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Program Type

Escorted Experience

Vehicle Type for Touring

Car or Small Van AC

Detailed Itinerary

Xin chao! Welcome to Vietnam! Pick up at Noi Bai International Airport by local guide and transfer to hotel in Hanoi.
Rest of the day is free at leisure.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Note: Hotel’s check-in time is 14:00

Morning visit Temple of Literature – the first university of Vietnam built in 11th century, followed by President Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, his house-on-stilts and the nearby One Pillar Pagoda.
In the afternoon take a 45-minute cyclo ride around the Old Quarter to see daily life of Hanoians, followed by a walk around Hoan Kiem Lake and visit to Ngoc Son Temple.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Note: Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum opens in the morning only and closes on Mondays and Fridays. Other museums also close on Mondays. Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum closes annually on October and November for maintenance.

After breakfast take the drive to Mai Chau, a mountainous area of outstanding natural beauty, inhabited by Thai and H’mong ethnic minority groups. After an approximately 3.5 hour drive, reach the peaceful valley of Mai Chau surrounded by majestic mountains.
Enjoy lunch at Pom Coong Village and visit a local family workshop in Mai Ha which specialises in producing strong rice wine, then take the 2 hours hike to Pung Village through stunning scenery of mountain ranges, paddy fields and houses-on-stilts.
On arrival at Pung Village, free at leisure to explore this beautiful village. Drop by any house you may interest, chat with the friendly host about their daily life and culture.
Enjoy foot bath with traditional herbals.
Dinner and overnight at homestay in Pung Village.

After breakfast, say farewell to the host and take the drive to Cuc Phuong National Park. Upon arrival, visit the Visitor Center and the Endangered Primate Rescue Center, dedicated to the rehabilitation, breeding, research, and conservation of endangered primates. Today it is home to over 140 primates in 15 species and subspecies, including six species which are kept only here and in no other facility in the world.
Take a 2.5 hour hike to visit the 1000-year-old tree. You have chance to understand about many different kind of trees and plants, animals and insects. On the way back visit Prehistoric Men Cave where ancient people lived 7,500 years ago.
Overnight in Cuc Phuong.

Have breakfast at the Park Headquarters. Check-out at 10:00 and take a 2 hour walk to the ancient tree. Enjoy your picnic lunch under the shade of the ancient tree.
Continue hiking to Khanh Village of Muong ethnic minority people (12km / 5 hours). Upon arrival, free time to walk around the village to discover the Muong people’s daily life.
Dinner and overnight at homestay in Khanh Village.

After breakfast, say farewell to the host and depart for Ha Long Bay, one of the most stunning natural wonders of Vietnam, a picturesque blend of harmonious transition between the mountains and the sea. On arrival, board a traditional junk and head out into the Gulf of Tonkin amongst the huge limestone outcrops and emerald waters. Lunch is served onboard while the junk cruises through scenic part of the bay.
In the afternoon visit either Surprise Cave (Garden Bay Cruise) or Vung Vieng Fishing Village (Bhaya Classic Cruise). Back to the junk and free time for relaxing or swimming or optional activities. There will be a cooking demonstration onboard in the late afternoon.
Dinner and overnight on board.
Note: Cruise itinerary and schedule are subject to change due to weather, tide levels and operating conditions.

Enjoy tea or coffee before morning visit to either Tunnel Cave (Garden Cruise) or Surprise Cave (Bhaya Classic Cruise). Return to the junk to check out of cabin. Enjoy brunch while the junk cruises back to the wharf. Disembark before noontime and drive back to Hanoi.
Rest of the day is free at leisure.
Overnight in Hanoi.

Transfer with guide to Noi Bai International Airport for departure flight.
Note: Hotel’s check-out time is 12:00

Inclusions

- Accommodation in twin/double room with daily breakfast at the below indicated room types (see hotel category list below) (check-in and check-out around noontime)

- All transfers and transportation with Air-Con vehicles (types of vehicles depend on the number of pax):

     For Vietnam

     o1-2pax: minivan of 7 seats

- Local ENGLISH speaking guides

- Boat trip - as per program

- All entrance fees - as per program

- Meals (B/L/D) (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) as indicated in the program

- 02 bottles of mineral water per person per day on bus - on days of transfer and sightseeing only

- Government tax and service charge

Exclusions

- Airfares (international and domestic)

- Meals (other than mentioned in the program)

- Drinks

- Early check-in or late check-out

- Visa - as per country requirements

- Tips

- Additional transfer required due to any emergency situation

- Mineral water beyond that which is supplied

- Personal Insurance

- Optional excursions and activities

- Items of a personal nature (Phone calls, laundry, beverages, etc.)

- Peak season surcharges if any (1/1, 9 – 14/2, 24/12, 31/12)

- All not mentioned in Inclusions

Notes

Expected Hotel List or Similar

Category: Standard

Destination              Hotel

Ha Noi                          La Dolce Vita Hotel

Mai Chau                      Ban Van - Mr. Cuong 

Ninh Binh                     Tam Coc Rice Fields Resort

Ha Long                        Bhaya Cruise

Visas into Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia are required except for countries who have signed the visa exemption contracts. Please contact us for visa information details.

Remarks: Passport must be valid 6 months ahead since the time of departing the visited country

Compulsory dinners on Dec 24th (Christmas), Dec 31st (New Year) and applicable public holiday event within your host country will be advised at time of booking.

Supplement cost for Optional tours is available on request

Trip Highlights

Hanoi – Mai Chau - Pung - Cuc Phuong - Khanh - Halong Bay – Hanoi

Departure Period

01 Jan, 2021 to 31 Dec, 2021
AUD 1,537 P P twin share

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