AC-01: Vietnam Exploring

Destination: Saigon - Cuchi - Vinhlong - Muine Beach - Danang - Hoian - Hue - Hanoi - Halong - Sapa - Hanoi
Duration: 14 days/ 13 nights

Day 01: Arrival Saigon (Dinner)

Arrive in Saigon. Welcome with local guide and private driver at Tan Son Nhat International Airport. Transfer to the city for visiting: Notre Dame Cathedral - established by French colonists and was constructed between 1863 and 1880. It has two bell towers, reaching a height of 58 meters (190 feet). Central post-office: constructed when Vietnam was part of French Indochina in the late 19th century (between 1886-1891). It counts with Gothic, Renaissance and French influences, designed by Auguste Henri Vildieu and Alfred Foulhoux, as well as Gustave Eiffel. Saigon Opera House - is an example of French Colonial architecture in Vietnam, built in 1897 by French architect Eugene Ferret as the Opėra de Saigon, the 800 seat building was used as the home of the lower House assembly of South Vietnam after 1956. China town and Thien Hau pagoda - is a Chinese style temple, dedicated to the Lady of the Sea Thien Hau who is also known as "Mazu". Dinner on the boat along Saigon River. Overnight at hotel in Saigon.

Day 02: Saigon – Cuchi Tunnel – City Tour: (Breakfast, Lunch)

Buffet breakfast at hotel. Drive to Cu Chi tunnel - a Heroic Wonder, about 70 km to the northwest of Saigon city, is the miniature of the creative and transformed battle of Cu Chi people and soldiers in the fierce fight, lasting for 30 years against the aggressors for independence, freedom of the country. With its victory scale, Cu Chi tunnel went into the history of heroic struggle of the Vietnamese as a legend of the 20th century and became famous in the world. This is a unique and incomparable wonder with 250 km tunnel spreading like cobwebs underground, with the completion of works associated with the tunnels such as trenches, docks, fighting places, tunnels for eating, sleeping, meetings, activities, military, food storage, water wells, Hoang Cam stoves...Back to Saigon city for lunch at local restaurant. After lunch, city tour with The Independence Palace -declared to be a National Cultural and Historical Relic in 1976, is a unique architectural work by Architect Ngo Viet Thu. The construction was begun in 1962 and completed in 1966. Historical museum and the War Remnants Museum primarily contains exhibits relating to the Vietnam War, but also includes many exhibits relating to the first Indochina War involving the French colonialists. Ben Thanh Market - a large market and one of the earliest surviving structures in Saigon, and an important symbol of the city. Free for dinner. Overnight at hotel in Saigon.

Day 03: Saigon – Vinh Long - Saigon: (Breakfast, Lunch)

Buffet breakfast at hotel. Morning excursion to Vinh Long province which is famous for tropical fruits in the Mekong Delta. Arrive in Vinh Long, enjoy a boat trip on the River to visit Cai Be floating market which is different from the floating market in Thailand, fruit gardens, local houses porducing pancakes. Lunch at local restaurant. After lunch, drive back to Saigon. Free for dinner. Overnight at hotel in Saigon .

Day 04: Saigon – Muine Beach, Phan Thiet : (Breakfast)

Day 04: Saigon – Muine Beach, Phan Thiet : (Breakfast)

Day 05: Muine Beach - Free : (Breakfast)

Breakfast at hotel. FREE TIME. No Meals, sightseeing, guide and transportation. Overnight at hotel in Muine.

Day 06: Muine – Saigon - Danang - Hoian: (Breakfast, Lunch)

Breakfast at hotel. In the early morning, drive bach to Saigon city for domestic flight to Danang. Pick up with local guide and private driver at Danang airport. Transfer to Hoian ancient town, a major trading center on the 16th and 17th Centuries, drawing traders worldwide. Arrive in Hoian, Check in hotel and Free at leisure. Lunch at local restaurant. Free for dinner. Overnight at hotel in Hoian.

Day 07: Hoian - Myson - Hoian: (Breakfast, Lunch)

Buffet breakfast at hotel. Travel to Myson declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco, where a highly advanced culture in existance as far back as the 6th century was found. It features the largest remaining from the Cham Kingdom. Back to Hoian for lunch at local restaurant. A tour around Hoian town: Phuc Kien Pagoda, Japanese Bridge , Viet Old House. Free for Dinner. Overnight at hotel in Hoian.

