20 day Vietnam from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi

08, March, 2016

20 day Vietnam from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi


DESTINATIONS: HO CHI MINH – CU CHI TUNNELS – MEKONG DELTA – HOIAN – HUE – HANOI – SAPA – HALONG BAY

ACCOMMODATION: 3 STAR

NUMBER OF PERSON: 04

TOUR COST IN USD PER PERSON:

TOUR PRICE FROM : USD $ 1,290.00 

DETAILED ITINERARY:
DAY 1: HO CHI MINH ARRIVAL / G

It is worth to travel to Vietnam once in your lifetime as it will be really more different and interesting than just reading in the books, learning in the movies and hearing from the others. Vietnam is now far beyond your imagination with modern and dynamic cities, exotic and marvelous landscapes, famous natural and cultural World Heritage Sites. With efforts from our experienced travel consultants, it will be so quick and easy to plan your Vietnam tour packages. Welcomed at Tan Son Nhat airport (Ho Chi Minh) by our experienced English speaking guide and driver and listen to a brief introduction about your beautiful Vietnam tour when we are on the way to hotel for check-in. (check-in time: 14:00)

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.

Accommodation: Sunland hotel / Room type: Connecting room

DAY 2: H CHI MINH - CU CHI  TUNNELS / B / G

After breakfast at hotel, we drive to visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, an underground tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters during the long struggle for independence where you will understand more about the Vietnam War or American War, a must see Vietnam Tour for any tourists to learn about Vietnam past and present days.

Drive back to Ho Chi Minh where you can discover the city by your own.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.

Accommodation: Sunland hotel / Room type: Connecting room

DAY 3: HO CHI MINH - MEKONG - CAN THO / B/ L /G

Today we will start our exploration of the Mekong Delta, a major rice producing area. This must be one of the most fascinating riverine deltas in the world. The Mekong splits into nine major arteries. A vast network of rivers and waterways with thousands of ships of all sizes plowing the waters gives the Mekong Delta a very special atmosphere and no double one of the most favorite destinations for Vietnam Tours. On arrival, we will make a boat trip to the Cai Be floating Market, visit villages and meet the people of the Mekong Delta. Continue your boat trip to An Binh Island for Lunch in a local family and take a rowing boat in the afternoon. Continue to Can Tho – the heart of Mekong Delta in Vietnam. Check in on your arrival, free at leisure and overnight in a Can Tho hotel.

Accommodation: Muong Thanh hotel / Room type: Connecting room

DAY 4: CAN THO - CAI RANG FLOATING MARKET - FLIGHT TO DANANG(HOIAN) / B / G 

Flight: VN 126 17:35 18:55
In the morning, we make the boat cruise to see the Cai Rang floating market (the nicest one with heaps of rowing boats), truly highlights of any Vietnam Tours where you will enjoy the beautiful scenery and see the daily activities of the locals who live along the Mekong canals and later, you will roam through the village to visit a rice husking mill, a rice noodles making shop which are nice chances to discover the daily life of Vietnamese people in Mekong Delta. Around noon, transfer back to Ho Chi Minh for overnight.

Acommodation: River beach resort /  Deluxe

DAY 5: HOIAN BIKING TOUR / B / L / G

Spend a day leisurely cycling though the scenic countryside of Vietnam, far from the traffic the motor scooters, and the noises the city. You will cross the islands on the Song Thu river delta using local transportation, including ferries and floating bridges...

This tour will take you on a visit to artisans making bricks according to age-old. You will discover how wooden river boats are made and learn the secret of weaving the colorful straw Hoi An sleeping mats. Try the renowned Vietnamese basket boats. You will spend the day with first-hand contact with one of the rural inhabitant of the region, far from the usual tourist circuits. At lunchtime you will be invited into a local home for a traditional Vietnamese meal, and learn their customs and traditions. After have relaxed for a while under the shade of a mango tree, you will begin your return towards Hoi An, which will take about an hour.
Overnight in Hoi An.

Accommodation: River beach resort / Deluxe 

DAY 6, 7, 8 & 9: HOIAN DAYS FREE / B /

Hoi An Ancient Town -the highlight of any tour to Vietnam that no Vietnam Tours maker would skip, is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century. Its buildings and its street plan reflect the influences, both indigenous and foreign, that have combined to produce this unique heritage site.

