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River Floating Market - Beach Break & Leisure Cruise

Traveling cross Vietnam from the South to the North and experience the great improvement of Vietnam in the recent years. The 10 day journey combines river sampan experience, countryside discovery, beach vacation, romantic cruise, and the most comfortable service in major cities of this beautiful country. Contact Travel Consultants of Travel Vietnam for more details and best offers.

Start city: Ho Chi Minh

End city: Hanoi

Durations 10 Days 9 Nights

Departure: Daily, upon your request.

Cities to visit: Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta (Cai Be, Sa Dec & Can Tho) – Danang – Hoian – Hai Phong – Halong Bay – Hanoi

Extendable with optional tours from Hanoi

River Floating Market - Beach Break & Leisure Cruise

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Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City Arrival.
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City Tour.
Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta – Overnight on river cruise.
Day 4: Can Tho – Floating Market – Fly to Danang.
Day 5: Danang – Hoian Ancient Town.
Day 6: Danang – Spend the day at your leisure.
Day 7: Danang – Fly to Hai Phong.
Day 8: Hai Phong – Lan Ha Bay – Cruise Halong Bay – Overnight on cruise.
Day 9: Halong Bay Cruise – Hai Phong – Hanoi.
Day 10: Hanoi City Tour – Departure.

 

Prices are quoted in US Dollars per person, double occupancy.

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City Arrival.
Welcome to Vietnam’s financial hub: Ho Chi Minh City (formerly known as Saigon). Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met by your tour guide and driver. Enjoy an orientation tour through Saigon’s bustling streets en route to the hotel. The remainder of the day will be spent at your leisure.
This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner on the Saigon River which offers traditional Vietnamese foods with fresh and tasty ingredients.
Meals: Dinner.
Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City Tour.
Enjoy a full day to tour Saigon’s diverse attractions. Start with a visit to Saigon’s China Town, Binh Tay Market (Great Market) & Thien Hau Pagoda. Stop to visit the Fine Art Museum located in a beautiful colonial house combining French and Chinese styles; it presents a large collection of fine artworks from paintings to historical objects. Browse through the amazing array of goods at Ben Thanh Market. Stop for lunch then continue on the city tour with a visit to the War Remnants Museum. Learn about Vietnam’s recent history at the Reunification Palace followed by the nearby neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral and the City's Centre Post Office before passing by the ornate Opera Theatre and the City Hall.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta – Overnight on river cruise.
This morning head west as you leave the bustle of the big city and drive to the lush Mekong River Delta.
Begin cruising from Phu An Jetty at 10:00 A.M. From the deck of sampan, observe life as it plays out on shore – people going about their daily activities against picturesque landscapes – while your attentive crew serves tea and seasonal fruit. Before arriving at Sa Dec, stop at various points along the river for a look into some of the cottage industries of the region including a brick factory where everything is made by hand, pass monkey bridges and tiny villages to visit a Cao Dai temple.
Arrive in Sa Dec and stroll to the outdoor market. Visit one of the highlights of this charming town, the ancient house of Huynh Thuy Le, a real-life character in the celebrated novel and film "The Lover" by Marguerite Duras.
Lunch is served on board while cruising towards Can Tho along a narrow canal teeming with life. Explore the countryside surroundings by local rowboat.
Your last stopover before sunset is at an ancient house (a "Nha Co" in Vietnamese), dating back to the 19th century. The owner welcomes you to his home while you are served a candlelit dinner in this authentic countryside setting.
After dinner return to the sampan and continue towards the Hau River. Overnight on board.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Accommodation: on cruise.

Day 4: Can Tho – Floating Market – Fly to Danang.
Wake up early at 6:00 A.M for a visit to the famous Cai Rang Floating Market which operates daily starting from 5:00 A.M. Breakfast is served on board while the Song Xanh navigates towards the market. Local barges loaded down with fruits and vegetables make for some stunning photos.
Continue cruising and disembark at Ninh Kieu pier.
Transfer to Can Tho Airport for the domestic flight to Danang.
Rest of the day is free to spend as you wish! Perhaps relax on the beach or poolside.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Danang.

