Duration: 15 days / 14 nights
Day 01: Ha Noi. Arrival
Arrival at the airport of Ha Noi, welcome and transfer to the hotel in Ha Noi (check in from 12:00). Depending on the weather, go to Mass at the Great Cathedral in the afternoon.
Walk (1h00) in a cycle tour to visit the old town.
Night in Ha Noi.
Day 02: Ha Noi. City Tour - Lao Cai Night Train (B)
Breakfast. 08:00, departure for the discovery of the city: the Temple of Literature, visit the Women's Museum, Tr pn Quốc Pagoda.
Afternoon, visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum outside, its house on stilts, unique pillar pagoda.
Walk in the old town with the visit of Ngoc Son Temple on the Lake of the Restored Sword.
In the evening, puppet show on the water.
In the evening transfer to Hanoi train station for the sleeper train to Lao Cai (departure around 9:10 pm)
Night on board the train
Day 03: Lao Cai - market of Cốc Ly - Bắc Hà (B, D)
Early arrival at Lai Cai station, have breakfast and take a shower in an on-site accommodation.
Departure in the morning for the Coc Ly market, is located at the edge of the Chay River coming from China. It is accessed most often up the river in a long motor boat, the scenery is fabulous with waterfalls everywhere in the middle of lush forests. Some villages on the bank are ancient fiefdoms of local lords, with the remains of monumental pagodas. This pretty market in the bottom of an isolated valley takes place on Tuesday morning. The inhabitants of surrounding villages such as Hmong Blanc and Noir, Phu La Nung and Dao come here to sell and buy their handicrafts and culture and gathering.
After visiting the market, drive to Bắc Hà. Visit of the former palace of a "local king": mixed Chinese and French architecture built around 1910. Discovery of the daily life of the inhabitants: villages around Bac Ha, village of Bản Phố to visit the house of the Mongs who make rice acool, specialty of the region.
Then have dinner and spend the night in the village with a family of Tays, you can discover the traditional culture and lifestyle of them
Day 04: Bắc Hà - Tays village in Trung Đô - Hanoi road by private car (B)
After breakfast, small market to visit the villages. You will have the opportunity to contact with locals, participate in the field work with local residents. You will embark on a cruise on the Chay River. After about 1:30 of boat, you will land at the village of Trung Đô - bottom of a valley where the Tay live, one of their particularities is to build their houses on stilts.
At the beginning of the afternoon, drive to Hanoi. Arrival at the end of the afternoon, installation in the hotel. Night in Hanoi.
Day 05: Hanoi - Ninh Binh (Tam Coc) (B)
08:00, road to Ninh Binh, named "Ha Long Ha Long Bay".
On arrival, visit the temple of Dinh Tien Hoang (Dinh dynasty, tenth century) and the Temple of Le (dynasty of the L-anterior, eleventh century).Free lunch in a local restaurant.
In the afternoon, take a boat trip on the river through picturesque landscapes and take you to the beautiful caves of Tam Coc (literally "the 3 caves") naturally dug under the high limestone monoliths. Water and centuries have carved many stalactites and stalagmites with curious shapes.
Continue cycling to visit the Jade Pagoda and surrounding villages.
Overnight at Tam Coc.
er the traditional culture and lifestyle of them.
Day 6: Ninh Binh - Long Bai Tu (B, L, D). English guide on board
07.30: Departure to Halong. Start a 3 and a half hour drive to Hon Gai Harbor. Small rest in the private waiting room Oriental Sails JSC - The Salon OS.
12.30-13.00: Embark on the Oriental Sails junk followed by cruise briefing.
13.00-15.30: Enjoy a delicious meal while the Oriental Sails junk sails further to the limestone islands of Bai Tu Long Bay.
15.30-16.30: You are free to choose one of the options below:
Option 1: visit to the village of Fishermen
They are interested in local daily life: Take a rowing boat trip (about 45 minutes), around the fishing village of VungVieng - one of the largest fishing villages in Halong Bay to see the life of local fishermen . The village is located in the closed lagoon, surrounded by mountains, excellent settings for some good photos.
Option 2: Beach and Kayaking
For those who love water activities and the beach. The offer (Small boat) takes you to the beach of Feet, where you can have fun on the beach, swimming or play volleyball ..., or try your hands of kayaking in the beautiful surroundings of the bay. Halong.
16.30-17.30: Return to the Oriental Sails junk and take a shower and relax at sunset.
17. 30-19.00: Enjoy Happy Hour at the bar and on the terrace and take part in our cooking class with the Oriental Sails Chef
19.00: Dinner is served. Socialize with other guests, squid night fishing or just lazing around. Singing and dancing activities are available until 22:00. Night on board at the Cong Cong Area.
Day 07: Bai Tu Long Bay - Thien Canh Son Cave - Hanoi Airport - Flight to Hue (B, L). English guide on board.
6.30-7.00: Start your day with Tai Chi exercise on the terrace.
07.00-09.00: Enjoy the pure morning of the sea with a cup of tea or coffee, have breakfast cruise to the cave of Thien Canh Son
9.00-09.30: Visit Thien Canh Son Cave - the average and least visited size in Bai Tu Long Bay.
9.30-10.00: Leave your cabin. Baggage can be handed over to the reception area.
10.00-11.00: Return to the Port. Lunch early on board. Land Oriental Sails
Transfer to the airport for flight to Hue. Along the way, visit the porcelain village of Phù Lãng. Upon arrival at Hue Airport, welcome by guide and driver and transfer to hotel for installation.
