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Vietnam - A Southern Land of Viet people where attracts millions of tourist yearly, will also strongly attract you for years. But, if you have short time for your vacation, you can still explore throughout our beautiful country just with more than 2 weeks to see its sceneries, various life customs, culture, foods and so on.

Departure: Daily start

Tour type: Private tour

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HIGHLIGHT: 

  • Explore the historical sites, the most attractive sightseeings with a special Water Puppet show 
  • Visit Hoa Lu - ancient capital of Vietnam, take a boat along Tam Coc
  • Enjoy the natural beauties of Ha Long Bay - the UNESCO World Heritage Site, with many limestone islands and overnight on the Bay.
  • Deeply trekking in Sapa and meeting ethnic minority people, moutainous scenery, typical ethnic house on stilt 
  • Enjoy highland of Vietnam, with the highest peak in Indochina & a typical hill tribe people of Black Mong, Dzao, Tay, Nung  
  • Immerse in the tranquil atmosphere of Hue, with Imperial citadel and Royal life of Vietnamese Kings in Hue
  • Seeing ancient port and their unusual basket boats ply the water in Hoi An
  • Discovery of rural areas, farming life, and fruit gardens in the immense Mekong Delta with a boat ride along narrow canals and enjoy specialties of the region.
  • Visit the Central Highlands of Vietnam to see vast of coffee plantation, large farms all around the Highlands 
  • Going to the other highland of Vietnam, beside Sapa, that is Da lat, to compare how defferent betweet the highland in the North and the South 
  • Get sightseeing of Ho Chi Minh – the dynamic city in the South of Vietnam
  • Visit a floating marking with floating community which make you will comfort with people, living on water years to years 
  • Visit the Mekong Delta - the largest delta in Vietnam, to understand more about the variety culture of S shaped land - Vietnam
  • Learn how thousands of guerillas managed to stay underground many days at a time, also their great technique to conceal smoke from their cooking

 

DETAILS:

Day 1: Arrival In Ha Noi (Meal: No)

Arrival in Noi Bai International Airport, our English speaking guide & private car will welcome you at the airport with a sign board, transfer to the hotel in the city center for check in. After checking in, you are free at leisure. Overnight in Hanoi. (Hotel check in time: 14.00; Check out time: 12.00)

Inclusion: Hotel; airport transfer with tour guide

Day 2: Hanoi City Tour - Water Puppet Show - Overnight Train To Sapa (B/L)

08.00: Tour guide come & pick you up at your hotel. Start touring in Hanoi city by visiting the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Complex to explore the architectural and historical aspects of Uncle Ho’s final resting place. Just next door is Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts. Lying to one side of the mausoleum is the One Pillar Pagoda which was founded by Ly Thai To King in 1049. We will continue to the Buddhist Tran Quoc Pagoda in West Lake. It is one of the oldest pagodas in Vietnam.

After that, we keep going to The Temple of Literature or Quoc Tu Giam - Vietnam’s first university which was constructed in 1070.

You will have lunch in a local restaurant.

In the afternoon, we will proceed to visit The Museum of Ethnology (on every Sun, Tue, Thu and Sat) or visit Bat Trang Pottery Village (on every Mon, Wed, and Fri). 

Come back to the city central, we will take a cyclo tour 1hour around the old quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake to see the busy, cosy, disorder and colorful streets with interesting things on the roadside, visit Ngoc Son Temple on the Hoan Kiem Lake

Afterward, we will have a chance to take part in Water Puppet Show, which take you back to Vietnam in 19th century with Vietnamese farmer and their life and some funny storiestory. After the show, you have a short time for relaxing or arrange your own dinner 

20.00: Your tourguide come to pick you up to train station for overnight train to Sapa. (about 7.30hrs on train)

Inclusion: Soft bed in cabin on overnight train; transport; English speaking guide; meals: breakfast and lunch; all entrance fees, cyclo, water puppet show 

Day 3: Lao Cai - Sapa - Trekking To Hang Da – Hau Thao - Sapa - Overnight In Homestay (B/L/D)

06.00: Tour guide will pick you up at the train station to transfer to Sapa central and have breakfast in there. After your breakfast, we will start our tour from Sapa through a short road along the motor way southwards for 4 km with some stops for stunning scenery of Fansipan Mountain and Muong Hoa Valley. Trekking uphill along a large and rocky path for 2 hours to Hang Da Village of the Black H’mong which hides itself under lush trees on high elevation of the Den Thang Mountain. Explore the village, paying visiting to local families. Lunch break in the village.

