Vietnam is a country with immense geographic and cultural diversity. The country’s varied climate and landscape range from four seasons in the mountainous North.Visitors to the country almost always comment on the friendly locals and the delicious cuisine. When visiting the country you can choose to travel at various levels of comfort, staying in anything from deluxe to budget accommodation, using various forms of transportation and dining in fine Vietnamese and International restaurants or in more local style eateries.
Depart Home – Hanoi, Vietnam
Begin your journey with the international flight to Hanoi
Meet and transfer to the hotel with your tour manager
Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and Presidential Palace
Ho Chi Minh’s Stilt House
One Pillar Pagoda
The Temple of Literature
Vietnam Museum of Ethnology
Tran Quoc pagoda
Evening show includes the famous Water Puppets
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hanoi - Van Phuc Silk Village & Bat Trang Ceramic Village
Visit Van Phuc Silk Village
Silk weaving in Vietnam spreads over the country but one of the most illustrious traditional region for silk weaving located in the north-west of Ha Dong town. The talent hands of Van Phuc weavers with traditional skills has been creating many sophisticated types such as cloud type, sand type, crepe, brocade and satin,... which are highly appreciated by local and oversea customers.
Visit Bat Trang Ceramic Village
Watch the artisans forming, painting and glazing their products, which are then baked for several days in huge kilns. Bat Trang Ceramic Village, on the left bank of Red River Delta and about 10 km from Hanoi in East, there situated a pottery village, which is the most famous and long-standing pottery village in Vietnam for its name of Bat Trang
Hanoi – Halong Bay*
This morning drive to Halong Bay, 170km from Hanoi (it takes approximately 3 hours).
Board your private boat for a beautiful cruise along Halong Bay (4 hours), a world heritage site recognised by UNESCO in 1994.
Visit some magical grottoes and relax in the best scenic beauty Vietnam has to offer. A fresh seafood lunch is served on board.
Take a short city tour of Ha Long Bay after disembarkation. Overnight in Halong Bay.
You could visit the local night market after dinner.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
06h30 – 07h00 Start your day with Tai Chi exercises or a photo hunt
07h00 – 08h30 Have breakfast on board
08h30 Tr ansfer to a Day Boat for a cruise to Lan Ha Bay.
08h30 – 12h00 Explore the Light and Dark Cave by kayak. Swimming and relaxing at the beaches
12h00 – 14h00 Return to the day boat. Enjoy a barbecue lunch on board. Kayaking more to explore Lan Ha Bay or just leisure at the beaches.
14h00 – 14h30 Visit a floating Pearl Farm and learn the technique for making high quality pearls.
If the weather permits, we continue along to Three Peach Beach for swimming.
14h30 – 16h00 Cruise back to the main boat
19h00 – Enjoy dinner. Squid fishing or just laze around
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Halong Bay* - Hanoi*
06h30 - 07h00 Start your day with Tai Chi exercises or a photo hunt.
07h30 - 08h30 Have breakfast at sunrise.
08h30 - 09h30 Explore the amazing Sung Sot Cave - the nicest cave in Halong Bay.
09h30 - Return to the boat. Freshen up and check out of your cabin.
09h30 - 10h30 Continue your cruise exploring the Bay, passing Ba Hang fishing village, Dog Islet, and more.
10h30 - 11h30 While heading back to the harbor, watch the cooking demonstration before enjoying a traditional Vietnamese lunch.
12h00 – 12h30 Disembark V’Spirit Classic and drive back to Hanoi.
Free time to explore Hanoi by your own in the afternoon
Hanoi – Home
Take scheduled flight back home
Halong Bay Tour ($450 per person):
Halong Bay tour with meals listed on Day 4, Day 5 and Day 6, 1 night Hanoi hotel accommodation on Day 6 and breakfast on Day 7, and airport transfer service for departure.
Hanoi - Hanoi Capital of Vietnam: Visitors to Vietnam should not miss out on a holiday in Hanoi, the 1,000-year-old capital, a low-rise city of lakes and peaceful parks. A Hanoi holiday is a pleasant, unhurried experience of exploring the historic Old Quarter with its arts and crafts bargains, and strolling the streets of the French Colonial sector.
Halong Bay, An unique way to discover amazing Halong bay with moderate grade kayak, Overnight on the perfume wooden Junk, Enjoy fresh seafood of Halong bay. This special activities offer for an impressive trip in Vietnam.
Cham Sculpture Museum , The Museum of Cham Sculpture was built in Cham architectural style, using thin lines that are simple and gentle. Cham architecture originates from the period between the 5th and 15th centuries, when a matriarchal society prevailed. At present, the museum displays approximately 300 sculptures, among which some are made from terracotta. The sculptures were collected from Cham Temples and towers throughout Central Vietnam, more specifically the area stretching from Quang Binh to Binh Thuan. All the sculptures are displayed in ten showrooms named after the localities where the pieces have been discovered. After viewing the pieces in the showrooms, there are exterior exhibitions that can be visited.
Hoi An Old Town - Coming here, tourists can see a series of old-architectured lanes and houses with nearly 100% cristinely left from their initial buildings with mossgrown walls, deeply plain roofs, old furniture in their cristine past arrangment etc. Hoi An is fortunate to be a cultural crossroads of the Cham culture in the very first southward expansion of Dai Viet (the Vietnamese nation more than 5 centuries ago encroaching on the Indianized Kingdom of Champa, which covered much of what is now central Vietnam), the Asian (Japanese, Chinese, Indian), and the Western ones during their trading here in the 16th century. These diverse cultural influences remain visible today. Colourful guildhalls, founded by ethnic Chinese from Guangdong and Fujian provinces, stand quietly, a testament to the town's trading roots.
Ho Chi Minh - Fasten your seatbelts as Ho Chi Minh City is a metropolis on the move – and we’re not just talking about the motorbikes that throng the streets. Saigon, as it’s known to all but city officials, is Vietnam at its most dizzying: a high-octane city of commerce and culture that has driven the whole country forward with its limitless energy. It is a living organism that breathes life and vitality into all who settle here, and visitors cannot help but be hauled along for the ride.
Fine Print for Portraits of Vietnam – Hanoi, Halong Bay
AUSTRALIA DEPARTURE DATES Aug 14, Sep 2, Oct 10, 23, and Nov 15
High season surcharge $50 pp for Nov 15 departure
Hanoi Hotel: Skylark Hotel Hanoi or similar
Halong Bay: Oriental Cruise or similar
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English speaking tour guide
Vietnam Invitation Letter
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