10 Night Tour

Day 1:  Arrival in Hanoi

Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by local guide and driver at the airport.

Be transferred to the hotel for checking in your room. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.  

Day 2:  Hanoi city tour (B)

Start with a walk through Hang Be market – one of the most famous markets in Hanoi thanks to its diverse array of goods and eye catching displays. Take this chance to observe the daily life of the locals and capture some memorable pictures. Then, explore the diversified architecture of Hanoi and its famous 36 streets of the Old Quarter by a walking tour.  The purpose of today’s walking tour is to discover Hanoi’s architecture, which reflects the atmosphere and soul of Hanoi. The rich diversity reaches from Vietnamese, Chinese and French colonial to Communist architecture. You will find Hanoi a real architectural treasure as you explore a traditional tube house. And you will see how attractive a small pagoda in the center of Hanoi can be. You can choose to get on a cyclo to have a tour around the Old Quarters if you wish.

Just before your lunch, visit Hanoi’s first university - the Temple of Literature - dating back to 1070. This historical centre of learning is now dedicated to Confucian worship. In the afternoon, continue your visit to the Ethnology Museum to have a glimpse into the richness and diversity of Vietnam 54 ethnic groups. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.  

Day 3: Hanoi – Halong bay (B, L, D) – Shuttle bus transfer

In the morning, you will be picked up at the hotel and leave Hanoi by the shuttle bus for Halong Bay, a stunning UNESCO World Heritage site with its 3,000 islands of towering limestone dotting the bay and Gulf of Tonkin (180km – 3.5 - 4 hour driving). After arriving at noon, you will board a beautiful boat for an overnight cruise on Halong Bay with an excellent menu of fresh seafood. Local guide on board. Lunch and dinner are served on boat. Overnight on board in the open air of Halong Bay.  

Day 4:  Halong Bay – Shuttle bus back to Hanoi - Hoi An (B)

Wake up early in the morning to enjoy aquamarine water of the bay at its best. After tea break, the boat continues to cruise quietly through spectacular limestone formations of Halong Bay. Enjoy this more isolated bay’s spectacular and unique islands of the bay.  Eventually, back at the pier you will disembark at around 11.00 am. Transfer back to Hanoi center.

Arrive Hanoi centre, you will be met by your private driver and continue being transferred (no guide) to the airport, passing a vast expanse of rice fields of the Red River Delta. You will see scenes of farmers working in the fields, children going to school, and even little pigs being brought into town on motorbikes.  Arrive Hanoi airport and take a short flight to Danang. On arrival, a local driver (with guide) will pick you up and take you to the hotel in Hoi An. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.  

Day 5:  Fishing half-day tour (B)

Setting off in the early morning, you will ride your bicycles for 1 hour into the Cam Thanh countryside - you will ride across plains of flooded rice fields and have the opportunity to observe picturesque scenes of local daily life with a background of verdant countryside. After arriving at the local boat pier, you will board a boat that will transport you for 30 minutes to the seaport of Cua Dai, at the mouth of the Thu Bon River, which runs through Hoi An.   At this point, two very different activities will be awaiting for you to enjoy. 

First of all, you will be initiated to a form of fishing using huge nets raised by special pulleys, the catch, accessed only by paddling out in “basket boats”. After this first fun activity, a bamboo basket boat will take you into the mangrove forest. This amazing round basket boat will carry you along for 30 minutes and, from there, you will be able to watch and take part in scenes of crab fishing. At this point, you’ll no doubt be invited to try and manoeuvre your boat yourself, but it’s not an easy task making circular paddle movements while trying to make sure you keep your balance! Be that as it may, it's certainly a lot of fun.   As a reward for your morning's efforts, you will be accompanied to a local family’s house to enjoy a lunch consisting of local dishes carefully prepared by the fishermen. The friendly and hospitable family will welcome you to give a hand in preparing the lunch or to make toys fashioned from coconut leaves, a very fun and enjoyable activity for kids. Back to the mainland in mid-morning. The remainder of the day is free for you to discover the ancient town of Hoi An. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.      

Day 6 - 7:  Hoi An free day on beach (B)

Today you are free at your own leisure. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 8:  Hoi An - Danang - Saigon (B)

Free time at leisure until you are transferred by your local driver without guide to Danang airport to fly to Saigon.   On arrival, you will be picked up by local driver and guide to be transferred to the hotel for check-in. This afternoon is free at your own leisure to visit the city’s main historical sites: the large central post office, whose metal structure was designed by Gustave Eiffel, Notre-Dame Cathedral, constructed from red bricks and resembling Notre-Dame in Paris, the exterior of the Palace of Reunification and Dong Khoi Street. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 9:  Saigon – Mekong Delta day trip – Saigon (B,L)

Today you will be transferred from Saigon to Ba Lai (2 hours driving), where you will start your excursion deep into the Mekong Delta area. Walk in the milpa and explore the daily life of the locals here then bike into the village. Take a rest at a local’s home to see how they make sugar cane juice or even try making it yourself. Continue your way through a coconut handicrafts workshop, gardens and orchards of the locals before having lunch at the garden house of Mr. 10 Ưa. In the afternoon, take a short walk to the boat station and embark along the legendary Ba Lai River through the coconut stretches. Stop to visit the coconut coir manufacturing facility before sightseeing of the locals’ life along the river. You will finish the day by watching how people make bricks by the local handy methods. Bus will pick you up to return to Ho Chi Minh City. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.         

Day 10:  Saigon free day (B)

Today you are free at your own leisure. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 11:  Saigon - Departure (B)

Enjoy the relaxing moments before bidding farewell to the pretty town and transfer back without guide to the airport in Saigon, where you catch your departure flight back home. Meals on your own. End of services.

 

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