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Hanoi, the nation’s capital city, brings with it an unexpected diversity. The lakes and ancient pagodas are surrounded by edging trees while the modern city balances its energetic pulse with a sleepy ambiance. The scent of Vietnamese drip-coffee plays through the streets while the pedestrians, motorbikes, and bicycles flow with focus and ease. The city feels like no other that you have experienced; a mixture of European elegance with Southeast Asian energy which blends into a unique and customized world you can’t wait to experience.
You will be met in the arrivals area by your local guide holding a name-board. After a warm welcome and brief introduction, take a private airport transfer to your hotel for assistance with check-in.
The rest of day is at your leisure. Overnight in Hanoi.
After breakfast, you will be met by your guide who will take you to experience the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the surrounding grounds, a point of pilgrimage for Vietnamese and an impressive display of architecture that connects to a vibrant past. Then visit One Pillar Pagoda is a historic Buddhist temple that was constructed in the 11th century. It hovers over the serene waters of a lotus pond. The temple is quaint but impressive. It feels so far removed from the movement of the city even though you are in the city’s center.
Your exploration in Hanoi with Ngoc Son Temple and The Temple of Literature - the first university in Vietnam, the temple complex is excellent preservation of traditional Vietnamese architecture and is filled with a wealth of literature, pavilions, courtyards, and passageways once reserved for royalty.
At the end of the city tour day, your guide will take you through the various streets of the city that encompass a millennium of culture and evolution, you through the Old Quarter. You can see locals wearing conical hats carrying large woven baskets strapped to their bicycles filled with gorgeous flowers ready for sale within the old market. Thirty-six old streets that were once, and continue to be, divided by guilds fill the neighborhood.
After breakfast, you are taken through the countryside by a private transfer. The mountains are spectacular, rising and falling endlessly in the distance.
Check-in Mai Chau Lodge in the spectacular Mai Chau Valley, it offers you the perfect of stunning landscapes, encounters with ethnic minorities and absolute relaxation.
You start to explore the region by bicycle past ethnic villages and lush rice paddies or try to taste traditional Ethnic dishes. The food is made with local fresh products. Try the regional specialties, such as the “Grilled Pork with Wild Pepper” or the “Traditional steamed banana flower with fish." Overnight in Mai Chau Lodge.
Spend the morning with your host family beneath the palm roofs while the greenery glows jade in the early light. During the day, you will visit a nearby village, such as Pom Coong, home to ethnic White Thai and where the women are often adorned with silver buttons in butterfly shapes and colorful blouses. Within the hardworking culture of farming and irrigation, there is also the outstanding natural beauty of the pond, the mountains, and the swaying trees. You can hear the lulling whistle of flutes through the street while the scent of sweet rice mixes with the musk of fresh earth. Back to Hanoi in the late afternoon.
The morning brings the effervescent scent of fresh Vietnamese coffee alongside your breakfast. The early hours of the day are yours to indulge in Hanoi once more before you go to Halong Bay where you will board a traditional wooden junk for your overnight cruise. A delectable buffet lunch is served shortly upon boarding, and you find yourself getting acquainted with the facilities of the boat. The boat starts to cruise into the Bay, and within the first hour, you can enjoy this World Heritage Site. During your cruise, enjoy different excursions off of the boat including floating village visits, cave walks.
Overnight in Halong Bay.
It is hard to miss a sunrise like the one over Halong Bay. You can see the colors resting on the horizon, slowly lifting above the karsts, bringing a glare and a glow to the day while bouncing off of the emerald water. Enjoy the morning on the ship and continue your cruise through the 1000's of limestone islets rising from the bay. You will visit the impressive Cave of Halong Bay – Surprising Cave (Sung Sot) with your tour guide, a truly excellent and fantastic cave experience. Upon your return to the pier in Halong, you will be met for your return transportation to the airport in Hanoi for your departure flight to Nha Trang in Central Vietnam. Then, you will be taken by private car to the Anam resort and spa, one of Vietnam’s most beautiful hotels and scenic getaways and a new all-villa resort on Vietnam's stunning central coast, with chic Indochine-style design elements.
Overnight in Nha Trang.
The first morning you spend on Cam Ranh Bay and notice the glossy sheen of the white sand beach that is bordered by lush tropical trees. Enjoy in your comfortable room that overlooks the bay’s sapphire water to get away from modern life. The days in your own private paradise are to be enjoyed at your leisure. Overnight in Nha Trang.
After breakfast at your hotel, you will be transferred to Hon Mun Island for a fantastic day in the sea. Surrounded by coral reef and a protected marine area, Nha Trang is the perfect launching point for some incredible dive sites. The 12,000-hectare Hon Mun Marine Protected Area also happens to be one of the best places in Vietnam to snorkeling in clear waters. With 350 kinds of delicate coral reefs and many colored fishes, you can not use any words to express your feeling when you touch fishes and real corals under the seabed, the weather very nice with sun shines, and the coral was like changing the color constantly. So fantastic! Your special trip will be unforgettable for this day.
Overnight in Nha Trang.
The morning free at the resort, the guide met you in the afternoon for your flight to HCM City (Saigon). Upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat international airport in Ho Chi Minh city, you will have a small tour of the town. You find the continual presence of elegant architecture that dates back to the 19th century and the French Colonial power.
One of the trademark buildings that bring charm to the broad avenue in the city center is the Central Post Office. The building is located next door to the Notre Dame Cathedral. The church’s twin steeples rise 190 feet into the air. The Central Post Office was built in the later 19th century and contains looping arches and an intricately designed marble floor. You feel like you have been transferred to central Paris until you see the giant portrait of Ho Chi Minh that hangs at the far end of the building and watches over the gallery. The artistic and polished structure was designed by Gustav Eiffel and continues to be filled with opulent painted maps and antique charm.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City
Depart from your hote, it takes two hours of a pleasant drive to Ben Tre Province. On arrival in Hung Vuong Pier, hop on a motorized boat on Ben Tre River – one of the tributaries of Mekong River while sight-seeing vigorous activities along the river such as fishing or water transferring. Our first stop is at brick kiln to see how bricks are traditionally made by printing and baking. Continue to visit one of the many coconut processing workshops located along the canal. Return to the boat and go through natural scissors creeks to a village to enjoy some local fruits and to see how locals produce sleeping mats. Take a motorized cart (tuk-tuk) or bicycle on shady paths, with beautiful green rice fields and vegetable plains on two sides. This gives you a chance to be able to get close to the local lifestyle and find out about the typical culture from interacting with the peasants. Have lunch at a local riverside restaurant. After lunch, we take a rowing-boat along the beautiful water palm creek before returning to the motorized boat and head back to the pier where you will be transferred back to Ho Chi Minh City. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
After breakfast, meet your local guide in the hotel lobby at the appointed time and then transfer to the airport for your departure flight.