Dominated by rice fields and flanked by mountains and the sea, Vietnam is a country of sublime beauty and warm, friendly people. Having left its recently turbulent past behind, the country has a vibrant and lively modern face. With hill tribes maintaining their centuries old traditions, bustling modern cities with hectic crowds standing alongside quaint ancient traditional towns, floating villages and spectacular natural beauty with miles of pristine sand beaches, Vietnam is one of most diverse and enjoyable destinations of the Southeast Asian countries. Vietnam Tour step back in time, will travel from north to south, from mountains to sea, from past to present...A great tour with great memory!
Hanoi – Mai Chau – Sapa – Halong – Hue – Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh – Mekong – Phu Quoc
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Brief Vietnam Tour step back in time
Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
Day 2: Hanoi City Tour
Day 3: Hanoi - Mai Chau Homestay
Day 4: Mai Chau - Tam Coc - Train to Sapa
Day 5: Sapa - Topas Ecolodge
Day 6: Topas Ecolodge - Sapa
Day 7: Sapa Ethnic Market - Train to Hanoi
Day 8: Tam Coc - Halong Cruise
Day 9: Halong Cruise - Hanoi & Flight to Hue
Day 10: Hue Tour
Day 11: Hue - Hoi An
Day 12: Hoi An Farming Tour
Day 13: Hoi An Free Day
Day 14: Hoi An - Danang & Flight to Ho Chi Minh
Day 15: Ho Chi Minh - Cu Chi Tunnels - Ho Chi Minh
Day 16: Ho Chi Minh - Can Tho (Mekong)
Day 17: Can Tho - Flight to Phu Quoc Island
Day 18&19: Phu Quoc Island
Day 20: Phu Quoc Island - Flight to Ho Chi Minh
Detailed Vietnam Tour step back in time
Day 1: Hanoi Arrival (G)
Upon arrival, our private Vietnam Tours guide and driver will welcome your Vietnam Holiday, pick up and transfer to the hotel for check in. Hanoi, a city where the exotic chic of old Asia blends with the dynamic face of new Asia. Where the medieval and modern co-exist. A city with a blend of Parisian grace and Asian pace, an architectural museum piece evolving in harmony with its history, rather than bulldozing through like many of the region’s capitals. Hanoi is where imagination becomes reality. Free at leisure. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi City Tour (B/L) (G)
Hanoi is choice for any Vietnam Tours. Today we enjoy a full day Hanoi city tour of this charming capital city including the mausoleum of the nation's founder Ho Chi Minh (close on Monday & Friday), the Presidential Palace, the Ho Chi Minh's house on stilts, the One Pillar Pagoda, the Temple of Literature, the impressive Ethnologic Museum, the beautiful West Lake, the Tran Vu Pagoda, the peaceful lake of the Restored Sword.
Late afternoon we take a cyclo tour for a short excursion through the bustling old quarter streets named after the specific goods once offered for sale at these places. In the evening, we end Hanoi city tour with a fantastic traditional water puppet show.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 3: Hanoi – Mai Chau Tour (B/L/D) (G)
After breakfast, we take a beautiful drive on the hilly road to Mai Chau. On half way, optional stop for visiting Hoa Binh Hydro Power Station – The biggest power station in Vietnam. You will arrive at Mai Chau around noon. Have lunch and relax. In the afternoon, we will go trekking for 2 hours to visit Lac & Poom Coong villages here you will have chance to see “Tho Cam” - a unique product of Thai people. See the houses on stilts and sink deep in Thai’s customs by enjoying a traditional music show and taste “Ruou Can” – special local wine. Overnight in the home of Thai hill tribe (Ban Lac village).
Day 4: Mai Chau – Tam Coc – Hanoi & Train to Sapa (B/L) (G)
Depart your hotel this morning at 0800 for the 2-hour drive through rural northern Vietnam to the site of Vietnam's first capital, Hoa Lu. Visit to the temples dedicated to Emperor Dinh Tien Hoang of the Dinh Dynasty (968-80), 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 kilometers.
