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Essential Vietnam 14 days

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HIGHLIGHTS

 Explore stunning landscape
Unravelling “Halong Bay on land”, relax in the Bai Tu Long Bay and drop your jaw when taking the train over the Hai Van Pass.

 Emerge in local lifestyle
Grab a Vietnamese coffee on the Train Street and experience Saigon nightlife from the back of a Vespa.

 Get up close to Vietnamese culture and traditions
Eat like a royal in Hue, experience how the traditional conical hats are made and get a glimpse of history while in Hanoi

ITINERARY

Day 1Hanoi - Arrival

Your adventure in Vietnam has started.

  • You will be welcomed at the airport then transferred to your arranged hotel for relaxation.
  • Get ready for a welcome dinner, hosted by your local expert. Learn about Vietnamese culture while enjoying good quality Vietnamese coursing and let the excitement begin!

Highlight experience: Traditional Vietnamese food

Day 2Hanoi - Highlights

Begin your journey by unravelling the Vietnamese culture and history in the Vietnamese capital.

  • Soak in the history of the first president and Great father of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, who dedicated his life to save his country from invaders by visiting Ho Chi Minh Complex.
  • Dedicated to Confucius (Khong Tu) in 1070 and the site of Vietnam’s University (1076), the Temple of Literature, is worth the visit to understand how the Vietnamese elite has been educated.
  • Visit the Ethnology Museum, a fabulous collection relating to the Vietnamese ethnic minorities and understand the original culture of the country.
  • Grab a Vietnamese coffee while waiting for the train to pass by at the Train Street. Here the trains hurling through the narrow street just feet away from people’s everyday life and children are playing on the tracks.
  • See the famous Water Puppet Show, dating back to the 11th century and a unique tradition from the North. Get ready to be amazed by the traditional music from drums, wooden bells, bamboo flutes and authentic Vietnamese operatic songs telling folktales and legends.

Highlight experience: Grabbing a coffee at the Train Street

Day 3Hanoi - "Halong Bay on land" - Tam Coc - Hiep Homestay

Travel to the amazing “Halong Bay on land”.

  • Tam Coc is home to the country’s first capital called Hoa Lu, making it an important stop on your trip in understanding the Vietnamese culture.
  • Board a sampan and navigate Ngo Dong River where limestone towers rise above rice fields.
  • Bike to the Bich Dong Pagoda and climb the stairs carved into the rock walls. The view from the top is breathtaking and with the climb.
  • End the day at the cosy homestay with the Hiep family, where your host allows you to settle into their daily routine and living like a Vietnamese family.

Highlight experience: Stay with the Hiep family

Day 4Tam Coc - Halong - Halong Bay - CRUISE and NIGHT on board

Transfer to the spectacular UNESCO World Heritage site, Halong Bay.

  • Your cruise will navigate to Bai Tu Long Bay, a well-selected route away from the main tourist circuit. Get ready to experience the bay’s treasures and enjoy your time away from the crowd on a traditional wooden boat.
  • Adventure within the fantastically formed Thien Canh Son Cave and be fascinated by the formations of the bay.
  • Participate in kayaking, swimming or relax on the white sand beach of Hon Co Island.
  • Taste skillfully prepared local seafood and settle into your cabin while the boat anchors for the night.

Highlight experience: Escape the crowd and relax in the Bai Tu Long Bay

Day 5Halong Bay - Cruise - Hanoi

For the final day in the bay, you will have adventure activities that will stick to your memory.

  • Start the morning with a delightful breakfast with an astonishing view under the morning sun.
  • Sail in a rustic row-boat that the locals are using to Vung Vieng fishing and pearl farm.
  • Take the last dive and dip into the refreshing bay before settle into an evening flight from Hanoi to Hoi An.

Highlight experience: Breakfast in breathtaking surroundings

Day 6Hanoi - FLY - Hoi An - Ancient town highlights

 
Stroll through the delightful trading port and see the remaining century-old buildings in Hoi An.

  • Appreciate the narrow alleys, charming homes with wooden balconies, fascinating architectural features, beautiful temples, and the famous Japanese Bridge.
  • Try making your own lantern when visiting a lantern factory, which the city got famous for around the world.
  • Discovering the historic port, that is lit up at dusk by hundreds of beautifully coloured lanterns creating spectacular photo opportunities.

Highlight experience: Experience how the Hoi An lanterns are created.

Day 7Hoi An - Cycling villages - Lunch - Bamboo making class

Cruise down Thu Bon River to Cam Thanh to experience the life of the river.

