This tour makes you understand well about Vietnamese people, culture and scenery. From the traditional houses of Red River Delta with rice field to an amazing Halong Bay with more than 1,000 islands & islets. Further experience with the night train to visit a majestic view of Fansipan mount… try to enjoy Vietnamese food….
 

Tour Code: VTL 14
Duration: 8 Days
Tour Type: Standard
Starts / Ends: Hanoi / Hanoi
Tour Route: Hanoi city, Hanoi outskirt, Halong Bay, Sapa

BRIEF ITINERARY
Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi
Day 2: Hanoi City tour
Day 3: Hanoi – Village tour
Day 4: Halong Bay (overnight on junk cruise)
Day 5: Hanoi – Night train to Sapa
Day 6: Sapa
Day 7: Sapa – Night train to Hanoi
Day 8: Departure Hanoi

 
  • Full Itinerary
  • Price & Inclusion
  • Accommodation
  • Photos
  • Comments
  •  
 

Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi (D)
Transfer via: International flight – your arrangement
Welcome up on arrival by local tour guide and driver then transfer to hotel.
Relax in the rest of the day until dinner time; we will meet tour guide again and have our welcome dinner at a local restaurant in town.

Day 2: Hanoi City tour (B, L)
Breakfast at hotel; we then meet tour guide and driver and start our tour to Hanoi.
We visit Ho Chi Minh Complex with Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum, his former stilt-house residence, the Presidential Palace and one pillar pagoda.
Keep going to see the Temple of Literature: Originally built as a temple to Confucius, this is the site of Vietnam’s first university dating back to 1070. The temple highlights the importance that Vietnamese society placed then and now on education.

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Lunch is at K.O.T.O restaurant, founded by Vietnamese Australian Jimmy Pham, is a non-profit organisation which is run by local children who Jimmy recruited from the streets
In the afternoon, we visit one of the most interesting museums in Vietnam; Museum of Ethnology, which is widely acknowledged as the best in the country and has an extensive display dedicated to Vietnam’s 54 Ethnic minority peoples.
Following by that we will take one-hour cyclo around the Old Quarter, known as the 36 streets, this bustling area of narrow streets is home to literally thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers.Originally, each of the 36 streets names’ was related to the products being sold there.
Lastly, we have chance enjoy the unique Water Puppet show. Hear the Vietnamese traditional instruments and singing from the live musicians who play throughout the show. The trip will be finished after the show at the hotel.

Hanoi Old Quarter

Hanoi Old Quarter

Day 3: Hanoi – Village tour with biking (B, L, D)
After breakfast at hotel, we meet tour guide and driver again then start for our tour to Hanoi outskirt village at Ky Son.
10:00 Arrive at Moon Garden Home stay in Ky Son village. Welcome drink with local fresh green tea. Free time for discovering Moon garden Home stay and Ky Son village like local market, kindergarten…
11:00 cooking class
12:30 Lunch

Ky Son village

Ky Son CulturalVillage

13:30 Hand Spa- Enjoy having our fingers dipped in a fragrant lime bowl and the traditional herbal hand massage. Then, free time for relaxing or further conversation with the host family about local snacks, sharing cultures and learning about traditional customs. If we want to learn Vietnamese, one of the family members can teach us.
15:00 we can have choice of a short ride of 6 km or a long ride of 12 km round trip:
Short ride: Take a bicycle ride to discover the Ky Son, Tam Son, Van Minh, and Cham farming communitiesto and stop at any home we like for a cup of tea. Visit the kindergarten (if open). Chat with local people abouttheir daily life and farming. We can help with plowing or making rice beds, transplanting seedlings, harvestingrice (or cassava, corn, sweet potatoes…) depending on the harvest season.
Long ride: Take a bicycle ride with local guide to discover the Ky Son, Tam Son, Van Minh, and Cham
farming communities, Duong Lam ancient village and visit Mia Pagoda, Mong Phu Communal House… Thenbike ride back along the ritual paths of Thang thac village to discover the Ngo Quyen tomb, Phung Hungtemple.
18:00 return to the Moon Garden for happy hour. While waiting for our steam bath to be prepared, we can enjoyour local drink and taste some of the local products such as maize, sweet potato, cassava, peanuts…(depending on season) or some traditional desserts.

Ancient House in Duong Lam Ancient Village, Hanoi

Ancient House in Duong Lam Ancient Village, Hanoi

18:30 Traditional, refreshing steam bath with fragrant herbs (Lemon grass, pomelo leaves, holy basil leaves).
19:15 Observe the evening Buddha worship.
19:30 Dinner; Then, enjoy our foot bath in warm water with ginger, salt and mugwort medicinal herbs beforebedtime, which brings us a deeper sleep.

