This amazing journey will definitely take you through the prominent destinations of North Vietnam. The journey to three tourist destinations such as Hanoi, Halong Bay, Sapa will be the interesting experience to you.
Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, is the pleasant and charming city with lakes, tree – shaded boulevards and verdant public parks. Hanoi’s center is an architectural museum piece, its blocks of old ochrebuildings retaining the air of a provincial French town of the 1930s.
At a height above 1500m, Sapa is the most beautiful town resort covered by a range of Hoang Lien Son mountain, national forest. Discoverd in 1918 by French, Sapa has become the ideal resort in the North Vietnam. What you will see are the nice scenery filled with mountains, rivers, waterfalls, rice paddy fields and local ethnic markets.
Halong Bay is one of the most magnificent scenic spots in Vietnam and was honored by UNESCO as a World Natural Heritage in 1994. It is a picturesque bay with some 1969 islets rising from the clear emerald waters within the Gulf of Tonkin. Washed by water and lapped by waves for hundreds of thousands of years, the limestone basin has been carved into stalactite caves, crescent beaches and odd-shaped formations.
Season : Year Round City Of Departure : Hanoi Tour Code :SST001
Day 1: Hanoi Arrival - Half Day City Tour
Picked up at the airport and transferred to your hotel in the city, then explore the Old Quarter with a one hour cyclo ride through narrow 36 streets and guilds to get an overview about the architecture, culture and daily activities of local Hanoians, then visit Temple of Literature as the first university of Vietnam founded 1070. In the late evening, you shall enjoy the water puppet show as one of the age - old artistic kinds in the Northern Vietnam. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi - Bai Tu Long (B/L/D)
Pick-up at hotel and start the 3 hour-and-a-half drive to Hong Gai Tourist Wharf, check in Oriental Sails JSC’s private waiting hall - The OS Lounge. Embark on Oriental Sails by transfer boat. Listen to cruise briefing and receive room key.
Savor a delectable lunch as Oriental Sails cruises further along the limestone islands of Bai Tu Long Bay, heading to Vung Vieng fishing village - one of the largest fishing villages in Halong Bay to see the life of local fishermen.
Option 1: Take a bamboo rowing boat trip around Vung Vieng Fishing Village.
Option 2: Take kayak and go kayaking by yourself with help and instruction of tour guide around the Village.
Return to Oriental Sails and have bath then relax as the sun starts to set. Enjoy the Happy Hour at the bar and on the sun deck while cooking demonstration is organizing.Dinner is served. Socialize with other guests, night squid fishing or just laze around. Singing and dancing activities are available till 22h00. Overnight on board at Cong Do Area.
Day 3: Bai Tu Long - Hanoi - Lao Cai (B/L)
Start your day with Tai Chi exercise on the sundeck. Catch morning view of seascapes with a cup of tea or coffee, have breakfast while cruising toward Thien Canh SonCave- the medium size and less visited cave in Bai Tu Long Bay.
Check-out room. Luggage can be delivered to the reception area.Head back to the Harbor. Have early lunch on board. Disembark Oriental Sails at around 12h00. Transfer back to Hanoi and trip finishes at the hotel around 16h30. Then transfer to Hanoi railway station for night train to Lao Cai. Overnight on a 9 hour train journey.
Day 4: Lao Cai - Sapa - Lao Chai - Tavan (B/L)
Trekking Road: 12 km in 5 hours
You arrive in Lao Cai in the early morning when our driver and tour guide will pick you up and transfer you to Sapa with a 45 minute drive. Having a breakfast at hotel for relaxing after a long train trip from Hanoi. At 9:00 am, your full day trekking tour will be started. Strolling around Sapa town to get an overview before trekking down to the first village of Y Linh Ho. 30 minutes after walking on the flat road, turning on the right side where you will trek along the river and through the rice paddy fields to reach Y Linh Ho – home of Hmong minority. The huge space and stunning view to Muong Hoa valley and Hoang Lien Son mountain is going to open up in front of your eyes. The beautiful nature and people seem to become one. The sky is clearer with white cloud surrounding you, the bird is singing and the sound of waterfall flowing downstream impetuously to the river, all of those make a wonderful landscape and that is a precious moment to take a photo. Sometimes you will meet some hill tribe children along the trekking road, they are very friendly and make friend with you easily with nice smile. Our guide tells you the culture and life of the local ethnic people so that you can understand more of them.
Then take a rest at the lunch stop with a light meal before you continue your trek to last 2 villages of Lao Chai and Ta Van. It is lovely to trek on the soil road, crossing the rice paddy fields with water buffaloes lying long in the fields and soaking their body in the mud. The air is so pure with cool wind and brings you the good feeling about the nature and human life here. Everything is more peaceful and slows down. Lao Chai and Tavan is home of Hmong and Giay minority where you can learn about the unique culture, custom and especially the agriculture of growing the water rice and other agricultural activities. After all, you will be transferred back to Sapa. Night at a hotel in town.
Day 5: Love Waterfall - Lao Cai (B/L)
Breakfast at hotel, then check out and today you will visit a beautiful waterfall in Sapa which is not missed in your journey before coming back to Hanoi.
Love Waterfall, located about 4km to the North-West of Sa Pa Town. Driving on a red soil road to the waterfalls that winds through a primitive forest of lush ancient ivory trees and rhododendron flowers in white, red and yellow color, you will have a chance to enjoy a perfect painting-like landscape. From afar, the waterfall looks like a twinkling pyramid under the sun. This 100m high mountain starts from the peak of Fansipan Mountain and rushes noisily into the Gold Stream like a never-ending song. Under the waterfall, the Gold Stream runs along with green grass plots and bamboo clusters, forming a poetic image.
According to the local people, the name of the waterfall originates from a love story. Legend has it that long ago, fairies from heaven used to come to the waterfall to bath. One day, the seventh fairy saw O Qui Ho, the first son of Ai Lao Mountain Genie who was playing his flute near the falls. Mesmerized by the flute sounds, the fairy spent every night listening to the sweet melodies until her parents detected her secret and forbade her from coming to the human world. The fairy missed O Qui Ho so much that she spent every afternoon at heaven’s gate looking towards the waterfall and waiting for the sounds of the flute. Then, she turned herself into a yellow bird that lives on O Qui Ho Mountain. Since then, the waterfall is called “Love” to remind everyone of the legendary love story. End of the day, you are back to Lao Cai and take a night train to Hanoi.
Day 6: Hanoi - Departure
Arrive back to Hanoi. Picked up and transferred to the airport. End of tour.