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Hidden Gems of Northern Vietnam

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Duration

8 days

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Daily Tour

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Group Size

40 people

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Languages

English

Overview

Discover a majestic Northern Vietnam from Hanoi, taking in almost the famous attractions in the big area. Explore Hanoi capital with Ba Dinh district, Old Quarter, French Quarter .Experience Vietnam’s beautiful landscapes, delicious cuisine and the renowned friendliness of the ethnic people. Top it all off with an overnight cruise on mystical Halong Bay and you won’t ever want to leave.

  • DAY 1 – HANOI ARRIVAL
  • DAY 2 – HANOI CITY TOUR – TRAIN TO LAO CAI
  • DAY 3 – SAPA : Y LINH HO – LAO CHAI – TA VAN
  • DAY 4 – SAPA: GIANG TA CHAI – SU PAN – HANOI
  • DAY 5 – HANOI – HALONG BAY
  • DAY 6 – HALONG BAY – HANOI
  • DAY 7 – NINH BINH : HOA LU – TAM COC – MUA CAVE
  • DAY 8 – HANOI DEPARTURE
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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Whether you prefer single trips or travel with a group of friends, this detailed schedule will save you time and make your journey easier.
  • You are afraid of too much time with group tour? Don't worry, this trip is designed for you to enjoy your own moments with a private space!
  • The trip to explore the nature, history, and people of Northern Vietnam helps you to refresh yourself and soothe your soul after the stressful days!
  • Shared group tour, shared dorm homestay in Sapa will be the opportunity to make new friends, exchange with people from different cultures, which makes your trip more interesting and memorable.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Hanoi arrival
Day 1: Hanoi arrival

Morning & Afternoon
Hello Vietnam ! You will arrive Noi Bai international airport, our driver will meet you up and drop you off at your hotel in Hanoi.

If you arrive early, let’s try your first sight of Hanoi by a half - day trip with our local -good volunteer guide exploring the Hanoi Old Quarter. You will have a chance to discover a cultural Hanoi Old Town with an ancient yet lively beauty with numerous shops and stores. Besides, if you choose to stay in Hanoi, especially in weekends, don’t forget to pay a visit to Hanoi Night Market and Hano walking area.

Note: This tour is free . However, if you use the tickets, entrance fees, you will pay your guide and you.
Night
You will be free in your first night in Hanoi or join some famous shows in Hanoi ( Chi phi tự túc)
Watch a Water Puppet Show - a one-of-a-kind performance happens to be on the water which are accompanied by a Vietnamese orchestra playing traditional music using drums, wooden bells, horns, bamboo flutes and cymbals. you cannot see anywhere else. ( every hours has one show within 1 hours) -
Price : from 4,3 $ /pax
Watch My Village Show - an hour-long of traditional show at the historic Hanoi Opera House. Watch acrobats, dancers, and jugglers bring a rural Vietnamese village to life on the stage as you hear live music on classic Vietnamese instruments.
Price: from 30,3 $
Accommodation
3 stars hotel in the Old quarter for 1 night

Transportation
Private airport transfer ( new car - AC)

Meals
There is no meal serving today. Flexibly

Attractions
Dong Xuan market
St. Joseph Cathedral
Bach Ma temple
Train street

Day 2: Essence Day of Hanoi and Train to Lao Cai
Day 2: Essence Day of Hanoi and Train to Lao Cai

Morning & Afternoon

Get ready for a new day after breakfast at your hotel. Let’s spend time exploring a 1000-year-old capital city of Vietnam in modern life today!
Indeed, there are many ways to discover Hanoi, such as a solo trip or shared group tour, but we believe that you should try at least once a Hanoi tour with a local volunteer guide. They are the young students in the colleges and universities in Hanoi, and they represent an energetic generation of Vietnam!
You will start your trip by wandering around Hoan Kiem lake and listen to its legend.
The next destination is the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum complex with some famous attractions like the Mausoleum, stilt house and One pillar pagoda. Then, you will visit the Temple of literature as the first University in Hanoi.
You will stop at some traditional eateries to have lunch with Bun Cha, Pho or other foods.
Then take a taxi to pay a visit to Hoa Lo prison that you can see the brutality of the French during the war, and the humanity of Vietnamese government to American pilots.
Night
Relaxing after transfer on a long way from Halong with the massage service. Some highly recommended spa as MF Spa, Oriental Spa or Serene Spa ( Price from 7 USD/pax) - ( own expense)
From 8:15 p.m to 8:40 p.m, your guide and private car will pick you up from hotel to train station and give you the train tickets. ( included)
Accommodation
Deluxe Cabin on Train ( private/ share)

Transportation
Private car to the train station
Night Train from Hanoi ( Tran Quy Cap train station ) to Lao Cai ( Lao Cai train station)

Meals
Breakfast
Lunch & Dinner will be covered by yourself

Attractions:
Hoan Kiem lake
Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh Complex: Mausoleum, Stilt House, One Pillar Pagoda ( 40.000 VND ~ 2 USD)
Temple of Literature ( 30.000 VND ~ 1.2 USD)
Hoa Lo Prison ( 30.000 VND ~ 1.2 USD).

