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  • Hanoi to Hoian (9D)

    We'll travel from North to the Central to visit the key cultural and historical locations of Vietnam. You'll see the sights, placed in context by experienced professional guides, and interact with local people in cities, towns and hamlets throughout the tour. If you wish, the tour can easily be extended to include the South of Vietnam and/or Laos and Cambodia.


    HIGHLIGHTS & INCLUDE

    • Hanoi
    • Halong Bay
    • Hue
    • Hoian & My Son Sanctuary Complex

    DETAILED PROGRAM

    Day 1

    Hanoi Arrival

    A guide and a driver from Asia Senses Travel will be waiting to greet you when you arrive at Hanoi's Noi Bai airport. They will help with your luggage and accompany you to your hotel where you'll have time to relax after your journey. Depend on your arrival time, our guide will suggest you with the sightseeing program for this day. In the evening, you'll have tickets for a performance of traditional Water Puppetry (an art form unique to northern Viet Nam, and a good, light-hearted introduction to its rural culture). Your overnight stay will be in Ha Noi.

    Recommended Hanoi Hotels:

    - Hong Ngoc Cochinchine Hotel
    - Essence Palace Hotel


    Day 2

    Hanoi

    Hanoi's tangible and intangible heritage. An all-day tour of Vietnam's thousand-year-old capital city, possibly including the Ethnology Museum, the Fine Arts Museum and the centre of Hanoi, including the Hoan Kiem Lake and the Ngoc Son temple. You'll also visit the bustling Old Quarter. Apart from its maze of small streets, it's an architectural pot-pourri - traditional tube houses, religious buildings, colonial houses, artisans' dwellings and modern concrete constructions.

    In the afternoon, you'll visit the stilt house of a famous Vietnamese artist to view his antique collection and restoration work. Next, you'll meet another talented painter who will enjoy showing you his lacquer and oil painting artwork. Finally, you'll drop in on another artist who brush-paints traditional Vietnamese calligraphy in a tiny house tucked away down an alley. Overnight in Hanoi.

    Ethnology Museum, Fine Arts Museum, Ngoc Son Temple, Hanoi Old Quarter


    Day 3

    Hanoi - Ha Long Bay

    After breakfast, you'll be driven to Ha Long Bay (one of the most spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Areas, and the world's largest marine 'karst' landscape), possibly visiting Bach Dang (a famous 13th century battle site set in attractive north Viet Nam rural scenery) en route. On arrival, you'll board a traditional-style wooden junk to travel beyond the busy tourist area to some of its less visited grottoes and caves. There will be opportunities for you to swim, fish, climb one of the hills (not a mountain!) for a spectacular overview of the Bay, or venture into some of the sea level caves in a small sampan, all weather permitting, of course. All your meals will be provided on board, usually based on fresh seafood, and you'll sleep in a twin cabin with an en suite toilet and shower.

    Suggested Halong Bay Cruises

    - Red Dragon Junk
    - Bhaya Legend 2 Cruise


    Day 4

    Halong Bay - Hanoi

    You'll spend the morning cruising around Halong Bay, followed by lunch and the return journey to Hanoi. Your overnight stay will be in Hanoi.


    Day 5

    Hanoi - Hue

    You'll have a free morning before we pick you up for a noon flight to Hue. When you arrive, you'll be met by our Asia Senses Travel guide and driven to visit the Imperial Citadel of Hue and the local Dong Ba market.Your overnight stay will be in Hue.

    Recommended Hue Restaurants:

    - Le Parfum
    - Ancient Hue


    Day 6

    Hue

    Your morning will be taken up by a visit to the Thien Mu Pagoda, and a cruise along the Perfume River to King Minh Mang's tomb (exotic, and designed in a typically formal oriental style). In the afternoon, you'll visit the tombs of King Tu Duc (the poet King, the simplest Royal tomb set in a beautiful garden). Next, you'll visit and wander around Ms. Diem Phung Thi's sculpture garden (she's a well-regarded local artist famous for her paintings and stone sculpture). In the evening, you'll visit some of Hue's 'garden houses and sit down to eat dinner in one of them. Their pleasant surroundings and comfortable atmosphere are relaxing. As well as preparing and serving a traditional meal, the owner will also explain the distinctive characteristics of classic Hue cuisine. Your overnight stay will be in Hue.

