Details

Unique Experiences:
  • In 24 days you are ensured to see most of the highlights Vietnam offers, whilst not having to think about the practicalities. It is all taken care of!
  • Trek, cruise, beach relax and city visit your way from North to South
  • Get to know the Vietnamese history, culture and customs as you go – we promise you the best of the best!
Participants:

Up to 8 travelers may book this trip. A minimum of two travelers is required for this trip to depart.

Trip Length: 24 Day(s) 23 Night(s)
Tour Departure Dates: Every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
Type of Transportation:

Car or minibus, train, plane, motorbike and boats

Type of Accommodation:
  • 2-star standard hotels with private bathroom
  • homestay with shared bathroom
  • standard boat with private bathroom
Physical Rate: 3/5
Included in Price:
Meals: 21 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 6 dinners
Accommodation: 2-star standard hotels with private bathroom and standard boat with private bathroom
Transportation: Car, minibus, train, plane, motorbike and boat
Miscellaneous: English-speaking guide, entrance fees and Ha Long Bay Tourist Registration
Excluded from Price:
  • Personal travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Tips to guides and drivers

All other expenses not stated as included

Map

Locations Visited:
Hanoi, Sapa, Halong Bay, Cat Ba Island, Hue, Hoi An, Cam Thanh Village, Nha Trang, Lak Lake, Da Lat, Ho Chi Minh City, Saigon, Mekong Delta, Chau Doc, Phnom Penh
Start City:
Hanoi's Old Quarter
End City:
Phnom Penh

Itinerary

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
On arrival in Hanoi you'll be picked up and transported to Hanoi's Old Quarter.

Accommodation: Silver Legend Hotel, or similar

Day 2: Hanoi
Around 08:00 AM, you'll be picked up from your hotel and join a group tour. We'll drive to visit Ho Chi Minh complex, including Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum – the final resting place of the Vietnamese great father uncle Ho, President Ho Chi Minh’s stilt House – where he lived on and off from 1958 to 1969, One Pillar Pagoda – a group of structures consisting of a pagoda and a tower built in the middle of a square lake. We leave One Pillar Pagoda and drive to West Lake to visit Tran Quoc pagoda and have lunch.

After lunch, you will visit the Temple of literature and the Museum of Ethnology – the most interesting museum in Hanoi, with many different things relating to the 54 Vietnamese ethnic groups. After that, you will visit Hoan Kiem Lake (Restore Sword Lake). The last place of the tour is the old quarters of Hanoi, where you can walk around. Tour ends at your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Silver Legend Hotel, or similar
Note: All museums are closed on Monday. Ho Chi Minh mausoleum is closed on Monday, Friday, the whole month of October and November! Long dresses are requested when visiting the mausoleum, temple and pagoda.


Day 3: Hanoi - Night train to Sapa
You'll have this whole day free to yourself until pick-up at 20:00 - 20:30 PM and transfer to train station for the night train to Lao Cai (Sapa).

Meals: Breakfast

Day 4: Sapa Minority Trek
The train arrives at Lao Cai train station early in the morning, from there you will be picked up and transported by shared bus to Sapa (35 km - about 1 hour drive). The bus will drop you off at Cat Cat View Hotel. Here, you will have time to have breakfast (on your own expense) and relax before our tour guide comes to meet you. He will then provide you with more information about the trek.

At 09:00 AM, we'll transfer you by car to Km7 O Quy Ho. From this place, you'll start trekking down the field and have time to visit Doi Bang. Having lunch at a local family by a primary school.

After lunch, you 'll continue trekking to visit Sin Chai village, where the Black H’mong people live - the Black H’mong are proud of their culture, they have their own language and wear traditional indigo blue clothing. You'll arrive at your homestay around 15:00 PM and after that, it is your free time to explore the area. You'll  enjoy your dinner with the family and spend the night at Sin Chai village.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Mr.Chung’s Homestay in Sin Chai Village, or similar


Day 5: Sapa Minority Trek
After having early breakfast around 07:30 AM, you'll say good bye to the host and walk through Cat Cat tourism area, then continue your trek to Y Linh Ho - a small community in the hill's.

