Hidden Vietnam

Vietnam

Culture

Historic cities, beautiful landscapes and pagodas

15 days £2,145 pp This is the per person group tour price, based on 2 sharing. The price is subject to change with exchange rate and flight cost fluctuations.
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Intro

Explore a Vietnam away from the tourist trail, where life goes on as it has for centuries. Take a boat through the villages of the mighty Mekong Delta and visit a traditional floating market. Watch master craftsmen at work – a traditional calligrapher in Ho Chi Minh City and a water puppeteer in Hanoi. Discover the hidden corners, ancient traditions and contrasting histories of these two great cities. Meet the tribes of the Central Highlands and admire their traditional architecture. Discover ancient traditional villages and illustrious little-seen temples and pagodas, as you unlock the true essence of Vietnam.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • The contrasting histories of Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.
  • Discover local art and music scenes.
  • Riverboat cruise of the Mekong Delta.
  • Visit the tribal communites of the Central Highlands.
  • Explore hidden pagodas.

Places Visited

Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta - Can Tho - Central Highlands - Buon Ma Thuot - Kontum - Hanoi - Dau Pagoda - But Thap Pagoda - Workshops of Dong Ho - Dong Ky Village - Ky Son - Mai Chau

What's Included

Arrival & departure transfers
Ground transport with driver
Domestic flights
Accommodation
Breakfasts and some other meals (refer to itinerary for meal plan)
English-speaking guides
Entrance fees to sites
Itinerary & Map
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Day 1 : Ho Chi Minh City - Arrival

Arrive into Ho Chi Minh City. You will be met by a Travel The Unknown representative and transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day is free to enjoy at your leisure. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh. 

Meal plan: n/a

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Day 2 : Ho Chi Minh City

A trip to Sai Gon offers you a good experience of the country‘s most dynamic city – a vital economic hub with bustling life. Sai Gon is the reconciliation between American and Chinese influence, with many dots of modernity yet without losing Vietnamese traits. Modern office skyscrapers, amidst Chinese style pagodas and food stalls, street vendors along the street, they all create a dynamic urban area in a very traditionally modern sense. 

You will depart from your hotel after breakfast, around 8:30 and our first stop will be the Jade Emperor Pagoda, one of the most spectacularly atmospheric temples in HCMC, stuffed with statues of phantasmal divinities and grotesque heroes.  Continue on to the Reunification Palace, former residence of the presidents of South Vietnam before 1975. Next, you will visit two iconic architectural landmarks the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office built between 1877 and 1883 by renowned designer Gustav Eiffel. Then we will head towards the War Museum, one of Vietnam’s most popular museums which primarily exhibit the American phase of the Vietnam War.

Evening city with Vespa: Around 18.00, depart from your hotel for a first stop at Café Zoom to "watch the world go by" and enjoy a cocktail and appetiser. We then venture into a popular local eating spot. You can experience the nightlife of Saigon the way locals do, all from the back of a vintage Vespa scooter. Start with a ride to Chinatown and then head to District 4 through busy streets and alleyways for nightlife and street seafood; places that foreigners won't be found. Leave District 4 to District 3, pass through downtown District 1 to take in the sights on the way to Banh Xeo, specialty of Saigon, and southern food with the locals. Then the tour will continue to a hidden Vietnamese-style coffee shop to taste a bit of Vietnamese music. After this the tour ends at a lively bar to enjoy drinks and live music.

Meal plan: Breakfast & dinner

Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City has a rich military history. Named after the Communist leader, the French colonial influence is reflected through the Western Style buildings and French Villas. It is home to the Reunification Palace, the archives of the Vietnam War, and the Ben Thanh market. It has become a sprawling, rapidly growing city that is unlike anywhere else in Vietnam. It is also home to the Vinh Nghiem Pagoda, which was named after the Pagoda in Bac Giang and is the first pagoda in Vietnam to be built in the traditional Vietnamese architectural style, but in concrete. 

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Day 3 : Mekong Delta

Enjoy a morning drive to Cai Be. Upon arrival board the Bassac riverboat and cruise to Cho Lach village. Stop for brief walking tours of villages lining the riverbank. Dock at Tra On for overnight stay onboard. 

