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Custom Vietnam Travel – Excellent Experiences!


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Content… What we’re about

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Our codes of business

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Why Us?

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Approach to Sustainability

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Our Responsible travel Policy

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Travel Styles

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Vietnam Introduction

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Vietnam Inspirational Travel

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Tour programs Short Adventures

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Road of Vietnam Heritages

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Vietnam Overland - 16 days

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Pure Vietnam – 20 days

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Northeast Vietnam Adventure

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Northernmost Vietnam Motorcycle

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Taste of Vietnam – 10 days

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Northwest Vietnam Adventure

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Insight into Authentic Vietnam

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South Vietnam Adventure

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Untouched Vietnam

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North Vietnam Family Experience

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Vietnam Family Adventure Southbound

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Vietnam Family Adventure Northbound

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Indulge The Taste of Vietnam

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Vietnam Gourmet Express

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Vietnam Romantic Honeymoon

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Scenic Vietnam Honeymoon

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Sunny Beaches Honeymoon

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Vietnam Adventure Honeymoon

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Vietnam Ultimate Honeymoon

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National Parks and Bird Watching

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Vietnam Culture & Art

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Vietnam Photograph Tour

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Vietnam Useful Information

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How to book with us

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What we’re all about… Custom Vietnam Travel is a regional leading tour operator that specializes in private and tailoring tours to Vietnam and neighboring countries. Here we share and work with a great passion of bringing to people the best travel experience in Asia. Our products is the combination of expert knowledge of the region, innovative itinerary, great flexibility and the best value of money. We're passionate about what we do and we believe in sustainable and responsible tourism. Come with us to discover real people, real cultures and enjoy your amazing holiday with authenticity of Asia…

We're local experts We live here. It is our home. Our insight and local knowledge means you can expect experiences no guidebook can offer. Traveling with us is not just visiting the sites then leaving with photos but also best understanding about people and their life, extraordinary cultures and histories of the destinations. We know where to go and how to help you to reveal the hidden places and hidden charms. In operation, our expertise is the fruit of many years of practical experience running trips in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Thailand. We are registered member of national and regional travel association. We have long connections with local suppliers in the area that enable us to facilitate all your travel needs, offering the best combination of value and memorable experience.

We're passionate about what we do At Custom Vietnam Travel, we take our clients satisfaction as our happiness. We are a creative, closeknit, hard-working and fun-loving bunch. We share the

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same strong aspiration of bringing to travelers real life experiences. We are proud of our work and we know why we do things the way we do – and believe in it totally. We are united in our mission and hold ourselves to be the most reliable and loyal friend that travelers can work with. We bound by our working philosophy which gives us the strength to deliver the highest quality vacations to our travelers.

We're creative and innovative Whether it is luxury, short excursion or adventure, family package tours or honeymoon vacations – each of our products is built with extensive study about where you go, what you see, how you do and who you meet. Typical and unique are the attribute of each of our programs. Everyday, we ask ourselves the same question: How different can we do to get off the routine and bring more interesting/ enjoyable holidays to our travelers? And everyday we find part of the answer for our question. We work and hold ourselves creative and innovative as we know we are chosen and remembered because we are not everyone or someone else.

We care about you From the first contact until you get back home, we care about you. Once you are with us, just relax and let us to do the job as it is our profession and what we are mastered. With us, none of your proper interests is missed. We work through to make sure that your holiday is comfortable, safe, interesting and hassle free. Our safety policy is built upon monitoring all the regions and aspects. Our guides are certificated with international first aid training and experienced in dealing with circumstances on the road. We are by your side and we care about you!


Our codes of business‌ 1.Sustainable and responsible tourism Being a tour operator, we understand that sustainable tourism is not only a slogan but it is a solution for the industry in particular, and for the world in general. With this understanding, we try very much to reduce the negative impacts of tourism while giving as much opportunity to the local people as possible, empowering them and enabling them to enjoy the fruits of tourism directly. Responsible tourism is the code of our business and we encourage our travelers to act responsibly. While enjoying your holiday, just simply observe and respect local culture and people, their way of life and environment. It enhances mutual understanding and brings us all to a higher status of joy. So, as a saying goes: "Do not travel through one hundred countries with just one pair of eyes, whereas the best journey would be to travel through one country with a hundred pair of eyes".

4.We work for a smaller planet 2.Bring to people an Authentic Asia What do you normally expect for your holiday? Don’t you expect an enjoyable, relaxing and interesting trip? These are needed but surely not enough for an "unforgettable holiday". We have tried to develop and promote a new form of tourism which brings the greatest possible benefit to both travelers and the host population without causing intolerable ecological and social damage. One time, you can see and enjoy a bustling city. Another time you can get out of your comfort zone to go fishing with a local fisherman, harvest the crop with the farmer and eat a meal with his family or take part in the meditation ceremony organized by Buddhist monks. We take you to hidden places, away from the crowd. You will really have contact and interaction with locals. You can see and join in the authentic, local way of life. The idea is to enable our travelers to experience the world through the eyes of its local people while contributing directly to those people. Traveling with CVT, you can not only do and see what the other tourists do but also things they do not have any chance to do.

3. Create unique way of travel Our itineraries are built with extensive study about youwhere you go, what you see, how you travel and who you meet. It is the combination of between relaxing and great discoveries, adventure and comfort. Typical and unique are the attribute of each of our programs. Wherever you travel and stay, whatever you do, we try our best to help you to reveal all the hidden charms of the local countries and to make your holiday unique.

Custom Vietnam Travel is created to carry out the mission of bringing people the message of a world where friendship and understanding prevail. We strongly believe that travels enrich our lives. We work to bring people closer to each other with our innovative style. Traveling with us, you get deeply in touch with people, through understanding and sharing. You will see things with vision, in depth. Your travel mate is now a family member, your host is now your friend - welcoming you to his home with rejoicing. Together we build a world where everyone knows each other, everyone is our friend; we share and live with understanding and friendship. This world is now small since everywhere is accessible but we want to make it smaller.

5.Deliver the ultimate travel experience We live here and we are travel experts. We have extensive knowledge of the area that comes from years of experience leading and organizing tours around this very spectacular part of the world. With our experience and expertise, we are discerning and completely understand your expectations and travel needs. Our dedicated team has defined our mission to bring you not only a good trip, but a holiday of a life time. We love what we do and are committed to a creative and innovative travel style. We have the passion to get travelers off the beaten track and want to develop a style of travel that enables our clients to become a part of the place and community we visit. We want to share and bring to you all special aspects of the area - its history, multi-ethnic culture, special cuisine and different way of life.

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Why Custom Vietnam Travel Authentic experiences Your holiday will be a different story than that experienced by others. You will gain insight into local culture, combined with the pure rhythm of local life as it has been for years. Anywhere you go, from tourist-must-see places to unexplored areas, the things you do and see will be unique. These are the extraordinary experiences of travel with Authentic Asia.

Best value of money Your booking with Custom Vietnam Travel is a direct line to professional local tour operator who knows their places. Our contracts are made directly with ground service providers to make it the best value of all levels and to ensure that we can offer the best deals for our clients.

Travel with your own style Wherever you are, whatever your plan, just let us know how you like to travel. Let build your dream holiday with our assistance. Make it your style and save the cost. All you need to do is just some clicks. We are here to help and to satisfy all your travel needs.

Quality guarantee Through direct contracts with local suppliers, our services are not only competitive but quality assured. To ensure your comfort, all our transports on road are private with modern car or coach. For adventure tours, our equipments are fully provided with new, high quality and standard frequently checked. Your accommodation varies from 2 or 3 star hotels to luxury beach resorts depends on your travel style and references. Whatever the category is, it is always the best standard at selected level.

Our team All the members of our committed team graduated from University of Tourism or Foreign language faculty with extensive knowledge and experience in travel industry throughout Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and Cambodia. So, we thoroughly understand and know how to make your holiday pleasantenjoyable-worry free.

Local knowledge Our information of/about local countries is frequently updated with the mentions of all aspects of life of the places you travel to. This information is available from our website and also given by our travel experts, tour guide, team leaders when you book the tour and travel with us. Interaction and activities on the tour also enable you to get deep in touch with locals and their life, thus ensuring that it is not a move from A to B but an opportunity to experience, learn and share values of life.

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Approach to

Sustainability Being a responsible traveler, there are many way you can do and contribute to responsible and sustainable tourism. With a little effort, you can help to change things better. When traveling, just take with you the awareness of what you do, how you behave and what you leave behind. We are fortunate to have chance to travel around while many other are not. Responsible traveler is the one who during his/her visit to any place, leaves more positive impacts than negative one and helps to spread the values of equality, prosperity as well as the progress of the world community. Travel with responsibility does not require much endeavor nor money but care and wisdom. It is the matter of how to act rightly and in accordance with general principles and common values. It is not to travel many places with one pair of eyes but one place with hundred pairs of eyes. We travel around, learn and experience new things with an open mind. We view and observe facts/ events with altruistic outlook and any comment if there are, should be constructive. We bear in mind that we just stay there a while but people live there and it is their home. So, we try not to upset their life or leave behind with negative impacts. We recognize that at many place we visit, local practices are not the same what from our home and people's living standard or standard of modern civilization may be different, too. So, being a responsible traveler, the first thing you can do is to travel with an open mind and constructive manner. Enjoy your travel experiences thoroughly but do not be excessive. Try to get familiar to local customs and make a smooth trip by observing local law and regulations. As an ambassador of the place you come

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from, let people see and learn the good things from you through your actions and behavior. Be a friend to get treated as a friend, not being the upper of ten thousand with a contemptuous glance then get the door shut. Let build up a friendly, cozy and full of affection atmosphere for you, for people and for all of us. With the nature and environment, the responsible traveler behaves with care and respect. Go green is using natural resources responsibly and making no damage to environment. Offsetting for our carbon emission is the way to redeem for our contribution to global environmental problem. Further more, responsible traveler knows that the distribution of resources and advantage in this world is inequable so promoting fairness and sharing is what a responsible traveler can do. If you are a farmer, you can share your working experiences with local farmers to help them to work better on their farm. You can share a little bit of your wealth to disadvantage and disable people by supporting their business or donating to the fund to support them. Being responsible traveler does not finish when your trip does. After returning home from your trip, what you can do is to tell your friends and people about the excellent travel experience you have just got. Your instructive and positive comment about the places you had travel as well as your helpful travel tips will help to orient people about their travel. You yourself will probably be more aware of the environment, social, cultural and political problem that local communities face. Let think more about these issues and together with the others you can help to make things change better.


Our Responsible Travel policy Promote mutual understanding & equality We work our way to offer greater opportunity for crosscultural understanding, facilitate mutual understanding and equality among local people and our guests at the same time providing safe, enjoyable, affordable and sustainable travel that is beneficial to both our clients and our local communities with the best possible value.

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We put our efforts and endeavors to help preserving local customs, cultural values and heritages. We acknowledge and realize that these invaluable assets need to be preserved not only for now but for the future and long lasting diversity of the world. Custom Vietnam Travel tries our best to protect our most vulnerable traditions, customs, values and societies as well as supporting conservation programs for local environment, culture and heritages.

