Day 1: Ho Chi Minh Arrival
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnel
Day 3: Ho Chi Minh - Cai Thia - Cai Be - Can Tho
Day 4: Can Tho – Cai Rang Floating Market - Flight to Phu Quoc
Day 5 - 6 - 7: Phu Quoc Island - Free at leisure - Flight to Hanoi
Day 8: Hanoi City Tour – Night train to Lao Cai
Day 9: Lao Cai – Sapa – Y Linh Ho- Lao Chai - Ta van
Day 10: Sapa – Bus back to Hanoi
Day 11: Hanoi - Ha Long Bay - Overnight on cruise
Day 12: Ha Long Bay - Overnight on cruise
Day 13: Ha Long Bay - Hanoi
Day 14: Hanoi Departure
Day 1: Ho Chi Minh Arrival (Meals: None)
Upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat airport, you will be welcomed by our guide and transfer to hotel in center of Ho Chi Minh City. Free at your leisure on the rest of the day. Overnight in Hotel in Ho Chi Minh.
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnel (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)
Cu Chi Tunnels, also called Iron Land, is a huge system of underground tunnels that stretched over 250 km. The network was like a secret city to supported war: storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, also included specially constructed living areas, command centers and innumerable of nightmare trap doors to defend itself. Visit Cu Chi Tunnel you'll be able to get an idea of what it would have been like to live, sleep and eat in the underground passages and bunkers during the fierce battles above and below the surface.
Around 8.00 Am, our guide and tour bus will pick you up from your hotel and depart to visit Cu Chi - a byzantine maze of underground passages, chambers, rooms and booby traps used during the war. You'll be able to get an idea of what it would have been like to live, sleep and eat in the underground passages and bunkers during the fierce battles above and below the surface. Return to the city for lunch at a tasty restaurant in the city centre.
In the afternoon, you'll discover the Reunification Palace - a blend of traditional ritual and modern architecture, served as the presidential palace of South Vietnam until reunification in 1975. The building now functions as a museum, offering tours of the former state rooms, presidential office and library, living quarters of the president's family, and underground war rooms. Then, you'll also visit the War Remnants Museum - one of the most sobering, yet popular, museums in the city. It highlights the suffering of the Vietnamese people at the hands of the French and American forces up to 1975, and while its perspective is less than perfectly balanced, its exhibits nonetheless are well designed and ably document the folly of war. You’ll find a collection of weapons, machinery, aircraft, tanks, artifacts and horrific photographs illustrating the devastating affects of napalm, Agent Orange and other weapons of mass destruction. Trip ends at your hotel around 5.30 - 6.00 pm. Overnight in Hồ Chí Minh City.
Day 3: Ho Chi Minh – Cai Thia - Cai Be – Can Tho (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
We depart from your hotel about 8am for an approximate 2h30-drive to our exploration area. We let the touristy spots behind and travel beyond, where very few other visitors have the chance to go. We will first visit a small local market, a church, a pagoda and a brick factory. About 11.00am, we embark on a local boat and hit the waters of the Mekong a first time. It is a short transfer to our cycling spot. We hop on bikes and take narrow concrete paths along plantations and across villages. We stop en route to visit some families and learn a bit more about their activity and daily life. Great outdoor nature feeling, great people. We are back on the boat at noontime to continue our waterway exploration. Lunch is served on-board while we are cruising by typical Mekong sceneries. In the afternoon, the program is pretty flexible, we keep on our waterways exploration including a traditional sampan ride and visit several workshops that perpetuate ancestral know-how and productions of the region. About 3.30pm, we get on the car to drive to Can Tho. Overnight in Can Tho.
Transfer to a local house for comfortable homestay. After meeting your home stay hosts, feel free to walk around the house and village to explore the countryside. For the dinner, you will participate in cooking traditional dinner with Vietnamese dishes with help from your host. Overnight at homestay with your hospitable island hosts. The experience of living like locals will be a memorable lifetime opportunity. If you are not comfortable with homestay experiences, you can upgrade your stay to Hau Giang Hotel or Victoria Can Tho Resort & Spa (With surcharge).
