Colors of Vietnam 15 days North and Center

  • Discover the most impressive rice terraces
  • Learn about the traditions and way of life of different ethnic minorities
  • Introduce yourself to craftsmanship by admiring ancestral techniques
  • Travel off the beaten track
  • Visit UNESCO sites
  • Experience a magical cruise in the famous Lan Ha Bay
  • Varied and fun activities to do with friends or family.

Colors of Vietnam: 15 days North and Center of Vietnam

A harmonious journey from North to Central Vietnam because it combines the discovery of enchanting landscapes, encounters with minorities from the high mountains of the North, immersion in local crafts and connection with a generous nature. A trip that will make you “see the colors of Vietnam” and its many riches

First, the discovery of the most beautiful rice fields in Vietnam in the Hoang Su Phi region through a hike of several days. Live the experience of the night train to reach Hanoi. Then you will visit the main sites, classified by UNESCO. Such as Halong Bay on land and the magical Lan Ha Bay. Along the way, visit Nam Dinh. A little-known province yet rich in history and culture with its 800 churches, 1,200 pagodas and 70 craft villages.

Then the journey will end with two must-see cities in central Vietnam. Hue, ancient capital with its citadel and its tombs and Hoi An, the most charming of Vietnamese cities with its historic center, its colorful houses and its festival of lanterns which illuminate the river.

More information about Hoi An UNESCO site here.

