Vietnam, officially the Socialist Republic of Vietnam is a narrow nation shaped like the letter S. It is in Southeast Asia on the eastern edge of the peninsula known as Indochina. The mountains of the Annam Cordillera rise over most of the western side of Vietnam, while a thousand-mile (1,600-kilometer) coastline dominates the east.
At its narrowest point, Vietnam is only 30 miles (48 kilometers) wide. Two of Vietnam's largest rivers, the Mekong in the south and the Red in the north, end at the South China Sea in huge swampy plains called deltas. These regions are home to most of the country's people and provide fertile ground to grow rice and many other crops.
CLIMATE:- Vietnam has a tropical climate that is dominated by the monsoon season. The temperature in Vietnam typically ranges between 70°F and 95°F throughout the year. The average annual humidity is around 85%. Vietnam receives the majority of its precipitation during the monsoon season, but the rest of the year also receives regular rainfall. The average annual rainfall is about 40 inches.
Vietnam has a tropical monsoon climate with high humidity but its varied terrain means the temperature and seasons will vary across the different regions. The winter, or dryer season, is approximately from November to April. The mountains in the north can get much cooler, if not cold, in the months of December and January. There is no clear “best time” to go to Vietnam as all regions, in all seasons, see their fair share of sun and rain.
The currency used in Vietnam is The Vietnamese Dong (VND)
Time zone in Vietnam (GMT+7)
According to official statistics from the government, as of 2014, there are 24 million people identified with one of the recognized organized religions, out of a population of 90 million. Of these, 11 million are Buddhists (12.2%), 6.2 million are Catholics (6.9%), 4.4 million are Caodaists (4.8%), 1.4 million are Protestants (1.6%), 1.3 million are Hoahaoists (1.4%), and there are 75,000 Muslims, 7,000 Baha’is, 1,500 Hindus, and other smaller groups (<1%). Traditional folk religions (worship of gods, goddesses, and ancestors) have experienced a rebirth since the 1980s.
According to estimates by the Pew Research Center in 2010, most of the religious Vietnamese practiced folk religions (45.3%). 16.4% were Buddhists, 8.2% were Christians (mostly Catholics), and about 30% were unaffiliated to any religion. Officially, the Socialist Republic of Vietnam is an atheist state as declared by its communist government.
Best Time To Visit:- Vietnam is a destination you can visit in winter for the North & South region mainly. The best time to visit Vietnam’s northern region is between March and May, and from September to November when you’ll be spared the full brunt of the summer heat and the cold winter downpours.
Vietnam’s central region experiences more of a coastal climate. plan your trip for between January and August.
The best time to visit Vietnam’s southern region is between December and April. Unlike its northern counterpart, the south experiences consistently warm temperatures throughout the year, peaking at around 34 degrees Celsius between February and May.
How to Reach Vietnam:
There is 1 way to get from India to Vietnam by Flight.
Place of Interest in Vietnam:-
Hanoi - Founded over 1000 years ago, Vietnam’s capital city is rich in history, with the streets of its rambling Old Quarter dating back to the 14th century. Wandering these tree-lined lanes past crumbling colonial facades will transport you back in time. The ancient city is being invigorated with modern cafes, world-class restaurants, and cool art galleries.
Ha Long - For many the seascape of Ha Long Bay is synonymous with Vietnam. Cruises lazily sail emerald green waters among thousands of rugged islands and islets, stopping at some of the most spectacular caves through which visitors can wander, viewing impressive, centuries-old formations. Ha Long Bay's mystical beauty has made it a bucket list attraction within the country, but it's still possible to find secluded corners to call your own.
Ninh Binh – Ninh Bình a mesmerizing area known locally as ‘Halong Bay on Land’ thanks to its magical riverine landscape, with sheer limestone mountains rising up from the paddies. The best way to get a sense of this UNESCO-protected site is by taking a paddleboat tour along its shimmering rivers and climbing to the top of its fabled peaks.
Other Cities In North:
Ha Giang city, the gateway to the province, lies almost 300km from Hanoi.
Mai Chau is around 140km from Hanoi. 3/4Hrs Drive
Sapa is around 320km from Hanoi. 6/7Hrs Drive
Ho Chi Minh City - Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, is the economic heart of Vietnam and the main hub of the southern region. A freewheeling, cosmopolitan metropolis, Ho Chi Minh City's dynamic cityscape draws together old and new Vietnam in the most compact of spaces, representing the city’s past as well as its future.
Mekong Delta - Comprised of dense green rice paddies and lazy, winding rivers, the Mekong Delta is like no other region in Vietnam. Whether firmly on land or floating with the river current, this region is flush with wildlife, historical sights, and incredible landscapes. The River of Nine Dragons, as locals know the area, is where the Mekong splinters into nine separate branches, crisscrossing low landscapes before reaching the sea.
Other Cities in South:
Mui Ne is around 220km from Ho Chi Minh City. 4/5Hrs Drive
Daily flights to Phu Quoc International Airport depart from Ho Chi Minh City
resorts, heaps of delicious seafood, and a slower pace of life. Vung Tau is around 100km from Ho Chi Minh City. 2/3Hrs Drive
Another Part Of Vietnam Central:
Flight to Da Lat (Lien Khuong) Airport, is 30 kilometers south of the city.
