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BRIEF ITINERARY

Day 1Hanoi arrival (welcome dinner)
Day 2Hanoi sightseeing (B)
Day 3Hanoi - Ba Be (B,L,D) - 260 km, 6 hour driving
Day 4Ba Be Trekking (B,L,D)
Day 5Ba Be Kayaking (B,L,D)
Day 6Ba Be - Meo Vac (B,L) - 260 km, 6 hour driving
Day 7Meo Vac - Dong Van - Yen Minh - Quan Ba - Ha Giang (B,L,D) - 200km, 6 hour driving
Day 8Ha Giang - Bac Ha (B,L) - 240 km, 6 hour driving
Day 9Bac Ha - Coc Ly Market - Sapa (B,L)
Day 10Sapa - Y Linh Ho - Lao Chai - Ta Van - Sapa (B, L) - 14 km, 5 hour trekking
Day 11Sapa - Sin Chai Village - Lao Cai - Overnight train to Hanoi (B,L)
Day 12Hanoi - Halong Bay (B,L,D)
Day 13Halong Bay - Hanoi Departure (B)



ACCOMMODATION

HanoiL’Heritage Hotel
Deluxe
http://www.hanoilegacyhotel.com/hanoi-l-heritage-hotel
Ba BeTu Le
Local homestay
Bac HaSao Mai Hotel
Superior
http://saomaibacha.com
SapaSunny Mountain Hotel
Superior
http://sunnymountainhotel.com
Halong BaySwan Cruise
Deluxe cabin
http://www.swancruisehalongbay.com

INCLUSION:

  • Accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room with daily breakfast
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air conditioned vehicle
  • Train tickets: Lao Cai –Hanoi in a 4 soft sleeper cabin
  • Vietnam Visa letter
  • Boat trips as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Meals where mentioned (B: breakfast; L: lunch; D: dinner)
  • Entrance fees

EXCLUSION

  • International flight tickets
  • Vietnam visa stamp fee
  • Single supplement surcharge
  • Other meals than mentioned
  • Other services than mentioned
  • Drinks, other than water on activity days
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)
  • Travel insurance




Day 1: HANOI ARRIVAL (WELCOME DINNER)




Arrival and welcome at Hanoi Airport. Transfer to check in at the hotel. The hotel is at your disposal from 2.00pm. Spend the balance of day to settle into your hotel and recover from jet-lag. In the evening, meet your guide again for a welcome dinner at one of the finest restaurant in Hanoi. Overnight at the hotel.

Factsheet for this day

Route: transfer by private car

+ Hanoi Airport – Hanoi Hotel: 20km – 30 minutes driving

+ Hanoi Hotel – Hanoi restaurant for dinner: 3km – 5 minute driving

Hotel: L’Heirtage hotel – Deluxe Room

Meals: Welcome Dinner

Local Guide:Private local English Speaking Guide for Airport transfer and welcome dinner




Day 2: HANOI SIGHTSEEINGS (B)




Full day tour of Vietnam’s capital city, including Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the traditional stilt house and the revered One-Pillar Pagoda. After that visit Vietnam’s first university, the thousand-year-old Temple of Literature.
In the afternoon, visit the Ethnology Museum where you can discover the diversity of Vietnam’s many ethnic groups. Return to city centre for exploring the diverse architecture of Hanoi, its famous 36 streets of the Old Quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake by a walking tour. The highlight of the day will be a relaxing time at a traditional coffee shop in Hanoi and enjoy the egg coffee by a very experience local bartender. You will be impressive by this authentic local experience. Back to your hotel in the late afternoon and free at your leisure. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Factsheet for this day

Route: transfer by private car

+ Hanoi City tour: around the city center with short distance

Hotel: L’Heirtage hotel – Deluxe Room

Meals: Breakfast at hotel and a cup of local coffee shop.

