Amazing Vietnam

Explore Vietnam on an in-depth journey that takes you from North to South. Start in Hanoi with its colonial charm. Travel to the natural wonderland of Ha Long Bay. Trek through Sapa’s terraced rice paddies and the hill tribe villages. Visit the ancient capital Hue and bask on the beaches of Hoi An. Explore the lush landscape of the Mekong Delta and the bright lights and urban bustle of Saigon.

At a GlanceAmazing Vietnam view of the intricate work on an entrance gateForbidden Purple City
Day 1     Welcome to Hanoi. Transfer to your hotel
Day 2    Hanoi City tour and overnight train travel to Lao Cai
Day 3    Transfer to Sapa
Day 4    Travel to Cat Cat. Continue to Sapa for train to Hanoi
Day 5    Onwards to Ha Long Bay and board the cruise
Day 6    Disembark and return to Hanoi. Flight to Hue
Day 7    Hue City tour
Day 8    Drive to Hoi An for overnight
Day 9    My Son Holy Land and Hoi An tour
Day 10  Flight to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) in the afternoon.
Day 11   Saigon city tour – Cu Chi Tunnels
Day 12  Saigon – Cai Be – Tan Phong Island
Day 13  Bicycle tour and continue to Saigon in the afternoon
Day 14  Last Day in Vietnam. Transfer to Saigon Airport

This tour takes you deep into the beautiful country, immersing you in our rich culture and elegant landscapes.

You will discover several UNESCO World Heritage sites, including magnificent Halong Bay and historic Hoi An. The enigmatic Cham Towers in My Son and the ancient capital Hue are also UNESCO sites. This trip starts in colonial Hanoi and ends in vibrant Ho Chi Minh City (aka Saigon).

Hanoi, Sapa

In Hanoi dine in a local restaurant savouring the traditional flavours of Vietnamese cuisine. Explore the fascinating maze of 36 streets in the Old Quarter. Next stop is Sapa and meet with the local Cat Cat village people.

Ha Long Bay, Hoi An, Danang

Then cruise along the dramatic limestone islands in Ha Long Bay and visit a fishing village. Farther south, in Hue, marvel at its citadel, palaces, royal tombs, pagodas and temples. Then it’s off to the river town of Hoi An, where you will tour centuries-old merchant houses and visiting the busy silk and fish markets. Stay several days at the beachfront Furama Resort in Danang. Nearby, see the ancient sculpture in the Cham Museum or My Son, and tour Buddhist cave temples in the Marble Mountains. Continue to Hoi An, a riverfront port town crammed with historic homes, tiny museums, cafes and bustling silk and fish markets.

Ho Chi Minh City

Next will be Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s dynamic commercial center. Here you explore the colorful produce markets or perhaps stop in a designer shop to order haute couture ao dai. A day tour to the Cu Chi Tunnels, an immense network of connecting underground tunnels with a crawl through one of the tunnels will remain with you for years to come. Also, visit lush My Tho and splendid floating markets as you finish your luxurious tour of Vietnam.


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Day 1

Hanoi Arrival (D)
* Upon your arrival; you will be greeted at the airport by a tour guide who will help you with the transfer to your hotel for check-in.
* Free time for you to explore until its time to enjoy the famous traditional Water Puppets Show in the evening.
* You will enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant with the traditional flavors of Vietnamese cuisine.
* Overnight at your hotel in Hanoi

Day 2

City Tour Hanoi – Lao Cai by Train (B)
* After a relaxing sleep in; we head out and embark on a tour through the amazing historical sites of one of the fascinating cities in Asia. Hanoi is well known for its history; architecture; charm; tranquility and cuisine.
* Our first visit is the 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 so far; we’ve all worked up a hunger!
* We head to a quaint hidden little treasure for lunch; where we relax and rest our feet; enjoying the beautiful ambiance; where you can enjoy tasting some of Hanoi’s Specialties; including the traditional northern fish dish ‘Cha Ca’ (pay yourself)
* After lunch; we drive for approximately 25 minutes to the Ethnology Museum. Here you will learn about the traditional culture 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.
* We return to the center of Hanoi for an exhilarating and most unforgettable ‘Xich Lo’ ride through the charming 36 Street Old Quarter and introduce you to the hustle and bustle of the city streets; discovering the real Hanoi.
* With some time to relax or grab another bargain we prepare for our exciting overnight journey to Sapa.
* Overnight on board the train

Day 3

Lao Cai – Sapa (B)
* We arrive in Lao Cai around 5 am; where we are met by our guide and transport for a spectacular hour’s journey up the impressive mountains to Sapa.
* Seeing is believing! The imagination could not visualize; nor appreciate the beauty of the stunning vistas and breathtaking mountainous rice terraces until you observe in true form.
* Upon arrival at our hotel; we have some breakfast; freshen up and some free time of leisure before our exciting exploration.
* We start our trek visiting Ta Van villages; continuing down the valley; along local trails and across rice paddies to visit Dzay ethnic minorities and Black H’mong communities; experiencing the contrasts of culture and daily life between the groups.
* The interaction and closeness we experience with the local minority groups is an absolutely incredible experience.
* Overnight at your hotel in Sapa

