DAY 1: ARRIVAL AT HANOI (DINNER)
Upon arrival, welcome at the airport and transfer to the selected hotel.
You will have an entrance to the water puppet show, a distinctive Vietnamese art in which a split bamboo screen obscures the puppets that stand in the water and are manipulated using long poles hidden under the water (without transfer or guidance)
Free time to explore the old area.
We will spend the night in Hanoi.
DAY 2: ROUTE BY THE CITY OF HANOI (B / L)
After breakfast, spend the day doing a tour of the capital and visiting places like:
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (exterior), a large monument in Hanoi, located in the center of Ba Dinh Square, which is the place where Vietnamese leader Ho Chi Minh read the Declaration of Independence on September 2, 1945. His former residence, the stilt house of Ho Chi Minh, the founder of modern Vietnam, affectionately known as "Uncle Ho".
A pagoda of Pilar, Emperor Lý Thái Tông built the temple in gratitude for this in 1049 by erecting a pillar in the middle of a lotus pond, similar to the one he saw in the dream he met Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, who handed him a boy while sits on a lotus flower.
Temple of Literature, the first national university in Vietnam where offer ceremonies, study sessions and strict Dai Viet exams were held. Built in 1070 at the time of King Lý Nhân Tông, it is one of the many temples in Vietnam dedicated to Confucius, scholars and scholars.
Lunch in a restaurant
In the afternoon, continue with the Museum of Ethnology, which focuses on the 54 officially recognized ethnic groups in Vietnam.
Then, you will enjoy a very interesting walk through the old quarter in 1.5 hours. First of all, the trip starts from the head of Cao Thang street where the local people sell all the traditional spices of Vietnam like onions, garlic, mushrooms, black mushrooms, peppers, lemongrass, ginger, galanga …
Then he moves to the Dong Xuan market, the biggest market in Hanoi, originally built by the French administration and surrounded by different streets, he will cross the market and turn right towards Hang Ma street, the road will look shiny decorating things, Chinese toys, colored lanterns, paper goods and in particular votive offerings of paper.
Passing through Luong Van Can, Lan Ong, you will reach Hang Buom street where you will find the oldest temple in Hanoi – Bach Ma, take a break to admire the temple before continuing walking through Ta Hien, Dinh Liet street to the Small alley of Hanoi – Trung Yen. On the way you have the opportunity to explore the daily life of local people who live and share their lives in small spaces. We continue to Hang Be Street, which used to be one of the city’s best-known outdoor markets, dating back to medieval times, with the famous food "Mắm Tép Chưng Thịt". A few years ago, it disintegrated. At the end of this road, there is a coffee shop called Cafe Market, where we will invite you to have a cup of coffee or iced fruit smoothies
We finish the trip at Hoan Kiem Lake, in front of the Water Puppet Show, from where you can continue walking or return to your hotel.
Discover the Hoan Kiem lake, which means "lake of the back sword", where the emperor Lê Lợi sailed by boat on the lake when his magic sword, the will of heaven, was seized by a turtle that quickly disappeared into the depths.
Take a beautiful photo from the red bridge The Huc to the Ngoc Son Temple.
Go back to your hotel. Dinner on your own.
We will spend the night in Hanoi.
DAY 3: HANOI – HALONG BAY (B / L / D)
08:00 – 08:30: Pick-up at the hotel and start the 3 and a half hour drive to Hong Gai Tourist Wharf, check-in in the private lounge of Oriental Sails JSC – The OS Lounge.
12:15 – 12:45: Boarding on cruise. Listen to the briefing and receive the key to the room.
13:00 – 15:30: Enjoy a delicious lunch cruise across Bai Tu Long Bay, heading to Vung Vieng fishing village - one of the largest fishing villages in Halong Bay to see fishermen’s life local .
Option 1: Discovery of local daily life: Take a bamboo boat trip around Vung Vieng village
Option 2: Take a kayak in Isla Ban Chan and go kayaking by yourself with the help and instruction of the tour guide.
17:30 – 18:00: Return to the cruise and take a bath and then relax as the sun begins to set. Enjoy the Happy Hour at the bar and on the terrace
7:00 pm: Dinner is served. Socialize with other guests, squid fishing at night or just rest around. Singing and dancing activities are available until 10pm.
Accommodation in Cong Do Area
DAY 4: HALONG BAY – HANOI (B / L)
06:30 – 07:00: Start the day with Tai Chi exercise on the terrace.
07:00 – 09:00: Contemplate the beauty in the morning of seascapes with a cup of tea or coffee. They have breakfast while crossing towards the cave of Thien Canh Son.
Visit the cave of Thien Canh Son – the medium-sized and least visited cave in Bai Tu Long Bay.
