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Vietnam Heritage Tour - 12 Days  

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Tour Code ASW-VN-C12
Destination Hanoi-Trang An-Halong bay-Phong Nha cave-Hue -Hoian-Myson hollyland-HCMC-Mekong delta-Cu Chi Tunnel
Tour style Classic tour
Price from US$ 1380 per person
Overview From charming Hanoi with its fading colonial architecture and national monuments, to the spellbinding scenery of Halong Bay and  Phong Nha cave in Quang Binh province. From amazing scenery of Hue & charming of Hoi An ancient town to the steamy city of Saigon on the edge of the Mekong Delta, Vietnam is as colorful as it is diverse. See the very best of vibrant Vietnam, in 12 captivating days!
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Fly to Hanoi, VIETNAM

Welcome to Vietnam. Upon arrival at Hanoi Airport, obtain your Vietnam visa ( with pre-approval  letter) , and then clear Immigration and Customs. After collecting your baggage, exit the airport to meet outside our driver. He/she will be holding a sign with your names on it.

From the airport, you will be privately transferred to your lovely hotel.

This afternoon, drive through Colonial Hanoi, seeing the Opera House and other local sights. Go inside infamous Hoa Lo Prison museum (“Hanoi Hilton”), where Senator John McCain and Douglas “Pete” Wilson were once imprisoned, and continue to the Temple of Literature, which dates back to 1070 and is dedicated to the cult of Confucius. Next enjoy a cyclo tour through the Hanoi’s Old Quarter, a network of narrow alleys and shop houses also known as “The 36 Streets.” This is a wonderful place to watch the local life, and peruse items from fabrics to crafts to exotic medicines. Enjoy a traditional Vietnamese water puppet performance, a uniquely North Vietnamese art form celebrating rural life and folklore for over 1,000 years, this evening.

Evening, enjoy a Welcome Dinner with traditional Vietnamese music will give you a first taste of Vietnamese cuisine and their culture.

Accommodation:
Stay 3 nights in Hanoi
Rowing boats explore Trang An world heritage site. Leave the city by minivan and drive south to Ninh Binh province ( 2 hours) where we will visit Bai Dinh pagoda and Trang An heritage site.
At the Bai Dinh Pagoda, the biggest one in Vietnam with 500 Arhan statues, you can see a biggest bronze Buddha statue in Vietnam with 10 meters in height, 100 tons in weight. Tour guide also gives you an introduction of beliefs and religions in Vietnam. After have lunch in a local restaurant we will visit Trang An eco-tourism attraction. You will be amazed by neglected area while having boat trip through cave chains: Sang Cave, Toi Cave, Ba Giot Cave, Sinh Cave…experiencing mysterious views of  the so-called “Ha Long Bay in land”.
Overnight Halong Bay Cruise on traditional style cruise (junk): Watch rural Vietnamese daily life unfold as you pass water buffalo, ancient temples and local farmers at work in the rice paddies en route to Ha Long Bay. Called the “Bay of the Descending Dragons,” legend has it that dragons sent by the gods to help defend the land against ancient invaders spat out jewels and jade that became the many emerald-green islands and islets that dot the bay today.

Welcome aboard your cruise and sail through the Halong Bay. Allow your eyes to swim through the azure waters of this magical place, where thousands of sculpted limestone and islands rise from the water like gigantic teeth of dragons. Pass through picturesque areas like the Fighting cock, Mat Quy and Am islets.


A delectable lunch is served shortly upon boarding and you find yourself getting acquainted with the facilities of the boat. The boat starts to cruise into the Bay and within the first hour you can enjoy this World Heritage Site. A first visit will take you by bamboo boa (or kayaking based on your preference) to the Luon Cave. Enjoy quiet space and pure air, you will feel relaxed truly. If lucky, you will have chance to see monkeys on islands.  The voyage continues with the arrival at the Soi Sim or Ti Top beach
for swimming if the weather permits. Or you can reach on the top of Soi Sim beach to have a panorama view of Halong Bay.

