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Ultimate Vietnam! Explore the bustling old quarter of Hanoi, cruising the Mekong Delta and Halong Bay, trekking in Sapa, lazing on the beach in Nha Tran and exploring the tunnels of Cu Chi. Visit Dalat, famed for its lakes, waterfalls and pine-tree forests. From Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City in 21 exhilarating days, visiting Hue and Hoi An en route.
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Trip Code: IDT-VNMBR13
Trip Type: Adventure
Duration: 21 days
Departure: Can Tho
Arrival: Ha Noi

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Holiday Itinerary
Day 1  Hanoi
Arrive at airport, meet with our guide and transfer to hotel. The rest day is at your leisure.
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 holds 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.
Accommodation: 3* Sklylark- Deluxe Room ( hotel with pool)
Day 2   Hanoi
Enjoy the sightseeing of Hanoi, the modern capital city of Vietnam. Hanoi is a unique city with tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes and oriental temples. The city tour includes such sights as Ho Chi Minh Cottage, Museum and Mausoleum. At Ba Dinh Square walk single file through the marble and granite Mausoleum with throngs of locals who come to pay respect to Uncle Ho. See the simple cottage in which he lived and worked, and experience the Ho Chi Minh Museum, an extraordinary tribute in abstract form to his life and, the evolution of Vietnamese independence.  You will also see the One Pillar Pagoda. Visit Temple of Literature- the first National University of Vietnam since 10 century. After lunch, we The Museum of Ethnology – Vietnam’s finest and the best place to learn about Vietnam’s 52 ethnic minorities. Perhaps receive a lecture by museum curator. There are out door exhibits and examples of many of the different types of houses used by Vietnam’s 52 ethnic groups.
Enjoy lunch at Cha Ca La Vong Restaurant, a traditional local cuisine of Hanoi.
Visit Ngoc Son and Ba Kieu temple then enjoy a guided walking tour through the bustling Old Quarter and sprawling Dong Xuan Market. 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. Alternatively, taking a cyclo (motorcycle rickshaw) is a great way to get a sense of the city.
In the evening transfer to Thang Long theatre to see the traditional Water Puppet Performance. This ancient and unique form of puppetry has the puppeteer standing waist-deep in a pool of water, skillfully maneuvering dancing puppets attached to bamboo poles.
Transfer to Hanoi station for boarding train to Lao Cai. Sleep aboard.
Sapaly/Fansipan Express Train ( shared 4 berth cabin)
Day 3: Lao Cai - Sapa
Arrive Lao Cai in the early morning, transfer up a mountain road, winding along terraced hillsides to Sapa, a former French hill resort and home to some of Vietnam's most colourful ethnic groups.  Buffet breakfast at After breakfast transfer to Lao Chai village, inhabited by the Black Hmong minority people. Hike from Lao Chai to Ta Van - the only village in the Sapa valley where the Giay people live. In Ta Van enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by our guide in a local house. After lunch continue trekking through bamboo forest before reaching Giang Ta Chai, a village belonging to the Red Dao minority people. A car will be waiting in Giang Ta Chai to transfer back to Sapa.
Walking: 4 hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodation: Chau Long Hotel- Superior Room
Day 4: Sapa- Ban Khoang- Ta Giang Phin- Sapa
Today we will visit the beautiful Sin Chai Valley. Following breakfast, transfer 8km to O Qui Ho. Along the way you can admire the dramatic Fansipan Mount’s backdrop scenery. Sin Chai valley and especially amazing flower and vegetable farms. Then turn right to follow a narrow tarmac for half an hour, getting through wild region with thick rain forest covering walled-up mountains, passing a beautiful waterfall before arriving to Ban Khoang commune, home to the Black Hmong & Red Zao ethnic peoples who live their unique way of life and well maintain their traditional values. The villages here are prosperous thanks to the combination of wet rice cultivation on the terraced fields with cardamom farming under the shade of thick rain forest. Spend over an hour walking to explore this remote village for a brief understanding of local life. Leaving Ban Khoang and process along the road for about 10 km to Ta Giang Phin valley inhabited by the Black Hmong who live in several hamlets scattering along a peaceful stream. Enjoy an hour lunch break on the bank of a stream. Enjoy about 2 hours walking along village path which connects hamlet to hamlets witnessing daily activities of local life such as plough and harrow the fields, growing, harvesting or doing house works. In leisure months men often gather to built new houses or repair parts of old ones while women stay home making their traditional costumes. The walk ends in mid afternoon, picked up for the road ride to Lao Cai. Tale day room for showering before boarding train to Hanoi. Sleep aboard.
Walking: 5 hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Meals : Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodation: Day room in standard hotel in Lao Cai. Sapaly/Fansipan Express Train (shared 4 berth cabin)
Day 5   Hanoi- Halong Bay
Our train arrives in Hanoi in early morning. Transfer to a local restaurant for breakfast.
