Within 7 days, you will have experience from the World Natural Heritage to the roof of Indochina. It is not easy to forget the tranquil Bay of Halong with thousands of islands and islets, then wallow in the old culture village of Dong Ngac, outskirt of Hanoi, and last but not least is the adventure time to stay at the home-stay with local host of Muong Hoa valley, Sapa….
 

Tour Code: MPT01
Duration: 7 days
Tour Type: Landscape and Nature, Halong Bay Cruise Holidays
Starts / Ends: Hanoi / Hanoi
Tour Route: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Sapa – Hanoi
Tour Customizable: Absolutely! (Tell you your specific requirements in the inquiry form)
Active level: Regular itinerary, moderate walking

BRIEF ITINERARY
Day 1: Arrive Hanoi
Day 2: Hanoi – Halong Bay (Overnight on deluxe junk cruise) (B, L, D)
Day 3: Halong Bay – Hanoi (B, L)
Day 4: Dong Ngac Culture village with bike – Night train to Sapa (B, L)
Day 5: Sapa – Trekking approximately 5 hours – Home-stay (L)
Day 6: Sapa home-stay – Trekking 3 hours – Night train to Hanoi (B, L)
Day 7: Hanoi – Departure (B)

 
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Day 1: Arrive Hanoi
Welcome up on arrival by local tour guide & driver, we will transfer to the center city then check in hotel. Rest of the day, we are relax and overnight in Hanoi.

Day 2: Hanoi – Halong Bay (Overnight on deluxe junk cruise) (B, L, D)
After breakfast today, we travel to Northwest of Hanoi to enjoy our wonderful Halong Bay trip. Arriving at Tuan Chau island pier, we are welcomed by crew team then take tender to the well designed and equipped junk cruise for welcome drink and check in. After that, we have our lunch while the cruising deeper into the Bay. This afternoon, our journey will pass to Floating house and fish farm. Firstly, we visit a typical Halong Bay fishing village of Cua Van with village school, fish farm and local fishing museum…by sampan boat. Cua Van fishing village is a stand out example of tourism based community and sustainable tourism in Ha Long bay. After that, we are back to the junk cruise for relaxing, enjoying sunset happy hour, or take many photo opportunities on the Bay.
Delicious dinner is served at around 7pm and we enjoy our time. Overnight on deluxe junk cruise.

Cua Van fishing village, Halong Bay

Cua Van fishing village, Halong Bay

Day 3: Halong Bay – Hanoi (B, L)
We start our day by joining a traditional Tai Chi class on sundeck and enjoy buffet breakfast before visiting the Me Cung cave which has been recognized by archaeologists as one of the vestiges of the pre-Halong new Stone Age culture that existed nearly 10,000 years ago. After a narrow crack only allowing one person through at a time, many partitions appear. These chambers are somewhat small and narrow, but very refined and with many stalagmites and stalactites bearing beautiful forms. By the end of the walk, the panoramic view of Ha Long bay is well deserved.
Rest of the morning, we check out cabin, enjoy our brunch while cruise takes us back to Tuan Chau island pier. The route back will follow the Eastern part of Halong Bay, an area rarely seen by tourists. This will be a good opportunity for last minute photos and relaxing.
Early afternoon, we travel back to Hanoi.

Halong Bay

Halong Bay

Day 4: Dong Ngac Culture village with bike – Night train to Sapa (B, L)
We meet tour guide and driver at 8AM then travel to Dong Ngac village where is about 15 km far from Hanoi. Arriving at the village, we stop at a local market to buy the ingredients which we will use to cook for our lunch today. We will have our chance to experience the bustling market and local life as we are guided how to purchase all. After the market, we transfer to a traditional house and welcomed by our host. We drink some tea, relax a little bit before taking our bikes and venturing deeper into the village. We visit Dong Ngac communal house, the oldest house in the village which is more than 300 years old and the Nguyen family with a house given by the Kings in the past.
After that, we join our cooking demonstration in our host’s house then enjoy our dishes that we do. And then, we say goodbye to our host then continue on our afternoon journey. We are cycling on mostly rural lanes through surrounding villages to Lien Mac, a beautiful area of immaculately tended vegetables and flowers. Here we will get a close-up look at the colorful fields and have the chance to chat with some of the local people out caring for their crops. After taking another route from Lien Mac back to Dong Ngac, we will have a short break for a drink at our host family’s home, bid our farewells, and catch the van back to Hanoi for our night train to Sapa. Overnight on train.

Biking in Dong Ngac Culture village

Biking in Dong Ngac Culture Village

Remarks: Late check-out hotel at 6pm

Day 5: Sapa – Trekking approximately 5 hours – Home-stay (L)
Arriving at Lao Cai Railways station, we will be welcomed by local tour guide and driver then transfer up to Sapa for our breakfast (own payment). After that, we first sneak through the market and leave the busy town behind. After a couple of minutes, we will follow a road going downhill to Cat Cat village, where we stop by a waterfall and a hydroelectric station for a while before trekking on a dirt trail through rice paddy terraces. From here, we can enjoy spectacular scenery while walking along a narrow river. End of morning, we arrive at Y Linh Ho village of Black Hmong minority, take a rest and have lunch nearby the river.
After lunch, we will head to Muong Hoa valley, passing through Lao Chai village of Black Hmong minority and then Tavan village of Giay minority. Tonight, we spend our night at a local house of Giay minority. Free time in the rest of the day, we be able to take a walk to enjoy the valley view as well as swim in the river nearby.

Lao Chai village

Lao Chai village

Day 6: Sapa home-stay – Trekking 3 hours – Night train to Hanoi (B, L)
After breakfast with our host today, we keep on trekking to Giang Ta Chai village of Red Dao minority. The route leads us through the bamboo forest, which belongs to Hoang Lien National park. We also pass a waterfall, rice fields…
After lunch, we continue toward to Su Pan, a small village located by the road then our awaiting vehicle takes us back to Sapa town. We spend our rest time at the down town then drive down to Lao Cai Railways station for our night train to Hanoi. Overnight on train.

Trekking in Sapa

Trekking in Sapa

Day 7: Hanoi – Departure (B)
Arriving in Hanoi in the early morning, we transfer a mini hotel for our short rest before transferring back to the airport for our flight to home. Trip ends.
Remarks: early check in at a hotel nearby the railways station

About Price:
Since this is a private tour, the price per person varies and depends on many aspects, such as your group size, the hotel ratings and your departure date. If you want to get a custom price quote for this tour, please fill out the online inquiry form and give us as much information as possible about your trip. Your online travel consultants will be at your service and help you make the most of your travel time and dollars!

What is included?

  • Private transfer and transportation
  • Shuttle bus Hanoi – Halong Bay – Hanoi
  • English speaking guide (other languages up on request)
  • 3 night hotel based on twin/double share, daily breakfast
  • 2 nights on train
  • 1 night at home-stay with breakfast
  • Deluxe junk cruise in Halong Bay
  • All entrance fees and permits
  • Kayak in Halong Bay
  • Push bikes in Dong Ngac Culture village
  • Vietnamese hats
  • Meals indicated in the itinerary (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • Private berth on 4 berth cabin with air conditioning
  • Water during the trip
  • Many photo opportunities

What is excluded?

  • Visa to Vietnam
  • International airfare to/ from Vietnam.
  • Single supplement
  • Own expenses

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