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17 DAYS EXPLORING VIETNAM BY ROAD

17 DAYS EXPLORING VIETNAM BY ROAD

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: Daily
Depart from
: Hanoi
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: Hanoi - Halong bay - Hue - Hoi An - Nha Trang - Mui Ne - Ho Chi Minh - Mekong Delta
Transportation
: Train - Bus
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: IV-VN-C05
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BRIEF ITINERARY 

DATE ITINERARY MEAL
DAY 1 HANOI ARRIVAL     
DAY 2 FULL DAY CITY TOUR   B/L
DAY 3 HANOI – HALONG BAY/ OVERNIGHT ON CRUISE B/L/D
DAY 4: HALONG BAY – HANOI – TRAIN TO HUE B/L
DAY 5 HUE CITY TOUR   B /L
DAY 6 HUE – DA NANG – HOI AN     B
DAY 7 HOI AN – MY SON HOLYLAND      B/L
DAY 8 HOI AN – DA NANG – NHA TRANG/  BY TRAIN    B
DAY 9 NHA TRANG FREE & EASY      B
DAY 10 NHA TRANG ISLAND TOUR   B/L
DAY 11 NHA TRANG – MUI NE / BY BUS B
DAY 12 MUI NE  RELAX B
DAY 13 MUI NE FREE & EASY   B
DAY 14 MUI NE – HO CHI MINH/ BY BUS B
DAY 15 HO CHI MINH – CU CHI TUNNEL – HALF DAY CITY TOUR B/ L
DAY 16    FULL DAY MEKONG DELTA (MY THO)    B/ L
DAY 17 HO CHI MINH DEPARTURE    B


DAY 1: HANOI ARRIVAL

Arrive at Noi Bai International Airport , you are welcome by our guide and transfer to restaurant for lunch. Then you will be dropped at hotel for check in. 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. You are transferred to hotel in Hanoi for check in. You are free and leisure for shopping or exploree Hanoi by night. Dinner is served by your own.
 
Meals: Not included
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.  
 
DAY 2: HANOI CITY TOUR




Our guide will meet you at hotel and transfer to visit Hoa Lo Prison. Hoa Lo Prison was a prison used by the French colonists in Vietnam for political prisoners (The French called the prison Maison Centrale), and later by North Vietnam for prisoners of war during the Vietnam War when it was sarcastically known to American prisoners of war as the "Hanoi Hilton". The prison was demolished during the 1990s, though the gatehouse remains as a museum - with a great deal of valuable objects which reflecting the war. Visit Temple of Literature – the first university in Vietnam during the past. Have lunch at restaurant.
PM: Continue the tour with Museum of Ethnology containing more than 10,000 objects, 15,000 black and white photos and hundreds of video tapes and cassettes which depict all aspects of life, activities, customs, and habits of the 54 ethnic groups of Vietnam. Then, stop to visit Tran Quoc Pagoda – one of the most oldest pagodas in Hanoi and  continue visit Ngoc Son Temple & Hoan Kiem Lake. Return back to the center of the City and enjoy 01-hour cyclo tour around the Old Quarter of Hanoi.
 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Hanoi. 
 
 
DAY 3: HANOI – HALONG BAY/ OVERNIGHT ON CRUISE



Morning pickup at 8:00 AM from your hotel for transfer to Halong Bay, which is about 160 km or 3.5-hour drive away. The transfer is approximately 3 hours. 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 and you may stop on the way to admire the local scenery. 
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.
Arrive in Halong City at 11:30 AM and check in aboard the booked junk when your journey across Halong Bay starts. 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.
After lunch, take a short trek to a nearby summit for a panoramic view of the bay dotted with golden sails, go swimming on a quiet beach or sunbath on the sundeck. Later in the afternoon, you will visit an interesting fishing village with an opportunity to interact with local people who have been living in the bay for almost three generations. An optional kayaking trip is available weather permitting. Back onboard enjoy a lavish dinner and enjoy the bay view at sunset. Spend a night on board.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Accommodation: Overnight on cruise in Halong bay
 
 
DAY 4:  HALONG BAY – HANOI – TRAIN TO HUE/ SE1 (19.00 - 7.57)




Wake up with Tai Chi exercises on the sundeck and continue cruising the Bay. Enjoy breakfast buffet in the restaurant, then visit the limestone grotto. Enjoy lunch on board and disembark in Halong City around 12.00 noon and private transfer to Hanoi airport. Say goodbye to the crew then transfer to Hanoi. Arrive at your hotel in the late afternoon.
11:00: Transfer back Hanoi by private vehicle. Arrive in Hanoi around 17.00, you are free at your leisure for shopping before take night train to go Hue.  You are transferred to restaurant for dinner.
18.30: Move to Hanoi Railways, get in train to go Hue. Stayovernight  on train.  
 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight on Livitrans Express train / SE1  
 
