Vietnam in liberty 5 days
Stop off: Ha Noi – Ha Long – Sa Pa – Hue – Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh – Can Tho
Duration: 5 days/4 nights
Travel off the beaten paths! Here is an inexpensive trip, off the beaten path, ideal for travelers wishing to discover Vietnam independently. With unpretentious accommodation arrangements and a very affordable cost, this tailor-made trip is designed for autonomous travelers who want to explore the country off the beaten paths, without being accompanied by a local Trek Vietnam Tour guide.
You will be provided with a rental car and a private driver who is very familiar with the itinerary (but speaks only Vietnamese!). For the rest, you are free to make all necessary arrangements and hire guides locally. Further reading on Vietnam is strongly recommended to compensate for the absence of a guide. It must be noted that a guide is provided for the trekking section of the trip in the northern part of the country.
The itinerary is specifically designed to offer you the most complete experience of Vietnam, from North to South. It includes a visit of the Sapa markets and Northern tribes, a Halong Bay cruise, a cultural discovery of Central Vietnam, with stops in Hue and Hoi An, as well as a journey on the Mekong River to conclude the trip.
This is your chance to discover the Vietnam that lies beyond the beaten paths. A tailor-made trip which is affordable, full of surprises and discoveries…and above all, that fits YOUR needs!
1: Arrive Hanoi
Reception and greetings at the Noi Bai International Airport with warm smile and flowers, and transfer to your hotel. Overnight at hotel, Hanoi.
2: Hanoi free day (B)
Services for accommodation only
Free day to discover Hanoi City on your own. Overnight at hotel, Hanoi. (B)
3: Hanoi – Halong (~157km)(B,L,D)
Depart at 7.30 am for a 3.5 hour drive through the picturesque countryside to Ha Long Bay. Along the way see the farms and rice fields and villages of the North-East. Upon arrival embark on a romantic classic Junk . Welcome wine is offered by the friendly and professional captain and his crew. The boat glides lazily across the unbelievably calm sea, with thousands of precipitous limestone peaks jutting dramatically out of the water. Some of them take on the shapes of fighting cocks, dogs, turtles and lions and others that the imagination creates. After a delicious lunch prepared by our professional local chef, stop at Titop beach for a refreshing swim. Visit the amazing Sung Sot cave. Cruise on and dine on the boat in ” the middle of nowhere”. The crew will help you fish if that’s your pleasure. Be lulled to sleep by the gentle rocking of the boat. Overnight on boat. (B,L,D)
Driving: 3.5hrs (one way)
4: Halong – Hanoi – Sapa by night train (B,L)
Early risers can enjoy a morning view of Bay’s landscape. Sitting on the upper deck, you can enjoy the breath-taking beauty of the rocky islands rising from the crystal-clear water of the Bay. After breakfast, crew will row the sampan for a short visit Luon cave. Afterward, continue your cruise through ever more spectacular landscapes. An early lunch will be served before we disembark the Junk. Back to hanoi at about 4pm. Free time for your own shopping and dinner, then transfer to the train station for the night train to Sapa with soft berth. Overnight on train. (B)
Passage Dates Train Dep. Arr.
Hanoi – Lao Cai (Sapa) TBD Livitrans Express train 20.40 05.00
(Note: The size of the berth on the train are very small: 80cm with wide and 190cm with length. Sapa is more touristy than other places of sightseeing)