Day 1 Hanoi
Upon arrival at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, you will be welcomed by our experienced guide and
transferred to downtown. Check into your hotel and refresh after a long-haul flight. Late afternoon, we will walk to the Old Quarter of Hanoi for a cyclo ride around the Old Streets, stop at Hoan Kiem Lake,
browse through art galleries, handicraft shops and cafes, followed by a Water Puppet Show, a typical art
performance of people in Red River Delta. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 2 Hanoi
After breakfast, we will visit Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum and the One Pillar Pagoda, pass by the Presidential Palace to the West Lake where you will visit Tran Quoc. Lunch will be at your own expense. In the afternoon, we will visit the Temple of Literature and continue with the Museum of Ethnology. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 3 Hanoi - Mai Chau (11647 km)
After breakfast, we will depart for Mai Hich village, Mai Chau, Hoa Binh (it takes about 3-1/2 hours). We will then have a short break at Thung Khe mountain pass to enjoy the scenery of the North West forest.
Arriving in the village, we will have lunch at a homestay. In the afternoon, cycle or walk around the villages. We will
overnight at the stilt house of a White Thai minority host (a cozy and convenient guest house with free WIFI. In
spite of preserving the original architecture of the stilt house that has no rooms - an open space, you still feel
satisfied with closed private spaces as the host temporarily separates the house's space with many curtains at
Day 4 Mai Chau
A beautiful sunrise with the pure and fresh atmosphere of the forest is such a wonderful way to start your day! Breakfast will be served at your homestay. Next, we will trek through rice fields and bamboo forest to visit the hilltribe villages of Thai people such as Ban Denh, Ngoa, Sun, Muoi, etc from Mai Hich to Buoc Village. Afterwards, we will have lunch at Buoc village. Enjoy some free time at your leisure before transfer back to your homestay. Dinner will be at your homestay.
Day 5 Mai Chau - Hanoi (11647 km)
After breakfast at the homestay, we will trek through rice fields and bamboo forest to visit manual brick
kilns, more villages of Thai people such as Mai Ha, Chieng Chau etc. Once arriving at Ban Lac, we will visit a small factory in which disabled artisans produce manual embroidery and weave products. At the central town of Ban Lac, we will have free time. Then back to our homestay by car/bus and enjoy lunch cooked by our host. In the afternoon, we will transfer back to Hanoi and overnight.
Day 6 Hanoi - Ha Long Bay (140 km)
After breakfast, we will depart by road to Ha Long Bay. On arrival at the pier, we will board a cruise and enjoy a welcome drink before checking in to cabin. and board your cruise. The cruise starts right afterward with lunch served on board. The cruise passes by many rocks and islets in many funny shapes. The cruise meanders among many karst rocks and islets in their many unique and funny shapes. Dinner served on board. In the evening, enjoy night fishing, drinks on the rooftop, watching an Indochina film, or massage, spa etc. (Shared local English speaking guide on boat.)
Day 7 Ha Long Bay
After breakfast onboard, we will transfer to a day-boat, soon heading to Lan Ha Bay at the furthest side of Ha Long bay. The highlight of this day will be kayaking through spectacular tunnels to reach Secret Lagoon (if tides permit). After lunch, you will have time to swim, enjoy the beach, and practice more kayaking. We will also have the opportunity to visit a temple and a floating fish farm. Late afternoon, we will back on the overnight boat for optional spa and massage services, happy hour, scrumptious dinner and overnight stay, anchored in a peaceful bay.
Day 8 Ha Long Bay - Hanoi (182 km)
You can join a Tai Chi lesson for some early morning exercise and watch the sunrise over the bay before breakfast. Today we will visit a beautiful limestone grotto, then head back to the boat for a final glimpse of Ha Long Bay while cruising back to the dock. Disembarking around 11:00, then your driver & guide will transfer you back to Hanoi.
Day 9 Hanoi - Dong Hoi - Phong Nha National Park
After breakfast, we will be transferred to the airport for a flight to Dong Hoi. Upon arrival, we will be greeted by our guide and make our way to Phong Nha National Park. From there, we will take a boat trip to visit Phong Nha Cave. In the afternoon, we will continue to explore Thien Duong. Overnight at a farmstay in Phong Nha National Park.
Day 10 Hang En Cave Adventure
Today we will start a two-day Hang En Cave Adventure. Learn all about safety collect your gear and sign the Release Form before driving 45mins through the National Park to reach the trailhead. At 10:00 am, we will leave the road behind for the jungle, hike through rich primary forest to reach the Ban Doong minority village for a hot cup of tea. We will have a picnic lunch at about 12:30 - 1:00 pm. Then through rivers and streams, and along the river valley until Hang En around 3:00pm and take a quick rest. For the next couple of hours, continue through the cave to the breathtaking exit. Then we will return to camp, enjoy downtime relaxing or swimming in the natural pool before a sizzling grilled dinner is served.
Day 11 Hang En Cave Adventure
Awake at 8:00 am for breakfast and pack up belongings. Depart camp at 9:00 am to leave Hang En. We will have lunch from 12:00 - 1:00 pm, and then trek for the next hour along a shady path through the river valley. From 2:00 - 4:00 pm, we will back to the pickup point , where our driver will be waiting to take us back to Phong Nha between 4:30 - 5:30 pm. Overnight at a farmstay in Phong Nha National Park.
Day 12 Dong Hoi - Ho Chi Minh City
After breakfast, we will be transferred to Dong Hoi airport for a flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat Airport in Saigon, we'll be met by our guide and driven to downtown. Check into our hotel and be free for leisure!
Day 13 Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta (127 km)
After breakfast, we will depart to the Mekong Delta. Upon arrival at Cai Be, we will take a boat cruise around the Cai Be Floating Market. Lunch will be at a rustic lodge. After lunch, we will cycle to visit Kinder Garden and interact with kids and teachers.
Then, we'll experience learning how to make jackfruits leafs cake and cycling around Tan Phong Island to visit the monkey bridge. Stop at a local farmer's house to savor a cup of tea. You can try plucking the fruits at the host's garden and talk to him to understand how local farmers care for their gardens. At last we'll drive back to Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 14 Ho Chi Minh City
After breakfast, we will have free time until meeting guide and transferring to the airport for departure flight.