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Exploring Vietnam Tour 20D (FROM SG)

EXPLORING VIETNAM TOUR – 20 DAYS FROM SG

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Explore the beautiful and mysterious lands of Vietnam, from the tranquil river life of the Mekong or the buzzing metropolis of Ho-Chi-Minh City in the south, through the cool hill resorts and golden beaches of the midlands to the historic capital city, Hanoi and the stunning beauty of Ha Long Bay, The Queen of the Mountains, Sapa. This is great tour to explore Vietnam.

Saigon – Mekong Delta – Cu Chi Tunnels – Dalat – Buon Me Thuot – Pleiku – Hoi An – Hue – Hanoi – Sapa Tour – Halong Cruise

Day 1: Arrival Ho Chi Minh 

Upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat airport, welcome by tour guide and driver transfer to hotel for check in. Free time at leisure.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh – Mekong Delta & My Tho – Ho Chi Minh (B/L) 

After breakfast, we Drive to My Tho (65km) – The quiet capital city of Tien Giang province, is the traditional gateway to the Mekong Delta, On arrival, we visit the beautiful Vinh Trang pagoda, the most famous pagoda in the south of Vietnam whose architecture is a mixture of Vietnamese, Kh’mer and Chinese before taking a private boat trip along the small canals of Mekong River seeing the daily life of the Mekong River people in both sides of the river.Visiting a rice farm, coconut candy factory and honey bee farm. Continue our journey by sampan through the canals and mangrove forests to reach an island. Stroll on a fruit garden, taste diverse types of seasonal fruits, tea mixed with bee’s honey and enjoy a special folk show of traditional Mekong Delta music. Afternoon drive back to Ho Chi Minh.

Overnight in Ho chi Minh

Day 3: Ho Chi Minh – Tay Ninh – Cu Chi Tunnels – Ho chi Minh (B/L) 

This morning we drive to Cao Dai Temples in Tay Ninh to observe the midday service. Near the Cambodian border, is home to the unique Cao Dai sect, whose patron saints include Joan of Arc, Victor Hugo and Winston Churchill to name a few.The religion is a hybrid of Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism and Christianity.The temple’s exterior is decorated with multi-colored dragons of all shapes and sizes competing for space with a number of religious symbols. Above the main entrance is the all-seeing holy eye, the symbol of the Cao Dai sect. The interior is just as engaging as statues of Jesus Christ, Buddha and the Hindu god, Brahma, stand side by side

In the afternoon, visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, an underground tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters during the long struggle for independence where you will understand more about the Vietnam War or American War

Overnight in Ho chi Minh

Day 4: Saigon – DaLat (B) 

Free day at leisure until we transfer you to the airport for your short flight to Da Lat which is Known as “Le Petit Paris” by the early builders and residents of this hillside resort town, Dalat is still a luxury retreat for city dwellers and tourists tired out from trudging along sultry coastal Vietnam. Pick up on your arrival and transfer to you hotel. Free at leisure.

Overnight in Dalat.

Day 5: DaLat Tour (B/L)

Today you will visit some of the most interesting sights of Dalat. visit the Summer Palace of the last emperor of Vietnam, Bao Dai, and Hang Nga Guesthouse, known as the ‘Crazy House’ to locals because of its bizarre architecture. You may also wish to pay a visit to one of Dalat’s most notable residents, Buddhist monk/artist, Vien Thu. The very colorful local market, stacked with fresh fruit, vegetables and flowers, grown in plantations around Dalat. Thanks to its temperate climate the mountains around Dalat are ideal for growing vegetables and flowers. One of the main attractions for local tourists is the “Valley of Love”, worth a visit just for the peculiar sight of Vietnamese cowboys.

Finally, you will make short ride on the last part of the “cremailliere” railway to the village Trai Mat.

Overnight in DaLat.

