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Vietnam Trails

Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi Tunnels – Tay Ninh – My Tho (Mekong Delta) – Hoi An – My Son Sanctuary – Hue – Hanoi – Sapa – Halong Bay
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  • Home-grown bee honey
  • Saigon in night
  • Hoi An
  • Sapa

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Overview
Tour Code: VNCL08
All the must-see destinations in Vietnam are included in this designed tour. Added with some details which are featured in Vietnam, our Vietnam Trails tour will bring you the real lifetime travel experience. From sitting on a boat to watch the bustling river floating market in Mekong Delta, the rice bowl of Vietnam, to crawling in the Cu Chi tunnels underground network and understand the history of Vietnam war, from Vietnam’s UNESCO heritages of Hoi An, My Son, Hue and marvelous Halong Bay to the ethnic mountainous villages in Sapa. We bet you feel this as the most memorable journey in Vietnam when you ride an amazing water-buffalo cart to see the rice paddy and take a deep breathe of fresh open air. Get touched with the picturesque beauty of Vietnam with us.
Itinerary Day by Day


As you arrive at Tan Son Nhat International Airport, our tour guide from Bestindochinatour.net will welcome you and transfer to your hotel. 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. 

Accommodation: Elios Hotel or similar in Ho Chi Minh City



In the morning, meet our tour guide at your hotel and take a full city tour. Start with a visit to the War Remnants Museum, which features an extensive collection of exhibits including weaponry, aircrafts, photos and documentation on Vietnam’s wars with the French and Americans. Continue to 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. Next, visit Sai Gon Post Office, a fine colonial building which was designed and built in the early 20th Century by the famous French architect Gustave Eiffel. Stop at Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica, a neo-Roman cathedral built over 130 years ago by the colonial French with materials entirely imported from Marseilles. Move on to Cho Lon or the city’s China Town where you will visit the Jade Emperor Temple (Phuoc Hai), a rare Taoist structure in Vietnam built in 1909 in dedication to the Lord of Heaven.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch 
Accommodation: Elios Hotel or similar in Ho Chi Minh City



Morning, transfer to Tay Ninh province, 99 km Northwest of Ho Chi Minh City to visit the Great Temple also known as The Holy See Temple of a rare religion named Cao Dai native to the province. Cao Dai was established in 1926 as a monotheistic religion with its name meaning “Way of the Highest Lord” and its symbol of the left eye standing for Highest Lord’s clairvoyant power and wisdom. However it incorporates some aspects of Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism and even Catholicism. The Great Temple, which was built in 1933, has a unique cross-architectural style akin to the religion’s blended nature.

Afternoon, transfer to Cu Chi, the Northernmost suburban district of Ho Chi Minh City. Discover 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.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch 
Accommodation: Elios Hotel or similar in Ho Chi Minh City



Morning, after breakfast, get on our air-conditioned coach to travel 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, 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 to step on the Unicorn Island to enjoy wandering through verdant orchards, tasting fresh fruits and listening to some Southern style traditional music. 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 spend time at leisure. 

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch 
Accommodation: Elios Hotel or similar in Ho Chi Minh City



Morning, check out your hotel and transfer to Tan Son Nhat Airport for a one-hour flight to Da Nang. 

Arrive in Da Nang, you are welcome by our guide and take a quick tour of Da Nang City including the Museum of Cham Sculpture, China Beach and Marble Mountains before transferring to Hoi An. Once a bustling maritime commercial port of Asia between 15th and 19th centuries, Hoi An, recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, 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.

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, Chua 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 / Lunch 
Accommodation: Kiman Hoi An Hotel or similar in Hoi An



In the morning, we transfer about 40 km West of Hoi An to visit My Son Sanctuary, another UNESCO-recognized world heritage which was once a religious center of Cham people where royal ceremonies and burials were performed. The site now is a colony of partially ruined Hindu temples from the total of 70 constructed by Cham Kings between the 4th and the 14th Century in dedication to god Shiva. It is regarded one of the foremost Hindu temple complexes in Southeast Asia and is often compared with other temple heritages of Southeast Asia such as Angkor in Cambodia, Ayuthaya in Thailand or Borobudur in Java. 