Local Guide:Private local English Speaking Guide




Day 3: HANOI – BA BE (B,L,D)




Morning departure from Hanoi to Ba Be Lake (260 km – 6 hour driving) with lunch on the way. Arrive at the lake just in time for a boat cruise to the boatmen’s home village. The village is located right on the edge of Ba Be Lake with a panoramic view of the surrounding cornfields, the lake and mountain ranges. Dinner and overnight at a traditional wooden stilt house of locals.

Factsheet for this day

Route:transfer by private car

+ Hanoi - Ba Be: 260 km, 6 hour driving

Hotel:Homestay at local stilt house

Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Local Guide:Private local English Speaking Guide




Day 4:BA BE TREKKING (B,L,D)




Start the day with a visit to a local market (there are different local markets open on different dates according to lunar calendar such as: Quang Khe, Nam Cuong, Cho Ra ...). Then depart for a hike of about 3 km (1 hour or 1.5 hour) to the Vang village of Tay minority people. A mountain path at 350m height allows you to access this picturesque village which is nestled in the heart of a valley. En route visit a waterfall where you could take a swim if you would love to (depend on season). Picnic lunch. Return to Pac Ngoi village in the afternoon after hiking 8km (about 3hours) along a small river. Enjoy the majestic scenery with peaceful rice paddies, corn fields and limestone rocks while keep hiking on the road. (If you do not wish to make another hiking, your private vehicle is already waiting for you at the main road - just about 3km away from Vang village.) Night and dinner in a local house.

Factsheet for this day

Route: by private car

+ Tu Le – Tan Uyen: 128 km, around 2 hour driving

Hotel:Homestay at local stilt house

Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Local Guide:Private local English Speaking Guide




Day 5: BA BE KAYAKING (B,L,D)




In the morning, the boat is waiting to take you on the other side of the lake, then we start our kayaking excursion to visit a smooth part of the lake and then access to its further area. After lunch at Pirate Ong continue the kayak trip for a few hours more. In the late afternoon, get back on the boat and you will be taken to an isolated place for a swimming in tranquil water. Dinner and overnight at the local house.

Factsheet for this day

Route:Transfer by boat

Hotel:Homestay at local stilt house

Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Local Guide:Private local English Speaking Guide




Day 6:BE BE – MEO VAC (B,L)




We leave Ba Be by land transfer to Meo Vac in upper mountainous area of northern Vietnam (260 km – 6hour driving). Enjoy beautiful natural landscape along the way with majestic mountain ranges and peaceful rivers. We will also enjoy lunch en-route. Arrive at Meo Vac the town of Lo Lo and Pu Peo ethnic minority people in the late afternoon. Dinner on your own and overnight at the hotel.

Factsheet for this day

Route: transfer by private car

+ Ba Be - Meo Vac: 260 km, 6 hour driving

Hotel:Hoa Cuong Hotel– Superior Room

Meals:Breakfast, Lunch

Local Guide:Private local English Speaking Guide




Day 7:MEO VAC – DONG VAN – YEN MINH – QUAN BA – HA GIANG (B,L,D)




After breakfast, we leave Meo Vac and head straight to Dong Van – the limestone plateau which is inhabited by the Blue Hmong ethnic group. Enjoying the poetic and magnificent mountainous scenery with endless local houses, countless caves and colorful orchid flower on the way. 30km zigzag road between Dong Van and Meo Vac is the most impressive section of your trip which offers breathtaking views of the landscapes and Nho Que karst river. On arrival at Dong Van Town, if lucky enough, we can witness one more excited local market: Dong Van market which is organised on every Sunday only. After visiting Dong Van town, we continue driving to Pho Bang, an old district with many stone houses and also the villa of Vuong Chi Sinh Royal family, whose architecture is a mixture between Chinese and European styles showing H’Mong people’ creative idea in their constructive art.. Keep on our trip passing through Yen Minh, Quan Ba before arriving at "Heaven Gate" the peak of the highest mountain in the area. During the drive you will discover sugar fields and limestone peaks touching the skies which are located among stone forests. The H’Mong people living in this remote and wild region are clearly influenced by their rough environment but learned to adapt over time. Their vehement vitality would not be able to fit in anywhere else. Under harsh climatic conditions: burning heat in summer and piercingly cold in winter, people live and work continuously to transform gray rocks hills with no signal of life into invigorating cornfields. They actually founded a culture and civilization of maize cultivation in this area compared with rice cultivation in the Red River Delta. Arriving in Ha Giang in the late afternoon. Dinner and overnight in your homestay. Remark: The Dong Van market is held on every Sunday morning. Meo Vac, Dong Van, Yen Minh and Ha Giang are remote areas and have not many tourists. Local restaurants in this area therefore do not have the same standard as restaurants in big cities. Tourists have to take meals as local residents only.

