Welcome to Southwest Highlands

Protected jungle hosts singing gibbons, pygmy loris, wild elephants and incredible numbers of birds. Active travellers take to the mountains, forests, waterfalls and rivers in biking, hiking, rafting and abseiling adventures, and the former French hill station of Dalat beguiles with its cool climate, the palaces of the last emperor of Vietnam and bars for after-dark thrills.

As varied as the land, the people of the highlands are a great mix of cultures. If you're lucky, you may sleep in a Bahnar rong (tall, thatched-roof building on stilts) or watch the Jarai 'feed' the graves of their dead.

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$28 Transfers & Ground Transport


LAO CAI TRAIN STATION TP SAPA PICK-UP & SEE-OFF SERVICE ( Lao Cai –  Sapa, Sapa – Lao Cai)Overview:Enjoy the luxury of your own vehicle and professional driver as you make your way with comfort and ease from the train station to your hotel of choice. Book in advance to ensure an easy arrival!From Lao Cai Train Station to Sapa Centre about 50 minutes, a little longer in bad weather.When making a booking, you will need to advise us of your train details and your accommodation details. Your transfer will be confirmed within 24 hours.Meeting point at Train Station.Please head outside the arrival hall to gate  and look out for your drive/representative holding  a sign with your name on it.Hotel Pick Up:Please wait at the hotel lobbyKindly arrive at least 5 minutes before your scheduled pick up time

$370 Sightseeing Tickets & Passes

2-day trekking Nam Cat Tien National Park

Day 1: Saigon – Nam Cat Tien National ParkLeave busy Saigon behind for the serenity of the lush forests of Cat Tien National Park, one of Vietnam’s top national parks, home of the world’s critically endangered wildlife. The park also provides one of the largest areas of lowland forest in Vietnam where you can see some of Indochina’s flora and fauna, and the conservation efforts being develop to protect them. After a local ferry to the other side of Dong Nai River followed by lunch, transfer by the lodge buggy to the National Park Centre to begin your short trek through the jungle to observe wildlife up close. Return to the lodge for dinner before heading back to the National Park Centre where you’ll transfer to a car for an exciting night excursion deep into the park using a spotlight to see the nocturnal wildlife. Return to your lodge by buggy where you’ll enjoy a good night’s rest with the sounds of the jungle as nature’s soundtrack. Meal: Lunch, DinnerAccommodation: Forest Floor Lodge – Vietnamese Wooden Lodge NOTES:Suggested departure time: 08:00.Estimated arrival time at Nam Cat Tien: 11:30.Duration of afternoon tour: 03 hours.Duration of night tour: 02 hours. Day 2: Nam Cat Tien National Park – Saigon  Rise early with the animals and be transferred by lodge buggy to the National Park Centre for a trekking trip to the crocodile lake, stopping often to view the myriad varieties of birds and possibly even larger mammals. The lake is home to the endangered Siamese crocodile and is one of the last places in the world where they can be seen. Return to the lodge by midday for lunch before leaving the park. Board a local ferry to the other side of the river where your driver awaits to bring you back to Saigon. Meal: Breakfast, Lunch NOTES:Suggested departure time: 08:00.Estimated arrival time at Saigon: 16:00. ***Barely longer than an inch or two, terrestrial leeches are commonly found in the tropical forests in Vietnam all year round, and especially during the rainy season from May to November. The best protection against leeches is covering up and wearing leech socks and/or leech repellent provided before the trekking trip. While a nuisance, leeches are part of the ecosystem and should not impact your enjoyment of the trek. 

$942.50 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Vietnam Culture Trip in 9 Days

