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Vietnam Unique Holiday with Ms. Michela San Filippo

Amo Vietnam is an absolutely serious and reliable tour operator: I entrusted to them for my trip to mid-November. It stands out for the courtesy and the absolute availability of the people who are part of it and for their ability to understand the needs of the customer and to work – with the smile and kindness – to satisfy them. Trust your tour in Vietnam for this tour operator and you will definitely be delighted. Reliability, courtesy, competence.

Group: Michela Sanfilippo and his friends

Travel date: 10/11/2103 – 23/11/2013

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Day 01: Welcome to Saigon (-/-/-)

Fly to Saigon. Upon arrival to the airport, you well be met by our guide and transfer to you hotel. Free dinner and overnight stay at hotel.

Day 02: Sai Gon visit – Cu Chi (B/-/-)

Breakfast at hotel.

At 08:30. Transfer to Cu Chi Tunnel, located about 70km northwest of Sai Gon city. The incredible underground tunnel network of Cu Chi stretches for more than 250 km and becomes legendary during the American War. The entire tunnel architecture has been built by providing it with habitable areas, food storage stores, gun factory, command center and dormitories. During the excursion you will visit a large tunnel section to experience the thrill of the underground life. Return to the city in the afternoon.

In the afternoon visit: Post Office, Catedrale Notre Dame, Chinese Quatiere with Thien Hau Pagoda, War Museum, Dong Xuan Market.

Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 3: Saigon – Ben Tre – Cho Lach (B/-/D)

08h00 Depart (without guide) from Ho Chi Minh City, we head to the Mekong Delta, the land of nine dragons. Getting out of the city, you will see the mighty delta with its quaint rural landscape and immense waterway. Travel by boat.

14:00 Go to private house, visit Bonsai garden on the way, Cai Mon Church.

15:00 check in private house, relax and visit village, fruit garden and contact local people, go fishing, collect vegetables to prepare for cook

16:30 Cook for local people to make “rice pancake” and dinner with a family.

Day 4: Cho Lach – Saigon – Flight to Hue (B/L/-)

Breakfast, cycling to “Cho Lach” (depending on your health, you can take within 3, 6 or 8 km). Come back and prepare for lunch.

14h30 Return to Saigon City for transfer to the airport to take flight to Hue.

 Upon arrival, welcome (without the guide) and transfer to hotel.

Day 04: Hue visit (B/-/-)

The Hue Citadel is situated on the Northern bank of the Perfume River. It covers an area 500 ha and has a system of three circles of ramparts: Kinh Thanh Hue (Hue Capital Citadel), Hoang Thanh (Royal Citadel) and Tu Cam Thanh (Forbidden Citadel). The Hue royal complex has been officially recognized by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

In the morning, enjoy a scenic boat trip on the Perfume River to visit the Thien Mu Pagoda or Heavenly Lady pagoda, one of the oldest ancient architectural structures for religious worship in Hue. Situated 4 km upstream on the banks of the Perfume River, it is an active Buddhist monastery with its origins dating back to 1601.

Visit the Imperial Citadel of Hue with the Purple Forbidden City.

Lunch at a local restaurant then transfer to Tu Duc Royal Tomb, the Emperor of the Imperial City built his own tomb during his reign and today you will visit one of the most beautiful mausoleums and Tu Hieu Pagoda.

Day 05: Hue – Danang – Hoi An visit (B/-/-)

Morning transfer to Hoi An.

Stop to visit the pass of Hai Van (Cloud Pass) where the sky, the mountain and the sea reach. Visit the Sculpture Village under Marble Mountain with Linh Ung Pagoda.

Arrival in Hoi An. Start discovering the city.

We take a walking tour through the narrow streets, visiting a number of attractions in town: the PhucKien Assembly Hall, the Chua Ong Pagoda, the Japanese Covered Bridge, the hundred-year old merchant house … and colorful local markets. Hoi An is also famous for its large number of tailor shops, so if you want to have a new wardrobe made up, this is the time to do it.

Overnight in hotel.

Day 06: Hoi An Free (B/-/-)

Breakfast and free time in Hoi An.

Day 7: Hoi An – Danang – Flight to Hanoi (B/-/D)

Free time. 08h45 Transfer to the airport to take flight to Hanoi. VN1506 17NOV DAD HAN 1030 1115. On arrival, reception and transfer to hotel (Without guide).

The rest of the day is free.

Day 8: Hanoi visit – Overnight train to Sapa (B/-/-)

At 09:00AM, our waiting guide and driver will welcome you at your hotel and transfer us to Temple of Literature. Following is a visit to The Presidential Palace (formerly Palace of the Governor-General of French Indochina), Ho Chi Minh’s house-on-stilt and nearby One Pillar Pagoda. Then followed by Tran Quoc Pagoda.

