It can be said that there were three layers of culture overlapping each other during the history of Vietnam: local culture, the culture that mixed with those of China and other countries in the region, and the culture that interacted with Western culture. The most prominent feature of the Vietnamese culture is that it was not assimilated by foreign cultures thanks to the strong local cultural foundations. On the contrary, it was able to utilize and localize those from abroad to enrich the national culture.
Day 1: Arrive Hanoi
You are arrival at our thousand years Capital Hanoi city. Vietnam ANZ Travel's guide will welcome you at the airport Noi Bai Airport and then be transferred to your hotel in the center of city. It is time for you to relax after long journey. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi - Halong Bay (B, L, D)
Today we leave Hanoi to Halong bay. Upon arrival, we will embark to a junk /boat for a cruise around Ha Long Bay. While the junk cruising caves, grottoes, floating villages on Ha Long bay, having seafood meals on boat. Stop for a while for an excursing to Surprise Caves, (Grotto of Surprises) and Swimming, Kayaking if weather permitted. In the evening, enjoy the night fishing (if weather permitted). Overnight on board.
Day 3: Halong Bay - Hanoi - Sapa (B)
This morning, enjoyed the sunrise from the deck and enjoy a full breakfast (or brunch) as your boat sails back to the harbor. Check out and say goodbye to your crew and take transfer arranged back to Hanoi with the balance of day is free at leisure. This evening, you'll be transfered to airport for night train to Lao cai/Sapa. Overnight on train.
Day 4: Sapa Tour (B, L)
Arrive at Lao Cai train station at about 6.30. Vietnam ANZ Travel’s Guide will pick up and transfer to Sapa. Check in at the hotel and freshen your up with breakfast in the good weather of Sapa. Visit Sapa town afterward and in the afternoon, take a 2km short trekking to Cat Cat Village, the home of H’mong minority.
Day 5: Sapa - Hanoi (B, L)
After breakfast, take optional trekking more or take a short drive by Vietnam ANZ Travel’s land cruise to visit Lao Chai and Ta Van Villages, home of H?mong and Day ethic. Along the way are slope rice field, bamboo valley , rustic villages and villager daily work. Return to Sapa and take a transfer to Lao Cai station for night train to Hanoi.
Day 6: Hanoi city tour (B, L)
Arrive in Hanoi in the early morning, met with Vietnam ANZ Travel's guide and transfer to local restaurant for breakfast and refreshment. After breakfast, you’ll have the whole day to explore Vietnam’s capital city. Set out on a visit to the Ho Chi Minh Complex: Completed in 1975 the complex contains Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, his former stilt-house residence, the Presidential Palace and the Ho Chi Minh museum. Then visit the Temple of Literature: Originally built as a temple to Confucius, this is the site of Vietnam’s first university dating back to 1070 and Tran Quoc Pagoda, the oldest in Hanoi, on the banks of Hanoi’s Ho Tay (West) Lake. Lunch is at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, drive to visit the Vietnam Ethnology Museum – it is widely acknowledged as the best in the country and has an extensive display dedicated to Vietnam’s 54 Ethnic minority peoples. As well as the comprehensive array of exhibits inside, there are also traditional tribal houses reconstructed within the grounds. Return to the city centre to visit Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son Temple. Then be free at the balance of day.
Day 7: Hanoi - Dong Hoi (B)
You'll be free in the morning for your own exploration... This afternoon, AsiaTourAdvior's guide pick up again and start with cyclo ride around the old streets including: Hang Giay – Hang Be, Hang Mam – Hang Bac – Ma May – Dao Duy Tu- Hang Chieu – Hang Ma – Hang Ca- Cha Ca- Lan Ong – Thuoc Bac – Lo Ren – Hang Dong – Bat Su – Hang Bo – Luong Van Can – Hang Gai – Cau Do, then stop at Thang Long theatre for enjoying the Water puppet show at 17:15. You'll be free for dinner (on your own account) until take a night train to Dong Hoi.
