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Impressive Destinations in Northern Vietnam Tour / 8 days

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Northern Vietnam is an interest area to travel and adventure. Only this tour you can learn of Ha Noi with long time history and beautiful landscapes. Besides, Ha Long Bay is a destination for visiting should not miss to spectacular world nature heritage; Tam Coc is famous as name “ Ha Long Bay on land”. Spending night on cruise is an interesting experience to enjoy sunrise and sunset on board between the islands on sea. In addition, easy trekking around mountain and visiting local market of ethnic will bring you wonderful memories with minority people. With 8 days is enough for exploring specific of Northern Vietnam nature and history. With limited time you can have customize tour how to suit with your reasonable plan in Ha Noi, Ha Long Bay and Sapa easy trekking.

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights

Destination: Ha Noi – Tam Coc - Sa Pa – Sunday Market - Ha Long Bay - Ha Noi

Itinerary in brief:

Day 1: Welcome to Ha Noi – Vietnam’s Capital – City tour ½ day. O/n in Ha Noi (L)

Day 2: Discover Tam Coc – Bich Dong – Hoa Lu – night train to Lao Cai - Sa Pa. O/n on train (BL)

Day 3: Arrive Lao Cai – Sapa – Explore minority villages in Sa Pa. O/n in Sa Pa (BL)

Day 4: Visit Pansipan Mountain - Tram Ton Pass – Heaven gate - Love Waterfall. O/n in Sa Pa  (BL)

Day 5: Sapa – Sunday market – Lao Cai & night train back Ha Noi. O/n on train  (BL)

Day 6: Arrive Ha Noi – Transfer to Ha Long Bay - share group. O/n on Cruise (BLD)

Day 7: Explore more Ha Long Bay - Back Hanoi. O/n in Ha Noi  (BL)

Day 8: City tour ½ day & Ha Noi Departure (B)

Day 1: Welcome to Ha Noi – Vietnam’s Capital - City tour ½ day. O/n in Ha Noi (L)

Am: Depending on your arrival flight time, our guide and driver pick you up at the Noi Bai International Airport and transferred to have lunch at the restaurant.

Pm: This afternoon, you will spend your time to visit Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum – the leader of Vietnam Nation. This is the complex of Ba Dinh Square, the Mausoleum where puts the memorial and body of this Vietnamese Leader, the place where he worked as a president, the museum and the stilt house with garden, fish pond and many memorable things of this great President. Then visit One pillar pagoda. After that visitting the Temple of Literature – the first university of Vietnam to get more knowledge of Northern Vietnam cultures as well as the thick history of our country. Then, you will enjoy the Water Puppet Show - the special traditional art of Vietnam. Check into hotel. Free to have your own dinner. Overnight in hotel.

Inclusion: Transport, English Speaking guide, Lunch, Entrance Fee, Hotel & Mineral Water.

Day 2: Transfer to Ninh Binh – Discover Tam Coc – Bich Dong – Hoa Lu – Take night train to Lao Cai – Sa Pa. O/n on train (BL)

Am:  Have breakfast at hotel. Our guide and driver will pick you up at hotel and transfer you to the south of Ha Noi with 2 hours to Ninh Binh Province. It will be an exciting day highlighted firstly by 2 hours local boat ride in Tam Coc “Three Caves” streams that we will enjoy the spectacular scenery while gliding along the river among rice paddies and ranges of Limestone Mountains peaking up towers over you. Then you continue to discover Bich Dong Cave - means “Green Grotto” or “Pearl Grotto”, which reveals its magnificent natural beauties. Sighting view of mountains, rivers, water, rice fields…with blue color so that he named the cave with a beautiful and poetic name “Bich Cave”. Coming here, you will have chance to visit Bich Dong pagodawhich was built on the Truong Yen limestone mountains range; it includes three palaces on three levels: Lower, Middle and Upper pagoda. When you stand on high pagoda located on the highest point nearby the top of Bich Dong mountain, you could survey the wonderful perspective view of the Bich Dong pagoda.

Pm: After lunch served with local food at a restaurant riverside, a short transfer through the peaceful country road to Hoa Lu, once the Vietnam’s ancient capital 11 centuries ago. Here are the two temples dedicated to the King Dinh and King Le, the founder of the capital in 10th century. Back Ha Noi. Then, you will transfer you to Hotel located near by train station to relax & shower before leaving Ha Noi. Free to have your own dinner. At 21:00 pm, check out your hotel, our guide will pick you up at your hotel and take you to Ha Noi train station for getting night train to Lao Cai on train –SP3 depart at 22:00 pm - AC soft sleeper (tourist cabins). Overnight on train.

Inclusion: Transport, English Speaking guide, Entrance fee, Boat, Breakfast, Lunch, Hotel for shower, Train ticket & Mineral water.

