Yes, Vietnam Discovery brings you the sense of discovering Vietnam fascinating culture, charming locals and scrumptious food with a thorough exploration of this enticing country. Vietnam is described as a long and slim country with much diversify in culture, cuisines and the landscapes. The tour recipes then are of the living history and ancient relics in Hoi An and Hue, the thriving culture of Saigon and Hanoi, the beautiful relaxing time at Nha Trang and Hoi An ’s stunning beaches, the picturesque hill station of Dalat, and the peace at Halong and Mekong boat trips.
The trip Vietnam Discovery goes thru most of highlighted cities of Vietnam from the bustling cities to rural villages, from the glistening beaches to soaring mountains full of beauties just waiting for your discovery.
We can say this Vietnam Discovery is moderate. There are more walking, more boat boarding, more exercise like pushing bikes, little boat swimming or arranging the picnic place.
14 days 13 nights in Vietnam.
START SAIGON, CUCHI, MEKONG, DALAT, NHATRANG, HOIAN, HUE, HANOI, HALONG, HANOI FINISH
12 nights hotel accommodation
1 night cruise accommodation
3 internal flights within Vietnam
transport in air-conditioned vehicles
small group touring
Local English-speaking guides
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The tour can be done in the other way around from Saigon to Hanoi
This tour must be booked at least 7 working days in advance of your travel date
DAY 1: SAIGON ARRIVAL
On arrival in Saigon, transfer to your hotel with our representatives. Get connected with your tour leader at a tour briefing of Vietnam Discovery 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, a system of over 200km fighting base underground, with the monuments and architecture like the Reunification Palace and with the stories at War Remnants Museum in Saigon. 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 – DALAT (fly)
A short flight brings you to the former French hill station of Dalat, a fascinating town of hilly streets, colorful markets, green pine tree plantations, vast flower farms, and abandoned French villas. Enjoy the cool mountain air and rural vistas on a cable car ride, and a peaceful ambiance in the flower garden of a Buddhism monastery before a cozy dinner in a local restaurant.
DAY 5: DALAT – NHA TRANG
Further exploration of Dalat with a walking in a colorful market of food and local specialties. Resting with a cup of tea, seeing the embroidery artists to make pictures with needles and threads is another peaceful moment before heading to admire the faded Art Deco charm of the last emperor’s summer residence and of the historical train station of Dalat with its steam locomotive trains.
Travel to Nha Trang with spectacular views of hills, with the rustic villages and tea plantations of the Central Highlands, before descending to the coastal plains passing remnants of the ancient Champa kingdom. Enjoy Nha Trang at first sight by a drink among the sunset and the ocean view.
DAY 6: NHA TRANG
Relax on an island boat cruise and indulge in a sumptuous seafood feast and swim in the sparkling East Sea. Further exploration at a fishing village with opportunities to jump on a conical boat, to see daily life at a fishing village and a beautiful swimming above coral preservative reefs before that tasty seafood lunch on board. Free in the afternoon for your own discovery on the beach funs, countryside trails, the mud bath, or the marvelous seafood restaurants along the beach.
DAY 7: NHA TRANG – HOI AN (fly)
A 50 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 8: HOIAN
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.
Make an optional boat trip along the Hoai river to the land of coconut, the local farm and terraces. Party on the field with wine and BBQ among the Vietnamese countryside scenery is an unforgettable memory.
DAY 9: HOIAN – 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 10: HUE – HANOI (fly)
Free until time for the flight to Hanoi. Optional choice can be a cyclo tour taking you along the peaceful corners of this ancient citadel city. Hanoi specialties’ first introduction will be done by a puppet show before heading to Old Quarter to enjoy a world famous dish that the recipes was designed nearly three hundred years ago.
Learning all about the life and stories of ‘Uncle Ho’ at his mausoleum, enjoying 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.
There is a lovely optional tour we often suggest to go further into Hanoi Old Quarter by Cyclo. That’s a trip of relaxing on a rickshaw seeing a bustle life passing by your nose, passing by the ancient windows along the streets and passing by a the slow living style of Hanoians.
DAY 12: 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 13: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 14: HANOI 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: DALAT
THE GOLF 3 HOTEL***
The Golf 3 Hotel, Dalat is situated downtown only footsteps from the market. The golf course is an easy stroll away. The hotel takes pride in its high standards and attention to detail. Every effort is made to ensure guests have a pleasant and relaxing stay in Dalat.
DAY 5-6 NHA TRANG
Vien dong is a 3 star standard hotel 100m from the beach of Nha Trang. The big hotel remains the feeling of government hotel with tennis court, big massage corner but it really has helpful staff, big swimming pool, wifi, and nice breakfast.
DAY 7-8: 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 9: 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 10,11,13: 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 12: 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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