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Day 1 : Yangon

 

Day 2 : Yangon  - City tour (B/L/D)

 

Day 3 : Yangon – Mandalay by flight - Amarapura – Ava – Sagaing - Mandalay (B/L/D)

Day 4 : Mandalay – Mingun – Mandalay  - Yangon by flight – Hanoi - by flight (B/L/D)

 

Day 5: Hanoi – City tour (B/L/D)

Day 6 : Hanoi – Hoa Binh – Mai Chau (B.L.D)

 

Day 7: Mai Chau – Ninh Binh (B.L.D)

Day 8: Ninh Binh – Halong Bay - Overnight on junk (B.L.D)

Day 9: Halong – Hai Phong –Hue - by flight (B.L.D)

Day 10 : Hue (B.L.D)

Day 11: Hue – Danang – Hoian  (B.L.D)

Day 12 : Hoian – Danang – Saigon by flight– Ben Tre – Can Tho (B.L.D)

Day 13: Can Tho -  Cai Rang floating market – Saigon (B.L.D)

Day 14: Saigon – Departure (B.L.D)

Day 1 : Yangon

Arrive at Yangon International Airport, welcome by our guide and driver, transfer to hotel. Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, is still a quiet and charming city. Its impressive colonial and spiritual heritage makes Yangon one of the most fascinating and authentic capitals of South Asia. Free meal at your leisure. Overnight at hotel.

Meals: N/A
Accommodation: Hotel in Yangon

Day 2 : Yangon  - City tour

Breakfast at the hotel. Discovery of Yangon including the National Museum, lying Buddha Pagoda along 70m of Kyaukhtatgyi and monument the most religious of Myanmar, Shwedagon Pagoda with its golden stupa. Lunch at a local restaurant. Continue visit Bogyoke market. Then discovery of Yangon with its colonial atmosphere, Sule Pagoda, Mahabandoola park, city of India and Chinatown. Dinner at local restaurant and overnight in Yangon hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel in Yangon

Day 3 : Yangon – Mandalay by flight - Amarapura – Ava – Sagaing - Mandalay

 Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport and fly to MANDALAY of which was from 1857 to 1885 the capital of the last Burmese kings. Departure for AMARAPURA. Visit the monastère Mahagandayon where you'll see 1,200 monks who eat breakfast at 10:15 am, workshop of silk and cotton. Visit the puppet making and embroidery, stone masons (Marble), bronze workers and teak monastery Shwe Inbin located in a monastic area. Lunch at a local restaurant. Next, continue to visit Mahamuni Buddha covered tens of thousands of gold leaf for centuries object of fervent devotion. Excursion to the ancient capital of AVA carriage: teak monastery Bagaya and monastery brick menu. Visit SAGAING hill with U Min Thoneze housing 45 Buddhas, a monastery of nuns of the silver workshop and Kaung Hmu Daw Pagoda as the dome. Sunset from U BEIN bridge, the longest teak bridge in the country (1.2 Km). Dinner at local restaurant and overnight at the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel in Mandalay

Day 4 : Mandalay – Mingun – Mandalay  - Yangon by flight – Hanoi en by flight

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the pier for a trip on the Irrawaddy River to the ancient capital of Mingun. After a 45-minute cruise, you get to Mingun - a place renowned for its huge unfinished pagoda and home to the Mingun Bell, considered the largest bell in the world. You will also visit the beautiful white Hsinbyume pagoda. Back to Mandalay by boat. Lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, visit Kuthodaw Pagoda with its 729 marble slabs of Buddhist scriptures (known as the greatest book in the world), Monastery Shwenandaw, Kyauktawgyi pagoda with its enormous reclining Buddha. Transfer Mandalay airport for the flight to Yangon and continue the flight (19H10-21H30) to Hanoi. Arrival in Hanoi. Welcome by our guide and driver. Transfer to your hotel in the city center. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

Day 5: Hanoi – City tour

Breakfast at the hotel. You start your day of exploring the city of Hanoi by a walk in the Palace of Indochina and then discovered to outside the mausoleum of Uncle Ho's stilt house and garden. Next, discover the One Pillar Pagoda. Then we will visit the Temple of Literature in Hanoi, Vietnam's first university, let you discover the Confucius and education of Vietnam under the feudal era. Lunch at a local restaurant. Afternoon visit the Museum of Ethnography, a superb exhibition of the 54 ethnic minorities in Vietnam, the museum will give you an overview of the life of the various ethnic groups in Vietnam before your next day in the North Vietnam. Around 15:00 a ride by cyclo for an hour to explore the Old Quarter with its 36 streets and guilds. In the evening: water puppet Show. Dîner at local restaurant and a night at the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