Day 4

– Sapa Villages – Lao Cai train station – Hanoi Overnight Train (B)
* We trek downhill from Sapa town to Cat Cat Village. Our 2-hour trek takes us through rice paddies passing by different ethnic minority villages hard at work and flower and vegetable gardens until we reach a magnificent waterfall set within the lush mountains.
* We take a rest and continue to Cat Cat village where the village is eagerly awaiting our arrival. With the children’s glee and excitement and a village full of big smiling faces; we are welcomed by a local Black Hmong people.
* After a welcoming and a rest; we stroll around the village; learning about the traditional way of life of the Black Hmong.
* We observe the fascinating demonstration of traditional fiber processing including; Weaving; Dying hemp cloth; Peeling bark from the dried hemp stalks; Tying stripped bark ribbons to form bundles and with the locals strongly encouraging us to try our hand in perfect their art….they certainly get a lot of laughs watching us!!
* Say goodbye to the village and continue our trek returning to Sapa.
* We return to Sapa for some free time to enjoy what the town has to offer or bargaining for some traditional local wares; before our transfer to Lao Cai for our overnight train to Hanoi.
* Overnight on board the train.

Day 5

Hanoi – Ha Long (B/L/D)
* We return to Hanoi at around 6 am and head into town for breakfast.
* After freshening up we meet our vehicle for our journey to Ha Long Bay.
* Leaving the city behind; we 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; the Hong Ngoc Humanities center in Sao Do Town. This wonderful establishment has been set up to provide skills 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; check into our cabins before enjoying a spectacular seafood lunch sailing off into Dragon Bay.
* After lunch have some free time to relax and admire the beauty of the bay as we cruise through hundreds of karst 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 boat in Ha Long Bay.

Day 6

Ha Long – Hanoi – Hue by Flight (B/Brunch)
* After breakfast 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.
* We have lunch on-board 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 late afternoon flight to Hue.
* Overnight at your hotel in Hue.

Day 7

Hue City tour (B)
* We commence our exploration and head to one of the most serene and tranquil tombs in Hue; Minh Mang’s Tomb. Set back from the river bank and hidden within the luscious forest area; surrounded by a beautiful lake; this tomb has a peaceful ambiance like no other.
* A 20 minute drive takes us to the beautiful construction of Khai Dinh’s Tomb; where we see the intricate workmanship of the mosaic architecture within and gaze at the panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.
* En route we make a stop at a small workshop to see the interesting process of making traditional Hue Conical hats and incense sticks.
* We return to town and visit Hues oldest 19th Century Pagoda; ‘Thien Mu (Heavenly Lady) Pagoda; which is famous for its Buddhist Centre teachings.
* Boarding our dragon boat from the base of the Pagoda; we cruise down the Perfume River; watching local fisherman; whilst passing through the banks of Hue’s town.
* After disembarking our boat we enjoy a delicious lunch at a nearby Garden Restaurant
* After lunch we visit the Citadel (Forbidden Purple City); located in Hues town. The Citadel is the former living place of the Royal family during the Nguyen dynasty; from 19th century to mid 20th century.
* Here you will discover the history of Vietnam during this period of time; as well as the daily life of the Royal family and the typical architecture of this Imperial construction.
* Overnight at your hotel in Hue.

Day 8

Hue – Hoi An (B)
* After a relaxing morning we set out on our spectacular drive to Hoi An.
* We pass through Lang Co fishing village; set within beautiful blue lagoons; before heading up and over the spectacular Hai Van Pass; where we stop at the highest point to immerse ourselves and gaze at the spectacular scenery at 980 meters above sea level.
* 20 minutes from the base of the pass we arrive in Danang where we visit Cham Museum; constructed in 1915; which contains intricate ancient Champa sculptures.
* Continue driving to the stunning Marble Mountains; where we climb the marble stairs to reach the peak of the largest mountains of the 5 elements; Thuy Son or more commonly known as ‘Water Mountain’.
* Admire the panoramic view of the surrounding mountains; countryside and China Beach and continue on to ‘Huyen Khong’; an underground cave; which was a former hospital through the War.
* After stopping for lunch at China Beach; where you have the opportunity to take a refreshing dip in the ocean we head to Hoi An.
* Upon arrival in Hoi An we stroll through the quaint streets of Hoi An; visiting an Ancient Chinese Temple; the Chinese Assembly Hall and the Japanese covered bridge.
* The rest of the afternoon is free at leisure for you to enjoy the peaceful ambiance of this quaint ancient town or spend some time with the skillful tailors; treating yourself to tailor-made clothes; which Hoi An is renowned for.
* Overnight at your hotel in Hoi An.

