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Exploring Viet Nam 13 days by flight

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13 days

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27 people

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According to Rough Guides, Viet Nam appearing in the list of the most beautiful countries is not surprised, because Vietnam has many destinations that attract tourists coming to explore. From more than 1600 large and small islands with the interesting and diverse shapes in Ha long Bay to the vast rice terraces in Sapa or the floating markets in Mekong Delta river. All make tourists unforgettable once setting foot in this S-shaped strip land.

Moreover, there are many stunning and attractive beaches in Vietnam as Cua Dai (Hoi An), Non Nuoc (Da Nang), Sao beach (Phu Quoc)… At these beaches, tourists can immerse themselves in the cool blue water, bathe in the white sandy beaches and participate in exciting activities as scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming, beach volleyball…

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Itinerary

TOUR PROGRAM:

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh city

Arrive in Ho Chi Minh, check in hotel. Relax and Free time to visit HCM city by your self

Day 2: Mekong 1 day Tour

A smooth one and half hour bus ride passing rice fields and stopping over the National highway1, leads visitors to the beautiful rural district of Trung Luong. The morning trip continues on the motor rides boat to enter My Tho city to through Bao Dinh natural canal. Visitors then pay a visit to the My Tho street fruit market alongside the canal. Here they can join in with the daily activities of the local people and enjoy the atmosphere. Visitor then take a cruise on the Tien River to the Qui (Tortoise island).

On the way, they view the fishing port, stilt houses, boat building workshops, other Dragon, Phoenix and Unicorn islands. Lunch will be served right in the heart of the orchard to the sound of "Southern Vietnamese folk music ", performed by the islanders.

After visiting the coconut candy mill, the amazing rowing boat trip on the small canal is something visitors can not miss. Then continue on to Ben Tre province - "the country of coconut ", to see a typical agriculture model call "Garden - Pond - Cage", then enjoy the relaxing honey tea. Visitors" expects will be fulfilled by final boat trip back to My Tho on the Tan Thach natural canal, which is fully covered with water coconuts. Head home to HCM city by bus.

DAY 3: CUCHI TUNNEL HALF DAY

Located 60km from HCM city, Cu Chi is now considered a heroic district for its role in the anti American war in Vietnam. It is legendary for Original tunnels system of over 220km and is a popular spot for both Vietnamese and foreign visitors.

The peacefully rural rice paddy scenery contains ducks and water buffalo swimming in the rivers alongside the road. Visitors will find it hard to imagine the destruction, damage and defoliation all over the area, caused by bombing and mines, When Cu Chi was" A Free Target Zone ". The remnants visitors will see, show Cu Chi still has her evidence to prove the fierce battleground that took place there and visitors will see the remnants.

Finish Cu Chi Tunel tour, bus drop you off near the airport to take a flight. Fly from HCM city to Danang.

Check in Hoi An Trails Resort in Hoi An. Relax and stay over night.

DAY 4 : HOI AN OLD TOWN

Graceful, historic Hoi An is Vietnam’s most atmospheric and delightful town. Once a major port, it boasts the grand architecture and beguiling riverside setting that befits its heritage, and the 21st-century curses of traffic and pollution are almost entirely absent.

The face of the Old Town has preserved its incredible legacy of tottering Japanese merchant houses, Chinese temples and ancient tea warehouses – though, of course, residents and rice fields have been gradually replaced by tourist businesses. Lounge bars, boutique hotels, travel agents and a glut of tailor shops are very much part of the scene here. And yet, down by the market and over on Cam Nam Island, you’ll find life has changed little. Travel a few kilometres further – you’ll find some superb bicycle, motorbike and boat trips – and some of central Vietnam’s most enticingly laid-back scenery and beaches are within easy reach.

DAY 5: MY SON TEMPLE

My Son comprises of many Champa temples, in a valley roughly two kilometers wide, surrounded by two mountain ranges. It was the site of religious ceremony of kings of the Champa dynasty, and was also a burial place of Champa royals and national heroes. In 1999, the My Son temple complex was recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site. Though the complex has been destroyed over time, there are still many majestic ancient ruins of temples in the area.08:00 Picking up at hotel (located within Hoi An City center only) and departing for My Son Holy Land10:00 Arriving at My Son and exploring the stunning ruins of the Champa Kingdom that were built around six centuries ago.

2:00 Returning back to the bus and traveling to a dock. Boarding a boat and leisurely cruising back to Hoi An on Thu Bon River while having a light lunch

14:30 Arriving at Nguyen Hoang pier (near Hoi An’s night market & located at the corner of Nguyen Hoang St. and An Hoi Bridge). Tour ends at the pier.
Guests arrange own transportation back to hotel

DAY 6: HOI AN - COOKING CLASS

COOKING CLASS AT TRA QUE HERB VILLAGE IN HOI AN

08.00: Tour guide picks you at your hotel lobby. Then ride a bicycle to Hoi An's colourful central market. Here you will have the opportunity to interact with the local sellers and learn about the ingredients to be used in the cooking lesson later. So make sure your camera is handy.

