Travel Vietnam to see the whole country from north to south, from
mountains to sea, from past to present, 25 day Vietnam tour to learn
about Vietnam's 4000 years of history, Vietnamese people's life,
culture... This is the holiday to remember!
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Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
Imagine a city where the exotic chic of old Asia blends with the
dynamic face of new Asia. Where the medieval and modern co-exist. A
city with a blend of Parisian grace and Asian pace, an
architectural museum piece evolving in harmony with its history,
rather than bulldozing through like many of the region’s capitals.
Hanoi is where imagination becomes reality and a beautiful stop
or start of any Vietnam Tour.
Upon your arrival, Vivutravel's private tour guide and driver
will meet you at the airport, welcome your Vietnam holiday with
smiles. Transfer to the hotel in Hanoi. Free at leisure and overnight
in a hotel in Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi City Tour
Meals: B, L
Hanoi city tour is the best way to learn about Vietnam. This
morning, after breakfast, your private tour guide and driver will
pick you up at your hotel. We then begin our visit to Uncle Ho
mausoleum (Closed on Monday and Friday, October and November), get
to know about his great life, throughout the complex such as
Presidential Palace, and his residential place. Next stop is the
nearby Temple of Literature. The site of Vietnam's first
University, built in twelfth century, to teach Confucius’s theory
to royals. Here we will also have a chance to see a traditional
music performance. Lunch will be served at a nice local restaurant
for a taste of authentic Vietnam and Hanoi specialty.
In the late afternoon, options to visit the Museum of
Ethnology which has an extensive display dedicated to Vietnam’s 54
Ethnic minority peoples (or Hanoi Hilton prison, Amy Museum,
History Museum, Fine Art Museum). Finish we will transfer to the
town for taking a cyclo (pedicab) trip around Hoan Kiem Lake and
Hanoi's fascinating Old Quarter for some great fun, see streets'
side traditional food, coffee, shops... Try one “hanoi bia –
draught beer" This is your chance to be part of typical Hanoian
style and its traditional Vietnamese culture. Last but not least
our relaxing but informative day by attending a Water Puppet Show, a
favorite experience for all visitors to Vietnam and spotlight of
any Vietnam tour. Back to your hotel, free at leisure and overnight
in a hotel in Hanoi.
Day 3: Hanoi – Hoa Lu – Tam Coc – Hanoi – Train to Sapa
Meals: B, L
breakfast, your Vivutravel's private guide and driver will pick you
up from your hotel and drive to visit Hoa Lu and Tam Coc (about 90
km away from Hanoi). Upon arrival, we will see:
Hoa Lu, the first capital of Vietnam, is also an interesting
historical site. Most of which has been destroyed. The remains are
the temples dedicated to King Dinh and King Le, the two heroes who
lived in 10th century and chose Hoa Lu to build the citadel of the
capital city. In 1998, archaeologists unearthed a new section of the
old citadel, which have been preserved together with some artifacts
and shown in a display room built around them.
After that, we drive through the picturesque villages, rice fields to
Tam Coc for lunch in ca nice local restaurant before the boat trip
to explore Tam Coc that known as Halong Bay on land boasting a
breathtaking scenery. While Halong Bay features huge rock formations
jutting out o the sea, Tam Coc has them jutting out of its rice
paddies. Tam Coc means three caves; that is Hang Ca (the first), Hang
Giua (the second) and Hang Cuoi (the smallest). The boat trip to all
three caves takes about two hours. If you are lucky, sometimes you
can see mischievous monkeys or mountain goats. This is a very
peaceful and scenic trip.
If you wish to see something more, we will visit Thai Vy temple or
Bich Dong pagoda before driving back to Hanoi. Dinner at one of the
best Vietnamese restaurants in Hanoi before taking the night train to
Day 4: Lao Cai – Sapa – Sapa Trekking Tour (Ma Tra & Ta Phin village)
Meals: B, L
Early arrival at Lao Cai train station (35 km from Sapa) where
your private Sapa tour guide and driver are waiting for welcoming
your beautiful Sapa tour. A short transfer to Sapa, we arrive
in Sapa, a lovely town in the terraced hills and mountains of this
area, the monotony of the expansive green landscape is enlivened by
the colours of its hill tribe population. It is here you will find
hands stained with colour from fabric dyes and shades of blue, red
and green intricately embroidered and stitched into jackets,
waistcoats, pants, skirts, caps, purses and leggings.
