CT13: Splendors of Vietnam Holiday - 26 days from Hanoi

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The best proposal for those who desire to witness amazing and breathtaking sites in Vietnam is the Splendors of Vietnam tour. With a perfect combination of nature and people, sea and mountain, the tour is one to kill two birds with a stone.

The tour kicks off with a trip in Hanoi where you will get the chance to try out the best local foods and enjoy an interesting night market near Hoan Kiem Lake. The tour takes you to the Hoi Chi Minh complex where you will experience history through the viewing of the Mausoleum belonging to the Ho Chi Minh president and to the Museum of Ethnology. In Sapa, You experience the splendors of Vietnam with a trip to Hang Da Church which is next to the Black Hmong village.

This Vietnam tour package offers you a view of the Muong Hoa valley and a chance to trek through the bamboo forest to Ta Van village. Offering you insight into the splendors of Vietnam, the tour takes you Tam Coc, Halong Bay and further into the Bay of Bai Tu Long.

The tour brings you to Hue,where you’ll  take a boat trip along Perfume River and visit Thien Mu Pagoda. You will later drive to Hoi An passing through Lang Co and Danang. The timeless Vietnam tour provides you with an intimate insight into the farming and fishing culture of the communities.

The tour further takes you to Nha Trang where you’ll ride on a glass-bottom boat and enjoy the white sandy beaches. Visit Da Lat and take a trip to the valley of love,Van Hanh Pagoda and Phan Thiet.

The tour rounds up with a trip to Hoi Chi Minh where you will visit Notre Dame Cathedral,Ben Thanh Market, Mekong Delta and finally take a cruise to Cai Rang floating market.

Destinations: Hanoi – Sapa – Ninh Binh – Halong Bay – Hue – Hoi An – Nha Trang – Dalat – Mui Ne – Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi Tunnels – Can Tho

Highlights: Hanoi street food, Sapa trekking tour, overnight cruise in Halong bay, Hue Royal Citadel, Hoi An Ancient Town, Nha Trang & Mui Ne Beachs, Dalat City , Cu Chi tunnels, floating markets in Mekong Delta.

Splendors of Vietnam holiday 25 days from Hanoi in brief:

Day 1: Hanoi arrival
Day 2: Hanoi special tour
Day 3: Hanoi - Drive to Sapa
Day 4: Sapa - Hang Da - Hau Thao - Giang Ta Chai - Ta Van (Non-touristic villages)
Day 5: Ta Van - Lao Chai - Y Linh Ho - Sapa (Popular areas but offer the best trekking route)
Day 6: Sapa ethnic market – Drive back to Hanoi
Day 7: Hanoi – Hoa Lu & Tam Coc – Ninh Binh
Day 8: Ninh Binh – Halong – Overnight on board
Day 9: Halong bay – Hanoi – Street food tour
Day 10: Hanoi – Flight to Hue
Day 11: Hue city tour – Drive to Hoi An
Day 12: Hoi An farming & fishing tour
Day 13: Hoi An free day
Day 14: Hoi An – Danang – Flight to Nha Trang
Day 15: Nha Trang boat trip
Day 16: Nha Trang free day
Day 17: Nha Trang – Drive to Da Lat
Day 18: Da Lat tour
Day 19: Da Lat – Drive to Phan Thiet
Day 20 & 21: Phan Thiet free days
Day 22: Phan Thiet – Drive to Ho Chi Minh
Day 23: Ho Chi Minh city tour & Cu Chi tunnels
Day 24: Ho Chi Minh – Cai Be floating market – Can Tho
Day 25: Can Tho – Cai Rang floating market – Ho Chi Minh
Day 26: Ho Chi Minh departure

ct13 plendors vietnam tour

Splendors of Vietnam Holiday started from Hanoi with visits to the amazing sites in the north of Vietnam before travelling south along the beautiful coast to Hue, Hoi An, Nha Trang, Da Lat, Mui Ne, Ho Chi Minh city and Mekong delta.

Like it's name "Splendors of Vietnam" will be perfect tour package for the first time visitors. The tour is flexible at your own pace and good choice for retired people, couples, honeymooners or family.

 

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Vietnam is deserved to be a top country to travel in your lifetime which is famous for its peaceful country-sides, green rice paddy fields, rugged mountain ranges, exotic ethnic minorities, amazing white sandy beaches, spectacular bays, mysterious pagodas and significant historical sites. Travel to Vietnam with Vivutravel is a perfect idea and your Vietnam holiday packages will be memorable.

You will be welcomed upon your arrival at Noi Bai airport (Hanoi) by our experienced English speaking tour guide and driver before transferring to your hotel for check-in. Overnight in Hanoi.

If you have chance to stay in Hanoi at the weekend, it is worth to join the interesting night market near Hoan Kiem Lake, featured with walking streets, beautiful red lanterns, local street foods and Vietnamese styled souvenirs.

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Day 01

Hanoi special tour (Breakfast)

Ranked among the world's best destinations, Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam with more than 1000 years of history and culture. Hanoi is also well-known for its beautiful lakes with the image of local Tai Chi in the early morning, tree-line boulevards, flowers on bicycles and delicious dishes.

