Quintessential Vietnam

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>Experience quintessential Vietnam on this comprehensive trip from the north down to the south.

>Travel from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City and experience every “taste” from dynamic cities, tranquil backwaters, imperial ruins, faded colonial elegance and picture-perfect landscapes dotted with reminders of the past.

>Explore the narrow cobbled streets of Hoi An’s Old Town, slurp on noodly pho in Nha trang and cruise the gentle Perfume River in Hue to uncover the very best of Vietnam. What esle can  be expected.

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Day 1: Arriving Hanoi - Driver only

Pick up from Noi Bai airport to hotel. Overnight in Hanoi.

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Day 2 : Hanoi - Lan Ha Bay – ETG (B / L / D)

(Ha Noi – Hai Phong: 150km – 3hours)

Have breakfast at Hotel

Transfer to Hai Phong.  Check in at 11:30.

Getting on a tender from the wharf and go onto the bay to board a luxurious craft, Era Cruise. Enjoy a welcome with a complimentary drink. Our Crew will conduct a compulsory safety procedures session and then be free to check into the cabin and fresh up. Take sometime to have a look around the vessel or watch the magical landscape go by.

A special lunch of fresh seafood and an assortment of appetizing favorites will be served. Dining on a luxury junk with fine food and drinks doesn't come much better than this. We set sail for Lan Ha Bay passing to Da Chong islet to view a lighthouse built by the French over 100 years ago.

When lunch is about to finish, it is just nice that the Cruise complete its entry through Cua Van area to Lan Ha Bay (as part of Halong Bay). The area is surrounding of a lot of extraordinary limestone karst landscapes. Guests can start their journey to explore Ba Trai Dao beach, do the kayak to immerse in the crystal clear waters of the bay and/or enjoy swimming.

Back to main boat, and cruising to a place for staying overnight.

Vietnamese cooking demonstration is a great way to learn how to prepare delicious appetizers, the process wil be guided.

Relish special Signature Dinner in restaurant.

Free time to relax with an exotic cocktail or whatever makes the guests fancy. A bar has a wide range or wines, beers and liquors and is always a welcome sight for guests after a day on Bay. Order a Spa service or take any activities on boat cruise such as watching documentary movies, squid fishing or simply relax on our roof top deck under the cover of a star filled sky. Overnight on cruise.

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Day 3 Bai Tu Long Bay - ETG (B / L / D)

Early birds are welcome to attend sunrise Tai Chi on our upper deck and  it's an excellent way to get energy levels up for today's adventures. Be fascinated by the exquisiteness in the early hours as enjoying a coffee, tea.
Enjoy a buffet breakfast with best local coffee brand and freshly fruit juices.

Next we board our Era Day Boat to head to Viet Hai Village.Take the bicycle trip along the village path and go through rain forests and dark tunnel.  Enjoy stunning scenery of rice fields on the way. Stop at the village to relax. Visit an ancient local house, made from straw, mud, bamboo… will be a chance to see the local life on a valley of local people. Optional electric car service is available (at an extra cost).

Have lunch with Signature set menu on the day boat.
Visit Bai Tu Long Bay, free kayaking and swimming at Ba Ham Lake area situated in the middle of a narrow, rectangular area, with the all four sides enclosed by vertical cliffs. (if the weather permit)
Back on board Era Cruise, take some time to freshen up, take a nap or just relax at your leisure as we cruise to our overnight area. Witness one of the most brilliant sunsets eversee.
Bar opens for Happy Hour "Buy one get one free"
Enjoy cooking demonstration to discover our Vietnamese cuisine of traditional spring rolls.
A special dinner will be served offering an outstanding food and quality service.

Tonight a movie night will be a hold with a selection of films available. A selection of board games for entertainment is also available. The bar is always open and is an ideal place to meet new people and share stories. Overnight on cruise.

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Day 4 : Dark & Bright Cave – Ha Long Bay – Mai Chau - ETG (B / - / -)

(Ha Long – Mai Chau: 350km – 7hours)

The nicest time of the day on Lan Ha Bay is the morning. Head to the upper deck to participate in our daily Tai Chi sessions. Relax with an early morning cup of tea, coffee or juice anywhere on the boat and watch the never ending miraculous scenery unfold.
Light breakfast will be served in our restaurant (pastries, tea, coffee).
Enjoy the last stage of the trip to Dark & Bright cave and islets by local rowing boats which is a wild and mysterious beauty in the middle of the World Heritage. Back to the main board afterwards.
Check out. After a final early brunch and a last goodbye from the crew at 11:30, board the tender and head back to the wharf, a vehicle transfer back to Hanoi.

