Ancient Hoian - Vietnam

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Duration: 15 days
Activity Package
Start in Hanoi
End in Siem Reap
Group Size 15
Tour type Group Tour
Depart Daily
Price from 1099 USD

Itinerary Farming rice in North Vietnam, visit Duong Lam ancient village to catch fish with the local, planting vegetable tour with Vietnamese, Learn how to plought land in Vietnam, catching duck game with Vietnamese farmers, home stay and experience farming rice with Vietnamese, cheap agricultural tour in Vietnam, buffalo ride in Vietnam tour, basket boat and fishing with the local in Vietnamese.

Day 1 : Ha Noi. Arrival & visit

Day 2: Ha Noi -  Country side activity – Ha Noi

Day 3: Ha Noi – Mai Chau

Day 4: Mai Chau – Ninh Binh

Day 5: Tam Coc – Country side activity

Day 6: Ninh Binh – Ha Long

Day 7: Ha Long Bay – Country side activity – Ha Noi

Day 8: Ha Noi – Flight early morning to Hue

Day 9: Hue –Country side activity – Hue

Day 10: Hue – Da Nang – Hoi An

Day 11: Hoi An – ½ day contry side activity – Hoi An

Day 12: Hoi An – Da Nang – Sai Gon

Day 13: Sai Gon – Ben Tre – Can Tho

Day 14: Can Tho – Sai Gon

Day 15: Sai Gon – Cu Chi – Departure/ flight to Siem Reap

Day 1 : Ha Noi. Arrival & visit

Upon arrival Ha Noi at 06:40 AM, warmly welcomed by or guide and driver at the airport. Transfert to hotel (check in from noon/ 14h00). Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam from 1010 and is famous with tree lined streets, lakes, local markets, Temples and Pagodas, and Old quarter with many streets named after traditional crafts. Once Hanoi was known as the name of Thang Long or ascending Dragon city. Visit Ho Chi Minh complex including Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Presidential Palace, House on stilts in his garden. Go out of his Residence we stop at One Pillar Pagoda which shapes lotus flower called symbol of Buddhism. Move to visit Temple of Literature or first University of Vietnam built in 1076 under Ly Dynasty. Free for Lunch in a local Café or restaurant.

Check in hotel. Take a rest.

16h00, walking around the Old quarter, visit Hoan Kiem lake and Ngoc Son temple before we have 30 mins on electrical car to explore around the Old quarter. Stop to take photo of Opera House built by French in 1912.

Free time for dinner. Overnight in Ha Noi.

Day 2: Ha Noi -  Country side activity – Ha Noi (B,L)

08:00: Drive to a village near Ha Noi. Upon arrival, tranfert to a family.

9:00 AM we start to experience farming activities with the locals. 

You will choose one of 4 below farming programs.Before we start the farmer explain in details all working steps, how to use working tools like sickle, hoe, shovel, watering bucket, bamboo fish trap, bamboo basket, boots....

 1- Planting and harvesting vegetables: we learn preparing soil, planting, watering, and clearing the weeds

2- Harvesting vegetables. Receive bamboo baskets then learn how to cut and pick fruits and vegetables, then how to preserve and process them.

3- Catching fish by Nơm (bamboo basket fish trap) - grill fish

We receive hat, boots, fish trap then together go down the fish pond. We are guided with skill how to seek and catch fish. In the end we also learn grilling fish in traditional way.

4- Picking tea leaves and looking after tea plants

Bring bamboo basket for picking tea leaves. We will see how to choose tea leaves, plant and look after tea plants in right way for bumper harvest with high organic quality.

Experience steps of tea ceremony and enjoy it. 

12:00 AM have lunch at traditional local house. We enjoy farm products we get that day. Have short rest after lunch. In the afternoon our guide will take you around the village for visit some highlights such as Village entrance gate, village's communal house, village's church... 

Then go back to Hanoi in the late afternoon. Free time before dinner. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.

