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Northern Vietnam Unique 11 Days

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Duration

11 days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

40 people

Languages

English

Overview

  • DAY 1: HANOI ARRIVAL ( N/A)
  • DAY 2: HANOI WALKING TOUR WITH OUR VOLUNTEER GUIDE- TRAIN TO LAO CAI (B)
  • DAY 3: VISIT BAC HA MARKET – EASY TREKKING (B-L-D)
  • DAY 4: BAC HA TREKKING TOUR: NA THA – LAU THI NGAI – THAI GIANG PHO (B-L-D)
  • DAY 5: TRANSFER BAC HA – HA KHAU BORDER GATE – LAO CAI TRAIN STATION  ( B- L)
  • DAY 6: ARRIVE IN HANOI – HANOI – HALONG – LAN HA BAY (L-D)
  • DAY 7: LAN HA BAY (B-L-D)
  • DAY 8: LAN HA BAY – NINH BINH – FREE&EASY IN TAM COC – BICH DONG (B-L-D)
  • DAY 9: HOA LU – TAM COC – MUA CAVE (B-L-D)
  • DAY 10: BAI DINH – TRANG AN – HANOI (B-L)
  • DAY 11: HANOI DEPARTURE (B)

Highlights

  • This trip is designed to meet all your expectations from the discovering activities to the relaxing vacation. Don't worry that this trip will take a lot of energy or have many adventure experiences! You will have time to refresh your mind on Halong Bay with an overnight cruise or immerse yourself in tranquil scenery in Ninh Binh.
  • This trip will shine a spotlight on less well-known destinations such as Lan Ha Bay, Ninh Binh, Bac Ha, where you will have more authentic experiences and enjoy the poetic and majestic natural beauty.
  • It is time to experience the unique rhyme of local life when you have a chance to live with the locals in Bac Ha or Ninh Binh. Besides, you will explore the unique night train where you hardly find anywhere in the world except Southeast Asia.
  • A trip for you to refresh yourself and make new friends!

Itinerary

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Day 1 - Hanoi Arrival
Day 1 - Hanoi Arrival

Morning & Afternoon
Our driver will pick you up at the terminal upon your arrival and drop you off at your hotel for doing a check-in. Take a rest and free on your own today.
We have another option for you like a free Walking Old quarter tour with our good volunteer guide if you arrive early at 13 p.m. You will have a chance to visit the attractions inside the Hanoi Old quarter and Hanoian lifestyle.
Night
You will be free on 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 is accompanied by a Vietnamese orchestra playing traditional music using drums, wooden bells, horns, bamboo flutes and cymbals. you cannot see anywhere else. ( every hour has one show within 1 hour) -
Price : from 4,3 $ /pax
Watch My Village Show - an hour-long of the 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 - Hanoi City Free Walking Tour - Train To Lao Cai
Day 2 - Hanoi City Free Walking Tour - Train To Lao Cai

Morning
Wake up and have a breakfast at your hotel. Our volunteer guide will meet you up at your hotel and start for a exploring tour by the real local ways.
Visit some important part of the city Ba Dinh district , French Quarter, Old quarter.
You will have a chance to know the legendary of Hoan Kiem lake then head to visit Ho Chi Minh mausoleum where keeping Ho Chi Minh president’s body, Temple of literature - the first university in Vietnam . Hoa Lo prison is a historical attraction that still keep the evidence from the war until now.
Afternoon
Your last stop will be in the Old Quarter where you can visit the Dong Xuan market - the biggest wholesale market in Hanoi and some famous temples and pagodas. Moreover, you can join a foodie tour with our guide to try the best foods in Hanoi as Pho noodle soup, Bun Cha, Banh My,...
Night
By 8:30 p.m , our driver and private car will collect you to the train station ( Tran Quy Cap ) to go to Lao Cai ( SP3 or SP4)
Accommodation
Shared Deluxe Cabin on the train ( cabin for 4 people)

