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Essence Vietnam tour from North to South 12 days

DIFFICULTY

Medium

MIN. AGE

10 Years

1199 USD/pax

Amazing Experience

If you have 12 days to visit Vietnam, let us guide your step. This essence Vietnam tour gives us a chance to explore all of the beauty culture and marvelous landscapes from North to South. You must be impressed by not only a bustling Vietnam but also an ancient country with lovely people. Each of your steps in Hanoi, Mai Chau, Pu Luong, Ninh Binh, Halong, Hoian, Ho Chi Minh will be an unforgettable memory of your life.

Highlights:

  •  Put your footprint on the best Vietnam mountain province
  • Immerse yourself in the masterpiece scene in Pu Luong
  • Explore one of the best cave in Vietnam - Thien Ha Cave (Galaxy Grotto)
  • Enjoy one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites which known as Ha Long Bay
  • Overnight on cruise in Halong and kayak in this marvelous scene
  • Get an unforgettable memory when joining Farming and Fishing in Hoian
  • Discover the secret in Vietnam cuisine when learning cooking class in Hoian
  • Rowing in both of beatiful places which are Binh Binh and Me Kong Delta 
  • Get knowledge about Cu Chi tunnels which are the secret weapon in the past Vietnam war

Itinerary:

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival (no meal)

Welcome up on arrival by Go Vietnam Travels guide and driver, then we transfer to the hotel.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 2: Hanoi – Mai Chau – Pu Luong (B/L/D)

Today we ready to transfer to Mai Chau at 8 AM. The estimated transfer time is for 3 & a half hours to come to this place.

At 11:30, on arrival Mai Chau, we have lunch in a local restaurant. This is a really good time for you to explore the Vietnamese ethnic cuisine which is unique and delicious.

13:00, we start our hiking tour in Mai Chau to go ahead for Chieu Cave.

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The ascent to the Chieu Cave is almost entirely lined with concrete steps. There are more than 1,000 stars, but the climb up is not difficult.

Once at the top, there is a large cave entrance, 10 meters across, slightly covered by an impressive Xa Pung tree. Once inside the cool floors, the caves paths naturally split between the stalactite forest. One of the more impressive features is a “tree” that was made from water droplets dripping from the ceiling.

16:00, we come back to the car and transfer to the Don Village of Pu Luong Nature Retreat.

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17:00, Arrival homestay for check-in and free time in Don Village

Day 3: Pu Luong full day trekking (B/L/D)

8:00AM: After breakfast, our driver will transfer us from Don Village to Bang Village. We start our trekking day from Bang Village to Kho Muong. The day begins with a beautiful hike through the tiers of splendid rice terraces, past several idyllic villages, verdant hillocks, lush farmlands and beautiful mountains. Kho Muong is located in a picturesque valley and home to the Muong people.

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Go through Nua Village with a scene like a masterpiece.

One the way, we stop off and have a picnic for lunch.

We return Ban Don and finish an amazing day.

Note:

If you travel to Vietnam during the rain season (from May to October), we will have a chance to go to Huou Village to enjoy the marvelous scene in Huou waterfall. After trekking to Huou Village, then we will check-in and overnight in Huou Village.

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Tonight we settle in with a Muong family in a traditional wooden house to experience their way of life.

Approx: 8 km hike

Day 4: Pu Luong – Ninh Binh – Mua Cave (B/L/-)

Pu Luong – Ninh Binh transfer:

8:00 AM: after breakfast, we say goodbye to Pu Luong and transfer to Ninh Binh. It takes about 3 hours to get Ninh Binh.

Visit Hoa Lu:

On the way to Ninh Binh, we will visit Hoa Lu – the former capital of Vietnam under the Dinh and Le dynasty with two temples worshiping Dinh Tien Hoang King and Le Dai Hanh King. Dinh Tien Hoang had successfully defeated Ngo Dynasty and made Vietnam officially independent from any ruler. On his death in 980, General Le Hoan wisely married Dinh’s widow and established the Le Dynasty and enlarged the citadel.

12:00: Have lunch in a local restaurant.

13:00:  Check-in homestay in Tam Coc – Ninh Binh.

Hiking Mua Cave:

Afer a short rest, we take a bike to go to Mua Cave. It is not far from your homestay.

The road to Mua cave was imitated as the Great wall of China. Since you end your climbing, on the top of Mua cave, every worry will go with the wind. Any tiring feeling will disappear, instead limitless and expanses of fat rice crops ( Tam Coc rice fields) appears magically in front of your eyes.

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We come back to our hotel in Tam Coc.

Overnight in Tam Coc homestay

Day 5: Ninh Binh – Tam Coc – Thien Ha Cave (B/L/-)

We will be free time on this morning.

