Duration: 12 Days
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Vietnam is a country full of cultural and geographical diversity, with a lot to offer to its visitors. From the north to central to the south, the country is filled with cultural and natural beauty. There's a wide range of options for the holidays and excursions in Vietnam, from the wonderful karst formations of Halong Bay to the flat Mekong River Delta and the beautiful merchant houses of Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City, the sights and activities to do here are unlimited. The tour is perfect to introduce yourself to the Southeast Asian part of the world as it offers a deep exploration of the culture and lifestyle of the country.
Taking you through some major destinations of the country like; Ho Chi Minh, Hoi An, Hanoi & Halong Bay, this 12 days Vietnam tour offers you an opportunity to immerse yourself in the captivating culture of Vietnam. Starting from Ho Chi Minh city and ending at Hanoi, you get to explore the rice region of Mekong Delta, boat through floating markets & local fruit farms, and traverse through iconic hot spots & popular local food restaurants to enjoy the true Vietnam flavour during the tour. Also additionally, you get to tour places like; Nha Trang, Hoi An, Hue, etc. All the places with their unique attractions offer you an experience of a lifetime.
Narayan Baniya (nature pathfinder) and Sumir Gyawali (yoga teacher) guide me in
this adventure. Actually they manage perfectly my short time and all the noisy
burocratic thinks like documents or Covid control. They makes me feel safely and
had care of me since the moment I reserved .. now I’m at home and still feel the
power of their experience, friendship and good nature. They makes me “enter” in
the Nepali lifestyle, from metropolitan Kathmandu until the top of the mountain
were the vibes are soo deep. Their good vibes are compatible with all, Sumir had a
clinical yogi eye and Narayan the calm you need to arrive over the clouds.. it was
like a day dreaming and I never forget this experience out of time. Thank you
A great & well organised experience. I highly recommend Himalayan
recreation to anyone planning to trek to the Annapurna Basecamp. Everything from
start to finish was all taken care of, taking away all of the stress of
organisation so that I could focus on enjoying the trek.
Ashok was very responsive on whatsapp at all times and was able to adapt the tour
when circumstances changed. For example, when my flight to Pokhara was cancelled,
Ashok arranged for a friendly driver to take me all the way there by private car
instead (I did have to wait 1.5 hours for the driver, but traffic in Kathmandu is
difficult). My guide Santosh and porter Bal were very friendly and accommodating
and were good company during the trek. They have the English skills required to
answer the majority of questions, particularly relating to the trek. Overall, a
very good experience.
The trek itself is very beautiful. It has everything, including rural villages
with rice terraces, bamboo forests, and epic mountains. The accommodation is basic
but everything you need for a trek (much better than camping). The weather
forecast is inaccurate - I enjoyed decent weather despite the forecast being
constant rain/thunder. I found the difficulty to be much easier than others state,
and could have completed the trek in 5-6 days. Almost anyone with a decent level
of fitness would be able to complete this trek (adjusting the duration to
The Annupurna Poon Hill Trip is a lovely trek through the lower elevations of the
Annupurna range of the Himalayas. Starting from Pokhara, a 90 minute drive in a
taxi drops us off at the beginning of the trek and then goes up from there. My
guide, Raj, was absolutely awesome and provided a lot of great information about
the area during our trek over the several days that this trek takes place. The
second day of the climb takes us to the small town of Ghorepani, and then an early
climb the next morning to Poon Hill.
I went on this trip in the 2nd year of the virus. According to my guide, the
number of travelers was still way down from pre-pandemic years. So, in one way, it
is a great time to travel since you will have most of the trails to yourself. The
tea houses are also pretty empty. The negative side to this is that there are
limited menu items and several places didn't have WiFi.
There are a few recommendations I would make about this trip. The first is the
ride from Kathmandu to Pokhara. I took the bus and regretted it about halfway
there. While the distance is only 200 km, it took about 8 hours on the bus. If I
were to do this again, I would have opted for a 30 minute flight. It costs more,
but is so worth it.
Second, make sure you bring toilet paper with you on the trek. The tea houses I
stayed in during my trek didn't have any. So, bringing a roll of your own is a
huge help. And speaking of bathrooms, most of the toilets along the route are not
the western style sit-down toilets. Rather they are the hole in the grounds. So,
make sure to use the bathroom before leaving the tea house since the next
western-style toilet isn't until the next guest house, which could be a half day
Finally, if you have time after the trek, spend an extra day in Pokhara. It is
much more interesting than Kathmandu.
Otherwise, the trek was wonderful and the folks at Himalayan Recreation did a
great job in staying in touch, picking me up at the airport when I arrived in
Nepal, and provided excellent service all the way through.
This trip was the first we took with those guys. It was very nice, guide was
interesting and gave us a lot information about Bhaktapur and Nepal itself.
