stop for Vietnam beach holidays and to end your Vietnam Tours,
an unremarkable town with a reasonable beach, some decent hotels, and a
very good golf course. In a nice setting with white sand beaches and
coconut trees, the beach resort of Phan Thiet is also endowed with
amazing spots such as sand dunes, natural lakes and astonishing red
canyons. Phan Thiet still has sizeable populations of Cham and Raglai
ethnic minority groups. The former are a part of the area’s Cham
heritage. Upon arrival, check in at the hotel, free time at leisure.
Overnight Phan Thiet.
Day 13 – 14: Phan Thiet (B)
Days are free at leisure for you to write about your Vietnam Tours or
to explore the area including the fishing village of Mui Ne which
locates at the far end of the beach, the village and several hectares of
massive rolling sand dunes make a pleasant diversion from relaxing on
the beach, swimming and windsurfing. The village is worth a visit for
three reasons – firstly, very few tourists go further than the dunes,
secondly, the small harbour is picturesque (there’s an excellent view
from where the dunes road turns off) and thirdly, there’s an interesting
pagoda where followers of Vietnam’s whale cult hold services and store
skeletons of the massive sea mammals.
Overnight Phan Thiet
Day 15: Phan Thiet – Ho Chi Minh City (B) (G)
Free time at leisure for you to wrap up your memorial Vietnam Holiday until Indochinavalue's
private guide and driver will transfer you back to Ho Chi Minh airport
for your departure flight with the sincere thanks for traveling with Indochinavalue. We hope that you have enjoyed your Vietnam Tours with us and look forward to welcoming you back for your next Vietnam Tours, goodbye and see you again!!!
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