6 Days 5 Nights Ho Chi Minh City/Hoi An/Hanoi/Halong Bay (PTV6D-1)
Ho Chi Minh City, formerly named Saigon, is the largest city in Vietnam. It was once known as Prey Nokor, an important Khmer sea port prior to annexation by the Vietnamese in the 17th century. Under the name Saigon, it was the capital of the French colony of Cochinchina and later of the independent state of South Vietnam from 1955 to 1975. In 1976, Saigon merged with the surrounding Gia Dinh Province and was officially renamed Ho Chi Minh City after Ho Chi Minh. The city center is situated on the banks of the Saigon River, 60 kilometers (37 mi) from the South China Sea and 1,760 kilometers (1,094 mi) south of Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam.
Hoi An is a city on the coast of the South China Sea in the South Central Coast of Vietnam. The city possessed the largest harbor in Southeast Asia in the 1st century and was known as Champa City. Between the 7th and 10th centuries, the Cham (people of Champa) controlled the strategic spice trade and with this came tremendous wealth. The boats still used today in Hoi An likely have the same hull shape as those used by the Champas for ocean voyages. The early history of Hoi An is that of the Cham. It is believed these Malayo-Polynesian peoples came from Java around 200 B.C. and by 200 A.D. created the Champa Empire which stretched from Hue to beyond Nha Trang. In the early years, My SÆ¡n was the spiritual capital, Tra Kieu was the political capital, and Hoi An was the commercial capital of the Champa Empire – later, by the 14th century, the Cham moved further down towards Nha Trang. In 1999, the old town was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO as a well-preserved example of a Southeast Asian trading port of the 15th to 19th centuries, with buildings that display a unique blend of local and foreign influences.
Hanoi, with an estimated population of nearly 6.5 million (2009), is the capital and second-largest city of Vietnam. From 1010 until 1802, it was the most important political centre of Vietnam. It was eclipsed by Hue during the Nguyen Dynasty as the capital of Vietnam, but Hanoi served as the capital of French Indochina from 1902 to 1954. From 1954 to 1976, it was the capital of North Vietnam. The city is located on the right bank of the Red River. Hanoi is located at 1,760 km (1,090 mi) north of Ho Chi Minh City. October 2010 officially marked 1000 years since the establishment of the city.
Halong Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a popular travel destination, located in Quang Ninh province, Vietnam. Administratively, the bay belongs to Halong City, Cam Pha town, and is part of Van Don district. The bay features thousands of limestone karsts and isles in various sizes and shapes. Halong Bay has an area of around 1,553 km2, including 1,960 islets, most of which are limestone. The core of the bay has an area of 334 km2 with a high density of 775 islets. The limestone in this bay has gone through 500 million years of formation in different conditions and environments. The evolution of the karst in this bay has taken 20 million years under the impact of the tropical wet climate. The geo-diversity of the environment in the area has created biodiversity, including a tropical evergreen biosystem, oceanic and sea shore biosystem. Halong Bay is home to 14 endemic floral species and 60 endemic faunal species.