After lunch, continue trekking along the same trail which goes on the high mountain side for about an hour which offers a great view of Muong HoaValley until arriving at Thao Hong Den, another village of the Black H’mong to pay a visit to several local families. To continue, you will go downhill for another hour along a dirt track to Pho Village at the center of Hau Thao Commune. Overnight in homestay with locals, communicate, have dinner with them to understand more about other hill tribe groups of Vietnam 

Remark: Depends on the weather conditions, your age and your healthy status, the trekking route can be consider to take as one of the option below:

     – Option 1: Lao chai - Ta Van (5 km, soft trek, very touristy)
     – Option  2: Cat Cat -  Y Linh Ho -  Lao Chai - Tavan (14 km, medium trek)
     – Option 3: Xau  Chau -  Xa Xeng - Hau  Thao -  Giang Ta Chai (14 km, medium trek, off the beaten tracky)

Inclusion: Homestay; transport; English speaking guide; meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner; all entrance fees

Day 4: Sapa Trekking To Villages: Hau Thao - Giang Ta Chai – Bus Back To Hanoi (B/L)

8.00: Start a short walk from Hau Thao Village to Giang Ta Chai, to further area of Sapa to sea wild scenery, quite villages with green fields on the way. You will reach the village Dzay, H’mong minorities from where you can enjoy views over endless rice paddies. Continue our trek to another trail through rice paddy fields with some houses. Their house  is normally built of land and  has no windows because of the cold in the winter. It is possible to stop by a primary school (close at weekend and summer time) for a quick visit. Transfer to Hanoi by shared sleeping bus (6 hours) to back to Hanoi.

Arrival in to Hanoi at around 22.00, tour guide will pick up and transfer to hotel for check in. Overnight in Hanoi.

Inclusion: Transport; English speaking guide; meals: breakfast and lunch; all entrance fees; sleeping bus from Sapa to Hanoi.

Day 5: Hoa Lu – Tam Coc - Overnight in Tam Coc (B/L)

08.00: Meet your tour guide at your hotel. We will drive around 2.5 hours to Hoa Lu - the historic capital of Viet Nam and the famous ancient temples of the Le and the Dinh Dynasties. You can see the royal citadel where the emperors lived and know more about part of feudal dynasties and historical periods in Vietnamese history.

Then you will have buffet lunch featuring Vietnamese cuisine in a local restaurant.

Continue to take a boat trip on Tam Coc, which is known as “Ha Long Bay on land”. You will have a chance to see views of majestic limestone cliffs and three mysterious caves, as well as countryside with peaceful streams, local houses, rice paddiesand deserted green fields.
Come to hotel for check in, then you will have free time to take a rest, see local market or take a free biking trip to see a peaceful village, to Thai Vi Temple, Bich Dong Pagoda or Mua Cave (Dancing Cave). Overnight in Tam Coc 

Inclusion: Hotel; transport; English speaking guide; meals: breakfast and lunch; all entrance fees, bike

Day 6: Tam Coc – Ha Long Bay - Overnight On Cruise (B/L/D)

08.00: Our tour guide and car pick you up from your hotel, transfer to Ha Long Bay.

08.30: Departure to Ha Long Bay for 4,5hours, including a short break on the middle way and depends on the traffic 

12.00: Arrive to Tuan Chau Harbor, 12:15 Welcome to cruise and enjoy Welcome drink, get a brief introduction about cruise and safety guidelines. Check-in your cabin.

