Hanoi - Touring Options

Hanoi Escape – 4 Days / 3 Nights

Day 1 Hanoi – Vietnam’s quaint capital is a city of wide tree lined boulevards with tranquil lakes and colonial villa’s and a more sedate pace than other Asian cities. Hanoi offers something for everyone and will leave one wishing for a longer time to explore this enthralling capital. One of the best ways to discover Vietnam and to understand Vietnamese culture is to get to know more about its food. Vietnamese food is one of the most diverse in the world, and without any doubts one of the tastiest. In Hanoi, from markets to food stalls, and to coffee shops, food is everywhere.

This afternoon after enjoying a private vehicle transfer from our airport representative to your hotel, join an afternoon tour and sample the best food that Hanoi has to offer. Start with a ‘wet market’ and browse the aisles of fresh produce and exotic items such as live frogs. The market is always busy with shoppers buying ingredients for the day’s meals.

Step out of the market and back onto the streets in search of some daily snacks of local which are displayed along road side. Halt to taste a piece of fresh spring roll or a crispy pancake before   wandering through narrow streets to the corner with full flavor of bun cha, fresh rice noodles with grilled pork. Continue to savor Vietnamese dessert by traditional sweet cakes made from some kinds of local herb or a little cup of fresh fruit mixed with greasy coconut milk. Stroll around the bustling Old Quarter, find a street side café and sip a cup of traditional Vietnamese coffee especially coffee with eggs while watching a bit of people passing by. With a better understanding of Vietnamese gastronomy and unforgettable impression of Hanoi street food, return to the hotel.

Day 2 Hanoi – After breakfast todays excursions take you to Long Thuong Village. A mere 45 minutes away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Long Thuong Village has been the home of a community of bronze casters since the 13th century. Explore their village and observe how different families create products suchs as tripod cauldrons, incense-burners and flower vases. You can engage with the locals and learn about the history of their community through stories of the war.

Proceed on a 20-minute walk on a hardened road between rice paddies to visit the 200-year-old Nom Village. The centre of this little town reveals a beautiful architectural complex consisting of a common house, an ancient well and a banyan tree. Explore the narrow brick roads and visit another antique house. You will engage in a conversation with the host over a cup of traditional tea to learn more about local life and the traditions that define this community. Conclude the trip with a visit to the holiest place in the village,  Nom Pagoda, embedded in a century-old pine forest which is famous for its ancient Buddhist statues. (B, L)

Day 3 Hanoi touring – Today’s tour will begin at 08:00 when you meet your guide and leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind for the experience of cycling the Hanoi countryside. After a safety briefing and bike fitting, begin pedalling through small back alleys of Bac Bien Village. Arrive at the banks of the Duong River and board a local ferry for a short crossing, enjoying the scenes as the boat glides across the water.

Back on the bikes, pedal parallel to the river then turn in to quaint villages. This presents the perfect opportunity to discover traditional local houses, ancient pagodas and temples, lively markets and gardens. Halt for photos or simply to enjoy the atmosphere of authentic Vietnamese country life. Enter into a family’s house for a visit learning about their daily life while sipping tea.

Following this insightful bike ride through Hanoi’s outskirts, pedal back in to town and return to the hotel for an evening at your own leisure. (B & L)

Day 4 Hanoi -Enjoy your finals hours at leisure until you meet your driver in the hotel foyer who will provide the private vehicle transfer to the airport. (B)

Tour Inclusions:

  • Arrival and departure airport transfers.
  • Accommodation in a twin / double share basis.
  • Local English speaking guide.
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits.
  • Transfers and Touring by private air conditioned vehicle.
  • Meals as discussed in the itinerary – 3 Breakfasts / 2 Lunch.

 

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Vietnam Impression 16 Days / 15 Nights

Day 1 – Hanoi Arrival – On arrival at Hanoi Noi Bai International Airport, you will be welcomed by our airport representative who will provide the private vehicle transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Day 2- Hanoi to Ninh Binh – Enjoy an early breakfast before you meet your guide in the hotel foyer and depart at 08:00 for the 2.5-hour drive through rural northern Vietnam to the site of Vietnam’s first capital, Hoa Lu. Today you will visit the temples dedicated to Emperor Dinh Tien Hoang of the Dinh Dynasty (968-980), and Emperor Le Dai Hanh of the Le Dynasty (980-1009). The ancient Hoa Lu Citadel, most of which has since been destroyed, once covered an area of three-square kilometres. After visiting Hoa Lu, if time and energy levels permit, choose a half-hour walk up one of the surrounding limestone karst hills. The climb is rewarded with spectacular views. In the late morning, depart for Tam Coc Town to enjoy a traditional Vietnamese lunch. Along the way you can stop to take pictures of local villages and the stunning landscape.

Once lunch is finished, visit Trang An Landscape Complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a relaxing boat ride on a peaceful river passing through a series of caves. Trang An is a spectacular landscape of limestone karst peaks permeated with valleys, some of which are submerged, and surrounded by steep, almost vertical cliffs. As the boat gently slices through the water, notice the enormous limestone karsts jutting out from the green rice fields giving rise to another name, ‘Halong on Land’. Officially designated as an ‘eco-tourism’ area, the only interruptions here are the sound of birds and the gentle paddle of the oar upon the crystal-clear river. You will now transfer to the hotel and enjoy the remainder of the afternoon at leisure. (B & L)

Day 3 – Ninh Binh to HaLong Bay – Following an early breakfast, leave Ninh Binh for a 4-hour (approximately) drive to Ha Long Bay, Vietnam’s most popular UNESCO World Heritage site! The name ‘Ha Long’ means ‘Bay of Descending Dragons’ and owes its origins to a Vietnamese myth. The towering limestone karsts represent the dragon’s back, surrounded by jade green water creating an unforgettable site. There are more than 1,600 limestone islands and islets with different shapes jutting out from the sea.

Arrive at Ha Long Bay jetty around noon and proceed with check-in formalities before boarding a boat for an unforgettable overnight cruise on Ha Long Bay. After being welcomed on board, a lunch of authentic Vietnamese food is served while cruising the bay itself. Towards the end of the day, the boat sets anchor for the night among karst formations whilst dinner is served on board, and then you can enjoy at your leisure. (B, L & D)

Day 4 – HaLong to Hanoi – Enjoy a fresh morning as the sun rises on Ha Long in the morning, and breakfast is served (brunch on some boats) while the vessels cruises slowly through the magnificent rock formations and back towards port. In the early afternoon you will disembark, meet your drive and enjoy a private vehicle transfer to returning to Hanoi.

You will arrive in Hanoi late in the afternoon, and then enjoy a leisurely one-tricycle hour tour through the streets of this fascinating city, coming face to face with the daily lives and activities of Hanoi’s streets as you pass through the congested, but delightful, Old Quarter. Ride pass the bustling streets, which still bear the names of the shops that could be found in them in the 15th to 18th centuries. Then enjoy a walking through the Hanoi’s Old Quarter, also known as the 36 streets. This bustling area of narrow streets and alleys is home to thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers. It’s a great place to explore with plenty of photo opportunities all around you

End the day by attending the Water Puppet show, this uniquely northern Vietnamese art form depicting scenes from rural life and episodes of national history. After enjoying the performance, you will be transferred to your hotel for an evening at leisure. (B & D)

Day 5 – Overnight train Hanoi to Lao Cai – At the completion of breakfast at the hotel, meet your guide and visit The One Pillar Pagoda, which was founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049, and this structure is one of Vietnam’s smallest but most iconic temples. Close by is the Mausoleum of the historic Father Figure of modern Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh, and the Former President’s House on stilts where he lived from 1958 to 1969. His former home illustrates the modesty of this Vietnamese revolutionary

(The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is closed Mondays & Fridays and from Jun-Aug, you will view from the outside).

