GRAND ADVENTURE OF VIETNAM
DURATION : 15 days
GROUP SIZE : 02 (Minimum) – 14 (maximum)
Trip grading : Easy trip
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- Discover the unique French architecture and culture of Hochiminh city former name Saigon, the Pearl of Far East city during 1960-1970s
- Explore the Mekong Delta with boat trip a long the Mekong river as well as its canal system and experience the vibrant scenes and rural villages of Vietnam’s rice basket
- Enjoy the little Paris city which is 1500m elevation , it called Le Petit Paris, this hill used to be the summer holiday for French and the high ranking officers of South Vietnam during the Civil war.
- Enjoy the turquoise waters around Nhatrang are almost transparent, making for excellent fishing, swimming and snorkeling, the service on the beach is incredible – massage, lunch, cold beer, manicure, beauty treatments…
- Be charmed by Hoi An, with its antiquated streets and unique insight into traditional Vietnamese life
- Take in the stunning coastal vistas and lush countryside scenery on your drive from Hoi to An Hue
- Discover the unique history and culture of Hanoi, Vietnam‘s Capital as you walk the busy streets and alleyways of the Old Quarter.
- Cruise the waters of Halong Bay on a traditional junk boat. Take in the stunning scenery and feast on fresh local seafood.
Day 1 : Welcome to Vietnam
On arrival in Saigon, meet your tour guide and transfer to your hotel and enjoy free time until your tour briefing and welcome drinks with your travel mates . Stay the next three nights at The Hotel in Saigon.
Day 2 : Saigon city tour (B, L)
After breakfast, enjoy a guided walking tour of Saigon. Wander along Dong Khoi Street, admire the grand architecture of Notre Dame Cathedral, stop at the Reunification Palace, and get lost amongst the many stalls and vendors within Ben Thanh Markets. In the afternoon after having Vietnamese traditional Noodles named “Pho” exploring China town, one of the most famous Whole sale market and its temple before going back to your hotel in late afternoon.
Day 3 : Saigon – Mekong Delta – Saigon (B, L)
This morning we drive 70 km Southwest of Saigon to Mekong Delta the biggest rice bowl of Vietnam. After an hour and thirty minute drive we get to the Mekong river dock for embarkation and spend the day exploring the longest river in the South to learn the local how they make Coconut candy in the Coconut candy workshop. Then take the sampans traveling through many palm fringed canals, Enjoy a delicious home made lunch from locally harvested produce, during your lunch we have chance to interact with local people about their daily life. After Lunch we have a boat cruising back to the main dock and return to Saigon, in the evening enjoying your last chance to have a taste of Vietnamese coffee or strolling around the bustle city before repacking up your luggage for next day journey.
Day 4: Saigon – Dalat Central Highland (B)
After breakfast we are heading to 295 kms Northwest of Saigon to Liangbiang highland the former name of Dalat, Dalat (elevation 1475 meters) situated in a temperate region dotted lakes, water-falls, evergreen forests and gardens, the cool climate and the park-like environment make this, in some respect, one of the most delightful cities in all of Vietnam. Dalat is by far Vietnam’s most popular honeymoon spot. Its also the favorite haunt of Vietnamese artists and avant-garde types who have made this their permanent home. After lunch in local restaurant we have a couple hours driving to Dalat, as we arrive in Dalat we pay a visit to Baodai’ summer palace, (Baodai is a last Emperor of the Nguyen Dynasty of Vietnam) this 25 room villa or palace constructed in 1933. The decor has not changed in decades except the addition of Baodai’s portrait over the fireplace. The palace filled with artifacts from decades and the government past, is extremely interesting. The engrave glass map of Vietnam was given to the Emperor Baodai where he was in Paris for education. After visiting Baodai’s summer palace we have a short drive to visit Hangnga House nicknamed the “Crazy house” by locals, this is a guesthouse, cafe and Art gallery all enrolled into one. The Architecture is something straight out of Alice in Wonderland and can not be easily be described. There are caves, giant spiderwebs made of wire, concrete “tree trunks”, one nude female statue (a rarity in Vietnam), a concrete giraffe (with tea room built in side) and so on. This might sound tacky, but it is not – most foreigners are absolutely astounded to find such a counter-cultural gem in Dalat. After this visiting we all drive to the hotel for checking in and enjoying the lovely breath of the night time where is much cooler than the tropical city.
Day 5: Dalat – Nhatrang (B, D)
This morning before going downhill from the highland we make a quick stop to see the Central Dalat Market. This is huge crowded and stuffed with local produce of all varieties. Over here where you can see all the sample specialties and even have a try! You can walk around without too much hassle here because the locals are doing all their own business. This market is so busy night and day mostly with domestic tourists wandering the town.
After visiting Dalat Market we make our trip 140 km to the East where Nhatrang is our destination today. Nhatrang has a stunning location, bordered by mountains on one side and a beautiful stretch of beach on the other. Nhatrang is golden sands are kept pretty clean, especially in the summer. The central beach side city area is quite busy with accommodation and local restaurants. The beach and its outlying islands have sprouted some new resorts, the surf is not bad (for frolic not for surfing). The beach and the islands of Nhatrang are a great place to spend 2 or 3 days playing in the surf, snorkeling and diving, or taking a cruise to the nearby islands for swimming.
