Hanoi tours

Vietnam with a Twist

Vietnam with a TwistTour price:US$929 –US$1745
Duration:15 days/ 14 nights
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Route:Ha Noi – Perfume Pagoda – Hoa Lu – Tam Coc – Mai Chau – Hue – Da Nang – Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi Tunnels – Mekong Delta

Vietnam with a Twist helps you break away from the ‘norm’ in Northern Vietnam by focusing on the rural farm lands and valleys within easy reach of Hanoi where you’ll muck in with the cooking and the farming. In addition you’ll visit the key sites of Hue, Danang and Hoi An in the centre of the country before reaching Ho Chi Minh City and the colourful Mekong Delta
As with all our itineraries, we have created lots of free time for you to enjoy as you please. If you would prefer a more ‘complete travel programme’ we will be happy to oblige. We can also tailor this holiday to meet your exact needs – your holiday, your way.

Vietnam with a TwistDay 1: HANOI – ARRIVAL (NONE)

Arrive at Hanoi international airport by your own flight (please advise flight details), you will be welcomed and transferred to hotel. Hotel check-in time is 14:00 hrs and early check-in is at surcharge.
Rest of the day free at your leisure.

Accommodation at hotel in Hanoi.

Meals included: None

Vietnam with a TwistDay 2: HANOI CITY TOUR – WATER PUPPET SHOW (B/L)

Visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and his former residence, One-Pillar Pagoda and theTemple of Literature, known asthe first university of Vietnam and built more than 1,000 years ago.
Continue the city tour to Museum of Ethnology.
Then drive ahead to visit Tran Quoc pagoda. Take a walking tour in and around the Old Quarters and visit the old house addressed 87 Ma May street.
The tour continues with a visit to the beautiful Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple.
Finish the day with a performance of the famous water puppet show.
The Vietnamese traditional art of water puppetry has roots that date back to the 10th century when it originated in the Red River Delta area of northern Vietnam. The farmers in the region celebrated festivals and harvests by performing this unique art form.
The puppets are made of wood and usually stand sixteen inches high, but can be as tall as three feet. Puppets are attached to a long bamboo pole and dipped in and out of the water by a person behind a rattan curtain.
Learning to manipulate the puppets is usually a tradition that is passed on as a family secret. It takes a great deal of skill and because the puppeteer’s hands are underwater it is easy for them to hide their methods. The fascinating part is that the central stage is below the water line, and the puppeteers stand in the waist-deep water. A rattan curtain hides them, but they can see the stage and the audience through the bamboo slats.

Accommodation at hotel in Hanoi.

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch

Vietnam with a TwistDay 3: HANOI – HOA BINH – MAI CHAU (B/L/D)

After breakfast at hotel, pick up and depart to Mai Chau. Visit Hoa Binh hydroelectricity – the biggest one in Vietnam. Take a boat trip on Da river to enjoy wonderful scenery, explore Thac Bo grotto, villages of Muong, Dao people. Have traditional lunch on boat – specially served with “Lam rice” cooked in Bamboo tube.
In the afternoon, arrive at Bai Sang wharf. Car trip to Mai Chau, visit Lac, PomCoong villages. Trek to see “Tho Cam” – the unique product of Thai people, house on stilts and Thai customs. Dinner and enjoy traditional music.
Overnight in house on stilts.

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Vietnam with a TwistDay 4: MAI CHAU – NINH BINH – TAM COC (B/L)

Have breakfast. Visit Xa Linh village (Black H’Mong), which is 35 km far from Mai Chau where you will have chance to learn about their customs, culture and witness the daily life. Back to Mai Chau. Have lunch.
In the early afternoon, drive to Ninh Binh, Vietnam’s first capital then named Hoa Lu. The drive takes around five hours but the ever changing backdrop ensures the hours pass quickly.
Arrive in Ninh Binh in the late afternoon.

Accommodation at hotel in Ninh Binh / or Tam Coc.

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch

Vietnam with a TwistDay 5: TAM COC – HOA LU – HANOI (B/L)

In the morning, visit the temples dedicated to King Dinh and King Le, the two remaining sanctuaries of the ancient citadel. You will also take a sampan ride along the Hoang Long River, passing through the rice paddies as far as the grottos of the sacred Tam Coc Caves, or ‘Three Caves’.
Enormous limestone karsts jut out from the green rice fields, giving rise to the area’s nickname of ‘Halong on Land’.
Drive back to Hanoi in the afternoon. Upon arrival, check-in hotel and relax for the rest of the day.

