Trekking Ho Chi Minh Trail

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Duration: 18 Days
Trip Code: TRE021

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Overview

Enjoy the colorful taste of Vietnam and especially along Ho Chi Minh Trail that will be starting from Hanoi 1000 years city and trekking to hill tribe villages of A Luoi, Kon Tum and Buon Me Thuot as well as meet and interact local tribe people besides enjoy rural life at remote villages. The landscapes will totally drive you crazy! The wonderful of stalagmites and limestone caves of Phong Nha & Paradise will be impression time in your trip. If you wish to have some fresh, exotic, vacation, this is for you. 

Highlights:

  • Seeing the highlights of Hanoi on a full-day tour of the city with historical sites
  • Have overnight amazing trip to the world heritage site of Halong bay on overnight cruise
  • Discover stunning mountain and minority villages in A Luoi, Kon Tum and Buon Me Thuot as well as enjoy their local experience and colorful cultures
  • Discover the beautiful of Cuc Phuong National Park and its special
  • Conquer the legend Ho Chi Minh trail and experience mountain beauties along the trail and plantations
  • Local boat trips to explore the marvelous Mekong Delta region and discover the area’s largest Cai Rang floating Market

Notes:

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Itinerary Details

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Day 1: Hello Vietnam (Xin Chao Ban). O/n In Hanoi

YAY! You made it. Congrats and a warm welcome! On Day 1, you are welcomed at Noi Bai international airport by Origin Travel team and we will be there to receive you, and we are so excited to have you there! We will handle everything for you right from transferring you to downtown, check-in hotel and more. You are free to enjoy and have your own exploration on the first day around Hanoi city and visit one-of-a-kind things of Hanoi Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Lake, night life, etc. This is your first day, and the adventure begins!

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Day 2: Hanoi City Tour. O/n In Hanoi (B/L)

Morning activities:

The fun starts today! After having breakfast at hotel, you’re going to enjoy and spend your full day for exploring Hanoi history city – the city with more than 1000 years of rich history and culture.

Have half day free in the morning to experience as your own or leisure at hotel to refresh yourself after a long time

Have a visit at The Temple of Literature – an amazing place where the first university of the country since 12th Century is situated. This is a unique chance to experience the history of education of Vietnam and enjoy the world’s best moments. Continue to Quan Thanh temple and get more experience of Vietnam history as well as the beauties of West lake and charming road here

Taste authentic “Pho Hanoi” – local food of Hanoi people for your lunch.

Afternoon activities:

Love the water puppet show at theater and get an unforgettable experience of Hanoi special culture. Have one-hour cyclo trip to discover the Hanoi Old Quarter to get the deeply insight local life and daily activities. You can walk inside the narrow paths of Old Quarter to discover more of local people houses and life.

Evening activities:

Free wander around old town and free to taste local street foods to have more love of Vietnamese cuisines.

Spend more free time to enjoy around Hoan Kiem Lake and Hanoi Old Quarter at night to know the local life at night, shopping and much more!

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Day 3: Hanoi - Bai Tu Long Bay Cruise. O/n Dragon Pearl Junk (B/L/D)

Morning activities:

Get the fun day at the most beautiful sight and must see destination in Vietnam. Halong Bay will bring you the amazing and magnificent beauties of thousands islands on the bay.

Travel out Hanoi city on private car to reach Halong Bay. Spend 2.5 hours on highway to reach Halong bay at noon time. Embark at Hon Gai International harbor at noon time.

Afternoon activities:

Make check-in on board of Dragon Pearl Junk and get closely with the nature, touch the beautiful limestone. You will enjoy welcome drink when on board and have a cruise briefing from our guide. Have lunch on board while the junk is taking you to the magnificent Bai Tu Long Bay and admire the fascinating formations.

You will have time to discover the well- hidden Thien Canh Son cave – one of the most beautiful caves in Bai Tu Long Bay.

