Best Vietnam Authentic 17 Days

Start your discovery with our special Impressive Vietnam tour in 17 days. From the ancient-yet-modern Hanoi with Old Quarters, Uncle Ho’s Mausoleum and a big culture to the beauty of the Northwest of Vietnam, discover and challenge yourself with many trekking trips to visit the friendly local people and breathtaking sceneries, such as Ba Be Lake and Ban Gioc - the most beautiful freshwater lake in Vietnam, Dau Dang waterfall... Moreover, experience the grand mountain range in the Northwest region with the winding roads, discover the renowned Sapa and finish your fantastic travel by cruising in Halong Bay – one of the seven natural wonders of the world with its enchanting beauty. Impressive Vietnam 17 days tour clearly brings you to the great pleasure with many famous locations and sites.

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Day 1: Hanoi arrival (D)
Day 2: Hanoi – Cooking class – Hanoi (B, L)
Day 3: Hanoi – Ba Be – Hua Ma cave (B, L, D)
Day 4: Ba Be – Boat Cruise – Cao Bang (B, L, D)
Day 5: Cao Bang – Ban Gioc – Nguom Ngao (B, L, D)
Day 6: Cao Bang – Bac Me – Bao Lac (B, L, D)
Day 7: Bao Lac – Meo Vac – Dong Van (B, L, D)
Day 8: Dong Van – Yen Minh – Ha Giang (B, L, D)
Day 9: Ha Giang – Bac Ha – Hiking (B, L, D)
Day 10: Bac Ha – Bac Ha typical market – Sapa (B, L)
Day 11: Sapa – Lao Chai – Ta Van – Giang Ta Chai (B, L, D)
Day 12: Sapa – Than Uyen – Mu Cang Chai (B, L, D)
Day 13: Mu Cang Chai – Nghia Lo (B, L, D)
Day 14: Nghia Lo – Hiking – Hanoi (B, L)
Day 15: Hanoi – Hoa Lu – Halong Bay on land (B, L)
Day 16: Hoa Lu – Halong – Overnight on board (B, L, D)
Day 17: Halong – Hanoi – Departure (B, L)

Day 1: Hanoi arrival
Upon arrival at Noi Bai International airport, you will be welcomed by our tour guide before transferring to hotel for checking in. Have welcome dinner at local restaurant and stay overnight in Hanoi

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

Day 2: Hanoi – Cooking class – Hanoi
Breakfast is served at hotel in the morning. After that, explore the Vietnam cuisine with your first cooking class in Hanoi by going to the market with the instructing chef to buy the necessary ingredients. Then, visit a local family where the chef will instruct you how to prepare and cook the Vietnamese traditional dishes. Have lunch with your self-prepare dishes from the cooking session before visiting the Temple of Literature, and the Ethnographic Museum (closed on every Monday). Next, enjoy an hour rickshaw trip around Hoan Kiem Lake and Hanoi Old Quarters, or visit Ngoc Son temple. In the evening, enjoy a special Water Puppet Performance Show before having your own dinner. Stay overnight in Hanoi.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

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Day 3: Hanoi – Ba Be – Hua Ma cave
Have breakfast at hotel before departing for Ba Be Lake through green tea hills and beautiful palm trees. You may stop for a visit to the Tay, San Chi and Cao Lan ethich villages before having lunch at local restaurant. After that, continue the trip until arrival at the location, then check in at the traditional house on stilts for a welcome cup of green tea before visiting Hua Ma cave, the most beautiful and the largest cave in the region. Later, walk around the village to discover the daily life of the Tays ethnic and have dinner before staying overnight at homestay.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Homestay in Ba Be

Day 4: Ba Be – Boat Cruise – Cao Bang
In the morning, have breakfast at homestay. You will then cruise on Ba Be Lake to discover many breathtaking and taciturn natural sceneries there. Continue the cruise on the Nang River, through the beautiful Poung cave to visit Dau Dang waterfall, the most beautiful and the largest waterfall. After that, have lunch at Ong Pirate before saying goodbye to the homestay. Travel to Cao Bang through its forests landscapes and surrounding ethnic villages. Upon arrival, take your time to discover the central market, then have dinner at local restaurant and stay overnight in Cao Bang.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel in Cao Bang

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Day 5: Cao Bang – Ban Gioc – Nguom Ngao cave
After breakfast, depart for Ban Gioc Waterfall (the largest waterfall in Vietnam) where you can walk or swim. Enjoy local lunch beside the waterfall, then return to Cao Bang. While on the way back, visit Nguom Ngao Caves
– an enormous cave with two main entrances and one tunnel which follows all the way to the waterfalls where maintain a “secret” entrance. Have dinner at local restaurant and stay overnight at hotel in Cao Bang.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel in Cao Bang

Day 6: Cao Bang – Bac Me – Bao Lac
After enjoying breakfast, depart for Bao Lac through its beautiful sceneries and colorful local markets of multiple ethnic minorities along the way (these markets are held for every 5 days, so this is by chance). You may also stop to observe beautiful karts mountains and valleys, as well as meeting with different ethnic minorities. Upon arrival in the late afternoon, transfer directly to local hotel for a check-in. Later, take a walk through the surrounding villages to discover the daily life of local people. Have dinner and stay overnight in Bao Lac.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel in Bao Lac