Colors of Vietnam 15 days North and Center

  • Day 1: Hanoi
  • Day 2: Hanoi – Lao Cai
  • Day 3: Lao Cai – Nam Dich – Ho Tau
  • Day 4: Ho Tau – Suoi Thau
  • Day 5: Suoi Thau – Su Phi – Xin Man
  • Day 6: Xin Man – Lao Cai – Hanoi
  • Day 7: Hanoi – Ninh Binh
  • Day 8: Ninh Binh – Hai Hau
  • Day 9: Hai Hau
  • Day 10: Hai Hau – Lan Ha Bay
  • Day 11: Lan ha Bay – Hanoi - Hue
  • Day 12: Hue
  • Day 13: Hue – Cloud pass - Hoi An
  • Day 14: Hoi An
  • Day 15: Hoi An – Hanoi
  • Day 1: Hanoi
  • Arrival at the airport, welcome and transfer to your hotel. Dinner at a local restaurant and overnight.
  • Day 2: Hanoi – Lao Cai
  • duong-lam_smallDeparture for the exciting local market of Ngoc Ha, stroll in the narrow alleys which make the characteristic of Hanoi. Break to enjoy a fresh fruit juice by the B52 lake, rich in history with the wreckage of an American fighter jet emerging from the water. Emblem of a Vietnamese victory over the enemy. Direction then the mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh, sacred place of Vietnam. After a local lunch, head to the Ethnology Museum to learn about the 54 ethnic groups scattered across the country. Stop at Tran Quoc Pagoda, the oldest in Hanoi, located on the shores of West Lake. Back in the Old Quarter, it will be time to start a gastronomic tour of street specialties. Then transfer to Hanoi train station to take the sleeper train to Lao Cai
  • Day 3: Lao Cai – Nam Dich – Ho Tau
  • tam-coc_smallArrival at the station, local breakfast and transfer for the first stage which will take you to Nam Dich , in the district of Hoang Su Phi. On the way, short break in the village of Bac Ha (visit of the market on Sunday morning) and end of the road to Nam Dich for lunch with the Flower H'mongs . In the afternoon, you will begin a trek in the mountains to contemplate among the most beautiful terraced rice fields in Vietnam and cross villages of the Daos with long tunics and the Nungs. You will dine and sleep with the Man Pa Tan minority.
  • Day 4 > Ho Tau – Suoi Thau
  • After breakfast, it will be time to say goodbye to your hosts and resume the hike that will take you to the village of Ban Vam . The path will pass through bamboo forests, rivers, waterfalls and the "Ban Luoc Heaven's Gate ". Of course, the endless landscapes of espalier rice fields will take shape in front of you as the trek progresses. This is also the time to admire the locals working and living in their natural habitat. Lunch will be either with a Man Pa Tan family or at the “Ban Luoc gate ”. You will then arrive at Suoi Thau, located near the most impressive rice fields in the Hoang Su Phi district. The dinner and the night will be spent with a family of Daos with long tunics.
  • Day 5:Suoi Thau – Su Phi – Xin Man
  • After a 2h30 walk, you will reach Su Phi where the car will pick you up to start the transfer to Xin Man, the poorest district but of rare beauty. Arrive for lunch which you will share with the Tay minority host family. The afternoon will be devoted to discovering the places, enjoying the delicious mountainous landscapes and the local life. The dinner and the night will be spent in the company of the host family
  • Day 6: Xin Man – Lao Cai – Hanoi
  • In the morning, you will continue to explore this very untouristy town by hiking on lost trails. Lunch will be taken at the locals' before taking the road towards Lao Cai via a scenic route where stops will be made to take the time to soak up the air of the high mountains of the North before leaving them. . Once in Lao Cai, you will be invited to try the traditional Daos herbal bath to relax after long days of trekking. Dinner will be taken at a local restaurant before taking the overnight train to Hanoi.
  • Day 7: Hanoi – Ninh Binh
  • Arrived at Hanoi train station, you will have breakfast in a local restaurant then take the road towards Halong Bay land. Along the way, you will visit Vietnam's former capital, Hoa Lu, to learn about the country's history. You will then be driven to your guest house to freshen up and have lunch. The afternoon bike ride will pass through local villages through rice paddies and karst peaks to reach Tam Coc. You will board a sampan, a traditional boat, and sail on the river winding between mountains and rice fields. Back on the bike, you will go up to the Mua cave, which you can explore. But the main interest of the site remains the climb to the dragon temple to admire the splendid view. Local dinner.
  • Day 8: Ninh Binh – Hai Hau
  • The day will be dedicated to the exploration and discovery of local crafts. We will pass through the villages of Kim Son, Van Lam , Phu Loc , Ba Bot to try our hand at pottery, sewing and many others. The visit will also pass by the cathedral of Phat Diem, an impressive building dating from the 19th century. Lunch will be taken during the visit in a local restaurant. At the end of the afternoon, you will be transferred to Hai Hau , in the province of Nam Dinh. You will be welcomed in the charming Ecohost guesthouse . You will enjoy dinner to savor some specialties. Take advantage of the coolness of the evening to stroll through the streets of the city before spending the night.
  • Day 9: Hai Hau
