Vietnam Discovery: 14 days Vietnam

The sheer diversity of Vietnam caters to nearly every wandering soul. Within its spectacular seascapes and mountainous landscapes, Vietnam hides its mysterious cultural minority hamlets, impressive cascading grain terraces, a hotpot of cultures dating back thousands of years, one of the most lively food scenes in Southeast Asia, and many more.
This exploration will take you across the country, from Hanoi, Vietnam's millennial capital city to Sapa, the North's main trekking base. Deal with yourself to an ideal trip on the legendary karst dotted seascape of Halong Bay - one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature with its tranquil emerald water.
Down the slender curves of Vietnam may be the idyllic Hue, Vietnam's traditional imperial capital, which has all of the grandeur and majesty to mix the interest of any history buff. Further south is Hoi An - playing the job of muse to the artist, its architectural consistency of buildings and the grid formation of narrow alleys and lanes have magically turned Hoi An right into a de facto theme park.
Out from the serenity, Saigon bloomed as one of the most exciting cities in Asia but does not go for just that. The verdant Mekong Delta, the melting pot of cultures that are different has another otherworldly feature of Vietnam.
So let's invest a significant holiday in Vietnam becoming a part of her fluidity and examining her many facets acutely from the inside out in fourteen days with Top Vietnam Travel.


Highlight:
  • Watch Vietnam’s 1,000 year of history comes to life in front of you with a visit to Hanoi
  • Dip your toe in a whole different culture with a trip to Sapa
  • Get in touch with the grandeur of nature in Halong Bay
  • Weave through Hue’s deep-rooted culture and history
  • Get lost in the bucolic charm of Hoian
  • Embrace the addictive madness of Saigon
  • Embark on a trip to Mekong Delta, one of Asia’s most atmospheric land

Day 1: Arrive Hanoi
Meals: NA/Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
The holiday of yours in Vietnam will start with Hanoi - the classic capital of Vietnam. After a warm welcome upon arrival at Hanoi Airport, you'll be transferred to the hotel of yours. In the afternoon, you are going to engage in a personal walking city tour to explore local markets and also the Old Quarter - known for its 36 narrow, congested streets and guilds (now Hanoi has over seventy streets) - every was named after a single trade - formed by artisans and traders from villages around Hoan Kiem Lake who came here to sell their goods.


Day 2: Hanoi City Tour – Night train to Lao Cai
Meals: Breakfast/Accommodation: on train (shared 4 soft sleeper cabin with AC)
The capital of Hanoi is a quintessential visit in any Vietnam holiday bundles in case you're anticipating digging much deeper into Vietnamese society. Today you've a whole day to enjoy the capital of Vietnam, with en route visits to its main appeal sites: the Ho Chi Minh Complex (Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum and Stilt House, One Pillar Pagoda, and the Presidential Palace), the Temple of Literature, West Lake with Quan Thanh Temple and Tran Quoc Pagoda, and also the most beautiful attraction museum in Hanoi - The Vietnam Museum of Ethnology or maybe History Museum.
Later on in the afternoon, you will enjoy a conventional Water Puppet effectiveness for an intimate insight into Vietnamese outlying life throughout its history. Originated in the Red River Delta in the 11th century, water puppetry hails from the country 's wet rice culture, sketching a colorful and lively image of an agricultural modern society normal of the North with a humorous twist to each skit. Stay overnight in Hanoi.
Enjoy dinner on your own arrangement before getting transferred to Hanoi Railway Station for an overnight train to Lao Cai.


Day 3: Lao Cai – Sapa.
Meals: Breakfast/Accommodations: Hotel in Sapa
You are going to arrive at Lao Cai Station at the start of the early morning. Lao Cai is a town close to the Chinese border. You will be greeted by our local tour guide and then transferred to Sapa town. Have breakfast and loosen up for a while before starting to trek to Mường Hoa Valley - noted for its breathtaking scenery and also being the largest farmland for grain cultivation in SaPa. You will trek along the Muong Hoa River through terraced fields, passing by several hamlets of the H'Mong. The trek is going to take you from Lao Chai Village - inhabited by Black H'mong People to Ta Van Village - inhabited by the Zay, providing an intimate insight into the different cultural costumes and traditions showcased by the villagers. Go back to your hotel and stay overnight in Sapa.


