STEP TO THE UNIQUE CULTURE
10 days from Hanoi to Saigon (EV15-10)
Arrive in Ha Noi, our guide will pick you up at the airport and transfer to hotel for check in. In the afternoon, take a half day city tour to visit: 36 Old Quarter streets where the streets are named after the goods once sold here, Hang Be market to experience a Vietnamese daily market, Temple of Literature the first ancient university in Viet Nam. Have dinner and overnight in Hanoi.
Day 2 HANOI HA LONG
Depart to Ha Long by car. Enjoy the interesting 3hour drive to Ha Long, along the way you will see rice fields, water buffalos and daily Vietnamese village life, stop over to visit Dong Trieu pottery workshop. Get on boat for check in and start to have a cruise around Ha Long Bay, visit the Surprise natural grotto and enjoy swimming at Ti Top beach. Watch the fantastic sunset on the bay. Enjoy dinner with fresh seafood and a magic overnight on board.
Day 3 HA LONG HANOI
Enjoy cafe and biscuits, watching morning sunrise. Continue to take cruise to visit Luon grotto. Have breakfast on boat. Return to the wharf and get back to Hanoi. On the way, stop over to visit a handicraft village at Sao Do. Return Ha Noi, check in hotel for relax. Enjoy traditional water puppet show in the evening. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 4 HANOI HOA LU HANOI
Depart to Ninh Binh by car, visit ancient Hoa Lu Capital, which dedicated to Emperor Dinh Tien Hoang of the Dinh dynasty (968 980), and Emperor Le Dai Hanh of the Ly dynasty (980 1009). Continue to visit Bich Dong pagoda by bicycle. Have lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, take a private sampan boat on the river for an hour and a half through the rice paddies to the grottoes of the sacred Tam Coc. Return Ha Noi late in the afternoon. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 5 HANOI HUE
Visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh Museum, Ho Chi Minhs house-on-stilts, One Pillar Pagoda. Transfer to Noi Bai airport to take a short flight to Hue city. Arrive in Hue, check in hotel. In the afternoon, depart to visit Imperial Citadel, enjoy a musical royal show at ancient theatre in Imperial Citadel, and ontinue to visit Tu Duc Mausoleum and shopping at Dong Ba market. Overnight in Hue.
Day 6 HUE HOI AN
A boat trip on the Perfume River, stop over to visit Thien Mu pagoda situated on the bank of river. Continue to visit Minh Mang Mausoleum and Khai Dinh Mausoleum. Have lunch at a local restaurant, then transfer to Hoi An by car (through Hai Van pass). Check in hotel. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 7 HOI AN
Depart to My Son, the most important site of the ancient Kingdom of Champa, and as of 2000, a UNESCO World Heritage site. My Son is considered to be Champas smaller counterpart to the grand cities of Southest Asias other Indian influenced civilizations: Angkor (Cambodia) and Bagan (Malaysia). Return Hoi An for lunch. In the afternoon, visit Hoi An ancient town: walk around Hoi An to visit Tan Ky ancient house, Phuc Kien Temple, Japanese Covered Bridge and go shopping. Return hotel by boat on Thu Bon river. Have dinner at a typical local restaurant. Overnight in Hoi An. If you come on 14th of the month on the Lunar calendar, you will enjoy a night of lantern lights on streets in Hoi An.
Day 8 HOI AN DA NANG SAIGON
Transfer to Da Nang airport to take a short flight to Sai Gon. Arrive in Sai Gon after one-hour flight, car pick up and transfer to hotel. After lunch, take a half day city tour to visit Central quarters where have many houses and buildings constructed under French domination: Notre Dame Cathedral and Center Post Office. Continue to visit China town, Cho Lon with its famous Binh Tay market and Thien Hau pagoda. Have dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight in Saigon.
Day 9 SAIGON VINH LONG CAN THO
Depart to Vinh Long, take a boat to visit along Tien Giang river, link upper Mekong Delta, visit Cai Be floating market. On the way, stop over to visit ceramic tile factory, coconut candy factory and a rice husking business. Have local lunch in an orchard to enjoy fruits, home-made honey alcohol and local traditional songs. Continue to transfer to Can Tho. Have dinner and overnight in Can Tho.
Day 10 CAN THO SAIGON DEPARTURE
A boat trip on the Hau Giang river, link lower
Mekong Delta, visit floating Cai Rang and Phung Hiep markets. Return to
Saigon, drive straight to Tan Son Nhat airport to
take flight back.
Hotel in twin or
double sharing room basis with daily breakfast.
Tour services exclude
visa fee to Vietnam
*Price is subjected to change without prior notice
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