On your arrival, you are met local guide and driver who will take you to hotel. Then you have your free time.
Evening we enjoy the Water Puppet Show, a unique northern Vietnamese art performance that we cannot be missed on our schedule for today. We will have a chance to learn more about the rural life of Vietnamese peasants and national heroes via a series of history story which were beautifully demonstrated by the artists.
Day 2: Ha Noi – Cycling tour (Bike) (B)
Morning breakfast at hotel then we start our cycling day around Ha Noi and also visit to some of the highlights of Ha Noi; Temple of Literature, Ethnology Museum, and Women Museum. We will have a light lunch at Vietnamese Noodle Soup (Pho) and then ride around the ancient quarter of Ha Noi. After that we ride outskirt of Ha Noi along the dike to Bat Trang pottery village which is very well known for its ceramic art and porcelain for our exploring this Vietnamese traditional craft village. Visiting this site and we also join with the artist do make your own pot, cup or dish as a good souvenir gift to take home, we start to ride back our hotel.
Day 3: Ha Noi – Ha Long – Kayaking (Bus and Cruise) (B)
A new exciting day waiting us to discover, we depart for Ha Long, a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site. Hạ Long Bay has an area of around 1,553 km2, including 1,960–2,000 islets, most of which are limestone. The core of the bay has an area of 334 km2 with a high density of 775 islands and islets in all sides reflecting on turquoise water. The limestone in this bay has gone through 500 million years of formation in different conditions and environments.
There are a lot of photo opportunities on our way to Ha Long as we drive through the rural area, street markets, paddy fields, vegetable farms, poultry farms and lotus farms. We take a rest stop Hong Ngoc shop after 2 hour drive for a coffee break then continue to Ha Long Bay. At midday we board the overnight junk for the cruise. A welcome drink is well prepared for us as we get on board then check in and enjoy a pleasant cruise on the bay. Seafood lunch is served on board while the junk is slowly going among the islands and islets. There are some activities for us to join in in this afternoon; visiting to the cave, swimming at Ti Top beach, climbing up the top of Ti Top Island for panoramic view of the bay, kayaking in late afternoon or joining squids finishing at night. The junk is anchored in a quiet bay for overnight. Dinner and overnight on board.
Day 4: Ha Long – Ninh Binh (Bus) (B)
Morning just join the Tai Chi Class on sundeck for half an hour and then we will have breakfast. We keep on our excursion and visit to Sung Sot cave, fantastic stalactites and stalagmites in all different sides with beautiful natural color. Return to our junk and check out. Enjoy a pleasant cruise back to the pier for disembarkation then drive to Ninh Binh
Day 5: Ninh Binh (Bike) (B)
Start our beautiful day to cycle around and visit this World Heritage Site and our first visit is Hoa Lu ancient capital which was the economic, political and culture center of Dai Co Viet, an independent Vietnamese polity founded in 968 AD by the local warlord Dinh Bo Linh who was known as Dinh Tien Hoang, the first Dinh Emperor. This site consists of Dinh and Le temple dedicated to Dinh Tien Hoang and Le Dai Hanh Emperors. Continue our cycling to Bai Dinh pagoda, a complex of Buddhist temples on Bai Dinh Mountain in. The compound consists of the original old temple and a newly created larger temple. It is considered the largest complex of Buddhist temples in Vietnam and has become a popular site for Buddhist pilgrimages from across Vietnam.
Paddling from Bai Dinh to the pier for a boat trip to Tam Coc, picturesque scenery which is known as Ha Long on land. The Tam Cốc (“three caves”) portion is a three-hour excursion by small boat along the Ngo Dong River beginning at the village of Van Lam and proceeding through a scenic landscape dominated by rice fields and karst towers. The route includes floating through three natural caves (Hang Cả, Hang Hai, and Hang Ba), the largest of which is 125m long with its ceiling about 2m high above the water.
Return to our hotel then free at leisure
Day 6: Ninh Binh – Dong Hoi (Bus) (B)
Just enjoy our day on the coach traveling southward to Quang Binh province, we take high way 1, the main road link Ha Noi and Ho Chi Minh City to Vinh City where we will stop at for lunch and then continue our journey to, Dong Hoi City, the capital of Quang Binh province. Dong Hoi is located on the coast and has beautiful white sand beach which is well known by both local and foreign travelers. Our hotel is also located on the beach and that is very good and convenient for relax after a long day on the road. Check in our hotel then free at leisure.