*     Breakfast, lunch inclusive

Day 3: Ha Noi – Mai Chau (B,D)

Breakfast at hotel. Land transfer to Hoa Binh, where the Northern ethnic minority groups congregate. Photo stop at Hoa Binh hydroelectric dam. Proceed to Mai Chau, the paddy valley of Mai Chau, surrounded with mountains, is home for the white-clad Thai ethnic minority. Located 120 km northwest of Hanoi, Mai Chau is well known for its natural beauty and the Thai cultural ambiance with houses on stilts and charming traditional activities. Arival at Mai Chau at noon. Check in homestay of White Thai Ethnic people. Free for lunch.

In the afternoon we walk around the village to explore daily life of the local people. You also have chance to experience the rural activities with the locals such as ploughing land, flooding the rice field, consolidating the paddy edge, clearing the weed, and planting rice, ect.

Back to your host. Preparing the dinner with the host family, learning about traditional food. Enjoy the local dishes for dinner.

Enjoy traditional music show while sipping Can wine contained in pottery jars. Overnight in Hoa Binh.

*     Breakfast, dinner inclusive

Day 4: Mai Chau – Ninh Binh (B)

After breakfast we together with the farmers feed pig, chicken, and dog.

Visit a family where you can learn how to prepare fibers, weave traditional clothing of Thai people.

Optional : We will also have an opportunity to work with the farmer to herd the water buffalo to a different location for feeding.

After lunch, road to Ninh Binhcalled as "Halong Bay on land" - the same limestone rocks as in Halong Bay but seen from a winding stream through paddy fields instead of the sea. Upon arrival, check in hotel. Free for dinner. Overnight at hotel.

*     Breakfast inclusive

Day 5: Tam Coc – Fishing farm (B)

In the morning, enjoy spectacular scenery during the boat trip to Tam Coc caves with visit of the Bich Dong Pagoda. Then, visit the temple of king Dinh & Le. Free for lunch.

Afternoon, cycling through the local villages, and visit a local family to learn about their daily life and culture.

We will enjoy fishing farmnearby the local family house. We will show you how to prepare the bait and pick the right location. You can participate in local activities like catching fish, scooping water by using the traditional tools of production. There, you will experience how to be a true farmer when joining these activities.

*     Breakfast inclusive

Day 6: Ninh Binh – Ha Long Bay (B,L,D)

7:30: Pick up at your hotel , departure to Ha Long Bay, enjoying the beautiful sceneries of the rural areas on the way

12.00 – 12.30: Embark at Hon Gai International harbor.

12.30 – 13.00: Check-in, enjoy welcome drink & cruise briefing.

13.30 – 15.00: Have lunch while cruising to magnificent Bai Tu Long bay; admire the fascinating formations on the way.

15.15 – 15.40: Explore the well- hidden Thien Canh Son cave.

15.45 – 18:00: Enjoy relaxing on a white sandy beach at Hon Co island, swimming or kayaking.

18:00 – 19.00: Back to junk for refreshing before having dinner on board.

20.00 – 21.00: Relax, enjoy fresh air & overnight on board.

*     Breakfast, lunch, dinner inclusive

Day 7: Ha Long Bay – Country side activity – Ha Noi (B,L)

07.30 – 08.00: Morning view of Bay’s landscape with a cup of tea or coffee. Have breakfast in the fresh air.

08.30 – 09.30: Visit Vung Vieng fishing village by a rustic row-boat.

10.00: Check out of the cabin. Start cruising towards the harbor while an A la carte lunch is served.

11.45 – 12.00: Disembark.

Drive back to Ha Noi. Stop at a village on road.

13h30 : Enjoy water puppet show performed by local artists. Then, walking or cyclingaround village

to visit the culture house of village then a local house in the village for a warm talking with the host. Experience the farming activities such as: harvesting and planting vegetables, fishing with the traditional basket.

Back to Ha Noi. Arrival in late afternoon, transfert to hotel. Overnight in Ha Noi

*     Breakfast, lunch  inclusive

Day 8: Ha Noi – Flight in the morning to Hue(B)

Breakfast, transfert to airport for flight Ha Noi/ Hue

Arrival in Hue,and transfer to hotel.

