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Day 1: Welcome to Hanoi! (D)
Our guide and driver will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to your hotel for check-in and drop off your bags. If time permits, we can take a cyclo ride for an excursion through the Old Town to see its alive 36 streets that are named after the specific goods sold on each street. Enjoy your delicious Vietnamese welcome dinner. (Our first-day schedule could be created and modified to meet your time of arrival)
Day 2: Charming Hanoi- Half-day city tour- Duong Lam village (B, L)
Make our way to Ho Chi Minh Complex to check out Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum where preserved Uncle Ho’s corpse for people all over the country and international visitors to visit their beloved old father, and Ba Dinh Square where President Ho Chi Minh read the Declaration of Independence on September 2, 1945. Another signature place in the complex is One Pillar Pagoda- a unique architectural style pagoda built-in 1049. After that, we will visit the Presidential Palace and Ho Chi Minh’s Residence which was used as his workplace and home back in the old time respectively, and Ho Chi Minh Museum. After that, visit the Temple of Literature- Quoc Tu Giam which is one of the most iconic places in Hanoi. Drive out of the Centre, we get to Duong Lam ancient village. After having a homemade meal with a local family, we will get to know more about Vietnamese culture and history by visiting heritage sites. Then cycle around the village to see the surroundings. Related tour: Hanoi Tours (Daily Tour)
Day 3: Hanoi- Mai Chau- Tribe’s Villages (B, L, D)
We begin our day with a 3.5-hour drive from Hanoi to Mai Chau. The short journey offers many beautiful passes and some panoramic views down to the valley. Arrive at Mai Chau around midday and head to a traditional stilt house where your lunch is served by local people. In the afternoon, we will cycle around the town, and visit small stilt houses of the Thai minority to learn about their cultures, customs, and lifestyles. There will be a workshop at the local handicraft house for you to observe and make one for yourself. Dinner will be served with “Ruou Can” which is made of fermented glutinous rice mixed with several kinds of herbs from local forests. We don’t drink Ruou Can with a glass or cup, we use slim bamboo tubes! How exciting!
Day 4: Ninh Binh- Cuc Phuong National Park (B, L)
Early morning, we head to Cuc Phuong National Park which is the first Vietnam national park and is the country’s largest nature reserve with more than hundreds of types of birds, mammals, reptiles, and over 2,00 types of vegetation. One of Cuc Phuong park’s highlights is the Endangered Primate Rescue Center where you can observe some of the rarest primate species in the world. After lunch, enjoy a guided walk through the thick vegetation of the rainforest with diverse flora and fauna. Visit Cho Chi to see the oldest tree in the forest with thousand years of age. there will be many picturesque streams, waterfalls, and caves to explore while walking along the road. Visiting Cuc Phuong national park is a way to contribute to the local community as well as the Nature Reserve.
Day 5: Discover Ninh Binh (Hoa Lu, Tam Coc)
Today, we will head to Ninh Binh, first stopping at Hoa Lu- the ancient capital of Vietnam, recognized by UNESCO as one of the four main areas of the Trang An World Heritage Site complex. Visit temples of the two Vietnamese dynasties of Dinh and Le with unique architecture and pick up impressive historical information about the ancient culture of the Royal Palaces’ ground dated the 10th century. After that, we will move to Tam Coc- a World Natural Heritage Site since 2014. The following activities will be hopping on a bamboo boat and rowing along the Ngo Dong River where you could see the “Indochine” film set. The boat ride offers an outstanding view of thousands of astonishing limestone cliffs and an exciting experience going under Hang Ca and Hang Ba caves. After lunch, our tour guide will take you to Bich Dong pagoda which is built on top of a mountain and therefore offers us the view of the best appalling scenery of all Hanoi holidays on each level.
