Indochina Treks Travel Co.,Ltd Add: 24 Au Trieu Str, Hoan Kiem Dis, Hanoi Tel: (84) 4 66821230; Fax (84) 4 33769113 Website: www.indochinatreks.com Email: email@example.com Grand Vietnam 18 days (code: VTS07) --------- Itinerary HCMC - Mekong - Dalat - Nhatrang - Hoian - Hue - Hanoi - Sapa - Halong Duration 18 days Tour Private type Price only from US$..../person Highlight Colorful Sapa, romantic cruise on Halong Bay, sea kayaking, charming Hoian, My Son Sanctuary, Hue Imperial City, nice beaches, Mekong Delta, Cu Chi TunnelsDay 1: Ho Chi Minh Arrival (D)Today, you are well come at the airport in Ho Chi Minh city, also called Saigon. This is the largest cityin Vietnam and is the nations economic capital. The metropolitan area Hồ Chí Minh City andsurrounding towns is populated by more than 9 million.We take a short city tour to visit the must to see places in the city including the Reunification Palace,War Remnants Museum and Notre Dame Cathedral. You will also admire the many beautiful Frenchcolonial buildings such as the main post office and the former Hotel de Ville (city hall). If time permits,we will also visit the bustling Cho Lon Market (Chinatown). This trip helps you view the city fromanother perspective and to see the abundance of fresh local produce that is such an important featureof Vietnamese cuisine.Overnight at Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City.Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnel (B)Today, we will head out of town to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, which is an extensive undergroundnetwork of approximately 200 kilometers of tunnels dug initially by the Viet Minh and then expandedby the Viet Cong. Here contains hospitals, plus accommodation and schools, and were usedextensively for refuge and storage and also utilized as a military base for the Viet Cong close toSaigon.In the afternoon, you are free for shopping or exploring the city in your own way. Do ask our guidessuggestion on where and what to do.Overnight at Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 3: Ho Chi Minh - Cai Be – Tra On (B/L/D)The Mekong Delta (Vietnamese: đồng bằng sông Cửu Long “Nine Dragon river delta”) is the region insouthwestern Vietnam where the Mekong River approaches and empties into the sea through anetwork of distributaries. The Mekong delta region encompasses a large portion of southeasternVietnam of 39,000 square kilometers. The size of the area covered by water depends on the season. Acruise on the Mekong river is a great experience to watch the daily life of the locals.8:00: Pick up at the hotel by shuttle bus for about 3 hour drive before boarding Le Cochinchine boat.Enjoy welcome drink. We will then transfer to a local boat for an extensive visit of Cai Be: the floatingmarket, the mazes of waterway, local pop-rice and sweets production. And visit colonial buildings, oldhouses, delightful flower gardens and local coconut candy and rice paper manufacturers.Le Cochinchine continues its cruise to Cochien. We will have lunch served on board. After lunch, wewill have a very interesting visit to local village on foot or by bicycle on the footpaths of thecountryside to discover tropical fruit orchards and the local peoples activities. Visit a cottage industry,a local farm and sample seasonal fruits. Our boat cruises on the Mekong River while we are taking inthe beautiful scenery. Enjoy an aperitif over the sunset and have dinner on board.Overnight on the Le Cochinchine.Day 4: Tra On - Can Tho - Ho Chi Minh (B)Breakfast on boardThe morning bobbling commotion of Mekong river life comes to life for another lovely day our boat setsails to Cantho through tributary and canals.Transfer to Cairang: one of the most bustling floating markets in Mekong. We go for a walk along thecanals and the palm-shaded creek to see local houses and green orchards, ship building yards, ruraland water activities in full swing. We will board back at noon, with a welcome-back drink, checkoutand clear the bill. We will disembark in Can Tho and take the drive back to Ho Chi Minh city. You arefree for your personal activities.Overnight at the Hotel, HCMCDay 5: Ho Chi Minh City - Da Lat (B) (B)Morning we take a short excursion by air to Da Lat - a beautiful town in the central highlands, whichwas developed by the French colonialists as a health resort and hunting center, is a popular touristdestination. Đà Lạts specific sights are pine wood (forming the name: "City of thousands of pinetrees") with twisting roads and tree marigold blossom in the winter. This city has a unique temperateweather