Quat Dong Village Hanoi

Quat Dong village is located Thuong Tin, southern of Ha Noi. With a four century tradition in hand embroidery, Quat Dong Village is renowned for the sophisticated and refined embroidery artworks produced here.

Quat Dong Village Map

The traditional craft has been in existence for thousands of years, first marked by embroidered letters on clothes and silk in the first century. Books of history and legends talk of how Imperial Concubine Y Lan taught palace maids embroidery techniques in the 11th century of the Ly Dynasty. But the craft did not really blossom until 600 years later when Le Cong Hanh returned home from his king’s envoy term in China.

Hanh who was a villager of Quat Dong, Thuong Tin District now on the outskirts of Hanoi brought back the embroidery craft of the Chinese and gave it to his neighbours and residents in surrounding communes. He was then honoured with the Ancestor of Quat Dong Embroidery.

The beauty and quality of the village’s products grew in reputation and became a favourite of royal mandarins and dignitaries in Thang Long (Hanoi today).

To Quat Dong Hanoi we provide at Lotussia Travel a day trip from Hanoi. Classic itinerary is provided with car transfer, English-speaking guide and meals. The second itinerary, a day cycling tour Hanoi Quat Dong village is arranged with 30K bike ride on the back roads.

Vietnam multisport vacations: Travel Hanoi Mai Chau Tam Coc Bac Ha Sapa Halong Hue Hoian Saigon Mekong Delta 18 days

The 18-day tour is customized for both individuals and small group tours, family holidays in Vietnam. The multi activity takes you to all Vietnam major travel destinations including Vietnam’s capital Hanoi, Mai Chau, Kenh Ga village, Hoa Lu, Tam Coc, Can Cau market, Bac ha market, Sapa, Halong bay, Hue, Da Nang, Hoian, Ho Chi Minh city (Saigon), Tay Ninh, Cu chi tunnels and the Mekong Delta. The Hanoi based tour operator add in the tour different activities such as jungle trek, homestay, sampan cruise tour, boat junk cruises, ethnic culture, highland market, war sites…making your holidays enjoyable.

Vietnam multisport vacations: Travel Hanoi Mai Chau Tam Coc Bac Ha Sapa Halong Hue Hoian Saigon Mekong Delta 18 days

Day 1: Hanoi – Mai Chau.

Depart Hanoi for Hoa Binh province and up then to Mai Chau valley. This scenic drive takes around four hours. Along the way we pass fields of tapioca and sugar cane as well as rice paddies. Upon arriving in Mai Chau valley, we take a short walk around Lac & Poom Coong villages to have the first sights of the White Thai community culture.

In the evening, assist to the traditional music and dance show which is performed by The Thai young girls and boys. They all come from this village. Try also some rice alcohol made of traditional plants and local sticky rice. Overnight at stilt-house.

Day 2: Hiking Mai Chau valley.

Breakfast at the Thai stilt house then we leave the village for a full day hiking around. We will pass many different Thai hamlets, through rice fields, hill sides…Stop sometimes to visit local houses and talk with local people. And one of the highlight on this walk is to experience the everyday life and culture white Thai people and stay in their traditional house on stilts as honoured guests.

Day 3: Mai Chau – Kenh Ga village – Hoa Lu – Ninh Binh.

Breakfast then we say good bye to the warm-hearted Thai people. Depart for Ninhbinh. We will arrive at Kenh Ga around noon.

Have your lunch in a local restaurant and try some specialty of the region. After lunch, the car will drive you to Kenh Ga floating village where you will take the boat trip along the beautiful river. Set on the banks of the Hoang Long River, Kenh Ga is a remarkable place, not only because it is surrounded by the same massive rocks that dominate Hoa Lu, but also because for most of the year the entire community lives on the water itself. The floating village of Kenh Ga receives relatively few visitors compared to nearby Hoa Lu and the peoples’ aquatic way of life has changed little over the centuries.

After the boat trip, continue our journey to Ninhbinh town where we stop for overnight.
Overnight at local guest-house.

Day 4: Tam Coc sampan cruise tour. Return Hanoi. Overnight train to Lao Cai.

The river trip in Tam coc is wonderful for photo hunters, especially when local people come to harvest the water rice planted along the river, or when they transplant some seedling for the next crops. The tourists often compare the place with Guilin – China, or more closely, to the limestone islets of Halong Bay in the Tonkin Gulf for their similar geological structures and shapes. Thus Tam Coc is also called Halong-Bay-On-Land.

