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2-Week Active Vietnam Honeymoon Holiday

For newlyweds who want to experience a combo of culture and adventure, Vietnam is the ideal honeymoon destination. Plus, with fantastic food and some beautiful white sandy beaches the usual honeymoon staples won't be sacrificed either. Follow this 15-day trip and fall in love with Vietnam.

HIGHLIGHTS

Various activities on sites

  • City tour of the historic town of Hanoi, Hue, and Hoi An with its own unique culture
  • Cruising Ha Long Bay together with plenty of water activities on sites
  • Trekking through Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park with its evergreen nature
  • Cycling the countryside of Hoi An and interact with the local people with their daily activities

Unforgettable moments

  • Strolling the small streets of Hanoi and the charming town of Hoi An and explore its unique beauty
  • Admiring the traditional show of water puppet whilst learning about the culture of people living in Red River Delta
  • Cruising along the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ha Long breathing in the fresh air of the bay
  • Trekking through the nature of Phong Nha Ke Bang through plenty of sites and mighty caves

Nature exploration

  • The nature of Ha Long bay and its surrounding area
  • The evergreen nature of Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park with plenty of beautiful spots
  • The nature of Vietnam central coast whilst crossing the “sea of cloud” Hai Van Pass
  • The beautiful beach of Nha Trang with plenty of water activities on sites

Culture experience

  • The busting culture of Hanoi with the effect of western culture waves
  • The friendly culture of Hue and Hoi An with the feeling of century-old cities
  • The peasant culture of people living in the small town of Dong Hoi and Phong Nha Ke Bang

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Detailed schedule

Day 1 - Welcome to Hanoi

Upon arrival at Noi Bai International Airport, Sonasia’s guide & driver will pick you up and transfer directly to the hotel in the old quarter of Hanoi.

Vietnam's capital races to make up for time lost to the ravages of war and a government that as recently as the 1990s kept the outside world at bay. Its streets surge with scooters vying for right of way amid the din of constantly blaring horns, and all-around layers of history reveal periods of French and Chinese occupation – offering a glimpse into the resilience of ambitious, proud Hanoians.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Notes

Check out the Hanoi travel guide

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Day 2 - Hanoi - Exploration

This morning, the tour starts at 08:30. Drive pass the historical Ba Dinh Square where Ho Chi Minh proclaimed the independence of Vietnam in 1945. Driver drops off at Lenin Garden – communal space of local for taking an easy walk before strolling through areas where sewing shops have been in family hands for generations, and people still practice the old ways, or admire the daily life of local people in the alley of Hanoi.

Proceed to the millennia-old Temple of Literature and explore its role in the country’s past, as both a university and a temple.

If interested, make a stop at the last courtyard where Vietnamese traditional instruments contribute to the oriental feel. For travelers who are musicians, opportunities to play some notes will present themselves, all under the guidance of the artists. 

Afterward, visit the fascinating Ethnology Museum (closed Mondays), which is both a research center and a public museum exhibiting the ethnic groups of Vietnam. 

Towards the end of the tour, embark on a walk-through Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Witness the ancient commercial street names, mirroring the crafts and businesses dating back over a thousand years. 

Make a stop at Thuong Tra tea house nested in an old apartment building, just to escape from Hanoi’s bustling life and learn about the importance of drinking tea in Vietnamese society while sipping on a cup of tea.

Then take a stroll around the charming Hoan Kiem Lake to enjoy local daily life passing by. Finish the day with a Water Puppet show. This is a uniquely northern Vietnamese art form depicting scenes from rural life and episodes of national history.  

Overnight in Hanoi.

Notes

Routes can change subject to client’s interest.

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Day 3 - Hanoi - Ha Long Bay

08.00 AM: The driver will pick you up at the hotel, departing 3.5 hours to Halong Bay – the World Natural Heritage recognized by UNESCO twice. Upon arrival, embark the cruise and enjoy welcome drink while having tour briefing. A sumptuous lunch will be served on board while the ship sailing further to the Bay, make your time to admire its dramatic limestone islands. 