Lunch will be served today at a local restaurant.

One of the best things about northern Vietnam is that while most provinces are rapidly modernizing, villages that boast histories spanning centuries can still be found, not only their architecture but also their ambiance is almost intact.

In the afternoon you will enjoy a 45-minute drive from the hustle and bustle of the city to visit the 200- year-old Nom Village. The centre of this little town reveals a beautiful architectural complex consisting of a common house, an ancient well and a banyan tree. Meet with the head of the village and, explore the narrow brick roads and visit another antique house. Engage in a conversation with the host over a cup of traditional tea to learn more about local life and the traditions that define this community. The excursion ends with a visit to the holiest place in the village, Nom Pagoda,embedded in a century-old pine forest which is famous for its ancient Buddhist statues.

Dinner tonight will be served at a local restaurant. At 20:00 hrs you will be transferred to Hanoi Railway Station and enjoy an overnight train journey to Lao Cai in a superior 4-berth compartments sharing with other passengers. The train departs at approximately 21:50 hrs. (B, L & D)

Notes: The train schedule is subject to change. Train journeys are part of a great local experience. Cabins are shared with other local passengers (unless a private cabin is requested, and all berths paid for – with supplement). Restrooms at either end of the carriages complete the local experience.

2 ways private compartments on request at surcharge of US$ 190/ pax/ (1 pax in 1 private cabin), US$ 70/ pax/ (2 pax in 1 private cabin), US$ 30/ pax/ (3 pax in 1 private cabin)

Day 6 – Lao Cai to SaPa – In the early morning (approximately 06:30 hrs) you will arrive at Lao Cai, the border town to Yunnan, China. The journey starts with a 38 km drive up the winding roads through the mountains to SaPa, located approx. 1,500 m above sea level. On clear days you can see the highest mountain in Vietnam, the Fansipan. After enjoying breakfast at a local restaurant, enjoy a morning walking tour of SaPa and a visit to the local market. It is here that the Red Dao, Black H’Mong, Tay, and other ethnic minority people converge from the surrounding countryside to sell their silverware and handicrafts and to buy provisions.

In the late morning enjoy a short drive to the Cat Cat village of the Hmong people, there you should enjoy some light trekking around the village and share a rare glimpse into their culture and customs. Return to SaPa for an authentic lunch. The rest of the afternoon is free for your activities. (B & L)

Appropriate footwear must be worn on treks in Sapa. Note that if conditions are wet, programs may be diverted.

Day 7 – SaPa to Lao Cai – Enjoy a full day of trekking. This morning you will visit Suoi Ho village, full of tea plantations and cardamom gardens. Follow the buffalo trails to visit the hospitable villages of the Black Hmong minority people in Ma Tra. After passing a school and scenic views en route, a picnic lunch will be served. After lunch, continue trekking to Ta Phin village where you will meet the Red Dao people who are famous for their weaving skills. Proceed to the meeting point and transfer back to SaPa.

After a short rest (time permitting), in the late afternoon or early evening you will be transferred to Lao Cai Railway Station where you will board the overnight train to Hanoi at around 20:15 hrs (shared sleeping compartments, sharing with other passengers in 2 lower & 2 upper berths per compartment).    (B & L)

Notes: The train schedule is subject to change. Private compartments on request at a surcharge. Train journeys are part of a great local experience. Cabins are shared with other local passengers (unless a private cabin is requested, and all berths paid for – with supplement). Restrooms at either end of the carriages complete the local experience.

Day 8 – Hanoi to Hue – After arriving in Hanoi early this morning, you will be picked up from the train station and transferred to a local restaurant to enjoy an authentic breakfast. After breakfast, you will enjoy a steam bath, sauna with one hour of body treatment (massage) and thereafter a bowl of noodle with a fresh fruit platter. Enjoy some free time until you meet your driver who will provide the private vehicle transfer to Noi Bai Airport for a domestic flight to Hue.

Upon arrival at Phu Bai International Airport in Hue you will meet our airport representative who will provide the private vehicle transport this afternoon. Hue is the former Imperial City of the last dynasty of Vietnam. Located in Central Vietnam, Hue is the only place in the country where many historic, cultural, architectural as well as artistic values have been preserved. Tangible cultural heritage – the system of historic monuments – and intangible cultural heritage – the Imperial court music – have their own national and international values that were acknowledged as World Cultural Heritages. Hue is also the site where the northern and southern ecosystems meet, an area of river-hills, greenery and, beautiful landscapes.

Tonight, you will enjoy a journey to the splendid history of ancient Royal time in Vietnam, you will be charmed with the Royal style decoration of the Royal Dining Room, the atmosphere of the diner that you are in as the King with royal wears. All the food served is in royal dishes symbolizing a dragon, phoenix, or peacock. The table is decorated by Hue’s colourful silk and flowers, large candle lights, a colourful lantern with a dragon pattern and spotlights … All meticulously prepared to the finest details for a sumptuous dinner that fits for royalty. You will discover how Royal life was, enjoying the “Royal meal” while listening to melodious music and experiencing a feeling of being a real King. (B & L)

Domestic airfare from Hanoi to Hue is included.

Day 9 – Hue to Hoi An via DaNang – This morning you will meet with our guide at the hotel lobby and commence the day by enjoying a scenic boat trip on the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda, one of the oldest ancient architectural structures for religious worship in Hue. Afterward you will explore the Imperial City of Hue. The Hue Citadel is situated on the Northern bank of the Perfume River and built by Emperor Gia Long, it was designed for the exclusive use of the Emperor and his household. The Citadel is a square 2 km wall encompassing 3 walled enclosures, they are the Citadel, Kinh Thanh Hue, the Yellow Imperial city, Hoang Thanh and in the centre the Forbidden Purple city Tu Cam Thanh where the Emperor lived. The Hue royal complex has been officially recognized by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Hue’s environment is famous for its tombs of past emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty. Most of the tombs have courtyards, a temple for worship, statues of elephants and figures and a pond, but the layout of each is different reflecting differing king’s personality and style. Visit Khai Dinh Royal Tomb, considered as one of the most beautiful mausolea in Hue. Khai Dinh Tomb – Emperor of Vietnam from 1916 to 1925. The tomb represents a fusion of traditional Vietnamese style and modern influence. The construction of the tomb began in 1920 and lasted 11 years. On the way back to your hotel you stop at a village that is well-known for its production of typical Vietnamese conical hats. Lunch today will be served at a local restaurant.

In the afternoon enjoy the spectacular drive over the Hai Van Pass to DaNang with a whole view of the Pacific Ocean and the famous Lang Co fishing village. Continuing to the charming historic city of Hoi An which lies on the banks of the Thu Bon River. Hoi An was one of the major trading centres of Southeast Asia in the 16th century and was declared a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999. En-route, you will visit the Cham Museum – The world’s foremost collection of the sculpture of the ancient Kingdom of Champa, and the Marble Mountain, whose peaks represent the five elements of the universe. Continuing to the charming historic city of Hoi An which lies on the banks of the Thu Bon River. Hoi An was one of the major trading centres of Southeast Asia in the 16th century and was declared a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999. (B & L)

Day 10 – Hoi An Cooking class – After breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to the meeting point where chefs will highlight some of the daily produce sold, such fruits, vegetables, meat, silkworms, etc. surely, this market visit will provide you with endless photo opportunities. You will start with a visit to Hoi An’s colourful main market and experience its amazing sights, sounds and aromas. Here you will have the opportunity to interact with the local sellers, to see and taste the wonderful variety of foods on display.The tour continues to board the Red Bridge boat for a leisurely cruise (25 minutes) along the Hoi An River to the Red Bridge Cooking School and this is a chance to view the local river life, so make sure your camera is handy.

