Online Reservation01: Ho Chi Minh City
Arrival for most. We can take possession of our rooms in the
Spend most of the afternoon shaking off Jet Lag and touring local
Celebrate with a welcome dinner and enjoy Saigon nightlife.
Hotel: Ho Chi Minh Majestic Hotel - 4 Star. French colonial
Located in heart of city overlooking Saigon River.
D02: Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
Tour Saigon. See Tunnels north of Saigon that villagers dug to escape
Vietnamese War.Tour and shoot local Markets.
D03: Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) - Tra Vinh (Mekong Delta)
Leave Saigon in the morning.
We arrive in Ben Tre and shoot the vibrant market.
Ride the ferry before driving into the Province
NOTE: If anyone likes, motorbikes can be rented here for a slight
extra cost proper, paid
on the day.
We will ride through the countryside dotted with tiny villages on
gravel and clay tracks.
Just before Tra Vinh, we will cross a narrow canal on a local sampan,
before finishing at
the main ferry for a boat trip across the Co Chien River.
Transfer to Hotel by Xe Loi (rickshaw -pulled wagon by moped).
Hotel: Cuu Long Hotel.
3-star. Recently reconstructed, it is the best of what we can choose
Tra Vinh offers little in good accommodations.
D04: Tra Vinh - Cau Ke - Can Tho (Mekong Delta)
In the morning we will leave early to visit traditional Khmer villages
There will be many small Khmer villages and temples to explore along
Lunch on the road. In the early afternoon, arrive in Can Tho and tour
markets along the Colonial waterside.
Over night in Can Tho.
Hotel: Victoria Can Tho Hotel ~ 4 Star.
Built in classic colonial style, the Victoria Can Tho has a total of
furnished guest rooms. All rooms have views over the Hau River. The
restaurant serves a good selection of international and local
include a swimming pool and tennis courts.
D05: Mekong Delta (Can Tho) - Hanoi
An early wake-up tol explore the canals and rice fields of the area.
We can also explore the Can Tho's famed Cai Rang floating markets.
After lunch we leave for Saigon to transfer to Tan Son Nhat Airport.
Fly Saigon to Hanoi. Dinner and explore French Quarter of Hanoi.
Hotel: Hoa Binh Hotel - 3 star. in French Colonial style.
A renovated colonial hotel built in 1926 with 88 guest rooms and 3
serving French and Vietnamese cuisine. The hotel is situated in the
Hanoi just a few blocks away from Hoan Kiem Lake.
D06: Hanoi - Victoria Train
All morning we will explore Old Hanoi.
Explore museums and markets of Hanoi back alleys.
In the evening transfer to the Hanoi Railways Station to catch the the
once a week
Victoria Friday train to Lao Cai. The Victoria Train is an overnighter
that is the only way to access the rugged and beautiful Northern
Highlands. We pass into the lands of the Hill Tribes - the Hmong, the
Muong, the Dao...
Victoria Train: First-Class Superior Cabin Soft Sleeper. 9-10 hours
D07: Arrive Can Cau - Bac Ha
We arrive early in the morning and head to the Can Cau Market (In order
to get to market, asmall boxed breakfast will be served in the cars).
The Can Cau market is off the beaten tourist path and attracts a wide
range of traders.
Many Chinese traders cross the border for the Market and is known for
its dog and water buffalo markets. In the late morning, after the market
is finished, we head to Bac Ha.
Check-in and lunch at hotel. In the afternoon, a short walking tour to
visit the house of H'Mong King (or Meo Minority King) built by the
French as well as a light trekking tour to visit some surrounded
villages of Bac Ha (Dao, H'Mong..).
Over night in Bac Ha.
Hotel: Sao Mai Hotel
D08: Bac Ha - SaPa
Early morning wake-up for opportunity to explore the famous Montagnard
Bac Ha Market.
Expect to see the hill tribes coming down to the market with their wares
for sale (pigs, horses, rice etc...) Hill tribe members travel to this
once a week to this market to trade. Fantastic colors and people who
rarely see westerners attend. Lunch in a local restaurant.
