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Ultimate Vietnam Experience

Ultimate Vietnam Experience

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CV10

Duration: 14 Days  |  Pricing from: $1,750 USD per person (based on 2 persons)  |  Private Tour

Embark on an extraordinary 14-day tour of Vietnam, carefully crafted by our seasoned travel experts to offer you an exceptional experience. This thoughtfully designed itinerary provides a comprehensive exploration of the country's highlights. However, we understand that everyone has unique preferences, and we are more than happy to tailor the program to suit your individual requirements. Our dedicated team of experts will work closely with you to create a personalized solution that exceeds your expectations. If this tour captures your interest, please send us a request. We also invite you to share any additional information or specific preferences you have, allowing us to further customize the program and make it the perfect fit for you.

Overview

Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi - Overnight in Hanoi

Day 2: Highlights of Hanoi - Overnight in Hanoi

Day 3: Hanoi - Mai Chau - Pu Luong Nature Reserve - Overnight in Pu Luong

Day 4: Pu Luong Trekking - Overnight in Pu Luong

Day 5: Pu Luong - Ninh Binh - Overnight in Ninh Binh

Day 6: Ninh Binh Discovery - Overnight in Ninh Binh

Day 7: Ninh Binh - Halong Bay - Overnight on a Ship

Day 8: Halong Bay - Fly to Hoi An - Overnight in Hoi An

Day 9: Hoi An Experiences - Overnight in Hoi An

Day 10: Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh City - Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

Day 11: Cu Chi Tunnels & Ho Chi Minh City Highlights - Overnight in Ho Chi Min City

Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta - Overnight in Can Tho

Day 13: Mekong Delta - Ho Chi Minh City - Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

Day 14: Departure From Ho Chi Minh City - Good bye Vietnam

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Detailed Itinerary

DAY 1: WELCOME TO HANOI

City of Saigon
Ben Thanh Market

Upon your arrival at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, you will be greeted by your guide and a private driver who will transfer you to your hotel in the city center. Take the rest of the day to relax and settle in, get familiar with the neighborhood, and rest up for the exciting days ahead. If you feel up for it, take a stroll around the nearby streets and soak up the local atmosphere. Alternatively, you could unwind at the hotel and make use of its amenities. In the evening, you could explore Hanoi's bustling culinary scene and try out some of the city's famous street food. Take a walk around Hoan Kiem Lake, the heart of the city, and witness the lively night scene before retiring to your hotel for a good night's sleep.

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DAY 2: HIGHLIGHTS OF HANOI

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After breakfast, your guide will meet you at your hotel at 8:00 am to start your day of exploring the highlights of Hanoi. You will begin by visiting the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Uncle Ho's house on stilts to learn about the life and legacy of Vietnam's beloved leader. Next, you will visit the One Pillar Pagoda, a unique temple built on a single stone pillar, and the Temple of Literature, Vietnam's first university. After the lunch break, you will head to the Museum of Ethnology to gain insight into the diverse cultures and traditions of Vietnam's many ethnic groups. Next, you will take a cyclo ride through the bustling streets of the Old Quarter to soak up the atmosphere and experience local life. Your last stop of the day will be at Hoan Kiem Lake with Ngoc Son Temple, where you can learn about the legend of the lake and its significance to the people of Hanoi. To wrap up the day, you will attend a traditional water puppet show, a unique and entertaining art form that has been a part of Vietnam's cultural heritage for centuries.

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DAY3: HANOI - MAI CHAU - PU LUONG NATURE RESERVE

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After breakfast at your hotel in Hanoi, you will be picked up at 8:00 am by your guide and driver to start your journey to Pu Luong Nature Reserve. The scenic drive takes you through the stunning countryside of Hoa Binh province, where you will have the opportunity to stop and take in the panoramic views of Mai Chau valley. Upon arrival at Mai Chau, you will visit Lac village, a traditional Thai ethnic minority village famous for its stilt houses, handicrafts, and cultural performances. Here, you will enjoy a delicious lunch featuring local specialties, followed by a leisurely walk or bike ride through the village and its surroundings. Afterward, you will continue your journey to Pu Luong Nature Reserve, a pristine area known for its breathtaking landscapes, rich biodiversity, and traditional ethnic minority communities. You will check in at a local homestay in Ban Hang village, where you will have the opportunity to interact with the Muong people and learn about their way of life. In the evening, you will enjoy a home-cooked dinner with your host family, followed by a peaceful night's sleep in the tranquil surroundings of the nature reserve.

