Vietnam holiday package 14 days (Sai Gon to Ha Noi)

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Seeing Vietnam in 2 weeks? It is possible with the Impressions of Vietnam tour! The itinerary will guide you through all the highlights of Vietnam from the South to the North, beginning with the historic metropolis Saigon, down to the Mekong Delta region, and a river cruise upstream to the Cu Chi tunnel, followed by a combination of cultural and natural exploration in the Central, Charming Hanoi and spectacular Ha Long Bay in the North and many more!


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    Day 1: Welcome to Sai Gon! (D)

    Seeing Vietnam in 2 weeks? It is possible with the Impressions of Vietnam tour! The itinerary will guide you through all the highlights of Vietnam from the South to the North, beginning with the historic metropolis Saigon, down to the Mekong Delta region, and a river cruise upstream to the Cu Chi tunnel, followed by a combination of cultural and natural exploration in the Central, Charming Hanoi and spectacular Ha Long Bay in the North and many more!

    Day 2: Sai Gon half-day city tour – Cu Chi tunnels (B, L)

    Our first destination in the city is the War Remnants Museum where we can be informed about 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 General Post Office. Cu Chi tunnel is one of the best things to do while we are in the South, not only for its location but also for its location with 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.
    Overnight in Sai Gon.


    Day 3: Sai Gon – Mekong Delta – Ben Tre – Can Thơ (B, L)

    Pick up at your hotel and transfer to Hung Vuong Pier (Ben Tre city). Take a boat on the Ben Tre River – one of the tributaries of the Mekong River, sight-seeing lively activities along the river as fishing, and water transferring…Stop at brickwork to see how to make bricks in handy traditional style by printing and baking. Visit one of the plenty of coconut processing workshops where people to open a coconut by hand (husking coconut), coconut candies are made, and have a chance to learn the coconut candies making process located along the canal (Ms. Lan coconut candy workshop), taste tropical fruit, honey tea. Turn on natural scissors creeks where they look smaller and smaller to go to the village. Take a walk to the family workshop making sleep mats. Afterward, being on a cart powered by a motorbike and traveling through some tranquil villages where vegetable gardens to be able to touch on the real life of local people. Afternoon, take a rowing boat along water palm creek and boat back to Hung Vuong Pier. Take a rest and enjoy a peaceful time. Lunch is served at a riverside restaurant with 5-course Vietnamese food. Drive to Can Tho, the capital city of the MekongDelta. Take a rest and enjoy a peaceful time.

    Day 4: Can Tho – Cai Rang – Sai Gon – Hoi An (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 for a flight to Da Nang, and head to Hoi An.

    Day 5: Hoi An city tour – Cooking class (B, L)

    After your complimentary breakfast, take a walk around Hoi An 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, and each of those Halls has belonged to a Chinese community that has its own beliefs, different assembly halls worship different gods and goddesses. We depart to An My Paddy Field and see the buffalo – the symbol of the countryside in Vietnam. Continue to the local house in Tra Que Village, and enjoy a welcome drink. Taking part in a cooking class, learning how to make traditional rice milk, and having lunch with local food at the local family. This will be a true experience of the trip. Meeting local farmers, talking with them and sharing about their local farming, and experiencing daily life. Listening to the tour guide introduced and explained the process of wet rice and how to grow it and have a chance to work as a real farmer. Get back to Hoi An center where we will spend the night.

    Day 6: Farewell Hoi An – Hanoi (B)

    After having your delicious breakfast at your hotel and spend a morning in your free time exploring the old city. You could get lost in a gift store or get a coffee along the river before the driver and guide come and take you to Da Nang airport for a flight to Ha Noi. Once we arrive in Hanoi, take your time for a rest, wander around the Old Town and be ready for an exciting day tomorrow.

    Day 7: Ha Noi city tour (B)

    After having your complimentary breakfast at your hotel, our guide will take you to the various Government offices which are the preservation of colonial French residences. 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. Head to the Temple of Literature, Quoc Tu Giam which are the most iconic place in Hanoi. Continue to West Lake to visit Tran Quoc Pagoda and Quan Thanh Temple. After lunch, visit the Ethnology Museum which is not only a museum but also a research center, specializing in exhibiting the ethnic people and culture of Vietnam. There will be other activities on the side such as traditional festive and water puppet show to participate in. After that will head back to Hoan Kiem legend lake to visit Ngoc Son Temple.
    The day ends beautifully with 1 hour on the cyclo to discover the alive Hanoi 36 streets in the Old Town. The bustling narrow streets will show you thousands of businesses and shopkeepers. “36 streets” used to welcome artisans and traders from villages around Ha Noi from 2000 years ago. The streets were named for what they sold.

    Day 8: Sapa – Love Waterfall – O Quy Ho Pass (B, L)

    After breakfast, you will leave Hanoi for Sapa. The first destination is Love Waterfall – Thac Tinh Yeu is a part of Hoang Lien Son National Park, located at about 1,800m above sea level. Thac Tinh Yeu takes 30 minutes of walking from the gate of the ecotourism area. You will walk through the primary forest, painted with green from the biodiversity vegetation, and if you are lucky, you can see with your own eyes the Do Quyen flower (Rhododendron – National flower of Nepal). Until you reach the golden stream which is very close to Love waterfall- Thac Tinh Ye. The waterfall wears a romantic, safe, and sound face as its name. There is a legend told that the name of this waterfall was to memorize the love story between a fairy and a lumberjack. Move to O Quy Ho pass, standing on the top of the pass, admiring the grandiose and majestic beauty of the mountainous nature, feeling the fanciful beauty of the scenery on the mountain pass. Going back to Sapa and having dinner in a local restaurant.

