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VIETNAM IN DEPTH TOUR 20 DAYS

VIETNAM IN DEPTH TOUR 20 DAYS

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: Daily
Depart from
: Ho Chi Minh
Detail Itineary
: Ho Chi Minh - Da Lat - Nha Trang - Da Nang - Hoi An - Hue - Hanoi - Sapa -Halong bay -Ninh Binh
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: Car & Plane
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: IV-VN-C11
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DAY 1: HO CHI MINH ARRIVAL 

Welcome to Vietnam. Upon arrival at HCMC Airport, obtain your Vietnam visa ( with pre-approval  letter) , and then clear Immigration and Customs. After collecting your baggage, exit the airport to meet outside a local Guide.
From the airport, you will be privately transferred to your lovely hotel. Settle in and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.
 
Meal: Not included 
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh



DAY 2: CU CHI TUNNEL - HALF DAY CTY TOUR 



Morning tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels:  visit the Cu Chi Tunnels. The underground tunnel network is 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. Back Ho Chi Minh city for lunch.

Afternoon tour of HCMC: we’ll discover Saigon's historic landmarks including the War Remnants Museum, established in September 1975 in Ho Chi Minh City, it contains countless artifacts, photographs and pictures documenting some of the less heroic activities carried out by the US army in Vietnam. Planes, tanks, bombs and helicopters are also on display. Next visit the FITO Museum, it is the first museum of Vietnamese medicine. On display are nearly 3,000 items dating back to the Stone Age. Exhibits include tools used to prepare medicine, knives, mortars and pestles, documents and objects from a traditional pharmacy. The museum regularly screens a documentary about the history of medicine. Continue visiting to the 1880's General Post Office and the late 19th century Notre Dame cathedral, located in a peaceful part of the city. Ending at Ben Thanh Market or House of Saigon for shopping and café.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch  
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh



DAY 3: FULL DAY MEKONG DELTA ( VINH LONG ) 




Morning, you will be picked up at your hotel and transfer about 136km to Vinhlong, a riverside town located in the Mekong Delta. Enjoy a boat cruise to the Caibe floating market with sellers and buyers bargaining and exchanging goods from their boats, and then go to Hoa Binh Phuoc islet where the maze o shady creeks will surely fascinate you. You will have a chance to mingle with local peasants, learn the secrets of their bonsai gardening. Visit local homes where the families produce tiles and ceramics; drop into rice-paper mills and coconut-candy mills; and observe daily country life. A typical Vietnamese lunch at a local home will be arranged. In the afternoon, we will cycle around island to visit the traditional handicraft workshops of handbags, rice papers along with wooden tables and chairs. If it is on schooldays, you will also have a chance to make friends with local cute and gentle pupils in a village school. 
16.00: Drive back Ho Chi Minh city and drop you at hotel, free at your leisure in the evening. 


Meal: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh


DAY 4: HO CHI MINH - DA LAT / BY ROAD 

8.00 am , our guide meet you at hotel lobby and  leave Ho Chi Minh City head for the hills, literally. The scenic 7 hour drive along Highway 20 to Da Lat will be broken up by stops at some of the tea and coffee plantations. You will stop for lunch at the picturesque Dambri Fall, about 15 km from the highway. Arriving at Da Lat, sometimes known as the City of Eternal Spring, by late to mid afternoon, you will be able to take a short walk to get a feel for this delightful city. You discover Da Lat city by night by yourself. 

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation : Overnight at hotel in Da Lat 



DAY 5: DAT LAT CITY TOUR 



In the morning you will enjoy a private tour of Da Lat and the surrounding area. We will start to visit Truc Lam Thien Vien and Pagoda with the over view of Tuyen Lam Lake. After that, we will continue going to the next stop is the flower garden, Bao Dai King’s Palace, Crazy house before heading to Love Valley with the beauty of scenery. Lunch is served at restaurant. 
This afternoon, continue your trip to Datanla waterfalls, a beautiful waterfall in Dalat. Then visit XQ Historical embroidery art Village, which creates delicate and refined embroidered pictures. The time to make such art work is 3 years. Stop over at Dalat jam workshop where we can buy some special food from Dalat, take a drive around the Xuan Huong Lake in the center of Da Lat to admire the architecture of this former French Hill Station. Drive back hotel and enjoy your time before having dinner. 

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Da Lat 



DAY 6: DA LAT - NHA TRANG 

Have breakfast at hotel, private car pick up at hotel transfer to Nha Trang. Arrive in Nha Trang after 5 hours on car, drop you at hotel in Nha Trang for check-in hotel. You are free time for relax and sunbathing on beach. 

Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Nha Trang



DAY 7: NHA TRANG RELAX ON BEACH 




After breakfast at hotel, spend all day for swimming and relax on beach, or discover Nha Trang sightseeing by your own. 

Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Nha Trang



DAY 8: NHA TRANG -  ISLAND &  SNORLING TOUR



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.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch 
Accommodation:Overnight at hotel in Nha Trang 



DAY 9: NHA TRANG - DA NANG - HOI AN / FLIGHT 

Depends on your flight to Da Nang, our driver will meet you at hotel and transfer to airport in time. 
Upon arrival in Da Nang Aiport, local guide welcome you and hold a sign board with your name. He/ she will take you to hotel in Hoi An,just 1 hours driving. Check in hotel and relax. 

Meal: Breakfast 
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Hoi An.


DAY 10: HOI AN CITY TOUR 



Morning, our 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 Japanese 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. Lunch then enjoy a boat trip on the Thu Bon River, which also gives you a chance to admire the spectacular countryside and explore a handicraft ceramic village and boat building yards.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch 
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Hoi An.

DAY 11: HOI AN - HUE 

Have free time in this morning for shopping or relax at hotel. 
In this afternoon, depart to Hue via Hai Van Pass (Ocean Cloud Pass). Enjoy a stunning headland-and-bay panoramic view from high above the pass, which for miles hugs the mountainside along the shoreline and overlooking the Pacific Ocean.  The mountain range has created a barrier to the cold airstreams from the north which often results in thick cloudbanks over the peaks. The pass has been a strategic military focal point during Vietnam's turbulent history and from the top there are views of the curve of Da Nang Bay. Arrive in Hue in the late afternoon, check in hotel 

Meal: Breakfast, 
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Hue.
 


DAY 12: HUE CITY TOUR - HANOI / FLIGHT 




Enjoy a fullday 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, namely 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 along the Perfume River, visiting Minh Mạng Tomb (one of Nguyễn Emperors). Back to the Perfume River to visit the Thiên Mụ Pagoda - an active Buddhist monastery with its origins dating back to 1601. Stop at Đông Ba market for shopping. Transfer to Huế airport for flight to Hanoi.
Upon arrival in Hanoi, local guide welcome you and takes you to hotel for check in. 

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Hanoi



DAY 13: HANOI CITY TOUR 



Take a Hanoi full day city tour to visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum from outside and Ho Chi Minh’s stilt house & President Palace, One-pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature. Lunch is served at restaurant. After lunch, you will be transferred to 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, then head to Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple. Experience a one hour cyclo ride. Finish your day off at Thang Long Opera Theatre for a traditional Vietnamese water puppet show.

Meal: Breakfast Lunch 
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Hanoi



DAY 14: HANOI - SAPA - CAT CAT VILLAGE/ BY ROAD 

7.30 am: Our guide and driver pick you up at hotel and driving 5 hours through new highway, enjoy beautiful scenery on the road.
12.00: Arrive in Lao Cai, have lunch at local restaurant.
14.00: Start the trip to Cat Cat Village of Black H’Mong tribe. We relax at the foot of the stunning waterfall and the vestige of a hydroelectric power station that was constructed by the French during the colonial time in Vietnam. Then next 6 km to Sin Chai, the village located at the foot of Fansipan Mountain – “the roof of Vietnam and Indochina”. From here you can enjoy huge stunning landscapes before trekking back to Sapa town. Check in hotel and free at your leisure in the evening.
 
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch 
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Sapa.


DAY 15: SAPA - LAO CHAI - TA VAN -  GIANG TA CHAI-  SAPA 




8.00 Depart from Sapa town by car to Lao Chai village, following the road down the hill. Views of the Mường 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’mông, Giày, and Red Dao and stalls serving tea, fruits and sweets. Arrive at the Black H’mong village of Lao Chải, where you will experience the daily life of the villagers. After that, take a walk from Lào Chai to Tả Van village, where the Giấy 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 through the bamboo forest thẹn relax beside the waterfall. Continue to explore the Red Đào 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. Free at your leisure in the evening.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Sapa.
 


DAY 16: SAPA - HILL TRIBES MARKET - HANOI 




Day guided tour to hill tribes market: Wake up in early morning around 5.30am and get breakfast box prepared by hotel staff.
Drive to one of the most colorful markets of the region. After the market tour and simple lunch ( your own payment) at a local restaurant you will drive back Hanoi.
 

Below are the market options: 


 
Please note: Your tour program may vary, depending on your day of arrival and whether you are wishing to focus on activities or culture. 

Option 1: Bac Ha - Sunday market. 
Leaving Sapa we drive to Bac Ha market (approximately 3 hours). Arriving at Bac Ha, we visit the big market and the colorful ethnic people of the Flower H'mong, Phu La and Dao Tuyen minorities, who gather here to buy and sell their handicraft products. After spending the morning exploring the market our lunch will be served at a local restaurant. After lunch we drive downhill to start a short walk to Trung Do Village which is home to the Tay minority. Here we can visit a traditional Tay house. We will then travel by boat through amazing countryside to Bao Nhai Village. 