Day 4: Halong Bay (overnight on junk cruise) (B, L, D)
7:00 Joining Yijinjing traditional exercises
7:30 Breakfast then we leave Ky Son village for Halong Bay.
We drive along the Red River Delta and countryside about 3,5 hours to see Halong Bay and stay on the deluxe junk cruise. We arrive at Halong Bay at around midday then we check in Halong Sail with crew’s welcome.
Our seafood lunch will be served at 13:00 while Halong Sails is peaceful passing Burn of Incense islet, Dog Islet, Fighting cock islets and Halong Fishing village.
We finish our lunch is time the Halong Sails stop at Sung Sot cave where we will have 1 hour walk up and explore one of the most magical and beautiful Sung Sot (Amazing) cave. After that, we are back to the Sails and start kayaking, trekking or swimming at Titov Island area. It is really wonderful to be at the bay at the sun set time and we can see different Halong time by time….
Finish our interesting day by tasteful seafood dinner. We enjoy our meal in a floating restaurant and see the “city bay” in the evening.
We will enjoy film or squid fishing if request in the rest of the night.

Halong Bay

Halong Bay

Day 5: Hanoi – Night train to Sapa (B, L)
Getting up early morning we will have chance to see sunrise on the sundeck with some hot coffee or tea. Then we enjoy our breakfast at the restaurant. A small boat will transfer us to Luon Cave to visit a smaller lake in a big bay. Here we can see many natural monkey’s families fed by bread and food from tourists. We are back to the Halong Sails to visit more Halong Bay with Man Head islets, Tortoise Island. We will check out the cabin at around 09:00 then relax on sundeck or restaurant until lunch time. We may have our lunch on boat or delicious Cua Vang restaurant in Tuan Chau island.

Luon Cave, Halong Bay

Luon Cave, Halong Bay

We transfer back to Hanoi; stop at a mini hotel for our short break before take night train to Sapa tonight. Overnight on train.

Day 6: Sapa – Cat Cat – Y Linh Ho – Tavan (B, L)
Arriving at Lao Cai Railways station in the early morning, we transfer to Sapa Town for our breakfast and short relax. Then 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, stop at a waterfall and a hydroelectric station for a while before trekking on a dirt trail through rice paddy terraces. We also enjoy spectacular scenery while walking along a narrow river. We arrive in Y Linh Ho village of Black Hmong minority, where we take a rest and have lunch.
After lunch, we head Muong Hoa valley, pass through Lao Chai village of Black Hmong minority and then Tavan village of Giay minority by following a very popular trekking route. Stop and stay overnight in local house of Giay minority. Free time for walking around or swimming in the river nearby.
Approx: 5 hours walking/ 1-hour lunch.

Cat Cat Village, Sapa

Cat Cat Village, Sapa

Day 7: Tavan – Giang Ta Chai – Su Pan – Sapa – Night train to Hanoi (B, D)
Having breakast at home-stay we then leave for Giang Ta Chai village of Red Dao minority, trek through bamboo forest, which belongs to Hoang Lien National Park. On the way we will pass by a waterfall where we have time to take a rest and enjoy the surroundings.
After lunch, we continue toward Su Pan, a small village located by the road where we start our journey back to Sapa by car.
Tonight we transfer back to Lao Cai Railways station and take night train to Hanoi. Overnight on train.
Approx: 1-hour driving/ 3 hours walking/ 1-hour lunch.

Giang Ta Chai Village, Sapa

Giang Ta Chai Village, Sapa

Day 8: Departure Hanoi
Transfer via: International flight – your arrangement
Arrive in Hanoi in the early morning; we transfer a mini hotel for our short relax before transfering to the airport for our fligh to home. Trip ends.

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’s included?

  • Experienced English speaking guide/s (Other languages upon request)
  • Private good vehicles
  • Vietnam Express train Hanoi – Lao Cai – Hanoi (Sapa trip)
  • 3 star hotels with daily breakfasts
  • Meals indicated in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • 1 unique cultural performance – Water Puppet Show
  • Entrance fees to all scenic spots as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Government taxes and service charges
  • Kayaking in Halong Bay
  • Soft biking in outskirt of Hanoi village
  • Water during the trip

What’s excluded?

  • International flight tickets
  • Visa and visa fee (if have)
  • Own expenses
  • Tips for tour guides and drivers

Recommended Accommocation List:

Location

Accommodation

Hanoi Gondola Hotel Hanoi
Hanoi Moon Garden Homestay
Halong bay Halong Sails
Sapa Sapa Lodge Hotel
 
 

Comment


required

required

optional