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  1. 1. Indochina Treks Travel Co.,Ltd Add: 24 Au Trieu Str, Hoan Kiem Dis, Hanoi Tel: (84) 4 66821230; Fax (84) 4 33769113 Website: Email: Vietnam Reunion Express 15 Days (Code-VTS04) --------- Itinerary HCMC - Nha Trang - Hoian - Hue - Hanoi - Sapa - Halong Duration 15 days Tour Private type Price only from US$000/person Highlight Express Train throughout the trip, sea kayaking and snorkeling, Sapa trekking and homestay, charming Hoi An, Hue Imperial City, My Son Sanctuary, boat cruises, Mekong Delta, Cu Chi TunnelsLearning Vietnam in a very nature manner as a local peoples would be a great experiences with manytravelers. Most of our traveling will be done aboard the Reunification Express train, a fascinating andunforgettable way to view the unfolding landscape of Vietnam. We begin by discovering the attractionsof the steamy southern city of Saigon, before taking the train to the beach resort city of Nha Trang,where we cruise to the offshore islands for swimming, snorkeling and relaxing in the sun. A longadventure on the train through some remarkable rural and coastal scenery brings us to Hoi An, wherewe spend time in this wonderfully well-preserved ancient port town - a favorite of every traveler toVietnam. We continue to Hue, Vietnams former imperial capital and a city thats steeped in historyand culture, before once again catching the overnight sleeper train in Hanoi. From here, we start theexcursion to Halong bay, where we spend a night on very romantic boat. Our adventure finishes withtrekking tour to Sapa, where displays living cultures of the ethnic minority group.Detailed ItineraryDay 1: Ho Chi Minh City - Arrival (D)Today, you are warmly welcomed at the airport in Ho Chi Minh city, also called Saigon. Thismetropolitan area Hồ Chí Minh City and surrounding towns, is populated by more than 9 million, and isthe largest city in Vietnam and the nations economic capital.Today, we will visit the must to see places in Ho Chi Minh city. We take the half day tour to visit theReunification Palace, War Remnants Museum and Notre Dame Cathedral. You will also admire themany beautiful French colonial 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
  2. 2. you view the city from another perspective and to see the abundance of fresh local produce that issuch an important feature of Vietnamese cuisine. We will then enjoy the welcome dinner.Overnight at hotel, Ho Chi Minh City.Day 2: Ho Chi Minh - Mekong Delta (B/L)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 region is famous as a large rice growing area. It producesabout half of the total of Vietnams rice output making Vietnam the second largest exporter of riceglobally after Thailand.We start at the hotel at 7:45am to drive to Tien Giang, on of the provinces of Mekong Delta. Arrive inMy Tho City. Take a boat ride to visit Con Phung Island with full of tropical fruit gardens. We will havechance to enjoy the fruit and Mekong folk songs performed by the local artists. The visit the mostancient pagoda in Mekong Delta - Vinh Trang. After lunch, we visit the Dong Tam Snake Farm beforecoming back to Ho Chi Minh City.Overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.Day 3: Cu Chi Tunnels - Nha Trang (B)This morning, we head out to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels. to head out of town to visit the Cu ChiTunnels, which is an extensive underground network of approximately 200 kilometers of tunnels duginitially by the Viet Minh and then expanded by the Viet Cong. Here contains hospitals, plusaccommodation and schools, and were used extensively for refuge and storage and also utilized as amilitary base for the Viet Cong close to Saigon. We will then transfer back to Saigon for the night trainto Nha Trang.Overnight on train (Soft sleeper berth in A/C cabin).Day 4: Nha Trang City (B)Located on the South Central Coast of Vietnam Nha Trang is well known for its pristine beaches andexcellent scuba diving and is fast becoming a popular destination for international tourists, attractinglarge numbers travelers. It is already very popular with Vietnamese tourists and is widely consideredas amongst the worlds most beautiful bays. Tourists are welcome to participate in the Sea Festival,held biennially. Nha Trang was the site of the Miss Universe 2008 Pageant on July 14, 2008 and it willalso host Miss World 2010.On arrival in Nha Trang we transfer to the restaurant for breakfast. We will then visit the Po NagarCham Tower. The tower was constructed by the Cham in honor of Yang Ino Po Ngar, the mother of thekingdom. It was occupied by the local Buddhists of Nha Trang for prayers and worship. The Po NagarKalan is a structure in dazzling colors and with amazing architecture. The well known OceanographicInstitute will also be visited. The remainder of the day is free to relax on the beach.Overnight at Hotel, Nha Trang.Day 5: Nha Trang Islands and Snorkeling tour (B/L)There are many sea sport, relaxation activities you can do in Nha Trang. Most common and attractivethings tourists want to do here is a boat cruise through beautiful islands, swimming and snorkeling todiscover wonderful corals here. These are all included in our full day tour. We start from your hotel toCau Da port. Tri Nguyen Aquarium on Mieu Island is the first place to visit, many sea species of NhaTrang/Khanh Hoa province make a small ocean world there. We will then cruise to the Mun Island for
