Wonders of Vietnam - Interesting tourist attractions 15 days

From South to North, Vietnam is a kaleidoscope of wonderful people and picturesque landscapes. We have included Vietnam’s two key cities Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), the beautiful Ha Long Bay as well as the historical and cultural depths of Hoi An in Central Vietnam. Visit Vietnam's spectacular coastline. Imagine learning the mysteries of the Viet Minh in Ho Chi Minh City or exploring the beautiful lakes and boulevards of Hanoi - and Mekong Delta with local touch.
Start
Ho Chi Minh City
Finish
Hanoi
Code
VLC 03
Ages
not specified
Group size
Min 2 pax
Price from
From USD 1260

Highlights

  • Hanoi: Capital of Vietnam with French style old buildings, lakes, Old Quarter Area. 
  • Halong Bay: UNESCO world heritage site, famous for its fresh and calm water filled with thousand of islands and islets.
  • Ninhbinh: One of the places in Vietnam 'King Kong' film was shot. Travelers choose this destination for its nature beauties with Van Long Lagoon, Tam Coc grottos, Trang An tourism complex.
  • Hoi An: Only 30KM from Da Nang, Hoi An is a beautiful, old town with historic architecture, traditional culture and textiles.
  • Hue is the only place in the country where many historic, cultural, architectural as well as artistic values have been recognized internationally and listed by UNESCO as World Cultural Heritages.
  • Ho Chi Minh City: Biggest city of Vietnam which is famous with Ben Thanh market and war relics.
  • Mekong Delta: Vietnam’s biggest agricultural region, the country’s rice basket with colorful floating markets, fruit orchards, rice paddies, bird sanctuaries and quaint villages.
  • Dalat, the capital of Lam Dong Province in southern Vietnam’s Central Highlands.
  • Nha Trang is a coastal resort city in Southern Vietnam known for its beaches.

Itinerary

Xin Chao!

Vietland Holidays tour guide  will welcome you at  Tan Son Nhat  international airport and  pick you up to Central of Hanoi Capital for the Hotel check-in. We will have a shortly meeting.  We'll be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you bring these details to provide to your leader.

Transfer to your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City (commonly known as Saigon) is a city in southern Vietnam famous for the pivotal role it played in the Vietnam War. It's also known for its French colonial landmarks, including Notre-Dame Cathedral, made entirely of materials imported from France, and the 19th-century Central Post Office. Food stalls line the city’s streets, especially around bustling Bến Thành Marke to check in.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

After wake up and have breakfast  at your hotel, the Vietland Holidays Tour guide will pick you and drive 55 km out of Ho Chi Minh City to Cu Chi District famous for the amazing complex of underground tunnels. There are more than 200 km of tunnels, comprising a main axis system with many branches connecting to underground hideouts, shelters and other tunnels.

This network of tunnels became legendary during the 1960s. The Cu Chi tunnels played a vital part in Vietnam War in that they allowed the Viet Cong to control a large rural area only 30 to 40 km from Saigon. At its height, the tunnel system stretched from Saigon to the Cambodian border. The network, parts of which were several levels deep, included innumerable trap doors, specifically constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers and kitchens.

The tunnels have been widened for our benefit (otherwise we would not be able to enter). For those interested, there's even the opportunity to try an AK47 or MK16 at the nearby rifle range.

In the afternoon, gain an insight into the city's development through a walking tour to the most significant landmarks including the Opera House, the Town Hall, the Notre Dame Cathedral and the old Post Office (all magnificent sights from the French colonial period). Afterwards experience a fantastic 360 degree view of Saigon city and its surroundings from the observation deck atop the 262 m high Bitexco Financial Tower which has a shape of a lotus, Vietnam's national flower. Your next stop will be the famous Benthanh Market, where you can purchase souvenirs for your beloved ones.

Wrap up your tour day with a foot massage that will surely give you a great feel of relief and indulgence. The evening is free at leisure. You are welcome to join our optional dinner cruise on the Saigon River.

Accommodation at hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.

Depart in the Morning after breakfast, you will be picked up and transferred to Cai Be where you will board the  Mekong boat around noon and enjoy a complimentary drink on the way to Cai Be. Take a local boat through the maze of small waterways to the famous floating market and see local people making pop-rice and sweets along the way. Visit beautiful colonial buildings, old houses, and delightful flower gardens, sample local coconut candy and see how edible rice paper is made.

