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  • Eccentric Vietnam

    Code: VOT02 - Duration: 18 Days
    Start: Saigon | Finish: Hanoi
  • This trip provides the opportunity to explore the whole of Vietnam in a different way from South to North. The aim is to bring one closer to the daily life of local people in the many different regions of this remarkable country. We begin the tour with the bustling metropolis, Saigon to observe the dynamic life of a big city. We follow this with the contrasting Mekong Delta to explore quaint riverside towns, sample fruits from the floating market and experience an overnight stay with a friendly Mekong family. We will be travelling by train for this trip which is a fascinating way to see the countryside. Nha Trang is next with its pristine beaches, good weather and vibrant nightlife. We visit Hoi An and My Son Holly Land – an important religious site representing the Cham culture and its architecture. However, no trip to Vietnam is complete without a visit to historic Hue, the renowned Imperial City. It’s on a plane to Hanoi to visit Ho Chi Minh’s complex, Temple of Literature and so on. After an overnight train to Sa Pa we enjoy the splendid, natural scenery of this mountainous area, take part in daily activities as well as sleep at a house on stilts. Finally, you will be amazed at the tranquil beauty of Halong Bay – a mystical landscape of limestone islets. Last but certainly not least, a quick stop to Ninh Binh province and cycle on the countryside road to observe some historical attractions before leaving the country.

    Highlights:

    • Discover the bustling and dynamic Saigon with French colonial structures, pagodas and markets
    • Visit the famous Cu Chi network of underground tunnels used as a military base for the Viet Cong in the Vietnam War
    • Explore the intricate network of canals and channels as well as daily life of local people living in Mekong Delta area by taking a boat trip and accommodation in a homestay
    • Relax on the white sand beach and admire the unspoilt mountainous and sea views of Nha Trang
      Essential Vietnam 18 Days
    • Visit ancient houses and handicraft village in Hoi An
    • Discover Imperial city Hue well-known for its temples, tombs, palaces and pagodas and Perfume River
    • Discover the graceful and exotic Hanoi capital - thousand years of culture
    • Discover some ethnic hill tribes in the mountain areas of Sapa
    • Take a cruise on Halong Bay to explore the breathtaking beauty of more than 2000 islands rising from emerald water of Halong Bay, recognized World Heritage Site by UNESCO
    • Cycle around villages in Ninh Binh and capture nice photos of the countryside
    • Charming hotels in excellent locations
    • Comfortable spacious vehicle for transfers

    Itinerary in brief:

    Day 1: Saigon arrival (-/-/-)
    Day 2: Saigon City - Cu Chi Tunnels (B/L/-)
    Day 3: Saigon - Ben Tre Mekong Delta (B/L/D)
    Day 4: Ben Tre - Cai Be - Saigon - Overnight train to Nha Trang (B/L/-)
    Day 5: Nha Trang (B/L/-)
    Day 6: Nha Trang - Flight to Danang - Hoi An (B/L/-)
    Day 7: Hoi An - My Son Holy Land & Craft Village (B/L/-)
    Day 8: Hoi An Cooking Class - Hue (B/L/-)
    Day 9: Hue Imperial City - Overnight train to Hanoi (B/L/-)
    Day 10: Hanoi City (B/L/-)
    Day 11: Hanoi - Dong Truc Village (B/L/D)
    Day 12: Dong Truc - Duong Lam - Overnight train to Lao Cai (B/L/-)
    Day 13: Lao Cai - Sapa - Cat Cat - Ma Tra Village (B/L/-)
    Day 14: Lao Chai - Ta van - Train back to Hanoi (B/L/-)
    Day 15: Hanoi – Halong overnight on boat (B/L/D)
    Day 16: Halong Boat Trip - Ninh Binh (Br/-/-)
    Day 17: Ninh Binh - Hoa Lu Cycling to Tam Coc - Hanoi (B/L/-)
    Day 18: Hanoi - Departure (B/-/-)

    • Ability to change the direction of the program
    • Possibility of an extension in Laos or Cambodia 

    Notes:

    - Tonkin-Travel specializes in “tailor-made” tours for groups of two or more. We carefully inspect each step of your journey from the accommodation to the perfect guide to suit your needs
    - The itinerary is open to modification to fit your personal travel needs
    - Modifications to the itinerary may increase the price of the package
    - For the price of this trip, just ask for a quote by clicking on “Customize this trip” 
    - If you are looking for a trip modified to your requirements, please send us your needs by filling out the form in “Customize your trip
    - We will contact and send you a quote, excluding holiday period, within 48 hours of receiving your request (excluding holiday periods). 

