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12 DAYS VIETNAM BOUTIQUE TOUR

Duration: 12 days

Discovering the best of Vietnam within 12 days will be your memorable travel experience. This Vietnam tour package focuses on the ancient but modern beauty of Hanoi capital, great natural landscapes of Sa Pa, Ha Long Bay – UNESCO World Natural Heritage, Da Nang – the peaceful place of white-sand beaches, ancient houses of Hoi An – one World cultural heritage and Ho Chi Minh city – bustling city with French colonial architectures. 

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1 Hanoi Arrival

Arrive at Noi Bai International Airport, welcome by our guide and transfer to your hotel. (Driving time is approximately 45 munities).
Hanoi or “River-bound City” as its name literally means is Vietnam’s capital with a thousand-year-old history dating back to 1010. The city’s fascinating beauty which is characterized by unique cultural relics, ancient streets of antique houses, elegant French colonial buildings, tree-lined boulevards and romantic lakes has made it one of the most charming cities of Asia.

Meals: no meal

2 Hanoi - City Tour Full Day

Morning, start a full day city tour beginning with Ho Chi Minh Complex which features the life of Ho Chi Minh, the nation’s founder. At the complex, visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum where the nation’s founder’s body is preserved (closed on Monday, Friday and through October - November) and the rural style house on stilts where Ho Chi Minh lived and worked. Stop by one of Hanoi’s icons, the One Pillar Pagoda, built in the 11th Century in dedication to Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara or Buddha of Compassion and reminiscent of a lotus blossom rising from a pond. Continue to the Temple of Literature, known as the first university of Vietnam built in 1070 by the Ly Dynasty to honor Confucius, sages and outstanding Vietnamese scholars. Lunch in a restaurant (included)
Afternoon, continue the tour to one of the following museums of choice namely the Museum of Fine Arts, the National Museum of Vietnamese, the Museum of Revolution, the Museum of Military History and the Museum of Ethnology. Go to Hoan Kiem Lake, the center point of Hanoi whose name “The Return Sword Lake” originated from a legend of a sacred sword and home to a rare endangered giant turtle species and visit Ngoc Son Temple on the lake. Next, take a one-hour cycle tour of the Old Quarter of Hanoi with its ancient streets representing traditional trades from the past. The Cyclo tour through Hanoi’s downtown to sightsee the Hanoi Old Quarter of 36 ancient streets, the Trang Tien Plaza shopping center, the colonial French-built Opera House, an elegant architectural landmark of Hanoi modeled after the Palais Garnier opera house. Finish Hanoi city tour at the Thang Long Opera Theatre with a traditional Vietnamese water puppet show.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

3 Hanoi - Lao Cai - Sapa

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the highland town of Sapa. Go through the highway which is one of the largest, longest and most modern in Vietnam. (320km – driving time is approximately 5-hours).
Lunch in a restaurant (included) then check in hotel for relaxing
Afternoon, visit of the village of Sapa and its colourful market and to Vietnam’s highest peak: The Mount Fansipan. Attend the minority love market.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

4 Sapa - Lao Chai - Ta Van village

Travel out of Sa Pa town for about 20 minutes by car to Muong Hoa Valley, one of the most scenic valleys in Northwestern Vietnam. As a narrow strip of land of over 30 km in length sandwiched between two mountain ranges of Hoang Lien Son and Den Thang, the valley is farmland to quite a few ethnic minority groups and thus housing the largest colony of terraced paddy fields in the region. Enjoy the stunning view of the imposing mountains and of the terraced fields’ soft contours embracing the hillsides. From your entry point to the valley, which is Lao Chai Village of the Black Hmong minority people, walk along the valley and cross to its other side. Arrive in Ta Van Village where you will have a chance to observe its inhabitants, the Giay people belonging to a very small minority group only found in Northern Highlands of Vietnam. Lunch at T-Bone Steak restaurant (western set Menu) included  
Late afternoon, free at leisure. Overnight at hotel in Sapa.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

5 Sapa - Bac Ha Market (Sunday) - Hanoi

Leave Sapa early in the morning to drive to Bac Ha Market (approximately 2.5 hours). Arriving at Bac Ha, visit the big outdoor market with its colorful ethnic minority people such as Flower Hmong; Phu La and Dao Tuyen gathering here to buy and sell their handicraft products. After visiting the market, leave Bac Ha Market for Trung Do Village to enjoy a magical water buffalo cart ride while traveling through amazing countryside inhabited by the happy and hospitable Tay minority people. Then travel by boat down the Chay River to experience the picturesque scenery and magnificent sights along the river. After the boat trip, have lunch at local restaurant and enjoy a refreshing cup of tea before driving back to Hanoi city, check in hotel & relaxing.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

