Vietnam

The Mysteries of Northwest

Level

Easy-Moderate

Duration

7 days

Welcome to a world where the colours are more vivid, where the landscapes are bolder, the coastline more dramatic, where the history is more compelling, where the tastes are more divine, where life is lived in the fast lane. This world is Vietnam, the latest Asian dragon to awake from its slumber.

This trip is designed to cover most of the highlights of North West of Vietnam.  You will come face to face with the spectacular landscapes and colourful inhabitants of this region. You will cruise into mystic Halong Bay seeing  the fascinating formations; visit one of the biggest and most beautiful cave in Ha Long Bay; travel by night train from Hanoi to Sapa, trek along Hoang Lien mountain range witnessing some of the boldest scenery on earth.

Facts

Activities: Trekking, caving, kayaking, boating, cultural sightseeing

Our operation:

All Rahhalah ground handlers and guides are locally employed ensuring more authentic experience for travelers, as well as sensitivity to local customs and cultures.

Our adventure activity give you the opportunity to connect with Vietnamese culture in a personally meaningful way, our local guides’ knowledge and understanding of the different hill-tribe cultures we pass along the way will add to the uniqueness of this exhilarating journey.

Sustainability:

We run a low impact operation and we leave no traces behind, contributing to the efforts of protection of the local land, its people and culture.

All our local guides and staff are properly employed and adequately equipped. In addition we emphasize on making extensive use of local products and enhance maximum economic benefits to the local communities.

As you all know 1% of our revenue go back to a local cause and Rahhalah directly takes care of that. This is our pay back promise.

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi (D)

Up on arrival at Noi Bai international airport in Hanoi, we will be welcomed & transferred to your hotel.

In the afternoon (if time permits  depending on your arrival), we will take one-hour cyclo around the Old Quarters, known as the 36 streets; this bustling area of narrow streets is home to literally thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers. Originally, each of the 36 streets names’ was related to the products being sold there.

Before we go back to hotel, we will have chance enjoy the unique Water Puppet show. Hear the Vietnamese traditional instruments and singing from the live musicians who play throughout the show. 

In the evening, we will meet again for our welcome dinner at a fine local restaurant in town. We then return to the  hotel for overnight.

Day 2: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Overnight Cruise (B, L, D)

Pick up at our hotel in Hanoi after breakfast, we will take 180 KM to Halong Bay – The Bay of Descending Dragon, which is located in the Northeast of Vietnam. Halong Bay has been recognized by UNESCO as the World Natural Heritage thanks to its universal values of landscape, geology and geomorphology, respectively in 1994 and 2000 and is one of the most beautiful bays in the world.

On arrival in Halong, we will embark on V’Spirit Classic Cruise followed by a short cruise briefing. We will then savor a delectable lunch while V’Spirit Classic cruises among the limestone islands. In the mid-afternoon, we explore the amazing Sung Sot Cave – the most beautiful cave in Halong Bay before continue cruising to Titov Island for swimming and relaxing at the beach or climb up to the Top of the island for a panorama view of Halong Bay.

In the late afternoon, we return to the main boat and continue cruising to the quiet area. In the late afternoon, we enjoy Sunset Party on sundeck and admire the best moments of the day when the sun starts to set. After dinner, free time for socializing, take part in board games, fish for squid, or just laze around. Overnight on board.

Day 3: Halong Bay Cruise (B, L, D)

Get up early in the morning to enjoy fresh air of the bay and start the day with Tai Chi class. Have breakfast on board, prepare the energy for kayaking among the hidden areas of the bay, around the Man’s Head Islet area.

At around 10.15 AM, we return to the boat, freshen up and check out of your cabin while our cruise continue passing Ba Hang Fishing Village, Dog Islet and more. While heading back to the harbor, watch the fruit carving demonstration and participate in the Cooking Class before enjoying a traditional Vietnamese lunch. Disembark at around noon and return  back to Hanoi.

The rest of the day will be free for dinner until our car arrives to take us to Hanoi Railway Station to board the sharing 4 soft berths cabin to Sapa.

