Vietnam: Authentic Journey with Pu Luong

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12 DAY(S) Top Selling Tours

Hanoi - Ninh Binh – Pu Luong - Halong – Hoi An - Saigon - Cu Chi -Mekong – Saigon

This Vietnam 12-day package will take you out of the mass tourism route Sapa to the less touristic place Pu Luong to contemplate the magnificent nature landscapes with light adventure activities. A well-balanced itinerary includes new adventure place Pu Luong, Top rated sites on TripAdvisor & UNESCO-designated attractions across Vietnam.

Highlights

  • Daily guaranteed departure from 2 pax up.
  • Visit to Pu Luong, this nature reserve is still unknown among most of tourists but containing all the highlights of Northern Vietnam in one place, from magnificent mountain ranges to stunning rice terrace fields.
  • Trek through local working farm’s land and interact with the local people from the remote areas to learn about making rice wine, how to paddle and steer your handcrafted rafts.
  • Contemplate a unique Ancient town in Hoi An and enjoy tranquil atmosphere of the countryside of Vietnam, interact with local people as being a farmer in one day.
  • Experience real life between cultural attractions of Hanoi. Take a leisure cruise in Ha Long Bay, an incredible sea area with 1,600 rock islets that attract 90% guests to Hanoi. 
  • Taking a boat trip to Tam Coc, Trang An and admire spectacular limestone karsts jutting out from the green paddy fields in Ninh Binh where the blockbuster Kong Skull Island was filmed. 
  • Recreate Vietnam’s history by a challenge game of crawling through the historic tunnel underground in Cu Chi.
  • Dive deeper into Vietnamese culture with Water Puppet Show and Traditional southern folk music.
  • Mouth-watering with irresistible cuisine and immense fruits at the floating market on the mighty Mekong River.

Itinerary in Brief

DAY 1: HANOI ARRIVAL – CITY TOUR (-/-/D)

DAY 2: HANOI – TAM COC – HOA LU - HANOI (B/L/-)

DAY 3: HANOI – PU LUONG – WATER WHEELS WALK AND RAFTING (B/L/-)

DAY 4: ENTHRALLING TREKKING ROUTES (B/L/-)

DAY 5: VILLAGE LIFE AND THE COMMUNITY – PU LUONG – HANOI (B/L/-)

DAY 6: HANOI – HALONG BAY (B/L/D)

DAY 7: HANOI - HALONG – HOI AN BY NIGHT FLIGHT (B/Br/-)

DAY 8: HOI AN – HALF DAY CITY  (B/-/-)

DAY 9: HOI AN – HALF DAY SAIGON (B/L/-)

DAY 10: SAIGON – CU CHI TUNNELS – SAIGON (B/L/-)

DAY 11: SAIGON – MEKONG DELTA – SAIGON (B/L/-)

DAY 12: SAIGON DEPARTURE (B/-/-)

Inclusion

  • Accommodations as mentioned based on twin/double sharing (or similar)
  • Transportation by air-conditioner vehicle with main group
  • All entrance fees and sightseeing as mentioned in the program.
  • Local English/ French/ Italian/ Spanish speaking guides while on tour
  • Private cabin on shared overnight cruise in Halong bay. 
  • River rafting in Pu Luong
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance fee as per program
  • Water bottles during tour day
     

Exclusion

  • International and domestic flight tickets. 
  • Vietnam Visa arrangement services: USD 20/pax/ one month, single entry visa. 
  • Vietnam visa stamp fee upon arrival: USD 25/ one month, single entry visa.
  • Early check-in and late check-out
  • Hotel/Room upgrade
  • Festivity surcharge & festivity compulsory service by hotel(s) if any
  • Tip, drinks, personal expenses and others
  • Other expenses not mentioned in the program. 
     

Welcome to Hanoi – Vietnam!
Upon arrival flight, the local driver will be welcoming you at Noi Bai airport; it takes us 35 minutes driving to the center of Hanoi then check-in at hotel. 
Our tour guide will pick you at your hotel in the Old Quarter and then we get a Cyclo to Hoan Kiem Lake, one of the major scenic spots in the city and serves as a focal point for its public life to visit Ngoc Son temple and The Huc Bridge. And then we will stop at Hanoi Opera House, erected by the French colonial administration between 1901 and 1911. 
After that, on the way to Water puppet show, we will see Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi Hotel - A Grand Dame of Southeast Asia that welcomes guests to experience her colonial grandeur and timeless elegance. Located steps from the Opera House in Hanoï’s French Quarter, this legendary property bring guests into intimate contact with the opulence of another era. A stage art invented by the Vietnamese peasants hundred years ago, with nearly 20 stories of Vietnam traditions and daily scenes will be the last activity. Finally we will take a walk on the streets of the old quarter and enjoy the Vietnamese traditional food: Beef noodles. 

