Trip Description & Detailed Itinerary
The 7 day itinerary Vietnam is customized for individuals, small groups and family travel Vietnam. The tour includes such highlights as: trekking Sapa hill tribe villages, Halong bay cruises with sea kayaking tour, cycling Cai Be, Can Tho in the Mekong delta. Begin the tour taking the overnight train to Lao Cai. Then enjoy the two-day hike in Sapa before taking the train to get back to Hanoi. Once arriving in Hanoi, you travel to Halong bay, boat, junk cruise, kayak. Then fly to Ho chi Minh city, Saigon. Travel to the Mekong Delta where you cycle on back roads…
7 day itinerary Vietnam
Day 1: Overnight train to Lao Cai.
In the evening, transfer to Hanoi Railways Station for overnight train to Lao Cai. Train???. Departure at 20:30 (TBA).
Day 2: Arrive Laocai. Travel to Sapa. Hiking Sapa villages.
Arrive Lao Cai approximately 5h30am. You will be met up by our local team at the station and transferred 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 3: Continue trekking Sapa. Travel to Lao Cai. Overnight train back to Hanoi.
After breakfast, we start our Sapa trek. 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 4: Arrive Hanoi. Travel to Halong Bay. Boat cruise. Kayaking tour.
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 scenery of rice fields, water buffalo and everyday Vietnamese village life.
Arrive in Halong around noon and board the Bai Tho traditional sailing boat/junk (or similar boat/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 and paddle through many small islets of different shapes. Watch the sun set over the bay whilst enjoying a delicious dinner. Overnight on board junk.
Day 5: Halong Bay – Hanoi. Fly to Ho Chi Minh city (Saigon).
Brunch (Breakfast + Lunch) will be served on board 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.
Upon arrival in Hanoi, transfer to Noibai airport for a short flight to Ho Chi Minh city.
Welcome at Tan Son Nhat airport in Ho Chi Minh city by Lotussia Travel guide, driver and then transferred to your hotel in town. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.
Day 6: Cycling the Mekong Delta (Saigon – Cai Be – 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 Mekong Delta bicycle 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 7: Continue biking. Travel back to Saigon.
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.
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