Ha noi - Hoa lu - Tam coc - Halong - Sapa
Below-mentioned itinerary are 4 of the most beautiful destionations in the North of Vietnam, we set up to adapt with you to bring perfect holiday for travellers. Where you can have chances to find out Vietnamese budism, beauty, culture and lifestyle of people here,
Hanoi information :
Hanoi is a perfect foil for the seething mass of humanity that is Ho Chi Minh City. With a population of four million and a more genteel style than its southern counterpart, Hanoi is the cultural capital of Vietnam and its heart and soul.
It’s known as one of the most ancient capitals in the world. With a 1,000-year history and many well-preserved buildings along with lush and verdant parks as well as a handful of well-appointed museums, it will quite simply keep you busy for days on end. Some of the attractive features of this French-colonial city are its many lakes, delectable cuisine, handicrafts and its unique multi-cultural society developed from Chinese, French and Russian. Hanoi definitely has so much to offer
Hoa Lu - Tam Coc information :
Hoa Lư was the capital of Vietnam in the 10th and 11th centuries. It lies in Truong Yen Thuong village, Truong Yen Commune, Hoa Lư District, Ninh Binh Province, Vietnam. The area is one of ricefields broken by picturesque limestone mountains, and is approximately 90 km south of Hanoi. Together with Phát Diệm Cathedral, Tam Cốc-Bích Động, Bái Đính Temple, Trang An, and Cúc Phương, Hoa Lư is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Ninh Bình Province.
In the late 10th century, Hoa Lư was the capital as well as the economic, political and cultural center of Đại Cồ Việt, an independent Vietnamese polity founded in 968 A.D. by the local warlord Đinh Bộ Lĩnh(posthumously known as Đinh Tiên Hoàng, or "First Dinh Emperor"), following years of civil war and a violent secessionist movement against China's Southern Han Dynasty. Hoa Lư was the native land of the first two imperial dynasties of Vietnam: the Đinh founded by Đinh Tiên Hoàng, and the Early Lêfounded by Lê Đại Hành. Following the demise of the Lê Dynasty, in 1010 Lý Công Uẩn, the founder of the Lý Dynasty, transferred the capital to Thăng Long (now Hanoi), and Hoa Lư became known as the "ancient capital."
The capital at Hoa Lư covered an area of 300 ha (3.0 km2), including both the Inner and Outer Citadels. It included defensive earthen walls, palaces, temples and shrines, and was surrounded and protected by mountains of limestone. Today, the ancient citadel no longer exists, and few vestiges of the 10th century remain. Visitors can see temples built in honor of the emperors Đinh Tiên Hoàng and Lê Đại Hành, their sons, and Queen Dương Vân Nga, who was married first to Đinh Tiên Hoàng and then to Lê Đại Hành. The tomb of Đinh Tiên Hoàng is located on nearby Mã Yên mountain, while the tomb of Lê Đại Hành lies at the foot of the mountain.
Tam Coc information:
Tam Cốc-Bích Động is a popular tourist destination near the city of Ninh Bình in northern Vietnam.
The Tam Cốc (“three caves”) portion is a three-hour excursion by small boat along the Ngô Đồng River, beginning at the village of Van Lam and proceeding through a scenic landscape dominated by rice fields and karst towers. The route includes floating through three natural caves (Hang Cả, Hang Hai, and Hang Ba), the largest of which is 125m long with its ceiling about 2m high above the water. The boats are typically rowed by one or two local women who also sell embroidered goods.
Bích Động is a pagoda on nearby Ngu Nhac Mountain dating to 1428, comprising three structures: Hạ, Trung, and Thượng Pagodas, in ascending order. Guided tours generally cover historical points and end with a pleasant view from the top.
Halong Bay information:
Halong Bay is one of the world’s natural wonders, and is the most beautiful tourist destination of Vietnam. Halong Bay features more than one thousand awesome limestone karsts and islands of various sizes and shapes along the 120-km coastline of Bai Chay Beach.