At the Red Bridge Cooking school, the chefs will explain how to prepare some of Hoi An’s and Vietnam’s best-known dishes. The cooking lesson runs for about 2 hours – each dish is first demonstrated by the Red Bridge chefs, before you prepare the same dish yourself, and finally you will enjoy the meal you have prepared.

Included in the class is a brief introduction to Vietnamese food carving (plate decoration).

In the afternoon you will discover Hoi An – known to early Western merchants, Hoi An was one of the major trading centres of Southeast Asia in the 16th century. Hoi An has a mixed Chinese- Vietnamese atmosphere with low, tile-roof houses and narrow streets. Having been through many ups and downs in the past, the original structures however, are still virtually intact. That was one of the reasons to persuade UNESCO to recognize Hoi An as a World Heritage in 1999. Besides, the surroundings of Hoi An, especially the countryside, is one of the most outstanding highlights that visitors should experience during their stay. One of the best ways to discover Hoi An and its surroundings is by a walking tour. During your leisurely walk you will visit some of the historic merchant and community houses, places of worship and famous Japanese Covered Bridge, and view the daily life of the local people, in addition to green paddy fields, vegetable gardens, markets, temples, historic houses, fishermen and stunning countryside scenes.

In the late afternoon you will enjoy “the TOP world-best show” and “A feast for the eyes” – Hoi An Memories Show. The setting is sprawling and magnificent, grandly depicting the nearby mountains, the sodden river flood plains that typify Vietnam and the old port of Hoi An. The music is exquisite, the lighting hi-tech and the choreography superb. The traditional performing art is not simply a tale that balances legend with history, tradition with progress, and peace with turbulence but also a way to help enrich the community of which they’re a part of. It acts as a door to the larger world of performing arts by staging high-quality productions and attracting anyone who loves the arts. It is both a must-see cultural spectacle and mind-blowing entertainment. After the show, you will be transferred back to your hotel.    (B & L)

Day 11 – Hoi An – Today is at your leisure. (B)

Day 12 – Hoi An – Today is at your leisure. (B)

Day 13 – Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City – Enjoy the morning free at your own leisure until proceeding with your driver to DaNang International Airport for your domestic flight to Ho Chi Minh. Upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat International Airport, you will be warmly welcomed by our local guide who will provide the private vehicle transfer to enjoy the lunch at a local restaurant.

In the afternoon you will explore the city with your guide to visit Independence Palace (Reunification Palace), War Remnants Museum. Afterward, stroll through the major sights of colonial Ho Chi Minh City such as the Old Saigon Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral inaugurated in 1880 became the spiritual and cultural crucible of the French presence in the Orient as was the Post office designed by Gustav Eiffel and resembling a grand railway station. Continue to Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Catinat), Continental Hotel, The Opera House and Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee (formerly Hotel de Ville) which is one of the most photographed buildings in Vietnam – notable for its gardens, ornate facade and elegant interior lit with crystal chandeliers. In the late afternoon you will transfer to your hotel for check-in and enjoy the evening at your leisure. (B & L)

Domestic airfare from Danang to Ho Chi Minh is included.

 

Day 14 – Ho Chi Minh City to Mekong Delta – This morning meet your guide in the lobby of your hotel and embark on a drive to My Tho the heart of the Mekong delta, famous for its vast rice fields and most beautiful landscapes. Here you will visit the Vinh Trang Pagoda en-route and stop by the bank of Tien Giang river. Enjoy boat trip on the Mekong River to Phoenix Island where local handicrafts and sweets from coconut are being produced. Sample fresh seasonal fruits and traditional live music and a songs performance. Take a short ride on a horse carriage to a typical local house to taste some homemade honey-tea. Proceed by small sampan boats through the small canals and side arms of the river to observe the daily life along the riverbanks with a stop and short leisurely walk at the Turtle Island. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant before driving back to your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. (B & L)

Day 15 – Ho Chi Minh City to Cu Chi Tunnels – Enjoy an early morning and embark on the journey of 75 km from Saigon to the Cu Chi Tunnelsa complex of an incredible underground tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters (Viet Cong) during both the French and American wars. There is more than 200 km of mapped tunnels, comprising a main axis system with many branches connecting to underground hideouts, shelters and other tunnels. You have the chance to crawl through this amazing system of tunnels. For a more “thrilling” experience, you can even test your shooting skills on original AK47s and other guns from past war times (subject to a surcharge).

Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. In the afternoon you will be transferred to your hotel to enjoy the afternoon and evening at your leisure.

This evening you will enjoy the Buffet dinner (included food and 01 welcome drink, excluded waters soft drinks, alcohols) on the floating restaurant, the Bonsai Cruise which offers a Vietnamese dining experience with a difference and the perfect way to soak up the atmosphere along the Saigon River. Upon arrival the captain will welcome you aboard with a welcome drink, an introduction will then be given on the European and Asian cuisine on offer which has made this Ho Chi Minh City dinner cruise a must-do culinary experience. Relax on the decks and enjoy the panoramic view during the 90-minute journey cruise on the Saigon River. The food, organic and fresh is presented and prepared on interactive buffet stations and a live band is on board to entertain. (B, L & D)

Note: The cruise is operated on a join-in basis with two decks seating up to 200 guests with the central buffet areas offering modern moorish cuisine inspired by flavors, species and tastes that can be found in the Indochinese region. Live entertainment will be performed throughout the cruise journey.

After the cruise you will return to the pier where your driver is waiting to take you back to your hotel.

Day 16 – Ho Chi Minh City departure – Enjoy your last few hours in Ho Chi Minh before you meet your driver in the hotel foyer who will provide the private vehicle transfer to Tan Son Nhat International Airport for your onward flight. (B)

Tour Inclusions:

  • Arrival and departure airport transfers.
  • Accommodation on a twin / double share basis
  • Local English speaking guide.
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits.
  • Transfers and Touring by private air conditioned vehicle.
  • Meals as described by itinerary – 15 Breakfast / 11 Lunches / 4 Dinner
  • Boat trip as per the itinerary
  • Train tickets Hanoi to Lao Cai and return
  • Domestic flight ticket Hanoi to Hue
  • Domestic flight ticket DaNang to Ho Chi Minh City
  • Daily bottled mineral water

 

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Hanoi to SaPa Train Experience 6 Days / 5 Nights

Day 1 – Hanoi Arrival – On arrival at Hanoi Noi Bai International Airport, you will be greeted by our airport representative who will provide the private vehicle transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Day 2 – Hanoi full day tour and overnight train to Lao Cai – After an early breakfast at your hotel meet your guide and embark on a full-day sightseeing tour of Hanoi. Commence the tour with a visit to the Temple of Literature. Built in 1076, The Temple of Literature was Vietnam’s first university and was established to educate Vietnam’s royalty, mandarins and members of the elite. The university functioned for an incredible 700 years. Its gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a fascinating glimpse into Vietnam’s past. Proceed to Hanoi’s UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Thang Long Imperial Citadel. The Citadel was constructed on a Chinese fortress dating back from the 7th century and re-built in the 11th century by the Ly Viet Dynasty. The historical site and remains represent a unique fusion of traits, with influences from China in the north and the ancient Kingdom of Champa in the south. Your next visit is to The One Pillar Pagoda, which was founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049. This structure is one of Vietnam’s smallest but most iconic temples. Close by is the Mausoleum of the historic Father Figure of modern Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh, and the Former President’s House on stilts where he lived from 1958 to 1969. His former home illustrates the modesty of this Vietnamese revolutionary

(The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is closed Mondays & Fridays and from Oct.-Nov, you can only view from the outside)