10.00: Continue to Tra Que herb village. Welcome drink for a rest and walk through the market gardens where local famers work on their fields using traditional methods of hundreds of years ago.

11.00: Working together with the chef. Learn the traditional ways of preparing  and cooking Vietnamese food. The chef shows you how to cook . After the lesson, enjoy what you have cooked.

DAY 7 : HOI AN

Relax and enjoy An Bang beach. Bicycle around old town or go through local villages.
Just 3km north of Cua Dai, An Bang is one of Vietnam’s most happening and enjoyable beaches. At present there's a wonderful stretch of fine sand and an enormous horizon, with little sign of the serious erosion evident at Cua Dai, and with only the distant Cham Islands interrupting the seaside symmetry. Staying at the beach and visiting Hoi An on day trips is a good strategy for a relaxing visit to the area.

At the time of research, there was a growing band of vendors selling souvenirs on the beach, but the scene is still pretty laid-back and low-key.

DAY 8: HOI AN - HANOI

Check out resort in Hoi An.

Fly from Da Nang to Ha Noi. Check in hotel in Ha Noi

DAY 9 + 10: HALONG 2 DAYS 1 NIGHT

Tour program:

Ha Noi- Ha Long Bay- Titop Island- Sunset Party-Fishing

7:45 - 8:30: Our guide will meet you at your hotel. The shuttle bus or private car pick up. Enjoy the peaceful scenery as we travel through the countryside, farmlands and Red River delta. 

12:00 – 12:30 Arriving Tuan Chau Marina .Welcome aboard the cruise . Meet the captain , crew and join us for welcome drink as we tell you about life onboard.

Check into your cabin . Time to refresh and unwind.

Served a delectable lunch while cruising ahead to Ha Long Bay

Afternoon Activities:

- Explore the Surprising Cave – the most beautiful cave in Ha long Bay. It is one of the widest grottoes in Ha Long Bay with thousands of stalactites and stalagmites.

- Back to the APRICOT Cruise, We will take you to visit the Titop Island – swimming

- Climbing up to the Top of the Island – take the best view of Halong Bay in the Summer time.

- Continue cruising to the quiet area while enjoy beautiful seascape on the way.

- After that, come back to the boat, enjoy the Sunset Party on sundeck (free wine & fresh fruits).

Evening Relaxing:

Dinner is served. Socialize with other guests, take part in board games, fish for squid, or just laze around.

Overnight on board: Clean air – conditioned rooms with private washroom.

Tai Chi- Breakfast- Kayaking- Cooking Demonstration- Lunch- Your hotel

Morning in the bay:

- 6:30 – 6:45 Start your day with Tai Chi exercises or a photo hunt

- Have breakfast on board while the boat starts cruising to the Natural Preservation Zone.

- Do KAYAKING in Hang Luon and and around the bay.

- We board the cruise again .Take time to refresh and relax before checking out. Bags can be left in luggage store .

- Continue your cruise pass through the Bay, passing Ba Hang fishing village, Dog Islet, and more…

- Join in the Cooking Class , teaching you how to make our specifically (Spring rolls) before an early lunch is served .

- 11: 30 – 12:00 Disembark at the harbor, Tuan Chau Marina. 

- Transfer to minibus or private and return to Hanoi

- Arrival back at your hotel approximately 16:30 or 17:00

Day 11: Hoa Lu-Tam Coc

07:30 - 08:30 Get picked up by our tour guide and bus then depart for Ninh Binh province (90 km south of Hanoi). Have a break 20 minutes half way to relax and experience Vietnamese handicraft products such as lacquer wares, paintings, embroideries…

10:30 Arrive at Hoa Lu, which is once depicted the ancient capital of Viet Nam, settled up in the 10th century.

11:00 Visit temples of two dynasties of Dinh and Le with a very unique architectures in the old time.

11:30 Visit the excavation area beside the Le Dai Hanh temple. You experience the vestiges of Royal Palaces ground dated back 10th century. Go back to the bus and drive to Tam Coc.

CYCLING RIDE (optional): Those who love to explore real countryside images of Vietnam can proceed a 40 minute cycling ride along country lane (from Tam Coc to Bich Dong Pagoda, estimated time 40 minutes for 5km cycling 2 ways), experiencing the beautiful scenery of lush paddy fields. Finish the cycling ride at Tam Coc dock in time for a buffet lunch in restaurant.

14:00 Board the sampan boats (2 people share a boat) in Tam Coc dock to drift down the river among the villages, mountains and lush rice fields. Passing through 3 caves "Hang Ca - First cave, Hang Hai -Second cave, Hang Ba - Third cave" to get a strange feeling. Boat returns to the dock for bus drive back to Hanoi.

18:00 Arrive in Hanoi. Tour ends.

DAY 13: HANOI AND DEPATURE

Breakfast at the Hotel, you have a free time all day in the Ha Noi. You can go to shopping or walking around  in HANOI ,after lunch the car take you go to the Airport, fly back your country

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Gregory A. Parker Sr.

10/16/2019
We've taken 3 tours in 13 days with Pioneer Travel and we have enjoyed each one thoroughly. It's nice to get out of the regular tourist spots every once in a while and that's where these tours excel.
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