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Must see Vietnam

  • Duration: 19 days 18 nights
  • Highlights: Ho Chi Minh city – Cu Chi – Mekong – Mui Ne – Da Lat – Nha Trang – Da Nang – Hoi An – Hue – Hanoi – Sapa – Halong Bay
  • Do you know top 10 destinations of Vietnam voted by international travelers? Do you wish to discover all of them? Just join this tour. Strolling around streets, traveling from South to North, experiencing all kinds of vehicle, feeling your steps on crystal sandy beach, challenging yourself with some water activities or trekking through hill tribe villages…
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Brief itinerary

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh arrival
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh city - Mekong delta (B/L)
Day 3: Ho Chi Minh city - Cu Chi tunnels (B)
Day 4: Ho Chi Minh city - Mui Ne (B)
Day 5: Mui Ne free and easy (B)
Day 6: Mui Ne - Da Lat (B)
Day 7: Da Lat free (B)
Day 8: Da Lat - Nha Trang (B)
Day 9: Nha Trang free at beach (B)
Day 10: Nha Trang - Fly to Da Nang - Hoi An (B)
Day 11: Hoi An - Cam Thanh village (B/L)
Day 12: Hoi An - Hue (B)
Day 13: Hue city tour (B/L)
Day 14: Hue - Fly to Hanoi - night train to Sapa (B)
Day 15: Sapa - Love Waterfall - Muong Hoa valley (B/L)
Day 16: Sapa - Suoi Ho - Ma Tra - Ta Phin - night train to Hanoi (B/L)
Day 17: Hanoi - Halong (B/L/D)
Day 18: Halong - Hanoi (Brunch)
Day 19: Hanoi departure (B)

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Day 1: Ho Chi Minh arrival

Welcome to Vietnam! Our car picks you up and transfers to your hotel for checking in. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.
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Day 2: Ho Chi Minh city – Mekong (B/L)

After breakfast at your hotel, drive to Cai Be. Mekong delta is famous for green flat rice fields and lush fruit gardens. Sitting on a boat, you will visit a floating market, candy and rice paper factories, bee farm, Kiet ancient house. Enjoy traditional folk song and taste seasonal fruits in a luxuriant garden.
Enjoy your lunch on Tan Phong island.
The afternoon is time to discover local business and local life. The boat will take you to a seedling garden, learn about the progress of propagating and raising plants. Continue visit Tien Chau pagoda and Vinh Long pottery and brick kilns. Vinh Long is named “The red Kingdom” thanks to a range of kilns looks like beautiful tiny pyramids. Time to explore a working day of locals before boating back to the harbor. Get on the car, drive back to Ho Chi Minh city. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.
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Day 3: Ho Chi Minh city – Cu Chi tunnels (B)

Located 60km from HCMC, Cu Chi is now a popular spot for both Vietnamese & foreign tourists - the network of over 200km of tunnels became legendary when they played a vital role in the War. In their heyday, the tunnels were functioning underground cities including numerous trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers & kitchens.
Today, ducks and water buffalos happily co-exist in the rivers along the side of the road. However, the peaceful rural rice paddy scenery belies the area’s violent history. Visitors will find it hard to imagine the destruction, damage & defoliation over this whole area, caused by bombing and mines. There is plenty of evidence of the fierce battle that took place here during the 1960s when Cu Chi was a "Free Target Zone".
Start our tour in the morning, before entering the tunnels visitors can watch a short introductory video showing how the tunnels were constructed. You will spend the next hour exploring the tunnels. Afterwards, enjoy tea, cassava (guerrilla’s food during the war). Return to Ho Chi Minh city. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.
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Day 4: Ho Chi Minh city – Mui Ne (B)

You will take a morning bus to Mui Ne. Free and easy the rest of the day. Overnight in Mui Ne.
Optional: A scenic flight from Ho Chi Minh city to Mui Ne with Hai Au aviation will offer you a panorama view of beautiful Mui Ne.
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Day 5: Mui Ne free and easy (B)

