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Northern Vietnam Adventure - 9 Days / 8 Nights

Northern Vietnam Adventure - 9 Days / 8 Nights

Hanoi, Halong Bay, Sapa
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The tour is particularly appropriate to those who are adventurous. Taking the tour, visitors will have chance to discover Vietnam in many fantastic destinations, from the Hanoi city and Halong Bay to some villages of ethnic minorities in mountain areas. Give it a try, you will love it!
Highlights:
 
  • Visit Hanoi and some attractive places in the heart of City.
  • Experience riding kayak in Halong Bay, UNESCO World Heritage with amazing natural beauty.
  • Visit some ethnic minorities in mountain region of Sapa and explore their daily life.

Brief itinerary

Day 1
Arrive Hanoi

Day 2
Hanoi (B)

Day 3
Hanoi - Halong Bay (B,L,D)

Day 4
Halong Bay (B,L,D)

Day 5
Halong Bay - Hanoi - Night train to Lao Cai (B)

Day 6
Lao Cai - Bac Ha Market - Sapa (B,L)

Day 7
Sapa - Y Linh Ho - Lao Chai - Ta Van - Hau Thao (B,L)

Day 8
Sapa - Sin Chai - Lao Cai - Night train to Hanoi (B)

Day 9
Arrive in Hanoi

Day 1: Arrive Hanoi
Day 1: Arrive Hanoi
Arriving at Hanoi Airport, welcome you to Hanoi! We will transfer you to your hotel for check in. The room is at your disposal from 14.00 onwards. Free time at your leisure. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel. 
 
Day 2: Hanoi (B)
Day 2: Hanoi (B)
In the morning, visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (closed on Monday and Friday) where the great President Ho Chi Minh rest in peace. We will visit he traditional stilt house and the respected One-Pillar Pagoda, the special pagoda with particular structure. Leaving here, we will transfer to thousand-year-old Temple of Literature, the famous first university in Vietnam. You will recognize that this is a popular place for Vietnamese students to take commemorative photographs when graduating.
 
After short rest, we start visiting the Ethnology Museum (closed on Monday). Here, you can deeply explore the diversity of Vietnam’s ethnic groups before enjoying a traditional water puppet show performed after the sunset.
 
Transfer back to hotel. Meals on your own and take a sound sleep for the following day!
 
(Remark: Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum closes from 08 September to 08 November for annual maintenance.Outside visiting can be arranged).
 
Day 3: Hanoi - Halong Bay (B,L,D)
Day 3: Hanoi - Halong Bay (B,L,D)
After breakfast, we will leave Hanoi for a 180-km journey to Ha Long Bay, one of UNESCO World Heritage site with its 3000 islands located in a background of limestone in Gulf of Tonkin. Coming to Halong, visitors will be impressed with the beauty of natural achievement and many wonderful types of scenery. 
 
You will enjoy an overnight cruise on a wonderful boat floating on Ha Long Bay and savouring special menu of fresh seafood will absolutely bring you the best moment you have ever had.
 
You will be served with lunch and dinner on boat. Overnight onboard.
 
Day 4: Halong Bay (B,L,D)
Day 4: Halong Bay (B,L,D)
Free whole day for you to start your adventure by kayak. Meals and overnight on the junk.
 
Day 5: Halong Bay - Hanoi - Night train to Lao Cai (B)
Day 5: Halong Bay - Hanoi - Night train to Lao Cai (B)
Continue the day to ride kayak to discover around this fantastic or drop off at beautiful beach for around 2 hours. Afterwards, we will see at the junk for freshen up and back to harbour. Transfer to Hanoi Railway Station for overnight train to Lao Cai. Meals on your own. Overnight on the train.
 
