Vietnam is a popular destination for many tourists traveling throughout Southeast Asia, but I had my own personal reasons for visiting the land of my ancestry. My previous visits to Vietnam over thirteen years ago were only brief and for family reasons, but more recently I wanted to give myself the opportunity to have an immersive experience. This would include meeting relatives whom I haven’t hadn’t met or couldn’t remember, gain a better understanding of the history, slow down and observe for myself, what life in Vietnam is like
3 Hours Before Flight Time
Xin chao! Welcome to Hanoi, Vietnam.You are greeted by your driver at Noi Bai International
airport for your transfer to the hotel.
Free time on your own to explore Hanoi, one of Asia’s most enchanting cities, full of culture, history
and the engaging contradictions of a rapidly developing and deeply traditional society.
Overnight in Hanoi
Travel from Hanoi to Halong Bay to cruise amongst the bay’s spectacular scenery. After check-in
and security briefings, you will set sail, enjoying lunch while cruising through fishing village. At
night, you can ask the cruise to go on squid fishing at night. Enjoy a cooking demonstration with
the chef as he prepares traditional Vietnamese food. Dinner is served on board. Overnight on
Start a great the day to view the sunrise over the bay. After breakfast, visit beautiful limestone
grotto then back to the boat for a final glimpse of the Halong Bay. Have the brunch while cruising back to the dock. Back to the wharf. Say goodbye Halong Bay and transfer to Hanoi. Overnight in
Transfer to the airport departure for flight to Ho Chi Minh city, the most modern city, located in the
South of Vietnam. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel to check in.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh
7:15am – 8:15 am: tour guide meet you at your hotel
Leaving the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City and start your trip to depart for My Tho, the town
lies on the left side of the Mekong River. Boarding the sampan and cruising down the river around
the four beautiful islands known as Dragon, Unicorn, Phoenix and Tortoise islands.
Stop over at Unicorn Island, go walking around country lane and seeing orchards, enjoy tropical
fruits, folk song music which performed by the local people. Visit the fruit plantation.
Riding a hand-rowed sampan through Thoi Son canal and treat yourself in the beauty of the
countryside, visit the family business, visit honey-bee farm, enjoy honey tea and coconut candy
Have lunch at local restaurant. Break time.
In the afternoon, time for cycling around the Tan Thach village, meet the local villagers to
experience the local daily life in the Mekong delta. Hammock relaxing and enjoy cool breeze for
those can’t join the cycling trip. Return to Ho Chi Minh City.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city
7:30am – 8:15 am: tour guide pick you at your hotel
Take the morning trip to visit Independence Palace, also known at the Reunification palace, was
built on the sight of the former Norodom palace. The Independence palace is a widely known
landmark of Ho Chi Minh City and was designed by the architect Ngo Viet Thu. Continue seeing the
beautiful structures from the French Colonial times such as the Notre Dame Cathedral, the
historic Central Post Office. Followed by the remarkable site of the War Remnants Museum the
museum has a vast display of the both the Indochina wars.
Have lunch at local restaurant.
Depart for Cu Chi tunnel, the trip will take approximately one and a half hours bus driving. Upon
arrival, before exploring the tunnels, you will have some short introduction followed by introductory
video about how the tunnels were constructed and how the people survived in the harsh conditions
of the war time. Then, spend your time to explore the remaining area and tunnel systems which
included the special constructed living areas with kitchens, bedrooms side by side with other
martial facilities like storage, weapons factories, field hospitals, and command centers helping
whoever lives inside the tunnels meet their basic needs. Besides, there are also many hidden trap doors and dangerous traps within the maze-like tunnels for security purpose during the war.
Afterward, special tea and cassava (guerilla’s food during the war) will be served.
Break time for relax or time for those who want to try the real shooting gun
Free time on your own until check out and transfer to airport depart for flight to next destination.
Good bye! End of services
i love the peace and calm the country offers and love Carlson guys to get my trip rocking
I never expected to get such a beautiful experience out of all this. i love Vietnam and the food is just exquisite