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Discover Vietnam – 21 days

Discover Vietnam – 21 days

Uncover the diverse landscape, people, culture and food of this unique and proud country. Dao’s Travel Agency presents our one of kind north to south adventure exploring the real Vietnam. The beauty of this ancient land with it’s one thousand miles of coastline, mysterious mountainous inlands, chaotic cities, and unique flavors is unprecedented. We will visit some of the country’s most beloved destinations as well as a few of our unknown personal favorites.

My wife and I have owned Dao’s travel agency for 3 years, and together, we have a unique perspective of this country we love. Dao is a native and I am American. I will accompany you as the tour leader, speaking both English and Vietnamese. Mong gap ban som! (Hope to see you soon!)

“As I come to understand Vietnam and what it implies about the human condition, I also realize that few humans will permit themselves such an understanding.” – Alan Moore, Watchmen

Mid Summer Promo!! Book now and receive 150 usd off

$1,599 usd 1,449 usd per person Minimum 2 people

Hanoi – Sapa – Halong Bay – Phong Nha National Park – Hue – Bach Ma National Park – Hoi An – Cam Lap – Ho Chi Minh City

Full Itinerary

Day 1: Airport > Hanoi

  • Airport Taxi pick up
  • Day to relax in Hanoi
  • Overnight in a Hanoi hotel

Day 2: Hanoi > Sapa (B, L, D)

  • 6:30 am until 7:00 am pick up from your Hanoi hotel
  • 1:00 pm arrive Sapa
  • Check in to your hotel
  • Free day in Sapa Town
  • Overnight in a Sapa Hotel

Day 3: Sapa > Lao Chai village > Ta Van village (B, L, D)

  • 9:00 am start trekking into Sapa’s Muong Hoa Valley
  • Trek through ethnic villages, terraced rice paddies and more
  • Overnight in a home-stay in Ta Van Village
  • Enjoy the evening in a Sapa’s beautiful countryside

Day 4: Ta Van > Giang Ta Chai > Su Pan > Sapa > Hanoi (B, L)

  • Have breakfast
  • 9:00 am start trekking to Giang Ta Chai Su Pan village
  • Transfer back to the Sapa hotel
  • 4:00 pm departure from Sapa to Hanoi
  • 10:00 pm arrive in Hanoi
  • Overnight in a Hanoi hotel

Day 5: Hanoi (B)

  • Free day to enjoy Hanoi
  • Overnight in a Hanoi hotel

Day 6: Hanoi > Halong Bay (B, L, D)

  • Have breakfast at you hotel
  • 8:00 am until 8:30 am pick up to Halong Bay
  • Visit a cave and Kayak In Halong Bay
  • Enjoy with a sunset party and swimming from the boat
  • Overnight on the cruise

Day 7: Halong Bay > Monkey Island (B, L, D)

  • Transfer to Monkey Island located in Lan Ha Bay
  • Enjoy a day on Monkey island
  • Kayaking, beach sports, swimming and hiking
  • Enjoy a night swim with luminescent plankton
  • Overnight on Monkey Island

Day 8: Monkey Island > Halong Bay > Hanoi > Overnight bus to Phong Nha (B, L)

  • Transfer back to the Cruise in Halong Bay
  • Enjoy relaxing on the cruise
  • Arrive our office in Hanoi at approximately 5:00 pm
  • 6:00 pm pick up for the overnight bus to Phong Nha National Park

“We’re getting into this with our hands, I’m guessing. I like this.”
– Anthony Bourdain (No Reservations, Vietnam Episode)

Day 9: Phong Nha National Park (B)

  • 5:00 am arrive in Phong Nha National Park at a hotel
  • Check into the Pepperhouse homestay
  • Free day in Phong Nha
  • Overnight in the Pepperhouse homestay

Day 10: Phong Nha > En Cave (B, L, D)

  • 8:00 am until 8:30 am Transfer to Phong Nha’s Jungle
  • Hike through rich jungle and to Ban Doong ethnic village
  • Continue trekking to En Cave
  • Camping in the cave
  • BBQ dinner, swimming and having a blast in En Cave
  • Overnight in a tent

Day 11: En Cave > Phong Nha (B, L)

  • Hike through the dry passage to a view point high above the camp site
  • See first hand a 300 million year old fossil
  • Trek back to Ban Doong village again
  • Transfer back to your Phong Nha hotel
  • Overnight in Phong Nha Accommodation

Day 12: Phong Nha > Dong Hoi > Hue (B, L)

  • 5:00 am Bus pick up to Hue
  • 8:30 am arrive in Hue
  • Check into Hue Stay Hotel
  • Free day to explore Hue
  • Overnight in Hue Stay Hotel

Day 13: Hue > Bach Ma National Park > Hoi An (B, L)

  • 8:00 am depart to Bach Ma National Park by Private vehicle
  • Hike to the top of the national park
  • Get a panoramic view where the mountains meet the sea
  • Hike to a group of five lakes for a swim and chilling on the rocks
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch
  • Visit Do Quyen waterfall
  • 4:00 pm we will depart to Hoi An
  • Approximately 6:00 pm arrive Hoi An
  • Overnight in Thanh Van 1 Hotel

Day 14: Hoi An Farming and Fishing day tour (B, L)

