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Duration: 6 Days /5 Nights
Tour Starts: Hanoi
Tour Ends: Hanoi

Brief Description:  You will explore Vietnam from North to South. Boat Cruises, City Tours, Explore the Cu Chi Tunnels.....
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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.
  • Enjoy the traditional Water Puppet Show the unique artistic performance of Vietnam.
  • The performance will be followed by a welcome dinner at restaurant
  • Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.

Hanoi / Halong Bay (B,L)
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Transfer to Halong Bay by coach.
  • Proceed for leisure cruise on the magnificently 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 hours cruise, you will also explore the Thien Cung cave and 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 on board the boat.
  • Transfer back to Hanoi city.
  • The evening is free for you to stroll in the Old Quarter or do some shopping
  • Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.

Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh City (B,D)
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Explore Hanoi City, you will visit the following places:
    Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (closed on Monday and Friday, whole months of Oct. & Nov.) and Museum built 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.
  • Transfer to the airport for flight to Ho Chi Minh City.
    You will be met on arrival at Tan Son Nhat International airport by a professional tour guide and transferred to your hotel.
  • Dinner will be served on board the boat while cruising along Saigon River.
  • Overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.

Ho Chi Minh City (B,L)
  • After an early breakfast depart to Cuchi Tunnel, which is 22 miles northwest of the city, approximately 2 hours by coach.
    Cuchi is famous for its incredible underground tunnel network, which is approximately 200km long and 12m deep, contracted by the Vietnamese fighters during the struggle for independence.
  • Transfer back to Ho Chi Minh City for lunch.
  • During the afternoon, you will tour Ho Chi Minh City.
    Our tour will start 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 Vietnam wars. Central Post Office and Notre Dame Cathedral built by the French in 1883 and totally untouched by war, shopping at the Ben Thanh market and a lacquer ware production centre.
  • 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 - Hanoi (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.

The Cu Chi tunnels were built over a 25 year period beginning in the 1940’s, and became an underground city. They housed up to 10,000 people who rarely saw daylight for years at a time, choosing to live, get married, have children and then teach these children, all underground. In the evenings, they would leave this subterranean existence, and furtively tend to their crops.

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At the height of their usage during the war, this subsurface network stretched over 250 kilometers, from Saigon, to the border of Cambodia. Initially used to terrorize the French Colonizers, they were already in place when the Americans arrived in the 1960’s. In fact, the Americans unwittingly set up camp on top of these tunnels at Dong Du. The Viet Cong were able to appear and disappear rapidly, causing havoc inside these headquarters. The Americans never knew when or how.
It was a huge fear factor.

Before viewing the tunnels you will be shown a movie and a mock up of the system, explaining how they had been created decades ago. Cut into the clay soil by hand, using reed baskets to dump the earth into the Saigon river, these interlinking corridors are a tribute to the prolonged resistance of the Vietnamese, the undaunted will, persistence, intelligence and resourceful character of the Cu Chi people.

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Ingeniously planned, with many levels, escape routes and booby traps, the Cu Chi people even had the smoke from their underground kitchen vented many meters away so as not to bring attention to their entrances. Even if these “spider holes” were found, they are so small, that it was difficult for a western man to fit inside. Segments of these tunnels infested with cobras or scorpions awaited any enemy that managed to enter, ensuring their demise. As for the Viet Cong themselves, they could always escape via a route opening to the Saigon River, and swim away, or hide in the lush covering there. These tunnels have been bombed, gassed, and flooded, but still remained functional and inhabited.

Before descending into the complex itself, you will be shown trap doors, small camouflaged entrances, fox holes, trenches, a myriad of different styles of booby traps, a captured US Army tank, and huge vegetation reclaimed bomb craters. Today, some openings have been expanded to admit larger foreigners. Some of the tunnels are 100 metres long, descending three levels, to about 10 meters below the surface.

The final stop on the tunnel tour is the firing range. This is a unique and unusual feature in that you are able to fire any number of weapons used during the war. They charge one Dollar per bullet, which allows you to fire, in a controlled and monitored setting, Russian made AK 47’s, American M 16’s, and machine guns, to name a few. The sound is deafening, and ear protection is provided.

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, 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 & Personal expenses, All tips concerned
  • Domestic and International airticket with taxes
  • Early check in or late check out of hotel
  • Surcharge for peak season and compulsory meals from 12 – 18 Feb. 10

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