Dates 12 Sep '12 to 27 Sep '12
Flexible? Multiple Dates
Est. Cost 1,700 - 2,000 USD (USD United States Dollars)
Type Tour Participants Wanted
Name Vietnam from inside out 15 days/ 14 nights
Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City Arrival (D)
Upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat international airport in Ho Chi Minh City, you will be welcomed by guide and transferred to your hotel in the city center. Check in your hotel for refreshing after a long-haul flight. Welcomed dinner will be arranged on a cruise along Saigon River with live music and Vietnamese buffet menu. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City – Cao Dai Holy See and Cu Chi Tunnels (B/L)
In the morning, we drive to Tay Ninh to see the ornate temple of Cao Dai and attend the fantastic mid-day ceremony when the followers fill the hall wearing colored robes, a symbol of the extra combination of the Confucianism, Christianity, Taoism and Buddhism. After your lunch time, you will visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, which are 70 kilometers to the northwest of Ho Chi Minh City, created since 1948 to assist the Viet Minh to combat the French. This is an underground city with living areas, kitchens, storage, weapon shops, field hospitals, command centers. During the American War the entire area of Cu Chi was designated a fire free zone and was heavily bombarded. From 1988, two sections of the tunnels have been open for visitors. You will drive back to Saigon in the late afternoon. Your overnight will be in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta – Vinh Long – Can Tho (B/L)
After breakfast at your hotel, you will leave the bustling Ho Chi Minh City to the Mekong Delta in a good time to observe the most crowded hours of Cai Be floating market. Unlike floating market in Thailand, there are bigger boats here full of coconuts, watermelon, potatoes and many other crops. These big boats came from the provinces along the Mekong River and this market serves as the trade area. The boats also serve as the people's home since it can take days or longer to cruise the Mekong River. Afterwards, you will local gardens and houses to see orchard and local daily life and so forth. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant with Mekong River fish and vegetables. After lunch, we drive to Vinh Long, passing lush canals and peaceful villages, the unique natural setting of Mekong Delta region. Stop at An Binh Islet to visit some of the famous fruit orchards. After crossing the Co Chien River, the excursion ends at Vinh Long Pier where our driver is waiting to take your further into the Mekong Delta. You will reach Can Tho in the late afternoon. Check in your hotel and overnight in Can Tho.
Day 4: Can Tho - Ho Chi Minh City (B/L)
After an early breakfast, you will cruise along the small and picturesque tributaries by a motor boat. Keep your camera ready for sunrise photos. We will see the Cai Rang floating market, one of the most beautiful floating markets in the Mekong Delta. See the beautiful scenery and daily activities of the locals. Walk around a village, visit a rice husking mill. Disembark at Ninh Kieu Wharf, visit an ancient house and Can Tho museum. Return to Ho Chi Minh City via My Tho town. Your overnight will be in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 5: Ho Chi Minh City – Nha Trang (B/L)
After breakfast, you will have a half day city tour of Ho Chi Minh City including the visits to the War Museum, the Reunification Palace, the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Centre Old Post Office before boarding a flight to Nha Trang. Arriving in Nha Trang, you will be met by our guide and driven to your hotel. Check in your hotel and be free for relaxing. You will spend the night in Nha Trang.
Day 6: Nha Trang Islands – Snorkeling Safari – City tour (B/L)
After breakfast, you will drive to Cau Da port and boat a cruise to the sea. Tri Nguyen Aquarium on Mieu Island is your first visit. Many sea species of Nha Trang make a small ocean world there. Mun Island is the best island for snorkeling where you can see lots of lives colorful corals and fishes. Later, you will visit a fishing village and taking a fresh lunch at the island. On the way back you will be able to see caves in which the sea swallows make their nest. Lunch will be serviced on the boat. After that, you will go to Long Son Pagoda, Chong Promontory Rocks and the Po Nagar Temples. Dam Market is also interesting place that can’t be missed. Your overnight will be in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 7: Nha Trang – Danang – Hoi An (B)
After breakfast, you will be free at leisure until our guide and driver comes to transfer you to the airport for a domestic flight to Danang. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by our guide and driven to Hoi An. Check in your hotel and spend the overnight in Hoi An.
Day 8: Hoi An – My Son Sanctuary (B/L)
After breakfast, you will enjoy a light walking tour along peaceful narrow streets of Hoi An with numerous boutique shops on both sides. You will stop to visit: a 400 years old Japanese Bridge, a 300 years old Chinese temple, a 200 years old Vietnamese former merchants' house. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant.
In the afternoon, you will visit My Son Sanctuary, a World Heritage site, 40 kilometers to the southwest of Hoi An. Located in a lush valley, My Son was a capital and religious center of Cham people, with red brick towers and sanctuaries, considered to be in the same league as some of Southeast Asia's greatest archaeological sites, including Angkor-Wat in Cambodia, Bagan in Myanmar, Ayutthaya in Thailand and Borobudur in Indonesia. These towers and sanctuaries were built from the 7 to 13 centuries. Later, you will return to Hoi An. Your overnight will be in Hoi An.
Day 9: Hoi An – Hue (B)
In the morning, you will be free at leisure or spend the time for clothes tailoring. Tailors in Hoi An can satisfy the most demanding guests and the work can be completed within 24 hours with some additional cost!
In the afternoon, we will leave Hoi An to Hue with a stop in Danang to visit Cham museum where you will see the open air collection of Cham breathtaking sculptures. You will stop at Lang Co beach for swimming if you wish and take the panorama view of the centre coast of Vietnam from the top of the cloudy Hai Van Pass. Arrive in Hue, check in your hotel and be free for dinner. Overnight in Hue.
