Essential Vietnam and Thailand

Day 1| Hanoi Arrival

Day 2| Hanoi City Tour – Transferring to Sapa (B/L/D)

Day 3| Sapa Exploring Full Day (B/L/D)

Day 4| Sapa – Phu Tho – Hanoi (B/L/D)

Day 5| Hanoi – Halong Bay on cruise (B/L/D)

Day 6| Halong Bay – Transferring to Hue by flight (B/L/D)

Day 7| Hue City Tour full day (B/L/D)

Day 8| Hue – Da Nang – Hoi An – Da Nang (B/L/D)

Day 9| Da Nang – Transferring to Ho Chi Minh City by flight and City Tour (B/L/D)

Day 10| Ho Chi Minh City – My Tho – Ben Tre – Can Tho (B/L/D)

Day 11| Can Tho – Ho Chi Minh City (B/L/D)

Day 12| Ho Chi Minh City – Transferring to Bangkok (B)

Day 13| Bangkok City Tour (B/L/D)

Day 14| Bangkok – Ayutthaya Day Trip – Bangkok

Day 15| Bangkok – Departure

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival

Upon arrival at Noi Bai International Airport, your guide and private car will meet and transfer to your hotel.
Enjoy your free time to explore Hanoi by yourself.
Suggestion: Hanoi old quarters, Hoan Kiem lake, walking street, Ta Hien street…

 

 

Day 2: Hanoi City Half Day – Sapa (B/L/D)

07:00 – Enjoy breakfast at hotel.
08:00 – Start a 4-hour tour of Hanoi city. Visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum – an important historical attraction of Hanoi, known for honoring the national hero: President Ho Chi Minh. There, you can explore the architectural and historical aspects of Uncle Ho’s final resting-place. (closed on Monday, Friday and the whole month of Oct & Nov).
Just next door is Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts constructed in a corner of the Presidential Palace’s gardens, in front of a carp pond where the leader Ho Chi Minh spent the last part of his life.
Lying to one side of the Mausoleum is the One Pillar Pagoda, which was founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049 – the structure has become an important symbol for the people of Hanoi. Then continue on to the Buddhist Tran Quoc Pagoda at West lake (One of the oldest pagodas in Vietnam).
Later, visit the first university of Vietnam – the Temple of Literature. The layout of the temple is based upon the birthplace of Confucius with a magnificent main entrance and a path, once reserved solely for the king, running through the centre. The immaculate gardens are rich in ancient trees and are considered a serene place in which students can relax. There are stone statues and inscriptions dotted throughout the temple which has retained many of its original features as the most renowned landmark of academia in Vietnam.
After finishing your city tour, come back to hotel and check out.
12:00 – Lunch at a local restaurant. You will try some traditional foods of Vietnam such as: Nem, Pho, Bun Cha…
Around 13:00 – Take your bus to depart for Sapa.
Upon arrival, check-in hotel and then, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

 

 

Day 3: Sapa Full Day (B/L/D)

07:00 – Enjoy breakfast at hotel.
08:00 – Start journey by visiting Cat Cat Village, the village of H’mong tribe in the valley, which remains very generally uncorrupted outside forces. Wonderful view of the valley, the magnificent limestone and paddy fields of H’mong village. Enjoy visits to local families and their customs.
12:00 – Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.
13:00 – Visit Silver Waterfall. It is far about 15 km from Sapa toward Lai Chau. The scenery along the way, the pine forest, and the “su su” spread over the hills. With more than 100 meters high, the white water flows down as silver so that people in here called the waterfall with the romantic name “Silver Waterfall”.
15:00 – Taking the trail up to the Fansipan peak, the indispensable destination for tourists who travel to Sapa. The highest mountain in the Indochina, at 3,143 meters. The mountain is located in the heart of the Hoang Lien Son Range. You will have a chance to discover the flora and fauna. From the top of the mountain you can see the panoramic see all majestic sceneries of Sapa
19:00 – Enjoy dinner at restaurant.
20:30 – Free time to discover Sapa at night.
Suggestions: The church of Sapa is always a place where holds many traditional cultural activities of ethnic minorities. In the front of the church is tennis area which has unique cultural activities of local people on Saturday. With flute, trumpet leaves, “xòe” dance… created sparkling, magical atmosphere in Sapa

 

Day 4: Sapa – Phu Tho – Ha Noi (B/L/D)

07:00 – Enjoy breakfast at hotel.
08:00 – Depart for Hanoi. On the way, you will stop at Phu Tho for lunch. Then, take your time to visit the historical Hung Temple, the worship place of Hung Kings who are the first founder and ancestors of the Vietnamese. (Time to visit: 1h30 – 2h)
15:00 – Continue to Hanoi.
17:00 – Upon come back to Hanoi, check-in hotel. Then, enjoy a water puppet show in Thang Long Water Puppet Theater. This delight stage performance delves into Vietnam’s mythology and traditions for a little over an hour.
19:30 – Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
 