Its waters are host to a great diversity of ecosystems including offshore coral reefs, freshwater swamp forests, mangrove forests, small freshwater lakes, and sandy beaches. The folk tale has it that the dragons descended from heaven to help locals by spitting jewels and jade to the sea, forming a natural fortress against invaders; these precious stones are represented by the lush green outcrops. Several islands boast beautiful grottos and caves with contiguous chambers, hidden ponds and peculiar stone formations.
Halong Bay is about 170 kilometers northeast of Hanoi and 3,5 hours by road. Looking at Halong Bay Photos or Find dailyHalong Bay Tours.
Famous for its breathtaking landscapes, Sapa is also an ideal inhabitation for a great diversity of ethnic minority peoples. It is likely that, Sapa was first inhabited by highland minorities of H’mong and Zao groups who immigrated from southern provinces of China, later came the Tay, Zay, and a small number of Xa Pho to form the 5 main ethnic groups which takes about 85% of the district’s population today. The Vietnamese, in small number, immigrated from lower land to the region, mainly living in town, working in government offices, schools, hospital or running their own mini hotels, shops, … while most other ethnic peoples live in small hamlets and villages scattering on the mountains and valleys throughout the district. Until middle of 20th Century, the H’mong and Zao, majority of Sapa’a population, still lived shifting style and practiced slash and burn agriculture which caused huge damages to the nature. Nowadays, most of them have changed into sedentary one basing on intensive farming and work their land on sloping terraces cultivating rice and corn, since the vast majority of the land is mountainous. However self subsidiary is still the main feature of their production and lifestyle with almost no contact to the out side world until 1990 when tourism started in the region. On the other hand, due to hard weather & climate condition, only one crop can be cultivated in a year and the productivity depends much on nature thus led to a fact that food shortage is quite common here.
Sapa district (or Sa Pa) is located in Lao Cai province, 350 km from Hanoi, close to the border with China. The Hoang Lien Son range of mountains dominates the district, which is at the eastern extremity of the Himalayas. This range includes Vietnam’s highest peak, Fansipan Mountain at 3,142m above sea level, and a vast area covered by thick forest, which is very rich in wildlife. The township of Sapa lies on a hill station at the attitude of about 1,600m and was built by the French into a famous summer resort with some hundred colonial villas which was well-known as “ Tonkin’s Alps” . The complicated terrain of Sapa including steeped high mountains with sharp cuts and large valleys, many streams of water in combination with sloped terraced paddies form magnificent scenery.
For nearly two decade, thanks to the all aspect development of the region in an attempt to turning Sapa into one of the country’s premier tourist destination, the local ethnic peoples has experienced great changes and enjoy invaluable benefit. Road to remote villages is continuously built and upgraded, many schools were built…and the most important one is the revolution in agriculture and fast development of tourism which helps the majority ethnic peoples in Sapa improve their live dramatically.
Luckily that in spite of all fast changes taken place in recent years, the ethnic minority peoples in Sapa still maintain well their colorful and unique culture.
7days – 6nights: Hanoi - Sapa - Halong bay- Hoa Lu -Tam Coc
* Tour Summary:
Day 1: Airport pick up – City tour – Night train to Sapa (B-L)
Day 2: Sapa – Overnight Hotel or Homestay (B-L-D).
Day 3: Sapa – Night train Hanoi (B-L-D)
Day 4: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B-L-D)
Day 5: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Hotel (B-L)
Day 6: Hoa Lu – Tam Coc - Hotel (B-L)
Day 7: Flying home.
Day 1 : Aiport pick up – City tour – Night train to Sapa (B-L)
Arrive at Noi Bai international airport. Welcome by your local tour guide and driver. Transfer to our hotel to leave baggages, relax – Enjoy breakfast or welcome drink. Get pick up for City tour. Visit the Ho Chi Minh Complex (before 10:30am), 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 or Pergoda, Hoan Kiem lake, Ngoc Son temple. Visit Museum or enjoy your time in Dong Xuan Market for shopping. Dinner at the restarant on your own. You get pick up to the train station for departure to Sapa on the night train. Overnight in an air-conditioned soft sleeper cabin (4 pax / cabin, wooden cabin).
