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Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City welcomes you

Day 2: Cu Chi tunnels & City tour

Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City – My Tho (Mekong Delta)

Day 4: Ho Chi Minh City – Danang (Flight) – Hoian

Day 5: Hoian ancient town

Day 6: Hoian, free at leisure

Day 7: Hoian – Hue

Day 8: Explore Hue city

Day 9: Hue – Hanoi (Flight) – Lao Cai (Night train)

Day 10: Lao Cai – Sapa, Lao Chai & Tavan villages

Day 11: Sapa – local market – Lao Cai – Hanoi (Night train)

Day 12: Hanoi – Hoa Binh, Mai Chau

Day 13: Mai Chau – Ninh Binh

Day 14: Ninh Binh – Halong Bay

Day 15: Halong Bay – Hanoi

Day 16: Hanoi – Departure


Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City welcomes you

Meet on arrival in Ho Chi Minh City / Tan Son Nhat International Airport and transfer to hotel. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.

Day 2: Cu Chi Tunnels & City Tour (B)

Depart from your hotel for Cu Chi tunnels located 70 km northwest of HCMC. Another name of Cu Chi is “Steel land”. It’s where the army troops of the Vietnamese soldiers concealed themselves during the Vietnam war. Cu Chi Tunnels were an incredible underground network constructed by Vietnamese soldiers in the American war. Nowadays, the tunnels have become a popular tourist attraction of Vietnam.

Back to Ho Chi Minh city. Afternoon, we take a half-day of city tour to visit all the famous sites of this bustling city. The first destination is the Reunification Palace, followed by some French colonial structures including the Old Saigon Post Office & Notre Dame Cathedral.
After visiting the Jade Emperor Pagoda, we continue our trip to the bustling Ben Thanh Market, which is firstly well-known as the place for real Vietnamese food. There are many vendors and food stalls in the market food section that offers guests many freshly delicious dishes. You also can find any goods for daily use as well as a variety of eye-catching local handicrafts, souvenirs here. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.


Day 3: Ho Chi Minh – My Tho (full-day) (B)

After breakfast at the hotel, our tour guide will take you to the Mekong Delta. Arrive in My Tho city, embarking on private boat (with cover) cruise on the Mekong river (Tien river) visit Quy island, enjoy tropical fruits in the orchards. Continue to a part of Ben Tre province you will have the opportunity to watch local villagers producing coconut candy in the workshop, 05-minute walk on the village path and try a rickshaw (locally called “Xe Lôi”), cruising through the smaller canals on local sampans, try honey in bee-keeping house…

Back to Ho Chi Minh city in the afternoon. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.


Day 4: Ho Chi Minh – Danang – Hoi An (flight) (B)

After breakfast, transfer to airport for a short flight to Danang.

On arrival at Danang airport meet and transfer to Hoi An on the way stop to visit the Marble Mountain. Arrive in Hoi An. Check into your hotel.


Day 5: Hoi An Ancient Town (B)

Breakfast at hotel.

A half-day city tour to explore the historic town which was used to be a prosperous seaport city during the 16th to 18th centuries. Visit Hoi An market, Tan Ky old house, the Japanese Covered Bridge and the Fujian Assembly Hall.

Free time for shopping, relaxation… Overnight in Hoian.


Day 6: Hoi An Free Time (B)

Free time for personal visit or relaxation, shopping. Overnight in Hoian.

Day 7: Hoi An – Hue (B)

Morning breakfast at the hotel, overland to Hue via Hai Van pass for a nice view over the Lang Co beach.

Afternoon, visit Hue Royal Citadel and Dong Ba market. Overnight in Hue.


Day 8: Explore Hue City (B)

Breakfast at hotel. Take a dragon boat cruise on the Perfume River then visit Thien Mu Pagoda, King Tu Duc’s Imperial Tomb. The afternoon is free. Overnight in Hue.

Day 9: Hue - Hanoi (Flight) - Lao Cai (night train) (B)

After breakfast, transfer to airport for a short flight to Hanoi.

Meet and transfer to Hanoi town for a city tour.  Visit Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son Temple, Tran Quoc Pagoda, the Museum of Arts.

After dinnertime, transfer to the train station for a night train to Lao Cai. Overnight on train

(4-berth cabin, soft sleeper, shared-cabin – Private cabin available if request). 


Day 10: Lao Cai – Sapa, Lao Cai-Tavan Villages (B)

The train will arrive at Lao Cai train station in the very early morning. Transfer to Sapa. Time for breakfast and short rest.

