Essence Of Viet Nam 17 Days 16 Nights

This tour combines this rural idyll with Vietnam’s best urban and small town experiences. Start in Ho Chi Minh city- the commercial center, visit Chinatown, the Thien Hau Pagoda, the Reunification, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Old Central Post OfficeFrench colonial structures. Next to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels -an underground labyrinth of passageways, used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War and Cao Dai Temple which combines elements of Buddhism, Confucianism, Hinduism, Christianity and Islam in order to promote peace. Take a day trip to explore the rich culture and lush fluvial landscape of the Mekong River Delta.

Then, fly to Da Nang and stay at hotel where so is close to My Khe beach. Visit atmospheric Hoi An, a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site and riverfront port town crammed with historic homes, tiny museums, cafes, and bustling silk and fish markets. Discovery My Son holy land which has been recognized as UNESCO World Heritage site.

Move to Hue city with a huge complex of royal tombs, remains of the Citadel, ancient pagodas and traditional homes with their many plants, bonsai and flowers, Hue has become a favorite place to visit for anyone who has been to Viet Nam for the first time.

Continue to the North of Viet Nam, you will explore the fascinating Old Quarter and its hundred of specialty shops selling silk clothing, lacquer ware, bamboo, furniture… Then take a trip to Sapa, exploring the local ethnic minority’s life (including Hmong, Red Dao, Tay, Xa Pho and Giay), admire the spectacular natural scenery with the terraced rice fields. Return to Hanoi and spend time to visit Ha Long bay- one of the world’s natural wonders and heritage recognized by UNESCO, Ha Long Bay is a truly attractive destination with 1,969 islands jetting out from the sea and with red sail junks dotting the horizon. Come and see what the Vietnamese call “The Descending Dragon”.

 ASIA FOCUS TRAVEL would like to introduce the detail of tour program:

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh Arrival (no meal)

Upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat airport, the driver picks you up at the airport and transfer to hotel for check in. Free time and easy.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh- Cu Chi Tunnels- Tay Ninh (meals incl: B/ L)

After breakfast, visit the Cu Chi Tunnels -an underground labyrinth of passageways, used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War (or “American War” as it’s referred to here) as protection against American air raids. Those inclined are invited to crawl through selections of the tunnels to better understand what life was like for the Vietnamese soldiers during wartime.

Next you will visit the beautiful Cao Dai Temple in TayNinh and partake in the noontime prayer service. This large and colorful compound is home to the hybrid religion founded in the 1920s: Caodaism, which combines elements of Buddhism, Confucianism, Hinduism, Christianity and Islam in order to promote peace. Have lunch in TayNinh and return to Saigon in the late afternoon.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 3: Ho Chi Minh- My Tho- Ben Tre- Can Tho (meals incl: B/ L/ D)

Leave Ho Chi Minh city, enjoy the scenic journey along the National Highway bordered by green rice fields. On arrival at My Tho, visit VinhTrang pagoda, take a leisurely boat ride along the river, view stilt houses, fruit plantations and fishing villages along the river bank. Proceed to Tortoise islet, have lunch in the orchard garden. Then a boat ride to An Khanh – a less touristy attraction in Ben Tre, enjoy cruising on a hand-rowed sampan under the shade of water coconut trees along natural canals, then enjoy seasonal fruit & honey tea to the sound of “Southern Vietnamese folk music”, performed by the locals. Visit a family business which epitomizes the idyllic rural lifestyle, taste delicious coconut candy & observe the pastoral life as you roam through the fruit plantations and villages. Proceed to Can Tho. Overnight in the hotel (family home-stay with dinner can be arranged on request).

Overnight in Can Tho

Day 4: Can Tho- Chau Doc- Tra Su Sanctuary (meals incl: B/ L/ D)

Take a leisurely boat trip to explore the picturesque tributaries of the Lower Mekong river (Bassac River), then proceed to Cai Rang floating markets (& Phong Dien is optional), which are the liveliest in the whole religion.

