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Backroads of Vietnam 23D

BACKROADS OF VIETNAM 23 DAYS

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Day 1: Hanoi arrival

Day 2: Hanoi –City- Sapa

Day 3: Laocai – Sapa Trekking to Ta Van Village (Homestay)

Day 4: Trekking to Ban Ho Village (Homestay)

Day 5: Ban Ho – Sapa

Day 6: Sapa – Lao Cai – Hanoi

Day 7: Hanoi – Ha Long

Day 8: Ha Long – Hue (Brunch)

Day 9: Hue City

Day 10: Hue – Hoi An

Day 11: Hoi An

Day 12: Hoi An – Danang – Buon Ma Thuot – Rai village

Day 13: Nam Ka forest – Buon Triet Lake – Jatu

Day 14: Jun village – Lak lake – M’lieng village

Day 15: Buon Ma Thuot – Kon Tum

Day 16: Kon Tum – Kon Ko Tu village

Day 17: Dakto – Plei Phun – Plei Ku

Day 18: Plei Ku – Quy Nhon

Day 19: Quy Nhon – Nha Trang

Day 20: Nha Trang

Day 21: Nha Trang – Saigon

Day 22 : Sai Gon-Mekong Delta

Day 23: Saigon Departure

Day 1: Hanoi arrival

Our representative/tour guide will meet and greet you at the airport. Drive to your hotel.

Overnight in Hanoi

Day 2: Hanoi –City- Sapa

Today the tour starts with a visit to the One Pillar Pagoda. The Pagoda is close to Ho Chi Minh Memorial complex where the tour begins at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Here visitors can pay respect to the embalmed body of Ho Chi Minh. Continue through the Park to Ho Chi Minh Silt House, a simple two rooms dwelling where Ho Chi Minh lived from 1948 until his final days. Then heading to the Temple of Literature which is peaceful series of walled courtyards end graceful gateways. Keep going to visit Hoan Kiem Lake( Sword Lake) located in the heart of Hanoi. In the Northern of this lake one can find Ngoc Son Temple from 18 century. Visit Ethnology Museum where you have chance to observed image of 54 minority people in Vietnam. Enjoy Water Puppet Show.After dinner take the night train to Sapa.

Overnight on train

Day 3: : Laocai – Sapa Trekking to Ta Van Village (Homestay)

Arrive at Lao Cai railway station early morning, go to Sapa town.Over the next three days, we trek through this beautiful mountain region and observe the varied customs and cultures of some of the minority people. The trekking will be difficult at times with some steep uphill and downhill walking, but the spectacular scenery, with a mixture of terraced rice-fields and hill villages, makes the hardship all worthwhile. A degree of physical preparation is suggested to ensure maximum enjoyment from the walk. We spend the nights in local villages, as guests of the villagers. The facilities are very basic, but the experience is definitely unique. Our first night of trekking is spent in a Zay village called Ta Van.

Overnight in Sapa: Homestay

Day 4: Trekking to Ban Ho Village (Homestay)

We continue our trek, passing through many different hill tribe villages along the way. On our journey we meet many of the local people. Black Hmong, Tay, Red Dao and Sa Pho are some of the many minority groups who have settled in this remote region. Our second night of trekking is most likely spent in the village of Ban Ho.

Overnight in Sapa: Homestay

Day 5: Ban Ho – Sapa

The scenery of the north is unequalled. The Fansipan range boasts Vietnam’s highest mountain and lends an alpine feel to the areas surrounding this hill station. We complete our trekking expedition in the afternoon and return to Sapa for a well-earned rest and a proper shower!

Overnight at hotel in Sapa

Day 6: Sapa – Lao Cai – Hanoi

An early start departing Sapa as we again past the frontier town of Lao Cai and head for hills towards the east. We visit the lively and colourful Sunday market in Bac Ha, arguably one of the most colourful markets in the world! Here we see many ethnic minority groups, but the dominant are the aptly named Flower Hmong. All these ethnic minority tribes wear their distinct costumes and come into town to trade on this one day of the week. Returning to Lao Cai, we catch the overnight sleeper train for an eight-hour overnight journey back to Hanoi.

