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Exploring the North of Vietnam 9 days / 8 nights

 
   
   
 
Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
Arrival Hanoi, transfer of 45 min to your hotel in town, (if it is still early then we can venture out for some culture shocks on a short walking tour in the Old Quarter of Hanoi - this is the way to get familiar with the people and the culture). Welcome dinner and water puppet show at night. O/N in Hanoi
 
 
Day 2: Hanoi City Tour - Hanoi - Lao Cai( B, L,D )
Hanoi is the oldest capital city in Southeast Asia. Up to now, Hanoi has been one of the few cities in Asia left entirely void of the western-style boxy business architecture. Hanoi has always been a symbol of culture and a source of pride throughout the history. This tour is designed aimed to give you an opportunity to enjoy an absolute and adorable Hanoi. Small streets with old houses, friendly people with typical Vietnamese smiles offer you the true feeling of this capital city.
 
In the morning, we pick you up early to visit Ho Chi Minh Complex with Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Presidential Palace, and Ho Chi Minh Museum. A short drive to The Temple of Literature - The first university in Vietnam dating back to the 11 th century to admire the beautiful construction and learn about Royal court and Vietnamese talents.
Have lunch in local restaurant. Short time to relax before takes a drive ahead to Vietnam Museum of Ethnology . Back to downtown for refreshment by Hoan Kiem Lake - a cup of tea or coffee . Night train at 9h30 PM to Sapa (soft sleeper with A/C). O/N on train.
 
 
Day 3: Lao Cai – Sapa – Dragon Jaw  Mountain (B/L/D)
At an elevation of 1,600 meters, 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 traditional and colorful attire. This trip includes a trek through the hills and valleys of the Sapa region, discovering several different minorities along the way.
 
Arrive Lao Cai Station in the early morning nd transfer to Sapa, high in the Hoang Lien Range of mountain, check in hotel. Breakfast or brunch is served. Visit Sapa town, Sapa Post office, Valley view walking… Having lunch before trekking up to Ham Rong mountain, enjoy an amazing panorama of Sapa town, visit Orchid garden, Traditional ethnic village….Dinner in Sapa.
 
 
Day 4: Sapa – Cat Cat – Silver water fall  - Overnight train back to Hanoi (B, L, D)
Trekking to Cat Cat village ( Black H’mong ethnic minority) in the morning. Lunch at the hotel & check out, then transfer to Silver waterfall, nearby Heaven gate via vehicle. Transfer to the Lao Cai city, visit Upper Temple, Lao Cai International bordergate. Have dinner at the restaurant. then bus will pick you to train station for overnight train back to Hanoi .
 
 
Day 5: Hanoi - Halong ( L, D):
Halong bay, the magnificent heritage with its 2000 islands rising from the emerald water of the Gulf of Tonkin . Ha Long is an excellent example of a Karst landscape created by a complex chain during millions of years of geological movement. Let us take you back in time on a fascinating relaxing journey along the Red River Delta to the World Heritage Site, the Halong Bay.
 
 
You will arrive in Hanoi Station at around 5h30. Our driver will pick you up from Hanoi railway station. Bus and guide will pick you up at your hotel. On the way to Halong city enjoy the journey through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta and the scenery of rice fields, water buffalo and everyday Vietnamese village life. Arrive in Halong board Halong Phoenix Cruiser . Lunch is served with a welcome drink while the boat is cruising the bay to enjoy the beautiful limestone seascape with Fighting cock, Dog Rock and Incense Burner . After visiting Amazing cave we stop at a floating house and go kayaking to Luon cave to enjoy the quiet atmosphere of the bay. Fresh fruit platter will be served followed by a dinner between 6h30 and 7h00 pm. Overnight on board.
 
 
Day 6: Halong Bay – Hanoi (B, L):
Enjoying sunrise breakfast and cruising around the clear & emerald water to another part of Halong bay with a close up view of stunning limestone peaks ….Stopping at Gia Luan Dock for picking up-dropping off passengers and keeping on another side toward Halong harbor. Feel ready to have lunch on board and enjoy the rest of the boat trip. Arriving at Halong dock have short break before en route to Hanoi . O/N in Hanoi
 
 
Day 7: Hanoi - Hoa Lu - Tam Coc (B, L):
Hoa Lu and Tam Coc are two of the most beautiful landscapes of Ninh Binh province, just 120 kms to the southeast of Hanoi. Hoa Lu was the ancient Royal capital during the Dinh and Pre-Le dynasties which lasted for 41 years (from 969-1009). In comparison with Hoa Lu’s cultural significance, Tam Coc is considered as “Ha Long Bay” in land because its location and formation.
 
In the morning, bus and guide will pick you up to travel to Hoa Lu, about a two-hour drive from Hanoi . On arrival, you will visit two temples, one of them dedicated to Emperor Dinh and the other in memory of Emperor Le, followed by a brief visit to the remains of the Old Palace . You will have lunch in Tam Coc, enjoy the taste of Vietnamese cuisine.
After lunch at a local restaurant, you will visit Tam Coc (three caves), a peaceful valley among limestone ‘karst' hills. There, you will be rowed along a gentle river between paddy fields and through the caves. In the late afternoon, you will return to Hanoi for overnight accommodation.
 
 
Day 8: Hanoi - Perfume Pagoda (B/L)
The Perfume Pagoda is one of the highlights of the Hanoi area and one of the most important religious sites in Buddhist Vietnam. The pagoda itself is situated in a huge cave built into limestone cliffs and can only be reached by boat as there are no roads.

 

Bus and guide will pick up at your hotel at 8a.m. we have a two hour drive through the picturesque countryside and back roads to the village of Duc , where we get on a small boat for a one hour trip up Yen Vy stream to Thien Tru Quay . You may trek up (or take cable car) to the mountain to Huong pagoda . After having lunch, get to Thien Tru Quay to visit more beautiful and precious sculptures, taking photos, worshipping, getting on boat again back to Duc Wharf . Get back to Hanoi . O/N in Hotel.

 
 
Day 9: Hanoi - Departure
Free & leisure until our driver will transfer you to for departure.
 
 

 

Quotation in USD per person: US $541 (2 star hotel)  US $752 (3 star hotel)
 
 
Trip inclusion:
  • Accommodation twin shared basic

  • Meals as stated on itinerary

  • Tour guide as stated on itinerary

  • Fees and permits while guiding

  • Round transfers and transportation

  • Train tickets to and from Sapa with soft sleeper

Trip exclusion:

  • International airfare

  • Visa and visa arrangement

  • Tips and personal expenses

 

 

 

 
  • What to bring : Sun cream, insect repellent, hat, sun-glasses, comfortable shoes.

    Passengers are suggested not to wear short clothes or take any luggage for convenience.

     

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