Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
Arrival at Vietnam airport, our driver will meet outside with a meeting board showing your name to transfer you to hotel in Hanoi.
Overnight at Hotel in Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi exploring
Our guide will pick up you at your hotel for a city tour. Highlighted tourist attractions in Hanoi: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, President Palace, Ho Chi Minh’s house-on-stilt, One-pillar Pagoda, Van Mieu Temple (the first University in Vietnam), Ethnology Museum, Hoan Kiem Lake, Water puppet show, Cyclo trip. After dinner take a night train to Lao Cai.
Overnight on train to Lao Cai.
Day 3: Lao Cai arrival - Sapa - Y Linh Ho - Lao Chai - Ta Van
An early morning arrive Lao Cai station. Our guide will pick-up you with a meeting board showing your name. Transfer to Sapa town.
Join a group to start 12 km of trekking, visit Y Linh Ho and Lao Chai villages of the H’mong minority. After lunch at a local family in Lao Chai or in a drinking shop nearby the river bank, we keep on hiking to Ta Van village of the Dzay where we stay overnight in a local family. Here you have opportunity to experience their daily life and custom.
Day 4: Trekking Ta Van - Su Pan - Sapa
Today we have 14 km walking to visit 2 villages of the red Dzao, the H’mong (Giang Ta Chai & Su Pan). Visit a beautiful waterfall and rattan bridge. Enjoy landscapes… through bamboo forest on the way to the main road to get the car to return to Sapa. Overnight at a hotel in Sapa.
Day 5 (Sunday): Sapa - Bac Ha - Lao Cai - Hanoi
Upon leaving Sapa we set off on our scenic drive through the border town of Lao Cai to the colorful Sunday Market at Bac Ha.
Located at 110 km from Sapa, Bac Ha mountain town is well-known among travelers for the most colorful market of the hill tribes in the North of Vietnam. This every-Sunday-market attended by at least 8 ethnic groups and last from 9:00 AM until 2:00 PM. It is also chance for tourists to discover the H’Mong King’s palace (old building built by the French & Chinese).
In the afternoon, we go for a light trek to visit Ban Pho, the village is home to flower H’mong minority.
Afternoon transfer to Lao Cai city, after dinner take the train back to Hanoi.
Overnight on the train to Hanoi.
Day 6: Hanoi - Halong Bay
Our guide will pick-up and take you to hotel in Hanoi by taxi for refreshing before joining the trip to Halong Bay.
Upon arrival at Halong harbor, embark on our junk boat followed by a short safety briefing. Then savor a multiple course lunch while the boat smoothly gliding through numerous limestone islands that emerging unevenly from emerald green water. This afternoon, we will visit Amazing Cave (Hang Sung Sot), one of the most beautiful caves in the Bay which will surprise your eyes as indicated in its name. And before entering it, be patient to listen to your tour guide to introduce the interesting legend of Halong Bay, why it has the name “Ha Long – Descending Dragon”. After the cave’s explosion, return to the main boat, enjoy sunset party with fresh fruits, juices and sweets then attend a short cooking demonstration with our chef.
Dinner is served at around 19.00. After that, we will play some board game together, join squid fishing, socialize with others, making friends or just laze around. Stay overnight on boat (private, AC, twin cabin with bathroom).
Day 7: Halong Bay – Hanoi - Hue
Let’s get up early to catch the sunrise, a wonderful moment for nice photo shooting. Warm up your body with our Tai Chi exercises on sundeck to be ready for more activities later. Have breakfast at the dining room while the boat starts cruising to the Natural Preservation Zone. Finally, it’s time for you to enjoy wonderful kayaking on the Bay, you can choose to explore yourself the surrounding areas or visit floating house to learn about the daily life of the fisherman who live there. After that, return to the main boat to cruise back to the harbor. Have farewell lunch and last chance to enjoy the scenic beauty of Halong Bay.
Get on shuttle bus to return to Hanoi, arrive at your hotel at around 16.30-17.00. You will be dropped off in the Old Quarter and have some time for dinner then manage yourself to go to the train station for night train to Hue. Overnight on train in 4-soft berth cabin with air conditioner.
Day 8: Hue city tour half day
Arrive in Hue station at around 10am. Meet your tour guide and be transferred to hotel for some relaxing. In the afternoon, visit the Imperial Citadel Complex of Hue located on the north bank of Perfume River. It is a huge complex covering an area of 520ha and comprising three circles of ramparts: Hue Capital Citadel, Royal Citadel and Forbidden Citadel. This is a good chance to learn about Vietnamese feudalism as well as the history of the last feudal dynasty of Vietnam.
If time permit, we will spend sometimes at Dong Ba market before returning you back to your hotel. Free in the evening. Overnight at hotel in Hue.
Day 9: Hue Countryside and Royal Tomb
After breakfast at hotel, we head to Bao Vinh old wharf for a nice boat cruise on Perfume river. Then by bike to visit Sinh village which is famous for traditional painting, followed by Thanh Tien paper flower making village.
Return to the boat and continue cruising along the river. We will then stop at Thien Mu pagoda erected during the reign of the first Lord Nguyen Hoang, lays on the bank of the river.
Next stop is Thuy Bieu village, famous for its plantation of high quality grapefruits. The village contains many centenarian houses hidden among fruit trees. The characteristics of these houses – gardens contribute to the preservation of the customs and traditions of Vietnamese culture and architecture of Nguyen Dynasty. We will have chance to enjoy the tranquility of the village by cycling around to visit local temples, school, houses, market…, and observe the local daily life.
Lunch is served in a local family and you will also enjoy some foot massage with medicinal herbs.
