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Vietnam Travel line - 14 days  

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Tour Code ASW-VN-C30
Destination Saigon-Mekong Delta-Cu Chi-Hue-Hoian-Hanoi-Ninh Binh-Halong
Tour style Classic tour
Price from US$ 1730 per person
Promotion US$ 1638 per person
Overview With the length of your holidays, this Classic Vietnam package will offer you both an overview of Vietnam from South to the North and deeply discover the culture in Mekong Delta and further in Halong Bay. You will travel to the must-see places but coming to the less-travelled part of them and alternative travel route.
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Fly to HCMC, VIETNAM


Welcome to Vietnam. Upon arrival at HCMC 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 a local Guide of Asianway travel. He/she will be holding a sign with your names on it. Please note that local guides are not allowed inside the airport.


From the airport, you will be privately transferred to your lovely hotel. Settle in and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.

 

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 

7.00am: Leaving the busy city, you will start your trip to Mekong Delta. Stop to visit Cai Be Cao Dai Temple. Get on a cruise to visit Cai Be colorful floating market among local barges full of fruits and vegetables. Then, an optional stop can be made at local workshops where you can see how to make rice paper, coconut candy and pop-rice, pop - corn.

 

Arrive at a home-stay. Have a rest, relax and have lunch.

 

After lunch, a rowing boat will take you deeper into the countryside on smaller canals and to enjoy the peaceful time. It is so interesting to see traditional houses made of wood and palm tree leaves and see some activities of the local farmers.

 

Go back your home – stay and get ready for next activities. You will try catching fish in the river and collecting vegetable. You will be guided to prepare dinner by our Chefs in the late afternoon.

 

Have some fruits and tea when enjoying the traditional music.

 

Note: The floating markets in the Mekong Delta are no tourist markets but wholesale markets where produce of the Mekong Delta like fruits and vegetables are traded. For this reason the number of boats on the market fluctuates depending on harvesting seasons and market demand. Furthermore, modern wholesale markets are becoming more popular in Vietnam. This can result in decreasing numbers of boats being present on the markets.

 

Overnight at your home-stay in Tan Phong Islet

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

 

Have a breakfast and hop on your bike for a discovery of Tan Phong Islet. You will visit kindergarten. Stopping at a local farmer’s house to learn how to make Jackfruit leafs cake and then cycling to Bonsai garden and talking to him to understand how local farmers take care for their gardens, then try plucking the fruits and tasting them. 

 

After cycling back to your home-stay, you will take short rest and check-out at about 11:00. After lunch, your boat will transfer you back the tourist boat Cai Be for driving back to Ho Chi Minh City.  

 

End of the tour today at 17:00 in Ho Chi Minh City

 

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

 

Morning tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels:  At 7.00, pick up at hotel & 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 tour of HCMC: we’ll discover Saigon's historic landmarks including 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 FITO Museum, it is the first museum of Vietnamese medicine. On display are nearly 3,000 items dating back to the Stone Age. Exhibits include tools used to prepare medicine, knives, mortars and pestles, documents and objects from a traditional pharmacy. The museum regularly screens a documentary about the history of medicine. Continue visiting to the 1880's General Post Office and the late 19th century Notre Dame cathedral, located in a peaceful part of the city. Ending at Ben Thanh Market or House of Saigon for shopping and café

 

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

 

You will take a morning flight to Hue. Flight code VN1370, 07.30 – 08.50

 

Welcome to Hue. We will pick you up and transfer to your hotel. If the rooms are available, you can take an early check in. Or the rooms are not available; you will store your luggage at the hotel and start the trip in Hue City.

 

You will start with visiting the Imperial Citadel and the Forbidden Purple City nearby. Modeled 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.

 

After Lunch, you will visit Tu Duc King Tomb. Stop to visit Tiger Arena and Voi Ré Temple on the way.

 

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. Take a down-stream cruise for sunset on the river.

 

If time permits, we will visit Dong Ba market.

 

Overnight in Hue

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

 

This day, we will leave Hue for Hoian.

 

Stop en-routes at several for beautiful scene and witness local life. Firstly, we will stop at Thuy Thanh village; visit the local market and a farmer tool at a family. Chance for taking photo when you pass Lang Co Beach and Hai Van Pass. In Danang, you will stop to visit Cham museum.