Day 6 : Hanoi – Hoa Binh – Mai Chau (B.L.D)

Breakfast at the hotel. 8:00 Departure from Hanoi to Mai Chau via Hoa Binh through charming routes. Several stops along the way to take beautiful photos and for contacts with smiling and warm people. Arrive in Mai Chau around noon. Installation in Mai Chau Ecolodge. Lunch at the local people. In the afternoon, walk around the village and in the surrounding villages to discover daily life and crafts. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. 

Day 7: Mai Chau – Ninh Binh (B.L.D)

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure for Hoa Lu through the green hills of tea, sugar cane plantations, and steep limestone rocks that occur in rice fields. Arriving at Hoa Lu. Lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, a sampan ride makes you discover the lagoon Van Long amidst the stunning karst landforms. This place is similar to Tam Coc but it is less touristy and particularly suitable for individual travel. Ox cart rides around Van Long to discover the life and daily activities of the inhabitants. Dinner at local restaurant and overnight at hotel.  

Day 8 : Ninh Binh – Baie d’ Halong on board (B.L.D)

08.00:  Your transfer vehicle will collect you from your hotel and start departure to Halong Bay.

12.30:  Arrive at Hon Gai Pier. Transferred by tender to junk.

12.45:  Welcome aboard – enjoy welcome drink and follow Manager briefing safety on board.

13.00:  Check in your cabin and freshen up.

13.30:  Delicious lunch will be served with fresh seafood and Vietnamese cuisines while leisurely cruising to the Bai Tu Long Bay.

16.00:  Visit the natural Vung Ha beach for swimming & kayaking.

17.30:  Return to junk then cruise to an overnight anchorage near Surprising Cave, enjoy Sunset Party on the sundeck.

19.15:  Impressive Vietnamese dinner will be served with set menu.

20.30:  Free time for joining Games or Karaoke in the restaurant, Squid fishing (Optional) or Massage Service (On request).

Day 9: Halong –Hai Phong –Hue by flight (B.L.D)

06.30:  Start early Tai Chi demonstration on the sundeck.

07.00:  Breakfast will be served.

08.00:  Discover Surprising Cave - the biggest cave in Halong Bay with beautiful stalactites and stalagmites.

09.00:  Get back to Galaxy Premium then you will have 30 minutes to freshen up and finish packing.

10.15:  Cooking demonstration with Traditional Fried Spring Roll.

10.50:  Lunch will be served in the restaurant while the boat is cruising back to the pier, and then relax on the sundeck or in the dining room enjoying the bay scenery as we approach the pier.

12.00:  Disembark in Hon Gai pier.

12.30:  Leave for Hanoi.

17.00:  Return to Hanoi.

Then transfer to Hanoi airport for flight to Hue in Hue On arrival, welcome by our driver and transfer to your hotel. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Hue

Day 10 : Hue (B.L.D)

Breakfast at the hotel. You visit the Imperial City which was built from 1804 under the orders of the first Emperor Gia Long. The citadel was inspired by Vauban fortifications. It consists of three parts: the capital city (Kinh Thanh), the imperial city (Hoang Thanh) and the Forbidden City (Cam Thanh). Then visit Royal Tu Duc tomb. Lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, then visit the factory of conical hats and incense, Tu Hieu Pagoda and colonial Dong Ba Market, sampan ride on the Perfume River. Dinner at a restaurant local and overnight in Hue.

Day 11: Hue – Danang – Hoian  (B.L.D)

Breakfast at the hotel. You take the road to the city of Da Nang via the beautiful Lang Co beach and the Cloud Pass. Two stops are planned for beautiful pictures. Lunch at a local restaurant route. Hôi Year's yard - lovely city that was once one of the major commercial ports of Asia. It is here that landed the first western traders in the sixteenth century. In 1999, the city of Hoi An was inscribed on the list of sites of world heritage by UNESCO. Arrive in Hoi An. Check in at your hotel. Visit the ancient city and cruise on the Thu Bon River at dusk (depending on weather conditions). Dinner at local restaurant and overnight in Hoi An.

