Highlight of North and Central Vietnam
Arrival at Danang airport pick up by our tour guide we then transfer to the hotel.
The rest of time is free at your leisure.
Overnight in Hoi An ancient town
05:45: Meet you at your hotel then we take the boat trip along Thu Bon River.
(If you can’t wake up early, we still can change this tour to a sunset boat trip).
A cruise on Thu Bon River help you indulge in the relaxing beautiful surrounding landscape and witness the rural life on the river. The tour shows you how the local fishermen cast their nets, and watch the Hoi An fishing fleet returning from a hard night’s work. Then we visit the nearby fish market. One of the beautiful spots of the market is at the waterfront, where you can see all the busy activities of people buying and loading fish from the boats. It is very noisy, hurried, and crowded, but everyone tries their best to get the best deal of the day. The boat anchor, one next to the other, is like a big floating market connected to the shore. There are lots of photo opportunities in this area. Back to the town at 8 am. Free time for breakfast at the hotel then we transfer to Da Nang, visit the Marle Mountain, Linh Ung pagoda. Check in hotel then free time at your leisure.
This afternoon is fee to walk in the old town, feel the atmosphere of its original culture, enjoy shopping for tailor clothing, lanterns, shoes, and food, or simply relax on the beach.
Optional tour in the evening: Hoi An memories show - https://hoianimpression.vn/ => 25$/person
Overnight in Da Nang/
Today, we take a walking tour of the old town Hoi An. Hoi An nestled on the banks of the Thu Bon River. Before the river silted up, Hoi An was one of the most important trading ports in Southeast Asia, and a center for East-West exchange and trade. From the 2nd until the 10th century, Hoi An was one of the principal Cham cities. Over the years, Indian, Dutch, Portuguese, French, Thai, Indonesian, Spanish, American, Japanese, Filipino and Chinese ships docked in Hoi An. In the 19th century, as the result of warfare and environmental changes, Hoi An was replaced by Da Nang as a major port. Reflecting the diversity of the traders and missionaries that settled in the port (including Alexander of Rhodes), the ancient architecture is a fascinating mix of Chinese, Japanese, and Vietnamese. The rooftops of Hoi An retain a magical old world Oriental feel and are a favorite subject for Vietnamese artists. In the early 1980s Hoi An’s ancient quarters and historical monuments came under the protection and restoration efforts of UNESCO and the Polish government. Visit the Japanese covered bridge, Phuc Kien assemble hall, Phung Hung old house, Hoi An museum, Quan Cong temple and Hoi An market. The rest of time is free at your leisure.
Please do not forget to try special local food in Hoi An such as Banh My Phuong – Madame Phuong bread (once visited by the great Anthony Bourdain), Cao Lau, Mi Quang (Quang noodle), Banh Xeo, Com Ga (Rice chicken). (Suggested: Bale Well restaurant)…
Return to the hotel in the afternoon.The rest of time is free
Overnight in Da Nang beach.
Optional tour in the afternoon: Bana Hill & Golden Bridge
At the height of 1,487 m from the sea level, Ba Na Hills has been coined the “heaven on earth” owing to its spectacular climate and otherworldly natural landscape. Just travel to Ba Na Hills and revel yourselves in the typical rotation of four seasons in a single day and numerous festivities, recreations and relaxation, and cuisine.
- Experience the world record-breaking cable car system.
- Visit French Village, which reenacts an old-fashioned and tranquil France lined with recognizable classical landmarks such as the square, church, town, old village and inns.
- Visit the Golden Bridge, which was also voted by TIME magazine as one of the “Top 10 best destinations of the world 2018” and admired by The Guardian as “The world’s most impressive pedestrians’ bridge”, walking on the bridge amid the foggy hills of the mountain, enjoy the gorgeous view of Da Nang City.
- Visit Vong Nguyet hills, Linh Ung pagoda
- Free for joining games in Fantasy Park, the largest indoor game zone of Vietnam that includes countless games, recreations and sports for families.
- Jurassic Park is a must-visit for children fans of the namesake blockbuster “Jurassic Park”. Besides, you can also visit the first wax museum of Vietnam, in which lifelike figurines are modeled after prominent figures worldwide.
After breakfast, we transfer to the airport then take a flight to Hanoi at 9:55AM.
Upon arrival, you are welcomed by our guide and driver then transfer to Ninh Binh (about 3 hours driving). Check in hotel in Ninh Binh and take a short rest.
In the afternoon, we visit the Mua Cave (Dancing Cave). Walk up almost 500 steps, you can reach to the top of Lying Dragon Moutain, and have an amazing panoramic view of Tam Coc from here.
Overnight in Ninh Binh.
