Melody of Vietnam Northern Mountains

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  • Duration: 10 DAYS
  • Location: HANOI/ HALONG BAY/ SAPA/ MAI CHAU
  • Places: PRIVATE TOUR
  • Prix: Adventure
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This "Northern Vietnam Adventure"   trip will take you off the well-trodden path and into Vietnam's remote, mountainous north, which most visitors never get to see. Spend time among local hill tribes whose way of life hasn’t changed for centuries, and discover a new angle on key northern highlights. Begin your adventure in Hanoi, first and current capital ranks among the most photogenic cities in the world. Abundant greenery winds between grand buildings, museums, markets, and shops, unifying the town’s many different elements. Head alk with locals, who are always willing to share knowledge about their culture and traditional livelihoods, and cycling through scenic rice fields. Then arriving in Vietnam's rural part in the beautiful Mai Chau valley. This corner of the Vietnam countryside is still untroubled by mass tourism and is a wonderful place to immerse yourself with nature. Hop on an overnight train from Hanoi to Sapa, nickname as  ‘Tonkinese Alps’ by the French. Hiking to hill tribes villages and take in the lush mountain views from Sapa’s majestic Silver Waterfall... Finally, a reward for all the hard exploration, enjoy an overnight cruise in Halong Bay, a unique UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the World's Wonders.

 

DAY 1: HANOI ARRIVAL

Your trip begins with arrival in Vietnam. Your private driver will meet and greet you at the airport. You will be escorted to the hotel by the private transportation. Check-in to the hotel and get over the jet lag.  You can mooch through the streets of the city. Historic charm, architectural marvels, and products’ variety are splashed all over this area.  After enjoying the first day yourself and return to the hotel for a relaxing sleep. 

Overnight in Hanoi

DAY 2: BA VI ECO TOUR – TRANSFER TO MAI CHAU VILLAGE (B/L)

Have breakfast at the hotel then you will be picked up by an experienced English-speaking guide and travel to Ba Vi, a countryside located at the outskirt of Hanoi. The approximate travel time is one hour and 30 minutes.

Then arriving at Mr. Duoc’s house, you will be welcomed with fresh honey tea and green lentils or lotus seeds that made by his family. Imagine a Vietnam in the old time of war through stories of Mr. Duoc, who is a Vietnam War veteran and lived during those hard times.  He is also a green tea expert, you will visit his tea plantation which is one of the largest in Ri village and will join the locals in green tea processing. Afterward, have a Vietnamese cooking demonstration with another local host Mrs Chin and then enjoy a home-cooked lunch in a lovely garden.

After that, you will wander around the village and mingle with local people. You will visit the local craftsman who has been skilled at making conical hats from a very young age and other workshops in the village to see how people there make tofu or shell the rice. As you meander through the countryside you will experience the friendliness of the local people greeting you along the way. Then join your guides for a leisurely cycling trip along the country roads. Observe traditional Vietnamese rural life as the local people work in the paddy fields. Along the way, watch out for a water buffalo plowing a paddy field while ducks swim across the lake. Stop at another host family for foot bathing prepared by the recipes of Muong ethnic group and have relaxing time before embarking on your private boat for a trip along the Da river.

Then our driver will take you to Mai Chau Village.

Overnight in MaiChau Ecolodge

DAY 3: MAI CHAU LEISURE DAY (B)

Have a breakfast at Ecolodge. Then you can spend your timewith soaring mountains, green paddy fields, nice traditional houses on stilts together uniquely cultural features of Thai ethnic people that less affected by modern life will bring you an unforgettable memory.

Overnight in Mai Chau

DAY 4: MAI CHAU TRANSFER TO HANOI (B)

Enjoy the last day in Mai Chau. Afterward our driver will take you to Hanoi

Overnight in Hanoi

DAY 5: HANOI – TRAIN TO SAPA (B)

Have a free day in Hanoi - a unique Asian city with tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes and oriental pagodas and temples dating back a thousand years ago.

You could visit Ho Chi Minh complex, the Temple of Literature, History or Ethnology museums or just have a walk around the Old Quarter or around West Lake. Please note that the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is closed on Fridays and Mondays and most museums are closed on Mondays.

Get back to the hotel and get ready for the night train trip.

20:30 - 21:00 Pick-up at the hotel. Transfer to the railway station for a night train to Sapa (schedule 21:50 - 06:30).

Overnight on train

DAY 6: LAO CHAI – TAVAN – GIANG TA CHAI – SAPA (B/L)

The day is devoted to a beautiful hike through the breathtaking scenery of Sa Pa valley. Start by road that descends in the wake of the street Cau May (6 km) En route, admire the rice terraces hidden behind mist of the morning, a truly awe-inspiring sight.

