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Highlight: Hanoi - Lao Cai - Sapa -  Hai Phong - Ha Long Bay - Hue - Da Nang - Hoi An - Ho chi Minh - Mekong Detail.

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Vietnam
Vietnam, one of the most beautiful countries of the Indochina Peninsula in the Southeast Asia captivates people from worldwide its natural beauty and magical charm. This country, officially named as the Socialist Republic of Vietnam is surrounded by China in the north, Laos in the northwest and in the southwest by Cambodia. Vietnam information is counted as the thirteenth most populated country of the entire world. This country has the Communist sate form of Government. The whole of Vietnam is divided in to 59 provinces.

Vietnam Information

The Geography of Vietnam is wide and diverse. The topography of the country is marked by thick forest, lofty forested mountains and hills. Vietnam information comprises only about 20% of the plain land. This mountainous country covers about 42 % of the tropical forest. The northern part of the country is marked by highlands, while the southern part is dominated by coastal lowland. This country, in short, is a tapestry of deltas, dense forest, lofty mountains, exotic fauna and flora, waterfalls and long stretches of beaches.

The climate of Vietnam is typically tropical. This country experiences two types of seasons. A cold, humid winter dominates from November to April, while you can enjoy a warm and wet summer for the remaining year. The temperatures vary because of the diverse latitudes, altitudes and weather patterns.

Wildlife thrives in this part of the world. Vietnam boasts of having the heritage sites of Halong Bay and Phong Nha- Ke Bang National Park. Here, you can find six biosphere reserves of the world. Vietnam offers a wide range of exotic flora and fauna.

The capital city of the country is Hanoi. People of this country speak Vietnamese as their official language. Other languages that are spoken in this country include Chinese, English, French and Russian. The country use dong as the official currency. People here, follow mainly Mahayana Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism.

The transportation in Vietnam is very convenient. There are large number of urban roads in the cities and town of Vietnam. Bicycles, scooters and motors ply on the roads of the country. There are seven major ports and harbors in the country.

The Culture of Vietnam is enriching and varied. Education in Vietnam is highly encouraged. The traditional garment of the Vietnamese is the Ao Dai, which are worn in special occasions and festivals. The cuisine of Vietnam comprises of rice, soy sauce, fish sauce, mint, basil and many others. Vietnamese music is also enriching and beautiful.

Detailed Itinerary

                       Vietnam Panorama Tour

 

Itinerary in brief

Day 1. Arrive Hanoi
Day 2. Hanoi city tour - Lao Cai
Day 3. Sapa
Day 4. Sapa - Lao Cai - Ha Noi
Day 5. Hanoi - Vinh Bao - Haiphong  
Day 6. Haiphong - Halong Bay   
Day 7. Halong - Hanoi   
Day 8. Hanoi - Hue  
Day 9. Hue City tour  
Day 10. Hue - Danang - Hoi An  
Day 11. Hoi An
Day 12. Hoi An - Danang - Ho Chi Minh City  
Day 13. HCM City - Mekong Delta  
Day 14. Mekong Delta - HCM City  
Day 15. Depart HCM City


Detail Itinerary


Day 1. Arrive Hanoi
Welcome at the airport by your local guide and transfer to the hotel. After check-in, climb into a traditional cyclo (pedicab) for a 90 minute tour of the colonial city's traditional "36 streets of 36 wares" in the Old  Quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake vicinity. In the evening enjoy a traditional water puppet show before dinner at one of the finest restaurants in town. Overnight at the hotel.

 

Day 2. Hanoi city tour - Lao Cai
Full-day tour of Vietnam's capital city, including Ho Chi Minh's mausoleum and traditional stilt house, the Ho Chi Minh Museum, and the revered One-Pillar Pagoda. Pay visits to typical Vietnamese places of worship, the Quan Thanh Temple and Tran Quoc Pagoda, along the shore of West Lake. Just before lunch, tour Vietnam's first university, the thousand-year-old Temple of Literature. In the afternoon visit the Ethnology Museum, and end the day at the beautiful Ngoc Son Temple on an island in the middle of Hoan Kiem Lake. After dinner, transfer to the Hanoi railway station for the night train to Lao Cai (departing at 9:30 p.m.). Overnight on the train.(B)

 

Day 3. Sapa
Arrive at Lao Cai railway station around 6:00 a.m. for pick up and transfer to Sapa by private vehicle (a one-hour drive). Check in the hotel upon on arrival in Sapa. Set off on a light trek down into the lush Sapa Valley to explore the Black H'mong and Red Dzao villages. Return to Sapa at the end of the day and overnight at the hotel.(B)

 

Day 4. Sapa - Lao Cai - Ha Noi
Today explore the green hills around Sapa by Russian Jeep and visit more remote minority villages. If a Sunday, head to Bac Ha to check out the most colourful H'mong market in all of Northern Vietnam. In the late afternoon proceed to Lao Cai for the night train back to Hanoi. (B)

 

