Mekong Delta Travel
Set Departure Tours
 
16D VIETNAM EMOTION  
16DAYS/15NIGHTS (MDT/VNE)
 
 
Day 1: Arrival - Hanoi (D)
Arrival in Hanoi famous for the name of the mythical ascending dragon, unique city of Vietnam. Meet your guide and transfer to down town. City tour around the bustling 36 streets quarter before hotel check in. Welcome dinner at restaurant with typical Vietnamese dishes. O/N in Hanoi.
 
Day 2: Hanoi - Citytour – Halong Bay (BLD)
After breakfast at hotel, starting citytour Hanoi: Hoan Kiem lake, Temple of Literature, which is well known as the first university of Vietnam and the impressive Ethnologic Museum, dedicated to Vietnam's 54 ethnic groups. Enjoy lunch at nice restaurant. Leave Hanoi for Halong Bay. Upon leaving the town we set off on a scenic drive to Halong Bay with stop over at pottery villages. On arrival, check-in the hotel in Halong and at leisure until having dinner. O/N in Halong.
 
 
Day 3: Halong Bay - Hanoi – Lao Cai - On train (BLD)
Breakfast at hotel, we then starting the tour in Halong Bay by embark on a boat for a four hours cruise around Halong Bay, truly one of Vietnam’s most impressive scenic sights. This exciting trip will give us a spectacular view of the bay, dotted with some 3,000 limestone islands rising amazingly from the clear and emerald water. The islands are littered with beaches, grottoes and beautiful caves. After a seafood lunch on board we will anchor for an enjoyable visit to one of the many hidden grottoes beneath towering cliffs and a leisurely swim in a secluded cove. Back to Hanoi, visit the beautiful West Lake, Tran Quoc Pagoda. Enjoy dinner at restaurant before catching the night train to Lao Cai. Spend the night on TULICO/ RATRACO train (2 persons/ cabin).
 
Day 4: Sapa – Lao Chai & Ta Van Hill Tribe villages – Ham Rong (BLD)
Early morning arrive to Laocai station, Laocai is bordering of China in the far Northwest, the place to see some of Vietnam’s colourful hill tribes, in particular H’mong and Dao. Transfer to hotel for breakfast, after then check-in the hotel (if room available). Take a short rest, then continue your program by visiting the hill trible villages: Lao Chai & Ta Van. You have chance to make a short trek around the village and communicate with people at Giay minority visit their house. Lunch box. Afternoon, visit Ham Rong mountain for bird-eyes-view the whole Sapa city. Discovery night by yourselves around Sapa town, visit Sapa church and Sapa market. At leisure until Enjoy special dinner at charming restaurant with minority tribe show.
 
 
Day 5: Sapa – Tram Ton – Binh Lu – Sapa (BL)
Breakfast at hotel. Drive to uphill toward Tram Ton. On the way, you can take a short walk to Silver Waterfall and then head to Heaven Gate, where you will be amazed by breathtaking view to mountain surrounding included Fansipan, the highest peak of Indochina. Your ride will be mostly downhill toward Binh Lu, then make a stop-over to visit Chu Va village of Flower Hmong for a break before you arrive in Binh Lu. Having lunch in a local restaurant (or lunch box). After lunch, turn in a dirt road to the villages, which are set in a beautiful valley of rice paddy terraces and mountain surrounded and stop-over for visiting Pa Pen village of Lu minority. Here you can take a walk around the village as well as visit a local school. After then get on the car to return to Sapa.
 
 
Day 6: Sapa – Ta Fin & Mong Sen ethnic village – Lao Cai – On Train (BLD)
Breakfast at hotel. At leisure until 12.00 check-out. Then having light lunch. After then drive to downhill toward Taphin where you can meet Red Dao and Black Hmong minorities, two largest ethnic groups in Sapa. Then make a short trek to Mong Sen, where start ascending on a dirt trail through a mountainous area. En route, you have many opportunities to enjoy spectacular view over rice paddy terraces and cornfields. Take a rest at a nice spot. Then continue your program, the trek will continue by going. Here your guide will tell you about local daily life. Finish trip then drive to Lao Cai. Having dinner at local restaurant before catching the night train to Hanoi. Spend the night on TULICO train (2 persons/ cabin).
 
