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Arrive HCMC - Mekong Delta - Hoi an - Hue - Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hanoi departure
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Detailed Tour Itinerary
Day 1 - Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City and transfer to hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 2 - Ho Chi Minh Citytour (B)
A full day city tour of dynamic Ho Chi Minh City, still called Saigon by
many locals, takes in the city’s bustling Chinatown and begins with a
visit to the Thien Hau Temple, from where you will take a cyclo ride;
the most appropriate and unusual way to explore Cholon, literally
meaning ‘big market’. The ride will take you to the lively Binh Tay
Market. Then visit a lacquerware factory to witness workers continuing a
Vietnamese ancestral tradition. After lunch visit the War Museum and
the former Presidential Palace, from there on you will go on foot (the
car will be available at all times) to visit the major sights of
colonial Ho Chi Minh City: the Notre Dame Cathedral, Old Saigon Post
Office, Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Catinat), Continental Hotel,
Opera House and City Hall. After this historical visit, enjoy some
wonderful ice cream at Fanny’s, a quaint little parlour with a French
atmosphere, before exploring the trendy boutiques on Ton That Thiep
Street. Overnight in HCMC.
Day 3 – Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta - Ho Chi Minh City (B, L)
Head south to the Mekong Delta and reach Ben Tre, crossing the Mekong
River with a local ferry. From there take an 18 kilometre ride by xe
loi, a local motorbike trailer, through the second biggest Vietnamese
coconut tree orchard. There are stops along the way to discover the
local life and for an explanation of the Vietnamese rice field process.
After lunch in a local restaurant continue your Mekong discovery
cruising small canals and arroyos lined with water coconut, walking
through fruit orchards, enjoying honey tea and taking a horse cart ride.
Overnight in HCMC.
Day 4 - Ho Chi Minh City - Danang - Hoi An (B)
After breakfast transfer to Tan Son Nhat Airport for the short flight to
the central port city of Danang. On arrival in Danang transfer 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.
Take a walking tour of the ancient town centre to visit the former
merchants’ homes, the 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge and the
colorful market. In the afternoon take a three-hour cruise on the Thu
Bon River with stops at Thanh Ha pottery village, Kim Bong carpenters’
village and the shipbuilding yard. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 5 - Hoi An - Hue (B)
Leave Hoi An for Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam. The scenic
route passes through Danang before climbing over the Pass of Ocean
Clouds and dropping down to the wonderfully photogenic fishing village
of Lang Co. In the afternoon visit the elaborate mausoleums of emperors
Tu Duc and Khai Dinh and the Imperial Citadel from where the Nguyen
Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945. Overnight in Hue.
Day 6 – Hue - Hanoi - Halong Bay (B)
A boat trip on the romantically named Perfume River visits 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. After
lunch transfer to Hue Airport for the short flight to Hanoi. Leave Noi
Bai Airport to Halong Bay through the rich farmlands of the Red River
Delta and the scenery of rice fields, water buffalo and everyday
Vietnamese village life. Overnight in Halong.
Day 7 – Halong Bay - Hanoi (B, L)
Board the Huong Hai or Bai Tho traditional sailing junk. Whilst cruising
the exquisite waters sample the regions fresh seafood. Visit the famous
stalagmites and stalactites of Thien Cung Cave. Enjoy a swim in the
emerald waters of Halong Bay at any spot that you wish to visit.
Disembark at the dock at Halong City. Drive back to Hanoi with a stop en
route at But Thap Pagoda in Thuan Thanh Province, known for its
four-storey stone stupa and referred to as Vietnam’s first Buddhist
centre. The pagoda, built in the 13th century and rebuilt in 1647 by the
Buddhist monk Chuyet Chuyet, is a complex of ten buildings over an area
of 100 metres that houses ancient statues and artefacts. Arrival in
late afternoon. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 8 - Hanoi (B)
A full day city tour of Vietnam’s capital. Hanoi is a unique city with
tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes and
oriental temples. The city tour includes such sights as Ho Chi Minh’s
Mausoleum and his house on stilts, the One Pillar Pagoda, the Temple of
Literature, the Quanh Thanh Temple and the Tran Quoc Pagoda on the edge
of West Lake. Afternoon, continue to the Museum of Ethnology and visit
to the Lake of the Restored Sword and a cyclo tour of the Old Quarter.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 9 - Hanoi - Departure (B)
Departure day. At leisure for shopping until transfer to Noi Bai Airport for onward flight.