North And South Outlook Of Vietnam

Hanoi - Halong – Ho Chi Minh city – Cu Chi Tunnels – My Tho (Mekong Delta)
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  • Cu Chi tunnels
  • Halong bay
  • Mekong delta
  • Ngoc Son temple
  • The One Pillar Pagoda
  • The Old Saigon Post Office

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Tour Code: VNCL01
From a culture-rich ancient Hanoi to a vibrant Ho Chi Minh City, from a mystically exquisite Halong Bay to a vast Mekong Delta, this tour will give you a quick yet full view of Vietnam’s North and the South. While sitting on a xichlo through the old quarters’ streets and watching a water puppet show in Hanoi bring a deep touch of culture and nostalgia, visiting the War Remnants Museum and the amazing Cu Chi Tunnel network nearby Ho Chi Minh City will get you to appreciate Vietnam’s graceful yet courageous past. Likewise, cruising through the magnificent maze of craggy karst islets in Halong Bay reminds you how wondrous nature can be. But navigating through the canals of the Mekong Delta on a sampan and interacting with warm-hearted locals is most likely to be an experience of people and land harmony. The contrast of change between two regions will inspire you to utmost delight.
Itinerary Day by Day

Arrive at Noi Bai International Airport, welcome by our guide and transfer to your hotel. Hanoi or “River-bound City” as its name literally means is Vietnam’s capital with a thousand-year-old history dating back to 1010. The city’s fascinating beauty which is characterized by unique cultural relics, ancient streets of antique houses, elegant French colonial buildings, tree-lined boulevards and romantic lakes has made it one of the most charming cities of Asia.
Accommodation: La Rosa Hanoi hotel or similar in Hanoi 

Morning, start a full day city tour beginning with Ho Chi Minh Complex which features the life of Ho Chi Minh, the nation’s founder. At the complex, visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum where the nation’s founder’s body is preserved (closed on Monday, Friday and through October - November) and the rural style house on stilts where Ho Chi Minh lived and worked. Stop by one of Hanoi’s icons, the One Pillar Pagoda, built in the 11th Century in dedication to Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara or Buddha of Compassion and reminiscent of a lotus blossom rising from a pond. 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. 
Afternoon, continue the tour to one of the following museums of choice namely the Museum of Fine Arts, the National Museum of Vietnamese, the Museum of Revolution, the Museum of Military History and the Museum of Ethnology. Go to Hoan Kiem Lake, the center point of Hanoi whose name meaning “The Return Sword Lake” originated from a legend of a sacred sword and home to a rare endangered giant turtle species and visit Ngoc Son Temple on the lake. Next, take a one-hour xichlo (3-wheeled rickshaw) tour of the Old Quarter of Hanoi with its ancient streets representing traditional trades from the past. Finish the tour at the Thang Long Opera Theatre with a traditional Vietnamese water puppet show.
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch 
Accommodation: La Rosa Hanoi hotel or similar in Hanoi 

Morning, we pick you up at 8:00 AM from your hotel for transfer to Halong Bay, which is about 160 km or 3.5hours drive away. 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 Halong City at 11:30 AM and check in aboard the booked junk right after the welcome drink is served. Start cruising while having lunch on board and enjoy the marvelous bay view. Halong Bay meaning “Descending Dragon Bay” in Vietnamese as legend has it that it was where a holly dragon landed down from the 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 to enjoy the bay view at sunset, have dinner after, go fishing at 09:00 PM and spend a night on board.
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch/ Dinner 
Accommodation: overnight on Bai Tho Junk or similar in Halong Bay 

Wake up at 06:30 AM and refresh your body and mind with a Tai Chi exercise on the sundeck. Tai Chi is an ancient internal martial art often practiced in soft and gracefully slow moves to enhance internal harmony and vitality. Sip a cup of tea or coffee onboard before proceeding to Titov Islet or Soi Sim Island for trekking and swimming. Check out at 09:30 AM, have a buffet brunch while cruising back to the shore. Disembark at 11:00 AM to transfer to Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi for a flight to Ho Chi Minh City. 
Afternoon, arrive in Ho Chi Minh City; you are welcome by our tour guide and transfer to hotel for check-in. You have time at leisure. 
Meals: Brunch 
Accommodation: Family Inn Hotel or similar in Ho Chi Minh City

Morning, our guide meets you at hotel and everyone transfers to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels. The tunnels in Cu Chi district, 75 km Northwest of downtown Ho Chi Minh City, which were once a major underground hideout and resistance base of Viet Cong forces during the two wars against the French and later on Americans. The tunnels, entirely hand-dug, formed a highly intricate labyrinth-like network of interlinked multilevel passageways at times stretched as far as the Cambodian border and totaling over 120 km in length. Its complexity is 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. 
Afternoon, get back to Ho Chi Minh City and take a sightseeing tour that includes the War Remnants Museum, which features a comprehensive collection of the machinery, aircraft, weapons, photos, and documentation of Vietnam War with the both the French and Americans; Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica as a French-built neo-Roman cathedral; Saigon Old Central Post Office; former Presidential Palace; Thien Hau Pagoda which was built in 1760 to worship a female Sea deity and Cho Lon, the city’s China town.  
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch 
Accommodation: Family Inn Hotel or similar in Ho Chi Minh City  

