Day 01: Ho Chi Minh city – Arrival (D)
Up on arrival in Ho Chi Minh City, we are welcome by Viet Vision Travel's tour guide at the airport, then we transfer to our hotel in central city. Check in hotel and relax.
In the afternoon, we will visit Cho Lon, Chinese town and market. Here we can experience our Vietnamese Southern daily life.
In the evening, we enjoy our welcome dinner at a fine local restaurant in town. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.
Day 02: Ho Chi Minh City tour – Cu Chi tunnel (B, L)
After breakfast at hotel, at 8:00, we depart our hotel for the Reunification Palace, the former Presidential Palace for the president of the South of Vietnam. After that we will visit War Remnant Museum, where we can see countless artifacts, photographs and pictures documenting about the second Indochina war. We also stop at Notre Dame Cathedral and Old Post office to get good shots for our memory of the big, modern city of Vietnam. Our delicious lunch will be served at a nice restaurant in the central city.
After lunch, we will leave Saigon for the Cu Chi tunnels, otherwise known as the "Iron Triangle" or "Iron Land". On our way there we will drive through pleasant countryside; rubber plantations and rice paddies. Before entering the tunnels, we will see a short introductory video showing how they were constructed, followed by an exploration of the maze of tunnels, some of which have been widened to allow tourist access. Also on display are various mantraps and the remains of an American tank as well as numerous bomb craters made by 500lb bombs dropped by B52 bombers. After that we transfer back to Ho Chi Minh city. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.
Ben Thanh market
Center Post Office
Day 03: Ho Chi Minh City – Vinh Long (home-stay) (B, L, D)
This morning, we transfer to Cai Be where we will enjoy our boat trip around Cai Be colorful floating market with various local barges full of fruits and vegetables.
After the market we stop at local workshops to visit rice paste, coconut candy, pop-rice, pop-corn production or we visit the handicraft village where the local people make special products of rice-net for spring rolls, fish sauce, soya sauce, cooking salt, sewing coconut-leaves for cottage roof…. Then we stop for lunch. In the afternoon, the rowing boat will take us deeper into the countryside along the canals. It's time we feel the peaceful air while passing traditional houses which made of wood, palm tree leaves; farmers catching fishes or picking up fruits by ancestral way in Mekong Delta. Arriving at home-stay, we check in and enjoy the last but not least activity of the day is biking. It will be so amazing to bike on village paths to see the local farms, houses, real life and the ancestral ways to pick up fruits in Mekong Delta.
In the rest of the day, we learn cooking some dishes with the owners, then enjoy dinner and have cup of tea or rice wine when talking together. We can ask the locals about the culture, people, and history of this Island. They do not mind to answer some personal questions. Overnight in a private room of local house
Day 04: Vinh Long - Ho Chi Minh city – Fly to Danang, transfer to Hoi An (B, L)
Have a breakfast and walk along the village to enjoy the fresh air in the morning; after that, we take boat trip to visit the brick kilns where we can see how the local people create beautiful potteries from clay.
Our boat will go along the floating village where we will see how the people farm catfish on Mekong River. Stop boat trip, we can visit Vinh long market in the town. This is the best choice for us to take pictures of fish, shrimps, prawns, crabs, snakes, rice-field rats, tropical fruits, vegetable... Then we transfer back to Saigon airport for our flight to Danang. Arriving in Danang, we are welcome by another tour guide and transfer to Hoi An. Check in and relax. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 05: Hoi An – Walking tour (B)
At 8:30, with the tour guide picks up; we will start walking tour around the ancient town to visit the Japanese Covered Bridge, the Pottery Museum, Tan Ky old house, the Cantonese congregation, the silk street of Hoi An, the temples and pagodas of Chinese appearance. In the afternoon, we are free at our leisure. Overnight in Hoi An.
