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Vietnam Highlights 11 Days Tour

Highlights

– Spend time relaxing, and refreshing between wonderful natural landscapes of Halong Bay

– Visit the most dramatic landscape of lakes, rivers, caves, rice paddy fields, and huge limestone karsts

– Explore the dozens of red brick towers and sanctuaries dating from between the 7th and 13th centuries in My Son

– Take a chance to discover the rural areas, learn about farming life, visit wonderful fruit gardens in Mekong Delta

– Get to know the rushed life of Hanoi by walking through Hanoi's Old Quarter or try some interesting local dishes on the typical street stalls

– Visit the ancient capital of Vietnam with many highlighted sites such as Imperial Citadel, Tu Duc/ Minh Mang Tomb, and Thien Mu pagoda

Itinerary

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival

Upon arrival at the airport, pick up and transfer to city center by private car and driver. Check in hotel and then free time at your leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2: Hanoi City tour full day (B, L)

8.30 am: The tour starts when you meet our English speaking tour guide at your hotel in Hanoi.

First of all, we visit Ho Chi Minh Complex which includes Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, museum, his house on stilt to learn about his life during revolutionary activities in the past. We will pass to One Pillar Pagoda which was built in 1049 by King Ly Thai Tong according to his dream of Bodhisattva seating on a lotus flower and led him to the pagoda.

Then we continue to visit the Temple of Literature, the first Royal National University in Vietnam built in 1076. Coming here, we have the opportunity to learn more about education in Vietnam since 1000 years ago.

Around noon: Have lunch in a local Restaurant with local Vietnamese traditional Cuisines.

After that, we continue the tour to visit the interesting Museum. There are some options that you can choose such as Museum of Ethnology/Museum of Vietnamese History/Hoa Lo Prison Museum/Military Museum /Women Museum/Art Museum. Both of museum offer informative and well-documented display in our country..

Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple are the famous sights which we can’t miss to visit in Hanoi. Located in the heart of Hanoi, the lake got its name according to a legend story in the past. Ngoc Son temple is also one of the most beautiful sites in the city center. The temple was established by a mandarin named Nguyen Van Sieu and is dedicated to the spirits of the soil, medicine, literature...

Finish tour at around 17.00 pm.

Day 3: Hanoi – Ninh Binh (B, L)

Ninh Binh is an outstanding destination that has many attractions landscapes. Take part in this tour, we have occasion to explore the area by rowboat, and it’s also a perfect occasion for you relax and let your mind wander amongst the diverse limestone features of Van Long nature reserve.

8.00 am: Our Guide & Car pick up at your hotel. You will leave Hanoi and head north for about 2 hour’s drive to go to Hoa Lu in Ninh Binh, which is known as Vietnam's Ancient Capital.

When we arrive in Hoa Lu after a short break, we will visit the Dinh and Le Temples. These are two temples dedicated to King Dinh and King Le, the founders of the ancient capital during the 10th century.

We start the trip by cycling through the breathtaking rice fields while sightseeing & relax.

After that, we enjoy a lunch at a local restaurant with Vietnamese cuisine.

On the way back to Hanoi, we continue to visit Van Long Nature Reserve. Van Long Nature Reserve is the largest wetland reserve in the Vietnamese Northern Delta which is situated in Gia Vien district along the Northeastern border of Ninh Binh, Province.

Continue getting on the bamboo rowing boat to explore this beautiful natural area, enjoying spectacular scenery surrounded by rice paddies and towering limestone mountain peaks.

Along the way, you will see caves, green rice fields, the Limestone Mountains and the rural life of the locals before returning to Hanoi. Head back to the harbor and take the Car to return to Hanoi.

Arrive in central Hanoi, followed by drop-off at your hotel. Tour end at around 18.00 pm.

Day 4: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B, L, D)

Today morning, we will leave Hanoi for Halong Bay – World Natural Heritage site with about 3.5 – 4 hours drive.

Upon arrival at Halong Bay, you will be welcomed by staff on board for cruising and set sail in the bay while lunch is served. Cruising further in the magical bay, you can see thousands of sculpted limestone islands rising from the waves like dragons' teeth on the turquoise waters.

After lunchtime, we take a short trek for a panoramic view of the bay, swimming on a quiet beach or sunbathing on the sundeck. Late afternoon, with an opportunity to communicate with local people who have been living in the bay for almost three generations when visiting an interesting fishing village

In the evening, we will take a bamboo row boat to discover a water tunnel with many coral reefs in a scenic lagoon. Back on board your cruise, enjoy watching the peaceful sunset and later unwind at a restaurant with dinner served. Stay overnight on board.

Day 5: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Da Nang – Hoi An (B)

Wake up on the bay to the sounds of waves and start a new day. You will have an opportunity to view the sunrise over the bay on Sundeck.

After breakfast, we will visit a beautiful limestone then go back to the boat for majestic Halong Bay while cruising back to the dock.

The driver waits & picks you up at pier then transfer by Car to Hanoi Airport for the flight to Da Nang. It will take about 1 hour 20 minutes on the flight. Welcomed by our driver at Da Nang Airport then we will be transferred to the hotel in Hoi An.

Check-in, free at leisure the rest of the day and stay overnight at Hoi An Hotel.

Day 6: My Son – Hoi An (B, L)

08.00 am: The tour starts when you meet our English speaking tour guide at your hotel in Hoi An. Today, we will drive toward My Son Holy Land the foothills of the mountain spine of Indochina.

