A taste of Vietnam

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North and South Vietnam to start to know this beautiful country and its big geographic difference.

Plan

In brief

Day 01: Hanoi Arrival (D)

Day 02: Hanoi Full Day Tour (B,L)

Day 03: Hanoi ­ Halong Bay ­ Overnight on board (B,L,D)

Day 04: Halong ­ Hanoi ­ Flight to Hochiminh City (B,L)

Day 05: Hochiminh Full Day City Tour (B,L)

Day 06: Hochiminh – Cuchi Tunnels – Departure at evening (B)

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Itinerary in detail

DAY 1: HANOI ARRIVAL (D)
Arrival at Noi Bai Airport, you will be warmly welcomed and transferred to hotel by private tour guide with signboard and transfer from airport to hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter.

In the afternoon at 16:00, we will have a “Cyclo ride” around Hanoi Old Quarter.

Have dinner at local restaurant.
Overnight at hotel in Hanoi

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DAY 2: HANOI FULL DAY TOUR (B,L)
Breakfast at hotel, start your day by visiting: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, which tells the life story of the great leader, as well as serves as his final resting place.

House on Stilt where Ho Chi Minh stayed, One Pillar Pagoda, one of the oldest architectures dated back from the 11th century. It rises on a one pillar from the middle of a square lotus pond. Legend has it that Ly Thai Tong had a dream vision Quan Am sitting on a lotus flower and promising him a male child. Thus, he had this pagoda built, itself sitting on a pond like a giant flower on its tall stem;
The next visit to Tran Quoc Pagoda. Continue the city tour with the Temple of Literature – the first university in Vietnam.
After lunch at local restaurant, you will visit Ethnology Museum and then Ngoc Son Temple in Hoan Kiem Lake and Enjoy water puppet show.
Overnight at hotel in Hanoi

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DAY 3: HANOI – HALONG BAY OVERNIGHT ON BOARD (B,L,D)
Breakfast at hotel, 08:00AM, cruise’s staff (no private guide) will pick up and transfer by shuttle bus of cruise to Halong Bay.

From Hanoi, head East for more than 3 hours to Halong Bay, the pride of the Gulf of Tonkin, a Natural World Heritage as designated by UNESCO in 1994. The road will pass by the Red River delta with green paddyfields and rural villages, where hard-work farmers are busy with their farming jobs, ploughing buffaloes or planting seedling.

Upon arrival in Halong, we’ll take a big boat to cruise the Bay to discover the magnificent beauty of this “Descending-dragon” bay, created by thousands odd-shaped limestone rocks and karst grottoes. After a lunch of fresh seafood on board, we can visit the Surprising Grotto, stop for swimming or kayaking, passing floating villages and approach islets to enjoy their beauty in close distance. Back to the boat for dinner late afternoon.

Evening attend activities on the boat or relax at your own leisure.
Overnight on the boat.

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DAY 4: HALONG BAY – HANOI FLIGHT TO HOCHIMINH (B,L)
Breakfast on boat, The Vietnamese call the “East Sea” by a point-oriented name “Eastern Sea”, so you may guess how miraculous it is seeing the sunrise over the islets of the Bay.

The boat will take us to go about marvelous areas, where almost each islet has its own name, adopting its shape or reminiscent, including the Fisherman’s Head, Turtle, the Sail, the Incense Burner Rock, the cute Sea Dog Rock or Cock Fighting Rocks and so on. Lunch on boat.
Check out and get back to the shore for private car & driver only transfer directly to Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi for domestic flight to Hochiminh city.
Upon arrival in Tan Son Nhat Airport, driver pick up and transfer to hotel and check-in and relax.

Overnight in Hochiminh city

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DAY 5: HOCHIMINH FULL DAY TOUR (B,L)
After breakfast, we have a whole day discover the city by visitting famous places in Ho Chi Minh City. Ho Chi Minh City – former name Saigon is Vietnam’s largest city. Saigon is a fast paced city with a unique mix of French colonial architecture, Chinese influences, a modern entrepreneurial spirit and numerous temples.

