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Absolute Vietnam Tour – 21 Days From HCM

ABSOLUTE VIETNAM TOUR – 21 DAYS FROM HCM

(For this tour you also can start from Ha Noi)

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Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City Arrival (D

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City – Tay Ninh – Cu Chi Tunnels (B/L)

Day 3. Mekong Delta on Cai Be Princess Barge Cruise (B/L/D).

Day 4. HCMC – Da Lat (B)

Day 5: Da Lat Tour (B/L)

Day 6: Da Lat – Nha Trang Beach (B)

Day 7: Nha Trang Beach (B/L)

Day 8: Nha Trang – Hoi An (B/L)

Day 9: Hoi An (B/L)

Day 10: Hoi An – My Son (B)

Day 11: Hoi An – Danang – Hue (B/L/D)

Day 12: Hue city tour ( B,L)

Day 13: Hue – Hanoi (B/D)

Day 14: Hanoi – Hoa Lu – Trang An Grottoes – Hanoi (B/L)

Day 15: Hanoi City Tour – SaPa (B/L/D)

Day 16: Lao Cai – Sapa Tour (B/L)

Day 17: Sapa Villages (B/L)

Day 18: Sapa – Hanoi (B/D)

Day 19: Hanoi – Halong Bay Cruise (B/L/D)

Day 20: Halong Bay Cruise – Hanoi (Brunch)

Day 21: Hanoi Departure (B)

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City Arrival (D)

Warmly welcome on arrival at the Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC). Transfer to Park Hyatt Saigon Hotel for a check-in. Free time at leisure.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City – Tay Ninh – Cu Chi Tunnels (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, we drive to Cu Chi 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. Touring the areas and then you will be transferred back to Saigon..

Overnight in Ho chi Minh

Day 3. Mekong Delta on Cai Be Princess Barge Cruise (B/L/D).

Spend the day on the beautiful Cai Be Princess exploring the fascinating life on the Mekong River. Visit a floating market, a beautiful island and lunch at a superb Indochine restaurant, this trip is the ideal way to spend the day on the delta in style.

Our one day cruise excursion starts at 8:00 from the lobby of your hotel in Saigon with a drive to Cai Be – Phu An where we will board the Cai Be Princess at around 11.00 am. The tour will start with the visit of Cai Be colorful floating market. We will proceed by the visit of some local home factories such as rice paste making, rice pop corn, coco candies, and longans drying processing. The trip continues along the Mekong canals to Dong Hoa Hiep Island located between Vinh Long and Cai Be. During this 40 minutes cruise you will discover beautiful landscapes along the river and observe the typical Mekong delta rural life. Stops on the way can be made upon request for particular visits or photos making. These evergreen islands among the Mekong River still remain unknown to many people. Lunch awaits you at Le Longanier restaurant at La Residence de Phu An resort, a superb Indochine style resort. After a short walk along a narrow canal, the excursion will end at around 3.30pm where the vehicle will await you for your transfer back to hotel.

Overnight in HCMC.

Day 4. HCMC – 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 .Finally, you will make short ride on the last part of the “cremailliere” railway to the village Trai Mat.

Overnight in Dalat

Day 5: Da Lat 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 Dalat

Day 6: Da Lat – Nha Trang Beach (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 7: Nha Trang Beach (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. From here, 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 there is time to explore before boarding the boat back to Nha Trang harbor.We will visit the Po Nagar Towers, an outstanding of ancient Cham architecture keep going to Long Son pagoda before transfer you back to the hotel. At Leisure

Overnight in Nha Trang.

Day 8: Nha Trang – Hoi An (B/L)

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 9: 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 10: Hoi An – My Son (B)

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 Vietnam Tours for the ones who want to learn about Vietnam History, Vietnam Culture, Vietnam Architecture.Come back Hoi An for free the rest of the day.

Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 11: Hoi An – Danang – Hue (B/L/D)

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, In the afternoon, we will continue with the IMPERIAL CITADEL, a vast complex built in the early 19th century and modeled after the Forbidden City of Peking. The original walls stretched for 10 km and were surrounded by a wide moat. Today, most of the buildings have been destroyed due to bombing during the Vietnam-American War, but the monuments that remain provide a fascinating glimpse into the court life of the Nguyen Dynasty. Approach the city past the striking FLAG TOWER, where a giant Vietnamese flag waves proudly overhead, to the imposing NGO MON GATE, the main entrance to the Imperial Enclosure. Enter into an area of spacious courtyards and serene lotus ponds, and visit DIEN THO Residence ( Dien Tho palace) is where the Queen mother lived, visit THAI HOA PALACE, the magnificently decorated reception hall, the HALLS OF THE MANDARINS, and the original NINE DYNASTIC URNS, among other sites

Overnight in Hue.