Day 4: Sapa – Matra – Ta Phin Village – Bus to Hanoi
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch./Accommodation: hotel in Hanoi.
The walk begins from Sapa through the gorgeous gardens and lush pine forests. On the way, you will pass by Matra - a small, remote tribal village of the Black Hmong. Continue trekking through rice terraces as well as the scenic mountainous landscape of Sapa, and also enjoy lunch served en route to Taphin Village. This particular village has its visitors captivated by the unique cultural life of the Black Hmong and Red Dzao minorities - he 2 largest ethnic groups inhabiting the spot through anecdotes advised by the elders. You'll also have the chance to go to several traditional houses here before going back to Sapa in an automobile. Our bus is going to take you to Hanoi for the overnight stay of yours at the hotel.


Day 5: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay
Meal: Breakfast-lunch-dinner/Accommodation: On Cruise
No holiday in Vietnam is done without having a beach escape. So deal with yourself to an overnight stay amidst the majestic Halong Bay. After getting purchased from the hotel of yours, you will be transferred by van/car to Ha Long Bay at 12:00. Upon arrival in Ha Long Bay, you will be welcomed aboard and enjoy lunch while weaving through a myriad of islands and islets towering over and reflected off the emerald waters of Halong Bay. After lunch, take a brief trek to a close by summit for a birds' eye view of the bay peppered with golden sails, and then go on to a peaceful beach for some kayaking or swimming, or just simply go back to the ship and sunbathe on the sundeck, whatever tickles the fancy of yours.
Later in the afternoon, pay a visit to a tranquil fishing village to interact with fishermen who have inhabited the bay for almost 3 generations. Go again aboard and also enjoy a beverage on the sun deck while can certainly enjoy beverages and lose yourself within the immense visual delight as the reddish-orange hue of the skies deepens and dusk creeps over the horizon. Enjoy dinner and remain overnight on the junk.


Day 6: Ha Long – Hanoi – Hue
Meal: Breakfast-Brunch/Accommodation: On Cruise
Kickstart the day of yours with a beginning Tai Chi Session on the sundeck and you will be compensated with an unparalleled visible glory of the sunshine peeking above the watery horizon. After breakfast, you are going to visit an enigmatic limestone grotto and then go back to the ship for a final glimpse of Ha Long Bay as you cruise to the dock. Check out when the ship comes at the harbor by drive and noon back to Hanoi for your flight to Hue. On your arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel. Check in and immediately in Hue.


Day 7: Hue
Meals: Breakfast/Accommodation: Hotel in Hue
Today, you will embark on a full day exploration of Hue - Vietnam's former ancient capital. Get started with a visit to the Imperial Citadel - home to the Imperial City and Forbidden Purple City - once the Emperor's and his family private residence. The Imperial City was built in the 19th century, based off of the design of the Forbidden City in Beijing. Apart from the Forbidden Purple City and the main buildings of state, the Imperial Enclosure houses many other palaces and temples within its walls.
In the evening, carry on and check out the Imperial Museum, Tu Hieu Pagoda, and the vibrant Dong Ba Riverside Market.


Day 8: Hue – Danang – Hoi An
Meals: Breakfast/Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An.
Wake up in the early capital and enjoy your breakfast in the hotel. Next, start a private boat trip driving the romantic Perfume River with visits to Lady Pagoda (Thien Mu Pagoda) and also the grandiose Minh Mang's tomb - captivating beholders with its regal nature. Enjoy lunch at a nearby restaurant then leave Hue for Hoi An - another UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will travel via the Hai Van Pass, stop in Danang for a visit to the Cham Museum and handicraft villages in the feet of the Marble Mountains before arriving in Hoi An. Upon arrival in Hoi An, you will check in to the hotel of yours and have some spare time to explore the town then stay overnight there.


