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Tra Co Beach Vietnam

Located in the terminal point of the Northeast, the border between Vietnam and China, belongs to Quang Ninh province. Tra Co is the outside part of the raised level of the island; it is formed from the waves and inshore sea. On the side beach, there are some 3-4meter sand-banks, villages and dense inhabitants. They earn their living by agricultural and going fishing. Besides, there is the casuafina forest which helps to prevent wind into the land, keep sand and additional, is the system of ecological forest.

Tra Co Beach stretches over 17 kilometers long from Got Tip in the North to Ngoc Tip in the South. Thanks to the huge size, the beach is capable of accommodating a large number of tourists at a time. Thanks to a far distance from the city and industrial zones, Tra Co atmosphere is cool and fresh that bears solitudes and primitive patterns. The year’s average temperature of Tra Co is 22.7 Degree Celsius. There are four months when it goes below 20 Celsius degree (December to March), and the .highest temperature recorded is 28 Celsius degree only in the summer.

The scenic-spot is not similar to what you saw in Halong, Do Son or anywhere else. The blue ocean is nearly the same with beaches in the central of Vietnam but it still have some mountains which is only in the beach of the North. It is the combination that makes Tra Co has particular mountainous, poetry beauty.

Far 9kms from the centre of the town and not spoiled by human so Tra Co has many beaches which still remain its natural beauty, spreads 17km from the Got peak in the North to the Ngoc peak in the South, the space can contain thousands of tourists come to relax annual.

Tra Co has cool climate, you feel the ocean breath through the wind. Come there, you will enjoy the smell of ocean, wallow in the picturesque afternoon, and see the sunset on beach but not be afraid of the noisy of busy life, bring to you the best pleasure even if in the hottest days.

In Tra Co, you will not see the appearance of commercial things such as shops, restaurant, and peddlers. If you want to eat alive seafood, you can find right on the beach when fish man coming back from ocean. This is one the most interesting thing that you are not easy to find at another beach.

In the summer time, you can join into “Tra Co village’s festival” which takes place in the early June according to Lunar Calendar. That is the most exciting and the biggest one of fish man in Tra Co as well as in the North of Vietnam.

If you come to Tra Co at the end of the fifth lunar month or the beginning of the sixth lunar month, you can attend the village festival. During the festival, a boat sails from Tra Co to Do Son in Hai Phong on May 25th and returns to Tra Co on the 30th. The 1st of the sixth lunar month is the “King Paddling to the Sea” Festival that includes a solemn ceremony in which villagers stage a display of arms, weapons and flags.

Probably the most exciting event of the festival is the fat pig competition when the local people award the fattest pig that has been carefully fed for months before the festival, the title of “Mr. Elephant”. An ancient dance called “mua bong” is performed on the last day of the festival for local people to pray for a happy, prosperous life and an abundant fishing season.

Tra Co remains pristinely beautiful and peaceful in sharp contrast to the urban development in other places around the country.

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Sapa Trekking and Halong Bay Kayaking Tour (7 days)

The 7-day tour is a combination of Sapa villages trek and Halong bay cruise tour. You meet up with different ethnic groups as you hike from village to village. Spending the night at local home (homestay) also offers a real life experience. The trek is a medium difficulty that is recommended to parents, children travelling in dry season. The overnight cruise tour to Halong bay is most beautiful in summer time when it is hot and sunny. The multi activity tour can be extended with other breaks such as spa package, homestay, Tam Coc sampan cruise tour, cooking class, hanoi countryside cycle or rock climbing vacations…Contact your Lotussia Travel consultant for more details.

Day 1: Overnight train to Lao Cai.

In the evening, transfer to Hanoi Railways Station to take the night train to Laocai. Departure at???. Overnight on the train.

Day 2: Arrive Lao Cai. Travel to Sapa. Trekking Sapa hilltribe villages (Tram Ton – Sin Chai).

Arrive Lao Cai Railway Station early this morning. You will be picked up by Lotussia Travel local team and transferred to Sapa.

Breaffast will be provided in a local restaurant in town.

Transfer to Silver Waterfall where you will be able to take a short walk to the waterfall. You will then drive further to Heaven Gate, the highest peak of roads in Vietnam. From there you can see Fansipan, the highest peak of Indochina mountains as well as enjoy stunning views. We start descending nearby the waterfall. The trail takes you all the way downhill through bamboo forest, which belongs to Hoang Lien National Park.

Your lunch will be served at a nice spot nearby a river.

After lunch, you continue the trek to Sin Chai village of Black Hmong minority, where Community Based Tourism in Sapa takes place. You will have opportunity to explore daily life of one of the largest group ethnic minorities in Sapa area.

Homestay in a local house.

Day 3: Continue hiking Sapa (Sin Chai – Cat Cat – Y Linh Ho)

After having breakfast, you start heading up the mountain. Once you get to the top, you will trek on a small trail with spectacular view and then gradually descend to Cat Cat village, where you will have lunch nearby a waterfall.

In the afternoon, you take a trail sneaking through mountain. You also will enjoy spectacular scenery while walking along a narrow river. Eventually you will arrive in Y Linh Ho village of Black Hmong minority, where you can take a rest in a nice spot nearby the beautiful river.

The night will be spent in a local house in Y Linh Ho village.

Day 4: Continue Sapa valley trek (Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai – Ta Van)

Today’s trek will continue along Hoang Lien mountain range, which offers you many opportunities to enjoy view over huge rice paddy terraces in Muong Hoa valley, the largest one in the area.

After lunch at a nice spot, you descend into the bottom of the valley. You will pass through Lao Chai village of Black Hmong minority and then Tavan village of Giay minority by following a very popular trekking route.

You spend the night in a traditional house of Giay minority. You will be able to take a walk to enjoy the valley view as well as swim in the river nearby.

Day 5: Trekking Ta Van – Su Pan. Return Sapa town. Travel to Lao Cai. Overnight train back to Hanoi.

Today’s trek is short, but still the landscape is beautiful. Once you get energy for your last day trek after having breakfast, you leave for Giang Ta Chai village where you can take a rest nearby a waterfall for lunch.

After passing trough the bamboo forest we will find a nice place to enjoy lunch. After lunch we continue towards Giang Ta Chai, a Red Dao ethnic minority village. After taking a rest nearby a waterfall to refresh, you start climbing uphill to a road where the car is ready for your journey back to Sapa, then down to Lao Cai Railways Station.

Take the night train back to Hanoi. Departure ??? Overnight on the train.

Day 6: Arrive Hanoi. Travel to Halong bay. Boat junk cruise and sea kayaking tour.

Arrive early this morning in Hanoi. You will be picked up again by Lotussia Travel guide, driver and transferred to a local restaurant in town for breakfast.

At 8:30, 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 a swim in the emerald waters of Halong Bay at any spot that you wish to visit (if weather permits). Watch the sun set over the bay whilst enjoying a delicious dinner.

Overnight on board junk.

Day 7: Halong bay – Hanoi.

Wake up to fresh coffee and a wholesome breakfast before cruising back to Halong City.

At 11:00, disembark at the dock at Halong City. Transfer back to Hanoi.

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Vietnam Bac Ha and Ha Giang Tour (11 days)

The 11-day tour is a combination of a challenging trek to Bac Ha and Ha Giang remote hill tribe villages with an overland tour to the less travelled places of the northern Vietnam including Thong Nguyen, Ha Giang, Quan Ba, Yen Minh, Dong Van, Meo Vac, Bao Lac, Cao Bang. The holiday adventure begins in Hanoi with an overnight train to Lao Cai. From Lao Cai, you travel to Bac Ha and then Ha Giang province. The tour can be extended with a tour to Cao Bang, Ba Be National park or Lai Chau, Dien Bien Phu. Contact your Lotussia Travel consultant for more details.

Day 1: Overnight train to Lao Cai.

You come to Hanoi train station and take the night train for Laocai. Train???. Departure at ???. Overnight on board train.

Day 2: Arrive Laocai. Travel to Bac Ha.

Arrive at Lao Cai Railway station early this morning at ??? (to be confirmed). You will be greeted by Lotussia Travel local team and transferred to a local restaurant for early breakfast.

After a short rest, travel to Bac Ha. If today falls into Sunday, you will have the opportunity to visit the Bac Ha market, the biggest market in the area.

Every Sunday, different ethnic groups come to the market  to sell their homemade products or buy something for the family. They are Hmong, Phu La, Back Dzao, Tay or Nung minorities. Some of these ethnic minorities can’t be met in any other areas.

Lunch will be provided in a local restaurant in town.

In the afternoon, enjoy a short easy walk to a H’mong village near Bac Ha town.

Dinner and overnight in Bac Ha.

Day 3: Bac Ha – Ha Giang. Start trekking Ha Giang villages.

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Lung Phin commune where you will begin your Ha Giang trek along a narrow trail on steep hillsides.

Keep trekking until you arrive Lu Suoi Tung village where you will make a stop to have lunch (lunch can be either picnicked or prepared on the spot in a local house).

After lunch, continue trekking through the forest to the top of Ta Cu Ty mountain range (hard trek) and then downhill to a Red Dzao village.

Dinner and homestay in a stilt house.

Day 4: Continue trekking through remote hill tribe villages.

After breakfast, you will leaving the Ta Cu Ty village spending the whole morning trekking along a large path (medium trek). The trek offers great view over a Nung village.

Lunch will be provided en route.

After lunch, you will follow a narrow footpath trekking for about three more hours up and downhill through the thick forest (hard trek). Visit the rock-field with scripts carved by ancient peoples. Arrive the village around late afternoon.

Dinner and homestay in a local house.

Day 5: Continue trekking Ha Giang remote villages.

Breakfast and then leaving Nam Chien Village at 08.30am. Transfer along the paved road for 14 km over the Gio mountain pass through thick rain forest to the southern side. From here, enjoy a leisure walk for 3 hours through Nam Nhung and Khau Rom village of the Tay and Zao peoples along the narrow valley of the Nam Li River.

Lunch break near a suspension bridge.

Cross the Nam Li River to the southern bank, trekking uphill to Quang Thuong Village and then downhill to Nam Choong Village of the Zao peoples which is beautifully set on the southern bank of Nam Li River and endowed by nature with a mineral hot spring.

Day 6: Continue trekking Ha Giang remote villages.

Today is probably the most interesting day of the whole trip for the superb scenery and wild nature which changes after every quarter trekking. But is also the greatest challenge so far.

After enjoying easy walk the the Nam Ly Valley, the trail gets tougher uphill for over an hour to Cao Son Village of the Hmong and Zao. Then, leaving the large path for a narrow trail which winds through tea farm and later thick forest aprrox.1,5 hour. Great challenging amidst wild nature! Lunch break at the top of a
mountain before getting downhill to Trung Son Village of the Nung.

Afternoon trek become easier along a narrow valley for nearly 2 hour to Tan Minh village of the Red Zao, then onto the center of Ho Thau Commune. Take an easy walk in late afternoon for 20 minutes to home stay.

Day 7: Continue trekking. Travel to Thong Nguyen.

It is an easy day today.

Leaving home stay after breakfast and trekking for the whole morning along a narrow but rather good trail through Ho Thau Valley passing charming villages of the Zao and Nung ethnic peoples scattering on hill sides.

Long lunch break near Nam Son Bridge with swimming possibility in the clear water of the Nam Dich River.
Picked up and transfer by road to Panhou ecolodge at Thong Nguyen Commune.

The rest of the afternoon is set at leisure for freshen up or walking to explore the surrounding of Panhou.

Day 8: Thong Nguyen – Bac Me.

After breakfast, you continue your trip driving to the top of the mountain where you make a short stop for great view of the region. Then descend to the lowland.

After about one hour drive, you will arrive Nam An, used to be a narrow and deep valley, built into a lake for water storage to run a hydraulic power plant and now has become spectacular lake with a peninsular for eco-tourist sport.

Spend an hour walking around the lake visiting a local Red Zao village.

Lunch will be provided in a local silt house.

Continue your road trip to Ha Giang town, and then on to Bac Me.

Arriving in Bac Me town around late afternoon, check into a local guesthouse for overnight.

