Nowadays, Vietnam becomes a very popular destination for visitors for all over the world. Vietnam is known for beautiful country, good foods and especially friendly people. This tour let us witness Vietnam's most stunning landscapes, ancient history, colorful minority cultures, friendly people and interesting metropolises. It takes us from stately Hanoi, the world heritage site of Halong Bay to the ethnic minority people in Sa Pa.
Day 1: Hanoi – Arrival
Day 2: Hanoi – City tour - Night train to Sapa
Day 3: Lao Cai – Bac Ha – Sapa
Day 4: Sapa - Lao Chai - Ta Van - Night train to Hanoi
Day 5: Hanoi – Halong Bay (overnight on junk cruise)
Day 6: Halong Bay – Hanoi
Day 7: Hanoi – Departure
DAY 1: HANOI – ARRIVAL (-/-/-)
Arrive in Hanoi, the capital of unified Vietnam. The city was founded in 1010 on the right bank of the Red River and was then known as ‘Thang Long’, roughly translated as "Soaring Dragon." Hanoi is one of the most charming cities in South East Asia with its authentic street scenes, large shady avenues, numerous lakes, manicured gardens and well-preserved architecture. Transfer from Noi Bai airport to your hotel. Free at leisure before enjoying the exciting performance of the traditional water puppet show in the evening
Overnight in Hanoi
DAY 2: HANOI CITY TOUR – NIGHT TRAIN TO SAPA (B/L/-)
Today we commence our sightseeing of Hanoi with 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. Close to this complex is the One Pillar Pagoda, whose origins date back to the foundation of Hanoi. Later on, we follow it with a visit to the Temple of Literature, which is well known as the first university of Vietnam. Lunch. In the afternoon, we visit the Ethnology Museum, which showcases Vietnam's different ethnic groups, their history, and customs are explained in photos, videos, and displays of clothing and daily implements. Enjoy your time to learn about 54 ethics in Vietnam. Visit the beautiful Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple. Hoan Kiem Lake was already considered the most beautiful lake in Hanoi when Ngoc Son Temple was built on an island in the 19th century. Initially, the temple was called Ngoc Son Pagoda and was later renamed Ngoc Son Temple, since temples are dedicated to saints. We also visit the Old Quarters (36 old streets and guilds), a maze of streets dating back to the 13th century. If time permits, we enjoy a short cyclo ride through the bustling old quarter streets named after the specific goods or trade once offered for sale at these places. Transfer to train station for our night train to Sapa.
Overnight on the train.
DAY 3: LAOCAI - BAC HA - SAPA (B/L/D)
06h00: After having breakfast, you will travel by car to Bac Ha, which is 70 km Northeast of Lao Cai. The ride is relatively flat from Lao Cai to Bao Nhai, where you will be taken through rural area. Bac Ha is the largest market in the area, situated inside the small town of Bac Ha. On every Sunday mornings, it is literally a riot of color as many different ethnic groups such as Flower Hmong, Phu La, Black Dao, Tay, Nung minorities... gather to buy and sell. After spending the whole morning exploring the market, your lunch will be served in a local restaurant.
After lunch, you drive downhill for about half an hour. You will then start a short walk to Trung Do village, which belongs to the Tay minority. Here you can visit a traditional Tay house, before getting on a boat. You will have a cruise upstream the Chay River to experience the picturesque scenes on the river banks. You will then cruise down stream to the Bao Nhai Bridge, where you get on the car for the journey back to Sapa. At the afternoon you are free to visit Sa Pa town and Sapa market.
Overnight in Sapa.
Note of other tentative options based on travel dates as follows:
Option 1: Bac Ha & Muong Khuong Market on Sunday
Bac Ha, 110km from Sapa & 63km from Lao Cai, is a town in north-western, Vietnam, near the border with China. The main reason to visit this town is its colorful Sunday Market. Bac Ha's market is frequented by roughly 10 of the local hill tribes so offers a large range of local products and some tourist gifts including hand-made jewelery, scarves, wood carvings and more
Option 2: Coc Ly Market on Tuesday
Coc Ly market, roughly 35km from Bac Ha, is market of ethnic living in the northwest of Bac Ha district. The market has meeting beside suspension bridge across the Chay River. It opens only on Tuesday. From a distance, Coc Ly is a beautiful and vivid picture. Adorned for the beautiful landscape, once the top of Mong, Dao, Tay, Nung… wear traditional costumes from all the villages pull to fair. The market is divided into separate zones: the zone for selling brocade, the zone for selling traditional cuisines. The difference of this fair is not only the place for people selling or exchanging goods but also for excursions sing the love song… Visitors can take photos with relatives or friends to celebrate where they go and do in Coc Ly market.
