The North of Vietnam is home to three treasures, Hanoi, the ‘Paris of the Orient’, the richly cultural hill tribe town of Sapa area, and the World Heritage Site of Halong Bay. This tour takes in all of these in just 8 days, the perfect way to experience Northern Vietnam at its unique.
Day 1: Welcome to Hanoi
Arrive into Hanoi and check into the hotel. The day is at your leisure for you to start seeing Hanoi capital.
Day 2: Hanoi city tour
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.
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
Day 3: Hanoi – Sapa
Spend the day at leisure to explore Hanoi’s shopping and café culture, before boarding the overnight sleeper train north to Sapa in the evening.
Day 4: Sapa – Villages
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.
Muong Hoa Valley – Sapa
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.
Fighting Cock Island – Halong Bay
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.
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