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Vietnam Back Roads Adventure

VA 13

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24 Days

Hanoi – Sapa – Halong Bay – Hue – Hoi An – Da Nang – Kontum – Pleiku – Buon Ma Thuot – Da Lat – Nha Trang – Sai Gon – Mekong Delta

Brief description
Get a taste of adventure in Vietnam. Travel from French influence of Hanoi to stirring Ho Chi Minh on a journey that takes in Vietnam, s amazing sights. Relax on Ha Long Bay boat tour, trek to some amazing villages in Sapa, explore the countryside around Hoi An by bicycle, relax on Nha Trang, perfect beaches and crawls through humbling Cu Chi Tunnel. This tour is jam-packed full of real life experiences and opportunities to really get to know the food, culture and people of Vietnam.

Tour Code : VA 13
Tour Route: Hanoi – Sapa – Halong Bay – Hue – Hoi An – Da Nang – Kontum – Pleiku – Buon Ma Thuot – Da Lat – Nha Trang – Sai Gon – Mekong Delta
Starts/Ends: Hanoi/ Ho Chi Minh City
Tour Duration: 24 Days
Dates: No fixed departure dates. You may go whenever you wish.
Tour Type: Landscape, Culture, Culinary and Folk Arts, trekking
Activity Level: Regular itinerary, moderate walking
Tour Customizable: Absolutely! (Tell us your specific requirements in the inquiry form)
Level: Standard

BRIEF ITINERARY:
Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi
Day 2: Hanoi – City tour – Lao Cai
Day 3: Lao Cai – Sapa – Cat Cat – Lao Chai – Ta Van
Day 4: Ta Van – Giang Ta Chai – Su Pan – Ban Ho
Day 5: Ban Ho Village – Thanh Phu Village
Day 6: Thanh Phu Village – Sapa – Lao cai – Overnight train to Hanoi
Day 7: Ha Noi – Ha Long Bay
Day 8: Ha Long Bay – Hanoi – Hue
Day 9: Hue Arrival – Boat trip on Perfumed River
Day 10: Hue City tour
Day 11: Hue – Da Nang – Hoi An
Day 12: Hoi An Town Discovery
Day 13: Hoi An – Da Nang – Kontum
Day 14: Kontum – Pleiku
Day 15: Pleiku – Buon Me Thuot
Day 16: Buon Me Thuot Discovery – Don Village
Day 17: Buon Me Thuot – Da Lat
Day 18 : Da Lat City tour – Nha Trang Beach
Day 19: Nha Trang City tour and countryside
Day 20: Nha Trang – Sai Gon
Day 21: Sai Gon – Cu Chi Tunnel
Day 22: Sai Gon – Cai Be – Vinh Long – Can Tho
Day 23: Can Tho – Cai Rang Floating Village – Sai Gon
Day 24: Sai Gon departure

