Vietnam Discovery Tour

The 21 days Vietnam Discovery Package is an opportunity to explore wonderful Vietnam from North to South. You will visit ancient cities, cultural & natural heritage sites, beautiful beaches, caves with numerous of stalactites, trekking to islands and exploring the Mekong Delta.

At a Glance
Day 1     Welcome to Hanoi. Transfer to your hotelVietnam discovery tour view of rice paddies in Sapa
Day 2     Hanoi city tour
Day 3     Dong Ngac Cultural Village. Sleeper train to Lao Cai
Day 4     Travel up the impressive mountains to Sapa
Day 5     Visit Lao Chai village & overnight train to Hanoi
Day 6     Drive through the Red River Delta to Ha Long Bay
Day 7     Return to Hanoi & Flight to Hue
Day 8     Hue City tour & cruise down the Perfume River
Day 9     Set out on a spectacular drive to Hoi An.
Day 10   Hoi An Free & Easy
Day 11   Explore Hoi An and a Cooking Class experience
Day 12   Short flight to Nha Trang.
Day 13   Free time in Nha Trang
Day 14   Free time in Nha Trang
Day 15   Free time in Nha Trang
Day 16   Flight to Saigon.
Day 17   Saigon City tour
Day 18   Cu Chi Tunnels – Cao Dai Temple tour
Day 19   Visit Can Tho, Unicorn Island and arrive in Can Tho
Day 20   Tour the floating markets of Phong Dien. Return to Saigon
Day 21   Last Day in Vietnam. Transfer to Saigon Airport.

Vietnam is one of the most beautiful countries in the world and one of the most exciting tourist destination. From the chaotic vibrancy of Saigon and Hanoi, to the peace and tranquillity of Halong Bay. The serene, scenic harmony of Sapa to the astonishing Mekong Delta will enthral and delight you. The cuisine and cultural history coupled with its amazing people will keep you coming back for more.

Hanoi

The chaotic streets of Hanoi with motorbikes piled high and people everywhere is all part of the Vietnamese experience. Enjoy the atmosphere, explore the streets, or chill out with a cup of coffee in a rooftop café.

Hue

With its Citadel and Forbidden Purple City, Hue is ideal for those who enjoy history. This is a place full of Imperial Vietnamese sights. Why not sail down the Perfume River on a dragon boat and enjoy the scenery from the water.

Hoi An

If you like shopping, you will love Hoi An. This town is full of tailors and shoemakers as well as many different crafts for sale. Explore the old town, get a suit made to measure, and enjoy browsing the many shops and stalls in Hoi An.

Nha Trang

The beaches at Nha Trang are the perfect place to relax after touring Vietnam. Enjoy snorkelling and scuba diving or simply relaxing on the sandy shoreline.

Ha Long Bay

Halong Bay with its karst towers and misty early morning appearance is unforgettable. This is one of the most photographed coastal scenes in Vietnam and is a must see on any visit to the country.

Many people still call this city Saigon. Today it is full of markets, skyscrapers, temples, and is a good way to mix old and traditional with the new in Vietnam.
Vietnam has many ethnic groups, many of whom are in the north of the country. At Sapa, trekking into the hills with an overnight stay is the best way to see these people. From the Black Hmong to the Zay and the Blue, the encounters are a real highlight of Vietnam.
Life on the Mekong is fascinating with floating markets, islands and rice paddies and also home to many locals. Taking a boat trip to an island and watch the world go by is a wonderful way to watch life in the Delta

Additional information

Hotel Rating3 Star, 4 Star, 5 Star
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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

Hanoi City Tour (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 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 many 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

