Vietnam Adventure Expedition:
- Trekking up Fansipan and Kayaking in Ha Long Bay and Biking in Mekong Delta
- Duration: 15 days / 14 nights
- From: $1300
|Day 1||Arrive Hanoi|
|Day 2||Hanoi city tour - Lao Cai|
|Day 3||Lao Cai - Sapa - Fansipan|
|Day 6||Fansipan - Sapa - Lao Cai - Hanoi|
|Day 7||Hanoi - Halong - Kayaking|
|Day 8||Kayaking in Halong|
|Day 9||Kayaking - Halong - Hanoi|
|Day 10||Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh City|
|Day 11||Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta|
|Day 12||Mekong Delta (Vinh Long - Can Tho)|
|Day 13||Can Tho - Chau Doc|
|Day 14||Chau Doc - Phnom Penh|
Arrive Hanoi, pick up and transfer to the hotel.
Full-day tour of Vietnam's capital, including Ho Chi Minh's mausoleum and traditional stilt house, the Ho Chi Minh Museum, and the revered One-Pillar Pagoda. Pay visits to typical Vietnamese places of worship, Quan Thanh Temple and Tran Quoc Pagoda, along the shore of West Lake. Just before lunch, tour Vietnam's first university, the thousand-year-old Temple of Literature. The whole afternoon is spent at the Ethnology Museum, where you can learn about the minority groups we will be visiting up north. After dinner, transfer to Hanoi railway station for night train up to Lao Cai. Overnight on the train.
Arrive Lao Cai early in the morning, pick up and transfer to Sapa. After shower at the hotel, briefing with Sapa local guide while having breakfast. We start head out and the Hmong porter picks up our baggage and start ahead, along with the cook. From our altitude of 1500m, we pass through the market place and leave Sapa, heading for the bottom of the valley. After a short while we pass the Hmong village of Cat Cat, where pigs are scuffling around freely among the wooden houses, and the children look curiously at these strange people.
In the bottom of the valley (1200m) we pass the river of Linh Ho, carefully keep our balance on the fragile bamboo bridge. We start a long upward, and later of the day reach the rainforest, which soften your steps and block our view for a while. Before nightfall, we pick up the spot in the jungle and put up our camp in 2200m altitude. Enjoying the nocturnal sounds of the forest is a perfect back ground for the smell of good evening meal, being prepare by the cook
We start out very slowly with a minor descend, before we again move upwards. If we are lucky, we might see some of the giant butterflies living around here, reaching a size of 25cm. At around 2400m the rainforest gradually gives way to huge, succulent bamboo, passing we reach a ridge at 2,900m, and now have magnificent view down through the long Spa valley, over the area we just have passed, to the mountain range on the other side. At an altitude of 2400m, the porters put up our camp for the next 02 nights. There is a fine view from here, and this wills our base camp, from this we start the final ascend the next morning.
After an early breakfast, we set out on the final ascend. A few steep stretches must be passed, but nothing insurmountable, and at the lunchtime, we reach the summit at 3,143m. We now stand at the highest point of Viet Nam, and the view is stunning, to the North in to China as well as to South and Laos, and the mountainous area with Dien Bien Phu in between. Time for a good long break, before we return to our base camp at 2,400m.
We enjoy our morning-coffee and the sounds of nature, while the porter take down the camp and move ahead down the mountain. Trekking back down across well-known country goes quickly, and we will reach the Sapa again in the time for a hot shower, a cold drink, and transfer to Lao Cai and board the night train back to Hanoi.
Arrive Hanoi early in the morning. Pick up and transfer to restaurant for breakfast. Leave Hanoi for Halong Bay and arrive around noon. Board a traditional wooden junk and begin your exploration of magical Halong Bay, one of Southeast Asia's premier tourist destinations. An excellent, fresh seafood lunch will be served on the boat while cruising to the most beautiful areas in Halong for an afternoon paddling. You'll receive instructions and safety procedures by our guide. 2.5 hours paddling to Lady Men Temple through giant cave, beaches. Arrive in late afternoon just in time to relax and swim on the beach. Dinner and overnight on comfortable and charming junk.
Wake up early in the morning to enjoy the aquamarine water of the bay at its best. After breakfast and early swim, we continue for 2,5 hours paddling visit to the isolated beach, floating village. Meet the junk again for lunch before continue to paddle about 2 hours in the afternoon. Dinner and over night on board.
Today, we take the final paddle to the floating fishing village. Explore the village and lagoons by kayaks. Lunch with the crew while the boat cruise back to the harbor. Transfer back to Hanoi by vehicle. Overnight at the hotel in Hanoi.
Arrive Hanoi early morning, pick up and transfer to the airport for flight to Ho Chi Minh City. On arrival, transfer to hotel. Rest of the day is free at leisure.
Transfer to Mekong Delta. First stop at Cai Be, take boat trip on Mekong River to the island. On arrival, visit the garden and biking around the villages. Have dinner in the garden and homestay there.
After breakfast proceed to Can Tho, the main town. Take loop of 30km to Can Tho. On arrival, check into hotel. Overnight at hotel in Can Tho.
Morning boat trip to visit Cai Rang Floating Market, the most bustling floating market in Mekong Delta nowadays. Then take the loop on the way to Chau Doc through the villages and stop on the way at kindergardens, talking to the farmer in the field and continue by van to Chau Doc. On arrival, take another boat trip to visit the Cham Village to discover the culture of Cham people, fishing farm. Late afternoon arrive Chau Doc, check into hotel in Chau Doc.
After breakfast, take express boat to Phnom Penh. End of service.