Transfer to Mai Chau. Arrive in Mai Chau. Check in. O/N in Mai Chau.

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Day 5 : Mai Chau – Moc Chau- Mai Chau - ETG (B / - / -)

Have breakfast in hotel.

Depart for Moc Chau. On the way, visit a H’mong villages is located in a small valley with a peaceful landscape. Take photo with tea plantation, white cauliflower flower or plum blossom and flower of peach in spring.

Visit Dai Yem waterfall. Overnight in Mai Chau.

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Day 6 : Mai Chau - Ninh Binh - ETG (B / - / -)

(Mai Chau – Ninh Binh: 210km – 3.5hours)

Have breakfast in hotel.
Discover the interesting surroundings and ethnic minority tribes with a relaxing walk through the small trails and paddy fields to Thai ethnic villages of  Pom Coong and Lac.

In the afternoon, transfer to Ninh Binh. Check in and overnight in Ninh Binh.

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Day 7 Trang An Cave – Bai Dinh Pagoda – Hoa Lu – Tam Coc - Dong Hoi - ETG (B / - / -)

After breakfast, leave for Bai Dinh pagoda, spend time to visit the Buddha Prayer place in Bai Dinh Pagoda, the biggest pagoda in Vietnam with 500 La Han statues, biggest bronze Buddha statue in Vietnam with 10 meters height, 100 tons weight.

Continue to visit Trang An Scenic Landscape complex nearby which recently recognized as an UNESCO World natural heritage, get on a rowing boat (small sampan) traveling along the small river with scenic mountain and green fields landscape. Take a boat to visit cave complex of Trang An: Sang Cave, Toi Cave, Ba Giot Cave, Nau  Ruou in mystery and wildness, the scenery of mountain and rivers – Halong on land of Ninh Binh.

In the afternoon, spend one hour visiting the Dinh and Le temples of the Ancient Capital Hoa Lu which are dedicated to King Dinh and King Le, the founders of the ancient capital during the 10th century.

Continue drive to Tam Coc and boarding a small sampan to visit Tam Coc which means literally “Three Caves”. With Halong type views of majestic limestone cliffs and mysterious yet inviting caves, as well as countryside sights like peaceful streams, rice paddies and deserted green fields, Tam Coc really has it all.

Transfer to Ninh Binh Train Station (SE1/21:47-5:31). Overnight in train.

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Day 8 Dong Hoi – Phong Nha – Paradise Cave - ETG (B / - / -)

(Dong Hoi – Phong Nha: 50km -1hour)

05:31 arrive Dong Hoi. Transfer to Hotel and have breakfast.

09:00 Depart for Phong Nha – Ke Bang Cave. The UNESCO-celebrated Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is one of the world's two largest limestone regions and is the oldest major karst in Asia, which is hundreds million years old. This National Park contains over hundred km of caves, grottoes and underground rivers making it one of the most outstanding limestone karst ecosystems in the world. Many of these are still unexplored and so far only a total of 20 caves with a total length of 70 km have been surveyed. The karst landscape is not only complex but also high in geo-diversity and geomorphic features of considerable significance in the world.

Upon arrival into Phong Nha, Board a private boat for the 2.5 km cruise down the Son River to the mouth of the cave which is limited to access during raining season because of rising of water level. Pass by the entrance to the 'Cave of Teeth and Wind' and enter the mystical tunnels, filled with giant stalactites and stalagmites and crystal clear waters.

Taking a short hiking up to enjoy other limestone kart lanscape close to the entrances to see what more “Mother Nature” has given to this place.

In the afternoon, transfer to Paradise Cave, another magnificient cave in Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park Complex. Here will be a chance to see one of the larger and most impressive accessible caves in the entire area, but it’s not recommended to tourists who are not in a good health or have troubles with climbing, walking in distance of several kms. After climbing approximately 500 stairs, arrive at the entrance of the cave. Descend into the cave on stairs and a wooden walkway, made to protect and preserve the fragile cave formations. This walkway continues for 1 km through the enormous, well lighted cave, past many impressive stalagmites and stalactites which are imagined and connected to many mysterious creature and interesting stories.

16:00 Back to Hotel. Check in and overnight in Dong Hoi.

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Day 9 Dong Hoi – La Vang – Hue - ETG (B / - / -)

(Dong Hoi – Hue: 200km – 04hours)

Breakfast in hotel.

08:00 check out, transfer to visit La Vang Holy Land. La Vang is a pilgrimage place for Catholics of Vietnam. Here, the faithful belief that Mary Magdalen's mother was in 1798. A church was built near three banyan trees, where they believed Mary appeared and was consecrated by the Holy See as the Sultanate of the Cathedral La Vang since 1961. This is one of the three Catholic pilgrimage centers recognized by the Vietnamese government today.