Day 6: Spectacular Ha Long Bay (B, L, D)
One of the “cannot miss” destinations when visiting Vietnam is Ha Long Bay the wonder of the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Upon arrival, get on a cruise ship to start the journey around Ha Long Bay. It is no need to describe how amazing it is to see the spectacular landscapes with approximately 1600 limestone islands scattering the emerald green water surface and numerous natural caves. You will immerse yourself in nature by floating in the middle of the sea with a kayaking adventure. After kayaking, watch the sunset. I am sure being there at that magical hour will be a memorable experience for your trip. There will be drinks at the desk or interesting activities such as fishing with local people in the evening.
Day 7: Hanoi- Da Nang- Hoi An
Enjoy your breakfast and the beauty of Ha Long Bay or join a cooking class that shows you how to make Vietnamese spring rolls and other traditional food in the morning until be transferred to Noi Bai Airport for a flight to Da Nang. There will be another 45 mins drive from Da Nang Airport to your hotel in Hoi An.
Day 8: Hoi An- Coconut Forest & Rural area- Half-day City Tour (B, L)
Go past the countryside through beautiful narrow roads, rice paddle fields, old temples, and water palm forests we get to Cam Than Coconut Forest. Here, we will explore seven hectares of the water palm forest and learn how to catch purple crab. Head to An My Paddy Field, then Tra Que village where take our cooking class, learn how to make traditional rice milk, and have our delicious homemade lunch with a local family. After lunch, we shall meet local farmers, feel their warm hospitality and listen to the tour guide explain the process of planting rice. Go back to the town to start our city tour. Walk through the old town to see remarkably well-preserved traditional houses that have withstood 200 years of weather and war. Visit a Japanese Covered Bridge which was first constructed in the 1590s by linking it with the Chinese quarters. Following Tran Phu street, we will get to The Assembly Halls. There are 4 Assembly Halls in Hoi An, each of those Halls has belonged to a Chinese community that has its own beliefs, different assembly halls worship different gods and goddesses.
Day 9: Hoi An- Vinpearl Land (B, L)
Vinpearl Land Hoi An has a total area of 62.4 hectares and is a combination of a thrilling amusement park, fascinating cultural experiences, and wildlife discovery. Besides the extreme games and other activities, The River Safari is a highlight with a unique location lying along a river where you can get sit on a boat and watch the impressive variety of species. Return to the hotel by the afternoon, the rest of the day is your free time.
Day 10: Explore Cu Chi tunnels- Sai Gon food tour with a Vespa Scooter (B, L, D)
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for a short flight to Sai Gon. Upon arrival in Sai Gon, we will make our way to Cu Chi tunnel, one of the best things to do while we are in the South, not only for its location but also for its location with an extraordinary history. Allow half an hour for the introduction to the history of Cu Chi and its creation and purposes. Enjoy a guided walk in the jungle, crawl into the tunnels and visit some permitted areas of the systems including living areas and martial facilities before heading back to Sai Gon. Check in, get some rest, and be ready for our Vespa ride! You will be picked up at around 6 pm by an old-fashioned Italian Vespa, driving through the most beautiful streets in the city, trying the most delicious food in town. The idea of getting on a vintage Vespa is for us to feel we are back in 1950. Such a great way to explore the city!
Day 11: Mekong Delta- Ben Tre- Sai Gon (B, L)
After having breakfast, we travel to Hung Vuong Pier in Ben Tre. Take a boat at Ben Tre River for sight-seeing lively activities along the river such as fishing, and water transfer. Arriving at Phong Nam Ferry, we will wander along An Hoa River and stop at a craft brickyard where the locals still use centuries-old traditional methods to handmade bricks. Watch and learn how coconut candies are made at several workshops, especially at Ms. Lan’s coconut candy workshop, then taste local tropical fruits and honey tea. Afterward, hop on a cart, and travel through some tranquil villages where you can spot fruit gardens and observe the locals in their daily life. After lunch, we will take a rowing boat along water palm creek and go back to Hung Vuong Pier to get back to Sai Gon.
Day 12: Farewell Sai Gon (B)
Enjoy one last hearty breakfast with our travel companions, spend more time exploring the beauty of Hanoi, or get stuck in a souvenir shop before getting transferred to Tan Son Nhat Airport where your journey with us ends.