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Classic Vietnam 11 days Tour



DAY 01: HO CHI MINH CITY ARRIVAL

Upon your arrival at Tan Son Nhat international airport, you are warmly welcome by our local guide and transfer to the hotel for check-in. You are free at your leisure for relaxing after the long time flight. Overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh city.


DAY 02: HO CHI MINH CITY TOUR - CU CHI TUNNELS (B,L)

After breakfast, enjoy a 2-hour drive northwest of Sai Gon to the Cu Chi tunnels, through urbanized areas and a lush southern Vietnamese countryside. This tunnel complex was dug in 1948 for the guerrillas to hide from French air and ground sweeps. The tunnels also served as communication routes, food and weapon caches, and as hospitals and living quarters for guerrilla fighters throughout the American war. Visit the underground villages to better understand the tunnels’ history, life in the tunnels and the Vietnamese people’s resilience during combat. Have lunch at local restaurant. In the afternoon you will take Sai Gon city tour with: Opera House, a three-story classical theatre built to entertain the French colonists (outdoor visit); the former Hotel de Ville constructed for the French bureaucrats of Indochina in 1901, now The People's Committee building with no public access; the Notre Dame Cathedral, a stunningly massive red-brick edifice with twin spires, a clear reminder that French once ruled this city (open only 3-4pm every day, otherwise just an outdoor visit); the Central Post Office influenced by Renaissance architecture; and the former Presidential Palace, headquarters of the Sai Gon Government during the American war. Then we will visit the War Remnants Museum, which primarily contains exhibits relating to the American phase of the Vietnam War. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.


DAY 03: HO CHI MINH - MEKONG DELTA - HO CHI MINH (B,L)

Breakfast at hotel and today transfer to Tourist Boat Station in My Tho. Cruising on Tien River and seeing four island: Dragon, Unicorn, Tortoise, Phoenix. Enjoy fresh coconut juice. Boat runs along fish farm for traveller to learn about local people how to feed fishes. Stop at Thoi Son island, go walking around country lane and seeing orchards, enjoy tropical fruits, listen to traditional music. To sail up Tien River, boat take you to Chua Canal belong to Ben Tre Province, take a Rowing Boat on small canal with beautiful scenery of countryside. To visit honey-bee farm, enjoy honey tea. After that ride a horse-drawn carriages along country lane in Quoi Son Village to seeing orchards and local people’s life. To Tan Thach Village to visit Coconut Candy workshop, come back to boat and return to My Tho. Get in the car at about 15h00 to drive back to Ho Chi Minh city. Overnight at hotel.


DAY 04: HO CHI MINH - DA NANG - HOI AN BY FLIGHT (B)

Breakfast at hotel and today you are free at your leisure for shopping then transfer to the airport for onwards flight VN124 (12h55 - 14h15) to Da Nang. You are picked up on arrival and transfer to the hotel for check-in. The rest of the day you are free. Overnight at hotel in Hoi An.


DAY 05: HOI AN - MY SON SANCTUARY TOUR (B,L)

After breakfast at hotel, our local tour guide will pick you up and drive to visit My Son sanctuary, an ancient religion center of the Cham people in the past, 40km to the South West of Hoi An town, another World's Cultural Heritage. Transfer back to Hoi An to have lunch and you will take Hoi An sightseeing of Japanese covered bridge, Handicraft workshops, Tan Ky old house, Fujian assembly hall and the 15th century Chuc Thanh Pagoda. Overnight at hotel in Hoi An.


DAY 06: HOI AN - DA NANG - HUE (B,L)

After breakfast at hotel, check out and transfer to Hue. On the way you will visit the fascinating Cham Museum and the Marble Mountains. We will cross Hai Van Pass where you will have magnificent view of the East sea. Check-in hotel on arrival in Hue. Overnight at hotel in Hue.


