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GLANCE OF VIETNAM 18 DAYS

Overview

The Vietnamese national culture emerged from a concrete living environment: a tropical country with many rivers and the confluence of great cultures. The natural conditions (temperature, humidity, monsoon, water-flows, water-rice agriculture …) exert a remarkable impact on the material and spiritual life of the nation, the characteristics and psychology of the Vietnamese. The Vietnamese nation was formed early in the history and often had to carry out wars of resistance against foreign invaders, which created a prominent cultural feature: a patriotism that infiltrated and encompassed every aspect of life.

ITINERARY BY DAY

Brief Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival Ho Chi Minh City
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City tour
Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City - Tay Ninh - Cu Chi tunnels
Day 4: Ho Chi Minh City - Cai Be - Vinh Long
Day 5: Ho Chi Minh City - Dalat
Day 6: Dalat city tour
Day 7: Dalat - Nha Trang
Day 8: Nha Trang and it’s off Shore Island
Day 9: Nha Trang - Danang - Hoi An
Day 10: Hoi An - My son - Hoi An
Day 11: Hoi An - Hue
Day 12: Hue - Hanoi
Day 13: Ha Noi City Tour - Sapa
Day 14: Lao Cai - Sapa
Day 15: Sapa - Lao Cai - Hanoi
Day 16: Ha Noi - Ha long
Day 17: Ha long - Ha noi
Day 18: Hanoi - Departure

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival Ho Chi Minh City
Arrive to Tan Son Nhat airport. Indochina Today Travel's tour guide and driver welcome and transfer to your hotel. Take an orientation tour in the afternoon (if time permits). Welcome dinner at local restaurant with warm atmosphere.
Meals: Welcome Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh city

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City tour
A.M: Indochina Today Travel's tour guide & driver will meet you at 8.30 at your hotel, and then we visit:
The Reunification Palace: This is one of the most important buildings in the city. Here on April 30, 1975, what the Vietnamese refer to as 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.
War Remnants Museum: Formerly known as the Museum of American War Crimes, this is a poignant display of the futility of war. Some of the black and white photography in the “Requiem” exhibit is particularly touching, dedicated to both foreign and Vietnamese journalists and photographers who perished during the conflict. The exhibit includes the last shots these photographers had taken before their deaths. The courtyard outside contains the spoils of war, namely rusting jets, tanks and cannons captured from the American military machine.
Notre Dame Cathedral and Old Post Office: Built between 1877 and 1883 this is one of the best examples of classical French colonial architecture. Remarkably every stone used in its creation was shipped from France to Vietnam. Her two 40m towers, topped with iron spires dominate the city's skyline. The Old Post Office is another example of French colonial architecture and is also the country's largest post office.
P.M: After lunch, we continue to visit:
Giac Lam Pagoda: This is Ho Chi Minh City's oldest pagoda, dating back to 1744 and one of the finest in Vietnam. Inside, 98 pillars and 113 statues and myriad mini - Buddhas vie for your attention. Don't miss the amazing Tree of Wandering Souls where people pray for their sick relatives by writing the names of their loved ones on slips of paper and then attaching them to the tree.
Cho Lon, including the ThienHau Pagoda: Cho Lon actually means Big Market – a claim that is well justified as Vietnam's largest market, the Binh Tay, is located here. The district is home to the city's 400,000 Chinese and has many beautiful temples and pagodas.
Ben Thanh Market: This bustling and well-organized market 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.
Rest of the day you may want to spend time in Saigon down town with plenty of gift shops.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh city

Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City - Tay Ninh - Cu Chi tunnels
Having breakfast at your hotel

08.30 am: Driving west to Tay Ninh, head quarter of Cao Dai region. On arrival we attend the fantastic mid-day temple service when the followers fill the hall wearing colored robes, a symbol of the curious combination of the Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism.

On the way back a stop for a visit Cu Chi Tunnels, an underground tunnels network constructed by Vietnamese fighters during the struggle for independence. The tunnels contained hospitals, accommodation, etc. and were used as a military base for the Vietcong in the American war. Returnto HCMC, free at leisure.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh city

Day 4: Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta (Cai Be - Vinh Long)

Having breakfast at hotel

-7.3- am: We start to visit Mekong Delta.

Depart for Cai Be, stop for photos at Tan An town over the flat rice fields. Arrive to Cai Be, start to visit the fruit garden, experience how people exchanging goods, fruit and many other commodities on their vessels. Visitors then roam into the small villages to visit the orchard, fruit plantation. Keep cruising to Vinh Long through small canals to enjoy the charm of the Upper Mekong Delta. Visit some hand-made family business products such as the coconut candy mill, the crispy rice popcorn. Arrive in BinhHoaPhuoc village the green pearl of Vinh Long town where you can indulge yourself into the nature. Enjoy the southern Vietnamese traditional folk music. Take a nice walk through the bonsai garden. Return to HCMC.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh city

Day 5: Ho Chi Minh City - Dalat
After breakfast, we depart for Dalat via the National highway 20. Enjoy the smooth drive with the beautiful landscape. Stop for photos at the La Nga Lake and the floating village. Visit the Dambri waterfall. Have lunch at local restaurant. Proceed to Dalat, visit the tea and coffee plantations in Lien Khuong. Free at leisure in the late afternoon.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Dalat

