Price from : $1094 Duration: 10Days/11Nights Journey: HaNoi –Ha Long – Sa Pa – HaNoi Schedule Details Departs: Hanoi Departure Point: Hanoi city Departure Time: 8h00 – 8h30 AM Return Details: Hanoi Brief itinerary Northern Vietnam is a captivating blend of stunning landscapes, enchanting people and dynamic cities. Capture the spirit of the north in […]Book Now
Price from : $1094
Journey: HaNoi –Ha Long – Sa Pa – HaNoi
Departure Point: Hanoi city
Departure Time: 8h00 – 8h30 AM
Return Details: Hanoi
Northern Vietnam is a captivating blend of stunning landscapes, enchanting people and dynamic cities. Capture the spirit of the north in this quick-paced adventure from the delightful city of Hanoi to the amazing World Heritage Site of Halong Bay and to the hill station of Sapa. The tour offers a great opportunity to explore the unique culture and beautiful nature of northern Vietnam in an active way.
Experience all the bests that northern Vietnam has to offer!
(B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi
Arrival at Noi Bai airport. You’ll be greeted at the airport and transferred downtown to check into your hotel. Depending on your arrival time, you may have time to explore a little of downtown and enjoy a stroll around Hoan Kiem Lake.
In the evening, enjoy a special Water Puppet show and have welcome dinner with local delights. Stay overnight in Hanoi.
Day 2: City tour of Hanoi
After breakfast in the hotel, you will take an interesting guided city tour of Hanoi including Ho Chi Minh complex (the mausoleum, the house and garden and the museum) and One Pillar Pagoda which is a unique ancient architecture. After that, we move to Temple of Literature, the site of the Vietnam’s first university, dates back to 1070. Its peaceful gardens and pavilions offer a relaxing respite from Hanoi’s busy streets. Lunch in local restaurant.
In the afternoon, we enjoy a relaxing cyclo tour in the ancient part of Hanoi. Walking down some small and lively street to see busy local market then join locals for green tea or coffee in local café. Free time for shopping. Stay overnight in Hanoi
“Cyclo is three wheeled rickshaws, operated by pedal-power, with a seat attached to the front.
Day 3: Kayaking Halong Bay
Leave Hanoi for Halong Bay at 8.30am.
On the way, we will have a short break for refreshment at a handicraft center. Upon arrival in Halong City, we board a wooden boat for a fine seafood lunch and a short cruise to Thien Cung Cave. After a short exploration of the cave, we start our kayaking time paddling through an amazing area of limestone islets. We will pass a floating village to reach Luon Cave which is a tunnel thrusting through a mountain. Paddling through the tunnel to explore a beautiful secluded lagoon. We will meet the mother boat, a junk in Chinese style, in front of the cave. Aboard the junk for dinner and stay overnight in AC, private cabin.
Day 4: Kayaking Halong Bay
After breakfast, we start paddling to Van Chai Floating village and then continue paddling to Dark Cave. Tide permitting, we explore this amazing cave by kayak. The cave is a 200m long, dark tunnel thrusting through a limestone mountain. The tunnel is the only entry to a secluded and beautiful lagoon. Lunch is on support boat in front of the cave. After lunch, we paddle to Ba Trai Dao Lagoon along a stunning and fairly rough sea channel to explore its beautiful beaches. Continue paddling to Lan Ha Bay which is smaller than Halong bay but much more interesting with lots of secluded beaches. Cruise back to Halong Bay for dinner and stay overnight on mother boat
Day 5: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Take overnight train to Lao Cai
Breakfast on the junk and enjoy the sundeck of the junk when reaching amazing rock formations of Bai Tu Long Bay to get back to Halong City. Lunch on the junk before reach Halong Harbor for a drive back to Hanoi. On the way back to Hanoi, we will have a stop in Dong Trieu Town for refreshment and visiting to a ceramic factory.
Arrive in Hanoi, we then have time to shop around the Old Quarter and have dinner before being transferred to Hanoi Railway station to catch the night train to Lao Cai (9.30pm – 5.30am). Stay overnight on train.
Day 6: Trekking Sapa
Arrival in Lao Cai and take a 1.5 hour drive up the stunning mountain range sculpted with tiered rice terraces to the charming little town of Sa Pa, which nestles at 1632 meters. Lots of sightseeing en route. After checking into your hotel, you’ll have free time to explore the town and its great market.
After a lunch of Vietnamese food in a local restaurant, you’ll take a 3 hour trek down the valley to visit a H’mong hill tribe village. Return to Sapa and stay overnight in hotel.
Day 7: Trekking & home-stay
After breakfast, you begin your trek around 9am. You first descend the valley on tarmac then hit a beautiful dirt path which runs through rice terraces and minority villages. You will have a break in Lao Chai Village to visit the local H’mong minority group. You’ll stop beside a stream and enjoy a picnic lunch. After lunch, you continue trekking to Ta Van village which is home of the Dzay hill tribe. You will spend to night with a Dzay family. Your dinner will be cooked by your local guide and the hosts.
Day 8: Sapa – Lao Cai – Overnight train to Hanoi
Breakfast at the home stay. We say goodbye to the hosts and head to the main road where you will be transferred back to Sapa town. Lunch in local restaurant and then spend the rest of the day for shopping or walking the beautiful Ham Rong Park. In the late afternoon, you will be transferred to Lao Cai for overnight train back to Hanoi.
Day 9: Free day in Hanoi
Arrive in Ha Noi around 4.30 am. Check into your hotel. You’ll welcome this free day to relax and recover from you journey north. Lots of time to explore more of Ha Noi and pick up some of those last minute souvenirs. Stay overnight in hotel.
Day 10: Departure
Breakfast and free until you are transferred to the airport for the flight to onward destination.
* AC vehicles
* Overnight train two way to Lao Cai
* Hotels based on twin shared
* Twin shared AC cabin on junk
* Water puppet show
* Sit-on-top double kayak
* Homestay permission
* English or French speaking guide
* Meals as indicated in the itinerary
* Water & Snack
* Entrance & Sightseeing fees
* Travel insurance
* Personal expenses