Amazing Vietnam

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Explore Amazing Vietnam. An in-depth journey that takes you from North to South. Start in Hanoi with its colonial charm. Travel to the natural wonderland of Ha Long Bay. Trek through Sapa’s terraced rice paddies and the hill tribe villages. Visit the ancient capital Hue and bask on the beaches of Hoi An. Explore the lush landscape of the Mekong Delta and the bright lights and urban bustle of Saigon.
This tour takes you deep into the beautiful country, immersing you in our rich culture and elegant landscapes.

You will discover several UNESCO World Heritage sites, including magnificent Halong Bay and historic Hoi An. The enigmatic Cham Towers in My Son and the ancient capital Hue are also UNESCO sites. This trip starts in colonial Hanoi and ends in vibrant Ho Chi Minh City (aka Saigon).

Hanoi, Sapa
In Hanoi dine in a local restaurant savoring the traditional flavors of Vietnamese cuisine. Explore the fascinating maze of 36 streets in the Old Quarter. Next stop is Sapa and meet with the locals at  Cat Cat village

Ha Long Bay, Hoi An, Danang
Then cruise along the dramatic limestone islands in Ha Long Bay and visit a fishing village. Farther south, in Hue, marvel at its citadel, palaces, royal tombs, pagodas and temples. Then it’s off to the river town of Hoi An, where you will tour centuries-old merchant houses and visiting the busy silk and fish markets. Stay several days at the beachfront Furama Resort in Danang. Nearby, see the ancient sculpture in the Cham Museum or My Son, and tour Buddhist cave temples in the Marble Mountains. Continue to Hoi An, a riverfront port town crammed with historic homes, tiny museums, cafes and bustling silk and fish markets.

Ho Chi Minh City
Next will be Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s dynamic commercial center. Here you explore the colorful produce markets or perhaps stop in a designer shop to order haute couture ao dai. A day tour to the Cu Chi Tunnels, an immense network of connecting underground tunnels with a crawl through one of the tunnels will remain with you for years to come. Also, visit lush My Tho and splendid floating markets as you finish your luxurious tour of Vietnam.

At a glance

Day 1 Welcome to Hanoi. Transfer to your hotel
Day 2 Hanoi City tour and overnight train travel to Lao Cai
Day 3 Transfer to Sapa
Day 4 Travel to Cat Cat. Continue to Sapa for train to Hanoi
Day 5 Onwards to Ha Long Bay and board the cruise
Day 6 Disembark and return to Hanoi. Flight to Hue
Day 7 Hue City tour
Day 8 Drive to Hoi An for overnight
Day 9 My Son Holy Land and Hoi An tour
Day 10 Flight to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) in the afternoon.
Day 11 Saigon city tour – Cu Chi Tunnels
Day 12 Saigon – Cai Be – Tan Phong Island
Day 13 Bicycle tour and continue to Saigon in the afternoon
Day 14 Last Day in Vietnam. Transfer to Saigon Airport

Highlights

> Daily guaranteed departures
> Private local English speaking guides including all entrance fees 
> Experience an overnight train journey between Hanoi and Lao Cai
> Take 2 hours easy walk through evergreen rice paddies 
> Cruise on Ha Long, a collection of almost 200 Islands
> See how traditional Hue Conical hats are made
> Stroll through the quaint streets of Hoi An with its mix of Chinese shophouses and French colonial building
> Treat yourself to a tailor-made outfit
> Enter the Cu Chi tunnels in Saigon
 

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Itinerary

Day 4

Sapa Villages – Lao Cai train station – Hanoi Overnight Train (B)

  • We trek downhill from Sapa town to Cat Cat Village. Our 2-hour trek takes us through rice paddies passing by different ethnic minority villages hard at work and flower and vegetable gardens until we reach a magnificent waterfall set within the lush mountains.
  • We take a rest and continue to Cat Cat village where the village is eagerly awaiting our arrival. With the children’s glee and excitement and a village full of big smiling faces; we are welcomed by a local Black Hmong people.
  • After a welcoming and a rest; we stroll around the village; learning about the traditional way of life of the Black Hmong.
  • We observe the fascinating demonstration of traditional fiber processing including; Weaving; Dying hemp cloth; Peeling bark from the dried hemp stalks; Tying stripped bark ribbons to form bundles and with the locals strongly encouraging us to try our hand in perfect their art….they certainly get a lot of laughs watching us!!
  • Say goodbye to the village and continue our trek returning to Sapa.
  • We return to Sapa for some free time to enjoy what the town has to offer or bargaining for some traditional local wares; before our transfer to Lao Cai for our overnight train to Hanoi.
  • Overnight on board the train.
Day 5

