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Itinerary Overview

A real Vietnam adventure for active persons who want to explore culture, nature and history. This trip offers a combination of guided excursions and free time to explore beaches, ruins, urban culture, and awe-inspiring landscapes. Cruise the Mekong for a day or 2 and overnight on a boat cruise in Halong Bay. Explore amazing Pu Luong Nature Reserve, boat trip for Trang An, and Phong Nha with Paradise cave. Enjoy the atmospheric imperial capital of Huế, and the charms of Hoi An to the modern day life of Saigon.

Highlights

  • Explore the Mekong Delta culture and lifestyle
  • Observe the unique way of trading at floating market where barges loaded with fruits and vegetables gather for the early morning trade
  • Experience a slow pace of life when you walk around the impossibly atmospheric Ancient Town of Hoi An
  • Spend the night on boat that cruise between the limestone peaks of Halong Bay while feasting on sumptuous meals on board
  • Explore the underground system of Cu Chi Tunnels and Trang An & Paradise Caves
  • Discover the hidden Pu Luong Nature Reserve and Local villages

Detailed Itinerary

  • 1. Hanoi to Saigon
  • 2. Saigon to Hanoi

Route*: Hanoi - Pu Luong - Ninh Binh - Halong Bay Cruise - Phong Nha - Hue - Hoian - Saigon - Mekong River Delta

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival

Arrive in Hanoi. Greeted by your driver at the airport. Transfer to your hotel in the city centre for check-in and at leisure in the rest of the day.

Note*:

  • The hotel room will be available at 2:00pm, and in case that you would like to secure an early-check in, an additional charge will be applied.
  • Please be advised that both international and domestic might be crowded at sometimes during the day, so in case that you arrive and cannot find our representatives, please be presented at Pole No.10 outside lobby A2 (International) or Lobby of domestic arrival (Domestic flight) and contact us, so we could easily search for you
  • Meals: N/A
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

Day 2: HANOI HALF DAY CITY TOUR

Free to relax in the morning.

Pickup at 13:30. We will spend a half day to visit the city. We start with visit to President Ho Chi Minh's mausoleum (Outside). We also visit the famous One Pillar Pagoda nearby. Leaving the President's complex, we continue to visit the Temple of Literature (Van Mieu). Although several Van Mieu can be found throughout Vietnam, the most prominent and famous is that situated in the city of Hanoi, and was functioned as Vietnam's first university.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

DAY 3: HANOI - PU LUONG

07:00: Pick-up at the hotel to go to Pu Luong Nature Reserve by Limousine Bus.
09:00: Short break in Luong Son (Outside of Hanoi).
11:00: Stop at the local market of the Muong Ethnic Minority; enjoy the beautiful scenery of ThungKhe Pass (One of the 10 most beautiful passes in Vietnam).
12:00: Arrival in Mai Chau and transfer to a van to go to Pu Luong Reserve nature
13:00: Check in and lunch at Pu Luong Eco Garden – The Mountain Retreat.
14:30: Board the van to the starting point. Following the small road through the terrace rice and sugar cane fields, cross the Hanging Bridges to visit other remote rural villages of Thai Ethnic. Stop at the giant waterwheels, ducks farm to learn about the agriculture before getting on the Bamboo Raft for a relaxing cruise on Cham stream (cruise depending on weather conditions).
17:30: Pick up the van to go to the Eco Garden – Mountain Retreat. Enjoy swimming in the Infinity Pool.
19:00: BBQ Dinner at the lodge, enjoy some local rice wine. Have a quiet night in the middle of the Reserve.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation: Homestay in Pu Luong

DAY 4: PU LUONG - NINH BINH

07:30: Have breakfast in the lodge. Enjoying the breathtaking view from Pu Luong Eco Garden.
08:30 = Trek following the small roads through the terrace rice fields and cross the stream to visit remote hidden village of Kho Muong to learn about the local people in Pu Luong.(6kms) Explore Doi Cave (Bat cave), this is the largest cave in Pu Luong. (Depending on the weather condition)
12:00: Back to the Eco Garden – The Mountain Retreat, check out.
13:00: Have lunch and have free time to relax in the Infinity pool or walking around the village before boarding the c ar to go to NinhBinh at 14:30.
17:30: Arrive in NinhBinh Retreat, check in and have free time.
19:00: Have dinner at the retreat.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation: Homestay in Ninh Binh

