The Highlights of Vietnam – 14 Day

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Brief Itinerary
Day 01: Hanoi Arrival
Day 02: Hanoi City tour 1/2day.
Day 03: Hanoi  – Mai Chau 
Day 04: Mai Chau – Hanoi  
Day 05: Hanoi – Halong bay Junk
Day 06: Halong bay – Airport to  Danang 
Day 07: Hoi an – Fishing tour – Cooking Class.
Day 08: Hoi an – Cham island.
Day 09: Hoi An – Marble mountain –  MySon 
Day 10: Hoi An – Saigon Day 11 City Tour – Cu Chi tunnels.
Day 12: Saigon – BaRia ( LongTan) – Vung Tau (Nui Dat)
Day 13: Saigon – Mekong Tour
Day 14: Saigon – Shopping. Departure.

Day-by-day Itinerary

Day 1 : Hanoi  Arrival

Welcome at the airport and Get transferred to hotel.

Check in Hotel and Free time at leisure.

Day 2 : Hanoi city tour ½ day (B)

AM: Our guide and driver will come to hotel and take you to visit Ho Chi Minh complex, Temple of Literature, Hoa Lo prison ( Hanoi Hilton)  then cyclo tour to Old Quarter ( one hour) to explore the life of Hanoi.

PM: free time to shopping or  explore city on your own. O/N Hotel

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Van Mieu

Day3 : Hanoi  – Mai Chau (B,L,D)

AM: Pick up from your hotel and depart for Mai Chau, enjoy the scenery in mountainous countryside with rice fields, villages …Upon arrive, you will be welcome by White Thai Family and check in their stilt house for your accommodation today.

PM: Walking to explore the charming village in valley of Mai Chau.

After Dinner you will have chance to watch a local musical performance by girls and boys in the village.

 Overnight in stilt house of White Thai people. ( HOMESTAY)

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Mai Chau

Day 4 : Mai Chau – Hanoi (B,L)

After breakfast, You will have a walk to explore local market and the charming valley of Mai Chau , enjoy the landscape.

After lunch, we farewell to friendly host and villagers, and take drive to Hanoi.

Check in hotel and free at leisure.

O/N Hotel ….

Day 5 : Hanoi – Halong bay Overnight on Junk. (B,L,D)

08:00 AM. Pick up at your hotel in Hanoi and drive through scenic countryside areas to Halong Bay. Stop on the way to refresh (20 minutes). We will be arriving at the pier to embark at 12:00. Welcome on board and set sail through bay while lunch is served. Passage into the magical bay, where thousands of sculpted limestone islands rise from the waves like dragons’ teeth.

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After lunch, take a short trek to a nearby summit for a panoramic view of the bay dotted with  junk sails, go swimming on a quite beach or sunbathing on the sundeck. Later afternoon, visit an interesting fishing village with opportunity to interact with fishmen who have been living in the bay for almost three generations.

At sunset time, kayak or simply take a bamboo row boat to discover a water tunnel in a scenic lagoon. Back on board , enjoy cocktails while watching sunset before dinner on board.

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Kayak

O/N on board :

Day 6 : Halong bay –  Hanoi airport  – Flight to Danang. (B,L)

Greet the day with a morning exercise with an opportunity to view the sunrise over the bay. After breakfast, visit beautiful limestone grotto then back to the boat for a final glimpse of the Halong Bay while cruising back to the dock. Our driver will be awaiting for you at the pier and drive you back to Hanoi airport for Flight to Da Nang city. Upon arrival, our van and guide will welcome and transfer you to Hoi An town (25km).

Check in ….                                                                                     

Day 7 :  Hoi An (B,)

Free day for your optional activities:

AM: Fishing tour 

PM: Take part in Cooking class in town til dinner and enjoy your food after cooking. 

Overnight in Hotel. ….

Day 8 : Hoi An  – Cham Island (B,L)

AM: Breakfast in the hotel, then get transferred to pier for a short boat ride to island of Cham. Where you will have visit to local fishing village, temple, and the snorkeling in Coral Reaf before enjoying time on a white sand beach to relax.

PM: The boat will bring you back to Hoi An, The rest of time is free.

O/N in the same hotel.

Day 9 : Hoi An – Marble Mountain – My Son Holly Land (B)

After breakfast in the hotel, you will get transfer to Marble Mountain (15km from Hoi An town) where you will visit a famous 5 mountains named after 5 essential elements on the earth. Couple of mountain with Bhuddist shrines inside the cave. On top of Mountain of Water you will have nice view to once known China Beach.

Your trip will go on to My Son Holly Land, where you will admire the a secret  architecture of Champa Kingdom on the temples, shrines…they are in a nice valley .

PM: Back to Hotel . 

Day 10 :  Hoi An – Saigon.  (B)

AM: Breakfast in the hotel then get transferred to Danang airport for an hour flight to Saigon. Welcome at the airport and get driven to hotel for check in. 

PM: free at your leisure for shopping around or do your own activities. O/N in hotel.

Day 11 : Saigon city tour and Cu Chi tunnel. (B)

AM: We depart to visit the historic Reunification Palace and War Remnants Museum, followed by the architectural treats of French colonial Notre Dame Cathedral and the Post Office . Visiting Ben Thanh market.

After Lunch with Noodle 2000 ( on your bill) we ll have an and half hour road trip to CU CHI tunnels. Cu Chi is a system of hand dug tunnes, At its height the tunnel system stretched over 200km, from Saigon to the Cambodian border and is three levels deep. The network included innumerable trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers and kitchens. Today the remaining tunnels have become a major tourist attraction giving the visitor a unique experience and a feel of what underground life in the American war must have been like. The tunnels have been widened for our benefit (otherwise we would not be able to enter them!) For those who are interested, there’s even the opportunity to fire off rounds from an AK47 or M60 at the nearby rifle range.

