Highlight: Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi - Cai Be - Dalat - Nha Trang - Buon Ma Thuot - Lak lake Dak Lak - Pleiku -Kon Tum - Hoi An - Hue - Hanoi City - Mai Chau - Son La - Dien Bien - Tam Duong Market - Sapa -Cat Cat Village Sapa - Ta Van Village Sapa - Halong Bay.
- Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City arrival. Airport Pick up.
- Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City – Cu chi tunnel (B, L)
- Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City – Cai Be floating market (B, L)
- Day 4: Flight Ho Chi Minh City – Dalat (B, L)
- Day 5: Land transfer Dalat – Nha trang (B, L)
- Day 6: Nha trang island tour (B, L)
- Day 7: Nha trang – Buon Ma Thuot – Lak Lake (B, L,D)
- Day 8: Lak lake – Pleiku – Kontum (B, L)
- Day 9: Kontum – Hoian (B, L)
- Day 10: Hoian – Hue (B)
- Day 11: Hue City Tour. Night train Hue – Hanoi. (B, L)
- Day 12: Hanoi City Tour. (B, L)
- Day 13: Hanoi – Mai chau (B, L,D)
- Day 14: Mai Chau - Son La – Dien Bien Phu (B, L)
- Day 15: Dien Bien Phu – Tam Duong (B)
- Day 16: Tam Duong – Sapa (B)
- Day 17: Sapa – Catcat village (B, L)
- Day 18: Lao chai – Tavan villages. Night train to Hanoi (B, L)
- Day 19: Hanoi – Halong Bay Overnight Cruise. (B, L, D)
- Day 20: Halong Bay – Hanoi (Brunch)
- Day 21: Hanoi departure. Airport transfer (B)
Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City arrival. Airport Pick up.
Upon arrival Ho Chi Minh City, welcomed by the Tour Guide and Car Driver of Indochina Leisure at the airport then you will be transferred to the hotel in city centre. Check in and stay overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City – Cu chi tunnel (B, L) 8.00am Pick-up at your hotel, you enjoy a half day excursion to the famous Cu Chi tunnels. This network of tunnels, which stretched for over 200km, became legendary during the 1960s. The Cu Chi tunnels played a vital part in the U.S.-Vietnam War in that they allowed the Viet Cong to control a large rural area only 30 to 40 km from former Saigon. At its height, the tunnel system stretched from Saigon to the Cambodian border. The network, parts of which were several levels deep, included innumerable trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centre and kitchens. Today the remaining tunnels have become a major tourist attraction giving the visitor a unique experience and feel of what underground life during the war must have been like. The tunnels have been widened for our benefit (otherwise we would not be able to enter them!) For those interested there is even the opportunity to fire off rounds from an AK47 or MK16 at the nearby rifle range. Lunch is arranged at the local restaurant.
Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, is the biggest and most crowned city of Vietnam, warm year round and hospitable people. This afternoon we visit the bustling Ben Thanh Market - a fantastic place for bargains of every kind! There are several interesting sights in Saigon . The War Remnants Museum has a wealth of images from the wars, the most moving being a gallery entitled Requiem which is dedicated to Vietnamese and foreign journalists and photographers who perished during the French and American conflicts. The Reunification Palace was the former residence of the President of South Vietnam until April 30, 1975 when the North Vietnamese tanks came crashing through the front gates, bringing the U.S.-Vietnam War to a dramatic end. Close to the Palace some of the best examples of French colonial architecture are represented in the forms of Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office. Notre Dame Cathedral was built between 1877 and 1883, and the stones used to create it were exported in its entirety from France. Next to the cathedral stands the Central Post Office, finished in 1891. It is another fine example of French architecture and is Vietnam s largest post office. For all of its French colonial history, Ho Chi Minh City is by far Vietnam s most modern city. It has numerous shopping malls, cinemas, discotheques and a bewildering number of bars. Return to your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. Overnight stay in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City – Cai Be floating market (B, L)
Pick up at your hotel in HCMC at 7.30 AM. Depart for Cai Be, stopping to take photos in Tan An town overlooking the picturesque flat rice fields. On arrival in Cai Be, take a motor boat to visit the Cai Be floating market and watch the locals trading fruit and many other commodities on board their vessels. Then wander into the small villages to visit the orchard and fruit plantation. Keep cruising to Vinh Long through a series of small canals to experience the charms of the Upper Mekong Delta. Visit a small family business to see how coconut candy and crispy rice popcorn are made. Arrive in Binh Hoa Phuoc village, the green pearl of Vinh Long town, where you can immerse yourself in nature. Enjoy a lunch of fresh river food served in the heart of the garden accompanied by traditional southern Vietnamese folk music. Take a delightful walk through the bonsai garden. Meet the driver again in Vinh Long. Return to HCMC. Arrive back your hotel at around 5.00 pm. Overnight stay in Ho Chi Minh City.Day 4: Flight Ho Chi Minh City – Dalat (B, L) Today you take the flight from Saigon to Dalat – the city of Love & Flower. Overnight stay in Dalat. Dalat is one of the most beautiful city in Vietnam, this city is still called "the city of love", visit here to feel how a wonderful and special city has.
