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Less Traveler from Mountain Down to The Sea 8 days

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  • Get up close to Hanoi‘s historic charm, including a cyclo ride through the Old Quarter’s maze of streets and a traditional water puppet show.
  • Paddle through the serene scenery of “Halong Bay on land” – Tam Coc’s dramatic craggy passages and terrestrial green peaks.
  • Trekking through the serene scenery and ethnic villages of National Nature Reserve – Pu Luong
  • Catch your first sight of Lan Ha Bay’s towering limestone karsts from your vantage point on a cruise with plenty of activities: swimming, kayaking and fish catching.

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Detailed itinerary

Day 1Hanoi - Arrival

A Hanoi Voyages representative will welcome you when you arrive at the airport and transfer you to your arranged accommodation where check-in time is 14:00 pm.

  • A water-puppet show, a traditional and ancient art form, unique to Vietnam
  • Let the excitement commence!

Day 2Hanoi - Highlights

Begin the journey by unraveling Vietnamese culture, history, and religion in the capital of Vietnam with Hanoi’s highlights:

  • Ho Chi Minh complex which includes the mausoleum for the nation’s hero-Ho Chi Minh, his modest former residence, the Presidential Palace, and the One Pillar Pagoda
  • The Temple of Literature, a fine example of traditional Vietnamese architecture founded in 1070 by Emperor Ly Thanh Tong, and dedicated to Confucius to honor literary scholars. Vietnam’s first university was also established here in 1076
  • The museum of your choice either the National Fine Arts Museum, the Ethnology Museum, or the Vietnamese Women Museum
  • A ride of exploration through the lively ‘Old Quarter’ (over 1000 years old) by traditional cyclo

Day 3Hanoi - Pu Luong - Trekking: Kho Muong - Hieu Village

Pu Luong trekking: Hang village – Eo Ken – Kho Muong

  • Transfer from Mai Chau to Ban Hang passing through Co Luong with beautiful hill road
  • Start to trek with 2 sections. The first section is hard with some steep climbs and stream crossings. The second one is glorious with beautiful views of the valley, rice terraces, rich rain forests and meandering streams
  • Picnic lunch will be served on the way at Eo Ken village
  • Arrive in Kho Muong village is always special as the setting of the village is perhaps the most beautiful in North west of Vietnam, nestled between steep karst mountains with rice terraces in the afternoon
  • Stay overnight at Thai stilt house in Kho Muong village

Day 4Pu Luong - Retreat

  • After morning breakfast, we start to hike to Hieu village. The hike is a little bit up and down and the scenery changes from mountain and jungle to rice terraces fields
  • Nothing is more refreshing than dunking part in some of the fun of stream bathing
  • Picnic lunch will be served and have a little relaxation
  • Continue to Hieu Village
  • Stay at homestay of Thai people

Day 5Pu Luong - "Halong Bay on land" - Tam Coc

From Hanoi, travel to the Trang An – a UNESCO World Heritage site of both cultural and natural significance.

  • Visit Hoa Lu, the site of the country’s first capital, which covered almost three sq km.
  • Board a sampan and navigate Ngo Dong River where limestone towers rise above rice fields.
  • Bike towards Bich Dong Pagoda where you may access the pagoda by climbing the stairs carved into rock walls.
  • If timing allows, continue biking through the countryside to the Thai Vi temple in Tam Coc.
  • Acquaint yourself with your homestay host and settle yourself into their daily routine.

Day 6Tam Coc - Lan Ha Bay - Cruise & Night on board

Cast off into Lan Ha Bay: the less traveled, but still astoundingly beautiful southern portion of Ha Long Bay. Explore the bay on a traditional Vietnamese junk boat through a maze of karst towers.

  • Admire the fascinating formations of the bay through a maze of karst towers
  • Kayak around Dark and Bright cave area which located in the most beautiful lagoon in the Bay
  • Relish the taste of skillfully prepared local seafood.
  • Settle into your cabin while the boat anchors for a night’s rest.

Day 7Lan Ha Bay - Cruise - Hanoi

For the last day in the bay, you will experience a second to none activities

  • Delight in breakfast with an astonishingly enchanting view under the morning sun.
  • Get up close to a small beautiful lagoon dotted with some floating houses, learn their daily life and fishing culture. With local fisherman and follow their instruction, you will take a hand-on experience in fish catching by using net.
  • Dive and dip into the refreshing bay
  • Indulge in lunch and appreciate the local ingredients used to craft the dish
  • Return to the port in the early afternoon to travel back to Hanoi

Day 8Hanoi - Departure

Free time until your transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

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  • Well-selected accommodation with spirit
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The spirit

Be enchanted by the awesome Temples of Angkor and the history of Khmer Kings discovered at the magnificent UNESCO Heritage site.

