Little Black Hmong girls in Sapa, Lao Cai, Vietnam
Little Black Hmong girls in Sapa, Lao Cai, Vietnam

Vietnam Adventure – 16 Days

Visited places: Hanoi, Halong Bay, Lao Cai, Sapa, Quang Tri, DMZ, Hue, Hoi An, Da Nang, Nha Trang, Ho Chi Minh City
Tour Activity/Theme: Adventure, Trekking, Budget, Train, Ecotourism, Ethnic village, History

Vietnam Adventure is one of AdventureGreen's budget adventure tours in Vietnam in 16 days, 15 nights. The trip is scheduled with departure every Friday from Hanoi.

The travel itinerary covers most of the must-see and off-the-tourist-track attractions in Vietnam from the North through the Central Region to the South. The long-distance travels are by train. 

In the North, we travel from the mountains of Sapa inhabited by the colorful hill tribes to the Red River Delta and the stunning World Heritage Site of Ha Long Bay. In the Central Region, the tour covers the former battlefields (DMZ), the Imperial Citadel and Hoi An Old Town, Nha Trang Beach City. In the South, we visit the verdant Mekong River Delta on a day trip from Saigon.The Muong Hoa Valley, Sapa, Vietnam

The tour activities include extensively trekking and hiking in Sapa; sea cruising on Ha Long Bay; historical and battlefield touring in the Central Region and South Vietnam; river cruising on the Mekong River. The pace of the tour is mostly moderate, except for Sapa where the tour grade is hard trek.

On the trip, the accommodations include adventure hotels with basic facilities. Transports for the tour include boat, train and car. All in all, Vietnam Adventure is a complete authentic experience of Vietnam in all senses.

Brief itinerary
Day1 ( Friday ) Arrive in Ha Noi (no included meals)
Day2 ( Saturday ) Ha Noi Half Day City Tour on foot/Night Train for Lao Cai (SP1: 2130-0530 Day+1)(B)
Day3 ( Sunday ) Arrive in Lao Cai (0530 A.M/Lao Cai - Sa Pa/Sapa Trekking to Ta Van/Ta Van – Sapa (By car) (-/L)
Day4 ( Monday ) Sa Pa – Cat Cat – Lao Cai/Night Train for Ha Noi (SP2: 2055-0432) (B)
Day5 ( Tuesday ) Arrive at Hanoi (0432 A.M)/Ha Noi – Ha Long Bay Junk Cruise (-/L/D)
Day6 ( Wednesday ) Ha Long Bay – Ha Noi/Night Train for Dong Ha (SE1: 1930-0730 Day+1) (B/L)
Day7 ( Thursday ) Arrive at Dong Ha (0730 A.M)/Dong Ha – DMZ (Vinh Moc – Khe Sanh) – Hue (B)
Day8 ( Friday ) Hue Imperial Citadel Tour/Free time (B)
Day9 ( Saturday ) Hue – Lang Co Beach – Hai Van Pass – Da Nang – Hoi An (B)
Day10 ( Sunday ) Hoi An free at leisure (B)
Day11 ( Monday ) Hoi An – Da Nang – Nha Trang (day train SE1: 1140-2120) (B)
Day12 ( Tuesday ) Nha Trang full day free at leisure (B)
Day13 ( Wednesday ) Nha Trang - Sai Gon (day train SE7: 0836-1615)(B)
Day14 ( Thursday ) Sai Gon – Cai Be – Vinh Long – Sai Gon (B/L/D)
Day15 ( Friday ) Sai Gon free day (B)
Day16 ( Saturday ) Depart Sai Gon (car transfer without guide) (B)

Hotel List
Ha Noi:
Sa Pa:
Hue:
Hoi An:
Nha Trang:
Sai Gon:

The tour price includes
English-speaking guide;
Transportation + airlines tickets within Vietnam as indicated on the tour program;
Air-con soft-sleeper train tickets for Ha Noi – Hue and Nha Trang – Sai Gon, Soft-Seat ticket for the day train from Da Nang – Nha Trang
Junk cruise on Ha Long Bay with admission fees and pier fees;
Tourist boats for cruise on the Perfume River in Hue, on the Mekong River as indicated on the tour program;
Accommodation on twin-shared basis and homestay as indicated on the tour program;
Meals as indicated on the tour program: B= Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner;

The tour price doesn't include
Insurance of any types;
International airfares and airport taxes;
All admission fees except for those on Halong Bay as part of the cruise package;
Drinks or personal expenses;
Others not clearly specified in the inclusions.

