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  • Vietnam Like a Local 12 days

  • Vietnam Like a Local 12 days

  • Vietnam Like a Local 12 days

  • Vietnam Like a Local 12 days

  • Vietnam Like a Local 12 days

Vietnam Like a Local 12 days

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Destinations:
Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta - Cu Chi Tunnels - Hue - Tam Giang Lagoon - Hoi An - Hanoi - Bat Trang Pottery Village - Halong Bay
Duration:
12 days / 11 nights
Departure:

Ho Chi Minh City

Would you like to discover Vietnam from another point of view? Would you like to feel the real essence of Vietnam? The best way to know one country is by meeting local people and living among them. We have designed this tour in order to explore the culture at each destination, joining many interesting activities and tasting many local foods. This trip offers you many different experiences such as staying in a homestay in Mekong Delta, trying favorite local foods where you travel and especially contacting directly with local people to learn about their lifestyle.

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Trip Highlights

 Live like a local in Mekong Delta, staying in a typical homestay.
 Join in the cooking class in HCM City to learn how to cook the most famous Vietnamese foods.
 Visit the famous Tam Giang Lagoon and some of local stilt houses on the lagoon, enjoy delicious dishes of grilled seafood and local beer.
 Visit local market, taste local foods and enjoying a cup of tea or coffee at the famous "Reaching Out Tea House" in Hoi An. Embark on a boat to discover a fishing village then change to a small bamboo boat to discover a distinctive mangrove forest.
 Enjoy a beautiful time on your wooden boat in Halong Bay, reach on the top of Titop beach to have a whole panorama view of Halong Bay, watch the magnificent sunset over Halong Bay and have a cooking class on the sundeck.



 Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City Arrival Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City. Just enjoy your free time.

Meals: -
 Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta
Experience low pace of life in Mekong Delta and enjoy a home-stay with local family.

Meals: B, L, D
 Day 3: Mekong Delta - Ho Chi Minh City
Spend the morning visit colorful and lively market in Cai Be then transfer back to Saigon.

Meals: B, L
 Day 4: Ho Chi Minh City - Fly to Hue
Morning: Cooking class at Ho Chi Minh agricultural village. Afternoon: Explore Cu Chi Tunnels.

Meals: B, L
 Day 5: Hue
Sightseeing tour around Hue, visit the Imperial Citadel, the royal tombs of Nguyen Emperors and Dong Ba Market

Meals: B, L
 Day 6: Hue
Explore the suburbs of the city of Hue. VisitThanh Tien Paper Flower Making Village and bike to explore the area around Tam Giang Lagoon.

Meals: B
 Day 7: Hue - Da Nang - Hoi An Enjoy the beach at Lang Co on the way to Hoi An. In the after noon, walking tour around Hoi An Ancient Town.

Meals: B, L
 Day 8: Hoi An
Eco tour to a fishing village and cycle around Cam Kim Island.

Meals: B, L
 Day 9: Hoi An - Da Nang - Hanoi
Mid afternoon: Food tour to experience delicious cuisines of Hanoi.

Meals: B, D
 Day 10: Hanoi
Morning: Hanoi city tour. Afternoon: visit Bat Trang Pottery Village.

Meals: B, L
 Day 11: Hanoi - Halong Bay
Depart for an overnight cruise in Halong Bay.

Meals: B, L, D
 Day 12: Halong Bay - Hanoi Departure Spend the morning exploring Halong Bay then transfer to the airport in Ha Noi for your onward flight.

Meals: B, L, L
  • DAY 1

    Ho Chi Minh City Arrival
    Upon arrival, you will be warmly welcomed by your local guide and transferred to the city and to your hotel. The room is at disposal from 14.00
    The balance of day is free at your leisure.
    Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
    Meals: NA
    Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh
    Activities: Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City. Just enjoy your free time.
  • DAY 2

    Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta
    Have breakfast at your hotel.

    08:00 Head for the southwest of Saigon for two hours, and along the way notice lush rice paddies and fruit farms emerging alongside the highway. Upon arrival in Cai Lay District, board a charming wooden boat to enjoy the countryside scenery and river life.

    Arrive at home of a tropical fruit farmer and have a walk with him around his orchard.
    After lunch, keep riding to a garden house where you will spend the night with a friendly family.
    This evening, help the host family to prepare traditional dessert dishes before savoring an authentic homey dinner.

    (Note: the bedding and mosquito net may be not as luxurious as a hotel, however, this is a great way to get in tune with nature and to experience life in the Mekong Delta)
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation: Homestay
    Activities: Experience low pace of life in Mekong Delta and enjoy a home-stay with local family.
  • DAY 3

    Mekong Delta - Ho Chi Minh City
    Your new exciting day starts with a typical breakfast prepared by our hosts. Then pedal back to a tea house to embark your boat for one hour boat ride to Cai Be Floating Market.