Have you ever tasted Vietnamese vermicelli soup? Well, now go and see how it is made. Then wander around the village and meet the friendly local people and experience how to pass a “Monkey bridge” which is built by only one stem of bamboo. Visit the orchard garden. Stop for lunch. Proceed to Chau Doc, continue the tour to visit Tra Su, getting to the wild birds Sanctuary, cruising smoothly with small boats to discover the arrays of splendid canals deep into the forest, watching storks, cranes and other tropical birds. On the way back stop by to visit Sam Mountain, the Cave pagoda (if time permitted).

Back to the Town, hotel check in.

Overnight in Chau Doc.

Day 5: Chau Doc- Ho Chi Minh (meals incl: B/ L)

After breakfast, take a nice boat trip through the floating village to visit a fish farm to see how the Mekong Delta people raise fish in their floating houses. Visit the Cham minority with their traditional weaving village, followed by a local Islamic Mosque. Trip back to Hochiminh city. End at the office.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.

Day 6: Ho Chi Minh Full day city tour- Da Nang (meals incl: B/ L)

Breakfast at your hotel.

Morning: 08:00 am to noon time

Start the trip for exploring the great atmosphere around of lively China town. Get into the rythm of this busiest and colourful scenes of BinhTay market and ThienHau Temple in the morning. We then visit the War Remnants Museum. Enjoy Beef Noodle for lunch.

Afternoon: 13:30 to 16:30 pm

Start the trip at travel office for visiting Reunification palace which was the residence of the President of South Vietnam until end of the war in April 1975. Continue seeing some impressive French colonial structures including Notre Dame Cathedral and the Old Central Post Office. After visiting the City Hall, take a break-time at Ben Thanh market where anything and everything is for sales.

Take a flight to Da Nang. Arrive Da Nang, our driver picks up and transfer to hotel.

Overnight in Da Nang.

Day 7: Da Nang- Hoi Am- My Son Holy Land (meals incl: B/ L)

07h30:   Our tour guide picks you up at your hotel and transfer to My Son.

09h30: Visit My Son Holy land, the ancient Cham Pa people were raised to be “the masters of art in building brick”. So far the technique in building the ancient temple – towers of Cham Pa people remains controversial. The brick were smoothed and laid closely and securely without mortar. My Son’s value is also reflected in the art of lively and fine sculpture and carving on brick, stone from the images of deties, priests, dances, plants, animals and sacrifices….

11h00: Leave My Son, the driver takes you to your hotel in Hoi An.

Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 8: Hoi An Ancient Town- Hue (meals incl: B/L)

In the morning, visit Hoi An Ancient with Chua Ong Pagoda, Fukian Assembly Hall and the Japanese covered Bridge. Following the tour, you can relax at a local pub, do some shopping or visit the local tailors who make quality clothes in a flash. Have a lunch at local resrautant.

In the afternoon, the driver pick up and transfer you to Hue, you spend 4 hours on the car.

Arrive Hue, check in and free time.

Overnight in Hue.

Day 9: Hue Full day city tour (meals incl: B/ L)

Traditionally, Hue has been one of the main cultural, historical and educational center of Vietnam. With a huge complex of royal tombs, remains of the Citadel, ancient pagodas and traditional homes with their many plants, bonsai and flowers, Hue has become a favorite place to visit for anyone who has been to Viet Nam for the first time. Our tour will help visitors to enjoy the ancient splendid beauty and learn its cultural essence. We are very honoured to serve you.

In the morning, you will visit:

1.The Citadel

2.Thien Mu pagoda

3.Phu Mong Garden house in Kim Long:

Noon: A short break and enjoy lunch

(vegetarian food on request )

In the afternoon:

4.Minh Mang tomb

5.Khai Dinh tomb

6.Tu Duc tomb

7.Conical hat making and Incense making village

You have a chance to travel by boat for sight-seeing along the Perfume Rive and stop to visit a fishing village and sampan on the way back. Finishing the tour at boat station. Then, we transport you back to your hotel.

