7-Day Northern Vietnam Tour: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Sapa Trekking. With our 7 Days Hanoi, Halong Bay, Sapa Trekking, see some amazing sights in Vietnam and bask in all its majestic glory.
- Discover the Old Quarter of Hanoi
- Trekking in Sapa
- Overnight on cruise in Halong Bay
Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
Your car/van will pick you up from Noi Bai (Hanoi) airport and drive you to the heart of the city. Arrive at the hotel after a 40-minute drive, check-in, and have a free day to wander around downtown Hanoi’s Old Quarter Night Market.
Overnight at Hanoi’s hotel in Old Quarter.
Day 2: Ha Noi City – Train To Sapa (Meal: B, L)
8:00: You check out after breakfast and leave your bags at the hotel.
We pick you up from your hotel and begin the tour by visiting the Ho Chi Minh Complex, which includes the Mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh, the final resting place of the beloved national hero, Uncle Ho, and his stilt house from 1958 to 1969.
Moreover, you will enjoy the architectural and historical features of the final resting palace of Uncle Ho. The One Pillar Pagoda, which lies on one side of the mausoleum, was built in 1049 by King Ly Thai To. For the people in Hanoi, this system has become a significant emblem.
Then you will have the opportunity to explore the Pagoda of Tran Quoc on the West Lake shore. From there you can visit the Temple of Literature, the first University of Vietnam dedicated to Confucius.
12.30: Lunch at a restaurant in the Old Quarter with typical local Vietnamese cuisine.
13:30: You can pass through Hoan Kiem Lake, regarded as Hanoi’s heart and soul. Finally, you’ll stop at the Museum of Ethnology on the west side of downtown. This museum provides detailed and well-documented displays of the 54 ethnic groups of the nation, including intricate and colorful costumes of the hill-tribe, weaving designs, musical instruments, fishing equipment, work tools, and other functional objects.
With interesting examples of minority housing from the king’s to the ethnic groups in the Central Highlands, the show goes on to the garden outside.
15:30: Complete an unforgettable sightseeing day in Hanoi.
Add some possibilities:
15:30-16:15: Enjoy a water puppet show or go sightseeing around the Old Quarter in Hanoi by electric car or bike.
17:00: City tour ends. You are taken back to the hotel by bus and you have free time to have dinner.
Until 21:00 p.m.: Our guide will pick you up at your hotel to board the Lao Cai train.
Day 3: Sapa Trekking (Meal: B, L, D)
Morning: In the early morning, we will arrive at the Lao Cai Train Station. Your tour guide will pick you up and take you to Sapa for an hour. Your baggage will be left at your room. Then it’s a nice time for you to have breakfast and take a shower. Start trekking to Cat Cat Village after breakfast at the local restaurant, a 45-minute walk from Sapa and Black H’Mong Hill Tribe Village. The village is on a hillside and it’s easy to walk around. Here, rice and corn are grown.
You will have the opportunity to visit a huge waterfall on the stream and the old Hydro Electric Power Station designed by the French people while visiting Cat Cat village. This is an image of young people sitting on looms decorated with colorful pieces of brocade decorated with flowers and bird designs.
When these pieces of brocade are finished, they are dyed with beautiful designs and embroidered. A remarkable thing is that these brocade fabrics are dyed by H’Mong people using indigo plants and leaves. And then to polish them, they roll around and smooth out sections of wood coated with wax to make their colors durable.
Lunch at a restaurant in the local city.
Afternoon: Free leisure time to relax.
Evening: At night, you are free to discover the charm of Sapa: enjoy roasted maize, baked eggs by charcoal fire, or go shopping. We highly recommend a stop at the Love Market on Saturday night, which is one of the special ethnic minority cultures of Hmong, Dzao in Lao Cai in particular, and North West Vietnam in general.
Dinner at the local restaurant and overnight in Sapa’s hotel.
Day 4: Sapa Trekking – Train Back Ha Noi (Meal: B, L, D)
Start trekking from Sapa toward Muong Hoa Valley after breakfast, where we can appreciate beautiful landscapes. Trek through the Black H’mong tribe of Y Linh Ho village and continue trekking through lush rice terraces to Lao Chai village to witness the everyday life of Black H’mong people and their traditional culture.
Y Linh Ho village is a small municipality made up of a dozen small hamlets with high and steep mountains spread across the very rugged mountain terrain. There are only one hundred Black H’mong inhabitants living in this commune.
