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16 days

Adventurous Vietnam

Vietnam
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From 1500 eur

Colonial chic, big city vibrancy, dramatic steep rocks emerging above the sea surface, rice terraces waning in the clouds and a bunch of tropical islands…

…Vietnam has it all! One of the most unique cultures, paradise sandy beaches, stunning landscapes, ethnic minority villages and truly outstanding cuisine… not to forget the Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum – a must-see before the communists with Uncle Ho are gone!

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16 days

Travel plan

1

Departure

 

Flight from Europe to Hanoi.

2-4

Hanoi

Mapa Impreza Zabytki

After your arrival our agent will pick you up at the airport and take you to the hotel in the old part of the city. Hanoi is a soulful city full of charm and unique ambiance of ancient pagodas neighbouring the lakes, colonial mansions and tropical boulevards all mixed together.

We encourage you to join seniors practising tai chi at the side of the mystic Hoan Kiem Lake and pay tribute to uncle Ho Chi Minh in his mausoleum. In the evening check out Water Puppet Theatre’s show – it takes place just a stone’s throw from your hotel.

3

Ha Long Bay

Leżak Snorkeling

After a nice Vietnamese breakfast you will transfer to the Ha Long Bay, where you boat is waiting. Jump aboard and take your chance to photograph all the Bay’s treasures during the cruise. Dramatic local calcite formations resemble parallel universe and they are included in the UNESCO natural heritage list.

During the day you are also going to visit the Turtle Island and a little bamboo boat will take you to the mysterious Hidden Lagoon... Late afternoon you are going back to Hanoi for a farewell dinner after which you will catch your train to Sapa.

5-7

From Sapa to rice terraces and ethnic minorities

Mapa Trekking

Let us invite you for 3 days full of adventures among rice terraces, ethnic minorities’ villages and colourful bazaars. You are spending the first night in a traditional style Vietnamese house and the other one in an eco-lodge facing a stunning view of rice terraces. During your 3 days trip around Sapa you will be accompanied by a guide showing you the most extraordinary places of the region: tiny villages of the black Hmong and red Dao people, local open-air markets and the most beautiful rice terraces in Vietnam.

If you would rather not sleep in the village, we can also offer a comfy hotel in the town of Sapa.

8-11

Hoi An

Leżak Impreza Zabytki Statek

Art galleries? Markets where bunches of ducks are among most usual things you can get? Fancy restaurants with $5 menus and fantastic cocktails? Or, in the end of the day, splashing around in hotel pool in the middle of a tropical garden? All these – and a lot more! – you will find in Hoi An.

The town is included in the UNESCO cultural heritage list and, in our opinion, it looks and feels like the essence of a dreamed-of Vietnam. Apart from intimate, small-town ambience you will experience medieval streets, charming colonial-style mansions as well as the vibrant port and jetty full of excellent bars and restaurants. For the history geeks – we recommend a 1-day excursion to My Son which keep ruins of the most important municipality of the ancient Champa Kingdom. There is more to that – just 15 minutes by bike from your hotel you will find kilometres of white beaches, where you can enjoy cooling water, warm sand and the sun.

11-14

Ho Chi Minh City

Mapa Zabytki

Flight to Ho Chi Minh City (former Saigon) which is definitely one of the most exciting cities in South-East Asia. I you feel like receiving some anti-American propaganda then you should not miss War Remnants Museum. Again, those fond of history will also find a lot of attractions – such as the underground tunnels of Cu Chi keeping memories of the Viet Cong soldiers who had their shelters, hospitals and even assembly halls here. Saigon also offers a whole lot of temples, pagodas and parks – you will certainly not get bored here!

13

Mekong Delta

Statek

Right after breakfast you will be picked up for a whole-day boat trip to the Mekong Delta. You will get a chance to observe the everyday life happening here – the river of Mekong has always been the place of living and working for millions of Vietnamese people. Experience the vibe of the tiny islets in the Delta while cruising on a traditional vessel (just like the one on a picture beside).

14-15

Back to Europe

 

Flying back home from Ho Chi Minh City.

 

The above travel plan is just an example of what you might expect when travelling with Planet Escape. We tailor each travel plan to individual client’s needs and we carefully select the right beach, accommodation, activities and the length of stay to suit your individual requirements.

Hotels

Hanoi

Hotels is situated in the centre, very close to all the major city highlights. The rooms are pretty big with clean, comfy bathrooms and the design comprises of oriental and contemporary ideas combined. Helpful staff will be happy to answer all of your questions, assist you while ordering a cab or facilitate your stay in any other way.

Sapa

One night in an authentic Vietnamese village, the other one in an eco-lodge attached to the mountainside, viewing an amazing landscape with rice terraces. The lodge has been constructed from wood and stone and its ambience is quite unique.

Hoi An

The family homestay is located in a small village, very close to the centre of Hoi An. It is the most magical place where you immediately realize what “Vietnamese hospitality” really is. The bungalow is placed among tropical trees and flowers and it takes 10 minutes on foot to the city centre or 20 minutes cycling to the beach. Swimming pool, bike rental and free laundry service – staying here is just unforgettable.

Ho Chi Minh City

This is a brand new boutique hotel situated in city downtown, 5 minutes drive from Ben Thanh Market and Opera House, and 10 minutes drive from Reunification Palace and Noter Dame Catherdal.

Fitted with wooden flooring, modern air-conditioned rooms feature a flat screen TV with cable channels, a personal safe and a minibar. The bathroom comes with a bathtub, hairdryer and toiletries. Providing room service, the restaurant also serves the daily international buffet breakfast. The hotel offers complimentary Wi-Fi access.

 

 

 

Food

Scrumptious. Sinful. Delectable. Cooking is virtually a domain of art in Vietnam. The cuisine is based on beef, seafood, a wide range of fresh vegetables and aromatic herbs and spices. According to the ancient Vietnamese philosophy of eating, a perfect meal should be a balance of sweet and sour, crispy and soft, fried and steamed… After experiencing it all during your holiday, you will most likely smile indulgently when seeing European version of the so-called “Vietnamese cuisine” again.

Price includes:

  • Return flight Europe-Vietnam.
  • 2 internal flights (Hanoi – Hoi An, Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh City).
  • Overnight train Hanoi – Sapa – Hanoi.
  • All the other transfers in Vietnam.
  • Accommodation with breakfasts (2 nights in Hanoi, 2 nights in Sapa: 1 in  private house, 1 in eco-lodge, 3 nights in Hoi An, 3 nights in Ho Chi Minh City).
  • 2 day-long excursions (to Ha Long and Mekong Delta).
  • Insurance: Emergency Medical Expenses 30,000 EUR; Accident 4,000 EUR; lost luggage 500 EUR.
  • Escape Box including Escape Book, which is a bespoke guide book with detailed travel plans and instructions. In the Box you will also find printed flight tickets, vouchers and a surprise.

Price does not include:

  • Meals (except for breakfasts and all meals in Sapa).
  • Admission tickets to tourist attractions.
  • Vietnamese visa paid at the airport ($45).

 

The price above is only an estimate. A final price is going to be indicated in an offer we are going to prepare for you.

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