A Glance of Vietnam Culture 10 days

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A Glance of Vietnam Culture 10 days

  • Destinations: Vietnam
  • Trip type: Culture
  • Duration: 10 days 9 nights
  • Sight-seeing: Hanoi-Halong Bay–Hue-Hoi An-HCMC-Mekong Delta
  • Trip starting: From Hanoi to HCMC or vice versa on request.
  • Hotel : 4-star hotel / 5-star hotel
  • Departure: Daily departure at clients date

Insight Asia Travel would like to introduce  “A Glance of Vietnam Culture 10 trip”. Within 10 days in Vietnam starting from Hanoi and bounding to the South and ended in Saigon, you will have a chance to learn about the Vietnamese  country, interesting places, World Heritage Site as Halong Bay, Hue Citadel, Hoi An Ancient town,  people,  culture, to taste Vietnamese famous cuisines. In short, you will find out a Vietnam much different from what you can image.  

Valid  until 31 Dec 2017
Based on group of 2 persons
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Valid until 31 Dec 2017
Based on group of 2 persons

Request your exact group size for better price

Day 1: Welcome to Hanoi | Meal: D | Overnight: Hanoi

Warm welcome upon your arrival in Hanoi. Your guide and driver will meet you at the airport for a transfer to your hotel located in the Hanoi downtown. Your guide’s welcome speech will give you overall information about the city of Hanoi. After check in you have free time to relax, then your guide will see you again for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. Your first day will be completed by a water puppet show – a unique art performance in Vietnam.

Day 2: Hanoi Free Choice: Sightseeing - Street Food - Dinning | Overnight: Hanoi

Widely acknowledged as one of the loveliest cities in Asia, this one-thousand-year old city offer you its unique images that totally different from other Asian cities. Hanoi still retains a small-town provincial charm and unique intermingle with a French legacy wide, tree-lined boulevards, parks, grand villas and an artistic, café society.

Different people, different interests and tastes. Hanoi Free Choice included Sightseeing – Street Food – Dinning offers you the best things that Hanoi has to offer and satisfy you with a personalize discovery and authentic experience. Please select one of the Hanoi city options and one of the Hanoi Surroundings to enjoy the day in Hanoi. Do not forget to add your favourit street food to the list and the dining option to taste and experience the Hanoi and North Vietnam cuisine.

Hanoi Free Choice Offers. All included. No extra cost
1. Free Choice Sightseeing
+ Option 1: Hanoi Full-day ( Maximum 7 places )
+ Option 2: Hanoi Half-day ( Maximum 4 places ) & One of Hanoi Surroundings

2. Free Choice Street Food Lunch Break – Authentic experiences
3. Free Choice Dining

Feel free to personalize and enrich your visit
Hanoi Sightseeings:
1. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum ( open in the morning) ; 2. One Pillar Pagoda
3. Quan Thanh Temple ; 4. Temple of Literature
5. Bach Ma Temple ; 6. Hanoi Ancient House
7. Tran Quoc pagoda ; 8. Sword Lake and Ngoc Son Temple
9. Vietnam Military History Museum ; 10. Vietnam National Museum of History
11. Vietnam Museum of Ethnology ; 12. Vietnamese Women’s Museum

Hanoi Surroundings
1. Bat Trang pottery villages: About 13 kilometers south east of Hanoi center, Bat Trang village, established in 14th or 15th century, is famous for ceramic and pottery products of high quality such as vases, bowls, dishes, and many other kinds of ceramic products which have been exported worldwide.

2. Van Phuc silk village: About 8 km southwest of Ha Noi, Van Phuc silk village is well known for its traditional sericulture, weaving, and silk products for a long-lasting history of more than two thousand years. The village makes more than 2 million meters of silk per year and is an ideal place for silk products & souvenirs

3. Duong Lam Ancient village: Duong Lam ancient village, some 60km to the west of Hanoi, has a history of about 1,200 years with many houses dating back up to 400 years. One special thing about the village is that most of the buildings here are made of laterite and mud, two materials that are abundant in the area. The village also has its prestige as two of Vietnam’s kings, Phung Hung (761-802) and Ngo Quyen (896-944) were born in here.

