Essence of Vietnam

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TOUR SUMMARY

This Tours is ideal to discover the best destination of Northern Vietnam, Hanoi, Ha Long Bay and Sapa. The journey is exciting as we will discover deeply local culture, thousand year old city of hanoi, unique tradition of ethnic people in Sapa, breathtaking scenery in Ha Long and Sapa. Join in the tour for unforgettable experiences of cruising and kayaking in Halong, trekking and visiting hill tribe in Sapa.

 

 Day 1: Hanoi Arrival

 Day 2: Hanoi city tour - Night train to Sapa

 Day 3: Lao Cai – Sapa – Ta Phin Village – Homestay in Village

 Day 4: Trekking to minority villages - Sapa - Bus to Hanoi

 Day 5: Hanoi - Ha Long Bay - Bai Tu Long

 Day 6: Ha Long Bay – Hanoi Departure

FULL ITINERARY

Day 01: Hanoi Arrival (Meals: None)
Upon arrival at Noi Bai International Airport, Our driver will welcome and transfer you to hotel in center of Hanoi city. Check in your hotel and free at your leisure on the rest of the afternoon. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 02: Hanoi city tour - Night train to Sapa (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)

From 08:00 Am , our guide will meet you at your hotel lobby and pick you up for Hanoi City Tour.  We firstly visit Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, the final resting place of Vietnam ‘s greatest father; his house-on-stilt and One Pillar Pagoda – modeled after a lotus flower, a symbol of Hanoi.Visit Temple of Literature constructed in 1070 – dedicated to Confusius, sages and talented scholars. It is the most famous temple in Hanoi, also functioning as Vietnam’s first university. x Lunch at local restaurant.

Visit Ethnology Museum to learn about cultures of 54 ethnic groups living in Vietnam.In the museum, tourist exploring Vietnam’s diversity culture and life style of 54 ethnic groups, walking in houses on still of ethnic people to experience their life style or traditional ritual. Leave for a legendary Hoan Kiem lake, the heart of Hanoi city and enjoy a gentle walk around the lake and hear the story legend of the lake. Enjoy a cyclo ride around the vibrant Old Quarter and learn more about local lifestyle. Transfer back to hotel and free at leisure on the rest of the day.

Around 9.00 Pm, Transfer to Hanoi train Station and catch the night train to Lao Cai. Overnight on train.

Day 03: Lao Cai – Sapa – Ma Tra – Ta Phin Village – Homestay in Village (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Arrive in Lao Cai station at 5:00 in the morning. You are welcomed by our tour guide, and then transfer by bus to Sapa. The bus ride uphill to Sapa takes a little over an hour, giving you a glimpse of the stunning vistas and impressive rice terraces.
After breakfast, we will start our trekking tour this morning. The trekking through rice paddy terraces is very enjoyable as you can admire the beautiful scenery as well as local lifestyle along the path. You then stop by Ma Tra village of Black Hmong, where your lunch will be served on top of hill. After lunch, the trek will continue by going downhill toward Taphin village where you can meet Red Dao and Black Hmong minorities, two largest ethnic groups in Sapa. Your guide will tell you about daily life and tradition of these ethnic groups.

Tonight we will overnight in a local house of Black Hmong people for your homestay experiences. Homestay is very basic accommodation but the experience is fun, exciting and it is the best way to learn more about local culture. If you are adventurers, we strongly recommend homestay experiences. We will overnight in a local house of Dzay people. The home-stay offers basic accommodation but unique experiences that you will enjoy dinner with the host; drink wine and celebrate with local style. More than just sightseeing, you will travel and experience the real Vietnam as a local.  Approximated trekking distance: 14km – 5 hour.

If you prefer overnight in Hotel then we can easily arrange it.

Day 04: Continue trekking to minority villages - Sapa - Bus to Hanoi (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)

Option 1: Ta Phin – Mong Sen – Sapa (for those who overnight at homestay in day 3)

Enjoy your breakfast within the fresh and peaceful mountain atmosphere of Ta Phin village. After the breakfast, we say goodbye to our H’Mong family host and continue to visit another village of Mong Sen. The trail from Ta Phin is absolutely beautiful and untouched. En route, you will have many opportunities to enjoy spectacular view over rice paddy terraces and cornfields. We will take a stop for our small picnic lunch. After lunch, the car or Jeep will pick you up and transfer back to Sapa around 3.00 Pm. Free at your leisure on the rest of the day.

