- Hotel accommodation in twin or double sharing basic with daily breakfast,
- Domestic airfare with Vietnam Airlines: Hanoi – Da Nang, Da Nang – Saigon,
- Private transfers by air-conditioned vehicle as specified in the itinerary above,
- English-speaking guide,
- Boat trip as mentioned,
- Entrance fees for all visits as mentioned in the program,
- Meals as specified in the itinerary (B: breakfast, L: lunch, D: dinner) at local restaurants
This tour will be the chance for you to enjoy the harmony between the art of cuisine that brings the Vietnamese souls and the unique experiences with the local daily life. Learn to cook some typical Vietnamese dishes which represent the North of Vietnam; Wallow in the midst of clouds – fantastic trekking to tribal villages; A day being farmer in Tra Que village; 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.
Day 1. Hanoi arrival
Arriving at Noi Bai airport in Hanoi , you will be met and driven to your hotel. You will have time to relax after your journey.
In the evening, you will join a cooking class to learn to cook some typical Vietnamese dishes which represent the North of Vietnam. First visit to a local market, accompanied by the chef 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. Enjoy dinner with what-you-have-made. Overnight in Hanoi
Day 2. Hanoi sightseeing tour – Lao Cai station (B, L, D)
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.
Day 3. Sapa (B, L)
Upon arrival in Sapa Town, leave your luggage in hotel and then have breakfast. Take time to relax, enjoy Sapa pure atmosphere. 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 Tay and Day tribes. Our car will take you back to Sapa for your overnight stay.
Day 4. Sapa – Overnight train back to Hanoi (B, L)
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 Chai village. 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
Day 5. Hanoi – Da Nang – Hoi An (B, L)
You will arrive in Hanoi Station early morning. Meet our guide and transfer to hotel for freshen up and breakfast. 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 flight to Da Nang. Upon arrival in Da Nang, 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.
Day 6. Hoi An Rural life (B, L)
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 activities. Your lunch will consist of many local delicacies including ‘tam huu’ spring roll, Banh xeo or local pancake of people’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 far-well to your host family before riding back to Hoi An, on the way back we will stop at Nhat tomb and Ba Le well.
Day 7. Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh (B)
After breakfast you will be relax until transferring to airport for flight to Ho Chi Minh city.
Discover Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City).
Day 8. Ho Chi Minh City – My Tho – Vinh Long (B, L, D)
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 canal 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.
Day 9. Cai Be – Vinh Long – Ho Chi Minh (B, L)
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.
Day 10. Ho Chi Minh departure (B)
Our fantastic holiday come to an end. Be at your own leisure until transferring to airport for your departure flight.