- Duration: 13 Days
- Location: Vietnam
- Available Seat: Available
- Price: AUD 1880 Per Person
Vietnam Lifetime Experience in 13 days: This classic trip has been designed to focus on three parts of Vietnam – the local life, culture and history where you begin your trip in Hanoi and end in Ho Chi Minh City while catching a glimpse of the Northern tribes in Sapa along the way.
Day 1: HANOI ARRIVAL
Upon arrival at Hanoi’s Noi Bai Airport, our guide and driver will welcome and transfer you to your hotel in Hanoi. The rest of your day is at leisure for independent exploration – just catch a sight of Hoan Kiem Lake or explore the maze of streets in the city’s fascinating Old Quarter where you are certain to find something unique to buy.
Day 2: HANOI CITY TOUR – OVERNIGHT TRAIN TO LAO CAI (B/L)
Breakfast at hotel, our tour guide and driver will meet you in hotel lobby at 08:00 AM for full day to explore Vietnam’s charming capital. With its wide tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes and ancient oriental pagodas, Hanoi is an eclectic mix that offers something for everyone. Your city tour will take you to Hanoi’s key sites: the Ho Chi Minh Complex (Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and Stilt House); the Presidential Palace; the nearby One Pillar Pagoda; the Temple of Literature; West Lake; the sedate Tran Quoc Pagoda & Quan Thanh Temple; and one of the city’s museums (a choice between the History Museum and the Ethnology Museum). End of the day you can enjoy a traditional Water Puppet Performance – a unique Vietnamese art form hailing from Southeast Asia’s wet-rice culture. Afterwards you are free until 20:00 PM and then transfer to Hanoi Railway Station for the night train to Sapa. Overnight on a shared 4 berths cabin with A/C.
Day 3: LAO CAI – LAO CHAI – TA VAN VILLAGE (B/L/D)
Arrival in Lao Cai Station at 6:00 AM. Pick up from Lao Cai Station and then transfer to Sapa. Have breakfast before the trip starts. Drive to Y Linh Ho and start trekking downhill to Muong Hoa Valley through rice paddies and small hamlets to learn the life of hill tribes here. Communication exchange with local people in Lao Chai Village. Cook and have lunch with a local family, then continue trekking through villages and rice terraced fields to Ta Van Village settled by Dzay ethnic people which is supposed to be the most beautiful one in the area. Dinner and overnight hotel stay.
Day 4 : CAT CAT VILLAGE – NIGHT TRAIN HANOI (B/L/D)
Breakfast at the hotel before we embark on a lovely walking tour to the hill tribe villages of Cat Cat, home to the H’mong Hill Tribe’s minority people. As we walk to the villages nestled in the valley below Sapa, we will meet some of the local minority people on their way and share cultural experiences with the families that live in the area. Jeep back to Sapa. Check out of your hotel. Have lunch at the local restaurant. In the afternoon is free to roam the town of Sapa and go shopping. Dinner on guests account. Transfer to Lao Cai for overnight train back to Hanoi. Overnight in an air-conditioned soft sleeper cabin.
Day 5: HANOI – HALONG BAY (B/L/D)
Arrival at Hanoi early in the morning. Make your own way back to the hotel (early check in booking). Our shuttle bus will pick up at lobby of hotel at 8:00 AM to take a 3.5 hours drive to Halong Bay, a World Heritage area of outstanding natural beauty. Spend 24 hours on a traditional junk cruise in the amazing bay: a natural wonderland composed of jutting limestone islands and sparkling turquoise waters. Arrive at the dock around noon and board your junk. Savor a gourmet lunch of fresh seafood on board as we sail out into the mystical bay. In the afternoon, cruise around some of Halong’s many islands, including Dinh Huong and Ga Choi. Along the way visit one of the bay’s 3 largest caves (Thien Cung, Dau Go or Sung Sot). Stop at an island cove with a sheltered white-sand beach and take a dip in the warm waters of the Tonkin Gulf (weather permitting). Pass the night on your junk, lulled to sleep by the gentle rocking of calm waters. Overnight on Cruise.
Day 6: HALONG BAY – HANOI – FLY TO DA NANG (B/L)
Rise early for tai chi lesson or just to enjoy a hearty breakfast. The boat will make its way back to the port stopping at the Cave of Surprises, full of stalagmites and stalactites. From here, it’s clear for sailing back to the main harbour and then to return for the drive to Hanoi and transfer to Noi Bai Airport for a jump flight to Da Nang. Subject to flight time we offer optional stop in Bac Ninh, for visiting a special place and the cradle of Vietnamese folklore music in the Red River Delta or Thanh Chuong Viet Palace (with additional charge). Overnight stay in Hoi An.
Day 7: TRA QUE VILLAGE (B/L)
This morning, we will take a half day excursion to Tra Que Vegetable Village, walk around a vegetable garden and join the farmers in preparing the land, fertilizing it with seaweed from the local lake, raking, sowing, watering greens, picking greens and many more gardening activities. After gardening activities you will relax with foot massage using many kinds of herb remedies. Then spend the rest of the time to learn how to prepare ‘Tam Huu’ Spring Roll & Banh Xeo with your host. Ride back to your hotel.
In the afternoon you will visit the ancient town of Hoi An. The visit includes seeing the Japanese covered bridge, some Chinese Assembly Halls, and some typical Vietnamese houses of the 18th Century. Free time then for shopping or relaxing at the café, etc. Overnight stay in Hoi An.
