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The highlight of any trip to Vietnam, today we take to the waters of the incredible Halong Bay. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and a vision of awe-inspiring beauty, we’ll sail lazily amongst the limestone karst peaks, soaking up the views from the deck of your traditional vessel and docking to visit an impressive cave.
Ho Chi Minh City, to use its official name—can be an assault of megacity chaos, courtesy of 13 million people and over 7 million motorbikes. Unlike the capital city, Hanoi, with its handsome old town and mist-covered lakes, finding Saigon’s charms can be a little more challenging. Many first-time visitors leave feeling disillusioned. Without a map and a plan, a day’s wandering can quickly become a fruitless experience. But for those willing to do a little research, Saigon is a city worthy of months, if not years, of exploration. The city limits stretch up and out from the waters of the South China Sea to within a stone’s throw from the Cambodian border. Fast-paced and fueled by convenience stores, Japanese two-stroke engines, and turbo-charged Vietnamese coffee, it’s the 24/7 city its older brother, Hanoi, is still catching up with.
ARRIVE IN HANOI Arrive in Hanoi, transfer to the hotel. Hanoi, Vietnam's capital, a stylish and gracious city that retains an unique old world charm and some of Asia's most striking colonial architecture, many peaceful lakes, parks and oriental temples making for a relaxing atmosphere. Overnight in Hanoi.
HANOI (B) Explore this one thousand year old capital city with the mausoleum of the nation's founder Ho Chi Minh (close on Monday & Friday), , the Presidential Palace, the Ho Chi Minh's house on stilts, the One Pillar Pagoda, the Temple of Literature, the Museum of the Ethnology, the West Lake, Tran Vu Pagoda, the Lake of the Restored Sword and Ngoc Son Temple. Take a short sightseeing tour by cyclo through the bustling old quarter streets. Then enjoy an evening traditional water puppet show. Overnight in Hanoi. Please note that the HCM Mausoleum is closed on Fridays and Mondays and most museums are closed on Mondays.
HANOI – HALONG – HANOI (B) In the morning we depart for Halong. We embark on a 4-hour boat for an exploration of the legendary Halong Bay, Vietnam's most impressive scenic sights, a recognized World Natural Heritage Site. This exciting cruise will provide us a fantastic view of the picturesque scenery, skyline with over 3,000 limestone islets rising fantastically from the clear and emerald water. Afternoon, return to Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi
HANOI - HO CHI MINH CITY (B) Morning fly to Ho Chi Minh city - the biggest city of Vietnam. Visit the Reunification Palace, War Remnant Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, Old Saigon Post Office. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.
HO CHI MINH – VINH LONG (B) Travel by road into the Mekong Delta (125 km), stopping in the town of Cai Be, well-known for its floating market. We start boating to Cai Be Floating Market for first – hand experience of various commercial activities such exchanging goods, fruit and many other commodities on their vessels. Landing on the small villages to contemplate panoramic views and fresh fruits; we keep cruising to Vinh Long Province via small canals to enjoy the charm of the Upper Mekong Delta. We also pay a visit to some hand – made family business products such as the coconut candy mill and the crispy rice popcorn. We continue visiting Binh Hoa Phuoc village known as the green pearl of Vinh Long town where you can pamper yourself in incredible nature. Return to Ho Chi Minh city. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.
DEPART HO CHI MINH CITY (B) Free at leisure until transfer to Tan Son Nhat airport for departure flight
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