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Best of Vietnam Tour - 12 Days

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Tour Code BVN.121
Destination Hồ Chí Minh City - Hà Nội Capital - Central Việt Nam
Tour style Group Tour
Price fromUSD 1,119
Overview Best of Vietnam Tour 12-day tour is ideal for travelers with more time budget, featuring many attractions that Vietnam has to offer. Highlights include Halong Bay's overnight cruise, Đà Nẵng the most worth living city, world's heritages of Huế and Hộii An, a floating market in Mekong Delta and two central urbans Hanoi and Hồ Chí Minh city.

Fly to Hà Nội, 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 with 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. Settle in and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.

Overnight in Hanoi.

You will head out with your guide and begins with a visit at Ba Đình Square to see Hồ Chí Minh’s Mausoleum, 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 Diên Hựu 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 Hỏa Lò 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.

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.

*Please note: The city tour program is flexible. Your guide will be more than happy to adjust the tour itinerary to suit you. You can skip one site or add another if you wish so.

Overnight in Hanoi.

After breakfast, you will leave Hanoi for the 3.5 hours journey to Hạ Long Bay, passing through a number of North Vietnamese towns and villages.

Upon arrival you will be welcomed aboard your traditional junk; designed in the same style as those that have sailed the bay for 100’s of years. Begin a relaxing and unforgettable cruise tour around with breathtaking and unique limestone karsts and islets. A delicious fresh seafood lunch will be served as you cruise this spectacular bay, a UNESCO listed site.

After lunch you will explore some of Hạ Long Bay's famous caves by bamboo boat or kayaking based on your preference. And then reach on the top of Soi Sim beach to have a panorama view of Halong Bay. All activities arranged by the cruise are on a shared basis.

Return to your junk boat to watch a Cooking class or fruits and vegetable carving on sundeck. Then enjoy Sunset Party together and Happy Hour. It is time for relaxing before enjoying your dinner and evening activities around the bar.

*Please note: Program may differ slightly base on cruise ships. An extra night can be added to the program. If your time is flexible, we highly recommend it.

Overnight on Halong Bay Cruise - traditional style cruise (junk).

Wake up and see the sunrise over the spectacular horizon, reflecting in the pristine waters of the bay, with a cup of tea or coffee. Then join a Tai Chi class on the sundeck if you wish before enjoying breakfast in the fresh air. Continue to sail around this natural wonder.

Visit to the Sửng Sốt Cave by walking 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 of the cabin. Start cruising towards the harbor while an A la carte lunch is served. The crew will bid you farewell and you disembark with our tender boat to the Tuần Châu Pier.

Return your Hanoi hotel by cruise’s shuttle bus to collect big baggage and take a private transfer to Hanoi airport for your short flight to Huế, Vietnam's most beautiful city, located on the central coast of Vietnam, home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Fly Hanoi to Hue, departing 19:05, arriving 20:15 at Phú Bài Airport. Welcome to Huế. After collecting your baggage, exit the airport to meet 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. Settle in and enjoy the evening at your leisure.

Overnight in Huế.

This morning visit the Imperial Citadel and the Forbidden Purple City nearby. Modeled on the Forbidden City in Beijing by the Nguyễn 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 Thiên Mụ Pagoda, sitting on the riverbank outside the city, this octagonal seven tier stupa has long been regarded as the symbol of Hue 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.

Afternoon tour of Royal Mausoleums:

Continue to explore Emperors Tombs of the past Emperors of the Nguyễn 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. Khải Định's Tomb and Tự Đức's Tomb, considered the most beautiful mausoleums, will leave you breathless.

Overnight in Hue.

This morning, you will take a road journey from Huế to Đà Nẵng. Prepare your camera for beautiful panorama view of Lăng Cô Bay and Hải Vân Pass.

Drive to Bà Nà Hill. Recently, Bà Nà Hills was honored as among the Top 5 at the “Honors and Awards ceremony of Viet Nam Tourism Award 2016”. This is the second year consecutively Bà Nà Hills has received this only annual award of Vietnam Tourism Industry.

Depart to Bà Nà Hills. Arrive at the Suối Mơ cable car station. In the cabin, looking upon the endless forest. Experiencing the pristine ecological system of the Bà Nà mountain will leave you a sense of unforeseeable discovery. Visit the Le Jardin, old wineries (excluded expenses) - remains of French Villas and Linh Ứng pagoda with 27 meters high Buddha statue. Leave Le Jardin for Gare Debay, the second cable car station, to go to the top of Bà Nà. Visit and play game at the Bà Nà Hills Fantasy Park- the third largest indoor amusement park in the world (only some free games depending on Bà Nà policy). Conquer the Peak of Chúa mountain at the height of 1,487m. Leave Peak of Chúa Mountain, passing the famous Golden Bridge.

Take a cable to go down and get back on your car for driving heading to Hội An historic old town.

Overnight in Hội An.

Start this morning with a biking trip to Cẩm Thanh Village. Stop to take some beautiful photos. Arrive at the village of fishermen Vạn Lăng - Cẩm Thanh. Embark on a sampan rowing competition and practice fishing techniques. Take a little rest in the house of a fisherman with the welcome green tea, a beautiful walk in the village to see the daily activities of fishermen.