Day 7: Quang Binh – Phong Nha Cave - Hue (Bike & Bus) (B)
Morning enjoy our breakfast at hotel, we start our cycling from the hotel to the pier where we get a boat cruise to visit to Phong Nha Cave. It may take us around 3 hours to the pier then take a boat trip to visit to Phong Nha Cave, The World Natural Heritage site. It is noted for its cave and grotto systems as it is composed of 300 caves and grottos. A 2009 survey brought the total discovered length of the cave system to about 126 km with many areas still not well explored. The Son Doong Cave which was discovered in the 2009 survey by British and Vietnamese explorers, is considered the largest cave in the world. Even before this discovery, Phong Nha held several world cave records, including the longest underground river as well as the largest combined caverns and passageways.
After boat trip we have lunch at local restaurant then get on our bus to travel to Hue via Ho Chi Minh road to visit to Ke Sanh former American base. Continue our trip via the national high way 9 toward to Dong Ha town, Quang Tri province. This province was a hottest spot during the American ad Vietnam War as it was in the DMZ area, hundred thousand ton of bombs dropping here. The bloodiest Quang Tri ancient citadel battle field, La Vang Church and Ben Hai River are a lively evident for this terrible war.
We also stop at Quang Tri ancient citadel for sightseeing and then La Vang Church on our way to Hue. Hue city, a lovely and romantic city located on the bank of Huong (perfume) River. Hue is the ancient capital of Vietnam from 1802 to 1945 and famous for the Citadel, Imperial City, Forbidden City and the royal tombs of the Nguyen Dynasty, the last feudal regime of Vietnam. Check in our hotel then you are free at leisure.
Day 8: Hue – Day cycling tour (Bike) (B)
Morning enjoy our breakfast at hotel then prepare for a day ride to visit to the Royal Tombs, the place were used during both the life and dead of the Nguyen Rulers. A lovely traditional architecture royal tomb of King Tu Duc built in three years from 1864 -1867 is located outskirt of Hue among the fine forest, lakes and ponds meanwhile King Khai Dinh tomb is located on the hill step of Chau E mountain, the tomb is a blend of Western and Eastern architecture style and built in 1920. We just enjoy an easy ride through local villages along the river bank to these tombs. After visiting these places, we ride to Imperial and Forbidden City of Hue, most of the contraction sites of a heyday royal dynasty were destroyed during the turmoil of the war for many years but there is still the sense of grace and majestic of the rulers. Entertain Vietnamese royal court music show, a World Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Then continue our cycling to Thien Mu Pagoda which was built in 17th century on the top of the hill overlooking the river and Truong Son mountain range
We finish our day ride with a visit to Dong Ba market where can buy our souvenir, handcraft items, foods, many other things. Return to our hotel then free at leisure.
Day 9: Hue – Hoi An (Bus & Bike) (B)
Morning enjoy our breakfast at hotel then check out hotel, we get on our bus and drive to Phu Loc Pass where we will paddle to Hoi An. There is no better way to enjoy this beautiful distance from Phu Loc Pass to Hoi An than on our bike. Our first climbing is an easy to everyone but the second climbing is absolutely a challenge for all to reach the peak of Hai Van Pass. It is 10 km all the way up hill and then other 10km downhill. As we reach the bottom at Man O Beach, the road is flat and smooth until Hoi An Ancient Town.
Day 10: Hoi An – Walking tour (B)
Morning enjoy our breakfast at hotel, we start our walking to ancient quarter of Hoi An. Our first visit is Fukien Assembly Hall where is also the Thien Hau temple located. This temple was built in early century and dedicated to the Goddess of the Sea and the Protector of sailor when Fukien traders traveled down South of China by the sea to Hoi An for their business. Later on they decided to stay permanently in this trade port until now. This place has become very popular local attraction for not only Vietnamese but also the foreign travelers as its architecture style is absolutely amazing figure. Then we keep on our walking from this temple to Tan Ky, ancient trading house. There are 7 generations of the Vietnamese merchant family has lived in this beautiful house and they carefully protect their home as its original for over 2 centuries ago. The architecture model of this house is the combination of Vietnamese, Chinese and Japanese style. Come and see this place, we have a chance to talk to the owners who will inform us many useful and interesting things in the house, their daily life and how they have kept their home beautifully since 19th century. It is not far from this home as it takes us 5 minutes to walk to Japanese Bridge, an iconic of Hoi An ancient town. This temple bridge (the bridge where there is a temple on it) was built by Japanese community in 1590s and it dedicated to the God of the weather. It is said that he controls all kinds of weather changes and natural calamities, so most of the sailors worship him. Finishing our history walking tour in this morning section with a visit to Sa Huynh Culture Museum nearby Japanese bridge, we have an opportunity to learn more about Hoi An ancient town. Then we have our free time to wonder around this lovely town.