As we arrive in Nhatrang city we do check in. In the evening we arrange the Pedicabs call Cyclo to transfer each of our clients to the local barbecue restaurant for grilled seafood dinner tonight.
Day 6 : Nhatrang – Boat trip to the Island and Snorkeling (B, L)
This morning after breakfast we drive to the local dock where we do embarkation to cruise offshore to Mieu island where you can row the bamboo basket boat, those odd doughnut-shaped boats you see bobbing around fishing ports, and paddle around the bay with local fishermen. This first stop includes a visit to some large floating fishing farms and the guide will inform you the growing industry in the central of Vietnam, then we hit the Island we have chance to keep walking through the island to interact with the locals how do they survive during the storming season without food, water… However some of the houses, which face to the water front, are the most incredible architecture and the most expensive ones in the island. Then we head back to our boat and keep cruising to the Mun island where we find the best place, quiet sea, clean water for snorkeling to see coral on the sea bed. (we have arranged the snorkeling equipment’s for our trip on boat). You can enjoy swimming and snorkeling and floating bar with full of cold beers and soft drinks will be available on the water, then Seafood lunch will be served on boat…
In late afternoon we are going back to the local dock for disembarkation before we are heading back to the hotel.
In the evening you are free to explore yourselves Nhatrang by night, there are some suggestion to the night Market or to the front beach bars where you can enjoy the sea breath with nice cold beers and seafood menu will be served for the gourmets.
Day 7 : Nhatrang – Hoian (B, D)
After breakfast we have a lovely long drive to Hoian town, today trip is to pretty nice country side landscapes as well as beautiful beaches a long the high way one. We will enjoy the spectacular pass that names “Ca” pass just couple of hours drive from Nhatrang. This is a beautiful cove nestled into the coastal mountains, forming a natural harbor for the colorful fishing boats. Its sometimes used as a brief rest stop, but few people stay here given the lack of facilities. It makes a good base to explore some wild peninsula nearby. This is very quietly and fantastically deep blue ocean, its great for tourist’s resorts in the future. However this is the place where there were so much marine battle between North and South Vietnam, It’s well known as Hochiminh trail on the ocean. Many ships moved from North to South to back up VC in the South to struggle against South Vietnam during the civil war. The trip is also going through Binh Dinh province where there are so many coconut palm trees a long the villages, where is the oil making industry area that supplies to local in the central part of Vietnam.
In the afternoon , we arrive in Hoian, check in the hotel and the rest of the day will be free and leisure.
Tonight we have chance to walk to colorful downtown it s lighted up by hundred of local lanterns which make your dinner tonight more romantic.
Day 8: Hoian Orientation walking (B, L)
Hoian is a riverside town 30 km South of Danang. Known as Faifo to early Western traders, it was one of the South-East Asia’s major international ports during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. In its heyday, Hoian, a contemporary of Macau and Malacca, was an important port of call for Dutch, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese and other trading vessels. Vietnamese ships and sailors based in Hoian sailed to Thailand and Indonesia as well as to all section of Vietnam. Most of active trading center over many centuries has been largely preserved. The architecture of the town reflects the influence of Asia and Europe. Hoian is also the town where French Missionary Alexandre De Rhodes introduces Catholicism to Vietnam as well as the Romanized script that has become the standard Vietnamese script today.
All over the town there are cotton mills with rows of fantastic wooden looms that make a rhythmic clackety-clack clackety-clack sound as a whirring cycloidal drive wheel shoots the shuttle back and forth under the watchful eyes of the machine attendant. The elegant technology used in building these domestically produced machines dates from the Industrial Revolution.
This morning take a walking tour of enchanting Hoian, visiting Silk factory, Hoian Market, an old merchant house, a Chinese Assembly Hall, Japanese Covered Bridge and walking a long the riverside road to enjoy the panorama view of the little ancient town, we take a 30 minute boat trip to travel a long river that names Thubon where used to be very busy dock for European merchant boats, then we get to local restaurant where we enjoy our local food. After lunch and the rest of the day you will be free to explore Hoian.
Day 9: Hoian free time (B)
Most of Today is free for you to enjoy this beautiful town with many clothing shops, colorful fish market and the river life or you may take a taxi to the beach which is 5 km away from town, its great idea to have a good dip in this season or relax at your hotel swimming pool, otherwise you may spend your time for shopping in the town or bargaining with local in the market that would be fun.
Day 10: Hoian – Hue (the former Capital of Vietnam Kingdom) (B, D)
After checking out this morning, we travel to the old imperial capital of Hue via Danang and the spectacular Haivan Pass. This drive is considered one of the most beautiful part in your itinerary and takes you through a combination of both rural and the coastal settings.
