Day 1 Ho Chi Minh Arrival (formerly known as Saigon)
Upon arriving at Ho Chi Minh City’s Tan Son Nhat Airport, you will be welcomed by one of our MinMax Travel team members and brought to your hotel in a private car. As arrival times vary and international travel can be quite exhausting, we leave the remainder of the day open.
Day 2 Cu Chi Tunnel - Ho Chi Minh City Tour (B,L)
After having breakfast, we will begin the tour by visiting the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels. Here you will have the chance to experience what life was like for guerilla soldiers living and fighting underground during the war. Crawling through a 50-100 meter portion of over 200 kilometers of tunnel systems is truly an unforgettable experience. On the ride back to Ho Chi Minh City, we will visit local rice paper workshops with beautiful rice paddy fields illustrating the way.
After returning for lunch, we will begin our Ho Chi Minh City Tour. Starting off at the Reunification Palace, visitors can explore one of the most historically important buildings in the entire city. We will then pay a visit to the poignant War Remnants Museum (formerly known as the Museum of American War Crimes), a moving display speaking out on the futility of war. Nearby are some excellent examples of French Colonial architecture (Notre Dame Cathedral and Old Post Office), and we’ll wrap up the day touring the iconic Ben Thanh Market. After observing this vibrant commercial center and exploring some of its famous street life, we will return back to the hotel (overnight in Saigon).
Day 3 Ho Chi Minh City - Cai Be - Vinh Long - Can Tho (B,L)
Day 3 begins our exploration of the Mekong Delta region: a major rice producing area of Vietnam. Considered to be one of the world’s most fascinating rivers, the Mekong splits into nine major arteries, creating a vast network of rivers and waterways that fuel the life force of southwestern Vietnam. Between the thousands of ships that cruise through the waters and the everyday, local life thriving along the Mekong’s banks, the Delta region will be one of the most unique and memorable destinations on your Vietnam Tour.
Upon arrival from Ho Chi Minh City, you will make a boat trip out to the iconic Cai Be Floating Markets, where you’ll have the opportunity to visit local villages and meet the charming people of the Mekong Delta region. Your boat trip will continue on to An Binh Island, where you will have lunch with a local family. We will move on with the trip towards the city of Can Tho (the heart of Vietnam’s Mekong Delta region), where you will check in to your hotel and have the evening to yourself. (Overnight in Can Tho.)
Day 4 Can Tho (Mekong Delta) - Ho Chi Minh City (B, L)
After having breakfast at the hotel, we will start the morning by cruising along the Mekong’s small, picturesque tributaries by rowboat. We will see the Cai Rang Market (the biggest market in Can Tho), soak up the beautiful scenery and witness the daily activities of the locals who live amongst the Mekong’s canals. After that, we will visit a local rice-husking mill, a rice noodle shop and even sample some local tropical fruits. In the afternoon we will drive back to Ho Chi Minh where you will spend the night.
Day 5 Ho Chi Minh City - Mui Ne (B)
After breakfast, you will be transferred from Ho Chi Minh City to the costal town of Mui Ne. Arrive in Mui Ne in the afternoon, check in to your hotel and the remainder of the day is spent at your leisure. (Overnight in Mui Ne.)
Day 6 Mui Ne Free Day (B)
Day 6 is entirely open for your enjoyment; relax on the beach, try out some local seafood or shop along Mui Ne’s vibrant main strip. (Overnight in Mui Ne)
Day 7 Mui Ne - Ho Chi Minh City (B)
You are free to explore Mui Ne one final time in the morning, and around mid afternoon our driver will transfer you back to Ho Chi Minh City. (Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.)
Day 8 Ho Chi Minh City - Flight to Hanoi (B)
Spend the morning exploring Saigon’s vibrant streets until our transport brings you to the airport for your flight north to Hanoi. Upon on arrival in the capital city, you will be picked up by one of our MinMax Travel staff members, transferred and checked in to your new hotel. The rest of day is open for you to explore Hanoi. (Overnight in Hanoi.)
