Vietnam Tour: 15 Days

Hanoi / Ha Long Bay / Hue / Hoi An / My Son / Ho Chi Minh City / Mekong Delta

Arriving at Noi Bai airport in Hanoi, you'll be met and driven to your hotel. You'll spend the night in Hanoi.

After breakfast at your hotel, you'll be picked up to start a Hanoi city tour. You’ll visit Ba Dinh Square, where silent sentries guard the marble and Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum where Ho Chi Minh lies in state (closed on every Monday & Friday and October & November) and see the simple cottage where Uncle Ho lived and worked. You’ll continue to visit the One Pillar Pagoda and hear the legend of its construction, born from the love of an emperor in the 11th Century. You’ll drive to visit the serene Tran Quoc Pagoda, the oldest in Hanoi, on the banks of Hanoi’s West Lake. You’ll also call at the Temple of Literature, built in 1070 and the dedicated to Confucius, it is a serene retreat from the busy streets outside and later become Vietnam’s first university.

After lunch at local restaurant, driver and guide will take you to visit the Ethnology Museum for an overview of Vietnam’s 54 distinct ethnic and enjoy an orientation of the tree-lined streets of Hanoi, resplendent with French colonial architecture, including the recently restored Opera House. Pass by Hoan Kiem Lake, also known as Lake of Restored Sword from the legend that surrounds it en-route to one of the city’s fascinating museums.

In the afternoon, you’ll be picked up to watch the Water Puppet show an art form unique to northern Vietnam, and a good, light-hearted introduction to its rural culture. Then, take to the streets by walking tour of the Ancient Quarter of 36 streets District. This densely populated corner of the city was once a centre of commerce where goods were sold under the street name of a particular guild. Still a thriving community of sellers today, you’ll see streets name such as Sugar Street, Tin Street and Paper Street. Ancient homes and temples are interspersed with stores in this souvenir hunter’s paradise.

You’ll spend the night in Hanoi.

You’ll leave for Ha Long Bay, which is often called Vietnam's eighth wonder of the world and once visited, it is hard to dispute that claim. 4000 spectacular limestone outcroppings, cliffs, arches and coves compete for space in an area that is without doubt the most outstandingly naturally beautiful in the country - incomparable coastal scenery.

On arrival, you’ll board your boat, a wooden junk that will take you first to the busy World Heritage area Ha Long Bay, which is translated as “Descending Dragon”. You’ll stop off at an islet and climb though a series of breath-taking caves and grottoes, marvelling at some of the most impressive stalactite and stalagmite formations anywhere in the world and then making a stop secluded beach where you can enjoy cruising among the cave dotted island and seeing the small fishing boats with are always feature of this lovely bay. Weather permitting, you’ll be able to swim, fish, climb a hill for an overview of the Bay’s remarkable seascape. All your meals will be provided on board, usually based on fresh seafood. You'll spend the night on the boat.

For your two-day Ha Long excursion, you'll board one of the best quality boats on the Bay, a wooden junk based on the model of the old Vietnamese court vessels with sails, a wide transom and rectangular superstructure. The boats vary in size, accommodating between ten and eighteen people, so you're likely to be joining other travellers for the cruise. Your cabin will be about six metres square, and furnished with twin bunks, two fans, an air-conditioner, pillows, white cotton sheets, and an en suite toilet and shower.

Your day will be spent on cruising in Ha Long Bay. All meals will be served on board. You will spend the night on boat.

You'll have western breakfast on boat and then spend the morning cruising Ha Long Bay, followed by lunch just before docking to the harbour at around 11.30. On the way back from Ha Long, you’ll enter one of the villages nearby to enjoy the life of the Northern farmer. If the time permits, you can visit a school for children. You’ll return to Hanoi for your overnight stay.

Your time will be your own until you'll be driven to the airport for your flight to Hue. On arrival, you'll check in your hotel in the city centre and have a Hue city tour in the afternoon.

