Best of North Vietnam Tour 9 Days 8 Nights (Hanoi, Sapa, Fansipan, Halong Bay and Ninh Binh)

Day 1: Ha Noi arrival – Street Food Tour (D)

Welcome to Hanoi! You will be met at the airport and transferred to hotel in Hanoi. Renowned as the “Paris of the East”, Hanoi is one of Asia’s most delightful cities. Rich in culture and history this diverse city draws its influences from both French and Chinese culture. The rest of day is yours to enjoy.

17:30 to 18:00 The tour guide will pick you up at your hotel to join with street food tour

Best list of street food (chosen carefully), from 6-8 dishes among hundreds of

cuisine list, including dishes and drinks. (*if you’re a vegetarian (no meat, no

fish), it’ll be limited in the choice of food for you).

Overnight at hotel in Ha Noi.

Day 2: Hanoi City Tour – Night train to Lao Cai (B,L)

Have breakfast at hotel & ready for the trip at the lobby OR the meeting points. Our guide will pick you up between 07h45 and 08h30. (Please see PICK-UP TIMETABLE) 08h30: Arrive Tran Quoc Pagoda – the oldest pagoda in Ha Noi built in the 6 th century.

09h00 – 9h15: Visit Ho Chi Minh complex, you have a chance to see the embalmed body of Ho Chi Minh then walk around the garden to see 2 houses where he lived & worked from 1954 to 1969. Then visit One Pillar Pagoda where worships the Godess of Mercy – It is the most unique padoga in the world 11h00: Visit one of these  Vietnam Museum of Ethnology to learn about the culture of 54 ethnic groups living in Vietnam (Tuesdays – Thursdays – Saturdays & Sundays) Bat Trang ceramíc village to explore the daily life of the local & learn about the process how to make a perfect product (Mondays – Wednesdays – Fridays) 12h30: Have lunch at our restaurant. You have an opportunity to enjoy Vietnamese cuisine with 8 delicious dishes. 13h30 – 13h45: Continue visit Temple of Literature – the first university of Vietnam, established in the 11 century 15h45: Leave for Hoan Kiem Lake to visit Ngoc Son Temple, which honors General Tran Hung Dao who defeated the invader in 13 th certury. 16h15: Tour finishes. Free time until 19:00 to 19:30 my driver will come to pick you up go to train station go to Lao Cai. Overnight on the train

Day 3: Lao Cao – Sapa – Y Linh Ho- Lao Chai and Ta Van Village (B,L,D)

Arrive at Lao Cai Train station at about 6.30. Have breakfast at a local restaurant. Drive about one hour to Sapa and relax before exploring Sapa Town 9:00 – 9:30: Our guide takes you to visit two villages of the H’mong and Dzay People, called Lao Chai, Ta Van and Giang ta chai villages. Have lunch on the way or in a family of the ethnic people. (You will start trekking from hotel to the Lao Chai village with the distance about: 12 kms. 17:00 When you finish the trekking trip at the end of the village, our bus will pick up you back to Sapa town.Dinner and Overnight in hotel.

Day 4: Ta Van – Giang Ta Chai – Su Pan – Sapa (B,L,D) 

Breakfast will be serving at the homestay at about 8Am

Start trekking at 9:30 Am

8 km walking to visit 2 villages of the red Dzao, the H’mong (Giang Ta Chai & Su Pan). Visit a beautiful waterfall and

rattan bridge. Enjoy landscapes… through bamboo forest on the way to the main road to get the jeep to return to Sapa.

Overnight in Sapa hotel

Day 5: Fansipan – Hanoi by Bus (B,L) 

06.30 – 07:00 am: Breakfast at hotel.

Transfer to Fansipan Cable Station for an amazing trip to reach the Indochina Roof, 3143m above the sea level: Starting by cable car and step up to the Peak, enjoy the fresh air and the beautiful landscapes from the high.

Back to hotel.

Have lunch at the restaurant.

Check out hotel. Free time for relax and refresh.

15h00: It‘s time to say “Good bye Sa Pa!” and drive back to Hanoi.