  • Cycle around the peaceful countryside of Cam Kim Island, where routes will lead you through lush scenery of rice paddies and farmland. Stop at a local family in Duy Vinh and learn about their traditional sedge mattress weaving.
  • A quick transfer takes you to a local family for a homemade lunch made mostly with products from their organic garden. Enjoy the delicious food in the garden while listening to the calm sound of the wind in the trees.
  • Board a basket boat after lunch – a unique local way of getting a close look to the ecosystem of mangrove forest and daily work of the village fisherman.
  • Visit a bamboo studio, where a talented craftsman will show and help create your own bamboo product to take home.

Highlight experience: Home-made lunch in a local family’s garden

Day 8Hoian - Free time

Enjoy free time to wander the Hoi An ancient town or leisurely lounge on the An Bang beach.

Day 9Hoi An - TRAIN - Hue - Royal dinning experience

Transfer to Hue by train and experience stunning views and arrive in Hue, which has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • The most stunning view of the famous Hai Van Pass, known as “the pass in the clouds”. should be seen from the train to get the most spectacular view. On the one side you have the jungle and on the other the ocean.
  • Go for dinner at a former villa of the ministry of justice at the court of the emperor Khai Dinh who reigned during nine years (1916-1925). Meet his grandson and eat the dishes the emperor eat. The restaurant only host one table, making it a private and exciting experience.

Highlight experience: Have a private dinner like the royals in Vietnam during the 20th century.

Day 10Hue - Highlights - FLY - Saigon

Stroll through the Imperial Citadel and daydream about its former dynasty.

  • Visit Thanh Tien village – a village that has been crafting paper flowers for 400 years.
  • Explore the symbol of Hue city, the Thien Mu pagoda and admire the garden-style homes at An Hien.
  • Glance at, and be bewitched by the Mausoleum of Khai Dinh, the final emperor’s bedazzling eternal resting place.
  • After a tour around the city, experience a village which specialises in incense-making, and a true icon of Vietnam – conical hats!

Highlight experience: The village of conical hats.

Day 11Saigon - Highlights - Saigon after dark on a Vespa

Wake up in Saigon (currently Ho Chi Minh City), the city that varies from the rest of Vietnam due to its modern flair.

  • Start the day by visiting Thien Hau Temple and the Binh Tay Market, built by the Cantonese congregation.
  • Visit the War Remnants Museum that is home to the history of locals’ perspectives of the American/Vietnam War.
  • The old Presidential Palace is where victory was declared after years of fighting and is preserved as found with vehicles still in the garages.
  • Jump on the back of a Vespa with a qualified driver and experience Saigon’s nightlife the way locals do. Try out the best authentic local food and listen to live music at a Vietnamese coffee shop.

Highlight experience: Experience Saigon’s nightlife from the back of a Vespa.

Day 12Saigon - Mekong - CRUISE and NIGHT on board

Move from Saigon and head for the rich, fertile lands of the Mekong Delta region and its extraordinarily busy inhabitants.

  • Board the private boat and sail down narrow waterways on a local sampan and observe productive rice fields, fruit orchards, and historic buildings.
  • Visit a rice popcorn factory and an ancient colonial house in Vinh Long.
    Travel to Can Tho, the largest town and trading centre in Mekong Delta.

Highlight experience: Experience the local life on the Mekong Delta and spend overnight on Song Xanh Sampan

Day 13Mekong - CRUISE - Saigon

Start the final day in the Mekong Delta with vibrant opportunities.

  • Your journey will continue to the colourful Cai Rang floating market and Ba Cong fruit orchard, where you can taste their fresh products.
  • Visit the 100-year-old Binh Thuy Ancient House to appreciate the historic workmanship and architecture and admire the lush vegetation and active life of the local people along the riverbanks.

Highlight experience: Learn about the local life on the Mekong Delta.

Day 14Saigon - Departure

Free time to explore the last parts of Saigon until your transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

What makes our tailor-made holidays different?

  • Your trip is unique
  • Crafted itinerary by local experts
  • Hand-picked authentic experiences
  • Well-selected accommodation with characteristic
  • Designed to your budget and your time
  • Adjusted to your satisfaction

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INCLUDES

Accommodations at suggested hotels or similar
Meals as mentioned
Transportations: car, plane, train and cruise
Activities and excursions as detailed
Government taxes currently in force

EXCLUDES

International flights from and to your home country
Tips for guides and drivers (not mandatory)
Travel insurance of any kind that you subscribe to personally
Any of exit taxes applied to some countries (Cambodia-Laos)

EXTENSION

BEACH BREAK - 4 DAYS - VIETNAM
SIEM REAP - ANGKOR WAT - 4 DAYS - CAMBODIA
LUANG PRABANG ANCIENT TOWN - 4 DAYS - LAOS

 

Lounge on the beach and let the sand kiss your toes!

