About This Trip
- 1 - 2HanoiHanoi City Tour, Museum of Ethnology, Rickshaw Ride in the Old Quarter
- 3 - 5SapaSilver Waterfall, Sapa Trekking, Local Villages Visiting
- 6Ninh BinhHoa Lu, Trang An Grottoes
- 7 - 8Halong Bay CruiseHalong Bay Cruise, Optional Activities
Day 1: International Arrival, Hanoi
Welcome to Vietnam! Upon your arrival in Hanoi, your guide will meet you and escort you to your hotel. The rest of the day is for you to get rid of the jet lag and have a rest.
Day 2: Hanoi Heritage Exploration
In the morning, explore Hanoi by touring some major historic sites, including Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh House on Stilt, One Pillar Pagoda, Tran Quoc Pagoda, and Quan Thanh Temple.
In the afternoon, visit the Museum of Ethnology and cycle through the Old Quarter of Hanoi (by Rickshaw, about 1hr). Next stop is Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son Temple and then enjoy a Water Puppet Show to learn more about Vietnamese traditional culture.
Note: Please note that the HCM Mausoleum is closed on Fridays and Mondays and most museums are closed on Mondays.
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Day 3: Hanoi Highlights, Hanoi - Sapa
After breakfast, drive to Sapa from Hanoi with a 5 hours drive, stop for a break or take photos en route. After checking into the hotel and taking a short break, you will visit the Silver Waterfall - the most beautiful waterfall in Sapa then enjoy the great view and feeling at the "Heaven Gate" of Sapa - the highest point of Hoang Lien Son mountain range where you can see majestic Lai Chau Valley and imposing Fanxipan mount.
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Day 4: Sapa Trekking Tour
Today you will take a morning walking tour to a busy market where Red Dao, Black & Flower H'Mong, Tay and other ethnic minority people converge from the surrounding countryside to sell their silverware and handicrafts and to buy provisions. Afterward, you will do a 3-hour trekking tour to Lao Chai and Ta Van Village of the Black H'mong and the Day people, you will enjoy the fresh air, amazing scenery of the imposing mountain range, trek down world's most beautiful terraced rice fields, visit some local family on the way and learn unique culture and life of these ethnic groups. Drive back to Sapa for overnight.
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Day 5: Sapa - Hanoi
This morning, you will visit Ma Tra Village first and then trek through the rice terraces to Ta Phin Village of the Red Dao minority (about 3 hours trekking). After lunch in the village, drive back to Hanoi.
Day 6: Hanoi - Ninh Binh
Morning drive to visit Hoa Lu, the ancient capital city of the Dinh Dynasty and the Bai Dinh Pagoda, the largest pagoda complex in Vietnam. After lunch, take the amazing boat trip to visit Trang An Grottoes, which is a gathering of 31 valleys, 50 cross-water caves, and home to 600 kinds of flora and over 200 kinds of fauna, many of them in the Red Book of Vietnam.
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Day 7: Ninh Binh - Halong Bay
Today you will drive to the World Heritage site of Halong Bay, where you can see nearly 2,000 limestone islands dot the sea and traditional sampans and junks sail the glinting water, grottos, thick forests, and hidden coves, it will be a real ocean adventure! A variety of optional activities like kayaking, and swimming will definitely add more fun to this trip.
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- Halong Bay
Day 8: Halong Bay - Hanoi
Today continue your unforgettable Halong Bay cruise until a big brunch is finished and then disembark the cruiser at around 10 am. Your guide and driver will meet you at the pier then drive back to hotel in Hanoi (around 4 hours drive). This evening, you will have an eye-opening street food tour (4-8 pm) at the Old Quarter.
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Day 9: Hanoi, Departure
After breakfast at the hotel, you will have some free time on your own before time to transfer to the airport for your homebound flight.
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