09:30: Check-out room. Luggage can be left in the reception area.
9:30 – 11:00: Return to the port. Early lunch on board. Landing at 12h00.
12:00 – 16:30: Transfer for the return to Hanoi. Arrival at your hotel around 4:30 p.m.
Night in Hanoi
DAY 5: HANOI – SAPA – bike ride to the neighboring towns (B)
From 6:30 a.m. to 7:00 a.m., you will start at your hotel in Hanoi with Topas Mountain Express for a 5-hour transfer to Topas Ecolodge. After registering your bungalow, you will enjoy the beautiful and peaceful view of the surrounding mountains and valleys from your private balcony.
You will start the bike trip in the afternoon following the main road for three kilometers to the village of Lech, of the minority Red Dao, enjoying the magnificent view of the valley on the way.
Here they will leave their bicycles and take a short walk along the dirt road to visit a traditional Red Dao family and experience the culture of minority villagers who live peacefully in the same way as their ancestors. Back in the parking lot, you will take a new trip to the village of Moi and learn how the women at the gates are embroidering, so the people of Red Dao are very famous. From the village, you return to the lodge.
At night, you may want to book a traditional Red Dao herbal bath in the hotel’s newly opened spa.
Approximately: Grade: easy / 1.5 hours by bicycle
DAY 6: EXCURSIONS TO THE REMOTE ZONE OF SAPA (B,L)
Enjoy an excellent breakfast and get ready for today’s walk. At 9:00 AM, the excursion will begin with a deeper transfer in the Hoang Lien National Park to the Sapa trekking tours starting point near the village of Sin Chai. Now you are "off the tourist circuit" enjoying beautiful views of the high mountains, waterfalls and deep valleys. The trails will take you soon to the Nam Dao village of Nam Nhiu, where you will meet the villagers, enjoy a cup of green tea at home and learn about their daily lifestyle. Leaving the village behind, it will become a small dirt path and you will soon be inspired by the wonderful view of the rice valley dotted with bamboo huts, which local farmers use as a cabin during the night on harvest days.
Passing the rice terraces and a river, you will walk a quiet path for a while before arriving at the village of Nam Cang. Your lunch is served at the Topas Riverside Lodge, with the jungle behind the lodge and the river in front.
The village of Nam Cang is located in the most remote area of Sapa. Red Dao women wear some of the most colorful and diverse costumes of all ethnic groups in Vietnam. Herbal bath, local medicine and embroidery are some of the things that Red Dao is very skilled at. Accompanied by your guide, you will explore the village and learn how villagers write rice paper, jewelry and embroidery. You may also want to take a dip in the river.
At 14:50, you will have a transfer back to Topas Ecolodge. The traditional Red Dao herbal bath is highly recommended if you missed the opportunity yesterday.
Approximately: Grade: Moderate / 3-3.5 hours walking
DAY 7: SAPA – MUONG HOA – HANOI (B / L)
At 9:00, you will take a bus transfer to the city of Sapa. Now you will get on your bike and take a short tour of the old town of Hill Station and its lake.
Next, you will take a descent to the Muong Hoa valley and its national park, observing the fantastic landscape of mountains and rice fields along the way. You will leave the road and visit a Black H’mong village and explore the mountain tribe, famous for its special skills in the manufacture of agricultural tools, musical instruments, production of hemp and indigo that dies.
After a great trip, you are now back in Topas Ecolodge, where you have time to relax.
Topas Mountain Express leaves Sapa at 2:00 p.m. from Topas Ecolodge at 3pm and take you to your hotel in Hanoi.
Night in Hanoi
Approximately: Grade: moderate / 3 hours by bicycle
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DAY 8: HANOI – HUE (B / D) IN PLANE
Suggest flight: HAN-HUI (08:40 -09: 55) by airline VN
After breakfast, you will be free until the transfer to the airport to take a flight to the ancient imperial capital Hue.
In Hue, you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel.
Afternoon Enjoy a 1-hour cycle to visit the city of hue. Enjoy a luxury dinner according to a boat in River perfumer to watch the sunset. Night in Hue
DAY 9: HUE – PAGODA THIEN MU – PEOPLE THUY BIEU – LA TUMBA MINH MANG (B/ L)
After breakfast at the hotel, pick up at your hotel, take a boat for a cruise on the gentle Huong River.
Visit Thien Mu pagoda, built in 1601 by order of the first lords of Nguyen, Nguyen Hoang, who at that time was the governor of Hue.
Continue to the quiet village of Thuy Bieu, 6.5 km from the city center, a quiet village famous for growing the fruit Thanh Tra (a kind of small grapefruit), visit many garden houses, a unique feature of the Hue countryside and enjoy a pleasant walk and ride a bike through the town.