Morning, get on our air-conditioned car and travel to the Mekong Delta, the world’s largest delta and Vietnam's largest rice bowl. On arrival in My Tho City, capital of Tieng Giang Province, embark on a boat and navigate through intricate canals while observing the local daily life up close as well as the landscape of waterways and lush islands. Stop and step on the Unicorn Island to enjoy wandering through verdant orchards, tasting fresh fruits and listening to some Southern Vietnamese traditional music “Đờn ca tài tử”
Move on to the second delta province, Ben Tre, where you will watch local villagers make coconut candy in a rural workshop, walk around briefly and try riding a horse-pulled carriage. More cruising to some bee-keeping households to taste fresh homegrown honey and honey tea.  Go back Ho Chi Minh City and have leisure time. 
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch 
Accommodation: Family Inn Hotel or similar in Ho Chi Minh City  

You have leisure time until the transfer to Tan Son Nhat Airport in Ho Chi Minh City for departure. 
Price Details & Inclusions of this Trip
What's included
  • One night cruise on a wooden junk in Halong Bay
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room with daily breakfast
  • 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 in My Tho
  • 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
 Morning Flower Market & Pulling Off Flag Ceremony by Bicyle (HAN-H10)
1 Pax 2 Pax 3-4 Pax 5-6 Pax
Price 117 69 53 40

Our guide and bike are waiting for you at hotel and will take you to Quang Ba flower market, there are so many kinds of flower. Under flickered light, flower seller girls appear with a smile face radiant to attract customers for buying. Admiring flowers and mixing with local people will bring to you unforgettable memory. You yourself experience something different from your normal day to day life. You can meet and interact with the local people as well. If time permit, we will visit Ho Chi Minh City Mausoleum and you will have chance to see pulling - flag ceremony with parade in national song, it is real memory among local people before enjoying “Vietnam traditional Pho” – pure of Vietnam.  It is a good opportunity for you to come back past to witness How Hanoi an enjoyed Pho, why “Pho” is so much famous and enjoy traditional Vietnam Coffee.

Included: Private transportation with English speaking guide. Entrance fee and mineral water. Bike using in tour. "Pho" & coffee included.

 Cuc Phuong National Park (HAN-F08)
1 Pax 2 Pax 3-4 Pax 5-6 Pax
Price 142 79 57 35

Cuc Phuong is the first National Park of Vietnam, which was declared in 1962 with 25,000 hectares. The botanical richness of the forest supports a wide variety of flora species and patches of primeval forest, including ancient trees with thick clusters of roots, parasitic plants and ligneous creepers. Human habitation in Cuc Phuong dates back long before the park’s creation, from 7,000 to 12,000 years ago. Artifacts from time have been found in numerous caves within the park, including human graves, stone axes, pointed bone spears, oyster shell knives, and tools for grinding.

Included: Private transportation with English speaking guide. Entrance fee & mineral water.

 Real Experiences to Become a Farmer at Vietnam's Countryside (HAN-F16)
1 Pax 2 Pax 3-4 Pax 5-6 Pax
Price 180 123 103 83

Morning, arrive at a house on stilts in Van Long Natural Reserve to get a bicycle. Cycle on single-lane roads about 7km through hamlets and stopping along the way to visit temples, pagodas, communal houses and countryside markets. Upon reaching CauVang hamlet (Golden Bridge) in GiaHoa commune, join local farmers in some of their activities such as catching crabs, fishing, transplanting paddy seedlings and bailing water into the paddy field. Return to the house on stilts where a local cook will show you how to cook a lunch the rural style from simple ingredients. Lunch at the house.

Afternoon, cycle on rural roadsthrough waterlogged fields to Van Long lagoon, the main highlight of the natural reserve.Take a small bamboo boat to cruise around and enjoy the scenic views of towering mountains, vast expanse of water and flocks of bird. Wildlife rich, Van Long is home to a many species of migratory birds and a wide variety of animals including those rare and endangered like the Delacour’slangur. The reserve is an ideal bird-watching place where you may sight white storks, herons, spoonbills, pygmy geese and crakes. After boating, get back to the house on stilts to end this tour.

Included: Private transportation with English speaking guide. Entrance fee & mineral water. Lunch included

Hotels Used in This Tour
Hanoi: Larosa Hanoi hotel or similar

Larosa hotel Hanoi toursAddress: 34-36 Nguyen Khuyen Str., Dong Da Dist., Hanoi, Vietnam
Description: The recently-built Larosa Hotel is located in the heart of the Old Quarter in close proximity to some of the most popular attractions including Hoan Kiem Lake and the nearby Thang Long Theatre, Temple of Literature, Ho Chi Minh complex, Hanoi railway station as well as restaurants and shopping center within a few meters. Designed with European Classical style, the hotel gives a wide selection of 72 rooms with essential amenities, an elegant spa and a fitness center of latest equipment. Larosa is an ideal place for both leisure and business tourists. 

Bai Tho Junk Halong bayHalong bay: Bai Tho Junks or similar

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. 

Elios Hotel Saigon Ho Chi MinhHo Chi Minh city: Elios Hotel or similar

Address: 233 Pham Ngu Lao, Dist 1 Saigon, District 1, Ho Chi Minh city

Description: Elios Hotel has 81 elegant designed rooms with a panoramic park-view rooftop restaurant.
In addition to a uniquely Saigon night life experience with bars, restaurants, music and a variety of shops, Elios Hotel are within walking distance from the famous Ben Thanh Market and other places of interest in the city.

Service Details During the Trip
-  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 Xmas and New Year Eve
-  Surcharge for booking during Chinese New Year from 18 – 24 Feb 2015: 25% of adult prices
-  Surcharge for domestic flight tickets with taxes: 
           o Ho Chi Minh (SGN) to Hanoi (HAN): US$ 160 per person
- [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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