  • Have breakfast at the hotel
  • 8:00 am tour starts with A bike ride to a local farming village
  • Partake in the daily life of a farmer
  • Hoeing the soil, watering the veggies and riding a water buffalo
  • Board a boat and cruise to the mouth of the river where it meets the Cua Dai Sea
  • Try first hand, traditional fishing techniques using round cast nets
  •  Learn how to paddle a Vietnamese basket boat
  • Explore the coconut palm waterways
  • Board the cruise again for lunch and a cold drink
  • Transfer back to the Hotel
  • Overnight in Thanh Van 1 Hotel

Day 15: Hoi An > Overnight bus Nha Trang (B)

  • Enjoy free time in Hoi An
  • 5:00 pm board the sleeping bus

Day 16: Nha Trang > Cam Lap Peninsula

  • 6:00 am arrive Nha Trang
  • Eat Breakfast
  • Taxi transfer to Cam Lap
  • Check into Starfish Bay Resort
  • Enjoy a free day in the beach paradise of Cam Lap
  • Overnight in Starfish Bay Resort

Day 17: Cam Lap > Binh Ba Island > Cam Lap (B, L)

  • Day tour to the Island of Binh Ba
  • Overnight in Starfish Bay Resort

Day 18: Cam Lap Peninsula (B)

  • Free day In Cam Lap
  • Kayaking, Swimming, Beach fire, BBQ, Fishing, and more
  • Visit around
  • Overnight in Starfish Bay Resort

Day 19: Cam Lap > Ho Chi Minh City (B)

  • 7:00 am bus pick up from Cam Lap
  • 5:00 pm arrive in Ho Chi Minh City
  • Overnight in Cat Huy Hotel

Day 20: Ho Chi Minh City > Cu Chi Tunnels > Ho Chi Minh City (B, L, D)

  • 8:00 am pick up from Cat Huy Hotel
  • Day tour to visit the Cu Chi tunnel complex
  • Have a final Feast – a thank you from Dao’s Travel Agency
  • Overnight in Cat Huy Hotel

Day 21: Tour Ends, Thank you! (B)

  • If you’d like, we can book anything further (Not Included in the price)

Inclusions

Tour Leader

  • American tour leader that can speak both English & Vietnamese

Adventure level

  • Trekking, cycling, swimming, snorkeling, camping, farming and more. Should be an active person

Availability

  • Anytime, but it’s always better to plan ahead

Transportation

  • Private taxi (Airport > Hanoi)
  • Sitting bus (Hanoi > Halong > Hanoi)
  • Comfortable sitting bus (Hanoi > Sapa > Hanoi)
  • Sleeping Bus (Hanoi > Phong Nha)
  • Sleeping Bus (Phong Nha > Hue)
  • Private vehicle (Hue > Hoi An)
  • Sleeping Bus (Hoi An > Nha Trang)
  • Private taxi (Nha Trang > Cam Lap)
  • Sleeping Bus (Cam Lap > Ho Chi Minh City)
  • Private car (Ho Chi Minh > Cu Chi > Ho Chi Minh)

Accommodation

  • Hanoi – 3 star hotel
  • Halong Bay – Cruise cabin
  • Lan Ha Bay – (Monkey Island Bungalows)
  • Sapa – (Sapa Lodge Hotel) & ( Traditional Homestay)
  • Phong Nha – (Pepper House Homestay) & (Campsite)
  • Hue – (Hue Stay Hotel)
  • Hoi An – (Thanh Van 1 hotel)
  • Cam Lap – (Starfish Resort)
  • Ho Chi Minh City – (Cat Huy Hotel)

Included

  • American Vietnamese & English speaking Tour leader
  • Meals (B= breakfast, L= lunch, D= dinner)
  • Taxis
    1. Airport > Hanoi
    2. Nha Trang > Cam Lap
  • Buses
    1. Hanoi > Sapa > Hanoi
    2. Hanoi > Halong Bay > Hanoi
    3. Hanoi > Phong Nha
    4. Phong Nha > Hue
    5. Hoi An > Nha Trang
    6. Cam Lap > Ho Chi Minh City
    7. Ho Chi Minh > Cu Chi > Ho Chi Minh
  • Accommodation
    1. 03 nights in Hanoi Hotel
    2. 01 night in Sapa (Sapa Lodge Hotel)
    3. 01 night in Ta Van village Homestay
    4. 01 Night on Halong Cruise
    5. 01 night in Lan Ha Bay (Monkey Island Bungalow)
    6. 01 night in Phong Nha (Pepper House)
    7. 01 night in En Cave (Camp site)
    8. 01 night in Hue Hotel (Hue Stay)
    9. 02 nights in Hoi An (Thanh Van 1 hotel)
    10. 03 nights in Cam Lap Resort (Starfish Resort)
    11. 02 night in Ho Chi Minh City (Cat Huy Hotel)
  • All Inclusive Tours
    1. Sapa Tour (3 days 2 nights)
    2. Halong Bay tour (3 days 2 nights
    3. Phong Nha En Cave tour (2 days 1 night)
    4. Bach Ma National Park tour (1 day)
    5. Hoi An fishing and farming tour (1 day)
    6. Binh Ba Island Tour (1 day)
    7. Cu Chi Tunnel Tour (1 day)

Excluded

  • Beverages
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal expenses

Things to bring

  • Your Passport
  • Extra Cash for personal expenses
  • Swimming gear and a towel
  • Wide-brimmed hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Rain Poncho
  • Sunglasses
  • Waterproof walking sandals
  • Reliable insect repellent
  • Toiletries
  • Camera and lots of batteries
  • Warm clothing for the cooler months of November to March

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