Benefit local communities We work to ensure benefit is distributed in a fair way to our clients and host communities while achieving sustainable growth of Custom Vietnam Travel and our associated partners. We are aware of the wellbeing of our people and put a

strong emphasis on creating more opportunities for local communities to gain benefit by using their services, work in a fair and respect treatment. Our trips are designed for more involvement of local people in building the package value from what people are benefited.

Fulfill social responsibility Custom Vietnam Travel operates legally and fully complies with local tax, labor and tourism laws and regulations. We firmly believe in giving back to communities and regions and working with local charities to support community development. Custom Vietnam Travel supports a range projects in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Thailand. Apart from our own contribution, we raise funds for charitable projects. With these funds, a clinic was built, schools were repaired and agricultural equipments were donated to local villagers. Within our function we organize charity and volunteering programs to promote direct support and interaction between our clients and local people.

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Your Styles of travel … Our travel styles are carefully chosen not only to bring you comfortable, safe, interesting trips but also real life experience of Authentic Asia. You are free to choose travel style that fit your taste and budget as well as to make your own itinerary at your own way…

Private Tours Private tours is the type of trip right for you and your own people. It means great flexibility and ultimate care you will have when taking this option. On the tour, you will have the chance to enjoy yourself at max and make it totally yours. This type of trip is built with very much considering about personal comfort and privacy. You can choose among ready made and sample itineraries available from our website and agents or contact with our travel consultants to modify the itinerary until it fits you the best. Private tours are normally designed by both you and our travel consultant with good personal care for a couple, small group of friends or single family who want to have their own special vacation

Group Adventures Great way to explore the world. You will join and share with other friends from different corners of the world. Our join-in tours operate with an average of 12 travelers and a guaranteed maximum of 16. This group size allow us to provide better care to each of our passenger as well as accommodating better your personal interests. You can save lots of travel cost by sharing with the others. Within our list of set-departure tours, you can choose any tour that fits you the best. It could be a classic, adventure, basix or community based tour. Further more, the earlier you book for the tour, the better the price and promotion you will have. Let join in, save the cost, share with the other and experience all excellences!

Customized Trips The best choice for travelers who want to travel with their own style and budget. Our system is created with a great convenience for you to design the itinerary of your own. You can choose the places from our tailor trip map, surf for information, check the facilities around and decide how to go. Our travel consultants with their expert knowledge will help you to plan your trip with best possible value. You are guaranteed to have your trip built around your interest and freedom to explore at your fitness level. Let build your dream holiday, make it your style and save the cost. All you need to do is just some clicks. We are here to help and to satisfy all your travel needs.

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Classic & Comfort Our Classic & Comfort tours feature the main highlights of destinations and built with a certain level of comfort to ensure that you will experience most popular sites in each country with an easy pace.

Authentic Adventure The adventure collection features the itineraries that often include more adventurous activities such as: kayaking, trekking, cycling, motor biking, rock climbing etc… for travelers with higher fitness level who wish to discover something more authentic and off from the bitten tracks.

Family Tours Our family tours are designed with great study about the facts for family travel. The tours not only fit parent’s taste but the children’s very much. Apart from the popular highlights and so on, the trip theme focus very much on activities and learning that suitable for children.

Food and Cooking Tours This type of trip is designed for travelers with unlimited appetite for culinary adventure. It provides opportunities to discover and savor the surprisingly varied tastes of the land. The combination of sightseeing, activities, tastes and culture discovery promises a real life experience.

Honeymoon Our honeymoon tours feature a great touch of romance with the combination of beach relax, sightseeing, culture and landscape discovery to bring travelers a honeymoon vacation special at most.

Special Interest This trip theme focus on providing special touches to our customers with typical and special request whether it is culture or nature discovery, wildlife, art, war memory, photography and so on.

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Vietnam Vietnam, a beautiful country lies on the eastern coat of Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia. It is the country of 4 thousand years history and the spectacular scenery. Recently, Vietnam has become more and more popular destination for travelers from far and wide. Boast as one of the most attractive destinations in Asia, the country has lots to offer. With more than 3000 km of coastline endowed with stunning beaches and lagoons, Vietnam is an ideal place for beach lovers. Hanoi, the capital of the country with its old quarter and colonial vestiges, is a highlight of the trip to the country while the bustle and hustle cities of Saigon offers a different taste of an emerging power in Asia. From idyllic countryside with lush paddy fields and evergreen gardens to the highland areas of colorful hill tribes, you will find yourself overwhelmed and delighted in the discovery of the soul-stirring landscapes and everyday sights

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The capital city of Hanoi blends the old world charm with the dynamism of a rising Asian city. French legacies is still evident from lakes and parks, colonial architecture and broad treelined boulevards - that still dot the present cityscapes. Hanoi still retains a romantic and elegant atmosphere.

Ba Be Lake, the biggest natural water body on mountains with its special geographical features and marvelous beauty is dubbed as a "precious jade of Vietnam". The lake is part of Ba Be National Park and surrounded by limestone mountains and thick forest, home to many species of rare birds and animals..

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Sapa – The place combines great natural landscape, colorful sight and typical culture promises to be a wonderful place to visit. Trek to visit minority villages, home stay in local house on stilts, wander though Saturday love market or conquer the Fansifan mountain, all prove a great experience.

Ha giang is famous with scenic mountainous topography, colorful hill tribes and typical local culture. This fascinating place remains unaffected by the tide of commerce, industry and tourism that has swept over so many other places, and so retains an air of authenticity unsurpassed in Indochina

Ninh Binh is endowed with typical and beautiful natural setting. Sit on bamboo boat and snake through limestone mountain cave along water land with rice paddies, visiting National park or cycle though the stunning country scenery, all offer visitors a chance to see rural Vietnam at its best.

Halong bay, the bay of descending dragon, is one of the most beautiful places on earth. Halong bay has been twice recognized by UNESCO as Natural and Cultural World Heritage. In 2011, the New 7 Wonders Foundation named the place as 1 of 7 Natural Wonders of the World.


Stunning landscape, rich culture and history, friendly people and excellent food, Vietnam is the place of mix feeling in a great harmony. From the rug mountains of the North to ever green fertile land of Mekong delta, from hustle city of Hanoi and Saigon to endless beaches in between, many opportunities awaits to offer you truly unforgettable experience.

Hue – The former capital of Vietnam from 1802 to 1945 is well known for its monuments, architecture as well as beautiful natural landscape. Here, more than elsewhere in the country, vestiges of the past and traditional values are obvious anywhere with royal buildings, pagodas, monuments …still exist

Da Lat town on elevation of 1500m above sea level is considered the Alps of Vietnam. With year-round cool weather, waterfalls, beautiful lakes, valleys of flowers, French colonial building on green hillside and typical minority culture, Da Lat is called the City of Eternal Spring

Hoi An is a little beautiful town by the bank of Thu Bon River with old houses, shops and little temples line along small streets that bear the trace of hundreds of years. Hoi An was recognized by UNESCO as World Cultural Heritage in 1999 for its exceptional historical and cultural values.

Nha Trang is well known for its pristine beaches and excellent scuba diving. Nha Trang Bay is widely considered as amongst the world's most beautiful bays. The Hon Mun marine protected area is one of four first marine protected areas in the world admitted by the IUCN.

Saigon - Ho Chi Minh City, is the largest economic and financial hub of Vietnam. The city's core is adorned with wide elegant boulevards and historic French colonial buildings, museums and historical monuments. Wander though Ben Thanh Market and enjoy the taste of Vietnam with best food.

Mekong, the most fertile land in the country dominated by a dense system of canals and water way of the Mekong River is home of rustic scenery with evergreen land, stunning floating markets and relaxing local life. A visit to this land will certainly give you a memorable time of a beautiful land.

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Itinerary

Hanoi City Tour Summary Experience Hanoi’s hustle life in the Old Quarter and discover its seductive charms of French colonial architectures, lakes & parks. Grasp the taste, sights, sounds and smells of one of them liveliest city in Asia.

Highlight • Hanoi's history, culture, religion and tradition • Experience Vietnamese cyclo ride Hanoi's food • Vietnamese traditional water puppet performance

Start your day tour at 8.30 AM. Visit Ho Chi Minh memorial complex and the One pillar Pagoda. Continue to the Temple of Literature, the Vietnam's first university built in 11th century to educate Vietnam's royalty, mandarins and members of the elite. Followed by the visit to picturesque West Lake, the sixth century Tran Quoc Pagoda and Quan Thanh Taoist Temple. Lunch at one of the city’s finest restaurants. Start your afternoon with a visit to the fascinating Ethnology Museum. Challenge yourself with a cyclo ride through bustling streets of the Old Quarter, enjoy sightseeing, photo shots. Wander around Ngoc Son temple and learn about the legend of the Golden Turtle. Finish your day with the artistic performance of water puppet.

Itinerary Day 1: Start at 8:00 AM for Cuc Phuong National Park. Visit to the Primate Rescue Center to see and learn about many different endangered species. Hike through the original rain forest and admire the rich flora system. Visit a limestone cave of the prehistory man. Overnight in guest house or a private bungalow. Day 2: Early bird walk around the peaceful lake for fresh-air and nature sound. Depart for Van Long- nature reserve. Take a bamboo boat row to visit the beautiful landscape of karst formations in flooded area. Continue with a visit to Hoa Lu ancient capital and temples dedicated to great kings. Back to Hanoi in the late afternoon, End of service.

Cuc Phuong NP trekking Summary A medium paced tour. Designed for those who would like to escape cities and crowded destinations. Great for nature lover who is interested in national park and endangered primate.

Highlight • Visit Primate Rescue Center • Trek through original rain forest • Overnight in the sounds of Nature. • Van Long Nature Reserve with beautiful karst system. • Hoa Lu ancient capital and temples

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TREKKING MAICHAU & PU LUONG Itinerary Day 1: Mai Chau Stunning rural and mountain scenery on the drive. Walking around the minority Village of Mai Chau. Homestay in Lac Village.

Summary: This is an active paced tour. Designed for those who have limited time to travel and interest in getting off the beaten track with an adventure of trekking and experience local home stay with ethnic minorities. It is also a good active extended explore after classic trips.

Day 2: Trek to Cun Pheo (21km) Follows a mixture of paths, streambeds, and steep jungle hillsides, karst mountains and rice fields through different hill tribe communities. Overnight at Cun Pheo village. Day 3: Trek to Hang village (25km) Rewarding scenery and wonderful opportunity to experience local life on the former Ho Chi Minh Trail in Pu Luong Nature reserve. Day 4: The hills of Pu Luong (18km) Explore more remote route in an evergreen area of nature reserve. Homestay at Kho Muong. Day 5: Nua Village Hike down hill, visit local market, absorbing the sites, sounds and smells of the colorful event. Trek further and overnight in Nua Village. Day 6: More trek – Hanoi Explore Hin and Tom villages, Ma River before driving back Hanoi. Trip finishes in the late afternoon. End of service.