Follow a small track and cross Muong Hoa River and pass well tended rice terraces on your way to the Black Hmong village of Lao Chai. Continuing through the colorful rice terraces you will reach the village of Ta Van Giay. As you continue your trek along the Muong Hoa River you will cross a small suspension bridge, roughly 2km from the settlement. Here you can discover a fascinating collection of rock carvings. These engravings depict some beautiful images of man, stilt houses and some beautiful decorative patterns. We lunch in a home in the village. After lunch the walk continues through a bamboo forest to Giang Ta Chai, a Red Dao ethnic minority village. After taking a rest nearby a waterfall to refresh, you start climbing uphill to a road where the car is ready for your journey back to Sapa.

Overnight in Sapa.

DAY 7: TAPHIN RED DAO HILL TRIBE VILLAGE – TRAIN TO HANOI (B/L)

Have a breakfast at your hotel . Your journey will be mostly driving downhill toward Lao Cai, before taking a left turn into a small paved road leading to Taphin village. Here you can experience the unmixed cultural life of Black Hmong and Red Dao minorities, 2 largest ethnic groups in the area. They live happily together while maintaining their own tradition from generation to generation. You can recognise them by dressing while they are both very famous of handicraft. You will enjoy walking among local people. The trip also offers you the opportunity to visit the local houses. You will return Sapa by car.

Then our driver will pick you up from your hotel to train station. Take a night train to Hanoi

Overnight on train

DAY 8: HANOI – HALONG BAY – OVERNIGHT ON CRUISE (B /L/D)

In the morning, check-out from hotel and get picked-up by the Cruise. Take the most scenic route to reach Halong Bay, taking you across the Red River Delta with emerald green rice paddies stretching for as far as the eyes can see. On arrival at Halong, you get to enjoy a cruise on the Bay to explore the limestone rocks and the karst grottoes.

After you are done with your exploration of the bay, it is time to enjoy an utterly delicious seafood lunch, after which there will be a trip to the famous Limestone cave in Ha Long bay, you’ll get to spend some time here, kayaking or swimming, so that you can get closer to the floating villages and shops. Towards the evening, you will return to the boat for an early dinner, followed by some time at leisure. You can optionally attend the activities taking part on the boat or relax for the day.

Overnight on cruise

DAY 9: HALONG BAY – HANOI (B/L)

Rise early for a lesson in Tai Chi or just to enjoy a hearty breakfast. The boat will make its way back to the port stopping at the Limestone Cave, full of stalagmites and stalactites. From here, it’s clear sailing back to the main harbor and the return Hanoi around 17:00. Free at your leisure time.

Overnight in Hanoi.

DAY 10: HANOI DEPARTURE (B)

Relish a healthy breakfast on the final day of your trip. Complete the hotel check-out formalities after which you can visit the local markets and buy souvenirs for your loved ones.  Later, proceed for departure and board your flight back home. Trip Ends

 

DESTINATION HOTEL WEBSITE
Hanoi Tirant Hotel http://www.tiranthotel.com/
Halong Bay V-Spirit Premium Cruisse https://www.vspiritpremiercruises.com/
Sapa Pistachio Hotel Sapa http://pistachiohotel.com/
Mai Chau Mai Chau Ecolodge https://maichau.ecolodge.asia/

INCLUSIVE:

Door-to-door pick-up & drop-off services

All transportation mentioned above

Accommodation shared in Double/ Twin/ Triple room with daily breakfast (including 5% service fee and 10% VAT tax)

Check-in room at 14:00 // Check-out room at 12:00 noon (Except Early check-in or Late check-out mentioned in the program)

Experienced English speaking guide

Meals as stated in the itinerary (B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner)

All sightseeing tickets according to the itinerary

√ Vietnam visa letter approval

Tissues and water on coach

Service charges and government tax

Exclusive and personalized single agent/single customer service

24/7 hotline support guaranteed

No extra charge after services confirmation

EXCLUSIVE:

X Beverage, Personal expenses, tips, and gratuities

X Travel insurance

X Public holiday surcharge (if any)

X Early check-in and Late check-out (If not mentioned)

X Visa stamping fee on arrival at the airport (Cambodia: $30/person; Vietnam: $25/person)

X Surcharge for airport cabs from 12:00 am – 05:00 am

X Other services not mentioned above

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OTHERS CONDITIONS

  • Price based on twin sharing. Single Supplement fee surcharge
  • Any un-utilized services, unused tours or hotel rooms are non-refundable
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  • Itinerary may be changed upon the uncontrolled weather conditions

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