We move on to Tam Coc for a 3-hour boat trip along the Boi river. Along the way we will visit caves and ancient temples. After lunch we can make a visit Bich Dong Pagodas before making our way back to Hanoi.

After dinner (at your own account), transfer to Hanoi railway station to take the night train to Laocai. Overnight on the train.

Day 5: Arrive Laocai. Travel to Can Cau. Visit Can Cau market. Return Bac Ha town.

The train arrive Laocai station early morning. You will be meet by another Lotussia local guide and driver. After having breakfast in town, start the ride up to Can Cau market. The ride is relatively flat from Lao Cai to Bao Nhai, where you will be taken through rural area. Situated in the mountains in border area, 20 km from Bac Ha, Can Cau is a small, but very colorful market. Opening only on Saturdays, it always delivers a very photogenic display of Flower Hmong, Black Zao, Phu La ethnic costumes. Chinese people also come for trading. After spending the whole morning exploring the market, you will leave the market for Bac Ha town for lunch.

In the afternoon, you will take a walk to Ban Pho village of Nung and Flower Hmong, which locate in a small valley. The villagers grow vegetables and fruit trees. One of the most famous fruit of the area is plum. You will be able to visit a local house, where you might have chance to taste a cup of corn wine, another famous product of the village. You will go back to hotel late in the afternoon.

Overnight in Bac Ha.

Day 6: Visit Bac Ha market. Travel to Sapa.

After having a morning coffee, you take a short walk to visit the old castle of the former Hmong King. From there you can have a view over the town. You will then visit the huge market of Bac Ha with its colorful array of ethnic minority people such as Flower Hmong, Phu La, Black Dao, Tay, Nung who gather to buy and sell. After spending the whole morning exploring the market, your lunch will be served in a local restaurant.

After lunch, you drive downhill for about half an hour. You will then start a short walk to Trung Do village, which belongs to the Tay minority. Here you can stop by a traditional Tay house for a cup of tea before you get on a boat. You will have a cruise upstream the Chay River to experience the picturesque scenes and the magnificent sight of a beautiful cave. The boat ride ends at Coc Ly, where you get on the car for the journey to Sapa.

Overnight in Sapa.

Day 7: Trekking Sapa villages.

The day commences with a jeep ride to the trekking route. The trek starts by walking through the incredibly scenic “Ban Ho” valley. Here you will have the opportunity to visit and explore the wooden houses, which traditionally belong to the Tay ethnic minority. You will then continue to walk to Thanh Phu village where you stop for lunch in a local house.

After lunchtime, you head to Sin Chai village of Red Dao minority where the night will be spent in bamboo huts. The wonderful hospitable atmosphere of the Red Dao will attract you.

Overnight in village.

Day 8: Continue trekking Sapa villages.

Today’s trek takes you through several villages where you will be able to meet Tay, Hmong and Xa Pho ethnic minorities. You will have time to photograph the beautiful rice paddy terraces and the surrounding mountain. On the way you will visit a local school. Your lunch will be prepared and served in a local house.

In the afternoon, you head back to Thanh Phu village of Tay minority. Here you will spend the night. You can take a walk to explore local daily life while your dinner will be served with Vietnamese dishes.

Day 9: Trekking. Return Sapa town. Travel to Lao Cai. Overnight train back to Hanoi.

On the last day of the trek you will cross several suspension bridges and trek through lush rice paddy fields and stunning scenery. You have a unique opportunity to meet Xa Pho minority in My Son village, one of the smallest group ethnic living in Northern Viet Nam. They always maintain their unique costume and nomadic life. You trek uphill to Nam Toong village of Red Dao minority, where you have lunch in a local school.

In the afternoon, your trek will be firstly downhill to Ban Ho village where you will have time for a swim in the river. You will then climb toward Su Pan. The car will meet you there and take you then to Laocai railways station for the night train back to hanoi. Overnight on the train.

Day 10: Arrive Hanoi. Travel to Halong bay. Boat cruise.