in Vietnams otherwise tropical climate. Mist covering the valleys almost year-round leads toits name "City of eternal spring."We spend this afternoon visiting Da Lat Cathedral and Central Market where we might be bewilderedwith a riot of multi-colored flowers as well as various kinds of fresh vegetable and mouthwateringfruits. We continue to Linh Son Pagoda, which was built in 1938 on a hill overlooking the centre of DaLat. The last place today is Minh Tam flower garden – the biggest flower garden in Da Lat.Overnight at Hotel, Da Lat.Day 6: Da Lat - Nha Trang (B) (B)Located on the South Central Coast of Vietnam, Nha Trang is well known for its pristine beaches andexcellent scuba diving, spa and sea sport activities. It is fast becoming a popular destination forinternational tourists, attracting large numbers travelers. Nha Trang is already very popular withVietnamese tourists and is widely considered as amongst the worlds most beautiful bays. Tourists are
welcome to participate in the Sea Festival, held biennially. Nha Trang was proud to host the MissUniverse 2008 Pageant on July 14, 2008 and it will also do Miss World 2010.We will take a drive to Nha Trang. We have lunch upon arrival and visit the Po Nagar Cham Tower.The tower was constructed by the Cham in honor of Yang Ino Po Ngar, the mother of the kingdom. Itwas occupied by the local Buddhists of Nha Trang for prayers and worship. The Po Nagar Kalan is astructure in dazzling colors and with amazing architecture. The well known Oceanographic Institutewill also be visited. You will then have chance to deep your self in mud and swim in mineral water atthe Thap Ba Hot Spring to gain health and refeshment.Overnight at hotel, Nha Trang.Day 7: Glass boat trip on Nha Trang bay (B/L)Our unforgettable boat tour with glass-bottom boat starts at 8.00 am from your hotel to Cau Da portby bus. Before embarking on boat, you are invited to visit Oceanographic Institute, where you can seethe whole selection of sea creatures in Nha Trang bay. Then you take shuttle speed boat on the site ofthe institute & be transferred to Mun island, where glass bottom boat standby takes you around thisisland. You can see the beauty of the live coral reefs, sea plants & creatures of Nha Trang bay bylooking through the glass bottom of the boat whilst cruising around Mun island. At 11.00 am theglass-bottom boat will call at Dam Bay, the south east bay of Tre Island with a clean, quite beach &crystal clear water. There seafood lunch will be ready for your hungry belly. Relaxing or doing optionalwater sports after lunch such as jetski, parasailing, snorkeling, kayaking, swimming….is available foryour choice. Shuttle speed boat then transfers you back for a short visit to Tri Nguyen Aquariumaround 2.00 pm before being back to the shore. Tour ends at 3.00 pm. Please come & enjoyyourselves !Overnight at hotel, Nha Trang.Day 8: Nha Trang - Da Nang - Hoian (B)After breakfast we depart by flight for Hoi An. Upon arrival, we stop en route to visit the ChamMuseum in Da Nang. This structure is home to Vietnams largest collection of Cham treasures.Continue to the riverside town of Hoi An which was originally a Cham port town, but has beeninfluenced down the centuries by a myriad of traders from various cultures. There is a distinctlyChinese appearance with pagodas and assembly halls scattered along the small streets. Hoi An wasonce a bustling port in centuries gone by, before the river silted up. We spend the rest time to visitHoian ancient town with all major interesting sites: Ong Pagoda, Hoi An Museum, Japanese CoveredBridge, Tan Ky Old House, Assembly Hall of Cantonese Chinese Congregation.Overnight at the hotel, Hoi An.Day 9: Hoian - My Son half day tour (B)This tour is a must-see for those who are interested in architecture and ancient civilizations. My Sonsanctuary was an imperial city during the Champa dynasty, between the 4th and the 12th centuries.We travel about 50km from Hoi An to My Son sanctuary. It comprises many Champa temples, in avalley roughly two kilometers wide, surrounded by two mountain ranges. It was the site of religiousceremony of kings of the Champa dynasty, and was also a burial place of Champa royals and nationalheroes. The My Son temple complex is one of the foremost temple complexes of Hinduism in SouthEast Asia and is the foremost heritage site of this nature in Vietnam. Though the complex has beendestroyed over time, we still see many majestic ancient ruins of temples in the area. We also spendtime to visit a silk handicraft village along the Thu Bon River on the way back to Hoi An.