In the afternoon, visit the Lao Chai village and learn more about their culture and customs. Then walk to Ta Van village to visit Zay people - The Zay minority people in Ta Van have their own traditional culture and lifestyle. They still live in traditional houses, which were built by wood and bamboo with clay floor. You'll have dinner and sleep overnight in Ta Van.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Mrs. Soi's Homestay in Ta Van, or similar

Day 6: Sapa - Night Train back to Hanoi
After having breakfast at 09:00 AM, you will leave Ta Van and trek to Giang Ta Chai village, where you can see the Red Dao people. The women of Red Dao have very colorful red embroideries, coins on their clothing, and on their head they wear a red scarf. Some of the women have shaved off their eyebrows because a hairless face is considered by the the Red Dao people to be very beautiful. Making a stop for lunch before leaving Giang Ta Chai and driving towards Sapa. In Sapa, you will wait to catch the bus at Cat Cat View hotel and take the ride to the train station, you'll leave with the overnight train in soft sleeper with air-conditioned back towards Hanoi.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7: Hanoi to Halong Bay
You will be picked up from the train station between 08:00 - 08:40AM and slowly leave Hanoi to Halong Bay. Enjoy the peaceful scenery through the countryside with paddy fields of rice and we will make a short break along the way.

Once arriving at Tuan Chau Harbor, you will be transferred by boat to Fantasea Boat. Enjoy your welcome drink, check-in to your accommodation, relax for a bit, have your lunch that will be served at the restaurant and begin cruising to Halong Bay.

We will head to either Titop beach or Soi Sim beach for a swim, take pictures and get refresh. We will also go explore the surprising cave, discover the Fairy lake cave (if time permits and if it is possible with the weather condition). 

After having fun and relaxing with water activities, you will return to the boat and learn how to make spring rolls.

Your dinner will be served at the restaurant in the evening, then the rest of the night is left free for you to do squid fishing, playing board games, watching movies, drinking on the sundeck while gazing at the sky full of stars or even go for karaoke night!

Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Fantasea Boat


Day 8: Halong Bay to Lan Ha Bay and to Halong Bay
Get up early to catch the beautiful sunrise and get a bit of exercise doing kayak before your breakfast is served.

After breakfast, you'll take the another boat to Lan Ha Bay. You'll go discover Lan Ha Bay, go for a swim, kayak, high jump and cycling at either Van Boi area or Dark and Light caves (if time and weather permits).

Lunch is served on boat, while you admiring the beauty of Lan Ha Bay.

You'll head back to Fantasea boat around late afternoon and cruise to the night's sleeping point.

Your dinner will be served at the restaurant this evening. After delicious meal, you can join the fishing excursion, watch a movie, have some drinks at the bar, play games or even lay down and relax with your favorite book.
 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Fantasea Boat


Day 9: Halong Bay to Hanoi
Breakfast is served around the same time this morning with coffee and tea. You'll have the whole morning to relax and enjoy more activities on Halong Bay. Immerse yourselves in this amazing location of Halong Bay on your last day over lunch as we are cruising to the harbor.

Once arriving to the mainland, you will be dropped off at the train station in Hanoi Old Quarter to take your overnight train.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10: Hue City
Arriving in Hue at around 10:52 AM, where you’ll be picked up and transferred to your hotel. This afternoon, you’ll have free time exploring the town of Hue.

Accommodation: Bealieu Boutique Hotel, or similar

Day 11: Hue - Trip to DMZ
You will be picked up at your hotel in Hue at 08:00 AM and drive to Quang Tri. We make our first stop at Hien Luong Bridge (Ben Hai River) - an important landmark in the partition of the country into Northern and Southern Vietnam along the 17th parallel by the Geneva Accords of 1954. Just another 30-minutes drive will take you to the Vinh Moc Tunnel - the shelter of 60 local families during the Vietnam War. The trip highlights should not be missed are the Ho Chi Minh Trails, Dong Ha town and Rock Pile.

Drive back to your hotel in Hue late afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Bealieu Boutique Hotel, or similar


Day 12: Hue/Transfer to Hoi An
After having breakfast in the hotel, we'll leave Hue at 09:00 AM and drive to Hoi An. Stop enroute for a visit to Marble mountain. The car (minibus) will arrive in Hoi An at noon, where you'll have lunch in a local restaurant.

In the afternoon, we'll take a private city tour by foot in the Ancient Quarter of Hoi An, where you can discover the historic town which used to be a prosperous seaport city during the 17th to 18th centuries. The city tour includes a visit to Japanese covered bridge, Phung Hung Ancient House, Phuc Kien Assembly Hall and Hoian Local Market.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hai Yen Hotel, or similar


Day 13: Hoi An culinary active outskirts
You'll be picked up at 08:30 AM from your hotel and transfer to the address 548 Cua Dai Street, which is the starting point for your adventure ahead. Slowly you will concur the streets and start the day by cycling along the Thu Bon River paying a visit to a local fishing village.

