Vietnam Tours Travel visitors a sharp contrast of things to do. Hanoi, the capital, is a lake-filled city, Ha Giang is the final frontier in northern Vietnam, a lunar landscape of limestone pinnacle’-and granite outcrops and Cao Bang, a northern mountainous province sharing a 311-km-long borderline with China.
The 14-day tour starts in Hanoi, the old city with its thousand years of cultural history. Although it has experienced so many up and down changes, Hanoi still reserves many valuable cultural heritages and beautiful attractions such as the Temple of Literature, the Mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh, the History Museum.
After enjoying a full day tour of Hanoi, travelers will head the North East mountainous areas of Ha Giang. This part offers breathtaking views and interesting subcultures. The scenery through to the coast is magnificent, the craggy mountain ranges covered in mystic clouds make travellers feel like wandering in a fairyland, valleys between the mountains are enhanced by spectacles of coloured villages each with distinctive architectural features and fascinating spots for watching the sunset. There are an estimated 20 ethnic minorities in the area. If lucky, or planned well, the weekly market in Meo Vac will provide an opportunity to see this wonderful mix of cultures and people.
The next highlight of the trip will be the Ba Be National Park, Vietnam’s largest natural lake and is now the centrepiece of an extensive National Park. The park and the surrounding area is limestone country, so lakes, waterfalls, caves and unusual rock formations abound. The whole area is richly forested and home to many ethnic minority communities.
Before flying to Hoian in the central region, travelers will also enjoy a two-day trip to Halong bay. The bay consists of a dense cluster of 3000 limestone monolithic islands, each topped with thick jungle vegetation, which rise spectacularly from the ocean. Several of the islands are hollow, with enormous caves. The bay was World Heritage listed by UNESCO at the 18th meeting of the Committee of the World Heritages of UNESCO (in Thailand on December 17th, 1994). It is one of Vietnam’s most popular tourist destinations.
The 11-day tour concludes in the bustling south. Ho Chi Minh City, also known as Saigon, is the fast-paced commercial capital of the country yet is still filled with architectural remnants of the French Indochina period. Travel to the nearby Mekong Delta and experience the rustic lifestyle of this region as you explore the labyrinth of waterways, floating markets and fertile rice fields.
Lotussia Travel is a Hanoi-based travel company offering the widest selection of multi-activity adventure tours and value-for-money travel service bookings in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia. The company was founded in 2005 with head office in Hanoi and branches in Danang, Sapa, Ho Chi Minh city.
Day 1: Vietnam Tours Travel. Arrive Hanoi.
Upon arrival at Noibai airport in Hanoi, you will be greeted by Lotussia Travel guide, driver and transferred to your hotel in town.
Check-in hotel (after 14:00) and stay free for the rest of time.
Overnight in Hanoi (Hotel).
Day 2: Vietnam Tours Travel Hanoi full day sightseeing tour (B)
Enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of Hanoi, a unique city with tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes and oriental temples. The city tour includes such sights as the Ho Chi Minh stilts house, One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature – The first National University of Vietnam.
In the afternoon, continue visiting the Ethnology museum where you can find the biggest object collection of 54 Vietnamese ethnic groups.
Enjoy a short cyclo excursion through the bustling old quarter streets named after the specific goods once offered for sales at these places.
In the evening, attend to the water puppet show, one of famous Vietnamese traditional art.
Overnight in Hanoi (Hotel).
Day 3: Vietnam Tours Travel Hanoi – Ha Giang (B,L,D)
Transfer to Ha Giang though Son Nam District of Tuyen Quang province. Enjoy natural landscape and green fields, palm hill and villages along the way. Lunch will be provided in a local restaurant en route. Passing Tuyen quang town, you can visit village of black Tay minority. Arrive Ha Giang town in late afternoon.
Dinner and overnight in a stilt-house in a Tay village (Homestay).
Day 4: Ha Giang – Quan Ba – Yen Minh (B,L,D).
After breakfast in the stilt-house of the Tay, we will spend about one hour for visiting Ha Giang museum where you can find the most updated object collection of 23 ethnic minorities living in the province.
Leaving Ha Giang, we will travel to Quan Ba. Stop en route to visit a Hmong village which is well known the their traditional recipe of making corn wine. Lunch will be served in a local restaurant in town. After lunch we will visit a Dao village before continuing our drive to Yen Minh.
Arrive in Yen Minh around late afternoon. If time permits, we will have a short walk to a local village where three ethnic groups Tay, Nung & Giay live together.
Overnight in Yen Minh (Guesthouse).