Day 11: Hoi An – Quy Nhon (Bus & Bike) (B)
Morning check out our hotel and depart for Quy Nhon City, Binh Dinh province, we take a short drive from Hoi An to Dien Ban and join the national high way 1 then travel southward along the coastline. We will stop at Sa Huynh beach for lunch and then we get on our bike to ride to Quy Nhon City (70 km). Quy Nhon has a varied topography, being extremely diversified with mountains and forests, hills, fields, salt marshes, plains, lagoons, lakes, rivers, shorelines, peninsulas and islands. Its coastline 42 km long with sandy beaches, abundant seafood resources and other natural products of economic value. On arrival check in hotel then free at leisure.
Day 12: Quy Nhon - Nha Trang (Bus & Bike) (B)
Today we continue our journey southward to Nha Trang City that is well known for its beaches and scuba diving and has developed into a popular destination for international tourists, attracting large numbers of independent traveler well as more affluent travelers on the Southeast Asia circuit; it is already very popular with Vietnamese tourists, with Nha Trang Bay widely considered as among the world's most beautiful bays. Tourists are welcome to participate in the Sea Festival, held biennially.
Morning our bus support us to Phu Yen City on our half way for lunch at beach front restaurant, then we continue our bus trip to Co Ma Pass where we start our riding to Nha Trang City. This is a fantastic distance to cycle especially as we are going down Co Ma Pass toward to Van Phong Bay, a picturesque scenery.
On arrival Nha Trang, we check in hotel then free at leisure.
Day 13: Nha Trang – City tour (Bus & Boat) (B)
A full day boat trip offshore Nha Trang bay is our activity today. Just prepare our towel, swimming clothes, sun cream and sunglasses, we take a short drive to the pier then get on the boat for our trip to Num Island. This Island is the marine protected area which is one of four first marine protected area in the world admitted by the IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature. We will enjoy our swimming and snorkeling in this marine protected area with the variety of marine life and colourful coral reefs. Then we cruise to the fishing village for our lunch. After lunch time, we walk to Tri Nguyen Aquarium. Return to our boat then go back the pier for disembarkation.
Rest of the day is free at leisure. Barbeque seafood dinner at local restaurant is a great experience for us to try. We just eat, drink and have fun like most local people do here
Day 14: Nha Trang – Da Lat (Biking & Bus) (B)
Morning breakfast at our hotel then we depart for Da Lat, the highland city located at 1500m above the sea level with cool climate all year round, established in early 1890s by the French as hill station resort. This romantic city is very popular destination for both local and foreign travelers as its scenic spots, its flower garden, lakes, pine forest and colonial villas, summer palaces of Bao Dai, the last Emperor of Vietnam are all for us to explore.
We will start our morning ride from Cam Duc which is 30km away from Nha Trang down the coastline to Phan Rang. The distance is a round 70 km and the road is very good condition, flat and smooth with beautiful scenery along the way. We will get to Phan Rang town at lunch time then take our bus traveling up to Da Lat via national high way 27, this hilly narrow road has many passes on the way: Song pha Pass, Ngoan Muc Pass and Dram Pass.
Late afternoon we arrive Da Lat, check in hotel ree at leisure
Day 15: Da Lat – Ho Chi Minh City (Bus) (B)
Start our day with a visit to cable car station located on the top of the hill to have a great panoramic view of the city and take cable car down to Tuyen Lam Buddhist Pagoda. Visiting this site, walking around the garden and Tuyen Lam Lake, enjoying picturesque view of Elephant Mountain. Continue our sightseeing tour to Bao Dai Summer Palace. This colonial architecture Palace was used as a retreat of King Bao Dai family during summer time and it consists of 24 rooms for 7 royal members, King, Queen, their 2 sons and three daughters.
