Vietnam Discovery

There will be a two weeks with full of memorial about Vietnam people, landscapes and culture with our best sales tour – Vietnam Discovery which start from Hanoi capital to hilltribe of Thai people in Maichau, scenic of Halong bay before historical site of

 

Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrival Hanoi
When you arrive in Hanoi you will be met and receive a free transfer from the airport to your city hotel. Rest of your day will be free for your exploration to Hanoi capital. Overnight in Hanoi. ( D )

Day 2 : Hanoi City tour
Today is our chance to see Hanoi. We will see the highlights of the city: Ho Chi Minh’s Residence and Mausoleum, the Temple of Literature and a famous Pagoda. After lunch we visit the Hanoi Museum and enjoy a cyclo tour of the French Quarter and its teeming streets filled with fascinating shops. Again you sleep in the Hanoi hotel. ( B,L,D )

Day 3 : Hanoi - Halong
After breakfast we take a coach to the fabulous Halong Bay, created in Vietnamesefolklore by a descending dragon. We will have our own boat, built in the style of a Chinese junk, opulently decorated. After we set off we have a terrific silver service lunch on board as we head for the Sung Sot cave and its limestone structures. In the soft Vietnamese night you can try your hand at fishing. You sleep anchored in the bay, rocked by the gentle ocean waves. ( B,LD )

Day 4 : Halong - Hanoi
We continue cruising on the bay until just after lunch when we dock again at Halong City. Our coach will meet us and return us to our Hanoi hotel for some free time. Tonight is our last in this city as in the morning we will set off on one of the most interesting trips of the tour. ( B,L,D )

Day 5 : Hanoi - Maichau
Today we travel by coach close to the hill village of Mai Chau so that a 2 hour trek through agricultural Vietnam brings us to a traditional White Tai village. We will be met by our host with a traditional tea ceremony. We can walk around the village, meeting the people and looking at the handicrafts for sale. That night we will sleep in the thatched home after an optional ceremony of dance. ( B,L,D )

Day 6 : Maichau - Hanoi - Overnight train to Hue
After breakfast with the family, we return by coach to Hanoi. Now it is time to leave Hanoi and move on to Hue. To save time and as a change from the coach we will travel by overnight sleeper train. Since we are not checked into a hotel, we have arranged some Day Rooms at the hotel to store our luggage and a place to freshen up. There will be time for shopping before we go to the station to catch our train. ( B,L )

Day 7 : Hue - City tour
After the morning arrival in Hue we check into our hotel. We go to a restaurant for lunch before boarding our private Dragon Boat on the Perfume River, so named because of the Emperor’s incense burner while establishing the site of the Forbidden City. We make two stops to visit the Thien Mu Pagoda and Tu Duc’s Tomb. That night we sleep in the hotel in Hue.( L,D )

Day 8 : Hue - DMZ
Our tour today is all day in the DMZ – the wartime De-Militarized Zone which separated North and South Vietnam. This area was under constant military surveillance during the war, and the people’s lives were heavily restricted for living and agriculture. We visit and can walk through the Vinh Moc tunnel complex where people lived underground
for years for safety from air attack. In the late afternoon we return by coach to our hotel in
Hue where we spend the night. ( B,L,D )

Day 9 : Hue - Hoian
Our coach takes us to Hoi An today. Hoi An is one of the prettiest towns in Vietnam and a multi - cultural trading centre from ancient times. We lunch in a restaurant beside the river before undertaking a heritage walking tour, visiting historic sites of the old quarter and the sprawling marketplace. Hoi An is famous for its tailoring shops and men and women on the tour will be able to have clothes made for them overnight which can be delivered to our hotel before we leave in the morning. ( B,L,D )

Day 10 : Hoian - Danang - Nhatrang
We break the trip to HCM city with a visit to Nha Trang, and to save time we will make a
short flight. The coach takes us to Da Nang airport for the flight to the Vietnamese “holiday
paradise” of NhaTrang where there are many options such as mud baths, island boat trips
and an 8km longbeach. This is your opportunity to relax a little from the pace of the tour to date with two days in this holiday town. We sleep in a local hotel tonight. ( B, D )

