This tour will take you from the mountain to the bay, the most beautiful landscape of Northern Vietnam. With a short 5 days trip but we have a chance to discover the life style of the hill tribe, the terraced rice field in Sapa as well as the world heritage sites of Halong bay.
Day 1: Hanoi arrive
Up on arrival in Hanoi, you will transferred to hotel in the city center, check in and relax. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi city tour – Night train to Sapa
In the morning, our tour guide and driver will meet us at the lobby of the hotel at 08:30; we visit Ho Chi Minh Complex with Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, Ba Dinh square, One Pillar pagoda and Temple of Literature in the morning. The rest of the day we will visit the museum of Ethnic Minority, Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple. Tour ends at hotel around 17:00, we have a shower at hotel before being picked up and transfer to train station for our night train to Sapa. Overnight on train.
Day 3: Lao Cai – Sapa – Cat Cat – Sin Chai
5:00am: Pick up at Lao Cai train station to Sapa by minibus. Arrive in Sa Pa in the mid-morning, then have breakfast and relax at hotel, after that the guide takes you to visit two villages of Black H’mong people (Cat Cat Village), a waterfall and you have a chance to see the hydroelectric power station built by the French. Back to Sa Pa for lunch. At the afternoon you are free to visit Sa Pa town and Sapa market. Dinner and overnight in Sapa.
Day 4: Sapa – Lao Chai – Ta Van – Night train back Hanoi
After breakfast, the guide takes you to the villages of the H’mong and Dzay called Lao Chai and Ta Van. The day is devoted to a beautiful hike through the breathtaking scenery of Sa Pa valley. Start by road that descends in the wake of the street Cau May (6 km) En route, admire the rice terraces hidden behind mist of the morning, a truly awe-inspiring sight.Follow a small track and cross Muong Hoa River and pass well tended rice terraces on your way to the Black Hmong village of Lao Chai.
Continuing through the colorful rice terraces you will reach the village of Ta Van Giay. As you continue your trek along the Muong Hoa River you will cross a small suspension bridge, roughly 2km from the settlement. Here you can discover a fascinating collection of rock carvings. These engravings depict some beautiful images of man, stilt houses and some beautiful decorative patterns. We lunch in a home in the village. After lunch the walk continues through a bamboo forest to visit Red Dao ethnic minority village. After taking a rest nearby a waterfall to refresh, you start climbing uphill to a road where the car is ready for your journey back to Sapa. Bus to Lao Cai railway. Overnight on train.
Day 5: Hanoi – Halong Bay
08:00 AM: Ideal for those with limited time, the full-day tour starts with a pick-up in Hanoi and a drive through the Red River Delta. Stop en route at a local handicraft center to purchase some unique souvenirs, such as lacquer work and silk items.
12:00 AM: Upon arrival at Halong City Pier, climb aboard your cruise boat, where a welcome cocktail will be waiting. Set sail across the bay to see some of the islands and islets with names such as Incense Burner, Stone Dog, and Fighting Cock, the last the symbol of Halong Bay. The upper decks offer stunning views of the surrounding scenery.
After lunch, visit the Thien Cung (Heavenly Palace) Cave to marvel at the stalactites and stalagmites of the grotto. Enjoy an optional kayak tour, or swim off peaceful beaches if time allows. Along the way, there will be ample opportunities to take beautiful photos of the rock arches, sheer cliffs, white sand beaches, and peaceful coves of the islands.
Cruise back to Halong City Pier at 17:00 for the 3.5-hour bus transfer back to Hanoi. End of service.
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