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  • 9 Nights / 10 days
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Vietnam Activity Tour 09 nights/10 days

Overview
Experience the best adrenaline rush in Vietnam with this 9 night activity tour where you can trek, hike, kayak and go boating besides exploring the world heritage sites of Ha Long bay, the cultural town of Hue and Hoi An and the history and mystery of HCM City and Mekong Delta.
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Tour Highlights

  • Visit the vibrant cities of Ha Noi and HCM City
  • Explore the delights of Mai Chau and Pu Long in the Northern Highlands
  • Kayak among the dramatic Karsts of Ha Long Bay
  • As well as exploring the waterways of the Mekong River, you can cycle through the villages.
  • Enjoy the range of activities as well as visiting all of the local sights and highlights.
Tour Route - Where you'll visit
1 Ha Noi
Vibrant and exciting Hanoi, Vietnam's capital, is a buzzing city that oozes self-assurance. Because it was bombed far less during the war, its Old Quarter remains intact - with each street devoted to different wares, from shoes to chicken's feet, conical hats and deities. Sit back in the elegant French quarter and observe the city on parade; watch traditional water puppetry, or join a  public Tai Chi session on the shores of the Hoan Kiem Lake. In the centre of the lake is a beautiful Chinese temple, reached by crossing an ornate red bridge. You may also wish to visit the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum complex and the Temple of Literature. 
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2 Pu Luong
Set in the Northern Highlands of Vietnam, the Pu Luong Nature Reserve is unspoilt and less often visited than its cousin in the more Northern region of Sa Pa. The mountains and valleys offer the same terraced rice paddies which are still farmed in the same way with hoes, hard work and Water Buffalo. It is approximately 2.5 hours drive from Ha Noi through lovely scenery. Or you can choose to start your trip in the nearby Mai Chau Valley and take the oportunity to trek overland making best use of the glorious vistas that this area offers. The rich soil means that there are a number of villages in the area where local peoples live travelling out to the paddies daily to tend their crops.
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3 Ha Long Bay
As you sail in the area of Ha Long Bay, you will pass close to enourmous limestone Karsts that explode out of the water in majestic shapes. Adjoinng Ha Long Bay is a quieter, more beautiful Bay called Bay Tu Long. We are one of a few companies that have liccense to take our travellers into this area. Here you can enjoy kayaking around the Karsts marvelling at their majesty and splendour. You can visit one of the man made beaches  or explore a natural cave situated high in one of the Karsts. Or you can simply relax onboard enjoying the peace and tranquility of Bay Tu Long. 
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4 HCM City
Prior to reunification of the country, Ho Chi Minh was previously known as Saigon and was the capital of South Vietnam. It is now the largest city in Vietnam and the commercial centre. The influence of the Americans is easy to see in the central area wth the wide streets and tall buildings. The city has some great restaurants and is the place to be if shopping is your thing. And when you have had your fill of shopping and eating, you can head for the historical sites. The most famous place to visit are the Cu Chi Tunnels where the Viet Cong from the North sprang surprise attacks on the southern troops. The tunnels were also used as a place to store things and to live for months at a time. 

You can also visit the Re-Unification Palace, the Cathedral and the Central Post Office that was built by Mr Eiffel of Paris and is still operating today. And if the Vietnam/ American war is an interest, you might choose to visit the Museum where there are many evokative photographs and memorabilia on display. 
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5 Can Tho
Can Tho is the largest town in the Mekong Delta in the south of Vietnam. It sits around 3.5 hours by road  to the West of HCM City and is the perfect place to use as a base to explore the amazing and intriguing Delta area. The town itself has a few hotels and restaurants catering for the visitor and lots of local Vietnamese charactor and culture. 

