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Highlight: Hanoi - Ha Long bay - Cuc Phuong - Vu Quang - Phong Nha Cave - Hue - Hoi An - Cu Chi Tunnel - Mekong Detail - Ho Chi Minh
Adventure Tours in Vietnam
There are quite a number of adventure activities which are recommended in various Vietnam travel guides. The popular ones include trekking, cycling, kayaking, canyoning, rock climbing, motor biking and other 4WD adventures. Vietnam has a diverse landscape and is ideal for these activities. Canoeing in Vietnam is one of the popular adventure activities which has become increasingly well liked by the tourists.
If you explore this country you will see quite a number of venues which are ideal for embarking on these adventure trails. The mountainous areas of Ba Be Lake, Cao Bang, Sapa and Ha Giang .etc...offer breathtaking views of diverse landscapes. These places attract a lot of international travelers where they can get a glimpse of some of the ethnic people of the region.
Among the popular locations Dalat is most alluring to the international travelers. It is located in the south central highlands of Vietnam and has a diversified landscape. Here you will find various lakes, valleys and hills covered with vast stretches of pine forests. This ever popular hill station was established by the French. This city is set at an altitude of 2000 meters and is ideal for mountain biking, kayaking, rappelling and rock climbing. There are a number of tour operators who offer adventure itineraries for the international travelers. The mountain treks will take you through the amazing ecosystem and mountain terrains.
One can go through the forest regions over the Lang Bian River to reach the remote Chil village. You will be mesmerized by the picturesque view of the farmlands and the forests. This is infact one of the most demanding physical treks which comprises of fast paced action all throughout.
Besides, you can also stroll through the vast stretches of pine forests hike to the Pinhatt Mountain top from where you can get the picturesque view of the Tuyen Lam Lake. Just take a boat ride to visit one of most beautiful pagodas in Vietnam.
Adventure Tours in Vietnam will be quite enthralling which would enhance your touring experience.
Ho Chi Minh Trail Overland Tour
Itinerary in brief
Day 7: To Vu Quang National Park along the Ho Chi Minh Trail
Day 8: Phong Nha Cave
We depart for Dong Hoi, once again driving along the infamous and beautiful Ho Chi Minh trail. Enjoy a boat ride on the Son river to visit Phong Nha Cave, one of the longest caves in Vietnam and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The cave holds traces of the Cham people, the rulers of central Vietnam before the 17th century. Admire the beautiful limestone rock formations found in the area. After lunch we continue to Dong Hoi. Afternoon is free to enjoy Don Hoi. Dinner and overnight Dong Hoi.
Day 9: Dong Hoi to Hue via Hein Luong & Thach Han Bridges (The DMZ)
Morning to relax. After lunch we drive from Dong Hoi to Hue, along Highway 1 into the DMZ (The Demilitarized Zone). We first stop at Hien Luong Bridge before continuing on to visit the Vinh Moc Underground Village, which is different from the more famous Chu Chi tunnels, as these tunnels and caves were used for living and not fighting. The Vinh Moc tunnels have also not been altered for tourists. We stop at Thach Han Bridge en route to Hue, where the USA and Vietnam exchanged POWs in 1972. Overnight in Hue.
Day 10: Hue Sightseeing
Today we sightsee in Hue, the most important of the ancient capitals of Vietnam. We visit Dai Noi Citadel and view this fantastic structure, based on Chinese designs in Beijing. We will also visit Thien Mu Pagoda and the Royal Tombs of Tu Duc and Khai Dinh. After lunch we visit the local Dong Ba market and take cyclos to explore the ancient streets of Hue. Overnight in Hue.
Day 11: Hai Van Pass, Da Nang Beach & Hoi An Sightseeing
Today we drive to Hoi An via the spectacular Hai Van Pass. We stop at the Cham Museum in Danang and have lunch at beautiful China Beach.
