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National Geographic Award Winning Vietnam For the Family
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National Geographic Award Winning Vietnam For the Family

Hanoi – Sapa – Halong Bay – Hoi An – Hue – Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park – Ho Chi Minh City – My Tho (Mekong Delta)
From: $986
  • Stairway down Thien Duong Cave in Ke Bang National Park
  • Inside Thien Duong Cave (Paradise Cave)
  • Ethnic children in mountainous Lao Cai province, Vietnam
  • Cat Cat village Sa Pa

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Overview
Tour Code: VNFA01
Beyond the scope and diversity lies a full insight, this cross-country Vietnam tour is all about for your beloved family. A cyclo tour through the famous Old Quarter will reveal the most elegant French colonial architectures, tucked away bustling streets, the Temple of Literature offers a true serenity of the first national university. Up north for experiencing culturally diverse of ethnic minorities and year-round cloud-shrouded mountains landscapes or down at sea for an overnight on a traditional junk boat in Halong Bay. In the former capital city of Hue, cycle along the gentle Perfume River and get deep insight to rural life. The peaceful ancient town of Hoi An with its exquisite architecture and inhabitants’ colorful lifestyles will get you imagining how it became a convergence point of Asian cultures. Down south and be deeply touched in Ho Chi Minh City, see a stark contrast of a prosperous present and a painful yet glorious war-ladden past. Enjoy the Mekong Delta with its vast landscape of flat islands, coconut-lined waterways and warm-hearted farmers. All promise to be a memorable journey!
Itinerary Day by Day


Welcome to Vietnam! On arrival at airport, our guide and driver will meet you then transfer to hotel for check in. Located on the right bank of the Red River, Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital with a thousand year old history is considered one of the most charming cities of Asia. Its fascinating beauty is the blend of shadowed boulevards, elegant French colonial architectures, numerous sacred pagodas, tree-fringed lakes and amazing cuisine besides the hustle and bustle of the country’s second largest city.

Take pleasure in watching a traditional water puppet show followed by traditional Vietnamese dishes at a local restaurant. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch 
Accommodation: Hanoi Paradise Boutique Hotel (3*) or similar in Hanoi
No.1 of TripAdvisorHanoi B&B, 200m from Hoan Kiem lake, inside Old Quarter, Deluxe Cityview room


In the morning, your guide will meet you at hotel for a full day Hanoi city tour. Start by visiting the Ho Chi Minh complex which features the life of Ho Chi Minh, the nation’s founder. Begin with Ba Dinh square where Ho Chi Minh delivered the Proclamation of Independence of Vietnam, the humble stilt house where Uncle Ho lived and worked and the nearby Ho Chi Minh museum. Next, visit the Governor’s Residence, a fine example of the French architectures, followed by a stop at One Pillar Pagoda built in the 11th century dedication to Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara or Buddha of Compassion and reminiscent of a lotus blossom rising from a pond. Have lunch at a local restaurant. Continue to the Temple of Literature, known as the first university of Vietnam built in 1070 by the Ly Dynasty to honor Confucius, sages and outstanding Vietnamese scholars. Lunch at a local restaurant.

In the afternoon, continue the tour to the southeast of Hanoi for visiting a traditional handicraft village of Bat Trang renowned for its ceramic products. Watch artisans forming, painting and glazing their products. End of the day with one hour cyclo ride through the crowded streets of the Old Quarter.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch 
Accommodation: Hanoi Paradise Boutique Hotel (3*) or similar in Hanoi
No.1 of TripAdvisorHanoi B&B, 200m from Hoan Kiem lake, inside Old Quarter, Deluxe Cityview room



Your English speaking guide and bike will be waiting for you at the hotel. Getting up early at 5:00am, you will visit Ba Dinh historical square and have a chance to see the flag pulling ceremony with a parade and the national song, which is hugely popular amongst the locals. You will be biking about 10 kilometers

Today you will take a walking tour to the French Quarter to explore the legacies left in Hanoi from the French colonial culture. After visiting the most popular Buddhist pagoda on Quan Su Street, continue to Nha Tho Street to take a close look at the neo-gothic St. Joseph's Cathedral, the oldest church of Hanoi built in 1886 and resembling the Notre Dame de Paris. Walk the streets of Trang Thi, Hai Ba Trung, Hoa Lo and Tran Hung Dao and observe buildings that are footprints of colonial French architecture. End of the tour by sipping a cup of Vietnamese coffee.  Time at leisure for dinner. After that, you will meet your diver then transfer to the train station for a night train to Sapa about 380 km North of Hanoi. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch 
Accommodation: Sapaly Train (3*) or similar
Note: 4-soft berth in one cabin, in case you don’t want to share with other guests but only two of you, supplement will be US$ 80 per person for two ways.



