Landscapes and history of Vietnam ( Trip from north to south 13 days/12 nights)

Route Trip 
Landscape and history
Route trip 
                          Route in brief 
 
Hotel 3* Hotel 4* Meal 
Day 1 Hanoi  Skylark hotel  Silk Path hotel  4* -/-/D
Day 2  Hanoi  Skylark hotel  Silk Path hotel  4* B/L/-
Day 3 Hanoi - Mai Chau  Mai Chau Ecolodge  Mai Chau Ecolodge  B/L/-
Day 4 Mai Chau - Pu Luong  Pu Luong  Garden  Pu Luong Retreat  B/L/-
Day 5 Pu Luong - Tam Coc  Tam Coc Ricefield Hidden Charm  B/L/-
Day 6  Tam Coc - Halong Bay  Glory Cruise  Pelican Cruise  B/L/D
Day 7 Halong Bay - Ha Noi ( Train to Hue)  Lotus Train   Lotus Train  B/L/-
Day 8  Hue  Rosaleen hotel  Eldora Hue  B/L/-
Day 9  Hue - Hoi An  Phu Thinh Spa boutique Resort  Ancient house village  B/L/-
Day 10 Hoi An  Phu Thinh Spa boutique Resort  Ancient house village  B/L/-
Day 11 Hoi An -  Ho Chi Minh City  Le Duy hotel  Continental hotel  B/L/-
Day 12 Ho Chi Minh City - Ben Tre - Can Tho  Hau Giang Hotel  TTC Premium  B/L/-
Day 13 Can Tho - Ho Chi Minh City - Flight  No No B/L/-
 
Hight lights: 
  • Immersion in local homestay in Mai Chau and Mekong Delta
  • Walk to discover the ethnic villages and sumptuous landscapes of the north and south
  • Bike ride to discover the in land Halong Bay
  • Junk cruise in Halong Bay
  • Discovery of the historical sites of Hue, the old capital
  • Bike ride to discover the HoiAn countryside
  • Discovery of the arroyos and the quaternary life in the Mekong.
  • Bike ride through the orchards and arroyos in the Mekong
  • Visit the biggest floating market of Cai Rang

Detailed program

Day 1: Hanoi - Get pick up                                                           ( -/-/D)
Pagode au pillier unique
One pillar pagoda 


Upon arrival, our private Vietnam Tour guide and driver will welcome your Vietnam Holiday, pick up and transfer to Hanoi, your journey is now begin in a city where the exotic chic of old Asia blends with the dynamic face of new Asia. Where the medieval and modern co-exist. A city with a blend of Parisian grace and Asian pace, an architectural museum piece evolving in harmony with its history, rather than bulldozing through like many of the region’s capitals. Hanoi is where imagination becomes reality.
 You will have a specialty local lunch and ride on cyclo rickshow to discover Vietnams richest cultural capital, Hanoi, with over 1,000 years of history to uncover, you’ll find the highlights of Hanoi’s treasured gems on an exciting tour around the ‘City of lakes’. Visit the finest spiritual temples, busiest market streets & most tranquil gardens…. Hanoi is for sure the jewel of Asia. Dinner and overnight at the hotel

 

Day 2: Hanoi - Visit                                                                    (B/L/D) 
Water puppet show Hanoi
Water puppet 


The capital of Vietnam with a long background of history and culture, Hanoi is also well-known for its beautiful lakes with the image of local Tai Chi in the early morning, tree-line boulevards, funny street vendors & special street food cuisine.
Discovery and walk in the historical square of BaDinh where the HoChiMinh mausoleum is situated, the presidential palace and the magnificent botanical garden where his house on stilts and One Pillar Pagoda are located.  Continue to visit of the Temple of Literature dating back to the 11th century or earlier were organized competitions for access to the Mandarinate. Lunch at ChaCa, in the afternoon, visit the ethnography museum which collects beautiful photos and objects of minority tribes throughout the country. Enjoy water puppet show in the evening. Dinner in the city and overnight at the hotel.