Day 8: Phong Nha Cave - Ke Bang National Park (B, L)
Upon arrival, met with Vietnam ANZ Travel's local guide and transfer to hotel for check in. After check in, relaxing, then we will drive you to visit Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park. Getting on boat and cruise on the world’s longest underground river to Phong Nha Cave. The deeper one penetrates, the more magical are the natural aspects of the caves. After on boat for 700m, a large dry passage is appear, then you can walk to discover the cave for 500m more. You will have a chance to explore the remain of Cham Altars and Inscriptions inside. Overnight in Dong Hoi Town
Day 9: Dong Hoi - Hue (B, L)
After breakfast, Vietnam ANZ Travel's guide pick up and you'll drive along to Hue with a stopover at historic Hien Luong Bridge, Ben Hai River and the famous Vinh Moc Tunnel. Upon arrival Hue, check in hotel and free at leisure. Overnight in Hue.
Day 10: Hue Tour (B, L)
After breakfast, start the day by enjoying a boat cruise on the Perfume River, viewing the city and the tranquil villages on the riverbank. We will walk up to visit the Thien Mu pagoda, a nicely located pagoda, overlooks the Perfume River and the beautiful scenery beyond, where you get to learn more about the Buddhism in Vietnam.Continue visiting the spacious Imperial Citadel from where the Nguyen emperors once ruled. Lunch is next at a local restaurant. In the afternoon see the tomb of the former emperor Minh Mang which is located in a tranquil setting of gardens and ponds. Journey on to Khai Dinh's Tomb which is traditional Vietnamese in design with a European touch making it unique from the other tombs in Hue. Before head back to hotel, if interested, walk with Vietnam ANZ Travel guide around Dong Ba Market to experience local commercial life activities and shopping opportunities.
Day 11: Hue - Danang - Hoian (B)
Today we will heading to Hoi An through Hai Van pass, and Lang Co beach - one of the most beautiful beach of Vietnam. Visit Cham museum on the way, Cham museum is the open air collection of Cham sculpture. Many of the sandstone carvings are breathtaking. Upon arrival, check in hotel and take a rest. This afternoon, enjoy a half day walking tour through the narrow winding streets of the Ancient Quarter visiting Chua Ong Pagoda, Assembly Hall, 200-year-old Tam Ky House and the 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge constructed in 1593…Continue walking through the small alleys to soak up the atmosphere of a bygone age or back to your hotel for your beach relaxation. Dinner is on your own.
Day 12: Take a private car from Hoi An Town to My Son Holy Land (B)
After breakfast, you’ll be driven to the World Heritage ‘My Son Sanctuary’ which comprises many Champa temples, in a valley roughly two kilometers wide, surrounded by two mountain ranges. It was the site of religious ceremony of kings of the Champa dynasty, and was also a burial place of Champa royals and national heroes. The My Son temple complex is one of the foremost temple complexes of Hinduism in South East Asia and is the foremost heritage site of this nature in Vietnam. Return to Hoian for lunch on your own account today. Leisure time in the afternoon for beach activities or relax on the bank of Thu Bon river or shopping around. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 13: Hoian - Danang - Nha Trang (B)
After breakfast, transfer back to Da Nang Airport to fly to Nha trang around noon. Upon arrival, met with AsiaTourAdvisor's car driver and transfer to hotel for check in. Relax on the beach of Nha Trang at the balance of day. Overnight in Nha Trang.
Day 14: Nha Trang Cruise Tour (B, L)
You will have one day boat trip. Firstly we will go to Mun Island, the best site for snorkeling where you will see lots of live colorful corals and fish. This site has been officially protected under the support of Danish Government. Relax, sunbath and swimming at Tam island. Then visit Tri Nguyen Aquarium on Mieu Island. At this place, you will see the life of the many sea species of Nha Trang ocean that being made in a smaller world of this aquarium. Return to Nha Trang about 16.00. Overnight in Nha Trang.
Day 15: Nha Trang - Fly to Ho Chi Minh city (B)
Leisure on the beach until the transfer time to Cam Ranh Airport for late flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival, AsiaTourAdvisor's guide pick up and transfer to hotel for chekc in. Overnight at Ho Chi Minh city.
