Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City - Arrival
On arrival at the airport in Ho Chi Minh City, you are met and transferred to hotel. Free and easy at hotel. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City Tour (B, L)
At 08:30, you will be a picked up from your hotel. In the morning we visit: The Reunification Palace; War Remnants Museum. After lunch at local restaurant we continue to visit: Giac Lam Pagoda; Cholon, including the Thien Hau Pagoda; Ben Thanh Market. Back to hotel. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City - Can Tho (B, L)
08:00 Viet Bamboo Travel's guide will pick you up and depart to Cai Be. On the way you can see green rice paddy fields stretching towards the horizon. After arrival in Cai Be, a boat takes you to the floating market with sellers and buyers bargaining and exchanging their goods from their boats. Next, a boat rides on the maze of shady canals visiting the An Binh islands (Vinh Long). We will enjoy the local tropical fruits and see how local people cultivate their orchards, make their living from ceramics, popcorn and rice paper... A nice chance for bicycle riding, roaming through the village and looking at the local handicraft shops. A stop will be landed on Vinh Long market a nice walk around. Continue driving to Can Tho. Overnight in Can Tho.
Day 4: Can Tho - Ho Chi Minh City (B, L)
07:00 After breakfast, take the morning boat trip to visit the Phong Dien floating market with the busy sence right at the time. Keep cruising through the small chanels system, visit the rice noodles making viallge. Experience the "monkey Bridge" in the Delta. Visit the second floating market of Cai Rang. Break time for lunch. After that we continue the trip back to Ho Chi Minh city. Stop for visit & rest at the Bonsai garden in My Tho- see the veriaty of beautiful Bonsais that are made by handy man in this area. Then tranfer back to Ho Chi Minh City. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 5: Ho Chi Minh City - Da Lat (B, L) - by flight
After breakfast we will take flight to Da Lat. On arrival we can soak up the cool climate as much as we want by spending our time to wander around and catch our first glimpse of the town. The influence of the French is prevalent since Da Lat was founded as a hill retreat for the colonials to escape the oppressive heat of the coastal plains and the Mekong Delta. This charming town is set around a lake and surrounded by forests, waterfalls and rolling countryside. Overnight in Da Lat.
Day 6: Da Lat City Tour (B, L)
Breakfast at hotel. You will ride a cable car to Truc Lam Pagoda and Tuyen Lam Lake. Truc Lam is the biggest pagoda in Dalat standing in Phoenix Mountain about 1,300m above the sea-level. It’s surrounded by an attractive flower garden and with the view of pure water lake and the pine forest on the far side. After lunch at local restaurant, you will visit Emperor Bao Dai’s Summer Palace, Crazy House, Da Lat Railway station and Da Lat market. Overnight in Da Lat.
Day 7: Da Lat - Nha Trang (B, L)
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Nha Trang in the morning. Half day boat trip to Aquarium, Tam Islands and Fishing village. Enjoy sea bathing. Lunch at restaurant. Overnight in Nha Trang
Day 8: Nha Trang Island tour (B, L)
09:00 Pick up at hotel to Cau Da port
09:15 Transfer to Fishing village by speed boat
09:20 Visit Fishing village which is the floating fisherman’s village, try taking bamboo boat (20 minutes)
09:45 See many fishes in South East sea at Tri Nguyen Aquarium (45 minutes)
10:30 Move to Mun Island where has crystal water (15 minutes)
10:45 Enjoy swimming and snorkeling at Mun island (90 minutes)
12:15 Move to Con Se Tre on TreIsland for lunch (15 minutes)
12:30 Enjoy the spectacular landscape at Con Se Tre, having lunch and relaxing (lunch:60 minutes, relaxing: 75 minutes)
14:45 Back to harbor (10 minutes)
14:55 Back to hotel (15 minutes). Overnight in Nha Trang
Day 9: Nha Trang (BL)
Breakfast at the hotel. Full day at leisure for beach activities. Lunch & dinner on guest's acount. Overnight in Nha Trang.