  • Day 1: Saigon arrival (-/-/-)

    Saigon - Airport: 7km, ~20min drive

    Upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat Airport, meet your guide and driver who then escort you to the city centre. After making sure of successful hotel check-in, you have free time for your own exploration of the largest city of Vietnam otherwise referred to as “Pearl of the Far East” with its wide elegant boulevards and historic French colonial buildings.      

    Meals Included: None
    Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon

    Day 2: Saigon City - Cu Chi Tunnels (B/L/-)

    Saigon - Cu Chi: 60km, ~1h20m drive

    After breakfast at the hotel, we depart for the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, which were an incredible underground network constructed by Vietnamese fighters during the long struggle for independence. The tunnels contained hospitals, accommodation, schools and were used as a military base for the Viet Cong in the Vietnam War. Upon arrival, we proceed to an underground hut to watch a short video and presentation about Cu Chi tunnels before having a real hands-on experience of what it was like to live here. If you’re a war history buff this is an interesting experience and provides an excellent alternative perspective.

    We return to Saigon for lunch at a popular local restaurant. In the afternoon, we visit some major sights of the city. We pass through the now-demolished wartime American Embassy before visiting the Reunification Palace which was the former residence of the President of South Vietnam until the end of April 1975.  Notre Dame Cathedral and the Old Saigon Post Office are out next stops. After seeing the Jade Emperor Pagoda and the War Remnant Museum- Vietnam War, we continue our trip to the bustling Ben Thanh Market which is a fantastic place for bargains of every kind. There are a number of vendors and food stalls in the market food section that offers guests many freshly delicious dishes. You also can find many goods for daily use as well as a variety of eye-catching local crafts and souvenirs here.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon

    Day 3: Saigon - Ben Tre Mekong Delta (B/L/D)

    Saigon - Ben Tre: 107 km, ~2h drive

    After breakfast at the hotel, we leave the bustling city of Saigon behind and we depart for the Mekong Delta otherwise known as Vietnam’s biggest rice basket. Upon arrival at Hung Vuong pier in Ben Tre, you embark a boat to cruise along Ben Tre River, a tributary of the great Mekong. Float along and explore the local lifestyle and the daily hustle and bustle. Stop at the brickfield to see how bricks are made by hand in Vietnam including a coconut candy home factory. You will then have the opportunity to taste bee honey tea at a local honey farm and a variety of tropical fruit that grow amply in the orchards of the Mekong Delta. You can then walk or cycle through the coconut groves and green rice paddies to soak up and relax in the tranquil countryside atmosphere.

    After lunch at a local restaurant, we will take a trip on small rowing boats through a maze of waterways lined by two rows of palm trees and along Cai Coi creek. We will stop to see rice workshop before driving back to Ben Tre town. Tonight, you have a chance to enjoy dinner with Mekong family atmosphere and Mekong Music show.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation: Homestay in Ben Tre

    Day 4: Ben Tre - Cai Be - Saigon - Overnight train to Nha Trang (B/L/-)

    Saigon - Nha Trang: 435 km, ~7h on train

    cai beThe morning after breakfast, we drive to Cai Be and take a motor boat to visit the floating market. We continue the row boat zigzagging through a maze of canals shadowed by coconut trees to a great orchard where you can taste many seasonal fruits of Vietnam and observe the daily life of the local folks. There’s a visit to a family workshop to see how coconut candy, crispy rice cake and ceramic are made. You will then further enrich your experience by taking a bicycle ride roaming through villages to check out several rural shops or just relax on a hammock for a short rest before moving on to a marketplace where you are encouraged to interact with the vendors and see how friendly and respectful they are. We return to Saigon in the afternoon. Tonight, our driver will transfer you to Saigon station to experience a night train in a carriage to Nha Trang. The train leaves at 20:30 and arrives at 05:30 a.m the following day. Dinner that evening will be at your own cost.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Overnight on train

    Day 5: Nha Trang (B/L/-)

    nha trangAfter we arrive early in Nha Trang, our guide and driver will meet and transfer you to the hotel for breakfast and to relax. We then enjoy Nha Trang City tour starting a drive to Cau Da to visit the Vietnam Oceanographic Institute. After that, you will go to Long Son Pagoda, Chong Promontory Rocks and the Po Nagar Temples. We will stop for lunch at a local restaurant and take a boat cruise on the turquoise waters of the Eastern Sea. Off the shores of Nha Trang lie numerous islands, some inhabited and many dotted with idyllic fishing villages. We pause at one of these villages - Bai Tru - and you are free to wander at will. The local people are very friendly and hospitable to visitors. Young children will ferry you between the boat and shore by coracle, the round bamboo boats commonly used in coastal Vietnam.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel in Nha Trang

