Mekong Delta Travel
Classic Tours
 
20D TRANS VIETNAM  
20DAYS/19NIGHTS (MDT/TVN)
 
Day 1: Hanoi - Arrival (D)
Arrival in Hanoi famous for the name of the mythical ascending dragon, unique city of Vietnam. Meet your guide and transfer to down town. City tour around the bustling 36 street quarter before hotel check in. Welcome dinner at restaurant. Evening: Enjoy the famous water puppet show. O/N in Hanoi.
 
 
Day 2: Hanoi – Citytour – Train Station – Laocai – On Train (BLD)
Breakfast at hotel. At leisure until ready for starting citytour, visit: President Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum and One Pillar Pagoda that looks like a lotus flower; the mythical Sword Lake. Walk into Ngoc Son Temple before driving to the Temple of Literature. After lunch, visit West Lake and Tran Quoc Pagoda. Walk-in to old quarter streets for shopping with speciality of Hanoi, silk, coffee.
Enjoy dinner at restaurant before transfer to Hanoi Railway Station for catching the normal train TULICO or RATRACO to LaoCai. Spending the night on train (4 for cabin 4-berths, soft-sleep berths with air-con). Wake up the following morning in Lao Cai.

 
 
Day 3: Laocai – Bac Ha colorful ethnic market - Sapa (BLD)
Early morning arrival to Laocai around 5.00am. Laocai is bordering of China in the far Northwest, is the place to see some of Vietnam’s colourful hill tribes, in particular H’mong and Dao. Our Driver pick group up at the Laocai Sation then transfer for having breakfast at restaurant nearby the station, wash-up and change clothes. Then continue the road through rural area to Bac Ha ethnic market. Bac Ha Market which only opens on every Sunday. A slow walk to Bac Ha Market. Here you would find this big market filled with many different hill-tribe people in their colourful traditional costumes. This is a colourful market in the north of Vietnam. At Bac Ha Market, you will be able to find trading of animals like buffaloes, horses and also stalls of local hill-tribes clothings, food and local artifacts, etc… After then short trek to Pho village for visiting, then stop at H’mong King’s house - Mr. Vang A Tuong for visiting, this house built on year 1918. Having lunch at local restaurant near Bac Ha market. Then return to Sapa for a short rest before taking your dinner in Sapa Town.
 
Day 4: Sapa – Cat Cat & Ta Fin ethnic villages – Ham Rong mountain – Sapa (BLD)
Breakfast at hotel. All day visit some of nearby hill tribe villages: Ta Fin and Cat Cat (jeep 4seats just available for FIT under 10paxs). At the end of the week we can see the H’mong, Dao and other ethnic minorities trek into town from the surrounding countryside to trade goods at the weekend markets in Sapa. There, they sell silver jeweler, traditional embroidered fabrics and authentic articles of hill tribe clothing at the markets. Afternoon, make a short trek to visit Ham Rong mountain for bird-eyes view whole Sapa city. After then back to hotel for rest until dinner at restaurant. Discovery night in Sapa.
 
 
Day 5: Sapa – Cocly – Laocai – Station – On Train (BLD)
Breakfast at hotel. After which, leave for Coc Ly Market which only opens on every Tuesday. Enjoy the peaceful life of 6 different minority peoples (Flower H'mong, Black Dzao, Tay, Dzay, HaNhi and Nung). The market is the chance for the minorities to meet and share joy and sorrows after the crops, to exchange one another's experience. Bid farewell to the market and get down onto a boat along Chay river. Get off the boat to visit a village of the Tay Minority (Trung Do village) by the river. Then, proceed to Lao Cai for your dinner before boarding the local soft-berth sleeper train back to Hanoi (4 persons to a cabin).
 
 
Day 6: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Cruise trip on Luxury Junk (BLD)
After breakfast at hotel, leave Hanoi by vehicle (250km = 3hrs drive) for Halong Bay. Enjoy the journey through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta and the scenery of rice fields. Arrive in Halong and board the Luxury Junk, check-in registration. Having lunch with welcome wine. A fantastic cruise in Ha Long bay, visit Sung Sot Grotto with its great views. Enjoy a swim in the emerald waters of Halong Bay at Titov beach. Watch the sun set over the bay while enjoying a delicious dinner. Fishing with seine, drinking Vietnamese wine and spending a night on Luxury Junk.
 
Day 7: Halong – Hanoi (BLD)
Enjoy fresh coffee and a wholesome breakfast before cruising to visit Man’s head island, Tortoise island, Luon cave, Bai Tu Long Bay, Toad island, Bai Tho mountain. Cruising back to Halong city and having wonderful fresh seafoods lunch on board. Transfer back to Hanoi, stop-over at the hand-made pottery villages for visiting. Arrive to Hanoi, then check-in the hotel. At leisure. Dinner at restaurant. O/N in Hanoi.
 
 
Day 8: Hanoi - Hue (BLD)
Pick up at Hanoi Railway station then transfer to hotel for breakfast. At leisure time untill transfer to airport take short flight to Hue. Arrive in Hue transfer to hotel for check-in. At your leisure. After lunch visit Tombs of King Khai Dinh, Kinh Tu Duc, Hon Chen Palace. O/N in Hue.
 
