Complete Vietnam - Sun N' Sea Tours

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15 days, 14 nights
Ha Noi, Vietnam

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Ha Noi, Ha Long, Sapa, Hue, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh city, Cu Chi tunnel, Mekong Delta

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Complete Vietnam

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive HANOI
Day 2 HANOI; city highlights  
Day 3 HANOI, HALONG bay 
Day 4 HALONG, HANOI, overnight train to LAOCAI
Day 5 LAOCAI, minority market, SAPA – homestay 
Day 6 Local villages, SAPA town 
Day 7 SAPA, LAOCAI, HANOI 
Day 8 HANOI, HUE; Tha Om Garden house
Day 9 A day in HUE 
Day 10 HUE, DANANG, HOIAN; Twilight Bites Food Tour with Jeep 
Day 11 HOIAN; day free
Day 12 HOIAN, DANANG, SAIGON
Day 13  CUCHI tunnels by speedboat, SAIGON “Old & New City tour” 
Day 14  SAIGON, CAIBE, cruise with BASSAC
Day 15 CANTHO, SAIGON, departure   

Day 1 Arrive HANOI

Upon arrival in Hanoi you'll be met by your guide who will transfer you to your hotel. The remainder of your day is at leisure.

Hanoi, Vietnam's capital, ranks amongst the world's most attractive and interesting cities. It was first the capital of Vietnam in A.D. 1010, and though the nation's capital moved to Hue under the Nguyen dynasty in 1802, the city continued to flourish after the French took control in 1888. In 1954, after the French departed, Hanoi was declared Vietnam's capital once again. The remnants of over 1,000 years of history are still visible here, with that of the past few hundred years wonderfully preserved.

Ha Noi
Ha Noi
none

Day 2 HANOI; city highlights  

Enjoy a full day tour of Hanoi. Your guide will be happy to personalise your programme, however we would recommend sites such as Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda and a stroll around Hoan Kiem Lake. For many the Temple of Literature is a highlight worth lingering over. Built in 1070, this complex of atmospheric halls, pavilions and courtyards is dedicated to Confucius and scholars. Of special note are the 82 remaining steles of stone shaped like turtles which are elaborately carved with the names of candidates that sat the Royal examinations. A walking tour through the Old Quarter will provide another fascinating insight into the character and history of the city, before moving on to Dong Xuan Market with its bustling stalls and brisk trading of day-to-day local goods.

After lunch, consider visiting the very popular Ethnology Museum; Women’s Museum or the central Hoa Lo Prison, nicknamed the Hanoi Hilton by American POW's during the war. Alternatively your guide will be happy to discuss alternative places of interest that you may wish to consider.

Ha Noi
Ha Noi
breakfast, lunch

Day 3 HANOI, HALONG bay 

After an early breakfast it’s a three hour drive from the city to Halong Bay, passing through a number of typical North Vietnamese towns and villages. Upon arrival you will be welcomed aboard your traditional junk; the same style that have sailed the bay for 100’s of years.
A natural wonder of the world and one of Vietnam’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the creation of Halong Bay is shrouded in myth. Local legend tells us how the gods sent a family of dragons to defend the country from the invading Chinese. The dragons spat out gemstones that turned into islands, linking together to create a wall against the enemy. The truth is almost as evocative as the legend and upon setting out into the bay you are met by one of the most beguiling natural scenes you will ever witness. 
Lunch is served as you depart port. You will soon leave the mainland far behind, navigating amongst the jagged limestone islands and karsts emerging from the emerald waters. Whilst some islands are no more than large rocks others are far more substantial in size. 
During your cruise there will be opportunities to disembark, often using smaller boats, or possibly kayaks, to venture into hidden grottos and caves. You will also make stops to explore points of interest such as floating fishing villages and picturesque lookout points.
The cuisine throughout your cruise is both plentiful and of a very high standard. Lovers of fresh seafood will be particularly happy. The dining cabin and bar create a very social atmosphere for those that wish to mix with other guests; whilst cabins, many with a private balcony, are all ensuite and spacious.

