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Take a chance to discover the rural areas, learn about farming life, visit wonderful fruit gardens and visit the infamous Cu Chi tunnels

Discover the interesting surroundings with a relaxing walk to Pom Coong Village and Lac Village to know more about the daily life of Thai minority

Join discovery of Halong Bay through many interesting activities such as kayaking, swimming, climbing

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    Duration: 14 days

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Get ready for new and exciting experiences in the country of the oriental charming! Try something different, something special getting off the beaten track with this amazing trip! Adventure is guaranteed even for the most experienced thrill seekers with many exciting activities throughout the most superb and interesting places in Vietnam: Hanoi, Halong Bay, Mai Chau, and Mekong Delta among others. Get ready for a very special and unforgettable experience! Itinerary: Hanoi - Halong Bay - Mai Chau - Da Lat - Nha Trang - Mekong delta - Ho Chi Minh City

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Day 1: Hanoi Arrival

Warmly welcome upon your arrival at Noi Bai Airport by our driver & AC car.
Our driver will transfer you to your hotel in Hanoi.
The rest of the day is at your leisure

Day 2: Cycling in Duong Lam Village (B,L)

8h00: Your superb trip will start with a professional guide & car. Departure from the north of Hanoi to the ancient village of Duong Lam in Ha Tay province (55 km - 1h 10min).Compared to the busy capital of Hanoi, in Duong Lam time seems stopped since long time ago. There are no noisy cars and lorries, but only a few motorbikes. Most citizens still use their bicycle or ox carts. Duong Lam was one of the first villages in the country to be recognised as national relic due to its history of over 1000 years. Some of the houses are said to be 400 years old, and the villagers claim that two kings of Vietnam were born in Duong Lam.

Upon your arrival, you will bike along tiny ancient alleys to visit Mong Phu temple in Mong Phu hamlet - the only hamlet whose original village entrance gate remains intact, this is dedicated to national heroes. Continue riding around the village to discover the daily life and the farms full of Vietnamese peasants working along a terrace. We will stop in two ancient houses: the biggest ancient house was built 200 years ago and the most ancient house back to 400 years ago.
Have lunch at village.

After lunch and resting, visit Ngo Quyen temple and Phung Hung temple, places dedicated to two national heroes Ngo Quyen and Phung Hung. Again biking to visit Mia Pagoda (other hamlet in Duong Lam village), was built in 15th century and admire 287 statues of all sizes, among these, we can find famous sculptures such as the statue of Buddha in the Himalayas and the statues of the Eight Vajra Deities. Drive back to Hanoi.
Tour finishes at 5:00pm at your hotel!

Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B,L,D)

Have breakfast and then check out of hotel.
This morning you will leave Hanoi to visit Halong Bay – World Natural Heritage site – via the Red River Delta with a 3.5 hours drive by shuttle bus. Upon your arrival to Halong Bay, you will be welcomed on board of a junk cruise and we will set sail in the bay while lunch is served. Cruising further in the the magical bay, you can see thousands of sculpted limestone islands rising from the waves like dragons' teeth on the turquoise waters.

After lunch, take a short trek to a nearby summit for a panoramic view of the bay, swimming on a quiet beach or sunbathing on the sundeck. Late afternoon, visit an interesting fishing village with an opportunity to interact with fishermen who have been living in the bay for almost three generations.
At sunset, kayak or simply take a bamboo rowboat to discover a water tunnel with many coral reefs in a scenic lagoon. Back on board your junk, enjoy watching the peaceful sunset and later unwind at a restaurant with dinner served. Overnight on board.

Day 4: Halong Bay Discovery – Rock Climbing (B,L,D)

Today you will have the chance to Kayak in Moody’s Beach area
Then it is time to have lunch at noon and be transferred to Thap Nghiem (Hai Pai Beach)
The challenge of the day is Rock Climb on Hai Pai Beach. There is also alternative option for you: Kayaking instead of Rock Climbing.
In the afternoon, come back to the big boat to enjoy the sunset time and have dinner.

