The large variety of Vietnam caters to almost every wandering soul. Within its spectacular seascapes and mountainous landscaping, Vietnam conceals its mystical ethnic minority hamlets, extraordinary cascading rice terraces, a hotpot of cultures dating back thousands of years, one of the most lively food scenes in Southeast Asia, and many more.
This exploration will take you across the nation, from Hanoi, Vietnam's millennial capital city to Sapa, the North's main trekking base. Treat yourself to an ideal trip on the renowned karst dotted seascape of Halong Bay - one of the New seven Wonders of Nature because of its tranquil emerald water.
Down the slender curves of Vietnam is the idyllic Hue, Vietnam's formal imperial capital, that has all the grandeur and majesty to stir the interest of any history buff. Further south is Hoi An - actively playing the job of muse to the artist, its architectural consistency of structures and the grid formation of narrow alleys and lanes have magically turned Hoi An into a de facto theme park.
Out from the serenity, Saigon bloomed as probably the most enjoyable cities in Asia but doesn't settle for just that. The verdant Mekong Delta, the melting pot of cultures that are different has an additional otherworldly aspect of Vietnam.
So let's spend a significant holiday in Vietnam becoming a part of the fluidity of her and examining her many facets acutely from the inside out in fourteen days with Top Vietnam Travel.
- [size=4]Watch Vietnam’s 1,000 year of history comes to life in front of you with a visit to Hanoi
Day 1: Arrive Hanoi
[size=4]Meals: NA/Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
Your holiday in Vietnam will start with Hanoi - the classic capital of Vietnam. After a warm welcome upon arrival at Hanoi Airport, you'll be transferred to your hotel. In the evening, you are going to engage in a private walking city tour to explore local markets and also the Old Quarter - known for its thirty six narrow, congested streets and guilds (now Hanoi has over seventy streets) - every was named after one trade - formed by traders and artisans from villages around Hoan Kiem Lake who came here to market their goods.[/size]
Day 2: Hanoi City Tour – Night train to Lao Cai
[size=4]Meals: Breakfast/Accommodation: on train (shared 4 soft sleeper cabin with AC)
The capital of Hanoi is a quintessential visit in any Vietnam holiday packages if you are looking forward to digging deeper into Vietnamese society. Today you've a full day to enjoy the capital of Vietnam, with en route visits to its primary appeal sites: the Ho Chi Minh Complex (Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum along with Stilt House, One Pillar Pagoda, and the Presidential Palace), the Temple of Literature, West Lake with Quan Thanh Temple and Tran Quoc Pagoda, and the most beautiful attraction museum in Hanoi - The Vietnam Museum of Ethnology or History Museum.
Later on in the evening, you are going to enjoy a traditional Water Puppet effectiveness for an intimate insight into Vietnamese outlying life throughout its history. Originated in the Red River Delta in the 11th century, water puppetry hails from the country 's stormy rice culture, sketching a lively and colorful picture of an agricultural modern society normal of the North with a humorous twist to every skit. Stay overnight in Hanoi.
Enjoy dinner on your own arrangement before getting transferred to Hanoi Railway Station for an overnight train to Lao Cai.[/size]
Day 3: Lao Cai – Sapa.
[size=4]Meals: Breakfast/Accommodations: Hotel in Sapa
You will arrive at Lao Cai Station early in the morning. Lao Cai is a city near the Chinese border. You'll be greeted by the local tour guide of ours and then transferred to Sapa town. Have breakfast and loosen up for a while before beginning to trek to Mường Hoa Valley - noted for its breathtaking scenery and being the biggest farmland for rice cultivation in SaPa. You will trek along the Muong Hoa River through terraced areas, passing by some hamlets of the H'Mong. The trek is going to take you from Lao Chai Village - inhabited by Black H'mong People to Ta Van Village - inhabited by the Zay, offering an intimate insight into the various ethnic traditions and costumes showcased by the villagers. Go back to the hotel of yours and remain overnight in Sapa.[/size]
Day 4: Sapa – Matra – Ta Phin Village – Bus to Hanoi
[size=4]Meals: Breakfast & Lunch./Accommodation: hotel in Hanoi.
