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Days 23
Private Tour
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Classic & Culture Tour
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23
Private Tour
All year around
Classic & Culture Tour
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DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN HO CHI MINH CITY (HCMC)
Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by our tour guide and driver and transferred by a private car to the downtown of HCMC for hotel check-in. Rest of the day is easy and rest. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Meals included: NO
DAY 2: TOUR OF HCMC
Depart Ho Chi Minh City at 0800 in the morning for the drive to Cu Chi district. Arrive and start the visit of the famous Cu Chi Tunnels which consist of an incredible underground tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters (Viet Cong) during both the French and American wars. Start the visit with the Ben Dinh or Ben Duoc sections of the tunnel. Here you can imagine what it was like to be a guerrilla complete with Russian Carbine rifles and AK 47’s. After lunch, Head back into the center of the city visit the War Remnants or History Museum and take a glaze at the former Presidential Palace, from there to the major sights of colonial Ho Chi Minh City: the Old Ho Chi Minh City Post Office, Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Catinat), Continental Hotel, Opera House and City Hall. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 3: HCMC- BEN TRE – CAN THO (MEKONG DELTA)
At 07:45AM, departure from your hotel in HCMC. Arrive in Ben Tre province, get on a boat cruising along beautiful zigzag canals. Then take a motor cart through some tranquil villages where you could admire rice fields, vegetables gardens… visit a local family who earns living by rice paper and coconut candy. Have lunch at a local restaurant. After that, take rowing-boat along water palm creek. 3:00 PM leaving Ben Tre province to Can Tho via Rach Mieu, My Thuan and Can Tho bridges. Check in your hotel upon arrival. Overnight in Can Tho.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 4: CAN THO–CAI RANG FLOATING MARKET– HANOI
This morning, we have an early breakfast at the hotel, then transferred by bus to the wharf for boarding a motorboat for sightseeing Cai Rang market, which is the biggest and the most colourful floating market in Mekong delta. From the early morning, the waterway becomes a maze of hundreds of boats packed with fruits, vegetables, plants, foods, etc... Sellers hang a sample of what they have on the tops of their high poles so that buyers are able to see from distance what they are selling. After the boat trip, get back on to our private vehicle and make for the airport for taking a flight to Hanoi. Arrive at Noi Bai airport, transferred to the downtown for hotel check-in. Relaxing until meeting your tour guide again at 4:00 PM and go for a cyclo ride (a kind of local rickshaw) to visit the Old Quarter of Hanoi. Followed by a waking street-food tour to experience the local tastes. Overnight in Hanoi.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 5: CITY TOUR OF HANOI
The city tour of the capital city occupies your whole day. The sites include of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, his house-on-stilts, One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature - Vietnam’s first university. In the afternoon, the tour continues with a visit to one of the following museum that you can pick the one you like (the Ethnology Museum, Army Museum, National Fine Arts Museum, Hanoi Hilton prison or Vietnam Women Museum). End the day tour with a traditional Water Puppet show. Overnight on train.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 6: HANOI – HOA BINH RESERVOIR – MAI CHAU
The tour today departs from Hanoi at 08:30 AM. The morning drive takes about 3 hours overland to Hoa Binh province. After getting through Hoa Binh city, we will get off the main road to a smaller one and head for Thung Nai dock of Hoa Binh Reservoir. This part of the drive is quite interesting as we wind our way around the mountains with beautiful views. Arrive at Giang Mo Village, a village of the ethnic Muong people; take a short stroll around to learn the local daily life and see the traditional stilt houses. Your lunch today will be served at a local house with local taste. In the afternoon, we move on to the lake and embark the boat trip on Hoa Binh Reservoir. The cruise takes about 2, 5 hours. Relax and enjoy the scenery. Arrive at Sang dock, get on land and drive to Mai Chau. Dinner and overnight at a traditional stilt house of the White Thai people.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 7: MAI CHAU – NINH BINH
After your breakfast, we will spend the morning exploring the valley by bicycles or easily hiking to visit local villages; the rice paddies and fruit gardens… This is a great chance to learn the local life and their farming methods. If you wish, you may have chance to join the farmers on the fields. After your Vietnamese lunch, get back on to our private vehicle and embark the scenic journey to Ninh Binh province. Arrive at Ninh Binh and check in your hotel and relax for the rest of the day. Overnight in Ninh Binh.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 8: NINH BINH – HAI DUONG (STORK ISLAND)