After breakfast at a local restaurant, take a morning walking tour of
Sapa for a visit to the busy market where Red Dao, Black &
Flower H'Mong, Tay and other ethnic minority people converge from the
surrounding countryside to sell their silverware and handicrafts,
and to buy provisions. Afterwards, at about 9 am, we take the drive
to the trekking point and trek down to Ma Tra village of the Black
H'Mong people, the beautiful walk through the terraced rice filed and
it is very interesting to experience the daily life of the locals
when you stop for visit to one of the families. Picnic lunch on the
way then we continue to Ta Phin village of the Red Dao people.
Explore the village then private bus back to Sapa. Overnight in a
hotel in Sapa.
Day 5: Sapa Trekking Tour – Lao Chai & Ta Van village
Meals: B, L
Sapa tour is the gateway to another world of mysterious minority
cultures and luscious landscapes. The spectacular scenery that
surrounds Sapa includes cascading rice terraces that spill down the
mountains like a patchwork quilt. The mountains are often shrouded in
mist that rolls back and forth along the peaks, offering tantalising
glimpses of what lies in wait on a clear day. The valleys and
villages around Sapa are home to a host of hill-tribe people who
wander in to town to buy, sell and trade.
After breakfast, our private Sapa tour guide and driver will pick you
up at the hotel and drive to Muong Hoa valley. The trekking point is
at Lao Chai village of the Black H'Mong minority where we trek down
the beautiful valley and walk through one of the world's most
beautiful terraced rice fields. It is also possible to visit one of
the local families to learn about their daily life, culture, customs
and habits... Say goodbye to Lao Chai village we continue to Ta Van
village of the Day minority, you will see the totally different way of
living and a lot more photos to be taken of the amazing scenery and
extremely friendly people. Arrival in Ta Van, meet your car and drive
back to Sapa. Free at leisure and overnight in a hotel in Sapa.
Day 6: Sapa – Bac Ha Market – Lao Cai – Train to Hanoi
Meals: B, L
This morning, we drive to visit Bac Ha Market and it is said that a tour to Sapa
without Bac Ha market will be a big regret. Being a minority ethnic
people market, every Sunday, Bac Ha hosts the biggest fair near the
mountainous highlands and the Chinese border. It is the largest and most
colourful market in the area and attracts throngs of villagers from
the surrounding hill tribes. Some walk several hours for the weekly
opportunity to trade and barter food, animals, clothes and household
goods. 80km from Sapa, Bac Ha Market is not only the place for buying
and selling, but also a place for cultural and sentiment exchanging.
On the market days, right from the early morning, all paths and
mountain roads are full of people and horses pouring to the market.
People usually sit in groups around a soup pan ("thang co") eating
Many different ethnic groups such as Flower H'mong, Phu La, Black
Dao, Tay and Nung minorities gather to buy and sell local products that
cannot be found elsewhere. The market was very crowded, local
products for sale or barter are carried on horseback. Besides the
usual items like pigs, cows, chickens, and ducks, Bac Ha Market sold
dogs. As dogs were available as cuts of meat, they were also
available live, right next to the live pigs, chickens, and other
livestock. There was a brisk trade at the market for everything from
hand-embroidered skirts to all manner of 4-legged animals. The
“fresh” meat section is not for the faint of heart and might steer
more than a few visitors in the direction of strict vegetarianism.
After lunch, we visit the palace of the H'Mong King before driving
to Trung Do village of the Tay minority to learn about their daily
life then the beautiful boat trip downstream
of the Chai River to Bao Nhai where your car is waiting to drive you
to Lao Cai border gate for a short break to walk to Thuong Temple or
take some memorial photos. Continue to the train station for the
overnight train to Hanoi. End of your unforgettable Sapa tour.
Note: Bac Ha market is only on Sunday, if it is not Sunday today,
we will arrange alternative to another ethnic market which is
similar to Bac Ha Market.