Night activities suggestion: enjoy local beer at Ta Hien Streets, experience the ambience of sleepless street with life music, the young people of Hanoi and also foreign tourists. Hundreds of bars and pubs in the Old Quarter are also at your disposal. Or just simple spend your time at shopping malls or various boutique Shops.
Please note: Standard check in time is 14:00
 

A 90km drive south of Hanoi will lead you to Ninh Binh, the site of the one capital city of ancient Vietnam before Hanoi took its leading role in 11th century. The area is featured by lots of well-known sceneries, which include Tam Coc Caves and Hoa Lu ancient capital with the old temples dedicated to King Dinh & King Le reigned in 10th century. The visit in Ninh Binh starts by a boat trip in Tam Coc where spectacular limestone karsts jut out from the green paddy fields reminding about Guilin (China) and Halong Bay of Vietnam, which gives this scenery the name “Halong-bay-on-land”. Back to your hotel in Hanoi later on for overnight. 

Pick up and transfer from your hotel in Hanoi to Pu Luong retreat.
In the morning, you enter Pu Luong Nature Reserve by road via a breath taking mountain pass giving you a panoramic view of the whole valley. You arrive at your accommodation in time for a delicious lunch, followed by free time to explore the beautiful retreat, with its captivating panoramic views and tranquil setting.
Vietnamese set menu lunch at the retreat. 
In the afternoon, you will be transferred to a suspension bridge over the Cham River, where you begin your walk in search of stunning water wheels. Get up close to each wheel and discover how water is moved from river to handmade bamboo aqueducts via simple constructions of all sizes.
Arriving at a local fisherman’s house, you have a short rest to gear up for the rafting adventure with Dinh and his team. Float along the calm river and enjoy the views, in between learning how to paddle and steer your handcrafted rafts.
Arriving at scenic Tan Lap Bridge, you disembark to be transferred back to Pu Luong Retreat.
Dinner at your own arrangement for more flexibility. Overnight in Pu Luong. 
 

Breakfast at the retreat. We start early in the morning to descend into the beautiful valley facing the Retreat where you walk around tumbling rice terraces. Trek through small paths shrouded in vegetation to slowly reveal a picturesque village sitting at the base of a towering mountain. Your camera will not be able to sit still!
Continuing to the base of the valley, you weave between roads and farm land, villages and wild fields, ponds and rivers, mountains and open land. Savour the ever-changing scenery as you trek to a beautiful spot to enjoy a simple picnic lunch.
After enjoying delicious food, you have your free afternoon to explore the refreshing water to the nearby river, before moving to pick up point to be transferred back to the Retreat.
Dinner at your own arrangement for more flexibility. Overnight in Pu Luong. 
 

Breakfast at the retreat.

You have the chance to get close to village life and interact with locals living in the hills above the Retreat. Glimpse at daily life, walk around working farm land and rice fields, and learn about making rice wine and weaving colorful textiles. Then you will be transferred back to Puluong Retreat for lunch.

Check out the Lodge in the afternoon and transfer back to your hotel in Hanoi.  Overnight in Hanoi.

From Hanoi, at 8AM, head East for more than 3 hours to Halong Bay, the pride of the Gulf of Tonkin, a Natural World Heritage as designated by UNESCO in 1994. The road will pass by the Red River delta with green paddy fields and rural villages, where hard-work farmers are busy with their farming jobs, ploughing buffaloes or planting seedling. Upon arrival in Halong, we’ll take a big boat to cruise the Bay to discover the magnificent beauty of this “Descending-dragon” bay, created by thousands odd-shaped limestone rocks and karst grottoes. After a lunch of fresh seafood on board, we can visit the Surprising Grotto, stop for swimming or kayaking, passing floating houses and approach islets to enjoy their beauty in close distance. Back to the boat for dinner late afternoon. Evening attend activities on the boat or relax at your own leisure. Overnight on the boat near Titov Beach. 
Please note! The program may be little varied upon the cruise you choose. 
 

