Saigon Holidays

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Women practising Tai Chi by Hoan Kiem Lake

Day 1: Hanoi

Welcome to Hanoi - the ‘Paris of the Orient’. Upon arrival at the airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Spend the remainer of the day at leisure. Overnight Hanoi.

A street in the Old Quarter of Hanoi

Day 2: Hanoi

Begin today, the traditional way, with a bowl of steaming Pho. After visit Hoan Kiem Lake to watch the residents practice Tai Chi. Transfer the bustling local market where our chef will let you to taste and assist with purchasing items for the cooking class. Then it is your turn to roll and cook the ingredients into delicious meals. This afternoon enjoy a half day city tour of Hanoi. Sightseeing includes the Museum of Ethnology, which is widely acknowledged as the best in the country. Also visit Ngoc Son Temple on Hoan Kiem Lake in the heart of the city. Then enjoy a one-hour cyclo tour through the narrow, chaotic streets of the Old Quarter. Afterwards watch a traditional performance of the water puppets. Overnight - Hanoi

The Huc Bridge

Day 3: Hanoi - Halong Bay

This morning transfer from your hotel in Hanoi to Halong City, the drive takes about 4 hours, stopping off for a refreshment break en route. Upon arrival meet the crew of your traditional Junk boat at the dock and embark upon a scenic cruise to the famous limestone peaked islands of Halong Bay and on to Bai Tu Long Bay which is every bit as beautiful as Halong. Aside from the cave visit and swimming, there is also a chance to explore this stunning area by sea kayak. Returning back to the Junk for a scrumptious dinner. Overnight - Halong Bay Junk boat

A junk sailing past a limestone peak in Halong Bay

Day 4: Halong Bay - Hoi An

Wake up to spectacular views of the bay. Cruise through Bai Tu Long and visit the floating fishing village of Vong Vieng, where you can gain a fascinating insight into everyday life on the bay. Cruise back to the dock arriving in Halong around noon and transfer back to Hanoi airport for your flight to Danang. Upon arrival in Danang, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Hoi An. Overnight - Hoi An

Men sitting on the street in Hoi An in conical hats

Day 5: Hoi An

Hoi An was once a thriving international commercial port. Today, it is a quaint riverside town, renowned for its silk and popular with tourists for its architecture, tailors shops and cafes. Some of the buildings in the narrow streets have remained unchanged for more than a century. After breaksfast, go to Tra Que Village and walk through the vegetable gardens, learn how the local farmers work the land and more about the history of the village. Have lunch with local family. In the afternoon, enjoy a 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. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight - Hoi An

A bridge in Hoi An

Day 6: Hoi An - Nha Trang

Today we transfer from Hoi An to Danang aiport to take the flight to Nha Trang. The city is famous for white sand beach with the length of 7km and blue water with a lot of seaside resorts, more than 200 islands offshore, strong ancient culture of the Cham with numerous pagodas and wonderful scenery. In addition, Nha Trang also offers a variety of optional activities for travellers to enjoy. We will arrive Nha Trang in the early afternoon, check in hotel and free at leisure. Overnight in Nha Trang

Day 7: Nha Trang

A day of leisure and indulgence as we cruise through blue clear waters amongst the islands off Nha Trang. We take drive to Cau Da port where we will embark on our shared boat. We cruise to visit the Tri Nguyen Aquarium, a small world of many sea species of local province at Mieu Island. We will then head out to Mun Island where you have the chance for swimming and optional snorkeling in the crystal clear waters. Lunch stop is at the fishing village of Lang Chai where there is time to explore further before boarding the boat back to Nha Trang harbor. The rest of the day is at your leisure for your own exploration of the beach city with a lot of optional activities. Overnight in Nha Trang.

Days 8-10: Nha Trang - Phan Thiet

After breakfast, we depart for Phan Thiet. On the way, we will make a stop to visit Po Klong Garai Cham Tower in Phan rang town. Upon arrival, check in hotel and stay at leisure. Enjoy the next couple of days at your leisure. Overnight in Phan Thiet

Day 11: Phan Thiet - Saigon

In the morning, free at the beach. Around noon, you will check out and Take the transfer directly to Saigon. Enjoy the rest of the evening at your leisure. Overnight - Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh's Notre Dame Basilica Cathedral at night

Day 12: Saigon

In the morning travel north west of the city to visit the historic Cu Chi Tunnels. The vast expanse of underground tunnels were used by Viet Cong guerrillas. Upon arrival watch a short introductory video on the construction of the tunnels before spending an hour exploring the maze of tunnels. 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. Returning to Ho Chi Minh City early afternoon and enjoy lunch before embarking on a city tour. Major attractions include the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral and the War Remnants Museum. Overnight - Ho Chi Minh City

A street trader in Saigon

Day 13: Saigon

Your Vietnam adventure comes to an end after breakfast and hotel check out today. Included transfer to Ho Chi Minh Airport for your onward flight home.