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hue_big_28Tour duration: 18 days / 17 nights
Tour code: VNCL-29
Depart from: Ho Chi Minh
Stop off: Hanoi
Tour Code: VNCL-29
Tour Route: Ho Chi Minh arrival - Tay Ninh - Cu Chi tunnels - Dalat - Nha Trang - Quang Ngai - Hoi An - Hue - Hanoi - Lao Cai - Sapa - Halong bay - Hanoi departure
Tour Duration: 18 days / 17 nights
Dates: No fixed departure dates. You may go whenever you wish.
Starts/Ends: Ho Chi Minh city / Hanoi
Tour Type: Landscape, Culture, Adventure
Activity Level: Regular itinerary
Tour Customizable: Absolutely! (Tell us your specific requirements in the inquiry form)

BRIEF ITINERARY:
Day 01: Ho Chi Minh arrival
Day 02: Ho Chi Minh city tours
Day 03: Ho Chi Minh - Tay Ninh - Cu Chi tunnels
Day 04: Ho Chi Minh - Dalat
Day 05: Dalat - Nha Trang
Day 06: Nha Trang
Day 07: Nha Trang free & easy
Day 08: Nha Trang - Quang Ngai
Day 09: Quang Ngai - My Lai - My Son - Hoi An
Dau 10: Hoi An
Day 11: Hoi An - Hue
Day 12: Hue - Hanoi - Lao Cai
Day 13: Lao Cai - Sapa
Day 14: Sapa - Lao Cai
Day 15: Hanoi - Halong bay
Day 16: Halong bay - Hanoi
Day 17: Hanoi city tours
Day 18: Hanoi departure
DETAIL ITINERARY
DAY 01: HO CHI MINH ARRIVAL
Upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat airport, you will be welcomed by Asiana Travel tour guide and transferred to your hotel for check-in. You are free at your leisure to explore the city by yourself. Overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh.
Meals included: None
 
DAY 02: HO CHI MINH CITY TOUR
Ho Chi Minh, with more than 8 million inhabitants, is the country’s commercial center. Despite the well documented hustle and bustle, the city retains its connections to the past. Embark on a walking tour to admire Ho Chi Minh’s historic landmarks including a stroll down Rue Catinat of Graham Greene's 'The Quiet American', which reveals several colonial classics; the Opera House, a three-story classical theatre built to entertain the French colonists (outdoor visit); the former Hotel de Ville constructed for the French bureaucrats of Indochina in 1901, now The People's Committee building with no public access; the Notre Dame Cathedral, a stunningly massive red-brick edifice with twin spires, a clear reminder that French once ruled this city (open only 3-4pm every day, otherwise just an outdoor visit); the Central Post Office influenced by Renaissance architecture; and the former Presidential Palace, headquarters of the Ho Chi Minh Government during the American war. If time permits, drive 6km to another district to visit Thien Hau temple, built by the Cantonese congregation in the early 19th century. It was built to honor the goddess of the sea and protect local fishermen. The temple’s interior courtyard is worth seeing with beautiful ceramic figurines and antiques shrouded in incense-smoke. It is always bustling here with worshippers from the local Chinese community. Take the opportunity to write out your wishes on a small red note, stick it on an incense coil and pray for your wishes come true. Overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh city.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
 
DAY 03: HO CHI MINH - TAY NINH - CU CHI TUNNELS
Our day will begin with a visit to Tay Ninh, the centre of Caodaism, a local sect of Buddhism founded by a Vietnamese countryman in early 20th century. Arriving at noontime, you will have the chance to join the daily solemn ceremony at the temple of Cao Dai called Tay Ninh Holysee. On the way back to Ho Chi Minh, we can stop to visit Cu Chi tunnels, one of the few remaining monuments to the fierce Vietnam War. We can even crawl a part of the tunnel to experience the real life of the Vietnamese guerrillas, who used to use and live inside this system during the wartime. Return to Ho Chi Minh late afternoon. Lunch in Tay Ninh or en route. Dinner by your own arrangement. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
 