Day 5: Land transfer Dalat – Nha trang (B, L)
Our sightseeing tour of Da Lat takes in the former residence of Emperor Bao Dai, Hang Nga Crazy House, Tuyen Lam Lake, the Central Market, the Love Valley and Lam Ty Ni Pagoda. The afternoon, our guide and driver will take us out of Da Lat and back down the Prenn Pass for a stop at the Chicken village". From here we will head east and down the Ngoan Muc pass to the coastal lowlands. Our destination for today is Nha Trang, the country s premier Resort town. This part of the country was once inhabited by an ancient civilization known as the Cham, and our next stop will be at the Po Klong Garai Cham tower. This amazing structure, which has endured the test of time, the elements and indeed war, was built in the 13th century. We will stop for a late lunch en-route and arrive in Nha Trang late afternoon. At leisure. Overnight at hotel in Nhatrang.
Day 6: Nha trang island tour (B, L)
Start from your hotel to Cau Da port. Tri Nguyen Aquarium on Mieu Island is the first place to visit, many sea species of Nha Trang/Khanh Hoa province make a small ocean world there. Mun Island is the best island for snorkeling where you can see lots of lives colorful corals and fish. You will also be able to see caves in which the sea swallows make their nest.Then relaxing, swimming & doing water sports or other activities at Mot Island, Tranh Beach Island or on a small island calling “Mini beach”. Taking a fresh lunch at the island. On the way back you will visit a fishing village before going to the shore. Overnight in Nha Trang.
Day 7: Nha trang – Buon Ma Thuot – Lak Lake (B, L,D)
The beautiful Ponagar Cham Towers is one of the most interesting sights in Nha Trang.We visit this and Long Son Pagoda before we head the coast towards the Central Highlands, travelling via the famous town of Buon Ma Thuot to Lak Lake. On arrival, Visit Jun village, enjoy a ride on Lak lake by dug-out canoe for 1 hour to see the local people fishing . Visit M’Lieng village on the other side of the lake. Walk around the village to discover the daily life of the ethnic minorities in the Central Highlands. Ride an elephant for 1 hour. In the evening, there is an option to enjoy Gong music (on own account). Dinner and Over night in long house-on-stilts by Lak lake.
Day 8: Lak lake – Pleiku – Kontum (B, L)
After breakfast, we travel by roads along the central highlands and pass Vietnam s biggest growing coffee area to Pleiku and Komtum, our final destination. The deep contrast of lush vegetation and red surface of basaltic soil is incredible all along the way with Rubber plantation, Pine plantation, Tea plantation. Arrive in Kontum, we visit the town with the Komtum Seminary, the traditional culture center, the Wooden Church (a special architecture erected in the 1913 where the priests give office in Bahnar language), Orphange, and some traditional villages Ethnic Minorities: Pleitonghia, Konhngokotu. Overnight in Kontum.
Day 9: Kontum – Hoian (B, L)
The scenic journey continues to Hoi An which was originally a Cham seaport but has been influenced down the centuries by a myriad of traders from various cultures. We make our way past the beautiful mountainous region towards the central coast. A part of the pleasure of travelling in this region is the simple joy of seeing the rice fields and the smiling faces of the people. On arrival in Hoian, check in, relax. Overnight at hotel in Hoian.
Day 10: Hoian – Hue (B) This morning an interesting walk around the old quarter streets will acquaint us with Hoian s some major landmarks.The ancient architecture of Hoian is a fascinating combination of Vietnamese traditional characters with Chinese and Japanese influence. There are plenty to see in this delightful and tranquil town, some of which are the famous Japanese Covered Bridges, the Pottery Museum, the 200 years old Tam Ky House, the Chua Ong Pagoda, the vibrant market. We visit these on our walking tour past many low tiled houses scattered along the small streets and assembly halls which reflect the town s multi-cultural past.