Arrive at Lao Cai station, welcome by our diver and continue approximately one hour drive by car to Sapa town. At a 1,500 m elevation with a pleasing cool climate Sapa is compared to the Alps in Europe and used to be a French health resort. It boasts an amazing landscape of terrace paddy fields, lush vegetation, blooming flowers, foggy winding roads and cloud-shrouded mountains as well as elegant French architectural structures dating back to the early 1900s. The town also features cultural diversity, which is enriched by the indigenous tribal ethnic minorities inhabiting its surrounding areas and the French influence.

After check in hotel, you will be picked up to visit Silver Waterfall (best viewed in the rainy season from May to November). Take a walk by the fall, and enjoy great views of the surrounding jungle-covered mountains of the Hoang Lien National Park. Continue by car about up to Heaven’s Gate, the region’s vantage point which offers a full view of Fansipan Mountain dubbed as “the roof of Indochina” rising 3,143 meters into the sky.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Green Bamboo (3*) or similar in Sapa



Today we will leave the town for Lao Chai village, a settlement of the Black Hmong ethnic minority. From your car, you can catch a fully magnificent view of cascading rice terraced field of Muong Hoa valley. Arrive at Lao Chai, you will discover sighting fields, streams and interact with villagers and learn more about their daily life. Afterward, take a walk from Lao Chai to the nearby Ta Van village which is clusters of rural houses embraced by the wavy curves of the terraced paddy fields of Giay minority. Here you will take a rest and enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by locals.

In the afternoon, continue to hike through bamboo forests with a break near a waterfall before entering Giang Ta Chai village, home to Red Dao ethnic minority people. Explore the village and observe villagers in their daily life activities. You will be picked up and return to Sapa by car. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Green Bamboo (3*) or similar in Sapa



Leave Sapa early morning to travel by car about 2.5 hours through winding mountain roads to Bac Ha Market. Arrive to discover the big outdoor market known as the venue for largest fairs in the region. Watch the colorful market lively with minorities of various groups buying and selling assorted goods including handicraft, working tools and livestock. Have lunch at a local restaurant. Continue to travel by car about one hour to Trung Do village, a settlement of the Tay ethnic minority people. Take a leisure ride on a cart pulled by a water buffalo around the village and observe hospitable villagers with their peaceful lifestyle. From the village, board a boat to cruise down the Chay River and enjoy sighting the magnificent mountainous landscape along the way.

Disembark and refresh with a cup of tea before returning by car to Sapa then transfer about one hour to Lao Cai railway station for night train to Hanoi.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Sapaly Train (3*) or similar



Arrive in Hanoi early morning. Our guide and driver will pick you up at the station. Time for relax before transfer by car about 160 km or 3.5 hours to Halong Bay. On the way, you will see some rural areas of the Red River Delta with plenty of chances to take photos of Vietnamese farmers working in paddy fields. Stop half way to visit a handicraft workshop of fine clothes and embroidered paintings. Arrive in Ha Long City around noon and check in aboard the booked junk right after the welcome drink is served.

Start cruising while having lunch on board and enjoy the mighty bay view. Halong Bay meaning Descending Dragon Bay in Vietnamese as legend has it that it was where a holly dragon landed down from sky. The bay, famous as one of the world’s wonders and heritage sites whose formation dates back 500 million years, consists of around 2,000 karst islands and islets scattered over an area of 1,553 km2. The bay cruise will continue with up close sighting of Dinh Huong Island, Ga Choi Island, Dog Island, Sail Island, a visit to Sung Sot Cave and swimming stop at Titov Beach. Relax and enjoy the bay at sunset, have dinner, after that you can join night activities like squid fishing at 09:00 PM. Spend night on board.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Bai Tho Junk (3*) or similar in Halong Bay



Early risers can refresh with a Tai Chi exercises demonstration on the sundeck at the break of dawn. Have tea and breakfast while continue exploring the bay and visit some of its major highlights. Disembark at 11:00 AM to transfer to Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi for flight to Da Nang. Fly from Hanoi to Da Nang. Flight time is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Arrive in Da Nang, welcome by our guide and transfer to Hoi An about 40 minutes. Hotel check-in and time at leisure 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Lantern Hotel (3*) or similar in Hoi An



Once a bustling maritime commercial port of Asia between 15th and 19th centuries, Hoi An is now a peaceful town of exceptionally well-preserved architecture, lifestyles and traditions. The town exemplifies a fascinating fusion of cultures between Vietnam and the outside world including China, Japan…

