TOUR HCMC – MEKONG DELTA – MUI NE – DA LAT – NHA TRANG – DA NANG – HOI AN – HUE – HA NOI – HA LONG – SAPA – NINH BINH – MAI CHAU
21 DAYS 20 NIGHTS
Departure: Every Wednesday, Saturday
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...
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 – MUI NE (B)
7:30 Am, our bus will transfer you to Mui Ne. Arround 12:30 you will arrival to Mui Ne , then check –in hotel.
Arround 14:00Pm we going to Visit the fishing village , white sand dunes, Lotus lake, Yellow Sand Dunes and watching the sunset there. Back to the hotel.
18:00Pm back to the hotel, free time at night.
DAY 04: MUI NE – DA LAT (B)
After breakfast, you have free time on beach for swimming. Then at 12:00Pm, our bus will come and transfer you to Da Lat city.
DAY 05: DA LAT CITY TOUR (B,L)
After breakfast, our guide will come to your hotel and pick you up to visit city tour Da Lat such as:
Truc Lam Meditation Center
Tuyen Lam Lake (lake of paradise)
Tuyen Lam Lake (lake of paradise)
Van Hanh Zen Institute
The old railway station Valley of Love (romantic view)
Flower Forest (Dried flower showroom)
Bao Dai’s Summer Palace
DAY 06: DA LAT – NHA TRANG (B)
Have breakfast, free time in the morning. Then at 12:00, our bus will come and transfer you to Nha Trang. Check in hotel, have free time at night time.
DAY 07: NHA TRANG 3 ISLANDS TOUR (B,L)
08:30 – 8:45 Pick up from your hotel.
09:00 – 10:00 Arrive in floating fishing farm and Tri Nguyen Aquarium. Visit Tri Nguyen Aquarium with colorful fishes. Rent bamboo basket for going around on the water.
10:40 – 11:40 Arrive in Mun Island. Snorkelling on the extraordinary coral reefs which are covered with the multicolored fishes.
12:00 -14:00 Arrive in Mot Island, have lunch.
Entertainment program: music & singing on board, floating bar with a cup of grape wine and a piece of pineapple, you will be able to raise a cheer even in the water.
14:00 – 15:30 Arrive Con Se Tre Island (or Bai Tranh Island)
Relax in Con Se Tre Resort, enjoy some tropical fruits.
16:30 Drop off at your hotel.
DAY 08: NHA TRANG – DA NANG – SON TRA (B,L,D)
Morning: Have breakfast, pick up from your hotel to Cam Ranh airport, take flight from Nha Trang to 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 09: 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.
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.
The ancient town of Hoian
DAY 10: 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 11: 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.
La Vang Church
Evening: Dinner and overnight in Hue city.
DAY 12: 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 13: HA NOI CITY TOUR (B,L)
OPTION 1: TUESDAY, THURSDAY, SATURDAYS, SUNDAY
07:45 – 08:30 Get picked up by our tour guide and bus. After short drive, start visiting first place named Tran Quoc Pagoda, a Buddhist relic and national heritage lying on the West Lake.
09:00 Visit Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, the final resting place of Viet Nam’s greatest father, walking along Ho Chi Minh’s stilt house where he lived and worked from 1958 to 1969.
10:00 Visit One-Pillar Pagoda – the one modeled after a lotus flower, a symbol of Hanoi city.
11:00 Visit the colorful features of the 54 ethnic groups of Viet Nam in the Ethnology Museum.
13:00 Bus takes you to a local restaurant in Hanoi Old Quarter, have a rest and enjoy the lunch.
14:00 Visit Temple of Literature, the most famous temple situated in Hanoi, also functioned as Vietnam’s first university. It was first constructed in 1070 under King Ly Nhan Tong and dedicated to Confucius, sages and scholars. A vast structure that has existed to present day.
15:30 Drive to legendary Hoan Kiem Lake, visit Ngoc Son Temple dedicated to Van Xuong saint and former general commander Tran Hung Dao for his struggle against Mongolians. You also see the beautiful Vietnamese and French architecture around the lake.