DAY 07: HUE CITY TOUR (B,L)

After breakfast at hotel, you will take a morning boat trip on Perfume River to visit Thien Mu pagoda and Ming Mang Emperor's mausoleum. Have lunch at local restaurant then you will visit the Imperial Citadel, Flag Tower, Noon Gate, Nine Dynasty Urns, Nine Holy Cannons, Thai Hoa Palace. Free shopping in Dong Ba market. Overnight at hotel in Hue.


DAY 08: HUE - HANOI - HALONG BAY (B,L)

Breakfast at hotel and today check out then transfer to airport for onwards flight VN1540 (10h50 - 12h00) to Hanoi. You are picked up on arrival and transfer to Halong bay. It is around 180km and take 04 hours drive. Check-in hotel in Halong city and overnight at hotel.


DAY 09: HALONG BAY - HANOI (B,L)

After breakfast at hotel, Asiana Travel local guide will pick you up at the hotel the heading out of the town we take a cruise on Halong Bay about 4 hours to explore the majestic Halong Bay - World Heritage recognized by UNESCO in 1994. An area of immense beauty dotted with thousands of island rising from the sea. Explore Dau Go natural cave, Thien Cung grotto, Dog island, Dinh Huong island Have seafood lunch on boat. Afternoon disembark and transfer back to Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi.


DAY 10: HANOI CITY TOUR (B,L)

After breakfast at hotel, get on bus and drive to the historic complex of Ba Dinh. Visit Ba Dinh Square, where The Late President Ho Chi Minh declared Vietnams Independence on 02nd September 1945, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and continue to the One Pillar Pagoda, the must-see monument in Hanoi - It is an ancient Buddhist pagoda, built in the early 11th century in the reign of King Ly Thai Tong, all construction supported by only one pillar, resembling a Buddhist lotus. Tran Quoc Pagoda, Quan Thanh Temple. Visit Van Mieu - Quoc Tu Giam (Temple of Literature - The first Imperal school in Vietnam) built in 1070 during the dynasty of King Ly. Have lunch at local restaurant. This afternoon we visit a complex of the Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son Temple (Jade mountain Temple), But Tower (Pen - shaped tower), Dai Nghien (Ink Stand), the Red - painted wooden The Huc bridge…. Have a cyclo (pedicab) trip around with 36 streets of Hanoi old quarter. Enjoy the special Vietnam traditional Water Puppet show. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.


DAY 11: HANOI DEPARTURE (B)

Breakfast at the hotel, you are free at your leisure for shopping until check out and transfer to the airport to take your departure flight back to your home. End of services.



Departure Dates Price (double occupancy)USD P,P
International flight included
2-5 PAX 6-9 PAX Group Tour
2016/10/23 USD$1464.00 USD$1254.00 USD$1134.00
2016/11/20 USD$1464.00 USD$1254.00 USD$1134.00
2016/12/18 USD$1464.00 USD$1254.00 USD$1134.00
2017/01/15 USD$1464.00 USD$1254.00 USD$1134.00
2017/02/19 USD$1464.00 USD$1254.00 USD$1134.00
2017/03/19 USD$1464.00 USD$1254.00 USD$1134.00
2017/04/09 USD$1464.00 USD$1254.00 USD$1134.00
2017/05/14 USD$1434.00 USD$1224.00 USD$1104.00
2017/06/18 USD$1434.00 USD$1224.00 USD$1104.00
2017/07/16 USD$1434.00 USD$1224.00 USD$1104.00
2017/08/13 USD$1434.00 USD$1224.00 USD$1104.00
2017/09/10 USD$1434.00 USD$1224.00 USD$1104.00
2017/10/15 USD$1484.00 USD$1274.00 USD$1144.00
2017/11/12 USD$1484.00 USD$1274.00 USD$1144.00
2017/12/10 USD$1484.00 USD$1274.00 USD$1144.00
Single Supplements +USD$380

Price Included:

