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Trip Code

CVT106

Highlights of Northern Vietnam

Trip Duration

9 Days/ 8 Nights

Trip Overview

This sample Vietnam Tour is customizable. Contact us to have it tailor-made to suit your expectation if necessary.

Day 1: Hanoi - Mai Chau Valley

Day 2: Mai Chau Valley - Ninh Binh

Day 3: Ninh Binh - Hanoi

Day 4: Hanoi - Sapa

Day 5: Sapa - Bac Ha

Day 6: Bac Ha Market - Hanoi

Day 7: City Tour Of Hanoi

Day 8: Hanoi - Halong Bay

Day 9: Halong Bay - Hanoi

Detailed Itinerary

The tour departs from Hanoi at 08:00 AM. The morning drive takes about 3.5 hours overland to Mai Chau valley, a stunning valley of White Thai ethnic minority in Hoa Binh province. You will have some stops on the way for taking photographs. Arrive at Lac Village around noon; this is a peaceful and pretty hilly area. Have Vietnamese lunch at a Thai family's stilt house. After lunch and rest, go for a scenic bicycling tour about 2 hours to explore the surroundings and visit some villages, rice paddies and gardens. This is the best time for you to experience the local life, their agriculture and beautiful handicrafts. At the end of the ride, check into your hotel (at home-stay alternatively) for the night. Enjoy the traditional dance by the local ethic boys and girls after dinner.

DAY 1: HANOI - MAI CHAU VALLEY

Meals:  Lunch/ Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel in Mai Chau (There's a home-stay option available, please let your travel specialist know if this is preferred)

After breakfast, you will be transferred to a trekking point in Mai Hich Valley. Spend the morning to trek this scenic countryside with the scenery of villages, fields and mountains. Get picked up by noon and go for the lunch.

The afternoon drive takes you almost 4 hours to Ninh Binh. You may want to stops for a couple of time on the way for taking photographs. Arrive at your hotel in Ninh Binh late in the afternoon. Check into your accommodation and take it easy for the remainder of the day.

DAY 2: MAI CHAU VALLEY - NINH BINH

Meals:  Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel in Ninh Binh

This morning you will tour around Ninh Binh with its famous Trang An Complex - The world's natural & cultural heritage by UNESCO. The private transport takes you to Tam Coc for a sampan boat ride (2 hours approx.) along a small river which meandering in between the sheer limestone mountains.

The local rower will take you through three tunnel-like caves which have many beautiful stalactites hanging down from the ceiling. After the boat ride, you will continue visiting the area by bicycles. The guide will leads you to visit other part of Tam Coc, biking on back roads so that you can get close looks at the local life and enjoy the landscape.

Lunch at a restaurant before the afternoon drive back to Hanoi.

DAY 3: NINH BINH - HANOI

Meals:  Breakfast/ Lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

Having breakfast at the hotel as usual. Meet your private tour and and driver again for the morning travel to Sapa on the HW Noi Bai – Lao Cai. This is the longest highway in Vietnam. The scenic drive from the Red River Delta, through the midland to Lao Cai province will be a good start for your trip. Arrive in Sapa around  noon. Have lunch at a restaurant in town. After that, take some time to walk around the main square of to get a taste of the town before transferring to the trekking point to Y Linh Ho village at Muong Hoa Valley. Muong Hoa is the biggest valley in Sapa region and bottomed by a rocky river. Start with a trek downhill the valley, the scenery of the rice terraces along your way are very beautiful and be the highlight of the day. Crossing the river on a small suspension bridge and continue the trek uphill. This is rather challenging when it is wet but definitely offers you spectacular view over the valley.
Finish your afternoon scenic trek at Lao Chai Village where your private vehicle awaits  you. Get on your car and drive back to the town for the night.

