The Central land is the place which keeps many cultural values of nature and human-made. Stretch from Quang Binh to Quang Nam, the trip of the Road of Heritage Sites in Vietnam is the combination of heritage and the intangible which was recognized by UNESCO: Quang Nam with two heritage sites of Hoi An and My Son, Hue Imperial City, Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park (Quang Binh), Thang Long citadel, Halong Bay, Trang An landscape complex.
THE WORLD HERITAGE ROAD
Departure from: TP Ho Chi Minh
Destination: Ha Noi
DAY 1 SAI GON - DA NANG - MY SON SANCTUARY - HOI AN (B, L)
Depart for Da Nang from Saigon airport. Arrive in Danang, guide and bus take you to My Son Holy Land - World Culture Heritage (69km). On the way, have lunch with special foods of Quang Nam province.
Upon arrival, explore the temples and towers in the valley surrounded by sacred mountains & Enjoy The Apsara Dance performed by Champa dancers at 14:30 (30 minutes). Transfer to Hoi An ancient town - a world cultural heritage.
Free to enjoy special foods around the streets and explore the Hoi An ancient night with the beautiful lanterns, get yourself back to the 17th century, relax and soak up the atmosphere. O/N in Hoi An.
DAY 2 HOI AN - HUE ANCIENT CAPITAL (B, L, D)
After breakfast, take a walking tour in Hoi An ancient town around the old sections (charming and wonderfully preserved, combining Chinese, Japanese and European influences): Japanese Bridge pagoda, the hundred-year old house, Phuoc Kien assembly hall and art and craft workshops, souvenir shops. Enjoy traditional music at 10:15 a.m.
Check out the hotel and have lunch.
Transfer to Hue. On the way see Hai Van Pass (Ocean Cloud Pass) - granted "Thien ha de nhat hung quan" (The most marvellous wonder in the world) by The King Le Thanh Ton and Lang Co beach. Arrive in Hue and check in hotel.
After dinner, have free time to explore Hue city. O/N in Hue.
DAY 3 EXPLORE HUE ANCIENT CAPITAL (B, L, D)
DAY 4 HUE – PHONG NHA CAVE – HEAVEN CAVE - HUE (B, L)
Depart early in the morning from your hotel in Hue to Phong Nha (190km – 4 hours). Take a boat trip along Son River to explore the Phong Nha Cave. Among 300 caves and grottos in Phong Nha Ke Bang national park, only 20 have been surveyed. Phong Nha is the beautiful cave with long underground river, fine beaches inside and the splendid stalagmites and stalactites. These amazing natural art works have been given beautiful names such as the “Lion”, the “Fairy Caves”, the “Royal Court”, and the “Buddha”. Have lunch.
Transfer to the Heaven Cave. You will go along the riverside about 1,7km by golf car and take 500 stages to come to the cave. Start your exploration of magical Heaven Cave with more than 31km long. There are many beautiful places like the Garden of Eden as a maquette, the Buddha statues, the West Highlands house... After that, come back to Hue city.
You are free have dinner and enjoy the beauty of Hue at night.
It is said that King Tu Duc who ruled from 1848 to 1883 lived a life of truly imperial luxury: at every meal, 50 chefs prepared 50 dishes served by 50 servants and 50 artists to play music and dance. Royal meal became a kind of special talk (story) in cultural life of Vietnam.
Just imagine that you are the King, beside you is the Queen accompanied by tens of servants. All wear traditional royal clothes. All the served food is royal including dishes reminding dragon, phoenix, or peacock. They look so nice but taste even better.
Another crucial feature of Royal dinner is a ceremony with a lot of interesting rules. Before the first drink for the King health, there is a short speech made by servant chief. Everyone has to say "Van tue" (10 thousand year) to wish the King a long life. The best royal music and dance will be performed by artists coming from Hue conservatory. Nothing better than enjoy a delicious food while listening to melodious music and having a feeling of being the King. That’s why, Royal dinner is a must for those who come to Hue.
Including: Royal clothes; Royal meal; Hue Royal Folksong; mandarin and servants.
If you want to enjoy Royal Meal, please tell us. We will arrange the meal for you.
1. Phoenix of Appertizer.
2. Lotus Seed Soup.
3. Steamed King Praw on Dragon Boat.
4. Rice Patties Filled with Shrimps.
5. Fried Squids.
6. Grilled Duck.
7. Sauteed Mixed Vegetables.
8. Grilled Fermented Pork Hash.
9. Salty Braised Fish in Earthen Pot.
10. Fried Rice Wrapped in Lotus Leaf.
11. Phu The Pastry + Seasonnal Fruit.
02 pax : 70$/pax.
03 pax : 50$/pax.
04 – 05 pax: 40$/pax.
06 – 10 pax: 30$/pax.
11 – 15 pax: 25$/pax.
16 - 30 pax: 20$/pax
31 pax up : 18$/pax.
DAY 5 HUE - HANOI (B, L, D)
Have breakfast at the hotel. The tourist guide will take you to shop specialties at Dong Ba market.
Transfer to airport and take the flight to Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi.