DAY 04: HO CHI MINH - DALAT
We will leave Ho Chi Minh for Dalat today by a midday flight VN1382 (14h10 - 15h00). The jewel of Vietnam Central Highlands, Dalat is featured by a park-like environment, with lovely temperature 15°-24°C and sunlight all year round which make the city a haunt of honeymoon couples. Upon arrival, you will be greeted at the airport and we will soon visit to the Summer Palace of Bao Dai, the last King of Vietnam, Tuyen Lam Reservoir, Truc Lam grandiose temple and Dalat Flower Garden. Take a horsecart round the hilly roads of Dalat to its graceful Xuan Huong Lake. Lunch at local restaurant. Overnight at hotel in Dalat.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
 
DAY 05: DALAT - NHA TRANG
The landway from Dalat to Nha Trang (more than 200km) is very sightworthy and photogenic with pinewoods, waterfalls, farms of tea and coffee, and “Picturesque” mountain pass (“Bellevue Pass” as named by the French early 20th century!). We will have lunch break overlooking the magnificent Danhim Reservoir and spectacular view of the ancient tower Po Klong Garai built by the Cham nation in Phan Rang - Thap Cham, 101km from Dalat. After visiting all these wonders, we will reach the long sandy beach of Nha Trang in the afternoon. At leisure for relax with crystal plages of Nha Trang. Overnight in Nha Trang.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
 
DAY 06: NHA TRANG
We will visit in the morning the Nha Trang's Po Nagar Cham Tower, which had been built between the 7th and 12th centuries and remains a significantly religious centre for both Vietnamese and Chinese today. Beside the Cham tower and marvelous beach, Long Son Pagoda built in late 19th century is also impressive not just by its decoration with traditional motifs in modern materials, but by a huge white statue of Buddha meditating on a lotus blossom – the symbol of Buddhism - and visible from all over Nha Trang. After a stop at a fishing village, we will have lunch with Nha Trang seafood, and then relax in the rest of the day to enjoy the beach and sunlight. Overnight in Nha Trang.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
 
DAY 07: NHA TRANG FREE & EASY
It is your own time today, just to relax and enjoy sunshine beach of Nha trang. (No services provided). Overnight in Nha Trang.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
 
DAY 08: NHA TRANG - QUANG NGAI
The South of Central Vietnam, with Highway 1 as a backbone, suffers warm and dry weather, arid and sandy land, though, has so many treats for our eyes: the ruins of Cham Nation visible from the roads, coastline with blue lagoons and odd-shaped rocks, plages with crystal water and boundless sand-dunes, farms of tasty fruits and industrial crops for domestic use and export (dragon fruit and grape, coffee, tea, and pepper), and historical sites from the last warfare in Vietnam, the American War. From Nha Trang we drive to Quang Ngai via Quy Nhon, visiting fishing villages with colourful boats and hospitable fishermen, passing high mountain passes with nice-looking scenery and stop for a rest at Dai Lanh beach. Lunch in Quy Nhon. Lots of Cham ruins are in the neighborhood of this city and are easily reachable. After visiting Binh Dinh Museum and a Cham Tower in Quy Nhon, we will arrive in Quang Ngai, a convenient stopover on our long Southern Central Vietnam ride. At dinner time, we will have a chance to taste the famous com ga` (chicken rice), a local delicacy of Quang Ngai. Overnight in Quang Ngai.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 
DAY 09: QUANG NGAI - MY LAI - MY SON - HOI AN
After breakfast, we will continue our way northward from Quang Ngai to Hoi An ancient town. 14km from Quang Ngai, we can have a memorable visit at Son My Memorial, where the painful “My Lai Massacre” occurred in 1968 and five hundreds of locals had been killed by the American army. Remarkable international demonstrations had been ridden after this event, contributing to the end of the American War. Afternoon we will stop at the most concentrative and impressive combination of Cham Towers at My Son, 45km from Hoi An town, where we can learn much about the Cham culture that once brightly developed in the location of present Central Vietnam. Arrive in Hoi An late afternoon for dinner and overnight.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 
DAY 10: HOI AN
Let’s spend our full day visiting the town of Hoi An today. Together with our guide in Hoi An, we’ll walk over the tile-roofed Japanese Bridge, visit taciturn Chinese Assembly Halls, visit ancient houses and Trading Houses, pagodas and stroll into the market located by Thu Bon river, where we may find out the same feelings of the artists, who see the rooftops of Hoi An a magical old world of Oriental feel and source of inspiration. This is also a wonderful town to shop for lanterns, soft silk, raw silk, or get your clothes tailored within a day. Late afternoon is open for our optional tour by boat to a small ceramic village in Thu Bon River, or cycling with our guide 4km from the ancient town to Cua Dai (the “Big Beach”) to relax. Dinner at your own arrangement. Overnight in Hoi An.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
 