After returning to the boat in the late afternoon you can sharpen their culinary skills at our cooking class performance conducted by our energetic chef in the sun desk. Surely you can give him a helping hand any time and try your skills in preparing special Vietnamese dishes. The boat cruises slowly with the evening sun to its mooring points. If not now when then it is time to enjoy a massage or at least to quaff a drink – in the miraculous descending sun – on our terrace deck. At approximately 19.00h guests can attend a presentation in the restaurant area about the Halong Bay before dinner is served. The night is yours – kick back on a comfy pillowed bench and inhale the surreal beauty whilst sipping a glass of wine.


Accommodation:
Stay 1 night onboard.  Air conditioner & private bathroom Cabin.
For early risers complimentary tea, coffee and pastries are served in the restaurant followed by – if you so desire – a Tai Chi Class on the terrace deck. A great morning activity to feel one with this natural wonder. Then it is time for an early morning bath – in the Bay. By tender boat we bring you to  Sun Sot Cave – Amazing cave. Walk up about 100 steps to the cave entrance and tour the cave for approximately 45 minutes. Walk down about 100 steps and return to the boat. Proper shoes are highly recommended.

Return to the boat then check-out and payment in reception area. Have brunch while cruising back through Halong Bay to the pier. The crew will bid you farewell and you disembark with our tender boat to the Tuan Chau Pier. Return from Halong to your hotel in Hanoi by shuttle bus.
Settle in and enjoy the evening at your leisure.
Morning, you'll be transferred to the airport in time for your flight to Quang Binh
Fly Hanoi to Quang Binh on Vietnam Airlines VN 1591, departing 08:25, arriving 9:45
Economy Class - Issued By Asianway Travel (Luggage allowance: 20kgs +7kg hand bag)

Upon arrival at Quang Binh Airport. After collecting your baggage, exit the airport to meet outside our guide. He/she will be holding a sign with your names on it. From the airport, you will be privately transferred straight to Son River where we take a boat trip to the park and famed caves at Phong Nha – Ke Bang, one of the newest UNESCO-designated World Heritage Sites in Vietnam. Upon arrival, explore the two famous caves Phong Nha cave includes 14 chambers, connected by an underwater river that runs for 1.5 kilometer. The Outer Cave and some of the Inner Caves have roofs that tower between 25 and 40 meters above the water level.  Continue to Tien Son cave which was discovered by a local inhabitant by accident in 1935.  The entry mouth of Tien Son is 1 km from Phong Nha cave, at an altitude of 200 meter. This cave is 980 meter in length and like Phong Nha cave, this cave features spectacular stalactites and stalagmites shaped like several fairy-tales. After spend 3 hours discover the caves, we drive back Dong Hoi city for overnight.

Accommodation: Stay 1 night in Dong Hoi city  ( in Quang Binh)
Today, we continue drive to south of  Quang Binh, along Highway 1A  to visit  Vinh Moc Tunnel and  the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in Quang Tri province, where much of the fighting occurred. This area still bears the scars of the massive bombardments that took place - the few remains of the many camps and combat bases, the barren ground pockmarked with craters, and the tens of thousands of graves in the National Cemetery, are solemn reminders of war. Arrive in Hue at around noon.

Afternoon tour of the Imperial Citadel & Thien Mu Pagoda: This afternoon visit the Imperial Citadel and the Forbidden Purple City nearby. Modelled on the Forbidden City in Beijing by the Nguyen emperors in the early 19th century, the city was badly damaged during the war but the imposing city walls surrounded by a large moat afford good views of Hué. The palace retains a feeling of its past scale and importance, with detailed stonework and pavilions and it is at the moment in the process of being restored to its former magnificence. Continue to Thien Mu Pagoda, sitting on the riverbank outside the city, this octagonal seven tier stupa has long been regarded as the symbol of Hué and was founded in 1601. It is still a site of Buddhist worship and its huge bell is said to be audible from the city.

Accommodation: Stay 1 night in Hue city
Morning tour of Royal Mausoleums: Today you’ll continue to explore Emperors Tombs Hue’s environment is dotted with tombs of past emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty. Construction of the tombs was meticulous carried out starting whilst the king was still alive in order to ensure his comfort in the next life. Most of the tombs have courtyards, a temple for worship, statues of elephants and figures and a pond, but the layout of each is different reflecting differing each king’s personality and style. They have a lovely peaceful atmosphere. Khai Dinh and the tomb of 19th-century emperor Tu Duc, considered the most beautiful mausoleums around Hue. Each ruler of the Imperial City built his own tomb during his reign.

