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Discover the NorthWest of Vietnam

8/Days  Flexible & Private Tour
 HanoiNinh BinhYen BaiSapaHanoi
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Experience the best of mountainous area filled with breathtaking scenery, cultural exchanges, and the unique ethnic minorities’ custom will be one of the must-do when in Vietnam. On this fascinating 8 day trekking trip, you will start in Hanoi – the sedate capital, overnights along the way in the home of local people in remote provinces: Yen Bai, Lao Cai and immerse yourself in the beautiful nature along the road: magnificent Hoang Lien Son mountain range, thrilling O Quy Ho and Khau Pha pass, stunning Che Cu Nha terrace fields, etc. From the city of lively Hanoi to the remote NorthWest area, your trip will be filled with lots of wonderful photos and memorable stories to share with family and friends !

Highlights

  Get deeper knowledge about the rice civilization of Vietnamese people through Water Puppet Show

  Relax in the busy traffic of Hanoi when on cyclo trip

  Beat the crowd and head to the remote mountainous areas for the exciting trekking

  Take lots of wonderful photos when passong the terrace fie;ds

  Taste superb meals prepared from fresh ingredients in Vietnamese way

  Stay with local people and learn more about their custom when experiencing homestay

Tour Summary

By Day Transfer Destinations Activities Meals
Day 1 Hanoi Arrive in Hanoi, relax at the hotel, watch Water Puppet Show, have... D
Day 2 Hanoi Join city tour around Hanoi, have a cyclo trip around Old Quarter B, L
Day 3 Hanoi, Ninh Binh Explore the nature beauty of Trang An Complex B, L
Day 4 Hanoi, Yen Bai Visit the ancient Duong Lam Village, head to Nghia Lo and enjoy the... B, L, D
Day 5 Yen Bai Drive from Nghia Lo to Mu Cang Chai via Khau Pha Pass, admire the... B, L, D
Day 6 Yen Bai, Sapa Drive from Mu Cang Chai to Sapa, visiting the terrace field, passing... B, L
Day 7 Sapa Trekking downhill to ethnic villages in Sapa B, L, D
Day 8 Sapa, Hanoi Trekking to ethnic villages, drive back to Hanoi B, L
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    Arrive in Hanoi, relax at the hotel, watch Water Puppet Show, have dinner at local restaurant

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 in Hanoi.

Watching authentic Water Puppet Show in Hanoi

Vietnamese Water Puppet Show is a traditional folk art which dates back several centuries. Watching the exceptional show with the puppet moving through water by the skillful puppeters will be a special way to discover the ancient art and the countryside stories in your holiday in Hanoi. The authentic Vietnamese Water Puppet Show will take you through Southeast Asia’s wet-rice culture, a good insight to farming and historical legends with colorful animated puppet and rhythmic melody from traditional instruments.

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    Dinner

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    Join city tour around Hanoi, have a cyclo trip around Old Quarter

08.00 AM: 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 04.00 PM then it is your free time to go shopping, relax in Hanoi.


Great time to exploring the rich history and culture of Capital Hanoi

Hanoi - a blend between the traditional and the modern beauties - a sedate capital with rich history and the unique architecture from East to West welcomes you. Ho Chi Minh complex with the Mausoleum, Stilt House, One Pillar Pagoda, etc is one of the most important sites which will help you to learn more about history, arts and architecture. Don't miss the trip to Temple of Literature - the first university in Vietnam and you will have chance to learn more about the education and history of Vietnam. If you are interested in the rich culture of the minorities, how about visiting Museum of Ethnology. The lively exhibition, informative messages and many interesting stories of traditions and costume will give you a fascinating glimpse into  many ethnic groups. Your visit will surely be an ideal choice in the holiday in Vietnam to to calm down from the hustle and bustle Hanoi.

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    Breakfast, Lunch

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    Explore the nature beauty of Trang An Complex

08.00 AM: After breakfast at your hotel, 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.

Breathtaking scenery with tranquil boat ride in Trang An Landscape Complex

Situated in in Ninh Binh Province (02.5 hours driving from Hanoi), Trang An Landscape Complex is well know as a beautiful combination of cultural and natural beauty. A bamboo boat trip rowed by a local along the river will take you through multiple caves and a few short stops to visit some pagodas. Moreover, it will be such a romantic experience that you have chance to relax in the beautiful scenery. On the tranquil rowing boat, you will enjoy the fresh air, stunning view of mountains, valleys clean and crystal clear water with under water grass and travel with a peace of mind along your journey. In addition, you may prepare yourself for a work out to try to paddle the boat. It will be an exciting and memorable experience for your holiday in Vietnam.

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    Breakfast, Lunch

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    Visit the ancient Duong Lam Village, head to Nghia Lo and enjoy the mountainous view

08.00 AM: After breakfast at your hotel, you will have a tour around the countryside of Hanoi. Today we will visit the ancient Duong Lam village which is about 70km far from city center and enjoy the lunch with local style in a century-old house. In the afternoon, it is the time to take a walk to explore surrounding areas with small alleys and laterite walls.

