Day 1: Hanoi arrival
Our driver and tour guide will pick you up at the airport and transfer to hotel in Hanoi Center.
Check in your hotel and your time for relaxing after long flight.
Day 2: Hanoi – Fabulous Food and Sights tour by Scooter ( 4 Hours )
8:30AM: Our female driver will pick you up at your hotel and transfer to meeting point and listening the briefing tour program while enjoying Café Trứng (Egg Coffee).
Have you heard about Egg coffee? It sounds a bit weird but the taste is amazing. Even if you are not a coffee-lover, it is still worth trying this creative mixing of coffee by Vietnamese people.
Sound good? While you enjoy your drink, we will talk about the day’s itinerary and destinations.
Next program, we are driving to Hanoi Opera House
Hanoi Opera House is a project built by the French government in the early years of the 20th century. While you’re enjoying the very famous Trang Tien’s Ice cream, we’ll tell you all about its unique structure with the outstanding values in terms of history, culture, architecture and art..
Next program, we are driving to Ho Guom (Hoàn Kiem Lake)
Lying in the centre of Hanoi‘s historic district, Hoan Kiem Lake is a lovely, peaceful place with a fascinating history. In 1428, legend has it that Emperor Le Loi obtained a magical sword from the Dragon King to fight against Chinese oppressors. The sword, as you may have guessed, came from Hoan Kiem lake.
At this stop, we will have a chance to see “Ly Thai To Monument”. This is a cultural and architectural work which aims to honour King Ly Thai To (974 – 1028). He is the first king who found Capital Citadel of Thang Long (Hanoi today).
Next program, we are driving to Nha Tho Lon (St. Joseph’s Cathedral)
Saint Joseph Cathedral, located at 40 Nha Chung street, Hanoi, is a Roman Catholic cathedral with neo- gothic style, which was built about 120 years ago.
Construction began in 1886, with the architectural style described as resembling Notre Dame de Paris. The church was one of the first structures built by the French colonial government in Indochina when it opened in December 1886.
At the end of the 19th century, the Old Quarter of Hanoi had two main marketplaces, one at Hang Duong street and the other at Hang Ma street. In 1889, these two markets were closed and replaced by the original Đồng Xuân Market which was built by the order of the French administration in 1889 as one of the principal new architectures of Hanoi, together with Long Bien Bridge which was located nearby and completed in 1902.
This large, non-touristy market is located in the Old Quarter, 900m north of Hoan Kiem Lake. There are hundreds of stalls here and lots of the goods are household items or tat, but it’s a fascinating place to explore to catch a flavour of local Hanoian life.
Hundred years old train tracks running through the heart of Hanoi’s old town have recently become an interesting attraction – Hanoi train street, for travelers to Hanoi, especially foreigners. Sitting at a cafe in line with the railway, watching the lives of local people, though potentially dangerous, still makes many curious visitors want to experience.
Long Bien Bridge
Next program, we are driving to Long Bien Bridge
Long Bien Bridge was the longest bridge in Asia when it was built from 1899 to 1902.
Known as the oldest bridge in Hanoi that is still living and sharing the daily life with Hanoians silently. At this stop, while you can take some time to enjoy the view and take pictures, our tour guide will also introduce the history of the bridge as well as details about the life of locals from 2 sides of it.
Next program, we are driving to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is the final resting place of Ho Chi Minh, the most iconic and popular leader of Vietnam, known to his people as ‘Uncle Ho’. His body is preserved here in a glass case at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in central Hanoi.
8. Huu Tiep Lake and The B52
Next program, we are driving to Huu Tiep Lake and The B52
We will then have a quick visit to the B52 plane crash site. This is a remarkable victory of Vietnam soldiers during the Vietnam war. You will also get to visit a local market nearby to see daily activities of the Hanoians.
9. Ho Tay (West Lake)
Next program, we are driving to Ho Tay (West Lake)
West Lake is known as Hanoi’s largest freshwater lake. It’s a huge body of water – it has a circumference of 17km – and there are plenty of historic places of interest, five-star hotels, stylish restaurants, cafes, and nightlife venues that are worth exploring along the shoreline.
The West Lake is bordered by several significant pagodas. Vietnam’s oldest pagoda, Tran Quoc pagoda, was built in the 6th century and is located on an island in the middle of the West Lake.
On this tour, Tran Quoc Pagoda is one of the places that cannot be missed.
