Special Vietnam is the best Vietnam adventure trip for travel lovers to discover Vietnam highlights in 15 days. You start your journey from Hanoi and ends in Ho Chi Minh City. On this trip, you can enjoy a walking tour through Dong Xuan and Thanh Ha Market in Hanoi. Travel to Ba Be National Park through Thai Nguyen Province and experience Boat trip & Trekking around Ba Be Lake. Discover the Light and Dark Cave Area at ha Long Bay, Take a visit to Silver Waterfall and continue to Fanxipan Cable car to visit Fanxipan, the highest peak in Indochina. Explore Cai Be market and visit handicraft villages around.
Day 1 – Arrival in Hanoi – Sightseeing – Street Food
Upon arrival at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, welcomed by our guide and transferred to downtown. Visit the Museum of Ethnology where display the artifacts of 54 minority groups in Vietnam. After the visit, continue to the Old Quarter of Hanoi for a cyclo ride around the Old Streets which were named after the specific goods once offered for sale at these places. Stop at Hoan Kiem Lake & Ngoc Son Temple to learn about the legend of the lake.
Later when the sundowns, enjoy a walking tour through Dong Xuan Market, Thanh Ha Market. Along the way, our guide will show you many kinds of ingredients that will be used in Vietnamese cuisine. Treat yourself with some local food such as Papaya salad, beef noodles, egg coffee, draft beers, etc. Each full, so you can waive your dinner today. (Hanoi Hotel: Adamas Hotel)
Day 2 – Hanoi – Ba Be National Park (B, L, D)
After breakfast, you will travel to Ba Be National Park through Thai Nguyen Province. Stop on the way to see the tea plantation and the beautiful scenery of the mountains. After 5 hours of driving, you will arrive at the park. Check-in your homestay and have lunch.
In the afternoon, you will then ride a bicycle to the Tay village of Coc Toc, with its beautiful stilt houses and friendly population of Tay people, who make their living by fishing in the stunning Ba Be lakes and farming. Explore the beautiful surroundings. You will then ride a bicycle to Hua Ma Cave which features thousands of stalactites and columns. (Ba Be National Park Hotel: Ba Be Lake View Homestay)
Day 3 – Ba Be National Park – Boat trip & Trekking (B, L, D)
After a simple breakfast, you will go on foot to Bo Lu Quay where you will board a boat trip around Ba Be Lake. You can relax onboard, do some wildlife spotting. As you float down the Nang River, you can take in the scenery of the surrounding karsts decorated with patches of wild vegetation and inhabited by all sorts of interesting creatures. Look out for the rainbow of butterflies that flit across the sky or listen to the gentle song of the many species of birds in the park. The boat will come to Puong Cave where you can explore the stalactites and stalagmites which are a result of the erosion of the river on the karst as well as looking out for the bat colony several thousand strong.
In the afternoon, continue with hiking to an H’ mong ethnic village. Your guide will then take you through the vast mountain ranges and valleys to see the stilt houses and school of the Dzao people and along the trail to visit another H’ mong ethnic village. Overnight in Ba Be National park. (Ba Be National Park Hotel: Ba Be Lake View Homestay)
Day 4 – Ba Be National Park – Hanoi (B, L)
After a simple breakfast, you will be free to explore more about the Park and then travel back to Hanoi. Upon arrival, check-in your hotel, and the rest of the day you will be free to explore the city on your own or stay in your room and relax to get ready for tomorrow’s trip. (Hanoi Hotel: Adamas Hotel)
Day 5 – Hanoi – Ha Long Bay – Lan Ha Bay (B, L, D)
Breakfast will be at your hotel. 8:30: you will take a 3-hour drive to Hai Phong, the 4th biggest city in Vietnam, where you will start the cruise. 12:30: Arrive at the pier. The tender will take you to your cruise for boarding. You will receive a warm welcome by the captain and his crew with a drink and some refreshing towels. The cruise manager/tour guide will give a brief introduction about the boat and some instructions on safety regulations before lunch. You have lunch while enjoying the beauty of the canals on our way to Ha Long Bay. (Ha Long Bay Hotel: Calypso Cruise )
15:00: We arrive at Light and Dark Cave Area, where you can do kayaking or bamboo boat rowed by local people.