Arrive in Hanoi in the early morning, transfer to a local restaurant for early breakfast then depart to Halong. Enjoy the journey through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta and the scenery of rice fields, water buffalo and everyday Vietnamese village life. Arrive in Halong and board the Bai Tho traditional sailing junk (or similar junk). Whilst cruising the exquisite waters sample the regions fresh seafood. Visit the recently discovered Surprise Grotto with its great views, and on the next island see the yawning mouth of Bo Nau Cave. Alternatively journey to Dau Go Cave and nearby see the famous stalagmites and stalactites of Thien Cung Cave. Enjoy a swim in the emerald waters of Halong Bay at any spot that you wish to visit or take a kayaking trip to explore the Bay. Watch the sun set over the bay whilst enjoying a delicious dinner. Overnight on board junk.

Day 11: Halong bay – Hanoi

Wake up to fresh coffee and a wholesome breakfast before cruising back to Halong City. En route the junk weaves through strange-shaped rock formations that invite comparisons from fighting cocks to dragons. After another wonderful fresh seafood lunch (early) on board disembark at the dock at Halong City. Transfer back to Hanoi.

Enjoy a short cyclo excursion through the bustling old quarter streets named after the specific goods once offered for sales at these places. In the evening, attend to the water puppet whow, one of famous Vietnamese traditional art. Overnight in Ha Noi.

Day 12: Fly to Hue. Hue city tour.

Breakfast at hotel then transfer to Noibai airport for your flight to Hue. Flight number???. Dpt. At ?h. HAN-HUI.

You will be greeted at Hue airport by another Lotussia guide and driver and transfered to the hotel in town.

Starting visiting Hue by taking the boat trip on Perfume River to visit Thien Mu Pagoda considered as Royal Pagoda of the Nguyen Dynasty and Imperial Citadel.

In the afternoon, visit Mausoleums of Tu Duc or the one of Khai Dinh King. Visit a typical garden-house in Hue (Hue has another name as “city of garden”). Overnight at hotel.

Day 13: Continue visiting Hue. Travel to Hoian.

Breakfast at hotel. Depart for Lang Co, a small village of fishermen. Taking photograph from Hai Van Pass (The pass of Sea and Cloud). Visit Cham Museum in Danang. Free lunch en route.

You will arrive in Hoian in the afternoon. Free dinner and overnight in Hoian ancient town.

Day 14: Tour of Hoian ancient town.

Start the visit of this charming small town, first commercial center in Vietnam since the 15th century, with more than 800 classified buildings : Japanese Covered Bridge, Tan Ky Old house, Assembly Hall Chinese. Phuc Kien Pagoda, Hoian Museum and Market. After lunch, continue the visit. In the evening, walk on the river Thu Bon in sunset. Free diner in town. Overnight at hotel.

Day 15: Travel to Da Nang. Fly to Ho Chi Minh city (Saigon). City tour.

After breakfast, transfer to Danang airport for the morning flight to Saigon. Upon arrival in Ho Chi Minh city airport, you will be meet by another Lotussia local guide and driver and transferred to city center.

Start the tour with Ho Chi Minh City highlights including the Post Office, cathedral, Reunification palace, centre town, then continuation towards Cholon, visit Thien Hau temple, Binh Tay market. Free lunch in town.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 16: Day trip to Tay Ninh & Cu Chi Tunnels.

Breakfast at hotel. Enjoy a morning drive through typical southern Vietnamese countryside to Tay Ninh Province in the west of Vietnam. At Tay Ninh visit the incredible Cao Dai Great Temple, with architecture that could have come straight from a Walt Disney fantasy and where all the major faiths of the world blend together in a unique religious cocktail. After lunch in a local restaurant visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, an incredible underground tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters during the long struggle for independence. Overnight in Saigon

Day 17: Travel to the Mekong Delta (Saigon – Vinh Long – Can Tho).

Breakfast at hotel. Then drive to Cai Be. Upon arrial in Caibe, we take a boat trip to visit Cai Be floating market, fruits and orchards. Stop for walking on the village roads to visit the Rice Paper workshop, Pop Corn and Rice workshop. Lunh is in a farmer’s house at the fruit or bonsai garden. Procceed to Vinh Long town by boat then transfer to Cantho.

Overnight in Cantho

Day 18: Travel back Ho Chi Minh city.

Depart Can Tho to Cai Rang, take a boat trip to Cai Rang floating market. You also have the opportunity to stop by an island to watch local villagers producing instand rice noodles, aboat builder yard and rice – husking. Drive back to Saigon.