Overnight at hotel in Hue
Day 08 : Hue - City Tour (B)
Breakfast. 08:00, visit the Imperial City, Dong Ba Market, one of the largest and most lively in the region where we find all varieties of fruits, flowers and spices of the former imperial capital, located at the edge of the Perfume River.
Afternoon, traditional boat ride on the Perfume River. Visit the Thien Mu Pagoda "The Celestial Lady" (17th century) and the tomb of the Emperor of Minh Mang.Visit the colonial districts, the Trang Tien bridge.
Overnight in Hue.
Day 09: Hue - Da Nang - Hoi An (B)
Breakfast. 8:00 am, drive to Hoi An, crossing the vertiginous Col des Nuages (if the weather is nice). Stop en route to Lang Co. beach. Visit the Cham Museum in Da Nang. Visit the village of sculptors on marble. Continuation of the road to Hoi An.
In the afternoon, visit the ancient city of Hoi An: (The Ex-Fai Fo): The Fujian Shrine dedicated to the goddess Thien Hau, the Quan Công Temple, the Museum of Antiquities, the Japanese Bridge, Phung Hung House, the market and the port .....
Overnight in Hoi An
Day 10: Hoi An - Vegetable Villages of Tra Que (B, L)
Bike ride in the Tra Que vegetable garden village. Play the role of the market gardener. Possibility of a local cooking court and lunch among locals and lunch.
Return to Hoi An. Free time for personal discovery of the ancient city or go shopping.
Day 11: Hoi An - Cham Island (B, L). Group tour
Around 7:30, transfer to the pier of Cửa Đại then take the canoe to join the island of Cham (about 15 - 20 minutes in canoe). On arrival at the island, visit the island: the museum, the reservoir of the island, the Pagoda Hải Tạng date more than 200 years, the local market of seafood.
At 10:15, continuation to Long Island (Hòn Dài) for snorkeling (about 45 minutes - 60 minutes snorkeling).
At 11:30, change and return to have lunch in a local restaurant, taste dishes specialties of the island.
At 14h, take the canoe to reach Hoi An.
On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Free time for personal discovery of the ancient city or shopping.
Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 12: Hoi An - Da Nang - Siem Reap. In flight - Without guide (B).
Breakfast. Free time. Transfer to Da Nang Airport for Da Nang / Siem Reap flight. On arrival, welcome by our driver and transfer to the hotel.
Free dinner and overnight at the hotel in Siem Reap.
Day 13 (02 August 2019): SIEM REAP Visit (B)
Breakfast at the hotel
ATV tour Angkor Thom site, including Bayon, a Buddhist-adapted mountain temple dating back to the late 12th century / early 13th century was its main monument. We will then discover the Baphuon, an imposing building site of the French School; Far East, was in the middle of the eleventh century. Then, Phimeanakas, the Terrace of Elephants, in which the king and his court attended the parades, and the terrace of the Leper King, so called because of a statue of a Judge of Hell demonic appearance. Continue your visit to the indoor jungle temple of Ta Prohm is an amazing sight. There are huge fig trees and gigantic creepers that embrace in the stone foundations of the structure giving the impression of the creation of man is recovered by the forces of nature.
Continuation of visit of Angkor Wat, imposing & quot; temple assembly & quot;, elevated to the 12th century by King Suryavarman II. This sanctuary, marking the apogee of the Khmer kingdom, constitutes by its plan of concentric enclosures, by the perfection of its proportions and the richness of its carved decoration, the most beautiful realization of the Khmer classical art.
At the end of the afternoon: admiration of the temples at sunset on the temple of Pre Rup.
Free dinner and overnight at the hotel in Siem Reap.
Day 14 (03 August 2019): SIEM REAP Visit (B)
Breakfast at the hotel
After breakfast, we drive through the countryside and rice paddies to reach the carved Kbal Spean River, otherwise known as the 1000 Linga River. Walk (about 45 minutes in fairly strong climb) through the forest to discover the carved bed of yonis and lingas of the river that draws its source on the sacred mountain of Phnom Kulen. A few kilometers away you reach Banteay Srei, "the citadel of women". Located 30 km northeast of Angkor Wat, it is one of the most perfect and endearing architectural creations erected in Cambodia. The buildings, which have preserved very fine decorations carved in pink sandstone, made this temple famous.
On the way back you visit the temple of Banteay Samre, citadel of the Samre ethnic group. It was built by Hinduists at the same time as the temple of Angkor Wat. Return to your hotel and free late afternoon to enjoy the hotel pool or visit the city at your own pace.
Free dinner and overnight at the hotel in Siem Reap
Day 15 (04 August 2019): ROLOUS GROUP - KAMPONG PHLUCK - Tonle Sap Lake Departure (B)
Breakfast at the hotel.
In the morning, you go on a boat trip on Lake Tonle Sap where you discover life on the water. Tonle Sap Lake, about 28 km from downtown Siem Reap, is the largest freshwater lake in South East Asia. You will visit Kampong Pluk, a village of stilt houses and floating, completely flooded in the rainy season. The inhabitants live from fishing and breeding crocodiles. You will visit the crocodile farms, monastery and school are also built on poles because the lake increases several meters after the rainy season.
Then transfer to Siem Reap airport for your departure flight.
End of our journey!