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Hill tribe Heaven (8 Day Package)
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   Day 01
Hanoi Arrival
In the late afternoon, you will be met by our 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.

This evening we experience a spectacular and most colorful performance of traditional Water Puppetry. This amazing art originated in North Vietnam and is still performed in its original form.

After the 1 hour performance, join your guide and tantalize your tastebuds 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 ‘Xich 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 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 to a quaint hidden little treasure for lunch, where we relax and rest our feet, enjoying the beautiful ambience, whilst tasting one of Vietnams Specialties including the traditional northern specialty fish dish ‘Cha Ca’!

After lunch we drive around 25 minutes 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 our hotel in the late afternoon for some time at leisure to explore this fabulous city.
Overnight at your hotel
(Breakfast included)
   Day 03
Hanoi – Ninh Binh
This morning we head South of Hanoi to the local town of Ninh Binh.

We start our picturesque journey through remote villages, we travel around 90km to Ninh Binh, with this town offering absolutely stunning landscapes, due to its proximity to the mountains of Non Nuoc and Canh Dieu.

After a stop for lunch, we arrive in Ninh Binh, we check into our hotel, charmed by the marvelous scenery, offered by the mountains, rivers and pagoda.

After some time to admire the beautiful scenery and breathe the fresh mountainous air, we board a row boat for an amazing ride to Tam Coc (Three Caves).

The first visit is to Hang Ca cave, being enclosed by the scenic beauty of huge rocks standing along the river and scattered green rice fields, all combines an image of a poetic painting of the countryside. Only nature could produce such a miracle.

The quiet movements of the oars create a musical rhythm inside the cave as we approach Hang Mua (Cave of Dance), the beauty of this cave creates an effect which pull one's mind away from reality into a dream world. The rocks eaten by sea water over thousands of years have been carved into a series of caves here. Although the sea is far away from the locality, now the caves remain.

Only a hundred metres away is Hang Ba, which is the coolest of the caves due to its lower formation. The attraction here is the natural light inside the cave reflected by the water. The huge and even rocks lying in the stream provide excellent platforms for those who wish to bathe in the waters.

After our magical journey, we return to the village to rest and relax or some time for you to explore the handmade handicrafts of the village or head out on a leisurely cycle, exploring this township and admiring its mythical mountainous range.

Overnight at your hotel
(Breakfast and dinner included)
   Day 04
Ninh Binh – Ha Long Bay
Awakening to the most peaceful and pleasant sounds of nature, we devour a delicious breakfast, before we bid farewell to the village for our drive to Ha Long Bay.

A 2 hour journey heading north east, through local minority villages, we arrive in Ha Long Bay.

Ha Long Bay is by far one of the most enchanting and memorable experiences in Vietnam. The postcard pictures you so often see of Ha Long Bay will become a memory to last a lifetime.

Upon arrival, we board our boat and enjoy a spectacular seafood lunch as we sail off into Dragon Bay, gazing at the breathtaking karst formations within the bay.

After lunch have some free time to relax and admire the beauty of the Bay as we cruise through hundreds of 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 on boat
(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
   Day 05
Ha Long – Hanoi
This morning we take a small bamboo boat to visit Luon, a beautiful tunnel cave set within a lagoon.

We re-board our boat and continue cruising the bay, through the old part of Ha Long City, known as the fishing town and the new built harbor bridge, whilst we enjoy our seafood brunch before heading back to the pier for our return to Hanoi.

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.

We return to Hanoi in the late afternoon, with time to relax or grab another bargain before our exciting overnight train trip to Sapa.

On-route to the station, we make a stop for dinner at a quaint, hidden little treasure, where we can sit and relax enjoying the beautiful ambience and delicious array of foods on offer!

Overnight on train
(Brunch included)
   Day 06
Lao Cai – Sapa
We arrive in Lao Cai around 5.00 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 have breakfast and leave our luggage at 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 the Black H’mong locals.

After a welcoming and a rest, we stroll around the village, learning about the traditional way of life of the Black H’mong. 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 continued our walk returning to Sapa.

Overnight at the hotel
(Breakfast included)
   Day 07
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.

We start our walk at this 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 to enjoy what the town has to offer, bargaining for some local wares, before our transfer to Lao Cai for our overnight train to Hanoi.

Overnight on train
(Breakfast included)
   Day 08
Sapa - Hanoi
We return to Hanoi around 6am. Free until transferring to the airport for your departure flight. Trip ends.
 
What’s included?
  • Tour guide
  • Private air-conditioned transportation
  • All entrance fees
  •  Boat trip in Ha Long Ba
  • Return train tickets Hanoi – Lao Cai Meals as mentioned: 1 arrival breakfast, 1 lunch, 3 dinner and 1 brunch
  • Accommodation as mentioned with daily breakfast
  • Airport transfers
Not included:
  • International flights
  • Personal expenses, meals and drinks unless otherwise specified
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fee to Vietnam
 

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