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Vietnam multi activity tours: Travel Hanoi Ninh Binh Mai Chau Sapa Halong bay Hue Hoian Mekong Delta Cu Chi Phan Thiet 17 days

The 17-day tour includes different outdoor activities and Vietnam cultural highlights that is highly recommended to individuals, small group tours, family holidays. Begin the tour in Hanoi, travelling to Phat Diem cathedral, Van Long, Ninh Binh, then up to Mai Chau valley where you enjoy a full day hike before returning Hanoi and taking the overnight train to Laocai. Once in Sapa, you enjoy an overnight villages trek through local H’mong and Dzao villages. The multisport tour continues with such highlights as Halong bay cruises, Hue imperial, Hoian ancient town, Mekong delta, Cu Chi tunnels and ends up with a three-day to Mui Ne, Phan Thiet beach.

Vietnam multi activity tours: Travel Hanoi Ninh Binh Mai Chau Sapa Halong bay Hue Hoian Mekong Delta Cu Chi Phan Thiet 17 days

Day 1: Hanoi – Phat Diem Cathedral – Van Long, Ninh Binh.

Depart for Ninh binh. Visit the Phat Diem Cathedral. Phat Diem Church is really a group of different churches made of stone and wood, and is the centre of Catholicism in Northern Vietnam. It is designed in Vietnamese style mixed harmoniously with European Catholic traditions. Then we go back to Van Long for lunch (not included in the package). In the afternoon, have a rowing boat trip around natural caves and grottoes, admire the wonderful landscape of the tourist area.  Overnigt in Van Long.

Day 2: Van Long – Kenh Ga village – Mai Chau.

Transfer to Kenh Ga – “The Chicken Canal” for another motorized boat trip along the Hoang Long river to experience the real life of a Vietnamese catholic community. Set on the banks of the Hoang Long River, Kenh Ga is a remarkable place, not only because it is surrounded by the same massive rocks that dominate Hoa Lu, but also because for most of the year the entire community lives on the water itself. The floating village of Kenh Ga receives relatively few visitors compared to nearby Hoa Lu and the peoples’ aquatic way of life has changed little over the centuries.

After the boat trip, continue our journey to Mai Chau valley where we stop for overnight. Overnight on stilt-house.

Day 3: Hiking Mai Chau valley.

Breakfast at the Thai stilt house then we leave the village for a full day hiking around. We will pass many different Thai hamlets, through rice fields, hill sides…Stop sometimes to visit local houses and talk with local people. Your picnic lunch will be provided on spot. And one of the highlight on this walk is to experience the everyday life and culture white Thai people and stay in their traditional house on stilts as honoured guests. In the evening, assist to the traditional music and dance show which is performed by the Thai young girls and boys who all come from the village. Try also some rice alcohol which is made of traditional plants and local sticky rice.

Day 4: Mai Chau – Hanoi. Overnight train to Lao Cai.

After breakfast, we take our journey back to Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi around noon. Free lunch in town. In the afternoon, enjoy a short cyclo excursion through the bustling old quarter streets named after the specific goods once offered for sales at these places. After free dinner, transfer to Hanoi Railways Station for taking overnight train to Laocai. Overnight on the train.

Day 5: Arrive Laocai. Travel to Sapa. Trekking Sapa villages.

Arrive Lao Cai approximately 5h30am. Our local team will meet the group at the station and transfer to Sapa. Breakfast will be provided at a local restaurant in Sapa before trekking uphill through mountainous area. Enjoy while walking the spectacular view over rice paddy terraces, corn fields. Your picnic lunch will be provided on the spot. After lunch, we continue our trek downhill towards Taphin village where you will meet Red Dao and Black Hmong minorities, two largest ethnic groups in Sapa area. Stop by a house to talk with local people to know a bit more about their daily life, their customs and tradition. Have dinner and
overnight in the village.

Day 6: Trekking Sapa. Travel to Lao Cai. Overnight train back to Hanoi.

After breakfast, we start our trek towards Sapa. We will pass through several minority villages; rive
paddy terraces along the way. Upon arriving in Matra village inhabited by Black Hmong people, we
will stop for our lunch. Then, we continue our walk to Sapa. Have a short rest/shower before transfer to Lao Cai station and get the night train back to Hanoi. Train???. Departure at 20:30 (TBA).