Day 16: Dalat City Tour (B, L)
After breakfast, you'll take a long driver to Dalat (308km - 6hrs driving). Upon arrival, check in hotel and take a relaxation. Set in Vietnam's picturesque Central Highlands, this quiet town boasts cool mountain air, some of the best-preserved French colonial architecture in Indochina, and stunning natural beauty. Year-round, the temperature hovers around 20˚C (68˚F), making this a favorite destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Mountain bikers and hikers will delight in the area’s trails, as well as in views of pine-covered hills, organic farms and lush tea and coffee plantations. Dalat hosts a flower festival every other year which normally takes place in mid-December for one week and features a flower exhibition and a flower parade around Xuan Huong lake.
Day 17: Dalat full day tour (B)
Today, we’ll enjoy an orientation tour of Dalat with visits to flower gardens, pine forests, vineyards and perhaps the most colourful market in Vietnam. The morning visiting Bao Dai palace where the last Emperor of Vietnam – Bao Dai (1913-1997) stayed and ruled his Vietnam from 1949 to 1954 and then transfer to Mong Mo hill, Love Valley is beautiful and romantic landscape of Dalat Vietnam. Lunch is at a local restaurant. Our afternoon to visit Truc Lam Zen Monastery - The largest Zen Monastery of Vietnam in Dalat city & Tuyen Lam Lake - the nicest Lake of Dalat. Return to hotel for relaxation at the rest of day.
Day 18: Dalat - Ho Chi Minh (B)
Your time will be your own until your car arrives at the hotel to drive you back to Saigon. The rest of your time will be your own. Stop for lunch at local restaurant on your own account along the way.
Day 19: Ho Chi Minh - Mekong Delta/My Tho (B, L)
Vietnam ANZ Travel's guide pick up at hotel to depart for My Tho. Cross Mekong River by boat through the Bao Dinh natural canal, view the fishing port, stilt houses and the fruit plantation along the riversides. Visit the My Tho wholesale fruit market. Proceed to the Tortoise Island by motorized, the other Dragon, Pheonix and Unicorn islands. Lunch served in the heart of the orchard. Motorized boat cruises along natural creeks and quiet village in Ben Tre province. Visit orchards, bee - keeping farm, taste natural honey and honey wine, enjoy tropical fruit, traditional music, see round a distillery. See Coconut candy production process, taste candy and see the manufacture of handicraft made from coconut trees. Trekking through the fruit plantation in Thoi Son Island (Unicorn), enjoy the rowing boat ride along the creeks before returning to My Tho by motorised boat. Return to city in the afternoon.
Day 20: Ho Chi Minh city tour - Departure (B)
Ho Chi Minh City formerly known as Saigon is one of the most important commercial and tourist centers in Vietnam. It is 1,730km by land from Ha Noi capital and 50 km from the East-Sea. Saigon was once praised as the "Pearl of the Far East". After breakfast, set out to visit Reunification Hall which was the residence of the President of the former South Vietnam until 1975. You will see many interesting things: formal meeting rooms, private bedrooms, war situation rooms 10 meter beneath earth’s level. This address today still holds many important functions in HCMC. We have guide who speaks your language to tell you important historical facts about this building and some French colonialincluding the Notre Dame Cathedral (built in 1877), General Post Office, Fomer US Embassy, City Hall, War Crime Museum... This afternoon, you 'll visit Giac Lam pagoda that was built in 1744 and is regarded as the oldest pagoda in Ho Chi Minh City, China town, Binh Tay market, Thien Hau pagoda built in early 19th century, Ben Thanh market. With a stop for a while at a lacquer shop, you can buy some gifts for your friends, beloved relative...until transfer to airport for evening flight homewards. Finish unforgettable Vietnam Tour with Vietnam ANZ Travel. Good bye & see you in the next time! Vietnam ANZ Travel can arrange additional customized trips for you if the above itinerary does not match your expectations.