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  • Vietnam Sweet Honeymoon

    Code: VHT04 - Duration: 13 Days
    Start: Hanoi | Finish: Saigon
  • Vietnam is fast becoming a popular honeymoon destination thanks to its magnificent coastline, beautifully restored villas, rich culture and friendly people.

    Start your honeymoon with Hanoi whose atmosphere and French colonial charm make for a very romantic setting. Depart for Halong Bay to explore the natural beauty of this country on a luxury junk. Leaving this wonderland, we head to Imperial Hue famous for Perfume Pagoda, temples and tombs. Following this ancient capital, we head to Hoi An for the architecture and art galleries. Here, you have the chance to cycle along the riverside to Tra Que village and participate in the daily activities of the local residents. Moving South, Saigon welcomes you with its bustling and shopping opportunities.

    Last but certainly not least, you will be impressed by the tropical vibrancy of the Mekong Delta with the floating markets and complicated waterways on your own private Song Xanh Sampan Cruise.

    Highlights:

    • Discover the exotic Hanoi -  witness thousands of years of cultureVietnam Sweet Honeymoon
    • Discover local life, traditions and customs of ethnic groups who live in the North-West region
    • Take a cruise along Halong Bay and admire the breathtaking beauty of more than 2000 islands rising from emerald water of Halong Bay
    • Discover Imperial city Hue well-known for its temples, tombs, palaces and pagodas and Perfume River
    • Visit ancient houses and handicraft village in Hoi An
    • Explore some French colonial structures, pagodas & bustling market in Saigon
    • Visit the famous Cu Chi network of underground tunnels used as a military base for the Vietcong in the American war
    • Explore the intricate network of canals and channels in Mekong Delta area by an overnight Song Xanh Sampan Cruise
    • Charming hotels in great locations
    • Comfortable spacious vehicles for transfers

    Itinerary in brief:

    Day 1: Hanoi arrival (-/-/-)
    Day 2: Hanoi City (B/-/D)
    Day 3: Hanoi - Halong overnight on Boat (B/L/D)
    Day 4: Halong Boat Trip - Hanoi - Flight to Hue (Br/-/-)
    Day 5: Hue Imperial City (B/L/-)
    Day 6: Hue - Danang - Hoi An (B/L/-)
    Day 7: Hoi An Countryside Biking (B/L/-)
    Day 8: Hoi An - Free (B/-/-)
    Day 9: Hoi An - Danang - Flight to Saigon (B/L/-)
    Day 10: Saigon - Cai Be - Sa Dec - Can Tho (B/L/D)
    Day 11: Can Tho - Saigon (B/-/-)
    Day 12: Saigon - Cu Chi (B/-/-)
    Day 13: Saigon - Departure (B/-/-)

    • Ability to change the direction of the program
    • Possibility of an extension in Laos or Cambodia 

    Notes:

    - Tonkin-Travel specializes in “tailor-made” tours for groups of two or more. We carefully inspect each step of your journey from the accommodation to the perfect guide to suit your needs
    - The itinerary is open to modification to fit your personal travel needs
    - Modifications to the itinerary may increase the price of the package
    - For the price of this trip, just ask for a quote by clicking on “Customize this trip
    - If you are looking for a trip modified to your requirements, please send us your needs by filling out the form in “Customize your trip
    - We will contact and send you a quote, excluding holiday period, within 48 hours of receiving your request (excluding holiday periods). 

  • Day 1: Hanoi arrival (-/-/-)

    Hanoi - Airport: 30km, ~40min drive

    hanoi daily tours

    Upon arrival at Noi Bai Airport, meet our guide and driver who then escort you to the city center. After making sure of your successful hotel check-in, they will be pleased to leave you free time for your own lunch and leisure to recover after the long flight.