Day 5. Hanoi - Vinh Bao - Haiphong  
Arrival in Hanoi around 5:00 a.m. and transfer to your hotel for a nap and shower before breakfast. Depart Hanoi for Vinh Bao, an agricultural village 40km from Haiphong. Explore the traditional tobacco, water puppet, paper kite and wood sculpture workshops before a typical country lunch hosted by a family in the village. In the late afternoon, move to Haiphong and check-in at the hotel. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.(B)

 

Day 6. Haiphong - Halong Bay  
After breakfast, enjoy a short tour of the colonial port city of Haiphong before leaving for Halong Bay. Arriving in Halong Bay around noon. Board a traditional wooden junk and begin your exploration of magical Halong Bay, one of Southeast Asia's premier tourist destinations. An excellent, fresh seafood lunch and dinner will be served on the boat. Overnight onboard the comfortable and charming junk.(B)

 

Day 7. Halong - Hanoi  
Wake up early in the morning to enjoy the aquamarine water of the bay at its best. After breakfast and a swim, the junk will cruise quietly through spectacular limestone formations to Bai Tu Long. Enjoy this more isolated bay's spectacular and unique islands and pay a visit to the Pelican and Surprise caves. Return to Halong harbour after lunch for transfer back to Hanoi. Dinner and overnight in Hanoi.(B)

 

Day 8. Hanoi - Hue  
Transfer to the airport for the morning flight to Hue. After arrival and transfer to hotel for check-in and lunch in the city, pay a visit to the majestic Imperial Citadel. Enjoy the faded elegance of Hue as you visit the old city by bicycle or cyclo (pedicab). Dinner at a city restaurant and overnight at the hotel.(B)

 

Day 9. Hue City tour  
Board a traditional sampan at 8:00 a.m. for a cruise up the placid Perfume River to visit the tomb of Nguyen Dynasty Emperor Minh Mang and the traditional Thien Mu Pagoda on the banks of the river. Wrap up the day with a visit to the An Hien garden house to enjoy the traditional architecture and quiet garden paths. After lunch, visit the tomb of the Emperor Tu Duc. Dinner at a city restaurant and overnight at the hotel in Hue.(B)

 

Day 10. Hue - Danang - Hoi An  
Departure by car for Danang via the scenic Hai Van Pass, where we enjoy the spectacular panorama of the central coastline from the summit. Stop at Lang Co to stretch your legs on the white sands of this peaceful beach. Upon arrival in Danang, transfer to Cham Museum to view some of the best-preserved statues from this era before heading to Hoi An ancient town. After lunch, explore the old port town's narrow cobblestone streets and pay a visit to historic sites including a traditional Chinese trading house, Phuc Kien Pagoda, and the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge. Dinner in a local restaurant and overnight at the hotel in Hoi An.(B)

 

Day 11. Hoi An
Free time to discover Hoi An by bicycle. In the afternoon, it is possible to take a cruise up the Thu Bon River to relax on the long, sandy beach and take a refreshing swim. Return to Hoi An for dinner and overnight at the hotel.(B)

 

Day 12. Hoi An - Danang - Ho Chi Minh City  
Transfer from Hoi An to Danang's airport for the flight to HCM City. Pick up and transfer to the hotel for check-in before touring the historic landmarks of this colonial city once known as Saigon. Stops include the Old Saigon Post office, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Reunification Palace, the War Museum and the ethnic Chinese district of Cholon. Dinner at the restaurant and overnight at the hotel.(B)

 

Day 13. HCM City - Mekong Delta  
Departure for the Mekong delta by car. Board a small motor boat in Cai Be for a river cruise through the winding canals, where you can get a close up view of the floating markets and daily life on the river. Cross the main branch of the Mekong for a stroll down the riverbanks, where you can stop at one of the many orchards and sample exotic fruits you picked yourself. Proceed from Vinh Long to Can Tho by road. Check in and overnight at the hotel.(B)

 

Day 14. Mekong Delta - HCM City  
Today cruise on the tranquil Cai Nong canal before heading to Cai Rang to experience the vibrant tumult of the floating market. Transfer back to HCM City for dinner and overnight at the hotel.(B)

 

Day 15. Depart HCM City
Morning free for last minute shopping at HCM City's many markets and small boutiques. Transfer to the airport for flight home or onto next destination.(B)
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Travel facts

Green Trail Tours - Traveller Tips for Vietnam

GEOGRAPHY: Vietnam stretches over 1600 km.along the eastern coast of the Indochina Peninsula. The S-shaped country is broad in the north and south and very narrow in the centre. Almost 80% of Vietnam consists of mountains and hills. The TruongSonMountains extend almost the length of Vietnam along the borders with Laos and Cambodia.

VISAS: All visitors are required to have a valid visa to enter Vietnam. A one-month tourist visa is usually sufficient for most visitors though it is possible to arrange 3-month and 6-month multiple entry visas for regular visitors. All visitors must obtain visa approval from the Vietnamese Immigration Department before a visa is issued.

