Spend about 10 days from the North to the South with main cities of Hanoi, Halong Bay and Ho Chi Minh is an ideal plan, this trip makes you understand 3 main different cultures: Hanoi with traditional lifestyle, old houses, and people characteristics. Halong Bay with thousands of limestone islands where local fishermen earn their living. Western style Ho Chi Minh City characterizes with bustling streets and busy life. All of this gives you the general concept of Vietnam.
www.goasiatravel.com Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City Tour Tour Overview: Spend about 10 days from the North to the South with main cities of Hanoi, Halong Bay and Ho Chi Minh is an ideal plan, this trip makes you understand 3 main different cultures: Hanoi with traditional lifestyle, old houses, and people characteristics. Halong Bay with thousands of limestone islands where local fishermen earn their living. Western style Ho Chi Minh City characterizes with bustling streets and busy life. All of this gives you the general concept of Vietnam. Tour outline: Day 1: Welcome to Hanoi capital of Vietnam at airport with smile and flowers Day 2: Hanoi city tour with historical vestiges and cultural works Day 3 - 4: Hanoi – Halong overnight on traditional junk Day 5: Return to Hanoi with traditional cuisines Day 6: Hanoi – Ho Chi Minh city Day 7: Ho Chi Minh City relaxing and half day Cu Chi tunnels Day 8: Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong river delta tour Day 9: Ho Chi Minh City shopping around Day 10: Say goodbye to Vietnam for flight home Tour itinerary: Day 1: Hanoi arrival Arriving at Noi Bai airport in Hanoi, our tour guide and driver pick you up and drive you into inner city. You will have time to relax after your flight. In the evening, you will enjoy a performance of traditional Water Puppetry (an art form unique to northern Vietnam, and an interesting, light-hearted introduction to its rural culture). Your overnight stay will be in Hanoi. 17A Hang Dong Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam www.goasiatravel.com Day 2: Hanoi orientation (B, L) You will spend the whole day to discover Hanoi charming ancient capital. Your guide will take you to the Tran Quoc pagoda, Temple of Literature, the first university in Vietnam dating back to the 11th century, and a popular attraction, as is Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, his simple stilt house where he lived and worked and the museum dedicated to his memory, one pillar pagoda. After lunch, you will moved to Van Phuc silk village a small village where families have specialized in weaving and dying silk over centuries, once the creators of fine material for the robes of the Royal court. Experiencing sitting on a cyclo, the popular mean of transport in Hanoi, enjoying views of what is happening on the streets of the Old Quarter, your overnight will be in Hanoi. Day 3: Hanoi – Halong bay – Traditional junk (B, L, D) Our guide and bus will pick you up at your hotel; on the way to Halong city enjoy the journey through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta and the scenery of rice fields, water buffalo and everyday Vietnamese village life. Arrive in Halong for boarding. Lunch is served with a welcome drink while the boat cruises the bay to enjoy the beautiful limestone seascape with Fighting cock, Dog Rock and Incense Burner. After visiting Amazing cave we stop at a floating house and go kayaking to Luon cave to enjoy the quiet atmosphere of the bay. Fresh fruit platter will be served followed by a dinner between 6h30 and 7h00 pm, overnight on board. Day 4: Overnight cruise – Halong - Hanoi (B, L) Sunrise breakfast and cruise around the clear & emerald water to another part of Halong Bay with a close up view of stunning limestone peaks. Feel ready to have lunch on board and enjoy the rest of the boat trip. Arriving at Halong dock have short break before en route to Hanoi. Trip ends around 4h30 pm. Day 5: Charming Hanoi with cuisine and shopping (B) The day will be free for strolling in the charming ancient capital, go shopping in the old quarter, enjoy the savoir of Hanoi specialty, – take your pick from traditional Hanoi Pho (beef noodle soup), Nom (green papaya salad with seasoned beef), Banh Goi (pillow- shaped rice pastry with minced pork and mushroom), Banh Cuon (hot rice paper with pork and fried onion) or Bun Cha (fresh noodle with grilled pork). If you are hungry, try 17A Hang Dong Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam www.goasiatravel.com two or three varieties – they are snacks rather than a meal. Your overnight will be in Hanoi. Day 6: Hanoi – Ho Chi Minh (B, D) Ho Chi Minh City is the heart and soul of Vietnam. It's a bustling, dynamic and industrious centre, the largest city in the country, the economic capital and the cultural trendsetter. Yet within the teeming metropolis are the timeless traditions and beauty of an ancient culture. This is a city that churns ferments, bubbles and fumes. The streets, where much of the city's life takes place, are a jumble of street markets, shops, pavement cafes, stands-on-wheels and vendors selling wares spread out on sidewalks. It is impossible not to be infected by its exhilarating vibe. After breakfast you will be relax until our driver come and transfer you to the airport for flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Arriving at Tan Son Nhat airport in Ho Chi Minh City, the hustle and the bustle city, you will