Best of the North 6 Days
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Designed for those who have limited time frame and only can explore Northern Vietnam, this trip covers almost all these must see sites of the area. For 6 days, we will take you from the charming city of Hanoi with wide tree-lined boulevards, nearby peaceful villages such as Tien Le vegetable village, to the mountainous Sapa with colorful hill tribe ethnics. The final stop is the emerald Halong Bay – a natural world wonder with thousands of islands and islets.

Day 1 Hanoi Arrival

Welcome to Hanoi - the capital city of Vietnam with beautiful tree lined boulevards and colonial buildings, a heaven of vendor foods and hospitable people. Arrive in Noi Bai International Airport, our guide will be waiting there to take you to your hotel in the city center for a short rest.
In the afternoon, take a cyclo tour along the streets of Hanoi, taking in the vibrant Old Quarter before savoring a Vietnamese dinner in a local restaurant.
Meals: Dinner.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi.

 

Day 2 Hanoi Ancient Village – City tour

The day commences by 1 hour transferring from Hanoi. From the main road, you will go through the rice field before entering the village, where locates breathtakingly beautiful pagoda which have been built over 300 years with amazing architecture. It will make you feel like you are living in ancestors' time. Walking through the paths, you see the small local market where people sell variable local produces and food. Scattered along the road are the food vendors. You might be interested in buying some fresh products here to prepare for your lunch later in the village. Continue to visit the quiet pagoda hidden behind the vibrant market.
Following the stone bridge you will visit the village where a 300-year-old wooden house is still existing, Ancestral shrine of each family surrounding the lake as well as the temple where worshiping of the village' tutelary occur. Your visit to the traditional village will be ended in a happy lunch with a local family.
Rest a little bit then we get back to city centre, continue 4-hour city tour. The tour includes visits to main sites as the Ho Chi Minh Complex (outside), Temple of Literature - the first university of Vietnam, Old Quarter, Sword Lake. Conclude the day with St. Joseph Cethedral - where many couples come to take pictures. In the evening you will take night train to Lao Cai.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Accommodation: On train (in a shared 4-berth cabin with A/C).

 

Day 3 Lao Cai - Sapa - Sau Chua Village

The train arrives in Lao Cai in the early morning. Our guide and driver will take you on a 1.5 hour drive to Sapa - the "city on the cloud" - along the bumpy road with breathtaking views. Enjoy breakfast at a local restaurant in Sapa then head to your hotel to enjoy a short rest.
At around 10:00am, start your tour with some main attractions in the town: the local market, the Old Church, dining shops... Later on, get on a trekking journey through the stunning paths to Sau Chua village - home to the H’mong minority with beautiful sceneries and less touched by tourists. Located on the mountain summit, from Sau Chua village you can have a panorama view of the town. Walking along the roads of the village, you will meet local people with warm smiles who are happy to share with you about their daily life.
Drive back to your hotel and rest of the day is for your own explorations.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Accommodation: Hotel in Sapa.

 

Day 4 Sapa - Ethnic market - Night train to Hanoi

Have breakfast at your hotel and head to one of the colorful hill tribe markets (Coc Ly market on Tuesday, Cao Son market on Wednesday, Lung Khau Nhin market on Thursday, Can Cau market on Saturday, Bac Ha/ Muong Hum market on Sunday…). In the market, people from nearby village in their traditional costumes bring their homemade products for selling and exchange. Products found in the market can be: pigs, cows, chickens, ducks, vegetables, and embroidered clothing…Wander around the market, talk to the local people here and enjoy their diverse products and unique culture before getting in the car for your drive back Lao Cai.
Arrive in Lao Cai, visiting the Ha Khau Border Gate, and then our guide will suggest a nice place for you to have dinner before catching your night train back Hanoi.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Accommodation: On train (in a shared cabin with A/C).

 

Day 5 Hanoi - Halong Bay - Overnight on Cruise

Arrive in Hanoi in the early morning; enjoy a leisure walk back to your day-use hotel for a short rest and breakfast before getting on a 3-4 hour journey to Halong Bay – a natural world wonder. Spend a night onboard an elegant junk, cruising on the emerald water to the far and less touched areas of Halong; it is a lifetime experience that you will never forget! And that is reason why we name it as the perfect Vietnam tour for couples.
Arrive at the dock around noon and then you will embark on the cruise, followed by a delicious lunch while the cruise sails further to the secluded, island-dotted bay. You will join the cruise's activities such as visiting cave and sandstones mountain, kayaking...At night, relax on the sun deck or go squid fishing.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Accommodation: On cruise.

 

 

 

Day 6 Halong Bay - Hanoi – Departure

Wake up early and take advantage of the early bird to capture the most beautiful moments of the bay during sun rise then attend a Tai Chi lesson with other passengers. Light breakfast is served with pastries and coffee while your cruise continues sailing through the islands. Depending on each cruise, you may visit nearby islands in a row boat then navigate back to the Halong jetty. Pack your luggage and enjoy the brunch onboard before disembarkation.
Our driver will be waiting at the jetty to take you back to the Hanoi Airport for your departure flight!
Bon Voyage!
Meals: Brunch.
Accommodation: N/A.

Included
Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
Private tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary
Services of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicles
Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
Round-trip train tickets Hanoi – Laocai – Hanoi (in a shared cabin)
Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
Service of English Speaking Guide as mentioned in the itinerary
Not Included
International flights in/ out Vietnam
Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
Early check-in and late check-out at hotels
Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
Tips for guides and drivers
Personal travel insurance
Vietnam Visa fees
Cancelation Policies
Before 14 days, deposit is forfeited
50% charge for Cancellation between 7-14 days
100% charge for Cancellation under 7 days or No show

The hotels chosen for this package as below or at similar standard in case they are fully booked.

Cities
3-star Hotels/Homestay
4-star Hotels
5-star Hotels
Hanoi

Oriental Central Hotel           
Gondola Hotel           

Tirant Hotel           

La Siesta Trendy Hotel           

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