The 18-day Vietnam Cambodia family tour is customized for family holidays, couples, small groups, group of friends and active adventure travelers seeking a different way of travel Indochina. The multi activity tour takes you to such places as Hanoi, Sapa, Halong Bay, Da Nang, Hoi An, Cham island, Na Trang, Ho Chi Minh city (Saigon) and Siem Reap, Cambodia. Enjoy different outdoor activities including sightseeing, trekking, homestay, sea kayaking, cruising, scuba diving, spa, beach resort and more.
Day 1: Hanoi – Laocai by train.
In the evening, transfer to Hanoi Railway Station for the night train trip to Laocai. Overnight on board train.
Day 2: Arrive Laocai. Visit Lung Khau Nhin market. Travel to Sapa.
Arrive Laocai early this morning, around 5:00 (to be confirmed). You will be welcome by our local team then transferred to a local restaurant in town for short rest and early breakfast.
At 8:00, travel to Lung Khau Nhin market. Every Thursday, Flower Hmong, Tu Di, Tay and Giay ethnic groups come to the market to buy and sell local products such as food and material for agriculture and fabric. After visiting the market, we can have a short walk to a Black Dao village before driving back to Muong Khuong for lunch. After lunch, get on our vehicle again and drive to Sapa.
Overnight in Sapa.
Day 3: Trekking Sapa hilltribe villages.
Breakfast at hotel. Leaving Sapa, we will begin the two-day trek through rice paddy terraces and corn fields. Your picnic lunch will be provided on the spot. After lunch, we continue our Sapa trek downhill towards Taphin village where you will meet Red Dao and Black Hmong minorities, two largest ethnic groups in Sapa area. Stop by a house to talk with local people to know a bit more about their daily life, their customs and tradition.
Have dinner and overnight in the village.
Day 4: Continue hiking. Return Sapa town. Travel to Lao Cai. Overnight train back to Hanoi.
After breakfast, continue our trek towards Sapa, we will pass through several hill tribe villages and rice paddy terraces along the way. Upon arriving in Matra village inhabited by Black Hmong people, we will stop for our lunch. Then, we continue our walk to Sapa.
Have a short rest/shower before transfer to Lao Cai Railway Station and get the night train back to Hanoi. Train? Departure at 20:30 (to be confirmed). Overnight on board train.
Day 5: Arrive Hanoi. Travel to Halong bay. Boat junk cruise with kayaking tour.
Arrive in Hanoi early this morning, you will be picked up by another Lotussia Travel guide, driver and transferred to a local restaurant in town for breakfast.
After a short rest, depart to Halong Bay. Enjoy the journey through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta and the scenery of rice fields, water buffalo and everyday Vietnamese village life. Arrive in Halong and board the Victory junk (or similar junk). Whilst cruising the exquisite waters sample the regions fresh seafood. Visit the recently discovered Surprise Grotto with its great views, and on the next island see the yawning mouth of Bo Nau Cave. Alternatively journey to Dau Go Cave and nearby see the famous stalagmites and stalactites of Thien Cung Cave. Enjoy a swim in the emerald waters of Halong Bay or one-hour kayaking trip through strange shaped rock formations. Watch the sun set over the bay whilst enjoying a delicious dinner.
Overnight on board junk.
Day 6: Continue cruising in Halong bay with kayaking activity.
Breakfast on board. Then we continue our cruise; Taking one more hour kayaking before getting back to the support boat for lunch.
In the afternoon, we cruise towards the Islands of Rocks and visit the Fishermen floating village. We will kayak in Ba Men temple area which is also a important highlight of our journey. Swimming at the sandy Three Peach beach if weather permits and enjoy the great view of Halong bay sunset.
Dinner and overnight on board junk.
Day 7: Halong bay – Hanoi.
Breakfast will be served early on board while the boat is going back to shore. Arrive at Ha long wharf about 11h00 and take our car for our journey back to Hanoi.
Enjoy one-hour massage package in one of most finest spa salon in town – A full body massage both invigorating and relaxing. This massage helps to reduce tension, soothe sore muscles and increase circulation.
In the evening, attend to the water puppet show, one of famous Vietnamese traditional art.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 8: Fly to Da Nang. Travel to Hoian ancient town.
