Vietnam Adventure Holiday

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TOUR SUMMARY

Stand up with its name, this tour will take you on an unforgettable adventure from South to North Vietnam. Your 15 days holiday will be full of fun activities, exploration and unique experiences. You will be amazed by many special and authentic experiences ranging from riding motorbike around city as local to try all the best foods, cruising on Mekong Delta river, Ha Long Bay or explore ancient city of Hue, Hoi An or Hanoi. Sapa, Hoi An and Ha Long Bay with breathtaking scenery will become a perfect spot for your relaxing time as well. Join in the tour with us and start to build your lifetime memory today.

 Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City Arrival

 Day 2: Cu Chi Tunnel – Explore Saigon Culinary on Bike

 Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta - Cai Be - Overnight in Homestay

 Day 4: Cai Be – Ho Chi Minh City - Flight to Hue

 Day 5: Explore Hue City - Hoi An

 Day 6: Explore Hoi An Town

 Day 7: Hoi An - Biking, Fishing & Farming in Cam Thanh

 Day 8: Hoi An - My Son Sanctuary - Flight to Hanoi

 Day 9: Hanoi City Tour – Train to Sapa

 Day 10: Lao Cai – Sapa – Y Linh Ho- Lao Chai - Ta van

 Day 11: Cat Cat Village – Sapa – Bus to Hanoi 

 Day 12: Hanoi - Halong Bay

 Day 13: Ha Long Bay - Lan Ha Bay

 Day 14: Halong Bay - Hanoi

 Day 15: Hanoi Departure

FULL ITINERARY

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City Arrival (Meals: None)

Upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat airport, our driver will welcome you, hold your name board and transfer you to your hotel in Ho Chi Minh city. Free at leisure on the rest of the day. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City – Explore Saigon Culinary on Bike (Meals: Breakfast, Dinner)

Our today tour will depart at 01.00 Pm in the afternoon. Our guide and car will pick you up from your hotel and depart to visit Cu Chi - a byzantine maze of underground passages, chambers, rooms and booby traps used during the war. You'll be able to get an idea of what it would have been like to live, sleep and eat in the underground passages and bunkers during the fierce battles above and below the surface. Return to the city for lunch at a tasty restaurant in the city centre.

Right after that, you will join in our special culinary tour. You are a foody and expect to explore the best of Sai Gon culinary. How about taking a big fun ride around Saigon and see its lively daily life as well as tasting all the best foods the city has to offer? Saigon has long been rated one of the best cities for street food in the world. Let’s get on the motorbikes and give it a go to taste the most amazing dishes Saigon has to offer. This tour is tailored to give our foreign guests the most unique and authentic experience of Saigon’s cuisine. Our guide will ride the bike and take you to the most popular eateries for locals, most of which are out of the touristy area and located in hidden alleyways. Besides the part of all delicious and unlimited food, you can also enjoy the city as we will zip around on the bikes from place to place for the dishes while receiving an insiders’ view into the culture that defines Saigon from our guides, who are so much passionate in showing you the bests of their city. Transfer back to Hotel. Overnight in Hotel in Ho Chi Minh.

Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta - Cai Be - Overnight in Homestay (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) 

Discovery what it is that makes Mekong Delta so special with our daily Cai Be Floating Market Tour. This tour gives you a fantastic opportunity of seeing how the Mekong Delta people get on with their busy life. For people living in Mekong, their lives are attached to rivers, water. Almost activities could be organized on river as living, working, market gathering… You will be introduced to their beautiful lifestyle when cruising among the local boats, biking around the village and interact with locals here.

Around 07.30 Am in the morning, our guide and minivan tour bus will pick you up from your hotel in Center Ho Chi Minh City and start drive to Vinh Long town. When arrival, board on a local motorboat and star cruising on Mekong River. Our guide will introduce to you the floating market, trading culture and floating houses of local here. Since Mekong Delta land is split by huge cannel systems, you will then take a rowing sampan and explore the area by sampan boat that locals use to transfer around. Enjoy the tranquil atmosphere and green fruit garden on two sides. We will stop to visit local some workshops including pop-rice, rice-paper, coconut candy producing, honey tea, snake wine… to see how local people here utilize rice, coconut and other agriculture materials and turn them into delicious products.

