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It’s been open to tourists for over 20 years now, but Vietnam remains shrouded in an air of mystery and danger. If you’re looking for an active destination that offers more than the pleasures of sun, sea and sand, this could be it. And, although coming to Vietnam and trying to avoid the war that decimated the country for almost 20 years up to the mid-70s would be crazy, there is a lot more here than battlefield memories.
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A remarkable soft adventure, that offers a true insight of Vietnam from the North to the South. Our journey starts from Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, then to the highland of Lao Cain province, where we can witness the colorful Bac Ha market and the divert ethnic minority people who inhabited in the remote regions surrounding Sapa. Discover the Cuc Phuong Forest and Ninh Binh town. Enjoy the relaxing cruise in dramatic Halong Bay, walking through the ancient sight of historic Hue and Hoian. Cruising and pedaling through the authentic villages of Mekong Delta. Our journey concludes in Saigon, the most dynamic city of Vietnam.
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Trip Code: IDT-VLCBM
Trip Type: Comfort
Duration: 20 days
Departure: Ho Chi Minh
Arrival: Ha Noi

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Holiday Itinerary
Day 1 (Friday): Hanoi
Arrive at airport, meet with our guide and transfer to hotel. The rest day is at your leisure.
We meet together at 5pm in the lobby of the Zephyr Hotel, Hanoi, for a group introduction and tour briefing. Our hotel is centrally located by the Hoan Kiem Lake, within walking distance of many of Hanoi’s landmarks. Following dinner tonight, we will view the Opera House & city lights of Hanoi.
Note for airport pick up: Upon your arrival, please clear your immigration and baggage. Walk out of the arrival terminal hall and look out for a person, who hold up a welcome sign with your names on it. If you do not find your guide/driver, please call to emergency number that we provided.
Meals: Dinner
Accommodation: 3,5* Golden Lotus Luxury- executive room

Day 2: Saturday: Hanoi- Lao Cai

 After breakfast, we will enjoy a city tour of Hanoi, the elegant capital of Vietnam and a surprisingly low-key city with colonial charm. Our city tour takes in the many tree-lined boulevards and lakes, the famous Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature, an eleventh century building. We board cyclos (Vietnamese tri-shaw) to is cover the narrow streets of the Old Quarter, where merchants have been trading in the same specialty goods for 500 years. There is also an optional historical walking tour of the old city.

Lunch in KOTO restaurant, KOTO stands for “Know One, Teach One”, training centre in hospitality in Hanoi, giving disadvantaged youth the possibility to learn and strive in their lives.
We walk through the bustling Hanoi’s old quarter to experience the local life at night time. The Old Quarter, home to more than 1000 traditional houses, dates from 1010, when King Ly Thai To moved his capital from Hoa Lu in northern Ninh Binh Province to Hanoi. The Old Quarter became the trading centre of the metropolis and its 36 streets are named after the merchants’ crafts and trades. For example Hang Gai Street is full of silk shops, Hang Giay overflowing with shoes and Hang Bac with small silversmiths. It is fascinating to walk around the labyrinthine streets.
We will take a rest at one of Hanoi’s popular café in the Old quarter in Hang Hanh street, where you can witness the local young people enjoy their coffee and chatting with each others. Dinner tonight is your choice of local restaurants. There is a multitude of restaurants and cafes around the lake and within walking distance from our hotel. At 9pm, we will depart Hanoi on an overnight train to Lao Cai.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Walks: City Tour
Accommodation: Late check out at hotel until 18.00 & Fansipan/Sapaly Express Train (4 berth sleeper cabin)