In the afternoon you will visit the beautiful Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple. Hoan Kiem Lake was already considered the most beautiful lake in Hanoi when Ngoc Son Temple was built on an island in the 19th century. Initially, the temple was called Ngoc Son Pagoda and was later renamed Ngoc Son Temple, since temples are dedicated to saints. Saint Van Suong, considered to be one of the brightest stars in Vietnam’s literary and intellectual circles, was worshipped there along with other National heroes. In the late afternoon enjoy a leisurely one-hour buggy tour through the streets of this fascinating city, you will come face to face with the daily lives and activities of Hanoi’s streets as you pass through the congested, but delightful, Old Quarter. Ride pass the fascinating streets, which still bear the names of the shops that could be found in them in the 15th to 18th centuries. In the early evening attend a performance of the famous water puppet show. The Vietnamese traditional art of water puppetry has roots that date back to the 10th century when it originated in the Red River Delta area of northern Vietnam. The farmers in the region celebrated festivals and harvests by performing this unique art form. Learning to manipulate the puppets is usually a tradition that is passed on as a family secret. It takes a great deal of skill and because the puppeteer’s hands are underwater, it is easy for them to hide their methods. The fascinating part is that the central stage is below the waterline, and the puppeteers stand in the waist-deep water. A rattan curtain hides them, but they can see the stage and the audience through the bamboo slats. At approx 20:00 hrs you will be transferred to Hanoi Railway Station where you will board the overnight train to Lao Cai in superior 4-berth compartments sharing with other passengers. The train departs at approximately 21:50 hrs. (B & L)

Notes: The train schedule is subject to change. Train journeys are part of a great local experience. Cabins are shared with other local passengers (unless a private cabin is requested and all berths paid for – with supplement). Restrooms at either end of the carriages complete the local experience.

 2 ways private compartments on request at surcharge of US$ 160/ pax/ (1 pax in 1 private cabin), US$ 110/ pax/ (2 paxs in 1 private cabin), US$ 60/ pax/ (3 pax in 1 private cabin)

Day 3 – Lao Cai to SaPa – In the early morning (approximately 06:00 hrs) you will arrive at Lao Cai, the border town to Yunnan, China. A car journey now commences with a 38 km drive on winding roads up the mountains to SaPa, located approx. 1,500 m above sea level. On clear days you can see the highest mountain in Vietnam, the Fansipan. After enjoying breakfast at a local restaurant, drive from SaPa town down to enjoy a morning walking tour of SaPa for a visit to the local market. It is here that the Red Dao, Black H’Mong, Tay and other ethnic minority people converge from the surrounding countryside to sell their silverware and handicrafts, and to buy provisions.

Enjoy a short drive to Cat Cat village of the Hmong people, here you will enjoy a light trek around and then share their daily lives for a rare glimpse into their culture and customs. In the mid-afternoon return to SaPa town for lunch. The remainder of the afternoon and evening are at your leisure. Appropriate footwear must be worn on treks in Sapa. Note that if conditions are wet, programs may be diverted.    (B & L)

Day 4 – SaPa tp Ban Khoang – Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before you meet your local guide in the hotel lobby who will provide the private vehicle transfer to Ban Khoang Valley, a 30-minute winding road journey. Along the way enjoy the breathtaking views of Hoag Lien Mountain Range.

The first stop is at Lu Khau Village in Ban Khoang Valley. The Lu Khau Village is home to Blue Hmong and Red Dao minorities. Explore the village on foot, meet the friendly local people, and learn about their colorful culture and lifestyle in the countryside. Depart from Ban Khoang Valley on a 8-km road transfer to Ta Giang Phinh Valley and enjoy a local lunch there. This afternoon take a leisurely walk through the charming Ta Giang Phinh Valley. Walk on the village path which winds down the impressive valley, home to Blue Hmong ethnic minority people. Visit local houses to see some handicrafts workshops and observe villagers working in the fields tending their crops with buffalos. Appropriate footwear must be worn on treks in Sapa. Note that if conditions are wet, programs may be changed. In the mid-late afternoon transfer back to SaPa town and the remainder of the afternoon and evening is at leisure. (B & L)

Day 5 – SaPa to Ma Tra and then onto Lao Cai – Enjoy a full day of trekking. Visit Suoi Ho village with tea plantations and cardamom gardens. Follow the buffalo trails to visit the hospitable villages of the Black Hmong minority people in Ma Tra. After passing a school and scenic views en route, a picnic lunch will be served. Once you have completed lunch continue trekking to Ta Phin village where you will meet Red Dao people who are famous for their weaving skills. Proceed to the meeting point and transfer back to SaPa. After a short rest (time permitting), transfer to Lao Cai Railway Station where you will board the overnight train to Hanoi at around 20:15 hrs (shared sleeping compartments, sharing with other passengers in 2 lower & 2 upper berths per compartment). (B & L)

 Notes: The train schedule is subject to change. Private compartments on request at a surcharge. Train journeys are part of a great local experience. Cabins are shared with other local passengers (unless a private cabin is requested, and all berths paid for – with supplement). Restrooms at either end of the carriages complete the local experience.

Day 6 – Hanoi Departure – Arrive at Hanoi Railway Station early this morning where you will meet your driver and then enjoy breakfast & a special Vietnamese coffee at a local restaurant. After breakfast, you will enjoy a steam bath, sauna with one hour of body treatment (massage), and thereafter a bowl of noodles with a fresh fruit platter before proceeding to the airport for your international flight home. (B) 

Tour Inclusions:

  • Arrival and departure airport transfers.
  • Accommodation on a twin / double share basis.
  • Local English speaking guide.
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits.
  • Transfers and Touring by private air conditioned vehicle.
  • Meals as described by itinerary – 5 Breakfast / 4 Lunches.
  • Train tickets Hanoi to Lao Cai and return.
  • Daily bottled mineral water.

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Trekking SaPa’s Untouched Villages – 10 Days / 9 Nights

Day 1 – Arrival in Hanoi – On arrival at Hanoi Noi Bai International Airport, you will be welcomed by our airport representative who will provide the private vehicle transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Day 2 – Hanoi Day Tour and Overnight Train to Lao Cai – After enjoying breakfast at your hotel, meet your guide and embark on a day of touring, and start the day with a visit to the Temple of Literature. Built in 1076, The Temple of Literature was Vietnam’s first university and was established to educate Vietnam’s royalty, mandarins and members of the elite. The university functioned for an incredible 700 years. Its gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a fascinating glimpse into Vietnam’s past. Proceed to Hanoi’s UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Thang Long Imperial Citadel. The Citadel was constructed on a Chinese fortress dating back from the 7th century and re-built in the 11th century by the Ly Viet Dynasty. The historical site and remains represent a unique fusion of traits, with influences from China in the north and the ancient Kingdom of Champa in the south. Continue to The One Pillar Pagoda, which was founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049. This structure is one of Vietnam’s smallest but most iconic temples. Close by is the Mausoleum of the historic Father Figure of modern Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh, and the Former President’s House on stilts where he lived from 1958 to 1969. His former home illustrates the modesty of this Vietnamese revolutionary

(The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is closed Mondays & Fridays and from Oct.-Nov, you will view from the outside)

In the afternoon you will visit the beautiful Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple. Hoan Kiem Lake was already considered the most beautiful lake in Hanoi when Ngoc Son Temple was built on an island in the 19th century. Initially, the temple was called Ngoc Son Pagoda and was later renamed Ngoc Son Temple, since temples are dedicated to saints. Saint Van Suong, considered to be one of the brightest stars in Vietnam’s literary and intellectual circles, was worshipped there along with other National heroes. Afterward enjoy a leisurely one-hour trishaw tour through the streets of this fascinating city, you will come face to face with the daily lives and activities of Hanoi’s streets as you pass through the congested, but delightful, Old Quarter. Ride pass the fascinating streets, which still bear the names of the shops that could be found in them in the 15th to 18th centuries. In the late afternoon attend a performance of the famous water puppet show. The Vietnamese traditional art of water puppetry has roots that date back to the 10th century when it originated in the Red River Delta area of northern Vietnam. The farmers in the region celebrated festivals and harvests by performing this unique art form. Learning to manipulate the puppets is usually a tradition that is passed on as a family secret. It takes a great deal of skill and because the puppeteer’s hands are underwater, it is easy for them to hide their methods. The fascinating part is that the central stage is below the waterline, and the puppeteers stand in the waist-deep water. A rattan curtain hides them, but they can see the stage and the audience through the bamboo slats.

