Extraordinary Vietnam Adventure Tour

Extraordinary Vietnam Adventure Tour

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Adventure is all about the experiences, let’s go off the beaten path on this journey to Vietnam adventure tour. Starting off the trip in the charming Hanoi, on the back of the bike, explore the city’s labyrinth of backstreets. You will admire the faded glory of the architecture around the French Quarter. Travel out of Hanoi to a rustic, rural region that feels a world away from modern life. Mai Chau is an inspiring combination of stunning scenery and fascinating local culture. 

Next stop, we visit the spectacular terraced mountainside of Sapa and North Vietnam to explore the Vietnam adventure tour. Bring your hiking boots and head out into the hills, stopping at minority villages to witness traditional local life first-hand. Afterward, deep in the misty, vine-clad mountains along Vietnam’s border with Laos lies Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, one of the country’s most beautiful and unspoiled regions. Discover the breathtaking enormous cave complexes which riddle its towering peaks. Besides, explore Tu Lan Cave, accessible on all levels as a part of the Son Doong Cave system, reputedly the largest cave in the world. 

Leaving Quang Binh behind, you’ll then fly to Ho Chi Minh for another spot of urban exploration. A restored Army Jeep will take you to get around the bustling street and to the city’s historic landmarks. The route starts from the Opera House to the Notre Dame Cathedral. In addition, for a full picture of Vietnam’s past, you’ll also stop by the War Remnants Museum which offers powerful insight into the Vietnamese War years.

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    Hanoi / Ho Chi Minh City
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Tour Plan

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DAY 1: WELCOME TO VIETNAM – HA NOI ARRIVAL

Your Vietnam adventure begins with your arrival in Hanoi. Your private driver will meet you at the airport, holding a signboard with your name. He will escort you to your accommodation right in the heart of the city, with the fascinating Old Quarter at your fingertips. You can easily explore the city at your own pace or relax at the hotel after the flight.

Overnight in Hanoi.

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DAY 2: HANOI VESPA TOUR (B/L)

Today you will explore Hanoi sitting at the back of the vintage Vespa bike. Your guide will meet you at your hotel and take you for a ride through the narrow streets of the Old Quarter, admiring its famous landmarks such as the Opera House and the train street.

Head toward Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, where you will overview the President’s Place, Parliament House, and other government offices, while your guide tells you the history of Hanoi.

Our next stop will be at Huu Hiep Lake to see the B52 Crash site. This US bomber was shot down during the 1972 bombing raids of Hanoi, a poignant reminder of recent history. Then ride along calm and beautiful West Lake to see the Monument of John MC Cain and the place where he got shot down.

Later visit a hidden village, located on the island of the Red River. See how locals are farming and living on this island. Your guide will take you to visit a local family so that you can understand better the life of locals here. Then ride through the banana farm enjoying the spectacular view, and visit Kumquat farm. These little trees are a traditional gift for the New Year, symbolizing luck, health, wealth, fertility, and peace.

Have a stop at the local coffee shop where you could try famous egg coffee. Then head back to Old Quarter passing by the Long Bien Bridge. It is a magnificent structure built over a hundred years ago which spans the red river and connects the Hoan Kiem and Long Bien districts.

Have lunch at a local restaurant and get back to your hotel.

Overnight in Hanoi.

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DAY 3: HANOI - TRANSFER TO MAI CHAU (B)

Have breakfast at the hotel and get ready for your trip to Mai Chau. Your private driver will meet you at the hotel and take you on 4 hours trip to Mai Chau. Upon arrival at Mai Chau check-in the hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore the valley at your own pace. Have a walk around the village and admire the beauty of this place and see the unique culture of the local minorities. Or you could relax in the infinity swimming pool and other resort facilities.

Overnight in Mai Chau.

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DAY 4: MAI CHAU – KAYAKING TRIP (B/L)

Today you will have a great opportunity to discover Da River ( Black River) and enjoy the scenic landscapes with limestone islets sprinkled all around. Jump on a kayak and explore the true beauty of nature in Northern Vietnam. Visit the fishing village, where you will meet and talk to the local fishermen to know more about their lifestyle. Paddle through islets and explore the fairy pond.

Have lunch with local meals and spend more time kayaking. Later you will be back at your hotel.

Overnight in Mai Chau.

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DAY 5: MAI CHAU - TRANSFER TO HANOI (B)

Have breakfast at your resort and have some leisure time. Your private driver will meet you at the lobby, and you will be transferred to your accommodation in Hanoi.

Overnight in Hanoi.

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DAY 6: HANOI – TRANSFER TO SAPA BY PRIVATE CAR – VISITING TA PHIN VILLAGE (B/L)

Have breakfast at the hotel and get ready for your Sapa exploration. Your private driver and guide will meet you at the hotel and take you to Sapa. Upon arrival in Sapa have lunch and check-in at the hotel. Later you will visit Ta Phin village. Located in a large valley, surrounded by high mountains, covered by pine trees and forest, Ta Phin commune is home to the Red Dzao and Black Hmong ethnicities. Despite living close to each other for decades, these two ethnic people are very different. The Hmongs are cheerful and open-minded, while the Red Dzaos are economical and reserved.

Take a short drive to the center of the valley, where you will enjoy an easy walk following the village path around the valley, paying a visit to Hmong hamlets scattering from the bottom of the valley to higher mountain slopes. From high elevation, you will enjoy the great view of the valley stretching under your feet. Continue your walk to the Red Dzao village, where you will meet a group of women making handicrafts, including embroidered clothes and handbags. Later you will be transferred back to Sapa.

