TOUR HCMC – MEKONG DELTA – DA NANG – HOI AN – HUE – HA NOI – HA LONG – NINH BINH – MAI CHAU
12 DAYS 11 NIGHTS
Departure: Every Monday, Thursday
DAY 01: HO CHI MINH CITY MY THO – BEN TRE – CAN THO (B,L,D)
8:00Am, travel by shuttle bus to My Tho – 9:45 AM, board a wooden motor boat to Unicorn Island. On this boat along the river’s bank, you’ll be passing through natural creeks and quiet villages and watch rural people going to work. You will see an interesting fishermen’s port,stilt houses. One of the boat’s stops during this trip is at a large orchard that has many different types of tasty tropical fruits for your enjoyments.
Another boat stop is for the Turtle Island 1 hr from the previous one. Here, on a small row boat, you’ll see interesting transportation modes that local people use to move around.
From there, we’ll take you to a bee farm where you have a chance to taste a tasteful cup of authentic honey tea while checking out the folk music that is typical to only the people in Southern Vietnam.
After that we’ll take you to a village where you can smell the flavor of coconut candies being made many yards away. This is a great chance to witness how village people make candy and handcrafted items from coconuts. You might learn that those people can amazingly make dozens of useful products out of coconut trees.
At 3:00 PM we back to the bus, check in hotel in Can Tho around 6:00PM.
DAY 02: CAN THO – HO CHI MINH CITY (B,L)
After breakfast, around 7:15 am, we board a boat and travel for about 40 minutes to get to our first spectacular landscape —- Cai Rang floating market...
This is the largest of its type in the whole Mekong delta. During this visit, you’ll have a chance to board a merchant boat that sells pineapples which come from Can Tho City.
After that, we continue on our riverine route for 5-7 minutes and then on foot for about 5 minutes to reach a noodle and a rice paper factory.
The next stop is a rice processing factory where you’ll learn the many steps that transform “rice with a brown cover” to the delicious and beautiful rice grain that we consume daily.
The time now should be around 12 noon. Time for lunch! Let’s go back to Can Tho for that.
We end our sightseeing trip at downtown Can Tho. On the way back to Saigon by bus/private car, we’ll have a stop at an interesting point to rest and also have photographs.
Finish trip in Ho Chi Minh at 18.00 pm.
DAY 03: HO CHI MINH CITY – DA NANG – SON TRA (B,L,D)
Morning: Pick up from your hotel to the airport, take flight from HCMC – Da Nang. Pick-up at Danang airport
Afternoon:have lunch – enjoy Danang local food and check-in hotel. Cross Bridges to visit Son Tra Peninsula (Money Mountain). Go around Son Tra peninsula to see the whole city view, visit Linh Ung Pagoda with the highest lady Budda in Viet Nam(67meters), swim at My Khe beach – one of the most beautiful beaches over the world
Evening: have dinner, take a boat on Han River (not including) to enjoy the beauty of Danang by night, unique architecture of bridges, see Dragon Bridge breathes fire and water every Saturday and Sunday( 9pm). Overnight in Da Nang
DAY 04: DA NANG – BA NA HILLS – HOI AN (B,L,D)
Morning: Breakfast. Visit Non Nuoc stone carving village.
Afternoon: Lunch at restaurant. Continue to visit Ba Na Hills – wellknown as the second Da Lat or Sa Pa in the Central of Viet Nam with the longest telpher (6000 m) in the world.
Ba Na Hills
Evening: move to the ancient town of Hoian. Take a walking tour around the old sections (charming and wonderfully preserved, combining Chinese, Japanese and European influences). Free to explore the “Hoi An ancient night”. Dinner at local restaurant. Back to Da Nang and overnight in Da Nang city.
DAY 05: DA NANG – HUE (B,L,D)
Morning: Breakfast and check-out. Leaving Da Nang for the old capital of Hue, through Hai Van tunnel.
Afternoon:Lunch at restaurant. After that, explore the Imperial Citadel – The grand palace of the last dynasty of Nguyen and Goddess-heavenly pagoda.
