Vietnam Breathtaking Nature and Culture
Hightlights
  • Essentials:

    • See iconic Hanoi – City for Peace 
    • Visit Sapa – best known of its Fansipan Peak – nicknamed "the Tonkinese Alps"
    • Visit Halong Bay – a famous UNESCO World Heritage site 

  • The breathtaking landscapes:

    • Admire stunning mountainous scenery in Sapa, Ha Giang and Cao Bang
    • See terraced fields, local villages, local markets in Sapa
    • Visit Ba Be National Park – “Halong Bay on land”

  • Immersion in the daily life of mountain ethnic groups and Trekking:

    • Trekking majestic mountains and ethnic minority villages in Sapa, Ha Giang
    • Visit ethnic groups and learn about their rich cultural heritage
    • Experience cinnamon harvest in Bao Yen

  • The MOST of Asia Mystika:

    • 100% tailor-made tour
    • Attention to details and value for money
    • Accompanied by experienced local guides

  • More experience:

    • Explore Ba Na Hill and Golden Bridge
    • Visit Ho Chi Minh City – “the Pearl of the Far East”
    • See local life in Mekong Delta – the “rice bowl” of Vietnam

Itinerary

DAY 01: HANOI ARRIVAL (-/-/-)

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals included: No

Upon arrival at Hanoi airport, you will be greeted by driver and local English-speaking guide. Transfer to Hanoi for check-in.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Note: Check-in time: 14:00

Vietnam Breathtaking Nature and Culture. Noi Bai airport

Vietnam Breathtaking Nature and Culture. Noi Bai international terminate

Vietnam Breathtaking Nature and Culture. Overnight in Hanoi

DAY 02: HANOI – SAPA – HEAVEN GATE – SILVER WATERFALL (B/-/-)

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast

Distance: ~ 325km, transfer: ~ 5,5-hour drive (depending on traffic)

After breakfast, depart to Sapa. 

Up on arrival Sapa, departs towards the Heaven Gate. Enjoy the scenic drive as you ascend to Heaven Gate, which is located at the highest point of the Hoang Lien Son Mountain range. Marvel at the breathtaking views of the surrounding valleys, terraced rice fields, and distant peaks.

Next is Silver Waterfall, located a short distance away. Admire the powerful cascade of water as it plunges down the mountainside, creating a mesmerizing spectacle. Capture stunning photographs and enjoy the serenity of the surroundings.

Overnight in Sapa

Sapa is a scenic mountain town in Vietnam known for its breathtaking landscapes, vibrant ethnic culture, and trekking opportunities.

Vietnam Breathtaking Nature and Culture. Silver Waterfall

Vietnam Breathtaking Nature and Culture. Haven Gate way in Sapa

Vietnam Breathtaking Nature and Culture. Silver Waterfall in Sapa

DAY 03: SAPA – FANSIPAN – LAO CHAI – TA VAN (B/-/-)

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

After having breakfast, visit Fansipan peak. Then spend 20 minutes with cable car to enjoy the spectacular scenery. Reach the altitute of 2800 meters, you have a good time to see the view and take photos, visit pagoda the spiritual destinations and trek up to 600 steps you will reach the peak of Fansipan - the Roof of Indochina. (Spend about 1,5 hours for hiking and taking photos). Come back to Cable Car Station and head to Sapa center.

In the afternoon, head toward Lao Chai and Ta Van to walk through the terraced fields and explore Hmong minority ethnic life live and culture.

Lao Chai is a traditional Hmong village surrounded by breathtaking rice terraces and scenic landscapes. Take a leisurely stroll through the village, interact with the locals, and immerse yourself in their culture and way of life.

From Lao Chai, continue your journey to Ta Van Village, which is approximately 3 kilometers away. Ta Van is a charming village inhabited by the Giay ethnic minority. The trek will lead you through picturesque valleys, terraced rice fields, and bamboo forests. Enjoy the scenic beauty of the surroundings as you make your way to Ta Van.

Back to Sapa to overnight.

Overnight in Sapa.