*Hotel accommodation based on twin rooms sharing with daily breakfast at hotel

*Private boat trip visit Halong bay

*Private transportation with A/C vehicle on tour

*Entrance fees on tour

*Boat trip on Perfume river in Hue and on Mekong river visit floating market

*Meals included as indicated at local restaurant

*English speaking tour guide

 *mineral water per person per day tour

Price Not Included:

*Visa entry Vietnam

*International air ticket and airport taxes from your country to Ho Chi Minh and from Hanoi back to your country

*Drinks & other meals

*Personal expenses & travel insurance

*Early check-in and late check-out

*Tipping for tour guides and drivers

*Other services not mentioned in the itinerary

Hanoi offers a less frenetic and commercialised shopping experience than Ho Chi Minh City in the south of the country. Traditional arts and crafts are more popular here than mass produced goods, and night markets are a vibrant social occasion not to be missed. 
The old town is where most of the art galleries are situated. A lot of up and coming artists exhibit here and if you can spot quality and bargain skilfully you can pick a truly unique and worthwhile memento of your Hanoi visit.
Also popular souvenirs are paraphernalia from the communist and war eras, including Chairman Mao branded goods, medals, bullets, and Zippo lighters - the latter invariably of modern provenance and not found in a former battle zone as claimed by the salesman.
Other souvenirs include silk garments, wooden carvings, shoes from silk or bamboo, ethnic weaving, rice paper notebooks and paintings, and the distinctive conical hats which have been worn for centuries and are still much in evidence today. Look out for hats made in Hue which each have a unique poem inside the rim.
Avoid buying gemstones unless you have the skills to tell the difference between jewels and polished glass.

HANOI

Anyone who has ever visited Hanoi will probably tell you that it may be the most beautiful city in all of Asia. People have settled here along the Red River for a thousand years. Nestled along wooded boulevards among the city’s two dozen lakes you will find architectural souvenirs left by all who conquered this great valley, from the Chinese who first came in the last millennium to the French, booted out in our own century.
The trip into the city from Noi Bai Airport takes about an hour and offers some poignant glimpses of modern Vietnamese life: farmers tending their fields, great rivers, modern highways that abruptly become bumpy roads. The drive is especially breathtaking at dusk when the roads fill with bicycles, and everything takes on the same deep colors as the modern paintings you see in Hanoi's galleries. Somehow the setting sun seems enormous here as it dips into the cornfields on the horizon.
On the edge of the city the road dissolves into a maze of winding, narrow, wooded lanes. You are surrounded by roadside artisans, shops and taverns, then by graceful villas and commuters on bicycles, cyclos and motorbikes. Modern buildings appear from nowhere, looking so out of place that you have to wonder if they were dropped from the sky and just left where they came to rest. While you tell yourself that nothing as preposterous as Hanoi can be so beautiful, you cannot help but be dazzled.

Hanoi has a humid tropical climate, characterised by monsoons, like most of northern Vietnam. Summers, between May and September, are very hot with plenty of rain, while winters, from November to March, are cold and relatively dry. During the transition months of April and October anything is possible, and spring often brings light rain. The hottest month of the year is June. January is the coolest month, usually beset with a cold north-easterly wind.