Begin your Hoi An tour with your guide and bike are ready at your hotel then cycle through old streets to a lantern making family. Colorful lanterns are an unmistakable part of Hoi An’s visual identity as the craft of lantern making has been passed down to present town dwellers from generations of their ancestors. Observe and learn how to make lanterns in the traditional way under the guidance of friendly and skilled hosts. You will practice all production steps including whittling bamboo into splints and bending them into a frame, cutting fabric to size and gluing it to the frame to complete a lantern. Next continue to a Hoi An cooking school, where you will learn to cook traditional Vietnamese food, have lunch and relax. After lunch, you will be shown how to decorate and pack your lantern and keep it as a souvenir. Say goodbye to the host and ride back to the hotel. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Lantern Hotel (3*) or similar in Hoi An



Morning, transfer about 2.5 hours to Hue via the Hai Van Pass. Enjoy a stunning headland-and-bay panoramic view from the pass, which for miles hugs the mountainside along the shoreline and overlooking the Pacific Ocean. 

Hue, the former Imperial Capital of Vietnam for the 1802-1945 periods marking the end of Vietnamese feudalism, is known as a city of poetic beauty. It exemplifies a unique blend of a scenic landscape characterized by the Perfume River and surrounding mountains and an extremely rich historical legacy typified by numerous relics such as citadel, tombs and pagodas. You will take a bike tour along the Perfume River and observe local life. Cycling toward to Vi Da village where you can enjoy Hue coffee and learn more about ancient architectures. 

Later afternoon, if time permits us, we will get back to the city and take part in kite flying acitivities. Kite flying is a traditional festivity art and also a favorite pastime of inhabitants of Hue. You will be provided with a kite and instruction how to maneuver it with tactics of keeping it in balance in the sky by a handling string. It will be a special experience to fly your own kite up high in the sky in front of the old Hue Citadel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Asia Hotel (3*) or similar in Hue



Morning transfer 200 km by car to Quang Binh province to visit its top natural icon, the Phong Nha – Ke Bang national Park. The park recognized by UNESCO as a World Natural Heritage Site is one of the two world’s largest limestone regions characterized by primitive tropical forests, rock formations and complex cave systems connected by long underground rivers all aged around 400 million years. Ride a boat along a meandering and mountain-flanked river to Phong Nha Cave, the park’s second largest cave system that was discovered in 2009 by the British Caving Association. Enter the cave through its half-submerged entrance and start to discover what is said to be speleologists’ heaven on earth. Return to Dong Hoi for lunch before driving back to Hue. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Asia Hotel (3*) or similar in Hue



In the morning, transfer to airport for flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Arrive in Tan Son Nhat airport, welcome by your guide and driver then transfer to hotel for check in.

Formerly named Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city and economic center of Vietnam always bustled with activities of modern life. It is where businesses converge and shoppers indulge themselves into unlimited choices. However the city also carries with it a rich historical legacy in contrast with its dazzling glamor.

You will start the tour begin with a visit to Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica built by the colonial French with materials entirely imported from Marseilles and Saigon Central Post Office. Continue to Cholon – the city’s China town then Jade Emperor Temple (Phuoc Hai), a rare Taoist structure in Vietnam built in 1909.

In the evening, aboard a boat cruising through Saigon River and have dinner onboard.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Signature Saigon hotel (3*) or similar in Ho Chi Minh City



Morning, after breakfast, travel by road to the Mekong Delta, the world’s largest delta and Vietnam's largest rice bowl. On arrival in My Tho City, capital of Tien Giang Province, board a private boat and navigate through intricate canals while observing the local daily life up close as well as the landscape of waterways and lush islands. Land on Thoi Son Island to listen to the Southern traditional music performed by native artists.

Continue the tour with a paddleboat to cruise more canals before visiting households with traditional occupations of home-based coconut candy and rice-wine making.  Switch back to a motorboat to go to a bee farm to enjoy fresh honey tea and fresh fruits. On the way back to My Tho, stop to visit Vinh Trang Pagoda, a prominent local Buddhist structure built in 1850 with a unique architectural mixture of Vietnamese, Roman, Chinese and Cambodian styles characterized by a highly ornate façade. Enjoy a lovely lunch at a local Vietnamese restaurant. End of the tour, return back to Ho Chi Minh City.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Signature Saigon hotel (3*) or similar in Ho Chi Minh City



