Best of Vietnam, Urban adventure experiences

Best of Vietnam, Urban adventure experiences

The beauty of peaceful landscapes and friendly people make Vietnam become the most logical choice for your vacations. This 12-day tour will start at Hanoi with cycling to explore Dong Ngac Cultural Village in the outskirt then join in food... Read More
Duration: 12 Days/11 Nights
Tour Code : BVN12
From
1.225 US$

 

  • English speaking tour guide will be provided in each city, who will remain with you throughout your time in that city. He or she will provide you with the best local knowledge available.
  • Transfers between airports, hotels and scenic spots while sightseeing by private air conditioned vehicle with a driver
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast as per detail itinerary
  • Domestic flight tickets: Hanoi – Hue, Danang – Ho Chi Minh City including domestic airport taxes
  • Entrance fees & permits (if have)
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary with authentic local food. Western food is available (up on request) (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
  • Boat excursions
  • The use of bikes as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Bottle of drinking water
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  • Early check in and Late check out at hotels
  • International flights and airport taxes
  • Vietnam Visa
  • Travel insurance
  • Other meals which are not indicated above
  • Surcharge and Compulsory dinners (if any)
  • Beverages in the restaurants where meals are included
  • Gratuities to guides and drivers
  • Personal and other expenses such as porter, bar bills and laundry not stated in the itinerary
  • Maps Itinerary

    Itinerary

    Day 1 : Hanoi arrival

    On arrival at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, we will be welcomed and transfer to our hotel. The rest of the day will be free at leisure.

    Overnight in Hanoi.

    Day 2 : Dong Ngac Cultural Village & Hanoi Food Tasting Tour (B/L/D)

    After breakfast at hotel, we travel to Dong Ngac Cultural Village, which located about 15km from Hanoi center. This is an ancient village and a Cultural Heritage Site in honor of its educated and heroic people recognized by the kings of Vietnam. Here we embark on an interesting market tour, experience the bustling market and local life as the host; try to purchase all the ingredients which we need to cook for our lunch today with the help of tour guides. After that, we transfer to the traditional house for welcome drink and leaving all stuffs we had bought at local market

    Take our bikes and venture deeper into the village: Visit Dong Ngac Communal House, the oldest house in the village belongs to the Do family and is more than 300 years old and Nguyen family with a house given by the King. Back to the traditional house, it is time for our cooking demonstration. After watching our host then practice ourselves and then the best part of all, try our dishes! After all our efforts we can reward ourselves and rest back into some reclining chairs in the fragrant retreat of our host’s village garden.

    In the mid-afternoon, we will be back to the city centre and start our Food Tasting Tour. We first walk along the Old Quarters to get a closer look of the daily life of local people. With explanation and choice from our guide, we will taste many kinds of local food such as oil-fried pastry, tofu, egg coffee, rice pancake, pillow cake, sweet soup, stuff pancake with pork, draught beer… and one of our best surprised is a stop at Dong Xuan whole sales market where we know many kinds of ingredients being sold. Last but not least is our happy ending at the Rue Lamblot restaurant. From here, we enjoy our light dinner with Spring rolls, grilled pork with noodle, fried rice cake, banana flower salad. Trip ends around 8.00 PM and transfer back to our hotel for overnight accommodation.

    Day 3 : Hanoi – Halong Bay (B/L/D)

    The scenery of Halong Bay where thousands of limestone islands jut out of the emerald sea, sculpted into bizarre shapes is truly an iconic image for Vietnam. An overnight boat trip is the best way to enjoy this Vietnamese must-see. After breakfast leave Hanoi for a 3hr30mins drive to Halong Bay including a 20-minutes stop on the way.

    Arrive at your jetty in Halong City towards noon and proceed with check-in formalities. After your welcome onboard, a lunch will be served while cruising towards the bay itself. In the afternoon, enjoy some visits and/or activities (depending on each boat’s itinerary) or just spend some time relaxing on board.

    Towards the end of the day the boat sets anchor for the night among the karst formations. Dinner is served on board.

    Overnight on Halong Bay.

    Distances and journey time:

    Hanoi to Halong Bay (160km):3hrs30mins

    Day 4 : Halong – Hanoi – Fly to Hue (B/L)

    Wake up early in the morning and start your day with Tai Chi exercises or a photo hunt before having breakfast. After that, we will explore the amazing Sung Sot Cave – the nicest cave in Halong Bay. After that, we will return to the boat, freshen up and check out of your cabin. Continue your cruise exploring the Bay, passing Ba Hang fishing village, Dog Islet, and more. While heading back to the harbor, watch the cooking demonstration before enjoying a traditional Vietnamese lunch. We will disembark at round noon and find our car is waiting and take us back to Hanoi for flight to Hue

    Upon arrival Hue, transfer to Hotel and free at leisure

    Overnight in Hue

    Day 5 : Hue – River boat & Royal Tombs (B/L/D)

    Start Hue city tour by boarding the Dragon Boat on the romantic Perfume River heading out for the countryside. Being the ancient capital, Hue is surrounded with ancient tombs of emperors past, and a visit to the most beautiful tombs will be on the itinerary for today. The charming Lady Pagoda (Thien Mu Pagoda) will be the first stop of the day. We will enjoy a great view on the Perfume River and surrounding area. Thien Mu Pagoda is considered the symbol of Hue, and of Buddhism in Vietnam. From here we rejoin our van and go visit King Tu Duc’s Tomb.