DAY 1: WELCOME TO VIETNAM - HANOI ARRIVAL Upon arrival our driver will meet you at the airport and transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.  DAY 2: HANOI SIGHTSEEING GROUP TOUR (B/L) Your guide will meet you at the hotel lobby at 08:00 am. Your city tour will take you to Hanoi’s key sites: the Ho Chi Minh Complex (Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and stilt house), the Presidential Palace, One Pillar Pagoda, the Temple of Literature, West Lake, Tran Quoc Pagoda & Quan Thanh Temple. After the lunch you will visit one of the city’s museums.  DAY 3: HALONG BAY CRUISE (B/L/D) – SHARING CRUISE Our guide and shuttle bus will pick you up at hotel lobby around 7:30. On arrival you will board on cruise and spend full day cruising the bay’s 3000 magnificent limestone islets, kayaking and swimming. In the evening you could take part in cooking lesson and squid fishing.  Overnight on cruise DAY 4: WAKE UP WITH THE DRAGON IN THE BAY (B/L) Rise early for a Tai Chi lesson or just to enjoy the breakfast. The boat will make its way back to the port stopping at the Cave of Surprises, full of stalagmites and stalactites. You will arrive back to Hanoi around 4:30-17:00 pm.  DAY 5: TRAVEL FROM TRANQUIL HANOI TO VIBRANT HO CHI MINH CITY (B) After breakfast, our driver will transfer you to the airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel, the rest of the day is free for leisure and shopping. DAY 6: DISCOVER THE MIGHTY MEKONG DELTA  (B/L/D) – GROUP TOUR Leave Saigon for My Tho, located on the bank of the Mekong River to visit a large market. There you will visit a local market, have a boat trip through the maze of small canals of Mekong River and visit an orchard on an island, with lunch en route. Continue with a visit to a snake farm and then continue driving to Can Tho for overnight. DAY 7: FASCINATING MEKONG LIFESTYLE (B/L) Today will begin with an early breakfast and boat trip to the Floating Market after. There you will watch the locals sit aboard their small boats selling and exchanging goods. On the way back to Saigon, we will visit Dong Tam Snakes Farm. DAY 8: EXPLORE THE MYSTERIOUS CU CHI TUNNELS Have breakfast and check-out from the hotel. Depart for Cu Chi tunnels at 8:00 am. There you will explore the underground system of tunnels, will learn how the tunnels were constructed and how the people survived in the harsh conditions of the war time. You will be back to Ho Chi Minh around 14:00. DAY 9: TIME TO SAY GOODBYE - HO CHI MINH DEPARTURE (B) Breakfast at hotel, Free at leisure until transferring to Tan Son Nhat Airport for your departure flight. End of the trip.

$722.50 Multi-day & Extended Tours


DAY 1: HANOI ARRIVALUpon arrival our driver will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.DAY 2: HANOI – HALONG BAY (B/L/D) – Sharing cruiseCheck-out from hotel and get pick-up by the Cruise at 7:30 am. Upon arrival at Halong, you will take a cruise on the bay to explore the limestone rocks and the karst grottoes. You would also will visit the limestone cave, do kayaking and swimming. In the evening you could participate in cooking demonstration and squid fishing. Overnight on cruiseDAY 3: HALONG BAY – HANOI (B/L) Rise early for a Tai Chi lesson or just to enjoy a hearty breakfast. The boat will sail back to the port stopping at the Cave of Surprises, full of stalagmites and stalactites or at the floating village. You would arrive back to Hanoi around 16:30-17:00. DAY 4: BA VI ECO TOUR – FLIGHT TO HO CHI MINH (B/L)08:00 – Start your trip to Ri village in Ba Vi. Here you will visit tea plantation and learn how to harvest the tea and make it ready for sale. The same time you will listen to the stories of life of the tea plantation owner, who is a Vietnam War veteran. Then you will move to the Moc Village where your host will teach you how to cook traditional Vietnamese dishes.12:30: Have lunch with the host’s family and short break after lunch. Then you will head back to Hanoi and be transferred to the airport for you flight to Ho Chi Minh.  DAY 5: CU CHI TUNNEL TOUR (B/L) – TRANSFER TO MUI NEHave breakfast and check-out from the hotel. Depart for Cu Chi tunnels at 8:00 am. There you will explore the underground system of tunnels which were used during the war, learn how they were contracted and how the people survived in the harsh conditions of the war time. Break time to relax or time for those who want to try the real shooting gun.Return to Saigon at 14:00, to pick your luggage up from the hotel and you will be transferred to Mui Ne by private vehicle.DAY 6-7: MUI NE LEISURE (B)Have a leisure day exploring Mui Ne beaches or just relax at your resort.DAY 8: MUI NE LEISURE (B) – TRANSFER TO HO CHI MINH Leisure day on the beach – Then we will transfer you back to Ho Chi Minh City in the afternoon by private vehicle.DAY 9: HO CHI MINH DEPARTURE (B)Relish a healthy breakfast on the final day of your trip. Complete the hotel check-out formalities after which you can visit the local markets and buy souvenirs for your loved ones. Later, proceed for departure and board your flight back home. Trip Ends.