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• Visit Mai Chau beautiful valley and minority villages off from the bitten tracks. • Great trekking through stunning landscapes • Explore the Pu Luong Nature Reserve and Ho Chi Minh Trail • Great local interactions • Experience local life style and learn about local traditions • Home stay in local houses


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Halong cruise 3 days Summary Halong Bay, one of the most beautiful place on earth is the must for travelers to Vietnam. Board a deluxe cruiser and enjoy great comfort amongst the marvelous scenery.

Highlight • Cruise spectacular landscape of Ha Long • Visit beautiful limestone cave and typical floating villages. • Swimming in emerald water at pristine island beach • Kayaking to explore stunning lagoon • Great food and great comfort on a deluxe cruiser.

Day 1: Hanoi – Halong Drive to Ha Long Bay though fascinating land of Red River Delta. Discover the magical bay where thousands of sculpted limestone islands rise from emerald water. Visit grottoes, swimming or sunbathing and enjoy cocktails while watching sunset. Overnight aboard luxury cruiser. Day 2: Halong Day–trip with private crew to the bay's most untouched areas. Swimming on quiet beaches, visiting water tunnels, fishing villages and paddle kayak to explore stunning lagoons. Overnight on luxury cruiser. Day 3: Halong - Hanoi Morning Tai Chi exercise and view the sunrise over the bay. Visit a beautiful limestone grotto. Cruise back to the harbor and have lunch before getting transfer back to Hanoi. End of service.

Itinerary Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City – Can Tho Morning bus drive to Can Tho. Cruise through fantastic scenery of the Mekong delta, leisurely stroll through the village and fruit gardens or rice fields. Overnight aboard.

Mekong River cruise 3 days

Day 2: Life on the water and floating markets Sunrise cruise to visit the floating market of Cai Rang, marvel at the sheer abundance of exotic fruits, vegetables and skilfully handcrafted regional products. Visit local home and local cottage industries. Continue to cruise to Chau Doc. Overnight onboard.

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Day 3: Towards Cambodia Embark on the speed boat for an exciting ride to Phnom Penh. End of service.

• Cruise through rustic Mekong delta. • Visit local villages, fruit gardens and local cottages industries. • Visit stunning floating market • Overnight on board in the great harmony of nature

Mekong, one of the longest river in the World brings with it the vitality to build up fertile deltas along its banks. Discover the mighty river in style on our cruise and experience the rhythm of local life on evergreen land.

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BIKING MAICHAU & NINH BINH Itinerary Day 1: Hanoi - Mai Chau/bike to Buoc Village(Biking: 30km) Enjoy the beautiful drive through marvelous rural and mountain scenery. Explore the local life at Mai Chau. Bike to Buoc village of Thai people. Overnight homestay.

Summary: This tour is designed as a medium paced tour and ideal for those are active, interested in the mixture of adventure and culture exploration. This tour offers a great chance to observe the local life in Vietnam as well as to experience the most stunning natural scenery in the country.

Day 2: Back road to Mai Chau (Biking: 35km) Explore the area on another stunning route. Visit some minority village on the way before ending at Lac Village. Home stay in local house on stilts. Day 3: Mai Chau - Ninh Binh (Biking: 70km) Bike through the country of Hoa Binh and Ninh • Vietnamese history Binh along long-standing breath taking with tours in Hanoi, Hue, My Son landscape of mountains, greens • Amazing UNESCO's karst and local villages. Overnight at formation landscape in Halong Bay a• hotel in Ninh Binh. Boat trip to visit the long limestone cavesBinh in Phong Nha Day 4: Ninh – Hanoi • Enjoyable ancient city with beach (Biking: 40km) Discover Hoa swimming; Having Lu ancient capital with your bike and continue to Tam Coc, the “Halong Bay in land”. Rowing boat trip along the rice paddies and jutting karst mountains though caves. Explore the pagoda on mountain and enjoy interesting local interactions. Back to Hanoi in the late afternoon. End of service.

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• Explore the beautiful valley of Mai Chau. • Visit local hill tribe villages and learn about local life. • Great local interaction • Biking though stunning landscape of mountain, green nature and rustic rural scenery. • Homestay in local house on stilts. • Visiting Hoa Lu ancient capital and its temples. • Boat rowing through marvelous karsts jutting out of rice paddies and water.


Itinerary Night 1: Overnight train to Lao Cai in soft sleepers cabin. Day 1: Enjoy stunning colors of the market and culture of different hill tribes.

Bac Ha & Ha Giang Adventure Summary This 5 days tour is well designed for active travelers who want to explore hidden beauties. The tour brings you to some of the most beautiful place in Vietnam with typical local culture, beautiful landscape for a real life experience .

Highlight • Colorful local hill tribe market • Trekking through breathtaking scenery of mountains and greens. • Deep in touch with local people. • Catch up great moment of local life. • Home stay in local house.

Day 2-3: Stunning trek through different villages of hill tribe along breath taking scenery of mountain and greens. Sharpen your photograph skill, get deep in touch with the local and learn about their life, culture. Home stay in local house. Day 4: Easy hike through rain forest and minority villages in Ha Giang. Explore the spirit of mountains, rocks and greens. Retreat at a beautiful eco-lodge. Day 5: Full day drive back to Hanoi through stunning landscape. Easy pace with more photos of rural life. Arrive in Hanoi in the afternoon. End of service.

Itinerary Day 1: Start at 8:00 AM for a stunning drive towards Mai Chau with stops for photos. Lunch at Mai Chau then take an easy hike of 14km to Xo village of the Thai minority. Dinner and overnight in a local house. Day 2: After breakfast trek to Buoc Village. Join with people on their daily work on farms and learn about their life. Experience the second night in local house at Van village. Day 3: Trek on village paths which run between mountains and rice fields. Lunch on the way in a local home at Van Mai Village. Relax and enjoy interesting chat with the host before taking your drive back to Hanoi. Trip completes in Hanoi at around 5.00 PM. End of service.

Trek Mai Chau & surroundings Summary The neighborhood of Mai Chau is relatively untouched. Here in the villages of minority people, the rhythm of life is still maintained as it has been for years. A trekking tour to those places promise a great discovery for adventurers and culture lovers

Highlight • Trek to well hidden villages along spectacular landscape • Home stay in local houses. • Great local interaction and great experience about local life.

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MEKONG RURAL RIDE Itinerary Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City - Can Tho Visiting My Tho and the land by Mekong River. Bike through stunning rural scenery to Cai Be. Boat cruise on Mekong River to Vinh Long. Visit local villages, gardens and local cottage industries and experience the age-old rhythms of river life. Overnight in Can Tho.

Summary: Mekong Delta, the most fertile land in the country filled up by the mighty Mekong river is home to beautiful landscape and peaceful local life. This 3 days tour with boat cruise, biking and local experience is a great offer to those who looking for a memorable holiday with a real taste of Vietnam

Day 2: Can Tho - Soc Trang Visit Cai Rang floating market, enjoy the sight, sound and smell of one of the most interesting floating market in the Mekong delta. Drive to Phung Hiep and hop on your bike for adventure ride along little rivers, greens, • Vietnamese long-standing history country villages. Enjoy visit with tours in Hanoi, Hue,the My Son to local UNESCO's pagodas karst and local • Amazing formation landscape in Halong Bay interaction. Overnight in Soc • Boat trip to visit the long Trang. limestone caves in Phong Nha Day 3: Soc Trang - with Sa Dec • Enjoyable ancient city beach Return to Can Tho by van and swimming; Having

ferry and then cycle to Sa Dec through tree-lined country lanes, paddy fields, picturesque bamboo villages and quaint, winding paths. Drive back to Ho Chi Minh city. End of service.

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• Biking through rustic scenery of Mekong. • Get deep in touch with locals and learn about interesting local life. • Boat trip along the mighty Mekong River and winding canals. • Discover stunning floating market of Cai Rang. • Visit fruit gardens, local cottage industries and taste local specialties.


Itinerary Day 01: Hanoi - Ba Be Drive up to Ba Be with photo stops on the way. Take a walk around the Tay village and overnight in local house on stilts.

Classic North East Vietnam Summary The Northeast of Vietnam with its spectacular landscapes is absolutely worth a visit. Within this 4 days tour you will have chance to discover some of the most stunning treasures of the country.

Highlight • Home stay in local house. • Cruise on Ba Be Lake and enjoy fresh beauty of Ba Be National park • Visit Ban Gioc waterfall – the largest and most beautiful one in the country. • Stunning landscape off the bitten track.

Day 02: Ba Be – Cao Bang Glide on mirror like Ba Be lake visit to Dau Dang water fall, Puong cave. Drive to Cao Bang. Overnight in a hotel. Day 03: Ban Gioc waterfall Visit Ban Gioc waterfall, the most stunning one in the country on the border with China. Visit Nguom Ngao Cave and black smith of Nung people. Day 04: Cao Bang – Hanoi Shopping in Cao Bang market before heading for Hanoi. Stop in Thai Nguyen city for visiting the museum of Ethonology. Arrive Hanoi in the late afternoon. End of service.

Itinerary Night 1: Overnight train to Lao Cai in AC soft sleeper cabin. Day 1: Trek along the trail through mountains, pristine jungle and spectacular view of surroundings. Enjoy your discovery of the tropical rain forest. Overnight on the middle of the slope at the campsite, 2900m above sea level. Day 2: Up for the summit. Touch cloud, inhale fresh air and celebrate your victory with great view over to Laos and China. Get down back to Sapa though Heaven Gate. Overnight in hotel in Sapa. Day 3: Strolling around the little town of Sapa and local hill tribe villages. Overnight train back to Hanoi. Trip ends at your hotel next morning.

