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Vietnam Boutique

Hanoi – Sapa – Da Nang – Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi Tunnels
From: $1292
  • Beautiful Sapa
  • Halong Bay in cloudy day
  • Lao Chai Village in Sapa - amazing for trekking
  • Hoi An in rainy day
  • Ho Chi Minh city (Saigon) overview

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Overview
Tour Code: VNLX03
Discovering the best of Vietnam within 10 days will be your memorable travel experience. The tour focuses on the ancient but modern beauty of Hanoi capital, great natural landscapes of Sa Pa, Ha Long Bay – UNESCO World Natural Heritage, Da Nang – the peaceful place of white-sand beaches, ancient houses of Hoi An – one World cultural heritage and Ho Chi Minh city – bustling city with French colonial architectures.
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: Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi Hotel 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 “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 cycle 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.
Evening, transfer to Hanoi station for train to Laocai

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch 
Accommodation: overnight on Victoria Express train



Early arriving at Lao Cai station at 06:30, meet our English local guide and driver and have breakfast at local restaurant in Lao Cai then transfered by car to the highland town of Sapa. 
Depart from Sapa town by car to Lao Chai village, following the road down the hill. Views of the Muong Hoa valley and magnificent surroundings of mountains and rice terrace fields can be seen from this road. Along the road, you may have a chance to see ethnic groups of H’mong, Zay, and Red Dao and stalls serving tea, fruits and sweets. Arrive at the Black H’mong village of Lao Chai, where you will experience the daily life of the villagers. After that, take a walk from Lao Chai to Ta Van village, where the Zay hill tribes live. Here take a rest and enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by the local guide in a local house. After lunch, trek up and down the hill. Specially enjoy trekking throug the bamboo forest then relax beside the waterfall. Continue to explore the Red Dao village of Giang Ta Chai where you will also have the chance to see their daily activities. In the afternoon, return back to Sapa by car.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch 
Accommodation: Victoria Sapa Resort in Sapa



Leave Sapa early in the morning to drive to Bac Ha Market (approximately 2.5 hours). Arriving at Bac Ha, visit the big outdoor market with its colorful ethnic minority people such as Flower Hmong; Phu La and Dao Tuyen gathering here to buy and sell their handicraft products. After visiting the market, leave Bac Ha Market for Trung Do Village to enjoy a magical water buffalo cart ride while traveling through amazing countryside inhabited by the happy and hospitable Tay minority people. Then travel by boat down the Chay River to experience the picturesque scenery and magnificent sights along the river. After the boat trip, enjoy a refreshing cup of tea before driving back to Lao Cai station. 

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch 
Accommodation: overnight on Victoria Express 



Early morning, welcome by our guide at Hanoi station and take a short time to visit 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.

After breakfast, transfer to Halong Bay, which is about 160 km or 3.5-hour 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 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 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 Jasmine Cruise 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. Have tea and coffee onboard before proceeding to Titov Islet or Soi Sim Island to trek and swim. Check out at 09:30, have a buffet brunch while cruising back to shore. Disembark at 11:00 AM to transfer to Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi for flight to Da Nang 
Arrive in Da Nang, welcome by our guide and transfer to Hotel for check-in and time at leisure. 

Meals: Brunch
Accommodation: Anantara Hoi An Resort in Hoi An 



Morning, meet our guide at your hotel and transfer out for a full day city tour to discover the charm of Hoi An as a renowned World Heritage Site. 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, Thailand and the Philippines. Highlights for sightseeing include the town’s iconic 400-year-old Covered Bridge with a small temple attached to one side as a prominent example of Japanese architecture, the Museum of Trade Ceramics which is an elegant Vietnamese style wooden house built in 1858 showcasing antique ceramic artifacts, the 200-year-old Tan Ky House typifying an ancient Chinese merchant residence, the Ong Temple built in 1653 by Chinese settlers to worship Guan Yu, an ancient Chinese general whose character stands for loyalty, bravery and justice and the local market vibrant with colors and activities. 

