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Discovery Vietnam

  • Duration: 15 Days
  • Highlights: Hanoi, Sapa, Halong, Danang, Hoian, Hue, Saigon
  • The Vietnam Discovery tour is your best choice if you want to experience the totality of Vietnam: the land, the people, the culture, and the history, as a Vietnamese person would. In this Vietnam holiday, as you travel through the country you will experience all forms of transport: car, train, airplane, boat, walking and hiking. During 2 weeks traveling with Tailor Made Vietnam you will trace the path of the founding of Vietnam, starting in Hanoi and ending in Saigon. ....

Guest name: Mr. Derek McCombe
No. of guest: 01 pax
Type of tour: Group tour – sharing with other guest
Travel date: From 9th to 23rd Sept 2013.


Feedback

Hello Hai Yen..... I will try to give you some feedback re the tour to VN.
Train...Ok. Generally conditions very basic.
Pick ups/transfers..generally very good.
Guides..generally very good. I saw a lot of things I am happy to learn more about as to their history or reason for being where they were.
Accommodation...very good..some excellent.
Tours..Good but Hanoi City Tour....quite many Pagodas/temples.
Overall...Good value for money. Very educational and enjoyable.
Thank you for all you have done. It all went very smoothly.
Regards...Derek

Tour Program
Day 1: ( 9 Sep ) - Welcome to Vietnam - Arrive In Hanoi – private car transfer

8:50am on Air Asia flight AK1446:Upon arrival to Hanoi international airport, Welcome you by our tour guide & driver then transfer to hotel in town for check in and tour briefing. Later in the afternoon, we take the orientation tour of the center Hanoi by yourself, walking around the guild streets in the Old Quarter of Hanoi. O/N at hotel in Hanoi.

Day 2 ( 10 Sep ): Hanoi City Tour – Night train to Laocai ( B/L ) – group tour

 - 7:45 – 8:30 Get picked up by our tour guide and bus then transfer to the center of Hanoi. Start the trip with a first place named Tran Quoc pagoda, Buddhist relics and national heritage which lies on the West Lake.
- 9:30 Visit Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, the final resting place of Viet Nam’s greatest father; President Ho Chi Minh’s stilt house where he lived and worked from 1958 to 1969.
- 10:30 Visit the One Pillar Pagoda, the one modeled after a lotus flower and it is considered a symbol of Hanoi city.
- 11:00 Visit Temples of Literature can be found throughout Vietnam, the most prominent and famous is that situated in the city of Hanoi, which also functioned as Vietnam's first university. The temple was first constructed in 1070 under King Lý Nhân Tông and is dedicated to Confucius, sages and scholars. It is a vast structure that has existed to present day.
- 12:00 Have lunch at a local restaurant.
- 13:30 Visit the colorful features of the 54 ethnic groups of Viet Nam in the Ethnology museum.
- 15:00 Drive back to legendary Hoan Kiem lake to visit Ngoc Son Temple which worships Van Xuong saint and Tran Hung Dao former general commander. We also observe the beautiful Vietnamese and French architecture around the lake. Then we will bring you back to your hotel. Have dinner by yourself.
- 20.30 – 20.45: Pick up from hotel and transfer to Hanoi train station to get overnight train to Laocai.

Important note: This day you should wear long clothes ( pass to knee due to you will visit some temple and Mausoleum )

Train: Sapaly Express – sharing in a deluxe cabin 4-berth soft sleeper with AC

Day 3 ( 11 Sep ): Lao Cai – Sapa – Cat Cat village ( B, L, D) – group tour
Get the pick-up when the train arrives at Lao Cai Train station and then take a bus drive of 40 km to the hotel in Sapa.
As you arrive, our tour guide will meet you at the hotel lobby and you will get the tour itinerary reconfirmed by our guide. You will have breakfast in our restaurant. The guide will help you to put your bags in the hotel luggage store and then he will take you to explore Sapa town. After that we get back to the hotel for checking in the hotel room. Your lunch will be in the hotel restaurant then. Our guide will get back in the early afternoon ( about 1 Pm) and take you to Cat Cat village. We depart out of the hotel and pass through the market to the sealed pathways to Cat Cat. This twisty beautiful vista road leads you to stairs where we descend to the centre of the village of Black H’mong tribe and keeping going down to the Cat Cat waterfall. There is an old hydro- power station that is still in use from Colonial French time and in warmer weather, a swim in the small river is possible. We walk along by the river and follow the sealed road back up to our hotel. Arrive at the hotel at apprx. 4 Pm.
Dinner is in the hotel restaurant again.
Accommodation: Mountain View Sapa hotel – ROH room
 

