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Essential Of Vietnam

  • Duration: 12 Days
  • Highlights: Hanoi - Halong - Hue - Hoi An - Nha Trang - Da Lat - Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta
  • Essential Vietnam is a wonderful trip designed for those who want to experience the very best of Vietnam, but only have limited time. Brings you the charm of Hanoi, the scenic impressive sights of Halong Bay, the ancient capital of Hue, the charming Hoi An, Nha Trang, the hill station of Da Lat, the vibrant Ho Chi Minh City and the mighty Mekong Delta.

Guest name: Lucas Yee & Betty Yee
No. of guest: 02 people
Type of tour: Group tour – sharing with other guest
Travel date: from 9th to 20th of Nov 2013


Dear Haiyen
Having  landed in Hong Kong yesterday and spent a night  here already. I like to sincerely thank you for the very best service provided by you personally and of course your company. The standard of service provided by you is highly commentable.
We have a wonderful trip in Vietnam covering a wide area from the north to the south. It gave me a insight and feel of your country. I was touched by the hard working of some of the local people in the market place, especially by the young people who I see constantly work so tirelessly. I see the future of  Vietnam through these young people. But I also like to see the less capable ( old and handicapped ) shall be taken care of, who I also see always try to self taking care of themselves. I am sure the assistance to them shall come as your country progresses. I can see in 5 to 10 years time
there will be a great advancement in the whole of Vietnam. In all I feel fortunate to have experienced the warm and friendliness of the local people wherever I go on our tour in Vietnam. At all time, you have always made sure I and my wife Betty are made aware of things and understanding the schedule and pick up time of catching the flight to Hong Kong, we appreciate very much. I will keep your business card in my book for my future need.
Best and Warm Regards
Lucas and Betty Yee

Tour Program
Day 1 ( 9 of Nov ): Ho Chi Minh – Fly to Hanoi – private car transfer/no guide

Pick up from your hotel in Ho Chi Minh city to Tan Son Nhat airport for flight to Hanoi.
Upon your arrival at Noi Bai Airport, you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel in Hanoi. Relax and stay over night at the hotel.
Hotel confirmed: Quoc Hoa hotel – Superior room

Day 2 ( 10 Nov ): Hanoi - Halong (B/L/D) – Group tour
08h00 – 08h30 Pick-up at hotel and start the scenic, 3.5 hour drive to Halong Bay. Enjoy the landscape of the Red River Delta country side and have a short break on the way.
12h00 – 12h30 Embark on V’Spirit Classic Cruise followed by a short cruise briefing
13h00 – 15h30 Savor a delectable lunch as V’Spirit Classic Cruises among the limestone islands…
15h30 – 16h30 Kayak among the hidden areas of the bay, around the Luon Cave area.
16h30 Back to the V’Spirit Classic Cruise
16h30 – 17h30 Cruise to Soi Sim island. Go swimming and relaxing at the beach of Soi Sim or climp up to the top of the island for a panorama view of Halong Bay 17h30 Return to the main boat for a shower. Relax or snap photos as the sun starts to set
19h00 Dinner is served. Socialize with other guests, fish for squid, or just laze around Overnight on board.
Cruise confirmed: V’Spirit Cruise – deluxe cabin

Day 3 ( 11 Nov ): Halong - Hanoi - night train to Hue (B/L) – Group tour
06h30 – 07h00 Start your day with Tai Chi exercises or a photo hunt
07h30 – 08h30 Have breakfast at sunrise.
08h30 – 09h30 Explore the amazing Sung Sot Cave – the nicest cave in Halong Bay.
09h30 Return to the boat. Freshen up and check out of your cabin.
09h30 – 10h30 Continue your cruise exploring the Bay, passing Ba Hang fishing village, Dog Islet and more…
10h30 – 11h30 While heading back to the habor, watch the cooking demonstration before enjoying a traditional Vietnamese lunch.
12h00 Disembark V’Spirit Classic Cruise
12h30 Transfer back to your hotel in Hanoi city center.
16h30 – 17h00 Trip finishes at Hanoi Old Quarter.
18.00: Pick up from your hotel and transfer to Hanoi train station to get overnight train to Hue. O/N on deluxe soft sleeper train with AC.
Train confirmed: Livitran Express train – sharing in deluxe cabin 4 berth soft sleeper with AC

