Moutain and Sea Tour Northern Vietnam (8 days/ 7 nights)
Transport: Train, Car
City & around
Hanoi - halong bay - sapa - Bac Ha market - Lao Cai - Hanoi
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Day 1 - Hanoi Arrival () Arrival Hanoi and transfer to your hotel. The rest of today is at your leisure to rest and relax or enjoy a brief walking to explore the incredible Old quarter and charming lakes of Hanoi. The rest of today is at your leisure. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 2 - Hanoicity tour and night train to Lao Cai-Sapa (B,L,) After breakfast at the hotel, discover Hanoi capital city. Visit the Mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh & the Ho Chi Minh complex before enjoying a nice lunch at local restaurant. This afternoon is free for you to visit historical sites by yourself or shop in the Old Quarter with its 36 winding streets. Enjoy an early dinner at local restaurant before boarding the train to Lao Cai.Overnight on the train.
Day 3: Sapa – Ta Van – Giang Ta Chai – Su Pan – Ban Ho (B,L,D) Early this morning arrive in Lao Cai and transfer along terraced hillsides to Sapa, home to some of Vietnam's most colorful ethnic groups. After breakfast, commence with a 12 km by jeep then trek down hill to Ta Van village of the Dzay minority. Follow along the side of Muong Hoa stream to Giang Ta Chai village of the red Dzao where we have lunch at a local family. After lunch, we keep hiking to Ban Ho, the village lies in the beautiful valleys, home-stay at the Tay minority house to experience the architecture of their traditional house on stilts and spend time beside them to exchange the cultures and knowledge.O/n at the home-stay at the Tay local house
Day 4: Around Ban Ho - Sapa (B,L,D) 2km walking to a very nice waterfall discovered and named “the Lavie” by the French during the colonial time in Vietnam. Enjoy swimming then picnic-lunch on the bank. In the afternoon trek 4 km up to the main road o get the jeep to return to Sapa. O/N at Boutique Sapa hotel
Day 5: Bac Ha market (on Sunday only) (B,L,) Located at 110km from Sapa, Bac Ha mountain town is well-known by travelers with the most colorful market of the hill tribes in the North of Vietnam. This every-Sunday-market attended by at least 8 ethnic groups and last from 9:00 AM until 2:00 PM. It is also chance for tourists to discover the H’mong King’s palace (old building built by the French & Chinese). In the afternoon, we go for a light trek to visit Ban Pho, the village is home to flower H’mong minority. We are invited to enter several local houses to have some green tea, corn wine, listen to the host talking about their family, talk to them… and then enjoy landscapes on a roundabout way to Bac Ha for get back to Lao Cai to catch the train to Hanoi. O/n on train
Day 6 Hanoi -Halong Bay cruise package (B,L,D) Early arrival in Hanoi (about 4h30 AM). Transfer to your hotelthen 8h00 join Halong Cruise transfer to Halong Bay where board a Halong junk to start the romantic cruise.
Cruising the exquisite waters sample the regions fresh seafood. Visit the recently discovered Surprise Grotto with its great views, and on the next island see the yawning mouth of Bo Nau Cave. Alternatively journey to Dau Go Cave and nearby see the famous stalagmites and stalactites of Thien Cung Cave “ be advised by our tour guide. Enjoy a swim in the emerald waters of Halong Bay at any spot that you wish to visit. Watch the sun set over the bay whilst enjoying a delicious dinner. Overnight on junk.
Day 7 Halong Bay - Hanoi (B,L,) Wake up to fresh coffee and a wholesome breakfast before cruising back to Halong City. En route the junk weaves through strange-shaped rock formations that invite comparisons from fighting cocks to dragons and even General de Gaulle’s nose! After another wonderful fresh seafood lunch on board disembark at the dock at Halong City. Transfer by the Halong cruiser back to Hanoi. O/N in Hanoi
Day 8 Hanoi - Departure (B) After breakfast, Free for your last minute shopping until transfer to Hanoi airport. Special tour package:
The tour includes:
Hotel & resort accommodation with daily breakfast
Home stay accommodation in Sapa
All meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B: Breakfast, L: lunch, D: Dinner)
Land transportation by private air-conditioned vehicles
English speaking local guide
Entrance fees for all visits as mentioned in the program
Train tickets, 4 berth cabin, soft sleeper
Boat trip and overnight deluxe junk in Halong Bay
The tour excludes:
Any kind of drinks
International airport departure taxes
Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)