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Living local style 10 days  

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Tour Code ASW-VN-OSP01
Destination Hanoi - Mai Chau - Ngoc Son Ngo Luong - Pu Luong - Van Long - Tam Coc - Cat Ba
Tour style Other specialist tour
Price from US$ 1263 per person
Promotion US$ 1177 per person
Overview You will discover the truly life of local people and pristine natural sight-seeing. The trip will let you visit the hidden villages, sleep in local houses, biking on thousand - year - old village road, experience the "transportation" rural men used to use, buffalo cart, visit untouched cave, Galaxy and witness the normal life of people in Cat Ba Island.
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Meals: Dinner

 

Welcome to Vietnam. Upon arrival at Noi Bai Airport, obtain your Vietnam visa (with pre-approval letter), and then clear Immigration and Customs. After collecting your baggage, exit the airport to meet outside our Tour guide of Asianway travel. He/she will be holding a sign with your names on it.


In the afternoon, you will take a walking tour around The Old Quarter with your tour guide. This is a network of narrow alleys and shop houses also known as “The 36 Streets.” This is a wonderful place to watch the local life, and peruse items from fabrics to crafts to exotic medicines. Finish your trip at Water puppet theatre and have a show, a unique performance of the wet rice agriculture area.

In the evening, you will enjoy a home-cook dinner with a Vietnamese family.

 

Overnight in Hanoi

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

 

In the morning, you will take a tour to a must-see of Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh complex with Ba Dinh Square, the Mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh’s house-on-stilt and One Pillar pagoda.

 

After that, you will take a walk to Ngoc Ha village, a famous village of planting flower. Nowadays, with the urbanization of the Capital, a large area of planting was changed into houses and building. But some families can remain their traditional work. You will stop at the village’s market to see hour people buy and sell food, flowers, fruits…

This morning will end with an electric cart around West Lake, the largest lake in Hanoi.

 

An active afternoon is waiting for you. We will ride bicycle to Bat Trang village. Ride your bike on Historic Long Bien Bridge, following the dyke along Red River Delta, through the lush garden of guava, apple, vegetable… Up on your arrival in Bat Trang, you will visit the workshops, communal house, Temple, wharf, market and try making a product.

 

Overnight in Hanoi

 

Note: Please note that Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum closes every Monday and Friday and annually closes for maintenance from Sep to beginning of November.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 

We will start our trip to the Northwest of Vietnam. Farewell the Delta and City, the trip takes you to the mountainous village of Thai people. Check in your home-stay in Mai Hich Village and have Lunch.

 

In the afternoon, you will discover the village. There are two options for this afternoon: walking/biking around the village or walking around before take a bamboo raft back to the home-stay.

 

Overnight in a home-stay in Mai Hich village

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 

We leave our hosts after breakfast and drive East for about 15 km before entering the Pu Luong nature reserve. You’ll then get down the car for 2-hours trekking on single trail through Thai villages and rice terrace, with opportunity to take a break at local houses en-route.

 

Meet your car again for a quick transfer to our lunch stop at a small lodge. In the afternoon, we step into the wild with an awesome hike on trails across the second half of the reserve to reach its Western edge. The hike is not too hard and lasts 3 to 4 hours. It makes it an intermediate level trek. Plan to bring along good shoes and batteries for your camera.

 

After a demanding afternoon, we get to the ecolodge, check-in the private bungalows and go for a refreshing swim in the cascades and natural pools that surround the lodge. Homemade dinner before a well deserved time for rest.

 

Overnight in an Eco-lodge in Pu Luong

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 

Prepare for a challenging day but you will visit an un-touched area between two Natural reserves. You will trek across the forest and river in about 5 km, where only local people know the trail and no transportation can access. After reaching a small dirt road, you will get on Xe Om (motor bike taxi) for your driving to next Ngoc Son.

 

During your motorbike trip, you will visit Khay and Mon villages in one of the most beautiful parts of the Reserve.  As we walk, we’ll journey from quiet and wild natural areas into unusually dynamic villages alive with vivid sounds and scenes of life.  This is your chance to really breathe in an atmosphere quite different from the one we usually know at home.  We promise your guide will provide opportunities for numerous encounters with locals as you learn that these people are poor only in technology, but have an immense wealth of human knowledge about how to live together happily.

