20 DAYS ●
Immerse Yourself Tour
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Embark on an epic adventure through incredible Vietnam! Hike the rice terraces of Sapa and meet ethnic minority people, cruise Halong Bay and the lush Mekong Delta, explore astonishing caves and heritage-filled cities, all while immersing yourself in Vietnam's colourful culture.
Fly overnight to Hanoi, Vietnam’s colonially-influenced, atmospheric capital. Enjoy a welcome dinner this evening. (D)
Begin with a visit to the Ho Chi Minh Complex and the Ethnology Museum to learn about the country’s ethnic groups. Enjoy lunch at Koto restaurant before visiting a water puppet artist - for a chance to participate in the creation of the puppets and to enjoy a private performance. Tonight, discover Hanoi’s street-side night life and taste the varied flavours of Vietnamese street food, such as Pho Cuon and Banh Xeo – a truly local way of eating dinner! (B,L,D)
Rise early today and visit the fabulous flower market in Quang Ba, and see Tai Chi at Hoan Kiem Lake – an oasis of peace and daily life in the centre of Hanoi. Visit the Temple of Literature and the Old Quarter, with a stop for local delicacy ‘ca phe trung’ (egg coffee) en route. Board the overnight train to Lao Cai. (B,L,D)
After an early morning arrival and breakfast, transfer to beautiful Sapa. Later, trek through luscious, stepped rice paddies and hills visiting small villages to rest and meet the residents, ending your walk at Ham Rong Mountain. (B,L)
Your Sapa adventure continues with approximately seven hours of trekking through the rice terraces, visiting the H’mong villages of Y Linh Ho and Cat Cat. Continue to Ta Van and Lao Chai villages, try your hand at batik painting, in a class lead by a Black H’mong woman. Sit down for a chat with an ethnic minority family in Lao Chai. (B,L)
Take a free morning to soak up views around Sapa before an afternoon trek between Hau Thao and Giang Ta Chai villages – at Giang Ta Chai, there is an attractive waterfall. All aboard the overnight train to Hanoi. (B,L,D)
Arrive into Hanoi and depart for Halong Bay. Board your vessel for a serene and unforgettable cruise on the glassy, limestone-studded waters. Pass by quaint fishing towns, taste freshly caught seafood and admire the vistas of the bay. There are many activities to take part in while you’re onboard - swim in the cool waters of the bay, explore stalagmite and stalactite-filled caves, and even squid fishing (in season). (B,L,D) On day 9, rise early to catch the sunrise over the karst peaks of the bay and practice Tai Chi on deck. Return to Hanoi. Board the overnight train to Dong Hoi. (B,D)
This morning, arrive in Dong Hoi, a coastal city that is the gateway to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. The park is home to more karst landscapes within which have formed some of the world's most spectacular caves. You will explore Phong Nha, only accessible by river. Once inside the cave, your boatman will row you 1.5kms into the 45km long cave, whilst you marvel at the incredible caverns filled with stalactites. You will also explore one cave on foot. (B,L,D)
Spend the morning discovering the wonders of the cathedral-esque Paradise Cave. (B,L)
Take a full day tour to the DMZ, the buffer that existed between North Vietnam and South Vietnam during the War. You’ll visit the Vinh Moc tunnels and battleground of Khe Sanh before driving on to Hue, Vietnam’s last imperial capital. (B,L,D)
Embark on a cyclo tour of the city, heading to the Imperial Citadel and Purple Forbidden City – built in 1362 it was home to Vietnam’s Nguyen dynasty from 1802 to 1945. The banks of the Perfume River outside the city are dotted with UNESCO-listed Imperial tombs – visit Minh Mang’s before cruising on the river itself. (B,L)
Journey to Hoi An, stopping en route to visit the Lady Buddha, a 67 metre high Bodhisattva of Mercy, on the picturesque Son Tra peninsula. Arrive in Hoi An and head out onto the town’s charming streets on a walking tour that will take you past old Chinese trader’s houses to the elaborate Japanese Bridge. (B,L,D)
Hop on your bike today and pedal through the scenic rice paddies outside Hoi An. Pay a visit to local farmers where you can try your hand at traditional farming techniques – look out for water buffalo! Enjoy a relaxed boat ride to a peaceful fishing village, where you can try making a fishing net and go paddling in unique bamboo basket boats. (B,L)
Transfer to Danang and fly to the vibrant city of Saigon. On arrival, explore Saigon, admiring Notre Dame cathedral and Central Post Office, before strolling the grand Rue Catinat to the Hotel Continental. Later, ascend to the rooftop bar of the Hotel Caravelle for city views, before an exhilarating ride through Saigon’s streets, riding pillion on the back of a vintage Vespa. Stop for a cocktail before continuing to a favourite local eating spot or two. Wind up your night with drinks and live music. (B,L,D)
Head south to Ben Tre and board a small boat to meander through the waterways of the Mekong Delta, the perfect way to explore the lush, green landscapes. Stop for a stroll through a local village and to see mat weavers at work. A tuk tuk will then deliver you to the pier to board ‘Le Jarai’, a beautifully restored teak rice barge where, as you continue cruising, you can enjoy a cooking demonstration and a three-course lunch of Mekong specialities. Travel to the delta city of Can Tho. (B,L,D)
Pay a morning visit to Cai Rang floating market, where you’ll see boats piled high with the colourful produce of the region. Take a relaxed cycle through beautiful, peaceful countryside before returning to Saigon. (B,L,D)
This morning, explore the astounding Cu Chi Tunnels, used by the Viet Cong during the war. Transfer to the airport and fly to the UK, arriving home the following day. (B,L)
All of our tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price. If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Tour would be more ideal.