Ha Noi Ha Long
Ha Long (on cruise)
breakfast, lunch, dinner 
HANOI -> HALONG ~ 3.5-hour driving 

Day 4 HALONG, HANOI, overnight train to LAOCAI

In the early morning many of the islands are alive with the sound of various sea birds nesting in the thick green vegetation that engulf the limestone karsts. Early risers may wish to start the day with a Tai Chi class, or a cooking class (only available on selected junks), on the top deck as the sunrises over the bay. Enjoy breakfast onboard whilst your junk slowly turns back in the direction of the mainland, stopping at points of interest en route. Arrive back at port in the late morning. Disembark and transfer back to Hanoi. At leisure till our night train heading to LaoCai. 

Ha Long Ha Noi
on local train
breakfast, dinner
HANOI -> LAOCAI : 21:30 – 05:30 (+1)

Day 5 LAOCAI, minority market, SAPA – homestay 

The train arrives station very early in the morning. We get to a local restaurant for breakfast and a short rest before the journey to visit one of the nice minority markets in the mountain land…. Mountainous Cultural Markets are well known by many travelers as a "specialty" of a tour to the North of Vietnam, a cultural characteristic of ethnic minority peoples. Each market is a living museum of cultural and community activities, where contains plenty of ethnic culture with unique customs and regional traditions. They are still reserving the identity of the mountainous markets, still original mixed with pure innocent travelers. Leaving the market in the late morning, we head to Sapa. Lunch break at the local restaurant (on your own account) 

We recommend: 
Tuesday : Coc Ly market (2 –hour drive from Sapa town)
Thursday : Lung Khau Nhin market (2 –hour drive from Sapa town)
Saturday         : Can Cau market (3 –hour drive from Sapa town)
Sunday : Bac Ha market (3 –hour drive from Sapa town)

Afternoon lunch, we trek through some of the most picturesque valleys in the region on your way to the villages of Cat Cat and Y Linh Ho, exploring one of Sapa’s less-traversed areas featuring gentle inclines and emerald fields of rice. Stop for a rest on the river bank before continuing further through the villages and terraces of the Black H’mong. Continue to make the way to the village of Lao Chai where you will spend the evening at the Victoria Homestay Experience. Enjoy a sunset over the rice terraces and a traditional herbal foot bath before sitting down to a home cooked dinner and learning about H’mong life and culture with your hosts.

Lao Cai Sapa
Sapa
breakfast, dinner

Day 6 Local villages, SAPA town 

Wake up early to experience an unforgettable sunrise over the terraces. After a simple but tasty breakfast, say farewell to the hosts and family before our next trek to Ta Van village where is reached through narrow and small roads. Along two sides has a fertile terraced field which adorns by the green of corn and rice. When visitors come to Ta Van village, they will not be amazed at the simple beauty of the houses in the village. They live together at the bottom, mountains, the valleys, along streams; Giang Ta Chai village - the village of Red Dao- which has become of the attractive places to visitors who want to experience the colorful traditional customs. Lying silently by a majestic waterfall and was hidden by old trees and bamboo groves, here visitors will admire the gorgeous picture of mountains and rice terraced fields. Finish the trek, we return Sapa town and check in our selected resort.

Sapa
Sapa
breakfast

Day 7 SAPA, LAOCAI, HANOI 

Stay a day explore the town on your own tast. Meet our person in the late afternoon, drive to the station for our night train back Hanoi.

Sapa Lao Cai
on local train
breakfast, dinner
SAPA -> LAOCAI ~ an-hour drive.  LAOCAI -> HANOI: 20:30 – 04:30 (+1) 

Day 8 HANOI, HUE; Tha Om Garden house

Early morning arrival in Hanoi where you will be met by your guide. Take a stroll around Hoan Kiem Lake which is a hive of activity at 5am as the locals take exercise and practice Tai Chi on the banks on the lake. After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Hue. Upon arrival, you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel. Check in & rest on your own. 