Hanoi – Ha Long (B/L/D)

  • We return to Hanoi at around 6 am and head into town for breakfast.
  • After freshening up we meet our vehicle for our journey to Ha Long Bay.
  • Leaving the city behind; we drive through the Red River Delta to Ha Long Bay; taking around 3.5 hours.
  • The beautiful countryside that awaits your imagination; takes us through local farming life and villages; providing us plenty of opportunities to stop and capture some spectacular photographs.
  • Be sure to keep an eye out for the amazing things the locals load onto their motorbikes!!
  • En-route; we make a stop at one of our favorite organizations in Vietnam; the Hong Ngoc Humanities center in Sao Do Town. This wonderful establishment has been set up to provide skills and employment to people from small villages throughout the north of Vietnam; creating jobs and providing accommodation to disadvantaged people.
  • You have the opportunity to purchase some exquisite local handicrafts and wares or just watch and admire the amazing and intricate workmanship involved in the production.
  • Arriving in Ha Long Bay; we board our boat; check into our cabins before enjoying a spectacular seafood lunch sailing off into Dragon Bay.
  • After lunch have some free time to relax and admire the beauty of the bay as we cruise through hundreds of karst formations.
  • Throughout our cruise today; you will have the opportunity to disembark the boat and explore Sung Sot cave; where you will learn how karsts were formed in this area millions of years ago.
  • For beach lovers and swimmers; we make a stop at one of the sandy beaches for swimming or just relaxing.
  • We continue cruising the bay until the late afternoon; before setting anchor for the night.
  • Once anchored; there’s plenty of time for swimming or just relaxing to admire the scenery before settling into another scrumptious meal.
  • After dinner; why not head to the top deck and enjoy a relaxing drink whilst admiring the peaceful ambiance and gazing at the millions of stars.
  • Overnight on board the boat in Ha Long Bay.
Day 6

Ha Long – Hanoi – Hue by Flight (B/Brunch)

  • After breakfast we take a small bamboo boat to visit Luon; a beautiful tunnel cave set within a lagoon.
  • We re-board our boat and continue cruising the bay; through the old part of Ha Long City; known as the fishing town and the new built harbor bridge.
  • We have lunch on-board before heading back to the pier for our return to Hanoi.
  • Return to Hanoi; with time to relax or grab a last minute bargain before our late afternoon flight to Hue.
  • Overnight at your hotel in Hue.

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 to 30 SEP 2019

    Contact us for any other date of travel required

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:
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, chili, 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)

This tour takes you deep into the beautiful country, immersing you in our rich culture and elegant landscapes.

You will discover several UNESCO World Heritage sites, including magnificent Halong Bay and historic Hoi An. The enigmatic Cham Towers in My Son and the ancient capital Hue are also UNESCO sites. This trip starts in colonial Hanoi and ends in vibrant Ho Chi Minh City (aka Saigon).

Hanoi, Sapa

In Hanoi dine in a local restaurant savoring the traditional flavors of Vietnamese cuisine. Explore the fascinating maze of 36 streets in the Old Quarter. Next stop is Sapa and meet with the local Cat Cat village people.

Ha Long Bay, Hoi An, Danang

Then cruise along the dramatic limestone islands in Ha Long Bay and visit a fishing village. Farther south, in Hue, marvel at its citadel, palaces, royal tombs, pagodas and temples. Then it’s off to the river town of Hoi An, where you will tour centuries-old merchant houses and visiting the busy silk and fish markets. Stay several days at the beachfront Furama Resort in Danang. Nearby, see the ancient sculpture in the Cham Museum or My Son, and tour Buddhist cave temples in the Marble Mountains. Continue to Hoi An, a riverfront port town crammed with historic homes, tiny museums, cafes and bustling silk and fish markets.

Ho Chi Minh City

Next will be Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s dynamic commercial center. Here you explore the colorful produce markets or perhaps stop in a designer shop to order haute couture ao dai. A day tour to the Cu Chi Tunnels, an immense network of connecting underground tunnels with a crawl through one of the tunnels will remain with you for years to come. Also, visit lush My Tho and splendid floating markets as you finish your luxurious tour of Vietnam.