For this tour, you’ll have a good chance to explore the beauty of the off –beaten northwest of our country, both nature and culture. This is home to numerous of ethnic minority people, an idea place for trekking and homestay. The tour includes Nghia Lo, Than Uyen, Sapa and a short relaxing cruise in Ha Long Bay, the most spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Areas and the world’s largest marine limestone ‘karst’ landscape. Ha Long Bay is in the Northeast, of course, but no where else in the north offers such good beach relaxing!
The tour is designed with 11 days only. But if you can extend your time and want to explore further this beaufitul area, please let us know. We will satisfy you with a customised tour within 24 hours.
Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
Enter Vietnam at Noi Bai airport, you’ll be met and driven to your hotel. You’ll have time to relax after your journey before a performance of traditional Water Puppetry and a “Welcome” dinner at a restaurant with Vietnamese dishes. Your overnight will be in Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi Orientation (B/L)
You’ll have the whole day to explore Vietnam’s capital city. Your guide will take you to the Temple of Literature, the first university in Vietnam dating back to the 11th century, and a popular attraction, as is Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, his simple stilt house where he lived and worked, and the museum dedicated to his memory. After lunch, you’ll call in at the serene Tran Quoc Pagoda, the oldest in Hanoi and the excellent Ethnology Museum for an overview of Vietnam’s 54 distinct ethnic groups. Your afternoon will finish with a cyclo ride around the shopping area of Hanoi including Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son temple and bustling Old Quarter. You’ll spend the night in Hanoi.
Day 3: Hanoi – Nghia Lo (B)
After breakfast at the hotel, you’ll depart through the Red River Delta into the mountains of Yen Bai province and on to Nghia Lo. This is home to numerous ethnic minorities including Thai, Nung, H’mong, La Ha and Ma people. Your overnight will be at at guesthouse.
Day 4: Nghia Lo – Than Uyen (B)
After breakfast, you’ll eplore local market in Nghia Lo, a good chance to shop for local handicrafts. Today's drive is along an exciting stretch of road which climbs over the mountain pass to Mu Cang Chai past H'mong, La Ha and Dzao hill tribe communities. At the bottom of the valley is the town of Than Uyen. You’ll spend the night at a guest house.
Day 5: Than Uyen – Sapa - Homestay (B/L/D)
The road follows the Hoang Lien Son Mountain Range and winds through tea plantations and rice terraces as it hugs the Nam Ma River. This stunning valley is dotted with Tay , Dzao and H'mong hill tribe villages. Over the 1900 meter Tram Ton Pass to Sa Pa located in the breathtaking Hoang Lien Son Mountains . After lunch, a 3-hour trek to Ta Van village for a home stay and savoury food with your Dzay hosts.
Day 6: Homestay in Sapa (B/L/D)
Trek along irce terraces, through a lush bamboo forest and past local villages. Stop to enjoy a picnic lunch. After lunch, trek to Ban Ho for an insightful night with your Tay hosts, where you'll sleep in the cozy loft complete with comfy mattress and a mosquito net.
Day 7: Sapa – Overnight train back to Hanoi (B/L)
Short trek to the dirt road for the jeep ride back to Sa Pa. Explore the town or go shopping in the market for local produce. In the late afternoon, you’ll drive to the Lao Cai railway station for an overnight train back to Hanoi.
Day 8: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay (B/L/D)
Arriving in Hanoi at 5am in the morning, you’ll be picked up to your hotel for breakfast and re-freshment.
You’ll then leave Hanoi to Ha Long Bay, one of the most spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Areas and the world’s largest marine limestone “karst” landscap. You arrive at Ha Long City at around noon and then be transferred by tender to your boat, a wooden junk built from the model of the old Vietnamese court vessels with sails, a wide transom and rectangular superstructure, that will take you first to the busy World Heritage area and then to some of the less well-known grottoes and caves. Weather permitting, you’ll be able to swim, fish, climb a hill for an overview of the Bay’s remarkable seascape. Your overnight will be aboard.
Day 9: Ha Long Bay Kayaking (B/L/D)
After breakfast, you’ll be transferred by a tender to the kayaking area. This is the most untouched place of the bay. There, you can enjoy swimming on virgin beaches, paddling to visit the sea level caves or floating villages. Lunch will be served on a small boat. In late afternoon, you’ll return to the mother boat for dinner and overnight.
Day 10: Ha Long – Hanoi (Brunch)
Your morning start with Meditation and Yoga Section on the sundeck and enjoying the sunrise. Your boat will then depart to Surprising Cave (Sung Sot) followed by an international breakfast set menu or buffet just before docking around noon and leaving for Hanoi. Your overnight will be in Hanoi.
Day 11: Hanoi departure (B)
You’ll be free for the remainder of the day until being transferred to Noi Bai airport for your departure flight.
Our prices include:
- Breakfast and accommodation sharing a twin or double room.
- Travel in an appropriate private air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced safe driver.
- The services of an experienced English-speaking guide throughout the tour (please note: guides will be on hand from pick-up until guests’ return to their hotel or reaching their destination).
- Train tickets Lao Cai – Hanoi in a first class 4-berth cabin with soft sleepers and air-conditioning.
- Where necessary, entry fees and permission to enter border areas for all visits mentioned in the programme.
- Lunches and dinners (as specified in the itinerary) in the best local restaurants, or picnics where no suitable restaurant is available.
- VAT and other taxes
Our prices do not include:
- International flight tickets and airport tax.
- Dinners, except as specified above.
- Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses.
- Camera fees (if any)