06-days Vietnam Trip: Hanoi - Sapa - Halong
Hanoi impresses tourists by cool autumn air, crowded streets, colorful lights shimmering from ancient houses, and faint aroma of milky flower making up dreamy Hanoi by night. Travelling to beloved Hanoi, you will not only be captivated by its ancient beauty but also feel the peaceful life here associated with rich of the nation. Hanoi charm is both ancient and modern, both vibrant and gentle, and extraordinarily peaceful.
Next destination of the trip is Halong. Halong Bay is a perfect product of the Creator and a harmony of stone, water and sky. Visitors to Halong are certainly supprised by thousands of islands and islets in various shapes and looks, making an unique Bay. Each island in Halong Bay has its own shape, not just look like any islands of Vietnam's coastal area. Let's join our trip to explore a magnificent yet incredibly poetic Halong Bay.
Bid farewell to the sea, we come to the moutainous area of Sapa, which is located in Lao Cai Province, Northwest Vietnam. Sapa is compared to a foggy valley, which is quiet and peaceful but hides inside the magic of nature. Visitors to Sapa in summer can feel the climate of four seasons in one day. In the morning and afternoon, it is cool like the weather of spring and autumn. At noon, it is as sunny and cloudless as the weather of summer. And it is cold in the evening. With no advance warning of a thunderstorm short and heavy rains may come at noon on any summer day. Subsequently, a rainbow appears, transforming Sapa into a magic land, which for years has been a constant source of poetic inspiration, lights up the whole region.
DAY 1: HANOI ARRIVAL – NIGHT TRAIN TO SAPA
You will be greeted at the airport and transferred to down town. Hanoi, a city of lakes, shaded boulevards and verdant public parks – the capital of Vietnam. The rest of day is yours.
In the evening: Bus and guide will pick up again then transfer to Railway Station to catch night train to Sapa. Overnight on the train.
DAY 2: LAO CAI – SAPA (B/L/D)
Arrive at Lao Cai railway station early in the morning then transfer to Sapa (1 hour), home to numerous colorful hill tribes (Black H'mong, Flower H'mong, Red Dao) and to Vietnam’s highest peak: Mount Fansipan.
Breakfast at hotel in Sapa then we embark on a lovely walking tour to the hill tribe village of Cat Cat, home of the H'Mong hill tribe minority people. 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 families that live in the area. Walk back to Sapa town and enjoy lunch at local restaurant.
After lunch, you are free and easy to visit around Sapa town and local market. Have dinner and overnight in Sapa.
DAY 3: SAPA TREKKING – NIGHT TRAIN BACK TO HANOI (B/L/D)
After breakfast, spend a full day of visit in the surroundings of Sapa: You will commence your journey from Sapa by bus to Lao Chai village, a Black Hmong ethnic minority village.
You will then be able to walk from Lao Chai to Tavan village where the Giay ethnic minority hill tribe lives. Here you will be able to rest and enjoy a picnic lunch on spot.
After lunch, you walk to a road where the bus is ready for your journey back to Sapa. Relax till transferring to Lao Cai Train Station and take the night train back to Hanoi. Dinner at local restaurant in Lao Cai.
Overnight on the train.
DAY 4: HANOI – HALONG BAY (B/L/D) – SUPERIOR DRAGON CRUISE
AM: Arrive Hanoi early in the morning (at approx 04:30 – 05:00 a.m). Our bus and staff will pick you up at Train Station and drive to hotel in Hanoi for breakfast (No room this morning). You are free at leisure till
07:45 - 08:30 Tour guide and shuttle bus of Ha Long Dragon Cruise pick you up then take 3.5 hour drive to Ha Long. Have a break 20 minutes en-route to free your legs.
12:15 Embark Tuan Chau harbor, get transferred to Dragon Cruise by a tender and enjoy a welcome drink.
13:00 Receive a cruise briefing. Savor delicious lunch while cruising among wonderful limestone islands.
14:30 Visit Sung Sot “amazing” cave, the most beautiful with millions of surprising stalactites and stalagmites
15:30 Stop at Ti Top Island one hour for swimming, sun-bathing or photographing of Ha Long at island peak.
16:30 Do kayaking among hidden parts and around Bo Nau cave to discover mysterious beauty of Ha Long.
17:30 Drop anchor in a calm water area, rest on the sundeck to enjoy Ha Long views at sunset.
19:00 Have a delectable dinner in cozy restaurant of Dragon Cruise in the middle of the bay.
20:00 Entertain evening by karaoke singing or try your luck doing squid-fishing. Overnight on Superior Dragon Cruise.
DAY 5: HALONG BAY – HANOI (B/L)
07:30 Enjoy the morning landscape with complimentary tea and coffee served, photograph nice pictures.
08:00 Experiencing unforgettable memory passing through “tunnel cave” to a secluded lake.
09:30 Check out your cabin. Relax on sundeck for sun-bathing, photo hunting while sailing back to the harbor.
11:30 Leave Dragon Cruise, have a short rest and take a bus drive to a local restaurant for lunch.
13:30 Say goodbye to Ha Long bay then return to Hanoi. Have a rest en-route again to free your legs.
17:30 Get dropped off at your hotel. Overnight in Hanoi.
DAY 6: HANOI DEPARTURE (B)
Breakfast at hotel. Free and easy till transfering to the airport for your flight back home. End of trip!