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Trails of the North Vietnam (8 day package)
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   Day 01
Hanoi
In the early evening, meet your tour guide at your hotel.

Enjoy a cool drink whilst your guide introduces you to Vietnam and the exciting journey your about to embark on.

After our welcoming brief, join your guide and tantalize your taste buds with the traditional flavors of Vietnamese food and enjoy a complimentary dinner, courtesy of Indochina Travelland.

Overnight at your hotel
(Breakfast and dinner included)
   Day 02
Hanoi City Tour
This morning we embark on a an exhilarating and unforgettable ‘Xic Lo’ ride through the charming, yet bustling, 36 Street Old Quarter to Ba Dinh Square where we disembark to explore Ho Chi Minh’s Quarter. We visit the Mausoleum, Presidential Palace, One Pillar Pagoda and Ho Chi Minh Museum.

We meet our bus for a short journey to visit the infamous Hanoi Hilton Prison and the 11th century Temple of Literature, Hanoi’s first university.

After our adventures so far we’ve all worked up a hunger!
We head across the road to ‘KOTO’ – ‘Know One Teach One’. KOTO restaurant is a wonderful organization which provides opportunities for former street children. The interaction with the kids is satisfying enough!

After lunch, we drive approximately 25minutes to the Ethnology Museum. Here you will learn of the traditional culture of 54 different ethnic minority groups in Vietnam through articles, stories, displays of traditional houses, costumes, hunting equipment and much more wares used in day to day life.

We return to the center Hanoi for some time at leisure before our exciting overnight train journey to Lao Cai.

Overnight at your hotel
(Breakfast included)
   Day 03
Lao Cai – Sapa
We arrive in Lao Cai around 5 am and met by our transport for a spectacular hour’s journey up the impressive mountains to Sapa.

Seeing is believing! The imagination could not visualize, nor appreciate the beauty of the stunning vistas and breathtaking mountainous rice terraces until you observe in true form.

Upon arrival in Sapa, we check into the hotel for a little rest and relaxation before our exploration this afternoon.

In the early afternoon we commence our exciting trek down hill from Sapa town to Cat Cat Village. Our 2 hour walk takes us through rice paddies passing by different ethnic minority villages hard at work and flower and vegetable gardens until we reach a magnificent waterfall set within the lush mountains.

We take a rest and continue to Cat Cat village where the village is eagerly awaiting our arrival. With the children’s glee and excitement and a village full of big smiling faces, we are welcomed by a local Black Hmong people.

After a welcoming and a rest, we stroll around the village, learning about the traditional way of life of the Black Hmong. We observe the fascinating demonstration of traditional fiber processing including; Weaving, Dying hemp cloth, Peeling bark from the dried hemp stalks, Tying stripped bark ribbons to form bundles and with the locals strongly encouraging us to try our hand in perfect their art….they certainly get a lot of laughs watching us!

We say goodbye to the village and drive back to Sapa.
Overnight at the hotel
(Breakfast included)
   Day 04
Sapa Villages – Lao Cai train station
After re energizing and a hearty breakfast, we are picked up by our vehicle and transferred to Lao Chai village.

We start our trek at the village and continue down the valley, along local trails and across rice paddies to visit Dzay ethnic minorities and Black H’mong communities living within a different environment. The interaction and closeness we experience with the local minority groups is an absolutely incredible experience.

We return to Sapa for some free time before our transfer to Lao Cai for our overnight train to Hanoi.

Overnight on train
(Breakfast included)
   Day 05
Hanoi – Ha Long
We return to Hanoi around 6am and head to town for breakfast.
After freshening up and full tummy’s we meet our vehicle for our journey to Halong Bay.

We leave the city behind and drive through the Red River Delta to Halong Bay, taking around 3.5 hours. The beautiful countryside that awaits your imagination, takes us through local farming life and villages, providing us plenty of opportunities to stop and capture some spectacular photographs. Be sure to keep an eye out for the amazing things the locals load onto their motorbikes!

On-route, we make a stop at one of our favorite organizations in Vietnam. Hong Ngoc Humanities centre in Sao Do town This wonderful establishment has been set up to provide skill and employment to people from small villages throughout the north of Vietnam, creating jobs and providing accommodation to disadvantaged people. You have the opportunity to purchase some exquisite local handicrafts and wares or just watch and admire the amazing and intricate workmanship involved in the production.

Arriving in Ha Long Bay, we board our boat, check into our cabins before enjoying a spectacular seafood lunch sailing off into Dragon Bay.

After lunch have some free time to relax and admire the beauty of the bay as we cruise through hundreds of karst formations.

Throughout our cruise today, you will have the opportunity to disembark the boat and explore Sung Sot cave, where you will learn how karsts were formed in this area millions of years ago. For beach lovers and swimmers, we make a stop at one of the sandy beaches for swimming or just relaxing.

We continue cruising the bay until the late afternoon, before setting anchor for the night. Once anchored, there’s plenty of time for swimming or just relaxing to admire the scenery before settling into another scrumptious meal.

After dinner, why not head to the top deck and enjoy a relaxing drink whilst admiring the peaceful ambience and gazing at the millions of stars.

Overnight at the hotel
(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
   Day 06
Ha Long – Cat Ba
After breakfast we board a small boat to cruise toward Cat Ba Island.
We disembark at Viet Hai pier where we have a leisurely bike ride through the island to Viet Hai commune – a small village in the middle of Cat Ba National Park, enjoying the wonderful scenery and fresh air, whilst observing the daily life of the people here.
We stop for lunch at a local family home, before our return bike ride back to the pier. We re-board our boat for our transfer to Cat Ba Island.

Overnight at hotel
(Breakfast and lunch included)
   Day 07
Cat Ba – Hanoi
The day is free at leisure on the island, before we are picked up at 2.00pm for our transfer to the pier.

We board a hydrofoil boat to Hai Phong, where we are met by our vehicle for our return drive to Hanoi.

This evening we bid you farewell and would like to invite you to join your guide in a farewell celebration dinner, courtesy of Indochina Travelland.

Overnight at hotel
(Breakfast and dinner included)
   Day 08
Departure
Trip ends.
(Breakfast included)
 
What’s included?
  • Tour guide
  • Private air-conditioned transportation
  • All entrance fees
  •  Boat trip in Ha Long Bay
  • Return train tickets Hanoi - Lao Cai (soft sleeper wooden cabin)
  • Meals as mentioned: 2 lunches, 3 dinners, 1 arrival breakfast in Sapa and 1 brunch
  • Accommodation as mentioned with daily breakfast
  • Two way airport transfers
Not included:
  • International flights
  • Personal expenses, meals and drinks unless otherwise specified
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fee to Laos
 

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