Factsheet for this day

Route:

+ Meo Vac - Dong Van - Yen Minh - Quan Ba - Ha Giang: 200km, 6 hour driving

Hotel:Homestay at local house

Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Local Guide:Private local English Speaking Guide




Day 8: HA GIANG – BAC HA (B,L)




After breakfast at the hotel, we leave Ha Giang for Bac Ha Town where you will arrive in the late afternoon. If time permit, when we just about 20km away from Bac Ha Town, make a stop at Thai Giang Pho village of flower Hmong people for short visiting. Local children will follow you everywhere you go, giving you a chance to explore the reality of life for the ethnic minority people in the mountains of Vietnam… Check in your hotel for relaxation. Dinner on your own and overnight at the hotel.

Factsheet for this day

+ Ha Giang - Bac Ha: 240 km, 6 hour driving

Hotel:Sao Mai Hotel-Superior Room

Meals:Breakfast, Lunch

Local Guide:Private local English Speaking Guide




Day 9: BAC HA – COC LY MARKET - SAPA (B,L)




In the early morning, leave Bac Ha for Lao Cai then Coc Ly tribal market (around 45 km from Bac Ha – takes place on every Tuesday moring only) which offer the chances to see H'mong and Dzao minority people in their most colorful costumes. Take a boat trip down stream on Chay river to enjoy scenic view from river and trek to Dzao. Lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, continue our driving to the Old French hill station of Sapa. Check in your hotel and spend the balance of day free at leisure. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel. Remark: Coc Ly market is held on every Tuesday morning only. Other markets are held in the region on some other days of the week: Sin Cheng & Cao Son are on every Wednesday; Lung Khau Nhin & Muong Khuong are on every Thursday; Can Cau market is on every Saturday morning and Bac Ha Market is on every Sunday morning. Depending on your traveling dates, another market visiting will be arranged rather than Coc Ly market.

Factsheet for this day

Route: transfer by cruise shuttle bus

+ Bac Ha - Coc Ly Market: 45 km, 1 hour driving

+ Coc Ly Market – Sapa: 95 km, 1,5 hour driving

Hotel:Sunny Mountain Hotel – Superior Room

Meals:Breakfast, Lunch

Local Guide:Private local English Speaking Guide




Day 10: SAPA – Y LINH HO – LAO CHAI – TA VAN - SAPA (B,L)




Built in the early 1920s as a French hill station, Sapa village has rested peacefully in isolation since the end of World War II, and was opened up to foreign travelers just a few years ago. The French nicknamed the Sapa region the “Tonkinese Alps,” and its rugged and exotic beauty is still a draw. The district is peopled by eight different ethnic groups that originated in China and other countries surrounding Vietnam, and the majority of them are subsistence farmers, with rice being the most important crop. Enjoy a beautiful trekking tour though the villages of Hmong and Black Daos, and rice terraces. Transfer from your hotel to Y Linh Ho Village, where you will begin your trek via a small path to the village of Lao Chai. You will then start your descending walk into the valley, which is the largest paddy terrace in Sapa area. The guide can provide you interesting information about rice and rice growing. In a specific time of the year (Jul-Aug), you will be able to experience how the local do planting and harvesting, one of the most important activities in their daily life. The walk takes you from Lao Chai village of Black H’mong minority to Ta Van village of Giay minority, including a visit to one of the local schools. After visiting Ta Van, back to your hotel in Sapa for refreshment. Lunch en-route and dinner on your own. Overnight at hotel.