Can Cau Market - Saturdays
Cao Son Market - Wednesdays
Lung Khau Nhin Market - Thursdays
Coc Ly Market - Tuesdays
Day 7: Hanoi - Halong Cruise
Meals: B, L, D
Early arrival back in Hanoi, pick up from the train station and this
morning, we have already arranged a room in a mini hotel for you to
have shower and breakfast before driving to Halong Bay (165km),
highlight of any Travel to Vietnam.
in the Gulf of Tonkin, Halong Bay is recognized by UNESCO as the
Natural World Heritage that contains some 1,600 islands and
islets, forming a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars.
Because of their precipitous nature, most of the islands are
uninhabited and unaffected by a human presence. The bay’s
outstanding scenic beauty is complemented by its great biological
interest. It is a incredible place to explore and discover its
many islands, coves and hidden grottoes. Halong bay is the must –
do Vietnam tour for any visitors to Vietnam.
After breakfast, our private guide and driver pick you up from the hotel and have 3,5 hour scenic drive to Halong.
Upon arrival, welcome on board and set sail through Bai Tu Long bay
while seafood lunch is served. Rest your eyes on the azure waters
of this magical bay, where thousands of sculpted limestone islands
rise from the waves like dragons’ teeth, passing picturesque area
around Mat Quy islet, Am islet. Mid-afternoon, get to Cua Van
fishing village and enjoy a pleasant bamboo boat row to through the
village with a museum and a school among floating homes. Visit
Tien Ong cave then back on board to enjoy sunset cocktails and
Dinner is served on board
Note: This is just general itinerary, it can be changed because each Halong cruise has their own cruise itinerary.
Day 8: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Train to Dong Hoi
Meals: B, D
Start the day early to enjoy a Tai Chi class on top deck with
an opportunity to admit the magnificent scenery of sunrise over
the sea. After that, guests can choose to go to Soisim beach for
swimming or join our chef for cooking demonstration to learn more
about Vietnamese cuisine art. On the way back, take deep cruise
into Bai Tu Long bay, passing Peal Farm, Phao Dai islet, Tam Cung
cave, Hon Xep islet , Dau Moi temple, opportunity to cruise
through famous L’Indochine movie site (subject to tide condition).
Around noon, back to the Tourist Wharf and private bus back to
Hanoi to catch the evening train to Hue (Train SE1 19:00 - 04:31).
Overnight on the train.
Day 9: Dong Hoi Arrival – Phong Nha Cave
Meals: B, L
Upon your arrival in Dong Hoi, Indochinatravelplan's private tour
guide and driver will pick you up and drive to your hotel for early
check in, breakfast and shower. Afternoon is free at leisure for you to
swim, relax at the beautiful sandy beach. In the afternoon, we drive to
visit Phong Nha cave, the complex karst formations stretching
throughout the surrounding Ke Bang National Park were formed
approximately 400 million years ago, making them the oldest in Asia.
Part of this system, Phong Nha Cave is the largest and most beautiful
cave in Vietnam. After an hour drive, we arrive and take the beautiful
boat trip on picturesque Son River for about 45 minutes. Rowing boat
takes you further inside to explore the hidden beauty of nature, time
for your imagination, photos... Boat trip back to Dong Hoi. Overnight
in a hotel in Dong Hoi.
Day 10: Dong Hoi – DMZ – Hue
Meals: B, L
After breakfast, we continue our Vietnam travel to Hue, stop on the
way to visit Ben Hai river at the middle of the DMZ ( Demilitarized
Zone ), the river that was the only true physical demarcation between
North and South Vietnam. Continue on to Vinh Moc tunnels, the refuge of
over 400 people during the bombing operation “ Rolling Thunder “during
the Vietnam war. If you wish to see more war sites. We will drive to
Quang Tri Citadel, Truong Son National Cemetery to learn more about the
war before we reach Hue. Check in upon arrival, free at leisure and
overnight in Hue.
