Vietnam Holidays - Trekking in Dalat and Cycling in Mekong Delta
|Trekking in Dalat and Cycling in Mekong Delta – 12nts
- Transportation by Air - Conditioning car or mini bus
- Accommodation with daily breakfast (dbl/twin room)
- English speaking guide
- Meals as indicated (Breakfast, 09 Lunch, 06 Dinner)
- Entrance fees, Boat
- Letter of Introduction to get Vietnamese Visa on Arrival
- 2 bottles of water per person per day
- Ho Chi Minh: 3 nights at Le Duy hotel (BB)
- Dalat: 2 night at Saigon Dalat (BB) and 1 night at campsite
- Phan Thiet: 2 nights at Bamboo Village hotel (BB)
- Tra Vinh: 1 night at Cuu Long hotel (BB)
- Can Tho: 1 night at Kim Tho hotel (BB)
- Long Xuyen: 2 nights at Dong Xuyen hotel (BB)
- International Flights: London – Ho Chi Minh – London, From £599
- Visas (Vietnam: USD25) will be paid on Arrival
- Services not mentioned, Personal costs, Insurance
Min – Max Pax: 2 - 12
Trip Grading: Suitable for travellers with an average level of fitness and mobility.
Exclusivity Fee: £99 per person – this guarantees that your party enjoys absolute privacy during the whole tour with the exception of the Halong Bay Junk (boat) which may be shared with a maximum of 12 people including your party. This is still a very private atmosphere if considered that most boats have more than 10 rooms.
Remarks: During the months of October, November and all Mondays of the year the Mausoleum Ho Chi Minh in Hanoi will remain closed and will be replaced by a panoramic visit.
|Day by day Program
Day 1 - HCMC ON ARRIVAL
Arrive at Tan Son Nhat Airportt, meet a tour guide and transfer to your hotel, leave your luggage. Free for leisure.
Check in at 14:00 (If there is a room available, you can check in earlier). Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Days 2 - CUCHI TUNNELS – CITY TOUR (B)
Breakfast at hotel
Take morning tour to Cu Chi Tunnels - 70km Northwest of HCMC - well-known with a system tunnels deeply underground with several floors,
seeing document film, getting inside tunnels “as an architectural structure”, visiting Hoang Cam smokeless kitchen, many fighting bunkers,
some booby traps, firing gun with real bullets (personal) at National Defense Shooting Range Sport, enjoying the guerilla’s food and tea,
visiting rice paper village where tourist can learn how to make it.
Back to Saigon for lunch. Afternoon, visiting The Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office as well as History Museum,
a short visit Ben Thanh Market.
Overnight in HCMC.
SAIGON = DALAT
A 4-day trekking tour around the hill-station of Dalat, is the perfect experience to start exploring its vast evergreen area,
its mountains, lakes, waterfalls and villages.
Day 3 - HO CHI MINH – DALAT (B/L/D)
Pick up at your hotel in Ho Chi Minh for an 8-hour drive to Dalat, a cool mountain resort.
Its lakes, waterfall, evergreen forest and gardens make Dalat one of the most enjoyable places in Vietnam.
On the way we can make quick stops at coffee, tea and rubber plantations.
Shortly stop at Prenn waterfall before arriving in Dalat. Lunch will be served at local restaurant.
Upon arrival, visit Bao Dai’s Summer Palace, built in 1933 and Xuan Huong Lake.
Dinner and overnight at Dalat.
Day 4 – DALAT ADVENTURE (B/L/D)
At the beginning of the trail we will walk through minority farms and pine forest until we reach the base of Pinhatt Mountain where
you will stop for a little rest before affronting the 45-minute climb to the summit.
After lunch you will come down again and discover the difference in flora and fauna. To this side of the valley you will discover the
famous Vietnamese jungle.
Arrive in the campsite, take time to relax, swim or enjoy the sunset from a kayak in Lam Lake.
Dinner and overnight.
Day 5 - DALAT TREKKING (B/L)
Start trekking near the lake, as you saw the day before, you will notice the changing landscape. The walk today will bring you through
rolling hills among the vines and broad-leaf trees. When you leave the forest behind you will walk between Elephant Mountain and another peak.
This area is dotted with some minority farms.
Lunch. In the afternoon, the trekking continues to chicken village.
From the end of the trek you will be picked up and brought back to Dalat. Drop off at the hotel.
Overnight in hotel.
Day 6 - TREKKING MATRA VILLAGE WALK (B/L/D)
Have breakfast before heading back to Phan Thiet.