After that we are driving to local restaurant for drink and try street food with many choices
Please keep in mind that we do not go inside the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum on “Hanoi City sights and street food”tour. This attraction requires a lot of time to fully appreciate so we recommend that you visit them on your own so that we can make the most of time you have with us.
The above itinerary is subject to change, based on the day’s weather and traffic conditions.
We will have many stop to trying street food on the way before having last big meal.
Day 3: Hanoi – Bai Dinh Pagoda – Trang An ( Ninh Binh )
7:30AM: Our guide and driver will meet you at your hotel start 110kms, your journey through verdant landscape of country side.
10:00 – Arriving Glimmering Bai Dinh pagoda complexes, the largest pagoda, not only in Vietnam but also in Southeast of Asia. Scenically set on the foot hill of Dinh Mountain surrounded by amazing views of the exquisite river valley below and dotted and the limestone karsts dotted around which will take your breath away.
This pagoda complexes stunningly boast a array of the most massive and magnificent architecture of Vietnamese tradition refined ever built that it take a full day to explore all. So you will visit some of the highlights that owned the national:500 stone statues of “La Han” (Arhats),2 huge bronze bells, one weighs 27 tons, other weighs 36 tones.
Visit The Quan Yin statue with thousands arms and eyes, Visit Gautama Buddha satatue.
12:00 – Enjoying the lunch at local restaurant with the great local cuisines.
13:30 – Leaving for the Trang An Grottoes, an out-standing natural beauty of majestic limestone massif at 20 square kilometer rise dramatically out from rice paddy fields. Deep into the linked chains of towering mountain are pristine places of mystical valleys, numerous fresh water ponds, and jungle.
Embark on a traditional sampan gently rowed down the exquisite river through numerous caves: Lam Cave, Vang Cave, Dai Cave, Thanh Truot Cave,…and Cao Sơn Temple, Suoi Tien Temple, Vu Lam Temple…
15:30 – Visiting Mua Cave and start an amazing trek up to the top of Ngoa long mountain for watching the spectacular rice valley with specious view of the nature.
17:15 – Returning to car and then come back to Hanoi.
Day 4: Hanoi – Sapa by Private Car ( 330 kms )
7.30: Our driver and guide will pick you up at your hotel for Sapa. We are following the Highway to Lao Cai city with the comfort break.
13.00: Arriving at Sapa Town with colorful traditional costumes of H’mong, Dzao, Tay and Dzay ethnic minorities. Check in hotel and relax.
Day 5: Sapa Trekking and Sightseeing
9:00AM: Our driver and tour guide will pick you up to visit the Lao Chai and Ta Van villages where you can see the daily life of the ethnic minorities – H’Mong and Dzay ethnic minorities.
12:30PM: You will go back to Sa Pa town and free time to relax.
Day 6: Sapa – Free Day
Today, we let you free to explore the beauty of Sapa you also can take the cable car to visit Fansipan Peak. (Optional)
Day 7: Sapa – Hanoi by Private Car
8:30 AM: Our car will pick you up at your hotel and transfer you to Hanoi. You will arrive in Hanoi about 1:00 PM. Check in hotel and relax.
Day 8: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Overnight on Boat
8:30 AM: We will pick you up at your hotel and transfer to Halong Bay.
12:15PM: Arrive at Halong, you are welcomed by our crew and boarding to check in and have lunch while cruising to see the beauty of Halong Bay and Lan Ha Bay.
15:30PM: We will visit the Frog Pond area – famous for the pristine natural beauty and poetic, attractive seascape of Lan Ha Bay. Here you will take some photos of the romantic, lyrical local see sights. This is also the best time for tourists to enjoy kayaking – which is an interesting activity to discover the truest beauty of the limestone mountains and the blue sky of Lan Ha Bay. Afterwards, visitors immerse in the emerald green water of Lan Ha with exciting swimming activities.
17:30PM: Return to Cruise. Enjoy sunset party on boat is an ideal time for photography enthusiasts to capture the stunning moment of sunset at Lan Ha Bay.
19:00PM: Enjoy a romantic dinner on cruise.
Day 9: Halong Bay – Hanoi ✈ to Hue
6:30AM -7:30AM: Breakfast is served.
7:30AM: You will visit Dark and Light cave area, a famous beautiful area of Lan Ha Bay with the pristine natural scenery, charming emerald sea. You will enjoy the beautiful scenery here on the bamboo boat (indigenous people rowing boat) to mingle with nature, get away from the hustle and bustle of urban life to feel the relaxed and most comfortable moments.
