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With its numerous national parks, white sand beaches, colourful villages, pagodas and ancient monuments, forests and islands, Vietnam is a land of often surprising beauty, offering cultural depth and history, increasingly combined with tourism-friendly areas offering all the facilities a modern traveller could wish for.

Vietnam’s people are its greatest asset: gregarious, friendly and eager to meet visitors. In the bustling cities, the often chaotic streets contrast ox carts with limousines, ancient rituals with sophisticated technology, and are ruled by the ubiquitous moped.

Our strength is in translating these opportunities into detailed, practical itineraries. We do luxury travel and event planning, as well as a wide range of beach, family, honeymoon, adventure, golf, veteran and cultural tours.

There is no better way to experience a destination than through the perspective of the local people. At Water Puppet Tours, this key element of local insight drives every step of our process of tour design and delivery. We provide tailor-made tours individually crafted for each client, achieving this by emphasizing the direct working relationship between the client and the tour designer and operator.


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Vietnam Romantic Holiday 10 days

Vietnam has become known as one of the most romantic and fascinating destinations in Asia. You can plan an unforgettable and extraordinary honeymoon or wedding anniversary celebration in our country. We are here to help you with an array of attractive packages at the most romantic and luxurious hotels and resorts in Asia. Create your perfect wedding, honeymoon or special anniversary with the Water Puppet Tours Company.

Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) is Vietnam at its most dizzying: a high-octane city of commerce and culture that has driven the whole country forward with its pulsating energy. A chaotic whirl, the city breathes life and vitality into all who settle here – visitors cannot help but be hauled along for the ride.

Nha Trang Beach – The beachfront has been given a huge makeover in recent years, with parks and sculpture gardens spread along the impressive shorefront, while the streets inland reveal a cosmopolitan array of dining options.

Hoi An town is a UNESCO World Heritage area. An ancient trading port, once the largest in Indochina, Hoi An was a meeting point for many cultures that left their mark in the different architectural features of its wooden buildings. The original traditional street pattern still exists, as does the quay that once welcomed ships from all over East Asia and beyond. Many remained there for months at a time, waiting for favourable trade winds to carry them home.

Imagine 2000 or more islands rising from the emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin and you have a vision of breathtaking beauty. Halong translates as ‘where the dragon descends into the sea’, and legend claims the islands of Halong Bay were created by a great dragon from the mountains. As it charged towards the coast, its flailing tail gouged out valleys and crevasses. When it finally plunged into the sea, the area filled with water, leaving only the pinnacles visible.

Vietnam Romantic Holiday 10 days

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City arrival (Dinner, Guide)

Arriving at Tan Son Nhat airport in Ho Chi Minh City, you’ll be met and driven to your hotel. You’ll have time to relax after your journey before a Welcome dinner. In the evening, you’ll have tickets for a performance of traditional Water Puppetry (an art form unique to northern Vietnam, and a good, light-hearted introduction to its rural culture). You’ll spend the night in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City - NhaTrang (Breakfast, Driver Pickup)

After breakfast, you’ll be free until your driver arrives to take you to board the noon flight to Nha Trang.

Upon arrival, you’ll find a car and driver waiting to take you to the resort’s private jetty, then a short fast boat ride to your resort. You’ll spend the night in on Hon Tre Island in Nha Trang.

Day 3 to Day 4: Nha Trang (Breakafst)

Your time will be your own in the Vinpearl Luxury Resort on Hon Tre Island.

Exclusively set on a separate island in one of the world’s 30 most beautiful bays, Vinpearl Luxury situates itself on Hon Tre Island, Nha Trang. The resort is built with superior construction standards and architectural styles of a world class tropical luxury resort. It’s about 5km from Nha Trang and can only be reached by sea. Getting there involves 50 minute drive from Cam Ranh airport and a ten-minute speedboat ride.

The resort consists of 84 luxury completely private villas (18 Beach Front Villas, 15 Grand Hill-Top Suites, 20 Hill-Top Suites, 6 Pool-side Villas, 24 Pool Villas  and a Presidential Suite). Every villa has its own outdoor pool, a stylish bathroom, a ‘wine cellar’ and a mini-bar with contents customised to your requirements.

All rooms are fully equipped with sophisticated and modern facilities and come with attached balconies that boast some of the most spectacular views of the ocean and vast white sand beaches of this divine destination. Not to mention the privileged access you will have to several private swimming pools and beaches located around the island. You will also benefit from free use of the speedboat to and from Nha Trang during stay, which provides an excellent opportunity to combine carefree beach relaxation with the wider sightseeing possibilities as well as nightlife experience.

All customer care services at Vinpearl Luxury Nha Trang from airport shuttle services to health and beauty spa services to entertainment facilities and fine-dining services, are in compliance with the highest criteria emphasizing luxury, privacy, unique class, comfort and warmth.

