North Vietnam at a Glance: Halong bay & Sapa 5 days

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5 days



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What's Included?

All Transport
All Meals
All Entrance fees
Tour guide
Airline tickets on tour


Hanoi, Sapa, Halong Bay

Embark and conclude your journey in Hanoi! Experience the Hiking & Trekking adventure with the North Vietnam at a Glance: Halong Bay & Sapa 5-day tour. This package spans over 5 days, guiding you through Hanoi, Vietnam, and two additional destinations in the country. The North Vietnam at a Glance: Halong Bay & Sapa 5-day tour encompasses hotel accommodation, the expertise of a guide, meals, and transportation.

Tour Overview

Day 1

Day 1: Hanoi - Night train to Lao Cai

At 8:00 PM, our guide will collect you from the lobby of your hotel and transfer you to the train station for an overnight journey to Lao Cai. Please note: Our tour guide will not be accompanying passengers on the train. Train schedules are subject to change. Private compartments are available upon request for an additional fee. Train travel is an integral part of the local experience. Cabins are shared with fellow local passengers unless a private cabin is requested and all berths are paid for, with an additional charge. Restrooms at either end of the carriages contribute to the authentic local experience. Meals: Not Applicable Accommodation: Shared soft sleeper cabin for four people.
Day 2


Upon arriving at Lao Cai Train Station around 05:00, embark on a one-hour bus journey uphill to the picturesque town of Sapa. This ride provides a sneak peek of the breathtaking landscapes and remarkable rice terraces that have made Sapa renowned among travelers. At 9:30 AM, rendezvous with your local guide to commence the trek. The initial part leads us along the road, but we soon veer to the right, following a narrow path descending into the valley towards Y Linh Ho village, situated by the Muong Hoa River. From here, proceed to the Black Hmong village of Lao Chai. The Black Hmong is one of the predominant minority groups in the Sapa region, possessing their distinct language and adorning traditional indigo blue attire. Having recently transitioned from a nomadic lifestyle to a more settled one, traces of their past are visible in rudimentary houses and stone walls surrounding their homes. Continue the journey to Ta Van village (1,200 m) to encounter the Zay people, a relatively small minority group of approximately 38,000 individuals residing primarily in the Northwestern mountains of Vietnam. Following the exploration of Ta Van village, the car will transport you back to Sapa. Enjoy leisure time for the remainder of the day. Overnight stay at Sapa Hotel. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Hotel in Sapa
Day 3

Day 3: Cat Cat - Sin Chai - Sapa - Hanoi - Road transfer

Begin your day with breakfast at the hotel, followed by check-out. Embark on a leisurely stroll to the southwest of Sapa (approximately 3 km) to explore Cat Cat Village, home to the Black Hmong people and one of Sapa's renowned ethnic villages. Unwind at the base of a magnificent waterfall and explore the remnants of a hydroelectric power station built by the French during Vietnam's colonial era. Indulge in a picnic lunch beside the river and then continue trekking for another 3 km to Sin Chai Village, nestled at the foot of Fansipan Mountain, also known as "the Roof of Indochina," offering breathtaking mountain vistas. Return to the main road and transfer back to Sapa town on a jeep for 3 km. Between 15:00 and 15:30, the driver will pick you up for a 5-hour journey back to Hanoi. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
Day 4

Day 4: Hanoi – Halong Bay by shuttle bus - Overnight on cruise

Halong Bay, recognized by UNESCO as a World Natural Heritage and acclaimed as a Wonder of Nature by the New7Wonders Foundation, invites you to spend a night in this globally renowned bay. Following breakfast in Hanoi, commence your journey to Halong Bay with a 3-hour and 30-minute drive. Upon reaching Halong City's jetty around noon, complete the check-in procedures. Upon a warm welcome onboard, indulge in a delightful lunch as the cruise navigates towards the bay. In the afternoon, engage in sightseeing, partake in onboard activities (varying according to each boat's itinerary), or simply unwind on the vessel. As the day draws to a close, the boat drops anchor amidst the captivating karst formations. Enjoy a delectable dinner served on board. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: On-board an overnight cruise in Halong Bay
Day 5

Day 5: Halong Bay – Hanoi by shuttle bus

For those who wake up early, relish a remarkable sunrise amid the stunning karst formations of Halong Bay. A satisfying breakfast follows this mesmerizing experience. While the vessel leisurely cruises back towards the port, savor breakfast (brunch on some boats). Upon disembarking, our driver will be ready to transfer you back to Hanoi. Expect to arrive in Hanoi between 15:00 and 16:30. You will be dropped off at your hotel (arranged independently). This concludes the tour. Meals: Breakfast, Brunch Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi is not included

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Option Private Tour Small Group Hotel
 Standard 719 USD 319 USD 3star
Deluxe 919 USD 519 USD 4star

* All nights hotel accommodation.
* Meals as mentioned in the program..
* All transfers and transport in
modern air-conditioned vehicles.
* Boat trips   and
Halong Bay.
* 2 domestic flights.
* Sightseeing as specified
* Expert Vietnamese local guides

  • Hotel EARLY check in & LATE check out
  • Peak season surcharge & compulsory dinner at the hotel (if any)
  • International flights with taxes
  • Entry permit or Passport Fees
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips, laundry and gratuities
  • Meals not marked on itinerary, and water during meals

Children Policy

  • The rate for children applicable for one child sharing a twin or double cabin with two adults
  • For infant (<04 years old): FOC except domestic ticket cost
  • 04 – 11 years old without bed: 50% adult rate
  • 04 – 11 years old with extra bed: 75% adult rate
  • 04 – 11 years old in twin share: 90% adult rate

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