9:30AM: You return to the boat and check out cabin then having lunch.
12:00PM: Disembark and move back the port and get on your car to Hanoi Airport for your fight to Hue City.
Upon arrival, you will be picked up and transferred to Hotel.
Accommodation: Imperial Hue Hotel
Domestic flight to Hue
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Dinner: N/ A
Day 10: Hue City Tour
8.00AM: Our guide and driver meet you at the hotel and transfer you to the boat landing for a leisure boat trip along the Perfume River to visit the towering Thien Mu Pagoda, one of the most famous Vietnamese landmarks.
We then take a short drive into a lush valley of the river where seven tombs were built for seven Nguyen Emperors. We will visit two of the tombs: Minh Mang Tomb and Khai Dinh Tomb to help you understand more about Royal’s life and architecture.
12:00 After that, drive outside of town for lunch and enjoy classic Hue cuisine at a restaurant in a beautiful garden setting.
In the afternoon: Our driver and tour guide will drive you to Hoi An.
Arrive in Hoi An, Check in hotel and relax.
Day 11: Hue City – My Son- Hoi An
Our diver and tour guide will pick you up at your hotel. Today we drive 130KM to My Son.
My Son – “the spirit and art valley” is a symbol for a brilliant period of Champa kingdom. Since 1999, My Son has been recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage site.
On the way you have many stops to take photos and see the daily lives of local people, you will go up to Hai Van pass which is famous, quite simply, as a great road trip linking the popular central Vietnamese destinations of Hue and Danang
Arrive in My Son Temple, a special electric car will pick you up at the main gate and take you to the place where was chosen to build the temple tower of the Champa Royal for nearly 1000 years with many ancient towers hidden in a discreet valley. The place where the most exquisite focus of ancient Champa culture – is considered to be the Holy Land.
There, you will hear the stone bricks tell about the dancing gods, tell about the gods of worship in the Champa culture, and so many secrets that until now still have no explanation and maybe you will be the first decode them.
After visiting and listening to the tour guide talk about the mysteries here. You will get on car and go to Hoi An for overnight.
Day 12: Hoi An – Free time.
Today you are free to explore Hoi An old town or you also can go shopping. It is the best place for buying clothes.
Day 13: Hoi An – Danang ✈ to Ho Chi Minh City
This morning, you will be free until our driver pick you up at your hotel and transfer to Danang airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City.
Upon arrival, our tour guide and driver will welcome you at the airport and transfer you to the restaurant for lunch then we take Half Day Ho Chi Minh City Tour.
This afternoon, we are going to visit Independence Palace, also known as the Reunification palace, The Independence palace is widely referred to as a historical landmark of Ho Chi Minh City and was designed by the architect Ngo Viet Thu. Continue visiting the remarkable structures from the French Colonial times such as the Notre Dame Cathedral, the historic Central Post Office. Additionally, followed by the outstanding site of the War Remnants Museum the museum has a vast display of the both the Indochina wars.
Day 14 Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta
Our driver and tour guide will pick you up at at your hotel in the morning, and we will bring you down to the Mekong Delta.
On the way you will get a chance to view the beautiful scenery as we go past the stunning rice fields. Upon arrival at Cai Be, take a relaxing boat trip on the Mekong River to enjoy the fresh air and the charming stilt house at the river bank. Then, visit the authentic life of the locals and challenge yourself to bargaining at cottage handicraft shops. Take an adventurous sampan ride in palm shaded canals. Arriving at one of the villages, the locals will serve you with fresh honey tea and tropical fruits whilst they will perform their traditional folk
Having lunch at local restaurant
After lunch, we take the short walk discover the village before going back to boat to get to car back to Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 15: Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi Tunnel
8:30 AM: Our diver and tour guide will pick you up at your hotel and drive to Cu Chi (60km – 1,5 hours)
Upon arrival, watch a documentary film
Discover special constructed living areas with kitchens, bedrooms, storage, weapons factories, field hospitals and command centers helping whoever lives inside the tunnels meet their basic needs.
Discover an underground town
Discover many hidden trap doors and dangerous traps within the maze-like tunnels and learning more about the handmade weapon and traps….
After vising Cu Chi Tunnels, we drive back to Ho Chi Minh City for lunch.
Day 16: Ho Chi Minh ✈ to Phom Penh
Today you are free until our driver comes to pick you up at your hotel to Tan Son Nhat Airpot for your flight to Phnom Penh.
