PRIVATE TOUR – CODE: VIBU5

Train in Vietnam has not been improved since 40 years, but it’s still acceptable for most travelers. Apparently slower than flight, but a train journey offers splendid view when the train runs along the east coastline of Pacific ocean. Especially, the train route from Hue to Da Nang passes over Hai Van cloudy pass with one side of Truong Son mountain presenting a grandiose view. The tour ends in Mui Ne beach, the resort paradise of South Vietnam.

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Travel route: Hanoi – Halong – Hanoi – Hue – Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh city – Cai Be – Vinh Long – Cu Chi tunnels – Ho Chi Minh city – Mui Ne – Ho Chi Minh city – Departure

BRIEF ITINERARY

  • Day 1: Hanoi – Arrival (B or L)
  • Day 2: Hanoi – City tour – Water puppet show (B)
  • Day 3: Hanoi – Halong – Overnight on cruise (B,L,D) Group Tour
  • Day 4: Halong – Hanoi – Night train to Hue (B,L)
  • Day 5: Hue – City tour (B)
  • Day 6: Hue – Train to Da Nang – Hoi An (B)
  • Day 7: Hoi An – My Son – Hoi An (B)
  • Day 8: Hoi An – Tra Que herb village (B,L) Group Tour
  • Day 9: Hoi An – Da Nang – Flight to Ho Chi Minh city – Buffet dinner on Saigon river cruise (B,D)
  • Day 10: Ho Chi Minh city – Cai Be – Vinh Long (B,L) Group Tour
  • Day 11: Ho Chi Minh city – Cu Chi tunnels – City tour (B)
  • Day 12: Ho Chi Minh city – Day train to Mui Ne beach – Free beach leisure (B)
  • Day 13: Mui Ne – Free beach leisure (B)
  • Day 14: Mui Ne – Free beach leisure (B)
  • Day 15: Mui Ne – Free beach leisure (B)
  • Day 16: Mui Ne – Free beach leisure (B)
  • Day 17: Mui Ne – Flight to Ho Chi Minh airport – Departure (B)

DETAIL ITINERARY

Day 1: Hanoi – Arrival (B or L)

On arrival at Noi Bai Airport, you are met and transferred to hotel for check in. Ha Noi, Vietnam’s capital, is a stylish and gracious city that retains an unique old world charm and some Asia ‘s most striking colonial architecture. The many lakes and parks make for relaxing atmosphere. The rest of the day is free to relax.

Upon your flight arrival time, breakfast or lunch will be served at local restaurant. Overnight  at hotel in Hanoi.

Day 2: Hanoi – City tour – Water puppet show (B)

Morning, we enjoy a full day city tour starting with the Ho Chi Minh Complex, containing the mausoleum of the nation’s founder Ho Chi Minh, the Presidential Palace and the Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts. This complex also comprises the One Pillar Pagoda, whose origins date back to the foundation of city. We follow this with a trip to the Temple of Literature, which is well known as the first university of Vietnam.

Afternoon, you continue to visit Vietnam museum of ethnology, dedicated to Vietnam’s 54 ethnic groups. Afternoon walk to visit Hanoi Old quarter. Stop to visit Dong Xuan market, Hang Duong “Candy” street, “O Quan Chuong” Old city gate, Old House 87 Ma May street, Hang Dao “Clothes” street, Hang Gai “Silk” street, St.Josepgh Cathedral, Hoan Kiem lake and Ngoc Son temple marking the city centre. Enjoy the famous Vietnamese traditional art of water puppetry at Thang Long Theatre. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 3: Hanoi – Halong – Overnight on cruise (B,L,D)

Check out hotel at 8:00 with transfer to Halong Bay by cruise shuttle bus sharing with other cruisers’ guests. This transfer takes around 3 hours. Arrive at the port around 11:30 and board the ship. Begin sailing and pass through a magical bay, where thousands of sculpted limestone islands rise from the waves like dragons’ teeth. After lunch, take a short trek to a nearby summit for a panoramic view of the bay dotted with golden sails, go swimming on a quiet beach or sunbath on the sundeck. Later in the afternoon, visit an interesting fishing village with an opportunity to interact with local people who have been living in the bay for almost three generations. Back on board, enjoy a lavish dinner. Overnight  on Halong cruise.

