VIETNAM IMPRESSIONS

 

 DAY1: HANOI – ARRIVAL ( TRANSFER NO GUIDE)

Pick up on arrival in Hanoi  and transfer to hotel for check in

 

 DAY 2: HANOI STREET FOOD SAFARI

Meet at hotel and start a combined walking tour of street food safari and cultural exploration

Start your street food safari in the Old Quarter, with first stop to taste Banh Goi (meat and vermicelli-filled dumplings) at Ly Quoc Su Street, on the way our guide will show you the historical Saint Joseph Church. Then you will continue to try the iconic Ha Noi’s delicacy Bun Cha (vermicelli served with aromatic herb and grilled pork, meet ball, dip in fish sauce) in Hang Manh Street. Your guide will bring you to try some Vietnamese green hot tea at a simple tea stand on the sidewalk (which is very Hanoian’s style) where you can optionally have a chance to try smoking the bamboo pipe, a symbolic combination of Ying and Yang.

Continue in the Old Quarter with tasting of Oc Luoc (steamed snails) at Dinh Liet Street. During the course of walking, you may encounter some street vendors selling exotic fruits carried by bamboo basket and balance, the guide will bridge the conversation and help you to choose and taste some. Before settle down for “beer time”, you will have a cultural surprise at Bach Ma Temple, one of the 4 most important temples in Hanoi. Finish you mixed walking tour around one of the most exciting area in Hanoi, the intersection between Ta Hien and Luong Ngoc Quyen streets, so-called “international crossroad”. This is a place where you can see a lot of locals, tourists and travelers gathering, chatting and having a glass of “Bia hoi” local beer with some snacks, noisy, chaotic but exciting and funny.

Return to hotel around 7pm, end of service or stay longer as your own wish

The tour is designed for clients staying around the Old Quarter thus the tour can be carried out mainly by walking. If clients stay far away and need transportation, surcharge will be applied

 

 DAY3: HANOI – HALONG (SIC TOUR)   ( B,L,D)

This morning we drive to the area that is regarded as the ‘Jewel in the Crown of Vietnam’, Halong Bay.  This area has been compared with the landscape of limestone islets of Guilin in China and Krabi in southern Thailand. Upon arrival in Halong Bay, we board our boat for a cruise around the 3,000 islets that rise from the clear emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin. This province shares a common border with China in the north and harbours some of the most stunning scenery in Vietnam. Bizarre rock sculptures jutting dramatically from the sea and numerous grottoes have created an enchanted, timeless world; the sails of the junk boats and sampans add further to the scenic beauty.
Enjoy a seafood lunch onboard before we set sail. We cruise around the bay this afternoon stopping to explore fascinating caves and to enjoy a swim at one of the beaches. Dinner will be served onboard whilst watching the sunset over the bay. The remainder of the night is ours to relax onboard the anchored junk boat.
Please note that our itinerary in Halong Bay is subject to change due to local conditions.We recommend you pack an overnight bag for your trip to Halong Bay. You can leave your main luggage at your hotel in Hanoi and pick it up on your return

Overnight on Junk


DAY 4: HALONG BAY TO HANOI   ( B,L,D)

One of the most special experiences for travellers in Vietnam is to watch the sunrise over Halong Bay. If you are up early enough you can watch this spectacular and peaceful scene. After our breakfast we continue cruising through the bay. We enjoy brunch onboard before arriving at the wharf around midday and travelling back to Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi

 

 DAY5: HANOI – DANANG – HOI AN ( B)

Breakfast at hotel

Free until check out – own arranged transfer to Noi Bai airport for your flight to Danang. On arrival, you’ll make you own way to your hotel for check in.Overnight in Hoi An.

 

 DAY6: MY SON HALD DAY TOUR  (SIC TOUR)   ( B)

Breakfast at hotel

In the morning, pick up from hotel, drive 40 km Southwest of Hoi An, a half day trip to visit the capital and religious centre of the former Champa Kingdom, My Son, that has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. In a lush green valley, are dozens of red brick towers and sanctuaries dating from between the 7th and 13th centuries.

Drop off at hotel

 

 DAY7:HOI AN – DA NANG – SAIGON ( b)

Breakfast at hotel

Free until check out and transfer to Danang airport for your flight to Saigon. On arrival,transfer to your hotel for check in.Overnight in Sai Gon

 

 DAY8: SAIGON – HD CU CHI (SIC TOUR)  (B)

Breakfast at hotel

Cu Chi used to be a bitter battleground for many years during the Vietnam War. On the way, you will see many different things from the road and our guide will offer you some insights into Vietnamese agriculture as well exciting trip to visit underground village with it’s intricate network of over 200km of tunnels at Ben Dinh 50km from Ho Chi Minh City

Drive back to Saigon. Overnight in Sai Gon

 

DAY9: SAIGON – MEKONG (- SIC TOUR)    (B,L)

Breakfast at hotel

8:00 AM Departing to My Tho. In My Tho, boarding the motorboat at a pier and cruising on the Mekong River. Here, overlooking floating houses where fishes are farmed beneath the house (viewing from the motorboat).

Continuing the journey on the river until reaching Cồn Thới Sơn (Unicorn Island), from here taking a horse cart to reach a performance site where Vietnamese traditional music (Đàn Ca Tài Tử – A folk art form from Southern Vietnam accredited by UNESCO in 2013 as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity) can be heard and seasonal tropical fruit can be tasted (included).

Afterward, being on a small hand-rowing boat (the main mean of transportation in My Tho & Ben Tre) and slowly cruising through a small creek with beautiful overhanging coconut trees. Lives from both sides of the creek can be observed.

Before heading to lunch, passing through bee-keeping farm and enjoying honey tea, a typical Mekong house can be viewed here. Then, it is lunch time after a short walk.

After lunch, boarding the motorboat and heading to learn coconut candies making process from a workshop. Sample of candies can be tasted.

03:00PM Returning back to bus and going back to Ho Chi Minh City.

 

DAY 10: SAI GON DEPARTURE ( B)

Breakfast at hotel. Free time until transfer to airport for your flight home

 

Price: : 717$/ pax

 

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Accommodation with breakfast
  • Domestic flight: HAN-DAD, DAD-SGN
  • Transfers, entrance fees, boat fees and tours by joined vehicle.

 

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • International air tickets to/from Vietnam
  • Other food and beverage in addition to the above
  • Late / Early check out charges from the hotel
  • Expenditure of a personal nature such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, tipping etc

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