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Exploration of Vietnam's marvelous World Heritage sites will amaze everyone. This trip provides the best features of both the North and Central areas of Vietnam: from stately Hanoi, to the mountainous area of Sa Pa, the Citadel at Hue, the ancient town of Hoi An, the Holy Land of My Son, and the natural wonder of Halong bay. This is a real masterpiece of nature. All this will surely stir your imagination.

Tour Route: Hanoi - Sa Pa - Halong Bay - Hue - Hoi An - My Son Sanctuary - Da Nang - Ho Chi Minh City
Tour Duration: 12 Days/11 Nights
Depart from: Hanoi
Tour Type: Landscape, Halong Bay Cruise Holidays, and Folk Arts
Activity Level: Moderate
Tour Customizable: Absolutely! (Tell us your specific requirements in the inquiry form)

Brief Itinerary:
Day 1 Hanoi
Day 2 Hanoi – City tour – Night train to Sa Pa
Day 3 Sa Pa
Day 4 Sa Pa
Day 5 Hanoi
Day 6 Hanoi - Halong Bay – Overnight on deluxe junk
Day 7 Halong Bay – Hanoi
Day 8 Hanoi – Fly to Hue
Day 9 Hue – Hoi An
Day 10 Hoi An
Day 11 Hoi An – Da Nang – Ho Chi Minh City
Day 12 Departure
Transfer via: International Flight on your own arrangement
Accommodation: Hanoi Golden Wings II Hotel
Site visited: Water Puppet Show
Upon arrival we will be welcome by our guide and transferred to the hotel. In the evening we will enjoy the unique Water Puppet performance and we will have our welcome dinner at one of the finest restaurants in town.

Accommodation: Four Beth Cabin – Soft Sleeper Train with A/C
Site visited: Ho Chi Minh Complex, One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature, Ethnology Museum, Hanoi’s Old Quarter
Hanoi is sometimes called the Paris of the Orient with its shaded boulevards, verdant parks and ochre buildings that still retain an old world charm. In the morning we will visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum which has become a popular pilgrimage place for the Vietnamese, the Presidential Palace, Ho Chi Minh's House on stilts and the One Pillar pagoda. Following this we will visit the Temple of Literature, built in 1076 and the first Vietnamese University. After lunch we will visit the fine Ethnology Museum followed by an hour's drive on a cyclo (a pedal rickshaw) to visit the Old Quarter of Hanoi. In the evening we will take the overnight sleeper train to Sa Pa.

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum opening time: Open from Tuesday to Thursday and weekends from 8:00 to 11:00. Closed on Mondays and Fridays. The mausoleum is closed for two months of the year, usually October and November, when Ho Chi Minh’s body is maintenance by Russian expert.

Water puppet showHo Chi Minh MausoleumOne Pillar Pagoda

Day 3: SA PA (B)
Accommodation: Chau Long Sa Pa Hotel
Site visited: Border Gate, Cat Cat village, Sa Pa market
Our local guide will welcome us upon arrival and we will make our way to the nearby China/Vietnam border gate where we can observe the start of early day trade taking place between the two countries. About one hour's drive on a scenic route brings us to Sa Pa, an old French trading town set high on the mountainside with spectacular views all around.
Check in to the hotel, there will be free time to explore the market. After lunch we will take a 3 hour walk to Cat Cat village of the H'Mong people, and we will also see the waterfall. Then we will return to Sa Pa town to visit the local Market with its fresh vegetables and typical local food.

Day 4: SA PA (B)
Accommodation: Four Beth Cabin – Soft Sleeper Train with A/C
Site visited: Lao Chai, Ta Van village
Today after a short jeep journey overlooking beautiful, terraced rice paddies, we will arrive at the two villages of Lao Chai and Ta Van of the H'Mong and Giay hill people. We will take a 3 hour trek to visit them, returning to Sa Pa by jeep afterwards. The afternoon is free for exploration of this interesting town. In the late afternoon we leave by bus for Lao Cai Station to catch the overnight sleeper train back to Hanoi.

Day 5: HA NOI
Accommodation: Hanoi Golden Wings II Hotel
We arrive back at Hanoi in the early morning. Our vehicle will be waiting to transfer us to our hotel. After checking in, the day is free to further explore this vibrant city where shops and museums abound.