After lunch, drive to the Chay River for a boat trip to Coc Ly. En route
we will stop to visit a Dao Village and a H'Mong Village. Arrive in Coc
Ly and transfer to Sapa.
Over night in SaPa.
Hotel: Victoria SaPa - 4 Star. The only luxury hotel in the area.
Located above the town centre with views of the surrounding mountains,
alpine chalet-style architecture blends perfectly with the stunning
scenery. There are
76 attractively furnished guest rooms, a restaurant featuring Asian and
European dishes, a business centre, gym and swimming pool.
D09: SaPa (Full Day Trek)
In the early morning we will drive and then trek out to a number of
villages of different hill
tribes. Each Village is a different Hill-Tribe with a different
language, culture and dress.We will trek all day long in the high mountains (5000 feet) returning in
the evening for
NOTE: We must trek into some places as there are no roads suitable to
drive on. And of
course, the further we trek, the more unspoiled the village.
SO, START WORKING OUT NOW..
(if you need a mix cd for your treadmill workout let me know...)
If you feel unable to trek, the Victoria SaPa Hotel has great amenities
and the village of
SaPa itself is worth a visit.
D10: SaPa (Full Day Trek) - Victoria Train (Overnight)
Another FULL DAY of trekking.
Again we will travel to see remote and unique Hill-Tribe Villages.
Transfer to Lao Cai Railways Station for catching the Victoria night
train down from the
mountains back to Hanoi (depart 6:45pm).
Overnight on Victoria Train.
D11: Arrive Hanoi - Halong Bay
In the morning we arrive back in Hanoi (around 04:45 - 05:00am) but we
can sleep on train till 07:00am. Board our vans and enjoy the journey through the rich
farmlands of the Red River Delta and the scenic rice fields and water
buffalo of the countryside. Arrive in Halong and board the
Huong Hai traditional
sailing junk. We will begin cruising the bay and its islands with a
fresh seafood lunch. We will visit to the recently discovered Surprise
Grotto with its great views, and on the next island see the yawning
chasm mouth of Bo Nau Cave. Alternatively journey to Dau Go
Cave and nearby see the famous stalagmites and stalactites of Thien Cung
Cave. Enjoy a swim in the emerald magical waters of Halong Bay at any
spot that you enjoy wish visit. (yeah, I didn't write this stuff,
but I liked it and it made me laugh so I left it...) Watch the sun set
over the bay whilst enjoying a delicious dinner. Overnight on Halong
NOTE: This part of the trip may be subject to change depending on
D12: Halong Bay - Hanoi
In the morning we again explore the islands of Halong Bay.
Wake up to fresh coffee and a wholesome breakfast before cruising back
to Halong City. En route the junk weaves through strange-shaped
rock formations that invite comparisons from fighting cocks to
dragons and even General de Gaulle's nose! (Those French certainly
made an impression on this country, perhaps even more lasting than we
Americans. I have yet to read any guidebook describing any rocks shaped
like McNamara's beady eyes or even a sack of rice that looks like
Nixon's jowls...) After another fresh seafood lunch on board disembark
at the dock at Halong City. After lunch we head back to Hanoi.
In the late afternoon we explore Hanoi and have dinner in the French
Hotel: Hotel: Hoa Binh Hotel.
NOTE: This part of the trip may be subject to change depending on
Explore Hanoi all day long.
All of the books and my agents in Vietnam say how Hanoi is a sleepy
Communist Capitalwith a LOT of colonial charm. We will spend the entire day walking back
alleys and visiting markets and museums.
D14: Hanoi, Trip Ends...
We can explore Hanoi all morning and then at lunch, some turn to
pumpkins and must
accommodation on double /twin basis with daily breakfast
Land transportation by air-conditioning
vehicle and driver.
All transfers/ transport
packages with experience English speaking guide, transfers
Superior cabin on overnight Victoria Train
(4- bed shared berths)
Boat trips in the Mekong Delta and on the
Chay River, in Halong bay
Vietnam visa authorization letter (not
include the stamping fees in Vietnam Embassy in abroad)
Tax & service
International airfares & airport taxes
and visa arrangement
Tips and gratuities
Trip price: in USD and per person
US$1155 per person,
Single supplement: US$485