Day 3: Arrive Lao Cai - Sa Pa – Explore minority villages in Sa Pa. O/n in Sa Pa (BL)

Am: Thetrain arrives to Lao Cai Train Station about06:20 am. Our guide will pick you up at train station (outside) with welcome sign “Eco Nature Travel” and take you to have breakfast.  Then, you will be transferred to explore Lao Chai Village, following the road down the hill. Views of the Muong Hoa Valley and magnificent surroundings of mountains and rice terrace fields seen from this road. Along the road, people from many ethnic groups (H’mong, Zay, and Red Dao) likely to be met, and there are stalls along the way that serve tea, fruits, and sweets. Soon after turning off the main road and taking a local path, you will arrive in the Black H’mong village of Lao Chai, where you will experience the daily life of the villagers. After that, we walk from Lao Chai to Ta Van village where the Zay hill tribes live. Here, you trek around the village to get more exploration and to see daily activities of local people. Have lunch at the restaurant.

Pm: This afternoon, you will visit Cat Cat Village with beautiful landscapes and more experiences of tribe people here with black H’mong people family and discover their real life. You will walk down to the waterfall and Hydrogen power station built by French. You can have a chance to enjoy for more understanding of their cultures. Check in hotel. Relax at hotel or walking around the town for more explore… Stone church which is located in the heart of Sapa town built by the French from the early 20th century or enjoy the beautiful scenery of the mountain and the valleys surrounding. Free to have your own dinner. At night, you can visit Sapa Night Market to see the specific activity feature of this highland. Overnight at Sa Pa.

Inclusion: Transport, English speaking guide, Entrance fee, Breakfast, Lunch, Hotel & Mineral water.

Day 4: Visit Fansipan Moutain at 3,143 metres - Tram Ton Pass - Heaven gate & Love Waterfall. O/n in Sa Pa. O/n in Sa Pa (BL)

Am: Have breakfast at hotel. Our guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel and transfer tovisit visit Fansipan, the highest peak of Indochina mountains. It normally takes people one or two days to reach the peak of Fansipan mountain on foot. However, you will take The three-rope cable car system which carry you from the bottom to the highest point of the mountain in 15-20 minutes. From there, you can enjoy the scenery and magnificent views to Sapa area and beautiful landscape of Lai Chau province. Then, you will be transferred back to Sapa to have lunch at the restaurant.

Pm: This afternoon, you willvisit Tram Ton Pass - Vietnam highest mountain pass and known as Heaven’s Gate. From here you can see great views of surounding mountains. You will trek through forest and along the stream to arrive Love Waterfall to relax and listing a legendary love story. Back hotel to relax. Free to have your own dinner. Overnight at hotel.

Inclusion: Transport, English Speaking guide, Entrance fee, Breakfast, Lunch, Cable Car, Hotel & Mineral water.

Day 5: Sa Pa – Visit Sunday Market – Lao Cai – Night train back Ha Noi. O/n on train (BL)

Am: After your breakfast at your hotel, you will travel to Bac Ha which is 100 kms Northeast of Sa Pa. The ride is relatively flat from Lao Cai to Bao Nhai where you will be taken through rural area. Bac Ha is the largest market in the area, situated inside the small town of Bac Ha. On every Sunday mornings, it is literally a riot of color as many different ethnic groups such as Flower Hmong, Phu La, Black Dao, Tay, Nung minorities, etc who gather to buy and sell useful goods for daily life and handicraft products. After spending the whole morning exploring the market, you will have your lunch in a restaurant.

Pm: This afternoon, you will enjoy a walking tour to surrounding villages of H’Mong and Tay Minorities (Ban Pho Village) for more discoveries of ethnic people here and their cultures as well. The life on mountainous area will give you more experiences of the living way on highland area in the Northern Vietnam. Then our guide and driver take you toLao Cai Train Station for getting night train return Ha Noi City. Check in mini hotel for shower and relax. Free to have your own dinner. Get on train- SP4 depart at 21:05 pm- A/C soft sleeper (Tourist cabins). Spending night on train.

InclusionTransport, English Speaking guide, Breakfast, Lunch, Train ticket, Hotel for shower & Mineral water.

Day 6: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Kayaking – Overnight Cruise – Share group (BLD)

Am: The train arrives Ha Noi train station at about 05:22 am, our guide will pick you up at station (outside) and take you to check in mini hotel near by train station to relax and shower. Have breakfast at hotel. At 07:30 am, our shuttle bus with tour guide will pick you up at your hotels. En route, we’ll stopover at Hai Duong province for refreshments about 20 – 30 minutes At 12:15 pm, upon approaching at Tuan Chau Marina pier of Halong city. You’ll be quickly welcome by our cruise manager & his team then transferred by a tender to get on board. Later on, a complimentary drink at Cruise’s bar will help you fresh up after a long journey. At 12:30 pm, there will be a briefing introduction from our Cruise Manager before checking in your cabins. At 13:00: Enjoy a lunch of set-menu while cruising via Bai Tu Long Bay to get to the Dark & Bright Caves.

