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6 Days - North Vietnam Essentials

Trip at a Glance

  • Locations

    Halong Bay, Vietnam

  • Activities

    Adventure, Multi Activity Tour

  • Price
    From: $431 USD per person
  • Duration

    6 days

  • Starting Location

    Hanoi

  • Price Includes

    • Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels • Tours, transfers, guides, meals as mentioned • Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited • Taxes and service charges

  • Notes

    Private tour

Highlights

  • This trip covers almost all the must-see sites of the Northern Vietnam.
  • Admire the charming city of Hanoi with wide tree-lined boulevards, nearby peaceful villages and the mountainous Sapa with colorful hill tribe ethnics
  • Explore the emerald Halong Bay – a natural world wonder with thousands of islands and islets.

Guide

Trip Info

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival

Welcome to Hanoi – the capital city of Vietnam with beautiful tree-lined boulevards and colonial buildings, a heaven of vendor foods and hospitable people. Arrive in Noi Bai International Airport, our guide will be waiting there to take you to your hotel in the city center for a short rest.
The rest of the day is at your own explorations.
Special note: No meal included.
Accommodation: Gondola Hotel (3*) / Tirant Hotel (4*) / Apricot Hotel (5*)

Day 2: Hanoi – Vegetable Village & Cooking Class – Optional: City tour
This morning you travel out of Hanoi city center to the suburban areas for a half-day eco tour discovering the local life. You will get picked up from your hotel lobby around 7:30 am then set out on a 45-min drive to Tien Le Vegetable village, about 18km to the west of Hanoi.
Arrive in the peaceful village, our local host and guide will take you on a wonderful visit of a market in the countryside. Wandering around the stalls selling food, meat, veggie, etc…you can try bargaining for some ingredients used in the coming cooking session. All of them are newly harvested and fresh!
When you get back from the market, you will put on farming clothes and bring farming tools to the field, where many local people are working since early morning. Prepare to get dirty as you will be doing some farming activities like plowing, growing vegetables, watering and fertilizing…Come back to your host family for a cooking session and lunch.
Afternoon time is free for leisure. Optional tour is city tour in which you will take a guided tour visiting some main sites of Hanoi: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Complex (you just pass by), the One Pillar Pagoda and the Women’s Museum. Later on, enjoy a wonderful water puppet show – a traditional art form stems from Asian Wet Rice Culture.
Special note: Breakfast and Lunch are included
Accommodation: Gondola Hotel (3*) / Tirant Hotel (4*) / Apricot Hotel (5*)

Day 3: Hanoi – Shuttle bus to Sapa – Sau Chua Village
This morning you will take a shuttle bus to Sapa (transfer to meeting point of the bus on your own). The journey will last for about 5.5 hours.
Arrive in Sapa at around 13:00, catch a short rest and have lunch before joining the trekking tour through the stunning paths to Sau Chua village – home to the H’mong minority with beautiful sceneries and less touched by tourists. Located on the mountain summit, from Sau Chua village you can have a panorama view of the town. Walking along the roads of the village, you will meet local people with warm smiles who are happy to share with you about their daily life.
Drive back to your hotel and rest of the day is for your own explorations.
Special notes: Breakfast and lunch are included.
Accommodation: Sapa Panorama (3*) / U Sapa (4*) / Victoria Sapa (4*+)

Day 4: Sapa -Trekking – Shuttle bus to Hanoi
Enjoy breakfast at hotel then start this morning with a 3km trekking journey through the scenic paths to visit Suoi Ho village of Hmong people. From here you can enjoy views over endless rice terraces and also many animals raised by local people. Bid farewell Suoi Ho village, we continue walking along the beautiful gardens and lush pine forests to the Matra village of Black Hmong minority. Even it is just several kilometers away from Sapa town, this village is still less visited by tourists so it can give you a truly local experience. Then, you will come across the impressive ruins of a church dating back to the French occupation in the early 1900s before enjoying the picnic lunch in village. Then we head back to Sapa for your bus journey back Hanoi.
Transfer from bus meeting point to your hotel on your own
Special notes: Breakfast and Lunch are included.
Accommodation: Gondola Hotel (3*) / Tirant Hotel (4*) / Apricot Hotel (5*)

Day 5: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Overnight on Cruise
Today you will travel out of Hanoi on a 3-4 hour journey, passing villages of the Red River Delta to reach Halong Bay – a natural world wonder. Spend a night onboard an elegant junk, cruising on the emerald water to the far and less touched areas of Halong; it is a lifetime experience that you will never forget!
Arrive at the dock around noon and then you will embark on the cruise, followed by a delicious lunch while the cruise sails further to the secluded, island-dotted bay. You will join the cruise’s activities such as visiting cave and sandstones mountain, kayaking…At night, relax on the sun deck or go squid fishing.
Special notes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner are included. Car transfer only, no guide on car. Guide on board available.
Accommodation: V’Spirit Cruise (3*), Huong Hai Sealife (4*), Aphrodite Cruise (5*)

Day 6: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Departure
Wake up early and take advantage of the early bird to capture the most beautiful moments of the bay during sun rise then attend a Tai Chi lesson with other passengers. Light breakfast is served with pastries and coffee while your cruise continues sailing through the islands. Depending on each cruise, you may visit nearby islands in a row boat then navigate back to the Halong jetty. Pack your luggage and enjoy the brunch onboard before disembarkation.
Our driver will be waiting at the jetty to take you back to the Hanoi Airport for your departure flight!
Bon Voyage!
Special notes: A brunch is included. Car transfer only, no guide on car. Guide onboard available
Accommodation: N/A.

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