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Vietnam Family Holiday 9 Days

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Mr. Phan Duc Son

Haivenu Tours

A Tailor-made specialist offering private tours and travel throughout Vietnam

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Vietnam Family Holiday 9 Days

With activities designed to keep the whole family engaged, this Vietnam Family Holiday is a fascinating and educational experience in the natural and cultural delights of Vietnam. Tour Hanoi’s bustling Old Quarter on a sedately paced cyclo ride, where the mode of transport is half the fun. A ‘Street Life’ walking tour completes your Old Quarter experience, with ample opportunity for sampling the capital city’s famed street foods while viewing the architecture, people and traffic. A water puppet show, an entertaining and light-hearted introduction to the rural Red River Delta, rounds out your day in Hanoi. Cruising Halong and Bai Tu Long bay, you can swim, kayak, stop by a beach, or simply relax and enjoy the considerable amenities available on your cruise, amidst the dramatic scenery of the bay. In the well-preserved ancient port town of Hoi An, get your hands dirty on a ‘Farmer to Fisherman’ tour, riding bicycle among the rice fields and bamboo bridges, then joining local fishermen bobbing about on traditional ‘basket boats’. With a free day in Hoi An, you can head for the beach or stroll the quiet streets of this charming town, before returning home with stories to tell.

DAY 1

Hanoi Arrival

On arrival Noi Bai airport in Hanoi, you will be welcomed by your local guide and driven to your hotel near Hoan Kiem lake to check-in (early check-in upon availability). You will spend the night in Hanoi.

Hanoi for 2 nights
DAY 2

Hanoi Orientation

You’ll have the whole day to explore Vietnam’s capital city. Your guide will take you to a popular attraction, as is Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, followed by a visit to to the excellent Ethnology Museum for an overview of Vietnam’s 54 distinct ethnic groups. After lunch, you’ll visit the bustling Old Quarter by cyclo with its eclectic mix of architectural styles - traditional ‘tube’ houses, religious buildings, colonial houses, vernacular dwellings and modern concrete edifices. The bustling Old Quarter is a magnet for visitors, it’s noisy and hectic, but definitely a ‘must-see’ attraction. The day also includes a walking tour of ‘Street Life’ experience. You’ll spend a couple of hours wandering around the back streets in and nearby the Old Quarter. A street food brunch is included – take your pick from traditional Hanoi Pho (beef noodle soup), Nom (green papaya salad with seasoned beef), Banh Goi (pillow-shaped rice pastry with minced pork and mushroom), Banh Cuon (hot rice paper with pork and fried onion) or Bun Cha (fresh noodle with grilled pork). If you’re hungry, try two or three varieties – they’re snacks rather than a meal. In the evening, you will have tickets for a performance of traditional Water Puppetry, an art form unique to northern Vietnam, and a good, light-hearted introduction to its rural culture. You will spend the night in Hanoi. You will spend the night in Hanoi. Read more

Hanoi for 2 nights
DAY 3

Hanoi/Ha Long/Bai Tu Long Bay

After breakfast, you’ll leave for Ha Long Bay, one of the most spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Areas and the world’s largest marine limestone ‘karst’ landscape. There you’ll board a wooden junk to take you through Bai Tu Long Bay area. After lunch, you will cruise to Vung Dang – Cong Dam area to swim or relax on a white sandy beach; or paddle kayaking through the mystery Karst Mountains in Vung Dang area. The Dragon Legend Cruise will then head to Tra San while refreshing yourself in Mineral Seawater Pool, Fitness Room or the Spa and Massage Services before dinner. The route is designed to avoid the busy areas and includes a very quiet location for your overnight stay. Read more

Halong Bay for 1 nights
DAY 4

Bai Tu Long/Hanoi/Danang/Hoi An

You’ll wake in the fresh air of the bay for a Taichi session on the large sundeck (beginners welcome!). After breakfast, you’ll continue your cruise to visit Thien Canh Son cave in Cong Do area. You will check out of the cabin and cruise towards the harbor while a buffet lunch is served. You’ll arrive back the dock around noon whereupon you’ll be picked up to return to Noi Bai airport in good time to take the evening flight to Danang. On arrival you will be picked up and driven to your hotel in Hoi An for overnight accommodation. Read more

Hoi An for 4 nights
DAY 5

Hoi An tour ½ day

After breakfast, your guide will meet you to show you the Ancient Town and explain its considerable significance in the history of Vietnam. You’ll be free after lunch. You’ll spend the night in Hoi An.

