With great food, beautiful scenery, and lots of warm locals, the whole family will fall in love with this friendly country. Sail amazing Ha Long Bay. Delight at colorful water puppets in Hanoi. Bike along ancient brick roads in Duong Lam Village. Learn some history of emperors in Hue. Take a picturesque train route. Have fun with a cooking class in Hoi An. Take a dip in the Mekong Delta. And visit underground tunnels in Saigon. With so much to share and do together, you'll experience the culture, flavors, and awesome attractions of a adventure that your family will always remember.
Xin Chao! Welcome to Vietnam. Hanoi is famous for shaded boulevards, busy Old Quarter, colonial buildings, and delicious flavors. You'll be transferred from the airport to your hotel. Relax after a long haul flight. Your adventure will begin tomorrow.
Embark on a full-city tour of the town. we'll cross the famous Long Bien Bridge, visit beautiful mural paintings, an American B52 crash site, a local market to see how the locals buy and sell in their everyday life. Taste the best Egg Coffee in town before enjoying a delicious lunch at a grilled-fish restaurant which has been sold only 1 dish for over 100 years. Following lunch break, we'll visit the Temple of Literature - an oasis of calm in the heart of town. Also head to Hoa Lo Prison, used by the French colonists in Vietnam for political prisoners, and later by North Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Our next stop will be your chirend's favor: Marou Bean and Bar serves the best chocolate and pastries available in Hanoi.
In the evening, sit down to a traditional water puppet show. This northern tradition, dating back a thousand years, was performed by farmers then elevated to royal entertainment under the Ly and Tran dynasties. The performance goes with Vietnamese music that includes drums, wooden bells, horns and bamboo flutes.
Travel to the spectacular World Heritage site of Ha Long Bay. The bay is astonishing harbour with thousands of limestome islands emerging out of the water. Sail among the dramatic peaks, visit a fishing village where we'll ride our bike to see the local life before getting back on board for a cooking class and delicious fresh seafood for dinner. Watch a movie or join the team for squid fishing in the evening.
Wake up early and join a Tai Chi session on the sun deck to ease mind and muscles with the first rays of the sun touching the water. The cruise will anchor up as we cruise to Frog Lake, a secluded spot which is perfect for our morning excursion. We'll feel a sense of freedom when paddling our kayaks to discovery of the bay. Back on board and enjoy a hearty brunch as we sailing back to the pier. A driver will wait for us to take we to the rural village of Ky Son.
Check-in a lovely homestay and relax with a traditional bath with fragant herbs. In the evening, we'll attend a Buddhist spiritual ritual.
In the morning, we'll join with a local family for a Yi Jin Jing exercise session. After that, we'll ride to Duong Lam Village to discover its hundred-year old houses that were built of of laterite blocks and are covered with curve sided roofs, Mia Pagoda that was built in the 15th century. Ride back to our homestay to enjoy a "hand spa" and relax. We'll be transferred to the airport for the flight to Hue after lunch.
Today, we'll visit the centerpiece attraction of the former royal capital: the majestic Imperial Citadel. Built in 1804, it was home of Vietnam's last royal dynasty. From here, enjoy a cyclo riding to Phu Mong Village, a former Mandarin's village, to witness its ancient, charming architecture. Continue the leisure ride to a beautiful garden house to share a cup of green tea with the host family.
In the afternoon, we'll travel by our private car to Tam Giang Lagoon - a natural and serene beauty of the royal city. Ride your bike through the peceful countryside of Hue then embark for a boat on the calm water before gettting back to our hotel to relax.
Delve further into the former capital today. We'll drive toThanh Toan Bridge - a Japanese-style tiled bridge that crosses over the Nhu Y River. Just a few steps from the bridge is a small market that we can feel the lively atmosphere of a village market. Then we'll visit one of the royal tomb pf Thieu Tri that was built in the 19th century. Not as magnificient as Minh Mang Tomb and Tu Duc Tomb, but Thieu Tri Tomb still remains its authentic vibe. We'll continue your our day to a dojo where we'll watch royal martial art performances that will delight the children.
After a delicious lunch at a lovely garden house, we'll drive to Lavin Home to learn how to make flowers from papper. Then drive back to the hotel and free at your leisure.