We enjoy a free afternoon to make the most of delightful Hoian and its surrounding areas. The marketis a good place to buy silk that can be made up into fine garments, all within a day. Close to townlocates the Cua Dai beach, which can be easily reached by bicycle, is an ideal place to swim and relax.Overnight at the hotel.Day 10: Hoian - Hue (B)Hue is located in Thua Thien prefecture and is in the central part of Vietnam, 660 km from Ha Noi and1080 km from Saigon. Many historical buildings are located in Hue, largely a legacy from its time as acapital of the Nguyen dynasty (1802-1945).We depart Hoian in the morning and arrive Hue in the afternoon. The winding roads begin as we makeour way up the spectacular Hai Van Pass. At the top of the pass we stop to admire a fantastic viewnorth to Lang Co and south to Da Nang. We will visit the the beautiful riverside pagoda of Thien Mu,which now becomes the symbol of Hue. And we see the Imperial Citadel and the Purple ForbiddenCity. This royal residence was all but destroyed during the 1968 Tet Offensive; however it is stillfascinating to walk among the ruins. We will then visit the Minh Mang Tomb and Thien My Pagodabefore taking a walk to the bustling Dong Ba Market that sells a wide variety of local goods andhandicrafts. Along the way we pass many fantastic eating spots, all ideal for visitors to sample somelocal delicacies.Overnight at the hotel in Hue.Day 11: Hue - Hanoi (B)Hanoi is the second largest city of Vietnam with total population of over 6 million people. As thecapital of Vietnam for almost a thousand years, the enchanting Hanoi is considered to be one ofcultural centers of Vietnam, where most of Vietnamese dynasties had left behind their imprint. Eventhough some relics have not survived through wars and time, the city still has many interestingcultural and historic monuments for visitors and residents alike.You are free until transfer to the airport for the flight to Hanoi. Here, we will have a guided half - daytour of Hanoi, visiting the Ngoc Son Temple and the legend Hoan Kiem Lake (Lake or the restoredsword). We will then enjoy the unique traditional performance of Water Puppet show and have dinnerat the local restaurant.Overnight at hotel, Hanoi.Day 12: Hanoi - Sapa (B)Today, we will spend a full day to visit the city. We start with visit to President Ho Chi Minhsmausoleum and residence. We also visit the famous One Pillar Pagoda nearby. Leaving the Presidentscomplex, we continue to visit the Temple of Literature (Văn Miếu). Although several Văn Miếu can befound throughout Vietnam, the most prominent and famous is that situated in the city of Hanoi, andwas functioned as Vietnams first universityAfter lunch in a local restaurant, we go to the Museum of Ethnology, which is an excellent museumcontaining the ethnic costumes of the various minorities of Vietnam, as well as relics, tools and evenfull size replicas of their homes and buildings. You are then free for personal activities before transferto the station for night train to Lao Cai.Overnight on train to Sapa.Day 13: Sapa – Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai – Ta Van - Sapa (B/L)Sa Pa is a quiet mountain town and home to a great diversity of ethnic minority peoples. Most of theethnic minority people work their land on sloping terraces since the vast majority of the land is
mountainous. Their staple foods are rice and corn. Rice, by its very nature of being a labour intensivecrop, makes the daily fight for survival paramount. The unique climate in Sapa has a major influenceon the ethnic minorities who live in the area. With sub-tropical summers, temperate winters and 160days of mist annually, the influence on agricultural yields and health related issues are significant.Today, upon arrival, we will transfer straight to Sapa. Here we have breakfast at the local restaurantand rest for few minutes before starting 6km of walking down to the south east of Sapa along the sideof Muong Hoa valley to Y Linh Ho village of the Black H’mong. A 2 km-trekking down to Lao Chaivillage, through terraced rice fields to Ta Van village of the Dzay minority people. On the way, wewould have chance to learn about the local agriculture producing customs and daily lifestyle. We havelunch at a local family, offering you a worth chance to learn about the local house architecture, whichis full of their daily life styles and exclusive custom. We will then get back to Sapa by jeep ormotorbike.Overnight at the hotel in SapaDay 14: Sapa - Cat Cat & Sin Chai - Hanoi (B/L)We start a walk down to the South-west of Sapa (around 4 km) to visit Cat Cat village of the BlackH’mong. Relax at the food of the stunning waterfall and the vestige of a hydroelectric power stationthat was constructed