This Vietnam Explorer package encapsulates the magic of Vietnam: the conservative north, the rich heritage of the imperial cities, coastal scenery and the vibrant life of Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta. A compelling destination with colorful local traditions and fascinating cultures and histories is waiting you to come to travel
Welcome to Hanoi – Vietnam! Upon arrival flight, the local driver will be welcoming you at Noi Bai airport and it takes us 35 minutes driving to the center of Hanoi then check-in at hotel. Our tour guide will pick you at your hotel in the Old Quarter and we get a Cyclo to Hoan Kiem Lake, one of the major scenic spots in the city and serves as a focal point for its public life to visit Ngoc Son temple and The Huc Bridge. And then we will stop at Hanoi Opera House, erected by the French colonial administration between 1901 and 1911. After that, on the way to Water puppet show, we will see Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi Hotel - A Grand Dame of Southeast Asia that welcomes guests to experience her colonial grandeur and timeless elegance. Located steps from the Opera House in Hanoï’s French Quarter, this legendary property bring guests into intimate contact with the opulence of another era. A stage art invented by the Vietnamese peasants hundred years ago, with nearly 20 stories of Vietnam traditions and daily scenes will be the last activity. Finally we will take a walk on the streets of the old quarter and enjoy the Vietnamese traditional food: Beef noodles. Overnight in Hanoi.
Night activities suggestion: enjoy local beer at Ta Hien Streets, experience the ambience of sleepless street with life music, the young people of Hanoi and also foreign tourists. Hundreds of bars and pubs in the Old Quarter are also at your disposal. Or just simple spend your time at shopping malls or various boutique Shops. Please note: Standard check in time is 14:00
After breakfast, pick you up at hotel and a 90km driving to south of Hanoi leads you to Ninh Binh, the site of the one capital city of ancient Vietnam before Hanoi took its leading role in 11th century. The area is featured by lots of well- known sceneries, which include Tam Coc Caves and Hoa Lu ancient capital with the old temples dedicated to King Dinh & King Le reigned in 10th century. The visit in Ninh Binh starts by a boat trip in Tam Coc where spectacular limestone karsts jut out from the green paddy fields reminding about Guilin (China) and Halong Bay of Vietnam, which gives this scenery the name “Halong-bay-on-land”. After your local lunch, further discovery in Ninh Binh will be continued in the site that used to be the kings’ palace in 10th century and now famous for the wooden relieves of the shady Dinh and Le temples. Late afternoon, drive back to your hotel. Overnight in Hanoi.
Meals:Breakfast & Lunch
Breakfast at hotel and check out. Pick up and transfer from your hotel in Hanoi to Pu Luong retreat. You enter Pu Luong Nature Reserve by road via a breath taking mountain pass giving you a panoramic view of the whole valley. You arrive at your accommodation in time for a delicious lunch, followed by free time to explore the beautiful retreat, with its captivating panoramic views and tranquil setting. Vietnamese set menu lunch at the retreat. In the afternoon, you will be transferred to a suspension bridge over the Cham river, where you begin your walk in search of stunning water wheels. Get up close to each wheel and discover how water is moved from river to handmade bamboo aqueducts via simple constructions of all sizes. Arriving at a local fisherman’s house, you have a short rest to gear up for the adventure with Dinh and his team. Float along the calm river and enjoy the views, in between learning how to paddle and steer your handcrafted rafts. Arriving at scenic Tan Lap Bridge, you disembark to be transferred back to Pu Luong Retreat. Dinner at your own arrangement for more flexibility. Overnight in Pu Luong.
Overnight Pu Luong
Meals:Breakfast & Lunch
After breakfast at the retreat, we start early in the morning to descend into the beautiful valley facing the Retreat where you walk around tumbling rice terraces. Trek through small paths shrouded in vegetation to slowly reveal a picturesque village sitting at the base of a towering mountain. Your camera will not be able to sit still! Continue to the base of the valley, you weave between roads and farm land, villages and wild fields, ponds and rivers, mountains and open land. Savour the ever changing scenery as you trek to a beautiful spot to enjoy a simple picnic lunch. After enjoying delicious food, you have your free afternoon to explore the refreshing water to the nearby river, before moving to pick up point to be transferred back to the Retreat. Dinner at your own arrangement for more flexibility. Overnight in Pu Luong.
Meals:Breakfast & Lunch
After breakfast at the retreat, you have the chance to get close to village life and interact with locals living in the hills above the Retreat. Glimpse at daily life, walk around working farm land and rice fields, and learn about making rice wine and weaving colorful textiles.
Then you will be transferred back to Puluong Retreat for lunch. Check out the Lodge in the afternoon and transfer back to your hotel in Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi.
Meals:Breakfast & Lunch
Breakfast at hotel and check out. From Hanoi, at 08:00, head East for more than 3 hours to Halong Bay, the pride of the Gulf of Tonkin, a Natural World Heritage as designated by UNESCO in 1994. The road will pass by the Red river delta with green paddy fields and rural villages, where hard-work farmers are busy with their farming jobs, ploughing buffaloes or planting seedling. Upon arrival in Halong, we’ll take a big boat to cruise the Bay to discover the magnificent beauty of this “Descending- dragon” bay, created by thousands odd-shaped limestone rocks and karst grottoes. After a lunch of fresh seafood on board, we can visit the Surprising Grotto, stop for swimming or kayaking, passing floating villages and approach islets to enjoy their beauty in close distance. Back to the boat for dinner late afternoon. Evening attend activities on the boat or relax at your own leisure. Overnight on the boat near Titov beach.