    Arrive in Cai Be, visit the colorful floating market.
    Afterwards, return to Saigon by your private car.
    15:00 Arrive at your hotel in Ho Chi Minh. Free at leisure for the rest of the day.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh
    Activities: Spend the morning visit colorful and lively market in Cai Be then transfer back to Saigon.
  • DAY 4

    Ho Chi Minh City - Fly to Hue
    Leave Ho Chi Minh City at around 7.30

    Visit agricultural villages with cow and buffalo areas, lush rice fields and vegetable areas.

    At around 10.am, start with cooking challenges.
    In the afternoon, you will have chances to visit rice paper village to learn how to make and practice rice paper, visit Rubber tree forest to explore what benefits rubber tree bring for people.

    After that, start an interesting trip with Cu Chi Tunnels.

    At the end of the trip, taste boiled tapioca or hot tea before driving to the airport for the flight to Hue.

    On arrival Hue airport, meet your local guide and be transferred to your hotel for check in. Dinner on your own. Overnight at Hue hotel.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel in Hue
    Activities: Morning: Cooking class at Ho Chi Minh agricultural village. Afternoon: Explore Cu Chi Tunnels.
  • DAY 5

    Hue
    Have breakfast at your hotel and start today tour at 08:00.

    In the morning, visit to the majestic Imperial Citadel of Hue, located along Perfume River. After that, visit a beautiful garden house. The landlord will give you a guided tour of the various centenarian buildings, which make up the house and then he will invite you a cup of tea with traditional cakes.
    In the afternoon, continue your journey to discover Minh Mang Tomb - one of the most beautiful tombs in Hue. Finish your day with a walk around Dong Ba market.

    16:30 Come back to your hotel.
    Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel in Hue
    Activities: Sightseeing tour around Hue, visit the Imperial Citadel, the royal tombs of Nguyen Emperors and Dong Ba Market
  • DAY 6

    Hue
    08:00 Leave your hotel by private vehicle to Thanh Tien Village - a small village where preserves a traditional craft of making paper flowers.
    Back to your hotel around noon and free at your leisure.

    At about 15:00, begin your interesting biking tour (about 12 kilometers) along the poetic Nhu Y River, from Vinh Ve village to Chuon Lagoon – a part of famous Tam Giang Lagoon (around 1.5 hour biking). Then, visit some of local stilt houses on the lagoon, enjoy some delicious dishes of grilled seafood and local beer. Finish of the tour, our car will take you back to your hotel at about 17:30.
    Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel
    Meals: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Hue
    Activities: Explore the suburbs of the city of Hue. VisitThanh Tien Paper Flower Making Village and bike to explore the area around Tam Giang Lagoon.
  • DAY 7

    Hue - Da Nang - Hoi An
    08:00 Depart by car to Da Nang (105 km – 2 to 2.5 hours driving) via the scenic Hai Van Pass. Stop at Lang Co to stretch your legs on the white sands of this peaceful beach. Upon arrival in Hoi An, check in to your hotel or resort. After a short rest, take a stroll to visit Hoi An town. Stop at the local market to see the daily activities of people in Hoi An. Our guide will invite you to taste some local (yummy) foods.
    At the end of the day, you will have a memorable time for enjoying a cup of tea or coffee at "Reaching Out Tea House".
    17:00 Go back to your hotel.
    ​Dinner on your own and overnight at the hotel.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An
    Activities: Enjoy the beach at Lang Co on the way to Hoi An. In the after noon, walking tour around Hoi An Ancient Town.
  • DAY 8

    Hoi An
    08:00 We depart the hotel for a discovery around Hoi An.

    Embark on a boat for ride to the mouth of Thu Bon river. Your boat then, will continue cruising for about half an hour to a fishing village. We will move to a smaller bamboo boat (a coracle) to discover a distinctive mangrove forest. Back to the tourist boat and anchor in the middle of the river to prepare food. Enjoy meal with some local food of Hoi An.
    In the afternoon, you will depart from the pier located in the old city of Hoi An on a local boat, the only mean of transport to sail to the island of Cam Kim.

    17:00 Back to your hotel in the late afternoon and free at your leisure.
    Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An
    Activities: Eco tour to a fishing village and cycle around Cam Kim Island.
  • DAY 9

    Hoi An - Da Nang - Hanoi
    At good time, leave your hotel to Danang Airport for a short flight to Hanoi. On arrival, meet your local guide and be transferred to your hotel for check-in. Lunch on your own.
    In the mid afternoon, start the street food tour. Our guide will take you to see some of the markets and establishments that are frequented by the Vietnamese locals.