Hue remained Vietnam’s capital until 1945, when Bao Dai, the last of the Nguyen emperors, abdicated. Many of Hue’s attractions are found along the banks of the Perfume River that flows through the centre of town. The cuisine is Hue is spicy hot, with lots of chilli. Reflecting its Imperial roots, it is often served in beautifully presented, taster portions, a kind of oriental nouvelle cuisine!

Late afternoon, visit to the residence of Pham Ba Vinh and his wife, Ton Nu Cam Tu. Mr Vinh is of royal heritage and during your visit to the delightful Tha Om Garden House, he will undoubtedly regale you with a few stories of his ancestral roots. Tha Om Garden House offers an excellent opportunity to relax and enjoy traditional Vietnamese hospitality in the surrounds of a fully-working and functioning replica of a 19th century Hue residence. The house itself is set in charming gardens, complete with lotus ponds and pavilions. Like many of Hue's homes, the structure is built on high foundations with low, dipping roofs due to the historical problem of flooding in the area. Enjoy a traditional dinner before returning to your hotel in the late evening.

Ha Noi Hue
Hue
breakfast, dinner
HANOI -> HUE ~ 1.15mns flight 

Day 9 A day in HUE 

A perfect way to see many of Hue’s highlights without getting caught up with the crowds. Your day begins by setting out from your hotel to the area formerly known as the ‘New City’, before crossing the famous Truong Tien Bridge, built by Gustave Eiffel, over to the “Old City”. Visit the heavily bombed remains of the Imperial Citadel, built along the lines of Beijing’s Forbidden City and from where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945. Continue to the Thien Mu Pagoda, once at the pagoda - perhaps Hue’s most famous religious site - explore the gardens and the distinctive seven-storey octagonal tower. Return to Hue, we stop at the elaborate mausoleums of Emperors Tu Duc and Khai Dinh, two of the eight Nguyen dynasty tombs to be found along the banks of the Perfume River. Considered the most impressive of the bunch, both are extravagant complexes of pavilions, temples, courtyards and lotus-filled lakes.

Having lunch and returning to your hotel and the remainder of your day is at leisure.

Hue
Hue
breakfast, lunch

Day 10 HUE, DANANG, HOIAN; Twilight Bites Food Tour with Jeep 

Morning departure for Hoi An, driving the picturesque route via Lang Co and over the Hai Van Pass (Ocean Cloud Pass), before reaching Danang. If you wish to, there will be time to visit the city's excellent Cham Museum, containing the finest collection of Cham sculptures on display anywhere in the world. You can also stop at the sacred hill known as the Marble Mountain which contain dozens of Buddhist shrines, as well as the nearby Non Nuoc Beach; popular with American GI's on R & R during the Vietnamese-American war. Drive the final 20 minutes to Hoi An and check in to your hotel.

Once known as Faifo, the UNESCO designated World Heritage town of Hoi An was one of the Orient’s major trading ports in the 16th and 17th centuries. Despite the passing of the years and the ravages of weather and war, the centre of Hoi An remains much the same as it did in its heyday. The town is undoubtedly one of the highlights of any visit to Vietnam with the laid-back atmosphere and the fine Colonial architecture lining cobbled streets offering a glimpse of times gone-by. Explore the former merchants’ homes, the 450 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge and the colourful market.

There is time to relax before being met by your guide for an evening food tour with a difference. Tonight’s experience will give you a unique insight into Hoi An’s renowned foodie scene whilst travelling in your very own US military jeep.
Drive out of town to a local beach, to watch the sun set and enjoy a cold beer and fresh seafood, feet-in-the-sand style. From here, drive through rice paddies to a favourite local eating spot where you can sample traditional treats including ‘banh xeo’, crispy Vietnamese pancakes that are filled with beansprouts, pork and prawns. 
Heading back towards town, there will be a chance to stop for a taste of ‘bia tuoi’ (fresh beer) before reaching a local barbecue restaurant for the main event of the evening: a traditional BBQ feast. You’ll be pleased of the opportunity following dinner, for a stroll around the atmospheric streets of Hoi An’s old town. If you wish to finish your evening with a nightcap, then your guide can point you in the direction of a renowned local bar, alternatively climb aboard your jeep and transfer back to your hotel.

