DAY 1: ARRIVAL HANOI
Pick you up on arrival and transfer to the hotel, check in and free time at leisure on your own of exploration the city.Overnight Hanoi
DAY 2: HANOI CITY FULL DAY
At 9.00 AM, pick you up the hotel, our city tour Hanoi Capital
today with the visit to most city highlights and including of:
visit Hochiminh President Complex (Hochiminh Mausoleum, the house on stilts, presidential palace, the One Pillar Pagoda).
Next stop is the Temple of literature, which is built in 1070 and it is the first university of Vietnam.
Continue with visit to the Museum of National Fine Arts. It has received many high ranking delegations of different countries, the Museum has sent many traveling thematic exhibitions to other nations to introduce to international friends the typical culture, heroic history of Vietnam. At the same time, it has linked local people with painting, photograph, and sculpture collections of international artists. The Museum has created chances for local art lovers to enjoy and learn about different fine arts school and tendencies of the world.
Next will visit the Army Museum (large collection of weaponry at the front, the Military Museum displays Soviet and Chinese equipment alongside French- and US-made weapons captured during years of warfare. The centrepiece is a Soviet-built MiG-21 jet fighter, triumphant amid the wreckage of French aircraft downed at Dien Bien Phu, and a US F-111).
or other option (if not visit the Fine art museum) with the The Vietnam Museum of Ethnology in Hanoi offers an insight into the 54 different ethnic groups of Vietnam in an effort to preserve cultural heritage and promote socio-cultural diversity within the country. The museum has over 15,000 artefacts including photographs and other multi-media such as audiotapes. Its indoor exhibition space can be viewed via a virtual tour which includes the Viet, Muong, Tho, Chut, Tav, Thai, Ka Dai, H’Mong-Dao, Tang, San Dui, Ngai, Mon-Khmer, Nam-Dao, Cham, Hoa and Khmer ethnic groups. There are priceless antiques on display alongside everyday objects such as pipes, baskets and knives.
Your lunch will be served at finest local restaurants with special of Hanoi cuisine.
Pm will continue our visit to Hoa Lo or Hanoi Hilton prison before doing a "rickshaw", enjoy one hour of cycling trip for sightseeing Hanoi old quarters, taking this mean of transportation is the best way to have a close look at the 36 streets in Hanoi.
At late afternoon, we will see the water puppet show for one hour, the oldest record mentioning water puppetry is the inscription on a stone stele dating from 1121. The stele called Sùng Thiện Diên Linh is located in Đọi Sơn Pagoda in Hà Nam Province (This is a must to see show when you are in Hanoi, recommended), transfer back hotel and Overnight Hanoi. (B/L)
DAY 3: HANOI-XA LINH- HANG KIA TREKS
Depart from Hanoi this morning and heading the north west for Mai chau and Hoa binh mountain, some 3hours away from Hanoi, on arrival to the village of Thai people at Poong coong village, relax and take a walking tour to visit the village and people, a great chance to learn of how people live?
Lunch is served by a local Thai family before we drive for Xa Linh village, 35km away from Mai Chau. upon arrival, begin trekking to Hang Kia. After an easy start on dirt paths, trek down two slippery streambeds before climbing up a steep mountainside. The vegetation is dense and the trail down is steep. The path eventually leads to an open valley, known locally as “Elephant Valley”, where there is a flat trail. The trail leads up and over a final pass before descending down a rocky path to the H’mong village of Hang Kia. Overnight in Hang Kia village (B/L/D)
DAY 4: HANG KIA TREKS CUN PHEO (6HOURS)
Today’s trekking is mainly downhill, and the scenery a contrast to the previous day. Begin with a gentle descent on a wide track, which turns into a narrow path, which winds through hamlets, cultivated fields and affords beautiful views of the Mai Chau Valley below. The trekking is challenging involving several stream crossings, steep descents and balancing between rice paddies! There are spectacular views of karst Rock Mountains in the distance. Picnic lunch will be prepared by your guide right by the trailside or at a local family’s stilt house. Continue our walk along the path crosses two suspension bridges before arriving at Cun Pheo, a village of the White Thai minority. Overnight in Cun Pheo.(B/L/D)
DAY 5: CUN PHEO- SAM KHOE-XO (5HOURS)
After breakfast, we will start our trekking today for the village of Thai ethnic named Xo, at the midle of our trek, stop over at Sam Khue village for lunch and refreshments. From here trek a further few kms before eventually conquering a steep uphill. Overnight in the wonderful village of Xo, another White Thai village nestled high on the mountainside (B/L/D)
DAY 6: XO-POONG COONG-HANOI (4HOURS)
After breakfast in the village continue contouring the mountainside and trek a final few km uphill before reaching the pass. From the top it is an 11km hike downhill all the way to Poong Coong village nestled in the Mai Chau Valley. Have lunch and rest weary bones. In the afternoon transfer back to Hanoi by road. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel, Overnight Hanoi (B/L)
DAY 7: HANOI-HALONG BAY CRUISES (aboard)
Pick up at your hotel around from 07.30 to 08.00 Am by our shuttle bus and depart for Halong Bay Cruises
, some 170 km away from Hanoi and drive down to the biggest delta (the Red River delta), great opportunity for stopping along the way for taking pictures of local daily activities.