DAY 5: NINH BINH CYCLING AND TRANG AN CAVES

7:30: Breakfast at the homestay
8:30: Cycling through the limestone karsts to reach 2 temples of the first 2 Emperors in the 10 th Century in Hoa Lu Ancient Capital hike up the Ma Yen Mountain to visit the King’s tomb in 10th century and enjoy the panorama view from the mountain. On the way back, stop in a local family to discover daily life and culture and share a tea with them.
12:00: have lunch at the homestay
13:30: Go to TrangAn for a boat ride in between the karst pics and enjoy the beautiful scenery and peaceful atmosphere.
16:00: Drop you off at the hotel

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation: Homestay in Ninh Binh

DAY 6: NINH BINH - HALONG BAY - NIGHT ON BOARD

07h00: Pick up from your hotel in Ninh Binh. Drive to Halong City through the paddy fields in the Red River Delta.
10h00: Stopover on the way for a refreshment break
12h00: Arrive at Tuan Chau wharf – Break and photography time
12h30: Board the Cruise for departure. Welcome drink will be served
13h00: Lunch is served while cruising through the bay
15h30: Visit exciting Cua Van fishing village. The village is free of busy roads and streets, electric lights, houses and high rise buildings. Instead, there are only herds of little boats and rafts. You will have the chance to discover the traditional culture and customs of the fishermen.
16h30: Enjoy kayaking or swimming (if the weather permits).
17h00: Back on board and continue cruising.
19h00: Dinner is served.
21h00: Take some leisure time to enjoy chatting at the bar or enjoy some night fishing.

Note*: the itinerary and activities on board would vary depending on the boat you choose. Please see the choice of boat in Hotel Inclusions.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation: Night on board

DAY 7: HALONG BAY - HANOI - FIGHT TO DONG HOI

07.00: Coffee and tea will be served
08.00: Continue cruising
08h15: Visit splendid Sung Sot Cave
09h00: Check out and enjoy a fantastic cruise on the bay, passing Dinh Huong Island, fishing villages, Ga Choi Island, Dog Island and Sail Island.
09.30: Buffet brunch (breakfast/lunch) while cruising back through Halong Bay to the pier
11h30: Arrive at the pier. Time to say goodbye to the crew.
12.00: Return from Halong to Hanoi. Airport transfer upon arrival for the flight to Dong Hoi. Upon arrival, transfer to Phong Nha.

Note*: the itinerary and activities on board would vary depending on the boat you choose. Please see the choice of boat in Hotel Inclusions.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation: Homestay in Phong Nha

DAY 8: PHONG NHA NATIONAL PARK - PARADISE CAVES

Phong Nha is one of the most captivating places to visit in Vietnam, surrounded by imposing limestone mountains, ancient jungle forests, and traditional villages that straddle the impressive waters of the Son River.
The day trip starts at the semi-wild enclose where you’ll learn about the critically endangered Ha Tinh Langurs. You’ll enjoy an easy walk around the enclosure and if you’re lucky the ranger will point out a family of these incredibly rare mammals for you.
A short drive along Victory Road 20 into the national park will have you winding through jaw-dropping mountains covered with endless wild banana trees towards 8 Ladies Cave, the second highlight for the day. Here you will learn a little more about the Vietnam/American War and its impact on the area, and visit a historically significant temple that honors the soldiers who lost their lives when a cave collapsed where they were taking shelter from bombings.
We press on through the park to the absolute highlight for visitors, Paradise Cave, or as locals call it Hang Thiên Đường, a 31 km cave discovered in 2005. Your guide will give you a fresh perspective of the cave as you wander its network of walk-ways and impressive cave formations, highlighted by moody lighting.
Chay Lap village is next on the agenda, where you’ll have a chance to relax and enjoy a delicious lunch by at local village. Catch some rays on our awesome deck chairs or take a quick refreshing swim, before setting out on the final leg of the journey, a bike ride to reach Tram Village. Tram village is so close to bustling little Phong Nha but still a world away. You’ll have a chance to wander through the village with your guide learning even more about the local area. This visit to the village provides a cultural perspective to this classic tour of Phong Nha. From Tram village, you will cycle back to Phong Nha. Transfer to the hotel or if you stay in town you can take a leisurely walk back to your hotel.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation: Homestay in Phong Nha

DAY 9: PHONG NHA - HUE BY BUS

Free and easy day to explore Phong Nha till bus transfer to Hue.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Hue

DAY 10: HUE CITY TOUR

08:00: Pickup at the hotel.

