The ultimate adventurous cross-trip in Vietnam within three weeks is planned in scrutinisation to blow your mind. You could enjoy delicious street food, crazy traffic and smelly streets in Hanoi at the beginning of the journey and end up admiring aging apartment blocks hanging vintage clothes and independent coffee shops in Saigon. There are more astonishment to explore along the venturesome trip! Have a closer look at our schedule and right away be our companion!
Duration: 21 days
THEMES: Off the beaten track
Pick up at Noi Bai airport, transfer to hotel. Rooms are available from 2pm. Visit the legendary Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple. You also have the opportunity to see water puppets in the water puppet theater in the afternoon or early evening.
Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.
After breakfast, visit Hanoi, the mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh and its unpretentious stilt house, Presidential Palace, the One Pillar Pagoda. Also visit Temple of Literature, the first university in Vietnam. After lunch, visit the Ethnological Museum. In the evening you will see water puppet show, a typical cultural feature of the Red River Delta in the Water Puppet Theater. Overnight at the hotel in Hanoi.
Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to Nghia Lo. On the way you can visit some indigenous villages. In particular, you will see immense tea fields and it is a picturesque landscape. You can have a coffee break before driving on a small road along the Black River. Arrived in Muong Lo in the late afternoon.
Overnight in a hotel or host family in Nghia Lo.
Breakfast in the hotel or with host family. Transfer to Hoang Lien Son Mountains. Stop at Tu Le Valley to begin the hike.
After lunch in Le Tu, continue your journey in North Vietnam. You will arrive at Khau Pha Pass (celestial horn).
Overnight with a local family in Mu Cang Chai.
Breakfast with host family. Transfer to Sapa through Than Uyen, then stop for a hike in the village of the Thai minority. Stop to enjoy the fresh air Fansipan Peak, the roof of Indochina. Arrived in Sapa, check in. After lunch at a local restaurant, visit the church and colorful market in Sapa. Then spend 2 hours to visit the village of Cat Cat of black H’Mong. Overnight at the hotel in Sapa.
After breakfast at the hotel, take the private vehicle to Suoi Ho. Start the 4-5 hour hike through rice terraces and ethnic villages. First, visit the small village of Suoi Ho of Black Hmong. Next visit the village and school Ma Tra. After a picnic lunch, you walk through the French-built Catholic monastery to the village of Ta Phin where the H’Mong and Red Yao people live. Overnight at the hotel in Sapa.
Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to Bac Ha, a small town in Lao Cai Province, to explore the spectacular market. There are many local ethnic groups from surrounding places. Most are the H’mong Hoa, Yao, Nung and Phu La. They come from neighboring villages to sell their exclusive products. Lunch in a local restaurant. Visit the village of Ban Pho from Colorful H’Mong. Transfer to Lao Cai Railway Station to take the night train to Hanoi. Overnight in the sleeping compartment for 4 people on the train.
Arrived in Hanoi early in the morning. After breakfast, Departure to Ninh Binh. Transfer to the stone cathedral Phat Diem. Then transfer by car to Tam Coc for lunch at a local restaurant, enjoy specialties from Ninh Binh, especially goat meat. After a short break, take a bike ride to Thung Nham. Covering an area of more than 300 hectares, Thung Nham is a wonderful destination with the harmony of the beauty of karstic rocks and transparent water, the caves and all the different species of birds. A rowboat ride takes you to the center of the Bird Garden at sunset when thousands of birds return. This forms a beautiful landscape. Transfer to your hotel.
Overnight at the hotel in Ninh Binh.
Transfer: 4 hours
Breakfast in the hotel. Departure from your hotel to Hai Phong. Arrive at Hai Phong Port, transfered by speedboat to Cat Ba Island for a cruise on Oriental Sun Junk (or similar junk).
Embarkation and seafood lunch aboard while the Junk cruises into Lan Ha Bay. Then drive to the famous Halong Bay towards isolated islands. Stop on a beach for swimming. Visit the lagoon of Hang Ca, accessible through a tunnel with a small boat or kayak. Dinner with seafood on board.
Overnight aboard the Oriental Sun or similar junk in Lan Ha Bay.
Transfer: 3-4 hours
Breakfast on board. Continuation of the cruise in Lan Ha bay, closer to the most beautiful peaks and rocks. Visit a floating village where you breed fish and shellfish. Lunch on board (or on the mainland if we need to ship new customers). Disembarked between 11:30 and 12:00. Direct transfer to the airport for the flight to Hue (1 hour on board, Vietnam Airlines).
Our driver will pick you up at the airport in Hue. Transfer to the hotel. Check-in room.
Overnight at the hotel in Hue.
Breakfast at the hotel with “Bun Bo Hue” (rice noodles with beef), a specialty of Hue. Departure from your hotel from 8:00 am, then take a boat trip on the famous Perfume River. Drive to visit the pagoda Thien Mu with the famous octagonal tower overlooking the river.
Discover 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.
Overnight at the hotel in Hue.
