PRG 03: 12D11N TASTE OF VIETNAM

DAY 1: HANOI ARRIVAL

On arrival to the Hanoi airport. Transfer to the hotel. Day at leisure in the capital.

Note: Rooms are available from 2pm.

Overnight in Hanoi

 

DAY 2: HANOI CULTURE & EVENING FOOD TOUR           (B,L,D)

In the morning, our tour guide with driver pick you at hotel to explore Hanoi city tour by visiting:

Ho Chi Minh Complex, the heart of Vietnamese people:

Ho Chi Minh complex consists of Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum (close on Monday), Ba Dinh square, Presidential Palace, Ho Chi Minh’s Residence , One pillar pagoda …

Note: No camera, cell phone, bare-shoulder T-shirts, or mini skirts are allowed inside Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.

Temple of Literature – being an ancient school of Thang Long and the first university in Vietnam, It is acknowledged as an ancient historical-cultural heritage which gives tourists deeper understanding about Hanoi’s years of culture and tradition. Finally, we go to visit Vietnam Museum of Ethnology where you can look into a vivid picture of the miniaturized Vietnamese ethnic community’s life. It is composed of 54 ethnic groupsfifty ethnic minorities with different and colorful culture.

Enjoy a walking food tour to have an insight into the intricacies and traditions of Vietnamese food culture including details on ingredients and historical backgrounds of popular northern dishes.

We eat as we go, trying seasonal fruits and sampling a tasty French-inspired snack from a street cart. Walking through the maze of bustling streets that make up Hanoi’s Old Quarter to taste one of the famed Hanoi food: “ Bún Chả”, “ Bánh mì”; “Phở”, “ Chả Cá”, “ Bánh Cuốn”, “ Local Beer”, “ Egg Coffe”…

Overnight in Hanoi

 

DAY 3 : HANOI – HALONG ON CRUISE    (B/L/D)

Breakfast at hotel

In the morning, our tour guide pick you at hotel and transfer to Halong city , spending 3.5 hours on bus to see how beautiful landscape of Red River delta.

Welcomed and check-in boat, your seafood lunch will be served while the boat slowly slides on romantic waves of the sea. Afternoon is time for many interesting activities such as: visiting the cave, kayaking, swimming, sunbathing, cooking class…

Enjoy special dinner dish and continuing night program with the crew.

Overnight on cruise

 

DAY 4 : HA LONG – HANOI – FLY TO HUE   (B/L/D)         

Start-up your new day with Tai Chi instruction or just do sunbathing on sundeck and feeling the magnificent dawn scene surrounding, then having breakfast and following cruise’s itinerary (visit cave or floating village…). Brunch/or lunch will be served on board before returning on the coast around 11h00.

11h00: our private car with tour guide pick you at port and transfer to airport to take flight to Hue city.

Dinner at Vietnamese cuisine restaurant.

Overnight in Hue

 

DAY 5: HUE FULL DAY CITY TOUR   (B/L/D)

In the morning, take a boat trip along Perfume River to visit the Thien Mu Pagoda situated on the north bank of the Perfume River. It is one of the most beautiful and well-preserved religious sites – a symbol of Hue city.

Continue to visit Hue Capital Citadel (Royal Citadel)  – a UNESCO World Heritage site – standing for over 200 years and consisting of over 100 fascinating architectural works almost remained unchanged, the Royal Citadel is an ideal place for those wishing to better understand an architectural and cultural beauty as well as an important history of Vietnam.

Stop over at Dong Ba Market to see the daily life of local people.

Afternoon: Travel to the tomb of Emperor Khai Dinh – one of the most beautiful and picturesque and largest works of architecture of Nguyen Dynasty’s royal palaces and tombs.

Continue to visit Emperor Minh Mang Tomb located 12km form Hue, on the west bank of the Perfume River. is a standard architectural complex consisting of 40 constructions (palaces, temples, pavilions, etc.)

Enjoy a Royal Dinner with authentic food.