Day 17: Phnom Penh City Tour
8:30AM: We’ll pick you up at your hotel and start our day of visiting these sites, in no specific order
Wat Phnom: Found in 1372, the pagoda was built to house Buddhist relics washed ashore by the river. It stands 27 meters (88.5 ft) above the ground, also the tallest religious structure in the city. Wat Phnom is the central point of Phnom Penh.
Royal Palace is a complex of buildings which serves as the royal residence of the king of Cambodia. The Kings of Cambodia have occupied it since it was built in the 1860s, with a period of absence when the country came into turmoil during and after the reign of the Khmer Rouge.
Silver Pagoda is located on the south side of the Royal Palace, also known as Wat Preah Keo or Temple of the Emerald Buddha. The Silver Pagoda is so named for its floor, which is covered with 5 tons of gleaming silver. You can sneak a peek at some of the 5000 tiles near the entrance, but most are covered for protection. Inside is a series of lavish Buddha statues made of precious metals.
Cambodia National Museum: Built in 1917 it is an exceptional example of traditional architecture and is exclusively devoted to preserving and displaying Khmer art and sculptures. Hundreds of pieces are housed here including both pre-and post-Angkorian pieces.
Lunch will be served at a local restaurant and relax before we leave the city center to Killing Fields (16 km south of Phnom Penh).
Killing fields of Choeung Ek: Between 1975 and 1978 about 17.000 men, women, children and infants (including nine westerners) detained and tortured at S-21 prison were transported to the extermination camp of Choeung Ek. They were often bludgeoned to death to avoid wasting precious bullets. Fragments of human bone and bits of cloth are scattered around the disinterred pits. Over 8000 skulls, arranged by sex and age, are visible behind the clear glass panels of the Memorial Stupa, which was erected in 1988.
Return to Phnom Penh, visit the notorious Tuol Sleng Museum. In 1975 Tuol Svay Prey High School was taken over by Pol Pot’s security forces and turned into a prison known as Security Prison 21 (S-21). It soon became the largest such center of detention and torture in the country. More than 17.000 people held at S-21 were taken to the extermination camp at Choeung Ek to be executed; detainees who died during torture were buried in mass graves in the prison ground. The museum displays include room after room of these photographs of men, women and children covering the walls from floor to ceiling; virtually all the people pictured were later killed.
Visit the Russian Market (Psah Tuol Thom Pong), a lively outdoor market where you will find antiquities, silver and gold jewelry, gems, silk, kramas, stone and wood carvings, as well as T-Shirts, CDs and other souvenirs.
Day 18: Phnom Penh ✈ to Siem Reap
This morning, you will take flight from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap.
Upon arrival time, our driver and tour guide will pick you up and transfer you to Hotel.
This afternoon, we are going to visit Tonle Sap Lake. This is the largest permanent fresh-water lake in South East Asia and flows into Tonle Sap River. We will see a fishermen’s “floating village” with floating schools, floating police station, etc. It is same as a big village floating on the lake, and the “village” move from place-to-place following water levels and current. And then ARTISAN D’ANGKOR has developed from the ambitious belief that it is possible to revive ancient Khmer Arts & Crafts while improving the lives of thousands of people living in rural areas.
Day 19: Siem Reap – Angkor Tour
We drive to Angkor Thom that was the masterpiece of King Jayavarman VII. Following the occupation of Angkor by the Chams from 1177 to 1181, the new king decided to build an impregnable fortress at the heart of his empire.
We begin to visit Bayon Temple. At the exact center of Angkor Thom, this is an eccentric expression of the creative genius and inflated ego of Cambodia’s most celebrated king.
Photo stop at Terrace of the Leper King. Along the Terrace of Elephants, originally used as a viewing gallery for the king to preside over parades, performances and traditional sports. At the southern end lies the Baphuon, once of the most beautiful temples at Angkor, dating from the reign of Uditayavarman 1 in the 11th century.
Visit the picturesque Ta Prohm that had nearly disappeared into the jungle and remains overgrown, an oddly haunting and exotic scene. The magnificent roots of a tree, pushing between the huge stone blocks of the temple in a sort of embrace, evoke feelings that you may remember forever.
We journey out to the mother of all temples, Angkor Wat. Believed to be the world’s largest religious building, this temple is the perfect fusion of symbolism and symmetry and a source of pride and strength to all Khmers.
Day 20: Siem Reap – Departure
Today, you will be free until our driver comes to pick you up and transfer you to the airport for your next destination. It’s time to say goodbye, we thank you for traveling with us and warmly welcome you to come again.
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