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Trekking Sapa hilltribe villages and Kayaking Halong bay (7 days)

May 30, 2012 in Multi-Activity Tours, Vietnam Tours 2012, Vietnam Tours 2013, Vietnam Tours 2014 by lotussiatravel

The 7-day tour is a combination of Sapa villages trek and Halong bay cruise tour. You meet up with different ethnic groups as you hike from village to village. Spending the night at local home (homestay) also offers a real life experience. The trek is a medium difficulty that is recommended to parents, children travelling in dry season. The overnight cruise tour to Halong bay is most beautiful in summer time when it is hot and sunny. The multi activity tour can be extended with other breaks such as spa package, homestay, Tam Coc sampan cruise tour, cooking class, hanoi countryside cycle or rock climbing vacations…Contact your Lotussia Travel consultant for more details.

Trekking Sapa hilltribe villages and Kayaking Halong bay (7 days)

Day 1: Overnight train to Lao Cai.

In the evening, transfer to Hanoi Railways Station to take the night train to Laocai. Departure at???. Overnight on the train.

Day 2: Arrive Lao Cai. Travel to Sapa. Trekking Sapa hilltribe villages (Tram Ton – Sin Chai).

Arrive Lao Cai Railway Station early this morning. You will be picked up by Lotussia Travel local team and transferred to Sapa.

Breaffast will be provided in a local restaurant in town.

Transfer to Silver Waterfall where you will be able to take a short walk to the waterfall. You will then drive further to Heaven Gate, the highest peak of roads in Vietnam. From there you can see Fansipan, the highest peak of Indochina mountains as well as enjoy stunning views. We start descending nearby the waterfall. The trail takes you all the way downhill through bamboo forest, which belongs to Hoang Lien National Park.

Your lunch will be served at a nice spot nearby a river.

After lunch, you continue the trek to Sin Chai village of Black Hmong minority, where Community Based Tourism in Sapa takes place. You will have opportunity to explore daily life of one of the largest group ethnic minorities in Sapa area.

Homestay in a local house.

Day 3: Continue hiking Sapa (Sin Chai – Cat Cat – Y Linh Ho)

After having breakfast, you start heading up the mountain. Once you get to the top, you will trek on a small trail with spectacular view and then gradually descend to Cat Cat village, where you will have lunch nearby a waterfall.

In the afternoon, you take a trail sneaking through mountain. You also will enjoy spectacular scenery while walking along a narrow river. Eventually you will arrive in Y Linh Ho village of Black Hmong minority, where you can take a rest in a nice spot nearby the beautiful river.

The night will be spent in a local house in Y Linh Ho village.

Day 4: Continue Sapa valley trek (Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai – Ta Van)

Today’s trek will continue along Hoang Lien mountain range, which offers you many opportunities to enjoy view over huge rice paddy terraces in Muong Hoa valley, the largest one in the area.

After lunch at a nice spot, you descend into the bottom of the valley. You will pass through Lao Chai village of Black Hmong minority and then Tavan village of Giay minority by following a very popular trekking route.

You spend the night in a traditional house of Giay minority. You will be able to take a walk to enjoy the valley view as well as swim in the river nearby.

Day 5: Trekking Ta Van – Su Pan. Return Sapa town. Travel to Lao Cai. Overnight train back to Hanoi.

Today’s trek is short, but still the landscape is beautiful. Once you get energy for your last day trek after having breakfast, you leave for Giang Ta Chai village where you can take a rest nearby a waterfall for lunch.

After passing trough the bamboo forest we will find a nice place to enjoy lunch. After lunch we continue towards Giang Ta Chai, a Red Dao ethnic minority village. After taking a rest nearby a waterfall to refresh, you start climbing uphill to a road where the car is ready for your journey back to Sapa, then down to Lao Cai Railways Station.

Take the night train back to Hanoi. Departure ??? Overnight on the train.

Day 6: Arrive Hanoi. Travel to Halong bay. Boat junk cruise and sea kayaking tour.

Arrive early this morning in Hanoi. You will be picked up again by Lotussia Travel guide, driver and transferred to a local restaurant in town for breakfast.

At 8:30, depart to Halong Bay. 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 (if weather permits). Watch the sun set over the bay whilst enjoying a delicious dinner.

Overnight on board junk.

Day 7: Halong bay – Hanoi.

Wake up to fresh coffee and a wholesome breakfast before cruising back to Halong City.

At 11:00, disembark at the dock at Halong City. Transfer back to Hanoi.

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North-Vietnam Multisport Tour Travel Hanoi Tam Coc Mai Chau Cao Son Sapa Halong bay (8 days)

May 30, 2012 in Multi-Activity Tours, Vietnam Tours 2012, Vietnam Tours 2013, Vietnam Tours 2014 by lotussiatravel

The 8-day tour includes easy outdoor activities that can be suitable for children, parents, senior people – walking, hiking, river boat trip, countryside cycle, boat cruise, sea kayaking. Highlights of the tour are day tour in Hanoi, boat cruise in Tam Coc, hike in Mai Chau, visit Cao Son market, trek in Sapa, boat cruise Halong bay, cyclo ride in Hanoi. The tour is highly recommended to small group family holidays, couples and those seeking a real life experience.

North-Vietnam Multisport Tour Travel Hanoi Tam Coc Mai Chau Cao Son Sapa Halong bay (8 days)

Day 1: Hanoi – Tam Coc, Ninhbinh.

Depart for Ninh Binh.

Visit the two remaining sanctuaries of the ancient citadel of Dinh & Le in Hoa Lu.

Travel to Tam Coc where we will have lunch before taking a 2-hour boat trip along the Boi river. The river trip in Thung Nang 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.

After the boat trip, enjoy a half hour easy cycle around Tam Coc before checking-in hotel for overnight.

Day 2: Tam Coc – Mai Chau.