Conquer the Fansipan Summary Fansipan, the roof of Indochina with the height of 3143m is the target for adventure lovers. Visit Sapa and conquer the peak of the country in Hoang Lien National park for a real life experience

Highlight • Trek through Hoang Lien NP • Camping in the midle of rain forest • Enjoy the celebrating view on the top of Fansipan • Enjoy stunning landscape of Sapa, its colorful hill tribes and culture

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Road of Vietnam’s Heritages Itinerary

Summary: 9 days discovering and experiencing 4 natural and cultural heritages in Vietnam listed by the UNESCO. A wonderful and mystical Halong Bay, long limestone caves of Phong Nha, Imperial capital of Hue, ancient city of Hoi An… This trip is a great convenience for those who want to have a taste of Vietnam with time limit whilst pursuing a memorable holiday in Vietnam

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Days 1-2: Hanoi Experience Hanoi’s hustle life and discover its seductive charms of French colonial ambience: lakes, parks, temples and museums. Stroll through the bustling backstreets of the old quarter. Days 3-4: Halong Bay Board aboard a traditional junk for an overnight cruise to discover the spectacular bay of Descending Dragon. Explore caves, paddle kayak amongst jutting karsts and enjoy great comfort on board. Night train to Dong Hoi. Day 5: Phong Nha Cave Stunning boat trip to explore Phong Nha, the most beautiful cave located within the Phong Nha – Ke Bang National park. Day 6: Hue Be enchanted with the beauty of Hue city. Float down the Perfume River and discover the vestiges of once Imperial Capital of the country. Days 7-8: Hoi An Wander through the ancientry of Hoian, indulge yourself with thousands of worth shopping stuff in this shopper’s paradise. Soak up the emerald water of Hoian beach and venture to visit the ruins of Myson, Holly land of the ancient Champa Kingdom. Be a night owl at the last night in one of great bars of Hoian. Day 9: Departure Relax by hotel’s pool or get the last minute shopping before getting transferred to the airport for departure or continuing with more “Custom Vietnam Travel” destinations. TRIP STYLE: Classic & Comfort TRIP THEMES: Discovery/ Culture TRIP CODE: VCC06 START FROM: Hanoi MEALS INCLUDED: 08 Breakfasts, 06 Lunches, 1 Dinner TRANSPORT: Private minivan, boat ACCOMM: 6 nts in hotel, 1 nt on train, 1 nts on boat

• Vietnamese long-standing history with tours in Hanoi, Hue, My Son • Amazing UNESCO's karst formation landscape in Halong Bay • Boat trip to visit the long limestone caves in Phong Nha • Enjoyable ancient city with beach swimming; Having clothes & Shoe made in Hoi An • Holy Hinduist ruins at My Son


Vietnam overland 16 days Itinerary

Summary A great introduction to Vietnam that combines essential sites & hidden places. Discover the Vietnam of old and new, from hustle cities to lush countryside. Within 16 days, lots to see, learn and enjoy. Here, Vietnam with different aspects and vivid colors is waiting for you to explore for a truly unforgettable experience…

Days 1-2: Hanoi Touring beautiful city with it's French colonial ambience: lakes, parks, temples and museums and a stroll through the bustling backstreets. Day 3: Halong bay Explore the incredible scenery of World Heritage Halong Bay by boat on a day cruise. Days 4 -5: Mai Chau – Ninh binh Tour to beautiful valley of Mai Chau. Enjoy home stay in ethnic village. Continue to Ninh binh – Land of Karst, discover labyrinth of caves, tunnels from the rowing boat. Days 6-7: Dong Ha - Hue Dig up the recent history of Vietnam by a visit to Dong Ha and the infamous DMZ, the tunnel of Vinh Moc, Hien Luong Bridge and Khe Sanh Combat Base. Check out the numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the historical and Imperial Hue city. Cruise on ‘dragon boat’ along the Perfume River to visit some of the majestic tombs of the former emperors and explore the ancient Imperial Citadel. Days 8-9-10: Hoi An Touring of the ancient town of Hoian, discover the picturesque streets, enjoy shopper’s paradise and cycling down to the nearby beach for tropical suntan then discover the atmospheric ruined temples of ancient My Son City. Days 11-12: Ho Chi Minh City boarding on the train to Ho Chi Minh city, touring the Saigon City on cyclo for featuring architectures and sites. Enjoy the hustle atmosphere of the largest city of Vietnam. Days 13-14-15-16: Cu chi Tunnel & Mekong Delta Visit to the fascinating Vietcong tunnel system at Cu Chi and learn something about Vietnam War. Continue to Mekong delta, boat cruise through the maze of waterways. Discover the region's picturesque scenery and the local cottage industries and stunning floating market of Cai Be and Cai Rang on the Mekong River. Enjoy the freshness, typical landscape and poetic atmosphere before heading back to Saigon for last night in bar before the trip concludes.

• Explore Hanoi’s old quarter on cyclo • Cruise among stunning karsts of Halong Bay • Soft trek Mai Chau valley & home stay in a Thai house • Bamboo boat rowing amongst breathtaking karsts formations of Ninh Binh • Survey the former battle filed of infamous DMZ • Enjoy the ancientry of Hoi An town and Hue citadel with royal tombs and palaces. • Sai gon City tour and cruise on Mekong River, visit floating markets and experience local life

TRIP STYLE: Classic & Comfort TRIP THEMES: Discovery/ Culture TRIP CODE: VCC01 START FROM: Hanoi DURATION: 16 days MEALS INCLUDED: 15 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 4 Dinners TRANSPORT: Private minivan, Junk boat ACCOMMODATION: Hotel (12nts), Home stay (2nt), Overnight train (1nt)

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Pure Vietnam – 20 days Itinerary

Summary: Reveal culture, routine, varied lands, scenic waters as well as temples and pagodas, This itinerary will give you an in depth Vietnamese experience as you will be escorted by our know-how staff throughout the country and explore all the marvels of Vietnam. See the colors and life of all the major cities, rural towns and UNESCO’s sites

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Days 1-3: Ho Chi Minh City Experience the hustle atmosphere of Saigon on a cyclo ride. Discover the famous war relic – Cu Chi Tunnel and Cao Dai Holy see. Day 4: Mekong Delta Discover the Mekong’s rustic scenery and floating market. Day 5: Dalat Inhale the cool air and be overwhelmed by the natural beauty of the City of Love. Days 6-7: Nha Trang Enjoy the sun, sand and sea. Play with colorful marine life and walk along to explore the sea-side town. Days 8-9: Hoi An Touring the ancientry of Hoian. Indulge your self with artisan tailoring and perhaps discover My Son Holy land. Days 10-11: Hue Wander through the Imperial Citadel, float down the Perfume River amongst fascinating countryside. Day 12: Hanoi Learn the colorful aspects of life in the Capital city, taste a bowl of real noodle soup and walk along the maze of little streets. Day 13: Ninh Binh gently slice through the water and discover the enormous limestone karsts jutting out from the green rice. Days 14-15: Hanoi Visit Duong Lam ancient village, enjoy cooking class and learn recipe for some Hanoi best dishes. Days 16-17: Sapa Trek along spectacular scenery, enjoy local interaction and visit one of most colorful hill tribe market on the highland. Days 18-19: Halong Boarding a traditional junk boat for an overnight cruise amongst breathtaking landscape of rock formations. Day 20: Departure Last minute shopping before your transfer the airport for your flight home or carry on with more Custom Vietnam Travel’s special travel.

• Vietnamese long-standing history with tours in Hanoi, Hue, My Son • Amazing UNESCO's karst formation landscape in Halong Bay • Boat trip to visit the long limestone caves in Phong Nha • Enjoyable ancient city with beach swimming; Having clothes & Shoe made in Hoi An • Holy Hinduist ruins at My Son

TRIP STYLE: Classic & Comfort TRIP THEMES: Discovery/ Culture TRIP CODE: VCC05 START FROM: Ho Chi Minh City MEALS INCLUDED: 19 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 1 Dinner TRANSPORT: Car/bus, Boat, Flight. Train ACCOMMODATION: 18 nts in hotels, 1 nt on boat


North East Vietnam Adventure Itinerary

Summary: The North West of Vietnam with spectacular scenery is still relatively untouched by tourism (except Halong Bay) and is absolutely worth to visit. Explore Ba Be lake, the Jade of the country on the mountain, visiting Ban Gioc water fall, enjoy pristine scenery of Cao Bang and Lang son and overwhelmed by the beauty of Halong Bay.

Day 1: Hanoi Check in to Capital city and experience the city’s seductive charms. Days 2-3: Ba Be Lake Enjoy stunning drive to Babe through fascinating scenery. Home stay in a minority village and glide on the mirror-like emerald Babe Lake – the Jade of the country on the mountains. Day 4: Ban Gioc Waterfall Discover the landscape of Cao Bang & the famous Ban Gioc Waterfall, the biggest and best-known waterfalls in Vietnam lines on the border with China. Day 5: Lang Son Indulge yourself with inspirational photos of untouched beautiful landscape on the way to and in the little mountain town of Lang Son. Days 6-7: Halong Bay Castaway on a comfort overnight cruise through Halong Bay’s marvelous landscape before getting back to Hanoi for last night party. Day 8: Departure Last shopping minute before getting transfer to the airport for your onward flight. End of service.

• Discover Hanoi’s seductive

charm • Breath-taking scenery of the North East of Vietnam • Glide on Ba Be lake - the Jade of the country • Visit Ban Gioc - the best known waterfall in Vietnam • Homestay in local Tay traditional stilt house • Comfort cruise on one of the most beautiful place in the World - Halong bay

TRIP STYLE: Authentic Adventure TRIP THEMES: Discovery/ Culture TRIP CODE: VAA06 START FROM: Hanoi MEALS INCLUDED: 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 3 Dinners TRANSPORT: Private minivan, Junk boat ACCOMMODATION: 5 nights in hotel, 1 night on boat, 1 night homestay

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Northernmost Vietnam Motorcycle Itinerary

Summary: Explore Ba Be lake, the Jade of the country on the mountain, visting Ban Gioc waterfall, enjoy pristine scenery of Cao Bang and Lang son and Dong Van karst geopark. Get through seemingly impossible road to some most spectacular places of the North West, Sapa and Bac Ha. This MOTORCYCLING TRIP is one of the most exciting ways to see the remote Vietnam. Maximize you fun. Make your dreams of adventure in inspiring landscapes for a lifetime adventure.

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Day 1: Hanoi – Ba Be (~240 km) Get on! Gear up and experience the stunning scenery of rural Vietnam upwards the mountains. Glide on Babe Lake - the Jade of the country on the mountain and enjoy home stay in a house on stilt of Tay people. Day 2: Ba Be – Tinh Tuc - Bao Lac (~ 178km) Wonderful sightseeing of mountains and hill tribe village as your ride through pristine highland. Taste local food and enjoy local atmosphere in the land of Cao Bang. Day 3: Bao Lac - Meo Vac – Dong Van (~ 96 km) Make the way for Dong Van, Meo Vac and Ma Pi Leng – the amazing land of colorful hill tribes and Karsts geography. Indulge your self with splendid scenery and sharpen your photograph skill with amazing photos. Day 4: Dong Van - Yen Minh - Quan Ba - Ha Giang (~ 150 km) Slow down a bit to inhale the fresh air and contemplate the nature. Visit to the Hmong King’s Palace and local hill tribe market. Day 5: Ha Giang - Hoang Su Phi - Bac Ha (~ 209km) Enjoy stunning scenery along the zigzag road from Ha Giang to Bac Ha on an adventure ride. Experience the charm of sleepy mountain town Bac Ha. Day 6: Bac Ha - Sapa (~ 120km) Roam around the local market then depart for a stunning ride down and up hill to Sapa through most spectacular scenery of mountains, forests and terrace fields dotted with little hill tribe villages on slopes. Day 7: Sapa - train to Hanoi Wander through Sapa town and be enchanted with the landscape, enjoy local interaction with different hill tribe people before loading your iron horse on train back to Hanoi.

