SOUTHBOUND 15 DAYS
Hanoi, Mai Chau, Ninh Binh, Halong, Hue, Bach Ma national park, Hoian beach vacation, Ho Chi Minh City, Mekong Delta
Tour type: Local life, Culture, Local food, Heritages, Wildlife, Beach
Duration: 15 days
Categories: Authentic Experience
Admire authentic experience and extraordinary natural landscape of Vietnam - this S-shaped country
Cover all heritage sites that shouldn’t be missed on your vacation
Taste the distinct and delicious Vietnamese food. The cuisine relies on a balance of salty, sweet, sour and hot flavours.
Ninh Binh with Trang An eco-tourism declared as UNESCO natural heritage site
Wildlife with Bach Ma national park
Fantastic beach relaxation in Hoian
Mekong delta local life with Cai Rang floating market
Remark: All tour packages are very flexible to make any necessary adjustment to fit your interest and suite your demand
Day 1: Arrive Hanoi - Food on foot tour (Dinner)
Upon arrival, our representative will welcome you at the airport by hanging out Welcome Signboard with your name and our logo on it. After greeting custom, transfer to city center for hotel check-in. Overnight in hotel.
At 18:00, our guide meet you up at hotel’ lobby and start walking to explore the nightlife of this capital with some highlighted sites such as:
Night market (Friday night to Sunday night only) inside Hanoi Old Quarter
Walking around Hanoi Old Quarter
Delicious Street food inside Hanoi Old Quarter
Drop-in bars and pubs (drinks is on your own cost)
Later, return to the hotel for relaxing. Overnight in hotel.
Option 1, you can enjoy Home Hosted Dinner at the local house, taste Vietnam daily cuisines which is cooked by host. It is good alternative for Food on foot tour.
Option 2, being transferred to the boutique restaurant to taste refine cuisines and luxury services.
Day 2: Hanoi - Quan Ho Folk song
At 07:00, our guide will pick you up at hotel’s lobby then transfer to Bac Ninh province where normally Lim festival occurs. Around 08:00, the processions and worshipping ceremonies is started. Then enjoy skillful dialogues performances between male and female Quan Ho singers
Other traditional games such as human chess playing, swinging, and wrestling are also held in the festival. The festival takes place in a spacious area of Bac Ninh Province near Hanoi. It's the festival of "Quan Ho" singing, which has become one of UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage since 2009. The most attractive activity is “quan ho” singing performance with very colorful traditional costume. It is occurred on the fixed date, the main day of festival is on 13rd Jan in Lunar new year
If your travel date is different, we suggest alternative destination as follow:
1. Take one day to Ninh Binh - UNESCO natural heritage site and reputed as the eco-tourism landscape of mountains, long picturesque river, green paddy fields (on season), pagodas and peaceful rural area.
2. One full day to handicraft villages. By doing this, we have chance to explore the local agriculture and some typical craft products, the farmers do while waiting to harvest season.
Day 3: Hanoi – Mai Chau (B/L/D)
Depart from Hanoi at 08:00, our guide will meet you up at the hotel’s lobby. Your private transfer vehicle takes you to Mai Chau. The drive takes most of the morning with stunning view of mountains, valleys, sugarcane farms and rice paddies. You would have a stop en- route for photo opportunities and stretch out whenever you need. Upon arrival, check in the home stay and have lunch at the local restaurant. In the afternoon, trekking to the surroundings and visiting ethnic villages. Overnight in Mai Chau homestay.
Day 4: Mai Chau – Ninh Binh (B/L)
After breakfast, start short stunning trek to visit surroundings before the transfer to Ninh Binh. After lunch, in the afternoon, you will jump on a bike for a stunning ride along the back roads through the beautiful scenery of towering karsts on the ground of ponds, rice paddies and rural villages to Hoa Lu Commune. Arrive at Hoa Lu, walk to visit a beautiful temple, which dedicated to a Vietnamese heroic king, Dinh Tien Hoang, who reigned the ancient Vietnam in the 10 century. Dinner and overnight in Ninh Binh hidden charm resort
Day 5: Ninh Binh – Halong Bay (B/L)
Breakfast at hotel, then you will take 2-hour sampan boat trip at Tam Coc (Three Caves). This area is considered as “Inland Halong Bay” featured with karst formations. It is very beautiful scenery along the row with vertical sides of Limestone Mountains and rice paddy-fields. The local rowers will take you gently through three beautiful limestone caves with hundreds of stalactites above your heads. Back to the dock and transfer to a local restaurant for a Vietnamese lunch. After short break, we depart to Hanoi for hotel check-in. Overnight in Hanoi.
Have breakfast at hotel, at 08:00, kick off your day by a scenic drive to Halong Bay.
Upon arrival, at noon time, embark the cruise for 2 day 1 night cruising through Ha Long Bay which is declared as UNESCO World Natural Heritage.
In Ha Long, you will sail your cruise for an overnight stay amongst nearly 2,000 limestone island emerging in bay and pass many rock formations with various shapes and sizes. Then sample a delicious seafood lunch while sightseeing the panorama view of the bay.
In the afternoon, you will visit fishing farm, a refreshing swim, kayaking to explore other caves/lagoons.
At 19:00, enjoy a spectacular dinner. Overnight on board.
Day 6: Halong - Hanoi - fly to Hue (Brunch)
Start the day with calming Tai Chi, often accompanied by an amazing sunrise and the quiet breath-taking beauty of the bay’s landscape. The cruise passes beautiful spots and you will sail further before having buffet brunch on board. Back at the dock, where you will be met and transferred to Hanoi airport for flight to Hue. Overnight in Hue.
