Day 1: Arrive Hanoi. Pickup airport & transfer to hotel. Overnight in Hanoi.
Upon your arrival at Noi Bai airport in Hanoi via flight ???, you will be greeted by Lotussia Travel guide, driver then escorted to your hotel in town. The rest of the day is free at leisure. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi half day sightseeing tour. Drive to Mai Chau village. Overnight in stilts house (B).
Breakfast at hotel. Then we start the sightseeing tour of Hanoi capital with the most important city’s highlights including the Ho Chi Minh Complex(*), containing the mausoleum of the nation’s founder Ho Chi Minh, the Presidential Palace and the Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts. This complex also comprises the One Pillar Pagoda, whose origins date back to the foundation of city. We follow this with a trip to the Temple of Literature, which is well known as the first university of Vietnam. Then we continue the day tour with the impressive Ethnology Museum, dedicated to Vietnam’s 54 ethnic groups. Free lunch in town.
In the afternoon, depart for Hoa Binh province and up then to Mai Chau valley. This scenic drive takes around four hours. Along the way we pass fields of tapioca and sugar cane as well as rice paddies.
In the evening, assist to the traditional music and dance show which is performed by The Thai young local Thai girls and boys who all come from the village. Try also some rice alcohol made of traditional plants and local sticky rice. Overnight at stilt-house.
(*): Ho Chi Minh complex are closed on Monday, Friday and during 02 months per year for renovation.
Day 3: Full day trekking. Homestay in stilts house (B).
Breakfast at the Thai stilt house then we leave the village for a full day hiking around. We will pass many different Thai hamlets, through rice fields, hill sides…Stop sometimes to visit local houses and talk with local people. Your lunch will be provided on spot (not included in the package). And one of the highlight on this walk is to experience the everyday life and culture white Thai people and stay in their traditional house on stilts as honoured guests. Return to Mai Chau village around late afternoon. Dinner and overnight in house on-stilts.
Day 4: Travel to Tam Coc, Ninh Binh. River boat trip & easy classic cycling (B).
We say good bye to the warm-hearted Thai people before leving the village for a four-hour drive to Tam Coc, Ninhbinh. We will arrive in Hoa Lu, Ninh Binh around noon. After lunch (not included in the package), visit the two remaining sanctuaries of the ancient citadel of Dinh & Le before enjoying a short cycling trip through rural villages to Tam Coc, also called Halong-Bay-On-Land. Upon arrival in Tam coc, we will have a short rest before taking a 2-hour boat trip along the Boi river. The river trip in Tam coc is wonderful for photo hunters, especially when local people come to harvest the water rice planted along the river, or when they transplant some seedling for the next crops. The tourists often compare the place with Guilin – China, or more closely, to the limestone islets of Halong Bay in the Tonkin Gulf for their similar geological structures and shapes. Overnight in Tam Coc.
Day 5: Drive to Halong bay. Sea cruise with kayaking. Overnight on board (B,L,D).
Enjoy the journey through the scenery of rice fields, water buffalo and everyday Vietnamese village life.
Arrive in Halong around noon and board the Bai Tho traditional sailing junk (or similar junk). Whilst cruising the exquisite waters sample the regions fresh seafood. Visit the recently discovered Surprise Grotto with its great views, and on the next island see the yawning 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 waters of Halong Bay at any spot that you wish to visit or take a kayak to paddle through karst rocks of different shapes. Watch the sun set over the bay whilst enjoying a delicious dinner. Overnight on board junk.
Day 6: Halong bay – Hanoi. Fly to Ho Chi Minh city (B).
Brunch (Breakfast + Lunch) will be served on board while the boat is going back to shore. Arrive at Ha long wharf about 11h00 and take our car for our journey back to Hanoi.
Upon arrival in Hanoi, transfer to Noibai airport for a short flight to Ho Chi Minh city. Ho Chi Minh City is a center of commerce, finance, culture and tourism in Vietnam. This bustling metropolis is crowded with bikes and motorbikes, excited by numerous shopping area and sidewalk cafés.
Welcome at Tan Son Nhat airport in Ho Chi Minh city by Lotussia Travel guide, driver and then transferred to your hotel in town. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.
Day 7: Half day excursion to Cu Chi tunnels + half day city tour (B).
After breakfast, we enjoy a pleasant drive through typical southern Vietnamese countryside to the Cu Chi Tunnels, an incredible underground tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters during the long struggle for independence. After visiting the tunnels, go back to Ho Chi Minh city. Free lunch in town.
In the afternoon, start the city tour with Ho Chi Minh City highlights including the Post Office, cathedral, Reunification palace, centre town, then continuation towards Cholon, visit Thien Hau temple, Binh Tay market. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.
Day 8: Full day excursion to the Mekong delta (B).
Heading out of the town, we travel by road to the Mekong Delta, Vietnam’s largest rice bowl. On arrival in My Tho we embark on a boat navigating around the intricate small canals in the delta region, which is a great way to observe the local lifestyle close-up. The thrilling excursion will pass the lush green vegetation before arriving on an island. Here we have opportunities to visit some fascinating local industries, stroll around an orchard and taste many seasonal fruits. After feasting on a huge lunch we return to Ho Chi Minh. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.
Day 9: Departure (B).
Breakfast at hotel. Free time till transfer to the airport for your onward flight back home. End tour.