Option 2: Can Cau Market - Saturday market. 
We will take a 3 hour drive to Can Cau market.  Our journey will take us through the mountainous border area between Vietnam and China.  Situated 20 kilometres fr om Bac Ha, Can Cau is a small but very colorful market.  Opening only on Saturdays, it always delivers a very photogenic display of Flower Hmong, Nung and Phu La ethnic costumes. After spending the morning exploring the market, we will leave for Bac Ha town where we will have lunch.  From Bac Ha we drive downhill (1/2 hour) to start a short walk to Trung Do Village which belongs to the Tay minority. Have the opportunity to visit a traditional Tay house. We will then travel by boat through the amazing countryside to Bao Nhai Village. 

Option 3: Lung Khau Nhin  - Thursday  market. 
From Sapa, we drive first downhill to Lao Cai City, then uphill through Muong Khuong District onto Lung Khau Nhin Commune. The road condition is good but having many sharp bends which offers stunning scenery of the beautiful mountainous region along the border to China, especially the terraced rice paddies, tea farms and pine plantations… Taking place every Thursday, Lung Khau Nhin Market is not only a small market hiding itself amongst the mountains and forests of the far North Vietnam but also an original tribal one. This remote mountainous area is the place wh ere the Flower H’mong mainly gathers to exchange their homemade products. You will join locals to enjoy the excitement of this weekly market to which local tribal peoples come to attend not only for shopping but also for socializing. Walk from section to sections, corner to corners, seeing and smelling of different local products such as spices, vegetable, farming tools, handicraft and even medicinal herb…, meeting smiling peoples everywhere. There are not many foreign travelers get here and you will find yourself lost in the crowd of ethnic people in their traditional colorful costumes. 

Option 4: Cao Son - Wednesday market. 
Enjoy a beautiful scenic drive to visit the Cao Son market. We take a dirt road which leads up into the mountains through the pine tree forests and villages that surround the tiny markets. Flower H'mong, Tu Di, Tay and Giay are ethnic minorities who come to trade local products such as food, agricultural supplies and fabric here. After exploring these markets our car will take us back to Muong Khuong for lunch. After lunch in a local restaurant we will visit the most secluded peaceful villages, and have the opportunity to observe traditional practices such as distilling wine from corn and making bacon. We will be offered a special corn cake when you stop by a local house. 

Option 5: Coc Ly Market – Tuesday market. 
Drive from Sapa (3hrs) to Coc Ly market situated between the stunning mountains by the Chay River. Every Tuesday morning, the people from the surrounding ethnic villages such as Flower H’mong, Phu La and Dao Tuyen gather to sell and buy their products. Having explored the market, we will have a boat trip to Flower H’mong village of Na Nen then trek to Trung Do village of Tay minority people. Enjoy a picnic lunch in a local house with the Tay people. From there we can travel by boat, down the river, and experience the magnificent sights surrounding the beautiful river banks. 


Arrive in Hanoi around 20.30 pm, drop you at hotel and take good sleep after long journey. 

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch
Acommodation: Overnight at hotel in Hanoi
 



DAY 17: 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 18: HALONG BAY - NINH BINH 


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 meet your private guide again and depart to  Ninh Binh.  Ninh Binh located South  of Hanoi, Ninh Binh province is blessed with natural beauty, cultural sights. Highlights include boat trips amid karst landscapes at Tam Coc and the Unesco World Heritage-listed Trang An Grottoes. Stay overnight at hotel in Ninh Binh. 

Meal : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Accommodation : Overnight at hotel in Ninh Binh
 


DAY 19: NINH BINH - TRANG AN LANDSCAPE COMPLEX -  HANOI



After breakfast, visit emboidery villages in Ninh Binh, move to Ninh Hai Commune in Hoa Lu District has been famous all over the country for its lace embroidery. It is said that this is the land of lace embroidery, purchase nice sourvenir gift for your friend and families.
09.30 : we take a boat trip to explore the cave complex in Trang An . Enjoy peaceful moments with clear water, fresh air and spectacular views of mountainous areas. Trang An Landscape Complex is a spectacular landscape of limestone karst peaks permeated with valleys, many of them partly submerged and surrounded by steep, almost vertical cliffs. This area was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Have lunch at restaurant. 
13.30 : depart to Hanoi and enjoy 2,5 hours driving, drop you at hotel in Hanoi.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch 
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Hanoi 



DAY 20: HANOI DEPARTURE 

Feel free until time to go airport for departure flight. End trips.

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INCLUDED
-          Transportation by private car with air condition  as itinerary
-          1 night on cruise in Halong bay   - Group tours joining with other tourists in Halong bay
-          Tours, sightseeing, and boat rides according to itinerary with local English speaking guides
-          Meals according to itinerary: B = Breakfast; L = Lunch ; D = Dinner
-          Accommodation at hotel - sharing twin/ double room with daily breakfast 
-          Private boat trip in Vinh Long, Hue and Trang An, Nha Trang  
-          Water during the trip: 02 mineral water bottle/ day/ person.
EXCLUDED
-          Meals not mentioned in itinerary ;
-          Drinks, gratuities and expenses of a personal nature
-          Tipping for tour guides and drivers (recommended at least US$ 5/day for guide and US$3/ day for driver)
-          Domestic Flight ticket.
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