Hue Da Nang Hoi An
Hoi An
breakfast, dinner 
HUE -> DANANG -> HOIAN ~ 2.5-hour to drive 

Day 11 HOIAN; day free

Free to stroll the town on your own 

Hoi An
Hoi An
breakfast

Day 12 HOIAN, DANANG, SAIGON

Early morning transfer to Danang Airport for your flight to Saigon. Upon arrival you'll be met by your guide who will transfer you to your hotel.

Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city in Vietnam and is located near the Mekong Delta. The city was then renamed after the North Vietnamese invasion of South Vietnam in 1975, becoming Ho Chi Minh City. Today the city centre is still adorned with wide elegant boulevards and historic French buildings. However, as the undoubted economic centre of Vietnam, high rise office towers are starting to take their place amongst this wonderful colonial architecture.

Hoi An Da Nang Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh
breakfast
DANANG -> SAIGON ~ 1.15mns flight 

Day 13  CUCHI tunnels by speedboat, SAIGON “Old & New City tour” 

Morning, we take the journey out of the city centre to the Cu Chi regions, where you will visit the vast underground network of tunnels built first as a defence against the French, and later expanded during the American war. It was from here that the North Vietnamese waged their guerrilla warfare and you will marvel at their ingenuity and resilience. See secret trapdoors, underground kitchens, living areas and meeting rooms. The more adventurous may explore the deeper second, and even third level tunnels. For those preferring to remain above ground, there is ample opportunity to view excavated areas from above. Your guide will advise you of the length and level of difficulty of each tunnel before entering - some are easily accessed by stairs.…..

Afternoon, set off to tour some of Saigon’s highlights. Your guide will be happy to personalise your programme, but we particularly recommend certain sites; the Reunification Palace, formerly South Vietnam's Presidential Palace, was built in the 1960s and remains largely untouched since the day Saigon finally fell to North Vietnamese troops in 1975. Others offer visitors a sense of the region’s French Colonial past; Notre Dame Basilica was built in the late 1800s, and the pink neoclassic confection that is Saigon Central Post Office was designed by Gustave Eiffel himself.

We then ontinue to Cho Lon, which has been HCMC’s Chinatown since 1778, followed by a visit to Quan Am Pagoda, a Chinese style Buddhist pagoda built during the 19th century, with beautifully decorated interiors. As you explore Chinatown, you will see all manner of goods on sale, from dragon artwork, masks and pet fish, to sacks of rice, fabric and cooking utensils…….Leave Chinatown for newer developing areas, observing a visual feast of old and new architecture side by side, before a drive by what was once known as the “Southern stomach” - specifically, the city’s largest rice market, founded by the Chinese in the 18th century.

Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh
breakfast, lunch
SAIGON -> CUCHI ~ 1.5-hour riding (speedboat) 

Day 14  SAIGON, CAIBE, cruise with BASSAC

The Bassac take you into the greener areas of the Mekong delta, overnight on the river and into the middle of the life about the river. They are entirely built of wood in the Mekong delta and according to the local marine traditions, and adapted for discovery cruises, open to outside and offering an immediate contact with the green surrounding of the ship.

Meet our person after breakfast and directly drive to Cai Be  
-Boarding at Cai Be at noon. Welcome drink, Introduction to the ship and crew, check into the cabins. 
-Departure towards Cho Lach on the Tien Giang river. 
-Lunch while en route. Rest on the deck. 
-The Bassac slips into the Chợ Lách canal, in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the river traffic, between markets and churches, a unique opportunity for a glimpse of the very varied life on the banks as well as on the water. 
-Visit of a village on the banks of river Mang Thit, an opportunity to appreciate the way of life and hospitality of the local inhabitants. Visit of the orchard or rice fields nearby. 
-Boarding back, complimentary drink as a welcome back on board. Rest on the deck enjoying the sunset. The crew will serve dinner while the Bassac is cruising Mang Thit river. 
-The Bassac sets anchor just downstream from Tra On for the night. 