The boat will then transfer you to a beautiful ancient house that still well preserved after many generations. You will be welcome by family members and the host will prepare the lunch for you. The host will also teach you how to cook “Banh Xeo” dish so you can join in cooking and make your own dish. Enjoy your lunch with authentic Vietnamese southern meals and learn more about Vietnamese family lifestyle and culture from the host. 

After the lunch, we will then take your bike and start cycling around the village. The bicycle ride will take you around the village, introduce to you the genuine beautiful Vietnamese houses and community. It will be a great opportunity to take photos of this beautiful water land. If time permit, we will stop by a drying fruit factory and a local pagoda. The bike ride under peaceful canopy of this water lands will bring you a peaceful experience, shake off the busy lifestyle of city.

Day 4: Cai Be – Ho Chi Minh City - Flight to Hue (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)

Enjoy your breakfast at home-stay with beautiful tranquil atmosphere. After breakfast, say good bye to our host and we will hop on the boat and start explore the area. We will be visiting Mr Ba Duc's ancient house, a well preserved house in harmonious combination of two architectural styles: Vietnamese and French. Stop by a rice-husking mill to learn about the procedure for rice production. Stop by a small handcrafted workshop of "Cham La" to see how the local use the coconut leaves and weave them into the roofs of homes.

We continue cruising on beautiful Mekong River with green scenery along the bank and daily life of locals from the cruise. Arrive at another local house, enjoy warm welcome from the host and cheer a rice wine cup with the host. Enjoy an exciting walk around the huge fruit garden of the host and learn more about exotic local tropical fruits. Enjoy lunch served at local house; you will head back to HCMC by Mini Van/Bus.

Our car will then transfer you to Tan Son Nhat airport for your flight to Hue city. Upon arrival at Phu Bai airport, our driver will pick you up and transfer you to hotel in Hue center. Overnight in Hue.

Day 5: Explore Hue City - Hoi An (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)

We firstly transfer to visit Tu Duc tomb, one of the most beautiful works of royal architecture of the Nguyen dynasty. After studying the secret stories behind the tomb, we'll drive back to the city center with some stopovers at the conical hat and incense sticks village to know about handicraft villages in Hue. Enjoy lunch with tradition Hue cuisines that known for its exquisite and elegant cooking styles. We'll then continue our Hue day trip with a visit to the Royal Citadel - one of the best places in Hue to experience the tradition, culture and rhythms of the Vietnamese Royal life in the past. We will then take a boat along Perfume River to the next attraction, Thien Mu Pagoda - a picturesque landscape besides Perfume River and a perfect place to enjoy peaceful and serene atmosphere that also gives you chance to watch praying time of the monks here.

We then transfer by car to Hoi An on 4 hour ride and reach Hoi An by late afternoon. Check in your hotel and overnight in Hoi An.

Day 6: Explore Hoi An Town (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)

After breakfast at hotel, you will star to explore Hoi An, a former port that welcomed Chinese, Dutch, French, Japanese, Portuguese and Arab merchants between the 16th to 18th centuries. The tour includes stops at several famous landmarks including Chua Ong Pagoda, Phuc Kien Assembly Hall, to see the Jinshang Temple which is dedicated to the goddess of the sea and the protector of sailors.  From there it’s a short walk to Tam Ky House, a 200 year old ancestral house and finally, stroll across the often photographed 17th century covered bridge built by Japanese craftsmen. The beautifully built bridge doubles as a temple and is a major landmark of Hoi An. Back to hotel and free at leisure on the rest of the day. Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 7: Hoi An - Biking to Tra Que - Fishing & Farming in Cam Thanh Village (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)

This tour will take you to Cam thanh villages, located next to Thu Bon river, with a lush Nipa forest spread over an area of ​​several hundred hectares and hundreds of hidden channels tangled beneath the broad leaves, was the refuge for VC the war. Tra Que Village is a small vegetable village that supplys fresh herbs and vegetable for Hoi An Town and nowadays, visitors can not only enjoy the fresh air and beautiful scenery, but also have the opportunity to unite with the warm and peaceful life for these villagers.