Transfer to Kenh Ga – “The Chicken Canal” for another boat trip along the Hoang Long river to experience the real life of a Vietnamese catholic community. Set on the banks of the Hoang Long River, Kenh Ga is a remarkable place, not only because it is surrounded by the same massive rocks that dominate Hoa Lu, but also because for most of the year the entire community lives on the water itself. The floating village of Kenh Ga receives relatively few visitors compared to nearby Hoa Lu and the peoples’ aquatic way of life has changed little over the centuries.

After the boat trip, continue our journey to Mai Chau valley where we stop for overnight.

In the evening, assist to the traditional music and dance show which is performed by the Thai young girls and boys who all come from the village. Try also some rice alcohol which is made of traditional plants and local sticky rice.

Overnight in a stilt-house.

Day 3: Maichau – Hanoi. Overnight train to Laocai.

Breakfast will be provided in a 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, we will take our journey back to Hanoi.

Enjoy one-hour body massage in one of the most luxury spa salon in town before take the overnight train to Lao Cai.

Overnight on board train.

Day 4: Arrive Lao Cai. Travel to Cao Son. Visit Cao son market. Trek Cao Son villages.

Arrive in Lao Cai Railway station early this morning. You will be welcome by Lotussia local guide, driver then transferred to a local restaurant in Lao Cai city for breakfast and short rest before proceeding to Cao Son region. Stop en route for photos.

You will join the Cao Son trekking stream of people from Lung Khau Nhin and some nearby villages heading to Cao Son. Free to discover the market with our tour guide. Heading for the lunch in Cao Son Ecolodge. In the afternoon, visit the primitive forest in La Pan Tan commune. Back to the Lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 5: Travel to Sapa. Hiking Sapa villages.

After breakfast, transfer to Sapa. We will arrive in Sapa around noon. Check-in hotel and have your lunch in a local restaurant in town.

In the afternoon, there will be a walking tour to a H’mong hill tribe village of Ma Tra (or Cat Cat). As we walk to the villages nestled in the valley below Sapa, we will meet some of the local people on their way to and from Sapa. Here we have the opportunity to share cultural experiences with the families that live in the area.

Overnight  in Sapa.

Day 6: Continue trekking Sapa. Travel to Lao Cai. Overnight train back to Hanoi.

After breakfast, we will travel by car downhill to Mong Sen where we start a dirt trail through rice fields and villages. Enjoy spectacular view along the way.

Your picnic lunch will be provided on spot.

After lunch, we continue our trek downhill towards Taphin village inhabited by Red Dao and Black Hmong minorities. These are two largest ethnic groups living in Sapa area. Stop by some house to meet local people and talk with them to understand their culture, customs and traditions. Late afternoon, we will trek back to to main road to get on our vehicle for the journey to Laocai railways station.

Day use will be provided in a standard hotel before taking the overnight train back to Hanoi.

Overnight on board train.

Day 7: Arrive Hanoi. Travel to Halong bay. Boat junk cruise with kayaking tour.

Arrive in Hanoi early this morning, transfer to the Morning Flower Market for a short visit before departing to Halong Bay.

Breakfast will be provided in a local restaurant en route.

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 tour to explore the Bay (optional). Watch the sun set over the bay whilst enjoying a delicious dinner.

Overnight on board junk.

Day 8: Halong bay – Hanoi.

Wake up to fresh coffee and a wholesome breakfast before cruising back to Halong City. Disembark at the dock at Halong City at 11:00 and travel back to Hanoi.

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Vietnam Cambodia family tour: Travel Hanoi Sapa Halong Bay Hoian Nha Trang Sai Gon Siem Reap (18 days)

May 30, 2012 in Family Travel, Multi-Activity Tours, Vietnam Tours 2012, Vietnam Tours 2013, Vietnam Tours 2014 by lotussiatravel

The 18-day multi-country tour is customized for family holidays, couples, small groups, group of friends and active adventure travelers seeking a different way of travel Indochina. The multi activity tour takes you to such places as Hanoi, Sapa, Halong Bay, Da Nang, Hoi An, Cham island, Na Trang, Ho Chi Minh city (Saigon) and Siem Reap, Cambodia. Enjoy different outdoor activities including sightseeing, trekking, homestay, sea kayaking, cruising, scuba diving, spa, beach resort and more.

Vietnam Cambodia family tour: Travel Hanoi Sapa Halong Bay Hoian Nha Trang Sai Gon Siem Reap (18 days)

Day 1: Hanoi – Laocai by train.

In the evening, transfer to Hanoi Railway Station for the night train trip to Laocai. Overnight on board train.

Day 2: Arrive Laocai. Visit Lung Khau Nhin market. Travel to Sapa.

Arrive Laocai early this morning, around 5:00 (to be confirmed). You will be welcome by our local team then transferred to a local restaurant in town for short rest and early breakfast.

At 8:00, travel to Lung Khau Nhin market. Every Thursday, Flower Hmong, Tu Di, Tay and Giay ethnic groups come to the market to buy and sell local products such as food and material for agriculture and fabric. After visiting the market, we can have a short walk to a Black Dao village before driving back to Muong Khuong for lunch. After lunch, get on our vehicle again and drive to Sapa.

Overnight in Sapa.

Day 3: Trekking Sapa hilltribe villages.

Breakfast at hotel. Leaving Sapa, we will begin the two-day trek through rice paddy terraces and corn fields. Your picnic lunch will be provided on the spot. After lunch, we continue our Sapa 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 4: Continue hiking. Return Sapa town. Travel to Lao Cai. Overnight train back to Hanoi.

After breakfast, continue our trek towards Sapa, we will pass through several hill tribe villages and rice 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.

Have a short rest/shower before transfer to Lao Cai Railway Station and get the night train back to Hanoi. Train? Departure at 20:30 (to be confirmed). Overnight on board train.

Day 5: Arrive Hanoi. Travel to Halong bay. Boat junk cruise with kayaking tour.

Arrive in Hanoi early this morning, you will be picked up by another Lotussia Travel guide, driver and transferred to a local restaurant in town for breakfast.

