• Mekong - Vietnam Trip
  • Cycling tour in Mekong
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  • Halong Bay in the morning
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  • Ho Chi Minh City - Vietnam
  • Hoi An Ancient Town
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  • One Pillar Pagoda
  • Saigon Post Office
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  • Life in Sapa
  • Cu Chi Tunnels

Vietnam Trip: a fascinating insight into local culture

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  • Duration: 18 days

HANOI CAPITAL – SAPA MOUNTAIN TOWN – HALONG BAY – NINH BINH – HOI AN ANCIENT TOWN – HO CHI MINH CITY (formerly Saigon) – MEKONG RIVER DELTA

Tour can be tailored for private travel to suit your needs.

Day 1
Welcome to Hanoi

Pick up at the airport and transfer to your hotel. Take a guided walking tour through the French and Old Quarter (if you prefer, the walking tour can be delayed until the following day).

Day 2
Historical Sites in Hanoi (B)

Visit Tran Quoc Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and his house on stilts, One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature, and National Museum of Vietnam History or you can choose other historical sites instead.

Day 3
Immerse yourself in local culture (B)

Experience local life near railways and take a short train ride across the historic Long Bien bridge. Explore the market on Hoang Hoa Tham street where bonsai, flower and birds are sold. Discover Air Bazaar market selling tools, bike components and other types of electrical supplies, each of which is displayed in a specific alley.

Day 4
Hanoi – Sapa (B, L)

Take a 5-hour drive to Sapa. Check in and take a rest before traveling to explore the spectacular valley of Muong Hoa. Here your guide will escort you for an easy hiking tour to explore culture of tribal groups including H’mong and Day ethnic groups.

Day 5
Further explore Sapa (B, D)

Travel to a wonderful place – “off the beaten path”. After an hour drive, we will start hiking to visit 2 villages here: Ban Khoang (inhabited by Red Dao ethnic people) and Ta Giang Phinh (inhabited by Black H’mong ethnic people).

Day 6
Sapa – Hanoi (B, L)

Morning is at your leisure before taking a 5-hour drive to Hanoi. Optional Tour: visiting Cat Cat village which is home to H’mong or Fansipan considered “the roof of Indochina” – the highest mountain in Indochina.

Day 7
Hanoi – Halong Bay (B, L,D)

Take a 2-hour drive to Halong Bay for a 2-day cruise trip through amazing limestone islands. Enjoy a wonderful time in the bay with many interesting activities such as swimming, kayaking, exploring cave and cooking demonstrations.

Day 8
Halong Bay – Ninh Binh (B, L, D)

Enjoy further exploration in the bay before disembarking around noon. Take 3 hours to drive to Ninh Binh which consists of stunning landscapes and historical sites. On arrival, spend a couple of hours on rowboat to explore Trang An landscape, a World Heritage Site. Afterward, head to the hotel for overnight.

Day 9
Further explore Ninh Binh (B, L)

Morning: visit Bai Dinh, the largest Buddhist Temple Complex which holds lots of records, including the largest gilded Buddha statue in Asia, biggest bronze bell in Vietnam and the longest corridor of Arhats.
Afternoon: take a cycling tour through scenic routes and explore Thung Nham Bird Sanctuary.

Day 10
Ninh Binh – Hue (B, L)

Drive to Hang Mua where you can enjoy a fantastic view from the mountaintop after climbing 486 stone steps. Afterward, head to visit Hoa Lu which was the capital from 968 to 1010. Have lunch and transfer to the airport for one-hour flight to Hue. On arrival, transfer to your hotel in Hue center.

Day 11
Hue – city tour (B, L)

Explore Hue’s popular historical sites including the Former Imperial City, Thien Mu pagoda and Khai Dinh Mausoleum.
Optional Tour: take a rickshaw around city and enjoy royal dinner with music show.

Day 12
Hue – Hoi An (B)

Travel over the Hai Van Pass for a wonderful panoramic view of Lang Co beach and Danang city towards the Old Town of Hoi An. On arrival, take a guided walking tour to explore this beautiful town.

