10D Hightlights of Vietnam

10D Hightlights of Vietnam

Day 01: Hanoi Arrival

Upon arrival, meet and transfer with guide to hotel for check in (Early check-in is NOT included and subject to hotel’s availability).

Day 02: Hanoi City Tour (B/L)

8.00 We begin to visit Ho Chi Minh complex, learning a lot about his great life comprising the Mausoleum, the Presidential Palace, and his residential place. Close by is the One Pillar Pagoda, founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049. This structure is one of Vietnam’s most iconic temples. We will be traveling next to the Temple of Literature – the place of the first University and temple for Confucius in Vietnam, Continue to picturesque West Lake and the sixth century Tran Quoc Buddhist Pagoda. Lunch will be served in one of the city’s finest restaurants (or Indian restaurant). In the afternoon, pick up the most interesting one from numerous museums in Hanoi – Museum of Ethnology. The journey will be continued by the visit to Opera House and taking the 1 hour relaxing Cyclo (rickshaw) trip around the Old Quarter and visit Ngoc Son temple in Hoan Kiem lake. End of the day, free for shopping at old quarter.

NOTES:

  • Ho Chi Minh mausoleum will be closed on Mon/ Fri & in the afternoon every day.
  • Ho Chi Minh mausoleum will be closed from SEPT to NOV every year for renovation activities
  • Vietnam Ethnology will be closed on all mondays and during Vietnam Lunar New Year
  • Do not wear shorts when entering HCM mausoleum please (Tue/ Wed/ Thu/ Sat/ Sun)

Day 03: Hanoi – Bai Tu Long Bay – Overnight on Cruise (B/L/D)

Our guide and shuttle bus will pick you up at lobby of hotel at 8.00 -8.20AM and start journey east to Halong Bay, through picturesque rice-farming villages of the Red River Delta, where we see every day Vietnamese village life. On arrival, we board a beautiful traditional junk and spend a full day and night cruising the bay’s 3000 magnificent limestone islets. In the evening when the boat is anchored in the middle of the stunning lagoon, we enjoy a wonderful seafood meal and overnight on board.

Day 04: Bai Tu Long Bay – Hanoi – Fly to Da Nang (B/L)

Awake early and participate in Tai Chi on the top deck or simply relax and enjoy the sunrise over the bay’s towering islands. Enjoy a morning cup of coffee or tea, before setting out to explore nearby islands by rowboat. Return to the junk for breakfast then take advantage of the sundeck and admire the amazing rock formations of Halong. Have brunch on board the boat before returning to Halong pier to get back Hanoi for your flight to Da Nang. Upon arrival, meet our driver and transferred to hotel for check in.

Day 05: Da Nang – Marble Mountain – Walking Tour Hoi An (B)

Free at leisure in morning. 15.00 our guide will pick you up at hotel at hotel and transfer to Hoi An with a stop at the Marble Mountains & Non Nuoc Carving village en route

Marble Mountain

Cave Of Marble Mountain ascend to the Marble mountain by climbing the stone steps carved into the mountain to see spectacular caves and the Buddhist Pagoda, a multi-level tower commonly used as a place of worship. At the top, you will also get a panoramic view of the surrounding landscape.

Non Nuoc Carving Village

Marble Mountains Stone Carvings. Discover a community of stone carvers, Non Nuoc Carving Village. Located at the foot of the Marble Mountain, learn about the village’s rich history dating as far back as 200 years. Take this opportunity to admire the intricate details of their stonework which have been honed for generations.

Next, transfer to Hoi An for a walking tour to explore the Hoi An Ancient town by wander through colorful streets, visiting the Japanese Covered Bridge, Phuc Kien Assembly Hall, Phung Hung old house and see the local market. End of the tour, transfer back to your hotel in Da Nang.

Day 06: Da Nang – Ba Na Hills (B/L)

8.30AM You will be transferred to Ba Na Hills. Ba Na is 1487 meters above sea level and known as the second Da Lat or Sapa of Viet Nam. The weather here is ideally and it is said you can feel all four seasons within a day. Not many places in Viet Nam can make this claim, making it a must see on the tourist circuit. You will take a cable car to the summit of mountain.

Check in your hotel. You will spend the rest of your afternoon visiting some attractions of Ba Na Hills: Debay wine tunnel (with extra charge for fee 2.5 usd/per person) and have chance to taste a glass of wine here since 1923 of French. Le Jardin D’amour flower garden, Linh Ung pagoda, Thich Ca buddish statue, Wax Museum, etc.

You can also join activities and games in Fantasy Park such as free-falling tower, dinosaur park, maze, etc (Note: some games are not included in the entrance fee and on your own expenses)

Don’t forget to take a walk to the summit of the mountain at the height 1487m – the highest one of Ba Na Mountain, visit Bell Tower, Nghinh Phong tower and the Golden Hand Bridge, to take beautiful photos of the mountain and Da Nang city.

End of the day, our guide take you to cable car station to go down and transfer to our driver. Return hotel and free at leisure

Day 07: Da Nang – Fly to Ho Chi Minh (B)

Free until transfer to airport for flight to HCM. Upon arrival, transferred to hotel for check in.

Day 08: HCM City Tour – Cu Chi Tunnel (B/L)

Breakfast at hotel, meet our guide at 8.00 & start visiting to the most attractive places in Ho Chi Minh City including Reunification Palace – a special national relic for its historical and architectural values of Vietnam, and the War Remnants Museum. Next, we will explore a little bit about Notre Dame Cathedral and Old Post Office – the French building in Ho Chi Minh City.

Have a lunch at local restaurant before leaving the city for a tour to Cu Chi Tunnels – a man-made maze with the length of almost 250 kilometers. Also, the tunnels were used to serve as communication routes, storage facilities, hospitals and living quarters for Vietnamese fighters in the long period of war. If you are interested in, you can go into the tunnels to discover the harsh living conditions of those whose were used to live there.

After that, taste the typical boiled tapioca and hot tea before you come back to Saigon.

Day 09: Ho Chi Minh – Mekong Excursion (B/L)

Pick you up at hotel at 08.00AM, A smooth one-and-half-hour bus ride through rice field scenery along National Highway 1 brings you to the beautiful rural district of Trung Luong. On arrival at My Tho, after visiting Vinh Trang pagoda, take a motor boat to enter My Tho city through Bao Dinh natural canal. Take a leisurely cruise on the Tien River to view the four beautiful islands known as Dragon, Unicorn, Phoenix and Tortoise islands. Enjoy lunch at the local restaurant, then visit the coconut candy mill and take an amazing rowing boat trip along the small canal on a hand-rowed sampan under the shadow of the water coconut trees along natural canals. Then enjoy seasonal fruit & honey tea to the sound of “Southern Vietnamese folk music”, performed by locals. Meet at the bus and return to Ho Chi Minh City. This trip provides a fascinating insight into daily life in the Mekong Delta and you are guaranteed to take home your own private collection of beautiful memories

Day 10: HCM departure (B)

Free at leisure until transfer to airport for your flight back home.