Tour Route: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Sapa – Hanoi
Duration: 7 Days/ 6 Nights
Departure Dates: Any Time You Wish
Start/ End: Hanoi / Hanoi
Tour Category: Vietnam Classic Tours
Tour Customizable: Definitely! (Tell us what you wish to do in the inquiry form)
Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
Day 2: Hanoi – Halong Bay (Overnight on Boat)
Day 3: Halong Bay – Hanoi
Day 4: Dong Ngac Culture village with the bike – Night train to Sapa
Day 5: Sapa – Trekking approximately 5 hours – Homestay
Day 6: Sapa home-stay – Trekking 3 hours – Night train to Hanoi
Day 7: Hanoi Departure
Day 1: Hanoi Arrival (D)
Welcome upon arrival by local tour guide & driver, we will transfer to the center city then check in hotel. The rest of the day, we are relaxed and overnight in Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi – Halong Bay (Overnight on Cruise) (B, L, D)
After breakfast today, we travel to the Northwest of Hanoi to enjoy the majestic beauty of wonderful Halong Bay that is among the best highlights in Vietnam. Arriving at Tuan Chau island pier, we are welcomed by the crew team then take a tender to the well designed and equipped junk cruise for a welcome drink and check-in.
After that, have our lunch while cruising deeper into the Bay. This afternoon, we will visit a typical Halong Bay fishing village of Cua Van with the village school, fish farm and local fishing museum…by a sampan boat. Cua Van fishing village is an outstanding example of a tourism-based community and sustainable tourism in Halong Bay. After that, we are back to the junk cruise for relaxing, enjoying sunset happy hour, or taking many photo opportunities on the Bay. Delicious dinner is served at around 7 pm and we enjoy our time. Overnight on deluxe junk cruise.
Day 3: Halong Bay – Hanoi (B, L)
Today we will join a traditional Tai Chi class on the 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. 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.
For the rest of the morning, checking out cabin, we enjoy our brunch while the 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. The rest of the day is your leisure
Day 4: Dong Ngac Culture Village – Night Train to Sapa (B, L)
Our tour guide and driver will pick us up and transfer to Dong Ngac village which is about 15 km far from Hanoi. Upon arrival, we stop at a local market to buy the ingredients used to cook for our lunch today. We will have our chance to experience the bustling market and local life as we are guided on 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, join our cooking demonstration in our host’s house then enjoy the dishes that we do.
Continuing the afternoon journey, we cycle on mostly rural lanes through surrounding villages to Lien Mac, a beautiful area of immaculately tended vegetables and flowers. 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.
Remarks: Late check-out hotel at 6 pm
Day 5: Sapa Trekking Tours & Homestay (B, L, D)
Arriving at Lao Cai Railways station, we will meet our tour guide and driver to 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 the 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 Ta Van village of Giay minority. Tonight, we spend our night at a local house of Giay minority. Free time for the rest of the day, we are able to take a walk to enjoy the valley view as well as swim in the river nearby.
Day 6: Sapa Trekking Tour – Lao Cai – 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 Son National park. We also pass a waterfall, rice fields…
After lunch, we continue toward 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 downtown then drive down to Lao Cai Railways Station for our night train to Hanoi. Overnight on train.
Day 7: Hanoi Departure (B)
In the early morning, feel free at leisure before transferring back to the airport for our flight home. Your trip ends.