You'll be picked up to visit Imperial Citadel, once the seat of the Emperors of the powerful Nguyen Dynasty that ruled Vietnam from 1802 to 1945. You’ll begin with a stroll around the area between the Citadel’s massive walls and the defensive moat, now filled with lotus flowers. You’ll then enter via the Noon Gate to wander around the Thai Hoa Palace, the Pavilion housing the Nine Urns of the Nguyen rulers, and the remains of the Royal Palaces. You'll then visit the bustling Dong Ba market, which is one of the most famous markets in the Centre areas. You'll spend the night in Hue.

After breakfast at your hotel, you'll have a boat cruise to visit Thien Mu Pagoda, one of the most famous structures in Vietnam on the banks of the Perfume River.

You’ll then be driven to the Royal Tombs of Minh Mang, the most majestic emperor and a staunch follower of Confucianism with many wives, concubines and a small army of children. Planned by the Emperor and built shortly after his death in formal Chinese style, it’s opulent and exotic, and a good example of classic Sino-Vietnamese architecture.

In the afternoon, you'll drive to visit Royal Tu Duc tomb, the "poet Emperor", is set in an elegant garden with a magnificent lake and pavilion complex. The simplest of the actual tomb (a monument - he was buried elsewhere to thwart grave robbers) is at odds with the lavish opulence of his reign. You'll then be picked up to visit the Royal Khai Dinh tomb is an unprepossessing concrete construction on the side of a wide valley. Its interest lies in the uneasy combination of Vietnamese and European features, the use of fragments of ceramics and glass for decoration, and the striking views from the courtyard in front of the mausoleum.

You'll spend the night in Hue.

Breakfast at your hotel, you'll then be picked up to travel to Hoi An. You’ll drive to Lang Co Beach and the lagoon far below. You'll then cross the high mountain pass of Hai Van with excellent view to see Danang spread out. After lunch at local restaurant, you’ll have a brief to visit Cham museum, remarkable Hindu statuary. The Cham left a legacy of excellent sculptures as they were pushed south by the advancing Vietnamese invaders. Driver and guide will take you to visit China Beach, immortalised for many by the US television show and still one the the most spectacular beach in Asia. You’ll then visit the Marble Mountain, Stone Carving village where you can admire the stone products of local people. You'll travel to Hoi An to have a visit the town, and enjoy its considerable significance in the history of Vietnam town. You’ll enter a narrow street to look at unique Japanese covered bridge, Chinese communal house, shop for art at one of the numerous galleries and enjoy riverside ambience. You’ll spend the night in Hoi An.

Breakfast at your hotel, then you will have "Eco-From Farmer to Fisherman tour" which takes about more than 5 hours by bicycle and boat.

"From Farmer to Fisherman tour" is the very special tour which is promised to bring visitors the most beautiful sceneries of the countryside about the Farmer and Fishermen's life in Hoi An town – Viet Nam. By exploring the typical and narrow roads along the countryside by bicycle by seeing such as water buffalos, rice paddle field, plenty of organic vegetables and local farming people like soiling and watering vegetables, you will be amazed to realize how the sceneries peaceful and friendly people are.

Touching the local fishing life by using the fishing net, riding funny basket boat and visiting water palm coconut paradise and learning about history about the Vietnamese people throughout daily activity are great things to explore…

"From Farmer to Fisherman tour" will be the special and unique tour that is committed to providing you "A unique cultural window into the Vietnamese way of life".

Spend the day in leisure on your own.

You’ll spend the night in Hoi An.

After breakfast, you are free for relaxing until transferring to the airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Arriving at Tan Son Nhat airport, you’ll be met and driven to your hotel. The rest of day will be your own.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

In the morning, you'll visit the Cu Chi tunnels, a byzantine maze of underground passages, chambers, rooms and booby traps used by both the Vietminh and the Viet Cong to suddenly materialise as if from nowhere, launch a lightning ambush, and vanish equally rapidly. Your lunch will be served at the local restaurant.