Day 12: Hue city tour ( B,L)

Enjoy a boat trip on the Huong Giang river (PERFUME RIVER). Embark on a local boat and cruise down the PERFUME RIVER to the iconic THIEN MU PAGODA, an elegant seven-tiered octagonal tower which has become Hue’s most widely recognizable monument. During the early 1960s, this became a center of anti-government protest, and the site of the famous self-immolation of the monk Thich Quang Duc. 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.Your lunch will be provided in a local restaurant in town .. Visit Dong Ba Market. Have Royal feast dinner at Vietnamese restaurant.

Overnight in Hue.

Day 13: Hue – Hanoi (B/D)

After a morning at leisure, fly north to the capital city of 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. You’ll take a walking tour of the city’s iconic Long Bien Bridge learning about Hanoi’s past and present from a different perspective. Continue your city tour with visits to West Lake and several landmark temples. Late afternoon we take a cyclo tour for a short excursion through the bustling old quarter streets named after the specific goods once offered for sale at these places. In the evening, we end Hanoi city tour with a fantastic traditional water puppet show, followed by dinner at one of Hanoi’s best restaurants

Overnight in Hanoi

Day 14: Hanoi – Hoa Lu – Trang An Grottoes – Hanoi (B/L)

After breakfast, we continue our Majestic Vietnam Tour to visit Hoa Lu which was the capital city of Vietnam under the Dinh Dynasty between 968 and 980 AD and ancient sanctuaries and tombs can still be seen today. Apart from the historical importance, the area is naturally beautiful, referred to many as the “dry Halong Bay,” with limestone peaks and fertile green valleys. After lunch, take the amazing boat trip to visit Trang An grottoes which is a gathering of 31 valleys, 50 cross-water caves, and home to 600 kinds of flora and over 200 kinds of fauna, many of them in the Red Book of Vietnam. While rowing through Trang An grotto in the quiet, fresh air of the highlands, with only the sound of birds and the oars stirring the clear water and surrounded by magnificent forested mountains..Back to Ha Noi in the late afternoon.

Overnight in Hanoi

Day 15: Hanoi City Tour – SaPa (B/L/D)

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 .Visit Hanoi’s Ethnology Museum and its fascinating exhibitions about the diverse hilltribes in Vietnam. Having diner before transfer to train station to catch the night train to Lao Cai for SaPa tour.

Overnight on train

Day 16: Lao Cai – Sapa Tour (B/L)

Arrive in the early morning in the border town of Lao Cai where it’s a short transfer to Sapa. In the terraced hills and mountains of this area, the monotony of the expansive green landscape is enlivened by the colours of its hill tribe population. It is here you will find hands stained with colour from fabric dyes and shades of blue, red and green intricately embroidered and stitched into jackets, waistcoats, pants, skirts, caps, purses and leggings.

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. Free at leisure

Overnight in Sapa.

Day 17: Sapa Villages (B/L)

Following breakfast, we explore the Sapa 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. Back to Sapa by private car, free at leisure for the rest of the day

Overnight in Sapa.

Day 18: Sapa – Hanoi (B/D)

In the morning, drive to visit one of the areas weekly markets where minority people come down from the mountains to exchange their products, or just for catching up on the latest news, gossip, drinking.

Market days:

Saturdays -Can Cau Market

Sundays- Bac Ha,Muong Hum or Muong Khuong Markets

Wednesdays – Cao Son Market

Thursdays-Lung Khau Nhin Market

Tuesdays -Coc Ly Market

In the late afternoon, transfer you back to Lao Cai to catch the night train back to Hanoi.

Overnight on the train.

Day 19: Hanoi – Halong Bay Cruise (B/L/D)

Pick up from the train station, Have breakfast before driving to Halong Bay (165km),Travel east through the scenic rice fields and rich farmlands of the Red River Delta to Halong Bay. Board the Luxury Junk for your overnight cruise, a luxury boat reminiscent of the French Indochina era. Feast on scrumptious fresh seafood, enjoy the views as you coast past limestone karts and hidden caves( Surprising Cave) and a swim at Titov beach,enjoy sunset,dinner on board.Fishing or relax and spending a quiet night on Junk

Overnight on Halong Cruise

Day 20: Halong Bay Cruise – Hanoi (Brunch)

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. Pick up by our driver and transfer to Hanoi.

Overnight in Hanoi

Day 21: Hanoi Departure (B)

Free at leisure.Transfer to the Noi Bai airport for your onward flight.

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