- Duration: 13 Days
- Location: Vietnam
- Available Seat: Available
- Price: $1019
This is the comprehensive alternative to our previous trip and shows you Vietnam close-up, from top to bottom.
What you experience
This is the comprehensive alternative to our previous trip and shows you Vietnam close-up, from top to bottom. It’s not just a change of direction – this trip packs another adventurous week into the itinerary. We’ll explore Hanoi, Halong Bay and visit the hill tribes of Sapa and colourful Bacha Market before slowly making our way South along stunning coastline to Ho Chi Minh City, the vibrant city and the mighty Mekong Delta.
DAY 1: ARRIVE HANOI (D)
Upon arrival in Hanoi, our tour guide will greet you and then transfer you to hotel. After checking in, you will be free to recover from your long flight. At night, attend the local restaurant for welcome celebration dinner with Vietnamese Cuisines. Overnight hotel stay in Hanoi.
DAY 2: HANOI CITY TOUR (B/L)
After breakfast at your hotel, visit Ho Chi Minh Complex including Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Presidential Palace, Ho Chi Minh’s House on Stilt and One Pillar Pagoda, then visit Temple of Literature, the first university in Vietnam. The next attraction is Vietnam National Museum of Ethnology, the special collection of 54 ethnic minorities. In the afternoon, make your way to Hoan Kiem Lake for Ngoc Son Temple and Dong Xuan Market. In the evening, you will be entertained by Water Puppet Show and Vietnamese traditional music at Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre. Stay overnight in Hanoi.
DAY 3: HANOI – TAMCOC (B/L)
Today, our tour guide will greet you at your hotel, and then off to Hoalu where you will visit two temples that honor King Dinh and King Le, who ruled the country in the end of the 10th century, then head to Tamcoc (Three Caves) where you will have a leisure boat trip along the Hoang Long River. The area is surrounded by limestone mountains, river tributaries and rice fields. The river trip is wonderful for photo hunters, especially when local people come to harvest the water rice planted along the river, or when they transplant some seeding for the next crop. The boat then will be rowed through the Three Caves on the river, all created by wind and water from a legendary time, while the sea had occupied this area. After the boat trip, enjoy lunch at the local restaurant, drive back to Hanoi then transfer to Hanoi Train Station for night train to Sapa. Overnight on the train.
DAY 4: SAPA (B)
As your train arrives at 06:00 AM, disembark and then drive up to Sapa which is located 1600m high above the sea level. Next, do pre check-in and enjoy breakfast at local restaurant. Later, go to Sapa Market and trek to Cat Cat, the home of Black Hmong ethnic minority. In the afternoon, drive to the Red Dao Village of Taphin. Next is to trek for 3 hours to another part of Sapa for the Black Hmong Village of Lao Chai and the Day Village of Ta Van. In the evening, you are free at leisure. Overnight at hotel in Sapa.
DAY 5: SAPA HOMESTAY (B/L)
Today, enjoy a biking tour for 1 hour, then take a leisure walk on a small trail running downhill toward a suspension bridge at the bottom of the valley set over the long beautiful river. The walk is through the rice paddy terraces, hill sides and you have many opportunities to enjoy the magnificent valley views and encounter animals like water buffaloes, goats or mountain pigs, which belong to the nearby Tay and Red Dao minorities. Next, you will cross the suspension bridge and enjoy lunch in a Tay minority stilt house. After lunch, you will follow another trail along the river towards the Ban Ho Village, also inhabited by Tay ethnic minority. If the weather permits, you can walk to a small waterfall near the village, where it is possible to swim. Ban Ho is situated in the large picturesque valley where you will stay overnight with local family. Stay overnight in Ban Ho.
DAY 6: SAPA – BAC HA – HANOI (B/L)
After having our breakfast, we take scenic journey to the Bac Ha Market. There will be 3 hours driving in the mountainous area with fresh atmosphere and splendid view on the way. Bac Ha Market is the largest market in the region where 10 ethnic minorities gather to buy and sell home-made products or house livestock. They also get together in the market to eat and drink or just simply chat with friends about daily job and family. Visit the vestige of the Royal Palace for Hmong’s King built by French in the beginning of 20th century. In the late afternoon, go back to Lao Cai Train Station for overnight train to Hanoi, on the way, stop at the border gate between Vietnam and China, then embark on the night train. Overnight on train.
