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Precious Gem of Northern Vietnam

8/Days  Flexible & Private Tour
 HanoiNinh BinhSapaHalong BayHanoi
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The unique colorful ethnic Bac Ha market with exceptional local atmosphere in the morning, the unique boat trip in beautiful Trang An complex, the vibrant walk through busy streets in Hanoi Old Quarter or exceptional breakfast in magnificent Halong Bay to spike your appetite, will be partially the promise of a memorable trip to the North of Vietnam. Designed by the local travel consultant with wide experience, with the careful service selection, our tour will evoke your senses with Vietnam authentic and natural touch

Highlights

  A memorable trip through key attractions in the North of Vietnam

  Precious time chance to learn about the past and local culture in sedate Hanoi Capital

  Special ethnic experience in the Sunday Bac Ha Market (Lao Cai Province)

  Refreshing yourself with numorous exciting out-door activities: Trekking in Sapa, Swimming & Kayaking in Halong Bay, Cyclo riding in Hanoi Old Quarter, Boat trip in Trang An

  A relaxing vacation with excellent hotel and cruise choices in Hanoi, Halong, Sapa

  Delicious local cuisine of the Vietnam Northern Provinces and Mountainous Area

Tour Summary

By Day Transfer Destinations Activities Meals
Day 1 Hanoi Arrive in Hanoi, Watch Water Puppet Show, Enjoy Welcome Dinner at... D
Day 2 Hanoi, Ninh Binh, Hanoi Explore the nature beauty of Trang An Complex B, L
Day 3 Hanoi, Sapa Join city tour: Visit Ho Chi Minh Complex, Museum of Ethnology,... B, L
Day 4 Sapa Visit Bac Ha Market (only open on Sunday), H'Mong King Palace, Ban... B, L
Day 5 Sapa, Hanoi Go trekking to minority village, Explore Sapa Town, Get night train... B, L
Day 6 Hanoi, Halong Bay Transfer to Halong Bay, Explore the World Natural Heritage, Stay... B, L, D
Day 7 Halong Bay, Hanoi Enjoy last moments on the bay, Transfer back to Hanoi B, L
Day 8 Hanoi Tranfer to the airport for your next flight B
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  • Activities:

    Arrive in Hanoi, Watch Water Puppet Show, Enjoy Welcome 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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  • Activities:

    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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  • Meals:

    Breakfast, Lunch

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  • Activities:

    Join city tour: Visit Ho Chi Minh Complex, Museum of Ethnology, Temple of Literature and Take night train to Lao Cai

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.

In the evening, about 08.30 PM, our guide will come to your hotel and transfer you to Hanoi train station for Lao Cai departure and spend whole night on train.

Traditional Cyclo Trip around the Old Quarter

To epxlore the Old Quarter in Hanoi, nothing can compare to a trip by the traditional cyclo. Traditional cyclo driver will transport you around the streets at a very leisurely pace whilst the busy traffic flows around you. Through the fascinating experience of rickshaws driving around the Old Quarter, you will experience the daily life of the local. It will be a very relaxing way to see the inner city and old quarter as well as travelling around the lake and french quarter. This slow - speed tour with extremely comfortable cyclo in good condition will give your great memory for you holiday to fully enjoy the classic and modern of the capital.

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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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  • Activities:

    Visit Bac Ha Market (only open on Sunday), H'Mong King Palace, Ban Pho village, Transfer to Sapa

05.30 AM: You arrive at Lao Cai station, our driver and guide will meet up and drive about 1.5 hours to Bac Ha Market which opens only on Sunday. Along the way, we will have chance to enjoy beautiful mountainous scenes and rice paddy fields.

After having breakfast in a local restaurant, we will head to Bac Ha Market. In the Market, we will see the local selling and exchanging their goods and products, witness the traditional clothes and daily custom of them.
Next, it is the time to visit H’mong King’s palace, an old building built by the French and Chinese. The afternoon time is devoted to a light trekking to a village of Flower H’mong minority, Ban Pho. Local families will welcome and offer you some green tea, corn wine and short brief of their custom. Then, we will enjoy dramatic landscapes of the surroundings.

After the tour, about 04.00 PM, we will transfer to Sapa and spend overnight time here.

Incredible trip to Bac Ha Market to interact with ethnic minorities

When taking the trip to the the West North of Vietnam, Bac Ha Market is a special experience  of your holiday which should not to be missed. The colorful market opens only on Sunday in Bac Ha - a rural district of Lao Cai province in the Northeastern region of Vietnam which is home of Flower H’mong Tribe, one of the 54 minorities of Vietnam.It is your great chance to enjoy beautiful mountainous scenes and rice paddy fields on the way to the site. The minority people in their traditional dress come to the market to shop and socialize once a week as well as sell their wares. You will observe the local selling and exchanging their goods and products, witness the traditional clothes and sense the custom in the unique place. From the puppies, for sale, to the buffalo, chicken and pigs, from home made rice wine to fresh meat/veggie, Hmong textiles and clothes, the market will give you a wonderful taste of mountainous area in your Vietnam Holiday.