Transportation
Train
Private car to train station

Meals
Breakfast ( Hotel)

Attractions & Activities
Hanoi Old Quarter
Hoa Lo prison
Ho Chi Minh mausoleum
Temple of literature
Foodie
Hoan Kiem Lake

Day 3 - Lao Cai: Visit Bac Ha market - Easy trekking ( only Sunday )
Day 3 - Lao Cai: Visit Bac Ha market - Easy trekking ( only Sunday )

Morning
In the early morning, our driver will meet you up at Lao Cai railway by shared minibus to Bac Ha for leaving your luggage at our office and having a breakfast.
Depart to visit Bac Ha market – this time will be less tourist than later ( 2 hours) Continue to the Edifice of King – Hoang A Tuong .
Have a lunch at the local restaurant

Afternoon & Night
In the afternoon, Trek to visit Ban Pho village and Climb the hills again to Phec Bung village then arrive Na Kim, stay over night in the family of Nung ethnic minority people. 10km trek
Back to the homestay with mountain view where you gonna stay overnight.
Have a cozy time with local people to learn about their tradition, life style from H’mong , Tay people
Have a dinner at the homestay
Overnight at the private room at the homestay.
Accommodation
Private room at the homestay in Na Kim village( clean and new)

Transportation
Private car from train station to Bac Ha

Meals
Breakfast and Lunch, Dinner

Attractions & Activities
Bac Ha market
Edifice of King - Hoang A Tuong
Ban Pho village
Na Kim
Phec Bung village

Day 4 - Trekking: Na Kim - Thai Giang Pho - Na Lo
Day 4 - Trekking: Na Kim - Thai Giang Pho - Na Lo

Morning
Enjoy your breakfast.

Start your trek after breakfast via the mountain trails, the colorful dresses of local H’mong ethnic minority will be found along your trip. Have lunch on the top of the mountain. Afternoon
Then go down the valley of Tay ethnic via Na Lo village. Overnight in Tay's family homestay. 12km trek

Note:
Trekking about 12km
Trekking level 7/10
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
Private room at the homestay in Na Lo village( clean and new)

Meals
Breakfast
Lunch & Dinner ( Village)

Attractions & Activities
Na Kim village
Na Lo village
Thai Giang Pho

Day 5 - Na Lo- Lung Phinh market - Ha Khau border gate - Lao Cai station
Day 5 - Na Lo- Lung Phinh market - Ha Khau border gate - Lao Cai station

Morning
After breakfast at 8am car transfer to Lung Phinh for you visit Lung Phinh market 2 or 3 hours depend on you . After visiting the market trek to Ngai Phong Cho village to view beautiful landscapes and happy to discover colorful dresses of Fula ethnic minority.
Afternoon
Come back to Bac Ha in the afternoon at 3pm, take shower (free) . After shower car transfer to Lao Cai train station. On the way , you will stop over at the Ha Khau border gate for 20 minutes to visit around and take a photo. Drop you off at the Lao Cai station
End Tour . 9 km trek
Night
Night train by 21:30-22 p.m. Free and easy.

Accommodation
Shared cabin on train

Transportation
Train
Private car from Bac Ha to Lao cai train station

Meals
Breakfast
Lunch

Attractions & Activities
Na Lo
Lung Phinh market
Ha Khau border gate

Day 6 - Arrival Hanoi - Halong Bay
Day 6 - Arrival Hanoi - Halong Bay

Morning
Arrive in Hanoi by 5:00 - 5:30 a.m, you will get to your hotel to leave the luggages at your hotel. Take a rest then get picked up to Halong..
Hotel or private address pick up with our shuttle bus. Short break half way
Arrive Got Ferry Terminal, transfer by tender to Cruise, and enjoy welcome drinks, receive cruise briefing, safety instructions then check in to your cabin and set sail through Ha Long Bay while having time to admire the magical landscape go by. The Cruise Pass Da Chong Islet, where you can see a lighthouse built by the French over 100 years ago.
A special lunch in Vietnamese cuisine of fresh seafood and an assortment of appetizing favorites are served while sailing through Islets of Con Vit and Gia Luan.