Day1 ( Friday ) Arrive in Ha Noi (no included meals)A street vendor in the Old Quarter of Hanoi, Vietnam
Arriving at Ha Noi Airport, you’ll be welcomed by our driver and tour guide, and transferred to the hotel. The rest of the day is free at leisure.
Overnight in Ha Noi.

Included:
Transfer by car with guide from the airport to the hotel.
Accommodation at a hotel in Hanoi.

Not included:
Meals and personal expenses.
Averaged lunch/dinner: USD10/person/meal.
USD0.5/small bottle of water.
USD1/beer.

Day2 ( Saturday ) Ha Noi Half Day City Tour/Night Train for Lao Cai (SP1: 2130-0530 Day+1)(B)
Breakfast at the hotel.
Have free time.
1100 A.M We check out of the hotel and have our luggage in the storage area of the hotel.
1300 Enjoy a walking tour of easy tour of the 1000 year old city of Hanoi. We’ll will visit different highlights of Ha Noi including: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (from outside), the Presidential Palace, The Military History Museum, the Temple of Literature - 1st University of Vietnam.
1700 Have free time for refreshment and dinner.
2000 Our tour guide assists you for a taxi transfer to Ha Noi Train Station for the night train for Lao Cai.
Overnight on board the train.

Included:
Breakfast at the hotel.
Tour guide for the city tour and the transfer to the train station.
Train ticket for shared soft-sleeper compartment with air-con.

Not included:
A late check-out accommodation;
Accommodation in Hanoi.
Taxi ride from the hotel in Hanoi to the train station (less than USD2/taxi)
Lunch, dinner and personal expenses.
All entrance fees: VND30,000 for the Temple of Literature; VND30,000 for the Presidential Complex; VND30,000 for the Military History Museum.

Day3 ( Sunday ) Arrive in Lao Cai (0530 A.M/Lao Cai - Sa Pa/Sapa Trekking to Ta Van/Ta Van – Sapa (By car) (-/L)
Arriving at Lao Cai in the early morning, met by our driver and transferred to Sapa. Your room in Sapa may not be ready yet but we can leave some of the luggage at the storage area, and head out for a trekking tour in the Muong Hoa Valley. We’ll visit Y Linh Ho, Lao Chai and Ta Van Villages.
Have a picnic lunch.
Later in the day, our van transfers you from Ta Van Village back to Sapa Town.
Overnight in Sapa Town.

Included:
Tour guide.
Car or van for the transfer from Lao Cai to Sapa and from Ta Van to Sapa.
Picnic lunch.
Accommodation at a hotel in Sapa.

Not included:
Breakfast and dinner;
Drinks and personal expenses.
All entrance fees: VND70,000 for Lao Chai – Ta Van.

Day4 ( Monday ) Sa Pa – Cat Cat – Lao Cai/Night Train for Ha Noi (SP2: 2055-0432) (B)
Breakfast at the hotel.
Have free time in the morning for self-exploring Sapa Town.
1100 A.M Check out, have your luggage in the storage area of the hotel and have free time for lunch (own your own account).
12:30 Enjoy a walking tour to Cat Cat Waterfall and Cat Cat Village.
17:00 Transferred to Lao Cai Train Station for the overnight train bound for Hanoi.
Overnight on board the train.

Included:
Breakfast at the hotel.
Tour guide.
Car or van for the transfer from Sapa to Lao Cai.
Train ticket for Lao Cai – Hanoi in a shared soft sleeper compartment.

Not included:
Lunch and dinner;
Late check-out and accommodation in Sapa.
Drinks and personal expenses.
All entrance fees: VND50,000 for Cat Cat Waterfall.

Day5 ( Tuesday ) Arrive at Hanoi (0432 A.M)/Ha Noi – Ha Long Bay Junk Cruise (-/L/D)
Arriving in Ha Noi in early morning, we’ll be transferred for 3 hour (170 km) through the Red River Delta to Halong Bay. At half way, we'll have a stop at a handicraft workshop with fine clothes, embroidered paintings, stone statuettes and all kinds of gems mined in Vietnam such as star rubies or sapphires... You have time for refreshment and breakfast here. Breakfast is on your own account.