Day free to cycle through rice paddies in the countryside of Hoi An ancient town, shop for souvenirs among the antique shops and art galleries, or just sit at sidewalk cafes and soak up the atmosphere of this quaint town. Or relax on the white sandy beach of the famous Cua Dai Beach. Overnight in a Hoi An hotel

Accommodation: River beach resort / Deluxe 

DAY 10:HOAN DRIVE TO HUE / B/ G

After breakfast, leave Hoi An for Hue, the last imperial capital of Vietnam, well-known for magnificent architecture, pagodas and royal tombs laid in small villages and surrounding hills and one of the most popular cities for all the Vietnam Tours. En route have a look at the famous Danang Beach and visit Cham Museum which contains the finest collection of Cham sculpture in the world.

Upon arrival Hue, you have free time at leisure and overnight in Hue

Accommodation: Romance Hue hotel / Room type: Connecting room

DAY 11: HUE CITY TOUR / B/ G

A half day trip to visit the old capital city of Vietnam under the Nguyen Dynasty ruled from 1802 to 1945, with first stop at the Imperial Citadel giving you a better understanding of the beauty of Vietnamese Royal architecture and culture.

We continue take a beautiful dragon boat trip along Perfume River and visit to Thien Mu Pagoda – one of the most popular attractions in Hue. It is located on the banks of poetic Perfume River with typical traditional architecture of Hue pagodas and famous for the event that Buddhist monk from this temple, Thich Quang Duc, burn himself to death for anti-government protest in 1963.
The next stops will be King Ming Mang and King Khai Dinh tombs which are the most beautiful works of royal architecture of the Nguyen dynasty.
Back to hotel for relax in the afternoon and overnight in Hue.

Accommodation: Romance Hue hotel / Room type: Connecting room

DAY 12: HUE - FLIGHT TO HANOI / B / G

Flight: VN 1540 10:50 12:00
Free at leisure until our tour guide and driver come to hotel and transfer you to airport for short flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival Hanoi, the tour guide in Hanoi will welcome you to capital of Vietnam. Check in and free at leisure. Overnight in Hanoi.

Accommodation: Hanoi Paradise hotel / Family suite

DAY 13: HANOI CITY TOUR - NIGHT TRAIN TO LAO CAI / B/ L / G

08:30 After having breakfast at your hotel, take Hanoi full -day city tour covering the most famous tourist destinations of the Capital:

+ Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum - a large memorial to the national hero - President Ho Chi Minh who led the country to independence and reunification (Closes on Monday, Friday & from Sep – Nov for maintenance)
+ Ba Dinh Square – where Ho Chi Minh President read Vietnam Declaration of Independence
+ One Pillar Pagoda - Symbol of Vietnam with unique architecture of lotus flower rising from a square-shaped pond
+ Temple of Literature – the first university in Vietnam
12:00 Have lunch in the local restaurant
13:30 Transfer to the Museum of Ethnology where offering an insight into the 54 different ethnic groups of Vietnam. It introduces Vietnamese traditional ways of life from religious events to the symbolic rituals as well as displays a variety of Vietnamese homes as full-scale replicas outside.
16:00 We enjoy the Water Puppet Show at Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre. End of your day trip then 20:30 we will transfer you to Hanoi train station to get night train to Lao Cai. Overnight on train.

Accommodation: TSC express train / Room type: wooden cabin 4 people sharing

DAY 14: LAO CAI - SAPA - AO CHAI - TA VAN HOMESTAY / B / L / D / G

After breakfast, we do one of the most beautiful destinations in Sapa by trekking to Lao Chai, Ta Van villages. The home of Black H’mong and Zay minorities by trekking down to the valley by the small trails through the terrace rice fields to get to Y Linh Ho hamlet, a small village of the Black Hmong people. It is time for you to visit the local families, listen to your guide's explanation about the local culture: how they live, way of building the traditional house, techniques of making clothes... 

Continue your trek to Ta Van village of Zay hill tribe. Today we have chance to meet the local Dzay hosts in their home. Our hosts and guide will prepare our evening meal, and the rest of the evening can be spent get - ting to know more about family life in Ta Van or strolling around the village.

Accommodation: Homestay in Ta Van village

DAY 15: TA VAN - GIANG TA CHAI - SAPA / B / L / G

After our breakfast, there’s more time to look around and experience life in Ta Van. We then, continue our trekking in the valley through a bamboo forest, stop for a picnic lunch at an appropriate spot along the way, this is a local food shop at the food of a waterfall and the famous ratan bridge.

After lunch, we head up the side of the valley to the main a small village of the Dzao people called Giang Ta Chai, learn about the local life, then back to the ratan bridge and go up to the main road where the car picks up us to come back to Sapa. Overnight in Sapa.

Accommodation: Sunny Mountain / Room type: Connecting room

DAY 16: SAPA DAY FREE / B

Day free at leisure and discover Sapa town or villages around Sapa such as Ta Phin, Cat Cat or walk up to Dragon mountain. Overnight in Sapa.

