Most visitors to Vietnam are overwhelmed by the sublime beauty of the country's natural setting: the Red River Delta in the north, the Mekong Delta in the south and almost the entire coastal strip are covered with brilliant green rice paddies.


There are some beautiful beaches along the coast, soaring mountains and some dense tropical forests in inlands.  Vietnam also offers an opportunity to see a country of traditional charm and rare beauty rapidly opening up to the outside world.  Vietnam has two World Natural Heritage sites: Halong Bay and Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.


Vietnam features a warm humid subtropical climate with plentiful precipitation.  It has typical tropical climate where summers are hot and humid, and winters are relatively cool and dry. Summers, lasting from May to September, are hot and humid, receiving the majority of the annual 1,680 millimetres (66.1 in) of rainfall.  The winters are short, relatively dry, and mild, while spring can bring light rains.


Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam and the second largest city after Ho Chi Minh city. It has estimated population nearly 6.5 million (2009).  October 2010 officially mark 1000 years of the establishment of Hanoi.  On this occasion, Hanoi has been named by Frommer's travel guide as one of the world's "Top Destinations 2010".  Ho Chi Minh City also known as Saigon is the largest city in Vietnam.  The city center is situated on the banks of the Saigon River, 60 kilometers from the South China Sea.


Climate & Weather
Vietnam stretches over 1,800 km from north to south, with an area of 332,000 square km, Vietnam's topography varies from coastal plains to mountain ranges, therefore weather patterns in the principle cities are very different.
North: Winter lasts from November to April, with temperatures averaging 10 - 16C, fog and drizzle in January - March. Summer begins in May and lasts until October, with an average temperature of 30C, heavy rainfall and the occasional violent typhoon.
Center: Central Vietnamexperiences a transitional climate, with heavy rainfalls between November and December and dry, hot summer months. Typhoons are quite common in coastal areas between July and November.
South: Temperatures are fairly constant through the year; 25C - 30C. Seasons are determined by the rains - the dry season runs from November to April and the wet season from May to October. The hottest period is March and April.
Highland areas: In the hill resorts of Dalat (1,500 m), Buon Me Thuot and Sapa, nights are cool throughout the year, and in the winter months, October to March, it can be distinctly chilly with temperatures falling to 0C. Even in the hottest months of March and April the temperature rarely exceeds 26C.
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Customs and Formalities
All visitors to Vietnam must fill in declaration forms and show their luggage to customs officials on request.
Visitors can bring with them unlimited amounts of foreign currency, objects made of gold, silver, precious metals and gemstones or plated with silver or gold, all of which must be declared in detail on the customs forms. Commercial Video films and printed materials that are considered offensive are normally confiscated and sent to Ministry of Culture for inspection.
Goods prohibited to import: weapons, ammunition, explosives, military technical equipment, drugs, toxic chemicals, debauched and reactionary products, firecrackers of all kinds, toys with negative impacts on the dignity education, social security and safety, cigarettes beyond the stipulated quantity, etc.
Goods prohibited to export: weapons, ammunition, explosives, military technical equipment, antiques, drugs, toxic chemicals, wild animals, rare and precious animals and plants, documents related to the national security, etc.


What to bring
Bring as little as possible. Keep in mind that you can and will buy things in Vietnam, so do not burden yourself. If you do forget to bring any ‘essential’ items, it’s quite likely that they can be bought in Vietnam, at least in the cities.

Currency, Exchange and ATM
The local currency is the Dong (abbreviated "d" or VND). Bank notes are 100d, 200d, 500d, 1000d, 2,000d, 5,000d, 10,000d, 20,000d, 50,000d, 100,000d & 500,000d. Coins are 200d, 500d, 1000d, 2000d and 5000d.
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Money and travelers cheques, particularly U.S. Dollars, can be exchanged at banks, hotels and authorized money- exchangers. It is advisable to carry U.S. Dollar bills in small denominations.
Credit cards are generally only accepted in major hotels, and in some up-market shops and restaurants in major cities. ATM facilities are readily available now in major cities


Heath Requirements
No actual vaccinations are officially required. Visitors are advised to check with their doctor or travel immunization clinic regarding the advisability of inoculation against typhoid, tetanus, hepatitis A & B and Malaria.
Those visitors taking medicine for certain conditions such as diabetes or heart problems should make sure that they carry these medications in their hand luggage at all times in case the main luggage should be delayed.
It is recommended that all travellers take out comprehensive Personal Travel Insurance to cover personal belongings, in case of accident or illness etc.