    Day 6: Nha Trang - Flight to Danang - Hoi An (B/L/-)

    Nha Trang - Danang: 520km, 1h flight 

    hoi an day tours - tonkin travel 1After breakfast at the hotel, our driver will meet and transfer you to the airport for flight to Danang. Upon arrival, you will be picked up by our guide and driver for a drive to Hoi An which was originally a Cham seaport but has been influenced down centuries by a myriad of traders from various cultures. After our arrival in Hoi An, we will visit this delightful and tranquil town, including the famous Japanese Covered Bridges, the Pottery Museum, the 200-year-old Tan Ky House, the Chua Ong Pagoda, and a vibrant market.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An

    Day 7: Hoi An - My Son Holy Land & Craft Village (B/L/-)

    my son

    After breakfast, we drive towards the archaeological site of My Son (45km, ~1h drive). This is the former capital of the ancient Cham civilisation that ruled central Vietnam between the second and thirteenth centuries. Hinduism from India heavily influenced the religion. Located 60 km from Danang, My Son is considered one of the best-preserved Cham structures in Vietnam. The complex is comprised of seventy Hindu-like towers and temples dating from the second century. This site is a must-see for people who are interested in architecture and ancient civilisations. Not surprisingly, it is one of four World Heritage-listed sites in Vietnam.

    In the afternoon, we enjoy a comfortable ride to Thu Bon river to board a river cruise. Sailing down the river, you can experience the local daily life along the river, such as fishing, farming and even catching clams. We then visit Thanh Ha ceramic village to admire its intricate pottery and see old men who produce jars, vases and many other objects. Getting back to the boat, we cruise down to the Cua Dai bay for a spectacular view of the sun setting over Thu Bon River and the sea before returning back to the harbour where our driver is waiting to take you back to the hotel.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An

    Day 8: Hoi An - Danang - Hue (B/L/-)

    Hoi An - Hue: 140km, ~2h30m drive

    lang co

    After breakfast at the hotel, we start the day at 8:45 am with a drink at Hai Scout Cafe - our meeting point. Our guide will escort you to a colourful market where you can experience the amazing sights, sounds and aromas of this busy market. We will have the opportunity to interact with the local sellers and purchase some of the ingredients to be used in the cooking lesson later. We board the Red Bridge boat for a leisurely cruise (25 minutes) along the Hoi An River to the Red Bridge Cooking School. This is a chance to view local river life, so make sure your camera is handy. On arrival, we explore the cooking school’s herb and vegetable garden, before learning about some of the country’s dishes. The cooking lesson runs for about 2 hours – each dish is first demonstrated by the Red Bridge chefs before we prepare the same dish ourselves. Included in the class is a brief introduction to Vietnamese food carving (plate decoration). After the lesson, we sit down and eat exactly what we have cooked.

    After the cooking class, we will depart for Hue, along with the way, we will stopover at the sensational Marble Mountains and Cua Dai Beach. We then follow the road crossing over the scenic Hai Van Pass before arriving in Hue, the last imperial capital of Vietnam.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel in Hue

    Day 9: Hue Imperial City - Overnight train to Hanoi (B/L/-)

    Hue - Hanoi: 700 km, ~11h on train

    hue

    After breakfast at the hotel, we visit the Citadel containing the Imperial City and the Forbidden Purple city, which was the Emperor's private residence. We then embark on a boat cruise along the Perfume River which providing unparalleled views of the scenic countryside. The next stop of our trip is the elaborate royal tomb of Emperor Tu Duc which was built between 1864 and 1867 by 3000 soldiers and workers. It includes 50 monuments surrounded by a 1500m long wall.

    After lunch at a local restaurant, we return to the city for a walk to the bustling Dong Ba Market passing many fantastic eating spots where you have a chance to sample some local delicacies.