Option 3: Lung Khau Nhin Market on Friday
Lung Khau is a small market very close to the border with China, close to Muong Khuong town. The Black Dao, Dzay, Tay, Flower H'mong (Red H'mong) minority peoples all attend this market. Lung Khau Nhin market, 110 km / 1h 45m from Sapa, or 65 km / 1 hour from Lao Cai, is held every Thursday starting around 7.30am and closing in the early afternoon. The market is set in beautiful scenery and is very remote. It is a very ‘authentic’ market with few tourists visiting. The market mainly sells vegetables, seeds and livestock for the minority peoples.
Option 4: Can Cau Market on Saturday
Can Cau, 125 km - 3 hours from Sapa, or 87 km - 2 hours from Lao Cai, is a busy market which is held every Saturday. Located just below the Chinese border, it is a colourful, vibrant market where you will encounter minority peoples such as the Flower H'mong (Red H'mong), Nung, Phu La and even Chinese people from across the border. All kinds of goods are traded here, from fabrics to various types of livestock to the powerful local corn wine.
DAY 4: LAO CHAI - TA VAN (B/L/D)
After breakfast, the guide takes you to the villages of the H’mong and Dzay called Lao Chai and Ta Van. The day is devoted to a beautiful hike through the breathtaking scenery of Sa Pa valley. Start by road that descends in the wake of the street Cau May (6 km) En route, admire the rice terraces hidden behind mist of the morning, a truly awe-inspiring sight.
Follow a small track and cross Muong Hoa River and pass well tended rice terraces on your way to the Black Hmong village of Lao Chai. Continuing through the colorful rice terraces you will reach the village of Ta Van Giay. As you continue your trek along the Muong Hoa River you will cross a small suspension bridge, roughly 2km from the settlement. Here you can discover a fascinating collection of rock carvings. These engravings depict some beautiful images of man, stilt houses and some beautiful decorative patterns. We have lunch in a home in the village. After lunch, the walk continues through a bamboo forest to visit Red Dao ethnic minority village. After taking a rest nearby a waterfall to refresh, you start climbing uphill to a road where the car is ready for your journey back to Lao Cai railway.
Overnight on the train.
DAY 5: HANOI – HALONG BAY (B, L, D)
We will arrive in Hanoi at around 4:30 AM, and then transfer to hotel for our short break and breakfast.
07h45 - 8h30: Pick you up from your hotel in Hanoi then transfer to Halong city through the paddy field in the Red River Delta.
10h00: Stopover in Hai Duong city where you can experience our hand-made Vietnamese handicraft products
12h00: Arrive Halong Bay and photography time in Halong tourist wharf
12h30: Boarding Royal Heritage Cruise for departure. Welcome drink will be served
13h00: Lunch is served while cruising through the Bai Tu Long bay.
15h15: Visit splendid Surprising Cave (Sung Sot Cave) - This is one of the most beautiful grottos in Halong bay. You will feel surprised about imposing of stalagmites, stalactites and many legend stories about that.
16h15: Time for kayaking around Luon Cave area. You will have got around 45 minutes to explore halong bay and some tunnel by yourself.
17h00: Back to Royal Heritage Cruise and drop anchor in the calm water surrounded by beautiful islets for swimming.
17h30: Enjoy the complimentary sunset party on the sundeck with green Tea and fresh fruits.
19h00: Dinner is served in the restaurant.
21h00: Take some leisure time to enjoy chatting at the bar or enjoy some night fishing.
Relax and spend a romantic night on Royal Heritage Cruise
DAY 6: HALONG BAY - HANOI (B/L/-)
6h30: Start your day with Tai Chi exercises or a photo hunt
7h30: Have breakfast at sunrise
8h30: Continue your cruise to Titov Island
9h15: Back to cruise and exploring the Bay and visit Hoa Cuong fishing Village. Passing Ba Hang fishing village, Ga Choi island, Dinh Huong islet and more….
10h00: Join Vietnamese Cooking class.
10h30: Enjoying a traditional Vietnamese lunch while cruising back through Halong Bay to the pier.
11h30: Disembark at the harbor. Time to say goodbye to the crew.
12h00: Take our shuttle bus to return to Hanoi
16h30: Arrival Hanoi.
Overnight in Hanoi.
DAY 7: HANOI - DEPARTURE (B/-/-)
Free until transfer you to the airport for your flight home. Trips end!
• Transportation in private air-conditioned vehicle with driver
• Train ticket Hanoi-Lao Cai-Hanoi (soft sleepers x 02 ways)
• Accommodation in hotels (twin shared room)
• Meals as indicated: B = breakfast, L = lunch & D = Dinner
• English or French speaking guide
• Entrance fee to indicated sights
• Water puppet show
• Boat trips
• Pure bottled water & wipes
Other meals, tip, drinks, airport tax, single room, personal expenses, insurance,...
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