Vietnam Breathtaking Nature and Culture. Cable car in Sapa

Vietnam Breathtaking Nature and Culture. Fansipan peak

Vietnam Breathtaking Nature and Culture. Ta Van village

DAY 04: SAPA – LOCAL MARKET – BAO YEN (B/-/-)

Accommodation: Ecolodge

Meals included: Breakfast

Distance: ~ 100km, transfer: ~ 2-hour drive (depending on traffic)

In the morning, start visit local market, it depends on your date, the market schedule available as below (except Monday):

  • Tuesday: Coc Ly Market
  • Wednesday: Sin Cheng Market
  • Thursday: Cao Son Market
  • Friday: Lung Khau Nhin Market
  • Saturday: Can Cau Market
  • Sunday: Bac Ha Market

In the afternoon, depart to Bao Yen, depart to walking explore the Cinnamon Forest. Follow the local guide to understand more about this natural forest. 

Overnight in Bao Yen. 

Option: Harvest cinnamon activity

Bao Yen is a picturesque district in the Lao Cai province of Vietnam, known for its stunning mountain landscapes, ethnic minority communities, and vibrant local markets.

Vietnam Breathtaking Nature and Culture. Bac Ha market

Vietnam Breathtaking Nature and Culture. Cao Son market

Vietnam Breathtaking Nature and Culture. Bao Yen

DAY 05: BAO YEN – LUNG CU – DONG VAN (B/-/-)

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast

Distance: ~ 250km, transfer: ~ 6-hour drive (depending on traffic)

After breakfast, depart from Bao Yen to Vuong palace, a unique architectural work of King Mèo Vương Chinh Duc. You will hear interesting historical and cultural stories about him and the H’Mong people

Upon reaching Lung Cu, visit the famous Lung Cu Flag Tower, which is the northernmost point of Vietnam. Climb up the tower for panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Take some time to explore the local ethnic villages and learn about the culture and traditions of the people living in the area.

Afterward depart to Dong Van town, where there are many famous historical sites and scenic spots such as Dong Van Cultural House, Dong Van market, Hoa Cuc Valley, etc.

Overnight in Dong Van. 

Dong Van is a captivating town nestled in the rocky plateau of Ha Giang, Vietnam, renowned for its breathtaking landscapes, ethnic diversity, and preserved historical architecture.

Vietnam Breathtaking Nature and Culture. Meo King Palace

Vietnam Breathtaking Nature and Culture. Lung Cu flag tower

Vietnam Breathtaking Nature and Culture. Dong Van market

DAY 06: DONG VAN – MEO VAC – SKY GATE (B/-/-)

Accommodation: Homestay

Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, depart to visit Dong Van ancient town, visit Dong Van Cultural House, Dong Van market, Hoa Cuc Valley, etc.

Afterward, depart to Meo Vac through Ma Pi Leng pass (one of 4 most majestic passes in Vietnam). 

Depart to visit Skygate, stand at the high place and admire the overview of Nho Que River.

Overnight in Meo Vac.

Option: Nho Que raft boat 

Meo Vac is a scenic town situated in the mountainous region of Ha Giang, Vietnam, famous for its rugged beauty, winding roads, vibrant ethnic markets, and as a gateway to the mesmerizing Ma Pi Leng Pass.

Vietnam Breathtaking Nature and Culture. Experiencing Ma Pi Leng pass

Vietnam Breathtaking Nature and Culture. Nho Que river

Vietnam Breathtaking Nature and Culture. Nho Que river is the most beautiful river in Vietnam

DAY 07: MEO VAC – VILLAGE EXPLORE – BAO LAC (B/-/-)

Accommodation: Homestay

Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, explore Meo Vac village. Meo Vac is surrounded by numerous ethnic minority villages, such as the Hmong, Tay, and Lo Lo. Take the opportunity to visit these villages and interact with the locals to gain insight into their daily lives, customs, and traditions. You can learn about their unique handicrafts, enjoy traditional music and dances, and even participate in homestay experiences.

Overnight in Bao Lac 

Bao Lac is a charming town located in Cao Bang Province, Vietnam, known for its stunning natural scenery, ethnic minority cultures, and as a starting point for exploring the beautiful Ba Be National Park.

