Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi. On arrival at Noi Bai Airport, you are met and transferred to hotel. Ha Noi, Vietnam's capital, is a stylish and gracious city that retains an unique old world charm and some Asia's most striking colonial architecture. The many lakes and parks make for relaxing atmosphere. If time permits we enjoy a short cycle excursion through the bustling old quarter streets named after the specific goods once offered for sale at these places. Overnight in Ha Noi.
Day 2: Hanoi - Lao Cai. This morning we enjoy a half day city tour, seeing the the Ho Chi Minh Complex, containing the mausoleum of the nation's founder Ho Chi Minh, the Presidential Palace and the Ho Chi Minh's house on stilts. The complex also comprises the One Pillar Pagoda, whose origins date back to the foundation of Hanoi. The next stop of our trip is the impressive Ethnological Museum, dedicated to Vietnam's 54 ethnic minorities, some of which we will see on our forthcoming days.
We also visit the Temple of Literature and the peaceful lake of Hoan Kiem with its sacred temple. The reminder of the day is free for your own exploration of Ha Noi until transferring to the rail way station for a night train to Lao Cai. The train conditions are very basic however we will travel in soft sleeper class which is compartment for 4 passengers. Overnight on board. Includes: (B).
Day 3: Lao Cai - Sapa - Pansipan. Arrive Lao Cai early in the morning, pick up and transfer to Sapa. After shower at the hotel, briefing with Sapa local guide while having breakfast. We start head out and the Hmong porter picks up our baggage and start ahead, along with the cook. From our altitude of 1500 m, we pass through the market place and leave Sapa, heading for the bottom of the valley. After a short while we pass the Hmong village of Cat Cat, where pigs are scuffling around freely among the wooden houses, and the children look curiously at these strange people.
In the bottom of the valley (1200 m) we pass the river of Linh Ho, carefully keep our balance on the fragile bamboo bridge. We start a long upward, and later of the day reach the rain forest, which soften your steps and block our view for a while. Before nightfall, we pick up the spot in the jungle and put up our camp in 2200 m altitude. Enjoying the nocturnal sounds of the forest is a perfect back ground for the smell of good evening meal, being prepare by the cook. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 4: Pansipan. We start out very slowly with a minor descend, before we again move upwards. If we are lucky, we might see some of the giant butterflies living around here, reaching a size of 25 cm. At around 2400 m the rain forest gradually gives way to huge, succulent bamboo, passing we reach a ridge at 2900 m, and now have magnificent view down through the long Spa valley, over the area we just have passed, to the mountain range on the other side. At an altitude of 2400 m, the porters put up our camp for the next 02 nights. There is a fine view from here, and this wills our base camp, from this we start the final ascend the next morning. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 5: Pansipan. After an early breakfast, we set out on the final ascend. A few steep stretches must be passed, but nothing insurmountable, and at the lunchtime, we reach the summit at 3143 m. We now stand at the highest point of Vet Am, and the view is stunning, to the North in to China as well as to South and Laos, and the mountainous area with Dien Bien Phu in between. Time for a good long break, before we return to our base camp at 2400 m. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 6: Pansipan - Sa Pa - Lao Cai - Hanoi. We enjoy our morning-coffee and the sounds of nature, while the porter take down the camp and move ahead down the mountain. Trekking back down across well-known country goes quickly, and we will reach the Sapa again in the time for a hot shower, a cold drink, and transfer to Lao Cai and board the night train back to Hanoi. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 7: Hanoi - Ha Long - Kayaking. Arrive Hanoi early in the morning. Pick up and transfer to restaurant for breakfast. Leave Hanoi for Halong Bay and arrive around noon. Board a traditional wooden junk and begin your exploration of magical Halong Bay, one of Southeast Asia's premier tourist destinations. An excellent, fresh seafood lunch will be served on the boat while cruise to the most beautiful areas in Halong for an afternoon paddling. You'll receive instructions and safety procedures by Easia's guide. 2,5 hours paddling to Lady Men Temple through giant cave, beaches. Arrive in late afternoon just in time to relax and swim on the beach. Dinner and overnight on comfortable and charming junk. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 8: Kayaking in Halong. Wake up early in the morning to enjoy the aquamarine water of the bay at its best. After breakfast and early swim, we continue for 2,5 hours paddling visit to the isolated beach, floating village. Meet the junk again for lunch while cruising to Cam Pha. Explore 2 km long cave by kayaks upon arrival. Dinner and over night on board. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 9: Kayaking in Halong. After breakfast, we get on our kayak again for 3 hours paddling through the most beautiful limestone formation through Brandon groups. Meet the boat for lunch. 2 hours easy paddling in the afternoon through Bai Tu Long and meet our Junk again in front of Crossing cave. Dinner and overnight on board. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 10: Kayaking - Halong - Hanoi. Today, we take the final paddle to the floating fishing village. Explore the village and lagoons by kayaks. Lunch with the crew while the boat cruise back to the harbor. Transfer back to Hanoi by vehicle. Farewell dinner at a restaurant in town and overnight at the hotel in Hanoi. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 11: Hanoi. Departure. There is a free time for you to relax or further explore Ha Noi. The trip ends after your transfer to Noi Bai Airport for departure. Includes: (B).
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