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Known to the Vietnamese as Cuu Long or 'Nine Dragons', the Mekong Delta is the recent agricultural centre of Vietnam. Under the sway of the Cambodia until the end of the 17th Century, the Mekong Delta showcases the diversity of the area. There are many towns and villages dotted along the tributaries. The Mekong Delta is also home to over 10,000 new species of animal.

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Day 4 : Mekong Delta

Leave Tra On for Can Tho City. On arrival explore the colourful and bustling floating market at Cai Rang. Disembark at Can Tho Pier and drive back to Ho Chi Minh. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City. 

Meal plan: Breakfast & lunch

Vietnam’s fourth largest city and the epicentre of the Mekong Delta, Can Tho is a bustling and lively city known for its floating market and picturesque rural canals. The name is a shortened form of ‘Cầm thi giang’, meaning ‘River of poems’. Can Tho is the Mekong Delta’s most important centre for economics, culture, science and technology.

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Day 5 : Ho Chi Minh City - Central Highlands

After breakfast, head to Truc Mai House where you will be welcomed with a cup of tea. You are at the home of Mrs. Tuyet Mai and Mr. Dinh Linh, who have both studied at the Vietnam National Academy of Music. They are long time experts of traditional music and have been representatives of Vietnam performing in countries around the world. Their house is a warm, inviting space where they perform, sharing their passion entertaining guests with traditional Vietnamese music. Vietnamese musical instruments, though very simple, are quite interesting and attractive to travellers for their sound and unique characteristics.  Enjoy a short performance, after which you will have the opportunity to play any and all of the many traditional instruments yourself amidst kind coaching and laughter from your hosts!

At noon, have lunch at a local restaurant and head back to your hotel for some rest. Late afternoon, you will drive to airport for the flight to Buon Me Thuot.
On arrival, check in hotel and enjoy the rest of day free at your own leisure.

Meal plan: Breakfast & lunch

Buon Ma Thuot is the largest city in the Central Highlands and is known as the region’s ‘capital of coffee’. Every March the city plays host to an annual coffee festival where gallons of it are drunk and elephant races take place. It is home to 44 different ethnic groups that live in the surrounding villages and before the Second World War, it was centre for game hunting, however the animals have all but disappeared. Buon Ma Thuot was a strategic but poorly defended base for the South Vietnamese during the Vietnamese War It fell to the North in a surprise attack in 1975, forcing the South into a retreat that it never recovered from.

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Day 6 : Central Highlands

After breakfast, you will visit Trung Nguyen Coffee Museum. Here you will learn everything about growing and burning coffee. Buon Ma Thuot is the coffee capital of Vietnam. Continue to Dak Lak Ethnology Museum which was designed on the basis of a traditional house, which showcases the history of the province through pictures and artifacts, its biodiversity and traditional way of life of the E De and M’nong minorities. The second floor focuses on the resistance against the French and Americans.

Later, you will drive to Dray Nur waterfall which is the most beautiful and largest of the three waterfalls on the Serepok River. From afar, Dray Nur offers a spectacular panorama. Dray Nur is renowned for its purity and for its incredible legends. Dray Nur in the local language, means 'Female or Wife Waterfall'. In the villages near the waterfall, you can observe the daily activities of E De ethnic minority people, such as rice grinding, brocade weaving or making of hunting tools.

At noon, have lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, you will drive to beautiful Lak Lake, en route you will see rubber, coffee, plantations, pepper trees, taking some pictures from a beautiful location overlooking the rice field valley. On arrival, you will row a piragua on Lak Lake passing through natural lotus flowers on the way to Jun village. With wood and rattan houses propped on stilts, and farm animals wandering through the street, Jun Village provides an educational glimpse into the daily lives of some of these rural hill people. 

When the tour finishes, you will drive back to the hotel and enjoy the rest of day free at your own leisure. 

Meal plan: Breakfast

The Central Highlands of Vietnam is bordered by Laos and Cambodia. Plieku is the capital of the Gai Lai Province. It's main draw is the Bein Ho Lake which is a flooded crater of an old volcano. Kon Tum has some of the best architecture in the country and is one of the most culturally diverse areas of Vietnam thanks to the villages surrounding the town. Plei Me has special historical significance due to it's role during the Vietnam War where the North Vietnamese troops launched a major attack on the U.S and South Vietnamese Special Forces Camp.

