Traveling Bay Train Along The Scenic Coastal Tour 21days
Itinerary: Saigon- Mekong- Saigon- Nha Trang- Danang- Hoi An- Hue- Hoi An- Hanoi- Halong- Hanoi- Sapa- Hanoi
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Traveling Bay Train Along The Scenic Coastal Tour 21days
Travel Style: Vietnam Train Tours from Ho Chi Minh
Itinerary: Saigon- Mekong- Saigon- Nha Trang- Danang- Hoi An- Hue- Hoi An- Hanoi- Halong- Hanoi- Sapa- Hanoi
Accommodation on a twin share basic with daily breakfast
English speaking guide on tours and excursions
Meals as indicated within the itinerary
All in country transport within the journey as described in the program
Arrival & Departure airport transfers
Admission fees and permits during guided excursions
Soft sleeper train with A.C tickets
International Airport tax
Meals and drinks not mentioned
Personal expenses such as Bar, Laundry & Telephone bills
Admission fees and permits during free time
- Day1 Saigon arrival
We will welcome you at Saigon airport and transfer you to your hotel. The rest of the day you are free at leisure.
- Day2 Saigon
The half day Saigon city tour by cyclo will lead you along the roads of Saigon to Notre Dame, Post Office, War Museum, and Ngoc Hoang pagoda. Free in the afternoon.
- Day3 Cu Chi and Tay Ninh
In the morning you go to Tay Ninh to visit the famous Cao Dai Temple. There you witness a colorful service. After the service you have lunch at a local restaurant. Then you go to the Cu Chi Tunnels.The Cu Chi Tunnels are an impressive network of tunnels with a length of over 250 km. This strategic place was used by 15,000 Viet Cong fighters during the war. In the afternoon you return to Saigon.
- Day4 Saigon- Can Tho
Transport to My Tho (75 km from Saigon). Take a cruise by motor boat on Mekong River combines with a visit to local homes and orchards, a sampan ride experience on palm-shaded creeks, together with taste of seasonal fruit and lunch of Mekong specialities. In the afternoon, further transport to Can Tho City for overnight.
- Day5 Can Tho- Saigon- Nha Trang
Boat drive on Mekong River to visit Cai Rang and Phong Dien floating markets and orchards. A cruise along mazes of creeks of countryside to see the local daily lives is also unforgettable moments. In the afternoon, go back to Saigon. After dinner, you will be transferred to the Saigon train station to take a night train to Nha Trang.
- Day6 Nha Trang
The train arrives in Nha Trang around 5:30 am. Transfer to the hotel to drop the luggage. Then take the boat trip to visit some nearby islands where you can swim or snorkel to see the submarine lives of the ocean. Further sunbathing and snorkeling will be followed by the lunch with fresh seafood specialities. Return to the offshore after other cruising around. Overnight in Nha Trang.
- Day7 Nha Trang- Danang- Hoi An
We will transfer you to the train station to take a train at 5:23 am to Danang. The train will go along the coastal line of this poor region and will show you thousand magnificent landscapes of beach sites, mountains, bustle towns and the characteristic cultural lives of the local people. The train arrives in Danang at 2:16 pm. You will be picked up and transfer to Hoi An to your hotel for check-in. Rest of the day you are free at leisure.
- Day8 Hoi AN
Hoi An used to be a harbor for the businessmen on the silk road connecting China, Japan, Indian, the Netherlands and Portugal since 16th century. The walking tour in Hoi An will introduce you the ancient culture that still remains not only in the architecture but also in the life style of the local habitants. Free at night.
- Day9 Hoi AN
My Son used to be the holy land for the Champa Kingdom built since 5th century to admire their Siva God. Its architecture and carving art was awarded as World Heritage by UNESCO in 2000. Take transport there, and then take a jeep along the hill alleys to the temple sites. After visiting, take the transport back to the hotel. Free at night.
- Day10 Hoi An- Danang – Hue
Be ready at 10:30 am to transfer to the Danang train station for railing to Hue (train S2). Arrival in Hue at 2:40 pm. Transfer to the hotel, then be free at leisure.
- Day11 Hue
The boat trip on the Perfume River will take you to the Thien Mu Paggoda, Tu Duc tomb. Take the transport back to the Hue Citadel for visiting the place where Vietnamese Dynasty used to stay.
- Day12 Hue- Hanoi
Free in the morning. We transfer you to the train station at 4:00 pm to take the train (at 4:42 pm) to Hanoi. Overnight on the train.
- Day13 Hanoi
After being picked up at the train station, transferred to the hotel to check-in and a refreshment, we will start the half day city tour by cyclo. The sightseeing tour will show you the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the one pillar Pagoda, the Temple of Literature, the Ho Chi Minh Stilt House, the Ngoc Son Temple and the Ancient Quarter.
- Day14 Hanoi- Halong
Transfer to the train station to take the train at 6:05 am to Hai Phong (arrive at 7:55 am). After the time for breakfast, take the 90 minutes hydrofoil from 10:30 am to Hon Gai. After that, change to the junk to start the cruise through the World Heritage site of Halong Bay. The stunning views, limestone caves, off-shore islands, sea-bathing on board and the delicious seafood lunch will make this a remarkable trip. You will have dinner among a wonderful sunset on the ocean. Relax and overnight on board.
- Day15 Halong- Cat Ba Island
Wake up among the sunrise; further cruise around before heading to the Cat Ba Island. Check-in after arrival. Then start a transport to the forest for an exploration of the local fauna and stunning sea views from the mountain. Transport back to the hotel for overnight.
- Day16 Halong- Hanoi- Lao Cai
Further cruise along the bay after check-out, visit rock piles, sun bathing and snorkeling before getting on the hydrofoil back to Hai Phong, then at 6:10 pm railing back to Hanoi Train station (arrive Hanoi at 8:10 pm). Transfer to other train to go to Lao Cai (start at 10:20 pm).