In the afternoon, you are free at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch 
Accommodation: Kiman Hoi An Hotel or similar in Hoi An



In the morning, take a quick tour of Da Nang City including the Museum of Cham Sculpture and Marble Mountains before traveling to Hue via the Hai Van Pass (Ocean Cloud 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. 

Arrive in Hue, the former Imperial Capital of Vietnam for the 1802-1945 period or the last refuge of Vietnamese feudalism. It is known as a city of poetic beauty that blends a scenic landscape characterized by the Perfume River and surrounding mountains with an extremely rich historical legacy typified by numerous relics such as citadel, tombs and pagodas. Take a boat cruise along the Perfume River for sightseeing and visiting two prominent historical landmarks namely Minh Mang Tomb, where Minh Mang, the 2nd Emperor of the Nguyen dynasty was buried, and Thien Mu Pagoda, a Buddhist monastery still in use with its origin dating back to 1601.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch 
Accommodation: Asia Hue Hotel or similar in Hue



Meet our guide at your hotel and take a tour of Hue City, the former Imperial Capital of Vietnam for the 1802-1945 period and the last refuge of Vietnamese feudalism. The city’s beauty is characterized by a natural scenic landscape and an extensive variety of historical relics. Begin with Hue Citadel, a well-known UNESCO-recognized World Heritage Site which is a 520 ha fortress-like grand complex built in the early 1800s and featuring three enclosures separated by heavy ramparts namely Kinh Thanh Hue (Civic City) as the outer, Hoang Thanh (Royal City) as the middle and Tu Cam Thanh (Forbidden City) as the inner. Continue to Khai Dinh Tomb, the burial site of Vietnam’s second-to-last king, and the most elaborate compared to other kings’ tombs. The tomb shows a vivid European influence in architecture despite its Asian style. Next, visit Tu Duc Tomb, one of the Nguyen Dynasty’s finest architectural works nested in a pine forest where the 4th emperor of the Nguyen family was laid to rest. Last, stop for shopping at Dong Ba market, which is the city’s traditional commercial center.

In the afternoon, transfer to Phu Bai International Airport for flight to Hanoi. 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.

Arrive at Noi Bai Airport, welcome by our guide and transfer to hotel for check in.

Meals: Breakfast/ Dinner 
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” is 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.

In the evening, we transfer to Hanoi railway station in Tran Quy Cap street for an overnight train to Lao Cai.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch 
Accommodation: overnight on Tulico Train or similar



Early arriving at Lao Cai station at 06:30 AM, you will meet our local tour guide and have breakfast at local restaurant in Lao Cai then get on our clean air-conditioned coach 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 hotel check-in, start your journey with the ethnic minority 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 several  roadside 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, you will take a rest and enjoy a delicious lunch with Vietnamese food prepared by the local guide in a local house. After lunch, continue trekking up and down the hill. Specially, you will enjoy trekking through a bamboo forest then rest beside a scenic fresh spring, take a deep breathe of fresh air, watch the local children playing and hear the water dance in the spring. Continue to explore the ethnic Red Dao people’s village of Giang Ta Chai where you will also have the chance to see their daily activities. In the afternoon, you get back to Sapa town by our car.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch 
Accommodation: Bamboo Sapa Hotel or similar in Sapa



Leave Sapa early in the morning to drive to Bac Ha Market (approximately 2.5 hours). Arriving at Bac Ha, discover the big outdoor market with its colorful ethnic minority people such as Flower Hmong; Phu La and Dao Tuyen gathering here to exchange their handicraft products.  You will have lunch at a local restaurant.

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, from the village, 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 Sapa town and head to Lao Cai station for an overnight train back to Hanoi. 

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch 
Accommodation: overnight on Tulico Train or similar



Early morning, you are welcome by our guide at Hanoi railway 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 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 taste of Vietnam.  It is a good opportunity for you to witness how Hanoi people 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 Bai Tho Junks 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 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 back Hanoi. Arrival Hanoi, you are free at leisure for sightseeing or shopping.