In the afternoon, visit Van Mieu literally translated “Temple of Literature” which is wel-known in Vietnam for a combination of Confucian sanctuary and academy, the centre also housed the country’s first university, founded in 1076. We have time to wander through the stone tablets and soak up a thousand years of learning with our local guide. Lunch break in a local restaurant.

Next is Old Quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake Walking tour. Followed by, we travel by rickshaw cyclo (traditional bike-propelled cart) and foot along tree-lined boulevards and through the 1000-year-old Old Quarter, exploring the markets and taking in some of the city’s great colonial architecture.

We finish day by visiting Ngoc Son Temple.

In the evening, transfer to the station for the train to Sapa.

Overnight in train.

Day 9: Lao Cai – Coc Ly Market – Sapa (B/L/-)


Being on an early drive to Coc Ly, which is 130 km far from Sapa, you would walk through colorful market of hill tribe people such as: Flower Hmong, Phu La and Dao Tuyen, … who gather there for goods’ exchange.


After lunch, you keep moving by car to Trung Do and have a short trek of around 4km for Tay people’s village visiting. Then you get on boat of nearly 1.5 hours up the Chay river for experiencing the magnificent sights of natural caves and the Raining waterfalls. Your driver would wait for you at Bao Nhai – the boating stop to take you back to Lao Cai ‘s Tran Hung Dao temple, the long live banian  tree, the 12 zodiac-signs park, and the Chinese Vietnamese borderline. After all, you have time for freshing up at the hotel before moving to train station for overnight train back to Hanoi.

Note: The sample itinerary for Bac Ha on Sunday: depend on your departure. You could visit:

  •   Coc Ly market:                 Tuesday
  •   Cao Son market:             Wednesday
  •   Lung Khau Nhin:             Thursday
  •   Can Cau:                          Saturda

Day 10 : Trekking at Sapa: Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai – Ta Van Village – Train to Hanoi (B/L/-)

Breakfast at hotel.

Your guide would wait to see you to start the trekking along the vast Muong Hoa valley with terraced fields lying on, heading to Lao Chai and Ta Van villages of H’mong and Tay people. Here, there are 3 options for you: the soft trek (at only 3 km), medium trek (around 6 km) or long trek (nearly 12 km). For each, you would have chance to imbue the well-preserved unique culture and traditions of the north ethnic minorities.

Day 11: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B/L/D)

Arrived at Hanoi Station at 05:00 AM. We will arrange a room near the station to rest for a while. Breakfast at hotel. New Moon Hotel.

07:30 – 08:30 Our tour guide and bus pick you up at your hotel in Hanoi old quarter.

08:30 Departure to Halong Bay for 3.5 Hours.

10:00 Arrive in Hai Duong province, and have 20 minute short break.

12:00 Arrive Tuan Chau harbor, Halong Bay.

12:15 Welcome to Majestic Cruise and enjoy Welcome drink, Enjoy welcome drink get a brief introduction about cruise and safety guidelines. Check-in your cabin.

12:30 Have Vietnamese seafood and vegetarian lunch, while cruising in the magnificent Halong Bay, admiring the fascinating rock formations in the bay.

14:30 arrival in Pearl Farm, take rowing boat through the village or kayaking

15:30 Continued exploration the bay.

16:00 Visiting Titop Island

17.30 Back Majestic Halong cruise and relax.

18:00 Join cooking class guided directly by Chef. You have chance to practice Vietnamese traditional dishes such as spring roll or famous cuisine of Vietnam.

19:30 Time for dinner enjoying special BBQ seafood on the cruise.

21:00 Evening entertainments: play game on the cruise: cards game, chess, karaoke,squid fishing, and overnight on the Majestic Cruise.

Day 12: Halong Bay – Hanoi (B/L/-)

06.30: Early morning sun risers can enjoy Tai Chi lesson on sundeck.

07.00: Morning view of bay’s landscape with a cup of tea or coffee. Have breakfast.

08:00 Arrive Sung Sot Cave (Amazing Cave) and joining with guide to visiting and explore the cave.

10:00 Check-out and enjoy a fantastic cruise on the bay.

11:00 Enjoy the lunch on cruise.

12:00 Majestic Cruise are landing Halong Bay harbor, tourist say goodbye to sailors and finish the cruise.

12:30 Return to Hanoi by shuttle bus.

14:30 Stopover in Hai Duong province to visit a ceramics workshop.

16:00 – 16:30 Arrive in Hanoi end your trip.

Day 13: Hanoi Departure (B/-/-)

Relax at hotel.

13h00 Tranfer to the airport for the departure flight home.