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Vietnam – Timeless Charm - 4 Days

Vietnam – Timeless Charm
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Dine on the wild and wonderful at every corner, sample market wares, uncover an evolving arts scene, then sleep soundly in luxury for very little cost. Meet the people, delve into the past and witness the awakening of a Hanoi on the move. Vietnam’s capital races to make up for time lost to the ravages of war and a government that as recently as the 1990s kept the outside world at bay. Its streets surge with scooters vying for right of way amid the din of constantly blaring horns, and all around layers of history reveal periods of French and Chinese occupation – offering a glimpse into the resilience of ambitious, proud Hanoians.

Vietnam is one of the most beautiful countries located in the South East Asia. In the North, Vietnam shares the long borderline with China. In the East, Vietnam is bordered by the Gulf of Tonkin, inn the East and South by the South China Sea, in the South West by the Gulf of Thailand, and in the West by Cambodia and Laos. Owning to stretching the length of the Indochinese Peninsula, Vietnam boasts a unique shape of an elongated S and a long coastline of 3,260km with a lot of wonderful sites.

Most travelers to Vietnam are attracted by the country’s wonderful natural beauty: From the green rice fields in the north to the fascinating bustle of the Mekong Delta in the south. Vietnam however is also a country with a long history and ancient traditions. It has many historic attractions and old temples.

Weather

When it comes to weather, Vietnam, it’s a tough call, as it’s climate is so diverse. From April or May to October, the summer monsoon brings hot, humid weather to the whole country except for those areas sheltered by mountains. For the best balance, we’d vote for the months of April, May or October. For those sticking to the south, November to February is dry and a touch cooler. From July to November, violent and unpredictable typhoons hit central and northern Vietnam, which can dampen the spirits of even the most enthusiastic traveller.

It gets pretty crowded from November to March and in July and August during high season. Domestic tourists are a major force now and they tend to travel in numbers during July and August as well.

Day 1
Arrived in Hanoi - City sightseeing

You will be picked – up at Noi Bai airport & drive to your hotel for your check – in (standard check – in time is 14h00PM, early check – in is subject to room availability).

After lunch at local restaurant, visit the Temple Of Literature, Vietnam’s first university constructed in 1070, it’s gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a relaxing glimpse into Vietnam’s past. Visit the Buddhist Tran Quoc Pagoda on West Lake (one of the oldest in Vietnam) and Quan Thanh Temple (Taoist, dating form the Ly Dynasty).

Journey back to the centre of town for a Cyclo ride around Hanoi’s old streets. Relax as you weave through the narrow alleys of Hanoi’s ancient Old Quarter, glimpsing Hanoi’s everyday life. We will take you past Hoan Kiem Lake, see the peaceful waters, at the northern end stop and visit Ngoc Son Temple, perfect for photo opportunities! Finish the day with Vietnam’s most famous and charming art form, Water Puppetry. Dinner at local restaurant & Night at your hotel in Hanoi.

Places to visit:

Hoi An

This fishing-village-turned-tourist-attraction is situated on the coast of the South China Sea. Hoi An has been an international port from the 16th century although the serious shipping business has long since moved to the city of Da Nang. The heart of the city is still the Old Town, full of winding lanes and Chinese-styled shops. It is sometimes called the “Venice of Vietnam” because of the narrow canals that cut through part of the town.

Phu Quoc

Located in front of the Cambodia coast, Phu Quoc is the largest island in Vietnam. Phu Quoc is what Phuket would be if it hadn’t been overrun by development. The island features pristine tropical forests, undamaged coral reefs and great beaches. One of its beaches, named Bai Dai (Long Beach), was chosen by the ABC News as one of five beautiful and clean beaches. Phu Quoc is famous for producing the best nuoc mam or fermented fish sauce in the world.

Day 2
Hanoi – Halong Bay

Breakfast at your hotel. A quick and enjoyable 3-hour drive to Halong City.

Arrive in Halong City and board the Huong Hai traditional junk. Whilst cruising the exquisite waters sample the regions fresh seafood. Visit Sung Sot Cave, one of the largest and most beautiful caves in Halong Bay. The cave is composed of three chambers of typical Karst. Following cruise to Sail, Dinh Huong (incense pot), Ga Choi (fighting cock) and Dog Islands. Journey onwards to Titov Beach where you can swim if you wish. The boat will then proceed to a quiet cove to set up anchor for the night. Watch the sunset over the bay whilst enjoying your scrumptious dinner. Overnight on the boat.