Approx 20:00 hrs you will be transferred to Hanoi Railway Station and enjoy an overnight train trip to Lao Cai in superior 4-berth compartments sharing with other passengers. The train departs at approximately 21:50 hrs. (B & L)

Notes: The train schedule is subject to change. Train journeys are part of a great local experience. Cabins are shared with other local passengers (unless a private cabin is requested, and all berths paid for – with supplement). Restrooms at either end of the carriages complete the local experience.

2 ways private compartments on request at surcharge of US$ 160/ pax/ (1 pax in 1 private cabin), US$ 110/ pax/ (2 paxs in 1 private cabin), US$ 60/ pax/ (3 pax in 1 private cabin)

Day 3 – Lao Cai to SaPa – In the early morning (approximately 06:30 hrs) you arrive at Lao Cai, the border town to Yunnan, China, you will take a quick shower at a simple, but clean guesthouse, and enjoy breakfast at a local restaurant before heading to Muong Hum (home to the Giay people.) The last 8 kilometres of the trip is quite bumpy, so be prepared for a few ups and downs! Upon arriving to Muong Hum, enjoy lunch with the host before getting ready for the trekking portion of the day. Head up to a narrow dirt track, and then downhill to the bottom of Ky Quan San valley, meeting White Hmong, Dao, and Giay people along the way. Enjoy breathtaking views of high mountains, deep valleys, streams, and green terraced rice paddies. Return to the homestay in the late afternoon and enjoy the evening at leisure. (B, L & D)

2.5 hours Trekking: 4 hrs Difficulty: Easy

Day 4 – Muong Hum to Mong Xoa – After breakfast (and a trip to the local market), enjoy a walk to Nam Pung village where the Ha Nhi people are famous for their beautiful clay-walled houses and surrounding terraced fields. Continue with a hike up through plantations and rice terraces before reaching a Red Dao Village, and then we walk to Khi Chu Phin valley, where upon arrival enjoy a rest by a stream and a picnic lunch.

Continue the day on the opposite bank (crossing the river is a fun challenge!), heading uphill along the dirt path through the bamboo forest and rice terraces. The night’s accommodation is among the Hmong people, located among the high ranges of mountains in Ta Giang Phinh. Overnight at homestay in Mong Xoa. (B, L & D)

Trekking: 6 hrs Difficulty: Hard

Day 5 – Mong Xoa to Suoi Thau – Take an easy walk in the morning through the village, meeting local people and visiting their homes to discover more about their daily routine. Today, enjoy a picnic lunch on the top of Ta Giang Phinh Mountain while staring far & wide over the lower land of SaPa & Bat Xat districts. The rest of today’s route is mostly downhill through remote hamlets of Black Hmong & Red Zao people. Arrive at our homestay in a Dao village where a hot, delicious meal will be waiting. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (B, L & D)

Trekking: 5-6 hrs Difficulty: Medium

Day 6 – Suoi Thau to SaPa – This morning you will continue the journey to the town of SaPa. While descending along the river and beautiful mountain range, the guide will explain the region’s history as well as some daily routines and traditions of the different minority people in the area.

After lunch with a local family, pass through the rice terraces and cornfields before reaching a small trail leading through spectacular bamboo forests. Finish the trek by hiking downhill to Can Ho, inhabited by Hmong and Dao people where the car is waiting to provide transport for the final 14km to SaPa town for the overnight stay. (B, L & D)

Trekking: 5-6 hrs Difficulty: Hard

Day 7 – SaPa to Nam Sai -Depart SaPa at 0900, transferring approximately 26 kms (or 1 hour) to Ban Den Village with stops along the way to capture the stunning scenery of the Hoang Lien mountain range and Muong Hoa valley.

The uphill trek starts from Ban Den Village (392m) along a steep trail for 1.5 hours to Nam Toong Village of the Red Zao (679m). Explore the village, talking to locals, and discovering about their daily life. Leave Nam Toong for Nam Sang, trekking for 3 hours along a narrow mountainous trail with a series of short ascents and descents. Enjoy a picnic lunch along the way.

Arrive at Nam Sang village (625m), home of the Xa Pho people, around mid-afternoon, spending some time exploring their home at the bottom of Nam Sai valley. Later, enjoy an easier one-hour walk through the Nam Sai valley to Ban Sai village (570m). Arrive at the large, prosperous village of the Tay people in the late afternoon. Take some time to relax before enjoying a home-cooked dinner. (B, L & D)

Transfer: 1-hour Trekking: 5-6 hrs Difficulty: Medium

Day 8 – Nam Sai to Sin Chai – Enjoy breakfast and depart Ban Sai at 0900. Trek along a rocky path uphill to Nam Nhiu village and continue along a dirt path for 1-2 hours to Nam Than Village, home of the Red Zao and Black Hmong (865m). This part of the trek offers stunning views of the Nam Sai and Nam Cang Valleys as well as a chance to learn more about the daily life of tribal people in this remote region of Sapa. Leaving Nam Than, trek through wildland dotted with terraced fields amongst mountains and rainforest.

After a lunch break, continue trekking for 2-3 hours in the afternoon along with the cultivated hilly land of Suoi Thau Commune to Sin Chai B Village of the Red Zao (733m). This will be the home base for the night. Enjoy a short rest before exploring this small and quiet village. (B, L & D)

Trekking: 5hrs Difficulty: Medium

Day 9 – Sin Chai via Lao Cai to Hanoi – After breakfast, leave Sin Chai B (around 0830). Trek along a narrow dirt trail for 30 mins to the bottom of the valley, gradually moving uphill for nearly 2 hours to Nam Lang A, followed by Nam Lang B (both villages are home to Red Zao.) Visit some local homes to learn about the Red Zao people before taking a lunch break at Nam Lang B. Following a large, rocky road for 30 mins to the top of the mountain range, trekking gradually downhill to Nam Ket Village of the Red Zao and the Tay. Continue along the same trail downhill for nearly 2 hours to Ta Thang Village which offers a panoramic view of the Red River Valley running through the Bao Thang District.

Afterward, you will be transferred to Lao Cai Railway Station where you will enjoy the dinner and board the overnight train to Hanoi at around 2015 hrs (shared sleeping compartments, sharing with other passengers in 2 lower & 2 upper berths per compartment).

 Notes: The Train schedule is subject to change. Private compartments on request at a surcharge. Train journeys are part of a great local experience. Cabins are shared with other local passengers (unless a private cabin is requested, and all berths paid for – with supplement). Restrooms at either end of the carriages complete the local experience. (B, L & D)

Transfer: 1-hour Trekking: 6-7 hrs Difficulty: Hard

Day 10 – Hanoi departure – Arrive in Hanoi early this morning where you will picked-up from the train station and transfer to enjoy the breakfast & special Vietnamese coffee at a local restaurant. After breakfast, you will enjoy a steam bath, sauna with one hour of body treatment (massage) and, thereafter a bowl of noodles with a fresh fruit platter before proceeding to the airport for your international flight home. (B)

Tour Inclusions:

  • Arrival and departure airport transfers.
  • Accommodation on a twin / double share basis.
  • Local English speaking guide.
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits.
  • Transfers and Touring by private air conditioned vehicle.
  • Meals as described by itinerary – 9 Breakfast / 8 Lunches / 7 Dinners
  • Train tickets Hanoi to Lao Cai and return.
  • Daily bottled mineral water.

