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A glimpse of Vietnam

7 DAY(S) Budget Tours

Hanoi - Halong Boat - Saigon - Cu Chi - Mekong Delta - Saigon

Description

Starting from historic North to visit most illustrious sites of Vietnam, ending in the modern and hectic Southern region with Saigon, "A glimpse of Vietnam" is ideal for whom who just can spend a short trip in Vietnam for the 1st-time visit. The tour is suitable to all seasons with least of air transfer.

Highlights

  • Cyclo (rickshaw) thru the Old Quarter of Hanoi, enjoy cuisine and learn more about Hanoian daily life
  • Overnight on a cruise in Ha Long Bay, one of the most unique natural wonders in the world.  
  • Learn about the Vietnam War and the main reason why Vietnamese can claim their independent over the Americans when crawling in a unique and rare tunnel system. 
  • Visit to Mekong delta, the water world with floating markets, fruit gardens, cannals and boats. 
  • Least wasteful waiting time at ports: only one domestic flight or one overnight train needed. 

Itinerary

Welcome to Vietnam!
The professional Tourguide of THREELAND TRAVEL will be welcoming you at Noi Bai airport; it takes us 35 minutes driving to the centre of Hanoi to checkin (usual checkin time is 14.00). Have an overall view of the capital by a “cyclo” visit, which starts from the Opera House or the Old Quarter of Hanoi, with stops at Ngoc Son Temple, Hoan Kiem Lake (the “Sword” Lake), and going round an alive, exciting quarter to witness real life of hard work and friendly Hanoi people. Late afternoon we will enjoy a unique fascinating show of Water Puppetry, a traditional stage art of Northern Vietnam. Visits are subject to be adjusted upon your flight arrival time. Dinner with delicious local food or street food of the Old Quarter including the Noodle soup ("Pho"). Back to the hotel in the evening. Overnight in Hanoi.
 

After breakfast, our Guide will greet us and have a fast transfer to Halong Bay,  180km East of the city, the pride of the Gulf of Tonkin. Being a ''World Heritage'' as designated by UNESCO twice - in 1994 and 2006, the Bay contains several thousand islet with main structure of limestone and dolomite and well known as one of the top natural wonders ever known for its uniqueness.  Upon arrival in the Wharf at Tuan Chau Island, we’ll take a big boat to cruise the Bay to discover the magnificent beauty of this “Descending-dragon” Bay, created by thousands odd-shaped limestone rocks, grottoes and beaches. After a lunch of fresh seafood, we can visit a big cave or spend time to go swimming or kayaking. Back to the wharf after 4 or 5 hours cruising. Return to Hanoi for overnight.   

Head to the West of Hanoi to a charming village, where we can enjoy spontaneous meetings and sharings with the locals about their life and visit the villlage greatest prides. Lunch after the visit in a good restaurant with Vietnam delicacy. Afternoon at leisure after returning to the hotel in Hanoi. Overnight Hanoi. 

OPTION 1: Visit Duong Lam village, wellknown for laterite houses in traditional design, very hardwork life and a great Communal House (Đình Mông Phụ) that comes into many Vietnam and foreign producers' movies as soon as they think of a typical village in Northern Vietnam. Duong Lam is also known for greatest heroes in Vietnam history during the 9th and 20th centuries and for its famous Buddhist pagodas and clay statues. Lunch in Duong Lam village. 

OPTION 2: Visit Lai xa village (strongly recommended for Overseas Vietnamese) where maintain a great private museum, invented by the most intellectuals family of the villages, where some famous heroes and generals in Vietnam during the 20th and 21st centuries have been born. From the museum, take a tour to investigate photo family museum and daily life of the villagers in their busy routines. Most of the family museums in this village present the history not only of the family, the village, but the country of Vietnam during late 20th century and beyond.
Lunch at Hanoi Pho restaurant near the village with typical foods of Hanoi people in a tranquil ambience. Return to Hanoi by car after the visit. 

Breakfast at hotel. Our Guide will greet us to help us checkout and transfer to the airport for flight Hanoi - Saigon.
Upon arrival, welcomed by the Tour Guide in Saigon and transfer to hotel to checkin or start our visits right away to enjoy the non-rush-hour. We will start the city tour at the center of District 1 - the "Financial district of Sai gon" with famous Post Office, designed and constructed by the company of illustrious Gustave Eiffel, and the graceful Notre Dame Cathedral nearby. Visit the Reunification Palace from outside to see the witness of the end of Vietnam War. Visit Ben Thanh Market,  one of the typical symbols of Saigon to experience daily life of the locals and shopping for some handicrafts, if you want, before enjoy a walk on Nguyen Hue street up to the Opera House. Overnight in Saigon.

Please note! 
The best show at the Opera House is À Ố Show / My village or The Mist. Other shows at surcharge can be recommended at a surcharge, depending on the Theatre's schedule and seasons. 

Picked up at hotel and transfer to My Tho, the homeland of coconut and family factories with local products like coconut candy, rice paper, etc. Upon arrival, take our boat cruising on the mighty Mekong River to view life of the local people, living along the river and canals. We stop at one of the four island in the area for sightseeing. Enjoy fresh tropical fruits served in the garden in the sound of by traditional southern Vietnamese folk music. After that, embark a small boat rowed by the local thru small canals to visit local factories. There we can taste honey tea and see how locals produce the coconut milk candy or try some before strolling in the garden, where honeybee are fed. Afterwards, enjoy a horse-art trip thru tranquil road of the village. We continue getting on the big boat to visit the vast area before lunch time. 
Afternoon, drive back to Saigon with stop to visit Vinh Trang, a famous pagoda completed in early 20th century, with the architecture is as a nice mixture of Vietnamese, Cambodian and Chinese architectural styles. Via the architecture of the pagoda, we can also learn about a part of history of Southern Vietnam at that time. Back to hotel and overnight in Saigon in the evening. 