In the afternoon, you’ll visit the Museum of War Remnants provides a very partial, but riveting, perspective of the ‘American War’, the Centre Post Office with colonial building and the Cathedral Church. You'll then be driven to visit the Jade Emperor Temple. It’s one of the best Taoist temples in Vietnam, with superb effigies, remarkable carved panels of the descent to Hell and somewhat incongruous terrapin and tortoise sanctuaries. You’ll have approximately two hour to visit Ben Thanh market, one of the liveliest areas of Ho Chi Minh City, is packed with every conceivable commodity and a visit to lacquer workshop to see the complex processes and meticulous workmanship involved in this traditional Vietnamese craft product. You'll spend the night in Ho Chi Minh City.

After breakfast, you'll be taken to My Tho, a city nearby Ho Chi Minh City. On arrival, you’ll then take a boat trip along Tien River. Have sightseeing around four beautiful Islets: Dragon, Unicorn, Tortoise and Phoenix. Visit a local coconut candy workshop; taste candy (Special products of Ben Tre province). Take horse-cart for a short distance through Quoi son village and stopover at orchard. Study how local people breed bees in wooden boxes at their farm and make handicraft from coconut trunk and shell. Try honey with tea or wine and seasonal fruits; enjoy traditional music. Take rowing-boat on narrow water palm creek. Your lunch will be on islet. You'll be driven further into the Mekong Delta to Can Tho where you'll spend the night.

You'll have breakfast at your hotel and then be picked up to Ninh Kieu Harbour. You'll then take about two hour boat trip to cruise along the Mekong River to Cai Rang floating market. You can enjoy the Mekong rural lifestyle.

In afternoon drive back to the city & relax

You'll spend the night in Ho Chi Minh City.

Breakfast will be at the hotel.

As per the flight timings, we will arrange the transfers with sweet memories of the tour.

TOUR ENDS

COMPASS EXPERIENCE INCLUDES

• ACCOMMODATION AT MENTIONED HOTELS,
• DAILY BREAKFASTS,
• LUNCHES & DINNERS AS MENTIONED IN THE ITINERARY,
• AIR-CONDITIONED VEHICLE WITH DRIVER FOR ALL TRANSFERS & SIGHTSEEING,
• ENGLISH SPEAKING LOCAL GUIDES AT ALL APPLICABLE PLACES,
• MEET AND ASSIST SERVICES ON ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE,
• BOATS CRUISE AS PROGRAMME. FOR HA LONG BAY, YOU’LL JOIN OTHER PASSENGERS ON A HIGH QUALITY WOODEN BOAT WITH COMFORTABLE ACCOMMODATION, GOOD FACILITIES AND AN EXPERIENCED CREW. THE BOAT WILL BE FULLY LICENSED AND COMPLY WITH CURRENT SAFETY REGULATIONS.
• ONE WAY DOMESTIC FLIGHT TICKET: HANOI - HUE, DANANG - HO CHI MINH CITY, INCLUDING AIRPORT TAXES
• MONUMENT ENTRANCE CHARGES,
• ALL HOTEL AND GOVERNMENT TAXES,
• DEDICATED TOUR MANAGER / COORDINATOR FOR TOUR,
• DRIVER ALLOWANCE, PARKING AND TOLL TAXES, AND
• SERVICE TAX AS PER GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS.

HOTELS

CITY 4 STAR / SIMILAR HOTELS NIGHTS
HANOI BOSS LEGEND 02
HALONG GRAY LINE CRUISE (DELUXE CABIN) 02
HANOI BOSS LEGEND 01
HUE HUONG GIANG 02
HOI AN GREEN HEAVEN HOI AN 03
HO CHI MINH CITY GRAND 02
CAN THO VICTORIA CAN THO RESORT 01
HO CHI MINH CITY GRAND 01

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