Routes: Hue - HCM - Da Lat - Dak Lak - BMT - Kon Tum - Hoi An - Hue
Duration: 14 days 13 nights
Price: Contact for good price
The Central Highlands of Vietnam is known as home to different ethnic minorities, for the fresh nature and temperate climate and the sublime waterfalls. Leaving Ho Chi Minh City or Hue, we'll start our tour in Da Lat – the City of Love, then continue to the serene Lak Lake and learn about the life of the Mnong People from the back of the elephants. We'll have a full day tour of Buon Ma Thuot and the waterfalls around the homeland of Vietnam's best coffee. We'll have a complete exploration of the natural beauty and cultural life of the ethnic people who live around Pleiku and Kontum.
Day 1: Arrive in Saigon
Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City which is still called Saigon by the locals.
Transfer to the hotel. Overnight at hotel in Saigon
Day 2: Saigon - Nam Cat Tien (B, L, D)
In the morning, drive to the Nam Cat Tien National Park located 170 kilometers north-west of Saigon. Entry formalities. Beginning of the tour in Jeep. Then walk to Bau Sau (1h30 walk). Stop for lunch. Sampan walk on a pond to discover the ecosystem: a fauna and flora full of surprises await you including crocodiles, beautiful birds and flowers.
Return for dinner: departure for the lookout for nocturnal animals in jeep: the Indochinese tiger, the Asian elephant, wild pigs and hinds. Return and overnight at the hotel at Nam Cat Tien Park Center
Day 3: Nam Cat Tien - Dalat (B, L)
Morning early rise among the sounds of the forest, after breakfast, Jeep transfer into the park at the junction where we reach the main road and hiking departure about 3km to the lake resort of the crocodiles. Small break at the lake for activities such as boat riding on the lake, watching the biodiversity. Fortunately, you can see the crocodiles, the various species of birds living in the lake. Then hike back to the main road.
Transfer to the center of the park. Lunch in the park.
Afternoon say goodbye to the park of Cat Tien then crossing the river by boat. Departure to Dalat (about 3 hours drive) to Dalat. Overnight in Dalat
Day 4: Da Lat (L, D)
Breakfast. Departure at 8.30 am from the hotel, visit the Bao Dai Summer Palace, the last emperor of the Nguyen Dynasty and some other villas in the vicinity (the Governor General's residence and Dinh I). Then, you will have a good opportunity to discover a fantastic place called "La Pension Hang Nga" or "Crazy House". This incredible house is like a modern outdoor art museum. This is a must for travelers to Da Lat. Then transfer to the station of Da Lat, a model of the station of Deauville. In particular you will have the opportunity to take a train trip from Da Lat Station to the Trai Ma village, which will be a good way to admire the landscape of Da Lat, flower farms, vegetables, plantations of coffee. Arrival in Trai Mat, you can then visit its market or its pagoda Linh Phuoc.
In the afternoon: transfer to Lat village, 12km from Da Lat. There are several ethnic minorities who live together in the same village: Lat, Chil, Ma, Ko Ho etc. It is a quiet place where you can take in fresh air and watch the coffee and black pigs. Visit of an embroidery workshop and traditional tea tasting. Then transfer to Lang Biang mountain which is sacred for ethnic minorities. From Lang Biang you will enjoy a superb view of the mountains, valleys, vegetable farms, coffee, and even the China Sea in the distance.
Transfer to your hotel. Overnight at hotel in Da Lat
Day 5: Dalat - Lake Lake (B, L, D)
After breakfast departure towards Lake Lak - large natural lake surrounded by beautiful villages of the M'nông ethnic group. Upon arrival in Lak, visit Jun and M'liêng villages inhabited by M'nông. Here the houses are built on stilts and two sides, typical of the people of Tay Nguyen. Finally a 90-minute ride on the back of an elephant.
Dinner and overnight in Lak. Lak Resort
Day 6: Lake Lak - Buon Ma Thuot (B, L)
Breakfast. Drive to Buon Ma Thuot, visit the ethnographic museum that you will discover afterwards. Buon Me Thuot - a small, bustling provincial town that is well known for the production of coffee and pepper. The coffee is coarse-grained arabica. Of the four species of foxes that live in the area, one of them particularly enjoys coffee. Instead of hunting these animals, the guards of the plantations encourage them to come by depositing grains at the foot of the shrubs. This is the only way to recover the "fox cafe", especially prized and sold more expensive in the market.
Afternoon: Visit the Dray Sap and Dray Nur waterfalls, the waters of which rush violently and loudly into the valley. Participate in the evening of the Ede show accompanied by a concert of gongs, traditional dances. Overnight in Buon Ma Thuot. Dam San Hotel
Day 7: Buon Ma Thuot – Kontum (B, L,D)
After breakfast, check - out. Drive to Kontum. Stop on the way to visit the coffee and pepper plantations on NR 14. Visit T'nung Lake then road to Kontum - a small and beautiful city in the central highlands on the shore of the mysterious Dakbla River. On the way visit the Pleiphum village of Irai in I'm'nong where guests are witnesses of the Rong home community and the cultural heritage of the tomb. Overnight at hotel in Kontum. KonKlor Hotel
Day 8: Ban Don- Pleiku - Yok Don Park (B / - / -)
Yok Don Park - Spread over a total area of 115,545 ha, Yok Don Park is located west of Dak Lak province. Yok Don has a very varied fauna of 474 species, including 28 registered in the Vietnamese Red Book. This park is considered one of the seven centers with biodiversity in Vietnam. It is recognized in the protection of large mammals, including the Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), gayal (Bos gaurus), bull (Bos javanicus) and tiger Dông Duong (Panthera tigris). Yok Don is also a shelter for some globally extinct species such as black gibbon (Hylobates gabriellae), blacklegged primate (Pygathrix nigripes) and deer (Cervus eldii). Among the many species of birds living in Yok Don, many are endangered on a global scale such as the white-winged duck (Cairina scutulata) and the stork (Thaumatibis gigantea). With their varied ecosystems, in the future, national parks on the Central Highlands could become attractive natural museums for tourists.