Afterward you spend your time to have a leisure on a white sandy beach at Hon Co Island, swimming or kayaking. And you also have chance to enjoy the sunset over the bay to get beautiful sight. Around 18.00pm you return the junk for refreshing before and then have dinner at restaurant on cruise.

Evening activities:

Evening is the time for you to relax in your cabin, enjoy the fresh air and overnight on board.

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Day 4: Bai Tu Long Bay - Ha Long - Ninh Binh. O/n In Ninh Binh (B/L)

Morning activities:

Get up early on the bay and have chance to enjoy the sunrise on the bay with the amazing scenery. On foggy day you cannot get sunrise, however, it will give you the different feeling for the hidden landscape which last memorial once you stay here. Have breakfast on the junk before continue the trip to experience Bai Tu Long Bay.

The junk takes you to Vung Ha area where you spend your time to visit Vung Vieng fishing village by a rustic row-boat. This is your great experience on the bay to touch closely the islands and islets as well as discover Vung Vieng village. Afterward you check out cabin at 10:00 am. While the junk takes you back the harbor you will enjoy an A la carte lunch is served.

Disembark Hon Gai harbor at 11:30am.

Afternoon & evening activities:

Our guide and driver welcome you at the harbor and transfer you to Ninh Binh Province. You spend 4.5 hours on car to reach Ninh Binh. Check in hotel

Free to have your own dinner and the rest of evening you are free to enjoy the tranquil atmosphere in Ninh Binh. Overnight at hotel.

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Day 5: Discover The Beauties Of Mua Cave And Trang An Grottos - Hanoi. Take Flight To Dong Hoi. O/n In Quang Binh (B/L)

Morning activities:

Wow today is the great time to discover the amazing sceneries in Ninh Binh to get deeply its beauties. Start in the morning and have a conquer with nearly 500 steps to the summit

From the mountain you can catch the panorama of Tam Coc cave scenery which one of the great view and beautiful mountain

Continue to Trang An pier and have a boat trip about 2 hours for visiting the complex of Trang An and discover the beauties of nature and different sites on Trang An. Back the boat pier where the driver is waiting you.

Afternoon & evening activities:

Have lunch at local restaurant in Ninh Binh. And then you leave Ninh Binh for return Hanoi city and spend 2 hours to return Noi Bai airport for taking flight to Dong Hoi city of Quang Binh Province.

On arrival our guide and driver welcome you at Dong Hoi airport and transfer you to downtown. Check in hotel.

Evening is the time you are free to answer around streets to discover local life of Quang Binh people. Nhat Le beach where has many hotels for accommodation where you can taste local seafood at night. Overnight at hotel.

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Day 6: Discover Paradise Cave & Dark Cave. O/n In Quang Binh (B/L)

Morning activities:

Let get the full day discover the beauties of caves’ kingdom in Quang Binh with a lot of caves in different beauties that make you feel amazing when visiting

First of all you will visit Paradise cave belongs to Phong Nha – Ke bang National Park’s core zone. It is about 25km about Phong Nha cave and 75 km about Dong Hoi City. You have chance to visit the longest dry cave in Asia. Walk through a very narrow gate just only for 1 people, however, once go inside you can see the amazing scenery which is as in paradise. There are many shapes and sizes of limestones which amaze you.

Again you walk back the park or on the golf transfer 1.6km where the driver is waiting you to leave Paradise Cave to next destination for visiting.

Afternoon & evening activities:

Continue to visit Dark Cave – one of the Phong Nha caves’ system with the length of 5,558 m and the height of 80m. This cave has a primitive beauty with thousands of several spectacular stalagmite and stalactites.

In order to discover and visit Dark cave, it is really an amazing experience for you. After having a kayak along Chay River, you will walk through the dark with just head torches and plunge into a narrow cavern full of thick, wonderfully gloppy, gooey mud.