6 Hanoi - Halong Bay overnight on cruise

Morning, get on a Halong Bay trip, which is about 160 km or 3.5-hour drive away. On the way, you will see some rural areas of the Red River Delta with plenty of chances to take photos of Vietnamese farmers working in paddy fields. Stop halfway to visit a handicraft workshop of fine clothes and embroidered paintings. Arrive in Halong City at 11:30 AM and check in aboard the booked junk right after the welcome drink is served. Start cruising while having lunch on board and enjoy the mighty bay view. Ha Long Bay meaning Descending Dragon Bay in Vietnamese as legend has it that it was where a holly dragon landed down from sky. The bay, famous as one of the world’s wonders and heritage sites whose formation dates back 500 million years, consists of around 2,000 karst islands and islets scattered over an area of 1,553 km2. The bay cruise will continue with up-close sighting of Dinh Huong Island, Ga Choi Island, Dog Island, Sail Island, a visit to Sung Sot Cave and swimming stop at Titov Beach. Relax to enjoy the bay view at sunset, have dinner after, go fishing at 09:00 PM and spend a night on board.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

7 Halong - Hanoi - Hoi An by flight

Wake up at 06:30 AM and refresh your body and mind with a Tai Chi exercise on the sundeck. Tai Chi is an ancient internal martial art often practiced in soft and gracefully slow moves to enhance internal harmony and vitality. Have tea and coffee onboard before proceeding to Titov Islet or Soi Sim Island to trek and swim. Check out at 09:30, have a buffet brunch while cruising back to shore. Disembark at 11:00 AM to transfer to Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi for a flight to Da Nang.
Arrive in Da Nang, welcome by our guide and transfer to Hotel for check-in and time at leisure. Overnight at hotel in Hoi An

Meals: Brunch

8 Hoi An - Full day city tour

Morning, meet our guide at your hotel and transfer out for a full day Hoi An city tour to discover the charm of Hoi An as a renowned World Heritage Site. Once a bustling maritime commercial port of Asia between 15th and 19th centuries, Hoi An is now a peaceful town of exceptionally well-preserved architecture, lifestyles and traditions. The town exemplifies a fascinating fusion of cultures between Vietnam and the outside world including China, Japan, Thailand and the Philippines. Highlights for sightseeing include the town’s iconic 400-year-old Covered Bridge with a small temple attached to one side as a prominent example of Japanese architecture, the Museum of Trade Ceramics which is an elegant Vietnamese style wooden house built in 1858 showcasing antique ceramic artifacts, the 200-year-old Tan Ky House typifying an ancient Chinese merchant residence, the Ong Temple built in 1653 by Chinese settlers to worship Guan Yu, an ancient Chinese general whose character stands for loyalty, bravery and justice and the local market vibrant with colors and activities. Lunch at Brother Café (Western Set menu)included. 
Afternoon, we take a boat cruise on the Thu Bon River to enjoy the countryside landscapes. Land on Kim Bong Village where carpentry has been practiced since the 16th Century as the village’s trademark to visit some old-fashioned boatyards using timber as the main material. Move on to Thanh Ha village to see its traditional ceramic production trade still alive and thriving despite the 500-year passage of time.

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

9 Hoi An - Danang - Ho Chi Minh city by flight

Morning, free at leisure until transfer to Da Nang Airport for flight to Ho Chi Minh. (Flight is 1hour).
Arrive at Tan Son Nhat International Airport, welcome by our guide and transfer to your hotel for check-in. Ho Chi Minh City (formerly named Saigon) is the largest city and economic center of Vietnam always bustled with activities of modern life. It is where businesses converge and shoppers indulge themselves in unlimited choices. In addition, the city also carries with it a rich historical legacy in contrast with its dazzling glamor. Lunch in a restaurant (included)
Afternoon, take a short city tour to visit the Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica, a neo-Roman cathedral built by the colonial French with materials entirely imported from Marseilles, the Saigon Central Post Office, which was designed and constructed in the early 20th Century by the famous French architect Gustave Eiffel, Cho Lon area or the city’s China Town and the Jade Emperor Temple (Phuoc Hai), a rare Taoist structure in Vietnam built by the Cantonese community in the area in 1909.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