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Hanoi to SaPa to HaLong Bay – 8 Days / 7 Nights

Day 1 – Arrival in Hanoi – On arrival at Hanoi Noi Bai International Airport, you will be welcomed by our airport representative who will provide the private vehicle transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Day 2 – Hanoi full-day tour and overnight train to Lao Cai – After enjoying breakfast at your hotel, meet your guide and embark on a day of touring, and start the day with a visit to the Temple of Literature. Built in 1076, The Temple of Literature was Vietnam’s first university and was established to educate Vietnam’s royalty, mandarins and members of the elite. The university functioned for an incredible 700 years. Its gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a fascinating glimpse into Vietnam’s past. Proceed to Hanoi’s UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Thang Long Imperial Citadel. The Citadel was constructed on a Chinese fortress dating back from the 7th century and re-built in the 11th century by the Ly Viet Dynasty. The historical site and remains represent a unique fusion of traits, with influences from China in the north and the ancient Kingdom of Champa in the south. Continue to The One Pillar Pagoda, which was founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049. This structure is one of Vietnam’s smallest but most iconic temples. Close by is the Mausoleum of the historic Father Figure of modern Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh, and the Former President’s House on stilts where he lived from 1958 to 1969. His former home illustrates the modesty of this Vietnamese revolutionary. (The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is closed Mondays & Fridays and from Oct.-Nov, you will view from the outside)

In the afternoon you will visit the beautiful Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple. Hoan Kiem Lake was already considered the most beautiful lake in Hanoi when Ngoc Son Temple was built on an island in the 19th century. Initially, the temple was called Ngoc Son Pagoda and was later renamed Ngoc Son Temple, since temples are dedicated to saints. Saint Van Suong, considered to be one of the brightest stars in Vietnam’s literary and intellectual circles, was worshipped there along with other National heroes. Afterward, enjoy a leisurely one-hour trishaw tour through the streets of this fascinating city, you will come face to face with the daily lives and activities of Hanoi’s streets as you pass through the congested, but delightful, Old Quarter. Ride pass the fascinating streets, which still bear the names of the shops that could be found in them in the 15th to 18th centuries. In the late afternoon attend the performance of the famous water puppet show. The Vietnamese traditional art of water puppetry has roots that date back to the 10th century when it originated in the Red River Delta area of northern Vietnam. The farmers in the region celebrated festivals and harvests by performing this unique art form. Learning to manipulate the puppets is usually a tradition that is passed on as a family secret. It takes a great deal of skill and because the puppeteer’s hands are underwater, it is easy for them to hide their methods. The fascinating part is that the central stage is below the waterline, and the puppeteers stand in the waist-deep water. A rattan curtain hides them, but they can see the stage and the audience through the bamboo slats.

Approx 20:00 hrs you will be transferred to Hanoi Railway Station and enjoy an overnight train trip to Lao Cai in superior 4-berth compartments sharing with other passengers. The train departs at approximately 21:50 hrs. (B & L)

Notes: The train schedule is subject to change. Train journeys are part of a great local experience. Cabins are shared with other local passengers (unless a private cabin is requested, and all berths paid for – with supplement). Restrooms at either end of the carriages complete the local experience.

 2 ways private compartments on request at surcharge of US$ 160/ pax/ (1 pax in 1 private cabin), US$ 110/ pax/ (2 paxs in 1 private cabin), US$ 60/ pax/ (3 pax in 1 private cabin)

Day 3 – Lao Cai to SaPa and Cat Cat Village – Early morning (approximately 06:30 hrs) arrival at Lao Cai, the border town to Yunnan, China. The journey starts with a 38 km drive on winding roads up the mountains to SaPa, located approx. 1,500 m above sea level. On clear days you can see the highest mountain in Vietnam, the Fansipan.

After enjoying breakfast at a local restaurant, enjoy a morning walking tour of SaPa for a visit to the market. It is here that the Red Dao, Black H’Mong, Tay, and other ethnic minority people converge from the surrounding countryside to sell their silverware and handicrafts, and to buy provisions. Enjoy a short drive to Cat Cat village of the Hmong people, here you will enjoy light trekking around then share their daily lives for a rare glimpse into their culture and customs. Return to SaPa town for lunch. The rest of the afternoon is free at your leisure. (B & L)

 Appropriate footwear must be worn on treks in Sapa. Note that if conditions are wet, programs may be diverted.

Day 4 – SaPa to Nam Cang – At the completion of breakfast leave SaPa town behind and head into the beautiful Hoang Lien National Park (by car), taking note of the grand rice terraces and high mountain peaks. Be introduced to some of the biggest groups of minorities in this area, particularly the striking Black H’mong people, famous for their indigo-coloured clothing and silver necklaces. Enjoy a light trek of a few hours, with plenty of time to learn about history, traditional customs, and to enjoy the panoramic views. Continue the transfer deeper into the valley and cross the beautiful Muong Bo River before reaching Thanh Phu village of the Tay minority. Enjoy lunch sitting next to the rice fields in a local house or restaurant. After lunch, continue to the small village of My Son for an interesting afternoon walk. This remote village is home to the smallest minority group in the Sapa area, the Xa Pho people.

In the late afternoon, arrive in the remote, quiet Red Dao village of Nam Cang. Cross a private bridge to access the night’s accommodation; check into the room in the rustic but charming Nam Cang Riverside Lodge. After check-in, take some time to explore the village, swim in the river, or relax at the riverside veranda. Accompanied by your guide, you will explore around the village and learn how the local villagers make writing paper from rice, silver jewellery, and embroidery.

Dinner is served at the lodge’s big wooden table or the terrace overlooking the river. Note that this an atmospheric wooden lodge in a remote location, with small and simple private guest rooms and shared bathrooms. (B, L & D)

Day 5 – Nam Cang to Topas Eco Lodge – In the morning enjoy a guided walk into the nearby beautiful valley. Walk along the river before reaching the local forest, famous for its cardamom. Enjoy stunning views on this walk and the peaceful silence of the remote countryside. On the way return, visit one of the small, remote houses of the Red Dao families. On arrival at Nam Cang Riverside Lodge,  enjoy a final splash in the river or a final walk through the village before enjoying lunch.

In the afternoon, a private transfer will be provided to the spectacularly located Topas Ecolodge. This lodge has perhaps the most breathtaking location and finest views in Vietnam! From a private bungalow balcony, enjoy an aerial view over the surrounding mountainous area.Approx.: Grade: Easy/ 2, 5 – 3 hours walking. (B & L)

Approx.: Grade: Easy/ 2, 5 – 3 hours walking.

Day 6 – Topas Ecolodge to Hanoi by road – This morning for a change of pace, enjoy a cycling trip with the local guide. Follow the main road for three kilometres to Lech village of the Red Dao minority, observing the magnificent valley view on the way. Leave the bikes and take a short walk on a dirt road to visit a traditional Red Dao family; experience the culture of the minority villagers who are living peacefully in the same way as their ancestors. Next take a further ride to the new Lech village, with a longer break to learn how the women create their exquisite embroidery, which the Red Dao people are very famous for. From the village, head back to the Lodge. Note that the cycling route may be adjusted depending on guests’ fitness, energy levels, and road and weather conditions.

