DAY 1: ARRIVAL HANOI
Pick you up on arrival and transfer to the hotel, check in and free time at leisure on your own of exploration the city. Overnight Hanoi
DAY 2: HANOI CITY TOUR - NIGHT TRAIN SAPA
Full-day city tour to visit Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, one pillar pagoda, temple of literature (Van Mieu – Quoc Tu Giam, the first university of Vietnam from 10th century, The national fine art museum, next is enjoyed our one hour of cycle at he old quarter of “36 streets and 36 wares”.
Lunch will be served at local restaurant, after lunch, continue our sightseeing trip to Tran Quoc Pagoda, Army museum and if time permits, we will see the early show of the water puppet for 1hour, free time on your own of dinner before transfer to Le Duan Train station for night train to Lao Cai of Sapa, the train depart at 9.45 Pm. Overnight on Train (B/L)
DAY 3: ARRIVAL LAO CAI- SAPA VILLAGE TREKS
Arrive in the early morning at Lao Cai station, near the Chinese border, take a scenic drive to the hill station of Sapa, enjoy the spectacular views of rice –terraced mountains and black H’mong and red Dao hill tribe people dressed in their colorful wares walking along the roadside.
On arrival, check in hotel and have breakfast. From here we will start to hike down slope from the main road in Cat cat to visit black H’mong village, continue to hike from Cat cat to sinchai village before returning back to Sapa town.
Overnight in hotel in Sapa.(B/L)
DAY 4: SAPA VILLAGE TREKS
After having breakfast in a hotel we embark on a lovely trek that will take us along buffalo paths and trails and through several hill tribe villages Lao Chai & Ta Van, home to Black H’mong, and Day people.
This is an absolutely spectacular walk through stunning scenery inhabited by some of the friendliest people you can meet. Once on the valley floor you can really appreciate the wonderful scenery that surrounds you. The walls of the valley are covered with multi-layered rice terraced fields and scattered villages.
Back to hotel in Sapa and free time, dinner will be served at local restaurant tonight.(B/L)
DAY 5: SAPA FREE DAY- LAO CAI-HANOI/ Night Train
A whole day for your free time of relaxing or shopping or just climbing up the dragon raw mountain that near the town for visiting the orchid flower garden, No lunch or dinner today,
This afternoon, our guide and driver will be back to transfer back Lao Cai Town for taking a night train for Hanoi, the train leave at 9.15 Pm (B)
DAY 6: ARRIVAL HANOI- HALONG BAY/ ABOARD
On arrival Le Duan Train station early this morning, meet our car and guide to transfer to a local hotel for fresh up and have breakfast (your own account), next will depart for Halong Bay, some 165 km away from Hanoi. Enjoy the journey through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta and the scenery of rice fields, water buffalo and everyday Vietnamese village life.
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 board junk. (L/D)
DAY 7: 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 Transfer back to Hanoi by road and will be back Hanoi at early this afternoon, on arrival check in hotel and free on your own at leisure.(B/L)
DAY 8: HANOI - HUE/ FLIGHT
Have breakfast in the hotel and free at leisure until transfer to Noi Bai airport for flying to Hue City.
Pick you up at Phu Bai airport and transfer to hotel, free at leisure on your own of exploration Hue. Overnight at the hotel.(B)
DAY 9: HUE SIGHTSEEING TOUR
Hue was once the capital of the Nguyen Dynasty of Emperors from 1802-1945. There are many mausoleums to visit as well as the fascinating Dong Ba market, famous for selling the best conical hats in Vietnam.
This morning, we will start our sightseeing tour in hue including to visit the Imperial Citadel and the King tombs of Minh Mang and Khai Dinh,
This afternoon you will be free on your own of exploration the city of go shopping. Dinner in town is on your own too. Overnight in hotel in Hue (B/L/D)
DAY 10: HUE- HOI AN ANCIENT TOWN
Drive from Hue for two and half hours to 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, upon arrival in Da Nang visit Cham museum, one of the 5 oldest museums in The ASIA, containing the finest collection of Cham sculptures and visit marble mountains before continuing to hoi an ancient town.
Check in the hotel on arrival and free time for shopping and dinner. Overnight in Hoi An.(B/L)
DAY 11: HOI AN- MY SON- WALKING TOURS
Depart from Hoi an at 8.30 am this morning and heading for My Son, some 60 Km away from Hoi An Town,
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.
After touring My Son, We will drive back Hoi an town for lunch at a top local restaurant, next will be started our walking tour to visit Hoi an ancient town, From the 16th to 18th centuries, Hoi An was a thriving international commercial port for Chinese, Dutch, French, Japanese, Portuguese and Arab traders. These people came primarily to trade in the high grade silk, which is still produced in the area, as well as ceramics.
Today, Hoi An is a quaint riverside town, popular with tourists for its eclectic architecture, tailors shops, and numerous cafes. Some of the buildings in the narrow streets have remained unchanged for more than a century. Some places that not to be missed in town are the former merchants’homes, the 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge and the colorful market.
Transfer back the hotel, free time for dinner. Overnight Hoian.(B)
DAY 12: HOI AN-DANANG- SAIGON/ FLIGHT
After breakfast, Free at leisure and next will be transfered to the airport for flying to Saigon.
Meet our local guide and car at Tan Son Nhat airport and transfer to hotel in downtown. Free time on your own of dinner. Overnight in Saigon (B)
DAY 13: CU CHI TUNNELS - SAIGON CITY TOUR 1DAY
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.
Return back to Saigon for lunch, next will be visiting the Reunification Palace, war Museum, China Town and Notre Dame Cathedral. At early this afternoon, tour will be finished at your hotel.(B)
DAY 14: SAIGON- CAN THO
Our car will pick up at your hotel in Saigon and driving for Cai Be, some 150km away from Saigon to south.
On arrival, embark a private boat to cruise around Cai Be Floating Market to see local people being selling, buying, exchanging goods from their boats. Visit local garden and house to see orchard, rice crisped producing process, lunch will be served at local restaurant before continue our driving trip for Can Tho, Check in the hotel on arrival and free time on your own of exploration the city.
Over night in Can Tho.(B/L/D)
DAY 15: CAN THO- CAI RANG FLOATING MARKET- CHAU DOC
Breakfast in the hotel, early this morning, we will cruise to visit and taking pictures at the Cai Rang - Phong Dien floating market (the nicest one with heaps of rowing boats).
Take in the beautiful scenery and the daily activities of the locals who lives along the Mekong canals and stop over some the village to visit a rice husking mill and a rice noodles making shop.
Continue our car trip for Chau Doc, check in on arrival and next will visit the Sam mountain to enjoy the a breath-taking view on the Vietnamese-Cambodian border with flat rice fields and nice canals, visit caved pagoda. Over night in Chau Doc (B/L/D)
DAY 16: CHAU DOC- CRUISE UP PHNOMPENH (Cambodia)
Have breakfast in the hotel before transfer to Chau Doc pier and start our express boat cruise up to Phnom Phenh city of Cambodia, the boat takes some 5 hours of cruising and arrival time to PhnomPenh city at 13.00 pm, Tour ends in Vietnam (B)