MONEY: The currency issued by the Vietnam State Bank is the dong (abbreviated "d" or VND) which is used informally throughout the country. Bank notes in denominations of 200d to 100,000d are presently in circulation. The exchange rate is approximately 18,000d = US$1. Australia Dollars are accepted in many hotels, restaurants. Banks are open Monday to Friday and some are open Saturday morning. Traveller's cheques can be exchanged at banks, some international hotel and some exchange bureaux but can be difficult to change outside of the major cities. Visa Card and MasterCard are now accepted in many hotels, restaurants and shops.

ELECTRICITY: Electric current in Vietnam is 220 volts and will operate all Australian appliances. Always carry a torch with fresh batteries. Recharge photographic batteries regularly.

CLOTHING: Comfortable lightweight clothing in natural fabrics such as cotton is most suitable for travelling in Vietnam. The dress code is fairly casual as in most parts of the tropics but it is advisable to cover arms and legs in the evenings against biting insects. A lightweight raincoat is a good idea in the rainy season. During the winter months warm clothing is needed for visiting the north of Vietnam. Visitors to Buddhist countries should not wear shorts, short skirts or other skimpy clothing when visiting religious buildings and shoes should be removed before entering a private home

CLIMATE / WEATHER: Vietnam’s weather conditions are pleasant for visitors throughout the year. The WINTER monsoon comes from the northeast between October and March with wet chilly conditions in the north, but dry warm temperatures to the south. From April to October the southwest monsoons bring warm, humid weather to the whole country.

LANGUAGE: Because Vietnamese has six different tones, it is a difficult language for most foreigners to speak despite the fact that the Roman alphabet is used in modern Vietnamese. The same word can have six different meanings depending on the tone used to pronounce it. In the cities and larger towns English is becoming popular and is now spoken by many younger people while some of the older generation still speak fluent French. Russian and Chinese are also spoken by some people

ACCOMMODATION: All group tour hotels have been especially selected. All have private western bathroom facilities. Laundry service can launder clothing within 24 hours. It is not customary for all hotels to have refrigerator and tea/coffee facilities.

FOOD / DRINK: The cuisine of Vietnam comes as a pleasant surprise to many visitors and is definitely a part of the Vietnam experience not to be missed. One of the characteristics of Vietnamese food is that it is always fresh being bought the same morning straight from the market. Food is usually prepared with a minimum of oil and served with the ubiquitous fish sauce called nuoc mam. Typical Vietnamese dishes you can expect to try include pho, a type of rice noodle soup eaten for breakfast, cha gio, deep-fried spring rolls and goi ngo sen, a delicious salad made with lotus stems, shrimps and peanuts. Due to the strong Buddhist influence in Vietnam, vegetarian food is widely available.

SHOPPING: Souvenirs to look out for in Vietnam include lacquerware, silk, conical hats, woodcarvings, hill tribe fabrics and handicrafts, embroidery, marble, ceramics, silver jewellery, antique watches and paintings. Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi have the best choice when it comes to shopping but Hoi An in the centre of Vietnam is also a very good place to hunt for bargains.

TOILETS: Public toilets can sometimes be difficult to find. Take every opportunity you can to use clean toilets in hotels and restaurants. Make this a habit on your stay.

HEALTH: Consult your medico or visit the Traveller Medical and Vaccination Centre for professional medical advice well in advance of your departure, Wash hands before and after eating. Carry ‘wet-ones’,anti bacterial handwash, insect repellant, band aids and emergency medicines eg. Diarrhoea. Drink plenty of water and have adequate rest. Seek medical care, if needed. Don’t take risks with health and personal hygiene.

SAFETY / SECURITY: Always maintain a high level of personal security. Cash or wallets in pockets, obvious jewellery and open bags attract unwanted attention. Beware of pickpockets in crowded places. Lock your case, Carry a hotel card so that taxis know where to take you.

LUGGAGE: All passengers are limited to TWO items of luggage each. One case with maximum weight weight of 20 kg. and maximum size of 70 litres. It is essential to lock this case. One piece of hand luggage with maximum weight of 5 kg. It is advisable that hand luggage consist of a ‘daypack’ to carry camera, water, toilet paper, umbrella, hat etc.

TIPPING: Tipping for good service is not expected but is always appreciated in these developing nations. It is customary, though not compulsory, to tip tour guides and drivers at the end of a tour. Hotel and station porters should also be tipped.

TRAVEL INSURANCE: All group tour passengers must have comprehensive travel insurance. You can complete this with Green Trail Tours if you wish. Check your Travel Insurance Policy for an Emergency number and details of services to be provided, Carry these details with you.

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INCLUDING

+Transportation in private air-conditioned vehicle with driver
+ Accommodation: twin sharing room at  mentioned hotels or similar one
+ English or French  speaking guide 
+ Entrance fee to indicated sights   
+ Meals as indicated : B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner
+ Water puppet show 
+ Cyclo trip
+ Domestic flight mention in program
+ Boat trip in mention in program
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+ Train ticket mention in program

NOT INCLUDING

 

+ Other meals
+ Tip
+ Drinks
+ Airport tax
+ Single room supplement
+ Personal expenses
+ Travel insurance
+ Visa
+ Flight in / out of Vietnam
+ Any optional additional tours
+ Activities during free time
+ Surcharge for peak season
+ Local holiday days and gala dinner
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