HANOI- HA LONG BAY – HOI AN – HO CHI MINH CITY – MEKONG DELTA
Quotation:Land service only (Please check below for price)
Price is in US dollars per person, based on twin shared and non-commissionable
Vietnam, a part of Indochina Peninsula, has much to offer visitors from around the world. The Taste of Vietnam Tour enables you to “taste” the different ways of living of different ethnic minorities, the rich history and culture, and the gorgeous God-sent places. Get ready for the most beautiful photos of your life when you are in Ha Long Bay. The busyness of each city you will visit may vanish in your memory as soon as you leave the country but the great moments which you experience with the people you meet in each city may linger in your mind for many years. For those who love to make their diaries lively, get your good pens out before you first experience a new land that you have only heard of or seen on the T.V.
Day 1: HANOI ARRIVAL
Upon arrival at Noi Bai international airport in Hanoi, welcomed by guide and transferred to your hotel in the city center to check in. Relax after a long journey. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 2: HANOI ORIENTATION (B)
The day starts with visit to the complex dedicated to Ho Chi Minh- the nation’s founder, containing Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum (view from outside), and house on stilts. This complex also comprises the One Pillar Pagoda, whose origins date back to the foundation of city.
Visit Van Mieu- Quoc Tu Giam (Temple of Literature & Vietnam’s first university). Constructed in 11th century, the gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a relaxing glimpse into Vietnam’s past.
Optional visit to Hoa Lo Prison or the Museum of Vietnamese Women.
Next up, take a trishaw ride around the Old Quarter streets which were named after the specific goods once offered for sale at these places.
Spend around 30 minutes break at local draught beer shop by one of the busy streets for enjoying local beer with peanuts and snacks like locals do.
Stop at Hoan Kiem Lake for briefing and photo, followed by is the Water Puppet show– a uniquely Northern Vietnamese art form depicting scenes from rural life and episodes of national history.
Overnight at hotel in Ha Noi.
Day 3: HANOI – HA LONG BAY (B/L/D)
Depart from your Hotel for a three hour and a half transfer to Ha Long Bay – UNESCO World Natural Heritage – where thousands of spectacular limestone islets and grottoes rising from the clear emerald Gulf of Tonkin. Upon arrival, welcome drink on board prior to your check-in. Lunch with fresh sea food will be served while boat is cruising through many stone islets, floating villages, small beaches. Visit a floating fishing village, talk and meet with local villagers prior to your swimming or free time at your own on the sundeck. Dinner would be ready at the time the boat anchors off at a quiet designated overnight area. Overnight on board in Halong Bay.
Note: Itinerary is subject to change without prior notice according to weather conditions or local administration regulations.
Day 4: HA LONG BAY- FLY TO DA NANG – HOI AN (B)
Breakfast is served while the junk cruises around Ha Long Bay, passes by many islets named by their shapes such as Dog, Incense Urn, Fighting Cock, Finger, etc. Stop for a while to explore Surprise Cave– one of the most beautiful ones of the bay. The junk then continues cruising towards the wharf. Ready to disembark at about 10.30AM. Your vehicle is ready to take you back to Hanoi and then straight to the airport for a flight to Danang. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by our guide and transfer to Hoi An town. Check in your hotel and overnight in Hoi An.
Day 5: HOI AN – TRA QUE ORGANIC VILLAGE (B/L)
Leave your hotel, and on bike to local farm in Tra Que village.
A short stroll will take you around the vegetable garden and then you can join the farmers in preparing the land and fertilizing it with seaweed from the local lake. Following steps are raking the ground, sowing, watering, picking vegetables and other gardening activities.
After that, you will join the cooking demonstration with some local delicacies including ‘tam huu’ spring roll, Banh xeo or local pancake of people in Viet Nam middle region. Enjoy your lunch at Tra Que Village.
Next up, you will pamper your feet into an wooden basin for Vietnamese traditional foot massage before going back to your hotel.
In the afternoon, explore this rich architectural fusion of 300 year Chinese temple, 400 year Japanese covered bridge, 200 year old Vietnamese former merchant home influences by visiting Hoi An narrow streets where each house façade is dangled with lanterns.
Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 6: HOI AN – HUE BY LAND (B)
Have breakfast at your hotel and before check out.
Leaving Hoi An for Hue by car. Stop in Danang for your Cham Museum visit where Cham breathtaking sculpture collection is on open air display. Take a break at Lang Co beach for swimming if you wish, or another stop from the top of the cloudy Hai Van Pass to grab your own Vietnam central coast panoramic view.
In the afternoon, visit the Imperial Citadel of Hue – UNESCO World Cultural Heritage.
Next, take boat trip on Huong River, or better known as the perfume river. The boat drops us off at the beautiful Thien Mu Pagoda which is also home to many young people who want to try out and learn from life as a monk.
Overnight in Hue.
