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With a 15 days & 14 nights tour staying in different hotels throughout Vietnam, you will have a wonderful time experiencing the modern city of Ho Chi Minh City, the unique temple of Cao Dai Religion, the complicated network of more than 200 miles of tunnels in Cu Chi, the lively daily life of the farmers in the Mekong Delta, the most well-known beach city of Vietnam (Nha Trang), the ancient town of Hoi An where the mixed culture of China, Vietnam and Japan came to the same place in the late 18th century, the old capital of Vietnam where 13 kings and 9 lords fought and lived for almost a century and a half, the capital of Ha Noi – the rising dragon city, which has been flexing its muscles to be stronger and more beautiful, and also Ha Long Bay where the beauty is made out of sky, rock and water. Travel with Golden Lotus Travel and we will show you all.
1 hour before departure
Welcome at airport by your tour guide on arrival at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City, then transfer to your hotel in downtown for check in. Free for the rest of the day after a long journey.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
In the morning, we drive to Tay Ninh to see the ornate temple of Cao Dai – a religion of which is a mixture of Buddhism, Christianity, Taoism and Confucianism. Attend the fantastic mid-day service when the followers fill the hall wearing colored robes, with their belief that both Buddha and Christian God exist as deities and Cao Dai is the third, highest deity.
After your lunch time (meal not included), you will visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, which are 70 kilometers North West of Ho Chi Minh City, created since 1948 to assist the Viet Minh to combat the French. This is an underground city with living areas, kitchens, storage, weapon shops, field hospitals, command centers. During the American War the entire area of Cu Chi was designated a fire free zone and was heavily bombarded. From 1988, two sections of the tunnels have been open for visitors. Back to your hotel in the afternoon.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Depart from your hotel at 08:00, it takes only 2 hours pleasant drive to Ben Tre province. On arrival in Hung Vuong Pier, hop on a motorized boat on Ben Tre River – one of tributaries of Mekong River while sight-seeing lively activities along river as fishing, water transferring. Our first stop is at brick kiln to see how to make bricks traditionally by printing and baking. Continue to visit one of plenty of coconut processing workshops located along canal. Return to the boat and go through natural scissors creeks to a village and see some local houses making sleeping mats and enjoying some fruits. Take a motorized cart (tuk tuk) or bicycle on shady paths, pass by green rice fields and vegetable plains to be able to see real life and find out about tropical culture from peasants. Have lunch at local a riverside restaurant.
After lunch, we take a rowing-boat along beautiful water palm creek before meeting up the motorized boat and transfer you back to the pier for your transfer to Can Tho for overnight.
Cruising along the small and picturesque tributaries by a rowing boat, we will see the Cai Rang floating market (the nicest one with heaps of rowing boats). See the beautiful scenery and daily activities of the locals. Walk around a village, visit tropical orchards and a rice husking mill. Disembark at Ninh Kieu quay, visit an Ancient house (in Binh Thuy, 10 km from Cantho).
Return to Ho Chi Minh City via My Tho town. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
You will visit Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Centre Old Post Office and FITO Museum before boarding a flight to Nha Trang. Meet our guide at Cam Ranh Airport and drive to your hotel in Nha Trang city. Check in your hotel and leisure at your own arrangement. Overnight in Nha Trang.
Transfer from your hotel to Cau Da port, then continue with boat for your today first visit to the Nha Trang Institute of Oceanography where various Nha Trang Khanh Hoa sea species make a miniature ocean world there.
After breakfast, you will be free for beach relaxing until boarding a noon flight to Da Nang. Upon arrival, welcomed by our guide and transferred to Hoi An Ancient city which is 30km away. Overnight in Hoi An.
Explore this rich architectural fusion of 300 year Chinese temple, 400 year Japanese covered bridge, 200 year old Vietnamese former merchant home influences by visiting Hoi An narrow streets where each house façade is dangled with lanterns.
In the mid-afternoon, we commence the sunset trip. From your hotel setting out into the Cua Dai Sea with expectations of a bountiful catch. The Hoi An Sunset Cruise Tour enables you to witness two special daily rituals: the passing parade of the local fishing fleet setting out to sea and the magic of the sun slowly sinking in the western sky. Our tour also provides you with the opportunity to experience paddling the strange and unique Vietnamese bamboo basket boat. Back on-board for enjoying the setting of the sun and the day’s end with refreshments including cold beer and soft drinks together with Vietnamese Snack.
