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8-Day Vietnam Discovery

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Day 1 : Arrival in Hanoi

Visiting: Hanoi

Arrive Hanoi anytime (hotel check in starts at 2 pm). After going through immigration formalities, meet your guide who will transfer you to your hotel. Overnight in Hanoi.

* Please note that this itinerary can be reversed, with a start in Ho Chi Minh city, ending in Hanoi.

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  • Standard Lodging: Golden Lotus Luxury Hotel, Deluxe room
  • Luxury Lodging: Silk Path Hotel, Deluxe room

Day 2 : Halong Bay cruise

Visiting: Halong Bay

This morning at 8 am, pick up at your hotel for a 4-hour journey by road to Halong City. Arrive in Halong City, embark on your wooden junk at Hon Gai pier. Have a welcome drink and cruise briefing before checking in your cabin. Your junk will then start cruising to the magnificent Bai Tu Long Bay with countless number of stunning islets of different sizes and shapes. Lunch will be served on board.

By mid-afternoon, we'll explore the well hidden Thien Canh Son Cave and enjoy relaxation on the white sandy beach at Hon Co Island. We'll have the opportunity for sea kayaking and swimming as long as the weather permits. Afterwards, we return back to the junk for refreshing before having dinner.

After dinner, have time for relaxation, enjoy the fresh air and overnight on the Prince Junk (an intimate 3-4 cabin boat or "junk").

The Prince Junk is exquisitely modeled after traditional fishing boats, with attractive private deluxe cabins featuring private bathroom, air-conditioning and picture windows for fantastic views of the islands. Each boat comes with it's own professional chef and spacious public areas to relax amidst the gleaming teak and oak decks.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Standard Lodging: Prince Junk
  • Luxury Lodging: Prince Junk

Day 3 : Halong Bay cruise, return to Hanoi

Visiting: Halong / Hanoi

Early risers will enjoy the spectacular sunrise here! Take in the breath-taking views of the bay’s landscape while sipping a cup of coffee or tea. Later, have breakfast in the fresh air.

This morning we'll visit Vung Vieng fishing village by a rustic row-boat. Meet the local folks and visit the floating school and fish farms which is their way of living.

Your boat will moor in the middle of the bay for more swimming before cruising back to the pier. An a la carte lunch will be served on board.

At approximately 12 pm, disembark at Hon Gai pier. Pick up and drive back to Hanoi with a stop-over in Yen Duc village for a village walk followed by a fun water puppet show by the local farmers/artists. Later arrive back to Hanoi, check into the hotel and enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure.

  • Meals: BL
  • Standard Lodging: Golden Lotus Luxury Hotel, Deluxe room
  • Luxury Lodging: Silk Path Hotel, Deluxe room

Day 4 : Hoi An guided walk and dinner

Visiting: Hanoi – Danang – Hoi An

In the morning, join your guide for a visit to the historic Ba Dinh Square, see the monolithic Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum from the outside, plus visit the One-Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature, known as the first university of Vietnam and built more than 1,000 years ago. Following our Hanoi city tour, you'll be transferred to Hanoi airport with a stop en route to the Museum of Ethnology for anyone interested.

Fly to rapidly modernizing Danang. Pick up and transfer to historic Hoi. From the port town of Danang we drive the short distance south past famous Non Nuoc Beach onto the enchanting town of Hoi An listed by UNESCO as a World Culture Heritage and was once a well-known trading center in Southeast Asia from the 16th to 18th centuries. Its sizable community of foreign merchants resulted in a unique architectural style with Vietnamese, Chinese and Japanese influences.

Check in the hotel, enjoy some time to refresh, then your guide will take you on a stroll through the ancient town. It’s friendly inhabitants, narrow streets, old houses, temples and wooden bridge still stand as charming reminders to its ancient character.

Dinner tonight will be served at the Secret Garden, a wonderful restaurant nestled in a narrow alley typical to Hoi An. After dinner, drop off at your hotel or you may want to enjoy exploring Hoi An night life on your own.