Dong Ngac Cultural Village (with country bike – Full day tour) – Lao Cai by Train (B/L):
* This morning; you will arrive in the village where you will embark on an interesting market tour.
* At the local market you will have the chance to experience the bustling market and local life; your tour guide will show you and help you to purchase the some offering for families we visit.
* Take a short walk from Dong Ngac market to the hosting family’s house for a welcome drink and get ready for the biking around the Village
* Start biking and venture deeper into the village: Visit Dong Ngac Communal House; the grounds and architecture of which are built in the shape of a dragon; the oldest house in the village belongs to the Do family and is more than 300 years old or the Nguyen family with a house given by the King.
* Passing by the oldest school in the Village built in 1921
* Back to the hosting family; it is time for your private cooking demonstration. After watching your host then practice yourself and then the best part of all; try your dishes! After all your efforts you can reward yourself and rest back into some reclining chairs in the fragrant retreat of your hosts village garden. All too soon it is mid-afternoon and time to say good bye to your new friends.
* Continue your bicycle trip to Lien Mac village; a beautiful vegetable and flower growing area. We have chance to join the farming activities and interact with local people.
* Cycle back to Dong Ngac for catching your Van back to Hanoi
* Arrive back to Hanoi in late afternoon
* We return to the center Hanoi for some time at leisure before our exciting overnight train journey to Lao Cai.
* Overnight on board the train to Lao Cai.

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Day 4

Lao Cai – Sapa (B):
* We arrive in Lao Cai around 5 am and are met by our transport for a spectacular hours 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 in Sapa; we check into the hotel for a little rest and relaxation before our exploration this afternoon.
* In the early afternoon we commence our exciting trek downhill from Sapa town to Cat Cat Village. Our 2 hour walk 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!
* We say goodbye to the village and drive back to Sapa.
* Overnight at your hotel in Sapa.
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Day 5

Sapa Villages – Lao Cai train station – Hanoi Overnight Train (B):
* After re-energizing and a hearty breakfast; we are picked up by our vehicle and transferred to Lao Chai village.
* We start our trek at the village and continue down the valley; along local trails and across rice paddies to visit Dzay ethnic minorities and Black Hmong communities living within a different environment.
* The interaction and closeness we experience with the local minority groups is an absolutely incredible experience.
* We return to Sapa for some free time before our transfer to Lao Cai for our overnight train to Hanoi.
* Overnight on board the train to Hanoi.
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Day 6

Hanoi – Ha Long (B/L/D):
* We return to Hanoi around 6am and head to town for breakfast.
* After freshening up and with full tummy’s we meet our vehicle for our journey to Halong Bay.
* 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 Ha Long Bay.
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Day 7

Ha Long – Hanoi – Hue 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 late afternoon flight to Hue.
* Upon arrival in Hue; you will be transferred to your hotel for check-in.
* Overnight at your hotel in Hue.
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Day 8

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 ambience 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 Huestown.
* After disembarking our boat we enjoy a delicious lunch (pay yourself) 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.
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Day 9

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 Da Nang where we visit Cham Museum; built in 1915; which contains intricate ancient Champa sculptures.
* We 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.
* We 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; 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.
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Day 10

Hoi An – Free at Leisure (B):
* Today; you will have free time to further explore Hoi An Ancient Town.
* You may want to visit Chua Ong Pagoda; the Chinese Assembly Halls; the 200- year old Tam Ky ancestral house; and the Japanese Bridge; followed by relaxing at a local pub; shopping or visiting the local tailors who make quality clothes in a flash. Or; you can take a boat trip to Cu Lao Cham; visit its fishing villages and do some snorkeling before enjoying a Vietnamese seafood lunch at a Cham jungle restaurant.
* Overnight at your hotel in Hoi An.

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Day 11

Exploring Hoi An – Tra Que / Cooking Class (B/L):
* Today’s incredible cultural experience will have you cropping a veggie patch in no time!
* We have the great privilege to be spending the day at a local family home within a small farming village; just outside of Hoi An town.
* 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.
* For those who have a green thumb; you have the opportunity to join the farmers in preparing the land; seeding; watering; and picking the crops.
* After trying your hand in harvesting a crop; what better way then to take a rest; freshen up and soak your feet in a traditional lemongrass and rose petal foot bath; before sitting down for a delicious lunch of local delicacies; using the fresh herbs and vegetables from the garden.
* The family also love showing off their skills in whipping up your lunch; giving you a very creative cooking demonstration.
* In the afternoon; we bid farewell to the family and head back to town.
* We then make a stop at a local fishing village; where we board a boat for a magical cruise down the Cua Dai estuary and enjoy the scenic view of life along the river.
* Rest of the day is free at leisure.
* Overnight at your hotel in Hoi An.
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Day 12