    At this end of the day, transfer to Hue station to catch overnight train to Hanoi, carriage of 4 berths. The SE4 train leaves Hue at 16:47 and arrives Hanoi at 05:30a.m the following day.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Overnight on train

    Day 10: Hanoi City (B/L/-)

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    After an early arrival in Hanoi, our staff will meet and escort you to a mini hotel near the station for breakfast and freshen up. We start the day trip with a visit to the Ho Chi Minh Complex. This famous site compromises Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum (closed on Mondays & Fridays), his former stilt-house residencethe Presidential Palace and Ho Chi Minh Museum. We then visit the Temple of Literature constructed in 1070 to worship Confucius, which was served as the first University of Vietnam. The site honours the eighty-two Vietnamese doctorates who passed a number of rigid exams in the medieval ages. Their names, birthdays and birthplaces are engraved in head-stones perched on stone tortoises. It is widely believed that touching the heads of these tortoises will bring luck. With its well-maintained lawns, gardens and lotus ponds provide you with a tranquil hideaway from the city’s bustle and heat. Lunch will be served at a nice local restaurant.  

    In the afternoon, we visit Museum of Ethnology (closed on Mondays, the alternative is the History Museum) dedicated to Vietnam's 54 officially recognized ethnic groups with both indoor and outdoor sections. While the in-house exhibition is particularly informative, the outdoor display continues in the museum’s garden with fascinating examples of traditional houses of numerous minority groups. You will gain an understanding of from the Kinhs to the ethnic groups of the Central Highlands. We then enjoy a 1-hour-cyclo tour to the Old Quarter where you can see streets with century-aged trees and French Colonial buildings. We then head to Ngoc Son Temple set on a tiny islet in the middle of Hoan Kiem Lake. Ngoc Son Temple dates back to the 13th century and the lake itself is the picturesque heart of Hanoi, frequented by tourists and locals alike.

    In the evening, we will enjoy the water puppet show, the unique Vietnamese traditional art. This art is originated from rural festivals in Vietnam. The artist men and women stand waist-deep in the water to manipulate the puppets, making them move, talk, laugh and even dance on the surface of the water.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

    Day 11: Hanoi - Dong Truc Village (B/L/D)

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    After breakfast at the hotel, we head out north-west of the city. After nearly 1 hour, we will arrive at Thay Pagoda. You will be impressed by the unique architecture and intriguing interiors of the pagoda. Especially mysterious is the story about the first Master of this pagoda dating back a thousand years ago. After that, take in the magnificent panoramic view of rice paddies from a mountain peak. We get on our bikes and start cycling through local villages, crossing through rice fields. After an hour, we will stop to see the famous pagoda of Tay Phuong and have lunch in a local restaurant nearby. We keep riding to the village of Dong Truc. This is a pleasant route for easy cycling. We cross small bridges, ride along little canals, all whilst being greeted by children and farmers.

    Arriving at our homestay still early in the afternoon, our guide will introduce you to the family, and then you shall relax drinking tea and chatting with your host. There is still time to continue enjoy a bike ride to other villages close by. This evening, we will be treated to various authentic Vietnamese dishes, cooked by the family members.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation: Homestay in Dong Truc Village

    Day 12: Dong Truc - Duong Lam – Overnight train to Lao Cai (B/L/-)

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    After breakfast at the homestay, we say farewell to our host, get on the bikes and keep riding to Son Tay where the genuine Vietnam still exists. The old citadel is well preserved and the town is quiet with no tourists. We will explore the area then head out for a short ride of only 4 km to the ancient village of Duong Lam. Here one will find an authentic perspective of Vietnam.  One cannot hep to notice the village entrance, graced by a high banyan tree and roof tiles with brick lanes leading you towards the Mong Phu Temple. This is a beautiful old temple where villagers are very devoted to worshipping and celebrate ceremonies to honour the Ngo Quyen and Phung Hung kings, who were born here. We go through narrow mossy lanes and stop to visit an old house, having tea and cake with the owners. Our lunch will be served at a local restaurant.

    After lunch, we will be transferred back to Hanoi. Tonight, we take soft sleeper & AC train to Lao Cai.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation: Overnight on train

    Day 13: Lao Cai - Sapa - Cat Cat – Ma Tra Village (B/L/-)

    Lao Cai - Sapa: 40km, ~1h drive

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    Arrival Lao Cai Train Station at around 6:00a.m, our guide and driver will meet and transfer you to Sapa, situated just 40km from Lao Cai. After breakfast, we will explore Sapa town, founded by the French as a holiday resort. 