08:00 Start your tour with The Reunification Palace, used to be residence of the President of the Republic of Vietnam. In 30 April 1975, the when North Vietnam soldier set foot inside this building with red flag on hand, the whole world knew that Vietnam war was end.
Next stop is War Remnants Museum, on the way stop to visit Notre Dame Cathedral and Old Post Office, 2 most famous and oldest of classical French colonial architecture construction was built more than 100 years ago.

War Remnants Museum with many photographs are from both Vietnam and US sources; US military vehicle like tanks, jet, booms display outside.
After lunch and a short rest, we continue city tour by discover eastern side of the city. Giac Lam Pagoda, the oldest one in Ho Chi Minh City with huge Buddha statues system which was built on 1774.
Then ride to Cho Lon (Big Market) and Thien Hau Pagoda which located inside China Town, it’s a place of great historical and cultural importance many of temples, pagodas in surrounding area.
Before tour ends, stop over for shopping at Ben Thanh Market in city center.
Then transfer back your hotel for relax.
Overnight in Hochiminh city

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DAY 6: HOCHIMINH – DEPARTURE (B)
After breakfast, we check out hotel and transfer to Cuchi Tunnels. We stop at a lacquer art factory for the disabled on the way.


We arrive in Cu Chi Tunnels. Then we will watch a propaganda film a wartime propaganda film showing how local guerilla fighters were “American Killing Heroes” (a short introductory video showing how the tunnels were constructed).
We then spend the next hour exploring the maze of tunnels in Cuchi. Also on display are various mantraps and the remains of an American tank as well as numerous bomb craters made by 500 pound bombs dropped by B52 bombers.
After that, we transfer back Hochiminh City and have free time for lunch (pay by your own expense).
After lunch, we transfer to airport for departure flight.

Say goodbye Vietnam.

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HOTEL LIST

Hanoi–Angle Palace Hotel 3* or similar
Deluxe room

Halong Bay —  V’ Spirit Cruise 3* or similar
Deluxe room

Hochiminh– Signature Saigon Hotel 3* or similar
Deluxe room

 

WHAT'S INCLUDED

2 nights hotel 3*  with daily breakfast in Hanoi

1 night in 3* cruise in Halong Bay

2 nights hotel 3* with daily breakfast in Hochiminh

2 bottles of mineral water/day

Meals : 4 lunches + 2 dinners

All landed transfers within the tour by air-conditioned vehicle

English Speaking Tour guide

All entrance and sightseeing fees

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TOUR EXCLUSIONS

International airfare and airport tax in Vietnam

Domestic air ticket Hanoi-Hochiminh: 100 USD – 130 USD / Person (by Vietnam Airlines).

Beverages and other meals do not indicate in the program

Tip to tour guide, driver: 5 USD/Person/Day for Tour guide & driver.

Day 3 and 4 no private tour guide, but cruise tour guide

Surcharge for peak season & compulsory dinner on X’mas and New Year’s Even

Single supplement

Early check-in and late check-out at all hotels

Travel insurance

Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, shopping…)

Any additional expenses caused by reasons beyond our control such as natural calamities (typhoon, floods), flight delays, rescheduling or cancellations, any accidents, medical evacuations, riots, strikes etc

 

POLICY FOR CHILDREN

Child from 1 – 4 year: Free of charge if sharing bed with parents

Child from 5 – 6 year: charge 30% of adult price if sharing bed with parents

Child from 5 – 11 year: charge 90% of adult price if using extra bed/mattress in parents’ room

Child from 12 year up: pay as adult rate

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CANCELLATION POLICY

The cancellation charges below refer to the non-transferable fee that is charged to the group member who has cancelled their tour:

More than 45 days before departure: No cancellation charge

Between 45 and 30 days before departure: 10% of total tour cost

Between 30 days and 15 days before departure: 25% of total tour cost

Between 15 days and 7 days before departure: 50% of total tour cost

Less than 7 days before departure: 90% of total tour cost

No-show at the airport on the day of arrival/departure: 100% of total tour cost

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starting from 890 USD per person