Please note! The program may be little varied upon the cruise you choose.
Meals:Breakfast ,Lunch & Dinner
After breakfast, visit by boat to Luon cave, a ring-shaped pool inside an island in Halong with absolutely tranquil landscape and emerald water. Back to the Wharf of Halong passing the most densely area with many islands that have been named like the Cock-Fighting Rock, Sail Island, Incense burner rock or Sea Dog Rock. Arrive at Halong wharf around 11.00. Take shuttle bus back to Hanoi. Our driver shall wait for you en route to continue the transfer to Noi Bai international airport for a short flight to Danang. Welcome at the airport then transfer along the coast to reach Hoi An Ancient town to check in. Overnight in Hoi An.
Meals:Breakfast & Lunch
After breakfast, you take an interesting walk over the tile-roofed Japanese Bridge, visit taciturn Chinese Assembly Halls, enjoy the attractiveness of ancient houses Tan Ky & Phung Hung, as well as the Japanese Bridge. Later we can stop at shrines or stroll into the market located by Thu Bon river, where you may find the same feelings of the artists, who see the rooftops of Hoi An a magical old world of Oriental feel and source of inspiration. This is also a wonderful town to shop for lanterns, soft silk, raw silk, or get your clothes tailored within a day. The rest of the day will be free on your own to discover the town or cycle (Bike rental on guest’s account) along Thu Bon river to Cua Dai beach. Overnight in Hoi An.
Overnight: Hoi An
Breakfast at hotel and check out. Relax till transfer to Da Nang airport to take the midday flight to Saigon. You will be welcomed at the Tan Son Nhat airport and transferred to hotel to check-in. Then we will join a half-day tour to have an overview of Saigon - the most dynamic city of Vietnam. Depart to the Reunification Palace and this beautifully preserved palace was the residence of the President of the Republic of Vietnam. On April 30 th 1975, the American War officially came to an end here. Enjoy a visiting the War Remnants museum where you can see countless artifacts, photographs and pictures documenting the second Indochina war. Afterward, we visit The Notre Dame Cathedral, which was built in 1880, and the Old Post Office, which was built sometime between 1886 and 1891. It is one of the best examples of classical French colonial architecture. Our last stop would be at a local market where you can practice your bargaining skills while shopping for souvenirs. Discover local life and culture. You’ll find some of the friendliest, liveliest, most convivial people in the city in here. Overnight in Saigon.
After breakfast, visit Cu Chi tunnels, one of the few remaining monuments to the Vietnam War. Beneath the ground lie 200 km of tunnels, dug by hand and inhabited by the forces of the Vietnamese guerillas during the conflict. At its peak, prior to the Tet Offensive in 1968, the tunnel complex was base to almost 10,000 troops. To this day, it remains one of the most impressive examples of how fierce the war used to be. You even can try to crawl some dozens of m on the tunnel underground to have the real experience. Return to Saigon. Afternoon, your free time for shopping in the downtown where you can choose many lovely stuff at the very reasonable price. A few places to be mentioned to visit during your shopping is Ben Thanh market – the center and typical market of Saigon; Saigon Square where is a few minutes walking from Ben Thanh market; An Dong Plaza and its nearby Market; or Diamond Plaza if you are seeking the high qualified and brand name goods. Overnight in Saigon.
After breakfast, drive to My Tho the homeland of coconut and family factories with local products like coconut candy, rice paper… Upon arrival, embark on the boat cruising on the mighty Mekong river viewing the life to the local people live along the banks. We stop at one of 4 islands in the area for sightseeing. Enjoy the fresh tropical fruits served in the heart of the garden accompanied by traditional southern Vietnamese folk music at the plantation. After that you will embark on the small boats rowed by local people thru the small cannels with water coconut tree to visit the local factories. There you will taste the honey tea and see the local people produce the coconut candy milk and of course you also can try it or stroll in the garden where the locals feed honeybee. We continue getting on the big boat to visit the vast area. Enjoy your lunch at a local restaurant nearby Mekong river. Afternoon, drive back to Saigon with stop to visit Vinh Trang pagoda, a famous pagoda in the area that its architecture is a mix of Chinese, Cambodian, and French culture. Overnight in Saigon.
Meals:Breakfast & Lunch
Breakfast at the hotel and check out. If your flight is in the afternoon, you will have a half-day more for the sightseeing and shopping before the departure till check out time and transfer to the airport for the departure flight back to your sweet home. End of services!
|Where You'll stay|
|Hanoi||3||Flower Garden Hotel or Similar|
|Pu Luong||2||Pu Luong Retreat or Similar|
|Halong||1||Gray Line Cruise or Similar|
|Hoi An||2||Belle Maison Hadana Hoi An Resort & Spa or Similar|
|Saigon||3||Aristo Saigon or Similar|
|Dates & Prices|
|Dates||Twin/Double/Triple Sharing||Single Supplement|
|01 Oct 21||$1499||$699|
|05 Nov 21||$1499||$699|
|09 Dec 21||$1499||$699|
|16 Jan 22||$1499||$699|
|19 Feb 22||$1499||$699|
|24 Mar 22||$1499||$699|
|09 Apr 22||$1499||$699|
|05 May 22||$1499||$699|
|11 Jun 22||$1499||$699|
|13 July 22||$1499||$699|
|17 Aug 22||$1499||$699|
|19 Sep 22||$1499||$699|