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Natural Heritage Adventure 16 days

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Natural Heritage Adventure 16 days

Explore Vietnam’s flora and fauna, animal and bird world, the ethnic cultures and stunning landscapes. Tour options are designed for a wide range of people who like to be close to nature, who enjoy hiking & biking and roughing it a little and who want to experience life as locals and not as typical tourists. If so, your dream tour has just come true! Accommodation in National Parks ranges from barely mid range to non-existent – most are very basic. This is not a tour for softies so look upon it as an adventure! You’ll need suitable clothing, footwear and equipment. Depending on your chosen itinerary and interests we will advise what to bring and provide relevant information well in advance. Those exploring nature may range from a general interest to amateur enthusiast or even botanist. If exploring a particular class, family or even a single species we can customise the tour to accommodate your preferences. You may instead, or as well, wish to experience the diverse and distinctive cultures of ethnic minorities and soak up the scenic and tranquil beauty of Vietnam. This 16 days tour is split into North and South with a chill-out in between to relax and recharge your batteries! This is a suggested itinerary only that you can do in reverse. Tell us what you want and we’ll make the necessary modifications. There is no fee for adapting the itinerary, or any limit on changes you wish to make. We won’t be happy until you are happy

DAY 1

Hanoi Arrival

On arriving at Noi Bai airport in Hanoi you’ll be met and driven to your hotel. The rest of the day is for you to relax and unwind after your flight. Maybe have a stroll around Hoan Kiem Lake and a get a feel of this vibrant city of history and culture. You’ll spend the night in Hanoi

Hanoi
DAY 2

Explore the capital/Lao Cai

Discover Hanoi. We'll visit many famous sites that cannot be missed, such as the Temple of Literature, Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, Ethnology Museum, the old Tran Quoc Pagoda and the exciting Old Quarters with shopping streets, old houses, and workshops in various architecture styles. Return to the hotel to relax, freshen up and maybe seek out a local restaurant if still hungry until your car arrives to take you to the Hanoi train station for the overnight journey to Lao Cai. Read more

overnight on train
DAY 3

Sapa Biking

Arrive in Lao Cai and everything will be ready for your biking explorer. Cycling downhill to turn onto a dirt road. This is where your adventure begins. You then cycle uphill to enjoy spectacular views overlooking a valley before cycling to one of the villages to understand more about the home of the Black H’Mong. Talk to these friendly and charming villagers with their highly distinctive and colourful dress code. You may have to get off and walk the hilly track in places but the compensation is even more stunning scenery. Enjoy lunch in a scenic picnic spot if the weather is OK or a local house and relax and chat. The daily life of villagers will make your trip more interesting. You’ll then spend your night in Sapa Read more

Sapa
DAY 4

Hiking to the remote village

The hike today begins with a 15 minute drive to the start of an hour’s hike up a trail to one of the remote villages. On arrival enjoy a great view of the mountainous landscape. Another hour of rolling hills takes you downwards hike towards to villages with panoramic views over Fansipan Mountain and plenty of photo opportunities. You’ll also enjoy the two hour walk through rice paddy fields and majestic views over a valley which will always available in the plateau. Read more

Sapa
DAY 5

Back to the city

Today you’ll explore the colourful Ethnic market frequented by the various ethnic minorities. With a stop briefly to see the important border crossing alongside the river marking the boundary with China. The according the level water you’ll take your motor-boat to the river. En-route enjoy a hike to the Tay minority village to visit villagers and their stilt houses. Expect a warm welcome and a cup of refreshing green tea. You’ll then get back to Hanoi for your overnight. Read more

Hanoi
DAY 6

Travel to Pu Luong

8:00am: you will start your day to Pu Luong Nature Reserve. You enter Pu Luong Nature Reserve by road via a breath taking mountain pass giving you a panoramic view of the whole valley. Captivating panoramic views and tranquil setting will make you interest. Your walk in search of stunning water wheels to discover how water is moved from the river to handmade bamboo aqueducts, using simple constructions methods. You also visit the local fisherman’s house to understand local life. Lots of other interesting activities like rafting will wait for you. Read more

Pu Pu Luong
DAY 7

Enthralling hiking

After breakfast you start early to descend into the beautiful valley where you walk around tumbling rice terraces. You will hike through small paths shrouded in vegetation to slowly reveal a picturesque village sitting at the base of a towering mountain. Have your camera ready for a whole day explore the nature. Read more

Pu Luong
DAY 8

The stunning Limestone

After breakfast, you will drive further to the stunning mountainous Ninh Binh area where you’ll check in in the resort for your relax and enjoy the beautiful tranquil nature

Ninh Binh
DAY 9

From the Moutain to the city

You’ll find out Vietnam history via your trip to the two Ancient temples. For a wonderful scenic view of Hoa Lu you can climb some steps to the viewpoint to take photos of the mountains, rivers and temple. From here we will drive the back road to Tam Coc along village’s roads with attractive countryside and friendly local people. Give them a wave! Enjoy the rest of day with your time to see the real nature and get back to your hotel for resting. Read more

Ho Chi Minh City
DAY 10

Exploring the city

Time for you to explore this bustling hustling but very attractive city: Museum of War, Cu Chi Tunnles the unique and religious Jade Emperor temple, the crowded Ben Thanh market, or the colourful mini Chinatown Binh Tay market

Ho Chi Minh City
DAY 11

The Jungle exploring

Today, your driver will take you to Nam Cat Tien National Park. After a brief orientation you’ll bike to see the Park’s abundant fauna and flora, enjoy your night to spot the wild life. You’ll be equipped with a good pair of binoculars to see monkeys, deer and other small mammals.

