Compact Vietnam Tour 12 days
Compact Vietnam 12 days is one type of Vietnam holiday packages that most foreign visitors come to Vietnam have chosen, providing you with the premium service of transportation, accommodations and professional tour program schedule to exceed your expectations. At compact Vietnam 12 days, you can see most of the tourist attractions that should not be missed. Tour starts from Hanoi, the capital in the North of Vietnam and also known as the city of ponds, lakes, rivers and bridges and ends in Ho Chi Minh city, the biggest city in the South of Vietnam. You will also visit Halong Bay_“Bay of Descending Dragons”, Hue_the charming Imperial capital of Vietnam, Hoi An_the old town fishing-village-turned-tourist-attraction, My Son Holy Land, Mekong Delta, and Cu Chi under-ground Tunnels of Vietnam Guerrillas.
Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
Welcome to Hanoi! Meet your Asiana Travel Mate representative at Noi Bai airport. Board the private car for your transfer to the hotel; see the Long Bien Bridge on the way.
Explore your surroundings and visit nearby shopping areas before enjoying the water puppet show.
Overnight stay at La Dolce Vita hotel in Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi
After a sumptuous breakfast at hotel, proceed for a day tour of Hanoi.
Begin your journey from Ho Chi Minh Complex that completed in 1975. You will visit Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, the Presidential Palace, House-on-Stilts, and the Ho Chi Minh Museum. You will also visit The Temple of Literature, originally built as a temple to Confucius, is the site of Vietnam’s first University dating back to 1070. Overnight stay at La Dolce Vita hotel in Hanoi.
Day 3: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay
Having breakfast at hotel, and then at 8:30 Calypso Cruise’s bus will pick you up at hotel and start the 3 hour-and-a-half drive to Halong Bay
You will embark on Calypso Cruise, savor a sumptuous lunch as Calypso Cruiser cruise further along the limestone islands of Fighting Rooster, Dog Rock and Incense Burner, and visit Amazing Cave. Enjoy drinks on Sundeck, snap photos the overview of Halong Bay, swimming or just relax as the sun set to refresh your day with memorial experiences.
Overnight on board in a tranquil area. (Evening activities available: night squid fishing, karaoke, dancing…)(B, L, D)
Day 4: Ha Long Bay – Hanoi – Train to Hue
Start your day with swimming, exercise or photo hunt before having breakfast at sunrise on the boat.
Do some kayaking, visiting Luon cave or swimming.
You may opt to go for a visit to Titop Island to enjoy the panorama view of Halong Bay or just relax; swim at the beach is the substitution for those who do not like kayaking
Head back to the Harbor and then disembark Calypso Cruiser at around 11:00
You will have time to relax or walking around Hoan Kiem Lake before transferring to Hue by night train. (B, L)
Day 5: Hue City Tour
Check in to Moonlight hotel in hue city and enjoy your Tour in Hue City, the Imperial capital and now listed as a World heritage site.
Starting your day with a boat trip on the romantically named Perfume River to visit Thien Mu Pagoda, and then discover Imperial Citadel from where the Nguyen dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945 including Flag Tower, Noon Gate, Nine Dynastic Urns, Nine Holy Cannons, Thai Hoa Palace, and Forbidden Purple City.
The afternoon continues with a visit to the elaborate tombs of emperors Tu Duc & Khai Dinh giving you a deep understanding about King’s philosophy of geomancy and how this affected royal life.
Overnight stay at Moonlight Hotel in Hue City (B,L)
Day 6: Hue – Hoi An
After having breakfast at hotel, board your private car for your tour to Hoi An.
You will stop at Danang to meet Local Danang Sculpture Foundation, but first on the way you have the chance to visit the Lang Co beach which attracts visitors by its wild beauty with white sand and blue sea, view Sea cloud pass (Hai Van Pass) – the highest pass in the country and one of the most scenic hillside roads in Vietnam, and Cham museum where displayed the exhibitions of Cham people
You drive to Hoian in the late afternoon having free evening to enjoy city by night.
Overnight stay at Thuy Duong 3 in Hoi An.(B, L, D)
Day 7: My Son – Hoi An Day trip
In the morning, take a private car from Hoi An Town to My Son Holy Land, a World Heritage, 50 km southwest of Hoi An.
Located in a lush valley, My Son was a capital and religious center of Cham people, now remaining with red brick towers and sanctuaries. The My Son temple complex is regarded one of the foremost Hindu temple complexes in Southeast Asia and is the foremost heritage site of this nature in Vietnam.
Back to Hoi An and after lunch and relax, there is a light excursion to go around tiny town of Hoi An for city tour: 400 years old Japanese Bridge, 300 years old Chinese temple, 200 years old Vietnamese former merchants’ house.
You have the evening at leisure.
Overnight stay at Thuy Duong 3 in Hoi An (B, L)
Day 8: Hoi An Free Day – Saigon
In the morning, you may opt to hire a bike and cycle along the paths and lanes to smaller villages near the town.
Transfer to the Da Nang airport for your flight to Sai Gon.
Check in to the hotel then you have the rest of the day free to explore your surroundings and visit nearby Ben Thanh Market.
Overnight stay at Asian Ruby 3 in Sai Gon. (B)
Day 9: Saigon – Vinh Long – Can Tho
Start with our 2-hour drive to Cai Be, where you board the private boat for a cruise through the busy Cai Be floating market. You then make a stop to visit some local cottage industries such as the coconut candy workshop, learn how to make puffed-rice, puff-corn, or witnessing the process of making rice paper.
Continue with your cruise through the maze of canals the crises-cross the An Binh island, you land at Mr. Ba Kiet old house, enjoy devouring the fresh tropical fruits of the Delta while having a short traditional music show performed by local artists. After lunch at a local garden restaurant, having a short walk around the island to see how the people here make their living and enjoying their life, carry on to a Nursery garden. The final point of visit will be a Brick & pottery kiln.
Docking in Vinh Long, we go for 1 hour drive to Can tho.
Overnight stay at Ninh Kieu 2 in Can Tho. (B, L, D)
Day 10: Can Tho – Saigon
Leaving the hotel, board a motor boat along the Mighty Mekong River to Cai Rang floating market, the largest of its kind, where a colorful display of boats carrying juicy fruits and vegetables gather for daily exchanging.
Then you continue the cruise & walk on a quiet country road to take in the magnificent scenery and get close to the locals as they go about their daily routine
Arrive back Sai Gon in the afternoon.
Overnight stay at Asian Ruby 3 in Sai Gon. (B)
Day 11: Cu Chi Half Day trip
Leaving Saigon we drive through pleasant countryside before arriving at Cu Chi. Before entering the tunnels we watch a short introductory video showing how the tunnels were constructed. We then spend the next hour exploring the maze of tunnels. Also on display are various mantraps and the remains of an American tank as well as numerous bomb craters made by 500 pound bombs dropped by B52 bombers.
We then drive back to Ho Chi Minh City arriving at approximately 1pm and have lunch at a local restaurant.
A farewell dinner will take place at Bonsai Cruise at 19:00.
Overnight stay at Asian Ruby 3 in Sai Gon. (B, L, D)
Day 12: City Half day Tour – Saigon Departure
Take the private Tour after having breakfast.
You will visit the Reunification Palace, War Remnants Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, Old Post Office and Ben Thanh Market.
Transferring to Airport, giving big hugs big goodbye with memories unlimited. (B)