Day 9: Bac Me – Meo Vac – Dong Van.

Check out hotel at 08.00 and depart for Meo Vac.

The first portion of the road weaves its way along the the Gam river amongst high mountains and thick forests. Crossing the Gam river and following the newly built road, you will arrive Niem Son commune where we will spend almost an hour visiting the local market (if any) and a small village of the H’mong ethnic peoples.
Drive uphill through the remote and deserted region to Meo Vac. Getting close to Meo Vac, there appeared some small hamlets of the H’mong built on the immense limestone hill sides. Stop for visiting one of these hamlets for the first impression of the very hard life on this mysterious limestone highland.

Arriving in Meo Vac at noon, take a quick look at the market (if Sunday)and lunch break.

After Lunch, visit a small village of the Lolo, an ethnic group with only about 4,700 peoples near the town before leaving Meo Vac . Then continue driving to Dong Van.

Check into a local hotel for overnight.

Day 10: Dong Van – Lung Cu – Vuong Palace – Pho Bang – Yen Minh – Quan Ba.

Check out hotel at 08.00 and drive to Lung Cu. Visit a village of the H’mong ethnic and a village of the Red Lolo in Lung Cu then move on to the Vuong Family Palace once ruled over the H’mong in the region and popularly known as King of the H’mong.

Then travel to Pho Bang ancient town. Walking for about an hour to explore this town which is featured with two storey wooden houses, clay walled, Yin and Yang tiled roofs and leisure atmosphere.

Leaving Pho Bang, you travel downhill to Yen Minh town where your lunch will be provided in a local restaurant in town.

After lunch, drive uphill of a long and high mountain pass. Take a break at the foot of the pass and visit a village of the La Chi, another small ethnic group with only over 3,000 individuals in Vietnam whose culture is really unique and strong.

Arrive in Quan Ba around late afternoon. Check in hotel for freshen up and relax. Overnight in Quan Ba.

Day 11: Quan Ba – Ha Giang – Ha Noi.

Breakfast and check out hotel.

Driving uphill to the top of Quan Ba mountain pass, stop for admiring the great view of Quan Ba valley. Then driving few kilometers further for visiting two more hill tribe villages – one village of the H’mong with traditional living style of the highlander ethnics and the other, a village of the Kinh peoples immigrated to the region in 1980s.

Driving for another hour and take a coffee stop at Ha Giang town before continue your journey back to Hanoi.

Lunch will be provided in a local restaurant en route.

Arrive in Hanoi in late afternoon. End trip.

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North-Vietnam Multi-Activity Family Tour (8 days)

The 8-day tour includes easy outdoor activities that can be suitable for children, parents, senior people – walking, hiking, river boat trip, countryside cycle, boat cruise, sea kayaking. Highlights of the tour are day tour in Hanoi, boat cruise in Tam Coc, hike in Mai Chau, visit Cao Son market, trek in Sapa, boat cruise Halong bay, cyclo ride in Hanoi. The tour is highly recommended to small group family holidays, couples and those seeking a real life experience.

Day 1: Hanoi – Tam Coc, Ninhbinh.

Depart for Ninh Binh.

Visit the two remaining sanctuaries of the ancient citadel of Dinh & Le in Hoa Lu.

Travel to Tam Coc where we will have lunch before taking a 2-hour boat trip along the Boi river. The river trip in Thung Nang 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.

After the boat trip, enjoy a half hour easy cycle around Tam Coc before checking-in hotel for overnight.

Day 2: Tam Coc – Mai Chau.

Transfer to Kenh Ga – “The Chicken Canal” for another 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.

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.

Overnight in a stilt-house.

Day 3: Maichau – Hanoi. Overnight train to Laocai.

Breakfast will be provided in a Thai stilt house. Then we leave the village for a half day walking around. We will pass many different Thai hamlets, through rice fields, hill sides…We will stop by some local houses to talk with local people to understand their customs and culture.

After lunch, we will take our journey back to Hanoi.

Enjoy one-hour body massage in one of the most luxury spa salon in town before take the overnight train to Lao Cai.

Overnight on board train.

Day 4: Arrive Lao Cai. Travel to Cao Son. Visit Cao son market. Trek Cao Son villages.

Arrive in Lao Cai Railway station early this morning. You will be welcome by Lotussia local guide, driver then transferred to a local restaurant in Lao Cai city for breakfast and short rest before proceeding to Cao Son region. Stop en route for photos.

You will join the Cao Son trekking stream of people from Lung Khau Nhin and some nearby villages heading to Cao Son. Free to discover the market with our tour guide. Heading for the lunch in Cao Son Ecolodge. In the afternoon, visit the primitive forest in La Pan Tan commune. Back to the Lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 5: Travel to Sapa. Hiking Sapa villages.

After breakfast, transfer to Sapa. We will arrive in Sapa around noon. Check-in hotel and have your lunch in a local restaurant in town.

In the afternoon, there will be a walking tour to a H’mong hill tribe village of Ma Tra (or Cat Cat). As we walk to the villages nestled in the valley below Sapa, we will meet some of the local people on their way to and from Sapa. Here we have the opportunity to share cultural experiences with the families that live in the area.

Overnight  in Sapa.

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

After breakfast, we will travel by car downhill to Mong Sen where we start a dirt trail through rice fields and villages. Enjoy spectacular view along the way.

Your picnic lunch will be provided on spot.

After lunch, we continue our trek downhill towards Taphin village inhabited by Red Dao and Black Hmong minorities. These are two largest ethnic groups living in Sapa area. Stop by some house to meet local people and talk with them to understand their culture, customs and traditions. Late afternoon, we will trek back to to main road to get on our vehicle for the journey to Laocai railways station.

Day use will be provided in a standard hotel before taking the overnight train back to Hanoi.

Overnight on board train.

Day 7: Arrive Hanoi. Travel to Halong bay. Boat junk cruise with kayaking tour.

Arrive in Hanoi early this morning, transfer to the Morning Flower Market for a short visit before departing to Halong Bay.

Breakfast will be provided in a local restaurant en route.

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 tour 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.

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 and travel back to Hanoi.

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Vietnam and Cambodia Family Tour (18 days)

The 18-day multi-country tour is customized for family holidays, couples, small groups, group of friends and active adventure travelers seeking a different way of travel Indochina. The multi activity tour takes you to such places as Hanoi, Sapa, Halong Bay, Da Nang, Hoi An, Cham island, Na Trang, Ho Chi Minh city (Saigon) and Siem Reap, Cambodia. Enjoy different outdoor activities including sightseeing, trekking, homestay, sea kayaking, cruising, scuba diving, spa, beach resort and more.

Day 1: Hanoi – Laocai by train.

In the evening, transfer to Hanoi Railway Station for the night train trip to Laocai. Overnight on board train.

Day 2: Arrive Laocai. Visit Lung Khau Nhin market. Travel to Sapa.

Arrive Laocai early this morning, around 5:00 (to be confirmed). You will be welcome by our local team then transferred to a local restaurant in town for short rest and early breakfast.

At 8:00, travel to Lung Khau Nhin market. Every Thursday, Flower Hmong, Tu Di, Tay and Giay ethnic groups come to the market to buy and sell local products such as food and material for agriculture and fabric. After visiting the market, we can have a short walk to a Black Dao village before driving back to Muong Khuong for lunch. After lunch, get on our vehicle again and drive to Sapa.

Overnight in Sapa.

Day 3: Trekking Sapa hilltribe villages.

Breakfast at hotel. Leaving Sapa, we will begin the two-day trek through rice paddy terraces and corn fields. Your picnic lunch will be provided on the spot. After lunch, we continue our Sapa 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 4: Continue hiking. Return Sapa town. Travel to Lao Cai. Overnight train back to Hanoi.

After breakfast, continue our trek towards Sapa, we will pass through several hill tribe villages and rice 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 Railway Station and get the night train back to Hanoi. Train? Departure at 20:30 (to be confirmed). Overnight on board train.

Day 5: Arrive Hanoi. Travel to Halong bay. Boat junk cruise with kayaking tour.

Arrive in Hanoi early this morning, you will be picked up by another Lotussia Travel guide, driver 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 Victory 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 or one-hour kayaking trip through strange shaped rock formations. Watch the sun set over the bay whilst enjoying a delicious dinner.

Overnight on board junk.

Day 6: Continue cruising in Halong bay with kayaking activity.

Breakfast on board. Then we continue our cruise; Taking one more hour kayaking before getting back to the support boat for lunch.

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 junk.

Day 7: Halong bay – Hanoi.

Breakfast will be served early 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.

Enjoy one-hour massage package in one of most finest spa salon in town – A full body massage both invigorating and relaxing. This massage helps to reduce tension, soothe sore muscles and increase circulation.

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

Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 8: Fly to Da Nang. Travel to Hoian ancient town.

Transfer to Noibai airport for a short flight to Danang.

Welcome at Danang airport by Lotussia Travel team and then escorted to your hotel in Hoian ancient town.

In the afternoon, start exploring this small ancient town, first commercial center in Vietnam since the 15th century, with more than 800 classified buildings, visiting Japanese Covered Bridge, Tan Ky Old house, Assembly Hall Chinese. Phuc Kien Pagoda, Hoian Museum and Market.

Overnight in Hoian.

Day 9: Cham island diving tour.

After breakfast, you will be picked up by our diving adventure team and transferred to the boat pier. Leaving the coast, you will be explained by our diving instructor about the theories of diving and practical advises. Arrival at the Cham islands and enjoy one discover scuba dive with a certified PADI Instructor.
Transfer to Bai Chong  beach for lunch.

In the afternoon, just stay free at leisure to enjoy the beach activities such as swimming, walking or simply relaxing. Return to mainland and transfer back to the hotel.

Day 10: Travel to Danang. Fly to Ho Chi Minh city (Saigon).

Transfer to Da Nang airport for a short flight to Ho Chi Minh city. VN ??? Departure at ??? (to be confirmed).

You will be greeted by our local team at Tan Son Nhat airport (Ho Chi Minh city) and transferred to hotel.

In the afternoon, enjoy a half day city tour with Ho Chi Minh City most wanted highlights such as the Post Office, Notre-Dame Cathedral, Reunification palace. Then continue towards Cholon for a quick visit of Thien Hau temple and the Binh Tay market.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.

Day 11: Day trip to the Mekong Delta.

Our one day cruise excursion starts from Ho Chi Minh with a drive to Cai Be – Phu An where we will board the Cai Be Princess at around 10.00 am. The tour will start with the visit of Cai Be colorful floating market. We will proceed by the visit of some local home factories such as rice paste making, rice pop corn, coco candies, and longans drying processing.

The trip continues along the Mekong canals to Dong Hoa Hiep Island located between Vinh Long and Cai Be. During this cruise you will discover beautiful landscapes along the river and observe the typical Mekong delta rural life. Stops on the way can be made upon request for particular visits or photos making. These evergreen islands among the Mekong River still remain unknown to many people.

Lunch awaits you at Le Longanier restaurant at La Residence de Phu An resort, a superb Indochine style resort. After a short walk along a narrow canal, the excursion will end at around 3.30pm where the vehicle will await you for your transfer back to Saigon.

Day 12: Fly to Nha Trang. Nhatrang beach resort.

After breakfast, transfer to Tan Son Nhat airport for a short flight to Nhatrang (without guide). VN ??? Departure at ??? (to be confirmed).

Upon your arrival at Nha Trang airport, you will be welcome by our hotel representative and transferred to your resort hotel.

Overnight in Nhatrang.

Day 13 & 14: Nha Trang beach resort.

Full day free at leisure to enjoy the prime beach of Nha Trang or just relax on the hotel/resort poolside. Optional beach activities can be arranged on the spot with the resort. Please check with your resort staff for more details. Overnight in Nha Trang.

Day 15: Fly back to Saigon.

Free at leisure until transfer to Nha Trang airport for onward flight back to Ho Chi Minh city (without guide). Flight ??? Departure at ???.

You will be greeted again by our driver in Ho Chi Minh city airport & transferred to your hotel in town (without guide).

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.

Day 16: Fly to Siem Reap, Cambodia (B).

