Sight-seeing: Hanoi- Mai Chau – Ninh Binh – Halong Bay – Hue – Hoi An-HCMC-Mekong Delta
Trip starting: From Hanoi to HCMC or vice versa on request.
Accommodation: 4-star / 5-star hotel
Departure: Daily departure at clients date
All members of your family share unique experiences of street food and market tour in Hanoi, homestay in a house-on-stilts of the white Thai ethnic people, learn of their culture, biking from village to village along the path, explore the Red River Delta while visiting the Dinh Le temple in Ninh Binh. In the Central Vietnam, Hue Citadel offers you more about the country’s history and Hoi An give you a biking to the countryside and being a real farmer. Experience southern Vietnamese folk music in the Mekong Delta and delight in delta’s cuisine. Take a sampan cruising through the canals – just some of the many activities that make this tour an exciting experience.
Day 1: Welcome to Hanoi | Meal: | Overnight: Hanoi
Warm welcome upon your arrival in Hanoi. Your guide will meet you at the airport for a transfer to your hotel located in the Hanoi downtown. After check in you have free time to relax, then your guide see you again for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. Your day will be completed by a water puppet show – a unique art performance in Vietnam.
Day 2: Hanoi - Street food & Market tour | Meal: B - L - D | Overnight: Hanoi
In the morning you start the Hanoi street food & market tour with an introduction to the local food scene over a hearty bowl of pho; noodle soup, the quintessential Hanoi street food. Then it is off to a bustling local market where your chef will demystify the local produce, and encourage you to taste some of its most exotic ingredients . A further 5 venues are included in the tour and all travel between venus is by taxi or on foot, the tour lasts for 4 hours and finishes with a typical Vietnamese ca phe, or che (Vietnamese tea) and local sweets. Your chef and guide will also share some of their favourite eating and shopping secrets in Ha Noi for you to explore furth.nAfternoon you visit some Hanoi’s most interesting places including Temple of Litirature, then having a walk through the Hanoi Old Quarter, visit Ngoc Son Temple and enjoy a cup of Vietnamese coffee at a street-pub. Tonight you enjoy a Hanoi special dish “Cha Ca” at one of the most unique restaurants located in the Hanoi Old Quarter.
Day 3: Hanoi - Mai Chau | Meal: B - L - D | Overnight: Homestay in Mai Chau
Today, you leave Hanoi for Mai Chau valley, the capital of the White Thai ethnic people. Enjoy the beautiful scenery and the superb panorama of Mai Chau, surrounded by a green valley and stilt houses. Warmly welcome by the host. In the afternoon, you have a walk wandering from village to village, learning and getting in touch with local people, trying some of the local handicrafts. Back to your local house for dinner. Spend your night in the house-on-stilts with a traditional matt, mosquito net, and blanket.
Day 4: Mai Chau biking | Meal: B - D | Overnight: Homestay in Mai Chau
Today you explore the Mai Chau area by cycling from village to village along small village paths and rice fields at the foot of the mountains. It is a good time to interact with local ethnic people and learn more abour their customs and habits. Back to your house and enjoy the village peaceful asmosfere.
Day 5: Mai Chau - Ninh Binh | Meal: B - D | Overnight: Ninh Binh
In the morning you depart for Ninh Binh through the Red River Delta. In the afternoon, you visit the king Dinh Temple and King Le Temple. These two temples are constructed by local residents near the center of the old capital in order to honor Dinh Bo Linh, the first emperor of Vietnam and Le Dai Han who founded the Le Dynasty in the 10th and 11th centuries. From here, you take a bicycle riding through the village paths. Then, you have a sampan rowing to explore the Tam Coc caves. Dinner with Vietnamese rural cuisines at local restaurant.
Day 6: Ninh Binh - Halong Bay | Meal: B - L - D| Overnight: Traditional Junk
Today you leave Ninh Binh for Halong Bay. 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 bamboo row boat to visit an interesting fishing village with the opportunity to interact with fishermen, who have been living in the bay for almost three generations. Back on board to enjoy watching the peaceful sunset and joining a Vietnamese cooking demonstration and later unwind at a restaurant.
Day 7: 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. You take a tender to visit one of the most beautiful limestone grottos Sung Sot cave. Your junk set sail while cruising back to the dock, in the meantime you enjoy a final glimpse of Halong Bay. On the journey back to Hanoi, you will have a stop at the Phu Lang ceramic village; one of the most famous ceramic brand dated from 17th to 19th century in the north of Vietnam.
Day 8: Fly to Hue | Meal: B - D | Overnight: Hue
You have your free time until transfer to Hanoi airport for flight to Hue located in the central Vietnam. Hue used to be the Citadel of the Nguyen Dynasty from 1805 to 1945 and is recognized as world cultural heritage by UNESCO. Hotel check-in. At leisure. In the evening, you enjoy a Hue Citadel Royal style dinner tasting some royal cuisines at local restaurant.