After a short rest, depart to Halong Bay. 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 Victory 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 or one-hour kayaking trip through strange shaped rock formations. Watch the sun set over the bay whilst enjoying a delicious dinner.

Overnight on board junk.

Day 6: Continue cruising in Halong bay with kayaking activity.

Breakfast on board. Then we continue our cruise; Taking one more hour kayaking before getting back to the support boat for lunch.

In the afternoon, we cruise towards the Islands of Rocks and visit the Fishermen floating village. We will kayak in Ba Men temple area which is also a important highlight of our journey. Swimming at the sandy Three Peach beach if weather permits and enjoy the great view of Halong bay sunset.

Dinner and overnight on board junk.

Day 7: Halong bay – Hanoi.

Breakfast will be served early on board while the boat is going back to shore. Arrive at Ha long wharf about 11h00 and take our car for our journey back to Hanoi.

Enjoy one-hour massage package in one of most finest spa salon in town – A full body massage both invigorating and relaxing. This massage helps to reduce tension, soothe sore muscles and increase circulation.

In the evening, attend to the water puppet show, one of famous Vietnamese traditional art.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 8: Fly to Da Nang. Travel to Hoian ancient town.

Transfer to Noibai airport for a short flight to Danang.

Welcome at Danang airport by Lotussia Travel team and then escorted to your hotel in Hoian ancient town.

In the afternoon, start exploring this small ancient town, first commercial center in Vietnam since the 15th century, with more than 800 classified buildings, visiting Japanese Covered Bridge, Tan Ky Old house, Assembly Hall Chinese. Phuc Kien Pagoda, Hoian Museum and Market.

Overnight in Hoian.

Day 9: Cham island diving tour.

After breakfast, you will be picked up by our diving adventure team and transferred to the boat pier. Leaving the coast, you will be explained by our diving instructor about the theories of diving and practical advises. Arrival at the Cham islands and enjoy one discover scuba dive with a certified PADI Instructor.
Transfer to Bai Chong  beach for lunch.

In the afternoon, just stay free at leisure to enjoy the beach activities such as swimming, walking or simply relaxing. Return to mainland and transfer back to the hotel.

Day 10: Travel to Danang. Fly to Ho Chi Minh city (Saigon).

Transfer to Da Nang airport for a short flight to Ho Chi Minh city. VN ??? Departure at ??? (to be confirmed).

You will be greeted by our local team at Tan Son Nhat airport (Ho Chi Minh city) and transferred to hotel.

In the afternoon, enjoy a half day city tour with Ho Chi Minh City most wanted highlights such as the Post Office, Notre-Dame Cathedral, Reunification palace. Then continue towards Cholon for a quick visit of Thien Hau temple and the Binh Tay market.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.

Day 11: Day trip to the Mekong Delta.

Our one day cruise excursion starts from Ho Chi Minh with a drive to Cai Be – Phu An where we will board the Cai Be Princess at around 10.00 am. The tour will start with the visit of Cai Be colorful floating market. We will proceed by the visit of some local home factories such as rice paste making, rice pop corn, coco candies, and longans drying processing.

The trip continues along the Mekong canals to Dong Hoa Hiep Island located between Vinh Long and Cai Be. During this cruise you will discover beautiful landscapes along the river and observe the typical Mekong delta rural life. Stops on the way can be made upon request for particular visits or photos making. These evergreen islands among the Mekong River still remain unknown to many people.

Lunch awaits you at Le Longanier restaurant at La Residence de Phu An resort, a superb Indochine style resort. After a short walk along a narrow canal, the excursion will end at around 3.30pm where the vehicle will await you for your transfer back to Saigon.

Day 12: Fly to Nha Trang. Nhatrang beach resort.

After breakfast, transfer to Tan Son Nhat airport for a short flight to Nhatrang (without guide). VN ??? Departure at ??? (to be confirmed).

Upon your arrival at Nha Trang airport, you will be welcome by our hotel representative and transferred to your resort hotel.

Overnight in Nhatrang.

Day 13 & 14: Nha Trang beach resort.

Full day free at leisure to enjoy the prime beach of Nha Trang or just relax on the hotel/resort poolside. Optional beach activities can be arranged on the spot with the resort. Please check with your resort staff for more details. Overnight in Nha Trang.

Day 15: Fly back to Saigon.

Free at leisure until transfer to Nha Trang airport for onward flight back to Ho Chi Minh city (without guide). Flight ??? Departure at ???.

You will be greeted again by our driver in Ho Chi Minh city airport & transferred to your hotel in town (without guide).

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.

Day 16: Fly to Siem Reap, Cambodia (B).

According to your departure time, transfer to Ho Chi Minh city airport for onward flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia (without guide). Flight ??? Departure at??? (to be advised). End of Vietnam portion.

Upon your arrival in Siem Reap airport, you will be welcome by Lotussia Travel local team and transferred to hotel for check-in.

Start your visit to South Gate of Angkor Thom, the famous Bayon, Baphoun, the Terrace of Temple, Elephants and Terrace of the Leper King. It is time to visit one of the great wonders of the world, symbol of the heart and soul of the Cambodia, Angkor Wat. Then view wonderful sunset from the top of Phnom Bakheng Hills.

Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 17: Visit Angkor temples.

Breakfast at hotel. We continue to visit the fabulous Ta Prohm embraced by the roots of enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers, Pre Rup, East Mebon, and Neak Poan. Visit Krovan, Royal Bath of Srah Srang and Banteay Kdei temples.

Tonight you will enjoy dinner with Khmer Apsara Dance Show.

Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 18: Boat trip on Tonle Sap lake. Departure.

We board on boat in Tonle Sap Lake, the “Great Lake” of Cambodia, one of the largest in Asia. Here, enjoy a brief cruise past floating villages complete with schools, restaurants, and hospitals.

Free & leisure at your own time for rolling at local markets or shopping until transfer to Siem Reap Airport for departure. Flight ??? Departure at ??? (please advise). End trip.