According to your departure time, transfer to Ho Chi Minh city airport for onward flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia (without guide). Flight ??? Departure at??? (to be advised). End of Vietnam portion.

Upon your arrival in Siem Reap airport, you will be welcome by Lotussia Travel local team and transferred to hotel for check-in.

Start your visit to South Gate of Angkor Thom, the famous Bayon, Baphoun, the Terrace of Temple, Elephants and Terrace of the Leper King. It is time to visit one of the great wonders of the world, symbol of the heart and soul of the Cambodia, Angkor Wat. Then view wonderful sunset from the top of Phnom Bakheng Hills.

Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 17: Visit Angkor temples.

Breakfast at hotel. We continue to visit the fabulous Ta Prohm embraced by the roots of enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers, Pre Rup, East Mebon, and Neak Poan. Visit Krovan, Royal Bath of Srah Srang and Banteay Kdei temples.

Tonight you will enjoy dinner with Khmer Apsara Dance Show.

Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 18: Boat trip on Tonle Sap lake. Departure.

We board on boat in Tonle Sap Lake, the “Great Lake” of Cambodia, one of the largest in Asia. Here, enjoy a brief cruise past floating villages complete with schools, restaurants, and hospitals.

Free & leisure at your own time for rolling at local markets or shopping until transfer to Siem Reap Airport for departure. Flight ??? Departure at ??? (please advise). End trip.

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Vietnam and Cambodia Multisport Adventure Vacations (17 days)

The 17-day multisport trip covers all Vietnam and Cambodia major travel destinations including Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi, Mai Chau, Son La, Dien Bien, Lai Chau, Sapa, Halong Bay, Da Nang, Hoian, Hue, Ho Chi Minh city (Saigon), Can Tho, the Mekong Delta and Siem Reap, Cambodia. The highlight of the trip is the 6-day motorcycle tour to the north-western Vietnam is followed with sightseeing, history, cultures activities, boat cruise and sea kayaking. The vacation is concluded with a 3-day extension to Angkor temples, Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Day 1: Hanoi – Mai Chau.

Leaving Hanoi and breaking out of the delta plains we pass through endless limestone karst scenery as we travel south through “Perfume Pagoda” country and extensive farming lands comprising a sea of paddy fields split by tree-lined roads.

After a picnic lunch near Chi Ne, we visit the hot springs at Kim Boi, before striking northwest and over two passes, finally dropping down to the mountain valley settlement of Mai Chau. Here we stay overnight with friends of the White Thai minority in a traditional stilt house.

In the evening, after feasting, we can enjoy a cultural show of Thai dancing and a range of special local liquors.

Overnight in Mai Chau.

Day 2: Mai Chau – Son La.

We backtrack on the main a few kilometres before embarking on a new road which drops down the side of a huge valley, steadily falling all the way back down to the Black River Reservoir. The 50 kilometres route has plenty of challenging surface and is prone to landslides. Much of the area is inhabited by Kinh and both Black and White Thai ethnicities.

Depending on time we can complete another side road which rises up the opposite side of the valley, offering impressive views over the area on a clear day. On good road looking high over distant mountains we head up into a forested region populated by H’mong people before descending into a mountainous tea-growing region. Soon after we follow a long valley floor covered in a sea of rice surrounded by Black Thai villages all the way to Son La with its bargain-filled market.

Overnight in Sunrise Hotel.

Day 3: Son La – Dien Bien.

Continuing the road no.6 to Tuan Giao after climbing the historic Phadin Pass where dominated by the H’mong people. Many stop for picture.

Arrive in Dien Bien Phu in the late of afternoon.

Overnight in Dien Bien Phu.

Day 4: Dien Bien – Phong Tho, Lai Chau.

Take a visit of the old French battle field, we will be heading out northwest from Dien Bien Phu the road passes isolated communities of H’mong and Thai people, whose small villages settle the bans of dark green rivers and on the steep slopes of the mountains.

After lunch by a forest stream the road begins to climb up one high pass. At the top for sunset before dropping sharply into the deep Lai Chau valley.

Overnight in Phong Tho.

Day 5: Phong Tho – Sapa.

If the days are right then we can visit one of three busy hill tribe markets as we head straight towards the main Fansipan Mountain range. The massive mountain range dominates the road until finally we must make a splendid climb up from Binh Lu and up to the top of the highest road pass in Vietnam (Tram Ton Pass). Crossing into Lao Cai Province at over 2000m the views looks out over the main range for miles and miles, before we descend to the mountainous Sa Pa valley.

Overnight in Sapa.

Day 6: Hiking Sapa one day.

Leaving Sapa at 09.00 am, transfer 15 km along the road 4D to the Mong Sen Bridge with several stops along the way for enjoying spectacular landscapes.

Trekking uphill along large dirt road  for nearly an hour, then following a narrow dirt trail winding its way on steep hill-sides along the western bank of the upstream part of Ngoi Dum River for 2 hours to an isolated hamlet of the Black H’mong people, explore these isolated hamlets of the Black H’mong, then lunch break.

Continue trekking along the same trail for nearly 1,5 hours up and downhill towards Ta Phin Valley and arrive at the center of Ta Phin Commune in mid afternoon. Take a walk around this stunning valley, paying visit to some Red Zao families, then picked up for a road ride back to Sapa.

Overnight in Sapa.

Day 7: Visit Cao Son market. Travel to Lao Cai. Overnight train back to Hanoi.

Leave Sapa for a 2,5 hours road journey to Cao Son Commune. The first 50 km to Muong Khuong town let offers beautiful landscapes of lush farm land, tea and pine plantation. Enjoy several stops along the way. Then turn to narrow and quiet country road along the Chay River for an hour with stunning valleys and terraced rice paddies of all sizes and shapes.

Arrive to Cao Son market at about 10.00 am. Joining local to enjoy the excitement of this weekly market. Walk from section to sections, corner to corners, seeing and smelling of different local product, spices, vegetable, farming tools, handicraft, even medicial herb…especially meeting smiling peoples every where.

Lunch will be provided in a local restaurant .

After lunch, enjoy a walk in the afternoon to Tin Thang Village of the Flower H’mong. In this village, people still distill the wine from corn, making bacon in the most basic way and hospitably at offering special corn cake to anyone who drop by their house.

Transfer back to Lao Cai Railway Station for overnight train back to Hanoi.

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Overnight on the train.

Day 8: Arrive Hanoi. Travel to Halong bay. Boat cruise tour.

Upon your arrival at Hanoi Railways Station, you will be greeted again by our team and transferred to a local restaurant for breakfast and a short rest.

At 8:00: Depart for Halong bay. 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 junk (or similar junk).

Whilst cruising the exquisite waters sample the regions fresh seafood. Round over Thien Cung cave (palace of heaven), Dau Go ( grotto of wood ), Tuan Chau island, Dog island, Dinh Huong, Ga Choi (fighting cock mountain), Turtle island. Visit Sung Sot cave and enjoy one-hour kayaking trip or have a swim at Titop beach or Soi Sim beach.

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

Overnight on board junk.

Day 9: Continue cruising and kayaking Halong bay.

Breakfast on board junk.

Continue visiting Halong bay while the boat cruise through Man’s head island, Tortoise island. Visit Luon cave by a small bamboo rowing boat.

Lunch will be provided on board.

In the afternoon, visiting Ba Ham lake, fishery village,Cua Van, swimming at Ba Trai Dao beach. Enjoy one-hour kayak paddling on the emerald waters of Halong bay.

Having dinner and overnight on the junk.

Day 10: Halong bay – Hanoi. Fly to Danang. Travel to Hoian.

Breakfast on board. Then we will go back to shore. Arrive at Ha long wharf at 11:00 and join our vehicle again for a 3.5hour drive back to Hanoi.

Upon your arrival in Hanoi, transfer directly to Noibai airport for onward flight to Danang.

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You will be greeted at Danang airport by Lotussia Travel local team and transferred to your hotel in Hoian.

Check-in hotel for overnight.

Day 11: Visit Hoian ancien town.

In the morning, 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.

Free afternoon for your personal discovery or shopping.

Overnight in Hoian.

Day 12: Travel to Hue. Visit Hue tombs and pagoda.

After breakfast, leave Hoi An for Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam. The scenic route passes through Danang before climbing over the Pass of Ocean Clouds and dropping down to the fishing village of Lang Co.

Arrive in Hue around noon and transfer to hotel.

In the afternoon, enjoy a boat trip on the Perfume River to visit the beautiful Thien Mu Pagoda. After our boat trip we will visit the Imperial City and the Forbidden Purple City. This royal residence was all but destroyed during the 1968 Tet Offensive, however it is still fascinating to walk among the ruins. If time permits then, we will continue visiting the mausoleum of former emperor Tu Duc or Khai Dinh’s.

Overnight in Hue.

Day 13: Fly to Ho Chi Minh city (Saigon). City tour.

Transfer to Hue airport for a short flight to Ho Chi Minh city.

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You will be welcome by Lotussia local team at Tan Son Nhat airport, Ho Chi Minh city and transferred to your hotel in town.

In the afternoon, enjoy a half day city tour with Ho Chi Minh City most wanted highlights such as the Post Office, Notre-Dame Cathedral, Reunification palace. Then continue towards Cholon for a quick visit of Thien Hau temple and the Binh Tay market.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.

Day 14: Travel to Can Tho, the Mekong Delta.

After breakfast, transfer to My Tho.

Arrive in My Tho and enjoy the 3-hour boat trip to discover local people life with their daily work. Stop at a Con Lan islet to taste seasonal fruit and experience traditional music. Then continue to Con Quy islet, visit some home production chain of coconut candy, sweet honey bee farm, …take a chance walking on countryside road and exited riding. Rowing on small boat to return motorboat.

Transfer to Can Tho, the city considered as the  heart of the Mekong Delta.

Arrive in Can Tho about late afternoon.

Check-in hotel & overnight in Can Tho.

Day 15: Visit Mekong Delta floating market. Return Ho Chi Minh city.

Early morning, enjoy a boat trip on the Mekong River to visit Cai Rang, the famous floating market in the west of Viet Nam, along narrow narrow waterways through the lush vegetation to an orchard garden where we have the opportunity to visit local homes as well as enjoy a lunch followed with seasonal fruits.

Lunch will be provided in a local restaurant.

Drive back Saigon.

Day 16: Fly to Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Transfer to Ho Chi Minh city airport for onward flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia.

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Upon arrival at Siem Reap airport, you will be met and welcome by our Cambodian local team then transferred to your hotel.

Start your visit to South Gate of Angkor Thom, the famous Bayon, Baphoun, the Terrace of Temple, Elephants and Terrace of the Leper King. It is time to visit one of the great wonders of the world, symbol of the heart and soul of the Cambodia, Angkor Wat. Then view wonderful sunset from the top of Phnom Bakheng Hills.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 17: Visit Angkor park full day.

In the morning, we will visit the fabulous Ta Prohm embraced by the roots of enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers, Pre Rup, East Mebon, and Neak Poan.

In the afternoon, we continue our day tour visiting Krovan, Royal Bath of Srah Srang and Banteay Kdei temples.

Tonight you will enjoy dinner with Khmer Apsara Dance Show.

Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 18: Boat trip on Tonle Sap lake. Departure.

We board on boat in Tonle Sap Lake, the “Great Lake” of Cambodia, one of the largest in Asia. Here, enjoy a brief cruise past floating villages complete with schools, restaurants, and hospitals.

Free & leisure at your own time for rolling at local markets or shopping until transfer to Siem Reap Airport for departure. End.

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North Vietnam Overland Tour (11 days)

The 11-day tour, tailor-made by Lotussia Travel Hanoi is ideal for family holidays, travel with kids or small group holidays and those seeking an off-the-beaten path holidays to Vietnam. Different travel, outdoor activities have been added to the tour such as overland expeditions, ethnic culture experience, day walking tour, countryside cycle, boat trip, junk cruise, sea kayaking, water puppet show, cooking class. The tour takes you through both north-vietnam popular tourist destinations and less travel places including Mai Chau, Tam Coc, Ba Be National park, Bao Lac, Cao Bang, Dong Van, Meo Vac, Yen Binh, Quan Ba, Ha Giang, Bac Me, Halong bay and Hanoi.