Overnight in Hue

 

DAY 6: HUE – DANANG CITY – HOIAN    (B/L/D)

08h00: Our tour guide and driver pick you at hotel and transfer to Da Nang city via Lang Co Beach & Hai Van pass. It means “ocean cloud pass” – one of the most scenic hillside roads in Vietnam between Thua Thien-Hue Province and Danang City.

Arrival Da Nang city, go to visit Champa Museum – the most special collection of Champa sculptures in central Vietnam. Continue to visit Marble Moutain. Climb up the most beautiful peak to discover beautiful caves and visit old national pagodas. Drop in the very famous traditional carving village to to see skillful marble products by talent artists.

Transfer to Hoi An Ancient Town. Explore Hoi An Ancient Town – an Eastern oriental classic captivation. With the strategic location on the banks of the great river, with one seaside border (East), it used to be one of the major trading centers in Southeast Asia during the 16th century due to the early western trader occupying period.

Visit the traditional architecture and relaxed lifestyle, the centuries-old homes of merchants, the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge and the colorful, bustling market…

Overnight in Hoi An

 

DAY 7: HOI AN COOKING CLASS & ECO TOUR     (B/L/D)

Morning, we take a half day tour to join in a famous Hoi An cooking class tour.

Start to visit Hoi An’s colourful market, and experience the amazing sights, sounds and aromas of this busy market. We board the Red Bridge boat for a leisurely cruise (25 minutes) along the Hoi An River to the Red Bridge Cooking School. On arrival, we explore the cooking school’s herb garden, before learning about some of Hoi An’s and Vietnam’s well-known dishes. Bring your swimsuit and after the cooking tour has finished relax and enjoy free use of our 20 metre swimming pool – towels and showers provided.

Recipes:

  • Rice paper (making)
  • Fresh Rice Paper Rolls of Shrimp
  • Crispy Hoi An Pancakes with Shrimp, Herbs, Bean Sprouts & a Peanut Sauce
  • Seafood Salad with mixed Vietnamese Herbs served in Half a Pineapple
  • Quang Nam Style Fresh Noodles with Chicken
  • Food Decoration – Pineapple Boat, 3 Coloured Flowers & Vietnamese Hand Fan

Vegetarians are provided with replacement ingredients.   

PM: Visiting the seven – hectare water coconut woods with the unique ecosystem of water coconut trees. You will be enthusiastically welcomed by the local people, they will lead you to visit the creeks in the water coconut woods by basket boats, you will be intructed to fish crabs and you will see the performances of rowing basket boats by the local rower.

Overnight in Hoi An

 

DAY 8: HOI AN – FLY TO HO CHI MINH – FOOD TOUR BY NIGHT  (B/D)

Transfer to airport to take domestic flight to Ho Chi Minh city. Check in time after 2pm.

Our tour guide with the motorbike picks you up at your hotel to join exciting Saigon After Dark Tour by Motobike/Scooter.

Known as a non-sleeping city, Saigon is hustle and bustle during the day and at night. When the sun goes down, the city becomes a splendid girl with her new colorful and twinkle coat. Night markets and food areas in main streets and back alleys are more crowded with people gathering for their meals and some drinks. It will be a big miss if you stay in your hotel at night. Let join the Saigon After Dark Tour by Motorbike and enjoy a great night with us.

Attraction: Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica, Saigon Central Post Office, Ben Thanh Market

Hidden part: Venerable Thich Quang Duc Monument, Nguyen Thien Thuat apartment buildings since 1960s, Ho Thi Ky – Saigon’s biggest flower market, Fashion street, book street, Thu Thiem tunnels …

Foods & Drinks: Learn how to cook foods, 4 stops, 6 specialty dishes, Pan-fried scrambled rice cake, Sugarcane juice, Steamed rice rolls, …

Lastly, the guide returns you to your hotel. It is time to say goodbye, tour ends but memories last forever.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh

 

DAY 9: HO CHI MINH – CU CHI TUNNELS                        (B/L/D)

Morning, transfer to visit Cu Chi Tunnel – a popular spot for both Vietnamese and foreign tourists – the network of over 200km of tunnels became legendary when they played a vital role in the War. In their heyday, the tunnels were functioning underground cities including numerous trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers & kitchens.