Day 10: Nha Trang - Da Nang - Hoi An (B, L) - by flight
An early morning transfer to airport for a flight to Da Nang VN 1940 (08:10 - 09:20). Sightseeing tour around Da Nang including visit to the Museum of Cham Sculpture. Proceed to Hoi an and hotel check-in on arrival. Lunch at restaurant. Free time afterwards. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 11: Hoi An City Tour (B, L)
Breakfast at hotel. Morning walking visits to old houses, pagodas, local market and Chinese community’s assembly halls in Hoi An ancient town with old Tan Ky House, Covered Bridge, and Phuc Kien Assembly Hall. Enjoy bicycle ride in the afternoon to the countryside or to Cua Dai Beach. Lunch at restaurant. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 12: Hoi An - Da Nang - Hue (B, L)
The following destination of our trip is Hue, Vietnam's last imperial capital. Along the way we make stop to visit the sensational Marble Mountains and the Cham Museum in Da Nang. This interesting structure is home to Vietnam's largest collection of Cham treasures. The winding roads begin as we make our way up the spectacular Hai Van Pass. At the top of the pass we stop to admire a fantastic view north to Lang Co and south to Da Nang. Arriving in Hue we explore the Imperial Citadel and the Purple Forbidden City. Afterwards we enjoy a walk to the bustling Dong Ba Market that sells a wide variety of local goods and handicrafts, and pass many fantastic eating spots, all ideal for visitors to sample some local delicacies. Overnight in Hue.
Day 13: Hue City Tour (B, L)
The beautiful riverside pagoda of Thien Mu which now becomes the symbol of Hue, and the elaborate royal tomb of Emperor Tu Duc are not to be missed. We include these in a half day cruise on the Perfume River which also gives us a taste of the scenic countryside as well as an enjoyable visit to the mausoleum of Emperor Minh Mang, in a tranquil setting of gardens and lakes. After an impressive boat trip we take a walk to the bustling Dong Ba Market that sells a wide variety of local goods and handicrafts. Relax and overnight in Hue.
Day 14: Hue - Hanoi City Tour - Lao Cai (B, L) - by flight & night train
After breakfast. Transfer to the airport for the flight to Hanoi in the morning. After lunch, we will visit: Ho Chi Minh Complex including the Mausoleum, his former stilt-house residence, the Presidential Palace and the Ho Chi Minh Museum; The Temple of Literature; Ngoc Son Temple and Hoan Kiem Lake. A one-hour cyclo tour through the narrow, chaotic streets of the Old Quarter - a must for any visitor to Hanoi! A traditional performance of the famous Vietnamese water puppets. Then transfer to the station to catch a night train to Lao Cai. Overnight on night train.
Day 15: Lao Cai - Sapa (B, L)
Viet Bamboo Travel's guide and driver will pick up at Lao Cai train station to Sapa by private car. Arrive in Sapa around 7.30 am,and then check in and have breakfast at local restaurant, relaxing and then discovering the first site called Dragon Mountain. Lunch at restaurant. Early afternoon, the guide takes you to visit Cat village of Black H’mong people, a waterfall and you have a chance to see the hydroelectric power station built by the French, Back to Sapa. Overnight at Sapa.
Day 16: Sapa - Lao Cai - Hanoi (B, L) - by night train
After breakfast you check out and leave your luggage in the hotel, get ready for the trip. Trek down to Lao Chai village to visit the Tay and Dzay tribes then keep going along the bottom of the Sapa valley to get to Ta Van village, which is supposed to be the most beautiful one in the area. Have a picnic lunch on the way. You go back to Sapa by motorbike/jeep. Get yourself fresh with a shower in the hotel's day room before transfer down to Lao Cai Station for the night train back to Hanoi. Overnight on the train.
Day 17: Hanoi - Halong Bay (B, L, D)
We will arrive in Hanoi around 05:30. Walk to the Mango hotel (near from the station - getway A) for relax and breakfast in 3 hours.
08:00 - 08:30 Our bus and guide will pick you up at your hotel. On the way to Halong city, enjoy the journey through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta and the scenery of rice fields, water buffalo and everyday Vietnamese village life.
12:15 Embark on cruise for welcome drink followed by a cruise briefing and safety instructions. Enjoy a delicious seafood lunch while our cruiser heads to the bay passing the beautiful limestone seascape.
15:15 Visiting Sung Sot cave, one of the most amazing caves in Halong Bay. The two chambers that form this amazing grotto are decorated with thousands of spectacular stalactite and stalagmite forms.