Domestic Flights
If flights are required in your itinerary they are in coach class, unless specified otherwise. Flight timings quoted are local and are subject to change. Domestic flights require a check-in, 1-hour prior to the flight departure.
Carry on luggage is limited to one piece plus a camera. In economy class air travel baggage allowance is 20kg per person.
We cannot be held responsible for the loss or damage to passenger’s belongings. Domestic flights are prone to last minute schedule changes and cancellation without ANY advance notice.


Airport departure tax for international flights currently is: US$ 14 from Hanoi & HoChiMinhCity; US$ 8 from Danang
The departure airport tax may be paid in local currency or in US Dollars. Children under 12 years are entitled to have half fare of adult.
Airport departure tax for domestic flights is included in the airfare.

Vietnam joined the global computer age and internet-service providers are currently operating in most of the Cities. You can access the internet through hotels, Cyber Cafés & Internet/Computer Service Centers. ADSL technology is widely used in major cities.

Vietnamese is the official language of Vietnam. Learning foreign languages, particularly English, is currently popular among young people in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hue, Danang and other cities. Tourist guides are available for English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Japanese and Russian speakers.


Local Time and Working Hour
Local time is GMT + 7 hours.
Governmental agencies work Monday to Friday from 7.30amto 4.30pm(excluding one-hour lunch) and are closed Saturday and Sunday.
Banks are open Monday to Friday from 7.30amor 8am to 11.30amand from 1pmto 4pmand are closed Saturday and Sunday.
Private shops are open from 8 or 8.30amto 9 or 10pm.

Overland Travel
The road system in Vietnamis reasonable in the main urban cities. The drives through the countryside can be a wonderful sightseeing experience. However, it must be noted that the roads are narrow and some may be poorly paved when outside the main cities, and as a consequence the drives can be rough and difficult at times.
The journey timings described in your itinerary are based on the usual amount of time a particular journey will take. However, please appreciate that not all roads can be checked for their condition throughout the year.
Most cars used are manufactured locally by Toyota, Honda and Ford and are for the most part comfortable and ideally suited to local roads. Smoking is not permitted in any vehicle, under any conditions. There is ample opportunity to smoke during photographic, luncheon and sightseeing stops.
If you decide to leave the hotel and go out on your own, there are various means of transport that you may like to take such as taxis or “cyclos”. If taking a taxi or “cyclo”, insist on the meter being switched on before you begin your journey. Due to an effort to stop pollution, most “cyclos” are pedaled as opposed to motor. It is suggested that you carry the name of your destination or hotel written in local language in the event your driver does not understand English. The staff at your hotel can assist you in this regard.


Passport and Visa
Travellers to Vietnam are required to hold a passport valid for at least six (06) months beyond the completion of their visit and must contain a valid visa.
Visas are usually issued by the passengers’ home country (against the visa’s approval number), which require the original passport, and 2 photos in order to issue a visa stamp.
Visas can also be obtained upon arrival at Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh Cityand Danang airports (Visa on Arrival), in which case the stamping fee will be quoted separately.
Visas on Arrival can be requested via Vietnam Impressive Travel in connection with the booking of travel arrangements to Vietnam.
Hotels might reserve the right to keep travel documents overnight at the reception for registration purpose.

Vietnam has abundant food supplies and an elaborate cuisine. Cooking is seen as an art and some Vietnamese dishes have achieved international fame, including such traditional dishes as noodle soup (pho), pork sausage (gio lua), spring rolls (nem ran), and fish balls (cha ca). In addition to Vietnamese food, the larger hotels also serve a wide variety of Continental and Chinese cuisine. In the smaller cities, when the hotels only have one restaurant, ordering a-la-carte may involve a slight wait, consequently it is advised that you take advantage of the large and diverse buffets available at these hotels to minimize any delay.
Never drink water from the hotel tap, no matter what category of hotel you are staying in. Bottled mineral water is available at all hotels throughout Vietnam. Do not have any ice in your drinks as this is often made from water that has not been purified.


Post and Telecommunications
A regular international post service is available. In addition Express Mail Service (EMS) is available to more than 50 countries worldwide with a delivery time of 2 to 10 days.
Vietnam has high international telephone charges. It is important to check the exact amount with the hotel before making a call, as hotel surcharges are often imposed.
VOIP calls which help reduce call charges (for most of International calls from any destination within Vietnam and for domestic calls between the main cities of the country) are now available as well pre-paid internet & mobile card can be bought in the major cities.
Service providers for mobile phone network are GSM of Vinaphone, MobilePhone and Viettel while CDMA are EVNTelecom and S-Phone. Numbers begin with 091, 090, 098, 095, 096

Electricity in Vietnam mostly runs at 220 V (50 Hz), but often you will find 110V (also at 50Hz). In the south, most outlets are US-style flat pins. In the north, most outlets are the Russian-inspired round pins, which usually carry 220V. Electrical sockets are two and three-prong.


