18 Days – Vietnam off the beaten track will offer captivating way for active travellers, lover nature,and photographers opportunity in exploring both colorful hill tribes and outstanding scenic beauty in the North Vietnam. Rich culture, brilliant natural scenery and alluring colorful hill tribe markets, are highlight in our trip. we also stay in eco homestay and contemplate world listed food preparing by local people
It is actually rewarding trip for travellers who want to get out the crowded, interact with friendly people, admire twisted vallley and pristine scenic beauty. Our trip will start from Hanoi , we set our way to Sapa- the Hill Town of North Vietnam to experience maverlous scenery dominated with Hmong, Ded Dzao, Giay, Tay ,Xapho hill tribes, explore stunning scenic beauty . Our trip continue through Red River Delta to explore the “ Halong On Land” – Ninh Binh . Being The first capital of Vietnam since 10 century. Ninh binh has been preserving rich cultural treasure of Vietnam Country.Our trip continue through Red River Delta to Halong Bay - New seven wonder of the world. Taking flight to Hue - the imperial citadel city. cycling and walking trip to explore magnificent scenery,taking panoramic view over Hai Van Pass then descending to Da Nang Beach. cycling leisurely in and around Hoi an to explore daily life of local people.
Say goodbye Vietnam - fascinating country in few days, we take international flight to Siem Reap where spending three days to discover the glorious Angkor Empire.
our trip go further to the south where you will visit highlights sight seeing of hochiminh city and mekong delta as well. Our trip will start from Hochiminh City ( Sai Gon) , We set our way to My Tho - The gateway of Mekong delta and Vinh Long – the home of Conical tree and its productions. Experience boat trip through rustic villages to understand their daily life. Then transfer to Can Tho – The western Capital of Mekong Delta. Can Tho is one of the fifth big cities of Vietnam. It has been well known as the capital of cat fish, Rice and other agriculture products.
Cai Rang Floating Market is unique public activities. Opening in early morning everyday, Cai Rang Floating Market boast the best scenery and atmosphere for travellers. Joining in this market, you will experience the diversity of productions, cultural activities.
Day 1: Hanoi – Arrival ( D)
Day 2: Hanoi city Tours – Night Train – Sapa ( B/L/D)
Day 3: Sapa Motor Bike tours( B/L/D)
Day 4: Sapa Trekking – Homestay ( B/L/D)
Day 5: Sapa Trekking – Bus to Hanoi( B/L/D)
Day 6: Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Cycling tours( B/L/D)
Day 7: Ninh Binh – Halong Bay ( B/L/D)
Day 8: Halong Bay Cave exploring and kayaking. ( B/L/D)
Day 9: Halong Bay – Hue ( B/L/D)
Day 10: Hue city Tours ( B/L/D)
Day 11: Hue – Hai Van Pass – Danang – Hoi An( B/L/D)
Day 12: Hoi An Bike tours ( B/L/D)
Day 13: Hoi An – Danang – Flight to Siem Reap ( B/L/D)
Day 14: Angkor ( B/L/D)
Day 15: Angkor wat – Cycling tours ( B/L/D)
Day 16: Siemreap – Flight back Hochiminh city ( B/L/D)
Day 17: Hochiminh - Can tho ( B/L/D)
Day 18: Can Tho – Hochiminh – Home ( B/...)
Day 1: Hanoi Arrival (D)
Welcome to Vietnam. Arriving at Noi Bai International Airport, Snail Adventure Tour guide and driver will greet and pick you up to the hotel at the heart of Hanoi capital. Hanoi, the antique and dynamic city of Vietnam, reserves a unique old world charm and several of the most striking colonial architecture of Asia. After the checking-in,Take relax by your own and do briefing itinerary with our guide for coming days. enjoy a cyclo ride through the bustling streets in the Old Quarter to discover the ancient and modern beauty of Hanoi. After the tour, you will be warmly welcome with a special welcoming dinner in a typical Vietnamese food restaurant. Stay overnight in Hanoi .
Day 2: Hanoi City Tour – Night Train Lao Cai (B/L/D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit the Ho Chi Minh Complex, containing the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Presidential Palace, Ho Chi Minh's house on stilts and the One Pillar Pagoda. Continue on to the Temple of Literature, Vietnam's first university. Lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, visit the Museum of Ethnology, Hoan Kiem lake, Ngoc Son temple and enjoy riding in a rickshaw for 1 hour in the old quater of Hanoi and its teeming streets filled with fascinating shops.20:00pm: Trasfers to Hanoi train station to board overnight train to Sapa. Overnight on the train.
