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Vietnam Eco Tour - 13 Days / 12 Nights

Vietnam Eco Tour - 13 Days / 12 Nights

Hanoi, Ba Be, Ha Giang, Sapa, Halong Bay
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The tour offers you a chance to discover complete north east and north west in Vietnam. Taking the tour and visiting some famous place like Hanoi, Ba Be Lake, some mountainous areas as well as cruising in Halong Bay, you will be admired with the peaceful and simple life of Vietnam.
Highlights:
 
  • Visit and go sightseeing in Hanoi, the bustling capital city of Vietnam.
  • Cruise and contemplate the beauty of nature in Ba Be Lake or enjoy kayaking experience.
  • Visit some mountainous areas and comprehend the lifestyle of ethnic minorities.
  • Immerse in the amazing life in Sapa with its wonderful landscape.
  • Cruise in Halong Bay, a World Heritage recognized by UNESCO.

Brief itinerary

Day 1
Hanoi Arrival

Day 2
Hanoi Sightseeing (B)

Day 3
Hanoi - Ba Be (B,L,D)

Day 4
Ba Be Trekking (B,L,D)

Day 5
Ba Be Kayaking (B,L,D)

Day 6
Ba Be - Meo Vac (B,L,D)

Day 7
Meo Vac - Dong Van - Yen Minh - Quan Ba - Ha Giang (B,L,D) - 200km, 6 hours driving

Day 8
Ha Giang - Bac Ha (B,L) - 240 km, 6 hours driving

Day 9
Bac Ha - Coc Ly Market - Sapa (B,L)

Day 10
Sapa - Villages (B, L)

Day 11
Sapa - Overnight train to Hanoi (B,L)

Day 12
Hanoi - Halong Bay (B,L,D)

Day 13
Halong Bay - Hanoi Departure (B)

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
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. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel. 
Day 2: Hanoi Sightseeing (B)
Day 2: Hanoi Sightseeing (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 , visit around Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngon Son Temple as well as 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 - Ba Be (B,L,D)
Day 3: Hanoi - Ba Be (B,L,D)
Our tour-guide will see at your hotel in the morning for departure to Ba Be National Park, located in Bac Kan Province (234km from Hanoi). Reaching here, we will visit Duom Temple where the leader of the Tay people is worshiped. You will enjoy a lunch with delicious regional cuisines in a local restaurant and a short rest.
 
In the afternoon, we will transfer to Buoc Lom Wharf to take a boat to Ba Be Lake. Floating on the Nang River, you will be impressed in the presence of charming and peaceful landscape of nature here. The silence of the view helps visitors seem to forget the pressures of life. We will drop off at Puong cave and explore the home of thousands of bats.
 
You will have chance to discover a bio-diversity world. Then we will visit An Ma Temple before enjoying a bamboo rafting and swimming in the fresh water. This must be an extremely experience for anyone here.
 
In the late afternoon, we will be picked up by private car to Na Quang Village of the Tay people. You will be served with a dinner in garden restaurant. Over night at homestay of Tay people’ traditional bungalows.
 
Day 4: Ba Be Trekking (B,L,D)
Day 4: Ba Be Trekking (B,L,D)
The day of tour is time for a trip to Cho Ra Market and experience the daily life of locals. Pho Cu Pagoda is also a name we should not bypass. On the way, it’s ideal time for you to view the splendid picture of terrace fields as well as relax at a waterfall. Enjoy a picnic lunch.
 
Arriving unspoiled Dzao Village is chance for visitors to explore the culture and tradition of people here. Don’t forget to sample and learn about making process the particular corn wine when visiting a local family and listen to story about legend of the area.
 
Dinner and overnight at a local house.
 
Day 5: Ba Be Kayaking (B,L,D)
Day 5: Ba Be Kayaking (B,L,D)
In the morning, we will board a local boat to get the opposite side of the lake for a funny kayaking excursion. Floating here, you will see a smooth section of lake before your reach the lake’s further area. 
 
After enjoying lunch at Pirate Ong, we continue rading the kayak to cruise here. Coming back to the boat in the afternoon to visit another place where you can relax by swimming in a peaceful water.
 
Dinner and overnight at the local house.
 
Day 6: Ba Be - Meo Vac (B,L,D)
Day 6: Ba Be - Meo Vac (B,L,D)
Leaving Ba Be in the morning, we will transfer to Meo Vac located in upper mountainous area of northern Vietnam. Along the way, there will be chance for you to pose some amazing photos of wonderful natural beauty with impressive mountains and tranquil river. Stop at a local restaurant to enjoy lunch. 
 
Upon arriving, we will see the town of Lo Lo  and Pu Peo ethnic minority.
 
Free time at your leisure. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. 
 
Note:  260 km, 6 hours driving
 
Day 7: Meo Vac - Dong Van - Yen Minh - Quan Ba - Ha Giang (B,L,D) - 200km, 6 hours driving
Day 7: Meo Vac - Dong Van - Yen Minh - Quan Ba - Ha Giang (B,L,D) - 200km, 6 hours driving
 
Finishing the breakfast, we will leave Meo Vac for departure to Dong Van, an immense limestone plateau and home of the Blue H’mong people. Along the way is a picturesque landscape of poetic and magnificent mountainous with endless local houses, countless caves and colorful orchid flower.
 
