HTS Tour – Treasures of Vietnam 12days 11nights
On your arrival to Hanoi, we meet you at the airport, and transfer you to your hotel, check-in, then the rest of day 1 is free time, for your personal discoveries.
Today we explore Hanoi at a pace and in a manner that bring us closer to the people and the way they live. We experience the charm, complexity and intensity of the many guilded streets that interlace with human activities.
We walk around the fruit market of Long Bien, which offers ample opportunities to savour some succulent fruits, such as dragonfruit, rambutan and durian.
Those who relish a glimpse of Vietnam’s ethnic diversity can visit the Museum of Ethnology.
In the evening, we enjoy some of Hanoi’s culinary delights, such as Cha Ca, Bun Cha or a bowl of traditional Pho (beef/hicken rice noodle soup) in a local restaurant in the Old Quarter.
This is one of the best ways to capture the spirit of both Hanoi’s landscape and its people. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included).
Day 3 Hanoi / Mai Chau
In the morning we leave Hanoi and drive to Mai Chau, situated in a scenic valley 160 km northwest of Hanoi, Mai Chau is home to White Thai and Muong ethnic minority people.
Known for their hospitality and resistance to assimilation, their indigenous and diverse cultures provide an insight into their individualism, customs and culture. The rolling hills coupled with the sculpted rice terraces make an ideal place for walking around with camera in hand. .
Here, we hike through open rice fields, pass tiny villages and meet the local farmers at work, as they plough their paddies behind water buffaloes, tend their seasonal crops or fish in the river.
Finally, we descend into a valley, home to White Thai people. We settle in with a hospitable local family in a traditional wooden house for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included).
Day 4 Mai Chau / Tam Coc
The day begins with a morning hike along a footpath amid the splendid rice terraces and verdant small hills. We enjoy a hike through the rice terraces and several villages. It is very rewarding as we walk along the trail used by local people and the view on either side becomes more and more impressive. When we have finished our walk we will board our vehicle and drive to Tam Coc for an overnight stay in a comfortable hotel. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included).
Day 5 Tam Coc / Tam Diep
Today we explore fertile, lush plains and some intricate waterways. We take a leisurely boat ride along the tranquil Hoang Long river. As we journey through the scenic landscape, we witness the local activities dependent on both water and land. We stroll along the river front and through fabulous limestone scenery, then descending in a hidden and verdant valley filled with open-wide rice fields and aquatic farms.
Cycling is an ideal way to explore miles of vivid green rice fields, and to enjoy the intimacy of the countryside. We cycle along the river front of the Hoang Long River, down tiny lanes, through rural villages and beyond. Here, water buffalo work in the fields and laze around as the local people tend their crops, and the happy kids greet us so warmly.
On arrival in the village of Trang An, we combine a short sampan ride along a scenic canal with a delightful walk around a unique area, which is known for its magnificent twisted rock formations caused by earth movement some hundred million years ago. next we arrive at the village of Yen Mo, in Ninh Binh province. Here, we settle in with a local family to make authentic Vietnamese food, such as succulent spring rolls, zesty dipping sauce and betel leaf-wrapped spring rolls and other local delicacies that typify Northern Vietnamese cooking.
We then enjoy the family’s gracious hospitality as they share dinner with us. We end our day in Tam Coc town, an area which is well-known for its beautiful limestone mountains and picturesque villages. We stay overnight with a local family. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included).
Day 6 Tam Diep / Halong Bay
Departing Ninh Binh province we journey to Ha Long City. We follow its fertile road through flatlands of the Red River Delta flanked by rice paddies and reach Halong City. Here we board a traditional junk, which cruises past the spectacular limestone peaks of Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Listed area. We have time to relax and see the sublime beauty of the bay, while enjoying lunch on the boat.After we visit one of the most magnificent cave, Sung Sot, the junk anchors in the tranquil waters of Hang Trong Bay for an overnight stay. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included).
Day 7 Halong Bay / Hanoi
We continue exploring some of the Bay’s truly beautiful scenery and unusual rock shapes and islets that emerge from the sea. Weather permitting; there is an opportunity to swim in the clear waters and visit some floating fishing villages. On completion of the cruise we enjoy lunch in a local restaurant in Halong City. Our road vehicle then transfers us back to Hanoi, where we will arrive around 6pm.
(Breakfast and lunch are included).
Day 8 Hanoi
Today we will visit the History Museum and the Temple of Literature, built 1000yrs ago. We also have plenty of free in the afternoon to explore some more Hanoi sites. In the evening we attend the performance of traditional water puppetry, unique to Vietnam. (Breakfast and lunch are included).
Day 9 Hanoi / Ho Chi Minh City
This morning we take a short flight to Ho Chi Minh City. During our stay in Ho Chi Minh City we visit Ben Thanh Market, the Reunification Palace. There will be plenty of time to relax and explore the city on our own. (Breakfast and lunch are included).
Day 10 Ho Chi Minh City / Mekong Delta
From Ho Chi Minh City we drive to Vinh Long where we board our boat to venture into the watery world of the Mekong Delta. Here we visit bonsai gardens, some cottage industries and fruit orchards. The night is spent in a comfortable Vinh Long hotel. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included).
Day 11 Mekong Delta / Ho Chi Minh City
This morning we continue boating to explore the tributaries of the Mekong River then Cai Be, where we observe the floating markets and learn about the way of life in the delta.
Following that we board our road vehicle and return to Ho Chi Minh City. Here, we have free time for some exploration of the city, relaxation or souvenir hunting before we conclude our trip with a farewell dinner in one of the city’s best restaurants. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included).
Day 12 Ho Chi Minh City
You can depart for your onward journey at any time today, until then enjoy some free time for your own personal discoveries. (Breakfast is included).