Rowing boat in Tam Coc:

After having lunch, we will take a pleasant boat rowing in Tam Coc. The limestone caves area stretching along Ngo Dong river which is known as “Halong Bay on the land” and enjoy the journey along the river with the peaceful scenery of special karst mountain surrounded with rice paddy and the sight of some ancient temples along the way.

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Explore Thien Ha Cave (Galaxy Grotto):

Still on our boating route, we transfer to a surprising grotto which has another name is Galaxy Grotto. It seems that all the essence gather here to blow the soul into the beauty. At this time, in front of visitors a stream of light from the sky to open space and visitors’ eyes. It is truly a “Stone Castle “. The visitors are not out of surprise by the illusory realism of a world of stalactites. Especially in front of visitors a stream of light from the sky to open space and visitors’ eyes. It is a “Stone Castle “Life is a soul.

At 04 PM, we turn around Tam Coc with the same way.

Note: the time on rowing boat is about 3 hours.

Day 6: Ninh Binh – Ha Long (B/L/D)

Transfer to Halong:

8:00 AM, we transfer to Ha Long Bay. Halong Bay has been recognized by UNESCO as the World Natural Heritage thanks to its universal values of landscape, geology and geomorphology, respectively in 1994 and 2000 and is one of the most beautiful bays in the world.

Lunch on boat:

12:00: On arrival in Halong, we will embark on Oasis Bay Cruise followed by a short cruise briefing. We will then savor a delectable lunch while Oasis Bay Cruise among the limestone islands.

Sung Sot Cave:

Then we explore the amazing Sung Sot Cave – the most beautiful cave in Halong Bay before continue cruising to Titov Island for swimming and relaxing at the beach or climb up to the Top of the island for a panorama view of Halong Bay.

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In the late afternoon, we return to the main boat and continue cruising to the quiet area where we enjoy Sunset Party on sundeck and admire the best moments of the day when the sun starts to set. After dinner, free time for socializing with other guests, take part in board games, fish for squid, or just laze around.

Overnight on Oasis Bay cruise or similar 

Day 7: Ha Long – Hanoi – Fly to Danang - Hoian (B/L/-)

Ta Chi class- Breakfast:

On the day dawn, you can enjoy fresh air of the bay and start the day with Tai Chi class in the early morning. Have breakfast on board, prepare the energy for kayaking among the hidden areas of the bay, around the Man’s Head Islet area.

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Ba Hang Fishing Village:

At around 10.15 AM, we return to the boat, freshen up and check out of your cabin while our cruise continue passing Ba Hang Fishing Village, Dog Islet and more. While heading back to the harbor, watch the fruit carving demonstration and participate in the Cooking Class before enjoying a traditional Vietnamese lunch. Disembark at around noon and find your car is waiting and take us back to Hanoi.

We arrive in Hanoi around 2:30 PM- 3 PM, we will have free time until our driver pick you up to the airport to take the evening fly to Danang.

Our guide and driver are willing to be at the Danang airport to transfer us to Hoian.

Overnight in Hoian.

Day 8 Cooking class– Hoian walking tour ( B/L/-)

Cooking class in the morning:

Afer breakfast, we join the fantastic Cooking class at Red Bridge restaurant with first activity to visit Hoi An colorful market to experience the amazing sights, sounds and aromas of this busy market; and purchase some of the ingredients to be used in the cooking lesson later.

Later, we board the Red Bridge boat for a leisurely cruise (25 minutes) along the Hoi An River to the Red Bridge Cooking School; explore the cooking school’s herb and vegetable garden before learning about some of Hoi An’s and Vietnam’s well-known dishes. The cooking lesson runs for about 2 hours – each dish is first demonstrated by the Red Bridge chef’s, before we prepare the same dish ourselves. Included in the class is a brief introduction to Vietnamese food carving (plate decoration). After the lesson, we sit down and eat exactly what we have cooked.

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Hoian Walking tour in the afternoon:

After a short rest, we will start our walking tour around the ancient town to visit the Japanese Covered Bridge, the Pottery Museum, Tan Ky old house, the Cantonese congregation, the silk street of Hoi An, the temples and pagodas of Chinese appearance.

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Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 9: Farming & Fishing tour (B/L/-)

This morning, we will cycle to a local farming village to join daily work life of local farmers – hoeing and a soil, watering veggie at an organic herb garden, riding water buffalo in the field and enjoy the freshest air of the countryside beauty. After that, board the Hoi An Eco-tour boat and cruise to the mouth of the river where it meets the Cua Dai Sea.

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We also learn and try our hand at local traditional fishing techniques using round and cast nets, learn to paddle the strange and unique Vietnamese bamboo basket boats. Explore the now tranquil coconut-palm flanked waterways of a past war and hear of the extreme conditions endured by soldiers on both sides. Have a relaxed fun with catching beautiful purple crabs on bamboo basket boat. After visit a local water coconut palm village, we take a walk around the village and have some tea and snack with local talks…

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Back on-board our Hoi An Eco-tour boat, enjoy our lunch and cold beer or soft drink on boat, then back to resort.