Overnight in Hoi An.
After your breakfast, check out and take land trip to Hue via Hai Van Pass to grab your own Vietnam central coast panoramic view. Take a break at the beautiful Lang Co beach for shooting. Then you will be led towards the coastal village An Bang that known as “City of Tombs”. Visit to the cemetery, with its brightly colored structures built on the white sand. Some of these tombs could be confused with mansions reflecting the religious life of the village.
Check in Hue on arrival.
Overnight in Hue.
Commence your morning visiting Hue Imperial Citadel with exploration of Flag Tower, Ngo Mon Gate, Nine Dynastic Urns, Nine Holy Cannons, Thai Hoa Palace, Forbidden City.
In the afternoon, you will board a cruise upstream Perfume River with stop at Thien Mu Pagoda. TuDuc King Mausoleum are your next stop before getting back to city centre to visit well known Dong Ba Market, if you would like to get back to your hotel by cyclo, take your chance to try it in this less crowded city. Overnight in Hue.
After breakfast, transfer to airport for domestic flight to Hanoi. Meet and greet by your tour guide on arrival at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi. Before reaching your hotel, we take a visit to the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology – the biggest in-house and open-air museum with its remarkable cultural and daily life displays – is the only and most interesting museum about fifty four different ethnic minorities currently inhabiting in Vietnam. Check in your hotel and overnight in Hanoi.
Start your day by visiting Ho Chi Minh complex where you could visit the Mausoleum (view from outside on Mondays, Fridays and every afternoon only) and his Residential Area including House on Stilts. Continue with your first pagoda visit in Hanoi – One Pillar Pagoda which it’s origins dates back to the city establishment.
In the afternoon, take a walk in Van Mieu – Quoc Tu Giam (Temple of Literature and the First National University in Vietnam) where its 11th century architecture and gardens offer an ambient glimpse into its past. You might like to experience Hanoi Old Quarter traffic by taking cyclo of which you would have chance to visit streets named after once sold specific products, and HoanKiem Lake – where Hanoi story begins. Your day ends with a Water Puppet Performance – a uniqueart form with puppets from Northern Vietnam depicting rural life scenes, national history episodes or country legends.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Depart from your hotel for 3.5 hours transfer to Ha Long Bay – UNESCO World Natural Heritage – where thousands of spectacular limestone islets and grottoes rising from the clear emerald Gulf of Tonkin. Upon arrival, welcome drink on board prior to your check-in. Lunch with fresh sea food will be served while boat is cruising through many stone islets, floating villages, small beaches. Visit a floating fishing village, talk and meet with local villagers prior to your swimming or free time at your own on the sundeck. Dinner would be ready at the time the boat anchors off at a quiet designated overnight area. Overnight on board in Halong Bay.
Note: Itinerary is subject to change without prior notice due to weather conditions or local administration regulations.
Tai Chi class is available on the sundeck for early risers, then your breakfast served while boat continues cruising around Ha Long Bay. She would lead you through many islets named by its shapes such as Dog, Incense Urn, Fighting Cock, Finger … and so on. Follow your boat staff to explore one of the most magnificent caves – Surprise Cave, then return to your boat to cruise towards wharf. Your vehicle is ready awaiting your disembarkation at approximately 1030 for direct transfer from Ha Long back to Hanoi. Leisure at your own arrangement for the rest of the afternoon. Overnight in Hanoi.
Enjoy your free time until your transfer to Noi Bai International Airport for your departure.
The Vietnam tour is an experience of a lifetime and I highly recommend it! The historical sites and landmarks were incredibly fascinating, and the natural beauty of the country left me in awe. The local cuisine was absolutely delicious and the locals were some of the friendliest and most welcoming people I’ve ever met.
Taking the Vietnam tour was an absolute dream come true! The natural landscapes were breathtaking and the cultural experiences were rich and unforgettable. The tour guides were extremely knowledgeable and approachable, adding an extra layer of enjoyment to the journey