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Vietnam Multisport Tour Travel Hanoi Mai Chau Tam Coc Halong Bay Ho Chi Minh city My Tho Can Tho (9 days)

May 27, 2012 in Family Travel, Multi-Activity Tours, Vietnam Tours 2012, Vietnam Tours 2013, Vietnam Tours 2014 by lotussiatravel

The 9-day tour is specially customized for couples, small groups, family holidays and those looking for a fun, active holidays to Vietnam. Different activities are added in the 9-day tour itinerary including sightseeing, countryside cycling, river boat trip, junk cruise, sea kayaking, visit floating market, war sites…The multi activity tour takes you to the most popular travel destinations such as Hanoi, Mai Chau village, Tam Coc, Halong Bay, Saigon, My Tho, Can Tho (the Mekong delta), Cu Chi tunnels.

Vietnam Multisport Tour Travel Hanoi Mai Chau Tam Coc Halong Bay Ho Chi Minh city My Tho Can Tho (9 days)

Day 1: Hanoi – Mai Chau. Cycling Mai Chau valley.

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 Mai Chau around noon. Check into a local stilt-house where your lunch will also be provided.

In the afternoon, enjoy a half day cycling around Lac & Poom Coong villages to have the first sights of the White Thai community culture.

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.

Homestay in Mai Chau.

Day 2: Mai Chau – Tam Coc, Ninh Binh. River boat trip & push-bike tour.

Depart for Ninhbinh. We will arrive in Hoa Lu, Ninh Binh around noon. Lunch will be provided in a local restaurant.

After lunch, visit the two remaining sanctuaries of the ancient citadel of Dinh & Le before having a short cycling trip through rural villages to Tam Coc, also called Halong-Bay-On-Land. Upon arrival in Tam coc, we will have a short rest before taking 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. Dinner & overnight in Tam Coc.

Day 3: Tam Coc – Halong bay. Boat cruise.

Enjoy the journey through the scenery of rice fields, water buffalo and everyday Vietnamese village life. Arrive in Halong around noon 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.

Watch the sun set over the bay whilst enjoying a delicious dinner.

Overnight on board junk.
Day 4: Halong bay boat junk cruise with kayaking tour.

Breakfast on board. Then we continue kayaking zigzagging through many small islets of different shapes. We will kayak to the Black Grottoe and The lake of Three Grottoe. The journey is really wonderfull and adventurous! Back to the support boat for our lunch which will be provided on board.

In the afternoon, we cruise towards the Islands of Rocks and visit the Fishermen floating village. We will kayak in Ba Men temple area which is also a important highlight of our journey. Swimming at the sandy Three Peach beach if weather permits and enjoy the great view of Halong bay sunset.

Dinner and overnight on board.

Day 5: Halong bay – Hanoi.

Breakfast on board. Then we continue our cruise while the boat is going back to shore. Arrive at Ha long wharf about 11h00 and join our vehicle again for journey back to Hanoi.

Arrive in Hanoi around 15h00.

Day 6: Fly to Ho Chi Minh city (Saigon). City tour.

Transfer to Noibai airport for a short flight to Ho Chi Minh city, still called “Saigon”. VN0211/ 08:00 – 10:00 (HAN-SGN).

Welcome at Tan Son Nhat airport in Ho Chi Minh city by Lotussia Travel local team and then escorted to your hotel in town.

In the afternoon, start the half day city tour tour with Ho Chi Minh City major highlights such as the Post Office, cathedral, Reunification palace, centre town, then continue towards Cholon, visit Thien Hau temple and Binh Tay market.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.

Day 7: Travel to the Mekong Delta (Saigon – My Tho – Ben Tre – Can Tho).

After breakfast, transfer to My Tho. Enjoy the boat trip to discover local people life with their daily work. Stop at a Con Lan islet to taste seasonal fruit and experience traditional music. Then continue to Con Quy islet, visit some home production chain of coconut candy, sweet honey bee farm, …take a chance walking on countryside road and exited riding. Rowing on small boat to return motorboat. Transfer to Can Tho, the city considered as the  heart of the Mekong Delta.

Overnight in Can Tho.

Day 8: Can Tho – Saigon.

Early morning, enjoy a boat trip on the Mekong River to visit Cai Rang, the famous floating market in the west of Viet Nam, along narrow narrow waterways through the lush vegetation to an orchard garden where we have the opportunity to visit local homes as well as enjoy a lunch followed with seasonal fruits.

Lunch will be provided in a local restaurant.

Drive back Sai Gon.

Day 9: Day trip to Cu Chi Tunnels.

Breakfast at hotel. 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. Go back to Ho Chi Minh city around noon.

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Vietnam family package tour: Travel Hanoi Halong Bay Ho Chi Minh city Mekong Delta Mui Ne Phan Thiet (9 days)

May 24, 2012 in Family Travel, Multi-Activity Tours, Vietnam Tours 2012, Vietnam Tours 2013, Vietnam Tours 2014 by lotussiatravel

The 9-day tour is ideal for family holidays and those who look for a multi activity tour in Vietnam. We add in this tour different travel activities making the tour fun and enjoyable for both parents and children. Trip highlights are Hanoi city tour, Halong bay boat cruise, sea kayaking, Ho Chi Minh city tour, visit Cu Chi tunnels, biking the Mekong delta, Cai Be, Vinh Long and the Mui Ne, Phan Thiet beach break that concludes the itinerary. The tour can be extended with Sapa, Mai Chau or the Vietnam central coast. Contact your Lotussia Travel consultant for more details.

Vietnam family package tour: Travel Hanoi Halong Bay Ho Chi Minh city Mekong Delta Mui Ne Phan Thiet (9 days)

Day 1: Hanoi – Halong bay. Cruise. Kayaking.

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 or paddling through an amazing area of limestone islets of Halong bay.

Watch the sun set over the bay whilst enjoying a delicious dinner.

Overnight on board junk.

