INTERNATIONAL (ASIA) TRAVEL
17K19 DUONG DINH NGHE STREET,
DISTRICT 11, HCMC, VIETNAM
TOURS > Vietnam
Hanoi – Ha Long Bay – Hue – Danang - HO Chi Minh (8 days – 7 nights)
Day 1: Arrival Hanoi (Dinner)
Upon arrival, meet & transfer to hotel. Evening transfer to local restaurant for dinner. After dinner transfer to Thang Long Theater to enjoy a Water Puppet show.
Day 2: Hanoi - Ha Long Bay (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Morning visit: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum - In the tradition of Lenin, Stalin and Mao, the final resting place of Ho Chi Minh is a glass sarcophagus set deep in the bowels of a monumental edifice that has become a site of pilgrimage. One Pillar Pagoda - The One Pillar Pagoda, built of wood on a single stone pillar 1.25 meters in diameter, is designed to resemble a lotus blossom, symbol of purity, rising out of a sea of sorrow. The One Pillar Pagoda is on Street Ong Ich Khiem near Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum. Ho Chi Minh Stilt House – behind Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum is a stilt house where Ho lived on and off from 1958 to 1969. The house is built in the style of Vietnam’s ethnic minorities and has been preserved just as Ho left it. It ‘s set in a well-tended garden next to a carp-filled pond. Just how much time Ho actually spent here is questionable – the house would have made a tempting target for US bombers had it been suspected that Ho could be found here. Temple of Literature - is a pleasant retreat from the street of Hanoi. The temple constitutes a rare example of well-preserved traditional Vietnamese architecture and is will worth a visit. After lunch proceed to Ha Long Bay - with its 3,000 islands rising from the clear, emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin, is one of the natural marvels of Vietnam. These tiny islands are dotted with innumerable beaches and grottoes created by the wind and the waves. Overnight in Halong Bay.
Day 3: Ha Long Bay - Hanoi
Morning boat trip on Halong to visit Thien Cung & Dau Go Caves, Titop Island. Lunch on boat. Afternoon back to Hanoi to visit: 36 Old Quarters – The Old Quarter is demarcated roughly speaking, by Hoan Kiem lake, the Citadel, Dong Xuan Market and the ramparts of the Red Rivers. As they have since the 15th century, the narrow streets of the Old Quarter bear names that reflect the business once conducted there : Silk Street, Rice Street, Paper Street, Broiled Fish Street, Vermicelli Street, Jewellers Street, Paper Votive Objects Street and so forth. This intesesting area now houses a variety of small shops. Hoan Kiem Lake – is an enchanting body of water right in the heart of Hanoi. Legend has it that in the Mid-15th century, Heaven gave Emperor Ly Thai To (Le Loi) a magical sword, which he used to drive the Chinese out of Vietnam. One day after the war, while-out boating, he came upon a giant golden tortoise swimming on the surface of the water: the creature grabbed the sword and disappeared into the depths of the lake. Since that time, the lake has been know as “Lake of the Restored Sword” because the tortoise restored the sword to its divine owners. The tiny Tortoise pagoda, topped with a red star, is on an islet in the middle of the lake and is often used as an emblem of Hanoi. Ngoc Son Temple - also known as Jade Mountain, found in the 18th century, is on an island in the northern part of Hoan Kiem Lake. Surrounded by water and shaded by trees.