Free and easy all day in Mui Ne. You can visit Mui Ne sand dunes (great opportunity for photo hunt), relax at beach or visit Rang market, Bau Trang and so on.
Overnight in Mui Ne.
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Day 6: Mui Ne – Da Lat (B)

Today, continue travel by bus to Da Lat – the city of Eternal Spring or the city of thousands of flowers. At an elevation of over 1,000 meters, the hill station of Da Lat was founded in the early year of the last century for the colonials to escape the heat and chaos of Ho Chi Minh City. Da Lat always has a special charm to tourists thanks to its fresh air, elegant landscape and romantic love stories.
Overnight in Da Lat.
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Day 7: Da Lat free (B)

Free day to discover Da Lat. Places could be on your list are: Love valley, Cu Lan village, Mong Mo hill (Dream hill), Lang Biang, Crazy house, Bao Dai villa, ect.
Overnight in Da Lat.
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Day 8: Da Lat – Nha Trang (B)

4 hour bus transfers you to Nha Trang – a stunning coastal city. Overnight in Nha Trang.
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Day 9: Nha Trang free at beach (B)

With a whole free day, you can join numerous water activities: diving, snorkeling, wind surfing, swimming, mud bath…
Overnight in Nha Trang.

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Day 10: Nha Trang – Da Nang – Hoi An (B)

Take morning flight to Da Nang. Our car will pick you up then transfer to Hoi An, stopover at Ngu Hanh Son (Marble Mountains) and stone carving village. Ngu Hanh Son is considered as pride of Da Nang people, stands for 5 elements: mental, wood, water, fire and earth. A bit climb will offer you a chance to explore amazing caves and a panorama view of other mountains and surrounding.
Overnight in Hoi An.
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Day 11: Hoi An – Cam Thanh village (B/L)

Local guide picks you up at hotel then transfers to Cam Thanh fishing village. Learn about the daily life of Vietnamese fishermen, their families and their community. Board on a bamboo basket boat, join local fisherman on the river and enjoy hands-on experience of round net or cast net. Learn how to paddle the Vietnamese unique bamboo basket boat. Explore the now tranquil coconut - palm flanked water ways of a past war and hear of the extreme conditions endured by soldiers of both sides. Back on - board, enjoy a complimentary traditional fisherman’s lunch prepared by our chef.
The rest of the day, you are free to discover Hoi An ancient town or relax at An Bang beach.
Overnight in Hoi An.
Option: Tra Que vegetable village or Hoi An food tour.
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Day 12: Hoi An – Hue (B)

Drive from Hoi An to Hue through Hai Van pass (Cloudy pass) – one of the most beautiful pass in Vietnam. As Vietnam’s last feudal capital, the small and quiet city of Hue is widely known for magnificent architectures, pagodas and royal tombs in the many small villages and surrounding hills. Overnight in Hue.
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Day 13: Hue city tour (B/L)

Pick up you at your hotel at around 7:30 - 8:00 AM and then take a full day to discover Hue: visit Emperor Minh Mang's Mausoleum, Emperor Khai Dinh's Mausoleum, Performing Programs of VO KINH VAN AN - Vietnam traditional kungfu and Emperor Tu Duc’s Mausoleums. Stop on the way to see how conical hats and incense sticks are made. Lunch at a local restaurant.
In the afternoon, visit Imperial capital during Nguyen Dynasty, Hue museum of Royal Fine Arts and the seven storey Thien Mu Pagoda on the riverbank. Return by boat on the gentle Perfume River and do not miss the sunset on the river.
Overnight in Hue.
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Day 14: Hue – Hanoi – night train to Sapa (B)

Fly from Hue to Hanoi. Free time to discover Hanoi on your own way. Our guide will transfer you to Hanoi train station for the night train to Sapa at around 8PM. Overnight on a train.
Option 1: Hanoi food tour with authentic cuisine experience.
Option 2: A cyclo tour and water puppet show.
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Day 15: Sapa – Love water fall – Muong Hoa valley (B/L)

