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Vietnam Family Adventure

Hanoi – Sapa – Halong Bay – Da Nang – Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh (Sai Gon) – Cuchi Tunnels – My Tho
Highlights
From: $746
  • Join Bun (rice noodle) making in Hanoi
  • Hanoi Walking Tour is so adventurous
  • A scene of Ban Ho Valley in Sapa Vietnam
  • A Cooking Class
  • Cycling around Hoi An Old Town
  • Cu Chi tunnels

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Overview
Tour Code: VNAD02
Traveling to Vietnam on a family adventure from Hanoi to Saigon will give your family deep memories than ever. With great food, lush scenery and lots of warm, friendly locals, the whole family will fall in love with Vietnam. Exploring the traditional and old-aged craft village of Hanoi, experiencing tribes’ lives, sailing along Ha Long Bay, enjoying lantern making; Cycling... will be the activities suitable to yours. An incredible opportunity for your family to get off the beaten track in Vietnam. This tour was  nominated by the National Geographic Travel Magazine as one of the Tours of a Lifetime in 2011.
Itinerary Day by Day

Upon arrival at the Airport, you will meet our guide and be transferred to hotel for check-in.

Meals: No
Accommodation:  Maison D’ Hanoi Hanova Hotel (3*)

Morning, start a 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), the colonial Presidential Palace, originally the French Governor Office and a fine example of French architecture in Hanoi, and the rural style Ho Chi Minh’s 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 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. Lunch at a Vietnamese restaurant.

In the afternoon, visit Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple located on an islet in the lake. Hoan Kiem Lake is the center point of Hanoi and home to a rare endangered giant turtle species. Its name “Returned Sword” comes from a legend of a sacred sword being lent to an ancient Vietnamese King by a holy turtle from the lake and later returned to the turtle. Discover special Vietnamese traditional art of water puppetry as well as Vietnamese folklore through a compelling puppet show at Thang Long Theatre. Shop or walk at leisure in the Old Quarter of 36 ancient streets or return your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation:  Maison D’ Hanoi Hanova Hotel (3*)

Early departure by Sapa Express bus from Hanoi at 7:30 to Sapa at 12:30, meet our English local guide and driver upon arrival then transfer to hotel for check in.

Morning, transfer Southward to Muong Hoa valley which is the largest paddy terrace in Sapa area. Our guide will provide you with interesting information about the processes of rice growing. A visit to the valley between May and October will give you a chance to observe locals either planting a new crop or harvesting an old one. Take a walk from Lao Chai village of Black H'mong minority to Ta Van village of Giay minority and come back to town to visit its Catholic Church.  If time permits, visit minority village named Cat Cat to observe minority villagers colorfully dressed indigo tunics, leggings, elaborate pleated skirts, and sliver-studded jackets. Interact these minorities and learn about their unique lifestyle, which has not much changed despite the long passage of time. You will also enjoy a mountain minority traditional dance show here.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation:  Bamboo Hotel (3*)

You head out from Sapa by cycling downhill into Ban Ho valley. The ride offers beautiful views to fantastic scenery of mountains and rice paddy fields along the way until you arrive at the Lodge. Here you will have lunch in the Tay stilt restaurant. After lunch, you will take a pleasant walk to the Lodges. The Ecolodge consists of 25 individual lodges placed in a circle around the hills. From the Lodge, there are breathtaking views across the scenic valleys below, which are home to villages of Tay, Red Dao and Xa Pho minorities. Later you will cycle over to the nearby Red Dao village of Lech. Here you have time to explore the daily life of the Red Dao minority. After visiting the Red Dao village you cycle back to the downtown.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation:  Bamboo Hotel (3*)

Morning, leave Sapa early to transfer to Bac Ha Market about 2.5 hour drive away. Arrive to discover the big outdoors market, known as the venue for largest fairs in the regions, lively with minorities of various groups buying and selling assorted goods including handicraft and farming tools.

Move on to Trung Do Village to enjoy a water buffalo-pulled cart ride amid the scenic countryside inhabited by the hospitable Tay minority people. From the village, travel by boat down the Chay River for sightseeing along the river before enjoying a refreshing cup of tea before taking the evening Sapa Express bus from Sapa 16:30 to Hanoi 21:30. Upon arrival, our local guide in Hanoi transfers you bus station to your hotel. Check in for overnight.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation:  Maison D’ Hanoi Hanova Hotel (3*)

At 8:00 AM, transfer to Halong Bay 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 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 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: V’Spirit Cruise in Ha Long

Early risers can enjoy the splendid yet tranquil view of the bay at the crack of dawn. Breathe the sea’s fresh air, feel the morning breeze and hear the sounds of birds above. Have breakfast and cruise to visit Human head shaped island and Tortoise Island. Continue to cruise into Bai Tu Long Bay to discover the adjacent bay of “The Little Dragon Bowing to His Mother” as it is named. Check out and have lunch on board while heading to shore. Disembark and transfer back to Hanoi with your private vehicle, guide and driver.  Arrival Hanoi, check in & free at leisure.