 

Day 3: Hanoi - Mai Hich Village                                                        (B/L/D)
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Mai Hich landscape 



Depart for Mai Chau, visit along the way of Tay Phuong Pagoda, a treasure trove of wooden sculptures of Buddha statues.  Arrival in the valley around at noon, stay at a Thai's house on stilts. Local lunch with the locals, in the afternoon, walk to discover the surrounding villages by approaching and contacting the locals.  Dinner with the family. Dance show and traditional music. Night in the traditional stilts house







 

Day 4: Mai Hich - Pu Luong                                                             ( B/L/D)
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Ricefield on terracce in Pu Luong 


Depart by car to Pu Luong Nature Reserve.  Arrival and check-in Pu Luong Retreat, a magnificent place with an idyllic view of the rice terraces. Free time for your rest and enjoy the ecological swimming pool. Lunch and hike in the afternoon to discover the rice terraces, bamboo forests and authentic villages of the Thai ethnic group. Back to Pu Luong Retreat. Dinner and overnight at Pu Luong Retreat








 

Day 5: Pu Luong - Tam Coc                                                               (B/L/D)
Landscape in Hoa Lu Tam Coc
Landscape in Tam Coc - Hoa Lu


Depart for HoaLu, known as Halong Bay terrestrial. Arrival around noon, local lunch, in the afternoon.  A bike ride on a small path to discover the life of the quaternary, the green rice fields and the karst landscapes.  Visit the Bich Dong Cave Pagoda. Rowboat trip on the river winding between karst gables in the Thung Nang's region. Dinner at the restaurant and overnight at the hotel







 

Day 6: Tam Coc - Lan Ha Bay                                                            ( B/L/D)
Lan Ha bay landscape
Floating house in Lan Ha Bay 



Depart for Hai Phong crossing the entire Red River delta... Arrival around noon, immediate boarding on a classic junk for a fantastic cruise in Lan Ha Bay (one of the seven natural wonders of the world), and lunch of fresh seafood caught in the bay, visit of a natural cave by a bamboo basket boat and you can swim or kayak to explore this natural wonder. Dinner and overnight on board






 

Day 7 : Lan Ha Bay - Ha Noi - Train to Hue                                             ( B/L/D)
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Kayak ride in Lan Ha Bay 



You can get up to admire the moment of the dawn of the bay, breakfast served on board, continue the navigation through the enchanting landscapes. Kayak trip to explore the quiet spots and fish farming on the bay. Return to the pier and transfer to Hanoi to take the train to Hue. Overnight by train (Compartment of 4 berths, first tourist class)
Option 1: Overnight train
Option 2: Flight from Hanoi to Hue






 

Day 8: Hue - Visit                                                                     ( B/L/D)
Cité ipériale de Hue
Imperial City Hue 



Arrival in the morning in Hue, transfer to the hotel to set up and take a shower and breakfast before leaving for the visit of the Imperial City, majestic symbol of the power of the entire Nguyen dynasty during 142 years of rule. Lunch of rice cakes and local specialties, in the afternoon, visit of the Celestial Goddess pagoda and walk in the Dong Ba market. Visit of the mausoleums of Tu Duc and Khai Dinh.  Specialty dinner with family.  Night at the hotel






 

Day 9: Hue - Hoi An                                                                    ( B/L/D)
mausolee Khai Dinh
Khai Dinh Tomb



The day begins with a pleasant bike ride in the middle of the Hue countryside during the walk, you will visit a local market and the local people's life... Leaving to Danang. Stop near Lap An Lake, at the foot of the Hai Van Pass for your seafood lunch in a house on stilts.  Continue your journey via the Hai Van Pass along the coast which offers a perspective on the LangCo peninsula. Visit Linh Ung Pagoda with a statue of the Celestial Goddess protecting the sea and the city of Danang. Dinner at town and overnight at hotel






 

Day 10: HoI An                                                                          (B/L/D)
old quarter HoiAn
Old town HoiAn 


Bike ride through the typical countryside and beautiful vegetable gardens.  Stop in a village to participate in country activities with the farmers and learn the technique of growing organic vegetables. A small session of foot massage and initiation course of local cuisine for the preparation of BanhXeo. Lunch at the inhabitant's house. In the afternoon, discover this charming small port town listed as a World Heritage Site. Flannery in the old town, among ancient houses and old temples. Free time to enjoy the pleasant atmosphere of this counter.
Return to the hotel, fondue dinner in a typical authentic restaurant with the locals






 

Day 11: Hoi An - Da Nang - flight to Ho Chi Minh City                                  ( B/L/D)
Notre Dame Cathedral Saigon
Cathedral Notre Dame Saigon 