Detail itinerary
Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
Upon arrival at Noi Bai Airport, pick up to City for check in. Free for a walking around the old city. Night in Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi City tour – Overnight train to Lao cai (Breakfast, Lunch)
Today, we will spend a full day for touring around and visit almost famous sites in the city. With the first visit is at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, and museum and one pillar pagoda. Next, we will continue to visit the West lake for Tran Quoc Pagoda and Quan Thanh Temple. After that, we drive to discover the Temple of Literature well known as Vietnams first university. The afternoon is continued by the visit of the Ethnological Museum and the peaceful lake of Hoan Kiem with its sacred Ngoc Son Temple.Finally, enjoy a time for leisure around the old quarter. At 20h00, take a night train to Lao Cai. Night on train.
Services included: Transport, guide, meals, entrance fee and train ticket.
Day 3: Lao Cai – Sapa – Cat Cat Village – Lao Chai Village – Ta van village (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Upon arrival Lao Cai station at 06h00am, pick up by guide and bus uphill to Sapa. Time for breakfast and free around the town for visit market before start a trek to Cat Cat Village to discover the Hmong people, enjoy the waterfall and an old hydro power station built by French. Next, we will continue trekking down to Muong Hoa Valley to Y Linh Ho and Lao Chai villages of the Hmong minority. Time for lunch at local house or at drink shop nearby the river bank. Rest before keep hiking to Ta Van village of the Dzay where we stay overnight in a local family. Here you have opportunity to experience their daily life, work and original custom. With the tour guide and the house owners, we will set up a temporary cooking class to learn how to cook Vietnamese food for dinner. Night at village.
Services included: Transport, guide, meals, entrance fee and homestay.
Day 4: Ta van Village – Giang Ta Chai Village – Su Pan Village – Ban Ho Village (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Today, we will enjoy a morning fresh air before breakfast and start a trail uphill, passing fascinating terraced rice field and some small hamlets of the Hmong before getting through a bamboo forest to a waterfall, enjoy a break for magnificent scenery and then continue walking for half an hour to Giang Ta Chai village of the Red Zao peoples which sits on the top of a hill and looks down Muong Hoa river. After spending time visiting the village, making friend with the Zao and experiencing the hospitality you will cross the river by another suspension bridge and then uphill again to Su Pan village where you will pay visiting to a local handicraft center where H’mong and Zao women gather for exchanging experience and skill of making handicrafts. A late Lunch will be prepare here nearby this center and then you have time relaxing as well as getting acquaintance with local school boys, girls and their teachers as well. Next, we will keep walking a little along the main road, get through the rice terraced paddies to the second homestay in Ban Ho village of the Tay minority peoples where you will spend the night on a wooden-stilt house. Sharing dinner with the family prepared by the host and your tour guide with the local. Speciality and wine would be the best time for relaxing and cultural exchange. (You will trek about 16Km during this day).
Services included: Guide, meals, entrance fee and homestay.
Day 5: Ban Ho Village – Thanh Phu Village (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Today, we will get up early in the morning for fresh air and peaceful daily life of the people. Breakfast and leave the village for a hard day. Walk uphill to a smallest and almost untouched village of the Red Dzao (Namtoong). Go further to another village on the same side of the mountain range to see the XaPho ethnic group in Nam Ken. Get down to the river and go up to Mi Son to visit the Xa Pho again. Spend the night in ThanhPhu village at a Tay family. Picnic lunch on the way and dinner with the local family).
Services included: Guide, meals, entrance fee and homestay.
Day 6: Thanh Phu Village – Ban Ho Village – Sapa – Lao Cai – Overnight train to Hanoi (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Today, Breakfast and take a walk back to Ban Ho village where to take a jeep back to Sapa. On the way back, visit the ancient stone circle (stones decorated with ancient carvings which are said to have described the life of the people lost in the mists of prehistory). Lunch at Ban Ho and dinner in Sapa. Get a room in Sapa for shower and have free time. Rest before transfer to Lao Cai for a night trin back Hanoi. Night on train).
Services included: Transport, guide, meals, entrance fee and train ticket.
Day 7: Ha noi – Ha Long Bay (Lunch, Dinner)
On arrival Hanoi station, pick up to Viet Sapa Travel office for a rest before departure for Halong. Arrive in Halong, board the Cruise and then lunch is served with a welcome drink while the boat is cruising the bay to enjoy the beautiful limestone seascape with Fighting cock, Dog Rock and Incense Burner . After visiting Amazing Cave we stop at a floating house and go kayaking to Luon cave to enjoy the quiet atmosphere of the bay. Fresh fruit platter will be served followed by a dinner. Overnight on Cruise.
Services included: Transport, guide, meals, entrance fee, boat trip, kayak and Crusie’s cabin.
Day 8: Ha Long Bay – Hanoi – Hue (Breakfast, Lunch)
After Sunrise breakfast, we will start cruising around the clear & emerald water to another part of Halong bay with a close up view of stunning limestone peaks. such as Drum cave , Man’s head Islet….Heading to Van Gia fishing village, you will have the opportunity to understand more about the fishermen’s daily life. Having lunch on board with a variety of local foods, enjoying the rest of the boat trip before back to Halong dock. Have a short break before return Hanoi. Keep the bags at office and leisure around before taking a night train to Hue. Night on train.
Services included: Transport, guide, meals, entrance fee, boat trip and train ticket.
Day 9: Hue arrival – Boat trip on the Perfumed River (Breakfast, Lunch)
On arrival Hue station, pick up hotel for check in and take refresh for a while. This quiet city is widely known for the magnificent architecture of its citadels, palaces, royal tombs, pagodas and temples built under the Nguyen Dynasty. We visit the major sites including the Imperial Citadel with Forbidden Royal City like in Beijing. Free shopping in Dong Ba market. Overnight in Hue.
Services included: Transport, guide, meals, entrance fee and hote
Day 10: Hue City tour – Boat trip (Breakfast, Lunch)
Morning touring to visit the royal mausoleum of Emperor Tu Duc and then incense traditional vilalge to discover the daily work. after that, enjoy a boat trip cruising along the Perfume River for a visit Thein Mu Pagoda and Minh Mang King tomb. Finally enjoy a cyclo trip for hour to discover the daily life in Hue. Night in Hue City.
Services included: Transport, guide, meals, entrance fee, boat trip and hotel.
Day 11: Hue – Da Nang – Hoi An (Breakfast, lunch)
This morning we embark on one of Vietnam’s most spectacular road trips by crossing over Lang Co beach and then Hai Van Pass, towards Danang. We continue south to China Beach, enjoyed as an ‘R & R’ spot during the Vietnam War, which lies against a backdrop of the sensational Marble Mountains. We also visit these ‘mountains’, which consist of five peaks that are actually limestone with marble outcrops and are seen to epitomize the five elements: fire, water, earth, wood and metal. Finally driving along the Center Heritage Road to Hoian along China coast line for check in. Night in Hoian.
Services included: Transport, guide, meals, entrance fee and hotel.
Day 12: Hoi An Town discovery (Breakfast, lunch)
