09 Days Grand Vietnam
Day 01 Hanoi Arrival – CITY TOUR
On arrival at Noi Bai International Airport, you will be welcomed by our representative and transferred to city centre. Pass by Ho Chi Minh Complex which features the life of Ho Chi Minh, the nation’s founder. You just stop to visit and take photo outside. Continue to the Temple of Literature, known as the first university of Vietnam built in 1070 by the Ly Dynasty to honor Confucius, sages and outstanding Vietnamese scholars.
Afternoon: continue the tour to the Museum of Ethnology. Late afternoon, visit Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple located on an islet in the lake. Hoan Kiem Lake is the center point of Hanoi and home to a rare endangered giant turtle species. Its name “Returned Sword” comes from a legend of a sacred sword being lent to an ancient Vietnamese King by a holy turtle from the lake and later returned to the turtle. Aboard on cyclo to explore Old Quarter of 36 ancient streets.After that, transfer to local restaurant for dinner. Then back to hotel and free by your own. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 02 Hanoi – HOALU & TAM COC IN NINH BINH-HANOI
Breakfast at hotel.
At 0830am, guide and driver will pick you up from airport depart to Ninh Binh city. Upon arrival after 02 hour drive.
Firstly, you will visit Hoa Lu Ancient Capital. In 968, Dinh Bo Linh declared himself as the King. Since then Hoa Lu existed as the capital for the next 41 years (968 – 1009), of which 12 years was under the Dinh dynasty – King Dinh Tien Hoang, the country named Dai Co Viet, and 29 years later was under the Le dynasty – King Le Dai Hanh. In 1010, King Ly Thai To moved the capital from Hoa Lu to Thang Long – present day Hanoi. Hoa Lu became the old citadel. In Hoa Lu there are now 2 temples have been built on the ground of the old royal palace, one is dedicated to King Dinh Tien Hoang, the other is to King Le Dai Hanh. The visit offers a chance to know more about part of feudal dynasties and historical periods in Vietnamese history.
Buffet lunch at local restaurant.
In the afternoon, you will be taking the rowing boat at Tam Coc Harbor. Arranged by local people here, the boat is rowed by both hand and legs. The boat will take you to 3 specular caves with hundreds of limestone on the way. If you travel during harvest season, you will see many terrace rice fields in golden colors.
Then transfer back to Hanoi. Dinner at local restaurant. Free at leisure by your own. Overnight in Hanoi.
DAY 03 HANOI – HALONG BAY
Breakfast at hotel.
Guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel for transfer to Ha Long Bay, which is about 160 km or 3.5-hour drive away. On the way, you will see some rural areas of the Red River Delta with plenty of chances to take photos of Vietnamese farmers working in paddy fields. Stop half way to visit a handicraft workshop of fine clothes and embroidered paintings. Arrive in Hon Gai International Harbour at around 1130AM – 1200 noon.
Transfer by tender to boat, enjoy Welcome Drink, then depart to Bai Tu long Bay. Enjoy lunch while cruising to magnificent Bai Tu Long Bay, admire the fascinating formations on the way. Transfer from boat to rowing boat to visit Vung Vieng Fishing Village. Rowers are local people wearing traditional costume. It’s the opportunity to see the fisher’s daily life with the primary features in the charming nature. Return to boat – Continue cruising through the bay. Anchor for overnight at Cong Do area. Cooking Demonstration in restaurant. Savor a delicious Set Dinner in dinning room. After that free at leisure on the cruise (Relax on deck, night time fishing as compliementary or Beauty Spa services, drink service are available with supplement cost). Overnight on cruise.
DAY 04 HALONG BAY –HANOI – FLIGHT TO DA NANG
Enjoy sunrise over the Bay or take part in our morning Tai Chi session. Coffee, tea and breakfast pastries served in dining room. Explore the well- hidden Thien Canh Son cave. Check-out cabins and settle bills – Luggage collection. Having Buffet Brunch served in dining room. Arrival at the pier. Farewell. Return to the dock, disembark and travel back to Noi Bai airport for flight to Da Nang. Upon arrival, guide and driver will pick you up from Da Nang airport to Hoi An. Dinner at local restaurant. Check in hotel and free by your own. Overnight in Da Nang.
DAY 05 DA NANG HALF DAY CITY – HOI AN ANCIENT TOWN
Breakfast at hotel.
Transfer out to visit Son Tra peninsula. You’ll pass and enjoy sea bath on My Khe Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches Forbes magazine’s voted. Then, you’ll visit Linh Ung pagoda with the highest Lady Buddha statue in Vietnam (67 meters height, approximately 30 stories). Next to visit Han Market – one of the city’s major traditional markets and among its most-visited attractions for both domestic and foreign visitors. Lunch at local restaurant.
In the afternoon, you will visit Hoi An Ancient Town. Stop on the way to visit Marble Mountain, a group of limestone and marble hills filled with caves. Travel to the top and gaze upon the city, seeing new high rise buildings standing alongside traditional wooden houses. Then explore the mountain’s main cave to see a beautiful Buddha statue built in the Cham style.
Contiue going to Hoi An Ancient Town. There are plenty to see in this delightful town, some of which are the famous Japanese Covered Bridges, Pottery Museum, 200 years old Tan Ky House, Chua Ong Pagoda and vibrant market. Today we include these on a walking tour past many low tiled houses scattered along the small streets and assembly halls, which reflect the town’s multi-cultural past.The rest of the day is free at leisure to enjoy the shopping in Hoi An – a paradise for silk & fashionable clothing and accessories. After that transfer back to Da Nang. Dinner at local restaurant. Free by your own and overnight in Da Nang.