• Freewheel through breathtaking scenery of the North East of Vietnam • Visit and enjoy the magnificent landscape of Ba Be lake - the Jade of the country •Visit Ban Gioc waterfall - the best known waterfall in Vietnam • Enjoy home stay in a local Tay traditional stilt house Dong Van Karst Geopark & tribal life's experience • Stunning scenery of Sapa and Bac Ha • Colorful hill tribe markets

TRIP STYLE: Authentic Adventure TRIP THEMES: Adventure/ Discovery/ Culture TRIP CODE: VAA05 START FROM: Hanoi DURATION: 7days MEALS INCLUDED: 6 Breakfasts, 1 Dinner TRANSPORT: Motorcycle, Support Vehicle ACCOMMODATION: 5 Nts in hotel, 1Nt home stay.


Taste of Vietnam - 10 days Itinerary

Summary: Wander through Hanoi’s Old Quarter with its famous 36 streets and guilds, Halong Bay of marvelous natural scenery, Hue of Imperial vestiges and intact ancient Hoian. Within this 10 days trip, you also have chance to discover the South of Vietnam with hustle city of Saigon and rustic Mekong delta. The perfect combination of places and activities make this trip a memorable holiday…

Day 1: Hanoi Wander through ancient Hanoi with little streets and guilds and experience the city’s seductive charms. Day 2: Ha Long Bay Cruise stunning karst landscape of Halong, enjoy fresh seafood and explore beautiful limestone cave. Day 3: Hanoi Touring Hanoi’s interesting sites, ride on cyclo through busy streets and discover Hanoi’s life. Day 4: Hue Discover the country’s last Imperial city with Royal Forbidden quarter, float down the Perfume River on a Dragon boat, visit pagoda of Holy Lady and a Royal Tomb. Days 5-6: Hoi An Wander through ancient town, explore the trace of time left on ancient houses along Thu Bon River and perhaps fill your desire of shopping fun. Day 7: Saigon Taste Saigon food, experience the city’s charms and soak up the tropical sun. Day 8: Mekong Delta Be enchanted with the rustic scenery of Mekong Delta, enjoy a boat trip along the river’s narrow waterways, visit floating market, fruit gardens and experience local life. Days 910: Saigon Touring Saigon’s interesting sites and visit to one of the most mystical and famous war relic in the country – Cu Chi tunnel. Complete your adventure with the last night in Saigon.

• Cyclo ridethrough Hanoi’s Old Quarter. • Weave through spectacular karsts of Halong • Enjoy the ancientry of Hue & Hoi An • Cruise on Mekong River and visit floating market. • Learn about Viet Cong and Vietnam War in the Tunnel of Cu Chi.

TRIP STYLE: Classic & Comfort TRIP THEMES: Discovery/ Culture TRIP CODE: VCC03 START FROM: Ho Chi Minh City MEALS INCLUDED: 9 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches TRANSPORT: Private minivan, Junk boat/ Flight ACCOM: 8 Nts in hotel, 1 Nt on boat

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Northwest Vietnam Adventure Itinerary

Summary: The North-West of Vietnam are home to some of South-East Asia's most beautiful scenery and fascinating people. Leaving the graceful boulevards of Hanoi behind, experience breathtaking mountain views and meet friendly local hilltribes along the way and on your hike. If you want to get off the beaten track in Vietnam, this is the trip for you.

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Days 1-2: Hanoi Taste local foods and wander through bustling backstreets of the old quarter. Day 3: Mai Chau Experience the local life in beautiful valley of Mai Chau, home stay in house on stilts. Day 4: Son La Taste green tea and milk cakes at Moc Chau and enjoy local interaction with minority people on the way. Visit Son La old French prison and Ethnology museum. Day 5: Dien Bien Phu Inhale the fresh air from the top of Pha Din Pass with the great view of mountains, forests. Visit the last bastion of French power in Indochina and learn about the Dien Bien Phu Victory of 1954. Day 6: Lai Chau Meet numerous hill tribes minorities on the way and enjoy the scene of picturesque terrace fields and walk around to explore the little mountain town of Lai Chau. Days 7-9: Sapa Drive up the highest pass in Vietnam, trek down hill along stunning scenery of terrace field forests and hill tribe villages and enjoy home stay experience in a local Dzay stilt house before finishing your loop in Hanoi. Day 10: Departure Enjoy last minute shopping before your flight home or continue on more Custom Vietnam Travel's adventure.

• Wander through Hanoi for a real local taste •Explore Mai Chau valley and home stay in Thai house on stilts. •Inhale from the top of Pha Din Pass with breathtaking view. • Visit Dien Bien Phu battle field and museum. • Enjoy stunning scenery of Sapa and trek along mountain to local villages

TRIP STYLE: Authentic Adventure TRIP THEMES: Adventure/ Discovery/ Culture TRIP CODE: VAA01 START FROM: Hanoi DURATION: 10 days MEALS INCLUDED: 09 Breakfasts, 07 Lunches, 4 Dinners TRANSPORT: Private minivan/ Jeep ACCOMM: 7 Nts in hotel, 2Nts home stay.


Insight into Authentic Vietnam Itinerary

Summary: Experience quintessential Vietnam on this comprehensive journey from north to south. A great chance to delve deeper into authentic Vietnam and to reveal the hidden treasures of this fascinating destination. From busy cities to lesservisited areas, unforgettable travel moments occur wherever and whenever you least expect them.

Days 1-2: Hanoi Touring Hanoi of thousand years and get a bowl of real noodle soup in one of the best Pho Restaurant. Days 3-6: Sapa Explore the stunning vistas of Sapa, wander through local market and unveil lifestyle of local hill tribes. Days 7-9: Halong Enjoy the freshest seafood while you cruise amongst the thousands of limestone islands, sleeping in-board as you float on the moonlit bay. Days 10-12: Mai chau - Ninh Binh – Vinh Visit the beautiful valley of Mai Chau with home-stay. Be enchanted with dramatic karst mountains rising from the rice paddies of Ninh Binh. Days 13-15: Dong Hoi – Hue Discover the birthplace of Ho Chi Minh, spend an indulgent night at a luxurious beachside resort in Dong Hoi. Cross the demilitarized zone which separated the North and the South during the war. Explore the historic sites of the former imperial capital, Hue and float down the Perfume river on a Dragon boat. Days 16-17: Hoi an Take a stroll through ancient streets of Hoi An and perhaps stopping by one of the many master tailors in the region to treat yourself to a new wardrobe. Days 18-20 Pleiku, Kontum & Buon Ma Thuot A dazzling drive through terraced rice paddies and plantations leads to the remote Central Highlands, revealing verdant tea and coffee plantations, waterfalls and colorful minority villages as you experience local life. Days 21-22: Dalat Delight in the sweeping mountain vistas during a cable car ride, admire the faded Art Deco charm of the last emperor’s summer residence and rummage through the town’s vibrant market. Days 23-26: Saigon & Mekong delta Wonder at the energy of Saigon then meander along the canals and shady lanes of the Mekong Delta before the trip concludes.

• Hanoi typical charms • Imposing scene of Sapa and colorful hill tribe markets. • Weave between islands of Halong Bay. • Soft trek Mai Chau & home stay. • Boat rowing amongst breathtaking karst. • Learning Vietnamese history at Cu Chi and the infamous DMZ. •Taste the ancientry of Hoi An town and Hue Imperial Citadel. • Discover the pristine less visited Central Highland. • Cruise on Mekong River, visit floating markets and experience local life with a home stay in the Delta.

TRIP STYLE: Classic & Comfort TRIP THEMES: Discovery/ Culture TRIP CODE: VCC02 START FROM: Hanoi DURATION: 26 days MEALS INCLUDED: 25 Breakfasts TRANSPORT: Private minivan, Junk boat, Trains, Domestic flight. ACCOMMODATION: Hotel (19nts), Home stay (3nt), Overnight train (2nt), boat (1nt)

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South Vietnam Experience Itinerary

Summary: This tour reveals almost all the charms of South of Vietnam and really fit for those who seek the chance to explore this part of the country in detail with a certain comfort level. The tour is a great combination of sightseeing, activities, culture experience and discovery that promises a real life experience.

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Days 1-2: Ho Chi Minh City Wander though Saigon – Ho Chi Minh City, visit interesting sites, taste local food at Ben Thanh Market and experience the city’s hustle life. Days 3-4: Mekong Delta Float on the mighty Mekong River, visit luxuriant orchard gardens and local cottage industries. Experience the taste of the most fertile land in the country and listen to the rhythm of local life including local market and home stay. Days 5-6: Da Lat Drive up hill to the summer resort of Da Lat for the spectacular scenery and fresh air, visit plantations and sip the best green tea and coffee. Wander through the City of Love with many interesting sites and satisfy your senses with colors, tastes and feelings. Days 7-8: Nha Trang Drive down hill to the city of 3S: Sun - Sea – Sand. Enjoy the ocean breeze, warm emerald water and discovery of colorful coral reefs of the Nha Trang Bay. Get beautiful suntan on tropical white sandy beach whilst enjoying fresh seafood. Days 9-11: Hoi An Discover the ancientry of Hoi An town evident in the yellow wall and pitched roofs. Ride on a bike to explore stunning countryside and enjoy the shopper’s paradise until the last minutes.

• Touring Saigon - Ho Chi Minh city and challenge yourself with a cyclo ride on hustle streets. • Cruise on the mighty Mekong River and discover the local life. • Visiting Da Lat with spectacular scenery and colors. • Enjoy Nha Trang beach, boat cruise on the bay and snorkelling • Walking, sightseeing and shopping in Hoi An, enjoy interaction and learn about local’s works and life

TRIP STYLE: Family Package TRIP THEMES: Discovery/ Culture TRIP CODE: VFP05 START FROM: Saigon - Ho Chi Minh City DURATION: 11 days MEALS INCLUDED: 10 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 4 Dinners TRANSPORT: Car/Bus, Boat, Train, Flight ACCOMMODATION: 9 nights in hotel, 1 night home stay.


Untouched Vietnam Itinerary

Summary: This "getting off the beaten path" itinerary helps you to reveal the treasures of Vietnam and gain the insight into an authentic Vietnam. From the coastal areas to the remote mountainous regions where the foot prints of the first tourists are still new, you will get to know Vietnam with its colorful culture, interesting life and tradition.

Days 1-2: Hanoi Wind your way through the spellbinding streets of Hanoi. Days 3-4: Ninh Binh Visit Van Long Nature Reserve and Cuc Phuong National Park. Cycle amongst breathtaking country landscape dotted with jutting karsts. Days 5-6: Hue Uncover the royal life of Vietnam’s last dynasty and float down river on a dragon boat. Days 7-8: Hoian Ramble around the charming ancient town and discover the regions delectable cuisine with a fun cooking class. Days 9-12: Kontum Explore amazing land and life of the montagnard people, home stay in local houses. Day 13: Bac Ha Wander through colorful hill tribe market of Bac Ha and cruise downstream the Chay River. Days 14-15: Hoang Su Phi Sharpen your photograph skill with stunning scenery of far-north Vietnam and retreat at eco lodge- Pan Hou. Days 16-18: Ba Be Lake - Hanoi Glide amongst spectacular landscape of Ba Be. Discover caves and waterfall. Days 19-20: Halong Bay Float past hundreds of soaring limestone mountains. Enjoy seafood and the night aboard in sky of lively stars. Day 21: Departure Last minute shopping until your flight home.