Hoi An was originally a Cham port town, but has been influenced down the centuries by a myriad of traders from various cultures. There is a distinctly Chinese appearance with pagodas and assembly halls scattered along the small streets. Hoi An was once a bustling port in centuries gone by before the river silted up. Today much of it is a delightful backwater town with an air of liveliness. The tranquility and charm of this town with its low tiled houses makes it one of the most delightful places to visit in Vietnam. It is a constant favourite of our travellers and staff. A walking tour takes us to see a historic house (formerly home to a prominent trader), the Japanese Covered Bridge, a Chinese assembly hall and a museum. During the free time in the afternoon, you can enjoy a bicycle ride in the countryside or relax at the nearby Cua Dai Beach. Night in Hoian.
Services included: Transport, guide, meals, entrance fee and hotel.
Day 13: Hoi An – Da Nang – Kontum (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Today, we will enjoy a drive along ho Chi Minh road to Kontum. On the way, spend time for visit Charly hill, Phuong Hoang airport and Dakto Victory statue. On arrival, check in and then visit Wooden Church (a special architecture erected in the 1913 where the priests give office in Bahnar language) Visit Kon Jo Ri & Konkotu village, traditional Rong House (house on-stilt) Diner in village. Everning enjoy Gong show & drink rice wine. Night at hotel in Kontum.
Services included: Transport, guide, meals, entrance fee and hotel.
Day 14: Kontum – Pleiku (Breakfast, Lunch,Dinner)
Today, we will spend the morning for a visit Kontum Town, Wooden Church, Orphange, Seminary and some traditional villages Ethnic Minorities: Pleitonghia, Konhngokotu Check out and then depart for Pleiku. Check in and visit Ialy Power station at Jorai village. Time for leisure around to see their daily lives with tradition, culture and customs. Night in Pleiku.
Services included: Transport, guide, meals, entrance fee and hotel.
Day 15: Pleiku – Buon Me Thuot (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Today, we will be free before departure for Buon Ma Thuot, enjoy a beauty of center highland’s scenery on the way with a stop. On arrival, start a visit the Jun village – an ethnic group of the M’nongs who are very brave and experienced in hunting wild elephants. Dugout ride on the Lak lake. Free at leisure around and stay overnight in the village.
Services included: Transport, guide, meals, entrance fee, boat trip on Lak Lake and homestay.
Day 16: Buon Me Thuot Discovery – Don Village (Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner)
Today, after the breakfast, we will start a tour for about 50km to Don village, which is located on the Srpok River bank. The village is well-known in the whole South-East Asia as the native land of the elephant hunters and tamers. Visit of the big wooden houses decorated with delicate carvings and sculptures, and then a house-on-stilt built more than a hundred years ago. You will meet the hero of the mountain entitled who has captured and tamed a hundred of elephants. After lunch, take an excursion on the elephant’s back to cross the Serepok river. Visit of the Draysap Falls called Misty Falls. Dinner and musical show with ethnic songs and dances in the tragi-epic gong beats of the Ede. Night at homestay.
Services included: Transport, guide, meals, entrance fee, elephant ride and homestay.
Day 17: Buon Me Thuot – Da Lat (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Today, after breakfast, we willl depart for Da Lat – a mountain-top town, long favoured as a destination of travellers. On arrival in Da Lat we start our tour taking us through plenty of the French colonial architecture to the summer residence of Vietnam’s last Emperor Bao Dai, who was forced to abdicate in 1945, shortly after the end of the World War II. The following sights are the Lam Ty Ni Pagoda and Hang Nga Guesthouse, known as the Crazy House because of its bizarre architecture. Night in alat.
Services included: Transport, guide, meals, entrance fee and hotel.
Day 18: Da Lat City Tour – Nha Trang Beach (Breakfast, Lunch)
Today, we will discover the rest beautiful sites in Dalat such as: Truc Lam Meditation Monastery Pagoda – one of the nice Pagoda with a nice view around, then Paradise Lake; Datanla Water for picture. Finally drive down hill to Nha Trang via Xong Pha pass to Nha Trang for check in. Free at leisure for relax, swimming on beach. Night in Nha Trang.
Services included: Transport, guide, meals, entrance fee and hotel.
Day 19: Nha Trang City and Countryside (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Today, we will spend full day to discover the city and countryside. With the first drive to Yangbay Waterfall on the south road for visit Long Son Pagoda & Dien Khanh Citadel on the way. As come to Yangbay Waterfall, you can see some activities of farmers, ethnic minority people and crocodile farms, join yourself with nature, water, bird singing at the waterfall. After relaxing for a while, back to the 300 years- old country house, namely “ Menento Country Home” for packaged lunch box or having lunch there while experiencing the real country atmosphere with some special activities on the site. On the way back to the city, you can see the local making handicrafts, village markets & kindergartens. Relax yourself at Thap Ba Mud Spa after the trip. Night in Nha Trang.
Services included: Transport, guide, meals, entrance fee and hotel.
Day 20: Nha Trang – Sai Gon city (Breakfast)
Today, Free at leisure until transferring to airport to take flight to Saigon – Vietnam’s largest city has an exciting buzz as millions of people rush around on their daily business. You will be free at the rest of day to make your own exploration to discover the city. Night in Saigon.
Services included: Transport, flight ticket and hotel.
Day 21: Sai Gon – Cu Chi Tunnel (Breakfast, Lunch)
Today, we will enjoy the morning visit of Reunification Palace which was the former residence of the President of South Vietnam until end of April 1975. Close to the palace are some striking French colonial structures including the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Old Sai Gon Post Office. We also visit the Jade Emperor Pagoda and the War Remnant Museum before continuing to the bustling Ben Thanh Market where everything and anything is for sale! Time for lunch and then heading to explore Cu Chi Tunnels, an incredible underground network of approximately 200 km constructed by Vietnamese fighters during the long struggle for independence. The tunnels contained hospitals, plus accommodation and schools, and were used as a military base for the Viet Cong in the American war. Night in Saigon.
Services included: Transport, guide, meals, entrance fee and hotel.
Day 22: Sai Gon – Cai Be – Vinh Long – Can Tho (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Today, after the breakfast at hotel, we will departure for Cai Be. On arrival, enjoy a boat trip for an exploration of lush vegetations of Mekong Delta and the lively floating market buyers bargaining. Next a rowing boat rides on the maze of shady canals to arrive at a local orchard to enjoy the local tropical fruits and visit the daily activities the handicraft villages of local people. Break time for lunch at the orchard fruit garden. From here have a pleasant time around the villages, sightseeing or relaxing on the hammock. After that we will head to Vinh Long city for a stop before driving to Can Tho for check in. NIght in Can Tho.
Services included: Transport, guide, meals, entrance fee, boat trip and hotel.
Day 23: Can Tho – Cai Rang Floating Village – Sai Gon (Breakfast, Lunch)
Today, with an early morning boat trip along the small and picturesque tributaries by local boat, we will see the Cai Rang floating market (the nicest one with heaps of rowing boats). Take in the beautiful scenery and the daily activities of the locals who live along the Mekong canals and you will roam through the village to visit a rice husking mill and a rice noodles making shop. Finally spend a visit at Can Tho market before return Saigon for check in. Night in Saigon.
Services included : Transport, guide, meals, entrance fee, boat trip and hotel.
Day 24: Sai Gon – Departure
Today, we will be free at leisure before car will drive to the airport for departure flight. End services.
Services included: Transportation