Half day city tour in Dalat: Visit Datanla Waterfall, Domain De Marieand XQ Embroidery. Lunch at local restaurant.
Transfer to Phan Thiet (Or you can depart in the morning to Phan Thiet Beach).
Overnight in Phan Thiet.
Day 7 - PHAN THIET – MUI NE BEACH (B)
Breakfast. Free for leisure on one of the most beautiful beaches in Vietnam
Overnight in Phan Thiet.
Day 8 - PHAN THIET – HO CHI MINH CITY (B)
Breakfast. Free for leisure.
Late afteroon. Transfer back to Ho Chi Minh City – 250km away, 5 hours
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 9 - HCMC – MY THO – TRA VINH (50km - cycling) (B/L/D)
After breakfast , pick up the bicycle, transfer out of Ho Chi Minh City to My Tho – the gateway of the Mekong delta.
Today’s ride will lead you right into the heart of the rural Mekong.
The cycling begins after the ferry journey across the Tien River at My Tho. The route takes you through narrow roads and lanes,
past banana plantations, fields of sugar cane, through the lush green landscape of the delta, crossing rivers and canals by numerous,
ubiquitous, fascinating ferries. A section of biking cuts off road onto gravel and dirt lanes, and weaves around hamlets, across water
channels, and through quiet dense vegetation. This makes for superb biking.
A final ferry across the gaping expanse of Co Chien river leads us to Travinh, a pretty tree lined town with a large population of ethnic Khmer.
Overnight in hotel in Tra Vinh.
Day 10 - TRA VINH – CAN THO (80km – cycling) (B/L/D)
After breakfast, take a boat trip to reach Vinh Long, one of the famous fruits town in Mekong.
You will cycle along narrow country lanes, easy dirt tracks and trails.
This is biking at its most glorious-through tiny orchards, witness colourful life along the riverside, pedal pass picturesque delta homes,
pause to chat with welcoming villagers, clack across innumerable wooden bridges.
Cross narrow canals on a local sampan, before finishing at the main ferry for a refreshing boat trip across the expansive Co Chien River.
Ride final few km to the very pretty Khmer town of Travinh. There will be plenty of time to explore side tracks and trails as the cycling distance
today is not far. This gives a great first impression of the “heart of Mekong”.
Overnight in hotel in Can Tho.
Day 11 - CAN THO – LONG XUYEN (90km – cycling) (B/L/D)
Today’s ride is split into two sections and is a contrast to the previous day’s ride. After a very early breakfast, you will take a boat
trip to the famous Cai Rang floating market before riding on a narrow paved road market to Phong Dien.
The route weaves through morning market bustle along the banks of the very busy river. Absorb the sights of endless cottage industries,
timber merchants, coconut shredders, small docks loading/unloading rice, and tiny vibrant markets.
You will continue by bike on the narrow lane to the main road, which transfer along the highway back to Cantho for lunch.
In the afternoon, you will continue riding along a tiny road leading upstream towards Long Xuyen.
The ride ends with a final ferry crossing and short transfer to hotel in Long Xuyen.
Day 12 - LONG XUYEN – CHAU DOC (50km – cycling) (B/L)
Once more, the scenery is completely different. After a short transfer to Triton, the cycling starts to gently undulate and mountains begin to
loom as you ride closer and closer to Chau Doc. The presence of Thotnot trees indicates the growing proximity to Cambodia and the local people
speak Vietnamese as their second language.
This afternoon you will cycle to the killing fields of Vietnam at Bachuc, where Polpot’s regime massacred over 3,000 Vietnamese in 1978.
The route loops round to Chau Doc from Bachuc along the border, or re-trace back to triton (depending on road conditions) and ride the rest
of the way to Chau Doc along incredible country roads.
Those with energy to spare can climb Sam Mountain for sunset!
Dinner and overnight in hotel.
Day 13 - CHAU DOC – HO CHI MINH – DEPARTURE (no cycling) (B/L/D)
After having breakfast at the hotel, we leave for the on upper Mekong river by boat where we can see plenty of catfishes,
red snappers… breeding under right their houses.
What is an amazing life! Then keep boating to visit the Cham village with about 12.000 people who those are weaving sarongs, hats…by hands
as keeping their ancestral tradition. Walk to the mosques that Muslims pray and teach Cham kids in Arabic for a while.
Cruising back to the van for Ho Chi Minh City.
On arrival, we will have a farewell party at a local restaurant.
Transfer to the international airport for the flight home.
Fly back to London.