Day 6: DaLat – Lak Lake (B/L)

In the morning, we depart Dalat to visit Lak Lake. After lunch, we will visit Jun and Le Villages of M’nong Ethnic minority. You will be taking a dugout canoe trip to Lak Lake. Dinner and overnight in the long house in Lak Lake.

Overnight Home stay in Dalat

Day 7: Lak Lake – Pleiku (B/L) 

After breakfast, we will transfer to Pleiku, and will stop at Ban Me Thuot city for coffee and see coffee and rubber plantations. Lunch will be served at local restaurant in Ban Me Thuot .In the afternoon, you will be taking an elephant ride at Phu Cuong Waterfall.

Overnight at Pleiku.

Day 8: Pleiku – Kon Tum – Pleiku (B/L) 

After breakfast, we will drive to visit Pleiphun Village and Jarai ethnic minority and continue to Kontum for lunch. Afterwards we will visit Wooden Church, Kontum Seminary and Konklor Suspension bridge. Drive to Kongdong to visit Dektu village of Bahnar ethnic minority with the folk music and dancing show.

Overnight in Pleiku.

Day 9: Pleiku – Danang – Hoi An 

Free day at leisure until we transfer you to the airport for the short flight to Danang. Pick up on arrival by our guide and driver and transfer to your hotel. Free at leisure.

Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 10: Hoi An Tour 

After breakfast,Visit to My Son Holy land, once the spiritual capital of Champa Kingdom that dominated South East Asia for nearly a thousand years and occupied most of the central parts of Vietnam from 2nd century to 16th century with very rich in history and culture. Contemplate its remarkable red brick towers and sanctuaries dating from between the 7th and 13th centuries. My Son is interesting place for the those who want to learn about Vietnam History, Vietnam Culture, Vietnam Architecture.

Enjoy a walking tours. Visit JAPANESE COVERED BRIDGE PAGODA: the first bridge on this site was constructed in 1593 by the Japanese community of Hoi An to link the town with the Chinese quarters across the stream. The bridge was provided with a roof so it could be used as a shelter from rain and sun. SA HUYNH MUSEUM: located near the Japanese Covered Bridge, it contains exhibitions from the earliest period of Hoi An’s history. TRAN FAMILY CHAPEL: this house for worshipping ancestors was built about 200 years ago with donations from family members. The Tran family traces its origins to China and moved to Vietnam around 1700. The architecture of the building reflects the influence of Chinese and Japanese styles. PHUOC KIEN ASSEMBLY HALL: Chinese pagoda built around 1690 and then restored and enlarged in 1900. It is typical of the Chinese clans that were established in the Hoi An area. The temple is dedicated to Thien Hau Thanh Mau (Goddess of the Sea and Protector of Sailors and Fishermen). LANTERN MAKING WORKSHOP: Visit one of the lantern workshop in Hoi An. The framework of lantern will be made by the industry itself and clients with opportunity of making silk cloth on the lantern. Around the town we can see a numerous art galleries and tailor shops, get some made-to-order clothes if you like.

Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 11: Hoi An (B)

Day free to cycle through rice paddies in the countryside of Hoi An ancient town, shop for souvenirs among the antique shops and art galleries, or just sit at sidewalk cafes and soak up the atmosphere of this quaint town. Or relax on the white sandy beach of the famous China Beach.

Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 12: Hoi An – Hue (B/L) 

After breakfast, leave Hoi An for Hue, the last imperial capital of Vietnam, well-known for magnificent architecture, pagodas and royal tombs laid in small villages and surrounding hills .En route have a look at the famous China Beach and visit Cham Museum which contains the finest collection of Cham sculpture in the world. Upon arrival in Hue, free at leisure.

Overnight in Hue.

