Best Vietnam

Start price: $0 /person    |    Duration: 10 Days / 9 Nights    |    Tour code: AV-MST-02
Destination: Ha Noi- Ha Long Bay- Hue- Danang- Hoi An- Ho Chi Minh- Cu Chi tunnel- Tay Ninh Temple- Ho Chi Minh
Transport: AC vehicles, flight
Start: Ha Noi
Finish: Ho Chi Minh
Accommodation: 8 nights in 4 stars hotel, 1 night on deluxe boat (1 Private cabin)
Meals: Breakfast: 10; Lunch: 6; Dinner: 3
Type: Small group tour, Set departure tour, Monthly Schedule tour
Physical Rate: Moderate
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Overview: An insight into the traditional Vietnamese life. Discover the culture and the great city of Hanoi, Hoi An town, ancient Hue city and the bustling Ho Chi Minh City. We are sure that you will be mesmerized by the stunning limestone karsts and picturesque of Ha Long Bay.

Trip itinerary in brief:
Day 1 : Arrival Hanoi (D)
Day 2 : Hanoi City tour (B,L)
Day 3:  Hanoi - Halong bay- overnight on boat (B,L,D)
Day 4:  Ha Long Bay- Hanoi (B,L)
Day 5 : Hanoi – Hue (B,D)
Day 6:  Hue - Danang – Hoian (B,L)
Day 7:  Hoian – Free leisure time (B)
Day 08: Hoian - Ho Chi Minh city  (B,L)
Day 09: Ho Chi Minh city – Cuchi Tunnels - Tayninh Temples (B,L)
Day 10: Departure (B)

Trip itinerary in details:

Day 1 : Arrival Hanoi (D)
Arrive at Noi Bai Airport, you will be picked up at the airport and transferred directly to your hotel. Meeting all the members in your group and have a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 2: Hanoi City tour (B,L)
As the capital of Vietnam for a thousand years, Hanoi is considered one of the main cultural center of Vietnam, where most Vietnamese dynasties had left their imprint. Even though some relics have not survived through wars and time, the city still exist many interesting cultural and historic monuments.

8.00 AM: Our guide & driver will pick you up at your hotel to visit Ho Chi Minh’s Complex, Mausoleum, Museum, President Ho Chi Minh Stilt’s house – Where Uncle Ho lived on and off from 1958 to 1969.

09.30 AM: The next stop is One Pillar Pagoda – a group of structures consisting of a pagoda and tower built in the middle of square lake. Then continue to visit the Temple of Literature, well known as Vietnam’s first University and the place dedicating to Confucian.

12.15 AM: We will have lunch at a local restaurant.

1.00 PM:  Visiting Ethnology Museum* - It is both a research center and a public museum exhibiting the ethnic groups of Vietnam. Then visit the peaceful lake of Hoan Kiem (Restored Sword Lake) and its sacred Ngoc Son Temple. A 1 hour
by our own local CYCLO around the Old Quarter Streets will give you the opportunity to gain insights into the daily routines of the locals. We finish the tour by enjoying a Water puppet show.

Day 3:  Hanoi - Halong bay- overnight on boat (B,L,D)
8.30 AM: After breakfast in the hotel, proceed to Halong Bay, which will take about 3 hours. Upon arriving in Halong bay, a deluxe Junk will be waiting for you at the harbor. After check-in onto the boat, you will have a seafood feast lunch while cruising around Halong bay and soaking in the atmosphere of this world heritage site. Halong bay is a breathtaking, secluded bay with over 3,000 limestone islands rising from the clear emerald waters of the Bac Bo gulf. It is one of the most magnificent scenic regions in Vietnam and has been referred to as the 8th Wonder of the World. The area of about 1500sq km is dotted with innumerable beaches and grottoes, created over thousands of year by the waves and wind. During your Halong Bay cruise you'll visit one of the largest ‘hidden’ caves in the area. The bay view from the cave entrance will give you a great impression of how unique this area is. Later in the afternoon you can go swimming in the clear azure blue waters. Of course, you can also simply enjoy the view from the deck or help the cook catch dinner. Fishing enthusiasts can try their luck with a traditional rod and tackle. You can also get out on the water and have a look around on your own. For a small fee, you can paddle out to the islands in one of several kayaks out on deck.  We will continue our excursion around this stunning bay until the sun comes down. Overnight on boat.

Day 4:  Ha Long Bay- Hanoi (B,L)
Early wake-up for a breakfast with stunning scenery, you’ll continue sailing past fascinating rock formations for a while. Early lunch will be served on board while the cruise goes back to Halong City for disembarking at noon time. You’ll arrive back in Hanoi around mid afternoon. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 5 : Hanoi – Hue (B,D)
Transfer to airport for the flight from Hanoi - Hue. You will be picked up at the airport by our tour guide and driver, then transferred directly to your hotel in Hue. You have just only one night to stay. Your hotel is within walking distance to Perfume River, shopping district, art galleries, entertainment center and it offers convenient access to major tourist attractions.

