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Exotic Vietnam Tour – 16 Days

Exotic Vietnam is a trip lengthens from North to South Vietnam on Grand Vietnam Tour. We explore the colorful hill-tribe villages in Bac Ha market ( Only on Sunday) and stay overnight on Halong Bay cruise, discover Hoian and surroundings and explore the waterways and lust orchards of the Mekong Delta then end at the fantastic markets of China Town in Saigon. This trip offers great experience for those who want to discover Vietnam in depth.

Tour Duration: 16 days / 15 nights
Tour Route: Hanoi - Halong Bay - Lao Cai - Sapa - Bac Ha - Hue – Da Nang - Hoi An - My Son - Ho Chi Minh city - Mekong Delta - Tay Ninh – Cu Chi Tunnels
Dates: No fixed departure dates. You may go whenever you wish.
Starts/Ends: Hanoi / Ho Chi Minh city
Tour Type: Landscape and Nature
Activity Level: Regular itinerary
Tour Customizable: Absolutely! (Tell us your specific requirements in the inquiry form)

Day 01: Arrive Hanoi (D)
Day 02: Hanoi city tour (B, L)
Day 03: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay (B, L, D)
Day 04: Ha Long Bay – Hanoi – night train to Lao Cai (B, L)
Day 05: Lao Cai –Bac Ha - Sapa (B, L)
Day 06: Sapa – Lao Cai - night train to Hanoi (B, L)
Day 07: Hoi An – Hue (B)
Day 08: Hue (B, L)
Day 09: Hue –Da nang - Hoi An (B, L)
Day 10: Hoi An – My Son (B, L)
Day 11: Hoi An – free (B)
Day 12: Hoi An – Da nang - Ho Chi Minh city (B, L)
Day 13: Ho Chi Minh – Mekong Eyes Cruise (B, L, D)
Day 14: Mekong – Ho Chi Minh city (B, L)
Day 15: Ho Chi Minh – Tay Ninh – Cu Chi Tunnels (B, L)
Day 16: Ho Chi Minh - Departure (B)

Day 1: Arrive Hanoi (D)
You are welcomed at Noi Bai Airport and transfer to the hotel in Hanoi. In the late afternoon, you will take an hour Cyclo - tour viewing the charming French colonial architecture to the bustling Old Quarter. Welcome dinner will be reserved at local restaurant.
Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 2: Hanoi City Tour (B, L)
This morning, you will visit famous Ho Chi Minh complex comprising his Mausoleum, former residence, the impressive house on stilts and view the One Pillar Pagoda. The One Pillar Pagoda, formally Diên Huu is a historic Buddhist temple. It is regarded alongside the Perfume Pagoda, as one of Vietnam's two most iconic temples. In the next step, you will learn more about the historical and cultural events at the peaceful Temple of Literature, known as the Vietnam’s first university since the 11th century. In the afternoon, you will visit Ethnology museum, a museum that focuses on the 54 officially recognized. Back to the city central, you Continue walking around Hoan Kiem Lake and visiting Ngoc Son Temple which to be the heart of Vietnam. To finish the day off, you attend the performance of the unique water puppetry.
Overnight in Hanoi.

Hanoi Vietnam
Hoan Kiem Lake
Hanoi Vietnam
Temple of literature

Day 3: Hanoi – Ha Long (B, L, D)
After breakfast, you will depart for Ha Long. Passing through the rich farmland of the Red River Delta, enjoy the lust scenery and have chance for taking photograph, you arrive Halong Pier around noon. Board a traditional wooden junk and cruise through the spectacular sigh where the islands rise from this tranquil emerald sea. Enjoy a sumptuous on-board lunch of special seafood and explore Sung Sot Cave, one of the most beautiful caves in the bay, witness a splendid sunset. You will enjoy dinner and overnight stay on Traditional Junk.
Overnight on the junk.

