- DETAIL ITINERARY
• A lovely holiday of a lifetime through key destinations in the North of Vietnam.
• An enjoyable vacation to admire the beauty of the Nature, People, History, Tradition and Culture in Vietnam.
• Exotic encounters of interesting activities ranging from kayaking, trekking…
• A comfortable trip supported by top-rank facilities like Halong Bay cruise, Hotel in Hanoi.
• Finest Northern Vietnamese foods and cuisine.
Day 01: Hanoi – Hoa Lu – Tam Coc – Hanoi – Night train to Lao Cai (L)
Day 02: Sapa – Cat Cat Village (B,L)
Day 03: Sapa – Muong Hoa Valley – Night train to Hanoi (B, L)
Day 04: Hanoi – Halong Bay (L, D)
Day 05: Halong Bay – Hanoi (B, L)
What is included?
All transfer and transportation with air-conditioning
01 night homestay in Ta Van village
01 night on the cruise in Ha Long bay English speaking tour guide
Meals as listed in the itinerary: B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner
Train ticket: Hanoi – Sapa – Hanoi ( share cabin 4 berths- soft sleeper)
Boat trip in Halong Bay, Tam Coc
What is excluded?
Visa to Vietnam International and domestic airfare Single room
Other meals and drinks
Other optional and activities not on the package
Travel insurance, personal expense
DAY 01: HANOI – HOA LU – TAM COC – HANOI – NIGHT TRAIN TO LAO CAI (L)
8.00 pick you up at your hotel in Hanoi to Ninh Binh. After 2, 5 hours driving southward, we arrival Tam Coc wharf, get on the boat row while this area is still not busy, we will enjoy nice and quiet riding long river through 3 tunnel cave, consisting of the Hang Ca, Hang Hai and Hang Ba grottoes. These caves are adorned with beautiful stalactites and stalagmites of different shapes and colors that sparkle like gemstones. After 2 hours boat ride we get back on the shore, have lunch in local restaurant close by, afterwards we will go to visit Hoa Lu Ancient Capital with 2 temples of the Kings Dinh and Le before heading back to Hanoi.
Evening, pick up at your hotel then transfer to the station for a night train to Lao Cai.
Overnight on soft sleeper berths cabin to Lao Cai.
Train: King Express or Similar
DAY 02: SAPA – Y LINH HO – LAO CHAI – TA VAN (B,L,D)
Picked up at Lao Cai Station upon your early arrival for over an hour drive uphill in a shared mini van to Sapa. After freshen up and Breakfast in a local restaurant you will enjoy a free walk around this charming town, paying visit to Sapa market and the old cathedral where you can meet a lot of local ethnic minority peoples such as Black H’mong and Red Zao wearing their traditional colorful dresses selling their farming and gathering products and handicrafts for souvenir. Back to our Sapa office at about 10.30 and begin your exploration trip to Muong Hoa valley. You will follow the main road heading south for about an hour before turning right to a foot path down hill to Muong Hoa Valley. This part offers spectacular scenery of the highest part of Hoang Lien Son mountain range and in a nice day, Fansipan Peak can be seen. Crossing the river by a suspension bridge you will challenge your feet uphill to Y Linh Ho village. Here you will pay visiting to some H’mong families, watching them doing their daily works. After picnic Lunch, the trail continues up and down hill for about 2 hours as you reach to Lao Chai, a large village of the H’mong and then following the river bank to Ta Van of the Zay people. Paying visiting to local homes, village schools… you will enjoy much your cultural discovery of local ethnic peoples as well as breathtaking scenery of the Muong Hoa Valley. Settle down in Ta Van village for an overnight homestay.
Accommodation: Homestay in Ta Van Village
DAY 03: TA VAN – GIANG TA CHAI – SU PAN – SAPA – NIGHT TRAIN BACK HANOI (B, L)
Leaving Ta Van village after Breakfast, you will take the trail uphill, passing fascinating terraced rice field and some small hamlets of the H’mong before getting through a bamboo forest to a waterfall, enjoy a break for magnificent scenery and then continue walking for half an hour to Giang Ta Chai village of the Red Zao peoples which sits on the top of a hill and looks down Muong Hoa river. After spending time visiting the village, making friend with the Zao and experiencing the hospitality you will cross the river by another suspension bridge and then uphill again to Su Pan village where you will pay visiting to a local handicraft center where H’mong and Zao women gather for exchanging experience and skill of making handicrafts. A late Lunch will be prepare here nearby this center and then you have time relaxing as well as getting acquaintance with local school boys, girls and their teachers as well.
Later a short drive will take you back to Sapa, take a shower and enjoy about two hours free time in Sapa before transfer down hill to Lao Cai station to take the overnight train back to Hanoi, which arrives early next morning.
Train: King Express or Similar
DAY 04: HANOI – HA LONG BAY (L, D)
Arrive Hanoi in the early morning, having breakfast and we will pick you up around 08:00 am for a transfer to Halong Bay, listed as a World Heritage Area of outstanding natural beauty. “Dragon descending to the sea“ as it is known in Vietnamese, picturesque Halong Bay has more than 1.000 limestone islets rising from the sea, many of them containing beautiful grottoes
Upon arrival at Halong Bay we embark on a boat trip to cruise discovering this magnificent UNESCO World Wonder. This is a great journey among surreal islands rising from a tranquil emerald sea.
In the late afternoon, we anchor for the night on the bay and enjoy a delicious seafood dinner on board. Overnight on a junk boat in Halong Bay.
Accommodation: V’Spirit Cruise or Similar
DAY 05: HA LONG BAY – HANOI (B, L)
Early morning coffee and tea will be served on the sundeck followed by a Tai Chi class. After breakfast we take a Sampan boat to explore Luon Cave. We may have a chance to see the wild monkeys that gather around waiting for food from the tourists. After that we continue to cruise around the bay. Lunch is served on the boat on our way back to the docks then we return to Hanoi. Arrive Hanoi around 16.30. End of all the services.