Day 9: Hue | Meal: B - L | Overnight: Hue
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. Taste Hue cuisines at local restaurant. Afternoon, you explore the Hue Citadel, a huge complex covering an area of 520 hectares, and comprising three circles of ramparts, Hue capital citadel, royal citadel, and forbidden citadel. End of the day, you visit the local Dong Ba market built in 1899 on a bank of the Perfume River, a paradise for snapshots of daily activities.
Day 10: Hue - Hoi An | Meal: B - D | Overnight: Hoi An
Leave Hue Citadel for Hoi An ancient town, another world heritage site in the central Vietnam with a stop at the Hai Van pass for a panoramic view over the Lang Co beach before getting to your hotel in Hoi An. Continue to vist Marble Moutains and floow stone steps carved into one of the mountains lead to a Buddhist Pagoda and other caves along the way. Visit the Non Nuoc stone village in the foothills beofre continue to Hoi An for hotel check-in. Evening you enjoy dinner with some famous dishes of the town.
Day 11: Hoi An Cooking Class | Meal: B-L| Stay overnight: Hoi An
You begin the cooking class with a cup of coffee followed by a visit the Hoi An colorful market. It is time to get in touch with local sellers and purchase some of the ingredients for your own cooking lesson. Take the Red Bridge boat cruising along the Hoi An river to the cooking school. On arrival, you explore the cooking school’s herb and vegetable garden and learn about some of Hoi An and Vietnam’s well-known dishes. The 2-hour cooking lesson includes a brief introduction to Vietnamese food carving . You also have a chance to try some dishes yourselves. Lunch is served included what you have cooked. Relax and back to your hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 12: Hoi An Town & "Fish & Farm Life ” | Meal: Bv-vD | Overnight: Hoi An
In the morning you have a walking tour to explore the Hoi An Ancient town with old houses, narrow streets, moss-grown walls, lantern makers and visit Japanese Covered Bridge, Chinese Assembly Halls, Handicraft workshop and enjoy traditional arts performance. Afternoon you take a bike along country roads to experience Vietnamese rural life and get in touch with local farmers and enjoy a sampan sailing on the Thu Bon River to meet local fishermen, try their traditional net fishing, experience paddling the bamboo basket boat. Biking back to the town to relax at a local pub, do some shopping or visit the local tailors who make quality clothes in a flash.
Day 13 - Fly to Ho Chi Minh city | Meal: B - D | Overnight: HCMC
Again, you take a one-hour flight to Ho Chi Minh City.Unlike most cities you have visited, Saigon is the most dynamic. Everyone seems busy riding, buying, selling, studying, and building. However, the city’s core is still adorned with wide elegant boulevards and historic French colonial buildings.
In the afternoon, you will have a private tour visiting some of its famous attractions such as the reunification palace, the municipal theater, the city post office, the Notre-Dame Cathedral and the War Remnants Museum. You can also have a walk through the city’s main shopping boulevard with fashionable boutiques and hill tribe crafts, high quality linens and house-wares, and end up at the Ben Thanh market, one of the city biggest markets. Enjoy dinner on the Bonsai cruises on the Saigon River.
Day 14: Cao Dai temple & Cu Chi tunnels | Meal: B - L | Stay overnight: HCMC |
In the morning you drive to visit Cao Dai Temples in Tay Ninh and observe the midday service. This temple is the cathedral of the Cao Daism religion and home of the Divine Eye, the official symbol of this unique religion. Cao Dai followers worship Jesus Christ, Confucius, Taoism, and Buddha. On the way back you stop to visit Cu Chi Tunnels. Very famous in the wartime with its smart and complicated system including underground meeting room, kitchen, food, weapon caches, hospital. This underground complex is a must-see when you are in HCMC. You are invited to crawl around in the safer parts of the tunnel system or try a shooting range where you can fire a number of assault rifles, such as the M16 rifle or AK-47, as well as a light machine gun like the M60. Back to HCMC. Rest of the day is your free time.
Day 15: HCMC – My Tho – Can Tho | Meal: B-L-D | Stay overnight: Can Tho
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. 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. Rejoin your car for a drive to Can Tho.
Day 16: Floating market - Villages biking – HCMC | Meal: B - L | Overnight: HCMC
Early wake up today to join in the Cai Rang floating market, one of the most exciting activities you should do when you are in this area. Take a motorized boat to join the market and experience how people exchange goods, fruit and many other commodities on their vessels. You also find floating restaurants, floating bars, floating gas stations, and many other floating shops. Back to the shore and take a bike cycling from village to village on path, over monkey bridges, get in touch with local people. Lunch is at local restaurant before driving back to HCMC.
Day 17: Departure HCMC | Meal : B
Today is the last day of your trip. Enjoy your free time at your hotel or you can do last minute souvenir shopping before meeting your guide for transfer to airport for your flight home. Have a nice journey. Thanks for joining us.
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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
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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)
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