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Vietnam Homestay Tour in brief:
Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
Day 2: Hanoi City Tour & Train to Sapa
Day 3: Sapa Homestay
Day 4: Sapa Homestay
Day 5: Sapa & Train to Hanoi
Day 6: Hanoi - Halong Bay
Day 7: Halong Bay - Hanoi & Flight to Hue
Day 8: Hue City Tour
Day 9: Hue - Hoi An Homestay
Day 10&11: Hoi An Homestay
Day 12: Hoi An - Danng & Flight to Ho Chi Minh
Day 13: Ho Chi Minh - Cu Chi Tunnels - Ho Chi Minh
Day 14: Ho Chi Minh - Mekong (Can Tho Homestay)
Day 15: Can Tho - Ho Chi Minh
Day 16: Ho Chi Minh Departure
(Note: You can extend this tour with few nights at one of Vietnam's best beaches, Phu Quoc or Mui Ne)
Day 1: HANOI ARRIVAL(D)
Upon arrival, our private Vietnam Tours guide and driver will welcome your Vietnam Holiday, pick up and transfer to the hotel for check in. Hanoi, a city where the exotic chic of old Asia blends with the dynamic face of new Asia. Where the medieval and modern co-exist. A city with a blend of Parisian grace and Asian pace, an architectural museum piece evolving in harmony with its history, rather than bulldozing through like many of the region’s capitals. Hanoi is where imagination becomes reality.
Free at leisure. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 2: HA NOI – TRAIN TO SAPA (B,L)
Hanoi without a doubt a beautiful start for your Vietnam Tours. Today we enjoy a full day Hanoi city tour of this charming capital city including the mausoleum of the nation's founder Ho Chi Minh (close on Monday & Friday), the Presidential Palace, the Ho Chi Minh's house on stilts, the One Pillar Pagoda, the Temple of Literature, the impressive Ethnologic Museum, the beautiful West Lake, the Tran Vu Pagoda, the peaceful lake of the Restored Sword.
Late afternoon we take a cyclo tour for a short excursion through the bustling old quarter streets named after the specific goods once offered for sale at these places. In the evening, we end Hanoi city tour with a fantastic traditional water puppet show.
In the evening, we take the overnight train to Lao Cai.
Day 3: LAO CAI – SAPA HOMESTAY(B,L,D)
Pick up at the train station by our guide and driver, short drive to Sapa where we have already arrange a room at our hotel for you to have shower and breakfast. Sapa - The Queen of the Mountains, overlooking a beautiful valley, lofty mountains towering over the town on all sides, Sapa Tour is gateway to another world of mysterious minority cultures and luscious landscapes and great choice for Vietnam Tours maker to arrange Vietnam Culture Tours, Vietnam Trekking Tours, Vietnam Homestay Tours. This morning, you are free at leisure to explore Sapa. After Lunch in Sapa, we start our trip by trekking ~ 12km to Y Linh Ho, Lao Chai and Ta Van village of the H’mong and the Dzay minorities. During your way, you will have opportunity to see people working on beautiful rice terraces and visit some of the local families, via your guide, you will learn many interesting things about the ethnic minorities culture and life. Upon arrival at the homestay, greeting to the family, the rest of the day, you can walk around to explore the village or help your guide cook delicious Vietnamese food for dinner. Overnight at Ta Van village with a Day family.
Day 4: GIANG TA CHAI- BAN HO HOMESTAY(B,D)
After your breakfast with pancake made by your host family, we continue trekking to Giang Ta Chai village and Su Pan village of the red Dzao minority. After picnic lunch at a roadside famliy, we keep on hiking to Ban Ho, the village lies within a beautiful valley, home to the Tay minority people who have their traditional house on stilts and it is where we will spend the night.
Day 5: BAN HO – SAPA – LAO CAI & TRAIN TO HA NO(B)
2km walking to a very nice waterfall discovered and named “the Lavie” by the French during the colonial time in Vietnam. Enjoy swimming then go up to the mountain to visit a small hamlet of the Red Dzao people called Nam Toong before getting back to Ban Ho for the pick up by car back to Sapa. Again, we have already arranged a room for you to have shower before the short drive to Lao Cai railway station for a night train to Hanoi.
Day 6: HA NOI – HA LONG BAY(B,L,D)
Pick up from the train station, this morning, we have already arranged a room in a mini hotel for you to have shower and breakfast before driving to Halong Bay (165km), Vietnam most scenic sight, a recognized World Natural Heritage Site and highlight of any Vietnam Tours. Upon arrival, board your traditional wooden junk. Welcome drink on board. After a relaxing break, enjoy a delicious seafood lunch while cruising through the wonderful Ha Long bay visiting its amazing grottoes and caves. Opportunity to dive off the boat and have a pleasant swimming in the deep blue water of East Sea before relaxing on your sun deck to view a Halong sunset. Dinner on board with excellent fresh seafood.
Overnight on board.