Option 2: Sapa -  Lao Chai - Tan Van (for those who overnight at hotel in day 3)

Enjoy breakfast at hotel. We then start trekking from Sapa town to Golden Stream valley. The trek offers some stunning views of the rice terraces, gardens and Fan Si Pan mountain range. After crossing a suspension bridge, we will hike up to Lao Chai San village. The scenery here is great. We will continue through the Golden Stream Valley, stopping at Lao Chai village for lunch. After lunch, we will explore the villages of Lao Chai (Black H’mong) and Ta Van (Dzay). This trek is relatively easy, though the trail can be quite slippery if it rains, so good footwear is recommended.

Around 04.00 Pm, our bus will pick you up from hotel in Sapa town with comfortable shuttle bus departs to Hanoi. Enjoy beautiful views driving along the Hoang Lien Son mountain range. The bus is equipped with large individual seats, A/C and wifi. 2 stops on the way: one for toilets at about 6.30pm and the other one for dinner at about 8.00pm. The dinner is not included. Around 10.00pm: Arrival in Hanoi center and the bus will drop you off at your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter. (Surcharge for drop off at hotels not in Old Quarter). Overnight at hotel in Old Quarter.

Day 05: Hanoi - Ha Long Bay - Overnight on cruise (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Start your day with Tai Chi on the Sundeck while complimentary tea & coffee are served. Our cruise weighs anchor to sail through the bay. Early breakfast will be served in the dining room. You then will transfer to a smaller boat for Ha Long Bay excursion. Spend your day with guided kayaking and swimming at beach, a pristine natural beach lapped by the turquoise water. Lunch is served on boat. We then will continue to discovery Cave (depend on the tide condition), the most remote point in Lan Ha Bay and bordering the Gulf of Tonkin. Visit its quaint fishing village and lagoon. Possibility of kayaking through an amazing tunnel under a karst mountain (time permitting). Around late afternoon, you will return to big Cruise for dinner and overnight in Ha Long Bay.  

Day 6: Ha Long Bay – - Hanoi - Hanoi Departure (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)

If you are a morning person then today you can rise early for our morning tai chi session on the sundeck. Enjoy a hot cup of coffee and admire the tranquil atmosphere of Ha Long Bay in early morning. Light breakfast will be served in restaurant. Around 08.00, you will transfer to Island nearby, climb up small steps to explore the Thien Canh Son Cave. This is one of the biggest cave and most impressive of Ha long Bay with rich history and geology value but still very wild and untouched by human. After 1-hour cave tour, we are back to the boat for check out, put your luggage out to corridor and settle your bill at restaurant. Lunch will be served in restaurant while the boat is cruising back to harbor. We will transfer back to Hanoi and arrive hanoi around 04.30 PM.
Our driver will transfer you from Hanoi center to Noi Bai international airport for your departure flight leaving Vietnam. End of services. 

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INCLUSIONS

  • Transfer with comfortable A/C vehicle with experienced driver
  • Airport pick up/drop off by comfortable private car
  • 2 nights accommodation in Hanoi with breakfast
  • 1 night accommodation in Homestay in Sapa
  • 1 night on train from Hanoi to Lao Cai in sharing cabin of 4 soft berths
  • 1 night accommodation in Ha Long Bay Cruise
  • Comfortable bus transfer from Sapa to Hanoi
  • Comfortable bus transfer Hanoi - Ha Long Bay - Hanoi
  • Water and tissues in car
  • Kayaking & boat trip in Ha Long Bay
  • English speaking guide in tour
  • All entrance fees as per program
  • 5 Breakfast, 5 Lunch, 2 Dinner as mentioned in itinerary
  • Cooking class & Tai Chi section in Ha Long Bay
  • Trekking on off the beaten track in Sapa
  • Cruising on road less travelled on unique route in Ha Long Bay

EXCLUSIONS

  • International & Domestic flights
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Visa on arrival & stamp fees
  • Early check-in, late check-out
  • Personal expenses
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Alcoholic, and other beverages
  • Tips & gratuities
  • Services not mentioned in itinerary

ACCOMMODATION

Following hotels are your accommodations arranged accordingly for each standard. Our travel experts have inspected hundred hotels but only choose the best for you.
City Economic Group Private Deluxe Primary Luxury
Hanoi Hanoi Legacy Hotel Essence Hanoi Sofitel Legend Metropole
Ha Long Rosa Cruise Paloma Cruise Signature Cruise
Sapa H'Mong Sapa Amazing Sapa Victoria Hotel

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