This 4-day-tour covers almost the beautiful highlights of Halong Bay, Hanoi, Ninh Binh. Tourists can have a fully experience with sea kayaking, enjoy the fresh BBQ seafood and take part in other exotic activities in Halong Bay and visit ancient capital, Ninh Binh. See the daily life of Hanoian.
|Day 1||Arrival Hanoi – Train to Laocai||(D)|
|Day 2||Laocai – Sapa||(B/L/D)|
|Day 4||Sapa – Coc Ly market – Train to Hanoi||(B/L/D)|
|Day 5||Hanoi – Halong||(B/L/D)|
|Day 6||Halong – Hanoi||(B/L/D)|
|Day 7||Hanoi Departure||(B)|
Upon arrival at Noi Bai International Airport, meet by our representative and transfer to Hanoi. Dinner at local restaurant. Then transfer to Hanoi Railway station for your night train to Sapa ~ 380km northwest of Hanoi, among the Hoang Lien Mountains, in Lao Cai Province, near the Chinese border. 1650 meters above sea level, famous for tis pristine environment, unparalleled scenery and cool climate, Sapa is home to more than 30 colourful hill tribes and Vietnam’s highest peak, the 3.143 meters Mount Fansipan. Tonight, you will be travelling on the train with sleepin berth journeying to Lao Cai.
06:00 hours, arrival Lao Cai. Breakfast at local restaurant. From Lao Cai the road winds up the terraced hillsides to Sapa, a former French Hill resort and home to some of Vietnam’s most colourful ethnic groups. There are many photo opportunities along the way. Transfer to hotel. In the afternoon, visit some of nearby Hill Tribe villages Cat Cat. Overnight in Sapa.
A morning walking tour of Sapa, visit the busy market where Red Dao, Black H’mong and other ethnic minority people converge from the surrounding countryside to sell their embroidery, silverware and handicrafts. Today is the summit day as you trek more up to the villages especially to see the colourful Dzao hill tribe. Maybe your body feels a bit busted but while you’re resting your feet, we will have a little picnic lunch celebrating by the stream and simply enjoy life. It is time to enjoy the fresh air and the nocturnal sound of nature.
After breakfast, rise up as early as 06:00 hours to visit Coc Ly market. This is the best time to visit this huge market with its entire colourful ehtnic people like Lao, Lu, Black (flat) Dzao and Blue H’mong minorities. Not only that, the outstanding and amazing dred H’mong, Tay, Dzay will be seen here as well. Transfer back to Lao Cai to take train back to Hanoi. Dinner at Lao Cai restaurant.
Arrival Hanoi in the morning, have breakfast, then enjoy sightseeing tour features both cultural and historical highlights comprising Ba Dinh Square, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts, Ho Chi Minh Museum and One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of literature. Lunch, then depart to Halong Bay. Arrive Halong, check in hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Have dinner at seafood restaurant. Overnight in Halong.
After breakfast, board a private boat for a cruise in Halong Bay, a world heritage site recognised by UNESCO in 1994. Explore Dau Go Cave, Thien Cung Grotto, round over Tuan Chau Island, Dinh Huong Island, Ga Choi Island, Dog Island and Sail Island. Lunch of fresh seafood is served on board. Return to Hanoi with stop-overs at ceramic and hand embroidery workshops en-route. Arrive Hanoi, take one hour tour around Hanoi old quarters, visit Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son Temple. 18:30 hours, enjoy Water Puppet Show, a theatrical genre reflecting the agricultural civilisation of thousands of years ago. Dinner. Overnight in Hanoi.
Breakfast in hotel. Proceed to airport for return flight.