Vietnam: 10-Day Vacation from Ho Chi Minh To Hanoi
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Vietnam. A land of natural beauty that is astoundingly exotic, truly captivating and excites the senses. From trekking through the dense jungle to visiting holy temples, Vietnam has a charm like no other that quickly captivates the heart.
The enchanting destination is a thrill and chill mecca, from the adventurer to the traveller looking for well-earned rest, Vietnam is a playground that caters for all!
Experience the enchanting charm of Vietnam today!
What’s the Deal?
- 10-day Vacation from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi, 3-star accommodation – R6999 per person (valued at R20 476)
- 10-day Vacation from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi, 4-star accommodation – R12 999 per person (valued at R26 879)
- Deal is valid for one person based on two people travelling together (twin share)
- A surcharge of USD100 per person applies for travel between 24 Dec – 5 Jan, 15 Jan to 15 Feb 2020, 30 March to 4 April, 24 Apr – 5 May, 28 Aug – 5 Sep
- Excludes flights
Day 1 – Ho Chi Minh Arrival (Meal: No)
Upon arriving at the airport, you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel in Ho Chi Minh. You are free to explore Ho Chi Minh by yourself.
Some details about Ho Chi Minh: Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) is Vietnam at its most dizzying: a high-octane city of commerce and culture that has driven the country forward with its pulsating energy. A chaotic whirl, the city breathes life and vitality into all who settle here, and visitors cannot help but be hauled along for the ride.From the finest of hotels to the cheapest of guesthouses, the classiest of restaurants to the tastiest of street stalls, the choicest of boutiques to the scrum of the markets, HCMC is a city of energy and discovery.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh
Day 2 – Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnel Tour (Meal: Breakfast & Lunch)
07h30 – 07h50: Our tour guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel and then start the drive to Cu Chi which located 60km from HCM city, Cu Chi is now considered a heroic district for its role in the anti-American war in Vietnam. It is legendary for Original tunnels system of over 220km and is a popular spot for both Vietnamese and foreign visitors. The peacefully rural rice paddy scenery contains ducks and water buffalos swimming in the rivers alongside the road. Visitors will find it hard to imagine the destructions, damage and defoliation all over the area, caused by bombing and mines When Cu Chi was" A Free Target Zone ". The remnants visitors will see show Cu Chi still has her evidence to prove the fierce battleground that took place there and visitors will see the remnants.
13h00: Back to Ho Chi Minh City. Have lunch at a local restaurant
15h00: Arrive in your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh
Day 3 – Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta - Can Tho (Meals: Breakfast & Lunch)
Leave Ho Chi Minh city, enjoy the scenic journey along the way bordered by green rice fields. On arrived at My Tho, visit Vinh Trang pagoda, take a leisurely boat ride along the river, view stilt houses, fruit plantations and fishing villages along the river bank. Proceed to Tortoise islet, have lunch in the orchard garden. Then a boat ride to An Khanh – a less touristy attraction in Ben Tre, enjoy cruising on a hand-rowed sampan under the shade of the water coconut trees along natural canals, then enjoy seasonal fruit & honey tea to the sound of "Southern Vietnamese folk music", performed by the locals. Visit a family business which epitomises the idyllic rural lifestyle, taste delicious coconut candy & observe the pastoral life as you roam through fruit plantations and villages. Proceed to Can Tho.
Free time to visit bustling Can Tho market.
Overnight in Can Tho
Day 4 – Cai Rang Floating Market- HCMC (Meal: Breakfast & Lunch)
Take a leisurely boat trip to explore the picturesque tributaries of the Lower Mekong river (Bassac River), then proceed to visit Cai Rang floating market, which is the liveliest in the whole religion. Have you ever tasted Vietnamese vermicelli soup? Well, now go and see how it is made. Then wander around the village and meet the friendly local people and experience how to cross a "Monkey bridge" which is built by only one stem of bamboo. Visit the orchard garden. Stop for lunch. Back to HCM city.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh
Day 5 – Ho Chi Minh - Flight to Hanoi (Meal: Breakfast)
After having breakfast, you will be free until our driver comes and picks up you to the airport. Upon arriving Hanoi, you will be transferred to the hotel.
Overnight in Hanoi
Day 6 – Hanoi Free and Easy (Meal: Breakfast)
Enjoy breakfast at hotel then spend your leisure to visit Hanoi city by yourself.
