• River cruise
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VIET NAM Discovery

VIET NAM Discovery

Code: PT-VN01

Transportation: Car, Flight, Train, Ship

19 Days 18 Nights

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Day 1: Arrival in HO CHI MINH CITY (D)
 
Pick up at the airport. Transfer to the city centre for visit:
 
Unification Palace - former President Palace built on the site of the former Norodom Palace, designed by Vietnamese architect Ngo Viet Thu, was the home and workplace of the President of South Vietnam until the unification in1975.
 
 
The Notre Dame Cathedral, a famous age-long cathedral in Southern Vietnam, a magnificient building located at the Paris square, attracting not only Catholics but also most tourists for its neo-Romanesque style architecture and a sacred atmosphere.
 
Old Saigon Post Office, one of the oldest buildings in Ho Chi Minh City, built around 1886 - 1891, based on the design of Gustave Eiffel – a famous French architect. It has become a significant symbol of the city, just like its opposite neighbor Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral. It has long been the busiest post office of the country.
 
Departure for district 5, visit the China Town with its Thien Hau temple, dedicated to Thien Hau, the Lady of the Sea and Binh Tay market, the biggest wholesale market in Ho Chi Minh city.
 
 
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.
 
Day 2: HO CHI MINH CITY - CAI BE - CAN THO (B, L, D)
 
AM: 7.30 - Excursion to the Mekong Delta, Vietnam's largest rice bowl.
 
Arrival at Cai Be town, embark on a boat navigating around the intricate small canals in the delta region, a great way to observe the local lifestyle. The excursion will pass next Cai Be floating market, a typical aspect in the Mekong delta.
 
Continue to An Binh and Binh Hoa Phuoc islets in Vinh Long province. Visits: coconut candy, rice crispy cake, rice paper making family workshop, an ancient house, sample various tropical fruits in the orchards and enjoy Don Ca Tai Tu, listed as intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO in 2014.
 
Lunch at a host house.
 
Enjoy a sampan cruise through arroyos.
 
Continue to visit a nursery garden, traditional brick and pottery factory. Disembarkment in Vinh Long.
 
Bus transfer to Can Tho. Arrival. Check in.
 
Overnight in Can Tho.
 
Day 3: CAN THO - HO CHI MINH CITY (B, L, D) 
 
 
Embarkment for early visit Cai Rang floating market. Return to the pier
 
Disembarkment. Bus transfer back to Ho Chi Minh city.
 
Arrival. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.
 
Day 4: HO CHI MINH CITY - NHA TRANG (B, L, D)
 
AM Flight to Nha Trang.
 
Pick up at Cam Ranh Airport, #30 km south of Nha Trang. Transfer to Nha Trang.
 
Visit the Institute of Oceanography, where thousands of oceanic life samples, exhibits are on display, also home to the largest oceanic library in Vietnam.
Sea bathe and relax on the front seaside.
 
Overnight in Nha Trang.
 
Day 5: NHA TRANG (B, L, D)
 
Half day cruise to offshore Hon Tam Island to discover the coral-reef in Nha Trang Bay by glass-bottom boat.
 
Lunch on Hon Tam Island.
 
Free at leisure on Hon Tam Island.
 
PM: boat trip back to Nha Trang.
 
Visits: Po Nagar Cham Tower, once a religious and cultural center of Kauthara Cham principality, Long Son Pagoda, a Buddhist edifice built in 1886
Overnight in Nha Trang
 
  
                                            Hon Tam Island                             Po Nagar Cham Tower                           Long Son Pagoda
 
Day 6: NHA TRANG (B, L, D)
 
Free day at leisure.
 
Overnight in Nha Trang
 
Day 7: NHA TRANG - Danang - HOI AN (B, L, D)
 
AM Flight to Danang (2 flights/ day: 8.00am and 12:00pm). Transfer to Hoi An.
 
Full day sightseeing tour.
 
Hoi An is a small town in Central Vietnam famous for its wooden houses, for its family chapels, for its Assembly Halls and for its silk shops. The town of Hoi An, known as Faifo in Europe, played a central role in the commerce between Vietnam and the rest of the world from the 16th to the 19th century. Nowadays the town attracts tourists from all the continents.
 
* Japanese Covered Bridge, constructed in 1593 by the Japanese community, roughly 40 years before they left the city to return to Japan. Renovated in 1986, today, it's the symbol of Hoi An. It links the Japanese and the Chinese quarters. On both ends of the bridge there are altars with guardians; dogs on one side, and monkeys on the other one. In the middle of the bridge there is a small shrine.
 