Transfer to Noibai airport for a short flight to Danang.
Welcome at Danang airport by Lotussia Travel team and then escorted to your hotel in Hoian ancient town.
In the afternoon, start exploring this small ancient town, first commercial center in Vietnam since the 15th century, with more than 800 classified buildings, visiting Japanese Covered Bridge, Tan Ky Old house, Assembly Hall Chinese. Phuc Kien Pagoda, Hoian Museum and Market.
Overnight in Hoian.
Day 9: Cham island diving tour.
After breakfast, you will be picked up by our diving adventure team and transferred to the boat pier. Leaving the coast, you will be explained by our diving instructor about the theories of diving and practical advises. Arrival at the Cham islands and enjoy one discover scuba dive with a certified PADI Instructor.
Transfer to Bai Chong beach for lunch.
In the afternoon, just stay free at leisure to enjoy the beach activities such as swimming, walking or simply relaxing. Return to mainland and transfer back to the hotel.
Day 10: Travel to Danang. Fly to Ho Chi Minh city (Saigon).
Transfer to Da Nang airport for a short flight to Ho Chi Minh city. VN ??? Departure at ??? (to be confirmed).
You will be greeted by our local team at Tan Son Nhat airport (Ho Chi Minh city) and transferred to hotel.
In the afternoon, enjoy a half day city tour with Ho Chi Minh City most wanted highlights such as the Post Office, Notre-Dame Cathedral, Reunification palace. Then continue towards Cholon for a quick visit of Thien Hau temple and the Binh Tay market.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.
Day 11: Day trip to the Mekong Delta.
Our one day cruise excursion starts from Ho Chi Minh with a drive to Cai Be – Phu An where we will board the Cai Be Princess at around 10.00 am. The tour will start with the visit of Cai Be colorful floating market. We will proceed by the visit of some local home factories such as rice paste making, rice pop corn, coco candies, and longans drying processing.
The trip continues along the Mekong canals to Dong Hoa Hiep Island located between Vinh Long and Cai Be. During this cruise you will discover beautiful landscapes along the river and observe the typical Mekong delta rural life. Stops on the way can be made upon request for particular visits or photos making. These evergreen islands among the Mekong River still remain unknown to many people.
Lunch awaits you at Le Longanier restaurant at La Residence de Phu An resort, a superb Indochine style resort. After a short walk along a narrow canal, the excursion will end at around 3.30pm where the vehicle will await you for your transfer back to Saigon.
Day 12: Fly to Nha Trang. Nhatrang beach resort.
After breakfast, transfer to Tan Son Nhat airport for a short flight to Nhatrang (without guide). VN ??? Departure at ??? (to be confirmed).
Upon your arrival at Nha Trang airport, you will be welcome by our hotel representative and transferred to your resort hotel.
Overnight in Nhatrang.
Day 13 & 14: Nha Trang beach resort.
Full day free at leisure to enjoy the prime beach of Nha Trang or just relax on the hotel/resort poolside. Optional beach activities can be arranged on the spot with the resort. Please check with your resort staff for more details. Overnight in Nha Trang.
Day 15: Fly back to Saigon.
Free at leisure until transfer to Nha Trang airport for onward flight back to Ho Chi Minh city (without guide). Flight ??? Departure at ???.
You will be greeted again by our driver in Ho Chi Minh city airport & transferred to your hotel in town (without guide).
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.
Day 16: Fly to Siem Reap, Cambodia (B).
According to your departure time, transfer to Ho Chi Minh city airport for onward flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia (without guide). Flight ??? Departure at??? (to be advised). End of Vietnam portion.
Upon your arrival in Siem Reap airport, you will be welcome by Lotussia Travel local team and transferred to hotel for check-in.
Start your visit to South Gate of Angkor Thom, the famous Bayon, Baphoun, the Terrace of Temple, Elephants and Terrace of the Leper King. It is time to visit one of the great wonders of the world, symbol of the heart and soul of the Cambodia, Angkor Wat. Then view wonderful sunset from the top of Phnom Bakheng Hills.
Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 17: Visit Angkor temples.
Breakfast at hotel. We continue to visit the fabulous Ta Prohm embraced by the roots of enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers, Pre Rup, East Mebon, and Neak Poan. Visit Krovan, Royal Bath of Srah Srang and Banteay Kdei temples.