Day 2: Halong bay – Hanoi. Fly to Ho Chi Minh city (Saigon).

Wake up to fresh coffee and a wholesome breakfast before cruising back to Halong City.

At 11:00: Disembark at the dock at Halong City and travel back to Hanoi.

According to your departure time (flight), you can either enjoy a short cyclo excursion through the bustling old quarter streets or go directly to Noibai airport for a 2-hour flight to Ho Chi Minh city.

Welcome at Tan Son Nhat airport, Ho Chi Minh city by our local team and transfer to your hotel in town. Ho Chi Minh City is a center of commerce, finance, culture and tourism in Vietnam. This bustling metropolis is crowded with bikes and motorbikes, excited by numerous shopping area and sidewalk cafés.

Check-in hotel and relax. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.

Day 3: Ho Chi Minh city tour. Excursion to Cu Chi tunnels.

After breakfast, we enjoy a pleasant drive through typical southern Vietnamese countryside to the Cu Chi Tunnels, an incredible underground tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters during the long struggle for independence. After visiting the tunnels, go back to Ho Chi Minh city.

Free lunch in town.

In the afternoon, start the city tour with Ho Chi Minh City major highlights including the Post Office, cathedral, Reunification palace, centre town, then continuation towards Cholon, visit Thien Hau temple, Binh Tay market.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.

Day 4: Biking Ho Chi Minh city – Cai Be – Vinh Long (The Mekong Delta).

At 8:00 you will be met up by our biking team at your hotel. After a short briefing and warming up, start a short drive to Cai Be. Enjoy a boat trip to see floating market, poprice, rice paper, coconut candy making, keep going by boat to An Binh island.

Lunch will be provided in a local house.

After lunch, we will start our ride around An Binh island (Vinh Long) on the cement road through fruit garden, in the shade of trees, along canals, check-in homestay on the island.

In the evening, assist to the cooking lesson with family host.

Overnight homestay.

Day 5: Biking Vinh Long – Ho Chi Minh city.

After breakfast, we will take a ferry for Vinh Long City. Then we will cycle along small road in rice field in Long Ho district. Stop en route to see handicraft village, pottery making village. Pedal around and back to Vinh Long city where your lunch will be provided.

Drive back to Ho Chi Minh city.

Day 6: Travel to Mui Ne, Phan Thiet. Beach Resort.

Transfer to Mui Ne, Phan Thiet (without guide). The scenic 200km drive north on Highway One passes through the bustling city of Bien Hoa before cutting through dense rubber plantations.

Arrive in Mui Ne around noon. Check-in hotel and stay free for the rest of the day.

Overnight in Mui Ne, Phan Thiet.

Day 7 & 8: Phan Thiet Beach Resort.

Full day free at leisure to enjoy the prime beach of Mui Ne or just relax on the hotel/resort poolside. Optional golf course or beach activities can be arranged on the spot with hotel/resort. Please check with your hotel/resort staff for more details when booking.

Overnight in Mui Ne, Phan Thiet.

Day 9: Travel back to Ho Chi Minh city.

Breakfast at hotel. Check-out around noon and travel back to Ho Chi Minh city.

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Vietnam Multisport Tour travel Hanoi Mai Chau Tam Coc Halong Bay Saigon My Tho Mekong Delta (7 days)

May 24, 2012 in Multi-Activity Tours, Vietnam Tours 2012, Vietnam Tours 2013, Vietnam Tours 2014 by lotussiatravel

The 7-day is specially customized for family travel, holidays with kids, travel with children in Vietnam. The multisport tour includes diverse travel activities that are both suitable for parents and children: hiking, homestay, boat cruise, sea kayaking, countryside cycle, river boat trip, sightseeing, culture visits. Begin the tour with a visit to Mai Chau valley, the homeland of the Thai people. Then continues to Tam Coc, Ninh Binh province, Halong bay. After visiting the northern Vietnam, you fly to Ho Chi Minh city where you visit Cu chi tunnels, Ho Chi Minh city tour and the Mekong delta.

Vietnam Multisport Tour travel Hanoi Mai Chau Tam Coc Halong Bay Saigon My Tho Mekong Delta (7 days)

Day 1: Hanoi – Mai Chau.

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.

In the evening, assist to the traditional music and dance show which is performed by The Thai young local Thai girls and boys who all come from the village. Try also some rice alcohol made of traditional plants and local sticky rice. Overnight at stilt-house.

Day 2: Hiking Mai Chau valley.

Breakfast at the Thai stilt house then we leave the village for a full day hiking Mai Chau. We will pass many different Thai hamlets, through rice fields, hill sides…Stop sometimes to visit local houses and talk with local people. Your lunch will be provided on spot (not included in the package). And one of the highlight on this walk is to experience the everyday life and culture white Thai people and stay in their traditional house on stilts as honoured guests. Return to Mai Chau village around late afternoon. Dinner and overnight in house on-stilts.

Day 3: Travel to Tam Coc, Ninh Binh. Sampan cruise tour and cycling rural Tam Coc.

We say good bye to the warm-hearted Thai people before leving the village for a four-hour drive to Tam Coc, Ninhbinh. We will arrive in Hoa Lu, Ninh Binh around noon. After lunch (not included in the package), visit the two remaining sanctuaries of the ancient citadel of Dinh & Le before enjoying a short cycling trip through rural villages to Tam Coc, also called Halong-Bay-On-Land. Upon arrival in Tam coc, we will have a short rest before taking 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. Overnight in Tam Coc.

Day 4: Tam Coc – Halong bay. Sea cruise with kayaking.

Enjoy the journey through the scenery of rice fields, water buffalo and everyday Vietnamese village life.

Arrive in Halong around noon 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 kayak to paddle through karst rocks of different shapes. Watch the sun set over the bay whilst enjoying a delicious dinner. Overnight on board junk.

Day 5: Halong bay – Hanoi. Fly to Ho Chi Minh city.

