Vietnam photography tourThis tour is designed to help you discover the best that Vietnam has to offer. The tour isto create memorable moments from your holiday in Vietnam and suitable for both thebeginner level photographers who want to discover your camera setting as well as thosewant to sharpen your sense of art.• Trips length: 18 days• Trip Themes: Culture, Heritages, Local life & Culture, Nature• Transport: Car/Bus, Boat, Flight, Train• Places visited: Hanoi - Ha Giang - Cao Bang - Ba Be Lake - Halong Bay -Hue - Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta• Tour operates: All year round• Start / End cities: Hanoi / Ho Chi Minh City• Accommodation: 14 nts in hotel, 1 nt on boat, 1 nt on train, 1 nt homestay• Price from: Available on requestDetailed ItineraryTel: +84.4.371 85750Hotline: +84.977102103www.customvietnamtravel.comEmail: firstname.lastname@example.orgOffice: No 116/32/76 An Duong, Tay Ho, Hanoi, Vietnamwww.customvietnamtravel.com
Day 1: ArrivalArrive in Hanoi airport. Get picked up and transferred to your hotel. Today, you will havea brief meeting with your tour guide / group leader for more necessary information andtravel documents before welcome dinner. Overnight in proposed hotel. (D)Day 2: Hanoi City tourHanoi is a charming city with its be autiful lakes, shaded boulevards, verdant public parksand its thriving old town centre with blocks of ochre French style buildings, old Buddhisttemples and the tangle of ancient streets in its still surface. Start your tour today with avisit to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh House and the One Pillar Pagoda.This afternoon, you take a cyclo ride to enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of the Hanoi OldQuarter then take a walk around for photo shoots with vast array of daily life activitieshere. Enjoy a world famous water puppet performance at Water Puppet Theatre and thenfree in the evening at your leisure. Overnight in hotel. (B,L)Day 3: Hanoi – Ha giangToday you will take a ride of nearly 300km from Hanoi through breathtaking ruralscenery toward the northeastern part of the country to Ha Giang. This drive offers yougreat chance for photos of beautiful Northern Delta to poetic and august scenery ofmountains and green of highland part. Also on the ride, you will have chance for localinteractions and take picture of local daily life activities. Overnight at a hotel in littletown of Ha Giang. (B,L)Day 4: Ha Giang – Dong VanThe drive today is marvelous with mountain views and amazing life of the localhighlanders. Here you will see the Black and Flower H’mong people with their colorfuldress and typical life style. This afternoon is the time for you to admire the hidden mightyof the nature and people here: life on rocks and karst topography which was recognizedas the first UNESCO’s karst geopark in Asia. Have a stop at Sa Phin for a visit to thepalace of H’mong King which is very well-preserved so far. Arrive in Dong Van, checkin and overnight at a hotel.Day 5: Dong Van – Cao BangThe way to Cao Bang is filled with spectacular landscape of mountains and forest dottedwith peaceful village on hillsides. Stop at Bao Lac little town for lunch and continue yourdrive with some stops for taking photos. Cao Bang province is home of the Tay, Nung,Dzao, H’mong, San Chay… minority people with their life style and tradition are wellpreserved. Arrive in Cao Bang in the late afternoon, check in hotel and free at yourleisure to relax or wandering around. Overnight in hotel. (B,L)
Day 6: Cao Bang – Ban Gioc WaterfallAfter breakfast, we will venture into the most remote northern region of Cao BangProvince. The scenic roads lead you up to higher elevation through august view of theland. Passing through Trung Khanh, a little mountain town before arriving at the famousBan Gioc Waterfall, the biggest and the best-known waterfalls in Vietnam lines on theborder with China. You will then have a visit to Nguom Ngao, a huge and beautiful cavelocates 5 km away from Ban Gioc. This is one of the main tourist attractions of the CaoBang province. Get back to Cao Bang in the afternoon then it is free time for relaxing.(B,L)Day 7: Cao Bang – Ba Be LakeDepart for Ba Be around 8AM. Your drive today is filled with spectacular mountainlandscape and you will have some stops for photos and local interaction along the way.Arrive in Ba Be in late afternoon at the Pac Ngoi village of Tay minority people thatsituated by the bank of Ba Be lake. Freshen yourself up then take a stroll around thevillage for sightseeing. Dinner of local taste and specialties are served along with ricewine. Warm hospitality of the host and strong wine make you feeling at home and it isthe chance to learn about local culture and tradition. Homestay overnight in the localhouse on stilts. (B,L,D)Day 8: Ba Be Lake - HanoiThe day starts with a cruise on beautiful Ba Be lake to explore the wonder of nature. BaBe lake literally means three seas. This is the largest natural lake on the mountainous areaof Vietnam and is part of Ba Be national park. The picturesque scenery of the lake is ingreat harmony of tranquil emerald water and rocky forested island and is boasted the Jadeof the country. The boat will stop for a visit to the Dau Dang waterfall and then Puongcave on the Nang River after that. Keep gliding along the river and be overwhelmed withbreathtaking scenery along its banks until you get to the boat dock. Lunch in a localrestaurant in Cho Ra town and then drive back Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi in the lateafternoon. Evening free at your leisure. Overnight in hotel. B,L)Day 9: Hanoi – HalongToday you will take a 3.5 hours drive through beautiful rural scenery to get to Halongbay. Remember to prepare your camera well for photos. Halong Bay is a breathtakingsecluded bay with 2,000 limestone islands rising from the emerald waters with differentand spectacular shapes created over thousands of years by waves and wind. Board yourcruising vessel and have lunch as you cruise among thousand of dramatic limestonekarsts into the breathtaking scenery of the World Natural Wonder. Visit a cave that filledwith stunning stalactites and stalagmites, go swimming, paddling kayak and take part in aVietnamese spring roll cooking demonstration or just simply relax as you wind throughthe Bay. Dinner and spend a peaceful night on board, beneath a night sky alive with stars.(B,L,D)www.customvietnamtravel.com