Today, we will spend a full day touring Hue city.

In the morning: visit Old Imperial City, Flag Tower, Thien Mu Pagoda and Dong Ba bustling market. Lunch at the local restaurant.

In the afternoon: visit Royal Tombs of Minh Mang and Khai Dinh. We will also visit a Conical hat village and incense stick village

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Hue

DAY 11: HUE - HOIAN SCENIC TRAIN JOURNEY

Free in the morning.

In the afternoon, transfer to the station for day train to Hoian. Enjoy scenic view of Hai Van Pass on the way. Arrive Hoian in late afternoon. Transfer to the hotel and enjoy free time.

Note*: The train journey is part of a great local experience. Restrooms at either end of the carriages.

Optional activities: instead of the Train Journey, you can do full day tour to visit the Bana Hill and Golden Hand Bridge, then transfer to Hue. Please view the tour to Bana Hill and Golden Hand Brige.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Hoian

DAY 12: HOIAN - FREE DAY

Free and easy day to explore Hoian town or swim at nearby beach.

Optional tours/activities you can do in Hoian

Option 1: Hoian - Countryside and cycling tour

Option 2: Hoian Cooking at Red Bridge School

Option 3: Hoian Food Tour by Vintage Vespa

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Hoian

DAY 13: HOIAN - Countryside and cycling tour

07:45: Pickup at the hotel. Transfer to pointed place for cycling tour.
After a boat transfer of approximately one hour on the Thu Bon river, you will arrive at a small village in the middle of the delta where you will begin your cycling tour.
The morning will be spent cycling 14km across the countryside and rice fields. You will cross from island to island taking the unusual bridges made from wood or bamboo.
A short boat crossing will bring you to a small island where you will enjoy lunch in the home at a local family.
In the afternoon, discover how wooden river boats are made, learn the secret of weaving the colourful straw “Hoi An” sleeping mats Try the renowned Vietnamese basket boats. You will spend the day with first-hand contact with one of the rural inhabitant of the region, far from the usual tourist circuits.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Hoian

DAY 14: Hoian - Saigon

Enjoy your day to relax and shopping in Hoian till pickup for afternoon flight to Saigon. Transfer to the hotel upon arrival.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon

DAY 15: SAIGON CITY + CU CHI TUNNELS TOUR

Pickup at the hotel at 7:40, we head out of town to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, which is an extensive underground network of approximately 200 kilometers of tunnels dug initially by the Viet Minh and then expanded by the Viet Cong. Here contains hospitals, plus accommodation and schools, and were used extensively for refuge and storage and also utilized as a military base for the Viet Cong close to Saigon.

In the afternoon afternoon, transfer to Saigon for half day city tour. Our city tour will help you to see the best of Saigon. We visit the historic Reunification palace and War Remnants Museum, followed by the architectural treats of French colonial Notre Dame Cathedral and the post Office. Free time at leisure or shopping at Ben Thanh Market nearby.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon

DAY 16: SAIGON - MEKONG RIVER TOUR

8:00am Pick you up at your hotel and head south to Ben Tre province (90km ~ 2.0 hours).

Enjoy boat trip along the river to visit a brick kiln factory, a coconut processing workshop and a local mat-weaving house.
We will then visit a quite village where you can have a short walk to experience real Delta village life and try some local fresh fruits before taking Xe Loi ride (tuktuk car) or cycling tour to explore around village under coconut row.
Enjoy lunch at a local riverside restaurant. After lunch, row a sampan along the water coconut canals with beautiful tropical scenery. Take boat back to pier and return to Saigon. Arrive Saigon at about 5pm.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon

DAY 17: SAIGON DEPARTURE

Today, you are free till airport transfer for departure flight. Trip ends!

