Vietnam Best Holiday 2020 - 17 Days - VCT17

 
Family Tours

Start: Hanoi   |   Finish: Phu Quoc

 

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1. ITINERARY AND ACCOMMODATIONS
 

This tour is designed with balanced activities and pace. If you want to customize it, you may always change its itinerary and accommodations according to your needs.

DAILY PROGRAM YOUR CHANGE
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Hanoi arrival | Guide and driver
Arrival in Noi Bai airport, you will be picked up then transferred to the hotel in the city center. The check-in is available at 2 pm. The day is free for your own exploration and shopping. Overnight at hotel.
Accomodation: Hong Ngoc Dynastie Hotel
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Hanoi city tour - train to Lao Cai | Guide and driver
You will be picked up at the hotel at 8:00 am. Starting the day trip will be a visit of the Ho Chi Minh Complex, which compromises Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum (closed on Mondays & Fridays), his former stilt-house residence, the Presidential Palace and Ho Chi Minh Museum. We will then visit the Temple of Literature constructed in 1070 to worship Confucius, which served as the first Royal National University in Vietnam. The site also honors 82 Vietnamese doctorates who passed a number of rigid exams in the feudal ages. Their names, birthdays and birthplaces are engraved in 82 headstones perched on stone tortoises. It is widely believed that touching the heads of these tortoises will bring luck. Its peaceful green compound with its neatly maintained lawns, gardens and lotus ponds make it a tranquil hideaway from the city’s bustle and heat. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, we will visit the Museum of Ethnology (closed on Mondays, the alternative being the History Museum), which offers informative and well-documented displays of the country’s 54 ethnic groups, including elaborate and colorful hill tribe costumes. The display continues in the museum’s garden with fascinating examples of traditional houses of numerous minority groups, from the Kinh people to the ethnic groups of the Central Highlands. Then back to the Old Quarter for a 1-hour cyclo tour. We then head to Ngoc Son Temple set on a tiny island in the middle of Hoan Kiem Lake. Ngoc Son Temple dates back to the 13th century, and the lake itself is the picturesque heart of Hanoi, frequented by tourists and locals alike. Relax at a mini hotel for refreshment till being transferred to the railway station for night train to Lao Cai. Overnight on train (soft sleeper 4 berth cabin)
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Lao Cai – Bac Ha - Sapa | Guide and driver
Arrive in Lao Cai 6:00 am and drive to Bac Ha by car to visit Bac Ha market. This is the biggest local ethnic market of the region and takes place every Sunday. Tribal people from surrounding villages flock here to exchange their products. Most still use horses to carry their loads, which means an early departure to get to the market in time. If you visit Sapa during a spring weekend, you will frequently meet locals in their colorful costumes heading to the markets as this is the best time for youngsters to find a partner to marry. Spring in Sapa, especially around Tet Holiday (late January to early February), is, therefore, a very joyful time despite the cool temperatures. This is the season of courting, dating, and weddings. Nature also contributes to the atmosphere vibrant red and white flowers blooming everywhere. It all makes for a rather unique setting. After lunch, you will leave the colorful market behind, to follow a zigzag road along the mountain to visit Ban Pho 1 and Ban Pho 2 villages, inhabited by Flower H'mong people. Return to Sapa in the late afternoon. Overnight at hotel in Sapa
Accomodation: Sapa Diamond
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Sapa-Lao Chai – Ta Van – Giang Ta Chai - night train to Hanoi (B, L) | Guide and driver
The day is devoted to a beautiful hike through the breathtaking scenery of Sa Pa valley. Start by the road that descends in the wake of the street Cau May (6 km) En route, admire the rice terraces hidden behind the mist of the morning, a truly awe-inspiring sight. Follow a small track and cross Muong Hoa River and pass well-tended rice terraces on your way to the Black Hmong village of Lao Chai. Continuing through the colorful rice terraces you will reach the village of Ta Van Giay. As you continue your trek along the Muong Hoa River you will cross a small suspension bridge, roughly 2km from the settlement. Here you can discover a fascinating collection of rock carvings. These engravings depict some beautiful images of men, stilt houses and some beautiful decorative patterns. We lunch in a home in the village. After lunch, the walk continues through a bamboo forest to Giang Ta Chai, a Red Dao ethnic minority village. After taking a rest nearby a waterfall to refresh, you start climbing uphill to a road where the car is ready for your journey back to Lao Cai for overnight train to Hanoi. Overnight on train (soft sleeper 4 berth cabin) Approx: 1-hour driving/ 4 hours walking/ 1-hour lunch.
