Hanoi - Halong Bay - Sapa
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Detailed destination 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.
Halong Bay information
The islands in Hạ Long Bay are mainly limestone and schist islands most lying in the two main areas: the southeastern part of Bái Tử Long Bay and southwestern part of Hạ Long Bay. These islands represent the most ancient images of a geographical site having a tectonic age of from 250 million to 280 million years. They are the result of many times of rising and lowering processes of the continent to form a karst. The process of nearly full erosion and weathering of the karst created the unique Hạ Long Bay in the world. In a not very large area, thousands of islands with different forms look like glittering emeralds attached to the blue scarf of a virgin. The area where many stone islands concentrate has spectacular scenes and world-famous caves and is the center of Hạ Long Bay Natural Heritage, including Ha Long Bay and a part of Bái Tu Long Bay...More details
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.
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.
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.
Day 1: Hanoi - Bai Tu Long Bay - Halong bay ( L, D)
07h30: Pick up from your hotel in Hanoi to go to Halong bay. Enjoy peaceful scenery of countryside, farmlands in Red River delta.
10h30: Stopover on the way for short break.
12h30: Arrive at Hon Gai wharf – Meet the captain, crews and join us for a welcome drink, cruise briefing, safety instructions and check-in cabins.
13h00: Lunch with fresh seafood is served while cruising towards Vung Vieng floating village, passing through extraordinary shaped-islands of Bai Tu Long bay.
15h30: Drop anchor at Vung Vieng area, go kayaking or get on bamboo boat to visit local houses, fish farm, floating school and have a chat with friendly fish men.
17h00: Back on board, enjoy sunset and continue cruising to Titop Island area for anchoring.
19h00: Dinner is served.
21h00: Have a romantic evening on boat; go fishing… overnight on boat.
Day 2: Visit the most famous cave "Sung Sot cave” & Halong Bay ( B, L)
06h30: Enjoy the bay’s morning landscape with a cup of tea or coffee.
07h30: Breakfast is served.
08h30: Explore the mystery of Surprising cave (Sung Sot cave), one of the most beautiful caves in HalongBay.
09h30: Back on board, continue cruising, enjoy the stunning views of the Bay and relax.
10h30: Lunch is served on boat while cruising back through Halong bay to the pier.
11h30: Check-out your cabin.
12h00: Arrive in Hon Gai wharf.
12h30: Get on bus and return to Hanoi.
14h30: Stop-over in Hai Duong province to visit a ceramics workshop.
16h30: Arrive in Hanoi. The trip ends
20h00: Our tour guide and driver come to your hotel to pick-up for overnight train
Sleep on the train - 4 person cabin, solf sleeper berth.
Day 3: Lao Cai - Cat Cat Village ( L/D)
The train arrives at the Lao Cai train station at about 6:00 am. Our tour guide and bus pick up you and transfer you along the beautiful road to Sapa .
After breakfast, you will trek about 3 km to come to visit village of the Black H'mong (Catcat village). Visit the waterfall and hydroelectric power station established by the French people in the past, view nice landscapes of green forests and beautiful scenery along the way. Walk back to Sapa town. Have lunch at the local restaurant.
Afternoon, you will have free time to visit Sapa town, market, church or free visit flower garden in HamRong mountain (pay entrance fee on your own)
Evening: after dinner, you will have time to go around to discover Sapa town evening, overnight in hotel in Sapa
Day 4: Sapa - Lao Chai Village - Ta Van Village ( B/L/D)
After breakfast, we leave the hotel and start trekking down the valley to the Muong Hoa stream and from here to the Black H'mong village - Lao Chai village (Black H'mong is one of the biggest minority groups in the Sapa). After that, you will continue your trekking along Muong Hoa stream, paddy field to Ta Van village, visit and understand about "Zay" ethnic people. You will see houses of The Zay people which are built of wood and bamboo with a clay floor. You will have picnic lunch at the village when enjoying beautiful sightseeing of paddy fields around. In the late afternoon, go back to Lao Cai by bus for overnight train back to Hanoi.
You will arrive Hanoi at about 05h30 am in the next morning
Price in Dollar : 205 USD / per person
+ Shuttle bus transfer Hanoi – Halong - Hanoi & in Sapa
+ Welcome Drink
+ Complimentary mineral water in cabin.
+ Entrance and Sightseeing Fees.
+ All meals as in itinerary
+ English-speaking Tour Guide.
+ Fishing equipment.
+ Onboard insurance, tax, service charges.
+ Night train tickets 2 ways Hanoi-Laocai -Hanoi (soft sleeper with air-conditioning, cabin of 04 berths
+ This price does not included 10% VAT
+ All services not mentioned in Inclusives
+ Baby Cot is free of charge and according to availability.
+ Children under 4 years will be free of charge (Maximum is 1 child/ per cabin)
+ Children from 4 to under 7 years old (Maximum is 1 child), sharing bed with parents will be charged 50% the adult tour price.
+ Children from 7 to under 11 years old (Maximum is 1 child), sharing bed with parents will be charged 75 % the adult tour price
+ Children from 11 and above will be charged as adult.
Airport Pick up
Airport pick up
Cabin on Boat
Halong Bay Vietnam
Cabin on Boat
Kayaking in Halong Bay
Author: Vietnam Tours Operator