Northern Vietnam and Southern Vietnam are two general regions within Vietnam. Of the two regions, the older is Northern Vietnam, where the Vietnamese culture originated over 2000 years ago in the Red River Delta, though Vietnamese people eventually spread south into the Mekong Delta. During the Trịnh-Nguyễn War (1627-1673), the country was partitioned between two ruling families, with the border being the Gianh River in Quang Binh Province. From 1954 to 1975, Vietnam was again divided into two separate nations, divided by the Ben Hai River at the 17th parallel, each with its own government. Although the nation has been united since 1975, linguistic, cultural, and other differences serve to delineate the two regions from one another, with accompanying stereotypes.
The largest city in the North is Hanoi, the nation’s capital, and the largest city in the South is Ho Chi Minh City (formerly called Saigon).
Each region consists of four sub-regions, with often considerable cultural differences between each sub-region.
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Day 01: Hanoi arrival (-/-/D)
Meet at Noi Bai International Airport. Transfer to hotel in Hanoi for check-in. Dinner at restaurant. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 02: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay (B/L/D)
Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Ha Long Bay, listed as the World Heritage Area of Vietnam. Seafood lunch is served on board. Enjoy a relaxing 4-5 hours boat trip through Ha Long Bay. Seafood dinner on boat. Overnight on boat.
Day 03: Ha Long Bay – Hanoi (B/L/D)
Breakfast on boat. Continue discovering Ha Long Bay. Lunch on board and return to pier. Drive back to Hanoi. Dinner at restaurant. Overnight in Hanoi.
Optional show: Le Tonkin show from 19:00-20:00
Day 04: Hanoi - Mai Chau (B/L/D)
After breakfast at hotel, drive to Mai Chau via Hoa Binh town, picturesque scenery with stunning views of the mountains on the way. Lunch in a hill tribe village. Visit Mai Chau located in a pretty valley with a patchwork of rice paddies, farms and still house. Enjoy folk song show and enjoy local wine in Mai Chau. Dinner and accommodation at a traditional village house.
Day 05: Mai Chau - Hanoi (B/L/D)
After breakfast, transfer back to Hanoi. Lunch at restaurant. Check-in at hotel. Free for shopping. Dinner at restaurant. Overnight at hotel.
Day 06: Full day Hanoi city tour (B/L/D)
Breakfast at hotel. Visit Ho Chi Minh mausoleum (closed daily in October and November ) and museum, One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature. Lunch at restaurant. Afternoon, visit Ethnology Museum, Hoan Kiem lake and Ngoc Son Temple. Take 01 hour cyclo ride visit Old Quarter. Dinner at restaurant. In the evening, enjoy a traditional Water Puppet Show at Thang Long Theatre. Overnight at hotel.
Day 07: Hanoi - Perfume Pagoda - Hanoi
After breakfast at hotel, drive to Perfume Pagoda – the Buddhism holy land. On arrival, take rowing boat along Yen stream, stop over at TrinhTemple. From the landing, walk up Perfume Pagoda which is located inside Huong Tich grotto. Trek back for lunch. In the afternoon, visit Thien Tru Pagoda before boat ride back to the wharf. Return to Hanoi. Dinner at restaurant. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.
Day 08: Hanoi departure (B/-/-)
After breakfast, free at leisure until transfer to Noi Bai airport for your onward flight.
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