Essential North Vietnam will guide you to the most outstanding tourist attractions of the North such as: Hanoi, Halong bay, Hoa lu – Tam coc, Sapa… For who has never been to Vietnam, it would be a terrific journey to explore the culture and nature of Vietnam. However, the ones who have visited Vietnam will find it no less interesting. The deep beauty of a site can only be recognized after several visit.
Day 1: Hanoi
Arrive Hanoi and check into the hotel. The day is at your leisure for you to start seeing Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi
Enjoy a city tour of Hanoi, taking in its rich history, museums, the rambling Old Quarter and the many parks and lakes. In the evening, sample some of Hanoi’s finest cuisine before experiencing a traditional water puppet theatre performance.
Day 3: Hanoi – Hoa lu – Tam coc – Sapa
Breakfast at hotel then drive to Ninh Binh. You will visit Hoa Lu – the former ancient Royal Capital of Viet Nam, Dinh Temple – where worshipped King Dinh Tien Hoang and Le Temple – where worshipped King Le Dai Hanh.
When finishing Hoa Lu Ancient Capital you spend 45 minutes transfer to Tam Coc. The Time for lunch. After having lunch, you will take a small bamboo boat and go along the Ngo Dong river to visit Tam Coc (Three Caves) – “Halong Bay on land” for 2hours. Then get back the whaft, and leave for Hanoi. Leave Tam Coc for Hanoi. Arrive Hanoi around 6:00pm.
Evening: Having dinner in local restaurant then transfer to Hanoi station for night train to Sapa.
Day 4: Sapa
At an elevation of 1600 metres, Sapa is a delightful former French hill station situated in the mountainous region of Vietnam’s northwest, close to the Chinese border. The region is home to many ethnic minority groups each wearing their traditional, colourful attire. Today, take a guided walk through emerald rice paddies and tiny hill tribe villages. The afternoon is spent exploring the fabulous markets selling traditional art and crafts, embroidery and silver.
Day 5: Sapa – Hanoi
Spend the day hiking to hill tribe villages before taking the overnight train back to Hanoi.
Day 6: Hanoi – Halong Bay
Arrive early morning and dine ‘Vietnamese style’ before driving east to the World Heritage sight of Halong Bay. With thousands of limestone peaks, dotted caves and traditional fishing villages, it’s a place you will never forget. Spend two nights cruising through the magic of the Bay on a traditional junk.
Day 7: Halong Bay
Explore caves, kayak, swim, sunbathe and feast on fresh Vietnamese seafood. Optional rock climbing in one of the best climbing sites in South East Asia.
Day 8: Halong Bay – Hanoi
Transfer to Hanoi for your flight home.