When reaching the cave, it will make you a surprise for the hidden beauties in the dark. This is also the chance for you to have a natural mud bath and swim in the cool lake. Furthermore, it is time for you to join many activities such as swimming, zip line, high-wire, and kayaking. And then you back Dong Hoi city. Free to have your own dinner

Evening is your free time to get your own enjoyment around Dong Hoi city. Overnight at hotel

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Day 7: Quang Binh – DMZ – Aluoi. O/n In A Luoi (B)

Morning activities:

An awesome day for you! You will have a breakfast at hotel and then you will discover the mysterious depth of Ho Chi Minh Trail. You will have the exciting time along the trail from Dong Hoi to Quang Tri where is famous for Vietnam war with the spectacular mountain.

Reaching Quang Tri you will visit Khe Sanh Combat Base, Ta Con airport, Truong Son Cemetery, Road 9 which is very famous to reach Dong Ha Town centre where has Hien Luong Bridge, Parallel 17th. Have lunch at restaurant

Afternoon & evening activities:

Continue to discover famous Vinh Moc tunnel which has all facilities of war condition: kitchen, hospital, house, school, etc.

After that you return on Road 9 to reach Dakrong Bridge, and continue along Ho Chi Minh trail to reach A Luoi town. Along the road you can see minority villages of Van Kieu, Paco people.

Check in hotel. Have dinner at local restaurant and overnight at hotel

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Day 8: Discover Famous Spot Of A Luoi. Homestay A Roang (B/L/D)

Morning activities:

Famous during Vietnam and America War, A Luoi is the hot spot on Ho Chi Minh trail. You will first visit visit A Luoi centre market and see local people in their activities and trading.

And then you travel to Hamburger Hill and have a step nearly 800 steps to the summit and view the panorama of forest and visit back the old hot spot in the war. Have lunch at local restaurant.

Afternoon & evening activities:

Travel continue on Ho Chi Minh trail to reach A Shau Valley and visit more this spot to learn more of Vietnam War

And then go head to A Roang along Ho Chi Minh trail where has Aka Chi village – the place you will have a homestay for your night in A Luoi. On arrival you have time for make a walking around the village to have more discover the local life and activities.

Have dinner with local people. Overnight at homestay

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Day 9: Leave A Luoi For Hoian. O/n In Hoian (B/L)

Morning activities:

Wake up early and enjoy the morning sounds at the mountain village as well as get fresh air. The sightseeing today takes you travel along Ho Chi Minh Trail to admire the beautiful of forest on Truong Son range and local tribe people along the way. You have a visiting Aroang forest to discover more the diversity of flora and fauna in Aroang.

And then you leave A Roang for Hoian, you will pass through Prao of Dong Giang and have lunch at local restaurant.

Afternoon & evening activities:

Afternoon is the time you continue for ahead to Hoian, you will travel on Ho Chi Minh trail and pass through Bho Hoong village for more discover local minority people here. You arrive in your hotel is very late afternoon. Check in hotel.

Evening is your free time to wander around the Hoian ancient town and discover its charming at hidden roads, shops, lanterns, ect. Overnight at hotel

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Day 10: Biking Tra Que Village - Walking Hoian Ancient Town. O/n In Hoian (B/L)

Morning activities:

Having a lovely experience with the cooking lesson in a local restaurant of Hoian! No more better way than you learn how to cook Vietnamese cuisine as well as know how to choose fresh ingredient for your dishes. Surely that it will be a fabulous experience of Vietnam traditional cuisines

It no more sense to get the hidden charm by cycling to Tra Que Vegetable Village to enjoy its charms and tranquil life of the countryside.

at Tra Que vegetable villages and appreciate local farmers in their organic growing vegetables supply for tourist in this town. Have chance to be local farmer and make soil, grow vegetables in traditional method without pesticide

Have a cooking lesson with the chef and cook dishes by yourself for your lunch

Afternoon & evening activities:

Spend afternoon to have the wandering at Hoian ancient town and follow narrow lanes with our guide to experience and learn of unique architectures at old houses such as Japanese Bridge, Tan Ky Old House, Ong Pagoda, Phuc Kien Assembly Hall, Sa Huynh Museum, local market, etc

Evening is the time for free enjoyment around Hoian ancient town to get more its charming. Overnight at hotel

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Day 11: Hoian - Kham Duc - Kon Tum. O/n In Kon Tum (B/L/D)

Morning activities:

After breakfast you will continue on Ho Chi Minh trail to discover more highland province along Ho Chi Minh trail to reach Kon Tum province – one of the famous place in Vietnam War to get the independent the whole country.

