Vietnam Family Cultural Vacation (15n/16d)

Experience Vietnamese Farm Life in Hoi An

Experience Vietnamese Farm Life in Hoi An

Day 1: Welcome to Hanoi (D)
Warmly welcome upon your arrival in Hanoi. Your guide and driver will meet you at the airport for a transfer to your hotel located in the Hanoi downtown. Your guide’s welcome speech will give you an overall information about the city of Hanoi. After check in you will have a free time to relax then your guide will see you again for a cyclo tour wandering through the Hanoi Old quarter ended at a local restaurant for welcome dinner. Your first day will be closed by a water puppet show – a unique art performance in Vietnam before you are back to hotel for overnight stay in Hanoi.

Day 2: Hanoi city tour (B/L/-)
This full day tour takes you around Hanoi’s most interesting sights, including the Ho Chi Minh Complex including the Mausoleum, House-on-Stilts, the Presidential Palace and the One Pillar Pagoda. After that you will visit the Quan Thanh Temple and the Tran Quoc pagoda, the oldest pagoda originally constructed in the sixth century. For lunch you have two options: Enjoy Hanoi special dish Cha Ca at Cha Ca La Vong restaurant, one of the most unique, over a hundred years old restaurants located in the Hanoi Old Quarter or you can taste a “Pho”, other worldwide famous dish from Hanoi.  Afternoon you can select to visit one of the city Vietnam History Museum,  Vietnam Ethnology Museum, Vietnam Military History Museum and the Temple of Literature before having a walk around  the Lake of the Restored Sword, visit the Ngoc Son Temple and enjoy a cup of Vietnamese coffee at a street-pub. You will stay overnight in Hanoi.

Day 3: Hanoi – Mai Chau – Walking to villages (B/L/D)
Today you will leave Hanoi for Mai Chau valley. You may want to have a coffee stop to have the first look at the mountainous scenery before asking for some more stops for photos shots while you are at tops of passes to enjoy the very beautiful scenery and the superb panorama of Mai Chau surrounded by a green valley and stilt houses. Warmly welcome to the village of the White Thai people. Time to relax and explore the house-on-stilts before having lunch cooked by the host.  Afternoon you will have a walk wandering from village to village, learning and get in touch with about local people and try some of the local handicraft.  Back to your local house for dinner. Tonight you will overnight stay  in the house-on-stilts with a traditional matt, mosquito net, blanket. You may share the house with other international tourist .

Day 4: Mai Chau – Ninh Binh (B/-/D)
A bit late morning you depart for Hoa Lu citadel which is located in the Ninh Binh province and surrounded by the Red River Delta villages  Check-in. At leisure. In the afternoon you will visit Hoa Lu Ancient Capital and the Tam Coc caves. Your first stop of the day is  the king Dinh temple and king Le temple. These two temples are constructed by local residents near the center of the old capital in order to honor Dinh Bo Linh, the first emperor of Vietnam and Le Dai Han who founded the Le Dynasty in the 10th and 11th centuries. From here you take a bicycle riding through the village paths then you have a sampan rowing  to explore the Tam Coc caves.  Dinner with Vietnamese rural cuisines at local restaurant and overnight stay in Ninh Binh.

Day 5. Ninh Binh – Halong (B/L/D)
In the morning you will leave  Hoa Lu citadel 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 6: Halong – Hanoi (Brunch/-/-)
Early bird will have a chance to join in the Taichi 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 set sail while cruising back to the dock while you are 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 brand dated from 17th – 19th century in the North of Vietnam . Then you will drive back to Hanoi for stay overnight.

Day 7. Hanoi – Da Nang – Hoi An (B/-/-)
You will have  your free time until transfer to Hanoi airport for flight to Danang and have a transfer to Hoi An.  Hoi An used to be an international trade center by sea on the east area in the 16th and 17th centuries. It was the busiest trading port during the reign of Nguyen as merchants from Japan, China, Portugal, Spain, Holland often stopped over to exchange and purchase commodities. Free. At  leisure. Stay overnight in Hoi An.

Day 8: Hoi An Farming & Fishing Life (B/L/-)
This unique tour offer you a truly experience about Vietnamese fisherman and farmer ‘s daily life and learn more about the Vietnamese rural culture . Starting from you hotel, you will have a leisurely cycling along country roads . Time for taking photos before stop to visit the Tra Que beautiful organic vegetable village. After taking the typical farmer’s clothe and dressing up as a farmer, you can join with local farmer to water, plant vegetable or riding a water buffalo in a rice paddy field. Later you will have a boat trip to meet a local fishermen and try your hand on the traditional net fishing and manage to paddle an unique Vietnamese bamboo basket boat. After enjoy a lunch on boat you will take your bike cycling back to hotel. Free. At leisure. Stay overnight in Hoi An.

Day 9: My Son Ruins (B/-/-)
Today you have a trip to discover another World Heritage site My Son – the former capital of the ancient Cham civilization that ruled Central Vietnam from the second to the thirteenth century and is considered to be one of the best-preserved Cham areas in Vietnam . The complex is comprised of seventy Hindu-like towers and temples dating from the second century. This site is a must-see for those people who are interested in architecture and ancient civilizations and is now one of five UNESCO World Heritage sites in Vietnam . You will stay overnight in Hoi An.

Day 10 – 12: Hoi An Beach Vacation (B/-/-)
Enjoy your free time for relaxation at the resort to enjoy water sports and beach activities, sunset watching or take a boat trip to visit the Cu Lao Cham island for diving, snorkeling and visit its fishing village.  You also can try the Hoi An famous bespoke clothing tailoring or join in a day trip to visit Hue, the capital of Vietnam’s last dynasty.  You will stay overnight in Hoi An.

Day 13. Fly Ho Chi Minh City (B/-/D)
Again you take a one-hour flight to Saigon or Ho Chi Minh 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 14. Cu Chi Tunnels (B/L/-)
Very famous in the wartime with its smart and complicated system including underground meeting room, kitchen, food, weapon caches, hospital. This underground complex played a major role in the Vietnamese winning the war and is a must-see when you are in Saigon. You are invited to crawl around in the safer parts of the tunnel system or try a shooting range where you can fire a number of assault rifles, such as the M16 rifle or AK-47, as well as a light machine gun like the M60. Lunch will be at a local restaurant located in a village before you are back to Saigon. Afternoon is your free time for relaxing or souvenir shopping at the city downtown. You stay overnight in Saigon.

Day 15. Ho Chi Minh City – My Tho (B/L/-)
Today you will drive out toward the South-Western Vietnam to Mekong Delta or “Nine Dragon River Delta”. Surrounded by thousands of crisscrossed canals, life in the Mekong Delta revolves much around the river, most of villages are often accessible by rivers and canals rather than by road. After two-hour drive you will arrive My Tho. Upon arrival you will take a sampan motor-boat on the Tien river to the Thoi Son ( Unicorn) islet, one of the four famous islets ( Dragon, Unicorn, Tortoise, Phoenix). From here you follow a village path passing local houses, visiting some family-run coconut candy mill, take a horse-cart from village to village or enjoy a sampan rowing along small canals. Lunch with local dishes will be served right in the garden restaurant. You also have a chance to experience “Southern Vietnamese folk music “, a common art activity in the Mekong Delta performed by local people. Rejoin your car back to Ho Chi Minh city for stay overnight.

Day 16. Ho Chi Minh City 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 HCMC airport for your flight home. Thanks for joining with us and we hope to serve you for your next trip.

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