After breakfast, visit by boat to Luon Cave, a ring-shaped pool inside an island in Halong with absolutely tranquil landscape and emerald water. Back to the Wharf of Halong passing the most densely area with many islands that have been named like the Cock-Fighting Rock, Sail Island, Incense burner rock or Sea Dog Rock. Arrive at Halong Wharf around 11.00.

Take shuttle bus back to Hanoi. Our driver shall wait for you en route to continue the transfer to Noi Bai International Airport for a short flight to Danang.

Welcome at the airport then transfer along the coast to reach Hoi An Ancient Town to check in.

Overnight in Hoi An.

After breakfast at hotel, you take interesting walk over the tile-roofed Japanese Bridge, visit taciturn Chinese Assembly Halls, enjoy the attractiveness of ancient houses Tan Ky & Phung Hung, as well as Japanese Bridge. Later we can stop at shrines or stroll into the market located by Thu Bon river, where you may find the same feelings of the artists, who see the rooftops of Hoi An a magical old world of Oriental feel and source of inspiration. This is also a wonderful town to shop for lanterns, soft silk, raw silk, or get your clothes tailored within a day. Rest of day will be free on your own to discover the town or cycling (Bike rental on guest’s account) along Thu Bon to Cua Dai Beach. Overnight in Hoi An. 

Relax till transfer to Da Nang Airport to take the midday flight to Saigon. You will be welcomed at the Tan Son Nhat airport and transfer to the hotel to check-in. Then we will join a half tour to have an overview of Saigon - the most dynamic city of Vietnam. Depart from your hotel to the Reunification Palace; this beautifully preserved palace was the residence of the President of the Republic of Vietnam. On April 30th 1975 the American War officially came to an end here. Enjoy a visiting the War Remnants Museum where you can see countless artifacts, photographs and pictures documenting the second Indochina war. Afterward, we visit The Notre Dame Cathedral, which was built in 1880, and the Old Post Office, which was built sometime between 1886 and 1891. It is one of the best examples of classical French colonial architecture. Our last stop would be at a local Market where you can practice your bargaining skills while shopping for souvenirs. Discover local life and culture. You’ll find some of the friendliest, liveliest, most convivial people in the city in here.  Overnight in Saigon.

Morning visit Cu Chi Tunnels, one of the few remaining monuments to the Vietnam War. Beneath the ground lie 200 km of tunnels, dug by hand and inhabited by the forces of the Vietnamese guerillas during the conflict. At its peak, prior to the Tet Offensive in 1968, the tunnel complex was base to almost 10,000 troops. To this day, it remains one of the most impressive examples of how fierce the war used to be.  You even can try to crawl some dozens of m on the tunnel underground to have the real experience. Return to Saigon.
Afternoon, your free time for shopping in the downtown where you can choose many lovely stuff at the very reasonable price. A few places to be mentioned to visit during your shopping is Ben Thanh Market – the center and typical market of Saigon; Saigon Square where is a few minutes walking from Ben Thanh Market; An Dong Plaza and its nearby Market; or Diamond Plaza and Thuong Xa Tax if you are seeking the high qualified and brand name goods.  Overnight in Saigon.
 

After breakfast at hotel, picked by at hotel and drive heading to My Tho the homeland of coconut and family factories with local products like coconut candy, rice paper… Upon arrival, embark on the boat cruising on the mighty Mekong River viewing the life to the local people live along the banks. We stop at one of 4 islands in the area for sightseeing. Enjoy the fresh tropical fruits served in the heart of the garden accompanied by traditional southern Vietnamese folk music at the plantation. After that you will embark on the small boats rowed the local people thru the small cannels with water coconut tree to visit the local factories. There you will taste the honey tea and see the local people produce the coconut candy milk and of course you also can try it or stroll in the garden where the locals feed honeybee. We continue getting on the big boat to visit the vast area. Enjoy your lunch at a local restaurant nearby Mekong River. Afternoon, drive back to Saigon with stop to visit Vinh Trang pagoda, a famous pagoda in the area that its architecture is a mix of Chinese, Cambodian, and French culture. Overnight in Saigon.

Breakfast at hotel. If your flight is in the  afternoon, you will have a half day more for the sightseeing and shopping before the departure till check out time and transfer to the airport for the departure flight back to your sweet home.  
End of services!
Please note: Standard check out time is around 12.00.
 