Day 1 – SAIGON – FLY – SIEM REAP   Settle into a flight from Saigon to Siem Reap. Arrive and be welcomed by our guide and be transferred to your arranged accommodation. Overnight in a hotel with breakfast.

Day 2 – SIEM REAP – ANGKOR THOM – TA PHROM – ANGKOR WAT   Arriving in Angkor Wat, you will rove among the ruins of the world’s most famous Hindu temple complexes, built for gods, and fit for kings: Baphuon (a temple in honour of another Hindu deity, Shiva) with its spectacular layered structure, the Terrace of the Leper King with its beautiful carvings of gods, nagas, and dancers; the Royal Enclosure and its small and particularly significant temple, Phimeanakas. Overnight in a hotel with breakfast.


Day 3 – SIEM REAP – BANTEAY SREI – BANTEAY SAMRE Advance to an off-the-beaten-track site, an hour away from Angkor Wat, encountering stunning Cambodian countryside and uncovering more temples: visit Banteay Srei, called the citadel of women and come face to face with the meticulously restored enclosed temple of Banteay Samre, complete with carvings of lions and nagas. Overnight in a hotel with breakfast.

Day 4 – SIEM REAP – TONLE SAP – Departure Travel to Tonle Sap and find yourself surrounded by a completely aquatic landscape, see how everyday life is transformed by its proximity to and dependence on water. Free time until your transfer to the airport for your departure flight


BEACH BREAK – Lounge on the beach and let the sand kiss your toes!

The spirit

Vietnam’s 3,444 km (2,140 miles) long coastline and tropical/ subtropical climate make it the perfect place for those who wish to spend their holidays swimming warm turquoise water and sunbathing on a white-sand beach, at all times of the year!

PHU QUOC – FLY from SAIGON Ready your senses for something truly exceptional, Phu Quoc is worth the wait. Extruding an atmosphere of elegant nonchalance, this island paradise celebrates the benefits of returning to nature…(Read more)

NHA TRANG Wide Boulevards, white sandy beaches signal relaxation and happiness, the Nha Trang Bay is an attractive seaside stopover...(Read more)

CON DAO – FLY from SAIGON An hour flight from Saigon to the white-sand beaches, translucent water, well-preserved scenery. On the program: idleness, diving, trekking in the jungle and visiting the National Park to meet sea turtles…(Read more)

MUINE 4 hours’ drive from HCM, coconut trees, white sand, and ochre sand dunes, all on a canvas of deep blue sky. Just divine! You will have fun sledding on the sand dunes, and love the charming images of the animated port; A beach with a small market in that open fresh shellfish; and small round fishermen’s boats that are so special. Nature also offers you the sight of beautiful red canyons, the result of erosion in the rainy season….(Read more)

 LAOS – Luang Prabang – A natural wild and mysterious! /2 days 1 night

The Spirit

« History, Nature and Spirituality » are the word that resonates with travelers of this divine, landlocked country“The ancient kingdom of a million elephants” reflects its rich historical heritage by the splendor of its many temples dedicated to Buddha.

 1 – Luang Prabang – Highlights – Dinner on Cruise
Discover this serenity town, a designated UNESCO Heritage Site on Tuk Tuk to visit: The National Museum (Ancient Royal Palace), the Wat Xieng Thong, Wat Ahman, Wat Mai the richly decorated temple. See the Ock Pop Tok textile gallery. In the afternoon, embark on a traditional boat to cruise long Nava Mekong river. Enjoy dinner with Baci ceremony and traditional dance show. Overnight in a hotel with breakfast.

Day 2 – Luang Prabang – Khuang Sy Waterfall – Ethnic Minority Villages

Departure to the beautiful waterfalls Khuang Sy about 30km from Luang Prabang. En route, visiting min0rity villages such as H’mong village of Ban Thinkeo, Khmu village of Ban Thapaene and weaving village of Ban Xang Khong where traditional product also called Saa paper made from mulberry leaves.  Get to the waterfall, nestled in the lush tropical vegetation, a beautiful clear pool for swimming. Back to Luang Prabang for your departure flight.

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A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which i enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine. I am so happy


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