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Vietnam photography tour
This tour is designed to help you discover the best that Vietnam has to offer. The tour is to create memorable moments from your holiday in Vietnam and suitable for both the beginner level photographers who want to discover your camera setting as well as those want to sharpen your sense of art. • • • • • • • • Trip's length: Trip Themes: Transport: Places visited: Tour operates: Start / End cities: Accommodation: Price from: 18 days Culture, Heritages, Local life & Culture, Nature Car/Bus, Boat, Flight, Train Hanoi - Ha Giang - Cao Bang - Ba Be Lake - Halong Bay Hue - Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta All year round Hanoi / Ho Chi Minh City www.customvietnamtravel.com 14 nts in hotel, 1 nt on boat, 1 nt on train, 1 nt homestay Available on request

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival Arrive in Hanoi airport. Get picked up and transferred to your hotel. Today, you will have a brief meeting with your tour guide / group leader for more necessary information and travel documents before welcome dinner. Overnight in proposed hotel. (D) Day 2: Hanoi City tour Hanoi is a charming city with its be autiful lakes, shaded boulevards, verdant public parks and its thriving old town centre with blocks of ochre French style buildings, old Buddhist temples and the tangle of ancient streets in its still surface. Start your tour today with a visit to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh House and the One Pillar Pagoda. This afternoon, you take a cyclo ride to enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of the Hanoi Old Quarter then take a walk around for photo shoots with vast array of daily life activities here. Enjoy a world famous water puppet performance at Water Puppet Theatre and then free in the evening at your leisure. Overnight in hotel. (B,L) Day 3: Hanoi – Ha giang Today you will take a ride of nearly 300km from Hanoi through breathtaking rural scenery toward the northeastern part of the country to Ha Giang. This drive offers you great chance for photos of beautiful Northern Delta to poetic and august scenery of mountains and green of highland part. Also on the ride, you will have chance for local interactions and take picture of local daily life activities. Overnight at a hotel in little town of Ha Giang. (B,L) Day 4: Ha Giang – Dong Van The drive today is marvelous with mountain views and amazing life of the local highlanders. Here you will see the Black and Flower H’mong people with their colorful dress and typical life style. This afternoon is the time for you to admire the hidden mighty of the nature and people here: life on rocks and karst topography which was recognized as the first UNESCO’s karst geopark in Asia. Have a stop at Sa Phin for a visit to the palace of H’mong King which is very well-preserved so far. Arrive in Dong Van, check in and overnight at a hotel. Day 5: Dong Van – Cao Bang The way to Cao Bang is filled with spectacular landscape of mountains and forest dotted with peaceful village on hillsides. Stop at Bao Lac little town for lunch and continue your drive with some stops for taking photos. Cao Bang province is home of the Tay, Nung, Dzao, H’mong, San Chay… minority people with their life style and tradition are well preserved. Arrive in Cao Bang in the late afternoon, check in hotel and free at your leisure to relax or wandering around. Overnight in hotel. (B,L)

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Day 6: Cao Bang – Ban Gioc Waterfall After breakfast, we will venture into the most remote northern region of Cao Bang Province. The scenic roads lead you up to higher elevation through august view of the land. Passing through Trung Khanh, a little mountain town before arriving at the famous Ban Gioc Waterfall, the biggest and the best-known waterfalls in Vietnam lines on the border with China. You will then have a visit to Nguom Ngao, a huge and beautiful cave locates 5 km away from Ban Gioc. This is one of the main tourist attractions of the Cao Bang province. Get back to Cao Bang in the afternoon then it is free time for relaxing. (B,L) Day 7: Cao Bang – Ba Be Lake Depart for Ba Be around 8AM. Your drive today is filled with spectacular mountain landscape and you will have some stops for photos and local interaction along the way. Arrive in Ba Be in late afternoon at the Pac Ngoi village of Tay minority people that situated by the bank of Ba Be lake. Freshen yourself up then take a stroll around the village for sightseeing. Dinner of local taste and specialties are served along with rice wine. Warm hospitality of the host and strong wine make you feeling at home and it is the chance to learn about local culture and tradition. Homestay overnight in the local house on stilts. (B,L,D) Day 8: Ba Be Lake - Hanoi The day starts with a cruise on beautiful Ba Be lake to explore the wonder of nature. Ba Be lake literally means three seas. This is the largest natural lake on the mountainous area of Vietnam and is part of Ba Be national park. The picturesque scenery of the lake is in great harmony of tranquil emerald water and rocky forested island and is boasted the Jade of the country. The boat will stop for a visit to the Dau Dang waterfall and then Puong cave on the Nang River after that. Keep gliding along the river and be overwhelmed with breathtaking scenery along its banks until you get to the boat dock. Lunch in a local restaurant in Cho Ra town and then drive back Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi in the late afternoon. Evening free at your leisure. Overnight in hotel. B,L) Day 9: Hanoi – Halong Today you will take a 3.5 hours drive through beautiful rural scenery to get to Halong bay. Remember to prepare your camera well for photos. Halong Bay is a breathtaking secluded bay with 2,000 limestone islands rising from the emerald waters with different and spectacular shapes created over thousands of years by waves and wind. Board your cruising vessel and have lunch as you cruise among thousand of dramatic limestone karsts into the breathtaking scenery of the World Natural Wonder. Visit a cave that filled with stunning stalactites and stalagmites, go swimming, paddling kayak and take part in a Vietnamese spring roll cooking demonstration or just simply relax as you wind through the Bay. Dinner and spend a peaceful night on board, beneath a night sky alive with stars. (B,L,D)