At approx 1500, Topas Mountain Express will transfer you by road to Hanoi. Check-in the hotel and free on your leisure. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi (B)

Day 7 – Hanoi to HaLong Bay –  Meet your driver in the hotel foyer and embark on the 3-hour drive to HaLong Bay.  On arrival at the jetty in HaLong City towards noon you will board your Junk boat and proceed with check-in formalities. You are welcomed on-board and enjoy lunch while cruising towards the bay itself. In the afternoon, enjoy visiting local beaches and/or activities (depending on each boat’s itinerary) or just spend some time relaxing on board. Towards the end of the day, the boat sets anchor for the night among the karst formations. Tonight enjoy dinner onboard and then enjoy a relaxing evening at your leisure. (B, L & D)

Hanoi to HaLoing Bay (160 km): 2.5 – 3.0hrs

Day 8 – HaLong to Hanoi – Enjoy the fresh morning in the middle of the bay, as the sun rises you may choose a lesson in Tai Chi on deck, or simply breakfast (brunch on some boats) while the vessels cruise slowly through the magnificent rock formations and back towards port. Your driver will greet you as you disembark and provide the private vehicle transfer to Hanoi Noi Bai International Airport for your onward flight, or back to Hanoi to a hotel of your choice. (B)

Tour Inclusions:

  • Arrival and departure airport transfers.
  • Accommodation on a twin / double share basis.
  • Local English speaking guide.
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits.
  • Transfers and Touring by private air conditioned vehicle.
  • Meals as described by itinerary – 7 Breakfast / 5 Lunches / 2 Dinners
  • Train tickets Hanoi to Lao Cai and return by road
  • Daily bottled mineral water.

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Highlights of Vietnam 11 Days / 10 Nights

Introducing you to the country’s three main regions, this Vietnam tour starts with the natural splendour and majesty of the north, continues to the historic charm of the central provinces before concluding with the beauty and the vibrancy of the south.

Day 1 Hanoi -Arrive in Hanoi and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Day 2 Hanoi -The capital of Vietnam,  visit the Mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh (viewed from outside the ‘icon of Hanoi’ – The One Pillar Pagoda, the Temple of Literature, West Lake’s Tran Quoc temple and Quan Thanh pagoda as well as the fascinating Ethnology Museum, the bustling Old Quarter and at the end of the day – a water puppet performance. (B)

Day 3 Hanoi to Hoa Lu to Hanoi -Depart early for the 2-hour drive to the site of Vietnam’s first capital, Hoa Lu. In the late morning depart for Tam Coc Town for a Vietnamese lunch. After lunch board your private sampan for a short cruise before returning to Hanoi. (B, L)

Day 4 Hanoi to Halong Bay – After breakfast leave Hanoi for a 3hr30mins drive to Halong  Bay. After your welcomed on board, a lunch will be served while cruising towards the bay itself. Towards the end of the day the boat sets anchor for the night. Dinner is served on board. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Halong Bay to Hoi An via Hanoi – After Breakfast disembark and return to Hanoi. A short flight to Da Nang and transfer to UNESCO listed Hoi An. (B)

Day 6 Hoi An to My Son to Hoi An – Today take a half day to visit the capital and religious centre of the former Champa Kingdom My Son. (B)

Day 7 Hoi An to Hue – Enjoy this morning at leisure before leaving Hoi An for Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam. (B)

Day 8 Hue – Visit the Imperial Citadel, take a cyclo through dai noi ‘Old City’ Afterwards depart for Thien Mu (Celestial
Lady) Pagoda overlooking the Perfume River, Continue to former emperor Minh Mang’s tomb before heading back to your hotel take time to stroll around Dong Ba Market with your guide. (B)

Day 9 Hue to Ho Chi Minh – After breakfast a short flight to Ho Cho Minh, visit Chinatown, Thien Hau Pagoda, visit the Ben Thanh Market, War Remnants Museum, Old Saigon Post Office, Opera House and City Hall. (B)

Day 10 Ho Chi Minh to Mekong Delta to Ho Chi Minh – This morning, leave bustling Ho Chi Minh for the 2 hour drive to the delta town of Cai Be. Continue to a cottage factory where ‘pop-rice’, rice paper and coconut candies are made. (B, L)

Day 11 Ho Chi Minh – Departure day. At leisure until transfer to Tan Son Nhat Airport for onward flight. (B)

Tour Inclusions:

  • Arrival and departure airport transfers.
  • Accommodation on a twin / double share basis
  • Local English speaking guide.
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits.
  • Transfers and Touring by private air conditioned vehicle.
  • Meals as described by itinerary – 10 Breakfast / 3 Lunches / 1 Dinner
  • Boat trip as per the itinerary

Please note – Domestic airfares within Vietnam are not included in the price. Please contact your local Travel Agent for fares.

 

North Vietnam Exclusive 7 Days / 6 Nights

 

Our North Vietnam Exclusive is designed for the discerning traveller who wishes to experience the rich culture and diversity of the north with a touch of style.

Day 1 Hanoi -On arrival at Hanoi’s Noi Bai Airport our guide will greet you and transfer by private car to your hotel. Your day is at leisure.

Day 2 Hanoi to Lao Cai – depart your hotel for the Temple  of Literature, The One Pillar Pagoda, founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049 will be visited next. Close by is the mausoleum of the historic figure and father of modern Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh and the former presidents house on stilts where he lived. Continue to picturesque West Lake and the sixth century Tran Quoc Buddhist Pagoda. From here transfer (or stroll along the lakeside) to the nearby Taoist temple of Quan Thanh. In the afternoon visit the Ethnology Museum, and at the end of the afternoon visit Hanoi’s Old Quarter also known as the ‘36 streets’. Mid-evening proceed to Hanoi Train Station for the night train to Lao Cai. (B, L)

Day 3 – Lai Cai to Sapa – On arrival in the border town of Lao Cai transfer to the former hill station of Sapa. . Take a morning walking tour of Sapa for a visit to the busy market,  following take a light trek to discover Sapa’s quaint hill tribe villages set against the stunning Hoang Lien Son Mountain Range and Indochina’s highest peak, Mt. Fansipan, a picnic lunch will be had en-route. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure. (B, L)

Day 4 – Sapa to Hanoi via Lao Cai – Have breakfast before driving to visit a local market, then continue your tour to have a short walk to a hill-tribe village. In the late afternoon transfer back to Lao Cai before the night train back to Hanoi. (B, L)

Day 5 – Hanoi to Halong Bay – An early arrival in Hanoi followed by breakfast in a local restaurant before heading to Halong Bay by road. Check-in and transfer to your boat for the overnight journey into the Bay and towards the end of the day set anchor for the night as the sun sets followed by dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 6 – Halong Bay to Hanoi – On your return to Halong City enjoy a wholesome brunch, and upon disembarkation your driver will meet you for the transfer back to Hanoi and this afternoon your guide and driver will be at your disposal before enjoying the day with a Water Puppet show to finish off the day. (B)

Day 7 – Hanoi – Free at leisure until your transfer by private car to Hanoi Airport for your international or domestic flight. (B)

Tour Inclusions:

  • Arrival and departure airport transfers.
  • Accommodation on a share twin / double basis
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits
  • Victoria night train Hanoi – Lao Cai – Hanoi in a 4 berth cabin
  • 2 Day / 1 Night Halong Bay cruise
  • Transfers and touring by a private air conditioned vehicle.
  • Meals as described in the itinerary – 6 Breakfasts / 4 Lunches / 1 Dinner

 

Hanoi & Halong Discovery 4 Days / 3 Nights

With our three night Halong and Hanoi Discovery Tour, experience the variety of Northern Vietnam with a visit to the culturally rich capital of Hanoi and a boat ride along Halong Bay with great views of scenic cliffs and calm seas.

