Overview

Explore the spectacular valleys and mountains of Vietnam. This trip begins from Ho Chi Minh City and ends in Hanoi. This tour takes you through the Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi in Vietnam with a small group on the bike, foot, and kayak. Tie up your hiking shoes and go for this immersive journey that gets away from the bustling cities and head towards the Vietnamese countryside. While trekking and cycling past verdant sceneries, stop at local villages and gain insight into their lifestyle with memorable homestay experiences. This trip is not all about mountains and trails either; you get an opportunity to kayak through the tranquil waters on Lan Ha Bay and spend a night in a waterside resort. This journey is perfect for an active adventurer, and you will be hiking, biking, and paddling through the best of Vietnam. Trek the Mai Chau area, and cycle through small villages to get an authentic taste of Vietnam. While taking a break from pedaling or paddling, you will visit the country's landmarks like the Cu Chi Tunnels and the Emperor's Tomb. Whether on foot or by bike, this trip will let you experience Vietnam's fascinating culture and beauty.

Best time to visit Vietnam

Vietnam is warm and humid for most time of the year, mostly from Hoi An and south to it. North from here, it gets cool between late November and March. The monsoon in Vietnam falls between June to December. Typhoons also are common during these months. The new year of Vietnam falls in late January/early February, based on the lunar calendar. This is the most significant celebration of the country. It will be great if you can visit Vietnam at this time; however, you should expect some businesses to be closed, tourist sites to be hectic and transport to be full. During this time, transport and accommodation also might change. You can visit Vietnam at any time of the year; however, we recommend you to visit at the time except the rainy season for good weather condition.

Packing

As the majority of the year, Vietnam is warm and humid, so we recommend you to pack light clothes that can dry fast. If you are thinking about hiking, carry comfortable shoes and for any adventurous activities, carry comfortable clothes. The type of packing depends upon you, but we advise every traveler to pack as light as possible. Also, do not forget to carry the required medications as you might not find them here.

Trip highlights

What's included?

  • Accommodation (six nights at hotels with twin sharing room, one night at an overnight train, one night at the boat, one night at a homestay.
  • Three meals per day
  • Transportation (Hike, kayak, bicycle, bus, train, domestic flight, junk boat)
  • Entry fee for all included destinations
  • Countryside hike
  • Sea Kayaking

What's excluded?

  • International flights
  • Vietnam entry Visa
  • Travel insurance which is compulsory when traveling to Vietnam

Itinerary Show all

Day One:

Ho Chi Minh City Arrival

You can arrive at any time at the airport of Ho Chi Minh City. Our representative will be waiting for you. Upon arrival, he will transfer you to the hotel. On the way, he will give you a brief explanation on your trip to Vietnam. We have no plan for this day, so you can just rest at your hotel or head out to explore this bustling city. 

Day Two:

Ho Chi Minh City/ Hoi An

Today, we will hop on a cycle and head towards the Cu Chu Tunnels for a guided tour. We begin the trip on the countryside roads and ride through small villages with lots of rice fields and rubber plantations. In the way, we can also see the ways of making rice paper. We conclude the riding trip at the Cu Chu Tunnels. Cu Chi tunnels were a base of Vietnamese soldiers during the American War. This tunnel was one of the greatest advantages the Viet Cong held over the Americans in the war. Today, you will explore this huge tunnel. It is a complex network of tunnels that Vietnamese soldiers used to protect themselves during the war. You can try moving through some sections of the tunnels and experience how it was like to live in the tunnel. These tunnels stored ammunition, had underground hospitals, and served as a hidden base for attacking allied forces. You can also try war eras' AK-47 and M16s at a nearby firing range. In the afternoon, we head back to the airport and board the flight to Hoi An.

Day Three:

Hoi An

Today, you will go for an exploration tour of the village on a bike. Go with your guide around the village while riding through rice paddies and along narrow country lanes, and enjoy the scenes of the daily life of the inhabitants. In the afternoon, you can enjoy the noodles demonstration before lunch. you can also try some of the noodles from more than 26types. Former street youths run this program and will help you to prepare and cook a variety of noodles. Initially, this program was done to help the street youths to enhance their English speaking, skill-set, and give them opportunities in the tourism industry. After preparing the noodles, you can have them for lunch. then, learn about more of the local cuisine and this program that helps these youths to empower through skills and employment training. Afterward, you can also go for a walk around Hoi An's old town through the narrow curved streets and see the Chinese assembly halls, ancestral homes, the Japanese covered bridge, and well-preserved pagodas. You can also stop at a local restaurant and taste delicious local delicacies and fusion food.

Day Four:

Hoi An/ Hue

This morning, we depart from Hoi An and head towards the ancient capital of Hue. Upon arrival, you will have free time to explore the city on your own.