Day 5: Yen Minh – Dong Van – Meo Vac (B,L,D)
Depart for Dong Van. Stop en route to visit a H’mong village and the Palace of the Vuong family (The King of H’mong people). Lunch will be provided in a local restaurant in Dong Van. After lunch, we will visit the ancient town of Dong Van before continuing our trip to Meo Vac. Enjoy great view over the Nho Que river once reaching Ma Pi Leng pass.
Arrive Meo Vac around late afternoon. Check-in hotel for overnight.
Day 6: Vietnam Tours Travel. Meo Vac – Bao Lac (B,L,D)
Note: This day must be Sunday
Enjoy the whole morning for the market of Meo Vac, opens every Sunday has become very famous for their uniqueness as markets and also sites for cultural exchange of ethnic minority groups.
Lunch will be provided in a local restaurant in town. After lunch, we will leave Meo Vac for Bao Lac.
Overnight in Bao Lac (Guesthouse).
Day 7:Vietnam Tours Travel. Bao Lac – Ba Be Lake (B,L,D)
After breakfast, enjoy a nice journey from Bao Lac to Ba Be. Few passes from where you can dominate the area. The road is quite easy but there are also many curves. We can stop en route to visit some local hill tribe villages. Arrive Ba Be lake around late afternoon.
Overnight in a stilt-house in a Tay village (Homestay).
Day 8: Vietnam Tours Travel. Ba Be Lake – Hanoi (B,L)
After breakfast, enjoy a 4-hour boat trip on Ba Be lake. We will visit the Puong grottoes before disembarking in a small pier. Join our vehicle again for a short drive to Ba Be town. Have lunch in a local restaurant. Then return Hanoi.
Arrive Hanoi around late afternoon. We will check-in hotel for a short rest. Then enjoy one-hour massage package to one of the finest spa saloon in Hanoi – A full body massage both invigorating and relaxing. This massage helps to reduce tension, soothe sore muscles and increase circulation.
Overnight in Hanoi (Hotel).
Day 9: Vietnam Tours Travel. Hanoi – Halong Bay (B,L,D)
Enjoy the journey through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta and the scenery of rice fields, water buffalo and everyday Vietnamese village life. Arrive in Halong and board the Bai Tho traditional sailing junk (or similar). 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. In the afternoon, enjoy one-hour kayaking trip to explore further “The 8th World Wonder”. Watch the sunset over the bay whilst enjoying a delicious dinner.
Overnight on board junk (Boat-house).
Day 10: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Danang – Hoian (B)
Breakfast will be provided on board. Then we continue our cruise in Halong bay while the boat is going back to shore. Arrive at Ha long wharf about 11h00 and take our car for our journey back to Hanoi.
Upon arrival in Hanoi, transfer directly to Noibai airport for a short flight to Danang.
You will be met up at Danang international airport by Lotussia Travel local guide, driver and transferred to Hoian.
Overnight in Hoian (Riverside Resort).
Day 11: Hoian half day city tour (B) Vietnam Tours Travel
After breakfast, begin our visit of this charming small town of Hoian, first commercial center in Vietnam since the 15th century, with more than 800 classified buildings such as Japanese Covered Bridge, Tan Ky Old house, Assembly Hall Chinese. Phuc Kien Pagoda, Hoian Museum and Market.
Then enjoy a half day free at leisure for your personal discovery/shopping.
Overnight in Hoian (Riverside resort).
Day 12: Hoian – Danang – Ho Chi Minh city (B)
According to flight departure time, transfer to Da Nang airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh city (Saigon). Flight??? (DAD-SGN).
You will be greeted at Tan Son Nhat international airport in Ho Chi Minh city by Lotussia Travel local guide and driver then transferred to your hotel in town.
In the afternoon, start the tour with Ho Chi Minh City highlights including the Post Office, cathedral, Reunification palace, centre town, then continue towards Cholon, visit Thien Hau temple and Binh Tay market.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city (Hotel).
Day 13: Mekong Delta (B,L)
Heading out of the town, we travel by road to the Mekong Delta, Vietnam’s largest rice bowl. On arrival in My Tho we embark on a boat navigating around the intricate small canals in the delta region, which is a great way to observe the local lifestyle close-up. The thrilling excursion will pass the lush green vegetation before arriving on an island. Here we have opportunities to visit some fascinating local industries, stroll around an orchard and taste many seasonal fruits. After feasting on a huge lunch we return to Ho Chi Minh.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city (Hotel)
Day 14:Vietnam Tours Travel. Departure (B)
According to your flight departure time, you will be transferred to Ho Chi Minh city airport for onward flight home. Flight???. End tour.