Upon arrival in Halong City, you'll be welcomed on board a junk and treated to lunch with fresh local seafood. Time for relaxation as our junk glides further into the tranquility of Ha Long Bay amid the towering mountain cliffs and on the emerald green water. Later in the afternoon, we'll stop for visiting the amazing Sung Sot cave and the Ti Top white sand beach before anchoring for the night.
Overnight on board the junk in the wild of Ha Long Bay.

Included:
Tour guide;
Car or van for the transfer from Hanoi to Halong Bay;
Lunch and dinner on board;
Twin/double-shared cabin on board a shared junk cruise;
Entrance fees for Halong Bay and pier fees (as a part of the cruise package).

Not included:
Breakfast;
Drinks and personal expenses.
Kayaks, massage on board… others not mentioned as included above.

Scenic view of the Sung Sot Cave on Halong Bay
Scenic view of the Sung Sot Cave on Halong Bay

Day6 ( Wednesday ) Ha Long Bay – Ha Noi/Night Train for Dong Ha (SE1: 1930-0730 Day+1) (B/L)
After breakfast, we'll take a little sampan to visit a secret lagoon of Ha Long Bay, have some time to meditate in the peacefulness of the lagoon. Then more cruise on the bay and back to the harbor for disembarkation at 10.45 A.M. Lunch at a restaurant at the harbor.

We rejoin our bus and make our way to Ha Noi. You can leave your luggage in the storage area of the hotel. Have free time at leisure until our tour guide comes back and assists you back to the train station by taxi for the overnight train for Hue.
Overnight on board the train.

Included:
Breakfast, lunch on board;
Guides on board the junk and for the road transfers: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Train Station;
Car or van for the transfer from Halong Bay to Hanoi;
Train ticket for a shared soft-sleeper compartment on a train from Hanoi to Hue.

Not included:
Dinner;
Drinks and personal expenses.
Taxi from the hotel in Hanoi to the train station (less than USD2/taxi).

King Tu Duc's Tomb in Hue, Vietnam

Day7 ( Thursday ) Arrive at Dong Ha (0730 A.M)/Dong Ha – DMZ (Vinh Moc – Khe Sanh) – Hue (B)
Arriving at Dong Ha Town early in the morning, meet our local team and get to a local restaurant for refreshment and breakfast on your own account.

Enjoy a day tour back in time of the war in Vietnam. We’ll travel to the formerly fierce battlefields including Khe Sanh Air Base, Vinh Moc Tunnels and Ben Hai River (former division line between North and South Vietnam). In late afternoon, we’ll travel to Hue.
Overnight in Hue.

Included:
Guide for the visits;
Car or van for the transfer Quang Tri – DMZ - Hue;

Not included:
All meals;
Drinks and personal expenses.
All admission fees: VND40,000 for Khe Sanh Combat Base, VND40,000 for Hien Luong Bridge, VND40,000 for Vinh Moc Tunnel.

Day8 ( Friday ) Hue Imperial Citadel Walking Tour/Free time (B)
Breakfast at the hotel.
Have a walking tour to Hue Imperial Citadel.
In the afternoon, have free time.
Overnight in Hue.

Included:
Breakfast;
Guide for the visit of Hue Citadel;
Accommodation at a hotel in Hue;

Not included:
All meals;
Drinks and personal expenses.
All admission fees: VND150,000 for Hue Imperial Citadel.

It is recommended you visit the Royal Tombs by motorbike or by boat on the Perfume River in your free time.

Day9 ( Saturday ) Hue – Lang Co Beach – Hai Van Pass – Da Nang – Hoi An (B)
Breakfast at the hotel.
Depart by car/van on a scenic route southward. We'll have stops for sightseeing at the Lang Co Beach and Hai Van Pass. Descend into Da Nang and follow the coastal road to Hoi An Old Town.
Overnight in Hoi An.

Included:
Breakfast;
Guide for the transfer from Hue to Hoi An;
Car or van for the transfer from Hue to Hoi An;
Accommodation at a hotel in Hoi An;

Not included:
Lunch and dinner;
Drinks and personal expenses.
All admission fees.

Day10 ( Sunday ) Hoi An free at leisure (B)A lantern shop in Hoi An Old Town
Breakfast at the hotel.
Full day free at leisure. Only accommodation with breakfast at the hotel is provided by AdventureGreen.
Overnight in Hoi An.