Visit an old communal house, go through several ancestral temples and communicate with the local people.
Visit a family that makes incense and discover the daily life of local people while working energetically with joy and enthusiasm. You can also join their activities: gardening, talking and drinking tea with them.
Back to Thuy Bieu restaurant, relax soaking your foot in water of medicinal herbs, a traditional therapeutic practice and enjoy an excellent massage by blind people.
Lunch at the Thuy Bieu restaurant.
In the afternoon, the discovery of the tomb, the ponds and the gardens of Emperor Minh Mang is known for its perfect harmony between architecture and its natural environment. It began to be built during his reign (1820-1841) and was completed only in 1843, two years after his death by his successor Thieu Tri.
Dinner on your own.
We will spend the night in Hue.
DAY 10: HUE – DANANG – HOIAN (B/ L)
After breakfast, transfer to Da Nang through Hai Van Pass and through the picturesque fishing village of Lang Co.
Arriving at Da Nang, visit the Cham Museum and the Marble Mountain, (Ngu Hanh Son) is about 8 km southeast of the city of Da Nang. This is a group of five marble mountains that are near the sea. That’s why it’s called Hon Non Nuoc, which means Mountain and Water in Vietnamese.
Continue to the riverside city of Hoi An, an important commercial port during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and officially listed as a World Heritage Site.
Lunch at a local restaurant.
In the afternoon, walk around the ancient city Hoi An and explore its treasures:
Temple of Quan Cong: the brave and loyal Chinese general.
Phuc Kien Pagoda, this is the best-known meeting room of the ancient city. The Fukyayanos were Chinese merchants who arrived in Hoi An in great numbers, at least in the seventeenth century. That was the reason why all the mentioned gods were worshiped in this pagoda after the collapse of the ancient pagoda.
The Japanese bridge, emblematic landmark of Hoi An widely used as an emblem of the city. It was built by Japanese merchants in the 16th century
Ancient house Tan Ky, the most popular of the ancient houses of Hoi An.
Port of Hoi An, World Heritage listed by Unesco.
Dinner on your own.
We will spend the night in Hoi An.
DAY 11: HOIAN – DANANG – HOCHIMINH (B / L) IN PLANE
Suggest Flight: DAD – SGN (8:50 -10: 15) by Vietnam Airlines or Similar
After an early breakfast, transfer to the airport for your morning flight to Ho Chi Minh, under the name of Saigon, was the capital of the French colony of Cochin-China and later of the independent Republic of South Vietnam from 1955-75 . On July 2, 1976, Saigon was officially renamed as Ho Chi Minh City, name of the Vietnamese communist revolutionary leader who was prime minister (1945-1955) and president (1945-1969) of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam) .
Upon arrival in Ho Chi Minh, transfer to the selected hotel.
On the same morning, discover a busy Saigon, enjoy a tour at Old Colonial Residential quarter and visit:
the old hotel of the city, a palace built by the French architect Paul Gardès from 1902-19081 in the center of Saigon in Indochina at that time.
the Opera, inspired by the architecture of the Opéra Garnier in Paris, which was built in 1900. The opera facade is a replica of the Petit Palais in Paris
The cathedral of Notre-Dame, the famous central cathedral of Saigon, built in 1877, is one of the architectural marvels of HCMC, built with materials imported from France.
Post office signed by Gustave Eiffel.
Lunch in a restaurant
In the afternoon, discover Chinatown "Chợ Lớn" and its impressive Binh Tay market.
End of the day with a visit to a lacquer factory.
Dinner on your own.
We will spend the night in Saigon.
DAY 12: HOCHIMINH CITY – MY THO – MEKONG (B / L / D)
In the morning, leave the city of Ho Chi Minh and drive to My Tho, located in the heart of the Mekong Delta.
Upon reaching My Tho, take a boat for a cruise on the Mekong River and its multiple channels to Ben Tre.
Visit a coconut candy factory where you can try local specialties.
Take a bus to visit a house in the garden and enjoy a tea with honey and fresh tropical fruits.
Lunch at M.Hai’s house.
In the afternoon, walk through the town of Hai.
Dinner and accommodation in family house.
DAY 13: MY THO – CAI BE – CITY OF HOCHIMINH (B / L)
After breakfast, transfer to Cai Be, take a sampan to visit the floating market of Cai Be, "floating rooms" where day boats full of fruits and vegetables are concentrated.
On the way, lunch at the restaurant Mekong Restop, a romantic place.
Arrival in Saigon late in the afternoon.
Dinner on your own.
We will spend the night in Saigon
DAY 14: HO CHI MINH CITY – FLIGHT HOME (B)
After breakfast, free time before your transfer to the airport.
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