 

In the afternoon, 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.

 

Overnight in Hoian

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

 

This day starts after brief introduction and some biking guidance. You will take a cycling trip to Hoian countryside. A local boat will bring you to Kim Bong - a village of wood carving. Visit around the village and partake in a wood carving activities for which the village is famous for, then you’ll continue cycling to Duy Nghia sedge mat making village. Upon the arrival at Duy Nghia village, you’ll visit some local families making mats and enjoy the short break. The route takes you through paddy fields and along lovely rivers to Duy Hai village where local people make fish sauce.


Taking a rest before continuing the journey, you will experience another local boat ride to the water coconut and bamboo carving village. You’ll have a chance to visit a family that makes a lot of bamboo things such as bamboo chairs, bamboo tables, bamboo lamps, bamboo telephones and even bamboo bicycles! After lunch at a local family with unforgettable memories you’ll continue the journey to Tra Que organic village through the rice paddy fields and hamlets. Here you’ll learn how the local people plant so many different herbs and vegetables. Enjoying a special juice made from the local herbs and you’ll cycle back to Hoian and end the great trip here.

 

Overnight in Hoian

Meals: Breakfast

 

Morning tour to 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. 

 

Free time until departure for the flight

 

Take a flight from Danang to Hanoi. Flight code: VN172, 17.20 – 18.40

 

Overnight in Hanoi

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 

In the morning, you will take a 2 – hours driving from Hanoi heading to the South to Ninh Binh province. This place was the first capital of Vietnam in Tenth century. You will visit King Ding Tien Hoang’s Temple and King Le Dai Hanh Temple. Two temples are small but they have special historic and spirit value. You also see beautiful work of sculpture on wood and stone.

 

You get back on your coach again to Tam Coc. After Lunch, you

 will take a rowing sampan to visit Tam Coc which is considered as “In – land – Halong Bay”.

 

Checking in your hotel, relax and flexible activities as:

- Riding bicycle/walk from your hotel to visit village around

- Ride bicycle/by coach to Bich Dong Pagoda

- Ride bicycle/by coach to Thung Nham bird garden.

 

Overnight in Ninh Binh
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 7.30 – 8.00: after Breakfast, you will take a driving trip to Halong City. 12.30: Arrive at Tuan Chau Port, take a tender to the cruise – enjoy welcome drink, receive cruise briefing and safety instructions. 13.15 – 14.00: Passengers enjoy the deluxe Vietnamese Set Menu Lunch. Massage service is available after lunch and throughout the cruise. Please book in advance with your Cruise Manager. 14.00 – 16.30: Cruise through Halong Bay, passing the most beautiful and quiet areas including Incense Burner, Dog Stone Islet, Fighting Cock, Finger Islet. 16.30: Arrive at Cua Van Floating Fishing Village. This is one of the largest fishing villages on the Bay. Guests can choose between kayaking through the village or visiting on small bamboo boats (sampans) rowed by villagers. Kayakers will depart from the boat in two-seater, self-rowed kayaks, kayaking through the village and back to the boat. A kayaking tour guide will lead the way. 18.00: Attend the Fruit and Vegetable carving lesson led by our Head Chef. During the lesson, the chef will conduct Fruit and Vegetable carving, showing the guests how we decorate and make some traditional Vietnamese food. 18.00 -19.00: First Happy Hour! Buy one drink – get one free (wine by the bottle excluded). 19.30: Dinner is served to the guests. 20.45: Evening activities. Board games like cards or Parcheesi are available, as well as massage service (massage service is available throughout the cruise). Also, everyone can try their luck at squid fishing on the boat with help from the crew. 21.00 – 22.00: Second Happy Hour! Buy one drink-get one free (wine by the bottle excluded). Overnight in Halong bay

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 

06.45: Coffee, tea and breakfast pastries served in the dining room.

07.00: Enjoy Tai Chi instruction on the sundeck (duration about 30 minutes).

07.45: Enjoy Breakfast served in the dining room.