12.30: Enjoy Vietnamese seafood and vegetarian lunch, while cruising in the magnificent Halong Bay, admiring the fascinating rock formations in the bay.

15.00: You at Tung Gau Area. The airy and fresh air, cool breezes, blue sea and sky, and natural seascape will captivate any visitors setting foot here. Especially, Tung Gau of Lan Ha Bay is extremely suitable for enjoying kayaking and swiming and then Visiting Halong Pearl Farm Village

17.30: Come back to our cruise and relax.

19.30: Time for dinner enjoying special food on the cruise.

21.00: Evening entertainments: play games on the cruise: cards game, chess, karaoke, squid fishing, and overnight on the cruise.

Inclusion: Cabin on cruise, Transport; English speaking guide; meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner; kayaking; swimming; all entrance fees

Day 7: Ha Long Bay - Hanoi - Fly To Hue - Overnight in Hue (B/L)

06.30: Early morning sun risers can enjoy Tai Chi lesson on sundeck.

07.00: Morning view of bay’s landscape with a cup of tea or coffee. Have a breakfast.

08:00: Arriving Sung Sot Cave (Amazing Cave) and joining with guide to visiting and explore the cave

10:00: Check-out and enjoy a fantastic cruise on the bay. Join cooking class guided directly by our chef cruise. You have chance to practice Vietnamese traditional dishes such as spring roll or famous cuisine of Vietnam.

11:00: Enjoy the lunch on cruise.

12:00: Our cruise are landing in Ha Long Bay Harbor, tourist say goodbye to sailors and finish the cruise.

12:30: Return to Hanoi by shuttle bus.

14:30: Stopover in Hai Duong Province to visit a ceramics workshop.

16:00 – 16:30: Arrive in Hanoi. Free at leisure or you can arrange your own dinner

Then, guide transfer you to Noi Bai Airport for fly to Hue. Tour guide in Hue pick up and transfer to hotel for check in. Overnight in Hue

Inclusion:  Hotel; transport; English speaking guide; meals: breakfast and lunch; all entrance fees

Day 8: Hue City Tour (B/L)

08.30: Our tour guide will pick you up at hotel for Hue city tour. We start to visit Thanh Toan Bridge - The only other tiled roof bridge in Vietnam aside from the one in Hoi An. This wooden arch bridge has been built for the local villagers who are out for farming and fishing. The old bridge served and still serving the local villagers on their daily life needs. The bridge connects the local market and the village houses. 

Visit Minh Mang tomb - The tomb of the most beloved Emperor of Nguyen dynasty. Minh Mang Tomb is considered as the most majestic of all of the Royal Tombs. The impressive architecture that complements with the nature gives you a good impression of the Emperor who lives within the walls of the 18 hectares tomb.

Continue to Khai Dinh tomb - The smallest but the most expensive tomb of all. Every corner of the tomb is very detailed which reflects how luxurious the emperor was. Lunch in a restaurant that serves Western, Asian and Vietnamese food.

Afterward, we keep going to Citadel - Imperial City, which is the home of Vietnam's last royal dynasty - the Nguyen Dynasty. This is the highlight of the tour. You will learn the rise, struggles and fall of the Nguyen Dynasty and how it affected the whole country. 

We will take a short stop in Thien Mu Pagoda - the oldest pagoda in Hue city. Then, get on a dragon boat cruise to see the sunset on the way back to the city. 

After the tour, drop you off at your hotel in Hue. Overnight in Hue.

Inclusion: Hotel; transport; English speaking guide; meals: breakfast and lunch; all entrance fees

Day 9: Hue – Transfer To Hoian - My Son Holyland (B/L)

Breakfast at hotel.

08.00: Pick up and transfer to Hoi An along Highway No1 which links Hanoi in the North to Sai Gon in the South of Vietnam. This driving is reputedly by the beautiful landscapes in all Vietnam, taking you past coastal fishing settlements, most notably Lang Co with its stunning lagoon backdrop. The driving also takes you over Hai Van pass (or "pass of the ocean clouds"). Lunch will be served in a local restaurant in Hoian.

