Panorama of Vietnam (20D/19N Program) 20 days from North to South Hanoi – Halong – Hai Phong – Nam Dinh – Ninh Binh – Vinh – Dong Hoi – Hue – Da Nang – Hoi An – Quy Nhon – Tuy Hoa – Nha Trang – Phan Rang – Mui Ne – Ho Chi Minh City – My Tho – Can Tho – Ho Chi Minh city

DAY 1: Arrival in Hanoi (-, -, -)

Lac Hong Voyages representative will greet and pick you up at Noi Bai airport in Hanoi. Transfer to your hotel for check-in. Stay overnight in Hanoi.


DAY 2: Hanoi- Halong (B, -, -)

Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour which features Hanoi’s cultural and historical highlights, including Historical Museum, Uncle Ho’s Stilt House, One-Pillared Pagoda, Temple of Literature and Tran Quoc Pagoda. Afternoon leave for Ha Long and visit But Thap Pagoda on the way. Stay overnight in Halong.

DAY 3: Halong – Hai Phong (B, L, -)

Embark a traditional-style wooden boat at a nearby wharf for a 5-hour cruise around the wondrous Halong Bay, a World Heritage site listed by UNESCO in 1994. Visit some magical grottoes, marvel at odd-shaped islands and relax in the best scenic beauty of Vietnam. Lunch of fresh seafood is served on board. In the afternoon leave Halong for Hai Phong (70km). Have a short sightseeing tour of Hai Phong, visit the Du Hang Pagoda and Hang Kenh Communal House. Stay overnight in Hai Phong.


DAY 4: Hai Phong – Nam Dinh – Ninh Binh (B, -, -)

Drive to Ninh Binh, 125km from Hai Phong. On the way visit Tran temple and Pho Minh pagoda in Nam Dinh. Afternoon take a sampan ride to Trang An, known as Vietnam’s “inland Halong Bay”. Paddle through nine enormous caves. Move onwards to the Bai Dinh pagoda with a biggest bronze statue of Buddha in Viet Nam, weighing 100 tons, three bronze statues featuring three tenses – past, present and future – weighing 50 tons each, a largest bronze 36-ton bell and 500 white-stone Arhat statues. Stay overnight in Ninh Binh.

DAY 5: Ninh Binh – Vinh (B, -, -)

Transfer to Vinh City (200km). Arrive in Vinh and pay visit to President Ho Chi Minh’s birth home in Kim Lien Village, where farm houses made of bamboo and palm leaves over 100 years ago are restored. Then travel to Cua Lo, a seaside town with stunning sandy beach. Stay overnight in Cua Lo.


DAY 6: Vinh – Dong Hoi (B, -, -)

Relax on the beach this morning. In the afternoon travel 200km to Dong Hoi leaving behind paddy fields, wild sand dunes and stunning passes. Stay overnight in Dong Hoi.

DAY 7: Dong Hoi – Hue (B, -, -)

Before leaving for Phong Nha cavern, wander about the Nhat Le Fish Market, with sellers and buyers invariably wearing the ubiquitous conical hat. Transfer 45km to the Xuan Son ferry landing, and take a boat trip on the Son River to the spectacular Phong Nha Cavern of Phong Nha-Ke Bang national park, recognized as World Natural Heritage site. In the afternoon travel 220km southwards to Hue. Stay overnight in Hue.
Alternative option: Explore Thien Duong (Paradise) Cave, a newly found cave in Phong Nha-Ke Bang national park at Son Trach Commune, Bo Trach District and 60 km northwest of Dong Hoi. The whole 31 km of this cave was explored and publicly announced by the British cave explorers. This cave is longer than Phong Nha Cave and the limestone formation is also considered more spectacular than that of Phong Nha Cave.


DAY 8: Hue (B, -, -)

Enjoy a full day tour of Hue, a former imperial city of Vietnam ruled by 13 Nguyen dynasties. Explore the Royal Citadel, built in 1804 on a site chosen in accordance with geomancy. The tour of Imperial City features Flag Tower, Noon Gate, Nine Dynastic Urns, Nine Holy Cannons, Thai Hoa Palace (Palace of Supreme Harmony), and Forbidden Purple City. Optional: royal music at Duyet Thi Duong Theatre. Then transfer to the lively Dong Ba Market by cyclo. In the afternoon, take a boat along Perfume River. Visit Thien Mu Pagoda and Hon Chen Temple. The last stop is Minh Mang’s Mausoleum. Stay overnight in Hue.

DAY 9: Hue – Da Nang – Hoi An (B, -, -)

Drive 140km southwards to Hoi An via the scenic fishing village of Lang Co and the Pass of Ocean Clouds. Stop over in Da Nang to visit the Museum of Cham Sculpture (closed on Monday), the Linh Ung Bai But Pagoda, the Marble Mountains (or Ngu Hanh Son) and the stone-carving village of Non Nuoc. Relax on the beach or enjoy hotel facilities. Stay overnight in Hoi An.


DAY 10: Hoi An (B, -, -)

Have a morning walking tour of the ancient town centre. Stroll around the Hoi An Ancient Quarter Area to visit a number of temples, pagodas, communal houses, traditional shops, local markets and other places of interest and watch local daily activities, handicraftsmen at work and a lively show of traditional dancing and music. Afternoon relax on the beach or optionally enjoy half day tour of Hoi An countryside by bike. Stay overnight in Hoi An.


