DAYS
12

Active Vietnam Holiday

Hanoi to Saigon (HCMC)
This multi activities adventure from North to South Vietnam will offer you physical exercises daily at introductory for moderate hardship. This ensures you can enjoy the trip at any physical level. Active Vietnam Holiday is full of active activities for best interacting with local culture and nature from North to South of Vietnam with a perfect combination of cycling, biking, kayaking and homestay.
Depart at: Hanoi
Finish at: Sai gon
Tour destinations: Ha noi cycling - Trek Sapa - Kayak & Cruise Halong - Biking & Cooking Hoi an - Sai Gon Vespa - Cai Be Farmstay - Sai Gon

TOUR BRIEFING

Day 01: Hanoi Arrival (-) 
Day 02: Cycling suburban Hanoi – train to Sapa (B)
Day 03: Sapa – Mong Sen – Taphin  (B/L/D)
Day 04: Taphin - Matra - Sapa – train to Hanoi (B/L)
Day 05: Hanoi arrival - Halong bay (B/L/D)
Day 06: Kayaking Halong - fly to Hoian (Brunch)
Day 07: Hoian biking and cooking (B/L)
Day 08: Hoian Sunset cruise tour (B)
Day 09: Hoian - fly to Saigon Vespa tour (B)
Day 10: Saigon - Cai Be Farmstay (B/L/D)
Day 11: Cai be Farm stay - Saigon (B/L)
Day 12: Saigon Departure (B)
 

Day 01: Hanoi Arrival

Xin chao! Welcome to the elegant city of Hanoi !
HIT Indochina’s local guide send our warmest welcome at the airport and help you transfer to downtown. While briefing some essential information of our incoming tour, you may have some very first impression of our capital city.
Depending on your arrival time, we manage some hours for your first Vietnam experience with a visit to the famed Ancient Streets where you will find unique street vendors, busy traditional workshops, and holy temples. Continue your discovery with water puppet show, inspired by Red River Delta peasants. A welcome dinner is invited by us to give you some idea of Vietnamese food and cuisine.
Activities: transfer to downtown
Meal included: Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

Day 02: Cycling suburban Hanoi – night train to Sapa 

Breakfast at the hotel, we transfer to the bike shop and start with a cycle via a scenic road winding through the urban outskirts and into the countryside.  We pass the oldest bridge, Long Bien Bridge which was built by a famous Eiffel Construction company. Following the path along the dike of Red river, we are heading to Bat trang Pottery village for a closer look and admire the skill of villagers forming the products in few factories.
Afternoon, time for you to experience the beauty of Vietnam’s scenery as you cycle through back roads and along the banks of the Red River. We will stop at a local Bonsai garden before visiting another local house where you will get to meet the house owners, have a cup of tea and enjoy some local fruits.(or stop at coffee shop somewhere).
Continue cycling through the relaxing banana and vegetable farming area in the middle of the Red River Island. This time is for photo shootings.
We then head off to the pottery village of Quang Ba where ceramics are stacked waiting to be taken into Hanoi by bicycle to transfer to the city before back to the bike shop to end up our cycling trip. Free time until you are transferred to the Railway Station for a night train to Sapa.
Activities: cycling about 30km - introductory grade
Meal included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Soft-berth A/C cabin on night train ( Sharing)

Day 03: Sapa – Mong Sen – Taphin

Arrive in Railways Station early morning, we will take 1hr drive uphill to the beautiful town of Sapa. The ride gives you a glimpse of the stunning vistas and impressive rice terraces. Upon arrival in Sapa Town, we have breakfast at a local restaurant and prepare for a transfer downhill to Mong Sen, where you start trekking uphill through mountainous areas. 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.  
Activities: 1-hour transfer + 4-hours trekking
Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Homestay in local house with basic conditions

Day 04: Taphin - Matra - Sapa – night train to Hanoi

After breakfast, we start our trek towards Sapa. We will pass through several minority villages; 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. Take a bath at a hotel then you may have some spare time for your dinner before we transferring downhill to Lao Cai.
Late afternoon, we say goodbye to the stunning mountainous area for transfer to Lao Cai and get night train back to Hanoi city. Ovenight onboard
Activities: 4-hours trekking
Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Soft berth A/C cabin on train

Day 05: Hanoi – Halong bay overnight cruise

You arrive in Hanoi early morning and take 5 minutes walk to a neaby station hotel. You will have a private room for bath and enjoy breakfast here. Then our car (without guide) will collect you at 08.00AM for the drive to Halong bay.
The drive takes you roughly 3.5 hours to get arrival in the cruise port. After checking in your cabin, you will be served with delicious lunch while the on-board tour guide is making the warm welcome and the cruise is sailing into the remote area of the bay.
Halong with its special geographical formations amazes you with stunning oceanic landscapes, inspirational islets, exotic floating villages and virgin small beaches. Your visits today might be a grotto and floating villages on the bay. The highlight of the day is wonderful moments of the sunsets when you are enjoying cool drinks on the sundeck.
Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:  Private cabin on overnight junk.