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Hanoi arrival - Halong | Guide and driver
You will arrive at Hanoi train station early in the morning at 5.30am. You will be picked up from the station and brought to a 2-star hotel to freshen up and have breakfast. After breakfast depart to Halong Bay via Thai Binh and Nam Dinh, passing a peaceful countryside typical of Red River Delta with endless rice fields and winding rivers. We will arrive at Halong’s tourist wharf around noon and embark on an elegant wooden junk. Lunch will be served while the boat gently cruises past numerous islands and limestone structures rising from the emerald water. A fresh seafood dinner will be prepared by an experienced chef and served on deck. A peaceful night on board in your private cabin. Please note the program may be little varied upon the cruise you choose & weather condition on that day
Accomodation: Swan Cruises
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Halong - Hanoi - flight to Hue | Guide and driver
Rising to the tranquil beauty of the bay you have time for an early morning dip while the sun rises, followed by breakfast on board. We will continue to sail through the bay in the morning to explore more secluded areas. The junk will stay close at all times serving as a backup vessel for those that require it. Around midday, we will return to the main harbor. A 3-hour drive will take you back to Noi Bai airport for your flight to Hue where you check into your hotel. Overnight at hotel in Hue.
Accomodation: ÊMM Hotel Hue
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Hue- Thuy Bieu village | Guide and driver
Start the day with a visit to Hue Imperial City, the remaining vestiges of Hue's citadel, including Flag Tower, Ngo Mon Gate, Nine Dynastic Urns, Nine Holy Cannons, Thai Hoa Palace and the Forbidden Purple City (Tu Cam Thanh. Then, we will take a boat trip on the poetic Perfume River. Stop to visit Thien Mu Pagoda (Celestial Lady Pagoda) built in 1601 - the symbol of Hue city. Cruise toward Thuy Bieu eco-village, an old laid back village situated on the bank of Perfume River known for its green tea fruit orchards. Arrive in the village, and join our cooking class to prepare Hue’s signature dishes with our chef’s instruction, then enjoy your creations in the open air riverside restaurant surrounded by lush trees. The afternoon is reserved for cycling through the peaceful village, visiting several communal houses, ancient temples, and the garden-house, a typical and unique feature of Hue. Soaking your feet in medicinal herb water followed by an excellent blind massage will refresh them after a day of sightseeing. Back to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel in Hue.
Accomodation: ÊMM Hotel Hue
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Hue- Danang- Hoian | Guide and driver
After breakfast, drive on the Mandarin road, a scenic journey from Hue to Hoi An, which allows you to see a picturesque Vietnam with stunning beaches and lush tropical forest. Take some photos en route of Danang Beach and visit Marble Mountain, Cham Museum before arriving in Hoi An’s ancient town. Check-in hotel then have lunch at a restaurant. In the afternoon, explore Hoi An ancient town, when visiting the Japanese Pagoda Bridge, Chinese streets, old Phung Hung houses, Hoi An’s market, and ancient port. On the 1st and 15th of every lunar month, Hoi An’s ancient town is lit up by hundreds of colorful lanterns, giving it an extra portion of sparkle. Enjoy the city’s transformation and stroll through this quaint, glowing fairytale town in your free time. Overnight at hotel.
Accomodation: Green Boutique Hoi An
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Hoi An - Tra Que - Cam Thanh village | Guide and driver
