Vietnam Experience

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  • Duration: 14 days

WHY SHOULD I GO TO VIETNAM ?
Like many others neighbor countries in Southeast Asia, Vietnam has a precious treasure; its people. Everywhere you go, you will be welcomed by smiles and kind helps from the locals whether they know Vietnamese or not. People from Hue, from example, are famous all over the country for their royal-like attitude; elegant and sweet. Those from Hoi An, on the other hand, are known for being honest. If you have time to spend in the Mekong delta of Vietnam, you will even be more surprised and inspired by the way you are received by the local farmers. Get impressed!
Vietnam has all of the off-the-beaten-path experience and that you are all looking for. From staying with an ethnic family in the Northern mountain area of Sa Pa to talking photos over the sunrise in Hoi An to sand-surfing with the local kids in Mui Ne- you name then all. A unique travel experience is all about yourself – and the best part about Vietnam is that there are so much to discover after all.

ITINERARY IN BRIEF
  • Day 1: Hanoi arrives
  • Day 2: Hanoi sightseeing & Cultural explorationB)
  • Day 3: Hanoi – Halong – O/N on Junk(B,L,D)
  • Day 4: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Fly to Danang(Brunch)
  • Day 5: Hoian walking tour, boating to craft village(B)
  • Day 6: Hoian free day(B)
  • Day 7: Hoian free – Fly to Nha Trang(B)
  • Day 8: Nha Trang free day(B)
  • Day 9: Nha Trang – Fly to Saigon(B)
  • Day 10: Saigon City tour & Cuchi tunnels(B)
  • Day 11: Saigon – Mekong River cruise – O/N on board(B,L,D)
  • Day 12: Mekong river cruise – Floating market – Saigon(B)
  • Day 13: Saigon – Nui Dat(Vung Tau)(B,L)
  • Day 14: Saigon departs

 

Detail Itinerary :

 

