Vietnam Homestay tour
15 Days | 14 Nights

Tour Code : VIETNAM-HS15
Depart at : Hanoi
Rate from :  $1266
Finish at : Saigon
Tour Highlights : Mekong Delta homestay and biking tour; Hoian homestay and beaches; Moon Garden homestay; Halong overnight on junk boat
A unique holiday offers like-no-others experiences with authentic homestay along the length of Vietnam country. This trip offers you the closest view to Vietnamese daily lives and culture in 3 main parts of our country: Mekong Delta (South Vietnam), Hoian (Central Vietnam) and Moon Garden homestay (North Vietnam)
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Descriptif
TOUR BRIEFING:
Day 01: Sai gon (Ho Chi Minh City) Arrival
Day 02: Hochiminh city (formerly Saigon) tour
Day 03:  Sai gon – Vinh Long – Mekong Delta homestay
Day 04: Vinh Long – Sadec – Chau Doc 
Day 05: Chau Doc – Truong Long Village – Mekong Delta homestay
Day 06: Can tho floating markets visit
Day 07: Can Tho – My tho - Saigon
Day 08: Hochiminh city – fly to Hoi an – Homestay
Day 09: Hoi An excursions and homestay
Day 10: Hoi An excursions and homestay
Day 11: Hoi An – fly to Hanoi
Day 12: Hanoi – drive to Halong Bay
Day 13: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Moon Garden homestay
Day 14: Moon garden homestay – Hanoi center
Day 15: Hanoi Departure

HOLIDAY INDOCHINA special touches:
1. Reach to the remote areas in Mekong delta where foreigners is so strange with locals
2. Homestay at Moon Garden – the special product offered only by HOLIDAY INDOCHINA



Day 01: Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) arrival (B)

Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam’s commercial heart and largest city. Transfer to your hotel followed by a tour briefing, welcome drinks and your first taste of Vietnamese cuisine for dinner. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.

Day 02: Saigon city tour (B/L)
A full day to explore the center of Vietnam’s southern centre of commerce - Ho Chi Minh City. Tour starts with a visit to some of Saigon’s most colourful architecture and historical legacies on visits to the War Remnants Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office. Then Independence Palace and Ben Thanh Market just nearby. Free the rest of the day and your dinner. Overnight in Saigon.

Day 03:  Saigon – Vinh Long – Mekong Delta homestay (B/L/D)
Pick up at your hotel and depart for Co co where you start your  biking tour from Coco to Hoa Loc that you will observe the rural local daily life coverd orchards and having chance to meet local people who rarely see any foreigners in this area. Then take a boat to cross the river delta and weave through the small canals of Binh Hoa Phuoc island to discover the lush scenery and people working on the farm. Visit CaiBe Floating market then enjoy your lunch with local delicacy with fresh water fish of "elephant ear-fish". Boat ride to Vinh Long. Visit Vinh Long local market where you have chance to see all kind of farm-products of mekong delta such as: many kind offresh vegetables, Abundunt tropical fruits, Pigs, ducks and chickens market, especially snakes, rats, frogs, snails.... be back to island for homestay.
Tips: the house is at basic conditions. We recommended you should focus on what you see/learn not in what you stay while taking homestay. That will guarantee your best homestay experience

Day 04: Vinh Long – Sadec – Chau Doc (B)
Breakfast will be served with local peaceful atmosphere. Boat ride to Vinh long dock. Car transfer to Sadec with the stop to visit the Huynh Thuy Le ancient house where is famous for the best novel of Margaret Duras “the Lover”
Drive to Chau Doc. Check-in hotel.  Afternoon take a boat trip to visit a massive floating village where thousands of locals live on their floating house and earn their living on breeding Basa and many other kinds of fresh-water fish. Stop by Cham minority village. Drive to Sam mountain’s top to view the spectacular sunset right at Vietnam and Cambodia border. Visit Tay An pagoda and Chua Xu temple. Overnight in Hotel at Chau Doc

Day 05: Chau Doc – Truong Long Village – Mekong Delta homestay (B/D)
Drive to  visit Bang Lang Storks Garden and Binh Thuy Shrine. Drive to Truong Long Village (15km) for your homestay. Check in the host’s house before discovering local remote villages on foot. Dinner will be served with homely cooked dishes. Overnight at Truong Long Village

Day 06: Can Tho floating markets visit (B)
6:00am - an interesting, pleasant day awaiting today! After a healthy breakfast at your homestay, jump straight into an arrow-boat and enjoy an early boat cruise (4 hours) to visit the stunning floating markets of Phong Dien and Cai Rang. Phong Dien is smaller in scale and is more of a retailed one while Cai Rang is bigger and is more of a wholesaled one. And what you need to do is to sit back and relax on the boat, have some sips of local coffee and watch the world of trading activities going on and on from boats to boats. If you are fruit lovers, go for the freshest ones here at these markets. In between the two markets, we will get off our boat for some short bike-rides along the remote villages’ paths. Hop back on our car after cruising through Cai Rang floating market and head to Can Tho. Check in hotel. Free time on your own. Overnight in Hotal at Can Tho