Hue has a lovely location on the banks of Perfume river. As Vietnam’s capital throughout the Nguyen Dynasty, as a center of Vietnamese Buddhism, scholarship and finally as the setting for some of Vietnamese war’s bloodiest battle of the 1968 Tet Offensive, Hue provides a unique window into Vietnam and its complex past. This tour you will visit the impressive home of the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945), the Citadel, much of citadel was destroyed during the war in 1968 but it gradually being restored. Continue on to the much revered Thien Mu pagoda, Hue oldest and the most beautiful religious monument, before enjoying a dragon boat cruise on the Perfume river back to town where our bus transfers you to the hotel for checking in
Dinner will be served in the local restaurant that is out side of the hotel.
Day 11: Hue – Hanoi Capital of Vietnam (B, D)
This morning after checking out, begin your exploration of this city with a visit one of the magnificent Royal Mausoleum that surrounds Hue. Khaidinh the second last emperor of the Nguyen Dynasty who ruled from 1916-1925, is perhaps symptomatic of the decline of Vietnamese culture during the colonial period in 1931, the grandiose concrete structure is completely unlike Hue’s other tombs. It is a synthesis of Vietnamese and European elements – even the stone faces of the mandarin honor guards are endowed with a mixture of Vietnamese and European features. After visiting the mausoleum we have a transfer to the airport for your flight to Hanoi with Vietnam Airlines’ HAN-DAD .
Hanoi has been the political and historical center of Vietnam for almost 1000 years and has a wealth of sights to explore. Heavily influenced by French colonial architecture. Hanoi is both historically beautiful and vibrant capital city sure to entice you
Today Hanoi is rapidly developing city, but one of that has kept its striking colonial embellishments. Indeed, it is ironic that is capital city of fiercely independent people, who have battled for generations liberty. Hanoi is a city of lakes, shaded boulevards and verdant public parks
Begin your Hanoi experience walking through the old quarters and enjoying the water puppet’s show one of the most famous show in Northern of Vietnam. After the show (an hour) we transfer to the hotel for checking in. Tonight dinner is outside of the hotel.
Day 12: Hanoi city tour (B)
This morning continue your Hanoi experience and walking along lovely tree-lined boulevards until we get to Badinh Square, the site of Hochiminh mausoleum where Hochiminh first declared the independence from French rule in 1945. Hochiminh is without question one of the great figures of twenty century history and this morning we will take time to visit “Hochiminh Quarter” for a look at the life of the father of the modern Vietnam. You have a visit to humble house on stilts from which “Uncle Ho” as he is affectionately known, ruled Vietnam until his death 1969. You will also view the Presidential Palace and One Pillar Pagoda. Your lunch will be local restaurant where we serve the best Pho in North of Vietnam.
After lunch we drive you to Hanoi First University- the Literature Temple – dating back to 1070. This historical center of learning is dedicated to Confucian, later on this worshiping center becomes the education center for the royal people to be the leaders to rule over the country. Then we have a chance to visit the infamous “Hanoi Hilton” – Hanoi’s former central prison made famous first for the incarceration of the communist leaders of Vietnam National Liberation movement during the French Indochine and later US air force pilots shot down over the North Vietnamese airspace. Three quarters of the prison was recently developed to be Hanoi town buildings, however one wing left has been retained as a museum. We will end our tour with a cyclo ride through the bustling old quarter and 36 ancient streets where you can observe the daily bustle of the life around the markets where the peddlers continue to have a daily trade as they have been doing for centuries.
Day 13: Hanoi Halong (B, L, D)
This morning we will drive past scenes of traditional rural life as you travel from Hanoi to Halong City, the gateway to the world wonder of Halong to witness how beautiful your destination is! Halong bay is achieved International fame as a key location in French movie ”INDOCHINE” starring Catherine Deneuve. They bay has assumed an important position in Vietnam legend for many centuries and continues to capture the immigration if visitors.
On arrival, board a well-appointed junk boat, enjoy a delicious lunch and begin cruising among some of the 2,000 islands which rise from the sea. In the evening, retreat to your private cabin, or relax on the main deck or at the bar. Overnight on-board Bhaya Cruises (or similar).
Day 14: Hanoi Halong – Hanoi (B, L, D)
Take part in a sunrise Tai Chi lesson on the sundeck before enjoying brunch on board. Cruise back to port to disembark. Drive to Hanoi
Arrival in your hotel late in the afternoon, you will be free before having a farewell dinner.
Day 15: Hanoi Departure (B)
Today we will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight. Thank you very much for your great trip with us. We wish a good flight home.
- 13 nights with 4 star-Hotel Accommodation
- 01 night cruise accommodation onboard Bhaya Cruise
- All domestic flights as specified in the itinerary
- Airport Meet and Greet with GUIDE an air-conditioned vehicles
- Entrance Fees, Taxes and All Gratuities Except tour leaders and Drivers
- Traveling Bell Boy and Luggage Handling.
- Daily water on tour.
- Return arrival and departure transfers (conditionally apply)
- Meals as indicated (B = Daily Breakfast, L = 06 Lunches, D = 06 Dinner)
- Guaranteed Departure with just Two Guests.
- Meals other than those specified
- English-speaking Tour Leader
- Visa fees
- Insurance and personal expenses such as laundry, mini-bar, telephone and drinks.
- International flight tickets.