Day 5: Halong Bay – Hanoi (B)

Wake up on the bay with the sounds of waves and birds welcoming the new day. You will have the opportunity to view the sunrise over the bay.
After breakfast, visit a beautiful limestone grotto then walk back to the boat for a final glimpse of the majestic Halong Bay while cruising back to the dock.
Get picked up and transferred by the shuttle bus to Hanoi. Free at leisure until being picked up to train station.
Arrive in Hanoi. Free yourself in the evening in the buzzing Hanoi.

Day 6: Hanoi – Mai Chau Valley Trek (B,L,D)

08h30: Depart from Hanoi to Mai Chau by private car (3.5 hours drive with break, photo stop, good road condition).
Arrive in Mai Chau. Welcome drink followed by an appetizing lunch. Fresh, tasty dishes on offer include local vegetable, ingredients and flavors cooked in Muong or Thai ethnic minority style.

After lunch, start of your journey to discover the interesting surroundings and ethnic minority tribes with a relaxing walk to Pom Coong Village and Lac Village to know more about the daily life of Thai ethnic and explore Mo Luong Cave.

In the evening, complement your experience by sampling delicacies from the local region during dinner time and enjoy the performance of a local troupe of ethnic minority Muong and Thai people. It is so relaxing to watch the exotic dances featuring the flowers, land-scapes and the daily agriculture cultivating activities and sweet dating songs in the fresh mountain air.

Day 7: Mai Chau – Hanoi (B,L)

In the morning, enjoy a tasty breakfast at your hotel.
Start the Valley biking tour. The ride passes through many villages, across lush rice paddies and into the countryside to get to know the local hill tribe people and their culture.
At noon, a savory lunch will be served. After lunch, leave Mai Chau to come back Hanoi. You will arrive in Hanoi at around 17h00. Tour finishes at your hotel.

Day 8: Hanoi – Da Lat (B,D)

Have breakfast at your hotel.
Take the flight Hanoi – Da Lat. Arrive in Da Lat then Check-in to your hotel.
FREE time discover Da Lat by your own

Day 9: Canyoning Half Day (B,L)

What is canyoning? Canyoning is navigating your way through a canyon. In this case, the canyon contains water and in some sections the topography requires ropes to navigate our way successfully.
Other sections can be hiked or swam through. This half day trip starts in the south of Dalat City. We drive along picturesque scenic roads to the trailhead, where we start our journey.

Practicing canyoning you will learn the basics of knot tying, harness wearing, hardware, and proper rappelling technique. After the guides are satisfied that you have got it down, you will carry out your first rappel! It is an exciting 15 meter descent into the river below. There is a beautiful waterfall right next to the area we will descend into, and from here we will go further down the canyon to a natural water slide. We will take our time having a short walking before continuing downriver. The trail meanders are over some gently rolling and over jungle fringed hills along the side of the river. At points we will have to get down into the river itself to continue forward. The second rappel is more technical than the first and goes right down the middle of a 20 meter waterfall. We will take a brief rest here and enjoy a snack before a plunge. Just around the corner from this second descent, you will have the opportunity to throw yourself 10 meters off a rock into a pool of water below.
And finally the most difficult rappel, affectionately known as “The Washing Machine”. If you needed a bath before you visited us, you won’t after this drop directly into the side of a raging river chute.
Back to your hotel.

Day 10: Biking Da Lat – Nha Trang (B,L)

We start the trip with 45 minute transfer in 33 km on the new road to the north east of Da Lat. Then start the fantastic cycling in the highlands with 28 km along the coast.

The first section of the ride we will pass through forest then roll through the hill. With this route you have chance to see the beautiful view of farms, countryside. After that we will climb to the top of the pass (around 3 km) then take a challenge with serious downhill (around 28km)
We will have a picnic lunch & short relaxing by the side of river after reaching the bottom of the pass.
From here we will ride to a beautiful sampling of Vietnam & passing through villages, farms.
We will reach Nha Trang late afternoon, time depend on how fast you drive.