On their farmland, they constructed their rudimentary houses, cultivating mainly corn and dry rice on the steep hillsides. The only way to get to the municipality is from the main road on foot. The Black H’Mong people who wear very dark clothes in black and navy dyed with indigo (often seen on older H’Mong women’s hands) are home to this village.
Then, you enter the villages of Lao Chai and Ta Van. Have lunch in one of the nearby houses with the residents.
Lao Chai & Ta Van Villages, about 8 km from the town of Sapa, where the black H’mong and Giay people live, is also the beginning of the Muong Hoa valley. There is a fantastic view of the entire village from the high point of the main road, which is wide open to give wonderful panoramic views, supported by high mountains and facing the river.
Here you can enjoy the fresh air, see the fields on the terrace, the stream, and discover and visit some Black H’mong families. At any house of the hospitable people there, you will have a welcome feeling. You will communicate with their culture and traditions and learn about them.
From Ta Van Village to Sapa City, the bus will pick you up and transfer you to Lao Cai Railway Station.
Dinner at the local restaurant near the railway station and a train ride back to Hanoi overnight.
Day 5: Ha Noi Arrival – Ha Long Bay (Meal: B, L, D)
Arrive in Hanoi at 5:00 a.m. in the early morning. You will be picked up and escorted back to our hotel by the Vietnam Adventure Tours team. Check in early to get a rest and have breakfast.
Approx 7.45- 08.20
At your hotel, our guide will meet you. Pick-up by shuttle bus or private vehicle.
Enjoy the peaceful landscape as we pass through the countryside, farmland and the delta of the Red River.
You’ll be offered a chance to take pictures. Break Warmth. It takes approximately 3 1/2 hours from Hanoi to Halong Bay.
Approx 12-12.30 noon
Arrive at the marina at Tuan Chau. Welcome to the liner. Meet the captain, the crew and join us as we tell you about life on board for a welcome cocktail.
Checking into the cabin. Time for refreshing and unwinding
Set sail by our chef as lunch is packed.
Join us in the restaurant or in the outdoor dining area for a nice lunch. As we sail through the calm waters, we enjoy the breathtaking views of the Bay and its dramatic limestone islands.
During the afternoon,
Relax on the sun deck and watch the world go by or take an afternoon nap in your cabin as we make our way to the amazing Van Gia fishing village. The Van Gia Floating Fishing Village arrives in the middle of the afternoon.
Our guide will give you some information on this fascinating village and its local culture, and interesting facts.
Disembark and you can choose which options to visit the village when you visit the village by kayak or local bamboo boat. Via their fishing village, they will be your guides, where you will meet the locals and see firsthand what life is like living on the sea. We are proud of our working relationship and this community’s support.
Our cruise takes you to the natural beach of Soi Sim for swimming and snorkeling. Interesting sports such as football and basketball can be enjoyed. On the way, you will enjoy our free sunset party with fruit and wine.
Back on the boat, we’re going to the sleeping room.
Early at night
Take a chance to freshen up and then join friends at the bar for a pre-dinner meal.
In the restaurant or outdoor dining area, dinner is served if the weather is allowed, which is a gastronomic delight. Relax at the bar after dinner, where you can find a range of books, magazines and board games, or watch a film on our plasma TV. Join some of our squad for a night of cuttle-fishing.
Boat lodging and overnight stays.
Day 6: Ha Long Bay – Ha Noi (Meal: B, L)
(Tai Chi-Breakfast-Surprising Cave-Demonstration of Cooking-Lunch-Your Hotel and Goodbye)
For early risers, join us on the sun deck for a Tai Chi session. Tai chi helps to concentrate the mind and condition the body and there is no better place than among the limestone peaks and islands to practice this.
Breakfast, coffee and tea are available.
We sail through the waters and pass by a number of caves after breakfast and drop anchor at Shocking (Sung Sot) Cave.
Disembark and visit Bo Hon Island-based Surprise Cave. With thousands of stalactites and stalagmites, it is one of the largest caves in Ha Long Bay.
We’re going on a cruise again. Take time before logging out to refresh and relax. It is possible to leave bags in the luggage store. Before early lunch is served, you can participate in our short cooking demonstration class and learn how to make spring rolls.
Return to the shore and disembark from the cruise as we say goodbye to our crew. Return to Hanoi and switch to a minibus or private vehicle. Arrive back at your hotel at around 16:30/17:00, roughly.
In Hanoi overnight.