Continue to Tam Coc through stunning limestone karst valleys surrounded by picturesque fields and villages, along the way stop where you wish to take photographs. On arrival in Tam Coc have a Vietnamese lunch. After lunch, board your private sampan for a leisurely 2.5-hour cruise. As the boat gently slices through the water, notice the enormous limestone karsts jutting out from the green rice fields. After the boat trip, climb up to Bich Dong Pagoda on nearby Ngu Nhac Mountain, dating to 1428 and comprising three structures: Ha, Trung, and Thuong Pagodas, in ascending order before returning to Hanoi. This evening, we take the overnight train to Sapa.
Day 5: Lao Cai – Sapa – Lao Chai – Ta Van – Topas Ecolodge (B/L/D) (G)
Arrive in the early morning in the border town of Lao Cai where it's a short transfer to Sapa. In the terraced hills and mountains of this area, the monotony of the expansive green landscape is enlivened by the colours of its hill tribe population. It is here you will find hands stained with colour from fabric dyes and shades of blue, red and green intricately embroidered and stitched into jackets, waistcoats, pants, skirts, caps, purses and leggings.
After breakfast at a local restaurant, take a morning walking tour of Sapa for a visit to the busy market where Red Dao, Black & Flower H'Mong, Tay and other ethnic minority people converge from the surrounding countryside to sell their silverware and handicrafts, and to buy provisions. Afterwards, drive to visit Lao Chai and Ta Van village of the Black H'mong and the Day people where you can enjoy fresh air, amazing scenery of the imposing mountain range, trek down world's most beautiful terraced rice fields and learn unique culture and life of these ethnic groups. Continue to Topas Ecolodge for overnight.
Day 6: Topas Ecolodge – Ban Ho Village – Sapa (B/L) (G)
After breakfast, if you wish to explore more, we will trek down Ban Ho and Nam Toong villages of the Tay and Red Dao people to see their unique way of living, culture and tradition... Pick up and drive back to Sapa. Check in and free at leisure. Overnight in Sap.
Day 7: Sapa – Market – Lao Cai & Train to Hanoi (B/L) (G)
The markets in the Northern Vietnam are always the colorful meeting places for the hill tribes, spotlight for any Sapa Tours and of course, your unique Vietnam Tours experience. Minority people come down from the mountains to sell their products, or just for catching up on the latest news, gossip, drinking away troubles or seeking for lover. In the morning, drive to visit one of the areas weekly markets;
Can Cau Market - Saturdays
Bac Ha Market or Muong Hum Market or Muong Khuong Market - Sundays
Cao Son Market - Wednesdays
Lung Khau Nhin Market - Thursdays
Coc Ly Market - Tuesdays
In the late afternoon, your Sapa tour guide and driver transfer you back to Lao Cai to catch the night train back to Hanoi. We hope that you have enjoyed your Sapa Tours with us. We say goodbye with sincere thanks and looking forward to welcoming you again for your coming Vietnam Tours and Sapa Tours. Overnight on the train.
Day 8: Hanoi – Halong (B/L/D) (G)
Pick up from the train station, this morning, we have already arranged a room in a mini hotel for you to have shower and breakfast before driving to Halong Bay (165km), Vietnam most scenic sight, a recognized World Natural Heritage Site and highlight of any Vietnam Tours. Upon arrival, board your traditional wooden junk. Welcome drink on board. After a relaxing break, enjoy a delicious seafood lunch while cruising through the wonderful Ha Long bay visiting its amazing grottoes and caves. Opportunity to dive off the boat and have a pleasant swimming in the deep blue water of East Sea before relaxing on your sun deck to view a Halong sunset. Dinner on board with excellent fresh seafood. Overnight on board.