Along the trail you have chance to come cross the spectacular of mountain ranges, forest and hill tribe villages, tea, rubber, fruit plantations.

You also have chance to stop several times to let you visit Champa tower, pineapple forests, coffee hills, ethnic villages of Ko Tu people as well as know more their culture. You arrive in Kham Duc at noon time and have lunch at restaurant.

Afternoon& evening activities:

Continue on the most beautiful Ho Chi Minh trail which attracts travelling passionate travellers to conquer once in time. You travel through the windy mountain pass stretching along jungle to get the fantastic feeling.

You will have a visiting visit to former Dakto battlefield (1967) such as Charlie hill also named E42 base in the war, Dak To, Tan Canh where used to be a fierce battle between the US Army and Vietnam in 1967, Phuong Hoang airfield, Dakto Museum. After that you will visit to suspension bridge and Sedang hill-tribe village.

Evening is your free time to relax after a hard day travel on car and visiting. Overnight in Kontum

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Day 12: Kon Tum - Pleiku - Buon Me Thuot. O/n In Buon Me Thuot (B/L/D)

Morning activities:

First discover at Kontum market for more discovering local life and activities. And then you start your new day in Kontum after breakfast at hotel.

Have a visit at amazing wooden church – the most beautiful building in city and also the most special architecture combined between Western and Bana ethnic style. This church was built in 1900s and completely made of wood by handicraft methods.

After that you leave Kontum to Buon Me Thuot and continue again on Ho Chi Minh trail. You have more chance to discover the beauties of the mountain-scape along this trail. See the beautiful tea and pepper plantation along Kontum and Pleiku.

Afternoon & evening activities:

Drive to Ham Rong Mountain or Dragon Mouth to visit Camp Enari – the former Headquarter of the 4th U.S Infantry Division.

And then visit Catecka plantation – the former operational areas of the 4th Division, en route for Camp of Pleime – the former U.S Special Forces and overlooking at Ladrang valley and historic anti-American relics. You arrive in Ban Me Thuot late afternoon and check in hotel.

Evening is your free time to experience Buon Me Thuot as your own way. Overnight at hotel.

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Day 13: Buon Me Thuot - Dak Mil. O/n Dak Mil (B/L/D)

Morning activities:

Leave Buon Me Thuot in the morning and travel along Ho Chi Minh Trail to get one of the best days of the tour, so don’t miss anything!

Before leaving Buon Me Thuot where is famous for the home of coffee plantations in Vietnam, you will visit Ede ethnic minority village and learn more of their culture. After that you travel on the trail to pass through the forest and plantations. Have a lunch en route.

Afternoon & evening activities:

Again travel on Ho Chi Minh trail, we will head to the national park where we will visit the Dray Sap and Dray Nur Waterfall. This is the biggest one in the Central Highland, and you have the opportunity to have a swimming in Fairy pool. You will reach Dakmil late afternoon where is very closed with the border of Vietnam and Cambodia and check in hotel. Have dinner at local foodstall and Overnight in Dak Mil.

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Day 14: Dak Mil – Dong Xoai. O/n In Dong Xoai (B/L/D)

Morning activities:

After breakfast at hotel, you will travel through the legendary Ho Chi Minh trail again to get the enjoyment of the magnificent scenery along the road. Here is the chance you discover the rural life of local people and know more of Vietnam history and listen to Vietnam War with the famous Ho Chi Minh trail.

