12 days 11 nights
Embark on this 12-day journey through the Northeast and Northwest regions, offering you a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore lesser-known landscapes in Vietnam. The Northern Vietnam: From Mountains to Beaches package provides a chance to admire breathtaking natural scenery, visit traditional craft villages, and delve into the fascinating cultures of ethnic minorities. Each destination you visit is a must-see, allowing you to fully appreciate and experience the distinct cultural heritage of the region. If you have a passion for outdoor cultural experiences and a desire to discover remote areas, this trip is the best choice for creating unforgettable memories!
Our guide will meet you at Noi Bai International Airport and then take you to your hotel in Hanoi. Check-in time is 14:00, and early check-in may require an additional fee. After a long flight, you are free to rest or join some optional culinary tours below to explore the distinctive cuisine of Hanoi:
1. Hanoi Street Food Tour by Motorbike AT NIGHT FROM $78/person
2. Half-Day Hanoi Cooking Class FROM $48/person
NOTE: Feel free to contact us if you wish to book any additional city tours. Please be present at Column 10 outside the Terminal Gate to meet our representative. Contact our travel consultant if you cannot locate our representative.
Meals: Not Applicable Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
Morning/Afternoon You will enjoy a day exploring the capital city with our guide. Depending on your schedule, this half-day tour will start in the morning or afternoon. The itinerary covers some of Hanoi's top tourist attractions, including: 1. Stop at the Temple of Literature, the Royal Academy of the Ly Dynasty. It is also the first university in Vietnam. 2. Visit the One Pillar Pagoda, a temple built at the same time as the Temple of Literature. Its unique design, a small temple perched on a single stone pillar, will amaze every visitor. 3. Explore the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, where the Vietnamese people preserve the remains of their greatest leader, and visit his stilt house. These sites are viewed from the outside and are closed on Mondays and Fridays from June to August. 4. Tour West Lake, visit Tran Quoc Pagoda, dating back to the 6th century, one of the oldest pagodas in Hanoi, with a history of 1,500 years. 5. Have lunch/dinner at an authentic Vietnamese restaurant and then take a break during the day. NOTE: Both morning and afternoon departures are possible for this tour. Depending on your preference, you can choose transportation by car or motorbike. The itineraries are highly flexible and can be modified based on your preferences. Proper attire, covering knees and shoulders, is mandatory when entering the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Shorts, short skirts, sleeveless shirts, or tank tops are not allowed.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel to fuel up for a full-day excursion. Afterward, you will travel approximately 260 km to Ba Be National Park. The journey may take around 7 hours, so you will have lunch on the way to Ba Be Lake.
Arrive at Ba Be in the late afternoon. You will take a 30-minute boat ride to the village of the boatmen. Once you reach the homestay in Pac Ngoi village, you can stroll around the village to observe the local way of life and have dinner there.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Homestay in Ba Be
You can enjoy breakfast at the homestay early in the morning, and the guide will pick you up for the trekking journey from Pac Ngoi village. You will have the opportunity to admire the stilt houses and immerse yourself in the beautiful nature of the Ba Be region. Next, embark on a cycling trip to the Tày ethnic minority area to explore the fascinating cave on the mountain, then cycle about 5 km to Tơ Tơ Waterfall. If the weather permits, you can participate in some water activities such as swimming or relaxing by the waterfall, followed by a picnic lunch by the enchanting waterfall. Afternoon:
Stroll around the Ba Be Lake shore and capture some sunset photos. You can visit the local market to buy unique souvenirs and then return to our homestay.
After having breakfast around 7:30 AM, you will depart from Ba Be and head to Meo Vac by road. The journey may take about 6 hours, and you will make stops for lunch and a short rest along the way.
Upon reaching the town of Meo Vac, the residence of the Lolo and Pu Peo ethnic groups, you will have dinner and spend the night at a local homestay.
Have breakfast at the homestay. Around 7:30 AM, let's start the journey from Meo Vac to Dong Van, the limestone plateau where the Hmong people reside. This winding 30 km road connects Dong Van and Meo Vac, offering stunning mountainous landscapes along the way. Upon reaching the town of Dong Van, you can explore Dong Van Market, which convenes every Sunday. Visit the Hmong Royal Palace, a mansion designed with a blend of Chinese and European architectural styles, owned by the royal Vương Chí Sinh.
