ROCKY ISLANDS, JUNK BOATS, ANCIENT TOWNS AND STUNNING BEACHES
Backpacking Mystical Vietnam
Sink into the stunning geographical phenomena which is Vietnam in a tour overflowing with adventure for the curious backpacker.
We visit the eclectically vibrant cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh while balancing the serene culture of Ha Long Bay, Da Nang and the lush fields of the Mekong Delta.
Fisherman and fish markets, rice paddies and rice farmers, this adventure tour stays with locals along the way so you can truly understand what living a day in the life of a Vietnamese feels like.
SapaSituated at the foot of Fan Si Pan, Vietnam’s highest peak, the mountain town of Sapa is a cultural melting pot of at least 5 different ethnic tribal groups. Enjoy the riot of colours at the weekly Bắc Hà markets. The wonderful village is surrounded by towering rice paddies, punctuated by torrential rivers, and a backdrop of natural forests enveloping the mountains as far as the eye can see creating a breath-taking atmosphere. Sapa is hikers paradise with the challenging hike to Fan Is Pan the ultimate. For those not so keen on a rigorous hike a 6 km cable car will cheat you to the summit.
Ha Long Bay
Nearly 1,6000 limestone islands climb out of the beautiful blue-green sea to make up the Ha Long Bay - one of the 7 wonders of the world. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Area in 1994 Ha Long Bay has been the location of many movies.The locals live on four floating fishing villages dotted around the bay while many visitors will stay on the two bigger islands of Tuần Châu and Cát Bà. Many of the limestone islands have been hollowed by millennia of erosion the largest of which is Hang Dau Go cave with con contains numerous stalactites and stalagmites. Almost two thirds of the islands have names, many derived from their unique shapes such as Voi Islet (elephant), Ga Choi Islet (fighting cock), and Khi Islet (monkey).
HanoiHanoi is an enchanting mix of French colonial culture and tradition Sino-Vietnamese. Despite a rugged history of conflict it retains so much of its colonial old world charm. Explore the narrow winding lanes of the Old Quarter by day, and by night delight in the endless range of hip bars, restaurants, and nightclubs. No city in the world has had as many name changes as invaders from all directions have occupied Hanoi as their base for South East Asia adventures. Following the Vietnam war and the reunification of the north and south Hanoi was chosen over Saigon as the country’s capital. Stay an extra few days in Hanoi - its vibrant street culture, friendly people (they will often try and talk with you), and buzzing nightlife make this one of the coolest cities in Asia.
Ninh BìnhNinh Binh was an extremely important stronghold for the French colonists as it provided protection over the river ways that feed the Gulf of Tonkin. Today however, it is a sleepy village that provides the perfect launchpad for exploring the surrounding area which has some of Vietnam’s most spectacular scenery. The main attraction is a boat ride between the limestone peaks of the river and 3 erosion tunnels in the are of Tam Col, often known as “Halong Bay on Land”. Trang An Grottoes, only a short bike ride from Ninh Binh, also has many incredible limestone caves that can be navigated by boat. Climb the 450 steps to the top of Hang Mua Peak for one of the most spectacular vistas in Vietnam. Breathe in a 360° view of the entire region from the Red River Delta to the east right round to the mountains in the west and south.
Cuc Phuong National ParkThe rainforests of the Cuc Phuong National Park are 45km from Ninh Binh. The national park is Vietnam’s largest and significantly important for its biodiversity. Within the national park there is the Primate Rescue Centre where approximately 180 primates of endangered species are raised for reintroduction in to the wild, the botanical gardens and the turtle centre, plus the Save Vietnam's Wildlife Centre, which rehabilitates and releases native carnivores and pangolin. Wonderful hikes can found within the surrounding karst mountains or hire a mountain bike and explore the steep gravel paths within the park. One of the most notable experiences is the thousands of coloured butterflies which literally cover you as you walk or bike.
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