Tonight you will enjoy dinner with Khmer Apsara Dance Show.
Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 18: Boat trip on Tonle Sap lake. Departure.
We board on boat in Tonle Sap Lake, the “Great Lake” of Cambodia, one of the largest in Asia. Here, enjoy a brief cruise past floating villages complete with schools, restaurants, and hospitals.
Free & leisure at your own time for rolling at local markets or shopping until transfer to Siem Reap Airport for departure. Flight ??? Departure at ??? (please advise). End trip.
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Occasionally our tour itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travelers’ comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the service proposal. It’s very important that you print and review a final copy of your itinerary prior to travel. If you have any queries, please contact us.
Please note that while we operate successful cycling holidays in Vietnam throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time.
Bargaining is not a strange fact in Vietnam. There are many places in Vietnam where people bargain, especially in open-air markets, street shops and rural areas. Therefore we are not good at bargaining. We don’t like this trick neither. Our time is precious and we appreciate your time as well. We would prefer spending our time on the tour arrangements to the price negotiation. Our price is fixed.
Our trip cost usually includes the following services. Please bear in mind Lotussia Travel is specialized in tailor-made trips. Trip cost vary depending on group size and other details.
- Vehicle for transfers and support
- Tour guide. The English-Speaking guide is provided by default. Other language may be available upon request (with extra charge).
- Bicycle rental
- Sightseeing entrance fees.
- Bottled water.
Unless required most of the following services are usually not included in our tour price.
- Visa (required)
- Flight/Train tickets.
- Accommodation pre/post trip.
- Travel insurance
- Personal expenses
Visitors are required to have a valid visa to Vietnam. A one month tourist visa is usually sufficient for most visitors, though it is possible to arrange three months or six month – multiple entry visa for regular visitors.
The official national currency is the Vietnamese Dong (VND), but the US dollar is widely accepted in Vietnam. However, small towns and the villages the VND is preferred, ATM are available in all major cities and towns, tourist destinations, Vietcombank, Agriculture banks are the two largest networks with a limit a single withdraw limit of 2,000,000 d (95 USD). Most major currrencies can be exchanged in Vietnam, but the USD is the most preferred. The exchange rate 1 USD = 22.400 VND (Nov. 2016)
Vietnam has a tropical monsoon climate. Broadly speaking, the weather in Vietnam is dictated by two seasons – the southwest monsoon from April to September and the Northeast monsoon from October to late march or early April.
Due to regional climate differences, there are no right or wrong seasons to visit Vietnam. The north Vietnam is cool, damp in winters between November and December and February with temperature in Hanoi falling to around 15oC. The summer months from April to October are hot and dry. The best time visit Vietnam is spring (February – April) or Autumn (late September – December) when it is not so humid. The weather turns quite cold and wet in January and this continues to march. The humidity can prove oppressive from May to the early September.
Wearing a helmet is compulsory on all our biking adventures. Our tour guide often carry first aid kit while riding. Please follow your guide while biking, and much attention is required while you cross streets.
To assist you visualize how our bike trip is difficult, we have graded our Vietnam cycling tours into three categories, easy, moderate, and challenging. We group many factors into consideration into this grading, including distant covered, terrain, altitude, and vehicle support.
Involves cycling for up to two to three hours a day at easy pace and usually, less than 3 days in duration. The cycling distances is around 15 – 30 km per day. There are likely to be no steep and sustained descents as well as demand for technical riding. We will normally ride on flat roads. Suitable for bikers who enjoy occasional weekend riding on trails at home. Push bikes are sometimes used for these itineraries.
Involves biking for up to six hours a day at a steady pace and are usually between three to five days in duration. The cycling distance is about 35 – 55 km per day. Sometimes it can be long flat rides or medium ride with fews up and downhill climbs. The support vehicle will not always be available. We will need a good level of fitness. We use either mountain bikes or road bikes for these itineraries.
Involves biking in mountainous areas with big climbs for up to seven or eight hours a day and usually more than a week in duration. Cycling distance is about 60 – 80 km per day. There will be steep and sustained ascents and descents. The support vehicle will not always be available. These trips will provide a real sustained workout even for fit and experienced mountain bikers.
