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FROM HANOI TO MEKONG DELTA

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13 days / 12 nights

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13 days from Hanoi to Mekong Delta tour is a perfect combination of culture learning, sightseeing, and relaxing. You will see and feel a true Vietnam by observing, studying and joining to daily activities of local residents.
FROM HANOI TO MEKONG DELTA
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Duration: 13 days / 12 nights
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Highlights
  • Visiting famous attractions in Hanoi

  • Cycling through small villages in rural areas.

  • Cooking class together with host family

  • Enjoying traditional herbal hand massage

  • Talking to local of people about their life sharing

  • Relaxing in luxury cruise in Ha Long Bay 

  • Visit Pearl Farm and explore Sung sot Cave

  • Being a farmer at Tra Que Village, Hoi An

  • Glancing at Lang Co beach, Hue

  • Exploring royal history in Hue Forbidden City

  • Meeting host family in Mekong Delta

DAY 1: HANOI ARRIVAL
Upon arrival at the airport, meet and greet by our local English-Speaking guide and transfer to hotel in Hanoi. Your room at a hotel will NOT be at your disposal until 14:00.
 
Enjoy your rest of time at leisure. During your leisure time, feel free to explore Hanoi, one of Asia's most fascinating cities with its unique blend of western and oriental charm. You can wander through the 36 streets in the Old Quarter, rummage for souvenirs and witness the artisans working on their specialty crafts. 
 
Meal included: None
Accommodation at selected hotel in Hanoi
DAY 2: HANOI FULL DAY CITY TOUR
8:30 AM, you start a Hanoi day tour including a visit to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (closed on Mondays and Fridays), his personal residence, the One Pillar Pagoda and the Tran Quoc Pagoda. Then, depart to the Museum of Ethnology (closed on Monday) and its striking exhibition about the Vietnamese ethnic plurality. 
 
In the afternoon, starting a one-hour rickshaw tour of the capital and spend some time wandering in the old quarter and its antique shops then visit the Temple of Literature - the first university of Vietnam, you will be also introduced the art of woodcarving and bronze casting in Vietnam in the 19th century. Then visit Ngoc Son Temple & Hoan Kiem Lake before going back to the hotel. Evening is free at leisure
 
Meal: Breakfast at hotel
Accommodation at selected hotel in Hanoi
 
DAY 3: HANOI – MOON GARDEN
08:00: be ready at hotel lobby where you will meet our tour guide for our trip to discover Ky Son village. We arrive at our home stay in Ky Son, check-in to the hotel and freshen up before joining to the cooking class held at the homestay. Or we can enjoy the free time to visit the local market or kindergarten.
 
Lunch will be served at homestay with what you have cooked.
 
Afterward, it is time for hand spa. Enjoy having the fingers dipped in a fragrant lime bowl and the traditional herbal hand massage. Free time to chit-chat with the host family about their culture, daily life or traditional customs If you want to learn some Vietnamese sentences, the family member can teach you.
 
15:00hrs, we take a bike ride to discover Ky Son and surroundings. We will visit Duong Lam ancient village including Mia Pagoda, Mong Phu Communal House. We will stop at a local home where we will try the village homemade specialties: Che Lam, Keo Lac (kind of sweet made from peanut and sugar), drink a cup of tea and interact with the host about their family, daily life…
Return to the homestay on the ritual paths of Thang Thac village to see Ngo Quyen Tomb and Phung Hung temple. At homestay, while waiting for your steam bath to be prepared, we can enjoy the homestay local drink and taste some local seasonal products such as maize, sweet potato, cassava, peanuts …
 
The observation of the evening Buddha worship would be preceded by having a bath with traditional, refreshing steam bath with fragrant herbs (Lemongrass, pomelo leaves, holy basil leaves).
After dinner and we enjoy foot bath in warm water with ginger, salt, and mugwort medicinal herbs before bedtime, which brings you a deeper sleep.
 
Meal included: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch, and dinner in Ky Son 
Accommodation in Moon Garden, Private room 
DAY 4: MOON GARDEN - HANOI
Wake up in the early morning to enjoy the best moment of the day: listening to birds singing, walking around the homestay or just enjoy the fresh air of early morning
Afterward, we join to Yijinjing traditional exercises then breakfast.
 
After the breakfast, it is free time: You can make yourself at home relaxing on the hammock in our garden, taking pictures of Vietnamese traditional clothes, chit chat with people, or further discovery of the Ky Son village and the surrounding area on your own.
 