    Day 9: Sapa – Lao Chai – Ta Van tribal villages – Fansipan mountain (B, L)

    Our guide and driver pick you up at your hotel and we are going to Lao Chai village – the home of the Black Hmong and Giay ethnic minority. You can pay a visit to the ancient rock field, which contain unrevealed mysteries of our ancestor. And then you will reach the second destination, Ta Van village, the home of the Hmong, Giay, and Dao Do (Dao with red color clothes) ethnic groups. Both of these villages lie between the great Ham Rong Mountain and the majestic Hoang Lien Son Mountain. Its beauty is made by the Terrace fields tinting with yellow during harvest seasons. It also comes from the simple, natural, and traditional lifestyle that the people here are willing to preserve regardless of the high – technology equipment that they have. What a wonderful chance to keep yourself away from normal life, having one time to eat, live and play traditionally.
    A delicious lunch with a local family will eliminate all your tiredness from the morning. Going back to Sapa town and heading to Fansipan Peak by cable car. It takes only 15-20 minutes to get to the peak. From the peak, you have a magnificent view of Sapa, Muong Hoa valley, and Hoang Lien National Park. After spending sufficient time admiring nature, we can visit the pagoda complex below before getting on the cable cabin down to the station and returning to your hotel.

    Day 10: Sapa – Cat Cat, Ta Phin villages – Hanoi (B, L)

    After breakfast, we will start our day with a visit to Cat Cat village is just only 3kms from Sapa. A leisurely walk downhill will give you an overview of the village. You will not be tired as you can not take your eyes off the wonderful nature. A narrow rock trail will lead you through the whole village, from souvenir shops to memorial houses, and even exhibit houses showing the traditional handicraft such as weaving, and jewelry crafting. You can also hire some ethnic clothes to wear and take memorial photos with your family and friends. Move to Ta Phin, you will be stunned by the beauty of the terrace field, the enormous valley, and many local plantations with strange vegetation and fruit. The village is the home of the Dao Do minority who do farming and make handicrafts to pay the cost of leaving. Return to your vans and the driver take you back to Ha Noi.

    Day 11: Ninh Binh – Tam Coc – Hoa Lu (B, L)

    Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel then the driver come and transfer you to Ninh Binh. The first activity of the day is getting on a bamboo boat rowed by the local villager to explore the stunning scenery of Tam Coc. UNESCO recognized Tam Coc to be a World Natural Heritage Site in 2014 and made this place become a famous destination on Ha Noi – Ho Chi Minh Tour. Boating along the Ngo Dong river, you will be able to explore the “Indochine” film set. The beauty of the area has attracted millions of French tourists since then. Continue cruising under the astonishing limestone cliffs, you will get to Hang Ca – the first cave with the river going through. The cave is 132m long. Leaving the 2nd cave, your boat will head to Hang Ba the final cave.
    Then we will visit Hoa Lu, Hoa Lu is the ancient capital of Vietnam, recognized by UNESCO as one of four main areas of the Trang An World Heritage Site complex. Here we will spend about an hour visiting the temples of the two Vietnamese dynasties of Dinh and Le with very unique architecture from the old time. Pick up information about the ancient culture of the Royal Palaces’ grounds dated the 10th century.

    Day 12: Ninh Binh – 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 13: Ha Long Bay – Ha Noi (B/ Br)

    Your breakfast will be served while floating on the sea giving you another opportunity to capture the beauty of Ha Long Bay before disembarking time or join a cooking class that shows you how to make Vietnamese spring rolls and other traditional food. We will get back to Hanoi after having lunch on the boat. Enjoy the rest of the day in your own free time. Don’t forget to get lost in the Old Town for good food and drinks. If you need any hot tips, please do not heritage to ask your guide for the best suggestions.

    Day 14: Farewell Hanoi (B)

    We enjoy one last hearty breakfast with your travel companions before getting transferred to Noi Bai Airport where your journey with us ends full of great memory.

    You can refer to the suggested tour below or get in touch FTrip to create your own itinerary:

    RouteFlight AgentClass
    Sai Gon – Da NangVietnam Airline/ Bamboo AirwaysEconomy
    Da Nang – Ha NoiVietnam Airline/ Bamboo AirwaysEconomy
    • All domestic flight tickets
    • Accommodation based on twin sharing occupancy
    • Meals as indicated in program, (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
    • Private A/C car or van with driver during on tour.
    • English or French speaking guide (any other requested language guide)
    • All entrance fees for sightseeing as indicated in the program
    • Junk cruise in Halong bay and other boat trips
    • Service charges, rooms tax and handling fees
    • International air tickets and airport departure taxes
    • Visa stamping fee
    • Travel insurance
    • Tips and gratuities
    • Personal expenses and other services
    • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the program

    NOTES: Tour can be modified, hotels changed to suit your tastes and budget. Minor program changes are sometime necessary, depending on road conditions and weather.

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