Brunch (Breakfast + Lunch) will be served on board while the boat is going back to shore. Arrive at Ha long wharf about 11h00 and take our car for our journey back to Hanoi.

Upon arrival in Hanoi, transfer to Noibai airport for a short flight to Ho Chi Minh city. Ho Chi Minh City is a center of commerce, finance, culture and tourism in Vietnam. This bustling metropolis is crowded with bikes and motorbikes, excited by numerous shopping area and sidewalk cafés.

Welcome at Tan Son Nhat airport in Ho Chi Minh city by Lotussia Travel guide, driver and then transferred to your hotel in town. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.

Day 6: Day trip to Cu Chi tunnels. Ho Chi Minh city tour.

After breakfast, we enjoy a pleasant drive through typical southern Vietnamese countryside to the Cu Chi Tunnels, an incredible underground tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters during the long struggle for independence. After visiting the tunnels, go back to Ho Chi Minh city. Free lunch in town.

In the afternoon, start the city tour with Ho Chi Minh City highlights including the Post Office, cathedral, Reunification palace, centre town, then continuation towards Cholon, visit Thien Hau temple, Binh Tay market. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.

Day 7: Day trip to the Mekong Delta.

Heading out of the town, we travel by road to the Mekong Delta, Vietnam’s largest rice bowl. On arrival in My Tho we embark on a boat navigating around the intricate small canals in the delta region, which is a great way to observe the local lifestyle close-up. The thrilling excursion will pass the lush green vegetation before arriving on an island. Here we have opportunities to visit some fascinating local industries, stroll around an orchard and taste many seasonal fruits. After feasting on a huge lunch we return to Ho Chi Minh.

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Vietnam multi activity holidays: Travel Hanoi Lao Cai Cao Son Sapa Halong Bay 11 days

May 16, 2012 in Multi-Activity Tours, Vietnam Tours 2012, Vietnam Tours 2013, Vietnam Tours 2014 by lotussiatravel

The 11-day tour is provided by Lotussia Travel to the northern Vietnam. Start the tour by taking the overnight train from Hanoi to Laocai. Then travel to Cao Son, Lao Cai province where you will enjoy a half day hike to an local hilltribe villages before visiting the Cao Son market is open on the following day. The multisport trip continues with a 5- day trek to Sapa. You trek through local ethnic villages are inhabited by the Black H’mong, the Red Dzao, the Xa Pho…Sleeping at local home (homestay) to experience the real life. You then take the overnight train to get back to hanoi then travel to Halong bay to enjoy the boat junk cruise tour. Optional watersport including scuba diving, sea kayaking are also provided by the boat team. Contact your travel consultant for more details.

Vietnam multi activity holidays: Travel Hanoi Lao Cai Cao Son Sapa Halong Bay 11 days

Day 1: Hanoi  – Lao Cai by train.

In the evening, transfer to Hanoi Railways Station for overnight train to Laocai. Departure at 21:00 (TBA).

Day 2: Arrive Laocai. Travel to Cao Son. Trekking Cao Son village.

Arrive Lao Cai Railway Station early this morning. You will be met up by Lotussia Travel local team and transferred to a local restaurant for breakfast. After few minutes resting, the driver will take you to Muong Khuong district, via tea plantation and forest of pine. You might encounter Giay tribe in their traditional dress in Ban Lau or Thanh Binh. Reaching Cao Son about 10.am. Check in Cao Son lodge and relax.

In the afternoon you will commence your walk to the most secluded yet peaceful village – Tin Thang. In this village, people still distill the wine from corn, making bacon in the most basic way and offering special corn cake to anyone who drop by their house.

Back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 3: Visit Cao Son Wednsday market. Travel to Sapa.

After having breakfast in the Cao son lodge, you will walk on a good paved road with local ethnic minority people to go to Cao Son market. Pine trees forests and villages surround the tinny market. Flower H’mong, Tu Di, Tay, Giay ethnic minorities come to buy and sell local products such as food and material for agriculture and fabric. People coming to the market not only for selling or buying something but also importantly to meet friends, relative and to sip some cups of wine until the dawn comes. No where else but here, Flower H’mong people greet you with a temptation of corn wine and endless hospitality. After exploring the market, you will be able to visit a village of Flower H’mong or a village of Tay people. You will then head back to Muong Khuong and have lunch in a local restaurant. After lunch, you get on the car for journey to Sapa.

Overnight in Sapa.

Day 4: Trekking Sapa (Tavan village).

After breakfast, start your trek through the market and leave the busy town behind. After a couple of minutes, you follow a road going downhill to Cat Cat village. You will stop by a waterfall and a hydroelectric station for a while before you trek on a dirt trail through rice paddy terraces. You also will enjoy spectacular scenery while walking along a narrow river. You eventually arrive in Y Linh Ho village of Black Hmong minority, where you can take a rest while you are served lunch nearby the river.

After lunch, you head Muong Hoa valley. You will pass through Lao Chai village of Black Hmong minority and then Tavan village of Giay minority by following a very popular trekking route. You will spend the night in local house of Giay minority. You will be able to take a walk to enjoy the valley view as well as swim in the river nearby.

Day 5: Continue trekking Sapa (Tavan village – Seomity village)

After having breakfast, you start today’s trek, which is mostly uphill until lunchtime. Whenever you stop for a rest, you will be able to enjoy valley view. Before noon, you stop again at a nice spot for lunch.

The Sapa trek will be softer in the afternoon. But the scenery becomes even more beautiful. You pass by
Seomity village of Black Hmong minority before you arrive in a campsite, which locates nearby a
river outside the village. While porters put up tents and cook dinner, you can take a walk to stretch
the legs.

Day 6: Continue trekking Sapa (Seomity village – Ta Trung Ho village)

The trek today takes you through beautiful rice paddies and over old suspension bridges. You will trek on small trail sneaking through rainforest. You arrive in Den Thang village of Black Hmong by noon. Here you stop for lunch either nearby a river or in a local school according to the weather.

