A NATURAL BEAUTY PHOTO-SHOOT IN VIETNAM / 16 DAYS

A NATURAL BEAUTY PHOTO-SHOOT IN VIETNAM / 16 DAYS

If you are passionate about photography and want to have the pictures of nature, land and people of Vietnam, this is the trip for you to discover the hidden beauty of 3 regions in our country with interesting attractions.
 

Duration: 16 days
Places: 15 seats

DAY 1: HO CHI MINH CITY ARRIVAL – CAMERAS WARM-UP

Upon arrival at Ho Chi Minh International airport, you will be welcomed by our local expert and transferred to the hotel in town. Check in and get acquainted to your room then spend the day free at your leisure after your long flight journey.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.
 

DAY 2: HO CHI MINH CITY TOUR – OPENING LENS (B/L)

After breakfast at hotel, you will have a full day to explore Ho Chi Minh City. Not only take time to see, but also feel the local people’s life and open your lens now. This is best time for portrait and architect photo shoots. Then, visit Independent Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post office, Thien Hau pagoda... It’s time to capture the locals’ moments. Return to your hotel around noon time and the rest of day is free at your leisure.
Note: Notre Dame Cathedral is under renovation; therefore, only outside visit is allowed. You may ask your guide to switch to a visit of Tan Dinh church and Tan Dinh market next door.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh
 

DAY 3: HO CHI MINH CITY - MEKONG DELTA - CAN THO (B/L)

7.30 -8.00AM: After breasfast, you will travel from Ho Chi Minh City to explore Ben Tre in the Mekong Delta (130km - 2.5 - 3 hours). From Phong Nam pier you will board a boat and cruise along the Chet Say river (a branch of the Mekong) and stop off at various local workplaces to give you a picture of how the local economy works, including a coconut activated charcoal factory where coconut shell is put into a high heat kiln to produce coconut charcoal; a coconut processing workshop, where you can sample fresh coconut and see how every single part of this versatile nut is turned into food and other products. 
Then the boat will cruise through the small canal offering an opportunity to discover the local sights and sounds. Eventually the boat will stop at a quiet village where you can have a short walk to experience real Delta village life, visit a mat weaving house, where straw mats are woven using a hand loom – you can even have a go at weaving yourself before boarding your xe loi (a kind of motorized rickshaw) or biking into the village where you can see a farm, rice fields and vegetable plantings before stopping at a local house for a delicious and filling lunch, featuring such local specialties as elephant-ear fish and river shrimp, washed down with some cold drinks or beers. 
After lunch, it’s time to board a sampan for a relaxing trip along narrow canals and back to the pier. From there it’s back to the main road for the trip deeper to the Mekong Delta – Can Tho province. Upon arrival, check-in at your hotel, spend the evening free at leisure.
Overnight in Mekong Lodge
 

DAY 4: CAI RANG FLOATING MARKET – BACK TO THE BUSTLING HO CHI MINH CITY (B/L)

This morning, we will visit one of the most legendary floating markets which named 'Cai Rang'. We board our boat and commence our journey along the Mekong River, observing ‘true life on the river’, the hustle and bustle of families carrying out their morning chores and the locals heading our way to the markets to pick up their daily supplies. We will be back to the hotel for checkout before coming back to Saigon.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh
 

DAY 5: HO CHI MINH CITY – FLY TO DANANG – TRANSFER TO HOI AN +CITY HOIAN (B/L)

After breakfast, you are transferred to the airport for your internal flight to Danang. Your guide and driver will meet you at the airport and take you on the short drive to the sleepy riverside town, Hoi An. Then, take a stroll to visit Hoi An town, recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage site because of its unusually well-preserved ancient streets and homes. Set out to explore the quaint cobblestone streets of the town with the more than two-century-old Chinese houses. Sites include the Japanese Bridge, the Chinese Temple, and Phung Hung Chinese-trading house. After the visit, free to wander around, our guide is happy to suggest some best tailor shops in town for you. Or if you are looking for a relaxing end, end the day with a boat trip on Thu Bon River admiring the beauty of sunset scenery.
Overnight in Hoi An
 

DAY 6: OPTIMISTIC PHOTO SHOOTING LEISURE DAY IN HOI AN (B)

Hoi An is famous for a peaceful and lovely town to self-explore. And this is the best chance for photographers to capture awesome moments there.
You should rent a bike or motorbike to visit neighbor villages (Thuan Tinh, Tra Que, Kim Bong ect) to get the most unique yet culture rich pictures of Hoi An.
Overnight in Hoi An.
 