05:30 Wake up early and be ready for an amazing morning trip around Hoan Kiem Lake and the Old Quarter - the symbols of Hanoi city and Hanoian. You will be surprised by seeing local Hanoians doing morning exercises around Hoan Kiem Lake as they are so natural practicing such strange Tai Chi in their own ways. Let’s see the way they do and join with them! From Hoan Kiem Lake, take a look at the Old Quarter as it is the only time in day you can enjoy quiet atmosphere.

07:00 Have breakfast with Pho - the most famous and popular dish in Vietnam in general and Hanoi in particular.

08:00: Visit Ho Chi Minh complex with first stop at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum –a large memorial pays homage to the national hero - President Ho Chi Minh who led the country to independence and reunification. The Mausoleum is located at Ba Dinh Square where Ho Chi Minh President read the Declaration of Independence on September 2, 1945 establishing the Democratic Republic of Vietnam. Then take a short walk to the Presidential Palace and house on stilts.

Next to Ho Chi Minh complex, One Pillar Pagoda (special with unique architecture of lotus flower) is a must-see place for tourists to Hanoi.

Continue to the Temple of Literature which is the first university in Vietnam. It was constructed in 1070, first to honor Confucius and nowadays to celebrate the doctorates and ranked scholars of Vietnam.

After lunch, visit the Museum of Ethnology - an insight into the 54 different ethnic groups living in Vietnam.It is here you will learn about the cultural diversity of different ethnic groups from religious events to the symbolic rituals as well as display of a variety of Vietnamese homes as full-scale replicas outside.

End the day with a short cyclo ride around the old streets observing daily life of Hanoian, take exotic photos of Hanoi traffic and enjoy a fantastic water puppet show.

Overnight in Hanoi.

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Day 02

Hanoi - Drive to Sapa (350Km - 6 hours) (Breakfast, Lunch)

08:30 Pick up at your hotel and take a smooth drive on new national highway to Sapa, passing beautiful sceneries on both sides of the road including countryside areas, rice fields and mountains.

14:30 Arrive at your hotel in Sapa, check-in your hotel and take a short rest.

16:00 Take a glimpse of Sapa town and you will have chance to see Sapa Stone Church and old streets.

Have dinner at a local restaurant (on your own) and overnight in Sapa.

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Day 03

Sapa - Hang Da - Hau Thao - Giang Ta Chai – Bamboo Forest – Ta Van (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Today, our beautiful trekking tour will start at 08:30 at your hotel for a short drive out of Sapa town to Hang Da Church. On the way, we can stop at some view points to enjoy the panorama view of the whole Muong Hoa Valley.

09:00     Arrive at Hang Da Church, take a short visit around the church as this church is serving for nearly 1000 local ethnic people. Next to the church is a small beautiful ethnic village where is intact and stays away from modern society.

09:30     Continue your trekking route to Hau Thao village where you will see the stunning view of Muong Hoa valley. Discover the daily life of the Black Hmong minority and their traditional customs and costume as soon as you arrive at the village.

Trek ahead to Pho village then down the hill to Giang Ta Chai village of Giay people.

Have lunch in Giang Ta Chai Village before starting the trek by climbing the mountain on a small trail near the waterfall. Stop for a while to take photos on top of the waterfall. The trek will lead you through the bamboo forest to Ta Van village of Giay people which is praised as one of the most beautiful and fantastic trekking routes in Sapa.

Arrive in Ta Van village, check-in your homestay and overnight there.

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Day 04

Ta Van – Lao Chai – Y Linh Ho – Sapa (Breakfast, Lunch)

Have breakfast with local dishes prepared by our host. Then visit around Ta Van village for a while before going to Lao Chai village - the home of Black Hmong people. Enjoy the view of the largest rice terrace fields in Sapa. Tan Van & Lao Chai villages are famous as the best place to enjoy terraced rice fields.

Continue walking to Y Linh Ho village then up the main road where you will return Sapa town by car.

Check-in your hotel in Sapa and overnight there.

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Day 05

Sapa ethnic market – Night train to Hanoi (Breakfast)

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. Minority people come down from the mountains to sell their products, or just for catching up on the latest news, gossip, drinking away troubles or seeking for lover. In the morning, drive to visit one of the areas weekly markets;

Market days:
Can Cau Market - Saturdays
Bac Ha Market or Muong Hum Market or Muong Khuong Market - Sundays
Cao Son Market - Wednesdays
Lung Khau Nhin Market - Thursdays
Coc Ly Market - Tuesdays

In fternoon, drive back to Hanoi for overnight.

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Day 06

Hanoi – Hoa Lu & Tam Coc – Ninh Binh (Breakfast)

Arrive at Hanoi railway station in the early morning, pick up and transfer to a mini-hotel for taking a short rest and having breakfast.

Depart your hotel this morning at 0800 for the 2-hour drive through rural northern Vietnam to the site of Vietnam's first capital, Hoa Lu. Visit to the temples dedicated to Emperor Dinh Tien Hoang of the Dinh Dynasty (968-80), and Emperor Le Dai Hanh of the Le Dynasty (980-1009). The ancient Hoa Lu Citadel (most of which has since been destroyed) once covered an area of three square kilometers.