Day 10: Halong – HanoiGet up in the morning; enjoy fresh air and gentle breeze from sun deck. After breakfast,you will have further cruise to explore the other part of Halong Bay. Enjoy a wholesomebrunch before getting back to harbor at noon. Drive back to Hanoi with a stop to visit aceramic making village in Dong Trieu to learn how beautiful ceramic stuff are made.Free at leisure for the remainder of the afternoon until getting night train to Hue.Overnight on train in AC soft sleeper cabin. (B,L)Day 11: HueArrive in Hue in the morning then get transfer to your hotel. As the former imperialcapital of Vietnam, Hue holds the treasures of Vietnams royal past and is known for itsbeautiful natural setting and landscapes. This afternoon you will spend your time to visitthe Imperial Citadel, a huge work built by the last feudal dynasty of the country andexplore the ruin of the Purple Forbidden City. Free evening at your leisure for dinner,relaxing or getting fun at bars and pubs around. Overnight in hotel. (B)Day 12: HueToday you will have an awesome experience on motorbike to visit Hue City and itscountryside. Start your day with a visit to a local market which located in beautiful andvery poetic scenery of Hue’s country. Wander through the aisles abundant with freshproducts; experiencing the atmosphere and learn about local life style. There, within themarket area are the most charming ancient covered bridge and a farming exhibitionhouse, spend some time to learn, enjoy and have interaction with locals. Continue yourtour through verdant hills and quaint villages and visit to one of Emperor mausoleums.Enjoy a tasty and savory vegetarian feast in a pagoda. This afternoon, you will visit theTiger – Elephant arena then take a dragon boat cruise on the Perfume River and visit tothe iconic Thien Mu Pagoda. Free evening and overnight in hotel. (B,L)Day 13: Hue – Hoi AnDepart Hue for a scenic drive along picturesque rice paddies, verdant mountains andspectacular beaches to Hoi An ancient town. Being one of World Heritages in the countryand known as Faifo to early Western traders, it was one of South-East Asias majorinternational ports during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Its charms with buildings, lifestyle and atmosphere is exceptionally well preserved that combined to produce thisunique heritage site. Its also a shopping paradise - with much to browse and buy. Thisafternoon, you will have a walking tour around the town for sightseeing, photos andshopping. Free for dinner and overnight in hotel. (B)Day 14: Hoi AnThis morning is free at your leisure for relaxing or swimming on Hoi An beach. In theafternoon you will take a bike ride around Hoi An countryside to explore the rice paddieswww.customvietnamtravel.com
in the warm afternoon light, capture the workers planting, plowing or harvesting rice.You then take boat trip cruise on Thu Bon river where you have a chance to learn aboutand take photos of traditional fishing technique that used by local residents. A BBQ feastis arranged on river bank while you watch sun setting down behind mountain a far.Sunset in Hoi An makes an infinite hue of colors and reflections. Boat ride back to HoiAn town for photograph the old quarter in the best light. Rest in the evening or spendyour time to get fun in bars in town. Overnight in hotel. (B,D)Day 15: Hoi AnToday you will have a free day at your leisure to roam around and enjoy your shopping intown. (B)Day 16: Hoi An- HCM CityFree in the morning until you get transfer to Da Nang airport for flight to Ho Chi MinhCity. Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is characterised by a vast array ofsights and sounds; a fascinating blend of old and new, East and West. This afternoon, youwill have a cyclo ride to explore the city and visit to some of the citys interesting sitessuch as War Remnants Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office…thenexperience the hustle atmosphere of selling and buying in the busiest market of the city –Ben Thanh. Dinner and then enjoy your evening in one of the popular bars, pub in town.(B,D)Day 17: Mekong DeltaDrive to Mekong delta for a full day tour. Mekong delta – the biggest delta lying to thesouthern part of Vietnam is characterized by hundreds of canals banked by coconut trees.Enjoy the lush and evergreen scenery of the most fertile land in the country. Take a boatcruise on Mekong River, visit orchard garden and taste local fruits freshly picked fromtrees then visit some local cottage industry. Lunch is served with local specialties in afresh garden before you take a sit on sampan for rowing to explore the mangroves of theMekong Delta along meandering rivers. Boarding the big boat to get back to the harborthen bus drive back to Ho Chi Minh City. Tonight you will have a farewell dinner and itis time to summarize your wonderful experience in Vietnam. Overnight in hotel. (B,L,D)Day 18: DepartureToday is departure day. Free at your leisure until time to depart for your flight. Safetravel. (B)Note: This is a sample itinerary with Custom Vietnam Travel picks of places, activities,accommodation and services. You can actually make changes to have it fit your travelneeds the best. Please, contact us for further suggestion.
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