Day 08: Hoian – Danang - Hue: (Breakfast, Lunch)

Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Hue city. Stopover at Danang to visit Marble Mountains (is a cluster of five marbles and limestone hills located in Ngu Hanh Son Ward, south of Da Nang city in Vietnam. The five 'mountains' are named after the five elements: Kim (metal), Thuy (water), Moc (wood), Hoa (fire) and Tho (earth). Cham Museum - was first proposed in 1902 by the Department of Archaeology of EFEO. Henri Parmentier, a prominent archaeologist of the department, made great contributions to the campaign for its construction. Arrive in Hue city in the afternoon. Visit Royal Palace - a walled fortress and palace in Hue city including the Imperial City (a perimeter wall some 2.5 kilometers in length. Within the Imperial City is the Purple Forbidden City, a term similar to the Forbidden City in Beijing. Access to the innermost enclosure is restricted to the Nguyen imperial family. Enjoy a boat trip on Huong River to visit Thien Mu pagoda and King Minh Mang's tomb. Shopping at Dong Ba market. Lunch at local restaurant. Free for Dinner. Overnight at hotel in Hue.

Day 09: Hue – Hanoi (Breakfast, Lunch)

Breakfast at hotel. Morning flight to Hanoi capital. Arrival at Noi Bai Airport. Pick up with local guide and private driver. A short city tour of Ha Noi: Temple of Literature (The first University in Vietnam , built in the 11th century), Ngoc Son temple located on Ngoc island in Hoan Kiem Lake. Enjoy water puppet show in 01 hour. Transfer to hotel in the city for check in. Lunch at local restaurant. Free for Dinner. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.

Day 10: Hanoi - Halong (Breakfast, Lunch)

Breakfast at hotel. Visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum - is the place where the leader Ho Chi Minh, Chairman of the Communist Party of Vietnam from 1951 until his death in 1969, read the Declaration of Independence on 2 September 1945, establishing the Democratic Republic of Vietnam. Presidential Palace Historical Site - is the place where the leader Ho Chi Minh lived and worked in most of his revolutionary life (from 19 December 1954 to 02 September 1969). Hoa Lo Prison - used by the French colonists in Vietnam for political prisoners, and later by North Vietnam for prisoners of war during the Vietnam War when it was sarcastically known to American prisoners of war as the "Hanoi Hilton". One Pillar pagoda - made of wood on a single stone pillar 1.25m in diameter. The West Lake and Dong Xuan market. Lunch at local restaurant. After lunch depart for Halong Bay, known in Vietnam as the "Dragon descending to the sea" with more than 3,000 limestone islets rising from the clear emerald waters. Sightseeing along the way. Arrival in Halong city, check in hotel. Free Time. Free for dinner. Overnight at hotel in Halong.

Day 11: Halong - Hanoi - Lao Cai: (Breakfast, Lunch)

Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Halong pier. Take a boat trip on Halong Bay to explore Thien Cung Cave & Dau Go grotto in 05 hours. Seafood Lunch on the boat. Drive back to Hanoi in the afternoon. Visit Hanoi Old Quarter – established under the Ly and Tran Dynasty, stretching from the east of Hanoi untill the Red River. Free for dinner. Transfer to Hanoi Station to take Local express Train to Sapa. Overnight on the train.

Day 12: Lao Cai – Sapa: (Breakfast, Lunch)

Arrive in Laocai in the early morning (around 5.30 AM). Transfer to Sapa town which is overhung by a 7,000 foot mountain peak and located admidst the highest mountains of Indochina. Arrive in Sapa, check in hotel. Breakfast at hotel. Visit Ham Rong mountain, the Cloud Bridge. Trekking to Cat Cat and Sin Chai minority village of the black H’Mong people. Lunch at local restaurant. Free for dinner. Overnight at hotel in Sapa.

Day 13: Sapa – Lao Cai: (Breakfast, Lunch)

Breakfast at hotel. Continue to visit Ta Van & Lao Chai village of the Black H'Mong and Red Dao people where you will be surprised by the fantasied natural beauties and local people. Lunch at local restaurant. In the afternoon, drive back to Lao Cai station. On the way stop at Ta Phin minority village for visiting. Free for Dinner at local restaurant in Lao Cai. Evening: take a local express Train to Hanoi. Overnight on the train.

Day 14: Hanoi - Departure: (Breakfast)

Early arrival in Hanoi. Breakfast and relax at hotel, then transfer to Noi Bai airport for departure.