Vietnam Soft Adventure Tour 12 Days

Vietnam Travel Agent – Vietnam Travel Agency – The trip offers soft adventure experiences for you through the 3-day trekking in the famous mountainous area of Sapa with stunning landscape, colourful ethnic minorities, and windy trekking routes to the 2-day tour of multi-activities in Quang Binh including jeep drive, trekking, cave exploring, camping in front of the big Tu Lan cave where you will spend the night in either a hammock or a tent in the middle of jungle and caves.

After all, you will enjoy wonderful relaxation on a traditional junk while cruising through the emerald water of Halong bay, the World Natural Heritage Site.

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival (D, G)

Arriving at Noi Bai airport in Hanoi, you’ll be met and driven to your hotel. You’ll have time to relax after your journey before cruising around the Colonial and Old Quarters on a cyclo to discover the city’s architectural mixture of French colonial style, social realism (mostly public buildings – designed or influenced by the USSR), pagodas and communal houses with many Chinese features, merchants’ residences, ‘tube’ dwellings, modern buildings and vernacular houses.

In the afternoon, you will have tickets for a performance of traditional Water Puppetry, an art form unique to northern Vietnam, and a good, light-hearted introduction to its rural culture. In the evening, you’ll have a ‘Welcome’ dinner at a Vietnamese restaurant in a restored French colonial building. You’ll spend the night in Hanoi.

Alternatively you will have dinner in a family restaurant situated in a small alley in the Old Quarter of Hanoi. The owner is a talented cook who will be preparing your food.

Day 2: Cycling and exploring villages around Hanoi (B, L, G)

In the morning, you’ll be picked up to drive to Bat Trang. On arrival, you’ll pick up your bicycles and ride around the village. You will be able to continue with your bicycles or stroll in the small alleys of this old village to watch local people producing their fine products and visit some of the houses used as workshops and showrooms.

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You’ll then drive to Dong Ho village – famous for its traditional paintings. After a picnic lunch, your vehicle will take to Tam Tao village to enjoy its traditional Quan Ho music performed by villagers in the commune house. The singers have been officially designated as part of Vietnam’s ‘living heritage’ by UNESCO. In the late afternoon, you’ll return to Hanoi for refresh.

This evening, our car will arrive to take you to Hanoi railway station in time to board the overnight sleeper to Lao Cai.

Day 3: Sapa/Thanh Kim/Thanh Phu/Nam Cum/Sin Chai (B, L, D, G)

You’ll arrive in the early morning, where you’ll be met and driven to Sapa. After checking in at your hotel and a break for refreshment, you will commence from Sapa by a transfer to a trekking point near Thank Kim. From here you start the walk on a small trail running downhill towards Thanh Phu suspension bridge, which is set over the beautiful Muong Bo River.

The walk is through the rice paddy terraces, hill sides and you have many opportunities to enjoy magnificent valley view and encounter with some animals like water buffalos, goats or mountain pigs, which belong to the nearby Tay and Red Dao minorities, but are living their wild life. You will then head up to Thanh Phu village where you have lunch in a local house. After lunch, you head to Sin Chai village via Nam Cum village, both are inhabited by Red Dao minority. You will stay tonight in a local house in Sin Chai village and be attracted by the wonderful hospitable atmosphere of the Red Dao.

Approx: Grade 3 of 5/ 45 minutes driving/ 6 hours walking

Day 4: Sin Chai/Nam Nhiu/Nam Than/Nam Cang/Nam Sai/Thanh Phu (B, L, D, G)

After having breakfast in a peaceful atmosphere, you will start the second day trek by having an easy walk to Nam Nhiu village, also inhabited by the Red Dao minority. From here you will have an opportunity to visit the Nam Than village, the only village in the area inhabited by White H’mong minority.

You will then descend to Nam Cang village for lunch in a local house of Red Dao. In the afternoon, the walk takes you to Nam Sai village on a small road with a magnificent view of mountains and waterfall. Leaving the village, you head back to Thanh Phu village of Tay minority. Here you will enjoy your well prepared dinner and stay overnight in a stilt house of a local family.

Approx: Grade 2 of 5/ 6 hours walking

Day 5: Thanh Phu/My Son/Nam Toong/Ban Ho/Sapa/Hanoi (B, L, G)

On the last day of the trek you will cross several suspension bridges and trek through lush rice paddy fields and stunning scenery. You have a unique opportunity to meet Xa Pho minority in My Son village, one of the smallest ethnic group living in Northern Viet Nam. They always maintain their unique costume and nomadic life. You trek uphill to Nam Toong village of Red Dao minority, where you have lunch in a local school.

In the afternoon, your trek will be mostly downhill to Ban Ho village where you will have a break at Lavie Waterfall where you can enjoy a swim. You then arrive at Ban Ho village, the area’s largest village, spreads along the two banks of Muong Bo Rivers. Here the Tay minority still live their ancestor life on traditional stilt house. Your vehicle will then pick you up at Ban Ho village and transfer you back to Lao Cai station for your night train back to Hanoi.

Approx: Grade 2 of 5/ 1 hour driving/ 5 hours walking

Note: The difficult level of this trek depends on the condition of weather. Therefore, the itinerary is subjected to changes.

Day 6: Hanoi/Dong Hoi/Phong Nha/kayaking tour (B, D, G)

This early morning, you will arrive at Hanoi station where our guide and driver will pick you up to your hotel for breakfast and refresh. The morning is at your leisure until you are transferred to airport for your early afternoon flight to Dong Hoi.

