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Vietnam Emotion Tour 15 Days

Visit: Hanoi, Sapa, Halong, Cat Ba, Da Nang, Hoi An, Hue, Tay Ninh, Cu Chi Tunnels, Mekong Delta

Explore Hanoi, Halong Bay and visit the colorful hill tribes of Sapa before slowly making our way south along stunning coastline to Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 1: Arrival - Hanoi

On arrival at Noi Bai Airport, you are met and transferred to hotel. Ha Noi, Vietnam's capital, is a stylish and gracious city that retains an unique old world charm and some Asia‘s most striking colonial architecture. The many lakes and parks make for relaxing atmosphere. If time permits we embark on a cyclo for a short excursion through the bustling old quarter streets named after the specific goods once offered for sale at these places.
 

Day 2: Hanoi - Sapa

An early morning start to drive towards Sa Pa. The roads are bumpy at times, but various scenic landscape changing from the delta area to the Tonkinese Alps make for an interesting journey. At an elevation of 1, 500 meters, Sa Pa was once a hill resort of French administrators when the summer heat became unbearable. The remoteness and the simple lifestyle of ethnic minority people are a highlight of Sa Pa although conditions are basic. After checking into hotel in Sapa we can soak up the fresh climate as much as we want by spending time to wander around. The ethnic people are frequently seen in this hill town and small vendors along the street sell local textiles and handicraft.
 

Day 3: Sapa

The range of Phan Si Pan boasts Vietnam’s highest mountain and lends an alpine feel to the area surrounding this hill station. Today we have enough time to visit the bustling Sa Pa Market where the Red Dao, Black Hmong, Tay and Xa Pho ethnic minorities converge from the nearby mountainsides and valleys to trade their goods and buy provisions. We then get well off the beaten track as we embark on a walk to explore this beautiful mountain region. Along the way we traverse several rustic villages and see many mountaineers doing their daily works such as logging, herding buffalo and tilling the field. The blend of verdant mountain backdrop and colourful population makes for an unimaginable view.
 

Day 4: Sapa - Bac Ha

Upon leaving Sapa we set off on our scenic drive through the border town of Lao Cai to the colourful Sunday Market at Bac Ha. This market also attracts a wide variety of ethnic minority groups including the Variegated Hmong, Dao, Phu La, La Chi and Tay. They still retain their old age cultural traditions and are recognisably distinct from each other by their dress. The experience of this congregation is colorful and unique. After the market we enjoy a walk around the area, visiting the Hmong King’s former residence and Ban Pho where the villagers make the potent local maize alcohol.
 

Day 5: Bac Ha - Hanoi

The return journey begins as we depart Bac Ha Town and pass through the green and rugged mountain scenery to Hanoi. These back roads are a great way to explore the real Vietnam. We see very few other travellers, mostly rural dwellers who are just as interested in finding out about our lives as we are of theirs. The drive is very long, but we can can make many stops at our pleasure, to stretch our legs and take some wonderful photographs.
 

Day 6: Hanoi - Halong

Today we enjoy a half day city tour starting with the Ho Chi Minh Complex, containing the mausoleum of the nation’s founder Ho Chi Minh, the Presidential Palace, Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts. Close to this site is the One Pillar Pagoda, whose origins date back to the foundation of Hanoi. We follow this with a trip to the Temple of Literature, well known as Vietnam’s first university and the History Museum which displays an excellent collection of artifacts illustrating the Vietnamese history. The peaceful lake of Hoan Kiem and the bustling Dong Xuan Market are also visited before we depart for Halong Bay, stopping en route at the Dong Trieu Pottery village.
 

Day 7: Halong - Cat Ba Island

Heading out of town we embark on a boat for seven hour cruise to explore the legendary Ha Long Bay. Views of sailing junks navigating past over 3, 000 limestone islands and out crops jutting out of the clear and emerald water of the bay are nothing short of spectacular. These limestone karst formations are littered with beaches, grottoes and beautiful caves. Along the way we will anchor for a leisurely swim in a secluded cove and an enjoyable visit to one of the many hidden grottoes beneath towering cliffs. After a huge seafood lunch on board we weave our way towards Cat Ba Island and also have time for another swim.
 

Day 8: Cat Ba - Hanoi

The impressive way to catch your first glimpse of Cat Ba is a walk along the seaside at dawn. Today you have a half free day to explore Cat Ba Island on your own pace. There are various options to choose from, some of which are rowing a tiny boat, kayaking or visiting the national park. These optional activities are not included; however our guide is on hand to advise you with invaluable information. We regroup at our hotel in the early afternoon and travel by ferry to Hai Phong, the biggest port town of northern Vietnam. On arrival in this town we board our awaiting vehicle for a two hour drive back to Hanoi, arriving in time to see a performance of Hanoi's famous water puppets.
 

