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HE8: North Vietnam experience 8 days - From $436

Destination: Ha noi – Sapa - Halong – Hoa lu - Tam Coc - Hanoi
Starts in: Ha Noi
Ends in: Ha Noi
Duration: 8D-7N
Tour code: HE8

North Vietnam experience 8 days

North Vietnam experience 8 days
ffItinerary in Brief:
Day 1: Hanoi arrival
Day 2: Hanoi - Ninh binh - Trang an ( B, L )
Day 3: Hanoi city tour – night train to Sapa (B, L)
Day 4: Sapa – Lao Chai - Tavan village - Silver Waterfall (B, L)
Day 5: Sapa - Fansipan by cable car - back Hanoi by sharing luxury coach ( B )
Day 6: Hanoi – Halong bay cruise ( B, L,D )
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 will be warmly welcomed and transferred to city center, checkin, relax.( Room may not be available till 12:30 PM )
Optional tours: Street food tour including dinner
Time frame: Around 3 hours
At around 17:30, we start walking around Hoan Kiem Lake and the old quarter "36 streets" to visit some famous and specialized- food families or stalls/ local restaurants, shops where they run their business everyday. Special thing that tour guide would like to introduce some popular authentic food in lovely mini restaurants (not luxury restaurants) where you feel comfortable to sit down and enjoy some favorite dishes and nice drinks too.
It's interesting to taste some local food stalls and mini restaurants in hidden alleys and sidewalks, to learn about Vietnamese cuisine, culture, people and language. 
Street food tour will give you an unique experience to try the foods of the local Hanoi people, kow how a Hanoian cook the meals. What’s a great way to discover Vietnam culture.
Price: 25 USD/ person
Day 2 Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Hoa Lu – Trang an, the UNESCO World Heritage Site ( B, L )
Morning 8:00 AM depart from Hanoi to Ninh Binh, located in the marshy Red River delta, featuring a network of waterways coupled with spectacular limestone formations rising up from rice paddy fields. Spend one hour visiting the Dinh and Le temples of the Ancient Capital Hoa Lu which are dedicated to King Dinh and King Le, the founders of the ancient capital during the 10th century.
Lunch at local restaurant.
Afternoon, continue to visit Trang An Scenic Landscape complex nearby which recently recognized as an UNESCO World natural heritage, get on a rowing boat (small sampan) traveling along the small river with scenic mountain and green fields landscape. Boat takes you to visit cave complex of Trang An: Sang Cave, Toi Cave, Ba Giot Cave, Nau Ruou in mystery and wildness, the scenery of mountain and rivers – Halong on land of Ninh Binh.
Transfer back Hanoi for overnight at hotel.
Day 3: Hanoi city tour – night train to Sapa( B, L )
Breakfast at hotel, This morning we start city tour with Ho Chi Minh Complex from outside. This famous site contains the mausoleum of the nation’s founder Ho Chi Minh (Close on every Monday, Friday & from June 15 to August 15 as 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 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.
Lunch at local restaurant. 
Afternoon, we continue to visit the Restored Sword Lake (Hoan Kiem Lake) and Ngoc Son Temple, do a cyclo tour around the 36 streets of the Hanoi old quarter to learn more about simple life of Hanoian. We enjoy water puppet show- a remarkable Vietnamese art form that combines traditional music, fireworks, underwater puppeteers, and elaborate puppets floating gracefully over water. Free time for you to relax or wander around the Old quarter, shopping at the 36 old street, Dong xuan market, Hang Gai, Hang Ngang, Hang Dao Street, Trang Tien Plaza.
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 4 : Sapa-  Lao chai - Tavan village - Silver waterfall ( 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 start the trip to the South East of Sapa alongside Muong Hoa valley, down to 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 an 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.  
Lunch at local family in Ta Van village.
Back Sapa town and check in hotel.
Afternnoon transfer to visit Silver Waterfall where you will be able to take a short walk to waterfall. Transfer back  Sapa town. Time for you to wander around cathedral, Sapa market, enjoy the nice atmostphere at the town, may get some souvenir. Overnight at hotel.
Overnight at hotel in Sapa town.
Day 5 : Sapa – Fanispan peak by cable car- back Hanoi by sharing luxury coach- SIC ( B ) - 5 hour drive in the afternoon
After enjoying breakfast at your hotel, tour guide take you to Cable Car Station to start the trip to conquer Fansipan peak- the roof of Indochina house. As you know the cable car in Sapa is the world’s longest and highest cable car, running up from sleepy Sapa Town in Lao Cai Province to the peak of 3,143-meter Fansipan Mountain, known as Indochina’s rooftop. Enjoy the view from the highest point of this incredible mountain. The lush green and subtropical vegetation makes this mountain really very beautiful. You have a good time to see the view and take photos, visit pagoda the spiritual destinations and trek up to 600 steps you will reach the peak of Fansipan - the Roof of Indochina. (Spend about 1,5 hours for hiking and taking photos). Come back to Cable Car Station and return to Sapa town. 
Get ready to take on the luxury coach back Hanoi, sharing with other passengers.  The trip takes around 5,5 hour in a very good road – New Highway, schedule is  3:00 – 8:30 PM.
Check in upon arrival.
Day 6: Hanoi – Halong bay cruise  ( B, L,D ) 
08:00  Pick-up at hotel and start the 3 hour-and-a-half drive to Hong Gai Harbor.
11:30 - 12.00: Arrive in Ha Long, have a bit time to relax, and then you will transfer to cruise by tender.
12.45: Enjoy welcome drink, be briefing about safety on boat and activities included then check in your cabin.
13.30: Have lunch while leisurely cruising to the core of Bai Tu Long Bay. 
15.30: Arrive to Cap La Island - the beautiful area in Bai Tu Long bay. Enjoy kayaking through the karsts and breathtaking nature, and relaxing. 
17.30: Get back to the boat and enjoy Sunset Time ( enjoy tea and fresh fruits). This time is regarded as 
“ Happy Hour ” buy 2 get 1 while our cruise is sailing to the overnight anchorage.
19.00: Have dinner in the dining room on board.
20.30: Free time for joining Games, you may also try your luck with squid fishing. If you want to sing karaoke, please inform our tour guide to be supported.
Overnight on Cruise in Cong Do area
Day 7 : Halong bay – Hanoi ( B, L ) 
06.30: Start your day with Tai Chi on the Sundeck. Enjoy early morning landscape of the bay.
07.00: Have breakfast on board (tea and coffee are free)
07.45: Explore Thien Canh Son cave. Our tour guide will explain the history of Ha Long Bay, Bai Tu Long Bay and this Cave, made by Mother Nature.
08.45: Return to the main boat.
09.30: Finish packing and check out your cabin.
(Please remove all of your belongings from your cabin, you may leave heavy luggage outside of the cabin (our staff will support you transfer directly to the pier).
Around 10.00 ( Flexible time): Join in cooking class which is also organized by our guide. You have a chance to make Vietnamese cuisine by yourself.
10.45: Enjoy lunch while our cruise is returning Hon Gai harbour.
12.00 – 12:30: Back to the harbor and disembark in Hon Gai pier. Transfer back to Hanoi, check in, relax.
Day 8: Hanoi departure ( B )
Free until transfer to the airport for your departure flight. End of tour.
Note: Room available till 12:00 PM. If you request late check out, please advice in advance!
Accommodation Options

