LT05: Vietnam tour step back in time - 21 days from HCM

Vietnam Tour step back in time
A tour of mystical royal tombs, citadels and ancient towns.

vietnam tour step back in time

Choosing this 21-day tour really will leaving you with the feeling part of history from thousands of years ago. Step back in time where emperors walked the tombs and temples of where you will visit. Magical temples and immense royal citadels all wait to be explored.

The capital of Vietnam; Ho Chi Minh city will kick start your unique tour. A city where modern life and history marry together. A fast paced scooter tour of the city will take in all of its sights and sounds from the best possible view point. Feel immersed in the city, take in temples and museums along the way. You may choose to explore Vietnam history and visit the Cu Chi tunnels, discover this underground tunnel system and learn about how their importance during the war.

Discovering the charm of the Mekong River will show you how traditional river life is key to Vietnam history. You will feel like you have stepped back in time watching the locals farming rice fields and harvesting sugar cane. Visit a local floating market full of traditional crafts and end the day with an overnight stay aboard a traditional boat.

A short flight will land you into the ancient city of Da Lat. A city with royal palaces, diverse countryside and a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of river life. A city that offers peace and tranquility. The tour continues to Nha Trang, referred to as paradise in Vietnam. A sunset cruise along its stunning sandy beaches and a 5-course seafood dinner will leave you feeling like an emperor from another time.

The beautiful Asian trading city of Hoi An is next on your Vietnam tour. A city where heritage and history have been preserved. Antique shops, colorful markets, and traditional street food all await to be embraced and devoured. Spend time at leisure exploring the stunning countryside and beautiful beaches surrounding the city.

Further along the coast and the next stop on your tour will give you chance to step back in time in the city of Hue. The former capital city of Vietnam presents you with the grand Thien Mu pagoda and royal citadel. You will fall in love with this impressive array of buildings and temples. Your city tour will end with a royal dinner, where you will be treated like royalty and leave feeling touched by history.

The coastal towns of Hoa Lu and Tam Coc await your arrival and both offer views across blue lagoons, a perfect place for absorbing all the coast of Vietnam has to offer. A boat trip tour along the Boi River and a cycle tour to Bich Dong pagoda will end your day in perfect harmony. Ancient pagodas really are a place to feel part of the history of Vietnam.

Your tour will see you take in Sapa where colorful markets and beautiful valleys await you and you will not fail to fall in love with an overnight stay on board a traditional junk in the most photographed area in Vietnam; Halong Bay. Your tour will finish in the city of Hanoi where a fabulous street food tour will introduce you to some of the best traditional cuisines of Vietnam. A mouthwatering tour!

This outstanding Vietnam tour really will take you destinations where emperors and royalty have walked thousands of years before you. Feel immersed in history and leave Vietnam with a piece of its culture in your heart.

Destinations: Ho Chi Minh - Cu Chi tunnels - Mekong Delta - Da Lat - Nha Trang - Hoi An - Hue - Hanoi - Ninh Binh - Sapa - Halong - Hanoi

Highlights: Cu Chi tunnels, Mekong Delta with floating markets, Da Lat romantic city, Nha Trang beach, Hoi An Ancient Town, Royal Citadel & Royal Tombs in Hue, cyclo riding & water puppet show in Hanoi, Sapa mountainous town, sapa trekking tours, overnight cruise in Halong Bay

Vietnam Tour step back in time in brief:

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh Arrival
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City Tour & Cu Chi Tunnels
Day 3: Ho Chi Minh - Mekong Cruise
Day 4: Mekong Delta - Ho Chi Minh & Flight to Da Lat
Day 5: Da Lat City Tour
Day 6: Da Lat - Nha Trang
Day 7: Nha Trang boat trip
Day 8: Nha Trang - Flight to Danang (Hoi An)
Day 9: Hoi An Farming & Fishing tours
Day 10: Hoi An - Hue
Day 11: Hue City Tour
Day 12: Hue - Hanoi
Day 13: Hanoi City Tour
Day 14: Hanoi - Hoa Lu & Tam Coc
Day 15: Hanoi - Sapa
Day 16: Sapa - Topas Ecolodge
Day 17: Topas Ecolodge - Sapa
Day 18: Sapa Colorful Market - Hanoi
Day 19: Hanoi - Halong Bay Cruise
Day 20: Halong Bay - Hanoi
Day 21: Hanoi Departure

