VIETNAM’S UNDISCOVERED ODYSSEY
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This trip combines of culture and adventure. Commence from Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam then venture into the mountainous region. Hike along limestone mountain trails, kayak and swim in a hidden water oasis of lakes, waterfalls and rivers. Experience ethnic minority villages, colorful local markets and the hospitable locals. Sail by the traditional cruise on the emerald water of World Heritage Halong Bay.
Style: Cultural tour through Asia
Type: Sightseeing and trekking tour in Vietnam
Duration: 10 days
Destination: 4 destinations in Vietnam
Starts in Hanoi
Ends in Hanoi
What’s included: Lands transfers, accommodation, guide, entrance fees, bottled water, snacks and some foods.
Cities: Hanoi, Yen Bai, Ba Be, Halong
Highlights: Bustling old quarter of Hanoi, Duong Lam ancient village, authentic hill tribal hamlets in Vu Linh & Ba Be, boat trip on Ba Be Lake and cruise by traditional boat in the world heritage Halong Bay.
Day 1: Hanoi (D)
Upon arrival in airport, meet guide and transfer to hotel. In the evening, you will enjoy traditional Vietnamese cuisine at one of Hanoi’s best restaurants.
Day 2: Hanoi- Duong Lam (B,L)
Rise early and head to Hanoi Botanical Gardens for a 40 minute Tai Chi session. Depart to Duong Lam village, a purely agricultural village of the Northern Red River Delta which still preserves many hundred-year-old houses. Visit Mong Phu temple in Mong Phu commune.
Visit Mia Pagoda (another hamlet of Duong Lam), built in the 15th century, some 287 statues of all sizes can be seen here.
Enjoy water puppet performance in the evening.
Day 3: Hanoi – Vu Linh (B,L,D)
After breakfast, transfer by road for about 5 hours over mountain passes and past sculpted, terraced rice paddies, to Lavie Vulinh – a beautiful, simple retreat on the edge of Thac Ba Lake. Lunch and take a walk around the village of Dao Quan Trang with a specialist in medicinal plants.
Day 4: Vu Linh Trekking to Cau Buc Waterfalls (B,L,D) (3-4 hours trekking)
Enjoy a full day trek. This loop is one of the last wild areas of the region, where native species of flora and fauna are still preserved. Meet up with Mr. Dien, our local guide who knows the jungle very well. We climb up to the waterfalls and discover the natural treasures along the way. Picnic lunch. Enjoy the waterfall after lunch before leaving the area to head into the thick of the jungle.
Day 5: Vu Linh – Ba Be National Park (B,L,D ( 1-2 hours trekking)
Drive to Ba Be National Park, a relic of natural lower mountain forests that once covered all the mountain ranges north of the Red River Delta. We’ll arrive and cross the lake by boat to a Tay village where we stay with a local family in a wooden stilt house on the edge of the lake.
Day 6: Ba Be – Dau Dang Waterfall (B,L,D)
After breakfast, we will take a short walk to the boat pier and then enjoy the whole morning on the boat to explore Ba Be Lake and National Park, including Dau Dang Waterfall. Lunch will be provided in a simple local restaurant.
(2-3 hours trekking up to 6-8 hours trekking–your choice)
Day 7: Ba Be – Hanoi (B,L) (1-2 hour trekking)
We stroll along the riverfront, visit some lovely villages and hike the upper reaches of the lake, in an area marked by massive limestone cliffs and mountains. Then take a boat trip to Buoc Lom and visit Puong Cave on the way. Car transfer back to Hanoi
Day 8: Hanoi- Halong Bay (B,L,D)
Enjoy the 2 days cruise by traditional boat in Halong Bay, Unesco’s World Natural Heritage. Overnight aboard the cruise
Day 9: Halong Bay- Hanoi (B,L)
Rise early and greet the day with another refreshing Tai Chi class on the upper deck. Cruise ends at lunch time. Drive to Hanoi.
Day 10: Departure (B)
At leisure until transfer to airport for your onward flight.
BOOKING TERMS & CONDITIONS
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RESERVATION & PAYMENT
All bookings will be confirmed by Pioneer Asia Holidays in writing along with confirmation of balance payment details. A deposit as required by us and the amount of which will be advised at the time of booking. Followed by the final balance of the cost by a specified date. The tour balance for all bookings will be direct debited from the payment details given at the time of booking 45 days prior to the departure date of the tour; if there is a failure to complete the payment Pioneer Asia Holidays reserves the right to cancel the reservation.
TOUR PRICES AND VALIDITY:
Prices quoted in USD per person in twin shared basis. Itineraries and prices are valid from the most relevant edition of the website & the time of printing our brochure in October 2015 until 31 Sep 2018. Pioneer Asia Holidays reserves the right to change any of the facilities, services, prices, itineraries or vehicles described in the brochure or online without being liable for compensation or refund.
CANCELLATION AND AMENDMENT POLICY
Cancellation and Amendment: Any cancellation or amendment request must be sent to us in writing and will not take effect until received by us. If you cancel or amend your booking the principal(s) or supplier(s) may charge the cancellation or amendment charge shown in their Terms and Conditions (which may be 100% of the cost of the travel arrangements) and you must pay us a cancellation or amendment charge of a minimum of $30 per person.
If You Cancel Your Holiday: You, or any member of your party, may cancel your travel arrangements at any time. Written notification from the person who made the booking or your travel agent on your behalf must be received at our offices. Since we incur costs in cancelling your travel arrangements, you will have to pay the applicable cancellation charges up to the maximum shown below; depending how many days in advance of the departure date we receive the cancellation instruction:
|Land & Internal Air Cancellation Fees. Per Person/ Per Trip|
|Days prior to Departure Fee||Fee|
|45 or more||Minimum loss of deposit|
|44-30 days||30% minimum of total holiday cost|
|29-22 days||60% minimum of total holiday cost|
|21- 7 days||90% minimum of total holiday cost|
|Less than 7 days||100% of total holiday cost|
Note: specific items sold as part of a package may have more restricted cancellation conditions; for example some flights and rail tickets are non-refundable from the date of full payment being made. You will be advised at the time of booking.