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  • Vietnam Shopping Tour

    Duration: 15 days
    Start: Vietnam | Finish: Vietnam
  • This extensive 15-day trip offers an in-depth excursion to explore all the best shopping sites. You will be taken to both the most poplar and most well hidden markets.

    We begin in the charming capital of Hanoi where we take a tour around the well – known Ho  Chi Minh complex, sacred temple, withness the street life at Dong Xuan – Market the largest covered market of Hanoi. Following this, you will then travel northwest to enjoy the unique culture of several ethnic minority groups in northwestern area such as H’Mong, Dzay and Dzao and thousands specialities at Bac Ha Market and marvel at the stunning landscape and emerald green rice terraces.

    We then depart for Halong Bay to explore the exquisite natural beauty of Vietnam whilst onboard on a luxury junk (boat). Leaving this wonderland, we head to Central Vietnam to visit Hue Imperial City and Dong Ba Market  and enjoy some truly delicious Vietnamese cuisine by attending a cooking class in Hoi An before heading to the South to see the largest market of Ho Chi Minh city – Ben Thanh Market.

    Our next destination is Cai Rang Floating market in Can Tho in the early morning to see the amazing sunrise and thousands of boats fulfilled by seasonal colorful fruit.

    Highlights:

    • Discover the exotic Hanoi capitaland Dong Xuan Market- immerse yourself amongst thousands of years of culture.
    • Discover local life, traditions and customs of ethnic people and Bac Ha Market in the northwestern region
    • Take a cruise on Halong Bayto explore the breathtaking beauty of more than 2000 islands rising from the emerald waters of Halong Bay
    • Discover the Imperial Hue citywell-known for its temples, tombs, palaces and pagodas and Dong Ba Market
    • Visit ancient houses and handicraft village inHoi An
    • Discover the bustling and dynamic Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)with French colonial structures, pagodas and Ben Thanh market
    • Take a boat trip and enjoy the spectacular scenery of Mekong Delta and the largest floating market – Cai Rang
    • Charming hotels in fantastic locations
    • Comfortable spacious vehicle for transfers

    Itinerary in brief:

    Day 1: Hanoi arrival (-/-/-)
    Day 3: Bac Ha Market - Thai Giang Pho – Sapa (B/-/-)
    Day 2: Hanoi city tour - Dong Xuan Market - Overnight train to Lao Cai (B/-/-)
    Day 3: Bac Ha Market - Thai Giang Pho – Sapa (B/-/-)
    Day 4: Y Linh Ho - Lao Chai - Ta Van (B/-/-)
    Day 5: Ma Tra - Silver Fall - train back to Hanoi (B/-/-)
    Day 6: Hanoi - Halong (B/L/D)
    Day 7: Halong - Hanoi - flight to Hue (B/L/-)
    Day 8: Hue Imperial city - Dong Ba Market (B/-/-)
    Day 9: Hue - Danang - Hoi An (B/-/-)
    Day 10: Hoi An Cooking Class - Ancient Town (B/L/-)
    Day 11: Hoi An - My Son - Thanh Ha - Flight to Saigon (B/L/-)
    Day 12: Saigon city tour - Ben Thanh Market (B/-/-)
    Day 13: Saigon - Ben Tre - Can Tho (B/L/-)
    Day 14: Can Tho - Cai Rang Floating Market – Saigon (B/-/-)
    Day 15: Saigon Departure (B/-/-)

    Notes:

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  • Day 1: Hanoi Arrival (-/-/-)

    Hanoi - Airport: 30km, ~40min drive

    Upon arrival at Noi Bai Airport, meet our driver who then escorts you to the city centre. After making sure of a successful hotel check-in, the rest of the day is free to relax or stroll around the streets.