20:30 Arrive hotel, check in 

Day 6: Ha Noi- Ha Long Bay, overnight on cruise (B/ L/ D)

Breakfast at the hotel 

8:00- 8:30 Pick-up at hotel and start the scenic, 3 and ½ hour drive to Halong Bay.

12:00- 12:30 Embark on the Cruise followed by a short cruise briefing.

13:00 Savor a delectable lunch as Ha Long cruises among the limestone islands.

14:00- 16:00 Explore the amazing Sung Sot Cave – the most beautiful cave in Halong Bay

16:00- 17:00 Cruising to Titov island. Go swimming and relaxing at the beach of Titov or climb up to the top of the island for a panorama view of Halong Bay.

17:00- 17:30 Return to the main boat and continue cruising to the quiet area while enjoy beautiful seascape on the way

17:30- 19:00 Enjoy Sunset Party on sundeck and admire the best moments of the day when the sun starts to set

19:00 Dinner is served. Socialize with other guests, take part in board games, fish for squid, or just laze around

Overnight on Ha Long Cruise in the middle of Ha Long Bay

Day 7: Ha Long Bay- Ha Noi by bus (B/ L)

6:30 Start your morning with the fitness class up in sundeck 

7:00 Enjoy a new day with complimentary tea and coffee served for light breakfast on board 

7:45 Join the kayak excursion 

9:00 Stop by Pearl Farm to study the culture pearl making process. 

9:30: Check out your cabin. Time for brunch while the cruise heads back to harbor. 

12:00 Disembark harbor. Say goodbye to Halong Bay and get on the car to come back Ha Noi

17:00 Arrive Ha Noi

Overnight in Ha Noi

Day 8: Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Hoa Lu – Tam Coc (B,L)

07:45 – 08:30 Meet your tour guide at suggested places around Hanoi Old Quarter. – Depart for Ninh Binh province (90 km south of Hanoi). Have a break 20 minutes en-route to free your legs. – Arrive at Hoa Lu, which was once depicted the ancient capital of Viet Nam, settling up in the 10th century.  – Visit temples of two dynasties of Dinh and Le with a very unique architectures in the old time. 

– Learn about ancient culture through an excavation of vestiges of Royal Palaces ground dated 10th century.  12:30 Arrive Tam Coc. Relax and enjoy lunch in a nice restaurant nearby. – Board the sampan boats in Tam Coc going along river among the villages, mountains and rice fields. Passing through 3 caves “Hang Ca – First cave, Hang Hai – Second cave, Hang Ba – Third cave” to get a wonderful feeling. Boat returns to the dock for bus drive back to Hanoi.  18:00 Arrive in Hanoi.  

Overnight in Ha Noi

Day 9: Hanoi Departure (B)

Breakfast at hotel, free to shpping and our  tour guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel and drive to the airport for your flight back home. Tour Finish!

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Tour inclusions

  • All transportation as mentioned above 
  • Airport pick-up & drop-off services
  • All in-tour as per itinerary (if any)
  • Experienced English speaking guide 
  • 6 nights hotel accommodation: Double/ Twin sharing room with daily breakfast
  • 01 night on HaLong Cruise: Double/ Twin sharing room with group tour
  • 01  night home stay
  • Meals as stated in the itinerary (B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner) 
  • All entrance fee and sightseeing
  • Cable car
  • Water on the bus
  • Group tour/ SIC tour
  • Kayaking boat in Ha Long bay 
  • Services charges and government tax 
  • 24/7 hotline support guaranteed
  • Train ticket round way 4 peoples/cabin 
  • No extra charge after services confirmation

Tour exclusions

  • Beverages
  • Travel insurance
  • Incoming and out coming flight & Departure taxes 
  • Vietnam visa stamping fee ($25/person pay at the airport)
  • Tip for tour guide
  • Personal fees: telephone, laundry, shopping…
  • Other fees do not mention in the itinerary
  • Single Supplement
  • Early check-in and Late check-out: check in time 14:00 and check out time before 12:00
  • Visa on arrival