- Day17 Lao Cai- Sapa
The train arrives in Lao Cai early in the morning (around 6:00 am). You will be woken up and picked up for a drive to Sapa for refreshing and having breakfast. Then, take a jeep to Ta Van for a trekking through Ta Van- Giang Ta Chai along a stream, up and down on the hill side trails. After having lunch, heading down on small trails to further villages, mountains and waterfalls. Take a jeep back to hotel for overnight.
- Day18 Sapa
After having breakfast, take a jeep to the villages, then head up and down on a new trekking trail. Visit more ethnic minority villages dotted at far sighted valley. After 4 hours on trails, have lunch and call on several local houses on the way back to the main road for a jeep to return you Sapa. Overnight at the hotel.
- Day19 Sapa- Lao Cai- Hanoi
After breakfast, walk down to Shin Chai of the Black H’Mong, then head along the stream to Cat Cat, a village close to Sapa but out of commercialization for their specific tradition. Visit the local houses on the way back to Sapa. Free at leisure around Sapa until 5:30 pm to take a drive to Lao Cai station for the night train at 8:30 pm back to Hanoi.
- Day20 Hanoi
Transfer from the train station to the hotel. Check-in, then free at leisure.
- Day21 Hanoi departure
At leisure till it is time to take a transfer to the airport for the flight back home
Recommended Accommodation for Your Journey
It is no doubt your journey enjoyment will be increased by a good choice of accommodation. Our well-established network with key hotel chains around Indochina area will bring you more benefits of competitive rates and guaranteed hotel quality with availability.
We pick hotels for you based on:
Location: most of properties we selected are either located in downtown area with main city attractions or close by main transportations. These conveniences will certainly improve your holiday experience.
Facility & Service Quality: all hotels are inspected strictly and regularly, must be with great performance on accommodating English speaking customers, and excellent feedbacks from our pervious clients as well.
Variety in Choice: many styles and grades of hotels are available for different budgets, tastes and culture backgrounds.
3-Star Class It will meet the basic requirements for a comfortable stay, good size and clean guest rooms with AC, TV, hot water, shower and private bathrooms. On-site restaurants with breakfast included and lunch or dinner at your own pick up. A small fitness center or spa can be expected.
4-Star Class Across Indochina, a wide range of comfortable boutique hotels are available with shopping, dining and entertainment facilities nearby. Featuring quality service, fully furnished rooms, restaurants, fitness center with spa (and swimming pool in most cases), the hotels are expected to offer an above-average accommodation experience.
5-Star Class Top-notch services and an extensive range of facilities for an excellent accommodation experience. Multiple restaurants on site and a wide range of choice for buffet breakfast, good size of swimming pool, fitness center and concierge service round out the experience
The Prices showed on our system is in USD (United State Dollar), INCLUDED Tax and Service Charge but EXCLUDED Bank Fee. Please check carefully the inclusion and exclusion of services before booking. Included and excluded services will also be listed in our confirmation email.
– Price is in United State Dollar (USD)
– Price is based on Double/Twin Occupancy accommodations.
– Price does NOT include surcharges for Bank Fee and other surcharges if any.
Before making a reservation, please check the price of the tour by filling the number of pax, choosing the departure date, and clicking “Check Rates” button in “Check Rates” tab. Click “Book It” button to reserve the accommodation type you prefer for the tour and process to the next step. Please select the optional transfer services or extra services of your choice from the list then click ‘Add To Cart’ button to navigate to the next step.
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The remaining balance can be paid by Cash (VND, USD, AUD, EUR) or by credit card. For the customers who’re going to stay in Hanoi, we are able to setup a direct meeting to collect the final payment.
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Normally Journey Expedition Travel includes two meals each day during tour: Breakfast and Lunch. You will have the freedom to make your own dinner choice.
It is normally served at the hotel where you stay. Depending on the hotel, the breakfast would be in western style, local style, or a combination.
Lunches are usually set menu at handpicked local restaurant with comfortable dining environment where you can rest assure to taste the local flavor. All restaurants arranged by Indochina Odyssey Tours selected carefully and evaluated constantly based on customer feedback and our on-site inspection.
Dinners will not be included in your meal plan unless you have that requirement. Enjoying the local food could be one of your best experiences in “tasty” Indochina area. This is why we provide you this flexibility of food choice. Your private guide will always give you good suggestions based on your preferences.
If you have certain food allergies or special requirements such as vegetarian food, let us know. We will do our best to accommodate your needs
You will have a private tour guide, private driver, and an air-conditioned vehicle escorting you at every destination you travel across Southeast Asia. This will provide you with maximized personal care, security, and flexibility
All tour guides of Journey Expedition Travel are qualified professionals and registered English Speaking Tourist Guides who are reassessed annually. All of our tour vehicles are clean and in excellent condition, manned with licensed & experienced drivers.
Private Tour Guide
You will always be greeted punctually on arrival at each destination airport. At every departure, you’ll be escorted & assisted until you have checked in and passed through the security checkpoint.
All of our tour guides in every destination are locals. Knowing the area well, they are good at guiding you around and telling background stories of the tour sites, as well as showing you the secret spots for best photos.
If any change of itinerary is needed for unexpected reasons, your private tour guides will be more than accommodating in suggesting alternatives to ensure that you always have a wonderful experience.
Private Vehicle & Licensed Driver
With our comfortable and safe private transportation, your tour will be more relaxing and less tiresome, keeping you in the best spirits to make the most out of your journey across Southeast Asia.
Your vehicle in each destination is air conditioned, insured, clean, and regularly maintained. Your private driver is licensed and always put your safety first.