Afternoon, visit Tu Duc tomb. Different from other somber tombs, Tomb of Tu Duc offers a romantic and relaxing ambiance as it also incorporates some buildings for the king’s residency. It has a large lake where the emperor used to boat and relax in a lakeside pavilion to compose poetry. Continue to visit Dong Ba market. Overnight in Hue city.

*     Breakfast inclusive

Day 9: Hue – Country side activity – Hue (B)

In the morning, departure for Citadel of Hue where was central Nguyen Dynasty Administration from 1802 – 1945. In here we spend around 2 hours to visit many historical buildings such as Flag tower, 9 canons, Ngo Mon Gate, Thai Hoa Palace, Forbidden Purple City, Royal Theater, Queen mother and Queen grandmother Residences, 9 bronze Urns, and Temples for Nguyen Family ancestor, etc.

Free for lunch.

15h00, drive to the Chuon Lagoon for a cruise around 01 hour.Like the Tonle Sap lake in Cambodia, the Dam Chuon lagoon covers an area of around 3,000 hectares (7,400 acres). You will then have the opportunity to live the experience the lives of local fishermen on a small wooden sampan, fishing for, crab, fish, and shrimp in brackish water. Back to Hue.

*     Breakfast inclusive

Day 10: Hue – Da Nang – Hoi An (B)

In the morning, departure to Da Nang via Hai Van Tunnel, and have a short stop at Lang Co beach for photos.then spend around 1 hour in Cham Museum which was established in 1936 to house the relics of huge collection of Cham sculpture influenced by Hindu culture. Continue to drive to Hoi An. Upon arrival at noon, check in hôtel. Free time.

Hoian ancient town received the title of World Heritage Site in 1999, which is 30 km from Danang city. Hoian used to be the most important port in South Central Vietnam from 16th-18th century. Today Hoian still has about 850 structures protected as historical landmarks with the unique influence of Chinese, Vietnamese, and Japanese architecture from 17th Century. In here you can enjoy your shopping for products of tailored clothing, silk, and dozens of souvenirs in lines of shops.

Overnight in Hoi An.

*     Breakfast inclusive

Day 11: Hoi An – ½ day contry side activity – Hoi An (B,L)

In the morning, cycling to Tra Que village. There you can parcipate in one of theses activities:

Option 1: Bicycle experience countryside

Enjoy welcome drink at TraQue Culinary Village

9:15: The guide will provide clothes, hat and bike.

09:30 -10:30: Tour guide will leader and begin explore about countryside in Hoi An

·        Riding the water buffalo with farmer on the field

·        Take a photo with amazing rice field

·        Enjoy the fresh atmosphere of the countryside

10 :30: Come back to TraQue Culinary Village and enjoy drink

10:45 – 11:30: The guide will take you around the herb garden. There you can join in preparing the land and fertilizing it with seaweed from the local lake. Learn how to rake the ground, sow, water, and pick herbs.

In the garden, you will choose vegetable. You will need vegetables when you cooking.

11 :30: Go to spa and enjoy foot massage about 15 minutes

11 :45-13.30: Go to area cooking school and teacher show you make 2 main food
How to make:

·        Green Papaya Salad with shrimp

·        Hoi An Crispy Pancake

When the meal has been prepared we will enjoy what you cooked.

Afternoon, we will visit Tan Ky Old House, Fukian Assembly Hall, Japanese Covered Bridge, Museum of History and Culture.

Option 2: Farming, fishing and buffalo ride

08:30-08:45: Enjoy welcome drink at TraQue Culinary Village

08:45-09:30: The guide will provide clothes, hat and bike.

The guide will take you around the herb garden. There tou can join in preparing the land and fertilizing with seaweed from the local lake. Learn how to rake the groun, sow, water, and picl herns.

Riding the water buffalo

You will experience being a farmer

You will explore how to fiching with rudimentary tools.

10:00: Enjoy special food at restaurant:

-        Tra Que Special food “ Tam Huu”

-        Hoi An Special food “Banh Xeo”

Back to Hoi An. Afternoon,we will visit Tan Ky Old House, Fukian Assembly Hall, Japanese Covered Bridge, Museum of History and Culture.

