6D/5N Vietnam Discovery
Highlights: English- or Chinese-speaking guide Halong Bay cruise Cu Chi Tunnels Hanoi's famous water puppets Pagodas & Temples
What you get
- Stay: 3*/4*/5* Hotels (1 nt - Halong Bay, 2 nts - Hanoi, 2 nts - Ho Chi Minh City)
- Meals: 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches & 5 Dinners
- Transport: Domestic flight Hanoi-HCMC. Retn airport transfers by private vehicle
This tour will take you to Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam which at one time was under communist-rule and also to Ho Chih Minh City, commonly known as Paris of the East as it was under French-rule. Today both are thriving metropolis under the same country.
Hanoi is a city of stunning visual and audio contrast. The rickety sounds of cyclos (pedicabs) fight for airwaves amidst the blasting horns of motorbikes, and the Nike swoosh wallpapers the French-styled building facades in the Old Quarter.
The Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi's commercial nucleus, ripples out from the lake of the same name. The lake's name means Lake of the Restored Sword, according to a legend dating back to the mid-15th century.
The tangled streets of the Old Quarter, which spread from Hoan Kiem's fringes, is like Hanoi's intestines. Originally a snake- and alligator-infested swamp, the Old Quarter, or 36 Pho Phuong (36 Streets), is now transformed to an outdoor shopping mall and stomping ground for backpackers.
Just south of West Lake, the Ba Dinh district is the old French administrative center where several new flashy hotels are located, eagerly anticipating the growth of a much talked-about business center. Aside from the complex devoted to Ho Chi Minh, the One Pillar Pagoda, the Botanical Gardens and the Temple of Literature are tourist attractions here.
The city is fairly spread out and cyclos or motorbike taxis will get you from one area to another. Once you have picked a spot, wandering on your feet affords the best view of Hanoi's chaotic street life.
A visit to North Vietnam is not complete till you visit Halong Bay. Designated as one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites, it is in most people travel list as “one of the places to see before you die". Halong translates as "where the dragon descends into the sea".
Set in the emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin, the stand out feature is a series of tiny islands with mountainous terrain. The scenery is storybook stuff and as an added interest, there are numerous illuminated caves you can explore as well.
HO CHIH MINH CITY
Located on the Saigon River, Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam's major port and largest metropolis, with an estimated population of over eight million people. For many, Saigon – as it’s still called by all – can seem to be one chaotic mess of traffic-clogged roads and urban bustle. But most of them have since been seduced by the hidden charms of one of Southeast Asia’s liveliest cities.
Teeming markets, sidewalk cafés, massage and acupuncture clinics, centuries-old pagodas, sleek skyscrapers and ramshackle wooden shops selling silk, spices, baskets and handmade furniture all vie for attention amidst this surreal multi-colored city.
Saigon must-sees include the Vietnam History Museum; the grisly War Remnants Museum; and Cholon, the Chinese District, with its pagodas and exotic stores. Dong Khoi Street -- formerly fashionable Rue Catinat during the French era and Tu Do, or Freedom Street, during the Vietnam War -- is a strip of grand hotels, some dating from the colonial era, chic shops and boutiques, and lots of fine dining and cafes. Saigon food is some of the best Vietnam has to offer, its nightlife sparkles, and the shopping here is eclectic.
Brash and noisy, Ho Chi Minh City has an attitude.
CU CHI TUNNELS
The tunnels of Cu Chi are an immense network of connecting underground tunnels located in the Cu Chi district of Ho Chi Minh CityThe tunnels were used by Viet Cong guerrillas as hiding spots during combat, as well as serving as communication and supply routes, hospitals, food and weapon caches and living quarters for numerous guerrilla fighters.
ARRIVAL TAN SON NHAT INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, HO CHI MIHN CITY (D)
Upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat International Airport, Ho Chi Mihn City you will be met and greeted by our local representative before being transferred to a sightseeing tour. We visit Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office, City Theater, City Hall Square, War Musuem and former Presidential Palace.
After dinner check in to hotel.
