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VIETNAM ADVENTURE

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An active adventure through the whole of Vietnam, seeing the best the country has to offer. Experience the country’s landscapes and cultures through hiking, cycling and canoeing. Journey on a night train, explore the famous Cuchi tunnels, stay overnight with the hill tribes, discover the markets of the Mekong delta, and enjoy the energetic cities of Saigon and Hanoi.


PRICE

 

£1000 per person


DATES

October – April

14 days


YOUR EXPERIENCE


Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
Chao Ban! Welcome to Hanoi! We pick you up at the airport and take you to your hotel room for the check-in. Today is one of your free days to rest or explore the city. Get your own first impressions of Vietnam (depending on what time you arrive). In the evening, there are chances to attend cultural shows such as the water puppet show or other cultural shows such as Ca Tru, Tuong, Cheo. If you arrive on the weekend, you can join the lively night market. Stay overnight in Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi Village
We pick you up at 8:30 AM for a short transfer outside of Hanoi, we have this morning to learn about Hanoi’s village life, its traditions and customs. We walk and cycle along the villages, visit local markets, some old houses, their worshipping temples, communal houses… then we have a small food demonstration before our lunch at a local family here. In the afternoon, we set out from Dong Ngac, cycling on mostly rural lanes through surrounding villages to Lien Mac, a beautiful area of immaculately tended vegetables and flowers. Here you get a close-up look at the colourful fields and have the chance to chat with some of the local people out caring for their crops. After taking another route from Lien Mac back to Dong Ngac, you have a short break to have a drink at your host family’s home, bid your farewells and catch the van back to your hotel in Hanoi at around 5:00 PM. Free to have dinner and stay overnight at your hotel.
Day 3: Hanoi - Mai Chau – Pu Luong
You depart from your hotel at 8:00 AM and be transferred to Mai Chau. Upon arrival at the Poom Coom village in Mai Chau, we take a short walk to visit the ethnic Thai community before lunch is served. Around 1:00 PM, we take a short car ride for approximately one hour before we set off for our hike through the beauty of the Pu Luong nature reserve. The trek is on an intermediate level and requires some walking uphill but it is worth your effort, as we see many spectacular views of the villages and terraces. We arrive at the Don village in the afternoon, where we check in at an eco lodge. The recently opened lodge has an incredible view of the rice terraces and the mountain range. You have some time to walk around the village of the Thai minority or take a swim in the swimming pool of the lodge. In the evening, have dinner at the lodge and spend your night here. Stay overnight in Don Village. Distance: 7 km
Day 4: Pu Luong - Thanh Hoa - Hanoi
Wake up as early if you wish to witness the daily life of the locals before having breakfast at 7:00 AM. Inhale the fresh air and watch the mist on the mountain summit. We have a relaxed morning today and stroll around the village of the Thai people. We pay a visit to some of the neighbours and learn more about their lives. If the time allows us, we can do some more hiking before catching our van ride to the lunch spot. Then have a scenic drive back to Hanoi, where we arrive in your hotel around 5:00 PM. Check in and free for dinner. Stay overnight in Hanoi.
Day 5: Hanoi – Bai Tu Long Bay
The departure for Ha Long Bay is around 8:00 AM in a shared van from your hotel. You arrive at the port around noon after an approximately 4-hour ride. Once you are welcomed on board, you are taken to your cabin before the trip is explained briefly. Have a fresh and local seafood lunch while you cruise to Bai Tu Long Bay. In between, we stop for a swim and visit a mysterious cave. Afterwards, you can relax at a secluded island-beach or explore the bay by kayaking. In the evening, have dinner and get the chance to enjoy the sunset. Stay overnight on the cruise
Day 6: Bai Tu Long Bay – Hanoi – Hue
Early risers can enjoy the sunrise and the quiet, breath-taking beauty of the bay’s landscape. Breakfast is served around 8:00 AM, before we go on a short rowboat ride with the locals. Later on, you can take one more swim in the middle of the bay. There is ample time until the cabin check out at 11:45 AM. Lunch is served on the boat as we slowly cruise back to the harbour. After that, we drive back to Hanoi and arrive around 5:00 PM. Then have some time for you to have dinner. At 7:00 PM, you are transferred to the train station for the night train to Hue. Make sure that you organise your own dinner today, which you can either have at the train station or bring it along in the train itself. You stay in a 4 person soft sleeper and air conditioned cabin. Stay overnight on the train.
Day 7: Hue
Arrive in Hue around 9:30 AM. You are picked up and transferred to your hotel for a late breakfast. At 10:00 AM depart from your hotel for our morning explorations to visit the imperial city to learn all about the royal kingdom here in the past. We then embark for our beautiful boat ride along the Perfume River, with a stop at the Thien Mu Pagoda. Continue our boat journey downstream with a pleasant view along the sides of the river and lunch onboard while we sail down the Perfume River. Our afternoon starts with biking to visit the flower village of Tien Non, then to the Thanh Tien village, known for its paper flower crafting. There, you can try to make one yourself. After that, we visit the village where the locals make traditional folk paintings. We then ride more through the beautiful and peaceful countryside of Hue before hitting the road back to your hotel at about 6:00 PM. Stay overnight in Hue. Cycling Distance: 14 km