  • Meals: BD
  • Standard Lodging: Hoi An Trails Hotel, Superior room
  • Luxury Lodging: Boutique Hoi An Resort, Superior room

Day 5 : Hoi An countryside biking

Visiting: Hoi An

In the morning, tour the scenic Hoi An countryside on a leisurely bicycle ride along picturesque country roads outside Hoi An to a local farm in Tra Que vegetable village, a traditional farming community on the edge of Hoi An. Tra Que village was named after the sweet scented vegetables that spice up local dishes. We'll take a short tour around the vegetable gardens and learn more about local food, traditions and life. Afterwards, we'll cycle back to Hoi An and take advantage of the endless photo opportunities along the path.

Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and then your guide will transfer you back to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure to enjoy. The beach is nearby and a great place to swim, relax with a drink and enjoy the sunset over the South China Sea.

  • Meals: BL
  • Standard Lodging: Hoi An Trails Hotel, Superior room
  • Luxury Lodging: Boutique Hoi An Resort, Superior room

Day 6 : Saigon city tour

Visiting: Ho Chi Minh City

After breakfast, check out and transfer to Danang airport for the morning flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival, pick up and transfer to your hotel. Drop off the luggage and begin your Saigon city tour.

Formerly known as Saigon, today’s Ho Chi Minh City is the bustling and vibrating economic heart of the South. Over the past few centuries, Saigon was called the “Pearl of the Far East” and was an important trading center for Chinese, Japanese and Western merchants who travelled along the Saigon River.

Your Siagon tour includes visiting of the former Presidential Palace, renowned for its symbolic role in the fall of Saigon in 1975, the colourful Ben Thanh Market. Notre Dame Cathedral inaugurated in 1880 became the spiritual and cultural crucible of the French presence in the Orient as was the Post office designed by Gustav Eiffel and resembling a grand railway station.

  • Meals: BL
  • Standard Lodging: Sanouva Hotel, Deluxe room
  • Luxury Lodging: Liberty Central hotel, Deluxe room

Day 7 : Cu Chi tunnels– Tay Ninh Cao Dai holysee-Street food tour

Visiting: Ho Chinh Minh City and environs

In the morning, drive to visit Cu Chi Tunnels (70 km northwest of Ho Chi Minh City), an amazing complex of underground tunnels used during Vietnam War. There are more than 200 km of tunnels, comprising a main axis system with many branches connecting to underground hideouts, shelters and other tunnels. You have the chance to crawl through this amazing system of tunnels.

Proceed to Tay Ninh, centre of the Cao-Dai religion founded in 1926, a combination of Buddhism, Christianity, Taoism and Confucianism. You will have the opportunity to watch the worshippers in their white long tunics during noon mass.

Have lunch at local restaurant and then drive back to Ho Chi Minh City

In the evening, take an evening street food adventure by Vespa scooters. Your first stop is at Café zoom to "watch the world goes by" (quoted by The Lonely Planet) and enjoy a cocktail and appetizers (inclusive) before adventuring into favourite local eating spots. You will experience the nightlife of Saigon the way locals do, all from the back of a vintage Vespa scooter.

The tour will start with a ride to part Chinatown and then heading to District 4 through busy streets and alleys to see the night life of locals and enjoy street sea-food and cold drinks, places that foreigners would hardly venture to. Leave district 4 for district 3 through downtown district 1 to a famous Banh Xeo shop to enjoy the specialty of Saigon, and southern food with the locals. Then continue to a hidden Vietnamese-style coffee shop to have a taste of Vietnamese music. Afterward venture to a lively bar to enjoy drinks along with live music.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Standard Lodging: Sanouva Hotel, Deluxe room
  • Luxury Lodging: Liberty Central hotel, Deluxe room

Day 8 : Departure

Visiting: Ho Chi Minh City

Today, transfer to the airport for your flight.

  • Meals: B

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