16-Days Vietnam Active & Adventure

This 16-Days Vietnam Active & Adventure trip allows you to discover the beautiful places of the country, from North to South Vietnam, and stay at local homestay and trendy hotels or resorts.

16-Days Vietnam Active & Adventure tour is for people who seek personal challenges and new experiences, and who want to meet real people in a beautiful and unique environment. In North Vietnam, your base will be Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi. And you visit Hoang Su Phi, this is a district located on the west side of Ha Giang province, close to the border with China. Hoang Su Phi is famous for its rice field terraces, especially on the road between Hoang Su Phi and Xin Man, where they are classified as a National Heritage by the Vietnamese Government. Trekking through this untouched area you will encounter the stunning countryside as well as the fascinating local culture and you may come across the NungIng, Tay, Red Dao, Dao Ao Dai, La Chi and Co Lao, just some of the many hill tribe groups who have settled here.

Whether you’re seeking an intrepid outdoor adventure amongst the elements or simply a leisurely escape, Hoang Su Phi is bound to be a memorable experience.

You will continue your trip with a relaxing cruise on a deluxe junk in gorgeous Halong Bay, a perfect conclusion to an unforgettable journey. You will discover Bai Tu Long Bay and its remote limestone islands, many of which feature dramatic sea caves and sheltered, pristine beaches that can only be reached by kayak.

Next, you will head to Central Vietnam to the old imperial capital, Hue and the UNESCO World Heritage town of Hoi An, where you will whet your appetite with a cooking class and fishing with the locals. You will also be able to indulge in stopping off at local villages and cycling quiet back roads.

Fly Danang to Ho Chi Minh city and you drive down to HCM City former Saigon. You will discover Nam Cat Tien National Park and the National Biosphere, as you encounter wildlife in both Nam Cat Tien and Con Gio.

This trip emphasizes the scenic and natural beauty of Vietnam, minimizing your time in big cities, yet balancing authenticity with accommodations and service.

GROUP SIZE AND PRICE PER PERSON

Group size
Valid from 01 May – 30 Sep 2016
Price per person in USD in party of
1
2
3-4
5-6
7-9
10-14
Sgl-Sup
Superior
3,465
2,128
1,928
1,668
1,616
1,553
451

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Day 1: Arrive Hanoi (D)

Warmly welcome on arrival Hanoi airport. Transfer to hotel. At leisure. Afternoon private walking city tour to visit local market. Evening enjoy water puppet show. Welcome dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Hanoi.

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Day 2: Hanoi city tour (B/L)

You will explore the fascinating Old Quarter and its hundreds of specialty shops selling silk clothing, lacquer ware, embroidered linens, furniture, bamboo, cooking utensils, ceremonial objects and more. Then you can walk around Hoan Kiem Lake and ride a cyclo to dinner in one of the French colonial villas which have been converted into gourmet restaurants. Of course, there’s plenty of time to enjoy people watching at stylish cafes and shop for impressive modern art in the city’s myriad galleries. You will also visit Hanoi ‘s main cultural attractions, including the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, his House on Stilts, the One Pillar Pagoda, the Fine Arts Museum, the Temple of Literature, the Thang Long Imperial Citadel (a UNESCO designated World Heritage site) or Vietnam Ethnology Museum. You will have an overnight stay in Hanoi.

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Hanoi - Hoang Su Phi (B,L,D)

Transfer to Hoang Su Phi. Check-in and stay at Pan Hou Lodge

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Day 4: Panhou - Khòa Hạ - Giàng Hạ (B/L/D)

You have the opportunity before your hiking day to enjoy your breakfast from the Pan Hou Village restaurant and, if you have get up early, a time in gardens of the eco lodge maintained by the tays gardeners.

You leave Pan Hou with your local guide at 9am to explore the nearby mountains through tropical forests and rice terraces. After a three hours walk, you are taking a break in a village of the Red Dao for lunch. By necessity, they have sculted the mountainside and use its water courses to grow rice. These laborious adjustments who enable them to live in the heights, offer you some unique landscapes to contemplate. The cooler climate and fresh water in abundance also contribute to the growth of lush tea trees. Before reaching another Red Dao village, a two hours walk will allow you to discover the local vegetation, to meet with the local people and observe them in their daily activities. And overnight at local homestay.

Accommodation: Red Dao Homestay   Walking Duration: 5 hours

B/Panhou L/D Red Dao

Topography: +400/-200m

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Day 5: Giàng Hạ - Nậm Nghí - Ho Pien (B/L/D)

After having  breakfast with your hosts, you are resuming your trekking through the cassava fields, the forests, the tea plantations towards the valley. Three hours of walking are bringing you to Nam Nghi, a Red Dao village for a lunch break. You will continue your Hike by ascending the mountains through the tea plantations. You will arrive in the late afternoon to a H’mong family house where you will have diner and will spend the evening and night.

