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Come and join this classic tour with Vietnamese Private Tours and discover the highlights of Vietnam! Find out the story behind each historical building you will visit and learn the culture through local people. The trip allows you to travel across the country from north to south and visit best and must-see destinations such as Hanoi, Ha Long Bay with an overnight stay on board the traditional junk, Hội An city, Saigon, and Mekong Delta. Immerse yourself in the unforgettable experience of exploring Vietnam!
During the tour, you will be accommodated in various accommodations. You will stay for two nights in Hanoi, one night on a cruise, two nights in Hội An, and two nights in Ho Chi Minh City.
This tour is an eight-day trip which has been well planned for travelers with a limit on their time. This itinerary is only a sample of what you will visit. If you are interested in customizing this itinerary, please contact Vietnamese Private Tours and they will send you a few suggestions with different sightseeing.
Arrive at Noi Bai International Airport (HAN) where you’ll be met by a Vietnamese tour guide, then transfer to hotel in Hanoi to check in. The rest of the day will be free on your own to enjoy the hotel or explore the nearby promenade. Overnight in Hanoi.
Spend the day exploring the capital city of Vietnam, your guide will pick you up from your hotel and you will be toured in town visiting main landmarks as well as tourist attractions including Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature, Hanoi Old Quarter, and more. You will end your day by visiting the famous Hanoi water puppet show.
Move to Ha Long Bay, a stunning natural UNESCO World Heritage Site for about four-hour drive. After arriving at noon, you will board a beautiful cruise for an overnight stay on Ha Long Bay. Lunch and dinner are served. Overnight on board the cruise.
Enjoy the breakfast onboard the Halong Bay cruise while the boat continues moving through the spectacular bay, return to Hạ Long pier to get transferred to the airport for your onward flight to Da Nang. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by your tour guide in Da Nang and transferred to your hotel in Hội An. Overnight at the hotel.
Your eight-day Vietnam classic tour continues and today you will visit Hội An, for a walking tour through the narrow lines of Hội An Ancient Town visiting the Chùa Ông Pagoda, the Chinese Assembly Hall, the 200-year old Tan Ky ancestral house and the famous Japanese Covered Bridge. After lunch, take a short boat trip to a nearby island to visit a handicraft village specializing in ceramics and tiles. After that, return to the hotel in the late afternoon and enjoy a free evening at your leisure. Overnight in Hội An.
After breakfast, you will drive to Da Nang for a short flight to Vietnam’s modern metropolis, the Ho Chi Minh City. Arrive and transfer to a hotel, take a short rest, and after that, you’ll be picked up by your tour guide to visit some of the famous Ho Chi Minh City tourist attractions. Visit the War Remnants Museum, learn about Vietnam’s recent history at Reunification Palace, visit the nearby neo-Romanesque Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon and the city’s central post office before passing by the ornate opera theatre and the city hall. Finally, you will end up at the Bến Thành Market where vendors display a wide variety of goods and handicrafts appealing to every taste. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
After breakfast, your guide and driver will pick you up to visit one of the most-visited regions of the Mekong Delta. You will visit Cai Be floating market, cruising among the local barges stuffed-full of fruits and vegetables. Visit some local workshops then enjoy a delicious lunch served at a local house in the cool shade of An Binh Island’s orchards. In the afternoon, take a traditional rowboat and venture deeper into the countryside, floating through narrow canals to enjoy the peaceful surroundings. Stop at a nursery garden to discover how farmers along the delta produce their world-famous fruits and vegetables. The cruise ends around 15:30 in Vĩnh Long. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Depending on your departure time, the day will be free at your own leisure until your driver transfers you to the airport well ahead of time. This is the end of the trip.
This tour will take place in Vietnam. It will start in Hanoi and end in Ho Chi Minh City. You will visit Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Hội An, Ho Chi Minh City, and the Mekong Delta.
Vietnam stretches south from the Chinese border along the east coast of the Indochina Peninsula. The country has a complex geography with soaring mountains, fertile delta plains, winding rivers, and long sandy tropical beaches. Many years have passed since the end of the American War in Vietnam and yet this is often the first image that people still associate with this country. In reality, Vietnam is a country of outstanding natural beauty; some of the best beaches in Southeast Asia can be found along the coastline of Vietnam. The larger towns and cities are emerging into the 21st century, yet they retain much of the colonial charm and beauty in the architecture, parks, and boulevards left as a cultural legacy by the French.
There’s nothing quite like Ha Long Bay first thing in the morning. As the mists clear, hundreds of huge karst towers appear, looming high above the boat. In the soft morning light, it’s like waking up in a watercolor painting of a mythical land.