Afternoon, take a boat cruise on the Thu Bon River to enjoy the countryside landscapes. Land on Kim Bong village where carpentry has been practiced since the 16th Century as the village’s trademark to visit some old-fashioned boatyards using timber as the main material. Move on to Thanh Ha village to see its traditional ceramic production trade still alive and thriving despite the 500-year passage of time.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch 
Accommodation: Anantara Hoi An Resort in Hoi An 



Morning, free at leisure until transfer to Da Nang Airport for flight to Ho Chi Minh City. 
Arrive at Tan Son Nhat International Airport, welcome by our guide and transfer to your hotel for check in. Ho Chi Minh City formerly named Saigon 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. 

Afternoon, take a short city tour to visit the Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica a neo-Roman cathedral built by the colonial French with materials entirely imported from Marseilles, the Saigon Central Post Office, which was designed and constructed in the early 20th Century by the famous French architect Gustave Eiffel, Cho Lon area or the city’s China Town and the Jade Emperor Temple (Phuoc Hai), a rare Taoist structure in Vietnam built by the Cantonese community in the area in 1909.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch 
Accommodation: Majestic Saigon Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City



Morning, welcome by our guide and transfer to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels. The tunnels in Cu Chi district, 75 km North west 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, take a sightseeing tour of Ho Chi Minh City that includes the War Remnants Museum, which features a comprehensive collection of the machinery, weapons, photos, and documentation of Vietnam War with the both the French and Americans, former Presidential Palace and Ben Thanh market.  

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch 
Accommodation: Majestic Saigon Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City



Leisure time until transfer to Tan Son Nhat Airport in Ho Chi Minh City for 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 in Hoi An
  • 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 
  • Visa Approval letter & 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
 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

 Full Day Mekong Delta (Vinh Long) (SGN-F05)
Group
1 Pax 2 Pax 3-4 Pax 5-6 Pax
Price 156 83 60 37

Morning, pickup at your hotel to transfer about 136 km to Vinh Long, a riverside town in the vast Mekong Delta, the world’s largest delta. Take a boat cruise to lively Cai Be floating market where sellers and buyers bargain and exchange goods from their boats. Proceed through a fascinating maze of shady canals to Hoa Binh Phuoc Island. Beautiful landscape of zigzag canals, lush vegetation, peaceful villages and activities of rural life will make you a delightful sight. There on the island, visit some local farmers’ homes, interact with warm-hearted hosts and learn about their trades of bonsai gardening, tile and ceramic production and rice paper and coconut candy making. A typical Vietnamese lunch at a local home will be arranged.

Note: At the end of tour, you will return to Ho Chi Minh City

Included: Private transportation with English speaking guide. Entrance fee & mineral water. Private board for sightseeing in Vinh Long

 Full Day Battle Area in Ben Tre (Battlefield Tour) (SGN-F11)
Group
1 Pax 2 Pax 3-4 Pax 5-6 Pax
Price 113 61 43 26

Morning, our guide will transfer you to  Ben Tre province to visit two destinations Mo Cay district and Cau Hoa Hamlet where save war memories during the vietnam war. Cau Hoa hamlet is place where degenerated into the massacre of over 286 unarmed civilians including women, children and the elderly. More than 100 houses were be burnt and most of the dead body were cremated. Visiting the destinaton , you will have chance to communicate with the local old to imagine the massacre. After your visiting at Cau Hoa Hamlet,  continue to one more destination with code name T4 and Y4 where zone party committee Sai Gon – Gia Dinh settled foundation to operate revolution. During the war all vestiges to be destroyed totally, to keep valuable memories the war period , the local have restore concrete tunnels and setup commemorative monument.

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

Hotels Used in This Tour
Sofitel Metropole Legend HanoiHanoi: Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi Hotel

Address:15 Ngo Quyen street, Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi, Vietnam

Description
Located steps from the Opera House in Hanoï's French Quarter this legendary property brings guests into intimate contact with the opulence of another era. Surround yourself in heritage as you stroll stately corridors and explore a dramatic past.Behind its classical white façade green shutters original wrought iron details and stately wood paneling reside over a century of stories. Stand on the walkways that grace its lush courtyard lawn and immerse yourself in the hotels rich traditions.

