Itinerary in brief: Day 1: Arrive in Hanoi ( D )
Day 2: Hanoi - Halong Bay cruise ( B, L,D )
Day 3: Halong – Hanoi ( B, L )
Day 4: Hanoi – Danang flight - Hoian ancient town ( B)
Day 5: Hoian - Danang - Ho chi minh city ( B, L)
Day 6: Ho chi minh – Mekong delta – Ho chi minh ( B, L )
Day 7: Ho chi minh departure ( B )
Itinerary in Details
Day 1: Arrive in Hanoi ( D ) Arrival at Noi Bai Airport. Welcome and transfer to hotel by Asia View Travel guides with signboard. Short city tour to 11th century Temple of Literature - the first University of Vietnam, the Restored Sword Lake (Hoan Kiem Lake) and Ngoc Son Temple. Take a cyclo tour around the 36 streets of the Hanoi old quarter to learn more about simple life of Hanoian. Enjoy water puppet show- a remarkable Vietnamese art form that combines traditional music, fireworks, underwater puppeteers, and elaborate puppets floating gracefully over water Dinner at local restaurant
. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi. (The first day’s program can be re- arranged according to your arrival time in Hanoi). Day 2: Hanoi – Halong bay on board ( B, L,D ) – 180km around 3,5 hour drive
Breakfast at hotel, then 8:30 AM start a 3. 5 hour drive through the Red River Delta to Ha Long City. Comfort stop en route for photos and coffee ( by your own ) before arriving to Ha Long City.
12:00 – 12:15: Arrive in Ha Long city, board our traditional wooden junk boat for an overnight journey. Sip on a refreshing welcome drink upon check in before you begin your cruise through the bay.
13.00: Start sail from Bai Tu Long Bay area, Feast on a delicious lunch as you cruise among beautiful of islets (Tea pot islet, Mat Quy –Monster Face islet, Yen Ngua islet, Man’s Head islet, Tortoise islet etc.) to discover unspoilt pockets of Halong Bay and visit Sung Sot - Amazing cave, one of the most imposing grottos of the Bay. Swim at Soi Sim beach or Titov beach or a short trek to the top of Titov mountain (426 Steps) for a magnificent panorama scenery.
17.30: Fresh fruits serve at lounge or sundeck
Enjoy vegetable/fruit carving & Folding Napkin
19.30: Enjoy your dinner on board.
21.00: Squid fishing or relax and chatting with your partner, friends, family.
Overnight on Ha Long Bay aboard Junk. Day 3: Halong – Hanoi ( B, L )
06.20: Tai Chi Exercise with an opportunity to admire the magnificent scenery of sunrise over the Bay.
07.00: For early riser complimentary tea, coffee and break fast are served.
08.00: Visit Luon cave on small bamboo boat paddle by out crew staff and enjoy the quiet atmosphere enclosed by high islets and mountains. Be back to our Junk. Sail past rock formations such as and passing Finger islet, Hoa Cuong fishing village area, Ga Choi – Fghting Cock islet, Dinh Huong Islet, Little Dog islet. Enjoy the tranquil scenery as the boat meanders its way through the bay on the way back to Ha Long city, etc.
09.00: Arrange your luggage and do the check out onboard.
10.15: Enjoy a lunch as your boat weaves through strange-shaped limestone rock formations.
11:30 – 12:00: We will return to the main harbor before transferring to our awaiting vehicle for a drive back Hanoi, check in, relax. Day 4: Hanoi – Danang flight - Hoian ancient town ( B)
Breakfast at hotel, This morning we visit the Ho Chi Minh Complex from outside. This famous site contains the mausoleum of the nation’s founder Ho Chi Minh (Close on Monday, friday & from Sep 20 to Nov. 10 as annual maintenance ), the Presidential Palace and the Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts. Close to this complex is the One Pillar Pagoda, whose origins date back to the foundation of city. Visit Hoa Lo prison before transfering to the airport for flight to Danang. The guide in Danang will pick you up, transfer to Hoian. Enjoy the nice atmostphere in Hoian ancient town. Day 5: Hoian - Danang - Ho chi minh city ( B, L)
Today we have a lot of time to explore Hoian ancient town. We take a tour to explore Hoian ancient town, once a major Asian trading port in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Hoi An’s architecture and relaxed lifestyle have changed little over the years. Take a leisurely walking tour of the ancient town center and visit the sites of former merchants’ homes, a 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge, and a Chinese Communal Hall. Believed to have been settled no less than 2,200 years ago, Hoi An was known as Faifo to early Western traders. Hoi An was one of the major ports of Southeast Asia from the 17th to 19th centuries. Chinese, Japanese, French, English, Spanish, Portuguese and other traders had small communities here, and the old wooden houses, bridges and temples that remain are reminiscent of a Vietnam of centuries past. This unique old trading town slowly became isolated due to its river silting up and by destroyed rail lines, leaving it untouched by war and frozen in time. Nowadays, this absolutely charming and relaxed town has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Late afternoon transfer to the airport for flight to Ho chi minh. The guide in Ho chi minh will pick you up, transfer to hotel in city center, check in, relax..
Overnight at hotel in Ho chi minh. Day 6: Ho chi minh – Mekong delta – Ho chi minh ( B, L ) – 80km for 1 way, around 2,5 hours on road / 1 way.
You will be picked up at your hotel, transfer to My Tho, 80km from Ho chi minh city. It takes you around 2,5 hours to get the area. This trip provides a look at a wide variety of the life and scenery on Vietnam River from the peaceful Delta. The huge ships, which come from many different countries moving slowly, quietly along the river is what you will see at the Saigon River. Do not miss this sight! On the way you will see daily activities of local people along the river sellers and buyers bargaining, exchanging fish, the products that they got from their working on the sea. From My Tho, you will ride on a local motor boat around Dragon Island, Unicorn Island, Phoenix Island, Turtle Island and stop at the famous Unicorn Island. While at the Unicorn Island, you will take a short trek and go for a rowing boat trip. You will also enjoy lunch, tropical fruit and free time bike ride in the rural village. From there, you will continue your motor boat trip to Ben Tre province to visit a handmade coconut candy workshop. Then transfer to a small motor boat and travel along the lush, green canals that are so beautiful for photography. Take 2,5 hour drive back Ho chi minh city, check in, relax. Day 7: Ho Chi Minh Departure ( B ) Breakfast at hotel, we discover dynamic city with the Reunification Palace which was the former residence of the President of South Vietnam until end of April 1975, and some French colonial structures including the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Old Sai Gon Post Office, War Remnant Museum, the bustling Ben Thanh Market where anything and everything is for sale. Transfer to the airport for your home flight. Say goodbye Vietnam. Thank you for traveling with Asia View Travel.