Duration: 10 Days/9 Nights
Price from: $670
Vietnam becomes enchanting with its charm and scenic landscapes from Can Cau and Bac Ha weekly markets to Mekong Delta, spotlight of Halong Bay to Cai Rang floating market, crowed streets of Hanoi Old Quarter to Hoian Old Town to get in touch with local people. Wander Unesco's World Heritage Sites: Halong Bay, Hue Royal City, Hoian Old Town.
Day 1: Hanoi - Arrival
Day 2: Hanoi Discovery - Lao Cai
Day 3: Lao Cai - Can Cau market - Bac Ha
Day 4: Bac Ha market - Lao Cai - Hanoi
Day 5: Hanoi - Halong Bay
Day 6: Halong Bay – Hanoi - Danang - Hoian
Day 7: Hoian – Cooking class - Cycling to Tra Que village
Day 8: Hoian – My Son - Hue
Day 9: Hue City Tour – Saigon
Day 10: Saigon - Cu Chi Tunnels
Day 11: Saigon – Cai Be – Vinh Long - Can Tho
Day 12: Can Tho – Saigon - Departure
You will get wonderful moments of lifetime memories by booking Charming Vietnam Tour today.
Day 1: Hanoi - Arrival (-/-/-)
Welcome to Hanoi, capital of Vietnam today !
Meet upon arrival at Hanoi International Airport, transfer to the hotel for check in. Time at leisure. Overnight in Hanoi. Check - in time at 02:00 PM.
Day 2: Hanoi Discovery - Lao Cai (B/L/-)
Discover the charming capital of Hanoi:
We start the day with an egg coffee in Hanoi Old Quarter to taste the special coffee which is not the same in flavour and taste like others. Afterwards, stroll across the narrow streets and lanes to learn about the daily life of Hanoi local people while they prepare opening their shop or stall. Continue walking to St Joseph cathedral and Ba Da pagoda. Lunch at local restaurant in the centre.
Visit French colonial quarter, Hanoi Opera and Long Bien bridge to breath the fresh air on the Red River.
Attend a performance of water puppets show.
Transfer to Hanoi Railways Station to catch the night train to Lao Cai. Overnight on train.
Day 3: Lao Cai – Can Cau market - Bac Ha (B/L/-)
Early arrival at Lao Cai Railways Station.
Have breakfast in Lao Cai town.
Then, drive towards Can Cau market via Bac Ha.
Can Cau market is located in a natural setting against the mountain. This is the weekly market held every Saturday morning where minorities living in the region come to stock up on daily products: fruits, vegetables, cattle, usual items etc ... It's a great opportunity to see the natives wear their traditional clothes.
Return to Bac Ha around noon. Have lunch at local restaurant. Check in at the hotel.
In the afternoon, we visit the Ban Pho village to meet H'mong people and King H'mong's house built during the French colonial era in the villages where you meet the minorities who still dress in their tradition.
Return to the hotel for rest. Overnight in Bac Ha.
Day 4: Bac Ha market – Lao Cai - Hanoi (B/-/-)
It's time to explore Bac Ha market, the biggest colorful market in Laocai province, opening every Sunday morning. You can see the ethnic minorities go to the market on the back-horse or on foot. The market is bustling from 08:00am to 10:30 am.
Afterwards, enjoy an amazing cruise on the Chay river to discover the magnificient landscapes with limestones, villages, rice fields on terrace.
Then drive back to Lao Cai to have a look at the border gate with China. Lao Cai had been rebuilt since 2000 as a new city in the far north of the country. Take the train night to Hanoi. Overnight on train.
Day 5: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B/L/D)
Early arrive in Hanoi, transfer to hotel for breakfast.
08:00am depart for Halong bay, 180km east of Hanoi, listed as World Heritage Area by Unesco in December 1994.
12:00 we board a traditional junk to discover the 8th World Wonder where the movie "Indochine" was realized with Catherine Deneuve, French star in the 1990's. Lunch on boat with fresh seafood. It is time to relax on the deck through the most beautiful landscapes with more than 2,000 islands and islets limestone, rising from the emerald water. Visit a natural cave, the most picturesque grotto in the bay. Swimming (if the weather permits) and relaxing on the deck. Dinner & Overnight on board.
Day 6: Halong Bay – Hanoi - Danang - Hoian (B/L/-)
Early morning, wake up to admire the sunshine on the bay whilst breathing the fresh air.
06:30 Attend Tai Chi instructions on the sundeck in 30 minutes whilst cruising to Luồn cave.
07:00 Enjoy light breakfast in the restaurant (coffee, tea, fresh milk, water, pastries, bread, egg, fresh fruit, cereals will be served in the dining room).
08:00 After breakfast, take a guided tour to visit Luồn cave - one of the cave open to the form beautiful about endemic the vegetation of the Halong Bay. Visit Luồn cave by a traditionally woven (bamboo) boat rowed by a local boatman.
08:30 Then come back to Syrena cruise, relax and check out of cabin. Please put your luggage outside the door. Our porters will collect and get them ready on the pier for you. Finally, the cruise disembarks at International Tuan Chau harbor.
09:15 Enjoy brunch buffet menu served in the dining room. Settle bills in the dining room after brunch (if you have).
