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CTV12: Best North Vietnam Tour 8 days 7 nights

Destination: Hanoi – Sapa – Halong bay – Hanoi
Starts in: Ha Noi
Ends in: Ha Noi
Duration: 8D-7N
Tour code: CTV12

Best North Vietnam Tour 8 days 7 nights

 Itinerary in Brief:
 
Day 1: Hanoi arrival
Day 2: Hanoi city tour – night train to Sapa ( B, L )
Day 3: Sapa – Cat cat tribe’s village ( B, L )
Day 4: Lao chai – Tavan village ( B, L )
Day 5: Sapa – Sunday Bacha market – night train back Hanoi ( B, L )
Day 6: Hanoi – Halong bay cruise ( B, L )
Day 7: Halong bay – Hanoi ( B, L )
Day 8: Hanoi departure ( B )
 
Itinerary in Details
 
Day 1 :Hanoi arrival
Arrival at Noi Bai Airport, you are warmly welcomed  and transferred  to hotel by private Asia View Travel’sguide with signboard, check in, relax. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.
 
Day 2: Hanoi city tour – night train to Sapa( B, L )
After breakfast, pick up at hotel, start city tour  with the Ho Chi Minh Complex. This famous site contains the mausoleum of the nation’s founder Ho Chi Minh (Close on Monday, Friday & October, half of November for annual maintenance ), the Presidential Palace and the Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts. Close to this complex is the One Pillar Pagoda, whose origins date back to the foundation of city. We follow this with the impressive Ethnology Museum, dedicated to Vietnam's 54 ethnic groups.  Lunch at local restaurant. Afternoon, visit the Temple of Literature, which is well known as the first university of Vietnam, Vietnam’s first university. Constructed in 1070, the gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a relaxing glimpse into Vietnam’s past. We continue to visit the Restored Sword Lake (Hoan Kiem Lake) and Ngoc Son Temple,  do a cyclo tour around   around the 36 streets of the Hanoi old quarter to learn more about simple life of Hanoian. Enjoy water puppet show- a remarkable Vietnamese art form that combines traditional music, fireworks, underwater puppeteers, and elaborate puppets floating gracefully over water. Transfer to the train station for night train to Sapa. The train leaves Hanoi at around 9:00 PM. Overnight on train with soft sleep 4 berth / cabin
 
Day 3: Sapa – Cat cat vilage ( B, L )
The train arrives at the Lao Cai train station at approximately 05:00 AM. There will be a vehicle and tour guide waiting to transfer us to Sapa. The drive to Sapa is only 33 km but it takes around 1.5 hours to make our way up the mountains. Arrive Sapa and  enjoy  breakfast at the hotel ( There will be surcharge if require early check in ).
After breakfast,  we  do the a tour with car and guide  to the hill tribe villages of Cat Cat, and Sansaho village home to the H'mong  hill tribes minority peoples. As we walk to the villages nestled in the valley below Sapa, we will meet some of the local minority people on their way to and from Sapa. Here we have the opportunity to share cultural experiences with the families that live in the area. Back to the hotel , check in, then enjoy lunch at local restaurant.
This afternoon you travel by car toward the Silver Waterfall where you will be able to take a short walk to waterfall. You will then drive further to Heaven Gate, the highest peak of roads in Vietnam. From there you can see Fansipan, the highest peak of Indochina mountains as well as enjoy stunning views. The walk commences at a point nearby the waterfall, by a descent on a trail through bamboo forest, which belongs to Hoang Lien National Park. Transfer back Sapa town. Overnight at hotel.
 
Day 4: Lao chai – Tavan village ( B, L )
After breakfast, we start the trip to the Lao Chai village, take picture of paddle field and visit minority house and school. The lovely walk  that will take us along small paths and trails and through several hill tribe villages of Lao Chai and Tavan, home to H'mong, and Dzay people. This is a absolutely spectacular walk through stunning scenery inhabited by some of the friendliest people you can meet. Stopping for a lunch on the way at a family in Ta Van village. Opportunity to meet with local people and study the art of making batik and local weaving villages - study textile tradition of craft women o Black H'mong and Red Dzao.  Overnight at hotel.
 