This morning, we will take a bicycling tour on the flat ground to visit villages, peaceful temples and taking a boat row in Tam Coc, one of the most beautiful spot in the area. The boat row on the little Ngo Dong River lasts for 2 hours and you will be taken through three limestone caves. The scenery along the row is spectacular as you will be moving in between the towering karst formations. After that, we will pedal further to Hang Mua Mountain and climb up to the summit to admire the amazing panorama view over the so-called “Inland Halong Bay”. In the afternoon, we drive to the heart of the Red River Delta, Hai Duong prvince. On arrival at Chi Lang Nam village, take another boat ride on the village’s lake to watch hundreds of birds (Storks) flying in for the night shelter. Dinner and overnight at a local house.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 9: HAI DUONG – HALONG BAY
This morning, you will be woken up by the roosters and other domestic animals. Take a short morning bicycling tour on the rural roads to see the village’s early birds working on their fields, going to the market, children going to school. After the home-made breakfast, say good-bye to the host family and make our way to Halong City. Arrive at the pier around noon and embark a wooden boat and start discovering the bay of the World Heritage. Halong Bay is a breathtaking secluded bay with 2,000 limestone islands rising from the emerald waters with different and spectacular formations, created over thousands of years by tectonic movements, waves and wind. Board your cruising vessel and have lunch as you cruise between hundreds of dramatic limestone karsts into the marvelous scenery of the World Natural Wonder. Visit a cave that is filled with stunning stalactites and stalagmites, go swimming, paddling kayak and take part in a Vietnamese cooking demonstration or just simply relax as you wind through the Bay. Dinner and spend a peaceful night on board, beneath a night sky alive with stars.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 10: HALONG BAY – HUE
Get up in the morning; enjoy fresh air and gentle breeze from sun deck. After breakfast, you will have further cruise to explore the other part of Halong Bay and visit a fishing village and learn the life on water. Enjoy a wholesome brunch before getting back to harbor at noon. In the afternoon, your private vehicle will take you to Noi Bai airport for you to take a short flight to Hue City. Getting picked up and transferred to the hotel for overnight in Hue.
Meals included: Breakfast, Brunch
DAY 11: HUE
Hue city is one of the most cultural and historical territories of the country, once ruled by Emperors of Nguyen dynasty. To start the day, you will embark a dragon boat at a little dock by the bank of the poetic Perfume River for a short cruise to Thien Mu Pagoda, constructed in 1601; the 21-meter stupa tower is the masterpiece of this charming pagoda. Thence getting back to your private vehicle and drive out of the city to visit Minh Mang King’s tomb. This imperial tomb is without doubt the best-combined natural landscape and architectural complex. It was designed on a symmetric axis. Visiting the tomb, you will be impressed by the majesty and symmetry of the architectural constructions. After that, you will enjoy a beautiful lunch at a nice garden restaurant. In the afternoon, you will be visiting the Royal Citadel where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945. The Imperial City is located in the centre of the Citadel where established highest offices of Vietnam's feudalism and sanctums honouring the cult of decreased Emperors. Together with your personal guide, you will take a walk throughout the complex and enjoy the beautiful constructional works divided many sectors. Back to the hotel late in the afternoon. Overnight in Hue.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 12: DRIVE TO HOI AN & WALKING TOUR OF HOI AN
The morning drive to Hoi An via Hai Van Pass will occupies half of your day. Arrive at Hoi An ancient town. Check into your hotel and then go for lunch at a nice restaurant in town. Nestled a couple of kilometers inland on Thu Bon river, Hoi An is typified by the 16th century Vietnamese, Chinese and Japanese architecture. The afternoon walking tour offers you a chance to see how beautiful the Old Quarter of Hoian is. The sites include the Japanese Covered Bridge; Phuoc Kien Assembly; Tan Ky ancient house; Hoi An Culture and History Museum and Quan Cong temple. Evening is free on your own to chill out at a riverside café or enjoy shopping with tailor-made clothing, shoes and lanterns. Overnight in Hoi An.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 13: HALF-DAY TOUR OF THE RUSTIC HOIAN
The morning is yours for leisure on Cua Dai Beach or doing your own things. In the afternoon, follow country laneways to reach some of the villages that are dotted throughout the region by bicycle, stopping to talk to the locals and learn about life in this part of Vietnam. You will be passing emerald rice paddies, snaking waterways and plenty of waving children. Following your guide to the bank of the Thu Bon River and take a boat trip and discover the waterway. Have a break on a small island where a barbecue feast to be prepared. Watch the sunset over the river and fishing boats while enjoying local specialties. Get back onto the boat heading back to Hoi An. Approach the dock and walk to the hotel. Overnight in Hoi An.