Hue is renowned for its stately Royal Citadel, enclosed within a formidable square of walls. These incredible structures measure a whopping 10km long, 6m high and 2m thick. The ancient monarchs of the Nguyen dynasty ruled from their thrones from within this walled fortress. Hue is divided into two halves by the Perfume River. One side is home to the Imperial Citadel, while the French colonial town with most of the hotels and restaurants is situated on the opposite bank.

In the afternoon, we start our city tour by visiting the Citadel, inside lies the Imperial purple city. Then to the imposing Thien Mu pagoda and board the trip from here for a cruise on perfume river. We then disembark the board and visit to the raucous Dong Ba market, where there's a mind-boggling variety of local products and delicacies on sale.

Evening time, you will enjoy a Royal Dinner with live traditional music, Royal long Dresses and you will be a King & Queen served by servants. Overnight in Hue.

Day 6:  Hue - Danang – Hoian (B,L)
As we bid Hue farewell, we shall continue with our south bound journey. This time in the comfort of an air-conditioned bus. Today's destination is the old trading town of Hoi An. Along the way though we will stop at Lang Co beach for coffee and refreshments. From there, we head up to the Hai Van pass, stopping at the top to take in the stunning views north over Lang Co beach and south over Danang city. Continuing on our way down the other side and into Da nang, where we will stop at the Cham Museum, the famed China Beach, and the Marble Mountains. Arriving in Hoi An, we spend the rest of the afternoon exploring and relaxing. Overnight in Hoi an.

You'll spend all two nights in the Hoi An trip in a comfortable hotel in the historic center of town. The hotel also has a very pleasant swimming pool and breakfast is included.

Day 7:  Hoian – Free leisure time (B)
There's plenty to do in Hoi An. You can take a bike, ride past the rice paddies to a quiet palm-fringed beach nearby, arrange a trip to the historic temple complex of My Son. Or you can spend your time walking around exploring the many Chinese assembly halls and fascinating ancestral homes, some of which have been occupied by the same family for fifteen generations. Lazily browse the streets looking for a friendly tailor to sew your made-to-measure outfit. You can also join a Vietnamese cookery lesson with fresh local ingredients for some hours or you might like to take a boat ride with one of the local women across the Thu Bon River. One thing is for sure - there is no shortage of things to do in this town.
Hoi An is also jam-packed with tailors and you can have a good made-to-measure suit made for very reasonable prices. And this is also the best place to purchase dresses, trousers, shirts etc. The perfect opportunity to update your wardrobe!
Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 08: Hoian - Ho Chi Minh city  (B,L)
Trasfer to airport for the flight from Danang to Ho Chi Minh city. Afternoon visit Reunification Palace, War Remmants Museum, Emperor Jade pagoda and visit Dan Sinh Market to buy military memorabilia. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.
You'll spend two nights in a comfortable hotel. Breakfast is included during your stay. The hotel is located in Central District 1, where it is city central, so it's close to a lot of shops, bars and restaurants.

Day 09: Ho Chi Minh city – Cuchi Tunnels - Tayninh Temples (B,L)
Drive to visit the Cuchi Tunnels. At the height of the Vietnam war, the tunnel system stretched from the outskirts of Saigon  all the way to the Cambodian border of over 250 kilometers of tunnels. The tunnel system, built over 25 years starting in the 1940s,  let the Viet Minh  and later, the Viet Cong to control a huge rural area.  It was an underground city with living areas, kitchens, storage, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers.

In some places, it was several  storeys deep and housed up to 10,000 people who virtually lived underground for years, getting married, giving birth, going to school. The ground here is hard clay, which made this whole thing possible. But even so, the planning and construction was incredible.  People dug all this with hand tools, filling reed baskets and dumping the dirt into bomb craters. They installed large vents so they could hear approaching helicopters, smaller vents for air and baffled vents to dissipate cooking smoke. There were also hidden trap doors and gruesomely effective bamboo-stake booby traps. Today, the trees and bushes have grown back. And since 1988, two sections of tunnels have been open for visitors. After finishing the Cu chi Tunnels tour, a drive to Long Hoa and visit Cao Dai Cathedral. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 10: Departure (B)
Leisure before check-out. Transfer to the airport for departure.

Caption : B = Breakfast ; L = Lunch ; D = Dinner

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  • Discover the beauty contrasts from hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh to the colonial charm of Hanoi, and travel through old-world Hue and Hoi An
  • Swimming in the crystal clear waters, kayaking between the magical archipelago bays and relaxing on a white sand beach in Ha Long Bay
  • Enjoy the “Royal Meal” as well as listening Nha Nhac, Vietnamese Court Music- An Intangible Heritage
  • Experience yourself the former Viet Cong underground stronghold Cu Chi Tunnel
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