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Highlight of Vietnam 16D

HIGHLIGHT OF VIETNAM 16 DAYS


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Day 1: Sai Gon arrival (D)

Day 2: Sai Gon – Me Kong Delta (Cai Be)- Can Tho (B/L)

Day 3 : Me Kong Detail – Sai Gon (B/L/D)

Day 4: Sai Gon city tour – Cu Chi (B/L)

Day 5: Sai Gon – Da Lat (B)

Day 6: Da Lat Sightseeing tour (B/L)

Day 7: Da Lat – Nha Trang (B)

Day 8: Nha Trang Boat Cruise (B/L)

Day 9: Nha Trang – Hoi An (B/D)

Day 10: Hoi An (B/L)

Day 11: Hoi An – Hue (B/L/D)

Day 12: Hue – Ha Noi (B/L/D)

Day 13: Ha Noi City Tours (B/L)

Day 14: Ha Noi – Ha Long Bay (B/L/D)

Day 15: Ha Long Bay – Ha Noi (B/L)

Day 16: Ha Noi departure (B)

Day 1: Sai Gon arrival (D)

Our tour guide will meet and greet you at the airport. Transfer to the city for hotel check-in. Free at leisure to make your own exploration to discover the bustling city of Saigon.

Overnight in Sai Gon

Day 2: Sai Gon – Me Kong Delta (Cai Be)- Can Tho (B/L)

In the morning,drive to Cai Be in the heart of the Mekong Delta stopping 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 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. Continue the journey to Vinh Long and then drive to Can Tho, the largest town in the Mekong Delta.

Overnight in Can Tho

Day 3 : Me Kong Delta – Sai Gon (B/L/D)

Early morning take a boat trip to visit the vibrant Cai Rang floating market and a fruit garden (Ba Cong) At the floating markets, you will discover a typical way of displaying and advertising farm products of local people gathering on the Mekong river to trade their goods. and then visit the Binh Thuy Ancient House (over 100 years old). Observe the rural life and admire the lush vegetation along the riverbanks and discover Can Tho’s colorful market before driving back to Ho Chi Minh City. Along the way, visit a Vinh Trang Pagoda .Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City late in the afternoon.

Overnight in Sai Gon

Day 4: Sai Gon city tour – Cu Chi (B/L)

In the morning, leave Ho Chi Minh for CU CHI TUNNELS, which never been discovered by American forces, the CU CHI TUNNELS were an important Viet cong base during the American War. Stretching over 200 km, this incredible underground network, dug by hand out of hard laterite, connected command posts, hospitals, shelter and weapon factories. The Cu Chi tunnels were the location of several military campaigns during the Vietnam War, and were the National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam’s base of operations for the Tet Offensive in 1968.Today, you can walk through the area and learn about the day-to-day life of the VC, see the cleverly disguised entrances and elaborate boby-traps, and even venture inside the tunnels, some of which have been modified to accommodate tourists. Touring the areas and then you will be transferred back to Saigon. In the afternoon ,You will visit all interesting sites and landmarks in Saigon City. First stop is Notre Dame Catholic Cathedral and short visit to French built Post Office nearby, and then we will proceed to see the Reunification Palace, formerly the Presidential Palace governed by the US-pro government of Republic of Vietnam. Continue your city tour with visits to the War Remnants Museum, which primarily contains exhibits relating to the American phase of the Vietnam War. Free time at leisure or shopping at Ben Thanh Market nearby.

Overnight in Sai Gon

Day 5: Sai Gon – Da Lat (B)

A short flight takes you to Dalat City – The former French colonial hill station town of Dalat was founded over 100 years ago by a French scientist, Dr Alexander Yersin. In the afternoon, we will 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 Thuc.