DAY 7: HOI AN - DANANG - THE ROYAL ANCIENT HUE (B/L)

In the morning, enjoy breakfast at the hotel then checkout and drive over the 500m-high Hai Van pass to Hue. Hai Van pass, or Ocean Cloud pass, is the most stunning pass of Vietnam directly overlooking the East Sea. You have opportunities to capture spectacular pictures of natural beauty here.  Enjoy a stop at the scenic Lang Co Beach for a short break where you can stretch your legs and immerse into the serenity of the amazing beach here before continuing on to Hue - a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Vietnam’s former capital. Set along the banks of Perfume River, Hue used to be the capital of Vietnam between 1802 and 1945 under the reign of the Nguyen Emperors, later on under French colonial domination. Arrive at the hotel in city center for check in then spend the rest of day relaxing after your transfer journey.
Ovenight in Hue.
 

DAY 8: HUE CITY FULLDAY TOUR (B/L)

You will travel by private vehicle to an icon of Vietnam and as potent a symbol of Hue as Thien Mu pagoda. It is famous for its seven storeys, and dedicated to a Manushi-Buddha. After your visit, board a local boat to the peaceful outskirts of Hue, where you will then start cycling on a leisurely tour to Thuy Bieu village. There are plenty of opportunities to admire the quiet and superb landscapes of Hue: rice fields, fruit tree orchards and vegetable gardens, communal houses, primary schools and a valley of cemeteries. Along the cycling route, visit a homemade incense-producing household and observe the daily life of the farmers as they perform their strenuous work with seemingly incredible joy and enthusiasm. Don’t be afraid to greet those you meet along the way. Then, you’ll head to Tu Duc Mausoleum, one of the most beautiful tombs of Hue. It was inspired by the concept of tranquility and is a model of Vietnamese traditional art. It is also an opportunity to learn about the history of the Nguyen Dynasty and the French colonial period before returning to the city centre.
In the afternoon, have a closer look at the home of the royal family with a visit to the impressive Citadel. Round off your day with a walk around Dong Ba Market for a glimpse of local life. Back to the hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day free at your leisure.
Overnight in Hue
 

DAY 9: HUE - OVERNIGHT TRAIN TO HANOI (B)

After breakfast, you will have free time for photo hunting. Then, at good time, meet up your local driver and transfer to Hue Railway Station to catch your overnight train to the capital city – Hanoi. 
Overnight train - Non-private air-conditioned 4 sleeping berths cabin
 

DAY 10: HANOI: THE CHARMING CAPITAL (B/L)

Early in the morning, you will arrive in Hanoi and warmly welcomed by your local guide. Enjoy breakfast and take time to relax before setting out for a tour of Vietnam’s capital city, including Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, his traditional stilt house and the revered One-Pillar Pagoda. After that, visit Vietnam’s first university, the thousand-year-old Temple of Literature. Finish the morning with a walking through the maze of bustling streets that make up Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Your local guide will then take you to one of Hanoi’s best-reserved secrets, a hidden café with stunning views over the picturesque Hoan Kiem Lake.  This hard-to-find café is one of the few left in the city that still serves egg coffee, a scrumptious local delicacy that we will sample whilst admiring the hustle and bustle of the city center below. Or, if coffee is not your style, a cold beer awaits!
So, set your camera ready and don’t miss out any fascinating moments while in Hanoi. After lunch, transfer to your hotel for check in then free at your leisure. 
Overnight in Ha Noi
 

DAY 11: HANOI - HALONG BAY SHUTTLE BUS/SHARE CRUISE (B/L/D)

07h30: Pick up from your hotel in Hanoi. Drive to Ha Long City through the green fields in the Red River Delta.
10h00: Stopover on the way for a refreshment break.
12h00: Embark at Ha Long wharf – Break and photography time
12h30: Boat Cruises on Halong, enjoy a welcoming drink and cruise briefing.
13h30: Have lunch while cruising in Bai Tu Long Bay, admiring the fascinating rock formations in the bay.
15h30: Transfer by tender to Thien Canh Son cave. Our tour guide will take you to a huge cave with many interesting stalactite and stalagmite in different amazing shapes …. After about half an hour visiting, you will go back to tender and return to the boat. Then return to cruise for your leisure or join sunbathing, enjoy swimming in the crystal clear water. Join with cooking class by our chef.
 19h00: Vietnamese style set dinner is served on board.
 21h00: Take some leisure time to enjoy chatting at the bar or enjoy some night fishing. Stay over-night on boat.
Overnight on Cruise
 

DAY 12: HALONG BAY - HANOI - NIGHT TRAIN TO SAPA (B/L)

