If you’re getting tired of your usual city life, then it’s high time to part from it for a little bit. So bring out the explorer in you and let this 6-day trip provide you with thrilling moments. Discover beautiful hill town retreat of Sapa, stunning rice paddy terrace, meet very friendly and colorful hill tribes, lush villages. The stunning natural landscapes of Sapa are perfect for trekking, and you will have a chance to experience it. After Sapa, head to the UNESCO Natural Heritage Site for an epic cruise through paradise known as Halong Bay. You won't just enjoy the fresh sea breeze, but also the lovely view of the limestone islands.
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Upon arrival at Noi Bai International Airport you will be met by a local tour guide and driver. Private transfer to a hotel in the city centre. Settle in your accommodation and remainder of the day is at leisure.
Breakfast at hotel and enjoy a 4-hour city orientation to visit the city's historic landmarks of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda, the Temples of Literature. Next, proceed to Sapa. After 5-hour drive you will you to Sapa. Sapa is a small market town perched on a plateau in the Hoang Lien Son Mountain range, surrounded by amazing rice paddie terraces and facing the peak on the Indochina's highest peak Mt. Fansipan with height of 3143m above the sea level. The town was built by the French colonials in the 1930s. There, you will still find colonial buildings dotted in the pine trees. Sapa derives its character from the surrounding minority villages and spectacular scenery. Checking into your accommodation at our hand-picked hotel. Remainder of the day will be spent relaxing. Overnight at hotel.
Breakfast and followed by a full day tour to explore the villages. The trip’s first stop is at Lao Chai & Ta Van Villages which are set in the Muong Hoa Valley, home to Black H'mong and Dzay hill tribal communities. Explore the village on foot, meet the friendly local people and learn about their colorful culture and lifestyle in the countryside. Lunch at a local family and you will depart from Ta Van village and continue trek through the rice paddie field to d to Giang Ta Chai village to visit Red Dzao ethnic communities. After touring the village, car will pick you up at the main road and drive to Thanh Phu village where you will walk on the village path which winds down the impressive valley to Nam Cang, home to Red Dzao ethnic minority people. Arrive at the Nam Cang Lodge which is located deep in the Sapa Valley in the heart of the mountains, The Riverside Lodge offers overnight stays in a traditional minority village. Checking into your room and at the lodge, you can relax in a special herbal bath of herbs handpicked by your host in the nearby jungle and enjoy a dinner of local specialities served on the terrace overlooking the river. Overnight at the lodge.
Breakfast and you will spend the morning with a guided tour to walk along jungle paths which open up to afford spectacular views of the valley and forest-clad hills, visiting the house of a local Red Dao family along the way. At noon time, the vehicle will transfer you back to Hanoi. Checking into your hotel again and remainder of the day at leisure. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.
Breakfast and today you will visit Halong Bay. Embark on an overnight traditional junk boat to explore the UNESCO Heritage Site. Gape in awe at the thousands of islands that rise dramatically from the waters of Halong Bay, most of which naturally possess intricate cave systems. These beautiful limestone karst structures are a true wonder to behold and should never be missed. Lunch and dinner are served on the boat. Overnight.
Begin of the day on Halong Bay with an early tai-chi class, or simply wake up and witness the amazing sunrise on the bay. Breakfast is served a bit later, with tea and bread, while the vessels continue cruising through rock islands and returning to the harbour where your vehicle awaits to drive back to Hanoi, then to the airport where you will connect your flight to next destination.