 

In the afternoon, you will arrive at Mu village, check in your lodge and relax after a long day.

 

Overnight in Suoi Mu Lodge in Ngoc Son Ngo Luong

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 

In the morning, we take our time to stroll around the village and have a break near the cascade of the Mu waterfalls. After visiting the waterfall, we will meet our van at the entrance of the Natural Reserve. Heading to Van Long Nature reserve.

 

Up on your arrival, you will relax for a while and join a small cooking class to prepare your Lunch with our chef.

 

In the afternoon, you will take a biking trip along the area to visit cave, pagoda and villages. At the end of the day, you will relax after some “hard-working” days at Kenh Ga hot Spring.

 

Overnight at a house-on-stilt on Van Long

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

 

After Breakfast, you will take a short driving to a small wharf, get on a rowing sampan visit Thien Ha cave. You will discover the cave in about 700m long. Keep sitting on your sampan for cruising to Thung Nham. Finish your sampan, you will join a funny activity, travelling around by a buffalo cart.

 

In the afternoon, you will visit Hoa Lu ancient capital with Dinh and Le Temples.

 

The left time of the day is free at leisure. Please talk to the guide if you are interested in:

- Walking/biking around to visit the village as Thai Vi temple, Bich Dong Pagoda

- Biking/driving car to visit Thung Nham bird sanctuary. Please note that entrance fee to here is not included.

Overnight in Tam Coc

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 

Take an early departure to Hai Phong province. Up on your arrival, a speed boat will take you to Cat Ba Island. To be warmly welcomed by a local host at their house where you will spend this night here, you will have lunch.

 

In the afternoon, you will visit Cat Ba National Park, Military Hospital cave and finish the day with a sunset view on the sea from Cannon fort in the center of Cat Ba town.

 

Overnight in home-stay in Ang Soi

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch


Get on a boat cruising in Lan Ha Bay. Free time for kayaking, swimming and enjoy the fresh air of the Bay.

 

Lunch on the town before getting on the speed boat back to Hai Phong. Your driver will take you to Hanoi.

 

Finish the trip in Hanoi at about 6.00pm.

 

Overnight in Hanoi

Meals: Breakfast

 

Today is your final day. You are free to chill out and relax. Depending on your departure flight, your private driver (no tour guide) will pick you up from the hotel and transfer you to the airport in time for your flight to the next destination. They will ensure you are the correct gate. We wish you a safe and pleasant journey.

  • Tour prices shown are 'per person', based on a travelling party of at least 2 adults, and sharing a room.  If you intend to travel alone, the cost might be much higher. However, you also earn money by using the "Find travel mate" button above to invite your friends and family, traveler forum's members to book this tour with you.
  • The 'Single supplement' applies for single travelers who require their own room and needs to be added to the tour price.
  • Note: Amendments CAN be made to this tour to suite your requirements, but may incur price changes

What's Included:

·         04 nights at hotels with breakfast on a private double/twin sharing room

·         05 nights at home-stay or lodge

·         Visa approval letter to apply for Visa on arrival at International airport in Vietnam

·         Meals mentioned in the itinerary

·         Daily buffet or set menu breakfast at accommodation and all hotels taxes and service charges.

·         Entrance fees for all visits as mentioned in the program

·         Travel by private, air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced and safe driver

·         Boat trip and other Activities as in program

·         Private English speaking guide with legal license

·         01 bottle of mineral water/pax/day

·         VAT, all taxes and service charge

 

What's Excluded:

·         Tipping for guide, driver

·         Bank fees for both sides

·         Early check in and late check out at all hotels

·         Vietnam Visa stamping fee (USD 25/person)

·         Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, shopping)

·         Drinks and other meals which are not indicated in the program

·         Travel insurance  

·         International airfare

·         Peak season/single supplement surcharge and Compulsory Gala meals (will be inform at booking request)

·         Low season discount (applied from May to September, will be informed upon booking request)

·         Other services which are not mentioned clearly in the “Including” item



Service Details During The Trip

We’ll immerse you in the diverse cultures of Vietnam by showcasing the unique local flavors. And with the perfect balance of included sightseeing and free time, you can customize your dream vacation with the things you have always wanted to do.


