This program will let you experience the heart and soul of Vietnam away from the main tourist trail. We will start out from Saigon and gradually cruise through a landscape transforming from the flat of rice fields, to desert, to jungle and foot hills, to pine forests and the breathtaking beauty of rugged mountains.
Along the way we will visit and interact with the local people and get an understanding of day to day life. We will descend into the central highlands to continue the adventure. Along the way we will stop at factories, plantations, national parks and other points of interest. Prepare for an adventure of a lifetime. This tour is very fluid and destinations or accommodations can vary due to weather, illness, or any other number of unforeseen circumstances, therefore the following is a general outline.
Saigon – Mui Ne – Dalat – Lak Lake – Buon Ma Thuot – Kom Tum – Kham Duc – Hoi An
Day 1/ Saigon – Mui Ne/Phan Thiet (B,L)
From your hotel we will start around 8:30 and drive the busy streets of Saigon to the outskirts and into the countryside. We will avoid hectic highway 1 and stick to coastal roads as we make our way to Mui Ne. Along the way we stop at fishing villages and areas of interest as the landscape changes from lush agricultural land to desert. We will overnight in good clean guesthouse close to restaurants and other amenities.
Day 2/ Mui Ne – Dalat (B,L)
Today we visit sand dunes and perhaps enjoy a sand sled before heading inland. We will cross highway 1 and gradually ascend through foothills into the mountains. Along the way we will stop at interesting photo locations of stunning beauty. Our approach to Dalat will filled with sights of agriculture and high mountain sights. We will in a K’Ho minority village for a walk to experience local life and customs. Overnight in Dreams Hotel.
Day 3/ Dalat – Dalat
This day we will enjoy exploring the attractions and sights that make Dalat famous. We will discuss the day’s itinerary while on the road before arrival and will tailor it to your specific interests. We can take in waterfalls, theme parks, flower gardens, and interesting temples. Your wish is our command.
Day 4/ Dalat – Lak Lake (B,L)
At appx 8:30 am we will pick you up at your hotel. The day will be spent in route from Dalat. Along the way we will make stops at a weasel coffee farm, a silk factory and elephant falls. From there we travel through the rugged mountains. There will be plenty of photo opportunities and places to enjoy breath taking scenery. In the afternoon we will descend into beautiful rice fields and visit minority villages that still live in primitive conditions. We will overnight at Lak Lake resort with your bungalow on the lake. (Alternatively if travelling only by car, we can spend 2 nights in Eden Hotel in Buon Ma Thuot for a nicer room and breakfast)
Day 5/ Lak lake – Buon Me Thuot City (B,L)
Breakfast will be followed by a visit to Bun Jun village, discovering the life of M’nong people and perhaps riding elephants. We will understand the stone splitting process and visit the ruined church of French architecture. We will then examine the coffee making process if in season. We will adventure down smaller country roads and encounter locals who have rarely seen foreigners before. After lunch we will visit Dray sap waterfall and do a jungle trek before ending the day in our hotel in Buon Me Thuot. Overnight in Eden Hotel
Day 6/ Buon Me Thuot city – Kon Tum (B,L)
Breakfast will be followed by a ride along Ho Chi Minh road, exploring a history of Vietnam War, and observing the lifestyles of ethnic groups along the way. We will visit rubber, pepper, and tea plantations along the way. Near Pleiku we will stop to see Sea Lake, a tea plantation and we will see a number of war memorials. Kon Tom has a number of interesting places to see and has been said by some to be the friendliest town in Vietnam. Overnight in Konklor Hotel
Day 7/ Kon Tum – Kham Duc (B,L)
Breakfast will be followed by a visit to a wooden church built in 1913. We will examine the life of Ba Na ethnic group in their village and after we will leave Kon Tum for historic Dac To, Tan Canh where in 1972 there was a historic fierce battle at the Phoenix temporary airport on Charlie Hill. We will in tersect at the turn for Vietnam-Lao- Cambodia border and journey along the historic Truong Son trail (the original Ho Chi Minh Trail which is mostly in Laos). We will cross “cau khi” (monkey bridge) and witness life in a village of M ‘nong ethnics. We will overnight at the town of Kham Duc, a place famous for gold mining and once a former US air base that has an interesting history. Chau Be Giang hotel (best hotel in town)
Day 8/ Kham Duc – Hoi An (B,L)
Following breakfast we will do some sightseeing on Truong Son trail and stop at Co Tu village to discover the matriarchal society of the K’Tu ethnic group. We will continue on Truong Son road used in 1969 as the path of underground oil supplies for the Vietnamese army. We will pass through Danang past the old American airbase and visit the Marble Mountains before ending the journey in Hoi An appx. 3 pm.
End of services.
- Tour can be done in reverse direction.
- Tour is by motorbike, car or a combination of both.
Package Tour Price In USD: $825.00 per person (group of 2-4 persons)
Price is valid until September 2018.
Small gift: Free Visa Approval Sheet to Vietnam (Single entry 1 month) when you book this tour.
- Tour included:
- Motorcyles and English speaking riders/guide as in program
- Hotel accommodation: Double/Twin sharing with daily breakfast
- Meals as program (excluded drinks) (B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner)
- All sight seeing fees
- Tour Excluded:
- Private expenses
- All types of bank fee for payment
- Tips and Gratuities
- Other services not mentioned in the Included
- Fee for Elephant rides or cable cars