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Northern Vietnam Adventure Tour – 10 days ( Program B )

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Tour Code: VNPT-13
Departure: Ha Noi
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Duration: 10 Days-9 nights
Destination: Ha Noi
Price from: 890

Hanoi, Mai Chau, Son La, Dien Bien Phu, Tam Duong, Sapa, Halong, Cat Ba, Hanoi Explore Northern Vietnam on this fantastic 10 day Vietnam package tour and see the best views you can encounter anywhere. Visit magnificent Mai Chau Valley and Son La and get to know the friendly locals and their way of life. The last French Colonial outpost, Dien Bien Phu is your next stop, where you will see traces of the past colonial times. Go to the mountain town of Sapa and trek around the numerous places on offer there. Relax on beautiful Halong Bay with its tranquil waters and explore the area or relax. Try some rock climbing on Cat Ba Island and explore Hanoi on a cyclo and do a city tour.


Day 1: Ha Noi – Mai Chau (160 km) ( L , D )
Depart by jeep from your hotel and head for Hoa Binh province. After weaving your way through the busy Hanoi traffic, you will soon be out of town and able to admire the scenic Vietnamese countryside. Traverse a region of spectacular limestone mountains, passes and valleys, as you wind your way downhill to Mai Chau Valley of the Thai people. Spend the afternoon strolling around one of their picturesque villages, learning more about the Thai and experiencing their renowned hospitality. Enjoy a sumptuous dinner whilst watching traditional local dancing and don’t miss the opportunity to sample the local rice wine, which is drunk with a rod. Sleep in a house on stilts. (Lac village home stay)

Day 2 : Mai Chau – Moc Chau – Son La (160 km) (B, L, D)
Today, you will travel about the same distance as you covered to Mai Chau. The road to Son La is lined with fruit orchards, tea plantations and towering mountains. En route, you will have the chance to meet and talk to the black Thai, white Thai, Hmong and Muong hill tribe people as they journey to work or the local markets. In the afternoon, visit the Prison Museum in Son La, which presents one perspective on the former French colonial rule. Dinner and overnight at the Cong Doan Hotel.

Day 3 : Son La – Dien Bien Phu (170 km) ( B, L, D)
The farther you drive, the more impressive the mountain scenery will become. Visit more tribal village people on your way to Dien Bien Phu city. Stop for lunch in Tuan Giao. Continue on to Dien Bien and enjoy the spectacular scenery of Pha Din pass. In the afternoon, visit Dien Bien Phu, the last base of the French colonial power in Indochina. Monuments, museums and preserved bunkers all tell the story of the “final and victorious liberating battle” of 1954. After dinner, you are free to explore the nightlife of this remote mountain city. Overnight in Muong Thanh Hotel.

Day 4 : Dien Bien Phu – Lai Chau – Tam Duong (200 km) ( B, L, D)
Today’s drive lasts 6 to 7 hours but the scenery of the Lai Chau valley is both breathtaking and dramatic. The road is sometimes steep and often rugged, hugging rice-terraced mountainsides and fording turbulent rivers. In addition to the visual spectacle, you’ll have a chance to meet the some of the most beautiful and friendly hill tribe people in North Vietnam, such as the Hmong, Black Thai, Black Dzao and Pazi. Dinner and overnight in the town of Tam Duong.

Day 5 : Tam Duong– Sapa (90km) ( B, L, D)
Take a short walk around this peaceful town and its market before hitting the road once again. As you wind your way through Tram Ton pass, the highest mountain pass in Viet Nam, you will be rewarded by truly magnificent views of the majestic mountains, passes and valleys. Prepare for a dramatic change of climate as you approach the old French hill station of Sapa. Now a busy market town for the regional minority groups, the town is encircled by towering peaks, often shrouded in cloud, and the air is cool and crisp. After checking into a comfortable hotel, you are free to explore this picturesque town.

Day 6 : Sapa, trek and  jeep back to Sapa, night train to Hanoi (5-6 hours) ( B, L, D)
Take a jeep ride along the rugged but scenic road downhill from Sapa. Start trekking across paddy fields, villages and streams. Discover a gentler, more tranquil way of life as you experience the genuine hospitality of the hill tribe people. Have a picnic lunch on the way. Take an afternoon trek to Giang Ta Chai village of the Dzao people. Back to Sapa in the afternoon then transfer to Lao Cai. Have dinner at a restaurant. Take overnight train back to Hanoi (A/C soft sleeper cabin, 4 pax/cabin).