This morning, you’ll do a trekking tour to Lao Chai & Tavan villages which are the living areas of  Black H’mong and Dzay people. Here you will enjoy the fresh air, see terraced rice fields, farmers working with their water buffaloes… Here we will discover their daily life and how they make their traditional clothes, handicrafts, indigo… After the Lao Chai village, we walk to Ta Van, a village of Dzay people. It is a small group of ethnic people living in Vietnam, they still preserve their traditional culture. Back to Sapa in the afternoon. Overnight in Sapa.


Day 11: Sapa, local market – Hanoi (night train) (B)

After having breakfast, transfer to a mountainous local market in Lao Cai, held once per week: Coc Ly market (every Tuesday), Cao Son market (every Wednesday), Can Cau market (every Saturday), Bac Ha market (every Sunday)…

Time to visit the market, enjoy local food & specialties (on your own account)… You’ll have a chance to visit an ethnic minority village (depending on the market we visit this day).

Afternoon, transfer back to Lao Cai train station for a night train to Hanoi (4-berth cabin, soft sleeper, shared-cabin – Private cabin available if request).


Day 12: Hanoi – Hoa Binh, Mai Chau (B)

The train will arrive in Hanoi at 5h00 AM. Breakfast a local restaurant / hotel.

03H30 – Depart to Mai Chau town (Hoa Binh province). This scenic drive takes around three hours. Along the way, we pass by tapioca and sugar cane plantations as well as rice fields. Check into a traditional stilt-house of the Thai people situated in a picturesque valley.

After lunch, we begin our trekking. The verdant and rugged mountain scenery combined with the colorful local population makes this an unforgettable experience. Today we walk along gravel tracks and small paths used by the locals. Back to the town. Overnight in Mai Chau.


Day 13: Mai Chau – Ninh Binh (B)

Breakfast at traditional stilt house.

8H00 – we have a 03-hour drive (110km South) to the city of Ninh Binh, also known as the “Halong Bay on land” and the Ancient Capital.

It will be an exciting day highlighted, by a 2,5-hour boat ride in a local rowing boat down the Tam Coc streams enjoying spectacular scenery surrounded by rice paddies and towering limestone mountain peaks.

Visit Bai Dinh pagoda, one of the biggest pagodas in Vietnam. Overnight in Ninh Binh.


Day 14: Ninh Binh – Ha Long (B,L,D)

Leave your hotel in Ninh Binh for driving to Halong – the most famous Natural World Heritage site of Vietnam recognized 02 times by the UNESCO in 1993 and 2000.

11h30-12h00: Arrive at the harbor. Welcome and transfer to the cruise ship. Briefing about the itinerary, safety instructions and check-in cabin.

Enjoy seafood lunch served on board.

You will visit a floating fishing village. Contemplate beautiful landscape with thousands of islands of different shapes and sizes.

Time for relaxing on the deck, kayaking (on your own account) & swimming (if time permits).

Cooking demonstration in the dining room.

Enjoy dinner served on board.

Overnight onboard (Non-private cruise ship).

*** Note: Depending on the cruise ship, the itinerary may change.


Day 15: Halong – Hanoi (B,Brunch)

Enjoy sunrise over the Bay from the sundeck.

Then have a light breakfast: cakes, coffee, tea… Relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

Then visit a beautiful cave in Halong Bay. Check out cabins – Luggage collection.

The cruise ship returns to the wharf while you have brunch served on board.

*** Note: Depending on the cruise ship, the itinerary may change.

12:00 Return to Hanoi by private car. Free time to explore the Old Quarter. Overnight in Hanoi.


Day 16: Hanoi – Departure (B)

Breakfast at hotel. Free time until transfer to the Noi Bai airport for departure flight.

Contact us via:  info@vietcalatravel.com

  • Accommodation at hotels/resorts with daily breakfasts (DBL/TWN room)
  • 01 Night onboard on Halong Bay (non-private boat)
  • Local English-speaking guides
  • Air-conditioned private vehicles for the whole trip
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary + 1 cooking class
  • Night train for Hanoi-Laocai-Hanoi (non-private cabin)
  • Entrance fee, boat fee, excursions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Drinking water for sightseeing days
  • Local travel insurance
  • International & domestic air ticket
  • Early check-in & Late check-out surcharge
  • Beverage at meals & meals not specified
  • Visa for Vietnam
  • Tips for guides & drivers
  • Services not mentioned & personal expenses

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 1 review
December 16, 2019

Dear Teddy,
Thank you so much for your excellent guiding and for showing us all the beautiful spots in your fantastic country!
We enjoyed it a lot and we will keep a good memory of this nice holiday!
Enjoy Christmas and we wish you a good 2020!
Wim and Joanneke.

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