Overnight in Da Lat

Day 6: Da Lat Sightseeing tour (B/L)

A visit to Lang Biang will reveal a land of serene natural beauty surrounded by greenery of vegetable terraces. The mountain village of Xa Lat situated at the foot of the Mount Lang Biang is the home of Lat ethnic minority group. For more adventures, tourists will be transferred by Jeep to the summit of the Mount at 2,169m for a spectacular view of Dalat City.

Overnight in Da Lat

Day 7: Da Lat – Nha Trang (B)

We will head eastward, making our way towards the coast. We’ll pass through pine forests and small market garden communities before reaching the top of Ngoan Muc Pass where we begin our 18 kilometer descent down to the coastal plains below. A little over midway on the drive we arrive at the twin towns of Thap Cham and Phan Rang. The literal translation of Thap Cham is ‘Cham Tower’ and there’s a fine example of one here in the form of 13th Century Po Klong Garai. We will reach to Nha Trang City in the afternoon

Overnight in Nha Trang

Day 8: Nha Trang Boat Cruise (B/L)

Experience the coast of Nha Trang aboard a boat as you set out in the morning for the first stop at the Tri Nguyen Aquarium. You will then head out to Hon Mun Island where you have the chance for swimming and snorkeling in the crystal clear waters. continuing to Hon Tam Island where you have the choice of relaxing on the beach or for the energetic – there is a choice of water sports. Lunch stop is at the fishing village of Lang Chai where there is time to explore before boarding the boat back to Nha Trang harbor. If time permits, we will explore the Po Nagar Towers, an outstanding of ancient Cham architecture and visiting Long Son pagoda before transfer you back to the hotel.

Overnight in Nha Trang

Day 9: Nha Trang – Hoi An (B/D)

At Leisure and then you will be taken to the airport in Nha Trang to take 1 hour flight to Danang City, famous for China Beach and the former R&R for US servicemen. Pick up upon arrival and transfer to Hoi An. Visit the fascinating Cham Museum, famous China Beach and the Marble Mountains en route to charming Hoi An. Hoi An Ancient Town is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century. Its buildings and its street plan reflect the influences, both indigenous and foreign, that have combined to produce this unique heritage site. At leisure for the rest of day

Overnight in Hoi An

Day 10: Hoi An (B/L)

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

Afternon take a river boat trip and you will enjoy the scenery along the Thu Bon River and the general view of Hoi An Ancient Town. Visit ceramic village of Thanh Ha, carpentry village of Kim Bong and Dai Chiem Estuary.

Overnight in Hoi An

Day 11: Hoi An – Hue (B/L/D)

A scenic drive takes you along the coastline from Hoi An to Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam. En route you will stop at the Cham Museum in Danang which houses an impressive collection of Cham art and artefacts from the 5th-15th centuries. Then, you will reach Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam, to visit the ancient Forbidden City from where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945.

Overnight in Hue

Day 12: Hue – Ha Noi (B/L/D)

Take a Dragon boat trip along the Perfume River visiting Thien Mu pagoda, before continuing on to the Royal Mausoleum’s of Tu Duc.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.Your lunch will be provided in a local restaurant in town . In the afternoon. Transfer to airport for domestic flight to Hanoi

Overnight in Ha Noi

Day 13: Ha Noi City Tours (B/L)

Enjoy a day sightseeing tour 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 Hanoi’s Ethnology Museum and its fascinating exhibitions about the diverse hilltribes in Vietnam. Enjoy Water Puppet Show

Overnight in Ha Noi

Day 14: Ha Noi – Ha Long Bay (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 Junk

Day 15: Ha Long Bay – Ha Noi (B/L)

Waking up and having breakfast served onboard. Continue cruising around the bay. Take sampan to visit Luon Cave and come back to the boat. Having brunch before disembarking and van will pick you up at the pier and transfer back to Hanoi. Visit Dong Trieu ceramic and pottery village on the way. Arrive in Hanoi at 04:00 pm. Free at leisure.

Overnight in Ha Noi

Day 16: Ha Noi departure (B)

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