You can rest at your leisure on the sundeck or relax in your cabin. In the afternoon, you will have time to swim in the warm and calm water or get on kayaks of your choice. Kayaking is very easy for all levels and ages to do. Our expert and experienced guide surely instruct you basic paddling steps before leading you to explore the extraordinary beauty of Halong Bay. After 01 hour exploring the bay, you will get back to the cruise for relaxation before attending Cooking class in the late afternoon.

Enjoy the superb dinner and stay overnight on board.

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Day 4 - Ha Long Bay - Hanoi // Dong Hoi

We will continue our journey on Halong Bay in early morning. A Tai Chi Class on the sun deck is a must that you should not miss when on cruise. 

Sitting on the upper deck; you can relax, sight-seeing while taking photos of the magnificent beauty of the rocky islands rising from the emerald water of the bay. 

After breakfast, we will explore Sung Sot cave - one of the finest and widest grottoes of Halong Bay. Next keep cruising and passing the fishing village with its unique way of life. 

At 10.30 AM, our boat cruises back to the jetty, and you will enjoy the last moment in the bay before having a traditional Vietnamese lunch.

You leave the boat around 12:00 at noon, we go ashore and transfer you directly to Noi Bai airport for your flight to Dong Hoi. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed and transferred to the hotel by our tour guide and driver.

Stay overnight in Dong Hoi.

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Day 5 - Dong Hoi - Phong Nha

8h00 AM: After the breakfast at your hotel, our tour guide will meet you with our friendly driver then they will transfer you into Phong Nha national park to get to Paradise cave. Hear the call of the wild and the sounds of primates bounce off the stunning limestone cliffs on waster Ho Chi Minh trails as the newly paved single lane road snakes through one of Vietnam’s most important conservation areas. 

You will continue the journey to visit the Paradise Cave. Paradise Cave is first discovered in 2005 by the British Cave Research Association, It’s a largest and most beautiful cave in the Phong Nha – Ke Bang area by British spelunkers. It is said that the cave's beauty is reminiscent of an imperial palace and very well presented with easy access, great walkways, and excellent feature lightingwhich makes it extra special. You take the buggy car from the parking to the foothills of the cave (2km). Admire countless stalactites with different shapes: Thach Thien Cung, waterfall Thien Ha, Quan Tien converging, Thap Lien flower... 

Leave the Paradise cave for lunch at a local restaurant and take a rest.

After lunch, leave Paradise cave, we transfer you to explore the most impressive Phong Nha cave. Take a boat to cruise on Son river. While on the boat you will see the greenfield, people, houses and limestone along the river. After 25 minutes on the boat, you will arrive at Phong Nha cave. This cave is called a water cave as it exhibits an underground river being famous for its rock formation which has been given names such as the “Lion”, the “Fairy Caves”, the “Royal Court”, and the “Buddha”. Then explore about 300 meters into the cave on foot. Another boat ride will take you back to the port and be transferred by car to your accommodation in Phong Nha.

Overnight in Phong Nha.

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Day 6 - Trekking Phong Nha Cave & Nature (Join-in)

Let's enter to the most highlighted of your entire journey to the 02 days 01 night exploring the 3rd largest cave in the world: En cave.

Today's itinerary will be: Phong Nha - Ban Doong Village - Hang En

Start your ultimate adventure with a pickup from your hotel in Phong Nha between 8:00 am and 8:30 am and a short transfer to our Headquarters. Learn all about safety collect your gear and sign our Release Form before driving 45 mins through the National Park to reach the trailhead. At 10:00 am, leave the road behind for the jungle.

A steep jungle hill starts the journey, with a refreshing river at the bottom. Hike through rich primary forest to reach the Ban Doong minority village, where a hot cup of tea welcomes you. Feast on a picnic lunch which takes place shortly afterwards at about 12:30 – 1:00 pm, near the river. Then it’s back into the jungle, through rivers and streams, and along the river valley until Hang En lays on the horizon.