From here we’ll hike into the sacred valley of Vietnam’s most spectacular historic and religious site. Dating back to the fourth century, My Son was the holiest site of the Champa kingdom where over a period of 900 years, 68 significant Hindu temples, most dedicated to Shiva, were built. The towers are built of a combination of perfectly fitted, mortar-less, fired brick and elaborately carved sandstone bas-relief panels. Only 25 survived the centuries of pillaging by Chinese and Khmer invaders as well as U.S. bombings.

Leaving My Son and returning to Hoi An. We enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in Hoi An.

After lunchtime, we will take a boat trip on Thu Bon River which is one of the best ways to idle away an hour or two when in Hoi An, and although you can do it the posh way by jumping aboard a tourist boat, it’s far better to go local; and by local I mean grab a sampan.

Around 16.00 pm: Return back to your hotel in Hoi An.

Day 7: Hoi An – Da Nang – Hue (B, L)

In the morning, Guide & driver pick you up for the tour today. We transfer for about 3 hours from Hoi An Ancient Town to Hue.

Along the way, we will stop in the proximity of Da Nang for taking some photos of the “best coastal way” Hai Van Pass, visiting Marble Mountain - named as 5 elements of universe, stone carving village of Hoa Hai or Cham museum for a glimpse into the Cham Kingdom once dominated across Indochina.

Around noon have lunch in a local restaurant with Vietnamese cuisine.

We arrive Hue in the evening. Check in Hotel for relaxing and rest of day.

Day 8: Hue City tour full day (B, L)

In the morning, 8.00 am: We pick you up at your Hotel in Hue. Start the tour with a boat for a trip on the Perfume River to visit the Thien Mu Pagoda, one of the most famous Vietnamese sites that we must see in Hue.

Then we take a short drive into the river where seven tombs were built for seven Nguyen emperors. Each is an expression of the unique personality of the man whose remains it holds and each is comprised of three elements: a temple dedicated to the worship of the deceased emperor and his queen, a stone stele that records the biographical and historical high points of his life, and the royal tomb itself.

Today, we will visit two of the tombs of emperors Minh Mang Tomb and Khai Dinh Tomb before driving outside of town for a lunch of classic Hue cuisine at a restaurant in a beautiful garden setting.

In the afternoon, we return to the center of Hue. The Kinh Thanh Citadel is the most famous site in Hue.

Continue to visit the Forbidden Purple City, originally built in the early 1800s for the personal use of the emperor and staffed by eunuchs who posed no threat to the royal concubines.

End of the tour at around 17.00 pm.

Day 9: Hue – Ho Chi Minh (B)

Free at leisure until being picked up and transferred to Hue Airport by our driver for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City. It takes about 1 hour 20 minutes from Hue to the Southern hub Ho Chi Minh City.

Upon arrival at Ho Chi Minh City, be welcomed and picked up by our driver to transfer to Ho Chi Minh Hotel. Check-in and free at leisure for the rest of the day.

Around 14.00 pm: Guide & driver will take you to HCM City in the evening.

Take part in the tour, you will visit some typical interesting sights of Ho Chi Minh City such as War Remnants Museum (or History Museum), Reunification PalaceSaigon Central Post Office,...

Stay overnight at Ho Chi Minh Hotel.

Day 10: Ho Chi Minh  – Mekong Delta (B, L)

You are ready at the hotel lobby then transferring from a hotel in Ho Chi Minh City center at 7.00 am. It spends 2.5 hours to Cai Be then picked up at the first stop point Cao Dai Temple.

After that, you will board to visit the island and floating markets of Cai Be which we have a chance to see the daily life of local people as well as two local markets there.

Leaving the market, we continue with a hand-rowing boat tour to explore the Mekong river life. The small boat will travel through the tiny canals and lead you to the mysterious spots of Mekong Rustic.

Back to the main tourist boat and transfer to Mekong Rustic which is located on Tan Phong Island. Take a short rest, have a drink and taste the local fresh fruits.

Next, we take cycling around Tan Phong Island to visit the traditional handicraft workshops of handbags, rice papers along with wooden tables and chairs.

Finally, we keep on biking to the bang conical hat workshop. You will continue to cycle back to Mekong Rustic Restaurant for lunch with local food and break time before embarking on a boat to leave Tan Phong Island for the pier to come back Ho Chi Minh City. End of the tour at around 17.30 pm.

Day 11: Ho Chi Minh Airport (B)

In the morning, have breakfast at the hotel.

Free at leisure until the time being picked up and get transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

Have a smooth departure and hope to see you next time!

Inclusion

– All sightseeing tickets

– Local English speaking guide

– LAC land transfer in Car/ Minivan

– Services charges and government tax

– Vietnam visa Approval letter (single entry)

– Halong Bay Kayaking in Standard & Superior Class

– Accommodation shared in Twin/Double room with daily breakfast

– Halong Bay Cruise program shared in Twin/Double cabin as per tour

– Meals as stated in the itinerary (B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner)

– 2 Domestic Flights Hanoi - Da Nang, Hue - Ho Chi Minh (Economic class)

Exclusion

– Beverage

– Travel insurance

– Personal expenses, tips, and gratuities

– International flights & departures taxes

– Other services are not mentioned above

– EARLY Check in & LATE Check out at hotel

– Halong Bay Kayaking in Deluxe & Luxury Class

– Peak season surcharge & compulsory dinner in the accommodation