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Day 7 : Central Highlands

This morning will be a village of the Ede (or Rade) ethnic minority. Here you will learn about Ede culture and about the “Space of the Gongs” which has been declared an “intangible” UNESCO World Heritage. You will also meet Ede people. They will teach you a couple of words in their unique language.The Ede are known for their long houses, which are used to accommodate several families. We will visit one of these long houses.

We will continue to Kon Tum. Lunch will be in a local restaurant along the way. On our drive to Kon Tum we will pass many coffee plantations and we will stop at several of them to do a walk and meet the people working there. We will also pass several ethnic minority villages where we will stop to stretch our legs. We will stop at one of the many pepper plantations as well.
 
At the end of the day we will arrive in Kon Tum, the charming capital of Kon Tum province. Your guide will recommend a restaurant for dinner.

Meal plan: Breakfast

Kontum was settled in 1851, by French Roman Catholic missionaries, their influence is still evident today, for example in the wooden church that stands discreetly on stilts in the middle of the town. The town makes a good base to explore the surrounding countryside and visit hill tribe villages, each with their own distinct culture. During the Vietnam War, a major battle took place between the South and the North in and around the city in 1972. The area was devastated by US bombings and, in 1975 the South withdrew after Buon Ma Thuot fell to the North. Many civilians joined them in the ‘Convoy of Tears’.
 


The Jarai people are an ethnic tribe of Vietnam, based mainly in the Central Highlands region. They traditionally live in small square villages of between 50 to 500 people. After the Vietnam War, many Jarai who had been allied to the United States left their home country to resettle there with their families.

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Day 8 : Central Highlands

Today we will explore this quiet, friendly town and outskirts by bicycle. First we will do some shopping for our lunch. We will visit several Bahnar villages that are located on the fringe of Kon Tum. The Bahnar are an ethnic minority who have their own language, traditions and customs. You will meet villagers and learn about Bahnar culture.
 
Each village has a communal house called a ‘Rong House’. The Rong House is the place where village ceremonies and festivals take place. It serves as a court of justice and as a meeting place where important decisions are being made. This house is really the heart of the village and is visible from far away. The Rong houses of the Bahnar are very beautiful. They stand up to 30 metres high and the roof is curved.

You will learn how they make their rice wine, which is consumed through long bamboo straws out of jars. You will participate in an agricultural activity, depending on the season. Enjoy a simple but delicious lunch in a village house. You can help the guide prepare lunch.

After lunch we pedal back to Kon Tum. We will visit the Catholic Seminary, a beautiful and imposing building, dating back from 1935. It houses an interesting exhibition on Kon Tum and the minorities living around the town. Next we visit the wooden Bahnar church and the Vinh Son orphanage, which is located behind it. There are more than 200 orphans here, mostly from ethnic minorities. You have the opportunity to meet the children and practise your English with them. They can teach you a couple of words in their own language which is very different from Vietnamese.

Return to hotel and rest of the day free.

Meal plan: Breakfast & lunch

Kontum was settled in 1851, by French Roman Catholic missionaries, their influence is still evident today, for example in the wooden church that stands discreetly on stilts in the middle of the town. The town makes a good base to explore the surrounding countryside and visit hill tribe villages, each with their own distinct culture. During the Vietnam War, a major battle took place between the South and the North in and around the city in 1972. The area was devastated by US bombings and, in 1975 the South withdrew after Buon Ma Thuot fell to the North. Many civilians joined them in the ‘Convoy of Tears’.
 


The Bahnar people of Vietnam live predominantly in the provinces of Gia Lai and Kon Tum. Like many other ethnic groups, music plays a large role in their society. They mostly live in stilt houses, and the communal house is identified by its magnificent high roof.

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Day 9 : Central Highlands - Hanoi

Morning free to relax or explore by yourself. Transfer to Pleiku airport for your flight to Hanoi. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Hanoi. 

