Hoi An - Impressions of Vietnam

Hoi An – Impressions of Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City Cathedral

Ho Chi Minh City Cathedral

Hanoi Mausoleum

Hanoi Mausoleum

Halong Bay

Halong Bay

Cycling Hoi An

Cycling Hoi An






Code: VN10

Routes: Hanoi – Ha Long –- Hoian – HCM City – Mekong

Duration: 10 Days/ 9 Nights

Features: A trip to visit all the highlights of Vietnam but still having lots of free time to do things on your own.


 Day 1: Hanoi

Chao Ban! Welcome to Hanoi! We will 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. Overnight in Hanoi.

Inclusion: Transfer pick up, guide pick up, hotel. (La Siesta hotel: http://www.hanoilasiestahotel.com/)

 Day 2: Hanoi village with bike

 We pick you up at 8:30 AM for a short transfer outside of Hanoi, we have this morning to learn about Hanoi villages’ life, its traditions, customs.

We walk and cycle along the villages, visiting local markets, some old houses, their worshipping temples, communal houses… then we have a small food demonstration before our lunch at one of the 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 colorful 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’ll have a short break for 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. Stay overnight in Hanoi.

Inclusion: Transfer, guide, entrance fees, breakfast, lunch, local bike, community development fund, hotel. (La Siesta hotel: http://www.hanoilasiestahotel.com/)

Day 3: Hanoi – Ha Long

Departure for Ha Long Bay is around 8:00 AM in a shared van (about 4 hours) from your hotel. Arrive at the port around noon. Welcomed on board, you are taken to your cabin before the trip briefing. You enjoy a fresh and local seafood lunch while you cruise to Bai Tu Long Bay. Stop for a swim and visit the mysterious cave. Relax at our secluded island-beach or explore by kayak. Later you return back to the boat just in time to watch the beautiful sunset from the top deck before enjoying the bay’s freshest seafood dinner.

Inclusion: Transfer, guide on boat, entrance fee, kayak, boat / junk, all meals, permit.

Day 4: Bai Tu Long Bay – Hanoi – Hoian

Early risers can enjoy the sunrise and the quiet breath-taking beauty of Bay’s landscape with towering limestone. You have breakfast at around 8:00 AM before our short rowboat by the locals of the bay. Later, take one more swim in the middle of the bay. There is ample time for the 11:45 AM check-out from the cabin while cruising back. Have lunch on the boat as we slowly cruise back to boat pier. Hit the road to arrive back to Hanoi around airport for evening flight to Danang. Pick up and transfer to your hotel for check in hotel in Hoian. Stay overnight in Hoian.

Inclusion: Transfer, guide, entrance fee, boat/junk, breakfast, lunch, flight ticket, hotel. (Hoian Chic hotel: http://www.hoianchic.com/living.html)

 Day 5: Hoian

At 8.00 AM, we meet at your hotel for a very short transfer to the boat docks before our boating to a fishing village where you can see & experience the life of a fisherman here, activities from preparing the fishing tools to go fishing. These activities are followed by a short basket boat row along the village of water coconut before our lunch.

We cycle along the country road through the paddy fields of rice, coconut or corn heading to the main town of Hoian. Our afternoon is continued with sightseeing to the famous cultural sites around Hoian. We end our trip around 5:00 PM at your hotel.

Distance: 20 km

Trail Difficulty: 2/5

Inclusion: Transfer, guide, local bike, local boat & basket, breakfast, lunch, water & snack, hotel. (Hoian Chic hotel: http://www.hoianchic.com/living.html)

Day 6: Hoian

Today is free at your leisure to visit around ancient town or relax on the beach.

Inclusion: Breakfast, hotel. (Hoian Chic hotel: http://www.hoianchic.com/living.html)

Day 7: Hoian – HCM City

After breakfast at the hotel, you have time to enjoy your last hours in Hoian before your transfer to the airport in Da Nang for an afternoon-flight around to HCM City. Upon arrival, our driver meets you at the airport to pick you up and transfer to your hotel.  Check in the hotel and stay overnight.

Inclusion: Transfer, domestic flight ticket, breakfast, hotel. (Avanti Saigon hotel)

 Day 8: HCM City

Today is your free day in HCM City to explore the bustling city, the chaotic backstreets and the vibrant local market or the infamous Cu Chi – the tunnel systems of the Viet Cong.

 Inclusion: Breakfast, hotel. (Avanti Saigon hotel: http://avantihotel.vn/)

 Day 9: HCM City – Visit the fertile Mekong delta

Getting started at 8:00 AM from your hotel, then a drive about 70 km out of HCM City to see Mekong Delta life around My Tho. Upon arrival Ben Tre, drift down the busy branches of the Mekong and into its peaceful canals. We visit a brick kiln and a coconut shell husking workshop. See the daily life of farmers and try the hard work taking shell of the coconut that is unique to the region.

More boat cruise inner the natural waterways, we visit a coconut-candy workshop, a main product that made Ben Tre famous then visit a local market and farmer workshop making sleeping mats, an old tradition hand weaving sedge mat or rush mat.

And now, the Mekong adventure is on, see what life is really like for locals by explore this quiet island by bicycle or more relaxing way by hop on a Lambretta triporteur an old 1960 traditional tricycle in south Vietnam which is winding around the coconut palms, bitter melon or cucumber farms to a farmer house that we break for lunch and relax.

In the afternoon, we walk a bit more of coconut farms and fruit orchards of this village then enjoy the local hand – rowing sampan slowly cruise under the canopy of water coconut palms along the canals. Our boat picks us again and cruises back to the boat landing in Ben Tre town. Head back to HCM City. Arrive in your hotel at around 5:30PM, free for dinner and stay overnight in Saigon.

Inclusion: Transfer, guide, entrance fee, local boat trip, breakfast, lunch, hotel. (Avanti Saigon hotel)

 Day 10: HCM City

Breakfast at hotel and check out before 12:00 noon. Depending on your flight you may have some more time for shopping. We arrange your own airport transfer to Tan Son Nhat international airport for your flight home. Goodbye and hope to see you again soon!

 Inclusion: Transfer, breakfast at hotel.

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