    Meals Included: None
    Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

    Day 2: Hanoi City (B/-/D)

    hanoi tour

    After a wholesome breakfast at the hotel, we start the day with a visit to the Ho Chi Minh Complex, named for the beloved father of modern Vietnam. This famous complex is home to Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum (closed on Mondays & Fridays), Ho Chi Minh's Stilt House, the Presidential Palace and Ho Chi Minh Museum. Following this, we head to the Temple of Literature constructed in 1070 to worship Confucius. Otherwise known as the first university of Vietnam, the site also honours the eighty-two Vietnamese doctorates that each passed a number of rigid exams in the medieval ages. Their names, birthdays and birthplaces are each engraved in headstones perched on stone tortoises. It is widely believed that touching the heads of these tortoises will bring luck. Its peaceful green compound with its neatly maintained lawns, gardens and lotus ponds make it a tranquil hideaway from the city’s bustle and heat. 

    In the afternoon, we visit the Museum of Ethnology dedicated to Vietnam's fifty-four officially recognised ethnic groups with both indoor and outdoor sections. While the in-house exhibition is particularly informative, the outdoor display continues in the museum’s garden with fascinating examples of traditional houses of numerous minority groups, from the Kinhs to the ethnic groups of the Central Highlands. We then enjoy a 1-hour-cyclo tour (similar to a rickshaw) to the Old Quarter where you can see streets with century-aged trees and French Colonial buildings. We then head to Ngoc Son Temple set on a tiny islet in the middle of Hoan Kiem Lake. Ngoc Son Temple dates back to the 13th century and the lake itself is the picturesque heart of Hanoi, frequented by tourists and locals alike.

    In the evening, we will enjoy a water puppet show, illustrating the unique Vietnamese traditional art. This art is originated from rural festivals in Vietnam. The artists, men and women, stand waist-deep in the water to manipulate the puppets, making them move, talk and laugh and even dance on the surface of the water. Dinner will be served at a popular local restaurant.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
    Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

    Day 3: Hanoi - Halong Bay (B/L/D)

    Hanoi - Halong: 180km, ~3h30m drive

    halong bay cruise honeymoonAfter breakfast, we depart for Halong Bay via Thai Binh and Nam Dinh. Sit back and enjoy the peaceful countryside symbolic of the Red River Delta. We will arrive at Halong Bay’s wharf around noon and embark an elegant wooden junk for a cruise through the limestone cliffs and emerald waters of Halong Bay. Here we enjoy the striking scenery of this World Heritage Site. While being on board, we will be served fresh local seafood lunch followed by swimming and exploring some of the limestone caves in this area. Witness one of the world’s best the sunsets before you sit down for a lush dinner. The captain then will anchor for the night nearby a remote island where you’ll have the option night fishing or just sit out on the deck and relax under the stars.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation: Overnight on Junk

    Day 4: Halong Bay - Hanoi - Flight to Hue (Br/-/-)

    Hanoi - Hue: 770km, 1h flight

    halong bay tour for honeymoonAfter waking up surrounded by the tranquil beauty of the bay, we have time for an early morning dip. Then it’s time for breakfast whilst you watch the sun rise over Ha Long bay. The cruise continues to move around the bay for in order for us to discover more secluded areas; we then go kayaking and continue swimming around the bay. The boat will be near us at all times for those who prefer to relax on board. Around midday, we will return to the main harbour before transferring to our awaiting vehicle for the three-hour journey to Noi Bai airport for the flight to Hue. Upon arrival at Hue, our driver will meet and transfer you to the hotel for check-in.

    Meals Included: Brunch
    Accommodation: Hotel in Hue

    Day 5: Hue Imperial City (B/L/-)

    hue tour honeymoon

    After breakfast at hotel, we set out for the exploration of Hue's famous highlights, starting with a boat trip on Perfume River to reach the picturesque Thien Mu otherwise known as Heavenly Lady Pagoda. One of the most poignant displays here is the car belonging to a former monk, who in 1963, drove to Saigon and set himself alight to protest against the South Vietnamese regime and its treatment of Buddhists. We then disembark the boat for a visit the elaborate tomb of former emperor Tu Duc, which was built between 1864 and 1867 by 3000 soldiers and workers. It includes fifty monuments surrounded by a 1500m long wall covering. We then head back to Hue for a well-deserved lunch!

