3 days 2 nights
2 - 15 people
The tour of Vietnam will take you via the rural roads of northern Vietnam, where you will see colourful ethnic minorities and magnificent rice terraces. We planned the journey to coincide with the ripening of the rice fields, which are progressively transitioning from lush green to golden yellow.
As entire villages come to the fields to harvest the grain that sustains the Asian continent and makes Vietnam the world’s second-largest rice exporter, join the locals, adorned elegantly in their traditional garb. You’ll have the chance to encounter some intriguing cultures and traditions on this Vietnam tour. Exploring magnificent vistas and going off the main path is also a great way to learn about Vietnam and its culture.
You will meet our guide when you reach Hanoi, Vietnam's capital. You'll also meet the other group members so you can get to know them before your Vietnam tour. Before dinner, the group will assemble at KOTO (a well-established training restaurant for poor youngsters). You can choose from a wide range of cuisines, including Southeast Asian, Western, and Vietnamese.
You'll rise early today to participate in a laughter yoga session at Hoan Kiem Lake. After the lesson, you'll enjoy breakfast and a walk-through of Hanoi's old neighbourhood while sipping coffee and eating pho, a Vietnamese soup. Later on, you'll go sightseeing in the area and learn about the local wine. After completing the sightseeing, you will have dinner and a sleepover at the hotel.
On the third day of your Vietnam vacation, you will leave for Halong Bay after breakfast. A magnificent sight unfolds as thousands of limestone pillars erupt from an emerald sea. You'll take a lunch sail across the karst terrain before enjoying cocktails and dinner at sunset. You'll spend the night on board, sharing double cabins with private bathrooms tonight.
Please note that the Halong Bay boat trip may be subject to change at short notice if certain adverse weather conditions develop during your trip.
Before breakfast, get up early again and do laughter yoga tai chi. You'll go through ethereal grottoes after breakfast before boarding to return to the mainland. You'll take a plane to Hue, situated along the Perfume River. It was the residence of the Nguyen emperors, making it an ideal location for learning about Vietnamese culture and traditions.
The fifth day of your Vietnam vacation will be dedicated to learning about Vietnam's history. The Imperial City of Hue, a compound of the emperor's house, will be our day's first stop. It's an interesting insight into Vietnamese history, even though it's a fraction of what it once was (it was badly destroyed during the conflicts that rocked Vietnam).
Later in the day, we'll visit the tranquil bamboo family, a community for disabled youngsters. Lunch will be served in their biodynamic garden, and you will have the opportunity to see their lacquer painting workshop. If you're interested, you may also buy handcrafted incense and jams.
We'll take a private bus to Hoi after breakfast. Its old-world charm and significance as a commercial port from the past have been preserved. You'll be walking about the town and learning about its history. After lunch, you can participate in an optional lantern-making lesson for an extra fee. You will eat dinner and stay the night at the hotel.
The morning will be free. Then we will go on a bike trip to Tra Que vegetable village early in the afternoon. Here you can witness folks' daily lives and how they work. After that, pay a visit to the chef's home and dine on a range of regional dishes.
Saigon or Ho Chi Minh City will be your next stop on your Vietnam tour. The largest city in Vietnam is Ho Chi Minh Metropolis, formerly Saigon. It is situated in the southeast and is bordered by the Saigon River. You will explore the Chinese quarters, street foods, and gorgeous sites here. Get a taste of city exploration by hopping on the back of a motorcycle to explore the city from the ground level and feel its pulsing energy.
On the 9th day of the Vietnam tour, after breakfast at the hotel, you will tour the Cu Chi Tunnels, a 120-mile-long network of underground tunnels. Housing areas, weapons factories, field hospitals, and kitchens are part of the Viet Cong's network.
Your day will continue above ground with a culinary class at the Spice Garden restaurant, where a local chef will guide you. You'll return to HCMC after devouring your masterpieces. There is an optional meal and beverages to bid your party farewell before departing the next day.
After breakfast, the final day of your Vietnam tour will be dropped to the airport. Our guide will drop you at the airport for your further journey.