16:00 Arrive back to your hotel.
OPTION 2: MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY
07:45 – 08:30 Get picked up by our tour guide and bus then visit first place named Tran Quoc Pagoda. Experience our national heritage and the beautiful Buddhist relics on the West Lake.
09:30 Visit a sacred place to recall President Ho Chi Minh’s life and career in Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, the Stilt-house where Ho Chi Minh lived and worked from 1958 to 1969.
10:30 Visit One-Pillar Pagoda, the one modeled after a lotus flower, a symbol of Hanoi city in present days.
11:00 Visit the Temple of Literature, considering the first university of Viet Nam. The temple was first constructed in 1070 under King Ly Nhan Tong and dedicated to Confucius, sages and scholars.
12:30 Have Vietnamese lunch at a local restaurant in Hanoi Old Quarter and relax.
13:30 Continue exploring the daily life of traditional ceramics village of Bat Trang. Visit the pottery showrooms and see how they modeled the products.
14:30 Drive back to Hoan Kiem Lake to visit Ngoc Son Temple dedicated to Van Xuong Saint and Tran Hung Dao General Commander for his struggle against Mongolians.
15:30 Arrive back your hotel.
DAY 14: 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.
Ha Long Bay
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 15: 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.
Sung Sot Cave
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 16: HA NOI – SAPA (B,L,D)
6:30am: Meet your guide and driver at your hotel or office departure to Lao Cai. Travelling the new Highway ‘Noi Bai’, Lao Cai, length 245km, will take around 5 hours. You will have the opportunity to enjoy beautiful scenery of the region, while the road.
12:00. Arrival in Sapa:
check-in hotel, enjoy lunch in a local restaurant in Sapa, then after proceed with the itinerary.
La Vang church
13:00: The 16 Seater van will take visitors to the start of their journey – a 4 hour trek to visit Lao chai – Tavan and Giang ta chai village, exploring the local ethnic minorities life, admire the spectacular natural scenery with the terraced rice fields. Visit Sapa’s ancient rock formations with engraved images big and small, the unique patterns of the ancients, as well as admire the picturesque bridge to the clouds clear over the Muong Hoa stream. Journey will stop at Giang Ta Chai village.
Return back Sapa to your hotel for the night.
DAY 17: SAPA – HA NOI (B,L)
8:00am Driver and guide take you back Sapa to rejoin group together visit Cat Cat village.
9:00am Exploring Cat Cat – Shin chai village of H’mong – a colonial French discovered area and a renowned resort to officials from the early twentieth century. Arriving to Cat Cat village, visitors will be visiting the Hydropower station, the waterfall of Cat Cat village, as well as learning about the culture, customs and unique people here with traditional crafts such as weaving, carved silver, hand forged agricultural tools.
Cat Cat Village
12:00 : Pick up from Cat Cat village and back to Sapa town. Enjoy a meal at a local restaurant.
Free time to visit or shopping souvenir
16:00: Driver take you back to Hanoi.
DAY 18: HA NOI – BAI DINH –TRANG AN (B,L)
07:30 – 08:30: Tour guide picks you up at suggested places around Hanoi Old Quarter
Depart for Bai Dinh pagoda and Trang An eco-tourism site. Have short break en-route to free your legs. Arrive in Buddha Sanctuary place of Bai Dinh pagoda, the biggest one in Vietnam.
12:30 : Have lunch in a restaurant with local special dishes including goat meat. Leave for Trang An eco-tourism attraction. You will be amazed by neglected area while having a boat trip through cave chains: Sang Cave, Toi Cave, Ba Giot Cave, Sinh Cave…experiencing mysterious views of the so-called “Ha Long Bay in land”
19:30 : Back in Hanoi, get dropped off at your hotel.
DAY 19: 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 20: MAI CHAU – HA NOI (B,L)
7:30-8:00 : Wake up 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 21: HA NOI – SEE OFF
Pick up at your hotel, our dirver will drive you to Noi Bai airport. Finish the tour.