There are numerous ancient landmarks and colonial structures that have survived throughout the bumps and scrapes of history Despite rapid modernization in Vietnam’s urban centers of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh, time-honored traditions remain intact amongst the locals.Vietnam is one of Southeast Asia’s most beautiful countries, attracting travelers to its lush mountains, bustling cities and golden sand beaches.
There are numerous ancient landmarks and colonial structures that have survived throughout the bumps and scrapes of history. Long, sandy beaches are home to luxurious resorts and fine-dining venues, making them ideal romantic getaways, while expansive rice terraces on the hills make for excellent hiking excursions. Vietnam is one of Southeast Asia’s most beautiful countries, attracting travelers to its lush mountains, bustling cities and golden sand beaches. Whether you’re planning a historical tour of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh, a relaxing beach break or simply want to escape the bustling city life, our Vietnam travel guide caters to just about any holiday preference Despite rapid modernization in Vietnam’s urban centers of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh, time-honoured traditions remain intact amongst the locals. Buddhist shrines can be found next to towering skyscrapers, where you can experience vibrant festivals and ceremonies dating back hundreds of years.
Arrive at Noi Bai airport, you will be greeted and transferred to the hotel. After short break, you take a cyclo tour through the bustling old quarter streets named after the specific goods once offered for sale at these places. Evening, enjoy a fantastic traditional water puppet show. Overnight in Hanoi.
Today you enjoy a full day city tour of this charming capital city including the mausoleum of the nation's founder Ho Chi Minh (close on Monday & Friday), the Presidential Palace, the Ho Chi Minh‘s house on stilts, the One Pillar Pagoda, the Temple of Literature, the impressive Ethnologic Museum, the beautiful West Lake, the peaceful lake of the Restored Sword.
In the evening, transfer to the Hanoi Railway Station for the overnight train to Lao Cai.
Arrive in Lao Cai in the early morning. After breakfast, drive to visit one of the famous markets here where you can meet many ethnic minorities such as Flower Hmong, Black Dao, Phu La, Tay, Nung ...These markets gather only one time per week and they offer its variety of local products, which could not be found in others areas (Bac Ha market & Muong Hum market on Sundays, Coc Ly market on Tuesdays, Lung Khau Nhin market on Thursdays & Can Cau markets on Saturdays only).
After visiting the market, we will drive to Sapa for hotel’s check in. Overnight in Sa Pa.
Today you will trek to visit scenic villages Ta Van of Zay hill tribe people and Lao Chai of Black H’mong people, where you discover the traditional lifestyle of welcoming people who are proud of their culture and keep their traditions and way of living. They have their own language. Zay women still wear traditional shirts with a purple, blue or green color. The Zay houses are built of wood and bamboo with a clay floor. Black H’mong women wear traditional indigo blue clothing.
Late afternoon, transfer to the Lao Cai Station for an overnight train to Hanoi.
Early morning pick-up at Hanoi Railway Station to the local restaurant for breakfast. Overland to Ha Long Bay, the most wonderful scenic sight of Vietnam, the World Natural Heritage Site with over 3000 limestone islands and islets rising fantastically from the clear and emerald water. Board a junk to travel around this magnificent landscape visiting its amazing grottoes and caves. Opportunity to dive off the boat and have a pleasant swimming in the deep blue water of East Sea. Enjoy excellent fresh seafood dinner on the boat. Overnight on board.
Morning continue our cruise exploring the natural beauty of the World Heritage. Afternoon return to Hanoi for transferring to the airport for the flight to Hue, Vietnam's last feudal capital where Nguyen Dynasty once ruled Vietnam during period 1802 - 1945. This small and quiet city is well-known for magnificent architecture, pagodas and royal tombs laid in small villages and surrounding hills. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel for check in. Overnight in Hue.
Morning take a boat trip on the romantic Perfume River visiting Hue’s oldest and most revered site, Thien Mu Pagoda, and the mausoleum of Emperor Minh Mang in a tranquil setting of gardens and lakes. Afternoon visit Imperial Citadel, Purple Forbidden City, the mausoleum of Emperor Tu Duc and Dong Ba market. Overnight in Hue.
Drive to Hoi An, a recognized World Heritage Site, which is famous by its ancient architecture of mixed Vietnamese, Chinese and Japanese style from the 16th century. Stop at Cham Museum which contains the finest collection of Cham sculpture in the world. Upon arrival, we walk around this ancient town of 600-year old visiting the 200 year-old Tan Ky house, Phuc Kien Pagoda, the Assembly Hall, the former merchants’ houses, the 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge and the colorful riverside market. Overnight in Hoi An.
The fabulous sunny weather, turquoise water surrounding a string of islands and white sandy beach stretching the whole length of the city make Nha Trang one of Vietnam's premier beach resorts. Take a boat trip around the coastal islands visiting the Tri Nguyen aquarium, a local fishing village to observe the island life. Today we also have lots of time on the blue clear water enjoying swimming and snorkeling or lazing on a beach. We arrive back to the town late afternoon and visit the Long Son Pagoda with its enormous white Buddha statue, and the impressive Ponagar Cham Towers, a secret Hindu site dating back to the 2nd century AD.Overnight in NhaTrang.
Leave Nha Trang for Da Lat, the “City of Eternal Spring". The charming town Da Lat is set around a lake and surrounded by evergreen forests, gardens, meadows, lakes, waterfalls and rolling countryside. On arrival in Da Lat we visit the Love Valley, the Xuan Huong Lake, the Lake of Sighs and the Flower Garden. Overnight in Da Lat.
Morning visit the summer residence of Vietnam's last Emperor Bao Dai, the Lam Ty Ni Pagoda, Hang Nga Guesthouse and Truc Lam Thien Vien Pagoda.
Afternoon we make our way down hill to Ho Chi Minh city through many tea and coffee plantations around Bao Loc. Arrive late in Ho Chi Minh city. This bustling metropolis, contradiction of its northern counterpart, is crowded with bikes and motorbikes, excited by numerous shopping area and sidewalk cafes. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
We travel through the rolling countryside to Vinh Long, the heart of Mekong Delta (125km). Upon arrival, ride a bicycle around the village to see local daily activities, visit a bonsai garden or fruits garden, boat building workshop, coconut candy and girdle cake shop. Tonight we have dinner with the host where we stay overnight, enjoy Mekong Delta’s traditional music and songs performed by villagers or even maybe our hostess. Overnight at the simple local house.
Take a boat trip for an exciting excursion around the tributaries of the mighty Mekong River to Cai Be vibrant floating market whose trading way is unique; each boat usually sells one particular item, whether it be pumpkins, pineapples or sugar canes… Walk around to visit fruit orchards, enjoy diverse types of tropical fruits. Then drive back to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival, we spend time for seeing some major sights of the city such as the Reunification Palace, the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Old Sai Gon Post Office. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Free at leisure until transfer to Tan Son Nhat airport for departure flight.
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