Vietnam Discovery: 14 days Vietnam

The sheer variety of Vietnam caters to nearly every wandering soul. Within its spectacular seascapes and mountainous landscapes, Vietnam conceals its mystical cultural minority hamlets, impressive cascading rice terraces, a hotpot of cultures dating back thousands of many years, one of the most lively food scenes in Southeast Asia, and many more.
This exploration will take you across the nation, from Hanoi, Vietnam's millennial capital city to Sapa, the North's ultimate trekking base. Deal with yourself to a perfect getaway on the renowned karst-dotted seascape of Halong Bay - one of several New seven Wonders of Nature with its tranquil emerald water.
Down the slender curves of Vietnam is the idyllic Hue, Vietnam's formal imperial capital, that has all the grandeur and majesty to stir the curiosity of any history buff. Further south is Hoi An - playing the job of muse to the artist, its architectural consistency of structures as well as the power grid formation of narrow alleys and lanes have magically turned Hoi An into a de facto theme park.
Out from the serenity, Saigon bloomed as probably the most enjoyable cities in Asia but does not go for just that. The verdant Mekong Delta, the melting pot of cultures that are different has an additional otherworldly aspect of Vietnam.
Why don't we spend a significant holiday in Vietnam becoming a part of the fluidity of her and examining her lots of facets acutely from the inside out in 14 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
Your holiday in Vietnam will start with Hanoi - the timeless capital of Vietnam. After a warm welcome upon arrival at Hanoi Airport, you'll be transferred to your hotel. In the evening, you are going to engage in a private walking city tour to explore local markets and also the Old Quarter - known for its thirty six narrow, congested roadways and guilds (now Hanoi has over 70 streets) - each was called after one trade - formed by traders and artisans 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 packages in case you're looking forward to digging deeper into Vietnamese culture. Nowadays you've a full day to explore the capital of Vietnam, with en route visits to its main attraction 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 the most incredible attraction museum in Hanoi - The Vietnam Museum of Ethnology or History Museum.
Later in the evening, you will enjoy a traditional Water Puppet effectiveness for an intimate insight into Vietnamese rural 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 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 early in the early morning. Lao Cai is a town near the Chinese border. You will be welcomed by the local tour guide of ours and then transferred to Sapa city. Have breakfast and relax for some time before starting to trek to Mường Hoa Valley - known for its breathtaking scenery and being the biggest farmland for grain cultivation in SaPa. You will trek across the Muong Hoa River through terraced fields, passing by some hamlets of the H'Mong. The trek will take you from Lao Chai Village - inhabited by Black H'mong People to Ta Van Village - inhabited by the Zay, offering an intimate insight into the various ethnic costumes and traditions showcased by the villagers. Go back to your hotel and remain 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 beautiful gardens and lush pine forests. On the way, you are going to 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 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 told by the elders. You will also have the opportunity to visit several traditional houses here before returning to Sapa in an automobile. The bus of ours will take you to Hanoi for the overnight stay of yours at the resort.


Day 5: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay
Meal: Breakfast-lunch-dinner/Accommodation: On Cruise
No holiday in Vietnam is complete without a beach escape. So treat yourself to an overnight stay amidst the majestic Halong Bay. After getting picked up from the hotel of yours, you'll be transferred by van/car to Ha Long Bay at 12:00. Upon arrival in Ha Long Bay, you'll be welcomed aboard and enjoy lunch while weaving through many destinations and islets towering over and reflected off the emerald waters of Halong Bay. After lunch, take a brief trek to a nearby summit for a birds' eye view of the bay peppered with golden sails, and then proceed to a peaceful beach for a few swimming or kayaking, or simply return to the ship and also sunbathe on the sundeck, whatever tickles the fancy of yours.
Later in the afternoon, pay a visit to a tranquil fishing village to have interaction with fishermen that have inhabited the bay for almost 3 generations. Go back on board and enjoy a beverage on the sun deck while can enjoy beverages and lose yourself within the immense visual delight as the reddish-orange hue of the skies deepens and also 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 your day with a beginning Tai Chi Session on the sundeck and you'll be rewarded with an unparalleled visible glory of the sunshine peeking above the watery horizon. After breakfast, you will visit an enigmatic limestone grotto and then go to the ship for a final glimpse of Ha Long Bay as you cruise to the dock. Check out as the ship arrives at the harbor by drive and noon back to Hanoi for your flight to Hue. On your arrival, you'll be transferred to the hotel. Check in and immediately in Hue.


Day 7: Hue
Meals: Breakfast/Accommodation: Hotel in Hue
Nowadays, you are going to embark on a full-day exploration of Hue - Vietnam's former ancient capital. Get started with a trip to the Imperial Citadel - home to the Imperial City and Forbidden Purple City - once the Emperor's and also the family of his private residence. The Imperial City was built in the 19th century, based off of the style 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 afternoon, continue to check out the Imperial Museum, Tu Hieu Pagoda, and the brilliant Dong Ba Riverside Market.


Day 8: Hue – Danang – Hoi An
Meals: Breakfast/Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An.
Wake up in the ancient capital and enjoy your breakfast in the hotel. Then, start a private boat trip driving the romantic Perfume River with visits to Lady Pagoda (Thien Mu Pagoda) and the grandiose Minh Mang's tomb - captivating beholders with its regal characteristics. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and then leave Hue for Hoi An - one other UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will travel via the Hai Van Pass, stop in Danang for a trip to the Cham Museum and handicraft villages in the feet on the Marble Mountains before arriving in Hoi An. Upon arrival in Hoi An, you'll check straight into the hotel of yours and have some spare time to enjoy 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 overseas 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 region, as well as ceramics. Nowadays, Hoi An is a quaint riverside city, popular with tourists for the eclectic architecture of its, tailors shops, along with countless cafes. Some of the buildings in the narrow streets have stayed the same for more than a century. 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. Sticking to 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 escape Hoi An for Danang Airport for a one hour flight to Ho Chi Minh City. In the afternoon, you are going to embark on the city trip of HCMC (Saigon) which includes the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, the old Post Office along with bustling Ben Thanh Market. You are going to 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 is the cathedral of the Cao Daism religion and home of the Divine Eye, the official sign of this unique religion. Cao Dai followers worship Jesus Christ, Confucius, Taoism, and Buddha. You will also be able to look at the midday service.
Following lunch you will drive to the Cu Chi Tunnels, which include over 200 km of subterranean tunnels. This main axis system has many branches linking to subterranean hideouts, shelters, and entrances to various other tunnels. The system incorporated innumerable trap doors, specially built living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers and kitchens. These days the remaining tunnels have become a major tourist attraction giving visitors a unique experience and a feel of what subterranean 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 are going to leave HCMC to rich My Tho where you will cruise on a private boat through the eco-friendly vegetation of the canals to an orchard, where you are treated to a scrumptious lunch in a local restaurant in the heart of the Mekong, complete with exotic fruits. You'll also visit the snake farm Dong Tam that breeds snakes for, among some other things, snake wine, before proceeding to Vinh Trang Pagoda. You will then head off to Can Tho City - the metropolis of the Southwest situated right at the center 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 take boat trip to sign up in the sun-soaked Cai Rang floating market, one of the many bustling floating marketplaces in the Mekong Delta, with hundreds of small boats jostling and barging for room to market the goods of theirs which will definitely escape you in awe. After sampling local fruit, our guide will escort you to the hotel through myriad canals. You will have lunch at a nearby 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're free to enjoy your spare time souvenir shopping until getting transferred to the airport for the onward flight. This is the conclusion of the holiday of yours 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