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  • The Complete Vietnam (15D)

    This in-depth journey traverses Vietnam from south to north – travel from fast-paced Ho Chi Minh City to the Old Quarter of Hanoi, via the tranquil hill tribes of Sapa and stunning Halong Bay and Ninh Binh Province – dubbed ‘Halong Bay on land’. Travel by boat, cyclo, train and road while discovering cultural sights, natural wonders and historic landmarks.


    HIGHLIGHTS & INCLUDE

    • Discover the Hanoi Capital in depth
    • Cruise along the boat then admire the beauty of Halong Bay
    • Explore Ben Tre Town - where the Vietnam War began
    • Climb inside the narrow passageways utilized during the war in Cu Chi
    • Relax seaside on the soft white-sand beaches in Hoi An
    • See the last of the Nguyen Dynasty as you visit the beautiful, well-preserved Citadel

    DETAILED PROGRAM

    Day 1

    Ho Chi Minh City Arrival

    Upon arrival in HCMC, still called Saigon by the locals, being transferred to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Ho Chi Minh City is now the hustle and bustle metropolis of Vietnam. Overnight in HCMC.

    Recommended Saigon (HCMC) Hotels:

    - Northern Hotel Saigon
    - Lavender Saigon Hotel
    - Little Saigon Corner


    Day 2

    Ho Chi Minh City Option Tour

    Today you begin your discovery of this fascinating nation with a choice between two optional tours. Ben Tre is nestled deep within the ricebowl of Vietnam – the Mekong Delta and this peaceful retreat offers enchanting scenery. Ben Tre is famous for keo dua (coconut candy) and you can observe techniques of how this is made, alongside rice paper and grass mats. Alternatively, visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, a unique network of tunnels that provided a home to both fighters and families during the Vietnam War.

      Suggested destination today: Ben Tre Province


    Day 3

    HCMC - Hoi An

    Enjoy a half-day city tour, visiting the Reunification Palace, the area surrounding the Notre Dame Cathedral and the . Transfer to the airport for your flight to Danang. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel in the pretty UNESCO-listed city of Hoi An (approx. 1 hour) which boasts a captivating combination of history and culture.

    Recommended Hoi An Hotels:

    - Ancient Hoian Hotel
    - Vinh Hung Emerald Hotel
    - Vinh Hung Riverside Resort


    Day 4

    Hoi An

    Today is at leisure so you can choose to spend your time lazing on a white-sand beach, photographing the Ancient Town’s charming French-colonial architecture or sightseeing. Early-risers can join the optional morning cookery class at Red Bridge Cooking School. There is also an optional afternoon tour to the UNESCO-listed Cham ruins of My Son which are scattered in a lush valley.


    Day 5

    Hoi An - Hue

    Discover the history of Hoi An with a walking tour that visits the colourful local market, Tan Ky Old House, the Fujian Assembly Hall and the iconic 400-year-old Japanese Bridge. You can also observe the raising of silkworms and the intricate process of silk production for which the city is renowned. Visit Cham Museum in Danang before departing for Hué via the Hai Van Pass. Sit back and enjoy the scenery and stunning ocean views as you drive past red-tiled villages, orchards and forests.

      Local Market, Tan Ky Old House, Japaneses Bridge, Cham Museum

    Recommended Hue Hotels:

    - Romance Hue Hotel
    - Eldora Hue Hotel
    - Moonlight Hotel Hue


    Day 6

    Hue

    Cruise along the tranquil Perfume River (Huong River), visit the Thien Mu Pagoda, see the Royal Tomb of Khai Dinh and discover the city’s royal past at the impressive Imperial Citadel. The afternoon and evening is at leisure. Overnight in Hue.

    Full Vietnam Jour 7 Hue Hanoi


    Day 7

    Hue - Dong Hoi

    Continue your journey north, following the Ho Chi Minh Trail towards Dong Hoi. Pass the Truong Son Cemetery, Dong Ha Town and the ruins of Quang Tri Citadel as you traverse stunning mountain and jungle landscapes. Continue along the Ben Hai River and through the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) which surrounds the former border between north and south Vietnam.

    Recommended Dong Hoi Hotels:

    - Muong Thanh Quang Binh Hotel


    Day 8

    Dong Hoi - Vinh

    After an early morning visit to the Nhat Le fish market visit the UNESCO-listed Phong Nha Cave. Journey to the city of Vinh, stopping at Dong Loc Junction en route to hear the moving story of the ten young women who sacrificed their lives to try and keep the Truong Son Road open between bombings in 1968.

    Recommended Vinh City Hotels:

    - Sai Gon Kim Lien Hotel


    Day 9

    Vinh - Ninh Binh

    This morning begin your journey to the city of Ninh Binh which is famous for its spectacular surrounding scenery. Take a sampan (small wooden boat) ride to Thung Nang – also known as Sunshine Valley, an incredible landscape of flooded paddies encircled by towering limestone karst formations. You will also visit the Temples of the Dinh and Le dynasties.

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      Thung Nang Valley, Temple of Dinh & Le dynasties

    - Ninh Binh Legend Hotel


    Day 10

    Ninh Binh - Halong Bay

    Today you can enjoy another of the tour’s highlights – a cruise on beautiful Halong Bay. Board a traditional Chinese junk and enjoy lunch onboard whilst gliding past the bay’s stunning limestone peaks and islands. Explore Surprise Cave where you will join a one-hour walk and later there will be time for swimming or kayaking. Learn how to make Vietnamese spring rolls during a demo and enjoy canapes on the sun deck. After dinner there will be a screening of the classic film Indochine.