Day 3: Lao Cai – Bus to Sapa – Moto cycle tours (B/L/D)
Arrive Lao Cai Train station early morning at 6:00 AM, be picked up by our local guide and driver, then transfer to our hotel for taking shower and breakfast. following to hearty breakfast, we commence our motobike trip to Suoi Ho – Ma Tra – Ta phin – the Home of Black Hmong and Red Dao hill tribes. Enjoy brilliant scenery and outstanding rice terrace paddy field whilst riding through single track trails. Stop on the way to experience stunning landscapes or visit local family to understanding their dialy life. Our journey continue to Ta Phin Village where spend 45 minutes to walk through village to admire rustic atmosphere. Our diver will take you back to Sapa for lunch . You will be free to explore Sapa hill town in the afternoon. Have dinner and stay overnight in Sapa town.
Day 4: Sapa Trekking through Breathtaking scenery – Homestay ( B/L/D)
Breakfast in hotel. We start our first trekking day from Hotel. Descending Sapa valley to experience panoramic view over Phanxipang mountain range. Contemplating pristine nature, witness school kid go to school or local people take water buffalor to rice field, ducks, chickens going out hunting for food. Visting Cat Cat Black Hmong village then turn off the single track to Yling Ho village. You will be rewarded by magnificent rice terrace scenery while trekking along hill side and river, cross stream to Ta Van village. You are impreessive on picturesque Sapa valley, friendly hill tribe people following you to practise English or just make friend with you. Sometime, you are pushed back behind by incredibe scenery. Have lunch enroute, after lunch, we continue to explore stunning rice terrace and Sapa twisted valley. arriving in Ta Van village , enjoy dinner and stay overnight in Eco homestay with Zay people.
Day 5: Sapa Trekking – Sapa – Bus to Hanoi ( B/L/D)
Get up early to walk around the village to learn about their life or joining with the host to make pan cake for breakfast. after tasting traditional cake wih family, we depart to Su Pan village through lush rice paddy, walking on farm trail, cross stream to hillside to take picture Sapa valley. we continue hiking through bamboo forest to incredible water fall, taking refeshment before descending to stream and ascending to Su pan village. Have lunch in Su Pan. After lunch our shuttle bus take us back to Sapa . you can explore Sapa town or do shopping . our guide and driver will meet you again to depart Lao Cai station. Taking shower in mini hotel and have dinner before getting on train. Stay over night in tourist train to Hanoi.
Day 6: Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Cycling and Boat trip ( B/L/D)
Departing at 8.00 am from your hotel, after 2 hours driving, we arrive Ninh Binh Province. Our first visit is the former capital of Vietnam – Hoa Lu, visit two temples dedicated to King Dinh and King Le, the two heroes who lived in 10th century and chose Hoa Lu to build the citadel of the capital city of Dai Viet. We drive Phat Diem Stone Catherdral to visit and explore one of the most well – known churches in Vietnam. Phat Diem Church architecture is skillful exchanged between Vietnam and Europe. It was built of stone and wood all in 24 years. Proceed to Tam Coc for lunch. Tam Coc known as "Halong Bay on Land" boasting breathtaking scenery, “Tam Coc” means three caves. After lunch we get on small rowing boats, the boat trip to all three caves takes about two hours. Continue visiting Bich Dong Grotto (emerald-like grotto), around 2km from Tam Coc by car, climb a little bit till you get to the top of the Upper pagoda and your eyes catch the overall panorama of the paddy fields between Truong Yen Mountain. The king conferred on Bich Dong the title “The Second Most Beautiful Grotto in Vietnam”. A scene of the popular French movie "Indochine" had been completed here in 1991.come to Hotel for checking in. have dinner and stay in Tam Coc Eco Lodge.
Day 7: Ninh Binh – Halong Bay ( B/L/D)
Morning drive to Ha Long Bay.Journey through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta with a stop-over at the ceramic and hand embroidery workshops en route. Arriving midday, you'll cast off from the pier for an overnight cruise. Relax as the boat weaves around the bay amid towering limestone formations and spectacular scenery where thousands of sculpted limestone islands rise from the waves like dragons’ teeth. After lunch, take a short trek to a nearby summit for a panoramic view of the bay dotted with golden sails, go swimming on a quite beach or sunbathing on the sundeck. Later afternoon, visit an interesting fishing village with opportunity to interact with fishmen who have been living in the bay for almost three generations. Overnight on the Cruise.