Day 07: Can Tho – My tho - Saigon (B/L)
Drive to My Tho. Take on a bigger wooden boat and cruise crossing the mighty Upper Mekong River before boarding a wooden sampan and cruise through a green, lush, picturesque and Amazon-like creeks of Tan Thach. Heading to Gocong by road.with some more breaks en route to visit an incense workshop, a local village where the people have produced some of the finest pieces of furniture in the South, and a legumes nursery which surely is an eye-opener for any one! Short bike ride crossing paddy fields and through remote villages dotted with coconut palm trees then continue the trip back Saigon with the backroad via My Loi ferry on Vam Co river. On arrival, check in hotel and relax.

Day 08: Saigon – fly to Hoi an - Homestay (B)
Free until you will be transferred to the airport for 2 hours flight to Danang City, famous for My Khe Beach and the former R&R for US servicemen. Pick up upon arrival and transfer to Hoian. Visit the fascinating Cham Museum, famous My Khe Beach and the Marble Mountains en route to charming Hoian. Hoian ancient town is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century. Its buildings and its street plan reflect the influences, both indigenous and foreign, that have combined to produce this unique heritage site. Drive to a local house for homestay

Day 09: Hoian excursions and homestay (B) 
Experience and see the local’s daily lives. You can join in some exciting activities there by warm host and his/her family. The activities can be added with some excursions to explore surroundings. Some are: cooking class - a must while taking homestay, River trip to see traditional villages, excursion to My Son, Holyland ect. 
Tips: the house for homestay is basic conditions and not located in downtown, of course. But the local hosts having bicycles and motors for free. If not, please contact us.

Day 10: Hoian excursions and homestay (B)

Keep continue our activities that the we did not finish yet from yesterday.

Day 11: Hoian – fly to Hanoi (B)
Free time and say good bye to our host for transfer to Danang airport for a short flight to Hanoi. The capital city of Vietnam. Take time to see the city with its most highlights such as: Hoan Kiem lake, Temple of Literature, Hochiminh mausoleum and a Water Puppet show at late afternoon. Tonight we will experience a fine hotel in Hanoi center

Day 12: Hanoi - drive to Halong Bay (B/L/D) 
Whatever you do, going to North Vietnam without a visit to Halong bay is a big mistake. This morning depart for Halong Bay, heading out of the town we embark on a boat for an exploration of the legendary Halong Bay. The fantastic cruise will provide us a fantastic view of the picturesque scenery blending with the sky and some 3,000 limestone islands rising amazingly from the clear and emerald water. The limestone karsts formations are littered with beaches, grottoes and beautiful caves. Along the way we will anchor for a leisurely swim in a secluded cove and an enjoyable visit to one of the many hidden grottoes beneath towering cliffs. Stay overnight on the Junk Cruise

Day 13: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Moon Garden homestay (B/D)
Waking up and enjoy the sun rising over the Bay. After breakfast, visit beautiful limestone grotto then back to the boat for a final glimpse of the Halong Bay while cruising back to the dock. Our car will pick you up at the pier and transfer to Moon Garden homestay house which 50 km from Hanoi center. Arrive the house at around 4pm. Welcome by hosts then free time to walk around village followed with amazing relax foot bath in herbal water before going to bed.

Day 14: Moon garden homestay – Hanoi center (B/L)
Waking up in morning do some exercises then have fun with Cooking class to make Vietnamese food. Then take bicycle to see Duong Lam Ancient village and Mia Pagoda – depending on the season, you can join some farming activities like: harvesting corn, sweet potatoes or go fishing (exciting and lots of laughs!!!). Back to lunch. Free time before transfer back to Hanoi. Overnight in hotel

Day 15: Hanoi Departure (B)
Free time at hotel on the last hours in Vietnam. Our homestay holiday is going to finish. We hope the trip give you the real experience about our local life. Be transfer to airport for your flight home and its time to say good bye.

End of our Vietnam Homestay holiday.

Flexibility: The sample itinerary below, can be easily modified to suit all your personal interests, budget as well as wishes including departure date, duration, accommodation used & how long you spend in each destination. OR you can be free to cut and pick any part of the holiday which is best fit to your interests. Note: Tour can be reversed to start from Hanoi

Gratuities:Tips are often the main source of income for those working in the travel industry. Tipping in bars and restaurants is now customary and highly recommended if you find satisfactory with services received. Tip is personal matter between you and services suppliers. Holiday Indochina makes no interfere or set no rule for tips and gratuities