Halong Bay Holidays

Sample Itinerary - REF SOUTHEAST ASIA 466

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Ho Chi Minh's Notre Dame Basilica Cathedral at night

Day 1: Saigon

Welcome to Saigon and the start of your Vietnamese holiday. Upon arrival you will be met by our local representatives and transferred to you accommodation. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight Saigon.

A street trader in Saigon

Day 2: Saigon

This morning, we leave Ho Chi Minh City for the Cu Chi tunnels, an incredible underground system covering nearly 250km, was shelter to over 16,000 communist guerillas during the war. Afterwards you return to Ho Chi Minh where you spend the rest of the day to exploring the city’s grand boulevards, passing famous sites such as the Re-Unification Palace, the Old Saigon Post Office, the Notre Dame Cathedral and end of the day for shopping at Ben Thanh market. Overnight in Saigon

The Peoples Committee Building at night in Ho Chi Minh

Day 3: Saigon

Enjoy today exploring this city independently. Overnight Saigon.

A street trader in Saigon by William Cho

Day 4: Saigon

This morning we travel to My Tho to board our private boat. Today we Cruise along the Mekong river for sightseeing: the view of the river’s banks, fish-floating market and Dragon, Unicorn, Turtle, Phoenix islands. We stop at Unicorn Island to visit an orchard of tropical fruits: Enjoy seasonal fruits and listen to Southern traditional music. Also visit a coconut candy workshop to taste fresh candy. Enjoy a horse-cart on the countryside road. And visit a bee- farm and enjoy honey- tea. You will also discover Vam Chua natural canal (Ben Tre province) by row boat. Enjoy lunch at local restaurant before returning to Saigon. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight Saigon.

Ben Thanh Market in Ho Chi Minh

Days 5-8: Saigon - Hoi An

Taking to the skies today you fly from Saigon to Hoi An. Upon arrival you will be met by our local representatives and transferred to your accommodation. It is here where you will spend the next couple of days relaxing and exploring this city on your own. Why not get some clothes tailormade for you. Overnight Hoi An at The Ocean Villa Da Nang Beach Resort - 4 bedrooms pool villa for 8 pax

A bridge in Hoi An

Day 9: Hoi An - Hanoi

Leaving Hoi and you once again take to the skies for your flight to the capital. Upon arrival into Hanoi you will be my by our local representatives and transferred to you accommodation. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight Hanoi.

Women practising Tai Chi by Hoan Kiem Lake

Day 10: Hanoi - Halong Bay

Departing from Hanoi you travel to Halong Bay at noon you check-in at Tuan Chau Marina, Tuan Chau Island. Embark on Bhaya Legend and enjoy a welcome cocktail while slowly sailing to Bai Tu Long, passing the setting for the movie Indochine, Mat Quy and Am Tich Islets. Savor a delicious fresh seafood lunch. The Bhaya Legend cruises on into Vung Vieng floating fishing village, nestled among the limestone peaks, unaffected by ocean waves or strong winds. Visit the village by kayak or small rowing boat to see the daily lives of the locals up close. Swim or kayak the turquoise waters off the pristine white sandy beaches. Watch the sun set over enchanting Halong Bay while cruising to the overnight anchorage. Overnight Ha Long Bay

A junk sailing past a limestone peak in Halong Bay

Day 11: Halong Bay

Enjoy the sunrise, the lapping waves, the fresh sea air, the gentle breeze or get up at your leisure. A hot breakfast is available on request. Do a spot of family fishing near Vung Vieng or cycling on Cat Ba Island with a tour guide if weather permits. As you head to Lan Ha Bay and Three Peach Beach for swimming, kayaking and sunbathing on a pristine, private beach. Fresh seafood lunch is served onboard. Continue on to discover Ho Ba Ham Islet, the most remote point in Lan Ha Bay and bordering the Gulf of Tonkin. Visit its quaint fishing village and lagoon. Possibility of kayaking through an amazing tunnel under a karst mountain (tides/weather permitting). Overnight onboard.

Halong Bay at sunset

Day 12: Halong Bay - Hanoi

The crew will ready the vessel to sail to a destination of your choice. Choices include: sightseeing at Sung Sot (Surprise) Cave; hiking up Titop Mountain or kayaking at a hidden lagoon. Breakfast is served onboard. Bhaya Legend returns to Tuan Chau Marina at 11 am. Arrive back in Hanoi at 3 pm enjoy the evening at your leisure. Overnight in Hanoi

A street in the Old Quarter of Hanoi

Days 13-14: Hanoi

Enjoy your last couple of days in Hanoi at leisure. Overnight Hanoi.

The Huc Bridge

Day 15: Hanoi

Sadly your time with us has come to an end as you are transferred to the airport in time for your departure flight to your onward destination.