Vietnam Breathtaking Nature and Culture. Exploring Meo Vac village

Vietnam Breathtaking Nature and Culture. Discovering unique handicraft in Ha Giang

Vietnam Breathtaking Nature and Culture. Daily life of ethnic people in Ha Giang

DAY 08: BAO LAC – BA BE NATIONAL PARK (B/-/-)

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast

Distance: ~ 120km, transfer: ~ 3-hour drive (depending on traffic)

After breakfast, depart from Bao Lac to Ba Be,

Enjoy the scenic drive as you make your way to Ba Be National Park. Admire the picturesque landscapes, winding roads, and charming villages along the route. Take in the beauty of the surrounding mountains and forests.

In the afternoon, embark on a boat trip on Ba Be Lake, the largest natural lake in Vietnam. Cruise through the calm waters, surrounded by towering limestone mountains and dense vegetation. Explore the lake's three interconnected sections, including Pe Lam Lake, Pe Lu Lake, and Pe Leng Lake. Enjoy the tranquility and beauty of the surroundings.

Overnight at Ba Be

Ba Be is a mesmerizing national park in Vietnam, characterized by its pristine lakes, lush forests, towering limestone mountains, and the opportunity to experience the unique culture of local ethnic communities. Ba Be Lake is one of the 20 largest natural freshwater lakes in the world.

Vietnam Breathtaking Nature and Culture. Embarking on Ba Be lake

Vietnam Breathtaking Nature and Culture. Pe Lam lake

Vietnam Breathtaking Nature and Culture. Ba Be national park

DAY 09: BA BE – HUA MA CAVE – HANOI (B/-/-)

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast

Distance: ~ 250km, transfer: ~ 5-hour drive (depending on traffic)

After breakfast, depart to visit Hua Ma cave a natural wonder renowned for its unique stalactite formations and impressive rock structures. Explore the cave and be amazed by the intricate patterns and shapes created over thousands of years.

Afterward, back to Hanoi, enjoy the picturesque drive as you make your way from Ba Be to Hanoi. Admire the beautiful landscapes, passing through rural areas, mountains, and villages.

Overnight in Hanoi. 

Vietnam Breathtaking Nature and Culture. Hua Ma Cave in Cao Bang

Vietnam Breathtaking Nature and Culture. Hua Ma cave is the most beautiful cave in the North-west Vietnam

Vietnam Breathtaking Nature and Culture. Exploring Hua Ma cave

DAY 10: HANOI CITY TOUR (B/-/-)

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, depart to explore Hanoi.

Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam, it is the center of culture, economy, education, and politic of Vietnam. Located on the bank of Red river, Hanoi is the most ancient capital in the world, where travelers can find well-preserved colonial buildings, ancient pagodas, temples, and unique museums within the city center.

Start a walking tour around Old Quarter City, the visit Opera house and Sword Lake, Temple of Literature, etc.

Overnight in Hanoi

Vietnam Breathtaking Nature and Culture. Hanoi old quarter

Vietnam Breathtaking Nature and Culture. Hanoi opera house

Vietnam Breathtaking Nature and Culture. Sword lake

DAY 11: HANOI – HALONG BAY (B/L/D)

Accommodation: Cruise

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Distance: ~ 180km, transfer: ~ 3-hour drive (depending on traffic)

After breakfast, leave Hanoi to drive to the coastal port of Halong. The journey takes around four hours with a break to stretch your legs. Upon arrival in Tuan Chau Marina, embark your boat and start cruising. Halong Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site composed of almost 2,000 islands and jungle-clad limestone pillars.

After arriving at noon, you will board a beautiful boat for an overnight cruise on Halong Bay with an excellent menu of fresh seafood. Lunch and dinner are served on boat. 

Overnight onboard.

Vietnam Breathtaking Nature and Culture. Starting cruise in Halong Bay

Vietnam Breathtaking Nature and Culture. Cruise view on Halong Bay

Vietnam Breathtaking Nature and Culture. Overnight onboard

DAY 12: HALONG – HANOI – DANANG – HOI AN (B/BR/-)

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast

Wake up early in the morning to enjoy the aquamarine waters of the bay at its best. After tea/coffee and pastries have been served, the boat will continue to cruise quietly through the spectacular limestone formations of Halong Bay. Enjoy this more isolated part of the bay’s spectacular and unique islands. You will return to Halong harbor after a very hearty brunch onboard. 