    Suggested Halong Bay Cruises:

    - Bhaya Legend 1 Cruise
    - Princess Junk


    Day 11

    Halong Bay - Hanoi - Overnight train to Lao Cai

    Early-risers can join a tai chi exercise on the deck (6.30am). Head back to dry land and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and some free time before a traditional water puppet show in the evening. Transfer to the station to board the overnight train to Lao Cai.

    Livitrans Express Train


    Day 12

    Lao Cai - Sapa

    Arrive early and continue to the mountain town of Sapa by road. Visit Sapa’s market and admire panoramic views over the town and valley from Ham Rong Mountain. Visit the nearby Cat Cat village to gain an insight into the life and culture of these unique hill tribes. The evening is at leisure.

    Sapa Panorama Hotel


    Day 13

    Sapa - Hanoi

    Spend a day of trekking through local villages including Lao Chai and Ta Van. After lunch in a local home, continue your walk to Giang Ta Chai, visiting a Red Dao minority village. Return to Lao Cai for your overnight train journey back to Hanoi.

      Lao Chai, Ta Van, Giang Ta Chai villages


    Day 14

    Hanoi

    Explore the city, taking in sights including the Marble Mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh (closed Monday and Friday, and during Oct and Nov). This afternoon enjoy a one-hour cyclo tour through Hanoi’s famous Old Quarter and then a local historian will give a talk on Vietnam’s compelling past.

    Recommended Hanoi Hotels:

    - Essence Hotel & Spa
    - Hong Ngoc Cochinchine Hotel
    - Oriental Suites Hotel


    Day 15

    Departure

    Bid the city farewell and transfer to the airport for your overnight return flight to the UK. Alternatively, you could choose to extend your holiday.

     

     

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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

    SAIGON
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    Northern Hotel Saigon

    • An added bonus at the Northern Hotel is the good sized rooms that feature large windows to make the most of those city views. Incidentally, all of the rooms have external windows, which is quite unusual in Saigon.
    • The décor is contemporary and easy-on-the-eye, with modern-style marble bathrooms and all the facilities you require to make your stay comfortable.
    • The Northern Hotel prides itself on its service levels: you’re guaranteed a warm welcome, with nothing too much trouble. Facilities include a pleasant mezzanine-floor restaurant and a small gym.

    HOI AN DA NANG
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    Ancient House Hoi An

    • The hotel is named for the ancient (well - 200 years old) Vietnamese house located to the rear of the property. This traditional building is now home to five generations of noodle-makers, who you can watch in action before strolling off to enjoy views of the nearby De Vong River.
    • There’s a sweet, peaceful spa, specialising in natural beauty treatments, and a restaurant which offers Asian, Western and barbecue menus, and even cookery classes to anyone willing to get up early enough to visit the market for ingredients first! Our preferred poolside rooms are all well-sized and the attentive staff always work hard to ensure a pleasant stay.

    HUE
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    Romance Hue Hotel

    • Aside from the well-sized rooms and great value suites, many with balconies and city views, there is a very welcoming swimming pool and terrace on the 11th floor roof.
    • The location is also good, situated as it is close to a number of Hue's best restaurants and within easy walking distance of the Perfume River and the famous Imperial Citadel.

    NINH BINH
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    Ninh Binh Legend Hotel

    • The hotel has a good range of facilities, with the welcoming pool and terrace and a social restaurant amongst the most essential.
    • What the guest rooms perhaps lack in modern chic, they more than make up for in size - they are simply massive.
    • Amenities are of a suitable standard and many rooms offer superb views of the nearby paddy and limestone karsts. All are decorated in a light colour scheme with plenty of comfortable furnishings and pleasant touches.

     

    HALONG BAY
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    Princess Junk


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    • Style: Traditionally decorated.
    • Newly born.
    • Unique itinerary.
    • Dinner in Thien Canh Son Cave makes visitors have a wonderful experience.
    • A cruise with a high quality service.
    • Traditional decoration, suitable for visitor who love traditional culture.
    • Very Special & Unique Swimming Pool on board.

    SAPA
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    Sapa Panorama Hotel

    • Sapa Panorama Hotel is situated 150 m from Sapa Church, Sapa Market and Cho Tinh (Love Market). Guests can enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi access, a daily buffet breakfast and a free city map.
    • The hotel is 200 m from Ham Rong Mountain. Fansipan Mountain is 14 km away, while Lao Cai City is 38 km away.
    • Fitted with air conditioning and heating systems, rooms feature a flat-screen TV with cable channels, a wardrobe and a minibar. The attached bathroom comes with shower facilities and a hairdryer.
    • Open from 06:30 to 21:00, Cau May serves Asian and Western delights.
    • Facilities include a tour desk, a business centre and a 24-hour front desk. Staff can offer assistance with laundry, luggage storage, massage and airport shuttle requests.

    HANOI
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    Essence Hotel & Spa

    • Rooms are modern and fresh, and finished to a high standard, combining marble and polished wooden floors with sophisticated but comfortable soft furnishings.
    • Accommodation is kitted out with the latest amenities, including a laptop in every room, blissfully silent fridges, and soundproof double glazing that keeps outside noise to a minimum - a massive benefit, as Hanoi wakes early!
    • The Essence is located right in the centre of Hanoi's old quarter, next to an excellent selection of restaurants, shops and bars.