Afternoon we embark on northern bound journey to Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam. The scenic route passes through Da Nang as we are climbing over the Pass of Ocean Clouds and dropping down to the picturesque fishing villages of Lang Co. Arrive in Hue late afternoon, check in, relax.
Day 11: Hue City Tour. Night train Hue – Hanoi. (B, L)
This morning we explore Hue, including the Citadel and the Forbidden Purple City. Built in the 19th century by the Nguyen dynasty, the City was home to the former Emperors of Vietnam from 1802 until 1945. We embark on a boat for cruise upstream on the Perfume River which also gives us a taste of the scenic countryside as well as an enjoyable visit to The beautiful pagoda of Thien Mu. One of the most poignant displays here is a car belonging to a former monk, who in 1963, drove to Saigon and set himself alight to protest against the South Vietnamese regime and its treatment of Buddhists. Disembark the board for a visit the elaborate mausoleum of former emperor Tu Duc, Emperor Khai Dinh. Transfer to the airport for the night train to Hanoi. Overnight on the train.
Day 12: Hanoi City Tour. (B, L)
The train journey arrives in Hanoi this morning. Pick up, transfer to hotel for breakfast and freshen up. We then spend a full day in Vietnam s capital. We start city tour with the Ho Chi Minh Complex. This famous site contains the mausoleum of the nation’s founder Ho Chi Minh ( Close on Monday, Friday & November), the Presidential Palace and the Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts. Close to this complex is the One Pillar Pagoda, whose origins date back to the foundation of city. We follow this with the impressive Ethnology Museum, dedicated to Vietnam s 54 ethnic groups. Lunch at local restaurant. Afternoon, visit the Restored Sword Lake (Hoan Kiem Lake) and Ngoc Son Temple. Do the walking tour around the 36 streets of the Hanoi old quarter to learn more about simple life of Hanoian. Enjoy water puppet show- a remarkable Vietnamese art form that combines traditional music, fireworks, underwater puppeteers, and elaborate puppets floating gracefully over water. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.
Day 13: Hanoi – Mai chau (B, L,D)
Afterbreakfast at hotel, pick up and drive to Mai Chau, in Hoa Binh province. This scenic area is home to many hill tribes, including the Dzao, Muong and Thai. We arrive in Pom Koong, a village of the ‘White Thai’, who predominantly inhabit the area. Lunch in Mai Chau, walk around the Mai Chau valley to visit the villages of Thai people with house on stilt, embroidery art and home stay with hill tribe people, enjoy their common life and activities. We have dinner and spend the night in the houses of the local people. You can enjoy a traditional dance ( by your own ) and drink the local rice wine, called Ruou Can. Overnight at local house.
Day 14: Mai Chau - Son La – Dien Bien Phu (B, L)
Drive to Son La, a stop in Moc Chau with hundreds of giant grass farm for cows...visit the ancient prison in the French war period. Stop for lunch in Tuan Giao. Continue on to Dien Bien Phu, crossing over the Phan Din Pass, known as the highest and longest pass in Viet Nam with an altitude of 1,500m. At the middle of the pass, we visit a multi-ethnic primary school and a village of White H’mong hill tribe where children in colorful traditional clothing welcome us with warm smiles. We continue to Dien Bien Phu, the site of decisive battle in Viet Nam’s struggle for independence from the French in 1954. Overnight at hotel in Dien Bien.
Day 15: Dien Bien Phu – Tam Duong (B)
This morning we visit famous sites of Indochina War, the Ellianne Hill and the War museum which detail the events that took place. The relics from the battle including old French tanks and artillery pieces are displayed. Of special interest is the reconstruction of the bunker where the French commander, Colonel de Castries, surrendered to Viet Minh forces. Heading out of the town, guide and car take you throughout Lai Chau for Tam Duong. The roads are difficult at times, but the spectacular landscape with a mixture of terraced fields and hill villages makes the hardship all worthwhile. On the way, we have some opportunities to encounter the Red Hmong, Kho Mu, Mang, Dao people who still retain their age old cultural traditions and are recognisably distinct from each other by their dress. We arrive in Tam Duong by late afternoon, check in hotel, relax.
Day 16: Tam Duong – Sapa (B)
The scenery of the north is unequalled although the conditions are very simple. After breakfast we set off on a half day drive following the mountain roads to Sa Pa, our final destination. At an elevation of 1,500 meters, Sapa was founded in the early years of the last century as a hill resort for French administrators when the heat on the plain became unbearable. We arrive in Sapa by mid afternoon and can soak up the fresh climate as much as we want by spending our time wandering this famous hill town. The ethnic people are frequently seen on the main street of Sapa and small vendors along the street sell local textiles and handicraft. Overnight in SaPa.