Day 4: Halong – Hanoi – Night train to Hue (B,L)

Wake up with Tai Chi exercises (kind of light exercises) on the sun deck and continue cruising along the bays. Enjoy breakfast buffet/brunch in the restaurant, then visit the symbolic limestone grotto of Fighting Cocks, Dug, Rock Dogs, Men’s Head. Visit Sung Sot cave, the most amazing cave discovered in 1901 by French. Disembark in Halong City around 11:00 and get back to Hanoi with the cruise shuttle bus, guide and driver. See off at the train station then our tour guide will help you board the Reunification train code SE1 or SE3. Sleep in a share 4-soft-sleeper compartment with air-condition. Overnight on the train.

Day 5: Hue – City tour (B)

Upon arrival in early morning, you’re picked-up by our tour guide in Hue, then transfer to your hotel. Early check in is confirmed upon the room availability, else you can leave your luggages at hotel lobby (free luggage handling). After breakfast, you will take a boat trip on the Perfume River to peaceful Thien Mu Pagoda and then proceeds to picturesque mausoleum of King Minh Mang and King Khai Dinh. As the park-like facility grave was finished, he withdrew more and more come back here and cared no longer about his government.

Afternoon visiting the Citadel and shopping at Dong Ba market, the spectacular Citadel is home to among others: the Meridian, the court for imperial ceremonies, the Hall of Supreme Harmony, the built in memory of the Nguyen emperors Temple, Nine Dynastic Urns and the Forbidden City, the Imperial family was the subject. Overnight in Hue.

Day 6: Hue – Train to Da Nang – Hoi An (B)

Morning check out the hotel at 8:30am. Our tour guide and driver will transfer you to Hue Railway Station for the Reunification train to Da Nang (train code SE3 from Hue 10:30am to Da Nang 13:00). The train will run over Hai Van Ocean Cloud pass with beautiful landscape: 1 side is Truong Son mountain, 1 side is Pacific Ocean.

Upon arrival at Da Nang Railway station, you disembark and meet our local guide in Da Nang. Private transfer to the ancient port town of Hoi An a World Culture Heritage site by UNESCO in 1999. It is a fascinating combination of Vietnamese traditional characters with Chinese and Japanese influence. Enjoy afternoon walking tour to visit the famous Japanese Covered Bridges, the Pottery Museum, the 200 years old Tamky House, the Chua Ong Pagoda, the vibrant market. Overnight  at hotel in Hoi An.

Day 7: Hoi An – My Son – Hoi An (B)

Morning, transfer to visit My Son Holy Land – Vietnam’s most important Cham’s site. In 1999 it was named a UNESCO World Heritage site. My son becomes a religious center in the late 4th century and lasts till 13th century – a longest period of development of any monument in Southeast Asia. My son is considered to be Champa’s counterpart to the grand cities of Southeast Asia’s other Indian – influenced civilizations: Angkor (Cambodia), Ayuthaya (Thailand) or Borobudur (Java). Return to your hotel and free leisure in the afternoon. Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 8: Hoi An – Tra Que herb village (B,L)

Today you’ll join a group tour. 08:00 am Our local guide will see you at your hotel with your bicycle. You will cycle to a local farm in Tra Que village. A short stroll will take you around the vegetable garden and then you can join the farmers in preparing the land and fertilizing it with seaweed from thelocal lake. following steps are raking the ground, sowing, watering, picking vegetables and many other gardening activities. after all these activities, you will take a short rest and enjoy foot bath before getting to preparing lunch with a local family. Your lunch will consist of many local delicacies including ‘tam huu’ spring roll, Banh xeo or local pancake of people in vietnam middle region. you can join the cooking with the chef on these meals. After your morning excurtions and your lunch, you will take a vietnamese traditional post-prandial nap before learning how to harvest and wrap the vegetables. Around 13.00: bid farewell to your host family before riding back to Hoi An, on the way back we will stop at Japanese tomb. See you off at the hotel. Free afternoon at your leisure. Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 9: Hoi An – Da Nang – Flight to Ho Chi Minh city – Buffet dinner on Saigon river cruise (B,D)

Morning, free at leisure until transfer to airport for flight to Ho Chi Minh city.