Day 8: Halong Bay Kayaking and Cave Exploring ( B/L/D)
Start your day with Tai Chi on the Sundeck while complimentary tea & coffee are served. Our cruise weighs anchor to sail through the bay and pass by several beautiful places such as Trong (Drum) cave, Trinh Nu (Virgin) cave, Coc Ngoi (Toad) Islet, etc. Early breakfast will be served in the dining room. You then will transfer to a smaller boat for Lan Ha Bay excursion. Spend your day with guided kayaking and swimming at Three Peaches beach, a pristine natural beach lapped by the turquoise water. BBQ lunch is served on boat. We then will continue to discovery Toi and Sang Cave (depend on the tide condition), the most remote point in Lan Ha Bay and bordering the Gulf of Tonkin. Visit its quaint fishing village and lagoon. Possibility of kayaking through an amazing tunnel under a karst mountain (time permitting). Around late afternoon, you will return to big Cruise for dinner and overnight in Ha Long Bay
Day 9: Halong Bay – Airport Transfer – Hue City ( B/L/D)
Wake up on the bay to the sounds of waves and birds welcoming the new day. View the sunrise over the bay and after breakfast, visit a beautiful limestone grotto. Have a walk back to the boat for a final glimpse of Halong Bay while cruising back to the dock. We continue our trip to Noi Bai Airport to Catch domestic flight to Hue. Upon arrival in city. Do check in and have realx by your self. Dinner in local restaurant.
Day 10: Full day Hue exploring ( B/l/D)
This morning we leave the hotel and transfer by private bus to the boat jetty for a leisurely cruise on the Perfume River. We travel in a westerly direction viewing daily life on the river and heading for the Thien Mu Pagoda, the oldest pagoda in Vietnam, located on a small peninsula with commanding views in all directions. Hue, as well as being the former capital, is also the home of Buddhism and it was from the Tien Mu Pagoda in 1962 that a monk drove his car to Saigon to protest against the repressive Diem regime. After arriving in Saigon the monk parked his car in the central boulevard, got out and immolated himself. Images of this graphic demonstration were flashed around the world in newspaper and television news. We continue by boat towards the mountains and the tomb of Vietnam’s second king, Ming Mang. This king ruled Vietnam from 1820 until 1843, and under his reign the Citadel was begun. He is also credited with establishing the borders of Vietnam as we see them now. His reputation is legendary throughout Vietnam, and the story goes that he had over 500 wives and concubines. We tour the grounds of the tomb, which is under some restoration and is a good example of the periods architecture. Our bus will meet us and transfer us back to our hotel. Later this afternoon we continue our discovery of the Nguyen dynasty in Hue by visiting the tombs of Tu Duc and Khai Dinh. Tu Duc was the longest serving king of the Nguyen dynasty (1848-1873) and his tomb is rambling and majestic. Tu Duc had the misfortune to be king during the French invasion (from 1859). Until his death he struggled against occupation and really was the last of the kings to offer any resistance to the French. It is often said that later kings of the Nguyen dynasty were simply puppet emperors of the French. We continue to the tomb of Khai Dinh (the second last king of the Nguyen dynasty) who ruled from 1918 to 1928. Here we can see in the architecture and presentation of the monuments how Vietnam had come well and truly under the influence of the French colonialists. We return to the hotel by our private bus.
