Best of the North 6 Days
$ 425 IE
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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 - Rickshaw Tour & Welcome Dinner

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 rickshaw 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 Vegetable Village & Cooking Class - City tour - Night train to Lao Cai

This morning you travel out of Hanoi city center to the suburban areas for a half-day eco tour discovering the local life. You will get picked up from your hotel lobby around 7:30 a.m then set out on a 45-min drive to Tien Le Vegetable village, which is renowned as one of the most beautiful Hanoi Vegetable Village, located about 18 km to the west of Hanoi.
Arrive in the peaceful village, our local host and guide will take you on a wonderful visit of a market in the countryside. Wandering around the stalls selling food, meat, veggie, etc…you can try bargaining for some ingredients used in the coming cooking session. All of them are newly harvested and fresh!
When you get back from the market, you will put on farming clothes and bring farming tools to the field, where many local people are working since early morning. Our tour’s highlight is that you will experience farming in Hanoi vegetable village. So to speak, prepare to get dirty as you will be doing some farming activities like plowing, growing vegetables, watering and fertilizing… There will be a lot of fun waiting for you.
Come back to your host family for a cooking session and lunch.
In the afternoon, take a guided tour visiting some main sites of Hanoi: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Complex (you just pass by), the One Pillar Pagoda and the Women’s Museum. In the evening, enjoy the Water Puppet Show - a traditional art form having its root from wet rice culture.
At night, our guide will lead you on your way to the Hanoi Railway Station for your 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.

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.

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

Oriental Central Hotel           
Gondola Hotel           

Tirant Hotel           

La Siesta Trendy Hotel           

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