    Meals Included: None

    Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

    Day 2: Hanoi City Tour -Dong Xuan Market-Overnight train to Lao Cai (B/-/-)

    After breakfast at hotel, at 9:00, we start the day trip with a visit of the Ho Chi Minh Complex. This famous site compromises Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum (closed on Mondays & Fridays), his former stilt-house residence, 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 Museum of Ethnology (closed on Mondays, the alternative is the History Museum) dedicated to Vietnam's 54 officially recognized ethnic groups with both indoor and outdoor sections. While the in-housed 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 to the Old Quarter where you can see streets with century-aged trees and French Colonial buildings. We then head to Dong Xuan Market. Originally built during the French administration in 1889, this colossal structure has seen its fair share of renovations after the fire of 1994. There are a lot of things travelers can purchase in this market which include: garments, such as the Non La (Vietnam’s famous conical shaped hat), leather shoes, kitchen accessories, handicrafts and souvenirs, and everything in between. For the foodie on the go, the Northern part of Dong Xuan has enough food stalls to satisfy that specific craving. Visitors can try their local cuisines such as the Hai Phong bread, Donner Kebap, and the occasional hot pot during the colder months of the year. Then at around 9:30 pm, our driver will pick you up at your hotel to Hanoi train station to get

     

    Meals Included: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

    Day 3: Lao Cai - Bac Ha Market on Sunday only -Thai Giang Pho-Sapa (B/-/-)

    Arrival Lao Cai Train Station at around 6:00a.m, our guide and driver will meet and transfer you to a small hotel to freshen up. Located at 110km from Sapa, Bac Ha mountain town is well-known by travelers with the most colorful market of the hill tribes in the North of Vietnam. This every-Sunday-market attended by at least 8 ethnic groups and last from 9:00 AM until 2:00 pm. It is also chance for tourists to discover the H’mong King’s palace (old building built by the French & Chinese).

    In the afternoon, we go for a light trek to visit Thai Giang Pho, a very beautiful valley inhabited by the Tay in their stilt houses. Going on foot up and down along the side of 3 child and mother mountain with the height of over 1.400m, you can catch the full fill of Bac Ha town scenery in smog and ethnic minorities villages appear and disappear in the mountain and terraced fields around mountain in the sunlight. The hospitality ethnic people will make you comfortable. Leaving Mong’s village for Tay’s one and then heading to Sapa for overnight.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Hotel in Sapa

    Day 4: Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai – Ta Van (B/-/-)

    After breakfast at the hotel, we start our trek through the beautiful Muong Hoa valley in Sapa. Following the road of just around 2km, we reach Y Linh Ho village home to Black H'mong ethnic people. We continue our walk to Lao Chai village and enjoy beautiful views of terraced rice fields along the way. We then visit a Catholic church and explore local traditions and customs. In the afternoon, we reach the heart of the Sapa valley, the Ta Van village home to Dzay ethnic people.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Hotel in Sapa

    Day 5: Ma Tra - Silver Waterfall - Train back to Hanoi (B/-/-)

    After breakfast, we visit Ma Tra Village. Located only about 5km to the south-east of Sapa town, Ma Tra Village was added recently into Sapa’s growing list of stunning destinations. The village is a new must-see for visitors when coming to the mountain town of Sapa and preferring a less commercial track. The Village is home to H’mong ethnic people and only boasts around 50 homes. They survive using their craft such as weaving brocade, silk, forging farming tools and carving silver. They generally only make such items to meet their own needs, but since the growth of tourism in Sapa, many H’mong women make decorated cloth to sell on the town’s main streets.

    We then drive to Silver Waterfall, the highest in Vietnam with a 300m drop. An ascent to the base of the waterfall will enable you to explore the surrounding landscape. This is a famous spot and is regularly visited by monks to pray. Continuing our journey, we will drive a further 3km to Tram Ton Pass, the highest road in Vietnam at approximately 2000m above sea level. At this height you will feel a drop in temperature but the views are truly stunning, and you will have the opportunity to stretch your legs, explore and take photographs. A further 3km drive will take you to the start point of your next walk, a descent through the jungle to the Love Waterfall & Golden Stream. This area is known for cardamom crops, used for medicine, cooking and a significant source of income for the minority people. We then drive back to Sapa to prepare for overnight train back to Hanoi.                                                                                                                

    Meals Included: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Overnigh on train (Private Cabin 2 berths)

    Day 6: Hanoi - Halong (B/L/D)

    Hanoi - Halong: 170km, ~4h drive

    After breakfast, at 8:00 am, we depart for Halong Bay. 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 UNESCO World Heritage Site. Whilst on board, we will be served a fresh Vietnamese lunch followed by swimming and the chance to explore some of the limestone caves in Bai Tu Long bay. In the afternoon, cruising to Vung Dang – Cong Dam area: Swim or relax on a white sandy beach; Go kayaking through the mystery Karst Mountains in Vung Dang area and then return to Cruise to refresh yourself in Mineral Seawater Pool, Fitness Room or the Spa and Massage Services before dinner. At around 20:30, Spend the rest of your evening relaxing, talking with the on board team, watching movies, listening to music. Overnight in Tra San area.