Around 08.30 AM, our guide will pick you up at hotel lobby and we will departure by bicycle to Cam Thanh Village. The bicycle ride takes you through the peaceful green palm forest, provides countless opportunities for taking photos. We will arrive at a local house in Cam Thanh Village. We will then get on boat and participate in daily works of local fishermen such as rowing, fishing techniques… Stay relaxed at Mr. Phong house and enjoy a cup of green tea before wandering around the village to observe local lifestyle . We will then continue our trip to Tra Que Village. The ride will go through vast rice fields before our stop at Ba Le market where locals exchange and trade their agriculture products. We arrive Mr. Chinh’s house around noontime. After enjoying a welcome drink, you will have a chance becoming a genuine farmer with Vietnamese traditional clothes, hat and tools. We will head to the farm and participate in different farming works that bring you unique experiences.

We come back to Mr. Chinh’s house and enjoy a traditional foot massage with herbs therapy that help you recover after working time on the field. The host will then prepare you a lunch that you can participate in cooking Vietnamese traditional foods. Enjoy your lunch in a warm atmosphere of a local farmer family. We will then bike back to Hoi An town. On our way we will stop by Chuc Thanh pagoda, the oldest pagoda in Hoi An that was built in 1671 featured many beautiful bronze details and valuable antiques of 17-18 century. We arrive back to Hoi An town around 03.00 PM. Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 8: Hoi An - My Son Sanctuary - Flight to Hanoi (Meals: Breakfast)

In the morning, your guide and car will pick you up at hotel and transfer you to My Son Sanctuary on a ride of 40km.  When you reach the My Son Sanctuary, follow your guide on a walking tour around the impressive tower-temples — remains of the political and religious capital of the Champa Kingdom. By the 13th century, more than 70 similar temples had been built, establishing My Son as a sanctuary of Hinduism in the Champa Kingdom. As you marvel at sandstone bas-reliefs depicting scenes from Hindu mythology, learn about the My Son civilization’s devotion to Hindu deities like Krishna, Vishnu and Shiva. After My Son tour, we will transfer back directly to Danang airport for your flight to Hanoi.

Upon arrival at Hanoi, our driver will welcome you and transfer you to your hotel in Old Quarter. Free at leisure on the rest of the day. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 9: Explore Hanoi City – Night train to Sapa (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)

Your private car and tour guide pick you up at your hotel. We will start your full day city tour by visiting Ho Chi Minh Complex including of Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, Ba Dinh square, Presidential Palace (Outside Only), Uncle Ho’s House on stilt, One pillar pagoda. The tour in Ho Chi Minh complex provides tourist a clear understanding about the hero of Vietnam - Ho Chi Minh and Vietnam's modern history. Then visit the Temple of Literature - Vietnam's first university, built in 1076 and at first used for education of royal children only. Throughout its hundreds of years of activity in the feudal, thousands of Vietnamese scholars graduated from this university. Have lunch at local restaurant and try Vietnamese traditional food. 
You’ll visit Hoan Kiem Lake, the heart and soul of Hanoi, listen to the legend of the lake and learn more about history of the city. Finally visit Museum of Ethnology, one of four the best museum in Asia. Occupying a modern structure, the terrific collection here features well-presented tribal art, artifacts and everyday objects gathered from across the nation. In the museum, tourist exploring Vietnam’s diversity culture and life style of 54 ethnic groups, walking in houses on still of ethnic people to experience their life style or traditional ritual. Exploring the famous Hanoi Old Quarter on electric Car or Cyclo to understand more about the life style of Vietnamese people. Dinner is on your own arrangement. Transfer to Hanoi train Station and catch the night train to Lao Cai. Overnight on train.

Day 10: Lao Cai – Sapa – Y Linh Ho- Lao Chai - Ta van (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Arrive in Lao Cai station at 5:00 in the morning. You are welcomed by driver, then transfer by bus to Sapa. The bus ride uphill to Sa Pa takes a little over an hour, giving you a glimpse of the stunning vistas and impressive rice terraces. You will have breakfast at hotel before we start 12 km of trekking to visit Lao Chai villages of the H’mong minority. The trekking route offers some challenges as you balance on the rice terraces and a small trail on the steep mountainside. The vegetation is dense as the trail leads up to a peaceful village perched on the Hoang Lien mountainside. Head downhill and relax by a local stream for a picnic lunch. After lunch, we continue trekking to Ta Van village of the Dzay. Transferring back to Sapa town. Overnight in hotel in Sapa.