In the afternoon, we arrive in Hoi An - a ''iving museum'' because of its well-preserved architectural styles. This afternoon we have a walking tour of Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Quaint pastel buildings line the streets, interspersed with colorful temples, small art galleries and meandering canals. We visit Hoi An Museum, a Chinese pagoda and an ancient Japanese Bridge. Dinner and overnight in Hoi An.
Day 12: Hoi An boat trip, Vietnamese cooking demonstrationn
Optional early morning visit to the fish market. After breakfast we enjoy a morning boat trip on the river to observe local life. We have lunch in a local restaurant in town. This afternoon we visit an orphanage or a local school (depend on day of the week). An optional walking or biking tour can be arranged if time permits. This evening we enjoy a Vietnamese cooking demonstration and try our hand at some appetizers, followed by dinner. Overnight Hoi An.
Day 13: My Son World Heritage Site
We drive today to the holy land of the Cham people, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of My Son. The My Son ruins cover a large area and have beautiful groups of ruins of Cham towers and Hindu Temples.From the 3rd to the 13th century, there were 74 towers built by the Northern Cham (also referred to as the Betal Nut Clan). This afternoon is free to explore Hoi An. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 14: Hoi An to Saigon, Cu Chi Tunnels
We travel today to Da Nang to catch our flight to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). Upon arrival, we explore the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels, the Vietcong's underground tunnel system that, at one time, stretched as far as the Cambodian border. The network consists of over 130 miles of tunnels in the Cu Chi district alone; parts of which are several stories deep. There are trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers and kitchens ' all under ground!Parts of this remarkable tunnel network have been enlarged and upgraded and are now open to the public. Return to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) for dinner and overnight.
Day 15: Saigon city sights
This morning we explore the sites of this fast paced city. Highlights include: Notre Dame Cathedral, the historic post office, the War Crimes Museum, and Reunification Hall. Lunch in Saigon. Afternoon free. Dinner and overnight in Saigon.
Day 16: Scenic drive to Dalat
We enjoy a long scenic drive to Dalat; along the way passing the villages of Bao Loc, Di Linh and Duc Trong. We visit the floating houses on Langna River and continue on to Bao Loc. We visit a local family and a workshop that raises silkworms to produce silk. This whole area is known for its successful economic policies and has vast plantations of coffee, tea and mulberry.
After lunch we will visit the Dambri waterfall and continue on to Dalat via Di Linh and Duc Trong. Crossing the mountain pass of Preen there are impressive views of Dalat with its French villas and colorful flowers. Dalat was a former hill station of the French colonials, and is known to the Vietnamese as the '€œCity of Flowers'. Dinner and overnight in Dalat.
Day 17: Dalat city sights
This morning we explore Dalat's sights: the colorful market, 'œCrazy House' the former Palace of the Emperor Bao Dai, and the Flower Garden. After this we will walk or bike around Xuan Huong Lake. We then have a relaxing stop at a coffee and tea house before enjoying free time to visit the local market. Dinner and overnight in Dalat.
Day 18: Dambri Waterfall, Saigon
After breakfast we journey back to Saigon. We stop for lunch in Bao Loc and try to return to Saigon before the heavy rush hour traffic. Dinner and overnight in Saigon.
Day 19: Cai Be, Tein riverboat trip
We drive today from Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) to Cai Be in Tein Giang Province. Upon arrival we board our boat to travel on the Tein River to the Cai Be floating market. During the day we get on and off the boat to explore local villages where we can see coconut candy, dried longan, rice cakes and fish sauce being made. We will also visit a local house that has a beautiful bonsai garden on our way into Vinh Long Province. We overnight in Can Tho.
Day 20: Saigon, floating market
We visit Cai Rang market this morning by boat. Cai Rang is a wholesale market and the sellers hang their products over their boats with a stake to advertise what is on sale. Afternoon free in Saigon. Farewell dinner and overnight in Saigon.
Day 21: Depart Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)
We depart for the airport to board our international flights homeward.
