A Glimpse Of Vietnam 9 Days 8 Nights
The tour is designed for whom has limited time but wish to visit the whole country of Vietnam with 3 regions : South, Middle and North. From the enchanting waterways of the Mekong Delta in the south to the dramatic karst scenery that dominates Halong Bay in the north, each destination offers a glimpse at Vietnam’s timeless culture and centuries-old traditions as well as its vibrant present.
• International air tickets from/to Vietnam • Domestic air tickets Hcmc-Danang, Hue-Hanoi (Pls see airfares) • Vietnamese visa stamping fee (25 USD per person with Single entry and 50 USD per person with multiple entries,paid to the Immigration officers at the airport on arrival) • Meals other than mentioned • Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature • Tips to guides, drivers, hotel porters… • Any services other than mentioned
In the morning, depart Ho Chi Minh City for a drive to the Cu Chi Tunnels. Leaving the bustling city behind the scenery begins to change; first to lush rice paddies, then to rubber plantations, and finally to villagers drying noodles by the side of the road and going about their daily chores. On arrival start the visit with the Ben Dinh or Ben Duoc sections of the tunnel, an immense network of connecting underground tunnels located in the Cu Chi district in the suburb of HCMC. Back to Hochiminh city for lunch at local restaurant.
After lunch, visit to War Museum which contains exhibits relating to the phase of the war against American and the former Presidential Palace that was the home and workplace of the President of Southern Vietnamese government during the Vietnam War, from there on you will go on foot (the car will be available at all times) to visit the major sights of colonial Ho Chi Minh City: the Notre Dame Cathedral, Old Saigon Post Office, Opera House and then enjoy funny shopping at the historic Ben Thanh market.
Enjoy a cruise dinner which is a different experience and the perfect way to see the panoramic view of the vibrant city lights along the Saigon River with live Vietnamese traditional music performance. Overnight in HCMC
Head south to the Mekong Delta and reach Ben Tre, crossing the Mekong River with a private boat. From there take a ride by xe loi or horse cart, a local motorbike trailer, through the second biggest Vietnamese coconut tree orchard. There are stops along the way to discover the local life and for an explanation of the Vietnamese rice field process. After lunch in a local restaurant continue your Mekong discovery cruising small canals and arroyos lined with water coconut, walking through fruit orchards, enjoying honey tea, and taking a horse cart ride. Back to Saigon at late afternoon. Overnight in HCMC
After breakfast, transfer to Tan Son Nhat Airport for the short flight to the central port city of Danang. On arrival in Danang transfer to Hoi An, a major Asian trading port in the 17th and 18th centuries whose architecture and relaxed lifestyle has changed little over the years. Enjoy a walking tour of the ancient town centre to visit the former merchants’ homes, the 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge and the colorful market. Overnight in Hoi An.
Leave Hoi An for Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam. The scenic route passes through Danang before climbing over the Pass of Ocean Clouds and dropping down to the wonderfully photogenic fishing village of Lang Co. In the afternoon visit the elaborate mausoleums of emperors Tu Duc and Khai Dinh and the Imperial Citadel from where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945. Dinner with Hue cuisine and royal court music performance. Overnight in Hue.
Early morning, take a flight to Ha Noi. On arrival, pick up and do a full day Ha Noi City Tour.
A full day city tour of Vietnam’s capital. Hanoi is a unique city with tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes and oriental temples. The city tour includes such sights as Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and his house on stilts, the One Pillar Pagoda, the Temple of Literature, the Quanh Thanh Temple and the Tran Quoc Pagoda on the edge of West Lake. After lunch in town continue to visit the Museum of Ethnology for a better understanding of Vietnamese nation and end the afternoon with a visit to the Lake of the Restored Sword and a cyclo ride around the Old Quarter then enjoy the famous water puppet show.
Board a traditional sailing junk to cruise into the exquisite waters, visit the famous stalagmites and stalactites of Thien Cung Cave (Heaven palace & Drift wood cave), continue cruising through Halong Bay, the boat will pass by very beautiful islets :Dog Islet, Incense Islet, Fighting Cock Islet…
Enjoy lunch with the regions fresh seafood while the boat is cruising back to Halong pier. Disembark then drive back to Hanoi, stop en route to visit But Thap Pagoda in Thuan Thanh, Bac Ninh province, known for its four-storey stone stupa and referred to as Vietnam’s first Buddhist center. The pagoda, built in the 13th century and rebuilt in 1647 by the Buddhist monk Chuyet Chuyet, is a complex of ten buildings over an area of 100 meters that houses ancient statues and artefacts. Arrival at your hotel at late afternoon. Overnight in Hanoi.
Free at leisure for shopping or visiting Hanoi until transfer to Noi Bai airport for onward flight.