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    Breakfast, Lunch

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  • Activities:

    Go trekking to minority village, Explore Sapa Town, Get night train back to Hanoi

09.00 AM: After having breakfast at the hotel, you will start trekking 3 kms with our guide to Cat Cat village, to a home of H’mong ethnic people. The road is very easy and interesting route to go trekking in the peaceful sceneries of mountainous area with rice field, waterfall and learning about ethnic minority’s culture while visiting the traditional houses and observing the daily activities of local people. You can have good chance to buy the souvenir and handicraft from the craftmen.

Enjoy lunch in a local house to understand their life and custom then we will return the the town by car for your free time walking and shopping around in the local stores.

In the late afternoon, about 05.00 PM,  we will transfer to Lao Cai Train Station to catch a train to return Hanoi. Overnight on train.

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

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  • Activities:

    Transfer to Halong Bay, Explore the World Natural Heritage, Stay overnight on cruise

05.30 - 06.00 AM: When arriving at the Hanoi Railway station, you will walk to the mini-hotel near the train station for a rest and breakfast.

08.00 AM: Our driver will pick you up at the hotel, departing 3.5 hours to Halong Bay – the World Natural Heritage recognized by UNESCO twice. Upon arrival, embark the cruise and enjoy welcome drink while having tour briefing. A sumptuous lunch will be served on board while the ship sailing further to the Bay, make your time to admire its dramatic limestone islands. 

You can rest at your leisure on the sundeck or relax in your cabin. In the afternoon, you will have time to swim in the warm and calm water or get on kayaks of your choice. Kayaking is very easy for all levels and ages to do. Our expert and experienced guide surely instruct you basic paddling steps before leading you to explore the extraordinary beauty of Halong Bay. After 01 hour exploring the bay, we will get back to the cruise for relaxation before attending Cooking class in the late afternoon.

Enjoy the superb dinner and stay overnight on board.

Experiencing kayaking in beautiful Halong Bay

When in Halong Bay – the World Natural Heritage recognized by UNESCO, you should not miss the chance to join the outdoor activities to explore the beautiful nature in exciting experience. Kayaking - one of the most attractive choice, is very easy for all levels and ages to do. Our expert and experienced guide surely instruct you basic paddling steps before leading you to explore the extraordinary beauty of Halong Bay.

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Relaxing in Halong Bay with excellent Cruise Accommodation

Known as one of the seven natural wonders of the world, Halong bay is must for visitors when going to Vietnam. Speding time on your holiday to join to a cruise trip in the spectacular bay, you will  have chance to relax in the beautiful bay scenery with the excellent cruise accommodation. Moreover, when relaxing at your cabin or sitting on the upper deck; you can sight-seeing gladly, let all the worry and busy life go away while taking photos of the magnificent beauty of the rocky islands rising from the emerald water of the bay. 

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  • Meals:

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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  • Activities:

    Enjoy last moments on the bay, Transfer back to Hanoi

We will continue our journey on Halong Bay in early morning. A Tai Chi Class on the sun deck is a must that you should not miss when on cruise. 
Sitting on the upper deck; you can relax, sight-seeing while taking photos of the magnificent beauty of the rocky islands rising from the emerald water of the bay.
After breakfast, we will explore Sung Sot cave - one of the finest and widest grottoes of Halong Bay. Next keep cruising and passing the fishing village with its unique way of life.

At 10.30 AM, our boat cruises back to the jetty, and you will enjoy the last moment in the bay before having a traditional Vietnamese lunch.
You leave the boat around 12:00 at noon, we go ashore and transfer back to Hanoi.

About 04.30 PM, you will arrrive at your hotel in the Old Quarter. Enjoy the last night in Hanoi.

Having a close look at the interesting life of floating villages in Halong Bay

When joining the cruise trip in Halong Bay - the World Natural Heritage recognized by UNESCO, visitors will have chance to visit the floating village by kayaking or being taken by bamboo boat trip on the water around the villages. You will have chance to get to the place where you could see the fish swimming beneath and also see the fishermen working and the local children playing happily around their floating houses. If you are interested in various cultures and different life style, it will be definitly worth a visit. 

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Visiting stunning caves in Halong Bay

Every visitors who come to Vietnam should never miss Halong Bay. Recognized by UNESCO as a World Natural Heritage, Halong Bay will amaze you by not only the magnificet natural scenery but also by thousands remote islands and stunning cave. You will have chance to visit the fabulous limestone caves with mysterious stories which will beautifully highlight the rock formations. Sung Sot Cave (Surprise cave), Thien Cung Cave (Paradise Cave), Luon Cave, Tien Ong Cave... are ones of those most safe and beautiful caves that you may visit when in Halong Bay. There are rough stairs to climb, and the access is very easy for every visitors. 

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  • Meals:

    Breakfast, Lunch

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  • Activities:

    Tranfer to the airport for your next flight

Today is your free time at your leisure to enjoy last moment in the North of Vietnam. About 03 hours before your flight, we transfer you to the airport for your flight.

With the sincere thanks for your travel to Vietnam and with us, hope that you have enjoyed your Vietnam trip and look forward to see you again!

  • Meals:

    Breakfast

Inclusions

Meals
7 Breakfasts 6 Lunches 2 Dinners
Accommodation
Hotel (4 nights), Cruise (1 night)
Transport
Car, Walking, Boating
Included Services
  •   Vietnam visa approval letter
  •   Accommodations with daily breakfast
  •   Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  •   Transport by private car with AC
  •   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