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Essential North Of Vietnam 9 Days

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Essential North Of Vietnam 9 Days
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For those with interest in the cultural mosaics and inspirational landscapes of Northern Vietnam, this is truly ideal for you. Explore a panorama of diverse beauty from Hanoi’s Old Quarter, Sapa’s mountains, terraced rice paddies and ethnic minorities, to the magic and treasures of Ha Long Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay.
Code: CL05
Duraton: 9 days
Departure From: Ha Noi
Day 1: Ha Noi
Welcome to Ha Noi, our guide and driver will meet at Noi Bai International airport and take you to your hotel, check-in and today is free at your leisure to rest and explore, discovering your own impression of Vietnam. Overnight in Ha Noi. 
Day 2: Ha Noi City Tour - Night Train To Lao Cai (B/L)
Morning activities:
After having breakfast at hotel, this second day start at 8:00 am from your hotel, after checking out. You will begin our day by visiting Uncle Ho, learning about his great life at the Presidential Palace and his residential palace. Have more a visiting at One Pillar Pagoda for more discover the unique architecture. 
Next stop is the nearby Temple of Literature. The site of Vietnam's first University, built in the twelfth century, to teach the royals the Confucious theory. Here we will also have a chance to see a traditonal music performance. You can see the first university in Vietnam and learn more of the country history as well as unique architecture. 
Lunch will be served at a local restaurant for a taste of authentic Ha Noi Pho. 
Afternoon activities:
This afternoon is the time for you to visit Ethnology Museum. You will see 54 nations here and learn more of Vietnamese and their cultures.
Make 1 hour on cyclo around Hoan Kiem Lake and Ha Noi's fascinating Old Quarter for some great fun, shopping and street side traditional food. This is your chance to be part of typical Hanoian style and its traditional Vietnamese culure.
And then you will finish our relaxing but informative day by attending a Water Puppet Show, a favorite experience for all visitors to Vietnam. 
We can help you get back to your hotel if you wish, but often our guests would just rather spend the early evening enjoying a drink with a view of the city. Free to have your own dinner. 
Evening activities:
At 20:30 pm our driver and guide pick up you at a prearranged meeting spot to the station for your night train to Sapa. The train leaves Ha Noi at 22:00 pm.
Spending night on train with AC solf sleeper - cabin of 4.
Special note: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is closed from 15th June to 15th August yearly for maintenance. Also Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Museums closed on Mondays and Fridays, so if you travel on this day, we alternative for you to visit other visiting sites in Hanoi.
Day 3: Lao Cai - Sapa Trekking (B/L/D)
Morning activities:
The train arrives in Lao Cai about 6:30 am where your tour guide will welcome you. You will have a morning shower at a hotel close the train station.
Then take a morning drive through the clouds by car/van to Sapa (about 1.5 hours). When you arrive in Sapa you will be taken to a local restaurant for breakfast. 
And then we will take a short ride from Sapa to our trekking base where we start our trek through terraced rice fields and H'mong villages. Here are the chances to meet and talk with locals working in the fields are plentiful. Also this is best time for us to give for children some books, pencils,... We will break for a picnic lunch en route then continue trekking to Ta Phin village of the Dao people (4 hours). 
Afternoon activities:
Afternoon is the time for continue the trekking time to reach Ta Phin Village. Your Dao host family will warmly welcome you to their traditional home where we will share in an ethnic style dinner and stay the night. Have dinner at the family.
Evening activities:
Evening is the time for share and interact with minority people. Overnight in Ta Phin Village. 
Special note:
  • Trekking road about 5km and medium trek.
  • Homestay is standard with mattress and pillow for overnight share with many other tourists. Traditional house of Red Dzao minority - basic & simple standard, toilet, bathroom is outside of the house and there is not hot shower.m
Day 4: Sapa Trekking (B/L)
Morning activities:
At the first of gleam of daylight, you will see and hear the sounds of morning village life. You can join them in some of their activities, like feeding the aminals, cleaning the house, gardening or preparing breakfast.
After breakfast, we will complete our trek on a valley route to the main road (4 hours) linking Lao Cai and Sapa. Moreover, visiting with trek to Sin Chai Village to get more discovery the village beauties.
Alternatively, for this long trek, you can choose a short morning to wander around the village for about 1 hour, resulting in more time spent with the host family and other villagers.
After that you return Sapa Town on car 30 minutes and free to have your own lunch. 
Afternoon activities:
At 14:30 pm we will visit the gardens of beautiful Ham Rong mountain & take part in a traditional ethnic music performance put on by the ethnic minority people. 
Then return at your own leisure with free time to discover the secrets of this colorful town. 
Evening activities:
You have free time in the evening to get your own experience of Sapa Town with colorful scene. Sapa is the most famous for BBQ food and it is a great chance for you to discover it in your dinner. Overnight in Sapa. 
