While you're looking for a trip to Vietnam for a adventurous cruiser in Ha Long Bay or a trekking tour off the beaten path to remotest hill tribe villages in Sapa .., Et - Pumpkin Adventure Travel offers highly organized small group tours to ensure you have an enjoyable and unforgettable experience in Viet Nam ( highlighted in Hanoi, Halong, Hue, Hoian, Saigon, Mekong delta). Come to Vietnam to feel the warmth of the Vietnamese people with our richness of the culture and exotic landscapes...
Program set up for a Sunday departure
Day 01 : Arrival in Ha Noi ( Private van )
Et - Pumpkin Adventure Travelreceives you from the Airport then driving to Hanoi center to check into your hotel. It depends on your arrival time, you may have time to explore and enjoy a stroll around old quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake. Overnight in hotel.
Day 02 : Halong Bay sea kayaking ( join in tour of max 16 pax )- B, L,D
Having breakfast at hotel. The tour departs from Et - Pumpkin and we pick you up from hotel for a 3.5 hour drive to Ha Long City through the Red River Delta.Transfer to the Bai Tu Long deluxe boat for lunch with fresh seafood while you embark for cruise into the bay to see the incredible karst formations. Check into your room after lunch then enjoy the stunning scenery as you cruise thru the Ha Long Bay via Ga Choi island,
visiting the Sung Sot cave where you will see an unique floating fishing village. Stop at Ti Top Beach to relax and swim or rowing kayak to the Hidden cave before cruising to a quiet firth for a great sunset dinner. Relax under the starlit sky before retiring to the comfort of your cabin.
Day 03 : Halong - Hanoi- B, L
7am to 8am - The breakfast will be served on boat. Then visit the hidden cave by small local boat then cruise toward islet in shape of man's head island, Tortoise island... Afterwards, the lunch will be served while you continue cruising through the bay back to Ha Long City.Take the road trip back to Hanoi then check in hotel at about 4.30pm. Check in hotel. Overnight in hotel.
Day 04 : City tour of Hanoi ( Private tour )- B, L
On this insightful day you will explore such interesting and historic sites as the Hoan Kiem lake, Ho Chi Minh complex with mausoleum and museum, One pillar pagoda and Temple of Literature.
This amazing 3 hour walking tour of the Old Quarter is both a shoppers and you delight as the streets are alive. 8:00pm Your transfer to Hanoi station to check into the Et - Pumpkin Express night train to Lao Cai.
Day 05 : Trekking Sapa ( joined group tour of max 8 pax )- B, L, D
The Et - Pumpkin train arrives in Lao Cai at 5.30am, the representative of Et Pumpkin Travel will pick you up then arranging you to get on our shuttle bus to driving up to Sa Pa town via the stunning vistas and impressive rice terraces along the way.
On your arrival, check into our Pumpkin SaPa hotel after having breakfast. At your leisure after a night train journey.
Enjoy a lunch with local Vietnamese food in the hotel's restaurant, then start trekking (3hrs) to Cat Cat valley to enjoy the breathtaking waterfall, visit Black HMong minority village. Visit Sapa market while on the way back hotel.
Overnight in Pumpkin SaPa hotel.
Day 06 : Trek - Home stay ( joined group tour of max 8 pax) - B, L, D
Have breakfast and take a short rest at Pumpkin SaPa Hotel. After that, start trekking with our guide through the most beautiful valley in Sa Pa, named Muong Hoa. Enjoy breathtaking landscapes of the high mountains, deep valleys, rice paddies on terraces... The picnic lunch box is served & prepared from Pumpkin SaPa hotel. In this day, we will visit the villages of the Black Hmong people in Y Linh Ho and Lao Chai communes.
Then, walk ahead to Ta Van, the village of Zay hill tribe, which located 12 kms away from Sa Pa, near by the Muong Hoa river. Walk around the village to contacting the local people and overnight in the house of a Dzay family.
Day 07 : Continue Trek and return Sa Pa - B, L, D
After breakfast with a cup of coffee or honey tea, continue trekking to Giang Ta Chai, the Red Dzao village, and then crossing to Muong Hoa river via a very simple but strong bridge, walk up to Su Pan and Hau Thao ( 2 Black Hmong villages), located on the side of Den Thang mountain range . By visiting and communicating with some local families you will understand a part of their traditional culture.
In the afternoon, come back Sa Pa by shuttle bus or motorbike. Overnight in the Pumpkin SaPa hotel.
Day 08 : Bac Ha Sunday market ( joined group tour by minivan ) B, L, D
Have breakfast then check-out and take the bus to Bac Ha with the group of max 16 people ( arrive Bac Ha by 10.00.Am). By visiting this market you’ll have opportunities to meet local people from the remotest villages in the their best traditional costumes. They belong to 4 tribal groups such as: Flower H’mong, Black Dzao, Tay and Phu La. Coming down here every Sunday, they bring many things to the market to exchange or sale as pigs, chicken, water buffalo; horse ...In the afternoon, walking 2 hours to visit Ban Pho, a Flower H’mong village located in a scenic valley. Then driving back to Lao Cai station for your dinner before check in the Et - Pumpkin Express night train to Ha Noi.