Continue biking to the village Trà Quế, passing through the rice fields, fishponds…A quick stop at Ba Thê local market - where local people exchange their consumption in the region.

Arrive at a gardener's home, you are delighted to be a real gardener by working in the field with skills such as raking, fertilizing, cultivating and watering soil. Back to gardener’s home. Relax with a foot massage and medicinal herbs that are planted in the family garden. Prepare vegetables and herbs from Trà Quế, pratice cooking dishes like crispy pancake (meat, shrimp, beansprouts…), spring rolls of Hội An, Tam Hữu, grilled fish in banana leaf… Enjoy the dishes you made before riding back to Hội An.

Hội An walking tour: discover the cultural diversity of Asian countries through heritage buildings including Phùng Hưng Ancient House, Guangzhou Association and Assembly Hall, a Japanese Covered Bridge,… During the expedition at night, have a taste of some specialties here such as Cao Lầu, Bánh Đập, ..... Free shopping in the old town and drop flower garlands and colored lanterns on Thu Bồn river.

Overnight in Hội An.

Morning, you will transfer to Đà Nẵng airport in time for your flight to Hồ Chí Minh.

Welcome to Hồ Chí Minh city. Upon arrival at Tân Sơn Nhất 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 city tour : we will discover Saigon's historic landmarks including the War Remnants Museum, established in September 1975 in Hồ Chí 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 Bến Thành Market or House of Saigon for shopping and café.

Overnight in Saigon.

Pick up at your hotel in Hồ Chí Minh city, drive to Cái Bè in the heart of the Mekong Delta. You will board a motorized boat that takes you to the floating market and spend time there for an interaction that you will see nowhere else in the world. Then on foot to reach a coconut candy, a crispy rice cake factories (served free with premium hot tea), riding bicycle around local village to Út Kiệt ancient house for lunch.

After lunch, get on small row sampan, zigzag thourgh a maze of shadow canals to enjoy the fresh air along the canal and beautiful water coconut tree scenery. The next stop is Vĩnh Long City from Island by boat, we will land on a marketplace and walk around to see how and what the poor rural people of Vietnam sell in City, encouraged to interact with the vendors and see how friendly and respectful they are then on our coach transfer to Cần Thơ.

Check-in hotel, free explore on your own. Overnight in Cần Thơ.

Breakfast at hotel, transfer to Ninh Kiều wharf for a boat trip to visit Cái Răng floating market - one of ten most impressive markets in the world by The UK’s Rough Guide. There you can discover typical daily life of local people who are selling, buying, bargaining and serving breakfast and soft drinks on boatsOn the way back, you will stop over local house, discovering the noodle making factory in the village. Then, cruising back to local market. From there you can buy some tropical fruits, have lunch and driving back to Sài Gòn. We return to Hồ Chí Minh City. Overnight in Hồ Chí Minh city.

This morning, enjoy scenic drive through the countryside as people work on their rice paddies and thatched hut villages scattered along the way. Arriving at the Củ Chi Tunnels to explore part of the 151-mile underground network that zigzagged from the southern tip of the Hồ Chí Minh Trail near Cambodia to the Saigon River. Củ 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.

Optional excursion: Please contact us if you interest.

1. Cooking class at Saigon center ( 4 hours)

2. The Mist Show (modern dance and ballet) at Saigon Opera house (Price from US$ 28 to US$ 65/per ticket)

3. A O show (bamboo dance, acrobatic & music) – at Saigon Opera (Price from US$ 28 to US$ 65/per ticket)

4. Saigon’s nightlife & foodies tour by Scooters ( 4 hours)

Overnight in Saigon.

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 to the airport in time for your flight to the next destination. We wish you a safe and pleasant journey.

End of our service, thank you and see you again!

Note: Tour prices shown are 'per person',  based on a travelling party of at least 2 adults, and sharing a room.

 Inclusion:

  • Accommodation in the center of the city with 3 or 4 star hotels, homestays (twin/double sharing room with daily buffet breakfast).
  • Profesional English-speaking guide.
  • Meals as mentioned with good set menus at local beautiful restaurant: (B) for Breakfast, (L) for Lunch, (D) for Dinner.
  • Modern vehicle with an experienced driver.
  • Boats and/or cruises mentioned in intinerary.
  • A bottle of mineral water per day.
  • All entrance and sightseeing fees for all the visits as mentioned in the itinerary.

 Exclusion:

  • Personal, travel and health insurance.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, calls,….
  • Domestic and International flight tickets, Train.
  • Early check in and late check out.
  • Single room supplement if requested.
  • Tipping.
  • Holiday surcharge.
  • Any additional expenses caused by reasons beyond our control such as natural disaster (typhoon, flood,…), flight delays, rescheduling or cancellations, riots, strikes etc… 

Child policy: children share room with their parents.

  • 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

You 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. Asialotustours.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

Don’t worry about meals; we select both restaurants and menus for you. Asialotustours.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 details

  • 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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