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Hanoi – Sapa – Bac Ha – Ha Long Bay

HANOI – SAPA – BAC HA – HA LONG BAY

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Northern Vietnam is a treasure trove of wonders, from the fantastic hills of Sa pa to the mystical waters of Halong Bay.

From Sapa to the Sea journey begins in the buzzing capital of Hanoi. Prepare for sensory overload as the sights, smells, sounds, and tastes of Vietnam merge in to an exciting atmosphere. Explore the historical sites, winding streets, and serene lakes of the city.

An overnight train journey takes you to the far Northwest corner of Vietnam. Near to the Chinese border, the Sapa region is filled with ethnic minorities who maintain their own local culture, traditions, and dress. Spend three days trekking through the region, exploring the vast diversity whilst enjoying the fresh mountain air. Explore waterfalls, rice paddies, high mountain passes, and welcoming local villagers.

A Fabulous overnight cruise on the magnificent Halong Bay. Relax and put your feet up as the traditional wooden junk boat winds its way through hundreds of limestone karsts. Feast on seafood, visit mystical caves, and swim in the turquoise waters of the Bay. For those with energy remaining, Revel in the wonders of North Vietnam’s people and places whilst savoring a delicious, and well deserved, Vietnamese feast!

Day 1: Hanoi arrival

Up on arrival at Noi Bai international airport, meet up our guide then transfer to hotel for check in.

Overnight in Hanoi

Day 2: Hanoi full day city tour- Laocai

Today continue the sightseeing tour with a visit to the One Pillar Pagoda. The Pagoda is close to Ho Chi Minh Memorial complex where the tour begins at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Here visitors can pay respect to the embalmed body of Ho Chi Minh. Continue through the Park to Ho Chi Minh Silt House, a simple two rooms dwelling where Ho Chi Minh lived from 1958 until his final days. Then heading to the Temple of Literature which is peaceful series of walled courtyards end graceful gateways. Keep going to visit Hoan Kiem Lake( Sword Lake) located in the heart of Hanoi. In the Northern of this lake one can find Ngoc Son Temple from 18 century. Visit Historical Museum – one of the finest museums. Enjoy Water Puppet show before catch train to Laocai.

Overnight on train

Day 3: Sapa – Cat Cat Village- Sapa

Arriving in Lao Cai Station in the early morning, then keep going up to Sapa, take a soft trekking tour on a small paths. Descend diff in to a valley and up against through the forested hill before arriving back in the back H’Mong village of Cat Cat

Overnight in Sapa

Day 4: Sapa – Laochai – Tavan – Sapa

Travel by vehicle from Sapa to the Lao Chai village with soft trek. Visit H’ Mong, Dzay and Dzao people and observe their daily life. Furthermore, enjoy the spectacular scenery of terraced rice paddies, waterfalls and small bamboo forests that are unique for the northern region.

Transfer back to Sapa.

Overnight in Sapa.

Day 5: Sapa – Bac Ha – Laocai – Hanoi( Bac Ha Market is only open on Sunday)

Travel by vehicle from Sapa to Bac Ha Market. Take the opportunity and watch the daily life of Flower H’ Mong Minority with their colourfull dresses. Then enjoy a leisurely trekking tour through the mountain countryside around Bac Ha. Head off to see Pho Village with Hoang A Tuong Castle and as well as the village of Flower H’ Mong and Tay people. In the late afternoon depart for Lao Cai Town for your departure back to Hanoi by train.

Overnight on the train

Day 6 : Hanoi – Ha Long – Hanoi

Arrive early in Hanoi, enjoy breakfast in a local restaurant before commencing the 3.5 hour road transfer to Halong Bay.Take a private boat trip about 4 hours journey. Cruise through the emerald water between limestone outcrop and long corridors visit Thien Cung Cave ( the Cave of Heavenly Palace-famous for its stalagmites and stalactites) the caves has only opened to the public since 1998. Back to Ha Long city where bus waiting for you to take you back to Hanoi

Overnight in Hanoi

Day 7:Hanoi departure

The day is at your leisure for last minute sight-seeing or shopping until your transfer to Noi Bai International airport for your onward flight.