Day 17: Sapa – Catcat village (B, L)
After breakfast, we visit the bustling Sa Pa Market where the Red Dao, Black Hmong, Tay and Xa Pho ethnic minorities converge from the nearby mountainsides and valleys to trade their goods and buy provisions. The Phan Si Pan Range boasts Vietnam s highest mountain and lends an alpine feel to the area surrounding this hill station. This afternoon at 1pm from the hotel there will be a walking tour to the hill tribe villages of Cat Cat, and Sansaho village home to the H mong hill tribes minority peoples. As we walk to the villages nestled in the valley below Sapa, we will meet some of the local minority people on their way to and from Sapa. Here we have the opportunity to share cultural experiences with the families that live in the area. Overnight at hotel in Sapa.
Day 18: Lao chai – Tavan villages. Night train to Hanoi (B, L)
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, embark on a lovely walk that will take us along small paths and trails and through several hill tribe villages of Lao Chai and Tavan, home to H mong, and Dzay people. This is a absolutely spectacular walk through stunning scenery inhabited by some of the friendliest people you can meet. Stopping for a picnic lunch on the way at a family in Ta Van village. Opportunity to meet with local people and study the art of making batik and local weaving villages - study textile tradition of craft women o Black H mong and Red Dzao. Transfer back to Laocai for night train back Hanoi. Overnight on train.
Day 19: Hanoi – Halong Bay Overnight Cruise. (B, L, D)
The train arrive in Hanoi around 5:30AM. Please find your way by foot back to a mini hotel near the Tran Quy Cap station gate to have shower and basic set menu breakfast. 8:30 Am start a 3.5 hour drive through the Red River Delta to Ha Long City. Comfort stop en route for photos and coffee before arriving to Ha Long City. We then transfer to a refurbished wooden sailing junk for a cruise through the limestone cliffs and emerald waters of Ha Long Bay, giving us the chance to take in the stunning scenery of this World Heritage Site. While on board we will be served a sumptuous fresh, local seafood lunch followed by a swim and exploring some of the limestone caves in this area. When the sun comes down we drop anchor for the night nearby a remote island. Overnight on boat.
Day 20: Halong Bay – Hanoi (Brunch)
Rising to the tranquil beauty of the bay we have time for an early morning dip with joys and emotions for watching sunrise on sea followed by breakfast. This morning we continue to move around the bay to find more secluded areas. The junk will be near us at all times serving as a backup vessel for those that require it. At around midday we will return to the main harbor before transferring to our awaiting vehicle for a 3-hour journey back to Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi, free rest of the time. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.
Day 21: Hanoi departure. Airport transfer. (B)
This is the last day of Vietnam Trip, our guide and driver will come to your hotel in Hanoi and transfer you to the airport for your departure flight home. Trip ends at Noi Bai International Airport. Thank you for traveling with Indochina Leisure. Good bye and See you again!
- + All accommodation within the tour base on double room or twin room
- + Halong Bay Overnight cruise & shuttle bus Hanoi – Halong – Hanoi.
- + Meals as indicated in the itinerary at local restaurant with local foods (B = breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner)
- + All landed transfers within the tour
- + Experienced English Speaking Tour guide. Other languages (French, Chinese, Spain, Russian, German…) are available and upon requested.
- + Boat Cruises where indicated
- + Train ticket Hue – Hanoi and Lao Cai (Sapa) – Hanoi with soft sleeper
- + All entrance and sightseeing fees
- + Water Puppet Show live performance in Hanoi
- + Complimentary Approval letter for landing visa to Vietnam: single entry, one month valid (except special nationalities)
- + Government tax
- + Service charge
- + Air tickets more than indicated
- + Beverages and other meals do not clearly indicate in the program
- + Visa stamp fees to Vietnam (at 45 USD per person at the airport)
- + Surcharge on Christmas, New Year and our Lunar New Year
- + Early check-in (before 2.00pm) and late check-out (after 12.00pm) at all hotels
- + Service not mentioned
- + Travel insurance
- + Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, shopping...)
- + Tipping for drivers and tour guides
- + Any additional expenses caused by reasons beyond our control such as natural calamities (typhoon, floods), flight delays, rescheduling or cancellations, any accidents,
- medical evacuations, riots, strikes etc.
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