OVERVIEW

Vietnam Impression

The tour provides a unique touch to major highlights of Vietnam from the charming Vietnamese capital city with the bustle Old Quarter, monuments and colonial architecture to the mountant landscape and the magnificent Halong bay. You will also have opportunity to visit the famous landscapes such as Hue Citadel, Hoi An ancient town, then Ho Chi Minh bustling city, and exploring Mekong delta.

ITINERARY

Hanoi | Sapa | Ha Long | Hue | Hoi An | Da Nang | Ho Chi Minh City | Ben Tre

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Day 01

Hanoi Arrival

Welcome to Hanoi and enjoy a welcome dinner at a very good local restaurant!

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

Meals: Dinner

Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel to leave your luggage, then move to a restaurant for welcome dinner. The rest of day, you are free on your own.
Day 02

Hanoi City Tour - Night Train to Lao Cai - Sapa

Discover the highlights of Hanoi on a city tour and take a train to Sapa

Accommodation: Overnight on train to Lao Cai

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

In the morning, yur tour guide and driver picks you up at the hotel lobby. Start your tour with a visit of Ho Chi Minh Complex including Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, the Presidential Palace, House-on-Stilts, One Pillar pagoda. After that, visit the Temple of Literature - a temple to Confucius, this is also known as Vietnam’s first University dating back to 1070.

Lunch at a local restaurant.

Continue the tour with a visit of the Museum of Ethnology, widely acknowledged as the best museum in the country and has an extensive display dedicated to Vietnam’s 54 Ethnic minority peoples. As well as the comprehensive array of exhibits inside, there are also traditional tribal houses reconstructed within the ground. Go back to the center of Hanoi to visit Ngoc Son Temple and Hoan Kiem Lake.

A 45 minute Cyclo
Tour takes you through the Old Quarter of Hanoi, also known as the 36 streets and guilds, this bustling area of narrow streets is home to literally thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers. Originally each of the street’s names was related to the products being sold there. It’s a great place to explore on foot with numerous photo opportunities.

Dine before the transfer to Hanoi train station to board the overnight train to Sapa.
Day 03

Lao Cai - Sapa - Lao Chai - Ta Van village

Admire the beautiful landscape and observe the culture of ethnic people

Accommodation: Hotel in Sapa

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Early morning, arrival in Lao Cai, Asia Top Travel's guide will welcome you at the exit platform, transfer you to Sapa for freshen up.

Breakfast at the hotel or at a local restaurant.
 
After breakfast, departure for a mini trekking journey. There are many photo opportunities on the way. Travel downhill to Muong Hoa valley. Begin the trekking on a fairly rocky road through Lao Chai village, a Black Hmong’s ethnic village. Then continue to Ta Van village of Giay ethnic minority people. The terrace fields are great for photographing. Visit local people’s house and schools en-route. Return to Sapa by car. Enjoy your time at leisure.
Day 04

Sapa - Cat Cat Village - Transfer back to Hanoi

We visit Cat Cat village before heading back Hanoi Capital

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch,

After breakfast, you will start trekking to Cat Cat Village which is occupied by the Black H’mong tribe. You will experience the tribal way of life while enjoying wonderful views of the terraced rice paddy fields and the waterfall in Cat Cat village. Coming here,you can see the hydroelectric power station which was built by the French in twentieth century. After that, you will go back to hotel to check out and have lunch at restaurant.
Afternoon: Free time to explore Sapa town or go shopping at Sapa Market.
15:00: A Luxury van will bring your family back to Hanoi. 
 
Day 05

Hanoi - Hoa Lu - Trang An

We leave Hanoi for the ancient capital and Halong Bay on land

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch,

 8.00AM: Asia Top Travel tour expert pick you up at your hotel, travel to Hoa Lu. Along the way, we may take some stop-over for photo and refreshment while enjoying rural stunning scenery on the way. Arrive in Hoa Lu which is the former capital of Vietnam (968 – 1009) under Dinh and Le dynasties. Visit Dinh temple, Le temple and surroundings.
Have lunch at local restaurant with local food.
After lunch, take the amazing boat trip to visit Trang An grottoes which is a gathering of 31 valleys, 50 cross-water caves, and home to 600 kinds of flora and over 200 kinds of fauna, many of them in the Red Book of Vietnam. While rowing through Trang An grotto in the quiet, fresh air of the highlands, with only the sound of birds and the oars stirring the clear water and surrounded by magnificent forested mountains upon which graze white goats, visitors enjoy a heaven on earth.
15h00: Leave Trang An and drive back Hanoi city. 
 