Day 3: Sapa trekking : Y Linh Ho - Lao Chai - Ta Van
Day 3: Sapa trekking : Y Linh Ho - Lao Chai - Ta Van

Morning
Get a pick up by a shared bus to Sapa to store stuffs and enjoy your breakfast.

Starting your trekking tour to Muong Hoa Valley for 9-10 kilometers. Here meet the biggest and most beautiful valley of Sapa. Together in the cool fresh air, flee soul in the blue sky with wind and cloud, marvelous terrace rice fields and high mountains. Eyewitness the work of Mother Nature!
Afternoon
Follow the trail, we trek downhill to Y Linh Ho and Lao Chai Village for 3,5 hours. Here one step to reach the mountainside and terraced rice paddies that we have just witness from the viewpoint above.
Still trekking along the terraced rice paddies but this time, we visit Ta Van Village - home of Dzay people. See what difference between these 2 tribes. Small points but exciting enough!

Note:
Trekking about 12km
Trekking level 5/10
Night
Relaxing in the homestay or enjoy some interesting games with others. You will have a chance to know some local’s stories about their life and history
Accommodation
Dzay minority’s homestay in Ta Van village

Transportation
Shared minibus from station to Sapa

Meals
Breakfast
Lunch & Dinner

Attractions:
Muong Hoa valley
Y Linh Ho
Lao Chai
Ta Van village

Day 4: Sapa trekking : Giang Ta Chai - Su Pan - Sapa - Hanoi
Day 4: Sapa trekking :  Giang Ta Chai - Su Pan - Sapa - Hanoi

Morning

Continue the trekking trip with Hoang Lien Son National Park for 6 to 8 kilometers to view more stunning landscapes of the tropical jungle.
Visit Giang Ta Chai Village of the Dao people. Here we will explore the famous Jungle Waterfall and Rattan Bridge. Have a swim if you love to!
Afternoon
After lunch and 2 kilometers trekking, we reach Su Pan Village - the last spot in our journey.
There will be a bus to transfer you to Sapa town around 14:30.
Take a leisure walk around Sapa Town before heading back to Hanoi.
Night
Arriving in Hanoi about 9:30 p.m - 10 p.m, you will check in at your hotel & relaxing after an adventure in Sapa and long time in moving.
Accommodation
Hotel in Hanoi

Transportation
Shared coach

Meals
Breakfast
Lunch

Attractions:
Rice Paddies
Bamboo forest
Giang Ta Chai village
Giang Ta Chai bridge
Waterfall
Su Pan village

Day 5: Halong : Overnight cruise trip
Day 5: Halong : Overnight cruise trip

Morning
The next day, we will travel to Ha Long, the impressive World’s heritage site. However, be prepared to spend more than the average budget. The reason is tourism service will mainly be cruise-based. It’s luxury but it’s proved to be worthy.
It takes about 4 hours to get to Halong from Hanoi .Halong Bay consists of nearly 2000 islands and islets as well as magnificent cave systems. Therefore, tourists can relax and immerse into picturesque view and the breathtaking beauty of mountainous and sea scenery.
Afternoon
You will go inside Sung Sot cave – one of the finest and widest grottoes of Halong Bay. Then, the boat keeps cruising and the fishing village appears with its unique way of life.
Ti Top island is located about 14 kilometers to the east of Bai Chay tourist harbor. It has a beach that is shaped like a crescent moon and known for its tranquillity and beautiful still blue waters. The sands of the beach have been dyed white by the ocean’s surf creating a perfect picture of paradise. You will have a chance to get a great panoramic view from the top of the island and swim here.
Appreciating a delicious Vietnamese cuisine in a dinner under the the light of a thousand of stars and be charmed with the fabulous 360-degree panoramic view of the bay
Night
Appreciating a delicious Vietnamese cuisine in a dinner under the the light of a thousand of stars and be charmed with the fabulous 360-degree panoramic view of the bay
Enjoy some sport games on boat or go squid fishing with others.
Accommodation
Private Cruise’s cabin ( Shared cabin will be available )

Transportation
Shared Shuttle bus or D-car Limousine
Cruise

Meals
Breakfast
Lunch, Dinner

Attractions:
Sung Sot Cave
Ti Top island
Islets
Fishing village

Day 6: Second day in Halong Bay - Hanoi
Day 6: Second day in Halong Bay - Hanoi

Morning & Afternoon
Wake up and enjoy the sunset on Halong Bay - a peaceful and amazing view from your cruise.
Kayaking is very easy for everyone at all levels and ages. Our expert and experienced guide dedicatedly instruct you basic paddling steps before leading you to discover magnificent beauty of Halong Bay.
After an hour exploration, we will return to the cruise for relaxation for a while. You will do check out the cruise then, you will know how to make simple Vietnamese dishes in Cooking class. Enjoy your lunch time then back to Hanoi.
Night
You will have free time in Hanoi, you can refer some below
Have a dinner at a good restaurant in Hanoi ( pay by yourself ) that we can help you book a table in advance. Some good ones are Madame Hien; Madam Yen, Red Bean,... ( from 15 USD/pax)
Relaxing after transfer on a long way from Halong with the massage service. Some highly recommended spa as MF Spa, Oriental Spa or Serene Spa ( Price from 7 USD/pax)
Vincom Centre Ba Trieu or Trang Tien Plaza or Lotte Department
Accommodation
Hotel in Hanoi

