This Highlands & Sea adventure package starts in the ancient trade town of Hoi An and takes in the charming highlands where coffee is grown, to the fishing villages of the coast. A wonderful combination of culture, history, scenery and nature make this one of our most popular soft adventure tours.
Highlands & Sea - 10 Days - Vietnam Tours
Start city: Danang (Vietnam)
Finish city: Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)
Duration: 10 Days & 9 Nights
Departure: Private Adventure Tour. Daily, upon your request.
Cities to visit: Danang - Hoian - Kon Tum - Pleiku - Buon Me Thuot - Da Lat - Phan Rang - Ho Coc - Ho Chi Minh City
- Extendable with optional tours from Danang (Vietnam) and from Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)
We reserve the right to deviate from this itinerary for any reasons, including road and weather conditions, frequency of visits to a village, or for any other factor which may influence client safety.
- Enjoy Hoian Farming and Fishing eco-tour
- Visit the former Headquarter of the 4th U.S Infantry Division in Pleiku
- Enjoy "Folk show" and drink "Can" wine in jar, dance with the local people at Jarai village
- Ride elephant in Buon Me Thuot and Lak Lake
- Hike to minority tribe village in Dalat
- Boat trip in Vinh Hy Bay
- Relax on Ho Coc beach (Vung Tau).
- BRIEF & PRICE
- TOUR MAP
BRIEF & PRICE
Day 1: Danang Arrival – Transfer to Hoian
Upon your arrival at Danang International Airport, your tour guide and driver will pick you up and transfer to Hoian.
Graceful, historic Hoi An is Vietnam’s most atmospheric and delightful town. Once a major port, it boasts the grand architecture and beguiling riverside setting that befits its heritage, and the 21st-century curses of traffic and pollution are almost entirely absent. The face of the Old Town has preserved its incredible legacy of tottering Japanese merchant houses, Chinese temples and ancient tea warehouses – though, of course, residents and rice fields have been gradually replaced by tourist businesses.
In the after noon, take a half-day walking tour through the narrow winding streets of the ancient quarter, visiting Chua Ong Pagoda, the Chinese Assembly Hall, the 200-year-old Tan Ky ancestral house and the famous Japanese Bridge. In the evening, enjoy free time to shop, explore the town, take a walk and discover the acient town on your own.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hoian.
Day 2: Hoian Ecotour
Today you embark on a family run “fisherman eco-tour”. Explore Hoian’s surrounding farmland and countryside then try your hand at local fishing techniques as you learn to navigate a basket boat through narrow waterways. Return to Hoian in the afternoon.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hoian.
Day 3: Hoian – Kon Tum – Pleiku
After breakfast, leave Hoi An for Pleiku. Stop over at Phoenix Airbase in Dakto. On the way, you will have chance to visit Kon Tum City with its Woden Church, Vinh Son 1 Ophanage…
Arrive in Pleiku in the late afternoon. Remain day is at leisure.
Accommodation: Hotel in Pleiku.
Day 4: Pleiku Sightseeing Tour
Visit tea plantations where were planted at the beginning of the year 1912s, and brought in the tea processing machines by the French. Drive to Pleikep village for sightseeing and the exploration of the Jarai’s culture especially the wooden statues of the graveyard, watering spring place where people get water or freshen up. Lunch in Pleiku City.
In the afternoon, visit Camp Enari – the former Headquarter of the 4th U.S Infantry Division. En route, stop over at Catecka plantation – the former operational areas of the 4th Division, Minh Thanh Pagoda – the biggest one in the Central Highland and Sea Lake, a natural lake which is situated on the crater of a volcano of million years of ages. Continue to Pleiteng village to enjoy "Folk show" and drink "Can" wine in jar. You may like to dance with the local people at Jarai Village. Back Pleiku City in the late afternoon.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Accommodation: Hotel in Pleiku.
Day 5: Pleiku – Buon Me Thuot
After breakfast, farewell Pleiku and spend a 4 hour drive on the bucolic countryside to Buon Me Thuot, also referred to as Ban Me Thuot, the "capital city of the Vietnamese coffee".
On the way, you will have chance to visit Buon Don village. Take a trip via Bamboo Bridge crossing the Serepok River. The guide will tell you the story of the traditional hunting and break the elephant in.
Riding elephant around the village and crossing the Serepok River to visit the hero of elephant hunting – Amakong. Enjoy "Gong" performance before leaving for Dray Nur Waterfall.
Afternoon, visit Trung Nguyen Coffee Village – a famous Vietnamese coffee brand over the world, understand deeply traditional farming technique of coffee tree at Old Coffee Plantation and Coffee Museum. Your soul will soaring with a fragrant cup of coffee in the romantic Coffee Culture Space.
Meal: Breakfast & Lunch.
Accommodation: Hotel in Buon Me Thuot.
Day 6: Buon Me Thuot – Da Lat
After breakfast, meet your driver and head south to Da Lat. Stop at Lak Lake to visit a village of M’nong ethnology people. Then, ride elephant passing the lake to visit M’Lieng hill tribe village. Take a dugout canoe trip on the lake for exploring.