Rice paddies tended by farmers in conical hats, a two-thousand-mile coastline with sandy beaches and mountains covered in the vibrant greens of lush tropical vegetation. Welcome to Vietnam, one of Southeast Asia's most beautiful countries.
We begin in Hanoi, amidst shaded streets, French colonial architecture and the surrounding lakes of the downtown core. At Halong Bay, we travel on turquoise waters amid spectacular, cliff-faced islands and warm water. We spend the night on the bay and enjoy incredible seafood feasts before returning to Hanoi for a famous water-puppet show. Heading south, we visit the first national park in Vietnam, Cuc Phuong. We explore Hue, the former ancient capital modeled after the Forbidden City in Beijing, China. We visit the Citadel, Vietnam's Forbidden City and the local Dong Bay market. Traveling over the spectacular Hai Van Pass, we stop at China Beach before arriving in Hoi An. In Hoi An, a restored open-air museum and UNESCO World Heritage Site, we savor the international character of the region's history.
We learn about the Cham people at My Son, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, before flying south to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) and exploring the famous Cu Chi tunnel complex and the Mekong Delta. Explore Dalat, the 'œCity of Flowers', including a visit to a silkworm workshop. See Dalat's "Crazy House", the former palace of the emperor Bao Dai. Enjoy a riverboat trip on the Tein River and overnight in Can Tho. Our adventure concludes in the bustling city of Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City).
This is a sample itinerary so the cost really depends on your hotel choice, number of people in your group and time of travel. An indication of the cost for this itinerary is between US$2307 -US$3861 per person based on four people travelling in high season.
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+ Pick up & drop off at hotels at the tour places
+ Accommodation based on twin sharing at places as indicated in program
+ Food as mentioned in the itinerary (B- breakfast, L- lunch, D- dinner)
+ All transfers and transportation
+ All guided sightseeing fees and entrance fees as per itinerary
+ Professional English speaking tour guide at places
+ Purified water & wet towel
+ Private car and driver
+ Personal expenses
+ Other meals and drinks
+ Late check out & early check in for accommodation at the places
+ Airport tax and departure tax
+ All other service not made on the written form
+ Tips and gratuities
Creating Unique Touring Experiences
All the touring itineraries on this website have been carefully crafted by our in-country management teams and represent a series of experiences we can certainly recommend. However, we understand that every travel experience should be as unique and individual as each traveler. Our consultants are waiting to hear from you so that we can tailor or custom design a Vietnam tour to your individual specifications.
Green Trail Tours - Traveller Tips for Vietnam
GEOGRAPHY: Vietnam stretches over 1600 km.along the eastern coast of the IndochinaPeninsula. The S-shaped country is broad in the north and south and very narrow in the centre. Almost 80% of Vietnam consists of mountains and hills. The TruongSonMountains extend almost the length of Vietnam along the borders with Laos and Cambodia.
VISAS: All visitors are required to have a valid visa to enter Vietnam. A one-month tourist visa is usually sufficient for most visitors though it is possible to arrange 3-month and 6-month multiple entry visas for regular visitors. All visitors must obtain visa approval from the Vietnamese Immigration Department before a visa is issued.
MONEY: The currency issued by the Vietnam State Bank is the dong (abbreviated "d" or VND) which is used informally throughout the country. Bank notes in denominations of 200d to 100,000d are presently in circulation. The exchange rate is approximately 18,000d = US$1. Australia Dollars are accepted in many hotels, restaurants. Banks are open Monday to Friday and some are open Saturday morning. Traveller's cheques can be exchanged at banks, some international hotel and some exchange bureaux but can be difficult to change outside of the major cities. Visa Card and MasterCard are now accepted in many hotels, restaurants and shops.
ELECTRICITY: Electric current in Vietnam is 220 volts and will operate all Australian appliances. Always carry a torch with fresh batteries. Recharge photographic batteries regularly.