The walk begins from Sapa through the gorgeous gardens and lush pine forests. On the way, you are going to pass by Matra - a small, remote tribal village of the Black Hmong. Continue trekking through rice terraces and the scenic mountainous landscape of Sapa, and enjoy lunch served en-route to Taphin Village. This particular village has its visitors captivated by the unique cultural life of the Black Hmong and Red Dzao minorities - he two largest ethnic groups inhabiting the area through anecdotes told by the elders. You will also have the chance to go to several traditional houses here before going back to Sapa in an automobile. Our bus is going to take you to Hanoi for your overnight stay at the resort.[/size]
Day 5: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay
[size=4]Meal: Breakfast-lunch-dinner/Accommodation: On Cruise
No holiday in Vietnam is done without having a beach escape. So deal with yourself to an overnight stay amidst the magnificent Halong Bay. After getting purchased from your hotel, you will be transferred by van/car to Ha Long Bay at 12:00. Upon arrival in Ha Long Bay, you'll be welcomed aboard and enjoy lunch while weaving through a myriad of destinations and also islets towering over and reflected off the emerald waters of Halong Bay. After lunch, take a short trek to a nearby summit for a birds' eye view of the bay peppered with golden sails, after which go on to a peaceful beach for a few swimming or kayaking, or just simply go back to the ship and sunbathe on the sundeck, whatever tickles your fancy.
Later in the evening, pay a visit to a tranquil fishing village to interact with fishermen who have inhabited the bay for almost 3 generations. Go back on board and also enjoy a drink on the sun deck while can certainly enjoy drinks and lose yourself within the immense visual delight as the reddish-orange hue of the sky deepens and dusk creeps over the horizon. Enjoy dinner and remain overnight on the junk.[/size]
Day 6: Ha Long – Hanoi – Hue
[size=4]Meal: Breakfast-Brunch/Accommodation: On Cruise
Kickstart your day with a beginning Tai Chi Session on the sundeck and you'll be rewarded with an unparalleled visual glory of the sunshine peeking over the watery horizon. After breakfast, you are going to visit an enigmatic limestone grotto and then go back to the ship for a final glimpse of Ha Long Bay as you cruise to the dock. Check out when the ship arrives at the harbor by drive and noon back to Hanoi for your flight to Hue. On your arrival, you'll be transferred to the resort. Check in and immediately in Hue.[/size]
Day 7: Hue
[size=4]Meals: Breakfast/Accommodation: Hotel in Hue
Today, you are going to embark on a full-day exploration of Hue - Vietnam's former ancient capital. Get started with a visit to the Imperial Citadel - home to the Imperial City and Forbidden Purple City - once the Emperor's and also his family private residence. The Imperial City was built in the 19th century, based off of the design of the Forbidden City in Beijing. Apart from the Forbidden Purple City and the main buildings of state, the Imperial Enclosure houses many other palaces and temples within its walls.
In the afternoon, carry on and visit the Imperial Museum, Tu Hieu Pagoda, and the vibrant Dong Ba Riverside Market.[/size]
Day 8: Hue – Danang – Hoi An
[size=4]Meals: Breakfast/Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An.