About Price:
Since this is a private tour, the price per person varies and depends on many aspects, such as your group size, the hotel ratings and your departure date. If you want to get a custom price quote for this tour, please fill out the online inquiry form and give you as much information as possible about your trip. Your online travel consultants will be at your service and help you make the most of your travel time and dollars!

Tour price is included:
+ Transportation with A/C
+ English speaking guide on tour
+ Meals mentioned above,
+ Entrance fee for sites visited
+ Boat trip in Ha Long bay, Hue, Lak lake in Buon Ma Thuot
+ Train tickets: Hanoi – Lao Cai – Ha Noi, Hanoi – Hue (Shared 4 soft sleepers with A/C)
+ Flight ticket from Nha Trang to Saigon
+ Hotels – shared twin room and homestay at local villages
+ Gong Music show on center highland, Elephant ride.
+ Government tax, services charge.

Tour price is not included:
+ Personal expenses, Drinks, telephone, laundry, tips
+ Airfare, Vietnam visa, airport taxes – paying at airport check in desks.
+ Payment services charge by credit card or bank transfer
+ Other services not mentioned in the itinerary.

Note:
+ Trip can be start from Saigon or Hanoi (It is based on your arrival city and airport)
+ You can adjust the itinerary based on your interested
+ As there are some domestic flight tickets, we need you full names to check and keep the flight available in advance once you final the itinerary.
+ Room types at hotel should be inform with twin bed or double bed..

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