lt05 vietnam step back

Vietnam tour step back in time 21 days is truly wonderful journey which covers all the highlights of Vietnam. Highlights include visit two main city Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, the historic towns of Hue and Hoi An. Witness life on the banks of the mighty Mekong River overnight cruises in  Halong Bay on a traditional junk boat. Enjoy a beautiful flower garden and relax among comfortable atmosphere of spring, the paradise for honeymooner in Dalat and Sapa. In addition it is also a great opportunity for relaxing in Nha Trang beach, one the most beautiful beaches in Vietnam.

 

TOUR ITINERARY

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Ho Chi Minh arrival (None)

Arrive at Tan Son Nhat airport, welcome by our private Vietnam tour guide and driver and transfer to you hotel for check in. Ho Chi Minh, the most exciting city of Vietnam, a mecca of commerce, also a city with a chequered history and a rich culture, its pagodas, museums, public buildings, parks and boulevards make it one of the most delightful Vietnam Tours and cities to visit in Vietnam.

In Ho Chi Minh City, you will stay at InterContinental Asiana Saigon Hotel. This 5-star luxury Ho Chi Minh City hotel is located in the city centre, just a short stroll from famous landmarks such as Notre Dame Cathedral and the Saigon Opera House. InterContinental Asiana Saigon Hotel has been awarded as Asia's Leading City Hotel and Vietnam's Leading Conference Hotel 2015 by the prestigious World Travel Award.
Free time at leisure. Overnight in a Ho Chi Minh hotel

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Day 01

HCM - Cu Chi tunnels & Vespa tours- HCM (Breakfast)

After breakfast 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.
Afternoon, experience as local people with a Vespa and escorted by a driver, visiting the city landmarks that give you a view of the city unlike anything on your Vietnam tour. Take a peek at the history, the streets and the sights that most visitors never even hear about or see. You will pass through the Chinese district of Saigon, stop to see a sweet smelling flower market and visit a breathtaking yet hidden Buddhist pagoda, Saigon Opera House & Post Office which were designed by Gustave Eiffel. Overnight in a Ho Chi Minh hotel.

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Day 02

HCM - Mekong Delta - Embark (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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.

08.00 Our driver and car will pick you up at the hotel for transfer to Can Tho. Boarding at Ninh Kieu pier. Welcome drink, introduction to the ship and crew, check into the cabins. Departure downstream of the Hau river. Lunch on board while en route. Tour near Tra On floating market.

Turning into Nicolai canal, towards the Mang Thit and Co Chien rivers. Rest on the upper deck in a scenery of rice fields, sugar cane, woods on the near banks.

Visit of a village on the banks of river Mang Thit, an opportunity to appreciate the way of life and hospitality of the local inhabitants. Visit of the orchard or rice fields nearby.

Boarding back, complimentary drink as a welcome back on board. Rest on the deck or around the bar enjoying the sunset. The crew will serve dinner while the Bassac is cruising Mang Thit river towards her anchorage point for the night.

The Bassac sets anchor for the night on river Mang Thit. Overnight on board.

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Day 03

Mekong Delta - Disembark - Flight to Da Lat (Breakfast)

06:30 Departure towards Cai Be. The passengers take their breakfast while enjoying the scenery on the banks.The Bassac crosses Co Chien river then branches into Cho Lach canal for 30 minutes through the traffic of sand and rice barges, in a scenery of fruit drying facilities and wooden ship building yards.

Arrival in Cai Be, check-out and boarding of a local boat for a tour of Cai Be floating market and handicraft.Leaving the board at Cái Bè. Drive back to Saigon airport for your flight to Dalat with Vietnam airlines VN 466 SGN 15:25 DLI 16:15. Arrive in Dalat, transfer to Ana Mandara Villas Dalat Resort & Spa for check in.
This 5-star resort comprised of beautiful French colonial architecture with stunning landscapes and exceptional service. It offers extensive spa facilities and a variety of dining options. Free at leisure. Overnight in Dalat.