Leisure time until meet your guide and driver for an airport private transfer for flight departure.
Price Details & Inclusions of this Trip
What's included
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room with daily breakfast
  • One night cruise on a wooden junk in Halong Bay
  • Services of a driver and private air-conditioned vehicle during all tours and transfers
  • Experienced English-speaking guide during all tours and transfers
  • Private board for sightseeing as mentioned in the program 
  • Round-trip train ticket from Hanoi – Lao Cai – Hanoi by Express train (4solf berth in one cabin) 
  • Entrance fees for all visits as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Lunch or dinner as specified in the itinerary
What's excluded
  • International & Domestic flight tickets 
  • Vietnam visa stamping fee at the airport
  • Meals, if not specified in the itinerary
  • Travel insurance (we highly recommend that you purchase adequate insurance)
  • Gratuities for guides and drivers
  • Personal expenses, such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.
  • All other services not specified in the itinerary
Our Recommended Add-on Programs & Trips
 Hanoi Cooking Class With Lunch (HAN-H08)
Group
1 Pax 2 Pax 3-4 Pax 5-6 Pax
Price 79 59 52 46

Let us take you on a quick adventure into the wonder world of Vietnamese cuisine. Start the morning with a delightful wander around a local market with your cooking instructor, an experienced local chef. He / she will help you to a real shopping experience, providing you with knowledge on ingredients an how to select the best. Back to the restaurant with bags full of vegetables, meat, tropical fruits and exotic herbs and seasonings, you will begin practice cooking the Vietnamese way. The chef will share her /his secrets with you from recipes to techniques of processing the ingredients, mixing them in the right balance and cooking them into fine dishes. You will be surprisedto find out how much you can do inmaking typical main dishes, desserts and drinks. After finishing, sit back relaxed and enjoy your self-cooked lunch feeling accomplished.

Included: Private transportation with English speaking guide. Entrance fee and mineral water. Lunch is included.
 Half Day Cu Chi Tunnels Tour (SGN-H03)
Group
1 Pax 2 Pax 3-4 Pax 5-6 Pax
Price 76 43 32 21

Morning, meet our guide at your hotel and transfer about 75 km Northwest of downtown Ho Chi Minh City. to visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, which were once a major underground hideout and resistance base of Viet Cong forces during the two wars against the French and the Americans. The tunnels, entirely hand-dug, formed a highly intricate network of interlinked multilevel passageways at times stretched as far as the Cambodian border and totaling over 120 km in length. Its complexity was beyond imagination containing meeting rooms, kitchens, wells, clinics, schools, depots, trenches and emergency exits all aimed for guerrilla warfare. The tunnels were deep and strong enough to withstand destructive bombings and self-contained enough to outlast prolonged sieges.

Included: Private transportation with English speaking guide. Entrance fee & mineral water.
 Dinner at Bonsai Cruise on Saigon River (SGN-H06)
Group
1 Pax 2 Pax 3-4 Pax 5-6 Pax
Price 79 60 54 48

This unique dinner experience is the perfect way to soak up the activity of the Saigon River. Cruise 2 hours on a traditional Junk and enjoy some amusing gastronomic moments. Transfer to Saigon peir. You will be greeted by the captain and crews once you board the ship. Relax on the upper deck and enjoy the panoramic view of the city lights. Enjoy several traditional dishes, including rice flower pancakes "Banh Xeo" or pork pineapple skewers made on the BBQ grill for dinner. Enjoy live trational music show and dance during dinner.

Included: Private transportation with English speaking guide. Entrance fee & mineral water. Dinner on Saigon boat cruise
Hotels Used in This Tour
paradise boutique hotel hanoiHanoi: Paradise Boutique Hotel or similar

Address: 62 Hang Bac - Hoan Kiem District - Hanoi - Vietnam

Description: Ideally located in the heart of Hanoi's historical streets, close by is the gate of Hanoi Old Quarter and it's just a minute's walk to Hoan Kiem Lake. There are plenty of dining and entertainment options that are easily accessible as well. First-time visitors to Hanoi should not miss a visit to attractions such as Opera House and Water Puppet Theatre and join in on the many tours the hotel provides. In addition to modern facilities, each room comes fully equipped with free Internet access and daily newspaper. Other convenient services guests will find are currency exchange, business center and an indoor heated swimming pool perfect for a relaxing afternoon.
 

bamboo hotel sapaSapaGreen Bamboo Hotel or similar

Address18 Muong Hoa - Sapa town - Sapa district - Lao Cai, Vietnam

Description: The 3star Bamboo Sapa is regarded one of the best hotels in Sapa. Boasting fully appointed cozy rooms overlooking Muong Hoa valley and a restaurant can accommodate up to 150 persons with abundant menu of Vietnamese traditional dishes cooked by experienced chefs. Great location next to main road has made Bamboo hotel satisfy even the most meticulous guests.