Day 5: Danang – Hoian Ancient Town.
After breakfast, meet your guide and driver in the lobby of the resort then travel to the ancient town of Hoian. From the 16th to 18th centuries, Hoian was a thriving international port frequented by Chinese, Dutch, French, Japanese, Portuguese and Arab traders who came to trade the high quality silk still produced in the region. Today, Hoian is a relaxing resort popular with tourists for its eclectic architecture, skilled tailors and numerous cafes. Take a half-day walking tour through the narrow winding streets of the ancient town centre, visiting Chua Ong Pagoda, the Chinese Assembly Hall, the 200-year old Tan Ky ancestral house and the famous Japanese Bridge. After lunch, take a short boat trip to a nearby island and visit a handicraft village specializing in ceramics. Return to the resort in the late afternoon and enjoy an evening at your leisure.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Danang.

Day 6: Danang – Spend the day at your leisure.
Central Vietnam has a vast array of historic and scenic attractions to discover. Danang’s hotels/ resorts are just a short drive along the coast from the ancient sea-trading town of Hoian and Hue City, which are UNESCO World Heritage sites. In addition, the stunning Marble Mountains, Linh Ung Pagoda housing Lady Buddha statue plus the ancient ruins of My Son are all within easy reach.
Escape from your busy schedule to enjoy time with your loved ones on one of the most beautiful and romantic beaches in the world!

Today you are free at leisure.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Danang.

Day 7: Danang – Fly to Hai Phong.
Enjoy some free time before your short flight to Hai Phong, the third biggest city in Vietnam just after Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.
Upon arrival, check into your hotel and relax.
Hai Phong City is not only famous as a major industrial port city but there is also enormous potential for tourism. It preserved many architectural delights, including traditional architecture such as pagodas, temples and French neoclassical architecture of the old neighborhood.
This afternoon, visit the Hai Phong Opera Theatre, also called Municipal Theatre, one of three theatres built by the French in Vietnam, the cultural structure typical of Port City. Next to the City Square is the Theatre, Flower Stall & Le Chan Statue - one of the female generals under the command of the Trung Sisters (Hai Ba Trung) rose against Chinese rule in the year 43 C.E. Walk along the tree lined streets of this beautiful city. Conclude your half day city tour of Hai Phong at Du Hang Pagoda, the ancient architecture originated during the Tien Le dynasty. Admire the many valuable Buddha statues, horizontal lacquered boards and parallel sentences bearing the art style of the Nguyen dynasty.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hai Phong.

Day 8: Hai Phong – Lan Ha Bay – Cruise Halong Bay – Overnight on cruise.
Explore one of the largest and the most beautiful caves on Halong Bay. Join Orchid Cruises on an enchanting journey through beautiful Ha Long Bay which allows you to relax and discover stunning untouched areas. Rare and specialized itineraries allow you to experience less traveled routes that other cruises simply cannot offer. Orchid Cruises house 14 luxury cabins with an elite, professional crew that will provide you with the best service during your time in Halong! Nothing is more enjoyable than kayaking on the vast sea, and exploring the natural beauty of many islets. Moreover, you will also have a chance to join our cooking class to challenge your skills in preparing a very famous Vietnamese dish.
After breakfast, visit “Iron Market” (Cho Sat), a busy city market covering a large area. When being built, the market was made of iron and steel so people call "Cho Sat" (Iron Market) to easily remember the name. Even if you don’t plan to buy anything here, it’s still an interesting experience to observe local life in this busy downtown area of Hai Phong. Stroll around Tam Bac Lake to soak up daily life of the local people. During summertime, Hai Phong City will be decorated ina flamboyant red color that visitors should not miss!
Get a glimpse of an ancient post office then stop at Hai Phong Museum which is housed in a superb colonial mansion. The museum holds a small but impressive collection of local historic artifacts which together trace the heritage of the region, as well as a selection of precious gems, everyday traditional items and old photographs.
11h30: Transfer to Dinh Vu Port.
12h00: Transfer by tender to the Orchid Cruise.
12h15: Welcome aboard! Enjoy welcome drinks while you receive the cruise briefing, safety instructions and check in. Start cruising and explore Halong Bay – one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature.
12h40: Your Orchid Cruise proceeds to Da Chong islet where you will see a lighthouse built by the French over 100 years ago. Enjoy lunch on cruise before continuing your journey via the islets of Duck (Con Vit) and Gia Luan. These amazing limestone karst formations rise up out of the sea in an impressive manner. This area is untouched due to being a fair way from Halong City, not so many tourist boats venture here, meaning it has a more isolated appeal.
14h45: Progress to Ba Trai Dao beach area of Lan Ha Bay, a separate part of Halong Bay. Geologically, Lan Ha is an extension of Halong Bay but sits in a different province of Vietnam. The region is known for its pristine beaches and spectacular beauty with about 400 fascinating karst islands and limestone outcrops. Unlike Ha Long Bay, the islands of Lan Ha Bay are forested, and most are small in stature.The region is known for its pristine beaches and spectacular beauty with about 400 fascinating karst islands and limestone outcrops. Unlike Ha Long Bay, the islands of Lan Ha Bay are forested, and most are small in stature.
15h00: Experience the small coracles that have been used by fishermen for centuries. You will learn how they go to trade or to cast fishing nets whilst navigating the waters in their tiny craft.
Alternatively, you may prefer to try kayaking or simply just enjoy a swim. This is a great experience, immersed in the crystal clear waters of the bay, in the Ba Trai Dao area (this itinerary runs between the months of April and November).
In the winter months, (December to March) you may visit Viet Hai Village where you can bike along the village paths and go through forests and tunnels. Enjoy stunning scenery of rice fields on the way. Optional electric cart service is available (at an extra cost).
17h45: Return to your boat. You may watch the magnificent sunset over the Gulf of Tonkin (if weather permits) or join a traditional cooking class. The cruise’s chef will instruct you in the making of some Vietnamese dishes.
Option: Massage service available. Please book with Cruise Manager directly (please see massage menu).
19h30: Dinner is served. Enjoy delicious local food prepared and served by professional on-board catering staffs.
21h30: Enjoy drinks at bar and the landscape of the bay at night on the top deck. Squid fishing is one of the most interesting evening activities that you may like to experience. Overnight on board.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Accommodation: Overnight on cruise.

