Duration: 12 Days
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Vietnam is a diverse country offering a rich variety of excursions and tours ranging from history, culture, wonderful cuisine, and stunning beaches. One of the attractive southeast Asian countries with ancient landmarks, colonial structures, and lush mountains, touring Vietnam can be a great experience for you to get insight into Asian life and culture. Although small, the country is diverse when it comes to offering to its visitors, from the cultural tour to hikes in the mountains, a holiday in Vietnam is something you must not miss. Among several towns and cities, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh are the two biggest cities in the country. Hanoi is the capital city and home to pure temples and lakes, While, Ho Chi Minh city is home to history, colonial buildings, war museums, etc. From exploring the Buddhist stupas with the dynamic festival and culture of ancient times to excursing the lavish resorts and long sandy beaches, Vietnam has it all offering you a top-notch holiday.
This Vietnam Highlights Tour is the most wonderful way to experience Vietnam. Starting from Hanoi, the tour ends in Ho Chi Minh City, taking you on a 12 days long cultural tour. You’ll get to discover Hanoi and experience the stunning Ha Long Bay during the tour. You also get to stay on your private island, go kayaking, crab fishing with traditional fishermen, learn about the fascinating local culture, learn to cook delicious Vietnamese food and relax on beautiful beaches. The 12 days Vietnam Highlights tour is the best way to get to know and explore the country while enjoying every moment of it.
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.
After you arrive at the airport, you'll be picked up and then escorted to a boutique hostel in the heart of the old town. Meet up with your travel crew and get ready for the adventures to come.
Today, you'll be exploring Hanoi city. Enjoy the guided rickshaw tour of the city as you get an insight into the daily life of locals in the chaotic capital. You also get to taste and enjoy the local street foods during the tour today. In the evening, you'll head for dinner and drinks as the city has a different side at night. Overnight at Hanoi.
You'll be travelling to Ha Long Bay from Hanoi today. In Ha long Bay, you'll get to cruise the emerald green waters surrounded by limestone mountains. There are also secret caves and coves that you can explore during the tour today. And go kayaking to explore further before settling down for the evening on the overnight boat with a hot tub and bar. Overnight in a boat.
Today, you'll be heading to the private Island from Ha long Bay. Wake up to gorgeous Ha Long Bay shimmering in the sunshine, you’ll be glad to know you’ve got one more night in this watery paradise. You'll continue your boat journey until you arrive at your very own private island. After arriving at the island, you can go for a quick tour and explore. Overnight at the private island.
Continuing the tour, you'll head to Ninh Binh today. Ninh Binh is full of rice paddies and vast limestone mountains. You'll be staying at the local traditional homestay tonight in Ninh Binh right by the river. During your stay here, you can experience the traditional Vietnamese culture and lifestyle.
In the morning, today you'll head out to explore the countryside retreat of Ninh Binh, take the two-wheelers to weave through the rice paddies before taking a local rowboat through the network of rivers and caves. After touring and exploring, you'll hike to the Dragon Mountain viewpoint, before boarding your overnight train bound for Hoi An.
You'll arrive at Hoi An in the morning today and check in to your hotel. You'll have plenty of time to explore the city in the afternoon. You can go shopping, or visit a local tailor to get a custom suit or traditional dress made. Enjoy your time in Hoi An as you explore the city with its local culture and cuisine. Overnight at Hoi An.
This is another exciting day of your trip. Today, local fishermen will be your guides as you weave through coconut groves. You'll get to learn the art of crab fishing and also take part in a hands-on cooking class to learn about Vietnamese cuisine today. Overnight at Hoi An.
You'll have a short flight to Ho Chi Minh city today from Hoi An. Situated in the south, Ho Chi Minh is a bustling city offering you a variety of things to explore. As one of the major cities in the country, the things you can explore and do in this city are unlimited. Overnight at Ho Chi Minh.
Today you’ll explore the incredibly lush green beauty of the Mekong Delta. Get to witness how locals live and work on the river as you visit local villages and explore the surroundings. You'll be staying overnight in a local homestay.
It is a day to explore Cu Chi tunnels today. It is a network of hand-dug underground tunnels that played a crucial role in the Vietnam War, providing supply routes, hideouts, and living quarters for soldiers. Arriving back in Ho Chi Minh City in the afternoon, you'll have a farewell dinner as it is the final day of your tour in Vietnam.
Your 12 days on the Vietnam intro tour have come to an end. This is your departure day, and you'll be escorted to the airport for your departure.
Accommodation during the tour
A highly trained Guide during the tour
Meals during the tour
Transport during the tour
Extra meals and beverages
Tips and gratitudes