Day 11: Hue City Tour
Meals: B, L
Located in the central of Vietnam, Hue was the capital city of the
last Dynasty of Vietnam. Hue is the only place where many historic,
cultural, architectural, artistic values are preserved. Tangible
cultural heritage- the system of historic monuments and intangible
cultural heritage- the Imperial court music have their own
national and international values that were acknowledged as World
Cultural Heritages. Hue is also the site where the northern and
southern ecosystem meets each other, the area of river-hills,
greenery and beautiful landscapes. People here are famous for
their elegance, mildness and ethical behavior. Hue is also known
as one of the religion centers of Vietnam with its many ancient
pagodas and churches…. All fall in line together, making Hue one of
the most beautiful Vietnam tour destinations.
After breakfast, we drive to visit Emperor Minh Mang; Emperor
Khai Dinh or Emperor Tu Duc ’s Mausoleums & picturesque Vong
Canh Hill. Stop on the way to see how conical hats and incense
sticks are made. Lunch at a local restaurant.
In the afternoon, visit Imperial capital during Nguyen Dynasty, the
seven – storey Thien Mu Pagoda on the riverbank. Return by boat on
the gentle Perfume River. Overnight in a hotel in Hue.
Day 12: Hue – Hoi An
Meals: B, L
After breakfast, let continue this beautiful Vietnam tour, drive
to Hoi An, a major Asian trading port in the 17th and 18th
centuries whose architecture and relaxed lifestyle has changed little
over the years and for sure, Hoi An is a wonderful destination and
choice for all kinds of Vietnam Tours. This scenic drive passes
through the fishing village of Lang Co before climbing over the Pass
of Ocean Clouds. Along the way, stop in Danang to visit the Cham
Museum which contains the finest collection of Cham sculptures in the
world. Upon arrival in Hoi An, free to take walking tour of the Hoi
An ancient town centre. Overnight in a hotel in Hoi An.
Day 13: Hoi An – My Son – Hoi An
Meals: B, L
Your Vivutravel's private guide and driver will pick you up from
your hotel at about 08:00 am and drive about 50km from Hoi An to My
Son sanctuary. It comprises many Champa temples, in a valley roughly
two kilometers wide, surrounded by two mountain ranges. It was the site
of religious ceremony of kings of the Champa dynasty, and was also a
burial place of Champa royals and national heroes. The My Son temple
complex is one of the foremost temple complexes of Hinduism in South
East Asia and is the foremost heritage site of this nature in Vietnam.
Though the complex has been destroyed over time, we still see many
majestic ancient ruins of temples in the area. We also spend time to
visit a silk handicraft village along the Thu Bon River on the way back
to Hoi An. Free at leisure. Overnight in a hotel in Hoi An.
Day 14: Hoi An Free Day
Hoi An, highlight of any tour to Vietnam, today is free at leisure on
the beach or having clothes made by one of the expert, inexpensive
tailors Hoi An is famous for. If you like to cook, you can spend a
fabulous day exploring the local produce market with an expert chef
who will teach you the secrets of Vietnamese cuisine. Overnight in a
hotel in Hoi An.
Day 15: Hoi An – Danang – Drive to Quy Nhon
Meals: B, L
After breakfast, we drive to Quy Nhon, the city is well known for
its beautiful surroundings, Cham temples, and with sandy beaches,
various seafood resources. The city is an ideal place for those who want
to break up a journey between Nha Trang and Hoi An. On the way, we can
stop for a visit to My Lai which is known as My Lai Massacre in the
American War. Upon arrival, check in and free at leisure. Overnight in
Day 16: Quy Nhon – Nha Trang
Meals: B, L
Morning is free at leisure to relax, swim or explore Quy Nhon on your
own. Arounf noon, we drive to Nha trang, the heavyweight champion of
Vietnam, Nha Trang has been knocking out visitors for years. True, the
town is brazen and brash, but the beach is bold and beautiful and a
gateway to a cluster of quieter islands. Nha Trang is really a nice stop
during your Vietnam holiday.
Day 17: Nha Trang Free Day
Nha Trang is Vietnam’s best-known Vietnam beach destination, a
perfect break during or your Vietnam Tours with miles of white sandy
beaches, swaying coconut palms and wonderful fresh seafood restaurants.
Day free at leisure, water sports abound including parasailing, jet
skiing, water skiing and relaxing boat trip to the outlying islands. If
you prefer to keep your feet dry then hop into a taxi for an
exploratory trip around Nha Trang. Overnight in Nha Trang.