Overnight in Sapa.

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DAY 7: TREKKING THROUGH THE RICE TERRACES – LAO CHAI – TA VAN –GIANG TA CHAI- BACK TO HANOI (B/L)

The day is devoted to a beautiful hike through the breathtaking scenery of Sa Pa valley. Have breakfast and check out the hotel. Start the walk with a picturesque road where you can admire the rice terraces hidden behind the mist of the morning, a truly awe-inspiring sight.

Follow a small track crossing the Muong Hoa River and pass well-tended rice terraces on your way to the Black Hmong village of Lao Chai. Continue walking through the colorful rice terraces, and you will reach the village of Ta Van Giay. As you continue your trek along the Muong Hoa River, you will cross a small suspension bridge, roughly 2km from the settlement. Here you can discover a fascinating collection of rock carvings. These engravings depict some beautiful images of man, stilt houses, and some beautiful decorative patterns.

Have lunch in a local house.  After lunch, continue your walk through the bamboo forest to Giang Ta Chai, a Red Dao ethnic minority village. After taking a rest nearby a waterfall to refresh, you start climbing uphill to a road where the car is ready for your trip back to Hanoi.

Overnight in Hanoi.

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DAY 8: HANOI - FLIGHT TO DONG HOI (B)

Relish the remaining moment in Hanoi before your private driver escorts you to the airport to take the flight to Dong Hoi. When you arrive at Dong Hoi airport, your driver will pick you up and transfer you to your accommodation. The rest of the time is free at leisure.

Overnight in Dong Hoi.

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DAY 9: PHONG NHA – TAN HOA – KEN CAVE – TU LAN CAMPSITE (B/L/D)

Get up early and have breakfast at the hotel. You will be picked up around 7:30-8:00 am and transferred to the meeting point. Here you will have a tour safety briefing, sign the release form, and receive the required equipment for the tour. And you are ready for your next adventure!

The trek starts with a flat path past peanut fields and grazing buffalo and cows. The adventure accelerates with a 30 m climb up a rocky hill to a small jungle opening where you can catch your breath before a 100 m descent down to Hung Ton Valley. Cross the valley on a flat path to enjoying a picnic lunch at the entrance of Hung Ton Cave.

Challenge yourself with more hills and jungle trekking before we walk down to Tu Lan Valley and your camp for the night.

Finish off the day with a swim into Ken Cave. A delicious BBQ dinner will be prepared and served by the porter team. After dinner, you can enjoy the evening games before sleeping in your comfortable tent. Composting toilets are provided at camp.

Overnight in Tu Lan.

Please note: Due to the weather conditions the itinerary may need to be changed at short notice. The paths can be muddy and slippery after rain. Lifejackets must be worn when swimming in the caves.

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DAY 10: TU LAN CAVE - KIM CAVE - HUNG TON- TAN HOA (B/L)

The second day starts with a hearty breakfast and more cave exploration. Trek and swim through Tu Lan Cave and Kim Cave to arrive at the magnificent To Mo Valley.

Enjoy some snacks at the valley, then continue the journey by another swim through Hung Ton Cave. In Hung Ton Cave you will climb a 10-meter metal ladder with the extra protection of a safety line. Enjoy the beautiful views from the entrances into the jungle. A refreshing swim, dry passages, and amazing formations here will give you many opportunities for photos. After the third cave, we will head back to the starting point. Enjoy some snacks at To Mo Valley, and have lunch in the village when you arrive at Tan Hoa. Showers are available for those who would like to clean up and change and then depart back to Phong Nha.

Overnight in Dong Hoi.

Please note: Due to the weather conditions the itinerary may need to be changed at short notice. The paths can be muddy and slippery after rain. Lifejackets must be worn when swimming in the caves.

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DAY 11: DONG HOI - FLIGHT TO HO CHI MINH (B)

Relish the remaining moment in Dong Hoi before your private driver escorts you to the airport to take the flight to Ho Chi Minh. When you arrive at Tan Son Nhat International Airport, your driver will pick you up and transfer you to your accommodation. The rest of the time is free at leisure.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.

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DAY 12: EXPLORE THE VIBRANT CITY BY JEEP CAR (B)

Today you will explore the most remarkable places of Ho Chi Minh city military-style by Jeep.

 Have breakfast at your hotel before your guide and driver pick you up to begin your Jeep adventure. Drive through Saigon streets towards the Independence Palace/ the Reunification Palace. The palace is a symbolic destination of the end of the Vietnam War during the Fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975, when the North Vietnamese Army tank number 843 crashed through the gates of what was the residence of the President of the Republic of Vietnam.

Next, you will admire the Museum of American War Crimes/ the War Remnants Museum is the most popular museum in Ho Chi Minh City. It gathers a collection of the machinery, weapons, photos, and documentation of Vietnam’s wars.

After the Museum, you will see Notre Dame Cathedral and the Old Post Office, which are the best highlights of old Saigon architecture and are located next to each other right in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City.

And then, Jeep will take you for a drive along famous roads in Saigon as Dong Khoi street, and Nguyen Hue street, and head to Ben Thanh Market, a lively market in District 1, where your guide can help you barter for goods. And then, Jeep goes to Bui Vien street and back to your hotel.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

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DAY 13: TIME TO SAY GOODBYE - HO CHI MINH CITY DEPARTURE (B)

Relish a healthy breakfast on the final day of your trip to Vietnam. Complete the hotel check-out formalities, after which you can visit the local markets to buy souvenirs for your loved ones. Later your private driver will transfer you to the airport to take your flight back home.

Trip Ends.

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