Return to the Mekong Boat and continue to Cochien.

Lunch served on board.

Walk or cycle along the country footpaths to discover tropical fruit orchards and observe the local lifestyle. Visit a cottage industry, a local farm, and sample seasonal fruits. Continue your leisurely cruise on the Mekong while taking in the beautiful scenery and enjoying a sunset aperitif before dinner on board the boat.

Overnight on boat.

Have breakfast on board and watch the bobbing commotion of Mekong River life waking up for another beautiful day as you cruise to Can Tho through the tributaries and canals. Transfer to Cai Rang to visit one of the busiest floating markets on the Mekong then walk along the canals and palm-shaded creeks to see the local houses and lush, green orchards, observing the boatbuilding yards, rural life and water activities in full swing. Return to the boat at noon and enjoy a welcome back drink. 11h00 Disembark in Can Tho where you will be met and driven to your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City to have dinner and spend the evening as you please.

Overnight
 at hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.

After breakfast you will be taken to the airport for the flight to Da Lat. Upon arrival you will check in to your hotel, and then you can enjoy the cool climate of this charming colonial hill town that was established as a summer retreat by the French in the late 19th century to escape the oppressive heat of Vietnamese summers. Da Lat is situated around a lake and surrounded by rolling hills with lush green forests and many waterfalls. It is a popular honeymoon destination and also hosts a famous flower festival every year.

Overnight
 in Dalat.

Dalat - the capital of Lam Dong Province in southern Vietnam’s Central Highlands, is centered around a lake and golf course, and surrounded by hills, pine forests, lakes and waterfalls. Known as the “City of Eternal Spring” for its distinctive temperate climate, Dalat was developed as a resort by the French in the early 1900s, and many reminders of its colonial heritage remain.

S
tart your day with a walk around Da Lat town then take a short drive past pine covered hills to the summer residence of Vietnam's last emperor, Bao Dai, who was forced to abdicate in 1945, shortly after the end of World War II. Visit Lam Ty Ni Pagoda and the Hang Nga Guesthouse, known as the "Crazy House" because of its bizarre architecture, as well as the central market and the old railway station. After lunch you will drive through the undulating terrain to the coastal town of Nhatrang, known for some of the world's most beautiful beaches. Check in to your hotel in Nhatrang and enjoy a free evening to relax and perhaps enjoy a dinner of luscious local seafood.

O
vernight in Nhatrang.

Nhatrang is a coastal resort city in southern Vietnam known for its beaches, diving sites and offshore islands. Its main beach is a long, curving stretch along Tran Phu Street backed by a promenade, hotels and seafood restaurants. Aerial cable cars cross over to Hon Tre Island, and the nature reserves of Hon Mun and Hon Tam islands, reachable by boat, have coral reefs.

After breakfast at your hotel, embark on a day-long boat trip around the coastal islands, visiting a local fishing village and observing island life along the way. You will have lots of time for swimming and snorkeling in the clear blue water or just lazing on the one of the world's most beautiful beaches. Enjoy a sumptuous lunch of local seafood then continue cruising back to town for the late afternoon and visit Long Son Pagoda and the ancient Po Nagar Cham Tower overlooking the colorful fishing port. Have free time in the evening to stroll along the beach and have dinner in one of the town's numerous restaurants.


Over-night  in Nhatrang.

In the morning after breakfast, we will go to the airport for a short flight to Danang where our driver will meet you and take you the short distance to the UNESCO World Heritage ancient town of Hoian.

Hoian is a city in Vietnam’s central coast known for its well-preserved Ancient Town, cut through with canals. The former port city’s melting-pot history is reflected in its architecture, a mix of eras and styles from wooden Chinese shophouses and temples to colorful French colonial buildings, ornate Vietnamese tube houses and the iconic Japanese Covered Bridge with its pagoda.

Hoian has been known for the exceptionally well preserved ancient town with the complex of old wooden frame buildings including the historical monuments and the fusion of indigenous and foreign cultures.  Besides that, projects for preservation and promotion of local handicrafts have also been implemented.