Afternoon
The Cruise sails through Lan Ha Bay and completes its entry through Cua Van Area. The area is surrounding of extraordinary limestone karsts landscapes.
From October to May: You can start your journey to explore Ba Trai Dao Beach, enjoy kayaking and/or enjoy swimming in the crystal clear waters of the Bay.
From June to September : Visiting Tra Bau area of Lan Ha Bay- a separate part of Halong Bay. This is a quiet tourist paradise in Vietnam, enjoy kayaking and/or enjoy swimming in the crystal clear waters of the Bay.
Back to Cruise, drop anchor for staying overnight. Enjoy the complimentary sunset party on the sundeck with local wine and fresh fruits.Join cooking demonstration (teaching you how to make our speciality, Spring rolls) on the cruise.
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
Deluxe Cabin on cruise ( The high level is available)

Transportation
Shared shuttle bus

Meals
Breakfast ( Hotel)
Lunch and Dinner ( Cruise)

Attractions & Activities
Cua Van Area
Ba Trai Dao Beach/Tra Bau area
Plenty of islets
Kayaking/ Sampan Boat
Some sports games like : fishing, karaoke, dancing,...

Day 7 - Lan Ha Bay
Day 7 - Lan Ha Bay

Morning & Afternoon
Wake up and enjoy the sunset on Lan Ha Bay - a peaceful and amazing view from your cruise.
Transfer to day boat for visit Viet Hai village. You will take the bicycle trip along the village path and go through rain forests and dark tunnel. Enjoy stunning scenery of rice fields on the way. Stop at the village to relax. Visit an ancient local house, made from straw, mud, bamboo...you will have chance to see the local life on a valley of local people.
Visit Lan Ha Bay, free kayaking to discover bay by yourself and swimming in the blue water.
From October to May: Visit the Ba Ham Lake area situated in the middle of a narrow, rectangular area, with the all four sides enclosed by vertical cliffs. (if the weather permit).
From June to September : Visit the Van Boi area, which is the heart of Lan Ha bay, there are a lot of white sandy and coral beaches.
Enjoy the complimentary sunset party on the sundeck with local wine and freshfruits.
Night
Dinner is served in the restaurant. Enjoy delicious local food prepared and served for you by our wonderful onboard catering staff.
Relax to your cabin or join the fishing excursion, watch a movie, have a drink at the bar, internet access or play exciting games. Overnight on board.
Accommodation
Deluxe Cabin on cruise ( The high level is available)

Transportation
Cruise

Meals
Breakfast and Lunch, Dinner( Cruise)

Attractions & Activities
Swimming
Ba ham lake/ Van Boi area

Day 8 - Dark & Bright Cave - Halong - Tam Coc ( Ninh Binh)
Day 8 - Dark & Bright Cave - Halong - Tam Coc ( Ninh Binh)

Morning
Enjoy sunrise and admire the never ending miraculous scenery of the Bay. Practice an invigorating Tai Chi session on the sundeck.
Visit Dark & Bright Cave and islets by local rowing boats which is a wild and mysterious beauty in the middle of the World Heritage
Afternoon
Then you will get to Ninh Binh directly from Got Pier when you land. Our driver will bring you to Ninh Binh ( arrive Tam Coc and stay here). It takes about 5 hours to drive from Got to Tam Coc.
After check in the hotel/homestay , you can do cycling by yourself around the Tam Coc area and Visit Bich Dong pagoda with 3 ancient pagodas built on mountain cliff and visit the rural villages of the local farmers.
Night
You will have free time in Tam Coc for relaxing at the bungalow homestay
Accomodation