Day 13: Hue Tour (B/L) 

Hue is one of places, which has many cultural heritages. After breakfast, our tour starts with the visit to Imperial Citadel before taking the beautiful boat trip on the romantic Perfume River and visit Hue’s best-known religious site-Thien Mu Pagoda and the Mausoleum of former emperor Minh Mang in a tranquil setting of gardens and lakes. Visit old imperial city located in the heart of Hue. This vast complex will built in the early 19th century. End model after the forbidden city of Peking. Most the building have been destroyed during the Vietnam- American War, but the monuments that remain provide a fascinating glimpse into the Court Life of the Nguyen Dynasty.

Overnight in Hue

Day 14: Hue – Hanoi (B) 

Transfer to airport for flight to Hanoi . The colonial capital city Hanoi is a unique Asian city with tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes and oriental pagodas and temples. Free at leisure.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 15: Hanoi City Tour (B/L) 

Today the tour starts with a visit to the One Pillar Pagoda. The Pagoda is close to Ho Chi Minh Memorial complex where the tour begins at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Here visitors can pay respect to the embalmed body of Ho Chi Minh. Continue through the Park to Ho Chi Minh Silt House, a simple two rooms dwelling where Ho Chi Minh lived from 1948 until his final days. Then heading to the Temple of Literature which is peaceful series of walled courtyards end graceful gateways. Keep going to visit Hoan Kiem Lake( Sword Lake) located in the heart of Hanoi. In the Northern of this lake one can find Ngoc Son Temple from 18 century. Visit Ethnology Museum where you have chance to observed 54 minority people in Vietnam. Enjoy Water Puppet Show.Transfer to train station for the overnight train to Lao Cai.

Ovenight on train

Day 16 : Lao Cai – Sapa – Cat Cat & Sin Chai Villages (B/L) 

Arrive at Lao Cai railway station early morning, go to Sapa town, having breakfast , then walk around Sapa to visit some nearby villages. After lunch,visit CAT CAT VILLAGE then go to HAM RONG MOUTAIN for a panoramic view of Sapa. Visit ORCHID GARDEN, EUROPE GARDEN, GATE OF HEAVEN, and CULTURAL HOUSE. Go back to hotel before go to restaurant for dinner and free time at night to wander around local market, stone church.

Overnight in Sapa

Day 17: Sapa – Laochai – Tavan – Sapa – Train to Hanoi (B/L/D)

Transfer to visit LAO CHAI village of Black Hmong minority and then TAVAN village of the Giay minority by following a very popular trekking route. Lunch then leave by 3pm to go back to Lao Cai for dinner and then board night train back to Ha Noi.

Overnight on train

Day 18:Hanoi – Halong Cruise (B/L/D)

Early arrive in Hanoi around 5 a.m. Pick up from here, transfer to local restaurant for breakfast. Leave Hanoi by private vehicle at 8:30 a.m. Upon arrive at the jetty around 12:30 pm, you are welcomes on board. Enjoy a welcome drink, check-in your cabin. A fresh seafood lunch will be served at 1 p.m. At that time, you will begin a 3.5 hours cruise through mystic Halong Bay to see the amazing karsts with different formations: Mat Qui (Monster’s face) islet, But Moc islet, Cap De islet, Trong (Drum) cave, Trinh Nu cave. Then head to Luon cave, enjoy swimming if weather permit, sun bathing at Ti Top beach or climb the peak of the mountain for a breath-taking panorama view of Halong Bay. Enjoy another seafood feast for dinner and for the night owls, there is an option of night fishing.

Overnight on cruise. 

Day 19: Halong Bay – Hanoi (B) 

Rising to the sound of lapping bay waters, you have time for an early morning dip followed by breakfast. Sitting on the upper deck, you can relax while taking in the breath-taking beauty of the rocky islands rising from the emeraude water of the bay. After breakfast, explore Sung Sot cave, swim and relax. The cruise will back to the jetty while brunch is served. Your arrive at the harbor by noon and rejoin your car drive back to Hanoi.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 20: Hanoi Departure 

Free at leisure until transfer to Hanoi airport to take departure flight. HOME SWEET HOME