Enter Hang En around 3 pm, and take a quick rest as the porter team sets up camp on the beach within the cave. For the next couple of hours, complete the adventure by preceding the rest of the way through the cave to the breathtaking exit, a scene made famous in the film Pan. Return to camp through the dry passage to the viewpoint high above camp, where 300 million year old fossils can be seen. Enjoy your downtime relaxing or swimming in the natural pool before a sizzling grilled dinner is served, complete with rice wine and the sounds of swifts overhead.

Overnight at a campsite in the En cave.

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Day 7 - Continue the Trek - Back to Phong Nha

Today's itinerary will be: Hang En - Phong Nha

Awake at 8:00 am for breakfast and pack up your belongings. Depart camp at 9:00 am to leave Hang En. Take one last look at the entrance, almost hidden amongst the jungle.

Have lunch with your group from 12:00 – 1:00 pm, and then it’s time to start the journey home. Trek for the next hour along a shady path through the river valley. And then from 2:00 – 4:00 pm, make your way up the hill to the pickup point, where our driver will be waiting to take you back to civilization. Return to your accommodation in Phong Nha by shuttle bus between 4:30 – 5:30 pm.

Overnight in Phong Nha.

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Day 8 - Phong Nha - Hue

After breakfast, take your last moments to breath the pure air in Phong Nha until a scheduled time when your private driver come to your accommodation and take you to Hue city. 

After 04 hour driving, you will reach your hotel in Hue. Do check-in and free at your leisure.

Overnight in Hue.

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Day 9 - Hue - Exploration

08.30 AM: Our tourguide will wait for you at the hotel lobby tostart the tour around Hue Old Citadel.

Rising up in the ancient land, you board on a private boat for cruising on the romantic Perfume River. Being the ancient capital, Hue is surrounded with ancient royal tombs of emperors past, and visit to some of these tombs will be on the itinerary for today. The charming Lady Pagoda (Thien Mu Pagoda) will be the first stop. Setting in the converge of rivers, and gives you a great view on the Perfume River and surrounding area. From here you will take a drive to visit King Minh Mang tomb & King Khai Dinh tomb. Lunch at a local restaurant. 

This afternoon you will join a tour of Hue City including the Old Citadel and the Forbidden Purple City - an amazing historic landmark in Hue - a definite must-see sight to learn more about the history and architecture that visitor should not miss when travelling to that peaceful area.

After the tour you will be transfer back to your hotel. Free in the evening. Overnight in Hue.

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Day 10 - Hue - Hoi An

At a scheduled time, your private driver will come to your hotel and transfer you from Hue to Hoi An. 

After 02 hours 40 minutes driving, arrive in Hue city, one of the ancient city of Vietnam. Do check-in and free at your leisure.

Overnight in Hue.

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Day 11 - Hoi An - Local Interaction (Cycling & Countryside)

08h30am: Your guide will meet you in your hotel lobby, than you will cycle  around Hoi An towards the Tra Que vegetable village - About 150 farmers and 400 owners live on there and cultivate about 20 types of vegetables and herbs such as mint, lettuce, basil, cilantro, broccoli and many more. From the more than 40 hectares of land 8 tons of Village Tra vegetables are sold every year. The vegetable growers do not use pesticides or GMOs, using natural fertilizers instead, including seaweed found in the river and harvested by gardeners every morning.

Walk in Tra Que vegetable village and meet local people working in the garden. During the walk, you will cross vast rice fields in the countryside and quiet road, far away from the tourist trails. You will see the activities of the inhabitants through the villages of Hoian.

The local farmer will teach you all about cultivation methods and how to protect developing vegetable from the insects as well as join the farmers in preparing gardening activities such as raking the ground, sowing, watering greens, transplanting and tending greens.

Continue riding through paddy field, Ba Le market, kindergarten ... until reaching Van Lang fisherman village and Bay Mau coconut water forest - about 7 hectares, surrounded by mangrove forests, canals, houses covered by coconut water leaf . This place had ever been the refuge for people and local soldiers during the Vietnam War. Nowadays, it is famous for providing the most seafood products.