  3. 3. snorkeling. Here, the snorkeling trip help you see lots of lives colorful corals and fish. We visit afishing village and taking a fresh lunch at the island. On the way back you will be able to see caves inwhich the sea swallows make their nest.Overnight in Nha Trang.Day 6: Nha Trang - Da Nang - Hoi An (train) (B)Hoi An was originally a Cham port town, but has been influenced down the centuries by a myriad oftraders from various cultures. Hoi An was once a bustling port in centuries gone by, before the riversilted up. Today it is a delightful backwater town with an air of liveliness about it. The tranquility andcharm of Hoi An is coupled with its low tiled houses, makes it one of the most delightful places to visitin Vietnam.We leave Nha Trang early in the morning for Da Nang by train. Upon arrival to Da Nang, we transferto Hoi An. We visit the famous Cham sculptures museum with its collection of relics from the ChamKingdom on the way. We continue to Hoi An ancient town, the port town since the 10th century. Herewe take a walking tour around the town to visit its interesting places including Ong Pagoda, Hoi AnMuseum, Japanese Covered Bridge, Tan Ky Old House, Assembly Hall of Cantonese ChineseCongregation.Free to swim or relax at the Cua Dai Beach.Overnight at Hotel, Hoi An.Day 7: Hoi An - My Son Sanctuary (B)In the morning, we drive to visit My Son. The Mỹ Sơn temple complex is regarded one of the foremostHindu temple complexes in Southeast Asia and is the foremost heritage site of this nature in Vietnam.It is often compared with other historical temple complexes in Southeast Asia, such as Borobodur ofJava in Indonesia, Angkor Wat of Cambodia, Bagan of Myanmar and Ayutthaya of Thailand. Althoughbadly damaged by bombing raids in the 1960s, the site still has more than 20 structures and wasdeclared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999.You are free in the afternoon to browse for souvenirs, tailor made clothes or hire a bicycle to ride tothe nearby Cua Dai beach.Overnight at Hotel, Hoi An.Day 8: Hoi An - Hue (B)Hue was known as the ancient capital of Vietnam. Here locate many historical buildings, largely alegacy from its time as a capital of the Nguyen dynasty (1802-1945). Inside the city, there are theRoyal Citadel, Flag Tower, Royal Palace, and Royal Tombs. Hue’s Forbidden Purple City was oncereserved for the royal family; it was severely damaged during the War. Outside the city is the religioussite known as Nam Giao Hill, or Heaven’s Altar.After breakfast we travel across the spectacular Hai Van pass to Hue, the ancient Imperial city of theNguyen dynasty. On arrival, we transfer to our hotel and have a short break before heading on to thesee the Tomb of Emperor Tu Duc with its lotus-filled lake and central pavilion, and the simple andserene Tomb of Khai Dinh are the most interesting.Overnight at Hotel, Hue.Day 9: Hue - Hanoi (B/L)This morning we cruise on the Perfume River. The Perfume River is 30km long and that is from BangLang to Thuan An estuary. The River is gorgeous sight from its basis, and runs among peaks, jungletrees and plants, bringing with it fragrances of tropical flora. Probably thats why the name of the river
  4. 4. has been the Perfume River. We disembark the boat and visit legend pagoda of Thien Mu and theimpressive tomb of Emperor Minh Mang. We visit the Imperial City then enjoy few free hours forshopping at Dong Ba market before transferring to Hue railway station to catch train to Hanoi lateafternoon.Overnight on train (Soft sleeper berth in A/C cabin)Day 10: Hanoi city (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.We arrive in Hanoi early morning and transfer to the restaurant for breakfast. We will then spend a fullday touring Hanoi. We begin with a visit to the President Ho Chi Minhs mausoleum and residence. Wealso visit the famous One Pillar Pagoda nearby. Leave the Presidents complex, we visit the Temple ofLiterature (Văn Miếu). Although several Văn Miếu can be found throughout Vietnam, the mostprominent and famous is that situated in the city of Hanoi, and was functioned as Vietnams firstuniversity. Then we go to the Museum of Ethnology, which is an excellent museum containing theethnic costumes of the various minorities of Vietnam, as well as relics, tools and even full size replicasof their homes and buildings. We take a walking tour around the beautiful Restored Sword