Upon arrival, you’ll be picked up to Phong Nha Reception Center for tour briefing and kayaking instruction. You’ll then hop on your kayak on Chay River to start your adventure to Tram Village.

You will walk along to visit the village and a wine cave where the Vietnamese Government used to making rice wine during the war. After about two hours exploring, you’ll return to the main entrance where BBQ dinner awaits. Later, you’ll be transferred to your hotel for overnight accommodation.

Day 7: Phong Nha/Tan Hoa/Hung Ton cave/Tu Lan cave (B, picnic L, D, G)

After breakfast, you’ll be picked up for about 2 hours drive to Tan Hoa village in the remote district of Minh Hoa, Quang Binh province. Upon arrival, you’ll begin with a gentle hike through a green valley, visiting Hung Ton cave. You will enjoy picnic lunch by To Mo waterfall.

After crossing a couple of streams, you’ll start your adventure by trekking the first steep rocky hill, followed by another hike before arriving at campsite on a beautiful beach in front of Tu Lan cave, preparing camping, explore the Tu Lan cave with beautiful stalagmites and stalactites, small waterfalls and underground rivers, and swimming at a waterfall. Your dinner and overnight stay will be at the sandy beach in front of Tu Lan cave.

Day 8: Tu Lan/Hang Kim cave/Phong Nha (B, picnic L, G)

After breakfast, your guide will show you one more cave named Hang Kim which is recently discovered with waterfalls and climbing fish. You will hike to visit Tu Lan dry cave and more waterfall. You’ll continue your route back to Tan Hoa Village for lunch. In the afternoon, your driver will take you back to your hotel in Phong Nha.

You’ll spend the night in Phong Nha. Tu Lan (Hang La Ken) caves system is located at Tan Hoa Village, Minh Hoa District, Quang Binh. It is about 70km North West of Phong Nha. The valley and limestone mountain range formed 4 caves in this area with beautiful stalagmite and stalactite, a small waterfall and underground river make Tu Lan an unique place for adventure seekers.

The total trekking distance is about 8km each way through 2 moderate slopes.

Day 9: Phong Nha/Dong Hoi/Hanoi (B, L, G)

After breakfast, you will visit Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. The park’s limestone formations, grottoes and caves are impressive, as is the surrounding primeval forest, the largest in Vietnam. Some believe Phong Nha to be the world’s largest limestone mountain range, a highly dubious claim.

The main cave, Phong Nha, takes the name of the whole network of caves and sink holes. It’s the most accessible and, from a visitors point of view, the most attractive. As is the culture in Vietnam, when the cave was discovered the large formations were given fanciful names, such as the Fairy Caves, Royal Court and Buddha, complete with imaginative legends. For the speleologist, Phong Nha’s intricate network of underground rivers, caverns and passageways, as yet not fully mapped, is of greater interest. Limited access to the larger complex can be obtained, but only for authorised research purposes. In the afternoon, you’ll return to Dong Hoi for your overnight train back to Hanoi.

Day 10: Hanoi To Ha Long Bay (B, L, D, G)

In the early morning, you’ll arrive at Hanoi Station where your driver and guide waiting to take you to your hotel for breakfast and refresh. You’ll then leave for Ha Long Bay, one of the most spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Areas and the world’s largest marine limestone ‘karst’ landscape. There you’ll board a wooden junk to take you through Bai Tu Long Bay area. You’ll dock to visit one of the less visited caves in the Bay. From there, you’ll then continue your cruise toward Cong Do area for swimming or kayaking though a hiden lagoon. The route is designed to avoid the busy areas and includes a very quiet location for your overnight stay.

For your two-day Ha Long excursion, you’ll board the Dragon’s Pearl Junk, one of the newest wooden boats on the Bay. It’s based on the model of the old Chinese court vessels with two barge sails, a wide transom and a rectangular superstructure. The boat has eleven cabins, you’ll have plenty space on board.

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All cabins are air-conditioned and have windows overlooking the bay. The floor area of each cabin is about 9 m2. The cabins are furnished with seven twin beds or four double queen size bed. The interior panelling, floor and furniture are made of hard wood.

Halong Bay

The cabin has a wardrobe, pillows, white cotton sheets, and an en-suite toilet and shower with a good selection of toiletries. All meals, usually based on fresh seafood, will be provided on board. Kayaking is available.

Day 11: Ha Long/Hanoi (B, L, G)

You’ll wake in the fresh air of the bay with a swim or you can relax on the sundeck. After breakfast, you’ll continue your cruise to visit a fishing village where you’ll have an opportunity to explore the village and the hidden lagoon in a rustic rowing boat. The route will ends at a Pearl Farm where you can see the whole process of making high quality pearl.

After that, you’ll then cruise back to dock around noon whereupon you’ll be picked up to return to Hanoi. After arriving at your hotel in the mid-afternoon, the remainder of the day will be your own. Your overnight accommodation will be in Hanoi.

Day 12: Hanoi departure (B, GP)

After breakfast, you’ll be free until your guide/driver arrives to take you to Noi Bai airport for your departure flight. Vietnam Travel Agent – Vietnam Travel Agency

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“I wish I had time to see Sa Pa. I am already trying to figure out when I can go back to Vietnam just so I can visit Sa Pa. Even though Ha Long Bay is incredibly beautiful and it was one of my favorite places, I wish I had opted to visit Bai Tu Long or a nearby area instead. Ha Long Bay was so overcrowded and touristy, it was disappointed to be stuck in such a limited area of the Bay when it is so vast. I would recommend that travelers explore their options and stay in nearby areas Cat Ba, Bai Tu Long, Lan Ha, etc and spend more time.”

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