Day Five:

Hue/ Hanoi

Today, you can explore this ancient capital on the bike. You can visit the famous Citadel and the Tomb of Tu Duc. In the evening, we head towards the train station of Hue from where you board on an overnight train to Hanoi. Traveling on an overnight train is one way to enjoy Vietnam travel while experiencing the ways of locals travels. These trains have multi-share compartments that are very comfortable.

Day Six:

Hanoi/ Mai Chau

We arrive at Hanoi in the early morning. then, we head towards the nearby hills of Mai Chau. Leaving the city, we hike to the mountains north of Vietnam. We walk through picturesque villages and rice paddies fields up into the hills. Eventually, we reach the village of Mai Chau, where Thai minority people lives. Anyone with good health can go for this hike; however, the terrains might be quite slippery in the wet weather, so be sure to carry some comfortable shoes. Today, we will spend the night at a homestay in Nai Chau where you can interact with the locals and learn the ways of people in this rural area. After reaching the village, we stroll around it and visit some the house of some Thai minority people that inhabits this place. Mai Chau, one of the most picturesque villages, contains green rice fields, punctuated by traditional brick kilns and surrounded by mountains. in the evening, enjoy a home-cooked meal. At the homestay, you will be sleeping with others in a same room; this is a great way to learn the lifestyle of locals in the rural area of Vietnam. Even though the way of living is very traditional, you will have a comfortable accommodation. The hosts will provide us with mattresses, mosquito nets, and blankets.

Day Seven:

Mai Chau/ Hanoi

In the morning, we explore this gorgeous remote village. Then, we head back to Hanoi. We will also go for a bike tour around the outskirts of the city. In the afternoon, we cross a river and ride around the serene countryside nearby Hanoi. in the evening, we return to the town and tour the Old Quarter. Hanoi's Old Quarter is like a maze of streets with each street devoted to a different product or industry. Every street of the quarter is named after the trade practiced on that street for several generations. The Old Quarters gives a fascinating glimpse into the lie of a Hanoian in one of the oldest parts of town. You can rest in a local restaurant and try some local brew while interacting with locals. You can also visit many other attractions of Hanoi on cycle or on foot. Here, you can choose to attend a popular water puppets' performance and taste at Hanoi's many amazing eating venues. This water puppet show is one of the major attractions of Hanoi, where you will see intricate puppets dancing in a water stage with wonderful live music. For foodies, you can opt for the Hanoi Street Food Walking Tour. This tour will take you through many street vendors who offer some of the most delicious authentic Vietnamese cuisines. follow the guide through the back streets and markets of the city's old quarter, and taste local foods along the way. Interact with the locals and experienced chefs while tasting some of Hanoi's specialties like "nem ran" and "banh goi." Then, halt at a street bar and enjoy a draught beer as Hanoians do. Enter a restaurant and try the city's signature specialty coffee.

Day Eight :

Hanoi/ Ha Long

This morning, we drive towards Ha Long from Hanoi. Halong, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is famous for its unique limestone islands. Upon arrival at Halong, your boat crew will welcome you then give you some instructions for your safety. Then, board on a traditional junk boat and cruise around the Halong bay and indulge in delicious seafood lunch. in the afternoon, you can explore Halong Bay by kayak to get a unique perspective of the area. You will see more than 2000 limestone islands that rise dramatically from the waters of Halong Bay. You will also witness intricate cave systems that naturally exist to enhance the beauty of these limestone karst formations. We will visit many of these islands and caves on our junk boat. Tonight, you will be sleeping on a boat surrounded by high limestone karsts, which is quite an amazing experience. All cabins are double or twin share with air conditioning and en suite bathroom.

Note: if the weather condition is bad, government authorities close the Halong Bay. If this happens, we will provide an alternate activity.

Day Nine:

Halong/ Hanoi

Explore the limestone islands of Halong Bay. Wake up early and join us for a Tai Chi session that will help you increase your focus and energy for the day. For those that prefer quiet times, you can enjoy tea or coffee while enjoying the mesmerizing sunrise view from the sundeck. In the afternoon, we return to Hanoi for a final night out. Before returning to the land, you can have brunch at the boat. After arriving at the land, your bus will be waiting for you. Board on the bus and head back to Hanoi. in the afternoon, we can explore more of the bustling city. You can tour the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Hoa Lo Prison (Hanoi Hilton). Ho La Prison, also called Hanoi Hilton by American prisoners, is one of the major attractions of Hanoi. You can opt to go for the guided tour of this fascinating prison.

Day Ten:

Hanoi Departure

You can leave the hotel anytime you want. Inform us about your flight schedule, and we will drop you off at the airport approximately before three hours of your scheduled flight. Or, if you want to go for a further trip, inform us and we can manage your other trips in this beautiful country at the best price. 

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