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: N/A

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Route*: Saigon - Mekong River Delta - Hoian - Hue - Phong Nha - Hanoi - Pu Luong - Ninh Binh - Halong Bay Cruise

DAY 1: SAIGON ARRIVAL


Arrive in Saigon. Greeted by your driver at the airport. Transfer to your hotel in the city centre for check-in and at leisure in the rest of the day.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon

DAY 2: SAIGON CITY + CU CHI TUNNELS TOUR

Pickup at the hotel at 7:40, we head out of town to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, which is an extensive underground network of approximately 200 kilometers of tunnels dug initially by the Viet Minh and then expanded by the Viet Cong. Here contains hospitals, plus accommodation and schools, and were used extensively for refuge and storage and also utilized as a military base for the Viet Cong close to Saigon.


In the afternoon afternoon, transfer to Saigon for half day city tour. Our city tour will help you to see the best of Saigon. We visit the historic Reunification palace and War Remnants Museum, followed by the architectural treats of French colonial Notre Dame Cathedral and the post Office. Free time at leisure or shopping at Ben Thanh Market nearby.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon

DAY 3: SAIGON - MEKONG RIVER TOUR

8:00am Pick you up at your hotel and head south to Ben Tre province (90km ~ 2.0 hours).

Enjoy boat trip along the river to visit a brick kiln factory, a coconut processing workshop and a local mat-weaving house.
We will then visit a quite village where you can have a short walk to experience real Delta village life and try some local fresh fruits before taking Xe Loi ride (tuktuk car) or cycling tour to explore around village under coconut row.
Enjoy lunch at a local riverside restaurant. After lunch, row a sampan along the water coconut canals with beautiful tropical scenery. Take boat back to pier and return to Saigon. Arrive Saigon at about 5pm.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon

DAY 4: SAIGON - hoian

In the morning, enjoy your free day for shopping and personal activities in Saigon.

In the afternoon, airport transfer for the flight to Hoian. Transfer to the hotel upon arrival.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Hoian

DAY 5: HOIAN - countryside & cycling tour

07:45: Pickup at the hotel. Transfer to pointed place for cycling tour.
After a boat transfer of approximately one hour on the Thu Bon river, you will arrive at a small village in the middle of the delta where you will begin your cycling tour.
The morning will be spent cycling 14km across the countryside and rice fields. You will cross from island to island taking the unusual bridges made from wood or bamboo.
A short boat crossing will bring you to a small island where you will enjoy lunch in the home at a local family.
In the afternoon, discover how wooden river boats are made, learn the secret of weaving the colourful straw “Hoi An” sleeping mats Try the renowned Vietnamese basket boats. You will spend the day with first-hand contact with one of the rural inhabitant of the region, far from the usual tourist circuits.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Hoian

DAY 6: HOIAN - FREE DAY

Free and easy day to explore Hoian town or swim at nearby beach.

Optional tours/activities you can do in Hoian

Option 1: Hoian - Countryside and cycling tour

Option 2: Hoian Cooking at Red Bridge School

Option 3: Hoian Food Tour by Vintage Vespa

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Hoian

DAY 7: hoian - HUE SCENIC TRAIN JOURNEY

Free in the morning.

In the afternoon, transfer to the station for day train to Hue. Enjoy scenic view of Hai Van Pass on the way. Arrive Hue in late afternoon. Transfer to the hotel and enjoy free time.

Note*: The train journey is part of a great local experience. Restrooms at either end of the carriages.

Optional activities: instead of the Train Journey, you can do full day tour to visit the Bana Hill and Golden Hand Bridge, then transfer to Hue. Please view the tour to Bana Hill and Golden Hand Brige.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Hue

DAY 8: HUE CITY TOUR

08:00: Pickup at the hotel.

Today, we will spend a full day touring Hue city.

In the morning: visit Old Imperial City, Flag Tower, Thien Mu Pagoda and Dong Ba bustling market. Lunch at the local restaurant.