In the afternoon: take a visit of My Son Sanctuary which was once an imperial city during the Champa dynasty, between the 4th and the 12th centuries. It comprises many Champa temples, in a valley roughly two kilometers wide, surrounded by two mountain ranges. It was the site of religious ceremony of kings of the Champa dynasty, and was also a burial place of Champa royals and national heroes. Spend about 1.5 hour to see a large complex of religious relics that comprises more than 65 architectural works. In 1999, UNESCO labeled the Cham architecture in My Son as a World Cultural Heritage Site. Overnight in Hoi An

Inclusion: Hotel; transport; English speaking guide; meals: breakfast and lunch; all entrance fees

Day 10: Hoi An Rice Planting And Fishing Tour (B/L) 

08.00: Picking you up at your hotel by mini- van, we will bring you over the countryside where bike are available to ride (If you don't know how to ride bicycles, you can take an optional choice with scooter "XE OM" services and pay extra about 120,000 VND ~ 6 USD).

You start the day by cycling to the local farmer in Cam Thanh Ecological village. Here you are greeted by a local host and then you join with them how to grow wet rice with their family.

Starting farming work like plough and raking with buffalo, riding water buffalo, learning how to transplant rice, flooding farm, grinding rice, pounding rice.

After then, our guide and van will bring down to a local fishing village. You will be boarded on boat.

Joining to go fishing with local fishermen at Phuoc Hai local fishing boat to experience local cast net CHAI.

Continue to visit water coconut palm jungle, enjoying the basket boat and visiting the water coconut palm forest.

Learn how to learn origami such as grasshoppers, flowers, rings, caps, bracelets toys made from water coconut leaves...,

Having fun to catch crab around the water coconut palm forest and after then boarding back boat, morning time you will get lunch and afternoon time you will get dinner on boat, and cold beer or soft drink we will bring you back to your hotel. Free and easy visit Hoi An in afternoon. Overnight in Hoi An.

Inclusion:  Hotel; transport; English speaking guide; meals: breakfast and lunch; all entrance fees

Day 11: Hoi An Ancient Town – Transfer to Kon Tum (B/L)

08.00: Take a short visit Hoi An Ancient Town

You will be collected at your hotel lobby, start taking a tour around the town: Walk to the ancient city, visit the Kwan Temple, Phuc Kien Chinese Assembly Hall, Tan Ky Old House, Japanese Cover Bridge and Historic & Cultural Museum in Hoi An. Then you have a traditional music performance & visit Hoi An’s handicraft workshop before coming back to the hotel.

Keep going to transfer to Kon Tum (288km). On the way, we will stop some times for short breaks and taking photo, a light lunch or enjoy more natural and historical tourist attractions such as: the major Dakto Battlefield during the American war, Charlie Hill, small waterfall, rice fields or Cham Tower. After having lunch, you will keep going to KonTum and arriving around 18.00 at your hotel in Kon Tum

Inclusion: Hotel; transport; English speaking guide; meals: breakfast and lunch; all entrance fees

Day 12: Kon Tum – City Tour & Kon Ko Tu Village Homestay  (B/L)

Breakfast at hotel.

08.30: We will do a a venture out to visit Gia Rai villages. The Gia Rai hill tribe group believes in the existence of genies and hold rituals connected to this faith. The group is a matriarchal society, in which the women are free to choose who they marry. The husband lives with the wife’s family and inheritance is passed on to the daughters. Each village has a communal house called a rong, a central stilt house with a tall, steeply pitched thatched roof. No nails are used in the bamboo construction.

In the afternoon, we will take a transfer with about 1hour, driving to visit the Sodra people in Kon Ray and Kon Bil Villages. Their homes are long stilt houses built out of bamboo and straw, secured with rattan. Keep driving to a Jo Long hill tribe village called Kon Du, catching glimpses of hand weaving on giant looms or the eerie wooden statues in the cemeteries.  

