Little Black Hmong girls in Sapa, Lao Cai, Vietnam

Vietnam Adventure – 16 Days

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 2-3 star 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/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) (B/L)
Day4 ( Monday ) Sa Pa – Cong Troi – Sa Pa – Ta Phin – Lao Cai/Night Train for Ha Noi (SP2: 2055-0432 Day+1) (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/Hue Royal Tombs (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 (B)

Hotel List
Ha Noi: 3*
Sa Pa: 3*
Hue: 3*
Hoi An: 3*
Nha Trang: 3*
Sai Gon: 3*

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, Soft-Seat ticket for the day trains from Da Nang – Nha Trang and Nha Trang – Sai Gon;
Junk cruise on Ha Long Bay;
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;
All admission fees during the guided times as indicated on the tour program;

The tour price doesn't include
Insurance of any types;
International airfares and airport taxes;
Drinks or personal expenses;
Others not clearly specified in the inclusions.

Day1 ( Friday ) Arrive in Ha Noi (no included meals)
Arriving at Ha Noi Airport, you’ll be welcomed by our driver (without a tour guide) and transferred to the hotel. The rest of the day is free at leisure. Overnight in Ha Noi.A street vendor in the Old Quarter of Hanoi, Vietnam

Day2 ( Saturday ) Ha Noi Half Day City Tour/Night Train for Lao Cai (SP1: 2130-0530 Day+1)(B)
Breakfast at the hotel.
Today we’ll have a half day easy tour of the 1000 year old city of Ha Noi. We’ll will visit different highlights of Ha Noi including: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Presidential Palace, the Ngoc Son temple, the Temple of Literature - 1st University of Vietnam. You enjoy free at leisure time in the afternoon.
In the evening, we’ll transfer you to Ha Noi Train Station for the night train for Lao Cai.
Overnight on board the train.

Note: A late check-out accommodation is not included in the tour price.

Day3 ( Sunday ) Arrive in Lao Cai (0530 A.M/Lao Cai - Sa Pa/Sapa Trekking to Ta Van/Ta Van – Sapa (By car) (B/L)
Arriving at Lao Cai in the early morning, get refreshed at a local hotel and have breakfast. Then you can sip the hot coffee and enjoy the view of China on the other side of the Red River.

From Lao Cai the road winds up the terraced hillsides to Sapa, which offers the stunning mountain views of the North West of Vietnam. We meet our driver and travel further to Sa Pa. Your room in Sapa may not be ready yet but we can leave some of the luggage and head out for a trekking adventure through the fresh nature of the Hoang Lien Mountain Range.
Have a picnic lunch.
Overnight in Sapa Town.

Day4 ( Monday ) Sa Pa – Cong Troi – Sa Pa – Ta Phin – Lao Cai/Night Train for Ha Noi (SP2: 2055-0432) (B)
Breakfast at the hotel.
Enjoy a tour by jeep to the Gate Way to Heaven in the morning. Then we’ll have free time at leisure. In the afternoon, visit Ta Phin Village and then we’ll be transferred to the train station for the overnight train for Ha Noi.
Overnight on board the train.

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 with fresh local seafood for lunch. 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.

Notes: Accommodation on the junk is twin/double-shared basis, the junk cruise is on a shared cruise.

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. After the last feast on board for lunch, our junk travels back to the harbor for disembarkation at 10.45 A.M. We rejoin our bus and make our way to Ha Noi. We enjoy free time at leisure until our tour guide comes back and assist you back to the train station for the overnight train for Hue. Overnight on board the train.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.

Enjoy a day tour back in time of the war in Vietnam. We’ll travel to the formerly fierce battlefields including the Ancient Citadel of Quang Tri with live evidence of destruction, 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.

Day8 ( Friday ) Hue Imperial Citadel Tour/Hue Royal Tombs (B)
Breakfast at the hotel.
Have a river cruise to visit the Thien Mu Pagoda and a tour of Hue Imperial Citadel.
In the afternoon, visit the royal tombs of King Tu Duc, Khai Dinh and Minh Mang.
Overnight in Hue.

Day9 ( Saturday ) Hue – Lang Co Beach – Hai Van Pass – Da Nang – Hoi An (B)
Breakfast at the hotel.
Depart 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.

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.

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, we’ll check into our hotel and enjoy free time.
Overnight in Nha Trang.

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.

Day13 ( Wednesday ) Nha Trang - Sai Gon (day train SE7: 0836-1615)(B)
Breakfast at the hotel.
Transfer to the train station where we board the day train for Ho Chi Minh City, still called Sai Gon by many locals. Arriving in the evening, welcomed by our local team and transferred to the hotel.
Overnight in Saigon.

Day14 ( Thursday ) Sai Gon – Cai Be – Vinh Long – Sai Gon (B/L)Boats on the Mekong River at Vinh Long
Breakfast 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.

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.

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.