On arrival, check in to your hotel and take an orientation walk around Xuan Huong Lake and the nearby Da Lat Central Market.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Accommodation: Hotel in Dalat.
Day 7: Da Lat Hiking (Tiger Woody - Medium hard)
This day trip starts to the East of Dalat City. Drive 30 minutes along picturesque scenic roads to the Tiger Falls Trailhead where you start our journey to the Falls. The first section of trail is through steep sided pine forest trail, dropping down to the Lang Bian River. Continue to walk near the shore of the river for about 1½ hours. Here you will spy a few suspension bridges in the distance, and you will see the landscape change from pine forest to coffee farms. Most of the farming in this area is done by the local K’ho minority tribes. Both the Lat and the Chil ethnic people are members of the K’ho minority group. They comprise the largest ethnic minority group in the Da Lat area.
From here walk up to a scenic lookout, where you may want to take pictures of the beautiful valley below. Enjoy a picnic lunch here.
Descend and ascend the nearest neighboring peak for a rare glimpse of the lives of rural minority peoples, their homes, work and culture. The way to see this village is by foot as there is no road access to the village. Finally, a hike through the rolling hills, with a view of another waterfall and several small vegetable farms, returns you to the trailhead.
After this visit, you may understand why Dr. Alexander Yersin wrote so fondly of the area after his exploratory visit in 1893.
Meals: Breakfast, Pinic Lunch.
Accommodation: Hotel in Dalat.
Day 8: Da Lat – Phan Rang
Your guide and driver will take you on 3.5 hour drive to Phan Rang. On arrival, take a boat trip to visit Vinh Hy Bay – one of the 4 most beautiful bays in South Centre of Vietnam. You will take a glass bottom boat tour to see the corals and beautiful fishes. Then, enjoy 1 – 2 hour snorkeling on the bay or free for relaxing on the beach.
Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. Drive back to your hotel in the afternoon.
Note: The itinerary to Vinh Hy Bay subjects to weather condition.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch.
Accommodation: Hotel in Phan Rang.
Day 9: Phan Rang – Ho Coc (Vung Tau)
After breakfast, leave Phan Rang for Ho Coc Beach (Ba Ria - Vung Tau). On the way, you may stop to visit Nam Cuong Sand Dune, Red Sand dune, White Sand dunes, Fairy stream…
Arrive in Ho Coc in the late afternoon.
Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Coc.
Day 10: Ho Coc – HCMC – Departure.
Free for beach relaxation until your driver and tour guide pick you up for 3 hour drive to Ho Chi Minh City where you'll take your departure flight. Tour ends.
1. Are tour dates of "Highlands & Sea" flexible?
Yes, this adventure tour package is private and you can depart on any dates at your convenience.
2. Can I extend or change my stay?
Absolutely! Extra days can be arranged in most areas if desired. Let us know how you would like to customize your trip and we will do our best to accommodate you. You can ask helps from our travel consultant to amend or extend your stay (subject to availability of hotels and flights; surcharge may be applicable).
3. Are meals included?
We have tried to balance flexibility and convenience regarding meal options. This tour package includes daily buffet breakfast at hotels and some lunches or dinners as listed in parenthesis next to the tour itinerary on each day tour. In the major cities, where there are a wide variety of restaurants, we generally do not include meals to allow our travelers the flexibility of choosing their own food preferences. Our tour guides can recommend some options for our clients to choose from according to traveler’s interest & budget.
4. What type of food is typical of Vietnam?
Vietnamese cuisine is quite varied from the North to the Centre and to the South, having had many external influences over the years that have created an interesting mix of cooking methods and ingredients. French presence in the recent past has led to the assimilation of French cuisine influence, and is often attributed with Pho noodle soup's rise to popularity. Most meals include rice, as well as fish sauce which is a popular condiment added to almost every meal throughout the country.
5. What if I have a special request on food?
You just need to share us your request on type of foods, we will choose a right restaurant and order suitable menus for you.
6. What are the accommodations like?
Vietnam Tours only recommends good hotels rated from 3 stars to luxurious resorts. They are located within walking distance of the town center and the reception generally speaks English. However, in some remote or mountainous regions, we only can book you into some basic hotels/ lodges/ homestay but we will choose the most comfortable standard accommodations and clean for your stay. For more information, check with your travel consultants to view pictures of our suggestion on standard hotels/ lodges/ resorts. Don’t forget that you can give your favorite name of hotel brands to us, so we can get your concept.
7. What are the guides like?
All of our tour guides are professional, helpful and friendly! They are fluent in English (or French, Spanish etc.). They are from the local areas where they guide and are among the very best guides available in each region. Our guides treat our travelers like friends, showing visitors both the major highlights and the local treasures.
8. What type of transportation is used?
Our Vietnam tours utilize a variety of primarily private transportation (arranged just for your groups) including new and modern vans/ cars, motor boats, etc. We use a mix of private (vans/ cars)/ public transportation (domestic flights, sharing cruises, trains) to provide travelers with the safest and most efficient transit in each area.