    We then visit Dong Thien Pagoda, one of the most ancient pagodas in Hue built from 18th century. Our guide will explain us about the Buddhism in Vietnam before introducing us the Monk Monastery in the pagoda where we will have delicious vegetarian lunch with lotus seeds, potatoes, carrots, muang beans, mushrooms and soy sauce…

    In the afternoon, we visit the Imperial Citadel where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945, after exploring the ruins of this wonderful monument before ending our day in the local Dong Ba market. Overnight in Hue.

    Day 6 : Cycling to the outskirt of Hue (B/L)

    After breakfast, we get on our bike and ride to the outskirt of Hue towards Thanh Toan Bridge (roofed in Chinese style). Along the way, we pedal through small villages with verdant fields of Hue’s countryside, stops for photo shots or talk with locals about their daily life. We then stop at Thanh Toan Agricultural Museum to understand more about the importance of agriculture on the life of the local people. On arrival in Thanh Toan Bridge, our guide will explain you its history and significance. Walk to the nearby market, we will find various local products from fresh vegetables, meats, fishes and other poultry. Continue pedaling to some traditional villages of Hue making ‘Conical hat’ (Non la) and some other traditional villages. Back to the city centre in the afternoon, we will ride around the city before stopping at our hotel. Overnight in Hue.

    Day 7 : Hue – Danang – Hoi An (B/L)

    After breakfast at the hotel, we travel by vehicle to Hoi An along scenic highway 1A. Along the way, we will stop to contemplate the stunning views North, to Lang Co Beach and South to Danang city.

    On arrival in Danang, we will have a brief visit at Cham Museum – the houses of the most complete collection if Cham Artifacts anywhere in the world; China Beach – where the American named and used to have their Rest and Relaxation; and the Marble Mountain – the five elements of the Universe (water, wood, air, fire and earth).

    We will arrive in Hoi An in the afternoon. We will start our walking tour around the ancient town to visit the Japanese Covered Bridge, the Pottery Museum, Tan Ky old house, the Cantonese congregation, the silk street of Hoi An, the temples and pagodas of Chinese appearance. Then we are back to our hotel.

    Day 8 : Hoi An Farming and Fishing Eco Tour (B/L)

    We have an early start this morning as we head off to our Farming & Fishing Life Eco Tour. Starting at Tra Que Village, we will get a personal insight into the local farming communities. We set about joining the farmers in preparing their land for sowing, helping to fertilize the garden using seaweed from the local river and watering it in using huge tin cans strapped to our backs.

    Following this, we will begin our leisurely cycling tour through the countryside witnessing local Vietnamese rural life first hand. Late morning we will board our Hoi An Eco-tour boat for a river cruise. Here we will meet and witness local fishermen working their craft, before enjoying a hands-on experience of traditional net fishing. We then transfer to a Vietnamese bamboo basket boat for a quick race and ride down a coconut palm lined waterway. Lunch today, is on board our boat, which is prepared using vegetables picked earlier at Tra Que Village.

    After lunch, we have some free time to wander around Hoi An town, lazing on the beach, shopping or whatever takes your fancy. Overnight in Hoi An.

    Day 9 : Hoi An – Danang – Fly Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi Tunnels – Vespa Tour (B/L)

    Today, we will take a morning flight to Ho Chi Minh City (VN 7113, 09.10 – 10.20) where we will be greeted on arrival and driven to visit Cu Chi Tunnels. At its height, the tunnel system stretched over 250 KM from Saigon to the Cambodian border and was three levels deep. The network included innumerable trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers and kitchens. Today the remaining tunnels have become a major tourist attraction giving the visitor a unique experience and a feel of what underground life during the U.S.-Vietnam American must have been like.

    We then return to Ho Chi Minh City and check in our hotel with free time at leisure. In the evening, our Vespa guide will pick us up at the hotel and we start the street food adventure in the back of a Vespa. Our first stop is Café zoom to “watch the world goes by” (quoted by The Lonely Planet) and enjoy cocktail and appetizer before adventuring into favorite local eating spot. Our vintage Vespa scooter take us to the Chinatown and then heading to District 4 through busy streets and alleys to see the night life of locals and enjoy street sea- food and cold drinks, places that foreigner won’t be found. Leaving District 4 to District 3 the tour pass through downtown District 1 to take in the sights on the way to Banh Xeo (Saigon Special Pancake), specialty of Saigon, and southern food with the locals. Then the tour will continue to a hidden Vietnamese-style coffee shop to have a taste of Vietnamese music (live) as a local. After that, the tour will bring guest to a lively bar to enjoy the drinks with live music. The tour ends at 10 PM and we will have a good night after a hectic day.