# Destination Standard Superior/First Class Deluxe
1 Halong Cruise - Phoenix Cruise
- Gray Line Halong Cruise
- Ancora Cruise
2 Hanoi - Adamas Hotel
- Flower Garden
- Sheraton hotel
3 Ho Chi Minh City - Liberty Park View
- Aristo Hotel
4 Hoian - Lotus Hoian Boutique Hotel & Spa
- Allegro Hotel
5 Thanh Hoa - Pu Luong retreat - Shared house-on-stits
- Pu Luong retreat - Bungalow
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  • Holiday memories in Pu Luong John

Holiday memories in Pu Luong

We have just had our third visit to Vietnam and the third time we have used Threeland Travel. Each time we have visited Vietnam we have created our own private tour with Threeland. They are very obliging and will accommodate whatever your likes for touring - and wherever you want to visit. One of the big highlights this trip was a visit to Pu Luong Mountain Retreat - just totally unspoiled in the mountain area about 4 hours drive from Hanoi. Walked through the rice fields, visited local villages and had a real feel of the area. The guide and driver were just the best and this is the third time with both of them as well. Would strongly recommend Threeland and can't wait speak highly enough of the professional manner in arranging our trip and organising our holiday.

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  • Vietnam with THREELAND in February-March anne c

Vietnam with THREELAND in February-March

I'm with another 7 my friends went to trip around Vietnam in February-March. Information about THREELAND firm I found on the internet. In fact, for organizing our trip I received offers from a number of tour companies, but the THREELAND company were chosen as Jacqueline sales manager) was most pleasant in communication, very helpful, sending quick answers to all your questions and very flexible. Our trip was ready and fit perfectly! All offers us were in line with our expectations-we got all we wanted:-):hotels, transport, very good guides. When we arrived to Vietnam, we modified a little bit our plan and THREELAND company were very very sympathetic to us helped and agreed with this. I recommend this company! Thanks to you, Jacqueline :-) Next trip to Laos, and Myanmar-I will ask for your help :-)(and sorry for my English:-))Some photo will be added soon:-)

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  • a most amazing experience. it was more like visiting our family Anne-Lyse D

a most amazing experience. it was more like visiting our family

I visit Vietnam regularly since 1995. I return every 2 years usually with friends wondering why I love the place so much. 6 years ago I added Laos to my trips and I thought that I had seen it all. This 1 month trip was extraordinary. My birthday in Hoi An was a wonderful experience ;A bunch of roses and a cake sat on our bed in the hotel room. it was all planned before my partner talked to the manager. Our visit to the old house in Hanoi was like nothing I had experienced. The family cooked for us, allowed us many photos and welcomes us as guests not tourists. Our 2 tour guides were articulate, generous, patient. thanks Hai and Jo. Planning the trip was so simple thanks with Linda; She took in consideration the fact that I had done it all before and that one of our friend had a serious health problems. She gave us lots of choices and did not object the our many changes of mind. We will be back soon

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  • SALIDAS DIARIAS CON PU LUONG Ortiz Escribano

SALIDAS DIARIAS CON PU LUONG

Muy buen dominio del idioma, muy simpático y natural, con muy buena actitud y disposición, con iniciativa y resolutivo (confirmó anticipadamente nuestros vuelos para que no tuviéramos problemas). Ha respetado nuestros tiempos sin agobios y sin prisas, recomendando los mejores rincones para las explicaciones y lugares para hacer fotografías incluso nos ha propuesto hacernos fotos de grupo sin que se lo hubiéramos pedido. Se aprecia su alto nivel cultural y conocimientos del lugar de visita y sus ganas de seguir aprendiendo español. Guía muy recomendable.

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  • Enjoyable tour with rural area Vietnam Andre Van Der Veer

Enjoyable tour with rural area Vietnam

I am a traveler and travel to experience different cultures and meet with people. I traveled in Indochina as whole because the culture here is bound together. Vietnam,Laos,Cambodia and Myanmar as whole is to be experienced together if you want to get deep to the culture of the area. I travel alone and had the pleasure of traveling with Threeland two times and preparing the third one next year. Threeland understands why you travel and tailor an itinerary you will not forget . One more thing I will recommend is ask Threeland to prepare an itinerary and travel in the rural areas to see the magnificent rice fields and meet it`s people dine and live together with them to feel the uniqueness .I promise you will bear with you rest of your life .The guides are professionals and the drivers are safe.

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