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The North – The Middle – The South 12 days

Tour Code : TH0003

Tour Duration : 12 Days

Tour Route : The North (Hanoi, Halong Bay, Sapa) - The Middle (My Son, Hoi An) - The South (Ho Chi Minh, Cu Chi Tunnels, Mekong delta, My Tho, Ben Tre )

Tour Price : 1399 USD/PAX

Welcome to one of beautiful Asia country. Landing here with 12 day is very meaning time to discovery the North, the Middle and the South of Vietnam. Halong bay Cruise and Sapa trekking and relax in Hanoi old quarter is great in the North, Visit Da Nang, Hue, Hoi An is excellent in the Middle and Visit Mekong Delta , relaxing in Ho Chi Minh city is the most itinerary would be recommended. Vietnam Typical Tours team will try to bring you the best trip you got in the World.


-Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi,Visit the colonial elegance of the Hanoi old quarter capital
-Day 2: Cruise Halong bay, enjoy seafood, discover Halong bay caves
-Day 3: Halong Bay- Hanoi, Night train to Sapa
-Day 4: Explore Sapa Town, Sapa trekking villages
-Day 5: Sapa – Ta Phin, Night train to Hanoi
-Day 6: Hanoi city tour – Fly to Danang
-Day 7: My Son Holly land
-Day 8: Hoi An ancient town, Transfer to Hue
-Day 9: Hue city, Fly to Ho Chi Minh
-Day 10: Mekong delta life,Islands and canals visiting,Rowing boat,Horse-drawn cart,Traditional music performance
-Day 11: Cu Chi underground tunnels
-Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City departure

Day 1: Hanoi arrival
hanoi tours

Our guide welcomes you at the Noi Bai airport and then be transferred to your hotel in the center of city.
Hanoi, a city between the rivers, built from lowland, Hanoi has many scenic lakes and sometime is called “city of lakes”. Among its lakes, the most famous are Hoan Kiem Lake, West Lake, Halair Lake, Bay Mau Lake…As the capital of Vietnam for almost a thousand years, Hanoi is considered to be the cultural centre of Vietnam, where every dynasty has left behind their imprint. Even though some relics have not survived through wars and time, the city still has many interesting cultural and historic monuments for visitors and residents alike…

Day 2: Hanoi city – Halong Bay (B, L D)

08:00: Pick up at your hotel in Hanoi and drive to Halong bay by shuttle bus through scenic countryside areas.
12:15 Transfer by tender to the Indochina Sails boat – enjoy Welcome Drink. Receive cruise briefing and check in to cabins and begin cruise.
13:00 Lunch – deluxe Vietnamese and International Set Menu.
Massage service is available beginning after lunch and
throughout the cruise. Please book in advance with Cruise Manager.
14.30 Arrive at Titov Island. Enjoy swimming, relaxing on the beach and climbing the steps to the top of the mountain on the island for fantastic views and photo opportunities. Water and towels supplied. We will spend about one hour on the island.
15.30 Transfer back to the boat and sail for approximately 45 minutes to our second destination – the Bat Cave area.
16.30 Arrive at the Bat Cave area. There are two programs to choose from at this time. One option is a 40 minute kayaking program to the nearby Bat Cave and lagoon and surrounding waters. Visit the largest floating fishing village in Halong Bay. We will travel to the village on the tender and tour the village for approximately 20 minutes.
18:30 Arrive at Luon Bo area – anchor for overnight.
19:00 Dinner – deluxe Vietnamese & Western Buffet or Set Menu Dinner.
20:30 Evening activities include: film entertainment in the dining room at approximately 9:15, board games and playing cards are available, join squid fishing from the boat with our crew, massage services are available.
21:00 – 23:00 Happy Hour!