CLOTHING: Comfortable lightweight clothing in natural fabrics such as cotton is most suitable for travelling in Vietnam. The dress code is fairly casual as in most parts of the tropics but it is advisable to cover arms and legs in the evenings against biting insects. A lightweight raincoat is a good idea in the rainy season. During the winter months warm clothing is needed for visiting the north of Vietnam. Visitors to Buddhist countries should not wear shorts, short skirts or other skimpy clothing when visiting religious buildings and shoes should be removed before entering a private home
CLIMATE / WEATHER: Vietnam’s weather conditions are pleasant for visitors throughout the year. The WINTER monsoon comes from the northeast between October and March with wet chilly conditions in the north, but dry warm temperatures to the south. From April to October the southwest monsoons bring warm, humid weather to the whole country.
LANGUAGE: Because Vietnamese has six different tones, it is a difficult language for most foreigners to speak despite the fact that the Roman alphabet is used in modern Vietnamese. The same word can have six different meanings depending on the tone used to pronounce it. In the cities and larger towns English is becoming popular and is now spoken by many younger people while some of the older generation still speak fluent French. Russian and Chinese are also spoken by some people
ACCOMMODATION: All group tour hotels have been especially selected. All have private western bathroom facilities. Laundry service can launder clothing within 24 hours. It is not customary for all hotels to have refrigerator and tea/coffee facilities.
FOOD / DRINK: The cuisine of Vietnam comes as a pleasant surprise to many visitors and is definitely a part of the Vietnam experience not to be missed. One of the characteristics of Vietnamese food is that it is always fresh being bought the same morning straight from the market. Food is usually prepared with a minimum of oil and served with the ubiquitous fish sauce called nuoc mam. Typical Vietnamese dishes you can expect to try include pho, a type of rice noodle soup eaten for breakfast, cha gio, deep-fried spring rolls and goi ngo sen, a delicious salad made with lotus stems, shrimps and peanuts. Due to the strong Buddhist influence in Vietnam, vegetarian food is widely available.
SHOPPING: Souvenirs to look out for in Vietnam include lacquerware, silk, conical hats, woodcarvings, hill tribe fabrics and handicrafts, embroidery, marble, ceramics, silver jewellery, antique watches and paintings. Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi have the best choice when it comes to shopping but Hoi An in the centre of Vietnam is also a very good place to hunt for bargains.
TOILETS: Public toilets can sometimes be difficult to find. Take every opportunity you can to use clean toilets in hotels and restaurants. Make this a habit on your stay.
HEALTH: Consult your medico or visit the Traveller Medical and Vaccination Centre for professional medical advice well in advance of your departure, Wash hands before and after eating. Carry ‘wet-ones’,anti bacterial handwash, insect repellant, band aids and emergency medicines eg. Diarrhoea. Drink plenty of water and have adequate rest. Seek medical care, if needed. Don’t take risks with health and personal hygiene.
SAFETY / SECURITY: Always maintain a high level of personal security. Cash or wallets in pockets, obvious jewellery and open bags attract unwanted attention. Beware of pickpockets in crowded places. Lock your case, Carry a hotel card so that taxis know where to take you.
LUGGAGE: All passengers are limited to TWO items of luggage each. One case with maximum weight weight of 20 kg. and maximum size of 70 litres. It is essential to lock this case. One piece of hand luggage with maximum weight of 5 kg. It is advisable that hand luggage consist of a ‘daypack’ to carry camera, water, toilet paper, umbrella, hat etc.
TIPPING: Tipping for good service is not expected but is always appreciated in these developing nations. It is customary, though not compulsory, to tip tour guides and drivers at the end of a tour. Hotel and station porters should also be tipped.TRAVEL INSURANCE: All group tour passengers must have comprehensive travel insurance. You can complete this with Green Trail Tours if you wish. Check your Travel Insurance Policy for an Emergency number and details of services to be provided, Carry these details with you.