Continue to Tam Coc through stunning limestone karst valleys surrounded by picturesque fields and villages, along the way stop where you wish to take photographs. On arrival in Tam Coc have a Vietnamese lunch. After lunch, board your private sampan for a leisurely 2.5-hour cruise. As the boat gently slices through the water, notice the enormous limestone karsts jutting out from the green rice fields. After the boat trip, take a leisure walk through rice fields to visit picturesque Thai Vi temple or drive to Bich Dong Pagoda on nearby Ngu Nhac Mountain, dating to 1428 and comprising three structures: Ha, Trung, and Thuong Pagodas, in ascending order before getting to hotel.

Overnight in Ninh Binh.

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Day 07

NB – Halong – Overnight on board (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

We start at 8.00 A.M for the 3.5 hour drive (170 km) through the Red River Delta, which offers plenty of chances for taking photos of Vietnamese farmers tilling the vast green paddy fields. At half way, we'll have a visit to a handicraft workshop with fine clothes, embroidered paintings, stone statuettes and all kinds of gems mined in Vietnam such as star rubies or sapphires... Our destination is Halong bay – the most famous World Heritage Site in Vietnam, famous for its beautiful seascape, thousands of spectacular islands and islets jutting out from the sea, amazing caves with marvelous stalagmites and stalactites in different sizes and shapes.

11:30 – 12:00 Upon arrival, you'll be welcomed on board our luxury junk and treated with wine and fresh local seafood. As our junk gliding further into the tranquility of Ha Long Bay amid the towering mountain cliffs and on the emerald green water, you'll have relaxing time combining the fine tastes of the wine and the freshness of Ha Long Bay. During the cruise, we'll stop some times for visiting the amazing Sung Sot cave and the Ti Top white sand beach before anchoring for the night.

Overnight on board the junk in the wild of Halong Bay.

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Day 08

Halong bay – Hanoi – Street food tour (Brunch, Dinner)

It is said that your Vietnam Tours will not be complete without a tour to Halong Bay and spending one night on romantic Halong Cruise. People describe Halong Bay as majestic and mysterious, inspiring and imperious and words alone cannot do justice to the natural wonder that is Halong Bay, a priceless collection of unfinished sculptures hewn from the hand of nature.

After breakfast, we'll take a little sampan to visit a secret lagoon of Ha Long Bay while the surrounding mountains are just waking up. After that our cruise takes us further into the Bay of Bai Tu Long traveling past the Human Head Island, the Turtle Island, and the Duck Islet... to the studio site where the famous Indochine film was shot. Around noon, our junk travels back to the harbor, pick up and drive back to Hanoi.

Arrive in Hanoi, enjoy the food tour experience with a first visit to one of the local markets in the city to see all different kinds of food that used for a Vietnamese breakfast, lunch, dinner and understand more about life of Vietnamese.

Secondly, we walk to explore everyday life of Hanoian, try some more different dishes which are very special, popular and favourite such as;

1. Banh Ran - Sticky rice pancake
2. Fried Tofu and Vermicelli Shrimp Sauce
3. Bun Cha - Hanoi Style Vermicelli with Grilled Pork
4. Hanoi grilled pork in stick
5. Bia Hoi – Draught beer
6. Trung Vit Lon - Fertilized duck eggs
7. Egg coffee
8. Mix fruits

Finally, we will try Cha Ca - Fried Fish which is considered as one of the best dishes to try while you are traveling in Hanoi. This unforgettable Hanoi food tour will take about 4 hours and you will end the trip at your hotel at around 19:00.

Overnight in Hanoi.

 

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Day 09

Hanoi – Flight to Hue (Breakfast, Dinner)

Free at leisure until we pick you up and transfer to Noi Bai airport for flight to Hue – the ancient capital of Vietnam under the Nguyen Dynasty.

Upon your arrival at Phu Bai airport (Hue), pick up and transfer to the center where we will 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.

Overnight in Hue

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Day 10

Hue city tour – Drive to Hoi An (Breakfast)

After having breakfast, visit to the Imperial Citadel which will give you a better understanding of the beauty of Vietnamese Royal architecture and culture.

Then continue drive to Hoi An - highlight of any tour to Vietnam - 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. This scenic drive passes through the fishing village of Lang Co before climbing over the Pass of Ocean Clouds. On the way, stop in Danang to visit the Cham Museum, which contains the finest collection of Cham sculptures in the world and Marble Mountain - a well-known pilgrimage site with peaks, caves, tunnels and temples. Upon arrival in Hoi An, free to take walking tour of the Hoi An ancient town centre.

Overnight in Hoi An.

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Day 11

Hoi An farming & fishing tour (Breakfast)

Our Farming & Fishing Life Tour provides you with a close-up and intimate exposure to both the local farming and fishing communities. Accompanied by your tour guide, you commence the day leisurely cycling along country roads witnessing local Vietnamese rural life first hand, discovering all manner of photo opportunities - coming and visiting a beautiful organic vegetable village, watering and planting vegetable, hoeing a soil with local farmer, riding a water buffalo in a rice paddy field; seeing ducks swimming along the rice farm or farmers tending their crops. The photo opportunities are endless.

Tour guide meets you at your hotel and cycle to a local farming village traveling along picturesque country roads.

