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Touch down in hectic Hanoi and get your first taste of the city’s buzzing energy and Vietnamese food. Be whisked to the famous island dotted Halong Bay and board a traditional Vietnamese junk boat for an overnight cruise. Excursions between the limestone islands, hidden grottoes and concealed caves is on the cards for the following morning.
Take in the colonial heritage and French style charm at Hoi An, and head south to Ho Chi Minh City. Meander through one of the city’s biggest markets at Ben Thanh with an array of delicious Vietnamese food, and learn about the history and impact of the Vietnam War at the Cu Chi Tunnels site.
|Departing from Australia every Saturday|
Departure from Sydney/ Melbourne, upon arrival at Noi Bai International airport, you will be greeted by our representative and be transferred to hotel for check in. Free at leisure. Overnight in Hanoi
08:00 – 08:30 Pick-up at hotel and start the 3 hour-and-a-half drive to Hong Gai Tourist Wharf, check in Oriental Sails JSC’s private waiting hall – The OS Lounge.
12:15 – 12:45 Embark on Oriental Sails by transfer boat. Listen to cruise briefing and receive room key.
13:00 – 15:30 Savor a delectable lunch as Oriental Sails cruises further along the limestone islands of Bai Tu Long Bay, heading to Vung Vieng fishing village – one of the largest fishing villages in Halong Bay to see the life of local fishermen.
– Option 1: Take a bamboo rowing boat trip around Vung Vieng Fishing Village.
– Option 2: Take kayak and go kayaking by yourself with help and instruction of tour guide around the Village.
17:30 – 18:00 Return to Oriental Sails and have bath then relax as the sun starts to set. Enjoy the Happy Hour at the bar and on the sun deck while cooking demonstration is organizing.
19:00 Dinner is served. Socialize with other guests, night squid fishing or just laze around. Singing and dancing activities are available till 22h00. Overnight on board at Cong Do Area. Meals: Breakfast at hotel. Lunch and Dinner on board.
06:30 – 07:00 Start your day with Tai Chi exercise on the sundeck.
07:00 – 09:00 Catch morning view of seascapes with a cup of tea or coffee, have breakfast while cruising toward Thien Canh Son Cave. Visit Thien Canh Son Cave – the medium size and less visited cave in Bai Tu Long Bay.
09:30 Check-out room. Luggage can be delivered to the reception area.
09:30 – 11:00 Head back to the Harbor. Have early lunch on board. Disembark Oriental Sails at around 12h00.
12:00 – 16:30 Transfer back to Hanoi and trip finishes at the hotel around 16h30. Then you are free. Overnight in Hanoi. Meals: Breakfast and lunch on cruise.
*Details cruise program will be update upon confirmation. Anyway it still can change prior to departure date without notification due the weather or quay policy.
Optional Activity: Hanoi Evening Street Food Tour
This tour into the Old Quarter will begin from your hotel in the early evening. Your English-speaking local guide will give you an insight into the intricacies and traditions of Vietnamese food culture, including details on ingredients and historical backgrounds of popular northern dishes. Walk through the maze of bustling streets that is Hanoi’s Old Quarter, and tempt your tastebuds with the famed Hanoi dish BanhCuon at a local eatery. Watch as the skilled chefs demonstrate to you how this tasty dish is put together. Continuing onwards, wander past street stalls and quiet residential lanes where you can discover how the local’s live in the old quarter. Afterwards you will stop at the barbeque stalls. Settle down with the locals and sample various meat, vegetable and bread specialties grilled over hot coals for extra flavour. The search for dessert will bring you down to a small alley, here you will find fruit served in a cup and smothered with crushed iced and condensed milk – this speciality is one not to be missed! Your local guide will then take you to one of Hanoi’s best kept secrets, a hidden street food restaurant to taste top ten street foods in Hanoi include Banh My Hanoi, Vietnamese Rice Wine and famous Egg Coffee along with many other specialties. Follow these delicious meals with an ice cold local beer. Your trip ends in the middle of the old quarter and you will continue onwards to discover Hanoi by night at your own leisure, or the tour guide can arrange a taxi for you to go back to your hotel (taxi not included). Inclusions: English speaking tour guide, all food and drink as mentioned above
After breakfast at hotel, you will transfer to airport for your fight to Hue. On arrival you are met and transferred to your hotel. Then you are free. Overnight in Hue. Meal included: Breakfast at hotel
Today you are free for your own exploraiton in Hue. Overnight in Hue.
