For those with interest in the cultural mosaics and inspirational landscapes of Northern Vietnam, and whose time is limited, this is truly ideal for you. A panorama of diverse beauty from Hanoi’s lively Old Quarter, to Sapa’s mountains, terraced rice paddies and ethnic minorities, to the magic and treasures of Halong Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay.
Xin chao Vietnam ! Welcome to Hanoi, we will meet and take you to your hotel, check-in and today is free at your leisure to rest or explore, discovering your own first impressions of Vietnam. Overnight in Hanoi.
Inclusion;Transfer, Tour Guide, Hotel
The train arrives in Lao Cai at about 6:30 am where your Origin Vietnam Travel tour guide will welcome you. Look for the “Origin Vietnam” sign when you exit the train station. Then take a morning drive through the clouds by car / van to Sapa (about 1.5 hours).When you arrive in Sapa you will be taken to a local restaurant for a morning shower & breakfast.
Then we will take a short ride from Sapa to our trekking base where we start our trek through terraced rice fields and Hmong villages. Chances to meet and talk with locals working in the fields are plentiful also this is the best time for us to give for children some books, pencils… We will break for a picnic lunch en route then continue trekking to Ta Phin village of the Dao people (4 hours).
Your Dao host family will warmly welcome you to their traditional home where we will share in an ethnic style dinner and stay the night.
Inclusion; Car / van, Tour Guide, Entrance fee(s),All meals, Home-stay
When you arrive in Hanoi, a very short walk will get you to a prearranged hotel for you to shower and a take a short rest before we start our next day. Depart, 8:00 am on a shared bus from your hotel to Halong city. After 3.5 hours driving and viewing simple, country side, rice paddy life, we arrive at the at port. At 12.00, the junk crews welcome guests on board at Hon Gai Wharf.
Enjoy welcome drinks and check in Deluxe cabin on Dragon Pearl Junk. Lunch with fresh local seafood while cruising into Halong bay. from 13.15 to 13.30 Start cruise program and excursions a Fantastic cruise in Bai Tu Long Bay with a great traditional Vietnamese lunch while start cruising.
Pass through extraordinary shaped-islands such as: Poem mountain, the center market, Teapot islet, Goat’s head islet, Indochina film studio ……up to your imaginationwe arrive Cong Do area around 15:00 where we have chance to see one of the most beautiful cave in this area. after visiting Thien Canh Son Cave is a great time for exploring the hidden lagoons in Bai Tu Long Bay. it’s take around an hour after that is your time for Enjoy swimming in the crystal water of Bai Tu Long Bay.
Back to junk to enjoy relaxing or the sunset. Dinner and overnight on board nearby Vung Vieng Fishing village
Inclusion; Car / van, Tour Guide, Private cabin on junk, All meals, Entrance fee(s)
Today is your free day in the Hanoi capital and all of its fascinating historical charm. Spend your day relaxing or shopping. Some suggestions include waking up early (about 6:00 am) and joining in some exercise around Hoan Kiem Lake; or taking a cyclo tour around the Old Quarter for a different point of view; or visiting the numerous markets, shopping and trying the all of street side traditional foods. Overnight in town.
Inclusion; breakfast, Hotel
Second day depart at 8:00 am, after checking out, from your hotel by van. We will begin our day by visiting Uncle Ho, learning about his great life at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Presidential Palace, and his residential place. Next stop is the nearby Temple of Literature. The site of Vietnam’s first University, built in twelfth century, to teach the royals the Confucius theory. Here we will also have a chance to see a traditional music performance.
Lunch will be served at a local restaurant for a taste of authentic Hanoi Pho.In the afternoon, choose one from the numerous museums or temples around Hanoi (Museum of Ethnology, Women’s Museum, History Museum or Quan Thanh Temple). A late afternoon walk around Hoan Kiem lake and Hanoi’s fascinating Old Quarter for some great fun, shopping, and street side traditional food. This is your chance to be part of typical Hanoian style and its traditional Vietnamese culture.
We finish our relaxing but informative day by attending a Water Puppet Show, a favorite experience for all visitors to Vietnam. We can help you get back to your hotel if you wish, but often our guests would just rather spend the early evening enjoying a drink with a view of the city.
Dinner on your own.8:30 pm: Transfer from an prearranged meeting spot to the station for your night train to Sapa.
Inclusion; Car / van, Entrance fee(s),Tour Guide, Breakfast, lunch, AC train tickets
At the first of gleam of daylight, you will see and hear the sounds of morning village life. You can join them in some of their activities, like feeding the animals, cleaning the house, gardening or preparing breakfast. After breakfast, we will complete our trek on a valley route to the main road (4 hours) linking Lao Cai and Sapa.
Alternatively, for this long trek, you can choose a short morning wander around the village for about 1 hour, resulting in more time spent with the host family and other villagers.
For both options, you will be supported by our car / van back to Sapa (30 minutes).When we arrive back in Sapa we will check in to the hotel, shower, and break for lunch.
At 2:30 pm we will visit the gardens of beautiful Ham Rong mountain & take part in a traditional ethnic music performance put on by the ethnic minority people. Then return at your own leisure with free time to discover the secrets of this colorful town. Overnight at the hotel in Sapa town.
Inclusion; Breakfast, lunch, Transfer, Tour Guide, Hotel
Wake up in Sapa town, breakfast at the hotel then enjoy the morning with some of your new friends that you may have met the afternoon before. You have the entire morning and lunch for free time and visiting the lively markets. At 2 pm travel by car/van to visit the Hmong village of Sin Chai to learn more about the Hmong people in an area close to the tourist path but still untouched.
You will return to Sapa in late afternoon and finally depart for the Lao Cai train station at 5:30 pm. The train leaves Lao Cai at 8:50 pm and arrives after a pleasant sleep in your first class, shared AC soft berth to Hanoi by 4:30 am.
Inclusion; Breakfast, Car / van, Tour Guide, AC train tickets
Wake up early in the morning for a great sunrise and a breath of fresh ocean air. Breakfast served on boat then we do a leisurely cruise through thousands of seemingly never ending islands.
These are great opportunities to capture some amazing photographs, We stop to visit a floating fishing village and listen to some legendary stories of the fishermen’s daily life. Take one last swim somewhere in the middle of the bay to refresh before cruising back to the Halong city pier.
By noon we be ashore and break for lunch at a local restaurant. Then we hit the road back to Hanoi. We arrive and finish our tour at your hotel by 4:30 pm.
Inclusion; Private cabin on junk, Hotel, Car / van, Breakfast, lunch, Tour Guide on board
We will pick you up at your hotel and transfer to Noi Bai International airport for your flight to home, your luggage full of a lifetime’s worth of memories. We wish you a pleasant journey.
Inclusion; Transfer, tour guide
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