Day 3: Sunday: Lao Cai – Bac Ha market- Sapa

On our arrival in Lao Cai, we drive through rural landscapes to visit the Bac Ha Sunday Market – a wonderfully vibrant & colorful bazaar where thousands of ethnic peoples from the mountainous northwest gather to buy & sell local produce. The atmosphere is both mesmerizing and festive, and you may like to buy from the range of cloth and jewellery on offer. After lunch, there is the option for either a walk in town to visit the old “Castle” or drive to Coc Ly for a short boat trip and a walk through a Tay minority village. This afternoon, we drive to Sapa, a resort town discovered in the late 19th century by the French. Situated 1500m above sea level, it is famous for it’s ideal climate. Sapa offers diverse cultures and the colorful costumes and traditions of many ethnic minority peoples living in the area. Our accommodation tonight is at the Victoria Hotel, a traditional mountain chalet set amidst the spectacular jungle scenery and rural terraces overlooking Sapa village.
Walks: 2 hours Short, easy walks
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodation: 3,5*Chau Long hotel- Deluxe Room

Day 4 (Monday): Walking to Cat Cat & Ta Phin Village

After breakfast, we take a morning walking tour to visit the local Sapa Market. A local guide then leads us on an easy 3hr trek this morning to Cat Cat Waterfall and the village of Ta Phin, home to the Red Zao people. Here, we share cultural experiences with the families that live in this remote area.
Walks: Moderate, 5km return
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodation: 3,5*Chau Long hotel- Deluxe Room

Day 5 (Tuesday) walking to Lao Chai – Ta Van

Today we take a picnic lunch with us for a spectacular day trek to Ta Van, reportedly one of the most beautiful villages in the area. Our walk passes rice fields, Indigo and hemp plants, vegetable crops and many houses before crossing a suspension bridge to catch a jeep back to Sapa. Along the way we will see the local people in their daily lives. En route we visit Black Hmong Village, where there is an opportunity to help the village’s tiny school by donating exercise books and pencils for the children. This evening, we return to Lao Cai for the overnight express train back to Hanoi. Dinner tonight will be onboard the train.
Walks: Moderate, 10km
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodation: Late check out at hotel until 18.00 & Fansipan/Sapaly Express Train (4 berth sleeper cabin)

Day 6 (Wednesday):  Hanoi- Cuc Phuong

Arrive in Hanoi in early morning, our bus pick up and transfer to hotel for breakfast before we depart to Cuc Phuong.
Our journey today takes us to one of the most fascinating National Parks on this tour, Cuc Phuong, a 3 hour drive from Hanoi. Established in 1962, the Park is home to the Endangered Primate Rescue Centre, and an Owston’s Palm Civiet and Turtle Conservation Program. These animals are bred in captivity and released into large enclosures. It is a deeply moving and inspiring experience to see these magnificent animals and talk with their caretakers - the people committed to saving them from extinction. After lunch, we trek through rainforest to the “Thousand Year Old Tree”.
Walks: Moderate, 7km circuit with steep stair sections; optional 4km return, easy.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Cuc Phuong National- Park Visitors Centre

Day 7 (Thursday): Cuc Phuong- Ninh Binh

The call of the Gibbon is fantastically loud and raucous at sunrise! We take an early morning walk around the boundary of the Primate Centre and through the Botanical Garden, where we are likely to see Spotted Deer.
Then, we depart to Trang An Nature Reserve, Trang An is a scenic area of lakes created by the system of limestone mountains with spectacular scenery. The lakes are connected through each other with water through caves and streams.
Upon reaching Trang An, enjoy rowing sampan to explore the area’s crystal clear river, magical caves, temples. Admire the beautiful scenery of Karst Mountains and countryside and local lives along the canal bank.
Walks: Easy, 3km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Ninh Binh Legend hotel- Deluxe room

Day 8 (Friday):  Ninh Binh - Halong Bay

This morning, we drive 4½ hrs to Halong Bay to begin our 2 night cruise onboard the Hung Hai Junk, a luxury vessel with antique fittings. Enjoy afternoon drinks on deck as you savour the unique Vietnamese landscapes passing by; feast on sumptuous meals of fresh seafood; star-gaze under crystal clear skies and totally rejuvenate mind, body & soul. Shore visits include an opportunity to walk through Sung Sot Cave (the amazing cave). The path to the cave is quite steep & lined with shady trees.
Walks: 800m Sung Sot Cave
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Bai Tho Junk