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Day 7: Bao Lac – Meo Vac – Dong Van
Have breakfast at hotel, then visit Khuoi Khon village
– home of the Black Lo Lo ethnic people to discover their daily life. Later, have lunch at local restaurant before departing to Dong Van – an unique stone plateau in Vietnam, via Meo Vac. During transition, have a stop to visit the famous Gateway to Heaven, Fairy Mountains and its surrounding fabulous sceneries… Upon arrival at Dong Van, check in at a local hotel, then have dinner at local restaurant before staying overnight in Dong Van.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel in Dong Van

Day 8: Dong Van – Quan Ba – Yen Minh – Ha Giang
After having breakfast, you will visit the French colonial market and the old ancient house that have more than 400 years old. Then visit the Royal Palace of Vuong Chi Sinh – the King of Hmong, a famous historical location dating from the colonial era before having lunch at local restaurant. After that, continue the tour to Ha Giang and arrive there at the end of day. Have dinner and stay overnight in Panhou.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Homestay in Pan Hou

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Day 9: Ha Giang – Bac Ha – Hiking
Have breakfast at hotel before leaving for Bac Ha through the most beautiful and adventurous road in North – East Vietnam with different ethnic minorities: the Nungs, the Tays, the Hmongs… After a few stops for taking photos at your leisure, enjoy a local lunch at restaurant before continuing the tour to Bac Ha for a check-in at the hotel. Later, hike along the ethnic villages around Bac Ha, then have dinner at local restaurant and stay overnight in Bac Ha.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel in Bac Ha

Day 10: Bac Ha – Bac Ha typical market – Sapa
Enjoy your breakfast, then travel in the early morning to Bac Ha typical and colorful market
 a beautiful and colorful market which is both for trading and dating to the young coupless. After lunch, travel to Sapa through a beautiful mountain road. Upon arrival in the late afternoon, take your time to discover this charming town and its central market. Have dinner on your own and stay overnight in Sapa.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Sapa

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Day 11: Sapa – Lao Chai – Ta Van – Giang Ta Chai – Sapa
Have breakfast at hotel. All day will be dedicated to a beautiful hiking in the most beautiful valley of Sapa through the terraced rice fields, schools, ethnic villages. It is time to visit Lao Chai and Ta Van villages where the Hmongs, the Daos, the Zays ethnic live. Have lunch at local restaurant. In the afternoon, hike through terraced rice fields, ethnic villages and bamboo forests to Giang Ta Chai village, our driver pick you up to Sapa. Have dinner at your own and stay overnight at hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel in Sapa

Day 12: Sapa – Than Uyen – Mu Cang Chai
Have breakfast at hotel. Depart to Mu Cang Chai village via Tram Ton pass, you enjoy a wonderful valley and mount Fansipan view … Continue the tour to Mu Cang Chai and take stops on the way to take photos. Have lunch at local restaurant. In the afternoon, walk in ethnic villages around Mu Cang Chai and discover the daily life of the H’mongs, the Thais… Have dinner and stay overnight at homestay.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Homestay in Mu Cang Chai

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Day 13: Mu Cang Chai – Nghia Lo
Have breakfast at homestay. Depart from Mu Cang Chai to Nghia Lo through fabulous sceneries, this road is known as its photographers. Stop at Khau Pha pass for a beautiful panoramic view. Continue the tour to Nghia Lo and arrive in Nghia Lo at noon, check in at the traditional house on stilt for a welcome cup of tea. Have lunch at homestay with locals. In the afternoon, cycle or walk in the surrounding Nghia An villages and meet with the Muongs and Thais. Have dinner and stay overnight at Thais homestay.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Homestay in Nghia Lo

Day 14: Nghia Lo – Hiking – Hanoi
Have breakfast at homestay. Visit Muong Lo market where you will meet different minorities. Then, hike in the H’mongs, Thais and Muong villages… to discover their daily life. Have lunch at homestay. Then, return to Hanoi through beautiful landscapes, rural villages and vast rice fields. Arrive in Hanoi at the end of the day. Have dinner on your own and stay overnight in Hanoi.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

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Day 15 : Hanoi – Hoa Lu – Halong Bay on land
Have Breakfast at hotel. Depart to Hoa Lu, one of the most famous sites in Vietnam for its rich history and impressive limestone peaks which is known as Halong Bay on land. Visit two King temples of Dinh Tien Hoang and Le Dai Hanh dating from the 10th century. Then, take a sampan to discover the langue Van Long “Nature Reserve”, and enjoy karts rock and fishing activities. Have lunch with locals in Van Long. In the afternoon, it is time to cycle around Van Long with fabulous scenery. Return to homestay and learn Vietnamese cuisine. Have dinner with dishes prepared by yourself and stay overnight at homestay.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Homestay in Ninh Binh

Day 16 : Hoa Lu – Halong – Overnight on board
Have breakfast at hotel, then depart for Halong Bay through many vast rice fields and arrive there at noon.