Cat Cat VillageTavan Hill Tribe VillageCan Cau Market - Sapa

Accommodation: En-suite Cabin with A/C: Deluxe Junk Cruise
Site visited: Humanity center, Halong Bay, Caves
From Hanoi we depart for Halong Bay. Our journey takes us through the lush green fields of the Red River Delta to the coast and beautiful Halong Bay which has the name "Ascending Dragons". We will arrive in time for a delicious, fresh, seafood lunch on our boat which will cruise this secluded bay so we can marvel at some of the 2-3000 limestone peaks that emerge from the emerald water. We will have the opportunity to view a spectacular cave crammed with stalactites and stalagmites, and if the weather permits we will swim in the clear waters surrounding our boat. We can also kayak to explore some of the hidden charms in parts of the bay before spending the night on board.


Accommodation: Hanoi Golden Wings II Hotel
Site visited: Halong Bay, Hallow cave
In the morning we will continue on kayaking to explore Luon cave, Turtle Islet, Human Head Islet and Saddle Islet. After lunch on board, we will leave Halong for Hanoi.

Day 8: HA NOI – FLY TO HUE (B)
Transfer via: Domestic flight with Vietnam Airline
Accommodation: Canary Hotel Hue
Site visited: Hue Citadel, Imperial City, and Forbidden Purple City
In the morning we leave for the airport and our short flight to Hue. It was once the capital of the Nguyen emperors and was packed with influential people: bureaucrats, princesses, traders, astrologers and courtiers, who left behind many beautiful and intriguing reminders of their times. Upon arrival we will check in to our hotel. In the afternoon we will visit the Citadel, the Imperial City and the Forbidden Purple city. In the evening, we will have a Royal meal, only eaten by the Emperor in the old days.

Halong BayThien Mu PagodaLang Co Beach

Day 9: HUE – HOI AN (B)
Accommodation: Hoi An River beach Resort
Site visited: Thien Mu Pagoda, Minh Mang Tomb, Hai Van Pass, Lang Co Beach
In the morning we will take a dragon boat to cruise along the Perfume River. We will pause to visit Thien Mu Pagoda, one of the best loved architectural pagodas in Vietnam considered to be the unofficial symbol of Hue. It is an active Buddhist monastery with its origins dating back to 1601. One of the most poignant displays is a car which once belonged to a former Monk who, in 1963, drove to Saigon and set himself alight to protest against the treatment of Buddhists by the South Vietnamese regime. After that we will continue our boat trip to the majestic and scenic Emperor Minh Mang Tomb. After lunch, we will leave Hue and head southwards through coastal rice paddies to the fishing village of Lang Co, before taking the scenic, mountainous route over the spectacular Hai Van Pass, arriving at the riverside town of Hoi An in the afternoon. (Approx. 4 hour driving time).

Day 10: HOI AN (B, L)
Accommodation: Hoi An River beach Resort
Site visited: Hoi An old town, Fu Kien Assembly Hall, Tan Ty Old house, Hoi An museum, Japanese cover bridge, Workshop
In 1995 UNESCO recognized Hoi An as a Cultural World Heritage site. Hoi An used to be a thriving, international, commercial seaport of Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, Dutch, English French and Arab traders. These people came to trade primarily for many things but especially high quality silk which is still produced in the area. Today Hoi An is a quaint riverside town, popular among tourists for its charming architecture, cafes, souvenir and tailor shops. Some of the lovely buildings in the narrow streets have changed very little over the last 100 years.

In the morning we can enjoy a walking tour through the narrow, winding streets of the Old Town, visiting Fu Kien Assembly Hall, the 200 year old traditional Tan Ty home, the Japanese covered bridge, Hoi An Museum, the handicraft workshops, and the tailor made clothes shops where we can have ourselves measured for that perfect fit .In afternoon we will be at our leisure to explore the town further or visit nearby Cua Dai Beach.

Transfer via: Domestic flight with Vietnam Airline
Accommodation: Lan Lan 1 Hotel Saigon
In the morning we will transfer to Da Nang for our flight to Ho Chi Minh City, where our flight will depart for home. In the afternoon you are at leisure to see more of Ho Chi Minh City or buy those last minute souvenirs.

