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Discover Vietnam's National Parks

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Saigon - Mekong Delta - Nam Cat Tien National Park - Danang - Hoi An - Bach Ma National Park - Hue - Hanoi - Cuc Phuong National Park - Ninh Binh - Halong Bay - Cat Ba National Park - Sapa (Hoang Lien Son National Park) - Hanoi.
20 days to explore beautiful nature and exotic culture of Vietnam
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Vietnam is a land of rich natural and cultural beauty. From tall mountains and limestone formations to dense jungles, river deltas, and pristine beaches - Vietnam's ecological treasures alone make this a unique destination. This trip offers outdoor enthusiasts a great chance to discover Vietnam’s nature and culture from South to North. The highlights of this trip include jungle trek in national parks, cruise on Halong Bay and visit to villages of the ethnic minority in Sapa.

 

Tour Highlights
  • National parks in different areas
  • Halong Bay
  • Charming ancient town of Hoian
  • Homestay in Sapa

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TOUR AT A GLANCE

Day 1: Arrival in Saigon
Day 2: City tour & Cu Chi Tunnel
Day 3: Excursion to Mekong Delta
Day 4: Saigon – Nam Cat Tien National Park
Day 5: Trek & Transfer back to Saigon
Day 6: Fly Danang – Transfer to Hoian
Day 7: Hoian – Bach Ma National Park
Day 8: Bach Ma National Park – Hue
Day 9: Sightseeing in Hue – Night train to Hanoi
Day 10: Transfer Hanoi to Cuc Phuong National Park
Day 11: Cuc Phuong – Hoa Lu – Tam Coc – Hanoi
Day 12: In Hanoi
Day 13: Cruise on Halong Bay
Day 14: Halong Bay – Cat Ba National Park
Day 15: Cat Ba – Hai Phong – Hanoi – Night train to Lao Cai
Day 16: Transfer to Sapa. Trek & Home stay
Day 17: Trek & Home stay
Day 18: Trek & Night train to Hanoi
Day 19: In Hanoi
Day 20: Departure.

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- AC support vehicle along the tour
- Friendly English speaking guide
- Meals as indicated
- Homestay permission
- Twin shared rooms at 3 star standards
- Train tickets
- Boat expenses if any
- First-aid kit
- Water & Snacks
- Entrance & Sightseeing fees
- Service charges and taxes

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- Personal expenses
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Day 1: Arrival in Saigon

Arrival in Saigon. Our Vietnam adventure your guide will meet our guide at the airport and transfer to hotel in Saigon. A welcome dinner and tour briefing in the evening. Overnight in Saigon.
Summary
Hotel transfer:  20 mins
Meal:   Welcome Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon
 

Day 2: City tour & Cu Chi Tunnel

After breakfast in the hotel, we take a city tour to see the different faces of this bustling city on a full day tour with extensive visits to the Re-Unification Palace, the Central Post Office, the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Jade Emperor Temple and the Ben Thanh market. Lunch in local restaurant. After lunch, we drive to the famous Cu Chi underground tunnel system to experience how the Viet Cong lived and fought during the American War.  Back to Saigon in the afternoon.
Summary:
Sightseeing:  Half day city tour & half day tour to Cu Chi tunnel
Transportation: AC vehicle
Meals:    Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon
 

Day 3: Mekong Delta  boat trip

After breakfast, we depart for Cai Be. Upon arrival in Cai Be, we board a boat for a journey through the town’s floating market. See how river life goes on, trading between merchant ships and local farmers. Cruise through secluded canals and over the Mighty Mekong to an island where we stop to enjoy seasonal fruits. More cruise on small canals by rowing boat. Visit local families and have lunch in local restaurant. Take a motor boat to Vinh Long town. Bus transfer back to Saigon. Overnight in Saigon.. 
Summary:
Cruise & Culture exploration:  Full day
Transfer Saigon – Cai Be: 1.5 hr 
Meals:     Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation:  Hotel in Saigon
 

