Vietnam Exotic Natural Tour

15 Days / 14 Nights

Day 1

Hanoi – Arrival

Arrival at Hanoi International Airport and transfer to the city where they will have a first impression of Hanoi. Arrive and check in hotel. Free afternoon in Hanoi for relax or explore the city on your own. In the late afternoon, our tour guide will pick you up at the hotel and attend a traditional Water Puppet show at Thang Long Theatre. After the show transfer to local restaurant and enjoy your dinner with traditional foods. Accommodation in Hanoi.

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Day 2

Hanoi – Duong Lam Village

Breakfast at your hotel in Hanoi At 9.00 am we will pick you up at your hotel and then transfer to
visit Duong Lam ancient village in Son Tay Town. After driving about 65 km far from Hanoi center you will see a purely agricultural village of the Northern Red River Delta – Duong Lam ancient village. This place is also called the land of two Kings. To understand more about this special name,you will have a
walking tour visit King Ngo Quyen Temple and King Phung Hung Temple. Beside you also visit Mong Phu Temple which is dedicated to national heroes. You will have exciting experiences when enjoy lunch in an ancient house and join in producing local specialties such as soft green-lentil cake and rice cake filled with brown onion. Your tour will continue with a visit to Mia Pagoda that built in the 15th century and home to 287 statues of all sizes. Finally back to your hotel in Hanoi. Accommodation in Hanoi.

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Day 3

Hanoi City Tour – Lao Cai – Sapa ( overnight train)

Breakfast at the hotel. Visit the city, the capital of Vietnam and only city in Asia for its tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture and oriental temples. The tour includes the mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh (only the outside), the house of Ho Chi Minh on stilt, the botanical garden and the Presidential palace. Presidential palace is the most fussy and expensive construction at that time but Ho Chi Minh refused to live in this luxurious building. He said it was totally unsuitable for his poor and starving people. Besides, learning about Ho Chi Minh’s life and revolutionary activities. Breakfast at the hotel.
Visit the city, the capital of Vietnam and only city in Asia for its tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture and oriental temples. The tour includes the mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh (only the outside), the house of Ho Chi Minh on stilt, the botanical garden and the Presidential palace. Presidential palace is the most fussy and expensive construction at that time but Ho Chi Minh refused to live in this luxurious building. He said it was totally unsuitable for his poor and starving people. Besides, learning about Ho Chi Minh’s life and revolutionary activities.

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Day 4

Lao Cai – Sapa – Breakfast at Mountain Lodge and walk to Red Dao minority village

Arrive early in the morning in Lao Cai and meet your driver for the transfer to Sapa and further on to Topas Ecolodge. The drive takes approximately 1 hour 30 minutes. Upon arrival at Topas Ecolodge you will have breakfast while enjoying a 360 degree mountain view. At 9h30, you will start your walk into local area and experience the daily life of Red Dao minority people of Lech village. Walking through rice paddy terraces gives you many opportunities to enjoy the magnificent valley view with rivers and local colorful farmers. In the village you will experience daily life while visiting a local house and here learn how minority women still master the old skill of embroidery. From the village, you walk back to the lodge.The rest of the day is at your leisure, enjoy a good book andcoffee in your bungalow or continue exploring the local area onyour own. The night is spent in your own private bungalow with a view of the valley and the surrounding mountains. Accommodation at Topas Ecolodge.

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Day 5

Walk to Giay and Black H’mong tribes. Visit Sapa town

Breakfast at the hotel. You will be met up at your hotel in Sapa at around 9AM then leave Sapa market town. We will go downhill to Cat Cat village. Enjoy beautiful landscape and scenery along the road.
Upon reaching a waterfall and a hydroelectric station, we will take a short rest before continuing our trek on a dirt trail through rice paddy terraced fields. The area is still covered by rain forest under the protection of Hoang Lien National Park. We will arrive in Y Linh Ho village inhabited by Black Hmong people where we will have one more rest before climbing toward the main road. Lunch included. Transfer back to Sapa town and departure to the Silver Waterfall, which is located about a half hour away. The road offers stunning views over surrounding mountains and lush forests belonging to Hoang Lien National Park. You are advised to stop by a farm for a cup of tea and talk with people to understand their local life. Then we continue our drive uphill to the Heavens Gate, the highest stretch of road
Vietnamese well as the provincial border of Lao Cai and Lai Chau provinces. Enjoy fantastic view over the valley. Transfer back to Sapa to collect the luggage and free time at leisure until departure back to Lao Cai to take the train destination Hanoi. Dinner on own account Estimated departure train: FANSIPAN TRAIN SP2@ SAPHAN 19:35 04:10 Accommodation on board with air conditioned sleeping cabin 4 berth per cabin.

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Day 6

Hanoi – Halong

Arrival in Hanoi around 04:30 transfer to hotel to take shower , have breakfast and reluxe. Around 08:00 moving 160 miles east to Halong Bay – about 3 hours and a half by private vehicle. Upon arrival at Halong Bay, embark on board a traditional junk for a memorable cruise. Welcome lunch with local seafood. Cruise in Ha Long Bay where some islands and caves are visited. Ability to swim or kayak (included) around Soi Sim beach. In the afternoon, admire the sunset over the bay or have fun on
the terrace of a bar with happy hour. Enjoy a delicious dinner on board. Practice squid fishing at night.
Overnight on board the junk in the Ba Ham.

Note: The cruise itinerary may vary depending on the cruise operator.

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Day 7

Halong Bay – Hanoi

Breakfast on board. Start your day with Tai Chi class on the deck with some of the best teachers in Vietnam while the ship continues sailing slowly through the beautiful scenery offered by the Bay and visit the “Surprise Cave”. Back to the ship enjoy a fun cooking class and taste some of the dishes we prepared. Lunch on board and landed just before checkout Arrive at Halong pier then transfer back to Hanoi. Accommodation in Hanoi.

