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Vietnam's astonishing caves and tranquil scenery

15/Days  Flexible & Private Tour
 HanoiHalong BayQuang BinhDemilitarized zoneHueHoi AnHo Chi MinhMekongHo Chi Minh
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Come visit Vietnam, a diverse tropical environment in the Indochinese peninsula, which is blessed with awe inspiring landscapes, intriguing culture and ancient history. Hugely popular with travellers, the country offers a warm welcome into the local life and natural beauty of South East Asia, coupled with an exciting insight into countryside, amidst dominating mountains and caves in Phong Nha National Park, dense forest lies the exciting coastal village of Hoi An - the World Heritage Site known to the locals as ‘the peaceful meeting place’. You can get a local perspective on Vietnam War and its historical values when visiting top historical sites of the former DMZ as well as immerse yourself in tranquil atmosphere of poetic Hue City. Get a taste of rural river life at the Mekong Delta after visiting the young and morden Ho Chi Minh city...

Highlights

  Soaking up the hustle and bustle of Hanoi’s Old Quarter

  Spending time on a junk in romantic Halong Bay and join a lot of of superb activities: kayaking, visiting caves, watching sunrise in Taichi class, watching sunset from sundeck

  Explore the spectacular Paradise cave and the untouched Phong Nha cave in Quang Binh province

  Visiting the imperial city of Hue and enjoying a cruise along the Perfume River

  Experience the world longest single-wire cable car system of Ba Na Hills and walk on foggy Golden Bridge to enjoy gorgeous views

  Strolling through the lantern-filled streets and riverside promenade of Hoi An Ancient Town

  Learn about Vietnam war and history visiting Demilitarized zone and Cu Chi Tunnels

  Feeling the metropolitan pulse of Ho Chi Minh City and experiencing its highlights

  Making friends with friendly local residents and experience local life in peaceful countryside of Mekong Delta

  Taste the delicious cuisine when travelling from North to South

Tour Summary

By Day Transfer Destinations Activities Meals
Day 1 Hanoi Arrive in Hanoi, relax at the hotel, watch Water Puppet Show, have... D
Day 2 Hanoi Join city tour around Hanoi B, L
Day 3 Hanoi, Halong Bay Transfer to Halong Bay, Explore the World Natural Heritage, Stay... B, L, D
Day 4 Halong Bay, Hanoi Enjoy the sightseeing in Halong Bay B
Day 5 Hanoi, Phong Nha Fly from Hanoi to Dong Hoi, Transfer to Phong Nha, Free time in Phong... B
Day 6 Phong Nha Visit the spectacular Paradise Cave, Join relaxing and interesting... B, L
Day 7 Phong Nha, Demilitarized zone, Hue Explore Phong Nha cave, Drive to Quang Tri, visit Demilitarized zone,... B, L
Day 8 Hue Enjoy a boat trip on romantic Perfume River, visit Hue with Lady... B, L
Day 9 Hue, Hoi An Transfer from Hue to Hoi An, visit Ba Na Hills enjoying the... B, L
Day 10 Hoi An Free time to relax in Hoi An B
Day 11 Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh Free time in Hoi An, fly to Ho Chi Minh city B
Day 12 Ho Chi Minh Visit Cu Chi Tunnels in the countryside and the highlights in the... B, L
Day 13 Ho Chi Minh, Cai Be, Can Tho Explore Unique Mekong B, L
Day 14 Can Tho, Ho Chi Minh Visit Floating Market, Drive back to Ho Chi Minh City B, L
Day 15 Ho Chi Minh Tranfer to the airport for your onward flight B
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    Arrive in Hanoi, relax at the hotel, watch Water Puppet Show, have dinner at local restaurant

Welcome to Hanoi, the heart of Vietnam which is considered as a blend between the traditional and the modern beauties. 

At Noi Bai Airport, our guide and driver will welcome then take you to your hotel to do check-in. 

After relaxation, our guide will take you walk to the theatre and we will enjoy Water Puppet Show – A traditional art performance of Vietnam. After that, you will enjoy a welcome dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Hanoi.