Day 01
Hanoi arrives
  • Aiport pick up and transfer to your hotel.
  • Take a pleasant walk around the lake area for a glimpse of the city.
  • Overnight at your hotel in Hanoi old quarter.
Day 02
Hanoi sightseeing & Cultural explorationB)
  • Today we start with a cyclo(rickshaw) ride around the old quarter and French quarter of Hanoi and stop at Hochiminh complex and queue with local to walk solemnly to visit his mausoleum.
  • Walking along tree-lined colonial street in Hanoi French quarter with stop to visit a bonsai garden inside former Thang Long Citadel
  • Keep on to Ngo Si Lien market for authentic local street food market before a visit to Temple of Literature – the first Emperial college of Vietnam and symbol of Vietnamese education traditions.
  • After lunch in a authentic local restaurant called Quan An Ngon for best traditional Vietnamese dishes, we will visit Hanoi Hilton( a former French prison).
  • Visit one of your museum of your choice( Ethnology museum, history museum and Military Museum)
  • Drive to old quarter of Hanoi and enjoy walk in this very Hanoi area to see get to know local life before keep on to Dong Xuan central market – the biggest wholesale market of Hanoi
  • Overnight at hotel in Hanoi
Day 03
Hanoi – Halong – O/N on Junk(B,L,D)
  • After breakfast, we start driving to Halong Bay for 3.5 hours with stop at rice paddy on the way to see farmers working.
  • Boarding and check-in with welcome drink, then the cruise starts through Cho Da, Dinh Huong, Ga Choi and Hoa Cuong limestone islets while a lunch is served on board. Then visit Sung Sot Grotto, the “Cave of Surprises”, before taking a swim in Titov Beach or Soi Sim Beach’s pristine waters. The vessel then cruises further to reach its overnight anchorage location near Ho Dong Tien or Luon Cave.
  • Enjoy the sunset from the sundeck or while swimming; then a dinner will be served on board.
  • Evening is devoted to relaxing in that peaceful piece of a setting, or to experience night-fishing from the boat’s deck.
  • Overnight on board
Day 04
Halong Bay – Hanoi – Fly to Danang(Brunch)
  • Early wake-up for a breakfast with stunning scenery, then a small boat will take you to visit Luon Cave. Back on board the cruise heads further to Tuan Chau pier.
  • Transfer by tender. Brunch is served on board while the cruise goes back to Halong City for disembarking at noon time.
  • Transfer back to Hanoi
  • Keep on transfer to the airport for your flight to Danang
  • Airport pickup to your hotel in Hoian
  • Overnight at hotel in Hoian
Day 05
Hoian walking tour, boating to craft village(B)
  • AM: Tour guide pick up you at the hotel. Start walking tour with numerous places of interest: the 400-year old Japanese Covered Bridge, the Phuc Kien Assembly Halls, museum, private family’s ancient house and lantern-making family .
  • Walk along the narrow lanes lined, we walk through houses influenced by Chinese, Japanese, French and European architectures.
  • P.M: Take a boat to Trang Bong carpentry village & Thanh Ha pottery village in Hoian suburds where we will walk around to visit craft making family, encounter local people and get to know about local life.
  • Travel by boat back to to Hoian
  • Overnight at your hotel in Hoian
Day 06
Hoian free day(B)
  • Free time in Hoian walking around ancient town, visit market, shopping or go to the beach
  • Overnight at your hotel in Hoian
Day 07
Hoian free – Fly to Nha Trang(B)
  • Hoian free till transfer to the airport for your flight to Nha Trang at noon
  • Airport pickup to hotel
  • Overnight at hotel in Nha Trang
Day 08
Nha Trang free day(B)
  • Nha Trang free time to enjoy the beach, take cable car to Vinpearl water park
  • Overnight at hotel in Nha Trang
Day 09
Nha Trang – Fly to Saigon(B)
  • Free in Nha Trang till short flight to Saigon
  • Airport pickup to hotel
  • Overnight at hotel in Saigon
Day 10
Saigon City tour & Cuchi tunnels(B)
  • Begin your tour of this exciting city with a tour of the historic center, strolling along DONG KHOI STREET, formerly known as the Rue Catinat, the main shopping thoroughfare and heart of old colonial Saigon. Pass by classic European-style landmarks such as the ornateCITY HALL (HOTEL DE VILLE), the old OPERA HOUSE (both may only be viewed from the outside), and pay a quick visit to the neo-Romanesque NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL and theCENTRAL POST OFFICE.
  • Afterwards dive into modern history with a tour of the REUNIFICATION PALACE,formerly the Independence Palace of the South Vietnamese president
  • we continue to the Cu Chi Tunnels – Viet Cong base
  • Our local guide will take us on a fascinating trip around the Cu Chi Tunnels where we learn more about the conditions the people lived in, the hardships they faced and the amazing ingenuity employed to maintain life in the tunnels. We walk past huge bomb craters , evidence of the heavy bombing campaigns in the region during the Indochina conflict, discover hidden entrances right beneath your feet, wander past tiny little chimneys in the ground that dispersed smoke from the underground kitchens, sample some of the simple cuisine that local fighters would have survived on and have an opportunity to venture into the tunnels and explore the complex.
  • Overnight at your hotel in Saigon
Day 11
Saigon – Mekong River cruise – O/N on board(B,L,D)
  • Transfer by private car to Can Tho or Cai Be in Mekong Delta.
  • Embark Mekong Eye cruise at noon. After a refreshing welcome drink we show you our on-board facilities and your cosy cabin.
  • As lunch is served, the boat starts cruising. Sit back and watch the fantastic scenery and the daily life of locals