Foreign visitors to Vietnam have the opportunity to buy souvenirs made of rattan, gold, silver and stone. There is a diverse range of products, from woodenwares such as wooden buttons or sindora beds to lacquer paintings, bowls and chopsticks, bamboo screens and stone tea sets. Woven tapestries, “tho cam” handbags and other handicrafts are produced by the traditional skills of the women of ethnic minorities in such rural regions in the north as Sapa, Mai Chau and Dien Bien.

Bargaining & Tipping
Bargaining is advised to do when visit Vietnam. You should ask the taxi driver or motortaxi (xe om) driver for the price of your travel distance made. The same when you go shopping. When you are surrounded by street sellers, it is better to say no and mind your way.
Tipping is widely practiced and expected
Porters : VND 5.000 – 10.000 per bag
Waiters in restaurants: 5-10% of total bill
Taxi drivers : 10% of total bill
Tour guides :
VND 40.000 per person/per day
Drivers : VND 20.000 per person/per day

All of the above information is accurate at the time of publication.

Northwest Horse
(Hanoi, Mai Chau, Bac Yen, Phu Yen, Nghia Lo, Tu Le,
Than Uyen, Tam Duong, Sapa & Halong)
Private tour, daily departure
English/French speaking guide
Meals Fullboard
Trip code: VI-303  



Day 1: Hanoi - Arrival - Mai Chau (L/D)
Arrive at Hanoi International Airport, meet and transfer to the hotel for check-in. Lunch then transfer to Mai Chau, on the way, trek some kilometers through ethnic villages (Muong and Thai). Overnight in Lac tourist traditional village.   

Day 2: Mai Chau - Bac Yen (B/L/D)
Trek some kilometers in an area of inhabitants of ethnic minority Blue H’mong – the villages of Cun Pheo and Hang Kia. Transfer to Bai Sang wharf for the cruising on Black river by local boat. Arrive at Van Yen ferry (or Ta Khoa) then it takes 20 km to Bac Yen. Overnight in guest house of people committee.  

Day 3: Bac Yen - Phu Yen (B/L/D)
Transfer to Ta Sua plateau, you can contemplate the highland scenery of it. Visit some villages of ethnic Black H’mong and discover the daily life and custom of local inhabitants here, especially you can enjoy the local specialties: Ta Sua Tea and agriculture products then come back the mountain town for having lunch. After having lunch, visit the local market, the handicraft and farming products made by many ethnics are available here. Then continue to trek over 10 Kilometers through villages of Thai and Muong: Bac Yen – Dong Cang – Mon village. During the trekking you can take a rest and enjoy the local wine distillated by ethnics. Transfer to Phu Yen, check in guest house at local.

Day 4: Phu Yen - Nghia Lo (B/L/D)
Transfer to Nghia Lo, trek some paths along the road to, visit the water wheel. It is used to scoop the water for the rice fields near the streams. Continue going to Nghia Lo through the direction of Lung Lo pass. Arrive at Nghia Lo, check in hotel then take a visit the local market at the moment of decline of day.

Day 5: Nghia Lo - Tu Le (B/L/D)
After having lunch, leave Nghia Lo for the itinerary, trek and visit some villages of ethnic’s minorities along the road: black Dzao, H’mong, white Thai, etc. They are very kind, honest and plain. Arrive at Tu Le village, dinner and overnight in house on stilt of inhabitants here. You can discover the daily life activities of this village in particular and the Thai ethnic in general in Vietnam.

Day 6: Tu Le - Mu Cang Chai - Than Uyen (B/L/D)
Take leave of inhabitants of Tu Le, it takes 2 Km to village center; you can visit lots of activity on the early market day and it is typical colorful ethnics of this high mountain regions. Transfer to the the footing of Kau Pha pass for us to start trekking about 9 Km through the forest and ethnic villages. This trail runs parallel with the famous and beautiful Kau Pha pass. We finish the trail at the peak of the pass (1800m above sea level). Transfer to Mu Cang Chai for lunch. Visit the local market and go on to Than Uyen. Arrive at Than Uyen, check in local guest house.

Day 7: Than Uyen - Binh Lu - Tam Duong (B/L/D)
Transfer to Tam Duong, on the way, we can take trek to visit lots of beautiful villages of ethnic. Especially, you can meet the most typical ethics as: Lao, Lu (Xa Pho). They wear the long traditional and colorful costumes with jeweler hand made. Moreover, you can discover the kind face in black dyed teeth of ethnics here. Arrive at Tam Duong check in and overnight at local guest house or mini hotel.

