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15 Day Vietnamese Tour with Legend Travel

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About 15 Day Vietnamese Tour with Legend Travel

A holiday of a life-time travelling through the beautiful country of Vietnam staying in fantastic hotels whilst experiencing many of the Vietnamese wonders. A 15 day trip, seeing all the amazing land-marks from Hanoi to Saigon with a structured and organised itinery with Legend Tours. A fantastic trip fuelled with culture.

Day 1 - Arrival 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 fields, before heading back to Hanoi and relaxing 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 quater 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, Hoi An 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 and 8 - Hoi An

Whilst you have the opportunity to explore the wonderful town of Hoi An by yourself, there are also optional tours available should you wish.

An English speaking guide will take you on a walking tour which includes a walk to the ancient town, visiting the Kwan Temple, Phuc Kien Assembly Hall, the Tan Ky old house, the Japanese Bridge and cultural show rooms.

There is also an optional tour to My Son Holy Land.

My Son temples were built in the 4th century under the reign of king Bhadravaman.. and up until late 13th century, and early 14th century under the reign of King Jaya Simhavaman III (Che Man). My Son used to be a group of more than 70 temple towers. Each temple has a typical architecture which reflects a historical stage of the Champa kingdoms. Most of the architecture and sculptures were influenced by Indian culture. Most of the temples point to the East - the direction of the sun. Champa people thought that the East was the place where the gods lived.

You can also enjoy a boat ride down the Thu Bon river; the hub for most festivals and events in the town.

Day 9 - Hoi An – Hue City

After breakfast at your hotel in Hoi An, you will be taken to Hue City staying at The Alba Hotel (or similar).

Day 10 - Hue City

You are free to explore Hue City by yourself - see the 19th century Đại Nội Citadel, surrounded by a moat and thick stone walls. Visit the Imperial City with palaces and shrines and go to Tử cấm thành (the Forbidden Purple City) which was once the emperor’s home.

In addition, there are two optional tours you can go on: a leisure boat trip along the Perfume River to visit the towering Thien Mu Pagoda, one of the most famous Vietnamese landmarks; and a visit to the seven tombs which were built for seven Nguyen Emperors, visiting the Minh Mang tomb.

Day 11 - Saigon

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 12 - Saigon: Cycle Tour

Wake up to your first morning in the wonderful City of Saigon and go on a cycle tour to see the main attractions, such as the morning flower market, the pet market, China Town and the Thien Hau Pagoda.

The tour gives you a feel for Saigon, allowing you to go on and explore at your leisure. Visit the bustling Bến Thành market, the colonnial architecture and the Notre Damn Cathedral and the amazing food stalls that line the streets.

Day 13 - Saigon: Cu Chi tunnels - Cao Dai temple

In the morning, take a tour to Cao Dai temple in Tay Ninh, near the Cambodian border. This is home to the unique Cao Dai sect, whose patron saints include Joan of Arc, Victor Hugo and Winston Churchill to name a few. The religion is a hybrid of Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism and Christianity. The Cao Dai temple at Tay Ninh has been described as a Walt Disney fantasia of the East. The temple's exterior is decorated with multi-colored dragons of all shapes and sizes competing for space with a number of Buddhist symbols. Above the main entrance is the all-seeing holy eye, the symbol of the Cao Dai sect. The interior is just as engaging as statues of Jesus Christ, Buddha and the Hindu god, Brahma, stand side by side.

The trip to Tay Ninh is combined with a visit to the Cu Chi tunnels. At its height, the tunnel system stretches over 250km from Saigon to the Cambodian border with three levels deep. The network composes of innumerable trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers and kitchens. These days the remaining tunnels have become a major tourist attraction giving the visitor a unique experience and a feel of what underground life was like during the US – Vietnam War.

Day 14 - Saigon: Mekong Delta - Cai Be floating Market

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 15 - Saigon

After breakfast at the hotel, you will be taken to the airport for your journey home.

Additional Excursions

  • Mekong Delta - Cai Be floating Market (Full Day) - $50
  • My Son Holly Land Trip - $35
  • Ninh Binh (Full Day) - $50
  • Tour to Thien Mu Pagoda and Minh Mang Tomb (Half Day) - $50
  • Hoi An Walking tour - $45
  • Cu Chi tunnels - Cao Dai temple (Full-day tour) - $50
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