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Vietnam Essential

Tour Code: SAP17-VE

Book $ 1246


Vietnam Essential

Tour type: Sapa Tours & Responsible Tours

Duration: 17 days / 16 nights

Operate: Year arround

  • Overview

    Other features include ergonomically improved cushioning for maximum comfort, adjustable armrests that give the shoulder area more room when lying down, and a fixed ottoman that can be used either as a footrest or to prolong the bed.


    Day 01: Welcome to Vietnam – Arrive in Hanoi

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    Welcome at the airport and transfer to hotel for check-in, tour-briefing and free at leisure to acclimate yourself. Enjoy Welcome Dinner hosted by VNR Travel at one of the most traditional restaurant.

    Overnight in Hanoi.

    Day 02: Hanoi Full Day City Tour – Night Train to Sapa

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    Meet your guide at hotel and start a full day city tour of Vietnam’s capital. Hanoi is a unique city with tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes and oriental temples. We’ll see the city’s outstanding historical and cultural sites: President Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, Ba Dinh Square, the Presidential homes, the National Assembly area, and an opportunity to learn more about the country’s constitution. We’ll continue to the One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature, and become acquainted with Viet Nam’s two major religions, Buddhism and Confucianism. We top off the morning by touring the Fine Arts Museum then enjoy lunch at a nice restaurant.

    We restart in the afternoon with the Museum of Ethnology where cultures of Vietnam’s 54 ethnic groups are depicted. We get back to the very heart of Hanoi for a walk around the Lake of the Restored Sword then explore the famous Old Quarter of 36 guild streets by rickshaw. Evening highlight is a performance of the internationally renowned water puppetry theater. Return to Hanoi station and finish the memorable trip.

    Night train to Sapa.

    Day 03: Sapa

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    Early morning arrival at Lao Cai, then transfer upland to the town of Sapa and hotel check-in. The rest of the day is devoted to exploring this exotic region of the Northern Hill Country, visiting the unusual markets, and getting acquainted with the different ethnic hill tribes such as the H’mong, Red Dao, Tay and others. We then talk a short walk out of town for a great vista of Vietnam’s highest mountain range, Fansipan, filled with terraced rice paddies and deep valleys. Enjoy the incredible mountain vista at sunset.

    Overnight in Sapa.

    Day 04: Sapa

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    An entire day to enjoy the natural wonders, or learn more about the varied cultures of the region’s Hill People. We will have ample opportunity to visit different villages of the H’mong, Red Dao, and Tay people in the Muong Hoa Valley. Home visits are included, and be sure to bring our cameras. This is a Photographer’s paradise. Walking by foot, hill climbing, trekking, or taking it easy by jeep. Overnight in Sapa.

    Day 05: Sapa – Night Train to Hanoi

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    If we are in Sapa from Monday to Saturdays, we will take a jeep tour to Silver Waterfall and Heaven’s Gate Pass (the highest Pass in Viet Nam, over 2,000 meters). Enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the surrounding valley.

    If this day is a Sunday, we will visit Bac Ha Hill Tribe Market instead. Drive three hours to town of Bac Ha and thrill to the sights at the Bac Ha Market. On this day, the various hill peoples gather in all their finest, most colorful, clothing at one of the biggest market gatherings in Viet Nam’s northern mountain region. This is their special one-day of the week to trade, shop, and socialize. Not to be missed, especially for photographers.

    In the late afternoon, the night train returns to Hanoi.

    Day 06: Hanoi – Halong Bay Overnight Cruise

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    Pick up at Hanoi station, in the morning we start our exploration day by a ride to Halong Bay, northeast of Hanoi and enter into the Red River Delta, rich with rural beauty and picturesque rice-farming villages. Not just pictures, we can stop for close-up views of  buffalos ploughing, women in conical hats scooping their paddies. Once reaching Halong Bay, we board our cruise and set sail for an extraordinary cruise of Ha Long Bay. Declared as the World Heritage Site twice for its nature beauty and geological by UNESCO, we’ll cruise through its three-thousand islands and rich rock-formations and stop at Ga Choi Island, Dinh Huong Island, Dog Island, Sail Island… You’ll be able to sample the rich seafood served on-board while viewing the islands. Late afternoon we have chance to explore the bay on our kayaks. We’ll close out the day by a romantic dinner and overnight on board.

    Day 07: Halong - Hanoi - Hue

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    Wake-up for sun shine and morning coffee then we take a bamboo boat to visit Sung Cot Cave – one of the largest in Halong Bay. We then continue our exploration by the cruise pass-by the city’s market – Hon Gai and enjoy our last seafood lunch on-board before get back to Halong City. Our car will take us back to Hanoi Airport in the afternoon for a short flight to Hue. Upon arrival at the airport, transferred to the hotel, check-in and free to explore the city.

    Overnight in Hue.

