|Tour code: DISCOVER BEAUTY OF NORTH VIETNAM
|A genuine local experience cuisine in Hanoi and explore Halong Bay
With the best scenic beauty of the North and Central of VN. Ha Noi – one thousand year of Culture, visitors have opportunity to Contemplate the beauty impoving of Ha Long – a world Heritage site recognised by UNESCO in 1994. Ninh Binh – know as “Inland Ha Long Bay” – Phong Nha - a world Heritage site recognised by UNESCO. Sapa’s mysterious – the city covered by clouds around year. Explore Red Yao and the Black H’mong villages at Ta Phin. Socialize with the villagers, wander around villages (2km) and get to know their simple lifestyle in harmony with nature.
DAY 1: HANOI ARRIVAL (D)
Welcome on arrival to Hanoi. Drive to our selected hotel in the town. Take rest after journey. Evening, join the water puppet show - a uniquely northern Vietnamese art form depicting scenes from rural life and episodes of national history. Enjoy welcome dinner at one of our nicest Vietnamese cuisine restaurant. Overnight in Hanoi.
DAY 2: HANOI CITY AROUND/LAOCAI (B/L/D)
A day to explore our Hanoi which including: the Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum; the One Pillar Pagoda; the Temple of Literature – known as the country’s first national university; the macabre Hoa Lo Prison. The French built this prison near the turn of the century, with construction completed in 1901. The name Hoa Lo, means "portable earthen stove," and originates from the families who used to live on the land before the French built on it; Vietnam Women’s Museum – which is focused on the contribution of women to Vietnam's history and culture, this museum highlights their roles in Vietnam's many military conflicts as well as in commerce, including features on female street vendors, women's role in the family, and more recently, single mothers in Vietnam. Join the historical orientation cycling hours through the Old Quarter, delving into the nooks and crannies of the city and bringing us to a restored original Old Quarter homes. Dining and break at the local restaurant. Take an overnight train to LaoCai.
DAY 3: LAOCAI/MINORITY MARKET/SAPA TOWN (B/L)
Upon arrival in Lao Cai train station, get picked up and transferred for breakfast at a local restaurant and then visit one of the most colorful minority market near Sapa town. Then head to Sapa town for hotel check in.
Tuesday : Coc Ly market
Thursday : Lung Khau Nhin market
Saturday : Can Cau market
Sunday : Bac Ha market
Late afternoon, start trekking downhill from Sapa town to Cat Cat village. The trekking route offers a breathtaking view of vegetable gardens and rice terraces with green mountains rising above. Take a rest at the scenic waterfall and balance your way across their hanging bridge. There will be time for visiting with local families and learning about their traditional fiber processing. Return to Sapa and the rest is on your leisure. Overnight in Sapa.
DAY 4 : SAPA – villages/LAOCAI/HANOI (B/L/D)
Morning free on your own activities. Meet our guide at noon and ride by car to the Golden Stream Valley, stopping at Lao Chai village. Walk down through the village from the main road and start trekking through the rice fields to Lao Chai (Black H'mong) and Ta Van (Dzay) villages. You will visit some local families and learn about their daily life and fascinating culture. Continue to a local Dzay family for a picnic lunch. In the afternoon, we trek to Giang Ta Chai (Red Dzao) village. The trek offers some moderate challenges as we negotiate a winding trail by rice terraces along the steep mountainside. The lush vegetation is dense as the trail leads up to a peaceful hamlet perched on the side of Hoang Lien Mountain. After chatting one of the families in the village, we walk to the main road to meet up with our driver and return to Sapa town. Heading to Lao Cai for our return train Hanoi.
DAY 5: HANOI/NINH BINH (B/L)
Get back Hanoi very early in the moring, take rest at a small hotel. Depart after breakfast for the 2 and half-hour drive through rural northern Vietnam to the site of Vietnam’s first capital, Hoa Lu. Visit the temples dedicated to Emperor Dinh Tien Hoang of the Dinh Dynasty (968-80), and Emperor Le Dai Hanh of the Le Dynasty (980-1009). The ancient Hoa Lu Citadel (most of which has since been destroyed) once covered an area of three square kilometres. If time permits after visiting Hoa Lu (for the fit and healthy), take a half-hour walk up one of the surrounding limestone karst hills, the climb is rewarding with spectacular views.
In the late morning, depart for Tam Coc Town for a Vietnamese lunch, along the way stop where you wish to take photographs of local villages and the stunning landscape.