On Arrival, board the traditional sailing junk. Whilst cruising the exquisite waters sample the regions fresh seafood. Visit the recently discovered Surprise Grotto with its great views, and on the next island see the yawning mouth of Bo Nau Cave. Alternatively journey to Dau Go Cave and nearby see the famous stalagmites and stalactites of Thien Cung Cave. Enjoy a swim in the emerald waters of Halong Bay at any spot that you wish to visit.
Relax and Watch the sunset over the bay whilst enjoying a delicious dinner.
Overnight on board junk (B/L/D)
DAY 8: HALONG -HANOI- NOI BAI AIRPORT- HUE CITY/ FLIGHT
After breakfast, we cruise to the Bai Tho Mountain in the other beautiful Bai Tu Long Bay and we cruise back to the Halong dock.
Lunch on boat before checkout is at 11:45. Boat arrive at harbor by 12:00 free time for shopping .
12h45 Transfer back to Hanoi by road and straight to Noi Bai airport for flight onwards to Hue, pick up at Phu Bai airport and transfer to Hue. Overnight Hue (B/L)
DAY 9: HUE SIGHTSEEING CITY- HOI AN ANCIENT TOWN
Have breakfast at hotel.
Start our Hue sightseeing city included :
Dragon cruises down to visit the heavenly Lady Pagoda, the most famous ones in Hue City.
Next will check out the hotel and drive from Hue for two and half hours to Danang, we will pass the fishing village of Lang co before ascending the scenic Hai van pass (cloudy pass) where a spectacular panorama of the center coastline can be viewed at the summit.
Upon arrival in Da Nang visit Cham museum, one of the 5 oldest museums in The ASIA, containing the finest collection of Cham sculptures and visit marble mountains before continuing to hoi an ancient town.
Check in the hotel on arrival and free time. Overnight in Hoi An.(B)
DAY 10: HOIAN SIGHTSEEING HALF DAY
Hoi An Ancient Town is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century. Its buildings and its street plan reflect the influences, both indigenous and foreign, that have combined to produce this unique heritage site. Hoi An was a thriving international commercial port for Chinese, Dutch, French, Japanese, Portuguese and Arab traders. These people came primarily to trade in the high grade silk, which is still produced in the area, as well as ceramics.
Depart at 8.00 am from your hotel and our walking tour through the narrow winding streets of the Ancient Quarter visiting Chua Ong Pagoda, Chinese Assembly Halls, the 200 - year old, Tam Ky ancestral house, and the Japanese Bridge.
Tour ends at 12.00am, free time on your own on beach at Cua Dai or shopping in old town ( Hoian is a great place to tailor made clothes). Overnight Hoian (B)
DAY 11: HOIAN-DANANG-SAIGON (FLIGHT)
Free at leisure until transfer to Danang airport for flying to Hochiminh city,
Pick up on arrival Tan Son Nhat airport and transfer to the hotel, if there is time permits, we will start to visit the Reunification Palace, war Museum, China Town and Notre Dame Cathedral.
Overnight in Saigon (B)
DAY 12: SAIGON- CAN THO (Mekong Delta)
Our car will pick up at your hotel in Saigon and driving for Cai Be, some 150km away from Saigon to south.
On arrival, embark a private boat to cruise around Cai Be Floating Market to see local people being selling, buying, exchanging goods from their boats.
Visit local garden and house to see orchard, rice crisped producing process.
lunch will be served at local restaurant
Continue our driving trip for Can Tho, check in the hotel on arrival and free time on your own of exploration the city.
Over night in Can Tho.(B/L/D)
DAY 13: CAN THO- CAI RANG FLOATING MARKET- CHAU DOC
Breakfast in the hotel, early this morning, we will cruise to visit and taking pictures at the Cai Rang - Phong Dien floating market (the nicest one with heaps of rowing boats).
Take in the beautiful scenery and the daily activities of the locals who lives along the Mekong canals and stop over some the village to visit a rice husking mill and a rice noodles making shop.
Continue our car trip for Chau Doc, check in on arrival and next will visit the Sam mountain to enjoy the a breath-taking view on the Vietnamese-Cambodian border with flat rice fields and nice canals, visit caved pagoda.
Over night in Chau Doc (B/L/D)
DAY 14: CHAU DOC- CRUISE UP PHNOMPENH (Cambodia)
Have breakfast in the hotel before transfer to Chau Doc pier and start our express boat cruise up to Phnom Phenh city of Cambodia, the boat takes some 5 hours of cruising and arrival time to Phnompenh city at 13.00 pm, Tour ends at Chau Doc Dock of Vietnam (B)