Have breakfast at hotel. Morning visit Cu Chi Tunnels, one of the few remaining monuments to the Vietnam War. Beneath the ground lie 200 km of tunnels, dug by hand and inhabited by the forces of Vietnamese guerillas during the war. At its peak, prior to the Tet Offensive in 1968, the tunnel complex was base to almost 10,000 troops. To this day, it remains one of the most impressive examples showing how fierce the war could have been.  We can even crawl some short distance in the tunnel to get a real experience. Return to Saigon for the rest and lunch by your own. Afternoon visit the downtown where we can choose lovely stuff at very reasonable price, or going with our car and tour guide to Binh Tay market in District 5 (aka China Town), Saigon Square, which is some minutes walking from Ben Thanh Market, or to a center of lacqueware or embroidery. Back to hotel in the evening. Overnight Saigon. 

Breakfast at the hotel, have your absolute leisure time until our Guide come and pickup you to the airport for departure flight. 
End of services.
 

Inclusion

  • English-speaking professional Tour guides. For rare languages, one escorting guide can be provided. 
  • Land transfer by air-con vehicles. Water during transfer. 
  • Accommodation on twin/double-shared rooms with daily breakfast.
  • Lunch, dinner as mentioned in the program.
  • Entrance fee, cruising fee.
  • Boat trips as mentioned in the program.
  • Water Puppetry theatre tickets.

Exclusion

  • Airfare. 
  • Visa stamp fee (Vietnam - USD 25/person for visa-upon-arrival service), visa fast track (to be arranged upon request).
  • Personal expenses (early checkin, late checkout, drinks, tips). 
  • Other meals and services not mentioned in the program. 
  • Surcharge for some rarely-speaking languages. 
  • Theatrical tickets in Saigon. 

Hotels list(for details, please click on each hotel name below)

 

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Floacir

Incredible city: sights, sounds and people are the best! The food tours are recommended and try new day for some lovely authentic food.

Where all the food and activity takes place! Must experience!

Leandro Simoes

Navigating the traffic is quite the hair rising experience! Worth it because the experience is great! Best to hire a local food tour guide to take you to the best food places (which are the family run restaurants). Always crowded, and we felt safe walking around at night.

Amazing

Roz Kelscy and Lisa

Our group had an amazing time. We loved kayaking. The cabins were comfortable. Hiking was great. All meals were tasty and delicious ( especially BBQ seafood and the mocktails ). Learning how to cook spring rolls was cool. Loved the visit to the fishing village house and the history, cultural information. Happy was outstanding. Only downside was that karaoke machine, did not work

Worth trip!

Teoh Junhui

Would have been nice to have another activity between fishing boat visit and brunch on day two but otherwise extremely enjoyable. Loved the kayaking and Taichi. Thank you for your excellent service

So insightful! Highly recommended.

Lee Paton and Alex cole

Take a tour so you get all the information. We saw the booby traps, the tunnels, the secret entrances. It's so interesting from the Vietnamese perspective. It's an amazing underground tunnel system . I went 20 metres into the tunnel and one of the secret cave entrances and it was scary, I didn't want to get trapped in there! It's suffocating and small, and I'm 5'5". It's a good thing they block off the tunnels, otherwise some tourists might get lost in there! We saw the bunkers, the uniforms, the camps, a shooting range. We stopped for tea and tapioca. Sometimes that was all they had to eat for every meal. It's so bland, dry and pasty. Well worth the visit! I highly recommend it, even for people who aren't into the war or history of Vietnam.

Quality service!

Muller ulrike / Lassig Daniel

Food was delicious, the crew was very friendly and we would book again. The size of group was perfect, not too big

Valuable trip

Glen and Jo Hutchinson

Thank you for an amazing adventure, journey and experience. Jo and I both look forward to visiting you all again soon. Cheers

Beautiful scene

Carmel Roseuthel

We enjoyed the cruise very much. The connected rooms were great for our family so the bed arrangment and the front deck. The guide was very attentive, friendly and nice. Thank you for catering to our soon food preferences. The better of wine in our room was a nice surprise

Great busy place

Kelli Shanahan

The old quarter is a very busy area but incredibly interesting and a must see for everyone who visits Hanoi. There are plenty of places to stay in the old quarter for the experience. Some great architecture. Lots of shops, spas ,eating out places like food street where food is very cheap.

Great hands on experience and not dirty at all

Albert and Guarnori

Heard a lot about the maze of tunnels but only the first time to witness it. It was amazing and ingenious ! Got to try to go down and experience it! Must pay attention to the rubber slippers that were purposefully made reversed !

Wonder on the world

Bailey

we really enjoyed our trip to Halong bay, everything was excellent from start to finish. On the first day we would have little more time to relax on board and enjoy scenery. However both cave trip and kayaky were brilliant. We thought Manh was an excellent tourguide - He was very professional, his knowledge and english very good and i really enjoyed his humour when telling us useful information. We really liked talking to him about life in Vietnam. Thank you

 
 

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