days The Depth
Hanoi, Mai Chau,
The Red River Delta, Bai Tu Long Bay, Hoi An, My Son,
Cu Chi Tunnels, Mekong Delta, Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 1 Arrival in Hanoi
Upon our arrival our driver picks us up and transfer to our hotel. In
the afternoon, we get acquainted with the
city by strolling among the local people, around
Hoan Kiem Lake and the Old Quarter. (Dinner is included).
Day 2 Hanoi /
Departing from Hanoi we head along Highway No.6 to
Hoa Binh province, there is plenty of incredible
We arrive in the remote region
of Mai Chau, a magical valley, full of rice
fields and serene villages which are perfect
for exploring, we hike about 8 km along tracks
and paths used by the locals and descend to
the village of Van, home to White
Thai minority people.
After dinner we stay overnight
as guests in a traditional Thai wooden house.
(Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included).
Day 3 Mai Chau / The Floating
Village of Kenh Ga / Trang An
We walk around cornfields, across hills and through rice terraces, past several White
Thai hamlets. Later in the morning, we drive
to Ninh Binh province. This is followed by a leisurely
boat ride across the Hoang Long River.
Here, we explore
the floating village of Kenh Ga, set amongst
stunning limestone scenery and a network of
peaceful backwaters, we walk around scenic outcrops
and open rice fields.
We stay in a local family in a peaceful village in Ninh Binh. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 4 Trang An / The Red River
This morning we explore Trang An, an area which is well-known for its beautiful limestone mountains. Here, we take a stroll around
This is followed by a delightful bicycle ride through beautiful rock formations and peaceful villages before we enjoy a boat trip along the river of Trang An.
Next, we settle in with a local family. Here, we learn
how to make rice noodles and spring rolls and other typical dishes in the Red River Delta. The night is spent in a local family. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner are
Day 5 The Red River Delta / Bai Tu Long Bay
Driving east we arrive in Ha Long City where
we board our boat and embark on a boat
trip amongst 3000 spectacular limestone
peaks, whilst having lunch on the boat.
Those who are energetic and relish a close view of stunning limestone outcrops can climb aboard our kayaks for a leisurely exploration of the bay.
On Van Don island we settle in with a delightful local family for the night to experience their way of life. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included).
Day 6 Bai Tu Long
After breakfast we spend the morning cycling
on Van Don Island and relaxing on the beautiful
A few hours of boating and kayaking follows –
time to appreciate the beauty of Bai Tu Long
Bay as we progress further around the bay, the
scenery becomes more and more picturesque.
in Cai Rong Island we spend the night in a relaxing and comfortable hotel.
(Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included).
Day 7 Cai Rong
Island / Hanoi
This morning it is time to return to our starting
point 6 days ago. With Hanoi only 4 hours away,
we depart Cai Rong for some exploration of a
local market and a fishing village.
in Hon Gai town we drive to Hanoi. On the way
we have a refreshment stop at Dong Trieu, a
traditional ceramics village. We arrive back
in Hanoi at around 5 pm. (Breakfast and lunch are included).
Day 8-9 Hanoi
Today you have whole day free for the charming
capital of Ha Noi. The following day we visit
the sights of Hanoi including the Museum of
Ethnology, the Temple of Literature and Ho Chi
We also leave plenty of
time to sample Hanoi’s culinary delights.
In the evening we attend the performance of
traditional water puppetry, before we board
The Reunification Express bound for Da Nang.
(Lunch and dinner on Day 8 are excluded).
Day 10-11 Hoi
During our stay in Hoi An we visit My Son Temple,
the very former capital of the ancient Cham
civilization that ruled central Vietnam between
the second century and the thirteenth century.
There is something in Hoi An for everyone, from
historical architecture to art galleries and
excellent shopping. Weather permitting, there
will be time for you to relax on the beautiful
beach. (Lunch and dinner on Day 11 excluded).
Day 12 Hoi An / Ho Chi
This morning we take a short flight to Ho Chi
Minh City and drive for 2 hours to Cu Chi District.
Here, we wander around and spend time interacting
with local people, before we visit the tunnels
which stretched over 250 km from Saigon to the
At the height of its existence,
the tunnel system was three levels deep. Arriving
back to Ho Chi Minh City for our accommodation
for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included).
Day 13 Ho Chi Minh City / Mekong
From Ho Chi Minh City we travel to the loating
market of Cai Be and enjoy a boat trip that
enables us to view the amazing waterways where
we observe the floating markets and learn about
the way of life in the delta.
We reach Ben Tre
province, home to lush fruit orchards, rivers
and a former stronghold of Viet Cong during
the Vietnam War.
This evening we settle in with
a hospitable and friendly local family for a
dinner and an overnight stay. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included).
Day 14 Mekong
Delta / Ho Chi Minh City
We continue our discovery of the delta by boating
along the Hau River, passing through mango groves
and fruit orchards, stopping at our pleasure
to savour the delta's succulent crops and bring
us into contact with local people. Following
that we board our vehicle and drive back to
Ho Chi Minh City.
Here, we have some free time for
some exploration of the city, before we conclude
our trip with a farewell dinner in one of the
city’s best restaurants. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included).
Day 15 Ho Chi
We can depart at any time today. (Breakfast
includes bicycle rides, walks, hikes and kayaks with:
- a 6-10 km walk and hike on Day 2.
- a 6-9 km walk and hike on Day 3.
- a 9-11 km bicycle ride on Day 4.
1-2 hour kayak ride on Day 5.
9-12 km bicycle ride on Day 6.
a 1-2 hour kayak ride on Day 6.
From July to September, the climate is usually
humid and hot. From October to June brings cooler
and more pleasant weather.
Our experienced and friendly Tour
Guides speak excellent English.
They are extremely knowledgeable about local
cultures, history and the environment.
hotels (7 nights).
homestays (6 nights).
overnight train (1 night).
Clean and welcoming
homestays with mosquito nets provided.
We choose local ingredients, typical
of the way people eat in the area, at local
restaurants, homes or markets.
We also cater for
Vegetarians but please request this at time of booking.
$1185USD per person
for a group of 2 to 6 people.
per person for a group of 7 to 10 people.
The cost of the trip includes:
meals listed on the itinerary.
- permits during guided excursions.
The cost of the trip does not include:
- travel insurance.
drinks, alcohol and bottled water).
other personal expenses.
What to take:
Pack essentials, including
light comfortable clothes suitable for outdoor
activities, small daypack for cycling, walking and hiking, passport, comfortable
walking shoes, personal articles, camera, insect
repellent, sun cream, raincoat
and sun hat.
a great journey!!!