You can travel by river on the Mekong and the various tributaries to explore how the local people live in, on and by the river. Farming and fishing are the main activities in this area. Small villages will specialise in producing a specific product be that sweet treats or basket work. As in most of Vietnam, locals are friendly and open and freely invite you to watch and even engage in what they are doing. 
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Detailed Itinerary

Day ONE +-
  • Day 1 - Arrival in Ha Noi
You will be greeted at the airport by our Vietnam Travel Centre representative and taken directly to your hotel to rest or explore as you choose. Ha Noi is the capital city of Vietnam and the second largest city next to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).  It is a 1000 year old city that is packed full of diversity, character and vitality. The heart of the city is Hoan Kiem Lake where locals and tourists alike sit, walk or join in with daily Tai Chi and exercise groups as they choose. To the north of the city is the Old Quarter where an ancient style of living among the narrow streets and tiny buildings dominates. To the south of the Lake is the elegant French Quarter with its wide tree lined boulevards and Colonial style architecture. After a rest and lunch, you can enjoy a Cyclo ride around the central area to get a snapshot of this vibrant and busy city. After the cyclo rid, you can enjoy the unique Water Puppet show accompanied by talented local musicians playing traditional instruments. The rest of the evening is at your leisure.  Overnight in Ha Noi
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  • Day 2 - Ha Noi
After breakfast, you guide will take you on a tour of the major historical and cultural sites of the city starting with the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Ho Chi Minh was the revered Vietnamese leader who still commands huge great respect throughout the country.  The Mausoleum is in a commanding and impressive setting adjoining the Palace and government buildings. In the same development there are also the Museum, some lovely gardens, a Pagoda and Ho Chi Minh's last house before he died. You will next visit the Temple of Literature, the oldest university in Vietnam. It was established in honour of Confucius and, for 6 centuries was the centre of learning for the Mandarins, the intellectuals, the administrators and politicians of the day when Vietnam was strongly connected with China. For lunch, you will be taken to a local restaurant to try the famous Ha Noi Pho, a delicious noodle soup.  In the afternoon, we will cross the Red river to Dong Ho village and visit some families who have practiced traditional wood-engraving painting for generation. Our next stop will be Bat Trang pottery village. You will stroll in the small alleys of this old village to watch local people producing their fine products and visit some houses used as workshop and showrooms. Join in the local crafts and make your own product – a lovely souvenir from Vietnam. Overnight in Ha Noi. 
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  • Day 3 - Ha Long- Mai Chau - Pu Luong
After breakfast, you will leave your hotel at 8:00 and travel by road to Mai Chau. Once out of the city centre, the drive takes you through lovely scenery and into the mountainous area of the Northern Highlands. Mai Chau is situated in a beautiful valley. Upon arrival at Poom Coom village in Mai Chau, we will take a short walk to visit the ethnic minority people of the Thai tribe for lunch. After a small rest, you will set out to trek to Pu luong Nature Reserve (~ 10 km). A short car ride will take you to the start of another trek to Kho Muong village – perhaps the setting of one of the most beautiful places in Vietnam. You can stroll round the village and join villagers as they go about their daily lives or relax in one of the three-eco home stays set up by FFI (Flora and Fauna International) where you will be welcomed by the local host family. Time at leisure to rest and shower before traditional dinner. Overnight at the Homestay.
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  • Day 4 - Pho Duan - Ha Noi
After having breakfast, set out at 8:00am for an easy day-trek through the beautiful valleys and unspoiled villages, among the karst landscapes and lovely terraces. We will arrive after 3-4 hours at the Pho Doan market. After lunch at a local food stall in town, we start our drive back to Ha Noi arriving around 5.00pm. Overnight in Ha Noi.
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  • Day 5- Ha Noi - Ha Long Bay