HO CHI MINH - MY THO MEKONG RIVER (B, L, D)
After breakfast, we make a full day trip to the watery world of the Mekong Delta which is just a couple of hours journey by road from the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City's streets. We will pass through idyllic, rural scenes until we arrive at My Tho, a peaceful town on the bank of the Mekong River. Take a boat trip along the narrow waterways overhanging with dense vegetation. Upon arrival, try some exotic fruits in one of the many orchards on Thoi Son Island.
After lunch, visit China Town, Goddess Temple and beautiful Vinh Trang Pagoda before calling it a day.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
HO CHI MINH - CU CHI – HANOI (B, L, D)
After breakfast, we proceed to Cu Chi tunnels. Have the opportunity to witness how rice paper is being made and explore the amazing labyrinth of tunnels used by the guerrillas during war era.
After lunch, transfer to airport for your flight to Hanoi. On arrival at Noi Bai International Airport our representative will meet and transfer you to your hotel for check in.
HANOI - HALONG BAY (B, L, D)
Today, we begin with a city tour. Visit Ho Chi Minh Complex which contains the mausoleum of the nation's founder Ho Chi Minh, the Presidential Palace and the Ho Chi Minh's house on stilts. Close to this complex is the One Pillar Pagoda, whose origin dates back to the foundation of Hanoi. Next, visit the Temple of Literature which is well known as Vietnam's first university, and the History Museum which displays an excellent collection of artifacts illustrating the Vietnamese history.
After lunch we proceed to the legendary Halong Bay, one of Vietnam's most impressive scenic sights. You will have a deep experience about a nation where 80 percent of population live on rice while travelling through the countryside.
With a quick rest stop en route, you will reach Halong City. Check in hotel then free at leisure. Dinner at a local restaurant.
HALONG BAY - HANOI (B, L, D)
After breakfast, transfer to the port to embark on a boat for an exploration of the legendary Halong Bay. Enjoy 4 hours of boat cruise on Halong bay - listed as a World Heritage Area of outstanding natural beauty. This trip will bring you an unforgettable memory of Halong Bay. The boat will stop at Thien Cung cave and Dau Go caves for sightseeing. This is the Bai Tho boat cruise. Fresh seafood lunch is served on board during cruise then we return to the pier.
We drive to Hanoi with stopover at Hong Ngoc Biggest shopping centre situated midway between Hanoi and Halong for shopping and a short rest.
Upon arrival in Hanoi free at leisure for shopping at the old quarter on 36streets. Then enjoy the famous Vietnamese traditional art of water puppetry at Thang Long Theatre.
Dinner at local restaurant.
DEPART HANOI (B)
After breakfast free until transfer to airport for your flight back home.
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Prices displayed are per person in MYR. Click on the hotel/room name for its description.
|Hotel||Single||Twin||Child + bed||Child no bed|
|Hoang Phu Gia Hotel (3*) + Camellia Hotel (3*), Hanoi + Ha Long Blue Sky Hotel (3*)||3050||2680||1950||1700|
|Hoang Hai Long Hotel (3*) + Galaxy Hotel (3*) + Halong Spring Hotel (3*)||3210||2770||2000||1740|
|Grand Silver Land (4*) + Baoson International Hotel (4*) + Heritage Hotel (4*)||3550||2940||2120||1840|
|Golden Central Hotel (4*) + Silk Path Hotel (4*) + Saigon Halong (4*)||3970||3150||2260||1950|
|Windsor Hotel (5*) + Movenpick Hotels & Resorts (5*) + Halong Plaza (5*)||4180||3250||2320||2010|
|Nikko Hotel (5*), Hanoi + Halong Plaza (5*), Halong Bay + Moevenpick Hotel (5*), Ho Chi Minh||4400||3360||2390||2070|
- Validity: Oct 2012 to April 2013
- Minimum 2 adult.
- No applicable during peak period (8-17 Feb 2013)
- Surcharge on peak period (8-17 Feb 2013): RM 600.00 (Adult), RM 400.00 (Child)
- Gratuity (tipping) for driver and guide – RM 120.00 per traveler.
Peak season and public holiday surcharge may apply for certain dates.
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