Transfer via: International Flight on your own arrangement
Today we are free and at your leisure until it is time to transfer to the airport for your flight home.

About Price:
Since this is a private tour, the price per person varies and depends on many aspects, such as your group size, the hotel ratings and your departure date. If you want to get a custom price quote for this tour, please fill out the online inquiry form and give us as much information as possible about your trip. Your online travel consultants will be at your service and help you make the most of your travel time and dollars!

* English speaking tour guide(s) (other languages upon request)
* All hotels 3 - 4 stars accommodations
* Domestic airfares: Hanoi - Hue; Da Nang - Hanoi (or Ho Chi Minh City)
* All meals indicated in the itinerary 17 Meals: (10 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches & 2 Dinners)
* All A.C transfers and transportations with reasonable supply of water
* Other transport such as A.C Soft sleeper overnight train
* En-suite cabin on Deluxe Junk Cruise on Halong Bay based on twin share with A/C
* Entrance fees and permits to sightseeing as indicated



Chau Long New Wing Hotel Sa Pa
Chau Long New Wing Hotel Sa Pa The Chau Long Hotel Sa Pa is located a on a hill in the centre of Sa Pa overlooking on Muong Hoa valley and Fansipan Mountain range. The Hotel is designed to blend in with the surrounding mountains and green valleys. Rooms are cozy and well decorated. The Chau Long has two wings: the new wing is new and has better quality than the old one. The Chau Long Hotel is considered one of the good choices for your stay in Sa pa.
Golden Wings II Hotel Hanoi
Flower Garden Hotel HanoiNewly opened in Nov 2008, Flower Garden Hotel is located in the center of downtown Hanoi. The hotel is closed many famous historical and cultural landmarks of Hanoi City including the Ho Chi Minh Complex, Ba Dinh Square, Hanoi’s Old Quarter, West Lake.... transportation from Flower Garden Hotel is very convenient.
Aclass Opera Cruise
Halong Sail Junk CruiseHalong Sail Junk is a traditional junk, small enough to be intimate but large enough to be comfortable is the perfect way to explore the bay. The Halong Sail cruises has 4 cabins, 5 cabins, 6 cabin, 7 and 8 cabins, 10 junk cabin and especially 18 cabins.
Canary Hotel Hue
Green Hotel HueGreen Hotel Hue offers genuine Vietnamese hospitality with world class services and facilities. The Hotel has 199 spacious rooms & suites are fully furnished and equipped with facilities and amenities that conform to international standards. The hotel has a large swimming pool. Green Hotel Hue is an idea place for your stay in Hue
River Beach Resort Hoian
River Beach Resort Hoian River Beach Resort Hoi An is situated on the side of the river and very closed (3 minutes to walk) to the Cu Dai beach. The resort has three storeys high with 81 guest rooms. The Resort is well equipped with Central Air Conditioning System and three Elevators. It is a good International-Four-Star Resort in Hoi An
Lan Lan 1 Hotel
Grand Hotel SaigonGrand Hotel is one of the oldest hotels in Saigon and originally built in the 1920s. The Grand Hotel still retains its original French architecture style after its renovation. Perfectly located in the heart of downtown, Grand hotel’s the ideal choice whether your plans include a brief business trip, a leisurely vacation or an extended stay. Places of interest, favorite hang-outs are just a few steps away.



* If you have any specific food requirements (vegetarian, vegan, food allergies) please inform us in advance so that we can provide notice to our restaurant, tour guide or our partners so that they san server you better. If you are a food lover,  Smile Tourist can be your culinary guide and provide you the opportunity to savor tempting local food and world-famous dishes.

* Meals are included as specified in the itinerary. Meal codes are: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner.

* Breakfast - Each breakfast will be served in your hotel. Breakfast selections include both Vietnamese and Western dishes to meet every diner's taste.

* Lunch - Lunches are normally arranged at the Vietnamese restaurants near the scenic spots. Your tour guides will order food according to your appetite. Most are Vietnamese dishes, and some are modified to fit westerners' tastes.

* Dinner - Same as lunch. If you prefer to not eat Vietnamese food, Smile Tourist suggests you have dinner on your own. Your local tour guide can recommend some good western restaurants in the area.