12-Day Amazing Vietnam
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The half day trip includes a private tour and entrance fee. Approximate tour duration is 6 hours.
We start from the French Quarter with French colonial style architectures and old houses. Pass by the school where Ho Chi Minh was educated. Continue along the colorful markets, where the locals shop and bargain, to a local restaurant inside the Citadel. Hue, is renowned for its cuisine and tonight we enjoy a special banquet with traditional Nguyen Royal Cuisine.
Full-day Hue In-depth Tour includes private tours and entrance fees, a lunch. Departs at 8:30 am. Pick-up and drop-off at the hotel. Approximate tour duration is 7 hours.
Afterwards, we return to the mainland and take a short ride to Traque Herb Village for lunch. Here, we meet local farmers and learn about the many herbs and vegetables that are organically grown here--the fresh produce are fertilized with seaweed from Co Co River and that gives them an unique flavor. We walk through the gardens and see how, even today, local farmers work their fields using the traditional methods used hundreds of years ago. A culinary lesson follows on the traditional ways of preparing and cooking Vietnamese food, plus the local specialties--Tam Huu Spring Roll and Banh Xeo. Once the lesson is over, enjoy the food you helped to prepare.
Approximate tour duration is 6 hours. Departs at around 8:30 am. Pick-up and drop-off at the hotel.
We then visit the infamous Hoa Lo Prison, originally used by the French to hold political prisoners it gained the ironic nickname the "Hanoi Hilton" during the Vietnam War due to its harsh and unsanitary conditions. Whilst most of the prison has been demolished, the old gatehouse remains and is now a museum housing exhibits from the two eras.
The tour concludes with a water puppet show, this traditional Vietnamese art form dates to the 11th century, where it developed in the paddy fields of North Vietnam. Today, the water of the paddy field is replaced by a large pool which acts as a stage for the puppets who are expertly guided by puppeteers hidden behind a bamboo screen. Accompanied by music, the puppets depict rural tales and historic stories.
The popular half-day tour includes the private tour and entrance fees, a lunch. Approximate tour duration is 4-5 hours.