Afternoon program is to visit the Royal Tomb of Tu Duc, then visit incense making and conical hat making workshops. Return by car to Hue city center, drop off at your hotel. Stay overnight in Hue.
Day 10: Hue - Hoi An
The coastal drive from Hue to Hoi An is viewed as the most beautiful drive in Central Vietnam. It takes you through the unique combination of rural, mountainous and coastal settings. On the way, you will enjoy spectacular view over Lang Co beach from Hai Van pass. Arrival in Hoi An, free for leisure.
Overnight at hotel in Hoi An.
Day 11: Hoi An – My Son – Hoi An
Today we will join group tour to visit My Son Sanctuary, the “Valley of Kings” as described by French historians and was once the capital of Champa Kingdom from 4th to 15th century.
Following a traditional dance performance, your walking tour to the Cham ruins begins with a short ascent along a jungle bordered track. While you explore the area your guide will explain the history of the religious site which served as a burial place for the Cham monarchs centuries ago.
Drive back to Hoi An to start our boat trip on Thu Bon river. Departing from Nguyen Hoang dock, your boat journey of approximately two hours will take you past Duy Hai fishing village, Tra Nhieu - weaving village, Kim Bong carpentry village and Cam Thanh coconut jungle village.
The boat trip will finish at Nguyen Hoang dock in the old town. You will be free to explore the old town or return to your hotel by your own means.
Overnight at hotel in Hoi An.
Day 12: Hoi An - HCM City
Enjoy your free morning in the charming Hoi An town until pick-up time to go to the airport for flight to HCMC.
Upon arrival, get your private transfer to go to your hotel in city center. Free for your own activities. Overnight at hotel in HCM City.
Day 13: Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi
Join a group to have a city tour and visit Cu Chi tunnels.
In the morning, we will visit the most famous tourist attractions in city center including Notre Dame Cathedral, Center Post Office Building, Reunification Palace and War Remnants Museum. Ben Thanh market is optional in this morning if time permit.
In the afternoon, we leave the city center for Cu Chi commune. Located 60km from HCMC, Cu Chi is now a popular spot for both Vietnamese & foreign tourists - the network of over 200km of tunnels became legendary when they played a vital role in the War. In their heyday, the tunnels were functioning underground cities including numerous trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers & kitchens.
Today, ducks and water buffalos happily co-exist in the rivers along the side of the road. However, the peaceful rural rice paddy scenery belies the area’s violent history. Visitors will find it hard to imagine the destruction, damage & defoliation over this whole area, caused by bombing and mines. There is plenty of evidence of the fierce battle that took place here during the 1960s when Cu Chi was a "Free Target Zone".
Before entering the tunnels visitors can watch a short introductory video showing how the tunnels were constructed. You will spend the next hour exploring the tunnels. Afterwards, enjoy tea, cassava (guerrilla’s food during the war). Return to HCMC center.
Day 14: Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong tour
Leave Ho Chi Minh city, enjoy the scenic journey along the way bordered by green rice fields. On arrived at My Tho, visit Vinh Trang pagoda, take a leisurely boat ride along the river, view stilt houses, fruit plantations and fishing villages along the river bank. Proceed to Tortoise islet, have lunch in the orchard garden. Then a boat ride to An Khanh – a less touristy attraction in Ben Tre, enjoy cruising on a hand-rowed sampan under the shade of the water coconut trees along natural canals, then enjoy seasonal fruit& honey tea to the sound of "Southern Vietnamese folk music", performed by the locals. Visit a family business which epitomizes the idyllic rural lifestyle, taste delicious coconut candy& observe the pastoral life as you roam through fruit plantations and villages. Proceed to Can Tho. Free time to visit bustling Can Tho market.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 15: Mekong - Ho Chi Minh City
Take a leisurely boat trip to explore the picturesque tributaries of the Lower Mekong river ( Bassac River), then proceed to visit Cai Răng floating market (& Phong Dien is optional), which are the liveliest in the whole religion.
Have you ever tasted Vietnamese vermicelli soup? Well, now go and see how it is made. Then wander around the village and meet the friendly local people and experience how to cross a "Monkey bridge" which is built by only one stem of bamboo. Visit the orchard garden. Stop for lunch. Back to HCM city.
Day 16: Ho Chi Minh City - Departure
Free time to relax or further explore Ho Chi Minh City until pick-up time to go to Tan Son Nhat Airport for departure.
- Twin-shared rooms at 2, 3-star hotels.
- Twin-shared cabin on board (private bathroom), Halong Bay (1 night).
- 4-soft berth cabin on train Hanoi – Lao Cai and vice-versa (2 nights).
- 4-soft berth cabin on train Hanoi – Hue (1 night)
- Homestay with local people in Sapa and Mekong Delta (2 nights)
- Land transfer by A/C coach in touring days.
- Train ticket from Hanoi to Lao Cai and vice-verse (A/C soft sleeper, 4 berths cabin).
- Air ticket and all taxes from Da Nang to HCMC.
- Airport/station transfer to hotel and vice-versa (except airport transfer in the first and last days)
- Boat trip in Halong Bay (private cabin with bathroom).
- Boat trip in Mekong River.
- Join group tour as in the itinerary.
- Meals as mentioned in the program.
- Bottled water in touring days.
- English speaking guide in touring days.
- Entrance fees in touring days.
- Free visa service.
- Visa stamping fee.
- Travel insurances.
- Drinks and personal expenses (laundry, phone calls etc.).
- Early check-in and/or late check-out (if any)
- Tips and gratuities.
- Services not clearly mentioned above.
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