Day 8: HOI AN (B)
Today is free for you to enjoy sightseeing in this ancient town with numerous interesting places. It is time for you to explore art and handicraft galleries, try on clothes tailor-made, relax at the riverside restaurants or take the short journey to the nearby beach. Overnight stay in Hoi An.
Day 9: FLY TO HO CHI MINH CITY – HALF DAY CITY TOUR (B)
In the morning, our car (no tour guide) will pick you up at the hotel lobby and be transferred to Da Nang International Airport for flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Our driver and tour guide will hold a sign with your name and welcome you. Transfer directly to hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. After check in, take the half day city tour seeing the War Museum, Reunification Palace and Notre Dame Cathedral. Visit the bustling city at Chinatown hosting Thien Hau Pagoda. Overnight stay in Saigon.
Day 10: MEKONG DELTA (B/L)
Travel about two hours south of Ho Chi Minh City to Ben Tre, the gateway to the Mekong Delta. Hop aboard a small boat and explore the waterways stopping at a small home-based factory where workers process coconuts to be used in products like matting and candy. Then transfer to Le Jarai, a converted rice barge and continue your cruise along the Mekong River. Join in a demonstration of Vietnamese cooking and watch the river go by as you enjoy a sumptuous three-course lunch of Mekong specialties! Then late in the afternoon arrive into Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 11: HALF DAY AT CU CHI TUNNELS (B)
Half Day Cu Chi Tunnels Tour will bring you to a network of tunnels stretching over 250 km, proven to be one of the most famous and historical aspects of the Vietnam War. The tunnel system was created in 1948 to assist the Viet Minh as they fought the French for independence. Digging and building tunnels continued over the next 25 years until it was an underground city with living areas, kitchens, storage, weapons factories, field hospitals and command centers. The tunnels could house thousands of people who lived almost entirely underground for years. There, people led relatively normal lives, which included getting married and raising children. During the American War, the entire area of Cu Chi was designated as a free fire zone; and was therefore, heavily attacked and bombed. In 1988, two sections of tunnels were opened up for visitors. Now you have the chance to enjoy this wonderful and informative experience. Created with “moving parts” these structures were designed to be livable for long periods of time.
And for those who are interested, there is an opportunity for you to fire off rounds from a war era M16 rifle or AK-47 rifle at the nearby firing range. (This activity is optional; Fees for firing range are not included). Overnight stay in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 12: SAIGON FREE & EASY ON YOUR OWN
Free day in Saigon at your own exploration, Overnight stay in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 13: HO CHI MINH CITY DEPARTURE (B)
After breakfast, free for leisure until our driver (no tour guide) picks you up at the lobby of the hotel in Ho Chi Minh City and transfers you to Tan Son Nhat International Airport for the flight back home.
What are included ?
o Door-to-door pick-up & drop-off services
o 10 nights accommodation shared in Double/ Twin room with daily breakfast [ Annam legend (
Hanoi); Le duy hotel ( Ho Chi Minh City); Kim An hotel ( Hoi An); Sapa Luxury hotel (sapa)]
o International Flights between Vietnam and Sydney/Melbourne(low-cost carriers)include up to
20kg of checked luggage per pax
o Flights Hanoi to Danang, Danang to Ho Chi Minh (Vietjet air)include up to 20kg of checked luggage
o Experienced English speaking guide
o 2 nights on King express train to Sapa
o 2 days 1 night on Halong Bay cruise program with in-house guide on board ( Huong Hai Junk)
o Meals as stated in the itinerary (B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner)
o All sightseeing tickets
o Tissues and water on coach
o Services charges and government tax
o Exclusive and personalized single agent/single customer service
o No extra charge after services confirmation
o 24/7 hotline support guaranteed
What are not included ?
o Beverage, Personal expenses, tips and gratuities,Visa fees
o Travel insurance,Compulsory Gala Dinner on 24 Dec and 31 Dec
o If you prefer to pay in USD, the rate will be converted as xe.com
o Deposit 500 AUD upon confirming, and 100 % for flight ticket at the reservation time via Bank Transfer (We will take responsibility for transfer fee), Credit card ( Payment fee 3 % )
o Balance will be full paid on 15 days of departure
o Customers will take responsibility for all bank transfer fee or any payment fee from the bank.
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CANCELLATION: SViet Travel must be informed in writing. Cancellation charges would be effective from the date we receive advice in writing and cancellation charges would apply as follows:
o 31 days before departure – Administration fees of $150pp + Airfare cancellation fees
o 15Days- 30 days before departure – Administration fees of $350pp + Airfare cancellation fees
o Within 14 Days before departure – No refundable
SET DEPARTURE DATE :
Aug 7,21; Sep 11,25; Oct 13 ; Dec 4; Jan 5-2018; Feb 9-2018; Mar 2- 2018; April 6-2018; May 4-2018; Jun 8-2018; July 6 -2018; Aug 10 -2018; Sep 7-2018; Oct 5 -2018; Nov 9-2018 ; Dec 7 -2018
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o Price based on twin share. Single supplement surcharge AUD435 pp
o Any un-utilized services, unused tours or hotel rooms are non-refundable
o Any amendment / cancellation made after a confirmed booking is nonrefundable
o tour is availability at the time of booking
o Itinerary may be changed upon the uncontrolled weather conditions
o All booking required to book 30 days of departure, within 30 days will be surcharge if flight ticket price changes