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Vietnam Travel by road 19D

VIETNAM TRAVEL BY ROAD – 19 DAYS FROM HCM 

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Vietnam Tour by road – a land of kaleidoscopic images: lush paddy fields, colourful people, vast stretches of undisturbed white sandy beaches, the Vietnam War, Ho Chi Minh and the French occupation. It stretches almost 1,500 miles from the Mekong Delta up to the highlands bordering China, covering a wide range of climates, countryside and ethnic groups. Traversing the length of the country from the tree lined boulevards of the capital Hanoi

Saigon – Cu Chi Tunnels – Muine Beach – Nha Trang Beach – Quy Nhon – Hoi An – Hue – Phong Nha Cave – Vinh – Tam Coc – Halong Cruise – Hanoi

Day 1: Arrival Saigon

Welcome on arrival at HCMC ‘s Tan Son Nhat International airport by our guide and transferred to your hotel. At leisure

Overnight in Sai Gon

Day 2: Saigon – Cu Chi Tunnels – Saigon

Morning start to down town of Ho Chi Minh for touring along the famous Dong Khoi Street, passing by the Opera House, Town Hall, Notre Dame Cathedral & central Post Office and Independent Palace. We have lunch in Saigon.After lunch, we are heading to Hoc Mon District to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, is 70 kilometers North West of down town Ho Chi Minh city . The Cu Chi Tunnel system had been created long time back, from 1948 to assist Viet Minh in the combat with French

Overnight in Sai Gon

Day 3: Saigon – Muine Beach (B)

After breakfast, we drive to Phan Thiet (5 hours), once a part of the Cham Kingdom, an unremarkable town with a reasonable beach, some decent hotels, and a very good golf course. In a nice setting with white sand beaches and coconut trees, the beach resort of Phan Thiet is also endowed with amazing spots such as sand dunes, natural lakes and astonishing red canyons. Phan Thiet still has sizeable populations of Cham and Raglai ethnic minority groups. The former are a part of the area’s Cham heritage. Upon arrival, check in at the hotel, free time at leisure.

Overnight in Mui Ne

Day 4: Muine Beach (B)

Days are free at leisure to explore the area including the fishing village of Mui Ne which locates at the far end of the beach, the village and several hectares of massive rolling sand dunes make a pleasant diversion from relaxing on the beach, swimming and windsurfing. The village is worth a visit for sand dunes,small harbour .

Overnight Phan Thiet

Day 5: Muine Beach – Nha Trang (B)

After breakfast, we drive to Nha Trang is Vietnam’s best-known Vietnam beach destination, a perfect break during or your vacation with miles of white sandy beaches, swaying coconut palms and wonderful fresh seafood restaurants.

Overnight in Nha Trang.

Day 6: Nha Trang Beach (B)

At leisure, water sports abound including parasailing, jet skiing, water skiing and relaxing boat trips to the outlying islands.

Overnight in Nha Trang.

Day 7: Nha Trang – Quy Nhon (B)

After breakfast we drive to Qui Nhon – The city has a lot of different areas, its geography landscape is very diversified such as moutains and forests, hills, fields, salt-marshs, plains, lagoons, lakes, rivers, coasts, peninsulas, and islands…

Overnight in Quy Nhon.

Day 8: Quy Nhon – Hoi An (B)

Drive to Hoi An. Visit Cham Towers along the way. Or visiting My lai memorial

Visit Banh it and Canh Tien cham towers on the way.

Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 9: Hoi An (B)

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 10: Hoi An (B)

Free at leisure.

Overnight in Hoi An

Day 11: Hoi An – Hue (B/L)

This morning we drive to Hue, we will cross Hai Van Pass where you will have magnificent view of the China Sea. Stop at Lang Co beach to have break. Check-in hotel in Hue City and we will take sightseeing tours to see ancient Imperial City, Royal Palace. The rest of time you will be free for shopping at Dong Ba market.