Meals: Brunch
Accommodation: Maison D’ Hanoi Hanova Hotel (3*)

Morning, transfer to airport for flight to Da Nang.

Arriving at Da Nang, meet our guide and transfer to Hoi An Ancient Town. Check in & free at leisure.

Afternoon, take a town tour of Hoi An to see its beauty up close. Included for your sightseeing will be 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. Enjoy strolling the small streets of antique low tile-roofed houses, which reflect the town’s multi-cultural past.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Lantern Hotel in Hoi An

Morning, meet our guide at hotel and transfer to cooking class. The guide of restaurant will bring you to the market and show you the ingredients you should use in your recipes. Afterwards, you board a boat for the 25-minute ride on the Hoi An River to the cooking school. We believe the ride is very worth the price while watching the fishermen cast their nets up the water and life along the river. You arrive at a small town and walk to the cooking school that starts in an open-air pavilion next to the river. Chef Thanh will teach you how to cook a good Vietnamese lunch. You watch and follow the guideline to cook yourself, and then lunch is ready preparation for you, you also taste the food you cook.

After lunch, go to a family making lanterns by Bicycle. Spending half day together with families making lanterns, you can see with your eyes and yourselves make all work stages: from sharpening bamboo, bending into frame, cutting cloth, sticking and completing lanterns under the guidance of enthusiastic craftmen. After saying goodbye, you will be presented a meaningful souvenir.  The lanterns made by yourselves.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Lantern Hotel in Hoi An

Full day free at your own leisure at the beach.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Lantern Hotel in Hoi An

Morning, transferred to airport for flight from Da Nang to Saigon. Arriving at Saigon, meet our guide and transfer to hotel for check-in.

Afternoon, we visit the War Remnants Museum, which features an extensive collection of exhibits including weaponry, photos and documentation on Vietnam’s wars with the French and Americans, the Reunification Palace which was formerly the South Vietnam President’s residence and symbol of the Southern Administration’s reign until end of April 1975. Stop at Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica, a neo-Roman cathedral built by the colonial French with materials entirely imported from Marseilles, Saigon Central Post Office, former US Embassy, Cho Lon or the city’s China Town with its Quan Am Pagoda. Proceed to visit the Jade Emperor Temple (Phuoc Hai), a rare Taoist structure in Vietnam built in 1909. Then last, stroll around the French-built Ben Thanh Market which dates back to 1870 and whose main entrance clock tower has become a city’s symbol.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Sonnet Hotel in Ho Chi Minh

Morning, take a half-day tour to the Cu Chi Tunnels, 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 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. Back to Ho Chi Minh City and spend time at leisure. Lunch at a local restaurant. Afternoon at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Sonnet Hotel in Ho Chi Minh

You will be picked up at your hotel in early morning and transfer with bikes to Long An (car & guide escorted). You start riding to My Tho and cruising along small creek to Mekong River estuary and stop over a garden on Con Phung (Phoenix Island) restaurant for Vietnamese lunch.

After lunch, enjoy a cruise by motorized boat along natural creeks and quiet village in Ben Tre Province. You’ll also visit orchards and bee - keeping farm, tasting natural honey and honey wine, enjoying tropical fruit, listening to traditional music, seeing round a distillery, exploring the local coconut candy production process, tasting candy & coconut pulp.

Continue to ride along the single track around Quoi An village in Ben Tre and stop at the pier for a boat row through the narrow canal with lush water-coconut trees on head back to the motorized boat, cruising to the van heading HCM city.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Sonnet Hotel in Ho Chi Minh

After your final breakfast in Vietnam, you are free to do some last minute shopping and exploring before transferred to the airport for your flight departure.

Meals: Breakfast
Price Details & Inclusions of this Trip
What's included
  • 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 as mentioned in the program 
  • 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 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.
Our Recommended Add-on Programs & Trips
 3Days/2Nights Exploring Fansipan Mountain 3143 metres (SAP-F21)
Group
1 Pax 2 Pax 3-4 Pax 5-6 Pax
Price 324 252 234 216