Overnight in Hoi An

*     Breakfast, lunch inclusive

Day 12: Hoi An – Da Nang – Sai Gon (B)

Upon arrival Saigon, or Ho Chi Minh City, warmly welcomed by or guide and driver at the airport. It takes you around 30 minus driving to our hotel in the city center.We start our day with visit to famous places in Ho Chi Minh city which is the biggest city in Vietnam. Visit to Reunification Palace, where it’s entrance gate was collapsed by Vietnam People Army’s tank that marked an end of Saigon government in April 1975. From there, take a short walk to Notre Dame Cathedral and Saigon historic Post office.Visit Cho Lon (China town). Finally, move on to Ben Thanh Market, the biggest market in the city to see piles of crafts and antiques. Overnight in Sai Gon.

*     Breakfast inclusive

Day 13: Sai Gon – Cai Be – Vinh Long (B)

08 :00 : Drive to Cai Be. Arrival at the tourist boat station in Cai Be and welcomed with cold towels, fresh coconut.

Boating and enjoying the fresh air on the Mekong river, the tourists visit the floating market, the original style of commerce on the Mekong river, will be dizzy of boats on the river.

Visiting the local poprice, coconut candy workshop and knowing the ways bee-breeding tasting honey tea by breezy river.

Crossing the Mekong river to An Binh island visiting a hundred year ancient house (Mr.Cai Cuong), a landlord’s one in the past, a combination between Vietnam-French architecture in the Mekong delta (if low tide, tourists will visit another local house, knowing about the daily activities of the locals).

Taking about 20 minutes for rowing sampan or cycling along the village paths with discovery feelings.

Boating to An Binh Garden, enjoying a cup of tea and some of the local tropical fruits and listening to the traditional music, is the best chance for relaxation.

Visiting the brick & pottery factory where the tourist know how to make the brick and the pottery from the local clay and styles with the traditional technique.

Tranfert to homestay. Overnight in homestay.

*     Breakfast inclusive

Day 14:  Vinh Long Can Tho – Sai Gon (B)

Early morning, tranfert to Can Tho. Arrival at Ninh Kieu wharf, take the motorboat for sightseeing the Cai Rang Floating Marketwhich is the biggest and most colorful floating market in the Mekong Delta’s region.

In the very early morning, the river has become a busy commercial site where hundreds of boats packed with fruits, vegetables, plants and foods...line along the river and are ready for trading. Sellers will hang samples of what they are selling on the top of a long pole on their boats so that buyers can see from a distance what sellers are selling.

After the Cai Rang market, continuing cruising through small creeks to a local orchard and enjoying tropical seasonal fruits (included).

Desembark. Back to Sai Gon. Free for lunch on road. Arrival in Sai Gon in late afternoon. Overnight in hotel.

*     Breakfast inclusive

Day 15: Sai Gon – Cu Chi – Departure (B)

In the morning, departure to Cu Chi tunnels. Arrive there at around mid-day. Stay in the floating restaurant situated by a river in Cu Chi complex before we spend around 2 hours to explore the tunnels complex covering staggering 250 km, where lies at the end of the  Ho Chi Minh trails and was the base from which guerrillas used to attack Saigon. The staff there help you choose the shorter or longer tunnels to crawl through. Back to Sai Gon at noon. Free time for shopping, transfert to airport for your flight to home/ Siem Reap. End of our services!

*     Breakfast inclusive

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10-12 pax

(Foc ½ in twin room)

SGL sup




       Transportation in private bus

       Accommodation in DBL/ twin shared room in the hotels as program or similar.

       German local speaking guide

       Admission fee to indicated sights

       Meals: as indicated in Program (B : Breakfast, L : Lunch, D : Dinner)

       Boat trips, kayaking in Halong bay

       Rural experiences activities inclusive in the program

       ½  FOC for tour leader in twin share


       Others meals

       Dinks, tips for guides and drivers

       Travel Insurance in all kinds

       Air tickets


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