HANOI – HALONG – HOIAN – HO CHI MINH CITY

Travel Period : Oct 2017 – Sept 2018     

Day 1: Arrival Hanoi (No meals)

Upon arrival at Noi Bai Airport, you will be warmly welcome by your driver & transferred to your hotel in city center

Overnight in Hanoi

Day 2: Full Day City Hanoi (Breakfast, Lunch)

AM: Take sightseeing tour featuring both cultural and historical highlights, starting with Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum – an important historical attraction of Hanoi, known for honoring the national hero: President Ho Chi Minh. Inside the complex, also located his House on Stilts and the One Pillar Pagoda. This is followed by Tran Quoc Pagoda – one of the oldest pagoda in Vietnam.  Lunch at local restaurant

In the afternoon, pay a visit to The Temple of Literature – being constructed in 1070 under Ly Thanh Tong’s dynasty, first to honor Confucius and nowadays to celebrate the doctorates and high rank scholars of Vietnam. In 1076, King Ly Nhan Tong continued the work and built Quoc Tu Giam as the first ethnic groups of Vietnam in an effort to preserve cultural heritage and promote socio-cultural diversity university of Vietnam. Proceed to visit the Ethnology Museum which offers an insight into the 54 different within the country. The tour then will be wrapped up with the visit to Ngoc Son Temple uniquely set on a tiny island on Hoan Kiem Lake, its history dating back to the 13th century.

Overnight in Hanoi

Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

After breakfast, depart for the 3½ hour drive to Halong Bay. Journey through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta, observe everyday life of Vietnamese villagers as they work the rice fields, take pigs to market on motorbikes and plough the fields with their water buffaloes.

You will be cruising from the awesome limestone cliffs of Ha Long Bay toward the center of the World Natural Heritage site, discovering the exotic formations of a limestone cave, and exploring the daily life of local people living on the bay

Overnight on board

Day 4: Halong – Hanoi (Breakfast, Lunch)

Start your day early with Tai Chi exercise on the sundeck and visiting further islands in the Bay before heading back to the shore, disembark and transfer back to Hanoi. Free time further explore the city afterwards

Transfer to railway station for your night train to Danang, the trip will takes roughly 14 hrs, you will have chance to witness the local lives along the way and especially the breathtaking view through Hai Van Pass . Overnight on train

Day 5: Danang Arrival – Hoian (Breakfast)

Upon arrival at Danang railway station at noon, you will be picked up and transferred to Hoian Ancient Town. Check-in hotel and enjoy free time at own leisure

Overnight in Hoian

Day 6: Tra Que Vegetable Village (Breakfast, Lunch)

Introduction: Tra Que is a charming little village on the edge of Hoi An, the village is named after the sweet scented vegetables that spice up the everyday meals of the Pho Hoi people. Experience a day of living and working with the local people in this village

08:00: local guide will see you at your hotel with your bicycle, you will cycle to a local farm in Tra Que village. A short stroll will take you around the vegetable garden and then you can join the farmers in preparing the land and fertilizing it with seaweed from the local lake. Following steps are raking the ground, sowing, watering, picking vegetables and many other gardening activities. After all these activities, you will take a short rest and enjoy foot bath before getting to preparing lunch with a local family. Your lunch will consist of many local delicacies including ‘tam huu’ spring roll, Banh xeo or local pancake of people in Vietnam middle region. Around 14.00:  bid farewell to your host family before riding back to Hoi An, on the way back we will stop at Japanese tomb. End the tour.

Overnight in Hoian

Day 7: Hoian – Danang – Ho Chi Minh City (Breakfast)

Free time at own leisure until transfer back to Danang Airport for your flight to HCMC. Upon arrival in HCMC, pick up and transfer to your hotel in city center.

Overnight in HCMC

Day 8: Cai Be – Vinh Long – Night Walking Street Food Tour (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

6:30AM Depart for Cai Be and upon arrival, set off by motorboat to visit the Cai Be floating market and watch the locals trading fruits and many other commodities onboard their vessels. Visit a small family business to see how coconut candy and crispy rice pop-corn are made. Then wander into the small villages and visit the orchard and fruit plantation, accompanied by traditional southern Vietnamese folk music. Keep cruising to Vinh Long through a series of small canals to experience the charms of the Upper Mekong Delta. Arrive in Tan Phong Island, the green pearl where you can immerse yourself in nature. Enjoy your cooking experience and learn how to prepare special Vietnamese dishes. Food cooked by yourself and fresh river food served in the heart of the garden. Relax in the hammocks to get back your energy. Cycle around the village path with fruit orchards and bonsai garden. Meet the local islanders to learn more about the local daily life in the Mekong Delta. Take a boat ride back to Cai Be and meet your bus for the trip back to HCMC, you will reach the city center at 5:30 PM

