- Day 1: Arrival Danang/ Hoi An
- Day 2: Hoi An Sightseeing
- Day 3: Hoi An - Flight to Pleiku
- Day 4: Kontum – Pleiku – Buon Ma Thuot
- Day 5: Buon Ma Thuot – Nam Ka
- Day 6: Nam Ka – Buon Triet Lake
- Day 7: Buon Triet – Lak Lake - Dalat
- Day 8: Dalat – Pinhatt Mountain
- Day 9: Pinhatt Mountain – Dalat – Flight to Ho Chi Minh City
- Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnels and Cao Dai Temple
- Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City – Can Tho
- Day 12: Can Tho - Cai Rang Floating Market - Soc Trang
- Day 13: Can Tho – Vung Liem
- Day 14: Vung Liem – Ho Chi Minh City
- Day 15: Departure Ho Chi Minh City
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Hoi An Sightseeing
You have an early morning pick-up for the boat trip to village of Duy Hai. Here you can watch fishermen bring in their overnight catch and see how the fish are smoked and dried. You are offered coffee and snacks with a local family before cycling back to Hoi An. Upon arrival you have another boat ride, this time on the Thu Bon River as you cruise upstream to the villages of Thanh Ha and Kim Bong, renowned for pottery and carpentry. Visit the local workshops where the handicrafts are made before returning to your hotel around midday.
Enjoy a cycling trip to Hoi An’s most popular attractions: the Quan Cong Temple, the Japanese Bridge, Old Merchant House, Chinese Assembly Halls and the local markets. You also visit a lantern maker to see how these delicate things are made. You will have the chance to create your own lantern as a souvenir.
Overnight in Hoi An
Hoi An - Flight to Pleiku
After breakfast and check out transfer to Da Nang Airport for the short flight to Pleiku. Upon arrival in Pleiku you drive to Kontum where you have a tour of the town including the museum, wooden church, an orphanage and the Kon K’Lor suspension bridge. Later you start hiking to the villages of Kon Ko Lor Lor I and Kon Ko Lor II. You have a picnic lunch on the way.
Board a wooden boat on the Dakbla River to the village of Kon Ko Tu, home to the Bahnar minority people, where you are guests for the night. You take dinner at a local home.
Overnight in Pleiku
Kontum – Pleiku – Buon Ma Thuot
Depart Kontum for Buon Ma Thuot via Pleiku where we visit Phun village, a village of the Jarai ethnic group, best known for their cemeteries adorned with wooden statues.
Leave Pleiku for Buon Ma Thuot, stopping at coffee, rubber and pepper plantations along the way.
Overnight in Buon Ma Thuot
Buon Ma Thuot – Nam Ka
Visit the Ethnology Museum, containing lots of information and artifacts from the region’s ethnic minorities. After this you proceed to two of the most impressive waterfalls in the Central Highlands: Dray Sap and Dray Nu.
Drive roughly 90km to the village of Nam Ka before walking the final 3km to your local home for the night. The homestay is in Rai, an Ede minority village. Your accommodation will be a traditional long house on stilts. It’s very simple but clean and comfortable.
Overnight in Nam Ka
Nam Ka – Buon Triet Lake
Trek through evergreen forest to Buon Triet Lake and will involve a climb as well as descending through forest as well as crossing a stream. Along the way you will see tropical birds, forest wildlife and some ethnic tribes- people.
You take to paddle boats and ride across beautiful Buon Triet Lake with the opportunity for a swim. This evening is spent in Jatu village where your hosts are the M’Nong minority.
Overnight at a local home stay
Buon Triet – Lak Lake - Dalat
After breakfast, head to Lak Lake. The journey takes us past ethnic villages, rice fields and rivers. You cross Lak Lake by dug-out canoe to M’Lieng village where you have time to walk around to find out more about daily life in the Central Highlands. Later you can take an elephant ride.
Depart Lak Lake for Dalat, arriving in the evening and checking in to your hotel.