Nam Cat Tien
DAY 12

The Jungle trekking

You’ll enjoy your great day by a trip get into the jungle where you can visit the massive trees, dripping vines and do your trekking into the jungle to the Crocodile Lake. Rowing, trekking and enjoy the natural life without the modern facilities will make your trip so interesting. An overnight in the bungalow locates right into the nature will make you an unforgettable night. Read more

Nam Cat Tien
DAY 13

Back to the city

Wake up to distinctive bird sounds and the squawk of monkeys before enjoying a forest breakfast. You then say “good bye” to the Lake and hike back to the forest edge where a jeep will take you to the Park’s HQ to see how the environment, eco-system and land and marine life is managed. You may enjoy the sightseeing cruising before getting back to the city. Read more

Ho Chi Minh City
DAY 14

Cycling to the Mekong Delta

After escaping from Ho Chi Minh City’s urban sprawl, you’ll travel to the Mekong by support van with your professional cycling guide. Arriving at the small delta town, take your bicycle and start your tour on quiet back roads. You cycle along small lanes with peaceful villages, orchards, and buffalo herds alongside to see the real life of rural towns. So much interesting, so much challenge stories to get bring back home. Read more

Tra Vinh
DAY 15

Another day on your pedal

Your day begins cycling to visit several attractions with the antique structure and the paddy fields and delightful rural scenery. Enjoy quiet roads winding through villages and fruit gardens, with delicious aromas, and the lush verdant colours that make for a memorable biking experience. Stop to chat to locals and enjoy the sweetness of fresh coconut or other seasonal fruits. No matter the season there are always fresh fruits available in the Mekong Delta. You’ll pass over small bridges and take in the tranquil scenery. Visit a vegetable farm to see, and join in if you wish, the daily work of farmers as they plant and water vegetables. Read more

Can Tho
DAY 16

Departure time

After breakfast you board a boat and cruise to the colorful floating market on the Mekong River. The river journey and markets provide an unvarnished look at the rural Mekong Delta lifestyle. You’ll be eye to eye with all the activity as hundreds of big and small boats exchange goods and turn the mighty Mekong into one vast floating farmers’ market. It is an amazing sight before your flight back home Read more

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ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Hanoi
Day 2
Location On train
Hotel Carriage Express
Day 3
Location Sapa
Day 4
Location Sapa
Day 5
Location Hanoi
Day 6
Location Pu Luong
Day 7
Location Pu Luong
Day 8
Location Ninh Binh
Day 9
Location Ho Chi Minh City
Day 10
Location Ho Chi Minh City
Day 11
Location Nam Cat Tien
Day 12
Location Nam Cat Tien
Hotel Bau Sau Bungalow
Day 13
Location Ho Chi Minh City
Day 14
Location Tra Vinh
Hotel Cuu Long hotel
Day 15
Location Can Tho
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Hanoi
Day 2
Location On train
Hotel Carriage Express
Day 3
Location Sapa
Day 4
Location Sapa
Day 5
Location Hanoi
Day 6
Location Pu Luong
Day 7
Location Pu Luong
Day 8
Location Pu Luong
Day 9
Location Eden Star hotel
Day 10
Location Eden Star hotel
Day 11
Location Nam Cat Tien
Day 12
Location Nam Cat Tien
Hotel Bau Sau bungalow
Day 13
Location Eden Star hotel
Day 14
Location Tra Vinh
Hotel Cuu Long hotel
Day 15
Location Superior

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Accommodation with breakfast
  • Train tickets: Hanoi/Lao Cai one way
  • Boat cruise as specific
  • Internal flight tickets
  • Private vehicle with experience lisence driver
  • English speaking guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Lunches and dinners as in program
  • Visa to Vietnam

Package excludes

  • International Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa stamp fees
  • Tips
  • Beverages
  • Additional journeys and transfers
  • Insurance
  • Early check in by 14:00 or late check out after 12:00

More information

  • This tour is designed privately for your group. If you haven't travelled privately before, I think you'll be surprised. We often have guests saying that a private tour is a completely different experience from conventional group tours because they are in control of what they are doing and seeing. For more information please contact us.

REVIEWS

5 Reviews

MS. KATE DAVIS, United States

In June 2015 I traveled to Vietnam with a group planning to visit Hanoi, Da Nang, and Ho Chi Minh City. We wanted as many varied experiences as possible - and Mr. Vinh happily obliged. He arranged everything for us and the trip was perfect! We spent several days in Hanoi in nice, but affordable accommodations and were able to explore the city and local environment. We traveled to the Mekong Delta and had a wonderful experience meeting local people and traveling by bicycle and motorbike as well as by boat. We spent 2 days and a night on a junk on Halong Bay with kayaking and swimming as our main activities. Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City afforded even more adventures. Through it all, Mr. Vinh was available to us and had set an itinerary that allowed us to experience Vietnam in a way most travelers probably don’t. I highly recommend Mr. Vinh and his company for any trip you might plan to Vietnam. As a matter of fact, his services are one of the reasons you should plan a trip to Vietnam. You could not be in better hands! Read more

MR. STEFANO ROLANDO, Italy

Vinh, our tour leader: what can I say, I love traveling and my plan for a beautiful trip in South east area includes, of course, his experience! When I searched the internet for an independent tour company, I got in touch with him. My wife and me we were good surprised concerning planning, hotels and attractions Mr. Vinh suggested us after any email discussions in order to know better our ideas and life style I can’t recommend mr Vinh any more highly! If you happen to plan a visit in South East of Asia in any different angle, do not hesitate and give Mr. Vinh a call! Read more

June, United Kingdom

We would have no hesitation in recommending Mr. Vinh to all our friends and relatives. It was a memorable tour.

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