Day 1: Ha Noi – Mai Chau (160 km)
Pick up at the hotel and depart to Mai Chau Valley of the Thai ethnic. Upon arrival you get to take a walking tour around one of picturesque villages. Enjoy a sumptuous dinner whilst watching traditional local dancing. Overnight in a traditional Thai Stilt House
Day 2: Mai Chau – Moc Chau – Son La (160 km)
After breakfast, depart for the north to Son La. Along the way, get to visit Moc Chau, a highland town which produces some of Vietnam’s best tea ( to see there are may tea plantation on the way) and milk products. Upon arrival in Son La, check in to hotel and have lunch.
After lunch, visit the old French Prison and learn about the history of the area. Then explore the local market and mingle with different minorities and maybe find some handicrafts of interest. Stay overnight at hotel in Son La.
Day 3: Son La – Dien Bien Phu (170 km)
Get take out breakfast for the early start and continue driving north over some impressive mountain passes with fantastic views on the way to Dien Bien Phu city. Stop for lunch in Tuan Giao. Continue on to Dien Bien and enjoy the spectacular scenery of Pha Din pass.
In the afternoon, visit Dien Bien Phu, the last base of the French colonial power in Indochina. After dinner, be free to explore the nightlife of this remote mountain city. Stay overnight at hotel in Dien Bien.
Day 4: Dien Bien Phu – Lai Chau – Tam Duong (200 km)
Depart from Dien Bien to Lai Chau. Along the drive, pass many different minority villages of the minorities as Black H’mong, Black Thai, Black Dao, Lu People, and Giay minority dot the landscape. Dinner and stay overnight in the town of Tam Duong.
Day 5: Tam Duong – Sapa (90km)
After breakfast, take a short walk around the town and the local market before hitting the road once again to Sapa town via the highest road pass in Vietnam, Tram Ton Pass/ Heaven Gate. Check in hotel and overnight in Sapa.
Day 6: Sapa trekking and night train to Hanoi (5-6 hours)
Breakfast at the hotel and start trekking across paddy fields, villages and streams. Discover life of the hill tribe people. Picnic lunch on the way. Take an afternoon trek to Giang Ta Chai village of the Dzao people.
Back to Sapa in the afternoon then transfer to Lao Cai. Have dinner at a restaurant. Take overnight train back to Hanoi (A/C soft sleeper cabin, 4 pax/cabin).
Day 7: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Halong Glory Cruise
Arrive Hanoi in the early morning, pick up and transfer to the hotel in the old quarter for shower and breakfast. Depart to Halong City through paddy fields in the Red River Delta. Stopover on the way for a refreshment break. Board the Junk and enjoy a welcome drink on arrival, check in to cabin.
Enjoy a sea seafood lunch served on board. Cruise on the Bay and enjoy beautiful views of this world natural heritage site with limestone cliffs growing up from the green tranquil water. See Dinh Huong Island, Ga Choi Island, Dog Island and Sail Island.
Visit the Vung Vieng fishing village by local rowing boat (01 hour) or Kayak into the village then return to the vessel for your leisure or join one of the following optional activities: Sunbathing, traditional massage, swimming etc Have dinner and relax in the quiet and calm of the Bay. Overnight on board.
Day 8: Cat Ba Rock climbing
Wake up and have breakfast, coffee, tea and pastries… for breakfast are served in the dining room with morning view of bay’s landscape. Transfer by tender to Tuan Chau wharf to Cat Ba Island.
Duration: Approximately 5.5 hours.
Depart – Return: Cat Ba Island Town
Agenda Time Segment Option 1:
8:30 AM – 9:00 AM: Coastline ride into the small farming village of Lien Minh
9:00 AM – 9:30 AM: Basic instruction and introduction to Rock Climbing
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM: Guided Rock Climbing in Butterfly Valley
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM: Delicious lunch on a bee farm with fresh local food
1:30 PM – 2:00 PM: Return to Cat Ba Town
Agenda Time Segment Option 2:
11:45 AM – 12:30 PM: Coastline ride into the small farming village of Lien Minh
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM: Delicious lunch on a bee farm with fresh local foods
1:30 PM – 2:00 PM: Basic instruction and introduction to Rock Climbing
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Guided Rock Climbing in Butterfly Valley
5:00 PM – 5:30 PM: Return to Cat Ba Town
Primary Activities: Scenic Coastline Ride, Rock Climbing, Local Farming Village Experience with Lunch on a Small Farm. Other Activities: Petting Water Buffalo, Chasing Baby Cows, Hammocks, Bouldering, Drinking locally made honey rice wine!
Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at a hotel in Cat Ba Island.
Day 9: Cat Ba National Park Trekking – Hai Phong – Hanoi
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the National Park for trekking. Trek in the National park, climb up to visit Ngu Lam. Back to the bus for transfer back to hotel, check out and have lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch we take a high speed boat back to Hai Phong. Arrive Ben Binh Harbor, transfer back to Hanoi. Overnight at a hotel in Hanoi.
Day 10: Hanoi city tour – Departure
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit the Ho Chi Minh Complex, containing the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Presidential Palace, Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts and the One Pillar Pagoda. Continue on to the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first university. Lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, visit the Museum of Ethnology, Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son temple and enjoy riding in a rickshaw for 1 hour in the old quarter of Hanoi and its teeming streets filled with fascinating shops. Free at leisure until time to transfer to the airport for the departure. End of services. Finish your Northern Vietnam Adventure Tour.
|Grade tour||Price per person in US$||Single
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Tour price includes:
- Night train ticket: Lao Cai – Hanoi (soft sleeper, 4-berth cabin with air-conditioning – Tulico /Ratraco Train)
- Pick up and transfer by private minibus as indicated in the tour program
- Meals as indicated in the program (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
- Entrance fees
- Shared cruise in Halong Bay
- Kayaking paddles
- Rock climbing Equipment
- Purified water
- Accommodation based on twin or double room share (hotel and home-stay)
- English or French-speaking guide.
Tour price excludes:
- International flight to/from Vietnam
- Tips for the guide and driver ( group 1-8 pax : 5$/day/pax – group 9-16 : 3$/day/pax)
- Vietnamese entry visa ( USD$ 45)
- Travel insurance
- Drinks & other meals not mentioned in the program
- Personal expenses
Notes: Advised to take good walking shoes, raincoats, jackets, torch, insect repellent and Sunscreen