Day 9 (Saturday):  Cat Ba Island

We will take a small boat trip to Cat Ba Island today, where local guides share their knowledge of the island’s flora and fauna throughout an easy walk to the peaceful village of Viet Hai. Refreshments are available in the village, before an optional walk to the summit of Rada Mountain. The climb to the first pass is steep, followed by a very steep one hour climb to the top. However you will be well and truly rewarded with spectacular views of the towering Karst formation in Halong Bay and the National Park. We will lunch in the village after making our way down hill, before returning to our luxury junk.
Walks: 4km strenuous
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Bai Tho Junk

Day 10 (Sunday) Halong Bay- Hanoi

Our cruise continues towards Halong Bay, providing the chance for total relaxation. The beauty of Halong Bay and it’s 3000 islands makes it one of the great natural wonders of Asia and an essential element of any visit to Vietnam. We will visit many islets on the way. The water is warm, clean and clear, so swimming is always a pleasure and there are many secluded bays inviting you to take a dip. A seafood lunch will be provided onboard before our return drive to Hanoi.
Meals: Breakfast,
Accommodation: 3,5* Golden Lotus Luxury- executive room


Day 11: (Monday): Hanoi- Hue
Bid a farewell to the capital of Vietnam and fly to Hue. Hue is the most beautiful city in Vietnam. Hue served as Vietnam's political capital from 1802 to 1945 under the rule of the 13 emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty. Traditionally, the city has been one of Vietnam's cultural, religious and educational centre. Recently, Hue has been listed as a World Heritage Site. In the afternoon, we take in a guided walk to Tu Duc mausoleum. Overnight in Hue
Walks: Approx 2km
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodation: Hue Gerbera hotel – Deluxe
Day 12 ( Tuesday): Hue walking
After breakfast, enjoy guided walk to o the Imperial Citadel, a UNESCO listed site. Enter through the towering main gate and you will appreciate the magnificent architecture and gardens while your guide explains about the events and the intrigue of the former royal court. Despite being bombed heavily, there are some incredibly well preserved sections still intact and others which are being lovingly restored.
Them, we keep walking to Kim Long village, where you can see some old gates of the houses of past Mandarins. Kim Long is a well-known village, which used to be the residential area for the noble class in the citadel of Hue.  Even with the passage of time and lots of changes in the country, the village still preserves many Garden Houses – unique relics only found in Hue. The Garden House is a beautiful complex in which the house is just a part of the harmonic combination of garden, pond, and yard. These have been built according to the strict rules of Feng Shui. Located in a big area with green trees, the Garden House was the home of the rich and of the noble class.  Thus the furniture, the wood carvings and the altar are always very sophisticated highlights of the house.  Living in a garden house, the owner believes that the family can be protected by the Feng Shui setting of the complex and can feel and be exposed to nature in the best way.
We will follow a road along the green canal. You can view many old style houses along the walk. Some of them are the typical garden houses of Hue and can be quite visible from the outside.  We then turn into a small alley where we can see the very traditional Garden House of the Mandarin named Pham Huu Dien.  Built a hundred years ago, this house is still intact, from the beautiful garden to the Feng Shui screen in front of the house with a beautiful aquarium and blossoming water lilies.
Upon leaving the house, we can continue walking along the village path. There is a family run Kindergarten where you can say “hello” and talk to the kids from the gate. There is also a house built by the local government for Vietnam’s Heroic Mother – the lady who lost her 2 sons and her husband in the war. She really likes to have people visit her house. Then we can walk further along the path, seeing local people living in their houses, some other garden houses, some local grocery shops, and a big workshop where different kinds of Hue cakes are made for delivery to the city. You can watch the group of more than ten ladies sitting, chitchatting and preparing the cakes. They are always open to greet you to their workshop, and interacting with them is great fun for both sides.  This is also one of the great experiences on the walking tour of Kim Long village.