Hotel / Homestay in Tam Coc

Transportation

Shared shuttle bus ( Private car is available)

Meals

Breakfast & Lunch ( on cruise)
Dinner ( in Tam Coc)

Attractions and activities

Tra Bau or Ba Trai Dao beach
Kayaking
Cooking demonstration
Bich Dong pagoda ( optional)
Cycling ( optional and will be covered by yourself)

Day 9: Ninh Binh : Hoa Lu ancient - Tam Coc - Mua Cave
Day 9: Ninh Binh : Hoa Lu ancient - Tam Coc - Mua Cave

Morning

After your breakfast time, you can spend a few hours visiting around a part of village nearby your hotel. Then you will join a group tour by 10a.m to visit Hoa lu and Tam Coc ( private tour is available). Hoa Lu ancient capital from the year of 968 to 1010 is covered an area of ha ( 3.0 km2) including both the Inner and Outer Citadels. It is a worth visit to the two left old temples of the Dinh and Le king. Learn about the history of country foundation of the Great Viet after being liberated from the thousand years of Chinese domination. Walk up the mountain to visit the ancient tomb of the kings.
Afternoon

The, Discovering Tam Coc on the sampan (bamboo boat). With nearly 2 hours,
tourists will have chance to mix with the local life, river, limestone mountains,
fields… Passing through 3 caves: Hang Ca- first cave, Hang Hai- second cave,
Hang Ba- the third cave by boat will bring to you excited feeling

Visiting Mua Cave, where you can get the impressive panoramic view of Tam Coc and Ninh Binh city when you reach the top point of Ngoa Long mountain.
Cycling: With 1 hour of cycling you will be amazed by the beauty of countryside in the North of Vietnam. For whom can not climb up the mountain in Mua Cave.
Night ( own expense)
Relaxing or join some sport games in the bungalow homestay.
End to a long day of bicycling and doing sightseeing, you can get to the spa in Tam Coc as Garden Spa Tam Coc or Tam Coc Lotus spa ( Price from 20$/pax)
Accomodation

Hotel/ Homestay in Tam Coc

Transportation

Shared limousine bus
Taxi

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Attractions

Hoa Lu ancient capital
Tam Coc
Mua Cave ( optional)

Day 10: Ninh Binh : Bai Dinh - Trang An - Hanoi
Day 10: Ninh Binh : Bai Dinh - Trang An - Hanoi

Morning

Second day in Ninh Binh you will visit Trang An eco- tourism site. In 2 hours you will be surprised by the beauty of this landscape that seems as Halong Bay on land. The bamboo
boat will take you through many amazing caves.

Afternoon
Then , you will stop by the Bai Dinh pagoda - the biggest pagoda in the South - East Asia. You have a chance to admire many unique and majestic Buddhist architecture such as the 10 meters Buddha statues, the largest 36 tons bronze bell; the highest and heaviest gilded bronze statue of Buddha Sakyamuni, the largest set of three gilded bronze statues of Buddha, the largest emerald well, the largest bronze statue of Quan Yin Buddha,...

Finish the trip in Ninh Binh, you will return Hanoi to stay overnight here.

Night ( own expense)
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)

Accomodation

Hotel in the Hanoi Old Quarter ( 3 stars or 4 stars hotel)

Transportation

Shared limousine bus
Taxi

Meals

Breakfast and Lunch

Attractions

Hoa Lu ancient capital
Tam Coc
Mua Cave ( optional)

Day 11 - Hanoi departure
Day 11 - Hanoi departure

Wake up and have a breakfast at your hotel. You will be relaxing on your last day in Hanoi with shopping or taking a deep sleep after 11 days visiting Northern Vietnam.
Our driver will collect you to the airport . ( With international flight, need to be at the airport 2 hours in advance and an hour with the domestic flight).

Durations

Multi day

Tour's Location

FAQs

Excluded other service

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.
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
Hanoi scooter trip
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
Cyclo tour within an hour

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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