VIETNAM INSIGHTS

 

 

Buzzing cities, world-class cuisine, dramatic landscapes, and rich biodiversity give Vietnam a distinct character: from the capital city of Hanoi up north to Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta down south. One of Southeast Asia’s most resilient peoples, the Vietnamese have absorbed noticeable influence from their massive northern neighbor China as well as their former colonizer France. Echoes of the Vietnam War (known here as the American War) still reverberate, but for the most part, Vietnam is too busy looking forward to dwell on the past.

Duration: 16 Days

Start: Hanoi (Vietnam)

End: Hochiminh (Vietnam)

 

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TRIP:

  • Hanoi – the capital of Vietnam with bustling streets and the old quarter
  • Halong Bay – The Pearl of Vietnam
  • Hue – The Imperial City of Vietnam
  • Hoian – UNESCO Town
  • Hochiminh – the biggest city of Vietnam
  • Mekong Delta with the real local people’s culture

 

DAY 1: HELLO VIETNAM – HANOI ARRIVAL

Arrival in Noi Bai Airport, met and transferred to your hotel in the heart of Hanoi old quarter. Check into the hotel and free time at leisure after long flight.

Overnight in Hanoi

Meal: N/A

Accommodation: Melia Hanoi Hotel/ La Siesta Hanoi/ The Tirant Hanoi Hotel/ Medallion Hanoi (or similar)

 

DAY 2: HANOI HISTORICAL DAY (B, L)

This morning you will take a Hanoi half day city tour, including the Temple of Literature, Ho Chi Minh Complex, Hanoi Hilton Prison and Tran Quoc Pagoda.

Today you will try special noodle of famous Bun Cha for lunch before going back to the hotel for your free time.

Overnight in Hanoi

 

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Melia Hanoi Hotel/ La Siesta Hanoi/ The Tirant Hanoi Hotel/ Medallion Hanoi (or similar)

 

DAY 3: HANOI TO HALONG BAY (JOIN-IN-TOUR) (B, L, D)

Today you will be met and transferred to Halong city, the gateway to Halong Bay. Board the cruise and start your exploration of the spectacular bay which boasts over 3,000 islands

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Bhaya Halong Cruise/ V’spirit Cruise (or similar)

 

DAY 4: HALONG – HANOI – OVERNIGHT TRAIN TO SAPA (B, L)

Today explore more sights on Halong Bay, enjoy lunch and drive back to Hanoi.

In the evening, board an overnight train and relax as you race through the night in a comfortable sleeper, waking to the stunning mountains of Northern Vietnam. The main town is Sapa, your base for discovering the surrounding rice terraces and villages of the ethnic minorities that live here. Sapa itself is full of charm and provides plenty of opportunity for exploration.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Overnight train (AC Soft berth)

 

DAY 5: SAPA EXPLORATION (B, L)

Arrive in Lao Cai early morning, transferred to the hotel for early check in and have breakfast and coffee, then you will have free morning to walk around the town of Sapa by yourself or relax at the hotel after the overnight train until our local guide comes to take you out for lunch at the great restaurant before a walking tour to see more about the daily life of the Black H’mong, this tour includes Cat Cat village, waterfall and power station.

Cat Cat Village is about 1 km from Sapa town. It’s located at the bottom of the Muong Hoa Valley and near the stunning Cat Cat Waterfall. This is an age-old village of the H’Mong ethnic group retaining unique customs and practices that are not present in other villages.

Overnight in Sapa        

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Victoria Sapa/ Amazing Sapa/ Sapa Sunny Mountain Hotel (or similar)

 

DAY 6: SAPA EXPLORATION – OVERNIGHT TRAIN BACK TO HANOI (B, L)

Have free morning until lunch served at the local restaurant before more exploration of Sapa. This afternoon you will be guided around the beautiful village Ta Van to see more daily life of the local people.

Late afternoon transfer to Lao Cai railway station for the night train back to Hanoi.

Overnight on the train

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Overnight train – TBA

 

DAY 7: HANOI – FLIGHT TO HUE (B, L)

Arrive at Hanoi Railway Station in the early morning, transferred to the centre of Hanoi to have some breakfast before driving to Noi Bai Airport for your flight to Hue.

Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to the centre of Hue, experience the cyclo ride around the Imperial city of Hue. Lunch will be served at the local restaurant where you have the chance to enjoy all Hue specialties such as Banh Beo, Nam, Loc, Banh Khoai,… Check in to the hotel, have your free time at leisure and explore Hue by yourself.

Overnight in Hue                

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Pilgrimage Village/ Saigon Morin Hotel/ Eldora Hue Hotel/ Serene Palace Hue (or similar)

 

DAY 8: HUE HISTORICAL DAY (B, L)

Today we will take a tour to visit beautiful sights in Hue to learn more about the history of Vietnam in the 19th and 20th centuries as well as the royal life of Nguyen Dynasty. The tour will include the Imperial city, a boat trip on the Perfume River to visit The Holly Lady Pagoda, the tombs of the King Tu Duc and Khai Dinh.

Overnight in Hue        

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Pilgrimage Village/ Saigon Morin Hotel/ Eldora Hue Hotel/ Serene Palace Hue (or similar)

 

DAY 9: HUE – HOIAN (B, L)

This morning drive to the Ancient town of Hoi An, stopping at the beautiful peninsula of Lang for photo, Hai Van pass (the pass of cloud and ocean) which is one of the ten beautiful drives in the world, then stop to visit Marble Mountains. The caves within the mountains hold many secrets including bullet holes from when VC troops used to spy on the US soldiers during the war.

