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cu chi pic Tour Name:  Classic Vietnam Tour
Duration: 8 Days /7 Nights
Tour Starts: Hanoi
Tour Ends: Saigon (HCM City) or Hanoi

Brief Description:  During this tour you will visit: Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Danang, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh City, and My Tho.
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Hanoi (D)
  • On arrival at Noi Bat airport, you will be met by a professional tour guide and transferred to your hotel.
  • Free at leisure until welcome dinner at restaurant, followed by a traditional Water Puppet Show. (unique artistic performance of Vietnam)
  • Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.

Hanoi / Halong Bay (B,L)
  • Breakfast at hotel.
  • Half day City Tour of Hanoi, where you will visit many beautiful and ancient sights of the capital, including: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (built in 1975 to commemorate the great leader's life as a reformer and 'Father of Vietnam'. You will also visit his old quarters and his final resting place, a glass sarcophagus. The unique One Pillar Pagoda, which is the symbol of Vietnam (built in 1049). The Temple of Literature (built in 1070) is dedicated to the great Chinese scholar Confucius. The lovely West Lake also known as the Lake of Mist. Tran Quoc Pagoda, the oldest pagoda in Hanoi.
  • Lunch at a local restaurant, then transfer to Halong Bay by coach. On arrival you will have time to relax/walk along the beach.
  • Overnight at hotel in Halong.

Halong / Hanoi (B,L)
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Leisure cruise on the stunningly beautiful Halong Bay, which is dotted with over 3000 islands and caves of all shapes and sizes, many of them interestingly named, rising from clear emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin. During the 4 hour cruise, you will also explore the Thien Cung Cave and the Dau Go Grotto, which is a huge cave consisting of three chambers. Be awed by nature's beauty as you admire sparkling stalactites and stalagmites.
  • Seafood Lunch will be served onboard the boat.
  • Transfer back to Hanoi.
  • The evening is free for you to stroll around the Old Quarter, or you may choose to do some shopping.
  • Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.

Hanoi / Hue (B,D)
  • Breakfast at hotel.
  • Free at leisure until transfer to the airport for flight to Hue, the ancient and imperial city. Hue is a small, verdant and airy city traversed by the Perfume River. You will visit the Imperial Citadel, which consists of 3 enclosed cities; the Capital City, the Imperial City, and the Purple Forbidden City. A visit to the 3 royal cities is a step back in time. The imperial tomb of the 13 Nguyen rulers is situated along the banks of the Perfume River. The tomb consists of an ensemble of pavilions and traditional buildings, blending well into the natural surroundings.
  • Take a boat trip on the romantic Perfume River to visit the Thien Mu Pagoda.
  • Dinner at a local restaurant.
  • Overnight at hotel in Hue.

Hue / Danang / Hoi An (B,L)
  • Breakfast at hotel.
  • Visit the Tu Duc Tomb, one of the finest one's in Hue, then you will have time for some shopping at Dong Ba Market.
  • Transfer to Danang by coach via Hai Van Pass. Danang is famous for its Cham Museum founded by French in 1915. The museum has the finest colection of Cham sculpture in the World. Some of the artifacts date back to the 7th century. A popular spot is the China Beach, well known beacause it is believed that this beach was where the American Troops first landed into Vietnam. Another highlight of the tour is the Marble Mountain, consisting of 5 marble stone hillocks. The Buddhist sanctuaries built over centuries inside the caves are among the best in Asia. Proceed to the ancient town of Hoi An.
  • Hoi An City Tour covers the Japanese bridges built by the Japanese Community, Quong Cong Temple, and walk along the narrow streets of Hoi An.
  • Lunch at local restaurant.
  • Overnight at hotel in Hoi An.

Hoi An / Danang / HCM City (B, D)
  • After breakfast, transfer by flight to Ho Chi Minh City.
  • Check-in at hotel and enjoy an afternoon city tour with visits to the Independence Palace, built in 1869, former palace for the French Governor of Indochina; War Museum, which exhibits photographs and weapons of the Vietnam Wars, and Notre Dame Cathedral, built by the French in 1883, and totally untouched by War. You will also visit the Saigon Post Office, and the famous Ben Than market.
  • Dinner will be served at a local restaurant.
  • Overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.