Places to visit:

Halong Bay

Halong Bay is situated in North Vietnam round a 120 kilometer long coast line and is literally translated as “Bay of Descending Dragons”. The top tourist attraction in Vietnam, Ha Long Bay features thousands of islands, each topped with thick jungle vegetation, forming a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars. Several of the islands are hollow, with enormous caves, others islands include lakes and some support floating villages of fishermen.

Day 3
Halong Bay - Hanoi

Wake up to some coffee and breakfast. After breakfast the boat will depart for Man’s Head Island, Tortoise Island and Bai Tho Mountain. Following visit Hang Luon, a beautiful crater like lagoon encircled by towering cliffs which is only accessed via a half submerged 30 m tunnel cave. Dinner at local restaurant & Overnight in Hanoi.

Start to cruise back to Halong City and enjoy another wonderful seafood meal on board before reaching the port at Halong City at afternoon. Your private bus will be waiting to take you back to Hanoi city in the evening.

Places to visit:

Hoan Kiem Lake

Located in the historical center of Hanoi, Hoan Kiem Lake is one of the major scenic spots in the city and serves as the locals’ favorite leisure spot. Hoan Kiem means “returned sword”, and the name comes from a legend in which King Le Loi was given a magical sword by the gods, which he used to drive out the invading Chinese. Later he returned the sword to the Golden Turtle God in the lake.

Mui Ne

The formerly little-inhabited beach south of the fishing village of Mui Ne has seen some serious development in the last 15 years. Due to strong sea breezes it is a popular destination in Vietnam for kite- and windsurfing. No trip to Mui Ne is complete without a trip to the famous sand dunes located a short distance north of the town. The vast sandy expanse provide some great panoramic views especially during sunset.

Mekong River (Mekong Delta)

The Mekong Delta is the region in southern Vietnam where the Mekong River approaches and empties into the sea. It is a very rich and lush area, covered with rice fields, that produces about half of the total of Vietnam’s agricultural output. Subsequently, life in the Mekong Delta revolves much around the river, and all the villages are often accessible by river rather than by road.

Cu Chi Tunnels

The Cu Chi Tunnels are an immense network of connecting underground tunnels located about 40 km northwest of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). The tunnels were used by Viet Cong guerrillas as hiding spots during the Vietnam War, and were the base of operations for the Tết Offensive in 1968. The tunnels have become a popular tourist attraction, and visitors are invited to crawl around in the safer parts of the tunnel system.

Nha Trang

Nha Trang is Vietnam’s most popular seaside resort town located along the second most beautiful bays in the country. It features beautiful beaches with fine and clean sand and clear ocean water with mild temperatures. The city has about 300,000 inhabitants and is more lively and urban in character than other beach destinations like Mui Ne and Phu Quoc. It’s also the scuba diving center of Vietnam.

Day 4
Final departure

Breakfast at your hotel. Free time until transfer to the airport for your flight onward.

Places to visit:

Sa Pa Terraces

Sa Pa is a town in northwest Vietnam not far from the Chinese border. Rice terraces can be found in the Muong Hoa valley between Sa Pa town and the Fansipan Mountain, on a backdrop of thick bamboo woodlands. Local mountain people, the Hmong, Giay, Dao, Tay, and Giay, grow rice and corn on these paddy terraces, along with vegetables.

Thien Mu Pagoda (Hue)

With seven stories, the Thien Mu Pagoda in Hue is the tallest pagoda in Vietnam. The pagoda overlooks the Perfume River and is regarded as the unofficial symbol of the former imperial capital. The temple was built in 1601 during the rule of the Nguyễn Lords. The initial temple was very simply constructed, but over time it was redeveloped and expanded with more intricate features.

Inclusion

  • Hanoi - City sightseeing
  • Hanoi – Halong Bay
  • Halong Bay – Hanoi
  • Sa Pa Terraces
  • Thien Mu Pagoda (Hue)

Exclusion

  • Tips for guides, escort, drivers etc.
  • Optional shows and meals mentioned in the itinerary, which will be added up if the clients desire to take the activities.
  • Personal expenses such as excess luggage fees, laundry, postage, communications and beverages.
  • Travel insurance
  • Any other changes caused by the acts of god, natural disasters, fires, weather, governmental and local authority orders, political change , strikes, war, riot, quarantine, custom regulations, damages or injury caused by accident.
  • Any items not specified in the plan.
  • Visa fee
  • International and domestic airfare

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Cost Per Adult Traveler: $ 249USD
Cost Per Child Traveler: $ 249USD
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Total $ 249 USD

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  • plane, bus, boat
  • breakfast
  • all year long
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