DAY 7: HALONG BAY
Today, at the train arrival in Hanoi Train Station, have “Pho” the typical breakfast for Vietnamese people. Leaving Hanoi by road for Halong Bay Cruise, enjoy the drive in the rural area with scenic view of rice paddy field in the Red River Delta. You may be lucky enough to see cows or pigs on a motorbike or Vietnamese kids riding on water buffalo while flying kites. On the way, enjoy famous Vietnamese Coffee at Vietnam Handicraft Center then continue to Halong City. Upon arrival, check-in the Vietnamese wooden cruise in Halong Bay. Journey along the spectacular limestone islands and floating villages while having seafood lunch, then disembark to visit ‘Sung Sot’ or Surprising Cave, one of the most beautiful grottos in Halong Bay. the next stop is Titop Island where you can swim in crystal water or climb up to the top for panoramic view. In the evening, you will be delighted by candlelight dinner on board with seafood dishes. Overnight stay on cruise in Ha Long Bay.
DAY 8: HALONG BAY – HANOI (B/L)
A breakfast will be served in the restaurant with the combination of Western style and local cuisines. Experience the Bay up close and personal with a leisure sampan tour to Hang Luon or Lagoon Cave which allows you to see the flora and fauna system of Cat Ba National Park, then continue to Halong City. Disembark and then enjoy the last seafood meal at local restaurant. In the afternoon, go back to Hanoi. Stay overnight at hotel in Hanoi.
DAY 9: HANOI – HO CHI MINH CITY (B)
Breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Hanoi Airport for short flight to Ho Chi Minh City, Upon arrival, check-in the hotel. Enjoy the oriental tour to the Reunification Palace, the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Colonial Post Office, the War Remnant Museum and Chinatown where you will visit Thien Hau Temple and Binh Tay Market. Stay overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.
DAY 10: HOCHIMINH CITY – CU CHI TUNNEL – CAO DAI TEMPLE (B)
Today, go to Cu Chi Tunnels built by Vietnamese fighters during the Vietnam War. Discover the various mantraps, bombs, their life underground and stories. Then drive to Tay Ninh for Cao Dai’s religious service. In the afternoon, enjoy shopping time in District 1. In the evening, our tour guide will host farewell dinner at local restaurant with Vietnamese dishes. Stay overnight in Ho Chi Minh City Hotel.
DAY 11: HO CHI MINH – MEKONG DELTA (B)
Today, depart for the Mekong Delta Tour. The first stop is My Tho City where you embark on boat to visit colorful Cai Be Floating Market and privately-owned factories that produce rice papers and coconut candies, then enjoy sampan trip to smaller tributaries and canals. In the afternoon, continue the cruise to Vinh Long to discover beautiful landscapes along the river and observe the typical Mekong Delta rural life. Drive to Can Tho and check-in hotel. Overnight stay in Can Tho.
DAY 12: MEKONG DELTA – HO CHI MINH CITY (B)
Today, enjoy the morning cruise to the Cai Rang Floating Market and Rumani Von Xa Pagoda, one of the typical Khmer Pagodas. Then leave Can Tho for Ho Chi Minh City. In the evening, our tour guide will host farewell dinner at local restaurant. Overnight hotel stay in Ho Chi Minh City.
DAY 13: HO CHI MINH CITY DEPARTURE (B)
Departure, end of the program.
What are included ?
- Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast
- Boat trip in Mekong, in Halong Bay
- Train tickets
- Meals (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
- Private transportation for tour and transfer
- Sightseeing tickets
- English speaking tour guide
What are not included ?
- International and domestic airline ticket
- Visa stamp and fee
- International Departure Tax
- Personal Travel insurance
- Personal expenses and tips