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DAY 4: PU LUONG TREKKING

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After a hearty breakfast, bid farewell to your hospitable host family and begin your day with a scenic trek on small paths through the valleys of Pu Luong, right from the homestay. Along the way, marvel at the views of limestone mountains covered with dense forests and the vibrant green of the rice terraces. You may have the chance to meet locals at stilt houses, where you can learn about their daily lives and unique culture. Around noon, you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel for check-in. Spend the afternoon relaxing and enjoying the hotel facilities, including the swimming pool. Late in the afternoon, you will take a short drive to visit traditional handmade water wheels used for irrigation of farmland. You will see firsthand the intricate and ingenious design of these structures, which have been used for centuries to ensure that rice paddies are properly irrigated. After the visit, return to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

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DAY 5: PU LUONG - NINH BINH

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After breakfast, we will leave Pu Luong and head towards Cuc Phuong National Park in Ninh Binh, which is considered one of Vietnam's most important protected areas. The park covers an area of over 22,000 hectares and is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna, including over 300 species of birds and 100 species of mammals. Upon arrival at the park, we will have lunch before embarking on an afternoon trek through the lush forest. Your guide will lead you along a trail that winds through the jungle, passing by ancient trees, medicinal plants, and rare species of animals. Keep your eyes peeled for the park's famous primates, including the Delacour's langur and the black-crested gibbon. After our trek, we will visit the prehistoric man cave, which dates back 7,500 years and contains artifacts from the Stone Age. The cave is located within the park and offers a fascinating glimpse into the region's ancient history. Finally, we will check in at our lake-side bungalow and enjoy a relaxing evening surrounded by the peaceful natural beauty of the park.

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DAY 6: NINH BINH DISCOVERY

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After breakfast, we'll visit the primate rescue center in Cuc Phuong National Park to learn about the primate species in Vietnam, including unique ones found only in the park. Then we'll proceed to the turtle center to observe and learn about the different turtle species being protected in the area. Our next stop is Van Long Nature Reserve, where we'll take a 1.5-hour sampan boat ride to witness the white short langurs in their natural habitat. These primates are rare and considered endangered, and the reserve is one of the few places where they can still be found. After the boat ride, we'll enjoy a tasty lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, we'll visit Bai Dinh Pagoda, one of the largest pagodas in Southeast Asia. The complex includes ancient and newly-built temples, stupas, and statues, representing an impressive example of Vietnamese Buddhist architecture. We'll end the day by checking into our hotel and having some free time to explore the local area or relax and unwind.

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DAY 7: NINH BINH - HALONG BAY

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Starting at 7:45 in the morning, you will depart from your hotel and begin the scenic drive through the picturesque Red River Delta towards Tuan Chau Island in Halong Bay. Upon arrival at the harbor, you will board your luxurious boat and embark on your 2-day, 1-night cruise of the bay. As you sail through the emerald waters, you will be awestruck by the thousands of towering limestone islands that surround you. After a delicious lunch on board, you will have the opportunity to visit a beautiful cave and admire the stunning rock formations, followed by a relaxing afternoon of swimming and soaking up the sun on the deck. In the evening, enjoy a sunset cocktail before a sumptuous dinner on board, and try your luck at squid fishing under the stars before retiring to your comfortable cabin for the night.

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DAY 8: HALONG BAY - HANOI - HOI AN

Rise and shine on your luxurious Halong Bay cruise and start your day with a revitalizing tai chi session as you witness the stunning sunrise. After breakfast, take in the picturesque scenery of the bay as you continue your cruise. Enjoy a leisurely morning before indulging in an early lunch on board. Around 10:30 am, disembark from the cruise and meet your guide and driver who will take you to the airport for your flight to Danang in Central Vietnam. Upon arrival, you will be warmly greeted and transferred to your hotel in the charming city of Hoi An for check-in.

