Price
$1875
+ flight to Hanoi and from Ho Chi Minh back home
Duration
12 days

What you get

Vietnam
Megacities, villages and beaches
Transportation
During the entire trip
Guiding
Professional tour leader - traveler
Food
During cruise + breakfasts
Accommodation
11 nights
Physical grade
Level 1 (easy) out of 5

New Year in Vietnam. Seaside, mountains and the main cities

The fastest developing country in Asia, Vietnam carefully preserves its culture. We will see the best spots of the country and celebrate New Year in the authentic village of Hmong people away from the hustle. Unforgettable impressions guaranteed! 

  • Ride boats between the picturesque karst cliffs and the islands of Halong Bay
  • Savor the world-famous Vietnamese coffee with egg and learn how to make it
  • Meet the black Hmong tribe and visit authentic village houses 
  • Walk on emerald rice plantations and take a cable car to the highest mountain of Indochina
  • Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of megacities, where Vietnamese chaos found harmony with elegant colonial architecture

Trip code
VINY
Vietnam,Hanoi,Halong bay

The price of the trip includes:

  1. Two domestic flights;
  2. Accommodation during the entire trip;
  3. Breakfasts in some hotels and all meals during the cruise;
  4. Transportation during the entire trip, including buses, boats, taxis and public transport;
  5. Professional guiding services.

What is NOT included:

  1. Flight to Hanoi and from Ho Chi Minh back home;
  2. Visa to Vietnam ($31);
  3. Insurance (mandatory);
  4. Entrance tickets to temples, parks and other attractions along the route ($35);
  5. Cable car to the top of Mount Fanzipan ($30);
  6. Food ($10-20 per person per day).

Departures

2020
Price
Book
28 December, Mon 08 January, Fri
$ 1875
Individual Tour
You can choose your date

Day 1 - 2

Hanoi The oldest Buddhist stipa Railway street

We arrive in Hanoi, and begin our group trip to Vietnam by checking into a hotel in the old part of the city. We have come to a chaotic, colorful megalopolis, unlike any other city you have seen. Chinese influence here mixes with French heritage, and dynamic areas of crazy traffic coexist with quiet old quarters. 

We discover the historic part of the city, admiring authentic houses that are several hundred years old. We learn more about the French colonial history of Vietnam and visit the Cathedral of St. Joseph - the oldest in the city, built in the style of the Cathedral of Notre Dame in 1886. 

Discovering the famous local cuisine should begin with coffee! Did you know that Vietnam is the second biggest coffee exporter in the world? The Vietnamese prepare this drink in a very unusual way - they add a chicken egg to it. The whole process will be demonstrated to us by a street master. It will be very tasty and you will definitely want to repeat it at home! Also, be sure to try the traditional Vietnamese pho soup - with rice noodles, beef, bean sprouts, greens and lime. 

We will also walk along the so-called railway street, where the train runs right through the courtyards of houses! In the evening, we will explore the oldest Buddhist pagoda of the country - The Tran Quoc Pagoda, which was built in the 6th century, and enjoy sunset on the shore of the huge West Lake, where locals like to relax.

Day 3

Catcat village Culture of the Hmong people Traditional hot pot dish

Out guided tour to Vietnam takes us to Sapa (6 hours by bus). After checking into a hotel we head to the nearby Catcat village. Have you ever seen the views more stunning, than those rice terraces around us?! What a bright green color and mazy serpentines! And how about the picturesque waterfalls? Happy people are those, who live surrounded by such beauty! Known as the Hmong people, they still occupy traditional wooden huts under the roof of straw or wood and grow rice and vegetables. 

The Hmongs are most famous for their bright national clothes with hand embroidery. We will admire their colorful clothes and will be able to buy unique traditional scarves, skirts and bags. And they cook excellent food! We will try one of the best hot pots of the country. This dish is a big pot of soup with meat, vegetables, noodles, soy sprouts and greens. The boiling pot is placed on a small fire right on the table, and each participant of the meal gets everything he wants from his soup into his bowl.