Day 4 ( 12 Sep ): Sapa – Lao Chai – Ta Chai Village - Lao Cai ( B, L, D) – Private tour
Get up in the morning for breakfast and check out the hotel room, your bags will be put in the hotel luggage store again.
We start the trip at 9 Am with the guide.
Depart from Sapa town by car to Lao Chai village, following the road down the hill. Views of the Muong Hoa valley and magnificent surroundings of mountains and rice terrace fields can be seen from this road. Along the road, people from many ethnic groups (H’mong, Zay, and Red Dao) are likely to be met, and there are stalls along the way that serve tea, fruits and sweets. Soon after turning off the main road and taking a local path, we will arrive in the Black H’mong village of Lao Chai, where you will experience the daily life of the villagers. After that, we walk from Lao Chai to Ta Van village ( about 4.5km ), where the Zay hill tribes live. Here you take a rest and enjoy picnic lunch. In the afternoon the car will pick you up for the return journey to Sa Pa. Overnight in Sa Pa. Arriving at the hotel for shower and dinner. O/N in Hotel
Accommodation: Mountain View Sapa hotel – ROH room

Day 5 ( 13 Sep ): Sapa – Bac Ha market on Sunday– Night train back to Hanoi ( B/L ) – group tour
7:00 - 8: 00 Am, Your tour guide will pick you up at the hotel for the drive of about 3 hours to Bac Ha, as soon as you arrive the market is really exciting of hundreds of the Flower Mong people trading..., Beautifully dressed minority women abound and you now have plenty of time to take in the sights, sounds and smells of this market where almost everything is sold; pigs, cows, dogs and all of sort animals are available as well as variety of tobacco, spirits, household items, dresses and so much more...

After spending time for delicious lunch in the local restaurant, your guide will take you to explore the town and visit the Flower Mong village of Ban Pho, you will have opportunity to learn how they do sewing and make their corn vodka and more about daily life. Time never waits, you have to say goodbye with the villager's friendly waving hands be hide, the car/ bus is ready for you to go back to Lao Cai for the night train to Hanoi. O/N on train.
Train: Sapaly Express – sharing in a deluxe cabin 4-berth soft sleeper with AC

Day 6 ( 14 Sep ): Early arrive in Hanoi – Full day excursion to Halong Bay ( B/L/D ) – Group tour
The train arrives in Hanoi early in the morning. You are picked up and transfer to your hotel for breakfast and wait for Halong bay 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 Bo Nau Cave area.
16h30 Back to the V’Spirit Classic
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.
Accommodation: Cruise in Halong – V’Spirit Cruise – Deluxe cabin

Day 7 ( 15 Sep ): Halong – Hanoi ( 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. O/N at hotel in Hanoi.
Accommodation: Maison d’Hanoi Boutique Hotel - ROH room
 

Day 8 ( 16 Sep ): Hanoi – fly to Danang at 1210 – 1325/VN 1517 – Transfer to Hue ( B ) – Private car transfer/no guide
Have breakfast at hotel.
10.00AM: Ready at the lobby of hotel to be picked up and transfer to Noi Bai airport to get a short flight to Danang at 12.10
13.25: Up on arrival to Danang airport, you are picked up and transfer to your hotel in Hue for check in. O/N at hotel in Hue.
Accommodation: ASIA HOTEL HUE – Deluxe room

Day 9 ( 17 Sep ): Hue city – group tour ( B/L )

Morning: Pick up at your hotel 7:30am – 8.15AM by car to 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.

