DAY 1: ARRIVAL HANOI
Arrive in Hanoi in the morning. Upon arrival at Noi Bai airport meet and transfer to centre of Hanoi for check in to Hotel.
Enjoy a Water Puppet Performance, this is uniquely Vietnamese and we guarantee you will have never seen anything like it. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Hanoi (D)
DAY 2: HANOI-HOA BINH MOUNTAINS 1DAY
At 08.30 in the morning, Leave Hanoi for 2 hour drive to Hoa Binh. Once there we will visit a Muong village. You have chance to see the house on stilts, the Muong ethnic people in their distinctive costume and to see the daily activities is going on.
After having met the local villagers, we have lunch at one of the best restaurants here with delicious dishes. Next will be visited of the enormous dam that was built by the Russian from 1979-1996 before we will embark on a boat for a wonderful cruise on the reservoir. It is an unique experience taking as many photo as possible whilst cruising on the dam, the landscapes is worth to be taken in to a shot. During this interesting cruise, we have one more chance to explore the culture of local residents by visiting one of many villages of Thai ethnic people on the bank of the reservoir to get closer to their life.
Arrival Hanoi at early this afternoon. We will visit the old quarter of Hanoi, take a one hour Pedi cab ride through the teeming streets of old Hanoi. Overnight Hanoi (B/L/D)
DAY 3: HANOI-HALONG BAY CRUISES
Breakfast at hotel.
Have our breakfast and check out the hotel. Today journey is to Halong bay, some160km away from Hanoi. As we will pass through the Red river delta, the second largest one in Vietnam. Stop over for relax and have a coffee at the Sao Do handicraft village.
Welcome on board of Bai Tho Junk and set sail through the bay while lunch is served. Passage into the magical bay, where thousands of sculpted limestone islands rise from the waves like dragons' teeth.
After lunch, we cruise to the inside of magical landscape of Dinh Huong island, Ga Choi Island, Dog Island, Binh Phong mountain, Sung Sot Cave, Round over Titov Beach. Enjoy sunset on the top of the Titov mountain or you take a bamboo row boat to discover a water tunnels with many coral reefs in a scenic lagoon.
Back on board Junk, enjoy dinner on boat. Overnight on a junk boat. (B/L/D)
DAY 4: HALONG BAY-HANOI- SAIGON/ FLIGHT
Rise to the sound of the ocean coming to life for another lovely day. Before breakfast, you may have an opportunity to view the sunrise over the bay. After breakfast, we cruise to the Bai Tho Mountain in the other beautiful Bai Tu Long Bay and we cruise back to the Halong dock.
Lunch on boat before checkout is at 11:45.
Boat arrive at harbor by 12:00 free time for shopping.
12h45 From here, we drive straight back to Hanoi airport for flying to Saigon,
On arrival Tan Son Nhat airport, meet our local guide and car to transfer to your hotel. Overnight Saigon (B/L)
DAY 5: SAIGON -CU CHI TUNNELS- TAY NINH
Early in the morning, we pick you up at your hotel and depart for cu chi tunnels. By 1965, 250 km of tunnels criss-crossed Cu Chi and surrounding areas -just across the Saigon River was the notorious guerrilla power base known as the IRON TRIANGLE.
The Cu Chi tunnels played a vital part in the American war in that they allowed the Viet Cong to control a large rural area only 30 to 40 km from Saigon. At its height, the tunnel system stretched from Saigon to the Cambodian border. The network, parts of which were several levels deep, included innumerable trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centres and kitchens. Today the remaining tunnels have become a major tourist attraction giving the visitor a unique experience and feel of what underground life in the American War must have been like. The tunnels have been widened for our benefit (otherwise we would not be able to enter them!) For those interested there’s even the opportunity to fire off rounds from an AK47 or MK16 at the nearby rifle range.
Driver for Tay Ninh (to visit Cao Dai temple), Have lunch at local restaurant before visiting the Reunification Palace, war Museum, China Town and Notre Dame Cathedral. Tour will be finished at your hotel at 6.00 PM.(B/L)
DAY 6: SAIGON- CAI BE-CAN THO
Heading out of the town, we travel by roads to the Mekong Delta, Vietnam’s largest rice bowl.
On arrival in My Tho we embark on a boat navigating around the intricate small canals in the delta region, which is a great way to observe the local lifestyle close-up. The most interesting excursion will pass the lush green vegetation before arriving at the most beautiful Unicorn Island. Here we have opportunities to visit some fascinating local industries, stroll around an orchard and taste many seasonal fruits.
And then we continue our trip to see fascinating local industries in Ben Tre Province. After feasting on a huge lunch we will drive for Can Tho, Check in Hotel on arrival. Overnight Can Tho (B/L/D)
DAY 7: CAN THO FLOATING VILLAGE- SAIGON
07: 00 After breakfast, take the morning boat trip to visit the Phong Dien floating market with the busy scene at that time.
Continue cruising through the small canals system of the Mighty Mekong River on sampan; visit the rice noodles village. Experience the “Monkey Bridge” in the Delta and Snake farm before having lunch. Return to Ho Chi Minh City. Overnight Saigon (B/L)
DAY 8: SAIGON - DEPARTURE
Have free time at leisure and transfer to the airport for flight onwards, tour ends at airport (B)