Trip Description & Day-by-day Itinerary
Vietnam Adventure Vacation is one of our 16 day tours we design for family holidays in Vietnam. This is a multi-activity tour that includes Vietnam essential travel highlights.
DAY 1: ARRIVE HANOI
Upon your arrival at Noi Bai airport (Hanoi) via flight ???, at ???, you will be greeted by Lotussia Travel guide, driver and then escorted to your hotel in town. Check-in hotel(*) and stay free at leisure. Overnight in Hanoi.
DAY 2: HANOI -> BA BE NATIONAL PARK
Leaving hotel, we will travel northwards along national road 3. Stop in Thai Nguyen City after about 2 hours drive for visiting the Museum of Ethnology. Leaving Thai Nguyen and continue the road ride to Cho Moi townlet for lunch break and then continue the road ride to Na Phac junction. Visit a local Dzao village before arriving hotel around late afternoon. Dinner & overnight in a stilt house (homestay).
DAY 3: BA BE NATIONAL PARK -> BAO LAC
After breakfast, we will take a short walk to the boat pier and then enjoy the whole morning mainly on boat for exploring the pure nature of Ba Be lake and national park with some highlights including visiting to Dau Dang Waterfall and Puong Cave. Lunch will be provided in a local restaurant on spot (simple). After lunch, transfer uphill for 160 km to Bao Lac with several stops along the way for admiring spectacular scenery of the western part of Cao Bang Province and paying visit to villages of the Nung peoples. Arriving in Bao Lac in late afternoon, check-in hotel. Dinner and overnight in a local hotel in Bao Lac.
DAY 4: BAO LAC -> MEO VAC
Leaving Bao Lac at about 09.00 for a drive along the Gam River for an hour before turning right and traveling uphill to the higher land, heading north to Meo Vac Townlet of Ha Giang Province. Stop along the way for visiting several small hamlets of the Nung, Tay and H’mong ethnic peoples scaterring along the Nho Que River. Arriving in Meo Vac at about 13.00, having lunch and check in hotel for a short rest. Spend the the afternoon by walking along the stunning Nho Que River, admiring scenery of the spectacular Ma Pi Leng Pass, paying visit to villages of the H’mong, Zao and Red Lolo ethnic peoples. Dinner and overnight in Meo Vac.
DAY 5: MEO VAC -> YEN MINH -> QUAN BA
Leaving Meo Vac, you will enjoy one of the most stunning landscapes of the northern mountain – The Ma Pi Leng Pass. Visit a small H’mong hamlet, set amongst the rock field featuring the very tough life on this limestone highland before continuing along the road 4c to Dong Van, the northernmost townlet of Vietnam. We will visit the Vuong Family Palace, ruled over the H’mong in the region and popularly known as King of the H’mong. Continue our drive to Pho Bang ancient town. Walking for about an hour to explore this town which is featured with two storey wooden houses, clay walled, Yin and Yang tiled roofs and leisure atmosphere. Leaving Pho Bang for a driving down hill to Yen Minh. Lunch will be provided in a local restaurant en route. After lunch, drive uphill of a long and high mountain pass. Take a break at the foot of the pass far walking to visit a village of the La Chi, another small ethnic group with only over 3,000 individuals in Vietnam whose culture is really unique and strong. Arrive in Quan Ba around late afternoon. Check in hotel for freshen up and relax. Overnight in Quan Ba.
DAY 6: QUAN BA -> HA GIANG -> HANOI
Breakfast and check out hotel. Driving uphill to the top of Quan Ba mountain pass, stop for admiring the great view of Quan Ba valley. Then driving few kilometers further for visiting two more hill tribe villages – one village of the H’mong with traditional living style of the highlander ethnics and the other, a village of the Kinh peoples immigrated to the region in 1980s. Driving for another hour and take a coffee stop at Ha Giang before continue along national road 2 to Bac Quang. Lunch break. The whole afternoon is for traveling along national road 2 for Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi in late afternoon.
DAY 7: HANOI -> HALONG BAY -> HANOI
We depart Hanoi at 08:00 for the 3.5 hour drive through the fertile flood plains of the Red River Delta to Ha Long City. Once at Ha Long City we board our private boat for a five-hour cruise of this stunning area, stopping along the way to visit one of the limestone caves in the bay. There will also be time for a swim in the bay’s emerald waters (if weather permits). Whilst on board, you will be served a delicious local seafood lunch. Return to shore and back to Hanoi. Arrive Hanoi around late afternoon. Free dinner and overnight in Hanoi.
DAY 8: HANOI -> SAIGON
Transfer to Hanoi airport for the morning flight to Ho Chi Minh city. Flight ??? Departure at ??? (to be advised). Upon your arrival in Ho Chi Minh city airport, you will be greeted by Lotussia local team and transferred to your hotel in town. After lunch (not included), begin the half day tour with Ho Chi Minh City highlights such as the Post Office, cathedral, Reunification palace, centre town, then continue towards Cholon, visit Thien Hau temple and Binh Tay market. Overnight in Saigon.
DAY 9: SAIGON -> MUI NE BEACH
Transfer to Muine (without guide). The scenic 200km drive north on Highway One passes through the bustling city of Bien Hoa before cutting through dense rubber plantations. Arrive in Muine and check into resort. The rest of day is free to relax by the hotel poolside or on the sandy beach. Overnight in Muine, Phan Thiet.
DAY 10-13: MUI NE BEACH RESORT
Full day free at leisure to enjoy the prime beach of Muine or just relax on the hotel poolside. Optional golf course or beach activities can be arranged on the spot (not included). Overnight in Muine, Phan Thiet.
DAY 14: MUI NE BEACH -> SAIGON
Free at leisure until transfer back to Saigon. Overnight in Saigon.
DAY 15: SAIGON -> CU CHI TUNNELS -> SAIGON
Enjoy a morning drive through typical southern Vietnamese countryside to Cu Chi to visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, an incredible underground tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters during the long struggle for independence. Then we will go back to Ho Chi Minh city around noon. Free afternoon for your personal discovery/shopping. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.
DAY 16: DEPARTURE
Transfer to Ho Chi Minh city airport for onward flight back home. Flight ???. Departure at ?h (please advise). End tour.