When cycling we mostly stay in small hotel, guesthouse or homestays. Some are more basic than others! Bear in mind that some of the places we overnight in are not on the standard tourist trail. In larger cities and towns, our hotels are generally more western style and are three or four hotels. Camping is not available on cycling tours in Vietnam unless it is required and this should be booked months in advance. Please see the details on the quote.
Most of our tour guides speak English. Some other speak French. Few speak other language such as German, Russian, Spanish. All our guides have great knowledge of history, local culture, and religions of the area where you are cycling. Our guides have been trained in this field and is fully licensed in tour guiding.
We arrange a mechanic, with extra charge only for big groups or when it is required. When there is no mechanic, our guide will take care of problem which may occur during the bike ride.
Depending on the nature of the tour, our cycle journeys will be accompanied by an air-conditioned car/minibus cover the larger overland sections. We often use mini bus or bus for transfer and back up (guided tours).
- 1 – 4 people: we use minivan to support and carry bikes. Sometimes we use car with support truck.
- 5 – 8 people: we use one van and one truck to support
- 9 people – over: we use one bus and truck to support
We only provide bike rental and truck to support for self-guided bike tours.
Basic spares and tools kit are generally carried by our guide or mechanic or on the support vehicle, although we can not guarantee having spares for every conceivable problem.
Food and drinks
All the meals which, are mentioned in itinerary (B=Breakfast; L=Lunch; D=Dinner), are included in the tour price. Most of meals are Vietnamese local food. Vegetarians are certainly welcome and are always accommodated, please let us know of any dietary concerns at time of booking. Beverage and alcoholic drink are not included at mealtime or in restaurants.
Snacks and water
When we transfer, ride by minibus (no cycling day), our bottled waters are always available for you in the car/van. When we have cycling days, we will offer cold water (summer) plus fresh tropical fruits, soft drinks. Please find out what is included in our service proposal.
Comfortable lightweight clothing in natural fabrics such as cotton is most suitable for travelling in Vietnam. The dress code is fairly casual as in most parts of the tropics but it is advisable to cover arms and legs in the evenings against biting insects. A lightweight raincoat is a good idea in the rainy season. During the winter months warm clothing is needed for visiting the north of Vietnam. Visitors should not wear shorts, short skirts or other skimpy clothing when visiting religious buildings such as pagoda, temple and shoes should be removed before entering a private home.
What you take will naturally depend upon where you are travelling and the style of journey you are undertaking, and it can often be difficult to decide what to pack. Nevertheless, the following should act as a useful checklist of essential items worth thinking about taking.
- 2 pairs of riding shorts
- 2 riding jerseys (quick-dry)
- 2 pairs of quick dry socks for cycling
- Comfortable shoes for biking and walking
- Riding gloves
- 2-3 t-shirts or casual shirts
- Trousers or jeans
- 1-2 pairs of casual socks for non-cycling activities
- 3-5 sets of underwear (quick-dry)
- Cool-weather jacket or rain jacket
- Extra layers and gloves for cooler season or climate (thin, thermal, water-wicking)
- Bathing suit
- Tooth brush and tooth paste
- Hair brush
- Hand sanitizer
- Passport, wallet and ID
- Health insurance card
- Travel insurance card
- Cash and/or credit cards
- Camera (with spare battery)
- Plastic bags (for dirty laundry, wet clothes)
- Electronic chargers (for camera, e-reader, cell phone)
- Adaptors or convertors
Tipping for good services is always appreciated. It is customary, though not compulsory, to tip tour guides and drivers at the end of the tour. Hotels and station porters should also be tipped a small amount for.
Prior to our tours, we contact and work with local community leaders to make sure we are welcome and in a manner that minimizes negative social and cultural impacts. We visit local development and community projects specific to the region, encouraging customers to donate and assist such a projects in appropriate and sustainable manner.
Where make sure that where and whenever possible our tours positively benefit the local community. We stayed at locally owned accommodation and visit cottage industries for local handicraft souvenir, generating income for local business. We often employ, hire support team such as local guide, motor-taxi drivers, cook assistants on all trips to ensure that the local community benefit not only short term but with increased employment opportunities for the future.