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April 13, 2016

Introduction to Vietnam 8 Days

Written By Tuan Dong

This is the perfect journey for travelers who seek for an introduction to Vietnamese heritage, culture, wonders and cuisine. The trip takes in a half day trip to the underground network of Cu Chi Tunnels; the sights of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Hoi An on foot; cyclo ride of Hanoi’s Old Quarter to learn about traditional Vietnamese architecture; and a night cruising Halong Bay aboard a traditional Junk.

Brief itinerary:
Day 1: Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City [formerly Saigon]
Day 2: Sights & Sounds of the Bustling City
Day 3: Visit Cu Chi Tunnels – Flight to Danang, Transfer to Hoi An
Day 4: Hoi An – Guided Walking Tour ½ Day – Free Afternoon of Leisure
Day 5: Morning Flight to Hanoi – Afternoon City Tour of Hanoi & Water Puppet Show
Day 6: Hanoi – Halong Bay
(Join with other travelers on the cruise)
Day 7: Halong Bay Cruising – Return to Hanoi
Day 8: Depart Hanoi

Detailed itinerary:
Day 1: Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City [formerly Saigon]
Upon your arrival at Tan Son Nhat airport in Ho Chi Minh City, met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Meals: None
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

Day 2: Sights & Sounds of the Bustling City
Today you’ll embark on a guided city tour, starting with the War Remnants Museum – a real eye-opening part of Vietnam’s proud history; followed by the Reunification Palace; the former South Vietnam Presidential Palace; the Notre Dame Cathedral and Old Post Office, as you  get your camera working overtime peeking into the past of Vietnam’s biggest, most energetically progressive city.

After a tasty lunch at a local restaurant, continue with a Chinatown walking tour through the back streets to be part of the local daily life. Stop off for a visit to Thien Hau temple, which was built in the early 19th Century in tribute to the goddess of seafarers. Delve deeper into Chinatown by visiting the amazing Cholon and Binh Tay Market (or Ben Thanh market) for an insight into where the locals actually shop. Then you’ll be back at your hotel in time to have a bit of a stroll around the city centre, or simply relax.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

Day 3: Visit Cu Chi Tunnels – Flight to Danang, Transfer to Hoi An
This morning a 1,5-hour drive will take you to Cu Chi Tunnels where you will visit the amazing network of underground tunnels was used during the Vietnam War by the Viet Cong. This huge construction was a habitation for villagers in the war time. With 3 levels of depth, it was never discovered by the US during the Vietnam War despite its proximity to Saigon. Visit the fighting tunnel system with your local guide. Return to Saigon after lunch for a late afternoon flight to Danang On arrival, pick up and transfer to your hotel in the downtown of Hoi An.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Hoi An

Day 4: Hoi An – Guided Walking Tour ½ Day – Free Afternoon of Leisure
After breakfast, your guide will meet you at your hotel lobby to give you a proper show-around of the old town. You’ll start a walking tour with a lion’s share of places of interest: the 400-year old Japanese Covered Bridge; the Phuc Kien Assembly Halls; the museum and the colorful local market. Following the narrow lanes, you’ll meander through tiny streets studded by houses influenced by Chinese, Japanese, French and European architectures.

After such gallivanting, your time will be your own to wander around or getting amongst some retail therapy. The remainder of the day will be your own!

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Hoi An

Day 5: Morning Flight to Hanoi – Afternoon City Tour of Hanoi & Water Puppet Show
Morning transfer to Danang airport for a short flight to Hanoi. On arrival, you will be picked up and and transferred to your hotel in the downtown.

After lunch, visit The Temple of Literature, which, dating back to 1070, is Vietnam’s oldest university. You will then visit Ngoc Son Temple and Hoan Kiem Lake – the Ngoc Son Temple is set on a tiny island on Hoan Kiem Lake, its history dating back to the 13th century; a cyclo ride for 1 hour touring through the narrow, chaotic streets of the Old Quarter – a must for any visitor to Hanoi! The day finishes with a traditional performance of the famous Vietnamese water puppets. Overnight in Hanoi.   

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Hanoi   

Day 6: Hanoi – Halong Bay (Join with other travelers on the cruise)
At 08.00, you will be picked up at your hotel and start the scenic 3.5 hour drive to Halong Bay, one of the most spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Areas and the world’s largest marine limestone ‘karst’ landscape. Enjoy the landscape of the Red River Delta countryside and have a short break en-route.
Meet the crew upon boarding the traditional wooden junk, then relax and enjoy lunch while the boat heads towards the secluded islands. Visit a fishing village by a rustic rowing-boat, meet the local people and pass through the floating school and pearl farms. Return to the junk refreshed and and relax on sundeck with a drink to watch the sunset. Enjoy a freshly prepared seafood dinner under the stars.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight on a traditional junk boat in Halong Bay 

 

Day 7: Halong Bay Cruising – Return to Hanoi
Enjoy an early morning swim/Taichi (if weather permits) followed by breakfast. You will visit a famous ancient limestone cave in the middle of the bay where you’ll discover magnificent stalagmites and stalactites as you walk along the lit paths on a guided tour. Enjoy a tasty brunch while cruising back to the main harbor Pier where your private car will be waiting for you and transfer you back to Hanoi.

Meals: Breakfast, Brunch
Overnight in Hanoi

Day 8: Depart Hanoi
Your time will be your own until being picked up to head to Noi Bai Airport for your onward journey or departure flight home.

Meals: Breakfast

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Country: Vietnam
City: Hanoi
Address: 28F Pham Hong Thai
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Tuan Dong

Tuan Dong

A Travel specialist for Vietnam and Southeast Asia with more than 10 years of tailor-made experiences

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