Impressive Vietnam

14
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15
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27,275

Per person sharing

Impressive 15 day Vietnam tour will tantalize all of your senses and provide a variety of destinations and incredible sceneries of Vietnam. From Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) to charming Hoi An. The imperial city of Hue and Hanoi located on the banks of the Red River and one of the most ancient capital in the world. Ha Long will mesmerize you and Sapa will be like a dream - seeing is believing. Many types of interaction and opportunities to learn the local tradition & life style are part of this tour. Vietnam, a relatively new destination for tourism, is now being revealed as a place of unspoiled natural beauty and culture.

At a glance

Day 1 Welcome to Saigon. Transfer to your hotel
Day 2 Saigon City Tour and Cu Chi Tunnels
Day 3 Full Day Cai Be Floating Market tour
Day 4 Saigon – Danang (Flight) and onwards to Hoi An
Day 5 Hoi An City Tour
Day 6 Hoi An Stay for a Day with the Locals
Day 7 Drive to Hue through the stunning Marble Mountains
Day 8 Explore Hue and afternoon flight to Hanoi
Day 9 Hanoi City Tour and board overnight train to Lao Cai
Day 10 Journey up the impressive mountains to Sapa
Day 11 Sapa Village tour
Day 12 Return to Lao Cai for overnight train travel to Hanoi
Day 13 Transfer to Ha Long
Day 14 Visit Luon and return to Hanoi
Day 15 Last Day in Vietnam. Transfer to Hanoi Airport

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Highlights

> Private tour operating daily
> Tours with English speaking guides and entrance fees included
> Enter into the famous Cu Chi tunnels and experience subterranean life
> Explore life on the Mekong Delta
> In Hoi An, make use of the superfast tailors for your new outfit
> Taste a homemade delicious lunch with a local family in a village outside Hoi An 
> Take a boat trip on a Dragon boat cruising down the Perfume River in Hue
> Visit the "infamous" Hanoi Hilton Prison 
> An unforgettable walk to Cat Cat Village taking you through rice paddies
> End your tour cruising Ha Long Bay

Country information

Best time to travel to Vietnam
A good time to travel to Vietnam is spring (February to April and again in Autumn (August to October)
Overall, Vietnam enjoys a mild tropical or subtropical climate and aside from a few months a year in the high northern region you'll never need to worry about packing cold-weather gear.
But do bring an umbrella, especially if visiting from July to November, Vietnam's stormiest months.


Vietnam Culture and Greetings
When interacting with a Vietnamese, be sensitive to Vietnam’s history. The person you may talk to may have experienced the struggles of the Vietnam War. Thirty years on many Vietnamese still have physical and mental health problems from the war. Approach any topic regarding this with sensitivity and sympathy.
Objects should be passed, given or received with both hands together. Vietnamese people are generally punctual and expect the same standard from others. The Vietnamese are accustomed to shaking hands. Some Vietnamese might use two hands to shake by resting the left hand on top of the grasp with the other person's hand. Bowing the head while shaking hands indicates respect
 

Drinks & Food
Vietnamese food is always served fresh and flavourful. You will find lost of fish dishes, cooked with fresh herbs and vegetables. Local cuisine is healthy and light
 

Discover your environment
Driving is on the right-hand side of the road. Taxis are plentiful and can be flagged down on the street. Make sure the taxi has a meter set before starting your journey. Hiring a bike (Wearing a helmet is a must) for the day is popular and is still Vietnam’s most popular transportation mode, together with motorbikes. Express long-distance trains will take you comfortably between cities
 

Tipping
Tipping is very customary, especially in the most important tourist areas. It is appreciated y the receiver as salaries are on the low side and tipping makes up a sizeable side to monthly earning
 

Local interesting meals:
Drinking an egg-coffee is a must

Pho: Noodle soup usually with meat
Nem: Spring rolls with pork, noodles, egg and mushroom wrapped in rice paper
Banh bao: Steamed dumplings stuffed with onions, pork and other ingredients
Banh MI: French baguette with pickled daikon and carrot, chilli, coriander, cucumber and various cold meats 
Lau: Vietnamese hot pot
Bia hoi: Fresh beer produced daily and served cold in local bars and very refreshing (Low in alcohol)

Start in Saigon. Explore the historical sights and visit the famous Cu Chi tunnels, created to assist the Vietnamese against the French in 1948. See its kitchens, field hospitals and command center. Then head to the Cai Be floating markets. In Hoi An take a stroll down its quaint streets and cruise down the Cua estuary.

