Day 1

ARRIVAL HANOI

[Dinner included]

Xinchao! Welcome to Vietnam. On arrival you will get transferred from the airport to your hotel for check in. Spend some time to freshen up after the journey.

Then we recommend you head down to the hustle and bustle of Hanoi 36 Streets area (aka ‘the Old Quarter). Hanoi is famous for its beautiful lakes, shaded boulevards, verdant public parks and it’s thriving Old Quarter. The latter is an awesome combination of old and new buildings with blocks of buildings retaining the air of a 1930s provincial French town mixed in with a healthy dose of chaos.

We have your first Vietnamese meal covered as a welcome gift, so you just arrange your drinks! The dinner consists of a Vietnamese popular fried spring rolls as a starter and then a main course of local Vietnamese food served with rice. (We have alternative option if you’re a vegetarian or vegan so please ask the waiter). Afterwards explore the night life in Ta Hien beer street in the heart of the Old Quarter.

Accommodation: Double/Twin shared bed at Camellia 4 Hotel (or similar)

 

Day 2

HANOI Like a Local

[Breakfast & Lunch included]

Hanoi is a great city to explore by foot, although the traffic is mental you can see so much more from a ground level. Today kick off with a full-day walking tour of the city and explore Hanoi like a local! By the end of the day you will have a feel for this awesome city.  We will start with the Ngoc Son temple, the gem of the Hoan Kiem Lake, have a overview about Vietnamese culture and religion from our local guide. Hop in a traditional red cyclo and get taken through the organized and sometimes not so organized chaos of Hanoi. Continue the adventure into Hoa Lo Prison and gain a deeper understanding about the Indochinese wars and how they shaped the culture, the people and the country as a whole.

Later we will stroll back to the Old Quarter, stop along the train tracks where locals still live and sample a Hanoi institution ‘Bia Hoi’ – this is an amazing fresh beer brewed and served by the friendliest local people. One glass sets you back around 5,000 VND (0.25USD). You’re also encouraged to try some of the best street food Asia has to offer. We suggest diving right in and eating local Vietnamese (such as pho/ banh mi or bun cha. Also worth mentioning is the egg coffee, another Hanoi classic.

In the evening, sit down to a traditional water puppet performance (or the ‘Four Palaces’ cultural show). This northern tradition, dating back nearly a thousand years, is performed alongside traditional Vietnamese music that employs drums, wooden bells, horns and bamboo flutes.

Accommodation: Double/Twin shared bed at Camellia 4 Hotel (or similar)

 

Day 3

Hanoi – Mai chau

[Lunch & Dinner Included]

Good morning! At 8:30 am, let’s hop on our shuttle bus from Old Quarter and we will depart to Mai Chau. This scenic drive takes around 4 hrs. Along the way we will pass through several fields of tapioca and sugar cane as well as rice paddies. We will reach Mai Chau valley by lunchtime. Check in to the beautiful homestay and enjoy a local lunch.

After lunch our local guide will come pick you up. He will give you a bicycle to ride to Mo Luong Cave with him. As one of the highlights of Mai Chau, Mo Luong Cave is a natural cave in the limestone blocks with magnificent stalactites. It is located in the valley with beautiful scenery surrounded by the majestic mountains and poetic streams, together with ethnic Thai villages. Our local guide may show you around nearby areas with beautiful rice fields, leaf houses and mountains.

Comeback and have dinner at the homestay.

Accommodation: Minh Tho homestay in Mai Chau (or similar)

 

Day 4

Mai Chau - Hanoi

[Breakfast & Lunch Included]

After Breakfast, our local guide will take you to visit a local family who make bamboo rice pipes and other bamboo weaving products. Time to challenge your skills making the traditional handcrafts of the ethnic Vietnamese people.

Spend the rest of your morning wandering around Lac village or chill by the pool. After lunch, our shuttle bus will transfer you back to Hanoi.

Accommodation: Double/Twin shared bed at Camellia 4 Hotel (or similar)

 

Days 5, 6 & 7

Castaways

Spend an unforgettable 3 days on Castaways, an exclusive, private island in Halong bay, one of the natural wonders of the world. Settle into paradise in one of the 5 open-air beach bungalows; Kick up the sand on the secluded one-hundred-and-fifty-meter stretch of beach; Party the night away on the dance floor with a live nightly DJ; And make friendships that just might last a lifetime. Castaways is a bucket-list, must-do in Vietnam and will likely be the best decision you make in South East Asia.

Further information on what you'll be doing each day is below

Option: If you don’t want to do Castaway, we will arrange an alternative trip with a join-in Cruise where you will overnight on a junk in Halong Bay.