Day 4: Sapa arrival – Trekking tour to Sin Chai – Cat Cat – Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai (B,L,D)

On arrival in Lao Cai Station, we will be welcomed by our guide and driven to Sapa. After having breakfast at a local restaurant, we will transfer downhill to Sin Chai village of Black Hmong minority, which locates right at the foot of Hoang Lien mountain range. Here we start heading up the mountain. Once we get to the top, we will trek on a small trail with spectacular view and then gradually descend to Cat Cat village, where we will have lunch nearby a waterfall.

In the afternoon, we take a trail sneaking through mountain. We also will enjoy spectacular scenery while walking along a narrow river you eventually arrive in Y Linh Ho village of Black Hmong minority, where we can take a rest in a nice spot nearby the beautiful river. Continue the trekking to Lao Chai Village and spend the night in a local family of Black H’mong in Lao Chai.

Note: Trekking Distance 14 KM – 6 (to 7) Hours

Day 5: Lao Chai – Tavan – Giang Ta Chai – Su Pan – Express Bus back to Hanoi (B, L)

Once we get energy for our last day trek by having a delicious breakfast, we leave for Giang Ta Chai village of Red Dao minority. We will trek through bamboo forest, which belongs to Hoang Lien National Park. On the way, we will pass by a waterfall where we will have time to take a rest and enjoy the surroundings. We will find a nice place to enjoy lunch.

After lunch, we continue toward Su Pan, a small village located by the road. Here we start our journey back to Sapa by car.

At around 4 PM, we will get our Express Bus and transfer back to Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi at 9.30 PM, we check in at our hotel for the night.

Note: Trekking Distance 8 KM – 3 Hours

Day 6: Hanoi – City tour & sightseeing (B ,L ,D)

After breakfast, we start our Hanoi orientation city tour:

Ho Chi Minh complex where we will spend time at Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum, his former stilt-house, the Presidential Palace, the Ho Chi Minh Museum and One Pillar Pagoda. Followings we visit the Temple of Literature, which originally built as a temple to Confucius.

After lunch, we visit the Museum of Ethnology, which is widely acknowledged as the best in the country and has an extensive display dedicated to Vietnam’s 54 Ethnic minority peoples and the infamous Hoa Lo Prison Museum. Hoa Lo is also known as the ‘’Hanoi Hilton’’ and was where former US presidential candidate John McCain was incarcerated for over 5 years.

We then return to hotel at early afternoon, free time for shopping on your own. In the evening we meet the tour guide for a farewell dinner. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 7: Hanoi – Departure (B)

Free time  for last minute shopping before transfer back to the airport for our flight to home.

1,632 USD

per person in a group of minimum 6. Double occupancy.

Trip Dates

22nd December 2017

NOTES

The above rate is based on Double occupancy. Single supplement applies.

All services stipulated above are subject to availability at the time of booking / reservation. All prices are subject to change

All accommodation subject to change to similar one depending on availability.

THIS INCLUDES

English speaking guide (s) separate in Hanoi & to Ha Long & in Sapa tour part

Private transfer/transportation by private vehicle due to group size

Entrance fees to visit all sites in trip

Meals as indicated in the program (B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D= Dinner):

All Accommodation with daily breakfast and homestay in Sapa

Hanoi-May De Ville Old Quarter Hotel ****

Halong Bay-Oasis Bay Cruise ****

Sapa -Home stay

1 bottle of water/person/day tour

Transfer to Sapa by night train and back from Sapa by Express Bus

Kayaking in Halong Bay cruise trip.

THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE

International flight ticket
Single supplement
Surcharge for Private cabin for the train Hanoi- Lao Cai
High Season Surcharge
Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
Airport tax
Visa and visa fee
Medical and travel insurance
Optional activities
Tips and gratuities
Expenses of personal matters

Important: The itinerary and schedule are subject to change due to weather, road condition and operating conditions. In any case the guide has the RIGHT to change the program for the safety and convenience of the travelers.

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