DAY 11: Hoi An – Quy Nhon (B, -, -)

Depart a morning drive of 300km across picturesque coastal plains to Quy Nhon. Visit Cham towers en route. On arrival in Quy Nhon, a new destination for relaxation where romantic seaside resorts with impeccable service can be found, visit the Tay Son Museum, famous for its shows of traditional martial arts backed up by battle drums. Stay overnight in Quy Nhon.

DAY 12: Quy Nhon – Tuy Hoa (B, -, -)

Relax on the beach this morning. Then drive 110km southwards to Tuy Hoa, an incredibly beautiful beach with white sand and clear water under the shadows of coconut trees. Stop over in Tuy An to discover Da Dia Rapids with special 35,000 stone columns. Stay overnight in Tuy Hoa.

DAY 13:Tuy Hoa – Nha Trang (B, -, -)

Another 120km drive in southward direction will bring you to Nha Trang, one of the most charming coastal towns in Vietnam with a seemingly endless white sandy beach and ocean blue water. In the afternoon, take Nha Trang city tour, including visits to the Oceanography Institute, Long Son Buddhist Pagoda, Xom Bong Bridge, Po Nagar Cham Towers and Dam Market. Stay overnight in Nha Trang.


DAY 14: Nha Trang – Phan Rang (B, -, -)

Drive 105km to Phan Rang. On arrival, visit Po Klong Garai Cham Towers, My Nghiep brocade-weaving village and Bau Truc pottery village. Spend the rest of the day relaxing on Ninh Chu beach, an off-the-beaten-track seaside resort for beach vacationers. Stay overnight in Phan Rang.

DAY 15: Phan Rang – Mui Ne (B, -, -)

Leave by a scenic drive of 145km for Mui Ne, an emerging destination for beach vacationers (Vietnam’s capital of resorts). On the way visit the White Lakes, where snow-white sand dunes reflect themselves in the still water, and colored Muine sand dunes, a perfect place for photographers. Spend the afternoon relaxing on the beach. Stay overnight in Mui Ne.

DAY 16: Mui Ne – Ho Chi Minh City (B, -, -)

Drive 105km to Phan Rang. On arrival, visit Po Klong Garai Cham Towers, My Nghiep brocade-weaving village and Bau Truc pottery village. Spend the rest of the day relaxing on Ninh Chu beach, an off-the-beaten-track seaside resort for beach vacationers. Stay overnight in Phan Rang.

DAY 17: Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi – Ho Chi Minh City (B, -, -)

Pay a morning visit to the elaborate network of over 200 km of three-story underground tunnels of Cu Chi, hand-dug by local people during the Vietnam War. Crawl down a tunnel to feel the underground life, and then test your marksmanship with an AK rifle at a local rifle range (optional with surcharge). Afternoon visit the Reunification Palace (the former Presidential Palace), the Central Post Office, then have a short walk along the shopping Dong Khoi Street from Notre Dame Cathedral to the Municipal Theatre. Experience the Saigon River Cruise “Along the Saigon East-West Highway”, which departs from Thu Thiem Inland Waterway Pier and goes along Ben Nghe & Tau Hu Canals parallel to the Vo Van Kiet Avenue, passing by such the well-known sites as Bach Dang Wharf, Nha Rong Wharf, Khanh Hoi Bridge, Mong Bridge, Ong Lanh Bridge, Chu Y Bridge, Cha Va Bridge and Binh Dong Wharf. Continue driving through the bustling Cho Lon (District 5) with stop-over at the Thien Hau Temple, dedicated to the Goddess of the Sea. Drop by a hand-embroidery workshop and Ben Thanh Market on the way back to your hotel. Stay overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.


DAY 18: Ho Chi Minh City – My Tho – Can Tho (B, L, -)

Drive 75km to My Tho, a peaceful town on the bank of the Mekong River. On arrival board a private boat for a boat cruise along one of the Mekong River’s main tributaries to an islet. Once at there, visit some local homes and orchards where you can taste seasonal fruits and honey tea and enjoy a performance of traditional southern singing. Continue with a sampan ride through palm-shaded creeks. Lunch of Mekong specialties is served at local restaurant. Proceed to Can Tho, recognized as the capital city of all the Mekong Delta provinces. On arrival, pay visits to the 130-year old house and Binh Thuy communal house. Stay overnight in Can Tho.

cho_noi_mien_tayDAY 19: Can Tho – Ho Chi Minh City (B, -, -)

Take a morning boat ride along Can Tho River to the well-known Cai Rang floating market where you can view local people selling and buying vegetables, fruits, etc. in daily life. Join them to buy some fruits if you like. Get off the boat and leisurely walk visiting a local home producing Hu Tieu (rice noodle). Continue cruising to Mr. Ba Cong’s fruit orchard. Disembark at An Binh market and have a drive to Mr. Lam The Cuong’s cocoa garden at My Khanh Commune where you can learn how local peasants cultivate and harvest cocoa and process cocoa products and enjoy a few sips of cocoa wine. Visit Truc Lam Thien Vien Phuong Nam Southern Truc Lam Meditation Retreat) before driving back to Ho Chi Minh City. In the evening, optionally enjoy an evening Á Ố Show Saigon, a unique and immensely enjoyable experience, full with mesmerizing sounds, enchanting live music, charming dance and dynamic acrobatics in a vibrant and light-hearted series of sketches about Vietnam’s rural and urban lives. Stay overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

DAY 20: Departure from Ho Chi Minh City (B, -, -)

Spend last minutes shopping (ceramics, silver-carvings, silk, etc.) before check-out. Transfer to the airport for departure flight.

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