16:25 Enjoy kayaking (weather permitted) with guideline around the fishing village then return to the vessel for free time at your leisure. Fresh fruit platter will be served on the sundeck.
17:45 cruise through the Bay to its overnight anchorage near Luon Cave.
18:00 Cooking demonstration and discover the mystic recipes of the Vietnamese cuisine.
19:00 Seafood set-dinner on board.
21:00 Enjoy evening activities - Movie Night, Board Games, Fishing or karaoke program. Overnight on board.
Day 18: Hanoi - Halong Bay (B, L)
A new day has come with beautiful sunrise view from your cabin
07:30 Have breakfast while complimentary tea & coffee are served.
08:00 Trip by tender to Ti Top island for swimming or climb up to the top to see the outstanding scenery of the bay.
09:00 Return to cruise. The vessel cruises leisurely back to harbor
09:30 Check out and settle the bill.
11:00 Set menu lunch is served on board.
12:00 Disembark and transfer back to Hanoi.
16:00 Arrive in Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 19: Hanoi - Phnom Penh (B, L) - by flight
After having nice breakfast at the hotel, Free at leisure and transfer to airport for the flight. On arrival at Phnom Penh Airport, you are met and transferred to hotel. A city tour acquaints us with some major sights of Phnom Penh: Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda. We visit both structures as well as the legendary temple of Wat Phnom, which provides an interesting view over the environs. The next stop of our trip is the National Museum, exclusively dedicated to Khmer art and sculpture. The majority of the exhibits are from the Angkor period from 9th to 15th centuries, but some date from as early as the 4th century. Overnight in Phnom Penh
Day 20: Phnom Penh - Kompong Cham - Kompong Thom (B, L)
The overland expedition begins as we depart the town and pass through Cambodia’s biggest growing rubber area to Kampong Cham. On arrival in Kampong Cham we visit the beautiful French colonial architecture and Wat Nokhor containing the ancient temple and modern style pagoda. The following destination of our trip is Kongpong Thom. Along the way we make stop over at Phnom Pros and Phnom Srei, two hills whose names were translated as the 'man hill' and the 'woman hill'. After checking into hotel we visit some nearby villages and climb 980 steps to the top of Phnom Santuk for an impressive sunset view over the surrounding areas. Overnight in Kompong Thom.
Day 21: Kompong Thom - Siem Reap (B, L)
An early morning start to drive to the archeological sight of Sambor Prei Kuk, which is dotted with hundred pre-angkor styled temples. The road conditions are very poor, but the spectacular scenery of this ancient ruin, with a mixture of temples and forest, makes the hardship all worthwhile. We travel by roads to Siem Reap, passing the charming Khmer countryside. The town of Siem Reap is our base for visiting the world famous temples of the ancient city Angkor, which is home for the capital of the powerful Khmer Empire dating from 802 AD to 1350 AD. This stunning and extensive site sprawls through the dense jungle, over an area of 60 square miles. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 22: Siem Reap - Angkor Wat (B, L)
08:00: we will pick you up at hotel and visit temples including Prasat Kravan - with its unique brick sculptures, Srah Srang, The Royal Baths was once used for ritual bathing, and Banteay Kdei, surrounded by four concentric walls, Eastern Mebon, guarded at its corner by stone figures of harnessed elephants, some of which are still in a reasonable state of preservation, and the Mountain Temple of Pre Rup. In the afternoon, transfer to the archaeological site and continue to the temple tour. Visit Ta Prum, one of the most beautiful temples in the area. Ta Prum has been left relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its mystery, then visit Takeo. In the evening we view the sunset at Phnom Bakheng Hill. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 23: Siem Reap - Angkor Wat (B, L)
After an enjoy sunrise time at Angkor Wat in early morning, then start the tour to South Gate of Angkor Thom, then go to Angkor Thom (the temple) which was built by Angkor’s greatest king, Jayavarman VII. Then we go to Baphoun, which is one of the most spectacular of Angkor’s temples in its heyday; to Terrace of the Elephants that was used as a giant reviewing stand for public ceremonies and served as a base for the king’s grand audience hall; to Terrace of the Leper King, another of Angkor’s mysteries. In the afternoon, we visit the World Seventh Wonder -better known as Angkor Wat- that stands as the most important archaeological sites in South-East Asia. Angkor wat stretch over some 400 sq. km, including forested area, AngkorArchaeological Park contains the magnificent remains of the different capitals of the Khmer Empire. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 24: Siem Reap - Tonle Sap Lake (B, L)