Day 11: Cat Cat Village – Sapa – Bus to Hanoi  (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)

After breafast, we start the day with an easy trek to visit Cat Cat village. The trekking will take you along local paths, up and down rice terraces and into the villages and home of local hill tribes. Enjoy a beautiful waterfall and rattan bridge with picturesque landscapes. The rest of the day is free at your leisure. Around 4 Pm transfer by bus back to Hanoi city. The ride is about 5.5 hour and we will stop at half way for break. Reach Hanoi city around 10.00 PM, check in your hotel and overnight in Hanoi.

Day 12: Hanoi - Halong Bay (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

You will arrive in Hanoi in early morning and then check in mini hotel for rest and breakfast. Around 8.00AM, our driver will pick you up then starting the 3 and a half hours drive to Halong Bay. Embark on Cruise followed by cruise briefing.
Savor a sumptuous lunch while boat cruising further along the limestone islands of Fighting Cock, Dog Rock and Incense Burner. You'll have chance to visit Amazing Cave, the most beautiful and biggest cave in Halong Bay. Then back to the boat to enjoy drinks on Sundeck, snap photos the view of the Bay, go swimming or just relax as the sun starts to set.
Those who fancy some experience in cooking Vietnamese dishes can join in our brief Vietnamese cooking demonstration on board while having some free drink. Dinner is served with selection of Vietnamese food and seafood. Socialize with other guests or just laze around. Overnight on board in a tranquil area. (Evening activities available: night squid fishing, karaoke, dancing...)

Day 13: Ha Long Bay - Lan Ha Bay (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Start your day with Tai Chi on the Sundeck while complimentary tea & coffee are served. Our cruise weighs anchor to sail through the bay and pass by several beautiful places such as Trong (Drum) cave, Trinh Nu (Virgin) cave, Coc Ngoi (Toad) Islet, etc. Early breakfast will be served in the dining room. You then will transfer to a smaller boat for Lan Ha Bay excursion. Spend your day with guided kayaking and swimming at Three Peaches beach, a pristine natural beach lapped by the turquoise water. BBQ lunch is served on boat. We then will continue to discovery Toi and Sang Cave (depend on the tide condition), the most remote point in Lan Ha Bay and bordering the Gulf of Tonkin. Visit its quaint fishing village and lagoon. Possibility of kayaking through an amazing tunnel under a karst mountain (time permitting). Around late afternoon, you will return to big Cruise for dinner and overnight in Ha Long Bay.  

Day 14: Halong Bay - Hanoi (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)

In the morning, start your day with swimming, exercise or photo hunt and have breakfast at sunrise. Get your hand on some kayaking, visiting Luon cave, swimming. Option: For those who do not fancy kayaking can visit TiTop Island to enjoy the panorama view of Halong Bay or just relax, swim at the beach. Head back to the Harbor. Transfer to Hanoi and overnight in Hanoi.

Day 15: Hanoi Departure (Meals: Breakfast)

Transfer back to Hanoi for the airport and take the flight leaving Vietnam. End of services.

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INCLUSIONS

  • Transfer with A/C vehicle
  • Airport Transfer with A/C vehicle
  • Accommodation with breakfast
  • Meals as mentioned in itinerary
  • English Speaking Guide
  • All entrance fees as per program
  • Shuttle bus to Ha Long Bay
  • Water and Tissues in car
  • Kayaking in Ha Long Bay
  • Boat trip in Mekong Delta

EXCLUSIONS

  • International flights
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Visa on arrival & stamp fees
  • Early check-in, late check-out
  • Personal expenses
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Alcoholic, and other beverages
  • Tips & gratuities
  • Services not mentioned in itinerary

ACCOMMODATION

Following hotels are your accommodations arranged accordingly for each standard. Our travel experts have inspected hundred hotels but only choose the best for you.
City Economic Group Private Deluxe Primary Luxury
Hanoi Hanoi Legacy Hotel Essence Hanoi Sofitel Legend Metropole
Ha Long Rosa Cruise Paloma Cruise Signature Cruise
Ho Chi Minh Beautiful Saigon Hotel Paragon Saigon Hotel Lottle Legend
Hoi An Hoi An Lantern Vinh Hung Emerald Almanity Hoian
Hue Cherish Hotel Eldora Hotel La Residence

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