Vietnam’s 3,444 km (2,140 miles) long coastline and tropical/ subtropical climate make it the perfect place for those who wish to spend their holidays swimming warm turquoise water and sunbathing on a white-sand beach, at all times of the year!

PHU QUOC – FLY from SAIGON Ready your senses for something truly exceptional, Phu Quoc is worth the wait. Extruding an atmosphere of elegant nonchalance, this island paradise celebrates the benefits of returning to nature…(Read more)

NHA TRANG Wide Boulevards, white sandy beaches signal relaxation and happiness, the Nha Trang Bay is an attractive seaside stopover...(Read more)

CON DAO – FLY from SAIGON An hour flight from Saigon to the white-sand beaches, translucent water, well-preserved scenery. On the program: idleness, diving, trekking in the jungle and visiting the National Park to meet sea turtles…(Read more)

MUINE 4 hours’ drive from HCM, coconut trees, white sand, and ochre sand dunes, all on a canvas of deep blue sky. Just divine! You will have fun sledding on the sand dunes, and love the charming images of the animated port; A beach with a small market in that open fresh shellfish; and small round fishermen’s boats that are so special. Nature also offers you the sight of beautiful red canyons, the result of erosion in the rainy season….(Read more)

 

THE CULTURAL SIEM REAP – ANGKOR WAT 4 days/3 nights

Be enchanted by the awesome Temples of Angkor and the history of Khmer Kings discovered at the magnificent UNESCO Heritage site.

Day 1 – SAIGON – FLY – SIEM REAP   Settle into a flight from Saigon to Siem Reap. Arrive and be welcomed by our guide and be transferred to your arranged accommodation. Overnight in a hotel with breakfast.

Day 2 – SIEM REAP – ANGKOR THOM – TA PHROM – ANGKOR WAT   Arriving in Angkor Wat, you will rove among the ruins of the world’s most famous Hindu temple complexes, built for gods, and fit for kings: Baphuon (a temple in honour of another Hindu deity, Shiva) with its spectacular layered structure, the Terrace of the Leper King with its beautiful carvings of gods, nagas, and dancers; the Royal Enclosure and its small and particularly significant temple, Phimeanakas. Overnight in a hotel with breakfast.

 

Day 3 – SIEM REAP – BANTEAY SREI – BANTEAY SAMRE Advance to an off-the-beaten-track site, an hour away from Angkor Wat, encountering stunning Cambodian countryside and uncovering more temples: visit Banteay Srei, called the citadel of women and come face to face with the meticulously restored enclosed temple of Banteay Samre, complete with carvings of lions and nagas. Overnight in a hotel with breakfast.

Day 4 – SIEM REAP – TONLE SAP – Departure Travel to Tonle Sap and find yourself surrounded by a completely aquatic landscape, see how everyday life is transformed by its proximity to and dependence on water. Free time until your transfer to the airport for your departure flight

 

 

A natural wild and mysterious! /2 days 1 night

« History, Nature and Spirituality » are the word that resonates with travelers of this divine, landlocked country“The ancient kingdom of a million elephants” reflects its rich historical heritage by the splendor of its many temples dedicated to Buddha.

1 – Luang Prabang – Highlights – Dinner on Cruise
Discover this serenity town, a designated UNESCO Heritage Site on Tuk Tuk to visit: The National Museum (Ancient Royal Palace), the Wat Xieng Thong, Wat Ahman, Wat Mai the richly decorated temple. See the Ock Pop Tok textile gallery. In the afternoon, embark on a traditional boat to cruise long Nava Mekong river. Enjoy dinner with Baci ceremony and traditional dance show. Overnight in a hotel with breakfast.

Day 2 – Luang Prabang – Khuang Sy Waterfall – Ethnic Minority Villages

Departure to the beautiful waterfalls Khuang Sy about 30km from Luang Prabang. En route, visiting min0rity villages such as H’mong village of Ban Thinkeo, Khmu village of Ban Thapaene and weaving village of Ban Xang Khong where traditional product also called Saa paper made from mulberry leaves.  Get to the waterfall, nestled in the lush tropical vegetation, a beautiful clear pool for swimming. Back to Luang Prabang for your departure flight.

