JEWEL OF VIETNAM
Departure date: Wed, Friday, Sun
DAY 1: ARRIVAL
Meet and greet
upon your arrival in Hanoi. Transfer to your
hotel. Overnight in Hanoi.
DAY 2: HANOI CITY TOUR EVENING WATER PUPPET
Sightseeing in Hanoi including visit to HCM
Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of
Literature, Ngoc Son Temple. Afternoon visit to
Museum of Ethnology followed by 1 hour cyclo
ride through the mazes of old quarter. Tonight
we will enjoy water puppet show. Overnight at
hotel in Hanoi.
DAY 3: HANOI –MAICHAU
ETHNIC MINORITY (B,L,D)
Breakfast and depart to Mai Chau. We drive on a
very scenic road and passing through
spectacular routes to Maichau. Arrival in
PoomCoom village, we take a short walk around
Thai village. Lunch will be served here on local
house. Continue onto Ma river. Boat cruise
about 30 minutes, then we start our walk for 2
hours through beautiful villages, hill sides,
magnificent rice paddies, water wheels… And one
of the highlight on this walk is to experience
the everyday life and culture white Thai people
and stay in their traditional house on stilts as
honoured guests. Diner and overnight at their
traditional Thai house on stilts.
DAY4: MAICHAU VILLAGE – HOABINH – HANOI
The daily life of
the locals here starts early, it will be
interesting for you to get up and take part in
their activities to experience their lovely
colourful life. Breakfast at their house, then
drive to Hoabinh. Boat trip on Da river to visit
Muong minority villages. Lunch in Hoabinh and
return to Hanoi in the afternoon. Visit silk
weaving villages of Van Phuc. Overnight at hotel
DAY 5: HANOI –THUNGNANG – HALONG BAY (B, L)
Pick up at your hotel and en route to
Ninhbinh. Scenic row boat ride through rice
field and river and rice fields and imposing
mountain and exploring Thung Nang valley. Lunch
in Ninhbinh and continue through Red river Delta
to Halong bay. Overnight at hotel in Halong.
DAY 6: HALONG BAY CRUISES - HANOI (B, L)
After breakfast we embark on a wonderful
exploration of Halong bay area. Visit caves and
explore prime beaches and floating villages. We
are treated to fresh seafood lunch on board
before our drive back to Hanoi. Visite ceramic
village en route. Arrival Hanoi . Overnight at
hotel in Hanoi.
DAY 7: FLIGHT TO HUE REGIONAL TOURING AND
CRUISE (B, L)
Transfer to airport for the early morning
flight VN243, 0615/ 07:55 Hanoi - Hue. Upon
arrival to Hue, we start our city tour to
visit Citadel and Imperial purple city,
imposing Thien Mu pagoda and board the trip from
here for a cruise on perfume river. Visit Tuduc
royal tomb, and Ho Quyen coloseum. Overnight at
hotel in Hue.
DAY 8: DRIVE TO DANANG, VISIT MARBLE MOUNTAIN
AND CHAM MUSEUM (B ,L)
As we bid Hue farewell this morning we
continue our south bound journey,. Today's
destination is the old trading town of Hoi An.
Along the way though we will stop at Lang Co
beach for a refreshments. From here we continue
onto Danang city where we will stop at the Cham
Museum, the famed Non Nuoc Beach, and the Marble
Mountains. Arriving in Hoi An we spend the rest
of the afternoon exploring and relaxing. Ovenight in Hoian.
DAY 9: HOIAN TOURING (B, L)
Today there is plenty of time to discover what
Hoi An has to offer. You can spend your time
walking around exploring the many Chinese
assembly halls and fascinating ancestral homes,
some of which have been occupied by the same
family for fifteen genera ions. The town is also
famous for its shops in particular its large
number of tailors. If you wanted, you could have
a whole new wardrobe made for you here! You
might like to take a boat ride with one of the
local women across the Thu Bon River. One thing
is for sure - there is no shortage of things to
do in this town! Overnight in Hoian.
