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Viet Nam Sampler Tour

With only 10 days in your short-time holiday but, you have a chance to travel throughout Viet Nam and see the famous and beautiful destinations in this stunning country. This trip will bring to you knowledge and great interesting feelings with many places you need around Vietnam tour from North to Central and South including important ones like Ha Noi capital, Ha Long Bay – the World Natural Heritage, Hue Ancient Capital, Hoi An charming Town & My Son Holly-Land – two World Cultural Heritages in one province and the busiest city Ho Chi Minh with Cai Be Floating Market. Eco Nature Travel believes that this Vietnam Sampler Tour will be enough for having deep impression of Viet Nam – landscapes and people.

Duration: 10 days / 9 nights

Destination: Ha Noi – Ha Long – Da Nang – Hoi An – Hue – Ho Chi Minh – Cu Chi tunnels – Cai Be Floating Market – Vinh Long – Ho Chi Minh.

Itinerary in brief:

Day 1: Welcome to Ha Noi – Vietnam’s Capital

Day 2: Ha Noi City tour – the 1000 years old Capital (B L)

Day 3: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay (B L D)

Day 4: Explore scenery in Bai Tu Long Bay – Vung Vieng Fishing Village – Ha Noi – Flight to Da Nang – Hoi An (B L)

Day 5: Visit My Son Holly Land – Thanh Ha Ceramic Village – Hoi An Ancient Town (B L)

Day 6: Hoi An – Da Nang – Hue ( B L)

Day 7: Hue City Tour (B L)

Day 8: Hue – Take flight to Ho Chi Minh City & visit Cu Chi Tunnels (B L)

Day 9: Ho Chi Minh – Cai Be Floating Market – Vinh Long (B L)

Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City Tour & Departure (B)

Day 1: Welcome to Ha Noi – Vietnam’s Capital

Welcome you in Vietnam’s Capital with Eco Nature Travel! Depending on your arrival flight time, our guide and driver pick you up at theNoi Bai International Airport and transfer to downtown. Check into hotel. Today, you will set foot on Ha Noi, the centre of Vietnam’s polity and culture. Free to have dinner by your own account. Then you can free to explore Ha Noi by walking around Hoan Kiem Lake, The Old Quarter (another name “The 36 Streets”), night market and lifestyle of Hanoians to get more knowledge of Ha Noi culture, cuisines, etiquettes, tradition in Vietnam tour sampler. Overnight at hotel.

Inclusion: Transport, English speaking guide, Hotel.

Day 2: Ha Noi City Tour – the 1000 years old Capital (B L)

Am: Have breakfast at hotel. This morning, our guide and driver will pick you up at hotel to visit Ha Noi Capital city. Today, you will spend your time to explore the charms and elegances of this old capital city by visiting Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum – the leader of Vietnam Nation that many Vietnamese people are proud and love him.  Reaching here, you will enter the historical place – Ba Dinh Square with its complex –the Mausoleum where puts the memorial and body of this Vietnamese Leader, the place where he worked as a president, the museum and the stilt house with garden, fish pond and many memorable things of this great President. You will have a chance to see One Pillar Pagoda – one of the most special architectures in Vietnam. Then you continue visiting the Temple of Literature – the first university of Vietnam to get more knowledge of Vietnam education as well as the thick history of our country. Have lunch at restaurant.

Pm: This afternoon, the Ethnology Museum is the worthy destination you cannot miss. This museum presents the culture and characteristics of 54 ethnics of Vietnam Nation that you learn more about the multiculturalism of Vietnam. Then go on visiting Quan Thanh Temple with its spacious and charming landscape helps highlight the ancient and romantic beauty of this area or Tran Quoc Pagoda – the most ancient pagoda in Ha Noi with its history line of more than 1500 years.Free to have your own dinner and to explore the beauties of Ha Noi at night. Overnight at hotel.

Inclusion: Transport, English speaking guide, Entrance fees, Breakfast, Lunch, Hotel & Mineral water.

Day 3: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay share group by visiting Bai Tu Long Bay – Thien Canh Son Cave (B L D)

Am: Have breakfast at hotel. At 7.45 am, our bus driver and guide pick you up at hotel and transfer you to Ha Long City. On the routine, you will enjoy the journey through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta and the scenery of rice fields, water buffalo and daily village activities of Vietnamese people. You arrive in Hon Gai International harbor after 3.5 hours driving. At 12.00 am, the junk crews welcome guests on board. Check- in, enjoy welcome drink & cruise briefing.