Meals included: Breakfast, Late afternoon BBQ
DAY 14: HOI AN – SIEM REAP (VIA DA NANG)
Today is yours for you to enjoy the beach and the facilities of the resort. You also can take the resort shuttle bus to the old town for shopping or just hanging around until transferring to the airport in Da Nang City for a short flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia. Overnight at a hotel in Siem Reap.
Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 15: SIEM REAP
Today, we start the discovery of the amazing Angkor Wat complex with a full day tour of the wondrous ancient ruins from the South Gate of Angkor Thom, which is famous for its series of colossal human faces carved in stone, the impressive Bayon Temple, the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephant Terrace, the Terrace of the Leper King and the largest as well as the most complete temple of Angkor Wat. This architectural masterpiece was constructed in the 12th century and covers an area of about 210 hectares. We stroll around this massive edifice, seeing the many galleries with columns, libraries, pavilions, courtyards and ponds full of water reflecting the towering temple. Overnight in Siem Reap
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 16: SIEM REAP
After the breakfast, we will have another full day for this famous UNESCO’s site. The jungle covered temple of Ta Prohm is an incredible sight for us to start the day. There are enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers which embrace themselves in the stone foundations of the structure giving the impression of man’s creation being reclaimed by the powerful forces of nature. We explore this masterpiece as well as some of the surrounding temples including Banteay Kdei, Sra Srong, Ta Keo, Thommanon and Chau Say Tevado. Afternoon, drive to Choueng Kneas village, where you will take a boat to learn the daily life of the the locals whose life is floating on the water of Tonle Sap Lake. Along the boat ride, we can see schools, restaurants, hospitals and more. Back to your hotel afterward. Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 17: SIEM REAP – PHNOM PENH
This morning, we will heead out of town and make our way to the intricately carved and well preserved temple of Banteay Srei. Along the way we will have a stop at the Preah Dark village and followed by a visit to the Banteay Samre Temple, which is adorned with impressive relief’s depicting scenes of Vishunu as well as Krishna legends. This afternoon, you will be transferred to Phnom Penh Capital via a short flight. Upon arrival, you will be picked up and transferred to the hotel for check-in. After quick refreshing and throw the luggage to your room, we will visit Wat Phnom. This is the charming central point of Phnom Penh. One-hour cruise before the sunset is a great moment to end the day. Overnight in Phnom Penh.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 18: PHNOM PENH – VIENTIANE
After the breakfast, we will start our visit to the Royal Palace. The Palace was opened in 1870 under King Norodom, and now contains the Royal Residence, the Throne Hall, the Silver Pagoda, and other buildings. The Silver Pagoda (Wat Preah Keo Morokat) is one of the city’s most well-known sites in the city. It offers a display of priceless Buddhist and historical objects. The Pagoda draws its name with more than 5,000 silver tiles, which cover a floor in the temple. The building serves less as a functioning shrine, no monks currently reside here, than a repository of cultural treasures such as the famous Emerald Buddha and many other valuable statues. We will then visit to Toul Sleng museum (S-21) and the killing field of Choueng Ek, which is about 35km away from the city. Transferring out to the airport for the flight to Vientiane, the capital of Laos. Overnight in Vientiane.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 19: THE GREAT LAKE OF VIENTINE, NAM NGUM LAKE
Relaxing in northern tropical rain forest of Vientiane where the largest manmade lake, Nam Ngum built and it is well known for the "Sea" of Laos We start the day with the morning drive on the national road No 13 toward Nam Ngum Lake, on the way visit Hmong village and possibility to have a short trek around the village before proceeding Vangsang (archeological site with Buddha carving dating back to 11th century). Lunch break at Nam Ngum Lake. In the afternoon, we will take the boat trip to discover tropical islands on the lake. After that, we head back to Vientiane on the road No 7, on the way visit salt farm, Ban Keun Zoo. Overnight in Vientiane.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 20: VIENTIANE CITY TOUR & FLY TO LUANG PRABANG