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Day 10: Halong – Hanoi Get up in the morning; enjoy fresh air and gentle breeze from sun deck. After breakfast, you will have further cruise to explore the other part of Halong Bay. Enjoy a wholesome brunch before getting back to harbor at noon. Drive back to Hanoi with a stop to visit a ceramic making village in Dong Trieu to learn how beautiful ceramic stuff are made. Free at leisure for the remainder of the afternoon until getting night train to Hue. Overnight on train in AC soft sleeper cabin. (B,L) Day 11: Hue Arrive in Hue in the morning then get transfer to your hotel. As the former imperial capital of Vietnam, Hue holds the treasures of Vietnam's royal past and is known for its beautiful natural setting and landscapes. This afternoon you will spend your time to visit the Imperial Citadel, a huge work built by the last feudal dynasty of the country and explore the ruin of the Purple Forbidden City. Free evening at your leisure for dinner, relaxing or getting fun at bars and pubs around. Overnight in hotel. (B) Day 12: Hue Today you will have an awesome experience on motorbike to visit Hue City and its countryside. Start your day with a visit to a local market which located in beautiful and very poetic scenery of Hue’s country. Wander through the aisles abundant with fresh products; experiencing the atmosphere and learn about local life style. There, within the market area are the most charming ancient covered bridge and a farming exhibition house, spend some time to learn, enjoy and have interaction with locals. Continue your tour through verdant hills and quaint villages and visit to one of Emperor mausoleums. Enjoy a tasty and savory vegetarian feast in a pagoda. This afternoon, you will visit the Tiger – Elephant arena then take a dragon boat cruise on the Perfume River and visit to the iconic Thien Mu Pagoda. Free evening and overnight in hotel. (B,L) Day 13: Hue – Hoi An Depart Hue for a scenic drive along picturesque rice paddies, verdant mountains and spectacular beaches to Hoi An ancient town. Being one of World Heritages in the country and known as Faifo to early Western traders, it was one of South-East Asia's major international ports during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Its charms with buildings, life style and atmosphere is exceptionally well preserved that combined to produce this unique heritage site. It's also a shopping paradise - with much to browse and buy. This afternoon, you will have a walking tour around the town for sightseeing, photos and shopping. Free for dinner and overnight in hotel. (B) Day 14: Hoi An This morning is free at your leisure for relaxing or swimming on Hoi An beach. In the afternoon you will take a bike ride around Hoi An countryside to explore the rice paddies

in the warm afternoon light, capture the workers planting, plowing or harvesting rice. You then take boat trip cruise on Thu Bon river where you have a chance to learn about and take photos of traditional fishing technique that used by local residents. A BBQ feast is arranged on river bank while you watch sun setting down behind mountain a far. Sunset in Hoi An makes an infinite hue of colors and reflections. Boat ride back to Hoi An town for photograph the old quarter in the best light. Rest in the evening or spend your time to get fun in bars in town. Overnight in hotel. (B,D) Day 15: Hoi An Today you will have a free day at your leisure to roam around and enjoy your shopping in town. (B) Day 16: Hoi An- HCM City Free in the morning until you get transfer to Da Nang airport for flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is characterised by a vast array of sights and sounds; a fascinating blend of old and new, East and West. This afternoon, you will have a cyclo ride to explore the city and visit to some of the city's interesting sites such as War Remnants Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office…then experience the hustle atmosphere of selling and buying in the busiest market of the city – Ben Thanh. Dinner and then enjoy your evening in one of the popular bars, pub in town. (B,D) Day 17: Mekong Delta Drive to Mekong delta for a full day tour. Mekong delta – the biggest delta lying to the southern part of Vietnam is characterized by hundreds of canals banked by coconut trees. Enjoy the lush and evergreen scenery of the most fertile land in the country. Take a boat cruise on Mekong River, visit orchard garden and taste local fruits freshly picked from trees then visit some local cottage industry. Lunch is served with local specialties in a fresh garden before you take a sit on sampan for rowing to explore the mangroves of the Mekong Delta along meandering rivers. Boarding the big boat to get back to the harbor then bus drive back to Ho Chi Minh City. Tonight you will have a farewell dinner and it is time to summarize your wonderful experience in Vietnam. Overnight in hotel. (B,L,D) Day 18: Departure Today is departure day. Free at your leisure until time to depart for your flight. Safe travel. (B) Note: This is a sample itinerary with Custom Vietnam Travel picks of places, activities, accommodation and services. You can actually make changes to have it fit your travel needs the best. Please, contact us for further suggestion.

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