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Day 04

Da Lat City tour (Breakfast)

Da Lat, a dream Vietnam tour for all Vietnamese. Today you will visit some of the most interesting sights of Dalat. You will visit the former "palace" of the last emperor of the Nguyen Dynasty, Bao Dai. You will also visit the very colorful local market, stacked with fresh fruit, vegetables and flowers, grown in planations around Dalat. Thanks to its temperate climate the mountains around Dalat are ideal for growing vegetables and flowers. One of the main attractions for local tourists is the "Valley of Love", worth a visit just for the peculiar sight of Vietnamese cowboys.

Finally, you will make short ride on the last part of the "cremailliere" railway to the village Trai Mat. Overnight in a DaLat hotel.

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Day 05

Da Lat - Nha Trang (Breakfast)

Morning drive to Nha Trang, 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. Upon arrival pick up and transfer Evason Ana Mandara Nha Trang for check in. Free at leisure for the rest of the day.
Evason Ana Mandara is Nha Trang’s only beachfront resort. Its 74 semi-detached garden villas, many with breathtaking views across the bay, offer classic Vietnamese touches. Dining choices include local, regional and international cuisine, presented using the freshest of ingredients.

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Day 06

Nha Trang sunset & dinner cruise (Breakfast)

Our representiative will pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to Nha Trang Port to board the Emperor Cruises Junk.

On arrival at the port you are greeted by the Experiences Manager with a welcome drink. Introduction to Nha Trang Bay, the locals, the food, the culture, the emperor, safety precautions, and the Emperor Cruises Junk. Start cruising through the spectacular landscape of Nha Trang Bay as the sun sets.

Cruise through Nha Trang Bay at night while sipping cocktails and wines on the sundeck as you are entertained by musicians playing against the stunning backdrop of stars, the moon, and the city lights.

Experience the gastronomical pleasure of a 5-course seafood dinner on board while being serenaded and served by the Emperor Cruises team.

End your romantic dinner by having drinks or cocktails at the lounge or on the sundeck before heading back to Nha Trang Port and returning to the mainland, where your transfers will be waiting to drive you back to your hotel.

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Day 07

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

After breakfast, our Vietnam tour guide and driver in Nha Trang will transfer you to the airport for the morning flight to Danang. From here, transfer to Hoi An, a major Asian trading port in the 17th and 18th centuries with a relaxed lifestyle that has changed little over the years. Upon arrival in Hoi An, transfer to Palm Garden resort for check in.

Palm Garden Beach Resort & Spa is the best charming upscale beachfront retreat in Hoi An. Influenced by Hoi An City’s local culture and people, the resort offers a touch of Hoi An’s traditional architectural design combined with a taste of modern luxury.
Free to take walking tour of the Hoi An ancient town centre. Overnight in Hoi An

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Day 08

Hoi An free day (Breakfast)

Hoi An Ancient Town - 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 Danang Beach.

Overnight in a Hoi An hotel.

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Day 09

Hoi An - Drive to Hue (Breakfast)

After breakfast, leave Hoi An for Hue, the last imperial capital of Vietnam, well-known for magnific 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.

Arrive in Hue, pick up & transfer to La Resicence Hue for check in - A member of the MGallery collection of memorable hotels by Accor, MGallery La Résidence Hue Hôtel & Spa is an enchanting boutique hotel on the banks of the fabled Perfume River overlooking the former Imperial Citadel – once home to Emperors and now preserved as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Overnight in Hue.

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Day 10

Hue city tour (Breakfast)

A full 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.  Then 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.

In the evening, enjoy a special bwhich is prepared with live traditional music performances. Be a King & Queen in Royal Dinner with Royal long Dresses!

Overnight in Hue.

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Day 11

Hue - Flight to Hanoi (Breakfast)

After breakfast, our Vietnam tour guide and driver in Hue will transfer you to the airport for the morning flight to Hanoi with Vietnam airlines. Upon arrival, our private Vietnam Tours guide and driver will welcome your Vietnam Holiday, pick up and transfer to the hotel for check in. Hanoi, a city where the exotic chic of old Asia blends with the dynamic face of new Asia. Where the medieval and modern co-exist. A city with a blend of Parisian grace and Asian pace, an architectural museum piece evolving in harmony with its history, rather than bulldozing through like many of the region’s capitals. Hanoi is where imagination becomes reality.
In Hanoi, you will stay at the best 5 star hotel - Sofitel Metrople Hotel. Located steps from the Opera House in Hanoï's French Quarter this legendary property brings guests into intimate contact with the opulence of another era. Free at leisure. Overnight in a Hanoi hotel.

