PRIVATE TOUR – TOUR CODE: CPK09
This Vietnam eco tour proposes you many different things which a classic adventure itinerary doesn’t have. Experience different aspects of Vietnam culture and daily life and many chances to learn from local people, act as a local and experience in the same way the locals do. Many outdoor activities are inclusive and exclusive. Local homestay, eco-lodge and cozy hotels narrow the gap between a foreigner and this Far East country.
TRAVEL ROUTE: Hanoi – Halong – Cat Ba – Hai Phong – Hanoi – Mai Chau – Da Nang – Hoi An – Saigon – Cai Be – Vinh Long – Can Tho – Saigon
(Exclusive of airfares)
|No. Persons||2||4||6||8||Single Supplement|
|Price (US$) per person||996||780||680||670||185|
Surcharge for Domestic Air tickets – You can book or not
- Flight Hanoi (HAN) to Da Nang (DAD): US$ 106/person
- Flight Da Nang (DAD) to Saigon (SGN): US$ 106/person
Day 1 Hanoi Arrival (D) - Activities: Easy walk inside Old quarter (~ 2 hours)
Day 2 Hanoi City Tour - Halong Bay (B,L) - Activities: Discover the Vietnam history and 54 traditions
Day 3 Ba Hang fishing village - Cat Ba islands - Cat Ba Eco-lodge (B,L,D) - Activities: Kayaking in Ba Hang fishing village, Cycling in West Cat Ba National park.
Disembark in Gia Luan harbour, North of Cat Ba islands. Private transfer with our tour guide to Ang Soi intersection in the edge of Cat Ba National Park. Take over the bike and start easy-cycling from Ang Soi to Xuan Dam village along the mountain side and wide beaches. You also passing through the damps where locals raise-up shrimp, fish and crabs. End of the cycle inside Xuan Dam village (total 6km cycling).
Check in Cat Ba Eco-lodge (formerly named “Suoi Goi Eco-lodge”) inside Xuan Dam village. Dinner is pre-arranged in the Eco-lodge because there aren’t restaurants in the village. Overnight in Cat Ba Eco-lodge.
Day 4 Farming/Gardening with locals - Cat Ba - Hai Phong - Hanoi (B,L) - Activities: Farming/ or Gardening in Xuan Dam village
After breakfast, you will take part in farming acvities with the locals. You will learn how to plant trees and vegetables in the garden of Eco-lodge or in the rice fields of Xuan Dam village. During the harvest months of May – June or September, you also help the locals cut the rice trees in the rice fields. It’s time for you to act as a local.
Lunch and check out Cat Ba Eco-lodge. Private transfer to Cat Ba downtown. You take the highspeed boat to Hai Phong city (45 minutes) with our guide. Arrive at Hai Phong harbour at 14:30 then private transfer to Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 5 Hanoi - Mai Chau valley - Homestay (B,D) - Activities: Experience local dinner of White Thai people, Dancing and singing show by villagers
Day 6 Mai Chau valley - Hanoi - Flight to Da Nang - Hoi An (B,L) - Activities: Trekking in 2 hours in Mai Chau valley
After 1 hour flight, you meet our guide then private transfer from Da Nang airport to Hoi An Old quarter. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 7 Cam Thanh coconut village - Tra Que vegetable village (B,L) - Activities: Cycling in countryside, boating on De Vong river, learning about fishing work in Cam Thanh village
Embark on the boat, enjoy the folk songs show by local people and learn how to make funny tools by water coconut leaf. Then get on board to Cam An wharf, continue to take a bicycle to Tra Que village and join in the daily activities with local farmer there. Enjoy special local food such as pancake, Tam Huu spring roll, fried fish … in Tra Que herb village. Bidding farewell, take a bicycle back to your hotel.
Day 8 Hoi An - Da Nang - Flight to Saigon (B) - Activities: Saigon city pass in the afternoon
Return to your hotel to check out then private transfer to Da Nang airport for the onwards flight to Saigon, the entertainment center of Vietnam.
Arrival Saigon, you meet with our guide then transfer hotel for checkin and refresh. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Ho Chi Minh, starting by Notre Dame Cathedral and façade of the former presidential palace. Stop at Ben Thanh market for shopping. Dinner at leisure (not included in tour price).
Day 9 Saigon - My Tho - Ben Tre homestay (B,L,D) - Activities: Group Boating on Mekong river, walking in the rural villages, fruit tasting
Day 10 Cai Rang floating market - Tra Su Bird watching (B,L) - Activities: Group Boating to visit Cai Rang floating market, Bird watching in Tra Su cajuput forest
Have you ever tasted Vietnamese vermicelli soup? Well, now go and see how it is made. Then wander around the village and meet the friendly local people and experience how to pass a “Monkey bridge” which is built by only one stem of bamboo. Visit the orchard garden. Stop for lunch. Proceed to Chau Doc, continue the tour to visit Tra Su, getting to the wild birds Sanctuary, cruising smoothly with small boats to discover the arrays of splendid canals deep into the forest, watching storks, cranes and other tropical birds. On the way back stop by to visit Sam Mountain, the Cave pagoda (if time permitted). Back to the town, hotel check in. Overnight in Chau Doc.
Day 11 Chau Doc - Saigon (B)
See-off at your hotel in Saigon.
Day 12: Saigon airport - Departure (B)
- Hotel Accommodation with breakfast and based on twin sharing
- Local private English speaking guide (3 guides: one in Hanoi, Halong, Cat Ba and Mai Chau, one in Da Nang, Hoi An and one in Saigon city and Mekong delta)
- Private boat arrangement for sightseeing in Halong, Hoi An, Cai Be, Vinh Long and Can Tho
- Kayaking in Ba Hang fishing village, Halong Bay
- Farming/gardening under locals’ instruction in Cat Ba Eco-lodge
- Cycling in Cat Ba and in Hoi An
- Fishing in Cam Thanh coconut village, Hoi An
- Trekking in Mai Chau valley
- River boating on Mekong river
- Entrance fees & Sightseeing as indicated
- Meals as mentioned: B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D= Dinner
- Complimentary visa approval letter (this is non-refundable if no need assistance)
- Mineral water for every day (01 bottle/pax/day)
- Airfare (international and domestic)
- Visa stamp fees for visa upon arrival (US$ 45/pax)
- Drinks and other meals not clearly mentioned
- Surcharge for special request on food, and meals.
- Insurance, gratuities and personal expenses
- Tipping for guide and driver
- All other services not stated in the program
Centrally located hotels, or other similar hotels
|Hanoi||Tu Linh Palace Hotel
Cityview Deluxe room
|Ideal location, inside Hanoi Old quarter|
|Halong city||Crown Halong
Deluxe Seaview room
|Bai Chay tourism center|
|Cat Ba||Cat Be Eco-lodge (formerly named Suoi Goi Eco-lodge) – Private room||Xuan Dam village, West Cat Ba National park|
|Mai Chau||Homestay (Dorm-room)||In Lac or Pom Coong village, Mai Chau valley|
|Hoi An||Lantern Hotel
Superior gardenview room
|Inside Hoi An old quarter|
|Saigon||Boss hotel 2 or Boss hotel 3
|500m from Ben Thanh market|
|Vinh Long||Bay Trung homestay or Ba Linh homestay
|In the An Binh village near Can Tho city|
|Chau Doc||Chau Pho Hotel
|Best 3-star in Chau Doc town|