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Northern Vietnam Highlights 7 Days/8 Nights

Discover Northern Vietnam and all its charm with a combined activities adventure trip. This can be as easy or as challenging as you wish it to be, taking you through spectacular vistas and allowing you to obtain a close insight into Vietnamese culture along the way. Trek through remote mountain hill tribe villages.
 
In brief:
Day 1: Hanoi arrival
Day 2: Hanoi city tour - Lao Cai/Sapa
Day 3: Lao Cai Station - Sapa - Ethnic Minority Villages
Day 4: Sapa - Ethnic market - Lao Cai - Hanoi
Day 5: Hanoi - Halong Bay
Day 6: Halong Bay - Hanoi
Day 7: Hanoi departure

Day 1: Hanoi arrival

Upon arrival at the airport and after clearing immigration and customs, meet with your guide with a welcome signboard marked your name and transfer to the hotel for check in. (Your room might not be available in the morning; an early check-in should be requested in advance with surcharge). The balance of your time will be at leisure.
 

Day 2: Hanoi city tour (Schedule is not available on Monday & Friday) - Lao Cai/ Sapa (B, L)

After breakfast, start your exploration of this charming capital Hanoi with ochre-colored colonial style buildings, tree-lined avenues and many lakes. Set out on a visit to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, an imposing monument made of generous amount of marble and granite. This is where the preserved body of “Uncle Ho” can be viewed. Continue visiting the lotus-shaped One-Pillar Pagoda (Chua Mot Cot), and the Temple of Literature - the first university of Vietnam and the “Hanoi Hilton” formerly an infamous prison for American prisoners of war. Lunch is at a local restaurant!In the afternoon, drive to visit the Vietnam Ethnology Museum - a valuable centre for the exhibition and the preservation of cultural heritages of the 54 ethnic groups in Vietnam - to understand about their cultural diversity and the uniqueness of each group and region as well as traditional values throughout Vietnam. Then return to the city centre to visit Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son temple and enjoy a one-hour cyclo tour through the Old Quarter - a precious legacy of Hanoi’s ancient past with 36 streets and 36 wares to experience more about the life of this city now.
 
This evening, enjoy a Water Puppet Show, a uniquely northern Vietnamese art form especially designed for depicting scenes of rural life closely connected with the long-standing spiritual life of the Vietnamese people as well as many episodes of national history. Then drive to Hanoi Railway Station to board the overnight sleeper train to Lao Cai (Sapa). Dinner is on your own!
 

Day 3: Lao Cai Station - Sapa - Ethnic Minority Villages (B, L)

Upon arrival at Lao Cai station near the Chinese border in the early morning, take a scenic drive to the former hill station of Sapa with the spectacular views of rice-terraced mountains and Black H’Mong and Red Dao hill tribe people dressed in their colorful wares walking along the roadside. Have a nice breakfast at your hotel or local restaurant and take some refreshment before starting out for your exploration of Sapa. Afterwards, drive to the top of Lao Chai village, then start to hike down slope from the main road in Lao Chai to visit Black H'mong village. Continue to hike from Lao Chai to Ta Van where the Zay group, Red Zao tribe live. Have a picnic lunch in the village. Following take a light trek to discover Sapa's quaint hill tribe villages set against the stunning Hoang Lien Son Mountain Range and Indochina's highest peak, Mt. Fansipan. Late afternoon, drive back to Sapa with the remainder of the day on your own at leisure. Dinner is on your own today.
 

Day 4: Sapa - Bac Ha Market (Sunday only!) - Lao Cai - Hanoi (B, L, D)

After breakfast, check out the hotel and enjoy around 3-hour drive to Bac Ha. On arrival in Bac Ha, 130 km from Sapa, to visit the colorful weekly market of hill tribe people such as Flower H'mong, Phu La and Dao Tuyen gathering here to exchange goods. Enjoy boxed lunch, ordered from your hotel. After lunch, we drive to Trung Do and trek 4km to visit its village - inhabited by Tay minority. From the village we go by boat up the Chay River for 1.5 hours, where we experience the magnificent sight of the beautiful caves, the Raining waterfall. The boat ends at Bao Nhai. Drive back to Lao Cai to visit the century banyan tree, the 12 zodiac-signs park, and the Chinese Vietnamese borderline. Then, transfer to a local restaurant near Lao Cai train station for dinner and refreshment before taking an overnight train back to Hanoi.
 

Day 5: Hanoi - Halong Bay (B, L, D)

Upon arrival at Hanoi station in the morning, you’ll transfer to a local restaurant for breakfast and refreshment. After breakfast, enjoy a scenic drive to Halong Bay with stop en route at Sao Do for coffee break. There you’ll board a wooden junk to take you through Bai Tu Long Bay area. You’ll then continue your cruise to visit a fishing village where you’ll have an opportunity to explore the village and hidden lagoons in a tender or a kayak. The route is designed to avoid the busy areas and includes a very quiet location for your overnight stay.
 
Late tonight, join with the junk crew for squid fishing on board.
 

Day 6: Halong Bay - Hanoi (Br)

You wake in the fresh air on the bay with a swim (if weather permits) or you can relax on the sundeck. After coffee, tea and breakfast pastries, you’ll dock to visit one of the most famous caves in the Bay. At around 09:30AM, boat starts cruising towards the harbor while a lunch/brunch is served. Say goodbye to your crew and return to Hanoi. If interested, you will stop at Phu Lang ceramic making village en-route, where you can have opportunity to interact with the artisans and understand how they preserve the traditional craft over generations.
 
Upon arriving in Hanoi early this afternoon, the rest of the day is at your leisure or further exploration. Overnight in Hanoi
 

Day 7: Hanoi Departure (B)

Your time will be your own until your private car and driver arrives to take you to the Noi Bai airport for your departure flight.
Class
Tour cost per Person (in $US)
2 Pax
3 - 4 Pax
5 - 8 Pax
9 - 12 Pax
Single Sup.
3 Star
454 416 376 359 110
4 Star
584
547 508 492 185
5 Star
763
712 656 634 350
Trip Included:
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast (Time check in is 12:00 and time check out is 14:00)
  • Local English speaking guides
  • Transfers and transportation on tours
  • All entrance fees
  • Set menu meals as specified without drinks.
  • Boat cruises in Halong Bay
  • Special visits & arrangements as indicated
  • Overnight train tickets: Hanoi - Lao Cai - Hanoi
  • Vietnam Visa Approval Letter (if requested!)

Trip Excluded :

  • Vietnam visa stamping fee
  • All other meals
  • Airport taxes
  • Hotel early check in /Late check out
  • Overweight luggage
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips & gratuities
  • Other services not listed in inclusive column

Additional Information:

  • Prices are per person (US$), based on double occupancy
  • Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is closed on Mondays & Fridays from Mid-September to Mid-November.
  • Price excludes Personal expenses, gratuities to guides and drivers
  • Vietnam & Foreign departure taxes, fees and fuel surcharges are not included (subject to change).
  • Holiday surcharges and/or compulsory gala dinners apply between Dec. 23 - Jan. 02 and during period of Lunar New Year.
  • Vietnam visa required. Not included in package and can be arranged in two days.
  • Prices subject to change without notice

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