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DAY 9: HOI AN

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Begin your day with a visit to Tra Que Village, a small farming community just a few kilometers from Hoi An. Here, you will learn about traditional farming practices and even try your hand at some of the activities, such as planting and watering vegetables. Afterward, enjoy a foot massage using medicinal herbs grown in the village. After the visit to Tra Que Village, head back to Hoi An for a delicious lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, embark on a guided tour of Hoi An's ancient town. See the famous Japanese Covered Bridge and the Assembly Hall of the Fujian Chinese Congregation, which features intricate wood carvings and a beautiful courtyard. Next, visit the Museum of Trade Ceramics, which showcases the influence of foreign traders on the ceramics industry in Hoi An. End the tour at a traditional Vietnamese house, where you will learn about the local architecture and way of life. After the tour, you can explore the ancient town at your own pace, visit local markets and shops, or simply relax at your hotel. In the evening, you may want to consider taking a boat ride on the river to see the town lit up by the colorful lanterns for which Hoi An is famous.

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DAY 10: HOI AN - HO CHI MINH CITY

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After breakfast at your hotel, you will have some free time to explore Hoi An or do some shopping before your departure. In the afternoon, your driver will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the airport in Da Nang for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival in Ho Chi Minh City, you will be met by a driver who will transfer you to your hotel. The remainder of the day is yours to spend as you wish. You may want to explore the city on your own, relax at your hotel, or take an optional motorbike tour in the evening to see the city's sights and sounds from a different perspective.

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DAY 11: CU CHI TUNNELS & HO CHI MINH CITY HIGHLIGHTS

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Depart early in the morning to beat the crowds and head to Cu Chi Tunnels, located about 70 km from Ho Chi Minh City. These tunnels were used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War and are a testament to the resilience and resourcefulness of the Vietnamese people. Explore the tunnels and learn about the history of the war and the role of the tunnels in the conflict. After the Cu Chi Tunnels visit, return to Ho Chi Minh City for lunch. In the afternoon, visit Ho Chi Minh City's top attractions including Notre Dame Cathedral, Saigon Central Post Office, War Remnants Museum, and the Reunification Palace, formerly known as the Presidential Palace of South Vietnam. End your day with a memorable experience by admiring the spectacular sunset view from the top of the Bitexco Tower, the tallest building in Vietnam.

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DAY 12: HO CHI MINH CITY - MEKONG DELTA

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On this day, you will leave Ho Chi Minh City and head to the Mekong Delta, a region famous for its scenic beauty and traditional way of life. Your first stop is Ben Tre, a province known for its coconut groves and cottage industries. Enjoy a 2-hour drive through the countryside and soak in the stunning scenery of rural Vietnam. Upon arrival in Ben Tre, you will embark on a motorboat ride along narrow canals, where you will have the chance to observe locals making traditional handicrafts like bricks and coconut candies. Take a ride on a motor cart or join a cycling tour to explore the coconut forests, rice fields, and vegetable gardens. After lunch, continue your journey with a relaxing sampan boat ride, drifting along a small canal lined with nipa palm trees. You will arrive in Can Tho city, the Mekong Delta's capital city, late in the afternoon. Spend the night here and enjoy the city's unique blend of modern amenities and traditional culture.

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DAY 13: MEKONG DELTA - HO CHI MINH CITY

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Start your day early at 6:30 AM with a boat trip to the Cai Rang floating market. While the market may not be as busy as it once was, it still offers a unique and interesting experience. After exploring the market, we'll take a long cruise to Phong Dien, followed by a walk on a quiet country road to get a closer look at local life in the area. Next, we'll hop in our van and head to Vinh Long to visit the ancient Phu Ly Pagoda. Built in 1672, this Khmer pagoda is a stunning blend of Indian, Thai, and Cambodian architecture. After our visit, we'll continue our journey through the picturesque rice fields of Ben Luc before returning to Ho Chi Minh City late in the afternoon. The remainder of the day is on your own.

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DAY 14: DEPARTURE

City of Saigon
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As your adventure in Vietnam draws to a close, take some time to relax and reflect on your journey. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and perhaps some last-minute shopping before we pick you up for your private transfer to the airport. Whether you're returning home or continuing on to your next destination, we hope you leave Vietnam with unforgettable memories and a newfound appreciation for this beautiful country. Safe travels and we hope to see you again soon!

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Date of Experience: Dec 2022

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Date of Experience: Feb 2022

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