07h30: Have breakfast and enjoy sunrise on the bay.
09h00: Visit ancient Vung Vieng floating village you are not only be immersed in the quiet and peace-ful atmosphere, but also be surrounded by the rocky mountains by small bamboo boat for an hour in to the ancient village then return to cruise for relaxing and check out the room.
10h30: Have lunch while cruising back through Ha Long Bay to the pier
11h30: Disembark at Ha long wharf, time to say goodbye to the crew.
12h00: Return from Ha Long to Hanoi.
14h00: Stopover on the way for a refreshment break.
16h00: Arrive in Hanoi.
Then, wander around for some shooting before a short transfer to Hanoi’s railway station for your overnight train journey to the highlands north of Hanoi and the remote hill station of Sapa town.
Overnight train - Non-private air-conditioned 4 sleeping berths cabin
 

DAY 13: SAPA: CAT CAT VILLAGE (B/L)

When arriving at Lao Cai Railway station, tour guide and driver will meet you right at the exit of the station. Then, drive up to Sapa town. Check in hotel and have breakfast at the nearby local restaurant. After that, walk around Sapa town, experience Sapa market and chat with H’Mong, Dao vendors who are all able to speak fluently English. A lunch of Sapa specialties at a popular local eatery in the town has been scheduled for you.
After lunch, ramble down hill to the nearby Cat Cat village of the Black H’Mong people. Have a brief tour inside an H’Mong hospitable family’s house and get to know more about their way of life, customs and habits. Return to Sapa center, and enjoy your time at leisure.
Overnight in Sapa
 

DAY 14 : SAPA’S LOCAL MARKET VISIT - NIGHT TRAIN TO HANOI (B/L)

Wake up early in the morning to enjoy mountainous atmosphere. Today, we will depend on the date because of two options: to visit ethnic minority villages around Sapa or drive to Bac Ha market on Sunday, Coc ly Market on Tuesday and Can Cau Market on Saturday. There, you can watch and even join trading activities of real hill-tribe people. Lunch will be served at local restaurant. Then transfer to Lao Cai Railway Station for a ride back to Hanoi.
Overnight train - Non-private air-conditioned 4 sleeping berths cabin
 

DAY 15: HANOI: LAST FREE DAY FOR PHOTO HUNTING (B)

Arrive in Hanoi at around 4.30am – 5.00am. You will be picked up and transferred to the hotel for fresh up. Depending on season, we can take you to West Lake where has huge lotus pond. On blossoming season in summer, the beautiful fragrance overwhelmed the whole are and you can see lots of local teenagers coming here to take cute photos. In other season, a short photo shot at Hoan Kiem lake, along Thanh Nien street (view to West lake), Tran Phu – Hoang Dieu streets, flowers market on Nghi Tam are all best alternative before you back to hotel.
This last day is free for your own pace to capture your unforgettable memos of our country.
Hotel in Hanoi
 

DAY 16: HANOI DEPARTURE (B)

Relish a healthy breakfast on the final day of your trip. Complete the hotel check-out formalities after which you can visit the local markets and buy souvenirs for your loved ones.  Later, proceed for departure and board your flight back home. Trip Ends
 

Destination

3-Star Hotel

Website

Hanoi

Diamond Legend Hotel

 

http://diamondlegendhotel.com/

 

Ho Chi Minh

Prague Hotel

http://praguehotelvn.com/

Hue

Rosaleen Boutique hotel

http://www.rosaleenhotel.com/

Hoi An

Acacia Heritage Hotel

http://acaciahoian.com/

 

Inclusions
• Door-to-door pick-up & drop-off services
• All transportation as mentioned above (train)
• Accommodation shared in Double room with daily breakfast
• Accommodations include 5% service fee and 10% VAT tax
• Check-in room at 14:00 // Check-out room at 12:00 noon (Except Early check-in or Late check-out mentioned in the program)
• Experienced English speaking guide
• Meals as stated in the itinerary (B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner)
• All sightseeing tickets
• Tissues and water on coach
• Services charges and government tax
• EXCLUSIVE AND PERSONALIZED SINGLE AGENT/ SINGLE CUSTOMER-SERVICE
• 24/7 hotline support guaranteed
• Vietnam Visa letter approval

 

Exclusions
• Incoming and out coming flight & Departure taxes
• Beverage, Personal expenses, tips and gratuities
• Travel insurance
• Early check-in and Late check-out (If not mentioned)
• Visa stamping fee on arrival at the airport (Vietnam: 25$/person – Cambodia: 30$/person)
Public holiday surcharge (if any)
• Surcharge for airport cabs from 12:00am – 05:00am
• Other services not mentioned above
• Peak season surcharge (if any)

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