Vietnam Discovery: 14 days Vietnam

The sheer variety of Vietnam caters to nearly every wandering soul. Within its spectacular seascapes and mountainous landscapes, Vietnam conceals its mystical ethnic minority hamlets, impressive cascading rice terraces, a hotpot of cultures dating back thousands of years, one of the most vibrant food scenes in Southeast Asia, and many more.
This exploration will take you across the nation, from Hanoi, Vietnam's millennial capital city to Sapa, the North's ultimate trekking base. Deal with yourself to an ideal trip on the legendary karst-dotted seascape of Halong Bay - one of several New seven Wonders of Nature because of its tranquil emerald water.
Down the slender curves of Vietnam is the idyllic Hue, Vietnam's traditional imperial capital, which has all of the grandeur and majesty to stir the interest of any history buff. Further south is Hoi An - actively playing the role of muse to any artist, its architectural consistency of structures and the power grid formation of narrow lanes and alleys have magically turned Hoi An into a de facto theme park.
Away from the serenity, Saigon bloomed as probably the most exciting cities in Asia but doesn't settle for just that. The verdant Mekong Delta, the melting pot of different cultures offers an additional otherworldly feature of Vietnam.
So let's spend a meaningful holiday in Vietnam becoming a part of the fluidity of her and examining her lots of facets acutely from the inside out in fourteen times 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

Day 1: Arrive Hanoi
Meals: NA/Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
The holiday of yours in Vietnam is going to start with Hanoi - the timeless capital of Vietnam. After a warm welcome upon arrival at Hanoi Airport, you will be transferred to your hotel. In the evening, you are going to engage in a personal walking city tour to discover local markets and also the Old Quarter - known for its 36 narrow, congested streets and guilds (now Hanoi has more than seventy streets) - each was named after one trade - formed by artisans and traders from villages around Hoan Kiem Lake who came here to market 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 if you are anticipating digging deeper into Vietnamese society. Nowadays you have a whole day to explore the capital of Vietnam, with en route visits to its main 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 maybe History Museum.
Later on in the afternoon, you will enjoy a conventional Water Puppet effectiveness 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 colorful and lively picture of an agricultural modern society normal of the North with a humorous twist to each skit. Stay overnight in Hanoi.
Enjoy dinner on your own arrangement 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 will arrive at Lao Cai Station early in the morning. Lao Cai is a town near the Chinese border. You'll be greeted by the local tour guide of ours and then transferred to Sapa city. Have breakfast and relax for some time before starting to trek to Mường Hoa Valley - known for its breathtaking scenery and also being the biggest farmland for rice cultivation in SaPa. You'll trek across the Muong Hoa River through terraced fields, passing by several hamlets of 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, offering an intimate insight into the various cultural traditions and costumes showcased by the villagers. Go back to the hotel of yours and remain 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 will pass by Matra - a small, remote tribal village of the Black Hmong. Continue trekking through rice terraces as well as 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 unique cultural life of the Black Hmong and Red Dzao minorities - he 2 largest ethnic groups inhabiting the spot through anecdotes told by the elders. You will also have the opportunity to visit some traditional houses here before going back 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 complete without a beach escape. So deal with yourself to an overnight stay amidst the majestic Halong Bay. After getting picked up from the hotel of yours, you will be transferred by van/car to Ha Long Bay at 12:00. Upon arrival in Ha Long Bay, you will be welcomed aboard and enjoy lunch while weaving through many destinations and islets towering over and reflected from the emerald waters of Halong Bay. After lunch, take a brief trek to a nearby summit for a birds' eye view of the bay peppered with golden sails, after which go on to a peaceful beach for some swimming or kayaking, or simply go back to the ship and sunbathe on the sundeck, whatever tickles your fancy.
Later in the afternoon, pay a visit to some tranquil fishing village to have interaction with fishermen who have inhabited the bay for almost three generations. Go again aboard and enjoy a beverage on the sun deck while can certainly enjoy beverages and lose yourself within the immense visual delight as the reddish-orange hue of the skies 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 your day with an early Tai Chi Session on the sundeck and you'll be compensated with an unparalleled visible glory of the sun peeking above the watery horizon. After breakfast, you will visit an enigmatic limestone grotto and then go to the ship for a final glimpse of Ha Long Bay as you cruise to the dock. Check out when the ship comes at the harbor by drive and noon to Hanoi for your flight to Hue. On the arrival of yours, 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 ancient 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 the family of his private residence. The Imperial City was built in the 19th century, based off of the design of the Forbidden City in Beijing. Apart from the Forbidden Purple City as well as the primary buildings of state, the Imperial Enclosure houses many other palaces and temples within its walls.
In the afternoon, continue to 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 early capital and enjoy your breakfast in the hotel. Then, 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 characteristics. Enjoy lunch at a nearby restaurant and then leave Hue for Hoi An - one other UNESCO World Heritage Site. You are going to travel via the Hai Van Pass, stop in Danang for a trip to the Cham Museum and handicraft villages in 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 spare time to enjoy 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 international commercial port for Chinese, Japanese, French, Dutch, Portuguese and Arab traders. These people came mainly to trade within the high-grade silk, which is still produced in the area, and also ceramics. Nowadays, Hoi An is a quaint riverside city, popular with visitors for its eclectic architecture, tailors shops, along with countless cafes. Some of the buildings in the narrow streets have stayed unchanged for more than a century. You are going to enjoy a half-day walking tour through the narrow winding streets of the Ancient Quarter going to 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 time that is free to shop or relax. You will 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 escape Hoi An for Danang Airport for a single hour flight to Ho Chi Minh City. In the evening, you will embark on the city tour of HCMC (Saigon) including the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, the old Post Office along with 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 is the cathedral of the Cao Daism religion and home of the Divine Eye, the recognized sign of this unique religion. Cao Dai followers worship Jesus Christ, Confucius, Taoism, and Buddha. You will also be able to observe the midday service.
Following lunch you are going to drive to the Cu Chi Tunnels, that consist of over 200 km of underground tunnels. This main axis system has many branches linking to subterranean hideouts, shelters, and entrances to other tunnels. The network included innumerable trap doors, specially built living areas, field hospitals, weapons factories, storage facilities, command centers along with kitchens. These days the remaining tunnels have grown to be a major tourist attraction giving visitors a unique experience and a sense of what subterranean 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 rich My Tho in which you'll cruise on a private boat via the green vegetation of the canals to an orchard, wherever you're treated to a delicious lunch in a local restaurant in the center of the Mekong, complete with exotic fruit. You will also visit the snake farm Dong Tam that breeds snakes for, among other things, snake wine, before proceeding to Vinh Trang Pagoda. You'll subsequently head off to Can Tho City - the metropolis of probably the Southwest situated right 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 sign up in the sun soaked Cai Rang floating market, among the most bustling floating marketplaces in the Mekong Delta, with hundreds of little boats jostling and barging for room to sell their goods which will definitely leave you in awe. After sampling local fruits, our guide will escort you back to the hotel through myriad canals. You will 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 is no activity planned for today so you are free to enjoy your spare time souvenir shopping until becoming transferred to the airport for the onward flight. This's 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