Vietnam North and South Essential Travel Highlights Tour 10 days2:42 AM
The 10-day tour includes both the northern and southern Vietnam essential travel highlights such as Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi, Halong bay, Ho Chi Minh city (Saigon), the Mekong delta, Cu Chi tunnels and Mui Ne, Phan Thiet beach. Start the tour with a boat cruise, sea kayaking in Halong bay. Enjoy a cyclo ride through Hanoi old quarter, watch water puppet show. Then fly to Ho Chi Minh city where you enjoy a day tour to the Mekong delta, then visit the Cu Chi tunnels before travelling to Mui Ne beach, Phan Thiet. The tour is most suitable for honeymoon couples, family holidays, small group tours who have just enough time to visit Vietnam most important travel sites. Contact your travel consultant for more details.
Day 1: Hanoi – Halong bay. Boat cruise and kayaking tour.
We will depart to Halong Bay. Enjoy the journey through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta and the scenery of rice fields, water buffalo and everyday Vietnamese village life. Arrive in Halong and board the Bai Tho traditional sailing junk (or similar junk). Whilst cruising the exquisite waters sample the regions fresh seafood. Visit the recently discovered Surprise Grotto with its great views, and on the next island see the yawning mouth of Bo Nau Cave. Take a kayaking trip to explore the Bay or enjoy a swim in the emerald waters of Halong Bay at any spot that you wish to visit. Watch the sun set over the bay whilst enjoying a delicious dinner.
Day 2: Halong bay kayaking.
Breakfast on board. Then we continue kayaking Halong bay travel zigzagging through many small islets of different shapes. We will kayak to the Black Grottoe and The lake of Three Grottoe. The journey is really wonderfull and adventurous! Back to the support boat for our lunch which will be provided on board.
In the afternoon, we cruise towards the Islands of Rocks and visit the Fishermen floating village. We will kayak in Ba Men temple area which is also a important highlight of our journey. Swimming at the sandy Three Peach beach if weather permits and enjoy the great view of Halong bay sunset. Dinner and Overnight on board.
Day 3: Halong bay - Hanoi. Cyclo ride. Water puppet show. Overnight in Hanoi.
Brunch on board (Breakfast + Lunch). Then we continue our cruise in Halong bay while the boat is going back to shore. Arrive at Ha long wharf about 11h00 and take our car for our journey back to Hanoi.
Arrive in Hanoi at around 15h00. Enjoy a short cyclo excursion through the bustling old quarter streets named after the specific goods once offered for sales at these places.
In the evening, attend to the water puppet show, one of famous Vietnamese traditional art.
Day 4: Fly to Ho Chi Minh city (Saigon). City tour.
After breakfast, transfer to Hanoi airport for a morning flight to Ho Chi Minh city (Saigon). Upon arrival in Ho Chi Minh city airport, you will be met by another Lotussia Travel guide, driver and transferred to your hotel in the city center (checkin after 12:00).
After lunch (optional), start the tour with Ho Chi Minh City highlights including the Post Office, cathedral, Reunification palace, centre town, then continue towards Cholon, visit Thien Hau temple and Binh Tay market. Overnight in Saigon.
Day 5: Travel to the Mekong Delta (Ho Chi Minh city – My Tho – Can Tho).
After breakfast, transfer (approx 2 hrs) to My Tho to avoid the teeming traffic. My Tho is the gateway to the Mekong Delta and a wonderful place to start our ride. In My Tho, unload the bikes and start to pedal on the beautiful and quiet country lanes along the Tien River to Cai Be. Along the way, pass through the heart of rural Mekong along narrow lanes, passing banana plantations, sugarcane fields and the lush rural landscape of the Delta. After Cai Be, cross on Dinh Khao ferry to Cho Lach. After the ferry, cycle for a couple of kilometres and then shuttle the rest way to Can Tho. Overnight in Can Tho.
Day 6: Visit the Mekong delta floating market. Travel back to Ho Chi Minh city.
After enjoying an early morning breakfast visit the Cai Rang floating market, weave through teeming early morning market bustle along the banks of an active riverfront. Ride on a narrow paved road to Phong Dien floating market. Absorb the sights of endless cottage industries, timber merchants, coconut shredders, small docks loading/unloading rice, tiny vibrant markets. Continue by bike on the narrow lane to explore the hidden backwaters of the Mekong Delta. Local lunch in town. In the afternoon return to Saigon.
Day 7: Day trip to Cu Chi tunnels. Travel to Mui Ne, Phan Thiet.
Breakfast at hotel. Enjoy a morning drive through typical southern Vietnamese countryside to Cu Chi to visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, an incredible underground tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters during the long struggle for independence.
Go back to Ho Chi Minh city around noon. Lunch in town (optional). Then drive to Phan Thiet.
Day 8 & 9: Phan Thiet beach resort.
Full day free at leisure to enjoy the prime beach of Phan Thiet or just relax on the hotel/resort poolside. Optional beach activities can be arranged on the spot with the resort (not included in the package). Please check with your resort staff for more details. Overnight in Phan Thiet.
Day 10: Travel back Ho Chi Minh city.
Free at leisure until transfer back to Saigon (check out at 12:00).
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