Included:
Breakfast;
Accommodation at a hotel in Hoi An;

Not included:
Lunch and dinner;
Drinks and personal expenses.
All admission fees.

Day11 ( Monday ) Hoi An – Da Nang – Nha Trang (day train SE1: 1140-2120) (B)
Breakfast at the hotel.
Have leisure until we transfer you to Da Nang Train Station for the day train for Nha Trang. Arriving at Nha Trang in the evening, our guide welcomes you at the train station and assists you to the hotel by taxi. We’ll check into our hotel and enjoy free time.
Overnight in Nha Trang.

Included:
Breakfast at the hotel;
Guide for the transfer from Hoi An to Da Nang Train Station and from Nha Trang Train Station to the hotel;
Car or van for the transfer from Hoi An to Da Nang Train Station;
Soft-seat ticket for the day train from Da Nang to Nha Trang;
Accommodation at a hotel in Nha Trang.

Not included:
Taxi from Nha Trang Train Station to the hotel (less than USD2/taxi);
Lunch and dinner;
Drinks and personal expenses.

Day12 ( Tuesday ) Nha Trang full day free at leisure (B)
Breakfast at the hotel.
Full day free at leisure. Only accommodation with breakfast at the hotel is provided by AdventureGreen. Alternatively you can have a boat cruise to some stunning offshore islands for snorkeling with additional costs.
Overnight in Nha Trang.

Included:
Breakfast at the hotel;
Accommodation at a hotel in Nha Trang.

Not included:
Lunch and dinner;
Drinks and personal expenses.
All activities;

Day13 ( Wednesday ) Nha Trang - Sai Gon (day train SE7: 0836-1615)(B)
Breakfast at the hotel.
Our guide picks you up from the hotel and assists you to Nha Trang Train Station by taxi.
Board the day train for Ho Chi Minh City, still called Sai Gon by many locals. Arriving in the evening, welcomed by our tour guide at Saigon Train Station and travel to the hotel by taxi.
Overnight in Saigon.

Included:
Breakfast at the hotel;
Guide for the transfers by taxi to the Train Station in Nha Trang and from Saigon Train Station to the hotel;
Accommodation at a hotel in Saigon.

Not included:
Lunch and dinner;
Drinks and personal expenses.
Taxi from the hotel in Nha Trang to the train station and from Saigon Train Station to the hotel (less than USD2/taxi);

Day14 ( Thursday ) Sai Gon – Cai Be – Vinh Long – Sai Gon (B/L)Boats on the Mekong River at Vinh LongBreakfast at the hotel.
In the morning, we drive 136 km( 4 hours) from Ho Chi Minh city to Vinh Long town. Upon arrival, we'll board our boat and start to explore the islands of the Mekong Delta. We'll visit: a temple or a community house, brick-making, pottery factories, a bean-curd making family, a blacksmith, rice-husking process… and learn about the real local life.
Lunch is served at a family on an island.
In the afternoon, meet our driver again for the trip back to Saigon.
Overnight in Saigon.

Included:
Breakfast at the hotel, lunch at Vinh Long;
Tour guide for the visits;
Road trip by car/van from Saigon to Cai Be and Vinh Long to Saigon;
Boat trip from Cai Be to Vinh Long;
Entrance fees for all visits;
Accommodation at a hotel in Saigon.

Not included:
Dinner;
Drinks and personal expenses.

Day15 ( Friday ) Sai Gon free day (B)
Breakfast at the hotel.
Full day free at leisure. Only accommodation with breakfast at the hotel is provided by AdventureGreen.
Overnight in Saigon.

Included:
Breakfast at the hotel;
Accommodation at a hotel in Saigon.

Not included:
Lunch and dinner;
Drinks and personal expenses.
All activities;

Day16 ( Saturday ) Depart Sai Gon (without guide) (B)
Breakfast at the hotel.
You have free time until we transfer you (without a tour guide) back to the airport for your departure flight. We trust you had a wonderful adventure holiday in Vietnam with AdventureGreen.

Included:
Breakfast at the hotel;
Transfer by car or van from the hotel to Saigon Tan Son Nhat Airport.

Not included:
Lunch and dinner;
Drinks and personal expenses.
Tour guide;