DAY 1: ARRIVAL HANOI
Pick up at on arrival Noi Bai International airport and transfer to Hanoi hotel. Overnight Hanoi
DAY 2: HANOI CITY FULL DAY
At 9.00 AM, pick you up the hotel, our city tour Hanoi Capital
today with the visit to most city highlights and including of:
visit Hochiminh President Complex (Hochiminh Mausoleum, the house on stilts, presidential palace, the One Pillar Pagoda).
Next stop is the Temple of literature, which is built in 1070 and it is the first university of Vietnam.
Continue with visit to the Museum of National Fine Arts. It has received many high ranking delegations of different countries, the Museum has sent many traveling thematic exhibitions to other nations to introduce to international friends the typical culture, heroic history of Vietnam. At the same time, it has linked local people with painting, photograph, and sculpture collections of international artists. The Museum has created chances for local art lovers to enjoy and learn about different fine arts school and tendencies of the world.
Next will visit the Army Museum (large collection of weaponry at the front, the Military Museum displays Soviet and Chinese equipment alongside French- and US-made weapons captured during years of warfare. The centrepiece is a Soviet-built MiG-21 jet fighter, triumphant amid the wreckage of French aircraft downed at Dien Bien Phu, and a US F-111).
or other option (if not visit the Fine art museum) with the The Vietnam Museum of Ethnology in Hanoi offers an insight into the 54 different ethnic groups of Vietnam in an effort to preserve cultural heritage and promote socio-cultural diversity within the country. The museum has over 15,000 artefacts including photographs and other multi-media such as audiotapes. Its indoor exhibition space can be viewed via a virtual tour which includes the Viet, Muong, Tho, Chut, Tav, Thai, Ka Dai, H’Mong-Dao, Tang, San Dui, Ngai, Mon-Khmer, Nam-Dao, Cham, Hoa and Khmer ethnic groups. There are priceless antiques on display alongside everyday objects such as pipes, baskets and knives.
Your lunch will be served at finest local restaurants with special of Hanoi cuisine.
Pm will continue our visit to Hoa Lo or Hanoi Hilton prison before doing a "rickshaw", enjoy one hour of cycling trip for sightseeing Hanoi old quarters, taking this mean of transportation is the best way to have a close look at the 36 streets in Hanoi.
At late afternoon, we will see the water puppet show for one hour, the oldest record mentioning water puppetry is the inscription on a stone stele dating from 1121. The stele called Sùng Thiện Diên Linh is located in Đọi Sơn Pagoda in Hà Nam Province (This is a must to see show when you are in Hanoi, recommended), transfer back hotel and Overnight Hanoi. (B/L)
DAY 3: HANOI- SAPA MOUNTAINS/ BY ROAD
Our Bus Pick up at your hotel in Hanoi at around 06.30 Am and heading for Sapa Mountains.
Sapa is a small, mountain town in Lao Cai Province. It is located about 350 km northwest of Hanoi, close to the Chinese border. Here's where you'll find the Hoang Lien Son range of mountains, which includes Fan Si Pan—the country's highest peak. This quiet Vietnamese town is home to different ethnic tribal groups. There are five main ethnic groups in Sapa: the Hmong, Dao, Tay, Giay and Xa Pho
Arrival sapa town at around 12.00 noon, check in hotel.
Your own lunch at a local restaurant.
Pm, start our guided tour to explore Sa Pa town like Stone Church, Sapa lake, Ham Rong Mountain, take pictures and admire the remote of Muong Hoa valley. (Dinner - your own account).
Evening, free time to explore the charm of Sapa by night, enjoy roasted corn, baked eggs beside charcoal fire, especially on Saturday night, we highly recommend a stop at the Love Market - one of the unique cultures of the highland peoples in northern Vietnam.
Overnight in Sapa hotel.
DAY 4: SAPA TREKKING DAY - LAO CHAI - TA VAN - GIANG TA CHAI
Breakfast at hotel before we embark on a lovely trek. The day is devoted to a beautiful hike through the breathtaking scenery of Sa Pa valley.
Start by road that descends in the wake of the street Cau May (6 km) En route, admire the rice terraces hidden behind mist of the morning, a truly awe-inspiring sight.
Follow a small track and cross Muong Hoa River and pass well tended rice terraces on your way to the Black Hmong village of Lao Chai.
Continuing through the colorful rice terraces you will reach the village of Ta Van Giay.
Continue trek along the Muong Hoa River to reach at a fascinating collection of rock carvings. These engravings depict some beautiful images of man, stilt houses and some beautiful decorative patterns.
Lunch will be served at a local village, continue our trek through a bamboo forest to Giang Ta Chai, a Red Dao ethnic minority village, fresh up at a waterfall before to start climbing uphill where to meet back our car heading back Sapa town. Overnight Sapa Hotel tonight(B/L)
DAY 5: CAT CAT VILLAGE - ARRIVAL HANOI
Have breakfast at hotel, next will visit Sapa market in down town, start our trek to the Cat Cat village.
Enjoy beautiful landscape and scenery along the road.
Upon reaching a waterfall and an old French hydroelectric station for a resting before join with a harder trek through rice paddy terraced fields, Hoan Lien forest, Y Linh Ho village inhabited by Black Hmong people, from here to climbing up to the main road.
Meet back our car and drive us back to Sapa town for lunch.
15h30 PM: Transfer back to Hanoi by shuttle bus, arrival Hanoi hotel this early evening, check back your hotel and Overnight Hanoi (B/L)
DAY 6: HANOI - HALONG CRUISES/ Shuttle bus
Pick up at your hotel around from 07.30 to 08.00 Am by our shuttle bus and depart for Halong Bay Cruises
, some 170 km away from Hanoi and drive down to the biggest delta (the Red River delta), great opportunity for stopping along the way for taking pictures of local daily activities.
On Arrival, board the traditional sailing junk. Whilst cruising the exquisite waters sample the regions fresh seafood. Visit the recently discovered Surprise Grotto with its great views, and on the next island see the yawning mouth of Bo Nau Cave. Alternatively journey to Dau Go Cave and nearby see the famous stalagmites and stalactites of Thien Cung Cave. Enjoy a swim in the emerald waters of Halong Bay at any spot that you wish to visit.
Relax and Watch the sunset over the bay whilst enjoying a delicious dinner.
Overnight on board junk (B/L/D)
DAY 7: HALONG BAY - HANOI/ Shuttle bus
Wake up to fresh coffee and a wholesome breakfast before cruising back to Halong City. En route, the junk weaves through strange-shaped rock formations that invite comparisons from fighting cocks to dragons and even General de Gaulle’s nose!
Early lunch will be ready on the way cruise back the Halong dock, enjoy the meal while passing through another beautiful parts of Halong heritage with rocky mountains, floating villages or taking beauttiful pictures of Bai Chay and Hon Gai parts of the city with a hundred of resorts along the beach or on the mountain side.
Disembark at the dock at Halong City (Tuan Chau Dock).
Meet back our driver and drive on the same road back to Hanoi capital city, transfer to hotel on arrival (B/L)
DAY 8: DEPARTURE HANOI
transfer back the Noi Bai International airport for flight onwards. Tour ends at airport (B)