Day 4: Can Tho – Cai Rang – Flight to Phu Quoc (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)
We wake up very early this morning, to leave the accommodation at 5.30am with a boxed breakfast. We head to Can Tho pier and start a boat cruise to the bustling Cai Rang floating market – the largest and most colorful in the Mekong delta. Feel free to take photographs, talk or bargain while our boat glides slowly through the market mayhem. There are fantastic photo opportunities amidst the huge variety of agricultural bounty on sale here. Farming boats big and small trade seasonal fruits and an array of other goods in a chorus of sights and smells that you won’t soon forget. We disembark and spend some time in the surroundings to visit a local fish market. We then enjoy some more leisure time through the farms and houses of a nearby village to see fragrant tropical fruit orchards, cross over quiet streams on monkey bridges, and visit a noodle workshop.
The car takes us at 9.00am to the Can Tho Airport for your flight to Phu Quoc Island. Upon arrival in Phu Quoc, transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Phu Quoc. (No guide escort)
Day 5: Phu Quoc Island (Meals: Breakfast)
Today will be your relaxing free day. Enjoy your day with sunbathing, swimming and exploring the fishing village of Phu Quoc. Phu Quoc has huge reputation for its fish sauces factory, vast pepper plantation, tranquil spring and thick jungle so make sure you have time to visit these destination for a fun discovery day. Overnight in Phu Quoc.
Day 6: Phu Quoc Island (Meals: Breakfast)
Today is also another relaxing free day. Enjoy your day with sunbathing, swimming and exploring Phu Quoc Island. A short tour visiting fish sauces factory, fishing village to learn local lifestyle is available upon request. Overnight in Phu Quoc.
Day 7: Phu Quoc - Flight to Hanoi (Meals: Breakfast, Dinner)
After breakfast at hotel, transfer to Phu Quoc airport and take the morning flight to Hanoi city. Upon arrival at Noi Bai international airport, you will be welcomed by our guide and move to your hotel for checking in. Free at your leisure on the rest of the day. Overnight in Hanoi
Day 8: Hanoi City Tour – Night train to Lao Cai (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Our private car and tour guide pick you up at your hotel. We will start your full day city tour by visiting Ho Chi Minh Complex including of Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, Ba Dinh square, Presidential Palace (Outside Only), Uncle Ho’s House on stilt, One pillar pagoda. The tour in Ho Chi Minh complex provides tourist a clear understanding about the hero of Vietnam - Ho Chi Minh and Vietnam's modern history.. You will visit the Temple of Literature - Vietnam's first university, built in 1076 and at first used for education of royal children only. Throughout its hundreds of years of activity in the feudal, thousands of Vietnamese scholars graduated from this university. Enjoy lunch at local restaurant.
Continue you tour by visiting Museum of Ethnology, one of four the best museum in Asia. Occupying a modern structure, the terrific collection here features well-presented tribal art, artifacts and everyday objects gathered from across the nation. In the museum, tourist exploring Vietnam’s diversity culture and life style of 54 ethnic groups, walking in houses on still of ethnic people to experience their life style or traditional ritual. You will then visit Van Phuc Silk village, a hundred years old tradition village where you will exploring local's lifestyle and learn about making silk process. Transfer to train station and catch your night train to Lao Cai province. Overnight on train.
Day 09: Lao Cai – Sapa – Y Linh Ho- Lao Chai - Ta van (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Arrive in Lao Cai station at 5:00 in the morning. You are welcomed by driver, then transfer by bus to Sapa. The bus ride uphill to Sa Pa takes a little over an hour, giving you a glimpse of the stunning vistas and impressive rice terraces. You will have breakfast at hotel before we start 12 km of trekking to visit Lao Chai villages of the H’mong minority. The trekking route offers some challenges as you balance on the rice terraces and a small trail on the steep mountainside. The vegetation is dense as the trail leads up to a peaceful village perched on the Hoang Lien mountainside. Head downhill and relax by a local stream for a picnic lunch. After lunch, we continue trekking to Ta Van village of the Dzay. Transferring back to Sapa town. Overnight in hotel in Sapa.
