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Authentic Vietnam

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  • 11 Days
  • Suits for all
  • All Year Around
  • Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City
Overview

Start 11-day journey that takes you through Vietnam’s cities and countryside, from north to south.

Explore culinary insights in Hanoi, experience traditional life in the old town of Hoi An and discover the cosmopolitan culture of Ho Chi Minh City.

Enjoy regional specialties and immersive foodie adventures along the way as well as scenic bay and river cruises.

The journey begins in Hanoi and ending in HCM City.

Pick-Up Location

Noi Bai Airport, Hanoi (Google Map)

Drop-Off Location

Tan Son Nhat Airport, HCMC (Google Map)

Our Price Include

  • 9 Nights in hotel with daily breakfast
  • 1 Night Cruise Ha Long Bay
  • English Speaking Guide
  • Transfers in a private air-conditioned vehicle
  • All transportation in destination location
  • All meals stated in program (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

Our Price Exclude

  • International flights to and from Vietnam
  • Drinks and other meals not clearly mentioned
  • Entrance fees, permits and guide service during free time.
  • Insurance, gratuities and personal expenses
  • Surcharge for public holidays (if any)
Itinerary

DAY 1:HANOI - ARRIVAL (NO MEAL)

Upon arrival at Noi Bai International Airport, Hanoi, welcomed by our tour guide and transferred to your hotel in the city center for check-in. You will be free for the remainder of the day.

Overnight stay in Hanoi

DAY 2:HANOI – MAI CHAU (BREAKFAST INCL.)

Morning departure from downtown Hanoi for a scenic 3-hour drive southwest to Mai Chau. Located in Hoa Binh Province, Mai Chau is famed for splendid scenery of mountains and valleys surrounded by lush landscape.

Upon arrival, check-in your accommodation.

In the afternoon, hop on your bicycle and ride leisurely through the beautiful valley of Mai Chau to explore surrounding villages and learn more about their daily lives including planting rice, herding buffaloes, and building traditional houses.

Overnight in Mai Chau.

DAY 3:MAI CHAU – NINH BINH (BREAKFAST INCL.)

Wake up early morning to experience a unique vibe and rural atmosphere, formed from stunning mountains and tranquil villages.

After breakfast, depart to Ninh Binh province, home to amazing karst mountains, misty caves, and
historical relics. Known as Vietnam’s first national park and one of the few remaining tropical rain forests left in the country, Cuc Phuong national park is home to hundreds of species of flora and fauna. It is no wonder that researchers, naturalists, travelers, and conservationists alike are drawn to this beautiful natural place.

Tour the Visitor Center for an overview of the park’s valuable natural resources and its unique environment. Spend time at the Endangered Primate Rescue Center, one of the highlights of a visit to Cuc Phuong where you can observe some of the rarest primate species in the world.

Transfer to the park center for a 7km loop trail to see the 1000-year-old tree. Immerse in the beauty of natural scenery and discover its secrets as you will hike through the tropical jungle and your guide will explain to you what makes this place become one of the most important sites for biodiversity in the country. Put your steps into the Cave of Prehistoric Man, where human skeletons and stone tools dating back some 7,500 years have been found.

Arrival in Ninh Binh, check in your hotel.

Then, a local skilled rower will take you on a magnificent waterway lined with rice paddies to discover Tam Coc, known as “Ha Long Bay on Land”. Disembark the boat and enjoy a follow a village trail to reach Thai Vi temple. Visit Hang Mua (Dance Cave). Located inside Ngoa Long Mt, one of the highest mountain of the region, Hang Mua offers a panoramic view of rural villages, winding rivers, and picturesque rice fields of Tam Coc area. Challenge yourself by climbing up 465 uneven limestone steps to the top point for great photo opportunities.

Overnight in Ninh Binh

DAY 4:NINH BINH – HALONG BAY (BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER INCL.)

Leave Ninh Binh behind for a ride to Halong bay. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1994, Halong Bay is a naturalist’s dream. Magnificent Ha Long Bay, with its 3,000 islands rising from the clear, emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin, is one of the natural marvels of Vietnam. These tiny islands are dotted with innumerable beaches and grottoes created by the wind and the waves.

Observing the limestone rocks rising from the sea and sailed junk boats sail by will be a truly
memorable experience.

Upon arrival, transfer to a boat for a cruise in Halong Bay with a delicious local seafood lunch served on board. The cruise passes by many rocks and islets with different shapes. Again, your dinner will be served on board. In the evening, enjoy the night fishing (optional) and later overnight on board.

Notes:
– Cruise itinerary is subject to change depending on the weather condition.
– Using in-house English speaking tour guide on boat.

DAY 5:HALONG BAY – DANANG – HOI AN (BRUNCH INCL.)

In the morning, your breakfast or brunch will be served while doing further cruise to explore the beauties of the Bay before returning to the Wharf. Enjoy brunch on board before disembarking.