10:45 Transfer by tender back to Tuan Chau harbour and disembarkation.
11:00 Drive back to Hanoi Airport. Visit a workshop of potteries en route.
Fly to Danang.
Meet our guide at Danang Airport and proceed to Hoian. Check in at hotel. Leisure time. Accommodation in Hoian.
Day 7: Hoian – Cycling to Tra Que village and Cooking class - Hoian old town (B/L/-)
Today we have an exciting day to enjoy: Tra Que Village, Hoian
We ride a bike to visit a local market in Hoian which is non touristy at all. You can see local people buy and sell their products. They find foods of all kinds for their whole families every day. Then, continue cycling on the small path along paddy fields, fish ponds and bamboo trees. You have chance to hop on water buffalo whilst taking photos. Afterwards, you ride toward Tra Que village which is popular for its spicy and aromatic herbs.
Upon arrival, you will be greeted by family host: welcome drink and cold towel for refreshment. They will show you how to grow vegetables and spicy herbs: we walk through the herb gardens where local farmers work their fields using the traditional methods of hundreds of years ago - no electrical machinery here. You also can work leisurely as local farmers if you like. Moreover, enjoy a cooking class with host family to cook Hoian specialty: My Quang noodle, white roses…Herbal foot massage in Tra Que, HoianOur family chef will explain you all about the herbs in cuisine and medicine. We pick fresh herbs in the garden for our cooking lesson later. Working together with our family Chef we learn the traditional ways of preparing and cooking Vietnamese food from scratch. Using the freshest organic ingredients direct from our garden and traditional Vietnamese utensils (still in use today) we cook 4 famous dishes. You taste what you have cooked as regional cuisine.
A herbal food massage will help you relax after meal.
After lunch, discover Hoian ancient town, known to early Western merchants, the city was one of the major trading centers of Southeast Asia in the 16th century. Hoian has a distinctive Chinese atmosphere with low, tiled-roof houses and narrow streets. Many of the houses were constructed of rare timbers and decorated with lacquer panels engraved with Chinese characters and pillars carved with ornamental designs. Visit historic merchants and community houses, places of worship and Japanese covered bridge, Hoian central market.
Accommodation in Hoi An.
Day 8: Hoian – My Son - Hue (B/L/-)
Depart for My Son sanctuary, 70 km from Hoian Old Town, the former royal city of Cham Empire during 4 - 16th centuries. My Son was listed as Unesco’s World Heritage Site in 1999.
Then we head out to Danang. The scenic 2 hours and half drive via Hai Van pass offers spectacular views of mountains, the sea, idyllic beaches and villages. Visit Cham museum on the way. We continue further south to the royal historic city of Hue. Upon arrival, check-in at hotel. Accommodation in Hue.
Day 9: Hue City Tour – Saigon (B/L/-)
Enjoy a boat trip on the Perfume River to discover Thien Mu pagoda, the wonderful architectural structures for religious worship in Hue.
We explore Hue, the former Royal city of the 13 ruling Nguyen dynasties: visit the Imperial Citadel and Forbidden city, Tu Duc king' mausoleum and a local market Dong Ba. Lunch at local restaurant.
Transfer to Hue Airport for flight to Saigon /Hochiminh city .
Meet our guide at Saigon Airport, transfer to the hotel for check in. Time at leisure. Overnight in Saigon.
Day 10: Saigon - Cu Chi tunnels (B/L/-)
Drive to Cu Chi tunnels. At its height, the tunnel system stretched from Saigon to Cambodia's border and was three levels deep. There are more than 200km of underground tunnels, consisting of a main axis system with many branches connecting to underground hideouts, shelters and other tunnels. The remaining tunnels have become a major tourist attraction giving the visitor a unique experience and a feel of what underground life in the war must have been like. Return to Saigon for lunch at local restaurant.
PM: Discover Hochiminh city (formerly Saigon), the biggest economic center in the country: visit Opera house, Notre Dame cathedral, Post Office, a lacquer workshop. Overnight in Saigon.
Day 11: Saigon – Cai Be – Vinh Long - Can Tho (B/L/-)
Drive to Cai Be to explore the Mekong Delta. Cai Be is famous for its extensive orchards and immense rice fields. Enjoy a boat trip on the Mekong river to floating markets, tropical orchards and home industries. Lunch at local restaurant.
Disembark in Vinh Long where our driver waits for you.
Proceed to Can Tho. Accommodation in Can Tho.
Day 12: Can Tho – Saigon - Departure (B/L/-)
Enjoy an excursion to visit Cai Rang floatting market and walk throughout the green orchard to taste some tropical fruits.
Afterwards, we discover Binh Thuy ancient house in Can Tho city.
Lunch at local restaurant on the way.
Drive back to HCM/Tan Son Nhat International Airport for flight to go home. End of services. Check-out before 12:00
Prices: from US$ 968 per person.
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Charming Vietnam Tour covers all spotlights and treasures of Vietnam from Hanoi to Saigon. You will discover the scenic landscapes with terraced rice fields in Bac Ha, bustling weekly markets in Can Cau and Bac Ha, wonderful and magical Halong Bay or the famous tunnels of Cu Chi. All await you to explore and live on a special journey.
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