Truly Vietnam

Start price: $0 /person    |    Duration: 14 Days / 13 Nights    |    Tour code: AV-MST-03
Destination: Hanoi- Van Long- Kenh Ga- Hanoi- Ha Long Bay- Da Nang- Hoi An- My Son- Hue -Ho Chi Minh- Cu Chi Tunnel- Cai Be- Can Tho- Ho Chi Minh
Transport: AC Vehicles, flight
Start: Ha Noi
Finish: Ho Chi Minh
Accommodation: 12 nights in 4 stars hotel, 1 night on deluxe boat ( Private cabin)
Meals: Breakfast: 13; Lunch: 10; Dinner: 3
Type: Small group tour, Joining tour, Monthly Schedule tour, Set departure tour
Physical Rate: Moderate
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Overview:  Our Truly Vietnam tour enables you to gain a deeper understanding of Vietnam. May you be on the the bustling streets of Hanoi, Saigon or the tranquil farmhouses of the Mekong Delta, you will be welcomed by smiling locals. Be captivated by the relics and living history of Vietnam’s ancient towns like Hoi An and Hue. As well as enjoying the natural wonders and beauty of Halong Bay. The tour shall have the comfort and convenience of flights between major cities, leaving you with more time to recover, thus enabling you to feel refreshed for the next destination.

Itinerary in brief:

Day 01:  Arrival Ha Noi (D)
Day 02:  Ha Noi city tour  (B,L)
Day 03:  Ha Noi – Van Long- Kenh Ga (B,L)
Day 04:  Ha Noi - Ha Long Bay (B,L,D)
Day 05:  Ha Long Bay - Ha Noi (B, L)
Day 06:  Ha Noi - Da Nang- Hoi An (B,L)
Day 07:  Hoi An- My Son (B,L)
Day 08:  Hoi An - Hue (B,D)
Day 09:  Hue city tour (B,L)
Day 10:  Hue – Ho Chi Minh (B)
Day 11:  Ho Chi Minh- Cu Chi Tunnel (B,L)
Day 12:  Ho Chi Minh- Cai Be – Can Tho (B,L)
Day 13:  Can Tho- Ho Chi Minh (B,L)
Day 14:  Departure (B)

Itinerary in details

Day 01:  Arrival Ha Noi (D)
Upon arrive at Noi Bai Airport, you will be picked up at the airport and transferred directly to your hotel. Meeting of all members of your group and then dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 02:  Ha Noi city tour (B,L)
As the capital of Vietnam for a thousand years, Hanoi is considered one of the main cultural centers 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 with 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. 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. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 03:  Ha Noi – Van Long- Kenh Ga (B,L)
8.00 AM: Leave for Van Long. Then have a boat trip around natural caves and grottoes, admire the wonderful landscape of the tourist area.

12h00 Picnic Lunch.

PM : It will take us about 3 hours road ride to the ferry. Then board a boat and cruise along Hoang Long river (Dragon river), admire beautiful shaped limestone formation, rice paddies to the floating village Kenh Ga (Chicken Canals-see lonely page). Activities on the river is watching a water puppet on the theatre (Visualise). You can will to see Hot mineral-Spring (Natural stream).

15h30 Back to Hanoi. Overnight in Ha Noi.

Day 04:  Ha Noi - Ha Long Bay (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 5:  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 06:  Ha Noi - Da Nang- Hoi An (B,L)
Transfer you to airport for flight from Ha Noi- Da Nang in the morning. From Da nang, you will be picked up to Hoi An.  Hoi An is a charming little township. Between the 17th and 19th centuries Hoi An was a thriving international trading port. You can spend your free time walking around the historic town, exploring the many Chinese assembly halls and fascinating ancestral homes, some of which have been occupied by the same family for fifteen generations. The riverside market is always a hive of activity, especially in the early morning when the day’s catch arrives. One thing for sure, there is no shortage of things to do in this town! Overnight at hotel in Hoi An.

Day 07:  Hoi An- MySon (B,L)
08.00 AM: A local guide will pick up you at the hotel’s lobby and depart for the ancient Cham ruins of My Son. Once there, you will visit the Tra Kieu capital which was the former administration center of Champa Kingdom. Discover the majestic ancient ruins at My Son including ancient towers which were built from the fourth century. Then back to Hoi an.

Afternoon. Walk to the old town, buy entrance tickets and begin the tour. Start visiting the Temple Kwan, Phuc Kien Temple, Tan Ky Ancient House, Phung Hung house, Japanese Bridge and Cultural show rooms in Hoi An. After finishing your walking tour, if you have free time ,you can do shopping at the old town. After that, the guide will take you back to the hotel. Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 08:  Hoi An - Hue (B,D)
Transfer to Hue via Cloudy Pass and Danang. Visit Cham museum in Danang where it display fine artifacts of Cham people. Visit China beach and crafting village. 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 09:  Hue city tour (B,L)
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.

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. Visit Minh Mang Royal tomb. We then disembark and visit the raucous Dong Ba market, where there's a mind-boggling variety of local products and delicacies on sale.

Afternoon, we will visit Tuduc & Khai Dinh royal tombs.  Shopping in Dong Ba market. Overnight in Hue.

Day 10:  Hue – Ho Chi Minh (B)
Leisure time until transfer you to airport to catch flight: Hue- Ho Chi Minh. Today, you will have leisure time to explore Ho Chi Minh by yourself. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.

Day 11:  Ho Chi Minh- Cu Chi Tunnel (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, enables 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, its 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 lunch, Ho Chi Minh City tour: The former Presidential Palace, the Notre Dame Cathedral, Old Saigon Post Office, History Museum. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.

Day 12:  Ho Chi Minh- Cai Be- Can Tho (B,L)
8.00 AM: Pick up from your hotel in Saigon and we set off for a drive through the Mekong Delta to the town of Cai Be, well-known for it's floating market. Here we will board our private boat for a cruise along the maze of waterways and canals to Vinh Long. We will stop at the home of a Bonsai gardener for a sumptuous Delta lunch, including the popular dish of 'Elephant ear fish', before continuing our exploration of the tributaries and canals of the delta. Towards the end of the day, we arrive in Can Tho. Overnight in Can Tho.

Day 13:  Can Tho- Ho Chi Minh (B,L)
Rising early to the sounds of the Delta coming to life for another day. Have breakfast and start our trip with a boat cruise on the sparking streams along the endless waterway of Mighty Mekong River to Cairang and Phongdien floating markets. There will be hundreds of boats loaded with fruits, vegetables and fish jostling for trade. Sellers advertises their wares by crying out across the waters. We visit the lush orchards and are treated to delicious tropical fruits. Afternoon drive to Ho Chi Minh city. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.

Day 14:  Departure (B)
Morning at leisure until the departure transfer to airport for your flight home.

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

Unique experience
  • 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
  • Explore dramatic scenery, experience rural life from boat trip in Van Long, Kenh Ga
  • 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
  • Visit a unique beautiful sanctuary world of the ancient Cham religion- My Son
  • Amazed at the traditional way along a vast network of canals and channels in the tranquil Mekong Delta
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