     

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accommodation: Overnight on Cruise

    Day 7: Halong - Hanoi - Flight to Hue (B/L/-)

    Waking up surrounded by the tranquil beauty of the bay, we have time for an early morning dip with joys and emotions for watching sunrise on sea followed by breakfast or doing Tai chi on the sundeck. After breakfast, you then visit Thien Canh Son cave - one of the biggest and most beautiful grotto belonging to Bai Tu Long Bay. At around midday we will return to the main harbor and having a buffet lunch before transferring to our awaiting vehicle for a 3-hour journey to Noi Bai airport for flight to Hue. Upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat airport, our driver will meet and transfer you to hotel for check-in.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

    Accommodation: Hotel in Hue

    Day 8: Hue Imperial city - Dong Ba Market (B/-/-)

    After breakfast at our hotel, we set out to explore Hue's famous highlights, starting with a boat trip along the Perfume River to reach the picturesque Thien Mu otherwise known as the 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 beautiful structures including the Flag Tower, Ngo Mon Gate and Nine Dynastic Urns to name a few. 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 some shopping at the Dong Ba Market to enjoy the specialties of Hue.

    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Hue

    Day 9: Hue - Danang - Hoi an - Free at Leisure (B/-/-)

    After breakfast at the 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 towards Da Nang city. Our next destination is the Marble Mountains - a cluster of five marble and limestone hills located in Ngu Hanh Son District, south of Danang City. All of the mountains have cave entrances and numerous tunnels, and it is possible to climb to the summit of Mt. Thuy. Several Buddhist sanctuaries can also be found within the mountains, making this a popular destination. Upon our arrival in Hoi An, we assist you with check-in and the rest of the day is free for your own exploration of this remarkable town.

    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An

    Day 10: Hoi An - Cooking Class - Ancient Town (B/L/-)

    After breakfast at hotel, we start the day at 8:45am with a drink at Hai Scout Cafe - our meeting point. Our guide will escort you to a colorful market where you can experience the amazing sights, sounds and aromas of this busy market. We will have the opportunity to interact with the local sellers and purchase some of the ingredients to be used in the cooking lesson later. We board the Red Bridge boat for a leisurely cruise (25 minutes) along the Hoi An River to the Red Bridge Cooking School. This is a chance to view local river life, so make sure your camera is handy. On arrival, we explore the cooking school’s herb and vegetable garden, before learning about some of Hoi An’s and Vietnam’s well-known dishes. The cooking lesson runs for about 2 hours – each dish is first demonstrated by the Red Bridge chef’s, before we prepare the same dish ourselves. Included in the class is a brief introduction to Vietnamese food carving (plate decoration). After the lesson, we sit down and eat exactly what we have cooked. 

    In the afternoon, 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 Hoi An 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 Kien 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 11: Hoi An – My Son – Thanh Ha (B/-/-)

    At around 08:00 a.m, we drive towards the archaeological site of My Son (45km, ~1h drive). This is a former capital of the ancient Cham civilization that ruled central Vietnam between the second and thirteenth centuries. Hinduism from India heavily influenced their religion. Located 60 km from Danang, My Son is considered one of the best-preserved Cham structures in Vietnam. The complex is comprised of seventy Hindu-like towers and temples dating from the second century. This site is a must-see for people who are interested in architecture and ancient civilizations. It is one of four UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites in Vietnam. We drive back to Hoi An at 13:30.

    14:30, we enjoy a comfortable ride to Thu Bon river to board a river cruise. Sailing down the river, you can experience the local daily life such as fishing, farming, catching clams. We then visit Thanh Ha ceramic village to admire its intricate pottery and see old men who produce jars, vases, etc. Getting back to the boat, we cruise down to the Cua Dai bay for a spectacular view of the sun setting over Thu Bon River and the sea before returning back to the harbour where our driver is waiting to take you back to the hotel.

