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Vietnam Discovery: 14 days Vietnam
« on: May 14, 2019, 01:37:23 PM »
Vietnam Discovery: 14 days Vietnam

The sheer diversity of Vietnam caters to nearly every wandering soul. Within its spectacular seascapes and mountainous landscaping, Vietnam hides its mystical ethnic minority hamlets, impressive cascading grain terraces, a hotpot of cultures dating back thousands of many years, among the most vibrant food scenes in Southeast Asia, and many more.
This exploration is going to take you across the country, from Hanoi, Vietnam's millennial capital city to Sapa, the North's main trekking base. Deal with yourself to a perfect getaway on the legendary karst dotted seascape of Halong Bay - one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature with its tranquil emerald water.
Down the slender curves of Vietnam is the idyllic Hue, Vietnam's formal imperial capital, that has all the grandeur and majesty to mix the curiosity of any history buff. Further south is Hoi An - playing the job of muse to any artist, its architectural consistency of buildings and the power grid formation of narrow alleys and lanes have magically turned Hoi An right into a de facto theme park.
Out from the serenity, Saigon bloomed as one of the most enjoyable cities in Asia but does not settle for just that. The verdant Mekong Delta, the melting pot of cultures that are different offers another otherworldly aspect of Vietnam.
Why don't we invest a meaningful holiday in Vietnam becoming part of the fluidity of her and examining her lots of facets acutely from the inside out in 14 days with Top Vietnam Travel.


Highlight:
    • Watch Vietnam’s 1,000 year of history comes to life in front of you with a visit to Hanoi
    • Dip your toe in a whole different culture with a trip to Sapa
    • Get in touch with the grandeur of nature in Halong Bay
    • Weave through Hue’s deep-rooted culture and history
    • Get lost in the bucolic charm of Hoian
    • Embrace the addictive madness of Saigon
    • Embark on a trip to Mekong Delta, one of Asia’s most atmospheric land[/size]

    Day 1: Arrive Hanoi
    Meals: NA/Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
    Your holiday in Vietnam will start with Hanoi - the classic capital of Vietnam. After a warm welcome upon arrival at Hanoi Airport, you'll be transferred to the hotel of yours. In the afternoon, you are going to engage in a private walking city tour to discover local markets and the Old Quarter - known for its 36 narrow, congested roadways and guilds (now Hanoi has more than 70 streets) - each was named after a single trade - formed by artisans and traders from villages around Hoan Kiem Lake who came here to sell the goods of theirs.


    Day 2: Hanoi City Tour – Night train to Lao Cai
    Meals: Breakfast/Accommodation: on train (shared 4 soft sleeper cabin with AC)
    The capital of Hanoi is a quintessential visit in any Vietnam holiday packages in case you're anticipating digging much deeper into Vietnamese society. Nowadays you have a full day to explore the capital of Vietnam, with en route visits to its primary attraction sites: the Ho Chi Minh Complex (Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum and Stilt House, One Pillar Pagoda, and the Presidential Palace), the Temple of Literature, West Lake with Quan Thanh Temple and Tran Quoc Pagoda, and the most beautiful attraction museum in Hanoi - The Vietnam Museum of Ethnology or History Museum.
    Later on in the evening, you will enjoy a traditional Water Puppet performance for an intimate insight into Vietnamese rural life throughout its history. Originated in the Red River Delta in the 11th century, water puppetry hails from the country 's wet rice culture, sketching a lively and colorful image of an agricultural modern society normal of the North with a humorous twist to each skit. Stay overnight in Hanoi.
    Enjoy dinner on the own arrangement of yours before getting transferred to Hanoi Railway Station for an overnight train to Lao Cai.


    Day 3: Lao Cai – Sapa.
    Meals: Breakfast/Accommodations: Hotel in Sapa
    You are going to arrive at Lao Cai Station at the start of the morning. Lao Cai is a town close to the Chinese border. You will be welcomed by our local tour guide and then transferred to Sapa town. Have breakfast and loosen up for a while before starting to trek to Mường Hoa Valley - noted for its breathtaking scenery and also being the largest farmland for rice cultivation in SaPa. You will trek across the Muong Hoa River through terraced areas, passing by several hamlets on the H'Mong. The trek will take you from Lao Chai Village - inhabited by Black H'mong People to Ta Van Village - inhabited by the Zay, providing an intimate insight into the different cultural costumes and traditions showcased by the villagers. Go back to the hotel of yours and stay overnight in Sapa.