Lake, andaround the Old Quarter before enjoy the unique traditional Water Puppet show.Overnight at Hotel, Hanoi.Day 11: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B/L/D)Halong Bay has twice been recognized by UNESCO as a World Natural Heritage Area for its exceptionalscenic beauty and outstanding geological and geomorphic values. Thousands of islands emerginguneven in the fanciful waves look strong and magnificent but also mild and vivid. Amidst theseislands, we feel as if we were astray in a petrified legendary world.8:00: You are picked up at the hotel. You can leave your luggage behind at the hotel in Hanoi andpack an overnight bag. Upon arrival in Halong city, we board our traditional wooden junk boat for anovernight journey. Sip on a refreshing welcome drink upon check in before you begin the cruisethrough the bay. Feast on a delicious lunch as you cruise among hundreds of islets (Dinh Huong islet,Ga Choi – Fighting Cock islet, Dog islet, Finger islet, etc.) to discover untouched pockets of Halong Bayand visit Sung Sot cave, which is well situated in the centre of the UNESCO-declared World Heritagearea and is one of the most imposing grottos of the Bay. You will then have chance to explore Halongbay on your own by kayaking from the Soi Sim beach to Luon Cave to enjoy the quite atmosphere ofthe bay. We will have dinner with fresh seafood on board then free time for squid fishing or relaxingand chatting with your partner, friends, family.Overnight on Halong Bay Junk.Day 12: Halong - Hanoi (B/L)7.00am: For early risers complimentary tea, coffee, fruit and cake are served. Enjoy Sunrise on theBay or practice Tai Chi lesson with our professional (this is not included with standard and superioroptions). Continue to explore the Bay.8.00am: Sail past rock formations such as Man’s Head islet, Tortoise islet, Butterfly cave, Lion islet,Bai Tho mountain, enjoy the tranquil scenery as the boat meanders its way through the bay on the
  5. 5. way back to Halong city, etc. Arrange your luggage and do the check out onboard at around 9.00 am.Enjoy a wholesome brunch as your boat weaves through strange-shaped limestone rock formations.11.45am: Arrive back at Halong city for disembarkation where your driver waits to take you back toyour Hanoi, on the way call on a ceramic village to see craftsmen do their works. Free time for yourpersonal activities and dinner until transfer for the night train to Sapa.Overnight on train.Day 13: Sapa trekking and homestay (B/L/D)Sapa town is located in Lao Cai Province, north-west Vietnam, and 350 km north-west of Hanoi, closeto the border with China. Many ethnic minorities, such as the Hmong and the Dao, Dzay are living inand around Sapa, forming very unique lifestyle and cultures like no other where in Vietnam.We arrive at the station in the early morning. Upon arrival to Sapa, we transfer to a small hotel forbathing and refreshing. You will also have short time to explore Sapa on your own before starting forour hard trek to Ta Van village. It is a 12 km of trekking. On the way, visit Y Linh Ho and Lao Chaivillages of the H’mong minority. After having a very basic lunch at a local family in Lao Chai or in adrinking shop nearby the river bank, we keep on hiking to Ta Van village of the Dzay where we stayovernight in a local family. Here you have opportunity to experience their daily life, work in their owntraditional customs.Home-stay at the Dzay local houseDay 14: Sapa - Giang Ta Chai - Su Pan - Hanoi (B/L)We will do trek of 14 km today, walking to visit 2 villages of the red Dzao, the H’mong (Giang Ta Chai& Su Pan). Visit a beautiful waterfall and rattan bridge. Enjoy landscapes… through bamboo forest onthe way to the main road to get the jeep to return to Sapa. We will have bath at a small hotel andtime to explore Sapa town and market before transferring to the station for night train to Hanoi.Day 15: Hanoi - Departure (B)You arrive Hanoi in the early morning. You are picked at the station for the transfer to nextdestination. 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 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*:
  6. 6. 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: Visa approval code Twin-shared rooms at 3-5 star hotels. Admission fees for all sightseeing places Bottles of mineral water available on the car. Boat trip in Mekong River, Nha Trang Bay, Hue and Halong Bay. English or French speaking guide. Other languages are available upon request. Land transfer by Reunification Train (4-soft berths, A/C cabin) and private car or van for whole trip. Meals as mentioned in the program. Special requirements (vegetarian, diet, Muslim food etc.) could be arranged upon prior notice.Exclusion: Travel insurances. Services not clearly mentioned above. Drinks and personal expenses (laundry, phone calls etc.). International flight from/to Vietnam and airport tax. Day use at hotel (early checkin/late checkout)