Overview: Explore the most attractive places in the north of Vietnam as Hanoi, Sapa & Halong Bay. First, welcome to Hanoi then to know how the hidden charm of Hanoi city. The next place, we have a journey to Sapa by night train for 2 days to explore hill-tribe villages in Sapa. After Sapa, we travel descending to explore one of the seven natural wonder in the world that is Halong bay where we will stay for 2 days and 1 night on cruise, we spend the most time on cruise for relaxing and sailing around bay to explore thousands of islands & islets and the largest cave in Halong Bay.
ITINERARY IN DETAILS:
DAY 1: HANOI ARRIVAL – GREETING – HANOI CITY TOUR– Night train to Lao Cai (L)
Good morning, then pick up at Noi Bai International Airport, & transfer to Hanoi Capital city,
Lunch at Bun Cha Dac Kim.
Afternoon sightseeing tour begins by a visit to President Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (closed on Monday and Friday, every afternoon, and whole from 15 June – 15 August, we can still view from the outside the building), a sightseeing of the Presidential Palace (view from outside), President’s Fishpond, House On Stilts, and the famous One Pillar Pagoda,
Next is a visit to the Temple of Literature, where Confucius – Founder of Confucianism is worshiped, this place also served as the first National University of Vietnam where many kings, mandarins and talented people of Vietnam were trained!
Tour continued by a visit to one of the most beautiful lakes of Hanoi – the Hoan Kiem lake (Restore Sword Lake) & Ngoc Son Temple located on a beautiful Island in the middle of the lake.
A short walking tour in the old quarter
Have dinner before transferring to the train Station for your train trip to Sapa
Night train to Sapa, overnight on the train (about 300km, 8-hours).
Day Inclusions: A/C transfer with complimentary water, local English-speaking tour guide, entrance fee, lunch & Entrance fees. Train ticket
DAY 2: LAO CAI TRAIN STATION ARRIVAL – DRIVE TO SAPA – CAT CAT VILLAGE (B, L)
The night train arrives in Lao Cai station at 6 AM
Take driving up from Lao Cai station to Sapa town (40km, 1-hour drive by land transfer), Located at an elevation of 1600 meters, Sapa is a delightful former French hill station situated in the mountainous region of Vietnam’s northwest, close to the Chinese border. The region is home to many ethnic minority groups and each group appear with their own traditional customs and habits with their own lifestyle, with differences in the architecture of houses, different costumes, and different with their own cultures which have been being preserved since from generations to generations,
Arrival in Sapa put off your luggage, get change and breakfast (notice: A quick shower can be arranged on your request; hotel check-in time is from 14:00, early check-in is NOT included and subject to hotel’s availability and upon hotel regulation)
Free time and easy in Sapa then have lunch at the local restaurant
After lunch, in the afternoon, the van will bring you to the Black Hmong’s village where start a sightseeing tour beginning with a minority village named Cat Cat to observe minority villagers colourfully dressed indigo tunics, leggings, elaborately pleated skirts, and silver-studded jackets. Interact with these minorities and learn about their unique lifestyle, which has not much changed despite the long passage of time. You will also enjoy a mountain minority traditional dance show here and trekking around the village then back to Sapa.
Get back to Sapa town and spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Have dinner on your own then free time to explore Sapa town at night and overnight in Sapa.
Day Inclusions: A/C transfer, English-speaking tour guide, Hotel breakfast, lunch, dinner, entrance fee (s), accommodation (hotel) in Sapa, complimentary water on bus.
DAY 3: SAPA – LAO CHAI, TA VAN, RETURN TO HANOI (B/L)
Good morning Sapa, enjoy the buffet breakfast and café then check out hotel before getting started the trip to explore the minority village along Muong Hoa River such as Lao Chai’s Black Hmong Village and Ta Van’s Giay village.
The van will bring you to Lao Chai village where you will start trekking via the rice terraces and Black Hmong houses and suspension bridges, or to see rice water mills and being in touch-friendly communication with ethnic people (the trekking way is not hard – easy trekking; trekking, taking photographs and going sightseeing by the most beautiful landscapes such rice terraces, valleys, streams and to study the local daily life’s experiences)
After 3 hours trekking to explore the hill tribe villages belongs to Muong Hoa River, we arrive in Ta Van village where we will have lunch and break here during lunchtime we can enjoy the ethnic minority people’s traditional music and dance performances.
After a lovely time here, we will get on the Mini Van for 5-hours journey to return Hanoi, we arrive in Hanoi at 6.30 PM to 7.00 PM
Overnight in Hanoi
Day Inclusions: A/C transfer, English-speaking tour guide, Hotel breakfast, lunch, entrance fee (s), accommodation (hotel) in Hanoi, complimentary water on bus.
DAY 4: HANOI – HALONG CRUISE (B/L/D)
Good morning, have breakfast at your hotel. Then check-out hotel.
07.30–07.40: Pick up at your hotel in Ha Noi by shuttle bus (minivan) (Optional)
11.45–12.15: Embark at Hon Gai International harbor.
12.30–13.00: Embark on the boat. Enjoy welcome drink as Cruise Manager gives you a brief overview of the itinerary and important safety guideline. Check in your cabin.