    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An

    Day 12: Saigon City tour – Ben Thanh Market (B/-/-)

    After a delicious breakfast at the hotel, our guide will appear at the hotel for your first official tour of Saigon. We begin with some beautiful French colonial structures including the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Old Saigon Post Office. Notre Dame Cathedral was built between 1877 and 1883, and 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. Next, to the cathedral stands the Old Saigon Post Office, finished in 1891. It is another fine example of French architecture and is Vietnam's largest post office. The tour continues along Dong Khoi Street, where the Opera House and the Peoples’ Committee building were built in 1897 by French architect Ferret Eugene.  The 800 seat Opera House served as the home of the Lower House Assembly of South Vietnam after 1956. After this, we head to the Reunification Palace which is the former residence of the President of South Vietnam. This is until April 30th, 1975 when North Vietnamese tanks came crashing through the front gates thus marking of the Vietnam War. 

    In the afternoon, you will visit the War Remnants Museum formerly known as the Museum of American War Crimes. This is a poignant display of the futility of war. For a more relaxing afternoon, next on the sightseeing list is Thien Hau Pagoda located in Cho Lon, the city’s Chinatown. This pagoda is dedicated to the Goddess of the Sea. The most impressive features of the structure are the intricate friezes and the carved tableaus towards the front of the pagoda. Another site that cannot be missed the bustling Ben Thanh Market. There are a number of vendors and food stalls which provide fresh & delicious dishes. You also can find many goods for daily use as well as a variety of eye-catching local handicrafts and souvenirs.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon

    Day 13: Saigon - Ben Tre - Can Tho (B/L/-)

    Saigon - Ben Tre: 107 km, ~2h drive

    After breakfast at the hotel, we leave the bustling city of Saigon behind us and depart for the Mekong Delta known to local as ‘Vietnam’s biggest rice basket’. Upon arrival at Hung Vuong pier in Ben Tre, we embark a boat to cruise along Ben Tre River, a tribute to the Mekong. With stops at the brickfield to see how bricks are made by hand and a coconut candy home factory located along the canal where we witness how to make these local delicacy. You will then have the opportunity to taste bee honey tea at a local honey farm and a variety of tropical fruit that grow abundantly in the orchards of the Mekong Delta. You can then walk or cycle through the coconut groves and green rice paddies to soak up and relax in the tranquil countryside atmosphere.

    In the afternoon, we will take a trip on small rowing boats through a maze of waterways lined by two rows of palm trees. We cruise back to the pier and disembark for a drive to Can Tho where we will spend the night.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

    Accommodation: Hotel in Can Tho

    Day 14: Can Tho - Cai Rang Floating Market - Saigon (B/-/-)

    Can Tho – Cai Rang- Saigon: 250 km, ~4h30m drive

    Rising early to the sounds of the Delta coming to life for another day, we have breakfast and start our day with a boat cruise along the seemingly endless waterway of Mighty Mekong River. We arrive amongst Cai Rang floating market, the biggest and most famous floating market in the Mekong Delta. View hundreds of boats which are packed with mango, bananas, papaya and pineapple, etc. all for selling, buying and exchanging. We visit the lush orchards and are treated to a delicious tropical fruits. After the market, you then visit noodle and rice paper producing family. Then coming back to Saigon.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon

    Day 15: Saigon Departure (B/-/-)

    After having breakfast at the hotel, you have free time to relax until our driver meets and transfer you to Tan Son Nhat International Airport for your departure flight to your next destination. We thank you for choosing Tonkin-Travel!

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  • 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
    • Flights: Hanoi – Hue; Danang - Saigon (E-Class on Vietnam Airlines)
    • Halong Bay overnight on boat (sharing boat)
    • Private boat excursion in Hue, Mekong Delta
    • Train tickets: Hanoi – Lao Cai – Hanoi (sharing 4 berth-cabin)
    • Hoian Cooking Class
    • Water and cool tissues
    • Government taxes & service charge

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    • Other drinks and meals not clearly mentioned
    • 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)
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