Welcomed at Noi Bai International airport by our guide and transferred to your hotel Relax after a long journey before we present you Vietnam daily life with a city walk that commences at he fountain at the north end of Hoan Kiem lake at the southern end of Hang Dao St. Travels through some of the streets of the Old Quarter, highlighting the concept of the ‘36 trade streets’ where each street is named after the original product or service of the individual trade guilds. We see examples of traditional, French and Art Deco architecture. We also visit a communal house and pagoda, the famous Bach Ma Temple and see the house where Ho Chi Minh drafted the Declaration of Independence.
Free time and take night train around 0845 – 0915pm to Lao Cai. Overnight on train.
Day- use-hotel before night train will be surcharged at: 17.5USD/pax or 35USD/room only for 2 pax
The city visit is subject to change depends on your flight time.
Arrive at Lao Cai railways station at about 6.30AM and take a drive uphill to the mountainous town of Sapa where the monotony of the expansive green landscape is enlivened by the color of its hill tribes. Have a rest and breakfast at a local restaurant after a long journey on train.
Depart at 9:00AM, you are transferred 4km out of Sa Pa to Ma Tra. This valley is close to the town but very quiet and the peoples here are still living their own way without influence of tourism. Walk through for 2 hours through several hamlets of the Hmong scattering on hill-sides. Continue gradually downhill 1 hour to Ta Phin village which is home to Red Dzao people. Car pick up and transfer you back to Sa Pa in the afternoon.
Night 2: Overnight at your hotel in Sapa.
Trekking distance: 6km – 3 hours ~ 2/3 paved road, 1/3 off-road
Car transfer: 18km/Drop off at Ma Tra and pick up at Ta Phin
Breakfast at hotel and check out at around 9.00-10.00AM. Drive to Lao Chai Village of Black H’mong people. Another light trek through Muong Hoa Valley with beautiful scenery to Ta Van Village of Dzay ethnic people. Drive back to Sapa for lunch at your own arrangement. A short stop in town for shopping before moving to Lao Cai railways station and take the overnight train back to Hanoi.
Night 3: Overnight on a 4-berth A/C cabin, soft sleeper on the train back to Hanoi.
Trekking distance: 4km – 1.5 hour ~ off-road
Car transfer: 10km/Drop off at Lao Chai and pick up at Ta Van
Arrive in Hanoi very early in the morning (round 04:40am) you will be guided to mini hotel, just some minutes walk from Hanoi Railway Station. Check in your room for freshen up and have breakfast before pick up for Halong trip (08:00am).
Picked up by shuttle bus and take 3.5 hour transfer to Halong Bay with one stop en route. Upon arrival, embark on a junk /boat for a cruise around Ha Long Bay. While the junk cruising caves, grottoes, floating villages and beaches on the bay, having fresh seafood lunch on boat. Stop for a while for an excursing to explore one of the most beautiful grottos among others and swimming, if weather permitted. Have dinner on board. In the evening, enjoy the night fishing (service available free of charge upon request and in good weather only). Overnight on board.
In the morning, doing more cruises through the Bay, passing by many other rocks, Islets as well as fishing villages. Brunch will be served on board before disembarking time.
Return to Hanoi by shuttle bus. Arrive at your hotel in Hanoi in the late afternoon. Free time then on.
After breakfast at hotel, then time is for shopping. Check out before lunch time and take a private transfer Noi Bai Airport for flight back home or next destination.
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Mr Mr. John Pham