Day 9 Hanoi City Tour (B,L)
We begin our tour of Hanoi by visiting the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Here you can experience the architectural splendor and historical importance of Uncle Ho's final resting place- a national treasure for all Vietnamese. Adjacent to the mausoleum is Ho Chi Minh's former “House on Stilts,” where the leader spent a great deal of his free time. From here we visit the nearby One Pillar Pagoda, an 11th century temple built by King Ly Thai To. This pagoda is not only historically and religiously significant, but is also an important symbol for the people of Hanoi. Continuing on, we visit one of the city’s most iconic destinations: the Temple of Literature (Quoc Tu Giam). Vietnam’s first University, this 11th century establishment boasts perfectly manicured gardens and extremely well-preserved architecture, offering visitors some excellent insight into Vietnam’s rich past.
After a busy morning, we will enjoy lunch at a delicious local restaurant, followed by a tour of the bustling “Old Trading Quarter” of Hanoi. Our scenic tour ends with a visit to Lake Hoan Kiem’s Ngoc Son Temple and a live viewing of Hanoi's world-famous Water Puppet Show (Mua Roi Nuoc). A traditional form of entertainment in Northern Vietnam, the roots of these memorable shows date as far back as the 10th century. Day 9 ends with a transfer back to the hotel and another night in the capital city.
Day 10 Hanoi City - Mai Chau (B,L,D)
We will depart from Hanoi in the morning for the 3.5-hour trip to Mai Chau, one of Vietnam’s most picturesque destinations surrounded by spectacular karst rock formations and rice paddies. After having lunch, we will spend the afternoon exploring the idyllic natural surroundings and will also pay a visit to the extraordinary Mo Luong (Soldier) Cave.
In the evening you’ll have the chance to enjoy a traditional Thai music and dance performance from a local Thai ethnic group that has inhabited the area for centuries (much of their lifestyle and traditions have remained unchanged over the centuries!) We will stay overnight in a traditional Thai stilt-house, where you can learn about their fascinating culture first hand.
Day 11 Mai Chau - Hanoi (B,L)
After breakfast at the Homestay, you will start the morning with a light trek (2- 4 hours) through some other villages in the Mai Chau Valley. After lunch in Mai Chau, we will begin the journey back to Hanoi. While driving back to the capital city, be sure to have your camera ready, as the views atop the Mai Chau Valley are absolutely superb! We will reach Hanoi late in the afternoon and spent the night in the city.
Day 12 Hanoi City - Ha Long Bay (B,L,D)
Day 12 starts around 8:00-8:30 AM with a hotel pickup and shuttle bus out to Halong Bay. Upon arriving at the port, the Ha Long Cruise boat crew will bring you aboard, where you can enjoy a welcome drink and check in to your assigned cabin. A seafood lunch will be served soon after, and as your boat launches out into the mystical bay, you’ll immediately see many of the numerous attractions. A quiet cruise carries you along the amazing karsts, all boasting different, unique formations. From the Mat Qui (Monster’s face), But Moc & Cap De islets, through the Trong (Drum), Luon and Trinh Nu caves, out into the remarkable Floating Fishing Village- you will be mesmerized and captivated by Halong’s timeless beauty. As for personal time, there will be plenty of opportunities for swimming, sun bathing and photography all throughout the day. Top off the day with an unforgettable sunset dinner and relax under the starlit sky before retiring to the comfort of your cabin.
Day 13 Ha Long Bay - Hanoi City (B,L)
Early risers can enjoy a morning view of the Bay’s iconic landscapes while waiting for breakfast. After eating, pass the morning hours atop the boat’s upper deck, where you can capture breathtaking, panoramic shots of the rocky islets rising up from the bay’s crystal-clear waters. With no towns, roads or traffic nearby, the silence is absolutely serene. Before heading back to town, explore one more “Amazing” (Sung Sot) cave, swim and relax at the Titop Beach and soak up some top-deck rays. Lunch is served while you make your way to port, and you’ll arrive at the harbor by 12: 00 Noon. Your shuttle bus to Hanoi will be waiting, and you’ll arrive back at the hotel around 4.30PM. You will have the afternoon and evening to yourself, where you can relax, eat out or explore Hanoi’s bustling, captivating streets. (Overnight in Hanoi).
Day 14 Hanoi Departure (B)
After breakfast, you will have the chance to explore Hanoi one last time (leaving at least 2 hours before your flight’s departure). Our driver will bring you to Noi Bai International Airport, and your tour is complete!!
We would like to express our sincere thanks for considering and (hopefully) choosing to travel with MinMax Travel. We are confident that you will thoroughly enjoy every moment of your trip and every corner of our beautiful country.
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