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Day 12

Hoa Lu & Tam Coc (Breakfast)

After breakfast, we continue your absolute Vietnam Tours by heading south for the two hour drive along Highway One. We spend one hour visiting the Dinh and Le sanctuaries. These are the two remaining temples of the ancient citadel of Hoa Lu. The first is dedicated to Dinh Tien Hoang (also known as Dinh Bo Linh), an Emperor from the Dinh Dynasty. The second commemorates the rulers of the Le Dynasty. Dinh Bo Linh successfully conquered Vietnam’s first independent rulers, the Ngo Dynasty. On his death in 980, General Le Hoan wisely married Dinh’s widow and established the Le Dynasty and enlarged the citadel.

We then move on to Tam Coc - Poetically penned ‘Halong Bay on the rice paddies’, the area around Tam Coc boasts stunning scenery. While Halong Bay has rugged rock formations jutting out of the sea, here they soar skywards from a sea of green. After a three hour boat trip along the Boi River, we do beautiful bicycle trip to Bich Dong pagoda for visit to a very nice pagoda and cave. Overnight in a Hanoi hotel.

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Day 13

Hanoi city tour (Breakfast)

Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam with a long background of history and culture. Besides historical destinations, Hanoi is well-known for its beautiful lakes with the image of local Tai Chi in the early morning, tree-line boulevards, funny street vendors & special street food cuisine.

08:00 Pick up at your hotel and transfer to visit Ho Chi Minh complex with first stop at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum – a large memorial 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 02nd Sep 1945 establishing the Democratic Republic of Vietnam. Then take a short walk to the Presidential Palace & House on Stilt.
 
Near from Ho Chi Minh complex, One Pillar Pagoda – symbol of Vietnam with unique architecture of lotus flower is a must-see destination for all Vietnam tours.

Our next stop will be the Museum of Ethnology 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.

12:00  Take a break at a local restaurant for having lunch. Our tour guide will suggest you a best option based on your favorites.

13:30 Continue our Hanoi city tour 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 high rank scholars of Vietnam.

End the trip at your Hanoi hotel. Overnight in Hanoi.

Optional tour – Book Hanoi street food tour: We first try Pho – Nice Noodle as its name has been known all over the world. Sit down, enjoy the taste of Pho, taste of life and get to know about the history of Vietnamese culture and cuisine... Next, we walk to explore everyday life of Hanoian and try some more different dishes.

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Day 14

Hanoi – Drive to Sapa (350Km – 6 hours) (Breakfast)

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 in Sapa, check-in Victoria Sapa resort 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 15

Sapa Tour – Topas Ecolodge (Breakfast)

After breakfast, take a morning walking tour of Sapa for a visit to the busy market where Red Dao, Black & Flower H'Mong, Tay and other ethnic minority people converge from the surrounding countryside to sell their silverware and handicrafts, and to buy provisions. Sapa - The Queen of the Mountains, overlooking a beautiful valley, lofty mountains towering over the town on all sides, Sapa Tour is gateway to another world of mysterious minority cultures and luscious landscapes and great choice for Vietnam Tours maker to arrange Vietnam Culture Tours, Vietnam Trekking Tours, Vietnam Homestay Tours...

In the afternoon, we will do one of the most beautiful Sapa Tours by driving to visit Lao Chai and Ta Van village of the Black H'mong and the Day people where you can enjoy fresh air, amazing scenery of the imposing mountain range, trek down world's most beautiful terraced rice fields, visit some local family on the way and learn unique culture and life of these ethnic groups. Continue to Topas Ecolodge for a romantic night. Overnight at Topas Ecolodge.