13.30–14.30: Have lunch while cruising to magnificent Bai Tu Long Bay; Start sailing among famous Islets (Indochina studio, Am Islet…) of Bai Tu Long Bay, the wildest beauty with the panoramic natural views.
15.00–16.30: Visit and explore the well-hidden Co Cave (known as Thien Canh Son Cave) where you can hike to the middle of the mountain to see the wild and mysterious beautiful cave, contemplate numerous sparkling stalactites appear like ‘hanging lamps’ inside the Cave. (No swimming).
Return to the boat and enjoy Happy hour. You will have 30% discount off from the special menu drinks including of cocktail, mock-tail and mixed drinks (from 16.30 pm to 19.00 pm.).
16.30–17.30: Enjoy kayaking and relaxing on the cruise in Cong Do Area.
17.30: Take part in carving flowers on the sundeck.
18.00–19.00: Attend our chef’s cooking demonstration and try your skills in the art of traditional Vietnamese cooking (spring roll).
19.00-21.00: Dinner is served in the restaurant. You can enjoy the charm of Bai Tu Long Bay at night.
21.00-22.00: Enjoy evening activities (Squid Fishing, Movie Night, Board Games, and Massage & Spa services) or relax at the leisure then overnight at private cabin at Cong Do area.
Day Inclusions: A/C Bus transfer, English-speaking tour guide on CRUISE, entrance fee, full board meals.
DAY 5: HALONG BAY – HANOI (B/L)
06.30-07.00: Welcome a new day with an amazing dawn on Bai Tu Long Bay. Refresh your body and soul with a Tai-chi session on the sundeck.
07.00-07.30: Catch the morning view of seascape while enjoying the breakfast with cookies and tea, café in the restaurant.
07.30-08.30: Visit Vung Vieng fishing village – the famous fishing farm by bamboo boat and discover life of local people living on the surface of Halong Bay. (No swimming).
08.30-9.30: Pack up the luggage and check out of the cabin.
09.30-10.40: Enjoy the brunch in the restaurant while cruising back to Vinashin tourist harbor.
11.00: Disembark from boat.
12.00: Your driver takes you back to Hanoi.
Tour end at your hotel in Hanoi City.
Free to explore night market.
Day Inclusions:Breakfast & lunch on Cruise, local English speaking tour guide on Cruise, entrance fee, and Halong cruise – disembark at noontime, A/C land transfer
DAY 6: HANOI CITY CENTER TO NOI BAI AIRPORT – DEPARTURE (B)
Good morning Hanoi City, then enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Then free time to explore Hanoi city before transferring to Noi Bai airport for your own scheduled flight going home or to continue visiting other tourist destination of your own travel plan,
The end of the tour, thank you and see you again!
Day Inclusions: Breakfast at hotel, A/C transfer with complimentary water, local English speaking tour guide.
Price: $US$US338 (Priced on a Private tour for 3people)
Children from 8-11: 75% Adult’s price
Children from 5-7: 50% Adult’s price
What are included in this trip?
A/C accommodation with a DBL/TWN ROOM (2people share 1 room) with daily breakfast (If someone want to stay in a Single room – he/she needs to pay for Single Supplement)
Private land tour: Hanoi, Sapa,
Shuttle Bus SApa – Hanoi; Hanoi-Halong-Hanoi
The night train tickets Hanoi – Lao Cai (notice: 4 people share 1 cabin; a private cabin for 2 or 3 persons can be available on your request by paying a surcharge for additional tickets
A/C transfer from Airports to the hotel and other tourist destinations according to the itinerary
Shuttle bus round trip to Hanoi – Ha Long Bay; (private land transfer available on request)
2 days 1 night on Joint Cruise trip in Halong Bay, with DOUBLE or TWIN (2 persons share 1 cabin; single cabin can be available on request), full meals on board
Kayaking in Halong bay (for 3-star tour package only)
Meals as indicated in the itinerary. (Breakfast = 5; Lunch = 05; Dinner = 01)
Mandarin speaking guides as specified
Mineral water (2 bottles/ per day with sightseeing tour)
What are excluded in this trip?
All international and domestic flights
Specified as Chinese/ Malaysian/ Indonesian/ Thai speaking guide can be available on request to pay for extra-fee.
All meals not mentioned
Tips for tour guides, drivers, crew members in Halong Bay, other attendants if may have (3 USD/pax/day)
Other personal expenses not mentioned
3-STAR HOTEL IN HANOI, CRUISE IN HALONG SELECTED
HOTEL NAME, ROOM TYPE & WEBSITE
THANG LONG ESPANA HOTEL – SUPERIOR
ADAMAS HANOI HOTEL & SPA –SUPERIOR
The hotels and cruise are subject to change to similar category in case of fully booked
Halal food and seafood will be served for the Muslim travelers, if any traveler avoids eating something, please let us know early for the best operation & great trip.
Early check in and late checkout (official hotel check in is at 14:00, check out time is 12:00 mid-noon).
The day of departure (Day 6), without tour guide for small group tour and with tour guide for private tour.