Day 9: Halong – Hanoi – Hue (B) (G)
People said that your Vietnam Tours would not have been done without a trip to Halong Bay and a romantic night on Halong Cruise. People describe Halong Bay as majestic and mysterious, inspiring and imperious and words alone cannot do justice to the natural wonder that is Halong Bay. Imagine 3000 or more incredible islands rising from the emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin and you have a vision of breathtaking beauty. Halong Bay is pure art, a priceless collection of unfinished sculptures hewn from the hand of nature. It is absolutely true when you get up early to catch the sunrise on the bay, doing Ta Chi on sundeck and relax with a cup of hot coffee or tea when the boat cruising to explore more of Halong Bay. All make your Vietnam Holiday with full sweet memory. Back to Halong city, end of your beautiful Halong Bay Cruise at around noon where our private guide and driver are waiting for the transfer back to Hanoi Airport for afternoon flight to Hue (). Upon arrival, pick up and transfer to the hotel for check in. Free at leisure. Overnight in Hue
Day 10: Explore Thuy Bieu Eco Village (B/L) (G)
After breakfast, we drive to Thuy Bieu Eco Village:
- Arrival Thuy Bieu - an authentically village representing the countryside of Hue with the clear notion “garden-home”.
- Start the cooking class and you will prepare the lunch by yourself with the coaching given by our chef. Have lunch with dishes clients have just cooked.
- A nice biking or walking around the quiet Thuy Bieu village, one of villages are still kept culture of Hue.
- Visit the garden-home and contact with local people, past many ancestral temples as cultural features of Hue.
- Visit homemade incense production household and discover the life of the farmers while they are working strenuously with joys and enthusiasm.
- Back to our local house at Perfume River border and relaxing by steeping your foot in with medicinal herbs water - a traditional therapeutically practices.
- Back to your hotel. Free at leisure and overnight in Hue.
Day 11: Hue – Hoi An (B/L) (G)
Hue is one of places, which has many cultural heritages. Up to now, there is no place like Hue remaining a lot of originally historical vestiges as in this ancient Capital City and an enjoyable stop for your Vietnam tours. After breakfast, our tour starts with the visit to Imperial Citadel before taking the beautiful boat trip on the romantic Perfume River and visit Hue's best-known religious site-Thien Mu Pagoda and the Mausoleum of former emperor Minh Mang in a tranquil setting of gardens and lakes then drive to Hoi An, a major Asian trading port in the 17th and 18th centuries whose architecture and relaxed lifestyle has changed little over the years. This scenic drive passes through the fishing village of Lang Co before climbing over the Pass of Ocean Clouds. Upon arrival in Hoi An, free to take walking tour of the Hoi An ancient town centre. Overnight in Hoi An at Vuong Trau Garden Homestay.
Day 12: Hoi An Fishing and Farming Tour (B/L) (G)
This unique tour provides you a truly experience about vietnamese daily life, help you to open the vietnamese culture window and understand more about the vietnamese rural culture. Today tour begins with a soft biking around the countryside of Hoian from your hotel with our guide ( 15' - 30' ). The biking takes you to Tra Que Vegetables Village, along the way you will stop and try a water buffalo riding in the middle of the rice paddy and take the photography. Arriving at Tra Que Vegetable Village, you will be welcomed by a farmer family, take the typical farmer's clothe and dress up as a farmer. Then get to the farming land near by with farming tools to practise all the different steps that a vegetable farmer usually does. Done the farming tour and continue on our biking tour along the narrow path to Cam Thanh village, stop at Bay Mau Water Palm forest, you will take a short walk around the small fishing hamlet along the river then board a Coracle - a typical rounded bamboo boat for fishing from local fishermen and enjoy a pleasant cruise along the small canal. Overnight in Hoi An at Vuong Trau Garden Homestay.
Day 13: Hoi An (B)
Hoi An Ancient Town – The most interesting break for any Vietnam Tours and no Vietnam Tours maker would skip, is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century. Its buildings and its street plan reflect the influences, both indigenous and foreign, that have combined to produce this unique heritage site.
