TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Meet and interact with local villagers and visit artisanal workshops
  • See UNESCO-heritage sites Learn to cook Vietnamese food
  • Explore hill tribe villages
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ITINERARY

DAY 1 : ARRIVE HO CHI MINH CITY (D)

Upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat airport, you will be met by Tour guide and Driver and transferred to hotel for check-in. Dinner will be serve on Saigon river cruises. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

DAY 2 : COOKING CLASS & SAIGON HALF DAY CITY TOUR (B/L)

After breakfast, you get your eyes experience the way local people live, go shopping for daily life around Cau Muoi market. Furthermore, you can live like a local in half-day in purchasing ingredients for class as well as get knowledge about Vietnamese Cuisine. Then, returning with upcoming interesting things with class. We serve you with 3 main dishes (you cook yourself under instruction) and 1 more dessert served. Further, you can enjoy your market tour at the beginning, welcome drink at class and recipes at end. In the afternoon, we visit Chinatown, or more commonly known as Cho Lon, to the bustling Binh Tay Wholesale Market. Here we witness the local people rushing about selling an array of fresh and dried produce, clothing, shoes, home wares and fabrics, just to name a few. Close by, we make a stop to one of the most active temples in Chinatown, Thien Hau Temple, built by the Cantonese Congregation in 1760 in order to express their gratitude to this Goddess for her protection during their immigration trip to Vietnam by sea. We drive back to the centre of town to visit the magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral, built in 1877 and the City Post Office, often mistaken for a railway station by foreign visitors and City Hall

DAY 3 : SAIGON – MY THO – MEKONG DELTA (B/L)

Heading out of the town, we travel by roads to the Mekong Delta, Vietnam’s largest rice bowl. On arrival in My Tho, we embark on a boat navigating around the intricate small canals in the delta region, which is a great way to observe the local lifestyle close-up and catch a view dotted by many islands. The exciting excursion will pass the lush green vegetation before arriving at the famous Unicorn Island. Here we have opportunities to stroll around an orchard, taste many seasonal fruits and enjoy wonderful traditional music. The next stop of our trip is Ben Tre Province to visit some fascinating local industries. After feasting on a huge lunch we return to Ho Chi Minh, stopping off along the way to see the beautiful Vinh Trang Pagoda. Overnight in Sai Gon

DAY 4 : HO CHI MINH CITY – TAKE FLIGHT TO HANOI (B/D)

Have breakfast at your hotel before heading to airport for flight to Hanoi (2h10 flight). You will be warmly welcomed upon arrival at Hanoi airport and transferred to your hotel. Free at your leisure before we have a welcome dinner at a local restaurant and an overnight stay in Hanoi.

DAY 5 : HANOI FULL DAY – LAO CAI BY TRAIN (B/L)

Our first visit is to the most well respected site of Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, which includes the Presidential Palace, One Pillar Pagoda and Ho Chi Minh Museum. After lunch, continuing on with a 25minute drive to the very interesting Ethnology Museum. Here you will learn of the traditional cultures of 54 different ethnic minority groups in Vietnam through articles, stories, displays of traditional houses, costumes, hunting equipment and much more wares used in day to day life. Your adventure trip to Sapa begins with an overnight train from Vietnam ‘s capital city to the border town of Lao Cai. Overnight on train.

DAY 6 : LAO CAI – SAPA (B/L)

Early arrives at Lao Cai station at approximately 6:00 am. There will be a vehicle waiting to transfer us to Sapa. The drive to Sapa is only 33 km but it takes around 1.5 hours. Once at Sapa, we will check-in hotel (Early check-in subject to availability). Have breakfast at the hotel restaurant then enjoy a free time to explore around town. In the afternoon, take a 2km short trekking to Cat Cat Village, the home of H’mong Ethic. Meeting & talking with locals to learn more about their daily life. Overnight in Sapa

DAY 7 : SAPA – LAO CAI – TRAIN TO HANOI (B/L)

Following breakfast, we set out on a 3-4 hour trek that will take you along buffalo paths and trails and through several hill tribe villages of Lao Chai and Ta Van, home to H’mong and Dzay people. This is an absolutely spectacular walk through stunning scenery inhabited by some of the friendliest people you can meet. You will stop for a picnic lunch on the way to Ta Van village. You will stay overnight in Sapa. Relax and discover Sapa town by yourself with some souvenirs before we transfer back to Lao Cai station for the train journey back to Hanoi. Overnight on train.

DAY 8 : HANOI COOKING CLASS (B/L)

After a morning cyclo ride from your hotel, you’ll be treated to a hands-on cooking class where you will learn about the art of traditional Vietnamese cuisine from the locals in the Old Quarter. You’ll visit the lively local Market before donning a chef’s uniform for the demonstration. You will learn how to make a number of regional delicacies, which may include everything from Banana Flower Salad to spring rolls to Com Rang, and more. After a half-day morning session, you’ll enjoy a delicious feast that YOU created! You’ll get to take a copy of the recipes home with you. The rest of day discover the city yourself Overnight in hotel in Hanoi

DAY 9 : HANOI – HA LONG BAY - OVERNIGHT ON CRUISE (B/L/D)

After breakfast at hotel, driver picks up and transfer to Halong Bay, listed as a World Heritage of outstanding natural beauty, known in Vietnamese as “Dragon descending to the sea”. Upon arrival, the boat crew welcome you and check in then enjoy a cruise around Halong Bay with a delicious local seafood lunch served on board. You can also behold thousands of limestone islands and grottoes rising from the clear, emerald water. Following break, depending on each cruise’s itinerary of the day, you’ll join some activities on boat to discover the beauty of the bay such as visit a cave, doing kayaking or enjoy swimming in the sea before getting back to the junk for relaxing and dinner. Overnight on board. Note: Our tour guide will not escort you on the cruises, and be replaced by crew members who are fluent in English.

DAY 10 : HA LONG BAY - HANOI (B/BRUNCH)

You’ll wake up on the bay to the sounds of waves and birds welcoming the new day. You will have an opportunity to view the sunrise over the bay and after breakfast, visit a beautiful limestone grotto. You will have a walk back to the boat for a final glimpse of Halong Bay while cruising back to the dock. Then you will drive back to Hanoi. Overnight at your hotel.

DAY 11 : DEPART VIETNAM (B)

There is no activity planned for today so you are free to enjoy your free time souvenir shopping until transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

INCLUSIONS

  • Private door-to-door pick-up & drop-off services
  • All private transportation
  • Accommodation shared in Double room with daily breakfast
  • All domestic flights
  • Experienced English speaking guide
  • Private boat trip as per tour
  • Meals as stated in the itinerary (B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner)
  • All sightseeing tickets
  • Tissues and water on coach
  • Vietnam Visa On Arrival pre-approved letter
  • Services charges and government tax
  • Exclusive and personalized single agent/single customer service
  • No extra charge after services confirmation
  • 24/7 hotline support guaranteed

EXCLUSIONS

  • International flights & departure taxes if any
  • Personal expenses, tips and gratuities
  • Travel insurance
  • Beverage
  • Peak season or public holidays surcharge (if any)
  • Compulsory Gala dinner on X-Mas or New Year (if any)
  • Vietnam visa stamp fee (US$ 25 & 1 passport photo for each person)
  • Other services not mentioned above

Destination

Vietnam

Duration

More than 11 days

Responsible Benefits

Cultural Interaction, Locals Benefit, Making a Difference, Social Impact

THE CULTURE & CUISINE OF VIETNAM

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