After lunch, the trek will becomes tough on tinny footpath going up and down, which requires a lot of concentration. You will reach to Ta Trung Ho village of Red Dao minority where you spend the night in local house. Both the valley and the village have just received foreign visitors. The night will be even more interesting when you are in the wonderful hospitable atmosphere of the Red Dao.

Day 7: Continue trekking Sapa (Ta Trung Ho village – Thanh Phu village)

You are now at the fringe of the rain forest by the Hoang Lien Son mountain range. Fansipan, the highest peak in Indochina with its 3143 m, is located in this mountain range. You will start the trek today by ascending to Nam Toong village of Red Dao minority. Here your lunch will be prepared in a local school.

After lunchtime, you descend to the valley where locates My Son village of Xa Pho minority, one of the smallest groups ethnic in Northern Vietnam. From there you take a short walk to Thanh Phu village of Tay minority. Here you spend the night in traditional house of the Tay. You can take a walk to explore local daily life while your dinner will be served with Vietnamese dishes.

Day 8: Trekking from Thanh Phu village to Su Pan village. Travel back to Sapa, then to Laocai. Overnight train back to Hanoi.

Today’s trek is relatively short compared to other days. On the last day of the trek you will cross several suspension bridges. You will be able to stop by a waterfall and have time to swim in the river before arriving in Ban Ho village of Tay minority. Here you stop for lunch in a traditional Tay house.

In the afternoon, you start climbing uphill. On the last hours you can enjoy the valley one final time while heading to Su Pan. Here your car takes you on the journey back to Sapa where you can have a short rest before travelling to Laocai to take night train back to Hanoi.

Day 9: Arrive Hanoi. Travel to Halong bay. Boat cruise with kayaking).

Arrive in Hanoi in the early morning, transfer to a local restaurant in town for 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 a traditional sailing junk for your Halong bay cruise tour. 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 10: Continue cruising, kayaking Halong bay.

Breakfast on board. Then we continue cruise. Lunch will be provided on board. In the afternoon, enjoy one more hour kayaking towards the Islands of Rocks or Ba Men temple (Paddling routes may change due to weather or other circumstances. Further details will be informed by our local guide before the trip).

Dinner and Overnight on board.

Day 11: Halong bay – Hanoi.

Wake up to fresh coffee and a wholesome breakfast before cruising back to Halong City. En route the junk weaves through strange-shaped rock formations that invite comparisons from fighting cocks to dragons.

Disembark at the dock at Halong City at 11:00 and return to Hanoi. Trip ends.

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North Vietnam multi activity holidays: Sapa Hiking and Halong Bay Cruise Kayaking Tour 7 days

May 14, 2012 in Multi-Activity Tours, Vietnam Tours 2012, Vietnam Tours 2013, Vietnam Tours 2014 by lotussiatravel

The 7-day multisport trip includes both Vietnam’s most important travel destinations are Halong bay and Sapa. Take the overnight train from Hanoi, spend one night on board train, you will arrive Laocai is located just one hour drive from Sapa town. The 3-day trekking adventures starts in Sapa town. You trek through jungle, forest, mountain hill sides, terraced rice fields and local ethnic villages. Spending the nights at local home (homestay) also offers a great experience. The tour continue with the overnight cruise tour to Halong bay where you enjoy boat boat, junk cruise and sea kayaking, canoeing tour.Contact your travel consultant for more details.

North Vietnam multi activity holidays: Sapa Hiking and Halong Bay Cruise Kayaking Tour 7 days

Day : Hanoi – Lao Cai by train.

In the evening, transfer to Hanoi Railways Station to take the night train to Laocai. Departure at???

Overnight on the train.

Day 2: Arrive Lao Cai. Travel to Sapa. Trekking Sapa (Tram Ton – Sin Chai village).

Arrive Lao Cai Railway Station early this morning. You will be picked up by Lotussia Travel local team and transferred to Sapa.

Breaffast will be provided in a local restaurant in town.

Transfer to Silver Waterfall where you will be able to take a short walk to the waterfall. You will then drive further to Heaven Gate, the highest peak of roads in Vietnam. From there you can see Fansipan, the highest peak of Indochina mountains as well as enjoy stunning views. We start descending nearby the waterfall. The trail takes you all the way downhill through bamboo forest, which belongs to Hoang Lien National Park.

Your lunch will be served at a nice spot nearby a river.

After lunch, you continue the trek to Sin Chai village of Black Hmong minority, where Community Based Tourism in Sapa takes place. You will have opportunity to explore daily life of one of the largest group ethnic minorities in Sapa area.

Homestay in a local house.

Day 3: Continue trekking Sapa (Sin Chai village – Cat Cat village – Y Linh Ho village).

After having breakfast, you start heading up the mountain. Once you get to the top, you will trek on a small trail with spectacular view and then gradually descend to Cat Cat village, where you will have lunch nearby a waterfall.

In the afternoon, you take a trail sneaking through mountain. You also will enjoy spectacular scenery while walking along a narrow river. Eventually you will arrive in Y Linh Ho village of Black Hmong minority, where you can take a rest in a nice spot nearby the beautiful river.

The night will be spent in a local house in Y Linh Ho village.

Day 4: Continue trekking Sapa (Y Linh Ho village – Lao Chai village – Ta Van village)

Today’s trek will continue along Hoang Lien mountain range, which offers you many opportunities to enjoy view over huge rice paddy terraces in Muong Hoa valley, the largest one in the area.

After lunch at a nice spot, you descend into the bottom of the valley. You will pass through Lao Chai village of Black Hmong minority and then Tavan village of Giay minority by following a very popular trekking route.

You spend the night in a traditional house of Giay minority. You will be able to take a walk to enjoy the valley view as well as swim in the river nearby.

Day 5: Trekking Ta Van village – Su Pan. Travel to Lao Cai. Overnight train back to Hanoi.

