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Sample Itinerary - REF SOUTHEAST ASIA 608

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Women practising Tai Chi by Hoan Kiem Lake

Day 1: Hanoi

Good morning Vietnam! Upon arrival at Hanoi Airport you will be met and transferred to your city centre hotel. Known as the ‘Paris of the Orient’, Hanoi is the charming capital and cultural heart of Vietnam. Spend the remains of the day at leisure.

A street in the Old Quarter of Hanoi

Day 2: Hanoi

This half day cooking tour in Hanoi will provide you with a hands-on lesson on how to shop for and cook authentic Vietnamese food. Begin with a quick walk to the famous Chau Long market, where you learn more about the various ingredients that go into a Vietnamese dish including vegetables, fruits and Vietnamese herbs and spices. It's then onto the Hanoi Cooking Centre for your hand's on cooking lesson. At midday sit down and enjoy your own Vietnamese creations accompanied by local beer or wine, and receive detailed recipes cards to take home. In the afternoon, enjoy a guided city tour of Hanoi.

The Huc Bridge

Day 3: Hanoi - Halong Bay

Upon arrival in Hanoi, freshen up before driving to Halong City (approx 4 hours), stopping for refreshments en route. At UNESCO Listed Halong Bay limestone peaks and forest clad islets, hidden coves and beautiful beaches await discovery! Board your Junk boat and cruise to the famous islands of Halong Bay and onto Bai Tu Long Bay, stopping to visit a cave and swim in the warm waters. There is a chance to explore more this stunning area by sea kayak. Return to the Junk boat for a tasty dinner and a memorable night in beautiful surrounds.

A junk sailing past a limestone peak in Halong Bay

Day 4: Halong Bay - Hanoi

Wake up to see a spectacular sunrise over the bay! This morning cruise through Bai Tu Long and visit the floating fishing village of Vong Vieng - where you'll gain a fascinating insight into local life. Cruising back to the dock arrive into Halong City around noon then transfer back to Hanoi.

Vietnamese Water Puppets

Day 5: Hanoi - Danang

Free time until transfer to the station for the night train to Da Nang.

Day 6: Danang - Hoi An

Arrive to Da Nang at around 10h30. Transfer to Hoi An. Free time for relax in Hoi An.

Men sitting on the street in Hoi An in conical hats

Day 7: Hoi An

In the morning, enjoy a guided walking tour through the narrow winding streets of the Ancient Quarter visiting Chua Ong Pagoda, Assembly Hall, 200-year-old Tam Ky house and the Japanese Covered Bridge. In the afternoon, free time for swimming or shopping.

A bridge in Hoi An

Day 8: Hoi An

On a bicycle ride to the local village of Tra Que we discover age old farming practises and learn about traditional medicine. It’s a hands on experience today where we’ll assist with tending the fields and gardens and cooking lunch.

A local man in front of an ancient building in Hoi An

Day 9: Hoi An

Spend today at leisure on the beach or having clothes made by one of the expert, inexpensive tailors that Hoi An is famous for. In the evening, you might want to stroll Hoi An's romantic, silk latern lit streets and dine in one of its fantastic riverside restaurants.

An old lady farming at Tra Que Organic Farm near Hoi An

Day 10: Hoi An - Saigon

In the morning, transfer to the airport and fly to Saigon. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Free time.

Day 11: Saigon

In the morning visit the Reunification Palace, the home and workplace of the President of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. The nearby Notre Dame Cathedral, built between 1877 and 1883, most materials for Saigon's Notre Dame Cathedral were imported from France. Next to the cathedral stands the Saigon Post Office. Then you will visit Ben Thanh Market. In the afternoon, visit Giac Lam Pagoda – Saigon’s oldest pagoda.

Ho Chi Minh's Notre Dame Basilica Cathedral at night

Day 12: Saigon - Can Tho

After breakfast at hotel, you transfer to Mekong Delta and Vinh Long province. Starts with a cruise among local barges full of fruits and vegetables in the colorful Cai Be floating market. An optional stop can be made at local workshops where you can see rice paper, coconut candy, pop-rice and pop-corn being made. Your lunch of Mekong specialties will be served in Bonsai Garden. Then a rowing boat will take you deeper into the countryside via small canals to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere, passing by traditional wood and palm-leaf houses, and local farmers doing their daily work. After walking around the village, you can enjoy seasonal fruits when listening to Southern traditional music. Then head out to Can Tho where you will spend the rest of the day at leisure.

A woman rowing a boat to Can Tho floating markets

Day 13: Can Tho - Saigon

In the morning you visit the Cai Rang floating market. Take in the beautiful scenery and the daily activities of the locals who live along the Mekong canals. You then meet our driver for the trip back to Ho Chi Minh City. The rest of the day is free at leisure. Enjoy some last minute shopping in the bustling streets of Saigon or just relax and unwind.

A street trader in Saigon

Day 14: Saigon

In the morning, drive to Cu Chi tunnels, north west of the city. This immense network of connecting underground tunnels, were used by the Viet Cong and one of the famous battle grounds in the Vietnam War. Watch a short introductory video on the construction of the tunnels before exploring the maze of tunnels, accompanied by the guide. Also on display are various mantraps and the remains of an American tank as well as numerous bomb craters made by 500-pound bombs from B52 bombers. Lunch at local restaurant. Return to Saigon in the afternoon.

The Peoples Committee Building at night in Ho Chi Minh

Day 15: Saigon

Today is a free day for you to relax or explore independently.

A street trader in Saigon by William Cho

Day 16: Saigon

Sadly your last day with us with your departure airport transfer.

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