Continue to Quan Ba, Yen Minh. You will have the opportunity to witness the "Heaven's Gate" located on the highest peak in the region. From here, enjoy a panoramic view of the impressive landscapes of Ha Giang, with the serene greenery of mountains and terraced fields. Conclude the tour by arriving in Ha Giang in the late afternoon. Have dinner and spend the night in the local village. NOTE: Meo Vac, Dong Van, Yen Minh, and Ha Giang are remote and distant areas. Therefore, local restaurants in this region have different standards compared to those in major cities. You will experience local meals typical of the residents in these areas.
After having breakfast at the hotel, around 7:30 AM, you will head to the town of Bac Ha, a journey that takes approximately 6 hours. Due to the long travel time, you will have lunch on the way to Bac Ha.
Make a stop at the Thai Giang Pho village of the Hmong Hoa people if time permits. Here, you will have the opportunity to explore the daily life of the ethnic minority community. Check-in at the hotel. Enjoy dinner and spend the night at the hotel.
Let's savor the last breakfast in Bac Ha before the new journey begins. Depart from Bac Ha around 6:30 AM and head to the weekly ethnic minority market. You can enjoy the tranquil life of various ethnic minorities, try some unique dishes only sold at this mountain market, and purchase unique souvenirs from Northern Vietnam to take home. After exploring the local market, embark on a boat ride along the Chay River to visit a village of the Tay people.
Visit Bao Nhai, a small town with beautiful natural landscapes in the northern mountainous region. You can admire the picturesque scenery of this town, then return by car to Sapa for a solo dinner. NOTE: Depending on your travel date, the market tour will be arranged instead of Coc Ly Market. Here is the schedule for different local markets: Coc Ly Market: every Tuesday morning Sin Cheng & Cao Son Markets: every Wednesday morning Lung Khau Nhin & Muong Khuong Markets: every Thursday morning Can Cau Market: every Saturday morning Bac Ha Market: every Sunday morning
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Sapa
After having breakfast at the hotel, the car and local guide will pick you up to start the trekking journey. Arrive at Y Linh Ho village, located on the bank of the Muong Hoa River. Continue to Lao Chai village of the Black Hmong people, one of the largest ethnic minority groups in the Sapa region. Proceed to Ta Van village, situated at an elevation of 1,200 meters above sea level and inhabited by the Zay people. The peaceful atmosphere here will help you escape the hustle and bustle of city life. After an easy 13 km downhill trek, you will return to the town of Sapa by car.
Explore Sapa on your own and spend the night at the hotel.
Have breakfast at the hotel, check out, and prepare for a new trekking journey to one of the most beautiful mountain villages in the North. Walk 3 km to the southwest of Sapa to reach Cat Cat village, the home of the Black H'mong people, one of the most famous ethnic villages in Sapa. Relax in the village, admire the stunning waterfall, and have a picnic lunch by the river.
Continue walking 3 km to Sin Chai village, located at the foot of Fansipan Mountain, known as the "Roof of Indochina," and enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the mountain. Then, you may return and travel approximately 3 km to the town of Sapa by jeep and return to Hanoi by limousine.
Have breakfast at the hotel. Around 08:00 - 08:30, the driver will pick you up and take you to Ha Long Bay for an overnight cruise. The boarding time is around 12:00. The crew will warmly welcome you with drinks as you board the cruise. A delicious seafood lunch will be served on the boat while it cruises around the bay.
Participate in various interesting activities along the cruise itinerary, such as cycling in Viet Hai village, visiting floating fishing villages, and exploring the Dark & Bright Cave. Then return to the main boat and relax. Have dinner on the cruise and engage in other fun activities like squid fishing (depending on the specific itinerary). Spend the night on the cruise.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Ha Long Bay Cruise
After waking up, you can join a Tai Chi class in the early morning. Alternatively, on some other cruises, you may have the opportunity to practice yoga or traditional Vovinam martial arts instead of Tai Chi. (Please contact our travel consultant for more information.) Have a quick breakfast before heading out to visit a famous site in Ha Long Bay, depending on the cruise itinerary. Then, return to the cruise to check your cabin as the cruise returns to the main harbor. You will enjoy a final late breakfast before the cruise docks. Upon arrival, our driver will pick you up and transfer you back to Hanoi or Noi Bai Airport for your departure flight. NOTE: Please contact our travel consultant if you require airport transfer services or additional nights in Hanoi.
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