    Thien Mu Pagoda, King Ming Mang Tomb, Hue's Garden House


    Day 7

    Hue - Da Nang - Hoi An

    In the morning, you'll drive to Da Nang (the views from top of Hai Van Pass are excellent – you'll be able to see Lang Co beach and the lagoon far below, and Da Nang spread out before you to the south). Upon arriving in Da Nang, you'll have a brief look at the remarkable Hindu statuary in the Cham Museum before leaving for Hoi An. After lunch, you'll have a guided visit to the Ancient Town. Your overnight stay will be in Hoi An.

    Recommended Hoi An Hotels:

    - Vinh Hung Emerald Resort
    - Hoi An Chic Hotel


    Day 8

    Hoi An - My Son Sanctuary

    After breakfast, you'll be driven to My Son Sanctuary, once the spiritual capital of the Cham Kingdom that dominated SE Asia for nearly a thousand years, and now a World Heritage Area. Its remarkable brick towers were badly bombed by the Americans, but are still impressive as is its remote valley setting. Your afternoon will be free to relax on the beach or wander around Hoi An. Your overnight stay will be in Hoi An or Da Nang.


    Day 9

    Departure

    You'll be picked up in good time to board either the morning or afternoon flight to Ha Noi or Ho Chi Minh City for your departure flight.

     

     

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    NOTES:

    • Prices are in USD, per person, based on two people traveling together and sharing a room. At Vietnam Senses Travel, we carefully select all hotels to ensure that your accommodations match our standards of trip and service excellence.
    • Prices include the following:
      . All hotel accommodation including all taxes and breakfast
      . Internal economy flights as stated with airport taxes
      . All transfers & sightseeing transportation in private vehicle
      . Private services of local guides
      . All special events & private tours, guest experts
      . All entrance fees into historical sights & museums
      . Drinking water and refreshing towels for touring
      . 24/7 support from the Vietnam Senses Travel Team

     

    Location
    Accommodation

    HANOI 
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    Essence Palace Hotel

    • Tucked away on a quiet street, yet slap bang in the centre of Hanoi’s bustling Old Quarter, the hotel provides a welcome oasis of peace and calm.
    • A vast array of local eateries to choose from on the doorstep.
    • The rooms feel instantly homely and cosy: wooden floors and neutral coloured walls are balanced with rich coloured cushions and tasteful floral art.
    • In-house restaurant is also well worth a visit.

    HALONG BAY 
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    Red Dragon Junk


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    • Comfortable accommodations.
    • Private and spectacular itinerary.
    • With only 2 cabins, absolutely suitable for a family of parents and children travelling together, cheering happiness of family in Halong Bay.

    HUE 
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    Moonlight Hotel Hue

    • Accommodation is well proportioned and nicely presented in a regal style, with a classic Indochinese aesthetic infusing its contemporary decor and furniture. Colour schemes are rich - dark polished wooden floors, deep mahogany and gold textiles, painted baroque furniture, and cream or marble walls.
    • All rooms benefit from floor to ceiling windows, and many boast good views from their balconies - one suite even has its own private garden overlooking the river. Bathrooms are spacious, typically decorated in calm neutrals and well-equipped with the latest fixtures.
    • The restaurant offers pretty river views to enjoy along with its international menu, while a number of private dining rooms accommodate more intimate meals. Both bars also serve light snacks along with signature cocktails and a decent selection of wine.
    • For any leisure time not spent exploring the city, the mildly kitsch but thoroughly enjoyable pool area boasts further views of Hue’s skyline and the river, there’s a small fitness room, and the hotel’s welcoming spa contains a jacuzzi and sauna.

    HOI AN DA NANG
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    Vinh Hung Emerald Resort

    • Rooms are decorated in a peaceful contemporary Vietnamese style, with cream walls and linens, dark woods, and rich colourful satin accessories. Carefully chosen modern art adds further colour, and all accommodation benefits from views of the hotel’s leafy courtyard, the river, or both. Bathrooms are bright and nicely appointed with marble vanities and warm cream tiling.
    • Enjoy fresh regional specialities in the garden restaurant, or cocktails and tapas in the poolside bar, which overlooks the river. The property centres around an infinity pool and spacious courtyard that is pleasingly open to the riverbank along one side, and the tasteful spa offers a good range of therapeutic and pampering treatments.