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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 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: Bat Trang pottery village- Hanoi half-day city tour (B, L)
Bat Trang. A traditional ceramic and pottery village with a history of seven centuries is about 20 km southeast of Ha Noi center. The best part of visiting this town is that we are not only learning about the town but also can participate in making our own ceramic products at the workshop and bring our products home as souvenirs. Go back to the center for our half-day city tour, starting with the Temple of Literature- Quoc Tu Giam which is one of the most iconic places in Hanoi. Then make our way to Ho Chi Minh Complex to check out Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, 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. Enjoy an hour cyclo around Hanoi Old Quarter and its 36 streets. A ticket to a water puppet show is also included in this tour.
Day 3: 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 4: Ha Long Bay- Dong Hoi- Phong Nha (B, D)
Your breakfast will still be served while floating on the sea still. This would give you another opportunity to capture the beauty of Ha Long Bay before disembarking time. Our team will pick you up at the Pier to Noi Bai Airport for a flight to Dong Hoi. Upon arrival, we will make our way to Phong Nha where we will spend the next day exploring Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park. The national park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home of the Doong Cave- the largest cave in the world with its own beautiful ecosystem.
Day 5: Phong Nha National Park (B, L)
The astounding beauty of Phong Nha National Park accompanies us through the journey to Paradise Cave which is one of the most wonderful and gigantic caves in the world. Its beauty is most demonstrated with special miraculous stalagmites. Paradise Cave also holds a record for the largest dry cave and has the longest wooden bridge in Asia. Make our moves to Chay River and Dark Cave. Here, you will have lots of fun with kayaking, zipline game, or even become a cave explorer when exploring the underground river system. We are sure that your kids will love it! The fun just doesn’t stop there. We will next bathe in natural mud or swim across the cool water in Thuy Tien and Bong Lai Lake. Return to our hotel and relax after a super fun day.
Day 6: Vinh Moc Tunnel- Imperial Hue (B, L)
On the way to Hue, we stop at the Vinh Moc Tunnel complex. The tunnel is made as a shelter for villagers during the Vietnam and American Wars. The complex includes wells, kitchens, private rooms for each family, and spaces for healthcare. According to researchers, there were 60 families living in the tunnel and 17 children were born inside the tunnels during wartime. Enjoy your walk around the complex while listening to history from a local guide. Once we arrive in Hue, the rest of the day is your free time.
Day 7: Journey through history in Imperial Hue- Hoi An (B, L)
If you are passionate about Vietnamese cultures and heritage, Hue is the place for you! Our guide will pick you up around 8:00 am to show you the beauty of Hue. First, stop at Emperor Khai Dinh Mausoleum which is one of the most famous and important places in Hue. Visit Tu Duc Mausoleum, then visit the Imperial Capital during the Nguyen Dynasty, An Hien Garden House, and the seven-story Thien Mu Pagoda on the riverbank. Then return by boat along the Perfume River. After having your tasty lunch, say goodbye to Hue and depart to Hoi An following the famous Hai Van pass. This mountain pass is one of the world’s greatest coastal stretches. From the top, we can see jungle topped mountains slope down into the sea, shaping uninhabited bays, and forging waterfalls. We will stop at Lang Co Beach for a short break along the way.
Day 8: Hoi An- Countryside Tour on Scooter (B, L)
Once you are in Vietnam, riding a scooter is one of the experiences that cannot be missed. We start our day by driving out of the center, seeing beautiful scenery including rice paddies and vegetable plantations. The tour includes a stop where you will see Banh Dap- a local dish being made. Feel free to make one yourself! There are many other things to see in our ways such as a fishing farm, local weavers making straw mats, and people building fishing boats. The 5-hours- trip ends with a delicious seafood feast by the water. Return to the hotel, have a well-rested evening and be ready for another exciting day with us in Hoi An.
Day 9: Discover ancient Hoi An- City Tour (B)
Take a 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 belongs to a Chinese community that has its own beliefs, different assembly halls worship different gods and goddesses. Attending a lantern-making workshop at a local family is the last activity today, the rest of your day is your free time.
Day 10: Da Nang- Ba Na Hill- Beach Break (B, L)
Upon arrival in Ba Na Hill, we will hop on one of the cable cars which achieves two Guinness World Records for the longest non-stop single-track cable car (5,042m) and the highest difference in elevation between the top and bottom station (1,292m). The ride offers us a spectacular view of the endless tree line, lush jungle, and Fairy Waterfalls along the way. Once we get to the first stop, feel free to visit Le Jardin Garden, Debay wine cellar, French village, and Linh Ung Pagoda. We can’t miss the famous Golden Bridge which achieves many rewards for its impressive design. This bridge was built at a height of 1.400m above sea level and features a harmonious blend of groundbreaking architecture and spectacular nature. You might want to check out Fantasy Park before our lunch. And don’t forget to spend some time with monkeys outside the park. Return to the cable car station and get back to Hoi An.
Day 11: Cham Island- Hoi An (B)
First, we will visit Bai Lang and Tay Tang Pagoda. When arriving at Chong Beach, dive yourself into the crystal-clear blue waters and watch the colorful coral reef. We then will pick you up and drive to Cua Dai Beach where we take a speedboat to Cham Island. Upon arrival, soak up in one of the best spots for snorkeling in Vietnam- Hon Nhon Beach, sunbath in Bai Chong beach. Enjoy your lunch with seafood at a local restaurant before taking the boat back.
Day 12: A Day in Sai Gon (B)
After a delicious breakfast at the hotel, we will go to Da Nang Airport for our flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arriving at Tan Son Nhat airport, our guide and driver will be there to pick you up and then stop by our hotel to drop off luggage and get some rest. Our first destination in the city is the War Remnants Museum to understand the US invasion of Vietnam, and its absorbing exhibits give visitors an invaluable insight into a defining chapter in the Vietnam war’s history. Departure to Reunification Palace which was named in global history in 1975 and was built for the South Vietnam Government during the Vietnam-American War. After that, we will visit the famous French architecture Notre Dame Cathedral, and the General Post Office. Make our way to Thien Hau temple, a temple dedicated to Mazu- the Chinese sea goddess.
Day 13: Mekong Delta- Ben Tre- Can Tho (B, L)
After having breakfast, we will 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. Continue our trip to Can Tho- the capital city of the Mekong Delta.
Day 14: Can Tho- Cai Rang Floating Market- Sai Gon (B, L)
We start the day by exploring the characteristic and picturesque tributaries of the Lower Mekong River, also known as the Bassac River. Visit Cai Rang floating market which is one of the most representative attractions of this place and also one of the top 10 most interesting markets in the world. Cai Rang market is not really about tourism but concentrates on real commerce as a wholesale. Allow a few hours here to see how it works and the produce available. There are many smaller boats selling food and café for locals and tourists in the market too. Don’t miss out! Make our way across the famous Monkey Bridge built entirely with bamboo stems, and we visit the emblematic orchard garden of the area. After lunch, hop on the bus to go back to Sai Gon. We will stop on the way to visit an incense stick workshop. Arrive in Saigon at around 5:30, the rest of the evening is your free time.
Day 15: Farewell Saigon (B)
We enjoy one last hearty breakfast with our travel companions before getting transferred to Tan Son Nhat International Airport where your journey with us ends.