Start your tour of Vietnam’s local lifestyle and historic sites in Hanoi as you explore the city’s boulevards, lakes & lively old quarter. Enjoy a comfortable homestay experience at the well-appointed Moon Garden in the village of Ky Son with hands-on activities and wonderful encounters with local residents. Head to the countryside of Ninh Binh and tour a local village by bicycle or on foot and then cruise the emerald waters of Halong Bay. Head southward to the charming merchant town of Hoi An, take a walking tour, visit the vibrant riverside market, and have some free time before traveling to bustling Ho Chi Minh City for the city contrast and an excursion into the Mekong Delta for an enriching homestay in a local village.
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Upon arrival in Hanoi, you will be met in the arrivals area by your local guide holding a name-board. After a warm welcome and brief introduction, take a private airport transfer to your hotel for assistance with check-in. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.
Enjoy a full day tour of Hanoi’s illustrious history including a tour of the Old Quarter by cyclo. Highlights include Ba Dinh Square, One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature, Hoa Lo Prison Museum, and the Old Quarter.
Drive to Ky Son Village in the morning. Take a pleasant walk around the village to get a taste of the northern countryside lifestyle of Vietnam before joining your host for lunch preparation. Have lunch and learn more about the Vietnamese culture through conversations with residents. In the afternoon, set out on a bike ride along local trails with stops for taking pictures, picking herbs and vegetables, chatting with children and farmers and shopping at the village market while soaking up the pastoral atmosphere and village tranquillity. Return for a relaxing traditional herbal bath before dinner. Before the day concludes, soak your feet in a traditional herbal treatment.
Depart Ky Son and head towards the town of Ninh Binh. On arrival, visit Vuon Thi Village offering you more opportunities to interact with the local people by partaking in their daily activities. Discover the lifestyle, hospitality and friendliness of the Northern people when you prepare lunch with a local family. Later, work alongside the farmers in the field and learn how wet rice is cultivated. Sit back and take in the mesmerizing limestone cliffs while leisurely cruising the reservoir, and then return to the hotel and check-in for your one night stay.
This morning, drive by green rice paddy fields to Halong Bay, where you will board a traditional wooden junk for your overnight cruise. A delectable buffet lunch is served shortly upon boarding and you find yourself getting acquainted with the facilities of the boat. The boat starts to cruise into the Bay and within the first hour you can enjoy this World Heritage Site. During your cruise, enjoy different excursions off of the boat including floating village visits, kayaking, cave walks, and more.
Enjoy the morning on the ship and continue your cruise through the 1000's of limestone islets rising from the bay. Upon your return to the pier in Halong, you will be met for your return transportation to the airport in Hanoi for your departure flight to Danang in Central Vietnam. On arrival, meet your local guide and then transfer to your hotel in Hoi An for check-in and have the evening at your leisure.
Take a half-day guided walking tour of the old town in Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.The walking tour includes a visit to the Japanese Covered Bridge, an ancient merchant home, the Phuc Kien local assembly hall, and the vibrant riverside market. You`ll have the afternoon free for at your leisure.
Enjoy some time at your leisure before flying south to Ho Chi Minh City where you will check-in to your hotel for three nights.
Today, enjoy a city tour with stops at the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, Chinatown, and the War Remnants Museum and then head to the countryside for a visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels.
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel and then leave Ho Chi Minh City for Tien Giang province in the rich agricultural region of the Mekong Delta. Upon arrival, cross the river and cycle on the Cai Thia village path by serene countryside and then stop at an orchard for a taste of local fruit. Embark your boat for a cruise to a local house where you will have lunch, and then take a rowing sampan along small creeks before cruising to your home stay. On arrival, the host will provide you with a warm welcome, and in the afternoon, you can relax or take a stroll around the islet to explore at your leisure. This evening, take part in dinner preparation with the host followed by dinner and lively conversation.
After breakfast, enjoy some time cycling on the islet, passing orchards, a local market, a school, and local villages, and then take a boat trip to Vinh Long town with a visit to the Vinh Long market before returning by road to your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.
Meet at the appointed time for transportation to the airport.
Day 5: Cruise on Halong Bay.
Day 9: Get a unique look at Saigon in the early morning as the sun comes up.
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