Meal plan: Breakfast

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Day 10 : Hanoi

Explore Hanoi like a local:  This morning, you will meet your guide and driver early morning and head towards Hoan Kiem Lake. The Vietnamese typically wake up very early and start the morning with some exercise. It is very interesting to see how the local people, mostly women from varying age, start their busy routine. Several groups of people can be found practising tai chi and aerobics. Be part of Vietnam and join the locals in their morning routine! 

After visiting the Ngoc Son Temple, located in the middle of the Hoan Kiem Lake, we will visit a traditional, local and charming coffee place, where you will be able to try Vietnam’s local coffee: Cà phê sữa đá (Iced coffee) and if you feel more adventurous, you can also try the ‘Egg coffee’! After our coffee, we will continue walking and we will stop in a street food place, where you will try the delicious ‘bánh mì’ – a typical baguette sandwich filled in with a variety of things. Later, we will get deep into Hanoi’s Old Quarter and you will start a walking tour where you will be able to witness the French architecture in different Vietnamese buildings. Our first stop will be the St. Joseph Cathedral, a French gothic building constructed in 1886. Next, we will walk just 10 minutes until we arrive to the Hoa Lo Prison, where Vietnamese as well as American and French prisoners of war used to be imprisoned. To finish our morning, we will pay a visit to the Huu Tiep Lake, better known as ‘B-52 lake’, where US B-5 bomber wreckage can be seen.

Around noon, we will return to the Old Quarter. Vietnam is very well known for its food, so we will stop at a ‘Bún Chả’ restaurant, where you will try Hanoi’s specialty. After lunch, we will visit the Temple of Literature, built in 1076. Vietnam’s first university was established within this temple to educate Vietnam's royalty, mandarins and members of the elite. The university functioned for 700 years and its gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a fascinating glimpse into Vietnam’s past. 

Our last stop of the day will be on Hanoi's railway tracks! This is something very particular from this city as the railway tracks are sometimes located metres away from entrance door of houses! Together with our guide, you will walk along the railway tracks and take some of the most beautiful pictures of the city. After a long day, we will finish with evening drinks at the well known 'Bia Hoi', where you can taste the local draft beer; finishing the day as a local!

Along the tour, you will be trying different street specialties, therefore we recommend avoiding breakfast at the hotel this day!

Meal plan: Breakfast

Sitting on the banks of the Red River, Vietnam's capital is the second largest city in the country. Steeped in an intriguing history, many of Hanoi's historical monuments and palaces have been destroyed by both civil war and foreign aggression, although some do still remain - for example the Temple of Literature, which is Vietnam's first university and was built as a tribute to Confucius. It is home to the Central Sector of the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long which was built by the Ly Dynasty in the 11th Century on an old Chinese Fortress. Hanoi is famous for its lakes, in particular Hoan Kiem Lake, also called the 'Lake of the Restored Sword', which is linked to the legend of the magic sword when the Golden Turtle God reclaimed Emperor Le Loi's magic sword, Heaven's Will. 

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Day 11 : Around Hanoi

After breakfast, head towards Dau Pagoda, one of the oldest pagodas in Vietnam. In this pagoda, locals not only worship Buddha but also female deities such as Lady Dau, known as the “Black Lady” due to the unique dark colour of the wood from which her statue is made. The pagoda used to be in the centre of the old citadel of Luy Lau, a former holy Buddhist site and an important intellectual centre during the period of Chinese domination.  The tour will continue to But Thap pagoda, which was founded in 1037 and is one of the most beautiful pagodas in the region. Here you will have the opportunity to see a prayer wheel dated from the 13th century. Around noon, we will stop for lunch at a local restaurant. Afterwards, we will visit a Zen Buddhist temple. You will discover woodblocks carved with an old language (Chu-Nom language) used in the past. We will meet monks there who will open the pagoda library and show you some unique pieces. Nowadays these woodblocks are classified by UNESCO as cultural heritage in Vietnam.  Before heading back, enjoy a tea break with some local snacks in Hanoi. When the tour finishes, you will be taken back to the hotel. The rest of the day will be free at leisure.

