Insight Asia Travel would like to introduce “A Glance of Vietnam Culture and Culinary Holiday.” Within 10 days in Vietnam starting from Hanoi and bounding to the south and ending in Saigon, you will have a chance to learn about the Vietnamese country, interesting places, World Heritage Site as Halong Bay, Hue Citadel, Hoi An ancient town, people, culture, to taste Vietnamese famous cuisines. In short, you will find out a Vietnam much different from what you can image.
Airport transfer included: Noi Bai International Airport
You have the option to stay at 4- or 5-star hotels during this holiday.
Warm welcome upon your arrival in Hanoi. Your guide and driver will meet you at the airport for a transfer to your hotel located in the Hanoi downtown. Your guide’s welcome speech will give you overall information about the city of Hanoi. After check-in you have free time to relax, then your guide will see you again for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. Your first day will be completed by a water puppet show - a unique art performance in Vietnam.
Meal: dinner. Overnight in Hanoi.
Widely acknowledged as one of the loveliest cities in Asia, this one-thousand-year old city offer you its unique images that totally different from other Asian cities. Hanoi still retains a small-town provincial charm and unique intermingle with a French legacy wide, tree-lined boulevards, parks, grand villas and an artistic, café society.
Different people, different interests and tastes. Hanoi Free Choice includes sightseeing, street food and dinning. This offers you the best things that Hanoi has to offer and satisfy you with a personalize discovery and authentic experience. Please select one of the Hanoi city options and one of the Hanoi surroundings to enjoy the day in Hanoi. Do not forget to add your favorite street food to the list and the dining option to taste and experience the Hanoi and North Vietnam cuisine.
1. Free Choice Sightseeing
2. Free Choice Street Food Lunch Break - authentic experiences
3. Free Choice Dining
In the morning you leave Hanoi for Halong Bay via the Red River Delta. Welcome on board. You will set out on a junk cruise on the bay while seafood lunch is served. After lunch, you take a short trek to a nearby summit for a panoramic view of the bay, swimming on a quiet beach or sunbathing on the sundeck.
In the late afternoon, you take a take a bamboo row boat to visit an interesting fishing village with an opportunity to interact with fishermen who have been living in the bay for almost three generations. You also take a kayak to discover a water tunnel with many coral reefs in a scenic lagoon. Back on board to enjoy watching the peaceful sunset, joining a Vietnamese cooking demonstration and later unwind at a restaurant.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner. Overnight on a traditional junk.
Early birds will have a chance to join in the Tai Chi lesson on the sundeck and view the sunrise over the bay with a cup of coffee or tea. After brunch you will take a tender to visit one of the most beautiful limestone grottos - Sung Sot cave. Your junk sets sail to cruise back to the dock while you enjoy a final glimpse of HalongBay. On the journey back to Hanoi you will have a stop at the Phu Lang ceramic village - one of the most famous ceramic brands dated from 17th - 19th century in the North of Vietnam. Then you drive back to Hanoi.
Meal: brunch. Overnight in Hanoi.
Today you have free time until transfer to Hanoi airport for flight to Hue. Your guide and driver will meet you at the airport for a transfer to your hotel. Located in central Vietnam, Hue used to be the Citadel of the Nguyen Dynasty from 1805 to 1945 and is recognized as a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO. In the afternoon you have a private tour to explore the Hue Citadel comprising three circles oRoyal Citadel and Forbidden Citadel. End of the day you visit the local Dong Ba market locaated on a bank of the Perfume river - a paradise for snapshots of daily activities. In the evening you enjoy a Hue Citadel Royal style dinner tasting some Royal cuisines at local restaurant.
Meal: breakfast, dinner. Overnight in Hue.
In the morning you have a Dragon boat cruising on the Perfume river to visit the Thien Mu pagoda, one of the oldest and prettiest religious buildings in the country. From there you rejoin your car to visit the king Minh Mang’s tomb and king Tu Duc’s tomb. Back to hotel for short break then you leave Hue for Hoi An, another World Heritage site in Central Vietnam. Journey to Hoi An is travelling over the Hai Van pass where you have a stop for a panoramic view over the Lang Co beach before arriving your hotel in Hoi An. At leisure then you enjoy dinner at local restaurant.
Meals: breakfast, dinner. Overnight in Hoi An.
Your stay in the Hoi An Ancient town will be full of interesting. Besides the Walking Hoi An Ancient town, you can select one of the Hoi An Surroundings to start your wonderful day in Hoi An. Do not forget to add your favourit street food to the list and the dining option to taste and experience the Quang Nam cuisine.
1. Free Choice Sightseeing
2. Free Choice Surroundings
3. Free Choice Street Food Lunch Break - authentic experiences
4. Free Choice Dining
Again you take a one-hour flight to Ho Chi Minh city, the most dynamic one where everyone seems busy riding, buying, selling, studying. However, the city’s core is still adorned with wide elegant boulevards and historic French colonial buildings. In the afternoon, you are offered the Free Choice Sightseeing to visit some famous city’s attractions. Tonight you dinner on the Lady Hau cruises on the Saigon river.
Meals:breakfast, dinner. Overnight in HCMC.
Today you have am excursion to the Mekong Delta. Surrounded by thousands of crisscrossed canals, life in the Mekong Delta revolves much around the river, most of the villages are often accessible by rivers and canals rather than by road. Upon arrival you take a motor-boat to explore the Thoi Son islet, one of the four famous islets ( Dragon, Unicorn, Tortoise, Phoenix). Following a village path passing local houses to visit some family-run coconut candy mills then you take a horse-cart from village to village. Enjoy lunch with local special dishes followed by the “Southern Vietnamese folk music”, a very common art activity in the Mekong Delta performed by local people. Back to HCMC. At leisure.
Meals: breakfast, lunch. Overnight in HCMC.
Today is the last day of your trip. Enjoy your free time at your hotel or you can do your last minute souvenir shopping before meeeting your guide for transfer to airport for your flight home. Have a nice journey and thanks for joining Insight Asia Travel.
Savor Vietnam's rich cuisine during this holiday.