Hoi An – Danang – Nha Trang by Flight (B):
* This morning we take a short flight to Nha Trang.
* We check into our hotel with a day of leisure for you to explore the town and enjoy the picturesque turquoise waters of the South China Sea; with its many restaurants and cafes dotted along the white sandy beach; sheltered by coconut trees.
* Overnight at your hotel in Nha Trang.
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Day 13

Nha Trang – Free & Easy (B):
* In these days you will have free time at leisure in Nha Trang for relaxing and unwinding at the resort overlooking beautiful Bay.
* Snorkel or dive among the coral reefs in crystal blue waters; hike nature trails; cool off in your private plunge pool; indulge in spa treatments or just relax on the white sand beach and admire the unspoiled mountain and sea views.
* Overnight at your hotel in Nha Trang.
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Day 14

Nha Trang – Free & Easy (B):
* In these days you will have free time at leisure in Nha Trang for relaxing and unwinding at the resort overlooking beautiful Bay.
* Snorkel or dive among the coral reefs in crystal blue waters; hike nature trails; cool off in your private plunge pool; indulge in spa treatments or just relax on the white sand beach and admire the unspoiled mountain and sea views.
* Overnight at your hotel in Nha Trang.
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Day 15

Nha Trang – Free & Easy (B):
* In these days you will have free time at leisure in Nha Trang for relaxing and unwinding at the resort overlooking beautiful Bay.
* Snorkel or dive among the coral reefs in crystal blue waters; hike nature trails; cool off in your private plunge pool; indulge in spa treatments or just relax on the white sand beach and admire the unspoiled mountain and sea views.
* Overnight at your hotel in Nha Trang.
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Day 16

Nha Trang – Saigon by Flight (B):
* After a relaxing morning we take a flight to Saigon.
* Upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat airport; you will be met by your tour guide and driver and transferred to your hotel for check-in
* Tonight is free at leisure to explore this bustling city of Saigon
* Overnight at your hotel in Saigon.
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Day 17

Saigon City Tour (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.
* In the afternoon; you will explore colorful outdoor markets and Dong Khoi Street; the city’s main shopping boulevard with shops selling clothes and accessories by new Vietnamese designers; hill tribe crafts; high quality linens and housewares.
* Overnight at your hotel in Saigon.
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Day 18

Cu Chi Tunnels – Cao Dai Temple (B):
* We set out this morning for our 100km spectacular drive to Tay Ninh; The Great Temple of Caodaism (a famous local religion).
* The Temple was built on nine levels that represent nine steps to heaven at which you will see a prayer session at noon with beautiful music prayer with Vietnamese folk instrument in a very spiritual environment.
* We have some lunch in this great little local town before our 30 km journey; heading back towards Ho Chi Minh City; to visit Cu Chi Tunnels.
* 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.
* We return to Ho Chi Minh City late afternoon
* Overnight at your hotel in Saigon.

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Day 19

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 20

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 21

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 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 – Bike & Trekking tours
* Water Puppets show
* Tra Que & Cooking Class
* 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)
* 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 women selling fruits and vegetables from canoes
Vietnam Phong Dien floating market with women selling fruits and vegetables from canoes
Vientam canoe on a river in Can Tho
Vietnam exterior view of the Cao Dai Temple
Vietnam view of a street in China Town in Saigon
Vietnam view of a night market in Saigon
Vietnam view of Tram Huong tower in Nha Trang
Vietnam view of Nha Trang beach with a sailing boat on the sea and palm trees on the beach
Vietnam view of floating houses at Ha Long fishing town
Vietnam showing the tomd of Emperor Khai Dinh
Vietnam interior of the Huyen Khong cave with statues and flowers
Vietnam the Chua Ong Temple
Vietnam Tra Que herb village showing rows of herbs in the garden
Vietnam showing the welcome to Nha Trang sign
Vietnam view of Nha Trang beach
Vietnam view of the entrance to the Hong Ngoc Humanities centre
Vietnam view of the rice terraces at Sapa with people walking through the paddies
Vietnam bridge to the Dong Ngac Son Temple
Vietnam lady on a xich lo ride
Vietnam aerial view of Hanoi in the evening