We depart for Ho Chi Minh City, the largest city in Vietnam. Its former name was Saigon which was well known as the “Pearl of Far East” during the French colony and today Ho Chi Minh has become an official name of this dynamic, bustle and hustle city since 1976. There are so many interesting thing to see in this city from very early in the morning until midnight. It is a pleasant journey for us to enjoy the scenery; pine forest, rainforest, tea plantation, coffee plantation, rubber plantation and there are so many things for us to see. We will have lunch at Bao Loc town and a coffee workshop that we may take some coffee or tea with us as a good souvenir gift.
Late afternoon we arrive Ho Chi Minh. Check in hotel then free at leisure.
Day 16: Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi (Bus & Bike) (B)
Today we drive out to Hoc Mon district where we ride on our bike to Cu Chi tunnel which is the most complicated underground system in Vietnam built in early 1948 and completed its 250km long around 1960. This is an amazing place where we are absolutely admired the way of the guerrillas’ living and fighting for their mission. Before examining this historic site such as a private entrance of the tunnel, Commander Bunker, Fighting Bunker, Meeting Bunker and Health Care Bunker, we will watch a short documentary film about this special place to have an idea why it was named as an “Iron Land”. After that we walk to see the site. Our first place in our list thing to visit is original private entrance which is 25cm width and 30cm length then we head to Fighting bunker where we actually get down the tunnel. Next we will have a chance to view the booby trap gallery, all kinds of traps were used by guerrillas to stop the attack from their enemy. The smokeless Hoang Cam kitchen where we will have a chance to taste the guerrilla’s food, the steamed cassava associated with peanut, salt and sugar is an incredible bunker to visit. Mr. Hoang Cam designed this special kitchen during the French – Vietnam War in Dien Bien Phu battle field and it became very popular as its smokeless chimney system in a later War.
We just get our tired feet on the bus back to Ho Chi Minh City then free at leisure.
Day 17: Ho Chi Minh City – Cai Be – Can Tho (Bus, Boat, Bike) (B,L)
Today we will enjoy the beautiful scenery in Mekong Delta area with hundreds of canal and river system and the most productive farm in Vietnam. On arrival Cai Be town, we take a boat cruise to visit to Cai Be floating market which is very interesting and popular in Mekong region. There are hundreds of trading boats anchoring on both sides of the river and these boats as the floating shops selling all different agriculture produce being hang on the bamboo pole placing at the front of each boat as the sale signal. The buyers who usually havea motor boat or sanpam, a main means of transportation in this floating market to go to the trading boats, buy these produce very early in the morning then take to the local market to sell them again. They are actually like the retailers. Some of them decide to be the vendors just riding their motor boat along the canal for all day to earn their living. This floating market is usually very busy early morning before sun rise and its function is as the whole market on the river.
After visiting this market, we continue our boat trip to local village nearby to view how local people making coconut candy, rice –paper, pop-corn, and local souvenirs. Return to our boat then relax while we are cruising across the Mekong River to the island where we take a short walk through the fruit garden and visit the farm. Then we enjoy our lunch at the farm, talk to the host, walk around fruit garden and bonsai garden and just take a little nap on the hammock before boarding the boat again heading to Vinh Long town.
We start our riding on immense rice fields, cycling through numerous rural riverside villages before our bus pick up to Can Tho City for overnight
Day 18: Can Tho – Ho Chi Minh City (Bus) (B)
Early morning we will take a boat trip to Cai Rang floating market which is more activities of buying and selling, more boats and livelier than the Cai Be. Just enjoy a beautiful buffet breakfast on board while we are cruising to market. Return to Ho Chi Minh City then free at leisure.
Day 19: Ho Chi Minh City – Departure (B)
There is activity for today. Just pack up and relax until your departure flight. The guide and driver will pick you up then transfer you to Tan Son Nhat Airport.
All accommodation basing on double/twin room with daily breakfast
Private transportation as specified in itinerary
English speaking guide for day tour
All entrance fee for sightseeing
All boat trips as specified in itinerary
Meals as specified in itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Drinking water on coach
International air ticket to/from Vietnam
Visa fee to Vietnam
Domestic air tickets
Things are not indicated in itinerary