Location Superior 3* First class 4* Deluxe 5*
Hanoi Le Carnot 3* Babylon grand 4* Pan Pacific 5 *
Halong boat Swan 3 * V' spirit Premium 4* Dynasty 5 *
Sapa Sapa Relax 3 * Azure 4 * Silk Path Sapa 5 *

Tour includes:
• All accommodation in Double/ twin room with daily breakfast at selected hotels
• 2 day 1 night cruise in Halong Bay cruise ( private cabin – sharing boat)
• 1 night on train with soft sleep 4 berth/ cabin
• Sharing Luxury coach for Sapa – Hanoi - SIC
• Tours & transfers in  air-conditioned vehicles ( sharing coach Sapa – Hanoi )
• English speaking guide during guided time ( sharing tour guide on Halong bay cruise )
• 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 (if you request, we can apply Visa on arrival here)
• Early check in our late check out
• Optional Tours
• Surcharge on Christmas, New Year and our Lunar New Year
• Meals not indicated in the itinerary
• Personal travel insurance & Personal expenses such as Telephone and Laundry bills, Bar, Drink during meal
• Tips and gratuities
Children Policy:  
For children between 2 to 12 years old, the following price policy applies:
Child in extra bed        85% of total package
Child no bed                50% of total package
Child in twin                90% of total package
For infant between 0-2 years old, the following policy applies:
No extra bed, no meals, no entrance. All services free.
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