17 day tour
- Trek through the countryside
- Extended cruise Halong Bay
- Mekong Delta
During this 17 day adventure in Vietnam you’ll experience all this country has to offer. Visit several cities and get familiar with life in the countryside. Walk from village to village and get acquainted with the friendly locals. Relax during a two-day cruise through Halong Bay. From Hue make trips into the countryside, learn more about farm life and learn Vietnamese cooking. Visit the charming town of Hoi An and wander through the narrow streets lined with traditional houses. Travel to the bustling Ho Chi Minh City and visit the Mekong Delta.
17 day tour of Vietnam:
Route: Hanoi – Tribal villages – Halong Bay – Hue – Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh – Mekong Delta
Day 1 – Arrival Hanoi
Chao Ban! Welcome to Hanoi! You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day exploring Hanoi or relax in your hotel.
Day 2 – City tour Hanoi
Today begins with a visit to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, followed by a visit to the Temple of Literature and the site of the first university of Vietnam. For lunch, you will be treated to Hanoi Pho, a local noodle soup. In the afternoon, travel by pedicab around Hoan Kiem lake, located in the middle of the fascinating old city of Hanoi. Finish the day with a visit to a water puppet show.
Day 3 – Hanoi – Quan Hoa – Ban Hang (start trek)
Depart in the morning towards Quan Hoa, near the border of Laos, a drive of about 5 hours. You will see the landscape changing and mountains appearing. After lunch at Mai Chau, you continue to Quan Hoa (20km), where you start your hike. Your hike goes through the lands of ethnic hill tribes, who are still living in autarky and remain faithful to the traditional way of life. In the late afternoon (after about 3 hours walking), you arrive in Ban Hang Village of the Thai ethnic group, with its houses on stilts. You check in at a local house. You can explore the local farming work of the villagers.
Day 4 – Walk to Kho Muong
Full day of trekking through beautiful landscapes: lush vegetation, limestone peaks, and terraced fields. You pass through villages with houses covered with thatch. Spend another night in a home-stay with a local family in Kho Muong Village.
Day 5 – Walk to Huou Village
In the morning you visit a sheltering great bat cave, seen as lucky by the locals. After this you continue your trek through a humid jungle leading to a beautiful village. Take the opportunity to discover the irrigation systems, including large water wheels, used to raise the rice fields. Then by a well-marked trail, you reach Huou Village. Stay overnight at a homestay in Huou Village.
Day 6 – Walk to Pho Doan village and transfer to Tam Coc
It is an easy walk from Huou Village to Pho Doan by a well-marked trail. After lunch at a local restaurant, you’ll transfer by bus to Ninh Binh. You can choose to relax with a special foot massage in the afternoon. This project helps the blind and vision impaired earn their own income. Spend the night at hotel in Tam Coc, near Ninh Binh.
Day 7 – to Ha Long, welcome aboard
Drive to Ha Long Bay through the heart of the Red River Delta. At noon, step aboard your home for the next day to discover one of the eight wonders of the world. Ha Long Bay comprises above thousand islands and islets. You can take a kayak or go swimming and explore the bay. Dinner with seafood will be served on the boat. Spend the night on board the ship.
Day 8 – Halong Bay to Hanoi; night train to Hue
Early risers can enjoy the sunrise and the breathtaking beauty of Halong Bay. You can visit the surroundings of Vong Vieng fishing village by rowing boat and enjoy the stunning landscape. Meet the locals, visit the floating school and a fish farm. After a last swim in the waters you sail back to the port along fascinating rock formations. Once back in Hanoi, take the night train to Hue.
Day 9 – Free day Hue
The journey to Hue takes about 10 hours; you’ll get transferred to your hotel upon arrival. You have the rest of the day off to recover from the trip. You can also explore the city, for instance, with a visit to the royal tombs or the Thien Mu Pagoda.
Day 10 – Hue (bike ride to Kim Long, homestay overnight)
Today you get on the bike and cycle your way to the countryside. En route you’ll pass by a unique bridge, a local market, rice fields and picturesque villages. Upon arrival at Kim Long a local guide will show you around the village and you’ll learn more about the life of the farming community. Cooking enthusiasts can help out in the kitchen and learn more about Vietnamese cuisine.
Day 11 – Kim Long via Mong Phu to Hoi An
Visit the Huyen Khong Pagoda in the morning and witness the daily rituals and activities of the villagers. Drive to Phu Mong village for a cooking class. After lunch, visit a beautiful temple, stop at a colourful market and take a boat trip on the Perfume River.
In the afternoon you will travel to Hoi An over one of the most beautiful roads in Vietnam – the Mandarin Road (about 4 hours). You’ll pass the Hai Van Pass (Ocean Cloud Pass), a mountainous highway offering splendid views over the South China Sea. The ancient town of Hoi An was recognized by UNESCO as being World Cultural Heritage in 1999. Hoi An used to serve as an active port of trade with the Japanese, Dutch, Portuguese and Chinese people during the 17th and 18th centuries. The streets, houses and architecture have remained ‘untouched’, despite the turbulent history.
Day 12 – Hoi An free day (optional guided city tour Hoi An)
Today you can spend the day at your own leisure, or go on an optional city tour, which includes a visit to the old Tan Ky House, the famous Japanese bridge and stylish Phuc Kien Assembly Hall.
Day 13 – Hoi An free day (optional cooking class)
Spend the day exploring Hoi An at your own leisure, or go on an optional excursion, such as a cooking class. The cooking class includes a visit to Tra Que organic village. Walk through the gardens where local farmers cultivate their fields using traditional methods. Go shopping at the local market and learn how to prepare a traditional Vietnamese meal, including the national dish “Pho”. Another option is to visit the ancient city of My Son, once the capital city of the Champa Kingdom.
Day 14 – Hoi An to Danang, night train to Ho Chi Minh City
After breakfast at the hotel you still have some time to relax before continuing south. Spend the day in Danang before boarding the night train to Ho Chi Minh City. Spend the night in the train.
Day 15 – Ho Chi Minh City
In the early morning you arrive in Ho Chi Minh City, also known as Saigon. You’ll be taken to your hotel and you are free to spend the rest of the day at your own leisure. If you want to explore the city, the Chinese temple, the Dame Cathedral and the War Museum are certainly worth a visit. You can also do a city tour with a guide
Day 16 – Ho Chi Minh to Cai Be in the Mekong Delta
In the morning you leave for Cai Be. In Cai Be, our small motor boat will transfer you to An Hoa Village. Check in and refresh in the rooms. Lunch will be served at a restaurant located on the Tien riverside. After lunch you can go cycling around the island and also to Tan Phong Island. Here you will visit an orchard where you can taste some delicious fruits, like mango, rambutan and longan (seasonal). Stay overnight at Mekong Village in Cai Be.
Day 17 – Cai Be to Chi Minh City; return home
After breakfast you can go walking or cycling to visit some home factories of candy and handicraft workshops, depending on the time of your flight. Take a boat transfer to Cai Be harbor, where a private car will be waiting to bring you to the airport for your flight back home.