DAY 1: HO CHI MINH CITY – ARRIVAL (D)
Meet at Tan Son Nhat international airport. Transfer to your comfortable hotel for relaxing after a long - distance flight. We  arrange welcome dinn"/>

Ho Chi Minh City


Tour

Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi - Tay Ninh - Can Tho – Soc Trang - Nha Trang – Danang - Ba Na – Hoi An Hue – Hanoi – Ha Long Bay – Ninh Binh - Mai Chau

DAY 1: HO CHI MINH CITY – ARRIVAL (D)
Meet at Tan Son Nhat international airport. Transfer to your comfortable hotel for relaxing after a long - distance flight. We  arrange welcome dinner on floating restaurant on Sai Gon River. Night in Ho Chi Minh City ( HCMC).

DAY 2: HOCHIMINH CITY - TAY NINH - CU CHI (B, L, D)

Drive to  Tay Ninh province - 100 km to the North West of HCMC to visit Holly Temple of The Cao Dai religion – An extraordinary religion in the South  Vietnam. Visit Cuchi Underground Tunnel – a famous battle field in Vietnam War closed to Saigon City ( HCMC). Night in HCMC.

DAY 3: HOCHIMINH CITY - MY THO - CAN THO (B, L, D)
Drive to My Tho town of Tien Giang province, one of 12 fertile provinces of Me Kong river delta. Boat trip on the great Mekong River to visit farmers’ houses and gardens on an well-off river islet. Enjoy fruits served by local people while listening to Tai Tu music – traditional music of the Mekong people. Visit Vinh Trang Pagoda. P.M. Transfer to Can Tho (100 km), the central city of Mekong Delta Provinces. Visit Bang Lang Stock Garden in Thot Not District before check in hotel in Can Tho City. Overnight in Can Tho.

DAY 4: CAN THO - SOC TRANG - HOCHIMINH CITY (B, L, D)
Boat trip in early morning on Lower Branch of Mekong River to visit Cai Rang floating market and enjoy life activities of local people on the river. Drive to Soc Trang town in the south of Can Tho, to visit Chua Doi Pagoda and Khleng Pagoda, Khmer Museum to study the culture of Khmer people in the south Vietnam. Drive back to HCMC. On the way, we stop at Sa Dec town to see Vuon Hong ( Rose Garden ) in a small village. Night in HCMC.

DAY 5: HO CHI MINH CITY - NHATRANG (B, L, D)
The whole day we visit the highlights of exciting HCMC includes : City Hall, Notre Dame Cathedral Church, Thong Nhat Conference Hall ( or called Independence Palace ), War Museum , Ben Thanh market, China Town and Thien Hau Pagoda, Historical Museum, Ben Thanh Market, Tay Son Lacquerware factory. Dinner. Transfer to Saigon Railway Station for night  train to Nha Trang. Overnight on the train (soft berth with air condition.


DAY 6: NHA TRANG (B, L, D)
Arrive in Nha Trang early morning. We have a whole day to see the beautiful beach city.    Boat trip to visit Tri Nguyen Natural Aquarium with collection of living sea creatures. Bathing, snorkeling and fresh sea food barbecue at Hon Tam small island. Come back to mainland to visit Ponagar Cham Tower, Long Son Pagoda. Night in Nha Trang.

DAY 7: NHA TRANG – DANANG (B, L, D)

Drive to Nha Phu Bay. Get on a small boat to get reach of Monkey Island. Visit natural monkey flocks and see their performances. Visit Dam Market. Relax at Nha Trang Beach. Evening transfer to Nha Trang Railway Station for train SE6  to Danang at 20:05.  Overnight  on the train (soft berth with air – con ).

DAY 8: DA NANG – BA NA (B, L, D)
Arrive in Da Nang at 05:30. Meet and transfer to Ba Na, a famous  mountainous Resort of Da Nang with pleasant weather and lovely landscape. Sightseeing around Ba Na Resort. Overnight in Ba Na Mountain.

DAY 9: BA NA – DA NANG – HOI AN (B, L, D)
Drive back to Danang. Transfer to visit Cham Museum to see the stone collection of the Champa kingdom’s history and culture. Visit Ngu Hanh Son (Marble) Mountains, Non Nuoc Beach. Drive to Hoi An ancient town – The most bustling international port in Vietnam at the end of 17th century. It is well reserved until now and is a UNESCO world heritage. We relax at Hoi An beach. Night in Hoi An.

DAY 10: HOI AN - HUE (B, L, D)
Visit Hoi An lovely small town in the evening. We see the Phuc Kien Chinese Temple, Tan Ky old house which its constructive style had been mixed of Vietnam ,China and Japan. Visit Japanese Chua Cau with a small pagoda built on a bridge. Transfer to Hue Old Capital to see a famous heritage of the world. To reach Hue, we will drive up and down  the meandering road of 30 km-long Hai Van mountain pass with such striking views of sea, mountains and clouds. Perhaps this is the most beautiful part of Vietnam mainland. Night in Hue.

DAY 11: HUE (B, L, D)
Boat trip on Perfume River to visit Thien Mu Royal Pagoda and Imperial Citadel of the Nguyen Dynasty. We see the way people produces the conical hat and bronze-casting articles when our boat stop on a small village at the river bank. Visit Mausoleums of King Tu Duc and Khai Dinh, then shopping at Dong Ba market. Night in Hue.