Day 10: Hue City Tour (B/L)
After breakfast, you will have a full day Hue city tour. The tour will start with the Imperial Citadel including Flag Tower, Ngo Mon Gate, Nine Dynastic Urns, Nine Holy Cannons, Thai Hoa Palace, Forbidden Purple City (Tu Cam Thanh). Following a lunch with Vietnamese dishes, you will board a cruise upstream Perfume River with stop at Thien Mu Pagoda and the mausoleum of King Minh Mang. Drive to visit the mausoleum of king Tu Duc. You will do shopping at Dong Ba Market before returning to your hotel. Your overnight will be in Hue.
Day 11: Hue – Hanoi (B)
After breakfast, you will be free until boarding a flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival, you will meet our guide and drive to the downtown. On the way, visit the Museum of Ethnology, the biggest in-house and open-air museum in Hanoi where display the cultural and daily life objects of 54 ethnics in Vietnam. Check in your hotel and be free for the remainder of the day. You will spend the night in Hanoi.
Day 12: Hanoi (B/L)
After breakfast, you will start your full day Hanoi orientation with the visit to Ho Chi Minh Complex including Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum (viewed from outside on every Monday, Friday and afternoon as it’s closed), his house on stilt where he lived and worked, his garden with thousand kinds of tree and fish pond. This complex also comprises the One Pillar Pagoda, whose origins date back to the foundation of city. After lunch, visit the Temple of Literature, the first university in Vietnam dating back to the 11th century. The gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a relaxing glimpse into Vietnam's past. Next, you will return to the bustling Old Quarter of Hanoi for a cyclo ride/electric car around 36 old streets which were named after the specific goods once offered for sale at these places. Stop at Hoan Kiem Lake to learn about legend of the lake and visit Ngoc Son Temple, followed by a Water Puppet show- a uniquely Northern Vietnamese art form depicting scenes from rural life and episodes of national history. Your overnight will be in Hanoi.
Day 13: Ha Long Bay – Overnight on traditional wooden junk (B/L/D)
After breakfast at your hotel, you will drive to Ha Long Bay thru the vast green rice fields of the Red River Delta. The route takes around three hours and a half drive and around 30 kilometers to the bay, you can smell the salty and fishy air of the sea. Ha Long Bay, one of the World Natural Heritages recognized by UNESCO with over 3,000 spectacular limestone islands rising from the clear, emerald sea in the Gulf of Tonkin. Upon arrival, welcome aboard. Enjoy welcome drink before check in at your cabin. While the junk is passing many rocky islets, caves, floating villages and beaches, your lunch will be served on board with fresh seafood. In the afternoon, visit a floating fishing village by rowing boat. Meet and talk and take photos with the villagers. Late afternoon, your cruise will stop at a quiet lagoon for overnight where you can take time to swim, relax on sundeck or kayak (with extra charge of US$20 per double kayak). Followed the sunset, your dinner will be arranged in a warm atmosphere restaurant between gently lapping waves. Overnight on board.
Day 14: Ha Long Bay – Hanoi (B)
Breakfast is served while the junk cruises around Ha Long Bay, passes by many islets named by their shapes such as Dog, Incense Urn, Fighting Cock, Finger, etc. Stop for a while to explore Surprise Cave - one of the most beautiful caves of the bay. The junk then continues cruising towards the wharf. Check out your cruise at 10:00am. Our car/bus is ready there to pick you up towards Hanoi. You will spend the night in Hanoi.
Optional visit on the way from Ha Long Bay to Hanoi: The transfer from Ha Long Bay to Hanoi will take three hours and a half if you drive straightly. But it is a very big regret if you ignore the attractions on the way. There is a long list of interesting things that you can fill into your experience.
But Thap Pagoda (Pen Tower) is located on the bank of of the Duong River in Dinh To commune, Thuan Thanh district of the northern province of Bac Ninh, about 30 kilometers northeast of Hanoi. The pagoda is one of the finest pagodas in the north of Vietnam and known as Vietnam’s first Buddhist centre. The pagoda was built under the dynasty of King Tran Nhan Tong in the 13th century and rebuilt in the 17th century in the Le Dynasty.
Dong Ho folk painting is located on the southern side of the Duong River, 40 kilometers to the east of Hanoi. Dong Ho Painting is printed by hand on the surface of wooden plate. Each printing color has its own engraved board. The black one is printed last. Thanks to this way, paintings are made in bulk and do not require sophisticated techniques.
Con Son Pagoda is located at the foot of Con Son Mountain. The pagoda was built at the end of the 13th century. It’s one of the three centers of the Buddhist Truc Lam Trinity under the Tran Dynasty (1225-1400). The pagoda was extended in 1329 and underwent several restorations during the 17th and 18th centuries and in the last few decades. This pagoda is surrounded by mountains, pine forests, and streams.
Dong Trieu Ceramic Village or Bat Trang Ceramic Village are the most famous hand-made ceremic village in Vietnam. There, you can see how villagers make their beautiful wares in traditional ways.
Quan Ho Folksong at Dinh Bang Village, around 30 kilometers from Hanoi. Quan Ho Folksong was born in the 13th century. They were spring festival songs and performed by farmers in the Red River Delta after the lunar new year. Their stage are courtyards of pagodas.
Day 15: Hanoi - Departure (B)
You will be free today until our guide and driver comes to transfer you to the airport for your departure flight.
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Vietnam from inside out 15 days/ 14 nights
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