Vietnam Beach Vacation Tour (13n/14d)

Vietnamese Water Puppets are a familiar sight on many tours

Vietnamese Water Puppets are a familiar sight on many tours

Day 1: Welcome to Hanoi
Warm welcome upon your  arrival in Hanoi. Your driver will meet you at the airport for a transfer to your hotel located in the Hanoi downtown. Hotel check-in. Free. At leisure. Overnight stay in Hanoi. Option recommended: Water Puppet Performance at Thang Long theatre, Ca Tru (House Singing) performances from 8pm -9pm Tue, Thu, Sat at 87 Ma May Street, Hanoi Old Quarter. One hour  cyclo ride around  Hanoi Old Quarter and stop at a local restaurant for dinner.

Day 2: Hanoi Free & Easy (B)
You are free to enjoy the hotel facilities or discover the city of Hanoi. This one-thousand-year old city and now is the capital of Vietnam offer you its unique images that totally different from other Asian cities at your first sight upon arrival and in your visits to pagodas, temples, museums and at its 36-street Old quarter with its hundreds of specialty shops, selling silk clothing, lacquer ware, embroidered linens, furniture, bamboo, cooking utensils, ceremonial objects.
Option recommended: Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son temple;Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum complex and One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature, Vietnam Museum of Ethnology

Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Traditional Junk (B/L/D)
In the morning you leave Hanoi for Halong Bay (a World Natural Heritage site) via the Red River Delta. Upon arrival you will have a short break at the Café Lounge. Welcome on board. You will set out on a junk cruise on the bay while seafood lunch is served. After lunch, you will take a short trek to a nearby summit for a panoramic view of the bay, swimming on a quiet beach or sunbathing on the sundeck. In the late afternoon, you will take a take a bamboo row boat to visit an interesting fishing village with an opportunity to interact with fishermen who have been living in the bay for almost three generations. You also take a kayak to discover a water tunnel with many coral reefs in a scenic lagoon. Back on board to enjoy watching the peaceful sunset, joining a Vietnamese cooking demonstration and later unwind at a restaurant. Tonight you stay overnight onboard.

Day 4: Halong Bay – Hanoi (Brunch)
Early birds will have a chance to join in the Tai Chi lesson on the sundeck and view the sunrise over the bay with a cup of coffee or tea.  After brunch you will take a tender to visit one of the most beautiful limestone grottos – Sung Sot cave. Your junk sets sail to cruise back to the dock while you enjoy a final glimpse of Halong Bay. On the journey back to Hanoi you will have a stop at the Phu Lang ceramic village – one of the most famous ceramic brands dated from 17th – 19th century in the North of Vietnam. Then you will drive back to Hanoi for overnight stay.

Day 5: Fly to Nha Trang (B/-/-)
Today you have free time until transfer to Hanoi airport for flight to Nha Trang to start your beach vacations. Voted as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Nha Trang boasts a six-mile stretch of fine white sand, quiet and warm waters, and stunning archipelagos. Time to relax. Overnight stay in Nha Trang.

Day 6-Day 11: Nha Trang Beach Vacation (B/-/-)
You will be free to relax and enjoy the facilities offered by the resort. Try some water sports like snorkeling or diving among the coral reefs in crystal blue waters, hike nature trails, cool off in your private plunge pool, indulge in spa treatments or just relax on the white sand beach and admire the unspoiled mountain and sea views before retiring for the evening.

Day 12: Fly to Saigon (B/-/-)
Again you take a short flight to Saigon or HCM City. Unlike most cities you have visited, Saigon is the most dynamic. Everyone seems busy riding, buying, selling, studying, and building.  However, the city’s core is still adorned with wide elegant boulevards and historic French colonial buildings. In the afternoon you will have a private tour visiting some of its famous attractions such as the Reunification Palace, the Municipal Theatre, the City Post Office, the Notre-Dame Cathedral and the War Remnants Museum. You can also have a walk through the city’s main shopping boulevard with fashionable boutiques and hill tribe crafts, high quality linens and house-wares and end up at the Ben Thanh market, one of the city biggest markets. Enjoy dinner on the Bonsai cruises on the Saigon river.  You stay overnight in Saigon.

Day 13: Saigon Free & Easy (B/-/-)
You are free to enjoy the hotel facilities or discover the Saigon outskirt destinations Option recommended: Cu Chi tunnels halfway tour: 75 km from Saigon, Cu chi underground tunnels, a very famous place in the wartime and  worth to see when you are in Saigon. You can depart in the morning at 8:00 or in the afternoon at 13:00. My Tho / Mekong Delta gateway day trip: Starting at 8:00 from your hotel and after 2 hrs drive you will be in My Tho, the Mekong Delta gateway. Take a boat trip round the 4 beautiful islets: Dragon, Unicorn, Phoenix, and Tortoise. These evergreen islands among the Mekong River still remain unknown to many people. Visit traditional house at the local villages, enjoy seasonal fruit and the Mekong traditional music, take horse cart riding from villages to village, take rowing-boat on water palm creek, visit coconut candy mill and enjoy fantastic lunch at local restaurant. You will be back to hotel at 18:00

Day14: Departure (B/-/-)
Today is the last day of your Vietnam trip. Enjoy your free time at your hotel or you can do your last minute souvenir shopping before transfer to airport for your flight home. Thanks for joining with us and we hope to serve you for your next trip.

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