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Vietnam Insights 14 Days HOT TOUR

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Start city: Ha Noi
End city: Ho Chi Minh
Duration: 14 days 13 nights
Departure: Daily, upon your request
Destination: Hanoi – Sapa – Halong – Hue – Hoian - Ho Chi Minh, Mekong Delta, Cu Chi tunnels

This is a wonderful journey designed for those who want to experience the very best of Vietnam from Ha Noi's 1000 years of history to the economic hustle of Ho Chi Minh City, the mystical limestone peaks of Halong Bay, the Imperial City of Hue, the charming ancient town of Hoian and the intricate waterways of the Mekong Delta.

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Day 1: Hanoi Arrival (D)
Welcome to Hanoi, Vietnam’s bustling colonial capital. Your driver and guide will meet you outside the baggage claim of Noi Bai Airport and take you to your hotel in the city center. In the afternoon, enjoy an orientation walk, visiting some of Hanoi’s main attractions: the Opera House, Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple. In the evening, savor a welcome dinner of authentic Vietnamese food at one of Hanoi’s finest restaurants.
Overnight in your hotel in Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi City Tour – Night train to Lao Cai (B, D)
Today you have a full day to explore Vietnam’s charming capital. With its wide tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes and ancient oriental pagodas; Hanoi is an eclectic mix that offers something for everyone. Your city tour will take you to Hanoi’s key sites: the Ho Chi Minh Complex (Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum and stilt house), the nearby One Pillar Pagoda; the Presidential Palace; the Temple of Literature; the Quan Thanh Temple, the sedate Tran Quoc Pagoda & West Lake; and the Ethnology Museum. In the evening enjoy a traditional Water Puppet Performance – a unique Vietnamese art form hailing from Southeast Asia’s wet-rice culture – before heading to the train station to catch your night train to Lao Cai.
Overnight on the train.

Day 3: Lao Cai – Sapa – Cat Cat – Sin Chai villages (B)
The train arrives at the Lao Cai railway station in the early morning. Your guide and driver will meet you there and take you on the 40km drive to Sapa – Northwest Vietnam’s premier travel destination. Enjoy breakfast at the hotel then catch a few hours of rest before beginning your adventure in this beautiful mountain landscape and home to many minority hill tribe peoples. Later this morning, your guide will take you on a two

hour trek through the terraced rice fields to visit the villages Cat Cat and Sin Chai, where you will learn about local traditions and daily life. The rest of the day, you are free at your leisure to explore the town.
Overnight at your hotel in Sapa.

Day 4: Sapa – Visit hill tribe villages (B, L)
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, before setting out on a full day’s trek to explore Sapa’s cultural diversity and haunting natural beauty. Take a guided hike through yawning valleys decorated with terraced rice fields and pass through remote hill tribe villages. Your trek takes you to Lao Chai and Ta Van villages to explore the daily life and familiarize yourself with the cultures of the H’mong, Dzao and Dzay people who populate the region. Have lunch at a hill tribe village then drive back to Lao Cai to catch your return night train to Hanoi.
Overnight on the train.

Day 5: Hanoi – Halong (B, L, D)

   AM: Be picked up at your hotel from 8:00am.for a 3.5 hour bus ride through the country side of the Red River Delta to Ha Long City. Upon arrival, board the Halong Phoenix Cruiser. A fresh seafood lunch (vegetable menu available) will be served while the boat is setting sail.
   PM: Prepare for a fun kayaking experience in this area while absorbing the stunning vista of the serene bay. Experience a short tender ride from the middle of the bay to Ti Top island where you can relax on the beach or walk up to the top of the island for the panoramic view of the anchorage area. Return to the Halong Phoenix Cruiser, as the sun sets over the bay and relax on the sundeck with your favorite drink. Dinner is served with delicious local seafood.
Overnight is on board.
Day 6: Halong – Hanoi (B, L)
   AM: Rise early and witness a breathtaking sunrise from the sundeck. Enjoy your buffet breakfast before visiting one of the most beautiful cave in Halong – Amazing Cave. Return to the boat and learn about the recipe and techniques that go into creating the most popular dish of the Vietnamese. Lunch will be served while cruising back to the harbor.
   PM: Your bus is waiting at the harbor port to take you back to Hanoi.
You will be transferred to the airport for flight to Hue.
Upon arrival, you will meet our driver and he will take you to hotel for overnight.