Originally a Cham seaport, this quaint town has been influenced down the centuries by traders from various cultures. There is plenty to see on a walking tour, including the famous Japanese Covered Bridge, the Pottery Museum, and the 200 year old Tamky House, as well as the Chua Ong Pagoda and the bustling, vibrant market. Enjoy the sights of the traditional low tiled-roof houses lining the small streets as well as the assembly halls that reflect the town's long, multi-cultural past. Have the evening free to explore Hoian further and dine on the well-known local cuisine.

Overnight  in Hoian.

The morning is at leisure before departing for Hue with a lunch stop at Hoi An Silk Village.  Afterwards drive to Hue, the former Imperial City of the last dynasty of Vietnam with a photo stop at the Marble Mountains, a scenic spot with caves, temples, shrines, pagodas and a great view of the surrounding area.

The journey to Hue will take you over the famous Hai Van Pass with a green view of the stretch of Truong Son mountain range on one side and a spectacular view of the East Sea on the other.

Arrival in Hue will be in late afternoon.  After hotel check-in, have leisure time.

Accommodation at hotel in Hue.

Located in Central Vietnam, Hue is the only place in the country where many historic, cultural, architectural as well as artistic values have been recognized internationally and listed by UNESCO as World Cultural Heritages. Hue is also the site where the northern and southern ecosystems meet, the area of river-hills, greenery and beautiful landscapes.  Hue  was the seat of Nguyen Dynasty emperors and the national capital from 1802 to 1945. A major attraction is its vast, 19th-century Citadel, surrounded by a moat and thick stone walls. It encompasses the Imperial City, with palaces and shrines; the Forbidden Purple City, once the emperor’s home; and a replica of the Royal Theat.

Take cruise down the Perfume River in the morning to visit the beautiful Thien Mu pagoda, which now become the symbol of Hue. Enjoy the scenic countryside along the river and stop to explore the elaborate tomb of Emperor Tu Duc and the European inspired landscaping of Emperor Minh Mang's mausoleum in its tranquil setting of gardens and ponds. After the boat trip take a walk to the bustling Dong Ba Market that sells a wide variety of local goods and handicrafts. There are numerous eating places along the way where you can sample some of the famous local delicacies. The evening is free for you to enjoy at your leisure.

Overnight  in Hue.

Say goodbye to Hue after explore Hue on your own in the morning before transferring to the airport for the short flight north to Hanoi. Upon arrival in Hanoi, you will be driven to your hotel to check in. The traffic heading into the city from the airport is fascinating and a great way to entertain yourself during the drive.

Hanoi is Vietnam's historic 1000 year old capital, boasting one of the most beautiful city centers in the world with romantic Hoan Kiem Lake, scenic Ngoc Son temple and the Turtle Tower. Take a tour of the city to see some of Asia's most striking French colonial architecture and the many lakes and parks that are beloved by locals and visitors alike. Visit the vibrant Dong Xuan Market, the oldest and largest in Hanoi, and end the tour with a traditional cyclo ride through the intriguing 36 trade guild streets of the ancient Old Quarter for a taste of the real Vietnam. Enjoy a free evening to watch a water puppet show, dine in one of the city's many restaurants and perhaps stroll around the lake with the locals.

Overnight  in Hanoi.

You wake up and have  breakfast.

Around 08:00 AM, Vietland Travel Tour guide   will pick you up at your hotel in Hanoi and have a 4-hour road transfer to Halong City. Upon arrival at the tourist pier in Tuan Chau, embark on an overnight cruise. Welcome on-board by the Captain and his crew followed by boat safety briefing presented by cruise manager. The boat will set sail on a leisurely cruise through the limestone cliffs and emerald waters of Halong Bay, taking in the spectacular scenery of this UNESCO World Heritage site. Lunch will be served as you cruise by impressive rock formations with unusual names and shapes.

In the afternoon you will start to discover Halong Bay, listed as a World Heritage of outstanding natural beauty, known in Vietnamese as "Dragon descending to the sea". Depending on each cruise's itinerary of the day, you may visit a beautiful cave and have some swimming at a tiny beach. Kayaking is available at a surcharge.