Day 06

Hanoi - Halong Bay

Enjoy spectacular views from your boat

Accommodation: Overnight on Halong bay cruise

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

In the morning,departure for Halong Bay through the scenic countryside. The world heritage site Halong Bay is truly one of Vietnam’s most impressive scenic sights. Heading out of the town, embark on a Chinese junk style for an exploration of the legendary Halong Bay.

A seafood lunch will be served while cruising through the bay. The limestone karsts formations are littered with beaches.

Explore the Surprising Sung Sot cave which reserves amazing stalactites and stalagmites.
Day 07

Halong bay - Hanoi - Hue

Say goodbye to Halong Bay, transfer to Hanoi airport for a flight to Hue

Accommodation: Hotel in Hue

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Wake up in the morning with the calming sound of the waves crashing on the nearby islands. Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea and relax. Sitting on the upper deck, admire the breathtaking beauty of the rocky islands rising from the crystalclear water of the bay. The quiet is almost eerie, you can hear birds singing, cicadas chirping ashore and the gentle lapping of the waves against our boat, the perfect soundtrack to accompany the fresh air and gentle breeze.

Explore Luon cave in the morning.

The boat starts cruising back while a brunch buffet is served on board.
Arrive at the harbor by noon, transfer to Hanoi airport for your flight to Hue.
Arrive in Hue city, meet your tour guide and transfer to your hotel. Check-in and relax. The rest of day you are free at leisure.
Day 08

Hue City Tour

Visit the highlights of Hue ancient town

Accommodation: Hotel in Hue

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

This morning, we take a boat trip along poetic Perfume River to reach the ancient Thien Mu pagoda, a special cultural - historical site where still preserves a legendary tale about the Heaven Fairy Lady since Nguyen Dynasty. 
Then, we visit  Hue Citadel. Here you will walk around and take a look into the special feudal relics of immense architectural and cultural values. Then we visit the major sites including the Imperial Citadel with Forbidden Royal City like in Beijing. 
Have lunch at Y Thao garden restaurant. 
In the afternoon, we visit the tomb and monument of King Tu Duc which is located in a very beautiful area. This is an opportunity to learn more about Nguyen Kings and to enjoy the spectacular landscape. Your lunch is served at a local restaurant.
Then we visit Conical hat village: To see and learn how the locals make the conical hat ( non la). ( Non la- traditional indispensable accessory expressing the hidden charm and simplicity of women).
Conclude your day at Incense stick making village: Observe how locals make sandalwood and cinnamon incense. 
 
Day 09

Hue - Hoian City tour - Thanh Ha pottery village

Enjoy your first day in Hoian charming town

Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

This morning we drive over the mighty Hai Van Pass and take in the spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean and famous Lang Co fishing village.  
Upon arrival Hoian, you will enjoy a walking tour around this enchanting port town. We follow the narrow lanes lined with centuries-old houses influenced by Chinese, Japanese, French and European architectures, and visit its numerous places of interest: the 400-year old Japanese Covered Bridge, the Phuc Kien Assembly Halls. 
After lunch in a local restaurant, you will enjoy a short boat ride to Thanh Ha pottery village which has a long historical legacy and it used to play an important role in the  development of Hoi An ancient town. It’s better to head straight to the narrow lanes behind the village tourist park to find the families busy churning out pots, sculptures, roof tiles and cute handcrafted whistles shaped like animals…
Your trip end at your hotel in the late afternoon.
 
Day 10

Hoi An - Tra Que vegetable village - Cam Thanh coconut village

Observe the local life in villages and try to be a cook in a local family

Accommodation: Hotel in Nha Trang

Meals: Breakfast

8:30: After being collected from your hotel, a short bicycle competency test will be given. For those uncomfortable with a pushbike, then other methods of transport can be arranged. The tour starts by cycling along level ground to the Thu Bon River to visit a local fishing village.
Ride along country lanes at a peaceful pace viewing local life and pause to see farmers toiling in their rice fields using centuries of farming practices. Peddle your way through palm forests, across bridges, fields of water buffalo....
Biking  along country lanes at a peaceful pace viewing local life and pause to see farmers
9:00: Take a short break in a local family at Cam Thanh Village before enjoying 1.5 hours ride on Traditional Basket Boat (round boat) in the Water Coconut Palm Forest . Learn how to sail the basket boat and spend your time to catch fishes and “purple crabs” in the Canal.
10:30: Continue to drive to Tra Que Organic Vegetable Village where a large variety of vegetable are produced for the local community. At the village, you will be shown the environmentally sustainable practices which the local villagers have used for centuries and is still being used extensively today.
11:30: Visit a local family and after a short, informative and fun cooking lesson, we sit down for a delicious lunch.
In the afternoon, we drive back hotel for relaxing.
 