 
DAY 5: HUE CITY TOUR



Arrive in Hue around 8.00 am. Local guide meet you at train station, take you to restaurant for breakfast.
Enjoy a full day city tour to visit Hue Citadel - Vietnam’s former imperial capital and recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. With an area of 500ha and a system of three circles of ramparts, n amely from outside to inside: Kinh Thanh Hue (Hue Capital Citadel), Hoang Thanh (Royal Citadel) and Tu Cam Thanh (Forbidden Citadel) and Khai Dinh Tomb, Hue Citadel is the result of the interminglement of many architectural trends: European and Asian, as well as ancient and modern.
Afternoon, take a cruise the Perfume River, visiting Minh Mang Tomb (one of Nguyen Emperors). Visit the Thien Mu Pagoda - an active Buddhist monastery with its origins dating back to 1601. Stop at Dong Ba market for shopping.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch,
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Hue.  
 
DAY 6: HUE  -  DA NANG - HOI AN                      
 
Morning, have breakfast hotel then transfer to Da Nang city (120 Km – 2 hours in driving). When arrive in Da Nang take half day city tour to visit Da Nang city ‐ the fourth largest city in Vietnam, the gateway to the central provinces and a sea port with nice beaches and resorts. Explore Da Nang with visits to Cham Museum, Da Nang Beach and the Marble Mountain (special for its 5 peaks representing five elements of the universe). Have lunch at local restaurant.
Late afternoon, transfer to Hoi An (35 Km – 45 minutes in driving) check in hotel and free at your leisure.
 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation:   Overnight at hotel in Hoi An.
 
DAY 7:  HOI AN CITY TOUR – MY SON HOLYLAND



Morning, guide  meet you at the hotel in Hoian then transfer out for a city tour to visit  the ancient architecture of Hoian - a fascinating combination of Vietnamese traditional characters with Chinese and Japan ese influence. There are plenty to see in this delightful town, some of which are the famous Japanese Covered Bridges; the Pottery Museum; the 200-year-old Tamky House; the Chua Ong Pagoda; the vibrant market.
After lunch, transfer to visit Myson - Vietnam's most important Cham’s site. Myson became a religious center in the late 4th century and lasted till 13th century – a longest period of development of any monument in Southeast Asia. It is often compared with other historical temple complexes in Southeast Asia, such as Borobudur of Java in Indonesia, Angkor Wat of Cambodia, Bagan of Myanmar and Ayutthaya of Thailand. Back hotel in Hoi An. Free leisure in evening, explore Hoi An at night with colorful lantern. 
 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch,
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Hoi An.  
 
DAY 8: HOI AN – DA NANG – NHA TRANG BY TRAIN / SE3 (12.57 – 21.38)



Morning, have breakfast at hotel then around 10:00 am you will be transferred from Hoi An  to Da Nang (35 Km – 45 minutes in driving). After that, take SE3 12:57‐21:38 (SOLF SLEEPING BED – 4 BERTH CABIN). Upon arrival in Nha Trang station, local guide welcome you and takes you to hotel for check in.

Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Nha Trang.
 
 
DAY 9: NHA TRANG FREE & EASY




You are free and leisure for swimming and relax at nice beach city.
 
Meals: Breakfast,
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Nha Trang.
 
 
DAY 10: NHA TRANG – ISLAND & SNORKLING



 
Start from your hotel to Cau Da port. Tri Nguyen Aquarium on Mieu Island is the first place to visit, many sea species of Nha Trang/Khanh Hoa province make a small ocean world there. Mun Island is the best island for snorkeling where you can see lots of lives colorful corals and fish. You will also be able to see caves in which the sea swallows make their nest. Then relaxing, swimming & doing water sports or other activities at Mot Island, Tranh Beach Island or on a small island calling “Mini beach”. Taking a fresh lunch at the island. On the way back you will visit a fishing village before going to the shore.
 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Nha Trang.
 
 
DAY 11:  NHA TRANG – MUI NE  / Open Bus (7.45 – 12.45)
 
Have breakfast at hotel. Take open bus to Mui Ne, enjoy 5 hours driving with beautiful scenic on the way.  Arrive in Mui Ne, you are free at your leisure for relaxing on the beach.
 
Meals: Breakfast,
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel/resort in Mui Ne
 
DAY  12:  MUI NE RELAX  




Have breakfast at hotel then free at your leisure on beach.


Meals: Breakfast,
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel/resort in Mui Ne
 
DAY 13: MUI NE RELAX  

 
You are free at your leisure on Mui Ne beach.
 
