Vietnam Heritage Discovery 14 days
ABOUT YOUR JOURNEY:
HA NOI ARRIVAL
On arriving at Noi Bai Airport, greeting by your guide and driver, and transfer you to the city centre to check-in hotel. Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam, and situated in northern Vietnam on the western Red Riverbank. The capital city offers a charming blend of ancient and colonial buildings. It would be best if you undoubtedly missed many things in Hanoi, with its rich culture and history of ancient Thang Long capital, and colonial' historic influenced sites, and modern historic achievements. Enjoy a guided tour walking through Ha Noi's Old Quarter which has 36 narrow streets named what product for sales. Enjoy beautiful Hoa Kiem Lake, visit Ngoc Son temple. Overnight in Ha Noi.
HA NOI to HA LONG BAY
Halong Bay is a recognized UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site, and it's world well-known and attracts a million travellers worldwide. The bay is beautiful and famous for its stunning landscapes, with spectacular limestone mountains rising from emerald waters formed from thousand years ago. There are thousands of Islands with many famous caves, caverns and sandy coves. We depart from the Hanoi capital at 8:00 am for Ha Long Bay, and it takes 3.5 hours drives. There are some stops at the Sao Dao center for a coffee break. Sao Dao is a handicapped workshop. With a short break at this workshop, we could see how different patient job is upon arrival at Ha Long Bay, welcomed by captain and cruisers to check-in. Enjoy seafood lunch when the cruise is starting its journey—view Ha Long's spectacular World Heritage site located in the Gulf of Tonkin.
HA LONG back to HA NOI
Enjoy Sunset on board with coffee, tea, and breakfast. Then you take a bamboo rowed trip, visit Vung Vieng floating fishing village, and visit Pearl Farm and others around. Then you return to Paloma Cruise for your leisure or join one of the following optional activities: Sunbathing, traditional foot massage etc. Followed by the itinerary as planned, the cruise journey will back to the harbour at 11: 45 am, say goodbye to the crew and enjoy private car drives back to Ha Noi. Check in the hotel and relax on your own before you watch the famous Water Puppet Show in the evening.
Ha Noi City Tour – Night train to Dong Hoi
Discover Ha Noi city at your leisure with a full-day tour. In the morning, we visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda, which King Ly Thai founded in 1049, then to Hoa Lo Prison before lunch in town. After lunch, we visit the Literature Temple and Quoc Tu Giam and see Vietnam’s first university, constructed in 1070 - then to the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology. Return to the hotel to relax and dine with your guide before a night train to Dong Hoi.
Dong Hoi – Phong Nha – Paradise Cave Exploration
The train arrives at Dong Hoi around 6:00 am. Meet your guide and driver for an hour transfer to Phong Nha. Have breakfast and get a shower at the hotel before we have a full-day tour to explore the most beautiful Caves of Paradise, Dark with zipline adventures to mud bathing, swimming. You travel by bus on Ho Chi Minh road to Paradise Cave through lime-stone mountains, and tropical forests. Just a 30-minute drives from the hotel to Paradise Cave. Then you will take an e-car drive to the cave and get a well-introduction from your guide before hiking into the cave. You could spend 3 hours exploring this cave, and continue travelling by bus to a local restaurant by the river for lunch. After we take zip line cable to Dark Cave, then take mud bathing and enjoy swimming. Finally, we return to Phong Nha town by bus on Ho Chi Minh road, through mountain ranges, valleys, and spectacular scenery. Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park was a recognized UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993. Paradise Cave is one of the most beautiful Caves in Phong Nha. However, it's an incredible home to the 360-million-years-old rock formations, 31 km long, the longest and the most beautiful in Asia. The countryside and surroundings in Phong Nha are fantastic to see.
Phong Nha – DMZ - Hue
Begins your travelling today with a couple of hours driving through the countryside in central provinces to Vinh Moc tunnels in DMZ. Local people built this tunnel when the War took place in Vinh Moc from 1966 to 1972. The locals began to dig tunnels in 1965 and finished in 1967 with simple tools in 18,000 labour days. The total length of the tunnels is nearly 2,000 meters long, with six entrances to the tops of hills and seven doors to the sea. Arrive around 10:30 am, and then you will have an experienced local guide accompanied to visit these tunnels. After the visit, a further drive takes you to Cua Tung Beach to have a seafood lunch at a lovely local restaurant. Next, today's travelling to one of the famous historic sites located in the 17 parallel, Ben Hai River, divided the country into two regions until the Vietnam War ended in 1975. You will visit the Museum of Hien Luong Bridge then take a walk on the bridge with many photos captures. Followed the itinerary planned, enjoy authentic drives to the Quang Tri Ancient Citadel via Dong Ha City. Here is the final well-known battle in DMZ with 81 days in 1972 between North Vietnamese Communists and South Vietnamese Army. Finally, you enjoy a pretty view and a stunning beach on a coastal drive to Hue City.
Experience Hue’s Royal Historic Treasure
Hue was the feudalism society, the culture, and the historic centre of Vietnam with many traditional and modern landmarks. First, we visit the Forbidden Purple Citadel, where only the emperor and his eunuchs, servants, and concubines were allowed. It holds Vietnam's Royal past treasures, including; tombs, pagodas, a typical blend of French and Vietnam' architectures, and historical relics. We take a dragon cruise trip upstream or downstream of the river. The cruise will stop at Thien Mu Pagoda, Ho Chem Temple, and you will get off the boat and travel by car, visit some workshops run by families making conical hats, incense sticks, and other unique handicrafts. Next, visit the colourful tomb of Khai Dinh. It took 11 years to complete the burial with a beautiful mixture of western and eastern architecture styles. Finally, you will explore one of the most beautiful and unique tombs with Vietnamese Traditional Royal techniques before you return to Hue city by car.
