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Essential North, Trekking, Home stay, Cruising

9 Days (Code-EP06)



Day 1: Arrival Hanoi - Good morning Vietnam (D)

Welcome to Vietnam! Or "Xin chao” in Vietnamese.

Transfer of 45 min to your hotel in Hanoi, (if it is still early then we can venture out for some culture shock on a short walking tour in the Old Quarter of Hanoi - this is the way to get familiar with the people and the culture).
Welcome dinner and
Water puppet show at night. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 2: Hanoi - City tour of a 1000 years old capital (B, L, D)

Leave at 8 am, on the three wheels of a cyclo you will be guided through Hanoi history and culture & people and to some other sights. This tour draws to: the Ho Chi Minh complex (Ho Chi Mausoleum, Presidential Palace, Ho Chi Minh's House-on-stilts, One-pillar Pagoda), Temple of Literature, one of the Museums (Ethnology, Fine Art, Army, Women, History...) with lunch at restaurant then back to the Old Quarter for some more exploration.

Alternative places to visit in Hanoi city tour day: Fine Arts Museum, History Museum, Military Museum, Saint Joseph Cathedral, Women Museum, Hoa Lo (Old prison for American POWs).
Night train at 9.30 to Sapa.

Day 3: Sapa - hill station with colorful minorities (B, L, D)

Arrive Laocai Station in the early morning. Jeep ride to Sapa for sightseeing en route. Arriving Sapa, take breakfast then leave for wonderful trek (5 - 6 hrs) along the rice terraces, through the forest and crossing streams. Stops to visit the H'Mong and Dzao villages (picnic lunch). Check in and home stay at the Dzao in Ta Phin village and dinner and sleep in their traditional house.

Day 4: Trek back to Sapa (B, L)

Breakfast and leave the village for trekking (3hrs) another way up hill to the main road then jeep back to Sapa, check in hotel with lunch served in Sapa. After the long trek, the afternoon is free to discover the town at your own taste.

Day 5: Sapa & night train back to Hanoi (B, L, D)

Your morning free in town of Sapa, to go walking around, visit more villages nearby or to go shopping. Jeep ride at 4 p.m. to Laocai Train Station and take night train back to Hanoi. Arrive Hanoi in the next morning.

Day 6: Hanoi - Ha long Bay of the World Heritage (B, L, D)

Arrival from Sapa in the early morning. Take a mini van Halong City then boat cruise straight to the Bay with fresh seafood lunch served on the Bay, cruise along the wonderful Bay in the afternoon with cave visit and swimming, dinner and sleep on boat (under thousands of stars).

Day 7: Halong Bay - Hanoi (B, L)

Visitors often wake up at 6 a.m. for the sunrise, offering great photos as it is rising up from the ocean and through the peaks of the limestone islands. Breakfast is served on boat. Cruise back to Halong City and lunch on board before driving back to Hanoi.

Day 8: Hanoi (B)

A free day to relax and look and taste around with time for shopping, exploring and packing before flying home tomorrow. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 9: Departure (B)

Saying Goodbye Hanoi, we will bring you to the airport for your flight home.


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- Twin-shared rooms at 3-4 star hotel. Home stay with clean blanket, mosquito-net, pillow.

- Meals as mentioned the program.

- Land transfer by private A/C vehicle for whole trip.

- Luxurious Junk in Halong Bay.

- Train ticket from Hanoi to Laocai (A/C soft sleeper).

- English or French speaking guides. Other languages are available upon request.

- Admission fees for all sightseeing places.


- Personal expenses (laundry, phone calls etc.).
- Drinks.

- Tips and gratuities.
Packing list: Passport, towels, toiletries, flash light, change of clothes, sun block, sun glasses, sun hat, insect repellent, proper hiking shoes and rain coat.



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