The Imperial Citadel
Evening: Dinner at restaurant and take a dragon boat trip to enjoying Hue folksong on Perfume river. Accommodation in Hue.
DAY 06: PARADISE CAVE – HUE (B,L,D)
Morning: Breakfast before move to Quang Binh, stop over at La Vang church.
Afternoon: Lunch at local restaurant.Visit “Paradise Cave” discovered by scientists of the British Caving Research Association. Passing by Mooc water spring. With naturally primitive features Thien Duong Cave looks like a landscape painting, making it very attractive to visitors. There are a series of white crystal stalactites resembling glass pillars and many other spectacular formations.
Evening: Dinner and overnight in Hue city.
DAY 07: HUE – HA NOI (B,L)
Morning: Breakfast followed by a visit to Khai Dinh tombs and Tu Hieu pagoda.
Khai Dinh Tombs
Afternoon: Lunch at local restaurant. Leisure time until transfer to Hue Airport(13:00) or Da Nang Airport(16:00-22:00) for departure flight. Take flight to Ha Noi, pick up from the airport to your hotel, check in hotel, overnight in Ha Noi.
DAY 08: HA NOI – HA LONG BAY (L,D)
07:45 – 08:30 Tour guide and shuttle bus of Halong Dragon Cruise pick you up then take 3.5 hour scenic drive to Halong city. Have a break 20 minutes en-route to free your legs.
12:15 Embark Bai Chay Harbor, get transferred to Dragon Cruise by a tender and enjoy a welcome drink.
13:00 Receive a cruise briefing. Savor delicious lunch while cruising among wonderful limestone island.
14:30 Stop at Ti Top Island one hour for swimming, sun-bathing or getting a panoramic view on island peak.
15:30 Do kayaking among hidden parts and around Bo Nau Cave to discover mysterious beauty of Halong.
16:30 Experiencing unforgettable memory passing through “tunnel cave” on a bamboo boat to a secluded lake.
17:30 Drop anchor in calm water area and enjoy some local wine, fruits on the sundeck at sunset.
19:00 Have a delectable dinner in cozy restaurant of Dragon Cruise in the middle of Halong.
20:00 Entertain evening by karaoke singing or try your luck doing squid-fishing. Overnight on Halong Dragon Cruise.
DAY 09: HA LONG BAY – HA NOI (B, L)
07:00 Start your new day with complimentary tea and coffee served, photograph magnificent pictures.
07:30 Have breakfast on board, get your cameras ready then go off boat.
08:00 Visit Sung Sot “amazing” cave, the most beautiful with millions of surprising stalactites and stalagmites.
09:30 Check out your cabin. Relax on sundeck for sun-bathing, photo hunting while sailing back to the harbor.
11:30 Lunch is served aboard Dragon Cruise.
13:30 Say goodbye to Ha Long Bay then return to Hanoi. Have a rest en-route again to free your legs.
17:30 Get dropped off at your hotel.
DAY 10: HA NOI – MAI CHAU (B,L,D)
7:30-8:00 : Pick you up at your Hotel in the Old Quarter in our comfortable van/bus
10:00 : Short break
11:30-12:00 : Scenic photo stop of Mai Chau valley/arrive in Mai Chau
12:15 : Traditional lunch in our home(vegetarian available)
14:00-16:30 : Bicycle ride with your tour guide, see farmers working in fields, locals weaving scarves and visit surrounding peaceful villages.
16:30-18:00 : Free time for cycling, walking, shopping
18:00 : Enjoy the dinner at the homestay. Enjoy the Thai’s ethnic Perfomance and drink the traditional wine “ruou can”. Overnight in private Bungalows at Riverside Bungalows.
DAY 11: MAI CHAU – HA NOI (B,L)
7:30-8:00 : Wakeup and eat breakfast
8:30-11:30 : Hike to 1000 Step Cave and local market
12:15 – 15:00 : Lunch and free time to relax before getting on the van to Hanoi
18:30-19:00 : Drop you off at your hotel
DAY 12: HA NOI – SEE OFF
Pick up at your hotel, our driver will drive you to Noi Bai airport. Finish the tour.