Important note: This day you should wear long clothes ( pass to knee due to you will visit some temple and Mausoleum )
Accommodation: Accommodation: ASIA HOTEL HUE – Deluxe room

Day 10 ( 18 Sep ): Hue – Danang – Hoi An ( B ) – private car transfer/no guide
Have breakfast at your hotel.
8.30AM or 9.00AM: Our private car & driver pick up and transfer to Hoi An.
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, the My Khe Beach – one of the best beach in the world. Up on arrival to Hoi An, check in hotel and free in the afternoon. Accommodation at your hotel in Hoi An.
Accommodation: Thuy Duong 3 hotel – Superior room

Day 11 ( 19 Sep ): Hoian – My Son Holy Land - Fly to Ho Chi Minh city at 19.15 – 20.25/VN 1319 ( B ) – Group tour
Have breakfast at your hotel.
7.45 – 8.20AM: pick up at your hotel and start your tour.
Discovery trip to My Son, 40 km from Hoian, for admiring great architectural andart works of the Cham lost Kingdom.
Having a brief understanding of the history, culture for which My Son wasrecognized the World Cultural Heritage.
17.15: Our private car & driver ick up from your hotel and transfer to Danang airport for a short flight to Ho Chi Minh city.
20.25: Up on arrival to Ho Chi Minh city, pick up and transfer to your hotel for check in.
Accommodation: Tan Hai Long hotel & Spa – superior room

Day 12 ( 20 Sep ): Saigon – Can Tho ( B/L ) – group tour
7.45 – 8.15AM: Ready at the lobby to be picked up and start your tour to Mekong.
Leave Ho Chi Minh city, 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 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 shade of the water coconut trees along natural canals, then enjoy seasonal fruit & honey tea to the sound of "Southern Vietnamese folk music", performed by the locals. Visit a family business which epitomizes the idyllic rural lifestyle, taste delicious coconut candy & observe the pastoral life as you roam through fruit plantations and villages. Proceed to Can Tho. Overnight in the .Free time to visit bustling Can Tho market.
Accommodation: Kim Tho hotel – Superior tour

Day 13 ( 21 Sep ): Can Tho – Saigon ( B ) – group tour
Take a leisurely boat trip to explore the picturesque tributaries of the Lower Mekong river ( Bassac River), then proceed to visit Cai Răng floating market (& Phong Dien is optional), which are the liveliest in the whole religion.
Have you ever tasted Vietnamese vermicelli soup? Well, now go and see how it is made. Then wander around the village and meet the friendly local people and experience how to cross a "Monkey bridge" which is built by only o¬ne stem of bamboo. Visit the orchard garden. Stop for lunch. Back to HCM city.
Accommodation: Tan Hai Long hotel & Spa – superior room

Day 14 ( 22 Sep ): Cao Dai Temple & Cu Chi Tunnels ( B ) – group tour

7.45 – 8.15AM: Ready at the lobby to be picked up and start your tour to Cao Dai temple & Cu Chi tunnels tour.
Enjoy a morning drive through typical southern Vietnamese countryside to TayNinh Province to visit Cao Dai, a local sect of Buddhism, and join a memorablenoon daily ceremony of the Cao Dai followers.
After lunchtime back to a historic site of the Vietnam War - the Cu Chi Tunnels,an incredible underground network constructed by the local people and guerillasto survive the war against the American explosive attacks. We can even crawl apart inside the tunnel to understand the living of Vietnamese shoulders duringthe wartime.
Drive back to Saigon in the afternoon, check in hotel and relax.
Accommodation: Tan Hai Long hotel & Spa – superior room

Day 15 ( 23 Sep ): Saigon Departure ( B ) – private car transfer
5.30AM: Ready at the lobby to be picked up and transfer to Tan Son Nhat airport for international flight at 8.35AM. End of beautiful trip and see you in the next trip.
Note: Today you check out hotel so early therefore you should ask your hotel from previous nights for preparing breakfast box.

Included:
- Domestic flights: Hanoi – Danang; Danang – Ho Chi Minh/ Vietnam airline
- Accommodation based on single room
- Daily breakfast
- Transportation by A/C car or shuttle bus as itinerary
- English speaking guide.
- All entrance fees, boats, performance & excursions.
- Boat trip as mention in tour program
- Package tour to Halong bay
- Train ticket from Hanoi to Laocai & return – sharing in a deluxe cabin 4-berth
- Meals as mention in tour program
- Approval of letter for Vietnam visa on arrival

Excluded:
Drinks, except those mentioned
International flights, tipping, and other personal expenses
Early check-in or late check-out

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