Day 1: Hanoi – Mai Chau. Hiking Mai Chau valley.

Depart 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.

Arrive Mai Chau around noon. Check into a local stilt-house where your lunch will also be provided.

Leave the village for a half day walking around. We will pass many different Thai hamlets, through rice fields, hill sides…We will stop by some local houses to talk with local people to understand their customs and 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.

Homestay in Mai Chau.

Day 2: Mai Chau – Tam Coc. River boat trip & easy countryside cycling.

After breakfast, enjoy a four hour drive to Tam Coc, also called “Ha Long Bay on land”, or the “Vietnam’s second nicest grotto” (to Huong Tich) for its poetic and inspirational natural scenery.

Arrive in Tam Coc around noon then have lunch in a local restaurant.

After lunch, take a 2-hour boat trip along the Boi river. 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.

Cycle around Tam Coc visiting either Bich Dong pagoda or Thai Vy temple.

Dinner & overnight in Tam Coc.

Day 3: Tam Coc – Hanoi.

Cycle along the village roads with beautiful sightseeing and friendly local people. Arriving in Hoa Lu, we will visit Hoa Lu – The Acient Capital and the remaining two temples of Dinh King & Le King.

Have lunch in a local restaurant then travel back to Hanoi.

Free afternoon for your personal discovery.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 4: Hanoi – Ba Be National Park.

Leaving hotel, we will travel northwards along national road 3.

Stop in Thai Nguyen City after about 2 hours drive for visiting the Museum of Ethnology. Leaving Thai Nguyen and continue the road ride to Cho Moi townlet for lunch break and then continue the road ride to Na Phac junction. Visit a local Dzao village before arriving hotel around late afternoon.

Dinner & overnight in a stilt house (homestay).

Day 5: Ba Be lakes boat trip. Travel to Bao Lac, Cao Bang.

After breakfast,  we will take a short walk to the boat pier and then enjoy the whole morning mainly on boat for exploring the pure nature of Ba Be lake and national park with some highlights including visiting to Dau Dang Waterfall and Puong Cave.

Lunch will be provided in a local restaurant on spot (simple).

After lunch, transfer uphill for 160 km to Bao Lac with several stops along the way for admiring spectacular scenery of the western part of Cao Bang Province and paying visit to villages of the Nung peoples.

Arriving in Bao Lac in late afternoon, check-in hotel. Dinner and overnight in a local hotel in Bao Lac.

Day 6: Bao Lac -  Meo Vac, Ha Giang.

Leaving Bao Lac at about 09.00 for a drive along the Gam River for an hour before turning right and traveling uphill to the higher land, heading north to Meo Vac Townlet of Ha Giang Province. Stop along the way for visiting several small hamlets of the Nung, Tay and H’mong ethnic peoples scaterring along the Nho Que River. Arriving in Meo Vac at about 13.00, having lunch and check in hotel for a short rest.

Spend the the afternoon by walking along the stunning Nho Que River, admiring scenery of the spectacular Ma Pi Leng Pass, paying visit to villages of the H’mong, Zao and Red Lolo ethnic peoples.

Dinner and overnight in Meo Vac.

Day 7: Visit Meo Vac market. Travel to Dong Van, Yen Minh.

Get up early and visit Meo Vac market, the biggest hill tribe market in the area. Meo Vac is famous for its “Cow Market” where 300-400 cattle are sold every Sunday in northern Vietnam’s largest bovine exchange.
The sellers, who can earn tens of millions of dong per animal, always invite the buyers to enjoy local wine after the transactions.

Leaving Meo Vac, you will enjoy one of the most stunning landscapes of the northern mountain – The Ma Pi Leng Pass. Visit a small H’mong hamlet, set amongst the rock field featuring the very tough life on this limestone highland before continuing along the road 4c to Dong Van, the northernmost townlet of Vietnam. Walk along the ancient street of Dong Van before having lunch.

After lunch, enjoy an hour drive to Lung Cu, the northernmost commune of Vietnam, walking to visit a Red Lolo village for half an hour and then driving downhill 24 km to Xa Phin to pay visiting to the famous historical site of the Vuong Family’s Palace famous for its mixture of H’mong architectural style.

Continue our road to Yen Minh where will spend the night.

Day 8: Yen Minh – Nam An Lake.

Leaving Yen Minh for a drive up and downhill over the spectacular Yen Minh mountain pass with some stops for overviewing scenery and visiting a Red Zao village.

Leaving the main road, crossing the Nho Que river by suspension bridge and walk along the bank of the river for an hour through a H’mong village before taking the road ride again to Quan Ba Townlet.

Lunch will be provided in a local restaurant en route.

In the afternoon, we will take another short walk in a H’mong village before driving downhill all the way to Ha Giang Township and onto Nam An eco spot.

Day 9: Nam An Lake – Hanoi.

Full day road trip from Nam An to Ha Noi along national road 2 with several stops and break along the way.

Arrive Hanoi in the afternoon at about 05.00 PM. Check-in hotel. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 10: Hanoi – Halong bay. Cruise and kayaking tour.

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 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. Disembark at the dock at Halong City at 11:00 and travel back to Hanoi.

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North Vietnam adventure holidays: Travel Hanoi Mai Chau Yen Bai Lai Chau Sapa Lao Cai Halong bay (13 days)

The 13-day tour, provided by Lotussia Travel includes such outdoor activities as day trekking, hiking tour, boat junk cruise, sea canoeing tour. You travel through both remote and popular travel places in the north of Vietnam including Mai Chau village, Suoi Lon, Bac Yen, Thu Cuc, Nghia Lo, Tu Le, Mu Cang Chai, Yen Bai, Than Uyen, Binh Lu, Lai Chau, Sapa, Hanoi and Halong Bay. The accommodation is simple as you spend most of the nights at local homes (homestay) and budget hostels. The multi-day trek is completed with a three-day tour to Halong bay where sea canoening, scuba diving are available.

North Vietnam adventure holidays: Travel Hanoi Mai Chau Yen Bai Lai Chau Sapa Lao Cai Halong bay (13 days)

Day 1: Hanoi – Mai Chau. Mai Chau valley trek.

Transfer to Mai Chau. Mai Chau is in a valley just over the biggest hump, about 10km from the Song Da river and only 150 metres above sea level. The village, nestled between two towering cliffs and surrounded by emerald green paddies, is an enchanting sight as you wind down the cliff side. On the way, trek some kilometers through ethnic villages (Muong and Thai). Lunch will be providd in Mai Chau. Dinner and overnight in Lac village.

Day 2: Continue trekking Mai Chau. Travel to Suoi Lon.  

After breakfast, transfer 17 kilometers then we start trekking in an area of inhabitants of ethnic minority Thai, Muong the villages of Cun Pheo and Hang Kia. On arriving at Bai Sang wharf, we will take a boat to cruise on the Black river. Arrive at Suoi Lon for overnight in Muong’ Village.

Day 3: Thai and Muong villages trek. Travel to Thu Cuc.

Transfer to Ta Sua plateau, you can contemplate the highland scenery of it. Visit some villages of ethnic Black H’mong and discover the daily life and custom of local inhabitants here, especially you can enjoy the local specialties: Ta Sua Tea and agriculture products then come back the mountain town for lunch. After having lunch, visit the local market, the handicraft and farming products made by many ethnics are available here. Then continue to trek over 5 Kilometers through villages of Thai and Muong village. During the trekking you can take a rest and enjoy the local wine distillated by ethnics. Transfer to Thu cuc. Overnight in Muong Village.

Day 4: Trekking hilltribe villages. Travel to Nghia Lo.

Trek through Thai, Dao, Mong visit the water wheel. It is used to scoop the water for the rice fields near the streams. Lunch will be provided en route. Continue going to Nghia Lo through the direction of Lung Lo pass. Arrive at Nghia Lo, check in hotel then take a visit the local market at the moment of decline of day.

Day 5: Continue hiking. Travel to Tu Le.

Leave Nghia Lo for the itinerary, trek and visit some villages of ethnic’s minorities along the road: black Dzao, H’mong, white Thai, etc. They are very kind, honest and plain. Arrive at Tu Le village, dinner and overnight in house on stilt of inhabitants here. You can discover the daily life activities of this village in particular and the Thai ethnic in general in Vietnam. Overnight in Thai Village.

Day 6: Hiking Yen Bai. Travel to Than Uyen, Lai Chau.

Take leave of inhabitants of Tu Le, it takes 2 Km to village center, you can visit lots of activity on the early market day and it is typical colorful ethnics of this high mountain regions. Transfer to the the footing of Kau Pha pass for us to start trekking about 9 Km through the forest and ethnic villages. This trail runs parallel with the famous and beautiful Kau Pha pass. We finish the trail at the peak of the pass (1800m above sea level). Transfer to Mu Cang Chai for lunch. Visit the local market and go on to Than Uyen. Arrive at Than Uyen, check in local guest house.

Day 7: Than Uyen – Binh Lu – Sapa. Sapa village trek.

Transfer to Sapa, on the way, we can take trek to visit lots of beautiful villages of ethnic. Especially, you can meet the most typical ethics as: Lao, Lu (Xa Pho). They wear the long traditional and colorful costumes with jeweler hand made. Moreover, you can discover the kind face in black dyed teeth of ethnics here. Arrive at  Sa Pa. Check in and rest of the day at leisure or visit Sa Pa famous tourist town in Northern Vietnam . You can visit and go shopping, market for buying souvenirs such as handicraft made by ethics, ethics’ traditional costumes, etc before ending the days in North West Vietnam.

Day 8: Trekking Sapa (Sapa – Tavan – Seomity).

After breakfast, you will go South by car toward Muong Hoa valley. Your trek will begin from Tavan village of Giay minority. The first day trek will be mostly uphill. Whenever you stop for a rest, you will be able to enjoy valley view. Before noon, you stop again at a nice spot for lunch. The trek will be softer in the afternoon. But the scenery becomes even more beautiful. You pass by Seomity village of Black Hmong minority before you arrive in a campsite, which locates nearby a river outside the village. While porters put up tents and cook dinner, you can take a walk to stretch the legs.

Day 9: Continue trekking Sapa (Seomity – Den Thang – Ta Trung Ho).

The trek today takes you through beautiful rice paddies and over old suspension bridges. You will trek on small trail sneaking through rainforest. You arrive in Den Thang village of Black Hmong by noon. Here you stop for lunch either nearby a river or in a local school according to the weather. After lunch, the trek wills becomes tough on tinny footpath going up and down, which requires some concentration. You will reach to Ta Trung Ho village of Red Dao minority where you spend the night in local house. Both the valley and the village have just received foreign visitors. The night will be even more interesting when you are in the wonderful hospitable atmosphere of the Red Dao.

Day 10: Trek & return Sapa town. Travel to Lao Cai. Overnight train back to Hanoi.

You are now at the fringe of the rain forest by the Hoang Lien Son mountain range. Fansipan, the highest peak in Indochina with its 3143 m, is located in this mountain range. You will start the trek today by ascending to Nam Toong village of Red Dao minority. Here your lunch will be prepared in a local school.
In the afternoon, before descending to Ban Ho, you can make a stop by a waterfall to refresh. On the last hours you can enjoy the valley one final time whilst trekking up to Su Pan, where your car takes you on the journey back to Sapa befor transfer to Lao Cai for the night train back to Hanoi.

Day 11: Arrival Hanoi. Travel to Halong Bay. Cruise and kayaking tour.

Upon your arrival at Hanoi Railways Station, you will be greeted by Lotussia Travel local guide and driver then transferred to a small hotel in town for breakfast and quick shower. 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. 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 sunset over the bay whilst enjoying a delicious dinner.

Day 12: Continue cruising and canoeing Halong bay.

Breakfast on board. Then we continue kayaking 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 13: Halong Bay – Hanoi.

Breakfast on board. Then we continue our cruise in Halong bay before going back to shore. Arrive at Ha long wharf about 11h00 and take our car for 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.

