Just for Singles - Vietnam Culture and Cuisine
Just for Singles - Vietnam Culture and Cuisine
10 days

Featuring Hanoi, Hue and Hoi An

Overview

Rich in history, we’ll visit some of the country’s most iconic ancient temples and rural villages, where we will meet the locals and taste traditional delicacies. Explore cities by cyclo and take cruises along scenic waterways to see the very best of Vietnam with us on this exciting ten-day tour.

Australian Destination
International Destination Asia
Tour Date 13 to 22 August 2020
Number Of Days 10 days
Guaranteed Single Room $5,675
Tour Cost Adult$0
Tour Price Single Option $0
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highlights
  • Hanoi – Paris of the East
  • Historic One Pillar Pagoda
  • Cyclo tour of Hanoi’s Old Quarter
  • Ho Chi Minh’s house
  • Trang An Landscape Complex, Ninh Binh
  • Hoa Lu
  • Van Long Nature Reserve
  • Red River Delta cruise
  • Duong Lam Ancient Village
  • Mong Phu, Ngo Quyen and Phung Hung Temples
  • Mia Pagoda
  • Hue
  • Royal cruise on the Perfume River
  • Bamboo basket-boat ride on Co Co River

Pre/Post tour transfers (ex Perth, WA)

Airfares and taxes (ex Perth, WA)

23 meals

8 nights’ accommodation

Tours and attractions

Professional Villa Tour Leader

Local guides

Gratuities and Visas*

Your holiday itinerary (ex Perth, Western Australia)
 
Day 1/2. Perth to Hanoi (inflight) (D)                             
We collect you from home and whisk you away for a holiday in Vietnam. Upon arrival in Hanoi, transfer to your accommodation to enjoy the afternoon at leisure. In the evening, head to a public theatre for a water puppet performance, a unique northern Vietnamese art form said to have originated in the flooded rice fields of the Red River Delta, where villagers entertained themselves by manipulating puppets over the water. Modern performers stand chest-deep in water behind a screen and use long rods to move the colourful wooden puppets in a life-like way to depict scenes based on Vietnamese folklore. The performances are set to traditional music using drums, wooden bells, horns, bamboo flutes and cymbals. Overnight: Silk Path Hotel, Hanoi
 
Day 3. Hanoi tour and Old Quarter cyclo ride (BLD)                                 
Explore the charming city of Hanoi, often referred to as ‘Paris of the East’, with its colonial buildings, tree-lined boulevards and scenic lakes. Visit the historic Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, an imposing monument of marble and granite built to house the preserved body of beloved Viet Minh leader, Ho Chi Minh. Visit the One Pillar Pagoda, a Buddhist temple built in 1049, before heading to Ho Chi Minh's House, a simple wooden house in a tranquil setting where Ho Chi Minh lived and worked. Some of his belongings are on display and visitors can walk up the steps to see his bedroom. Then take a one-hour cyclo tour through the famed Old Quarter known for its ‘36 streets of 36 wares’ named after the original 36 artisan guilds that date as far back as the 13th century. Explore the fascinating maze of back streets, fronted by narrow houses known as “tunnel” or “tube houses”, built to avoid taxes based on the width of their frontage onto the street, a wonderfully eclectic glimpse into Hanoi street life. This evening, enjoy a traditional Vietnamese meal at your hotel. Overnight: Silk Path Hotel, Hanoi
 
Day 4. Hoa Lu Van Long Nature Reserve (BLD)
Depart Hanoi for a two-hour drive to the Trang An Landscape Complex in Ninh Binh Province. Inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2014, Trang An is famed for its spectacular landscape of limestone karst peaks, some of which are submerged, and surrounded by vertical cliffs. Within the complex, visit Vietnam’s ancient capital of Hoa Lu, the country’s first centralised feudal state from the end of the 10th century. While the ancient citadel has largely disappeared, the temples of the Dinh and Le dynasties still stand surrounded by rice paddies. After lunch at a local restaurant, continue to the 3,500-hectare (13.5-square mile) Van Long Nature Reserve, the largest wetland natural reserve in the Red River Delta. Enjoy a two-hour cruise taking in stunning scenes of local villages dotted along the limestone karsts and caves. Bring binoculars to spot rare langurs (monkeys) or birds. Overnight: Silk Path Hotel, Hanoi