Arrive Lao Cai you will meet our guide and driver then drive uphill to Sa Pa. Check in to your hotel and enjoy breakfast. A 40 minute drive takes you to Tram Ton Pass at the height of 2047 meters above sea level (the highest pass in Vietnam) where great views are offered of the surrounding mountains and lush forests of the Hoang Lien National Park. From there you will trek 30 minutes through forest. Along the way you have many chances to see wild flowers. Trekking along the stream you will arrive the Love Waterfall . It is the best place for relax in Sa Pa then return Tram Ton and drive back to Sa Pa. In the afternoon you will visit Muong Hoa valley, one of the most beautiful valleys in northwest Viet Nam. Descending into the valley by foot you will see the largest terraced rice paddy in the Sa Pa area (If you visit the valley between May and October, there is a chance to experience and observe how the locals plant and harvest rice). The walk takes you from Lao Chai village of the Black H'mong minority to Ta Van village of the Zay minority, providing the opportunity to see the different traditions and costumes of the two ethnic minority groups. Return to Sa Pa by car. Overnight in Sa Pa.
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Day 16: Sapa – Suoi Ho – Ma Tra – Ta Phin – night train to Hanoi (B/L)

We leave Sa Pa town, trekking to Suoi Ho village to see tea plantations and cardamom gardens. Follow the buffalo trails to visit the hospitable villages of the Black Hmong minority people in Ma Tra. After passing a school and scenic views enroute, a picnic lunch will be served. After lunch we continue our trek to Ta Phin village to visit Red Dao people and handicraft shops. In the afternoon we will reach the road where your driver is waiting to transport you back to Lao Cai station to catch the night train back to Ha Noi.
Overnight on a train.
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Day 17: Hanoi – Halong (B/L/D)

4.30AM: arrive to Hanoi train station, picked up and transfer to your hotel to have breakfast and wait for Halong bay tour.
8:00 Pick up at hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter.
12:00 – 12:30 Embark on V’Spirit Classic Cruise followed by a short cruise briefing.
13:00 – 15:30 Savor a delectable lunch as V’Spirit Classic cruises among the limestone islands.
15:30 – 16:30 Kayak among the hidden areas of the bay, around the Bo Nau Cave area. Back to the V’Spirit Classic
16:30 – 17:30 Cruising to Soi Sim island. Go swimming and relaxing at the beach of Soi Sim or climb up to the top of the island for a panorama view of Halong Bay.
17:30Cruise back to the main boat for a shower. Relax or snap photos as the sun starts to set.
19:00 Dinner is served. Socialize with other guests, fish for squid, or just laze around.
Overnight on your cabin.
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Day 18: Halong – Hanoi (Brunch)

06:30 - 07:00 Start your day with Tai Chi exercises or a photo hunt.
07:30 - 08:30 Have breakfast at sunrise.
08:30 - 09:30 Explore the amazing Sung Sot Cave - the nicest cave in Halong Bay.
09:30 Return to the boat. Freshen up and check out of your cabin.
09:30 - 10:30 Continue your cruise exploring the Bay, passing Ba Hang fishing village, Dog Islet, and more.
10:30 – 11:30 While heading back to the habor, watch the cooking demonstration before enjoying a traditional Vietnamese lunch.
12:00 – 12:30 Disembark V’Spirit Classic
Arrival in Hanoi at around 16:30. Overnight in Hanoi.
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Day 19: Hanoi departure (B)

Free time until our car transfers you to Noi Bai airport for departure flight. See you next trip in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar.

Include:

  • Approval letter visa to Vietnam
  • Airports pick up and drop off
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast
  • Entrance fee and sightseeing fees
  • Vehicles with A/C during the tour
  • Local English speaking guides (other languages up on request)
  • All meals as mentioned in the itineray (B: breakfast, L: Lunch, D: dinner, Br: brunch)
  • Boat trip in Mekong and Halong cruise
  • Air tickets Nha Trang - Da Nang, Hue - Hanoi
  • Roundtrip train ticket Hanoi - Lao Cai - Hanoi

Exclude:
  • Visa stamping fee
  • International air fare
  • Personal expenses
  • Tip for tour guide and driver
  • Surcharge on peak season: Christmas, New Year, Vietnam public holidays
  • Other not clearly mentioned in the program

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