Tour in Northern Vietnam (8 days 7 nights) Price: $389
DAY 1: Arriving in Hanoi (No meal)
Pick up at the airport at 8:50 AM, transfer to hotel in Hanoi.
Free time and easy.
Overnight in Asian Ruby Hanoi hotel or the same
DAY 2 : Hanoi- Hoa Lu – Tam Coc (Breakfast/ Lunch)
8:00 – 8:30am: Tour guide and bus pick you up at your hotel and depart to Ninh Binh province. On half way, you take a short break 20 minutes for refreshments and shopping. You will have an opportunity to experience Vietnamese handicraft products such as lacquer wares, paintings, and embroideries. Arrive in Ninh Binh around 10:30am. Stop at Hoa Lu ancient citadel built in the 10th century. Then visit temples of two dynasties Dinh and Le with unique architecture in the old time. After that, you will be off to visit the excavation area beside Le Dai Hanh temple. Here you can witness the vestiges of Royal Palaces ground dated back 10th Century. Then back to the bus and go to Tam Coc.
Optional biking: Those who love to experience real images of Vietnam countryside can proceed a 40 minute cycling tour from Tam Coc to Bich Dong Pagoda around 5 km (2 ways) along country lane with the beautiful scenery of lush paddy fields. Finish the cycling tour at Tam Coc dock in time for a buffet lunch at a local restaurant.
14:00pm: You will board the sampan boat (2 people share a boat) in Tam Coc dock to drift down the river among the villages, mountains and lush rice fields. Passing through 3 caves (Hang Ca – First Cave, Hang Hai – Second Cave, Hang Ba – Third Cave) to get strange feelings. Boat returns to the dock for bus drive back to Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi at around 6:00 – 6:30pm. Overnight in Asian ruby hotel or the same
DAY 3: Hanoi- Halong bay(Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner)
Breakfast at your hotel.
7:45am – 8.30am: pick you up in Hanoi. It takes 3,5 hours to travel to Ha Long city by bus. There will be a 20 minute break on the way for refreshments and shopping.
12:00pm – 12:15pm: upon arriving in Ha Long, you board the Superior Dragon Cruise to receive a cruise briefing, enjoy welcomed drinks and check-in your traditional style cabin. Have Vietnamese lunch while passing Fighting Cocks rock. Next, visit Sung Sot cave with amazing stalactites and stalagmites for 45 minutes. Then you can kayak to discover mysterious beauty of Ha Long up close. Get back the boat to have a shower and seafood dinner. There will be squid fishing and karaoke singing at night.
Overnight on Superior Dragon Cruise.
DAY 4: Ha Long Bay – Ha Noi – Sapa (Breakfast/ Lunch)
After breakfast, visit Ti Top Island about one hour, an ideal place for swimming, sunbathing. If you wish to experience new feeling, start hiking up to the top. Then transfer back on the Superior Dragon Cruise to relax on the top deck for sunbathing and photo hunting. We finish cruising at 11:45am. The bus will transfer you to a local restaurant for lunch. Return to Hanoi. Arrive back your hotels about 5:30pm.
Free time and easy.
19:30- 19:45 pm the car take you to train station to have night train to Sapa.
Overnight on the train (Et pumkin train or TSC train )
DAY 5 : Lao Cai- Sapa – Cat Cat Village (Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner)
5:30 – 6:30 am : Pick up at Lao Cai train station by our staffs then drive to Sapa by bus. Arrive in Sapa in the mid-morning. Have breakfast and relax at hotel.
9:00 – 9:30 am: Our guide will takes you to visit two villages of Black H’mong people (Cat Cat Village), a waterfall and you have a chance to see the hydroelectric power station built by the French ( This activity take 2 hours walking up and down to the valley ) . Back to Sa Pa for lunch.
After lunch you are free to visit Sa Pa town and Sapa market at the afternoon. Dinner and overnight in Holiday Sapa Hotel or the same
DAY 6: Lao Chai- Ta Van village – Lao Cai - Ha Noi (Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner)
7:30 – 9:00 am Enjoy breakfast at hotel. Pack your luggage to leave to hotel store.
9:00 – 9:30 am Our guide pick up you to the villages of the H’mong and Dzay called Lao Chai and Ta Van. Have lunch on the way or in a family of the ethnic people. (You will start trekking from hotel to the village with the distance about : 10 km. When you finish the trekking trip at the end of the village, our bus will pick up to the hotel ). Return to hotel and refreshing ( You can you the restroom of hotel )
16:00 – 16:30 Transfer from hotel to Lao Cai train station. Have dinner at the restaurant near the train station before get on the night train to go back to Ha Noi.
Overnight on the train.
DAY 7 : Hanoi city tour with Viet Nam Ethnology museum (Breakfast/ Lunch)
Arrive in Ha Noi at 5.00 am. The car picks you up at the train station to check in and have breakfast at Apple Hotel.
8:00am – 8:30am: get picked up by our tour guide and bus then transfer to the center of Hanoi. Start the trip with a first place named Tran Quoc pagoda, Buddhist relics and national heritage which lies on the West Lake. Then we go to Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, the final resting place of Viet Nam’s greatest father; President Ho Chi Minh’s stilt house where he lived and worked from 1958 to 1969. and the One Pillar Pagoda, the one modeled after a lotus flower and it is considered a symbol of Hanoi city.
Although several Temples of Literature can be found throughout Vietnam, the most prominent and famous is that situated in the city of Hanoi, which also functioned as Vietnam's first university. The temple was first constructed in 1070 under King Lý Nhân Tông and is dedicated to Confucius, sages and scholars. It is a vast structure that has existed to present day.
12:00pm: We will have lunch at a local restaurant.
13:00pm: We will explore the colourful features of the 54 ethnic groups of Viet Nam in the Ethnology museum. Then we drive back to legendary Hoan Kiem lake to visit Ngoc Son Temple which worships Van Xuong saint and Tran Hung Dao former general commander. We also observe the beautiful Vietnamese and French architecture around the lake. See water puppet show at 5:00 PM or 6:00 PM and back to your hotel by yourself .
Overnight in Asian Ruby Hanoi hotel.
DAY 8: Hanoi- Departure (Breakfast)
Have a breakfast at your hotel and transfer to the airport at 7:00 AM.