With its thousands of limestone islets emerging from the South Sea, Ha Long Bay is Vietnam’s premier natural attraction. Now a World Heritage Site, the bay’s towering cliffs, jungle-topped islands, hidden caves, grottoes, and calm waters are a must-see for any visitor to the north of Vietnam.
Hạ Long city is the gateway to Ha Long Bay but not the ideal introduction to this incredible World Heritage Site. Developers have not been kind to the city and most visitors sensibly opt for tours that include sleeping on a boat in the bay. In short, Ha Long Bay is the attraction; Hạ Long city is not. As the number-one tourist attraction in the northeast, Ha Long Bay draws a steady stream of visitors year-round. From February to April, the weather in this region is often cool and drizzly. The ensuing fog can make visibility low, but this adds an ethereal air to the place and the temperature rarely falls below 10 degrees Celcius. During the summer months, tropical storms are frequent, and tourist boats may have to alter their itineraries, depending on the weather.
Hanoi is the capital of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and is often referred to as the ‘Paris of the Orient’. It is a buzzing capital city of Vietnam surrounded by charming rural villages across the Red River Delta, engaging history, and delicious cuisine. Filled with lakes, tree-lined boulevards, and French-designed villas, this city cuts a distinctly different style of life to that of Saigon.
Motorbikes piled high with people, produce, and even animals zip through the streets. It’s crazy, haphazard, and somehow it works. The best way to take it all in is from a rooftop cafe. Order an extra strong coffee and watch the chaos unfolds below.
Walking through the Hanoi Old Quarter where everything can be found from the gravestone to the precious antique and the souvenir shops, restaurants, and beer corners. Hanoi Old Quarter can be reached with a couple of minutes' walking from north of the Hoan Kiem Lake, basically, the old quarter is 36 streets which are linked together.
The historic Temple of Literature is a few hundred meters away from the Hoan Kiem Lake, the center of Hanoi. The temple was built in 1070 during the Lý Thánh Tôngs dynasty, the first and foremost to honor Confucius but nowadays to celebrate the doctorates and high-rank scholars of Vietnam. By the way, in 1076, King Lý Thánh Tông continued the work and made the temple as the first university of Vietnam.
If you are an architecture freak, Temple of Literature has one of the best typical architecture styles to offer, composed of wood and tiles. Along the passway are hundred-year-old trees that have witnessed ups and downs of history. There are three courtyards to visit, each with its own significance and history. The first courtyard stretches from the main gate to Dai Trung gate; the second stands out with Khue Van pavilion. The third courtyard is where doctor names were listed on a tombstone above tortoise backs.
The fourth courtyard is dedicated for Confucius and his 72 honored students, as well as Chu Văn An - a famous teacher known for his devotion to teaching. This is also where local authorities choose to cherish brilliant students in Hanoi, like those with top entrance results to university or top graduation outcomes. The last and also furthest courtyard is Thái Học house, which used to be Quốc Tử Giám - the first university of Vietnam.
The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is a large memorial dedicated to Vietnam’s national hero, President Ho Chi Minh. The mausoleum is located in the center of Ba Đình Square where President Ho Chi Minh announced the Declaration of Independence on September 2, 1945, establishing the Democratic Republic of Vietnam.
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is an important historical tourist attraction in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. The mausoleum is where visitors can express their admiration and gratitude towards the father of Vietnam who has led the country to independence and reunification. It is commonly known by Vietnamese as Uncle Ho Mausoleum. The mausoleum was built over two years from 1973 to 1975.
One Pillar Pagoda was built by Emperor Lý Thái Tông, who ruled from 1028 to 1054. According to the court records, Lý Thái Tông was childless and dreamed that he met the bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara, who handed him a baby son while seated on a lotus flower. Lý Thái Tông then married a peasant girl that he had met and she bore him a son.
The One Pillar Pagoda or as in Vietnamese called Chùa Một Cột, which literally means long-lasting happiness and good luck is a historic Buddhist temple and one of the must-see Hanoi tourist attractions located next to the Ho Chi Minh Museum. As you visit Hanoi, you may come to various other monuments, parks, and historical places. Yet, the One Pillar Pagoda reflects the architectural splendor that the country has grown in the history.
Known as the Rice Bowl of Vietnam, the delta is an important region both economically and culturally for the country as it is the world’s largest exporting region of rice. Home to 15 million Vietnamese, this is a world of waterways, backwaters, and canals, always influenced by the whims of the river system. The delta is an ideal place to experience the life of a local Vietnamese farmer.