Day 5: Sapa – Sunday Bacha market – night train back Hanoi ( B, L )
The beginning of the day on which you visit a big market filled with many different hill-tribe peoples. It takes you around 2 hour drive to the Bac ha market.
This is the most colourful market in North Vietnam. At the market, you have chance to enjoy BacHa people's simple but unique kinds of food with special wines made from rice, cassavas, corn and different sorts of fruits such as plumps, apples, peaches... talking to the minorities through the guide's interpretation. Leave the market for the H'mong King's house (King Hoang A Tuong) built by the French colonists and the Chinese in 1920. Return the town for lunch. In the afternoon, spend time visiting another village (BanPho village) Say good bye to BacHa and get back to Sapa. Reach Sapa late in the afternoon. Check in hotel.
Transfer back Lao cai for the night train back Hanoi.
Overnight on train with 4 berth / cabin

Day 6: Hanoi – Halong Bay on board (B, L, D) – 180km – around 3,5 hour drive
Arrival in Hanoi in the early morning at round 5:00 am. Pick up at train station and the guide will take you to a mini hotel near the train station gate to have shower and basic set menu breakfast.
8:00 Am pick up at hotel, depart for Halong bay. It takes around 3,5 hours traveling by road.
Comfort stop en route for photos and coffee ( by your own ) before arriving to Ha Long City.
11:30 - 12.15  Arrive in Ha Long city, board our traditional wooden junk boat for an overnight journey. Sip on a refreshing welcome drink upon check in before you begin your cruise through the bay.
13.00 Start sail from Bai Tu Long Bay area, Feast on a delicious lunch as you cruise among beautiful of islets (Tea pot islet, Mat Quy –Monster Face islet, Yen Ngua islet, Man’s Head islet, Tortoise islet etc.) to discover unspoilt pockets of Halong Bay and visit Sung Sot - Amazing cave, one of the most imposing grottos of the Bay. Swim at Soi Sim beach or Titov beach or a short trek to the top of Titov mountain (426 Steps) for a magnificent panorama scenery.
17.30 Fresh fruits serve at lounge or sundeck. Enjoy vegetable/fruit carving & Folding Napkin 19.30 Enjoy your dinner on board. 21.00 Squid fishing or relax and chatting with your partner,
friends, family.
Overnight on Junk.

Day 7: Halong – Hanoi (B, L )
06.20 Tai Chi Exercise with an opportunity to admire the magnificent scenery of sunrise over the Bay.
07.00 For early riser complimentary tea, coffee and break fast are served.
08.00 Visit Luon cave on small bamboo boat paddle by out crew staff and enjoy the quiet atmosphere enclosed by high islets and mountains. Be back to our Huong Hai Junk. Sail past rock formations such as and passing Finger islet, Hoa Cuong fishing village area, Ga Choi – Fghting Cock islet, Dinh Huong Islet, Little Dog islet. Enjoy the tranquil scenery as the boat meanders its way through the bay on the way back to Ha Long city, etc.
09.00 Arrange your luggage and do the check out onboard.
10.15 Enjoy a lunch as your boat weaves through strange-shaped limestone rock formations.
11:30 – 12:00: We will return to the main harbor before transferring to our awaiting vehicle for a 3.5 hours back Hanoi. We reach hotel at around 15:30 – 16:00, check in, relax
 
Day 8: Hanoi departure ( B )
Free until transfer to the airport for your departure flight. End of tour.

Accommodation Options

Location Standard 3* Superior 3* First class 4* Deluxe 5*
Hanoi Le Carnot 3* Le Carnot 3** Lan Vien 4* De L’ Opera 5*
Halong boat V Spirit 3* V Spirit 3* Pelican 4* Starlight 5*
Sapa Sapa Lodge 3* Sapa Lodge 3* Chau long II 4* Victoria Sapa 4*
 
Tour includes:
  • All accommodation in double / twin room with daily breakfast at selected hotels
  • 2 days 1 night cruise in Halong Bay ( private cabin – sharing boat )
  • 2 nights on train with soft sleep 4 berth / cabin Hanoi – Lao cai - Hanoi
  • All tours & transfers in private air-conditioned vehicles
  • Private English or French speaking guide
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary with local foods (B = breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner)
  • Boat cruise as stated
  • Entrance fees and permits for all sights visited
  • Mineral water & towel
  • Government taxes & Service charges
 
Tour excludes:
  • International flights that not mentioned above
  • Vietnam visa arrangement (We can apply Visa on arrival if you request)
  • Kayak in Halong Bay
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Surcharge on 24,31 December and Lunar New Year
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Personal expenses such as Telephone and Laundry bills, drink during meals
  • Tips and gratuities
 
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