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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

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

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
two or three varieties – they are snacks rather than a meal. Your overnight will be in

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
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
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


                             17A Hang Dong Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam

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