Day 7: Arrive Hanoi. Hanoi – Halong bay.

Arrive in Hanoi in the early morning, you will be met by another Lotussia Travel guide, driver then transferred to a local restaurant for early breakfast then depart to Halong. Enjoy the journey through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta and the scenery of rice fields, water buffalo and everyday Vietnamese village life. Arrive in Halong and board the Bai Tho traditional sailing junk (or similar junk). Whilst cruising the exquisite waters sample the regions fresh seafood. Visit the recently discovered Surprise Grotto with its great views, and on the next island see the yawning mouth of Bo Nau Cave. Alternatively journey to Dau Go Cave and nearby see the famous stalagmites and stalactites of Thien Cung Cave. Enjoy a swim in the emerald waters of Halong Bay at any spot that you wish to visit or take a kayaking trip to explore the Bay (optional). Watch the sun set over the bay whilst enjoying a delicious dinner. Overnight on board junk.

Day 8: Halong bay – Hanoi. Fly to Hue.

Wake up to fresh coffee and a wholesome breakfast before cruising back to Halong City. En route the junk weaves through strange-shaped rock formations that invite comparisons from fighting cocks to dragons. Disembark at the dock at Halong City at 11h00. Transfer back to Hanoi.

Free time for shopping.

In the evening, transfer to Hanoi Railways station for taking the night train to Hue. Departure at 19h00. Overnight on the train.

Day 9: Hue city tour.

Upon your arrival in Hue Railways station at around 08h00am, you will be welcome by another Lotussia Travel guide and transferred to your hotel in town for breakfast and quick shower (early check in is subject to hotel availability).

Then we will board a private boat for a cruise on the romantic Perfume River. The charming Lady Pagoda (Thien Mu Pagoda), setting in converge of rivers will be the first stop of the day. The pagoda gives you a great view on the Perfume River and the surrounding area. Then we will be picked up again by our car for a short drive to the Minh Mang tomb. In the afternoon, we will experience the Hue citadel, which is recognized as a World Heritage Site. Overnight in Hue.

Day 10: Hue – Danang – Hoian. Hoian city tour.

Depart for Lang Co, a small village of fishermen. Taking photograph from Hai Van Pass (The pass of Sea and Cloud). Arrive in Hoian around noon. Free lunch in town.

In the afternoon, start the visit of this charming small town, first commercial center in Vietnam since the 15th century, with more than 800 classified buildings such as Japanese Covered Bridge, Tan Ky Old house, Assembly Hall Chinese. Phuc Kien Pagoda, Hoian Museum and Market. Free dinner in town. Overnight in Hoian.

Day 11: Return Da Nang. Fly to Ho Chi Minh city (Saigon). Saigon city tour.

After breakfast, transfer to Danang airport for the morning flight to Saigon.

Upon arrival in Ho Chi Minh city airport, you will be met by another Lotussia local guide and driver and transferred to city center. Free lunch in town.

In the afternoon, start the tour with Ho Chi Minh City highlights including the Post Office, cathedral, Reunification palace, centre town, then continuation towards Cholon, visit Thien Hau temple, Binh Tay market. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.

Day 12: Travel to the Mekong Delta (Saigon – My Tho – Can Tho)

Today we depart hotel at 8h00 and make our way to My Tho. On arrival we embark on a boat navigating around the intricate small canals to observe the local lifestyle close-up and catch a view dotted by many islands. The exciting excursion will lead us to the famous Unicorn Island where we stroll around an orchard, taste many seasonal fruits and enjoy wonderful traditional music. We continue to Ben Tre Province to visit some fascinating local industries. We meet up with our vehicle for three hour drive to Can Tho, the capital city of the Mekong Delta. Overnight in Can Tho.

Day 13: Can Tho – Saigon.

The impressive floating market of Rai Rang is a major part of our sightseeing tour in delta region. Upon leaving hotel we set off on a short drive and enjoy a boat trip to explore Cai Rang, whose the trading way is unique; each boat usually sells one particular item, whether it be pumpkins, pineapples, sugar canes. In order that the customer knows where to shop, they hang that item from the highest part of the boat. At the end of the river trip we drive back to Ho Chi Minh. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.

