Duration:6 days 5 nights
Tour route:Hanoi - Sapa - Halong bay - Cat Ba Island - Hanoi
Northen Vietnam is famous for its spectacular beauty of rice terraces, cultural diversity of minority, vivid cultinary. This 6 day tour is designed specially for tourists who have limited time but still want to discover the best of the Northern.
Day 1: Hanoi city tour – Lao Cai/Sapa (L)
From 8:00 am to 8.30am, after having breakfast the tour guide and shuttle bus will arrive to pick up you to join Hanoi city tour. You will start the tour by visiting Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Ho Chi Minh Museum. Enjoy the architectural and historical aspects of Uncle Ho’s final resting-palace. Just next door is Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts where he used to live in the past. Lying to one side of the Mausoleum is the One Pillar Pagoda, built by King Ly Thai To in 1049 the structure has become an important symbol for the people of Hanoi.
Continue to visit the Temple of Literature (Quoc Tu Giam) – Vietnam’s first University constructed in 1070. Its gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a relaxing glimpse into Vietnam’s past. Have lunch at local restaurants. Proceed to visit the Ethnology Museum. After that we will take you to visit Hoan Kiem Lake.
16.00: Back to your hotel. It’s your free time now to have dinner and a short while to explore the streets of Hanoi.
In the evening, around 20.00, Our tour assistant pick up from your hotel to go to Tran Quy Cap train station. He will lead you to your cabin on the train. The train departs and sleep the night on train. Travel time approx 9 hrs.
Day 2: Sapa – Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai – Ta Van (B, L, D)
Early morning at 5.00, We will pick you up at Lao Cai railway station by a van, to take you up to the township of Sapa which takes approx one hour arriving at.
After breakfast and a morning shower, we will walk from Sapa towards Muong Hoa valley where we can admire magnificient landscape. Here you will discover the wonderful scenery of Hoang Lien moutain ranges amd meet Black H’mong tribes. Trek through terraced rice paddies and minority villages along the Muong Hoa River, where we can here a nice swim.
We then cross the suspension bridge towards the Zay village, arriving at Ta Van, where we have dinner cooked on a wood fire enjoying the company and hospitality of our Zay family and homestay overnight.
Day 3: Ta Van – Giang Ta Chai – Su Pan – Sa pa (B, L, D)
Enjoy mountainous landscape with your sunrise coffee, then enjoy a delicious breakfast ready to trek through bamboo forests towards Giang Ta Chai waterfall, cross over a rattan suspension bridge and enter into Giang Ta Chai village which is inhabited by the Red Zao minorities.
Here we will experience their daily life then cross over the Muong Hoa River up the mountain to visit Supan village of the H’mong people. We then take the bus back to Sapa. Take a fresh shower in the hotel before heading to Lao Cai train station for the night train back to Ha Noi.
Day 4: Lao Cai – Ha Noi – Halong Bay (L, D)
05.00: Arrive at Tran Quy Cap station (Hanoi). Our tour assistant welcomes you back, accompany you to hotel or our office for a morning shower.
Around 8.00am: Our guide Pick you up at your hotel and go to Halong bay on a shuttle bus. Take a rest at Humanity center and enjoy local specialties after 2h. Arrival in Halong at 11.45. The captain and crew welcome you aboard. Savor the delicious lunch as boat pass through thousands of Islands and Islets with different shapes.
After the lunch, explore the biggest and the most amazing cave in Halong Bay –Surprise Cave. Then Kayaking for an hour around the fishing village and discover the life of community there. Then back to boat for Sunset Party, get to calm, clean water place for swimming. Enjoy delicious and romantic dinner with some barbecue courses.
In the evening, free time for entertainment with the funny plays such as squid fishing, karaoke program, stars watching on sundeck… Spend romantic night on board and overnight on board.
DAY 5: Halong Bay – Cat Ba Island (B, L, D)
Breakfast, tea and coffee will be served on boat. After breakfast, Start cruising to visit Van Gia floating village and passing by Halong Pearl Farm. Then take a local boat to Lan Ha bay and biking at Catba national park, to visit VietHai village, in the valley of the heart of Cat Ba National Park. Visit Nam Cat Island and having lunch.
In the afternoon, swimming or kayaking activities to explore the untouched area in LanHa bay. Visit Monkey island. 15:30, Check in the Bungalow on Nam Cat island – Catba Sandy Beach resort. Free time for kayaking and swimming in private island. Your leisure time is to relax & swimming.
Dinner and overnight in the bungalow on Nam Cat island.
DAY 6: Cat Ba Island – Hanoi (B, L)
Early morning, start your new day on Halong bay with doing morning exercises,Taichi or hunting photos. Breakfast with coffee or tea. After breakfast, our bus takes you to Cai Beo harbor, get on “Day Boat”, back boat. Then visit Ba Hang Fishing Village by tender to experience the lifestyle of local people. Back to boat restaurant to join cooking class and enjoy lunch.
12.00, Disembark and transfer back to Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi at 16.30.
End the journey.
Tour price includes:
Accommodation mentioned in itinerary
Room on boat in Halong bay with Air Conditioner
Kayakking: Safe, clean and nice.
Train ticket: Hanoi – Lao Cai – Hanoi first class 4 berth shared cabin with air-con
Meals mentioned in itinerary (B,L,D = Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).
Transport/transfer as tour program.
English speaking tour guide.
Your private expenses.