Day 7: Hue City Tour (B)
Spend an entire day touring Vietnam’s former ancient capital. Start the day with a visit to the Imperial Citadel, home to the Imperial City and Forbidden Purple City – once the Emperor's private residence. The Imperial City was created in the 19th century and modeled on the Forbidden City in Beijing. The Imperial enclosure houses many palaces

and temples within its walls. In the afternoon, continue on your tour stopping at the Imperial Museum, Tu Hieu Pagoda and vibrant Dong Ba riverside market.
Overnight at your hotel.
Day 8: Hue – Danang – Hoian (B)
Spend this morning on a private boat cruise down the romantic Perfume River to visit the Lady Pagoda (Thien Mu Pagoda) and the ornate Minh Mang's tomb. Enjoy lunch at a riverside restaurant before starting your drive to Hoian. Pass over the 500m-high Hai Van pass and stop en route in Danang for a visit to the Cham Museum and handicraft villages at the foot of Marble Mountain. Arrive in the sleepy riverside town, Hoian, in the late afternoon, check in at your hotel and then enjoy the rest of the evening free at your leisure.
Overnight at your hotel.

Day 9: Hoian – My Son (B)
Today you travel 40km outside of Hoian to the UNESCO World Heritage Site: My Son. Surrounded by the Cat’s Tooth Mountains, My Son is home to the ancient Cham ruins and is often referred to as Vietnam’s Angkor Wat. Return to Hoian in time for lunch then enjoy a free afternoon, for shopping, exploring or beachside relaxation.
Overnight in Hoian.

Day 10: Hoian – Danang – Fly to Ho Chi Minh (B)
Have breakfast at your hotel then drive to the airport to catch your flight to Vietnam’s modern metropolis: Ho Chi Minh. Arrive in the late morning and enjoy an orientation tour through Ho Chi Minh city’s bustling streets en route to the hotel. Have lunch at a downtown restaurant of your choosing before setting out on a guided city tour. In the afternoon you will visit such sites as the Reunification Palace, the War Remnants Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, the City Post Office and Ben Thanh Market. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.

Day 11: Ho Chi Minh – Cu Chi Tunnels – Tay Ninh (B)
After breakfast at your hotel, you travel outside of Ho Chi Minh to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels. The Cu Chi Tunnels are an underground labyrinth of passageways, used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War (or “American War” as it’s referred to here) as protection against American air raids. Those inclined are invited to crawl through sections of the tunnels to better understand what life was like for the Vietnamese soldiers during wartime. Next you will visit the beautiful Cao Dai Temple in Tay Ninh and partake in the noontime prayer service. This large and colorful compound is home to the hybrid religion founded in the 1920s: Caodaism, which combines elements of Buddhism, Confucianism, Hinduism, Christianity and Islam in order to promote peace. Have lunch in Tay Ninh and return to Ho Chi Minh in the late afternoon.
Overnight at your hotel.

Day 12: Ho Chi Minh – Mekong Delta – Cai Be – Vinh Long – Can Tho (B, L)
Today you leave Ho Chi Minh and travel to the Mekong River Delta. Enjoy an early breakfast at the hotel before driving to the riverside town, Cai Be. Along the way, stop at a candy factory and orchard garden, where you have an opportunity to listen to
traditional music. Enjoy a relaxing lunch at a riverside restaurant, then cross the river by motorized boat to visit some alluvial islands and explore the countryside by bicycle. Your driver will meet you at Vinh Long pier and take you to Can Tho City for the night. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 13: Can Tho – Floating market – Ho Chi Minh (B)
Wake early and leave the hotel to visit the famous Cai Rang floating market by motorized boat. Continue the boat ride to visit the Mekong Delta’s famous fruit orchards and sample the fresh, exotic fruit. Then venture deeper into the countryside, passing traditional houses made of wood and palm leaves and observing the daily activities of the local people. Return to Can Tho for lunch then drive back to Ho Chi Minh, arriving in the late afternoon.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 14: Ho Chi Minh Departure (B)
Have breakfast at your hotel then enjoy a free morning before driving to the airport to catch your departure flight home.

Our prices include:

  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast & meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Transport by private car with AC
  • Visiting boat
  • English-speaking guides
  • Domestic flight tickets (SGN-NHA, NHA-DAD, DAD-HAN)
  • Water & First Aid
  • Entrance fees, performances, boat trips & excursions.

Our prices exclude:

  • Travel insurance
  • Vietnam Visa
  • Gratuities for tour guides/ drivers
  • Beverages & other personal expenses.
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