After Kim Long, keep walking to Thien Mu pagoda- Hue’s best-preserved religious monument. Standing on the riverbank with its seven-storey tower, the pagoda is a sight to behold.
Spend time to stroll around Dong Ba market with our guide in the afternoon. Dong Ba market is another of the must see sites in Hue. A visit to a food market is always very interesting when you go to a foreign country. This is especially true in Vietnam. Here you can see what people eat on a daily basis. In Vietnamese markets you will also find stalls that sell the local dishes. As you can see, conic hats are widely used by Vietnamese women. They use these typical hats to protect their faces from the sun. Tanned skins are a symbol of low class.
Walks: Approx 5km
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodation: Hue Gerbera hotel – Deluxe
Day 13 (Wednesday): Hue- Bach Ma National Park 
After breakfast, enjoy a  boat trip on the romantically named Perfume River visits Hue's best-known religious site, Thien Mu Pagoda
Then, enjoy an hour drive to Bach Ma At the foot of the Bach Ma Bach Ma National Park protects a unique natural forest stretching from the East Sea to the Vietnam-Laos border. Located at the end of the North Truong Son Mountain Range, Bach Ma's highest mountain peak is 1,450 metres above sea level.
Upon arrival, take a car to the Morin - Bach Ma Villas with panoramic views of lagoons, sand dunes and mountains. Bach Ma used to be a hill retreat with 139 colonial-styled villas, some of which are upgraded with modern facilities. In the afternoon, you will be accompanied by a park guide to go trekking (about 5 km) thru the park to explore the diversity of the local fauna and flora. You will visit Do Quyen waterfall which is astounding and huge in the wooded mountain. The water fall is more than 300 m high and 20-30 m wide. It is amazing to watch the silver water running into the bright red of water-rail flowers. After lunch, you will walk to Hai Vong Dai – Sea Observation Post – where you can have a panoramic view of immense sea and surrounding scenery. Overnight at park guest house.
Walk: Approx 5km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Bach Ma Park Guest House (standard)
Day 14 (Thursday): Bach Ma- Hoian
In the early morning, trek to the summit to enjoy the sunrise and  you will see the wonderful panorama of mountains, lagoons and East Sea before having breakfast at the guesthouse. Then, you will walk around to explore the beautiful scenery and many endemic species, particularly rich in birdlife. In the afternoon transfer to Hoian. A UNESCO World Heritage Site. Despite the passing of 200 years and the ravages of weather and war, the centre of Hoi An remains much the same as it was in its heyday. A walking tour is the best way to see the wooden-fronted houses that once belonged to the town’s prosperous merchants, the Japanese-covered Bridge and the wonderful market. Hoi An is one of the best places in Vietnam to shop for souvenirs at bargain prices including silk, handicrafts, antiques and paintings.
Walk: Approx 3km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: 3* Vinh Hung Emerald Resort- Deluxe room
Day 15 (Friday) Hoi An
Hoi An was a major Asian trading port in the 17th and 18th centuries, and it’s architecture and relaxed lifestyle has changed little over the years. A walking tour of this interesting town awaits us this morning. We visit the peaceful Old Quarter on the riverfront, lined with Chinese Assembly Halls and two-storey Chinese shops, their elaborately carved wooden facades and moss-covered tile roofs reminding visitors of an ancient world. We also visit the 400 year old Japanese Covered Bridge and colourful Market. Following lunch, the afternoon is yours to enjoy at leisure. Hoi An is famous for its cuisine and you may like to participate in an optional cooking class at Hai Scout Restaurant, where you will learn how to prepare a tasty Vietnamese feast.
Walks: City Tour
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: 3* Vinh Hung Emerald Resort- Deluxe room