HO CHI MINH CITY

Ho Chi Minh City, better known by its former name of Sai Gon, is a brazen, industrious and dense metropolis, the largest city in Vietnam and the business capital of the country. With a population of five million, it is crowded, noisy and dirty, yet it is also exciting and historic, the essence of the nation.
Located on the Sai Gon River on the edge of the Mekong Delta, Sai Gon became the capital of the Republic of South Vietnam and was the American headquarters during the Vietnam War. Two years later the Communist north took control of the country, the city's name was changed to Ho Chi Minh City, and recession and poverty ensued.
Today Ho Chi Minh City has a cosmopolitan and energetic atmosphere, and having actively welcomed the new capitalist principle, the business-minded spirit of the people is much in evidence. Although relatively modern, it has still managed to hold onto its Asian character, and fine restaurants, smart hotels and chic bars line the sidewalks crammed with noodle stands, markets and shoeshine boys. The buzzing of motorbikes and scooters merges with the cries of street vendors and the urgent business of stall owners, selling barbecued dog, writhing snakes and tropical fruits. The sight of a family of four balanced precariously on a scooter, a squealing pig strapped onto the back of a bicycle, bowed heads topped by pointed lampshade-style hats and orange-clothed monks are just some of the vibrant images the city has to offer.
Although overshadowed by modern and Asiatic influences, a little of Ho Chi Minh City's French colonial charm still remains, evident in the graceful architecture, wide boulevards, and a sidewalk cafe society. It is not for the attractions that one visits Ho Chi Minh City however, but for the vibrancy of its street life, and its proximity to the Mekong Delta.


HOI AN
Not far away from Danang (30km) Hoi An town is small and peaceful, the kind of place where you may get stuck for a few days, whether it is intentionasl or not. Originally known as Faifo, this antique town is bordered on its southern side by the Thu Bon River, along which there's a number of small cafes.
Despite the fact that it is now a tourist haven, the artistic atmosphere and local friendly people create an inviting environment.
Hoi An was an important port developed in 17th century and remained so for a long time. There used to be canals parallel to the streets, so merchandise could be loaded straight from the back of houses onto the boats. Hoi An’s continuance as a port lasted right up until the early years of the 20 century, when the river became silted up forcing the cargo ships to call at Danang instead.
In the past Hoi An has been used by the Japanese, Portuguese, Dutch, French and the large remaining Chinese community where all sorts of produce and wares were traded. Remnants of these past traders’ influences can still be seen lining the streets of Hoi An. There are nine different types of historical sites in Hoi An with an average age of 200 years. They include private houses, family chapels, community halls, communal houses, temples, pagodas, bridges, wells and tombs. Many of these buildings have been maintained close to their original form, allowing you imagination to recreate a prosperous trading town. The houses are small and colorful with wooden doors and two round "wooden house's eyes" above, window shutters and ornamental furniture. A pleasant change from the iron bars and metal grates of other towns.
Hoi An is full of shops selling artwork, from lifelike memorial family portraits, to stylized images of Hoi An houses and streets. Next door to the art shops are places selling souvenir statues, ceramic plates, and ‘antique’ bowls. At the market place beside the river, you can pick up almost anything you want. Tourists are often being lured into the markets to buy silk and to have quality garments tailor made. You can have anything from dresses and trousers to shirts and hats made for a cheap price.
Another noticeable quality of Hoi An is its relative silence. There are few cars and people do not feel the urge to use their horns every two seconds. The streets are filled with the hum of voices, motorbikes and the shuffling of thongs along the ground. Hoi An is small enough to get around on foot, and you will need a set of wheels if you are going to Cua Dai Beach, or on a day trip to the Marble Mountains or Danang.

A relaxing activity around sunset is to hire a boat from the waterside by the market place. Many of the locals will wait on the river and offer you this service throughout the day and night.