You will be warmly welcomed at Mr. Han – a 3 generations family, taste of green tea and stroll through the village. You will row a basket boat within the hands of skillful locals and discover their techniques of traditional fishery in water coconut forest.

Back Mr. Han’ family for enjoy a foot bath with medicinal herbs, traditional therapeutic practice before getting ready to prepare lunch with a local family. Lunch will feature many local delicacies, such as Tam Huu spring rolls, BanhXeo local pancakes, grilled fish in banana leaf and others.

After lunch, free time and take a short rest before finishing the biking tour and continuing with the last-but-not-least activity of the day. The highlight is to visit a lantern shop where artisans make Hoi An's famous lanterns. You see the whole process then have a chance to create your own lanterns. You will be provided the bamboo that forms the base of your frame and colorful silk so that you can choose your own color pattern, and design. Once completed, you can take one as hand-made sourvenir as these lanterns are easy to fold and carry.

Overnight in Hoi An.

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Day 12 - Hoi An - Da Nang // Nha Trang

At a scheduled time, your driver will pick you up at your hotel lobby to transfer you to Danang airport. Take a short flight from Danang to Nha Trang.

Once in Cam Ranh airport, you will be welcomed by our driver. He will then take you to your accommodation in Nha Trang city. Do check-in and free at your leisure.

Let's join in a romantic Sunset cocktail and dinner on Emperor boat for the first night in the lovely and beautiful coastal city Nha Trang. 

16:45-17:30: Pick-up from your hotel by shuttle bus and be transfered to Nha Trang Port to board the Emperor Cruises Junk.

17:30-19:00: On arrival at the port you are greeted by the Experiences Manager with a welcome drink. Introduction to Nha Trang Bay, the locals, the food, the culture, the emperor, safety precautions, and the Emperor Cruises Junk. Start cruising through the spectacular landscape of Nha Trang Bay when the sun sets.

19:00-20:00: Cruise through Nha Trang Bay at night while sipping cocktails and wines on the sundeck as you are entertained by musicians playing against the stunning backdrop of stars, the moon, and the city lights. Experience the gastronomical pleasure of a 5-course seafood dinner on board while being serenaded and served by the Emperor Cruises team.

20:00-21:00: End your romantic dinner by having drinks or cocktails at the lounge or on the sundeck before heading back to Nha Trang Port and returning to the mainland where your transfers will be waiting to drive you back to your hotel. 

Overnight in Nha Trang.

Notes

The timetable could be revised 30 minutes earlier or later depending on the day's weather and water conditions.

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Day 13 - Nha Trang - Leisure Day

Free day at your leisure for your own exploration. There are plenty of water activities on spot for you to choose from.

Overnight in Nha Trang.

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Day 14 - Nha Trang - Leisure Day

Free day at your leisure for your own exploration. There are plenty of water activities on spot for you to choose from.

Overnight in Nha Trang.

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Day 15 - Nha Trang - Departure

Free time at your leisure, until our driver comes to take you to Cam Ranh airport. Take flight from Nha Trang to Ho Chi Minh, then connect your departure flight back home.

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You can find here and there that you should spend 10 days, 2 weeks, 20 days, or 1 month to best explore Vietnam. So what is the best Vietnam tour duration for you?

Well, as long as you like! From 10 days to a month, there are various ways you can travel across Vietnam and uncover its secrets. Advising an ideal trip length for Vietnam is a bit of a complex challenge, as it depends on several factors such as the places you wish to visit, the activities you plan to join, or if you want to combine Vietnam with its neighbor countries. 

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In a document issued Friday, the Prime Minister requested the Ministry of Health to closely follow the coronavirus situation and provide proper guidance. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs should direct Vietnamese authorities outside the country to inform people who wish to enter Vietnam to follow appropriate disease prevention measures, he said.

The latest decision has been made as the number of Covid-19 infections and deaths drops both in Vietnam and around the world. Several countries have been taking steps to relax coronavirus restrictions, including scrapping testing before entry.

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