    Day 08: Hue – Danang - Hoian

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    We enjoy a leisure trip on the quiet and peaceful Perfume River and a chance to visit Thien Mu Pagoda. Rejoin the car to visit the Imperial Citadel then Leave Hue at noon for a scenic journey passing by vivid green fields of rice and the photogenic fishing village of Lang Co, climbing over the dramatic Pass of Mountain Clouds. Stop off at Danang to visit the famous Non Nuoc Beach, Cham Museum then the sacred Marble Mountains whose caves contain dozens of Buddhist shrines. We drive to Hoi An and check in to the hotel. There’ll be time for us to stroll down to the picturesque riverfront for a refreshing drink before dinner, located in a meticulously restored colonial property.

    Overnight in Hoi An.

    Day 09: Hoian – From Farming to Fishing

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    We will depart our hotel after breakfast by bicycle and head out of town to the countryside.  We will pass over small narrow roads encountering water buffalo, bamboo bridges, and small ponds full of ducks on our way to the an organic farm. At the farm we will have a chance to learn how the locals work on the farm. Next we will go to the river where we will put our bikes on board and head downstream. Our first stop will be the palm paradise where we will paddle round basket boats through the narrow passageways that were used as a hiding place for the Viet Cong during the American War.  Next we will stop and visit with a fisherman who will teach us about fishing with a cast net. We will get to pull in the fish from the boat and then we will learn how to cast on land.  After that we will learn about the fishing traps on the river and get to use pull them up and see if we have caught any fish. Later on we go to the fishing village for a fresh seafood lunch at the local restaurant. Afternoon we take a leisure cycling along the Cua Dai beach return to Hoi An.  

    Overnight in Hoian.

    Day 10: Hoian – Son Tra Peninsula - Danang – Buon Me Thuot

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    Today, we start tranquil cruise to Son Tra peninsula where delightful coral sites, diversity of flora and fauna, including various species of monkeys and sea turtles are amazing reveled in the beach of Bai But and Bai Nam. Rest and relax in the shining sun. You will be transferred to the airport for afternoon flight to Buon Me thuot.

    Overnight in Buon Me Thuot.

    Day 11: Buon Me Thuot – Lak Lake

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    In the morning, we drive to Lak Lake, visit Jun ethnic village. Elephant ride will be provided which totally makes you new impression as cross through the local countryside and villages. Experience the friendly ethnic locals, discover their livelihoods and original traditions of Central Highlands. Taste its most famous local coffee products when a visit to one of the biggest plantation will be delighted of the trip. Overnight in Buon Me Thuot.

    Day 12: Buon Me Thuot – Da Lat

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    Early, depart from the Central Highlands and the ethnic town of Buon Me Thuot. It is a beautiful drive inland passing small villages, coffee plantations and rice fields as you wind down the former Ho Chi Minh trail into the beautiful land of Lang Biang Highland.

    Overnight in Da Lat.

    Day 13: Da Lat City Tour – Phan Thiet

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    A morning visit to Prenn waterfall en route. Euphemized “The city of Eternal Spring”, Dalat boasts her numerous flower gardens, pine forests, vineyards and colorful markets. Other highlights include the 1930’s Dalat Railway Station, Truc Lam pagoda, the summer palace of the last Emperor of Vietnam and the fascinating Lam Dong Museum.

    Drive to coastal city of Phan Thiet. Rest of the day is free to explore the city and enjoy oceanic fresh air, breathtaking sunshine covered the whole region.

    Overnight in Phan Thiet.

    Day 14: Phan Thiet

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    Free day at leisure. Optional tours are available.

    Overnight in Phan Thiet.

    Day 15: Phan Thiet – Ho Chi Minh City

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    Return to Ho Chi Minh City. Free day to refresh yourselves.

    Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

    Day 16: Ho Chi Minh City – Vinh Long

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    Meet your guide at hotel and leave Ho Chi Minh City for Vinh Long early in the morning. On arrival at Cai Be, we’ll board a boat to explore the floating market, typical of the Mekong Delta. Continue by boat to Binh Hoa Phuoc Island to visit orchards of tropical fruits and have lunch in the famous Bonsai garden of Mr Sau Giao. After lunch we proceed by boat to Vinh Long Town for transfer back to Ho Chi Minh City.

    Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

    Day 17: Departure from Ho Chi Minh City

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    Rest and relax before departure from Ho Chi Minh City, or explore the city on your own. Transfer and departure assistance provided.


    • Accommodation ½ twin sharing room
    • Transfer & transportation as program
    • Express train HN – LAO CAI & returned, A/C cabin with soft sleep berth
    • Meals as mentioned (B= Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
    • English or French speaking guide
    • Sightseeing fees and permits during guided time
    • Additional surprises


    •    Visa in Viet Nam ( compulsory and has to be arranged in advance)
    •    International and domestic flights - subject to change without notice ( HAN - HUE//DAD-Buon Me Thuot)
    •    Travel insurance
    •  Drinks and meals not mentioned in the program
    •  Tips and personal expenses
    •  Any other service not mentioned

    Special Notes


    •  The above prices are in USD, per person, based on DBL/TWN  SUP occupancy and group of min 04 pax
    •  Best Rates and information: please contact us via email or directly phone

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