Vietnam Authentic Northern Charm

Recent time has witnessed important, fraught, considerable changes to Vietnam. But North of Vietnam, with both boisterous and natural beauty of the country: Hanoi, Sapa, Trang An, Halong Bay – remains.

VIETNAM AUTHENTIC NORTHERN CHARM

DAY 1: HANOI - ARRIVAL (D)

Welcome to Hanoi, the heart of Vietnam which is considered as a blend between the traditional and the modern beauties. At Noi Bai Airport, our guide and driver will welcome then take you to your hotel to do check-in.

After relaxation, our guide will take you walk to the theatre and we will enjoy Water Puppet Show – A traditional art performance of Vietnam. After that, you will enjoy a welcome dinner at local restaurant. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.

DAY 2: HANOI - NINH BINH - HANOI (B, L)

08.00AM: After breakfast at your hotel in Hanoi, our tour guide and driver will pick you up and drive about 2.5 hours to Ninh Binh Province. 

We will visit Hoa Lu, a historical place and associated with the foundation of the Dinh, early Le and Ly dynasties in the 10th and 11th century. Within an area of 13 square kilometers, the Hoa Lu ancient capital contains important parts in the history of Vietnam you can visit the Dinh-Le sanctuary, statues of the Emperors. After that, we transfer to restaurant for our lunch.

In the afternoon, we take amazing rowing boat to visit Trang An Eco-Tourism area. Trang An Eco-Tourism complex is a home of 600 kinds of flora and over 200 kinds of fauna that many of them in the Red book of Vietnam. It is also a gathering of 31 valleys, 48 cross-water caves and we will visit 3 to 6 of them. On the rowing boat, we can enjoy the fresh air, clean and clear water with under water grass. Experience ourselves the feeling and emotion when we are on the water caves….

After the tour, we will drive back to Hanoi and arrive at your hotel at about 5.30 – 6.00 PM. Overnight in Hanoi.

DAY 3: HANOI - SAPA (B, L)

08.00AM: After breakfast at the hotel, our tour guide will come to the hotel and pick you up, then we will start the Hanoi city tour 

We will start with a visit to Ho Chi Minh Complex. Here you can visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum where the corpse of Uncle Ho kept there. Next you will visit the Presidential Palace - a nice French architecture in the garden and Ho Chi Minh House on stilt. Visiting the house you will see the simple life of Ho Chi Minh - the president in Vietnamese's spirit forever. We will finish this area with One Pillar Pagoda - one of the most attractions in Hanoi you cannot miss with the special in architecture.

Having lunch and you will continue to the Temple of Literature - The first University of Vietnam. The next destination will be Museum of Ethnology to learn more about Vietnam Culture. Next we will explore Hanoi by traveling through the Old Quarter with 36 ancient streets in a traditional cyclo. This slow - speed tour will give your great chance to fully enjoy the classic and modern of the capital. We will end the tour at about 04.00PM then it is your free time to go shopping, relax in Hanoi.

In the evening, about 08.30PM, our guide will come to your hotel and transfer you to Hanoi train station for Lao Cai departure and spend whole night on train.

DAY 4: SAPA (B, L)

05.30AM: You arrive at Lao Cai station, our driver and guide will meet up and drive about 1.5 hours to Bac Ha Market which opens only on Sunday. Along the way, we will have chance to enjoy beautiful mountainous scenes and rice paddy fields.

After having breakfast in a local restaurant, we will head to Bac Ha Market. In the market, we will see the local selling and exchanging their goods and products, witness the traditional clothes and daily custom of them.

Next, it is the time to visit H’mong King’s palace, an old building built by the French and Chinese. The afternoon time is devoted to a light trekking to a village of Flower H’mong minority, Ban Pho. Local families will welcome and offer you some green tea, corn wine and short brief of their custom. Then, we will enjoy dramatic landscapes of the surroundings.

After the tour, about 04.00PM, we will transfer to Sapa and spend overnight at a hotel in Sapa.

DAY 5: SAPA - HANOI (B, L)

09.00AM: After having breakfast at the hotel, you will start trekking 3km with our guide to Cat Cat village, to a home of H’mong ethnic people. The road is very easy and interesting route to go trekking in the peaceful sceneries of mountainous area with rice field, waterfall and learning about ethnic minority’s culture while visiting the traditional houses and observing the daily activities of local people. You can have good chance to buy the souvenir and handicraft from the craft men.

Enjoy lunch in a local house to understand their life and custom then we will return the the town by car for your free time walking and shopping around in the local stores.

In the late afternoon, about 05.00PM, we will transfer to Lao Cai Train Station to catch a train to return Hanoi. Overnight on train.

DAY 6: HANOI - HALONG BAY (B, L, D)

05.30 - 06.00AM: When arriving at the Hanoi Railway station, you will walk to the mini-hotel near the train station for a rest and breakfast.

08.00AM: Our driver will pick you up at the hotel, departing 3.5 hours to Halong Bay – the World Natural Heritage recognized by UNESCO twice. Upon arrival, embark the cruise and enjoy welcome drink while having tour briefing. A sumptuous lunch will be served on board while the ship sailing further to the Bay, make your time to admire its dramatic limestone islands. 

You can rest at your leisure on the sundeck or relax in your cabin. In the afternoon, you will have time to swim in the warm and calm water or get on kayaks of your choice. Kayaking is very easy for all levels and ages to do. Our expert and experienced guide surely instruct you basic paddling steps before leading you to explore the extraordinary beauty of Halong Bay. After 01 hour exploring the bay, we will get back to the cruise for relaxation before attending cooking class in the late afternoon.

Enjoy the superb dinner and stay overnight on board.

DAY 7: HALONG BAY - HANO (B, L)

We will continue our journey on Halong Bay in early morning. A Tai Chi Class on the sun deck is a must that you should not miss when on cruise. 

Sitting on the upper deck; you can relax, sight-seeing while taking photos of the magnificent beauty of the rocky islands rising from the emerald water of the bay.

After breakfast, we will explore Sung Sot cave - one of the finest and widest grottoes of Halong Bay. Next keep cruising and passing the fishing village with its unique way of life.

At 10.30AM, our boat cruises back to the jetty, and you will enjoy the last moment in the bay before having a traditional Vietnamese lunch.

You leave the boat around 12:00 at noon, we go ashore and transfer back to Hanoi.

About 04.30PM, you will arrive at your hotel in the Old Quarter. Enjoy the last night in Hanoi.

DAY 8: HANOI - DEPARTURE (B)

Today is your free time at your leisure to enjoy last moment in the North of Vietnam. About 03 hours before your flight, we transfer you to the airport for your flight.

With the sincere thanks for your travel to Vietnam and with us, hope that you have enjoyed your Vietnam trip and look forward to see you again!
 

TOUR PRICE: Available upon Request 
Rates vary frequently. Please contact us to get the best possible price based upon your travel period and specific touring needs.

TRIP INCLUSIONS:
- Meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 2 dinners
- Accommodation: Hotel (4 nights), Cruise (1 night)
- Transport: Car, Walking, Boating, Train, Trekking, Cruise
- Included services
    + Vietnam visa approval letter 
    + Accommodations with daily breakfast Meals as mentioned in the itinerary 
    + Transport by private car with AC 
    + Local English-speaking guides Water on coach 
    + Entrance fees, performances, boat trips & excursions

TRIPN EXCLUSIONS:
- International flights to/from Vietnam Travel insurance 
- Visa stamp fees 
- Early check-in & late check-out surcharge 
- Personal expenses Meals not mentioned 
- Drinks not mentioned 
- Tips & gratuities for guides and drivers
 


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