Afternoon take road journey from Hue to Hoian: After lunch ( your own account) you’ll be driven south along highway 1 to Hoian, a journey of approximately 3 hours with a short visit Cham architecture & art museum in Danang.

Accommodation: Stay 2 nights in Hoian
Monning tour of Hoi An: We discover how the traditions of the past are treasured in the present in Hoi An on the Thu Bon River, a key international trading port between the 15th and 19th centuries – now a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its well-preserved, centuries-old streets, dwellings, temples and pagodas, touring Hoi An's historic highlights, explore its shop-lined streets, view the red-painted Japanese Covered Bridge - the three Chinese characters over the door mean "bridge for passers-by from afar" and tour the 200-year-old "Phung Hung" house, noted for its unique architecture. What you'll see there will reveal much about the lives of Hoi An merchants long ago. Visit the workshop of a traditional lantern maker for a demonstration of this time-honored craft; meet the artisans and try your skills as you create your own lantern to take home.

Afternoon we drive to visit My Son holly land, a cluster of abandoned and partially ruined Hindu Temples constructed between the 4th and the 14th century AD by the kings of Champa .The temples are dedicated to the worship of the god Shiva, known under various local names, the most important of which is "Bhadresvara".  From the 4th to the 14th century AD, the valley at My Son was a site of religious ceremony for kings of the ruling dynasties of Champa, as well as a burial place for Cham royalty and national heroes.  
Morning, you'll be transferred to the airport in time for your flight to Ho Chi Minh .
Fly Danang to HCMC  on Vietnam Airlines VN 7129, departing 09:35, arriving 10:55
Economy Class - Issued By Asianway Travel (Luggage allowance: 20kgs +7kg hand bag)


Welcome to HCMC. Upon arrival at HCMC Airport. After collecting your baggage, exit the airport to meet outside our guide. He/she will be holding a sign with your names on it.
From the airport, you will be privately transferred to your lovely hotel .

Afternoon tour of Saigon
: Today we continue to discover Saigon's historic landmarks including the former Presidential Palace which was once headquarters for the Saigon Government during the "American War", and the War Remnants Museum, established in September 1975 in Ho Chi Minh City. It contains countless artifacts, photographs and pictures documenting some of the less heroic activities carried out by the US army in Vietnam. Planes, tanks, bombs and helicopters are also on display. Next visit the 1880's General Post Office and the late 19th century Notre Dame cathedral, located in a peaceful part of the city.

Accommodation: Stay 3 nights in HCMC
Road journey through the Mekong Delta to Vinh Long, via Cai Be: Leave the city by minivan and drive south to Cai Be in the Mekong delta, a journey of approximately 2 hours. The Mekong Delta is Vietnam's 'rice bowl' - a fertile region of flat farmland interlaced with thousands of waterways and tributaries of the Mekong. The delta's waters are interspersed with rice fields, colorful floating markets and isolated villages accessible only by boat. The boat trip will start with the visit of Cai Be colorful floating market. We will proceed by the visit of some local home factories such as rice paste making, rice popcorn, coco candies, and longans drying processing. You will then return on board to proceed the excursion to Dong Hoa Hiep island located between Vinh Long and Cai Be during a 40 minutes cruise to discover beautiful landscapes along the river and observe the typical Mekong delta rural life. Stops on the way can be made upon request for particular visits or photos making. These evergreen islands among the Mekong River still remain unknown to many people.  After a short walk along a beautiful canal, the excursion will end at Vinh Long market. Return back to Saigon by road, a journey of approximately 2 hours.
Morning tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels: This morning, enjoy scenic drive through the countryside as people work on their rice paddies and thatched hut villages scattered along the way. Visit a local village making rice paper, a well-known product used to make the delicious spring rolls. Arriving at the Cu Chi Tunnels to explore part of the 151-mile underground network that zigzagged from the southern tip of the Ho Chi Minh Trail near Cambodia to the Saigon River. Cu Chi is a must for anyone interested in understanding a vital aspect of guerrilla warfare fought by the Vietnamese against both the French and the Americans. These criss-crossing tunnels were begun in the late 1940s by local resistance fighters looking for a place to hide their weapons from the French. Discover secret trapdoors, field hospitals, command posts, underground kitchens, living areas and meeting rooms.