10 Ho Chi Minh city - Cu Chi - Dinner on Saigon Cruise

Morning, welcome by our guide and get on Cu Chi Tunnels halfday trip. The tunnels in Cu Chi district, 75 km Northwest of downtown Ho Chi Minh City, which were once a major underground hideout and resistance base of Viet Cong forces during the two wars against the French and later on Americans. The tunnels, entirely hand-dug, formed a highly intricate labyrinth-like network of interlinked multilevel passageways at times stretched as far as the Cambodian border and totaling over 120 km in length. Its complexity is beyond imagination containing meeting rooms, kitchens, wells, clinics, schools, depots, trenches and emergency exits all aimed for guerrilla warfare. The tunnels were deep and strong enough to withstand destructive bombings and self-contained enough to outlast prolonged sieges.
Lunch in a restaurant (included)
Afternoon, take a sightseeing tour of Ho Chi Minh City that includes the War Remnants Museum, which features a comprehensive collection of the machinery, weapons, photos, and documentation of Vietnam War with the both the French and Americans, former Presidential Palace and Ben Thanh market. Dinner aboard on Indochina Junk while cruising Saigon River and see Saigon splendid city at night

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

11 Ho Chi Minh city - Mekong Delta 

Morning, pickup at your hotel to transfer about 136 km to Vinh Long, a riverside town in the vast Mekong Delta, the world’s largest delta. Take a boat cruise to lively Cai Be floating market where sellers and buyers bargain and exchange goods from their boats. Proceed through a fascinating maze of shady canals to HoaBinhPhuoc Island. Beautiful landscape of zigzag canals, lush vegetation, peaceful villages and activities of rural life will make you a delightful sight. There on the island, visit some local farmers’ homes, interact with warm-hearted hosts and learn about their trades of bonsai gardening, tile and ceramic production and rice paper and coconut candy making.
Lunch at a garden restaurant in the Delta then return by road to Ho Chi Minh.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

12 Ho Chi Minh - Departure

There is no activity planned for today so you are free to go for souvenir shopping until transfer to the HCMC airport for your departing flight.

Meals: Breakfast 


TOUR  COST PER PAX IN USD (Valid from 1 Sep to 31 Mar 2018, except peak season, holiday)

Hotel class

2 pax

3-4 pax

5-6 pax

7-9 pax

10-12 pax

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

Superior (4*)

1,687

1,496

1,250

1,229

1,161

451

Superior (4*+)

1,898

1,707

1,461

1,440

1,372

617

Deluxe (5*)

2,211

2,021

1,775

1,753

1,685

825

Luxury (5*)

3,270 3,080 2,834 2,812 2,744 1564

 

INCLUSION

 

EXCLUSION

  • Accommodation in a double or twin room with daily breakfast
  • One night cruise on a wooden junk in Ha Long Bay
  • Services of a driver and private air-conditioned vehicle during all tours and transfers
  • Experienced English-speaking guide during all tours and transfers
  • Private board for sightseeing in My Tho
  • Entrance fees for all visits as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Lunch or dinner as specified in the itinerary
  • Vietnam visa approval letter on arrival as complementary
  • Mineral water is available as complementary
 
 
  • International & Domestic flight tickets
  • Vietnam visa stamping fee at the airport (25 US$ by cash payable directly at the airport for single entry visa)
  • Meals, if not specified in the itinerary
  • Travel insurance (we highly recommend that you purchase adequate insurance)
  • Gratuities for guides and drivers
  • Personal expenses, such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.
  • All other services not specified in the itinerary
 

Child Policy:
  • Child under 12 years old sharing with 01 adult: 90% of adult fare
  • Child under 12 years old sharing with 02 adults with extra bed: 75% of adult fare
  • Child under 12 years old sharing with 02 adults without extra bed: 50% of adult fare
  • Child under 02 years old sharing with 02 adults without bed: FOC

Remark:

  • Prices quoted in USD and subject to change without prior notice.
  • Please be informed that the quotation does not imply or constitute availability.
  • In case if the hotel listed is unavailable, other similar class hotel shall be provided.
  • Compulsory Gala Dinner will be applied during Christmas Eve and New Year Eve.

 

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