Day 5: Ha Noi – Ha Long Bay (B/L/D)

07:00 – Enjoy breakfast at hotel.
08:00 – Depart for Halong. Travel time is approximately 3 hours and a half. Halong Bay is a beautiful natural wonder in northern Vietnam. The Bay is dotted with 1,600 limestone islands and islets and covers an area of over 1500 sqr km. This extraordinary area was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994.
Short break in Bac Ninh Province to visit center for the handicapped people.
Arrive in Halong around 12:00.
12:30 – Take a 4-hour cruise trip – You will visit a UNESCO World Heritage site of Ha long Bay, it forms a spectacular seascape sculpted by nature comprised of multitude of limestone islands and islets rising, in a variety of sizes and shapes presenting picturesque with junks sail the glinting water, grandeur grottoes, thick forests, and hidden coves, it will be a real ocean adventure!
Contemplate the magnificent scenery of Kissing Rocks Islet – the most extensive and best known example of marine-invaded tower karst in the world or discover Paradise Grotto (Thien Cung Grotto), Dau Go Cave. It will be a real ocean adventure!
Lunch will be served on board with the freshest seafood.
16:30 – Disembark and check-in hotel.
19:00 – Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
Free night time at Ha Long.

Day 6: Halong – Hanoi – Hue (B/L/D)

07:00 – Enjoy breakfast at hotel.
08:00 – Come back to Hanoi and prepare for flight to Hue. Lunch en route.
A short flight of one hour will take you to the Ancient Capital of Vietnam. Then, transfer to your hotel and dine.

Day 7: Hue Full Day (B/L/D)

07:00 – Enjoy breakfast at hotel.
08:00 – Start your journey in Hue. Visit Hue Citadel, the Palace of 13 Nguyen Kings, the last feudal dynasty of Vietnam. With an area of 500ha and a system of three circles of ramparts, namely from outside to inside: Kinh Thanh Hue (Hue Capital Citadel), Hoang Thanh (Royal Citadel) and Tu Cam Thanh (Forbidden Citadel).
– Hue Capital Citadel: this construction started in 1805 under the reign of Emperor Gia Long and completed in 1832 under the reign of Emperor Minh Mang. Under Nguyen Dynasty, the Kings had ordered to build ramparts, palaces and constructional works for royal. Over 200 years to now, it is still original with nearly 140 small and large constructions.
– Royal Citadel or Imperial City: is located in the center of the Citadel where established highest offices of Vietnam’s feudalism and sanctums honoring the cult of decreased Emperors. Famously being one of Vietnam’s seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Imperial City of Hue has long been a must-see attraction for tourists visiting a hidden charm of Vietnam.
– Forbidden Citadel: situated inside the Imperial Citadel complex, behind the Throne Palace, the Purple Forbidden Citadel was Citadel was reserved for Emperor and his family. Built in the early 1803 under reign of Emperor Gia Long, it was initially named Cung Thanh. In 1821, it was renamed into the today’s Tu Cam Thanh.
Other places to visit:
– Ngo Mon Gate and Thai Hoa Palace: this is the place for setting up various grand ceremonies.
– Trieu Mieu, Thai Mieu, Hung Mieu, The Mieu and Phung Tien Temple: worship shrines of the Kings Nguyen.
– Internal affairs office: Storehouse for precious objects, workshop for manufacturing various useful articles.
– Kham Van Palace and Co Ha Garden: place where the princes are studying or enjoying.
12:00 – Have lunch at a local restaurant.
13:00 – Continue to visit Tu Duc Tomb: situated 5km from south of Hue, this tomb, constructed between 1864 and 1867, is the most popular and impressive of the royal mausoleums.
Khai Dinh Tomb – the tomb of the 12th Nguyen Emperor Khai Dinh and known as the most expensive and well-designed tomb.
Minh Mang Tomb different from the rest of imperial tombs because of its architecture. It offers a balance of nature and structures that is unmatched among tombs in Hue. This balance between landscape and buildings reveals a lot about personality of Minh Mang emperor and characteristics during his reign.
Later, transfer to Toa Kham boat wharf to take a dragon boat trip along Perfume river toward Thien Mu Pagoda (Heaven Fairy Lady Pagoda) – one of the oldest pagoda in Hue. When visit Thien Mu Pagoda, you can admire the seven storey octagonal named Phuoc Duyen tower, the car that monk Thich Quang Duc drove to Saigon on June 11th 1963 before burning himself to oppose the anti – religion policy of Saigon’s regime at that time. While cruising, enjoy Hue traditional folk song and contemplate the poetic beauty of Perfume River.