Meal plan: Breakfast

Vinh Nghiem Pagoda in Bac Giang is home to a collection of woodblocks printed with Buddhist sutras on them. The woodblocks tell the history of woodblock carving in Vietnam and give insights into the skill of the pagoda's monks, as they were carved using techniques that are difficult to master. It is an important place for the cultural history of Buddhism as the woodblocks tell of many issues from the past. This includes the history of Vietnamese Buddhism, science, philosophy, sociology and linguistics. These blocks are considered important by researchers because they serve as the basis for linguists and historians to trace the development process of Vietnamese handwriting. Vinh Nghiem Pagoda is not to be confused with the Vinh Nghiem Pagoda in Ho Chi Minh City which was built in 1964.

The Dau Pagoda is the oldest Buddhist pagoda in Vietnam and was built by Indian Buddhist monks who were carrying out missionary work and were establishing a Buddhist centre in Vietnam. It is known as the cradle of Buddhism and has undergone many extensions and renovations over the years. Although most of the surrounding structures have been destroyed the Pagoda still exists, preserving the traditional architecture of Vietnam. The Dau Pagoda festival is also held here on the eighth day of the fourth lunar month and is dedicated to the cloud, thunder and lightning spirits. It is also the day that Buddha was born, so the festival has special significance.

Not just a tourist attraction but an important place for pilgrims, But Thap Pagoda houses over 50 statues of all shapes and sizes, the most remarkable of which is a thousand eyed, thousand armed statue of Gyanin. It is considered one of the most remarkable pieces of Buddhist art in Vietnam. It was built in the late 17th Century during the late Le dynasty and founded by a Chinese Buddhist priest called Zhus Zhus. Its history is also connected to Queen Trinh Thi Ngoc Truc, who devoted herself to Buddhism after her father forced her to marry King Le Thanh Tong.

The workshops of Dong Ho in Northern Vietnam are famous for their woodblock printed paintings. They are generally regarded as reflecting the traditional asthetic values of spring and the desire to have a happy, prosperous life. They often depict important animals in someone's life such as cats, dogs, pigs and cows. Common themes for Dong Ho paintings include good luck, folk allegories and even social commentary.

Dong Ky is one of the many craft villages and is known for its wooden furniture making. Their products are beautiful, often carved with scenes of flowers, mountains and people and inlaid with mother of pearl. The most common items made are beds, chairs, tables and cupboards. Legend has it that during the reign of the fourth Hung King, Cuong Cong, an inhabitant of Dong Ky put down a rebellion against the king by recruiting soldiers from his own village. To raise morale, he had a feast for his army and set off firecrackers to encourage them. From that day on he was worshipped by the villagers as a deity and they held a firecracker festival at the beginning of the first lunar month. However, this tradition is no longer part of the festival as setting off firecrackers has been outlawed nationwide in Vietnam.

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Day 12 : Ky Son

Morning drive to Ky Son Village, which is located approximately 55km to the west of Hanoi and is a locality of the historic Duong Lam Village, home to many traditional houses of which some are over 200 years old. When you arrive at the village, you will start walking around to get a glimpse of the local lifestyle. You will also have the chance to join them with their lunch preparation and learn more about Vietnamese food.  After lunch, have your fingers dipped in a fragrant lime bowl and enjoy a traditional herbal hand massage. Then, free time for relaxing or further conversation with the host family about local snacks, sharing cultures, and learning about traditional customs. If you want to learn Vietnamese, one of the family members can teach you. Around 15:00 you will start biking around the village. This is a great opportunity to get a more in-depth look at Vietnamese culture, farming and daily life. You will also visit the market which is an authentic experience with a genuine local atmosphere. You can have choice of a short ride of 6km or a longer ride of 12 km round trip:

- Short ride: Take a bicycle ride to discover the Ky Son, Tam Son, Van Minh, and Cham farming communities and stop at any home you like for a cup of tea. Visit the kindergarten (if open), and chat with local people about their daily life and farming. You can help with plowing or making rice beds, planting seedlings, harvesting rice (or cassava, corn, sweet potatoes) depending on the harvest season.

- Long ride: Take a bicycle ride with local guide to discover the Ky Son, Tam Son, Van Minh, and Cham farming communities, Duong Lam ancient village and visit Mia Pagoda, Mong Phu Communal House. Ride back along the ritual paths of Thang thac village to discover the Ngo Quyen tomb, Phung Hung temple.