Day 9

My Son Holy Land and Hoi An tour / Tra Que & Cooking Class (B/L)
* Following breakfast; we drive to My Son; a World Heritage site; about 50 km southwest of Hoi An.
* Located in a lush valley; My Son was the capital and religious center of Cham people; now remaining with red brick towers and sanctuaries.
* My Son; considered being in the same league as some of Southeast Asia’s greatest archaeological sites; including Angkor in Cambodia; Bagan in Myanmar; Ayutthaya in Thailand and Borobudur in Indonesia. These towers and sanctuaries were built from the 7th to the 13th centuries.
* We return to the outskirts of Hoi An town to have the great privilege of a spectacular lunch prepared by a local family within a small farming village.
* Upon arrival we are welcomed by the family and enjoy a traditional herbal drink; before setting out on our guided walk through the local farmland.
* We learn about the history of the village; observe the processes of harvesting; and discover the many traditional uses; in both cooking and Vietnamese medicines; with the herbs and vegetables grown.
* The family love to show off their skills in whipping up your lunch; giving you a very creative cooking demonstration.
* After lunch; bid farewell to the family and head back to town where we meet our Xich Lo’s for a leisurely ride through the local areas; where tourists do not often venture; passing through the tiny lanes of Hoi An town and countryside; discovering local homes; fields of corn; sweet potatoes and beautiful fruit-gardens; just to name a few.
* Stop at a local fishing village; and board a boat for a magical cruise down the Cua Dai estuary to Hoi An town.
* We return in the mid-afternoon and free time to enjoy the peaceful ambiance of this quaint ancient town or spend some time with skillful tailors; treating yourself to tailor-made which Hoi An is renowned for.
* Overnight at your hotel in Hoi An.

Day 10

Hoi An / Danang – Saigon by Flight (B)
* Enjoy a leisurely morning before our flight to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) in the afternoon.
* Upon arrival in Saigon; we transfer to our hotel.
* Overnight at your hotel in Saigon

Day 11

Saigon city tour – Cu Chi Tunnels (B/L)
* 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.
* Before our drive to Cu Chi; we stop for a bite and a ‘drink’; to experience eating Vietnam’’s most traditional noodle soup dish “‘pho”’.
* Our journey 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.

Day 12

Saigon – Cai Be – Tan Phong Island (B/L/D)
* Today we head to Cai Be floating market; to explore the typical Vietnamese life of the Mekong Delta.
* Upon arrival we board a local boat and cruise along the Mekong River to discover the beautiful landscapes and immerse in the local people’s life market with the real trading going on; such as selling; buying; exchanging the fruits; vegetables and other wares from their boats.
* Then; continuing we have an experience how the local people make their living from fruit trees. A local family will serve us local seasonal fruits and honey tea whilst performing traditional southern Vietnamese folk 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.
* Arrive in Tan Phong Island; you will check-in your homestay and tantalize our taste buds with a magnificent seafood lunch prepared by the family with a unique experience of tasting local delicacies. It is really the unforgettable day menu; set of typical Mekong delta’s food.
* After relaxing; we could walk around the village; visit the rice paddy; talk to the local farmers.
* You will have a unique and great experience joining the local farmers in their daily activities; such as how to catch the fish; crab for your own dinner.
* In the late afternoon; the family would love to show off their skills in whipping up your dinner; giving you a very creative cooking demonstration. Enjoy the dinner what you have just cooked.
* Overnight at your Tan Phong homestay


Day 13

Tan Phong Island – Saigon (B/D)
* After breakfast; we take a bicycle trip through the traditional villages with many ancient traditional houses; set amoungst a peaceful atmosphere and fruit trees; bonsai garden and witness the unusual yet fascinating process of coconut candy; the bang conical hat and rice paper in the making. It is the typical and cultural lifestyle of South Western region.
* Cycle back to the homestay for check-out and freshen up before our return journey back to Saigon.
* We return to Saigon by the mid afternoon and enjoy your free time.
* This evening we say ‘Cam On; Tam biet!’
* Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Saigon.

Day 14

Saigon Departure (B)
* After breakfast you have free time at your leisure until we depart for Saigon airport.
* On arrival at the airport 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 service.
* Excellent English speaking guide
* Private air-conditioned transportation
* 13 Nights Accommodation in double/twin room sharing
* Daily breakfast; 4 Lunches; 4 Dinners 

* Boat trips
* Meals as mentioned (B-Breakfast, L- Lunch, D- Dinner)
* All entrance fees
* Cycle & Trekking tours
* Water Puppets show
* Tra Que & Cooking Class
* Water & tissue during sightseeing
* 24/7 support 
* 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)
* 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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Rates valid for travel between 01 FEB to 30 APR 2018
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Vietnam view of Chinese temple in Hoi An
Vientam view of the entrance to the Hanoi Hilton Prison
Vietnam Tan Phong floating market with people selling flowers and fruit from boats
Vietnam sampan floating down a narrow river in the jungle
Vientam sign showing the entrance to the Cu Chi Tunnels
Vientam view of the white reunification palace in Ho Chi Minh City
Vietnam view of the ruins at My Son Holy land
Vietnam view of Chinese temple in Hoi An
Vietnam exterior of the hanoi Water Puppet theatre
Vietnam entrance to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum with soldiers standing guard
Vietnam view of Sapa town in the mountains
Vietnam view of Cat Cat village with small houses in the tea plantation
Vietnam view of Ha Long Bay showing boats moored together
Vietnam view of the Luob caves in Ha Long Bay
Vietnam view of the ancient citadel in Hue