Accommodation: H’mong Homestay

Duration of the walk : 5 -6 hours

BL – Red Dao, D – Hmong

Topography: +600/-400m

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Day 6: Ho Pien – Hanoi (B/L)

You can enjoy the calm of this morning in the high mountains and the friendliness of the family around the fireplace. After breakfast, you will be transferred back Hanoi and then overnight in Hanoi

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Day 7: Hanoi – Halong bay (B,L,D)

08.00 Depart from Hanoi to Halong bay by car.
12.00 Upon arrival at Vinashin Tourist Harbor, You are welcomed at our waiting room before enjoying the cruise.
12.15-12.30 Embark on Huong Hai Junks. Enjoy welcome drink as Cruise Manager gives you a brief overview of the itinerary and important safety guideline. Check in your cabin.
13.00 Start sailing among famous Islets (Indochina studio, Am Islet…) ofBai Tu Long Bay, the wildest beauty with the panoramic natural views.
Admire the grace of the bay while enjoying the delicious lunch in the restaurant at the first deck.
14.30 Explore the well-hidden Co Cave (known as Thien Canh Son Cave). Enjoy relaxing on white sandy beach, walking along the beach or swimming at Hon Co Island.
15.45 Return to Huong Hai Junks.
Treasure the wonderful beauty of Bai Tu Long Bay at sunset, admire the striking islands and islets, savor the fresh and peaceful atmosphere which could hardly be found in land While cruising to Cong Do sleeping area.
16.30 Enjoy kayaking at Cong Do or relaxing on the cruise.
18.00 Onboard the vessel, surrounded by a stunning setting in motion, attend our chef’s fruit carving demonstration.
19.15 Dinner is served in the restaurant at the first desk. You can enjoy the charm of Bai Tu Long Bay at night.
21.00 Evening activities: relax at leisure; enjoy our Movie Night, Board Games or our Massage & Spa services (massage and spa fee is not included in the price), squid fishing. Overnight on Ha Long Bay aboard Huong Hai Junks.

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Day 8: Ha Long bay Discovery (B/L/D)

Cong Do sleeping area – Cong Dam – Thay Cave – Cong Do sleeping area.
7.00 Welcome a new day with an amazing dawn on Bai Tu Long Bay. Refresh your body and soul with a Tai-chi session on the sundeck.
7.30 Catch the morning view of seascap while enjoying the breakfast in the restaurant.
10.00 Visit Cong Dam – the famous hidden lagoons covered by majestic limestone islands and islets and wild beaches in Bai Tu Long Bay.
10.00-12.00 Kayak through lagoons at Geological park in Cong Dam and relax at one of the most beautiful beaches in Bai Tu Long Bay.
12.30 Enjoy the lunch in the restaurant and admire the grace of Bai Tu Long while cruising to Thay cave.
14.00-15.30 Kayak and discover Thay cave, one of the most well-hidden cave in Ha Long Bay.
16.30 Return to Huong Hai Junks and start sailing to Cong Do sleeping area.
19.00 Dinner is served in the restaurant. You can enjoy the charm of Ha Long Bay at night.
21.00 Evening activities: relax at leisure; Board Games; squid fishing. Overnight on Bai Tu Long Bay.

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Day 9: Halong bay – Hue (flight) (B/L)

Cong Do sleeping area – Vung Vieng fishing village – Vinashin Tourist Harbor.
6.30 Welcome a new day with an amazing dawn on Ha Long Bay. Refresh your body and soul with a Tai-chi session on the sundeck.
7.00 Catch the morning view of seascape while enjoying the breakfast in the restaurant.
7.30 Visit Vung Vieng village – the famous fishing farm by bamboo boat and discover life of local people living on the surface of Ha Long Bay 8.45 Return to Huong Hai Junks.
9.00 Pack up the luggage and check out of the cabin.
10.30 Enjoy the brunch in the restaurant while cruising back to Vinashin tourist harbor.
11.15 Disembark from Huong Hai Junks.
11.45 – 12.00 : Disembark. Later transfer to airport for flight to Hue.

Upon arrival at Phu Bai Airport you will be transferred directly to your hotel. Overnight in Hue

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Day 10: Hue (B,L)

Breakfast will be served before you board a private dragon boat for a cruise on the romantic Perfume River.  The charming Lady Pagoda (Thien Mu Pagoda) will be the first stop of the day and from here you will continue your journey to the magnificent tombs of Minh Mang and Tu Duc, Hue Citadel, the Imperial City, the Forbidden Purple City. Overnight in Hue

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Day 11: Hue – Hoi An (B,L)

Today you’ll take a breathtaking drive from Hue to Hoi An via Danang city.  In Danang, you can visit the Cham Museum and Buddhist cave temples in the Marble Mountains. Once in Hoi An, you will check into your hotel and have some free time to explore and enjoy the resort facilities and turning in for the night.