    In the afternoon, we visit Hue Imperial City, the last royal city of Vietnam with various beautiful structures including the Flag Tower, Ngo Mon Gate, Nine Dynastic Urns, Nine Holy Cannons, Thai Hoa Palace and the Forbidden City or Tu Cam Thanh. Built in the 19th century by the Nguyen dynasty, the City was home to the former Emperors of Vietnam from 1802 until 1945. We then do the walking and shopping in Dong Ba Market to enjoy the specialty of Hue city.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel in Hue

    Day 6: Hue - Danang - Hoi An (B/L/-)

    Hue - Hoi An: 140km, ~2h30min drive

    hoian tour honeymoon

    After breakfast at hotel, we bid Hue farewell and continue our south bound journey to the old trading town of Hoi An via Danang. Along the way, we will stop at Lang Co beach for coffee and refreshments. From here we head up to the Hai Van pass, stopping at the top to take in the stunning views north over Lang Co beach and south over Danang city. Upon arrival Hoian, we take a walking tour to Hoi An Ancient Town – an exceptionally well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century. We start our day with the Japanese Covered Bridge – one of Vietnam’s most iconic attractions. Created by the Japanese living in Hoian in the 1590s as a way to reach the Chinese quarter across the water, the bridge is a beautiful historical piece of Japanese architecture. It would be a shortcoming without a visit to Tan Ky House – one of the many ancient houses that making up Hoian Ancient Town. Built two centuries ago with both Japanese and Chinese influences on architecture, this house has been preserved through seven generations. While walking, we will encounter pretty houses of Chinese merchants. Another must-see destination is Phuc Kiem Assembly Hall – an excellent work of architecture considered as a heritage of historical significance. Built in 1690, this Assembly Hall is in fact a temple dedicated to the sea goddess Thien Hau.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An

    Day 7: Hoi An Countryside Biking (B/L/-)

    tra que tour hoi an for honeymoonAfter breakfast, we cycle along the riverside to Tra Que Vegetable Village. Our cycling trip takes us on narrow roads passing through rice paddies with water buffalo to visit a place of farming and fishing. Here we will participate in daily activities of the local residents such as bailing out water with long handles buckets, pounding rice, lifting fishing nets, etc. We will savour boiled sweet potatoes by dipping them into ground salty roasted peanut sauce, drink lotus tea gathered from Tra Que lotus lagoon and listen to folk songs about Quang Nam native country, Hoi An Old Town as well as Tra Que Vegetable Village.   After that, we will visit a house of a local resident to hear about the history of the village foundation and the development of this village. Then local farmers will take us to see vegetable gardens and instruct the techniques of planting and cultivate many kinds of vegetables planted in the gardens. We have a chance to join hand in cutting, tying in bundles, and reaping the vegetables to bring home for processing food. Back to Tra Que’s family house, we will enjoy a "foot massage" before working together with our family chef to learn the traditional ways of preparing and cooking Vietnamese food. Then, sit down and savour the dishes you have just prepared. In the afternoon, say goodbye to our host family and cycle back to Hoi An and we’ll make a few stops on the way too!

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An

    Day 8: Hoian - Free (B/-/-)

    hoianAfter breakfast at the hotel, the rest of the day is free for your own exploration and shopping. Hoi An is home to the most skilled tailors in Vietnam. We highly recommend getting something custom made!

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An

    Day 9: Hoian - Danang - Flight to Saigon (B/L/-)

    Danang - Saigon: ~850km, 2h flight

    saigon tours honeymoon

    After breakfast at hotel, our driver will meet and transfer you to Danang Airport for flight to Saigon. Upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat Airport, meet your new guide and driver who then escort you to the hotel for check-in. You will then have time for your own lunch and some well-deserved relaxation.