HALONG BAY
Situated in the North-East region of Vietnam, Halong Bay is a bay in the Gulf of Tonkin comprised of regions of Halong City, the township of Cam Pha, and a part of the island district of Van Don. Halong Bay borders Cat Ba Island in the southwest, the East Sea in the east, and the mainland, creating a 120 km coastline.
Halong Bay is made up of 1,969 islands of various sizes, 989 of which have been given names. There are two kinds of islands, limestone and schist, which are concentrated in two main zones: the southeast (belonging to Bai Tu Long Bay), and the southwest (belonging to Halong Bay). This densely concentrated zone of stone islands, world famous for its spectacular scenery of grottoes and caves, forms the central zone of Halong Bay, which has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The bay itself has an area of 43,400 ha, consists of 775 islands, and forms a triangle with the island of Dau Go (Driftwood Grotto) to the west, the lake of Ba Ham (Three Shelter Lake) to the south, and the island of Cong Tay to the east.
Viewed from above, Halong Bay resembles a geographic work of art. While exploring the bay, you feel lost in a legendary world of stone islands. There is Man's Head Island, which resembles a man standing and looking towards the mainland. Dragon Island looks like a dragon hovering above the turquoise water. La Vong Island resembles an old man fishing. There are also the islands of the Sail, the Pair of Roosters, and the Incense Burner, which all astonishingly resemble their namesakes. The forms of the islands change depending on the angle of the light and from where the islands are viewed. At the core of the islands, there are wonderful caves and grottoes, such as Thien Cung (Heavenly Residence Grotto), Dau Go (Driftwood Grotto), Sung Sot (Surprise Grotto), and Tam Cung (Three Palace Grotto).
Halong Bay has many links to the history of Vietnam. For example, there are such famous geographical sites as Van Don (site of an ancient commercial port), Poem Mountain (with engravings of many poems about emperors and other famous historical figures), and Bach Dang River (the location of two fierce naval battles fought against foreign aggressors).
It has been proven by scientists that Halong was one of the first cradles of human existence in the area at such archeological sites as Dong Mang, Xich Tho, Soi Nhu, and Thoi Gieng. It is also a region of highly-concentrated biological diversity with many ecosystems of salt water-flooded forests, coral reefs, and tropical forests featuring thousands of species of animal and plant life.
With all this in mind, the 18th meeting of the Committee of the World Heritages of UNESCO (in Thailand on December 17th, 1994), officially recognized Halong Bay as a natural heritage site of worldwide importance.


Visa Entry Vietnam

01. Who need Vietnam visa ?
Almost all foreigners need an Entry visa to Vietnam except some included in the Vietnam visa exemption list.
 
02. How many kinds of Vietnam visa are there ?
There are two ways of classification:
First, in terms of traveling purpose, there are three kinds of Vietnam entry visa:
- Tourist Visa: applied for 1 month visa
- Business Visa: applied for 3 months visa
- Visa for other purposes: applied for 3 months visa
Second, in terms of length of stay and number of entry, there are 4 types of visa:
- 1 month single entry visa
- 1 month multiple entry visa
- 3 months single entry visa
 
03. How to get visa to Vietnam ?
You can either apply yourself by submitting the form to the Vietnamese Embassy/Consulate in your country or apply Vietnam visa on arrival.
 
04. What is Vietnam visa on arrival ?
Vietnam Visa on arrival is the type of visa picked up at Vietnam airports. For this type of visa,  you need to submit Vietnam approval letter together with your passport (at least 6 months validity), two passport-sized photos, entry and exit form and stamping fee to Immigration Officers at the airport, the visa will be stamped onto your passport.
 
05. How to get Vietnam visa on arrival ?
It's very simple. Please follow 3 simple steps:
- Get Vietnam visa approval letter by sending your request to us via info@rewardstravelchina.com
- Print visa approval letter together with entry and exit form (fill in it before getting to Vietnam)
- Take visa approval letter, passport, 2 passport-sized photos, entry and exit form, stamping fee with you to show at Vietnam airports, then your visa will be stamped.
 
06. What is Vietnam Visa approval letter ?
"Vietnam Visa approval letter" is a document issued by Vietnam Immigration Department (Vietnam Ministry of Public Secutiry), which supports foreigners to get Vietnam visa upon arrival (at Vietnam international airports).
 
07. Can I use this approval letter for entering Vietnam by land ?
No, this document is only applicable for those travel by air to Vietnam.
 