Watching authentic Water Puppet Show in Hanoi

Vietnamese Water Puppet Show is a traditional folk art which dates back several centuries. Watching the exceptional show with the puppet moving through water by the skillful puppeters will be a special way to discover the ancient art and the countryside stories in your holiday in Hanoi. The authentic Vietnamese Water Puppet Show will take you through Southeast Asia’s wet-rice culture, a good insight to farming and historical legends with colorful animated puppet and rhythmic melody from traditional instruments.

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    Dinner

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    Join city tour around Hanoi

08.00 AM: After breakfast at the hotel, our tour guide will come to the hotel and pick you up, then we will start the Hanoi city tour 

We will start with a visit to Ho Chi Minh Complex. Here you can visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum where the corpse of Uncle Ho kept there. Next you will visit the Presidential Palace - a nice French architecture in the garden and Ho Chi Minh House on stilt. Visiting the house you will see the simple life of Ho Chi Minh - the president in Vietnamese's spirit forever. We will finish this area with One Pillar Pagoda - one of the most attractions in Hanoi you cannot miss with the special in architecture.

Having lunch and you will continue to the Temple of Literature - The first University of Vietnam. The next destination will be Museum of Ethnology to learn more about Vietnam Culture. Next we will explore Hanoi by traveling through the Old Quarter with 36 ancient streets in a traditional cyclo. This slow - speed tour will give your great chance to fully enjoy the classic and modern of the capital. We will end the tour at about 04.00 PM then it is your free time to go shopping, relax in Hanoi.
Overnight in Hanoi

Traditional Cyclo Trip around the Old Quarter

To epxlore the Old Quarter in Hanoi, nothing can compare to a trip by the traditional cyclo. Traditional cyclo driver will transport you around the streets at a very leisurely pace whilst the busy traffic flows around you. Through the fascinating experience of rickshaws driving around the Old Quarter, you will experience the daily life of the local. It will be a very relaxing way to see the inner city and old quarter as well as travelling around the lake and french quarter. This slow - speed tour with extremely comfortable cyclo in good condition will give your great memory for you holiday to fully enjoy the classic and modern of the capital.

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Great time to exploring the rich history and culture of Capital Hanoi

Hanoi - a blend between the traditional and the modern beauties - a sedate capital with rich history and the unique architecture from East to West welcomes you. Ho Chi Minh complex with the Mausoleum, Stilt House, One Pillar Pagoda, etc is one of the most important sites which will help you to learn more about history, arts and architecture. Don't miss the trip to Temple of Literature - the first university in Vietnam and you will have chance to learn more about the education and history of Vietnam. If you are interested in the rich culture of the minorities, how about visiting Museum of Ethnology. The lively exhibition, informative messages and many interesting stories of traditions and costume will give you a fascinating glimpse into  many ethnic groups. Your visit will surely be an ideal choice in the holiday in Vietnam to to calm down from the hustle and bustle Hanoi.

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    Breakfast, Lunch

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    Transfer to Halong Bay, Explore the World Natural Heritage, Stay overnight on cruise

08.00 AM: Our driver will pick you up at the hotel, departing 3.5 hours to Halong Bay – the World Natural Heritage recognized by UNESCO twice. Upon arrival, embark the cruise and enjoy welcome drink while having tour briefing. A sumptuous lunch will be served on board while the ship sailing further to the Bay, make your time to admire its dramatic limestone islands. 

You can rest at your leisure on the sundeck or relax in your cabin. In the afternoon, you will have time to swim in the warm and calm water or get on kayaks of your choice. Kayaking is very easy for all levels and ages to do. Our expert and experienced guide surely instruct you basic paddling steps before leading you to explore the extraordinary beauty of Halong Bay. After 01 hour exploring the bay, we will get back to the cruise for relaxation before attending Cooking class in the late afternoon.

Enjoy the superb dinner and stay overnight on board.

Experiencing kayaking in beautiful Halong Bay

When in Halong Bay – the World Natural Heritage recognized by UNESCO, you should not miss the chance to join the outdoor activities to explore the beautiful nature in exciting experience. Kayaking - one of the most attractive choice, is very easy for all levels and ages to do. Our expert and experienced guide surely instruct you basic paddling steps before leading you to explore the extraordinary beauty of Halong Bay.

