Vietnam Five Lands

VIETNAM FIVE LANDS ‐ 20 DAYS

The Tour covers the whole Country: North, Center, South and two Mountainous regions.

Itinerary

Day 1: fly in
Overnight: Hanoi. Transportation: Car.

Day 2: Hanoi City tour
Morning: Political area: Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, Temple of literature, Fine Art Museum (or other). Break for lunch in a restaurant.
Afternoon: The Center: Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son temple, Old quarter, French quarter (walking or Cyclo tour). West lake area: Quan Thanh Temple, West Lake round trip and some site round the West Lake (or Ethnology museum). Evening: Water puppet show.
Overnight: Hanoi. Meals: B, L. Transportation: car, cyclo. Performing: Water puppet.

Day 3: Ha Noi – Ha Long – Hai Phong
Morning 8 am: Depart from Hanoi, it takes 3h30’ drive include a break on the way.
Afternoon 12 pm: Boarding wooden junk, seafood lunch on boat, and cruise for 4h on the Bay passing Dinh Huong, Litter Duck, Fighting Cocks Islands and some floating villages. Visit Thien Cung, Dau Go caves on an Island. Return the wharf and drive for 1.30h to Hai Phong.
Overnight: Hai Phong. Meals: B, L. Transportation: car, boat.

Day 4: Hai Phong – Tam Coc – Bich Dong – Ha Noi
Morning: walk in the City Center of French style, drive southward to Ninh Binh town; stop to visit Pho Minh Tower pagoda on the way. Arrived in Tam Coc, the land called “Dry Ha Long” take the boat rowing trip for 2h on Ngo Dong River though caves, rice field, villages. After lunch continue a short drive to visit Bich Dong pagoda, the second rank of beautiful cave in Vietnam.
Afternoon: Pass the Town to visit Dinh and Le temples in Hoa Lu the ancient Capital of Vietnam. Drive back to Hanoi. After dinner catch the nigh train to Lao Cai.
Overnight: on train. Meals: B, L. Transportation: car, boat, train.

Day 5: Lao Cai Market – Sa Pa
Arrived in Lao Cai early morning, after breakfast in town drive to visit Weekly market of colorful dressed mountain hill tribe, continue to Sapa town check in the Hotel. Note: Weekly Markets on Sunday in Bac Ha, Muong Hum; Saturday in Can cau; Tuesday in Coc Ly; Wednesdays in Lung Khau Nhin.
Overnight: Sa Pa. Meals: B, L. Transportation: car.

Day 6: Sa Pa
After breakfast drive 8 km to trek in Lao Chai, Ta Van villages. Passing suspension bridge and turn to The Town for lunch. Continue visit Cat Cat, Sin Chai villages on the down hill of the town which facing to Fansipang Vietnam’s highest mountain. Late afternoon drive back to Lao Cai for night train back to Hanoi.
Overnight: Sa Pa. Meals: B, L. Transportation: car, train.

Day 7: Hanoi to Hue by fly
Morning: pick up to Noi Bai Airport fly to Hue Ancient Capital of Vietnam of Nguyen Dynasty. Check in the Hotel.Afternoon: after lunch visit Great Enclosure of Royal Citadel, the complex of Noon Gate, Royal Palace, Temples build in 1802. Continue to Tu Duc King’s Tomb.
Overnight: Hue. Meals: B, L. Transportation: fly, car.

Day 8: Hue Unesco World Heritage
Morning: boat trip on the Perfume River go up stream visit Thien Mu Pagoda, further boat cruise and walking through a village to Gia Long King’s Tomb. Back to the city for lunch. Afternoon: Drive to visit Royal Arena, Thanh Toan covered Bridge, Royal antique museum (or War museum).
Overnight: Hue. Meals: B, L. Transportation: car, boat.

Day 9: Hue – Da Nang, Hoi An
Drive along the sea coast southward, climb up on the Cloudy Pass, some stops on the way for taking pictures, pass Da Nang City and visit Champa Sculpture Museum. Arrived in Hoi An, check in Hotel and Lunch break.
Afternoon: Walking in the Unesco World Heritage of Hoi An ancient Street, visit Japanese Bridge, Old house, Chinese Congress Hall, Museum. Free for night walk in the street of thousands lanterns reflecting on the water of Hoai River.
Overnight: Hoi An. Meals: B, L. Transportation: car.