After breakfast. you will then set out for Ha Long Bay. The drive takes 4 hours through the Vietnamese countryside and lush rice paddy fields. You will arrive at the port around noon where the boat’s crew will be ready to welcome you on board and check you into your cabin. After a welcome drink cruise briefing, you can sit back, relax and enjoy your cruise along this unique, beautiful and fascinating bay that features thousands of limestone karts (rock formations) and isles in various sizes and shapes. Savour a fresh, local seafood lunch while cruising on to Bai Tu Long Bay. Bai Tu Long is a larger and less commercial part of the area and offers a calm, peaceful, time stopping experience. The skipper will stop offering you opportunities for a swim. You can visit the mysterious Thien Canh cave and relax at a secluded beach. You will also get the opportunity to kayak and explore the bay up close. Back on the boat to enjoy a relaxing sunset. Dinner and overnight on board.
Day SIX +-
  • Day 6 - Ha Long - Ha Noi - Flight to HCM City
Early risers can enjoy the sunrise and the quiet breath-taking beauty of karstlandscape. Enjoy breakfast in the fresh morning air of the bay and then visit the Vong Vieng fishing village by a rustic row-boat. Meet the locals, visit afloating school & discover the many fish farms. Later take one more swim in the middle of the bay. Enjoy lunch on the boat as we slowly cruise back to port. On arrival back at the Port, transfer back to Ha Noi airport for flight to HCM City. 
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  • Day 7 - HCM City - Cu Chi Tunnels
This morning you will visit the Cu Chi wartunnels which are a network of underground tunnels formerly used by the VietCong during the American/Vietnam War. The tunnels were the location of severalmilitary campaigns during the war and besides being used as hiding spots, theywere also used as communication and supply routes, hospitals, food and weaponcaches and living quarters for numerous North Vietnamese fighters and theirfamilies. Get an insight into what life was like for the guerrillas by crawlingthrough 50 meters of the 200 km long tunnel.In the afternoon, head for the bustling Binh Tay Market in Cho Lon; stopover at Thien Hau, a 150-year-oldChinese Temple and then visit a Lacquer-wares workshop as well as the JadeEmperor Pagoda. In the afternoon visit the War Remnants Museum, theRe-Unification Palace,  the Notre DameCathedral and the historic Central Post Office before returning to your hotelfor an evening of leisure. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
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  • Day 8 - HCM City - Can Tho
An 8.00am departure and a 2.5 hour drive will take you to Cai Be where you will board a boat to visit the floating market and cruise across the mighty Mekong River to Dong Phu Island. Here, we cycle under the green canopy exploring the orchards and daily life of local farmers. After lunch on the island, we head back for the boat for a cruise to Vinh Long for a 2 hours cycle around the immense rice fields and through many rural, riverside villages. Transport will pick then take us to Can Tho or you can choose to cycle back to the hotel. The evening is at your leisure. Overnight in a hotel in Can Tho.
Day NINE +-
  • Day 9 - Can Tho - HCM City
You can take a boat trip to visit the Cai Rang floating markets and  then explore the magnificent scenery of this region first by way of a cruise and then by a walk along quiet country roadswhere you will meet locals and learn more about their daily lives. Early evening, it is time to head back to HCM City. Overnight in HCM City.
Day TEN +-
  • Day 10 - HCM City - Outbound Flight
The time will be at your leisure until it is time for your transfer to HCM Cityairport for your return flight.
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Ha Long Bay 1 Dragon Pearl Junk Dragon Pearl Junk Dragon Legend Junk
HCM City 3 Sanouva Grand Silverland Grand Silverland
Can Tho 1 Victoria Can Tho Victoria Can Tho Victoria Can Tho

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Skylark Hotel is located on one of the most beautiful streets in Hanoi – the Phan Dinh Phung Street, named after a Vietnamese revolutionary who led the rebel army against French colonists. The Hanoi Ancient Citadel, Cua Bac Church, Old Quarter, Dong Xuan Market, Weekend Night Market, Hoan Kiem Lake and other city attractions are within easy walking distance. The hotel has a health club, a roof top indoor pool and a well equipped gymnasium. Skylark Hotel has a well equipped Conference room with facilities like LCD projector, high quality audio systems, DVD players and large screen. The rooms are bright, spacious, well-appointed, fitted with modern interiors and appropriately warm lighted make for a true home-away-from-home experience.

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