Overnight on train

Day 7: Hanoi – Ha Long

Arrival Hanoi in the early morning Travel east through the scenic rice fields and rich farmlands of the Red River Delta to Halong Bay. Board the Junk for your overnight cruise, a deluxe boat reminiscent of the French Indochina era. Feast on scrumptious fresh seafood, enjoy the views as you coast past limestone karts and hidden caves( Surprising Cave) and a swim at Titov beach,enjoy sunset,dinner on board.Fishing or relax and spending a quiet night on Junk

Overnight on Junk in Ha Long Bay

Day 8: Ha Long – Hue (Brunch)

This morning, watch the sunrise from the deck and enjoy a full breakfast (or brunch) , keep going to visit Luon cave on small bamboo boat , then cruise around the bay so that tourists can have a look Man’s head island, Tortoise island from the Junk , Back to harbor in the noon time. Transfer to Noi Bai Airport to take your afternoon flight to Hue

Overnight in Hue

Day 9: Hue City

This quiet city is widely known for the magnificent architecture of its citadels, palaces, royal tombs, pagodas and temples built under the Nguyen Dynasty

Morning touring to visit the royal mausoleum of Emperor Tu Duc and the beautiful Thien Mu Pagoda are not to be missed. We include these in a guided cruise on the Perfume River, which also gives us a taste of the tranquil countryside. Returning to town, we then visit the Citadel and the Purple Forbidden City

Overnight in Hue

Day 10: Hue – Hoi An

This morning we embark on one of Vietnam’s most spectacular road trips by crossing over the Hai Van Pass, towards Danang. We continue south to China Beach, enjoyed as an ‘R & R’ spot during the Vietnam War, which lies against a backdrop of the sensational Marble Mountains. We also visit these ‘mountains’, which consist of five peaks that are actually limestone with marble outcrops and are seen to epitomize the five elements: fire, water, earth, wood and metal. The history of the mountains is a rich one. They were once used by the Chams for religious purposes, but in more recent times became a haven for the Viet Cong, with their clear view of the Danang air base – at one time the busiest airport in the world. Good footwear is essential, as the paths between the rocks are sometime slippery. Our destination at the end of the day is Hoi An. There are many street-side cafes and restaurants in Hoi An – ideal places to finish off the day by sampling the culinary delights of this town.

Overnight in Hoi An

Day 11: Hoi An

Hoi An was originally a Cham port town, but has been influenced down the centuries by a myriad of traders from various cultures. There is a distinctly Chinese appearance with pagodas and assembly halls scattered along the small streets. Hoi An was once a bustling port in centuries gone by before the river silted up. Today much of it is a delightful backwater town with an air of liveliness. The tranquility and charm of this town with its low tiled houses makes it one of the most delightful places to visit in Vietnam. It is a constant favorite of our travelers and staff. A walking tour takes us to see a historic house (formerly home to a prominent trader), the Japanese Covered Bridge, a Chinese assembly hall and a museum. During a free afternoon, you can enjoy a bicycle ride in the countryside or relax at the nearby Cua Dai Beach.

Overnight in Hoi An

Day 12: Hoi An – Danang – Buon Ma Thuot – Rai village

Pick up at Hotel driving to Da Nang airport fly to Buon Me Thuot,After arrival driving about 80 kms to the rural village of Nam Ka before walking the final 3 kms to our home for the night. Our homestay is in Rai village, which is an Ede minority village. Our accommodation, a traditional long house-on-stilt of Ede group, is very simple but clean and comfortable.

Overnight in Nam Ka:Home stay

Day 13: Nam Ka forest – Buon Triet Lake – Jatu

Today, we have a full day for trekking through evergreen forest to the lovely Buon Triet lake. The trek is 18 km but is graded easy and the temperature remains quite comfortable. We are picked up by pedal boats and enjoy a ride across this beautiful lake before enjoying an afternoon swim. This evening is spent in Jatu village where our hosts belong to the M’Nong minority.

Overnight in Jatu village

Day 14: Jun village – Lak lake – M’lieng village

We will take private transport to Jun village. Enjoying a ride across Lak lake by elephant to M’Lieng village. Walking around the village to discover the daily life of ethnic minority in the Central Highlands. Back to Jun village by boat. This evening is spent at a hotel in Buon Ma Thuot where you can take the delights of a hot shower.  By night, you take a walk on streets and enjoy some coffee which has the best quality in Vietnam.