Accommodation at hotel in Hanoi.

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch

Vietnam with a TwistDay 6: HANOI – HALONG BAY – OVERNIGHT ONBOARD (B/L/D)

08.00 hrs Transfer to Halong Bay within a 3.5 hour drive
11.30 – 12.15 Welcome you at the port
12.30 Check in on the cruise, welcome drink and programme introduction
13.00 – 14.30 The cruise starts the journey
Lunch served with local cuisines menu and passing the paramount view at Ha Long such as Kicking Dog Island , Fighting Chicken Islet, Huong Peak, Thien Cung Cave, Dau Go Island…
15.00 – 16.00 Explore Surprise Cave – one of the most famous caves on the Ha Long bay.
16.30 – 17.30 Small boat takes you to Titop seaside: visiting islands, climb to Titop Mountain 200m in height to see the whole bay and swimming at Titop Seaside.
18.00 Return to your cruise or relaxation or enjoy sunset on the bay
19.30 – 21.00 Dinner at the restaurant with organized menu
21.00 Free at your leisure like lying on deck or going to catch squid…

Accommodation onboard

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Vietnam with a TwistDay 7: HALONG BAY – HANOI – FLIGHT TO HUE (B)

06:30 See sunrise on the Bay or swim on the beach
07:30 Continue cruising. Enjoy breakfast with cakes & coffee…
08:00 – 08:30 Visit Luon Cave by boat or Kayak
09:30 Check out tine
10:00 Enjoy Brunch on the way back to port
11:00 Arrive the port and end of the journey
11:15 Pick up and transfer back to Hanoi.
Arrive in Hanoi at around 15:00 hrs. Enjoy shopping in the Old quarters.
17:30 the private car picks up and transfers to Hanoi airport for flight to Hue by VN1545 (20:10 – 21:20 hrs).
Arrive in Hue. Pick up and transfer to hotel for overnight.

Accommodation at hotel in Hue.

Meals included: Breakfast

Vietnam with a TwistDay 8: HUE FULL DAY CITY TOUR (B/L)

Visit Royal Citadel, which was constructed by Emperor Gia Long in the style of French military architect Vauban during the first decades of the 1900s. Then visit Khai Dinh Tomb.
Have lunch in the restaurant.
We embark on a boat for cruise up stream on the Perfume River which will give us a taste of the scenic countryside as well as an enjoyable visit beautiful pagoda of Thien Mu. Upon leaving this symbol of Hue we continue navigating to the mausoleum of Emperor Minh Mang, in a tranquil setting of gardens and lakes. Then take a walk to the bustling Dong Ba Market and pass many fantastic eating spots where visitors have a chance to sample some local delicacies.

Accommodation at hotel in Hue.

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch

Vietnam with a TwistDay 9: HUE – DANANG – HOI AN (B/L)

After breakfast, transfer to Hoi An. Drive pass Hai Van Pass and Lang Co beach. Visit Cham Museum. Lunch in Danang.
Drive South to Hoi An.
Discover Hoi An historic town which used to be a prosperous seaport city during the 16th to 18th centuries. Visit the Phuc Kien hall, famous Japanese Covered Bridges, the 200 years old Tan Ky House, the Chua Ong Pagoda, the vibrant market and the workshop of traditional occupation of Hoi An ancient town. Past many low tiled houses scattered along the small streets and assembly halls, which reflect the town’s multi-cultural past.

Accommodation at hotel in Hoi An.

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch

Vietnam with a TwistDay 10: HOI AN – MY SON – HOI AN (B)

In the morning, drive to visit My Son, located 69 km southwest of Danang, was an imperial city during the Cham dynasty, between the 4th and 12th centuries. My Son Sanctuary is a large complex of religious relics that comprises more than 70 architectural works. They include temples and towers that connect to each other with complicated red brick designs. The main component of the Cham architectural design is the tower, built to reflect the divinity of the king. On the way back, stop for a short visit to the Sa Huynh Champa Museum in Tra Kieu.
Drive back to Hoi An.
Free afternoon to discover the town.