Day 11: Nha Trang Islands & Snorkeling – Ho Chi Minh (B,L)

08:30am: Journey from your hotel to Cau Da port. Tri Nguyen Aquarium on Mieu Island is the first place to visit, many sea species of Nha Trang/Khanh Hoa province make a small ocean world there. Hon Mun Island is the best island for snorkeling where you can see lots of lives colorful corals and fishes. You will also be able to see caves in where the sea swallows make their nest. Then relaxing, swimming & doing water sports or other activities at Mot Island, Tranh Beach Island or on a small island calling “Mini beach”. Taking a fresh lunch at the island.
On the way back you will visit a fishing village before going to the shore.
16:00: End Tour at your hotel.
Afternoon take your flight to Ho Chi Minh.

Day 12: Discover Mekong Delta (B,L)

8.00: Pick up at Hotel in Saigon travel to Ben Tre Province
The boat will cruise along the Ham Luong river (a branch of the Mekong) and stop off at various local workplaces to give you a picture of how the local economy works, including a brickworks, where bricks are still painstakingly made by hand; a coconut processing workshop, where you can sample fresh coconut and see how every single part of this versatile nut is turned into food and other products; and a mat weaving house, where straw mats are woven using a hand loom – you can even have a go at weaving yourself!

The boat will then stop at a quiet village where you can have a short walk to experience real Delta village life, before boarding your xe loi (a kind of motorized rickshaw) and traveling into the forest where you can visit fruit orchards before stopping at a riverside restaurant for a delicious and filling lunch, featuring such local specialties as elephant-ear fish and river shrimp, washed down with some cold drinks or beers.
It’s time to board a sampan for a relaxing trip along narrow canals. Take boat back to Pier. End tour.
Around 17:00 End of service at hotel

Day 13: Cu Chi Tunnel Boat & Bike Full Day (B,L)

7:00am: Your guide will meet you in the lobby of your hotel and bring you by car to your boat at Ho Chi Minh City’s central pier at District 1.
7:20am: Depart Saigon by boat. Within 15 minutes, the banks of the river change from city sprawl to lush jungle. A light breakfast of sandwiches or pastries, fresh tropical fruits and Vietnamese iced coffee (Ca phe sua da) is served, as your guide explains rural traditions and aspects of riverbank life.
8:50am: Arrival at Cu Chi, top quality Merida, Trek or Giant mountain bikes with helmets are ready for you to start the exciting road trip of 25 to 30 km. Guided by well English spoken biker, you will ride the back roads and hidden dirt trails to escape the crowds and bus tourists and to see the real Southern Vietnam. You will have a light snack after finishing a half of the cycling trip.

13:20: Enjoy a delicious traditional Vietnamese lunch by the river.

14:00: Explore Cu Chi Tunnels, which include weapon and booby trap exhibitions, navigating authentic Viet Cong tunnel system, visiting different underground bunkers (kitchens, meeting rooms, ammunitions etc.), a firing range and much more. Try the local cassava root that sustained Viet Cong fighters for years.

16:00: Depart Cu Chi and return to Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 14: Ho Chi Minh departure (B)

You will have the morning free to relax before your flight home. Finish your unforgettable Vietnam trip.
Then you will be transferred to Tan Son Nhat Airport for your flight back home.
Good bye & see you next time!

What's Included:

  • Kayaking
  • All sightseeing tickets
  • AC Land transfer Car/ Minivan
  • Meals as stated in the itinerary
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast
  • Vietnam visa Approval letter (single entry)
  • Halong Bay Cruise program as per tour
  • All in-tour experienced English speaking guide
  • Exclusive and personalized single agent/single customer service
  • 2 Flights Hanoi - Nha Trang, Da Lat – Ho Chi Minh (Economic Class)

What's Not Included:

  • Beverage
  • Travel insurance
  • Extra Kayaking
  • Hotel EARLY check in & LATE check out
  • International flights & departures taxes
  • Personal expenses, tips and gratuities
  • Other services not mentioned above
  • Peak season surcharge & compulsory dinner in the accommodation

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