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  • Vietnam Highlights (12D)

    See the very best of Vietnam at relaxed pace in just twelve days — a greatest-hits tour of this fascinating country. Starting from Hanoi in the north you will see ethnic minorities in Mai Chau, cruise the waters of Halong Bay, and visit the charming town of Hoi An a UNESCO heritage site. Down south, discover the story of Saigon, squeeze into the Cu Chi Tunnels and end your tour with a cruise in the Mekong Delta. Truly an unforgettable!


    HIGHLIGHTS & INCLUDE

    • Discover the Hanoi Capital in depth
    • Head northern west Vietnam to visit Mai Chau town
    • 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

    Hanoi Arrival

    Arrive in Hanoi where you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Relax at the hotel or take a walk and explore the city streets. If time permits why not fall into the pace of the city with an evening street eats tour. Hanoi is famous for its street food tonight you will try some of the best! Pull up a stool and start with a street-side beer then head through the narrow, chaotic streets of the Old Quarter to have a barbeque dinner of flamed grilled meats, tofu and vegetables on skewers. End the evening with a walk along Hoan Kiem Lake for dessert at Hanoi’s most famous ice-cream street.

    Recommended Hanoi Hotels:

    - Church Boutique Hotel (Lan Ong)
    - Essence Palace Hotel


    Day 2

    Hanoi

    Begin your Story of Hanoi with a visit to the Ho Chi Minh Complex where you will hear about the man who led Vietnam’s campaign for independence from French colonial rule. See the One Pillar Pagoda and the Presidential Palace before heading to the Thang Long Imperial Citadel. Once the apex of regional political power for more than a millennium, the area is now undergoing archaeological excavation and research. In the afternoon explore the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first university and the iconic Long Bien Bridge, followed by a cyclo tour through Hanoi’s bustling Old Quarter and a cup of coffee at a cafe.

    One Pillar Pagoda, President Palace, Temple of Literature, Long Bien Bridge


    Day 3

    Hanoi - Mai Chau

    As you’ll discover, Mai Chau offers a mix of culture and adventure set against one of Vietnam’s most striking backdrops. There are waterfalls, towering limestone mountains, rice paddies, corn fields, bamboo groves and terraced tea plantations. After a four hour drive from Hanoi, relax at Mai Chau lodge, a rustic-but-comfortable retreat with an outdoor pool and Roman-style Jacuzzi, or take a walk around the nearby villages.

    Where to stay in Mai Chau:

    - Mai Chau Lodge


    Day 4

    Mai Chau - Hanoi

    This morning, saddle up and enjoy a guided half-day cycling tour through the villages of Sam Khoe, Pieng Ve and Buoc. Give a wave to or stop for a chat with the local minority people who will be out and about, collecting firewood, working in the fields and tending to their animals. Later in the afternoon return to Hanoi.

    Villages of Sam Khoe, Pieng Ve and Buoc


    Day 5

    Hanoi – Halong Bay

    Travel about four hours to reach the port of Halong Bay. Called “Bay of Descending Dragons” in Vietnamese, the archipelago of Halong Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site composed of almost 2,000 islands and jungle clad limestone pillars. Hop onboard a traditional junk and over lunch cruise to a secluded corner of the marine park. Spend the next few hours visiting ancient limestone caves and paddling around on sea kayaks.

    Suggested Halong Bay Cruises

    - Aphrodite Cruise
    - Valentine Premium Cruise


    Day 6

    Halong Bay – Hanoi – Hue

    Rise early for a lesson in Tai Chi or just to enjoy a hearty breakfast. The boat will make its way back to the port stopping at the Cave of Surprises, full of stalagmites and stalactites. From here, it’s clear sailing back to the main harbour and the return drive to Hanoi and the airport for your onward flight to Hue.

    Recommended Hotels in Hue:

    - Romance Hue Hotel
    - Moonlight Hotel Hue


    Day 7

    Hue

    The former imperial capital of Hue, was once the seat of power for the ruling Nguyen Dynasty. The city is brimming with history, culture and ancient temples. Spend the day exploring the Hue Imperial Citadel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and other key sites, before taking a cruise on the Perfume River.

