DAY 1: ARRIVAL SAIGON
Xin chao! Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City, also known as Saigon – the most dynamic city of Vietnam where modern high-rise buildings sit next to ancient temples. You are greeted at Tan Son Nhat International airport by flight.
Airport transfer with guide to group hotel, check in and Overnight in Saigon.
DAY 2: CU CHI TUNNELS & SAIGON CITY 1DAY
This morning, we pick you up at your hotel and depart for Cu Chi Tunnels
. By 1965, 250 km of tunnels criss-crossed Cu Chi and surrounding areas -just across the Saigon River was the notorious guerrilla power base known as the IRON TRIANGLE.
The Cu Chi tunnels played a vital part in the American 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, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centres and kitchens.
Today the remaining tunnels have become a major tourist attraction giving the visitor a unique experience and feel of what underground life in the American War must have been like. The tunnels have been widened for our benefit (otherwise we would not be able to enter them!) For those interested there’s even the opportunity to fire off rounds from an AK47 or MK16 at the nearby rifle range.
Return back to Saigon for lunch, next will be visiting the Reunification Palace, war Museum, China Town and Notre Dame Cathedral.
vAt early this afternoon, tour will be finished at your hotel at 5.00 PM. Overnight Saigon (B/L)
DAY 3: SAIGON-DANANG -HOIAN ANCIENT TOWN / Flight
Breakfast at hotel and next will transfer back Tan Son Nhat airport for flying to Danang city, some 2 hours from HCM.
Meet our local guide on arrival and drive for Hoian ancient town, some 30km away, check in hotel on arrival.
Spend the afternoon to walk the ancient streets of Hoi An, lined with Chinese traders’ homes and wooden houses reincarnated as restaurants, cafés, and outlets for local artists, craftsmen and tailors.
Explore the beautiful 16th century Japanese Bridge. Hoi An's unique fusion of Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese architecture is well displayed here, in what is arguably Vietnam's most tourist-friendly town, Phung Hung acient house.
This evening, free for your optional activities or enjoy the shopping in Hoi An – a paradise for silk & fashionable clothing and accessories. (B/L)
DAY 4: HOIAN ANCIENT TOWN -HALF DAY SIGHTSEEING
Have breakfast at hotel and next will spend the morning for cycling along back roads witnessing Vietnamese rural life first hand, working the ground with a farmer in an organic vegetable village and riding a water buffalo in a rice paddy field.
Board a boat to join local fishermen doing traditional net fishing, experience paddling the unique Vietnamese bamboo basket boat, rounding out your experience with the local farming and fishing communities.
PM: Enjoy the afternoon at leisurea and Overnight Hoian town(B/L)
DAY 5: HOIAN- DANANG-HANOI CAPITAL CITY/ Flight
Have breakfast at hotel and next will check out, drive back Danang airport, if there is time permits, we will stop for visit the Cham Museum, housing the most complete collection of Cham artifacts anywhere in the world.
Flight time to Hanoi, some 2 hours.
Upon arrival Noi Bai airport in Hanoi Capital, meet our local guide and driver, transfer to your hotel and free time your own sightseeing Hanoi old quarter, overnight Hanoi(B)
DAY 6: HANOI SIGHTSEEING CITY
At 9.00 AM, pick you up the hotel, our city tour including visit Hochiminh President Complex (Hochiminh Mausoleum, the house on stilts, presidential palace, the One Pillar Pagoda).
Continue to visit the Temple of literature, which is built in 1070 and it is the first university of Vietnam.
Next will visit the Museum of National Fine Arts. It has received many high ranking delegations of different countries, the Museum has sent many traveling thematic exhibitions to other nations to introduce to international friends the typical culture, heroic history of Vietnam. At the same time, it has linked local people with painting, photograph, and sculpture collections of international artists. The Museum has created chances for local art lovers to enjoy and learn about different fine arts school and tendencies of the world.
Next will visit the Army Museum (large collection of weaponry at the front, the Military Museum displays Soviet and Chinese equipment alongside French- and US-made weapons captured during years of warfare. The centrepiece is a Soviet-built MiG-21 jet fighter, triumphant amid the wreckage of French aircraft downed at Dien Bien Phu, and a US F-111).
or other option (if not visit the Fine art museum) with the The Vietnam Museum of Ethnology in Hanoi offers an insight into the 54 different ethnic groups of Vietnam in an effort to preserve cultural heritage and promote socio-cultural diversity within the country. The museum has over 15,000 artefacts including photographs and other multi-media such as audiotapes. Its indoor exhibition space can be viewed via a virtual tour which includes the Viet, Muong, Tho, Chut, Tav, Thai, Ka Dai, H’Mong-Dao, Tang, San Dui, Ngai, Mon-Khmer, Nam-Dao, Cham, Hoa and Khmer ethnic groups. There are priceless antiques on display alongside everyday objects such as pipes, baskets and knives.
Your lunch will be served at finest local restaurants with special of Hanoi cuisine.
Pm will continue our visit to the former prison of Hoa Lo (or also called " Hanoi Hilton" by many US pilots during war years 1964-70)
Enjoy one hour of cycling trip for sightseeing Hanoi old quarters. Taking this mean of transportation is the best way to have a close look at the 36 streets in Hanoi.
At late afternoon, we will see the water puppet show for one hour, the oldest record mentioning water puppetry is the inscription on a stone stele dating from 1121. The stele called Sùng Thiện Diên Linh is located in Đọi Sơn Pagoda in Hà Nam Province (This is a must to see show when you are in Hanoi, recommended), transfer back hotel and Overnight Hanoi. (B/L)
DAY 7: HANOI- HALONG BAY CRUISES
Breakfast at hotel
At around 08.40 am, our shuttle bus will come to your hotel and pick up (shuttle bus for group from 2-6 people).
Heading out to Ha Long Bay, some 175 km from Hanoi capital city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In Ha Long you will board an overnight cruise amongst the more than 3,000 limestone islands rising majestically out of the turquoise bay. You pass grand rock formations and quaint fishing towns, and sample a delicious lunch of freshly caught fish and seafood.
In the afternoon you can choose from several interesting activities: a cooking demonstration with chef on board, an optional traditional massage, or a refreshing swim.
End the day with a spectacular set-menu astronomic dinner.
Overnight on board.(B/L/D)
DAY 8: HALONG BAY CRUISES-HANOI
While cruising back to the pier, a brunch is served as we are getting closer to disembarkation.
Early Tai Chi session is proposed, coffee and tea are served early as well if you would like to wake up early to see the beautiful lights of sunrise.
Visit a floating village before starting our way back to the coast.
Upon disembarkation, meet back our bus and drive back Hanoi, check in hotel on arrival and free time your own, overnight Hanoi(B/L)
DAY 9: HANOI DEPARTURE
Have breakfast at hotel and free time at leisure till our driver come back to transfer back Noi Bai International airport for departure flight and this Vietnam Guided Tours
ends, Tam Biet and goodbye (B)