Day 11: Hue – Hai Van Pass – Da Nang – Hoi An ( B/L/D)
Have hearty breakfast in hotel. We do check out and commence our journey to Hoi An Old trade port. Stop in Lang Co beach to capture pristine nature and emmeral sand beach. We continue to conquer Hai Van pass. Hai Van Pass is one of the most incredible pass in north centralVietnam.. it is blessed with stunning scenery and outstanding panoramas over Da Nang city and Lang Co beach. Our shuttle bus will take you to Da Nang city and Hoi An ancient town. Upon arrival hotel, do check in , relax by yourself. Have dinner in local restaurant. after having dinner, you will walk around the town or siting in corner of bar to enjoy local beer
Day 12: Hoi An Experience Bike ride ( B/L/D)
Hoi An, which is a world heritage of Vietnam, has long been a cultural crossroad and remains such a ancient beauty after nearly 300 circles of the four seasons. Its buildings and its street plan reflect the influences, both indigenous and foreign, that have combined to produce this unique heritage site.Cycling both in ancient town and rural villages, offer for you interesting challenging. Our trip start in Hotel ride single track, paved road through peaceful villages, water coconut falm trees, cannals to vibrant Hoi An Town.take the time to capture remarkable image of Japanese covered roof bridge, Communal houses. then commence to Thanh Ha traditional Ceramic villages, Tra Que herb village and Thuy Linh Lattern lamp shades workshops, back Hoi An for lunch/ After lunch . we ride to Cua Dai for swimming in imposing sand beach. Have dinner and stay in Hoi An Riverside Resort.
Day 13: Hoi An – Countryside – Da Nang – Flight Siem Reap ( B/L/D)
Upon your arrival in Siem Reap, you will be welcomed by a local English speaking guide and transferred to your hotel for check in. Siem Reap is the base for exploring the fabled temples of Angkor, the ancient capital of the Khmer empire. After a short relaxing break, you will visit the famous Angkor Wat by car. Built during the reign of King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century, it is constructed following the model of the temple mountain symbolizing the Mount Meru, home of the gods. Inside the temple, the walls are covered with stone carvings and bas-reliefs depicting Hindu mythology and the wars Suryavarman II fought during his reign. Moreover, Angkor Wat is well known for the more than 2,000 Apsara dancers decorating the temple. Construction is thought to have taken around thirty years of intensive labor. Today, Angkor Wat is figured on Cambodia's national flag as the temple symbolizes the soul of the Khmer people. During sunset time, Angkor Wat is less visited, and the Apsaras will shine in the most beautiful light. Return to your hotel, where you can enjoy the evening at leisure. Overnight in Siem Reap.Distances and journey time: Siem Reap Airport Siem Reap (10 km): 15 mins.
Day 14: Siem Reap – Angkor Exploring ( B/L/D)
After breakfast, head out to the early-Angkor era temples of the Roluos Group, about 15km outside of Siem Reap. Roluos is the site of the first town built by the Angkorian kings in the 8th and 9th century and consists of three main temples: Bakong, Lolei and Preah Ko. The beautiful surrounding countryside with its paddy fields and sugar palm trees is very typical for Cambodia – enjoy the beauty on an ox cart ride to Roluos Pagoda, a great and fun way to get in touch with rural Cambodia and its friendly people.
Here, in a small contemporary pagoda, Buddhist monks will celebrate a private blessing ceremony for you, wishing your health and a safe journey – a very special experience! Return to the hotel for a break during the midday heat.
Return to Siem Reap where you have some time at leisure for lunch (own expense) before this afternoon, explore the highlights of the Small Circuit. Start your tour with a visit to Ta Prohm temple, built in the mid-12th to early 13th centuries. Ta Prohm is unique in that it has been left largely as it was found: overgrown by jungle trees and vines, with many parts of the temple crumbling to the ground. This makes Ta Prohm one of the most picturesque and memorable of the Angkor temples. Your visit will also include Banteay Kdei, a Buddhist monastery from the late 12th Century, and Srah Srang, also known as the “pool of ablutions”. Continue to the ancient city of Angkor Thom. Angkor Thom was the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire under the reign of Jayavarman VII. This city is surrounded by an 8 m high wall, drawing a perfect square. Enter the city through the ancient South Gate, an impressive stone gate carved with Elephants and four giant faces. From here, continue to Bayon Temple in the exact center of the city. This 12th century masterpiece is a study in grandeur and is well-known for its 54 towers with enigmatic faces representing the 54 provinces of the Great Khmer Empire. The Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King are also must-visits as they are both known for their intricate bas-reliefs. And finish the day at the stunning Madame Butterfly. Set in a traditional Khmer wooden house with exotic gardens, Madame Butterfly servies up some of Siem Reaps best Khmer cuisine. Overnight in Siem Reap. Distances and journey time:
Siem Reap – Temples (06 km): 10 mins
Day 15: Ang kor – Banteay Srei- Tonle Sap ( B/L/D)
Early today, travel to the “gem” of the Angkor area, the pretty temple of Banteay Srei, which is best viewed in the warm morning light. The so-called “Citadel of the Women” remains the best preserved temple in Cambodia. It displays some of the finest examples of classical Khmer art as this small temple is noted for its truly remarkable fine bas-reliefs. Banteay Srei is unique in that it is constructed of pink sandstone, which is seen nowhere else in Angkor. On the way back, you will have the possibility to stop at local communities along the way and your guide will help you to interact with the local community to learn about the way of life here. Seize the opportunity to taste Palm Wine and Palm Sugar (seasonal) and other popular local produce. Lunch will be at the iconic Viroths restaurant, before embarking on an interesting boat trip on Tonlé Sap Lake, where you will have the opportunity to learn about life on the lake. Tonlé Sap is South East Asia’s largest freshwater lake with its size varying greatly depending on the season, as it is swelling to about 4 times its size in during the wet season. Board a local boat and visit Kampong Phluck, a village where you will see houses on stilts that are submerged when Tonlé Sap Lake extends. On the way, you will pass floating houses and impressive flooded forests, portraying life on the water. (Note: Due to low water levels during the dry season, the boat trip is only possible from June to March. However an alternative floating village at Chong Kneas can be arranged instead). Overnight in Siem Reap.
