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Itinerary

Welcome to Hanoi – Vietnam!
The tour guide & driver will be welcoming you at Noi Bai airport; it takes us 35 minutes
driving to the centre of Hanoi then check-in at hotel. Let’s start our city tour from Temple of
Literature, the 1st university in Vietnam then continue to Ba Dinh Square - the biggest
square in Hanoi where all biggest cultural, political events of the cities for taking photos of
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (outside). Later have an overall view of the capital by a “cyclo” visit,
which will start around the Old Quarter of Hanoi, stop at Ngoc Son Temple located on the
Hoan Kiem Lake (the “Sword” Lake). Overnight in Hanoi.
Please note: Standard check in time is 14:00. Early check in is subject to availability of the
hotel
Night activities suggestion: enjoy local beer at Ta Hien Streets, experience the ambience of
sleepless street with life music, the young people of Hanoi and also foreign tourists. Hundred
of bars and pubs in the Old Quarter are also at your disposal. Or just simple spend your time
at shopping malls or various boutique Shops.

Have breakfast at hotel. Pick up at your hotel to join SIC tour. A 90km driving south of Hanoi
will lead you to Ninh Binh, the site of the one capital city of ancient Vietnam before Hanoi
took its leading role in 11th century. The area is featured by lots of well-known sceneries,
which include Tam Coc Caves and Hoa Lu ancient capital with the old temples dedicated to
King Dinh & King Le reigned in 10th century. The visit in Ninh Binh starts by a boat trip in
Tam Coc where spectacular limestone karsts jut out from the green paddy fields reminding
about Guilin (China) and Halong Bay of Vietnam, which gives this scenery the name
“Halong-bay-on-land”. Further discovery in Ninh Binh will be continued in the site that used
to be the kings’ palace in 10th century and now famous for the wooden relieves of the shady
Dinh and Le temples. Late afternoon back to Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi.
Please note that only local food is available in Ninh Binh

Have breakfast at hotel and check out. From Hanoi, at 8AM, head East for more than 3
hours by shuttle bus to Halong Bay, the pride of the Gulf of Tonkin, a Natural World Heritage
as designated by UNESCO in 1994. The road will pass by the Red River delta with green
paddyfields and rural villages, where hard-work farmers are busy with their farming jobs,
ploughing buffaloes or planting seedling. Upon arrival in Halong, we’ll take a big boat to
cruise the Bay to discover the magnificent beauty of this “Descending-dragon” bay, created
by thousands odd-shaped limestone rocks and karst grottoes. After a lunch of fresh seafood
on board, we can visit the Surprising Grotto, stop for swimming or kayaking, passing floating
villages and approach islets to enjoy their beauty in close distance. Back to the boat for
dinner late afternoon. Evening attend activities on the boat or relax at your own leisure.
Overnight on the boat near Titov Beach.

Please note the program may be little varied upon the cruise you choose. Only Vietnamese
& International food available on the boat. Depending on the cruise, kayak will be included or
not.

After breakfast, visit by boat to Luon Cave, a ring-shaped pool inside an island in Halong
with absolutely tranquil landscape and emerald water. Back to the Wharf of Halong passing
the most densely area with many islands that have been named like the Cock-Fighting Rock,
Sail Island, Incense burner rock or Sea Dog Rock. Arrive at Halong Wharf around 11.00.
Return to Hanoi at around 4PM, then transfer to the airport for a flight to Saigon. Welcome at
the airport then transfer to hotel for checking-in. Overnight in Saigon.

Have breakfast at hotel. Picked up at hotel and join SIC tour to My Tho the homeland of
coconut and family factories with local products like coconut candy, rice paper,… Upon
arrival, embark on the boat cruising on the mighty Mekong River viewing the life to the local
people live along the banks. We stop at one of 4 island in the area for sightseeing. Enjoy the
fresh tropical fruits served in the heart of the garden accompanied by traditional southern
Vietnamese folk music at the plantation. After that you will embark on the small boats rowed
the the local people thru the small cannels with water coconut tree to visit the local factories.
There you will taste the honey tea and see the local people produce the coconut candy milk
and of course you also can try it or stroll in the garden where the locals feed honeybee. After
that enjoy the horse-cart trip through the tranquil road of the village. We continue getting on
the big boat to visit the vast area. Enjoy your light lunch at a local restaurant nearby Mekong
River with the Elephant Ear fish. Afternoon, drive back to Saigon with stop to visit Vinh Trang
pagoda, a famous pogoda in the area that its architecture is a mix of Chinese, Cambodian,
and French culture. Drop off at your hotel and overnight in Saigon.
Please note that a normal lunch with local food will be served.

Have breakfast at hotel. Morning visit Cu Chi Tunnels, one of the few remaining monuments
to the Vietnam War. Beneath the ground lie 200 km of tunnels, dug by hand and inhabited
by the forces of the Vietnamese guerillas during the conflict. At its peak, prior to the Tet
Offensive in 1968, the tunnel complex was base to almost 10,000 troops. To this day, it
remains one of the most impressive examples of how fierce the war used to be. You even
can try to crawl some dozens of m on the tunnel underground to have the real experience.
Return to Saigon and drop off at your hotel.
Afternoon, your free time for shopping (no service provided) in the downtown where you can
choose many lovely stuff at the very reasonable price. A few places to be mentioned to visit
during your shopping is Ben Thanh Market – the center and typical market of Saigon; Saigon
Square where is a few minutes walking from Ben Thanh Market; An Dong Plaza and its

nearby Market; or Diamond Plaza if you are seeking the high qualified and brand name
goods. Overnight in Saigon.

Breakfast at the hotel. If your flight is in the afternoon, you will have a half day more for the
sightseeing and shopping before the departure till check out time and transfer to the airport
for the departure flight back to your sweet home. End of our services.

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