In the afternoon: visit Royal Tombs of Minh Mang and Khai Dinh. We will also visit a Conical hat village and incense stick village

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Hue

DAY 9: hue - PHONG NHA BY BUS

Free and easy day to explore Hue till bus to Phong Nha

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Homestay in Phong Nha

DAY 10: PHONG NHA NATIONAL PARK - PARADISE CAVES - hanoi

Phong Nha is one of the most captivating places to visit in Vietnam, surrounded by imposing limestone mountains, ancient jungle forests, and traditional villages that straddle the impressive waters of the Son River.
The day trip starts at the semi-wild enclose where you’ll learn about the critically endangered Ha Tinh Langurs. You’ll enjoy an easy walk around the enclosure and if you’re lucky the ranger will point out a family of these incredibly rare mammals for you.
A short drive along Victory Road 20 into the national park will have you winding through jaw-dropping mountains covered with endless wild banana trees towards 8 Ladies Cave, the second highlight for the day. Here you will learn a little more about the Vietnam/American War and its impact on the area, and visit a historically significant temple that honors the soldiers who lost their lives when a cave collapsed where they were taking shelter from bombings.
We press on through the park to the absolute highlight for visitors, Paradise Cave, or as locals call it Hang Thiên Đường, a 31 km cave discovered in 2005. Your guide will give you a fresh perspective of the cave as you wander its network of walk-ways and impressive cave formations, highlighted by moody lighting.
Chay Lap village is next on the agenda, where you’ll have a chance to relax and enjoy a delicious lunch by at local village. Catch some rays on our awesome deck chairs or take a quick refreshing swim, before setting out on the final leg of the journey, a bike ride to reach Tram Village. Tram village is so close to bustling little Phong Nha but still a world away. You’ll have a chance to wander through the village with your guide learning even more about the local area. This visit to the village provides a cultural perspective to this classic tour of Phong Nha. From Tram village, you will cycle back to Phong Nha. After the tour, airport transfer for late afternoon flight to Hanoi.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

Day 11: HANOI HALF DAY CITY TOUR

Free to relax in the morning.

Pickup at 13:30. We will spend a half day to visit the city. We start with visit to President Ho Chi Minh's mausoleum (Outside). We also visit the famous One Pillar Pagoda nearby. Leaving the President's complex, we continue to visit the Temple of Literature (Van Mieu). Although several Van Mieu can be found throughout Vietnam, the most prominent and famous is that situated in the city of Hanoi, and was functioned as Vietnam's first university.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

DAY 12: HANOI - PU LUONG

07:00: Pick-up at the hotel to go to Pu Luong Nature Reserve by Limousine Bus.
09:00: Short break in Luong Son (Outside of Hanoi).
11:00: Stop at the local market of the Muong Ethnic Minority; enjoy the beautiful scenery of ThungKhe Pass (One of the 10 most beautiful passes in Vietnam).
12:00: Arrival in Mai Chau and transfer to a van to go to Pu Luong Reserve nature
13:00: Check in and lunch at Pu Luong Eco Garden – The Mountain Retreat.
14:30: Board the van to the starting point. Following the small road through the terrace rice and sugar cane fields, cross the Hanging Bridges to visit other remote rural villages of Thai Ethnic. Stop at the giant waterwheels, ducks farm to learn about the agriculture before getting on the Bamboo Raft for a relaxing cruise on Cham stream (cruise depending on weather conditions).
17:30: Pick up the van to go to the Eco Garden – Mountain Retreat. Enjoy swimming in the Infinity Pool.
19:00: BBQ Dinner at the lodge, enjoy some local rice wine. Have a quiet night in the middle of the Reserve.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation: Homestay in Pu Luong

DAY 13: PU LUONG - NINH BINH

07:30: Have breakfast in the lodge. Enjoying the breathtaking view from Pu Luong Eco Garden.
08:30 = Trek following the small roads through the terrace rice fields and cross the stream to visit remote hidden village of Kho Muong to learn about the local people in Pu Luong.(6kms) Explore Doi Cave (Bat cave), this is the largest cave in Pu Luong. (Depending on the weather condition)
12:00: Back to the Eco Garden – The Mountain Retreat, check out.
13:00: Have lunch and have free time to relax in the Infinity pool or walking around the village before boarding the c ar to go to NinhBinh at 14:30.
17:30: Arrive in NinhBinh Retreat, check in and have free time.
19:00: Have dinner at the retreat.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation: Homestay in Ninh Binh