Share in the daily work life of local farmers – hoeing and a soil, watering veggie at an organic herb garden, riding water buffalo in the field and enjoy the freshest air of the countryside beauty.

Board  and cruise to the mouth of the river where it meets the Cua Dai Sea. Learn and try your hand at local traditional fishing techniques using round and cast nets. Learn to paddle the strange and unique Vietnamese bamboo basket boats.

Explore the now tranquil coconut-palm flanked waterways of a past war and hear of the extreme conditions endured by soldiers on both sides

Back on-board our Hoi An boat, enjoy lunch and cold beer or soft drink

Return to hotel by car and overnight in Hoi An.

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Day 12

Hoi An free day (Breakfast)

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.

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Day 13

Hoi An – Danang – Flight to Nha Trang (Breakfast)

After breakfast, our Vietnam tour guide and driver in Hoian will transfer you to the airport for the morning flight with Vietnam airlines to Nha Trang  airport then transfer to hotel.

Free at leisure. Overnight in a Nha Trang  hotel.

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Day 14

Nha Trang boat trip (Breakfast)

AM: Unforgettable boat tour with glass-bottom boat ! Start at 8.00 am from your hotel to Cau Da port. Before embarking on boat, you are invited to visit Oceanographic Institute, where you can see the whole selection of sea creatures in Nhatrang bay. Then you will take boat cruise on the site of the institute or at Cau Da peer & be transferred to Mun island, where glass bottom boat standby takes you around this island. You can see the beauty of the live coral reefs, sea plants & creatures of Nhatrang bay by looking through the glass bottom of the boat whilst cruising around Mun island. The glass-bottom boat then will transfer you back to the boat after touring around Mun Island.

PM: Lunch time on boat or on a island restaurant. There seafood lunch will be ready for your hungry belly. Relaxing or doing water sports after lunch such as Jet Ski, parasailing, snorkeling, kayaking, and swimming…. on Con se Tre Islands or Tranh Beach is available for your choice. The boat then transfers you back for a short visit to Tri Nguyen Aquarium around 2.00 pm before being back to the shore. Tour ends at 3.00 pm.

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Day 15

Nha Trang free day (Breakfast)

Nha Trang is Vietnam’s best-known Vietnam beach destination, a perfect break during or your Vietnam Tours with miles of white sandy beaches, swaying coconut palms and wonderful fresh seafood restaurants. Day free at leisure, water sports abound including parasailing, jet skiing, water skiing and relaxing boat trips to the outlying islands. If you prefer to keep your feet dry then hop into a taxi or take a cyclo for an exploratory trip around Nha Trang.

Overnight in a Nha Trang hotel.

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Day 16

Nha Trang – Drive to Da Lat (Breakfast)

This morning we will say goodbye Nha Trang beach to Dalat romantic city . On the way we will stop to relax on the way with some small waterfalls.

Arrival Dalat check in if the room is available then overnight in Dalat.

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Day 17

Da Lat tour (Breakfast)

After breakfast at hotel, we start our trip with visiting the French Quarter with many old-style dimly appears in the pine trees. Continue to Valley of Love is the most romantic place for lovers with many beautiful love-signs, flowers, and pine hills scenery beside the Da Thien lake, well known for its Cowboys, a good place for horse riding. If you love art work, XQ Embroidery village (XQ Historical Village) is a worthy place to see many miraculous hand made embroidery works and find out how they make those fantastic artwork, this is the head and original hand embroidered works of XQ in Vietnam, you will be surprised and admired the charming ladies working here. The tour is finished after we visit the special architecture of Van Hanh Pagoda, with a giant statue of plated Golden Buddist. Domain de Marie convent, a French build convent with remarkable architectural style and garden.

Back to hotel for overnight.

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Day 18

Da Lat – Drive to Phan Thiet/Mui Ne (Breakfast)

This morning, we take a private transfer to Phan Thiet. Once a part of the Cham Kingdom, it’s now a perfect stop for Vietnam Beach holidays and send to end your Vietnam Holiday, an unremarkable town with a reasonable beach, some decent hotels and a very good golf course. In a nice setting with white sandy beach and coconut trees, the beach resort of Phan Thiet is also endowed with amazing spots such as sand dunes, natural lakes and astonishing red canyons. Phan Thiet still has sizeable populations of Cham and Raglai ethnic minority groups. The former are a part of the area’s Cham heritage.

Upon arrival, check in at the hotel, free time at leisure. Overnight in Phan Thiet/Mui Ne.

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Day 19

Phan Thiet/Mui Ne free day (Breakfast)

Days free to explore the area including the fishing village of Mui Ne which locates at the far end of the beach, the village and several hectares of massive rolling sand dunes make a pleasant diversion from relaxing on the beach, swimming and windsurfing.  The village is worth a visit for three reasons – firstly, very few tourists go further than the dunes, secondly, the small harbour is picturesque (there’s an excellent view from where the dunes road turns off) and thirdly, there’s an interesting pagoda where followers of Vietnam’s whale cult hold services and store skeletons of the massive sea mammals.

Overnight in Phan Thiet/Mui Ne

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Day 20

Phan Thiet/Mui Ne free day (Breakfast)

Free day at leisure and overnight in Phan Thiet/Mui Ne.