Return to Ho Chi Minh city. Free at your leisure in the afternoon.

Dinner at authentic Vietnamese restaurant.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh

 

DAY 10: HO CHI MINH – MEKONG TOUR – CAN THO                   (B/L/D)

After breakfast, transfer to Ben Tre province. To walk in the milpa and feel the daily life of the people in coconut origin where you can weed, fertilize and harvest with the local peoples. Biking on the village-paths have a sightseeing of local people’s daily activities, peacefulness and scapes in Ben Tre’s countryside. Take a rest at local home to see the local people makes sugar cane juice–The Tourist can do it their self. Biking to visit the coconut handicrafts workshop to make house by coconut trunk. Continue biking on the village to the paddle pier and take crowing boat along palm creek that you feel the daily activities of the people at riverside.

Afternoon: Walk into the boat station. Take boat trip along Ba Lai legend river with the coconut’s stretches to see how local people fishing on the river. Stop to visit the coconut coir manufacturing facility. Continue cruising on Ba Lai river for relax tension. Have a sightseeing at local people’s daily activities on the river and feeling the daily life of the people at riverside. To see the coconut processing workshops located along river

Transfer to Can Tho city. Check in your homestay with private room. Enjoy your dinner in homestay.

Overnight in homestay

 

DAY 11: CAI RANG FLOATING MARKET – HO CHI MINH               (B)

Morning, we start the boat trip to visit Cai Rang floating local market. Get off the boat to walk around the An Binh market- this is the very lively farmer market, where we can see all things from Mekong delta farm…

Back to the boat then continue to Rau Ram canal for walking tour along the village road to see the activities of local life and stop to visit The rice noodle workshop to learn how to make rice noodle… We are cruising to the other canal to enjoy the fresh air and peaceful atmosphere of countryside.

Go to visit Binh Thuy Ancient House, the rare and perfect house preserved with the specific character of Cuu Long Delta in the past century.

Finally, we stop over at a local fruit garden. Then taste and enjoy fresh tropical fruits and green tea with their family.

Return to Ho Chi Minh city.

 

DAY 12: HO CHI MINH DEPARTURE     (B)

Transfer to airport to take departure flight. We do hope you enjoy the trip very much.

Note: check out time before 12pm.

 

*** ENJOY A WONDERFUL JOURNEY ***

PRICE INCLUDE:

  • Professional & helpful local English speaking guides during the tour
  • Accommodation based on TWN/DBL sharing room with daily breakfast
  • Private cabin on sharing cruise in Ha Long Bay with in-house English speaking guide
  • Vietnamese meals as mentioned in the program
  • Food tour in Hanoi; food tour in Ho Chi Minh; Cooking class in Hoi An
  • Transportation by mordern vehicle-AC with experienced driver
  • All entrance fee & sightseeing as mentioned on program
  • Boat trip on tour
  • 02 bottles (500 ml) of drinking water for each pax per day tour

 

PRICE EXCLUDE:

  • International flight ticket & airport tax (if have).
  • Domestic flight: Ha Noi – Hue & Da Nang – Ho Chi Minh
  • Visa arrangement: Visa approver letter & Visa stamp fee
  • Personal expenses: Tel, Fax, Mini Bar, Laundry, etc…
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Additional serives or optional tours
  • Tippings for tour guides & drivers
  • Peak Season & public holiday surcharge with compulsory dinner if any: TBA

 

CHILD POLICY (accompanied by group of 02 adults up)

  • Under 4 years: Free of charge landtour ( parents pay domestic flight, extra breakfast and other services if any)
  • From 04 – under 11 year old
  • Child no bed: 60%
  • Child with bed: 75%
  • Child from 11 year old: considered as a adult

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