Traveling by train to the south. Traverse the spectacular Hai Van Pass along the mountain en route to Hoi An. Declared as World Heritage Site in 1994, Hoi An is a beautifully preserved town and exudes a tranquil ambiance. It's perfect for a family visit. Here, we can stroll around at leisure pace to see beautiful Japanese houses and Chinese temples. It's also a shopping mecca for someone who loves paintings, handcrafted artworks, lanterns, and handmade suits.
Setting off in the early morning, we'll ride our bikes through picturesque scenes to Cam Thanh village. Embark on a boat to cruise to Cua Dai River. Here, we'll witness traditional fishing methods that the local fishermen throw a giant nest to catch the fish. Move to a bamboo basket boat. This fun ride will take us into a beautiful mangrove forest. From there, the children will be able to see and try to catch small crabs themselves. Access a family house, we'll have a tasty lunch that carefully prepared by the fishermen. The friendly and hospitable family will welcome you to give a hand in preparing the lunch. The kids are taught to make toys from coconut leaves, a very fun and enjoyable activity for them.
Return to Hoi An after lunch for a walking tour in the ancient town to see the famous Japanese Bridge, the Chinese Temple, Tan Ky trading house, as well as other attractions of the town. And we'll join a lantern workshop where a craftman will guide us how to make our own lanterns. Bring home your creatures as a souvenir of gorgeous Hoi An.
Another day in the charming town. Hoi An is famed for its specialties like Cao Lau and Chicken Rice. So, today, we'll take up a cooking class and learn the secrets of preparing local dishes. The class will start with an experience of the sight, sounds, and aromas at a busy morning market where we'll buy the ingredients. Board the boat for a leisurely cruise along the Thu Bon River to the cooking school where we'll prepare some dishes under the careful instruction of our chef. Sit down for lunch and enjoy our creatures.
Take a short flight to the economic hub of Ho Chi Minh City, which is so called Saigon. The city is a fascinating blend of old and new, East and West. Free to explore the city on your own. Our guide will have plenty of interesting and fun ideas for you and your kids.
In the evening, we'll attend the circus “A O” show at Ho Chi Minh City Opera House. The show surpasses all the limits that were previously constructed by many other art shows in Vietnam over the years. During 60 magical minutes, you will be gradually introduced to many different forms of emotion.
As you embark on the tour today, very soon we'll notice that the architecture in the centre of Ho Chi Minh City is still representative of the colonial era and Chinese influence. Our discovery of the capital of the South would not be complete without a visit to the city’s main historical sites like the central post office and Notre-Dame Cathedral which is constructed from red bricks and resembling Notre-Dame in Paris.
After the city tour, we'll enjoy a joining trip exploring Cu Chi Tunnels by speedboat. Our English-speaking guide will introduce you to life along the banks of the Saigon River as our boat gracefully slips on the water. A traditional Vietnamese lunch will be served before our visit to the tunnels. After a short documentary, we'll explore the underground tunnels, dugged by resourceful guerrilla fighters to provide communication and supply routes, hospitals, food and weapon caches and living quarters during numerous conflicts.
This morning head out on a day trip to explore the Mekong Delta. We’ll drive to Ben Tre where we’ll board a boat for a cruise down the Mekong River to visit several local workshops where we’ll try our hands on the process and sample local delights. A bike ride will follow, taking us through sprawling rice fields and peaceful countrysides, arriving at a local restaurant where we’ll savor delicious lunch. Afterward, paddle in a sampan (small rowing boat) past water coconut trees along tranquil canals. After the cruise, return via our private car to Saigon.
On Day 14, your trip will come to an end, and you're free to enjoy whatever you want to do until the right time. You'll be transferred to the airport to catch your return flight back home.
Tran Thuy (Judy), Exotic Voyages organized our 7-week tour of Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos & Cambodia. She was so attentive to our every request. She followed our stated budget, made many changes to our itinerary (5 drafts) before issuing a detailed itinerary with all important details, ...