At dinner time, enjoy Walking Street Food Tour. Vehicles will drive you to the starting point of the tour. The first stop is a public park where local people enjoy some dancing exercises. They gather here when the sun goes down to socialize and dance together. Then, after a short walk, enjoy your first meal of the evening – “Banh xeo”, a large rice pancake filled with vegetables, shrimps and pork. Hidden in a small alley, this local street restaurant has become very famous and serves some of the best “banh xeo” of Saigon. The second stop is a street food place located near Tan Dinh Market. There, enjoy a delicious local soup, inspired by Chinese recipes. After another short walk, it is time for a tasty “com suon non nuong muoi ot”, a local dish from HCM with rice and pork ribs. After walking & crossing a busy intersection, you then enjoy some relaxing time at a Vietnamese café. Returns to hotel at the end of the tour at around 9PM

Overnight in HCMC

Day 9: Half Day Cu Chi Visit (Breakfast, Lunch)

Depart for Cu Chi Tunnels, the trip will take approximately one and a half hours bus driving. Upon arrival, before exploring the tunnels, you will have some short introduction followed by introductory video about how the tunnels were constructed and how the people survived in the harsh conditions of the war time. Then, spend your time to explore the remaining area and tunnel systems which included the special constructed living areas with kitchens, bedrooms side by side with other martial facilities like storage, weapons factories, field hospitals, and command centers helping whoever lives inside the tunnels meet their basic needs. Besides, there are also many hidden trap doors and dangerous traps within the maze – like tunnels for security purpose during the war.

Afterward, special tea and cassava (guerilla’s food during the war) will be served.

Break time for relax or time for those who want to try the real shooting gun (gun-shooting fee at own expenses). Have light lunch at local restaurant then return to HCMC & end trip at 2:30 PM.

Overnight in HCMC

Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City Departure (Breakfast)

Free at own leisure till pick up & transfer to airport for your flight back home (Standard check-out at 12PM)

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ACCOMMODATION

(as sited or similar depending on availability)

PRICE IN NZD PER PERSON

(Twin/ Double share)

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

3* option

HAN – FIRST EDEN (SUP)

HALONG – ROSA CRUISE/ ORIENTAL SAILS CRUISE (DLX)

HOIAN – VINH HUNG 2 (STD)

HCMC – LA FELIX (SUP)

939

338

4* option

HAN – GOLDEN CYCLO (STD)

HALONG – PHOENIX CRUISER (DLX)

HOIAN – VINH HUNG RIVERSIDE RESORT (SUP GARDEN)

HCMC – A&EM SIGNATURE (DLX)

1,230

508

5* option

HAN – MOVENPICK (SUP)

HALONG – ALISA CRUISE (Junior Suite)

HOIAN – PALM GARDEN RESORT (SUP GARDEN)

HCMC – NEW WORLD (SUP)

1,711

932

 

Inclusions:

  • Vietnam visa approval letter to collect visa on arrival at airport (New Zealand passport holders, single entry – 01 month)
  • Accommodation by Twin/ Double share with daily breakfast (Standard check-in at 2PM & check-out at 12PM)
  • Train ticket from Hanoi – Danang (soft sleeping berth in A/C cabin, four berths per cabin)
  • One-way flight tickets for Danang – HCMC via Vietnam Airlines (Economic Class), allowance of 20 kg checked baggage & 7 kg hand luggage
  • Ground transportation by A/C vehicle as tour program
  • Regional English speaking guide for touring. For transfer: only driver, no tour guide
  • Entrance fees as sites listed and boat trip in Halong Bay & Mekong Delta
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • 01 bottle of water/pax/day
  • Join in group tours, , minimum of 2 pax per group is required

Exclusions:

  • International flight & visa upon arrival (25 USD/pax for Vietnam)
  • Travel insurance & personal expenses
  • Other meals not mentioned and beverage during meals
  • Tipping for tour guide & driver
  • Surcharge for peak season and holiday period: Christmas & New Year (23 Dec ,17 – 10 Jan,18) and Chinese Lunar New Year (15 Feb,18 – 25 Feb ,18)

Conditions:

  • The price is based on Twin/ Double share, single supplement shall be applied if client travels alone or requests
  • Booking is required and schedule is subject to availability, please book early to reserve your preferred travel date
  • Value of deal is based on current rates, which are subject to change
  • Cancellation will incur fees, enquire direct for more details