  • Have a chance to disembark for a leisurely stroll with guide through a village and the surrounding fruit orchards or rice fields to meet the friendly locals and taste the local produce and fruits.
  • Get back on board and enjoy a drink at the bar or relax on deck as the sun sets over the magnificent water landscape of the Mekong river.
  • The cruise boat will anchor for the night.
  • The day ends with a delicious on-board dinner.
  • Overnight on board
Day 12
Mekong river cruise – Floating market – Saigon(B)
  • Wake up well rested to the sound of the river and get ready for another exciting day of sightseeing in the Mekong Delta.
  • At 6.30h the cruise vessel sets off for a sunrise cruise. Watch the locals go about their daily work drying exotic fruits and building ships on the wooden yards while enjoying an early breakfast.
  • After breakfast, we will board a sampan boat to Cai Be or Cai Rang floating market, the region’s busiest and most lively markets. Marvel at the sheer abundance of exotic fruits, vegetables and skilfully handcrafted regional products. We will pull up to the boats for talking and bargaining with the merchants. We will also visit some of the local candy and cake making factories or boat through the green water landscape to see local houses, verdant orchards and ship-building yards.
  • Back to Mekong Eye for lunch before checking our and transfer back to Saigon
  • Overnight at your hotel in Saigon
Day 13
Saigon – Nui Dat(Vung Tau)(B)
  • Early start today to drive to Vung Tau to visit all Australian Army Bases
  • Our first stop on this full-day tour is the former site of Australia’s Nui Dat Task Force Base (Nui Dat SAS Hill). The occupation of Nui Dat required the removal of all inhabitants from within a 4 kilometer radius of the base, therefore the people of Long Tan and Long Phuoc villages were forcibly resettled. Little remains of this military camp today except the columns of the main gate. The former runway is now a street in the local village, and the old helipad is now a soccer field.
  • Afterward, drive past the location of Horseshoe FSB (access is not permitted due to the continued presence of land mines) to the Discourtesy Rubber Plantation.
  • Visit the Long Tan Cross Memorial, a focal point for remembrance, before continuing on to the Long Phuoc Tunnels and also LOnh Hai Hills. Like other tunnels systems found in Vietnam the Long Phuoc Tunnels included meeting areas, first aid stations, and fighting pits.
  • We then travel to Ba Ria for lunch, before returning to Ho Chi Minh City
  • Overnight at Liberty Central Hotel in Saigon
Day 14
Saigon departs(B)
  • Free at leisure till transfer to the airport for your outgoing flight home
Note
Inclusions in the price of package:
  • All transfer and transportations with private, new modal, A/ vehicle during mentioned tourings
  • All accommodations based on twin/double occupancy in hotels mentioned
  • Overnight cruise in Halong Bay and Mekong Delta( 2 days/1 night)
  • English speaking guide during the touring days
  • 03 internal flights: Hanoi – Danang; Danang-Nhatrang ; Nhatrang – Saigon
  • All activities as specified with entrance fees and permits
  • Meals as mentioned: ( B=Breakfasts, L= lunches & D=Dinners)
  • Gov’t tax and service charge
  • 2 bottles of water per day per pax during the drive jouneys
Exclusions in the price of package:
  • International flight not mentioned, bank fees, visa, , travel insurance, meals not mentioned, drinks, tips and personal expenses.
Tour Note :
  • Time for check-in from 12.00 to 14.00 and check-out from 11.00 to 12.00 depending on the hotels. Late check-out or early check-in are often subject to surcharges
  • Please inform us in advance for any special food request
  • All traveler are required to have passport valid for more than 6 months from arrival date for Vietnam
  • The tour involves plenty of walking, over uneven surfaces and climbing stairs, in varying weather conditions.
  • Visa requirements: All persons entering Vietnam require a visa. Travellers need a tourist visa which cannot be issued on arrival unless prior arrangements have been made. Please note normal tourist visas are valid for single entry only. For more information about visa to Vietnam, please contact info@travelauthentic.com. It is your responsibility to make sure that visa requirements are fulfilled.
  • Health issues: Good medical advice usually recommends vaccinations/ prophylactics in advance of travel to Vietnam. We suggest that you consult with your doctor to discuss health care needs specific to your holiday.
  • Insurance: You must be comprehensively insured as a condition of travelling with Travel Authentic. Insurance should include cover for personal accident and medical expenses, evacuation and repatriation, baggage loss, and cancellation or curtailment of your holiday.
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Hotels To Be Used
City 3 stars Hotel/Resort 4 stars Hotel/Resort 5 stars Hotel/Resort
Hanoi  LaDolce vita (Superior)  Chalcedony Hotel (Deluxe)  Hotel de L’Opera (Deluxe)
Halong Halong Image Cruise (Deluxe)  Pelican Cruise (Deluxe)  Paradise Cruise (ROH)
Hoian Vinh Hung Emeral Resort (Deluxe Pool View)  Vinh Hung Riverside Resort (Superior Pool View)  Sunrise beach Resort (Deluxe)
Nhatrang Palm Beach Hotel (Deluxe Pool View)  Michelia Hotel (Superior)  Sunrise beach Resort (Superior)
Saigon Ruby River Hotel (Deluxe)  Liberty Central Hotel (Deluxe)  Majestic Hotel (Colonial Superior)
Mekong Mekong Eyes Cruise (ROH)  Mekong Eyes Cruise (ROH)  Mekong Eyes Cruise (ROH)