10:00 Leave Ky Son for Hanoi. Upon arrival at hotel in Hanoi, free at leisure
 
Meal included: Breakfast at hotel,
Accommodation at selected hotel in Hanoi
DAY 5: HANOI– HALONG BAY OVERNIGHT ON CRUISE
8: 00 AM, you will be transferred from your hotel in Hanoi to Ha Long Bay by private vehicle with local English-Speaking guide escort, a 4-hour journey until Ha Long Bay, the 8th Natural World Wonder.  Around 12:00, check-in on board your junk for an overnight Cruise.
 
Start sailing amongst the thousands of islets of Ha Long Jewel and have the opportunity to join many outstanding activities such as visiting an amazing cave and a floating village or just swimming in a pearl farm. Before your dinner, you will also have the chance to join a cooking demonstration on the sundeck or a squid fishing activity.  
 
Evening, dinner onboard and squid fishing or relax. Don’t miss the unforgettable sunset and sunrise. 
 
Meal included: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch, and dinner onboard
Accommodation on selected cruise
 
DAY 6: HALONG BAY – HANOI – FLY TO DANANG – HOI AN
Early morning, start your day with a Tai-Chi instruction on the sundeck while complimentary tea and coffee are served. After a light breakfast, you will discover Sung Sot Cave, also called the Surprise Cave. Walk 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. A brunch will be served while the boat weighs anchor to cruise through the Bay passing beautiful spots.
 
Return to the pier and transfer back to Hanoi for domestic flight to Danang. Upon arrival at Danang airport, meet our tour guide and transfer to hotel in Hoi An
 
Meal included: Breakfast onboard, Lunch or Brunch onboard
Accommodation at Selected hotel in Hoi An
 
DAY 7: HOI AN – VEGETABLE VILLAGE –ANCIENT TOWN
08:00 AM, Be ready at your hotel lobby where you will be met by our local tour guide for our sightseeing by a leisurely bike ride to Tra Que vegetable village.
Upon arrival at a local house, we will be welcomed with a special local drink - “É” water or local tea (up to your choice). Then we will take a short walk around the farm with our local host to learn about the history of village, culture and daily life of the local people. The host will show you how to fertilize and cultivate the land. Try your hand to plow the land and water the vegetables. 
 
A Vietnamese lunch with local specialties such as spring roll, pancake will be followed by a relaxing foot herbal massage 
Afterward, return to Hoi An, an exceptionally well-preserved trading port for a walking tour through the narrow streets to have a look of Hoi An Old City., it was one of the major port in South-East Asia between the 15th and 19th century. The architecture of the town perfectly reflects the influence, both indigenous and foreign, who contributed to the success of this UNESCO Heritage Site.
 
First, we will visit the Phuc Kien Assembly hall. The temple was built around 1690 and functions as a traditional assembly hall for the Chinese ethnic groups. Afterward, visit the beautiful Japanese Bridge and some old houses in Hoi An 
 
Meal included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch at village 
Accommodation at selected hotel in Hoi An
 
DAY 8: HOI AN - HUE
09:00 AM, drive to Hue. This is one of the most scenic drives of Vietnam as you will climb over the called Pass of Ocean Clouds before dropping down to the wonderfully photogenic fishing village of Lang Co. 
 
Upon arrival at Hue, check-in to hotel 
 
Afternoon, We visit the Imperial Citadel and Forbidden City created in the 19th century for the Emperors under the Nguyen Dynasty.
 
Meal: Breakfast at hotel
Accommodation at selected hotel in Hue
 
DAY 9: HUE FULL DAY CITY TOUR – FLY TO HO CHI MINH CITY
08:00 AM, Meet our tour guide at your hotel and start a Hue day tour to discover the former capital of Vietnam under the Nguyen Dynasty. We take a boat ride along the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda with a 21-meter high octagonal tower built in 1844. Drive to visit Minh Mang Royal Tomb then have Lunch at a local restaurant, where you can try some of Hue’s unique cuisine.
 
Afternoon, we drive to the outskirts of Hue to the impressive tomb of Emperor Tu Duc which is considered as one of the three most beautiful Royal Tombs in Hue.

Further transfer to the airport in Hue for domestic flight to Ho Chi Minh City at the end of the day 
Upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat domestic airport, meet tour local guide and transfer to hotel in downtown.
 