After breakfast, depart for Yokdon National Park, hike in the forest (about 3 hours) to the Boudha waterfall and then go upstream on the S'repok river by motorized boat (about 40minutes) to enjoy the Beauty scenery and see the daily routine activities of residents along the river. Visit the village of Ban Don- known for the capture and breeding of elephants. Arrival and visit of the village of Ban Don, a Mnong cemetery where the tombs with tumulus are surmounted by four poles which carry a small wooden house decorated at the funeral with the blood of the ox or the buffalo offered as an offering. This house is intended for the soul of the deceased. Elephant tour to cross the S'repok river (1 hour)
Dinner and overnight in homestay
Day 9: Yodon National Park - Buon Ma Thuot - Da Nang (B, L)
Breakfast at the hotel. You will visit the wooden church inside the city; Near the church is the Vinh Son Orphanic where hundreds of children live, the village Bahnar with its common house. Return to Buon Ma Thuot. Transfer to Buon ma Thuot airport for flight to Da Nang in the afternoon.
Welcome by your guide at Danang airport and transfer to Hoi An. Check in hotel, overnight at hotel
Day 10: Hoi An (B, L)
Breakfast at your hotel.
The ancient city of Hoi An is one of the major attractions of the region with more than 800 buildings of historical interest. During the visit of Hoi An the perfect state of conservation of a good number of houses, the most famous of which is in the street Nguyen the House Tan Ky at n ° 101. Discovery of Hoi An with the main centers of interest . Beginning with The Shrine of Fujian: dedicated to the goddess Thien Hau, goddess protector of fishermen and sailors, this sanctuary shelters statues of the goddess and her 2 assistants; Phu Thanh Pagoda: the oldest pagoda of Hoi An (1454) founded by a Chinese monk, it contains a statue of the Buddha A Di Da and very beautiful ritual objects; And then the very interesting covered bridge, the old houses, the temples of the congregations of Quang Dong and the Fukien, the alleys around the market. You will go cycling or cycling to the small fishing port.
Free dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight at hotel in Hoi An
Day 11: Hoi An - My Son - Hue (B, L)
Morning visit to My Son. The Cham shrine was an ancient capital of the Cham civilization, which ruled the central part of Vietnam between the 2nd and the 13th century AD. Hinduism then greatly influenced the population. My Son, located 60 km from Danang is considered the best preserved Cham site in the country. It is a collection of 70 temples and towers dating from the 12th century. It is a must for lovers of architecture and ancient culture. Road to Hue along the China Sea and the foothills of the Annamite Cordillera. Visit the Cham Museum which has a beautiful collection of Cham sculptures and its civilization, visit the marble mountain. Stop at the top of Col des Nuages for a panoramic view of the Lang Co. Peninsula.
Arrive in Hue and transfer to the hotel. Free dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight at hotel in town
Day 12: Hue - city tour (B, L)
Breakfast at the hotel.
A day of visiting beautiful sights in Hue. Former imperial capital from 1802 to 1945, Hue is the heart of the Vietnamese literati. Declared a historical heritage by UNESCO since 1993, Hue offers visitors many historical and cultural sites still well preserved. Sampan cruise on the Perfume River to the Celestial Lady Pagoda: located on the Perfume River, it is recognizable from a distance thanks to its octagonal tower. Continuation with the visit of Minh Mang Tomb: located on the left bank of the Perfume River, this majestic tomb represents the perfect harmony between nature and architecture.
In the afternoon, visit the Imperial City built under the model of the Chinese imperial palaces. The citadel was built between 1805 and 1832. There are many vestiges of this city. Continuation with the tomb of the Emperor Tu Duc: sumptuous tomb located 7kms from Hue in the middle of frangipani and pines, built on plans drawn up by the emperor in person. Then walk to the Dong Ba market where you will find the most beautiful conical hats of Vietnam.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 13: Hue - Thuy Bieu village - TAM GIANG lagoon - Flight to Saigon (B, L)
Breakfast at the hotel.
Continuation with the visit of the village Thuy Bieu.
Leave Hue for Thuan An, by van / car. Embark on the boat and start your journey on the lagoon of Tam Giang. In the late afternoon, you will discover the Sam and Chuon ponds. It is a chance to take beautiful pictures. Floating on the water, you will have time to see the changes of time on the lagoon as well as the local life of the fishing villages in this area. You will make an interesting visit to the local houses "home cho, no, sao" ... Back to "nha Cho" small house of local people and taste seafood, listen to the song "Sunset on Tam Giang lagoon "As well as music on the way back to the jetty. Return to Hue. End of the tour.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Saigon. Welcome by your guide and transfer to your hotel.
Day 14: Sai Gon Departure
Free time until your transfer to the airport for your return flight.
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