Accommodation at hotel in Hoi An.

Meals included: Breakfast

Vietnam with a TwistDay 11: HOI AN – DANANG – FLIGHT TO SAIGON (B)

Pick up and transfer to Danang airport for flight to Ho Chi Minh City by VN1311 (10:50 – 12:00 hrs).
Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City. Transfer to hotel for check-in.
In the afternoon, free at leisure to discover the city by yourselves.

Accommodation at hotel in Saigon.

Meals included: Breakfast

Vietnam with a TwistDay 12: HO CHI MINH CITY – CU CHI TUNNELS – CITY TOUR (B/L)

After breakfast at your hotel, drive to visit Cu Chi Tunnels (70 km northwest of Ho Chi Minh City), an amazing complex of underground tunnels used during the Vietnam War. There are more than 200 km of tunnels, comprising a main axis system with many branches connecting to underground hideouts, shelters and other tunnels. You have the chance to crawl through this amazing system of tunnels.
Drive back to Ho Chi Minh City at noon for lunch.
In the afternoon, take a visit to Notre Dame Cathedral, the old Post Office and the former Presidential Palace.
Explore Chinatown (Cholon) with a visit to Thien Hau Pagoda. Stop at Ben Thanh Market for shopping.

Accommodation at hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch

Vietnam with a TwistDay 13: HO CHI MINH CITY – MY THO – CAN THO (B/L)

08:00 hrs, pick up at your hotel and take 2 hour drive southwest of Ho Chi Minh City to the Mekong Delta which is known as the rice bowl of Vietnam.
Upon arrival, take a boat cruise around islets and tropical orchards through the canal of Vam Xep to reach a small islet, followed by a relaxing walk along shady and palm fringed trails passing by local villages where you can see their peaceful daily life. Stop en route to visit a bee farm, sip tea with honey and sample fruits with a local family and share their stories of life in the Mekong Delta. Visit a small coconut workshop, just to get a glimpse of typical family run business in this area.
Enjoy the lunch at local restaurant on the islet.
Walk to a lane where a horse-drawn cart awaits you to transfer to visit handicraft village, a coconut candy factory, enjoy tropical fruit, traditional music and then relaxation with rowing boat through the narrow under shade palm, tree-lined canals of Mekong River before returning to My Tho by motorized boat and heading for Can Tho.
Arrive in Can Tho. Check-in hotel and free at leisure.

Accommodation at hotel in Can Tho.

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch

Vietnam with a TwistDay 14: CAN THO – CANG RANG MARKET – HO CHI MINH CITY (B/L)

Early wake up for optional short biking or walking around the village and visiting fruit gardens. After breakfast, cruise along the small and picturesque tributaries by rowing boat to visit the Cai Rang floating market (the nicest one with heaps of rowing boats). Stop at another village to visit a rice husking mill, and walk around the village. See the beautiful scenery and daily activities of the locals. Disembark at Ninh Kieu quay, visit an ancient house (in Binh Thuy, 10 km from Can Tho) and Can Tho museum. Have lunch at a local restaurant on the way back to Sai Gon via My Tho.
Arrive in Saigon in the afternoon. Drop off at your hotel.

Accommodation at hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch

Vietnam with a TwistDay 15: HO CHI MINH CITY – DEPARTURE (B)

Free at leisure. Check-out hotel at 12:00 hrs.
Transfer to Ho Chi Minh City airport for your departure flight. Please advise flight details for best arrangement.

Meals included: Breakfast

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Validity in 2011-2012 2 guests 3 – 4 guests 5 – 6 guests
7 – 9 guests 10 – 14 guests Single supplement
Standard (2*) 1345 1182 1005 929 940 308
Superior (3*) 1465 1305 1129 1053 1001 443
Deluxe (4*) 1745 1584 1407 1332 1245 795

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NOTE

Price is in US$ per person Includes:
  • Accommodation in shared twin room at hotel and on cruise
  • Meals as stated in the programme [B= breakfast, L= lunch, D= dinner]
  • Transfers in private car
  • Local English speaking tour guides
  • Entrance fees & boat fees at places as mentioned
Excludes:
  • Domestic airfare (Hanoi – Hue, Danang – Ho Chi Minh city)
  • International airfare to / from Vietnam
  • Personal expenses
  • Other services not mentioned in the programme

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