Day 9: Halong Bay Cruise – Hai Phong – Hanoi.
06h00: Why not rise early to witness the bay at its very best whilst enjoying an invigorating Tai Chi session on the sundeck? After breakfast, continue your journey and head out by canoes to explore the bay in the area where the Dark & Bright Cave is situated.
9h45: Return to your boat for check-out procedures.
10h15: Enjoy a delightful brunch as you are navigating back to Dinh Vu Pier.
11h35: Disembark.
12h10: Meet your tour guide then drive to Hanoi on one of Vietnam’s the most modern freeways.
14h30: Check in to you hotel in Hanoi. Rest of the day is spent at your leisure to go shopping or meander the streets in the Old Quarter.
Meals: Brunch.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi.

Day 10: Hanoi City Tour – Departure.
Today you have a morning to explore Vietnam’s charming capital. With its wide tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes and ancient oriental pagodas, Hanoi is an eclectic mix that offers something for everyone. Your city tour will take you to Hanoi’s key sites: the Ho Chi Minh Complex (Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum and stilt house), the nearby One Pillar Pagoda; the Presidential Palace; the Temple of Literature; the sedate Tran Quoc Pagoda & West Lake.
You are free until departure to Noi Bai International Airport for your flight home.
Goodbye & thanks for traveling with Travel Vietnam!
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: N/A.

1. Are tour dates of flexible?

Yes, this tour package is private and you can depart on any dates at your convenience.

2. Can I extend or change my stay?

Absolutely! Extra days can be arranged in most areas if desired. Let us know how you would like to customize your trip and we will do our best to accommodate you. You can ask helps from our travel consultant to amend or extend your stay (subject to availability of hotels and flights; surcharge may be applicable).

3. Are the rates displayed per person or per room?

The prices shown on our website are per person based on twin/ double accommodation.

4. Any surcharges if my travel dates are during Christmas or New Year Holidays?

The rates are regular price and they are not included a compulsory dinner (Gala Dinner) on the day of Christmas or New Year Eve. Surcharges depend on specific hotels you stay at, so our travel consultants will give further information to you in communications.

5. Are there any discounts available?

We offer select trip discounts periodically throughout the year, especially in the low season (Summer time in Vietnam is from May to Sep). Please contact our travel consultants to get more details.

6. How do I pay when I want to book this tour?

We accept payment by debit/ credit card (Visa, Master, Amex), cash and bank transfer. When you confirm a booking with us, we will send you our online payment link or bank details to deposit 30% of the total tour cost. The balance will be due as soon as you arrive in Cambodia. Our travel consultants will give more details via email about payment instruction.

