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Authentic Vietnam Culture

Saigon (HCMC) to Hanoi
Authentic Vietnam Culture tour is a compressed best tour taking you to the most close-up of our real Vietnamese culture and daily life. You are going to book our top local friendly package program and get yourself being a part of Vietnamese daily life as a true local.
Depart at: Sai gon (Ho Chi Minh city)
Finish at: Hanoi
Tour destinations: Sai gon - Cai be - Vinh Long - Hoi an - Hanoi - Halong bay - Moon Garden homestay - Hanoi

TOUR BRIEFING

Day 01: Saigon arrival 
Day 02: Sai gon – Mekong homestay 
Day 03: An Binh – Vinh Long – Sa Dec – Saigon
Day 04: Sai gon – fly to Hoian
Day 05: Hoian fishing and cooking (B)
Day 06: Hoian – train to Hanoi 
Day 07: Hanoi – Halong Bay
Day 08: Halong Bay – Moon Garden Homestay
Day 09: Moon Garden - Departure 
 

Day 01: Saigon arrival 

Xin Chào! Welcome to the commercial hub of Vietnam, Sai gon! 
On arrival in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), HIT Vietnam tour guide meet you at the airport. Our guide will brief about our tour and an introduction about Vietnam on the way transferring to your central city hotel. After freshening up you are taken on an orientation of this vibrant city on foot.
Depending on your time, we would like to invite you for a welcome dinner for your very first taste of Vietnamese food. Back to hotel and relax. Overnight in Sai gon this night.
Meal included: Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon

Day 02: Sai gon – Mekong homestay 

Start up this day with a short drive to Mekong delta.
The program will start with a visit to Vinh Long market in the town. This is the best choice for you to take pictures of fish, shrimps, prawns, crabs, snakes, rice-field rats, tropical fruits, vegetable...
Next stop will be the brick kilns where you can see how the local people create beautiful potteries from clay. 
The rowing boat will take you deeper into the countryside on smaller canals and enjoy the peaceful time. It is so interesting to see traditional houses made of wood and palm tree leaves and see some activities of the local farmers with an opportunity to make contacts with them and see how they catch fish...
Have some fruits and tea when enjoying the traditional music at Ut Trinh home. Check in Ut Trinh homestay or other home-stay on An Binh Island. (learn more about Vietnam accommodation and homestay)
One more option for you if you like biking! It will be so amazing to bike on village paths to see the local farms, houses, real life and the ancestral ways to pick up fruits in Mekong Delta. Cooking some dishes with the owners. We enjoy dinner & overnight at local house.
Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Vinh Long homestay

Day 03: An Binh – Vinh Long – Sa Dec – Saigon

Have early breakfast and have a boat trip to Cai Be colorful floating market cruising among local barges full of fruits and vegetables. 
Then, an optional stop can be made at local workshops where you can see how to make rice paper, coconut candy, and pop-rice, pop-corn ... 
It is so interesting to visit the handicraft village where you can see how they make some special products: making rice-net for spring-rolls, fish sauce & soya sauce, sewing coconut leaves for cottage roof...The cruise will end at Cai Be town.
Transfer to Saigon in the late afternoon.
Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon

Day 04: Sai gon – fly to Hoian

Free at leisure till transfer to hotel for a short flight to Danang airport. Arrive in after an hour fly then we transfer to Hoian.
Our guide will take you to the most highlights of the town including one of the Vietnamese ancient houses, Japanese bridge - the symbol of Hoi an town, and a Chinese pagoda before we checking a local homestay hidden in a lovely village. Spend the remain of the day to get along well with the host and take part in preparing the dinner. Relax and overnight.
Meal included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hoian homestay

Day 05: Hoian fishing and cooking

Rise up early this morning for some exercises then we hop on our bikes for easy riding toward boat pier. Along the path, you witness local farmers working in their vegetable gardens or fishing. The easy ride takes about 30-45 minutes then we board a small boat and try to be a fisherman for this day - this is one of the top things to do in Vietnam. Our friendly local will present before you really doing this. That is definitely fun and exciting. Keep your fishes caught because they are about to your ingredients today. Cooking time with our tour guide and enjoy lunch with your DIY dishes. 
We back to homestay in the late afternoon, you may want to help the host with garden works or dinner preparation.
Meal included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hoian homestay

