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  • Ha Noi - Vietnam
  • 13 Nights / 14 days

Explore Authentic Vietnam 13 nights/14days

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Tour Route - Where you'll visit
1 Ha Noi
Vibrant and exciting Hanoi, Vietnam's capital, is a buzzing city that oozes self-assurance. Because it was bombed far less during the war, its Old Quarter remains intact - with each street devoted to different wares, from shoes to chicken's feet, conical hats and deities. Sit back in the elegant French quarter and observe the city on parade; watch traditional water puppetry, or join a  public Tai Chi session on the shores of the Hoan Kiem Lake. In the centre of the lake is a beautiful Chinese temple, reached by crossing an ornate red bridge. You may also wish to visit the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum complex and the Temple of Literature. 
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2 Cuc Phuong
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4 Ha Long Bay
As you sail in the area of Ha Long Bay, you will pass close to enourmous limestone Karsts that explode out of the water in majestic shapes. Adjoinng Ha Long Bay is a quieter, more beautiful Bay called Bay Tu Long. We are one of a few companies that have liccense to take our travellers into this area. Here you can enjoy kayaking around the Karsts marvelling at their majesty and splendour. You can visit one of the man made beaches  or explore a natural cave situated high in one of the Karsts. Or you can simply relax onboard enjoying the peace and tranquility of Bay Tu Long. 
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5 Hue
Hue is a small town in the central area of Vietnam. It is the Imperial city of the country being where the Emperor and his entourage lived within the walled city up to the end of the French colonial rule. Meandering through the city and into the countryside is the lovely Perfume River. A trip on one of the Dragon boats will take you to visit the impressive Temples assigned to one or another revered leader of the past as well as a lovely riverside monastery where Thich Nhat Hanh lived before he had to flee the country due to his humanitarian work during the Vietnam/American war. With its history and charming relaxed way of being, Hue is a perfect stopover for 1 or 2 nights en route south to the lovely town of Hoi An. 
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6 HCM City
Prior to reunification of the country, Ho Chi Minh was previously known as Saigon and was the capital of South Vietnam. It is now the largest city in Vietnam and the commercial centre. The influence of the Americans is easy to see in the central area wth the wide streets and tall buildings. The city has some great restaurants and is the place to be if shopping is your thing. And when you have had your fill of shopping and eating, you can head for the historical sites. The most famous place to visit are the Cu Chi Tunnels where the Viet Cong from the North sprang surprise attacks on the southern troops. The tunnels were also used as a place to store things and to live for months at a time. 

You can also visit the Re-Unification Palace, the Cathedral and the Central Post Office that was built by Mr Eiffel of Paris and is still operating today. And if the Vietnam/ American war is an interest, you might choose to visit the Museum where there are many evokative photographs and memorabilia on display. 
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7 Can Tho
Can Tho is the largest town in the Mekong Delta in the south of Vietnam. It sits around 3.5 hours by road  to the West of HCM City and is the perfect place to use as a base to explore the amazing and intriguing Delta area. The town itself has a few hotels and restaurants catering for the visitor and lots of local Vietnamese charactor and culture. 

You can travel by river on the Mekong and the various tributaries to explore how the local people live in, on and by the river. Farming and fishing are the main activities in this area. Small villages will specialise in producing a specific product be that sweet treats or basket work. As in most of Vietnam, locals are friendly and open and freely invite you to watch and even engage in what they are doing. 
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Detailed Itinerary