Danang, a 30-minute drive from the Old Town.
Domestic flights from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City touch down in Hue’s Phu
Bai Airport, a 30-minute drive from the city.
Dong Hoi to Phong Nha.
Vietnam Tour Itinerary 07Nights / 08 Days:-
Day01: ARRIVE HANOI
On arrival at Noi Bai International Airport - Hanoi, proceed to the immigration counter on own. VISA need to obtain on Arrival, (Visa Approval Letter will be given in advance). You can take help from the Airport Assistances are there. After you obtain VISA proceed with immigration. Then heading towards the exit gate and look for the representative at the point it is mentioned in advance.
The representative will take you to the Hotel (on a SIC basis). Report at reception and they will help you do the Check-in to Room. (Check-in will be not before 1400hrs, early check-in will subject to availability).
After freshen up explore the Capital city and finding out the city is rich in history. Take your time roaming the streets and align better with the city.
Overnight at Hotel
Day02: VISIT NINH BINH PROVINCE + HOA LU + TAM COC
Breakfast will be served at 7 am at the buffet area, have your breakfast.
Be ready at lobby & report to reception and wait at the lobby for your transfer (maintain the time mentioned) – the car may get delayed by 15-20mins due to traffic (on SIC basis). Today we will visit Ninh Binh province located 100 Km from Hanoi in the South of Red River Delta. Ninh Binh is one of the most beautiful parts of Vietnam, is yours for the taking.
Arrive in Hoa Lu, the Past Capital city. Visit two temples of King Dinh and King Le in the 10th century, finding out the heroic histories of these two Kings in Chinese Wars.
After visiting Hoa Lu, you will transfer you to Tam Coc and have your lunch at the local restaurant.
Then get on the small boat in Tam Coc pier. Go boating among the villages, mountains, and lush rice fields. Anf passing through the 3 caves: Hang Ca - First cave, Hang Hai - Second cave, Hang Ba - Third cave to get a strange feeling. The boat returns to the Tam Coc pier.
On-time your transfer (on a SIC basis) will wait for your at the pick-up location to transfer you to Hotel.
Day03: HA LONG BAY
Today we are going to explore Ha Long Bay to Halong 7 wonders of nature. Enjoy the journey through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta and the scenery of rice fields, water buffalo, and everyday Vietnamese village life.
Your transfer will report at lobby you report to reception & wait at the lobby for your transfer (maintain the time mentioned) – the car may get delayed by 15-20mins due to traffic (on a SIC basis). The transfer will drop you at Halong. Check-in Local Junk, enjoy welcome drink and cruise briefing, check-in Cabin. Junk explores Ha Long bay. Have lunch while cruising the exquisite waters sample the region's fresh seafood. The junk continues to explore Ha Long Bay on the most wonderful route and the way that few cruises travel: while cruising through the magical bay, where thousands of sculpted limestone islands rise from the waters like dragons’ teeth.
Cruising to majestic Ha Long Bay, admiring by several landscapes of the Bay like
Dinh Huong Island, Duck Island, Dog Island, Sail island.
Take a short trek to a nearby summit for a panoramic view of the bay, swim on a quiet beach, or sunbath on the deck.
Later in the afternoon, visit a fishing village living in the bay for generations. At sunset, join a bamboo rowing sampan to discover a water tunnel with coral reefs in a scenic lagoon.
Enjoy a delicious dinner with seafood.
Leisure time: Film entertainment in the dining room, join squid fishing from the boat with our crew.
Retire to your cabin and overnight on Boat.
Day04: MUSEUM OF ETHNOLOGY / HISTORICAL MUSEUM
Wake up early to catch the dramatic sunrise on the bay and enjoy a Tai Chi - a demonstration on the sun deck. Relax with fresh coffee espresso famous in Vietnam “Trung Nguyen” a cake, coffee, tea.
Enjoy late buffet brunch on board while cruising back to the boat docking station. Arrive at the boat docking station around 11:00 AM.
On arrival at Halong, you will take you to visit the serene Museum of Ethnology (closed on Mondays - we can visit the Historical Museum instead) and offers a chance to get to know Vietnam’s 54 ethnic groups better. From simple daily objects such as fishing instruments to priced items such as jewelry, as well as an outdoor area with ethnic houses, the Museum’s rich displays showcase the cultural heritage of diverse communities. Drive back to get on a walking tour through the old quarter to enjoy the bustling local life. Then cap a fun day with a show at the water puppet theater - a uniquely northern Vietnamese art form depicting scenes of rural life and episodes of national history.