Overnight in Dalat
Dalat – Pinhatt Mountain
Depart Da Lat and drive Robin Hill for a trek through the pine forest to Paradise Lake. You stop at a coffee farm en route to the base of Pinhatt Mountain (1696m). Your climb to the top should take roughly 45 minutes.
After lunch you descend in to the tropical forest to your campsite where you can do some fishing and swimming. Spent the night at camp in tents.
Overnight in Pinhatt Mountain
Pinhatt Mountain – Dalat – Flight to Ho Chi Minh City
After breakfast you embark on another jungle trek. Today will be harder than yesterday and last for at least 4 hours before you stop at a local village.
Return to Dalat and then transfer to the Airport for the evening flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival you will be met and driven to the hotel to check in.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnels and Cao Dai Temple
After breakfast you leave the city behind and drive through the countryside to the Cu Chi Tunnels. Before entering the tunnels you have a short introductory video showing how the tunnels were constructed. You then spend the next hour exploring the maze of tunnels. On display are various mantraps and the remains of an American tank as well as numerous bomb craters made by 500 pound bombs dropped by B52 bombers.
Continue to Tay Ninh, near the Cambodian border which is home to the unique Cao Dai sect, whose patron saints include Joan of Arc, Victor Hugo and Winston Churchill to name a few. The religion is a fusion of Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism and Christianity. Here we will witness the colourful mid-day service. You return to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) late afternoon.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City – Can Tho
Leaving HCM City you drive through the lush Mekong Delta to the town of My Tho. Upon arrival, you board your boat to visit the islands, passing fishing villages and orchard gardens before disembarking at Thoi Son Island to find out about bee farms, coconut candy making amongst other locally made products.
After lunch at a local restaurant you drive to Can Tho, in the heart of the Mekong Delta. The remainder of the day is free to relax or explore the city.
Overnight in Can Tho
Can Tho - Cai Rang Floating Market - Soc Trang
An early start, as you take a boat trip along the myriad waterway of the mighty Mekong River to Cai Rang Floating Market where hundreds of boats laden with fruits, vegetables and fish jostle for trade. After visiting a second floating market you head to Soc Trang to see the famous Khmer, Clay and Bat Pagodas.
After lunch at a local restaurant in Soc Trang you return to Can Tho. The rest of the day is free at your leisure.
Overnight in Can Tho
Can Tho – Vung Liem
Depart Can Tho you take the small country roads to Vung Liem and the lodge where you will spend tonight.
After a traditional lunch you are taken by rowboat through the canals to a ‘pop rice factory’. You also visit a colorful Cao Dai temple nearby. Returning to the lodge you pick your bicycles and take to the quiet village roads passing by a duck farm, dragon fruit gardens, and a coconut fabric factory. This is a real chance to discover a rural Vietnam that most visitors never get to see. Later back at the lodge you are shown how the locals prepare a traditional meal.
Enjoy dinner at the Lodge. The last activity of the day is a walk with locals using traditional torches made of dried coconut leaves to a neighbour’s house where you are treated to a traditional musical performance.
Overnight in Vung Liem
Vung Liem – Ho Chi Minh City
After enjoying a quiet breakfast at the lodge we can either cycle or be rowed to a local school and the 200 year old Chua Xu temple where locals and visitors from other provinces come to pray. Why not try and learn some Vietnamese from th children or teachers at the school. Later we will try our hand at weaving with water coconut leaves. The leaves are a key building material in the Mekong Delta and used to build the walls and roofs of homes.
Return by road to Ho Chi Minh city. Enjoy your last night in this city before going home.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City
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- Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
- Private Vehicles and Drivers
- Private English Speaking Guides (Other languages if available, upon request)
- Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
- Vietnam Domestic Flights
- Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
- Service Charge & Government Taxes
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- Your International Flights to and from Vietnam
- Vietnam entry Visa Fees (contact us for further information)
- Personal Expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
- Any bank fees or charges at your end
- Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
- Personal Travel Insurance
- Tips for guides and drivers