be met and driven to your hotel. Enjoy Welcome dinner with Vietnam traditional cuisine and have a good night sleep. Day 7: Ho Chi Minh – Cu Chi half day tour (B, L) Cu Chi, a system of tunnels combining to form an underground city during the American/ Vietnam War. It is legendary for its network of underground tunnels, which extends over 220km, and is a popular destination for both Vietnamese and foreign visitors. Cu Chi still contains plenty of evidence of the fierce battle that took place here and all over this area you will find the remnants of war. A morning drive will take you to visit the famous Cu Chi tunnels, a Byzantine maze of underground passages, chambers, rooms and booby traps used by both the Vietminh and the Viet Cong to suddenly materialise as if from nowhere, launch a lightning ambush, you will watch a short introductory video on the tunnels construction and explore the maze of tunnels. And vanish equally rapidly. Your overnight will be in Ho Chi Minh. Day 8: Ho Chi Minh – Mekong day trip (B, L) Exotic life in Mekong Delta can not be seen in any where else all over the world. The rich culture and amazing beautiful fruit orchards offer tourists a relaxing trip. It will value your stay in Vietnam with unforgettable memories, unique experience and chance of communicating with such friendly and hospitable locals We start the tour early at 7h30 and go ahead to Tien Giang. On arrival take a boat trip around four beautiful Islets: Dragon, Unicorn, 17A Hang Dong Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam www.goasiatravel.com Tortoise and Phoenix on Tien River. Through Xep canal to visit Mekong traditional houses at Quoi An village (make all from coconut tree). See coconut collection set and how the locals make handicrafts from coconut trunk and shell. Enjoy seasonal fruits and listening to traditional music. Take the horse-cart on village path and stop at Ben Truc orchard, taste honey with tea or wine. See bees-breeding in wooden boxes at local farms. Take rowing-boat on water palm creek, lunch on islets at the local house. Experience the friendliness and hospitability of the host. Boat to visit a coconut candy workshop, taste candy (Special products of Bentre province) Drive back to Ho Chi Minh City. End of the tour at about 5:00 pm. Day 9: Ho Chi Minh – relaxing and shopping around (B) After breakfast you will be spoilt for choice for shops and most of them are within easy walking distance of each other. Many shops are found along Dong Khoi, which used to be the trendy Rue Catena in French colonial times. Close by are Hai Ba Trung and Le Loi, which are also worth a look. Off-the-peg clothing is always a good buy but even better is to have clothes made up by one of the many tailors. There is always a good range of colored silk to choose from. Hand-embroidered tablecloths and napkins are very popular. Your overnight will be in Ho Chi Minh City. Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City departure Our fantastic holiday come to an end. After breakfast relax until our driver will come to take you to airport for your flight. Trip notes: Accommodation: Triple share is possible and must be requested at the time of booking. Please be clear whether a double bed plus extra bed is required or whether three separate beds are preferred. Where separate rooms for children are booked, interconnecting or adjacent rooms will be requested (subject to availability) Transports: You are transferred by air conditioner minibus, so make sure that you are can sit every 2 hours per stop Tour guide: Local tour guide with international experience will give you the feeling of safety, protection. He will cares about every meal you eat, the room in hotel, especially he gives you the concept of how to behave well towards the locals. He also let you know all information about your tourist destination. Food: Try to get used to the food in different parts of Vietnam, if you have any problem about food, please let tour guide know even before meals, we will change into the food that you prefer Currency: When you travel to Halong Bay, you should take Vietnam Dong with you to pay for extra services. 17A Hang Dong Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam www.goasiatravel.com Tour prices: Tour Name: Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City Tour Duration: 10 days and 9 nights Rate: On request Tour included: Breakfast and 9 nights accommodation twin or double room Pick-ups and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle as specified in the itinerary above. (except Ha Long Bay Trip) Flight ticket with Vietnam Airlines: Hanoi – Ho Chi Minh: Sharing Cruiser in Ha Long Bay, Kayaking Private boat cruise in Mekong Delta Travel in an appropriate private air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced safe driver (except Ha Long Bay Trip) The services of experienced English-speaking guides as indicated in the itinerary. Where necessary, entry fees for all visits as mentioned in the program. Lunches and dinners (as specified in the itinerary) in the best local restaurants, or picnics where no suitable restaurant is available. Tour excluded: International flight tickets and airport tax. Visas, dinners, except as specified above. Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses. Camera fees (if any), insurance www.goasiatravel.com 17A Hang Dong Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam
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