Day 7: Hanoi – Hue (BLD)
Breakfast at hotel. At leisure until transfer to airport for flight to Hue. Arrive to Hue, meet your guide in Hue then transfer to hotel for check-in. After which, proceed to visit the Royal Tombs of Khai Dinh. The Hillside tomb of Emperor Khai Dinh, who ruled from 1916 to 1925, is perhaps symptomatic of the decline of Vietnamese culture during the colonial era. His Tomb was built for 11 years begun from 1920 and completed in 1931. The grandiose concrete structure is completely unlike Hue’s other tombs, being a synthesis of Vietnamese and European elements. The interior of this Royal Tomb is decorated with colourful bits of broken porcelain and glass embedded in cement. At leisure until Enjoy dinner with special Hue’s foods at Royal Restaurant. Evening: enjoy Hue’s folk show on boat cruising along the Perfume River.


 
 
Day 8: Hue (BL)
fter breakfast, sightseeing tour take us in the massive citadel, containing the Imperial. The next attraction is to take a boat trip on Perfume River for visiting Thien Mu Pagoda built on a hillock overlooking the Perfume River, is one of the most famous structures in all of Vietnam. After an impressive boat trip we return to the town and enjoy a walk to the bustling Dong Ba Market that sells a wide variety of local goods and handicrafts. O/N in Hue.
 
Day 9: Hue – Danang – Hoi An (BLD)
Breakfast at hotel. Leave Hue to Danang by passing the Hai Van Pass, stop-over on the top for short rest and overlooking Lang Co Lagoon. Arrive to Danang, visit Marble Mountain and Cham Museum. Then drive straight to Hoi An, the biggest commercial port in the 17th century where merchant ships from Holland, Portugal, Japan, China. Came for exchanging trade. Check-in the resort. At leisure time. Discovery “Hoi An ancient night – usually open on fullmoon night” with a high light of the tour around small streets bordered by ancient houses, gorgeous temples and an old bridge. Enjoy dinner at the charming restaurant with special Hoian’s foods. O/N in Hoi An.
 
 
Day 10: Hoi An – Danang – Nha Trang (B)
Breakfast at hotel. At leisure. Then transfer to Danang airport for flight to Nha Trang. The fabulous sunny weather, turquoise water surrounding a string of offshore islands, and white sandy beach stretching the whole length of the city make Nha Trang an ideal place for anyone seeking an enjoyable escape. After checking into hotel we visit Nha Trang's some major sights, including the Oceanographic Institute, the Long Son Pagoda with its famous giant Buddha image, the Hon Chong Rock formation and the impressive Ponagar Cham Towers, which are overlooking the colourful fishing port. O/N in Nha Trang.
 
Day 11: Nha Trang - Dalat (BLD)
Upon leaving Nha Trang we head south towards Da Lat, sometimes known as the " City of Eternal Spring". The journey will pass by the famous Cam Ranh Bay before arriving at the Po Klong Jarai Towers which represent an interesting culture and a colorful history of the Cham people. At an elevation of over 1,000 meters, the hill station of Dalat was founded in the early year of the last century for the colonials to escape the heat and chaos of Saigon. On arrival in Dalat we start our tour taking us through plenty of the French colonial architectures to the summer residence of Vietnam’s last Emperor Bao Dai, who was forced to abdicate in 1945, shortly after the end of the World War II. The following sights are the Lam Ty Ni Pagoda and Hang Nga Guesthouse, known as the Crazy House because of its bizarre architecture. O/N in Dalat.
 
 
Day 12: Dalat – Saigon (BLD)
Before leave Dalat for Saigon, we take the cable car to visit the Truc Lam Institute & pagoda, boat scruising (1 hour) on Tuyen Lam Lake to visit the small island. Back to the city to visit Chua Tau (Chinese pagoda). Lunch en route. Check-in the hotel on arrive. At leisure until dinner and overnight in Saigon.
 
Day 13: Saigon – Cu Chi Tunnels (BL)
AM: Breakfast at hotel. Take an excursion to visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, an incredible underground tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters during the struggle for independence. On the way back stop at the countryside for photos and visit a rice paper workshop and lacquer factory.
PM: Downtown for citytour around the busiest city of Vietnam with its history and culture, you will find many examples of French colonial architecture such as the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Old Saigon Post Office, Ben Thanh Market. O/N in Saigon.

 
 
Day 14: Saigon – My Tho (BLD)
A full day trip to water world of the Mekong Delta. Take a boat trip along narrow waterways, you will enjoy a cruise on boats and viewing the daily activities of the local people along the Mekong River and taste fresh tropical fruits in the orchards, enjoy honey from bee hives with “Tai Tu music” show. Having lunch with special Elephant’s Ear Fish. Return to Saigon. Enjoy dinner at local restaurant. O/N in Saigon.
 
Day 15: Saigon – Free & Easy Day (B)
Breakfast at hotel. Free at leisure time & overnight in Saigon.


 
Day 16: Saigon – Departure (B)
Free until transfer to airport to flight home.
 

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