Halong bay: Bai Tho Junks or similarBai Tho Junk Halong bay

Address:
 C15 - Tuan Chau Island - Halong City - Quang Ninh
 
Description: With a fleet of nearly 30 traditional junks, Bai Tho is the first company offer cruises on Ha Long Bay since 1990 with a wide selection both day and overnight cruise from standard to VIP class. Unique itinerary on two bays of Ha Long and Bai Tu Long with plentiful activities, fresh sea food will surely bring you unforgettable moments. 



hoi an lantern hotelHoi An: Hoi An Lantern Hotel or similar 

Address
288 Nguyen Duy Hieu – Son Phong – Hoi An – Quang Nam Province, Viet Nam

Description: Hoi An Lantern is the best choice for those seeking breezy accommodation near Hoi An center. This hotel has an Asian and European styled restaurant set on the top floor with a full panoramic view of the ancient town. Rooms are updated full facilities of satellite LCD TV, self-controlled conditioner, IDD telephone, etc. A large swimming pool, a beauty salon and tour desk are always available with the help of professional staff.



Hue: Asia Hotel or similarAsia hotel Hue

Address
: 17 Pham Ngu Lao St. - Hue City - Thua Thien Hue

Description: The 14-storey hotel offers spacious clean rooms and suites that furnished classic and polished wooden floor, natural fabric and elegant furniture with views of the Perfume River, Ngu Binh Mountain and the city as well. Situated in the tourism hub of the city, this hotel provides convenient access to popular city’s landmarks as well as train station only few minutes away. 














Signature Saigon HotelHo Chi Minh city: Signature Saigon Hotel or similar

Address65-67-69 Nguyen Thai Binh, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Description: Located in the lovely area of District 1 - Ben Thanh Market, Signature Saigon Hotel enjoys a commanding position in the shopping, restaurants, sightseeing hub of Ho Chi Minh City. Only 0.1 Km from the city center, the hotel's strategic location ensures that guests can quickly and easily reach many local points of interest. A well-kempt environment and its proximity to Fine Arts Museum, Antique Street – Le Cong Kieu, Hoi Truong Dien Hong give to this hotel a special charm.

At Signature Saigon Hotel, every effort is made to make guests feel comfortable. To do so, the hotel provides the best in services and amenities. Guests of the hotel can enjoy on-site features like shuttle service, room service, business center, express check-in/check-out, shared lounge/TV area.

Step into one of 72 inviting rooms and escape the stresses of the day with a wide range of amenities such as television LCD/plasma screen, telephone, complimentary bottled water, internet access – wireless (complimentary), air conditioning which can be found in some rooms. Besides, the hotel's host of recreational offerings ensures you have plenty to do during your stay. With an ideal location and facilities to match, Signature Saigon Hotel hits the spot in many ways.
Service Details During the Trip
Surcharge for domestic flight tickets with taxes: 
           o Flight from Hanoi - Da Nang: US$105 / person
           
o Flight from Hue - Ho Chi Minh City: US$105 / person


IMPORTANT NOTE:
-  All prices are quoted in USD/ per person, based on Double/Twin occupancy
-  Supplement for standard Vietnamese menu meals: US$ 10 for lunch & US$ 15 for dinner 
-  Private services & daily departure
-  Surcharge for Compulsory dinner for Christmas and New Year Eve
-  Surcharge for booking during Chinese New Year from 18 – 24 Feb 2015: 25% of adult prices

 
SPECIAL OFFER
- [Free] Mineral water is available.
- [Free] Vietnam visa approval letter on arrival
- Free] Vietnam Traditional Gift
 
In every tour we handle, we always try our best to create the best travel experience for you in Indochina region. We take care every little details so that there is no problem on your dream vacation.  


tour guide servicePrivate Local Tour Guide
To maximize your comfort and joyful experience with driving service, cold drinking water, cold towel and soft drink are provided in the car.

We also can arrange facilities for the disabled (upon on request)




Featured Local Flavor Dinning
Don’t worry about meals, we select both restaurants and menus for you.

We will select clean and good environment restaurants for our customers. Menu is also carefully selected by us with attentions to details to ensure you try different flavor food every meal. We will recommend and arrange local cuisine since it is part of the cultural experience while traveling. If you do not like it, please tell us. We also recommend dinners are free on your own so you can choose your favorite food by yourself under necessary assistance of our local tour guide, he/she will be very helpful.


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Comfort and good value is our priority for choosing hotels for our customers. Comfort of mattress and bedding, joyful decoration style, user friendly facilities, good service and good breakfast. We consider all high-rated hotels in Tripadvisors and Lonely Planet to use in our services.
 

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