4. Dong Ho painting village: Dong Ho painting village, 30 km to the East of Hanoi, or Vietnamese woodblock prints is a distinct Vietnamese folk art. Dong Ho paintings reflect people’s innermost feelings. Dong Ho paintings is made of of bark of a tree called “Dzo. Colors of the painting are refined from various kinds of tree leaves that people can easily find in Vietnam. Dong Ho paintings have about 300 years of history in the north of Vietnam. It is always considered a symbol of traditional culture and aesthetic value of Vietnam.

Free Choice Street Food Lunch Break – Authentic experiences
1. “ Pho Hanoi “
2. “ Banh Cuon “
3. “ Bun Cha Hanoi “ followed by a cup of Vietnamese coffee/tea/softdrink
4. “ Bo kho ”
All street food is followed by a cup of Vietnamese coffee/tea at street-side pub.

Free Choice Dining
1. “ Cha Ca Hanoi “ in Hanoi Old Quarter area at local restaurant.
2. Vegetarian set-menu at local restaurant
3. Vietnamese set-menu at French building restaurant
4. Vietnamese cuisine a-la-carte at Ngon restaurant
5. KOTO restaurant. Know One Teach One unique restaurant.

Day 3: Hanoi - Halong Bay | Meal: B-L-D | Overnight: Traditional Junk

In the morning you leave Hanoi for HalongBay via the Red River Delta. Welcome on board. You will set out on a junk cruise on the bay while seafood lunch is served. After lunch, you take a short trek to a nearby summit for a panoramic view of the bay, swimming on a quiet beach or sunbathing on the sundeck.

In the late afternoon, you take a take a bamboo row boat to visit an interesting fishing village with an opportunity to interact with fishermen who have been living in the bay for almost three generations. You also take a kayak to discover a water tunnel with many coral reefs in a scenic lagoon. Back on board to enjoy watching the peaceful sunset, joining a Vietnamese cooking demonstration and later unwind at a restaurant.

Day 4: Halong Bay - Hanoi | Meal: Brunch | Overnight: Hanoi

Early birds will have a chance to join in the Tai Chi lesson on the sundeck and view the sunrise over the bay with a cup of coffee or tea.  After brunch you will take a tender to visit one of the most beautiful limestone grottos – Sung Sot cave. Your junk sets sail to cruise back to the dock while you enjoy a final glimpse of HalongBay. On the journey back to Hanoi you will have a stop at the Phu Lang ceramic village – one of the most famous ceramic brands dated from 17th – 19th century in the North of Vietnam. Then you drive back to Hanoi.

Day 5: Fly to Hue – Half-day Tour | Meal : B-D | Overnight: Hue

Today you have free time until transfer to Hanoi airport for flight to Hue. Your guide and driver will meet you at the airport for a transfer to your hotel. Located in central Vietnam, Hue used to be the Citadel of the Nguyen Dynasty from 1805 to 1945 and is recognized as a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO. Afternoon you  have a private tour to explore the Hue Citadel comprising three circles oRoyal Citadel and Forbidden Citadel. End of the day you visit the local Dong Ba market locaated on a bank of the Perfume river – a paradise for snapshots of daily activities. In the evening you enjoy a Hue Citadel Royal style dinner tasting some Royal cuisines at local restaurant.

Day 6: Boat trip - Hue – Hoi An | Meal : B-D | Overnight: Hoi An

In the morning you  have a Dragon boat cruising on the Perfume river to visit the Thien Mu pagoda, one of the oldest and prettiest religious buildings in the country. From there you rejoin your car to visit the king Minh Mang’s tomb and king Tu Duc’s tomb. Back to hotel for short break then you leave Hue for Hoi An, another World Heritage site in Central Vietnam. Journey to Hoi An is travelling over the Hai Van pass where you have a stop for a panoramic view over the Lang Co beach before arriving  your hotel in Hoi An. At leisure then you enjoy dinner at local restaurant.

Day 7: Hoi An Free Choice Sightseeing - Surroundings - Street Food - Dining

Your stay in the Hoi An Ancient town will be full of interesting. Besides the Walking Hoi An Ancient town, you can select one of the Hoi An Surroundings to start your wonderful day in Hoi An. Do not forget to add your favourit street food to the list and the dining option to taste and experience the Quang Nam cuisine.