Meals: Breakfast/ Dinner 
Accommodation: La Rosa Hanoi hotel or similar in Hanoi



Leisure time until transfer to Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi 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 My Tho, Hue
  • 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 in a Royal Residence with a Descendant of the Imperial Family (HUI-H06)
Group
1 Pax 2 Pax 3-4 Pax 5-6 Pax
Price 77 60 54 48

Just imagine that you are the King, beside you is the Queen accompanied by tens of servants. All wear traditional royal clothes. All the served food is royal including dishes reminding dragon, phoenix, or peacock. They look so nice but taste even better

Included: Private transportation with English speaking guide. Mineral Water & Royal meals

 Half Day Cycling Tour to Mountain View (SAP-H08)
Group
1 Pax 2 Pax 3-4 Pax 5-6 Pax
Price 113 69 57 43

You head out from Sa Pa by going downhill along Muong Hoa, one of the most beautiful valleys of the area. You will then turn to a dirt trail, which sneaks through rice paddy terraces to visit Lao Chai and Ta Van villages, home to the hill tribes of Black H'mong and Giay. You will have time to stop by a local house as well as enjoy excellent views over huge rice paddy terraces. At Ta Van village, you will meet the main road and continue the ride to Topas Ecolodge. The Ecolodge consists of 25 individual lodges placed in a circle around the hills. From the Lodge, there are breathtaking views over the scenic valleys below, which are home to villages of Tay, Red Dao and Xa Pho minorities. After a short break here, you will take the car to go back to Sa Pa.
- Distance: 45 minute driving / 3 hours cycling /1 hour walking
- Up / straight / down: 2 km / 3 km / 23 km

Included: Private Transportation, English speaking guide, Entrance fee. Bike using for tour

 Half Day Silver Waterfall & Heaven's Gate (SAP-H03)
Group
1 Pax 2 Pax 3-4 Pax 5-6 Pax
Price 45 25 19 13

A 30 minute drive takes you to Silver Waterfall (best seen in the rainy season from May to November), take a short walk to the waterfall where great views are offered of the surrounding mountains and lush forests of the Hoang Lien National Park. Along the way your guide will explain about this special part of Sa Pa, where many tree species are grown such as plum and peach trees. Continue by car 10 minutes up to Heaven's Gate, from here you can see Fansipan mountain ‘the roof of Indochina’ at the height of 3143 meters above sea level.

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

Hotels Used in This Tour
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.




Kiman Hoi An Hotel in tourHoi An: Kiman Hoi An Hotel or similar 

Address
461-463 Hai Ba Trung, Hoi An City, Quang Nam Province, Viet Nam

DescriptionKiman Hoi An Hotel & Spa is discreetly located in the centre of the world Heritage town of hoi an ancient town. This central location offers visitors the opportunity to experience the grace and elegance of Hoi An while staying in luxury hoi an accommodation. Kiman Hotel in Hoi An is the ideal accommodation choice for a weekend break, mid-week indulgence, business trip to Hoi An or an overnight stopover.







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. 













Larosa hotel Hanoi tours
Hanoi: Larosa Hanoi hotel or similar

Address: 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. 


Overnight train to Sapa: Tulico Train or similar


Description: 
Tulico Express Train offers 7 comfortable air-conditioned soft sleeper cabins. Each cabin has 4 beds and is well decorated with wood. The space of the cabin is designed to maximize the comfort of the journey. At both ends of the carriage, there are clean WC's and modern sterilized tubs. This is a good value for money train carriage, especially the deluxe 2 berth VIP cabin. Passengers are provided with one bottle of water, small snack and a napkin to use during their trip.


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. 
Service Details During the Trip
Surcharge for domestic flight tickets with taxes: 
           o Flight from Ho Chi Minh City - Da Nang: US$110 / person
           
o Flight from Hue - Hanoi: US$110 / 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.

Handpick hotels in tours
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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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