Vietnam Heritages Explored

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Style : hightlights
Duration : 12days/11 nights
Tour Route : Hanoi-Phu Tho-Bac Ninh-Ha Long-Quang Binh-Hue-Hoi An-Da Nang-Ho Chi Minh

 

From the North to the South, we will explore famous tangible and intangible World Heritages of Vietnam. Starting in Hanoi- the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, we will spend time to explore the Central Sector of the Hanoi Imperial Citadel. Have lunch before visiting the Temples of Literature in the afternoon. Heading to Phu Tho province in the Northwest of Hanoi, we have chance to enjoy Xoan Singing- A traditional music of the country and visit Hung Temple where Vietnamese people worship for Hung Kings – the ancestors of the Vietnamese. Drive to North of Hanoi to visit Bac Ninh province to enjoy the two other intangible heritages of the country named Ca tru and folk songs. Our next destination will be Ha Long Bay. On arrival at the Bay, we will take a cruise boat through remarkable limestone caves in the bay as well as enjoy a swim and kayaking. An overnight on the luxury boat will be a memorable experience for your family. Heading to the Centre Vietnam, the first attraction we will visit in the region is Phong Nha Ke Bang nation park in Quang Binh. Cruise along the river to Phong Nha Cave and see the natural aspects of the cave with stunning stalactites, stalagmites, the remaining of Cham Altars and inscriptions inside. Drive to Hue and visit a complex of monuments in the list of World Cultural Heritages such as Ngo Mon gate, the Forbidden Purple Palace, The Mieu Temple, etc. Taking a cruise boat on the Perfume River and enjoy Elegant Music - the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity will be an activity in our heritage tour. Spend the next two days to explore Hoi An, the ancient town with cultural and historical sites. The further location we will reach is My Son Holy Land in Da Nang – one of the 5 UNESCO World Heritages in Vietnam. Heading to the South Vietnam, we will discover Cu Chi Tunnel- one of historical relics of Vietnam left after the Vietnam War. Come and see how Viet Nam won the war. Take a city tour in Ho Chi Minh to visit some well-known spots of the busy city such as Reunification Palace Ben Thanh Market, Notre Dame Cathedral and the central Post Office for more experience of our journey in Vietnam.

 

Highlights

-         Visiting the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long – Hanoi - the World Cultural Heritages listed in 2010

-         Exploring the Vietnam Military Historical Museum, the Temples of Literature in Hanoi

-         Enjoying Xoan Singing in Phu Tho, Ca Tru and Folks Songs in Bac Ninh

-         Swimming, visiting stunningly beautiful grottos, doing some kayaking and enjoy some guided Tai Chi exercise on the sundeck in Ha Long Bay

-         Visiting a complex of monuments in Hue such as Ngo Mon gate, the Forbidden Purple Palace, The Mieu Temple.

-         Taking a cruise boat on the Perfume River and enjoying Elegant Music - the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

-         Visiting Hoi An, a well-preserved example of a traditional Asian trading port.

-         Visiting My Son Holy Land – one of the 5 UNESCO World Heritages in Vietnam

-         Traveling to Cu Chi Tunnel in Sai Gon to see how Viet Nam won the war

Day 1: Thang Long Imperial City

The Central Sector of the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long -- Hanoi, located in the heart of the capital of Viet Nam, is the most important and best-preserved part of the ancient Imperial Citadel of Thang Long. The Citadel was listed in the World Cultural Heritages in 2010. The Thang Long Imperial Citadel was built in the 11th century by the Vietnamese Ly Dynasty, marking the independence of the Đại Việt. It was built on the remains of a Chinese fortress dating from the 7th century, on drained land reclaimed from the Red River Delta in Hanoi. It was the centre of regional political power for almost thirteen centuries without interruption. We start with the Vietnam Military Historical Museum, then head to the Central Sector of the Citadel. Have lunch before visiting the Temples of Literature in the afternoon. The Temple has 82 stone steles which provide information about candidates who received doctorates in Vietnam in the past.  