Day 7: HA LONG- HA NOI- HUE(B)
It is said that your Vietnam Tours will not be complete without a trip to Halong Bay and spending one night on romantic Halong Cruise. People describe Halong Bay as majestic and mysterious, inspiring and imperious and words alone cannot do justice to the natural wonder that is Halong Bay. Imagine 3000 or more incredible islands rising from the emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin and you have a vision of breathtaking beauty. Halong Bay is pure art, a priceless collection of unfinished sculptures hewn from the hand of nature. It is absolutely true when you get up early to catch the sunrise on the bay, doing Ta Chi on sundeck and relax with a cup of hot coffee or tea when the boat cruising to explore more of Halong Bay. All make your Vietnam Holiday with full sweet memory. Back from Halong city at around noon where Smile Tourist's private guide and driver are waiting for the transfer back to Hanoi airport for afternoon flight to Hue. Upon arrival, pick up and transfer to the hotel for check in. Free at leisure. Overnight in Hue
Day 8: HUE TOUR(B,L)
7.30 - 8.30: Breakfast at your hotel. 8.30 - 10.00: You'll be taken by car to visit Thien Mu Pagoda, a tranquil pagoda in the banks of the Perfume River.10.00 - 12.00: Take a cruise along the Perfume River to the Royal Tombs of Minh Mang, the most majestic emperor and a staunch follower of Confucianism with many wives, concubines and a small army of children.12.00 - 13.30: Drive back to Hue for lunch at a typical Vietnamese restaurant.13.30 - 16.45: In the afternoon, you'll drive to visit Royal Tu Duc tomb, the "poet Emperor", is set in an elegant garden with a magnificent lake and pavilion complex and the Royal Khai Dinh tomb is an unprepossessing concrete construction on the side of a wide valley. In the evening, you'll sit down for dinner in the pleasant surroundings and a comfortable atmosphere of another of the garden houses. The garden houses are a unique feature of Hue. The houses are traditional, privately owned, and set in attractive formal gardens. At night: overnight in hotel in Hue
Day 9: HUE – HOI AN HOMESTAY(B,L)
After breakfast, we drive to Hoi An, a major Asian trading port in the 17th and 18th centuries whose architecture and relaxed lifestyle has changed little over the years. This scenic drive passes through the fishing village of Lang Co before climbing over the Pass of Ocean Clouds. Along the way, stop in Danang to visit the Cham Museum, which contains the finest collection of Cham sculptures in the world. Upon arrival in Hoi An, free to take walking tour of the Hoi An ancient town centre. Overnight in Hoi An at Vuon Trau Homestay
Day 10 &11: HOI AN(B)
Hoi An Ancient Town - highlight of any tour to Vietnam that no Vietnam Tours
maker would skip, is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century. Its buildings and its street plan reflect the influences, both indigenous and foreign, that have combined to produce this unique heritage site.Day free to cycle through rice paddies in the countryside of Hoi An ancient town, shop for souvenirs among the antique shops and art galleries, or just sit at sidewalk cafes and soak up the atmosphere of this quaint town. Or relax on the white sandy beach of the famous China Beach. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 12: HOI AN – DA NANG- HO CHI MINH(B)
After breakfast, our Vietnam tour guide and driver in Hoi An will transfer you to the airport for the morning flight to Ho Chi Minh (VN). Arrive at Tan Son Nhat airport, transfer to the hotel in Saigon, the most exciting city of Vietnam, a mecca of commerce, also a city with a chequered history and a rich culture, its pagodas, museums, public buildings, parks and boulevards make it one of the most delightful places to visit in Vietnam. Upon arrival, check in at the hotel, free time at leisure.Overnight in Ho Chi Minh
Day 13: HO CHI MINH- CU CHI TUNNELS (B,L)
Morning pick up from the hotel for Cu Chi Tunnels tour, en route to visit the bustling market at Thu Dao Mot. Upon arrival in Cu Chi, we visit the incredible underground tunnel network of approximately 200 kilometres hand-constructed by Vietnamese guerillas during the long struggle for independence where you will understand more about the Vietnam War or American War, a must see Vietnam Tourfor any tourists to learn about Vietnam past and present days. Afternoon drive back to Ho Chi Minh.
Day 14: HO CHI MINH- CAI BE FLOATING MARKET – CAN THO HOMESTAY(B,L,D)
Today we will start our exploration of the Mekong Delta, a major rice producing area. This must be one of the most fascinating riverine deltas in the world. The Mekong splits into nine major arteries. A vast network of rivers and waterways with thousands of ships of all sizes plowing the waters gives the Mekong Delta a very special atmosphere and no double one of the most favorite destinations for Vietnam Tours. On arrival, we will make a boat trip to the Cai Be floating Market, visit villages and meet the people of the Mekong Delta. Continue your boat trip to An Binh Island for Lunch in a local family and bike trip in the afternoon. Continue to Can Tho – the heart of Mekong Delta in Vietnam. Continue to Can Tho and transfer from Ninh Kieu wharf to local people’s house for homestay by shuttle boat. Visit local homes & orchards and participate in local activities such as gardening, fishing, ploughing. Have dinner at the home. Tonight, we spend the unique night in a homestay with local family. Overnight in Can Tho.
Day 15: CAN THO HOMESTAY- HO CHI MINH(B)
In the morning, we make a the boat cruise to see the Cai Rang floating market (the nicest one with heaps of rowing boats), the beautiful scenery and the daily activities of the locals who lives along the Mekong canals and you will roam through the village to visit a rice husking mill, a rice noodles making shop which are nice chances to discover the daily life of Vietnamese people in Mekong Delta. Afternoon, drive back to Ho Chi Minh. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.
Day 16: HO CHI MINH DEPATURE (B)
Free time at leisure for you to wrap up your memorial Vietnam Holiday until our private guide will see you off at the airport with the sincere thanks for traveling with us. We hope that you have enjoyed your Vietnam Tours with us and look forward to welcoming you back for your next Vietnam Tours, goodbye and see you again!!!