Hue – Hoi An & Charming Countryside
Depart from Hue at 8:00 am for Hoi An today as it fantastic day with exciting places. You will travel on a windy, scenic route on the East Coast of Vietnam, connecting Hue to Da Nang and Hoi An, passes through tiny fishing villages, lagoons, colourful cemeteries, old pagodas and valleys. This is an opportunity for endless photos before a stop at Lang Co beach to have Vietnam coffee. Next, you reach the peak of Hai Van Pass on the windy road. Make a stop, view the bay of Da Nang and see the remains of the US Army base. There was a military base on the pass and ruined military checkpoints to date. Then we travel to Da Nang and visit the Champa Museum that displays all the valued collections of Cham sculptures. Then carry on driving to Marble Mountain for an excellent opportunity to see how sculptors are making statues. Arrive Hoi An at midday, enjoy lunch in town, and then check in the hotel. Spend the afternoon for a bicycle tour combines with a bamboo boat rowing on small natural rivers with lush water palms along both sides. The ride is at your leisure through the rustic countryside, rice paddies on pleasant paths, pass tiny fishing villages, and experience bamboo rowing boats before returning to the hotel.
Hoi An – Rest Day
Today is free at your leisure. Breakfast at the n hotel, and explore Hoi An Town on your own. It was a South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century, and there are several exciting places to visit and explore. More than 800 traditional wooden buildings have European and Oriental architecture styles blending such as Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese, and European- Colonist Villas. The people are so friendly, and the bustling riverside market is lovely to spend time wandering around. The town will be crowded, and the best time to stay is a couple of days when the lantern festival occurs.
Hoi An – Dang Nang – Ho Chi Minh
After breakfast, your driver and guide will take you to Da Nang Airport for a domestic flight to Ho Chi Minh. Arrive at Tan Son Nhat Airport, and your team welcomes you in Saigon, and a private vehicle transfers you to the city center. Check the hotel and have lunch at one of the finest in town. In the afternoon, you take an orientation tour of the city center. First, you visit the War Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, and then to Central Post Office. The following walk down to Dong Khoi St and stop at Fine Art Galleries- photo gallery Couleurs d'Asie by Rehahn – the famous French photographer. Then you back to the hotel for the rest. Enjoy. Enjoy your own time explore Saigon City Center on foot in the evening.
Ho Chi Minh – Cu Chi – Cao Dai
Depart early for a fantastic day to explore Cu Chi tunnels and the incredible Cao Dai religion so that you can be at Cao Dai Temple before the followers come for noon mass. The tunnels of Cu Chi are an immense network used for hiding and fighting during combat and served as communication and weapon suppliers as the gateway to attack Saigon.
The tunnel systems were important to the Viet Cong in their resistance to American forces and helped counter the growing American military effort. On arrival at Ben Duoc Tunnels, watch a documentary film, then explore the renowned fighting tunnels on foot, traps, bunkers, trenches and experience crawling a piece of the underground tunnels. Next, you continue travelling to Tay Ninh where the religion is found in 1926. Cao Dai is an indigenous religion encompassing Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, and Taoism. This belief practice began in 1921 when a man received a vision of the Divine Eye, a powerful symbol to Caodaists today. Followers of the religion hold several documents as holy, and they have to wear the long dress at noon to pray. Followers are in white, and the pope, archbishop, cardinal, priest are in colourful clothing at noon mass. After watching the noon mass, you will have a chance to take plenty of photos before you enjoy lunch at one of the famous local restaurants. Then return to Saigon by vehicle in the afternoon.
Mekong Delta Discovery
Leave Saigon for Mekong Delta with a couple of vehicles transfer on the freeway, through vast farmland to Cai Be. Arrive around 10:00 am at the waterfront, board on the Mekong Boat and cruise through the Cai Be floating market before going along the river. The boat turns on a small branch to the village where locals live mainly on cottage industries, handicraft villages, and small business belongs to local families. On the boat journey, enjoy scenic landscapes, quaint villages along the river banks. Visit one of the oldest houses with traditional Vietnamese design. Enjoy seasonal tropical fruits and meet friendly people in the villages. Have delicious lunch at a family-run small business. After lunch, the boat continues its journey, cross the Mekong River to An Binh Island. Watch the vibrant waterway with several boats travel through and experience the local life along Dong Phu canals; enjoy the boat cruise across the Island to Vinh Long town, where your private vehicle is waist. Have a transfer to Can Tho City in the late afternoon.
Can Tho - Saigon
Can Tho is the largest city and is considered the capital of Mekong Delta's Vietnam. It attracts many tourists all year round because of Cai Rang floating Market nearby. The shops and stalls at these markets are boats of different sizes. It is open all day, but it is busiest from sunrise to about 9 am. Most of the main items for selling are farm products and specialities of locals and neighbouring areas. Every boat has a long upright pole at its bow on which samples of the goods for sale hung on the bamboo sticks on each wooden boat. Take a boat trip to the busiest floating market.. We will get a boat ride along the lively river to the most active floating market, where hundreds of small boats exchange farm products, from boat to boat. Each product for sale is easy to recognize because it's hung up with a bamboo pole. We will get off the boat and see another land market, then return to the hotel, check out for 3.5 hours driving back to Saigon
Ho Chi Minh – Departure
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, then spend your time shopping and relaxing until a pick up for transfer to the International Airport to fly home. Tour End!