ESSENCE OF VIETNAM

Duration :
nights 6 days 7
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DAY 01

 Hanoi - Arrival  

 Upon your arrival in Hanoi, the capital and the largest city in  Vietnam,  be met  and taken    to the hotel.

 In the evening enjoy a unique and fascinating show of Water  Puppetry, a  traditional    stage art of Vietnam.




DAY 02

Halong Bay Cruise

 After breakfast, board the Halong Sails Golden Cruise  to  discover the  breathtaking Ha    Long Bay, Vietnam’s most  wonderful scenic sight: take a  fantastic view of the picturesque  scenery, skyline with over 3,000 limestone  islets rising  amazingly from the clear and    emerald water, with hundreds of  peerless karst formations and beautiful grottoes and    caves.  

 

 

 

 Have lunch with fresh seafood while the boat passes by the  islets of Dinh  Huong (Incense  Urn), Cho Da (the Dog), the  fighting roosters as well as a  Halong fishing village. Visit Sung  Sot (Cave of Surprise) – one of the most  beautiful caves in the  bay. You can climb up    Titop mountain for a panoramic  view of  Halong Bay and enjoy.

 

 

 

DAY 03

Halong Bay - Hanoi

 See sunrise on the deck and practice Tai Chi.

 After breakfast, visit the beautiful Luon cave by small boat  passing Tortoise  Island and  Man Head Island.

 Check out of Cabin and after lunch return to Hanoi.

 Overnight in Hanoi

 

DAY 04

Hanoi

 Stroll around the downtown to explore the different local ways  of life and we will  visit the  Vietnam’s thousand-year-old capital  city including One Pillar Pagoda,  Hoan Kiem Lake,  Ngoc Son  Temple and Temple of Literature. Quan Thanh  Temple, Old  Quarter    which is submitted to UNESCO  to be recognized as  World  Culture Heritage.    

 

 Transfer to airport for flight to Ho Chi MInh .   

 

DAY 05

Ho Chi Minh

 After Breakfast, drive overland to Cu Chi Tunnels, an incredible  underground network    constructed by Vietnamese guerrillas to  protect the region against the American attacks    during the  Vietnam War. We can even crawl a part inside the tunnel, visit  their infirmary,    kitchen.... to discover how people had survived  hereby.

 

 

 

 


 In the afternoon our walking tour will take you from the Saigon  River past the Opera    House, Town Hall, Notre Dame Cathedral  and the old Post Office (all magnificent    sights from the French  colonial period).

 

 

 

 

DAY 06

Ho Chi Minh – Mekong Delta

 Your journey takes you to My Tho - the heart of the Mekong  delta - famous for its vast    rice fields and beautiful landscapes.  Visit the Vinh Trang pagoda en route and stop at the  banks of  Tien Giang river.

 Take a boat trip on the Mekong River to a local workshop  where handicraft and sweets  from coconut are being produced.  Taste some homemade honey-tea, savour fresh    seasonal  fruit and enjoy a traditional live music performance.

 Proceed by sampan boats through the small canals and side  arms of the river to observe  the daily life along the river  banks.

DAY 07

Ho Chi Minh City - Departure  

 After breakfast, morning free for relaxing and shopping at Ben  Thanh Market, the city’s    biggest most authentic market where  you can find anything from basic supplies to    souvenirs and at  dozens of boutique shops.

 

 Afternoon transfer to airport for your departure flight.