Day 4: Hanoi - Hue Cidatel (Breakfast, Lunh, Dinner)
Early morning transfer to airport for flight to Hue. Upon arrival, meet & transfer to hotel. In the afternoon wander through the ruins of the Imperial City - Located in the Citadel, it was built in the early 19th century and modeled after the Forbidden City in Peking. There are numbers palaces and temples within these walls, as well as towers, a library and a museum. Ngo Mon Gate - The principal entrance to the Imperial Enclosure, facing the flag tower. The central passageway with its yellow doors was reserved for use by the emperor, as was the bridge across the lotus pond. Thai Hoa Palace - Built in 1803 and moved to its present site in 1833, Thai Hoa Palace is a spacious hall with an ornate roof of huge timbers supported by 80 carved and lacquered columns. Halls Of The Mandarins - These buildings, in which the mandarins prepared for court ceremonies held in the Can Chanh Reception Hall, were restored in 1977. Nine Dynastic Urns - These were cast in 1835-36. Traditional ornamentation was then chiseled into the sides of the urns, each dedicated to a different Nguyen sovereign. Forbidden Purple City - This was reserved for the personal use of the emperor. The only servants allowed into the compound were eunuchs, who would pose no threat to the royal concubines. (Today the site is in ruins). The principal entrance to the Imperial Enclosure, facing the flag tower. The central passageway with its yellow doors was reserved for use by the emperor, as was the bridge across the lotus pond. And venture into the surrounding hills to visit the Tombs of Emperor Khai Dinh - This was the last monument of the Nguyen dynasty and was constructed between 1920 and 1931. It sits magnificently on the slopes of Chau E Mountain in Chau Chau Village. It has a long staircase flanked by dragons. There are ceiling murals and ceramic frescoes. Tu Duc - Emperor Tu Duc, who ruled Hue more than 100 years ago, built his tomb when he was still alive and used it for meditation, reading and theater performances. There are pavilions in a tranquil setting of forested hills and lakes. The tomb was constructed between 1864 and 1867. Tu Duc, who was the longest reigning Emperor, lived a luxurious life. Overnight in Hue
Day 5: Hue Cidatel - Hoi An (Breakfast, Lunh, Dinner)
Morning aboard a sampan on the serene Perfume River stopping to see Thien Mu pagoda - Just outside of Hue, on the bank of the Perfume River, this was a hotbed of anti-government protest during the early 1960s. Behind the main sanctuary of the pagoda is the Austin motorcar which transported the monk Thich Quang Duc to the site of his 1963 self-immolation. After lunch depart to HoiAn via Danang. Journey across the spectacular Hai Van Pass - The pass crosses over a spur of the Truong Son Mountain Range that just into the South China Sea. It is an incredible mountainous stretch of highway with spectacular views. Visit to Cham Museum - displaying artifacts from the Champa Kingdom before driving south to the ancient merchant town of Hoi An. City tour of Hoi An Ancient town. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 6: Danang - Ho Chi Minh (Breakfast, Lunh, Dinner)
Morning visit China Beach - Made famous in the American TV series of the same name, it stretches for many kilometers north and south of the Marble Mountains. During the war, American soldiers were airlifted here for rest and relaxation. Marble Mountain - Five stone hillocks, once islands, made if marble. Each is said to represent one of the five elements of the universe. The largest and most famous, Thuy Son, has a number of natural caves in which Buddhist sanctuaries have been built over the centuries. When the Champas ruled this area, these same caves were used as Hindu shrines. Then transfer to Danang airport for flight to Saigon. Upon arrival, meet & transfer to hotel.
Day 7: Cu Chi Tunnel (Breakfast, Lunh, Dinner)
After breakfast, we will proceed to Cu Chi Tunnel Village and underground tunnels to experience the famous Vietnam War (1965 - 1975). The system that lies 75km northwest of Ho Chi Minh City centre is where the Vietcong have lived and fought against the enemies. You will also get to see part of intricate network of underground tunnels, kitchens, food storage bunkers, medical centre, barracks and other military posts built by Vietcong. Return to Saigon for lunch After lunch visit: Notre Dame Cathedral - built between 1877 & 1883, it has a neo-Romanesque form and two 40m-high square towers, tipped with iron spires, that dominate the city’s skyline. In front of the cathedral is a statue of the Virgin Mary. Main Post Office - Saigon’s Frence-style main post office, the structure was built between 1886 & 1891 and is by far the largest post office in Vietnam. City Theater - It was built in 1899 for use as a theatre, but later served as heavily fortified home of the South Vietnamese National Assembly. War Museum - where American tanks, infantry weapons, photographs of war atrocities committed to by the Americans and Chinese are in display here. History Museum - a find collect on of sculpture, pottery and other artifacts from all major historical periods from the Bronze Age Dong Son civilization through the Funan, Chenla, Khmer and Cham periods to the various Vietnamese dynastic eras. You will also enjoy the famous Water Puppet Show here Lacquer ware factory - to see for yourself how lacquer ware, that can be used for decoration is being made out of mother-of-inlaid and egg shells.
Day 8: Departure (Breakfast)
Free day for shopping till transfer to airport for departure.
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