    In the afternoon, we take a half day to visit all famous sites of this bustling city. The first destination is the now-demolished wartime American Embassy. After that, we head to the Reunification Palace, the former residence of the President of South Vietnam until April 30, 1975 when the North Vietnamese tanks came crashing through the front gates, bringing the U.S.-Vietnam War to a dramatic end. This will be followed by some French colonial structures including the Notre Dame Cathedral. Notre Dame Cathedral was built between 1877 and 1883 where the stones used to create it were exported entirely from France. Apart from the religious meaning, the most captivating point of this Cathedral is its special neo-Romanesque style of architecture. Adjacent to the cathedral stands the Central Post Office, finished in 1891. It is another fine example of French architecture and is Vietnam's largest post office. After visiting the Jade Emperor Pagoda and the War Remnant Museum, we continue our trip to the bustling Ben Thanh Market, which is a fantastic place for bargains of all kinds. There are a number of vendors and food stalls in the market food section that offers fresh local dishes. You also can find many goods for daily use as well as a variety of eye-catching souvenirs.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon

    Day 10: Saigon - Cai Be - Sa Dec - Can Tho (B/L/D)

    Saigon - Cai Be: 140km, ~2h30min drive

    mekong cruise honeymoonBreakfast is served at…you guessed it!-the hotel. At 8:00 am our driver will meet and transfer you to Cai Be which is approximately a 2-hour drive south from Saigon. Around 10:00 am we embark our accommodation for the night, an authentic sampan. You will be welcomed with fresh towels by the crew. Start to visit some local home factories to observe the traditional procedure of making rice ice paste, coconut candies and other specialties. Proceed to Cai Be colorful floating market, cruise among local barges full of fruits and vegetables. Take a direction to Vinh Long and Sa Dec, cruise upstream Tien Giang River is, one of the two largest arms of the Mekong. Sail into a narrow canal to discover the hideaway unspoiled landscapes, luxuriant gardens and enjoy the airy atmosphere in countryside. Pass several traditional brick factories while cruising and have an interesting onsite visit to one of them. Continue the journey to Sa Dec, the little "Venice" in the Mekong Delta with numerous narrow canals, and different kinds of trading activities. Disembark at the local market place and begin your exploration in this charming Sa Dec town by walking along narrow streets and take pictures of beautiful old houses and Chinese temples. Stop at an ancient house dating from 1890, home of Ong Huynh Thuy Le, former "lover" of famous French novelist Marguerite Duras. Lunch will be served on board while cruising down to Can Tho along a beautiful narrow canal. Passing under Several wooden "monkey bridges" and tiny typical villages before pulling a stop to visit Cao Dai Temple. The last stop before sunset is a splendid ancient house or "Nha Co" dating from the early 19th century. After the personal welcome of owner, a romantic candlelight dinner will be catered in an unique atmosphere. After dinner, continue to proceed to Can Tho.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation: Song Xanh Sampan Cruise

    Day 11: Can Tho - Saigon (B/L/-)

    Can Tho - Saigon: 180km, ~4h drive

    cairang floating marketsThe journey starts at 6.00 AM with breakfast being served at 7.00 PM, while approaching Cai Rang floating market, the largest market in the whole Mekong Delta Region. Cruise Among local barges full of fruits and vegetables and enjoy the hustle and bustle of morning market. The excursion ends at around 10.00a.m at Ninh Kieu Pier after-visiting Can Tho's local market. The excursion ends at around 10.00a.m at Ninh Kieu Pier after-visiting Can Tho's local market. We then drive back to Saigon for the night.

    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon

    Day 12: Saigon - Cu Chi (B/-/-)

    Saigon - Cu Chi: 60km, ~1h20min drive

    Cu Chi tunnel honeymoonAfter breakfast at hotel, we drive to the incredible Cu Chi tunnels, a 250 km underground tunnel system created by Vietnamese resistance fighters known as the Viet Cong. Also on display are various ‘booby traps’ and the remains of an American tank as well as numerous bomb craters made by 500 pound bombs dropped by B52 bombers. We return to Saigon at noon and the rest of the day is free for your own personal discovery.

    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon

    Day 13: Saigon - Departure (B/-/-)

    After breakfast at hotel, time is free until your driver meets and transfer you to Tan Son Nhat airport for your flight to your next destination or back home. Bon voyage!

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  • Prices

    This trip is private and therefore can be altered to suit your needs, date of commencement and budget requirements.