Drive through the stunning Marble Mountains to Hue and amaze yourself in Sapa when exploring this wonderful destination. Try your hand in activities such as trekking, photography, visiting minority village markets, etc. Continue the trip sailing along the beautiful Halong Bay. Appreciate Imperial Hue declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO and visit countryside villages in Hoi An.
End your Vietnam trip in one of the most exciting cities in Asia: Ho Chi Minh City. Spend the last day discovering its rural areas. Learn about farm life and explore delightful fruit gardens.

A highlight of your tour will be an interaction with the local population in the Mekong Delta. Do not miss this opportunity to live an unforgettable experience!.


Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival Saigon

  • On arrival; you are met by our representative who will assist you through immigration. Transfer to the hotel; and check-in
  • Overnight at your hotel in Saigon.
Day 2

Saigon city tour & Cu Chi Tunnel (B)

  • We set out this morning to explore Saigon City; providing a general overview of this fascinating city with its history and culture.
  • We explore the historical sights of the Reunification Palace; the home and workplace of the President of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War; The War Remnants Museum; Notre Dame Cathedral (built in 1877) and the City’s Post Office; often mistaken by tourists as a railway station.
  • In the afternoon; our drive to Cu Chi Tunnels is around 70km. The famous Cu Chi Tunnel system was created to assist the Vietnamese Revolutionists against the French in 1948. It was an underground city with living areas; kitchens; storage; weapons factories; field hospitals; command centers etc and in certain areas; housed up to 10;000 people; who virtually lived underground for years.
  • After a video introduction and a guided tour through the grounds; you will have the opportunity to take part in the unique experience of guerrillas living underground during the war; with a crawl through 20/30/50 meters of the tunnel system.
  • Overnight at your hotel in Saigon.
Day 3

Cai Be Floating Market Full day (B/L)

  • Today we head to Cai Be floating market; to explore the typical Vietnamese life of the Mekong Delta
  • Board a local boat and cruise along the Mekong River to discover the beautiful landscapes and immerse in the local people’s life; see the market with real trading going on; such as selling; buying; exchanging the fruits; vegetables and other wares from their boats.
  • We disembark on the Island; where we experience how the local people make their living from fruit trees.
  • A family on the island will serve us local seasonal fruits and honey tea whilst performing traditional southern music; called Tai Tu music.
  • We continue our exploration with a pleasant rowing trip down small canals and dense palm trees; experiencing the local villages between the islands to a small islet.
  • We disembark and take a short cycling tour through the traditional villages with many ancient traditional houses; set amongst a peaceful atmosphere and fruit trees and witness the unusual yet fascinating process of coconut candy and rice paper in the making.
  • Take a stroll in the orchard before enjoying a delicious lunch with a unique experience of tasting local delicacies including ‘Elephant Ear fish and traditional Vietnamese rice wine.
  • We return to Saigon by the mid-afternoon and enjoy your free time
  • Overnight at your hotel in Saigon.

Inclusions

  • Meet and assist on arrival and departure by our local representative 
  • Transfer and intercity transportation as per itinerary in AC vehicle
  • Domestic Airfares (subject to conditions)
  • Accommodation in double/twin room at selected hotels
  • Meals: as mentioned 
  • Local English Guide
  • Entrance fees

Exclusions

  • International/Domestic flights – Departure & Fuel taxes (Contact us for best airfares)
  • Personal expenses, meals and drinks unless otherwise specified
  • Travel insurance
  • Vietnam Visa fee
  • Tips
  • Services not stated in the itinerary

Validity

  • Rate valid for travel between 01 MAY and 30 SEP 2018
     
  • Seasonal supplements may be applicable