Day 10: Sapa free at leisure - Bus to Hanoi (Meals: Breakfast)
Today is your free day.
Tips from Mercury Travel:
With your free time, you can go up to Ham Rong peak where you will be able to experience a stunning view over the charming town of Sapa. This is a great chance for some unforgettable photos! This is recommended for good weather days (Entrance fee is not included). You may simply stay relaxed with beautiful view of mountains or shopping for hill tribe souvenirs in town.
Around 03.00 Pm, our bus will pick you up from hotel in Sapa town with comfortable shuttle bus departs to Hanoi. Enjoy beautiful views driving along the Hoang Lien Son mountain range. The bus is equipped with large individual seats, A/C and wifi. 2 stops on the way: one for toilets at about 6.30pm and the other one for dinner at about 8.00pm. The dinner is not included. Around 10.00pm: Arrival in Hanoi center and the bus will drop you off at your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter. Overnight in Hanoi
Day 11: Hanoi - Ha Long Bay (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
In the morning our car and guide will come to your hotel and transfer you to Ha Long Bay. After an approximate 3,5 hour drive - we will arrive at Ha Long Bay wharf, you will be met by our crew who escort you on board and serve welcome drinks. You then check into your cabin and we begin cruising into Halong Bay. Have lunch in the restaurant while you enjoy the stunning views of the Bay.
In the early afternoon we arrive at floating fishing village and drop anchor. Our guide will give you some information and interesting facts about this fascinating village and its local community. We disembark and travel on the sampans rowed by the local people. They will be your guides through their fishing village where you can meet the locals, visit the school and pearl farms. If you want private moment you can also go kayak by yourself to discover the surrounding area (Kayaking fee is included). See first-hand what life is like living on the water. Back on board we head for the island and beaches for swimming and relaxing on deck to pamper yourself. On the island you can go swimming, relax on the beach, play sport or hiking to the top of the mountain for overview Dy image of the bay. At night, you can join in our activities like squid fishing, karaoke, movies or simply relax on quieted top deck for fresh atmosphere of the bay. Overnight on cruise in Ha Long Bay.
Day12: Ha Long Bay – Kayaking - Overnight on cruise (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Enjoy a light breakfast will be served in restaurant. After breakfast, you will transfer to our Day Boat, a smaller boat we use to explore the Ha Long Bay area on day trip. You will then hop on a local fishing boat and learn the fishing technique from local people. The fishing experience with locals provides you further ideas about local lifestyle of people in Ha Long Bay. You will spend your rest of afternoon for more relaxing time or swimming and kayaking around the area. By late afternoon, we will return to main Garden Bay Cruise. Relaxing and Enjoy the rest of the day on board. Enjoy romantic dinning experience on top deck with dinner and Vietnamese cuisines
Day 13: Ha Long Bay - Hanoi (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)
For the early risers join us for a Tai Chi session on the sun deck or take the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of a Halong Bay sunrise. After breakfast we set sail for Bo Hon Island. Disembark and visit (Sung Sot) Surprise Cave. It is one of the largest grottoes in Halong Bay with thousands of stalactites and stalagmites. An early lunch is made available to enjoy while we head back to Halong wharf on another scenic route. We arrive back at the wharf at 12 noon for our drive back to your hotel in Hanoi arriving at 5.pm. Overnight in Hanoi
Day 14: Hanoi Departure (Meals: Breakfast)
After having breakfast at your hotel, you will transfer to Noi Bai international airport for your departure flight leaving Vietnam. End of services.
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