NORTHERN HIGHLAND OF VIETNAM HANOI – SAPA – HA LONG (STAY HOTEL)- 05Days/04Nights

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Departure & Return Location

CMB Bandaranayake International Airport (Google Map)

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • Hotel accommodation with breakfast and based on twin or triple sharing
  • Services of a driver and private air-conditioned vehicle during all tours and transfers.
  • Experienced English-speaking guide during all tours and transfers
  • Boat trip in Ha Long bay (4 hours) For Group 1-9 pax: Sharing boat and Lunch at local restaurant For Group 10 pax up: Private boat and lunch on cruise
  • Lunch or dinner as specified in the itinerary, Vietnam local food
  • Entrance fees for all visits as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Mineral water is available as complementary
  • 01 FOC for tour leader from group 15+1, 02 FOC for tour leader from group 30+2 (based on twin sharing)

Price Excludes

  • Airfare (international and domestic) and airport tax
  • Dinks and other meals not clearly mentioned
  • Surcharge for special request on food, and meals.
  • Insurance, gratuities and personal expenses
  • Tipping for guide and driver
  • Surcharge for public holidays (if any)
  • All other service not stated in the program
  • Compulsory dinner for Xmas and New Year Eve: TBA
Itinerary

Day 1HANOI ARIVAL – TRANSFER TO HA LONG BAY (D)

Arrive at Noi Bai International Airport, welcome by our guide and transfer to your hotel. The transfer distance is approximately 40 minutes.

Hanoi or “River-bound City” as its name literally means is Vietnam’s capital with a thousand-year-old history dating back to 1010. The city’s fascinating beauty which is characterized by unique cultural relics, ancient streets of antique houses, elegant French colonial buildings, tree-lined boulevards and romantic lakes has made it one of the most charming cities of Asia.

Transfer to Ha Long Bay which is about 160 km or 3.5 hour drive away. Moving through the countryside on the way will bring you a clear perspective of a country’s whose 80% of population live on farming. Have a quick rest stop en route before reaching Ha Long City. Check in hotel then spend time at leisure.

Meals: Dinner
Accommodation: A hotel used in Ha Long

Day 2HA LONG (4 HOURS CRUISE) – HANOI (B/L/D)

For Group 1-9pax: Sharing boat and Lunch at local restaurant
Morning, breakfast at hotel between 6-7 AM, transfer to the dock for boarding a sharing boat to explore the legendary Ha Long Bay. Ha Long means Descending Dragon in Vietnamese as legend has it that a holly dragon landed down here from sky. The bay, famous as one of the world’s wonders and heritage sites whose formation dates back 500 million years, consists of around 2,000 karst islands and islets scattered over an area of 1,553 km2. The boat will stop at Dau Go Island for you to visit Thien Cung Cave (Heaven Palace) and Dau Go Cave (Wooden Stakes). Dau Go Cave in 13th Century was a depot to store pointed wooden stakes, which later were used by Vietnamese great military commander Tran Hung Dao to trap and puncture Mongolian naval boats in famous battles of Bach Dang. Return to the dock, disembark. Lunch at local restaurant. After lunch travel back to Hanoi.
Afternoon, drive back Hanoi and shopping in Hanoi Old Quarter. Evening at leisure.

For Group 10pax up: Private boat and lunch on cruise
Morning, breakfast at hotel between 6-7 AM, transfer to the dock for boarding a cruise boat to explore the legendary Ha Long Bay. Ha Long means Descending Dragon in Vietnamese as legend has it that a holly dragon landed down here from sky. The bay, famous as one of the world’s wonders and heritage sites whose formation dates back 500 million years, consists of around 2,000 karst islands and islets scattered over an area of 1,553 km2. The boat will stop at Dau Go Island for you to visit Thien Cung Cave (Heaven Palace) and Dau Go Cave (Wooden Stakes). Dau Go Cave in 13th Century was a depot to store pointed wooden stakes, which later were used by Vietnamese great military commander Tran Hung Dao to trap and puncture Mongolian naval boats in famous battles of Bach Dang. Continue cruising while fresh seafood lunch is served on board. Return to the dock, disembark and travel back to Hanoi.
Afternoon, drive back Hanoi and shopping in Hanoi Old Quarter. Evening at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accommodation: A hotel used in Hanoi

Day 3HANOI – LAO CAI – SAPA – CAT CAT VILLAGE (B/L/D)

After breakfast, check out hotel then proceed to Lao Cai via Hanoi Lao Cai Highways – the Vietnam’s longest expressway, cutting travel time in half to Sa Pa. Arrive Lao Cai after 5 hours drive, have lunch at local restaurant. Continue to Sa Pa Town and check in hotel. We visit the Minority Village where ethnic minority people are in various styles of traditional dress – indigo tunics and leggings, elaborate pleated skirts, sliver-studded jackets. The first sightseeing is Cat Cat minority village where you will have a new understanding to these minorities and experience the unique lifestyle.

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accommodation: A hotel used in Sapa

Day 4SAPA – LAO CHAI – TA VAN (B/L/D)

Morning, free at leisure, relax and enjoy the beautiful landscape from your balcony. The journey will commence with a drive southwards Muong Hoa valley. You will then start your descending walk into the valley, which is the largest paddy terrace in Sapa area. The guide can provide you with interesting information about rice and rice growing. If you visit the valley some time in between May and October, you will be able to experience how the local do planting and harvesting, one of the most important activities in their daily life. The walk takes you from Lao Chai village of Black H’mong minority to Ta Van village of Giay minority including a visit to the local Catholic Church.

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accommodation: A hotel used in Sapa

Day 5 SAPA – HANOI – HALF DAY CITY TOUR (B/L/D)

After breakfast, check out hotel and transfer back to Hanoi.
Afternoon, we visit Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple located on an islet in the lake. Hoan Kiem Lake is the center point of Hanoi and home to a rare endangered giant turtle species. Its name “Returned Sword” comes from a legend of a sacred sword being lent to an ancient Vietnamese King by a holy turtle from the lake and later returned to the turtle. Shop or walk at leisure in the Old Quarter of 36 ancient streets.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: A hotel used in Hanoi.

Day 6 HANOI – DEPARTURE (B)

Free at leisure or you can go shopping around Hanoi Old Quarter before transfering to airport for departure flight.

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