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Day 21

Phan Thiet/Mui Ne – Drive to Ho Chi Minh (Breakfast)

In the morning, take your time enjoying breakfast and your last bit of free time.

Then check out of your room for transfer back to Ho Chi Minh City.

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Day 22

Ho Chi Minh city & Cu Chi tunnels (Breakfast)

On this full-day program, you’ll depart Ho Chi Minh City at 08:00 for a pleasant drive through the countryside to Cu Chi.

Before entering the tunnels you’ll see a short introductory video about their construction. Spend the next hour exploring the tunnel maze. Also on display are various mantraps, the remains of an American tank, and numerous bomb craters created by 500-pound bombs dropped by B52 bombers.

Afterwards, you’ll head back to Ho Chi Minh City, arriving at around 13:00.

In the afternoon your Ho Chi Minh City tour begins with a visit to Notre Dame Cathedral and the Old Post Office, fine examples of classical French colonial architecture.

See the Reunification Palace, one of the city’s most important buildings. Here on 30 April 1975 the American War officially ended when tank number 843 of the North Vietnamese Army crashed through the gates of what was at the time the residence of the President of the Republic of Vietnam.

Formerly known as the Museum of American War Crimes, the War Remnants Museum features poignant displays of the futility of war. The courtyard outside contains the spoils of war, namely rusting jets, tanks, and cannons captured from the American military machine.

Visit the bustling Ben Thanh Market, which is very popular with tourists, primarily due to its central location. It has a wide selection of goods ranging from fake Nike shoes to beautiful silk ao dais, the traditional costume for women.

The tour ends at approximately 18:00 and you’ll be transferred back to your hotel. Note that you have the option of staying on at Ben Thanh Market and making your own way back to the hotel.

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Day 23

Ho Chi Minh – Cai Be floating market – Can Tho (Breakfast)

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 trip to the small channel in the afternoon before getting 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.

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Day 24

Can Tho – Cai Rang floating market – Ho Chi Minh (Breakfast)

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.

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Day 25

Ho Chi Minh departure (Breakfast)

Free until we transfer you to the airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh and connect with your departure flight. We hope that you have enjoyed your time with us and look forward to welcoming your next Vietnam Tours. Vivutravel says goodbye and see you again!!!

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Day 26

Inclusion:

  • 02 Economy Domestic flights: Ha Noi – Hue, Da Nang – Nha Trang
  • Return train tickets Hanoi – Lao Cai - Hanoi
  • Hotel accommodation (Check-in time: 14h00, Check-out time: 12h00)
  • Private car/mini van
  • All entrance fees
  • Boat Trip in Halong, Hue, Nha Trang, Mekong Delta
  • English speaking guides (Except for free days)
  • Meals as per program
  • Visa approval letter to Vietnam (Except for $25 usd per person as stamping fee at the airport)

Exclusion:

  • Early chec-in & late check-out
  • International flight in/ out Vietnam
  • Tips
  • Drinks
  • Personal Expenses
  • Insurance

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When you decide to book your Vietnam and Indochina holiday with us, please send us your full names (name on passport) for hotel and domestic flight reservations, and your international flight details in and out Vietnam/Indochina for airport transfers / pick up & see off.

* How to pay the deposit and the balance?
Deposit: When the booking is completely confirmed, we will send you confirmation details including confirmed itinerary, invoice, voucher then deposit request of about 30% of the total tour cost (can be less). You can pay by credit cards (via onepay gateway, pay online), make wire transfer, western union. The deposit is used to pay the flight tickets, hotels, train tickets in advance.

Balance: You can pay the rest 2 weeks before your arrival, or you can pay us on your arrival in Vietnam by credit cards, cash (AUD, USD, EUROS, VND...)

* How to enjoy the tour?
Our job is to make your holiday a memorable experience. To make sure you will have a great time, there are something that we should share;

When you request the tour: Please let us know your personal interests so our travel consultants will design and include in the itinerary, or take notes for the hotels, tour guide, restaurants...

Before you come: One week before your arrival. we always send our clients an email to update about the weather and climate, booking status, and remind you to prepare/check the documents, visa...for the holiday.

When on tour: The tour is fixed, but you can always discuss with us if you want to make it more flexible. For example, you want to make some changes in the itinerary, restaurant (meals), tour guide... please just let us know, we will do the best for you.

Tour guide: Please let us know what do you expect from your tour guides and we will arrange the right ones for you.

* Can you buy the international flight tickets for us?
Yes, we do. However, we advise you to buy the flight tickets in and out Vietnam from your end as it is always cheaper than if booked in here.

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* Do you offer any discounts?
Yes, we offer discounts for;

- Family with kids and children < 12 years old
- Disable people
- Old people (> 65 years old)
- Second trip with us
- Big group

* How can I pay you the money?
1) Credit card; (secure online payment gateway via Onepay)
ONEPAY - ONLINE PAYMENT GATEWAY (VISA, MASTERCARD, AMEX & JCB ACCEPTED)

Like PayPal, OnePAY is a payment gateway but specialized in Vietnam where the PayPal has not yet reached. This is a perfect and the first payment processor which gains reputation among clients about its efficiency and timely friendly support.