    Day 4: Sapa – Matra – Ta Phin Village – Bus to Hanoi
    Meals: Breakfast & Lunch./Accommodation: hotel in Hanoi.
    The walk begins from Sapa through the gorgeous gardens and rich pine forests. On the way, you are going to pass by Matra - a small, remote tribal village of the Black Hmong. Continue trekking through rice terraces and the scenic mountainous landscape of Sapa, and also enjoy lunch served en-route to Taphin Village. This particular village has its visitors captivated by the distinctive cultural life of the Black Hmong and Red Dzao minorities - he 2 largest ethnic groups inhabiting the area through anecdotes advised by the elders. You will also have the opportunity to go to some traditional houses here before returning to Sapa in an automobile. Our bus is going to take you to Hanoi for your overnight stay at the hotel.


    Day 5: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay
    Meal: Breakfast-lunch-dinner/Accommodation: On Cruise
    No holiday in Vietnam is done without having a beach escape. So treat yourself to an overnight stay amidst the majestic Halong Bay. After getting purchased from your hotel, you'll be transferred by van/car to Ha Long Bay at 12:00. Upon arrival in Ha Long Bay, you'll be welcomed aboard and enjoy lunch while weaving through many islands and also islets towering over and shown off the emerald waters of Halong Bay. After lunch, take a short trek to a close by summit for a birds' eye view of the bay peppered with golden sails, after which proceed to a quiet beach for some kayaking or swimming, or just simply go back to the ship and sunbathe on the sundeck, whatever tickles your fancy.
    Later in the evening, pay a visit to a tranquil fishing village to interact with fishermen that have inhabited the bay for almost 3 generations. Go back aboard and have a drink on the sun deck while can certainly enjoy beverages and lose yourself in the immense visual delight as the reddish-orange hue of the sky deepens and dusk creeps over the horizon. Enjoy dinner and stay overnight on the junk.


    Day 6: Ha Long – Hanoi – Hue
    Meal: Breakfast-Brunch/Accommodation: On Cruise
    Kickstart the day of yours with a beginning Tai Chi Session on the sundeck and you will be compensated with an unparalleled visible glory of the sun peeking over the watery horizon. After breakfast, you are going to visit an enigmatic limestone grotto and then go to the ship for a final glimpse of Ha Long Bay as you cruise back to the dock. Check out when the ship comes at the harbor by drive and noon back to Hanoi for your flight to Hue. On your arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel. Check in as well as overnight in Hue.


    Day 7: Hue
    Meals: Breakfast/Accommodation: Hotel in Hue
    Today, you are going to embark on a full-day exploration of Hue - Vietnam's former age-old capital. Get started with a trip to the Imperial Citadel - home to the Imperial City and Forbidden Purple City - once the Emperor's and also his family private residence. The Imperial City was built in the 19th century, based off of the style of the Forbidden City in Beijing. Apart from the Forbidden Purple City and the primary structures of state, the Imperial Enclosure houses many other temples and palaces within its walls.
    In the evening, carry on and visit the Imperial Museum, Tu Hieu Pagoda, and the vibrant Dong Ba Riverside Market.


    Day 8: Hue – Danang – Hoi An
    Meals: Breakfast/Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An.
    Wake up in the ancient capital and enjoy the breakfast of yours in the hotel. Next, start a private boat trip cruising the romantic Perfume River with visits to Lady Pagoda (Thien Mu Pagoda) and the grandiose Minh Mang's tomb - captivating beholders with its regal nature. Enjoy lunch at a nearby restaurant and then leave Hue for Hoi An - another UNESCO World Heritage Site. You are going to travel via the Hai Van Pass, stop in Danang for a visit to the Cham Museum and handicraft villages at the foot of the Marble Mountains before arriving in Hoi An. Upon arrival in Hoi An, you will check in to the hotel of yours and have some free time to explore the town then stay overnight there.