Arrive in Hoi An for lunch,  you will have a chance to enjoy some local dishes such as Banh bao – Banh Vac (white rose), wonton, Cao Lau, to name just a few.

This afternoon take the walking tour in the old town of Hoian. Hoian was listed as UNESCO World Heritage Town after 1999. The walking tour includes the Chinese Assembly Hall, Japanese Covered Bridge and Thenols merchant house.  Hoi An is well known as a shopper’s paradise. Every house is a shop. Hoi An is the most famous town for tailoring. You will have a chance to have some clothes, glasses, jewellery and shoes made upon your request.

Overnight in Hoian

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Hoian Boutique Resort/ Hoian Trails Resort/ Emm Hoian Hotel/ Hoian Red Frangipani Villa (or similar)

 

DAY 10: CHARMING HOIAN (B, L)

This morning visit Tra Que vegetable village where you enjoy more the daily life of the local farmer.

Enjoy a village tour to learn about the gardens that are abundant with red eye chilli, lemongrass, basil, coriander and spring onions. Jump right in and see how the plots are planted, tended and watered with the guidance of local family farmers. After you have enjoyed the farming activities, you’ll have home cooking classes to discover some of this region’s culinary basics. Lunch will be served with local dishes.

Back to town to have some free time at leisure or explore Hoi An by yourself.

Overnight in Hoian

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Hoian Boutique Resort/ Hoian Trails Resort/ Emm Hoian Hotel/ Hoian Red Frangipani Villa (or similar)

 

DAY 11: HOIAN – MY SON HOLY LAND – HOIAN (B, L)

This morning drive to My Son to learn more about the history of Cham people who lived in Central Vietnam from 2nd to 15th century. The remaining towers and sanctuaries were built from the 7th to 13th centuries.

Return to Hoi An town and have lunch before free afternoon to explore Hoian by yourselves

Overnight in Hoian

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Hoian Boutique Resort/ Hoian Trails Resort/ Emm Hoian Hotel/ Hoian Red Frangipani Villa (or similar)

 

 

DAY 12: HOIAN – HOCHIMINH BY FLIGHT (B)

Transferred to Danang Airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh city.

Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. where you will have free time to explore the Ben Thanh Market by yourself.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

 Meal: Breakfast

Accommodation: Caravelle Saigon/ Norfolk Saigon Hotel/ Grand Silverland Saigon Hotel/ Lavender Boutique Saigon Hotel/ Lavender (or similar)

 

DAY 13: HOCHIMINH HISTORICAL DAY (B, L)

This morning drive to Cu Chi District which is about 70kms from the centre of Ho Chi Minh to visit Cu Chi Tunnel.

Back to Ho Chi Minh for lunch, You will try special Noodle Pho (a Vietnamese delicacy) for lunch today.

Afternoon, take the city tour of Ho Chi Minh, visiting the Military Museum, Reunification Palace or Independent Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral and Central Post Office

Overnight in Hồ Chí Minh

Meal: Breakfast

Accommodation: Caravelle Saigon/ Norfolk Saigon Hotel/ Grand Silverland Saigon Hotel/ Lavender Boutique Saigon Hotel/ Lavender (or similar)

 

 

DAY 14: HOCHIMINH – MEKONG DELTA (MY THO) – HOCHIMINH (B, L)

This morning drive to My Tho city which is about 2 hours drive from Ho Chi Minh. Where we embark on the Mekong boat tour  to visit a bee farm, enjoy the bee honey tea, a short horse drive on the village road to the fruit garden (enjoy the fruit and listen to the Đờn Ca Tài Tử – the local folk songs), get on the small sampan along the small canal to go back to the cruise boat. Cruise takes us to the coconut candy workshop to see how to make the coconut candy.

Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant on the islet. It is time to try the local fish called elephant ears fish.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Caravelle Saigon/ Norfolk Saigon Hotel/ Grand Silverland Saigon Hotel/ Lavender Boutique Saigon Hotel/ Lavender (or similar)

 

DAY 15: HOCHIMINH BY YOURSELVES (B)

Today you enjoy the last free day in Vietnam, the last chance to see the crazy traffic of Hochiminh city, or pack your luggage before your trip home

Overnight in Hochiminh city

Meal: Breakfast

Accommodation: Accommodation: Caravelle Saigon/ Norfolk Saigon Hotel/ Grand Silverland Saigon Hotel/ Lavender Boutique Saigon Hotel/ Lavender (or similar)

 

 

DAY 16: HOME SWEET HOME (B)

Free time at leisure, then transferred to Tan Son Nhat Airport for your flight home.

GOODBYE & SEE YOU AGAIN

 TOUR COST: TBA

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INCLUDE:

– Private AC Van/Car with cold waters on board

– Private English Speaking guides in different cities.

– Private tours as stated with entrances

– All centered hotels on the trip upon your request

– Halong join-in-tour

– Cyclo ride in Hue

– Boat trip on the Perfume River

– Private Mekong Full day tour, including boat trip and sampan

– Returned train ticket between Hanoi and Sapa

– Domestic Flight Tickets: Hanoi – Hue , Danang – Hochiminh

– Meals as stated: B = Buffet Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

– Free of charge Visa-on-arrival

 

EXCLUDE:

– Personal expenses

– Travel insurance

– International flight tickets note stated

– Tip for services (drivers, guides, restaurants,…)