After checking in of the hotel, drive 30-minutes to the Bhanar Village of Kon Ko Tu. On arrival, start a 4-km trek from Kon Ko Tu Village along the Dak Bla Riverbank, where local villagers are hard at work tending buffaloes, preparing crops for harvest, and transporting their produce to the village market. Return by a pirogue to Kon Ko Tu village.

Tonight’s dinner is a local treat, including a Gong show and Xoang dancing and the chance to sample some local rice wine. Overnight in a homestay.

Day 13: Kon Tum to Buon Ma Thuot (280km ~ 05 Hours Driving) (B/L)

Check out and drive back 30-minutes to Kon Tum to explore the town’s old wooden church. It is an interesting blend of hill tribe and European architecture, Bishop’s House, Orphanage, Bana Village – one among the first minority groups in Central Highlands admiring the beautiful Rong house, Iron Suspension bridge, and Kontum Prison.

Depart from Kon Tum to Buon Ma Thuot in 5hrs, passing by countless coffee, rubber, and pepper plantations.

Close to Buon Ma Thuot, stop to enjoy the scenery and panoramic views of the lowland country. The region is inhabited by Jarai hill tribe, the largest ethnic group in the Central Highlands with an estimated population of 330,000 people.

After checking in the hotel, visit the local market with a huge array of fresh food, if time permits. It is a must to have some coffee on this journey. Buon Ma Thuot has lovely outdoor coffee shops to blend in with the locals and laze away the evenings. Overnight in Buon Ma Thuot

Day 14: Buon Me Thuot – Flight to Ho Chi Minh City (B/L)

Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City, transfer to the restaurant for lunch.After lunch, check in and free at leisure.

In the afternoon, visit Central Post Office, designed by Gustave Eiffel, and Notre Dame Cathedral, inspired by its counterpart in Paris.

Next, visit the moved War Remnants Museum which presents a partial, but riveting, view of the American war, as it is known in Vietnam.

Continue your city tour with a visit to District 5, formerly known as Cho Lon or Chinatown. Cho Lon, or ‘big market’, with its congested streets is where most of the city’s ethnic Chinese population lives. The district lives up to its name in the form of Binh Tay wholesale markets. Founded in 1778 the market sells a stunning array of goods and produce, ranging from fish to incense.

We will finish our city tour with a stop at the Thien Hau temple, otherwise known as ‘The Temple of the Heavenly Lady’, to marvel at its intricate friezes and coils of incense. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Inclusion:  Hotel; transport; English speaking guide; meals: breakfast and lunch; all entrance fees

Day 15: Ho Chi Minh – Cai Be – Vinh Long – Can Tho (Breakfast/Lunch)

Depart Ho Chi Minh City around 8.30 for a scenic morning drive to Cai Be. From Cai Be, take a boat trip along the mighty Mekong River and its tributaries to view the daily lives of people who work and play on the waterways of the Mekong Delta. The trip includes a visit to the floating market at Cai Be, and a family-run business producing pop rice, coconut candy, rice paper- a key ingredient in Vietnamese cuisine.

Lunch is on an island mid-river, in a local house set amongst fruit orchards and bonsai trees and then followed by a performance of traditional Vietnamese music.

Continue to Vinh Long by sampan boat, and proceed by car to Can Tho for overnight. Stay overnight in Can Tho.

Inclusion:  Hotel; transport; English speaking guide; meals: breakfast and lunch; all entrance fees

Day 16: Can Tho – Chau Doc (B/L)

After breakfast, 8.00 take a boat trip to explore the picturesque tributaries of the Lower Mekong River (Bassac River), then visit Cai Rang floating market, which are the best in the region. You will probably have tried Vietnamese vermicelli soup, so now go and see how it is made. Then wander around the village and talk with the local people. Learn how to cross a "monkey bridge" which is built from a single bamboo.

Break for lunch.

Proceed to Chau Doc. Overnight in Chau Doc.