This massive area of floating markets, emerald rice paddies, and lush islands is home to some of the friendliest people on earth. Take a boat trip to one of the sleepy islands to get a front-row view of life on the delta, and meet the people who call it home.
This shoppers’ paradise is home to more boot makers, tailors, and handicraft than you could visit in a lifetime. While you wait for your suit to be made, hire a bicycle, and explore the Hội An Ancient Town - the streets are blissfully car-free.
Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hội An Ancient Town is governed by preservation laws that are well up to speed. Several buildings of historical and cultural significance are open for public viewing, a number of streets in the center of the town are off-limits to cars, and building alterations and height restrictions are well enforced.
Still known as Saigon to most, Ho Chi Minh City is a city on the go. It’s fast-paced, exciting, and full of amazing sites. Temples and markets collide with churches and skyscrapers for a heady mix of traditional, colonial, and modern. It is not so much a city as a small province covering an area of almost 3000 square kilometers stretching from the South Sea almost to the Cambodian border.
Once known as the Museum of Chinese and American War Crimes, this museum’s name has been changed to avoid offending the sensibilities of Chinese and American tourists. However, the War Remnants Museum has become the most popular museum in Ho Chi Minh City. The museum is well worth to visit.
The War Remnants Museum is located in District 3 and is one of the must-see Ho Chi Minh City tourist attractions that captures everyone's eyes for a memory of victims and American wartime. The museum opened in September of 1975 displaying the exhibits relating to the Vietnam War. The museum has been changed since then and what you see today is after some renovations.
One of the most iconic tourist sites in Ho Chi Minh City, the Reunification Palace (Independence Palace), has remained very well in the mind of many generations. It was here that the first communist tanks in Saigon rushed on the morning of 30 April 1975.
The Reunification Palace is located at 135 Nam Kỳ Khởi Nghĩa Street, in Ho Chi Minh City. The palace was designed by architect Ngô Viết Thụ. As Vietnam was split into North Vietnam and South Vietnam, the building served as presidential home and workplace. The architecture is mixed with the traditional art and modernity. Some renovation has been made since the palace was built, this is pretty much including some major work from 1962 to 1963. However, the war ended in 1975 and since then Vietnam became one country.
Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon was built between 1877 and 1883, set in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City’s government quarter, the cathedral has a neo-Romanesque form and two 40-meter-high square towers, tipped with iron spires that dominate the city skyline. The name Notre-Dame Cathedral was given after Bishop Joseph Pham Van Thien held a ceremony to install the statue of Peaceful Notre Dame, made with granite from Rome, in 1959. In 1962, Vatican anointed it as Saigon Chief Cathedral conferred it the status of a basilica.
The design of Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon has a great influence from French civilization. At the time of construction, this basilica was the most beautiful cathedral ever built in all of the French colonies. All the materials such as the red bricks for the facade was imported from France, by the way, the two bell towers each with the height of 61 meters and six bronze bells have just been added in 1895.
There are many indoor marketplaces in Ho Chi Minh City and Bến Thành Market in Saigon is the most central among them. The market is locally called Chợ Bến Thành. The surrounding streets make the bazaar one of the city’s liveliest areas. Everything commonly eaten, worn or used by the average resident of Ho Chi Minh City is available in the market: vegetables, fresh tropical fruits, meat, spices, tobacco, clothing, hats, households items, hardware and so forth.
Saigon Opera House is definitely one of the most important of Ho Chi Minh City tourist attractions, the Municipal Theatre was built in 1897 by French architect Eugene Ferret. In 1955 it was transformed into South Vietnam’s assembly house and has undergone several refurbishments since. It is only open to the public during events.
The Saigon Opera House stands like a well-marked attraction in the heart of the District 1 area. The location of Municipal Theatre makes it pretty easy to be found. The style and architecture of Saigon Opera House are again influenced by the French Third Republic. Any first-time visitors will easily recognize similarities between the facade of this opera house building and the Petit Palais in France. Inside, the opera house has a main seating floor plus two levels of seating above and is capable of accommodating for about 1,800 audiences.
Ho Chi Minh City’s French-style main post office known as Bưu điện Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh, with its glass canopy and iron frame, is at Công Xã Paris and right next to Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon. The structure of Ho Chi Minh City central post office was built between 1886 and 1891 and is by far the largest post office in Vietnam.
Vietnam is home to a wealth of different people and cultures, each region offering their own characteristic and delicious cuisines. Tasting the local food is a way of getting to the heart of a culture, so Vietnamese Private Tours includes regional specialties to the tour itineraries, pho in Vietnam for example, but they also leave you plenty of space to get out and discover the most flavorful offerings for yourself.
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