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Vietnam In Depth 20D

VIETNAM IN DEPTH 20 DAYS

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Vietnam is a country of contrasts. A rich colonial history dominates its cities, sitting side-by-side with scenes that characterize the spirit of Southeast Asia. The countryside is a stunning portrait of varied landscapes, from the waterways leading to the South China Sea to terraced green paddy fields with the hilly central highlands in between.

To fully appreciate the region, this tour has been designed to accommodate everything that makes Vietnam special, giving you time to stay in the country’s finest accommodation, both on land and water, whilst admiring the wealth of unique and vibrant sites on offer

Day 1: Arrival Ho Chi Minh City(HCMC) (D)

Welcome on arrival at HCMC ‘s Tan Son Nhat International airport by our guide and transferred to your hotel. At leisure. Transfer out for welcome dinner at a chic restaurant.

Overnight in HCMC.

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City Tour (B/L)

Begin our experience in bustling HCMC (formerly Saigon ), the country’s commercial center and home to a growing number of upscale restaurants and shops. Visit Chinatown, the Thien Hau Pagoda, the Reunification Palace , the Opera House and Hotel de Ville. also visit War Remnants Museum.Explore colorful outdoor markets and Dong Khoi Street , the city’s main shopping boulevard with shops selling clothes and accessories by new Vietnamese designers, hill tribe crafts, high quality linens and housewares. The urban modern Ho Chi Minh City with its numerous shopping malls, cinemas, discotheques and a bewildering number of bars.

Overnight in HCM.

Day 3: .HCMC – Cu Chi Tunnels and Cao Dai Temples (B/L/D)

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. The trip to Tay Ninh is combined with a visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels. At its height, the tunnel system stretched over 250km.The network included innumerable trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers and kitchens.Today the remaining tunnels have become a major tourist attraction giving the visitor a unique experience and a feel of what underground life during the U.S.-Vietnam War must have been like.

Overnight in HCM

Day 4: HCM City – Mekong Delta (B/L)

Leave Saigon for a 3-hour drive to Cai Be with stop en route at Trung Luong Bonsai garden for a tea break. Upon arrival, board a motorized boat to visit the popcorn cake, rice paper making family before visiting the lively floating market of Cai Be. Then continue by boat towards Vinh Long province to see the diverse fish traps in order to learn a kind of fishing. After cruising along small shady canals, we step ashore and take a chance to watch a typical and interesting music show of the Mekong cultural life. Lunch is at the home/ bonsai garden. Afternoon, take a walk for about half an hour to enjoy the rural peaceful atmosphere of the countryside life, on the way we can also stop en route to learn more about fruit trees.Continue driving to Can Tho. Check-in hotel and stay overnight in Can Tho.

Overnight in Can Tho.

Day 5: Mekong Delta – HCM City (B/L/D)

You wake up to the sounds of the Mekong River welcoming a new day. Take boat trip to join in the Cai Rang floating market – one of the most bustling floating markets in Mekong Delta with hundreds of small boats barging and jostling for space to sell their goods and to experience the Mekong rural lifestyle. After sampling local fruits, our guide will escort the guests back to the hotel through myriad canals. Lunch at local restaurant before return to Ho Chi Minh City .

Overnight in HCM.

Day 6: Sai Gon – Da Lat (B/D)

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 7: 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 8: 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:9 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, continue 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 you have time to explore the island before boarding the boat back to Nha Trang harbor. If time permits, we will visit the Po Nagar Towers, an outstanding of ancient Cham architecture and then touring around Dam Market before transfer you back to the hotel. At Leisure.

Overnight in Nha Trang

Day 10: 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,where you will visit the Cham museum, which holds the finest collection of Cham artwork in the country, 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 11: 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 12: Hoi An – Hue (B/L)

Leave Hoi An for Hue by road, passing through Danang ,drive over the Pass of Ocean Clouds before dropping down to the wonderfully photogenic fishing village of Lang Co. 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 13: Hue (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.End of the day with a visit Khai dinh’s stomb.

Overnight in Hue.

Day 14: Hue – Hanoi (B/L/D)

Transfer to airport for morning 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.

In the afternoon visit Hanoi : Vietnam ‘s artistic and intellectual capital. Explore the fascinating Old Quarter and its hundreds of specialty shops selling silk clothing, lacquerware, embroidered linens, furniture, bamboo, cooking utensils, ceremonial objects and more shop for impressive modern art in the city’s many galleries. Also visit Hanoi ‘s main cultural attractions, including the Fine Arts Museum and the Temple of Literature.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 15: Hanoi – Lao Cai (B)

Full day at leisure until transfer to train station take night train to Lao Cai.

Overnight on train.

Day 16: Lao Cai – Sapa (B/L)

The train arrives at Lao Cai train station early in the morning .There will be a vehicle waiting to transfer us to Sapa. Once at Sapa, we will early check-in ( room subject to availability). Fresh up, having breakfast at the restaurant in the hotel and then enjoy a free morning to explore around town.

In the afternoon there will be a walking tour to the hill tribe villages of Cat Cat, home to the H’mong hill tribes minority peoples. As you walk to the villages nestled in the valley below Sapa, you will meet some of the local minority people on their way to and from Sapa. Here you have the opportunity to share cultural experiences with the families that live in the area.

Overnight in Sapa.

Day 17: Sapa – Lao Cai – Train back to Hanoi (B/L)

Following breakfast, we explore the Sapa Sunday market and then set out on our 3-4 hour trek that will take us along paths and trails and through several hill tribe villages of Lao Chai and Ta Van, home to H’mong, and Dzay people. This is an absolutely spectacular walk through stunning scenery inhabited by some of the friendliest people you can meet. You will stop for a picnic lunch on the way in Ta Van village. After visiting the village you take a drive back to Lao Cai station for the night train journey back to Hanoi.

Overnight on train.

Day 18: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B/L/D)

Early arrive in Hanoi around 5 a.m. Pick up, transfer to local restaurant for breakfast. Leave Hanoi for Ha Long by vehicle.Arrive Ha Long whaft at noon ,you are welcomes on board. Enjoy a welcome drink, check-in your cabin. A fresh seafood lunch will be served on boat during 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.

Overnight on cruise.

Day 19: Halong Bay – Hanoi (B/L/D)

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 where our driver waiting to taking us back to Hanoi.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 20: Departure Hanoi (B)

Free until transfer to airport for departure.