VIETNAM CULTURAL TOUR
Highlight: For people who first visit Vietnam and have more than a week Lighten Travel suggest you this trip for the most highlight destination in Vietnam. This tour is a combination between culture, nature, culinary as well as the experience of Vietnam regions. Starting from Ho Chi Minh city (Saigon) and ending in the Capital city of Hanoi, 10 day Vietnam Highlight tour is a perfect package for the first trip to the S-shape country.
Route: Ho Chi Minh – Mekong delta – Hoi An – Danang – Hue – Hanoi – Halong – Hanoi
Upon arrival Ho Chi Minh airport, you will be warmly welcomed by Lighten Travel staff and transferred to the hotel. You will have an afternoon private city tour of Ho Chi Minh City (formerly known as Saigon), the largest and busiest city in Vietnam, with a population of 7 million people. Much of daily life takes place on the streets, which are lined with shops, stalls and vendors with their wares spread out on the footpath. Don't miss the bustling Ben Thanh Market, the moving War Remnants Museum, The Reunification Palace and Notre Dame Cathedral.
In the evening, your tour guide will pick up to a nice restaurant for a welcome dinner. Stay overnight in HCMC.
At: 08:00 am Lighten Travel will pick up you at hotel’s lobby for the transfer to Ben Tre about 85km far from Ho Chi Minh city (approx. 2 hours driving). Ben Tre is a famous land of coconut palms. This place was nearly destroyed by Allied bombing during the war; and nowadays, Ben Tre is a destination for tourists who are interested in the truly Vietnam with friendly people and beautiful countryside. Take a boat trip around the river. We enjoy our sight-seeing along the way and stop to see the local people making bricks, salts, coconut candy…. After that, we keep on boating to Cai Son & Nhon Thanh creeks to see some families making mats. We also take motor cart (xe loi) passing the rice fields and vegetable plains… We have our lunch at midday a local house then relax for a while.
Our afternoon activities are taking rowing-boat along water palm creek, boating along Cai Coi creek… and our boat trip ends at where your van is waiting for transfer back to Ho Chi Minh city.
You will transfer to the airport and fly on Vietnam Airlines to Danang. Upon arrival at Danang Airport, our tour guide who will begin by escorting you on a tour of Danang City, including the Cham Museum where you can find out more about this ancient but advanced civilization. After leaving Danang, you will make our way the short distance to the Marble Mountains , where there will be the opportunity to climb to the top and admire the temples that have a commanding view over the surrounding district. You will continue to the delightful town of Hoi An, approximately 30km away. You will check in and have leisure time before an overnight stay.
From the 16th to 18th centuries, Hoi An was a thriving international commercial port for Chinese, Dutch, French, Japanese, Portuguese and Arab traders. These people came primarily to trade in the high grade silk, which is still produced in the area, as well as ceramics. Today, Hoi An is a quaint riverside town, popular with tourists for its eclectic architecture, tailors shops, and numerous cafes. Some of the buildings in the narrow streets have remained unchanged for more than a century.
In the morning, Lighten Travel’s tour guide will pick you up at your hotel in Hoi An by car to My Son Holy Land. Located in a lush valley, My Son was a capital and religious center of Cham people, now remaining with red brick towers and sanctuaries. My Son, considered being in the same league as some of Southeast Asia’s greatest archaeological sites, including Angkor in Cambodia, Bagan in Myanmar, Ayutthaya in Thailand and Borobudur in Indonesia. These towers and sanctuaries were built from the 7th to 13th centuries.
At noon time, transfer to Hoi An for lunch at a local restaurant and have a short rest.
In the afternoon, you will enjoy a half-day walking tour through the narrow winding streets of the ancient quarter, visiting Chua Ong Pagoda, Chinese Assembly Halls, the 200-year-old Tam Ky ancestral house, and the Japanese Bridge. Hoi An is now one of five UNESCO-designated World Heritage sites in Vietnam. Then go back to your hotel, overnight in Hoi An.
You will leave Hoi An for Hue for two-night stay. In the afternoon you will board a Dragon Boat for a cruise on the romantic Perfume River. Being the ancient capital, Hue is surrounded by ancient tombs of emperors past, temples and pagodas, and a visit to the most beautiful tombs will be on the itinerary for today. The charming Lady Pagoda (Thien Mu Pagoda) will be the first stop of the day and you can get a great view of the Perfume River and surrounding area. You will visit Thien Mu Pagoda which is considered the symbol of Hue and of Buddhism in Vietnam. From here you will continue a drive to visit ornate Minh Mang's tomb and Tu Duc's tomb before an overnight stay in Hue.
Today you will explore this fabulous city starting with a visit to the Citadel, containing the Imperial City and the Forbidden Purple City, the Emperor's private residence. The Imperial City was created in the 19th century and modeled on the Forbidden City in Beijing and there are many palaces and temples inside. You will also visit the Imperial Museum, the Tu Hieu Pagoda and the vibrant Dong Ba Riverside market. To round off the day's activities, you will visit one of Hue's fine restaurants to sample some of its local delicacies, as Hue is regarded by many as the culinary capital of Vietnam. You will stay overnight in Hue.
After breakfast at the hotel, you will have free time before transferring to Phu Bai Airport for a short flight to Hanoi for a three-night stay. Arriving in Hanoi, you will transfer to your hotel in town and have free time to explore beauty Hanoi on your own. At dinner time, we will pick up you for dinner at a nice local restaurant. In the evening you will enjoy a traditional Vietnamese water puppet show at Thang Long theater before an overnight stay in Hanoi.
The colonial capital city of Hanoi is a unique Asian city with tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes, pagodas and temples. This full day tour takes you around Hanoi's most interesting sights, including the Ho Chi Minh Complex: Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum and his Stilt House, the Presidential Palace, the One Pillar Pagoda, and the nearby Old Quarter, also known for its 36 streets and former craft guilds. Also on the tour are the Lake of the Restored Sword, Ngoc Son Temple, the Temple of Literature, peaceful West Lake, Thanh Nien, the peaceful Tran Quoc Pagoda and Quan Thanh Temple. You can also try one of the city's best museums, either the History Museum or the Ethnology Museum. Before an overnight stay in Hanoi.
In the morning you will drive to Halong Bay City, approximately 3.5 hours away. Once at Halong Bay City you are welcomed on board for a four-hour cruise on the stunning bay, stopping along the way to visit one of the limestone caves in the area. As you are cruising, the boat crew will serve you a sumptuous local seafood lunch. Aftera4 hour navigation, you will sail back to harbor and rejoin your car and head back to your hotel in Hanoi for an overnight stay.
There are no activities planned for today, so you are free time until being transferred to the airport for your onward flight.
- Private tours with Experienced Englishspeaking guide
- Private A/C transport throughout the tours
- Entrance fee to any applicable tourist sites
- Meals as indicated in the program
- Boat program
- Cold water and towel during the trip
- Government tax & Service charge
- Compulsory Gala Dinner on 24 Dec and 31 Dec
- Other meals not mentioned
- Tips & personal expenses
- Other not stated above
- Travel insurance