08.30 – 16.00: Daytime activities include cruising to less trafficked areas of the Bay, visiting Surprise Cave and kayaking around Bat Cave area (the itinerary could be revised flexibly based on weather conditions). Lunch is served on board mid-day


After lunch, guests will pay a visit to Pearl Farm in the afternoon. 

 

16.00: Return by tender to the Indochina Sails boat. Rejoin the cruise and relax onboard as we sail to the overnight anchorage.

18.00 – 19.00: First of two Happy Hours! Buy one drink-get one free (wine by the bottle excluded).

19.30: Dinner is served to the guests.

20.45: Evening activities. Board games like cards or Parcheesi are available, as well as massage service (massage service is available throughout the cruise). Also, everyone can try their luck at squid fishing on the boat with help from the crew.

21.00 – 22.00: Second Happy Hour! Buy one drink-get one free (wine by the bottle excluded).

23.00: End of Program for Day Two

 

Overnight in Halong bay

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

 

06.45Coffee, tea and breakfast pastries served in the dining room.

07.00Enjoy Tai Chi instruction on the sundeck (lasting for about 30 minutes).

07.45 – 9.00Guests are transferred by tender to the Titov Island. About one hour is spent on the island, allowing time to climb to the peak for a breathtaking 360 degree view of the Bay (there is also an expansive viewing deck half way up).


After the climb, there is time left to relax on the beach and have a swim.

 

09.00Upon returning to the boat, guests will have 30 minutes to freshen up and finish packing. Please collect all of your belongings from the cabins and leave heavy luggage outside the cabins (staff will transfer directly to the pier).

09.30Enjoy a full breakfast in the dining room. Bills are settled after breakfast.


Relax on the sundeck or in the dining room enjoying the bay scenery as we approach the pier.

 

11.00Arrive at Tuan Chau port, relax inside the pier building while waiting for return transportation

 

Stop to visit a ceramic and pottery village en-route.

 

Arrive back in Hanoi at about 5.00pm.

 

Overnight in Hanoi

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

 

Full day tour of Hanoi: Morning, you'll head out with your guide and begins with a visit Ba Dinh Square to see Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum (close during this period for annual maintenance), the museum to his life and the simple cottage where he lived and worked, along with his "house on stilts" and his final resting place; and take in Hanoi's famous One-Pillar Pagoda, constructed in 1049 to resemble a lotus blossom. Continue to the Museum of Ethnology, where we'll learn about the fascinating cultural diversity of this ancient land.


This afternoon, drive through Colonial Hanoi, seeing the Opera House and other local sights. Go inside infamous Hoa Lo Prison (“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. Take a cyclo ride 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.

 

Enjoy the left time of the day free

 

Overnight in Hanoi

Meals: Breakfast

 

Today is your final day. You are free to chill out and relax. Depending on your departure flight, your private driver will pick you up from the hotel and transfer you to the airport in time for your flight to the next destination. They will ensure you are the correct gate. We wish you a safe and pleasant journey
  • Tour prices shown are 'per person',  based on a traveling party of at least 2 adults, and sharing a room in a 3 star accommodation.  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, traveler forum's members to book this tour with you.

  • The 'Single supplement' applies for traveler who require their own single 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:

·         11 nights at hotels with breakfast on a private double/twin sharing room

·         02 nights on a cruise in Halong bay

·         Complimentary Vietnam visa pre- approval letter

·         Meals mentioned in the itinerary

·         Daily buffet or set menu breakfast at hotel and all hotels taxes and service charges

·         Entrance fees for all visits as mentioned in the program

·         Travel by air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced and safe driver

·         Flight ticket 1 routes: HCMC - Hanoi

·         Activities as in program

·         German speaking guide with legal license

·         01 bottle of mineral water/pax/ day and souvenir

·         VAT, all taxes and service charge

What's Excluded:

·         Tipping for guide and driver

·         Bank fees for both sides

·         Vietnam visa stamping (25 USD per pax for one time entry)

·         Early check in and late check out at all hotels

·         Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, shopping)

·     Peak season surcharge or Compulsory Galar dinner at accommodations on Occasions of Christmas and New Year

·         Low season discount (normally from May to September)

·         Drinks and other meals which are not indicated in the program

·         Travel insurance  

·         International air ticket and airport tax

·         Other services which are not mentioned clearly in the “Including” item


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.

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