Day 9: Hanoi - Da Nang - Hoi An

An early morning transfer to airport for an hour flight to Danang. On arrival we are greeted and driven a short distance to Hoi An which was originally a Cham seaport but has been influenced down centuries by a myriad of traders from various cultures. There are plenty to see in this tranquil and delightful town, some of which are the famous Japanese Covered Bridges, the Pottery Museum, the 200 years old Tamky House, the Chua Ong Pagoda and the vibrant market. We visit these sights on an enchanting walking tour past many low tiled houses scattered along the small streets, and assembly halls which reflect the town's multi-cultural past.
 

Day 10: Hoi An - Hue

The following destination of our trip is Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam. After breakfast we depart for Hue, stopping en route to visit the sensational Marble Mountains, the East Sea and the Cham Museum in Danang. This structure is home to Vietnam's largest collection of Cham treasures. The winding roads begin as we make our way up the spectacular Hai Van Pass. At the top of the pass we stop to admire a fantastic view north to Lang Co and south to Danang. Arriving in Hue we see the Imperial Citadel and the Purple Forbidden City. This royal residence was all but destroyed during the 1968 Tet Offensive, however it is still fascinating to walk among the ruins.
 

Day 11: Hue

Embark Dragon boat to Thien Mu pagoda, the famous pagoda in Hue, then visit romantic Tomb of Tu Duc and Majestic Tomb of Khai Dinh. Lunch on boat. Continue to Dong Ba market before have an hour cyclo around city (optional). O/N in Hue.
 

Day 12: Hue - Saigon

After breakfast we have time to further explore the town until transferring to Hue Airport for a short flight to Ho Chi Minh City. This metropolis, contradiction of its northern counterpart, is crowded with motorbikes and cars, excited by numerous shopping area and sidewalk cafés. Upon arrival we start our tour of Ho Chi Minh with a visit to the Reunification Palace which was the former residence of the President of South Vietnam until end of April 1975. Close to this sight are some of the best French colonial structures including the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Old Sai Gon Post Office. We also visit the Jade Emperor Pagoda, the War Remnant and the bustling Ben Thanh Market. Here anything and everything is for sale.
 

Day 13: Saigon- Tay Ninh - Cu Chi Tunnels - Saigon

Today we drive north to visit the head quarter of Cao Dai sect in Tay Ninh. This religion was founded in 1923 and now numbers over 2 million members. On arrival we see the ornate temple and attend the fantastic mid-day service when the followers fill the hall wearing colored robes, a symbol of the curious combination of the Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism. Afterwards we continue to the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, an incredible underground network constructed by Vietnamese fighters during the long struggle for independence. The tunnels contained hospitals, plus accommodation and schools, and were used as a military base for the Vietcong in the American war.
 

Day 14: Saigon - MeKong Delta - Saigon

Heading out of the town, we travel by roads to the Mekong Delta, Vietnam's largest rice bowl. On arrival in My Tho we embark on a boat navigating around the intricate small canals in the delta region, which is a great way to observe the local lifestyle close-up and catch a view dotted by many islands. The exciting excursion will pass the lush green vegetation before arriving at the famous Unicorn Island. Here we have opportunities to stroll around an orchard, taste many seasonal fruits and enjoy wonderful traditional music. The next stop of our trip is Ben Tre Province to visit some fascinating local industries. After feasting on a huge lunch we return to Ho Chi Minh, stopping off along the way to see the beautiful Ving Trang Pagoda and the Cho Lon, Saigon’s Chinatown, which is crammed with sacred temples and mysterious, narrow lanes.
 

Day 15: Saigon - Departure

There is a free time for you to relax or further explore Saigon. The trip ends after your transfer to Tan San Nhat Airport for departure.
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Inclusion

  • Transportation in private air-conditioned vehicle with driver
  • Accommodation: twin sharing room at mentioned hotel or similar one
  • Meal as mentioned: B = breakfast, L = Lunch, D = dinner
  • Entrance fee to indicated sights
  • Boat trip in Halong, Hue, Mekong delta
  • Cyclo trip in Hanoi
  • Water puppet show
  • English or French speaking guide
  • Train ticket Hanoi - Lao Cai - Hanoi
  • Domestic flight ticket Hanoi - Da Nang, Hue - Saigon
  • Domestic flight airport tax

Exclusion

  • Other meals, tip, drinks, airport tax, single room supplement, personal expenses, travel insurance, visa, flight in/ out Vietnam, any optional additional tours or activities during free time.

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