7. Are meals included?

We have tried to balance flexibility and convenience regarding meal options. This tour package includes daily buffet breakfast at hotels and some lunches or dinners as listed in parenthesis next to the tour itinerary on each day tour. In the major cities, where there are a wide variety of restaurants, we generally do not include meals to allow our travelers the flexibility of choosing their own food preferences. Our tour guides can recommend some options for our clients to choose from according to traveler's interest & budget.

8. What type of food is typical of Vietnam?

Vietnamese cuisine is quite varied from the North to the Centre and to the South, having had many external influences over the years that have created an interesting mix of cooking methods and ingredients. French presence in the recent past has led to the assimilation of French cuisine influence, and is often attributed with Pho noodle soup's rise to popularity. Most meals include rice, as well as fish sauce which is a popular condiment added to almost every meal throughout the country.

9. What if I have a special request on food?

You just need to share us your request on type of foods, we will choose a right restaurant and order suitable menus for you.

10. What are the accommodations like?

Vietnam Tours only recommends good hotels rated from 3 stars to luxurious resorts. They are located within walking distance of the town center and the reception generally speaks English. For more information, check with your travel consultants to view pictures of our suggestion on standard hotels/ lodges/ resorts. Don't forget that you can give your favorite name of hotel brands to us, so we can get your concept.

11. What type of transportation is used?

Our Vietnam tours utilize a variety of primarily private transportation (arranged just for your groups) including new and modern vans/ cars, motor boats, etc. We use a mix of private (vans/ cars)/ public transportation (domestic flights, sharing cruises, trains) to provide travelers with the safest and most efficient transit in each area.

12. Is this tour suitable for kids?

Yes! If you have children traveling with, ask your travel consultants to customize the tour program to fit a variety of interests and ages. We also focus on family friendly vacations with less travel and minimum drive times and maximum in-country activity that will keep younger minds engaged.

13. How many people are typically on your tours?

We only offer completely private tours, so only the people you book for will be on the tour. If you are alone, it will just be you and your guide. If you are a couple, just the two of you and your guide, and so on. We believe this is the best type of tour, so that it can be personalized to you, go at your own pace, and so that you can have the full attention of your guide for the duration of the tour.

14. Is this trip a good choice for solo travelers?

Yes, it is. You will still have a private tour guide and driver to accompany throughout the journey. However, you have to cover all expenses regarding accommodations (single room), tour guides, transportations because no-one shares cost with.

15. Do tour rates include international flights?

This tour only includes domestic flights. We find that it is usually less expensive for travelers to book these separately and this also allows you the flexibility to choose the schedule and routing that is most convenient for you. You can purchase international flights on your own, or we can certainly help you arrange these flights with an airfare consolidator who specializes in international flights.

16. How do I get to the hotel from the airport when I arrive?

When you arrive at airports, you will be greeted with your name on our driver/ tour guide's welcome sign, then get transferred to your hotel.

17. How if bad weather such as storm, flood, landslide occurs during my holiday with Vietnam Tours?

Our Travel Consultants and Tour Operators keep checking weather forecast every-day, if the weather is bad and it may affect to your safety, we will discuss with you regarding a tentative program immediately.

18. How much should I budget for tips?

Tips are not compulsory on any of our tours. However, it is customary to offer a small tip for exceptional service. Other travelers opt to bring small souvenirs from their home to give to tour guides and drivers along the way.

19. Is travel insurance included? And is it recommended?

Travel insurance is not included in our tour price. Absolutely, we recommend you to contact with your local agent in your country to buy travel insurance before you go.

20. How to change or cancel my reservation?

- You can change or amend your schedule in advance or during your trip but surcharge maybe applied according to our contract with local suppliers, hotels and airlines. Regarding cancelation terms, please check out this link: https://asiatravelandleisure.com/terms-conditions.html

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Price Included

  • Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels.
  • Private tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • 2 flights (Can Tho – Danang & Danang – Hai Phong).
  • Orchid Cruise package (2 days/ 1 night) on Halong Bay.
  • Services of private drivers and air-conditioned vehicles.
  • Service of English speaking guides as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Entrance fees, performances, boat trips & excursions.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.

Price Excluded

  • International flight into and out Vietnam.
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels.
  • Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.).
  • Tips for guides and drivers.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Vietnam Visa fee.
Did you know? All of our tours are private and daily depart. TRAVEL VIETNAM can organize any additional accommodations, domestic and regional flights. Call us on +84982 661 133 to speak to one of our experts.

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