Duration:5 Days 4 Nights
Tour route:Hanoi – Ninh Binh (Bai Dinh, Trang An) – Sapa (Cat Cat Village, Muong Hoa Valley) – Halong Bay – Hanoi
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With its favorable natural conditions, fascinating history, unique culture and custom, Vietnam is regarded as an attractive destination for international tourists. Its terrains are divided into three component areas, forming three distinguishing culture areas. Among those, the Northern part of Vietnam, with the capital city of Hanoi located in, is notable and famous for many main beauty spot sites of the country. The North of Vietnam is a must-see attraction which should be chosen for paying a visit.
• A lovely holiday of a lifetime through key destinations in the North of Vietnam.
• An enjoyable vacation to admire the beauty of the Nature, People, History, Tradition and Culture in Vietnam.
• Exotic encounters of interesting activities ranging from kayaking, trekking…
• A comfortable trip supported by top-rank facilities like Halong Bay cruise, Hotel in Hanoi.
• Finest Northern Vietnamese foods and cuisine.
Day 01: Hanoi – Bai Dinh Pagoda – Trang An – Hanoi – Night train to Lao Cai (L)
Day 02: Sapa – Cat Cat Village (B,L)
Day 03: Sapa – Muong Hoa Valley – Night train to Hanoi (B, L)
Day 04: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B,L, D)
Day 05: Halong Bay – Hanoi (B, L)
DAY 01: HANOI – BAI DINH – TRANG AN – HANOI – NIGHT TRAIN TO LAO CAI (L)
07:45 – 08:30 Get picked up from your hotel in the Old Quarter by our tour guide and bus then depart for Ninh Binh province (90 km south of Hanoi). Have a break 20 minutes half way to relax and experience Vietnamese handicraft products such as lacquer wares, paintings, embroideries…
9h30- 9h45: Arriving TrangAn- eco tourism site. In 2 hours you will be surprised by the beauty of this landscape that seems as Halong Bay on land. The bamboo boat will take you through many amazing caves. Besides that, tourists have chance to visit King Kong Island. Kong: Skull Island is a US blockbuster filmed in 2016 with many scenes in Vietnam landscapes such as: Trang An, Van Long natural reserve, Tam Coc, Bich Dong (NinhBinh), Halong bay (QuangNinh) and PhongNha (QuangBinh). Kong: Skull Island has become the record king of the Vietnam box office as it has beaten all previous records to become the highest grossing movie of all time.
12h15: Enjoy lunch at local restaurant with many traditional local foods
13h30: Relax and drink Vietnamese tea, try some local cakes
14h00: Visiting Bai Dinh pagoda- the biggest pagoda in South-East Asia.
15h30: Says good bye Ninh Binh and go back Hanoi
18:30 Arrive in Hanoi. Tour ends.
Evening, pick up at your hotel then transfer to the station for a night train to Lao Cai.
Overnight on soft sleeper berths cabin to Lao Cai.
Train: Deluxe shared 4 berth cabin.
DAY 02: SAPA – CAT CAT VILLAGE (B,L)
We arrive Lao Cai train station in the early morning. Pick up and driving to Sapa, it takes us around one hour to make our way up the mountains. Once at Sapa, we have breakfast (we will have room if it is available – but the check in time after 12:00). We embark on a lovely walking tour to the hill tribe village of Cat Cat, home of the H’Mong hill tribe minority people. As we walk to the villages nestled in the valley below Sapa we will meet some of the local minority people on their way to and from Sapa. Here we have the opportunity to share cultural experiences with families that live in the area.
Overnight in Sapa
Accommodation: Sapa Diamond Hotel or Similar
DAY 03: SAPA – MUONG HOA VALLEY – NIGHT TRAIN TO HANOI (B, L)
Get up in the early morning and enjoy the fresh air and the daily life at Sapa market. Back to hotel for breakfast. At 9.00 we embark on a lovely trek that will take us along buffalo paths and trails and through several hills tribe villages Lao Chai &Ta Van, home to Black H’mong, and Dzay people. This is an absolutely spectacular walk through stunning scenery inhabited by some of the friendliest people you can meet. Once on the valley floor you can really appreciate the wonderful scenery that surrounds you. The walls of the valley are covered with multi-layered rice terraced fields and scattered villages. We back to Sapa in the afternoon and wait for your transfer to the station for night train to Hanoi.
Overnight on train.
Train: Deluxe shared 4 berth cabin.
DAY 04: HANOI – HON GAI HARBOR – BAI TU LONG BAY – CONG DO – CAP LA ISLAND – TRA SAN ( B,L,D)
Around 5:30 AM, you will arrive Hanoi. Our guide will pick you up at station then take you to hotel. You will have free time to relax and have breakfast before starting Halong Bay Tour.
07.45 – 8:30: Our limousine bus will pick you up from your hotel in Hanoi and start our trip to explore the most amazing bay in the North of Vietnam. On the way, we will have a quick stop at the middle of the way to rest. This also let you have a glance at Hai Duong Province and taste their traditional “Green bean cake”.
12.30: Arrive in our office at Hon Gai Pier, you will have a bit time to relax and enjoy a cup of tea/coffee. Wait for our captain to finish the registration and transfer by tender to our boat.
12.45: Enjoy welcome drink and spend a couple minutes to briefing about safety on boat and activities included then we check in our cabin.
13.30: Delicious Vietnamese set menu will be served while leisurely cruising further into Bai Tu Long Bay.
15.00: Arrive in kayaking area – that is Cap La Island. Enjoy kayaking through the karst and breathtaking nature, swimming and relaxing.
17.30: Get back to the boat and enjoys our Sunset party while our cruise sailing to the overnight anchorage.
19.00: Sumptuous set-dinner onboard.
20.30: Free time to challenge yourself in Vietnamese puzzle games, or gathers your group/family for a board game; try your luck with squid fishing or simply has a cocktail and enjoy the quiet night on the bay.
Overnight on boat – Renea cruise
DAY 05: TRA SAN – THIEN CANH SON CAVE – HON GAI HARBOR – HANOI (B,L)
06.00: Start your day with a Tai Chi routine on sundeck or catch a morning view of the stunning bay’s landscape with a cup of tea or coffee.
07.00: Breakfast will be served in Western style, familiar to you to fulfill your strength and ready for another exploring day.
08.00: Explore the well hidden Thien Canh Son Cave.
09.00: Upon return to the boat you will have about 30 minutes to freshen up and finish packing.
10.00: Attend in a Vietnamese cooking demonstration. You can quickly learn a simple but delicious Vietnamese dish that Gordon Ramsey (a 2 Michelin Star Chef) used to guide – Nem Cuon or challenge yourself in fruit and vegetables carving.
11.00: Enjoy a traditional Vietnamese lunch on boat.
12.00: Back to the harbor and disembark in Hon Gai pier.
12.30: Farewell Halong Bay then our bus will take you back to Hanoi.
17.00: End of all the services.
What is included?
All transfer and transportation with air-conditioning
01 night hotel in Sapa base on twin sharing room
01 night on the cruise in Ha Long bay English speaking tour guide
Meals as listed in the itinerary: B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner
Train ticket: Hanoi – Sapa – Hanoi ( share cabin 4 berths- soft sleeper)
Boat trip in Halong Bay, Trang An
What is excluded?
Visa to Vietnam International and domestic airfare Single room
Other meals and drinks
Other optional and activities not on the package
Travel insurance, personal expense
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