Vinh Hung 2 Hotel Hoian
Vinh Hung 2 Hotel Hoian
Thu Bon River
Day 06: Hoi An – Danang - Fly to Hanoi – Transfer to Dong Trieu (paddy home with soft cycling) (B, L, D)
In the morning, we transfer back to Danang for our flight to Hanoi. After 1 hour flight, we arrive at Hanoi airport where Hanoi tour guide is waiting for you. Then we will leave Hanoi behind for Dong Trieu town, which is located 120 km Northwest of Hanoi and pass through the green fields of the Red River Delta. On the way we will have a chance to visit one of the Humanity Centers, which support local disabled children. Arriving at Dong Trieu town we will be introduced to our Japanese push bikes and then cycle through this peaceful area of country lanes and rice fields. We will also visit some schools, Dong Trieu's ceramic villages, and chat with the local people. This evening we will become the guests of a local family. Overnight at Paddy Home
Day 07: Dong Trieu – Halong Bay (overnight on deluxe junk cruise) (B, L, D)
Today we bid farewell to our local family hosts and leave for Ha Long Bay, the spectacular World Heritage Site. Transfer to Tuan Chau wharf at noontime (11:45), we transfer to our V'Spirit Cruise. You will be greeted by V'Spirit Crew and Cruise Manager, take welcome drink followed by a short cruise briefing about the cabin crews and the itinerary.
Then you will be served a delectable lunch as V'Spirit Classic cruises among the limestone islands. After some relaxing, that's the high time to take Kayak among the hidden areas of the bay, around the Bo Nau Cave area in the afternoon. It is really an unforgettable experience from the cruise. Then discover some of the treasures disseminated across the Bay of the Descending Dragon during the afternoon: fascinating caves, pristine beaches, picturesque floating villages, fantastic rock formations rising up out of emerald water.
After taking kayak, you back to the cruise, take advantage at leisure, then after 10 minutes relax, we will cruise to Soi Sim Island. Go swimming and relaxing at the beach of Soi Sim or climb up to the top of the island for a panorama view of Halong Bay. Then return to the main boat for a shower. Relax or snap photos as the sun starts to set. Dinner is served. Socialize with other guests, fish for squid, or just laze around.
In the evening with some activities on Sundeck: relax, take some wine or dancing, talking with others. Overnight on board.
Day 08: Halong Bay – Hanoi (B)
Start your day with Tai Chi exercises or a photo hunt, it is a memorable activity to freshen yourself before having a breakfast at sunrise.
After breakfast, you start to explore the amazing Sung Sot Cave – the nicest cave in Halong Bay. Continue your cruise exploring the Bay, passing Ba Hang fishing village, Dog Islet and more…
Then return to the boat. Freshen up and check out of your cabin. While heading back to the harbor, you will have a chance to watch the cooking demonstration; the excellent chef onboard will help you to make some Vietnamese food before enjoying a traditional Vietnamese lunch.
After saying goodbye with the crews, you disembark V'Spirit Classic Cruise and transfer back to your hotel in Hanoi city center. The trip ends.
Dong Trieu paddy home
V' Spirit Cruise
Day 09: Hanoi – City tour – Night train to Sapa (B, L)
Today we start our one day city tour from the lobby of the hotel. We will drive to Ho Chi Minh Complex, where we will spend a couple of hour to visit: Ho Chi Minh's mausoleum, his former stilt-house residence, the Presidential Palace, the Ho Chi Minh museum and one pillar pagoda. Keep going to see the Temple of Literature: Originally built as a temple to Confucius, this is the site of Vietnam's first university dating back to 1070. The temple highlights the importance that Vietnamese society placed then and now on education. Lunch will be at a fine local restaurant in Hanoi.
In the afternoon, we will visit one of the most interesting museums in Vietnam, Museum of Ethnology, which is widely acknowledged as the best in the country and has an extensive display dedicated to Vietnam's 54 Ethnic minority peoples. Following by that we will wander around the city by car to see the real life of Hanoi an as well as the difference parts the city. Then we go back to hotel for short relax before transferring to Hanoi Railways station for our night train to Sapa. Overnight on train.