DAY 12: HUE – DONG HOI – PHONG NHA CAVE (B, L, D)
Drive to Dong Hoi town, a base to get to newly discovered World’s Heritage : Phong Nha – Ke Bang. Stop on the way to see the de-military zone in the War at the 17 th parallel ( Ben Hai River ) with famous Macnamara’s electronic fence between North and South Vietnam. Visit Vinh Moc underground tunnel, where the V.C. guerillas have lived and fought against American bombing. Night in Dong Hoi.

DAY 13: PHONG NHA – HANOI (B, L, D)
We drive to the west toward Truong Son grandiose mountain range, to get to the longest underground river in the world. Get on a boat to go upstream of the blue water Son River, to get into the huge caves named Cung Dinh ( Royal Palace )  and Nguoi Xua ( ancestor  people ). Discover the mystery of the prehistoric people lived here thousands years before. Study the Ho Chi Minh legendary trail with its unbelievable ways of transferring the soldiers from North to South Vietnam in American war. Visit the unspoiled immense tropical forests in the area. After dinner transfer to Dong Hoi Railway station for SE2 to Hanoi depart at 18:57 pm. (soft berth air-con). Dinner and overnight on the train.

DAY 14: HANOI (B, L, D)
Arrive in Hanoi at 05:38 A.M. Check-in hotel in Hanoi for relax.  The whole day we visit the peaceful capital decorated with green tree lines along streets. Joint the stream of people to visit the Mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh (Closed on Monday and Friday of every week, and closed from 1.Oct to 05.Dec of every year) and his wooden house in a respect manner towards the greatest leader of the country. Visit the Van Mieu Temple ( Temple of Literature ) – The first university of Vietnam built in 11 th century. Study Vietnam history and culture at Fine Art museum and historical museum. Go round the Old Quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake on a cyclo like a Lord
to view the most exciting part of Hanoi. Enjoy Water – Puppet show – Vietnamese typical traditional art – in the evening. Night in Hanoi.

DAY 15: HANOI - HA LONG (B, L, D)
Drive to Halong Bay. Enjoy the landscape along the way with rice and corn fields  and orchards of the Northeast Vietnam. get on a boat to cruise on immense Halong Bay to enjoy charming islands with extraordinary shapes of animals, and visit Thien Cung natural cave of beautiful stalactites and stalagmites – Perhaps the most beautiful one within hundred caves in the bay. Stop to see a fishing floating house to bargain some fresh shrimps, crabs and fishes. Get in touch with fishermen ‘s way of living and fishing.  Lunch on the boat with fresh seafood. Night in Halong.

DAY 16: HA LONG – NINH BINH (B, L, D)
Drive southward  to Ninh Binh town to visit unspoiled villages and immense rice fields in the center of the Red river’s Delta. Stop at Hai Phong sea port to see its famous Trang Kenh carpet enterprise and Du Hang pagoda. At Ninh Binh, We visit Bich Dong Temple and relics of Hoa Lu ancient Kingdom (Dinh dynasty in 10th century). Night in Ninh Binh town.

DAY 17: NINH BINH - MAI CHAU (B, L, D)
Get on a small boat to row along the small canal in the rice field to visit Tam Coc Caves considered as “Halong Bay on land”. Transfer to Mai Chau, home of the White Thai minority. You will have a chance to see a lot of special scenic spots on the way. Dinner. ( Optional:  enjoy the performance of Ethnic dances) . Overnight at house-on-stilts in Mai Chau mountainous district. ( With basic condition of bed room ).

DAY 18: MAI CHAU – HANOI (B, L, D)
Trekking to visit a Thai minority village at Ban Lac to have more experiences on ethnic tribal life. Leave Maichau for Hanoi. The road  is  in good condition but it curves up and down the mountains. Then our tour today is somehow an adventure and discovery tour.  On the way, we stop to visit majestic hydro-electric Power Plant in Hoa Binh town which produces great part of electricity for the country.  Arrive to Hanoi capital, left behind you deeply memory on the land and people of the northwestern Vietnam. Farewell dinner at the most luxury restaurant at Hoan- Kiem lake. Night in Hanoi.

DAY 19: HANOI – DEPARTURE (B)
Shopping. Transfer to  Noi Bai international airport for departure.

TOUR PRICE (In 2008): USD / Person in a group of :

TOUR CODE

Hotel class

1
Person

2
Persons

3
Persons

4-6
Persons

7-9
Persons

10-14
Persons

15+1 Persons

Single room Plus

GS  09

5 stars

5,042

2,798

2,382

2,114

1,824

1,734

1,680

800

4 stars

4,582

2,568

2,152

1,884

1,594

1,504

1,450

570

3 stars

4,032

2,293

1,877

1,609

1,319

1,229

1,175

295


The above prices include:
- Hotel accommodations in twin or double sharing
- All ground transfers in air-conditioned vehicles.
- Meals full board with Asian cuisines
- English, French or Chinese speaking guide.
- Entrance fees.
- Boat fees.
- Train ticket
- Visa approval fee in Vietnam.
- Mineral water and cool facial towels during visits.

The above prices exclude:
- All international airfares to and from Vietnam
- International airport tax
- Drinks and personal expenses.
- 3% commission charge if paying by credit cards.

NOTE:
• The prices are based on twin-sharing room, any person who wants to stay in single room must pay single room surcharge as indicated in the tariff (except for group 1 person, single room charge already included)..
• In Vietnam now, it is difficult to book rooms at 4 star and 5 star hotel in the big cities . So if we do not book rooms long time in advance- around 6 months in advance, hotels often request  an extra charge from the normal price ( contracted price) before confirm our room- booking.

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Days:>= 5 days
Price:1000usd - 2000usd
Start from:  Ho Chi Minh City

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