Optional tours: Full day tour in Hue SIC (L):
Morning (8:15 am-12:30 pm) visiting Dong Ba Market to see the daily life of local people then take boat trip to Thien Mu pagoda – The oldest pagoda in Hue City. After that visiting Imperial Citadel of Royal Dynasty of Nguyen Family (1802 – 1945) & Royal Antiques Museum – A collection of ornaments from the Nguyen dynasty. Lunch at local restaurant (Huế specialities, Western and Asian food)
Afternoon (12:30 – 17:00). After lunch, continues to visit Incense stick village, Khai Dinh King’s Tomb – a blend of Western and Eastern architecture. Minh Mang King’s Tomb, one is impressed by the majesty and symmetry of the architectural constructions. On the way back to your hotel, we drop in handicraft village in Hue city – Conical hat village 16:00 – 17:00 pm: Back to Hue city.
Upon leaving Hue you drive south to Hoian, which was originally a Cham seaport but has been influenced down the centuries by traders from various cultures. The scenic road is hugging the coastline before crossing over the winding Hai Van pass. A view from the top of the pass is one of Vietnam’s most impressive panoramic scenes of Lang co Beach. Arrive Hoian, check in hotel then you are free. Overnight in Hoian.
Today you are free for your own exploration in Hoian. Overnight in Hoian. Meals: Breakfast at hotel
Optional tour to My Son
Depart early this morning and travel to My Son (approx. 1 hour), a UNESCO World Heritage site located 40km southwest of Hoi An. My Son was once the capital and religious centre of the Cham people, and is believed to be the longest inhabited archaeological site in Indochina. The ruins of My Son were built between the 7th to 13th century BC and are located in a valley surrounded by mountains, the sides of which are covered in thick jungle. Hon Quap (Cat’s Tooth Mountain) overlooks the site, its crooked peak mimicked by the architecture of some temples’ roofs. These mountains are the source of the Thu Bon River, a holy river which flows through the site. Lunch will be included at a local restaurant and after the day’s tour, be transferred back to the hotel in Hoi An. Inclusions: Transfers to and from your hotel to My Son Holy Land, English speaking tour guide.
Today you are free for your own exploration in Hoian. Overnight in Hoian. Meals: Breakfast at hotel
After breakfast you will be transferred to nearby Da Nang Airport for the flight to Ho Chi Minh City – a bustling metropolis located in the south of the country. Upon arrival you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel accommodation. The rest of the day is at leisure to discover Ho Chi Minh City. Meal: Breakfast at hotel
After breakfast at hotel, we will visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels. We stop at a lacquer art factory for the disabled on the way. We arrive in Cu Chi Tunnels (Ben Dinh). Then we will watch a propaganda film a wartime propaganda film showing how local guerilla fighters were “American Killing Heroes” (a short introductory video showing how the tunnels were constructed). We then spend the next hour exploring the maze of tunnels in Cu Chi. Also on display are various mantraps and the remains of an American tank as well as numerous bomb craters made by 500 pound bombs dropped by B52 bombers. Also, you can try to real gun shooting for extra. We arrive in Ho Chi Minh City and finish Cu Chi Tunnels Half Day Tour. Meals: Breakfast at hotel.
Today you are free for your own exploration in .Overnight in Ho Chi Minh. Meals: Breakfast at hotel.
Optional tours: Mekong Delta Day tour
This morning after breakfast be picked up from the hotel and travel to the city of My Tho (approx. 1.5 hours) on the banks of the Mekong. Upon arrival board a motor boat and cruise along the Mekong River. The boat will take you to Xep Canal, a lovely place where you can escape the traffic of the main river. Here you will cruise under coconut trees before arriving at a small islet. Disembark and walk around a small local village. Stop at a local family’s home to enjoy tropical fruit, honey tea and wine and listen to traditional Vietnamese music performed by the villagers. Afterwards continue onwards to another islet where a traditional Vietnamese lunch will be prepared by a local family (included). In the afternoon return to Ho Chi Minh City and your hotel accommodation. Inclusions: Transfers to and from your hotel, English speaking tour guide, Mekong River boat trip, lunch, honey tea and honey wine, seasonal fruits, traditional music performance.
After breakfast free at leisure till transfer to airport for return flight back home. We hope you have brought home fond memories of Vietnam. Meals: Breakfast at hotel
We hope you have brought home fond memories of Vietnam.
|Group Size (Min. 2 people)||Standard Class (3*)||Superior Class (4*)|
|Price per person/ twin share||$1,950||$2,240|
|Triple Room (2ADL+1CHD) & Family Room (2ADL+2CHD)|
|Group Size (Min.3 people)||Standard Class (3*)||Superior Class (4*)|
|Price per person/ triple share||$1,860||$2,080|
(Flight with Vietnam Airlines the new Dreamliner 787)
* Conditions apply. Minnimum 2 person travelling together. Price based on twin share or double bedded room .