Visit two of Vietnam’s most scenic locations – Sapa and Halong Bay, on this week long journey. Visit Northwest Vietnam’s Sapa for a captivating mix of dramatic mountainscapes, beautiful paddy terraces, crisp fresh air and colorfully-clothed ethnic minority hill tribes at local markets. Prepared to be cast away on a traditional junk boat and set sail through hundreds of limestone karsts that rise dramatically from the emerald waters of the beautiful Halong bay. Sit back, relax and soak up this epic landscape while enjoying scrumptious meals cooked on board.
Hanoi, Halong Bay, Sapa (6n / 7d)
Day 1 : Hanoi
Welcome to Hanoi, Vietnam’s bustling colonial capital. Your driver and guide will meet you outside the baggage claim of Noi Bai Airport and take you to your hotel in the city center. In the afternoon, enjoy an orientation walk, visiting some of Hanoi’s main attractions: the Opera House, Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple. In the evening, savor a welcome dinner of authentic Vietnamese food at one of Hanoi’s finest restaurants. Overnight at Hanoi.
Day 2 : Hanoi City Tour – Night train to Laocai
Today you have a full day to explore Vietnam’s charming capital. With its wide tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes and ancient oriental pagodas, Hanoi is an eclectic mix that offers something for everyone. Your city tour will take you to Hanoi’s key sites: the Ho Chi Minh Complex (Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and stilt house), the nearby One Pillar Pagoda; the Presidential Palace; the Temple of Literature; the Quan Thanh Temple, the sedate Tran Quoc Pagoda & West Lake; and one of the city’s museums (a choice between the History Museum and the Ethnology Museum). In the evening enjoy a traditional Water Puppet Performance – a unique Vietnamese Art form hailing from Southeast Asia’s wet-rice culture – before heading to the train station to catch your night train to Laocai. Overnight in train.
Day 3 : Laocai – Sapa
The train arrives at the Laocai railway station in the early morning. Your guide and driver will meet you there and take you on the 40km drive to Sapa – Northwest Vietnam’s premier travel destination. Enjoy breakfast at the hotel then catch a few hours of rest before beginning your adventure in this beautiful mountain landscape and home to many minority hill tribe peoples. In the late morning, your guide will take you on a two hour trek through the terraced rice fields to visit the villages Cat Cat and Sin Chai, where you will learn about local traditions and daily life. Rest of the day, you are free at leisure or explore the town on your own. Overnight at Sapa.
Day 4: Sapa – Hill tribe village visits
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, before setting out on a full day’s trek to explore Sapa’s cultural diversity and haunting natural beauty. Take a guided hike through yawning valleys decorated with terraced rice fields and pass through remote hill tribe villages. You have three trekking options to choose from: Soft trek ( 3 km ), medium trek ( 6 km ) and long trek ( 12 km ). Trekking is an excellent way to explore the daily life and familiarize yourself with the cultures of the H’mong, Dzao and Dzay people, the ethnic hill tribes of the region. Have lunch at a hill tribe village then drive back to Laocai to catch your return night train to Hanoi. Overnight in train.
Day 5: Honoi– Halong Bay – Overnight Cruise
Arrive in Hanoi in the early morning. Your guide and driver will meet you at the railways station and take you to a local restaurant for breakfast, before setting out on a 3 to 4 hour drive to the UNESCO World Heritage Site: Halong Bay. Spend 24 hours on a traditional Junk Cruise in the amazing bay: a natural wonderland composed of jutting limestone islands and sparkling turquoise waters. Arrive at the dock around noon and board your junk. Savor a gourmet lunch of fresh seafood onboard as we sail out into the mystical bay. In the afternoon, cruise around some of Halong’s many islands, including Dinh Huong and Ga Choi. Along the way visit one of the bay’s 3 largest caves (Thien Cung, Dau Go or Sung Sot). Stop at an island cove with a sheltered white-sand beach and take a dip in the warm waters of the Tonkin Gulf (weather permitting). Pass the night on your junk, lulled to sleep by the gentle rocking of calm waters. Overnight on Cruise Boat at Halong Bay.
Day 6 : Halong Bay– Hanoi
Awake early and participate in Tai Chi on the top deck or simply relax and enjoy the sunrise over the bay’s towering islands. Enjoy a morning cup of coffee or tea, before setting out to explore nearby islands by rowboat. Return to the junk for breakfast then take advantage of the sundeck and admire the amazing rock formations of Bai Tu Long Bay as you navigate back to Halong City. Have brunch on board the boat before returning to Halong pier. Your driver will meet you at the dock and take you Hanoi. Overnight at Hanoi.
Day 7 : Hanoi – Departure
Today is free at your leisure for last minute shopping or sight-seeing before driving to the airport to catch your departure flight home.
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– Trek across forest and streams to the double decker root bridge at Cheerapunjee
– Explore stalagmite caves in Cheerapunjee
– Visit to Dawki on the Bangladesh border
– See Nohkalikai Falls, the tallest plunge waterfall in India
– Ferry ride to Majuli island, the largest river island in India
– Visit Mawlynnong, the cleanest village in Asia
COST Spoiler content INCLUSIONS & EXCLUSIONS
5 Nights stay at home stay / resort with breakfast, 1 Night stay at houseboat with all meals, All transfers and excursions in private vehicle including all vehicle charges – driver cost, toll, parking etc. , service charges and taxes, Wildlife Safari Charges.
Other than mentioned, Entry tickets and camera charges at sightseeing places ( if applicable )
STAY & TRANSPORT
As this is a customised tour, you can choose the accommodation and transport as per your preference . Accommodation types available – Resorts, Cottages, Home stay, Houseboat. Transport – Private Vehicle ( SUV or Car )
COST MENTIONED IS INDICATIVE.
This is a customized trip. Cost might vary depending on your group size and type of accommodation required. Please contact us for details
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