|Full Day Halong Bay & Boat Trip with lunch
Depart from Hanoi in the morning for scenic Halong Bay. Arriving at the pier around noon, begin cruising on a traditional wooden boat among the emerald waters and craggy limestone cliffs of Halong Bay, stopping at different islands to explore some of the many caves in this area. Sail past floating villages, fishermen casting their nets and pearl fisheries and observe the rhythms of daily life on the bay. Your cruise includes lunch. Disembark at Halong pier at approximately 1:30 pm and return to Hanoi by vehicle.
|Full Day Thay & Tay Phuong Pagoda with Lunch
Enjoy a tour to two stunning pagodas. First, visit Thay Pagoda, the Masters Pagoda, located at the foot of Sai Son Mountain. Here you will also have the chance to see Thuy Dinh Stage, a water palace on Long Tri pond, where the ancient form of water puppetry is performed. From here, continue to Tay Phuong Pagoda, originally built in the 8th century. The pagoda features the Sino-Vietnamese character Tam (three) as its recurring motif. After ascending 239 stone steps, reach the gate bearing the name of the structure, translating as The Ancient Pagoda of the West. The pagoda is most well-known for its statues, which include beautiful wooden sculptures representing Buddhas. Departs at 8:30 a.m and returns to Hanoi at approximately 2:00 p.m. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure time. Pick-up and -off at the hotel.
|Hanoi Water Puppet Show with Dinner
Accompanied by a traditional Vietnamese orchestra and Cheo (a form of opera), on Hoan Kiem Lake. The show depicts a series of ancient Vietnamese folktales which are acted out by puppets over a pool of water
|Red River Delta - Typical Northern Villages
Drive to the Red River Delta to experience a day in the life of typical northern villages. Located to the west of Hanoi, the first village we visit has a history dating back over 2000 years. Before 1945, this was once the wealthiest village in the north with many successful businesses. Today, you can still see many of the old houses and villas, over 100 years old, built before and during the colonial period. A walk through the village, followed by a visit to a local home will enrich your experience with examples of daily life and the typical structure of a village in North Vietnam. Then, on to Chuong Village, the center of conical hats, or non la, worn by most Vietnamese. With most of the residents involved in this business, a visit to the village will be enlightening and give you an opportunity to learn about this very interesting labor-intensive job. The tour includes lunch in Hanoi.
|Thay Pagoda & So Village with lunch
Today tour the stunning Thay Pagoda and So Village, including lunch, also known as the "Pagoda of the Master." Nestled against the hillside in Sai Go Village, it shares its compound with the smaller Ca Pagoda. Here, you can also see Thuy Dinh Stage, a water palace on Long Tri Pond, where the ancient form of water puppetry is performed. Continue to So Village, a well-preserved ancient village. Walking tour around the village to see the traditional layout with small alleyways in-between the houses. Stop to visit one of the impressive communal houses to meet villagers who earn their living from making noodles and tofu. Enjoy the stunning Thay Pagoda, the "Masters Pagoda," nestled on the foot of Sai Son Mountain
|Ho Chi Minh Sightseeing|
|Full Day My Tho with Boat Trip with lunch
From Saigon, transfer to My Tho, a bustling town in the rich agricultural region of the Mekong Delta and visit the Vinh Trang Pagoda, a beautiful temple and a sanctuary for orphans and other needy children. Afterwards board a local boat to explore the Mekong River Island, stopping at a fruit orchard to enjoy fruit and tea while listening to local music. The trip also includes lunch in a local restaurant and a brief sampan ride through the tiny waterways that thread the island
|Half Day Cu Chi Tunnels
Discover more than 125 miles of underground tunnels built by the Vietcong, comprising a main axis system with many branches connecting to underground hideouts, weapon factories, hospitals, shelters and other tunnels. The entire structure was dug out of the rock by hand tools without the use of cement. Departs at 8:30 a.m. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure time. Pick-up and -off at the hotel.