Day 9: Hue – Hoian (BLD)
After breakfast at hotel drive straight to Hoi An, the biggest commercial port in the 17th century where merchant ships from Holland, Portugal, Japan, China,. came for exchanging trade. Visit Hoi An: ancient houses, Japanese Bridge, Phuc Kien Temple. Enjoy lunch with HoiAn’s special foods “Cao Lau, Mi Quang”. Discovery “Hoi An ancient night” with a high light of the tour around small streets bordered by ancient houses, gorgeous temples and an old bridge. O/N in Hoi An.
 
 
Day 10: Hoian (BLD)
All day visit Hoi An ancient town, explore the picturesque centre of town with its restored 18th century merchants’ houses. Hoi An also boasts some of the best silk shops, art galeries and handicraft shops in Vietnam as well as dozens of excellent restaurants serving the delicious local specialities. Discovery night in Hoi An.
 
 
Day 11: Hoian – Nha Trang (BLD)
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Danang, visit Marble Mountain, Cham Museum. Having lunch at local restaurant. At leisure time, then transfer to airport for flight to Nha Trang. Meet and transfer to hotel for check-in. At your leisure time. O/N in Nha Trang.
 
 
Day 12: Nha Trang – Citytour (BLD)
AM: breakfast at hotel. Take a boat trip visit Tri Nguyen Aquarium, Chong Rocks, Mun islet, Hon Tam islet, fishing village. Enjoy lunch with seafoods at Hon Tam islet. At leisure time for sea-bathing.
PM: Back to city for visiting Ponagar Cham Tower, Dam market. At your leisure time. O/N in Nha Trang.

 
Day 13: Nha Trang – Dalat (BLD)
After breakfast at hotel, check-out. Proceed to Dalat (250km). Lunch on way. Arrive at Dalat, transfer to hotel for check-in. At your leisure time. O/N in Dalat.
 
 
Day 14: Dalat – Citytour (BLD)
AM: breakfast at hotel. Visit Bao Dai’s Summer Palace, Tuyen Lam Lake, Truc Lam Pagoda, Domain Church, Love Valley, Flower Garden, Lac Minority village. Free time for relax. O/N in Dalat.
 
 
Day 15: Dalat – Saigon (BLD
Breakfast at hotel. Visit Dalat market. Depart to Saigon. On the way visit Prenn waterfalls, Daktangla waterfalls. Stopover at Bao Loc Province for lunch and enjoy Vietnamese tea & coffee free at tea & coffee factory. Drive to Saigon. On arrival transfer to down town for sighseeing, check-in hotel. Enjoy dinner on floating restaurant cruising along Saigon River with Vietnamese traditional music shows. Discovery night in Saigon.
 
Day 16: Saigon – Citytour (BLD)
AM: City tour includes: the President Palace, the War Remnant Museum, the Notre Dame Catheral, the Old Saigon Post Office. Stop at a well-known handicraft factory to enjoy the Vietnamese art and Vietnamese workers' talent and help you to pick up some unique souvenirs.
PM: After lunch at local restaurant in town go around China town to visit Thien Hau Pagoda, the Chinese goddess of the Sea. And take walking to visit the bustling city Chinatown Binh Tay market full of merchandises. O/N in Saigon

 
 
Day 17: Saigon – Cu Chi Tunnels & Village (BLD)
After breakfast at hotel. Excursion to the famous Cu Chi tunnels dug during the wars, an incredible underground tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters during the struggle for independence. Try a crawl into the tunnels. On the way back Saigon, stop for photo at a rice paper workshop and rice fields.
 
 
Day 18: Saigon – CaiBe – Vinh Long – Can Tho (BLD)
After breakfast at the hotel excursion to Mekong Delta. On arrival at Cai Be, take a boat trip to explore the floating markets, typical of Mekong Delta. Continue by boat to Binh Hoa Phuoc island in Vinh Long Province, the island is given to agriculture especially the raising of tropical fruits which are shipped to markets in Ho Chi Minh. Enjoy a cruise on boats and hand-rowed sampans viewing the daily activities of the local people along the Mekong River and taste fresh tropical fruits in the orchards. Having lunch in the famous Bonsai garden. Continue to Can Tho, 35km away. After check-in hotel in Can Tho, leave the hotel for Thot Not Stork Sanctuary visiting. Back to Can Tho in the late afternoon. O/N in Can Tho.
 
 
Day 19: Can Tho – Saigon (BLD)
Boat ride on Mekong River, is known to the Vietnamese as Song Cuu Long. Visit the Cai Rang floating market where hundreds of gather to trade all kinds of fruit brought from neighboring fertile farms and orchards, by sampan rowing along narrow canals with dense vegetation and enjoy various tropical fruits and folk music in the orchard. Return to Saigon.


 
Day 20: Saigon – Departure (B)
Downtown shopping (embroideries, lacquerware, wood - carving …. ) or at leisure before check-out. Transfer to airport for departure.
 

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