Vietnam cultural tour - 12 days

Highlight: Shopping in Saigon (Hochiminh city) – excursion to Mekong delta – visit Hue citadel – cooking class in Hoian Ancient town – Hanoi capital – enjoy the beauty of Halong bay from your junk cruise – explore Sapa hilltribe village and market
Departure: Daily 
Price: per person US$ 1,195/person
15% off for booking group 6 persons
Flexibly upgrade to Superior, Deluxe, Luxury if requested

Day 01: Hanoi - Arrival (D)

Welcomed by our guide at the airport Noi bai airport, transfer to your hotel in the center of the old quarter area which is convenient location for your visit. After you’re the rest, we would like to show you of Hanoi an daily life with one hour Cyclo ride around the old streets, then stop at Thang Long Theatre for one hour Water Puppets show, the unique art form of Vietnam which tells you so interesting stories about Vietnamese history, cultures… Enjoy welcome dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Ha Noi

Day 02: Hanoi full day visits - Night train to lao Cai (B, D)

Today we would like to show you the major cultural sites around Hanoi city. The first visit to Van Mieu – Quoc Tu Giam (the Temple of Literature & the first university in Vietnam) then we go to Ba Dinh Square for visiting Uncle Ho’s (Ho Chi Minh President) Mausoleum, His Residence area, and one Pillar pagoda nearby. Next site is Quan Thanh temple and Tran Quoc pagoda. In the afternoon, visit the largest and most interesting Museum of Vietnam Ethnology, then back to the Old quarter for shopping. At 20.00, transfer to the train station to Lao Cai. Overnight on train.

Day 03: Lao Cai - Sapa - Hill Tribe villages (B)

Arrive at Lao Cai Train station at about 6.30. Take a transfer to Sapa. Have breakfast at the hotel befor exploring Sapa Town. Check in at 12h. In the afternoon, take a drive to visit Lao Chai village – home of Black H’Mong – here you trek through terraced rice fields to villages, meet and talk with locals to learn more about their daily life and habits. Continue to Ta Van village – home of Dzay hill tribe and meet your car back to hotel in the town. Overnight in Sapa

Day 04: Sapa – Hill tribes colorful market (B, L)
Today, we will invite you an interesting Market tour to one of these Weekly markets:
Sunday: Leave Sapa early by car to Bac Ha district for joining Bac Ha market of mixed hill tribes: Flower H’Mong, Dzay, Dzao etc. Lunch in Bac Ha and return to Lao Cai station for night train to Hanoi
Tuesday: Leave Sapa early by car to Coc Ly colorful market of mixed hill tribes where you have chance to see H'mong and Dzao minority people in their most colorful costumes. Take a boat trip down stream on Chay river with picnic lunch. Enjoy scenic view from river and trek to Dzao, Tay minority village
Thusday: Leave Sapa at 7:30 driving to Muong Khuong market which is a bit smaller than Bac Ha but also an original tribal one. There is not many foreign travelers get here and you will find yourself lost in the crowd of ethnic people of Flower H’Mong, Tay, Padi etc in their traditional colorful costumes. Picnic lunch and return to Lao Cai station for night train to Hanoi.
Saturday: Leave early in the morning at 6am, driving to Can Cau market, passing Bac Ha Town. The road between Bac Ha and Can Cau is hilly but very beautiful. The products at the market are interesting, and many different groups of ethic minority people represent make the market an unforgettable experience. Back to Bac Ha for lunch. Return to Lao Cai station for night train to Hanoi.

Day 05: Hanoi - Halong (B, L, D)
Arrive in Hanoi early in the morning, transfer to our hotel torefresh and breakfast before we drive to visit Halong, a World Heritage Area of outstanding natural beauty. The travel starts at 8:30am. Upon arrival, transfer to a junk for a cruise around Ha Long Bay with a delicious local seafood lunch served on board. Passing Dog Island, Incense Urn Island, Ga Choi Island, FInger Island, Hoa Cuong Island, and visit Cave of surprises and short swim at Titov beach, kayak (kayak cost is not include in this package), if weather permitted. Have dinner on board. In the evening, enjoy fishing. Overnight on board.

Day 06: Halong - Hue (B, L)

In the morning, cruising to Bai Tu long bay, Fire Island, Bo Nau Island, fishing village. Having lunch on boat before driving to Hanoi airport for your evening flight o Hue. Met and transferred to yout hotel. Overnight in Hue.

Day 07: Hue - Danang - Hoi An (B, L)
In the morning, we visit Hue including: The citadel, Minh Mang King’ tomb and Thien Mu pagoda. In the afternoon, we drive you to Hoi An town, which is about 145km from Hue. You will travel through Hai Van Pass to Danang, the car will stop for a visit at Marble mountains and Cham Museum. Overnight in Hoian.

Day 08: Hoi An - Cooking Class (B, L)

In the morning. We take you to the Hai Scout Café at 98 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street to meet the Chef. First, we will have a first lesson of buying ingredients to be used in the cooking lesson later. After the market visit, you board the Red Bridge boat for a leisurely cruise (25 minutes) along the Hoi An River to the Cooking School. This is a chance to view local river life. On arrival, we explore the cooking school’s herb and vegetable garden, before learning about some of Hoi An’s and Vietnam’s well-known dishes, which is the mix of Vietnam and Chinese cuisine. The cooking lesson runs for about 2 hours – each dish is first demonstrated by the chef’s, before you prepare the same dish ourselves. Included in the class is a brief introduction to Vietnamese food carving (plate decoration). After the lesson, we sit down and eat exactly what we have cooked. Free at leisure in the afternoon. Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 09: Hoi An (B)
Free day at leisure

Day 10: Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh City (B)

Leave your hotel early for the flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Met upon your arrival in HoChiMinh city, and after your check in, we will start half day city tour including the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, and bustling China town is should not be missed as well. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.

Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta Excursion (B, L)
Enjoy a full-day excursion to My Tho, 75km south of Saigon, a peaceful town on the bank of the Mekong River. The tour comprises a cruise on the Mekong River, a visit to local homes & orchards, a sampan ride on palm-shaded creeks, a taste of seasonal fruit & honey tea and a performance of traditional southern singing. Lunch of Mekong specialties is arranged. O/N in Saigon.

Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City – Departure (B)
Free time for shopping or optional visit before transfer to Tan Son Nhat airport for departure.

Includes of:
Transportation
Domestic flight with airport tax: Hanoi – Hue; Danang – Saigon
Train ticket: Hanoi – Laocai – Hanoi
Meals as specified in the tour program (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
Accommondation at double or twin room as request
Breakfast at hotel
English speaking guide
Full entrance fees

Excludes of:
International airfare to/from Vietnam
Personal insurance
Expenditure of a personal nature, trips, such as drinks, souvenirs, laudry, emergency transfer & etc.

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