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. The rest of the day will be spent at leisure and explore the city on your own.
Free time for dinner and overnight Hanoi.
DAY 2: HANOI SIGHTSEEING TOURS
At 9.00 AM, pick you up the hotel, our city tour Hanoi Capital
today with the visit to most city highlights and including of:
visit Hochiminh President Complex (Hochiminh Mausoleum, the house on stilts, presidential palace, the One Pillar Pagoda).
Next stop is the Temple of literature, which is built in 1070 and it is the first university of Vietnam.
Continue with visit to the Museum of National Fine Arts. It has received many high ranking delegations of different countries, the Museum has sent many traveling thematic exhibitions to other nations to introduce to international friends the typical culture, heroic history of Vietnam. At the same time, it has linked local people with painting, photograph, and sculpture collections of international artists. The Museum has created chances for local art lovers to enjoy and learn about different fine arts school and tendencies of the world.
Next will visit the Army Museum (large collection of weaponry at the front, the Military Museum displays Soviet and Chinese equipment alongside French- and US-made weapons captured during years of warfare. The centrepiece is a Soviet-built MiG-21 jet fighter, triumphant amid the wreckage of French aircraft downed at Dien Bien Phu, and a US F-111).
or other option (if not visit the Fine art museum) with the The Vietnam Museum of Ethnology in Hanoi offers an insight into the 54 different ethnic groups of Vietnam in an effort to preserve cultural heritage and promote socio-cultural diversity within the country. The museum has over 15,000 artefacts including photographs and other multi-media such as audiotapes. Its indoor exhibition space can be viewed via a virtual tour which includes the Viet, Muong, Tho, Chut, Tav, Thai, Ka Dai, H’Mong-Dao, Tang, San Dui, Ngai, Mon-Khmer, Nam-Dao, Cham, Hoa and Khmer ethnic groups. There are priceless antiques on display alongside everyday objects such as pipes, baskets and knives.
Your lunch will be served at finest local restaurants with special of Hanoi cuisine.
Pm will continue our visit to Hoa Lo or Hanoi Hilton prison before doing a "rickshaw", enjoy one hour of cycling trip for sightseeing Hanoi old quarters, taking this mean of transportation is the best way to have a close look at the 36 streets in Hanoi.
At late afternoon, we will see the water puppet show for one hour, the oldest record mentioning water puppetry is the inscription on a stone stele dating from 1121. The stele called Sùng Thiện Diên Linh is located in Đọi Sơn Pagoda in Hà Nam Province (This is a must to see show when you are in Hanoi, recommended), transfer back hotel and Overnight Hanoi. (B/L)
DAY 3: HANOI- HALONG BAY ABOARD
Pick up at your hotel around from 07.30 to 08.00 Am by our shuttle bus and depart for Halong Bay Cruises
, some 170 km away from Hanoi and drive down to the biggest delta (the Red River delta), great opportunity for stopping along the way for taking pictures of local daily activities.
On Arrival, board the traditional sailing junk. Whilst cruising the exquisite waters sample the regions fresh seafood. Visit the recently discovered Surprise Grotto with its great views, and on the next island see the yawning mouth of Bo Nau Cave. Alternatively journey to Dau Go Cave and nearby see the famous stalagmites and stalactites of Thien Cung Cave. Enjoy a swim in the emerald waters of Halong Bay at any spot that you wish to visit.
Relax and Watch the sunset over the bay whilst enjoying a delicious dinner.
Overnight on board junk (B/L/D)
DAY 4: HALONG BAY-HANOI
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 for check in hotel.Overnight in Hanoi.(B/L)
DAY 5: HANOI-HUE CITY TOUR/ FLIGHT
Breakfast at hotel.
After breakfast, free at leisure until transfer to Noi Bai airport for the flight to Hue.
Upon arrival, pick up and transfer to hotel in Hue.
Afternoon we will take dragon boat trip across the triangle of the perfume river upstream to visit the Thien Mu pagoda, a Hue’s most preserved religious monument, and then continue to visit the imperial citadel from where the Nguyen emperors ruled Viet Nam for 143 years. Overnight Hue.(B)
DAY 6: HUE- HOI AN ANCIENT TOWN
Breakfast at hotel.
After breakfast, you will visit the two elaborate mausoleums of Emperor Tu Duc and Khai Dinh by coach.
Lunch at local restaurant.
Drive for Danang, we will pass the fishing village of Lang co before ascending the scenic Hai van pass (cloudy pass) where a spectacular panorama of the center coastline can be viewed at the summit.
On arrival in Da Nang visit Cham museum, one of the 5 oldest museums in ASIA, containing the finest collection of Cham sculptures.
visit marble mountains before continuing to hoi an ancient town.
Dinner and overnight (B/L/D)
DAY 7: HOI AN- MY SON- WALKING TOURS
Pick up at your hotel and start our half day sightseeing tour to the holy land of Cham people in Vietnam some 60km away from Hoi an town, the My Son. My Son is the former capital of the ancient Cham civilization that ruled Central Vietnam from the second to the thirteenth century. Their religion was primarily derived from Indian Hinduism.
My Son is considered to be one of the best-preserved Cham structures in Vietnam. The complex is comprised of seventy Hindu-like towers and temples dating from the second century. This site is a Must-See for those people who are interested in architecture and ancient civilizations and is now one of five UNESCO World Heritage sites in Vietnam.
Lunch will be served at one of the finest local restaurant in Hoian town.
Pm, will start our walking tour through the narrow winding streets of the Ancient Quarter visiting Chua Ong Pagoda, Chinese Assembly Halls, the 200 - year old, Tam Ky ancestral house, and the Japanese Bridge.
Overnight in Hoi an.(B/L)
DAY 8: HOIAN- DANANG-HOCHIMINH CITY/ FLIGHT
After breakfast, free at leisure until transfer to the airport for flight to Saigon.
Upon arrival, transfer to hotel for check in. Next will be visiting to the old Saigon post office, Notre dame cathedral, former presidential palace, war remnant museum and the Chinese district of Cho lon to enjoy the bustling wholesale quarter of Saigon. Overnight in Saigon (B)
DAY 9: SAIGON-CU CHI TUNNELS- MEKONG DELTA CRUISES
Pick you up at your Hotel at 7.30 am and depart for Cu Chi Tunnels
, we will drive through a typical Southern Vietnamese countryside to cu chi district, upon arrival in Cu chi. we experience ourselves the underground village built by Cu Chi guerrilla fighters, remain of a real bloody battle field which is simply a network of tunnels built during the long years of wars.
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.
Continue onto the Hau nghia, Duc Hoa route to take a shortcut to highway1 to My tho in the Mekong delta, driving past paddy fields and tributaries.
lunch with Mekong delta specialties at Ngoc Gia Trang restaurant
After lunch, start our river boat cruise on the upper part of Mekong River for a taste of agriculture life on the mighty Mekong River.
Disembark the boat strolling around the colorful my tho wholesale fruit market to enjoy the bustle local daily life.
Continue your ride upstream stopping en route at a boat building family factory and end at Thoi Son5 Island, walk through the lush orchards with tropical fruits, have an opportunity to taste diverse types of Mekong delta fruit while enjoying traditional music.
Shuttle back to the pier, drive back to HCM city (Saigon), transfer to your hotel on arrival and Overnight in Saigon. End of services (B/L)
DAY 10: HOCHIMINH DEPARTURE
After breakfast, free at leisure until transfer to Tan Son Nhat airport for your onward flights. Tour ends (B)