Pm: Have lunch with fresh local seafood while cruising in the magnificent Bai Tu Long Bay, admiring the fascinating rock formations in the bay through Indochina film studio, Teapot islet, Blockhouse islet, Goat Head islet. Enjoy swimming in the crystal clear water and explore the secluded Thien Canh Son Cave. Then you take short cruise to Hon Co Island where you can relax on a white sandy beach, swim or kayak. Back to junk to enjoy relaxing or the sunset. Dinner and overnight on board nearby Vong Vieng village or Trinh Nu cave.

Inclusion: Shuttle bus, English speaking guide, Entrance fees, Admission fee, Permission, Cruise, Accommodation (Deluxe cabin), Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Kayak.

Day 4: Explore scenery in Bai Tu Long Bay – Vung Vieng Fishing Village – Ha Noi – Flight to Da Nang (B L)

Am: Early morning, this is a chance for you to enjoy the sunrise and the quite breath-taking beauty of Bay’s landscape with a cup of tea or coffee. Have breakfast in the open air then start visiting Vung Vieng fishing village in a rustic rowing-boat, meet the local people and pass through the floating school and fish farms. Take more leisure time for swimming, sunbathing or relaxing. Back to junk about 10:00 a.m and have an Ala Carte for lunch, arrange luggage and check out cabin while cruising back to the harbor.

Pm: Our bus driver transfers you back Ha Noi. On the road, you will stop at Yen Duc Village to explore the life of local people in village and enjoy Water Puppet Show – special art culture in Vietnam. You arrive at hotel in Ha Noi about 5 pm. Check in hotel for relax and shower. Then the driver continues transferring you to the airport for taking flight to Da Nang. On arrival Da Nang airport, our guide and driver welcome at airport and transfer you to hotel in Hoi An. Check in hotel. Free to have dinner. At night, you have more free time to explore the charming of Hoi An town, especially on every 15th of lunar calendar you can see a magnificent town with colorful lights and lanterns. Overnight at hotel.

Inclusion: Transport, English speaking guide, Entrance fee, Cruise, Breakfast, Lunch, Domestic flight ticket, Hotel & Shower, Mineral water.

Day 5: Visit My Son Holly Land – Thanh Ha Ceramic Village Hoi An Ancient Town (B L)

Am: Have breakfast at hotel. This morning you will make a half day to visit My Son Holly Land – the masterpiece of ancient Cham people. Here you can have more chance to explore and understand of technique of Old Cham people in making red bricks to build Tower which is still now a secret to everyone and to enjoy traditional music performed by Cham girls in their custom uniform. Then the driver transfers you back to visit the Thanh Ha handicraft ceramic village. This is the place for you to walk around the village and to have the instruction of local people so that you can learn how to make a ceramic and then you try to make a small product by yourself. Take a boat trip on Thu Bon River back to Hoi An, you will admire the daily activities of people on the boat go to markets along the river’s bank to earn their life. Have lunch at restaurant in Hoi An to enjoy the special cuisine of this ancient town.

Pm: This afternoon, you will wander around old streets to explore Hoi An Ancient Town including the Japanese Covered Bridge, the beautiful Chinese Assembly Halls, the Phuoc Kien Pagoda, Sa Huynh Museum and the local market… Hoi An is also a place for shopping and making tailor with reasonable price. In the rest of this afternoon, you can have many ways to do by yourself such as relaxing at hotel or wander around the ancient town for shopping at silk shops, lantern shops or you can make the tailor of clothes with a reasonable price or spend your time in Cua Dai beach – 4 km far away from the ancient town. Free to have your own dinner. At night, you are free to explore Hoi An ancient town for exploring the beauties of this ancient town with colorful lanterns, silk shops...Overnight in hotel.

Inclusion: Transport, English speaking guide, Entrance Fees, Breakfast, Lunch, Boat, Hotel & Mineral Water.

Day 6: Hoi An – Da Nang – Hue (B L)

Am: Have breakfast at hotel. After that, our guide and driver transfer you to Hue. Marble Mountains which was named after the ancient oriental philosophy including 5 elements creating universe: metal, wood, water, fire and earth. Reaching here, you will see the systems of caves and tunnels which were used as a very important base for Vietnam Revolutionary, Cham Museum in Da Nang where displays the whole culture and collections of Cham people in Vietnam to feel about legend stories of glorious stage of ancient Champa Kingdom and to enjoy its simple and elegant patterns. Moreover, you will have chance to appreciate the up and down of Champa Sculpture in previous centuries by seeing temples and towers which were collected from Quang Binh to Binh Thuan. Have lunch at restaurant.

