Immerge in the community of Vietnamese and discover deep into the culture of this charming countries in the authentic 14 days is even sweeter when you travel with us! Would you like to feel the real essence of Vietnam? Would you like to blend in its long-lasting historic tradition to grasp the most genuine experience? Look no further than our itineraries below and be our guests!
Duration: 14 days
THEMES: Authentic trip
You are welcome by our guide and car driver at the Noi Bai Airport and transferred to the hotel. The check-in hour is from 2pm. You can either visit the city or simply enjoy a rest after a long flight after that.
Hanoi is a fascinating city that has the vibrant nightlife along with restaurants and sidewalk cafes, the smiles of residents and street vendors in Hanoi. Also, there are many startling attractions that represent the cultural wealth of this city.
Overnight at the hotel in Hanoi.
The breakfast is served at the hotel before we depart at 8:00 am to explore charming Hanoi, including the Mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh and its simple stilt house (not available on Monday and Friday), Presidential Palace and the One Pillar Pagoda. After that, the tour heads you to the West Lake and Tran Quoc Pagoda, the ethnological museum and literary temple – the first university in Vietnam. After lunch, we will pay a visit Hoa Lo Prison, which was known by American airmen as “Hanoi Hilton”. It would be a bizarre yet locally authentic experience in a rickshaw in the Old Quarter for shopping and see water puppet show at the Water Puppet Theater. After that, we transfer to the train station for the night train to Lao Cai.
Overnight in the sleeper compartment for 4 people on the train.
The anticipated time we arrive at Lao Cai is 5.30am. Our car drivers and tour guides will pick you up at the train station and drop you by a local restaurant to have breakfast. Then we head to Sapa (50 minutes) and wander around the foggy nippy city and the indigenous market. Then we start the adventurous trek to Lao Chai and Ta Van (vehicles are available for those who would love not to walk, though). For the first 5.5 miles we climb into the evergreen valley with rice paddies at the foot of Fansipan Mountain with breathtaking scenery. Take a walk through remote villages, rice fields and the H’Mong village, including thatched-roof houses to observe the daily life of the H’Mong minority with dark blue coat signature. We continue the journey to the village of Ta Van – one of the few Vietnamese villages of Giay inhabitants and the surrounding area.
Dinner and overnight stay in a stilt house with host family in Ta Van.
On the 4th day, we will have breakfast with the hostile family before the departure to the Giang Ta Chai village of Red Yao through terraced paddy fields and evergreen bamboo forests. Fairy Silver Waterfall is await for your vigorous exploration and then you will take the picnic lunch there. Continue the journey to Su Pan, one of the poorest villages in Sapa with 98% of the population Hmong people, besides Red Yao and Kinh (Viet). The village has a beautiful view over the Muong Hoa Valley, where the inhabitants of Maize live by cropping corn.
17.00: Transfer to the station for the night train to Hanoi. Overnight in the compartment for 4 people in the night train.
We arrive at the station in Hanoi early in the morning then have breakfast in a local restaurant. After local breeze, depart to Ninh Binh (2.5-hour drive) which is a well-known tourist attraction with the harmonious nature between craggy mountains, infinite plains and greenish rivers all of which form a picturesque landscape of so-called dry Ha Long Bay. Take a bike ride through the beautiful landscapes, meet the locals and visit the temple of Dinh King in Hoa Lu, the ancient capital of Vietnam in the 11th century.
Options to choose:
Option 1: Cruise to Tam Coc, 8 km south of Ninh Binh
You will take a rowing boat to Tam Coc. The boat trip will take about 2 hours and you will visit three caves in an aquatic landscape. Some scenes from the movie “Indochine” with Catherine Deneuve were filmed there. The rowing boat leads you to a cave and the others on the Ngo Dong River.
Option 2: Cruise to Van Long Nature Reserve, 14 km north of Ninh Binh
Arrive at Van Long. Then take a rowing boat to the biological reserve Van Long, an exceptional natural landscape. Enjoy the tranquil landscapes surrounding beautiful limestone cliffs and admire the birds and even Delacour black langurs (in the Red List of Endangered Species of the World) if you are lucky!
You also have an opportunity to visit the Bich Dong Pagoda on the hill.
Overnight at a hotel in Ninh Binh.
Transfer: 2.5 hours
Have breakfast at the hotel before departing at 07.30am from your hotel to Ha Long (4-hour drive). On the way to Ha Long City, you can enjoy the beautiful landscapes with green rice fields, water fills and the daily life of the Vietnamese. Arrival at the harbor Hon Gai is approximately around noon. Small break and taking pictures.
12.30: Get on the DRAGON PEARL Junk. Check-in, enjoy welcome drink and cruise instruction.
13.30: Enjoy seafood lunch on board and the fantastic beauty of the islands and islets as the boat moves towards Bai Tu Long Bay.
15.00: Discover Cong Do region.
15.40: Discover the untouched Thien Canh Son Grotto.
16.45: Cruise to Hon Co Island, where you can relax, swim or kayak on the white sandy beach.