Hoi An Free Choice Offers. All included. No extra cost
1. Free Choice Sightseeing: Walking Hoi An Ancient town
2. Free Choice Surroundings
3. Free Choice Street Food Lunch Break – Authentic experiences
4. Free Choice Dining

Feel free to personalize and enrich your visit

Hoi An Sightseeings
Walking in Hoi An Ancient town: Explore the town with old houses, narrow streets and stop to visit the lantern makers, Japanese Covered Bridge, Chinese Assembly Halls, Handicraft workshop.

Hoi An Surroundings
1. Tra Que Vegetable village by bicycle: Where you can join with gardening activities as preparing the land and fertilizing with seaweed from the local lake, prepare food and join lunch with a local family. It is also good time to relax and learn more about the Vietnamese village.

2. Kim Bong Carpentry village by boat: Formed in the 15 th century by Vietnameses from the Northern Vietnam, Kim Bong carpentry developed vigorously and the occupational village was established with three groups: Ancient architectural construction, civil wooden furniture and shipbuilding. Many carpenters from this village worlked to build Hue Citadel

3. My Son Sanctuary: My Son Sanctuary dates from the 4th to the 13th centuries. It was a unique culture on the coast of contemporary Vietnam, owing its spiritual origins to the Hinduism of India. This is graphically illustrated by the remains of a series of impressive tower temples in a dramatic site that was the religious and political capital of the Champa Kingdom for most of its existence. The My Son Sanctuary is a remarkable architectural ensemble that developed over a period of ten centuries. It presents a vivid picture of spiritual and political life in an important phase of the history of South-East Asia.

Free Choice Hoi An Street Food Lunch Break – Authentic experiences
1. “ Rice & Chicken”
2. “ Banh Xeo Hoi An “
3. “ Cao Lau Hoi An”
4. “ Mi Quang ”
All street food is followed by a cup of Vietnamese coffee/tea at street-side pub

Free Choice Dining:
1. Hoi An cuisine set-menu at local restaurant.
2. Dinner on the beach at local restaurant.
3. BBQ fresh seafood on the beach at local restaurant.
4. Relaxing Dinner Cruise on the Hoai river and the Thu Bon river

Day 8: Fly to Ho Chi Minh city | Free Choice Sightseeing | Meal : B-D | Overnight: HCMC

Again you take an one-hour flight to Ho Chi Minh city, the most dynamic one where everyone seems busy riding, buying, selling, studying. However, the city’s core is still adorned with wide elegant boulevards and historic French colonial buildings.  In the afternoon,  you are offered the Free Choice Sightseeing to  visit some famous city’s attractions . Tonight you dinner on the Lady Hau cruises on the Saigon river.

HCMC Free Choice Sightseeings
1. Reunification Palace
2. Municipal Theatre – City Post Office – Notre-Dame Cathedral
3. War Remnants Museum
4. Vinh Nghiem pagoda
5. Hoang De pagoda
6. Ben Thanh market

Day 9: Mekong Delta excursion | Meal: B-L | Overnight: HCMC

Today you have am excursion to the Mekong Delta. Surrounded by thousands of crisscrossed canals, life in the Mekong Delta revolves much around the river, most of the villages are often accessible by rivers and canals rather than by road. Upon arrival you take a motor-boat to explore the Thoi Son islet, one of the four famous islets ( Dragon, Unicorn, Tortoise, Phoenix). Following a village path passing local houses to visit some family-run coconut candy mills then you take a horse-cart from village to village. Enjoy lunch with local special dishes followed by the “Southern Vietnamese folk music”, a very common art activity in the Mekong Delta performed by local people.  Back to HCMC. At leisure.

Day 10: HCMC Departure | Meal: B

Today is the last day of your trip. Enjoy your free time at your hotel or you can do your last minute souvenir shopping before meeeting your guide for transfer to airport for your flight home. Have a nice journey and thanks for joining us.

SUNWAY HOTEL HANOI

Sunway Hotel Hanoi is an award winning international 4-star hotel, with easy access to Hanoi’s commercial and business districts. Located at the quiet end of the French Old Quarter,away from the hustle of the busy city and yet only 28km away from the airport, Sunway Hotel Hanoi is also an excellent choice to explore this beautiful city.