Day 16 (Saturday): Hoian- Da Nang- Saigon- Saigon sightseeing (B, L)
This morning, we take a city tour of Saigon, including a visit to the Notre Dame Cathedral, Saigon Post Office, and Ben Thanh Market. The markets offer a wide range of colourful produce from exotic fruits and fresh seafood, to clothes and silk, to electronic equipment and chop sticks! This afternoon is free for you to explore the delights of this friendly, vibrant city. Vietnamese cuisine is simply outstanding, and tonight you may choose to dine at any of Saigon’s fine restaurants.
Walks: City Tour
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: 3* May Hotel- Deluxe room
Day 17 (Sunday): Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta (My Tho- Cai Be)
After breakfast transfer to My Tho where we board your ship, which takes us first on an interesting cruise along the Mekong River to Cai Be.
Upon arrival in My Tho, board Le Cochinchine Cruise. Along the route we can admire the luxuriant flora of the Delta and enjoy glimpses into the local life so closely interwoven with the river.
We cruise to north of Ben Tre, then disembark and enjoy some easy ride to countryside of Ben Tre. Return to junk for lunch and continue cruise to Ngu Hiep Island where we can continue our cycling to explore the verdant countryside of the island,  njoy exotic fruits and all sorts of handicrafts. In the evening the ship takes us to Cai Be where we spend the night.
Cycled: Approx 20km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Le Cochinchine Private Junk
Day 18 (Monday) – Islands of Vinh Long and Traon
In the morning, we first enjoy the sampan boat trip to witness the bustling Cai Be floating market, we then cross over to Ving Long Island and under palm-shaded paths we cycle around the island. We continue by boat to Traon Island where we have once more the opportunity to explore the surroundings by bike. Later on we can enjoy the excellent cuisine on board and the wonderful evening atmosphere in the water labyrinth of the Mekong Delta.
Cycled: Approx 25km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Le Cochinchine Private Junk
Day 19 ( Tuesday) Can Tho – Ho Chi Minh City
During breakfast the ship takes us to Can Tho, where we will be transferred to a small boat taking us to Cai Rong, the most famous floating market of the Delta. Make sure to have your camera at the ready before getting caught up in the unique atmosphere of the merchants on their gaily painted boats. The following cruise through the small tributaries of the Delta completes our visit in the south. After lunch on board of the Le Conchinchine we check out and are transferred back to Ho Chi Minh City.
In the evening, enjoy farewell dinner at BBQ Garden Restaurant.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: 3* May Hotel- Deluxe room
Day 20: Departure
At leisure until transfer to airport for your onward flight.
Meal: Breakfast
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(*) All prices quoted on this website and in The Indochina Trekking Company are in American Dollar per person, land only and based on twin/double occupancy.

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The single supplement option is available if you are traveling solo and prefer the privacy of your own room. Please refer to the pricing section on the itinerary of your choice within our brochures, to see the supplement. A twin share option is also available, which means you can share a room with another guest of the same gender and therefore avoid paying the single supplement.
What's Included
  • Experienced English speaking guide throughout
  • Private transportation by air-conditioned vehicle.
  • Internal air ticket Hanoi- Hue, Danang- Saigon on coach class
  • Fansipan/ Sapaly Express Train ticket Hanoi- Lao Cai- Hanoi on Superior 4 berth cabin.
  • 3 days/2 night cruise by private Bai Tho Junk or similar.
  • 3 days/2 nights cruise by private Lecochinchine Mekong Cruise.
  • Bicycle rental and helmet for cycling days. (TREK 4300/4500 Mountain bike)
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Bottled drinking water for sightseeing.
  • All sightseeing entrance fee where required in the itinerary.
  • Accommodation in twin shared room in hotel with daily breakfast.
  • Simple First Aid Kit.
  • International flight reconfirmation.
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We had great time in Indochina
On behalf of Kassie and myself, I want to thank you.  The trip was amazing!  The services were great.  You did a wonderful job.  No issues at all!  I would like to let you know that all of the guides were outstanding, but I do want to give Loan, our first guide in Vietnam a special outstanding recommendation.  She was knowledgeable, spoke awesome English, went out of her way for us, and was all around not only a great guide but a great person as well.  A+
I will recommend all my friends to use your services!

Thank you and please keep in touch.
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Hi Tuan, 

You have delivered everything as you promised. I will defiantly recommend you and Pioneer Asia Holidays as a go to provider in the future.

Again thank you for your professionalism and advice.we have enjoyed every aspect of your fantastic country.

Kind regards

Dave from UK