DAY 11: HOI AN - HUE
On the way from Hoi An to Hue via the magnificent “Ocean Cloudy” Pass today, we can stop to visit the China Beach and Marble Mt., and contemplate wonderful seascape from the mountaintop halfway thru the Pass. Arrive at our hotel in Hue at midday. After lunch, let’s go to discover the Royal Citadel, Forbidden City and Hue Royal Museum - where traces of the last Vietnam feudal dynasty are well-preserved, and intermingle with Hue people at their Dong Ba bustling market. Overnight in Hue.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
 
DAY 12: HUE - HANOI - OVERNIGHT TRAIN TO LAO CAI
With a boat ridden along the poetic Perfume River, you can reach Thien Mu Pagoda, the centre of Buddhism of the city, whose 90% are Buddhists, and the extensive Tomb of King Minh Mang, which is reachable from a river pier. Transfer to Hue airport for the midday flight VN1542 (13h50 - 15h00) to Hanoi. Lunch at your own arrangement for more flexibility. You will be welcomed at Hanoi airport and transferred to the city centre (35minutes driving) and take in the overview of the capital by a visit to the Temple of Literature, where the 1st social university of Vietnam founded in 11th century, and Ngoc Son temple on the “Sword” lake before enjoying an evening show of Water Puppetry, a stage art of Northern Vietnam. Dinner in Hanoi before taking the night train at 21.30 to Lao Cai. Overnight on train.
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
 
DAY 13: LAO CAI - SAPA
Arrive at Lao Cai Station at 06h00. Picked-up and transferred to Sapa by car (40km mountain road from Lao Cai). The mountain landscape of Sapa is magnificent and so different from what we have experienced in the South and Central Vietnam. Don’t miss to stop to enjoy its misty pinewoods, graceful terraced paddy fields and get lovely pictures of charming H’Mong or Dzao girls you see on the mountainside. After arrive in Sapa, we will have breakfast before leaving luggage at the hotel and hang around with our guide to Sapa market, where we can meet the montagnards and admire their handicrafts made of wood, silver, or dyed and embroidered fabrics and clothes. After lunch, drive to Taphin, then hike thru paddy fields and pass an old seminary in Taphin Valley, reach the villages of the H’mong and Red Dzao people, who are skillful in dying and making clothes and embroidery by traditional, old silk thread. Go on to  Lao Chai (10km from Sapa) and walk thru 3km to Tavan with stops at the villages of the tribal people H’mong, Tay and Dzay en route. Back to Sapa for overnight. Dinner at your own arrangement.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
 
DAY 14: SAPA - HILL TRIBAL MARKET - LAO CAI - OVERNIGHT TRAIN TO HANOI
If today is Saturday, Sunday or Tuesday, nothing will be better than driving overland to a market of the hill tribal people, mainly from Flower H’Mong ethnical group. Depending on the day, you can choose either Can Cau (Sat), Bac Ha (Sun) or Coc Ly (Tues).
Early morning we will drive toward Bac Ha, about 110km from Sapa. With a dozen of tribes living in the surroundings, including Flower H’Mong, Chinese, Nhang, Dzao, Nung, Phu La, Thai and King (or Viet), the market is extremely exciting esp. in the early morning. The winding road to Bac Ha helps maintain the colours (in both literal and figurative sense) of the area. The distance to Can Cau and Coc Ly from Bac Ha is 30 - 50km. In all these markets, we can meet hundreds of beautiful women from Flower H’Mong tribe, who are famous for their wonderful craft and hand-made flowering clothes and textile fabrics, or intermingle with people from Black H’Mong, Dzay, Dzao and other ethnic groups coming to the market not for purchasing stuffs, but for meeting and chatting - just once a week - like in a real cultural center. After lunchtime, we can hike around, following the mountain people to their villages for a visit, or take our car heading to further hamlets in Ban Pho, Trieu Cai, or Na Hoi. If we meet Coc Ly (the market on Tues) not in high water season, we can take a boat trip along Chay River, enjoying marvelous limestone range along the river and drop off to visit a big cave or a village of H’Mong or Dzay people. Back to Lao Cai Station later afternoon for dinner and take the night train from Lao Cai to Hanoi. Overnight on night train.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
 