Overnight in Hue

Day 12: Hue City Tour (B/L)

Enjoy the boat trip ride down the Perfume River with a first stop at the iconic Thien Mu Pagoda which is an elegance seven – tiered octagonal tower’ Hues, most widely recognized monuments. Proceed to visit TU DUC TOMB; Emperor Tu Duc, who ruled Hue more than 100 years ago, built his tomb when he was still alive and used it for meditation, reading and theater performances. There are pavilions in a tranquil setting of forested hills and lakes. The tomb was constructed between 1864 and 1867. Tu Duc, who was the longest reigning Emperor, lived a luxurious life.

Overnight in Hue

Day 13: Hue – Dong Hoi (B/L)

Drive to Dong Hoi, visit Vinh Moc underground tunnel, one of the most famous battle-field in Vietnam War, Ben Hai River, Hien Luong Bridge, lying in the Demilitarized Zone of the Vietnam war. Lunch at Dong Hoi Town, then continue to Phong Nha – Ke Bang. Getting on boat and cruise along the river to Phong Nha Cave. The deeper one penetrates, the more magical are the natural aspects of the caves. After on boat for 700m, a large dry passage is appear, then you can walk to discover the cave for 500m more. You will have a chance to explore the remain of Cham Altars and Inscriptions inside. overnight in Dong Hoi Town

Overnight in Dong Hoi

Day 14: Dong Hoi – Vinh (B/L)

After breakfast, we drive to Vinh, visit Sen Village where Ho Chi Minh was born, still possible to see his house and learn interesting stories about him and his family.

Overnight in Vinh.

Day 15: Vinh – Tam Coc

Today, we head north to Tam Coc. Poetically penned ‘Halong Bay on the rice paddies’, the area around Tam Coc boasts stunning scenery. While Halong Bay has rugged rock formations jutting out of the sea, here they soar skywards from a sea of green. Upon your arrival, take the beautiful boat trip to explore this amazing areas. Continue to Hoa Lu – The Acient Capital and the remaining two temples of Dinh King & Le King.

Overnight in Ninh Binh.

Day 16: Ninh Binh – Halong Cruise (B/L/D)

Morning depart for Halong Bay, we go through the scenic countryside. The wondrous Halong Bay is truly one of Vietnam’s most impressive scenic sights. Heading out of the town we embark on a boat for an exploration of the legendary Halong Bay. This exciting cruise will provide us a fantastic view of the picturesque scenery blending with the sky and some 3,000 limestone islands rising amazingly from the clear and emerald water. The limestone karsts formations are littered with beaches, grottoes and beautiful caves. Along the way we will anchor for a leisurely swim in a secluded cove and an enjoyable visit to one of the many hidden grottoes beneath towering cliffs.

Overnight on board.

Day 17: Halong Cruise – Hanoi (B)

This morning, watch the sunrise from the deck and enjoy a full breakfast (or brunch) , keep going to visit Luon cave on small bamboo boat , then cruise around the bay so that tourists can have a look Man’s head island, Tortoise island from the Junk , Back to harbor in the noon time.

Overnight in Ha Noi

Day 18: Hanoi City Tour (B/L)

After breakfast, starting city tour with HO CHI MINH MEMORIAL COMPLEX, a lovely park setting which is home to Ho Chi Minh’s final resting place, as well as a museum and other memorials. Stroll past the HO CHI MINH MAUSOLEUM (closed to visitors on Mondays and Fridays), where visitors can pay respects to the embalmed body of Ho Chi Minh. Continue through the park to HO CHI MINH’s STILT HOUSE, the simple two-room dwelling where Ho Chi Minh lived from 1948 until his final days. Continue go to the ONE PILLAR PAGODA .TEMPLE OF LITERATURE, a peaceful series of walled courtyards and graceful gateways, and one of the best surviving examples of traditional Vietnamese architecture. Founded in 1070 and dedicated to Confucius, this was also the site of Vietnam’s first university. Lunch at Vietnamese restaurant.

Afternoon, continue city tour to visit HOAN KIEM LAKE, NGOC SON TEMPLE: located in the northern end of Hoan Kiem Lake, it was founded in the 18th century. Surrounded by water and shaded by trees, it’s a delightfully quiet place to rest. The temple is dedicated to the scholar Van Xuong, General Tran Hung Dao and La To, patron saint of physicians, enjoy WATER PUPPET SHOW at Thang Long theatre.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 19: Hanoi Departure (B)

Free at leisure till transfer to airport for departure flight.