Distances and journey time:Siem Reap – Banteay Srei (37 km): 45 mins.Siem Reap – Tonle Sap (20 km): 30 mins
Day 16: SiemReap – Hochiminh ( B/L/D)
Depending on your departure flight you may have time to explore Siem Reap’s colorful markets. Visit Artisans d’Angkor, established in 1992 inorder to support Cambodian arts and crafts, and to help young people find work in their local villages by continuing the practice of traditional arts. Discover how wood and stone carvings, lacquering, gilding, and silk paintings are created.Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.Distances and journey time: Siem Reap - Siem Reap Airport (8 km): 15 mins
Day 17: Hochiminh – Can Tho ( B/L/D)
Another adventure in store today as we head south to the Mekong River and its sprawling delta. The Mekong rises in Tibet and travels over 4,600 kilometres through seven countries before splitting into nine tributaries and emptying into the Eastern Sea. Today we will cruise around several islands in the delta named after the four holy animals of Vietnam, visit orchards and local villages and eat fantastic tropical fruit, such as longan, jackfruit, sabadilla and pineapple. The delta is considered the rice bowl of Vietnam, producing sometimes three crops of rice a year and an abundance of fish products including the indispensable fish sauce!
Day 18: Can Tho – Hochiminh Departure. ( B/L/D)
Rise early in the morning to board a boat to visit the Cai Rang floating market, which is the largest one in South Vietnam. Observe the bustling life of the delta and the amazing spectacle of hundreds of authentic sampans filled with local products such as rice, fruits, vegetables, and handicrafts. Make a stop to taste delicious fruits from the lush orchards. And, discover the old central market which was located on the Ninh Kieu pier. It was restored in 2005 and now houses small shops. Visit the Binh Thuy ancient house, which was served as a backdrop to the film “The Lover” in the 19th century. Drive back to Ho Chi Minh City to catch international flight on ward.Our services is ended. Thanks for joining once a lifetime holiday with us.
Note: Hotels are subject to change due to availability. In that case we will choose equivalent accommodation
Meals: if you have any specific food requirements ( vegetarian, vegan, food allergies) please inform us in advance so that we can provide notice to our restaurant, tour guide, our partners so that they can server you better. If you are a food lover, Snail Adventure tours can be your culinary guide and provide you opportunity to savor tempting local food and world famous – dishes.
Tour included in:
v English speaking guide ( other languages upon requests)
v Accommodations are based on double/ twin occupancy
v Meals details in itineraries (17breakfast, 16lunches, 17dinners)
v A/C transfer/ and transportation
v Van or bus supported during the cycling times.
v First aid kit
v Cold water box, small fresh towel.
v Mineral water for drinking
v Onedomestic flights from Hanoi – Hue.
v Returned International Flights from Da Nang – Siem Reap: Siem Reap – Hochiminh City.
Tour excluded in:
v International airfare
v Travel insurance
v Items of personal nature
v Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks in meals
v Mineral water beyond that supplied
v Optional excursions
v Additional transport required due to any emergency situation
v Personal expenses such as telephone, laundry bills.
v Visa fee
v Departure tax
v Tip for team and guide