• Cyclo ride in Hanoi. • Enjoy breathtaking karst scenery of Van Long & watching colorful langurs in Cuc Phuong. • Explore the ancentry Hue. • Wander through poetic Hoian with fun shopping. • Home stay in Kon Tum, Bac Ha and Ba Be Lake. • Imposing scene of far north Vietnam and colorful hill tribe markets. • Cruise on Ba Be Lake. • Weave between the limestone karsts and islands of Halong Bay.

TRIP STYLE: Authentic Adventure TRIP THEMES: Discovery/ Culture TRIP CODE: VAA02 START FROM: Hanoi DURATION: 21 days MEALS INCLUDED: 20 Breakfasts TRANSPORT: Car, Boat, Trains, Domestic flight. ACCOMMODATION: Hotel (15nts), Home stay (3nts), Overnight train (1nt), boat (1nt)

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North Vietnam Experience Itinerary

Summary: This tour designed for family adventure with the great combination of sightseeing, activities, culture experience and discovery. From the busy city to peaceful country, from emerald sea to august mountains, everywhere you go and everything you see is just in line of a great discovery for a real life experience

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Days 1-2: Hanoi Discover Hanoi’s charms, taste Hanoi’s foods and challenge your self with a cyclo ride. Day 3: Mai Chau Skim on mirror-like surface of emerald water Hoa Binh lake, stroll around local villages and enjoy home stay in the house on stilts of Thai minority people. Day 4: Ninh Binh Be enchanted with spectacular scenery of karsts landscape. Take a boat rowing through caves along rice paddies and soaring mountains and ride push bike through country villages. Days 5-7: Halong Bay – Cat Ba islands Unwind on the sundeck whilst you cruise through marvelous Halong bay. Paddle kayak to discover the island and overnight on luxury boat under star live sky. Swimming on pristine beach in the middle of Cat Ba bay and satisfy your palate with seafood BBQ. Days 8-9: Sapa Trek down mountain slope, visit hill tribe villages and people. Discover the colorful life and culture whilst wander through local market. Fill your album with amazing shots and fill your bags with artistic handmade souvenirs. Day 10: Departure Back to Hanoi, enjoy last minutes shopping/ sightseeing before flying home or more adventure. Safe travel!

• Hanoi city tour and cyclo ride through the Old Quarter • Enjoy magnificent scenery of Halong bay on luxury cruiser • Kayaking amongst breathtaking karsts. • Overnight on board in Halong Bay • Visit Cat Ba Islands and swim on pristine beach. • Walking and talking with local in Mai Chau – home stay in local Thai’ house • Rowing boat and bicycle ride in Ninh Binh. • Trekking Sapa • Visit hill tribe market. TRIP STYLE: Family Package TRIP THEMES: Discovery/ Culture TRIP CODE: VFP04 START FROM: Hanoi DURATION: 10 days MEALS INCLUDED: 9 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 7 Dinners TRANSPORT: Car/Bus, Boat, Train ACCOMMODATION: 5 Nts in hotel, 1 Nt on boat 1 Nt home stay, 2 Nts on train.


Vietnam Family Adventure Itinerary

Summary: This 12 days trip is well designed for family adventure in Vietnam. It is not only fit parents taste but children very well also. The trip and its activities is a great combination of visiting, sightseeing, relaxing and learning hence promise a great experience and enjoyable holiday.

Days 1-2: Hanoi Experience Hanoi’s seductive charms, visiting and enjoy breakfast at KOTO’s disadvantaged youth center and cruise on cyclo through the Old Quarter Days 3-4: Halong Bay Cruise through the emerald waters of Halong Bay and admire the breathtaking scenery. Visiting the magnificent limestone cave, enjoy swimming, fresh seafood and overnight on board. Days 5-6: Hue Discover the last Imperial capital city of the country, visit the Citadel and forbidden city and float down the Perfume river on a dragon boat. Days 7-8: Hoi an Wander though and discover the charms of Hoi an that marked on old houses, shops and pitched roofs. Enjoy stunning ride though countryside and sunset cruise on Thu Bon River. Days 9-10: Ho Chi Minh city Visit Ben Thanh Market, experience the local taste. Enjoy aquatic fun of swimming and water sports at Dam Sen Water Park. Day 11: Mekong delta Boat cruise on the mighty Mekong River, visit orchard garden to taste local fruits freshly picked from trees and paddle little sampan along Mekong’s creek. Day 12: Departure Enjoy last minutes shopping and relax before leaving for flight home. Safe travel!

Southbound • Cyclo ride in Hanoi • Visit to Hochiminh house • Cruise Halong bay and overnight on luxury boat • Explore Hue’s Imperial Citadel, the Forbidden city and taste a vegetarian feast in a pagoda • Bicycle ride, Hoi An beach and sunset boat cruise on Thu Bon River • Saigon - Ho Chi Minh city tour with interesting sites and water park • Boat cruise on Mekong River and local taste

TRIP STYLE: Family Package TRIP THEMES: Discovery/ Culture TRIP CODE: VFP01 START FROM: Hanoi DURATION: 12 days MEALS INCLUDED: 10 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 5 Dinners TRANSPORT: Car, Boat, Trains, Domestic flight. ACCOMMODATION: 9 Nts in hotel, 1 Nt on boat, 1 Nt on train

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Vietnam Family Adventure Itinerary

Summary: This 12 days trip is well designed for family adventure in Vietnam. It is not only fit parents taste but children very well also. The trip and its activities is a great combination of visiting, sightseeing, relaxing and learning hence promise a great experience and enjoyable holiday.

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Days 1-2: Ho Chi Minh City Wander through Ben Thanh Market and try noodle soup for president in Pho 2000. Days 3-4: Mekong Delta Taste tropical fruits freshly picked from trees, paddle sampan along winding creek, home stay in a local house. Days 5-6: Nha Trang Mingle with Sun, Sea, Sand. Take a ride on the longest sky cab in Southeast Asia to the Vinpearl Island for water games and aquatic funs. Days 78: Hoi An Stroll with ease through the Old Quarter under the roofs of ancient houses, shops and temples; visit a local charity school and join with farmers to learn how rice and vegetable are grown. Days 9-10: Hue Trace the vestiges of royal life that evident on mossy walls and purple palaces and wander through Dong Ba market for Hue’s famous conical hat. Days 11-12: Hanoi Soak up the sights, smells and sounds of the Hanoi’s thriving Old Quarter. Visit Ho Chi Minh’s house and KOTO restaurant helping disadvantaged youth. Days 11-12: Halong Admire the breathtaking scenery of the World Natural Wonder from a deluxe cruiser and overnight on board under stars. Day 14: Departure Safe travel!

Northbound • Saigon city tour • Mekong home stay with truly local taste • Nha Trang beach, water park in Vinpearl island • Sunset boat cruise on Thu Bon River – Hoi An • Countryside bike ride and farming experience •Perfume River cruise on Dragon boat vegetarian feast in a pagoda • Explore Hanoi’s old quarter on cyclo • Enjoy the magnificent Halong bay on luxury cruiser and overnight aboard TRIP STYLE: Family Package TRIP THEMES: Discovery/ Culture TRIP CODE: VFP02 START FROM: Ho Chi Minh City DURATION: 14 days MEALS INCLUDED: 13 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 6 Dinners TRANSPORT: Car, Boat, Trains, Domestic flight. ACCOMMODATION: 11 Nts in hotel, 1 Nt on boat, 1 Nt on train


Indulge the taste of Vietnam Itinerary

Summary: A great chance to discover Vietnam, its culture, land and cuisine. This 10 days trip is carefully designed as a gateway to meet your travel needs in gourmet style. The tastes and culture discovery from the North to the South of Vietnam promises a real life experience and enjoyable trip to this beautiful country.

Days 1-2: Hanoi Ramble around busy streets, savor authentic cuisine, visit to Ho Chi Minh’s house and the Temple of Literature. Days 3-4: Halong Bay Board your cruising vessel and cruise among thousand of limestone islands of the World Natural Wonder. Explore water cave and lagoon by kayak, swimming and contemplate the beauty of the Bay at sunset. Day 5: Hue Experiencing the local atmosphere and life as you wander through local market, enjoy a tasty and savory vegetarian feast in a pagoda within the atmosphere with full of Zen, discover Royal vestiges at the Forbidden city, float up the Perfume River on a dragon boat and dress up for royal banquet. Days 6-7: Hoi An Try a plate of White Rose in an ancient house restaurant, sit back and watch time passing by on mossy roofs of once sea port town and reveal the flavor of Hoi an at a cooking class. Day 8: Ho Chi Minh City Explore the lively atmosphere of the city and take a tour to local market with your local chef. Day 9: Mekong Delta Cruise down the Mekong delta and try the fresh taste of the ever green land. Day 10: Departure Enjoy your last minutes shopping before departure. Safe travel!

• Visit Hanoi, its old quarter and discover the city in style • Boat cruise in Halong bay with great comfort • Hue visit and enjoy the Royal style • Walking, sightseeing and shopping in Hoi An • Saigon - Ho Chi Minh city tour with interesting sites • Mekong River cruise and fresh taste of the fertile delta • Enjoy authentic local taste and savory Vietnamese delicacies

TRIP STYLE: Family Package TRIP THEMES: Discovery/ Culture/ Gourmet TRIP CODE: VFP03 START FROM: Hanoi DURATION: 10 days MEALS INCLUDED: 9 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 8 Dinners TRANSPORT: Car, Boat, Trains, Domestic flight. ACCOMMODATION: 8 Nts in hotel, 1 Nt on boat

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Vietnam Gourmet Express Itinerary

Summary: This trip is designed for the travelers with unlimited appetite for a culinary adventure. It provides opportunities to discover and savor the surprisingly varied tastes of this fascinating country. The combination of sightseeing, activities, tastes and culture discovery promises a real life experience and enjoyable trip to this beautiful country.

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Days 1-2: Ho Chi Minh City Soak up sights, sounds and smells of Vietnam’s thriving metropolis. Ramble into Saigon’s busy streets, savor the authentic taste of Vietnam and enjoy “hand on” cooking lesson. Day 3: Mekong Delta Experience the taste of the most fertile land in the country and paddle little sampan to explore the mangroves along meandering creeks. Days 4-5: Hoi An Stroll with ease for sightseeing, photos and shopping. Visit local homes, join with farmers and learn how they grow best herbs and vegetables on the dry sand and reveal the secret of Vietnamese dishes. Day 6: Hue Discover the former imperial capital of Vietnam, city of historical interests and home to 'Royal Cuisine'. Put on dragon robe and take a sit in a Royal banquet. Day 7: Hanoi Visit the Temple of Literature, stroll around the Hoan Kiem Lake and wander through local market with your local chef. Days 8-9: Halong Bay Enjoy scrumptious seafood whilst cruising among thousand of dramatic limestone islands, visit limestone cave, go swimming and overnight on board under stars live sky. Day 10: Departure More sightseeing, shopping until time to depart for your flight.