DAY 14: NINH BINH CYCLING AND TRANG AN CAVES

7:30: Breakfast at the homestay
8:30: Cycling through the limestone karsts to reach 2 temples of the first 2 Emperors in the 10 th Century in Hoa Lu Ancient Capital hike up the Ma Yen Mountain to visit the King’s tomb in 10th century and enjoy the panorama view from the mountain. On the way back, stop in a local family to discover daily life and culture and share a tea with them.
12:00: have lunch at the homestay
13:30: Go to TrangAn for a boat ride in between the karst pics and enjoy the beautiful scenery and peaceful atmosphere.
16:00: Drop you off at the hotel

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation: Homestay in Ninh Binh

DAY 15: NINH BINH - HALONG BAY - NIGHT ON BOARD

07h00: Pick up from your hotel in Ninh Binh. Drive to Halong City through the paddy fields in the Red River Delta.
10h00: Stopover on the way for a refreshment break
12h00: Arrive at Tuan Chau wharf – Break and photography time
12h30: Board the Cruise for departure. Welcome drink will be served
13h00: Lunch is served while cruising through the bay
15h30: Visit exciting Cua Van fishing village. The village is free of busy roads and streets, electric lights, houses and high rise buildings. Instead, there are only herds of little boats and rafts. You will have the chance to discover the traditional culture and customs of the fishermen.
16h30: Enjoy kayaking or swimming (if the weather permits).
17h00: Back on board and continue cruising.
19h00: Dinner is served.
21h00: Take some leisure time to enjoy chatting at the bar or enjoy some night fishing.

Note*: the itinerary and activities on board would vary depending on the boat you choose. Please see the choice of boat in Hotel Inclusions.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation: Night on board

DAY 16: HALONG BAY - HANOI

07.00: Coffee and tea will be served
08.00: Continue cruising
08h15: Visit splendid Sung Sot Cave
09h00: Check out and enjoy a fantastic cruise on the bay, passing Dinh Huong Island, fishing villages, Ga Choi Island, Dog Island and Sail Island.
09.30: Buffet brunch (breakfast/lunch) while cruising back through Halong Bay to the pier
11h30: Arrive at the pier. Time to say goodbye to the crew.
12.00: Return from Halong to Hanoi. Arrive Hanoi at about 5pm. Free

Note*: the itinerary and activities on board would vary depending on the boat you choose. Please see the choice of boat in Hotel Inclusions.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

DAY 17: HANOI DEPARTURE

Today, you are free till airport transfer for departure flight. Trip ends!

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: N/A


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Important Notes:

  • THIS IS OUR DEFAULT ITINERARY AND IS CHANGEABLE DEPENDING ON YOUR INTEREST
  • In case of unpredictable bad conditions of weather in Halong Bay, please kindly understand that the cancellation will be made ONLY by the Management Board of Halong Bay and normally the announcement will be informed in short notice.

Real Vietnam Tour - 17 Days

Hotels & Prices

Hotel Categories

Small Group

01 May - 30 Sept
(Low season)

01 Oct - 30 Apr
(High season)

Economy (2*)

Hanoi: La Suite Hotel & Spa
Halong Bay: Aclass Cruise
Ninh Binh:Homestay
Pu Luong: Homestay
Phong Nha: Homestay
Hoi An: Uptown Hoi An Hotel
Hue: Orchid hotel
Saigon: Saigon Beautiful 3 hotel

US$

US$

Superior (3-4*)

Hanoi: Hanoi Noble Hotel
Halong Bay: Aclass Stellar Cruise
Ninh Binh:Homestay
Pu Luong: Homestay
Phong Nha: Homestay
Hoi An: Vinh Hung Emerald Resort
Hue: Cherish Hotel
Saigon: Tan Hoang Long Hotel

US$

US$

Deluxe (4*)

Hanoi: Golden Silk Boutique Hotel
Halong Bay: Huong Hai Sealife
Ninh Binh:Homestay
Pu Luong: Homestay
Phong Nha: Homestay
Hoi An: Vinh Hung Riverside Resort
Hue: Eldora Hotel
Saigon: Grand Silverland Hotel

US$

US$

Customize or make it a private tour >>>

Notes*:

  • All prices are in USD per adult, in Double/Twin sharing
  • Small group tour - daily departure with max 12 pax (for Halong Cruises, you will join bus by boat companies)
  • In some major cities in Vietnam, hotel rooms may not have windows.
  • Similar hotels are selected if any of above are booked
  • Surcharge will be applied for single traveler or single room request

What's included ?