Return to the Moon Garden for happy hour.  While waiting for your steam bath to be prepared, you can enjoy our local drink and taste some of the local products such as maize, sweet potato, cassava, peanuts… (depending on season) or some traditional desserts.

At around 19:15, you will observe the evening Buddha worship before dinner. After that, enjoy your foot bath in warm water with ginger, salt and mugwort medicinal herbs before drifting off to sleep!

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

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Day 13 : Ky Son - Mai Chau

This morning you will have a free morning around the homestay. You can opt to wake up early to join Yijin-jing traditional exercises or make yourself at home relaxing on the hammocks in the garden. At noon you will check out and continue to Mai Chau, where you will check in and have the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Mai Chau. 

Meal plan: Breakfast

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Day 14 : Mai Chau - Hanoi

This morning you will be transferred to Mai Hich village- a famous village for traditional rice wine products. Today you will hike through many villages in the Mai Chau valley. After your hike, you will be transferred back to Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi. 

Meal plan: Breakfast & lunch

Mai Chau is a mountainous region of the Hoa Binh province of Vietnam. It is well known for it's Thai stilt houses, that are raised off the ground to prevent water damage or to shelter animals. Ban Lac is  the biggest village in the area and is surrounded by the lush green landscape. 

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Day 15 : Hanoi - Departure

Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to the airport for departure at appropriate time. 

Meal plan: Breakfast

Accommodation

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All accommodation subject to availability. Final accommodation choices will be confirmed after booking.

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Ruby River Hotel

Ruby River Hotel is located at the heart of the city of Ho Chi Minh. It provides the perfect base for exploring local sights, that include the Opera House and the Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica. The en-suite bedrooms are decorated in an elegant and modern style - allowing guests a comfortable space to relax, where they will have access to wifi, satellite television and air-conditioning. The hotel restaurant serves a daily breakfast buffet, whilst its evening menu features both local dishes and Western cuisine. 

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Mekong Lodge

The quaint bungalows of Cai Be Mekong Lodge offer a tranquil respite from the bustle of Vietnamese cities. The lodge is set on the banks of the Mekong River, and is surrounded by lush gardens. The simple design of the bedrooms compliments the relaxed atmosphere of Cai Be Mekong Lodge. Guests can enjoy dinner at the restaurant, which offers provides guests with views across the river and offers a selection of both local and international delicacies. 

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Dakruco Hotel

Dakruco Hotel is located in the city of Buon Ma Thuot. Its interior is designed with a contemporary yet simple decor. The bedrooms are spacious and comfortable, providing guests with access to wifi, an en-suite bathroom and a satellite television. The hotel facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness centre and a spa. 

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Indochine Hotel

Indochine Hotel is situated on the banks of the Dakbla River, at the heart of the city of Komtum. The bedrooms are spacious and fitted with modern amenities, including wifi, international television and in room refreshments. The on site restaurant serves a variety of cuisine options to its guests. The Indochine cafe provides an interesting alternative, where visitors can sit beneath the shade of a large bamboo roof and look out across the lakes in the hotel garden.

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Medallion Hotel

The Medallion Hotel is situated at the heart of Hanoi's old quarter. The spacious hotel has a modern decor and fittings for guests, which include wifi access and air-conditioned rooms. Medallion's restaurant serves a mixture of Western and Asian cuisine, along with a buffet style breakfast. 

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Moon Garden Homestay

Moon Garden homestay can be found in the remote village of Ky Son. It provides an opportunity for visitors to have an authentic Vietnamese experience, where they can see traditional architecture and culture of the region. The houses are surrounded by colourful gardens, which are home to many native fruits, flowers and trees. One of the most interesting houses within at Moon Garden is the stilt house, which is built in the traditional style of many ethnic groups in Vietnam. The furniture within the stilt house has been decorated with hand carved lotus, peach blossom, phoenix and dragons. 

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Mai Chau Homestay

Mai Chau homestay offers travellers traditional Vietnamese accommodation, where they can experience the tranquility of rural village life. Mai Chau is set within a valley, surrounded by scenic hills and terraced paddy fields.The simple facilities of the homestay provide for both a comfortable and authentic overnight experience in this idyllic setting.  

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