• Saigon - Ho Chi Minh city tour with interesting sites • Mekong River cruise and fresh taste of the fertile delta • Walking, sightseeing and shopping in Hoi An • Hue visit and enjoy the royal style •Visit Hanoi, its old quarter and discover the city in style • Boat cruise in Halong bay with great comfort • Enjoy authentic local taste and savory Vietnamese delicacies

TRIP STYLE: Gourmet Experience TRIP THEMES: Discovery/ Culture / Gourmet TRIP CODE: VGE04 START FROM: Ho Chi Minh City DURATION: 10 days MEALS INCLUDED: 9 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 8 Dinners TRANSPORT: Car/Bus, Boat, flight ACCOMMODATION: 8 Nts in hotel, 1 Nt on boat


Vietnam Romantic honeymoon Itinerary

Summary: This 10 days trip is a great choice for honeymoon travelers who have limited time. The trip provides the taste with the country’s must-see places and is well combined between sightseeing, relaxing and great touch of romance.

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh city Soak up the sights, sounds and smell of Saigon – Ho Chi Minh City. Wander through colorful night market and experience the local atmosphere in a night bar. Days 2-3: Mekong Delta Take a boat cruise on Mekong River, taste tropical fruits freshly picked from trees, experience local life and enjoy home stay in a local house. Days 4-6 Hoi An Be enchanted with seductive charms of Hoi An. Indulge yourself with the shopping paradise, get on push bike and ride through countryside, watch the sunset from a boat cruise on Thu Bon River. Relax on white sandy beach or perhaps visit the ruins of Champa Kingdom at My Son Holy land. Day 7: Hanoi Touring vibrant Hanoi and challenge yourself with a cyclo ride through the Old Quarter. Get Hanoi taste in a local restaurant and try local draught beer. Days 8-9: Halong Bay Board your deluxe cruiser, weave through the maze of islands of marvelous Halong Bay and share great seafood. Visit a cave, go swimming and overnight on board under romantic night sky. Day 10: Hanoi – Departure Grasp more shopping and local taste until time to depart for your flight. Safe travel!

• Saigon - Ho Chi Minh city tour with interesting sites • Mekong River cruise, homestay and fresh taste of the fertile delta • Hoian ancient town sightseeing and beach Visit Hanoi, its old quarter and discover the city in style • Boat cruise in Halong bay

TRIP STYLE: Honeymoon TRIP THEMES: Discovery/ Culture/ Romance TRIP CODE: VHM03 START FROM: Ho Chi Minh City DURATION: 10 days MEALS INCLUDED: 9 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners TRANSPORT: Car, Boat, Trains, Domestic flight. ACCOMMODATION: 7 Nts in hotel, 1 Nt on boat, 1 Nt home stay

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Scenic Vietnam Honeymoon Itinerary

Summary: Visiting vibrant Hanoi and Saigon, cruise in Halong Bay, soak yourself in the water of Hoian and Nhatrang and enjoy the pristine beach Phu Quoc. This fifteen day trip with touches of romance, beach relaxing and sightseeing to beautiful places in Vietnam will surely bring you an unforgettable honeymoon.

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Day 1: Hanoi Welcome to Hanoi. Soak up the sights, sounds and smells of the Country’s busy capital. Days 2-3: Halong Weave amongst thousand islands of the World Natural Wonder on deluxe cruiser, visit cave, go swimming, kayak and overnight on board in a very romantic night sky Days 4-6: Hoi An Wander through ancient town of Hoi An, contemplate the beauty of time evident on shuttered windows and pitched mossy roof. Take a bike ride through beautiful countryside, enjoy sunset cruise on Thu Bon River and perhaps fill your wardrobe at home with tailor shopping. Days 7-9: Nha Trang Fly to the city of Sun, Sea and Sand. Put on diving mask and discover beautiful coral reefs, taste fresh seafood from the ocean and relax on island beach. Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City Be enchanted with the sounds and sights of the busiest city in Vietnam, challenge yourself with a cyclo ride, wander through central night market and spend your time in one of many bars and club in Saigon. Days 11-12: Can Tho Enjoy the lush and evergreen scenery of the most fertile land in the country, take boat cruise on Mekong River, taste local fruits freshly picked from trees, explore the mangroves of the Mekong Delta along meandering rivers and visit busy floating market. Days 13-14: Phu Quoc Enjoy the beach paradise of Phu Quoc. Swimming, snorkeling, trekking though pristine rain forest or just simply relax by the water and get a real suntan. Day 15: HCM City – Departure Free at your leisure until time to depart for your flight.

• Visit Hanoi, its old quarter and discover the city in style • Boat cruise in Halong bay with great comfort • Hoi An ancient town sightseeing, shopping and beach relaxing • Nha Trang boat cruise and beach • Saigon - Ho Chi Minh city tour with interesting sites • Mekong home stay, river cruise and fresh taste of the fertile delta • Phu Quoc island sunny beach

TRIP STYLE: Honeymoon TRIP THEMES: Discovery/ Culture / Romance TRIP CODE: VHM01 START FROM: Hanoi DURATION: 15 days MEALS INCLUDED: 14 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 4 Dinners TRANSPORT: Car/Bus, Boat, Flight ACCOMMODATION: 13 Nts in hotel, 1 Nt on boat


Sunny beach honeymoon Itinerary

Summary: This 12 days trip is designed for lovers, who are seeking for a wonderful honeymoon with white sand, cobalt water in tropical sunlight. The paradise island of Phu Quoc, pristine beach of Hoi An, wonderful Halong bay and vibrant cities of Hanoi and Saigon all combined to make it an unforgettable honeymoon.

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City Experience the charms of liveliest city in the country. Wander through night market, soak up local atmosphere and tastes. Days:2-3: Can Tho Boat cruise through meandering river, explore the rustic land of Mekong Delta. Overnight aboard luxury cruiser on Mekong River and discover busy floating market. Days 4-5: Phu Quoc Totally relax with sand, sunlight, sea breeze and coral and perhaps take a venture trek through the pristine rainforest. Days 6-8: Hoi An Wander through little streets of ancient houses, indulge yourself with tailor shopping. Bike ride through fascinating country side and sunset cruise on Thu Bon River. Day 9: Hanoi Explore Hanoi’s multicolor life. Touring interesting sites and challenge yourself with a cyclo ride though the Old Quarter. Days 10-11: Halong Be enchanted with magical karst landscape of Halong. Visit a cave, go swimming, kayak and take part in a Vietnamese spring roll cooking demonstration or just simply relax as you wind through the Bay. Overnight aboard deluxe boat under romantic night sky. Day 12: Departure More tastes of Hanoi until time to depart for your flight. Safe travel!

• Taste of Saigon • Mekong River cruise and fresh taste of the fertile delta • Beach relaxing in paradise island of Phu Quoc • Hoian sightseeing and beach relaxing • Wander through Hanoi’s Old Quarter • Boat cruise in Halong bay with great comfort

TRIP STYLE: Honeymoon TRIP THEMES: Comfort/ Beach Leisure/ Romance TRIP CODE: VHM04 START FROM: Ho Chi Minh City DURATION: 12 days MEALS INCLUDED: 9 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners TRANSPORT: Car, Boat, Trains, Domestic flight. ACCOMMODATION: 9 Nts in hotel, 2 Nts on boat

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Vietnam adventure honeymoon Itinerary

Summary: From august mountain landscape to pristine beach and cobalt water of the sea, beautiful hill tribe villages and vibrant cities of Hanoi and Saigon, great natural scenery of Ba Be Lake and Cao Bang to ancient town of Hoi An, this 20-day trip is designed for honeymooners who want to have their honeymoon special at most.

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Days 1-2: Hanoi Wander through the vibrant and lively Old Quarter and grasp real Vietnamese taste in local restaurants. Days 3-4: Halong Be enchanted with the great beauty of Halong Bay whilst you wind your way through the maze of islands. Jump into emerald water or paddle kayak to explore the bay. Overnight aboard on the deluxe cruiser. Day 5: Sa Pa Trek along spectacular pristine landscape to visit hill tribe communities. Day 6: Hill tribe market Sharpen your shooting skill with great photos at local market. Travel eastward to Ha Giang, open your heart to see, enjoy and local interaction. Day 7: Dong Van Enjoy mountain views and amazing life of the local highlanders on karst field recognized by UNESCO. Days 8-9: Cao Bang Get deep into the border area, visit Ban Gioc Waterfall, the best-known in Vietnam Days 10-11: Ba Be Lake Home stay in local house of Tay people, boat cruise on mirror-like water of Ba Be Lake. Days 12-14: Hoi An Explore the ancient port town Hoi an. Jump on bike and make your way through countryside. Days 15-17: Nha Trang Discover colorful coral reefs. Relax on beautiful beach and get beautiful suntan. Day 18: Ho Chi Minh City Experience a vast array of sights and sounds, ride on cyclo and explore interesting sites of Saigon. Day 19: Mekong Delta Boat cruise on mighty Mekong River visit luxuriant gardens, and paddle little sampan along meandering tributaries. Day 20: Departure Enjoy your time until last minutes before depart for your flight. Safe travel!

• Hanoi cyclo tour • Halong bay boat cruise with amazing sightseeing and great comfort • Trekking in Sapa • Visit colorful hill tribe market • Amazing life on karst field Unesco site Dong Van • Enchanting scenery of Cao Bang and Ba Be Lake • Hill tribes cultural discovery and local interaction • Wander through Hoian ancient town • Great Sun, Sea, Sand of Nha Trang • Vibran city of Saigon and beautiful land of Mekong delta

TRIP STYLE: Honeymoon TRIP THEMES: Discovery/ Culture / Romance TRIP CODE: VHM07 START FROM: Hanoi DURATION: 20 days MEALS INCLUDED: 19 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 7 Dinners TRANSPORT: Car/Bus, Boat, Flight ACCOMMODATION: 16 Nts in hotel, 1 Nt on boat, 1 Nt on boat, 1 Nt on train


Vietnam Ultimate honeymoon Itinerary

Summary: This 20 days trip is ultimate gateway to a meaningful and memorable honeymoon. The trip is a great selection of beautiful places with the combination of relaxing, sightseeing, culture and landscape discovery as well as great flexibility and privacy especially designed for honeymooners.

