Take a lifetime journey from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh and all the gems in between. Go beyond what guide books say with exclusive itinerary, delving into a country awash with culture and charm.
Tour code : GED14
Travel style : Guided Experience & Discovery
Duration : 12 Days - 11 Nights
Route : Hanoi – Sapa – Ninh Binh – Ha Long Bay – Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta – Phu Quoc Island
After your tourguide pick you up at your hotel at 8 AM, begin your day trip around Hanoi with a visit to the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum and hear about the man who led Vietnam’s campaign for independence from French colonial rule. Then wander the grounds to see the One Pillar pagoda and the Presidential palace. Next, visit an 11th century relic, the Temple of Literature, which was built in homage to the Chinese scholar Confucius.
In the afternoon, pay a visit to Museum of Ethnology to understand about 54 ethnic groups of Vietnam and their culture. Next, return Ngoc Son temple set on Jade island in the middle of Hoan Kiem lake. You’ll hear how it got its name from a legend of an emperor with a magic sword and a giant turtle!
Early dinner before a night train to Lao Cai.
Arrive Lao Cai city early in the morning. Get picked up by your guide and transfer to Sapa.
Today, experience an exciting half day trek winding through the emerald terraced rice fields of Black Hmong people. Pass H.mong Lao Chai village. Come across the local people going about their daily activities. Chance to visit some local schools where you get the friendly waving hands of naive Hmong and Yao children. Lunch in Ta Van village before heading to Fansipan cable cab station.
Take a cable cab to Fansipan mount, known as “Roof Of Indochina” at 3143m above the sea level. Enjoy a sense of adventure and triumph.
Visit Cat Cat village, a living place of Back Hmong people to learn about their culture and lifestyle. Chance to take photos with exotic landscape, waterfall, watermill, flowers and visit an old French power station near the stream. Back to Sapa for lunch.
Afternoon then is time for you to discover Sapa on your own. Early dinner before a transfer back to Lao Cai city for a night train back to Hanoi.
Arrive Ninh Binh after 2 hour drive from Hanoi. Spend time to visit Hoa Lu - the historical capital of Vietnam and the famous ancient temples of Le and Dinh dynasties. Here you can learn more about a historical period of Vietnam dating back to 10th century.
After lunch, continue with a drive to Trang An, considered as “Inland Halong Bay” featured with karst formations. On arrival, take 3-hour sampan boat ride on a small river and through many tunnel-like caves.
After boating, get to Tam Coc and start a fun 10-km ride on a quiet biking route with very nice scenery of mountains & local villages. What a sense of adventure you will be adwarded in this countryside.
09:00: Transfer to Cat Hai port from Tam Coc.
12:00 - 12:30: Embark on the cruise to Lan Ha bay, enjoy a welcome drink and cruise briefing.
13:00 – 14:00: A splendid lunch is served while cruising into the primitive Lan Ha bay.
16:15 – 17:45: On a bamboo boat, visit Bright cave, a serene round lake surrounded by lush trees and high stone cliffs. Then enjoy swimming in the private emerald water.
18:00 – 19:30: Return to the cruise for sunset party on the top deck. Relax with massage and spa treatment, always available upon request.
19:30: Delight in the shimmering atmosphere of thousands of stars while eating a fantastic, expertly prepared dinner on the top deck of your boat, all while floating in the center of the serene bay.
06:00 – 06:30: Begin your new day with a Tai Chi session or a photo hunt.
07:00 - 07:45: Enjoy breakfast in the fresh air and peaceful beauty of the bay.
08:00 – 09:00: Experience kayaking to discover the lovely Tra Bau area. Visit a fish farm and socialize with the resident fishermen in order to know more about life here and how the people work every day.
09:00 – 09:45: Pack your luggage and check out of your cabin while cruising towards the port.
10:00 – 11:45: Join a cooking demonstration before enjoying an extraordinary buffet lunch.
12:00 – 12:15: Disembark the cruise & farewell.
15:00: Arrive in Hanoi.
18.00: Early dinner before a night train to Da Nang.
Get to Hoi An from Da Nang on a 3-hour drive.
Afternoon then is the best time to discover Hoi An acient town and rural surroundings by bike. First cycle around Hoi An old quarter to breath an acient atmosphere before heading to Tra Que village. Take a short stroll around the vegetable garden and listen to the history of this rural hamlet. Chance for you to take pictures of coconut and mangroves or take a traditional basket boat ride including some crab fishing. Finish the day with your free time to explore the Old town’s thousands of tailor shops, art galleries and riverside market or simply kick back on the beach.
Back to Da Nang for a flight to Ho Chi Minh city.
Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam’s largest city and a dynamic, rapidly developing metropolis. Let’s join a cyclo trip to discover vibrant atmosphere and bustling streets of this legendary city like Ben Thanh market, Reunification palace, Tao Dan park…etc
Evening then is the best time to explore the rich cultural cuisine of the city on foot and witness night activities in this dreamy city.
Greeted by your tour guide on Saigon arrival and drive through the Mekong delta to the town of Vinh Long. Upon arrival, board the cruise vessel and check-in. Your leisure time to relax on cruise and lunch on board around 13.00.
16.00: Guided land excursion – walk in orchards and small villages.
17.30: Return to the boat for refreshment and to enjoy the sunset on the top deck.
19.00: Dinner on board, night on board.
06.30: Morning cruise and morning tea break served on board.
08.00: Check-out of cabin. Excursion on rowing sampan exploring small canals of Tan Phong islet, coconut candy producing family.
10.00: Bicycle ride on back roads or walk in a small village along the Mekong canals.
11:00: Departure to the airport for a flight to Phu Quoc island.
Phu Quoc island is an idyllic vision of sandy beaches, thick jungle, and clear blue waters. It has undergone many transformations from an undisturbed island with a population of fewer than 1000 people to a topic of contention and fighting between countries and now a quintessential Vietnamese holiday destination.
You will have an exciting day with a lot of fun:
Pearl farm: “Experience the beauty and allure of pearls which across centuries and cultures have long been associated with wealth, royalty and glamour”. The place you can find out procedures of pearl production.
Snorkeling & Fishing boat trip: Our tour guide will now take you to the harbour to meet with the boat that will take you snorkelling and fishing. Continue on to the first of two places where you will be able to swim and snorkel around the coral. At both stops you can also do some fishing, the boat crew will prepare any equipment needed. After the second place ,take a rest and have lunch on the boat then head back to the harbour
Sao beach: Its fine white sand has many fans and most of the time you can expect crystal clear turquoise water – a postcard-like example of a tropical beach
Fish Sauce factory: a sauce type famous on the island with name “Nước Mắm” produced from fresh fish. “Fish Sauce in the marking – The essential spices to all Vietnamese cusines”.
Sim wine: “Visit the brewer where Sim wine is produced from a gentle rose myrtle flower – when blossom turn into a fruit and produced into a wine”.
Back to hotel just in time for romantic sunset.