DAY 15: HANOI - HALONG BAY
Picked-up by car at Hanoi Station around 05h00. Before having breakfast, we can join the Hanoians in their early exercises, esp. nearby the lakes, diversified from jogging, yoga, sword dance, fan dance, and taichi-quan. After breakfast and a short relax, we will go on to Halong bay via Bat Trang ceramic village. Located by the Red River, the village has gained long time reputation since 15th century of making refined porcelain in many styles such as celadon, crackle-glazed pottery, and raw terra cotta products. The pottery of Bat Trang is found everywhere from Asia to Europe and excellent for souvenir. Overland to Halong, one of the two earlies World Heritages as designated by UNESCO for Vietnam in 1994. Check-in our boat and enjoy a lunch of fresch seafood while the boat goes about unusual seascape with thousands picturesque rocks and islets, beaches and hollow islands. We can stop to visit some karst grottoes or just go swimming, or stop at a beach and enjoy the sunset on the sea. Dinner and overnight on the boat.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 
DAY 16: HALONG BAY - HANOI
The Vietnamese call the “South China Sea” by a point-oriented name “Eastern Sea”, so you may guess how miraculous seeing the sunrise over the islets of the bay. Our boat will continue to cruise in marvelous areas, where almost each islet has its own name, adopting its shape or reminiscen like Sail island, Fisherman’s head rock, Butterfly rock or Turtle islet etc. Have another seafood lunch onboard before back to Halong Wharf and take our car to Hanoi. Check-in hotel and at leisure in the rest of the day. Overnight in Hanoi. Dinner at your own arrangement.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
 
DAY 17: HANOI CITY TOURS
AM: Pick up at hotel. Drive to the historic complex of Ba Dinh. Visit Ba Dinh Square, where The Late President Ho Chi Minh declared Vietnams Independence on 2 September 1945, Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and continue to the One Pillar Pagoda, the must-see monument in Hanoi. It is an ancient Buddhist pagoda, built in the early 11th century in the reign of King Ly Thai Tong, all construction supported by only one pillar, resembling a Buddhist lotus. Tran Quoc Pagoda and Quan Thanh Temple.
PM: After lunch, visit Van Mieu - Quoc Tu Giam (Temple of Literature - The first Imperal school in Vietnam) built in 1070 during the dynasty of King Ly. Transfer back to your hotel. Overnight in Hanoi.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
 
DAY 18: HANOI DEPARTURE
After breakfast at hotel, you are free to explore the city by yourself until transfer to the airport for your departure flight back to your home. End of services.
Meals included: Breakfast
INCLUSION & EXCLUSION
Inclusion
Exclusion
  • Hotel accommodation on twin/double sharing with daily breakfast
  • One night on Halong bay on deluxe junk
  • Private transfers and transportation with A/C on tour
  • Domestic air tickets Ho Chi Minh - Dalat, Hue - Hanoi with economy class and airport taxes
  • Overnight train ticket Hanoi - Lao Cai - Hanoi with 4 soft berths per A/C cabin
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees on tour
  • Boat trip as in the itinerary
  • English speaking tour guides
  • Meals as listed in the itinerary at local restaurant
  • Mineral water per pax per day
  • Vietnam visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Other meals and drinks not mentioned
  • All international flights to Ho Chi Minh and from Hanoi and airport taxes
  • Other personal expenses
  • Tipping/gratuities for local guides
  • Other services not mentioned in the itinerary
PRICE

Tour cost is upon your request !

You are interested in of this tour, please feel free to contact us at booking@asianatravel.com.vn or info@asianatravel.com.vn. One of our staffs will contact you within 24 hours when we receive your request.
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