After breakfast, our Vietnam tour guide and driver in Hoi An will transfer you to Danang airport for your flight to Saigon. Upon your arrival, welcome and discovery of the Chinatown of Cholon (the big market) which exudes a particular atmosphere with its crowded streets, its signs in Chinese ideograms and its moving human masses. Discover the shops of the traditional herbalists' street, the Binh Tay market full of goods, Thien Hau's pagoda, built in honor of the Celestial Goddess of the Sea decorated with ceramic figurines. Discovery of the Cha Tam church, although of Catholic obedience to the mixed base of neo-Gothic and Chinese architecture. 
 Lunch and discovery of colonial Saigon and the main historical sites of the city: Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica (view from the outside due to the restoration), made of red brick dating from 1880. The Central Post Office, which is an important example of French architecture in Vietnam.
Stop to take some photos  in front of the Reunification Palace, the Opera House and the City Hall. Flannery at Ben Thanh Central Market before setting up at your hotel. Dinner in town and overnight at the hotel. 

Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta                                                ( B/L/D)
Daily life in Mekong
Daily life in Mekong Delta 


Depart for Mekong Delta, discover of the Vinh Trang pagoda at My Tho, arrival in the Ben Tre region in the heart of the Tien river. Boat trip in the arroyos through magnificent orchards and lush nature. Visit of the caramel candy factories, local products based on coconuts. Lunch with the elephant earfish specialty. Bike ride through the typical countryside, green orchards and scenes of daily life. Rowing boat trip in the narrower canals. Arrival in Can Tho, free time to discover the city's market. Dinner in town and overnight at the hotel.






 

Day 13: Can Tho - Ho Chi Minh City                                                     ( B/L/D)
 
cho noi cai rang
Cai Rang Floating market in Mekong Delta

Start your day in the early morning by take a boat trip to the floating market of Cai Rang, the largest market in the delta, a surprising sight as this myriad of boats that every morning crowd around belly hulls overflowing with bananas, rice, mangoes, pineapples... During the trip, you will meet many small boats carrying fruits, vegetables, fish.

Then visit the food market where you can find almost all the agricultural products of the Mekong Delta, fish; shrimp, crab, vegetables, fruits.....  Return by bus to Saigon. Lunch along the way, arrival in Saigon in the early afternoon. A room will be ready for your shower  ( 4 people/1 room) and change before the transfer to the airport for the return flight.  




 

En of services

This price includes:

  • Modern private minibus with A/C

  • Accommodation in double or twin rooms (2 persons/room) in the above-mentioned category, with breakfast

  • Local English speaking guides except on free days

  • Cruise in Halong or Lan Ha Bay on the non-private boat 4* ( Private luxurious cabin)

  • The shows and cruises mentioned

  • The right of entry to tourist sites

  • The meals mentioned in the program

  • Soft bunk night train Hanoi - Hue (4 people in one compartment)

  • Fresh water in the car during the whole stay

This price excludes

  • International airline tickets

  • Danang - Saigon flight tickets (about 70 USD/1 pax)

  • Personal insurance

  • Tips for services, personal expenses and anything not clearly mentioned in the program ( 4 USD/ 1day/1pax for all services)

 

1, Weather
Vietnam has a tropical climate, which is characterized by strong sunshine, relatively high temperatures throughout the year and significant rainfall. In general, the country experiences two distinct seasons: a dry and cold season (from November to April) a hot and rainy season (from May to October). But the country stretching over more than 1600km, there are notable differences between the northern and southern provinces. Temperature changes are therefore more noticeable in the more temperate regions of Tonkin (north), while they are barely perceptible in HoChiMinh Ville and in the Mekong Delta. You can visit Vietnam in any season
  Annual average temp. Coldest month Hottest month Average annual precipitation Driest month Rainiest month
Hanoi 24,4oC Jan 16,5oC June 36oC 1678mm Dec  350mm August 2020mm
Hue 25,1oC Jan 19,7oC July 35oC 3039mm Jan 860mm Oct 1930mm
Saigon 27,9 oC Jan 26,8oC April  35oC 1952mm Feb 340mm June 1930mm


2, Take away clothes 
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Take away clothes 
Bring light everyday clothes, preferably cotton, but woolen fabric is recommended for air-conditioned places (Bus for long distances or restaurants) and the mountainous regions of Upper Tonkin or the Highlands where the thermal amplitude can be important between day and night. A jacket or sweater is  obligatory if you are traveling in winter (September to April). Also bring raincost , as the rains are frequent, brief but often torrential, as well as long clothes and socks to protect you from mosquitoes. When you visit the temples, avoid shorts and sleeveless tops. Bring a hat to protect yourself from the sun, don't forget the sunscreen for the beach and mosquito repellents. Also make sure you have decent attire for visiting places of worship. When visiting a pagoda, men should preferably wear pants, because the shorts would shock the monks, women should have their shoulders covered. It is advisable to have comfortable and easy to remove shoes because you will have to take off your shoes at the entrance of these. Finally, closed high shoes are recommended if you are trekking.