Bai tu long bayDay 3: Halong Bay- Hanoi, Night train to Sapa (B, L)

6:30: Enjoy Tai Chi instruction on the sundeck (duration about 30 minutes).
6:45: Coffee, tea and breakfast pastries served in the dining room.
7:00: Arrive at the Surprise Cave.
8:00: Transfer by tender to the Surprise Cave. Walk up the 100 steps to the entrance of the cave and tour on foot for approximately 45 minutes.
9:00: Upon return to the boat take time to freshen up and please check-out of cabins. Please leave heavy luggage outside of the cabins (staff will transfer to the pier). Depart for Bai Chay/Halong pier.
9:30: Enjoy Breakfast Set Menu or Buffet served in the dining room. Settle bills in the dining room after breakfast.
10:00: Relax on the sundeck or in the dining room and enjoy the bay scenery as we approach the pier.
10:45: Arrive at Bai Chay/Halong pier.
11:00: Transfer by tender to the pier, relax inside the pier building while waiting for return transportation.
Arrive to Hanoi city at around 3:30pm. Drop off at your hotel. Rest of time is free at leisure.
Day-use at a hotel in Hanoi till 20:00.
20:00: our guide comes to your hotel, transfer to Hanoi train station for your night train to Laocai.
Soft sleeper, wooden 4-berth sharing cabin on tourist carriage train.

Lao Chai - Ta vanDay 4: Sapa – Laochai – Tavan(B, L ,D)

Early morning: Arrive at Lao Cai train station. Take a transfer to Sapa.
Having breakfast at local restaurant and relax before explore Sapa Town. At a elevation of 1600 meters, Sapa is a delightful old French hill station situated in the mountainous region of Vietnams’ northwest, close to the Chinese border. The region is home to many ethnic minorities groups all wearing their traditional and colourful attire.
Hike down to Lao Chai village to visit the Tay and Day tribes. Continue along the bottom of the Sapa valley to get to Ta Van village, which is supposed to be the most beautiful one in the area. Today you will spend abt 4 hours hiking. It depends on you if you want to hike more or less. At least you can see one village – it is a must, once in this region! Return to Sapa by car.

Day 5: Sapa – Ta Phin, Night train to Hanoi(B, L,D)

After breakfast check out and get ready for the trip. Drive to the direction of Ta Phin village (about 40 minutes)- home to the Red Dao people. Here you have the opportunity to share cultural experiences with the families of Black Hmong and Red Dao that live in the area. This will be about a 2 hour hiking experience.
The trip also offers you the opportunity to visit the local houses as well as visit the local caves. Continue drive to Lao Cai station for night train to Hanoi. Soft-sleeper, wooden 4-berth sharing cabin on tourist carriage train.

Day 6: Hanoi city tour – Fly to Danang (B)

Early morning: arrive in Hanoi train station. Pick up and transfer to a hotel in Hanoi. Refresh, bring you back to the shape! Early check-in and breakfast at hotel included.
08:30am: your local tour guide welcomes you at hotel and enjoy a full day city tour starting with the Temple of Literature, which is well known as the first university of Vietnam and built more than 1,000 years ago.
Visit Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, Presidential palace, the living quarter of Ho Chi Minh otherwise known as Uncle Ho to Vietnamese people. Also visit One Pillar pagoda.
The next destination will be the beautiful West Lake and the History Museum (closed on Monday and Friday) with an excellent collection of artifacts illustrating the Vietnamese history are also highlight of our trip.
The tour continues with a visit to the beautiful Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple. Hoan Kiem Lake was already considered the most beautiful lake in Hanoi when Ngoc Son Temple was built on an island in the 19th century. Initially, the temple was called Ngoc Son Pagoda and was later renamed Ngoc Son Temple, since temples are dedicated to saints. Saint Van Suong, considered to be one of the brightest stars in Vietnam’s literary and intellectual circles, was worshipped there along with other National heroes.
Directly transfer to the airport for the late afternoon flight to Danang.
Pick up and transfer 35 km south to Hoi An town.

