Day 1: Arrival Hanoi. Meet at Hanoi Noi Bai airport and transfer to the hotel. At leisure. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi Tour - Night Train to Sapa. Half day orientation and city tour including visits to Temple of Literature, Hoa Lo prison, History Museum and Ngoc Son temple. Lunch by the famous Lake of the Restored Sword. One-hour cyclo ride through the ancient streets of the Old Quarter. Tonight we take overnight train to Sapa. Includes: (B, L).
Day 3: Sapa Ethnic Minority. The train arrives at the Lao Cai train station at approximately 06:00. There will be a vehicle waiting to transfer us to Sapa. The drive to Sapa is only 33 km but it takes around 1.5 hours. Once at Sapa, we will check into hotel, we have a freshen up, and have breakfast at the hotel and then enjoy a free morning to explore around town.
This afternoon at 1pm there will be a walking tour to the hill tribe villages of Cat Cat, home to the H'mong hill tribes minority peoples. 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 the families that live in the area. Overnight in Sapa. Includes: (B, L).
Day 4: Sapa Bacha Market - Night Train back to Hanoi. Rising to the sounds of morning coming to life for another lovely day, we breakfast and head out for a stunning spectacular of bobbling bazaar. Bacha is considered one of the most wonderful and colorful markets in extreme north Vietnam where thousands of local people in their traditional attires busily buy and sell the local produces. Dog, cat, pig, horse are all on sales.
This is golden opportunity to take best shots! Afternoon we will have a pleasant walk to Ban Pho village, home to flower H'mong people. Opportunity to interact with friendly local people and have pleasant walk amongst tribal villages. Transfer to Laocai station for overnight train back to Hanoi. Includes: (B, L).
Day 5: Hanoi – Halong Bay. Early arrive Hanoi, have breakfast and drive to Halong Bay to board the cruise. Cruise the UNESCO World Heritage site on this vessel of yesteryear and take in the magnificence of the limestone peaks of Halong Bay. Opportunities to swim, sit back and relax on the deck or enjoy the facilities on board. Lunch and dinner on board the cruise boat. Overnight on boat. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 6: Halong Bay – Hanoi. Further cruise in Halong bay. Disembark at Halong Bay pier and transfer back to Hanoi city. At leisure. Overnight in Hanoi. Includes: (B).
Day 7: Hanoi. Departure. At leisure until transfer to Hanoi International Airport for departure flight. Includes: (B).
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