FOUR BREATHS OF VIETNAM
The trip designer would like to combine a historical Saigon with the tranquil islands of Halong Bay, as well as other contrasting pictures of this diverse country. In between the two big cities is a charming Hoian with antiquated streets and lovely people life style. Hue next door is a true museum city for preserving the image and the spirit of the last kingdom of Vietnam. The distance among cities has been made easily with flights to save more time and energy for the further discoveries of the impressive destinations.
The four cities with different living ambiances within an identically cultural Vietnam will be the quick grasp for your short trip in Vietnam, then we name it four breaths of Vietnam.
You are expected to have walking occasionally, bringing your own bags. Other noticeable activities might be claiming stairs, boarding boats or sitting on a wagon pulled by a horse.
11 days 10 nights in Vietnam.
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9 nights hotel accommodation
1 night cruise accommodation
2 internal flights within Asia
transport in air-conditioned vehicles
small group touring
Local English-speaking guides
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DAY 1: SAIGON
On arrival in Saigon, transfer to your hotel with our representatives. Get connected with your tour leader at a tour briefing and welcome drinks. The remaining time will be free at your leisure to rest or explore, discovering your own first impressions of Vietnam.
DAY 2: SAIGON – CUCHI – SAIGON
Be prepared for a historical day with the amazing works at Cu Chi tunnels, with the monuments and architecture with wandering along the city’s historic Dong Khoi Street, the former Rue Catinat, the Reunification Palace and the stories at War Remnants Museum. The Saigon impression would be added more colors with visits to a lacquerware factory, a Taoism temple and a huge market for Vietnamese for their daily life.
DAY 3: SAIGON – MEKONG – SAIGON:
Heading to the wet land of Mekong Delta Basin and get inspired by Vietnam’s rural life with a day among the rivers, canals, water coconut, and orchards. Among the feeling of getting lost at the maze of water ways, your travel experience also gets enriched by the forklore music (which has been acknowledged by UNESCO as immaterial world heritage), local special dishes, or just a rest with a honey tea cup by a canal.
DAY 4: SAIGON – HOI AN
A 60 minute flight to Danang to start a day with a different breath: the peaceful ancient town. Hoian Ancient town is the living museum with charming traditional houses, temples, the iconic Japanese Bridge and especially the well preserved Vietnamese lifestyle from the 16th century. More feeling of old days will come with no-power nights (candles and lanterns instead), the night festivals, the street foods and other heavenly recipes.
Before that Hoi An town experience, the drive from Danang to Hoian will take you to Marble Mountain to enjoy the Buddhism religious atmosphere of Vietnamese, the spectacular view to the China beach, and the cave exploration.
Check in hotel to have a rest, get the breeze and enjoy Vietnam daily life by a boat trip along the river of Hoai, before heading to Hoian Town for the fun cooking class.
DAY 5: HOI AN:
A relaxing day is made by a walking tour along the well preserved monuments and houses that are the hardware of the ancient town. Visit a handicraft producing center with the disadvantaged youth from the Streets organization. Enjoy some free time in Hoi An for shopping at one of the many masterful tailors in town and further exploration like a short bicycle ride to the beach nearby.
DAY 6: HOI AN – HUE
Drive North to the lovely countryside and spectacular coastal scenery on your way to Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam. Understand further the oriental belief and ancient architecture techniques by the ancient Citadel, the emperor’s tombs and the royal monuments. Royal dinner is an option to get the ambiance of a dynasty entertainment only a century ago.
DAY 7: HUE – HANOI
The easy morning is made with river zephyr and Buddhism ambiance by a boat trip along the Huong river to the tranquil Thien Mu Pagoda, the soul of this Buddhism city. The fly to Hanoi later on will bring you to another ancient city which is Vietnam capital today, and long time ago. A cyclo tour to show you the proud Old Quarter of Hanoi people on a unique 3 wheel vehicle named cyclo before attending a delightful water puppet performance, a cultural activity at a frequent flood land like here.
DAY 8: HANOI
Learn all about the life and stories of ‘Uncle Ho’ at his mausoleum, enjoy the guard changing parade are the great and unique experience in Vietnam. Further walking in the ancient Temple of Literature will be the answer how university in a Kingdom happened a thousand year ago. Make a visit to the well know ‘Hanoi Hilton’ prison and we end the day trip at KOTO restaurant where your food is cooked and served by former street children. You get your free time in the afternoon for your own exploration.
DAY 9: HANOI – HALONG
Sit back and relax as you watch farmers working their land on the drive to enchanting Halong Bay. Contemplate your navel while you cruise amongst the thousands of limestone islands. Enjoy the freshest seafood, the great beach, the lovely tea on board among the sunset. Find further your favorite activities like gathering at the roof top and drink, read your favorite book among the breeze and the fade run ray of a tropical region, swimming under the sky full of stars, or just do nothing.
DAY 10: HALONG – HANOI
Wake up in the morning in your own room, open the window and listen to the sound of the wave splashing into your boat. Have breakfast then start to explore further by visiting the caves and going kayaking along the streams. In the afternoon going back to Hanoi for the farewell dinner.
DAY 11: DEPARTURE
On your last day, enjoy free time until your departure transfer.
DAY 1-3: SAIGON
MAY FLOWER HOTEL***
The star hotel locates near the center. Rooms are beautifully furnished by modern facilities and fitted with queen size beds. Well trained and professional staff with cool lobby site. Good breakfast with nice city view.
DAY 4-5: HOIAN
PHO HOI RIVERSIDE RESORT***
Pho Hoi Riverside Resort locates right on the bank of Thu Bon river then it takes only 5 minutes to walk from the resort to the ancient town. Great point is the balconies viewing over Hoi An, plus the endeavor of a friendly resort.
DAY 6: HUE
HUE HERITAGE HOTEL***
Hue Heritage Hotel locates in the middle of Hue city. The hotel is a mixture of Western classic wish and the pride of royal interior furniture and decoration. The hotel is marked 3 stars with clean and standard rooms, good swimming pool, and helpful staff.
DAY 7, 8, 10: HANOI
BELLE LA VILLE***
Belle la Vie hotel locates in the edge of Old Quarter which make s good start of walking to surroundings . Cozy decoration, spacious rooms, city or lake views, elegant furniture, friendly staff make the choice.
DAY 10: HALONG
Imagine this is a huge wooden boat with three stories (or four). The first is for living rooms with soft regular furniture and private flush toilette. The second is for public living room where we use for meals or resting on sofa. The upper deck is of no cover for great view and equipped with chair (or lying chairs) for relaxing, viewing magnificent Halong.
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