    Day 9: Hoi An
    Meals: Breakfast/Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An
    From the 16th to 18th centuries, Hoi An was a thriving overseas commercial port for Chinese, Japanese, French, Dutch, Arab and Portuguese traders. These people came primarily to trade in the high grade silk, which continues to be produced in the region, and also ceramics. Nowadays, Hoi An is a quaint riverside town, popular with visitors for its eclectic architecture, tailors shops, and countless cafes. Several of the structures in the narrow streets have remained unchanged for more than a century. You will enjoy a half day walking tour through the narrow winding streets of the Ancient Quarter visiting Chua Ong Pagoda, Chinese Assembly Halls, the 200 - year old Tam Ky Ancestral House, and the Japanese Bridge. Following the tour, there is going to be free time to shop and relax. You are going to stay overnight in Hoi An.


    Day 10: Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh City
    Meals: Breakfast/Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
    You will then leave Hoi An for Danang Airport for a one hour flight to Ho Chi Minh City. In the evening, you are going to embark on a city trip of HCMC (Saigon) including the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, the existing Post Office and bustling Ben Thanh Market. You will stay overnight in HCMC.


    Day 11: Cao Dai Temple & Cu chi Underground
    Meals: Breakfast/Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC)
    This morning you are going to drive to Cao Dai Temples in Tay Ninh. Cao Dai Holy See Temple could be the cathedral of the Cao Daism religion and residence of the Divine Eye, the recognized sign of this distinctive religion. Cao Dai followers worship Jesus Christ, Taoism, Confucius, and Buddha. You'll also be able to observe the midday service.
    Following lunch you will drive to the Cu Chi Tunnels, which consist of over 200 km of subterranean tunnels. This principal axis system has numerous branches connecting to subterranean hideouts, shelters, and entrances to various other tunnels. The system incorporated innumerable trap doors, specially built living areas, field hospitals, weapons factories, storage facilities, command centers and kitchens. These days the remaining tunnels have become a major tourist attraction giving visitors a unique experience along with a feel of what underground life was like during the Vietnam War. You are going to stay overnight in HCMC.


    Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City – Can Tho
    Meals: Breakfast/Accommodation: Hotel in Can Tho
    You will leave HCMC to lush My Tho where you will cruise on a private boat via the eco-friendly vegetation of the canals to an orchard, wherever you are treated to a delicious lunch in a nearby restaurant in the center of the Mekong, complete with exotic fruits. You will also visit the snake farm Dong Tam that breeds snakes for, among other conditions, snake wine, before proceeding to Vinh Trang Pagoda. You'll then head off to Can Tho City - the metropolis of probably the Southwest situated directly at the heart of the Mekong Delta, for an overnight stay.


    Day 13: Can Tho – Ho Chi Minh City
    Meals: Breakfast/Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
    You wake up to the sounds of the Mekong River welcoming a new day and take boat trip to join in the sun soaked Cai Rang floating market, among the many bustling floating marketplaces in the Mekong Delta, with hundreds of little boats barging and jostling for space to market their goods which will certainly leave you in awe. After sampling local fruits, our guide will escort you back to the resort through myriad canals. You are going to have lunch at a nearby restaurant before going back to Ho Chi Minh City for an overnight stay.


    Day 14: Ho Chi Minh City – Departure
    Meals: Breakfast/Accommodation: NA
    There's no activity planned for today so you are free to enjoy your free time souvenir shopping until getting transferred to the airport for your onward flight. This is the conclusion of your holiday in Vietnam.

      • DepartureHanoi
      • IncludedHotel in twin/double sharing room basis with daily breakfastMeal as mentionedTransfer by air-conditioned private carEntrance fees, boat trips and excursionsExcellent English speaking guideDomestic flight
      • Not IncludedTravel InsuranceInternational air ticketsDrinks, Tipping, VisaPersonal expensesOthers not mentioned above[/size]