Taste of Vietnam South to North

Discover the historic cities, fertile farming fields and sparkling bays of Vietnam and be captivated by the warmth of the people you meet. Uncover the history of Hanoi and Saigon’s youthful excitement .
Learn about the Cu Chi tunnels and traditional life in the Mekong Delta, before floating across Ha Long Bay on a boat. Involve yourself in Vietnam’s nature and art. See amazing landscapes of incredible beauty, villages untouched by tourism and ancient customs and lively local markets. And again, picturesque towns that guard temples, pagodas and colonial houses, and finally a cruise on the canals in the Mekong Delta on board of the traditional wooden boats.

Delve into an ancient and mysterious world as you explore Vietnam’s rich culture and complex history. At the Vietnam War memorial park, tour the Cu Chi Tunnels – underground hideouts used during the war. Experience life on the Mekong Delta. Behold the nation’s imperial past at the Thien mu Pagoda and be awed by the haunting ruins of My Son. A colorful mosaic unfolds everyday as you make your way through this fascinating land.

8 Days Taste of Vietnam Tour is an excellent trip to visit Vietnam from North to South. See its unique tunnels system in the anti-American war in Cu Chi Tunnels. Explore sites Notre Dame Cathedral, The Old Post Office, The People’s Committee Hall and War Museum in Ho Chi Minh City. Delight in a water puppet show. Board a local boat and cruise along the Mekong River and observe the local fishing port; where hundreds of boats anchor to unload fresh fish. Explore ancient buildings and streets in Hanoi city with Azure Travel in this journey. During this tour explore the mysterious beauty of many caves and grottoes with numerous of stalactites in Halong Bay.

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TOUR SCHEDULE

Day 1 Welcome to Hanoi. Transfer to your hotel Day 5 Saigon City Tour and Cu Chi Tunnels 
Day 2 City tour of Hanoi. Day 6 Explore part of the Mekong River incl. local lunch
Day 3 Drive through the Red River Delta to Ha Long Bay Day 7 Visit the floating markets of ‘Phong Dien’. Return to Saigon
Day 4 Visit Luon. Evening flight to Saigon. Day 8 Last Day in Vietnam. Transfer to Saigon Airport

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Day 1

Hanoi Arrival:
* Upon your arrival; you will be met by our representative who will assist you through immigration. Transfer to the hotel; and check-in
* Overnight at your hotel in Hanoi
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Day 2

City tour Hanoi (B):
* This morning we embark on a an exhilarating and unforgettable Xich Lo ride through the charming; yet bustling; 36 Street Old Quarter to Ba Dinh Square where we disembark to explore Ho Chi Minh’’s Quarter.
* Hanoi is well known for its history; architecture; charm; tranquility and cuisine.
* Our first visit is to the most well respected site of Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum which includes the Presidential Palace; One Pillar Pagoda and Ho Chi Minh Museum.
* We meet our bus for a short journey to visit the infamous Hanoi Hilton Prison and the 11th century Temple of Literature; Hanoi’’s first University.
* After our exciting adventures we have all worked up a hunger! We cross the street for lunch (pay yourself) at the famous Koto restaurant
* In the afternoon; we drive approximately 25 minutes to the Ethnology Museum.
* Here you will learn of the traditional cultures of 54 different ethnic minority groups in Vietnam through articles; stories; displays of traditional houses; costumes; hunting equipment and much more wares used in day to day life.
* Enjoy the famous traditional Water Puppets Show in the evening.
* Overnight at your hotel in Hanoi.
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Day 3

Hanoi – Ha Long (B/L/D):
* Ha Long Bay is one of the most enchanting and memorable experiences in Vietnam. The postcard pictures you so often see of Ha Long Bay will become a memory to last a lifetime.
* We leave the city behind and drive through the Red River Delta to Ha Long Bay; taking around 3.5 hours.
* The beautiful countryside that awaits your imagination; takes us through local farming life and villages; providing us plenty of opportunities to stop and capture some spectacular photographs.
* Be sure to keep an eye out for the amazing things the locals load onto their motorbikes!!
* En-route; we make a stop at one of our favorite organizations in Vietnam; Hong Ngoc Humanities centre in Sao Do Town. This wonderful establishment has been set up to provide skill and employment to people from small villages throughout the north of Vietnam; creating jobs and providing accommodation to disadvantaged people.
* You have the opportunity to purchase some exquisite local handicrafts and wares or just watch and admire the amazing and intricate workmanship involved in the production.
* Arriving in Ha Long Bay; we board our boat and enjoy a spectacular seafood lunch as we sail off into Dragon Bay; gazing at the breathtaking karst formations within the bay.
* After lunch have some free time to relax and admire the beauty of the Bay as we cruise through hundreds of formations.
* Throughout our cruise today; you will have the opportunity to disembark the boat and explore Sung Sot cave; where you will learn how karsts were formed in this area millions of years ago.
* For beach lovers and swimmers; we make a stop at one of the sandy beaches for swimming or just relaxing.
* We continue cruising the bay until the late afternoon; before setting anchor for the night.
* Once anchored; there’s plenty of time for swimming or just relaxing to admire the scenery before settling into another scrumptious meal.
* After dinner; why not head to the top deck and enjoy a relaxing drink whilst admiring the peaceful ambiance and gazing at the millions of stars.
* Overnight on board the cruise boat in Halong bay.