Savour luxury hotel rooms and suites that have welcomed many of the worlds greatest luminaries. The fin-de-siecle style Graham Greene Charlie Chaplin and Somerset Maugham Suites offer a luxurious window onto character of Old Indochine.Likewise find yesteryear serenity reflected in the sanctuary of Le Spa du Metropole. Lavish your body with French beauty therapies and healing Asian rituals in spa treatment rooms that echo a timeless refinement.


Victoria Express Overnight train SapaOvernight Train to Sapa: Victoria Express

Description: With its elegant carriages, the Victoria Express Train recalls a more romantic era. Passing through the exotic landscapes of North Vietnam, it offers every visitor a wonderful travelling experience.
 
Indulge yourself in our dining carriage, “Le Tonkin”, where you can savor the delights of traditional Vietnamese and Western cuisine. Our talented Chef has selected the best wines, adding a further exquisite touch to a memorable experience. Discover our 4-course set menus! 
 
The train departs six times a week, linking Hanoi to Lao Cai. The Victoria Express Train is a 8.5 hour trip from Hanoi to Lao Cai, accommodating up to 52 passengers in two luxurious sleeping carriages. Each sleeping carriage has 6 superior cabins (4 berths) and 1 deluxe cabin (2 berths), all are air-conditioned, wood paneled, with individual reading lights, baggage storage and oversized windows.  



Victoria Sapa Resorts
Sapa: Victoria Sapa Resort

Address: Xuan Vien Street, Market Area, Sapa, Vietnam 
 
Description: Victoria Sapa resort and spa is located on top of hill featuring natural landscapes surrounding. The four star hotel owns its design as traditional chalet furnished in wooden décor and cozy atmosphere. Its 77 luxurious guestrooms overlooking the green nature will bring you a comfortable accommodation with a warm touch of local authenticity with traditional handicrafts in. 
 

Jasmine Cruise Halong bay
Halong Bay: Jasmine Cruise

Address: 60 Road Halong St, Halong City, Vietnam

Description: Officially open on 18 December 2007, the newest four star junk named Jasmine Cruise Halong will set the standard for services and amenities on the bay. Fitted out in the 1930′s Indochine style, the Halong Jasmine will feature 22 spacious cabin, restaurant, lounge and two special Jasmine Suites with their own jacuzzi & balcony for uninterrupted views of the bay.


Hoi An: Anantara Hoi An Resort

Address: 1 Pham Hong Thai Street, Son Phong, Hoi An, Quang Nam province, Vietnam

Description: Experience an idyllic blend of riverside relaxation and Anantara luxury, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on your doorstep, and beautiful beach life just a short bicycle or boat ride away. 

Scenically positioned on the banks of the Thu Bon River, Anantara Hoi An Resort in Vietnam is a charming boutique retreat in the historic port town of Hoi An. Designed with French, Dutch, Chinese and Japanese influences that reveal Hoi An’s fascinating cultural diversity, split level rooms and suites open onto porches with comfortable daybeds, overlooking the river or a garden courtyard

 

Ho Chi Minh City: Majestic Saigon Hotel

Address:  1 Dong Khoi Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Description: Majestic hotel has ideal location offering imposing views of Saigon river, just 7km from Tan Son Nhat airport and 1km from city center. Built in 1925, the hotel’s 175 rooms all bring the boutique charm of French colonialist design; however, every detail of its architecture still shows luxury.  The five-star hotel also offers modern 6 restaurants and bars. Whatever the reason for your stay, Hotel Majestic Saigon will take you to the next level of comfort.
Service Details During the Trip
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
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Surcharge USD 120/ room/ night for booking stay at Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi Hotel from 20 Dec. 14 to 06 Jan. 15
-  Surcharge for domestic flight tickets with taxes: 
           o Flight from Hanoi to Da Nang: US$110 / person
           
o Flight from Da Nang to Ho Chi Minh city: US$110 / person
- Surcharge for 2 ways train tickets from Hanoi - Lao Cai station - Hanoi
 
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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