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UK citizens will not need a visa to enter Vietnam for a single entry stay of up to 15 days. Entry visas for Vietnam are required for stays longer than 15 days or for multiple entries into Vietnam within a 30 day period. To allow for unforeseen circumstances if your tour includes a stay of 15 days or more in Vietnam the standard visa processing service is included in your tour cost. Currently the visa exemption rule applies until 30th June 2018. Should the visa requirements for UK citizens travelling to Vietnam change after 30th June 2018 you will be contacted by Wendy Wu Tours regarding your visa requirements.
Tipping is an expected element in the tourism industry today and Bhutan is no exception. We have established a tipping system whereby every passenger gives a set amount to the National Escort who will distribute the amount appropriately. On multi-country tips, this amount will be paid in stages on arrival in each country. If there is no National Escort, you will need to give your money to your Local Guides and tipping amounts for each city will be shown in your final itinerary. The amount is calculated for each tour. We will indicate the tipping amounts in your final documents for guidance.
To call the UK the international access code is 0044 then the number. To call Wendy Wu Tours it is 00 44 207 403 7860. Emergency 24 hour telephone (out of office hours) is 00 44 7984 041 625. Mobile Phones Mobile phones are growing in popularity and you will find high quality coverage. We recommend that you contact your mobile supplier if you intend to use international roaming during your holiday and ensure you investigate all associated costs before you leave the UK.Some hotels may have Wi-Fi which usually comes at an additional cost.
The cost of all meals is included in your group tour cost. Breakfast is served in the hotel and usually includes western dishes. We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or unusual in taste. Any food/diet requests MUST be specified at the time of booking and you should mention it again to the National Escort/ Local Guides when you meet them – they will do their utmost to cater for any special requests, such as vegetarian meals or food to be avoided in case of allergies.
Shopping can be a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure. In keeping with most people’s interests whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs. We have included visits to establishments that not only provide an opportunity to purchase a locally produced, but you’ll witness first-hand how these local products are made, their history and how they support the economy. We are aware that people like to take home souvenirs, so we ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity.
We draw from a wide range of hotels on our holidays, each one is chosen to suit the tour you are travelling on meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. Here are some examples of the type of hotel you can expect to find on this tour.
A replica paddle steamer that oozes a nostalgic charm of bygone Indochina, the Emeraude brings a timeless elegance to the waters of Halong Bay. With classical brass fixtures and warm, characterful cabins, the ship serves up fusion cuisine in its restaurant, a range of drinks at the bar and offers relaxation on the sun deck. There is also a spa, Tai Chi and cooking classes and Wi-Fi. Whilst some cabins have a private balcony, all have air-conditioning and an en suite bathroom with shower. ...Read more
In the atmospheric area around Hoan Kiem Lake, the Muong Thanh offers stylish and comfortable accommodation in a great location. Surrounded by shops, restaurants and street food, the hotel has free Wi-Fi, a spa, bar and restaurant serving local dishes. Bright and spacious rooms come with city views, an en suite bathroom with bath or shower, plus air-conditioning, safe, television, minibar and tea and coffee making facilities. ...Read more
Located at the heart of Sapa Town with spectacular views down over the surrounding valley to the mountains beyond, the Chau Long Hotel has 65 homely rooms and suites. Each spacious room has a flower-covered balcony from which you can enjoy the views, and an ensuite bathroom with a bath and shower. The hotel is housed in a quirky circular building with facilities that include a sauna, Jacuzzi, indoor pool and buffet restaurant. ...Read more
Excellently located close to the Perfume River and Hue’s Imperial Citadel, the Mondial Hotel has 106 rooms and plenty of facilities. Make use of the swimming pool and three dining options before relaxing in the Lobby Lounge with a drink. Rooms offer city, pool or mountain views, have large, modern bathrooms with shower and/or bath and robe and slippers. ...Read more
This light, bright and stylish hotel, perfectly located for all of Hoi An’s attractions, perfectly combines French colonial and Vietnamese architectural elements. 92 innovatively-designed guest rooms are spacious and have views over the pool, gardens or street – little pops of colour make each room bright and airy. The ensuite bathroom has a shower, and there are little extra touches such as bathrobes to enjoy. The hotel’s facilities include a contemporary bar and restaurant, while there is a large swimming pool and lush, tropical gardens to explore. ...Read more
Muong Thanh Saigon Centre Hotel is situated in District 1. Rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV and have a private bathroom fitted with a bath or shower. For your comfort, you will find bath robes, slippers and a hairdryer. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar, indoor swimming pool and free WiFi....Read more
Located in the heart of the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho, the Kim Tho is a smart hotel with river and city views. The restaurant serves Vietnamese and western food, and has a coffee shop and bar, as well as free Wi-Fi in public areas. Spacious rooms have air-conditioning, seating area, mini bar, television and an en suite bathroom with bath tub. ...Read more
Sat right on the beach and amongst landscaped tropical gardens, the Sun Spa Resort has an outdoor pool, sun terrace and fitness centre. There are free yoga and Tai Chi classes on the beach as well as Wi-Fi. The resort’s 4 restaurants serve a range of local and international dishes, and the bar offers exotic cocktails and sea views. The tastefully furnished rooms come with garden or ocean views, television, safe, minibar, kettle, seating area and bathroom with bathtub. ...Read more
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