17:30: Return to the cruise, take a refreshing shower. Happy Hour will be offered while you can enjoy the sunset in this magnificent bay. Take part in a cooking demonstration by our chef to learn about Vietnamese cuisine.
19:00: A great dining experience awaits you.
20:30: Socialize with other guests, try your luck with squid fishing or just laze around. Singing and dancing activities are available till 22h00.
Day 6 – Lan Ha Bay – Cat Ba Island – Hanoi – Train to Lao Cai (B, L)
06:30: Wake up early to enjoy the dawn and start a perfect new day with Tai Chi exercise on the sundeck.
7:00 – 9:00: Have a light breakfast in the restaurant.
9:00: Check out your cabin. Then you take a bus route for about 20 minutes on Cat Ba Island from Gia Luan Pier to visit Army Hospital Cave, a special place to save the significant Vietnamese history during the resistance war. During the travel, you will be immersed in the wild fresh natural scenery of Cat Ba National Park.
10:30: Back to Calypso Cruises. You have lunch while the Calypso Cruise back to the harbor.
12:00: Disembark the boat and return to Hanoi.
14:30 – 15:00: Arrive in Hanoi. You will explore more the Old Quarter with our guide or visit Hilton Prison, Opera House, and the Temple of Literature, the first university in Vietnam, dating back to the 11th century.
Check-in a mini-hotel for a shower and relax. Dinner will be on your own.
20:00 – Board a night train to Lao Cai.
Remarks: 01 nights on the train from Hanoi to Lao Cai, shared cabin, soft sleeper.
Day 7 – Lao Cai – Sapa – Lao Chai –Ta Van – Giang Ta Chai (B, L)
Arrive at Lao Cai railway station early morning. You will have breakfast at a local restaurant. After breakfast, you will travel 1 hour to Sapa where you will commence the excursion today with a walk through the town of Sapa and along a dirt trail through vegetable gardens and rice paddy terraces. The spectacular scenery of Muong Hoa valley gradually appears within your eyesight. The walk starts from Lao Chai village of Black H’ mong minority is almost on the hillsides. The view of the valley is more and more extending and stretching to the horizon. Follow the dirt path linking the village with Ta Van village, the only one in the valley inhabited by the Giay minority. Have lunch at a local family or restaurant. If you’re on top form today, continue your trekking route to Giang Ta Chai Village of Red Dzao hill tribe, visit the village and our car will pick you up to your lodge. (Sapa Hotel: Chapa Eco Lodge)
Day 8 – Silver Waterfall – Fanxipan Cable Car (B)
After breakfast, you will be free at your lodge, enjoy the beautiful scenery of Hoang Lien Son Mountain. You can enjoy lunch at your lodge (pay on your own).
In the afternoon, you will transfer by car to Silver Waterfall, visit the fall and then continue to Fanxipan Cable car. Take a cable car to visit Fanxipan – the highest peak in Indochina. Fanxipan cable car is the world’s longest three-rope cable car system, extending from the northern Lao Cai Province’s Sapa Town to Fansipan peak. Overnight at your Lodge. (Sapa Hotel: Chapa Eco Lodge)
Day 9 – Sapa – Hill tribe village – limousine bus to Hanoi (B)
After breakfast, you will proceed to a Hill tribe Market (approximately 2.5 hours). Upon arrival, we visit the big outdoor market with its colorful ethnic minority people, such as Flower Hmong, Phu La, and Dao Tuyen, who gather here to buy and sell their handicraft products.
After visiting the market, have a meal on your own. Back to Lao Cai City and visit the border gate with China as well as the market exchanging goods between two countries.
Next, you’re picked up by a limousine shuttle bus (max. 9 people with big and comfortable seats) and travel 5.5 hours back to Hanoi (including 20 minutes break)
Arrive in Hanoi, check-in your hotel, and overnight. Hanoi Hotel: Adamas Hotel )
Remarks: Bac Ha Hill Tribe Market is only open on every Sunday.
Can Cau Hill Tribe Market is only open on every Saturday.
Coc Ly Hill Tribe Market is only open on every Tuesday.