Transportation

Airplane, Car, Cruise, Bus

Accommodation

Hotel/homestay (15 nights), Overnight on-board (1 night)

Meals

16 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Note*: breakfast is included at the hotel/homestay.

Price Includes

  • Overnights in selected hotels or similar
  • Vietnam visa approval letter
  • Halong bay 2 day Cruise package with bus transfer
  • All in-tour stationed local English speaking guide.
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing mentioned in the itinerary
  • Excursions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Transfers as mentioned by air-conditioned vehicles (including airport pick up & see off)
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Internal flights (Hanoi - Dong Hoi, Danang - Saigon / or Saigon - Danang, Dong Hoi - Hanoi)
  • 1 day train for Danang - Hue / or Hue - Danangg

Price Excludes

  • Meals and services other than those noted in the itinerary
  • Visa stamping fee
  • International flights pre/post tour
  • Laundry, telephone calls, and personal expenditures
  • Gratuities for guides, drivers, porters, boat crew, and personal, non-itinerary services

Children Rates

  • FOC for infant under 2 years old (full charge for flight tickets - US$180)
  • 02 - 6 years old without bed: 35% adult rate
  • 06 - 11 years old with extra bed: 75% adult rate
  • 06 - 11 years old in twin share: 90% adult rate
Note*: The rate for children applicable for one child sharing a twin or double cabin with two adults

Cancellation Policies

  • Cancellation received 60 days or more before arrival date: 10% of total rate
  • Cancellation received from 30 days to 59 days prior arrival date: 20% of total rate
  • Cancellation received from 15 days to 29 days prior arrival date: 30% of total rate
  • Cancellation received from 7 days to 14 days prior arrival date: 50% of total rate
  • Cancellation received less than 7 days prior arrival date or No show: 100% of total rate
Note*: Beside above charge, fee of US$180/person is nonrefundable for 2 internal flights

Important information

Emergency Contact

Should you need to contact us during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call the travel consultant whom you deal with and then our hot line contact. If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please send us a detailed message and contact information by email, so they may return your call and assist you as soon as possible.

Our all travel consultants use WhatApps. Please ensure that you have the contact number. It's best to buy a local sim-card. Most hotels offer free wifi. So it's very easy to contact in urgent case.

Emergency contact numbers

Mr. Kelvin Do: +84 986759655

Ms. Thuy Pham: +84 984654964

COMBO TRIP

If you book small group tour option, please note that the tour combines with our other tours. As such, As such, the staff and/or particular vehicles operating your tour may change between tour segments. You may also expect some group members to join or leave the tour, between tour segments.

You can start the tour on any date (please contact our consultant in advance to avoid peak dates or holidays) and customize itinerary with extra days/activities at any destination.

Internal Flights

For all internal flights - if included, we would use any as Vietnamairlines, Vietjesair, Jestar, Cambodia Angkorair or Laos Airlines, depending on the itinerary. Most domestic flights in Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar, airlines would use small 70 seat ATR72 for short distances. Most airlines in Vietnam use the Airbus A321. 20kg for checkin luggage and 7kg for hand-bag is included in the price.

International flights pre/post tour must be booked by your self before travelling date.

Accommodation

We would use different hotel categories and you can select any basing on your budget. So your travel companions would not stay at the your hotel. A Hotel Voucher will be provided once your tour is confirmed with all hotel details.

Packing List

Conservative Dress

  • Modest clothing that covers knees and shoulders (Long pants, long skirts, shirts that cover shoulders)
  • Shawl or scarf (for temple visits)

Note*: Please pack clothing for the season in which you will be travelling. From Dec-Feb weather can be cold, so please pack warm clothing. From May-Nov it is the wet season, so please bring waterproof clothing.