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Relaxing in Halong Bay with excellent Cruise Accommodation

Known as one of the seven natural wonders of the world, Halong bay is must for visitors when going to Vietnam. Speding time on your holiday to join to a cruise trip in the spectacular bay, you will  have chance to relax in the beautiful bay scenery with the excellent cruise accommodation. Moreover, when relaxing at your cabin or sitting on the upper deck; you can sight-seeing gladly, let all the worry and busy life go away while taking photos of the magnificent beauty of the rocky islands rising from the emerald water of the bay. 

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    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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    Enjoy the sightseeing in Halong Bay

We will continue our journey on Halong Bay in early morning. A Tai Chi Class on the sun deck is a must that you should not miss when on cruise. 
Sitting on the upper deck; you can relaxsight-seeing while taking photos of the magnificent beauty of the rocky islands rising from the emerald water of the bay. 
After breakfast, we will explore Sung Sot cave - one of the finest and widest grottoes of Halong Bay. Next keep cruising and passing the fishing village with its unique way of life. 

At 10.30 AM, our boat cruises back to the jetty, and you will enjoy the last moment in the bay before having a traditional Vietnamese lunch.
You leave the boat around 12:00 at noon, we go ashore and transfer back to Hanoi.

About 04.30 PM, you will arrrive at your hotel in the Old Quarter.
Overnight in Hanoi

Visiting stunning caves in Halong Bay

Every visitors who come to Vietnam should never miss Halong Bay. Recognized by UNESCO as a World Natural Heritage, Halong Bay will amaze you by not only the magnificet natural scenery but also by thousands remote islands and stunning cave. You will have chance to visit the fabulous limestone caves with mysterious stories which will beautifully highlight the rock formations. Sung Sot Cave (Surprise cave), Thien Cung Cave (Paradise Cave), Luon Cave, Tien Ong Cave... are ones of those most safe and beautiful caves that you may visit when in Halong Bay. There are rough stairs to climb, and the access is very easy for every visitors. 

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    Breakfast

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    Fly from Hanoi to Dong Hoi, Transfer to Phong Nha, Free time in Phong Nha

You have free time in Hanoi to go shopping or relax in your hotel.
At a scheduled time in the afternoon, our private car will wait for you at the lobby of the hotel, transfer you directly to the airport for your flight to Dong Hoi. Upon arrival in Dong Hoi, you will be welcomed and transferred to the hotel in Phong Nha by our tour guide and driver. Stay overnight in Phong Nha.

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    Visit the spectacular Paradise Cave, Join relaxing and interesting activities in Dark Cave

9h00 AM: After the breakfast at your hotel, our tour guide will meet you with our friendly driver then they will transfer you into Phong Nha national park to get to Paradise cave. Hear the call of the wild and the sounds of primates bounce off the stunning limestone cliffs on waster Ho Chi Minh trails as the newly paved single lane road snakes through one of Vietnam’s most important conservation areas. 
You will continue the journey to visit the Paradise Cave. Paradise Cave is first discovered in 2005 by the British Cave Research Association, It’s a largest and most beautiful cave in the Phong Nha – Ke Bang area by British spelunkers. It is said that the cave's beauty is reminiscent of an imperial palace and very well presented with easy access, great walkways, and excellent feature lightingwhich makes it extra special. You take the buggy car from the parking to the foothills of the cave (2km). Admire countless stalactites with different shapes: Thach Thien Cung, waterfall Thien Ha, Quan Tien converging, Thap Lien flower... 
Leave the Paradise cave for lunch at a local restaurant and take a rest to restore your  energy for an exciting adventure at Dark cave in the afternoon. 

Once in Dark Cave, you will receive some necessary safety equipment before continuing on. You will have chance to try some adventure activities including two different ziplining opportunities: one which is combined with swimming in the Chay River, and one which will transport you across the river to touch the entrance of the Dark cave. It will be a 700m exploration of the cave and enjoyment of a highly adventurous mineral-mud bath inside the cave (but please kindly don’t expect it as a spa)!

Note: If time permits, you could enjoy swimming, jumping in cold water or kayaking at water sport in 60 minutes which is complimentary. 
At about 16:00 PM: Back to your hotel by car. Overnight in Phong Nha.