Breakfast at the hotel then rides bicycles to Tra Que Village. Take around the vegetable village and join in the daily activities with the local farmers there. Continue to take bicycles along De Vong River to Hoi An Beach wharf. Embark on the boat to Cua Dai sand dune, enjoy casting the net show and learn how to cast net by local fisherman. Continue to Cam Thanh Water coconut village, have a brief introduction to the history there. Take on the basket boat along the water coconut river, Fisherman will teach you how to catch the crabs (02 pax/ boat ). Divide the group into 2 teams for basket boat racing and catching crabs. There will be a lovely present for the winner. Embark on the boat, enjoy the folk songs show by local people there. Enjoy special local food such as pancake, Tam Huu spring roll, fried fish …After lunch, learn how to make funny tools by water coconut leaf Continue to the ancient town, experience the daily life of fisherman along Thu Bon River Get on Bach Dang Wharf, take a bicycle back to Hotel. The rest of the day is free on your own. Overnight at the hotel in Hoian.
Accomodation: Green Boutique Hoi An
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Hoi An - Danang - Flight to Ho Chi Minh | Guide and driver
Have breakfast at your hotel before transfer to the airport for flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival, check into the hotel. Have lunch at a local restaurant The afternoon is spent to visit the Notre Dame Cathedral and the General Post Office. The Saigon city tour then continues along Dong Khoi Street, where the Opera House and the Peoples’ Committee building, built in 1897 by French architect Ferret Eugene, are situated. The 800 seat Opera House served as the home of the Lower House Assembly of South Vietnam after 1956. You will then visit The Reunification Palace, formerly known as the Presidential Palace, which was the residence of the president of South Vietnam until the end of April 1975. Overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.
Accomodation: Ruby River Hotel
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Saigon - Ben Tre - Can Tho | Guide and driver
Leaving the bustling city of Saigon behind, you depart to the Mekong Delta considered Vietnam’s biggest rice basket. Arrive at Hung Vuong pier in Ben Tre and embark your boat to cruise along Bến Tre River, a tributary of the great Mekong, to explore the local lifestyle and the daily hustle and bustle. Stop at the brickfield belonging to Mr. Tu Lo to see how bricks are made by hand in Vietnam and a coconut candy home factory located along the canal to witness the process of making this local candy and other souvenirs. You will then have the opportunity to taste bee honey tea at a local honey farm and a variety of tropical fruit that grow amply in the orchards of the Mekong Delta. You can then walk or go by tuk-tuk through the coconut groves and green rice paddies to soak up and relax in the tranquil countryside atmosphere. Lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon you will take a trip on small rowing boats through a maze of waterways lined by two rows of palm trees. Cruise back to the pier and disembark. Drive to Can Tho for the night.
Accomodation: Iris hotel
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Can Tho - flight to Phu Quoc | Guide and driver
Early morning (from 5 a.m), take a boat trip through the winding waterways of Cai Rang floating market- the biggest and busiest floating market in Mekong Delta. This is the best time to visit the market as it is crowded with hundreds of sampans that offer fruits, vegetables, plants, food and other goods for trade. You will earn a great opportunity to take photos, communicate with locals and try to taste fruits. Leave the market, transfer to airport to take flight direct to Phu Quoc. Pick up then transfer to your hotel in Phu Quoc. Overnight in Phu Quoc.
Accomodation: The Palmy Phu Quoc Resort & Spa
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Phu Quoc free time
Free time to unwind yourself at a beach resort
Accomodation: The Palmy Phu Quoc Resort & Spa
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Phu Quoc free time
Free time to unwind yourself at a beach resort
Accomodation: The Palmy Phu Quoc Resort & Spa
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Phu Quoc free time
Free time to unwind yourself at a beach resort
Accomodation: The Palmy Phu Quoc Resort & Spa
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Phu Quoc - fly to Saigon | Driver
You are free until transfer to the airport for flight to Saigon. On arrival in Saigon, you are picked up by our representative to the hotel. Free at your own leisure. Overnight in Saigon.
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Saigon departure | Driver
After breakfast, free time for relaxation until being transferred to take your departure flight from Saigon. The hotel is available until noon only.
Accomodation: Ruby River Hotel
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Traveled from 07 Oct 2013 to 18 Oct 2013

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