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North Vietnam adventure vacations: Travel Hanoi Lao Cai Cao Son Sapa Halong Bay (11 days)

The 11-day tour, provided in the northern Vietnam includes such travel highlights as Hanoi sightseeing tour, Cao Son market, trekking Sapa villages, Halong bay junk cruise with sea kayaking. You will be lodged in mid-range three star hotels, basic, simple homestay in village and on board junk in Halong bay. The multisport trip is customized for individuals, small groups holidays, family travel and those seeking a fun, active, soft adventure holiday to the northern Vietnam.

North Vietnam adventure vacations: Travel Hanoi Lao Cai Cao Son Sapa Halong Bay (11 days)

Day 1: Hanoi – Laocai by train.

In the evening, transfer to Hanoi Railways Station for overnight train to Laocai. Departure at 21:00 (TBA).

Day 2: Arrive Lao Cai. Travel to Cao Son. Trek Cao Son villages.

Arrive Lao Cai Railway Station early this morning. You will be met up by Lotussia Travel local team and transferred to a local restaurant for breakfast. After few minutes resting, the driver will take you to Muong Khuong district, via tea plantation and forest of pine. You might encounter Giay tribe in their traditional dress in Ban Lau or Thanh Binh. Reaching Cao Son about 10.am. Check in Cao Son lodge and relax.

In the afternoon you will commence your walk 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 market. Travel to Sapa.

After having breakfast in the Cao son lodge, 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, you will be able to visit a village of Flower H’mong or a village of Tay people. You will then head back to Muong Khuong and have lunch in a local restaurant. After lunch, you get on the car for journey to Sapa.

Overnight in Sapa.

Day 4: Trekking Sapa (Tavan village).

After breakfast, start your Sapa trek through the market and leave the busy town behind. After a couple of minutes, you follow a road going downhill to Cat Cat village. You will stop by a waterfall and a hydroelectric station for a while before you trek on a dirt trail through rice paddy terraces. You also will enjoy spectacular scenery while walking along a narrow river. You eventually arrive in Y Linh Ho village of Black Hmong minority, where you can take a rest while you are served lunch nearby the river.

After lunch, you head Muong Hoa valley. You will pass through Lao Chai village of Black Hmong minority and then Tavan village of Giay minority by following a very popular trekking route. You will spend the night in local house of Giay minority. You will be able to take a walk to enjoy the valley view as well as swim in the river nearby.

Day 5: Continue trekking Sapa (Tavan – Seomity)

After having breakfast, you start today’s trek, which is mostly uphill until lunchtime. Whenever you stop for a rest, you will be able to enjoy valley view. Before noon, you stop again at a nice spot for lunch.

The trek will be softer in the afternoon. But the scenery becomes even more beautiful. You pass by
Seomity village of Black Hmong minority before you arrive in a campsite, which locates nearby a
river outside the village. While porters put up tents and cook dinner, you can take a walk to stretch
the legs.

Day 6: Continue hiking Sapa (Seomity – Ta Trung Ho)

The trek today takes you through beautiful rice paddies and over old suspension bridges. You will trek on small trail sneaking through rainforest. You arrive in Den Thang village of Black Hmong by noon. Here you stop for lunch either nearby a river or in a local school according to the weather.

After lunch, the trek will becomes tough on tinny footpath going up and down, which requires a lot of concentration. You will reach to Ta Trung Ho village of Red Dao minority where you spend the night in local house. Both the valley and the village have just received foreign visitors. The night will be even more interesting when you are in the wonderful hospitable atmosphere of the Red Dao.

Day 7: Continue trekking Sapa hilltribe villages (Ta Trung Ho – Thanh Phu)

You are now at the fringe of the rain forest by the Hoang Lien Son mountain range. Fansipan, the highest peak in Indochina with its 3143 m, is located in this mountain range. You will start the trek today by ascending to Nam Toong village of Red Dao minority. Here your lunch will be prepared in a local school.

After lunchtime, you descend to the valley where locates My Son village of Xa Pho minority, one of the smallest groups ethnic in Northern Vietnam. From there you take a short walk to Thanh Phu village of Tay minority. Here you spend the night in traditional house of the Tay. You can take a walk to explore local daily life while your dinner will be served with Vietnamese dishes.

Day 8: Continue hiking Sapa villages (Thanh Phu – Su Pan). Return Sapa town. Travel to Laocai. Overnight train back to Hanoi.

Today’s trek is relatively short compared to other days. On the last day of the trek you will cross several suspension bridges. You will be able to stop by a waterfall and have time to swim in the river before arriving in Ban Ho village of Tay minority. Here you stop for lunch in a traditional Tay house.

In the afternoon, you start climbing uphill. On the last hours you can enjoy the valley one final time while heading to Su Pan. Here your car takes you on the journey back to Sapa where you can have a short rest before travelling to Laocai to take night train back to Hanoi.

Day 9: Arrive Hanoi. Travel to Halong bay. Boat junk cruise with kayaking tour.

Arrive in Hanoi in the early morning, transfer to a local restaurant in town for breakfast.

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 10: Continue cruising and kayaking Halong bay.

Breakfast on board. Then we continue cruise. Lunch will be provided on board. In the afternoon, enjoy one more hour kayaking towards the Islands of Rocks or Ba Men temple (kayaking routes may change due to weather or other circumstances. Further details will be informed by our local guide before the trip).

Dinner and Overnight on board.

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.

Disembark at the dock at Halong City at 11:00 and return to Hanoi.

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Vietnam soft adventure tour: Travel Hanoi Mai Chau Tam Coc Sapa Halong Bay Saigon Mui Ne (13 days)

The 13-day tour offers the opportunity to visit Hanoi, Mai Chau, Tam Coc, Sapa, Halong bay, Ho Chi Minh city and Mui Ne beach, Phan Thiet. Different travel activities have been added to the multisport trip – hiking, countryside cycling, trekking, highland market, homestay, boat cruise, sea kayaking, beach resort. The itinerary can be further customized to exactly suit your needs and budget. Contact your Lotussia Travel consultant now for more details.

Vietnam soft adventure tour: Travel Hanoi Mai Chau Tam Coc Sapa Halong Bay Saigon Mui Ne (13 days)

Day 1: Hanoi – Mai Chau.

Depart 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.

Arrive in Mai Chau around late afternoon. Check into a local stilt house for dinner & overnight.

After dinner, 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.

Day 2: Hiking Mai Chau. Travel to Tam Coc – “Halong bay in-land”.

Leave the village for a half day walking around. We will pass many different Thai hamlets, through rice fields, hill sides…We will stop by some local houses to talk with local people to understand their customs and culture.

Lunch will be provided in a local stilt house.

After lunch enjoy a four hour drive to Tam Coc, also called “Ha Long Bay on land”, or the “Vietnam’s second nicest grotto” (to Huong Tich) for its poetic and inspirational natural scenery.

Arrive in Tam Coc around late afternoon. Check-in hotel. Overnight in Tam Coc.

Day 3: Tam Coc sampan cruise and countryside bicycle tour. Travel back Hanoi.

After breakfast, we will take a two hour boat trip around natural caves and grottoes, admire the wonderful landscape of the tourist area.  The 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.

Cycle along the village roads with beautiful sightseeing and friendly local people. Arriving in Hoa Lu, we will visit Hoa Lu – The Acient Capital and the remaining two temples of Dinh King & Le King.

Lunch in a local restaurant then travel back to Hanoi.

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

Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 4: Hanoi city tour. Overnight train to Lao Cai.

Free morning at leisure.

In the afternoon, we will continue visiting the Ethnology museum where you can find the biggest object collection of 54 Vietnamese ethnic groups.

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, transfer to Hanoi Railways Station for overnight train to Laocai. Train ??? Departure at??? (To be advised).

Overnight on board train.

Day 5: Arrive Lao Cai. Visit Muong Khuong market. Travel to Sapa.

Arrive Laocai Railway Station early this morning. You will be greeted by Lotussia local team and transferred to a local restaurant in town for breakfast.

Travel to Muong Khuong district enjoying beautiful scenery along the road. Upon arriving in Muong Khuong, we will take another road which goes up in mountains. Pine trees forests and villages surround the tinny market. Flower Hmong, Tu Di, Tay and Giay ethnic minorities come to buy and sell local products
such as food and material for agriculture and fabric. After exploring the market, we will have a short walk to a Black Dao village.

Then head back to Muong Khuong where your lunch will be provided in a local restaurant.

After lunch, travel to Sapa where you will spend the night.

Day 6: Trekking Sapa hilltribe villages.

You first sneak through the market and leave the busy town behind. After a couple of minutes, you will follow a road going downhill to Cat Cat village. You will stop by a waterfall and a hydroelectric station for a while before you trek on a dirt trail through rice paddy terraces. You will also enjoy spectacular scenery while walking along a narrow river. You eventually arrive in Y Linh Ho village of Black Hmong minority, where you can take a rest while you are served lunch nearby the river.

After lunch, you hike Muong Hoa valley. You will pass through Lao Chai village of Black Hmong minority and then Tavan village of Giay minority by following a very popular trekking route. You will spend the night in local house of Giay minority. You will be able to take a walk to enjoy the valley view as well as swim in the river nearby.

Day 7: Continue trekking Sapa. Travel to Laocai. Overnight train back to Hanoi.

After breakfast, depart for Giang Ta Chai village of Red Dao minority. You will trek through bamboo forest, which belongs to Hoang Lien National Park. On the way you will pass by a waterfall where you will have time to take a rest and enjoy the surroundings.

You will find a nice place to have lunch.

After lunch, you continue trekking towards Su Pan, a small village located by the road where your vehicle will waiting for the drive back to Sapa.

Day use will be provided in a mini/standard hotel for quick shower before the overnight train back to Hanoi. Train??? Departure at ??? (To be advised).

Overnight on board train.

Day 8: Arrive Hanoi. Travel to Halong bay. Cruise. Kayaking.

Arrive in Hanoi early this morning, welcome by our team again and transfer to a local restaurant for early breakfast.

At 8:30: Depart for 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 a swim or take a kayaking trip on the emerald waters of Halong bay.

Watch the sun set over the bay whilst enjoying a delicious dinner. Overnight on board junk.

Day 9: Halong bay – Hanoi. Fly to Ho Chi Minh city (Saigon).

Breakfast on board. Then we continue our cruise while the boat is going back to shore. Arrive at Ha long wharf about 11h00 and join our vehicle again for journey back to Hanoi.

Upon your arrival in Hanoi, transfer directly to Noibai airport for a two-hour flight to Ho Chi Minh city.

Welcome at Tan Son Nhat airport in Ho Chi Minh city by Lotussia Travel local team and then escorted to your hotel in town. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.

Day 10: Saigon city tour. Travel to Mui Ne, Phan Thiet. Beach resort.

Enjoy a half day city tour tour with Ho Chi Minh City major highlights such as the Post Office, cathedral, Reunification palace, centre town, then continue towards Cholon, visit Thien Hau temple and Binh Tay market.

In the afternoon, transfer to Mui Ne, Phan Thiet (without guide). The scenic 200km drive north on Highway One passes through the bustling city of Bien Hoa before cutting through dense rubber plantations.

Arrive in Muine and check into resort.

Overnight in Muine.

Day 11 & 12: Phan Thiet beach resort.

Full day free at leisure to enjoy the prime beach of Muine or just relax on the hotel/resort poolside (no guide; no car).

Optional golf course or beach activities can be arranged on the spot with hotel/resort. Please check with your hotel/resort staff for more information.

Overnight in Muine.

Day 13: Travel back to Ho Chi Minh city.

Free at leisure until transfer back to Ho Chi Minh (without guide).

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Vietnam multi activity packaged tour: Travel Hanoi Lao Cai Muong Khuong Sapa Halong Bay Saigon Mekong Delta Phan Thiet (13 days).

The 13-day multisport tour takes you to such destinations as Hanoi, Lao Cai, Muong Khuong, Sapa, Halong bay, Ho Chi Minh city, Mekong Delta and Mui Ne, Phan Thiet. Different travel activities have been added to the multisport tour such as trekking, sea kayaking, biking, sightseeing and beach vacations making the tour fun and enjoyable. Tour tour can be extended with other optional packages to then central coast or the central highlands. The best time to travel this itinerary will be April, May, October. Part of the tour can be available all year round. Contact your Lotussia Travel consultant for more details.

