This fourteen-day programme includes Hanoi, Mai Chau Valley, Cat Ba Island, Ho Chi Minh City, Nam Cat Tien National Park and Mekong Delta. It's not a simple adventure tour with physical activities but you will have chance to experience nature, wildlife, daily life of local people and local culture.
As you’ll be travelling tailor-made, you can transform this sample tour into your dream holiday. Just ask us to make any changes, and you’ll have a revised itinerary with 24 hours – no limit to the number of changes, and no charge for making the amendments!
Day 1: Hanoi Arrival (D)
Arriving at Noi Bai airport in Hanoi, you will be met and driven to your hotel for check in. You will have time to relax before we present you with Vietnam daily life in the past and now with one or two hour cylo tour around the Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son temple and Old Quarter of Hanoi. You will then enjoy a Water Puppet Show and a welcome dinner at a restaurant with Vietnamese cuisines. You will spend the night in Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi (B/L)
You will have the whole day to explore Vietnam’s capital city. Your guide will take you to the Temple of Literature, the first university in Vietnam dating back to the 11th century, and a popular attraction, as is Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, his simple stilt house where he lived and worked, and the museum dedicated to his memory. After lunch, you’ll call in at the serene Tran Quoc Pagoda, the oldest in Hanoi and the excellent Ethnology Museum for an overview of Vietnam’s 54 distinct ethnic groups. Your overnight will be in Hanoi.
Day 3: Hanoi – Mai Chau Homestay (B/L/D)
In the morning, you will depart from your hotel by private vehicle to Mai Chau village. Your lunch will be served in a local house. After lunch, you’ll drive to the Ma River for a 30 minute boat ride, get off the boat and walk through Chieng Village of the Thai ethnic minority people. Back to Mai Chau for dinner and overnight in the stilt house with the friendly Thai ethnic minority peole.
Day 4: Mai Chau – Hanoi (B/L)
After breakfast at the homestay, you will head out for two hours of easy cycling through the verdant rice paddies and local villages to experience their daily life. Make your way back to the homestay for lunch before driving back to Hanoi. Your overnight will be in Hanoi.
Day 5: Hanoi – Hai Phong – Cat Ba Rock Climbing (B/L)
After breakfast, you will drive to Hai Phong City where you will take a hydrofoil to Cat Ba Island where you will meet your certified climbing guide and ride a motorbike along the Cat Ba Island coast-line to the climbing area in “Butterfly Valley”. After orientation, do at least 2 top-rope climbs with the help of your guide. Your lunch will be at a local house in the Valley before returning to the town for overnight.
Day 6: Cat Ba Rock Climbing (B/L/D)
After breakfast at the hotel, you will cruise out the the rock climbing area in Lan Ha Bay. Do 2 top-rope climbs or more. Cruise over to unihabited beach to enjoy another climbing adventure. Lunch will be served on boat. In the late afternoon, you will return to the town for dinner and overnight.
Day 7: Cat Ba - Hanoi (B/L)
Morning will be free to relax on the beach. In the afternoon, you will take the hydrofoil back to Hai Phong. Our car will wait you there to drive you back to Hanoi. Your overnight will be in Hanoi.
Day 8: Hanoi – Ho Chi Minh City (B/L)
In the morning, you will fly to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival, you’ll be picked up and depart for a city tour. You will visit the History Museum, the Museum of War Remnants, the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Centre Post Office and the huge Ben Thanh market, one of the liveliest areas of Ho Chi Minh City. After lunch, you will visit China town, Binh Tay market and Thien Hau Pagoda. You will spend the night in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 9: Ho Chi Minh City – Tay Ninh – Cu Chi (B/L)
A morning drive will take you to Tay Ninh to visit the temple of Cao Dai and attend the fantastic mid-day ceremony. After lunch, you will visit the famous Cu Chi tunnels, a byzantine maze of underground passages, chambers, rooms and booby traps used by both the Vietminh and the Viet Cong to suddenly materialise as if from nowhere, launch a lightning ambush, and vanish equally rapidly. Your overnight will be in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City – Nam Cat Tien National Park (B/L/D)
After breakfast at your hotel, you will leave to Nam Cat Tien National Park. Arriving at Dong Nai river, take a boat across the river and have lunch at the canteen in the park centre. After one hour of relaxing, you’ll drive 9 km in a Jeep and then hike for three kilometres through the rainforest to Crocodile Lake - you may see some of the typical wild fauna en-route. You will be able to watch the wildlife around the lake in the evening when the wild animals come to the lake to drink. From your hide, you’re likely to see monkeys, deer and other small mammals, and with a good pair of binoculars, there’s a good chance of spotting less familiar fauna, such as the Siamese crocodiles after which the lake is named. When darkness falls, you will row quietly on the lake with a large flashlight to see some of the nocturnal visitors to the lake and listen to the sounds of the forest. You will stay in the park guesthouse in the Crocodile Lake area.
Day 11: Nam Cat Tien National Park (B/L/D)
If you can manage a pre-dawn visit to the lake, you will have another opportunity to spy on the park’s wildlife. If you’d prefer just ‘normal’ early, your row on the lake will be mainly to watch the park’s feathered inhabitants. You’ll then hike back to the main road and drive seven kilometres westwards for another one-kilometre hike along the forest trail to the giant Ficus Tree which covers over two hectares. Fortified by a canteen lunch, a cruise down Dong Nai River on a motor boat takes you to Ta Lai village to visit the farms and houses of S’Tieng and Chau Ma ethnic minorities. In the evening, take a jeep along the main road with a large flashlight to see some kinds of mammals. You will stay overnight in the guesthouse.
Day 12: Nam Cat Tien National Park – Ho Chi Minh City (B/L)
In the early morning, you will cycle to the nearby Ben Ngu area. After wandering around the massive trees, dripping vines, and visiting the rapids (water level permitting) it will be time for lunch in the canteen and your return to Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 13: Ho Chi Minh City – Vinh Long – Ho Chi Minh City (B/L)
After escaping from Ho Chi Minh City’s urban sprawl, you will travel to Vinh Long. There, you’ll cruise on the Mekong River, visit Cai Be floating market, fruit orchards, a traditional family-run brick kiln, and drop in to look at some traditional cottage industries - a workshop making the huge coffins unique to the Mekong is particularly interesting. In the afternoon, you’ll return to Ho Chi Minh City where you will spend the night.
Day 14: Ho Chi Minh City Departure (B)
After breakfast, you will be free until your driver arrives to take you to Tan Son Nhat airport for your departure flight.
Our prices include:
- Breakfast and accommodation sharing a twin or double room.
- Travel in an appropriate private air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced safe driver.
- The services of an experienced English-speaking guide throughout the tour.
- Boat cruise as indicated in the programme.
- Domestic flight Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh City including airport taxes (Vietnam Airlines, Economic class)
- Where necessary, entry fees and permission to enter border areas for all visits mentioned in the programme.
- Lunches and dinners (as specified in the itinerary) in the best local restaurants, or picnics where no suitable restaurant is available.
- VAT and other taxes
Our prices do not include:
- International flight tickets and airport tax.
- Dinners, except as specified above.
- Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses.
- Camera fees (if any).