Day free to cycle through rice paddies in the countryside of Hoi An ancient town, shop for souvenirs among the antique shops and art galleries, or just sit at sidewalk cafes and soak up the atmosphere of this quaint town. Or relax on the white sandy beach of the famous Danang Beach. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 14: Hoi An – Danang – Ho Chi Minh (B/L) (G)
After breakfast, our Vietnam tour guide and driver in Hoi An will transfer you to the airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh city. Arrive at Tan Son Nhat airport, welcome by our private Vietnam tour guide and driver and transfer to you hotel for check in. Ho Chi Minh, the most exciting city of Vietnam, a mecca of commerce, also a city with a chequered history and a rich culture, its pagodas, museums, public buildings, parks and boulevards make it one of the most delightful Vietnam Tours and cities to visit in Vietnam.
In the afternoon, we will do the city tour of Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon, visiting to Reunification Palace, Vietnam War Museum and the environment of Ben Thanh market. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 15: Ho Chi Minh – Cu Chi Tunnels – Ho chi Minh (B/L) (G)
After breakfast, enjoy a morning drive through typical southern Vietnamese countryside to Tay Ninh Province in the west of Vietnam. At Tay Ninh, visit the incredible Cao Dai Great Temple, with architecture that could have come straight from a Walt Disney fantasy and where all the major faiths of the world blend together in a unique religious cocktail. In the afternoon, visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, an underground tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters during the long struggle for independence where you will understand more about the Vietnam War or American War, a must see Vietnam Tour for any tourists to learn about Vietnam past and present days. Overnight in Ho chi Minh.
Day 16: Ho Chi Minh – Cai Be floating Market – Can Tho Homestay (B/L/D) (G)
Today we will start our exploration of the Mekong Delta, a major rice producing area. This must be one of the most fascinating riverine deltas in the world. The Mekong splits into nine major arteries. A vast network of rivers and waterways with thousands of ships of all sizes plowing the waters gives the Mekong Delta a very special atmosphere and no doubt one of the most favorite destinations for Vietnam Tours and a smart Vietnam Tour maker would never skip. On arrival, we will make a boat trip to the Cai Be floating Market, visit villages and meet the people of the Mekong Delta. Continue to Can Tho and transfer from Ninh Kieu wharf to local people’s house for homestay by shuttle boat. Visit local homes & orchards and participate in local activities such as gardening, fishing, ploughing. Have dinner at the home. Tonight, we spend the unique night in a homestay with local family. Overnight in Can Tho.
Day 17: Can Tho – Cai Rang floating market – Phu Quoc (B)
In the morning, we make the boat cruise to see the Cai Rang floating market (the nicest one with heaps of rowing boats), truly spotlight of your Vietnam Tours where you will enjoy the beautiful scenery and see the daily activities of the locals who live along the Mekong canals and later, you will roam through the village to visit a rice husking mill, a rice noodles making shop which are nice chances to discover the daily life of Vietnamese people in Mekong Delta. Transfer to the airport for your short flight to Phu Quoc. Pick up on arrival and transfer to your hotel. Free at leisure and overnight in Phu Quoc.
Day 18 & 19: Phu Quoc (B)
One of Vietnam’s star attractions, mountainous and forested Phu Quoc is a splendid tropical getaway set with soft secluded beaches, the water a thousand different shades of turquoise. Stunning sunsets, thunderclouds heaped on the horizon. Palm trees protruding perpendicular over the gentle waves. That's Phu Quoc island and paradise for Vietnam beach lovers and great place to end your amazing Vietnam Holiday. Days free at leisure. Overnight in Phu Quoc.
Day 20: Phu Quoc Departure (B)
Free time at leisure for you to wrap up your memorial Vietnam Holiday until we transfer you to the airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh and connect with your international flight home with the sincere thanks for traveling with Indochinavalue. We hope that you have enjoyed your Vietnam Tours with us and look forward to welcoming you back for your next Vietnam Tours. Ídochinavalue says goodbye and see you again!!!
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