Day 7: My Son – Hoi An charming town (B)

08:00am: your tour guide in the Center of Vietnam welcomes you at hotel, drive to visit My Son – one of the most stunning sights in the Hoi An area is My Son, Vietnam’s most important Cham site, and as of 2000 a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During the centuries when Tra Kieu (the known as Simhapura) served as the political capital of Champa, My Son was the site of the most important Cham intellectual and religious centre, and also may has served as burial place for Cham monarchs. My Son is considered to be Champa’s counterpart to the grand city of South-East Asia’s other Indian-influence civilisation: Angkor (Cambodia), Bagan (Myanmar), Ayuthaya (Thailand) and Borobudur (Java).
Back Hoian and free time to explore Hoian charming town .

Truong tien Bridge - HueDay 8: Hoi An ancient town, Transfer to Hue (B)

Morning, we take a walking tour to discover the Ancient town Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, visiting the 300 year old Tan Ky and Phuc Kien houses, the Japanese Covered Bridge and Hoi An market.
Start the journey to Hue, the former Imperial City of the last dynasty of Vietnam. En route visit Marble Mountain, a scenic spot with caves, temples, shrines, pagodas and a great view of the surrounding area. The caves can be reached by climbing steep steps.
In Danang, visit the Cham Museum, which houses the finest collection of Champa sculptures; some may date back to as early as 7th century. Continue the journey to Hue over the spectacular Hai Van Pass and Lang Co beach – one of the most beautiful beach of Vietnam. Have a short stop on top of the pass – once regarded as the prime mountain pass on the North-South national road.
Arrival at Hue – a charming town set on the banks of the Perfume River.

Ho Chi Minh CityDay 9: Hue city – Fly to Ho Chi Minh (B)

In the morning, enjoy a scenic boat trip on the Perfume River to visit the Thien Mu Pagoda or Heavenly Lady pagoda, one of the oldest ancient architectural structures for religious worship in Hue. Situated 4 km upstream on the banks of the Perfume River, it is an active Buddhist monastery with its origins dating back to 1601. After the boat trip visit the Imperial Citadel of Hue with the Purple Forbidden City.
Visit the local Dong Ba market and continue to Tu Duc Royal Tomb. Each ruler of the Imperial City built his own tomb during his reign and today you will visit one of the most beautiful mausoleums.
Transfer to Hue airport for flight to Ho Chi Minh City in the late afternoon.
Arrive at Ho Chi Minh City airport, you will be picked up and transferred to hotel for overnight.

Day 10: Ho Chi Minh – Mekong delta – My Tho – Ben Tre (B, L)

08:00 hrs, pick up at your hotel and take 2 hour drive southwest of Ho Chi Minh City to the Mekong Delta which is known as the rice bowl of Vietnam.
Upon arrival, take a boat cruise around islets and tropical orchards through the canal of Vam Xep to reach a small islet, followed by a relaxing walk along shady and palm fringed trails passing by local villages where you can see their peaceful daily life. Stop en route to visit a bee farm, sip tea with honey and sample fruits with a local family and share their stories of life in the Mekong Delta. Visit a small coconut workshop, just to get a glimpse of typical family run business in this area.
Walk to a lane where a horse-drawn cart awaits you to transfer to visit handicraft village, a coconut candy factory, enjoy tropical fruit, traditional music and then relaxation with rowing boat through the narrow under shade palm, tree-lined canals of Mekong River before returning to My Tho by motorized boat.
Back to Saigon. The evening is free at leisure.

Day 11: Ho Chi Minh – Cu Chi Tunnels (B,L)

After breakfast, drive to Cu Chi district (75 km from HCMC) to visit the amazing complex of underground tunnels at Cu Chi. There are more than 200 km of tunnels, comprising a main axis system with many branches connecting to underground hideouts, shelters and other tunnels. You have the chance to crawl through this amazing system of tunnels before returning to Ho Chi Minh City.
In the afternoon, visit Opera House, Notre Dame Cathedral and the old Post Office, visit the Reunification Palace. Then visit the China Town (Cho Lon), Jade Emperor pagoda. Finish the tour at the famous Ben Thanh Market, where you can purchase souvenirs for your beloved ones.

Day 12 :Ho Chi Minh departure (B)