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The Best of Vietnam Tour – 12 Days

Providing a variety of colour and beauty of Vietnam diversity. Vietnam Insight will tantalize all of your senses. From the chaotic Ho Chi Minh city to charming Hoi An, the imperial capital of Hue, vibrant Hanoi and spend a night on board our private boat on beautiful Halong Bay... all included in the the 12 day of the trip.

The Best of Vietnam Tour-12 Days

Starts/Ends: Hanoi / Ho Chi Minh City
Tour Duration: 12 days 11 nights
Dates: No fixed departure dates. You may go whenever you wish.
Tour Type: Landscape and Nature, Cruise Holidays, and Folk Arts
Activity Level: Regular itinerary, moderate walking
Tour Customizable: Absolutely! (Tell us your specific requirements in the inquiry form)

BRIEF ITINERARY:
Day 01: Hanoi – Arrival (D)
Day 02: Hanoi City Tour (B, L)
Day 03: Hanoi – Ha Long (B, L, D)
Day 04: Ha Long – Hanoi – Flight to Hue (Late breakfast)
Day 05: Hue (B, L)
Day 06: Hue – Da Nang – Hoi An (B, L)
Day 07: Hoi An (B, L)
Day 08: Hoi An – Da Nang – Flight to Ho Chi Minh City (B, L)
Day 09: Ho Chi Minh City (B, L)
Day 10: Ho Chi Minh – Vinh Long - Can Tho (B, L)
Day 11: Can Tho – Ho Chi Minh (B, L)
Day 12: Ho Chi Minh – Departure (B)

Day 1: Hanoi – Arrival (D)
Upon arrival, welcome by our Tour Guide and transferred to your hotel. In the late afternoon, we 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)
We begin a full-day city tour by visiting the Ho Chi Minh complex, including the One Pillar Pagoda, the former leader’s house on stilts and his Mausoleum. Continue on, transfer to West Lake to visit Tran Quoc Pagoda as known the oldest pagoda in the city, originally constructed in the sixth century during the reign of Emperor Ly Nam De, and then keep walking to Quan Thanh Temple, as one of the Four Sacred Temples of the capital.
Keep forward to the peaceful Temple of Literature - the first university of Vietnam.
Lunch will be served at a local Vietnamese restaurant.
In the afternoon, proceed to the Ethnologic museum, which focuses on the 54 officially recognized ethnic groups in Vietnam, it is widely considered to be the finest modern museum in Vietnam and a tourist attraction in Hanoi.
Back to the city central, visit Ngoc Son temple before tour ends.
Overnight in Hanoi.

Hanoi Vietnam
Hoan Kiem Lake
Quan Thanh Temple Vietnam
Temple of Literature

Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B, L, D)
We depart Hanoi for Ha Long Bay, listed as a World Heritage Area of outstanding natural beauty. “Dragon descending to the sea“ as it is known in Vietnamese, picturesque Ha Long bay has more than 1.000 limestone islets rising from the sea, many of them containing beautiful grottoes
Upon arrival at Halong Bay we embark on a boat trip to cruise discovering this magnificent UNESCO World Wonder. This is a great journey among surreal islands rising from a tranquil emerald sea.
In the late afternoon, we anchor for the night on the bay and enjoy a delicious seafood dinner on board.
Overnight on a junk boat in Halong Bay.

Day 4: Halong – Hanoi – Flight to Hue (Late breakfast)
Early morning coffee and tea will be served on the sundeck followed by a Tai Chi class. After breakfast we take a Sampan boat to explore Luon Cave. We may have a chance to see the wild monkeys that gather around waiting for food from the tourists. After that we continue to cruise around the bay. Lunch is served on the boat on our way back to the docks then we transfer to Noi Bai airport for a short flight to Hue. On the way, stop over for Dinh Bang Village in Bac Ninh Province to visit Do temple, 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 we enjoy traditional music show “Quan Ho” or called Quan Ho Folk song.
Overnight in Hue

Halong Vietnam
Kayakking in Halong Bay
Halong Vietnam
Halong Bay

Day 5: 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 6: Hue – Da Nang – 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.

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

Day 7: Hoi An (B, L)
This morning we take a walking tour of the old town Hoi An. Hoi An nestled on the banks of the Thu Bon River. Before the river silted up, Hoi An was one of the most important trading ports in Southeast Asia, and a center for East-West exchange and trade. From the 2nd until the 10th century, Hoi An was one of the principal Cham cities. Over the years, Indian, Dutch, Portuguese, French, Thai, Indonesian, Spanish, American, Japanese, Filipino and Chinese ships docked in Hoi An. In the 19th century, as the result of warfare and environmental changes, Hoi An was replaced by Da Nang as a major port. Reflecting the diversity of the traders and missionaries that settled in the port (including Alexander of Rhodes), the ancient architecture is a fascinating mix of Chinese, Japanese, and Vietnamese. The rooftops of Hoi An retain a magical old world Oriental feel and are a favorite subject for Vietnamese artists. In the early 1980s Hoi An’s ancient quarters and historical monuments came under the protection and restoration efforts of UNESCO and the Polish government. Visit the Japanese covered bridge, Phuc Kien assemble hall, Phung Hung old house, Hoi An museum and Quan Cong temple.
The rest of time is fee 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 8: Hoi An – Da Nang – Flight to Ho Chi Minh City (B, L)
Free at your leisure until transfer to the airport for onward flight to Ho Chi Minh City, the former Saigon. Arrive at the airport, you are welcomed by our tour guide and transfer to the hotel.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.

