Authentice Vietnam from Mountain to the Sea 15 Days

Vietnam is an exciting travel destination. Here you meet a smiling people with infectious energy and a desire for life. The Vietnamese knuckle out there, but can easily stop for a good laugh or a little exchange of words. You will have the opportunity to get close to the everyday life of the Vietnamese in the streets, in the rice fields, on the slopes, on the rivers and local markets.

The trip extends geographically from Sapa in the northernmost to the Mekong Delta in the southernmost part of the country. And not only is there miles and miles, there is also great variation in experiences on the itinerary from North to South. From the ethnic tribes of the mountainous regions, to the classic sights of the big cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, and stay in beautiful scenic surroundings on a boat in Halong Bay and at a lodge tucked away by the road in the riverine delta area of ​​Mekong.

Overview

  • 2 days 1 night cruise in Halong bay on a small boat with under 11 cabins and slightly different sailing route than usual.
  • Hiking in the mountainous Sapa between rice terraces and colorful tribal groups.
  • Bike trip out to Hoi An’s rural hinterland with stops by local contractors and lunch in private setting.
  • Stay at small fine lodge where few tourists come and excursions in the local area.
  • Street food trip to selected motorcycle restaurants around the Ho Chi Minh City metro districts.

Itinerary

Day 1
Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi

Arrival in Hanoi. In the Arrivals Hall, your driver stands with a sign with your name applied, helps you out to the car and drives to the centrally located hotel. The hotel is located in the old quarter of the city with its nice narrow commercial streets and within walking distance of Hoan Kiem Lake and Dong Xuan Market, both of which are some of Hanoi’s landmarks.

Day 2
Day 2: Hanoi // B.L

With the guide and by car with driver you drive to the city’s famous attractions: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Presidential Palace. President Ho Chi Minh’s pile house. The one-pillar pagoda. Vietnam’s first university Van Mieu. The Ethnology Museum. Later in the afternoon, stroll around Hanoi’s evocative old neighborhood with a stop at the cozy coffee shop.

Day 3
Day 3: Hanoi - Halong Bay (car) // B,L,D

Car to Halong Bay. In a smaller cruises aboard, you will be traveling around Halong Bay with its marvelous limestone landscape on a 2 day 1 night cruise. The boat trip comes well around Halong Bay and away from the areas where most tour boats are located. A visit to a cave is planned, a landing on a large limestone island and the opportunity to kayak. Meals and overnight on board in 2-person cabin with private bath and toilet.

Day 4
Day 4: Halong Bay - Hanoi (car) - Sapa (night train) // B,L

Further sailing in the bay, where you come i.a. past a floating fishing village. On the way back to the mainland, lunch is served. On land again you drive to a smaller village where you see traditional water puppet theater. Then by car to Hanoi and later transfer to the train station to take the night train to Sapa. Overnight in a 4-seater sleeper with air conditioning.

Day 5
Day 5: Sapa // B,L,D

Arrival at the train station and transfer to breakfast at hotel in Sapa city. Walk around the city center before being taken by car to the starting point of the hike. 4-5 hour trekking tour with guide in the beautiful mountainous regions with rice terraces and villages with different ethnic minority groups. Overnight stay in homestay with family from the Tay tribe. Alternatively, on the 2 nights in Sapa, you can be taken by car to the city and spend the night at the hotel, and then the next day drive to the hiking route again.

Day 6
Day 6: Sapa // B,L,D

After breakfast with the family, you continue in the green nature area for more than 7 hours at your own pace up hillsides and pass villages with colorful minority people. Overnight in homestay with the Red Dao tribe (or by car to Sapa town and overnight in hotel bed).

Day 7
Day 7: Sapa - Hanoi (night train) // B,L // 4 seater with air conditioning

Trip-trap trekking for around 4½ hours in this scenic mountain area. After lunch you are brought to Sapa town with access to bathing facilities and changing clothes. You have some time in the city center before picking up and transporting to the train station, from where you are going by night train to Hanoi.

