The French colonial legacy is still evident in many parts of Vietnam, as illustrated by the distinctive yellow pastel-colored architecture of its villas and administrative buildings. In Vietnam you can discover unspoiled beaches along the coastline stretching 3,200 km north to south and mountainous regions where hill tribe people continue to live isolated from mainstream society. There are also pastoral landscapes of lush rice paddies and fresh vegetation, offering ample opportunities to observe the agrarian lifestyle of eighty percent of Vietnam’s population.
Today, most of the country remains relatively unchanged although in major cities you will discover modern infrastructure and technology. Visitors can choose to travel at various levels of comfort, staying in anything from budget to deluxe accommodations, using public or private transportation, and dining local style or in the finer Vietnamese and international restaurants. If you are in for a cultural exploration, picturesque landscapes, warm hospitality, or an adventure of a lifetime – Vietnam is your destination!
Day 1: Hanoi
Hanoi ranks among the world's most attractive and interesting cities. Originally named Thang Long or "City of the Ascending Dragon," the city was first the capital of Vietnam in A.D. 1010 and has had many names until its current incarnation. Upon arrival, enjoy a cyclo tour around Hanoi’s Old Quarter as well as stunning historical and cultural sites in the city centre. Includes: (D).
Day 2: Hanoi – Ha Long
Transfer to Halong. Committee of the World Heritages of UNESCO in 1994 recognized Halong Bay as a natural heritage and famous for its spectacular scenery of grottoes and caves. Upon arrival in Halong bay we board our Junk for the overnight boat trip. After lunch we begin our fantastic cruise in Halong Bay. The scenery is truly breathtaking and is continuously changing. This includes a visit to Sung Sot Cave, round over Tuan Chau Island, Dinh Huong Island, Ga Choi Island, Dog Island, Sail Island and a swim at Titov beach. Enjoy dinner on board while watching the sunset. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 3: Halong – Hanoi – Hoi An
After an early breakfast we continue our cruise to visit Man‘s Head island, Tortoise Island, Bai Tu Long Bay, Toad Island and Bai Tho Mountain. Upon our return to Halong city we have lunch on board, and then board our transport back to Hanoi in the afternoon to take a flight to Danang and then transfer to Hoi An. Hoi An was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999, popularly identified as Faifo, is a picturesque town set along the coasts of South China Sea. While looking into Hoi An Overview, the place is known as a shopping paradise that attracts you towards its wonderful souvenirs, craft handiworks, antique pieces, silk materials and art paintings, that cannot missed out. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 4: Hoi An – Cu Lao Cham
After breakfast, take a short drive to Cu Lao Cham. Cu Lao Cham consists of 8 islands. The largest island is the only one to be inhabited and is made up of tropical beaches, wild jungle and authentic fishing villages. This gives you a unique chance to spend part of your vacation off the beaten track. Dive sites around the islands range from coral gardens and reefs, wild rock formations and underwater pinnacles. This makes it perfect for a variety of dive styles to suit all levels of diving. Back to Hoi An for leisure and dinner. O/N in Hoi An. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 5: Hoi An - Tra Que Village – Hue
Ride a bicycle to a local farm in Tra Que village. Introduction to the history of the village, the cultivation of the vegetables as well as discovering about the use of vegetables in traditional Vietnamese medicine. You will take a trip around the vegetable garden and join the farmers in preparing the land and fertilizing it with seaweed from the local lake. Continue doing activities such as: raking, sowing, watering greens, picking greens and many more gardening activities.
Then spend the rest of the morning working the land in the time honoured way, before breaking to prepare lunch with a local family. Your lunch will consist of many local delicacies including ‘tam huu' spring roll, Banh xeo or the local pancake of the people from the middle region. After your lunch and the exertions of the morning, take an even more traditional Vietnamese post-prandial nap before learning how to harvest and wrap the vegetables. Bid farewell to your host family before riding back to Hoi An, on the way back stop at Nhat tomb and Ba Le well. After relaxing, you are transferred to Hue. O/N in Hue. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 6: Hue – DMZ
Transfer to Hien Luong Brigde, Ben Hai river, Vinh Moc tunnels, Doc Mieu Base. Lunch in Dong Ha town. Afternoon, visit Troung Son National Cemetry, Dakrong bridge, Ho Chi Minh Trail. Then transfer to Lang Cat village, wandering around village and to see daily life of VanKieus people, swimming natural hot stream. 6pm Dinner with the VanKieus people in the village. 7:00PM – 9:00PM Join traditional folk music and dancing show. Overnight at Ethnic stilt house. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 7: DMZ - Hue
After breakfast. Leave the village at 7am. Visit the Khe Sanh combat base. Drive back to Hue. Enjoy Folk Song while cruising on Perfume River. O/N in Hue. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 8: Hue – Saigon
This morning, we visit Imperial Citadel, Thien Mu Pagoda and Minh Mang Tomb. Then, take a flight South to Saigon. One of Southeast Asia’s liveliest cities, Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, is Vietnam’s largest metropolis and its economic heartbeat. A half day tour of dynamic Ho Chi Minh City, still called Saigon by many locals takes in the Nôtre Dame Cathedral, Old Saigon Post Office, a lacquerware factory, the bustling market of Binh Tay Market in Chinatown and Giac Lam Pagoda. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 9: Saigon – My Tho – Saigon
Explore the Mekong Delta, the heart of South Vietnam, dotted with rice paddies and fruit plantations. Take various boat trips amongst the smaller tributaries to visit local floating markets, villages, home industries and plantations. Drive back to Saigon. Dinner while cruising on Saigon river. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 10: Saigon – Departure
Free at leisure or downtown shopping till the time of departure. End of service. Includes: (B).
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