Day 4 ( 12 Nov ): Arrive to Hue – full day city tour (B) – group tour
8.00AM: Arrive to Hue station and then you will be transferred to your hotel for breakfast ( arranged by yourself ) and some refreshment.
Discover Hue city by yourself.
Hue with splendid tombs of the Nguyen emperors, notable pagodas and the remains of the Citadel becomes one of Vietnam’s attractions to tourists from all over the world, who like to explore the traditional cultural values of Vietnam.
If your train arrive to Hue on time you can enjoy group Hue city tour one day. And our guide picks you up from the train station to your hotel to leave luggage and start the tour.
Tour will visit:
1. Minh Mạng Tomb
2. Khai Dinh Tomb
3. Traditional Martial Art Van An
4. Tu Duc Tomb
5. Conicat Hat & Incense Making Village
Afternoon: Continue by bus.
6. The Citadel
7. Thien Mu Pagoda
Then get on the boat for a sight -seeing along the Perfume River to see fishing village and sampan on the way back. Do not miss the Sunset on the Perfume River!
Back to town at 4:30 pm. O/N at hotel in Hue.
Note: ( entrances fee is paid by your account, it is including car, guide, lunch & boat trip ).
This day you should wear long clothes ( pass to knee due to you will visit some temple and Mausoleum )
Hotel confirmed: Romance hotel – deluxe room

Day 5 ( 13 Nov ): Hue - Da Nang - Hoi An (B) – private car transfer/no guide
Upon leaving Hue we drive south to Hoi An which was originally a Cham seaport but has been influenced down the centuries by a myriad of traders from various cultures. The scenic road is hugging the coastline before crossing over the winding Hai Van pass. A view from the top of the pass is one of Vietnam’s most impressive panoramic scenes. We stop en route to visit the Cham Museum in Da Nang City, the MyKhe Beach and the Marble Mountain whose peaks represent the five elements of the universe. Entrances fee is paid by guest today. Accommodation at your hotel in Hoi An.
Hotel confirmed: Thuy Duong 3 hotel – Superior room

Day 6 ( 14 Nov ): Hoi An free day (B)
Today you have a free day to discover Hoi An ancient town by yourself or do shopping, tailor made or relaxing at Cua Dai Beach ( 3,5km from Hoi An town )
The ancient architecture of Hoi An is a fascinating combination of Vietnamese traditional characters with Chinese and Japanese influence. There is plenty to see in this delightful town, like the famous Japanese Covered Bridges, the Pottery Museum, the 200 years old Tamky House, the Chua Ong Pagoda and the vibrant market.. Overnight in Hoi An.
Hotel confirmed: Thuy Duong 3 hotel – Superior room

Day 7 ( 15 Nov ): Hoi An – Danang – Fly to Nha Trang at 10.05 – 11.30/ VN 1945 (B) – Private car transfer/no guide
8.00AM: Our driver picks you up from hotel and transfer to Da Nang Airport for a short flight to Nha Trang at 10.05AM.
11.30AM: Arrive to Cam Ranh airport, you are picked up and transfer to your hotel and check in if room is available ( Check in time is 12.00 ). Overnight in Nha Trang.
Hotel confirmed: Starlet hotel – Superior room

Day 8 ( 16 Nov ): Nha Trang - Da Lat by bus (B)
Breakfast at your hotel and wait for bus to pick up at 7.00am to Dalat about 4,5 hours. Up on arrival, check in hotel and free time.
Hotel confirmed: BEST WESTERN DALAT PLAZA HOTEL – Superior city view room