After breakfast, we visit Bai Dinh Pagoda – the most famous & biggest Pagoda in Southeast Asia with many records set such as 500 Stone – Arhat Statues, 36 ton – bronze Bell, 100 ton – Budhha Statue…
In the afternoon, visit Trang An which was recognized by UNESCO as The world Heritage Site in 2014. Trang An has a wonderful tunnel cave system so Kong’s Movie Group chose this place for the New Version of Kong in 2016 – “ Skull Island “. Boat trip to visit Trang An to see the amazing beauty of this landscape with many caves such as Sang Cave (Light Cave), Toi Cave (Dack cave), Nau Ruou Cave (Cooking Wine), green river, and natural view.
15h30 – 16h00: Finish the boat trip back to Trang An Wharf then come back to the hotel.
Overnight in Ninh Binh.
This morning, we will visit Hoa Lu ancient capital. This is the first capital of Vietnam. Come to visit Hoa Lu, you will learn about why the capital was moved to Hanoi nowadays. You are impressed on outstanding architecture when entering the temples of King Dinh and King Le, the first and second emperors of ancient Vietnam, built in the 17 century. Try to feel the ancient atmospheres in Hoa Lu ancient capital then drive back to Hanoi.
In the late afternoon, visit Dong Xuan market and start our street food tour in Ta Hien – Luong Ngoc Quyen – Hang Giay – Dao Duy Tu streets, where shows many kinds of local and traditional dishes. Here, you will have a chance to try Bun Cha (a type of noodle soup with pork BBQ). All of the preparation and content are explained by the guide. The guide also tells the daily life of the common Vietnamese, experiencing something that the Vietnamese used a lot in cooking, dried foods, spices and fresh herbs. You also have chance to taste the Hanoi's specialties Banh Cuon – the dish that made from a thin, wide sheet of steamed rice. This is one of the most famous dishes in Ha Noi and has been along with Hanoian for years. The tour ends with a cup of “Egg coffee or Cà phê sữa đá” at Nguyen Huu Huan Street.
Remark: Vegetarian foods are also available in
In the morning, visit Bat Trang Pottery Village. In the period about 12th - 14th century, there are a numbers of families in Bo Bat Pottery Village (in Thanh Hoa Province now). They were Bui, Phung, Tran and Vu families coming there to work pottery, selling it to people in city even doing business with foreigners. At first, it was called Bach Ho Group and when there are the thousands of pottery-kiln, it was called Bat Trang - the age of name is as approximately old as the age of group. Here you have chance to make pottery like your way and enjoy special souvenirs.
Continue on, transfer to West Lake to visit Tran Quoc Pagoda as known the oldest pagoda in the city, originally constructed in the sixth century during the reign of Emperor Ly Nam De, and then keep walking to Quan Thanh Temple, as one of the Four Sacred Temples of the capital then take a group picture in front of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.
Keep forward to the peaceful Temple of Literature - the first university of Vietnam.
Back to the city central, attend Water puppet show then free time to explore the old town.
Overnight in Hanoi.
We depart for Ha Long Bay, listed as a World Heritage Area of outstanding natural beauty. “Dragon descending to the sea“ as it is known in Vietnamese, picturesque Ha Long bay has more than 1.000 limestone islets rising from the sea, many of them containing beautiful grottoes
Upon arrival at Ha Long Bay we embark on a boat trip to cruise discovering this magnificent UNESCO World Wonder. This is a great journey among surreal islands rising from a tranquil emerald sea. You will visit several key locations.
– One of the most stunning caves of Halong Bay
– Stop at a beautiful beach and take a refreshing swim or sunbathe on the sundeck; take a short trek to the nearby summit for a panoramic view of the bay.
Back onboard the junk, you will watch the sunset and be served a sumptuous dinner, with cocktails available for purchase from the bar. You will spend the night onboard the junk, in a cabin with an ensuite bathroom.
Notes: The program may differ slightly based on the junk cruise’s itinerary
Early morning coffee and tea will be served on the sundeck followed by a Tai Chi class. After breakfast, we take a Sampan boat to explore Luon Cave. We may have a chance to see the wild monkeys that gather around waiting for food from the tourists. After that, we continue to cruise around the bay. Lunch is served on the boat on our way back to the docks then we transfer to Noi Bai airport for home flight at 18:05.
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Tour costs included:
- All transfer and transportation with air-conditioning
- 07 nights hotel accommodation base on twin sharing
- Local English-speaking tour guide
- Meals as states in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner) + Street food
- Admission fee to indicated sights
- Water puppet ticket
- Private boat trip in Hoi An and shared cruise on Ha Long
- Ticket for Hoi An memories show – Eco class ticket
- Mineral water