Day 14: Day trip to Cu Chi tunnels. Travel to Mui Ne beach, Phan Thiet.

Breakfast at hotel. 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 and transfer to Phan Thiet beach (Muine). The scenic 200km drive north on Highway One passes through the bustling city of Bien Hoa before cutting through dense rubber plantations. Arrive in Phan Thiet and check into resort. Overnight in Phan Thiet.

Day 15 & 16: Phan Thiet beach resort.

Full day free at leisure to enjoy the prime beach of Phan Thiet or just relax on the hotel/resort poolside. Optional golf course or beach activities can be arranged on the spot with hotel/resort. Overnight in Phan Thiet.

Day 17: Phan Thiet – Saigon.

Free at leisure until transfer back to Saigon (Checkout time is at 12h00).

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Vietnam North and South Essential Travel Highlights Tour 10 days

The 10-day tour includes both the northern and southern Vietnam essential travel highlights such as Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi, Halong bay, Ho Chi Minh city (Saigon), the Mekong delta, Cu Chi tunnels and Mui Ne, Phan Thiet beach. Start the tour with a boat cruise, sea kayaking in Halong bay. Enjoy a cyclo ride through Hanoi old quarter, watch water puppet show. Then fly to Ho Chi Minh city where you enjoy a day tour to the Mekong delta, then visit the Cu Chi tunnels before travelling to Mui Ne beach, Phan Thiet. The tour is most suitable for honeymoon couples, family holidays, small group tours who have just enough time to visit Vietnam most important travel sites. Contact your travel consultant for more details.

Vietnam North and South Essential Travel Highlights Tour 10 days

Day 1: Hanoi – Halong bay. Boat cruise and kayaking tour.

We will depart to Halong Bay. Enjoy the journey through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta and the scenery of rice fields, water buffalo and everyday Vietnamese village life. Arrive in Halong and board the Bai Tho traditional sailing junk (or similar junk). Whilst cruising the exquisite waters sample the regions fresh seafood. Visit the recently discovered Surprise Grotto with its great views, and on the next island see the yawning mouth of Bo Nau Cave. Take a kayaking trip to explore the Bay or enjoy a swim in the emerald waters of Halong Bay at any spot that you wish to visit. Watch the sun set over the bay whilst enjoying a delicious dinner.

Day 2: Halong bay kayaking.

Breakfast on board. Then we continue kayaking Halong bay travel zigzagging through many small islets of different shapes. We will kayak to the Black Grottoe and The lake of Three Grottoe. The journey is really wonderfull and adventurous! Back to the support boat for our lunch which will be provided on board.

In the afternoon, we cruise towards the Islands of Rocks and visit the Fishermen floating village. We will kayak in Ba Men temple area which is also a important highlight of our journey. Swimming at the sandy Three Peach beach if weather permits and enjoy the great view of Halong bay sunset. Dinner and Overnight on board.

Day 3: Halong bay – Hanoi. Cyclo ride. Water puppet show. Overnight in Hanoi.

Brunch on board (Breakfast + Lunch). Then we continue our cruise in Halong bay while the boat is going back to shore. Arrive at Ha long wharf about 11h00 and take our car for our journey back to Hanoi.

Arrive in Hanoi at around 15h00. Enjoy a short cyclo excursion through the bustling old quarter streets named after the specific goods once offered for sales at these places.

In the evening, attend to the water puppet show, one of famous Vietnamese traditional art.

Day 4: Fly to Ho Chi Minh city (Saigon). City tour.

After breakfast, transfer to Hanoi airport for a morning flight to Ho Chi Minh city (Saigon). Upon arrival in Ho Chi Minh city airport, you will be met by another Lotussia Travel guide, driver and transferred to your hotel in the city center (checkin after 12:00).

After lunch (optional), start the tour with Ho Chi Minh City highlights including the Post Office, cathedral, Reunification palace, centre town, then continue towards Cholon, visit Thien Hau temple and Binh Tay market. Overnight in Saigon.

Day 5: Travel to the Mekong Delta (Ho Chi Minh city – My Tho – Can Tho).