 

TRAVEL NOTE

TIME TO VISIT VIETNAM

Northern Vietnam

January
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
The weather is foggy and much colder in Sapa
10°C–15°C (50-60°F)
The weather is foggy and much colder in Sapa
10°C–15°C (50-60°F)
Cloudy skies and little rain
17°C-25°C (63°-77°F)
Cloudy skies and little rain
17°C-25°C (63°-77°F)
Temperatures are getting higher and the rain start to fall
25°-35°C (77°-95°F)
The amount of rain rises with the temperature
25°-35°C (77°-95°F)
The amount of rain rises with the temperature
25°-35°C (77°-95°F)
The amount of rain rises with the temperature
25°-35°C (77°-95°F)
Less rain and temperature comes back to warmer weather
20°-24°C (68°-75°F)
Less rain and temperature comes back to warmer weather
20°-24°C (68°-75°F)
Less rain and temperature comes back to warmer weather
20°-24°C (68°-75°F)
The weather is foggy and much colder in Sapa
10°C–15°C (50-60°F)

Central Vietnam

January
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
Dry season with high temperatures, but rain is still common
20°C-35°C (68°F-95°F)
Dry season with high temperatures, but rain is still common
20°C-35°C (68°F-95°F)
Dry season with high temperatures, but rain is still common
20°C-35°C (68°F-95°F)
Dry season with high temperatures, but rain is still common
20°C-35°C (68°F-95°F)
Dry season with high temperatures, but rain is still common
20°C-35°C (68°F-95°F)
Dry season with high temperatures, but rain is still common
20°C-35°C (68°F-95°F)
Dry season with high temperatures, but rain is still common
20°C-35°C (68°F-95°F)
This region is the most affected by the monsoons during
the hot season 20°C-25°C (68°F-77°F)
This region is the most affected by the monsoons during
the hot season 20°C-25°C (68°F-77°F)
This region is the most affected by the monsoons during
the hot season 20°C-25°C (68°F-77°F)
This region is the most affected by the monsoons during
the hot season 20°C-25°C (68°F-77°F)
This region is the most affected by the monsoons during
the hot season 20°C-25°C (68°F-77°F)

Southern Vietnam

January
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
Warm and dry weather that is perfect for a beach holiday
30°C-35°C (86°F-95°F)
Warm and dry weather that is perfect for a beach holiday
30°C-35°C (86°F-95°F)
Warm and dry weather that is perfect for a beach holiday
30°C-35°C (86°F-95°F)
Warm and dry weather that is perfect for a beach holiday
30°C-35°C (86°F-95°F)
Short violent rainfalls in the late afternoons but still high temp-
-eratures 30°C (86°F)
Short violent rainfalls in the late afternoons but still high temp-
-eratures 30°C (86°F)
Short violent rainfalls in the late afternoons but still high temp-
-eratures 30°C (86°F)
Short violent rainfalls in the late afternoons but still high temp-
-eratures 30°C (86°F)
Short violent rainfalls in the late afternoons but still high temp-
-eratures 30°C (86°F)
Short violent rainfalls in the late afternoons but still high temp-
-eratures 30°C (86°F)
Short violent rainfalls in the late afternoons but still high temp-
-eratures 30°C (86°F)
Warm and dry weather that is perfect for a beach holiday
30°C-35°C (86°F-95°F)

PHYSICAL LEVEL

Cycling Tour:
Level:
This is a middle-level Cycling Tour, appropriate for kids over 6 years old
Kayaking Tour:

Level:
This is a low-level Kayaking Tour, appropriate for kids over 6 years old

PASSPORT AND VISA

Your passport must be valid 6 months after the expected date of your departure from the country.
For Vietnam, we will take care of the whole process for your VISA on arrival.
Cost: $25 US dollars.

  1. After receiving your scanned passport information, Hanoi Voyages will process and obtain an entry permit-Invitation Letter, which is an official document of the Vietnamese government that allows you to enter the Vietnamese soil and guarantees that the visa will be issued at the airport on arrival.
  2. Once Hanoi Voyages receives the Invitation Letter, we will send the document directly to you by email.

WHAT TO PACK

To make sure you will enjoy all of the activities included in this trip without missing of anything, here is a short list of what you should bring with you:
– Trekking shoes (or running shoes)
– Sunscreen
– Sunglasses
– A Raincoat


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