12h00 – 12h30: Get on the boat, followed by a short cruising brief.

13h00 – 15h30: Have lunch while cruising among the limestone islands.
15h30 – 16h30: Kayak among the hidden areas of the bay, which located around the Bo Nau Cave area, then return to the boat
16h30 – 17h30: Cruise to Soi Sim Island for swimming and relaxing at the beach of Soi Sim, or climbing up to the peak of the island for a panoramaic view of Halong Bay.
17h30: Return to the main boat for a shower. You may also relax or take photos as the sun starts to set.
19h00: Enjoy dinner on the boat while you meet and greet with other guests, fish for squid or just laze around. Stay overnight on board…

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight on junk

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Day 17: Halong – Hanoi – Departure
06h30 – 07h00: Start your day with Tai Chi exercises or take part in a photo hunt.

07h30 – 08h30: Have breakfast.
08h30 – 09h30: Explore the amazing Sung Sot Cave – the nicest cave in Halong Bay.
09h30: Return to the boat to freshen up and check out of your cabin.
09h30 – 10h30: Continue cruising to explore the Bay, passing Ba Hang fishing village, Dog Islet, and more.
10h30 – 11h30: On the way back to the harbor, take part in a cooking class before enjoying traditional Vietnamese lunch.
12h00 – 12h30: Leave the boat and return to Hanoi through Phu Lang pottery village for a glimpse of the making processes of manufacturing pottery, ceramics and earthenware’s. After that, transfer to Noi Bai International Airport for the departure flight. Tour ends  

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: N/A

This is a private and flexible tour according to your preferences, including both arrival and departure time as well as your budget.

You can find out other different tour packages through our website. The price includes all services (accommodation, transport, sightseeing, guides, restaurants, domestic flights…), but international airfare

Vietnam Original Travel offers and price may vary according to certain factors as below:

  • Traveling period: the price of services in the high season (October to April), is normally higher than the off season (May to September) and the services are very limited in high season especially guides, flights tickets, hotels….
  • The number of travelers: the more travelers your group has, the cheaper price will be
  • Selected hotels: depends on the category of hotel, its location and offering services, the price in total may vary.
  • Activities during the trip: at least two or more tour packages with the same touring duration and at the same time can have two or more different prices, depends on the activities included in the initial program.
  • Booking date: a late booking may result the higher price because of the uncertain availability of services.

For more questions, simply click on Customize this tour  to have our consultants replying and supporting you as soon as possible.

maijoucki
maijoucki
Rating 5

if you want to travel without making you worry, this agency is to recommend. Everything is well organized and you can be confident in every way.

no forced shopping, happiness. The driver was very careful and he introduced me to this country as much in kind as far as food, I have very fond memories, to remake

Visited September 2013
WildlifeFan01
WildlifeFan01
Rating 5

We pre-booked a short trip around Northern Vietnam with Vietnam Original tours. They responded very quickly to email and were very helpful. Our guide was excellent and we really enjoyed the activities they arranged for us. Our boat trip around Cat Ba island in particular stood out as being excellent and we also really enjoyed Van Long National Park.

Visited December 2014
kami_kara
kami_kara
Rating 5

I was referred by a friend to Mr. Ha Nguyen at Vietnam Original Travel - Hanoi Branch and I’m so very very pleased that I was. From the beginning of our correspondence, he went to great lengths to help me prepare my itinerary and gave me many tips to make sure I was travel smart in the busy streets of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Never was he pushy and many a time, when conversing over Skype chat did he contact me outside of his working hours. He even went so far as to meet me on a Sunday to take me around Hanoi. I cannot guarantee by any means that travel agents from VOT will do this for you as we had connections via friends, but what I do know is that they will go up and beyond to make sure you have a lovely holiday. Thank you Ha!

Visited January 2015
Max_Lhb
Max_Lhb
Rating 5

Found this trip organiser on forums/websites and thank to some very good reviews, my friend and I were looking to discover the Vietnamese's soul meanwhile going in such wonderful places: 100% success! 
From the beginning, the agency's team was helpful & replied us very quickly. They organised us a very convenient 5-days-trip from Saigon (HCMC) to Phnom Penh by the Mekong Delta, their proper accommodation in Mekong Garden. We've been in such traditional places far away from all others tourists, at any moment we were forced to buy something. Our guide was nice, so experienced and a good both English & French speaker. He introduced us ethnical peoples, they were so friendly, generous, welcoming with us. Amazing :)
Well organised agency which knows how to satisfy their clients, recommend it. Thank you VOT & see you hopefully in few years!

Visited January 2015
Gaffer B
Gaffer B
Rating 4

We had an wonderful time from the off beaten track in the North to the bustling cities in the South. A two weeks trip couldn't take us to every corner in Vietnam but to some extent we discovered a beautiful country and saw smiling welcoming and generous people. Thanks to Mr. Manh for great service

Visited October 2013
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