|Half Day Saigon City Tour
Saigon is the largest of Vietnamese cities, with the hustle and bustle of Vietnamese life visible everywhere. There are street markets, sidewalk cafes and sleek new bars. The city churns and bubbles. Yet within this teeming metropolis are 300 years of timeless traditions and the beauty of an ancient culture. Visit Ben Thanh Market, the central market of Saigon and the market and the surrounding streets make up one of the citys liveliest areas. Everything commonly eaten, worn or used by the average resident of Saigon is available here. Later today, visit Cholon (Chinatown) the huge Chinese neighborhood to the west of the city in District 5. Cholon means Big Market, a good indication of the importance the Chinese have traditionally played in Vietnams economy
|Hoi An Sightseeing|
|Boat Trip on the Thu Bon River & Organic Village with lunch
Begin the boat trip at a local pier in the Old Town, cruising down streams and passing many fishing areas before cruising out to the main river. Stop at Kim Bong village, home of traditional woodworking and boat-building families. Return to the mainland and drive to the Traque Organic Village for lunch. Here, meet local farmers and learn about the many vegetables and herbs that are organically grown here to support the people of Hoi An. Walk through the gardens and see how, even today, local farmers work their fields using the traditional methods used hundreds of years ago. A culinary lesson follows on the traditional ways of preparing and cooking Vietnamese food, plus the local specialty called Banh-xeo. Once the lesson is over, enjoy the food you helped to prepare.
|Full Day Boat Trip on the Thu Bon River & Excursion to Da Nang with Lunch
This morning, enjoy a boat trip along the Thu Bon River that takes you to the village of Kim Bong on Cam Kim Island. The village is home to traditional woodworking and boat-building families. Continue to the village of Thanh Ha, renowned for its simple brown pottery. After visiting Thanh Ha, drive to Da Nang, the third largest city in Vietnam and the economic hub of Central Vietnam. Visit some of the citys highlights, including the Cham Museum, founded in 1915 by the Ecole Francaise dExtreme Orient. This open-air collection of Cham sculpture is the finest in the world and includes some striking statues from this ancient civilization. Continue to the Marble Mountains, five marble hills rising abruptly from the surrounding countryside. Each is said to represent one of the five elements of the universe. The largest and most famous, Thuy Son, has a number of natural caves which have served variously as Hindu and Buddhist shrines over the centuries (L).
|Cyclo Ride with Dinner at the Citadel
Hue, the former capital of the last Vietnam dynasty, where Royal influence still exists and can be seen clearly in the daily life of local people. The Cyclo tour and the Royal style dinner is the perfect combination to learn about the culture of this UNESCO city. From your hotel, the ride will take you through the French quarter to admire the French charming villas, the school where Ho Chi Minh, Vo Nguyen Giap and Ngo Dinh Diem were educated. The private residence of Ngo Dinh Can – Diems brother. You will be exposed to the daily life of the local people as the trip continues over the bridge into the old quarter of Hue, which is the main residential area. The Cyclo tour gives you the panoramic view of both daily life and architecture of this Classic town. You will pass by the market before arriving to the former Royal Palace. The tour ends at a family run restaurant whose owner is the descendant of a high ranking Mandarin Official and thus, she is the master in Royal cuisine. You will enjoy a multiple course dinner in which every single dish will be beautifully presented in the shape of peacock, dragon or turtle, same as the a Royal feast was presented to the Royal family of the past.
|Full Day Boat Trip on the Perfume River with Minh Mang, Tu Duc & Khai Dinh with Lunch
Enjoy a boat trip on the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda and the Tomb of Emperor Minh Mang, the most impressive of Hues pagodas and tombs. Continue to visit the royal Tu Duc Tomb, final resting place of Vietnams longest reigning emperor, set among forested hills and lakes. Lastly, proceed to Khai Dinh, the last monument of the Nguyen dynasty (L).
|Full Day Boat Trip on the Perfume River.
Enjoy a boat trip on the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda and the Tomb of Emperor Minh Mang, the most impressive of Hues pagodas and tombs. Continue to visit the royal Tu Duc Tomb, final resting place of Vietnams longest reigning emperor, set among forested hills and lakes. Lastly, proceed to Khai Dinh, the last monument of the Nguyen dynasty (L). Departs at 8:30 a.m. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure time. Pick-up and -off at the hotel.
|Perfume River Boat Trip with lunch at Dong Thien Pagoda
Enjoy a boat trip on the beautiful and serene Perfume River with a stop on Hen Islet to learn about the daily life of local people in one of the most traditional parts of North Central Vietnam. Continue to the Thien Mu Pagoda, situated on Ha Khe hill, on the north bank of the Perfume River. The temple complex stretches north from the river banks in seven successive tiers, each of which is dedicated to a human form taken by the Buddha, or a step to enlightenment. Then, drive to the Tomb of Emperor Tu Duc, the final resting place of Vietnam longest reigning emperor, set among forested hills and lakes. Lastly, proceed to Khai Dinh, the last monument of the Nguyen dynasty. A vegetarian lunch prepared by Buddhist nuns of the Dong Thien Pagoda is a very special experience, with time to interact with the Buddhist nuns, learning more about their lives in the pagoda