Today’s trek is short, but still the landscape is beautiful. Once you get energy for your last day trek after having breakfast, you leave for Giang Ta Chai village where you can take a rest nearby a waterfall for lunch.

After passing trough the bamboo forest we will find a nice place to enjoy lunch. After lunch we continue towards Giang Ta Chai, a Red Dao ethnic minority village. After taking a rest nearby a waterfall to refresh, you start climbing uphill to a road where the car is ready for your journey back to Sapa, then down to Lao Cai Railways Station.

Take the night train back to Hanoi. Departure ??? Overnight on the train.

Day 6: Arrive Hanoi early this morning. Travel to Halong bay. Cruise & kayaking.

Arrive early this morning in Hanoi. You will be picked up again by Lotussia Travel guide, driver and transferred to a local restaurant in town for breakfast.

At 8:30, depart to Halong Bay. 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 (if weather permits). Watch the sun set over the bay whilst enjoying a delicious dinner.

Overnight on board junk.

Day 7: Halong bay – Hanoi.

Wake up to fresh coffee and a wholesome breakfast before cruising back to Halong City.

At 11:00, disembark at the dock at Halong City. Transfer back to Hanoi. Trip ends.

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Kayaking Halong Bay and Biking Trekking Rock Climbing Cat Ba National Park 4 days

May 11, 2012 in Multi-Activity Tours, Vietnam Tours 2012, Vietnam Tours 2013, Vietnam Tours 2014 by lotussiatravel

This 4-day tour is one of the best-seller tour is customized by the Hanoi based tour operator Lotussia. The tour includes such sights as Halong bay, Viet Hai village, Cat Ba town, Cat Ba National Park. Different outdoor activities have been added to the tour – kayaking Halong bay, kayaking Cat Ba island, biking Viet hai village, jungle trek Cat Ba national park, rock climbing Cat Ba. You will have the opportunity to spend one night on board junk, one night at local home (homestay) and one night at hotel. Luxury beach resort is also avaialbe for luxury travel requirements. Contact your travel consultant now for more details.

Kayaking Halong Bay and Biking Trekking Rock Climbing Cat Ba National Park 4 days

Day 1: Hanoi – Halong bay. Cruising (L,D).

8:30: Join our sharing shuttle bus and enjoy 3-hour drive to Halong bay 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 around noon and board the Bai Tho traditional sailing junk (or similar). 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 one-hour kayaking tour on the emerald waters of Halong Bay.

Watch the sun set over the bay whilst enjoying a delicious dinner.

Overnight on board junk.

Day 2: Change the boat. Kayaking. Travel to Viet Hai village. Biking (B,L,D).

After breakfast, you will be picked up by another boat and transferred to Lan Ha bay. Lying in the northeastern Cat Ba island, Lan Ha bay is famous for its striking beauty of the natural and mysterious landscape views. Briefing and gear-up before start paddling through Lan Ha Bay.

Around noon, we will return to our support boat. Lunch will be provided on the boat.

After lunch, the boat will drop us off at Viet Hai pier. Then cycle from Viet Hai wharf to Viet Hai village (3km).

Dinner and overnight in Viet Hai ecolodge.

Day 3: Trekking through Cat Ba National Park (B,L).

Enjoy a half day trekking from Viet Hai village through Cat Ba national park. We will trek Cat Ba forest and have the chance to see the panorama of Halong Bay from one of the mountain summits we would conquer during the trek.

Picnic lunch will be provided en route.

We will arrive at the other side of the park around early afternoon. Picked up by local motor-taxi drivers and transferred to Cat Ba town.

Check-in hotel for overnight.

Day 4: Half day rock climbing. Travel back to Hanoi (B,L).

After a short briefing about rock climbing, enjoy a half-hour drive into the small farming village of Lien Minh. Learn some basic instruction and introduction to Rock Climbing before enjoying about three hours guided Rock Climbing in Butterfly Valley.

Have lunch either in Lien Minh park or in a local restaurant in Cat Ba town.

14:30: take a speed boat to travel to Haiphong where our vehicle will wait for us for the drive back to Hanoi.

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Vietnam multi activity tour: Hiking Mai Chau and Cycling Tam Coc 3 days

May 11, 2012 in Multi-Activity Tours, Vietnam Tours 2012, Vietnam Tours 2013, Vietnam Tours 2014 by lotussiatravel

The 3-day tour takes you to the north western Vietnam where you enjoy hiking through rice fields, Thai hamlets, cycling rural Tam Coc. You also have the opportunity to spend one night at local home, a stilt house of the Thai, eat local Thai food, sleep on bamboo floor. The river boat trip in Tam Coc is also provided on the 2nd day. The Hanoi based tour operator Lotussia Travel customizes this 3-day tour especially for small groups, friends, family holidays and those look for the real life experience. Contact your travel consultant for more details.

Hiking Mai Chau and Cycling Tam Coc 3 days

Day 1: Hanoi – Mai Chau. Half day walking.

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 Mai Chau around noon. Check into a local stilt-house where your lunch will also be provided.

Leave the village for a half day hiking mai chau. 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.

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.

Homestay in Mai Chau.

Day 2: Mai Chau – Tam Coc. River boat trip & easy countryside cycling.

After breakfast, enjoy a four hour drive to Tam Coc, also called “Ha Long Bay on land”, or the “Vietnam’s second nicest grotto” (to Huong Tich) for its poetic and inspirational natural scenery.

Arrive in Tam Coc around noon then have lunch in a local restaurant.

After lunch, take 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.

Cycle around Tam Coc visiting either Bich Dong pagoda or Thai Vy temple.

Dinner & overnight in Tam Coc.

Day 3: Tam Coc – Hanoi. Free afternoon.

Cycle along the village roads with beautiful sightseeing and friendly local people. Arriving in Hoa Lu, we will visit Hoa Lu – The Acient Capital and the remaining two temples of Dinh King & Le King.

Have lunch in a local restaurant then travel back to Hanoi.

Free afternoon for your personal discovery.

Overnight in Hanoi.

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