North Vietnam Discovery combines the cultural heritage of Hanoi historic city with the scenic mountains of Sapa and the World of Wonder Halong Bay. Discover the daily life of Vietnam people and culture, enjoying the beauty of Halong Bay are all of this 9 day trip.
Hanoi > Sapa > Halong Bay
Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
Our driver will pick you up at the airport and be transferred to hotel in Center of Hanoi Capital. The rest of this day will take free time to explore Hanoi charm city by you. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi City Tour – Night train to Sapa (B, L)
AM: Getting started from your hotel for Hanoi tour, driving to visit Ho Chi Minh complex, including Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum – the final resting place of the Vietnamese great father or uncle Ho, President Ho Chi Minh’s stilt House – where he lived on and off from 1958 to 1969, the next place to move to is One Pillar Pagoda – a group of structures consisting of a pagoda and a tower built in the middle of a square lake. Leave One Pillar Pagoda and transfer to West Lake, visit Tran Quoc pagoda then having lunch.
PM: After lunch, you will be transferred to visit the Temple of literature. Continue to visit Museum of Ethnology – the most interesting museum in Hanoi with many different things relating the 54 Vietnamese ethnic groups. After that, you will visit Hoan Kiem lake (Restore Sword Lake). The last place of the tour is taking a walk for few minutes to visit The old quarter of Hanoi, finally enjoy Vietnam traditional water puppet show within one hour, having dinner then night train to Sapa. Overnight in soft sleep train
Day 3: Sapa Home-stay Tour – Ta Van Village (B, L, D)
AM: The train arrives in Lao Cai around 6.00 AM, We drive up to Sapa about 50 minutes on car or van, you will be taken to a small guesthouse for a morning showers then your breakfast at a local restaurant here. After breakfast & short morning beak, we start trekking from Sapa town. Our trekking route is from here to through the villages of Hmong and Zay people, chances to meet the locals working on the mountainsides or the rice terraces, kids ride on back of buffalo, to take photograph ofpicturesque valleys & awesome scenery. We have picnic lunch on trekking route.
After lunch keep on trekking to Ta Van village of Zay people, where you will be warmly welcomed by the host, share the dinner with them, and stay at their traditional wooden house. Have dinner and homestay in Tavan village at Dzay family.
Day 4: Sapa Trekking Tour – Giang Ta Chai Village (B, L)
AM: After breakfast; we are on the beaten track to Giang Ta Chai village of the Red Dzao minority via the paths between terraces and through bamboo forests. Visit silver waterfall and suspension Rattan Bridge, visit the people in the village and then cross Muong Hoa River up to the mountain to visit the last village of the trek – Supan village of the H\’mong then having picnic lunch.
PM: Get back to Sapa by car or van. On the way back, enjoy visiting the ancient stone circle where stones are decorated with ancient carvings. Check in hotel. and your free time to exploreSapa town. Overnight in Sapa.
Day 5: Sapa Tour – Cat Cat Village – Hanoi (B, L, D)
AM: Breakfast, visit village of the black Hmong (Cat Cat village), walk around visiting people in the village and the hydroelectric power station built by the French in the old days.Back town have lunch
PM: Check out hotel, free to explore the town. At about 5 PM. drive to Lao Cai station for a night train back to Hanoi. Overnight in soft sleep train.
Day 6: Hanoi – Halong Bay Cruise (B, L, D)
AM: After breakfast at hotel, our van will pick you up and we start our 4-hours drive to Halong City stopping on the way for some refreshments and local hospitality. Upon arrival at Halong City, we transfer to our boat for a cruise in the stunning Halong Bay. Sea food lunch will be served on board.
PM: After lunch we will have opportunity to visit one of the most beautiful caves of Halong, Surprise Cave. From here we take our boats to the Ti Top Beach, where we can have a swim or climb up to the top of the island for outstanding panoramic view of the Bay. Stay overnight on cruise.
Day 7: Halong Bay Tour – Hanoi (B, L)
Enjoying sunrise breakfast and cruising around the clear & emerald water to another part of Halong bay with a close up view of stunning limestone peaks …Stopping at Gia Luan Dock for picking up-dropping off passengers and keeping on another side toward Halong harbor. Feel ready to have lunch on board and enjoy the rest of the boat trip. Arriving at Halong dock have short break before en route to Hanoi. Arrival back at your hotel around 4:30 PM. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 8: Hanoi – Hoa Lu – Tam Coc Tour (B, L)
AM: Our tour guide will pick you up at hotel in Hanoi, then driving to the south of Hanoi about 2.5 hours to Ninh Binh province. You will pass over the peaceful country road to Hoa Lu, once the Vietnam’s ancient capital 11 centuries ago. Here are the two temples dedicated to the King Dinh and King Le, the founder of the capital in 10th century.
PM: After lunch served with local food at a restaurant riverside. It will be an exciting day highlighted firstly by 2 hours local boat ride in Tam Coc streams that we will enjoy the spectacular scenery while gliding along the river among rice paddies and ranges of limestone mountains peaking up towers over you. In the late afternoon, return to Hanoi at about 5.00 p.m. Overnight in Hanoi
Day 9: Hanoi Departure (B)
Some free time for shopping or strolling around the city until transfer time to the airport for your flight to the next destination.