After lunch, board your private sampan. As the boat gently slices through the water, notice the enormous limestone karsts jutting out from the green rice fields giving rise to other name, ‘Halong on Land’. Should you feel adventurous climb up to Bich Dong Pagoda on nearby Ngu Nhac Mountain, dating to 1428 and comprising three structures: Ha, Trung, and Thuong Pagodas, in ascending order. Drive to hotel & check in. Night in Ninh Binh.
DAY 6: NINH BINH/HALONG BAY (B/L/D)
Leave Ninh Binh, we reach Halong after 4 hours driving. Board our traditional wooden junk boat, for an overnight journey. Sip on a refreshing welcome drink upon check in before you begin your cruise through the bay. Start sail from Bai Tu Long Bay area, Feast on a delicious lunch as you cruise among beautiful of islets (Tea pot islet, Mat Quy –Monster Face islet, Yen Ngua islet, Man’s Head islet, Tortoise islet etc.) to discover unspoilt pockets of Halong Bay and visit Sung Sot - Amazing cave, one of the most imposing grottos of the Bay. Swim at Soi Sim beach or Titov beach or a short trek to the top of Titov mountain (426 Steps) for a magnificent panorama scenery. Fresh fruits served at lounge or sundeck while waiting your dinner to be prepared on board. Squid fishing or relax and chatting with your partner, friends, family. Overnight on Ha Long Bay.
DAY 7: HALONG/HANOI (BRUNCH)
Morning enjoy the sunrise, that would be great picture as it is rising up from the ocean and through the peaks of the limestone islands. Taking Tai Chi Exercise with an opportunity to admire the magnificent scenery of early morning. Complimentary tea, coffee and breakfast then are served. Taking a visit Luon cave on small bamboo boat and enjoy the quiet atmosphere enclosed by high islets and mountains. Be back to the Junk. Sail past rock formations and spread your eyes over Finger islet, Hoa Cuong fishing village area, Ga Choi – Fighting Cock islet, Dinh Huong Islet, Little Dog islet. Enjoy the tranquil scenery as the boat meanders its way through the bay on the way back to Ha Long city. Enjoy a lunch as your boat weaves through strange-shaped limestone rock formations. Arrive back at Ha Long city for disembarkation where your driver waits to take you back Hanoi.
DAY 8: HANOI/DEPARTURE (B)
Stroll the city on your own till transfer to the airport for departure.
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• Accommodation in double sharing at hotels selected including breakfast.
• Transfer by private air-conditioned car (van, bus...) as per program.
• English speaking guide for each area as being requested
• Entry fees for all sightseeing as mentioned on the program
• Breakfast (B); Lunches (L) & Dinner (D) as being mentioned
• Train tickets Ha Noi – Lao Ca – Ha Noi, sharing cabin 4-berth
• Boat trips wherever it has
• Government taxes (VAT…)
- Personal expenses
- Entrance fee for photo or video camera to the sites
- Others not mentioned in the price above
- Tips and gratitude for guide, porters and drivers.
- 3star:Hanoi/Hoa Binh/ROH. Halong/Mithrin (Superior moutain view).Sapa/Bamboo hotel/Deluxe
- 4star: Hanoi/Sunway (ROH). Halong/Halong Dream hotel/Superior. Sapa/ChauLong hotel (Superior New Wing).
- 5star: Hanoi/Melia (ROH). Halong/Halong Plaza (Superior). Sapa/Victoria Sapa (Superior).
Hanoi : Maison D’ Hanoi Boutique hotel *** Classic room – www.hanovahotel.com
Sapa : Boutique Sapa hotel *** Superior valley view – www.boutiquesapahotel.com.vn
NinhBinh : Nam Hoa hotel ** Superior room – www.namhoahotel.com
Halong : V’Spirit cruises – Deluxe room – www.vspiritcruises.com
Hanoi : Sunway hotel **** Superior room – www.sunwayhotels.com
Sapa : Chau Long Sapa hotel **** Superior room – www.chaulonghotel.com.vn
NinhBinh : Nam Hoa hotel ** Deluxe room – www.namhoahotel.com
Halong : Pelican cruise – Deluxe room – www.pelicancruise.com
Hanoi : Hotel De L’Opera Hanoi ***** Deluxe room – www.hoteldelopera.com
Sapa : Victoria Sapa resort **** Superior room – www.victoriahotels.asia
NinhBinh : Emeralda Resort Ninh Binh ***** Superior room – www.emeraldagroup.com
Halong : Bhaya cruises – Deluxe room – www.bhayacruises.com
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