Day 4: Saigon – Nam Cat Tien National Park

07.30 Departure by car to Cat Tien National Park. The terrain rises up gradually via volcanic area. On arrival, we cross Dong Nai River to the park center. 
11.30 Check in the room at the park center. Lunch break. 
13.30 Start walking 8km along the ecologic route: sites of Lagerstroemia Ovalfolia (BangLang), Tetrameles nudiflora (Tung), Cycas rumphii (Thien Tue), Ancistrolandus tectorius (Trung Quan), Afzelia cyclocarpa (Go). Then trek back to the center.. 
Summary
Transfer Saigon – Cat Tien:   3 hrs 
Trekking:     8 km – Introductory to Moderate grade
Meals:  Breakfast,  Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:   Forest station
 

Day 5: Nam Cat Tien – Saigon

Jeep transfer 9km inside the park to the junction where we turn off the main route and trek 5km to Crocodile lake station. Short break at the lake-watch tower. Then trek back to the main route. Jeep picks up, transfer back to the center. Check out. Lunch in the park before heading back to Saigon. 
Leave Cat Tien Park. Ferry crossing the river. Transfer by car to Saigon.  Check in hotel and relax.
Summary
Transfer Cat Tien – Saigon:   3 hrs 
Trekking:     10 km – Introductory grade
Meals:     Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon
 

Day 6: Sai gon flight to Danang – Hoian

Breakfast in hotel and free at leisure until we are transferred to the airport to take a short flight to Danang. On arrival in Danang, we take a bus ride to the ancient town of Hoian. We will check in a resort on the beach and spend the rest of the day relaxing on the beach. In the evening we take a walk in the illustrated ancient part of Hoian and have dinner with local delights. Overnight in Hoian. 
Summary:
Flight Saigon – Danang: 1hr
Transfer Danang – Hoian:  1hr
Transportation:  Airplane, AC vehicle
Meals:     Breakfast
Accommodation:  Hotel in Hoian
 

Day 7: Hoian – Bach Ma National Park in Hue

After breakfast in the hotel, we drive north to Bach Ma National Park, which is located in the midway from Hoian to Hue. Upon arrival at the park, we visit the visitor center take a jeep ride up to the center of the park where we have lunch in the restaurant of the park. After lunch, we embark on a beautiful jungle trek. We will walk on animal trails and listen to bird songs and see beautiful waterfalls. After the trek, we take a great jeep ride to the summit of the mountain for watching sunset and panorama view of the park. Dinner and overnight in Bach Ma resort in the park. 
Summary:
Trek:    3-hr, intermediate grade
Transfer Hoian – Bach Ma:  2hr
Transportation:  AC vehicle, Jeep
Meals:     Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:  Hotel in the park
 

Day 8: Bach Ma park – Hue city tour

A short trek in the morning following jungle trails. If we are lucky we would see animals seeking food. Breakfast at the campsite. We leave Bach Ma National Park at 10 am driving to Hue. Upon arrival in Hue, we check in hotel and have lunch in local restaurant. In the afternoon we visit Imperial Citadel, which is a walled fortress and was intended to be a copy of Chinese Emperors’ Forbidden City in Beijing. After the trip, we transfer back to the hotel. Overnight in Hue.
Summary
Transfer Bach Ma – Hue:   1,5 hrs
Meals:     Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation:   Hotel in Hue
 

Day 9: Hue – Night train to Hanoi

Today we have a full day tour to see all the “must-see” in Hue. In the morning we will take a relaxing boat trip on Perfume River to reach Thien Mu Pagoda, a beautiful pagoda on a small hill looking over the river. After the pagoda, we continue cruising on the river to reach the Tomb of Emperor Tu Duc, with its lotus-filled lake and central pavilion and the simple and serene Tomb of Khai Dinh. After that, we drive back to Hue for lunch. Back to hotel for a short rest before we catch a train to Hanoi. Overnight on train
 Summary:
Sightseeing:   Full day
Transportation:  AC vehicle, Boat, Night train
Meals:     Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation:  Soft sleeper AC cabin on train
 