Breakfast in the hotel. Drive through Hai Van Pass – a spectacular mountain road. Stop at Da Nang (Ex-Tourane), visit the Cham Museum, which contains the largest collection of Cham sculptures in the world. Continue to Hoi An. Hoi An is a city with a unique charm, which was then called Faifo and was considered 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 and Chinese style.
Hike (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.
Overnight at hotel in Hoi An.
Transfer: 3.5 hours
Breakfast in the hotel. Free day for personal discoveries or rest.
Hoi An is a very attractive and bewitched city where you can stay for several days. You can relax on the beautiful beach of Hoi An, take a walk in the countryside, dress traditional clothes in the shops, attend a cooking class, etc.
Overnight at the hotel in Hoi An.
Breakfast in the hotel. Departure at 8:00 am from your hotel to Kontum. This mountain town is known mainly for ethnic minorities like Jarai, Bahnar, Sedang …. Follow the coast south and visit Chieu Dan Tower. Continuing the drive to Quang Ngai town, continue on road no.24 through Ba To and Dak Rve. Visit the village of Sedang and its large community house “Nha Rong”. Arrival in Kontum in the late afternoon. Overnight at the hotel in Kontum.
Breakfast in the hotel. Visit the wooden church, which was built in 1913, and small museum about ethnic groups in the area. Also visit the orphanage right back there.
Drive to Pleiku along rubber plantations. On the way, stop at T’Nưng Lake and visit the village of Dekrong of the Jarai minority and the village of Dektu the Bahnar.
Overnight at hotel in Plei Ku.
After breakfast drive to Buon Me Thuot, the capital of coffee. Buon Me Thuot is the largest city in the central highlands of Vietnam (Tay Nguyen called in Vietnamese). Buon Me Thuot is the preferred destination of many tourists, and typical of the wild beauty of nature and the lives of ethnic minorities.
Continuing the drive to Lak Lake, then visit the Jun village of Mnong. It is possible to take a boat trip on the lake. Elephant riding by the lake through the Mlieng village of Hmong and Ede.
Overnight in a traditional house or hotel.
Transfer to Yok Don National Park, one of the largest nature reserves in Vietnam. On the way visit the ethnological museum of Buon Me Thuot. Walk for about 2 hours through Yok Don Park and visit the village of Ban Don, which is famous for its long history of becoming a wild elephant. Then transfer southwest from Buon Me Thuot to visit Dray Sap, Dray Nu and Trinh Nu Falls. Back to Buon Me Thuot.
Overnight at the hotel in Buon Me Thuot.
Breakfast in the hotel. Morning: visit the village of Ako Dhong of the Ede minority, where wooden houses on stilts are surrounded by landscaped gardens.
Transfer to the airport for the flight to Saigon. Welcome from our driver at the airport in Saigon, transfer to the hotel.
Overnight at hotel in Saigon.
Breakfast in the hotel. Departure at 08.00 from the hotel to Cai Be. Embarkation on Song Xanh Sampan for a cruise in the Mekong Delta. You will start the cruise by visiting some coconut candy production sites, rice paper, noodle before visiting the Cai Be floating market. Then head towards the city of Sa Dec on the Tien River, one of the two largest branches of the Mekong River. Then take a small rowing boat trip through the narrow canals, a small village and tropical orchards. In addition, you continue to a brickyard, where you have an interesting visit.
Arrival in Sa Dec. The town of Sa Dec appears like a little “Venice” with numerous narrow canals and various activities on the banks. The boat anchors, then go through the local market, and stroll through the narrow streets, along with numerous old French houses, and Chinese temples before last centuries. Lunch is served in Althaus, a national historic site.
Continue of the trip to Can Tho. Drive through several villages and monkey bridges, then visit a Cao Dai temple. The last place of the day is the beautiful old house, which was built in the early 19th century. After welcoming the host family, you will enjoy candlelight dinners. Surely you have an unforgettable experience in a cozy atmosphere.
After dinner, take a drive to Can Tho before anchoring the boat in a quiet area for overnight.
Overnight on board the Song Xanh or similar Sampans.
Transfer: 2 hours
Breakfast is served on board. The Sampan slowly drives to Cai Rang Market, one of the largest and busiest floating markets in the Mekong Delta. This is a spectacular spectacle of hundreds of boats as local shops selling rice, fruit and vegetables, crafts,….
Back to the pier in Can Tho. At 10 o’clock you are driven back to Saigon in our private car. Arrived in Saigon after four-hour drive. Overnight at a hotel in Saigon.
Transfer: 4 hours
Breakfast in the hotel. Begin by visiting the sights of the city: the Reunification Palace, the War Museum with a detailed photographic exhibition and an extensive collection of airplanes, tanks and weapons. Visit Ngoc Hoang Pagoda, Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office and Ben Thanh Market. Take a stroll through Cho Lon (Chinese Streets), Vietnam’s largest Chinatown and one of Saigon’s liveliest neighborhoods.
Free until transfer to the airport in Saigon for the return flight to your country or another destination.