(Note: King Express Train departs Hanoi at around 20:30 and arrive Lao Cai Railways station at around 06:30)
Day 10: Lao Cai – Sapa - Cat Cat – Sapa - Trekking distance: 5km (B)
The train arrives at the Lao Cai train station at approximately 06:30. There will be a vehicle waiting to transfer us to Sapa. Driving to Sapa is only 38 km but it takes around one hour to make our way up the mountains. Once at Sapa, we will check into the hotel (if the room is available – check in time after 12:00). After freshening up and having breakfast we are ready to explore Sapa town. We embark on a lovely walking tour to the hill tribe village of Cat Cat, home of the H'Mong hill tribe minority people. As we walk to the villages nestled in the valley below Sapa we will meet some of the local minority people on their way to and from Sapa. Here we have the opportunity to share cultural experiences with families that live in the area. Overnight in Sapa.
Day 11: Sapa–Lao Chai-Ta Van-Sapa – Lao Cai - Trekking distance 10 km – Night train to Hanoi (B)
Breakfast in the hotel we then, embark on a lovely trek that will take us along buffalo paths and trails and through several hills tribe villages Lao Chai & Ta Van, home to Black H'mong, and D'Zay people. This is an absolutely spectacular walk through stunning scenery inhabited by some of the friendliest people you can meet. Once on the valley floor you can really appreciate the wonderful scenery that surrounds you. The walls of the valley are covered with multi-layered rice terraced fields and scattered villages. Return to Sapa and then to Lao Cai railway station by car. The guide sees you off there and takes you on the train.
Day 12: Hanoi – Departure (B)
Arriving at Hanoi Railways station at around 4:30AM, we will transfer to a hotel for our short relax and enjoy our breakfast before transferring back to the airport for our flight to home. Trip ends.
King Express or Fansipan Express
Ta Van village
Price & Included Features
Price valid from 1st October 2013 until 30th April 2014
Price is quoted in USD rate based on the newest exchange rate.
3 Star Hotel
Price USD/Per person
3 - 5 People
6 - 8 People
9 - 12 People
Single Room Supplement
Notes: All accommodation above is subject to availabilities. In case they are full and we will replace by equivalent one(s)
Professional English speaking guide(s) other languages upon requested
Good private vehicle with air condition: car, van or bus
3 star accommodation on twin share basic & with daily breakfast
Basic home-stay & Paddy Home
Meals indicated in the itinerary: (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = 4 Dinner)
Entrance fees & permits during guided times
Private boat in Mekong Delta
Japanese push bikes in paddy home Dong Trieu
En-suite Cabin on V'Spirit cruise (Twin or double share basis)
Kayaking in Halong Bay
Soft sleeper berths on Superior cabin of King Express train or equivalent (Four berth cabin with air-condition)
Domestic flight tickets: Ho Chi Minh City – Danang, Danang – Hanoi
1 bottle of water/person/day on tour
Domestic airport taxes
International flight tickets
Via and visa fees
International Airport tax
Drinks & Beverage
Tips & gratuities
Other expenses not mentioned
If you have any specific food requirements (vegetarian, vegan, food allergies) please inform us in advance so that we can provide notice to our restaurant, tour guide or our partners so that they can server you better. If you are a food lover, Viet Vision Travel can be your culinary guide and provide you the opportunity to savor tempting local food and world-famous dishes. Please be note that for the home stay, the meal will be cook by the house owner and they are well-trained for hygiene as well as prepare for good recipes
Meals are included as specified in the itinerary. Meal codes are: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner.
Breakfast - Each breakfast will be served in your hotel. Breakfast selections include both Vietnamese and Western dishes to meet every diner's taste.
Lunch - Lunches are normally arranged at the Vietnamese restaurants near the scenic spots. Your tour guides will order food according to your appetite. Most are Vietnamese dishes, and some are modified to fit westerners' tastes.
Dinner - Same as lunch. If you prefer to not eat Vietnamese food, Viet Vision Travel suggests you have dinner on your own. Your local tour guide can recommend some good western restaurants in the area.