DAY 06 DA NANG – BA NA HILLS – GOLDEN BRIDGE – FLLIGHT TO HO CHI MINH
Breakfast at hotel. Free until 1200noon, then transfer out to visit Ba Na Hills which is far from Hoi An town center about 45km. Upon arrival, take Cable Car which gains 5 world scores to Ba Na hills station. Stop at By Night station to visit Vong Nguyet hills, Linh Ung pagoda, The Old Villas of French. Continue moving up by cable car to the Nui Chua Mountain – the top of Ba Na range, visiting Nginh Phong top, Le Nim Villas, Orchid Garden… Experience hill climbing train (first and unique funicular in Vietnam) and visit an old French cellar (Debay Ancient Wine Cellar), flower garden Le Jardin D’amour and Linh Ung Pagoda.
Lunch at local restaurant.
Afternoon: Free for joining games in Fantasy Park – the third biggest indoor games zone in Vietnam with series of interesting games: 4 – 5D film, skiver, The death race, dinosaur park… There is a bridge which is brand new, and was opened to the public in June 2018. It is known as the Golden Bridge, it stands 1,400m above sea level above the Ba Na hills. The gold-colored walkway is lined with purple Lobelia Chrysanthemums. Offering majestic views of the surrounding countryside. It is seemingly being held aloft by two giant hands. Then take cable car down. Transfer to back to Da Nang airport for flight to Ho Chi Minh.
Upon arrival, guide and driver will pick you up and transfer to city centre for dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Hoi An.
Note: Cable car ticket includes all free games in Fantasy Park: over 105 games and free Knight Game (Chute), entrance fees for Funicular, Debby ancient wine cellar, The Golden Bridge.
DAY 07 HO CHI MINH – CU CHI TUNNELS –HO CHI MINH CITY TOUR
Breakfast at hotel.
At 0830am, depart from hotel for half-day tour to the Cu Chi Tunnels, 75 km Northwest of downtown Ho Chi Minh City, which were once a major underground hideout and resistance base of Viet Cong forces during the two wars against the French and later on Americans. The tunnels, entirely hand-dug, formed a highly intricate network of interlinked multilevel passageways at times stretched as far as the Cambodian border and totaling over 120 km in length. Its complexity was beyond imagination containing meeting rooms, kitchens, wells, clinics, schools, depots, trenches and emergency exits all aimed for guerrilla warfare. The tunnels were deep and strong enough to withstand destructive bombings and self-contained enough to outlast prolonged sieges.
Back to Ho Chi Minh City. Lunch at local restaurant.
Afternoon, take a half-day city tour to visit the War Remnants Museum, which features an extensive collection of exhibits including weaponry, photos and documentation on Vietnam’s wars with the French and Americans, and the Reunification Palace the South Vietnam President’s residence and symbol of the Southern Administration’s reign until end of April 1975. Next to Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica, a neo-Roman cathedral built by the colonial French with materials entirely imported from Marseilles, Saigon Central Post Office, which was designed and constructed in the early 20th Century by the famous French architect Gustave Eiffel. Finally, visit Ben Thanh Market – one the biggest local market in Ho Chi Minh city.
Dinner at local restaurant. Back to hotel and free by your own. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.
DAY 08 HO CHI MINH – MEKONG DELTA – HO CHI MINH
Breakfast at hotel, free until 1000am. Then travel past miles of flat rice fields, along a bustling road to the Mekong Delta, the world’s largest delta and Vietnam’s largest rice bowl.
On arrival in My Tho City, board a motorboat and navigate through intricate canals while observing the local daily life up close as well as the landscape of waterways and lush islands. Land on Thoi Son Island where you can listen to Southern traditional music performed by native artists. Lunch at local restaurant
Next, you will change to a Sampan boat to cruise through the narrow canals and visit households with traditional occupations of home-based coconut candy and rice-wine making. Continue travel by motorized boat to another island to visit a bee farm and taste tea with fresh honey from the beehives and enjoy fresh fruits. Interact with local residents to understand about the river life. Their economy is based mostly on tourism, mangoes, bananas and citrus fruit. On the return to My Tho, stop to visit the Vinh Trang Pagoda, a prominent local Buddhist structure built in 1850 with a unique architectural mixture of Vietnamese, Roman, Chinese and Cambodian styles characterized by a highly ornate façade. Then transfer back to Ho Chi Minh.
Dinner at local restaurant. Free & easy and overnight in Ho Chi Minh.
DAY 09 HO CHI MINH – DEPARTURE
After breakfast at hotel, free until guide and driver take back to airport for flight. End of service.
- Hanoi - Chalcedony Hotel(4star)
- Halong Bay -V'Spirit Premier(4 Star Cruise)
- Da Nang - Avatar Hotel(4 Star)
- Ho Chi Minh -Golden Cental( 4 Star)
- Singapore AirlinesEconomy Class Return Air ticket
- two Domestic Air tickets
- 07 nights accommodation
- 01 night on cruise in Ha Long Bay
- air-conditioned vehicle
- Local English-speaking guide
- All entrance fees as program
- Boat trip in Tam Coc
- Private boat trip in Mekong
- 12 meals at local restaurants.
- 01 lunch + 01 dinner + 01 brunch on cruise
- 02 bottles of mineral water
- Vietnam Visa(Subject to Change)
- Optional excursions and activities
- Additional transfer required due to any emergency
- Travel Insurance
- Items of a personal nature (Phone calls, laundry, beverages…)
- Peak season surcharges if any
- All not mentioned above