 

Day 2: Xoan Singing

After breakfast, we head to Phu Tho province, some 100 kms in the Northwest of Hanoi following the National Highway 2. Xoan singing is believed to have been practised in the province since Hung kings time, in the first two months of the lunar year. Traditionally, singers from Xoan guilds performed songs in sacred spaces such as temples, shrines and communal houses for the spring festivals. There are three forms of Xoan singing: worship singing for the Hùng kings and village guardian spirits; ritual singing for good crops, health and luck; and festival singing where villagers alternate male and female voices in a form of courtship. Knowledge, customs and techniques for singing, dancing and playing drum and clappers are traditionally transmitted orally by the guild leader. However, the majority of bearers are now over sixty years in age, and the numbers of people who appreciate Xoan singing have decreased, particularly among the younger generations. Xoan singing is the intangible cultural heritage in need of urgent safeguarding of Vietnam.

We head to the museum of Hung Kings right at the foot of Nghia Linh Mountains. The museum displays hundreds of bronze drums unearthed in the surrounding areas; all dated back some thousands years ago. We listen to the legends of how the Empire was established and how the Vietnamese ethnic people were born into this land. After lunch, we head to several temples worshipping Hung Kings. The steps up the temple and the view along provide a unique photo show opportunity. We visit a Xoan singing club and listen to one guild singing Xoan before getting back to Hanoi.

 

Day 3: Ca Tru Singing and Folk Songs

In the morning, we drive to Thanh Giong temple in the representative list of intangible cultural heritage of humanity. Each spring, before the rice harvest, the Việt people honour the mythical hero, god and saint, Thánh Gióng, who is credited with defending the country from foreign enemies, and is worshipped as the patron god of the harvest, national peace and family prosperity. The festival at Phù Đổng temple, which takes place in the fourth lunar month in the village of his birth, symbolically re-enacts his feats through the riding of a white horse into battle and the orchestration of an elaborate flag dance to symbolize the battle itself. The celebrations at Sóc temple, where saint Gióng ascended to heaven, take place in the first lunar month and include the ritual of bathing his statue and a procession of bamboo flowers to the temple as offerings to the saint.

In the afternoon we drive to Bac Ninh province, some 50 kms in the north of Hanoi to explore two other intangible heritages of Ca tru and folk songs. Ca trù is a complex form of sung poetry found in the north of Viet Nam using lyrics written in traditional Vietnamese poetic forms. Ca trù groups comprise three performers: a female singer who uses breathing techniques and vibrato to create unique ornamented sounds, while playing the clappers or striking a wooden box, and two instrumentalists who produce the deep tone of a three-stringed lute and the strong sounds of a praise drum. Some Ca trù performances also include dance. The varied forms of Ca trù fulfill different social purposes, including worship singing, singing for entertainment, singing in royal palaces and competitive singing. We will visit a Ca trù club at around 1pm.

On our way back to Hanoi, we will visit a club that focuses on Bac Ninh folk songs which are performed as alternating verses between two women from one village who sing in harmony, and two men from another village who respond with similar melodies, but with different lyrics. The women traditionally wear distinctive large round hats and scarves; the men’s costumes include turbans, umbrellas and tunics. The more than 400 song lyrics, sung with 213 different melody variations, express people’s emotional states of longing and sadness upon separation, and the happiness of the meeting of lovers.

 

Day 4-5: Halong Bay

Ha Long Bay possesses a tremendous diversity of caves and other landforms which derive from the unusual geomorphological process of marine invaded tower karst. These areas provide a unique and extensive reservoir of data for the future understanding of geoclimatic history and the nature of karst processes in a complex environment. Take a four hour drive to Halong Bay before boarding on our cruise boat. We will cruise through remarkable limestone formations of Halong Bay. We have the opportunities to enjoy a swim, visits to stunningly beautiful grottos and do some kayaking. Overnight on the cruise boat will be a memorable experience for your family. In the morning, enjoy some guided Tai Chi exercise on the sundeck. We continue sightseeing and cruising around Halong Bay, before turning to the harbor and driving back to Hanoi for our flight to Quang Binh.