 

 

Day 8: Hue – Da Nang – Hoi An – Da Nang (B/L/D)

07:00 – Enjoy breakfast at hotel and check-out.
08:00 – Transfer for Da Nang. On the way, you will stop at Lang Co beach to take some photo of one of the most beautiful beach in Vietnam. Lang Co is a gentle, pristine sea with a smooth white sand, blue sea surface. There are also large rainforests and wild and mysterious mountains. From Lang Co, on beautiful days, visitors can admire the view of Bach Ma National Park.
Upon arrival Da Nang, take your time to visit Museum of Cham Sculpture. This fine, small museum has the world’s largest collection of Cham artefacts, housed in buildings marrying French-colonial architecture with Cham elements.
12:30 – Enjoy lunch at local restaurant.
14:00 – Check in hotel and relax.
16:00 – Depart for Hoi An. On the way, you will visit Marble mountain (Vietnamese: Ngu Hanh Son – five elements mountains). There are a number of caves, grottos and Buddhist temples on the mountains with nice natural entrances and tunnels. The temples make the area a popular pilgrimage site.
18:00 – Enjoy dinner in Hoi An’s Old Quarter.
19:00 – Free to explore Hoi An beauty’s nightlife. With many historic houses and temples beautiful at night because of the colorful lantern, Hoi An greets its visitors in its own unique way. There are also many beautiful and interesting spots for visiting:
– Fujian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien): founded in 1690 and served the largest Chinese ethnic group in Hoi An (the Fujian), it contains the Jinshang golden mountain temple and is dedicated to Thien Hau, the goddess of the sea and protector of the sailors. The pagoda is also a place of gathering for the natives of Phuoc Kien. You must visit this assembly hall to discover an excellent work of architecture, also considered a heritage of historical significance.
– Chaozhou Hall (Trieu Chau): Constructed in 1845 by Chinese merchants, Trieu Chau Assembly Hall was built in honor of General Phuc Ba, a god with the power to calm the oceans and protects sailors from the rough South China Sea
– Bridge Pagoda: This beautiful little bridge has become a modern-day icon of Hoi An. A bridge was first constructed on this site in the 1590s by the Japanese community in order to link them with the Chinese quarters across the stream.
Specially, you will have a chance to take part in “bai choi” performance – a type of folk art and folk game popular in Central Vietnam, particularly in Quang Nam Province. It was created to entertain tourists on full-moon nights in the ancient town of Hoi An. This performance space creates a more intimate connection between the performers and the audience. Today, Bai Choi games take place every night along the bank of the Hoai River and attract an incredible number of people.
21:00 – Come back to hotel at Da Nang.

 

 
 

Day 9: Da Nang – Ho Chi Minh Half Day (B/L/D)

After having breakfast at hotel, check out and take your bus to depart for Da Nang International Airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City – the largest city in Vietnam and the former capital of the Republic of Vietnam.
In the afternoon, start to discover famous monuments in Ho Chi Minh city
– The Independence Palace (Reunification Palace) – the home and workplace of the President of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. The current building was completed in 1966, a fine example of 60s architecture and wouldn’t look out of place in any major city. You will have a chance see the two tanks in the ground, one of them is busted the gate down on 30th April.
– Notre Dame Cathedral – one of the most famous landmarks in Ho Chi Minh city. This is one of the few remaining stronghold of Catholicism in Vietnam, built by French colonist in the late 1880s. The Cathedral mesures 60 meters in height with neo- Romanesque style.
– Old Saigon Post Office. This building is mix of Europe’s architecture and Asia’s decoration style. Once in the Post Office, you will get the feel that time stops because you can see the ancient Saigon with old phone boxes made of wood and you can try to send a postcard to your friends or your family.
– War Remnants Museum – museum in top 25 museums in the world voted in tripadvisor. This place stores, preserves and displays materials, photographs, artifacts of the evidence of the crime and the consequences of the war that the invasion force has caused to Vietnam.

