DAY 1: ARRIVAL SAIGON
Pick you up on arrival and transfer to the hotel, check in and free time at leisure on your own of exploration the city.
DAY 2: CU CHI TUNNELS - SAIGON CITY TOUR 1DAY
Early in the 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.(B/L)
DAY 3: MEKONG DELTA 1DAY
Heading out of the town, we travel by roads to the Mekong Delta, Vietnam’s largest rice bowl.
On arrival in My Tho we embark on a boat navigating around the intricate small canals in the delta region, which is a great way to observe the local lifestyle close-up.
The most interesting excursion will pass the lush green vegetation before arriving at the most beautiful Unicorn Island. Here we have opportunities to visit some fascinating local industries, stroll around an orchard and taste many seasonal fruits.
And then we continue our trip to see fascinating local industries in Ben Tre Province. After feasting on a huge lunch we return to Saigon with stop over at the beautiful Vinh Trang Pagoda.
On arrival, transfer to your hotel. Overnight Saigon (B/L)
DAY 4: SAIGON DANANG-HOIAN
Free at leisure until transfer to the airport for flight onwards to Danang city,
On arrival Danang Airport, you are greeted and driven to Hoian, which was originally a Cham seaport but has been influenced down centuries by a myriad of traders from various cultures. Stay overnight in Hoian.(B)
DAY 5: HOI AN WALKING TOUR - HANOI/ FLIGHT
The ancient architecture of Hoian is a fascinating combination of Vietnamese traditional characters with Chinese and Japanese influence.
There are plenty to see in this delightful and tranquil town, some of which are the famous Japanese Covered Bridges, the Pottery Museum, the 200 years old Tam Ky House, the Chua Ong Pagoda, the vibrant market. We visit these on our morning walking tour past many low tiled houses scattered along the small streets and assembly halls which reflect the town’s multi-cultural past.
Next will transfer back Danang airport for flying to Hanoi. Meet our guide at Noi Bai airport and transfer to the hotel. Stay overnight in Hanoi.(B)
DAY 6: HANOI - HALONG BAY CRUISES (aboard)- SHUTTLE BUS
Pick up at your hotel around from 07.30 to 08.00 Am by our shuttle bus and depart for Halong Bay, some 170 km away from Hanoi and drive down to the biggest delta (the Red River delta), great opportunity for stopping along the way for taking pictures of local daily activities.
Welcome on board of Bai Tho Junk 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 7: HALONG BAY CRUSIE- HANOI -SHUTTLE BUS
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 Meet back the shuttle bus and driver back Hanoi on the same road, arrival Hanoi around 04.00 Pm and check in the hotel, free time for your own shopping in Old quarter Hanoi. Overnight Hanoi (B/L)
DAY 8: HANOI CITY TOUR- DEPARTURE
Have breakfast at hotel and start our half day city tour if time permits, our sightseeing included of :
The Hochiminh mausoleum (at outside), the One Pillar pagoda (built in 1049).
and the Temple of literature (the first university of Vietnam built in 1070), next will go for walking tour at the old quarter and Free on your own of exploration the city or shopping before transfer back the airport for flight onwards. Tour ends at airport (B)