Hanoi located on the banks of the Red River, is one of the most ancient capitals in the world, where travellers can find well-preserved colonial buildings, ancient pagodas, and unique museums within the city centre. A great place to explore on foot, this French-colonial city is also known for its delectable cuisine, vibrant nightlife, silks and handicrafts, as well as a multi-cultural community that’s made up of Chinese, French and Russian influences. Meanwhile, its tranquil countryside is a short drive away, featuring lush parks, verdant mountains, and traditional villages, and not forgetting, the iconic Ha Long Bay. If you’re a first-time visitor to the Vietnamese capital, our Hanoi travel guide has everything you need to know for a fulfilling holiday, including the best accommodation, restaurants, attractions, shopping, and detailed information on the local culture, currency, climate, and transport options.
Halong Bay is in northern Vietnam, 170 km (105 miles) east of Hanoi. The bay is famous for its scenic ocean karst topography and is often included in lists of natural wonders of the world. Halong Bay is a bay located in the area of the Gulf of Tangkia, north of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. It has an area of 1,500 square kilometers and has a coastline about 120 kilometers away from Hanoi.
Sapa is the name of a town in Lao Cai Province, lies at the altitude of 1600m. With the temperature ranging from the lowest of -1oC to the highest of 29oC, Sapa’s climate is moderate and drizzly in summer while chill and foggy in winter.Sapa is a mountainous town in Northen Vietnam where you write poem, have your cameras on for most of your time, cheer over a community wine pot, learn to appreciate indigenous culture or just to escape Hanoi heat and city noise.
Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
Day 2: Hanoi City Tour (Meals: B/ L)
Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay (Meals: B/ L/ D)
Day 4: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Sapa (Meals: B/ L)
Day 5: Sapa – Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai – Ta Van – Sapa (Meals: B/ L)
Day 6: Sapa- Cat Cat & Sin Chai– Night train back to Hanoi (Meals: B/ L)
Day 7: Hanoi – Departure (Meal: B)
DETAIL ITINERARY :
Arrival in Hanoi, Our driver picks up you and transfers to your hotel for checking in. Free time for shopping at Dong Xuan Market ( the Biggest market is located in the old quarter). The rest time is free at your leisure
Overnight in Hanoi
Hanoi City Tour (Meals: B/ L)
Depart at 8.30 am from hotel, we begin to visit Ho Chi Minh complex, learning a lot about his great life comprising the Mausoleum, the Presidential Palace, his residential place and one pillar pagoda (this is very special pagoda in Vietnam). We will be travelling next to the Temple of Literature – the place of the first University and temple for Confucius in Vietnam, Having lunch at local restaurant. In the afternoon, you can choose 1 museum in Hanoi – Museum of Ethnology, Army Museum or Women’s Museum. The journey will be continued by the visit to Tran Quoc Pagoda is located in Westlake.after that going back to centre of Hanoi to visit Hoan Kiem lake. We will walk and explore Hanoi old quarter to understand more about Hanoian’s life. Finish tour at your hotel.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Hanoi – Halong Bay (Meals: B/ L/ D)
07:30-08:00 Our tour bus and guide will come to your hotel and transfer you to Ha Long Bay. After an approximate 3,5 hours drive, we will arrive at Halong Bay wharf, you will be met by our crew who escort you on board and serve welcome drinks. You then check into your cabin and we begin cruising into Halong Bay. Have lunch in the restaurant while you enjoy the stunning views of the Bay. In the early afternoon, we arrive at floating fishing village and drop anchor. Our guide will give you some information and interesting facts about this fascinating village and its local community. We disembark and travel on the sampans rowed by the local people. They will be your guides through their fishing village where you can meet the locals, visit the school and pearl farms. If you want private moment you can also go kayak by yourself to discover the surrounding area (Kayaking fee is included). See first-hand what life is like living on the water. Back on board we head for the island and beaches for swimming and relaxing on deck to pamper you. On the island you can go swimming, relax on the beach, play sport or hiking to the top of the mountain for overview image of the bay. At night, you you can join in our activities like squid fishing, karaoke and movies or simply relax on quieted top deck for fresh atmosphere of the bay.
Halong Bay – Hanoi – Sapa (Meals: B/ L)
For the early risers join us for a Tai Chi session on the sun deck or take the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of a Halong Bay sunrise. After breakfast, we set sail for Bo Hon Island. Disembark and visit (Sung Sot) Surprise Cave. It is one of the largest grottoes in Halong Bay with thousands of stalactites and stalagmites.
Have a brunch while we head back to Halong wharf on another scenic route. We arrive back at the wharf at 12 noon for our drive back to your hotel in Hanoi arriving at 5.pm. Have a dinner at a restaurant (arrangement by your own) then take the train to Sapa. Overnight on train
Sapa – Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai – Ta Van – Sapa (Meals: B/ L)
Tour guide Pick up at the train station when you arrive and transfer to Sapa
Early check-in is possible when you arrive if the room available otherwise we will provide you with a basic hotel room where you can have shower or relax
Start the trip at 9:30 as below.
First, start of 6km of walking down to the south-east of Sapa along the side of Muong Hoa valley to Y Linh Ho village of the Black H’mong. Continue a 2km-trekking down to Lao Chai village, through terraced rice fields to Ta Van village of the Dzay minority people. Lunch at a local family, it gives you a worth chance for you to learn about the local house architecture which is full of their daily lifestyles and exclusive custom. Enjoy the landscapes…on the way. The last trek is about 2Km to the bus stop in Tavan then get back to Sapa.
Overnight in Sapa
Sapa- Cat Cat & Sin Chai– Night train back to Hanoi (Meals: B/ L)
A walk down to the South-west of Sapa (around 4 km) to visit Cat Cat village of the Black H’mong. Relax at the food of the stunning waterfall and the vestige of a hydroelectric power station that was constructed by the French during the colonial time in Vietnam. Enjoy picnic lunch by the side of the river, and then next 3 km to Sin Chai, the village located at the foot of Fansipan Mountain, “the roof of Vietnam and Indochina”. From here you can enjoy huge stunning landscapes before climbing up on the way a jeep to return to Sapa.
Hanoi – Departure (Meal: B)
Arrive in Hanoi. Have a breakfast at a local restaurant you are free for shopping until transfer to Noi Bai Airport for your next flight.
Accommodation based on double/twin sharing with daily breakfast
Transfer by A/C vehicles
2 Nights in Hanoi Hotel
2 Nights on train
1 Night on Halong Bay Cruise
1 Night in Sapa Hotel
English speaking tour guide
All entrance tickets
Free bottle water 01/person/day
Meal in program: B = Breakfast,L = Lunch, D = Dinner