Overnight in Hue

Day 10: Hue- Ha Noi by flight (meal incl: B)

After breakfast at the hotel, you will have free time before transferring to Hue airport for a short flight to Hanoi. Arriving in Hanoi, you will transfer to your hotel in town.

Free time and easy.

Overnight in Ha Noi.

Day 11: Ha Noi- Hoa Lu- Tam Coc- Bich Dong Pagoda (meals incl: B/ L)

8:00- 08:30 Meet your tour guide at suggested places around Hanoi Old Quarter.

Depart for Ninh Binh province (90 km south of Hanoi). Have a break 20 minutes en-route to free your legs.

Arrive at Hoa Lu, which was once depicted the ancient capital of Viet Nam, settling up in the 10th century.

Visit temples of two dynasties of Dinh and Le with a very unique architectures in the old time.

Learn about ancient culture through an excavation of vestiges of Royal Palaces ground dated 10th century.

12:30 Arrive Tam Coc. Relax and enjoy lunch in a nice restaurant nearby.

Board the sampan boats in Tam Coc going along river among the villages, mountains and rice fields. Passing through 3 caves “Hang Ca – First cave, Hang Hai – Second cave, Hang Ba – Third cave” to get a wonderful feeling. Boat returns to the dock for bus drive back to Hanoi.

18:00 Arrive in Hanoi.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 12: Ha Noi- Sapa- Lao Chai- Ta Van- Giang Ta Chai (meals incl: B/ L/ D)

6:30 – 7:00 Tour guide pick you up at your hotel, departure to Lao Caicity.Travelling on new Highway NoiBai, it takes around 5 hours .

12:30. Arrival in Sapa town, enjoy lunch in a local restaurant.

13:00: Bus will take you to the gate of Lao chai village start trekking to Ta Van and Giang Ta Chai village, exploring the local ethnic minorities life, admire the spectacular natural scenery with the terraced rice fields. Journey will stop at Giang Ta Chai village.

17:00 Come back to Sapa town, having dinner and overnight at homestay in village.

Day 13: Cat Cat village (meals incl: B/L)

Have breakfast at hotel.

9:00Trekking from hotel to Exploring Cat Cat – village of H’mong – a colonial French discovered area and a renowned resort to officials from the early twentieth century, learning about the culture, customs and unique people here with traditional crafts such as weaving, carved silver, hand forged agricultural tools.

12:30Enjoy a meal at a local restaurant in Sapa Town.

14:30- 15:00 The bus transfer you back to Ha Noi.

20:00 come back to Hanoi.

Overnight in Ha Noi.

Day 14: Ha Noi city tour (meals incl: B/ L)

8:00 – 8:30 Meet your tour guide at suggested places in Hanoi Od Quarter.

Start the trip with Tran Quoc pagoda, a Buddhist relic and national heritage lying on the West Lake.

Visit Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, the final resting place of Viet Nam’s greatest father; his house-on-stiland One pillar pagoda – modeled after a lotus flower, a symbol of Hanoi.

Arrive Ethnology museum to learn about cultures of 54 ethnic groups living in Vietnam.

13:00 Have a rest and enjoy lunch in a local restaurant in Hanoi Old Quarter.

Visit Temples of Literature constructed in 1070 – dedicated to Confucius, sages and talented scholars. It is the most famous temple in Hanoi, also functioning as Vietnam’s first university.

Leave for a legendary HoanKiem lake and Ngoc Son Temple dedicated to a former general commander Tran Hung Dao for his struggle against Mongolians.

16:00 Arriveback in your hotel.

If Mondays/Wednesdays or Fridays: Afternoon we take a short drive to visit Bat Trang, one of the most well known handicraft village in Vietnam, where you can find a whole world of  pottery and ceramic items. They are reproductions of various traditional styles which are renowned to the world for their harmonious beauty, original shape, enameled screen and drawing stroke. They come in many forms and sizes, from dinner sets and bowls to vases and lamp bases, from statues of Buddha to small figurines of animals. You will see the complete production procedure, starting from preparing the clay, shaping the items, drawing and putting them into the kiln. The offered items can be purchased here at reasonable prizes. Head back to Hanoi in the late afternoon, drop you off at your hotel.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 15: Ha Noi- Ha Long Bay- Bai Tu Long Bay (meals incl: B/ L/ D)

8:00- 8:30 Tour guide picks up and then go around Hanoi Old Quarter to pick up others who depart to Ha Long.