Day 7: HUE – HO CHI MINH CITY BY FLIGHT (B, L)
Start your day visiting the tomb of Tu Duc King who ruled under from 1847-1883, he started the planning and construction of the place long before his death, the place was used as a refuge for him and his harem.
Later on, you’ll have chance to visit one of the most prominent characteristic of this once Feudalism ruled city – Hue Garden House. Tha Om garden house – a replica of a 19th century Hue residence, is situated in a charming garden and contains various types of trees, plants, and its small lotus aquarium offers such a special ambient atmosphere when you walk in. It’s a complex of adjoining rooms inclusive of bedrooms, living quarters, and one particular room dedicated to ancestral worship. Right here you could take the Hue Cuisine cooking class under the house owner’s instruction who is also a talented chef. Lunch is served with the dishes you’ve just participated to prepare and cook. After lunch time, go to airport for flight to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). Pick up by your local guide at airport and go to your hotel in the city for overnight.
Day 8: HO CHI MINH CITY- MEKONG DELTA (B/L)
Depart from your hotel, it takes only two hours pleasant drive to Ben Tre Province. On arrival in Hung Vuong Pier, hop on a motorized boat on Ben Tre River – one of tributaries of Mekong River while sight-seeing lively activities along river as fishing, water transferring. Our first stop is at brick kiln to see how to make bricks traditionally by printing and baking. Continue to visit one of plenty of coconut processing workshops located along canal. Return to the boat and go through natural scissors creeks to a village and see some local houses making sleeping mats and enjoying some fruits. Take a motorized cart (tuk tuk) or bicycle on shady paths, pass by green rice fields and vegetable plains to be able to touch on real life and find out about tropical culture from peasants. Have lunch at local a riverside restaurant. After lunch, we take a rowing-boat along beautiful water palm creek before meeting up the motorized boat and transfer you back to the pier for your transfer back to Ho Chi Minh city for overnight.
Day 9: HO CHI MINH CITY EASY (B)
Explore Saigon from Cho Lon District which is also known as “China Town” Visit the Chinese pagoda of Thien Hau, and Binh Tay Market, and then return to the visit Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, Centre Old Post Office in colonial architecture. Go back your hotel for freshen up.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 10: HO CHI MINH CITY- DEPARTURE (B)
You will be free today until transfer to Tan Son Nhat Airport for departure flight.
Low season: from 1 May- 30 Sep 2016
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High season: from 1 Jan – April 2016 & 1 Oct – 31 Dec 2016 (except public holidays)
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Notes:Prices above not inclusive of airfares and visa to Vietnam.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR CLASSIC TOUR PACKAGES
Accommodation bases on lowest room category of each hotel. Higher room grade can be arranged subject to availability and additional charges
Notes on hotel categories
- Standard category refers to local 3 star hotels
- Superior category refers to local or international 4 star hotels where applicable
- Deluxe category refers to international reasonable 5 star hotels where applicable
- Luxury category refers to international luxury five star hotels where applicable
HOTEL CHECK IN & CHECK OUT TIME
Check in time : 13:00 or 14:00
Check out time : 11:00 or 12:00
Early check-in or late check-out time is subject to availability and with additional charge. Let us know beforehand check in & check out time you expect for proper arrangement.
Specific Services inclusive:
- Accommodation with daily breakfast as mention or similar
- Transfer services in a private air conditioned vehicle
- Entrance fees
- Boat fees where applicable
- Meals as listed in the program
B= Breakfast; L= Lunch & D = Dinner are pre-arranged at local restaurants based on Vietnamese set menu.
- English speaking local guide in each city
- Bottled water on coach during transfer
- Government tax
- Meals not clearly mentioned
- Dinks at meals and minibar in hotel room.
- Surcharge for special request on food, and meals.
- Entrance fees, permits and guide service during free time.
- Insurance, gratuities for guides and drivers
- Surcharge for public holidays (if any)
- Compulsory gala dinner on Christmas or New Year Eves: to be advised
- All kind of airfare and airport tax
- Visa handling fee, visa stamp fee.
- Personal expenses such as Bar, telephone & Laundry bills
- All other service not stated in the program
|Local flight ticket on VNA (SGN-CXR-DAD & HUI-HAN)- economy class||US$363|
|Approval letter for visa to Vietnam (one month single entry)||US$10.00|
|Visa fast track at airport in Vietnam (service of getting visa quickly)||US$10.00|
|Visa stamping fee at airport (one month single entry)||US$25.00|
* Some nationalities below are exempted from visa to Vietnam:
Europe: Belarus, Danish, Finland, French, Italian, German, Norwegian, Spanish, Russian, Swedish, and British (15-day exemption);
Asia: Brunei, Cambodian, Indonesian, Lao, Malaysian, Singaporean, Thai (30-day exemption); Philippines (21-day exemption); Japanese, South Korean (15-day exemption); Myanmar (14-day exemption)
Our price of the tour is not included travel insurance. We highly recommend you purchase health/travel insurance for your trip to Asia.