10 Day Vietnamese Tour with Legend Travel
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About 10 Day Vietnamese Tour with Legend Travel
A holiday of a lifetime travelling through the beautiful country of Vietnam. A 10 day trip, seeing landmarks from Hanoi to Saigon with a structured and organised itinery with Legend Tours. A fantastic trip fuelled with culture.
Day 1 - Arrive at Hanoi
Arrive at NoiBai International airport – Hanoi City, where you will be greeted by an English speaking guide and can enjoy a cup of special Vietnamese coffee.
You will then be taken to your hotel, Hanoi 3B Homestay hotel (or a similar hotel) by your guide and can spend the remainder of your first day at your leisure exploring the beautiful capital city of Vietnam famous for its architecture and South-east Asian, Chinese and French influences.
Day 2 - Hanoi and Ninh Binh
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel afterwhich you can opt for the highly recommended tour of Ninh Binh, famous for its impressive landscapes.
Visit the ancient Hoa Lu, where you will visit the Dinh and Le Temples, followed by a special Ninh Binh lunch at a recommended local restaurant. In the afternoon, you will get the fantastic opportunity to see the Van Long Nature Reserve and its spectacular scenery surrounded by rice paddies and towering limestone mountain peaks, travelling in a bamboo rowing boat.
Experience the laid back and serene atmosphere of Ninh Binh first hand, cycling through the rice field, before heading back to Hanoi and relaxing back at the hotel.
Alternatively, you can please yourself and explore Hanoi at your leisure.
Day 3 - Hanoi – Halong Bay Cruise
After breakfast at the hotel, take a trip to Halong City. Halong Bay is known for its beautiful green water and islands topped by rainforests. The islands are named for their shapes, such as the Stone Dog. The region is popular for scuba diving and rock climbing enthusiasts. Upon arrival at Halong Bay, board a Chinese Junk (local boat!) and embark on a cruise through the World Heritage Site, enjoying a lunch of fresh seafood along the way.
After lunch, you will visit Luon cave, (the perfect combination of lime-stone mountains and jade-green sea), by either a bamboo boat or kayaking if you prefer.
Swim at the beautiful Ti Top beach (if the weather is nice enough) or if you're feeling energetic, take the steps to the top of Ti Top beach to have a whole panorama view of Halong Bay.
During the day, you will learn how to make original Vietnamese spring rolls on the sundeck.
In the evening relax after an energetic day at the bar with new found friends, watch movies and Vietnamese cultural films, play games, such as chess or cards, or simply relax. You can also try your luck at squid fishing or fishing from the boat.
Stay overnight on Halong Cruise 3*: Majestic cruise (or similar).
Day 4 - Halong Bay – Hanoi - Night Train to Danang
Wake up to the fresh sea air and the morning sunrise, have breakfast on the sundeck or maybe take a lesson in Tai Chi.
The cruise continues through wonderous never ending islands and takes you to Sun Sot Cave - the 'amazing cave', a beautiful, natural treasure.
As you cruise back to Halong City Pier, having brunch on the boat, say good-bye to Halong Bay as you arrive back in Hanoi. A walking tour is availble to explore the old quarter and the local life of Hanoians.
In the evening, embark on the night train to Danong City in your 4 Berth cabin.
Day 5 - Danang Arrival - Hoi An
The night train will arrive in Danang at noon, where you will be taken to your hotel, Horizon Home Stay (or similar).
You have the afternoon to explore Danang at your leisure. Famous for its sandy beaches and French colonial port, Danang is known as the tourist capital of the south coast of Vietnam.
Day 6 - Hoi An Group Tour to Rural villages on bike and cooking class
In the morning your guide will meet you at your hotel, where you will ride (on a bike) towards Cẩm Thanh village. Once in Cẩm Thanh, you will take a bamboo boat ride and learn how to make traditional bamboo handicrafts with locals.
From here, you will then cycle to the fishing village of Thanh Nam, where you can see local fishermen catching fish, crabs, squids and shrimps. It is interesting to know that the fishing village is still actively working, even with the appearance of modern fishing methods in Vietnam.
From Thanh Nam, the tour takes you on to TraQue village, where you will enjoy a welcome drink and a walk around this agricultural village. You will meet local farmers and join in with activities like hoeing and sowing and get a real feel for Vietnamese life.
Afterwhich, you will have a cookery class, learning to make spring rolls and crispy Vietnamese pancakes, before enjoying a traditional Vietnamese lunch of 7 courses.
Finally, you cycle back to Hoi An for the end of the tour for a well earned relaxing evening,
Day 7: Hoi An - Danang Departure – flight to Hochiminh City
Check-out of your hotel and travel to Danang airport for the flight to Saigon (or Ho Chi Minh).
Arriving in Saigon (or Ho Chi Minh), the final stop of the tour where you will stay at The Laban (or similar) which is in the heart of the City and central to markets, transport and has the laid-back feel of the City.
Day 8: Mekong Delta - Cai Be floating Market Group Tour
Go on the optional tour to Cai Be, stopping to take photos in Tan An town overlooking the picturesque flat rice fields.
On arrival in Cai Be, take a motor boat to visit the Cai Be floating market and watch the locals trade fruit and many other commodities on board their boats. Then wander into the small villages to visit the orchard and fruit plantation.
A boat trip will then take you to Vinh Long through a series of small canals to experience the charms of the Upper Mekong Delta.
Visit a small family business to see how coconut candy and crispy rice popcorn are made. Arrive in Binh Hoa Phuoc village, the green pearl of Vinh Long town, where you can immerse yourself in nature.
Enjoy a lunch of fresh river food served in the heart of the garden accompanied by traditional southern Vietnamese folk music.
Take a delightful walk through the bonsai garden, before returning to Saigon for your final night at the hotel.
Day 9: Cu Chi Tunnel Group Tour
You will be collected from your hotel for the trip to the Cu Chi tunnels at around 8am.
You will arrive at Cu Chi tunnels (Ben Dinh) and go to an underground hut to watch a short video and presentation about Cu Chi tunnels before having a real hands-on experience of what it took to live in the tunnels.
Afterwards, you can try the steamed tapioca root which is the main staple food in Cu Chi during the war.
For those interested, there is an opportunity to fire off an AK47 or MK16 with real ammunitions at the nearby shooting range (optional charge)
Return and stay overnight in Saigon.
Day 15 - Saigon
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be taken to the airport for your journey home.
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