$220 Shore Excursions

Luxury Halong 2 days 1 night trip with La Regina Legend Cruise

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Hanoi Old Quarter, Hanoi9:00 - 9:30 LA REGINA LEGEND CRUISE luxury limousine picks you up at your hotel at Hanoi Old Quarter to travel to La Regina Private Lounge – arrive at around 11h30. The 2-hour journey from Hanoi to Got Ferry via the new Hanoi – Hai Phong highway is seen as a much quicker and smoother than the classic 4-hour drive to other ferries in Halong City. It’s a huge advantage when cruising with La Regina Legend Cruise. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Lan Ha Bay, Cat Ba12:30 Let your vacation start with a welcome drink and wet towel during the time that our Cruise Manager introduce the safety briefing. The boat start to cruise to Lan Ha bay. 13:15 Delicious set menu lunch is served in La Corona restaurant. 15:30 Feel free to discover Trung Trang cave, one iconic and historic cave in Cat Ba island 17:30 - 19:00 Enjoy your time with the beautiful sunset on the bay and join “Happy Hour” – 30% Discount off all drinks onboard 18:30 Join our Cooking Class on sundeck with the Chef on boat and learn how to prepare one of the most iconic dish of Vietnamese cuisine. 19:30 Dinner is served on sundeck if the weather permit 21:00 Other option is to try yourself at Squid Fishing at the reception or watching movie in the La Magia Restaurant on the third floorDuration: 12 hoursStop At: Lan Ha Bay, Cat BaDAY 2: LAN HA BAY – HAI PHONG – HA NOI06:15 Start your day with a Taichi session on the sundeck 06:45 Light breakfast is served in La Corona on the second floor 07:30 The boat anchor at Tra Bau area, it is time to discover the natural beauty of Lan Ha bay by kayaking or swimming. 9:00 – 9:45 Back to the main boat for relaxing and check out at the reception, please put all your luggage at the outside of your cabin, crew member will help to bring luggage on land. 09:45 Brunch is served in the restaurant while the boat heads back to the harbor. 11:30 Disembark at the harbor Duration: 12 hoursStop At: Hanoi Old Quarter, Hanoi14:45 Drop you off at your hotel. End of your 2-day 1-night Halong Bay Cruise trip.Duration: 3 hours

$187.50 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Private 01 Cabin Junk Cruise in Lan Ha Bay

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Lan Ha BayDAY 1: HA NOI - CAT BA ISLAND - LAN HA & HALONG BAYS12:00 - On arrival at Cai Beo wharf of Cat Ba Island. Get on your private Vintage Junk, enjoy welcome drink, move around to learn about the boat and check into your cabin before cruising.​12:15 - Pull up the anchor and start your cruise. The junk firstly winds its way by a fishing village toward Lan Ha Bay. Not much different from Halong Bay, featured with hundreds of limestone islands and islets. Lan Ha is smaller but the karst sheer islands stay close together, this makes Lan Ha Bay become the best place for kayaking and swimming activities. The beaches are tiny but there are plenty of them compare with Halong Bay.13:30 - Anchor is dropped in the middle of the bay for lunch time. If the weather is nice enough, your lunch will be served on the top deck where you are able to enjoy the scenery during your lunch the best.14:30 - After the lunch, the boat will take you to visit a fish-farm. Learn about the typical sorts of fish grown on the bay. After that, get back to the junk and continue on the cruise to Ba Trai Dao beach for you to paddle around on kayaks to explore this beautiful part of the bay. Take a swim on the beach if the weather permits.16:00 - Anchor is pulled up for the cruise toward Halong Bay. After a turn where you can view the open sea, you will reach Halong Bay. It gets a bit wider but you could not see a lot of tourist boats as you are still in a remote part of the bay. The junk is gently moving toward the night place.17:30 - Get back on the top-deck for an interesting cooking demonstration during the sunset. The chef will show you how he makes the Vietnamese popular fried rolls. Of course, after the samples, you will have a go, then enjoy your work right after.19:00 - Enjoy set-menu dinner and stay overnight on the junk.Included meals: Lunch, DinnerDAY 2: HALONG BAY - LAN HA BAY - CAT BA ISLAND - HANOI07:15 - The engine is started for the day.07:45 - Breakfast is served while the junk is taking you to Vung Kiem Lam area where you will have more time to paddle your kayaks to explore a hidden lake that is only accessed by a tunnel-like cave with many beautiful stalactite hanging down from the ceiling. 09:30 - Get back to the junk and meandering between the rocks back to Lan Ha Bay (Mostly on different route)​10:30 - Check out of the cabin. and get ready for the early lunch (served on boat).11:45 - Bid farewell to the crews and disembark. Drive back to Hanoi.Included meals: Breakfast, LunchDuration: 2 days

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