Back to Noi Bai airport to take flight to Danang.

Up on arrival Danang, depart to Hoi An for overnight.

Overnight in Hoi An.

Danang, located on the central coast of Vietnam, is a vibrant city known for its beautiful sandy beaches, stunning mountain landscapes, and a rich cultural heritage that includes the iconic Marble Mountains and the UNESCO-listed Hoi An Ancient Town.

Vietnam Breathtaking Nature and Culture. Enjoying the peaceful views of Halong Bay

Vietnam Breathtaking Nature and Culture. Danang airport

Vietnam Breathtaking Nature and Culture. Overnight in Hoi An

DAY 13: COCONUT FOREST – HOI AN ANCIENT TOWN (B/-/-)

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, depart visit Bay Mau 7 hectares water coconut forest at Cam Thanh Village. Hearing about the past war story before exploring the now tranquil coconut-palm flanked waterways of a past war and hearing of the extreme conditions endured by soldiers of both sides. Enjoy Thung Chai basket boat demonstration by our crews.

In the afternoon, visit Hoi An ancient town, recognized by UNESCO in 1999 as a World Heritage site because of its unusually well-preserved ancient streets and homes: Japanese Bridge, a Sino-Vietnamese - Japanese merchant house, the Chinese Fujian Temple, Hoi An central market, Museum of History and Culture, Hoi An Handicraft Workshop. 

Overnight in Hoi An

Vietnam Breathtaking Nature and Culture. Coconut forest in Cam Thanh village

Vietnam Breathtaking Nature and Culture. Japanese bridge in Hoi An

Vietnam Breathtaking Nature and Culture. Hoi An handicraft workshop

DAY 14: HOI AN – BANA HILL – SAIGON (B/-/-)

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast at the hotel, starting tour to Ba Na Hill. Driver and local guide will pick-up you at the hotel and transfer to Ba Na Hill. Take Cable Car which gains 5 world scores to Ba Na hills station. Stop at By Night station to visit Vong Nguyet hills, Linh Ung pagoda, The Old Villas of French. Continue moving up by cable car to the Nui Chua Mountain – the top of Ba Na range, visiting Nghinh Phong top, Le Nim Villas, Orchid Garden. Experience hill climbing train (first and unique funicular in Vietnam) and visit an old French cellar (Debay Ancient Wine Cellar), flower garden Le Jardin D’amour and Linh Ung Pagoda.

Go to Danang airport to take flight to Saigon vibrant city.

Overnight in Saigon.

Saigon, officially known as Ho Chi Minh City, is a bustling metropolis in Vietnam that harmoniously blends French colonial architecture with modern skyscrapers, vibrant street life, and a dynamic culinary scene.

Vietnam Breathtaking Nature and Culture. Golden bridge in Danang

Vietnam Breathtaking Nature and Culture. Old French Cella

Vietnam Breathtaking Nature and Culture. Linh Ung pagoda

DAY 15: SAIGON – CU CHI TUNNELS – SAIGON (B/-/-)

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, visitors depart to visit Cu Chi Tunnels, which is an underground defense system built by Viet Minh resistance officials from 1946 - 1948. The tunnel system includes clinics, rooms, kitchens, storage, and office. Length of about 250km, here is the Vietnam soldier’s battle base in the resistant American period. Have a short walk into the jungle to visit the traps, the secret entrance, the bunkers, and the underground hideouts. Go back to Saigon after Cu Chi excursion.

Free time in the afternoon. You can walk to visit the city by yourself, try local food, and observe Saigon residents life live.

Overnight in Saigon.

Vietnam Breathtaking Nature and Culture. Cu Chi tunnel

Vietnam Breathtaking Nature and Culture. Outside in Cu Chi tunnel

Vietnam Breathtaking Nature and Culture. Inside Cu Chi tunnel

DAY 16: SAIGON – MEKONG DELTA – SAIGON (B/-/-)

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast

Have breakfast at the hotel. The way from Cai Be towards Cho Lach on the Tien Giang River takes 2.5-hour to drive. Cai Be is a district located in the West of Tien Giang province, it is famous for floating market – a signature of Southeast culture. Travelers will have experience on the Mekong river, visit the floating market on boat, try food on boat, observe resident life, and feel their life live.