Day 5. Duong Lam Ancient Village (BLD)                                    
Located on the Northern Red River River Delta, Duong Lam Ancient Village is a traditional Vietnamese town, known as “the hometown of two kings.” It has an extensive history dating back almost 1,200 years and is well-known as the first ancient village in Vietnam, and for its surviving customary laterite brick houses (a red clay formed from weathered basalt found in northern Vietnam). An educational day learning about Vietnamese heritage starts with a one-hour (65-kilometre) drive from Hanoi to Son Tay province. Upon arrival, enjoy a leisurely walk through the hidden alleyways and paths, admiring the ancient buildings that have been standing in the village for centuries. While in Duong Lam, visitors will also have the chance to visit Mong Phu Temple, Ngo Quyen Temple and Phung Hung Temple. For a taste of this agricultural village’s local harvest, enjoy a traditional Vietnamese lunch in the ancient home of a welcoming local family. Lend a hand in the production of specialties, such as soft green-lentil cake and rice cake filled with brown onion. After lunch, the adventure comes to an end at Mia Pagoda, home to 287 statues of all shapes and sizes. Overnight: Silk Path Hotel, Hanoi
 
Day 6.  Hue and salt rice (BLD)                                                      
Meet your guide and transfer to the airport for the flight to Hue, where your guide will meet you and transfer you to your hotel. Salt rice, one of the most opulent and symbolic dishes in the former imperial capital of Hue, has made a comeback, thanks to Chef Mme Nhu Huy. There are up to nine kinds of salt such as from sesame, lemongrass, galingale, shrimp and the dishes are prepared by frying, steaming and braising. We will visit Mme Nhu Huy’s home, where you will have the chance to appreciate this delicacy.  Overnight: Hotel Saigon Morin, Hue
 
Day 7.  Hue city tour (BLD)                                                                   
Once the imperial capital of the Nguyen Lords from the 17th to the 19th centuries, Hue’s emperors’ tombs, ancient pagodas and the remains of the Citadel contribute to the city’s royal charm. Visit the Tu Duc Royal Tomb, the most impressive of all the royal mausoleums, built by Emperor Tu Duc between 1864 and 1867. Continue on to the elaborate Khai Dinh Royal Tomb, with the largest dragons in the country forming the side walls leading up to the tomb. View the tomb’s blackened concrete exterior and colourful mosaic interior in the spacious main building decorated with murals of the four seasons, eight precious objects and eight fairies. After exploring the tomb, return to your hotel, then transfer to 400-year-old Sac Tu Khanh Long to meet nun, Tinh Tam to learn about Buddhism. Then take a walk around the peaceful precinct before enjoying a vegetarian lunch prepared by the nuns. This evening take a royal cruise on the Perfume River to take in views of the Trang Tien Bridge, Thien Mu pagoda, Van Thanh Temple and the Imperial Citadel. Enjoy fine cuisine with a fusion of Asian and western dishes, while enjoying traditional Hue music, performed by professional singers and musicians. Overnight: Hotel Saigon Morin, Hue
 
Day 8.  Hoi An (BLD)                                                 
Check out of your hotel this morning and travel to Hoi An before enjoying lunch at a local restaurant. Cam Thanh Village is now an urban ward of Hoi An city. Surrounded by peaceful villages, idyllic rivers and lush water coconut palms, this little port town supplies seafood, vegetables and rice for the area. Take a short drive to Co Co River, then board a wooden boat to sail along the major branch of the lower section of Thu Bon River. A barbecue dinner will be served on this sunset sight-seeing cruise. Overnight: Boutique Hoi An Resort, Hoi An
 
Day 9.  Organic farm & cooking class (BLD)           
Cam Thanh Village is now an urban ward of Hoi An city. It is known for dense water coconut jungles and vast rice fields. During the Vietnam war, Cam Thanh was a shelter for local people and soldiers. Nowadays, it supplies seafood, vegetables and rice for the area. This morning, meet your guide and transfer to the picturesque Co Co river for a bamboo basket-boat ride to Thanh Dong village’s organic farm. Get a glimpse of the history and customs of this charming village before venturing into the garden and getting your hands dirty. Continue a short bamboo basket-boat ride through the peaceful water coconut forest to a riverbank restaurant overlooking rice fields. Upon arrival, enjoy a welcome drink, take part in traditional Vietnamese folk games including balance bamboo bridge, pot smashing then join in a hands-on cooking class. After the cooking class, enjoy the dishes you have prepared. Bid farewell to the chef before transferring back your hotel. Overnight: Boutique Hoi An Resort, Hoi An
 
Day 10.  Danang to Perth (B)                                  
Head to Denang Airport for the journey home to Perth. Upon arrival, we will see you safely home.
 
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