Day ONE +-
  • Day 1- Arrival in Hanoi
You will be greeted at the airport by our Vietnam Travel Centre representative and taken directly to your hotel to rest or explore as you choose. Ha Noi is the capital city of Vietnam and the second largest city next to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).  It is a 1000 year old city that is packed full of diversity, character and vitality. The heart of the city is Hoan Kiem Lake where locals and tourists alike sit, walk or join in with daily Tai Chi and exercise groups. To the north of the city is the Old Quarter where an ancient style of living among the narrow streets and tiny buildings dominates. To the south of the Lake is the elegant French Quarter with its wide tree lined boulevards and Colonial style architecture. After a rest and lunch, you can enjoy a Cyclo ride around the central area to get a snap shot of this vibrant and busy city. After the cyclo rid, you can enjoy the unique Water Puppet show accompanied by talented local musicians playing traditional instruments. The rest of the evening is at your leisure. Overnight in Ha Noi.
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  • Day 2 - Ha Noi
This morning you will embark on a city tour of Hanoi. We will begin our day by visiting the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum where Uncle Ho read the manifesto in 1945. The next stop is the nearby Temple of Literature, the site of Vietnam´s first University. Here we will also have a chance to enjoy a traditional music performance. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant where you can taste the authentic Hanoi Pho (noodle soup). In the afternoon choose from one of the numerous museums or temples around Hanoi (Museum of Ethnology, Women´s Museum, History Museum or Quan Thanh Temple). Later this afternoon, take a cyclo trip around Hoan Kiem Lake and Hanoi´s fascinating Old Quarter. This is your chance to be in the midst of typical Hanoian life and Vietnamese culture. We finish our day by attending a Water Puppet Show - a popular experience for all visitors to Vietnam. Overnight in Hanoi.
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  • DAY 3 – Hanoi – Cuc Phuong
Depart from your hotel after breakfast, to travel to Mai Chau. Enjoy the scenic route. Upon arrival at Poom Coom village in Mai Chau, take a short walk to visit the ethnic Thai people. Take a break for lunch before embarking on a trek through the Pu luong Nature Reserve (~ 10 km). Later we take a short car ride to trek to the Kho Muong village – perhaps the setting of one of the most beautiful places in Vietnam. Stroll through the village and join the villagers as they go about their daily lives or relax in one of the three-eco homestays set up by FFI (Flora and Fauna International) in conjunction with the locals. On arrival in Kho Muong village spend your first night in a typical Thai eco-stilt-house where you will be welcomed by the family that lives there. Spend your evening at leisure.
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  • DAY 4 – Ngoc Son Ngo Luong
Early this morning go on a trek up to the Khanh Village for a short river rafting trip along the Buoi river to Thach Lam commune where we begin our 12km (~3.5 hour) trek. Trekking highlights include: a meandering river, houses on stilts, rice paddies, and a waterfall. Picnic lunch at a local home at Thuong village then more afternoon trekking (3- 3.5 hours) until we reach tonight's homestay Enjoy dinner at a Muong family home. Overnight at homestay. These homestays are a product of a community based tourism project between the village and Spanish NGO, Fundación Promoción Social de la Cultura.
Day FIVE +-
  • DAY 5 – Sat Thuong village – Hanoi
Enjoy another day of village-to-village trekking. (Route is about 7km (~3.5 hours).). Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant at the Ngoc Son Center. You will be transferred back to Hanoi where you can spend the evening at leisure. Overnight in Hanoi.
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  • DAY 6 –Hanoi – Ha Long (Bai Tu Long Bay)
At 8:00am depart to Halong from your hotel. The drive takes 4 hours driving passing through the Vietnamese countryside and lush rice paddy fields. Arriving at the port around noon, the boat’s crew will be ready to welcome you on board. Check-in, enjoy a welcome drink & attend the cruise briefing. Enjoy a cruise along this fascinating bay that features thousands of limestone karts and isles in various sizes and shapes. Savour a fresh, local seafood lunch while cruising on to Bai Tu Long Bay. Stop in between for a swim, visit the mysterious Thien Canh cave and relax at a secluded beach, You will also get the opportunity to kayak and explore the bay up close. Back on the boat to enjoy a relaxing sunset. Dinner and overnight on board.
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  • DAY 7 - Ha Long- Hanoi – night train to Hue
