DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Hanoi/Hanoi
DURATION 9 days / 8 nights
PHYSICALITY 1/10

 

Hotels/junk information:

Please note that the mentioned hotels below for reference only. Depending on availability and your preference, they can be changed. If we are unable to book any hotels, it will be replaced by another hotel at least of equivalent standard and value

City Hotels Stars
Hanoi La Dolce Vita hotel 3*
Sapa H’mong Sapa hotel 3*
Sapa Homestay at Nam Sai village
Ha Long Glory Cruise junk Deluxe
Ninh Binh Tam Coc Ecolodge hotel 3*

 

Tour price:

This trip is organized for private group only. The tariff depends on the number of participants and the tourist season of the year. Please click “customized this trip” to get the price of your group and your travel date.

 

Services included:

  • Transfer & transportation on tour with private vehicle
  • Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast
  • Accommodation at local house in Sapa
  • Local English Speaking Guide
  • Sightseeing & Entrance fee
  • Private sampan boat ride in Ninh Binh
  • Bicycle for the trip in Ninh Binh
  • Meals as indicated “B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Diner”
  • Streets food tour in Hanoi
  • Water puppet show in Hanoi
  • Orient Express train ticket (Hanoi-Lao Cai-Hanoi): shared cabin with 4 soft sleepers and A.C
  • Motorbike for carrying of luggage, food, water, fruit during the trek in Sapa
  • Authorization of overnight at local house in Sapa

Services excluded:

  • Meals and drink not mentioned
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal expenses & tip
  • Internal & international airtickets
  • Bank charges relating to the payment
  • All services not mentioned above.

Keywords: ethnic group, mountains, out off the beaten track, eco, ethnic group, mountains, out off the beaten track, eco-tourism, responsible, durable, ecological, Hiking, trekking, trek, walking,  climbing, sports, sport ; athletic

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Day 01: Hanoi arrival


Welcome to Vietnam! In Hanoi, after immigration and customs formalities, you’ll be met by your personal Guide and driver, then transfer into the city. Then, enjoy a tour of Vietnam’s capital, including Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum and traditional stilt house (Outside), and the revered One-Pillar Pagoda. Pay visits to typical Vietnamese places of worship, Tran Quoc Pagoda, along the shore of West Lake and tour Vietnam’s first university, the thousand-year-old Temple of Literature. In the evening, enjoy a performance of the traditional Water Puppet show
Overnight in Hanoi
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Day 02: Hanoi Streets food tours – Lao Cai (B, L)


Morning, leave hotel your experienced guide for a street food tour in old quarter of Hanoi along the perimeter of the market, dozens of street hawkers sell a staggering variety of produce from live seafood to exotic fruits and spices. Your guide will give you an insight into the intricacies and traditions of Vietnamese food culture including details on ingredients and historical backgrounds of popular northern dishes. Walking through the maze of bustling streets that make up Hanoi’s Old Quarter, we tempt our tastebuds with the famed Hanoi dish Banh Cuon at a local eatery. Watch in awe as the skilled chefs demonstrate for you how this tasty dish is put together. Continuing into the atmospheric heart of the Old Quarter, we wander past street stalls and quiet residential lanes where you can observe local life that has changed little since Hanoi was founded over 1000 years ago.

Our next two snack stops are at outdoor barbeque stalls. We sit down with the Hanoi locals and sample various meat, vegetable and bread specialties that are flame grilled over hot coals for extra flavor.  It’s then time for dessert as we venture down a small alley to join in the local tradition of feasting on fresh fruit served in a cup and smothered with crushed iced and condensed milk – this specialty is one not to be missed!
Your guide will then take you to one of Hanoi’s best kept secrets, a hidden café with stunning views over the picturesque Hoan Kiem Lake.  This hard-to-find café is one of the few left in the city that still serves egg coffee, a scrumptious local delicacy that we will sample whilst admiring the hustle and bustle of the city centre below. Or, if coffee is not your style, a cold beer awaits! Evening, transfer to Hanoi station for overnight train to Lao Cai
Overnight on Orient Express train (shared cabin with 4 soft sleepers)

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Day 03: Lao Cai – Ethnic market – Sapa (B, L)


Arrive at Lao Cai station early morning, welcomed by your guide and driver. Then, transfer in the morning to Cao Son market (Wednesday morning market) or Lung Khau Nhin market (Thursday morning market) or Can Cau market (Saturday morning market) or Muong Khuong market (Sunday morning market) by car, arriving in time to enjoy the very colorful H’mong market in Northern Vietnam. This weekly outdoor gathering isn’t just a chance to buy and sell goods; it’s also the social highlight of the week for ethnic groups from all over the area. After the market, visit Ban Pho village. Ban Pho is home to Flower H’mong people. It is a beautiful village on the mountain side. Then, you will take the road to the old town of Sapa
Overnight in Sapa
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Day 04: Sapa – Ban Ho – Nam Keng – Nam Sai (B, L, D)


Approx: 5 hours walking ~ 16km
Sapa authentic trek commences with a car ride to the trekking trail. The trek takes you through the incredibly scenic “Ban Ho” valley where you will have the opportunity to visit and explore the wooden houses, which traditionally belong to the Tay ethnic minority. You will then continue to walk to Nam Keng village where you stop for lunch in a friendly Xa Pho family, the small hill tribe leaving at the bottom of the valley. After lunchtime, you head to Nam Sai village also inhabited by the Tays minority where the night will be spent in a stilts house. Dinner and experience more about their cultures, their tradition
Overnight at local house
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Day 05: Nam Sai – Sin Chai – Thanh Phu – Sapa – Lao Cai (B, L)