Transportation
Shared Shuttle bus or D-car Limousine
Cruise

Meals
Breakfast
Lunch

Attractions:
Ba Hang
Islets

Day 7: Ninh Binh: Hoa Lu - Tam Coc - Mua Cave
Day 7: Ninh Binh: Hoa Lu - Tam Coc - Mua Cave

Morning
You will head out onto the Ninh Binh province from Hanoi and arrive at Tam Coc. You’ll get a quick break at the restaurant before preparing your bicycle for a bike ride to Hang Mua and the Mua Caves.
Then, you’ll climb 486 steps at Hang Mua for panoramic views and photo opportunities before biking back to the restaurant for lunch.
Afternoon
Next, you’ll take a 1.5-hour Sampan boat trip through the caves and countryside landscape of Tam Coc where you can explore and take a short break, before visiting the temples of King Dinh and King Le. You’ll then be transported back to Hanoi city.
Night
Free and easy by yourself
Ta Hien beer street ( Price from 2$/ pax)
Diamond Sky Bar & Restaurant on the 13th, 14th, 15th No.32 Lo Su street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi ( Price from 10$/pax)
Accommodation
Hotel in Hanoi

Transportation
Shared Shuttle bus

Meals
Breakfast
Lunch

Attractions:
Hoa Lu ancient
Tam Coc
Boating
Cycling
Climbing
Mua Cave

Day 8: Hanoi departure
Day 8: Hanoi departure

The last day is your leisure time, maybe go shopping around the old quarter get some souvenirs for friends, family. Get to the airport.

Transportation
Private car to the airport

Meals
Breakfast

Included/Exclude

  • 4 nights at the hotel 3 stars in the Hanoi Old Quarter, 1 night at shared dorm homestay in Ta Van village , Sapa and 1 night on cruise in Halong Bay.
  • Shared transportations as indicated in the itinerary
  • Private Airport transfers as indicated in the itinerary
  • Private transfer from hotel to train station in Hanoi
  • Shared minibus from Lao Cai train station to Sapa town
  • Shared cabin on train from Hanoi to Sapa
  • Breakfast, Lunches, Dinners as indicated in the itinerary ( Vegetarian need to be requested)
  • Professional tour guide speaking English
  • All entrance fees, tickets
  • 1 mineral bottle water/pax/day
  • All activities as indicated in the itinerary
  • Pick up and drop off only in the Hanoi Old Quarter
  • Beverages
  • Pick up and Drop off outside Hanoi Old Quarter
  • Check-in earlier 14 p.m and Check out later 12 p.m
  • Visa stamp
  • Personal expenses and those not clearly mentioned as included

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Excluded other service
Watch a Water Puppet Show - a one-of-a-kind performance happens to be on the water which is accompanied by a Vietnamese orchestra playing traditional music using drums, wooden bells, horns, bamboo flutes and cymbals.
Watch My Village Show - an hour-long of traditional show at the historic Hanoi Opera House.
Cooking class with local chef instructs you to cook some Vietnamese cuisines within 2-3 hours
Street food tour - trying 5 tasted meals by walking around the old quarter
Vincom Centre Ba Trieu or Trang Tien Plaza or Lotte Department
Massage services
Note: You can contact with us directly before or when you join the tour to arrange the service you wanna join. The additional fee will be settled before using the service.
Children Policies
Children under 4 years old: Free of charge
Children from 4 - 10 years old: 75%
2 adults can bring maximum of 2 children under 11 years old, the 3rd child will be charged 100% of the fee
In the case that a child is accompanied by only one adult, that child will be charged as an adult
Cancellation
Cancellation received before 30 days: Free of charge with hotel/accommodations, tours of day trip or overnight trip, train/bus tickets, rental car.
Cancellation received from 20 days – 29 days: 10% of the total rate of hotel/accommodation. Free of charge with tours of day trip or overnight trip, train/bus tickets, rental car.
Cancellation received from 16 days – 19 days: 50% of the total rate of hotel/accommodation and train tickets. Free of charge with tours of day trip or overnight trip, bus tickets, rental car.
Cancellation received from 4-15 days: 100% of the total rate of hotel/accommodation, train tickets, overnight trips. Free of charge with tours of day trip, bus tickets, rental car.
Cancellation received less than 4 days prior arrival date: 100% of the total rate of hotel/accommodation, train tickets, overnight trips, day trips, bus tickets, rental car.

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