Hanoi - Halong Bay - Sapa 6 Days 5 Nights
Day 1Hanoi - Arrival
Warmly welcomed on arrival at Hanoi's Noi Bai International airport by our guide and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy some local food for lunch when arrive at the city center.
In the afternoon, take the special Real Walking Tour to truly experience the local life of Hanoians.
Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.
Day 2Hanoi - Halong Bay
After breakfast, transfer to Halong City for around 3.5 hours with a break en route at local coffee shop. Arrive by noon at the quayside, board on Halong Bay cruise to begin a cruise through the
spectacular Halong Bay, stopping along the way to explore the limestone caves or just lazing about on the sundeck of our boat.
Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, Halong Bay is one of Vietnam's most spectacular natural wonder. The tiny limestone islands are dotted with many beaches and grottoes created by the wind and the waves that province an excellent backdrop for swimming.
Lunch and dinner served on board.
Day 3Halong Bay - Hanoi - Sapa
Enjoy breakfast and continue your exploration of Halong Bay. At 11:00 am, disembark the cruise and transfer back to Hanoi.
16:00: Arrive in Hanoi.
20:00: Transfer to the railway station for your train departing 10pm to Lao Cai Train Station
Overnight on train (4persons per cabin of 4berths).
Note: Brunch for Superior and Deluxe//Breakfast and Lunch for Budget.
Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch/Brunch)
Day 4Sapa - Trekking to Lao Chai-Ta Van villages
Early arrive at Lao Cai Railway Station, drive about one hour on the mountainous road to Sapa. Have breakfast.
After breakfast, trekking down hill to the valley. Picnic lunch on the way. Visiting Muong Hoa river, Lao Chai and Ta Van villages of H’mong and Dzay people. Afternoon, trekking back to the main road, getting on bus to Sapa town. Dinner at hotel, free to explore Sapa town & people at night.
Overnight at hotel in Sapa.
After breakfast, take an easy trek to Lao Chai village to visit the Black Hmomg people. Enjoy lunch at a house of Hmong people.
Then, keep trekking along the valley to get to Ta Van village to visit the Dzay people who are considered as the friendliest one in mountainous area. Enjoy the fantastic scenery all along the way.
In the late afternoon, arrive at Hmong Mountain Retreat* where to take the homestay, after that check in bungalows.
Enjoy a banquet dinner prepared with fresh vegetable and fruits from organic garden and other local ingredient.
*Hmong Mountain Retreat is among the best homestay place in Sapa. The area features 10 bungalows with rammed earth walls, bamboo ceilings and palm tree thatched roofs that are hand crafted from traditional black Hmong building techniques. Each bungalow has electricity, power outlets, heating in winter, warm hand woven hemp blankets for a toasty warm night and modern western communal bathrooms adjacent to the main 80 year old Stilt house. Located on the top of the rice terraces that are cultivated by Hmong households living nearby, the bungalows have stunning views over the valleys of Lao Chai and Ta Van, which brings about wonderful experience of homestay in Sapa. Such a great place to enjoy the beauty of nature and experience the Hmong way of living with great comfort.
Homestay: H’mong Mountain Retreat/ Bungalow – Km6 Sapa, Ban Ho Road, Lao Cai .
Day 5Sapa - Cat Cat Village - Lao Cai - Hanoi
Have breakfast at the hotel. Trekking to Cat Cat Village to visit the Hmong hydroelectric power station built by French people and the waterfall. Walking back to Sapa for lunch. Free and easy in the afternoon.
Have dinner at a local restaurant before getting on the bus to Lao Cai station.
Embark on the train back to Hanoi.
In the morning, enjoy a buffet breakfast served in the beautiful 80 year old stilt thatch house overlooking the terrace rice fields. Whether you prefer an herbal tea or delicious freshly made juices, it is all fresh on the menu.
Spend the morning to enjoy the scenic surroundings where you can see local people cultivating on the stunning terrace rice fields and at the same time feel the delightful smell of the rice terrace. Even you can see them cultivate the rice crop when you are here.
At 12h00, check out from Hmong Mountain Retreat, and then in the afternoon go to visit Giang Ta Chai of Red Dzao tribe where you will experience the interesting way of living of another ethnic people while still enjoy the amazing scenery and beautiful rice terraces along the way.
Come back to Sapa for dinner before getting on the bus to Lao Cai station.
Embark on the train back to Hanoi.
Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6Hanoi - Departure
You will be at leisure until it is time to leave for your flight.
- 2 nights - Hotel accommodation, 1 night on board (base on twin sharing)
- 2 nights on Train route Hanoi – Lao Cai – Ha Noi (4 berth soft sleeper as per each cabin)
- Transfer: private car/van and bus Hanoi – Halong – Hanoi
- All entrance fees
- English or French speaking guide
- Other services: Kayaking (Budget only) and Cooking Class (Deluxe and Superior)
- Meals as per program (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D = dinner)
- Drinks, meals, Personal expenses & tips.
- International flight and international airport tax on departure
- etc. as not mentioned above.