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Day 8

Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Mai Chau Valley

Breakfast at your hotel in Hanoi and transfer 110 kilometers south of Hanoi to Ninh Binh to visit the ancient capital of Vietnam Hoa Lu and today, the area around the city is also known as the “Dry Halong”, with the same limestone rocks found in the famous Bay. Upon arrival, we will visit Bich Dong Pagoda and will take a boat ride through the caves. In the afternoon we go to Mai Chau. As you will discover, Mai
Chau offers a mix of culture and adventure in front of one of the most stunning scenery in Vietnam. There are waterfalls, limestone mountains, rice paddies, corn fields, bamboo forests and tea plantations in great terraces. Upon arrival in Mai Chau Lodge, make the check in and let you free time to enjoy the facilities of the hotel.

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Day 9

Mai Chau Lodge – Hanoi – Hue

After breakfast at the lodge, take a walk to Lac and Pom Coong two ethnic Thai village. Meet the local people; enjoy a chat with a cup of tea you will be able to learn about their culture and traditions.
This is a unique experience where you can have a look at their homes and see traditional farming methods closely. Finally, put the icing on the end of your tour in Mai Chau with lunch at the lodge before returning to Hanoi. Arrival in Hanoi, transfer to airport for departure flight to Hue. Estimated departure time: TBA Arrival in Hue, transfer to hotel for check in. Accommodation at hotel in Hue.

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Day 10

Hue – City Tour

Breakfast at hotel. This morning you will be able to enjoy a cruise along the Perfume River to reach Thien Mu Pagoda. Lunch at local restaurant. Then continue by road to the northeast of Hue to visit the
legendary mausoleums of emperors Tu Duc and Khai Dinh. Returned to the hotel to enjoy free time. Dinner on your own. Accommodation hotel in Hue

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Day 11

Ancient Phuoc Tich Village & Thanh Toan Bridge

Breakfast at hotel.08 :00 am : Pick up guest at hotel and drive to to the 500-year-old village of  Phuoc Tich. Around 1 hour driving, you will be at this ancient village – once famous and prosperous because of its pottery, the village has dozens of homes that are from 100 to 200 years old and several old temples, pagodas, worship halls and communal houses still remain. Many imprints of Champa and ancient Viet cultures are still preserved such as linga (a very complex symbol of Hinduism). The religious culture of the village is seen via families, which have their own ancestor worship halls, each worshiping five direct generations. After 1 hour visiting here, we back to Hue city for Lunch. Relax in hotel. 03:00 pm : Biking tour to Thanh Toan bridge which is ancient ,old and built two centuries ago, the covered bridge of  Thanh Toan is unique in that only two exist in Vietnam. The bridge has survived storms, floods and wars however after it was damaged, the villagers always contributed to repair, renovate and preserve it. On the way back to hotel, you have chance to discover the life of local people and the landscape in late afternoon.Accommodation at hotel in Hue.

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Day 12

Hue – Danang – Hoi An

Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, transfer to Hoi An, located about 120km south of Hue Visit en route to the Cham Museum and Marble Mountain in Danang and stop at the fishing village of Lang Co to take beautiful landscape photos Lunch at local restaurant. Free time at leisure Accommodation at hotel in Hoi An.

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Day 13

Hoi An – Farming & Fishing life in Hoi An Ancient town

Join in this Farming & Fishing Life Tour you will have a nice time getting close up and intimate exposure with both the local farming and fishing communities. After breakfast at hotel, we will depart from hotel around 8:30am. On this Tour you will enjoy a wide range of experiences – from learning traditional fishing techniques to paddling the strange and unique Vietnamese bamboo basket boats while exploring
the now tranquil coconut-palm flanked waterways of a past war. We provide an authentic social and cultural insight into the local Vietnamese way of life. As well you will take part in some hands-on activities that are fun, safe and interesting to people all of ages. Includes ticket for the Eco –tour Boat cruising on the Cua Dai River. Return to Hoi An around 2pm and rest of the day free at leisure.Accommodation in Hoi An.Return to the hotel for free time. Dinner on own account and overnight stay in Hoi An.

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Day 14

Hoi An Discovering the Cham Island.

Cham islands are 15km from Cua Dai. There are seven islands altogether named according to their shape or characteristics. They are called Lao ( pear ), Dai ( long ), La ( leaf), Kho ( dry ),Tai ( ear ),Mo ( tomb ) and Nom ( East Wind ).They have good climate, cool the year round, trees and animals as well as marine
life are plentiful here. On the island, there are precious bird nests while under the water, the coral is marvelous. There are also scenic spots around the island, such as Suoi Tinh ( Love stream), Suoi Ong
( Sir’s stream ), Hon Chong ( Piled up rocks ),Hang Ba ( The lady’s cave ). the island isalso surrounded by very nice beaches with clean white sand and transparent, cool water. 8:00 am :local tour guide pick up you at the hotel’s lobby, you will be transfered to Cua Dai harbour to register with the Border Police before heading to the islands.when Arriving in the island, your guide will take you to the showroom where the history, map, objects are displayed. visiting Au Thuyen where the local boats are hidden in big storms, walking along the rice field to the over-100-years-old temple of Hai Tang, 9:50 –11:00 am : back to the boat for snorkeling for half an hour at Xep beach. Here you can swim, see the forest of nice coral under the sea, then go to Chong beach for lunch and relax 14:00 pm :back to Cua Dai estuary where our vehicle will take you back to Hoi An.

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Day 15

Saigon- Departure

Breakfast at the hotel. Free time until transfer to the airport. The flight will be announced at the time of booking.

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