Day05: HANOI CITY TOUR + HANOI TO HO CHI MINH TRANSFERS
Breakfast will be served at 7 am at the buffet area, have breakfast and process Check out by 9-9.30, keep your baggage at the lobby (it is very much safe). Transfer (maintain the time mentioned) will take you today to have a drive pass of Hanoi City for about 2-2.30hrs – with ochre-colored colonial buildings, tree-lined boulevards, and scenic lakes, Hanoi is full of charm. Start the tour at the historic Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (closed on Mondays & Fridays, all afternoons and from Sep 10 until Dec 10 for annual maintenance. Some years to be closed earlier, an outside visit will be applied); an imposing monument lavishly built using marble and granite, and where the preserved body of “Uncle Ho” resides. A short walk from the mausoleum is the lotus-like shaped One Pillar Pagoda – resting on a single stone pillar emerging from the water. Inside is a statue of the Goddess of Mercy with its legendary “thousand arms and thousand eyes”. Wind your way afterward to the Temple of Literature, the first University for the sons of mandarins, for an overview of Hanoi culture and ancient Vietnamese architecture.
On-time your transfer (on a SIC basis) will pick-up (maintain the time mentioned) to transfer you to the airport flight to Ho Chi Minh City.
On arrival at Tan Son Nhat International Airport – Ho Chi Minh City, proceed for the Exit Gate. You can take help from the Airport Assistances are there. Then look for the representative at the point it is mentioned in advance
The representative will take you to the Hotel (on a SIC basis). Report at reception and they will help you do the Check-in to Room.
After freshen up explore the city and find out the City’s colonial attractions. Take your time roaming the streets and align better with the city.
Day06: HO CHI MINH CITY TOUR + CU CHI TUNNELS
Today for Ho Chi Minh City Tour transfer will be there on time, so be at lobby & report to reception and wait at the lobby for your transfer (maintain the time mentioned) – the car may get delayed by 15-20mins due to traffic (on a SIC basis).
Have a drive pass of Ho Chi Minh City for about 2-2.30hrs – Start the trip with a visit to the Independence Palace, also known as the Reunification Palace, which was built on the sight of the former Norodom palace. Continue the sightseeing with the beautiful structures from the French Colonial times such as the Notre Dame Cathedral, the historic Central Post Office. Followed by the remarkable site of the War Remnants Museum the museum has a vast display of both the Indochina wars.
Return and after short rest in afternoon transfer will be there on time, so be at lobby & report to reception and wait at the lobby for your transfer (maintain the time mentioned) – the car may get delayed by 15-20mins due to traffic (on SIC basis).
Star trip to Cu Chi tunnels – a popular spot for both Vietnamese & foreign tourists for its immense network of connecting tunnels. The network of over 200km of tunnels became legendary when they played a vital role in the War. In their heyday, the tunnels were functioning underground cities including numerable trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapon factories, field hospitals, command centers & kitchen. Plenty of evidence of the fierce battle that took place here during the 1960s when Cu Chi was a "Free Target Zone". Today, start our trip, visitor can have a chance to know how the tunnel was constructed, spend the next hours exploring the tunnels and war remnants, where you'll learn more about the conditions the people lived in, the hardships they faced, and the amazing ingenuity employed to maintain life in the tunnels, sample some of the simple cuisine that local fighters would have survived on, and have an opportunity to venture into the tunnels and explore the complex.
Return to hotel & overnight at Hotel
Day07: VISIT MY THO + TAN THACH VILLAGE
Get ready to explore Mekong Delta. Be ready at lobby & report to reception and wait at the lobby for your transfer (maintain the time mentioned) – the car may get delayed by 15-20mins due to traffic (on a SIC basis)
Start the trip to My Tho – the town located on the left side of the Mekong River. On arrival at My Tho, visit Vinh Trang pagoda then boarding the sampan and cruising around four beautiful islands known as Dragon, Unicorn, Phoenix, and Tortoise islands. Stopover at Unicorn Island, go walking in the village paths to contemplate orchards, enjoy tropical fruits, and Vietnamese folk music performed by the local people. Visit the fruit plantation. Be rowed in a small sampan through the Thoi Son canal and treat yourself to the beauty of the countryside, visit the family business & bee-keeping farm, enjoy honey tea and coconut candy workshop.
The afternoon is time for cycling around the Tan Thach village, meeting the local people to experience their daily life in the Mekong delta. Relaxing on hammocks to enjoy the cool breeze is for those who do not want to join the cycling trip. Return to Ho Chi Minh City.
Day08: DEPARTURE HO CHI MINH CITY
Breakfast will be served at 7 am at the buffet area, have breakfast and process Check out by 10 am, keep your baggage at the lobby (it is very much safe). Your Airport picks-up time already advice to you and pick up will from Hotel only, so on own explore the market & taking souvenir.
On-time your transfer (on a SIC basis) will pick-up (maintain the time mentioned) to transfer you to Airport.
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In case you cancel the trip after commencement, the refund would be restricted to a limited amount only which too would depend on the amount that we would be able to recover from the hoteliers/ contractors we patronize. For unused hotel accommodation, chartered transportation & missed meals, etc. we do not bear any responsibility to refund.
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Apart from the above in some cases like Special Train Journeys, hotels, or resorts bookings during the peak season (like X-Mas, New Year, Puja, Diwali), 50% advance payment should be made to hold the booking and 20days before full payment is required to be paid.
Note: Above mentioned payment policy may change during peak season.
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