Inclusion:  Hotel; transport; English speaking guide; meals: breakfast and lunch; all entrance fees

Day 17: Chau Doc – Ho Chi Minh City (B/L)

After breakfast, take a nice boat trip through the floating village to visit a fish farm to see how the Mekong Delta people raise fish in their floating houses. Visit the Cham minority with their traditional weaving village, followed by a local Islamic Mosque. Trip back to Ho Chi Minh City. Check in hotel. Stay overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Inclusion:  Hotel; transport; English speaking guide; meals: breakfast and lunch; all entrance fees

Day 18: Ho Chi Minh Departure (B)

Breakfast at hotel. Free at your own time until the driver meets you then transfers to the airport for your flight home or next destination. Tour ends.

Price from (USD):

Accommodation

3* STANDARD 

4* STANDARD 

DBL/TWN 

Single Extra

DBL/TWN

Single Extra

Room type 

1**5

1**5

1**5

1**5

Note:

 Price is in USD per persenger in Twin shared cabin

 Season promotion can be applied with further contact

Inclusion:

  • Accommodation as mentioned in hotel, homestay, cruise, train or sleeping bus in twin shared  
  • Private tour with English speaking guide (German, French, Dutch, Italian if required)
  • Transfers by A/C tourist coach/ vehicle/ train and other transfer (sharing tour) with mineral water
  • Transfer Hanoi - Sapa - Hanoi ... by overnight train or (sleeping bus) as mentioned 
  • Boat trip as per itinerary 
  • Domestic airfare from Hanoi - Hue, Buon Me Thuot - Ho Chi Minh City as per program
  • Motobikes in tour with fuels, helmets, parking fee, toll fees.... as per program 
  • All entrance fee as mentioned in the program 
  • VietnamVisa Invitation Letter for tour bookers 
  • Meals as mentioned in the program (B - Breakfast; L - Lunch; D - Dinner)
  • Government Tax (VAT) &  service charges 

Exclusion:

  • All International & (or other domestic airfare); visa stamping fee
  • Other meals, beverages, tips, gratuities and other personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • All other services which is mentioned above

What to bring?

  • Print out your Tour booking confirmation.
  • Bring your passport during the trip.
  • Take walking shoes, raincoat, jacket, extra clothes, torch, insect repellent and sunscreen...etc
  • Prepare cash for personal expenses

What to know?

  • Do not wear short clothes  when visiting pagodas, temples, mausoleum
  • Special food's request (diet or vegetarian, food allergy …) should be informed before your departure date.
  • Beside the essential items such as long sleeve clothes, hat, trekking shoes, sunscreen, mosquito repelent, you can carry some things more as camera, flash light, water etc
  • At the weekend (every Fri, Sat, Sun) Hanoi Old Quarter area does not allow vehicles, so we will inform you in advance to pick up/drop you off at streets nearby.
  • The period from April to October will good to pack a wide-brimmed hat, sunscreen (~SPF30) and from November to March, more warm clothing is advised.
  • Tour cost & availability can be changed in X'Mas, Western New Year and Vietnamese New Year. Please contact for more information
  • After and rowing boat trip, the boat rower always expect the guest's tipping some 2 USD for their hard work (We also had to pay their fee "as salary" already).
  • During the period March to November it will good to pack a wide-brimmed hat, sunscreen (at least SPF15), a reliable insect repellent a camera and lots of batteries. Warm clothing for the cooler months of November to March is advised. How much luggage can I take? Your vehicle has limited space so please keep your luggage to a maximum of 15kgs in a backpack or a small day pack to hand carry for easy access to camera, sunscreen, water etc. Inhibitions can be left in the luggage storage rooms at your hotel with your other unwanted baggage.
  • We only support to pick up at hotels are located in Bui Vien street, De Tham street or Pham Ngu Lao street. Please kindly be informed
  • Surcharged can be applied if upgrade from Bus/ train ticket to flight tickets (upon the clients request) 

 

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