Day 9 ( 17 Nov ): Da Lat city full day – fly to Ho Chi Minh City at 21.05 – 21.50/VN1383 (B) – Group tour
Today you will have full day city tour to visit:
1/ Tuyen Lam lake:
7 km South of Dalat, 320 ha, the nicest lake of the city.
+ Truc Lam Zen monastery:
Over look TuyenLamLake, at present is the biggest University in Vietnam. Please dress decently.
2/ Prenn waterfall:
10 km South of Dalat with a mini zoo.
3/ Valley of Love:
6 km to the North, typical scenery of Dalatk, dotted with lake, pine hills and flowers, well – known for its Cow-boys, a good place for horse riding.
4/ Bao Dai’s SummerPalace:
3 km from Dalat’s center, where the last Emperor of Vietnam. Bao Dai stayed and ruled the country from 1914 to 1954.
Tour finish at your hotel.
19.00: Our car pick you up and transfer to the airport for a short flight to Ho Chi Minh city at 21.05.
21.50: Arrive to the airport, you are picked up by our driver and transfer to your hotel for check in. O/N at hotel in Saigon.
Entrances fee is paid by guest today.
Hotel confirmed: Tan Hai Long hotel & Spa Superior room city view room

Day 10 ( 18 Nov ): Cu Chi Tunnels half day tour (B) – Group tour
( start 8.00 – return 14.00 )
Located 60km from HCMC, Cu Chi is now a popular spot for both Vietnamese & foreign tourists - the network of over 200km of tunnels became legendary when they played a vital role in the War. In their heyday, the tunnels were functioning underground cities including numerous trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers & kitchens.
Today, ducks and water buffalos happily co-exist in the rivers along the side of the road. However, the peaceful rural rice paddy scenery belies the area’s violent history. Visitors will find it hard to imagine the destruction, damage & defoliation over this whole area, caused by bombing and mines. There is plenty of evidence of the fierce battle that took place here during the 1960s when Cu Chi was a "Free Target Zone".
Start our tour in the morning, before entering the tunnels visitors can watch a short introductory video showing how the tunnels were constructed. You will spend the next hour exploring the tunnels. Afterwards, enjoy tea, cassava (guerrilla’s food during the war). Return to Sai Gon around 13.00.
PM: Free to discover Saigon city by yourself. O/N at hotel in Saigon.
Hotel confirmed: Tan Hai Long hotel & Spa Superior room city view room

Day 11 ( 19 Nov ): Ho Chi Minh City - Mighty Mekong Delta (B/L) – Group tour
HCM – My Tho – Ben Tre – HCM ( start 8.00 – return 17.00 )
Enjoy the scenic journey along the National Highway bordered by green rice fields.
On arrived at My Tho, visit Vinh Trang pagoda, take a leisurely boat ride along the river, view the stilt houses, fruit plantations and fishing villages along the river bank. Proceed to Tortoise islet, have lunch in the orchard garden. Then a boat ride to An Khanh – a less touristy attraction in Ben Tre, enjoy cruising on a hand-rowed sampan under the shadow of the water coconut trees along natural canals, then enjoy seasonal fruit & honey tea to the sound of "Southern Vietnamese folk music", performed by locals.
Visit a family business which epitomizes the idyllic rural lifestyle, taste the delicious coconut candy & observe the pastoral life as you roam through the fruit plantation and village. Meet the bus and return to HCMC. This trip provides a fascinating insight into daily life in the Mekong Delta and you are guaranteed to take home your own private collection of beautiful memories.
Hotel confirmed: Tan Hai Long hotel & Spa Superior room city view room

Day 12 ( …… ): Ho Chi Minh City - Departure (B) – Private car transfer/ no guide

Free at leisure until time transfer to airport for flight back home.
Please advise what date & time do you departure and then our driver can pick up and transfer to the airport for departure flight.

* Accommodation based on double sharing room with daily breakfast
* Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B- breakfast, L- lunch, D- dinner)
* Boat trip in Halong Bay, Hue, Mekong Delta - sharing
* All guided sightseeing fees and entrance fees as per itinerary
* English speaking tour guide at places
* Train ticket Hanoi – Hue/ sharing in deluxe cabin 4-berth
* Car/shuttle bus transfer as program with A/C

* Air tickets: Ho Chi minh – Hanoi; Da Nang - Nha Trang; Dalat – Saigon
* Visa application fee to Vietnam: USD45/person
* Personal expenses
* Other meals and drinks
* Early check in & late check out for accommodation at the places
* Airport tax and departure tax
* Insurance
* Tips

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