3, Passport and Visa?


To prepare your trip to Vietnam, you must be in possession of a passport valid at least 6 months after your return date as well as a visa, valid from 1 to three months from your date of entry into Vietnam. Since July 1, 2016, the government has temporarily exempted citizens of 6 European countries from visa: France, Germany, Spain, United Kingdom for a maximum of 15 days without distinction of category and purpose of entry to Vietnam. For other nationalities and trips longer than 15 days, the visa is always essential to enter Vietnam
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Preparing passport and visa before go to Vietnam
To obtain the visa, you have two possibilities of doing it, either you can directly ask for the visa near the Vietnamese embassy or consullate in your country, for that, bring your passport, two photos and 70 euros or 80 euros for a request by correspondence. We can provide you with the forms to complete for your departure.
Less expensive and faster for you, you can get the visa on arrival (VOA Visa Upon, Visa on arrival). This visa will be delivered on site upon arrival at the airport provided that you have a letter of approval. Asiatik Travel will arrange everything and deliver this letter to you, along with your passport details. This letter with the forms will be delivered to you before your departure. When you arrive at the airport, go to the "Landing visa" counter located before passport control, with this invitation letter and a 4x6 photo. With the form, you will pay 25 USD in cash and exclusively in US dollars to obtain a month's visa.
4, Vaccinations and health
Vietnam poses no particular health or safety problems, but it is advisable to consult the "Advice for Travelers" sheets on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website before leaving: www.diplomatie.gouv.fr
No vaccine is required, except for yellow fever if you are coming from an African or Latin American country where it is endemic. However, it is strongly recommended to be up to date with your vaccinations against polio, diphtheria, tetanus, typhoid and hepatitis A and B, as well as meningitis A and C and Japanese encephalitis for long stays
a, Recommandations:
Veillez à vous protéger du soleil et de la chaleur de manière à prévenir tout risque d'insolation et de déshydradation. Exposez-vous progressivement et pensez toujours à porter chapeau, lunettes de soleil et protection solaire, même par temps couvert. il est également important de boire abondamment et fréquemment.
Ne buvez jamais de l'eau du robinet qui ne serait pas préalablement bouillie ou purifiée avec des pastilles, lavez-vous les mains avant et après chaque repas. 
b, Pharmacy kit
If you are following a particular treatment, take your medication in sufficient quantity, with the doctor's prescription
Also think of everyday products such as foam earplugs, razor, shaving cream, tampons and sanitary napkins. But do not worry there either in case of forgetting: all this is on site without difficulty.

5, Telephone and electricity
a, Telephone: 
To call Vietnam from abroad, dial the international access number (00 from Europe) then 84 (for the Vietnam), the regional prefix without the 0 and the number of your correspondent. To call abroad from Vietnam, dial 00, followed by the country code (33 for France and 32 for Belgium, 41 for Switzerland and 1 for Canada...) followed by the regional prefix without the 0 and number
b, Electricity:
The current is in 220volts. In most hotels, the sockets are also designed to work with flat plug devices like those found in the United States (But in this case, you will also need an adapter if your device works in 110volts)
The national network is very reliable in the big cities as generally in the rest of the country.

6, Tip 
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Long tradional tunic 

In luxury hotels and restaurants, the service is generally included (from 10 to 15%), but elsewhere it is left to your discretion and is not systematic. On the other hand, it is traditional to thank the services rendered by the staff such as: luggage port, boat rowers, drivers of the cylos drivers. Our advice for these cases is often 1-2 euros / 1 person if you appreciate the services rendered. For guides and drivers, if you are in a large group (from 10 people), the tip is often at least 2-3 euros / 1 day / 1 person for the guide and half for the driver. If you are in a small group or two, it depends on your sastifaction to leave, the minimum is 3-4 euros / 1 person / 1 day and half for the driver.

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