After they arranged few more trips for us. First was Chitwan national park and
jeep safari. After Pokhara and paragliding. And then return to Kathmandu. It was
very helpful to have someone local there who can arrange flights, pick ups, all
the activities and return wherever needed.
We didn't have more time, but all the time we had, they managed to organize for
us, without stressing or worrying.
I truly recommend them, because they are very responsible and helpful for any
situation. I firstly met them in Kathmandu for our first trip and they helped us
with all the others.
This is your arrival day. Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon. You'll be picked up at the airport and then escorted to the hotel. In the evening, you'll meet your travel companions and explore the Ben Thanh markets which offer the freshest traditional Bánh mì, Pho, and Bia hơi. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.
Today, you'll bid goodbye to the bustling city and head toward river life in the Mekong Delta. You'll get to sense the peace and serenity as you travel down the river on local sampans. This afternoon you'll spend time getting a serious learning fix by visiting a local tea garden and seeing the floating markets. You'll get to learn about local industries along the river and the way of life here as you meet some of the friendliest locals around. Overnight in the Mekong Delta.
After an early breakfast, you'll make your way back to Ho Chi Minh, detouring past the staggering 250-kilometres of tunnels. You'll get to witness the traps, hidden doors & some of the 250kms of tunnels that Vietnamese resistance fighters dug by hand today representing Vietnam's staggering past. Once you arrive in the city, you'll have some free time to explore the city. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.
Today after the morning exploration, you'll have a short flight to a coastal town overlooking the South China Sea, Nha Trang. The town is filled with golden sand beaches, turquoise oceans, and water sports galore. You can book in for a mineral mud bath and hot thermal spring experience once you arrive at Nha Trang. In the evening, you'll head out to dinner with your crew. Overnight in Nha Trang.
This is a day for you to explore this beautiful town and enjoy. You can have a massage, sign up for the optional cruise, or just hang on the beach saving your energy all day. It is up to you how you want to spend the day. Overnight in Nha Trang.
This is the day you'll head to Hoi An from Nha Trang. Start the day with a guided tour through the Old Quarter, and fall deeply in love with this perfect spot. You can enjoy the Japanese Bridge, French Colonial vibes, and brightly coloured buildings during the tour. In the evening, you can choose an optional Vietnamese cooking class to learn more about Vietnamese cuisine and get your cooking skills formed. Overnight in Hoi An.
It is another exploration day as you'll be excursing to Hoi An today. You can visit the ruined Hindu temples of the Champa Empire on Marble Mountain, poke around in galleries & antique shops, and admire traditional methods of pottery, silk weaving, and wood-carving on display at the local markets. There is a lot to explore, and it is up to you how you want to spend the day. Overnight in Hoi An.
It is a brand new day and you'll head to another town for more exploration. The former imperial town of Hue is full of decorated pavilions, lotus flower ponds, and colourful artworks. You'll have your first sightseeing experience in Hue today. You also get to visit Tu Duc Mausoleum, a 7-story Thien Mu Pagoda as you learn about the horrific history of the Hue Buddhist massacre. You can also go for a cycle ride to see the city from an entirely fresh angle. Overnight in Hue.
Today you'll fly out of Hue and head in the direction of Vietnam's time capsule capital. After a short flight, you'll arrive in Hanoi and will be escorted to the hotel right in the middle of the bustling Old Quarter. You'll be spending the rest of the day exploring and weaving through a maze of 36 trading streets filled with colourful goods for sale, and unwinding in the walled gardens of the Temple of Literature. Also, roam around the French-style boulevards. Overnight in Hanoi.
After exploring Hanoi city and learning about its history, today is a day to move on to Halong Bay. A drive through stunning scenery will lead you to a Chinese-style junk boat in Halong Bay. On the way, the pretty scenery will surely leave you speechless. You'd be able to feel the serenity kicking in immediately as you drift the limestone island seas of the Gulf of Tonkin. Pass through hidden lagoons, thick forests & dreamy grottos, & stop to explore the Sung Sot Caves. In the evening, you can enjoy the fresh seafood dinner as you admire the magnificent sunset view. Overnight in Halong Bay.
After enjoying the early morning breakfast, today you can go for a cave swim. It is a leisurely day as you'll be getting back to Hanoi. So, make the most of your time on the junk boat & kayak your way around Halong Bay. After heading back to Hanoi, you can enjoy the final night together with your companion on tour. Overnight in Hanoi.
This is your departure day. You'll have one final breakfast in the country and head toward the airport for your departure.
Accommodation (Guesthouses, 3-star hotel, and Chinese-style junk boat in Halong Bay)
A highly trained Guide during the tour
Meals during the tour
Transport during the tour
Extra meals and beverages