DAY 10: FLIGH TO SAIGON,AFTERNOON TOURING (B,
Transfer to airport for the flight VN251,
0810/ 09:30 to HCM city. Arrival transfer to HCM
city. Afternoon visit Independent Palace, War
Crime museum, Thien Hau pagoda, Ho Chi Minh City
Museum, Reunification Palace, Jade Emperor
Pagoda, visit Dan Sinh Market to see olf fashion
stuffs. Overnight at hotel in Saigon.
DAY 11: EXCURSION TO CUCHI TUNNELS & CAODAI
TEMPLES (B, L)
Drive to visit the Cuchi Tunnels. At the
height of the Vietnam war, the tunnel system
stretched from the outskirts of Saigon all the
way to the Cambodian border of over 250
kilometers of tunnels. The tunnel system, built
over 25 years starting in the 1940s, let the
Viet Minh and, later, the Viet Cong, control a
huge rural area. It was an underground city with
living areas, kitchens, storage, weapons
factories, field hospitals, command centers. In
places, it was several stories deep and housed
up to 10,000 people who virtually lived
underground for years.... getting married,
giving birth, and going to school. The ground
here is hard clay, which made this whole thing
possible. But even so, the planning and
construction was incredible. People dug all
this with hand tools, filling reed baskets and
dumping the dirt into bomb craters. They
installed large vents so they could hear
approaching helicopters, smaller vents for air
and baffled vents to dissipate cooking smoke.
There were also hidden trap doors and gruesomely
effective bamboo-stake booby traps. Today, the
trees and bushes have grown back. And since
1988, two sections of tunnels have been open for
visitors. After Cuchi Tunnels tour, drive to
visit Cao Dai Cathedral and witness the noon
time messes. Return to HCM city. Overnight at
hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.
DAY 12: SAIGON – CRUISE MEKONG LECOCHINCHINE
(B, L, D) Thu
08.30am pick up from the hotel and depart to
12.00 boarding LE COCHINCHINE boat. Enjoy
Explore the lively Cai Be floating market.
Cruising amongst the mazes of waterway to
visit the handicraft villages and meet with
local people. Sightseeing the old house and
sample various tropical fruits.
Le Cochinchine sets sail to Cantho via Cho
LACH and TRAON.
Disembark Cho LACH village. Embark on a
pleasant walking or biking on the footpaths
of the countryside to discover tropical
fruit orchards and the local people's
activities. En route to visit a cottage
industry , a local farm and sample seasonal
Cruise to continue to Mang Thit . Enjoy
the magnificent sunset on the
river. Leisurely cruise up the Mekong River
while enjoying the beautiful scenery and the
aperitifs, sunset cruise .
A wonderful day with picturesque ferry
crossings over Mekong River branches .
Dinner and nite on board in TRAON.
DAY 13: CRUISE MEKONG - SAIGON (B)
Rising up to the sound of River and Mekong
Delta coming to life for another lovely day
we enjoy the sunset.
breakfast, we cruise along the cannels and
visit a village on the bank of Co Chien or,
an opportunity to appreciate the way of life
of the local inhabitants, and their
cruise up the bassac river (Hau Giang
river) while enjoying the beautiful scenery
Cantho, we explore the CaiRang market, one
of the most bustling floating markets in
Mekong Delta with hundreds of small boats
ladden fruits barging and jostling for space
as owners attempt to sell their goods. Boat
through the palm-shaded creek to see local
houses and green orchards,ship building
yards, local markets in full swing.
11h00 Check out and disembark the boat.
we drive back to Saigon. At leisure.Overnight at hotel in Saigon.
DAY 14: SAIGON DEPARTURE (B)
Leisure day until your departure flight. End
of the trip.
in shared twin rooms with air-condition and private
ü All transportation and transfers
as stated in the program (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch,
Tours with English speaking guide
Boat fees in Halong bay, Hue and Mekong ;LeCochinchine
fees, boat fees
airfare& airport taxes
ü Travel insurance
ü Visa and visa arrangement
compulsory gala dinners during festive seasons and
surcharges (which will be advised at time of
Tips & gratuities