 

Day 10: Ho Chi Minh – My Tho – Ben Tre – Can Tho (B/L/D)

07:00 – Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel and check out.
08:00 – Take 1.5 – hour drive to the river of culture in the southwest Vietnam – My Tho. Enjoy the scenic journey along the National Highway bordered by green rice fields.
09:30 – Take a boat along the Tien River, see the scenery along the river with 4 beautiful islands: Long, Lan, Qui, Phung (known as Dragon, Unicorn, Phoenix and Tortoise islands). Rocks and waterfalls in the countryside.
Arrive at Tan Thach (Ben Tre), disembark and take a horse cart to discover the simple beauty in the villages, see many spacious and cool houses with Southern architectural characteristics. The front yard of these houses is the place of bonsai pots with various strange and interesting shapes.
Then, visit Thoi Son island – an island always full of seasonal fruit trees, from longan, rambutan, to durian, etc.
Visit some small coconut candy and other made of coconut, see the process of making coconut candy by the manual method, buy crafts, and utensils made from coconut trees.
Enjoy sweet melodies of Don Ca Tai Tu – a traditional music of Southern Vietnam in particular and of Vietnam in general. Beautiful vocals with unique melodies of Don Ca Tai Tu will bring a special Vietnamese cultural space to tourists.
Lunch at a local restaurant with some local traditional foods.
14:00 – Visit Vinh Trang pagoda – one of the biggest pagodas in southwest of Vietnam. The pagoda stores over 60 precious statues made of wood, bronze, terracotta. These works of art represent the pinnacle of sculpture in the Mekong River Delta. Besides, there are three big Buddha statues in the pagoda’s campus, including 18m-high Amida Buddha statue, 20m-high Maitreya Buddha statue, and Shakyamuni Buddha statue.
15:00 – Goodbye My Tho, take a bus and depart for Mekong Delta Region – Can Tho.
17:30 – Arrive at hotel in Can Tho, check in and take a short break.
19:00 – Dine at a local restaurant.
Suggestion: Ninh Kieu night market.
 
 

Day 11: Can Tho – Ho Chi Minh – Departure (B/L/D)

05:00 – Explore Cai Rang floating market – the largest floating market in the Mekong Delta with all sorts of fruits and vegetables grown in the Delta: pineapples, carrots, watermelons, bananas … Vessels advertise what they sell by hanging their product from the top of a bamboo pole at the bow. Grocery sales, repair service, fuel station … Take the beautiful scenery and feel the daily activities of the local people who live along the Mekong canals.
08:00 – After breakfast at the hotel, check out and depart to discover the beauty of Can Tho.Visit Binh Thuy ancient house, Truc Lam Phuong South Monastery.
Then, admire Munirensay Pagoda – a temple bearing characteristic architecture of the Khmer. From the entrance, visitors will see a magnificent yellow tower standing in the middle of the courtyard as a screen covering the main hall area. Each floor in the tower has a small Buddha to demonstrate the devotion of the gentle Khmer people
12:00 – Return to Ninh Kieu to have a special lunch at a local restaurant with specialties from the Mekong delta area.
13:00 – Transfer to Ho Chi Minh city.

Day 12: Ho Chi Minh – Bangkok (B)

After breakfast, you are free to relax until your transfer to Tan Son Nhat International Airport for your flight to Thailand – the land of the Golden Pagodas..
 
 

Day 13: Bangkok – City tour (B\L\D)

08:00 – After breakfast was served at the hotel, your guide will pick you up and take you to a Harbor on Chao
Phraya River is an embark on a boat and explore the traditional Thai klongs (canals). Then, visit Wat Arun which is
known as Temple of Dawn – one of the most well-known sites in Bangkok. Nó seen from the opposite
of the river. After visiting this Wat, you head to the Grand Palace which is the official of the King of Siam since
1782, made up of numerous buildings, halls, and pavilions set around open lawns, gardens and courtyards. Nó là
Located on the bank of the Chao Phraya River. Inside the Grand Palace complex is Wat Phra Kaew or Temple of the Emerald Buddha
the Emerald Buddha – the most beautiful and sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand. The following visit is Wat Pho
– the temple of reclining Buddha. The temple is located in Bangkok, Thailand.
the longest reclining Buddha and the largest collection of Buddha images in Thailand, the first public education
institution.
Next, drive to Pak Klong Flower market to see Thailand’s exotic flora with many species of orchids. Back
to your hotel.

 

Day 14: Bangkok – Ayutthaya Day Trip

This morning, leave Bangkok for Ayutthaya – 70km from Bangkok. The first stop is the Bang Pa-In, also known
as Summer palace, located 18km from Ayutthaya on the bank of Chao Phraya River. Arrive in Ayutthaya – the ancient capital for over 400 years. You will visit Wat Maha That – an over 600 years old temple and Wat Na Phra
Mane. Wat Na Phra Mane is still in good condition and was used as the Burmese military headquarters during
the war. Inside this temple, you will see the sparkle Golden Buddha with nearly-three thousand-year-old Buddhas
carved from green stone which are extremely valuable national relics. Back to Bangkok.

 

 
 

Day 15: Bangkok – Ayutthaya Day Trip

Free until time transferred to the airport for your departure flight home.
Have a good journey back home.

 
 
 

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