Ho Chi Minh City / My Tho / Ben Tre (B,L)
  • Breakfast then you will head out of the town by road to the Mekong Delta, Vietnam's largest rice bowl.
  • On arrival in My Tho, embark on a boat navigating around the intricate small canals in the delta region, which is a great way to observe the local lifestyle close-up and catch a view dotted by many islands.
    The exciting excursion will pass the lush green vegetation before arriving at the famous Unicorn Island. We have opportunities to stroll around an orchard, taste many seasonal fruits, enjoy wonderful traditional music and have lunch with local specialties
  • The next stop of our trip is Ben Tre Province to visit some fascinating local industries.
  • Then return to Ho Chi Minh City, you will stop off along the way to see the beautiful Vinh Trang Pagoda.
  • Overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.

Ho Chi Minh City / Departure (B)
  • After breakfast, free at leisure till transfer for return flight.

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Hanoi the capital of Vietnam, is a fascinating blend of East and West, with Chinese influence from centuries of dominance, and French design from its colonial past. It is largely unspoiled by modern architecture of the 1970s and 80s, and is now going through a modernization that is making it a rising star in Southeast Asia.

The Nguyen Dynasty gave the city its modern name of Ha Noi in 1831, but they had transferred power to Hue by then; it remained there until 1887, when the French made Hanoi the capital of all Indochina. It changed hands again in 1954, when it was ceded to Ho Chi Minh and the Viet Minh after almost a decade of fighting, and it became the capital of North Vietnam; upon reunification in 1975, it assumed that title for the entire country.

Hanoi retains much of its older colonial charm, 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.

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HaLong Bay is located in the northeastern part of Vietnam and constitutes part of the western bank of Bac Bo Gulf, including the sea area of HaLong Bay City and Cam Pha Town and part of Van Don island district. It abuts Cat Ba Island in the southwest. Toward the west is the shore with a 120 km-long coastline.

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The islands in HaLong Bay are mainly limestone and schist islands most lying in the two main areas: the southeastern part of Bai Tu Long Bay and southwestern part of HaLong Bay. These islands represent the most ancient images of a geographical site having a tectonic age of from 250 million to 280 million years. They are the result of many times of rising and lowering processes of the continent to form a karst. The process of nearly full erosion and weathering of the karst created the unique HaLong Bay in the world. In a not very large area, thousands of islands with different forms look like glittering emeralds attached to the blue scarf of a virgin. The area where many stone islands concentrate has spectacular scenes and world-famous caves and is the center of HaLong Bay Natural Heritage, including HaLong Bay and a part of Bái Tu Long Bay.

The area is recognized as the World Natural Heritage that is the area of 434 sq. km with 775 islands. It looks like a giant triangle with Dau Go Island (in the west), Ba Ham Lake (in the south) and Cong Tay Island (in the east) as its three angle points. The nearby area is the buffer area and areas classified as national beauty spots in 1962 by the Ministry of Culture and Information.

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Viewed from above, HaLong Bay looks like an extremely vivid huge drawing. This is a wonderful and skilful masterpiece of the Creation and of nature that turns thousands of dumb soulless stone islands into fantastic sculptural and artistic works of various graceful shapes, both familiar and strange to human beings. Thousands of islands emerging uneven in the fanciful waves look strong and magnificent but also mild and vivid. Amidst these islands we feel as if we were astray in a petrified legendary world. There are many names given to islands according to their shapes and forms. This one looks like somebody heading toward the shore: Hon Dau Nguoi (Human Head Island); that one looks like a dragon hovering above the sea surface: Hon Rong (Dragon Island); another looks like an old man sitting fishing: Hon La Vong; some look like big sails struggling amidst the wind to set off for the sea: Hon Canh Buom (Sail Island); then two islands look like a pair of chicken lovingly playing with each other above the sea: Hòn Trong Mai (Male and Female Chicken Island); and amid the vast sea stands an island like a big incense burner like a ritual offering to Heaven: Hon Lu Huong (Incense Burner Island). All are so real that people are taken aback by them. Those stone islands have experienced unpredictable changes over time and they take different shapes from different angles of view. Here, we come to realize that they are not dumb inanimate things but are vivid and soulful.