Day 6: Lao Cai - Bac Ha Market - Sapa (B,L)
Day 6: Lao Cai - Bac Ha Market - Sapa (B,L)
Reaching Lao Cai in the morning, we will stop at a local restaurant for breakfast. Once satisfied your tummy, we will take the beautiful mountain road to Bac Ha and visit the market, the ideal place for your shopping or photo posing. Around the market, you will have chance to meet different ethnic group in their traditional clothes. You can ask your guide to know how to distinguish them. Leaving the village, drive head to Sapa for hotel check in. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel. 
 
Remark: Bac Ha Market is held only on Sundays. Other markets are held in the region on some other days of the week: Can Cau Market is every Saturday morning and the Coc Ly Market every Tuesday. Your exact itinerary does depend on the day of the week you arrive.
Day 7: Sapa - Y Linh Ho - Lao Chai - Ta Van - Hau Thao (B,L)
Day 7: Sapa - Y Linh Ho - Lao Chai - Ta Van - Hau Thao (B,L)
We will visit Sapa village, built in early 1920s as a French hill station. Reaching here, visitors will know that this village used to rest in peace at the end of World War II and have opened for foreign tourists for few years ago. The French used call Sapa “Tonkinese Alps” and its beauty still looks like a fantastic draw. The district is home for 8 different ethnic groups originated in China and some other nations surrounding Vietnam. Almost are farmers living with crop. Continue to trek through the beauty landscape of rice terrrace to visit the H’mong and Black Daos villages.
 
Transfer back to hotel and head to Y Linh Ho village, trekking along a small path to Lao Chai village and deep into the valley the largest paddy terrace in Sapa. If you are interested in rice and rice growing, thw guide can explain to you. Depending on the time of year, you might have chance to experience the rice planting and harvesting activities of locals. Keep on walking to Ta Van village, the home of Giay minority, you can visit a local school and then visit a local family for lunch and a short rest.
 
In the afternoon, we will drive to Hau Thao village. Not many tourists could fint out this place that you can feel  free here. Walking aroung the village, meet some nice children and gentle locals. You even might enjoy the locals practice singing in the communal house for their traditional church service. 
 
Transfer back to hotel in Sapa. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel. 
Day 8: Sapa - Sin Chai - Lao Cai - Night train to Hanoi (B)
Day 8: Sapa - Sin Chai - Lao Cai - Night train to Hanoi (B)
Saying goodbye to the wonderful Sapa, we will come to visit the small viallge of Sin Chai, home of Black H’mong People. Located at the foot of Phansipan Mountain and cover by rain forest, the village is protected by Hoang Lien National Park. Arriving the village, walk around and comprehend the local daily life which is still similar to the one of ancestors. Walking out of the village through verdant paddy fields, corn hill and along a river, an impressive landscape is waiting for you ahead. Reaching a suspension bridge, you can visit a local house of Black H’mong families before we return to the car in the village centre and back to Sapa.
 
In the afternoon, free time at your leisure to excurse in Sapa Town for shopping until we transfer to Lao Cai Station for an overnight train to Hanoi. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel. 
 
Day 9: Arrive in Hanoi
Day 9: Arrive in Hanoi

Reaching Hanoi at around 5 am, it’s time to end of the tour.

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Inclusion:

  • Accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room with daily breakfast
  • Vietnam visa approval letter
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air-conditioned vehicle
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Meals where mentioned (B: breakfast; L: lunch; D: dinner)
  • Entrance fees

 

Exclusion:

  • International flight to and from Vietnam
  • Single supplement surcharge
  • Vietnam visa stamp fee
  • Other meals than mentioned
  • Other services than mentioned
  • Drinks, other than water on activity days
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)
  • Travel insurance

 

Important notes:
 
  • We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance (covering emergency medical evacuation) for trips to Vietnam.
  • Prices are valid 30 days from the date of offer. After this date, price and conditions may be readjusted.
  • The cost of air tickets is subject to change without prior notice by the airlines.
  • Reservations during peak times (Christmas, New Year, Vietnamese Lunar New Year, National Holidays) may be subject to supplementary charges.
  • Rooms at hotels are available only from 14.00 on arrival day till 12.00 on departure date. A supplement will be added if early check-in or late check-out is desired.
  • Please note that all the above services & tours have yet to be booked, they are proposed for your information only and we will not make any reservations before we receive your confirmation to do so.
  • If one or some proposed service(s) is (are) not available at the moment of booking, we will try to find other possibilities/options or other similar service(s) in order to avoid changes to the program.
 