Day 10 – Hanoi – Danang – Hoi An (B)
After breakfast, you will drive to the airport for a flight to Danang city. Upon arrival, you’re greeted by our guide and transferred to Hoi An Ancient Town. Take a guided walking tour around Hoi An Ancient Town. Visit the Japanese Covered Bridge, Chinese Assembly Hall, and the local market. There’re numerous art galleries, souvenirs, and tailor shops where you can get some express made-to-order clothes if you like! (Hoi An Hotel: Venus Hotel)
Remarks: Domestic flight from Hanoi to Danang is not included.
Day 11 – Hoi An – Motorbike tour to Villages (B/Use motorbike guide)
This countryside tour of Hoi An will give you a real insight into local life. Meet our motorbike driver at your hotel and we ride over the bridge to Cam Kim island and along the riverside into the beautiful rural countryside. First stops include an Ancestral House and a traditional boat builders yard before we set off to explore the sleepy island villages. Zig-zag through the breathtaking scenery of rice paddies & farmland and enjoy the cooling breeze. Next, learn from friendly local families the art of mat weaving, farming, and how to make (and eat) the perfect Banh Dap rice crackers. Meeting local families is a must-do to see the real way of life in Vietnam.
After snacking on rice crackers, we make our way to the coast at the Thu Bon river mouth, along roads lined with Casuarina Pine & Cashew Nut Trees. Finally, it’s up high and over the new bridge offering spectacular panoramic views of Hoi An, which takes us to the water coconut palm fringed Cam Thanh and then back to the town.
The afternoon is free at leisure! (Hoi An Hotel: Venus Hotel)
Remarks: Each motorbike will have one driver. You don’t have to drive by yourself. You just seat behind your driver and enjoy the scenery. If you want to drive, please discuss it with your guide.
Day 12 – Danang – Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Lodge (B, L, D)
After having your breakfast at your hotel, at 07:15 AM transferred to the airport for a flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival, you’re met by our guide and proceed to Mekong Delta. The transferring time is 1.5 hours, approximately 120KM. Upon your arrival at Cai Be and greeting at Cai Be harbor, boat trip transfer to Mekong Lodge will start. After check-in bungalows, daily lunch is served in a nice restaurant with the Vietnamese day-menu.
In the afternoon arrival date, guests are going to have a bike tour around the area nearby Lodge, countryside sightseeing, visit Kim Phuoc Pagoda (option 1: approx 1hrs30’) OR option 2: approx 2hrs30’ with extra visit the local market.)
Cooking demonstration in the evening & dinner in the restaurant. (Mekong Delta Hotel: Mekong Lodge)
Riverside Bar is open until midnight.
Remarks: Domestic flight from Danang to Ho Chi Minh City is not included.
Day 13 – Mekong Lodge – Cai Be Floating Market (B, L, D)
07:00 – 08:00 AM breakfast in the restaurant.
From 08:00 AM: boat trip to Cai Be market, visit handicraft villages, then transferred to Mekong Lodge.
12:00 PM: daily lunch is served in a nice restaurant with the Vietnamese day-menu.
The second-day program will be included a bike trip to Tan Phong island: visit some local handicraft: handmade banana leaves hammock, thatched from water coconut leaves, daily house products being made from water hyacinth, free fruit tasting & Vietnamese folk music. Then take a small rowing boat to a small canal (approx 30’).
18:30- 19:00 pm: carvings on fruits or carrots in the evening & dinner in a restaurant.
Riverside Bar is open until midnight.
Overnight at Mekong Delta. (Mekong Delta Hotel: Mekong Lodge)
Day 14 – Mekong Lodge – Ho Chi Minh City – Sightseeing (B)
07:00- 08:00 AM breakfast in the restaurant.
9:00 AM: Boat transfer to Cai be harbor and, where your car is waiting for you and go back to Ho Chi Minh City.
Then visit the Reunification Palace, former residence of the Indochina Governor-General and later President of the Republic of Southern Vietnam until the fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975. Continue to visit the Notre Dame Cathedral, Jade Emperor Pagoda, Walking street of Nguyen Hue, Opera House, the Central Post Office & the bustling Ben Thanh Market. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City. (Ho Chi Minh City Hotel: Ha Hien Signature Hotel)
Day 15 – Departure Ho Chi Minh City (B)
Breakfast at your hotel and then transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
Specification: Special Vietnam
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