After breakfast, transfer (approx 2 hrs) to My Tho to avoid the teeming traffic. My Tho is the gateway to the Mekong Delta and a wonderful place to start our ride. In My Tho, unload the bikes and start to pedal on the beautiful and quiet country lanes along the Tien River to Cai Be. Along the way, pass through the heart of rural Mekong along narrow lanes, passing banana plantations, sugarcane fields and the lush rural landscape of the Delta. After Cai Be, cross on Dinh Khao ferry to Cho Lach. After the ferry, cycle for a couple of kilometres and then shuttle the rest way to Can Tho. Overnight in Can Tho.

Day 6: Visit the Mekong delta floating market. Travel back to Ho Chi Minh city.

After enjoying an early morning breakfast visit the Cai Rang floating market, weave through teeming early morning market bustle along the banks of an active riverfront. Ride on a narrow paved road to Phong Dien floating market. Absorb the sights of endless cottage industries, timber merchants, coconut shredders, small docks loading/unloading rice, tiny vibrant markets. Continue by bike on the narrow lane to explore the hidden backwaters of the Mekong Delta. Local lunch in town. In the afternoon return to Saigon.

Day 7: Day trip to Cu Chi tunnels. Travel to Mui Ne, Phan Thiet.

Breakfast at hotel. 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.

Go back to Ho Chi Minh city around noon. Lunch in town (optional). Then drive to Phan Thiet.

Day 8 & 9: Phan Thiet beach resort.

Full day free at leisure to enjoy the prime beach of Phan Thiet or just relax on the hotel/resort poolside. Optional beach activities can be arranged on the spot with the resort (not included in the package). Please check with your resort staff for more details. Overnight in Phan Thiet.

Day 10:    Travel back Ho Chi Minh city.

Free at leisure until transfer back to Saigon (check out at 12:00).

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Halong Bay Boat Cruise Canoeing and Cat Ba Island Trekking Rock Climbing Tour 4 days

The 4-day tour is customized by the Hanoi based tour operator Lotussia Travel for those looking a multisport, multi centre holidays in Vietnam. The tour includes such highlights as Halong bay boat, junk cruise, sea canoeing, trekking Cat Ba forest, Cat Ba National Park, boat cruise in Lan Ha bay, Cat Ba island and rock climbing in the Moody beach. Spending one night on board junk in halong bay offers an interesting experience. The best time to do this multi activity tour is May and October. The tour is also available in summer time. Alternative options such as scuba diving and biking can also be avaialbe upon request. Contact your travel consultant for more details.

Halong Bay Boat Cruise Canoeing and Cat Ba Island Trekking Rock Climbing Tour 4 days

Day 1: Hanoi – Halong bay. Boat cruise. Canoeing.

At 8:30, you will be met up at the hotel lobby by Lotussia Travel guide, driver and transferred to Halong Bay through the fertile flood plains of the Red River Delta. Stop in route for a short rest or taking pictures of the everyday life sceneries (optional). Arrive in Halong Bay around noon. Embark on a comfortable junk at 12:00 and begin your cruise around majestic Halong Bay. Seafood lunch will be served on board. Explore limestone caves dotted around the bay, soak up the sun on the top deck or go kayaking (included).

Watch the sun set over the bay whilst enjoying a delicious dinner.

Overnight on board junk.

Day 2: Halong bay – Catba island. Trek Cat Ba National Park.

Breafast on board. Then we leave the boat-house, joining a small wooden boat for another cruise towards Catba island.

Arrive Catba island pier around noon. You will be picked up by local motor-taxi (“xe om”) and transferred to a local restaurant for lunch (included).

After lunch, enjoy a half day trekking to Cat Ba national park. We will trek through jungle and have a chance to see the panorama of Halong Bay from one of the mountain summits we would conquer during the trek.

Overnight in Catba island.

Day 3: Cat Ba Island boat trip and rock climbing.

After breakfast, enjoy a full day rock climbing and boat cruise in Halong bay. After a short briefing, we will depart Cat Ba Town to Beo pier. Then cruise through Lan Ha Bay to Moody’s Beach. Rock Climb on Moody’s Beach. Lunch will be provided on board. After lunch, transfer to Thap Ngiem (Hai Pai Beach) where we will enjoy another rock climing experience. Cruise through Lan Ha Bay to Cat Ba Island.

Free dinner in town & overnight in Catba island.

Day 4: Catba – Haiphong –  Hanoi.

The morning is free at leisure.

Around 14:00, take a speed boat for returning Haiphong where we will join our car again for the journey back to Hanoi.