Afternoon at leisure: You are free to relax at your hotel or explore HCMC on your own. A good chance to catch up with your tailor or search the numerous galleries for a masterpiece.  
Today free at leisure until transfer to the Ho Chi Minh airport in time for your flight to the next destination. We wish you a safe and pleasant journey.

  • Tour prices shown are 'per person',  based on a travelling party of at least 2 adults, and sharing a room.  If you intend to travel alone, the cost might be much higher. However, you also earn money by using the "Find travel mate" button above to invite your friends and family, traveller forum's members to book this tour with you.

  • The 'Single supplement' applies for single travelers who require their own room and needs to be added to the tour price.

  • Note: Amendments CAN be made to this tour to suite your requirements, but may incur price changes


What's Included:
•    10 nights base in double/twin sharing rooms at centrally located & well selected Comfort hotels (3 star-hotel).
    [ Superior (4 star-hotel), Luxury (5- star hotel), High-end (best of the best hotel) properties are also available upon request]
•    1 night on board cruise in Halong Bay
•    Daily buffet or set breakfast at hotel and all hotels taxes and service charges.
•    Domestic flights Hanoi- Quang Binh, Danang-HCMC (baggage allowance of 20kg checked and 7kg carry on)
•    Pick-ups and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle as specified in the itinerary.
•    Travel by air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced, safe driver.
•    Sightseeing with local, English-speaking guides as indicated in the itinerary.
•    Meals included as indicated as in program: B: breakfast, L: lunch & D: dinner.
•    Boat cruise as specified in the programmed.
•    Entrance fees according the above program

•    Local bottled water while sightseeing and transfers
•    VAT and all taxes and service charge.
•    Complimentary Vietnam visa pre- approval letter


What's Excluded:

•    International flight tickets and Visas stamp ( US$ 45 paid on arrival at airport)
•    Any items of purely personal nature such as laundry and telephone calls
•    Personal, travel and health insurance

•    Early check in and late check out
•    Single room supplement
•    Drinks during meals

•    Meals that are not specified

•    Gratuities/tipping to tour guide, driver and hotel staff and restaurant’s staff
•    Surcharge for peak season & compulsory dinner on X’mas and New Year’s Even



Remarks:  

1. All of our itineraries can be tailor-made to suit your requirements, allowing us to create the perfect holiday just for you. Please click on the Tailor this trip" button and complete the requested information for us. Upon receipt, our travel consultant will customize the best value vacation for your kind consideration. Please note: Changes CAN be made to the itinerary after our initial quote, but may result in a price change also!

2. We are aware that a good tour must have good hotels. In Indochina in particular (Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos) hotel prices make up the major expense of your holiday. Therefore, we would like to clarify how we define these charges:
•   Boutique & character hotels : from $50-$80 USD  per room/ per night
•   Comfort = 3 star hotels from US$ 40 - US$ 60 per room/ per night                  
•   Superior = 4 star hotels from US$ 80 - US$ 110 per room/ per night
•   Deluxe = 5 star hotels from US$120 - US$ 190++ per room/ per night
•   High-end = Best of the best hotels from US$ 250++ per room/ per night.

3. Child policy:
•    Ages 0-2 years at 5 % of adult price
•    Ages 2-5 years at 30% of adult price
•    Ages 6-11 at 70% of adult price
•    12 years and older = 100% (charged as an adult).



Service Details During The Trip

We’ll immerse you in the diverse cultures of Vietnam by showcasing the unique local flavors. And with the perfect balance of included sightseeing and free time, you can customize your dream vacation with the things you have always wanted to do.


Private Local Tour Guide   private tour guide.JPGYou will have legally licensed local tour guide in each destination, from welcome and farewell you at the airport. Your guide will guide, help, assist and taking care of you in order to make your tour worry-free. The good guide for you means we arrange the right guide. Asianwaytravel.com will arrange tour guide base on the feature of the itinerary and consists of the group, to maximize your experiences in traveling.


