Vietnam is an astonishing mix of natural highlights and cultural diversity. The scenery ranges from jagged peaks seen from winding mountain passes down to verdant paddy fields painted every shade of green in the palette. This journey will bring you full of surprises from big cities breath with contemporary life to spectacular karst seascape of Halong Bay then unique architecture of Hoi An Ancient Town. You will not only discover the beautiful sights of Vietnam but also get to know the Vietnamese people and take home rewarding memories of their warm and welcoming smiles.
day by day
Upon arrival at Noi Bai International Airport, your guide will welcome you and escort you to the hotel. You will have the rest of the day to unwind and explore your surroundings at your leisure.
INSIDERS' HANOI ON SCOOTER AND STREET FOOD TOUR
Today, your guide will pick you up at the hotel to start the scooter tour through Phung Hung Street with beautiful mural paintings recalling Hanoi in the past, Ngoc Ha Market to have a stroll through the bustling local site, then 100-year-old Long Bien Bridge. Drive your scooter to Giang Cafe at Nguyen Huu Huan Street, later on, to enjoy an Egg Coffee or Cafe Sua Da before riding back to your hotel. Lunch on your own.
At 4:00PM, your guide will pick you up at your hotel to start the supremely delicious street food tour around Hanoi quarter. After that, drop back to your hotel for overnight.
HALONG BAY OVERNIGHT CRUISE
Recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site since 1994 for its thousands of islands, Halong Bay (Descending Dragon Bay) is one of the most magnificent scenic destinations in Vietnam.
Transfer to Halong City, embark on an overnight cruise to explore its natural beauty and the magnificent views of limestone karsts in turquoise waters, deserted beaches, spectacular caves, lively floating fishing villages, and hidden lagoons. Spend one night in an air-conditioned en-suite cabin on the boat.
|Accommodation:||On the boat|
|Meals:||Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner|
END OF HALONG BAY AND FLY TO HUE
Wake up to the sun illuminating the spectacular rock formations. Continue the Halong Bay wonder, cruising across its 2,000 islets and visiting some of its major highlights. A breakfast/brunch is served before cruising back to Halong’s port. In the late morning, arrive at the pier for disembarkation and transfer back to Hanoi airport. Upon arrival at Noi Bai airport, board on your flight to Hue. You will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel.
|Meals:||Breakfast, Brunch (on some boats)|
EXPLORE HUE BY MOTORBIKE
Visit Thanh Toan Bridge and exhibition house where presents agricultural tools and fishery’s tools, listen the folk-song of the hue’s agriculturist. Continue with An Bang Ghost City which covers an area of 250 hectares, the cemetery behind the fishing village of An Bang holds an incredible collection of incredibly ornate tombs and memorials, some costing hundreds of thousands of US dollars to construct. The buildings incorporate both Buddhist and Christian iconography, some of which are modelled after the royal tombs of the emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty.
A stayed in Hue would not be complete without a visit to the stunning Thieu Tri Tomb of Hue which was built in 11th February, 1848 and finished in only 10 months. This tomb is one of several relics of Hue Citadel Complex recognized as a world heritage by UNESCO in 11th December, 1993. Compared to other kings’ tombs, Thieu Tri’s tomb is the only one that faces Northwest – a direction that rarely any palace and tomb architectures faced in Nguyen Dynasty.
Enjoy a vegetarian lunch with Nuns in a monastery. After that, you will have a chance to watch Vietnamese traditional martial arts which have beautiful attack, fighting techniques and skilled in using swords, symbolizing for the lasting, the indomitable spirit, the prosperity of the country. Then, visit a well-known Thien Mu Pagoda which sits among the buildings of a Buddhist monastery has became known as a site for anticommunist protests after Thich Quang Duc, a Buddhist clergy member, self-immolated and brought attention to the plight of his people.
The last activity of the day is making a paper flower. The art of paper flower making is famous in Thanh Tien Village in Phu Vang District. For over 300 years, this village has built and maintained this reputation of direct supplier to the royalty in the Imperial Capital of Hue.
TRAVEL OVERLAND TO HOI AN
Set off on the three-hour drive to Hoi An. Drive on the road along the East Sea, which offers breath-taking coastal views, and enjoy the mountain scenery on the Hai Van Pass, the Road of the Ocean Clouds. Hoi An was a major Asian trading port in the 16th and 17th centuries, but the architecture and relaxed lifestyle has scarcely changed over the years. Today’s trade is based around fine arts, crafts and tailor-made clothing.