Reaching Dong Van Town, you might be able to visit the excited Dong Van market (on every Sunday only). Leave Dong Van behind and we will drive to Pho Bang where you can see an ancient district including numerous stone house and the villa of Vuong Chi Sinh Royal family which was built following the architectural inspiration of Chinese and European styles. That also reflects the H’mong’s creaction in their structural ideas.
 
Continue the departure passing Yen Minh and Quan Ba, through the immense sugar fields and limestone peaks touching the skies to reach the Heaven Gate, the highest peak of area. You can stop at villages for a while to discover the daily life of villagers, witness them woking with rice cultivation.
 
In the late afternoon, we will approach Ha Giang and visit Me village. Dinner and overnight in the village.
 
Note: The Dong Van market is held on every Sunday morning. Meo Vac, Dong Van, Yen Minh and Ha Giang are remote areas and have not many tourists. Local restaurants in this area therefore do not have the same standard as restaurants in big cities. Tourists have to take meals as local residents only.
 
Day 8: Ha Giang - Bac Ha (B,L) - 240 km, 6 hours driving
Day 8: Ha Giang - Bac Ha (B,L) - 240 km, 6 hours driving
Saying goodbye to Ha Giang, we will depart to Bac Ha Town to visit Thai Giang Pho village (20km from Bac Ha Town) and observe the daily life of Flower Hmong people. You will feel very interesting when you are followed by many lovely children in the village that make you feel yourself like the concentration of them. 
 
Transfer to hotel for check in and relaxation. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel. 
 
Day 9: Bac Ha - Coc Ly Market - Sapa (B,L)
Day 9: Bac Ha - Coc Ly Market - Sapa (B,L)
Leaving Bac Ha, we will continue the route and drive to Lao Cai and following  Coc Ly tribal market. Visiting here, you can observe and explore the lifestyle of H’mong and Dzao minority in their traditional colourful costumes. Then take a boat trip and float along Chay River to enjoy the picturesque scenery before trekking to Dzao. 
 
After enjoying lunch in a regional restaurant, start the afternoon with departure to the Old French hill station of Sapa. Transfer to hotel for check in. Free time at your leisure. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel. 
 
Remark: Coc Ly market is held on every Tuesday morning only. Other markets are held in the region on some other days of the week: Sin Cheng & Cao Son are on every Wednesday; Lung Khau Nhin & Muong Khuong are on every Thursday; Can Cau market is on every Saturday morning and Bac Ha Market is on every Sunday morning. Depending on your traveling dates, another market visiting will be arranged rather than Coc Ly market. 
 
Day 10: Sapa - Villages (B, L)
Day 10: Sapa - Villages (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 back to hotel in Sapa. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel. 
 
Note: 16 km, 6 hours trekking
 
Day 11: Sapa - Overnight train to Hanoi (B,L)
Day 11: Sapa - Overnight train to Hanoi (B,L)
Leaving 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. 
 
Free time at your leisure until we transfer to Lao Cai Railway Station for overnight train to Hanoi. Dinner on your own. Overnight on the train.
 
Day 12: Hanoi - Halong Bay (B,L,D)
Day 12: Hanoi - Halong Bay (B,L,D)
Reaching Hanoi in the morning, we will leave 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 13: Halong Bay - Hanoi Departure (B)
Day 13: Halong Bay - Hanoi Departure (B)
You are recommended to wake up early in the morning on this day because that is the most wonderful time for you to contemplate aquamarine water of the bay at its best. Once satisfied with the tea break, you will continue the onboard excursion through impressive limestone surrounding the bay. Don’t forget to take some nice photos of this unique land.
 
Returning to the Harbour, you will be transferes to Hanoi Airport for your departure flight. If time permits, on the way back, we will visit a traditional pottery village. Meals on your own. 
 
End of the tour!
 
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Inclusion:
  • Accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room with daily breakfast
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air conditioned vehicle
  • Vietnam visa approval letter
  • Boat trips as mentioned in the itinerary (Non private boat of Halong Bay cruise)
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Meals where mentioned (B: breakfast; L: lunch; D: dinner)
  • Entrance fees

 

Exclusion:

  • International flight tickets
  • 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: Hanoi Arrival
Day 2: Hanoi Sightseeing (B)
Day 3: Hanoi - Ba Be (B,L,D)
Day 4: Ba Be Trekking (B,L,D)
Day 5: Ba Be Kayaking (B,L,D)
Day 6: Ba Be - Meo Vac (B,L,D)
Day 7: Meo Vac - Dong Van - Yen Minh - Quan Ba - Ha Giang (B,L,D) - 200km, 6 hours driving
Day 8: Ha Giang - Bac Ha (B,L) - 240 km, 6 hours driving
Day 9: Bac Ha - Coc Ly Market - Sapa (B,L)
Day 10: Sapa - Villages (B, L)
Day 11: Sapa - Overnight train to Hanoi (B,L)
Day 12: Hanoi - Halong Bay (B,L,D)
Day 13: Halong Bay - Hanoi Departure (B)

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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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