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an opportunity to step off the normal tourist trail and experience a slice of the real Vietnam, this 14-night Authentic Vietnam tour delves into the many fascinating cultural sights & sounds as you explore villages, national parks and pulsating cities. Whether it’s exploring through tranquil villages in Hanoi, trekking through dense jungles in Bach Ma National Park, watching the sunrise as the fisherman drift on Lak Lake or soaking up the frenetic markets of Ho Chi Minh City, this 14-night tour will show you the true Authentic Vietnam. Take a look and use this as a starting point for your own personalised holiday to Vietnam. Or we can start from scratch … call today!
Day 1: UK to Hanoi
Fly overnight from the UK to Hanoi
Day 2: Hanoi
Once you have landed you will be spending two nights at the perfectly located Essence Palace Hotel, 5 minutes’ walk away from the stunning Hoan Kiem Lake. Enjoy your day at leisure before early evening comes and you are welcomed into a local family home for a first-hand insight into daily life in Hanoi, topped off with some fantastic hospitality and a variety of home-cooked, local specialities for you to enjoy.
Days 3: Hanoi
This private full day tour by one of our friendly local guides transfers you an hour north out of the city and back in time, with a visit to Duong Lam ancient village. Explore narrow alleys to see the old houses that make this charming and tranquil village utterly unique. Then enjoy a freshly prepared lunch by one of the locals in their 100-year-old house. Continue to one of Vietnam’s first Pagodas, Tay Phuong Pagoda, and admire the unique sculptures carved into wood such as dragons and demons before heading back to the capital in the late afternoon. If you wish to fill your evening with some more stunning food, talk to us about one of our many exciting food tours we have on offer.
Day 4: Halong Bay
This morning you’ll be transferred down to the port where you will stay for 1 night aboard a traditional Vietnamese junk boat: Valentine junk – one of the smallest luxury junks on Halong Bay. You will have a chance to take in some of the thousands of limestone islets from the deck of the junk and also explore up close the hidden lagoons and secret beaches with kayaks. You could also try sea fishing to catch your lunch or chat with the local children and families that live out in the bay. All meals are included.
Day 5: Hue
Watch sunrise overlooking the bay as the boat makes its way back to the port. From here you will be transferred back to Hanoi International for a short flight south to Hue. Once you have arrived you will be taken to The Scarlett Boutique Hotel to stay for 2 nights in a perfect location in walking distance of the Perfume River & the Imperial Citadel.
Day 6: Hue
Start the day with a private tour of the UNESCO-Heritage Imperial Citadel itself. Hear stories about the majestic buildings and former Emperors. Continue your guided tour by bike, discovering the tranquil gardens of the region before arriving at the lotus-filled Tinh Tam Lake. Follow the Perfume River to one of Hue’s most historic landmarks: Thien Mu Pagoda. You will then travel into Hue’s countryside to explore the many tombs of former Emperors each set within stunning forest settings.
Day 7: Hue /Hoi An
Today you will take a scenic drive through the Hai Van Pass to the Bach Ma National Park, a protected area in Central Vietnam, covering 220 sq km. Our local guide will take you on a private trek through the National Park where a fifth of the flora of Vietnam has been discovered, including rare ferns and orchids, as well as nine other species of primate including the rare red shanked Douc Langur. It is also hoped that wild elephants will soon return from the Laos side of the border. You will then travel on to Hoi An to spend 2 nights at The Cozy Hoian Boutique Villas. Originally designed for the owners themselves this perfect hideaway offers an oasis of calm just half an hour’s walk outside of the busy Hoi An Ancient Town.
Day 8: Hoi An
Today you will head to the spiritual My Son Temple. Its combination of tranquil landscapes and fascinating history is sure to impress you as you hear tales of the Champa kingdom. Return back to Hoi An in the early afternoon with the rest of the day free. Talk to us if you would like to test out some of your culinary skills at one of our many cooking classes.
Day 9: Hoi An
Today you’ll board a boat and cruise to the mouth of the river for your private tour into the Cua Dai Sea. As the sun begins to rise you will see the local fishing fleet returning to land in their unique Vietnamese bamboo boats. Help them take out their nets, and see if you can paddle the boats back to the beach yourself! Once on land enjoy a much-needed Vietnamese coffee and typical fisherman breakfast with the rest of your day free.
Day 10: Hoi An / Buon Ma Thout
Later this afternoon you will take a short flight to Buon Ma Thout. From here you will be met and transferred by boat across the stunning Lak Lake to the secluded paradise of LAK Tented Camp where you will spend the next 2 nights with all your meals included. Created with a goal of environmental protection, its aim is to offer guests an eco-friendly, unique, and comfortable stay.
Day 11: Buon Ma Thout
This morning you will be transferred to Yang Tao village, located on the foot of Chu Yang Sin National Park. As the sun rises, start your day with a trek to a hidden waterfall embedded within the jungle. Cool off with a swim in the many fresh natural pools around before savouring a picnic lunch by the waterfall. In the afternoon, you will get a chance to explore the camp’s extensive organic farm helping to choose fresh produce to then transform, with the help of the cook, into a traditional meal.
Day 12: Buon Ma Thout / Ho Chi Minh City
Take an early boat ride out to the picturesque Lak Lake. As fisherman slowly drift, the lake begins to change colours with the sun rise – a perfect Sundowner moment! The rest of the day is free. Chat to the locals who contribute to the camp, take out a kayak on to the lake or simply sit back in a hammock and catch up on your book before early evening comes and you say goodbye to village life. A quick flight will then transfer you to the frenetic and exciting Ho Chi Minh City to stay for 2 nights at the luxurious home-stay of Chez Mimosa. With outstanding service and stunning boutique rooms, this is the perfect authentic base to stay in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 13: Ho Chi Minh City
Today we’ve included a private tour with one of our brilliant guides. Visit the War Remnants Museum & the former Presidential Palace. From there, stroll (your vehicle will be available at all times) to the major sights of colonial Ho Chi Minh City: the Old Saigon Post Office, Dong Khoi Street, Continental Hotel, Opera House and City Hall. Spend the afternoon relaxing or exploring but save some energy for the evening when the city comes alive and you head out on an after dark private Vintage Vespa food tour of the city. Travelling like a local, you will join the plethora of mopeds whizzing around the city to enjoy all-you-can-eat food & free-flow drinks at a mix of cafes, restaurants and live music venues.
Day 14 & 15: Mekong Delta
After breakfast you will be transferred deep into the winding water networks of the Delta where you will be staying for two nights at The Island Lodge on its own secluded island in the Mekong. Soak up the life of the river, relax and watch the world go by, take a tour to a local coconut farm or cross the river to My Tho taking bikes and exploring true Vietnam life at your own pace. If you would like to stay on the river itself then why not talk to us about staying overnight on the many River Cruises we have on offer?
Day 16: Mekong Delta / UK
After one final breakfast and dip in the pool, say goodbye to the lodge as you are transferred back to Ho Chi Minh International to catch your flight home.
Welcome Home – Time to look through the photos!!
This Authentic Vietnam Holiday idea costs from £2,749pp and includes – international flights (price based on London), all internal flights, all accommodation on a sharing basis, 14 nights B&B, 5 lunches, 4 dinners, land transportation by private vehicle with driver, all meals included on Halong Bay trip, English speaking local guide, 11 private tours, all entrance fees (as outlined above)
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