Visa:
You will require a visa to enter Vietnam. Your consultant will be happy to advise you on visa requirements.
 
Passport:
Please ensure that you have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity remaining after your return date. You will also need at least one blank page for each of the countries you are visiting.
 
Booking Procedure:
Only once you are completely happy with any holiday itinerary we create for you will we ask for a payment. In order that we can secure availability for your booking we would typically require a deposit of 30%.
 
Money Exchange:
The official currency of Thailand is the Baht (THB).
The official currency of Cambodia is the Riel (KHR). 
Unofficially however, US currency (US$) runs the country and is the currency you should bring, mostly in cash - notes should be 2006 series onwards. Clean bills in small denominations are most useful. Notes should be 2006 series onwards. Torn, dirty or old notes, as well as the $2US note will be refused in most businesses. ATMs are available in Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville and Siem Reap and also dispense in both KHR and US$. 
The official currency of Vietnam is Dong (VND).
Some establishments will accept US currency (USD), but usually only for large purchases and in some restaurants and hotels that cater to tourists. It's not possible to exchange Vietnamese Dong outside the country, so convert or spend all your Dong before leaving.
The most convenient and cheapest way to obtain local currency in is via an Automated Teller Machine (ATM). ATMs are now available in most towns and visa cash advances are available in major banks. The use of credit cards is restricted, mainly to major hotels. Foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded can be very difficult to exchange; clean bills in small denominations are most useful. Traveller's cheques are unacceptable to change. 
 
Tipping:
If you're happy with the services provided a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it's of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Asia destinations. Although can be difficult to source we advise you to carry small notes of local currency each day to make tipping easier. Please note we recommend that any tips are given directly to the intended recipient by a member of your group as our group leaders are prohibited from collecting cash for tips.
The following amounts are per person suggestions based on local considerations and feedback from our past travelers:
Restaurants: Local markets and basic restaurants - round your bill up to the nearest US$1. More up-market restaurants we suggest 10% to 15% of your bill.
Local guides: Throughout your trip you may at times have a local guide in addition to your tour leader. We suggest US$2-US$3 per day for local guides.
Drivers: You may have a range of drivers on your trip. Some may be with you for a short journey while others may be with you for several days. We would suggest a higher tip for those more involved with the group, however, we suggest US$1-US$2 per day for drivers.
Please don't tip with coins, very small denomination notes, or dirty and ripped notes. This is regarded culturally as an insult.
 
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1. ITINERARY AND ACCOMMODATIONS

This tour is designed with balanced activities and pace. If you want to customize it, you may always change its itinerary and accommodations according to your needs.
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Day 1: Arrive Hanoi
Day 2: Hanoi (B)
Day 3: Hanoi - Halong Bay (B,L,D)
Day 4: Halong Bay (B,L,D)
Day 5: Halong Bay - Hanoi - Night train to Lao Cai (B)
Day 6: Lao Cai - Bac Ha Market - Sapa (B,L)
Day 7: Sapa - Y Linh Ho - Lao Chai - Ta Van - Hau Thao (B,L)
Day 8: Sapa - Sin Chai - Lao Cai - Night train to Hanoi (B)
Day 9: Arrive in Hanoi

2. PARTICIPANTS AND DATE OF TRAVEL

This tour is designed with balanced activities and pace. If you want to customize it, you may always change its itinerary and accommodations according to your needs.
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Child(ren) (2 - 11 years)

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