Tran Thuy (Judy), Exotic Voyages organized our 7-week tour of Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos & Cambodia. She was so attentive to our every request. She followed our stated budget, made many changes to our itinerary (5 drafts) before issuing a detailed itinerary with all important details, contacts, times etc. etc. Even after we paid the full payment, she was quick to respond to any concerns we had. In addition, when we arrived at each destination, we received a letter indicating what times we would be picked up for various tours or to go to the airport. Evaluations were done throughout the journey and we were always met by someone at least 15 minutes prior to our pick-up time. It was so comforting to be met at the airport in-spite of numerous airplane delays. The guides all expressed how happy they were to work for Exotic Voyages. Special mention to some of the outstanding guides - Tukta in Thailand (did so many extra things for us - above and beyond her duties - very caring and made accommodations for us as needed); Mr. Thong in Lao, Mr. Buu, Hoi An, Sherry in Kaula Lumpur, Miss Pitsamai Lurthoo in Thailand. All the drivers were simply outstanding - always calm in-spite of difficult traffic conditions. We took 3 cooking sessions and they not only provided us with great food and how to prepare it but provided us with an opportunity to get to know the day to day experiences of the locals. To us this is what travel is all about - getting to know the locals. This was a journey of a lifetime. We would recommend Exotic Voyages highly and are very grateful to Thuy and the whole team for their efforts. We were provided with 24/7 emergency contacts for each country - we contact Mr. Mark in Thailand and he was so calm and reassuring in sorting out our problem.READ MORE
I recently returned from from my first solo vacation. Rose took my initial thoughts on what I was interested in doing in Vietnam and ran with it. I was very nervous about traveling by myself so far from home, but the team at EV was there with me every step of the way! EV made this trip so easy for ...
I recently returned from from my first solo vacation. Rose took my initial thoughts on what I was interested in doing in Vietnam and ran with it. I was very nervous about traveling by myself so far from home, but the team at EV was there with me every step of the way! EV made this trip so easy for me. From the moment Rose contacted me, every detail was taken care of. I didn't need to worry about anything. I felt very safe and taken care of. Their attention to detail is what made my trip so fantastic. If you have any interest in solo traveling, but are a little nervous about logistics, EV will put your mind at ease and give you a trip of a lifetime!READ MORE
Annie (Yen) Hong helped me plan a 10 day Vietnam trip with my son during August 2019. Annie was very professional, had great ideas and recommendations, and was extremely attentive to our needs both before and during out trip. While no trip goes off perfect, she was able to adjust to various issues ...
Annie (Yen) Hong helped me plan a 10 day Vietnam trip with my son during August 2019. Annie was very professional, had great ideas and recommendations, and was extremely attentive to our needs both before and during out trip. While no trip goes off perfect, she was able to adjust to various issues such as weather, and help make our trip great. I would definitely recommend using exotic voyages, and Annie in particular!READ MORE
This is the second time I've used EV and they did not disappoint! Back in 2012 they organised my whole trip - hotels/drivers/flights/visas/guides etc. This time I used Air bnb for some of my trip and Annie helped me connect the dots. Annie was so helpful and understanding of my needs, she's very ...
This is the second time I've used EV and they did not disappoint! Back in 2012 they organised my whole trip - hotels/drivers/flights/visas/guides etc. This time I used Air bnb for some of my trip and Annie helped me connect the dots. Annie was so helpful and understanding of my needs, she's very patient! She really will help you create the trip you really want, her inside knowledge is absolutely golden and she was always on hand if I had any problems. She provided a really efficient safe and trust worthy service. All the services Annie recommended were highly professional and we were shielded from a lot of stress and harassment that foreigners can sometimes experience. We had a great trip and plan to returning next year. Hopefully Annie can help us organise that!READ MORE
We normally don't use travel agencies and prefer to do our own planning, but we decided to use Exotic for this trip because of how unfamiliar we were with the country. It was a great decision. Tran Hoa helped us from the planning stage, to choosing individual activities, and modifying our itinerary ...
We normally don't use travel agencies and prefer to do our own planning, but we decided to use Exotic for this trip because of how unfamiliar we were with the country. It was a great decision. Tran Hoa helped us from the planning stage, to choosing individual activities, and modifying our itinerary several times. During the trip we were always met on time by excellent guides, everything was as expected, and the quality and standards were always up to par. I would use them again and recommend them wholeheartedly.READ MORE
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