Documents

  • All tickets (required)
  • Passport (required) (With photocopies)
  • Required visas
  • Hotel & Tour Vouchers
  • Meeting sign (with your names and flight details that we will use for transfers)

Train Travel

Train travel in Vietnam is very basic and not at western standard. Sleeper trains normally have 4 seats per compartment, which convert into sleeping bunks (two upper and two lower). A sheet, pillow and blanket are provided. At times, passengers of different genders may be required to share a sleeper train berth and/or share a compartment with people not travelling in your group. For short distance - 3 hours (as Hue to Danang or vv), you will do the trip on soft/hard seat carriage.
Simple food is available on the train but many people like to stock up on freshly baked bread, cheese and fruit prior to departure. You should have meal and buy water before the journey.
Train journeys in Vietnam are an experience and allow you to get a real taste of Vietnam.

Airport transfers

All airport transfers are included in the tour price. You should provide us your arrival/departure flight details and we will arrange things basing on the information. A meeting sign with your name and all flight details will be sent to you. Please be ready at the lobby at pointed time for pickup.

Driver/guide should always be present at the airport before your arrival time. If you could not find the driver, please contact your travel consultant who you deal with. For any reason that airport transfer could not be arranged, please take the taxi to the hotel. We will refund the money then.

Travel insurance

Travel insurance is not included in our tour price. When travelling with us, you are suggested to buy insurance that covers all medical coverage, cancellation, personal liability, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

Trip Specific Safety

We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travellers' cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.
Be aware that petty theft can be an issue in some towns and cities especially late at night. A common tactic is opportunists on motorbikes that drive by and snatch bags. Please always leave valuables and passports etc in your hotel in safety boxes if available and only carry with you enough cash to spend for the day. Bags should always be carried over the neck and not left to sit on your shoulder.

Warming

Please do not buy gems unless you know what you are doing. Even if genuine you should not expect to be able to sell them at home. If you fall victim to a gem scam, we are unable to assist you.

Visas and Entry Requirements

Please note that visas for Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos are the responsibility of the inpidual traveller. The visa requirements for your trip vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. For the most up to date information please check your Governments Foreign Ministry website or with you travel agent as rules do change.
CAMBODIA - Visas can be obtained at the Cambodian border or Siem Reap Airport for approx. $35 USD very easily. Please have *at least* 2 passport photos with you as well.
VIETNAM - As of March 2017, a select 80 nationalities are now eligible to enter Vietnam with an E-Visa. Please contact your Foreign Ministry or Vietnamese consulate to see if your nationality is eligible. Please note that you should ONLY apply for a Vietnam E-Visa if you are entering Vietnam by international airport - either Noi Bai International Airport (Hanoi) or Tan Son Nhat International Airport (Ho Chi Minh City).
If you are entering Vietnam by land border, please apply for a regular visa for Vietnam. Many of the land borders we travel through do not accept the Vietnam E-Visa. Please view this link to apply E-Visa: https://evisa.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn/web/guest/trang-chu-ttdt
We will help you apply an approval letter for visa on arrival if you enter Vietnam through international airports. You will have to pay for stamping fees to the custom at the airport. View how visa on arrival works through this link: https://www.indochinatreks.com/Vietnam_Visa_On_Arrival
LAOS - Visas are issued upon arrival in Laos. You will need two passport size photographs and approx $35. Tourists are generally admitted to Laos for 15 days with a visa on arrival or for 30 days with a visa issued at a Lao embassy. Please bring visa photos with you.
Please be aware that you will require four clean pages (minimum) in your passport and at least six months validity.

Tipping

It is customary in Asia to tip service providers such as waiters, at approximately 10%, depending on the service. Tipping is expected - though not compulsory - and shows an expression of satisfaction with the people who have assisted you on your tour. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. There are several times during the trip where there is opportunity to tip the local guides or drivers we use. Recommendations for tipping drivers and local guides would range from $3-$5 USD per person per day depending on the quality and length of the service.

Electricity

Indochina Countries use 220V, and a mixture of flat 2-pin, round 2-pin or 3 pin plugs. It is recommended to bring a universal plug adapter.

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