The Mystery of Vietnam

Day 1: ARRIVAL IN SAIGON

Ho Chi Minh City, still called Saigon by many locals, is Vietnam’s largest city. It is a fast- paced metropolis full of contrasts, with street vendors selling fruit and vegetables next to glitzy western – style bars and boutiques.

Arrival in Saigon, meet up by an English speaking guide and transfer to city center. Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is at your own leisure.

Day 2: SAIGON – CU CHI TUNNELS

Breakfast | at hotel

Depart hotel at 0800 in the morning for the drive to Cu Chi. Leaving the city behind, the scenery changes to views of rice paddies, villagers drying noodles by the side of the road and other scenes typical to southern Vietnam.

Visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, which consist of an incredible underground tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters (Viet Cong) during both the French and American wars. Start the visit with the Ben Dinh or Ben Duoc sections of the tunnel. Here you can imagine what it was like to be a guerrilla complete with Russian Carbine rifles and AK 47’s on display.

Afternoon Saigon city tour by walking tour to visit the the former Presidential Palace, from there stroll (your vehicle will be available at all times) to the major sights of colonial Ho Chi Minh City: the Old Saigon Post Office, Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Catinat), Continental Hotel, Opera House and City Hall and follow by the War Remnants. The last stop is Ben Thanh the central market for the city and one of its liveliest and most colorful areas.

Overnight |  at Saigon

 

Day 3: SAIGON – MEKONG DELTA – HANOI

Breakfast | at hotel

Morning depart for the 2-hour drive to Cai Be, deep in the Mekong Delta. The tour begins with a boat trip, discovering local trading boats followed by a visit to some home factories that produce rice paste, rice popcorn and coconut candy. Proceed to evergreen islands among the Mekong River through a large network of meandering tributaries, crisscrossed with countless arroyos. Following, take a 10-minute walk through a local village and fruit gardens before coming to a preserved ‘Mandarin’ house. Built centuries ago, at least four generations of the same family have lived here. Mr. Kiet, the owner of the house will serve you an appetizing Vietnamese lunch. Take a stroll through the family’s fruit orchard before continuing to Tan Phong Island where you will take a local rowing boat through the canals before returning to Cai Be.

Afterwards, head back to Ho Chi Minh City, and transfer straight to airport for your flight to Hanoi. 

On arrival in Hanoi, meet our English-speaking guide and transfer to Hanoi. Hanoi is Vietnam’s vibrant capital city, known for its graceful colonial architecture, frenetic streets, verdant parks and ancient temples.

Overnight | in Hanoi

Day 4: HANOI – CITY TOUR

Breakfast | at hotel.

Morning city tour visit Ho Chi Minh complex area: Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature, Ngoc Son temple and follow by a cyclo ride or tuk tuk around the Ha Noi Old Quarter.

In the afternoon we discover Hanoi’s West Lake by motorbike. West Lake in Hanoi is one of the gems of Vietnam’s capital city, and one of the best ways to experience it is by motorbike. Join your expert driver outside the hotel and head to the day’s first stop—the Yen Phu Pet Fish Village—where you’ll learn about the cultivation of beautiful ornamental fish sold in markets across the city. Continue on to the far side of the lake, where you can stretch your legs and admire the Asian art of bonsai. Back aboard your motorbike, wind through narrow lanes en route to a coffee shop. Enjoy a taste of authentic Vietnamese coffee before leisurely riding back to the hotel. The tour takes a total of two hours, including stops for photos and encounters with local residents.

Finish the day with a Water Puppet show. This is a uniquely northern Vietnamese art form depicting scenes from rural life and episodes of national history. 

Overnight | in Hanoi

 

Day 5: HANOI  – HA LONG BAY

Breakfast | in the hotel

Depart Hanoi for Ha Long Bay, is located in the northeastern part of Vietnam and constitutes part of the western bank of Bac Bo Gulf, including the sea area of Ha Long City and Cam Pha Town and part of Vân Don island district. It abuts Cat Ba Island in the southwest. Toward the west is the shore with a 120 km-long coastline and 1969 islands of various sizes, of which 989 have been named.

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Embark the junk. Boat’s crew will greet you with a special seafood lunch & welcome drink, junk cruise around the bay to visit Dinh Huong island, Ga Choi island, Dog island, Sail island, visit Sung Sot cave and a swim at Titov beach. There is a time for swimming and sunbathing (weather permitting). Junk anchors for a night in the Bay.

Enjoy a wonderful sunset dinner in the beautiful restaurant before retiring for the night to the comfort of your cabin.

Overnight | on the junk.

 

Day 6: HA LONG BAY –  HA NOI

Breakfast | on the junk

After breakfast, you can relax on deck to enjoy the beauty atmosphere of the bay, boat passing the most beautiful of karsts islets like Man’s head island, Tortoise Island, visit Luon cave by small bamboo boat, Bai Tu Long bay. Have brunch on the boat return to Ha Long wharf for private car transfer back to Hanoi.

Check in your hotel

Farewell dinner at local restaurant.

Overnight | in Hanoi

 

Day 7: HANOI – FLIGHT HOME

Breakfast | in hotel

Leisurely day until transfer to airport for departure flight.

 

Please note that this travel package can be customized so please contact us to discuss your options!

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Pricing for The Mystery of Vietnam

Tours start 01 Jan 2018 to 31 Dec 2018 | starting at $1800.00*

TOUR: 06 NIGHTS / 07 DAYS

*Prices are per person, based on double occupancy accommodations. Tour & land package rates and/or package details are subject to holiday blackouts, peak period surcharges & changes without notice. Local taxes & other fees are NOT included in the package price. International airfare and local airfare is not included.

 **Also ask about upgraded accommodation pricing, 4-star & 5-star accommodations are available. 

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