Enjoy an afternoon stroll through the narrow winding streets of the Ancient Quarter to visit Chua Ong Pagoda, the Chinese Assembly Halls, Tan Ky ancestral house, the 400 years old Japanese Covered Bridge and the lively market of Hoi An
|Accommodation:||In Hoi An|
HOI AN FREE AND EASY
Today you are free to explore the city at your own pace.
|Accommodation:||In Hoi An|
FLY TO DALAT
Today, you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight to Dalat which dotted with elegant French-colonial villas rather than stark socialist architecture, and the surrounding farms cultivate strawberries, coffee and flowers in place of rice.
Today enjoy airy space at RoBin Hill, Dalat Cable Car Station to get the panorama view of the Dalat City and enjoy the marvellous sight of the pine forested valley stretched down to the South. After taking some photos, take the cable car descending down 300 meters with the nice view of flowers, vegetable fields dotted in the pine forested valley below to visit to Tuyen Lam Lake. Surrounding by pine forest, Tuyen Lam Lake looks like a paradise with the Truc Lam Zen Monastery, at present is the biggest Zen University in Viet Nam. Please dress decently, a very quiet scenery beside it is beautiful flower garden, which is built on the top of Phoenix Hill. Keep driving southward, you will visit to Datanla waterfall with magnificent view and can be approached by the roller coaster. On the way back to Dalat City centre, visit Lam Dong Museum which keeps and displays many collections of stone gongs which have been found in Lam Dong province.
Continue your trip to XQ Embroidery village (XQ Historical Village) a worthy place to see many miraculous hand – made embroidery works and find out how they make those fantastic artworks. Round off your day with a visit to Linh Phuoc Pagoda, a beautiful Buddhist shrine in Da Lat, every surface of which is covered in stunning mosaics.
DALAT FREE AND EASY
Today is at your leisure to explore the city on your own space.
FLY TO HO CHI MINH CITY AND EXPLORE CHINA TOWN
Today, you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight to Ho Chi Minh City. On arrival at Tan Son Nhat International Airport, meet your guide and transfer to your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City – or Saigon, as it is more affectionately known by the locals. Enjoy your lunch at The Lunch Lady, one of the most famous street food stalls in Ho Chi Minh city that specializes in serving Vietnamese noodle dishes. Then get off of the tourist track to experience the local life of bustling Ho Chi Minh City. Learn about Vietnamese and Chinese communities in Cho Lon, one of the world’s largest and oldest Chinatowns. Start with a visit to Thien Hau pagoda in Chinatown, built by the Cantonese congregation in the early 19th century. Next, explore the iconic Binh Tay Market that is located in a vast ochre-coloured building, designed by a French architect and financed by a Chinese merchant. It is famous for the thousands of stalls and a great variety of goods, making it a true temple of commerce in Ho Chi Minh City. Return to your hotel and explore this bustling city on your own.
|Accommodation:||In Ho Chi Minh City|
MEKONG DELTA EXPERIENCE
Leave Ho Chi Minh City for Ben Tre City. Upon arrival, begin your boat cruise to Ham Luong river and get over Mo Cay. Stop to explore the area with visiting the coconut processing workshop. Take a bike ride on shady paths, pass by green rice fields and vegetable plains to know more about the locals’ lives and the tropical culture. Stop to visit a local work shop of brooms making, coconut fiber workshop. Then continue to visit local house for fruit tasting and take a short walk in the village before riding on the sampan along the canal. Following lunch, take your time walking to surrounding area to explore more local life and see local house rooster farm. Getting back to the pier and return to Ho Chi Minh City.
|Accommodation:||In Ho Chi Minh City|
SAIGON COOKING CLASS
Follow the Chef through the vibrant Ben Thanh market to purchase a selection of ingredients for your cooking lesson.
In a warm atmosphere, participants cook all together following step by step our Chef and everyone has their own material and ingredients for a better understanding of cooking techniques. You will discover Vietnamese kitchenware to cook and enjoy a tasty meal.
|Accommodation:||In Ho Chi Minh City|
DEPART HO CHI MINH CITY
Depending on the time of your flight, a private car will transfer you to Tan Son Nhat International Airport for your onward flight.
|Accommodation:||Check out time is 12:00|
|Group Size||1 person||2 persons||3 – 6 persons||Single Supp.|
- Prices are quoted in USD and net per person.
- Prices are subject to change with or without prior notice. Amasia Travel reserve the right to change the quoted prices.
- Prices do not apply over Christmas and New Year.
What you get
- Twelve nights hotel accommodation
- One – night accommodation on board (non – private boat)
- Breakfast daily, six lunches and three dinners
- All sightseeing as specified, including entrance fees
- Transportation and transfers in air-conditioned vehicle
- Domestic flights and airport taxes as specified (USD319/person)
- Local English/French speaking guide
- Government tax and service charges
What you Don’t
- International flights and airport taxes
- Vietnamese visa
- Meals not included in the itinerary
- Travel insurance
- Gratuities for guides and drivers
- Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone, drinks
- Any other services not specified in the itinerary