Day 1 Hanoi -Upon arrival in Hanoi, your guide and private car will meet you and transfer you to your hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Day 2 Hanoi – Depart for a full day tour of Hanoi, your first visit will be Temple of Literature. Next visit The One Pillar Pagoda, founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049. This structure is one of Vietnam’s most iconic temples, whilst close by is the mausoleum of the historic father figure of modern Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh, and the former presidents house on stilts where he lived from 1958 to 1969. Continue to picturesque West Lake and stroll along the lakeside 700 meters to the nearby Taoist temple of Quan Thanh. In the afternoon, visit the fascinating Ethnology Museum. Following take a walking tour through Hanoi’s Old Quarter, also known as the ‘36 streets’. It’s a great place to explore with plenty of photo opportunities all around you. Finish the day with a Water Puppet show and at the end of the show transfer back to your hotel. (B)

Day 3 Hanoi to Halong Bay – Following breakfast leave Hanoi for a 3hr30mins drive to Halong Bay.  After your welcomed on board, a lunch will be served while cruising towards the bay itself. Towards the end of the day the boat sets anchor for the night among the karst formations. Dinner is served on board. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Halong Bay to Hanoi – Enjoy your breakfast while the vessels cruises slowly through the magnificent rock formations and back towards port. Disembark and transfer back to Hanoi or Haiphong for your onward flight. (B)

Tour Inclusions:

  • Arrival and departure airport transfers.
  • Accommodation in a share twin / double room.
  • Local English speaking guide.
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits.
  • Transfers & Touring in a private air conditioned vehicle.
  • Boat trip as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Meals as discussed in the itinerary – 3 Breakfasts / 1 Lunch / 1 Dinner

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mai Chau Valley 2 Days / 1 Night

The Northwest of Vietnam is still a relatively untouched part of the country. Beautiful scenery and idyllic villages make this area well worth a visit. On this two day Northern Vietnam tour, stay in a traditional Thai hill tribe stilt-house, travel through fertile valleys and along roads snaking through mountain passes, as well as doing some light trekking in the area.

Day 1 – Hanoi to Mai Chau

Depart Hanoi early morning for a 3.5 hour drive to Mai Chau .  Just an hour beyond Hanoi, after Hoa  Binh Town, the road weaves through mountains, fertile valleys and traditional villages.

Arrive in the picturesque Mai  Chau Valley surrounded by spectacular karst rock formations and rice paddies. After lunch, spend the afternoon exploring the idyllic natural surroundings and visit the extraordinary Mo Luong (Soldier) Cave. This evening enjoy a traditional Thai performance of music and dance. The Thai ethnic group has inhabited this area for centuries and much of their lifestyle and traditions have remained unchanged over the years.

Stay overnight in a traditional stilt-house* of the Thai people, an incredibly enriching experience in which you can learn about this fascinating culture first hand. (The home stay accommodation consists of comfortable curtained-off sleeping areas in one long room; all bedding and mosquito nets are provided).

Overnight in Mai Chau (L, D)

Day 2 – Mai Chau to Hanoi Departure

Start this morning with a light trek 2- 4 hours through one or some other villages in the Mai  Chau Valley and after lunch in Mai Chau, begin the journey back to Hanoi.  Along the way, be sure to have your camera ready for when you reach the top of the Mai  Chau Valley itself, the views are superb.  Continue the drive and reach Hanoi late this afternoon.

* The Mai Chau Lodge option consists of hotel style rooms and is not a stilt house.
** If you are in Mai Chau on a Sunday you can catch the weekly market in the village   of Xa Linh which is home of the Green Hmong hill tribe. Note this is an optional extra, ask your travel consultant for further details. (B, L)

Tour Inclusions:

  • Accommodation in a traditional stilt house (private sleeping area per group) or hotel accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room at the Mai Chau Lodge with daily breakfast
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary -1 Breakfast / 2 Lunches / 1 Dinner
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Transport in a private air conditioned vehicle
  • Entrance Fee’s for visits mentioned in the itinerary.

Honeymoon in Vietnam 16 Days / 15 Nights

Start off in Hanoi where Vietnamese ambiance and French colonial charm will add to the romance. In Hoi An, spend time at the town’s cafes or admire beautiful pieces of art in an art gallery. Then, make your way south to Vietnam’s beach paradises and admire the crystal clear water and smooth beach sand together. Stay in the most luxurious hotels to further your honeymoon experience into one unforgettable time together.

Day 1 – Arrival in Hanoi –On arrival at Hanoi’s Airport your guide will greet and transfer you by private car to your hotel. This afternoon wind down and indulge in the city’s best spa followed by a Vietnamese dinner with a French touch in one of Hanoi’s most charming restaurants housed in a beautiful villa. (D)

Day 2 – Hanoi – After breakfast depart for an insider’s tour of the capital. Start with a tour of the Long Bien Bridge, Hanoi’s Old Quarter, The temple of literature, and for sunset continue to West Lake and one of the oldest Buddhist pagodas in Hanoi, Tran Quoc. (B, D)

Day 3 – Hanoi to Halong Bay – After breakfast depart Hanoi to the 3 1/2 hour drive to Halong Bay. Arrive in Halong City late morning and board your traditional, private wooden junk for the overnight journey into the Bay. Towards the end of the day set anchor for the night. As the sun sets over the bay dinner is served on board with fresh seafood, salads, and fruits. (B, L, D)

Day 4 – Halong Bay – Hanoi – Danang to Hoi An – On your return to Halong City, your guide will meet you and transfer you back to Hanoi Noi Bai airport for the flight south to Danang and transfer to Hoi An. (B, L)

Day 5 – Hoi An – After breakfast it’s time to discover Hoi An and a walking tour is the best way to see this marvellous town. Lunch at one of Hoi An’s best restaurants and this afternoon is free to relax with car and guide at disposal. (B, L)

Day 6 – Hoi An- From the hotel ride a bicycle to Tra Que Village. Join in at making tam huu, a local delicacy before sitting down for a light, home cooked meal before enjoying the afternoon at leisure. (B, L)

Day 7 – Hoi An to Nha Trang – Transfer back to Danang for your short flight to Vietnam’s beach capital Nha Trang. Overnight at Six Senses Evason Hideaway. (B)

Day 8 – Nha Trang – Today enjoy the day at leisure. (B)

Day 9 – Nha Trang – Today enjoy the day at leisure. (B)

Day 10 – Nha Trang to Ho Chi Minh –Depart for Nha Trang Airport after breakfast for the short flight to Ho Chi Minh City.  Take an orientation tour of the city in a classic Citroen car which will include a visit to the former Presidential Palace, the War Remnants Museum and the Old Saigon Post Office. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to discover Ho Chi Minh City at your own pace. (B, L)

Day 11 – Ho Chi Minh to Mekong Delta – After breakfast, depart for the Mekong Delta and upon arrival in the Delta board the private
‘Song Xanh’ so you can discover the smaller canals and tributaries of this region. Before sunset, the last stop is at a splendid 19th century house where an unforgettable dinner will be served. After dinner, proceed for one hour to Can Tho where your sampan will be moor for the night. (B, L, D)

Day 12 – Mekong Delta to Phu Quoc –After visiting the colourful floating market transfer to Can Tho Airport
for the flight to the island of Phu Quoc. On arrival at the islands sleepy airport, transfer to La Veranda Resort and enjoy the rest of your day is at leisure (B)

Day 13 – Phu Quoc – Today enjoy the day at leisure (B)

Day 14 – Phu Quoc – Today enjoy the day at leisure (B)

Day 15 – Phu Quoc – Today enjoy the day at leisure (B)

Day 16 – Phu Quoc to Ho Chi Minh – enjoy some free time this morning before the short flight back to Ho Chi Minh city and conclude your tour. (B)

Tour Inclusions: 

  • Arrival and departure airport transfers
  • Accommodation on a twin / double share basis.
  • Local English speaking guide.
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits.
  • Transfers and touring by private air conditioned vehicle.
  • Meals as described in the itinerary – 14 Breakfasts / 6 Lunches / 4 Dinners

Please note – Domestic airfares within Vietnam are not included in the price. Please contact your local Travel Agent for fares.