Day 13
Hoi An (B)

Day of leisure.
Optional tours: a cycling tour through rural areas, a cooking tour or spending a half day exploring the spiritual capital of My Son Sanctuary.

Day 14
Hoi An – Saigon (B)

Transfer to Danang airport for a one-hour flight to Saigon. Afternoon, Visit Ho Chi Minh Central Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral and War Remnant Museum.

Day 15
Saigon – Cu Chi Tunnels (B)

Spend a half day tour exploring the labyrinthine network of historic Cu Chi Tunnels which were built during the war.

Day 16
Saigon – Mekong (B, L, D)

Take an over 2-hour drive to Cai Be where you start to explore Mekong. Stop by a local workshop to see how to make coconut candy, pop rice. Visit a fruit garden and enjoy local fruit with local show. Take a sampan to discover local life along small canals.

Day 17
Mekong – Saigon(B)

Take a cycling tour through the village on the island. Visit the floating market and brick factory along the river. Cruise to Vinh Long wharf for the transfer to Saigon.

Day 18
Saigon – Journey Home (B)

Stroll around to enjoy the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City or just relax and recall fantastic experiences while taking Vietnam Trip. It is time to say farewell to Vietnam with a private transfer to the airport for your journey home.

Vietnam Trip highlights

Explore classic and modern sides of Hanoi, which was the capital for a thousand year.
Experience diverse cultures of ethnic groups and spectacular scenery in Sapa.
Cruise through legendary islands in Ha Long Bay, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World.
Spend time on a rowboat and admire natural beauty and history in Ninh Binh.
Discover the former capital of Hue, a peaceful city hosting lots of historic monuments.
Discover Hoi An, a beautiful ancient town recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Explore and get engaged with local life in Mekong, the biggest river delta in Vietnam.

INCLUSIONS
Air-conditioned transport
English speaking guide
Accommodation
Meals as indicated in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
Relevant permits and entrance fees
One bottle of water/person per day

EXCLUSIONS
International flights
Visa
Travel insurance
Personal expenses, drinks, tip and gratitude.

Vietnam Trip is the ultimate option based on our knowledge and experience to ensure your tour will be enjoyable. “Expect the best” is what we desire for our clients. The trip provides the most popular destinations with the most interesting activities in Vietnam.

Destinations on the Vietnam Trip

→ Hanoi became the capital in 1010 and remained its position most of the time until 1802. It was then the capital of Indochina from 1902 to 1954 during the French domination. Today, the capital has still retained many interesting cultural and historic monuments.

→ Sapa is a mountain town in North West region. Having an average elevation 1600 m, the town feature gorgeous terraced fields, waterfalls and a diversity of ethnic groups.

→ Ha Long Bay is a fantastic place in north Vietnam. It covers an area of around 1553 sq km with over 1900 islands and islets. These have undergone about 500 million years of formation in different conditions and environment.

→ Ninh Binh, 100 km South of Hanoi, is favored by nature creating many beautiful landscapes such as Van Long Wetland Nature Reserve and Thung Nham Bird Sanctuary. Ninh Binh is also famous for historical sites such as Phat Diem stone Cathedral and Hoa Lu Ancient Capital.

→ Hue is a peaceful place in Central region. This city with full of historic monuments was once the capital of Vietnam under the last dynasty from 1802 to 1945. In 1993, Hue became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

→ Hoi An is a coastal place in Central Vietnam. This ancient town reflects the influence of local and oversea cultures. In 1999, Hoi An was recognized as a World Heritage Site.

→ Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) is the largest center of economy and population in Vietnam. The city has a tropical climate with high humidity. There are two seasons: rainy and dry seasons.

→ Mekong is the 12th longest river in the world. This river starts from China flowing through several countries in South East Asia. Vietnam Mekong is the substantial portion creating the largest delta in Vietnam.

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ULTIMATE VIETNAM TRIP