 
 
Phung Hung House, just west of the Japanese Bridge, a traditional two-story wooden house, inhabited over 100 years by eight generations,/or/ Tan Ky House, whose design of the house shows how local architecture incorporated Japanese and Chinese influences. 
 
* Fujian Congregation hall, linked to the Chinese immigration back in the 16th century. Chinese used to form congregations according to their region of origin. All Assembly houses follow a similar pattern, four halls with a central yard. The purpose of these houses was to meet friends, pray to the gods, and pay respect to the dead ones. The Fujian congregation is one of the largest in Hoi An. 
 
Overnight in Hoi An.
 
Day 8: HOI AN (B, L, D)
 
Experience 1 day living and working in Tra Que vegetable village to have a chance to discover the daily life of farmers here.
 
Lunch in Tra Que village.
 
Back to Hoi An. 
 
Enjoy one-hour boat cruise on the Thu Bon river.
 
Overnight in Hoi An.
 
Day 9: HOI AN - Danang - HUE (B, L, D)
 
Minibus transfer to Hue, via Hai Van pass. ETA at 12.00pm
 
Hue, known as the former capital of the Nguyen dynasty, is the only city in Vietnam that still has the integral manifestation of a complex of the monarchic capital comprising of walls, palaces, and royal tombs. 
 
PM: visit the Imperial Citadel, located on the North bank of Perfume river. It is a huge complex covering an area of 520ha and comprising three circles of ramparts: Hue Capital Citadel, Royal Citadel and Forbidden Citadel. It was said to be protected by the two sand islets: Hen islet and Da Vien islet on the Perfume River, as "dragon on the left, tiger on the right".
 
Overnight in Hue.
 
Day 10: HUE (B, L, D)
 
AM: One-hour boat cruise on the Perfume River brings you to the Thien Mu Pagoda, once privileged for the royal family members.
 
* Emperor Tu Duc’s Tomb, one of the most beautifully designed complexes among the tombs of the Nguyen dynasty. Embedded in a lush pine forest, this tomb is the final resting place of King Tu Duc (1848-83) who had the longest reign of all emperors of the Nguyen dynasty. 
 
* Dong Ba Market, where you can see a large production of conical palm hats made on the spot by the women sellers.
Free leisure time for self exploration /or/ relax at hotel.
 
Overnight in Hue.
 
Day 11: HUE - HANOI (B, L, D)
 
Flight to Hanoi. Arrival, pick up and transfer to Hanoi downtown.
 
Check in (12:00 – 14:00).
 
It may not be as chaotic as Saigon, but Hanoi ranks among the world's most attractive and interesting cities. The city's placid air gives it a gracious, almost regal flavor, underscored by a rich history that traces back more than a thousand years, a fascinating heritage on display in well-preserved centuries-old architecture. Hanoi is Vietnam's cultural center, and puppetry, music, performances are well worth your time.
 
* The Temple of Literature, founded in 1070 by King Ly Thanh Tong, is dedicated to Confucius and all scholars and persons of high literary accomplishment. In 1076 Quoc Tu Giam (or National University) was founded. In fact, this is the first elite university in Viet Nam and was the only place to be educated or to pass exams to enter the career of a mandarin class.
 
One - hour cyclo tour through the winding passages of the Old Quarter, the quintessential Hanoi neighborhood and the oldest area in town, dating back to the 13th century. The Cyclo has existed in Hanoi for a long time. At first it was a rickshaw, introduced by the Japanese in 1868 and imported to Vietnam in 1983 to serve the rich. It returned as a cyclo from France to Hanoi in 1939 and became a popular means of transport in the romantic and peaceful city.
 
 
* Ngoc Son temple was erected in the 18th century. It honors the 13 century military leader Tran Hung Dao who distinguished himself in the fight against the Yuan Dynasty. 
 
Overnight in Hanoi.
 
Day 12: HANOI - NINH BINH - HANOI - LAO CAI (B, L, D)
 
AM: Pick you up at hotel then depart for Ninh Binh province.
 
Arrive in Ninh Binh at around 10.00.
 
Stop at Hoa Lu, the ancient citadel of Viet Nam in 10th century, to visit temples of Dinh and Le dynasties, visiting the excavation area beside the Le Dai Hanh temple, walking up and down in the beautiful Truong Yen Valley to enjoy the marvellous sceneries.
 
Optional biking: Proceed the tour by cycling from Hoa Lu to Tam Coc around 8 km along country lane with green field landscapes. Arrive Tam Coc after 1 hour.
 