Day 5: Sapa - Night Train To Ha Noi (B/L)
Morning activities:
Wake up in Sapa Town, breakfast at the hotel then enjoy the morning with some of your new friends that you have met the afternoon before. In general, you have the entire morning and lunch for free time and visiting the lively markets.
Afternoon activities:
At 2:00 pm travel by car/van to visit the Cat Cat Village to learn more about the Hmong people in an area close to the tourist path but still untouched. See old French dam and beautiful terrace field. 
Finally, you will return to Sapa in the late afternoon and depart for the Lao Cai train station at 5:30 pm. Free to have your own dinner in Lao Cai.
Evening activities:
The train leaves Lao Cai at 21:40 pm, you spend your night on train on shared AC soft berth to Ha Noi. Overnight on train. 
Day 6: Ha Long Bay - Overnight On Board (B/L/D)
Morning activities:
When you arrive in Hanoi train station at 5.30 am, our guide and driver welcome you at train station and transfer you to a local restaurant for having breakfast. And then you will have 75 minutes massage to fresh yourself after a night on train.
Now, depart Ha Noi at 8:00 am on a private car from restaurant to Halong city. After 3.5 hours of driving and viewing simple, countryside, rice paddy life, we arrive at the at the port. At 12:00, the junk crews welcome guests on board at Hon Gai Wharf.
Afternoon activities:
Once getting on board, you enjoy welcome drinks and check in Duluxe Cabin on Dragon Pearl Junk. Lunch with fresh local seafood while cruising into Ha Long Bay. From 13.15 to 13.30 pm you will start cruise program and excursions a Fanstatic cruise in Bai Tu Long Bay. Have a great traditional Vietnamese lunch while start cruising. 
Factually, this is time your cruise pass through extraodinary shaped-islands. You will pass through Poem mountain, the center market, Teapot Islet, Goat’s head islet, Indochina film studio... up to your imagination. The cruise arrives in Cong Do area around 15:00pm where we have the chance to see one of the most beautiful caves in this area. After visiting Thien Canh Son Cave is a great time for exploring the hidden lagoons in Bai Tu Long Bay. It takes around an hour, after that is your time for swimming in the crystal water of Bai Tu Long Bay at Hon Co Island.
Back to junk to enjoy relaxing or the sunset.
Evening activities:
Dinner at restaurant on board. You can ask cruise team to have a squid fishing at night to get your intersting experience on sea. Overnight on board nearby Vung Vieng Fishing Village. 
Day 7: Cruise In Bai Tu Long Bay - Ha Noi (B/L)
Morning activities:
Wake up early in the morning for a great sunrise and a breath of fresh ocean air. Breakfast served on the boat then we do a leisurely cruise through thousands of seemingly never-ending islands. 
Yes, these are great opportunities to capture some amazing photographs. We stop to visit Vung Vieng floating fishing village and listen to some legendary stories of the fishermen’s daily life. Reality, take one last swim somewhere in the middle of the bay to refresh before cruising back to the Halong city pier.
Afternoon activities:
By noon we are ashore and break for lunch at a local restaurant. Then we hit the road back to Ha Noi. We arrive and finish our tour at your hotel by 4:30 pm.
Evening activities:
Evening is the time for you to wander around Ha Noi City and experience as your own way with famous street foods, fresh beer, etc. Overnigh in Ha Noi. 
Day 8: Free Day (B)
Today is your free day in the Ha Noi capital and all of its fascinating historical charm. Spend your day relaxing or shopping. Some suggestions include waking up early (about 6:00 pm) and joining in some excursion around Hoan Kiem Lake, or taking a cyclo tour around Ha Noi Old Quarter for a dfferent point of view or visiting the numerous markets, shopping and trying the all of the street side tradtional foods. Overnight in Ha Noi. 
Day 9: Ha Noi Departure (B)
We will pick you up at your hotel and trasnfer to Noi Bai international airport for your flight to home, your luggage full of a lifetime's worth of memories. We wish you a pleasant journey. 
Price & Inclusion
Tour Price From: $534 Per person
  • Private door to door transport with air-conditioned.
  • Train ticket Ha Noi - Lao Cai - Ha Noi (Soft sleeper 4 berth cabin share).
  • Massage 75 minutes after overnight on train.
  • Experience English speaking guide.
  • Meals as mentioned above.
  • Great 3 star hotel with good location selected. Buffet breakfast included at hotel.
  • Homestay in Ta Phin village with standard condition of share house and bathroom.
  • Ha Long Bay & Bai Tu Long Bay cruise trip 2 days/1 night on Dragon Pearl Junk (or similar).
  • Free visa letter to Vietnam (if yes).
  • Entrance fees, permission.
  • Mineral water daily bottle 500ml/per day.
  • Bank fees if payment by credit card.
  • Gov tax and service charge.
  • No extra charge after final confirmation. 
  • International Air fare in & out Vietnam.
  • Additional sightseeing or extra usage of vehicle.
  • Other than mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Meals not mentioned in the program.
  • Travel Insurance. 
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