Day 4: Ha Long – Hanoi – Lao Cai  (B, L)
Early morning coffee and tea will be served on the sundeck follow you by a Tai Chi class. Then you continue exploring the magnificent Ha Long Bay. Change to a small motor or rowing boat to see the Luon Cave by passing through the pretty entrance to come across a tranquil round lake, surrounded by luxuriant trees and high stone walls. When you return to the junk, brunch is ready with much different kind of Vietnamese and Western foods. Cruise check out. You depart for Bac Ninh Province to have more knowledge of Vietnamese’s history and culture. You are welcome at Do temple for visiting. This temple was building during the Le Dynasty and has been altered several times since. The major reconstruction took place under the reign of Le Trung Hung in the 17th century. Then you enjoy traditional music show “Quan Ho” or called Quan Ho Folk song. You are transferred to the airport for flight to Da Nang. On arrival, you are picked up and transfer to the hotel in Hoi An for check-in. free time at your leisure.
At 20.45, we transfer to Hanoi train station for overnight train to Lao Cai.
Train departs from Hanoi at 21:55 and arrives in Lao Cai at 06:30 next morning.

Ha Long Bay Vietnam
Halong Bay
Ha Long Bay Vietnam
Surprising Cave

Day 5: Lao Cai – Bac Ha – Sa Pa  (B, L)
This morning, we arrive at Lao Cai railway station then have breakfast at local restaurant before departs to Bac Ha market. Bac Ha has the largest market open on Sunday in the centre of Bac Ha town. It has very beautiful colored minorities’ costumes. Here you can meet several minorities such as Flower H’Mong, Black Dao, Nung, Phu la and Tay. The market offers a variety of local products, which can not be found in the other areas. The corner of animals is very interesting and it's also a good chance for you to visit Tay village. In the afternoon, transfer to Sa Pa town.
Overnight in Sa Pa.

Day 6: Sa Pa – Lao Cai – night train to Hanoi  (B, L)
This morning, we will explore the spectacular Muong Hoa. Our car will take us out of the town, following the only road built on the side of a mountain range, looking down the valley, over viewing magnificent landscapes composed of high mountains, deep valleys, and stream of water winding, waterfalls and terraced rice paddies…walking trail can be seen clearly from the road winding up and down hills on the other side of Muong Hoa River to connect village to villages. Then we trek deeper into the mountains, to Ta Van village where we can see the H’mong Zay, Dao, dressed in the traditional costume unique to the Northern region, and experience a simple and traditional way of life that has continued unchanged for centuries. We tour villages and traditional houses surrounded by unspoilt natural beauty, enjoying the hill tribes’ hospitality before returning to the town. Continuing on, we visit Ham Rong Mountain, Orchid Garden and enjoy a traditional show. We visit Sa Pa market for a last glimpse of life in this mountain area before transferring to the station for the overnight train to Hanoi.

Sapa Vietnam
Sapa terraced fields
Sapa Vietnam
Ethnic local people

Day 7: Hanoi – Fly to Hue (B)
Arrival Hanoi early in the morning, we transfer to a mini hotel for shower and breakfast.
Free time until we transfer to the airport for flight to Hue. Upon arrival at Hue airport, meet our local tour guide then transfer to your hotel for check in. Overnight in Hue.

Day 8: Hue (B, L)
Hue is one of Viet Nam’s most cultural and historical cities once ruled by the Emperor of the Nguyen dynasty. This morning, you take time to visit the impressive tomb of King Minh Mang and Tu Duc. Cruise on the Perfume River and to see the Old Thien Mu Pagoda. In the afternoon, you will visit the Forbidden Citadel and the crowded market of Dong Ba where you may be interested in bargaining for some priceless souvenirs.
Overnight in Hue.

Day 9: Hue – Danang – Hoi An  (B, L)
This morning, we check out hotel then processing to Hoi An via the Hai Van Pass (Pass of the Ocean Clouds). Stop on the way to visit Cham Museum, My Khe Beach, Marble Mountain.
Overnight in Hoi An.