Approx: 5 hours walking ~ 15km
Your trekking tour today start by walking uphill toward the Nam Nhiu village, enjoy fantastic views over the grandiose mountain range in Northern Vietnam. Keep walking to Sin Chai, inhabited by a Red Dao minority, short break for the lunch. After lunch, you will descend to Thanh Phu village, where you will be able to enjoy a swim in the Muong Hoa River and the car is waiting for you at the Thanh Phu Bridge to take you back to Sapa. Free time at leisure at hotel for refreshment before transfer to Lao Cai station for overnight train back to Hanoi
Overnight on Orient Express train (shared cabin with 4 soft sleepers)
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Day 06: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay (B, L, D)


Arrive at Hanoi station early morning, welcomed by your guide and driver. Transfer to hotel for refreshment and breakfast. Then, you’ll be driven about 3hrs to famous and magnificent Ha Long Bay. Spend the afternoon cruising through the 3,000 limestone pinnacles piercing the emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin. Ha Long Bay is one of Vietnam’s most incredible natural wonders and was proclaimed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
– 12.00-13.00: Arrive in Tuan Chau Wharf, and transfer by tender to the boat
– 13.00-15.30: Check in and enjoy Welcome Drink, receive cruise brief and safety instruction by crew member and Cruise Manager Start cruising. Enjoy set menu lunch while cruising to magnificent Halong Bay – Bai Tu Long Bay; admire the fascinating formations on the way. You will have opportunity to see the famous such as: Perfume Rock, Fighting Cock, Lonely Rock, Saddle Rock…. before arrives to “Vung Viêng” village
– 15.30-17.30: Visit “Vung Viêng” village by a rustic – row boat, meet the local people who will help you row the boat for sightseeing. Enjoy quiet space and fresh air, you will feel truly relaxing.
Free optional swimming and kayaking around many small and big islands at emerald Bai Tu Long water
– 17.30-19.30: Back to the boat and free time for relax
– Cooking class on sundeck – How to make Vietnamese spring rolls. Then enjoy the spring rolls you make together and Happy Hour (buy one drink, get one free). It is time for chatting and relaxing
– 19.30: Deluxe Vietnamese Dinner will be served
– Evening activities include: Leisure time for chatting around the bar, watching many sorts of Vietnam cultural films. Relaxing and spending a romantic night on Glory Legend Cruises’ music. Reading magazines in room and dining room. Passengers may also try their luck with squid fishing on the boat
Overnight on board
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Day 07: Ha Long Bay – Ninh Binh (B, Brunch)


– 06.00-09.00: Taking part in Tai Chi class on the sundeck (duration about 30 minutes)
Coffee, tea and pastries… for breakfast are served in the dining room. Transfer by tender to Sung Sot Cave. Walk up about 100 steps to the cave entrance. It takes approximately 45 minutes for cave visiting. Return to the boat by tender. Proper shoes are highly recommended
– 09.00-11.30: Check out and make payment in reception area. Have a set menu brunch while cruising back to the Tuan Chau Wharf. Relax on the sundeck or in the dining room enjoying the bay scenery as approaching the wharf
– 11.30: Transfer by tender to Tuan Chau Wharf. Say goodbye to the crew
– 12.00: You will meet your guide & driver, and transfer to Ninh Binh area “called dry Ha Long Bay”. Arrive in Ninh Binh and drop off at hotel. Just in time for you to cycle to Thai Vi temple and see the sun set in a unique natural landscape
Overnight in Ninh Binh
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Day 08: Ninh Binh sightseeing (B, L)


Cycling today is more than 20km. If you would not cycle, the vehicle is always disposal for transfer
Morning, you will cycle to 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, you 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 lunch at local house. You will then cycle on narrow path to visit Bai Dinh pagoda, this is a largest cultural site of south-east Asia : magnificent, gigantic with its over 100 tone golden Buddha, its 500 smaller ones, its 500 meters long alleys and its 500 tone bell.
Overnight in Ninh Binh
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Day 09: Ninh Binh (Dong Tam cycling & But Cave Complex) – Hanoi (B, L)


After breakfast, drive to the national road 12B by vehicle to Bai Dinh pagoda where you will take your bike and start cycling through the rural landscape to Dong Tam village (~8km). You may interact with as well as take part in lunch preparation with the locals. Enjoy your lunch with a family. After lunch, take a sampan ride through But Cave Complex. Explore the dry caves as well as the water caves. End the trip at Thung Nham dock. End of afternoon, drive back to Hanoi

Discover the main sites in the Northern only, the tour emphasizes on providing a deep view of the nature and cultural beauty of the areas. From the picturesque ethnic villages in Sapa with their friendly people to the colorful ethnic market where you can definitely choose some interesting stuffs as the reminders of the memorable time in Vietnam, you will have ideal chance to get closer into the local culture. Homestay night with ethnic people is also an emphasis of the trip. The trip comes back to the vibrant Old quarter of Hanoi with wonderful streets food tour before discovering of world heritage of Ha Long Bay

 

Brief program:

–       Day 01: Hanoi arrival

–       Day 02: Hanoi streets food tour – Lao Cai

–       Day 03: Lao Cai ethnic market – Sapa

–       Day 04: Sapa trekking – Nam Sai

–       Day 05: Sapa trekking – Lao Cai

–       Day 06: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay

–       Day 07: Ha Long Bay – Ninh Binh

–       Day 08: Ninh Binh sightseeing

–       Day 09: Ninh Binh sightseeing – Hanoi

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