 

Day 5 (Castaway)

Hanoi to castaways

[Lunch & Dinner Included]

Meet your crew bright and early to make your way to the island by bus and boat. Upon arrival, grab a drink and feast on local cuisine, as you are welcomed by your island hosts. Get wet and wild, with the option to high speed tube and/or wakeboard, on pristine, glassy waters. Rock climb with our professional guides, scaling cliff karsts right over our beach for awesome views. Play some footie and beach volleyball, or simply relax and sunbathe with new friends as you prepare to party, dancing and drinking the night away under the stars.

 

Day 6 (Castaway)

All Day Cruise

[Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included]

Get a good base going with breakfast and prepare for an epic day ahead. Board a traditional junk boat and cruise through Lan Ha bay, past local fishermen and their floating villages. Jump off the top deck (if you dare) for a swim before grabbing a kayaking partner for a guided tour, exploring the rich history of ha long bay, in the midst of limestone caves and jade green lagoons. Keep your eyes peeled for the endangered langur monkeys native to the area as you make your way back to the boat for lunch onboard. Cruise the afternoon away, stopping for a bit more swimming and plenty more fun, as you return to the island to meet the new crew that’s just arrived. do it all over again in the evening with drinks, dinner and dancing. And don’t forget to make a late-night trip to the beach for one of the best views of the bay’s bioluminescent plankton.

 

Day 7 (Castaway)

castaways to hanoi

[Breakfast & Lunch Included]

Enjoy a leisurely last morning. Take a kayak out, go for a swim, or just nurse your hangover chilling in the sun before one more feed and the journey back to Hanoi. Arrive back in Hanoi around 4PM. Have a chilled evening resting and prepare for your next adventure!

Accommodation: Double/Twin shared bed at Camellia 4 Hotel (or similar)

 

Day 8

Hanoi chilled day!

[No Meals Included]

Spend the day in Hanoi chilling after Castaways.

At 9PM you will hop on the overnight bus to Phong Nha, Quang Binh area, home of mystery caves in Vietnam.

Accommodation: Overnight on sleeping bus

 

Day 9

The Duck Farm and The dark caves

[Lunch Included]

Arrive Phong Nha early in the morning. Drop your bags at the hotel, get an early checkin bed and recharge on your sleep for a couple of hours.

At 10am, get picked up for an amazing day which is very probably the most ‘ Vietnam’ experience: The-Duck-Stop local farm. It is literally a local duck farm, the family that owns the farm is very friendly and welcoming. When you arrive they will give you peanuts and a beer.  Then you go into the duck pen, feed the mass of ducks that live on the farm. This sounds crazy, but trust us it’s the most wholesome, authentic and random experience you can expect to have.

They also have a Water buffalo they rescued from Hard Labour called Donald Trump...try local food on the farm with the local family. You'll come away with sore cheeks from laughing too much today.

After the local meal, go back to the hotel, get your swimsuit for another unforgettable adventure – the Dark cave! Get a minivan pick up and our local guide will lead you to Phong Nha-Ke Bang area, one of Vietnam’s largest National parks! Zipline into the Dark Cave, get down and dirty in the Mud baths, and grab a kayak and a dip in the lake with several adventurous water games!

Later head back and we recommend maybe relaxing with a stone massage nearby the hotel or heading out to Easy Tiger restaurant and bar for some drinks.

Accommodation: Double/Twin shared at Thanh Phat Hotel in Phong Nha (or similar)

 

Day 10

Phong Nha to Hue

[Breakfast & Dinner Included]

Get a morning pickup by public minivan to Hue. Once the old imperial capital of Vietnam, Hue holds the treasures of the country’s royal past.  Arriving to Hue around 2pm, then refresh and chill in your hotel.

In the evening, hop-on the back of a motorbike to explore Hue Imperial City By Night. The experience is organized by licensed ‘lady bikers’ who are mostly University students looking to improve their English.  This evening will be crazy fun! Your local guide will take you around the Perfume River with locals, exploring the Hue Night Market, tasting the royal cuisines, listening to performances from locals and walking around Walking Street. This will be a memorable evening for sure and the best way to get under the skin of the city.

Accommodation: Double/Twin shared at DMZ Hotel (or similar)

 

Day 11

Departure

[Breakfast Included]

Your trip comes to an end after breakfast, with no further activities planned. If you are spending more time in Hue we can help you to book additional nights’ accommodation or tours elsewhere.


Not sure where to go or what to do? Let us know if you need inspiration or help for your onwards journey.