More visiting at Soc Bom Bo village to understand S’tieng ethnic minority people culture and traditions and learn how the locals make rice papers, noodles, etc

Afternoon & evening activities:

Afternoon continue to reach Dong Xoai where is the beginning of Ho Chi Minh trail from the South to North Vietnam. You will have the chance to understand more about Vietnam wars by visiting war relics. Check in hotel and have dinner at local foodstall. Overnight in Dong Xoai.

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Day 15: Dong Xoai – Cu Chi Tunnel - Ho Chi Minh. O/n In HCM (B/L)

Morning activities:

After breakfast you will go on the trip to head to Cu Chi tunnel. On the way, we will stop at Rubber tree plantations, War Victory Monument, Paddy field, You also have some stops at minority hamlets, tropical fruit farms, war relics.

You will reach Cu Chi tunnel and discover this underground network and learn Vietnam History. Have lunch at restaurant

Afternoon & evening activities:

Afternoon is the time you travel to Ho Chi Minh City and pass through the countryside before reaching the busiest city of Vietnam.

Check in hotel. The rest of time is your free time to experience around Ho Chi Minh as your own way to discover more this city. Free to have your own dinner and overnight at hotel.

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Day 16: Ho Chi Minh City. O/n In HCM (B/L)

Morning activities:

Get the discover Ho Chi Minh city with different historical sites including The Reunification Palace – the former President Palace of South Vietnam in 19th Century, War Museum to know more Vietnam War. Also have a stopover at Notre Dame Catholic, Old Post office which has the French Colonial Style

Afternoon & evening activities:

Have more discover Ho Chi Minh city to Bitexco Tower to catch the panorama of Ho Chi Minh city from high location.

Learn how to bargain when you go shopping at Ben Thanh market for more discoveries of local people purchasing activities and buy some souvenir gifts if you have time. Evening is your free time to experience Ho Chi Minh city at night and overnight at hotel.

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Day 17: Discover Mekong Delta At Ben Tre To Can Tho. O/n In Can Tho (B/L)

Morning activities:

Awesome Dawn! Awesome Day! You will get an amazing chance to visit Mekong Delta which offers a unique opportunity to discover the river life of local people. Covering a large region in South and West Vietnam, Mekong Delta is famous for rice fields, tropical fruit gardens, fishing villages, rowing boat through channels and canals. You’re going to love it.

Have a stopover at Vinh Trang Pagoda and learn more of its unique architecture and history.

After that you travel to Mekong Delta of Ben Tre to have a boat trip along the small river and canal to discover the authentic villages and local countryside life. Have lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon & evening activities:

Afternoon is more visiting around the village to get more experience. And then you leave Ben Tre to continue the trip to reach Can Tho. Check in hotel and free to have your own dinner. Overnight at hotel

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Day 18: Cai Rang Floating Marker - Ho Chi Minh & Depart (B/L)

Morning activities:

Get the early boating on the river to reach Cai Rang Floating Market. Now is the time to visit and get more insights of floating markets of Mekong River. No better way to enjoy the river life! This is totally out-of-the-world experience.

Have more chance to walk around the peaceful village to get more the atmosphere

Afternoon activities:

Leave Can Tho for back Ho Chi Minh city with passing through much fruit tropical gardens and travel ahead to Tan Son Nhat airport (Note: Your flight leave Ho Chi Minh should be evening after 18.00 pm)

Your last day! And a great experience! After having a long trip in Vietnam you will have some free time to walk around Ho Chi Minh city to get more experience or just relax at hotel before the driver drops you off the airport for taking flight departure Ho Chi Minh. Wow! This was pretty exciting, right? It’s time to say goodbye. It’s time to get back to your busy life! And we are sure that you will have an amazing trip with Origin Travel and we do hope to see you again in the future. You are incredible, and we are so glad to be a part of your trip! Once again, we really thank you for choosing us!

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