|1||SAIGON – ARRIVAL CITY (D) On arrival in Tan Son Nhat airport in Saigon, you will be picked up by our tour guide. Private car transfer to the city. In the afternoon, we will take you around Ho Chi Minh City to get a general sense of the place as well as its history and culture with stops at Reunification Palace (Ex-Presidential Palace) that was built in 1963 and is well-known as an outstanding example of 1960′s architecture, the Jade Emperor Pagoda, and then we will pass by Notre Dame Cathedral (built in 1877), and the General Post Office. Overnight in Saigon|
|2||SAIGON – CU CHI TUNNEL -DANANG – HOI AN (B/L/D) Ho Chi Minh City formerly known as Saigon is one of the most important commercial and tourist centers in Vietnam. It is 1,730 km by land from Hanoi capital and 50 km from the East Sea. Saigon was once praised as the “Pearl of the Far East”. In the morning, you will go to the Cu Chi Tunnels with an underground network now considered a heroic district for its role in the anti – American war in Vietnam. It is legendary for its tunnel system of over 220 km and is a popular spot for both Vietnamese and foreign visitors. Return to Saigon in the afternoon at 1.00pm. Transfer directly to the airport for the flight to Danang . It take 1 hour 10 minutes for flight transfer. Arrive in Danang, visit Cham Museum before proceeding to Hoi An. Overnight in Hoi An.|
|3||HOI AN (B/L/D) Full day for a walking tour of Hoi an; discover the historic town which used to be a prosperous seaport city during the 16th to 18th centuries. Visit Hoi An colorful local market, Tan Ky old house, Fukien Assembly Hall, and the 400-year-old Japanese covered bridge. Travelers can also see local residents raise silkworms and produce silk for Hoi An’s burgeoning textile industry. Overnight in Hoi An.|
|4||HOI AN – DANANG – HANOI (B/L/D) Morning, transfer to the airport for the flight to Hanoi. The birthplace to so much of Vietnam’s traditional culture, Hanoi, more than any other city in Vietnam, is a unique fusion of old and new. It personifies the spirit of historic Vietnam in the temples, monuments and pockets of ancient culture along the narrow streets of the Old Quarter, yet perfectly reflects the rapid changes sweeping the country as Hanoian yuppies sip cappuccinos in roadside cafes and compare cell phones. On arrival at Noi Bai airport in Hanoi, you will be picked up by our tour guide. Car transfer to the city. City tour in Hanoi to visit the Temple of Literature – the first college of Viet Nam and an institution dedicated to Confucius. Have lunch at a restaurant. After lunch, drive to visit Tran Quoc Pagoda, which is on the shore of West Lake. Quan Thanh Temple and the Museum of Ethnology – where you can look at the cultural mosaic of 54 Vietnamese ethnic groups. The last stop of the city tour is Hoan Kiem Lake (Restored Sword Lake) with Ngoc Son Temple. End at your hotel in the late afternoon. Overnight in Hanoi.|
|5||HANOI – HALONG TOUR (B/L/D) Breakfast and 8.30am, ride in a car to drive to Halong Bay. Halong Bay covers an area of 1,553 square km with over 3000 limestone islands that rise from the clear, emerald waters of the gulf of Tonkin near the Chinese border. Halong Bay is one of the natural marvels of Vietnam. Due to its typical terrain of sea depression dotted with limestone islands covering about 300 square km, Halong Bay was recognized as a world natural heritage site by UNESCO in 1994. Halong Bay is a truly remarkable destination, Come and see what the Vietnamese call -the descending dragon’. Enjoy a 5 hour boat cruise in Halong Bay passing the islands of Fighting Cocks, Turtle Islet, Stone Dog, Surprising Cave and Titop Beach. Kayak around for 30 minutes. Stop to swim and visit caves. Have a seafood lunch on board. Return to Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi.|
|6||HANOI – DEPARTURE (B) At leisure until car and guide transfer your group to the airport for departure flight.|
The price includes
- Hotel Accommodation in 4 & 5 star hotels or equivalent
- Option 1: 4 star Saigon : Grand Hotel Hanoi : Silk Path Hotel
- Option 2: 5 star Saigon : Caravelle Hotel Hanoi : Sheraton Hotel
- Entrance fees
- Airport transfers and ground transportation as stated in the itinerary
- Meals as stated in the itinerary
- B = Breakfast in hotel
- L = Lunch outside of hotel at designated local restaurant
- D = Dinner outside of hotel at designated local restaurant
- Local English speaking guide
- Transfers and tours by private vehicle ( 4-seater car: Toyota Vios/ Altis for group 1 or 2 pax, 16-seater minivan Mercedes Benz Sprinter for group 3 - 4 pax)
- Domestic air tickets Saigon - Danang , Danang - Hanoi ( Vietnam airline - Economy)
- Private boat trip in Halong Bay
The price excludes
- International air tickets to/from Vietnam
- Meals that are not mentioned
- Vietnamese visa arrangement
- Personal insurance
- Tip for driver, tour guide
- Expenditure of a personal nature such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, tipping, etc
- Any services that are not mentioned.