Uniquely Vietnam September 2019
Are you up for an amazing adventure starting with a Mountain Running Event up in the Sapa region of Vietnam? 8 day and 15 day options now available.
The Mountain 21km event climbs beautiful valleys, and you will enjoy passing by local villages, streams and forest. The first 7km climb Run/Hike might be hard, but once on the top you have a great view of thousands of rice fields 800m down in the valley. Now running at the altitude of 1500m plus with a direct view to Fansipan, the highest summit in Indochina, before dropping down into the small rice field’s paths. In the final stage you need to save energy to climb the second mountain via a small dirt trail, before descending to Topas Ecolodge and the finish line. Expect that your time is about double compared to a flat race! See more details in attached PDF.
Vietnam is a great place to explore, whether it is hanging out on the back of Vespa bikes through Hanoi and Saigon, enjoying the ride in the old city of Hanoi on cyclos, riding bikes through the markets at Hoi Ann, floating down the river in bamboo baskets, seeing local acrobatic shows , or cruising in traditional wooden boats down the Mekong Delta and enjoying the floating markets, or just wandering around soaking up the atmosphere of the bustling towns, cities and villages…this package has it all! And we haven’t even mentioned the amazing food and flavors yet! This is one adventure you don’t want to miss out on! Full itinerary attached in below PDF. or Click here to contact us for more details.
9 day/ 8 nights[full tour add on 16 days/15 nights] of adventure and fun! What it included:
Return flights to Vietnam then fully escorted tour plus all transport [planes, trains, boats, cycles, Vespa’s, buses and more], local guides, great accommodation [including 4 star hotels, homestays, and local bungalows]. Local guided tours taking us to local hangouts, and including the Event entry fee, and did we mention all the meals? 27 meals included in this package. Tour T shirt or singlet [See international events page for inclusions].
Also included is the Blast Training package - performance nutrition plan, race day nutrition packs [where applicable] and race day t shirts/singlets or travelling shirts. Plus from when you book you will start your personalised and specialised training sessions throughout the time building up to the event and of course lots of Laughter and Fun!
8 days Package $4150, and full 16 days Excellent value at NZ$6000. 00 , price is subject to availability at time of booking.This package has been UNIQUELY prepared by LOCAL operators AND Blast NZ to enhance your experience. You have your own dedicated trainer and overall tour guide for the event with Tracy from Blast NZ.
Wow, you gonna love this adventure!
Vietnam Tour September 2019 Itinerary Outlined: Check out PDF for full details
Air NZ and Vietnam Airlines. Leaving AKL 9am via SYD and arriving in Hanoi at 8.30pm [subject to availability]. Transfer to hotel accom, check in and relax.
Hanoi Walking & Cycling tour half day
Hanoi Foodie tour by Vespa
Hanoi Free day. Overnight train to Lao Cai
Arrival Sapa. Sapa Surrounds walking and bus tour
21 Sep 22 Sep
Race Day and Rest Day
We are on… a 5 min walk to the square to jump on a bus to take us up to the start of the most incredible race! The Mountain event we are doing is 21km but other competitors are doing up to 100km. It climbs beautiful valleys, and you will enjoy passing by local villages, streams and forest. The first 7km climb Run/Hike is challenging, but once you hit the top, the view of thousands of rice fields 800m down in the valley is spectacular. Now running at the altitude of 1500m plus with a direct view to Fansipan, the highest summit in Indochina, before dropping down into the small rice field’s paths. In the final stage you need to save energy to climb the second mountain via a small dirt trail, before descending to Topas Ecolodge to soak in the incredible infinity pool at the finish line. Expect that your time is about double compared to a flat race!
Next day is a free day to relax and wander the local streets of Sapa, although I highly recommend that you join me to soak in the ‘Red Dao spa’, a local spa not to be missed to take away those aches and pains!
Overnight Trek up into Mountains. Overnight stay at homestay.
Our guide meets up in the morning and we start with a coffee overlooking incredible valleys and ridges before our trek will follow the vista track from Sapa - cat cat - ylinh ho - lao chai - ta van ( where you over night at Giay's family ) this trek everyone takes around 5 hours or 6 hours what you expect : mountain view , awesome rice terraces , passing mountain ravine , watching the way how local children catch the fishes in the river , joining with the local host to make a tasty dinner ( you guys can share cooking ways each other ). Arrangements can be made to take a taxi for those that are not up to the climb.
Trek to Sapa. Bus to Lao Cai and Overnight train Lao Cai – Hanoi
Everybody get up to see the sunrise and having breakfast then say farewell local family to continue the short trek through the bamboo forest around 2,5 or 3 hours to Giang Ta chai village for lunch then you get pick up back to Sapa for free time for shower then heading back to Lao Cai railway station. Dinner at our guide’s family restaurant sampling the incredible local cuisine and saying farewell to our lovely host family and guide, and farewell dinner for our 8 day tour friends. Then the overnight train to Hanoi departing at 20.40pm and arriving in Hanoi at 4.30am on the following day (soft sleeper, 1 cabin for 4 people and 2 cabins if number of guest is 6 people)
Arrival Hanoi. Flight Hanoi – Da Nang
Arrival Hanoi train station at 4.30am, our tour guide will transfer you straight to hotel in Hanoi for breakfast. This is where we say goodbye to our fellow 8 day tour friends. They will be organized a day room, where applicable and then transferred to Hanoi airport for return flights to Auckland.
Package price Share Twin $4200.00 per person, subject to availability at time of booking and may differ slightly.
Single supplement extra $500.00
Add on Domestic flights from Kerikeri
For the 15 day tour we have free time to explore Hanoi in the early morning until 7.30am our driver pick you up again and transfer you to airport for a short flight to Da Nang.
Flight Hanoi – Da Nang (departing at 9.30am)
Arrival Da Nang airport, our tour guide and driver will pick you up and transfer you to Hoi An, check in to our hotel and relax. Time to wander into town and check out the local street bars and restaurants for amazing cocktails and food.
Hoi An Cooking class , Walking tour , riverboat and rowing boat experience
Cycling , bamboo basket rowing, fishing tour
Flight Da Nang – Can Tho (by Vietjet Air) Rustic Bungalow stay
Cai Rang Floating market and cycling/ sightseeing in Can Tho
Can Tho – Saigon
Transfer you back to Saigon (4.5 hours). Arrival Saigon, check in and relax. The markets are only a 10 min walk away so can explore the markets or just relax. That night we are attending the Saigon Opera Theater to watch the AO show. The show is a unique mix of bamboo cirque, acrobatic acts, contemporary dance, and theatrical visual art. The live music echoes Vietnamese Southern work songs. All in all, this beautiful blend of genres creates a unique stage language, which well captures the essence of Vietnam’s fascinating culture.
Saigon Cyclo morning tour (private)
Foodie tour at night by Vespa (join in)
Saigon – Departure
Free time until our driver transfer you from hotel to Saigon airport for your flight home. Trip ends.
Accommodation as listed above.
Meals as listed in the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
English speaking local guides (one place = one guide)
Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air-conditioned vehicles
Entrance fees for all visits as mentioned in the itinerary
Hanoi – Da Nang (Vietnam Airline)
Da Nang – Can Tho (Vietjet Air)
Travel insurance (compulsory)
Tips & gratuities
Activities not listed
Meals not listed
International departure taxes
Package price Share Twin $6000.00 per person, subject to availability at time of booking and may differ slightly.
Single supplement extra $810.00
Add on Domestic flights from Kerikeri
Please note that this itinerary to subject to change due to availability at time of booking.