Tour Code: VPR-NHI
Hanoi - Sapa - Halong Bay    Journey Map
The North Vietnam is known for its alpine peaks, the Red River Delta, enchanting Halong Bay and historic Hanoi as well as for the diversity of its ethno linguistic minorities. Joining this trip, you can discover all the beauty of this area’s culture, landscape and local people. It is also a valuable journey for picture-hunting travelers.
   Explore vibrant Hanoi and Watch a traditional Vietnamese water puppet show

   Tour scenic Lao Cai, discovering hill tribes and trekking through local villages

   Take a sampan ride to Perfume Pagoda Complex

   Cruise around breathtaking Halong Bay, a world heritage site

   Activities include walking, sight seeing, trekking, hiking, boating and cruising

Day 1: Hanoi arrival (D)
Upon arrival at Hanoi’s Noi Bai Airport, our guide and driver will welcome you and transfer you to your hotel. Hanoi is sometimes called the Paris of the Orient, with shaded boulevards, verdant parks and ochre buildings that retain an old-world charm. You are free to stroll around the city and catch a first glimpse of this peaceful city. In the evening, a dinner out to taste local authentic Vietnamese Cuisine and visit one of the water-puppet theatres to enjoy a performance of this fantastic art form - unique to Vietnam and best seen in Hanoi.
Overnight at hotel in Hanoi
Day 2: Hanoi half-day city tour (B)
At 8.30am, start the day with a visit to Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and “House on stilt” at the same area with the Presidential Palace and the famous One Pillar Pagoda. We also make a visit to the Temple of Literature – the first university of Vietnam, which is now dedicated to Confucian worship. There is time to visit Hanoi Old Quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake with a stop over at Ngoc Son Temple. Rest of the time, you can explore further on your own. You could stroll around the French quarter where many of the embassies are located. Or take a shopping expedition in the Old Quarter or just relax at one of the many parks and lakes that make Hanoi one of the greenest cities in Asia.
Overnight at hotel in Hanoi
Day 3: Perfume Pagoda and overnight train to Lao Cai (B)
Departing from your hotel at 8am, we will take a 2.5 hour road trip to the countryside out of Hanoi, Reaching Yen dock, then we will enjoy one hour on a small sampan in Yen River surrounded by the spectacular scenery of mountains, rivers and rice paddies. We will pass by Trinh Pagoda and continue to Thien Tru Habour where we will start trekking to main cave pagoda uphill- Perfume Pagoda. The visit to this pagoda will give us more understanding of the Buddhism in Viet Nam. Today we will have late and simple lunch near Thien Tru Habour before a visit to the most beautiful Thien Tru Pagoda. Enjoy one hour sampan back to meet our waiting vehicle. We get on car and arrive in Hanoi around 6 pm. Few hours free to enjoy dinner and take some refreshment. At 8.30pm, we will take an overnight train to Lao Cai.
Day 4: Sapa –Cat Cat & Ta Phin Villages (B)
Arrive in the early morning (around 6am), you will take a 45 –minute drive to Sapa, a remote land littered by a patchwork of diversely rich cultures of ethic groups. Check in hotel for your refreshment and breakfast. In the afternoon, commence the trip again with a walking down to the H’mong village of Cat Cat. In Cat Cat, you can see the waterfall, the old French hydro power station and have a chance to communicate with local minority people. After Cat Cat, we drive out to Ta Phin Village of the Red Dao, which is in a picturesque valley.
Overnight at hotel in Sapa
Day 5: Lao Chai & Tavan – Lao Cai (B, L)
Enjoy a day of trekking through local villages, departing after breakfast to Lao Chai village, home to the Black H’mong Tribe and then on to Ta Van, the only village of the Giay minority. After lunch continue your walk through bamboo forests to Giang Ta Chai, visiting a Red Dao minority village. Return to your Sapa hotel to freshen up and transfer to Lao Cai for your overnight train journey back to Hanoi.
Day 6: Hanoi –Halong Bay (B, L, D)
Arrive in Hanoi in the early morning, our guide will transfer you back to your hotel for relaxation before getting on car for Halong Bay journey at 9am. It takes you about 3 hours to reach there. Then you will have a cruise on a traditional Vietnamese wooden Junk on Halong Bay to most caves, have seafood on board for lunch and have pleasure time for swimming and sunbathing. You will have dinner on board as enjoying the sunset; then stay on board for overnight.
Day 7: Halong Bay –Hanoi (B, L)
This day you will have further cruise on the bay, visit rock piles and sun bathing before getting back to the wharf in the early afternoon. Our waiting vehicle will transfer you back to Hanoi.
Day 8: Hanoi departure (B)
Some free time for shopping or strolling around the city until transfer time to the airport for your flight to the next destination. End of services by Indochina Travel Service.
All transfers and transportation as dedicated in the itinerary
English speaking guide on day trips & excursions
All accommodation on twin share basis with daily breakfast
Additional meals as clearly mentioned (B: breakfast, L: lunch; D: dinner)
Boat cruise in Halong, Sampan to Perfume Pagoda
Sightseeing fees and permits during guided time
Ratraco/ Tulico train ticket Hanoi –Lao Cai –Hanoi (tourist class)
One –way cable car down the pagoda
International tickets and airport taxes
Vietnam Visa & visa fee
Travel insurance (compulsory)
Food & drinks not mentioned within the itinerary
Tips and gratuities
Expenses of a personal nature such as bar bills, laundry and telephone charges
Other services not clearly described in the program

This is another important element of your Vietnam tour. Our Vietnam travel consultant will offer you Vietnam hotel options based on your Vietnam travel budget and taste.
*Accommodation in hotels is subject to availability. If the listed hotels are fully booked, alternate accommodation will be offered at the same level.
Price per person in USD 2 PAX 3 - 5 Pax Single Supplement
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*The above prices are based on the group from 4 - 6pax and valid until Sep, 2008. All prices might be changed subject to your group size and travel period. Some tours have Deluxe Option available. Please contact us for further information.

   This tour must be booked at least one week (7days) in advance of your travel date

   This private tour can be customized upon your request. Traveling alone? Tight budget? Want to explore the country
    on your own way? Please contact us with details of your tour requirements via email or telephone. Our team of
    experienced travel consultants will then help you design your dream vacation to Vietnam according to your needs
    and budget.