Located in the middle of Hanoi, a rapidly developing city where changes take place every hour, Hanoi Old Quarter with its old-style narrow streets full of antique brick houses seems to nostalgically resist the flow of time while still actively trying to adapt to the dynamic atmosphere of the modern city. Once a bustling area where merchants and artisans gathered to sell their products, Hanoi Old Quarter consists of many small, meandering streets, each bears the name of the goods that were specifically traded there such as Hang Bac (Silver Product), Hang Ma (Paper Product), Hang Go (Wood Product), just to name a few.Visiting this unique historical vestige comfortably lying around Hoan Kiem Lake, tourists get lost in an entirely different world from the rest of the city and have the chance to explore the modest but energetic life of the local a hundred years ago, where there were no high-rise buildings, too much traffic or fancy stores; things will get a little bit smaller, as visitors may have used to those skyscrapers and shopping centers in other parts of the city, but not at all less lively and vigorous.
Overnight in Hanoi
Day 7 – Hanoi – Halong Bay with Apricot Cruises (Meal: Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner )
08h00 – 08h30: Pick-up at hotel and start the scenic, 3 and ½ hour drive to Halong Bay.
12h30 – 13h00: Embark on Apricot Cruise followed by a short cruise briefing.
13h30 – 14h30: Savor a delectable lunch as Apricot cruises among the limestone islands.
15h00 – 16h00: Explore the amazing Sung Sot Cave - the most beautiful cave in Halong Bay.
16h00 – 17h00: Cruising to Titov island. Go swimming and relaxing at the beach of Titov or climb up to the top of the island for a panorama view of Halong Bay.
17h00 – 17h30: Return to the main boat and continue cruising to the quiet area while enjoying beautiful seascape on the way.
17h30 – 19h00: Enjoy Sunset Party on the sundeck and admire the best moments of the day when the sun starts to set.
19h00: Dinner is served. Socialise with other guests, take part in board games, fish for squid, or just laze around.
Overnight on cruise
Day 8 – Ha Long Bay - Hanoi (Meal: Breakfast & Lunch)
06h30 – 07h15: Start your day with Tai Chi exercises or a photo hunt.
07h30 – 08h30: Have breakfast on board and enjoy the peaceful morning of Halong Bay.
09h00 – 10h00: Kayak around the Luon Cave.
10h15: Return to the boat. Freshen up and check out of your cabin.
10h15 – 11h00: Continue your cruise exploring the Bay, passing Ba Hang fishing village, Dog Islet, and more.1
11h00 – 12h15: While heading back to the harbour, watch the fruit carving demonstration and participate in the Cooking Class before enjoying a traditional Vietnamese lunch.
12h15 – 12h30: Disembark Apricot Cruise.
12h30 – 13h00: Transfer back to Hanoi. The trip finishes at around 17h00.
Overnight in Hanoi
Day 9 – Hanoi City tour (Meal: Breakfast & Lunch)
OPTION 1: TUESDAY, THURSDAY, SATURDAYS, SUNDAY
07h45 - 08h30: Get picked up by our tour guide and bus. After a short drive, start visiting the first place named Tran Quoc Pagoda, a Buddhist relic and national heritage lying on the West Lake.
09h00: Visit Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, the final resting place of Vietnam's greatest father, walking along Ho Chi Minh’s stilt house where he lived and worked from 1958 to 1969.
10h00: Visit One-Pillar Pagoda – the one modelled after a lotus flower, a symbol of Hanoi city.
11h00: Visit the colourful features of the 54 ethnic groups of Viet Nam in the Ethnology Museum.
13h00: Bus takes you to a local restaurant in Hanoi Old Quarter, have a rest and enjoy the lunch.
14h00: Visit Temple of Literature, the most famous temple situated in Hanoi, also functioned as Vietnam's first university. It was first constructed in 1070 under King Ly Nhan Tong and dedicated to Confucius, sages and scholars. A vast structure that has existed to present day.
15h30: Drive to legendary Hoan Kiem Lake, visit Ngoc Son Temple dedicated to Van Xuong saint and former general commander Tran Hung Dao for his struggle against Mongolians. You also see the beautiful Vietnamese and French architecture around the lake.
16h00: Arrive back to your hotel.
OPTION 2: MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY
07h45 - 08h30: Get picked up by our tour guide and bus then visit the first place named Tran Quoc Pagoda. Experience our national heritage and the beautiful Buddhist relics on the West Lake.
09h30: Visit a sacred place to recall President Ho Chi Minh’s life and career in Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, the Stilt-house where Ho Chi Minh lived and worked from 1958 to 1969.
10h30: Visit One-Pillar Pagoda, the one modelled after a lotus flower, a symbol of Hanoi city in present days.
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