    Hue Imperial Citadel, Cruise on Perfume River 


    Day 8

    Hue - Hoi An

    Take a drive along the scenic Hai Van Pass towards ancient port town of Hoi An. This UNESCO recognized town has been artfully restored to its former glory and its quaint architecture makes the perfect picture postcard. This afternoon take a guided walking tour of the charming town to discover a preserved pagoda assembly hall and beautiful covered bridge – living links to Hoi An’s ancient past.

    Recommended Hoi An Hotels:

    - Vinh Hung Riverside Resort


    Day 9

    Hoi An

    Spend the day at leisure on the beach, learning the secrets of Vietnamese cuisine with a cooking class or having clothes made by one of Hoi An’s famous – and famously inexpensive tailors! Your day is free to do as little or as much as you like.


    Day 10

    Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh City

    Fly to Ho Chi Minh City and spend the afternoon on a guided walk. Discover the story of Saigon and hear about the history of the city from the days of French colonial rule to the tragedy of the Vietnam War. You’ll visit key locations such as the Central Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral and the War Remnants Museum before ending your day with a sunset speedboat ride along the Saigon River.

    Notre Dame Cathedral, War Remnants Museum, Sunset Speedboat


    Day 11

    Mekong Delta - Ben Tre - HCMC

    Head to the town of Ben Tre, a gateway to the delta. Take a small sampan ride to begin touring a region known as Vietnam’s rice bowl. The country is among the world’s top rice exporters, and the Mekong’s climate allows farmers to produce two or even three rice crops per year. The other major export is seafood, especially shrimp and catfish.

    Your boat arrives at a small home-based factory where workers process coconuts by separating their oil, flesh and husks to be used in products like matting and candy. Learn how it all works! After lunch take in the river scenery as you return to Ben Tre where you will be transferred back to HCMC.

    Recommended HCMC Hotels:

    - Lavender Saigon
    - Little Saigon Corner


    Day 12

    Departure

    Spend your last moments picking up souvenirs at the local Ben Thanh market before transferring to the airport for your onward 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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    Church Boutique Hotel (Lan Ong)

    • Church Boutique Lan Ong is decorated in lavish Vietnamese style, blending traditional motifs with a very modern sense of comfort.
    • Within walking distance of many of the city’s most intriguing sites, including peaceful Hoan Kiem Lake.
    • Cleverly designed to make the most of every space, interiors are light, bright and charming, with many rooms overlooking the leafy old streets that surround the property.
    • The mirror-lined Yen Restaurant serves a good array of international dishes, including local specialities, and features the Piano Bar where you can relax and enjoy old-fashioned cocktails and vintage wine from the hotel’s expansive wine list.

     

    MAI CHAU
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    Mai Chau Lodge

    • The lodge offers a good standard of facilities, including a pool and sauna (very welcome after a day’s walking or cycling!) as well as a lakeside restaurant serving up some excellent Vietnamese food.
    • Guest rooms are a very good size, most with lake or rice paddy views, and are furnished using local fabrics.
    • The lodge offers a number of activities to fill your day if the view isn’t captivating enough.

    HALONG BAY
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    Aphrodite Cruise


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    • Modern combined with traditional Vietnamese-style.
    • Reasonable price compared to the services.
    • Boat runs quite far, reduce the encounter other cruises, avoid crowded spots.
    • Be relatively nice cabin facilities.
    • Diverse and delicious food.
    • Helpful and professional staff.
    • Private waiting stop.

    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.

    HOI AN DA NANG
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    Vinh Hung Riverside Resort

    • The property recently joined the collection of Vinh Hung Hotels, and standards are high, with friendly staff who will do all they can to ensure a great stay.
    • The unfussy Vietnamese styled rooms are well proportioned, with calm decor, polished wooden floors, good quality simple furnishings, and well-equipped contemporary bathrooms. There is an excellent swimming pool in grounds that are shaded and well kept, making them a great place to unwind.
    • The Riverside Restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor seating with views over the river - the perfect spot to enjoy breakfast with a view.
    • An especially nice touch is the daily countryside market that pops up within the hotel, offering the chance to sample local food specialities and to partake in craft classes.

    SAIGON
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    Little Saigon Corner

    • Perfect choice for clients wishing to save their money for the restaurants and markets of Ho Chi Minh City. As you would expect the style is contemporary, combining dark woods and Vietnamese fabrics with flat screen tv's and modern bathrooms.
    • The hotel has a small breakfast room on the ground floor and the staff and both personable and efficient.