Day 8: A Luoi Hill Tribe Homestay
After breakfast at your hotel at around 8:30 AM, we go on a relaxing 1 hour Vietnam cyclo ride to visit Dong Ba market then explore the Royal Tombs, choosing only to visit the best ones, as we have lots to do today. Visit Ming Mang and Khai Dinh Royal Tombs. Back to the hotel for a shower, check out at 12:00 PM then followed by our lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, leave Hue city for A Luoi town (about 60 km). Along the way you can see the life and daily activities of the Katu and Ta Oi hill tribes. On arrival in A Luoi town, you visit the Ashau village – a violent battlefield during the war, and also severely hit with dioxin poison. We then travel to A Roang village along the Ho Chi Minh trail, taking a rest at a local hot spring. Finally, we arrive at Aka Chi village where we meet and learn about the Ta Oi people. Have dinner in their traditional stilt house and try local delicacies, as well as enjoy a cultural show. Stay overnight at the traditional communal house (stilt-house).
Day 9: A Luoi - Hoi An
Wake up early morning and enjoy the fresh air and peaceful mountainous area. Breakfast is served at our homestay. Check-out, then we takes an easy walk through the A Roang jungle for about 3 hours to learn more about the rich fauna and flora system here. Have lunch at a local restaurant on the way to Hoi An. Stay overnight here. Tip: This is a very good chance for you to get great tailor-made clothes at reasonable prices. Hoian is well known for its tailoring. Trekking Distance: 8 km
Day 10: Hoi An
At 8:00 AM, our guide & driver meet you at your hotel for a very short transfer to the boat docks. Today, we go to a fishing village where you can see and experience the life of the fisherman. You do some fishing related activities such as preparing the fishing tools. Afterwards, we have a short basket boat ride along the village full of lush water coconut trees before our lunch. We then cycle on the country road through the rice paddy and corn fields as well as through numerous coconut trees and then head towards the main town of Hoi An. Our afternoon is continued with some sightseeing to famous cultural sites around the charming Hoi An, where we discover a preserved pagoda, an assembly hall and the Japanese Covered Bridge. Back your hotel around 5:00 PM. Have dinner on your own and stay overnight in Hoi An.
Day 11: Hoi An – HCM City – Cu Chi Tunnels
Have breakfast at your hotel then transfer to the Da Nang airport for an early morning flight to HCM City. Airport pick up and then straight to the Cu Chi tunnels and its outdoor museum to learn more about the infamous tunnel systems of the Viet Cong soldiers during the Vietnam War. In the tunnels you discover how the Viet Cong survived underground during the war with clever traps and bomb craters. Back in HCM City, we continue our trip to visit the War Remnants Museum, the Notre Dame Cathedral and the historic Central Post Office. Drop you off at your hotel around 5:30 PM. Dinner on your own and stay overnight at your hotel.
Day 12: HCM City – Mekong Delta– Ben Tre
Depart HCM City at 8:00 AM from your hotel. We head to the south of HCM City to Cai Be. Upon arrival, we board a boat to visit the floating market and cruise over the mighty Mekong River (about 1.5 km wide) to Dong Phu Island. We start our cycling here under a green canopy of coconut palms, exploring the orchards and daily life of farmers. Have lunch on the island. Then back on the boat to cruise 1.5 hours down the Mekong to the Cho Lach canals. Back on the bikes to discover the local nursery gardens & fruit orchards and another short cruise again to Ben Tre for dinner and homestay overnight at a local farmer’s house. Cycling distance: 30-50 km
Day 13: Ben Tre – HCM City
Breakfast is served at the homestay and then you prepare for your big day of cycling (approximately 35 km). Our route today takes us along the river, through Ben Tre’s coconut palm lined roads, to pause for lunch and taste seasonal fruits, joining a coconut-candy workshop and a handicraft workshop (if time permits). A short canal cruise is also part of our activities today. Transfer back to HCM City and arrive at your hotel around 5:30 PM. Distance: 25-40 km
Day 14: HCM City
On your last day, you have some breakfast at hotel and check out before 12:00 PM. Depending on your flight, you may have some time for shopping or for a last walk around the city. When it is time, you are taken to the Tan Son Nhat international airport for your flight back home.

INCLUDES

  • Our representative to meet you at the airport
  • Private arrival/departure transfers with English speaking assistance
  • Private ground transfers between locations
  • Internal flights
  • Daily breakfast and other meals as specified in the above day by day description
  • Overnight at hotels and guesthouses


EXCLUDES

  • Meals not specified
  • Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks
  • Visa costs
  • Tips for guides
  • Optional tours and other expenses

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