Meal : Breakfast at hotel 
Accommodation at selected hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
DAY 10: HO CHI MINH CITY – CU CHI TUNNELS – CITY TOUR
8:00 AM Meet our tour guide at your hotel and start our visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, a must-see destination in Southern Vietnam. Located 70 km from Ho Chi Minh City, this place has been known since the Vietnam – American War. Underground tunnels in Cu Chi were used as a base of the Vietnamese Army (Việt cộng). The tunnel system covers almost all the Cu Chi area, stretching over 200km and consists of three levels in depth (from 8 to 12 meters). You will be introduced to the scheme of the system and watch a surprising documentary about the heroic railway land of Cu Chi. Then you will visit parts of the tunnel’s partisan museum, a reproduction of the military department where sawing to produce a bomb grenades and mines. You can also see the smoke-free military stove, a conference room, and a commander's bunker. For a more “thrilling” experience, you can even test your shooting skills on original AK47s and other guns from past war times (subject to a surcharge). 
 
Afternoon, explore Saigon during the afternoon city tour which will take you to the bustling Cholon (Chinatown), Thien Hau pagoda, one of the oldest pagodas of the Chinese in the area. Visit the former Presidential Palace, renowned for its symbolic role in the fall of Saigon in 1975 and continue to visit the War Remnants Museum. Round up our day by an exciting shopping at colorful Ben Thanh Market if you wish.
 
Meal : Breakfast at hotel
Accommodation at selected hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
DAY 11: HO CHI MINH CITY - MEKONG DELTA
Be ready at 08:00 AM at hotel lobby where our tour guide will come to see you and we start our journey to Ben Tre, a coastal province in Mekong delta, where we will spend a night at a local house with a local family.
 
Upon arrival at a local hamlet in ben Tre, we hop on a tri-motor cycle and enjoy the beautiful ride on narrow village roads through the amazing scenery of rice paddies and fruit farm.
We reach the waterfront from where we take a boat ride for a glimpse at Mekong delta scenery while tasting local coconut juice. We stop for a visit to Coconut workshop then brick making shop where the local people still use the traditional methods to make bricks manually. 
 
Afterward, we take a bike trip on village roads through the gardens, houses to a rice noodles factory “hu tiu”. There you can get an introduction to the steps of producing rice noodles, one of the most popular breakfast dishes in the region. We will visit a local family and their fish farms, shrimp farms. Enjoy the local tropical fruits and honey tea, the family products and chit chat with the owners about their daily life.
Then we hop on a traditional sampan paddled by a personalized rower to discover the maze of small canals.
 
Lunch will be served at a local restaurant.
 
Afternoon, we will have a great talk to a former Vietcong soldier about the two years fighting the Khmer Rouge in Phnom Penh. Now his family lives on making rice paper which is the most famous specialty of the village. Enjoy the crispy rice paper made by his wife, and see how it is made. You can try to have hands-on experience if you wish.
 
We stop at a local house where we stay a night with a host family. Participate with the owner to feed fish in the farm then catch fish, pick the vegetables in the garden then join the cooking demonstration with the family before having dinner.
 
Overnight will be spent in the family homestay.
 
Meal: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch, and dinner at homestay
Accommodation in a family homestay
 
DAY 12: MEKONG DELTA – HO CHI MINH CITY
Wake up in the morning by the countryside sounds: bird, roosters….Breakfast will be served at the homestay, then take a boat trip to visit a coconut processing workshop before taking a bicycle to the busy local market.

After that, we visit Phuoc Long Tu temple and war memorials of the area. Lunch will be served on home verandah with 5 courses 

 
Afternoon, cycle to boat pier and take boat to Ben Tre City where our driver takes us back to Saigon
 
The remainder of the day is free at leisure
 
Meal: Breakfast at homestay, Lunch at homestay
Accommodation at selected hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
DAY 13: HO CHI MINH CITY – DEPARTURE
After breakfast, you are free time at leisure until your departure to Tan Son Nhat airport
 
Meal: Breakfast at hotel
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Included
  • Accommodation in shared twin room with daily breakfast 

  • Meals as stated in the program

  • Transfers and tours in private air-conditioned vehicles

  • Sightseeing with local experienced English speaking guides 

  • All entrance fees, boat fees, cyclo fees as mentioned in the program

  • Drinking water and cold towels available on the vehicles

Excluded
  • Domestic airfare (quoted separately, if requested)

  • International airfare to/from Vietnam (quoted separately, if requested)

  • Personal travel insurance

  • Personal expenses, tips, and gratuities a

  • Drinks with meals

  • Peak season surcharges which will be advised at the time of booking

  • Visa application and visa stamp fees at Vietnamese embassies overseas upon arrival 

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