Day 18: Nha Trang – Flight to Saigon
Meals: B, L
This morning, we transfer you to the airport for the short flight to
Saigon, the most exciting city of Vietnam, a mecca of commerce,
also a city with a chequered history and a rich culture, its
pagodas, museums, public buildings, parks and boulevards make it one
of the most delightful Vietnam Tours and cities to visit in
Vietnam. In the afternoon, visit the War Remnants or History Museum
and the former Presidential Palace. From there, the Notre Dame
Cathedral, Old Saigon Post Office, Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue
Catinat), Continental Hotel, Opera House and City Hall are all within
walking distance and absolutely nice choices for a free stroll.
Overnight in a hotel in Saigon.
Day 19: Saigon – Tay Ninh – Cu Chi Tunnels – Saigon
Meals: B, L
After breakfast, enjoy a morning drive through typical southern
Vietnamese countryside to Tay Ninh Province in the west of Vietnam. At
Tay Ninh visit the incredible Cao Dai Great Temple, with
architecture that could have come straight from a Walt Disney
fantasy and where all the major faiths of the world blend together
in a unique religious cocktail. In the afternoon, visit the famous
Cu Chi Tunnels, a must see destination for any Vietnam tour,
watch a short introductory video showing how they were constructed,
then spend the next hour exploring the maze of tunnels. Also on
display are various mantraps, the remains of an American tank and
numerous bomb craters made by 500 pound bombs dropped by B52
bombers. For those interested there's even the opportunity to fire
off rounds from an AK47 or MK16 at the nearby rifle range. Back in
HCMC in the afternoon. Free at leisure and overnight in a hotel in
Day 20: Saigon – Mekong Delta (Can Tho)
Meals: B, L
Today, we start our Vietnam travel with the interesting visit to Cai be floating market.
6am: Pick up at your hotel in HCMC. Depart for Cai Be by private ca,
stop to take photos in Tan An town overlooking the picturesque flat
rice fields. On arrival in Cai Be, set off by motor boat to visit
the Cai Be floating market and watch the locals trading fruit and
many other commodities on board their vessels. Then wander into the
small villages to visit the orchard and fruit plantation. Keep
cruising to Vinh Long through a series of small canals to experience
the charms of the Upper Mekong Delta. Visit a small family business
to see how coconut candy and crispy rice popcorn are made. Arrive
in Binh Hoa Phuoc village, the green pearl of Vinh Long town, where
you can immerse yourself in nature. Enjoy a lunch of fresh river
food served in the heart of the garden accompanied by traditional
southern Vietnamese folk music. Take a delightful walk through the
bonsai garden. Meet the car/van in Vinh Long and continue to Can
Tho, the heart of Mekong delta in Vietnam. Check in and free at
leisure. Overnight in a hotel in Can Tho.
Day 21: Mekong (Can Tho) – Flight to Phu Quoc
7:00 am After breakfast, take the morning boat trip to visit
the Phong Dien floating market which is at its busiest at this time
of day. Keep cruising through the small channels system and visit a
rice noodle making village. Experience the "Monkey Bridge" in the
Delta. Visit a second floating market (Cai Rang) then we see you off
at Can Tho airport for the short flight to Phu Quoc island, one of
Vietnam’s star attractions. Pick up and transfer to your hotel, free
at leisure and overnight in a resort in Phu Quoc.
Day 22 - 24: Phu Quoc Island
Simply the most beautiful island in Vietnam, it is great to
relax at the end of your Vietnam tour, Vietnam holiday. Phu Quoc is
liberally sprinkled with picture-perfect white-sand beaches and
cloaked in dense, impenetrable jungle. Long Beach is sophisticated,
Ong Lan Beach romantic, and Bai Sao simply irresistible.
Day 25: Phu Quoc Departure
The last day of your Vietnam tour is free at leisure for
your own visit... until we see you off at the airport for the
flight back to Saigon and connect with your departure flight.
Vivutravel hopes that you have enjoyed your Vietnam travel with us
and look forward to organizing your next Vietnam tour.
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