We will continue the way to Nghia Lo. Stop on the way for the nice pictures of the mountain view changing on the way. Visiting the tea fields and the local people on the way and arrive at Nghia Lo Homestay. Check in then have a night with very local people there where the tourists rarely touched. Communicate with local people there with the help of our guide to experience the local life in the mountainous area. Enjoy the dinner with local people in the local house.

Overnight in the Homestay.

A taste of ancient and old time in Duong Lam village

Skip away from busy life in dense cities where the sky is too small, low blocking by skyscrapers, a trip to Duong Lam village will please your soul. With lovely old village, wooden houses, ancient temples, well preserved artifact, street vendors and friendly villagers ambience, Duong Lam villages is not only an escape from the hectic buzz of Hanoi but also a step back in time to taste the old style of life. If you are into history, architecture, and countryside life, Duong Lam is a must-see when in Hanoi.

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    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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    Drive from Nghia Lo to Mu Cang Chai via Khau Pha Pass, admire the stunning view from Che Cu Nha terrace field

08.00 AM: After breakfast, we will say goodbye to the host for the trip to Mu Cang Chai.

Today we will have chance to visit and take photos of terrace fields on the way, visit the villages and interacting with local people. On the way we will visit the beatiful terrace fields, passing Khau Pha pass- one of the 4 longest pass in Vietnam, see the local life of the different groups on the way. After heading to Che Cu Nha terrace field, it is our chance to learn more about  local ethinc life in the different villages then drive to Mu Cang Chai.

Check in the homestay, have dinner and stay overnight in Mu Cang Chai.

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    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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    Drive from Mu Cang Chai to Sapa, visiting the terrace field, passing O Quy Ho Pass on the way to Sapa.

08.00 AM: We will say goodbye to Mu Cang Chai for Sapa. On the way today there are a lot of nice terrace fields where you may have the best photos. We will stop on the way for communicate with local people to understand their life with the help of our guide.

There are so many ethnic minorities in that area and their character and way of life is very different from the people in the city or the plain. So do be surprised when even driver or guide can not communicate with them as some of them may only speak a bit Vietnamese. However, today is a day with no touristy area. The highlight today is also passing the one of the four highest pass in Vietnam – O Quy Ho before we arrive in Sapa. Check in hotel then overnight in Sapa.

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    Breakfast, Lunch

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    Trekking downhill to ethnic villages in Sapa

Met up at your hotel in Sapa by local guide and then you first sneak through the market and leave the busy town behind. After a couple of minutes, you will follow a road going downhill to Cat Cat village. You will stop by a waterfall and a hydroelectric station for a while before you trek on a dirt trail through rice paddy terraces. You will also enjoy spectacular scenery while walking along a narrow river. You eventually arrive at Y Linh Ho village of Black Hmong minority, where you can take a rest while you are served lunch nearby the river.

After lunch, you head Muong Hoa valley. You will pass through Lao Chai village of Black Hmong minority and then Tavan village of Giay minority by following a very popular trekking route. You will spend the night in local house of Giay minority. You will be able to take a walk to enjoy the valley view as well as swim in the river nearby.


Trekking in magnificent scenery of Sapa

Get on the night train from Hanoi and welcome to Sapa –  a beautiful northern mountainous highland surrounding by magnificent nature and authentic ethnic minority lives. In Sapa, we will pass by magnificent nature scene and go trekking to remote villages where ethnic minorities live to understand their local real life & custom. The trekking route is pleasant and it is great to capture wonderful photos of fogs, rice terraces, beautiful scenery and daily residents’ life on the way. 

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    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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    Trekking to ethnic villages, drive back to Hanoi

Once you get energy for your last day trek by having a delicious breakfast, you leave for Giang Ta Chai village of Red Dao minority. You will trek through bamboo forest, which belongs to Hoang Lien National Park. On the way you will pass by a waterfall where you will have time to take a rest and enjoy the surroundings. You will find a nice place to enjoy lunch.

After lunch, you continue toward Su Pan, a small village located by the road. Here you start your journey back to Sapa by car. Relax till driving back to your hotel at Hanoi. End of service


Trekking in magnificent scenery of Sapa

Get on the night train from Hanoi and welcome to Sapa –  a beautiful northern mountainous highland surrounding by magnificent nature and authentic ethnic minority lives. In Sapa, we will pass by magnificent nature scene and go trekking to remote villages where ethnic minorities live to understand their local real life & custom. The trekking route is pleasant and it is great to capture wonderful photos of fogs, rice terraces, beautiful scenery and daily residents’ life on the way. 

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  • Meals:

    Breakfast, Lunch

Inclusions

Meals
7 Breakfasts 7 Lunches 4 Dinners
Accommodation
Hotel (5 nights),
Transport
Car, Walking
Included Services
  •   Vietnam visa approval letter
  •   Accomodation as itinerary
  •   Private transport in air-conditioned vehicles
  •   Domestic airport & government taxes
  •   Local English-speaking guides
  •   Water on coach
  •   Entrance fees, performances, boat trips & excursions

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