Day 10: Hanoi – Cuc Phuong National Park in Ninh Binh

Arrive in Hanoi in the early morning. Picked up at Hanoi Railway Station and transferred to Ninh Binh which is 100km south of Hanoi. Upon arrival in Ninh Binh, we have breakfast at a local restaurant and continue to Cuc Phuong National Park. We will visit Primate Rescued Centre where we meet the park’s rangers and learn about different kinds of monkey, gibbon, and langur in Vietnam. We continue to Bong, the center of the park, where we start our jungle trek. We will have picnic lunch in the park under the shade of a giant tree. This jungle trek ends in the afternoon when we reach Khanh Village, home of Muong ethnic minority. Tonight we will have dinner and overnight in a traditional house-on-stilt of a Muong family.
Summary
Transfer Hanoi – Cuc Phuong:  2.5 hr
Trekking:     18 km, Intermediate to Challenging grade
Meals:     Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:   Home stay
 

Day 11: Cuc Phuong – Tam Coc – Hoa Lu – Hanoi

Breakfast in the village before we head to Tam Coc, also known as Halong Bay on the rice field thanks to its stunning rock formations emerging from a stream and rice field similar to Halong Bay. We will take a relaxing rowing boat trip on the river to see caves and impressive scenery. Lunch in local restaurant in Tam Coc before we drive to Hoa Lu, the former capital of Vietnam, which dates from 9th century.  Visit temples and walk a hundred steps up to the top of a mountain for a panorama view of the old capital. Drive back to Hanoi. Check in hotel. Overnight in Hanoi.i.
Summary
Transfer Hoa Lu – Hanoi:   2 hrs
Boat trip:     2 hrs
Meals:     Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation:   Hotel in Hanoi
  

Day 12: City tour of Hanoi

After breakfast in the hotel, you will take an interesting guided city tour of Hanoi including Ho Chi Minh complex (the mausoleum, the house & garden, and the museum) and One Pillar Pagoda, a unique ancient architecture. After here we move to Temple of Literature, the site of Vietnam’s first university, dates back to 1070. It's peaceful gardens and pavilions offer a relaxing respite from Hanoi’s busy streets. Lunch in local restaurant. 
In the afternoon, we enjoy a relaxing cyclo tour in the ancient part of Hanoi. Walking down some small and lively street to see busy local market then join locals for green tea or coffee in local café. Free time for shopping. Back to the hotel. Overnight in Hanoi.
 Summary:
Sightseeing:   full day
Transportation:  AC vehicle, cyclo
Meals:     Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation:  Hotel in Hanoi
 

Day 13: Hanoi – Halong Bay overnight cruise

Leave Hanoi for Halong Bay at 8.30am. On the way, we will have a short break for refreshment at a handicraft center. Upon arrival in Halong City, we board a junk for a fine seafood lunch and an amazing cruise on the bay. We will explore a cave and have more cruising on the bay after lunch. Dinner and overnight on junk. 
Summary:
Transfer Hanoi – Halong:  3.5 hrs
Transportation:   AC vehicle, Junk
Activities:    Cruising
Meals:     Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Accommodation:   Twin shared AC cabin on Junk
 

Day 14: Halong – Cat Ba National Park

After breakfast, we will move to another junk for a cruise to Lan Ha Bay, which is smaller than Ha Long Bay and near Cat Ba Island. We cruise around Lan Ha Bay and reach Cat Ba Island around noon. Transferred to Cat Ba Town we check in hotel and have a lunch break. In the afternoon we take a beautiful drive to Cat Ba National Park for a short hike to the summit of Trung Trang peak for a panorama view of Halong Bay. Overnight in the hotel on Cat Ba Island.
Summary:
Transfer Halong – Cat Ba:  3 hrs
Transportation:   Boat, Bus
Activities:    Cruising, Hiking, Introductory grade
Meals:     Breakfast
Accommodation:   Hotel on Cat Ba Island
 