Accommodation: Sunny Mountain / Room type: Connecting room

DAY 17: SAPA - COLORFUL MARKET  - NIGHT TRAIN TO HANOI /B / L / G

The markets in the Northern Vietnam are always the colorful meeting places for the hill tribes, spotlight for any Sapa Tours and of course, your unique Vietnam Tours experience. In the morning, drive to visit Bac Ha colorful market on Sunday only where many ethnic minorities such as Flower H'mong, Phu La, Black Dao, Tay and Nung minorities gather to buy and sell local products that cannot be found elsewhere. The maket is also a meeting place for men to drink away troubles, women to talk, the young to find lover. After lunch, if you wish, we take a walking visit to visit Ban Pho village of the Flower H'Mong and Nung minority, see their dailiy life and learn about their customs and habits...Drive back to Lao Cai with a stop at Trung Do village of the Tay minoriry, explore the village before taking the photo and get a boat trip on Chay River to Bao Nhai where your car is waiting to pick you up. Arrival at t Lao Cai border gate, take a short break to visit Thuong Temple or take some memorial photos.

Back to Lao Cai to catch the night train back to Hanoi. Overnight on the train.

Accommodation: TSC express train / Room type: wooden cabin 4 people sharing

DAY 18: HANOI - HALONG BAY CUISE / B/ L / D / G

In the early morning, our tour guide will pick you up from train station to mini hotel for relax and have breakfast before travel to Halong bay:

08h00 – 08h30 Pick-up at hotel by shuttle bus of cruise then start the scenic, 3.5 hour drive to Halong Bay. Enjoy the landscape of the Red River Delta country side and have a short break on the way. 12h30 – 13h00 Embark on V’Spirit Classic Cruise followed by a short cruise briefing
13h30 – 15h30 Savor a delectable lunch as V’Spirit Classic cruises among the limestone islands.
15h30 – 16h30 Explore the amazing Sung Sot Cave – the most beautiful cave in Halong Bay.
16h30 Back to the V’Spirit Classic Cruise
16h30 – 17h30 Continue cruising to the quiet area while enjoy beautiful seascape on the way.
17h30 – 19h00 Cooking class and sunset party on sundeck 19h00 Dinner is served. Socialize with other guests, take part in board games, fish for squid, or just laze around. Overnight on board

Accommodation: Vspirit Classic cruise / Connecting room

DAY 19: HALONG BAY - HANOI / B / L /G

06h30 – 07h00 Start your day with Tai Chi exercises or a photo hunt 
07h30 – 08h30 Have breakfast on board while the boat starts cruising to the Natural Preservation Zone. 08h30 – 09h30 Kayaking to explore around the area or visit a floating house and learn about the daily life of the local fishermen who live there. 
09h30 Return to the boat. Freshen up and check out of your cabin. 
09h30 – 10h30 Continue your cruise exploring the Bay, passing Ba Hang fishing village, Dog Islet, and more. 
10h30 – 11h30 While heading back to the harbor, watch the fruit carving demonstration before enjoying a traditional Vietnamese lunch. 
12h00 Disembark V’Spirit Classic Cruises. 
12h30 Transfer back to your hotel in Hanoi city center. 
16h30 – 17h00 Trip finishes

Accommodation: Hanoi Paradise hotel / family suite

DAY 20: HANOI DEPARTURE / B / G

Free time at leisure for you to wrap up your memorable Vietnam Holiday until Vivutravel's private guide will see you off at the airport with the sincere thanks for your travel to Vietnam and with Vivutravel. We hope that you have enjoyed your Vietnam trip and look forward to welcoming you back for your next Vietnam Tours, goodbye and see you again!!!

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SERVICES INCLUSIVE:
• Accommodation at hotels in twin / double shared room + extra bed with daily breakfast
• Transportation as program with air-condition in private van
• Shuttle bus Hanoi – Halong bay - Hanoi
• Return train tickets Hanoi – Lao Cai - Hanoi
• 1 night on the cruise in Halong bay
• Private English speaking guides ( Except Halong bay)
• Domestic flight Ho Chi Minh – Danang, Hue – Hanoi with economy class of Vietnam airlines
• Entrance fees & excursions as mentioned
• Meals as indicated
• Boat trip in Mekong, Hue
• Fresh water – 2 bottles per person per day
• Visa letter on arrival (Except visa fee at the airport = $ 25 per person)

SERVICES EXCLUSIVE:
• International flight tickets
• Tips for tour guide and driver
• Early check in / late check out
• Other drinks
• Other meals
• Personal expenses
• Insurance
• Other not mentioned in the itinerary