OnePAY in cooperation with biggest bank in Vietnam - Vietcombank which has been implemented this service among many tour operators in Vietnam.

OnePAY is approved by MasterCard for this payment collection on the behalf of us. OnePAY uses SSL Verisign® over internet transaction under 3D-Secure program by respective creditcard companies so you are free from worries your card information disclosed. OnePAY payment portal also meets standards of international financial system such as PCI DSS of PCI Security Standards Council, 3D-Secure of Visa, MasterCard and JCB.

2) Wire transfer (bank transfer)
3) Cash
4) Western union
5) Combination

* Is there any charge if i change my travel plan such as travel dates, tour itinerary, hotels,...?
We are happy to work on your requests, and will not charge you any money. However, if it is too urgent and the date is too close, the hotels or airlines may chare you some money, in this case we will let you know.

* What is the latest time that I can make my reservation?
We suggest you make reservations at least one month before the departure date. If you decide to travel to Vietnam in May, September or October which is peak season, we recommend you make the reservations two months (at least one) before your departure date. Late reservations can not be guaranteed for the availability of domestic flights, hotel rooms, etc.

However, we DO accept late reservations, things are possible at Vivutravel

* What about Cancellation policy?
In case of cancellation, we will not impose any charges if we are not being charged and possible to get refund from our suppliers but if our suppliers apply charges for cancellation, you will have to pay those charges that apply. Cancellation policies vary, depending upon the type of service, the time of year, and the reason for cancellation. We will pass on to you all details of any cancellation policy with our transparent reply upon demand.

General cancellation charges that applied by travel services in Vietnam and Indochina.

- Domestic flights: 25% of the fares
- 3 star hotels, train tickets, no charge if you cancel 3-5 days before your arrival. (FIT)
- 4 star hotels, 7 - 10 days before your arrival (FIT)
- 5 stars hotelS, 10 - 15 days before your arrival (FIT)

However, in peak season, we may have to pay the hotels one month before your arrival to secure the booking, and in this case, the cancellation policy will be based on the hotels' cancellation plolicies.

* Can we get refund?
For the unused services, Vivutravel will refund you the money.

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* How do I get a visa?
Vietnam Visa - For those who would like to avoid the perhaps lengthening visa procedures with their local Vietnam's Embassies, the service of Vietnam Visa On Arrival is available for help. It is legitimated and supported by the Vietnamese Immigration Department. We recommend that you choose visa upon arrival, as picking up visa at the Vietnam int'l airport/border is quite simple, easy, no additional charges and no fail.

Steps to obtain Visa on arrival
a) Please provide the following information for us to apply for your visa.

1) Full name on passport
2) Passport number
3) Date of birth
4) Nationality
5) Date of arrival
6) Date of issue
7) Date of expire
8) Please make sure that your passport is still valid for 6 months

You can apply Vietnam visa online through our www.vietnamvisaprovider.com.

b) How long does it take?
It will take 2-3 days (Normal process), 01 day (Urgent process) to get the “Visa Approval Letter” which we will send you via mail. What you need is to print it out and take it along to get the stamp at airports/borders

c) Get the stamp
Upon arrival, you will need to fill in a certain form with your personal information, get the stamp and visa will be done. For this process, you will need to prepare 02 photos (4*6) and $25 USD each in cash which is stamping fee.

Download the form that you will need to fill your personal information at airport/border here

* Do our tour guides and drivers have meals with us?
The guide and the driver in each destination will dine at the same restaurant as yours. But, they will not join you unless you invite them.

* Where can I change our money into Vietnam currency?
We advise you to stop in any of a Vietnamese bank during the tour (Our tour guides will take you to the bank), you can change money at your hotel, but the exchange rate is not really good.

* Can I use credit cards in Vietnam?
Major credit cards such as Master Card, Visa, Diner's Card, American Express and JCB can be used to purchase goods in large shopping malls and stores in the big and medium cities, to pay for hotel rooms and for meals in some of the fancier restaurants, and to buy plane tickets with them.

Note: If you are to travel to those small cities or even remote rural areas, only cash in Dong can be used.

* Do I need to bring my medical record with me?
Yes, we suggest you take your medical record with you in case that you need it in the event of an emergency, and please also take with you your doctor's name, address and phone number, emergency contact name and phone number, and your insurance company's name, address and phone number.

* When I finish my tour in Vietnam, if I still have some local money, what can I do?
Upon leaving Vietnam, if you still have some local money, you can change them back to foreign currency with your passport and the exchange memos given by the banks or money exchange counters. So please keep those exchange memos well whenever you change money.

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* Tipping
Tipping is not compulsory, but expected by your tour guide and driver.  We advise you to tip as below:

- US$10 - $15 per day for tour guide
- US$7 - US$10 per day for driver

Note:
- Tipping can be more or less or nothing that depends on how big is the group? And how do you enjoy our services?

- Other tipping for tuktuk, sampan boat, cyclo,... please check with your tour guide during the tour.

* Shopping
Vivutravel guarantees "no shopping tour", which means we protect you from the tourist shopping centers or traps. However, if you want to buy something, our travel consultants, tour guides will give you suggestions, advices and help you buy to avoid being overcharged.