PM: Get on the sampan boat in Tam Coc pier. Go boating among the villages, mountains and lush rice fields, through 3 caves. Boat back to Tam Coc pier for disembarkment.
 
Bus transfer back to Ha Noi. Arrive Ha Noi at #6pm. Drop off at train station.
 
Night on board of A/C 4 berth compartment for Lao Cai.
 
Day 13: LAO CAI - BAC HA - SAPA (B, L, D)
 
AM: Arrival. Breakfast, then transfer to Bac Ha, famous for its colourful Sunday market. Walk through villages around Bac Ha.
 
 
Visit the H’Mong’s KIng palace, a unique construction work, which harmonizes the Oriental and Western architectural styles. The castle was built at the beginning of the 20th century (between 1914 and 1921). Its owner was Hoang Yen Chao of Tay origin. He was the father of Hoang A Tuong, an ethnic mandarin under the domination of the French colonialists.
 
PM: Back to Lao Kai and then to Sapa.
 
Arrival and check in.
 
Day 14: SAPA (B, L, D)
 
AM visits: Old quarter of Sapa with its church, its daily market. Climb to Ham Rong mountain to enjoy the orchid gardens, the rock gardens, the panoramic view of Sapa from the top of Ham Rong.
 
PM: Trekking to Lao Chai & Ta Van villages, home of Black Hmong and Dzay peoples.
 
Overnight in Sapa.
 
Day 15: SAPA - LAO CAI - HANOI (B, L, D)
 
AM: free at leisure to visit Sapa.
 
PM: Trip back to Lao Kai. Stop en route to visit Ta Phin village, home of Red Dzao ethnic people.
 
Transfer to the train station.
 
Night on board of A/C 4 berth compartment for Lao Cai.
 
Day 16: HANOI - HALONG (B, L, D)
 
AM: Arrival.
 
Depart Hanoi to Ha Long Bay by road, through a landscape of ricefields.
 
 
12.00pm: Arrive in Ha Long city, board a traditional wooden junk boat for an overnight journey.
 
Lunch is served as the boat cruises among hundreds of islets.
 
Visit the Bay, known as a drowned karst landscape due to the exceptional combination of its limestone karst features which have been subject to repeated regression and transgression of the sea over geological time. Junk cruise through numberless islands and islets forming a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars.
 
Dinner and overnight on board.
 
Day 17: HALONG - HANOI (B, L, D)
 
AM: Continuing the cruise. Lunch or Brunch served before disembark.
 
PM: Transfer back to Hanoi. Stop at Dong Trieu pottery for visit.
 
Arrival in Hanoi.
 
Enjoy the performance of the water puppet show at Thang Long theatre. Water puppetry is a tradition that dated back as far as the 11th century when it originated in the villages of the Red River Delta area of northern Vietnam. The puppets are made out of wood and then lacquered. The shows are performed in a waist-deep pool. A large rod supports the puppet under the water and is used by the puppeteers, who are normally hidden behind a screen, to control them.
 
Day 18: HANOI (B, L, D)
 
Half day visiting Hanoi:
 
* Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, dedicated to Pt Ho Chi Minh.
 
 
President Ho Chi Minh's house on stilts, overlooking a small pond. He stayed here from 1958 to his death in 1969.
 
* One-Pillar Pagoda, first built in 1049, destroyed and rebuilt, next to the impressive Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.
 
* Tran Quoc Pagoda, the oldest pagoda constructed in the 6th century during the reign of Emperor Ly Nam De.
 
* Viet Nam Ethnology Museum, opened to tourists since 1997. The museum is a typical display of 54 ethnics people group of Viet Nam and highly evaluted for its local life preservation.
 
PM: Bus transfer to the silk village of Van Phuc, which has been well-known for its traditional sericulture, weaving, and silk products. Return to Hanoi.
 
Day 19: HANOI Departure
 
Transfer to airport for International departure. End of our services.
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Including:
 
- A/C vehicle with driver (from 4s to 45s up to your group size)
- 3* hotel in double/ twin occupancy with breakfast included
- Entrance fees, boat cruise
- English speaking tour guide
- 2 * 500ml bottles of mineral water + 1 wet tissue/ person/ day
- 1 Peace Tour cap + 1 Vietnam tourist map/ person
- Full meals as mentioned (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner)
 
Excluding:
 
- Drinks in meal, personal expenses, tips
- Single occupancy
- Domestic airfare: Ho Chi Minh city/ Nha Trang
                                   Nha Trang/ Danang
                                   Hue/ Hanoi
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