“… Dragons were hidden, only stones still remain
On the moonlight nights, stones meditate as men (do)…(Ha Long Bay)”
|We will be taken to all Viet Nam’s famous destinations, including Ha Long Bay, Ha Noi, Hue, Da Nang, Hoi An, and Saigon:|
Ha Long Bay, located in the Gulf of Tonkin, within Quang Ninh Province, in the northeast of Vietnam, is165 km from the capital of Ha Noi. Covering an area of 43,400 ha and including over 1600 islands and islets, most of which are uninhabitated and unaffected by humans, it forms a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars and is an ideal model of a mature Karst landscape developed during a warm and wet tropical climate. The property’s exceptional scenic beauty is complemented by its great biological interest.
The outstanding value of the property is centered around the drowned limestone karst landforms, displaying spectacular pillars with a variety of coastal erosional features such as arches and caves which form a majestic natural scenery. The repeated regression and transgression of the sea on the limestone karst over geological time has produced a mature landscape of clusters of conical peaks and isolated towers which were modified by sea invasion, adding an extra elemant to the process of lateral undercutting of the limstone towers and islands.
The city has a long history of more than a thousand years, through several invasions, occupations, restorations, and name changes. The Chinese conquered the imperial city in 1408 and renamed it. Le Loi repelled the invaders in 1428 and ascended the throne. For his efforts, a slew of legends about his heroic exploits, many centered around the Hoan Kiem Lake in the Old Quarter.
The first institution of learning in Vietnam, Quoc Tu Giam, was founded here in the 11th century. Nine hundred years later, the first western-style universities in Vietnam were also founded in Hanoi. The city retains much of its older charm of bygone eras, despite the battles that have raged over it; conflict had the side effect of making it largely oblivious to modern architecture, and as a result, few buildings in the city center area are higher than five stories. The Old Quarter is second only to Hoi An for uninterrupted stretches of colonial and pre-colonial architecture, well-preserved on dense warrens of narrow, wonderfully atmospheric streets.
HCMC previously known as Saigon, is a city full of contrasts as street vendors selling fruit and vegetables can be seen next to modern businesses and boutiques.
Saigon began as a small fishing village known as Prey Nokor. The area that the city now occupies was originally swampland, and was inhabited by Khmer people for centuries before the arrival of the Vietnamese. In Khmer folklore southern Vietnam was given to the Vietnamese government as a dowry for the marriage of a Vietnamese princess to a Khmer prince in order to stop constant invasions and pillaging of Khmer villages.
In 1698, a Vietnamese noble established Vietnamese administrative structures in the area, thus detaching the area from Cambodia, which was not strong enough to intervene. He is often credited with the expansion of Saigon into a significant settlement. A large Vauban citadel was built, which was later destroyed in the war with French colonists. The city was influenced by the French, and a number of classical Western-style buildings and French villas in the city reflect this. Saigon had, in 1929, a population of 123,890, including 12,100 French.
Under the name Saigon, it was the capital of the French colony of Cochinchina and later of the independent republic of South Vietnam from 1955–75. South Vietnam was a capitalist and anti-communist state which fought against the communist North Vietnamese and Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. On 30 April 1975, Saigon fell and the war ended with a Communist victory. On 2 July 1976, Saigon merged with the surrounding Province and was officially renamed Ho Chi Minh City (although the name Sài Gòn is still commonly used).
Hoi An, an exceptionally well-preserved example of a traditional Asian trading port, is an outstanding material manifestation of the fusion of cultures over time in an international maritime commercial centre.
The town is a special example of a traditional trading port in South-East Asia which has been completely and assiduously preserved: it is the only town in Viet Nam that has survived intact in this way. Most of the buildings are in the traditional architectural style of the 19th and 20th centuries. They are aligned along narrow lanes of traditional type. They include many religious buildings, such as pagodas, temples, meeting houses, etc., which relate to the development of a port community. The traditional lifestyle, religion, customs and cooking have been preserved and many festivals still take place annually.
Archaeological finds and excavations have shown that there was a port and trading centre of the local Sa Huynh people along the Thu Bon River as early as the 2nd century BC. This continued to expand, especially during its most flourishing period from the late 16th to the early 18th centuries. It was through Hoi An that Christianity penetrated Vietnam in the 17th century.
The architecture of Hoi An, which is almost entirely of wood, is of considerable interest. It combines traditional Vietnamese designs and techniques with those from other countries, above all China and Japan, whose citizens settled there to trade and built houses and community centres to their own designs.
Arrival in Hanoi by your flight, pick up and transfer to Ha Noi city. Lunch at a local restaurant.