Day 15: Cat Ba – Hai Phong – Hanoi – Night train to Lao Cai

Breakfast in hotel and free at leisure in the morning. In the early afternoon, we take a hydrofoil to Hai Phong City. We will be picked up and transferred back to Hanoi.  
Arrive in Hanoi we then have time to shop around the Old Quarter and have dinner before being transferred to Hanoi Railway station to catch the night train to Lao Cai (9.10pm – 5.30am). Overnight on train.
Summary:
Transfer Cat Ba – Hai Phong:1 hr
Transfer Hai Phong – Hanoi: 2 hrs
Transportation:   Hydrofoil, AC vehicle, Night train
Meal:     Breakfast
Accommodation:   Soft sleeper in AC cabin
 

Day 16:Transfer to Sapa – Trek to Giang Ta Chai Village

Arrive in Lao Cai around 5.30 am. We will take 1hr bus ride uphill to the beautiful town of Sapa. The ride gives you a glimpse of the stunning vistas and impressive rice terraces. Upon arrival in Sapa Town, we have breakfast at a local restaurant and prepare for a great trek down to the picturesque valley of Muong Hoa.
You will commence your journey from Sapa by car to Lao Chai village, a Black Hmong ethnic minority village. You will then be able to walk from Lao Chai to Tavan village where the Giay ethnic minority hill tribe lives. After lunch, the walk continues through a bamboo forest to Giang Ta Chai, a Red Dao ethnic minority village where we will have unique homestay experience among hill tribe people. Picnic lunch on the way. Dinner and overnight in the local house. 
 Summary:
Transfer Lao Cai – Sapa: 45 mins  
Trekking:   5-hr trek/dirt paths/downhill 
Accommodation:  Homestay
Meals:    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 

Day 17: Trek Giang Ta Chai – Su Pan – Thanh Kim -  Thanh Phu Village

After breakfast, we start the trek through the rice terraces to the village of Su Pan then continue to Thanh Kim for lunch. After lunch time, we will trek along a narrow valley downhill for 2 hours to the Ngoi Bo River, then uphill for 1 hour to Muong Bo Village at the center of Thanh Phu Commune - a village of Tay minority. We will have dinner and stay overnight in a wooden Tay stilt house.
Summary:
Trekking:   7-hr trek/dirt paths/downhill
Accommodation:  Homestay
Meals:    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 

Day 18: Thanh Phu Village - Sapa - night train to Hanoi

After breakfast, we walk downhill to Thanh Phu bridge to take a beautiful drive back to Sapa. Upon arriving in Sapa we take shower and spend the rest of the day exploring Sapa town. 5.30 pm we will be transferred to Lao Cai for the night train back to Hanoi.
 Summary
Trekking:   1-hr trek, Introductory grade
Transfer Sapa - railway station:  1 hr
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation:   Soft sleeper in AC cabin
 

Day 19: In Hanoi free at leisure

Arrive in Hanoi early in the morning. Transferred to the hotel, breakfast in the hotel and free at leisure for the rest of the day. Overnight in Hanoi.
Summary
Transfer to hotel in Hanoi:   10 mins 
Meal:     Breakfast
Accommodation:   Hotel in Hanoi
 

Day 20: Hanoi Departure

Breakfast in the hotel. Our guide and driver are at your disposal until we transfer you to the airport for your flight home or connect to another adventure in Cambodia, Laos or Myanmar with ActiveTravel.Asia.
Summary
Transfer to airport:    50 mins 
Meal:     Breakfast 
 
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We reserve the right to deviate from this itinerary for any reasons, including road and weather conditions, the frequency of visits to a village, or for any other factor which may influence client safety.