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Day 4

Ha Long – Hanoi – Saigon by Flight (B/ Brunch):
* This morning we take a small bamboo boat to visit Luon; a beautiful tunnel cave set within a lagoon.
* We re-board our boat and continue cruising the bay; through the old part of Ha Long City; known as the fishing town and the new built harbor bridge; whilst we enjoy our seafood brunch before heading back to the pier for our return to Hanoi.
* Return to Hanoi; with time to relax or grab a last minute bargain before our exciting journey to Saigon.
* This evening we take a flight to Saigon.
* Overnight at your hotel in Saigon.
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Day 5

Saigon City Tour and Cu Chi Tunnels (B):
* We set out this morning to explore Saigon City; from Central Saigon to Chinatown; providing a general overview of this fascinating city with its history and culture.
* We explore the historical sights of the Reunification Palace; the home and workplace of the President of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War; The War Remnants Museum; Notre Dame Cathedral (built in 1877) and the City’’s Post Office.
* Our drive to Cu Chi Tunnels is around 70km.
* The famous Cu Chi Tunnel system was created to assist the Vietnamese Revolutionists against the French in 1948. It was an underground city with living areas; kitchens; storage; weapons factories; field hospitals; command centers etc and in certain areas; housed up to 10;000 people; who virtually lived underground for years.
* After a video introduction and a guided tour through the grounds; you will have the opportunity to take part in the unique experience of guerrillas living underground during the war; with a crawl through 20/30/50 meters of the tunnel system.
* Overnight at your hotel in Saigon.
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Day 6

Saigon – Can Tho (B/L):
* Today we head to Can Tho; to explore part of the Mekong River.
* Upon arrival we board a local boat and cruise along the Mekong River to observe the local fishing port; where hundreds of fishing boats anchor to unload fresh fish. We disembark on Unicorn Island; where we experience how the local people make their living from fruit trees.
* A family on the island will serve us local seasonal fruits and honey tea whilst performing traditional southern music; called Tai Tu music.
* We continue our exploration with a pleasant rowing trip down small canals and dense palm trees; experiencing the local villages between the islands to a small islet. We disembark and take a short walk through a local village set amongst a peaceful atmosphere and fruit trees and witness the unusual yet fascinating process of coconut candy in the making.
* After filling up on coconut candy; we stroll through a local village to a family home and tantalize our taste buds with a magnificent seafood lunch prepared by the family; with a unique experience of tasting local delicacies including ‘Elephant Ear fish’ and traditional Vietnamese rice wine.
* We continue our journey to Vinh where we meet our vehicle for an hour drive and a smooth ferry ride across the Mekong; taking us to Can Tho.
* Overnight at your hotel in Can Tho.

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Day 7

Can Tho – Saigon (B):
* This morning we make an early rise to be captivated by Vietnam’s most legendary floating markets; ‘Phong Dien’.
* We board our boat and commence our journey along the Mekong River; observing ‘true life on the river’; the hustle and bustle of families carrying out their morning chores and the locals heading our way to the markets to pick up their daily supplies.
* We weave in and out of the masses of floating boats selling all kinds of fascinating wares and produce and side with them to test our skills in bargaining; ‘the local way’; picking up some amazing fresh fruits to snack on whilst we sit and observe.
* We return to the hotel for breakfast and freshen up before our return journey to Saigon.
* Overnight at your hotel in Saigon.
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Day 8

Saigon Departure (B):
* After breakfast at your hotel you have some free time until your transfer to the airport.
* On arrival you will board your flight for your onward destination.
* Services end at Saigon airport.
* Thank you for choosing Azure Travel for your Vietnam experience. We thank you for your patronage & look forward to serving you again in the near future.

* Vietnam Visa On Arrival pre-approved letter (Invitation Letter)
* Private door-to-door pick-up & drop-off services
* Excellent English speaking guide
* Private air-conditioned transportation
* Accommodation shared in double/twin room as mentioned with daily breakfast\
* Boat trips
* Meals as mentioned (B-Breakfast, L- Lunch, D- Dinner)
* All entrance fees
* Cycle tours
* Water Puppets show
* Water & tissue
* 24/7 hotline support guaranteed
* Domestic flights – subject to change

* Personal expenses, meals and drinks unless otherwise specified
* Travel insurance
* Vietnam visa stamp fee on Arrival (25 USD & 02 passport photos per person)
* Tipping
* Peak season or Public holidays surcharge( if any)
* Compulsory Gala dinner on X-Mas or New Year (if any)
* Services not stated in the itinerary

* The above rate is LAND ONLY, and EXCLUDES ALL INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS – departure & fuel taxes
* Seasonal Supplements MAY apply
* Rates valid at time of quoting, and all subject to any exchange rate fluctuations, airlines and supplier rate changes and fuel levies.

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Vietnam Phong Dien floating market with people selling goods from their canoes
Vietnam Phong Dien floating market with people selling goods from their canoes
Vientam Cu Chi Tunnels guide showing how to get into the tuneel
Vitenam Ha Long floating fishing village
Vientam ha Long Bay with Sampan sailing between Karst formations
Vientam view of the entrance to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
Vientam view of Hanoi