Hoi An for 4 nights
DAY 6

Hoi An – From Farmer to Fish

The day starts with cycling the narrow roads through the countryside, passing by rice paddy fields, water buffalos, bamboo bridges and local farmers on their daily work. You’ll then board a boat to the mouth of the Thu Bon estuary where the river meets the Cua Dai Sea and cruise along the coastline observing the lives of the local fishermen. After joining the fisherman to try your hand at catching fish in a traditional ‘Thung Chai’ basket boat, you will meander through the water palm coconut canal. During the American War, Viet Cong soldiers made use of this area as a highly effective hiding place from enemy attacks through their long struggle. Following an insightful visit to a local fishing village, you’ll be free to relax and enjoy a fresh seafood lunch before cycling back to your hotel. Thung Chai Basket boats, similar in style to coracles in use throughout the ancient world, are widely used throughout Central Vietnam, and are highly suited to the local terrain and lifestyles of local fishermen due to their relative light weight and portability, often doubling as a carrier for various handy items. Circular and constructed of bamboo and tarred for waterproofing, these small boats can typically carry up to five people, and represent a fun-filled opportunity to touch the authentic rural soul of Vietnam. As a precaution, life jackets are provided for your safety during this excursion. Please note that the clothing and footwear used for activities is likely to get wet and or dirty out on the water, in the mud and basket boats. Travellers are suggested to bring sufficient spare clothes in case it rains or you get wet or dirty during the morning activity sessions. Please wear shoes that are comfortable, and can be worn in the mud (or you will need to take your shoes out). Read more

Hoi An for 4 nights
DAY 7

Free day in Hoi An

The day will be free for strolling in the town, lazing on the beach, or whatever takes your fancy. You’ll spend the night in Hoi An.

Hoi An for 4 nights
DAY 8

Hoi An/Danang/Hanoi

The day will be free until check-out time at 11.00, you are picked up to airport for your afternoon flight to Hanoi. On arrival Noi Bai airport, you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel in Hanoi to spend the night.

Hanoi for 1 night
DAY 9

Hanoi Departure

After an early breakfast, you will be picked up to airport for your departure flight.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Hanoi
Day 3
Location Halong Bay
Day 4
Location Hoi An
Day 8
Location Hanoi

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Transfer from/to the airport
  • Transport during the tour
  • Accommodation
  • Local guides
  • Information services
  • Entrance fee
  • Lunches and dinners (as specified in the itinerary) in the best local restaurants, or picnics where no suitable restaurant is available.
  • VAT and other taxes
  • Flight ticket Hanoi – Danang - Hanoi, economy class, include airport tax
  • Boat cruise as specified in the programme

Package excludes

  • International flight tickets and airport tax.
  • Visa
  • Dinners, except as specified above.
  • Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses.
  • Insurance.
  • Surcharges for peak season

REVIEWS

6 Reviews

Tina, United States

Was awesome. Our tour guides were very knowledgeable and definitely made sure things ran smoothly. The travel agents were especially helpful for getting my friends and I approved for our updated visas on such a short notice. Overall great trip and will def recommend it.

Seth, United States

The trip went smoothly and the women who organized the trip, was extremely responsive by email and was able to make numerous changes to the proposed itinerary without issue. Overall the trip was moderately priced and there were no major snags. I have two main complaints. First was that we spent two nights sleeping on a train. I have spent many nights on a train and do not have issue with this in itself. However, when my brother and I arrived to the train, I was surprised to see that instead of having a private cabin, we were booked into a small cabin that slept 4 people and we had both an upper and lower bunk. This is a mode of travel usually reserved for back-packers and that constituted the other 98% of people on the train. Fortunately, the people who we shared the train with on both legs of the trip were nice but this does not constitute "luxury" travel which is what I expect when booking on this site and is what I specified to our agent when I set up the trip with her. Although my brother and I are in our early 40s and can easily hop up and down from the top bunk in the middle of the night, this may be a major issue with many people. In retrospect, this information was buried in the fine print, but I would have been more than happy to spend the extra $75-$100 each way for a private cabin if I was given that option. In addition, when were arriving to Lo Cai, we were told that we had an area to shower and refresh. To do so, we were directed to a room just above the restaurant in which we were having breakfast. The room that we were sent to was filthy and dingy. I have travelled to many parts of the world and have showered in many places but this was truly nasty. In addition, the towels that we were provided were little more than falling apart rags, but at least they were dry. My brother, who is relatively adventurous, refused to use the facilities. Again, this would have been fine when I was 20 and backpacking, but when I book a luxury vacation, this is not acceptable. The kicker is that Hanoi to Sapa is only 3.5 hours by car and I would have been much happier to sleep in a nice hotel and drive instead of taking the train. Other than that, the tour was fine. I was happy that I booked my own hotel rooms. Read more

Amy, United States

Our tour operator was very responsive and accommodating throughout the entire planning process. She incorporated our requests flawlessly into the itinerary and worked with us on changes until we were satisfied with the final itinerary. She was also available to assist us with last minute flight changes/delays/cancellations by contacting our tour guide to inform of changes and make sure that we had someone waiting for us at the airport when we arrived. She made sure we had all the information needed before the trip including the names and contact numbers of the tour guides assigned to our trip and the names and addresses of the hotel we would be staying. Our tour operator also contacted us after the trip to inquire about our trip and to make sure that everything went as expected and planned. She was very responsive to our comments and suggestions and worked expeditiously to resolve our concerns. We look forward to working with her again to plan our next trip. Read more

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