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Our 08-day Vietnam Cultural Tour give you an opportunity to explore Vietnam’s key sites and get a taste for its’ natural wonders, fascinating cultures, historic monuments, vibrant cities, awe-inspiring & pristine landscapes. This journey that takes you from south to north of Vietnam, discover Ho Chi Minh City - the largest city in Vietnam, broad a boat trip through the Mekong Delta’s maze of waterways in the Southern of Vietnam. Move to the Central of Vietnam, you will have change to discover the modern and ancient history at Hue and Hoi An’s remarkable monuments. Head north to visit Hanoi, Vietnam’s vibrant capital, and the World Heritage Site of Halong Bay, where you’ll take a traditional sailing junk boat in the breathtaking Gulf of Tonkin.
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Day 1: Ho Chi Minh Arrival
Arrival at Tan Son Nhat Airport, you will be welcomed and transferred by your Asia Senses tour guide and driver to your hotel for check in. Depend on your actual arrival time, some soft sightseeing for an orientation tour is suggested.
In the evening, you could stroll through Bui Vien or Pham Ngu Lao streets and look for yourself tasty noodles, snacks and breads. It’s a great chance to sample all those weird and wonderful foods in your vacation in Vietnam. Overnight at the hotel in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC)
Today’s exploration will bring you one of the best experiences that only you also find in best tours in Vietnam. Our guide will come and pick up at hotel then transfer you to My Tho. It takes around 2 hours to drive from Saigon to My Tho city. Along the way, you could watch variety scenery and peaceful daily life in rural area of Mekong Delta. Observing daily activities of local people along the river, sellers and buyers bargaining, exchanging fish, the products that they got from their working on the river.
Upon arrival My Tho city, we will broad on a motor boat around Phoenix Island, Turtle Island, Dragon Island and the last stop is Unicorn Island. You will take a short trek and go for a rowing boat trip. Enjoy your lunch with Vietnamese traditional dishes, tropical fruit. Feel free to cycle around rural villages on the island. From Unicorn island, our cruise will head to Ben Tre province to visit the handmade pop rice, rice paper and coconut candy workshops. After that, you will be transferred to a small boat and travel along the lush, green canals that are so beautiful for photography.
At the end of tour, we drive back Ho chi minh city (2 hours). Relax at the hotel. Overnight at hotel in HCMC.
Aquari Saigon Hotel
Day 3: HCMC – Da Nang – Hoi An
Today’s tour starts as the guide come to pick up you then take you to visit the historical landmarks of Ho Chi Minh City. Our first destination is Reunification Palace (the former Presidential Palace) which was the former residence of the President of South Vietnam until end of April 1975. We also visit other French colonial structures including the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Old Saigon Post Office, Saigon Opera house. They were built in period of French colonial in Vietnam (1887-1945). Lunch break at a restaurant which is suggested by the guide.
After lunch, we will visit to Cho Lon (Binh Tay Market), the Chinatown district, to discover the area’s markets, shops, and the Cantonese Thien Hau Pagoda. From here, proceed to visit the Museum of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine - Vietnam's first traditional medicine museum, with an stunning collection of 3,000 items relevant to the development of traditional Vietnamese medicine. Implements used to prepare indigenous herbs, and objects commonly found in traditional pharmacies can be seen in the ancient books and documents as well as galleries on traditional Vietnamese medicine.
Return to the city centre to visit Ben Thanh Market where an incredible display of fresh produce is offered. Enjoy a stroll through the market exploring the variety of goods for sale. In the evening, you will be transferred to Tan Son Nhat airport for domestic flight to Da Nang city. Our guide in Da Nang will pick you up and transfer to hotel in Hoi An for check in. Overnight at the hotel in Hoi An.
We begin with a walking tour of Hoi An’s ancient quarter. We will visit highlights for sightseeing in Hoi An. Our first destination is Japanese Covered Bridge which is Hoi An’s iconic 400-year-old. There is a small temple attached to one side as a prominent example of Japanese architecture. Next, we head to Ong Temple which was built in 1653 by Chinese settlers to worship Guan Yu, an ancient Chinese general whose character stands for loyalty, bravery and justice.
Museum of Trade Ceramics is our next destinations. It is an elegant Vietnamese style wooden house which was built in 1858 showcasing antique ceramic artifacts. Then we will visit the 200-year-old Tan Ky House which was the residence of a Chinese merchant in the part.