Meet on arrival at Ho Chi Minh City / Tan Son Nhat International Airport and transfer to hotel for check in. Transfer to visit the former Palace of Reunification. Stop at the famous Ben Thanh market. Enjoy buffet dinner on Indochina junk where you can cast your views at Saigon splendid city at night.  Overnight  at hotel in Ho Chi Minh.

Day 10: Ho Chi Minh city – Cai Be – Vinh Long (B,L)

Today you’ll join the Small Group Tour. At 6am: Pick up at your hotel in Ho Chi Minh city. Depart for Cai Be by car/van, stopping to take photos in Tan An town overlooking the picturesque flat rice fields. On arrival in Cai Be, set off by motor boat to visit the Cai Be floating market and watch the locals trading fruit and many other commodities on board their vessels. Then wander into the small villages to visit the orchard and fruit plantation.

Keep cruising to Vinh Long through a series of small canals to experience the charms of the Upper Mekong Delta. Visit a small family business to see how coconut candy and crispy rice popcorn are made. Arrive in Binh Hoa Phuoc village, the green pearl of Vinh Long town, where you can immerse yourself in nature. Enjoy a lunch of fresh river food served in the heart of the garden accompanied by traditional southern Vietnamese folk music. Take a delightful walk through the bonsai garden. Meet the car/van in Vinh Long. Return to HCMC. Arrive back at your hotel at around 5pm.End of services. Finish your Mekong Delta tour 1 day. Pick-up & See-off from your hotel. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.

Day 11: Ho Chi Minh city – Cu Chi tunnels – City tour (B)

Take 1-day excursion to Northwest of Ho Chi Minh city. Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels of the Viet Cong. The tunnels played an integral role in the Vietnam War, while the temple is considered one of the most striking structures in all of Southeast Asia. Try crawling inside a part of the tunnels and explore the life underground of Vietnamese guerillas 45 years ago. Return to Saigon for afternoon touring around Saigon city center with stops at War Remnants Museum, Nortre Dame cathedral, Central Post office and take photos in front of Saigon Committee Hall, a symbol of Ho Chi Minh city. Return to your hotel.  Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.

Day 12: Ho Chi Minh city – Day train to Mui Ne beach – Free beach leisure (B)

Breakfast & Check out hotel. Take the day train to Mui Ne beach (3 hours by train). Private pick-up car is provided in Phan Thiet train station to your Mui Ne resort. Mui Ne is the best beach with its nicknamed “the capital resort of Vietnam” with hundreds of choices for beach stay. Check in your resort and overnight in Mui Ne.

Day 13: Mui Ne – Free beach leisure (B)

Breakfast & Free day at your beach leisure. Overnight  in Mui Ne.

Day 14: Mui Ne – Free beach leisure (B)

Breakfast & Free day at your beach leisure. Overnight  in Mui Ne.

Day 15: Mui Ne – Free beach leisure (B)

Breakfast & Free day at your beach leisure. Overnight  in Mui Ne.

Day 16: Mui Ne – Free beach leisure (B)

Breakfast & Free day at your beach leisure. Overnight  in Mui Ne.

Day 17: Mui Ne – Flight to Ho Chi Minh airport – Departure (B)

Free at leisure until transfer to Ho Chi Minh airport (5 hour driving). Take your departure flight. Say goodbye to Vietnam and see you next time !

INCLUSION

  • Visa approval letter to Vietnam on arrival
  • Hotels accommodation including Room-day-use in Hanoi after the night train from Sapa
  • Package 2D/1N on boat cruise in Ha Long with kayaking, swimming, sunbathing and cave exploration
  • Professional tour guides
  • Air-conditioned vehicles for all transportations.
  • Train tickets Hanoi – Hue (soft sleepers), Hue – Da Nang (soft-seats), Saigon – Mui Ne (soft-seats)
  • Sightseeing and entrance fee at all mentioned sites.
  • Meals as mentioned: B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner
  • Group excursions in Hoi An, Mekong delta (Cai Be – Vinh Long)
  • Daily day water available on coach (02 bottles/pax/day)

EXCLUSION

  • International airfare with airport taxes.
  • Vietnam stamp fees paid at the airport for visa upon arrival US$ 45/person for single entry visa
  • Meals that not mentioned in the program.
  • Gratuities for guide & driver
  • Others not mentioned in the price above.