    Day 10 : Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Rustic Lodge (B/L/D)

    After breakfast at hotel, we will escape from the lively Ho Chi Minh City and head to Cai Be in the Mekong Delta. On arrival, we visit the Cao Dai Cai Be Temple and Cai Be Cathedral right at the town to understand more about the religious life of Mekong people.

    We then embark on a tourist boat to visit the inland and floating markets of Cai Be, where we will be introduced the local agricultural, marine products and buy the ingredients for our own dinner. Continuing on boat to head to Mekong Rustic Lodge in Tan Phong Island, where we will check-in our room for relaxing and having lunch.

    In the afternoon, we will take part in local activity of ditch fishing hook, which will bring us a rustic and great experience especially when catching fish on river for dinner. Back to the Mekong Rustic Lodge and join our chefs in the kitchen with Mekong Delta’s special dishes such as elephant ear fish, spring rolls…Overnight in the Mekong Rustic Lodge.

    Day 11 : Mekong Rustic – Ho Chi Minh City (B/L/D)

    After breakfast, our guide will guide us to explore more the Tan Phong Island by bike. We will visit the traditional handicraft workshops of handbags, rice papers along with wooden tables and chairs. Stopping at a local farmer’s house and talking to him to understand how local farmers take care for their gardens, then try plucking the fruits and tasting them.

    The 2nd day tour continues with a visit to the ‘bang’ conical hat (nón bàng) workshop before going back to our lodge to fresh, check out and get back to our boat to transfer us back to the mainland where our car is waiting and take us to hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.

    In the evening, we will have Farewell dinner in a nice local restaurant. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

    Day 12 : Ho Chi Minh City departure (B)

    Time will be free until our car arrives at the hotel to take us to the airport in good time to board our departure flight. Trip ends.

    Day 1
    • Authentic Hanoi Hotel

      Authentic Hanoi Hotel is conveniently located at the edge of Hanoi's Old Quarter. This exclusive residence, the newest luxury 3-star plus hotel in Vietnam's capital, is unlike any other property in this dynamic city.

    Day 3
    • V’SPIRIT CRUISES

      The word “V’Spirit” actually means “Vietnamese Spirit”, and our goal is to help you experience that feeling which is part of our daily lives. With this in mind, our two, newly built wooden junks are designed in the time-honored traditional style, but with contemporary, deluxe cabins and facilities, including sea-view windows in each cabin, private, modern bathrooms, and a comfortable sundeck bar. Our cooks will serve you the tastiest traditional Vietnamese foods, and our staff will help you learn about our current lives as well as our ancient history.

    Day 4
    • Asia Hotel Hue

      Located in the tourism hub of Hue city, Asia hotel was buillt as magnificient home for toursists in 2004 by a dynamic businessman, Mr Tong Phuoc Thang. Sitting on on estate of 685 m square in the tourism hub of the city, Asia hotel provide guests with convinent location, luxurious facilities and professional servvices

    Day 7
    • Van Loi Hoi An Hotel

      Van Loi hotel is ideally located on sand-bank of Thu Bon river, allowing you to get open to the river, with romantic views and local scenery, normal life of farmers also. And conveniently within the easy access to Cua Dai beach and the only acrossing the bridge to ancient town.

      The hotel, on the area of 2500 sqm has 82 rooms built in 5 floors with panorama view.

    Day 9
    • Silverland Central Hotel & Spa

      Thank you our guests for helping us recognized in the Top 10 3 star hotels in Ho Chi Minh City from 2011 to 2015.

      Located in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, next to Ben Thanh Market, Silverland Central Hotel & Spa houses 106 rooms and suites with nice city view towards Ben Thanh Market & 23/9 Park. 

      The hotel offers wide selection of in-hotel recreational and entertaiment options from KL Spa, L’Emotion Restaurant, Coffee & Bar Lounge and the new highlight OMG ! 

      Whether you are making a holiday or on a business trip, Silverland Central Hotel & Spa is such a place to experience.

    Day 10
    Day 11
    • Silverland Central Hotel & Spa

      Thank you our guests for helping us recognized in the Top 10 3 star hotels in Ho Chi Minh City from 2011 to 2015.

      Located in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, next to Ben Thanh Market, Silverland Central Hotel & Spa houses 106 rooms and suites with nice city view towards Ben Thanh Market & 23/9 Park. 

      The hotel offers wide selection of in-hotel recreational and entertaiment options from KL Spa, L’Emotion Restaurant, Coffee & Bar Lounge and the new highlight OMG ! 

      Whether you are making a holiday or on a business trip, Silverland Central Hotel & Spa is such a place to experience.

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