Experiencing enjoyful adventure and water activities in Dark Cave

First of all, visitors will be provided with life jackets, lights and helmets. From the Chay River animal observatory, you will experience a 400m long zipline across over the turquoise river to the entrance of the Dark cave. Here, you have two options to reach the cave, either kayaking or swimming by yourself in the cool waters of the emerald green of the river. The next part of the trip really gives you a sense of excitement and discovery. The guide will lead you deep inside the cave, where the light can not reach, no artificial lighting installed. You will walk with barefoot using only your headlamps to illuminate your path, across the underground stream in the cave, go through the narrow rocky slits with mud and water flowing down from above.You can not help feeling nervous when you are surrounded by darkness, but you also can not help being excited when your hands touch directly stalactites and your feet step on the sand and mud in the cave. Enter a “room” where there is a mini mud lake of about 20m2, enjoy the feeling of being soaked in natural mineral mud which is very good for human health. Feel free to relax and have fun with your beloved ones drawing on their body or on their face funny shapes. That will bring you an unforgettable memory for sure and is one of the highlights of the exploration. After about 40 minutes with a mud bath experience, visitors will return to the outside of the cave in the old way. To remove the mud from your body, wash clean with a swim in the lake inside the cave. Then kayaking back across the river to test your strength on the hanging obstacle course and open ziplines, participate in many exciting underwater games on Chay River.

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Discover the stunning Paradise Cave

Paradise Cave is 31.4 km length, its width varies from 30 to 100m, the widest place up reaches 150m; The height of the cave is about 60-80m. It is considered by the British Caving Association as one of the longest dry caves in Asia, one of the most spectacular caves in the world. Comparing to the Phong Nha cave, stalactites in The Paradise Cave present more shapes. Sometimes you will encounter a slippery stalactite as new shaped, wet and watery. When the lights are on, the stalactites will glitter like metal flashing like thousand of twinkle stars in the night. It is one of the most magnificent and magical wonders in the world. Paradise cave is a celestial splendor in mundane title. 

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    Breakfast, Lunch

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    Explore Phong Nha cave, Drive to Quang Tri, visit Demilitarized zone, Vinh Moc Tunnel, drive to Hue

At 08h00am: Picked up by our guide and driver at your hotel for Phong Nha Cave. You will then take a 25 minute ride to the cave via traditional dragon boat. This cave is called a water cave as it exhibits an underground river. After going into the cave by boat, you will explore 300 meters into the cave on foot. Then, you will be taken back by boat. This cave is famous for its spectacular rock formations. It has been given names such as the “Lion”, the “Fairy Caves”, the “Royal Court”, and the “Buddha”.

Afterward, head to the south on Highway One toward  Hue city. On the way, after lunch at a local restaurant, you will visit Vinh Moc tunnels, the refuge of some 400 north Vietnamese inhabitants during the bombing operation “Rolling Thunder“. You will continue to visit the Hien Luong Bridge over the Ben Hai River at the middle of the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone), the river that was the only true physical demarcation between North and South Vietnam. Then you will transfer to your hotel in Hue. Overnight in Hue.

Enjoy a nice boat trip to Phong Nha cave

Phong Nha Cave is a most typical of the aesthetic values ​​of the natural world. It is the longest wet cave or river cave in the world and it has been regarded by British Cave Research Association as the top cave in the world due to its 4 top records: the highest and longest cave, the cave with the longest underground river, the cave with most beautiful sand beaches inside, the cave with most spectacular stalagmites and stalactites. Visiting Phong Nha cave, you will have the opportunity to sit on a motor boat down the gentle river Son in about 20 minutes, seeing sights of local villagers. When you reach the cave entrance, the boat engine will be switched off and you are propelled by your local drivers who paddle you 1km down the cave. It is time for you to feel the tranquility and admire the magnificent stalactites pouring out from the ceiling with spectacular shapes. You will be lost in an isolating world with the sound of flowing water and the sound of paddling. The light makes the stalks become splendid. After about 1km paddling, the ferryman will take you back and you will have the opportunity to walk on a dry cave with sandy beaches to relax and take some nice photos. Definitely worth seeing, just do it and you will fully enjoy the cave with all its beauty.

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