Vinpearl Luxury is one of newest exclusive resorts in Vietnam and it’s a good choice people who seek seclusion and unashamed indulgence.

Alternative For Day  3 and Day 4

Option 1: Full day private boat trip in Nha Trang (Breakfast, Lunch, Guide)

After breakfast, a car will take you to board a boat for a whole-day cruise to some of the small islands in the bay. You’ll anchor off Mun Island for snorkeling and a glass bottom basket boat ride to see colourful corals and the various marine life. You’ll then head to Mieu Island to enjoy a local basket boat ride and explore the life of fishermen at Mieu fishing village. If you wish, you can join other tourists for the ‘music entertainment’ with a wine and fruit party, followed by a seafood lunch on Tre Island. In late afternoon, you’ll return to the mainland and be driven to your hotel. You’ll spend the night in Nha Trang.

You’ll cruise on a private boat with Vietnamese crew members who will highlight the beauty of Nha Trang Bay. En route, plenty of wine and tropical fruits are available. The coral around Mun Island is good, provided you swim away from the area where the boats tie up.

Option 2: Nha Trang River Tours (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Guide)

After breakfast, you will cruise down river and enjoying the village peaceful life along the banks of Cai River. The trip begins with a visit to the Po Nagar Temples, an outstanding example of Cham architecture, situated on Mount Cu Lao where you can have panoramic views of the surrounding. From here board the riverboat for the leisurely cruise visiting Cu Lao Fish market. You will then take a horse carriage to visit a wide range of local handicrafts in production. You also can enjoy the beautiful scenery that unfolds along the banks, experience and make acquaintance with local people in their natural scenery & daily life. Next stop you will have a short visit to Pagoda Orphanage where it shelters and cares for over 120 abandoned, orphaned or street children. You will then visit a family of local people and see a typical Vietnamese country house in the countryside before being transferred you back to the city. You will stay overnight at hotel in Nha Trang

Day 5: Nha Trang - Danang - Hoi An (Breakfast, Guide)

In the morning, you’ll be free until your private minibus arrives to take you to the airport for a flight to Danang. Upon arriving in Danang, you’ll have a brief look at the remarkable Hindu statuary in the Cham Museum before leaving for Hoi An. After lunch, you’ll have a guided visit to the Ancient Town of Hoi An, where you’ll spend the night.

The ancient town of Hoi an is a UNESCO world heritage area and was once the largest trading port in Indochina. The architectural features of the wooden buildings reflect the many cultures that have passed through Hoi an throughout its history. The remaining characteristics include the original street pattern and the quay where the ships used to congregate, sometimes for months waiting for the prevailing wind to take them home.

There are plenty of good restaurants offering a variety of cuisines and price levels. The town is also a good place for shopping for silk. You can have your clothes tailor-made within a day or two at a reasonable cost.

Hoi An town is three kilometres from Cua Dai Beach - part of what was once known as China Beach and used for rest and recreation by American GIs during the Vietnam War. The beach is composed of white sand fringed with palm trees and overlooks the South China Sea.

Day 6: Hoi An (Breakfast, Lunch, Guide)

After breakfast, you will begin your tour of Hoi An, a former port that welcomed Chinese, Dutch, French, Japanese, Portuguese and Arab merchants between the 16th to 18th centuries. Today it is renowned for its old quarter lined with restored two-storey Chinese shops, with elaborate carved wooden facades and terracotta tile roofs. And not forgetting expert tailor shops and delicious food!

Hear the interesting story of Hoi An as you visit key sites, the first is Chua Ong Pagoda, a 1653 temple built in honour of the Chinese general Quan Cong, who is worshipped by many as a symbol of loyalty and justice.  Next, pop into Phuc Kien Assembly Hall, to see the Jinshang Temple which is dedicated to the goddess of the sea and the protector of sailors.  From there it’s a short walk to Tam Ky House, a 200 year old ancestral house and finally, stroll across the often photographed 17th century covered bridge built by Japanese craftsmen. The beautifully built bridge doubles as a temple and is a major landmark of Hoi An.

In the afternoon, you will take a short boat trip down the river and visit a craft village where local artisans make ceramics then visit a local boatyard full of traditional fishing boats and see the unusual round basket boats that ply the waters before returning to town just in time for an early dinner or a sunset stroll along Hoi An’s sleepy Thu Bon River. You will spend the night in Hoi An.

Day 7: Hoi An – From Farmer to Fisherman Tour (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Guide)

The day starts with cycling the narrow roads through the countryside, passing by rice paddy fields, water buffalos, bamboo bridges and local farmers on their daily work. You’ll then board a boat to the mouth of the Thu Bon estuary where the river meets the Cua Dai Sea and cruise along the coastline observing the lives of the local fishermen.