Day 8
Day 8: Hanoi - Danang (airplane) - Hoi An (car) // B,L

Pickup at the railway station. Before breakfast at the hotel, stop at Hoan Kiem Lake where the locals do morning gymnastics. Transfer to Hanoi airport and flight to Hoi An. From the airport with guide to the marble mountains. After lunch, take a stroll in the quaint streets of the old trading town of Hoi An, where you stop and visit the Japanese Bridge, an old grocery store, the Fujian Chinese Assembly House and the market.

Day 9
Day 9: Hoi An // B

Day off to stroll around the cozy streets with the old grocery stores built at that time French, Chinese and Japanese traders settled in Hoi An. In the historic setting today there are restaurants, galleries, artifacts shops and tailors. Time to get selected fabric and sew something to the wardrobe. Or time to go to the beach or ride a bike.

Day 10
Day 10: Hoi An // B,L

Car to the starting point for the bike ride, which goes through private housing districts and rural surroundings. Several stops are made along the way by small contractors who do wood carving, incense sticks, fishing boats, and when you encounter local attractions. You have lunch in a private setting in the countryside to Hoi An. After the bike ride transfer by car to the hotel.

Day 11
Day 11: Hoi An - Danang (car) - Ho Chi Minh (flight) - Mekong Delta (car) // B,L,D

By car to the airport and by plane to Ho Chi Minh City. Pick-up and transfer to a charming lodge located far off the beaten track in the original “backyard” of the Mekong Delta. In the bungalow with a terrace overlooking the river, you can enjoy the place, but of course, small excursions are planned around the local area.

Day 12
Day 12: Mekong Delta // B,L,D

The days at the lodge include visits to various private homes, a temple, and small contractors making rice popcorn, flares of nature’s materials, sailing in a sampan boat, stopping at a school for the lowest grades and a few bike rides around the countryside with rice fields and small villages.

Day 13
Day 13: Mekong Delta - Ho Chi Minh City (car) // B,L

This morning you will transfer from country back to city. From the rustic Mekong to 10 million people, the metropolis of Ho Chi Minh City. Lunch at a good restaurant before you in the afternoon passes the old palace of the South Vietnamese presidents, the War Museum and the old French post office.

Day 14
Day 14: Ho Chi Minh City // B,L,D

Car to the Cu Chi Tunnels, a 3-level underground tunnel system and just over 250km long. From here, the resistance group Viet Cong fought against the South Vietnamese army and US troops. The evening offers metropolitan and gastronomic experiences as you ride a small 100cc motorcycle with driver through the city’s neighborhoods and eat specialties at various restaurants.

Day 15
Day 15: Ho Chi Minh City - Departure // B

Time to experience Vietnam’s largest city on its own, as most flights are in the evening. Take a walk in the city center for example. past the US Embassy, Notre Dame Cathedral and the central Ben Thanh Market, all within a 1km radius. Drop into a juice or coffee shop and enjoy a drink overlooking the hectic street life. Transfer from hotel to airport and departure.

Tour price includes:

  • + Overnight at mentioned hotels at mentioned roomstandards with breakfast
  • + Meal according program: B = breakfast, L = lunches and D = dinners
  • + All transport inclusive domestic flights and airporttax
  • + Transport in private airconditioned car with driver
  • + All sights, fees, activities and entrences mentioned in the program including entrance to Titov Island and ticket to waterpuppet-show in Yen Duc.
  • + Englishspeaking guides on days with sightseeing.
  • + Coffee or local drink at Nola Café.
  • + Breakfast at 3 star hotel in Sapa on day 6
  • + Access to room in Sapa day 8 for changing clothes and take shower.
  • + Breakfast at former hotel day 9 in Hanoi.
  • No guide on transfers hotel/airport/boatpier.
  • No private guide, but shared englishspeaking guide from the boat on Halong Bay.

8, Tour price excludes:

  • - Drinks, tips and other personal expenses
  • - Meals not mentioned
  • - Travel insurance
  • - Early check in and late check out at the hotel

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Authentice Vietnam from Mountain to the Sea 15 Days