There is also an opportunity to visit the private home of Diep Dong Nguyen which owns and displays a fascinating collection of artifacts ranging from pottery and paintings to seals and money. The remainder of the day you can wander then explore the rest of the ancient city, the colorful market with stalls brimming with tropical specialties including silk, which can be turned into fashionable garments within a day. Overnight at hotel in Hoi An.
Hoi An Essence Hotel & Spa
Day 5: Hoi An – Da Nang – Hanoi
This morning, you will be transferred to Da Nang airport for flight to Hanoi. Our guide will welcome you at Noi Bai airport, then we head to city center for your tour in Ha Noi. After hotel check in, we will visit the Temple of Literature, the first university of Vietnam. It was constructed as a temple university in 1070 dedicated to Confucius. Lunch will be served at KOTO Restaurant where the staff is former street children being trained in culinary and hospitality skills.
In the afternoon, we continue to visit Hoa Lo prison also known as ‘Hanoi Hilton’ and Hoa Lo Prison kept Vietnamese revolutionaries and soldiers and American POW during the Vietnam War. After that we move to Hoan Kiem Lake and visit Ngoc Son Temple, dedicated to the 13th century national hero Tran Hung Dao which stands along the lake’s edge at the center of Jade Island. You could walk around the lake, watch and chat with the local people. It is a good opportunity for you to learn about Vietnam history and culture.
Experience a one hour cyclo ride around the 36 streets of the Hanoi old quarter to learn more about simple life of Hanoian. Finish your day off at Bong Sen Opera Theatre for a traditional Vietnamese water puppet show, a typical northern Vietnamese art form. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.
Today, you will be transferred to Ha Long Bay, which is about 160 km (3.5-hour drive away). On the way, you will see some rural areas with plenty of chances to take photos of Vietnamese farmers working in paddy fields. Stop half way to visit a handicraft workshop of fine clothes and embroidered paintings.
You will arrive at the docks around mid-noon, check in aboard the Halong bay cruise. The seafood lunch will be served as you cruise this spectacular bay. You will have an unforgettable cruise around the breathtaking and unique limestone mountain islands. A sumptuous local seafood lunch will be served as you cruise this spectacular bay.
You will visit one of the famous caves of Halong Bay: Dinh Huong Island, Ga Choi Island, Dog Island, Sail Island, a visit to Sung Sot Cave. There is also a stop at Ti Top Mountain, where you will climb to the top for a stunning panoramic view of Halong Bay. Then you return to your boat. Relax to enjoy the bay view at sunset, have your delicious dinner. (Note: Program may differ slightly base on cruise ships)
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight on the overnight junk/boat cruise in Halong Bay.
Day 7: Halong Bay – Hanoi
Wake up early and refresh your body and mind with a Tai Chi exercise on the sundeck. Have tea and coffee onboard and watch the stunning views of Halong bay. There will be an opportunity for you to kayak and swim or access some of the sites inaccessible by the larger boats, including a cave.
Lunch will be serviced on board before the cruise arrival back at the dock where you will be picked and be transferred back to Hanoi by private car. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.
Essence Palace Hotel
Day 8: Hanoi Departure
This morning, we will visit Ho Chi Minh Complex. This famous site contains Ba Dinh square, the mausoleum of the nation’s founder Ho Chi Minh, the Presidential Palace and the Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts. Close to this complex is the One Pillar Pagoda, whose origins date back to the foundation of city.
After the visit to Ho Chi Minh Complex, your journey about culture of Vietnam wraps up today. Then you will be transferred to airport for your departure flight.
Private Tour Price (2 Pax Up)
$ 2,000 $ 1,600
Tour Price Includes
07 hotel night accommodation.
Local English speaking guides.
Meals as mentioned.
02 domestic flights HCMC - Da Nang – Hanoi.
Boat in Cai Be - Mekong Delta.
All sightseeing as specified and entrance fees included.
Bottled drinking water per touring days.
Overnight junk boat in Halong Bay.
Tour Price Excludes
Visas if required.
Other meals not mentioned in the program.
Items of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks, etc.
Tips for your guide and driver (discretionary).
Any camera or video fees at any sites.
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