Ho Chi Minh City
Vibrant cities and tranquil villages, historical spots and charming natures – this departure has it all. A 7 days journey will introduce to you very first but enough impression on Vietnam. Be amazed by the breathtaking nature or forget the time going by when in peaceful villages. Discover Vietnam’s rich culture from the north to the south with Hanoi capital, picturesque Halong Bay, Saigon bustling city with historical Cu Chi Tunnels and peaceful Mekong Delta. Gain great local interactions when sample local drinks, eat with chopstick as they do every day and use the boat ridden by locals.
Welcome to Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital with rich values of culture, culinary and history! Upon your arrival at Noi Bai Airport, you are greeted by your tour guide and travel to hotel in city center for check-in.
Stay at leisure till the rest of the day for refreshment.
After breakfast at hotel, you will delve into the marvelous city tour discovering Hanoi. Begin with the Tran Quoc Pagoda sited at the peninsula on West Lake – the biggest lake in Hanoi (around 5.3sqkm). Apart from its remarkable location, Tran Quoc Pagoda is the oldest pagoda in Vietnam. You will find the solemn ambience and peaceful feeling when staying there, especially in the morning with fresh air.
Moving on to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum sited right at the Ba Dinh Square where preserves Ho Chi Minh President’s embalmed body by technique of Soviet Union. Nearby the mausoleum, you also have chance to visit Ho Chi Minh’s house-on-stilts where he stayed in the last eleven years of his life; and the President Palace where still is functioned for politic receives and working place of the incumbent leader.
Thereupon, let’s stop at a local restaurant and have delicious lunch of authentic dishes of Vietnam and Hanoi.
After the lunch, discover Hanoi Old Quarter by strolling around the matrix of small but crowded alleys and streets. The place used to the busiest commercial hub between Vietnamese and Chinese traders which made every single street’s names unique and typical by one meaning. The tour guide will help you break the mysteries. During the walking tour, you will stop at a local café for a cup of traditional Vietnamese coffee (Nâu Đá – Iced coffee/ Cà Phê Trứng – Egg Coffee or Trà Đá – Vietnamese iced tea, etc.) When you are refilled after the walk, let’s carry on exploring the last one: Temple of Literature built since 1070 well-known as the first university of Vietnam. Finish the trip; you will travel back to hotel.
After breakfast, you will check-out the rooms and travel to Ha Long Bay passing the Red River Delta of villages and towns. After around 2.5 hours, you will reach the marina harbor and embark the cruise and set the sails toward captivating Ha Long Bay with thousands karst islands merging up from the ocean. The sails will take a couple of hours till you reach the Bay core’s area for outdoor activities like kayaking in the lagoon and visiting the cave. In the evening, the boat will anchor down for overnight. You are free on board at night.
For morning risers, you are encouraged to wake up early at around 6:00am to practice the Tai Chi exercise on the top deck with the master on board.
After your breakfast, you will have time to go swimming on the Titop Island and walking up to the peak for Ha Long Panorama view. Then, you will get back to the main land. Spend your last time to enjoy the fantastic scenes of Ha Long Bay. At noon, disembark the boat and travel back to Hanoi. En route, you will head directly to the Noi Bai Airport and board the domestic flight to Ho Chi Minh City.
Upon your arrival in Ho Chi Minh City, welcomed by the local tour guide and driver and travel to hotel in city center for check-in.
After breakfast at hotel, you will travel to Cu Chi Tunnels which most of lie deep down to the ground for very interesting and detail information about Vietnam War. Finishing the exploration, you will get back to the city center for lunch. After lunch, visit main symbolic sites of the Ho Chi Minh City including War Remnant Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, Post Office, Reunification Palace and Nguyen Hue Street.
After breakfast at hotel, you will depart to the south of city reaching Mekong delta regions after roughly 2 hours. The amazing trip will bring to you most authentic experiences of the countryside, fruity orchids and local floating inhabitants. Travel to Ben Tre, a famous and hometown of coconuts, and reach the Phong Nam Pier to board a boat along An Hoa River for further exploration with stops to visit the brick kiln, handicrafts and coconut candies making workshop.
Next have a Vietnamese tuk tuk ride passing coconut and fruit plantations. You then will stop for lunch at a local house sited nearby the river. After lunch, you will have time relaxing on the hammock or walk around and see the fruit orchards. Thereupon, get on the sampan row and then motor-boat to return to mainland where your driver is awaited. Travel back to Ho Chi Minh City; and you will reach the hotel this late afternoon.
You will have breakfast at hotel and have leisure time at your own for shopping or getting around the town. After check-out, your tour guide and driver will greet you at hotel lobby and travel to Tan Son Nhat Airport for your outbound departure.
Accommodations with daily breakfast
Private air-conditioned transfer
Professional local English-speaking tour guide (other language on request)
Meals mentioned in program
Entrance fees, boat trips and activities as indicated in the itinerary
02 bottles of water (500ml each) per person per full day tour
Vietnam visa authorization letter/ stamping fee
Food/beverage not mentioned in program
International and domestic air-fares
Tips & gratuities
Services not mentioned in program
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