Vietnam multi activity packaged tour: Travel Hanoi Lao Cai Muong Khuong Sapa Halong Bay Saigon Mekong Delta Phan Thiet (13 days).

Day 1: Overnight train to Lao Cai.

In the evening, transfer to Hanoi Railway Station for overnight train to Laocai. Train???. Departure at??? (To be advised).

Overnight on board train.

Day 2: Arrive Lao Cai. Visit Muong Khuong market. Travel to Sapa.

Arrive Lao Cai Railway Station early this morning. You will be greeted by Lotussia local team and transferred to a local restaurant in town for breakfast.

Travel to Muong Khuong district enjoying beautiful scenery along the road. Upon arriving in Muong Khuong, we will take another road which goes up in mountains. Pine trees forests and villages surround the tinny market. Flower Hmong, Tu Di, Tay and Giay ethnic minorities come to buy and sell local products
such as food and material for agriculture and fabric. After exploring the market, we will have a short walk to a Black Dao village. Then head back to Muong Khuong where your lunch will be provided in a local restaurant.

After lunch, travel to Sapa where you will spend the night.

Day 3: Trekking Sapa villages.

Travel to Sin Chai village. This is a beautiful village, located right at the foot of Hoang Lien mountain range and inhabited by the Black Hmong minority. There we start our trekking journey uphill. Once we reach to the top, you will take a small trail descending to Catcat village.

Your lunch will be provided near a waterfall.

In the afternoon, we will take another trail sneaking through mountain. The scenery is also spectacular. Take a short break upon arriving Y Linh Ho village before climbing up to the main road where our vehicle will be waiting for us for the journey back to Sapa.

Day 4: Continue trekking Sapa. Travel to Laocai. Overnight train back to Hanoi .

The morning will be free at leisure.

In the afternoon, start a short walk downhill through beautiful orchids gardens and pine forests. You will then reach a small village of Suoi Ho is inhabited by Hmong ethnic minority. Their house normally built of land has no windows because of the cold in the winter. You will then continue your walk through rice paddy fields and spectacular scenery to Ma tra. It is possible to stop by a primary school for a quick visit.

Then get on our vehicle again and travel to Laocai for overnight train back to Hanoi.

Overnight on board train.

Notes: two-hour day use will be provided in a mini standard hotel before the train trip.

Day 5: Arrive Hanoi. Travel to Halong bay. Cruise, kayaking.

Arrive in Hanoi early this morning. You will be greeted by Lotussia Travel team again and transferred to a local restaurant in town for early breakfast and quick shower.

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 or have one-hour kayaking trip through strange shaped rock formations.

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

Overnight on board junk.

Day 6: Halong bay – Hanoi. Hanoi body massage package.

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 and travel back to Hanoi.

Enjoy one-hour massage package in one of most finest spa salon in town – A full body massage both invigorating and relaxing. This massage helps to reduce tension, soothe sore muscles and increase circulation.

Overnight in Ha Noi.

Day 7: Fly to Ho Chi Minh city (Saigon). Saigon city tour.

Transfer to Noibai airport for a short flight to Ho Chi Minh city, still called “Saigon”. Flight ??? Departure at??? (To be advised).

Welcome at Tan Son Nhat airport in Ho Chi Minh city by Lotussia Travel local team and then escorted to your hotel in town.

In the afternoon, start the half day city tour tour with Ho Chi Minh City major highlights such as the Post Office, cathedral, Reunification palace, centre town, then continue towards Cholon, visit Thien Hau temple and Binh Tay market.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.

Day 8: Biking the Mekong delta (Ho Chi Minh city – My Tho – Cai Be – Can Tho).

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 9: Continue cycling. 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.

Lunch in a local restaurant in town.

In the afternoon return to Saigon.

Day 10: Travel to Mui Ne, Phan Thiet. Beach resort.

Travel to Phan Thiet (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 Muine and check into resort. Overnight in Muine.

Day 11 & 12: Mui Ne beach resort.

Full day free at leisure to enjoy the prime beach of Muine or just relax on the hotel/resort poolside. Optional golf course or beach activities can be arranged on the spot with hotel/resort. Please check with your hotel/resort staff for more information.

Overnight in Muine.

Day 13: Travel back to Ho Chi Minh city.

Free at leisure until transfer back to Ho Chi Minh.

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Vietnam Family Adventure Holidays: Travel Hanoi Halong bay Ho Chi Minh city Mekong Delta Phan Thiet (10 days)

The 10-day multi activity tour, customized by the Hanoi based tour operator Lotussia Travel takes you from the North to the South of Vietnam. The itinerary is specially tailor-made for individuals, small group tours, family holidays, adventure travelers seeking an active vacations, a combined outdoor activities tours in Vietnam. Begin the tour in Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi and continue with a boat junk cruise tour to Halong bay, kayaking trip; fly to Ho Chi Minh city and cycle down the Mekong Delta to enjoy pedaling along village lanes, back roads before you travel back to Saigon for a beach holiday extension to Mui Ne beach, Phan Thiet, one of the nices beaches in Vietnam.

Vietnam Family Adventure Holidays: Travel Hanoi Halong bay Ho Chi Minh city Mekong Delta Phan Thiet (10 days)

Day 1: Hanoi – Halong bay. Halong bay boat junk cruise with kayaking tour.

8:30: Depart for 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.

Watch the sunset over the bay whilst enjoying a delicious dinner.

Overnight on the boat.

Day 2: Continue cruising and canoeing Halong bay.

Breakfast on board junk.

Continue visiting Halong bay while the boat cruise through Man’s head island, Tortoise island. Visit Luon cave by a small bamboo rowing boat.

Lunch will be provided on board.

In the afternoon, visiting Ba Ham lake, fishery village,Cua Van, swimming at Ba Trai Dao beach.

Having dinner and overnight on the junk.

Day 3: Halong bay – Hanoi.

Breakfast will be served on board while the boat is going back to shore.

Arrive at Ha long wharf about 11h00 and get on car again for the journey back to Hanoi.

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

After breakfast, transfer to Hanoi airport for the morning flight to Ho Chi Minh city (without guide). VN 217 at 12:30 (HAN-SGN).

Upon your arrival in Ho Chi Minh city airport (at 14:30), you will be greeted by Lotussia local team and transferred to your hotel in the city center.

After lunch (not included), begin the half day tour with Ho Chi Minh City highlights such as 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: Biking the Mekong delta (Saigon – My Tho – Can Tho).

08h00am 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 the Mekong delta for a couple of kilometres and then shuttle the rest way to Can Tho.

Overnight in Can Tho.

Day 6: Continue cycling the Mekong delta. 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: Travel to Mui Ne, Phan Thiet. Beach resort.

Transfer to 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 Mui ne and check into resort.

The rest of day is free to relax by the hotel poolside or on the sandy beach.

Overnight in Muine, Phan Thiet.

Day 8 & 9: Phan Thiet beach resort.

Full day free at leisure to enjoy the prime beach of Muine or just relax on the hotel poolside. Optional golf course or beach activities can be arranged on the spot with hotel.

Overnight in Muine, Phan Thiet.

Day 10: Travel back to Ho Chi Minh city.

Free at leisure until transfer back to Saigon. Trip ends.

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Vietnam multi activity holiday package: Travel Hanoi Lao Cai Bac Ha Can Cau Sapa Lai Chau Yen Bai Halong Bay (9 days)

Travelling this 9-day multi-activity itinerary, you have the opportunity to visit the northern Vietnam’s major travel highlights including Can Cau market, Bac Ha town, Sapa, Lao Cai, Than Uyen, Than Thuoc, Lai Chau, yen Bai and Halong bay. The highlights of the multisport trip are the Can Cau Saturday market, a day walking tour in Sapa, Sapa mountain biking tour, Halong bay junk cruise, sea kayaking and a culture day tour of Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi. The best time for taking this trip is the dry season starting from October until May. Contact your Lotussia Travel consultant for more details.

Vietnam multi activity holiday package: Travel  Hanoi Lao Cai Bac Ha Can Cau Sapa Lai Chau Yen Bai Halong Bay (9 days)

Day 1: Overnight train to Laocai.

In the evening, transfer to Hanoi Railway Station for overnight train to Laocai. Train ??? at ???.

Overnight on board train.

Day 2: Arrive Lao Cai. Travel to Bac Ha. Visit Can Cau market. River boat trip on Chay river. Travel to Sapa.

Upon your arrival at Laocai Railways Station, you will be greeted by our local team and transferred to a local restaurant for breakfast.

Then start our drive to Can Cau market. The road is relatively flat from Lao Cai to Bao Nhai bridge. After crossing the bridge, we begin our journey uphill offering beautiful views over the valleys. Situated 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.

After spending the whole morning exploring the market, you will leave the market for Bac Ha town for lunch (included).

In the afternoon, we drive downhill towards Lao Cai for about half an hour. We stop on the way (before reaching Lao Cai) to take a short walk to Trung Do village inhabited by Tay people. Stop by a traditional Tay house for a cup of tea before taking a boat cruise upstream the Chay River. The scenery is very beautiful on both sides of the river. The boat trip will end at Coc Ly where your vehicle will be waiting for you for the journey to Sapa.

Free dinner.

Overnight in Sapa.

Day 3: Trekking Sapa villages.

You first sneak through the Sapa market and leave the busy town behind. After a couple of minutes, you follow a road going downhill to Cat Cat village. You will stop by a waterfall and a hydroelectric station for a while before continuing the trek on a dirt trail through rice paddy terraces. You also will enjoy spectacular scenery while walking along a narrow river. You eventually arrive in Y Linh Ho village of Black Hmong  minority, where you can take a rest while you are served lunch nearby the river.

After lunch, you head toward Muong Hoa valley. You will pass through Lao Chai village of Black Hmong minority and then Tavan village of Giay minority by following a very popular trekking route.

You will return Sapa from Tavan by car.

Free dinner.

Overnight in Sapa.

Day 4: Biking Sapa – Than Thuoc.

Drive uphill towards Tram Ton. It’s a tough climb out of Sa Pa to Heaven’s gate, so your support vehicle will transfer you out to a starting point at the ‘Silver Waterfall’. Then it’s a 3Km climb up the highest mountain pass in Indochina where you’ll stop to marvel at the spectacular view of Hoang Lien mountains before free-wheeling  down 26km to Binh Lu Junction.

Heading off the main road, its 20kms of sometimes rocky road to Than Thuoc, a charming little tea town where you’ll spend the night in a local stilt house.

Day 5: Biking Than Thuoc – Than Uyen.

After breakfast, your support vehicle will transfer you up a steep mountain pass to the starting point where you’ll glide down 20kms to Than Uyen through valleys where the old growth forest, tea plantations and verdant rice paddies surround you during your ride.

After lunch in Than Uyen, you’ll have a wonderful afternoon as you explore some single track trails to visit local minority villages, including the interesting Lu people with their distinctively black teeth.

Arrive back in Than Uyen for dinner and overnight in the local guesthouse.

Day 6: Continue cycling Than Uyen – Laocai. Overnight train back to Hanoi.

After breakfast, ride 40kms around the other side of the stunning Muong Kim valley with time for lots of stops to take pictures of the local hill tribe people and the stunning scenery there.

Arrive in Van Ban for a late lunch then hop on the minivan to drive back to Lao Cai.. Train ??? Departure at ??? (to be advised).

Overnight on board train.

Notes: Two-hour day use will be provided in a mini-standard hotel before the train trip.

Day 7: Hanoi – Halong Bay. Boat cruise with kayaking tour.

Upon your arrival at Hanoi Railways Station, you will be greeted again by our team (private car & guide) and transferred to a local restaurant for breakfast and a short rest.

At 8:00: you will be picked up by our sharing shuttle bus (no guide). Depart for Halong bay. Enjoy the journey through the scenery of rice fields, water buffalo and everyday Vietnamese village life. Arrive in Halong bay around noon and board the Bai Tho traditional sailing junk (or similar junk).