Day 9: Hoi An
Meals: Breakfast/Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An
From the 16th to 18th centuries, Hoi An was a thriving international commercial port for Chinese, Japanese, French, Dutch, Arab and Portuguese traders. These people came mainly to trade within the high grade silk, which is still produced in the region, and also ceramics. Nowadays, Hoi An is a quaint riverside city, popular with visitors for the eclectic architecture of its, tailors shops, along with countless cafes. Some of the buildings in the narrow streets have stayed unchanged for more than a century. You will enjoy a half-day walking tour through the narrow winding streets of the Ancient Quarter going to Chua Ong Pagoda, Chinese Assembly Halls, the 200 - year old Tam Ky Ancestral House, and the Japanese Bridge. Following the tour, there is going to be free time to shop or relax. You are going to stay overnight in Hoi An.


Day 10: Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh City
Meals: Breakfast/Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
You will then leave Hoi An for Danang Airport for a single hour flight to Ho Chi Minh City. In the afternoon, you are going to embark on a city trip of HCMC (Saigon) which includes the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, the existing Post Office and bustling Ben Thanh Market. You will stay overnight in HCMC.


Day 11: Cao Dai Temple & Cu chi Underground
Meals: Breakfast/Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC)
This morning you will drive to Cao Dai Temples in Tay Ninh. Cao Dai Holy See Temple could be the cathedral of the Cao Daism religion as well as residence of the Divine Eye, the recognized sign of this distinctive religion. Cao Dai followers worship Jesus Christ, Taoism, Confucius, and Buddha. You'll also have the ability to look at the midday service.
Following lunch you will drive to the Cu Chi Tunnels, which consist of more than 200 km of underground tunnels. This principal axis system has numerous branches connecting to subterranean hideouts, shelters, and entrances to various other tunnels. The system included innumerable trap doors, uniquely constructed living areas, field hospitals, weapons factories, storage facilities, command centers and kitchens. Today the remaining tunnels have grown to be a major tourist attraction giving the visitor a unique experience and a sense of what underground life was like during the Vietnam War. You will stay overnight in HCMC.


Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City – Can Tho
Meals: Breakfast/Accommodation: Hotel in Can Tho
You will leave HCMC to rich My Tho where you'll cruise on a private boat through the green vegetation of the canals to an orchard, where you are treated to a delicious lunch in a local restaurant in the center of the Mekong, complete with tropical fruits. You will also visit the snake farm Dong Tam that breeds snakes for, among some other things, snake wine, before proceeding to Vinh Trang Pagoda. You'll subsequently head off to Can Tho City - the metropolis of the Southwest situated right at the heart of the Mekong Delta, for an overnight stay.


Day 13: Can Tho – Ho Chi Minh City
Meals: Breakfast/Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
You wake up to the sounds of the Mekong River inviting a brand new day and then take boat trip to join in the sun-soaked Cai Rang drifting market, among the most bustling floating markets in the Mekong Delta, with a huge selection of little boats jostling and barging for room to sell the goods of theirs which will definitely leave you in awe. After sampling local fruit, our guide will escort you back to the hotel through myriad canals. You will have lunch at a local restaurant before going back to Ho Chi Minh City for an overnight stay.


Day 14: Ho Chi Minh City – Departure
Meals: Breakfast/Accommodation: NA
There is no activity designed for today so you are free to enjoy your spare time souvenir shopping until getting transferred to the airport for the onward flight. This's the end of your holiday in Vietnam.

  • DepartureHanoi
  • IncludedHotel in twin/double sharing room basis with daily breakfastMeal as mentionedTransfer by air-conditioned private carEntrance fees, boat trips and excursionsExcellent English speaking guideDomestic flight
  • Not IncludedTravel InsuranceInternational air ticketsDrinks, Tipping, VisaPersonal expensesOthers not mentioned above