    Prices vary due to a number of specifics:

    • Seasonal: during high season (October-April), the prices of services are generally higher when compared to the low season (May-September).
    • The number of participants: the more of you that travel together the less you will pay!
    • The choice of hotels: Fairly obvious one here; a 5-star hotel can cost ten times as much as a 2 star hotel.
    • The activities during the trip: Two trips on the same itinerary and of the same length can have two different prices depending on the number and nature of activities included.
    • The booking date: In some cases, booking your trip late can drastically affect prices due to their low availability.

    Inclusion:

    • Accommodation as recommended or similar category according to availability.
    • Transfers according to program by private air-conditioned vehicle with driver except free day
    • English-speaking guide’s assistance at every stage
    • Meals as indicated in program (B: Breakfast /L: Lunch / D: Dinner)
    • Entrance fees for attractions included in the program
    • All activities and cruises clearly mentioned in the program
    • Halong Bay overnight on boat (sharing boat)
    • Flights: Hanoi – Hue; Danang - Saigon (E-Class on Vietnam Airlines)
    • Private boat excursion in Hue
    • Overnight on private Song Xanh Sampan Cruise
    • Water and cool tissues
    • Government taxes & service charge

    Exclusion:

    • Other drinks and meals not clearly mentioned
    • Early check-in, late check-out
    • Personal expenditures, tips
    • Personal insurance (compulsory)
    • Any service not clearly mentioned in the program
    • International air transfers associated with airport taxes
    • Visa and visa arrangement (available upon request)

    Booking

    Here are 2 steps to book your trip with Tonkin-Travel:

    Step 1. Focus on your travel program:

    You can choose this trip as is or customize it to your specific desires. Just click on the “Customize this trip” tab and fill in the form. One of our travel consultants will contact you within 48 hours to develop the travel program based on your specifications.

    Step 2. Booking:

    • Following the first step, tour program is selected and we access the rates.
    • Upon confirmation of the trip, the registration must be accompanied by a deposit up to 25% of the total estimate.
    • For programs with private junk (cruise) and/or 5 star hotels, the deposit is represented by 30% of the total estimate.
    • Tonkin-Travel carries out the booking process upon receipt of the deposit. Confirmation of these reservations is sent to customer within 10 days via email

    Nature of travel

    This trip is private. That implies:

    • You will be escorted by a private guide and driver. This approach guarantees a smooth trip with fewer organizational constraints.
    • You will be the master of your trip. We guarantee flexibility in organizing visits at your request.
    • Our services will be personalized according to your desires. Thus the proposals in this package are not fixed and you can bring suggest all the desired changes.
    • You receive individualized care: ample food, organizing small events (anniversary, honeymoon, etc.), targeted information, followed necessary modifications, etc.

    Accommodation

    • Accommodation is an important expenditure of your trip. When you choose a luxury trip for example, the accommodation can represent three quarters of the price. Thus, your choice of hotels is closely related to your budget.
    • Tonkin-Travel has negotiated rates with a wide range of hotels from 2 to 5 stars.
    • In some places you will have the option to choose ‘home-stay’. Although this provides less comfort that a hotel it is a truly authentic experience and highly recommended for at least one night of your journey.

    Transport

    All transfers during your trip are covered by private vehicle with driver, unless otherwise indicated in our offer. We ensure that our vehicles are new and comfortable. Fuel, tolls, accommodation, compensation and the driver are included in our offer. Only gratuities are not included and are at your discretion.

    The size of the selected vehicle is based on the number of tour participants according to the following quality standards:

    No. of participants

    2 pax

    3 pax

    From 4 to 7 pax

    From 8 to 14 pax

    From 15 to 20 pax

    Vehicle size

    Car 4-7 seats

    Car 7 or minivan 
    16 seats

    Minivan 16 seats

    Bus 24 seats

    Bus 35 or 45 seats

    Domestic flights

    If your trip includes domestic flights if any, they will be operated by Vietnam Airlines, the largest airline in Vietnam. The fleet consists mainly of Airbus and Boeing. On some short trips, the company operates 72 ATR and some Fokker.

    Rail transport

    Train travel can be offered (particularly between Hanoi-Lao Cai and Hanoi-Hue). Travelling at a speed of 60km/h on average it is not necessarily the fastest but an interesting experience nonetheless.

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