Day 01: Arrive Hanoi
Arrival at Noi Bai airport (Hanoi) via flight ???. Welcome by Lotussia Travel guide, driver and then escorted to your hotel in town. Check-in hotel and stay free at leisure. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 02: Hanoi half day city tour. Drive to Mai Chau village. Overnight on stilts house.
Breakfast at hotel. Then we will have a half day tour of Vietnam's capital, Hanoi. Hanoi is a unique city with tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes and oriental temples. The city tour includes such sights as the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature – The first National University of Vietnam and the Ethnology museum where you can find the biggest object collection of 54 Vietnamese ethnic groups.
After lunch (otional), 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.
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. Overnight at stilt-house.
Day 03: Half day walking around. Drive to Cuc Phuong national park. Overnight in Cuc Phuong.
Breakfast at the 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 (option), we will leave Mai Chau for Cuc Phuong National Park. Arrival in Cuc Phuong national park, then we visit to the Primate Rescue Centre, which is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, breeding, research and conservation of the endangered primates of Vietnam.
Overnight in Cuc Phuong guesthouse (basic conditions).
Day 04: Drive to Hoa Lu. Cycle to Tam Com. River boat trip. Return to Hanoi. Overnight train to Laocai.
Transfer to Hoa Lu, once the Vietnam’s ancient capital 11 centuries ago. Here are the two temples dedicated to the King Dinh and King Le, the founder of the capital in 10th century. After visiting the temples, enjoy a short cycling trip through rural villages to Tam Coc, also called Halong-Bay-On-Land.
After lunch in Tam coc (optional), we will have 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.
Drive back to Hanoi. Stay free until taking the night train to Lao Cai. Departure at 21:00 (TBA). Overnight on the train.
Day 05: Arrive Laocai early morning. Transfer to Sapa. Full day trekking. Overnight homestay.
Arrive Laocai early morning. You will be met up by Lotussia Travel local guide, driver and transferred to Sapa. After a short rest and breakfast in a local restaurant in town, we will travel downhill to Mong Sen village, where you start 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 06 Full day trekking. Transfer back to Laocai station for overnight train to Hanoi.
After breakfast, we start our trek towards Sapa. 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 where we will take our vehicle for return to Lao Cai railway station. Overnight on the train.
Day 07: Arrive Hanoi early morning. Travel to Halong Bay. Cruise. Kayaking. Overnight on board.
Arrive in Hanoi in the early morning. You will be met up again by Lotussia Travel guide, driver and transferred to a local restaurant in town for a short rest and 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 08: Halong Bay - Catba island. Overnight in Catba island.
Breakfast on board. Then we leave the boat-house taking another small boat and cruise towards Catba island, through beautiful karst rocks. Upon your arrival on Catba island boat pier, you will be welcome by our motorbike drivers who will drive you then to Catba town. That’s a fun experience!
Stay free for the rest of time. Overnight in Catba.
Day 09: Catba - Haiphong by speed boat. Drive to Hanoi.
After lunch (optional), take the speed boat to reach Hai Phong city. Hai Phong is the third largest city in Vietnam after Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh city. Have a quick visit of the town if you like before heading back to Hanoi.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 10: Fly to Saigon. Half day trip to Cu Chi tunnels.
After breakfast, transfer to Hanoi airport for the morning flight to Ho Chi Minh city (Saigon). Upon arrival in Ho Chi Minh city airport, you will be met by another Lotussia Travel local guide and driver and transferred to your hotel in the city center (checkin after 12:00).
After lunch (optional), 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.
Overnight in Saigon.
Day 11: Saigon - Can Tho (Biking)
Leave hotel at 8:00 am and shuttle to Vinh Long with washroom stop at a Bonsai garden at Trung Luong T intersection. Continue to Vinh Long and lunch at restaurant of Cuu Long hotel. After lunch, turn left onto the main street and the river will be on your right. Ride towards Tra Vinh past Village of Long Ho. After riding for 17 km, turn right toward Ba Ke on the dirt road and get cross the local ferry to reach Ba Cang. Ride along the quiet countryside paved road until we get to highway 1, covering the total biking distance of 45 km. Shuttle from here to Can Tho and transfer to the hotel upon arrival. Dinner at local restaurant.
Overnight in Can Tho.
Day 12: Can Tho - Saigon (Biking)
Check out hotel and enjoy a 2-hour boat ride in the morning to visit the Cai Rang floating market and through tiny canals. Then, leave the boat opposite Cai Rang market and pedal or shuttle for 30 km to Binh Thuy. The bike is along the riverbank and shady paved road. On arrival in Binh Thuy, stop for lunch. Get back to the shuttle and head to Ho Chi Minh City . Overnight in the City.
Day 13: Fly to Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Upon your arrival in Siem Reap airport, you will be welcome by Lotussia Travel local team and transferred to hotel for check-in. Free time. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 14: Full day exploring the Angkor Park.
After breakfast at the hotel, visit the famous old palace, Angkor Thom within Angkor Thom are Bayon – Baphoun, Terrace of Elephant, Phemean Akas, Terrace of Leper king. Afterwards visit Taprom Temple. Back to Siem Reap town for lunch (optional).
In the afternoon, visit the amazing Angkor Wat. Watch sunset from the top of Bakheng hill. O/N in Siem Reap.
Day 15: Boat trip on the Great Lake. Fly back home.
Visit the Great Lake (Tonle Sap Lake) in Indochina with a 100km, in 1-2 hours cruise you will experience visiting the Fishing Villa where fisherman are living on the water, you will see how different their lives with other Fishing Villa around the world. Back to Siem Reap town for lunch (optional).
Then take your onward flight home.