Day 8: Tam Duong - Binh Lu market - Sapa (B/L/D)
Leave this border town Tam Duong (60 Km to China) for Sa Pa. Take visit the Binh Lu market at the morning then transfer to Sa Pa. You can contemplate the imposing Hoang Lien mountain range and long twisty pass on the way to Sa Pa. Arrive at Sa Pa. Check in and rest of the day at leisure or visit Sa Pa famous tourist town in Northern Vietnam. You can visit and go shopping, market for buying souvenirs such as handicraft made by ethics, ethics’ traditional costumes, etc before ending the days in North West Vietnam.    

Day 9: Sapa - Hanoi (B/L/D)
In the morning:
Option 1: take a car to visit some ethnic villages such as: Ta Phin (red Dzao), ancient rock historical site and surrounding beauty spots. 
Option 2: Take a half day to trek the villages of black H’mong in Sa Pa: Ta Van, Lao Chai.

In the afternoon: Free. 16.00 PM transfer to Lao Cai for the night train to Ha Noi. Arrive at Lao Cai – the border town between Sino – Vietnam via Ha Kou border gate. Visit and dinner here then get on train to Ha Noi. Overnight on train.

Meet on arrival early in the morning, transfer to hotel for refresh and bring back you to shape
Breakfast and coffee at Cafe des Arts
08.30: Pick up from your hotel in Hanoi, drive 3 hour and a half to Halong Bay.
08h30: Pick up you at your hotel in Hanoi. Travel to Ha Long city for about 3,5 hour drive. Upon arrival, checking in registration and then get on Bai Tho Traditional Wooden Junk and have lunch with welcome drink.
12:00 – 12:30: Welcome on board with welcome drink then check in deluxe cabin
13:00: Experience our fresh sea food set lunch while cruising
Heading to Bai Tu Long Bay
15:00: Visiting Vung Vieng floating fishing village
Unique trip by traditional rowing boat to visit one destination with two great sites as Vung Vieng – floating fishing village and Thung Cave (Cao Cave)
16:00: Free to swim at blue and clear sea water 
Heading to Ho Đong Tien (Fairy Lake) area to anchorage.
17:30: Enjoy trim class of flowers from fruits and roots  
18:30: Relax and enjoy sunset with cocktails.
19:15: Enjoy set fresh sea food dinner
20:30: Film collections.
Overnight on boat

Day 11: Lan Ha Bay (B,L,D), GUIDE ON BOARD
06:30: Sunrise time
07:30: Breakfast
08:30: Transfer to other small junk to visit Drum Cave by passing Human Head Islet, Turtle Islet, Horse Saddle Islet
09:30: Three peaches areas for swimming and visiting
12:00: Lunch will be served
13:30: Heading to Lan Ha bay for visiting Ba Ham lake and Cua Van fishing village
16:00: Back to mother junk
19:30: Enjoy dinner
20:30: Film collections

06:00: Sunrise time
07:30: Breakfast.
08:30: Visit Cave of Surprise (Sung Sot Cave) with English speaking guide
09:30: Check out and clear the bills.
Book and magazines collections
10:30: Transfer to Cua Vang restaurant for set asian lunch
11:00: Enjoy lunch
12.00: Transfer back Hanoi, arrive at your hotel about 16h00.
After dinner, enjoy the traditional water puppets performance.
Overnight at hotel

Day 13: Hanoi Citytour - Departure (B)
Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam, was built since 1010. Take a full day tour around this unique city to the sites of - Hochiminh Mausoleum, Hochiminh house on Stilt, One-Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature, Museum of Art, Sword Lake and Ngoc Son Temple. Free at leisure on your own for shopping or sightseeing. Transfer to airport for your flight departure.


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Price Inclusive:

  • Breakfast and accommodation sharing a double room or sharing accommodation at villager's house
  • Pick-ups and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle as specified in the itinerary above
  • Boat cruises as specified in the programme. All Ha Long Bay boats will be fully licensed and comply with current safety regulations.
  • Travel in an appropriate private air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced safe driver.
  • The services of experienced English/French - speaking guides as indicated in the itinerary
  • Where necessary, entry fees for all visits as mentioned in the programme.
  • Lunches and dinners (as specified in the itinerary)
  • Permission to villages
  • VAT and other taxes
Price exclusive:
  • International flight tickets and airport tax.
  • Visas
  • Dinners, except as specified above.
  • Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses.
  • Camera fees (if any)
  • Diving fees
  • Insurance.
A:Available - This tour is available for booking.
R:On Request - This tour is on request only
All prices are per person.
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