Then continue to visit DMZ of Quang Tri including Hien Luong Bridge, and Ben Hai river, Doc Mieu Base,..

In the late afternoon, arrive Hue which was the Capical of Vietnam from early of 19th to 20th century. Check in. Overnight in Hue.

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Day 10: City Hue – Da Nang – Hoi An - ETG (B / - / -)

(Hue – Hoi An: 135km – 03 hours)

Breakfast in hotel.

Check out. Discover Hue Imperial City which is the first destination on today “world heritage” route from Hue to Hoi An. Visiting Hue Citadel where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled from 1802 to 1945, to learn about Feudal life and architecure of Nguyen Empire. Processing to Thien Mu Pagoda.. Locating on a high hill view to the romantic Huong River makes the Pagoda become the most notorious one in Hue. Continue with a typical tomb of King dynasty: Tu Duc tomb or Minh Mang tomb to unclose stories a Nguyen King life style, how they worked, lived and passed away. Also here, to fill more understanding of Vietnamese ancient architecture.

Then,Transfer to Hoi An (3.5 hours drive). On the way, you will enjoy the landscape of Hai Van pass, a breathtaking pass owns it many historical and natural values. Can saving a moment of enjoying a coffee on the top of this cloudy pass and fresh up the mind.

Transfer to Marble moutain, where the last beautiful limestone karst lanscape can found on the way to the South of Vietnam. Take more pictures with Pinh Ung Pagoda.

In the late afternoon, arrive Hoi An town. Check in and overnight in Hoi An.

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Day 11 : Countryside Hoi An incl Tra Que – Cam Thanh the same name as Thanh Dong Village - ETG (B / - / -)

Have breakfast.

09:00 depart to the countryside of Hoi An. This trip will be for those who love to discover rural life, want to immerse themselves into the atmosphere of a peaceful nature, rustic landscapes and get closer to friendly people in the Vietnamese countryside.

Visit Tra Que vegetable village where to feel the green with a distinct aroma of local varieties of vegetables. Have a hands-on experience of growing vegetables, watering with the farmers.

Then, riding to Cam Thanh  eco village. On the way, you will contemplate the beauty of the countryside in Vietnam, have photo opportunities of the rice paddies, sumptuous landscapes and ride water buffalo in the rice fields.

Next, riding through the coconut jungle and have chance to row basket boats with the locals. Also be immersed in the natural beauty of the nipa palm forest. Get some lovable handmade souvenirs made from nipa palm leaves such as hats, watches and rings. Afterwards, join in a cooking class and enjoy local foods which self-made for lunch at a restaurant.

In the afternoon, walking tour to Hoi An ancient town, a major Asian trading port in the 17th and 18th centuries.  Visit former merchant’s houses, the 400 year old Japanese Covered Bridge and colorful market. Learn of the mixture of Vietnamese, Japanese and Chinese style through the designs of constructions here.

Overnight at Hoi An.

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Day 12 : Hoi An – Kon Tum - ETG (B / - / -)

(Hoi An – Kontum: 300km – 07hours)
Have breakfast.
Depart for Kontum via Highway 14 B in Ho Chi Minh Highway, en route to visit minority villages  and witness hills Charly, airports Phoenix, visit the victory monument Dak To - Tan Canh where witness the Vietnam War. Discover what of the war remains up to date and untold stories about the war along Highway 14B. Arrive Kontum center, check in. Overnight in Kon Tum.

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Day 13 : Kon Tum – Buon Ma Thuot - ETG (B / - / -)

(Kon Tum – Buon Ma Thuot: 250km – 5hours)

Have breakfast in hotel

Visit Konrobang village of the Banah in Kontum town, the wooden church and the Orphanic Vinh Son where hundreds of children live. Regarded as the most beautiful and antique relic, Kon Tum Cathedral, which is often referred to as Kon Tum Wooden church has always been the pride of Tay Nguyen people. Then, stop at the village Konklo of the Banah and drop into the community Rong house and the seminary of Kontum. To feel a rustic life style of a minority among more than 50 ones of the whole VN.
PM: Overland to Buon Ma Thuot, the biggest cities in the Central highlands. On the way, stop to see the rubber plantations, pepper gardens.  Overnight in Buon Me Thuot.

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Day 14 : Buon Ma Thuot – Lak Lake – Da Lat - ETG (B / - / -)

(Buon Ma Thuot – Da Lat: 250km – 5,5hours)

Have breakfast. Check out.