After the excursion, visitors go back to Saigon.

Overnight in Saigon.

Vietnam Breathtaking Nature and Culture. Floating market in Cai Be

Vietnam Breathtaking Nature and Culture. Floating market in Cai Be village

Vietnam Breathtaking Nature and Culture. Daily life in Mekong Delta

DAY 17: SAIGON CITY TOUR (B/-/-)

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast at the hotel, Start your day with a visit to the Reunification Palace, which was the former residence of the President of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Next, head to the War Remnants Museum to learn about the history of the Vietnam War and its impact on the country.

In the afternoon, visit the Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon and the Saigon Central Post Office, both beautiful examples of French colonial architecture. End your day with a stroll through Ben Thanh Market, where you can shop for souvenirs and sample more local food.

Overnight in Saigon. 

Vietnam Breathtaking Nature and Culture. Unification Palace in Ho Chi Minh City

Vietnam Breathtaking Nature and Culture. Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon

Vietnam Breathtaking Nature and Culture. Ben Thanh market in Ho Chi Minh city

DAY 18: SAIGON DEPARTURE (B/-/-)

Meals included: Breakfast

Afterwards, check out before 12:00 pm and travel back to Tan Son Nhat Airport for onward flights. Make sure to keep in touch with new friends you found during the trip and don’t forget to share your wonderful journey and reviews with us on our social media.

Vietnam Breathtaking Nature and Culture. Tan Son Nhat airport

Vietnam Breathtaking Nature and Culture. Tan Son Nhat airport views

Vietnam Breathtaking Nature and Culture. International terminate in Ho Chi Minh City

Price

Calendar of Departures:
Departure Date Price
Daily From$1,494.82 From$1,494.82 CUSTOMIZE TOUR
Price Policies
Price Includes Price Excludes

Accommodation

Hotel (7 nights), Ecolodge (1 night), Cruise (1 night), Homestay (2 nights)

Transportation

Car, Cruise

Meals

17 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner, 1 Brunch

Activities & Others

  • English-speaking guide as mentioned
  • Water during the itinerary (2 bottles/pax/day, 350ml - 500ml/bottle)
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits
  • Package 2D1N Halong Bay overnight cruise
  • Boat trip, hiking, bamboo boat, local activities, etc
  • All prices are based on per adult, in Double/Twin sharing
  • Surcharge will be applied for single traveler or single room request
  • Others are not mentioned in the Inclusions
Children Policy

 

For Asia Mystika Travel Experiences (excursions and day trips) children between the ages of 4 and 11, at dates of travel, will receive a 15% discount off the Adult price (based on total travelers - adults + children 4 -11), unless specified otherwise in a proposal.

All flights are quoted separately and children are charged as per airline policies. Infants under two years of age will be exempt from most charges except as mandated by airline policies. More Information

Cancellation/ Refund Policy

 

Cancellation must be made in writing by email and be received in time (please keep in mind weekends, public holidays, and different time zones on both ends).

The charges below apply unless different terms have been mentioned at quotation/booking time.

 

Individual traveler (1 – 8 people)

  • 31 days and more before arrival: Non-refundable deposit (if any) 
  • From 30 days to 22 days’ prior arrival date: Non-refundable deposit or 10% of total tour cost
  • From 21 days to 15 days’ prior arrival date: Non-refundable deposit or 25% of total tour cost
  • From 14 days to 08 days’ prior arrival date: 50% of total tour cost
  • Between 7 days and 48 hours before arrival: 75% of total tour cost
  • Less than 48 hours before arrival: 90% of total tour cost
  • Shortening or cancellation on site: 100% of total tour cost

 

Group traveler (From 9 people)

  • 31 days and more before arrival: Non-refundable deposit (if any) 
  • From 30 days to 22 days’ prior arrival date: Non-refundable deposit or 20% of total tour cost
  • From 21 days to 15 days’ prior arrival date: Non-refundable deposit or 70% of total tour cost
  • From 14 days to 08 days’ prior arrival date: 90% of total tour cost
  • Shortening or cancellation on site: 100% of total tour cost

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