by the French during the colonial time in Vietnam. We enjoy picnic lunch by theside of the river, and trek for 6 km to Sin Chai village, which is located at the foot of FansipanMountain, “the roof of Vietnam and Indochina”. From here you can enjoy huge stunning landscapesbefore climbing up on the way back to Sapa. You are free to explore the town or nearby market untiltransfer to the station for night train to Hanoi.Overnight on train to Hanoi.Day 15: HN - Ha Long (B/L/D)Ha Long Bay has twice been recognized by UNESCO as a World Natural Heritage Area for itsexceptional scenic beauty and outstanding geological and geomorphic values. Thousands of islandsemerging uneven in the fanciful waves look strong and magnificent but also mild and vivid. Amidstthese islands, we feel as if we were astray in a petrified legendary world.Early arrival in Hanoi. Pickup for the transfer to the restaurant to have breakfast and refreshment stilltransfer to Halong bay. Upon arrival to the Halong bay, we transfer by tender to the boat – enjoyWelcome Drink. We will enjoy deluxe Vietnamese set menu while cruising on the bay. We are free forpersonal activities to relax until the boat stops at the Titop Island for 45 minutes for swimming,relaxing or climbing up to the top to have beautiful view of Ha Long. We will take more cruise to theBat Cave area for a 40 minute kayaking program to the nearby Bat Cave and lagoon and surroundingwaters. We will come back to the boat for dinner and overnight there at the Luon Bo area. You canenjoy evening activities including: film entertainment in the dining room at approximately 9:15, boardgames and playing cards are available, join squid fishing from the boat with our crew. Also at this timewe offer, when possible - depending on weather conditions, an excursion to a nearby squid fishingboat. We travel by tender and you will be able to board the squid boat and see how the localfishermen catch squid and other fish, the excursion lasts about 45 minutes.Overnight on Junk.Day 16: Ha Long Discovery (B/L/D)We will be waken up early by birds song. If lucky enough, you will have chance to view beautifulsunrise emerging from Islands.
6:45 Coffee, tea and breakfast pastries served in the dining room. The boat arrives at the SurpriseCave area, there is a small fishing village here. We will transfer by tender to the “Day Boat” and beginto cruise to some of Ha Long Bay’s more secluded and untouched locales after having breakfast. Exactlocations depend on tide conditions. A leisurely day of kayaking and swimming will be an unforgettablememory with a multi-course lunch at mid-day.16:00 Return by tender to the Indochina Sails boat for the cruise back to Luon Bo area for overnight.Overnight on the Junk.Day 17: Ha Long - Hanoi (B/L)Today, you can wakeup early to watch sunrise, or lazily sleep until transfer by tender to the SurpriseCave at around 8:00. This is one of the finest and widest grottoes of Ha Long Bay. We walk up the100 steps to the entrance of the cave and tour on foot for approximately 45 minutes. The Cave coverssome 10,000 m2. Inside the cave, there have thousands of stalactites and stalagmites along the 500-meter paved passage. Light posts line the passage and serve as signposts and ornaments. The lightingsystem with elegant styles adds more charm to its beauty. At 9:00, we will return to the boat taketime to freshen up and check-out of cabins. You leave heavy luggage outside of the cabins (staff willtransfer to the pier. We enjoy breakfast set menu or buffet in the dining room and clear bills for youroptional activities and drinks after the meal. We will come back to the pier at about 11:00 and transferby tender to the pier, relax inside the pier building while waiting for return transportation to Hanoi.Overnight at hotelDay 18: Hanoi departure (B)Free at leisure until transfer to the airport for departure. Tour ends.Note*: 1. Packing list: See our suggested vacation packing tips 2. The itinerary for Halong bay tour would be a little different depending on the option you choose.Quotation: Rates vary frequently. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to get the bestpossible price based upon your travel period and specific touring needs. Net rate in US$/person in party of Sgl Category 2 - 3 pax 4 - 5 pax 6 pax up Sup 3* Hotels 4* Hotels 5* Hotels VIP Contact us for priceNote*: See our list of hotels for the above options. Early checkin or late checkout is subject to availability with/without additional charge (if any). Accommodation bases on ROH rooms. Higher room grade can be arranged with additional charge. Similar hotel of the same rate will be selected in case pointed one(s) is (are) full.Inclusion:
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