Day 4 - 5

Cable car to Fansipan mount New Year in Hmong village Rice terraces

If the weather permits, we will take a cable car to the top of the highest point of Indochina - Mount Fansipan 3143 meters above sea level. Enjoy the views of the slopes covered with dense forests and the bright green canvases of rice terraces. Slowly, the views disappear into the clouds. It was warm and sunny below, but up here we entered the world of cool clouds and fog. 

On the New Year eve we will enjoy dinner on the terrace with lovely views of the mountains, and then head to the Hmong village for celebration on the main square. 

We will also explore the neighborhood, visiting mountain villages. They are very close to each other, but you will notice, that they are very different because of the different ethnical groups living there. Each adhere to their own traditions and even build different houses. But what unites them all is the love of national dress! They dress their best every day, even if all they have to do all day is to work the fields. On our last day here, we take a bus to Hanoi (about 6 hours on the way) and check into a hotel.

Day 6 - 7

Halong bay cruise Culinary master class Caves and bays

In the morning we take a bus to the Halong Bay to continue our guided tour to Vietnam. At noon we board the cruise ship. We will spend two days, exploring the most beautiful area of Vietnam, enjoying the view of the picturesque tiny islands, covered with bright emerald jungle. Our ship will enter the most beautiful bays and sail close to huge caves. Those who are interested can go kayaking and swim into the most interesting caves to find themselves in a completely different world of bizarre karst figures and thin streams of light.

On the ship, we will take part in the culinary master class and learn how to properly use spices and prepare traditional Vietnamese spring rolls and soups. But learning to cook as delicious as our ship cook will take a lot of time! Enjoy your dinner on the deck and the amazing sunset. These moments you will remember forever! 

The next day, at 11 am, we leave the ship, return to Hanoi and check into the hotel. 

Day 8 - 10

Beaches of Nha Trang Tiny islands

We fly to Nha Trang, and check into a hotel. This is the resort capital of the country, which boasts beaches surrounded by picturesque hills. We walk along the central beach, watching the kids fly kites, and older people doing their nhat nam - a form of traditional Vietnamese martial arts.

We will visit the most beautiful little islands in the bay to swim on pristine beaches and take a break from the world. Have not we promised that this small group trip to Vietnam will be filled with places of tranquil beauty? On one of the islands we get on a cable car which stretches for more then 3 kilometers.

Those interested can go diving and snorkeling to explore the underwater world, as well as visit the local water park. We also recommend renting bicycles to explore the surroundings of the city.

Day 11 - 12

Ho Chi Minh Ben Tan market Skydeck tower

We fly to Ho Chi Minh and check into a hotel. This city was formerly called Saigon and was the capital of French Indochina. In 1976, it changed the name after the famous Vietnamese revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh. We will discover the French quarter to see the elegant European architecture, go to the magnificent Gothic cathedral of Notre Dame and visit several Buddhist temples.

Those interested can visit one of the largest markets in the country - Ben Tan Market. Here you can buy everything! But we advise you to pay attention to the unique souvenirs. For example, bright figures of dragonflies from bamboo. They are made so that they can stand on any surface, even at the tip of a finger, without falling. Fans of silk products will be delighted with a huge selection of local scarves, shawls, bags and clothing. Need we say thet they also sell traditional non la conical straw hats for every taste, bright fans and national clothes? 

Before sunset, we get to the highest observation deck of the city - Skydeck tower. From here we will take a look at the 8 millionth city and try to recognize the places we have visited.

In the morning of the last day we go to the airport and fly back home. Our group trip to Vietnam has come to an end. Thank you for traveling with us!

Tour leader

Natalia Vlasenko
tour leader

Is this trip for you?

This trip is of easy physical grade. It includes two short domestic flights and a few short journeys by bus. We will also walk in the cities and villages. One day and one night we will spend on board a cruise ship in Halong Bay. Accommodation in double/twin rooms in tourist class hotels. All will have hot water and wi fi internet.

Visa

Citizens of most countries need a visa to enter Vietnam.

Visa to Vietnam is obtained on arrival, but an invitation should be applied for online before the trip.

We provide free visa consulting for our clients. 

Additional options

3G mobile internet in Vietnam
Price: + $10
Local prepaid sim card with 1GB internet package

Single room in Vietnam
Price: + $385
Accommodation in a single room throughout the trip.

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