Private Drivers & Vehicle   
Safety is first priority for transportation. A well maintained good condition car with legal business licensed and an experienced driver to make sure you are in safe hands. To maximize your comfort and joyful experience with driving service, cold drinking water, cold towel and soft drink are provided in the car.


Local Flavor Meals   
local-meals.jpgDon’t worry about meals; we select both restaurants and menus for you. Asianwaytravel.com will select clean and good environment restaurants for our customer. Menu is also carefully selected by us to ensure you try different food every meal.   

We will recommend and arrange local cuisine since it is part of the cultural experience while traveling. We also recommend dinners are free on your own so you can choose your favorite food by yourself under necessary assistance of your local guide.


Well-Selected Hotels   
Comfort and good value is our priority for choosing hotels for our customers. Comfort of mattress and bedding, joyful decoration style, user friendly facilities, good service and good breakfast!


Travel Visa

Most countries in South East Asia require you to obtain a visa. Please check carefully with your travel specialist regarding specific visa requirements for each country you plan to visit as the legislation does change frequently. Thailand offers a free visa on arrival to most nationalities. Other countries including Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar offer a “visa-on-arrival” service which requires you to pay a fee at the airport, or you may prefer to obtain this in advance through the relevant embassy or a visa agent. For visa-on-arrival in Vietnam, you must submit some paperwork before you arrive.

This is an option to get your visa for Vietnam instead of getting visa at the Vietnam consulate in your country.  

Step 1: Provide us your application detailsvisa-on-arrival.jpg

  • Your full name (as exactly seen on your passport)
  • Your gender
  • Your date of birth
  • Your nationality
  • Your passport number
  • Your passport expiration dates ( valid for at least 6 months)
  • Date of arrival ( dd/mm/yy)
  • Date of exit (dd/mm/yy)
  • Arrival airport

    Step 2: Process your visa information into a visa application  
    We will contact you for reviewing your visa information and then submit your application on your behalf to Vietnam Immigration department and follow other procedures pursuant to the regulations of Immigration department to get Visa approval letter granted by Immigration department.

    Step 3: Send the visa approval letter via email to you after 2 working days  
    After we obtain the visa approval letter from the Immigration department for you, we will forward you a scanned copy of it by email (Your visa information then have been recorded to the Visa system of the Vietnam Immigration department).

    Step 4: Get your visa stamp on your arrival  
    Just print the approval letter out, prepare 2 passport sized photos and an amount of USD for stamping fee ($45 for single entry visa; $65 for 1 month multiple entry visa and $95 for 3 multiple entry visa). Put all above mentioned things along with your passport in a package, then show them to Immigration officer at Vietnam arrival airports.      

    Upon arrival at Vietnam’s airport, expect a simple form to fill in (or you can download here to fill beforehand), present the visa approval letter, passport, photos to the Immigration officer inside the counter and look for a place to hear your name be called to get the passport back and pay for the stamping fee. The actual process takes around 15 minutes without hassle or trouble.

    What are the differences between this process and getting visa at Vietnam embassies?      
    It is only applicable for those who travel to Vietnam by air. You only need fill out the visa application form online instead of visiting the Vietnam embassies or sending documents to Embassies over by post.The online visa application does not require sending your passport away.You get a visa approval letter issued by Vietnam Immigration Department indicating that you are allowed to enter Vietnam and have your visa stamped upon arrival at one of Vietnam international airports.


    4.6
    Marco Brasil
    (07/01/2015)
    Ms.Candy and her team from Asianway Travel did a great job at organizing our trip to Vietnam. I did fantastic job at organizing our trip to Vietnam, we did not worry about anything as they organized all of our transfers, hotels and guides were always on time to pick us up. We highly recommend them and definitely use Asianway again.
    4.8
    Leni Lestari
    (04/15/2015)
    Not wanting to do a tour in a big group, and no time to research our holiday, we left our time away to Asianway travel tailor for us. That was a fantastic for only two of us. All of the guides and drivers were punctual presentable knowledgeable and polite. We visited Hanoi, Halong, Hoian and Mekong Delta. Though we had a short time but we really enjoyed during our trip. We highly recommend this company if you are considering travelling in Vietnam.
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