Day 7: Hanoi – Halong Bay  – Halong Glory Cruise( B, L, D )  
Arrive Hanoi in the early morning, pick up and transfer to the hotel in the old quarter for shower and breakfast. Pick up from your hotel in Hanoi. Drive to Halong City through paddy fields in the Red River Delta. Stopover on the way for a refreshment break. Arrive at Tuan Chau wharf and board Glory Cruises for departure. Welcome drink will be served. Lunch is served while cruising through the bay visiting exciting Cua Van fishing village. The village is free of busy roads and streets, electric lights, houses and high rise buildings. Instead, there are only fleets of little boats and rafts. You will have the chance to discover the traditional culture and customs of the fishermen. Enjoy kayaking or swimming (if the weather permits). Back on board and continue cruising to Drum Cave (Hang Trong) to dock. Dinner is served. Take some leisure time to enjoy chatting at the bar or enjoy some night fishing. Relax and spend a romantic night on Glory Cruise

Day 8: Cat Ba Rock climbing (B, L, D)
Duration: Approximately 5.5 hours. Depart – Return: Cat Ba Island Town

Agenda Time Segment Option 1:
8:30 AM – 9:00 AM
……………. Coastline ride into the small farming village of Lien Minh
9:00 AM – 9:30 AM …………….  Basic instruction and introduction to Rock Climbing
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM…………… Guided Rock Climbing in Butterfly Valley
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM…………… Delicious lunch on a bee farm with fresh local food
1:30 PM – 2:00 PM ……………. Return to Cat Ba Town

Agenda Time Segment Option 2:
11:45 AM – 12:30 PM …………. Coastline ride into the small farming village of Lien Minh
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM ……………Delicious lunch on a bee farm with fresh local foods
1:30 PM – 2:00 PM…………….. Basic instruction and introduction to Rock Climbing
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM…………….. Guided Rock Climbing in Butterfly Valley
5:00 PM – 5:30 PM ……………. Return to Cat Ba Town

Primary Activities: Scenic Coastline Ride, Rock Climbing, Local Farming Village Experience with Lunch on a Small Farm.
Other Activities: Petting Water Buffalo, Chasing Baby Cows, Hammocks, Bouldering, Drinking locally made honey rice wine!

Dinner at a local restaurant and Overnight at a hotel in Cat Ba Island

Day 9: Cat Ba National Park Trekking – Hai Phong – Hanoi (B, L, D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the National Park for trekking. Trek in the National park, climb up to visit Ngu Lam. Back to the bus for transfer back to hotel, check out and have lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch we take a high speed boat back to Hai Phong. Arrive Ben Binh Harbor, transfer back to Hanoi. Overnight at a hotel in Hanoi

Day 10: Hanoi city tour – Departure ( B/L)
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit the Ho Chi Minh Complex, containing the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Presidential Palace, Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts and the One Pillar Pagoda. Continue on to the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first university. Lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, visit the Museum of Ethnology, Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son temple and enjoy riding in a rickshaw for 1 hour in the old quarter of Hanoi and its teeming streets filled with fascinating shops. Free at leisure until time to transfer to the airport for the departure.

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Tour price includes:

  • Night train ticket: Lao Cai – Hanoi (soft sleeper, 4-berth cabin with air-conditioning – Tulico /Ratraco Train)
  • Pick up and transfer by private minibus as indicated in the tour program
  • Meals as indicated in the program (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • Entrance fees
  • Shared cruise in Halong Bay
  • Kayaking paddles
  • Rock climbing Equipment
  • Purified water
  • Accommodation based on twin or double room share (hotel and home-stay)
  • English or French-speaking guide.

Tour price excludes:

  • Insurance, other private expenses.

Proposed hotels:

  • Mai Chau: Lac village
  • Son La: Cong Doan hotel
  • Dien Bien: Muong Thanh
  • Tam Duong: Tam Duong hotel
  • Sapa: Bamboo hotel & home stay
  • Cat Ba: Holiday View or Hung Long

Notes: Advised to take good walking shoes, raincoats, jackets, torch, insect repellent and Sunscreen

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