Bargaining is a "Must" when buying something in Vietnam and Indochina.

Vivutravel believes that a good choice of accommodation will be the key factor for a successful holiday, and for many years of experience in tourism, we have created a list of the best hotels and resorts each destination that offer us both more benefits of competitive rates, early birds, guaranteed promotion and discounts with availability.

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We pick the selected hotels for you as below:
Location: The hotels must be centrally – located, close to the main attractions and most convenient for you to enjoy your holiday.

Facility & Service Quality: Vivutravel only uses the hotels that are regularly and strictly inspected. The hotel must provide international standards and your every need is cared for by the hotel staff.

Variety in Choice: As Vivutravel offers different styles of tour such as honeymoon,, family, adventure, discovery, homestay,... so we will offer many styles and grades of hotels which are available for different budgets, tastes and culture backgrounds.

Hotel Information for planning your holiday and stay.
2 Stars - From US$35 - US$40:
We hardly use 2 star hotels for our clients but sometimes we have no choice if your trip is in the mountainous or remote areas. Basically, 2 star hotels will offer good size and clean guest rooms with AC, TV, hot water, shower and private bathrooms

3 Stars - From US$40 - US$80:
Offering basic needs for a comfortable stay, good size and clean guest rooms with Free access high speed Internet, Welcome baskets and drinking water, Telephone with international dialing, Electronic safe box in room, Hairdryer, Coffee and Tea, Wake-up service, AC, TV, hot water, shower and private bathrooms. On-site restaurants with breakfast included and lunch or dinner at your own pick up. A small fitness center, spa and swimming pool can be expected.

4 Stars - From from US$80 - US$130:
Offering a wide range of comfortable boutique hotels are available with shopping, dining and entertainment facilities nearby. Featuring quality service, fully furnished rooms, restaurants, fitness center with spa (and swimming pool in most cases), the hotels are expected to offer an above-average accommodation experience.

5 Stars - from US$130 - US$200 – US$ 300:
Offering an extensive range of facilities for an excellent accommodation experience. Multiple restaurants on site and a wide range of choice for buffet breakfast, good size of swimming pool, fitness center and concierge service round out the experience.

Tour guide and driver are Vivutravel's representatives and your travel companions during your travel in Vietnam and Indochina who take care of our travel services and make your holiday a memorable time. Understanding this, Vivutravel always selects the best tour guides and drivers for tours.

Private Guide & Transfer
Vivutravel's tour packages are private and tailor made so during your travel with us, you will have a private tour guide, private driver, and an air-conditioned vehicle escorting you at every destination you travel to. This will provide you with maximized personal care, security, and flexibility.

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Tour Guide:
We do understand that a good tour guide will make your holiday a beautiful time and tour guides who work with us are well-paid, experienced with a university background, eager to exchange our culture, lifestyle, knowledge...with travelers, and have a great passion for their country and understand the personal touch.

Note: In Sapa or some mountainous areas, we may use local tour guides who come from the ethnic groups like H'Mong, or Red Dao as they know better than anyone else about their land, culture, customs and habits... and this is also the way that Vivutravel helps the local people a better life.

Vivutravel's requirements for a tour guide:
1 - Licensed at least for 4 years with working experience.

2 - Guiding does require more than just hanging out in the sun. Guides must be friendly and good with people, organized enough to keep groups or people on schedule, quick on their feet and ready for the inevitable snafus that arises.

3 - Must be an honest broker of their services and able to take criticism.

4 - Should be qualified at some level in health, health care or first aid.

5 - Able to relate to people from a wide range of cultures and backgrounds.

6 - Clear speech and good hearing.

7 - Must not be a alcoholic or No-alcohol during working time or anytime when on tour.

8 - Tour guide is a nurse to take care of visitors, a boss to keep the right itinerary, a teacher to give information, an ambassador to introduce our country, an entertainer

9 - Must be on time every time. Being late or delay is unacceptable.

10 - Check flight tickets, train tickets, meals, weather... to make sure things are in order and inform local office if any changes that might effect the tour.

11 - Solve problems with care when there is dissatisfy. Argument should be averted by courtesy.

12 - If any change of itinerary is needed for unexpected reasons, your private tour guides will be more than accommodating in suggesting alternatives to ensure that you always have a wonderful experience.

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Transportation:
Vivutravel guarantees to offer the best means of transport during your holiday in Vietnam and Indochina. The safety, comfort and security of our customers come first. We use only the latest modern cars, vans, coaches and all our drivers are full time workers, government licensed in the tourism industry with at least 5 years driving experience. We are fully in control of our quality and service as we own our vehicles.

Vivutravel's requirements for a tour driver.
- Our drivers must be good drivers with at least 5 years of experience

- Our drivers must keep the vehicles clean,

- Our drivers are not allowed to hear cell-phone or smoke, chat, drink when driving.

- Our drivers must be friendly, helpful.

- Our drivers are not allowed to take you to shops unless you ask for.

- Your vehicle in each destination is air conditioned, insured, clean, and regularly maintained.

Tipping
Tipping is not compulsory, but expected by your tour guide and driver.  We advise you to tip as below:

- US$10 - $15 per day for tour guide
- US$7 - US$10 per day for driver

- Tipping can be more or less or nothing that depends on how big is the group? And how do you enjoy our services?