Meals: Breakfast,
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel/resort in Mui Ne
 
 DAY 14:  MUI NE – HO CHI MINH BY Open Bus (7.30 – 13.30)
 
Have breakfast at hotel, take open bus to Saigon with 5 hours driving with beautiful scenic on the way.  Arrive Saigon in the afternoon. Our guide will meet you at bus station and takes  you to hotel which selected in advance

Meals: Breakfast,
Accommodation:  Overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh city
 
DAY 15:  HO CHI MINH – HALF DAY CITY TOUR – CU CHI TUNNEL  



 
Have breakfast at hotel. 7.45 am We start city tour by visiting Notre Dame Cathedral, the historic Central Post Office, followed by exploring the Reunification Palace, and the remarkable site of the War Remnants Museum.
 
Afternoon, visit Cu Chi Tunnel, located 60km from HCMC, Cu Chi is now a popular spot for both Vietnamese & foreign tourists - the network of over 200km of tunnels became legendary when they played a vital role in the War. In their heyday, the tunnels were functioning underground cities including numerous trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers & kitchens.
Today, ducks and water buffalos happily co-exist in the rivers along the side of the road. However, the peaceful rural rice paddy scenery belies the area’s violent history. Visitors will find it hard to imagine the destruction, damage & defoliation over this whole area, caused by bombing and mines. There is plenty of evidence of the fierce battle that took place here during the 1960s when Cu Chi was a "Free Target Zone".
Start our tour in the morning, before entering the tunnels visitors can watch a short introductory video showing how the tunnels were constructed. You will spend the next hour exploring the tunnels. Afterwards, enjoy tea, cassava (guerrilla’s food during the war). Return to Ho Chi Minh, you are free at your leisure in the evenning.    
 
 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch,
Accommodation:  Overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh city.
 
DAY 16: GREAT EXPERIENCE IN MY THO



Enjoy a full day tour traveling from Saigon to My Tho, the gateway to the Mekong Delta. Known as the “rice bowl” of Vietnam, the Delta is the most fertile region in the country, and the main producer of rice and tropical fruits. From My Tho, take a boat to Thoi Son Island where you will be served with traditional music. Then change to a paddle boat to cruise through the narrow canals and visit local mills for home-made products such as coconut candies and rice-wine... Continue by motorized boat to another Mekong island to visit a bee farm and try tea with fresh honey from the beehives and enjoy fresh seasonal fruits. Return back to My Tho, finish the tour with a visit to the Vinh Trang Pagoda.
 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch,
Accommodation:  Overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh.  
 
 
DAY 17: HO CHI MINH DEPARTURE  
 

Have breakfast at hotel. Free until time to go airport for flight departure. End trips.

Meal: Breakfast, 


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Tour prices shown are “  per person”, based on a traveling party at least 2 adults. If you intend to travel alonee, the cost is might be much higher. However, you also SAVE MONEY by JOINING “ GROUP TOUR”
 
NOTE: Amendments CAN be made to this tour to suite your requirement, but may incur price changes
 

INCLUDED
  • Transportation by private vehicle with air condition.
  • English speaking guide
  • Entrance fee
  • Meals as indicated Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner as specified in the itinerary
  • Sharing Cruise in Halong bay – joining group tour
  • Private boat trip in Mekong Delta and Hue
  • Mineral bottle / day/ person
  • Accommodation at hotel with daily breakfast
  • Train Hanoi – Hue / SE1 ( soft sleeper with air condition – sharing 4 berth of cabin )
  • Train Da Nang – Nha Trang / SE3 (soft sleeper with air condition – sharing 4 berth of cabin )
  • Open bus from Nha Trang – Mui Ne & Mui Ne – Saigon.
EXCLUDED
  • International & Domestic flight tickets
  • Visa stamping fee at the airport (45US$ in Vietnam & US$ 30 in Cambodia, US$ 30 in Cambodia, US$ 35 in Myanmar, paid by cash at the airport)
  • Personal expenses, such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc. All other services not specified in the itinerary
  • Meals, if not specified in the itinerary
  • Tipping for guides, drivers, hotel staff, restaurant staff, boat rider, etc.
  • Surcharge for Peak season, Tet Lunar New year holidays, and compulsory dinner at some hotel & resort on Xmas and New year’s Eve
  • Travel insurance (we highly recommend that you purchase adequate insurance).
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This private tour brings you enjoyable experience by some nights over on train.  Travelling by train from  North to South help you admire the beauty of country. Full of joys and excitements are waiting for you:  From charming Hanoi with its fading colonial architecture to the breathtaking beauty of natural wonder of Halong bay. Leaving Hanoi for a night train  to Hue city, discover the last capital of Vietnam under  feudalism with many palaces, temple and royal tombs. Stop in Hoi An ancient town which is a world heritage of Vietnam, has long been a cultural crossroad and remains such a  ancient beauty after nearly 300 circles of the four seasons.  A night train takes you to Nha Trang, the best beach City in Vietnam, continue to Mui Ne where you have the chance to swim and sand dunes is a must – visit in Mui Ne. Continue your tour with an open bus to Ho Chi Minh City. A full day tour helps you to discover main places of the busiest city of Vietnam. Next day reserved for a boat trip on Mekong Delta 


 

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