Day 1: Sa Pa - Fansipan at 2200 metres.
We will pick you up at 9am from your hotel in Sa Pa and drive to Silver Waterfall before reaching the highest mountain pass in Viet Nam - TramTon Pass at 1950 metres above sea level.  Spend time enjoying the natural environment before starting the challenging trek to the peak. We walk through primitive rainforest and jungle.  After approximately 5 hours you will have trekked to a height of 2200 metres.  Here we will make tents, prepare dinner and spend the first night on the mountain.
Day 2: Discover the summit 3143 metres
After breakfast at the camp we continue our climb to the summit, passing towering Yellow Bamboo forests.  After approximately 4 hours you will be standing on the highest peak in Viet Nam, Mt. Fansipan, known as ‘the roof of Indochina’.  Spend 1 hour at the summit to enjoy magnificent and inspiring views, to the northwest are small village areas and splendid rolling mountains belonging to Lai Chau province, to the northeast you will have a birds eye view of  Sa Pa town which can only be seen from this vantage point.  Have lunch and then descend to the camp at 2200 metres to enjoy dinner.
Day 3: Fansipan - Shin Chai – Sa Pa
After breakfast on the mountain, we will take a different route to the foot of the mountain.  Here we will visit and understanding of the lifestyles and traditional customs of the Black H’mong people in  the Sin Chai Village. You will have lunch along the way before driving back to Sa Pa.

Included: Private transportation with English speaking guide. Porter, Entrance fee & mineral water. 2 Breakfast, 2 Dinner & 3 Lunch. Tent & sleeping bag.
• What to bring: Good Trekking shoes. Raincoat, 2 sets of clothes & warm fleece (winter). Camera. Water, fruit & personal medication. Torch (flashlight)

 A Full Day Visit Huong Pagoda (HAN-F06)
Group
1 Pax 2 Pax 3-4 Pax 5-6 Pax
Price 103 56 40 25

Transfer out of Ha Noi to Chua Huong (Perfume Pagoda), one of the most famous pagoda in Vietnam, is located in the Huong Son (Perfume mountain) which takes 70 km from Hanoi to the South. Perfume pagoda is not one temple but a cluster of temples and shrines in the general vicinity of Perfume mountain. According to the book “Huong Son Thien TruPha”, Perfume temple was built during the reign of Le ChinhHoa (1680 -1705), by a monk who happened on the site on his way to search for enlightenment. Other shrines and temples were later built in this area since attracted by the beautiful scenery.

Included: Private transportation with English speaking guide. Private boat for sightseeing. Entrance fee & mineral wate
 Full Day Cuc Phuong National Park (HAN-F08)
Group
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.
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.



Bamboo Hotel SapaSapa: Bamboo Hotel or Homestay

Address: 018 Muong Hoa Street, Sapa Surrounds, Sapa, Vietnam

Description: A luxurious property in northwestern Vietnam, the Bamboo Sapa Hotel was built as a traditional mountain chalet with accented wooden decor nestled in the village with great views of Hoang Lien Mountain. The area offers a perfectly secluded atmosphere for guests to fully rejuvenate and enjoy the natural surroundings. There is much to explore in Sapa, a home to more than 30 colorful hill tribes and close to Vietnam’s highest peak, the 3,143-meter Mount Fansipan. Sapa Trekking Tours are highly recommended for a memorable experience touring the picturesque landscapes and attractions. Bamboo Sapa Hotel offers a variety of comfortable rooms, well-finished with all the basic amenities sure to satisfy both leisure and business travelers. There is a restaurant on-site, as well as a bar, meeting room, and coffee shop.



V'spirit halong cruiseHalong Bay: V'Spirit Cruise or similar

Address: Tuan Chau, Tuan Chau Island, Halong, Vietnam

Description: V'Spirit Classic Cruises Halong offers guests the ideal location to explore the city in Halong. This cruise is a convenient place for guests to stay with easy access to the city’s attractions such as Bai Chay Beach, Bai Chay Bridge, as well as Halong Train Station. Guests will find all of the finest amenities as well as numerous on-site facilities such as a business center, bar, shuttle service, and airport transfer. Guests can also enjoy the ease of staying with various water sports at the hotel. V'Spirit Classic Cruises Halong makes a wonderful base when you are looking for comfortable and convenient accommodations in Halong.



Lantern Hoi An hotelHoi An: Lantern Hotel or similar

Address: 288 Nguyen Duy Hieu – Son Phong – Hoi An – Quang Nam

Description: 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.



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
Surcharge for domestic flight tickets with taxes:
      o Flight from Hanoi - Hue: US$110 / person
      o Flight from Da Nang - Ho Chi Minh city: US$110 / person


IMPORTANT NOTE:

• All prices are quoted in USD/ per person, based on Double/Twin occupancy
• Supplement for standard menu meals: US$ 12 for lunch & US$ 18 for dinner
• Private services & daily departure
• Surcharge for Compulsory dinner for Xmas and New Year Eve


SPECIAL OFFER:
• [Free] Mineral water is available during transfers
• [Free] Vietnam visa approval letter on arrival
• [Free] Traditional Gifts
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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)




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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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