This adventure tour will give you a full experience of North Vietnam including Sapa and Halong Bay. The itinerary can easily be customized into a shorter itinerary by removing any of the day tour portions.
Day 2 Hanoi (B,L)
Hanoi, Vietnam capital, boasts tree-lined streets and centuries-old temples. Today, sightseeing tour features both cultural and historical highlights, comprising Ho Chi Minh mausoleum (façade only), One Pillar Pagoda, Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple, the Temple of Literature Lunch at local restaurant. Afternoon, visit the Ethnology Museum and enjoy 1-hour on pedicab ride through Hanoi’s Old Quarters, followed by a water puppet show. Evening, you have free time at leisure. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 3 Hanoi – Cuc Phuong National Park (B,L,D)
Depart for Cuc Phuong National Park, an area of limestone cliffs and wild, tropical forest 160km to the south of Hanoi. On the way to the park, visit Kenh Ga floating village. Upon arrival, visit the Endangered Primate Rescue Centre and the Botanic Garden, and discover tropical plants and exotic animals abound in the jungle region of Thanh Hoa, making this park home to an extraordinary variety of species. Overnight in the guest house. (Bungalow at Park Centre)
Day 4 Cuc Phuong National Park – Mai Chau (B,L,D)
Take a short walk to the main road where our car will pick you up and drive toward Mai Chau valley. Have lunch at Mai Chau and start walking around Lac village of Thai minority people to learn more about their daily life. Tonight you will have dinner at hotel. Overnight in Mai Chau.
Day 5 Mai Chau – Hanoi – Overnight train to Lao Cai (B,L,D)
After breakfast, drive to Ma River, get on boat cruising along Ma River to enjoy the beauty of the mountainous area. On the way back to Hanoi, stop to visit Hoa Binh Hydro Power Plant. On arrival in Hanoi, you will have a refreshing spa package at Qi Spa. Dinner will be served at local restaurant before transfer to Hanoi railways station for overnight train to Lao Cai. Overnight on train.
Day 6 Lao Cai – Sapa (B,L)
Arrive in Lao Cai station early morning. Pick-up by local guide and transfer from Lao Cai to Sapa (about 1-hour drive) and have breakfast in town. After refreshing, visit Sapa market with a soft trekking to Cat Cat village. After lunch, back to hotel for check-in and relaxing.
Late afternoon, we may climb up to Ham Rong (Dragon Jaw) Mountain for a panoramic view of Sapa town. Tonight you are free for your own activities. Overnight in Sapa.
Day 7 Sapa – Bac Ha Sunday market – Overnight to train to Hanoi (B,L,D)
After breakfast, drive to Bac Ha, about 120 km from Sapa town, for visiting this amazing Sunday market of local ethnic groups, such as the colorful Flower H’Mong, Dzao, Nung, Phu La etc. After lunch, have a soft trekking (04km) to Ban Pho village, home of the Flower H’Mong. Late afternoon, we drive back to Lao Cai for the night train to Hanoi. Overnight on board.
Day 8 Hanoi – Ninh Binh (B,L,D)
Upon arrival in the early morning, have breakfast at hotel. After refreshing, we drive to Ninh Binh, some 100km South of Hanoi. This offers a world of natural and cultural heritage to explore. Visit Bai Dinh Pagoda, the biggest pagoda in ASEAN, famous for its great size and imposingness. The pagoda will be also set more record for the owner of the most Arhat Statues in ASEAN with 500 Arhat statues made of stone and stand higher than human’s head.
Then visit Hoa Lu, the capital of Vietnam in the 10th century, known to travelers as Vietnam’s “inland Halong Bay”. After visiting two temples in commemoration of King Dinh Tien Hoang and King Le Dai Hanh in the ancient capital, take a leisurely sampan cruise on a creek crossing three large stretches of rice field, divided by three magnificent grottoes with huge stalactites, then move onwards to the Bich Dong cave pagodas on limestone mountain side dating from the 17th century. Stay overnight at your hotel in Ninh Binh.
Day 9 Ninh Binh – Halong (B,L,D)
After breakfast, transfer to Halong (approx. 180km) approximately 3 and a half hour. You will enjoy the journey through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta, the scenery of the rice paddies, water buffaloes and everyday Vietnamese village life.
Transfer by tender to your junk. Boat starts cruising while you check-in cabin. Enjoy lunch on board. Visit fishing village, caves and go swimming or kayaking (optional) or just relax on board. Overnight on board.
Day 10 Halong – Hanoi (B)
Early morning you can join meditation and yoga session on sundeck. Visit caves and enjoy brunch before check-out and transfer to Hanoi. You will be transferred back to Hanoi in the afternoon. This evening is free at leisure. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 11 Hanoi (B)
Full day free and easy for shopping or relaxing. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 12 Hanoi Departure (B)
Free at leisure until transfer to the airport for flight home or other destinations.
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