Today, after breakfast, we are on a boat trip to Great Lake Tonle Sap that is renowned for its basin of fresh water fish (10 tons/ 1Square Km in the 60’s). In the afternoon, we continue to visit Les Artisans d’Angkor - Chantiers Ecole where visitors can observe artisans making high quality wood and stone carvings from scratch to end-product, and then we visit Silk Farm, malpro tree field throughout produce processing of the production, where we can see the traditional silk making in Cambodia. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 25: Siem Reap - Vientiane (B, L) - by flight
Breakfast at hotel. Free time for relaxing until transfer to the airport for flight to Vientiane. On arrival at the Vientiane Capital, you will be met and transferred to your centrally located hotel. After a short rest, we start visiting the major sights of the capital; including the Wat Sisaket, the oldest temple with thousands of miniature Buddha statues and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo, which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. Enroute to Lao’s national precious heritage, the famous and sacred structure of That Luang Stupa, you will have the opportunity to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is well known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph. Overnight in Vientiane.
Day 26: Vientiane - Luang Prabang (B, L) - by flight
After breakfast, we will pay a visit to the studio of Carol Cassidy, an American who has done much to advance the Lao weaving tradition and then visiting the rest of Vientiane by foot, including Wat Ong Tue, Wat Inpeng and Wat Haisok. We pass by the major shopping area continuing to the Vientiane Central Market of Talad Sao and Talad Kouadin where various goods are displayed for sale; including fresh food, household goods, souvenirs, textiles, gold, silver and antiques. The rest of the afternoon will be spent visiting the National Museum (close Tuesday), former Revolutionary Museum, which boasts a collection of antique items and the history of Laos’s fighters and leaders who were displaced from the ancient times through to the new revolution period. We then board a short flight to Luang Prabang. The tranquility and charm of this city, with its splendid natural scenery and cultural sights make it one of the most delightful places to visit in Asia. On arrival, we transfer you to your hotel. After a short rest, we will stroll around the Night Market, where you will find a lovely selection of local handmade textiles. We then hike to the top of Mount Phousi for an exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa and the exasperating, beautiful panorama views of the sun setting over this once royal ancient city and the Mekong River. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 27: Luang Prabang - Pak Ou caves (B, L)
After breakfast, we enjoy a short-guided tour of the city’s oldest temple, Wat Visoun and the shrine of Wat Aham, Wat Mai, Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low representing the classical architecture of Luang Prabang. We then embark on a boat journey upstream along the Mekong River, which also gives us a beautiful view of the tranquil countryside as well as an interesting visit to the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims. En route, we stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, where the local specialty of rice wine is produced. On our return, we stop at the local villages of Ban Xiengmene and Ban Chan then continue to see the royal temple at Wat Longkhoun, which once belonged to the royal family near the Sackarine Caves. Once back in Luang Prabang city we take a short drive to Ban Phanom, well known for its hand weaving. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 28: Luang Prabang - Khouang Si Waterfall (B, L)
An optional early start gives you the fantastic opportunity to participate in the daily morning rituals of saffron-clad monks collecting offerings of Alms (ubiquitous sticky rice) from the faithful residents. You will visit the morning Phosi Market where you will find dried buffalo skins, local teas and saltpeter among the many chickens, vegetables and hill-tribe weavings. Laos is also known for its traditional crafts, and today you will have the opportunity to visit the local village of the Lao ethnic minority groups at Ban Ouay, Hmong Village, Ban Ou, Laoloum Village, Ban Thapene and Khmu Village. After visiting the villages, we then drive to the beautiful Khouangsi Waterfalls where you may wish cool off by splashing around in the turquoise pools or walk along the forest paths. We continue to Ban Phanom, another well-known weaving village and return to Luang Prabang by the late evening to observe the sunset at Wat Siphouthabath. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 29: Luang Prabang - Departure (B)
Free time for shopping or optional visit before transfer to the airport for flight back home. End of tour services.