    In the afternoon, we will visit Cat Cat village, home to H’Mong people. They are excellent “tho cam” weavers, a kind of brocade fabric. The “tho cam” of Cat Cat village is of especially high quality, as it is dyed with natural colors, polished with beeswax and embroidered with unique designs. Cat Cat silver jewelry such as necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings are known for their sophisticated production techniques. A walk through this old village offers a glimpse into traditional customs and practices of the ethnic Black Hmong. We will stop at a beautiful waterfall and the remains of a hydroelectric plant built by the French during their colonisation of Vietnam.

    If time permits, visit Ma Tra Village. Located only about 5km to the south-east of Sapa town, Ma Tra Village was added recently into Sapa’s growing list of stunning destinations. The village is a new must-see for visitors when coming to the mountain town of Sapa and preferring a less commercial track. The Village is home to H’mong ethnic people and only boasts around 50 homes. They survive using their craft such as weaving brocade, silk, forging farming tools and carving silver. They generally only make such items to meet their own needs, but since the growth of tourism in Sapa, many H’mong women make decorated cloth to sell on the town’s main streets.

    • Cat Cat: 3km, 2h30m walking
    • Ma Tra: 3km, 2h trekking

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel in Sapa

    Day 14: Lao Chai - Ta van - Train back to Hanoi (B/L/-)

    sapa day tours tonkin travel 2After breakfast at hotel, we embark on a lovely walk that will take us along small paths and trails and through several hill tribe villages of Lao Chai and Ta Van, home to H'mong, and Dzay people. This is an absolutely spectacular walk through stunning scenery inhabited by some of the friendliest people will ever meet. We enjoy lunch at a family house in Ta Van village.  This is an excellent opportunity to meet with local people and study the art of making batik and local weaving villages, the textile tradition of craft women Black H'mong and Red Dzao. In the afternoon, we drive back to Sapa to prepare for overnight train to Hanoi.

    • Distance: 8km
    • Duration: 3h30m trekking
    • Speed: Average

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Overnight on train

    Day 15: Hanoi - Halong overnight on boat (B/L/D)

    Hanoi - Halong: 180km, ~3h30m drive

    halong bayAfter breakfast, we depart for Halong Bay via Thai Binh and Nam Dinh. Sit back and enjoy the peaceful countryside symbolic of the Red River Delta. We will arrive at Halong Bay’s wharf around noon and embark an elegant wooden junk for a cruise through the limestone cliffs and emerald waters of Halong Bay. Here we enjoy the striking scenery of this World Heritage Site. While being on board, we will be served fresh local seafood lunch followed by swimming and exploring some of the limestone caves in this area. Witness one of the world’s best the sunsets before you sit down for a lush dinner. The captain then will anchor for the night nearby a remote island where you’ll have the option night fishing or just sit out on the deck and relax under the stars.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinnerz
    Accommodation: Overnight on Junk

    Day 16: Halong Boat Trip - Ninh Binh (Br/-/-)

    Hanoi - Halong: 200km, ~4h drive

    halong bay day tours - tonkin travel After waking up surrounded by the tranquil beauty of the bay, we have time for an early morning dip. Then it’s time for breakfast whilst you watch the sun rise over Ha Long bay. The cruise continues to move around the bay for in order for us to discover more secluded areas; we then go kayaking and continue swimming around the bay. The boat will be near us at all times for those who prefer to relax on board. Around midday, we will return to the main harbour before transferring to our awaiting vehicle for the three-hour journey Ninh Binh.

    Meals Included: Brunch
    Accommodation: Hotel in Ninh Binh

    Day 17: Ninh Binh - Hoa Lu Cycling to Tam Coc - Hanoi (B/L/-)

    ninh binh cycle tours - tonkin travelWe begin our day by cycling around the countryside and head to Hoa Lu, which was the capital city of Vietnam under the Dinh Dynasty between 968 and 980 AD. Here there are many ancient sanctuaries and tombs that can still be seen today. Apart from the historical importance, the area surrounding Ninh Binh is naturally beautiful, referred to many as the “Halong Bay on land” with limestone peaks and fertile green valleys. We continue riding through the limestone peaks to Tam Coc, passing rice paddies and through the rural villages. Arriving in Tam Coc, we will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant overlooking the boat pier, which provides a great chance for photos. We drive transfer back to Hanoi for the night.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

    Day 18: Hanoi - Departure (B/-/-)

    After breakfast at hotel, time is free until our driver meet and transfer you to Noi Bai airport for your flight to your next destination or back home. Thank you very much for travelling with us!

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  • Prices

    This trip is private and therefore can be altered to suit your needs, date of commencement and budget requirements.