DAY 4: HANOI - SAPA

Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in Sapa

Check out of your hotel after breakfast and embark on another trek at the surroundings (To a house-on-stilt village of Ban Ho & Nam Toong ethnic Red Yao village. The terraced fields are not that vast as the one you did on the previous day but they are still very impressive.
The drive to Bac Ha town takes more than 3-hours (include lunch time on the way). In the afternoon, take a short boat ride on Chay River and walk to visit Trung Do village (If the water level permits) otherwise, go straight to Bac Ha for 1-hour trek around Ban Pho village of a Flower H'mong people. 

DAY 5: SAPA - BAC HA (SAT)

Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel in Bac Ha (At a home-stay as another option)

In Bac Ha area, there are three colorful hill tribe markets that are worth seeing. They are Bac Ha market, right in Bac Ha town (Sunday); Can Cau Market, 1-hour drive from Bac Ha town (Saturday); Coc Ly Market, 1-hour drive (Tuesday). Depend on your the date that you can make for the itinerary, one of the markets will be visited for this morning. At the markets, you will see different ethnic minority groups such as Flower Hmong, Phu La, Yao, Tay, Nung…etc. They are from different valleys, gather around for the trading. It is an awesome experience of seeing colors, understanding traditions and feeling the atmosphere. The market offers a variety of local products includes colorful embroidery, handicrafts and all types of daily necessary stuffs. Here also available animal market where people sell and buy or barter animal such as dogs, pot-bellied pigs, cows, buffaloes and so on. The whole afternoon is spent for the return journey to Hanoi.

DAY 6: BAC HA MARET - DRIVE TO HANOI

Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi (On request)

The city tour of the capital city occupies your whole day.
In the morning, the sites include Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, his house-on-stilts, One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature - Vietnam’s first university.
Lunch is served at a nice restaurant in town.
In the afternoon, the tour continues with a visit to one of the following museums, you can pick the one you like (the Ethnology Museum, Army Museum, National Fine Arts Museum, Hanoi Hilton prison or Vietnam Women Museum). Followed by a short walk or a cyclo ride in the Old Quarter. End the day tour with a traditional Water Puppet show.

DAY 7: HANOI CITY TOUR

Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi (On request)

Depart from Hanoi at 8:00 AM Your morning drive toward the coast takes about 4 hours. Upon arrival at Ben Beo Wharf in Cat Ba Island, embark on your private junk and spend the afternoon exploring Lan Ha Bay. Lunch is served on the boat after one-hour cruise to the middle of Lan Ha. The afternoon activities include visiting a fish-farm, kayaking and swimming at Ba Trai Dao beaches area. After that, the junk will make its way toward the border line between Halong and Lan Ha Bays. On the way to the night place, you are able to view most of Halong Bay. Drop the anchor and stay for the night.

DAY 8: HANOI - CAT BA ISLAND - LAN HA BAY

Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accommodation: Overnight on a private boat

The breakfast is served on the top deck (if the weather is nice) while the junk is cruising to back toward Cat Ba Island. There is one more stop today for you to explore a hidden "lake" by kayaking through a tunnel-like cave.
Return to you junk, check out of your cabin and relax on the top deck whilst the junk is meandering in between hundreds of sheer limestone islands of Lan Ha Bay.
An early lunch is served aboard before the noon disembarkation.
Drive back to Hanoi, arrive at your hotel and end of service.

DAY 9: LAN HA BAY - CAT BA ISLAND - HANOI

Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi (On request)

What's Included

INCLUSIONS

  • Accommodation with daily breakfasts

  • Meals mentioned in the itinerary

  • English speaking tour guide

  • Private air-conditioned transfers

  • Bicycles in Mai Chau & Ninh Binh

  • Sampan boat ride in Ninh Binh

  • Traditional music & dance in Mai Chau

  • Sightseeing fees and permits during guided time

  • Cruising itinerary in Halong Bay on private boat

  • Two bottles of mineral water/person/day

EXCLUSIONS

  • Travel Insurance (Compulsory)

  • International flight tickets

  • Visas and airport departure tax

  • Hotel in Hanoi  (Optional)

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Meals, drinks and others that not mentioned clearly in the inclusion list

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Aug 24, 2019

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USA

Aug 12, 2019

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Aug 8, 2019

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