Overnight at hotel in Buon Me Thuot

Day 15: Buon Ma Thuot – Kon Tum

There are some interesting things to do this morning. Visit Ethnology Museum where we can see many things come from the daily life of ethnic minorities in Vietnam such as : clothes, cultivated tools, musical instruments… We continue on to Khai Doan Pagoda, the last one of Nguyen Dynasty in the Central Highlands. The architecture of this pagoda is mixed between long house-on-stilts of Ede group and traditional house in Hue. Visit Buon Ma Thuot’s bustling regional market. You can buy some souvenirs before driving to Kon Tum in the afternoon.

Overnight at hotel in Kon Tum

Day 16: Kon Tum – Kon Ko Tu village

Visit the Big Seminary, the Wooden Church and drive to Kon Ko Lor II village. Start hiking through Kon Ko Ri village, across rice and sugar-cane fields. You will meet Bana ethnic people and discover the architecture of Rong house which looks like an axe blade pointing in to the sky. Later in the afternoon, enjoy a ride on the river by rubber boat to Kon Ko Tu village. This evening is spent in Rong house that belongs to the Bana minority.

Overnight in KonTum; Kon Ko Tu village

Day 17: Dakto – Plei Phun – Plei Ku

The private transport will take us to Dak To. Walk across a suspension bridge to visit some villages of Se Dang minority. Back to Kon Tum and transport to Plei Ku. Visit Phun village, a traditional village of Jarai ethnic group with a typical cemetery in the Central Highlands. The tombs are decorated by wooden statues. Going on to T’nung Lake before checking in hotel in Plei Ku.

Overnight in Plei ku

Day 18: Plei Ku – Quy Nhon

Today we drive to Quy Nhon via Highway No.19 with stopover at An Khe to visit the former bases: 1st Bn 7th CAV Base Camp, 3rd Bde “Garry Owen” Base Camp, Looking West from 3rd Bde, The Barrier Line, 1/9 CAV Area and Manyang passes, having lunch on the way. Proceed to Quy Nhon.

Overnight at beach resort in Quy Nhon.

Day 19: Quy Nhon – Nha Trang

Morning departure for the beach city of Nha Trang by Highway 1, stopping at any point that interests you along the way. Arrive at Nha Trang, check into hotel. Free evening for strolling around the city.

Overnight in Nha Trang city.

Day 20: Nha Trang

Experience the coast of Nha Trang aboard a boat as you set out in the morning for the first stop at the Tri Nguyen Aquarium. You will then head out to Hon Mun Island where you have the chance for swimming and snorkeling in the crystal clear waters. From here, continue to Hon Tam Island where you have the choice of relaxing on the beach or for the energetic – there is a choice of water sports. Lunch stop is at the fishing village of Lang Chai where there is time to explore before boarding the boat back to Nha Trang harbor. If time permits, we will visit the Po Nagar Towers, an outstanding of ancient Cham architecture and then touring around Dam Market before transfer you back to the hotel.

Overnight in Nha Trang

Day 21: Nha Trang – Saigon

Free at leisure until transferring to airport to take flight to Saigon – Vietnam’s largest city has an exciting buzz as millions of people rush around on their daily business. We’ll see the historic Reunification Palace and some great examples of French colonial architecture from the comfort of a cyclo. You will be free at the rest of day to make your own exploration to discover the city.

Overnight in Saigon.

Day 22 : Sai Gon-Mekong Delta

Day trip to the watery world of the Mekong Delta – My Tho. Excursion to My Tho with a boat trip to Mekong River islands from Saigon. My Tho, a bustling town in the rich agricultural region of the Mekong Delta. Visit the VINH TRANG PAGODA, a beautiful temple and a sanctuary for orphans and other needy children. Afterwards board a local boat to explore the MEKONG RIVER ISLANDS, stopping at a fruit orchard to enjoy fruit and tea while listening to local music and THOI SON islet. The trip also includes a brief sampan ride through the tiny waterways that thread the island. Enjoy local specialties for lunch. Drive back to Ho Chi Minh in the late afternoon.

Overnight in Sai Gon

Day 23: Saigon Departure

Free at leisure until transferring to Tan Son Nhat airport to take departure flight onward. HOME SWEET HOME. End of service.