Early risers can enjoy the sunrise and the quiet breath-taking beauty of karst landscape. Enjoy breakfast in the fresh morning air of the bay and then visit the Vong Vieng fishing village by a rustic row-boat. Meet the locals, visit a floating school & discover the many fish farms. Later take one more swim in the middle of the bay. Enjoy lunch on the boat as we slowly cruise back to port On arrival back at the Port, transfer back to Hanoi at 4:00pm. You will be transferred to the railway station later for your overnight train journey to Hue.
Day EIGHT +-
  • DAY 8 - Hue
You will arrive into Hue around 10.00 am where you will be met by your guide and driver and transferred to a hotel. You can take a short break here for refreshments before embarking on a tour of Hue. Set on the beautiful Perfume River, Hue is the best place to discover the imperial past of Vietnam. Vietnam’s last imperial family who ruled here under the French, lavished the city with grand mausoleums and structures. This morning you can explore the Royal Tombs, choosing only to visit the best ones, as we have plenty to do today. Visit the Tu Duc Royal Tomb after which you can enjoy traditional lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, you will visit the Khai Dinh Royal Tomb and then head back to Hue Center to visit the former Imperial Citadel. Later, drive to the Thien Mu Pagoda and learn more about Buddhism in Vietnam. Finally, take a short walk to the boat dock for your cruise on the Perfume River before returning to your hotel. Spend your evening at leisure.
Day NINE +-
  • Day 9 – Hue – Aluoi
This morning you will be transferred to the Minh Mang Tombs where you will embark on a special cycling tour to A Luoi district on 49 highway. A Luoi district is located in the West of Thua Thien Hue which is blessed with beautiful landscapes, rich wildlife, nature and the colorful traditional culture. A Luoi is also the site of many battles during the war between America/Viet Nam. Along the way to A Luoi, stop at Bình Điền Village to discover the life of the local people who work in rubber plantations and on coffee farms. Visit the Hong Ha Commune where you will have a chance to visit the local school and get an insight into the studying conditions of Ethnic children in the highland of Viet Nam. Also you will travel to the rice fields, watershed of Perfume river and community house of Ethnic groups. Reaching the Centre of A Luoi district by van at noon, have lunch and spend the afternoon strolling through the markets. This afternoon, you continue cycling to Nham Village which is 7 kms from A Luoi town. Nham Village is an ethnic village where the Ta oi and Katu group live mainly in the middle-level of mountains. These groups are adept in growing cotton, weaving cloths brocades and making some musical instrument (drum, pan, flute). Afterwards, you will have dinner at community house, served with bamboo rice drilled and roast meat along with Doac alcohol and some tropical fruits. , Enjoy some local traditional dances before going to your Homestay which is a stilt house at Nham Village.
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  • DAY 10 – Aluoi – Hue – Saigon ( 70 minutes flight)
Spend your morning at leisure.Depart to Hue by cycle through the Kim Quy Pass. You will be transferred to Hue cityyou’re your afternoon flight to Saigon. On arrival transfer to your hotel for an evening of leisure/
  • Day 11 – Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
This morning, we have organised for you to visit the Cu Chi war tunnels which is a network of underground tunnels used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. The tunnels were the location of several military campaigns during the Vietnam War and besides being used as hiding spots, were also used as communication and supply routes, hospitals, food and weapon caches and living quarters for numerous North Vietnamese fighters. Experience what life was like for the guerrillas by crawling through 50 meters of the 200 km long tunnel. Later this morning you will also have the opportunity to visit a rice paper workshop. In the afternoon, visit the Reunification Palace. Discover real Saigon through the eyes of a local. Visit the bustling ChoLon market, a hidden Chinese pagoda, the Notre Dame Cathedral, the historic Central Post Office, and the City Hall. Return to your hotel and spend your evening at leisure.
  • Day 12 – HCM City – Can Tho
You will leave HCM City at 8:00 am and head south to Cai Be. Upon arrival, board a boat for a journey through the Mekong's floating markets. Experience life on the river and watch trading between merchant ships and local farmers. Cruise through the secluded canals and cross the mighty Mekong to an island where you will stop to enjoy fresh seasonal fruits before taking a boat to Vinh Long. After this you will be transferred to Can Tho, the largest town in the Mekong Delta.
  • Day 13- Can Tho - Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
This morning take a boat trip to visit the Cai Rang floating markets and explore the region first by way of a cruise and then by a walk along quiet country roads. Get up and close to the life of the locals here. Head back to HCM City in the evening and spend the rest of your day at leisure.
  • Day 14 – HCM City - Outbound flight
Your driver will arrive in good time to transfer you to HCM City airport for your outbound flight.

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