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You Family have an opportunity to experience different kinds of activities to discover the hustles and bustles of Ho Chi Minh city, Explore the charming Old quarters of Ha Noi and enjoy the fantastic scenery of Ha Long Bay…
And your children have a chance closing to nature and open his soul to a world that is different from his land.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 – Hanoi Arrival (D)
Upon arrival at Noi Bai International Airport, you will be welcomed and transferred to hotel for the check in.
Boasting glorious French colonial architecture and numerous lakes, Hanoi is the jewel of Vietnam's crown, a little know blend of east and west with bicycle cluttered streets and a nation of people reluctant to join the frenetic atmosphere of their southern counterpart, opting for a more reserved and relaxed way of life.

If possible (depending on arrival time), pay a visit to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum made from marble and granite where the father of the country takes an everlasting rest. Walking from the former French Governor's Residence, now the Presidential Palace, you will pass tranquil fish pond in front of the house on stilts in stark contrast to the neighboring residence. This wooden house on stilts is a simple teak one designed in harmony with the surroundings and in the style of the ethnic hill tribe homes. The last place of interest to see is the rebuilt "One Pillar Pagoda", shrouded in legendary origins.

Thereafter visit the Temple of Literature, dating from 1070; it is dedicated to Confucianism and its founder Confucius. In 1076, Vietnam's first national university was built at the rear of the temple. Enjoy walking through the tranquil five walled courtyards and see the Khue Van pavilion, the symbol of literature and Ha Noi Capital.

After a sumptuous lunch of local delicacies, enjoy a touch of old Hanoi by taking a cylco tour through the Old Quarters; a trading area with 36 symbolic streets named after what they trade in the street.
O/N in Hanoi
Enjoy welcome dinner and Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 2 : Hanoi- Halong Bay ( B,L,D)
Have breakfast at hotel then leave Hanoi for Halong Bay. Arrive Halong, get on a wooden junk and sail on the Bay.
Legends say that a huge descending dragon and her babies came to help the Vietnamese to fight against the northern invaders. After victory, they wanted to stay there to protect the locals by turning into a fence of rocky islands. Her place is called the descending dragon and the place for babies is called “The bowing baby dragons”. The mother dragon extends her tail up to the Cat Ba islands which is the national wild life reservation now.

Ha Long is recognized as the World Cultural Heritage. More than 3,000 islets and the calm blue sea surely bring back many exciting memories to any visitors. In the 14th century King Le visited the bay and admired the beauty of the bay by inspiring a poem, which was carved onto a mountain right at Hon Gai town. After many years at loss, the government already discovered where the poem was carved.

Ha Long bay hide thousands of grottoes though many have been discovered. Thien Cung cave and Dau Go cave are magnificent. However, there are 100 steps to climb up the caves and nearly 100 steps down. Young and adventurous visitors may take a challenge to climb up and find themselves lost in the colourful and splendid huge dome of the caves. Colourful stalactites and staglacmites form many odd-looking structures inside the caves.

Visitors will never forget such an exciting experience by cruising the bay on a local junk with a brown sail. The sea dotted by local junks with sails offer a fantastic view for photos. Prepare more films for your camera for a fantastic scene in front of you.
Have seafood lunch & dinner served on board .

Overnight on Junk.

Day 3: Halong bay – Hanoi (B,L,D)
Breakfast on Junk then more cruise for sightseeing & sea bathing. After lunch, land then driving back to Hanoi. Free at leisure.
Dinner and enjoy water pupet show.
Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 4: Hanoi – Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) (B,L,D)
Breakfast at hotel then transfer to airport for the flight to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh city). Following the 1 hr. 45 minute flight you will again be transferred to hotel.
Enjoy lunch then visit City Zoo - As one of the oldest zoos in the world, the Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden is famous not only with Vietnamese but also with foreign visitors. It is the house to rare orchids, ornamental plants and hundred species of mammals, reptiles and birds. Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden is a cultural place of Ho Chi Minh City. It was ranked eighth among the oldest zoos in the world.

Next will visit Dam Sen park with veriety activities for children.

Dinner cruise on Saigon river.
O/N in Saigon

After breakfast, take a bus drive to Cu Chi. This tour focuses on the ingenuity and resilience of the Vietnamese guerrillas who both lived and fought under the tunnels.
En-route to Cu Chi, you will get through the tranquil rice paddies, where entrepreneurial villagers use the hot roadside as a platform for drying all local produce. A short photo stop will be made at a small village where your guide will explain the process of rice paper production. Thousands of pieces of rice paper dried on bamboo woven racks in the relentless sun are an excellent setting for taking photos.

After arrival at Cu Chi, a short video traces the history of the tunnels, their origins, construction and design. A military guide will explain the scale model of the underground network, the tools and weapons utilized by the guerrillas. Now you can more easily experience the underground meeting rooms, kitchens, field hospital and sleeping areas. More adventurous and agile tunnel explorers can experience an unlit passage, which has not been enlarged for the comfort of visitors! You will be tested to find the hidden tunnels entrances and be given insight into the ingenious methods that the Vietnamese guerrillas employed to remain undetected and frustrate their enemies.

Refreshments and souvenirs are available after the tunnels and in the nearby parking area, which also displays some military paraphernalia. Sturdy shoes, sun blocks and mosquito repellent are recommended.
Have lunch in Ben Nay restaurant then drive back for the city tour. Visit former Presidential Palace, the Notre Dame Cathedral and Ben Thanh Market, a huge fun shopping center for local products.
Return to the Hotel.
Dinner at your own cost

Day 6: Saigon – Mekong delta (B, L, D)
Heading out of the town, we travel by roads to the Mekong Delta, Vietnam's largest rice bowl. On arrival in My Tho, we embark on a boat navigating around the intricate small canals in the delta region, which is a great way to observe the local lifestyle close-up and catch a view dotted by many islands. The exciting excursion will pass the lush green vegetation before arriving at the famous Unicorn Island. Here we have opportunities to stroll around an orchard, taste many seasonal fruits and enjoy wonderful traditional music. The next stop of our trip is Ben Tre Province to visit some fascinating local industries. After lunch, Visit Dong Tam Snack farm - At the snake farm have your picture taken with a python wrapped around you then drive back to Saigon . Free at leisure.

Day 7 : Departure (cool.gif
Breakfast at hotel and free at leisure until departure time to airport for home return.

For more info and more itinerary, please contact:
Le Toan
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Email: beachhead@viettel.vn
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