Pick up by our private driver and transfer to Noi Bai Airport (Hanoi) or Cat Bi Airport (Hai Phong) to take the flight to Danang.

Upon arrival at Da Nang Airport, our driver will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel.

Overnight in Hoi An.

DAY 6:HOI AN – CHAM ISLAND TOUR (BREAKFAST, LUNCH INCL.)

You will be transferred to Cua Dai harbor to register with the Border Police before visit includes Cham Island Biosphere Reserve, Hai Tang Pagoda (built in Canh Hung period in 19th century), Old well (built by Cham people), the local market.

You will have a chance to know about Cham Island’s culture – history, people ‘s daily lives. Next to Bai Xep or Hon Tai for snorkeling where you can see a lot of corals with many colors in a world Biosphere Reserve recognized by UNESCO. Back to Bai Ong to have a shower with fresh water and enjoy a special lunch with fresh seafood and then relax in the cool wind.

You are free to relax, walk, swim, take photos with the landscape of the sea and mountains before back to the hotel.

Overnight in Hoi An.

DAY 7:HOI AN – HUE BY MOTORBIKE (BREAKFAST INCL.)

Today, pick up in front of your hotel at 8:30 a.m by motorbike. Depart to Marble Mountain – Hai Van Pass (ocean cloud pass) – visit a Fishing Village to try seafood on floating restaurant – Elephant Waterfall.

Arrival in Hue about 4:30 p.m – 5:30 p.m

Note: Our drivers have motorbike license or good driving skills to drive scooter or motorbike. Do not worry about big backpacks or suitcases as we have equipment to strap them behind our motors.

DAY 8:HUE - BACH MA - HO CHI MINH CITY (BREAKFAST, LUNCH INCL.)

Breakfast at your hotel, we explore Bach Ma national Park. Bach Ma national Park is about 40km to the south of Hue city and 65km to the North of Da Nang. With the beauty of semi- tropical rain forest and cool climate, Bach Ma National Park is famous as an ideal resort to relax and explore the wild beauty of nature. It has a diversity of flora and fauna and is the home to many rare animals.

Going to Bach Ma, you can walk, have a panoramic view of the mountains, rivers, lagoons and villages, hear the birds sing, immersed in the cool streams and see many kinds of animals and plants.

Enjoy your leisure time in Bach Ma national Park before transfer back to Hue for an evening flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival, pick up and transfer to hotel for check-in.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

DAY 9:HO CHI MINH – MEKONG DELTA (BREAKFAST, LUNCH INCL.)

Life continues in Vietnam’s agrarian heartland much as it has done for centuries. Once known as “the rice bowl of Vietnam”, the Mekong Delta is carpeted with rice paddies, floating markets, crisscrossing rivers and canals.

Today, escape from the high-energy city and set off for a memorable day of exploring Ben Tre province, the gateway to the Delta, by our charming boat that features the combination of modernity and tastefully traditional riverboat style. Join our dedicated crew for a slow journey that brings you to all the colorful aspects of Mekong Delta: beautiful natural landscape filled by tropical fruit farms and rice paddies.

Shore excursions include the home of a tropical fruit farmer, the family-run business where almost every part of the coconut is used for candies and crafts. Travel on the narrow village lanes by traditional tuk-tuk or bicycle passing through sleeping village, local cottage industries, canals, and fruitful orchards. Followed by a ride by traditional rowing boat, gain an up-close experience of the network of narrow canals typical of the Mekong Delta. One of the highlights of the trip is to meet the local farmers and engage in a friendly chat with them to understand their daily farming tasks.

Enjoy a tasty lunch with Mekong Delta specialties at the peaceful Apricot Riverside restaurant and then head back to Ho Chi Minh City.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.

DAY 10:HO CHI MINH CITY - CU CHI TUNNELS (BREAKFAST INCL.)

This morning, set off with your guide for a journey to the famous Cu Chi tunnels, passing through urbanized areas and a typically lush southern Vietnamese countryside. Known as an immense network of 220km of connecting underground tunnels divided into 3 levels at 6 meters, 8 meters and 10 meters deep underground, the famous Cu Thi Tunnels were occupied by more than 10,000 people during the war.

This zigzag tunnel system was served to link different villages (some tunnels pass under rivers) and played a definite role in the outcome and the Vietnamese victory in the Vietnam War. Tour the vast network of underground passageways to gain an insight into the tunnels’ history, life in the tunnels as well as the tenacity and resourcefulness of the Vietnamese during combat.

Back to your hotel and free time to explore the city on your own.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.

DAY 11:HO CHI MINH CITY - DEPARTURE (BREAKFAST INCL.)

Today it’s goodbye to Vietnam and the journey home begins. The guide will pick you up at the hotel and take you to the airport.

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