Continue riding at a peaceful pace along country lanes while taking in the mesmerizing natural surroundings. Observe local life on the go and pause to see farmers toiling in their rice fields using centuries of farming practices. Peddle your way through palm forests, across bridges and past fields of water buffaloes. Take a short break with a local family at Cam Thanh Village before enjoying an hour ride in one of the famous, yet traditional round Basket Boats in the Water Coconut Palm Forest.

Continue riding your bike to Tra Que Organic Vegetable Village where a large variety of vegetables are produced for the local community. At the village, you will be shown the environmentally sustainable practices, which the local villagers have used for centuries and are still being used extensively today. Visit a local family and after a short, informative and fun cooking lesson, we sit down for a delicious lunch. Enjoy!

After lunch, we'll ride back to your hotel where the tour ends around 15:30 PM – with stomachs full and your curiosity satisfied. For today at least!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hai Yen Hotel, or similar


Day 14: Free day in Hoi An
Your free day to explore Hoi An.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hai Yen Hotel, or similar


Day 15: Free day in Hoi An
Your free day to explore Hoi An.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hai Yen Hotel, or similar


Day 16: Free day in Hoi An
Your free day to explore Hoi An.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hai Yen Hotel, or similar


Day 17: Hoi An/Danang/Flight to Nha Trang
You are free until your pick-up for your transfer to Danang airport for a morning flight to Nha Trang. On arrival, pick up and transfer to Nha Trang center.

The rest of the day will be left free for you to relax at the hotel or go explore the city on your own.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Galaxy Hotel, or similar


Day 18: Nha Trang
Free and easy day in Nha Trang.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Galaxy Hotel, or similar


Day 19: Easy rider from Nha Trang to Lak
08:30 AM: Pick-up from your hotel in Nha Trang city and depart for Buon Me Thuot.
Enjoy the best coffee in Vietnam
Enjoy the ocean view road
Visit a cacao plantation
Visit rubber, cashew and black pepper plantations
Visit at Ede minority Village on the way
Travel along the Phoenix pass (effected by Agent Orange)
Stop over at fishing village.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Lak Guesthouse, or similar


Day 20: Depart from Lak to Da Lat
Visit the Jun Minority Village. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery by Lak Lake and watch the ethnic minority fishermen checking their nets. Meet the minority people (M'nong people), do trekking to a different village. Spend the night in with drinks and music in the ‘Jun’ minority village.
Visit flower farms and tea and coffee plantations
Enjoy Vietnamese coffee with Weasel café and Chon Café
Rice wine cooking
Visit a silkworm factory
Elephant waterfall.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Gold Dream Hotel, or similar


Day 21: Bus trip Da Lat - Ho Chi Minh City
After having breakfast, you will catch a bus from Da Lat to Ho Chi Minh City.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Saigon Odyssey Hotel, or similar


Day 22: Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta
The tour starts at your hotel at around 08:00 AM, from here we drive to Cai Be. On the way to Cai Be, you can see green rice fields stretching towards the horizon. After arrival in Cai Be, we take a sampan (local transport) cruise to visit the rice cake producer, rice paper workshop and the popcorn/coconut candy mill. After the production visit we go to the Cai Be floating market, where sellers and buyers are bargaining and exchanging their goods from their boats. We then visit the Ba Kiet ancient house, where we also have lunch.

After lunch we take a boat to visit the An Binh islands Vinh Long. On An Binh there will be a chance to enjoy the local tropical fruits while listening to the sound of “Southern Vietnamese folk music” performed by the islanders. We then continue our drive to Cant Tho, where we check-in at our hotel. In the evening you will have dinner and time to explore the area by yourself.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hau Giang Hotel, or similar


Day 23: Cai Rang Floating Market - Chau Doc
After breakfast, we start our trip with a boat cruise on the endless Mekong River, to the colourful Cai Rang floating market. At the market there will be hundreds of boats loaded with fruits, vegetables and fish. We continue the trip with another visit to a market located beside the river. At the market we can watch the local people buy, sell or exchange their products. From the market visiting a village to see the locals' way of living. Leaving the local village and driving to Chau Doc Town, where we visit the woman pagoda and Thoai Ngoc Hau Temple.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hai Chau Hotel, or similar


Day 24: Mekong Delta - Phnom Penh
Check-out from your hotel. You will be picked up and transfer to boat quay. From here, you take an express boat trip from Chau Doc – Phnom Penh at 07:30 AM. Your trip ends after the 5 hours boat trip at Phnom Penh boat quay.

Meals: Breakfast
Note:The agriculture farm tour depends on the season. The details are just basic, we will visit more attractions, provide more information, more stories. Expect a Halong Bay expedition where the full day takes place in remote waters. The exact itinerary, visiting options and sailing route is dependent on the conditions of the day.

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