Days 1-2: Ho Chi Minh City Wander through the interesting sites. Soak up the sun, taste and hustle atmosphere of the liveliest city in the country. Day 3: Mekong Delta Mekong River cruise, visit fruit gardens, local farms and enjoy local tastes. Days 4-5:Da Lat Visit tea plantations and perhaps taste special weasel coffee. Enjoy the beauty and cool air of the Alps of Vietnam. Days 6-8: Nha Trang Sea breeze, warm emerald water and colorful coral reefs. Be lazy on the beach and get a real suntan or take a sit in front beach bar for a really cold beer. Days 9-11: Hoi An Stroll through ancientry of Hoi An. Jump on bike and paddle though fascinating countryside and perhaps venture to Champa ruins of My son Holy land. Days 12-13 Hue Discover the Imperial Citadel and Forbidden City, get motorbike drive though poetic countryside and float down the Perfume River to visit iconic Thien Mu Pagoda. Day 14: Hanoi Soak up the sights and sounds of Hanoi and challenge your self with a cyclo ride. Days 15-17: Halong Bay & Cat Ba Island Get deep in touch with the nature beauty whilst cruising thousand of dramatic limestone karsts. Share great seafood, go swimming, kayaking and overnight on board deluxe cruiser. Days 18-19: Sapa Light trek along spectacular landscape of rice terraces and forests through hill tribe villages. Get your camera ready for stunning photos of hill tribe weekly market. Day 20: Hanoi – Departure Get more Hanoi’s taste and shopping until time to depart for your flight.

• Saigon - Ho Chi Minh city tour with interesting sites • Mekong River cruise and fresh taste of the fertile delta • Visiting Da Lat with its fascinating landscape of eternal spring • Nha Trang sun – sea – sand, boat trip and snorkeling • Hoian ancient town sightseeing and beach relaxing • Hue Royal Citadel and Forbidden City, countryside visit on motorbike “xe om” ride • Hanoi’s old quarter and cyclo ride • Boat cruise in Halong bay with great comfort • Cat Ba island kayaking, swimming and national park • Sapa trekking, local interaction and typical colorful hill tribe market.

TRIP STYLE: Honeymoon TRIP THEMES: Discovery/ Culture / Romance TRIP CODE: VHM05 START FROM: Ho Chi Minh City DURATION: 20 days MEALS INCLUDED: 19 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 6 Dinners TRANSPORT: Car/Bus, Boat, Flight ACCOMMODATION: 15 Nts in hotel, 1 Nt on boat, 3 Nt on train

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National Parks & Birds Watching Itinerary

Summary: This 18-days tour is designed for nature lovers and birdwatchers. It is a great combination of natural and cultural discovery. You will have chance to explore the most beautiful and typical places of the country at its best.

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Days 1-2: Hanoi Touring Hanoi and challenge yourself with a cyclo ride through Old Quarter. Days 3-6: Sapa – Hoang Lien National Park Enjoy breathe taking landscape of Sapa. Conquer the roof of Indochina - the Fansipan peak & visit colorful hill tribe market. Day 7: Halong Bay Cruise among thousand of dramatic limestone islands. Cave visit, swimming, kayaking and overnight on boat. Day 8: Stork Island Boat rowing amongst great countryside scenery with the call and flap of thousands of birds. Day 9: Xuan Thuy NP Visit Xuan Thuy National Park famous for its rich wild life, rare species of birds and reptiles. Days 10-11: Cuc Phuong NP Visit the Cave of Historic man, bird watching tour in the primitive tropical forest. Days 12-13: Hue – Bach Ma NP Wander though imperial citadel, admire the colors of royal past. Full day bird watching tour in Bach Ma National Park. Days 14-15: Hoi An Wander though Hoi An town and countryside. Grasp local taste and fill your wardrobe with tailor shopping. Days 16: HCM City Touring Saigon’s interesting sites Day 17: Can Gio NP Visit wildlife sanctuary with a biosystem dominated by mangrove and many rare species. Enjoy the day with animal and bird watchingDay 18: Departure Free at your leisure until time to depart for your flight. Safe travel!

• Conquer the Fansipan peak and Hoang lien NP • Beautiful landscape of Sapa and colorful hill tribe market • Boat cruise in Halong bay • Discovery of Xuan Thuy Biosphere Reserves and Cuc Phuong National Park • Hue Imperial City, boat cruise on Perfume River and exciting country tour with stunning scenery • Hoian ancient town sightseeing and beach relaxing •Day trip to Mekong Delta with boat cruise and motor cart ride • Bird watching in National parks

TRIP STYLE: Special Interests TRIP THEMES: Discovery TRIP CODE: VSI01 START FROM: Hanoi DURATION: 18 days MEALS INCLUDED: 17 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 8 Dinners TRANSPORT: Car/Bus, Boat, Domestic Flight ACCOMMODATION: 12 Nts in hotel, 1 Nt home stay, 1 Nt camping, 1 Nt on boat, 2 Nts on train


Vietnam Culture & Art Itinerary

Summary: This tour is designed for those who have a strong passion on culture and art. It is well combined between traditional modern arts, culture experiences and landscape discoveries. The tour starts from Hanoi through fascinating places of the country and ends in Ho Chi Minh City with different tastes and highlights

Days 1-2: Hanoi Wander through streets of Hanoi, dig into the source of traditions and culture of the thousand years old capital. Day 3: Handicraft villages Visit handicraft villages, talk with local artisans and admire the masterpiece of would carving in the thousand years old pagoda. Days 4-5: Halong Weave amongst thousands of dramatic limestone islands jutting out of emerald water, visit natural cave, go swimming, kayaking and enjoy romantic night on luxury cruiser. Days 6-7: Hue Discover the treasures of Vietnam's royal past, stroll through local market and have your fortune told under the roof of ancient bridge Days 8-10: Hoi An Admire the ancientry of Hoi An evident on pitched roofs colored by time and catching sunset on a river cruise Days 11-12: Ho Chi Minh City Roam through busy streets, discover the tunnel of Cu Chi and visit the colorful Cao Dai Holy See. Day 13: Mekong Delta Visit orchard garden and taste local fruits freshly picked from trees take a sit on sampan for rowing to explore the mangroves of the Mekong Delta along meandering rivers. Day 14: Departure Free at your leisure until time to depart for your flight. Safe travel!

• Cyclo tour Old Quarter of Hanoi • National museum of Fine Art • Handicraft villages visit and contact with local artisans • Boat cruise in Halong bay • Hue City Royal arts and dragon boat cruise • Hoian ancient town sightseeing and beach relaxing • Saigon city tour and shopping • Cu Chi Tunnel and colorful Cao Dai Holy See • Rustic Mekong delta

TRIP STYLE: Special Interest TRIP THEMES: Culture/ Discovery/ Comfort TRIP CODE: VSI04 START FROM: Hanoi DURATION: 14 days MEALS INCLUDED: 13 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 5 Dinners TRANSPORT: Car, Boat, Trains, Domestic flight. ACCOMMODATION: 12 Nts in hotel, 1 Nt on boat

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Vietnam Photograph Tour Itinerary

Summary: This tour is designed to help you discover the best that Vietnam has to offer. The tour is to create memorable moments from your holiday in Vietnam and suitable for both the beginner level photographers who want to discover your camera setting as well as those want to sharpen your sense of art.

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Days 1-2: Hanoi Wander though tangle of ancient streets and catching a vast array of local daily life. Days 3-4: Ha giang Visit Dong Van karst geopark and learn about people life on the rocks. Days 5-6: Cao Bang Great natural landscapes off from bitten tracks. Catch the sound of Ban Gioc waterfall – the best know in the country. Days 7-8: Ba Be Lake Glide on Ba Be Lake – the Jade of the Country, home stay in local house on stilts. Days 9-10: Halong Cruise fascinating Halong Bay. Overnight on board deluxe cruiser. Days 11-12: Hue Grasp the soul of glaring royal color at Forbidden City’s palaces and royal monuments. Touring countryside, enjoy a tasty vegetarian feast in a pagoda. Days 13-15: Hoi An Wander through ancient streets and pursue infinite hue of colors and reflections of Hoi An’s past and present. Day 16: HCM City Experience vast array of sights and sounds, old and new. Get noodle for presidents at Pho 2000. Day 17: Mekong Delta Take motor cart ride through farm gardens, taste tropical fruits and row little sampan to explore mangrove along meandering canals. Day 18: Departure More Saigon taste until time to depart for your flight. Safe travel!

• Touring busy Hanoi and catch moments of local life. • Boat cruise in Halong bay with great comfort • Visiting Hagiang and Dong Van with spectacular karts formation • Explore off-the-bitten-tracks great scenery of Cao Bang • Boat cruise & home stay in Ba Be • Wander though ancientry of Hue & Hoi An • Saigon City tour with full of colors • Mekong delta visit, motor cart ride and rowing sampan

TRIP STYLE: Special Interest TRIP THEMES: Discovery TRIP CODE: VSI03 START FROM: Hanoi DURATION: 18 days MEALS INCLUDED: 17 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 6 Dinners TRANSPORT: Car, Boat, Trains, Domestic flight. ACCOMMODATION: 14 Nts in hotel, 1 Nt home stay, 1 Nt on boat. 1 Nt on train


Vietnam Useful Information Best Time to Go Vietnam’s elongated shape includes tropical and subtropical zones and is the reason for the varied climate in the country. Generally speaking it is fine to travel in Vietnam all year round.

High Season October to April

The South (Ho Chi Minh City to Phan Thiet) The South is hot year round and has two seasons; one wet and the other dry. The wet season lasts from May to October and you can expect brief daily downpours. The dry season from November to April is generally sunny and humid.

Peak Season Approximately 20th December – 20th January

Low Season May to September

Time GMT + 7 hours Visas/Passports Visas are required for most nationalities and can be obtained in the guest’s home country or Custom Vietnam Travel can arrange them in advance. Visitors can obtain a visa on arrival but must have a letter of approval. Otherwise, visitors must have a valid visa on arrival. Passports must be valid for 6 months after final departure date.

The Centre (Nha Trang to Hue) For most of the year Nha Trang is bathed in beautiful sunshine. However, between November and December the area has heavy rain. Dalat, at an altitude of 1,500 meters is cooler than the coastal area, particularly from November through to March. Danang, Hoi An and Hue experience typhoon activity from mid-October to midDecember when the climate becomes cooler, more overcast and wetter.

Airports Ho Chi Minh City’s Tan Son Nhat airport is approximately 7 kilometers northwest of the city centre. Hanoi’s Noi Bai airport is approximately 35 kilometers north of the city centre.

The North (Hanoi to Sapa) Summer in the north lasts from May to October when temperatures range between 30 and 35 degrees Celsius with high humidity and bursts of heavy rain. The temperature varies from 10 to 15 degrees in Winter (December to March). February and March can be damp with drizzle.

Vietnam weather chart Hanoi (North) Month

Danang (Centre)

Saigon (South)

Av.Temp (C)

Av. rainfall (mm)

Av.Temp (C)

Av. rainfall (mm)

Av.Temp (C)

Av. rainfall (mm)

January

17

18

22

101

27

15

February

18

28

22

31

28

4

March

20

38

24

12

29

13

April

24

81

27

18

30

42

May

28

197

29

47

29

221

June

30

238

30

42

29

331

July

30

322

30

99

28

314

August

29

343

28

117

28

268

September

28

252

26

447

27

334

October

26

98

24

530

27

268

November

22

42

22

221

27

114

December

19

21

21

208

27

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