Whilst cruising the exquisite waters sample the regions fresh seafood. Round over Thien Cung cave (palace of heaven), Dau Go ( grotto of wood ), Tuan Chau island, Dog island, Dinh Huong, Ga Choi (fighting cock mountain), Turtle island. Visit Sung Sot cave and enjoy one-hour kayaking trip or have a swim at Titop beach or Soi Sim beach.

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

Overnight on board junk.

Day 8: Continue cruising and canoeing Halong Bay.

Breakfast on board junk.

Continue visiting, cruising, kayaking Halong bay while the boat cruise through Man’s head island, Tortoise island. Visit Luon cave by a small bamboo rowing boat.

Lunch will be provided on board.

In the afternoon, visiting Ba Ham lake, fishery village,Cua Van, swimming at Ba Trai Dao beach.

Having dinner and overnight on the junk.

Day 9: Halong Bay – Hanoi.

Breakfast on board. Then we continue our cruise while the boat is going back to shore. Arrive at Ha long wharf about 11h00 and join our vehicle again for journey back to Hanoi (sharing shuttle bus; no guide).

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Vietnam Multisport Tour Travel Hanoi Mai Chau Tam Coc Halong Bay Ho Chi Minh city My Tho Can Tho (9 days)

The 9-day tour is specially customized for couples, small groups, family holidays and those looking for a fun, active holidays to Vietnam. Different activities are added in the 9-day tour itinerary including sightseeing, countryside cycling, river boat trip, junk cruise, sea kayaking, visit floating market, war sites…The multi activity tour takes you to the most popular travel destinations such as Hanoi, Mai Chau village, Tam Coc, Halong Bay, Saigon, My Tho, Can Tho (the Mekong delta), Cu Chi tunnels.

Vietnam Multisport Tour Travel Hanoi Mai Chau Tam Coc Halong Bay Ho Chi Minh city My Tho Can Tho (9 days)

Day 1: Hanoi – Mai Chau. Cycling Mai Chau valley.

Depart 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.

Arrive Mai Chau around noon. Check into a local stilt-house where your lunch will also be provided.

In the afternoon, enjoy a half day cycling 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.

Homestay in Mai Chau.

Day 2: Mai Chau – Tam Coc, Ninh Binh. River boat trip & push-bike tour.

Depart for Ninhbinh. We will arrive in Hoa Lu, Ninh Binh around noon. Lunch will be provided in a local restaurant.

After lunch, visit the two remaining sanctuaries of the ancient citadel of Dinh & Le before having a short cycling trip through rural villages to Tam Coc, also called Halong-Bay-On-Land. Upon arrival in Tam coc, we will have a short rest before taking a 2-hour boat trip along the Boi river. 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. Dinner & overnight in Tam Coc.

Day 3: Tam Coc – Halong bay. Boat cruise.

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 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.

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

Overnight on board junk.
Day 4: Halong bay boat junk cruise with kayaking tour.

Breakfast on board. Then we continue kayaking 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 5: Halong bay – Hanoi.

Breakfast on board. Then we continue our cruise while the boat is going back to shore. Arrive at Ha long wharf about 11h00 and join our vehicle again for journey back to Hanoi.

Arrive in Hanoi around 15h00.

Day 6: Fly to Ho Chi Minh city (Saigon). City tour.

Transfer to Noibai airport for a short flight to Ho Chi Minh city, still called “Saigon”. VN0211/ 08:00 – 10:00 (HAN-SGN).

Welcome at Tan Son Nhat airport in Ho Chi Minh city by Lotussia Travel local team and then escorted to your hotel in town.

In the afternoon, start the half day city tour tour with Ho Chi Minh City major highlights such as the Post Office, cathedral, Reunification palace, centre town, then continue towards Cholon, visit Thien Hau temple and Binh Tay market.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.

Day 7: Travel to the Mekong Delta (Saigon – My Tho – Ben Tre – Can Tho).

After breakfast, transfer to My Tho. Enjoy the boat trip to discover local people life with their daily work. Stop at a Con Lan islet to taste seasonal fruit and experience traditional music. Then continue to Con Quy islet, visit some home production chain of coconut candy, sweet honey bee farm, …take a chance walking on countryside road and exited riding. Rowing on small boat to return motorboat. Transfer to Can Tho, the city considered as the  heart of the Mekong Delta.

Overnight in Can Tho.

Day 8: Can Tho – Saigon.

Early morning, enjoy a boat trip on the Mekong River to visit Cai Rang, the famous floating market in the west of Viet Nam, along narrow narrow waterways through the lush vegetation to an orchard garden where we have the opportunity to visit local homes as well as enjoy a lunch followed with seasonal fruits.

Lunch will be provided in a local restaurant.

Drive back Sai Gon.

Day 9: Day trip to Cu Chi Tunnels.

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.

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Vietnam family package tour: Travel Hanoi Halong Bay Ho Chi Minh city Mekong Delta Mui Ne Phan Thiet (9 days)

The 9-day tour is ideal for family holidays and those who look for a multi activity tour in Vietnam. We add in this tour different travel activities making the tour fun and enjoyable for both parents and children. Trip highlights are Hanoi city tour, Halong bay boat cruise, sea kayaking, Ho Chi Minh city tour, visit Cu Chi tunnels, biking the Mekong delta, Cai Be, Vinh Long and the Mui Ne, Phan Thiet beach break that concludes the itinerary. The tour can be extended with Sapa, Mai Chau or the Vietnam central coast. Contact your Lotussia Travel consultant for more details.

Vietnam family package tour: Travel Hanoi Halong Bay Ho Chi Minh city Mekong Delta Mui Ne Phan Thiet (9 days)

Day 1: Hanoi – Halong bay. Cruise. Kayaking.

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 or paddling through an amazing area of limestone islets of Halong bay.

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

Overnight on board junk.

Day 2: Halong bay – Hanoi. Fly to Ho Chi Minh city (Saigon).

Wake up to fresh coffee and a wholesome breakfast before cruising back to Halong City.

At 11:00: Disembark at the dock at Halong City and travel back to Hanoi.

According to your departure time (flight), you can either enjoy a short cyclo excursion through the bustling old quarter streets or go directly to Noibai airport for a 2-hour flight to Ho Chi Minh city.

Welcome at Tan Son Nhat airport, Ho Chi Minh city by our local team and transfer to your hotel in town. Ho Chi Minh City is a center of commerce, finance, culture and tourism in Vietnam. This bustling metropolis is crowded with bikes and motorbikes, excited by numerous shopping area and sidewalk cafés.

Check-in hotel and relax. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.

Day 3: Ho Chi Minh city tour. Excursion to Cu Chi tunnels.

After breakfast, we enjoy a pleasant drive through typical southern Vietnamese countryside to the Cu Chi Tunnels, an incredible underground tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters during the long struggle for independence. After visiting the tunnels, go back to Ho Chi Minh city.

Free lunch in town.

In the afternoon, start the city tour with Ho Chi Minh City major 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 4: Biking Ho Chi Minh city – Cai Be – Vinh Long (The Mekong Delta).

At 8:00 you will be met up by our biking team at your hotel. After a short briefing and warming up, start a short drive to Cai Be. Enjoy a boat trip to see floating market, poprice, rice paper, coconut candy making, keep going by boat to An Binh island.

Lunch will be provided in a local house.

After lunch, we will start our ride around An Binh island (Vinh Long) on the cement road through fruit garden, in the shade of trees, along canals, check-in homestay on the island.

In the evening, assist to the cooking lesson with family host.

Overnight homestay.

Day 5: Biking Vinh Long – Ho Chi Minh city.

After breakfast, we will take a ferry for Vinh Long City. Then we will cycle along small road in rice field in Long Ho district. Stop en route to see handicraft village, pottery making village. Pedal around and back to Vinh Long city where your lunch will be provided.

Drive back to Ho Chi Minh city.

Day 6: Travel to Mui Ne, Phan Thiet. Beach Resort.

Transfer to Mui Ne, Phan Thiet (without guide). The scenic 200km drive north on Highway One passes through the bustling city of Bien Hoa before cutting through dense rubber plantations.

Arrive in Mui Ne around noon. Check-in hotel and stay free for the rest of the day.

Overnight in Mui Ne, Phan Thiet.

Day 7 & 8: Phan Thiet Beach Resort.

Full day free at leisure to enjoy the prime beach of Mui Ne or just relax on the hotel/resort poolside. Optional golf course or beach activities can be arranged on the spot with hotel/resort. Please check with your hotel/resort staff for more details when booking.

Overnight in Mui Ne, Phan Thiet.

Day 9: Travel back to Ho Chi Minh city.

Breakfast at hotel. Check-out around noon and travel back to Ho Chi Minh city.

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Vietnam multi activity holiday package: Travel Hanoi Lao Cai Bac Ha Sapa Halong Bay Cat Ba Island (9 days)

The 9-day tour, tailor-made small groups, family travel, holidays with kids and active adventure travelers seeking an active holidays to Vietnam. The tour includes such activities as mountain biking, jungle trekking, boat, junk cruising, sea kayaking, rock climbing. You will travel through both remote hill tribe villages in the less traveled places and popular tourist destinations in northern Vietnam – Bac Ha, Sapa, Hanoi, Halong bay, Cat Ba island. You also have the opportunity to visit a highland market and to spend a night at local home on the hike (homestay)…

Vietnam multi activity holiday package: Travel Hanoi Lao Cai Bac Ha Sapa Halong Bay Cat Ba Island (9 days)

Day 1: Hanoi – Lao Cai by train.

Transfer to Hanoi Railways Station for overnight train to Laocai. Train??? Departure at 20:30 (TBA).

Overnight on board/train.

Day 2: Arrive Laocai. River boat trip on Chay river. Biking to Bac Ha.

Arrive Lao Cai early in the morning. You will be greeted by our local team & transferred to a local restaurant in town for early breakfast.

Travel by car or cycle from Lao Cai town to Coc Ly. The ride is relatively flat from Lao Cai. It will take you through rural area. The road is rougher for the last 16 km. Upon arrval in Coc Ly, take a boat cruise downstream Chay River. Along the ride, you can enjoy magnificent sight of the beautiful caves and life on the riverbank. Lunch will be provided in a Tay village.

After lunch, you first cycle on the dirt trail through the village and cross a narrow stream. Your ride will be then on a good road, which goes uphill towards Bac Ha town.

Diner in a local restaurant & overnight in Bac Ha.

Day 3: Visit Bac Ha Sunday market. Biking to Sapa.

After breakfast, take a short walk to visit the old castle of the former H’Mong King. From there you can have a view over the town. You will then visit this huge market 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 will be able to take a nice ride around nearby beautiful Ban Pho village of Flower Hmong and Nung minorities. After visit Ban Pho village your start heading back towards Lao Cai by cycle (or by car). The ride will be mostly downhill and flat through rural area, which is home to Phu La, Nung and Tay minorities. Before you arrive in Lao Cai, you will be able to stop by china – Vietnamese border, where the Red River flows into Viet Nam territory. Then travel uphill to Sapa.

Free dinner & overnight in Sapa.

Day 4: Trekking Sapa villages (Tavan, Seomity villages).

After breakfast, travel by car toward Muong Hoa valley. Your trek will begin from Tavan village of Giay minority. The first day trek will be mostly uphill. Whenever you stop for a rest, you will be able to enjoy valley view. Before noon, you stop again at a nice spot for lunch.

The Sapa village trek will be softer in the afternoon. But the scenery becomes even more beautiful. You pass by Seomity village of Black Hmong minority before you arrive in a campsite, which locates nearby a river outside the village. While porters put up tents and cook dinner, you can take a walk to stretch the legs.

Day 5: Continue trekking Sapa (Seomity, Den Thang, Ta Trung Ho villages).

The trek today takes you through beautiful rice paddies and over old suspension bridges. You will trek on small trail sneaking through rainforest. You arrive in Den Thang village of Black Hmong by noon. Here you stop for lunch either nearby a river or in a local school according to the weather.