After breakfast, we leave Hanoi for Halong bay after breakfast. Enjoy the journey through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta and the rice paddy, water buffalo and everyday Vietnamese village life. Halong Bay is a natural wonder and one of Vietnam’s five UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It is 160km to the east of Hanoi. Over 3,000 jagged limestone islands emerge from the emerald green waters of Halong Bay. While some islands are no more than large rocks others are much more substantial and contain huge, cathedral-like caves of stalactites and stalagmites. Most of the islands are clothed in thick green vegetation and ring with birdsongs in the early morning. Secluded sandy coves are everywhere and in the summer months the warm waters of the bay are ideal for swimming.
The best way to appreciate the delights of Halong Bay is to cruise among the islands, of course, by boat. Upon arrival in Halong City, board the junk and set sail through bay while lunch is served. Passage into the magical bay, where thousands of sculpted limestone islands rise from the waves like dragons’ teeth. After lunch, take a short trek to a nearby summit for a panoramic view of the bay dotted with Halong golden sails, go swimming on a quite beach or sunbathing on the sundeck. Later afternoon, visit an interesting fishing village with opportunity to interact with fishmen who have been living in the bay for almost three generations. For active travelers, at sunset time, kayak or simply take a bamboo rowboat to discover a water tunnel with many coral reefs in a scenic lagoon. Back on board and enjoy cocktails while watching sunset and later unwind at restaurant.
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Victory Cruise- Superior Room
Day 6: Halong Bay
After breakfast, we transfer to a smaller boat and enjoy a whole day cruise to explore the beauty and mystery of Halong bay. Following the boat to cruise to Man’s Head Island and Tortoise Island. Enjoy scrumptious lunch then cruise to unusual Ba Ham Lake, another crater like lagoon in two sections. The afternoon will be spent at Three Peach Beach, a stunning swimming spot. Return to the junk for a dinner and overnight
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Victory Cruise- Superior Room
Day 7: Halong Bay- Hanoi
The sound of ocean makes us up for a new day. Greet the day with a morning Tai Chi exercise with an opportunity to view the sunrise over the bay. After breakfast, visit beautiful limestone grotto then back to the boat for a final glimpse of the Halong Bay while cruising back to the dock. Our car and guide will meet us at dock and transfer to Hanoi
Accommodation: 3* Sklylark- Deluxe Room ( hotel with pool)
Day 8   Hanoi- Hue
Transfer to airport for a morning flight to Hue. Upon arrival transfer to hotel for leaving baggage before taking the city tour.
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.
After check in hotel. We will take a guided tour to explore the famous Imperia; Citadel and Tu Duc Mausoleum.
Meal: Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodation: Camellia hotel- deluxe Skyview
Day 9   Hue
Today we will experience the charming river cruise and the green countryside of Hue. Our boat trip (Emotion Perfume River Cruise) will take us to Thuy Bieu- an ancient village situated in the bank of Perfume River. The village specializes on planting the grapefruit which is famous for the quality and used to be to honor to the King and Royal family.
We first stop at Dong Ba market to buy some food for our cooking class at the village.
Upon arrival at the village, you can choose to take a nice biking or walking around the quiet Thuy Bieu village, where you still feel the insights of Hue culture. We will visit garden home, temples and interact with friendly locals.
We then start the cooking class to learn about traditional dishes of Hue. During the class, our chef will show you how to make your dishes that we then taste them at lunchtime.
We return to our local house at Perfume River border and relaxing by steeping your foot in with medicinal herbs water - a traditional therapeutically practices.
Meal: Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodation: Camellia hotel- deluxe Skyview
Day 10:  Hue - Hoian
Enjoy a scenic drive to Hoi An via Lang Co Beach and Hai Van Pass. From the top of the pass, we can admire the stunning ocean view. We stop in Da Nang to visit Cham Museum, Marble Mountain before heading to Hoi An. Hoi An, 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.
Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Ancient House Resort- Gardenview Room
 Day 11: Hoi An
Experience a half day of living and working with the local people in Tra Que vegetable village, in which you will have a chance to discover the daily life of farmers

We embark on bicycle and enjoy a relaxing ride to Tra Que, a charming little village on the edge of Hoi An. The village is named after the sweet scented vegetables that spice up the everyday meals of the Hoi An people. Here a new spirit for traditional Hoi An dishes like Cao Lau, Quang noodles, the local ‘Tam huu' spring roll (made from Tra Que vegetables) and cake with meat (Banh xeo) has been enlivened. Experience a day of living and working with the local people in the village and enjoy a cookery class for lunch with your host. Return to Hoi An after lunch. The rest day is at your leisure. You can relax by Cua Dai Beach or experience shopping in ancient town of Hoi An. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 12: Hoi An
Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Ancient House Resort- Gardenview Room
Day 13: Hoi An- Nha Trang
Transfer to airport for taking flight to Nha Trang. Upom arrival meet with our guide and transfer to hotel.
In the afternoon, enjoy sightseeing of Nha Trang, a small city on the south central coastline of Vietnam, is a famous beach city of Vietnam. Travelers like to travel to Nha Trang, not because of its beach, but also by its historical relics from Cham civilization represented as Po Nagar tower, a sacred Hindu site dating back to the 7th century, Stone Church built in French colony time, to Long Son Pagoda - Buddhist pagoda built in commemoration of the monks and nuns who died whilst fighting the Diem Government.
Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Michelia hotel- Superior Room
Day 14:  Nha Trang
Free day
Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Michelia hotel- Superior Room
Day 15: Nha Trang- Dalat
After breakfast, transfer on scenic road to Da Lat. Arrive Dalat in the afternoon.  Dalat is established as a hill station at the beginning of the century, Dalat is reminiscent of an alpine town with its French chalets and pine forests. After check in hotel, we will take in a sightseeing to explore the art deco former summer residence of Emperor Bao Dai, the old Dalat Railway Station, Xuan Huong Lake, the Central Market and Lam Ty Ni Pagoda where a Buddhist monk, Vien Thuc, produces his abstract paintings and writes poetry. Overnight in Dalat
Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Da Lat Du Parc- Superior Room
Day 16:           Dalat Boojie Jungle trek
Your adventure will be spent in the deepest jungle of Vietnam. Walk quietly through the vines and foliage and you might spot some of Dalat's famous birds or a troop of monkeys that were seen and heard in the area. This moderate trek takes you through rolling hills to one of the last untouched sections of jungle left in Vietnam today.
Trekking: Approx 4-5 hours
Difficulty level: Moderate
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodation: Da Lat Du Parc- Superior Room
Day 17: Dalat- Saigon
At lunch time, our guide will take you to Ben Thanh market and you can sample some local dishes if you wish.
In the afternoon take a tour of the city centre. Your guide will be happy to personalise your programme, however we would recommend sites such as the Reunification Palace where the South finally fell to North Vietnamese troops in 1975; Notre Dame Cathedral; the Old Saigon Post Office; Thien Hau Pagoda in the city’s bustling Chinatown. Enjoy an hour cyclo to see bustling Saigon.  The remainder your day is at leisure.
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: May Hotel- Deluxe room ( hotel with pool)
Day 18: Saigon
In the morning, transfer out of Saigon  to famous Cu Chi tunnel, which were more than 250 km long and three levels deep, were important for the Viet Cong victory over the Americans as they allowed the Viet Cong to control a large rural area around Sai Gon. Today the remaining tunnels have become a major tourist attraction giving the visitor a unique experience of what underground life in the American war was like. The district of Cu Chi was the most bombed shelled, gassed, defoliated, and generally devastated area in the history of warfare. It was declared a "free fire zone" which meant that artillery fire fell on it at night, and that bomber pilots were encouraged to drop unused explosives and napalm on the area before returning to base. In essence, anything that moved was considered a target and blown away.  While U.S. forces relied on artillery support from fixed "Fire Bases," the Vietnamese used their tunnel system to move their artillery around, making it difficult for the U.S. troops to locate them. In one tunnel complex in Cu Chi the U.S. found two 105 field pieces in perfect working condition. They would be stripped down outside, taken into the tunnels and assembled during the day for maintenance, stripped again, and then taken back through the tunnels to be reassembled in a new location outside and used the next night. Return to Saigon.
Afternoon is free at leisure.
Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: May Hotel- Deluxe room
Day 19: Can Tho
Meet at 7.30 at your hotel in Saigon, transfer (approx 2 hrs) to My Tho to avoid the teeming traffic. My Tho is the gateway to the Mekong Delta and a wonderful place to start our ride. In My Tho, unload the bikes and start to pedal on the beautiful and quiet country lanes along the Tien River to Cai Be. Along the way, pass through the heart of rural Mekong along narrow lanes, passing banana plantations, sugarcane fields and the lush rural landscape of the Delta. After Cai Be, cross on Dinh Khao ferry to Cho Lach. After the ferry, cycle for a couple of kilometres and then shuttle the rest way to Can Tho. Overnight in Can Tho.
Cycling distance: Approx 30-40 km
Rating: Easy
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodation: Ninh Kieu 2 hotel- Deluxe Room
Day 20: Can Tho
After enjoying an early morning breakfast visit the Cai Rang floating market, weave through teeming early morning market bustle along the banks of an active riverfront. Ride on a narrow paved road to Phong Dien floating market. Absorb the sights of endless cottage industries, timber merchants, coconut shredders, small docks loading/unloading rice, tiny vibrant markets. Continue by bike on the narrow lane to explore the hidden backwaters of the Mekong Delta. Local lunch in town. In the afternoon return to Saigon. Tour ends at your hotel in Saigon.
Cycling distance: Approx 30-40 km
Rating: Easy
Day 21: Departure
At leisure until transfer to airport for your onward flight.
Meal: Breakfast
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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
  • Private transportation by air-conditioned vehicle.
  • Return train tickets Sapaly/Fansipan Express Train ( shared 4 berth cabin)
  • Internal air ticket Hanoi- Hue, Danang- Nha Trang & Da Lat Saigon on coach class
  • 3 days/2 night cruise by 4 star Victory Cruise. Please note that you will share the junk with other clients.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Boat trips as program.
  • Bottled drinking water for sightseeing.( 03 bottle/person/sightseeing day)
  • 1 hour yoga class in Saigon.
  • 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.
Thank for the great motorbike trip
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