Day 12 : Hoian –Danang – Saigon by flight– Ben Tre – Can Tho (B.L.D)

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer with driver only to Danang airport for flight to Saigon. Arrival in Saigon. Welcome by guide and driver. Then departure towards Ben Tre. Arrive in Ben Tre, boarding a boat for a beautiful river trip, to discover the daily activities of its inhabitants. Among other things, you can attend the brick manufacturing and salt. Continue to Cai Its coves and Thanh Nhon where local families have specialized in the manufacture of mats. Tasting of seasonal fruit. You continue exploring the surroundings by bike. Your journey continues through rice fields and vegetable crops. Lunch with locals. In the afternoon, take a rowing boat in the cove Cai Coi before embarking again on board a boat to explore the creek Cai Coi where you will visit a manufacturing and rice an old house typical of the region. Take the road to Can Tho. Dinner at local restaurant and overnight at the hotel.

Day 13: Can Tho -  Cai Rang floating market – Saigon (B.L.D)

 Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, ride motor boat on the canal Nong Cai to visit the Cai Rang floating market. Then walk along the small canals to see some local crafts. The floating market of Cai Rang is a wholesale market, the boats come in all sizes. Many peasant farmers come here to sell their produce to wholesalers. Everything creates a unique and typical atmosphere of the Mekong Delta. Lunch at a local restaurant. Then visit the former home Huynh Thuy Le, the temple of Caodaism ... Return to Saigon. Dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight at hotel.  

Day 14: Saigon – Departure (B.L.D)

 Breakfast at the hotel. Start your tour of the city: a walk in the central areas - city, including Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Catinat), the Nguyen Hue Avenue 'Champs églysées " of Ho Chi Minh City, the central post office. Lunch at a local restaurant. Then continue to visit the city: Visit one of the most beautiful Chinese temples, built in the eighteenth century by the Chinese of Canton. Sanctuary dedicated to Thien Hau, the celestial lady, protector of sailors. Promenade at Binh Tay market. Transfer from Saigon airport for the return flight. Dinner at the edge.

Gaffer B
Gaffer B
Rating 4

We had an wonderful time from the off beaten track in the North to the bustling cities in the South. A two weeks trip couldn't take us to every corner in Vietnam but to some extent we discovered a beautiful country and saw smiling welcoming and generous people. Thanks to Mr. Manh for great service

Visited October 2013
Max_Lhb
Max_Lhb
Rating 5

Found this trip organiser on forums/websites and thank to some very good reviews, my friend and I were looking to discover the Vietnamese's soul meanwhile going in such wonderful places: 100% success! 
From the beginning, the agency's team was helpful & replied us very quickly. They organised us a very convenient 5-days-trip from Saigon (HCMC) to Phnom Penh by the Mekong Delta, their proper accommodation in Mekong Garden. We've been in such traditional places far away from all others tourists, at any moment we were forced to buy something. Our guide was nice, so experienced and a good both English & French speaker. He introduced us ethnical peoples, they were so friendly, generous, welcoming with us. Amazing :)
Well organised agency which knows how to satisfy their clients, recommend it. Thank you VOT & see you hopefully in few years!

Visited January 2015
kami_kara
kami_kara
Rating 5

I was referred by a friend to Mr. Ha Nguyen at Vietnam Original Travel - Hanoi Branch and I’m so very very pleased that I was. From the beginning of our correspondence, he went to great lengths to help me prepare my itinerary and gave me many tips to make sure I was travel smart in the busy streets of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Never was he pushy and many a time, when conversing over Skype chat did he contact me outside of his working hours. He even went so far as to meet me on a Sunday to take me around Hanoi. I cannot guarantee by any means that travel agents from VOT will do this for you as we had connections via friends, but what I do know is that they will go up and beyond to make sure you have a lovely holiday. Thank you Ha!

Visited January 2015
maijoucki
maijoucki
Rating 5

if you want to travel without making you worry, this agency is to recommend. Everything is well organized and you can be confident in every way.

no forced shopping, happiness. The driver was very careful and he introduced me to this country as much in kind as far as food, I have very fond memories, to remake

Visited September 2013
WildlifeFan01
WildlifeFan01
Rating 5

We pre-booked a short trip around Northern Vietnam with Vietnam Original tours. They responded very quickly to email and were very helpful. Our guide was excellent and we really enjoyed the activities they arranged for us. Our boat trip around Cat Ba island in particular stood out as being excellent and we also really enjoyed Van Long National Park.

Visited December 2014
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