Factsheet for this day

Route: transfer by private car

+ Sapa - Y Linh Ho - Lao Chai - Ta Van: 8 km, 20 minute driving

+ Trekking 14km (can change due on your health

Hotel:Sunny Mountain Hotel – Superior Room

Meals:Breakfast, Lunch

Local Guide:Private local English Speaking Guide




Day 11: SAPA – SIN CHAI VILLAGE – LAO CAI – TRAIN TO HANOI (B,L)




The morning, leaving Sapa town behind, you will take a short transfer to the small village of Sin Chai, inhabited by Black H’mong people. Sin Chai is located at the foot of Fansipa n Mountain in an area covered by rain forest and under the protection of Hoang Lien National Park. Upon arrival at the village, you start the walk around and experience the daily life of the villagers who still maintain their ancestor’s way of life. You continue the walk out of the village, following a dirt trail running through rice paddy and corn hill along a narrow river, enjoying the spectacular scenery surrounding. After a short walk you will reach a suspension bridge where you also can visit a local house of the few Black H’mong families living here. You will then return to the village centre, where you get on the vehicle and have a drive back to Sapa. Afternoon is free at leisure until you are transferred to the train station of Lao Cai. Dinner on your own. Overnight on the train in an air-conditioned cabins with soft sleeper berth (4persons/ cabin).

Factsheet for this day

Route: transfer by private car

+ Sapa –Sin Chai Village: 4 km, 10 minute driving

+ Sapa –Lao Cai train station: 32 km, 1 hour driving

Train:Air-conditioned cabins with soft sleeper berth (4persons/ cabin)

Meals:Breakfast, Lunch

Local Guide:Private local English Speaking Guide




Day 12: HANOI – HALONG BAY (B,L,D)




Arrive in Hanoi in the early morning. Transfer to hotel for taking a shower and having breakfast before leaving for Halong Bay a stunning UNESCO World Heritage site with its 3,000 islands of towering limestone dotting the bay and Gulf of Tonkin (180km – 3.5 - 4 hour driving). After arriving at noon, you will board a beautiful boat for an overnight cruise on Halong Bay with an excellent menu of fresh seafood. Lunch and dinner are served on boat. Overnight on board.

Factsheet for this day

Route: transfer by private car

+ Hanoi – Halong Bay: 160km ~ 3.5 hours driving

+ Include 20-30 minutes for short break in the middle way. It is time for rest room or light snack.

Cruise:Swan Halong Bay Cruise – Deluxe Cabin

Meals:Breakfast at hotel, lunch and dinner on boat

Local Guide:No guide on car transfer, local English speaking guide on boat




Day 13: HALONG BAY – HANOI DEPARTURE (B)




Wake up early in the morning to enjoy aquamarine water of the bay at its best. After tea break, the boat continue to cruise quietly through spectacular limestone formations of Halong Bay. Enjoy this more isolated bay’s spectacular and unique islands of the bay. Return to Halong harbor after a brunch for transfer back to Hanoi Airport for your departure flight. Stop en route to visit a pottery village. Meals on your own. End of services

Factsheet for this day

Route: transfer by private car

+ Halong Bay – Hanoi Airport: 180km ~ 3.5 hour driving

+ Include 20-30 minutes for short break in the middle way. It is time for rest room or light snack.

Cruise:Swan Halong Bay Cruise – Deluxe Cabin

Meals:Breakfast, lunch on boat

Local Guide:No guide on car transfer, local English speaking guide on boat




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