DAY 6 HA NOI CITY TOUR (B, L, D)
After breakfast at hotel, take Hanoi city tour. Visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the large memorial in Hanoi capital built to show Vietnamese people's deep gratitude to the Leader. It was constructed during 1973-1975 in the center of Ba Dinh Square, where President Ho Chi Minh read the Proclamation of Independence of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam in 1945.
Visit Presidential Palace, a memento of French contribution to the architectural splendor in Indochina. The palace was built by the French colonialists during 1901-1906, as a palace of the General Indochina Governor. Since 1954, the Vietnamese Government took over this Palace to house the President. It has a special typical French structure and architecture.
Visit President Ho Chi Minh Stilt House where Ho Chi Minh live from 1958 to 1969. The house is an interpretation of a traditional rural dwelling, and has been preserved since 1969.
Visit One-pillar pagoda (Mot-Cot pagoda) – a artistical architecture of 11th century with the shape like a lotus flower, has been recognized as the building having the most unique architecture by the Asian Records Organization. Group have lunch at restaurant.
Group visit Military history museum & Flag tower, constructed at the end of 1954, collected, stored and displayed 150,000 artifacts, collections of valuable historical, cultural, scientific precious objects reflecting the military guidelines in many wars from time to time. Inside the Military History Museum, there is the Flag Tower of Hanoi with 200 years old.
Group visit Thang Long Royal Citadel, recognized as UNESCO heritage in 2010, the political centre of Vietnam for almost 13 centuries without interruption and visit the D67 underground shelter of the governing Communist council during Vietnamese-American War.
After dinner, group enjoy water puppet show – a very special show found only in Viet Nam - a series of “ancient” short stories and legends presented through the use of traditional music, song, and characters. The stage is actually a large container of water where the characters (carved wooden puppets} “act” out the story. The music is live, performed by a group of musicians that share a side stage adjacent to the water stage. After that, the car will transfer group back to hotel for relax. Overnight in Hanoi.
DAY 7 HA LONG BAY (B, L, D)
Pick up at hotel then transfer to Halong bay (3.5 hours with a short break on the way). Arrive at Bai Chay Pier, embark a day trip boat for a cruise on Halong bay. Visit Dog (Hòn Chó Đá) - Insence (Hòn Lư Hương) - Hòn Trống Mái. Fresh seafood lunch is served on board while cruising among hundreds of islets to discover unspoilt pockets of Halong bay.
Visit Surprising Cave (Hang Sửng Sốt) - the largest cave in Ha Long Bay. Make a stop at Ti Top island where you can enjoy a swim or climbing to the top of the mountain for panoramic view of Halong bay and wondferful photo shoots. Come back to the pier and our car will take you back to Hanoi.
DAY 8 HA NOI - TRANG AN LANDSCAPE COMPLEX (B, L, D)
After breakfast, a two hour road trip through picturesque countryside and agricultural land will take you to Ninh Binh province (100km) for our day tour of Bai Dinh pagoda & Trang An ecosystem (the Vietnam’s cultural and natural heritage site recognized by the UNESCO). Your guide will lead you through the ancient complex which formed the capital city of Vietnam under both the Dinh and Le Dynasties between 968 and 1009 AD. Enjoy the sight of palaces, pagodas, tombs and pavilions built by different dynasties and visit the Dinh and Le Temples, the two remaining architectures of Hoa Lu. We spend time visiting the Buddha Prayer place in Bai Dinh Pagoda, the biggest pagoda in Vietnam with 500 La Han statues, biggest bronze Buddha statue in Vietnam with 10 meters height, 100 tons weight.
Have lunch at local restaurant with some local special dishes such as Goat meat with elderberry, pork storage vessel.
Continue to visit Trang An tourist attraction nearby, take boat trip to visit cave complex: Sang Cave, Toi Cave, Ba Giot Cave, Nau Ruou in mystery and wildness, see scenery of mountain and rivers "Halong on land" of Ninh Binh.
Late afternoon, drive back to your hotel in Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi
DAY 9 HA NOI - HO CHI MINH CITY/YOUR HOMETOWN (B)
After breakfast, have free time before transfering to Noi Bai airport to come back Ho Chi Minh city or your hometown.
9 - 10 pax
- Accomodation in 3 star hotel.
- A/C bus
- English speaking guide (other languages are available upon request with a little extra fee, please contact us for detail).
- Entrance fees
- Boat in Phong Nha Cave
- Boat on Halong bay
- Main meals (10$/meal) and breakfast at the hotel as the program
- 01 wet tissue/day
- 02 mineral water bottles 500ml/pax/day
- Tourist insurance
- Vietnam Destination hat
- Air tickets
- Tips, personal expenses
- All not indicated in our itinerary
- SAI GON – BUON MA THUOT (3D-2N) $171
- VUNG TAU BEACH 1 (1D) $34
- PHAN THIET - MUI NE 2 (3D-2N) $190
- CAO DAI TEMPLE - CU CHI TUNNELS (1D) $41
- SAI GON - PHU QUOC 2 (4D-3N) $223
- DA NANG - MY SON - HOI AN... (4D-3N) $242
- CU CHI TUNNELS HALF DAY (by canoe) (Half day) $122
- MY THO - BEN TRE - CAI RANG... (2D-1N) $95