 

Day 6: Phong Nha Natural Park

Phong Nha displays an impressive amount of evidence of earth’s history. It is a site of very great importance for increasing our understanding of the geologic, geomorphic and geo-chronological history of the region. Phong Nha is part of a larger dissected plateau, which also encompasses the Ke Bang and Hin Namno karsts. The limestone is not continuous and demonstrates complex interbedding with shales and sandstones. This, together with the capping of schists and apparent granites has led to a particularly distinctive topography. We sit on boat and cruise along the river to Phong Nha Cave. The deeper we go into, the more magical are the natural aspects of the caves. We take a walk along a large dry passage to discover the cave for 500m more. On our way are stunning stalactites, stalagmites, the remaining of Cham Altars and inscriptions inside.

 

Day 7-8: Complex of Monuments and Elegant Music

Hue is famous for its UNESCO heritages, and its complex of monuments are in the list of World Cultural Heritages. We start discovering the former capital city of Hue, a World Heritage site, well-known for its imperial city, relics, and emperor tombs. We start with the imperial city where the last 13 Vietnamese emperors lived and reined the country: Ngo Mon gate, the Forbidden Purple Palace, The Mieu Temple. Have our lunch before we visit the tomb of Khai Dinh emperor. A magnificent place that buried the king is seen as a symbol of glory luxury lifestyle.  

In the evening, we take a cruise boat on the Perfume River and enjoy Elegant Music, in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Nha Nhac developed during the Le dynasty (1427-1788) and became highly institutionalized and codified under the Nguyen monarchs (1802-1945). As a symbol of the dynasty’s power and longevity, Nha Nhac became an essential part of the court’s many ceremonies. However, the role of Nha Nhac was not limited to musical accompaniment for court rituals: it also provided a means of communicating with and paying tribute to the gods and kings as well as transmitting knowledge about nature and the universe.

 

Day 9-10: Hoi An

Hoi An, an exceptionally well-preserved example of a traditional Asian trading port, is an outstanding material manifestation of the fusion of cultures over time in an international maritime commercial centre. Archaeological finds and excavations have shown that there was a port and trading centre of the local Sa Huynh people along the Thu Bon River as early as the 2nd century BC. This continued to expand, especially during its most flourishing period from the late 16th to the early 18th centuries. It was through Hoi An that Christianity penetrated Vietnam in the 17th century. we visit Japanese covered bridge, Tan Ky Old hose, Phuc Kien Pagoda, Cham Museum and Chinese Assembly Hall. Then get back for a great swim in Cua Dai beach. The beach is clean, shallow and often calm. Enjoy seafood and local delicacies by the beach or in a restaurant. In the evening we explore this ancient city on foot or on rickshaw. The next day we take a half day bike tour to villages across the Thu Bon River. Enjoy the fresh air and peacefulness of the countryside. In the early afternoon we take car to Da Nang, some 110 kms away.

 

Day 11: My Son Sanctuary

After breakfast, we start the journey by visiting My Son Holy Land – one of the 5 UNESCO World Heritages in Vietnam, some 40 kms from our resort. The destination is famous for its oriental architecture and ancient civilizations. My Son was the former kingdom of the ancient Cham people in Central Vietnam from the second to the thirteenth century. Their religion was primarily derived from Indian Hinduism. Considered one of the best-preserved Cham structures in Vietnam, the complex of My Son includes seventy Hindu-like towers and temples which were built around in the second century. In the afternoon, we transfer to Da Nang international airport for a short flight to Ho Chi Minh City.

 

Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City

In the morning we will explore an incredible network of underground tunnel designed and constructed to withstand fierce crack down of the external forces, the Cu Chi tunnel. Come and see how Viet Nam won the war. No word could describe it better than experience it yourself. In the afternoon, we start our city tour by visiting the War Remnants Museum to discover one chapter of the city, then head to Reunification Palace close by. Take a walk around Ben Thanh Market, Notre Dame Cathedral and the central Post Office. End of service.

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Tour prices get cheaper and cheaper as group size gets bigger and bigger. More people traveling together will reduce the prices

Staying in three starred hotels will reduce tour prices significantly, as accommodation accounts for a big share of total costs. We generally use hotels from three stars upwards.

Meals can be selected based on bread& breakfast; half board or full board. It is quite cheaper if you let us take care of your meals. However you can take a half board basis to experience the cuisine yourself.

The more sights you visit, the more tickets are bought and the more miles are run.

Selecting to travel in high seasons is generally 15-25% more expensive than in low seasons. However if you book a tour well in advance you will get rid of the risk

 

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