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Day 12: Hoi An (B,L)

From the 16th to 18th centuries, Hoi An was a thriving international commercial port for Chinese, Dutch, French, Japanese, Portuguese and Arab traders. Trading was primarily for high grade silk, which is still produced in the area, as well as ceramics. Today, Hoi An is a quaint riverside town, popular with tourists for its eclectic architecture, tailors shops, and numerous cafes. Some of the buildings in the narrow streets have remained unchanged for more than a century. You will enjoy a half-day cycling tour through the narrow winding streets of the Ancient Quarter, visiting Chua Ong Pagoda, the Chinese Assembly Halls, the 200-year old Tam Ky ancestral house, and the Japanese Bridge. Following the tour, there will be free time for shopping, including visits to local tailors who can do custom made clothing very quickly. Then, you’ll take a break and have a peaceful evening stay.

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Day 13: Hoi An – HCMC (B,L)

Today you will take a short morning flight from Danang to Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), the country’s commercial centre and home to a growing number of upscale restaurants and shops. you will take a half-day private excursion to the Cu Chi Tunnels. At its height, the tunnel system stretched over 250km, from Saigon to the Cambodian border, and was three levels deep. The network included innumerable trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers and kitchens. Today, the remaining tunnels have become a major tourist attraction, giving you a unique experience and a feel of what underground life during the U.S.-Vietnam War must have been like. Then relax in your hotel and fall restfully asleep

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Day 14: HCMC – Nam Cat Tien NP (B,L,D)

You will be picked up at 8 am from your hotel and set off for the 4 hour drive north to Nam Cat Tien National Park. The Park was established in 1998 and is actually comprised of two separate areas, Nam Cat Tien and Cat Loc, which are linked by the Dong Nai River. Together they cover around 185,000 acres of evergreen rainforest which is home to and amazing array of flora and fauna.
Arriving around 12 am, you will enter the park and the staff of Forest Floor Lodge will welcome you and take you to the resort by the electric car. After check in, you will have lunch at the restaurant of the Forest Floor Lodge, which faces the river and jungle.

At 2 pm your guide will meet you at the reception area for a walking tour into the jungle to discover the plant and animal life.  Next, you will have free time to explore on your own, go biking of just relax.
At 7 pm you will take an electric car to the restaurant at the center of the park for dinner. After the dinner you will have a private jeep take you for an hour of animal watching before returning for an overnight stay at the lodge.

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Day 15:. Nam Cat Tien NP – HCMC (B)

Rising early to the sounds of the forest, you will have breakfast before meeting your driver at 7:30.  You will leave for a trip to Tien Island Lake.  The jeep takes you 20 minutes (10km) from the lodge to the trekking point, where you will start a 1 hour trek for about 5 km.

Dao Tien located on a 57-hectare island at the entrance of Cat Tien National Park, South Vietnam.

At Dao Tien, we specialise in the rescue, rehabilitation and release of endangered primates naturally found in the surrounding region, and our resident primates have all been victims of the illegal wildlife trade. Before heading back to lodge for lunch. At 2 pm you will commence your return journey to Ho Chi Minh City where you will arrive at 6 pm.

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Day 16: HCMC departure (B)


You’ll probably be both refreshed and wanting to wind down your trip, so there are no activities planned for this day. Enjoy your free time and the last page of your travel until you are escorted to the airport for your flight on your way home or wherever your travels take you.
Superior Category / 3-star hotel
Cities Hotels List Room Type
Ha Noi
Medallion hotel
Deluxe
Halong Bay
Huong Hai Junk
Deluxe Cabin
Ha Giang
Pan Hou Lodge & homestay
Homestay
Hue
Festival Hue Hotel
Deluxe
Hoi An
Ancient House Resort
Deluxe Gardenview
Nam Cat Tien
Forest Floor Lodge
Deluxe
Ho Chi Minh
Silverland Hotel
Deluxe

INCLUDED

Private door-to-door pick-up & drop-off services.
All private transportation with guide
Accommodation shared in Double/Twin room with daily breakfast
All In-tour flights as per itinerary.
Experienced English speaking guide.
Halong Bay cruise program with in-house guide on board
Private boat trip
Meals as stated in the itinerary (B: Breakfast ; L: Lunch ; D: Dinner)
All sightseeing tickets.
Tissues and water on coach.
Services charges and government tax.
Exclusive and personalized single agent/single customer service.
No extra charge after services confirmation
24/7 hotline support guaranteed

EXCLUDE

International Flights & International departure tax
Drinks, tips and other personal expenses.
Meals not mentioned.
Travel insurance.
Early check in and late check out at the hotel.
Visa to Vietnam.

 

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