Day 06: Hoian – train to Hanoi 

Spend this morning free at leisure to chat-chit with the host and explore surroundings. After lunch time, we say goodbye to our host then we transfer to Danang and catch the train to Hanoi. 
This mode of Vietnam transportation is still favored by locals as a cheap and safe way of travel. You will have the unique chance to enjoy a wonderful scenery along the rail with mountain and beaches those bring you different experience feeling. This is also a great time to have chances to observe the local traders or tourists spending their traveling time. Overnight onboard with 4 soft berths sharing A/C cabin  (learn more about Train travel in Vietnam)
Meal included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Overnight on soft berth cabin

Day 07: Hanoi – Halong Bay

Arrive in Hanoi early morning, we invite you typical Vietnamese food that all real Hanoians take in their breakfasts: Pho or Banh My with coffee. Prepare for strong coffee but its taste and fragrant will awaken all corners of your mind. 
After that, take a scenic drive to Halong Bay. The drive takes you roughly 3.5 hours to get arrival in the cruise port. After checking in your cabin, you will be served with delicious lunch while the cruise is sailing into the remote are of the bay.
Halong with its special geographical formations amazes you with stunning oceanic landscapes, inspirational islets, exotic floating villages and virgin small beaches. Your visits today might be a grotto and a floating village on the bay. The highlight of the day is wonderful moments of the sunsets when you are enjoying cool drinks on the sundeck.
Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:  Private cabin on overnight junk.

Day 08: Halong Bay – Moon Garden Homestay

Rise up early in the morning so that you can get the very first light of the pure morning over the bay. An active time with Tai Chi on sundeck will get you out of half-awake status. Keep exploring the bay with the cruise program then sailing back to the dock.
You will await by our driver at the dock then transfer to directly to a lovely house hidden in a real rural village. Up on arrival, you are welcome by fresh green tea then follow with lunch by typical Vietnamese food. This afternoon is active activities with fishing, biking, and cake making with hosts. 
Close the day with hot foot bath in herbal waters right from the host garden
Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Homestay in Moon Garden - Hanoi outskirt

Day 09: Moon Garden - Departure 

After breakfast in the front yard, it will depend on your flight time. If it allows, we will have a fun cooking class with the host then enjoy our DIY lunch. Transfer directly to the airport for your onward flight to connect with your next tours in Myanmar, Cambodia, Thailand or back to your home country.
End of our "Authentic Vietnam Tour".
Meal included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Not available

 
HIT Vietnam Tours wish you very enjoyable memories with our Vietnam Classic Tours!

Why this Tour?

  • Mekong boat trip and homestay 
  • Hoi an biking and homestay, cooking class
  • Stunning train ride over Hai Van pass
  • Halong Bay overnight cruise 
  • Moon Garden homestay

Rate Valid Dec 2017
(5% OFF in May-Sep)

Group 1 person: US$ 1440 pp
Group 2 persons: US$ 970 pp 
Group 3-4 persons: US$ 900 pp
Group 5-6 persons: US$ 799 pp
Single Supplement: US$ 120
Note: PP = per person.
Based on 3-star room stardards

(Request Room Upgrade)

What is Included

  • Visa Approval Letter
  • Twin/double sharing at 3-star room standards
  • Domestic flights
  • Private car A/C transfer
  • Private English speaking guide (on spot)
  • Private cabin in Halong cruise.
  • 4 soft-berth sharing cabin on night train
  • Boat trip as mentioned
  • Daily breakfast & meals as mentioned
  • All entrance fees.
  • Bottled waters in touring days
  • Service charges & taxes (what this?)

What is NOT Included

  • International flights in/ out Vietnam
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Others not mentioned

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