NORTHERN VIETNAM ESSENTIALS

NORTHERN VIETNAM ESSENTIALS

Northern Vietnam is a treasure trove of wonders, from the fantastic hills of Sapa to the mystical waters of Halong Bay. On arrival Hanoi we visit a capital of thousand years city with blend of east-west fusion influence.  An overnight... Read More
Duration: 8 Days/7 Nights
Tour Code : TMCSP8
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637 US$

  • Accommodation with daily breakfasts
  • Meals mentioned in the itinerary (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
  • Expert tour guides
  • Private air-conditioned vehicles
  • Two way train tickets: Hanoi - Lao Cai
  • Sightseeing fees and permits during guided time
  • Boats in Halong Bay
  • Two bottles of mineral water/person/day
  • Travel Insurance (Compulsory)
  • International flight tickets
  • Visas and airport departure tax
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Meals, drinks and others that not mentioned clearly in the inclusion above
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    Maps Itinerary

    Itinerary

    Day 1 : HANOI ARRIVAL

    Upon arrival to Noi Bai International airport, you will be warmly welcomed by our guide then transfer to hotel for check in, approximately 35-minute driving from the airport.

    Rest of the day is free at your leisure.

    Day 2 : HANOI CITY TOUR (B/L)

    The tour to explore the capital city occupies your whole day. The sites include of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, his house-on-stilts, One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature - Vietnam’s first university. In the afternoon, the tour continues with a visit to one of the following museum that you can pick the one you like (the Ethnology Museum, Army Museum, National Fine Arts Museum, Hanoi Hilton prison or Vietnam Women Museum). Followed with a short walk or a cyclo ride around the Old Quarter and enjoy a traditional Water Puppet show. Dinner on your own before taking a night train to Sapa.

    Overnight on train.

    Day 3 : SAPA & Trekking to Ethnic villages (B/L/D)

    You will arrive in the border town of Lao Cai early in the morning; get picked up for one-hour drive uphill through cloud and pristine, spectacular landscape to little town of Sapa. Freshening yourself up with wash and breakfast which is ready in hotel’s restaurant.

    After breakfast, get your luggage stored and take a light trek down hill along Muong Hoa Valley. This path provides great scenery of nature with mountain, forest and terrace fields that carpet along hill slopes. On the trek, you will see minority people from some hill tribes with their typical appearance and colorful dress walking, working and playing. It is the chance for interesting local interaction and filling up your album with beautiful photos.
    Keep trekking down further to visit to minority villages of H’mong and Dzay people. The trek ends at noon and you will be picked up by car to get back to Sa Pa for lunch and hotel check-in.
    In the afternoon, after a break, you will take a short drive to another side of Sa pa town, from here you will take a walk to visit Ma Tra village of the H’mong people that locates in a beautiful valley. Get back to Sa Pa by car and free at leisure in the evening.
    Overnight at a hotel in Sa Pa.
    Day 4 : SAPA TRIBAL MARKET - NIGHT TRAIN TO HANOI (B/L/D)

    After breakfast, checking out your room and embark a drive to visit a hill tribe market in Bac Ha district. Here you will see Flower Hmong, Phu La, Dao, Tay, Nung…all hill tribe groups gather around for trading. It is an awesome experience of seeing colors, understanding traditions and feeling the atmosphere. The market offers a variety of local products includes colorful embroidery, handicrafts and all types of daily necessary stuffs. Here also available animal market where people sell and buy or barter animal such as dogs, pot-bellied pigs, cows, buffalos and so on.

    After lunch, just take a short walk to a hill-tribe village. Here you’ll visit some local homes to understand more about their daily life as well as their culture and traditions. Followed by a short boat trip along Chay River (If the water level is high enough) then head back for Lao Cai city. Dinner at a local restaurant in Lao Cai City before your overnight train in a AC soft sleeper cabin back to Hanoi.
    Day 5 : HANOI - NINH BINH (HOA LU & TAM COC) (B/L)

    Arrive at the railway station early in the morning, get on your car and drive to Ninh Binh with your breakfast on the way. Refresh yourselves at a restaurant before 2-hour sampan boat trip a long a little river at Tam Coc (three cave). This area is considered as “Inland Halong Bay” featured with karst formations, gardens and rice fields. The row offers you stunning scenery with rock, water, green paddies and caves. You then turn around and head back to the dock for lunch in the restaurant.

    In the afternoon, you will jump on a bike for a stunning bike ride along the back roads through the beautiful scenery of towering karsts on the ground of ponds, rice paddies and rural villages to Hoa Lu Commune. You will call at Hang Mua for some hundred steps to the summit for the panorama over the area for taking photographs. Hoa Lu was chosen as the capital of ancient Vietnam in the 10th century, located in a flat valley between small but steep limestone mountains. Arrive at Hoa Lu, walk to visit a beautiful temple, which dedicated to a Vietnamese heroic king, Dinh Tien Hoang, who reigned the country in the 10 century. Strolling around and learn the typical architecture of Vietnamese religious buildings and a bit about Vietnamese history after a thousand years under the Chinese domination. Dinner and Overnight in Ninh Binh

    Day 6 : NINH BINH - HALONG BAY (B/L/D)

    Following breakfast leave Ninh Binh for a 4hr drive to Halong Bay including a 20-minutes stop on the way. Arrive at your jetty in Halong City towards noon and proceed with check-in formalities. After your welcome onboard, a lunch will be served while cruising towards the bay itself. In the afternoon, enjoy some visits and/or activities (depending on each boat’s itinerary) or just spend some time relaxing on board. Towards the end of the day the boat sets anchor for the night among the karst formations. Dinner is served on board.

    Overnight on Halong Bay.

    Day 7 : HALONG BAY - HA NOI (B/L)

    Morning just join the Tai Chi Class on sun deck for half an hour and then we will have breakfast. We keep on our excursion and visit to Sung Sot cave, fantastic stalactites and stalagmites in all different sides with beautiful natural color. Return to our junk and check out. Enjoy a pleasant cruise back to the pier for disembarkation then drive back to Hanoi

    Overnight in Hanoi

    Day 8 : HANOI DEPARTURE (B)

    Today is free at leisure to do your own things before getting transferred to the airport for your departure. End of services.

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