Day 2 : Lao Cai - Sapa - Lao Chai - Ta Van (B - L - D)
Arrive at Lao Cai station at 6:00am. Pick up at Lao Cai Station then transfer to Sapa. Have breakfast then leave the hotel , start trekking downhill to Y Linh Ho and Muong Hoa Valley through rice paddies and small hamlets to learn the life of hill tribes here. Communication exchange with local people in Lao Chai village then continuing walking through villages and rice terraced fields to Ta Van village settled by Dzay ethnic. Have pinic lunch on the way then keep going to the bottom of Sapa valley which is supposed to be the most beautiful one in the area. Back to Sapa in the afternoon. Overnight at Hotel in Sapa or Home Stay.
Day 3 : Sapa – Cat Cat – Ta Phin - Hanoi (B - L - D)
Breakfast at hotel. Trek down to Cat Cat village of Black H`Mong tribe. Enjoy the waterfall in Cat Cat village and beautiful scenery along the way.Jeep back to Sapa. Check out the hotel. Have lunch at the local restaurant. Afternoon, take a car to Ta Phin village to visit the house of Red Dao people, walk around the village to explore the custom, daily life and weaving technique of the Red Dao people. Transfer to Lao Cai for overnight train back to Hanoi. Overnight in an air-conditioned soft sleeper cabin (4 pax / cabin, wooden cabin)
Day 4 : Ha Noi - Ha long ( B- L - D )
Arrive in Hanoi around 5.00am. Pick up at the railway station. Transfer to our hotel for breakfast and fresh up then leave for Ha Long Bay through the Red River Delta. Board on the Junk, enjoy a welcome drink on arrival, check in your cabin. Enjoy the sea seafood lunch served on board. Cruise to the Bay to enjoy the beautiful views of the world natural heritage with limestone cliffs growing up from the green tranquil water, see Dinh Huong Island, Ga Choi Island, Dog Island, Sail island, visit Sung Sot Cave the nicest cave in the Bay, visit Titop island, walk up the hill to enjoy the panorama of the Bay, relax on the beach. Have dinner and relax in quite and fresh Bay. You can choose to stay on Junk or Hotel on Cat Ba Island (please inform us when you book). Optional: Kayaking
Day 5 : Ha long - Ha noi ( B - L )
A new day wake you up with joys and emotions in an early morning for watching sunrise on sea. Have breakfast on boat. More cruising to explore the Bay with Man head island, Tortoise Island, take a light rowing boat trip to discover Luon Cave, enjoy the impressive views of Bai Tu Long Bay, Bai Tho Mountain, and the city overview. Have lunch on board while cruising back to the dock. Disembark at Halong Tourist Wharf for the return to Hanoi. Return to Hanoi around 5pm. Check in Hotel – Free & Easy.
Day 6: Hanoi – Hoa Lu – Tam Coc 1day (B-L)
(Or you can choose option for Perfume Pagoda 1day)
Often referred to as Inland Ha Long Bay, the area of Tam Coc and Hoa Lu is characterised by the limestone geology that gives rise to the towering karsts that make this picturesque area so unique. On this enjoyable day trip, the atmosphere is relaxed as you casually pedal and paddle your way past green rice fields, along waterways and through underground passages.
AM : 8.00 leave Hanoi by coach to Hoa Lu (2.5 hrs). Visit the historic capital of Viet Nam and the famous ancient temples of Le and The Dinh Dynasties. Bus transfer or cycle for an hour on picturesque quiet roads through villages, rice fields, rivers and rocky outcrops to Tam Coc (12km) for lunch.
PM : Boat trip to visit TamCoc to see the beauty of the karst formations as you pass along their base and row into one of the many caves carved through the limestone. Dive back to Hanoi.
Day 7: Breakfast – Airport Drop off - Flying home (B)
You will be served breakfast before getting pick up to the airport.
Note : This package can be customized as your require. Please feel free to contact us here
Highlight of Hanoi on tours
Hanoi in the morning
Cyclo tour in Hanoi
Sapa in fog
Cabin of train to Sapa
Cabin of train to Sapa
Boats in Halong bay
Cabin of sailboat in Halong bay
Sailboat for halong bay tour
Hoa Lu -Tam Coc
Hoa Lu Tam Coc