Pm: At 15:00 pm, arrive in the area of the Dark & Bright Caves known the most beautiful destination belonging to Lan Ha bay. You’ll have a chance to take the rowing boat trip and pass through the magnificent landscape with limestone mountains and sea caves. While kayaking, you can witness the local life of the fishermen working around. At 16:15: Back to the cruise and continue cruising to Drum cave. At 16:45 – 17:30: Enjoy swimming around the cruise (weather condition ) or relax on the sun-deck for fantastic views or shoot nice photos of sunset. At 18:30: Cooking demonstration will be on the sun-deck. Let’s see how to make the fresh/fried spring rolls and mix fish-sauce.At 19:30: Under the magnificent night sky, in magic atmosphere in Ha long Bay, Our luxury set-menu dinner is served with a variety of Vietnamese and Asian foods. At 21:00: Evening activities include: Join the squid fishing on boat with our crews. You can enjoy the squid cooked with assistance from our chef. Or Laze yourself with our happy-hour drinks at the bar At 22:00: Overnight anchorage near Drum cave, the quietest sleeping area permitted by Halong governmental office.

Inclusion: Shuttle Bus, English Speaking Guide, Entrance fee, Boat, Kayak, Breakfats, Lunch, Dinner, Room on cruise, Mineral water.

Day 7: Discover Halong bay – The Surprising Cave - Back Hanoi. O/n in Ha Noi (Light breakfast/Brunch)

Am: At 06:30 am: Tai Chi class on the Sun-deck. At 07:30: Have breakfast with Coffee, tea and Bakeries on board. At 08:30: Visit the Surprising Cave (Hang Sung Sot) discovered by the French in 1901. Opened for tourists since 1936, now it is a must-to-see and a symbol for geology value of Halong. At 09:30 – 10:30: Check out time. Relax on the sun-deck or inside the restaurant to enjoy the bay scenery during the trip back the pier. 10:00: Farewell brunch’ll be served on board and saying goodbye to the screws.12:00: Disembarkation at Tuan Chau Harbour.

Pm: Our shuttle bus and tour guide transfers you back Ha Noi. You arrive at hotel in Ha Noi about 16:30 pm. Then, free to walk to go shopping at Dong Xuan Market to buy souvenir. You will enjoy the purchase of local people here. Maybe you can buy some souvenirs gifts in the market. Dong Xuan is the busiest purchasing centre and the most famous market of Ha Noi, so you can find all kinds of products supply for people have here. Free to have your own dinner. Overnight at hotel.

Inclusion: Shuttle Bus, English Speaking tour guide, Entrance fee, Boat, Breakfast, Brunch, Hotel & Mineral Water.

Day 8: Ha Noi city tour ½ day & Departure (B)

Am: Have breakfast at hotel. This morning, you will take Cyclo tour to visit The Old Quarter to understand more about the local life here as well as go around Hoan Kiem Lake. Next, you continue visit Ngoc Son Temple on a small island in the middle of Hoan Kiem Lake. After that transfer to visit the Hoa Lo Prison - a prison used by the French colonists in Vietnam for political prisoners, known to American prisoners of war as the “Hanoi Hilton”. Then you will be dropped  off at Noi Bai International Airport to take flight back home or next destination. Goodbye, thank you and see you again!

Inclusion: Transport, English Speaking guide, Entrance fee, Cyclo, Mineral water & Breakfast.

Price: USD/Person

Size of group

1 per

2 pers

4 pers

6 pers

8 pers

Single Supplement

Hotel 2 stars

1233

819

620

589

541

153

Hotel 3 stars

1264

835

635

605

557

169

Hotel 4 stars

1502

969

770

740

691

271

Hotel 5 stars

1995

1230

1031

1000

952

504

 
Included: All mentioned in itinerary details. Meals: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L)

Excluded: Tip for tour guide and driver, Visa fee, personal expenses, insurance & other services not mention above in detail itinerary.

What to bring: Passport, change of clothes, sun-glasses, hat, sun cream, insect repellent, camera, raincoat or umbrella, good shoes.

Best time to do: All year round, best from September to April of next year.

Notes:

- Price for 01 pax includes single supplement already.

- Single Supplement means the single using his/her own room.

- Hotel:  Twin/Double shared room. Check in time: 14:00; Check out time: 12:00 noon. 

- Sites closed: Ho Chi Minh mausoleum is closed on Monday, Friday and the whole from 2nd September to 2nd November for the maintenance. 

- All services are for private tour except Ha Long Bay tour.

- You should prepare the thick sweater, thick jacket and walking boots from December to February next year because it’s so cold and wet on Sa Pa in the winter.

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