Day 09 : Free day in Hanoi- B
Arrive in Ha Noi 5.00 am. Receive you from rail station to check in hotel. You will welcome this free day to relax, recover from your journey and shopping. Overnight in Hotel in Hanoi.
Day 10 : Traditional Handicraft villages. ( Private tour )B, L
A full day visiting the traditional villages around Hanoi, bring you a lot of fun and more chance to see the real daily life of Vietnamese farmer - artist working in the Bat Trang Ceramic village and Dong Ky Wood -carving village. Visit the Van Phuc silk village, where the local people still keep traditional way to grow silk worm and making silk cloth.Overnight in hotel in Hanoi.
Day 11 : Departure Ha Noi, Fly to Hue ( Private tour )B
Airport drop off. Transfer Ha Noi - Hue by air - Arrival in Hue then transfer to Hue center for check in hotel. Hue is a Vietnam ancient city with great historical significance. A 3 hour visit the Forbidden Purple City in this afternoon. Overnight in hotel.
Day 12 : Boat trip along Perfume river ( Private tour ) B
Boating on the Perfume river to Thien Mu pagoda and Tu Duc imperial tomb. Picnic lunch on boat while cruising along the river.In the afternoon, take the car trip to Hoi An. A 5hrs road trip pass thru Hai Van underground or its Pass, via Lang Co beach, visit The Marble mountains made up of five limestone outcrops isolated in the surrounding plains, then reach to Hoi an town.Overnight in Hotel.
Day 13 : Free day for Walking tour - B
Walking around the ancient town. Visit the Tan Ky house, Japanese Covered bridge, Hoi Quan Phuc Kien pagoda ( ancient Chinese pagoda) and Hoi An market near by Thu Bon river. Overnight in hotel.
Day 14: Hoi An - My Son ( joined group tour )- B
A day trip to My Son bring you lots of thing about Cham culture, a special unique of this land.Boating along Thu Bon river after My Son tour to visit Cu Lao Cham ( Whale island ) then return Hoi An. Take a walk back to hotel ( it is few hundred meter from boat pier). You can spend your last this time for visiting this town of lantern.
Day 15 : Leaving Hoi An, fly to Saigon - B
At your leisure. Airport drop off in Da Nang for flight to Sai Gon. Pick up in Saigon and transfer to hotel. Free time in Saigon. Overnight in hotel in Sai Gon.
Day 16: Free day for Saigon sightseeing tour.B
Visit to Reunification Hall, Notre Dame Cathedral, General Post Office, former US Embassy, City Hall, War Crime Museum, Giac Lam pagoda, China town, Thien Hau temple, Ben Thanh Market..... Overnight in hotel.
Day 17: Cu Chi - Tay Ninh ( Private tour )B
Depart at 8h00am from your hotel. It will take you to the Great Cao Dai Holy See (mixture of Buddhism , Confucius, Taoism, Hinduism and Christian ). We take part in the noon mass at the temple ( last in 1hr) . Lunch in Tay Ninh province.
Visit the Cu Chi tunnel with a chance to get the unique experience of guerillas living and fighting underground during the war ( a crawls through 50-100m out 200km of the tunnel system is unforgettable ). Visit the local rice paper workshops, nice rice field are pleasant sights on the way back Sai Gon. Overnight in hotel in Sai Gon.
Day 18 : Sai Gon - My Tho - Ben Tre - Chau Doc ( Private tour ) B,L, D
Depart for My Tho. Take the boat ride through the Bao Dinh natural canal while view the fruit plantation along the river sides. Visit the My Tho wholesale fruit market. Proceed to the Tortoise island for lunch in the heart of the orchard. Boating along the natural canal in Ben Tre under the shadow of the water coconut trees. Visit some local families where you can experience the agricultural lifestyle.
Walking thru the fruit plantation in Thoi Son island, then continue rowing boat ride along the creeks before returning to My Tho for driving Chau Doc. Check in on arrival. Visit the Sam Mountain, the caved pagoda, then have dinner while enjoy the sunset over the Vietnamese - Cambodian Frontier. Overnight in Hotel in Chau Doc.
Day 19: Chau Doc- Long Xuyen - Can Tho ( Private tour )B,L D
Breakfast at hotel. Take the morning boat trip to visit the floating fish farm and the floating village ( through the amazing riverside market with all its bustling activity and smorgasbordof sounds, colors and smells) the Cham weaving village. Depart for Can Tho via Long Xuyen, visit the incense stick village, the Crocodile farm. Check in on arrival. Free at leisure in the evening. Dinner cruise on the Bassac river. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 20: Can Tho - Cai Rang - Phong Dien ( Private tour )B,L
Breakfast at hotel. Take a three hour boat trip to visit the Cai Rang & Phong Dien floating markets before heading up a quiet canal for a walk along a country road to enjoy the beautiful Delta scenery and meet the locals to see their daily working to make rice paper mill, the rice noodles. Head back to Saigon, with a stop at a My Tho bonsai garden. Overnight in Hotel in Sai Gon.
Day 21: Departure Saigon - B
Et - Pumpkin Adventure Travel takes you to the Sai Gon airport to see you off on your journey back home.
* Min. 2 pax: 1,850USD / person.
Standard Accommodation. Twin sharing room.