    Prices vary due to a number of specifics:

    • Seasonal: during high season (October-April), the prices of services are generally higher when compared to the low season (May-September).
    • The number of participants: the more of you that travel together the less you will pay!
    • The choice of hotels: Fairly obvious one here; a 5-star hotel can cost ten times as much as a 2 star hotel.
    • The activities during the trip: Two trips on the same itinerary and of the same length can have two different prices depending on the number and nature of activities included.
    • The booking date: In some cases, booking your trip late can drastically affect prices due to their low availability.

    Inclusion:

    • Accommodation as recommended or similar category according to availability.
    • Transfers according to program by private air-conditioned vehicle with driver except free day
    • English-speaking guide’s assistance at every stage
    • Meals as indicated in program (B: Breakfast /L: Lunch / D: Dinner)
    • Entrance fees for attractions included in the program
    • All activities and cruises clearly mentioned in the program
    • Private boat excursion in Mekong Delta, Nha Trang, Hue, Tam Coc
    • Train: Saigon – Nha Trang; Hue – Hanoi; Hanoi – Lao Cai; Lao Cai – Hanoi (sharing 4-berth cabin A/C)
    • Halong Bay overnight on boat (sharing boat)
    • Cycling: Mekong Delta, Dong Truc village, Hoa Lu
    • Water and cool tissues
    • Government taxes & service charge

    Exclusion:

    • Other drinks and meals not clearly mentioned
    • Personal expenditures, tips
    • Personal insurance (compulsory)
    • Any service not clearly mentioned in the program
    • International air transfers associated with airport taxes
    • Visa and visa arrangement (available upon request)

    Booking

    Here are 2 steps to book your trip with Tonkin-Travel:

    Step 1. Focus on your travel program:

    You can choose this trip as is or customize it to your specific desires. Just click on the “Customize this trip” tab and fill in the form. One of our travel consultants will contact you within 48 hours to develop the travel program based on your specifications.

    Step 2. Booking:

    • Following the first step, tour program is selected and we access the rates.
    • Upon confirmation of the trip, the registration must be accompanied by a deposit up to 25% of the total estimate.
    • For programs with private junk (cruise) and/or 5 star hotels, the deposit is represented by 30% of the total estimate.
    • Tonkin-Travel carries out the booking process upon receipt of the deposit. Confirmation of these reservations is sent to customer within 10 days via email

    Nature of travel

    This trip is private. That implies:

    • You will be escorted by a private guide and driver. This approach guarantees a smooth trip with fewer organizational constraints.
    • You will be the master of your trip. We guarantee flexibility in organizing visits at your request.
    • Our services will be personalized according to your desires. Thus the proposals in this package are not fixed and you can bring suggest all the desired changes.
    • You receive individualized care: ample food, organizing small events (anniversary, honeymoon, etc.), targeted information, followed necessary modifications, etc.

    Accommodation

    • Accommodation is an important expenditure of your trip. When you choose a luxury trip for example, the accommodation can represent three quarters of the price. Thus, your choice of hotels is closely related to your budget.
    • Tonkin-Travel has negotiated rates with a wide range of hotels from 2 to 5 stars.
    • In some places you will have the option to choose ‘home-stay’. Although this provides less comfort that a hotel it is a truly authentic experience and highly recommended for at least one night of your journey.

    Transport

    All transfers during your trip are covered by private vehicle with driver, unless otherwise indicated in our offer. We ensure that our vehicles are new and comfortable. Fuel, tolls, accommodation, compensation and the driver are included in our offer. Only gratuities are not included and are at your discretion.

    The size of the selected vehicle is based on the number of tour participants according to the following quality standards:

    No. of participants

    2 pax

    3 pax

    From 4 to 7 pax

    From 8 to 14 pax

    From 15 to 20 pax

    Vehicle size

    Car 4-7 seats

    Car 7 or minivan 
    16 seats

    Minivan 16 seats

    Bus 24 seats

    Bus 35 or 45 seats

    Domestic flights

    If your trip includes domestic flights if any, they will be operated by Vietnam Airlines, the largest airline in Vietnam. The fleet consists mainly of Airbus and Boeing. On some short trips, the company operates 72 ATR and some Fokker.

    Rail transport

    Train travel can be offered (particularly between Hanoi-Lao Cai and Hanoi-Hue). Travelling at a speed of 60km/h on average it is not necessarily the fastest but an interesting experience nonetheless.

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