Northern Vietnam is blessing with many beautiful places as Halong Bay ( one of the new seven wonders in the world). Sapa, one of the most breathtaking hill stations in Vietnam which reflects the signature of French architecture and colorful hill tribal cultures. This is home to stunning mountain landscapes, verdant rice terraces, unique stilt villages and Indochina peak, the Fansipan..
Day 1: Hanoi Arrival (D)
Airport transfer – pick up from Hanoi airport & send to Hotel
Enjoin Arrange dinner & water puppet show. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi
Day 2: Hanoi city tour – Night train to Sapa (B, L)
Breakfast at the hotel. Today we enjoy tour starting with the Ho Chi Minh Complex, containing the mausoleum of the nation’s founder Ho Chi Minh, the Presidential Palace and Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts. This place has deep significance of the secular and spiritual nature for many Vietnamese who come in large groups to give honour and render respect to the father of their independent nation. The complex also comprises the One-Pillar Pagoda whose origin dates back to the founding of Hanoi in the reign of Emperor Ly Thai Tong (r.1028-1054). We follow this with a trip to the Temple of Literature, well known as Vietnam’s first university since 1076, and the History Museum which displays an excellent collection of artefacts illustrating Vietnamese history. The peaceful lake of Hoan Kiem and the bustling Dong Xuan Market are also visited to end the day’s sightseeing. Transfer you to train station for overnight train to Sapa.
Day 3: Sapa Sightseeing Tour (B,L)
Arrive Laocai station around 6am there will be a transfer to Sapa, situated at an altitude of 1,600 meters and 33 km from Lao Cai. It’s a beautiful, scenic drive as we wind our way towards Sapa. Today we will have pleasant trek into the scenic rice field and mountains of Sapa , there will be ample opportunity to meet with our friendly people. We then embark on a lovely hikes through the verdant rice terraces to the hill tribe villages of Cat Cat and Sinchai village, Ham Rong 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. Overnight at hotel in Sapa
Day 4: Sapa Night train back to Hanoi (B,L)
Following breakfast we embark on our five-hour nice trek that will take us along buffalo paths and trails and through several hill tribe villages of Lao Chai and Tavan, home to H’mong, and Dzay minority people. This is an absolutely spectacular walk through stunning scenery inhabited by some of the friendliest people you will meet. Once on the valley floor you can really appreciate the wonderful scenery that surrounds you. Stopping for a picnic lunch on the way, we’ll then take a visit to their traditional house in Tavan. The people here, they have become very adept at rice cultivation and, in marked contrast to the H’mong, they have a higher living standard as a result. Return to Sapa by jeep. Transfer to train station for night train to Hanoi.
Day 5: Arrival Hanoi – Halong (B,L,D)
Train arrives Hanoi station. We will pick you up at station then trasnfer to hotel for shower and breakfast, after breakfast we will start tour to Halong.
12.00 Check-in at Bhaya Café, Halong City. Embark on Bhaya Classic for a Welcome Cocktail followed by a cruise briefing.
13.00 Savor a delicious Vietnamese buffet lunch as Bhaya Classic heads to Bai Tu Long Bay passing the towns of Hon Gai and Cam Pha, Oan Lagoon, Mat Quy (Monster Head) and Am Tich (Teapot) Islets and Vung Vieng fishing village.
15.30 Visit the fishing village by local rowing boat (01 hour) then return to the vessel for free time at your leisure or join one of the following optional activities:
Kayak into the village or swim near the boat;
Optional onboard activities: Sunbathing, traditional massage, etc.;
Trip by tender to an isolated pristine beach for swimming, etc.
17.00 Bhaya Classic cruises through the Bay to its overnight anchorage near Ho Dong Tien.
Happy Hour & Vietnamese cooking demonstration on the Sundeck.
19.30 Sumptuous Seafood Set-dinner onboard.
21.00 Retire to your cabin or join the fishing program.
Overnight aboard Bhaya Classic
Day 6: Halong – Hanoi (B)
06.15 Start your day with Tai Chi on the Sundeck while complimentary tea & coffee are served.
07.00 Bhaya Classic weighs anchor to cruise through the Bay passing beautiful spots like Trong (Drum), Trinh Nu (Virgin) and Me Cung Caves, Coc Ngoi (Toad) Islet, etc.
08.30 Explore the Surprise Cave (Sung Sot).
09.30 Return to Bhaya Classic. Buffet brunch is served onboard. The vessel cruises leisurely back to harbor.
11.00 Disembark at Bhaya Café, Halong City. End of services . Overnight in Hanoi
Day 7: Hanoi – Perfume pagoda Tour (B,L)
08:00 pick up at hotel. Start tour to Perfume Pagoda is one of the most important religious sites in Buddhist Vietnam. Every spring thousands of pilgrims come here to pray for all the health and prosperity they need to get them through the coming year. The pagoda itself is built into limestone cliffs and can only be reached by boat or on foot, as there are no roads into the area. Float by boat along scenic waterways and walk up mountain paths visiting the pagodas and temples that were built in this area over the centuries. Departing Hanoi we have a two hour drive through the picturesque countryside and back roads to the village of Duc for some refreshments before boarding our boats for a 1.5 hour ride along the scenic Yen River. After this we walk to the Thien Tru Pagoda (Heavens Kitchen) and the Perfume Cave and Pagoda – one hour walking in total. On our return, we visit Giai Oan and Tuyet Son Pagodas. Lunch will be at one of the little food stalls near Thien Tru Pagoda. After lunch the boat will take us back to our bus for the drive back to Hanoi.
Day 8: Hanoi – Departure (B)
Pick up at hotel and transfer to airport for your flight back home. Tour ends.
- Transportation in private air-conditioned vehicle with driver, airport pick up and see off
- Accommodation based on Double/Twin sharing
- English or French speaking guide
- Entrance fees to stated sights
- Meals program
- Boat trip in Halong Bay
- Train: Hanoi – Sapa – Hanoi
- Other meals
- Tip, drinks
- Airport tax
- Single room
- Personal expenses
- International flights
- Visa fee