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Immerse yourself in the real Vietnam, with unique guided excursion highlighting the country’s architecture and traditional cultures.
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9 nights’ accommodation, activities and entrances fees as per the itinerary, meals as per the itinerary, services of a private car and driver, internal flights, local English speaking guides.
Capture the real essence and spirit of Vietnam on this fascinating ten day journey which highlights the best this country has to offer. Unique guided excursions provide you with an insight into the country’s architecture, history and traditional cultures while also introducing you to the friendly local people, spectacular landscapes, amazing cuisine and presenting you with unforgettable experiences.
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Halong Bay is a breathtaking secluded harbour with 2,000 limestone islands rising from the emerald waters of Bac Bo Gulf. One of Vietnam's most scenic regions, this area of about 1,500 sq km is dotted with innumerable beaches and grottos, created over thousands of years by waves and wind.
Recently declared a World Heritage site, Hoi An is being beautifully restored and preserved. Today, parts of Hoi An look exactly as they did more than a century ago and it retains the feel of centuries past, making it the sort of place that grows on you the more you explore it.
Hanoi is famous for its beautiful lakes, shaded boulevards, verdant public parks and its thriving Old Quarter, which is an architectural museum piece retaining the air of a 1930s provincial French town.
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On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Take part in a morning street food walking tour and then head out of Hanoi to the home of bronze casting, Long Thuong village. Observe and interact with locals as they craft their products. Continue by foot to the 200-year-old Nom village, chatting with locals over tea and visiting the spirited Nom Pagoda. (B,D)
Travel by road to the spectacular World Heritage site of Halong Bay. Halong Bay is a breathtaking secluded harbour with 2,000 limestone islands rising from the emerald waters of Bac Bo Gulf. One of Vietnam's most scenic regions, this area of about 1,500 sq km is dotted with innumerable beaches and grottos, created over thousands of years by waves and wind. Board our private boat and cruise among the dramatic limestone peaks. There's an opportunity to swim in the famed South China Sea as well as to explore caves filled with stunning stalactites and stalagmites. Spend a peaceful night on board, beneath a night sky alive with stars. (B,L,D)
Cruise back to the port for your transfer back to Hanoi. This afternoon tour this lovely, laidback capital. Stroll the tree-lined boulevards to get a sense of the old days, wander the Old Quarter to uncover ancient temples and a rich, religious culture or head to the Temple of Literature. (B,D).
Fly to Hue. As the former imperial capital of Vietnam, Hue holds the treasures of Vietnam's royal past and is a curious mix of bustling streets and tranquil settings. Today you’ll tour around the city of Hue and visit the UNESCO listed Imperial Citadel and the Thien Mu Pagoda, considered by many to be the unofficial symbol of Hue. You will then enjoy a dragon boat cruise on the Perfume River and visit the royal tomb of Emperor Tu Duc, before heading back to Hue. This evening, the Doan family hosts dinner. Join the family in preparing your own Hue food specialties for dinner. (B, D)
Travel to Hoi An over the Hai Van Pass, stopping en-route at the Cham Museum. Built on the site of an ancient Cham village, Hoi An was a prosperous port from the 16th to 19th centuries trading with merchants from China, Japan, India, Indonesia and Europe who came to buy silk, spices and porcelain. Proceed on an afternoon walking tour of Hoi An. Following this, join an artisan family making traditional lanterns at their home. (B,L).
Travel to Duy Hai fishing village and see the hustle at the morning market. Continue to a fish sauce workshop to see how this key. ingredient is made. You will also visit a series of other villages to learn about some local food specialties, see a shrimp and duck farm and visit a mat weaving village. Cook and share a delicious meal with your hosts before return to Hoi An. (B)(L)
Transfer to Danang Airport for your flight to Saigon. You will meet your guide on arrival, transfer and check-in to your hotel. Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is characterised by a vast array of sights and sounds, and is a fascinating blend of old and new, East and West. (B)
Set off on a half day tour in Ho Chi Minh City. Start with a visit to the old Saigon Post Office, the most beautiful building of Indochina within the French colonial period. We might get a chance to talk to Mr. Duong, the oldest love letter writer. Stroll through the Old Central Market for a glimpse into the local daily life activities. Then walk over to Saigon's oldest colonial era apartment built in 1886 for an overview about local life under French time. Over a coffee have the chance to talk with a local about their lifestyle and Vietnamese family life. Continue to Le Loi Street to meet and chat with Mr Dung, who has been working on souvenir engraving since 1980s.
After some to relax back at your hotel, visit the famous Cu Chi tunnels. This former Viet Cong stronghold provides an insight into the resourcefulness and tenacity of the Vietnamese people, as well as a unique sense of what underground life was like during the American War. (B)
Drive from Saigon to Ben Tre Province, the land of coconuts. Upon arrival, start a boat trip and cruise along Ham Luong River and enjoy the landscapes of the delta with its busy waterway. Stop to explore the area with a visit to coconut processing workshop and learn about the multi-use of coconut, take a local transportation – Lambro to coconut brooms workshop and fiber workshop. Continue to Uncle Tam Nhu’s family to visit his fruits orchard and enjoy tropical fruits while having a talk with the family for better understand about “Mekong Culture”. Bid farewell and take a sampan ride through labyrinth of canals before getting back to the big boat for transferring to Mrs. Mai’s house for lunch. After meal, enjoy time relaxing by the river or do kayaking, take a leisure cycling trip (02km) around the village, and admire the tranquility of the delta before cruising back to Ben Tre Pier and drive back to Ho Chi Minh City. (B,L)
Transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (B)
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