We transfer overland to Ha Long Bay, northeast of Hanoi and enter into the Red River Delta, rich with rural beauty and picturesque rice-farming villages. Once reaching Ha Long Bay, We board the wooden junk and set sail for a leisure cruise of Ha Long Bay. Declared a World Heritage Site to protect its beauty, we will cruise through its three-thousand islands and rich rock-formations, passing by Ga Choi Island, Dinh Huong Island, Dog Island, Sail Island, and even visit Sung Sot Cave. Sapa Hilltribes Station with colourful minorities people… All is available with Taste of Hanoi 6 days / 5 nights tour package.
Day 1: Hanoi arrival – Half Day City Tour – Night train to Lao Cai – Sapa (/D)
Our guide will welcome you at Noi Bai airport and transfer you to the center of Hanoi for city tour, you will visit some most interesting sites in Hanoi including Tran Quoc pagoda (the oldest pagoda in Hanoi), Temple of literature – the first university of Vietnam, Ngoc Son Temple and Hoan Kiem Lake – the most beautiful lake in the heart of Hanoi. You are then attending the Water Puppets show, take 1 hour cyclo tour in the Old Quarter of Hanoi. Enjoy dinner before taking night train to Lao Cai. Overnight on train.
Day 2: Lao Cai – Sapa – Hill Tribe Village (B/L/)
Arrive at Lao Cai Train station at about 5.30. Take a transfer to Sapa. Have breakfast at local restaurant and explore Sapa Town. You will visit Sapa town, Sapa market and take a 2km short trekking to Cat Cat Village, the home of H’mong minority. Back to Sapa for lunch. In the afternoon visit Ta Fin village with Tafin handicraft shops and explore the daily life of Red Dzao. Overnight in Sapa.
Day 3: Sapa – Hill tribe villages – Night train to Hanoi (B/L/)
In the morning, take a drive to visit Lao Chai village – home of Black H’Mong – here you trek through terraced rice fields to villages, meet and talk with locals to learn more about their daily life and habits. You trek through Ta Van village – home of Dzay hill tribe, have lunch at a local restaurant in Tavan then do trekking through a bamboo forest to Giang Ta Chai village of the red Dzao, visit a wonderful waterfall and a rattan bridge there. Our driver will pick you up at Giang Ta Chai then drive and transfer to Lao Cai. Have dinner at local restaurant before getting on night train to Hanoi. Overnight on the train.
Day 4: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B/L/D)
Arrive Hanoi early in the morning, visit Flower Market, have breakfast in a local restaurant then depart for Halong Bay. Drive about 03 hours through the rice fields in the Red River Delta to Ha Long city. Upon arrival, check in a junk boat for a cruise around Ha Long Bay with delicious seafood lunch served on board.
In the afternoon, cruise on a boat in the crystalline emerald green water of Ha Long bay, among thousands of spectacular limestone islands and islets and discover Surprising Cave, the most beautiful cave in Halong Bay. The boat stops at an ideal location for Sea Kayaking as we paddle through a maze of islets amid dramatic natural scenery. Explore the many hidden lagoons and stalagmite caves that are not so accessible otherwise. Overnight on junk boat.
Day 5: Ha Long Bay – Hanoi (B/L/)
In the morning, one more cruising trip around the stunning Ha Long bay and enjoying sunrise before returning to the junk. Lunch served on board while cruising toward Ha Long harbor. Disembark at around 12:00 and drive back to Hanoi, with a stop in Dong Trieu Ceramic Village (optional). Arrive in Hanoi at 17.00 pm. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 6: Hanoi – Departure (B/)
Breakfast at hotel and free time at leisure for shopping or relaxing until transfer to the airport for departure flight.
Local English speaking tour guide
Hotel accommodation as specific or similar, base on twin sharing
Private car/mini van with A/C including airport pick up and transfer
Hanoi – Lao Cai train ticket (4 berths A/C wooden cabin – share cabin)
All entrance fees and permit to visit hill tribe villages
Overnight cruise boat in Ha Long Bay – shared traditional junk boat
All meals as per program (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Diner)
Bottled drinking water during the tour
International flight tickets and International airport tax on departure
Drinks at restaurants, except otherwise mentioned
Personal expenses such as telephone, laundry & tips
Please note that this is our sample tour program, you can follow this itinerary or have this trip customized by sending us an email with your details, we are willing to help you with organizing an enjoyable trip in Vietnam.