Arrive in Hanoi around late afternoon. Trip ends.

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Cao Son Trek and Halong bay Sea Kayak Tour 6 days

The 6-day tour is a combination of a off-the-beaten track destination Cao Son and a hot, popular tourist place Halong bay. Visit the Cao Son market which is open on Wednesday only. Trek local hill tribe village around Cao Son, Lao Cai province. These help to understand the local culture, customs and traditions. The final part of the 6-day tour is spent in Halong bay where you enjoy both boat, junk cruise and sea canoeing. Spending two night on board train make the cost of the tour down. The option is recommended by Lotussia Travel.

Cao Son Trek and Halong bay Sea Kayak Tour 6 days

Day 1: Overnight train to Lao Cai.

Transfer to Hanoi Railwasy station for the night train trip to Laocai. Train??? (To be advised). Overnight on the train.

Day 2: Arrive Lao Cai early this morning. Travel to Cao Son. Trekking.

Arrive Lao Cai Railways Station early this morning. Train??? (To be advised). You will be greeted by Lotussia Travel local team and transferred to a local restaurant for early breakfast.

After few minutes resting, travel to Muong Khuong district, via tea plantation and forest of pine. You might encounter Giay people in their traditional dress in Ban Lau or Thanh Binh.

Reaching Cao Son about 10.am. Check in Cao Son lodge for lunch and a short rest.

In the afternoon you will commence your Cao Son hike to the most secluded yet peaceful village – Tin Thang. In this village, people still distill the wine from corn, making bacon in the most basic way and offering special corn cake to anyone who drop by their house.

Back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 3: Visit Cao Son Wednsday market. Boat trip on Chay river. Laocai – Hanoi.

After breakfast, you will walk on a good paved road with local ethnic minority people to go to Cao Son market. Pine trees forests and villages surround the tinny market. Flower H’mong, Tu Di, Tay, Giay ethnic minorities come to buy and sell local products such as food and material for agriculture and fabric. People coming to the market not only for selling or buying something but also importantly to meet friends, relative and to sip some cups of wine until the dawn comes. No where else but here, Flower H’mong people greet you with a temptation of corn wine and endless hospitality.

After exploring the market, trek to Sicala village. This is one of the oldest village in Cao Son area where you can experience the unique customs and tradition. Once you are in the village, you can behold the panoramic view of lush valley located on the banks of Chay river.

Picnic lunch will be provided in Ta Thang school.

After lunch, join our vehicle again and travel to Coc Ly where we will enjoy an amazing boat trip downstream Chay river. From Coc Ly, you will take a bamboo raft to Tien (Fairy) cave. The last destination is Trung Do village – the habitat of Tay people, who live in stilt houses.

Transfer to Lao Cai. Day use will be provided in a standard hotel for quick shower before taking the night train back to Hanoi. Train ???

Overnight on the train.

Day 4: Arrive Hanoi early this morning. Travel to Halong Bay. Boat cruise. Kayaking.

Arrive in Hanoi in the early morning, you will be greeted again by our team and transferred to a local restaurant in town for breakfast.

After a short rest, depart to Halong Bay. Enjoy the journey through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta and the scenery of rice fields, water buffalo and everyday Vietnamese village life.

Arrive in Halong and board the Bai Tho traditional sailing junk (or similar junk). Whilst cruising the exquisite waters sample the regions fresh seafood. Visit the recently discovered Surprise Grotto with its great views, and on the next island see the yawning mouth of Bo Nau Cave. Alternatively journey to Dau Go Cave and nearby see the famous stalagmites and stalactites of Thien Cung Cave.

Enjoy one hour kayak paddling through strange-shaped rock formations. Watch the sun set over the bay whilst enjoying a delicious dinner.

Overnight on board junk.

Day 5: Halong bay – Hanoi. Cyclo excursion. Water puppet show.

Wake up to fresh coffee and a wholesome breakfast before cruising back to Halong City. Disembark at the dock at Halong City at 11:00. Transfer back to Hanoi.

Enjoy a short cyclo excursion through the bustling old quarter streets named after the specific goods once offered for sales at these places.

In the evening, attend to the water puppet show, one of famous Vietnamese traditional art.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 6: Departure.

Free at leisure until transfer to Noibai airport for your onward flight home. Flight ???. End trip.

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