Day 7: Hue free day (B)
Free all day to explore this peaceful city from your side. It is very easy to proceed to tourist sites such as: Hue Forbidden Citadel and the tomb of king like beauty sport (mix of ancient royal architecture and nice garden). You can take Rickshaw or taxi to get there.
Overnight in Hue.
Day 8: Hue – Wild life with Bach Ma National park - Hoian (B/L)
At 8:00 - You are picked up at your hotel in Hue city and we kick-off your day with scenic scenery on both of road sides.
The first part is the road between Hue and Bach Ma. A very nice countryside lane built on a strip of land between the sea and coastal lagoons among the largest in the country. This is a dive into typical Vietnamese countryside. It is rural and charming.
Upon arrival to Bach Ma National Park, we start our exploration of this area, at the entry of the park we start a drive of 19km father to starting point. Stunning sceneries while we are driving up, there are tons of opportunities to stop, shot photos and get fresh air. Get off from the van, we trek on a single trail to the waterfall and continue on the Five Lakes Cascade trail through the green forest (around 6.5km in total). Enjoy your picnic lunch before heading to Hoian. Trip ends at your hotel in Hue around 17:00.
The trip can be conducted with starting point in Hue then ends tour in Hoian or vice versa with same time table. If you have any special request about that, please contact us for more information.
Day 9: Hoi An Eco-tour in countryside half day (B/L)
If the purpose of your trip is to walk away from the bustling city and immerse yourself in the scenic countryside and have some gossip with the local, see craftsmen creating their own products with his style, visit fishing village...
At 08:00, get picked up by your guide and jump on the bike and ride to the local ferry, which lead you to the village of Tra Nhieu as the different world with the city center: peaceful, surrounded by many giant water coconut tree and still preserved some traditional handicrafts until nowadays.
After ferry, start biking through the village road and shady paths, have stop en-route to free your leg, shot breathtaking pictures while relaxing.
Later on, we have chance to learn how wooden fishing boats are made using traditional methods and sightseeing the local's daily life. Other craft products are hand-made rice paper, hand-made colorful woven mats and at last, we can practice several traditional fishing techniques that have been used for many generations.
Next, enjoy one hour bamboo basket boat trip running through a coconut marsh and try to paddle it by yourself which is quite difficult to control it on straight direction. After that, cruising back to Hoian on Thu Bon scenic river before your guide see you off at the hotel around 14:00.
Day 10 - 11: Hoi An free on the beach (B)
Free on An Bang beach or walking around to discover this charming city from your side. Overnight in Hoian.
Day 12: Hoian – fly to Ho Chi Minh City tour (B)
Free until being transferred to the airport for flight to Ho Chi Minh City. On arrival, get picked up and transferred to the city center for half day city tour. Start visiting some iconic symbols of Ho Chi Minh city - historical relics during the war: Notre Dame Cathedral, the historic Central Post Office. Followed by exploring the Reunification Palace, and the noteworthy site of the War Remnants Museum. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 13: Ho Chi Minh city - Mekong Delta – Ho Chi Minh city (B/L)
Start around 2 hour drive to the outskirt of Ho Chi Minh city, leave the bustling city behind, enjoy the scenic countryside in the rural area. On arrival in My Tho, first stop is to visit Vinh Trang pagoda to get first impression about this area's religion. Next stop is at the pier to take a leisurely boat ride along the river. En-route, sightseeing the stilt houses, orchards and fishing villages along the river bank.
After having lunch in local restaurant, start cruising on a sampan under the shadow of the water coconut trees along natural canals or practise to paddle the sampan by yourself. Then enjoying seasonal fruit & honey tea while watching Southern Vietnamese folk music which is performed by the locals. Later on, call-in a small family-run factory which specialize on producing the delicious coconut candies. Come to taste candies & observe the traditional procession to make it and enjoy the local life of Mekong delta as you ramble through the fruit plantation and village. Afterward, check-in homestay.
Day 14: Ho Chi Minh City Free (B)
Free for relaxing or last minute shopping before moving to next destination on the next day. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 15: Ho Chi Minh City departure (B/L)
Breakfast at hotel, free until enjoy your private transfer to the airport for flight home. It is time to bid farewell Vietnam.
· All private transfer and transportation
· Accommodation in shared twin/double room with daily breakfast
· Experienced English speaking guide, except the free days as mention in the program
· Meals as stated in the itinerary (B: Breakfast ; L: Lunch ; D: Dinner)
· All sightseeing tickets and permits.
· Water on car.
· Services charges and government tax.
· No extra charge after confirmation
· 24/7 hotline support guaranteed
· Bottled mineral water on bus
· All Flights in tour
· Other meals and drinks
· Travel insurance
· Personal expenses, tips and gratuities
· Vietnam visa stamp fee
· Others not mentioned above
· Rooms at hotels are available only from 1400 on arrival day till 1200 on departure date. A supplement will be added if early check-in or late check-out is desired.
· About homestay, kindly notice that almost homestays are clean and in good conditions in big cities such as: Hanoi, Hoian and Ho Chi Minh city. However, in some remote area or in mountainous area, almost homestays belongs to the ethnic or hill tribe people, they are is very basic and we will share the same huge space with other groups. Each groups will be separated by the curtains, each person will be provided one mosquito net, pillow, blanket and mat.
· Please bring with you some necessary stuffs on tour such as: anti-insect repellents, anti-sun cream, sung-glasses, good shoes.