In the afternoon, we are leisure at nice swimming pool at hotel after your fun day with Farming and Fishing Tour.

Overnight in Hoian

Day 10: Hoi An – Fly to Ho Chi Minh city – Cu Chi Tunnel (B)

We transfer back to Danang airport to take a short domestic flight to Ho Chi Minh city this morning. After 1 hour flight, we are welcome by local tour guide and driver in Ho Chi Minh city then transfer to hotel.

In the afternoon:

We will leave Saigon for the Cu Chi tunnels, otherwise known as the “Iron Triangle” or “Iron Land”. On our way there we will drive through pleasant countryside; rubber plantations and rice paddies. Before entering the tunnels, we will see a short introductory video showing how they were constructed, followed by an exploration of the maze of tunnels, some of which have been widened to allow tourist access. Also on display are various mantraps and the remains of an American tank as well as numerous bomb craters made by 500lb bombs dropped by B52 bombers. After that we transfer back to Ho Chi Minh city.

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Overnight in Ho Chi Minh

Day 11 : Ho Chi Minh city – Mekong Delta - Ho Chi Minh (B)

Meet us at the pier in front of Cuu Long Hotel in Vinh Long where your crew will be ready to welcome you aboard with cold towels and a refreshing drink while the Cai Be Princess Sampan sets off for its leisurely cruise on the busy waterways of the Mekong Delta.

Crossing the Co Chien River, one of the original nine branches of the mighty Mekong in the Delta, enter the Dong Phu Canal. Cruise past the islands of An Binh and Binh Hoa Phuoc, famous for their fruit orchards. Observe from the comfort of your sampan life as it plays out on the riverbanks the people, the stunning landscapes while your attentive crew serves you tea and seasonal fruit.

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Cai Be:

When you arrive at the bustling trading town of Cai Be, you’ll notice much more boat traffic, from motorized canoes to barges laden with fruit, vegetables, consumer goods and other products. Continue towards Phu An Hamlet and stop in on local workshops to observe the traditional process of making coconut candy and puffed rice (the local equivalent of popcorn).

Have lunch and back to Ho Chi Minh city:

Your cruise ends at Le Longanier Restaurant. Lunch is served in this exquisite colonial-style villa set in a lush tropical garden by the river and surrounded by fruit trees, giving you a sense of privileged life during Indochinese times. After lunch (at around 2:30 pm), take a short walk along a small canal back to Ba Bon Bridge where your personal vehicle awaits to drive you to Ho Chi Minh City.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.

Day 12: Ho Chi Minh Departure (B/-/-)

After your breakfast, we will start to move to airport. The guide say good bye to you.

Tour end.

Thank you for choosing Go Vietnam Travel’s services.

Inclusion:

  • 11 nights accommodation in the itinerary
  • Transfers by private air conditioned vehicle with experienced driver
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary with authentic local food.
  • Local-stationed English-speaking tour guide. He or she will provide you with the best local knowledge available.
  • Entrance fees
  • Boat excursion
  • Bottle of drinking water
  • Kayak in Ha Long Bay
  • 2 Domestic flight : Economic ticket Hanoi – Danang – Ho Chi Minh

Exclusion:

  • International flights and airport taxes
  • Vietnam Visa
  • Travel insurance
  • Other meals which are not indicated above
  • Surcharge and Compulsory dinners (if any)
  • Beverages in the restaurants where meals are included
  • Gratuities to guides and drivers
  • Personal and other expenses such as porter, bar bills and laundry not stated in the itinerary.

Notes:

Price:

The best price with the best service just is

Group Tour: N/A

Private Tour: USD/pax

Number of participant 3 star hotel 4 star hotel
02 adults (USD/ person) 1512 $ 1685  $
04 adults (USD/person) 1199 $ 1405$
Hotel category 3 star hotel 4 star hotel
Hanoi 

3B Premier hotel

( Supperior room)

Hanoi Pearl hotel

(Deluxe window)

Pu Luong

Pu Luong Boutique Garden

(Superior Palm View Bungalow With Balcony)

Pu Luong Nature Bungalow

(Deluxe Valley)

Ninh Binh

Tam Coc Lake View homestay

(private room)

The Reed Ninh Binh

(Deluxe)

Ha Long Oasis Bay cruise
(Deluxe cabin)
V'Spirit Premier
(Deluxe cabin)
Hoi An Vinh Hung 2 hotel

(Superior)

Hoian River Town 

(Grand Deluxe)

Ho Chi Minh Sunland hotel

(Deluxe)

Grand Cititel Central 

(Deluxe city view)

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