Back to Saigon in the afternoon, O/N in .

Day 12 : Saigon – Ba Ria ( Long Tan) – Saion.  (B,)

We start today at 07:30 from Ho Chi Minh City by road; our first stop is the sight of the former Nui Dat Task Force Base. Little remains of this camp except the columns of the main gate. The former runway is now a wide street in the local village and the old heli-pad is now a soccer field. A school established by the Australians is nearby. Later we drive past the location of the Horseshoe (access not permitted these days due to mining activity) to the Discourtesy Rubber Plantation. Visit the Long Tan Cross Memorial, before continuing on to the Long Phuoc Tunnels and visit Ming Dam (no longer the “Secret Zone”) and Long Hai. We keep driving to Vung Tau City via to visit the massive War Memorial at Back Beach (the previous site of the Australian Logistics Group and the Peter Badcoe Club). Then we visit Front Beach, Bao Dai Summer House, the airport area, (previous home of “Wallaby Airlines”), the town centre and market area.

Back to Hotel in Saigon  in the late afternoon. 

Day 13 :  Saigon – Mekong delta (B, L)

08h00 pick up at hotel for departing to My Tho (Mekong Delta). And then take a boat to visit local gardens and houses to see orchard and local trade. You will have lunch at a garden house, after lunch you will continue some activities with local people, passing a small and beautiful canal with peaceful villages, the unique natural setting of Mekong Delta region.

PM: Back to Saigon .

Day 14 :  Saigon shopping – Departure.(B)

AM: . After breakfast,  you have time for shopping and free til transfer to the airport for your home sweet home flight. at …  . Have a nice journey home,  See you again.

Day 15 : Arrive in Australia.

Price & Book

COST

The following cost has been calculated for a party of …. people travelling together on Double or Twin share  basis.

The above cost is quoted on cash payment basis. This is net including government tax and service charges. If payment is made by other mean than cash such as credit card, traveler’s check, bank transfer…bank charges will be for sender.

BOOKING TERMS & CONDITIONS

1 – Confirmation

As per our company policy, booking will only be confirmed on receipt of advance deposit.

  • Tour package: 20%,
  • Single travel service such as car rental, air tickets bookings or hotel reservations: 100%.

2 – Deposit and Payment

Deposit can be settled by cash or wire transfer 75 days at least before the departure. The balance can be paid by cash, travelers’ checques or credit cards upon your arrival in Vietnam. If payment is made by other mean than cash such as traveler’s cheques, credit cards or via Western Union… bank charges will be for sender.

Bank account:

  • Beneficiary Bank:

BANK FOR FOREIGN TRADE OF VIETNAM
Address: 198 Tran Quang Khai, Hanoi, Vietnam
Swift code: BFTVVNVX

    Beneficiary Name: DONG MINH CUONG

    Account: 0011372559414.

3 – Amendment.

There is no fee for any change or amendment you make prior to your final confirmation. Otherwise, amendment or cancellation fees may may be charged (subject to Sen Asia Travel’s supplier policy). Because we will launch the booking reservation immediately after we receive your final confirmation and starting from that point, service’s amendment/cancellation fees may be applied by our local service providers such as hotel, restaurants, airlines companies…

Please note that we will not charge you any fee if our service providers do not charge us.

4 – Cancellation

Lotussia Travel must be informed in writing. Cancellation charges would be effective from the date we receive advice in writing and cancellation charges would apply as follows:

  • From 45 days to 30 days           -> 10% of the total tour/service costs
  • From 29 days to 15 days           -> 50% of the total tour/service costs
  • From 14 day to departure         -> 100% of the total tour/service costs

5 – Responsibility

The detailed programme and schedule flights are subject to change by airlines companies without prior notice and in accordance with the weather conditions and daily operations flights. Consequently, itinerary concerned might be adjusted. If this occurs, however that it is done as a courtesy to participants and Sen Asia Travel can not be held responsible for denied boarding, nor for additional costs occurred.

 

Include/ Exclude

1 – Inclusions:

  • Transfer by private A/C ./…. seater car with driver.
  • Private English-Speaking local guide in mentioned destinations
  • Accommodation in dbl/ twin/ tripple sharing room with daily breakfast. Please see our choices at the selected hotel portion for more details.
  • Meals as mentioned on (“B” = Breakfast; “L” = Lunch; “D” = Dinner).
  • Sightseeing entrance fees and permits where necessary.
  • Sharing boat trip in Halong bay (1 private dbl-bedded cabin for two poeple). Embarkation at 12:00 on …; Disembarkation at 11:00 on ….
  • Domestic air tickets: Hanoi – Danang, Danang – Saigon ( Economy class)
  • Private boat trip in Mekong
  • 02 bottle of drinking water per person per touring day.

2 – Exclusions:

  • International, Vietnam visa;
  • Travel Insurance. All persons are expected to arrange their own insurance. We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance from home. Polices should cover any potential risks involved in your holiday.
  • Beverage and alcoholic drinks.
  • ( we recommend : 4 to 5 usd /person / 1 working day with tour guide, 2 -3 usd /person/ 1 working day with driver)
  • Personal expenditure such as telephone, laundry, shopping and any other services not clearly mentioned on.
  • Optional Tours:

+ Cooking class at Red Bridge school ( include Dinner ) : 35 usd/ pax  ( private tour)

+ Fishing tour ( include Lunch): 35 usd/ pax ( private tour)

Accommodation

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