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Ha Long Bay
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Above & Below 14 days
(Mountain Biking and Scuba Diving)

Fourteeday adventure tours in the Northern and Central areas of Vietnam

This is an example of one of our classic tailor-made holidays in Vietnam - we'll be pleased to design similar Vietnam vacations with dates and itinerary customised to your personal preferences.

Our Above and Below Vietnam adventure holidays include Hanoi, Ha Long Bay kayaking, a night on a junk, a fun boat trip, snorkelling in Nha Trang, and scuba diving off secluded Whale Island

Our Above and Below adventure tours begin with ....
... time to recover, a night in Hanoi, a full day to explore the city. Once you've arrived and settled in, we'll meet you over dinner to say "hello", and talk about your tour. On the following day, we'll show you the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of Vietnam's historical city.

Meals: one breakfast, one lunch and one dinner
Escort/guide: transfer from airport to hotel and evening, and the following day.

Overnight on Ha Long Bay
After breakfast, your car will arrive to take you to Ha Long Bay. A boat will be waiting for you. You'll kayak on both days - it's an excellent way to get close to the rocky islands and see features that are invisible from a distance.

The Ha Long Bay experience is difficult to describe - suffice it to say that most of our customers rate it as their most durable memory. If you're a seafood fan - you're in for something special!

If the weather's good, take the pillows from the cabin, and sleep on the roof - it's magic, especially if you encounter a clear Ha Long dawn! Sadly, it's back to Hanoi on the following afternoon to board an overnight train to Sapa.

Meals: two breakfasts, two lunches and two dinners
Guide: both days

Three days in the northern mountains (Sapa)
You'll visit a weekly market frequented by ethnic minority people followed with a two-day clycling excursion on a winding road passing ethnic minority villages. The the scenery of mountains and rice paddy terraces is worth the effort.

Meals: three breakfasts, three lunches, one dinner
Guide: three days

Two days in Nha Trang
On arrival at Cam Rang, Nha Trang's spiffy new international airport, you'll have a boat trip up the Cai River to see the rural lifestyle and local cottage industries. After lunch, you can wallow in an open-air mineral mud bath. You'll be in a communal bath - private tubs are available, but they cost more and are much less fun! There's also a splendid hot mineral water swimming pool in a delightful garden.

On the following day, you'll be picked up to board one of the Nha Trang tour boats. We normally avoid ‘touristy' activities, but this one is an enjoyable experience. Plenty to eat, bottomless local wine, snorkelling and playing the fool in sampans paddled by local maidens - there's even a ‘band' to serenade you! No need for pre-arranged dinners in Nha Trang! There's plenty of variety in the many restaurants on the beach, the menus are in English and the prices are reasonable.

Meals: two breakfasts, two lunches
Guide: first day only

Three days on Whale Island
This is serious seclusion. The small resort has the island to itself. Clear sea, soft white sand beach, good snorkelling and diving on coral reefs, and all meals included. The downside is no TV and no telephones - on second thoughts, who needs them on a tropical island?

Meals: full board
Guide: not necessary

Time to leave!
The Whale Island staff will take care of your transfer from the resort to the airport.

Meals: one breakfast

Prices (per person in US dollars):

The prices below are based on the hotels on the Vietnam Sonata 'Accommodation' page. If you would prefer a different hotel, or hotels, choose your preference on the relevant 'Hotels' page, tell us, and we'll send you a modified price within 24 hrs at the latest.

Number in group
*Supplement for single hotel room occupancy*





















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At the time of quotation, Haivenu reserves the right to adjust prices to take account of unusual movements in currency markets, hotel and transport costs as a result of inflationary price pressures in oil and other commodity markets.

*These prices are valid until October 31, 2018. Please note that bank transfer fees are not included.

**Single room occupancy' refers to the accommodation element of the programme only, and applies to someone who is travelling with others but requires an additional room for him or herself. Single traveller prices are available on request.

Our prices include:

  • Breakfast and accommodation sharing a twin or double room.
  • Pick-ups and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle as specified in the itinerary above (Please note: pick-ups will be by a guide and driver or, where a guide is not necessary, a driver only. All unaccompanied drivers will be briefed in advance, and will carry a mobile phone to ensure smooth transfer arrangements)
  • Domestic flight tickets: Hanoi - Nha Trang and Nha Trang - Ho Chi Minh City, including domestic airport taxes.
  • Return train tickets: Hanoi - Lao Cai.
  • Boat cruise as specified in the programme. For Ha Long Bay, you'll join other passengers on a high quality wooden boat with comfortable accommodation, good facilities and an experienced crew. The boat will be fully licensed and comply with current safety regulations, and will accept a maximum of 16 passengers on the cruise.
  • Travel by private, air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced, safe driver.
  • Motorbikes and mountain bikes as mentioned in the programme.
  • The services of experienced English-speaking guides as indicated in the itinerary (please note: guides will be on hand from pick-up until guests' return to their hotel or reaching their destination). Free days or part days will not include the services of a guide unless requested and included in the final itinerary.
  • Where necessary, entry fees for all visits as mentioned in the programme.
  • Lunches and dinners (as specified in the itinerary) in the best local restaurants, or picnics where no suitable restaurant is available, and full board on the boat in Ha Long Bay.
  • VAT and other taxes

Our prices do not include:

  • International flight tickets and airport tax.
  • Visas
  • Dinners except as specified above.
  • Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses.
  • Diving courses in Nha Trang
  • Camera fees (if any)
  • Diving fees
  • Insurance.



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