9. How difficult and flexible are trip activities?
You don’t have to be a fitness fanatic to enjoy this adventure tour. We are flexible, we’ll adjust distances and levels of difficulty up or down according to your abilities and desires.
10. Are the hiking and biking distances the same on family trips?
To accommodate our youngest guests, family hikes and bike rides are typically shorter and easier. Our tour guides are happy to keep children entertained while adults/ teens opt for a challenging hike, bike ride, etc. – distances and levels of difficulty for adults and teens are easy to adjust.
11. How many people are typically on your tours?
We only offer completely private tours, so only the people you book for will be on the tour. If you are alone, it will just be you and your guide. If you are a couple, just the two of you and your guide, and so on. We believe this is the best type of tour, so that it can be personalized to you, go at your own pace, and so that you can have the full attention of your guide for the duration of the tour.
12. Is this adventure a good choice for solo travelers?
Yes, it is. Many of our guests travel solo. You will still have a private tour guide and driver to accompany throughout the journey. However, you have to cover all expenses regarding accommodations (single room), tour guides, and transportations because no-one shares cost with.
13. What vaccinations are recommended for this adventure?
It's important that you receive the most accurate and up-to-date travel health information for the region you will be visiting. The only one qualified to provide you with this advice is your family physician or a specialist from a Travel Health clinic.
14. What should I pack for this adventure?
We always recommend packing as light as possible. The basics are lightweight clothing that can be layered, long-sleeved shirts, T-shirts and tank tops (be respectful of the culture you are visiting), socks – wool socks are best for hiking, comfortable walking shoes, rain jacket or umbrella, hat or sun visor, sunglasses, diarrhea/laxative medicines. Just pack smart! Ask your travel consultant for more information regarding what to pack because it depends on your traveling time.
15. What's the climate like?
Whilst Vietnam is typically warm and humid, the weather can vary significantly from one region to another due to the country's length. The weather in Vietnam can be split by region and seasons, so please check with our travel consultants for more information.
16. How if bad weather such as storm, flood, landslide occurs during my holiday with Vietnam Tours?
Our Travel Consultants and Tour Operators keep checking weather forecast every-day, if the weather is bad and it may affect to your safety, we will discuss with you regarding a tentative program immediately to ensure the best interests of the group.
17. What is tipping information?
If you're happy with the service you received, providing a tip for tour guides, drivers - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it's of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry.
18. How do I get to the hotel from the airport when I arrive?
When you arrive at airports, you will be greeted with your name on our driver/ tour guide’s welcome sign, then get transferred to your hotel.
19. Do tour rates include international flights?
This tour only includes domestic flights. We find that it is usually less expensive for travelers to book these separately and this also allows you the flexibility to choose the schedule and routing that is most convenient for you. You can purchase international flights on your own, or we can certainly help you arrange these flights with an airfare consolidator who specializes in international flights.
20. Are the rates displayed per person or per room?
The prices shown on our website are per person based on twin/ double accommodation.
21. Any surcharges if my travel dates are during Christmas or New Year Holidays?
The rates are regular price and they are not included a compulsory dinner (Gala Dinner) on the day of Christmas or New Year Eve. Surcharges depend on specific hotels you stay at, so our travel consultants will give further information to you in communications.
22. Are there any discounts available?
We offer select trip discounts periodically throughout the year, especially in the low season (Summer time in Vietnam is from May to Sep). Please contact our travel consultants to get more details.
23. How do I pay when I want to book this tour?
We accept payment by debit/ credit card (Visa, Master, Amex), cash and bank transfer. When you confirm a booking with us, we will send you our online payment link or bank details to deposit 30% of the total tour cost. The balance will be due as soon as you arrive in Cambodia. Our travel consultants will give more details via email about payment instruction.
24. What happens if I fall ill or injure myself?
Most travelling incidents are relatively minor, involving nothing more than cuts and bruises or a brief case of traveller's tummy. Our tour guides are trained to cope with these minor incidents but in the unlikely case of something more serious, we will seek local medical assistance. We suggest you buy cancellation and curtailment insurance.
25. Is travel insurance included? And is it recommended?
Travel insurance is not included in our tour price. Absolutely, we recommend you to contact with your local agent in your country to buy travel insurance which covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.
26. How to change or cancel my reservation?
You can change or amend your schedule in advance or during your trip but surcharge maybe applied according to our contract with local suppliers, hotels and airlines. Regarding cancelation terms, please check out this link: https://asiatravelandleisure.com/terms-conditions.html
WANT TO ASK A QUESTION?
- Accommodations with daily breakfast
- Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
- Private tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary
- Services of private drivers and air-conditioned vehicles
- Service of professional biking tour guides (English/ French speaking)
- Entrance fees, performances, boat trips & excursions.
- International flights into and out Vietnam
- Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
- Early check-in and late check-out at hotel
- Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
- Tips for tour guides and drivers
- Travel insurance
- Vietnam Visa fee.
Call us on +8424 3942 9444 to speak to one of our experts or click here to request a quote.