  • In the surroundings of Hai Hau , some 70 villages of craftsmen are referenced and you will have the opportunity during this day to discover some of them. Wake up at 5am to catch the sunrise and watch the bustle during the seafood market after the fishermen return. Return to the Homestay for breakfast. After breakfast, you go to the village of Sa Chau fish sauce – which has been known for a very long time. It is an indispensable spice for the noble kings of the past. Sa Chau fish sauce has a good smell, pleasant unlike many others. The materials and production steps are also different from other sauces on the market. This village still provides fish sauce for kings and nobles. Departure to Xuan Thuy National Park. This park has an extremely diverse mangrove ecosystem with rare mangrove and bird species. The main asset of this park is being able to have lunch in the “clam pavilion”. You can experience clam fishing in the area around the lodge or in the Ngan and Lu dune areas of the national park. Arrival at the Clam Pavilion, rest and lunch with fresh seafood. Arrival in Hai Hau , where there are ancient churches such as Pham Phao , or the Ngoi Bridge existing since the 15th century. Afterward, you will proceed to Pham Phao Copper Trumpet Making Village – the first village that made and repaired western trumpets in Vietnam. Late afternoon at leisure before having dinner at a local restaurant and a quiet night at the guesthouse.
  • Day 10: Hai Hau – Lan Ha Bay
  • After breakfast, transfer to the magical bay of Lan Ha . Once at the pontoon, a small shuttle will take you to the main boat to start the cruise to Lan Ha Bay. Lunch will be served as the boat leisurely sails through the calm waters. The spectacle is dazzling as much by the beauty of the karst peaks gushing out of the water as by the color of the sea. You will beach the anchor for the first time for the first activities (depending on the cruise chosen). Back on the boat to enjoy a cocktail or a massage, the junk will sail to its home base for the night. Dinner served on board and quiet night lulled by the waves.
  • Day 11: Lan ha Bay – Hanoi - Hue
  • Early in the morning before lunch, try your hand at a Tai Chi class on the upper pontoon. The cruise continues with the visit of the isolated village of Viet Hai. This fishing village is only accessible by sea or a long walk through Cat Ba National Park. You will learn the history of Halong Bay and the making of rice wine. A tasting will be offered. During the drive back to Halong pontoon , brunch will be served. Upon arrival, you will be picked up by the vehicle to return to Hanoi. Break at the ecotourism village of Yen duc on the way. Arrive in Hanoi for dinner and transfer to the train station for the overnight train to Hue.
  • Day 12: Hue
  • Arrival in the early morning, breakfast will be taken in a local restaurant before heading to visit the citadel, a historic place steeped in culture. Hotel check-in. After the visit and to deepen the discovery of the ancient capital, visit the tomb of the former emperor Khai Dinh. Lunch to taste some local specialties, Hue is recognized in Vietnam for having a very refined cuisine. In the afternoon, visit the village of incense and the village of folk paintings. On the way back, pause at the sublime Japanese bridge at Thanh Toan , an architectural masterpiece. Back in town, you will embark on a cruise on the Perfume River accompanied by dinner. Night at the hotel
  • Day 13: Hue - Cloud Pass - Hoi An
  • After breakfast, check out and departure by car to visit the abandoned water park of Thuy Tien and its mystical atmosphere. You will then take the road to the spectacular town of Hoi An and its ancient center classified as World Heritage by UNESCO. The journey will be via the magnificent cloud pass (Hai Van Pass ) to admire the splendid view of the China Sea. Arrive in Hoi An for lunch at a local restaurant. Head to the hotel in the middle of the rice fields for check-in. The afternoon will be under the sign of relaxation with a relaxing bike ride in the countryside to discover the way of life of the local inhabitants. Back at the hotel to freshen up, the evening will be spent in the charming old town for dinner and a boat ride on the river. Night at the hotel.
  • Day 14: Hoi An
  • Early departure for My Son Sanctuary, listed by UNESCO. Mysterious atmosphere and time travel in the early morning. Built between the 4th and 14th century by the kings of Champa, the site immerses you in lost and bygone times. After this temporal immersion, return to Hoi An with a stop at the silk village to try traditional sewing. Lunch will be at the Hoi An covered market , in the heart of the old town. Depending on the weather and your desire, it will be time to discover the museums, pagoda and the old Japanese bridge or to enjoy a lazy afternoon at the beach. The evening will be under the sign of gastronomy with a cooking class followed by a tasting. Evening to attend the incredible Hoi An Memories show . Night at the hotel.
  • Day 15: Hoi An - Hanoi
  • Early morning departure for Danang airport to take the return flight to Hanoi. Rest of the day depending on your return flight time. End of journey.
Sample Description
    Included:
  • Private comfortable car with air conditionning
  • Transports mentioned (Night train Hanoi – Lao Cai and Lao Cai – Hanoi, cruise Lan Ha Bay, Night train Hanoi – Hue, flight Danang - Hanoi)
  • Professional english-speaking tour guide
  • Local tour guide in remote areas
  • Accommodation
  • Entrance fees
  • All activities mentioned
  • Water
  • Excluded:
  • Visa
  • International flights
  • Drinks
  • Extra activities
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses