THE CHARMING NORTH OF VIETNAM

THE CHARMING NORTH OF VIETNAM

Vietnam is a Southeast Asian country on the South China Sea known for its beaches, rivers, Buddhist pagodas and bustling cities. Hanoi, the capital, pays homage to the nation’s iconic Communist-era leader, Ho Chi Minh, via a huge marble mausoleum. Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) has French colonial landmarks, plus Vietnamese War history museums and the Củ Chi tunnels, used by Viet Cong soldiers.

Itinerary

Welcome to Hanoi – the charming capital city of Vietnam. On arrival, pick up by our guide and driver at the airport and transfer to visit the Ho Chi Minh Complex, inclusive of Ba Dinh Square, Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum (close at 11am), as well as his private residence from 1954 until 1969. The wooden ethnic minority style house, which was built on stilts, is surrounded by lovely peaceful gardens. In the same complex you will see the One Pillar Pagoda, founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049. This structure has become an important symbol for the people of Hanoi. Continue to visit Tran Quoc Pagoda, locates on a small peninsula on the East side of West Lake, this is the most ancient pagoda in Hanoi with its history line of more than 1,500 years. Our next stop will be the Temple of Literature, Vietnam's first university. Constructed in 1070, the gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a relaxing glimpse into Vietnam's past. Transfer to the train station for the overnight train to Lao Cai. Overnight on the train.

After breakfast and check out hotel, we drive to Sapa for 5 hours. This afternoon, transfer to the Heaven Gate, the highest stretch of road in Vietnam as well as the provincial border of Lao Cai and Lai Chau provinces. Enjoy the marvellous views of Fansipan over the valley. We take a cable car up to Fansipan Peak. This is the world's longest and highest cable car, running up from Sapa to the Peak of Fansipan Mountain, known as Indochina's rooftop. The lush green and subtropical vegetation makes this mountain really very beautiful. Take some pictures for unforgettable experience from the top before going downhill also by cable car. After the tour, transfer to check in hotel. Overnight in Sapa.
After breakfast and check out hotel, we transfer to visit Bac Ha market, the largest one in the area. Every Sunday, the different and colorful ethnic minority come all here to sell their homemade products or buy something for the family. They are Hmong, Phu La, Back Dzao, Tay or Nung minorities. Some of these ethnic minorities can't be met in any other areas. This afternoon, we transfer back to Hanoi for 5 hours. On arrival, check in hotel and relax. Overnight in Hanoi.

After breakfast, we journey east for 4 hour through picturesque rice-farming villages of the Red River Delta, where we see everyday Vietnamese village life to reach to Halong Bay, a Natural World Heritage as designated by UNESCO since 1994 and 2006.

12.30: Get on boat easily by private quay. Then you will be warmly welcomed by crew team, welcome drink will be served instantly during cruise briefing. Check in your cabin and take a rest.

13.30: Enjoy a nice set-menu lunch. By local flavors in each dish, it vitally helps to recuperate after a 4-hour-car drive. In the meantime, our cruise goes ahead to the Bay's center. After lunch, you are free to relax on sundeck. While the light of afternoon decreases slightly, hundreds of islands with different shapes definitely amaze you by its natural beauty.

15:00: By tender, visit Titop Island. Have free choice of activities such as sunbathing; swimming; conquering the peak of the biggest island in Halong named of a Russian space hero and taking panoramic photos of Halong bay in the afternoon.

15.40: Arrive at Ong Cam floating house by tender – one of few existing houses (belong Lan Ha Bay) left after the regulation of Management to relocate the traditional floating village to mainland. You will discover the area's tranquility by kayaking – an indispensable water activity in Halong, for those who love challenging themselves or sitting on bamboo boat, for those who love being gentle and sophisticated, to admire breathtaking scenes. No matter what you choose, you will have a very quick look at the ruin of floating village to understand how they survive in simple forms of floating houses. Centrally, the activity offers the serenity of escape, particularly in the late afternoon. From a distance, few small junks drift off into the sunset slowly. What cool and poetic moment!

17:30: Go back to our overnight boat for relaxation. Regain your energy by enjoying fantastic views of Halong on sundeck at dusk. Enjoy the mini sunset party with complimentary seasonal fruits and finger foods. To get memorable sunset moment, you should order some Halong styled glasses of cocktail by joining buy-one-get-one-free program, made by our skillful bartenders.

18.30: Join cooking class on the sundeck. The chef shows you how to make Spring Roll - an authentic specialty, which is voted for World's 50 best foods by CNN.

19.30: A sophisticated dinner that gives you an appetite will be dedicatedly served in romantic ambience, especially with BBQ fresh seafood and a variety of Vietnamese and Western foods.

21:00: Evening activities: watching film at the outdoor bar; playing board, guitar and card games; going fishing squid on tender. Enjoy squid cooked after fishing.

22:00: Overnight at the quietest sleeping area. End of the first day in Halong.

06.30: Wake up at dawn for morning exercise with body warm up, Tai Chi Quan… on sundeck or enjoy beautiful spectacles that a blazing sunrise breaks the clouds of the island on the bay!

07.30: Have a light breakfast with coffee, tea and bakeries while enjoy the bay view.

08.30: Explore Me Cung (Maze) cave. This least known cave locates on a remote island, which is rare in cave-lake seascape. Climb up several rugged stone stairs to admire the miracle of stalactites in a very complex structure, then overlooking gradually to the west, a great lake will appear in front of you, considered as a royal garden surrounding by natural mountain walls. You will be seemingly isolated on the bay. Its water looks blue all year round and breathtaking from high above.

9:30: Come back to the cruise. It's time to check out our cabin, relax among grand views.

11:00: Farewell lunch is deliciously served at restaurant and say ''goodbye'' to the crew.

11:45: Disembark at Tuan Chau Marina, transfer back to Hanoi. On arrival, we visit Hoan Kiem Lake (the “Sword” Lake), Ngoc Son Temple and the Old Quarter of Hanoi. After the visit, transfer to check in the hotel relax. Overnight in Hanoi.

After breakfast and check out hotel, transfer to the airport for our departure flight home. Hotel check out time is 12h00.
PM: Arrival at Tan Son Nhat Airport. Pick-up and transfer to hotel for check in. Overnight in Hotel.

AM: Breakast. Drive to My Tho. Boat trip on the Mekong River. Have Lunch.

PM: Drive back to Ho Chi Minh visiting History Museum, Binh Tay Market in Chinatown, Thien Hau Temple and lacquer workshop. Have dinner and O/N in Ho Chi Minh

AM: have breakfast and an excursion to Cu Chi Tunnels. Overnight in Hotel.

PM: Free yourself for shopping in the city center. Overnight in Hotel.

AM: Have breakfast at hotel and free until depart time. Take a domestic flight to Hanoi. Pick up at Noi Bai International Airport and transfer to hotel. Have lunch.

PM: Visit Van Mieu - Quoc Tu Giam (Temple of Literature - Imperial school). Continue your trip to visit a Complex of The Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son Temple, But Tower (Pen - Shaped Tower). Dai Nghien (Ink Stand), The Red –Painted Wooden The Huc Bridge.

Then visit the Hanoi Old Quarter. Have dinner at the local restaurant, enjoy Water Puppet Show. O/N in Ha Noi

AM: Have breakfast and visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh Stilt house, One-Pillared Pagoda, Chi Minh Museum and Vietnam Revolution Museum. Have Lunch.

PM: Arrive Ha Long city for check in. Have dinner and have dolphin show at Tuan Chau Island. Free time for downtown visit International Royal Park, Bai Chay Beach. O/N in Quang Ninh.

AM: Have breakfast at hotel and transfer to the boat Station. Take a Deluxe Private boat trip to Visit Ha Long Bay. Take an excursion to Heaven Grotto, Wooden Cave, Bai Tho Mountain(Poems), Tortoise Rock, Toad Islet. Take photograph at Fighting Cocks Island. Have lunch on the boat with fresh seafood.

PM: Back to the boat station. Pick up and drive back to Ha Noi. A stopover to Hai Duong for tasting Hai Duong specialties such as green bean cake, gai cakes… Have dinner at restaurant. O/N in Ha Noi Hotel.

AM: Have breakfast at hotel. Free yourself for shopping or leisure until depart time. Check out and transfer to Noi Bai Airport for the departure flight. End of our services. Thank you very for your visit and see you again in Vietnam.

Upon arrived in Hanoi, our tour guide and driver will pick you up and transfer you to Sapa (300km from Hanoi, 6 hours transfer) Upon arrived in Sapa, check in hotel. Over night in Sapa.

Having breakfast before explore Sapa Town. We will have a short walk to Ham Rong Mountain. On the way, stop at local market, enjoy the scene of different ethnic minorities wearing their colorful traditional costumes selling local products includes vegetable, bamboo shoot, mushroom, medicinal herbs and souvenirs. Don't be shy, go and have a chat. You will be surprised that they can speak English, French fluenty, and wthey have no accent at all, even kids! In the afternoon, drive to Cat Cat, village of the Black H'mong minority. Here you can find a waterfall and a hydroelectric power station built by the French in the past. Continue to trek another village, Sin Chai before going back Sapa. Note: this trek depends much on your health, pleasefeel free discuss with your local tour guide if you prefer to trek more/less.

Overnight at hotel in Sapa town.

Hike down to Lao Chai village to visit the Tay and Day tribes. Continue along the bottom of the Sapa valley to get to Ta Van village, which is supposed to be the most beautiful one in the area.

Today trekking lasts 4 hours, but you can discuss with your guide for a shorter/ longer trekking. Take a short rest beforereturning to Sapa by car.

In the afternoon, drive up hill to see the famous Silver Waterfall and then continue to Tram Ton, the highest mountain pass in Vietnam at 1,800m above sea level for enjoying the magnificence of Hoang Lien Son Mountain Range as well as over viewing spectaculous landscapes stretching endlessly.

Optional: have cable car to Fansipangmountain: 30 usd per person for return cable car Then transfer back to Hanoi ( 300 km)

Upon arrived in Hanoi, check in hotel. Over night in Hanoi.

Program customized up to cruise

7:30 - 8:00: Take a 4-hour scenic drive from Hanoi to Halong Bay.

12:00-12:30 : Arrive in Tuan Chau Tourist Wharf. Transfer to Halong Emotion Boat by tender.

12:30 : Welcome drink on the boat and check in to your private cabin.

13:15-14:15: Serve have lunch on board while cruising to some magnificent Halong bay scenes.

14:45 -15:00: Visit Titopisland where you take your time on swim, sunbath, trekking....

16:30: Arrive in Pearl Farm Village. Visit around and swim, kayaking in the bay.

17:30: Back to the cruise and join cooking class to have experience in some traditional dishes. Tea time on sundeck.

19:00: Time for dinner and evening entertainments: bar, spa, squid fishing and overnight on the cruise.

6:00 : Practice Tai Chi on the Sundeck.

7:00-7h30: Start your day with a light breakfast. During breakfast, cruising to explore other part of Halong Bay, admire the beauty of one in seven new wonder in the world.

8:30 - 9h30: Arrive in Surprise cave, explore the Cave, one of the most beautiful caves in Ha Long bay.

9:45: Check out and take all luggage outside of your cabin, cruise back to the Tourist Wharf through Ha Long bay.

10:00: Have brunch and clear bills.

11:30: Back to the Tourist Wharf.

12:00: Departure to Ha Noi

16.00: arrive in Hanoi

Overnight in Hanoi.

Tour starts with Ho Chi Minh complex: Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, stilt house, Ba Dinh square, One Pillar pagoda, Tran Quoc pagoda. Then we visit Temple of Literature, which is well known as the first university of Vietnam. Then transfer to airport for departure flight back home. End of service/

BOOK ROOM