08. What information does I need to provide to apply for my Vietnam visa approval letter ?
1. Your full name (exactly as in your passport)
2. Date of birth (DOB)
3. Nationality
4. Passport Number
5. Issued date of passort
6. Expired date of passport
7. Proposed arrival date
8. Purpose of visit
 
09. How much does it cost to get Vietnam visa on arrival totally ?
To get  Vietnam visa on arrival, you need to pay two kinds of fee:
- Service fee: You pay to us to do all procedures to get your visa approval letter.
- Stamping fee: You pay in cash to Vietnam Immigration Officers to get your visa stamp at the airports.
 
10. How long does it take me to get Vietnam visa approval letter ?
Normally, after you finished your visa application and made your payment, you will get your visa approval letter via email within 1 working day (urgent service), 2 working days (normal service) and 4 working hours (super urgent service or rush service).
 
11. Where can I get Vietnam visa stamp upon arrival ?
By submitting visa approval letter and some other required items, you can get your stamp in three international airports in Vietnam are Noi Bai International Airport (Hanoi), Tan Son Nhat International Airport (Ho Chi Minh City) and Da Nang Airport (Da Nang).
 
12. What documents do I need to show to get Vietnam visa stamped upon arrival ?
To get your visa stamped upon arrival, you need to show:
- Your passport
- Printed visa approval leter
- The entry and exit form (filled in before)
- Two passport-sized photos
- Stamping fee: 45 USD (single entry) or 65 USD (multiple entry visa)
 
13. Can I enter Vietnam earlier than my granted arrival date in visa approval letter ?
No, you cannot. You need to enter on exact date of arrival granted in your visa approval letter.
 
14. Can I enter Vietnam later than my granted arrival date in visa approval letter ?
Yes, you can enter later than the granted arrival date in visa approval letter providing that you exit by granted exit date.
 
15. How can I pay service fee and stamping fee ?
- For service fee, you pay to us by following options:
+ Send money via Western Union or Money Gram
+ Send money via Bank Tranfer
- For stamping fee, you need to pay in cash (USD) to Immigration officer at Immigration Control Desk at the airports.
 
16. What is the difference between single entry visa and multiple entry visa in Vietnam ?
- Single entry visa: You are permitted to enter Vietnam ONCE during your visa validity. If you would like to re-enter you need to apply for multiple entry visa.
- Multiple entry visa: You can enter and exit Vietnam many times as you want during your visa validity.
 
17. What if my passport expired ? Can I apply for visa to Vietnam ?
You cannot apply for your Vietnam visa when your passport is expired. In your case, please renew your passport before applying your Vietnam visa. So before applying visa, you need to check your passport to make sure it is valid for at least 6 months.
 
18. I am a Vietnamese, currently living overseas with a foreign nationality, how can I get a Vietnam visa ?
For Vietnamese overseas, we kindly advise you to choose 2 options as belows:
- Take visa exemption by visiting Vietnam Embassy/Consulate. Further information about Vietnam visa exemption for Vietnamese overseas, please read this link http://mienthithucvk.mofa.gov.vn/.
- If you would like to save your time, please apply for Vietnam visa online with us.
 
19. What is the photo requirements for Vietnam visa on arrival ?
Following is the list of regulations regarding photographs for Vietnam visa on arrival:
  • Two photos are required (one glued on the entry and exit form, one is presented if needed)
  • Photographs must be passport-sized, identical, taken within the past 6 months.
  • The image size from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head should be between 1 inch and 13/8 inches.
  • The photographs may be in color or black and white.
  • They must be full face, front view with a plain white or off-white background.
  • Photographs should be taken in normal street attire, without a hat or headgear that obscures the hair or hairline.
  • Uniforms should not be worn in photographs with the exception of religious attire which is worn daily.
  • If prescription glasses, a hearing device, wig or similar articles are normally and consistently worn, they should be worn when the picture is taken. 
  • Dark glasses or nonprescription glasses with tinted lenses are not acceptable unless required for medical reasons. A medical certificate may be required to support the wearing of such glasses in the photographs.






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