Day 10: Hoi An – My Son
Early morning drive 1h to My Son, Unesco World Heritage, and the Hinduism Sanctuary of Champa kingdom built from VII to XIII centuries. The complex of brick towers, decorated with statues, sculptures divided in many groups and located in the mysterious forest look up to Cat Tooth Holly Mountain. Lunch break. Drive back and take the boat cruise to visit Cam Kim, Thanh Ha handicraft villages. Back to Hoi An by boat.
Overnight: Hoi An. Meals: B, L. Transportation: car, boat.

Day 11: Da Nang – Nha Trang by train
Morning: free in the old town and Cua Dai beach. At noon catch the train to Nha Trang City, arrived in the late afternoon.
Overnight: Nha Trang. Meals: B, L. Transportation: car, train.

Day 12: Nha Trang beaches relax
Boat trip to Tam, Mun islands for swim and snorkeling. Having lunch on the floating restaurant and visit fish sauces manufacture workshop. Back to the shore and visit Ponaga Cham tower.
Overnight: Nha Trang. Meals: B, L. Transportation: car, boat.

Day 13: Nha Trang – Ban Me Thuot
Morning: drive 160 through Ninh Hoa, Madrak towns to Ban Me Thuot, the city of café and elephant.
Afternoon: drive to visit Don elephant village with Ede old houses on stills, and suspension wooden bridge on Seperok river. Back to the city visit Center Park with Bao Dai mansion.
Overnight: Ban Me Thuot. Meals: B, L. Transportation: car.

Day 14: Ban Me Thuot – Dalat
Morning: depart to Lak lake visit Jun elephant village, lunch and enjoy the Gong music. Continue drive 100km through beautiful mountain landscape to Da Lat, the flower city.
Overnight: Da Lat. Meals: B, L. Transportation: car.

Day 15: Dalat mountain relax
Sightseeing of Bao Dai King’s mansions, churches, French villas. Free to walk in the Center market, Ho Xuan Huong lake and entertainment parks for the rest of the day.
Overnight: Da Lat. Meals: B, L. Transportation: car.

Day 16: Dalat to Ho Chi Minh City by fly
Cu Chi Morning: drive to Lien Khuong airport for fly to Ho Chi Minh City.
Afternoon visit Cu Chi tunnel, a famous underground guerilla base during Vietnam War in the suburban district of Ho Chi Minh City. Back to the City. Overnight: Ho Chi Minh City. Meals: B, L. Transportation: fly, car.

Day 17: Ho Chi Minh City tour
Morning: Tours in district 1, visit War Remnant Museum, Reunification Palace, Post office, Notre dam Cathedral, then pass by People Committee Hall and walk around Ben Thanh market. Lunch break.
Afternoon: Visit Giac Lam Pagoda, China Town in district 5 and Binh Tay market.
Overnight: Ho Chi Minh City. Meals: B, L. Transportation: car.

Day 18: Ho Chi Minh City – My Tho – Can Tho
Morning: depart to My Tho City visit Vinh Trang pagoda in the City, arrived in the boat station, take the boat to My Tho Market, continue to Phung island walk in fruit gardens, country houses, candy workshop and cruise on the canals under water coconut trees, back to My Tho boat station. Continue drive to Can Tho, process to Bang Lang bird Garden in the sunset to watch the bird when they come home.
Overnight: Can Tho. Meals: B, L. Transportation: car, boat.

Day 19: Can Tho, floating market – Ho Chi Minh City
Early morning take the boat trip to Cai Rang floating market busy of boats buy and sell fruits, visit some riverside villages, fruit gardens and turn to the Boat station. Drive back on the way visit Dong Tam snake farm. Back in Ho Chi Minh City.
Overnight: Ho Chi Minh City. Meals: B, L. Transportation: car, boat.

Day 20: Fly out
Transportation: car.