Day 06: Halong Bay - Hanoi flying to Hoian 

An active time awaits for kayaking time this morning. After some basic instruction, you are free to explore the hidden coves, floating caves, and pristine coral reef. Kayak will help you to reach to the most hidden part of the bay where you can enjoy wonderful swimming at a lovely lagoon. Back to the mother boat then we will take a bath before brunch while sailing back to the dock. Check out the cruise and we transfer back to Hanoi but heading directly to the airport for 1-hour flight to World Listed Site - Hoian town. 
Arrive in the ancient Hoian town then the dark covers and the streets are lit up by lanterns. Check in your hotel for relaxing.
Activities: Kayaking for 1,5 - 2 hours at introductory grade
Meal included: Brunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Hoian

Day 07: Hoian easy biking and cooking class

Rise up this morning to enjoy an enjoyable swim at Cua dai beach. Our tour guide will transfer you to the bike shop and we take an easy bike for local markets. Morning market sells the freshest food and vegetables of the day and we will not miss this chance to get delicious ingredients for our next cooking class. Picking your necessary items and we ride back to the kitchen. Try to make Hoian traditional food under our instruction of our master chef. This lunch will be your DIY dishes.
This afternoon is some time for walking to discover the best highlights of this town including Phu Kien pagoda, an ancient house, and Japanese bridge. Ending up the day with leisure tea/ coffee time at an outstanding café shop in town.
Activites: easy biking for about 1 hour
Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Hoian

Day 08: Hoian sunset cruise tour

We leave this whole morning free under you own management. Hoian is a small town but has many things to offer. You can swim in Cua Dai beach or rent a bike at the very cheap price to self-explore around.
This afternoon is leisure time with a sunset cruise. Transfer to the dock at around 15.00 PM then board on a traditional cruise. The cruise traverse along Thu Bon river while cool cocktail is serving. You may encounter some fishermen catching fishes on a river before the sunset. Enjoy the beautiful moments of the splendid river under the last lights of the day.
Meal included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Hoian

Day 09: Hoian flying to Saigon – Scooter tour

Morning flight to Saigon (or (Ho Chi Minh city) - the most bustling city in Vietnam. And we won’t let you miss the chance to get the sights and sounds of our busiest commercial hub. But instead of regular city tour, we set up special mode of transport today, scooter ride. Riding on the most popular and favorite transport of Vietnamese, we will take you to the best highlights of the city including Independence palace, North Dame cathedral, Post office, Ben Thanh market.
After completing our scooter trip, you are free to explore the city on your own. We suggest you should try some street food of Saigon to get a real taste. And don’t forget Saigon is at its most alive at night, try out night clubs, bars, and discothèque of the city.
Activities: 4 hours scooter tour
Meal included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon

Day 10: Saigon – Cai be homestay and local activities 

Pick you up from the hotel, we take a pleasant transfer in about 2 hours to Cai be farmstay. This is a remote house located at an isolated islet in the middle of a canal. You are warmly welcome by the host with welcome drinks followed by a delicious lunch. Leaving your packs in your room, we start an afternoon becoming a fisherman. Get down to the farmstay's pond and you will try to catch fish which is really fun and interesting. Your caught fishes will be the main ingredients for dinner tonight. 
After catching fishes, we take a bike to a local market where you will be a real local and buy all needed herbs, vegetables, and other foods for tonight. Back to your farmstay, you will prepare your dinner by yourself with fantastic cooking class. Enjoy dinner made by yourself from a-z.
Activities: easy biking
Accommodation: private room at Cai be
Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner 
farmstay

Day 11: Cai be farmstay – Saigon 

Wake up in the morning and we enjoy delicious breakfast with the host's family. Get on a small sampan to visit your neighbor with huge orchards. You will be invited to free taste very fresh fruits right in the gardens. 
We will have lunch at farmstay before checking out and drive back to Saigon city. We leave this whole time under your own management. We suggest you should take a cruise dinner for the last night in Vietnam in order to enjoy the splendid city from Saigon river. You can contact to our Team to set up
Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon

Day 12: Saigon Departure

The tour guide and driver are at your disposal until transfer to airport and get ready for your onward flight. Just remind your flight time and our tour guide will transfer you to the airport. Get ready for your onward flight back to your home country.
End of the Active Vietnam Tour.
Meal included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Not Available

 

Why this Tour?

  • Cycling in Hanoi's suburban
  • Stunning trek in Sapa
  • Fantastic overnight cruise Halong
  • Fun kayaking in Halong bay
  • Biking Hoi an & Cooking Class
  • Scooter tour for sound & senses of Sai gon
  • Homestay and farming in Mekong

Rate Valid Dec 2017
(5% OFF in May-Sep)

1 person: US$ 1925 pp
2 persons: US$ 1185 pp
3-4 persons: US$ 1055 pp
5-6 persons: US$ 965 pp
Single Supplement: US$ 320 pp
Note: PP = per person.
Based on 3-star room standards
(Request room upgrade)

 

What is Included

  • Professional English speaking guide
  • Flights Saigon – Danang, Danang – Hanoi
  • Private A/C car.
  • Scooter and bike rentals
  • Private room in Halong cruise
  • Homestay in Mekong & Sapa
  • 3-stars room at twin share basis
  • Kayaking in Halong bay
  • Homestay permission
  • Cooking class
  • Boat trips where mentioned
  • Daily breakfast and meals as indicated.
  • Entrance fees where applicable
  • 02 bottles of water/person/day
  • Services charges and taxes

What is NOT Included

  • International flights in/ out Vietnam
  • Visa stamp fee
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Others not mentioned

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