Day 11

Hoian - Danang - Fly to Ho Chi Minh

Fly to the bustling city

Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh

Meals: Breakfast,

You are free at your leisure until being transfer to Danang airport for a short flight to Ho Chi Minh city.
Upon arrival Tan Son Nhat airport, you will be escorted to hotel for check in. Lunch & dinner today are on your own arrangement.
You may also take an optional show or a night tour in Saigon.
Day 12

Ho Chi Minh - Cu Chi tunnels - City Tour

Have a full day for Ho Chi Minh discovery

Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh city

Meals: Breakfast

8:00am: Our guide & driver pick you up at hotel.
A half day tour to Cu Chi, located about 70 km from Saigon, where you will visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, the former stronghold of the Viet Cong with a network of tunnels three levels deep stretching over 200 km. 
Cu Chi tunnels played a vital part in the U.S.-Vietnam War in that they allowed the Viet Cong to control a large rural area only 30 to 40 km from former 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 during the 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 try an AK47 or MK16 at the nearby rifle range.
Your lunch will be served at a local restaurant en route.
Your afternoon begins with the exploration of Ho Chi Minh city, including the Reunification Palace that was the former residence of the President of South Vietnam until April 30, 1975. Then, continuing our trip visiting War Remnants Museum that is formerly known as the Museum of American War Crimes. This is a poignant display the futility of war. Close to the museum, we go to visit the Central Post Office that is the country’s largest post office was built since 1891. It is a fine example of French architecture and is Vietnam's largest post office. Your trip ends at your hotel.
 
Day 13

Ho Chi Minh - Ben Tre Boat Trip - Ho Chi Minh

Enjoy a Mekong delta day trip

Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh city

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

In the morning, meet your tour guide in your hotel lobby and transfer through Mekong Delta to Ben Tre. The boat sails along the Ham Luong river (a branch of the Mekong) and stops at various local workplaces to give you a picture of how the local economy works, including a brickworks, where bricks are still painstakingly made by hand; a coconut processing workshop, where you can sample fresh coconut and see how every single part of this versatile nut is turned into food and other products; and a mat weaving house, where straw mats are woven using a hand loom – you can even have a go at weaving yourself! The boat will then stop at a quiet village where you can have a short walk to experience real Delta village life, before boarding your xe loi (a kind of motorized rickshaw) and traveling into the forest where you can visit fruit orchards.

Lunch at a riverside restaurant, featuring such local specialties as elephant-ear fish and river shrimp, washed down with some cold drinks or beers.

It’s time to board on a sampan for a relaxing trip along narrow canals. Take the boat back to the Pier and go ahead to your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 14

Ho Chi Minh Departure

Say goodbye to our team in Ho Chi Minh Airport

Accommodation: None

Meals: Breakfast

Free time at your own leisure until the transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

Price

Start price per person based on hotel standard. The price is subject to change depending upon availability and high or low season. We would like to give you a rough quote as below for your preference. Feel free to send us an enquiry. We commit to give you a competitive quote.

Price Per Person In USD - Valid from Oct 2019 - Dec 2019 

Category 2 People 4 People 6 People Others
3 Star $1259 $997 $930 On Request
4 Star $1496 $1233 $1122 On Request
5 Star $1912 $1650 $1539 On Request


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TOUR INCLUSIONS

For your peace of mind, our tours are designed to include as much as possible in the price, but also to
give you the freedom to find a special place to eat or to seek out an independent adventure that especially appeals to you.
Trip Inclusions
  • Full transportation by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Sharing boat trip in Halong
  • English speaking guides
  • Entrance fees
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast
Trip Exclusions
  • International flight ticket
  • Compulsory dinner on 24 Dec & 31 Dec 2019
  • Domestic flight ticket (Estimated airfare: Hanoi - Hue: US $90/person & Danang - Ho Chi Minh: US $90/person)
  • Visa fees
  • Airport taxes
  • Personal travel insurance 
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips

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