PM: Visit Temple of Literature, Ethnology Museum and one hour cyclo around the Old Quarters of Hanoi. Enjoy water puppet show.
Dinner and Overnight in Ha Noi.
Take a full day tour to explore Hanoi’s illustrious history.
In the morning, visit the imposing marble edifice housing the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum before moving onto his wooden stilt house and the One Pillar Pagoda. You will then explore the first university of Vietnam, the Temple of Literature, which is imbued with the profound philosophies of Confucianism.
In the afternoon, visit the Hoan Kiem Lake and the Ngoc Son Temple. A one-hour cyclo tour of Hanoi’s Old Quarter allows you to catch a glimpse of ancient Hanoi and learn about traditional Vietnamese architecture. The tour includes a stop at an ancient Vietnamese “long house at very goo local restaurants.
Overnight in Ha Noi.
Ha Long Bay.
Breakfast at hotel. Check out. Transfer to Ha Long city about 180km away.
12h00-12h30 Arrive in Tuan Chau Tourist Wharf, boarding the cruiser
12h30: Welcome cocktail on the boat and check in to your private cabin.
13h15-14h15: Buffet lunch is served on board, during cruising toward Ha Long bay.
14h45: Arrive in Surprise cave, explore the Cave, one of the most beautiful caves in Ha Long bay.
16h00: Stop at Titop beach for available activities as:
17h30: Stop in row of Ho Dong Tien area ( near Drum Cave ) for overnight.
19h30: Have set dinner with seafood provided by Ba Hang fishing village.
21h00-24h00: Freely enjoying the beauty of Ha long at night, join us with one of the optional activities:
Overnight on board.
Sunrise from the ocean.
6h30: Practice Tai Chi on the Sundeck.
6h30-8h00: Light breakfast is served.
8h00: Get on smaller boat to explore Lan Ha bay. Boat stop at the Kayaking area where you will be given a basic paddling lesson by our expert. After that, you and your guide will explore the mystical bay. There will be a lot of swimming, visiting beach or a lagoon cave (depending on tidal conditions).
Lunch on boat. And then cruise back Halong bay for dinner & overnight.
17h00: Re-check in the cabin.
19h30: Dinner is served at the Restaurant.
21h00: After dinner, relax and free time.
Overnight on board.
Another sunrise morning from the ocean.
6h30: Practice Tai Chi on the Sundeck.
7h00-7h30: Start your day with a light breakfast. During breakfast, cruising to explore other part of Halong Bay, enjoy the beauty of one of seven new wonders in the world.
7h45: Cooking class by chef cook on the sundeck.
8h30-9h30: Pass through Cua Van fishing villages and visit Fisherman’s Museum
9h40: Check out and take all luggage outside of your cabin, cruise back to the Tourist Wharf through Ha Long bay.
10h00: Have brunch.
11h30: Back to the Tourist Wharf.
12h00: Departure to Ha Noi.
Around 16:00 arrival in Ha Noi.
Dinner at Ngoc Suong restaurant.
Then transfer to Noi Bai airport to take flight 1547 HAN-HUI 20:25-21:35.
Around 21:35 arrival Hue, transfer to HOTEL check in.
Overnight in Hue.
AM: Breakfast, check out and visit Hue citadel, Thien Mu pagoda.
Then transfer to Da Nang (120km) by Hai Van tunnel.
On the way, stop at Lang Co Beach for lunch with sea food.
PM: Visit Son Tra peninsula with Linh Ung pagoda.
Dinner and overnight in Da nang city.
Breakfast, then check out.
Transfer to Hoi An Ancient town (30km) – the world cultural heritage town, visiting Marble mountain on the way.
Lunch then back to Da nang to take flight VN1315 (14:55-16:05) to Ho Chi Minh city.
Dinner and overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.
In the morning you will visit the amazing Cu Chi Tunnels where Vietnamese guerrillas built a labyrinth of narrow tunnels as hideouts during the war.
Return to Ho Chi Minh City in the afternoon for a half-day city tour. Highlights include the former Presidential Palace (photo stop), Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office, Chinatown, Binh Tay Market and either the Thien Hau Temple or the Quan Am Pagoda and War museum.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.
Breakfast, free until transfer to Tan Son Nhat airport. Take the next flight for back your home town.
The end of tours./.
|HOTEL CLASS||PRICE (2 Pax)||SGL|
|3-star Hotel||1053 USD/Pax||+460 USD|
|4-star Hotel||1138 USD/Pax||+550 USD|
|5-star Hotel||1358 USD/Pax||+755 USD|
Price does not include 5% service charge and 10% tax.
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