Sapa Vietnam
Hue Citadel
Thien Mu Pagoda Hue Vietnam
Thien Mu Pagoda

Day 10: Hoi An – My Son (B, L)
Today we visit My Son Holy land. Located 70 km southwest of Da Nang, My Son was the capital of the once mighty Champa Kingdom. It boasts a complex of ancient ruins that date back to 1,700 years ago, and is the most complete example of ancient Champa ruins in Vietnam.

In the afternoon, we will have visit of Hoi An. Nestled a couple of kilometers inland on Thu Bon river, Hoi An is typified by the 16th century Vietnamese, Chinese and Japanese architecture. An afternoon tour offers us a chance to see the Japanese Bridge, Phuoc Kien Pagoda, the ancient house Tran Phu and the Hoi An Museum. Free time to walk in the old town, feel the atmosphere of its original culture, enjoy shopping for tailor clothing, lanterns, shoes and food, or simply relaxing on the beach. Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 11: Hoi An (B)
One day free time at your leisure to relax on beach or shopping and enjoy the tailor made clothes in the old town.
Overnight in Hoi An.

Hoi An Vietnam
Hoi An Ancient Town
My Son Holy Land Vietnam
My Son Holyland

Day 12: Hoi An – Da Nang – Fly to Ho Chi Minh city  (B, L)
This morning, we are transferred to the airport for flight to Ho Chi Minh City.
Today, you will literally feel the excitement of Ho Chi Minh City. You are passing outside the Re-Unification Palace, the former palace of President Thieu and his predecessors. A second stop is at the Notre Dame Cathedral, built between 1877 and 1883 and one of the city’s major landmarks. Neo-Romanesque in form, Notre Dame is the major seat of the Catholic religion in modern Vietnam. In the other side of Notre Dame is Sai Gon Central Post Office. In the afternoon, you will take time to see War Remain Museum.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.

Day 13: Ho Chi Minh – Mekong Eyes Cruise (B, L, D)
This morning, we depart to Cai Be.
11.30: Arrival at the pier. Check-in into cabins.
12.00: Cruise start. Lunch on board.
16.00: Guided land excursion – walk in orchards and small villages
17.00: Return to the boat for refreshments
19.00: Dinner on board. Night on board.

Day 14: Mekong – Ho Chi Minh (B, L)
06.30: Morning tea, served until 8.30
08.30: Excursion with a long sampan boat to visit the floating market in Can Tho
10.00: Return to the boat, brunch on board.
12.00: We are transferred back to Ho Chi Minh City.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.

Ho Chi Minh city Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh Post Office
Mekong Vietnam
Cai Be floating market

Day 15: Cu Chi – Tay Ninh (B, L)
After breakfast, we will visit the Great Temple of Cao Dai in Tay Ninh, about 100 km from Ho Chi Minh City. The Temple is built on nine levels that represent nine steps to heaven at which we will see a prayer session at noon. Cao Dai is a Vietnamese religion with its philosophy based on Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism and Christianity. Its tenets include believing in one God, the existence of the soul and the ability to communicate with the spiritual world. Continuing on, we drive to Cu Chi. The tunnels of Cu Chi are an immense network of connecting underground tunnels and were used during the Vietnam war by Viet Cong guerillas as a hiding area. We return Ho Chi Minh in the afternoon.

Day 16: Ho Chi Minh departure (B)
Today, we free time until we transfer to the airport for your departure flight. End of the trip

Cu Chi Tunnels Vietnam
Cu Chi Tunnels
Cu Chi Tunnels Vietnam
Cu Chi Tunnels

Trip Price Included

  •  All transfer and transportation with air-conditioning
  •  Hotel accommodation base on twin sharing room
  •  02 night on the cruise in Ha Long bay and Mekong Delta
  •  English speaking tour guide ( other language upon request)
  •  Meals as states in the itinerary
  •  Train ticket: Hanoi – Sapa - Hanoi
  •  Boat trip in Ha Long, Hue, Mekong Delta
  •  Entrance fees and water

Trip Price Excluded

  •  Visa to Vietnam
  •  International and domestic airfare
  •  Single room
  •  Other meals and drinks
  •  Other optional and activities not on the package
  •  Travel insurance, personal expense
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