Pm: You continue going on journey to Hue through Hai Van Pass for wonderful sight-seeing, Lang Co beach, the most beautiful beach of Asia for more refreshment, Cau Hai salt-marsh, a fishing villages, etc. You will arrive in  Hue in the afternoon. Check in hotel. Free to have dinner by yourself and enjoy the balance of the evening to explore Hue on your own way. In the evening you have more free time to explore of Hue ancient capital such as famous Trang Tien Bridge with colorful lights on weekend, XQ embroider shops, silk shops and especial vender people at nightlife. Overnight at hotel.

Inclusion: Transport, English speaking guide, Entrance fees, Breakfast, Lunch, Hotel & Mineral water.

Day 7: Boat trip on Perfume River and explore King’s Mausoleums in Hue City (B L)

Am: Have breakfast at hotel. Our guide and driver take you to the boat pier for making a boat trip on Perfume River (known as the second Thames in London)  to enjoy a tranquil atmosphere and a green on two river’s banks and beautiful scenes and stop to visit Thien Mu Pagoda – one of the oldest and prettiest religious buildings in Hue and Vietnam. Then you go on visiting the Forbidden City where was the palace of Nguyen Dynasty including Forbidden City with many palaces and architectures and surrounding: Noon Gate, Thai Hoa Palace, Nine Urn Dynastys, Mieu Temple… Have lunch at garden restaurant.

Pm: This afternoon you go on visiting Tu Duc Mausoleum, Minh Mang Mausoleum for get some experiences of two famous Kings in Nguyen Reign. Both Kings chose natural harmony and architecture of Orient for their mausoleums. Free to have your own dinner. At night, you are free to make a cyclo tour around the streets for more enjoyment and experiences of local life. Overnight at hotel in Hue.

Optional: Travelling in Hue, you have a chance to taste a Royal dinner at a restaurant. You will wear King/Queen customs, Royal mantles, Imperial Robes, taste Royal dishes and enjoy Hue folk song performed by musician and singers as a Royal family in Hue in the past. This is the wonderful time to try to be a King/ Queen and to get more knowledge of royal and traditional Hue culture.

Inclusion: Transport, English speaking guide, Entrance fees, Breakfast, Lunch, Hotel, Boat & Mineral water.

Day 8: Hue – Take flight to Ho Chi Minh City & Cu Chi Tunnels (B L)

Am: Have breakfast at hotel. Then our driver will pick up you at hotel in Hue and transfer to Hue Airport for taking flight to Ho Chi Minh City. On arrival Tay Son Nhat Domestic Airport, our guide and driver pick up and transfer you to visit Cu Chi Tunnels – far 70kilometers from Ho Chi Minh City. Have lunch at restaurant.

Pm: After lunch, our guide will show you the structure of Cu Chi tunnels system with 200 km-long network that was built over 2 decades and used as an army base during the Vietnamese-American War. You will be amazed at the tunnels with their underground story including trap-door, living areas, storage, weapon factories, clinics, kitchen, command centre, etc. Cu Chi Tunnel is worthy with the name of "Land of the steel." The driver takes you back Ho Chi Minh City to check in hotel. Here you will see the hustle and bustle of Vietnamese life everywhere – in the street markets, sidewalk cafes and sleek new restaurants and pubs. Yet within this teeming metropolis are 300 years of timeless traditions and the beauty of an ancient culture. Free to enjoy your own dinner. Overnight at hotel.

Inclusion: Transport, English speaking guide, Entrance fees, Breakfast, Lunch, Domestic flight ticket, Hotel & Mineral water.

Day 9: Ho Chi Minh – Cai Be Floating Market – Vinh Long (B L)

Am: At 6.30 am, our guide and driver will welcome you at hotel in Ho Chi Minh City and transfer you to Cai Be. On the road, you will have chance to survey the beautiful rice field scenery along Trung Luong Express Highway. On arrival in Cai Be, you will set off by motor boat to visit the Cai Be floating market and watch the locals trading fruit and many other commodities on board their vessels. Then you continue to make biking tour into the small villages to visit the orchard and fruit plantation. Keep cruising to Vinh Long through a series of small canals to experience the charms of the Upper Mekong Delta. Then you continue visiting a small family business to see how coconut candy and crispy rice popcorn are made. Arrive in Binh Hoa Phuoc village, the green pearl of Vinh Long town, where you can immerse yourself in nature. Enjoy a lunch of fresh river food served in the heart of the garden accompanied by traditional southern Vietnamese folk music.