Inside the stone islands are various breath-taking caves, such as Thien Cung, Ðau Gỗ, Sung Sot, Trinh Nu, Tam Cung and others. These are really magnificent palaces of the Creation on earth. Long ago, HaLong Bay has been called by the great national poet Nguyen Trai: "a wonder of the earth erected towards the high sky". Many men of letters from all over the world have been taken aback at the grandiose scenery of Ha Long. They seem to get puzzled and incompetent as their treasure of vocabulary is not rich enough to depict the splendor of this place.

Hạ Long is also home to great biodiversity with typical eco-systems like mangrove forest, coral and tropical forest. It is also home to thousands of plants and animals of numerous species, for example shrimp, fish and squid. Some species are particularly rare and can be found no where else

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Ho Chi Minh City, better known by its former name of Saigon, is a brazen, industrious and dense metropolis, the largest city in Vietnam and the business capital of the country. Located on the Saigon River on the edge of the Mekong Delta, Saigon became the capital of the Republic of South Vietnam and was the American headquarters during the Vietnam War. Two years later the Communist north took control of the country, the city's name was changed to Ho Chi Minh City, and recession and poverty ensued.

Today Ho Chi Minh City has a cosmopolitan and energetic atmosphere, and having actively welcomed the new capitalist principle, the business-minded spirit of the people is much in evidence. Although relatively modern, it has still managed to hold onto its Asian character, and fine restaurants, smart hotels and chic bars line the sidewalks crammed with noodle stands, markets and shoeshine boys. The buzzing of motorbikes and scooters merges with the cries of street vendors and the urgent business of stall owners, selling barbecued dog, writhing snakes and tropical fruits. The sight of a family of four balanced precariously on a scooter, a squealing pig strapped onto the back of a bicycle, bowed heads topped by pointed lampshade-style hats and orange-clothed monks are just some of the vibrant images the city has to offer.

My Tho is the capital city and municipality of Tien Giang Province, located in the Mekong Delta region of southern Vietnam. It has a population of approximately 160,000. My Tho is famous for its noodle soup Hu Tieu My Tho, (more common in South Vietnam is Hu Tieu Nam Vang - literally Hu Tieu Phnom Penh Style). Hu Tieu My Tho is typically a clear pork broth with rice vermicelli and wheat flour noodles (mi) combined. Sliced pork, meaty pork bones, offal such as intestines, liver, and heart and fresh shrimp, and possibly deep fried wonton. The soup is then garnished by the diner to the individual taste with salad leaves, garlic chives, beans sprouts, lime, fresh chili, soy sauce, and vinegar. The noodles can be served dry with the soup on the side, or as a noodle soup.

Also famous in My Tho is Bo Vien or beef balls. There are very busy stalls near the My Tho market that serve only Bo Vien in beef broth or with Hu Tieu noodle. It is eaten with very hot chilli sauce (tuong ot)

As the regional capital My Tho is the main market dealing in all the produce from the region as well as fish and seafood from My Tho's large ocean going fishing fleet. The very large and exuburant market is one of South Vietnam's biggest sources for dried fish and other dried seafood products such as Kho Muc (dried squid). At night the market is dedicated to the dealing and sorting of Mekong River fish, particularly catfish for Ho Chi Minh City's wholesale markets. Produce, especially fruit and vegetables, is delivered by boat directly to the market.

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  • Hotel accommodation (based on twin sharing at specified hotel with daily breakfast)
  • Private transportation throughout the tour with local English speaking guide.
  • Admission fees for sightseeing as per programmed.
  • Private boat cruise in Halong, Hue, and Mekong Delta, as stated in the tour program.
  • Meals at local restaurant as indicated in the tour program.

  • Vietnam Visa (on request)
  • Other meals. Drink and Personal expenses, All tips concerned
  • Domestic and International airticket with taxes
  • Early check in or late check out of hotel

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