Wake up in the early capital and enjoy the breakfast of yours in the resort. Then, start a private boat trip cruising the romantic Perfume River with visits to Lady Pagoda (Thien Mu Pagoda) and also the grandiose Minh Mang's tomb - captivating beholders with its regal nature. Enjoy lunch at a nearby restaurant then leave Hue for Hoi An - another UNESCO World Heritage Site. You are going to travel via the Hai Van Pass, stop in Danang for a trip to the Cham Museum and handicraft villages in the foot on the Marble Mountains before arriving in Hoi An. Upon arrival in Hoi An, you'll check in to your hotel and also have some spare time to explore the town then stay overnight there.[/size]
Day 9: Hoi An
[size=4]Meals: Breakfast/Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An
From the 16th to 18th centuries, Hoi An was a thriving overseas commercial port for Chinese, Dutch, French, Japanese, Arab and Portuguese traders. These people came mainly to trade in the high-grade silk, which is still produced in the area, and also ceramics. Today, Hoi An is a quaint riverside town, popular with visitors for the eclectic architecture of its, tailors shops, and numerous cafes. Some of the structures in the narrow streets have stayed unchanged for more than a century. You will enjoy a half day 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. Following the tour, there will be time that is free to shop and relax. You are going to stay overnight in Hoi An.[/size]
Day 10: Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh City
[size=4]Meals: Breakfast/Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
You will then escape Hoi An for Danang Airport for a one hour flight to Ho Chi Minh City. In the evening, you are going to embark on a city trip of HCMC (Saigon) including the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, the existing Post Office and bustling Ben Thanh Market. You are going to stay overnight in HCMC.[/size]
Day 11: Cao Dai Temple & Cu chi Underground
[size=4]Meals: Breakfast/Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC)
This morning you will drive to Cao Dai Temples in Tay Ninh. Cao Dai Holy See Temple could be the cathedral of the Cao Daism religion and home of the Divine Eye, the official symbol of this distinctive religion. Cao Dai followers worship Jesus Christ, Taoism, Confucius, and Buddha. You'll also be able to look at the midday service.
Following lunch you are going to drive to the Cu Chi Tunnels, that consist of more than 200 km of underground tunnels. This main axis system has numerous branches linking to underground hideouts, shelters, and entrances to various other tunnels. The network incorporated innumerable trap doors, specially constructed living areas, field hospitals, weapons factories, storage facilities, command centers along with kitchens. These days the remaining tunnels have grown to be a major tourist attraction providing the visitor a unique experience and a feel of what subterranean living was like during the Vietnam War. You will stay overnight in HCMC.[/size]
Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City – Can Tho
[size=4]Meals: Breakfast/Accommodation: Hotel in Can Tho
You are going to leave HCMC to lush My Tho where you will cruise on a private boat via the green vegetation of the canals to an orchard, where you are treated to a delicious lunch in a nearby restaurant in the center of the Mekong, complete with tropical fruits. You will also go to the snake farm Dong Tam that breeds snakes for, among other things, snake wine, before proceeding to Vinh Trang Pagoda. You'll then head off to Can Tho City - the metropolis of the Southwest situated right at the heart of the Mekong Delta, for an overnight stay.[/size]
Day 13: Can Tho – Ho Chi Minh City
[size=4]Meals: Breakfast/Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
You wake up to the sounds of the Mekong River welcoming a new day and take boat trip to sign up in the sun soaked Cai Rang floating market, one of the most bustling floating markets in the Mekong Delta, with a huge selection of little boats jostling and barging for space to market the goods of theirs which will certainly escape you in awe. After sampling local fruit, our guide will escort you to the hotel through myriad canals. You will have lunch at a nearby restaurant before going back to Ho Chi Minh City for an overnight stay.[/size]
Day 14: Ho Chi Minh City – Departure
[size=4]Meals: Breakfast/Accommodation: NA
There is no activity designed for today so you're free to enjoy your free time souvenir shopping until becoming transferred to the airport for the onward flight. This's the end of your holiday in Vietnam.[/size]
- [size=4]Departure[size=4]Hanoi [/size]
- Included[size=4][size=4]Hotel in twin/double sharing room basis with daily breakfastMeal as mentionedTransfer by air-conditioned private carEntrance fees, boat trips and excursionsExcellent English speaking guideDomestic flight[/size][/size]
- Not Included[size=4][size=4]Travel InsuranceInternational air ticketsDrinks, Tipping, VisaPersonal expensesOthers not mentioned above[/size][/size][/size]