Private Local Tour Guide   private tour guide.JPGYou will have legally licensed local tour guide in each destination, from welcome and farewell you at the airport. Your guide will guide, help, assist and taking care of you in order to make your tour worry-free. The good guide for you means we arrange the right guide. Asianwaytravel.com will arrange tour guide base on the feature of the itinerary and consists of the group, to maximize your experiences in traveling.


Private Drivers & Vehicle   
Safety is first priority for transportation. A well maintained good condition car with legal business licensed and an experienced driver to make sure you are in safe hands. To maximize your comfort and joyful experience with driving service, cold drinking water, cold towel and soft drink are provided in the car.


Local Flavor Meals   
local-meals.jpgDon’t worry about meals; we select both restaurants and menus for you. Asianwaytravel.com will select clean and good environment restaurants for our customer. Menu is also carefully selected by us to ensure you try different food every meal.   

We will recommend and arrange local cuisine since it is part of the cultural experience while traveling. We also recommend dinners are free on your own so you can choose your favorite food by yourself under necessary assistance of your local guide.


Well-Selected Hotels   
Comfort and good value is our priority for choosing hotels for our customers. Comfort of mattress and bedding, joyful decoration style, user friendly facilities, good service and good breakfast!


Travel Visa

Most countries in South East Asia require you to obtain a visa. Please check carefully with your travel specialist regarding specific visa requirements for each country you plan to visit as the legislation does change frequently. Thailand offers a free visa on arrival to most nationalities. Other countries including Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar offer a “visa-on-arrival” service which requires you to pay a fee at the airport, or you may prefer to obtain this in advance through the relevant embassy or a visa agent. For visa-on-arrival in Vietnam, you must submit some paperwork before you arrive.

This is an option to get your visa for Vietnam instead of getting visa at the Vietnam consulate in your country.  

Step 1: Provide us your application detailsvisa-on-arrival.jpg

  • Your full name (as exactly seen on your passport)
  • Your gender
  • Your date of birth
  • Your nationality
  • Your passport number
  • Your passport expiration dates ( valid for at least 6 months)
  • Date of arrival ( dd/mm/yy)
  • Date of exit (dd/mm/yy)
  • Arrival airport

Step 2: Process your visa information into a visa application  
We will contact you for reviewing your visa information and then submit your application on your behalf to Vietnam Immigration department and follow other procedures pursuant to the regulations of Immigration department to get Visa approval letter granted by Immigration department.

Step 3: Send the visa approval letter via email to you after 2 working days  
After we obtain the visa approval letter from the Immigration department for you, we will forward you a scanned copy of it by email (Your visa information then have been recorded to the Visa system of the Vietnam Immigration department).

Step 4: Get your visa stamp on your arrival  
Just print the approval letter out, prepare 2 passport sized photos and an amount of USD for stamping fee ($45 for single entry visa; $65 for 1 month multiple entry visa and $95 for 3 multiple entry visa). Put all above mentioned things along with your passport in a package, then show them to Immigration officer at Vietnam arrival airports.      

Upon arrival at Vietnam’s airport, expect a simple form to fill in (or you can download here to fill beforehand), present the visa approval letter, passport, photos to the Immigration officer inside the counter and look for a place to hear your name be called to get the passport back and pay for the stamping fee. The actual process takes around 15 minutes without hassle or trouble.

What are the differences between this process and getting visa at Vietnam embassies?      
It is only applicable for those who travel to Vietnam by air. You only need fill out the visa application form online instead of visiting the Vietnam embassies or sending documents to Embassies over by post.The online visa application does not require sending your passport away.You get a visa approval letter issued by Vietnam Immigration Department indicating that you are allowed to enter Vietnam and have your visa stamped upon arrival at one of Vietnam international airports.

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