Day 6:Dalat City tour
Have breakfast at the hotel. Start sightseeing tour in Dalat with the Bao Dais summer palace, the Tuyen Lam Lake, try the elephant ride around the lake, and visit the Hang Nga crazy house and the valley of love. Drive to Langbian Mountain, visit the Lat village. Return to Dalat.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Dalat

Day 7:Dalat - Nha Trang
In the morning depart for Nha Trang. Stop for photos at the Polongiarai Cham tower, the NgoanMuc pass, CanhRanh bay on the way to Nha Trang. Free at leisure on the beach in the afternoon.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Nha Trang

Day 8: Nha Trang and it’s off Shore Island
Take the morning boat trip to visit the off shore islands with the Mun Mot island, visit the Tri Nguyen Aquarium. Have lunch on the Tam Island. Free for swimming. Return to Nha Trang.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Nha Trang

Day 9: Nha Trang - Danang - Hoi An
Free until transfer to Cam Ranh airport for boarding to Danang. Pick up and transfer to Hoi An Ancient town. Walking tour in the afternoon through the narrow winding streets of the Ancient Quarter visiting Chua Ong Pagoda, Chinese Assembly Halls, the 200 - year old Tam Ky ancestral house, and the Japanese Bridge. Overnight in Hoi An.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hoian

Day 10: Hoi An - My son
In the morning we visit Ruins at My Son Holy Land, former capital of the ancient Cham civilization that ruled Central Vietnam from the second to the thirteenth century. Their religion was primarily derived from Indian Hinduism. My Son is considered to be one of the best-preserved Cham structures in Vietnam. The complex is comprised of seventy Hindu-like towers and temples dating from the second century. This site is a must-see for those people who are interested in architecture and ancient civilizations and is now one of five UNESCO World Heritage sites in Vietnam. Back to Hoi An for free at leisure. Overnight in Hoi An.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Hoian

Day 11: Hoi An - Hue
Depart for Hue via Danang, visit the Marble mountain, the Cham museum. Stop for photos at the Hai Van pass, Lang co beach. In the afternoon, we visit Dong Ba market, the Imperial Citadel from where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945, the ruins of the Purple Forbidden City.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hue

Day 12: Hue - Hanoi
After breakfast, we enjoy boat trip on the Perfume River, visit Thien Mu pagoda and royal tomb of Emperor Tu Duc&KhaiDinh. Then transfer directly to PhuBai airport for boarding to Hanoi. Upon NoiBai airport and transfer to hotel in the center. Free at leisure in the Old Quarter
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

Day 13: Ha Noi City Tour - Sapa
In the morning, we visit Ho Chi Minh Complex, containing Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Presidence Palace, Ho Chi Minh's house on stilts and one Pillar pagoda. Continue with the Temple of Literature Vietnam's first university. In the afternoon, visit the HoanKiem Lake, Ngoc Son temple, Tran Quoc pagoda, walking around in theOld Quarter streets. Have dinners on your account. 20:00: Transfer to train station for departure to Sapa with the night train
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: On Train

Day 14: Lao Cai - Sapa
Arrive to Lao Cai station at 5:00 in the morning. Indochina Today Travel's tour guide and driver will pick you up at Lao Cai Station then transfer to Sapa. Have breakfast and shower in hotel before the trip starts. Trek down to Lao Chai village to visit the Tay and Day tribes. Have a picnic lunch on the way then keep going along the bottom of the Sapa valley to get to Ta Van village, which is supposed to be the most beautiful one in the area. Return to Sapa.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Sapa

Day 15: Sapa - Lao Cai - Hanoi
We start the trip after breakfast, heading up to Giang Ta Chai village of the Red Zdao tribe where you will have lunch. After lunch you check out and leave your luggage in the hotel then get yourself ready before heading down to Cat Cat and Sin Chai villages of Black H'Mong tribe. Enjoy the waterfall in Cat Cat and beautiful scenery along the way. Have dinner on your account. Transfer to Lao Cai for overnight train back to Ha noi.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: On Train

Day 16: Ha Noi - Ha long
Arrive back to Hanoi around 5: 30 AM. Hotel is prepared for shower and breakfast before leaving for Halong through the Red River Delta. It takes 3.5 hours and we can stop on the way for refresh. Arrive to Ha Long Bay at noon 12.00. Check in cruise and welcome drink. Lunch was prepared on boat, we visitThienCung cave, Dau Go cave, round over Tuan Chau island , Dog island , Sail island, Ti Top Beach, have dinner on junk, enjoy sunset, drink and over night on the junk.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: On Boat

Day 17: Ha long - Hanoi
Have breakfast. Visit man's head island, Tortoise Island, Toad Island, BaiThoMountain. Return and have lunch on junk. Return to Ha Long wharf.
Arrival Hanoi around 4pm
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

Day 18: Hanoi - Departure
Free at leisure for shopping until transfer to NoiBai airport for departure.
Meals: Breakfast

*Trip Includes:

  • Accommodations (double/twin sharing) with daily breakfast
  • Transportation by A/C car as itinerary
  • English speaking guide
  • Meals as indicated
  • Domestic flight tickets (Vietnam Airline – economy class)
  • Boat trips specified the tour program
  • Kayaking on Halong
  • All entrance, permission and visiting fees
  • Purified water and wet towel.
  • Approved invitation letter for Vietnamese visa.
  • Train tickets Hanoi – Lao Cai – Hanoi

*Trip Excludes:

  • Visa stampinto Vietnam
  • International flights
  • All personal expenses
  • All gratuities and tips to driver and tour guide.