18.00: Back to the boat Dragon Pearl. Relax in luxury cabin and enjoy sunset.
19.00: Dinner on board. Then you can fish squid or relax on the sun loungers on the terrace.
Overnight onboard the Dragon Pearl or similar junks.
Transfer: 4 hours
07.30: Admire the wonderful scenery of the bay with a cup of tea or coffee. Enjoy your breakfast outdoors.
08.30: Visit the Vung Vieng fishing village with a rustic rowboat, meet the locals and visit the floating school and fish farm.
09.30: Intermission for swimming in the middle of the bay.
10.30: Unpack your suitcase and check-out.
10.45: À la carte is served at lunch while the boat goes to the port.
11.45: Disembarkation. Direct transfer to the airport for the flight to Hue (1 hour on board). Welcome from guide and driver at the airport in Hue, transfer to the hotel and check-in.
Overnight at the hotel in Hue.
Enjoy local featured breakfast at the hotel with “Bun Bo Hue” (rice noodles with beef). At 08.00, take a sluggish boat on the famous Perfume River. Drive to visit Thien Mu Pagoda with the famous octagonal tower overlooking the river. Discovery of the tomb of King Tu Duc and Ming Mang in the surroundings of enchanting pine trees and ponds. Explore local handicrafts: conical hats and joss sticks.
Depending on the weather and your health, you can take a cyclo tour around the Imperial City to see daily life in Hue.
Overnight at the hotel in Hue.
After having breakfast at the hotel, we get on the ride to Hoi An through Hai Van Pass – a spectacular mountainous road. Stop in Da Nang (ex-Tourane) and visit the Cham Museum, which contains the largest collection of Cham sculptures in the world.
The ride continues to Hoi An after 3.5 hours. Hoi An is a city of unique charm, featured by the ancient Faifo cup of coffee, and considered as one of the wealthiest ports in Asia in the 16th and 17th centuries. There are rows of houses and buildings with the harmonious architecture between Vietnamese-Japanese-Chinese style.
Take a walk (with guide) through the narrow streets in the old district of Hoi An town. Visit Phuc Kien Shrine, Phuc Thanh Pagoda – the oldest pagoda in Hoi An (1454); the bridge pagoda, built in 1593, connecting the Chinese and Japanese streets; Tan Ky House, Community House Phuc Kien. Bicycle tour through villages and meeting residents in Hoi An.
Overnight at hotel in Hoi An.
Transfer: 3.5 hours
We spend the entire day for this charming ancient town. After having breakfast at the hotel, you are free for personal discoveries or relaxation on the beautiful beach of Hoi An.
Overnight at hotel in Hoi An.
Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to Da Nang Airport (45-minute drive) for the flight to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). Welcomed by our driver and tour guide at the airport, transfer to the city. The city of Ho Chi Minh is a modern metropolis in the north of the Mekong Delta on the west bank of the Saigon River. Also known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is a vibrant and exciting city where the moors and the ancients are in perfect harmony.
In the afternoon, start sightseeing in the city: the Reunification Palace, the War Museum with a detailed photographic exhibition and an extensive collection of airplanes, tanks and weapons. Visit the Ngoc Hoang Pagoda, Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office and the lively Ben Thanh Market. Take a stroll through Cho Lon (Chinese Streets), the largest Chinatown in Vietnam and one of the liveliest areas in Saigon. After that, transfer to your hotel.
Overnight at a hotel in Saigon.
Departure from the hotel at 8:00 am to Cai Be, the entrance to the Mekong Delta of Vietnam and also the phenomenal rice grain chamber of the country. The tour begins with a visit to some local rice paper production sites, popcorn, coconut candy, dry longan fruits,… Then you can go by boat to An Binh Island between Vinh Long and Cai Be. These evergreen islands in the middle of the Mekong River form large networks of meandering rivers with countless canals and remain untouched.
Lunch is served in an orchard where you will be welcomed with a warm cup of tea. After lunch and a short walk to visit the orchard, take a 45-minute boat ride to see beautiful landscapes along the river and observe rural life in the Mekong Delta. Break on the way to visit the old church An Binh. After crossing the Co Chien River, the trip will end at Vinh Long Pier. Continue to Can Tho. Arrive at Can Tho, transfer to the hotel for relaxation. Then visit a Khmer pagoda where you have a conversation with this venerable Pagoda leader and learn more about Buddhism.
Overnight at the hotel in Can Tho.
Transfer: 4 hours
In the morning, take a boat trip to the floating market Cai Rang, the highest point of the Mekong Delta. This floating market is a place for commercial activities where the busy trade takes place with hundreds of small boats, ships and even canoes full of fruits, vegetables, rice, all kinds of food, clothing …. The boat travels through various tropical orchards (Ba Cong Orchard), which are known for some of the country’s most delicious fruits. Enjoy seasonal fruits in the area.
Afternoon: back to Saigon. Overnight at hotel in Saigon.
Transfer: 3 hours by car
After having breakfast at the hotel, take your time to discover until being transferred to Saigon airport for flight to another destination.