- Other tipping for tuktuk, sampan boat, cyclo,... please check with your tour guide during the tour.

Indochina holiday to Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand offers you some of the world's best food and it is really the highlight of your travel. Vivutravel tends to include meals where necessary and when special. Other meals are at your own choices.

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Breakfast:
Breakfast is included at all hotels and is buffet breakfast with Asian and Western food.

Lunch
Lunches (if included) are usually set menu at handpicked local restaurant with comfortable dining environment where you can rest assure to taste the local flavor. All restaurants are carefully selected and highly recommended.

If allergic to some food
We suggest you to list any food or ingredients that you are allergic to and let our travel consultant know. Then your travel consultant will mark them in the guide’s itinerary, so that our reservation's team and tour guides in different cities can make some preparations and arrangements in advance.

Dinner
Dinners are only included if you stay overnight in a homestay, overnight on cruise in Halong Bay, Mekong Delta or at some special occasions such as welcome dinner, farewell dinner or on requested. So dinners are at your own choice and arrangement, but Vivutravel's tour guide will always give you good suggestions based on your preferences.

Your rate:
Recent Reviews

Eva Papp

          ( Excellent )

Dear Kim, Thank you for your email!! This weekend I wanted to send you a feedback, I’m very busey after traveling 2 weeks, you can imagine... Everything was EXCELLENT, thank you a lot!! Clients were very happy, they didn’t want to go back to Hungary....)) Just one observation: the boat (Galaxy Legend) was not so good... I attach some photos....It was too big, and a little bit old....and didn’t move too much from the harbor, only one hour. They have only cayacs, so I had to discuss to have a normal boat to do the excursion....you know, Hungarian clients sometimes are too old and fat to get a cayac.... The weather was excellent, but not in Nha Trang, hahaha...2 days with rain...so, the next time we can offer Nha Trang only from January till March. Give me some days please, because 1000 Út have some pax for February, but I don’t know yet the details... I think in the next year (November) I would like to offer a trip including Laos and without Nha Trang....So, I will contact you shortly!! Have a nice weekend, best regards from the winter of Budapest! Eva

Lesley Mac

        ( Very Good )

We have recently retired from the army and this was our first big holiday in 15 years. We chose Vietnam as we wanted to learn about another culture. Vivutravel were great from the very beginning. Our consultant was very helpful and answered all of our questions with patience. The tour itself was fantastic, my husband loved trekking the bamboo forest and I loved waking up on the beach in Danang. Beautiful beaches and so clean. Halong Bay was as breathtaking as I imagined too. The only thing we would change would be the food stops. We would have liked to have eaten where there were less tourists and in more traditional style restaurants. The street food tours were fantastic though and especially in Hanoi - Our tour guide Mr Do showed us all the best places to eat and try an egg coffee! All in all a holiday of a lifetime. We will definitely use Vivutravel again.

Esther Grey

          ( Excellent )

We were so happy with the service and communication we received from Vivutravel. My son found them online and from the minute we emailed them, they made us feel like we had made the right decision. The itinerary was well organised and our personal travel consultant Ms Huong, was professional and helpful. We had the most splendid 26 days in Vietnam. The tours and excursions were well organised. We got to see traditional markets, sail down the magnificent and busy Mekong Delta and even stayed onboard a junk boat. All of the recommendations and hotel bookings were perfect and we could not wait to see what each day would bring. Our tour guides were so friendly and obviously love their country. A big thank you to Mr Dung, our guide in Saigon, he showed us some of the best temples and gardens to visit. This tour is fantastic if you want to see all of the sites Vietnam has to offer. We cannot recommend Vivutravel highly enough.

Mrs Raven

          ( Excellent )

As a retired couple we feel fortunate to have time on our hands. We chose Vietnam as we had visited the country over 20 years ago and longed to go back. We were recommended Vivutravel through a friend and we decided to book the 26 day tour. Our travel consultant Ms. Ha made us feel at ease and was very good at communicating. We are a sprightly retired couple but Ms Ha made sure we were happy to walk around pagodas and gardens, although we decided to leave a couple of the trek tours, our tour guide Ms Thao made sure we were booked into a museum or temple. My highlight would have to be the unique tour through Hanoi, the old quarters are just magical and the temples are vast and so steeped in history. My husband simply loved Hoi An and the Cham Museum. We left our 26 days feeling tired but so happy we got to see so much. If we are lucky enough to come back, we would have no hesitation in using Vivutravel tour services.

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This is private tour with a flexible schedule. There is no other traveler on the tour. You will have a private English speaking tour guide and a private air-conditioned vehicle in each destination. This is sample tour and can always be personalized to meet your personal needs and travel budget.

Planning the tour:
Prompt response in 0.5-10 hours
Supported by private travel consultant
Unlimited changes, no charge

Our guarantee:
Quality service and affordable price with added value
Use of excellent local guides
Use of well-selected hotels
Use of comfortable vehicles
Worry-free & one-stop service
Excellent customer care

Methods of payment:
Deposit 30% in advance after the tour is confirmed
Balance paid on arrival in cash, credit cards, traveler's cheque
Online and secure payment by bank transfer or credit cards