DAY 1: ARRIVAL HANOI
Pick you up on arrival and transfer to the hotel, check in and free time at leisure on your own of exploration the city. Overnight Hanoi
DAY 2: HANOI CITY TOUR 1DAY
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). Our next stop is the Temple of literature, which is built in 1070 and it is the first university of Vietnam. Before having lunch, we visit the Army museum where different kinds of US, Russian aircraft and tanks from Vietnam-US wars are on display.
Your lunch will be served at one of the best local restaurants with special of Hanoi cuisine. After lunch, continue our visit to Hoa Lo or Hanoi hilton prison where all US pilots was captured during the bombing years to the north Vietnam from 1964-1972.
Next, you will 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. Overnight Hanoi (B/L)
DAY 3: HANOI-HALONG BAY CRUISES
Depart for Halong Bay, some 170km from Hanoi and driving time around two and half hours.
On arrival, welcome on board of Halong boat and set sail through the bay while lunch is served. Passage into the magical bay, where thousands of sculpted limestone islands rise from the waves like dragons' teeth.
After lunch, we cruise to the inside of magical landscape of Dinh Huong island, Ga Choi Island, Dog Island, Binh Phong mountain, Sung Sot Cave, Round over Titov Beach.
Enjoy sunset on the top of the Titov mountain or you take a bamboo row boat to discover a water tunnels with many coral reefs in a scenic lagoon.
Back on board Junk, enjoy dinner on boat. Overnight on board junk (B/L/D)
DAY 4: HALONG BAY- HANOI
Rise to the sound of the ocean coming to life for another lovely day. Before breakfast, you may have an opportunity to view the sunrise over the bay.
After breakfast, we cruise to the Bai Tho Mountain in the other beautiful Bai Tu Long Bay and we cruise back to the Halong dock.
Lunch on boat before checkout is at 11:45.
Boat arrive at harbor by 12:00 free time for shopping .
12h45 Transfer back Hanoi airport by road and check in the hotel on arrival. Overnight Hanoi (B/L)
DAY 5: HANOI- DANANG/ Flight
Have breakfast in the hotel and next will back Noi Bai airport for flying to Danang city.
Pick up at Danang airport and transfer to your hotel in Hoi an ancient town. Hoi An was a thriving international commercial port for Chinese, Dutch, French, Japanese, Portuguese and Arab traders. These people came primarily to trade in the high grade silk, which is still produced in the area, as well as ceramics.
Stop over at Danang to visit the Cham Museum and Marble mountains before arrival Hoian ancient town. Overnight Hoian (B)
DAY 6: HOIAN WALKING TOUR - MY SON HOLYLAND
Pick up at your hotel and start our half day sightseeing tour to the holy land of Cham people in Vietnam some 60km away from Hoi an town, the My Son.
My Son is the former capital of the ancient Cham civilization that ruled Central Vietnam from the second to the thirteenth century. Their religion was primarily derived from Indian Hinduism.
My Son is considered to be one of the best-preserved Cham structures in Vietnam. The complex is comprised of seventy Hindu-like towers and temples dating from the second century. This site is a Must-See for those people who are interested in architecture and ancient civilizations and is now one of five UNESCO World Heritage sites in Vietnam.
Tour ends we will return back the town and have lunch, after lunch will start again our walking tour through the narrow winding streets of the Ancient Quarter visiting Chua Ong Pagoda, Chinese Assembly Halls, the 200 - year old, Tam Ky ancestral house, and the Japanese Bridge. Overnight in Hoian (B/L)
DAY 7: HOIAN- DANANG- SAIGON/ FLIGHT
Have breakfast in the hotel and free time at leisure and next will transfer back Danang airport for flying to Saigon city, some 2 hours away, meet our guide at Tan Son Nhat International airport on arrival and transfer to the hotel and Overnight Saigon (B)
DAY 8: SAIGON CITY TOUR - CU CHI TUNNELS
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.
At early this afternoon, tour will be finished at your hotel at 5.00 PM. Overnight Saigon (B/L)
DAY 9: SAIGON-CAIBE-VINHLONG-CANTHO (Mekong Delta)
Depart for Mekong delta. Upon arrival at Cai Be, embark a private boat to cruise around Cai Be Floating Market.
Visit a local garden and house to see orchard, rice crisp production process, ..
Have lunch at an Ancient garden house, then proceed to Vinh Long, passing small and beautiful canal with peaceful tranquil villages, the unique natural setting of Mekong Delta region. Stop at An Binh islet to visit some of the famous fruit orchards. See how local people make ceramics, popcorn and rice paper...
A nice chance for bicycle riding through the village and its handicraft shops.
Another stop at Vinh Long market before driving to Can Tho for overnight stay (B/L)
DAY 10: CANTHO- THOT NOT -CHAUDOC
Start from Ninh Kieu boat quay, cruise along the small and picturesque tributaries by a rowing boat.
visit the Cai Rang floating market (the nicest one with heaps of rowing boats).
See the beautiful scenery and daily activities of the locals. Walk around a village, visit a rice husking mill. We then travel by land to Thot Not to visit Bang Lang Bird Sanctuary (Stork Garden) or Crocodile Farm.
On arrival in Chau Doc, climd the Sam Mountain to enjoy the breath-taking view and the sunset from its top. Overnight in Chau Doc.(B/L)
DAY 11: CHAUDOC - SAIGON
A boat trip to a floating fish farms is the highlight of Chau Doc, a Cham minority village, where traditional weaving remains the major trade. The last stop in Chau Doc is to a local Muslim Mosque.
Have lunch at your own at local restaurant before going back to Ho Chi Minh City. (B)
DAY 12: SAIGON DEPARTURE
Free at leisure until our driver will come to pick up you to transfer back the Tan Son Nhat airport for departure flight. tour ends at airport (B)