Drive to  Lak Lake, this beautiful spot is awakening to tourism, offering authentic experiences of hill-tribe life, along with increasingly comfortable accommodation choices. Explore Jun village of the M’Nong hilltribe, elephant ride across the lake, dugout canoe on the lake.

In the afternoon, transfer from Lak Lake to Da Lat, stop to visit Elephant water fall, the biggest watel fall in Da Lat, near Lien Khuong aiport (Da Lat).

Check in and overnight in Da Lat.

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Day 15: Dalat City tour - ETG (B / - / -)

Have breakfast.

Depart for sightseeing in Dalat City which is so-callled “Little Paris”.

-Lang Biang moutain: the highest mountain in Dalat, where can go up by jeep to see the Panorama view of the city.

-Cu Lan Village: visit K’ho ethnic minority’s culture and take some local coffee.

-Clay World: with huge clay typical objects reflecting Dalat.

-Linh Phuoc Pagoda: a unique pagoda made of millions ceramic pieces which were recycled from used glass. Overnight in Da Lat.

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Day 16 : Dalat – Pongour Waterfall - Vung Tau - ETG (B / - / -)

(Da Lat – Vung Tau: 320km – 07hours)

Have breakfast in Hotel. Check out.

Da Lat is not only famous for flowers but also for Waterfalls. It has dozen of waterfalls to enjoy, Pongour Waterfall is among the top ones. Depart for Pongour, visit the volcanic region, created the highest and widest waterfall in Vietnam with many cracking and small caves with the legend of the local people.

Then, transfer to Vung Tau, a beach port city.

Evening, Check in, overnight in Vung Tau.

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Day 17 : Vung Tau – Free (No guide) – (B / - / - )

Have breakfast in hotel.

Free at your leisure and enjoy the beach.

Overnight in Vung Tau.

Accommodation
  • Lan Rung Resort Vung Tau 4*

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Day 18 : Vung Tau– Free (No guide) - (B / - / - )

Have breakfast in hotel.

Free at your leisure and enjoy beach.

Overnight in Vung Tau.

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Day19 : Vung Tau – Can Tho - ETG (B / - / -)

(Vung Tau – Can Tho: 270km – 5,5hours)

Have breakfast in hotel.

09:00 Check out, then transfer to Can Tho with guide. Have a rest along the road.

16:00 Check in and overnight in Can Tho.

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Day 20 : Cai Rang Floating market – Fruit Garden – Binh Thuy ancient house - ETG (B / - / -)

Have breakfast.
08:00 take a boat to Cai Rang floating market, to merge into typical life of local people along the water way in Mekong River. Then, visit Ba Cong Fruit Garden and enjoy seasonal fruits and tea.
Back to car and transfer to visit Binh Thuy ancient house has long been renowned for its ancient beauty along with its unique architecture. Antiques and prominent traditional cultural features have been still deliberately preserved and promoted by descendants of the founder.

In the afternoon, relax and overnight in Can Tho.

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Day 21 : Can Tho – Chau Doc - ETG (B / - / -)

(Can Tho – Chau Doc: 140km – 3hours)

Have breakfast in hotel. Check out.

09:00 check out, depart for Chau Doc. Have a rest in Long Xuyen.

13:00 arrive Chau Doc, visit Cham village, floating fish farm.Then transfer to Tra Su Forest which possesses typical characteristics of a mangrove eco-system, full of fresh air, nature discovery and specialty dishes of the rich Mekong Delta. From the observatory, hope to find the beauty of this forest when the sun comes down by seeing flocks of birds flying back their nests and enjoy the twilight far down to other side of Cambodia Border.

17:00 Check in and overnight in Chau Doc.

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Day 22 : Chau Doc – Ho Chi Minh City – Departure – No Guide – (B / - / -)

(Chau Doc – Ho Chi Minh: 230km – 06hours)

Have breakfast in hotel.

06h30 Leave Chau Doc, transfer back to Tan Son Nhat airport for flight back  home.

INCLUSIVE SERVICES:                                             

  • Hotel accommodation in Twin / Double share
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air conditioned vehicle
  • Night train Ninh Binh – Dong Hoi (share a soft-4-bed airconditioned cabin - 4 pax/cabin)
  • English or French speaking guide, surcharge for guides in other languages.
  • Entrance fee as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Boat trips as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Vietnam VISA approval letter (if any)
  • Daily Mineral water
  • Meals as mentioned (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner).

EXCLUSIVE SERVICES:                                            

  • Personal expense such as laundry, mini-bar, drinks, tip, etc
  • Drinks with meals
  • Others meals than mentioned
  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic Flights