    ​Enjoy a Vietnamese Cà Phê (coffee) or Trà (tea), for example Café Giảng, one of the many sidewalk cafes in the historic French Quarter. Here the guide will give an overview of the Vietnamese food scene, particularly in Hanoi, and discuss the daily life and culture of Vietnam.

    After, drive (or walk) to Truc Bach lake for a snack of Phở Cuốn, a grilled beef and rice noodle roll with fresh herbs, served with several other favorite local snacks.
    Dinner at one of Hanoi’s bún chả establishments, to enjoy traditional grilled pork and rice vermicelli noodles with fresh herbs, greens and crispy spring rolls (nem rán) like true Hanoians.

    Back to your hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
    Activities: Mid afternoon: Food tour to experience delicious cuisines of Hanoi.
  • DAY 10

    Hanoi
    08:00 Start half day tour of Vietnam’s capital city, including Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, his traditional stilt house and the revered One-Pillar Pagoda. After that, visit Vietnam’s first university ,and the thousand-year-old Temple of Literature.
    Have lunch at a local restaurant.

    After lunch time, our guide will invite you for a walking tour around Bat Trang ceramic village.
    16:30 Back to your hotel and free at your leisure.

    Dinner on your own, Overnight at the hotel.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
    Activities: Morning: Hanoi city tour. Afternoon: visit Bat Trang Pottery Village.
  • DAY 11

    Hanoi - Halong Bay
    Leave Hanoi this morning and head straight to Halong bay a stunning UNESCO World Heritage site with its 3,000 islands of towering limestone dotting the bay and Gulf of Tonkin (180km – 3.5 - 4 hour driving). After arriving at noon, you will board a beautiful boat for an overnight cruise on Halong Bay with an excellent menu of fresh seafood. Lunch and dinner are served on boat. Overnight on board.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation: Cruise in Halong bay
    Activities: Depart for an overnight cruise in Halong Bay.
  • DAY 12

    Halong Bay - Hanoi Departure
    Wake up early in the morning to enjoy aquamarine water of the bay at its best. After tea break, the boat continue cruising quietly through spectacular limestone formations of Halong Bay. Enjoy the most isolated bay’s spectacular and unique islands.

    Return to Halong harbour after a brunch for transfer directly to Hanoi Airport for your departure flight. Meals on your own.

    End of services.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
    Accommodation: NA
    Activities: Spend the morning exploring Halong Bay then transfer to the airport in Ha Noi for your onward flight.
Important Notes:

- PROGRAMS & SCHEDULES SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE
- In case of unpredictable bad conditions of weather in Halong Bay, please kindly understand that the cancellation will be made ONLY by the Management Board of - Halong Bay and normally the announcement will be informed in short notice.
Price Includes
 
  • AC land transfer in Car/ Minivan included airport transfer in all destination.
  • Accommodation shared in Twin/Double room with daily breakfast.
  • Experienced English speaking guide.
  • 2 Domestic Flights Ho Chi Minh - Hue; Da Nang - Hanoi (Economic class of Vietnam Airline).
  • Halong Bay Cruise program shared in Twin/Double cabin as per tour.
  • Meals as stated in the itinerary (B: Breakfast ; L: Lunch ; D: Dinner)
  • All sightseeing tickets.
  • Vietnam visa Approval letter (single entry).
  • Halong bay Kayaking in Standard & Superior Class
  • Services charges and government tax.

Price Excludes
 
  • EARLY Check in & LATE Check out at hotel
  • Peak season surcharge & compulsory dinner in the accommodation.
  • International flights & departures taxes
  • Beverage
  • Personal expenses, tips and gratuities
  • Travel insurance
  • Other services are not mentioned above
Cancellation by Customer
 
  • 30% of total package price should be deposited once the booking is confirmed
  • 10% of total package price will be charged if cancellation after the deposit mad
  • More than 15 days prior to check-in: 10% of total rates
  • From 4 to 14 days prior to check-in: 50% of total rates
  • Less than 72 hours prior to check-in: 100% of total rates
  • No-Show: Charge 100% of total rates

Children Policy
 
  • 50% discount for child under 6 years accompany with 2 full paying clients, staying in same room with parents
  • 75% chared for child from 6-11 years accompany with 2 full paying clients, staying on extra bed
  • The above chidren rates are applicable for booking made with 2 adults and a maximum of 2 children occupancy in a room
  • Child age of 12 years up is subject to adult rate

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