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Discovering Vietnam 13 days/ 12 nights
Vietnam's history is a one of war, colonization and rebellion. Occupied by China no fewer than four times, the Vietnamese managed to fight off the invaders just as often. Even during the periods in history when Vietnam was independent, it was mostly a tributary state to China until the French colonisation. Vietnam's last emperors were the Nguyễn Dynasty, who ruled from their capital at Hue from 1802 to 1945.
 
Due to its long history as a tributary state of China, as well as several periods of Chinese occupations, Vietnamese culture is heavily influenced by that of Southern China, with Confucianism forming the basis of Vietnamese society. The Vietnamese language also contains many loan words from Chinese, though the two languages are unrelated. Buddhism remains the single largest religion in Vietnam, though like in China but unlike in the rest of northern Southeast Asia, the dominant school of Buddhism in Vietnam is the Mahayana School.
 
Nevertheless, Vietnamese culture remains distinct from Chinese culture as it has also absorbed cultural elements from neighbouring Hindu civilisations such as the Champa and the Khmer empires. The French colonisation has also left a lasting impact on Vietnamese society, with baugettes and coffee remaining popular among locals, and the latin alphabet being used to write the Vietnamese language.
Discovering Vietnam 13 days/ 12 nights
Zippo lighters and GI dog tags may still be purchased outside high-priced hotels in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, but the war is very much a thing of the past. • Vietnamese applaud the roaring economy and the billions in investment dollars from abroad. • The money is transforming skylines and villages. ... 
Itinerary

 
Day 01: Hanoi – Arrival (-/-/D)

Peace beside you

Meet on arrival at Hanoi/ Noi Bai International airport and transfer to your hotel. Dinner at a local restaurant. Evening: enjoy Water puppet show - the unique Vietnamese traditional art. Accommodation.
 
Day 02: Hanoi City Tour (B/-/D)
City tour: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (close on Monday, Friday and the entire months of October and November) and his former residence, One-Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature. Lunch by own arrangement. Continue to visit the Army Museum, Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son temple, discover the Old Quarters during a 1-hour cyclo ride. Dinner at local restaurant. Accommodation.
 
Day 03:  HanoiHalong Bay (B/-/D)
Visit Ethnology Museum, Quan Thanh Temple and the West Lake. Lunch by own arrangement. Drive to Halong Bay (165 km east of Hanoi), listed as a World heritage Site of outstanding natural beauty. “Dragon descending to the sea” as it is know in Vietnamese, picturesque Halong Bay has more than 1,000 limestone islets rising from the sea, many of them containing beautiful grottoes. Check in at hotel. Dinner at local restaurant. Accommodation.
 
Day 04: Halong BayHanoi (B/L/-)

Hoan Kiem lake

Drive to the pier. Enjoy a relaxing 4-hours boat trip through Halong Bay, fresh Seafood lunch is prepared and served on board. Drive back to Hanoi. Dinner by own arrangement. Accommodation.
 
Day 05: HanoiHue (B/-/D)
Free at leisure until transfer to Hanoi domestic airport for flight to Hue, the former Royal city of the 13 ruling Nguyen dynasties. Lunch by own arrangement. Drive to visit  the Imperial Citadel and the royal Tu Duc tomb. Dinner at restaurant.  Accommodation.
 
Day 06: HueDa nang – Hoi an (B/-/D)
Boat trip on the Perfume river to visit Thien Mu pagoda, one of the oldest ancient architectural structures for religious worship in Hue, then depart to Da Nang. The scenic 4-hour drive via Hai Van pass offers spectacular views of mountains, the sea, idyllic beaches and villages. Visit the Cham museum on the way. Lunch by own arrangement.
Continue further south to the charming historic city of Hoi An. Known to early Western merchants. During a leisurely discovery tour on foot you will visit some of the historic merchant and community house, places of worship and famous bridges. Dinner at restaurant. Accommodation.
  
Day 07: Hoi An – My Son – Hoi An (B/-/D)
Breakfast at hotel. Drive to visit My Son Holly land. Lunch by own arrangement. Return to Hoi An. Free at leisure for shopping. Dinner at local restaurant. Accommodation.
 
Day 08: Hoi An – Da Nang – Nha Trang (B/-/D)
After breakfast, transfer to airport for flight to Nha Trang. Upon arrival Nha Trang, transfer to hotel  for check in. Lunch by own arrangement.
In the afternoon: visit Ponagar tower, Long Son pagoda. Dinner at local restaurant. Accommodation.
 
Day 09: Nha Trang - Ho Chi Minh city (B/-/D)
Free for swimming. Drive to airport for late morning fligh to Ho Chi Minh city. Upon arrival, transfer to downtown. Lunch by own arrangement. Enjoy halfday city tour with: Unification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, Main Post Office. Dinner at local restaurant. Accommodation.
 
Day 10: Ho Chi Minh – Cu Chi – Tay Ninh (B/-/D)
Drive to visit Cu Chi tunnel – 200km underground tunnel built in the war time. Lunch by own arrangement. Continue visiting Tay Ninh with Caodai temple and Caodaism. Return to Ho Chi Minh city. Dinner at local restaurant. Accommodation.
 
Day 11: Ho Chi Minh – Vinh Long – Can Tho (B/-/D)
Drive to Mekong Delta – biggest delta in Vietnam where provide most rice and fruit for exporting. Visit Vinh Long, enjoy boat trip to visit Cai Be floating village. Lunch by own arrangement. Proceed to Can Tho. Check in at hotel. Dinner at local restaurant. Accommodation.
 
Day 12: Can Tho – Ho Chi Minh (B/-/D)
In the morning: Visit Cai Rang floating market by motor boat. Lunch by own arrangement. Return to Ho Chi Minh city. Dinner at local restaurant. Accommodation.
 
Day 13: Ho Chi Minh city – Departure (B/-/-)
Visit Thien Hau pagoda, Cho Lon (Big market), China town. Transfer to Ho Chi Minh city/ Tan Son Nhat airport departure.