Day 11 : Nhatrang - Overnight train to Saigon
Tonight we will start for HCM City on our second overnight sleeper train, so today is a free day in Nha Trang to explore the sights and sample the various options until we are taken to the railway station in time to catch the train to Ho Chi Minh City. Make sure you purchase provisions for the trip. ( B )

Day 12 : Saigon - Cu Chi Tunnel
In the morning we leave the train in Ho Chi Minh City to check into our hotel. HCM City is the
official name of the city, but the name Saigon is still commonly used.
In the first half of the day we will takea coach to the outskirts of the city to experience the famous
Cu Chi fighting tunnels which were never found by the US military. This location provides some optional extras which your tour guide will explain. On return there will be time for shopping and sightseeing in the city. ( B,L,D )

Day 13 : Saigon - Mecong Delta
With memories of our home stay in Mai Chau still fresh, from HCM City we travel south west by coach to the Mekong Delta area for another home-stay at Vinh Long. We transfer from the coach to boat, as the best way to get around and see life on the Mekong is on the water. Previous tour members have said that these opportunities to meet the locals are the
highlight of the tour. ( B,L,D )

Day 14 : Mecong Delta - Saigon
We come back to HCM City by coach via a lunch stop at Trung Luong Restaurant, a large and interesting collection of separate open buildings in which we can sample some of the best cuisine that Vietnam can offer while we watch the river traffic pass. After the return to the city we have left the afternoon free for shopping or the option of a visit to the War Museum. This evening we have our Farewell Dinner with the tour leader on the Saigon River during an evening boat cruise. (B,L,D )

Day 15 : Saigon departure
This is the saddest day of all – the day we must say goodbye to our new friends, both local and tour members as we go our separate ways to return to our homes. We receive a group photograph, exchange contact details and catch the coach to Tan Son Nhat airport for our flights back home. See you again soon. ( B )

Highlights

Vietnam discovery can be call Classic Vietnam as you will see most of what Vietnam has to offer:

  • Water puppet in Hanoi and Xich Lo tours in Hanoi old quarter
  • Deluxe cruise in Halong bay
  • Adventure tours to Mai Chau to stay at stilt house of Thai minority people
  • Riding reunification express
  • Visit Thien Mu pagoda in Hue
  • DMZ sightseeings
  • Clothes made and cooking class in Hoi An
  • Busy Saigon and Cu Chi tunnel
  • Mekong delta homestay

Inclusion

Services Includes :

  • Round-trip airport transfer in airconditioned van
  • Hotel accommodation in twin-share room with breakfast
  • English-speaking local guide
  • Meals as itemised in itinerary
  • Domestic flights as itemised in itinerary
  • Boat trips as itemised in itinerary
  • Entrance & admission fees to locations itemised in itinerary
  • Overnight trains with soft sleeper
  • All transfers itemised in tour itinerary

Services Excludes :

  • International airfares and airport taxes
  • Tipping at customer’s discretion
  • Drinks and all personal expenses
  • Other expenses not mentioned above
  • Some meals (refer itinerary)
  • Passport/Visa arrangements and costs
  • Hospital/medical expenses
  • Compulsory travel insurance

Recommended hotels

  • Hanoi : Guoman Hotel ( 4 star )
     
  • Hue : Heritage Hotel ( 3 star )
     
  • Hoian : Hoian Hotel ( 3 star )
     
  • Nha Trang : Que Huong Hotel ( 3 star )
     
  • Saigon : Grand Hotel ( 4 star )

Other Accommodation :

  • Halong : Huong Hai luxury junk boat with twin - shared lockable carbin
  • Maichau : Local family homestay - Bedding and pillow supplied
  • Mecong Delta : Local family homestay - Bedding and pillow supplied
  • Overnight Train : Comfortable soft sleeper in 4 berth lockable compartment