12:30 – Embark at Tuan Chau Wharf, Ha Long City. Transferred by tender to Ha Long Cruise.

Greeted by crew members followed by welcome drinks, get cruise briefing and check in cabin.

13:15 – Enjoy set lunch onboard while cruising on bay then freely relax with sea wind.

14:50 – Drop anchor at Vung Vieng fishing village (Belong Bai Tu Long Bay), tender will take passengers to visit one of the largest and oldest fishing villages on Halong bay, exploring the lives of local fishing villagers and then visiting the farm of pearls processing.

15:10 – Return drop anchor, there, some options for extra activities such as: Kayaking, Swimming (* jump on from tender or at the beach nearby Vung Vieng village) with joyful time.

17:30 – Get back The Viet Beauty, take shower, Then join in Sunset party …

18:00 – On board: Cooking class and Happy hours on sundeck with owl-light

19:30: Gala dinner, then freely relax with other choices: Squid fishing or Karaoke or chatting & drinking to each other on sundeck.

Overnight on Ha Long Cruise.

Day 16: Ha Long Bay- Ha Noi (meals incl: B/ L)

6:30 – Wake up for Taichi on sundeck in windy air while the boat’s going to Surprising Cave (Sung Sot amazing cave)

7:00 – Breakfast with tea, coffee, cakes, fruit juice, milk, cereals.

7:45 – Visit Sung Sot amazing cave with millions of surprising stalactites and stalagmites – one of the biggest & most beautiful caves on Halong bay.

9:30 – Back to the cruise, check out room. Relax on board while it’s moving towards Hon Gai port.

10:30: Time for Brunch

12:00 – Crew say thanks to all. Passengers then get on bus back to Hanoi.

17:00 arrive Ha Noi.

Overnight in Ha Noi.

Day 17: Ha Noi Departure (meal incl: B)

Breakfast at hotel.

Free and easy till our bus and driver will pick you up at your hotel and drive to the airport for your flight back home.

End of trip!

Quotation:

Number of people 2 pax 4 pax 6 pax 8 pax Single Supplement
Price per pax US$ 855 US$ 805 US$ 795 US$ 785 US$ 365

Note important: surcharge for air ticket from Ho Chi Minh to Da Nang and Hue to Ha Noi is US$ 85 per person per way by Vietnam Airlines.

Tour Inclusions:

  • Transportation by air conditioned
  • Pick up and transfer to the airport by private car (without guide)
  • 15-night hotel accommodation (Base on Double/Twin sharing)
  • 01 night on Ha Long boat (Double or Twin sharing)
  • English speaking guide on the tour and without guide on free day
  • Meals as mentioned in the program
  • All entrance fee and sigh seeing fees
  • Boat trip in Mekong Delta, My Son, Hue city, Tam Coc and Ha Long bay
  • Kayaking in Halong Bay
  • Group tour only

Tour Exclusions:

  • Beverages
  • International & Domestic air-tickets with tax
  • Visa & Visa fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Other personal expenses, all kind of insurances
  • Expenditure of a personal nature such as drinks, souvenirs and laundry

Accommodation:

Hotel/ Cruise class Hotel in Ho Chi Minh Hotel in Can Tho Hotel in Chau Doc Hotel in Da Nang
 

 

 

3 star hotel

Le Duy hotel or similar  

Sai Gon Can Tho or similar

 

Chau Pho hotel or similar Truong Son Tung hotel or similar
Hotel in Hoi An Hotel in Hue Hotel in Ha Noi  
Thanh Binh III hotel or similar  

New Star hotel or similar

 

 

Maison D’hanoi Boutique Hotel or similar