GARDEN BAY CRUISES

From the ship ambiance, the wooden oriental design, the food served onboard to exotic isles, dramatic caves and untouched beaches, you will surely savour the great cultural, historical and natural diversity of the ancient Bay and its local life that we passion to share. Our medium sized wooden junks give easy access to secluded areas within the bay and its surrounding.

HUE RIVERSIDE BOUTIQUE RESORT & SPA

Ideally located on the bank of the Perfume River with a unique view of the Van Thanh Temple just opposite  the river and best place for those who would like to experience a rich local Vietnamese village culture, surrounded by stunning organic rice fields, traditional garden houses from the very moment of your arrival.

MUCA HOIAN BOUTIQUE RESORT – HOI AN

Muca Hoi An Boutique Resort & Spa is an ideal choice for an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime romantic getaway. This enchanting resort is ideally located alongside the romantic and tranquil Thu Bon River of Hoi An and surrounded by beautiful Nipa palm trees. It features a seamless fusion of traditional Hoi An and European arch interior design, creating a charming old world ambience.

GRAND SILVERLAND HOTEL & SPA 

This brand new 4 star is preferred place of busy business travelers as it is just within walking minutes from Ben Thanh Market and close to the Opera House, Metropolitan Building, Saigon Centre. The hotel offers rooms with high class branded amenities and entertainment facilities, especially the Rooftop Swimming Pool.

SHERATON HANOI HOTEL

Surrounded by lush gardens, sweeping lawns and tranquil courtyards. This peaceful oasis features picturesque views of West Lake and is less than 10 minutes from downtown Hanoi. The hotel provides the perfect balance between tranquility and convenience. Complimentary shuttle bus with just a quick drive to historical Hanoi Old Quarter or dynamic shopping centers.

ROYAL WINGS CRUISES

This vessel combining traditional oriental value and completely different styles of luxury is the best choice to serve the upcoming travelers with the expectation of high-end facilities, professional services in Halong Bay, Vietnam. The cruise will bring you the most comfortable with a luxury cabin, restaurant, bars to give the passengers the best relaxing and enjoy all the interesting time onboard.

IMPERIAL HOTEL HUE

Ideally located on the bank of the Perfume River with a unique view of the Van Thanh Temple just opposite  the river and best place for those who would like to experience a rich local Vietnamese village culture, surrounded by stunning organic rice fields, traditional garden houses from the very moment of your arrival.

PALM GARDEN BEACH RESORT & SPA 

Overlooking the Cua Dai Beach, Palm Garden Beach Resort & Spa is the best charming upscale beachfront retreat in Hoi An. The resort offers a touch of Hoi An’s traditional architectural design combined with a taste of modern luxury. It is a 5 minute to the center of the World Heritage Hoi An Ancient Town & 30-minute to Danang International Airport by car from the resort.

CARAVELLE HOTEL SAIGON

Features stylish French and Vietnamese architecture, an outdoor pool and non-smoking rooms with free Wi-Fi. the eco-friendly hotel also has a rooftop bar with live music performances.Only 160 metres from the famous Opera House and a 9-minute walk from Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica and an 11-minute walk from Ben Thanh market.

  • Private airport pick-up & drop off
  • Private sightseeing tour with English speaking guide
  • Private boat trip as per tour program
  • Hotel accommodation – Shared in double room
  • Meals as stated in the program
  • Water and tissues on coach
  • All entrance fees
  • All in-tour flights
  • 24/7 hotline support
  • Guarantee 100% money back if not satisfied
  • Complimentary Vietnam visa on arrival pre-approved letter.
  • Tour duration less than 15 days, visitors from the following countries do not need a visa to Vietnam: Kingdom of Great Britain, Republic of France, Federal Republic of Germany, Kingdom of Spain, Republic of Italy Japan, Korea, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Sweden and Russia. 
  • Vietnam 30-day single-entry e-visa can be applied by citizens of: Ireland ; Germany ;  Denmark; United States of America; United Kingdom ; Sweden….(Total 40 countries)
  • International flights & tax
  • Travel insurance
  • Beverages
  • Personal expenses, tips and gratuities
  • Peak season or Public holidays surcharge if any
  • Compulsory Gala dinner on Christmas or New Year if any
  • Visa fee
  • Other services not mentioned above

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Loraine Steven | United States | Oct 2016

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