The city tour today covers the major sights of the capital. It includes the oldest Wat Sisaket with thousands of miniature Buddha statues and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. On the way to the famous and sacred structure of That Luang Stupa, we stop to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is well known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph. From there, we visit the Central Market call ‘Morning Market’ where you can find the antique items for collection, well handmade textile and a lot of other nice items. After lunch at local restaurant, we spend the rest of this day touring Lao capital, visiting the National Museum (Revolutionary Museum) where varied antique items and legend of Laos’s history fighters and leaders displace from the ancient times to new revolution period. We then board a short flight to Luang Prabang, which is perhaps the best - preserved traditional city in Southeast Asia. UNESCO registered 1995 as World Cultural Heritage City. The tranquility and charm of this town with its splendid natural scenery and cultural sights make it one of the most delightful places to visit in Asia. On arrival, we transfer you to hotel. After a short rest, we go to climb up to the top of Phousi Mount for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa as well as viewing a beautiful panorama at sunset over this ancient royal capital city and the Mekong River. We are then strolling around to see the Street Night Market. Here, you can find lovely collection and handmade textile by the locals includes the hill tribe people from the surroundings of Luang Prabang. Stay overnight in Luang Prabang.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 21: LUANG PRABANG – PAK OU CAVES
This morning, we touring around the city to visit the featured sights such Wat Visoun, the city’s oldest temple of impressive stupa; the shrine of Wat Aham, Wat Mai, Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xieng Thong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represent the classical architecture of Luang Prabang temple. We then board a boat upstream on the Mekong River, which also gives us a beautiful view of the tranquil countryside. From the boat, we get on the bank to visit the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes. The second stop is at Ban Xanghai village. At the village, you can see how the locals make the rice wine. On return, we take a short drive to Ban Xang Khong and Ban Xienglek, well known for its hand-made Jute Sar paper. Stay overnight at hotel in Luang Prabang.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 22: LUANG PRABANG – KUANG SI WATERFALLS
After your breakfast, you will visit the morning Phosi Market where you will see such diverse offerings as dried buffalo skin, local tea and saltpeter among the chickens, vegetables and hill-tribe weavings. Laos is also known for its traditional crafts, and today you will visit the Ban Ouay - Hmong Hill tribe, Ban Ou - Lowland Lao and Ban Thapene of Khmu village. Continue driving to the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfall where you can splash around in the pools or walk along the forest paths. Return to Luang Prabang by late afternoon and continue to Ban Phanom, a well-known weaving village, return to the city by late evening for observing the sunset at Wat Siphouthabath. Stay overnight at hotel in Luang Prabang
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 23: LUANG PRABANG
Today, you may want to wake up early and participate in the daily early morning ritual of saffron-clad monks with their black Alms-giving bowls being given offerings from the local people, including the ubiquitous sticky rice. This is the highlight of tour prior goodbye to this charming city. Back to the hotel for breakfast and then have free time until the transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
Meals included: Breakfast
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