When the sun sets, your boat will drop anchor for the night. You may attend a cooking demonstration before having dinner.

After dinner, you may choose to enjoy fresh air on the sundeck or playing board games or retiring to your cabin for a comfortable night in the bay.

Accommodation on-board and overnight cruise in Halong Bay.

In the Early risers we can enjoy the sunrise and the quiet breath - taking beauty of Bay’s landscape. From 7.30 to 10.30, Ala carte serving (Guests can order any dishes in the menu whenever they want).

Around 8.00, Start discovering Ba Cua beach where the guests enjoy swimming, sunbathing or relaxing. Back to junk, arrange luggage and check out cabin while cruising back. Around 11.30: disembark.

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n the afternoon, we will transfer to Ninhbinh Province (200KM from Halong Bay).

Upon arrival in Ninhbinh, we check in and relax. Free dinner.

Overnight in Ninhbinh.

After breakfast at the hotel, take a trip to Hoa Lu, the capital of Vietnam before Thang Long-Hanoi from 968 to 1010 AD in the Dinh and early Le dynasties. Visit the two ancient temples, each nearly a thousand years old, dedicated to the Dinh and Le rulers then climb 200 steps up to the top of Mount Ma Yen for a fantastic view over the surrounding landscape. Travel on to Tam Coc (Three Caves), known as the "inland Halong Bay" and take a relaxing boat trip on the Ngo River through the quiet, tranquil countryside with lush rice fields surrounded by stunning limestone formations to see the fascinating grottoes of Tam Coc. Drive back to Hanoi and have the evening to spend at your leisure.

Overnight in Hanoi.

You will have free time to relax or further explore Hanoi, shopping at Dong Xuan famous market after breakfast before our driver takes you to Noibai International Airport for your departure flight.

Say goodbye and see you next time.

Home sweet home.

Inclusions

  • Hotels at destinations as indicated in program.
  • Halong Bay Junk cruise package(stay 1 night on board).
  • Hanoi  cycle local city tours.
  • Hoi An cooking class tour.
  • Hue river tour.
  • Boat in Ninh Binh.
  • All private land transfer.
  • Meals as indicated in program (B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner).
  • Tour guides at places (English or French speaking).
  • Entrance fees.
  • Internal flight tickets: Ho Chi Minh – Da Lat, Nha Trang – Da Nang, Hue - Hanoi (Vietnam Airlines or others, Economy Class).

Exclusions

  • International air fares/ airport taxes
  • Visa arrangement to Vietnam
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expensen
  • Other meals and drink
  • Early check-in and late check-out
  • Tipping for local tour guides and drivers
  • Other services not mentioned in the itinerary

Important Notes

  • Price and accommodation for tour group. Price is applied for one Pax and this may be lower or higher due to finalization of booking. A single supplement to have your own room is available on this trip and excludes night 11 (overnight boat) where you will be in shared accommodation.Rooms are booked on a basis of 3 star hotels, upgrading depends on your requests.
  • Passort. (i) Your passport must have six months validity from the date of the end of your travel; (ii) Your passport must have at least 2 clear pages for each country you visit; (iii) Your passport cannot be water stained or have the stitching coming apart; (iv) Your full name exactly appeared in the passport must be sent us for booking.
  • Visa and insurance. Checking your visas (if required) and travel authorisations. Be sure to have relevant travel insurance by checking your insurance coverage carefully. Taking out extra insurance for expensive equipments if possible.
  • Lugguages. It is advised that your luggages are attached the Vietland Holidays luggage labels and its main details to your cases. Domestic flights in Vietnam allow passengers to carry liquid or gel (over 100ml) in hand lugguage.
  • Cash and credit cards. (i) Consult with your bank to find the best currency to carry and whether your ATM card will work; (ii) Most major types of credit cards are accepted in the region, particularly Vietnam; (iii) ATMs are the easiest way to access your money. You can use a debit card to obtain local cash from ATMs in Vietnam.
  • Mobile telephones. If not roaming, Vietland Holidays will lend you a SIM with a small amount of money topped up.
  • Internet. Free wifi access is everywhere in major cities, hotels, cafe in Vietnam.
  • Travel adaptors and chargers. We will lend you suitable chargers and adapters during your trip if required.

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