Pm: After lunch, you will take a delightful walk through the bonsai garden. Then our guide and driver will take you to come back and drop you off hotel in Ho Chi Minh. Free to have your own dinner. Overnight at hotel.

Inclusion: Transport, English speaking guide, Entrance fees, Breakfast, Lunch, Hotel, Local boat & Mineral water.

Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City Tour & Departure (B)

Am: Have breakfast at hotel. This morning, you will take a half-day city tour includes the Independent Palace formerly known as the Presidential Palace. It was towards this modern building that Communist tanks rolled on the morning of April 30, 1975, as Saigon fell. This fascinating building is filled with history still fresh in the minds of many, War Museum, stopover for take photos at the Old Post Office and Notre Dam Catholic and visit Ben Thanh market for enjoy one of the busiest purchasing centers of Ho Chi Minh City. Free to have your own lunch.

Pm: Depend on your flight time, our driver drops you off the airport for your flight home. End of tour. Goodbye, thank you and see you again! 

Inclusion: Transport, English speaking guide, Entrance fees, Breakfast & Mineral water.

Price: USD/Person 

Size of group

1 per

2 pers

4 pers

6 pers

8 pers

Single supplement

Hotel 2 stars

1613

1015

875

805

772

190

Hotel 3 stars

1731

1088

947

877

845

233

Hotel 4 stars

2055

1263

1122

1052

1020

373

Hotel 5 stars

2584

1535

1394

1324

1292

627

Royal Dinner

N/A

64

37

32

32

N/A

Included: All mentioned in itinerary details. (Meals: B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner)

Excluded: Travel insurance, Drinks, Airport taxes, Optional tours, Tips, Visa fees, other services not mentioned in itinerary details.

Hotel Information:

City

Option

Hotel Name

Room type

 

HA NOI

2*

Posh Hotel

Superior

3*

Medallion Hotel

Superior

4*

Boss Legend Hotel

Royal Deluxe

HOI AN

2*

Hoi An Lantern Hotel

Standard

3*

Green Heaven Resort & Spa

Superior

4*

Vinh Hung Riverside Resort

Sup Garden View

5*

Sunrise Resort

 Ocean Deluxe

HUE

2*

Vina Hotel

Deluxe Suite

3*

Asia Hotel

Deluxe

4*

Eldora Hotel

Deluxe city view

5*

Imperial Hotel

 Deluxe city view

 

HO CHI MINH

2*

 Lafelix  Hotel

Superior

3*

Blue Diamond Hotel

Deluxe

4*

 Grand Siverland  Hotel

Premier Deluxe

5*

Rex  Hotel

Premium West Wing

What to bring: Passport, Change of clothes, Sun glasses, Hat, Towels, Sun cream, Insect repellent, Flashlight, Good shoes for walking, Camera, Raincoat, Cable locks for luggage & other personal needs.

Notes:

  • Hotel:  Twin/Double shared room. Check in time: 14:00; Check out time: 12:00 noon. 
  • Price for 01 pax includes single supplement already.
  • Single Supplement means the single using his/her own room.
  • Sites closed: Ho Chi Minh mausoleum is closed on Monday, Friday and the whole from 2nd September to 2nd November for the maintenance. 
  • All services are for private tour except Ha Long Bay tour.
  • For Ha Long Bay tour: We use Shuttle bus, and Share group on Aclass Opera Cruise for tour price 2 star, Dragon Pearl Cruise for tour price 3 star, Red Dragon Cruise for tour price 4 star and Dragon Legend Cruise for tour price 5 star. The tour itineraries in Ha Long Bay of price 3 star, 4 star and 5 star are same with the tour itinerary as above but the itinerary of price 2 star has a little difference; the sequence of visiting places in itinerary of price 2 star is different; however travel destinations are same as above. Especially, itinerary of price 2 star not stop at Yen Duc Village to enjoy Water Puppet Show like price 3 star, 4 star and 5 star.

Best time to do: All year round, best from September to April of next year.