After lunch, the trek wills becomes tough on tinny footpath going up and down, which requires some concentration. You will reach to Ta Trung Ho village of Red Dao minority where you spend the night in local house. Both the valley and the village have just received foreign visitors. The night will be even more interesting when you are in the wonderful hospitable atmosphere of the Red Dao.

Day 6: Continue trekking. Return Sapa town. Travel to Lao Cai. Overnight train back to Hanoi.

You are now at the fringe of the rain forest by the Hoang Lien Son mountain range. Fansipan, the highest peak in Indochina with its 3143 m, is located in this mountain range. You will start the trek today by ascending to Nam Toong village of Red Dao minority. Here your lunch will be prepared in a local school.

In the afternoon, before descending to Ban Ho, you can make a stop by a waterfall to refresh. On the last hours you can enjoy the valley one final time whilst trekking up to Su Pan, where your car takes you on the journey back to Sapa.

After a short rest in a local guesthouse/hotel (for shower), transfer to Lao Cai Railways station for the night train back to Hanoi.

Day 7: Arrive Hanoi. Travel to Halong bay. Halong bay boat cruise with sea kayaking tour.

Arrive in Hanoi early this morning, you will be greeted by Lotussia Travel guide, driver and transferred to a local restaurant in town for early breakfast.

Then enjoy one-hour massage in one of finest spa salon in Hanoi – A full body massage both invigorating and relaxing. This massage helps to reduce tension, soothe sore muscles and increase circulation.

Travel to Halong bay, enjoying 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 a wooden sailing junk (Bai Tho, Hai Au or similar). 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 two-hour kayak paddling. Watch the sun set over the bay whilst enjoying a delicious dinner.

Overnight on board junk.

Day 8: Halong bay scuba diving. Travel to Catba island.

Breakfast on board. At 9h00, will will be picked up at the boat/junk by our Diving Team and transferred by another wooden boat to the first divesite – Chim Island. Enjoy 01 dive before having lunch on board.

In the afternoon, we will move to another divesite – Me Cung Island. There we will enjoy one more hour diving before being dropped off in a simple eco-resort for overnight.

Dinner and overnight by the beach.

Day 9: Rock Climbing Cat Ba national park. Speed boat to Hai Phong. Travel back to Hanoi.

Climbing in Cat Ba Island is one of the most personally rewarding and exhilarating activities. Meet up with our team and transfer to the small farming village of Lien Minh. Our expert will give Basic instruction and introduction to Rock Climbing. Then start your adventure experience in Butterfly Valley for about three hours before enjoying lunch on a bee farm with fresh local foods. Return to Cat Ba Town and take speed boat to Haiphong. Join our vehicle again and drive back to Hanoi.

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Vietnam Multisport Tour travel Hanoi Mai Chau Tam Coc Halong Bay Saigon My Tho Mekong Delta (7 days)

The 7-day is specially customized for family travel, holidays with kids, travel with children in Vietnam. The multisport tour includes diverse travel activities that are both suitable for parents and children: hiking, homestay, boat cruise, sea kayaking, countryside cycle, river boat trip, sightseeing, culture visits. Begin the tour with a visit to Mai Chau valley, the homeland of the Thai people. Then continues to Tam Coc, Ninh Binh province, Halong bay. After visiting the northern Vietnam, you fly to Ho Chi Minh city where you visit Cu chi tunnels, Ho Chi Minh city tour and the Mekong delta.

Vietnam Multisport Tour travel Hanoi Mai Chau Tam Coc Halong Bay Saigon My Tho Mekong Delta (7 days)

Day 1: Hanoi – Mai Chau.

Depart 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.

In the evening, assist to the traditional music and dance show which is performed by The Thai young local Thai girls and boys who all come from the 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 Mai Chau. We will pass many different Thai hamlets, through rice fields, hill sides…Stop sometimes to visit local houses and talk with local people. Your lunch will be provided on spot (not included in the package). 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. Return to Mai Chau village around late afternoon. Dinner and overnight in house on-stilts.

Day 3: Travel to Tam Coc, Ninh Binh. Sampan cruise tour and cycling rural Tam Coc.

We say good bye to the warm-hearted Thai people before leving the village for a four-hour drive to Tam Coc, Ninhbinh. We will arrive in Hoa Lu, Ninh Binh around noon. After lunch (not included in the package), visit the two remaining sanctuaries of the ancient citadel of Dinh & Le before enjoying a short cycling trip through rural villages to Tam Coc, also called Halong-Bay-On-Land. Upon arrival in Tam coc, we will have a short rest before taking a 2-hour boat trip along the Boi river. 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. Overnight in Tam Coc.

Day 4: Tam Coc – Halong bay. Sea cruise with kayaking.

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 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 kayak to paddle through karst rocks 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.

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. Ho Chi Minh City is a center of commerce, finance, culture and tourism in Vietnam. This bustling metropolis is crowded with bikes and motorbikes, excited by numerous shopping area and sidewalk cafés.

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: Day trip to Cu Chi tunnels. Ho Chi Minh city tour.

After breakfast, we enjoy a pleasant drive through typical southern Vietnamese countryside to the Cu Chi Tunnels, an incredible underground tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters during the long struggle for independence. After visiting the tunnels, go back to Ho Chi Minh city. Free lunch in town.

In the afternoon, start the city 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 7: Day trip to the Mekong Delta.

Heading out of the town, we travel by road to the Mekong Delta, Vietnam’s largest rice bowl. On arrival in My Tho we embark on a boat navigating around the intricate small canals in the delta region, which is a great way to observe the local lifestyle close-up. The thrilling excursion will pass the lush green vegetation before arriving on an island. Here we have opportunities to visit some fascinating local industries, stroll around an orchard and taste many seasonal fruits. After feasting on a huge lunch we return to Ho Chi Minh.

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Vietnam family holiday package: Trekking Sapa Cruising Kayaking Halong Bay and Cycling the Mekong Delta (7 days)

The 7-day multisport tour 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

Vietnam family holiday package: Trekking Sapa Cruising Kayaking Halong Bay and Cycling the Mekong Delta (7 days)

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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Vietnam Multisport Vacations: Travel Hanoi Mai Chau Pu Luong Tam Coc Halong Bay (6 days)

The 6-day multisport tour includes such holidays activities as trekking, cycling, sampan cruise tour, boat junk cruises and sea kayaking. The tour begins in Hanoi and takes you through Mai Chau village, Pu Luong Nature Reserve, Tam Coc – “Halong bay inland” and Halong bay, the New Seven World Wonder. You have different choices in terms of accommodation including local homes (Homestay), guesthouse and on board junk. The multisport holiday package is available all year round but the best time to travel this itinerary is April, May and October. Contact your Lotussia Travel consultant now for more details.

Vietnam Multisport Vacations: Travel Hanoi Mai Chau Pu Luong Tam Coc Halong Bay (6 days)

Day 1: Hanoi – Mai Chau – Puluong.Trek Pu Luong Nature Reserve (Hang village).

After breakfast, depart for Pu Luong Nature Reserve. This scenic drive takes around four hours. Along the way we pass fields of tapioca and sugar cane as well as rice paddies. Following lunch in Poom Coong village we drive further into the reserve where we begin our trek. We trek for approximately three hours before arriving at the Thai village of Hang.

We spend the night with a local Thai family who will be our host in a traditional house on stilts. Whilst enjoying their hospitality we will discover a little more about their lives and culture.

Day 2: Continue trekking Pu Luong (Hang village – Kho Muong village).

Today we will trek for about six hours. Along the way we pass through several Thai villages and hamlets before arriving at the village of Kho Muong. As the name suggests this is a Muong minority village and we will be their guests for the night.

Day 3: Continue trekking Puluong. Travel to Tam Coc, Ninh Binh.

This morning we set out from Kho Muong and trek for roughly three hours and a half before arriving in Pho Doan townlet where your lunch will be provided in a local house.

After breakfast, we will take a motorbike-taxi to La Han ferry where our car will be waiting for us for our journey to Tam Coc (“Halong bay in-land”).

Dinner & overnight in Tamcoc.

Day 4: Tam Coc sampan cruise tour. Travel back to Hanoi.

After breakfast, take a two-hour boat trip along the Boi river. 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.

Then return to Hanoi.

Day 5: Travel to Halong bay. Boat cruise with sea canoeing tour.

Join our shuttle bus (sharing) and 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 around noon and board the Bai Tho traditional sailing junk (or similar). 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 or take a kayak and start paddling around.

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

Overnight on board junk.

Day 6: Halong bay – Hanoi.

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 and transfer back to Hanoi.

Arrive back in Hanoi around 15:00. Trip ends.

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Cycling Mai Chau Tam Coc and Cruising Kayaking Halong Bay (5 days)

The 5-day multisport tour is customized for those who prefer active, outdoor travel activities. The tour is a combination of off-road biking, dirt trail cycling and boat/junk cruise, sea kayaking. There are about 4 – 6 hours cycling per day. Professinal trek bikes are provided. Opportunity to pedal on single tracks, dirt roads in Mai Chau villages and on countryside lane road in Tam Coc, Ninh Binh. The overnight cruise to Halong bay is provided on seat-in-coach basis making the tour cost as low as possible. The package is highly recommended for couples, small groups, family travel, travel with kids holidays. Contact your Lotussia Travel consultant for more details.

Cycling Mai Chau Tam Coc and Cruising Kayaking Halong Bay (5 days)

Day 1: Hanoi – Mai Chau valley.

8:30: You will be met up by Lotussia Travel team at your hotel in Hanoi (Please advised your hotel name upon your confirmation).

Depart for Mai Chau arriving at Poom Coong village around lunch time. Take a warm up ride around villages and enjoy home cooked lunch at local home. After lunch cycle to the Thai village of Cun Pheo on a mix of good single track paths and undulating rough jeep trails. The views are stunning as the ride passes through many villages and across rice paddies. Pass hot springs, cycle across suspension bridges and follow the contours round beautiful terraced rice fields. On arriving in Cun Pheo village the rest of the afternoon is at leisure to wander by foot or explore the village trails further by bike.

Dinner and overnight in local village homestay at Van Village.

Day 2: Mai Chau – Tam Coc, Ninh Binh.

A contrasting and more challenging ride today, though there is plenty of opportunity to stop, rest and admire the views.

After breakfast enjoy relatively easy biking on undulating terrain for the first seven km then the trail begins to climb uphill – steep in parts, undulating in others. Rise above the valley and look down on small hamlets, feel and hear the forest surroundings as the trail snakes up and along the mountainside. Stop for a siesta in a Thai village house, a welcome relief from the heat – before tackling the last few km to the top of the pass. Cruise a final eleven km downhill all the way back to Mai Chau around lunch time, enjoy lunch at local house in Lac Village, then our shuttle will bring us out of Mai Chau to the HW6 Junction, branch off left at Muong Khen and continue to ride on undulating roads twist through mountain and forest.

We end our cycling day at Lac Son and transfer our weary legs to Tam Coc, Ninh Binh where we spend our night.

Day 3: Tam Coc – Hoalu – Hanoi.

The area around Tam Toc is famed for its spectacular karst scenery. The soaring limestone mountains jut straight out of the paddy fields are wonderful. We begin our day with a peaceful cruise by local sampan to explore the picturesque Tam Coc (dry Halong Bay), the canal running through three caves.

Return to hotel for check out and start cycling on quiet country lanes which twist through mountains leading to Hoa Lu. We stop to visit to the ancient city of Hoa Lu since 9th century, where the remarkable remnants are King Dinh and Le Temple.

After lunch we drive back to Hanoi.

Day 4: Hanoi – Halong Bay. Boat cruise and kayaking tour.

8:15: Join our sharing shuttle bus and enjoy the journey through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta to Halong bay (transfer from your hotel to our departure point will be arranged by yourself; without guide).

12:00: 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.

In the afternoon, enjoy one-hour kayaking tour through small islets in different shapes.

Watch the sun set over the bay whilst enjoying a delicious dinner. Overnight on board junk.

Day 5: Halong Bay – Hanoi.

Wake up to fresh coffee and a wholesome breakfast before cruising back to Halong City.

11:00: Disembark at the dock at Halong City. End of Lotussia Travel service.

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