Essence of the North 9 Days

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This 9-day tours offers you one of the best journeys of Northern Vietnam. Joining this tour, you will have chance to learn about the lifestyle of Hanoi, the colorful market of Vietnamese ethnic market as well as enjoy a relaxing trip on Halong Bay and Cat Ba Island.

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Highlights

  • Go fishing or enjoy the entertainment on the boat
  • Enjoy local lunch then visiting the H’Mong King’s house
  • Enjoy a cyclo ride around Hanoi Old Quarters at the end of the day
  • Climb up Ti Top mountain to have a panoramic view of Halong Bay or swimming on the beach
  • Visit Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, One-Pillar Pagoda, Tran Quoc Pagoda, and Vietnam museum of ethnology
  • Explore Lao Chai and Ta Van village, learn about the daily life of Dzay minority, Ban Pho village before going to Sapa

Essence of the North 9 Days

Itinerary

Upon arrival at Noi Bai Airport, pick you up and transfer to Hanoi center. Check in hotel and then free time at your leisure. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.

08.00-08.30 Pick you up at your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter. Start visiting Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Museum and One Pillar Pagoda. Continue to visit the Quan Thanh Temple and Buddhist Tran Quoc Pagoda on West lake. Local lunch in the restaurant. After lunch, visit the Ethnology Museum then the Temple of Literature and Quoc Tu Giam. Stop by Hoan Kiem Lake to visit Ngoc Son temple. Free for shopping and dinner on your own.

20.30 Pick up at your hotel and transfer to Hanoi Railway station by taxi for the night train to Lao Cai. Overnight on train

05.30 Arrive early in the morning, our tour guide picks up at the station. Have a short for showering and having breakfast before the tour begins.

6km of walking down to the south east of Sapa along the side of Muong Hoa valley to Y Linh Ho village of the Black H’mong. Continue on 2km of trekking down to Lao Chai village of the H’mong.

Lunch at a local family, and then walk through terraced rice fields to Ta Van village of the Dzay minority people where we stay for the night. It gives you a worth chance for you to learn about the local house architecture which is full of their daily life styles and exclusive custom. Enjoy the landscapes.

Home stay overnight at Day local house.

After breakfast, continue on 14 km of trekking to visit 2 villages of the red Dzao, the H’mong. Visit a beautiful waterfall and rattan bridge. Enjoy landscapes through bamboo forest to the main road to catch the jeep to return to Sapa.

Overnight at hotel in Sapa.

A walk down to the South-west of Sapa (around 4 km) to visit Cat Cat village of the Black H’mong. Relax at the food of the stunning waterfall and the vestige of a hydroelectric power station that was constructed by the French during the colonial time in Vietnam. Enjoy picnic lunch by the side of the river, and then next 6 km to Sin Chai, the village located at the foot of Fansipan Mountain, “the roof of Vietnam and Indochina”. From here you can enjoy huge stunning landscapes before climbing up on the way a jeep to return to Sapa.

Free time to explore Sapa Town before heading to Lao Cai Station and getting on the train. Sleep on the train.

Train arrives Hanoi around 05.30 AM, take the taxi back to your hotel to store the luggage and free time until breakfast (breakfast included, no room).

After breakfast, pickup and transfer to Halong Bay.

12:15 On arrival at Halong city, welcome on board, check into cabin.

13:00 Enjoy specially prepared lunch while cruising towards thousands of amazing limestone islands emerging from emerald water, passing by Stone Dog islet, floating fishing village, incense burner islet, fighting cocks islet,…

15:00 visit Surprising Cave – the most beautiful one in Halong Bay.

16:00 Kayaking about an hour or more through slide rock cliffs.

17:30 Swimming time, this is great chance to relax in water, jumping, diving, take a back flip, somersault.

18:15 Joint the sunset party on the sundeck in warm and romantic atmosphere, drinking wine, enjoy fresh fruits, listening soft, light music from the sundeck bar..

20:30 Evening activities like singing karaoke, dancing, squid fishing, playing cards or relax at leisure

07:30 Breakfast, fruits, coffee and tea will be served. Continue to cruise further before stop over the pearl farm to sea real pearl cultivated by local fisherman.

09:00 Back to the cruise for check-out.

09:30 Take a local boat to Lan Ha Bay.

11:30 Boat trip to visit Monkey Island (if permitted).

12:00 Back to Nam Cat island for lunch.

13:30-16:00 Check in bungalow. Free time for kayaking and many activities in Nam Cat island exploring untouched area in Lan Ha Bay

19:00 Buffet dinner at Bungalow, go fishing, relax on the sandy beach, listening to sea wave at very peaceful and quite place.

07:20 Breakfast served at bungalow

09:30 Get on the cruise to attend the cooking class while cruising back Halong harbor

11:15 Farewell lunch served on the cruise before you arrive at harbor around 12 and get on the bus back to Hanoi.

16:30 Transfer you back to your hotel. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.

Breakfast at the hotel. Free time on your own activities before transfer to the airport for for the onward flight. End of services.

  • Transport: New and clean with A/C
  • Night train to Sapa: Wooden deluxe tourist class with A/C, 4 berths/cabin
  • Special request (diet, vegetarian, allergy …): should be sent before departure date
  • Extra night: Extra night in Hanoi or Sapa or Halong can be arranged upon request
  • Big luggage: are advised to leave at the hotel for customers’ convenience and comfort
  • Accommodation: Available with 2*, 3* and 4* hotels and cruises (subject to availability)
  • Arrival/departure info: required at the time of booking or at least 3 days before departure
  • Flexibility: the order of this tour can be change to match the time plan/interest of customers
  • Itinerary: can be slightly changed due to weather, availability and operating conditions and will be reconfirmed upon confirmation.

Essence of the North 9 Days

What’s Included

  • Insurance on junk
  • English speaking guide
  • Homestay in Ta Van village
  • Entrance fees and visit fees
  • Round trip airport transfer
  • A/C Transports per program
  • Bungalow on Nam Cat island
  • Private cabin on board in Halong bay
  • Tour activities as stated in the itinerary
  • Round trip ticket Hanoi – Lao Cai – Hanoi
  • Hotels in Hanoi and Sapa (twin/double/triple sharing)
  • Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

What’s Not Included

  • Travel insurance
  • Extra food and beverages
  • Tips and personal expenses

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