Hoian Vietnam
Hoi An Ancient Town
Hoian Vietnam
Thu Bon River

Day 9: Ho Chi Minh City (B, L)
Today, you will literally feel the excitement of Ho Chi Minh City.
First, we visit the Reunification Palace, the former palace of President Thieu and his predecessors. Today this building is a museum and venue for official receptions. Inside you can visit the private rooms of the president, the “War Room” from where the South Vietnamese forces were controlled, and, most poignantly, the room where the North Vietnamese army finally took control in 1975. Next, we visit the War Remnants Museum, Historically, the war museum as part of the Vietnam and World Peace museums system was born on Sep 4 1975 at 28 Vo Van Tan street, district 3, HCMC. Since its 30-year inception, the museum has attracted over 10 millions arrivals of domestic and foreign tourists, especially, student delegations from provinces and cities nationwide. It helps reappear the then-wars, helping students well realize on the values of patriotism, struggle for peace and national liberation from forefathers. This museum includes 8 specific exhibitions and various collections of the truth of history (conspiracy and process from hostile forces for the war in Vietnam); crime evidences and war consequences; kinds of weapon and tools serving for the wars; prison (prison house system, concentration camp, torture, maltreatment, corporal mutilation and spiritual oppression against political prisoners).
We also stop at the Notre Dame Cathedral and Old Post Office. The post office, built between 1877 and 1883, is an excellent example of classic French colonial architecture. In deference to the Chinese heritage, you will also visit Thien Hau Pagoda, built in 1863 by the ethnic Chinese of Saigon and dedicated to the Goddess of the Sea, and Cho Lon market.
The rest of time is free at the leisure.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.

Day 10: Ho Chi Minh – Vinh Long - Can Tho (B, L)
After breakfast, we drive three-hour through the lush fields and farms will take us to the southernmost region of Vietnam - the Mekong Delta, often referred to as the rice basket of Vietnam as it produces three harvests per year
Upon arrival, we embark on a boat trip to visit Cai Be floating market before visiting Dong Hoa Hiep, a village that makes rice paper - a crucial element in Vietnamese cuisine!
We will also visit one of many local orchards where we can enjoy some of the exotic fruit before transfer to Can Tho.
Overnight in Can Tho.

Ho Chi Minh Vietnam
Notre Dame Cathedral
Mekong Delta Vietnam
Cai Rang floating market

Day 11: Can Tho – Ho Chi Minh (B, L)
After breakfast we take to the water to witness Vietnam’s largest floating market – Cai Rang where literally hundreds of boats laden with locally grown fruit and vegetables come to trade. Our boat arrives at the dock where we return to Ho Chi Minh by road. Stop en route for lunch at Mekong Restop restaurant before getting back to Saigon. The reminder of the day is at leisure.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.

Day 12: Ho Chi Minh – Departure (B)
Free at the leisure until transfer to the airport for your flight home.

What is included?

  •  10 night hotel accommodation in twin shared as noted or similar
  •  01 night on the junk in Ha Long bay
  •  Transportation in private air-conditioned vehicle
  •  Boat trip in Ha Long, Hue and Mekong delta
  •  Local English/ French speaking guide ((for other languages supplements apply)
  •  Admission fee to indicated sights
  •  Meals as stated in the itinerary (B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner)
  •  Gov’t tax and service charge
  •  Visa approval letter (Excluded visa stamping fee at the airport)
  •  Souvenir gift and mineral water

What is excluded?

  •  Visa stamping fee on arrival
  •  Int’l air tickets to / from Vietnam
  •  Domestic air tickets: Hanoi – Hue/ Da Nang – Ho Chi Minh
  •  Travel Insurance in all kinds
  •  Meals is not mentioned
  •  Tip, drinks and personal expenses.

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Customer Reviews

My family and I would like to thank you especially and Ciao Asia Travel for a wonderfully planned trip to Vietnam and Cambodia It was an amazing cultural experience where we met and admired the Vietnamese and Cambodian people their food and traditions In such a short time we were introduced to your history and customs I will recommend your services to all my friends We love Vietnam and we will remember it forever.
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Michael Daras - USA Tuesday, February 28, 2017 detail...

Dear Nancy, many thanks for the excellent planning of our tour. We have safely returned home during the weekend and enjoyed our visit 100 % We can especially recommend the day you arranged in Hoi An - it was a highlight of our trip.
I would be happy to recommend your company in tripadvisor if you want, just send me the link.
Hope you have a great week !
With kind regards

Reetta Laari Monday, February 27, 2017 detail...

Hello Giang, Thank you for touching base! I'd love to give some feedback on the tour. Firstly, you have been absolutely extremely accommodating and very very helpful in this entire process start to finish! We will most definitely recommend you to our friends. We loved Sapa, though it was rainy and foggy it was a really lovely place. Lan our village tour guide on the...
In saying that, the Halong Bay tour was the best part of our trip so far! The boat upgrade was an absolute plus so thank you so much! The staff on the boat, Tom the tour guide, Quaong the Manager, the chef and...
So thank you so much for an amazingly planned trip!
Best regrds,

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