Vietnam is very famous for its tranquility and the sense of people humor. From the North to the South, the seaside to plain or mountainous area, every where you can see the frienly smiles on the righteous, rustic faces. And as the hospitable host, they will try to invite you to taste their authentic cuisines that are all made by their own hands. This tour will be the chance for you to enjoy the harmony between the art of cuisine that brings the Viet people souls and the unique experiences with the local daily life. With the aim to preserve core values of colourful and meaningful life and introduce the special culinary as the spirit heritage that should be well – known by tourists…..
Start city: Hanoi
End city: Ho Chi Minh
Duration: 12 days 11 nights
Departure: Daily, upon your request.
Destination: Hanoi – Sapa – Lao Cai – Ta Van – Da Nang – Hoi An – My Tho – Vinh Long – Ho Chi Minh.
Arriving at Noi Bai airport in Hanoi , you will be met and driven to your hotel. You willl have time to relax after your journey. In the evening, you will have tickets for a performance of traditional Water Puppetry (an art form unique to northern Vietnam , and an interesting, light-hearted introduction to its rural culture). Your overnight stay will be in Hanoi .
In the morning, you will be picked up from your hotel to the restaurant where you will learn to cook some typical Vietnamese dishes which represent the North of Vietnam. You will be driven to a market, accompanied by the Chief and have a chance to buy or bargain as a local people at a local market. When you come back the restaurant, Vietnamese teacher will prepare and help you to cook your lunch. In the afternoon, your time will be your own.
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 . You will then drive to the excellent Ethnology Museum for an overview of Vietnam ‘s 54 distinct ethnic groups in anticipation of your trip to Sapa. After having dinner our guide will pick you up at your hotel and transfer you for the overnight train to Lao Cai Station. Enjoy the experience the romance of overnight train travel.
Upon arrival in Sapa Town , leave your luggage in hotel and then have breakfast. Take time to relax, enjoy Sapa pure asmostphere. Then, in the afternoon, soak your body, feel ready for a great trek down to the picturesque valley of Muong Hoa . we will walk on small paths and trails to reach Lao Chai and Tavan Village to visit the Tayand Day tribes. Our car will take you back to Sapa for your overnight stay.
Sunrise breakfast and then check in your hotel, get ready for our last trek. You first sneak through the market and leave the busy town behind. After a couple of minutes, you will follow a road going down hill to Cat Cat village. You will stop by a waterfall and a hydroelectric station. Take a rest here before you trek downhill to get Sin Chaivillage. Enjoy beautiful scenery on the way back to Sapa town for lunch. You will have free time to discover by yourself in the afternoon. Dinner is for your choice. Back to hotel for shower and then our car will transfer you to Lao Cai station for overnight train back to Hanoi.
You will arrive in Hanoi Station at around 5h30. You will be transferred to hotel for frenshen up service. You will have free time for shopping in the bustling Old Quarter of Hanoi or at your leisure before pick up to the airport for a noon flight to Danang. Upon arriving in Danang, you will have a brief look at the remarkable Hindu statuary in the Cham Museum before leaving for Hoi An.
Your overnight will be in Hoi An.
After breakfast feel ready to ride a bicycle to a local farm in Tra Que village. You will take a trip around the vegetable garden and join the farmers in preparing the land and fertilizing it with seaweed from the local lake. Continuing doing some next steps such as: raking the ground, sowing, watering greens, picking greens and many more gardening activies. Your lunch will consist of many local delicacies including ‘tam huu’ spring roll, Banh xeo or local pancake of pepople’s middle region. After your lunch and the exertions of the morning, take an even more traditional Vietnamese post-prandial nap before learning how to harvest and wrap the vegetables. Around 15.00, bid farwell to your host family before riding back to Hoi An, on the way back we will stop at Nhat tomb and Ba Le well. The tour finishes at 16h00.
The day will be free for strolling in the town, lazing on the beach, or whatever takes your fancy. You will spend the night in Hoi An.
After breakfast you will be relax until our car will come and transfer to airport for afternoon flight to Ho Chi Minh city . Your overnight will be in Ho Chi Minh City .
2 hour drive ahead to My Tho helps you get away from Ho Chi Minh bustling city. Transfer to small boat and then our boat trip start around four beautiful Islets : Dragon, Unicorn, Tortoise and Phoenix on Tien River . Through Xep canel to visit Mekong traditional houses at Quoi An village (make all from coconut tree). See coconut collection set and how the locals make handicrafts from coconut trunk and shell. Enjoy seasonal fruits and listening to traditional music. Take the horse-cart on village path and stop at Ben Truc orchard, taste honey with tea or wine. See bees-breeding in wooden boxes at local farms. Have lunch at local restaurant before continuing the drive to Vinh Long. Homestay in Vinh Long.
You have a relaxing morning with home breakfast. At 9:00 am, you are transferred to a local boat to enjoy Cai Be – colorful floating market. Experience the daily life by a visit to coconut candy workshop, taste the little brown sweets. Visit local houses to learn the process of making rice cakes and pop rice. Have lunch at a local restaurant. Transferred to the car, drive back to Ho Chi Minh City . End of the tour at 5:30 pm.
Our fantastic holiday come to an end. After breakfast be relax until our driver will come to take you to airport for your flight.