After joining the fisherman to try your hand at catching fish in a traditional ‘Thung Chai’ basket boat, you will meander through the water palm coconut canal. During the American War, Viet Cong soldiers made use of this area as a highly effective hiding place from enemy attacks through their long struggle. Following an insightful visit to a local fishing village, you’ll be free to relax and enjoy a fresh seafood lunch before cycling back to your hotel.

Thung Chai Basket boats, similar in style to coracles in use throughout the ancient world, are widely used throughout Central Vietnam, and are highly suited to the local terrain and lifestyles of local fishermen due to their relative light weight and portability, often doubling as a carrier for various handy items. Circular and constructed of bamboo and tarred for waterproofing, these small boats can typically carry up to five people, and represent a fun-filled opportunity to touch the authentic rural soul of Vietnam. As a precaution, life jackets are provided for your safety during this excursion.

Alternative for Day 7: Cooking Class in Hoi An (Breakfast, Lunch, Guide at cooking class)

In the morning, you’ll join a cooking class at the Red Bridge Restaurant. After visiting a market to purchase ingredients, a boat will take you along Hoi An River to the restaurant where you can investigate its herb and vegetable garden before learning how to cook traditional Vietnamese dishes. After lunch at the restaurant, your time will be free. You’ll spend the night in Hoi An.

Recipes:

  • Fresh Rice Paper Shrimp Rolls – including making rice paper.
  • Warm Squid Salad served in half a pineapple
  • Grilled Eggplant stuffed with market vegetables
  • Hoi An Pancakes (Banh Xeo)
  • Food Decoration - pineapple boat, three coloured flowers and Vietnamese hand fan

Day 8: Hoi An – Hanoi (Breakfast, Guide)

After breakfast, you will be free until the driver arrives to drive back to Danang and take a short flight to Hanoi. The colonial capital city Hanoi is a unique Asian city with tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes and oriental pagodas and temples.

In the afternoon, you have a private tour to explore Hanoi, Vietnam 's artistic and intellectual capital. You will explore the fascinating Old Quarter and its hundreds of specialty shops selling silk clothing, lacquer ware, embroidered linens, furniture, bamboo, cooking utensils, ceremonial objects and more. You will then enjoy people watching at stylish cafes. You also visit Hanoi 's main cultural attractions, including the Fine Arts Museum and the Temple of Literature before coming back to your hotel. You will spend the night in Hanoi.

Day 9: Hanoi - Halong Bay (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Guide)

You’ll arrive Hanoi in the early morning, where you’ll be met and taken by car to your hotel to have breakfast and take a short rest before departure to Halong Bay. On the way, you will go through the scenic countryside. The wondrous Halong Bay is truly one of Vietnam’s most impressive scenic sights. Heading out of the town then you embark on a boat for an exploration of the legendary Halong Bay. This exciting cruise will provide you a fantastic view of the picturesque scenery blending with the sky and some 3,000 limestone islands rising amazingly from the clear and emerald water. The limestone karsts formations are littered with beaches, grottoes and beautiful caves. Along the way you will anchor for a leisurely swim in a secluded cove and an enjoyable visit to one of the many hidden grottoes beneath towering cliffs. You will stay overnight on the Junk Cruise

Day 10: Halong Bay – Hanoi Departure (Breakfast, Lunch, Guide)

Greet the day with a morning Tai Chi exercise with an opportunity to view the sunrise over the bay. After breakfast, you will visit beautiful limestone grotto then back to the boat for a final glimpse of the Halong Bay while cruising back to the dock. Your driver will be waiting for you at the pier and drive you back to Hanoi airport to catch the flight departure flight.

Inclusive

  • Vietnam Visa invitation letter
  • Breakfast and accommodation sharing a twin or double room.
  • Pick-ups and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle as specified in the itinerary above (Please note: pick-ups will be by a guide and driver or, where a guide is not necessary, a driver only. All unaccompanied drivers will be briefed in advance, and will carry a mobile phone to ensure smooth transfer arrangements)
  • Domestic flight tickets: Ho Chi Minh City – Nha Trang, Nha Trang – Danang, Danang - Hanoi, including domestic airport taxes.
  • Boat cruises as specified in the programme. All Ha Long Bay boats will be fully licensed and comply with current safety regulations.
  • Travel in an appropriate private air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced safe driver.
  • The services of experienced English-speaking guides as indicated in the itinerary (please note: guides will be on hand from pick-up until guests’ return to their hotel or reaching their destination). Free days or part days will not include the services of a guide unless requested and included in the final itinerary.
  • Where necessary, entry fees for all visits as mentioned in the programme.
  • Lunches and dinners (as specified in the itinerary) in the best local restaurants and full board on the boat in Ha Long Bay.
  • VAT and other taxes

Exclusive

  • International flight tickets and airport tax.
  • Visas
  • Lunches and dinners, except as specified above.
  • Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses.
  • Insurance.
  • Surcharges for Peak seasons (if any)
  • Compulsory meal (if any)

 

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