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Day 16

Topas Ecolodge – Sapa (Breakfast)

After breakfast, our bus takes you to the trekking point where we will trek down the beautiful valley of Ban Ho village of the Tay people. Arrive the the village, let have a break with tea or coffee in one of the families. Enjoying amazing scenery, chatting and learning the life, habits and customs of the local people.

If you wish, we trek further to visit a small hamlet of the Red Dzao people called Nam Toong before getting back to Ban Ho for a picnic lunch then drive to Sapa. Afternoon is free at leisure. Overnight in Victoria Sapa Resort.

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Day 17

Sapa Colorful Market – 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 the afternoon, drive back to Hanoi for overnight.

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Day 18

Hanoi – Halong Bay Cruise (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Halong tour must be the most beautiful tour in Vietnam for any visitors. This morning, after breakfast, wedrive to Halong Bay (165km), Vietnam most scenic sight, a recognized World Natural Heritage Site and highlight of any Vietnam Tours. You will stay at Paradise Cruise - a five star cruise was made of wood as the design of traditional Halong bay cruise that will give tourists cozy and friendly atmosphere.
12.00 Arrive at Tuan Chau Island
12.15 Transfer to cruise ship
12.30 Welcome Drink - cruise briefing, safety instructions, check-in cabins. Cruise and program commence
13.00 - 14.30 Serve Special Paradise Lunch on board while cruising passing by islets, Hoa Cuong fishing village. After lunch continues exploration of Halong Bay passing by Soi Sim Beach, Coconut Three Island. Anchoring the vessels at Luon Cave area.
14.45 - 15.45 Exploring Luon Cave by rowing bamboo boats with local people or kayaking by yourself.
15.45 - 17.00 The Vessels will continuous cruising in Lan Ha Bay and Halong bay passing by Cua Van floating Village, Tien Ong Cave, Trong Cave, Ho dong Tien, Luon cave, Ti Top Island and Coconut Three Island for overnight stay. Enjoy spa at your leisure on-board.
17:00 - 19:00 Enjoying “Happy Hour” Buy one take one on selected beverages, while the vesselsis anchoring at Coconut Three Island for overnight stay.
18.00 - 18.30 Enjoy cooking demonstration with Chef to discover the Vietnamese cuisine of traditional spring rolls. Learn how to toast Vietnamese way through the evening’s toast of the local rice wine.
18.30 - 19.00 Pre-dinner cocktail on sundeck serving assorted nuts and canapé.
19.30 - 22.00 Serve elegant Paradise dinner. Start dinner in Traditional Bao Dai dress and photo shoot with captain and manager on board.
21.00 - 23.00 Evening Activities – relax at leisure; enjoy Movie Night and squid Fishing or Beauty Spa services.

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Day 19

Halong Bay - Hanoi – Street food tour (Brunch)

6.30 Tai Chi session on Sundeck.
7.00 - 7.30 Coffee & tea with assorted homemade pastries.
7.30 - 8.30 Relax or Visit Sung Sot Cave – Hiking up and down 600 steps to the magnificent limestone formations of the most beautiful and biggest cave in Halong bay.
8.30 Serve International A-la-Carte Breakfast Menu.
9.30 Check-out cabins and settle bills.
10.30 Arrive at Tuan Chau Island. Transfer by tender to the pier. Pick up and drive back to Hanoi. Stop in Bac Ninh to visit the famous But Thap pagoda that located among picturesque villages, rice paddy fields...,transfer back to Hanoi. Overnight in a Hanoi hotel.

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Day 20

Hanoi Departure

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 traveling with Vivutravel. We hope that you have enjoyed your Vietnam Tours with us and look forward to welcoming you back for your next Vietnam Tours, goodbye and see you again!!!

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Day 21

Inclusion:

  • 03 Economy flight tickets: Ho Chi Minh - Da Lat, Nha Trang - Danang & Hue - Hanoi
  • Private transportation as program
  • Hotel accommodation as indicated (Check-in time: 14:00, Check-out time: 12:00)
  • All entrance fees & boat trips to indicated sights
  • English speaking guides
  • Meals as mentioned
  • Visa approval letter to Vietnam (Except for $25 usd per person as stamping fee at the airport)

Exclusion:

  • Early check-in & late check-out
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses
  • Drinks
  • Other meals
  • Insurance

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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.

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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