Ho Chi Minh Can Tho
Can Tho (on cruise)
breakfast, lunch, dinner
SAIGON > CAIBE ~ 2.5-hour driving 

Day 15 CANTHO, SAIGON, departure   

Breakfast is available as early as 07:00, as the ship passes by Tra On, where you may see a small floating market. The ship then departs towards Can Tho.
Arrival in Cai Rang floating market, check out and transfer onto a local boat to visit the floating market, then a noodle factory and return to the Ninh Kieu pier.
Disembark and meet our team for driving back Saigon. Head to airport for the departure. 

Cai Be Ho Chi Minh
breakfast
CANTHO -> SAIGON ~ 4- hour drive 

Rates (per person in USD)

Accommodation 1 pax 2 pax 3 pax 4 pax 5 pax 6 pax or more
High Season
STANDARD 2,879 1,740 1,517 1,412 1,334 1,283
MID-RANGE 2,977 1,794 1,570 1,465 1,388 1,336
SUPERIOR 3,120 1,879 1,656 1,550 1,473 1,421
DELUXE 3,749 2,158 1,935 1,830 1,752 1,752
Low Season
STANDARD 2,835 1,718 1,495 1,390 1,312 1,260
MID-RANGE 2,900 1,750 1,527 1,422 1,344 1,292
SUPERIOR 3,055 1,838 1,615 1,510 1,433 1,380
DELUXE 3,578 2,094 1,870 1,766 1,688 1,637
HIGH SEASON : OCT – DEC, 2016 & JAN – APR, 2017
LOW SEASON : MAY – SEP, 2017

STANDARD 
Hanoi      : Hanoi Elegance Ruby hotel – Superior room 
Halong    : Huong Hai Junks – Deluxe room
Sapa        : Victoria Sapa resort – Superior room 
Hue         : Hue Serence Palace – Junior room 
Hoian      : Vinh Hung Library hotel – Superior room 
Saigon     : Sunrise Central hotel – Deluxe room -

MID-RANGE 
Hanoi      : Golden Cyclo hotel – Executive room
Halong    : Glory Legend Cruises – Deluxe 
Sapa        : Victoria Sapa resort – Superior room
Hue         : Romance hotel – Deluxe
Hoian      : Atlas hotel Hoian – Superior city 
Saigon     : Silverland Central hotel – Deluxe

SUPERIOR 
Hanoi      : O Gallery Premier hotel – Deluxe room 
Halong    : Pelican cruise – Deluxe room 
Sapa        : Victoria Sapa resort – Superior room 
Hue         : Moonlight hotel – Deluxe city
Hoian      : La Resiencia hotel – Junior Suite town view
Saigon     : Paragon Saigon hotel – Premium

DELUXE 
Hanoi      : Apricot hotel – Sketch 
Halong    : Orchid cruises – Suite Balcony 
Sapa        : Victoria Sapa resort – Superior room
Hoian      : Palm Garden resort – Superior Garden room 
Hue         : Indochina Palace – Palace Deluxe 
Saigon     : Hotel Majestic – Colonial Deluxe

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Inclusions
English speaking, local guide 
All accommodation listed in double/twin share with breakfast 
En-suite room on sharing Halong cruise 
Land transportation by private air-conditioned vehicles 
Local train Hanoi – LaoCai –Hanoi, sharing cabin with A/C 
All admission fees at attractions, temples and activities as mentioned in the itinerary 
Boat trip wherever it has 
All meals listed 
Government tax 

Exclusions
Visa 
International arrival & departure flight ticket and airport tax 
Domestic flights within Vietnam (on request) 
Any meals not listed in the itinerary 
Drinks, other than water on activity days 
Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tips…)
Peak-season surcharge & compulsory meals to be advised at the time of booking 
Travel insurance  & other services not listed in “inclusive”

Remarks
The itinerary is flexible, depending on arrival or departure flights of passengers 
Ground operator reserved the right to amend or adjust itinerary to match with real situation
The confirmation is subject to the availability at the time of booking 

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