Duration: 9 Days
Highlights:Hanoi - Hoa Binh - Son La - Dien Bien - Lai Chau - Sapa - Halong - Hanoi
Experience the splendid smiles of the ethnic minorities, the lush green jungles and the limestone islets in Halong Bay on this extraordinary 9-day trip to the Northwest Vietnam, one of the most stunning and culturaly diverse regions in Asia
NORTH WEST AND HALONG BAY TOUR 9 DAYS
Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
Upon arrival at Hanoi’s international airport, we clear customs and immigration where we will be met by our guide, who will accompany you on the transfer to our hotel. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi - Son La- Hanoi (B/L/D)
Today we visit the Museum of Ethnology in Hanoi before leaving the city to enjoy a long drive to Son La, the capital of the province with the same name. Mainly hill-tribe people, notably the Black Thai, H’mong, Muong and White Thai, populate this area. The drive is peaceful since the road is newly upgrade. We will pass lots of scenic hill-tribe villages and stop whenever we want. Overnight in Son La.
Day 3: Son La - Dien Bien - Lai Chau (B/L/D)
Early in the morning we will drive to Laichau via Dien Bien, a small town nestled in a beautiful valley carved from spectacular mountains by the Da river. Rather than exploring the stones of dead lovers, you will begin to turn over the stones of dead soldiers on the battlefield. You can spend time at the Dien Bien Phu museum, visit the former headquarters of the French Generals on Hill A1 and wander the tombstones in the cemetery. Continue your journey out west to Lai Chau to visit villages of the Dao and H'mong minorities. Overnight in Laichau.
Day 4: Lai Chau - Sapa (B/L/D)
After breakfast we will visit Binh Lu plateau where the Dao, Lu and Nhang convene before, and then drive to Sapa. We will pass over one of the highest passes in Vietnam (2000m) and enjoy one of the most stunning sceneries on its summit, which is named “Gate of heaven”. On arrival in Sapa we check in hotel. Overnight in Sapa.
Day 5: Sapa (B/L/D)
As a counterpoint to yesterday’s drive, today is an opportunity to visit some of the hill tribe villages around Sa Pa. After breakfast, you will head out with your guide to walk around the colorful hill tribe market. Then we will trek downhill to Lao Cai, a village of the Black H’mong minority. On the way we will enjoy stunning views of mountains and valleys. In Lao Cai we come to see the village’s catholic church and have a chat with the Black H’mong people before we continue trekking to Ta Van, a village of the Dzay ethnic minority. You will return to the Hotel in the late afternoon to enjoy the special market on Saturday evening. Overnight in Sapa.
Day 6: Sapa - Bac Ha - Lao Cai (B/L)
If yesterday was market day in Sa Pa, today is market day in Bacha. You get up early in the morning then transfer to Bac Ha. You can photograph the hill tribe people carrying their wares to sell. When you are exhausted, you can repair to one of the small cafes that line the streets to drink beer, sip Vietnamese coffee, dine on pho, the local soup, or just people-watch. The afternoon is for visiting around and the abandoned H’Mong King Palace. Return to Laocai in the late afternoon to catch the night train back to Hanoi. Overnight in on train.
Day 7: Hanoi - Halong Bay - Cruising (B/L/D)
Arrive hanoi railway station arounf 5.00am. Pick up and transfer to a mini hotel for shower
8.00am: Pick up and transfer to Halong. At Halong Port, our Crew welcomes you on boat, enjoy welcome drink and check into your cabin. Lunch with seafood will be served right after. At 13: 00, boat starts 3.5 hours cruising into Halong Bay to see the amazing karsts with different formations: Mat Qui (Monster’s face) Islet, But Moc Islet, Cap De Islet, to a Floating Fishing village to se this unique way of life and then There will be lots of time for swimming, sun bathing. Enjoy a sunset party on the deck and then have dinner and relax under the starlit sky before retiring to the comfort of your cabin.
Day 8: Halong - Hanoi
Early risers can enjoy a morning view of Bay’s landscapes with a cup of tea, coffee, fresh fruits. Sitting on the upper deck, we can enjoy the breath-taking beauty of the rocky Islands rising from the crystal-clear waters of the Bay. The quiet is almost eerie; we can hear birds singing, cicadas chirping ashore and the gentle lapping of the waves against our boat, the perfect soundtrack to accompany the fresh air and gentle breeze. And then explore Sung Sot (Amazing) Cave (8: 00 to 9: 00), boat start cruising back and brunch will served from 10: 30 to 11: 30, Arrive at harbor and drive back to Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 9: Hanoi - Departure (B)
Day at leisure till time transfer to airport for departure flight.
Price in US$ per person in group of
Tour price includes:
- All land transportation as shown in the program
- 7 nights in comfortable 3-star accommodation in twin sharing room
- 1 night aboard a sleeper train (sharing 4-berth cabin)
- 1 night on Deluxe Junk in Halong Bay
- Meals as indicated in the programme ( B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner)
- English-speaking local guides
- All entrance and sightseeing fees
- Invitation letter for visa on arrival
- Travel insurance
Tour price excludes
- Meals that not mentioned in the program
- Personal expenses (drinks, laundry, telephone...)
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