vietnam tours packages

Terraced rice paddies, Ethnic Groups and Junk
(Trip of 14 days & 13 nights)

Brief itinerary:    

Day 1: Arrival at Hanoi. Visit Hanoi capital
Day 2: Hanoi – Nghia Lo
Day 3: Nghia Lo – Tu Le- Mu Cang Chai – Tam Duong
Day 4: Tam Duong – Sapa
Day 5: Sapa. Visit Lao Chai and Ta Van villages
Day 6: Sapa – Bac Ha market
Day 7: Bac Ha – Xin Ma – Ha Giang
Day 8: Ha Giang – Quan Ba –Dong Van
Day 9: Dong Van – Meo Vac – Ha Giang
Day 10: Ha Giang – Hanoi
Day 11: Hanoi. Full day city tour
Day 12: Hanoi – Halong. Overnight on junk
Day 13: Halong – Hanoi
Day 14: Hanoi – Departure. End of voyage.

Detailled itinerary:

Day 1: ARRIVAL– HA NOI– HALF DAY CITY TOUR (L, D)
Arrive at Noi Bai airport in Hanoi. Transfer to hotel.
In the afternoon, visit Vietnam Museum of Ethnology where contains more than 10,000 objects which depict all aspects of life, customs, and habits of the 54 ethnic groups of Vietnam. Proceeding to visit Viet Nam Fine Arts Museum, you would interest about Classical and Contemporary masterpiece of Vietnam from thousand years. A moment of relax and enjoy yourself at Hoan Kiem lake, there is the most lovely Hanoi landscape in the late afternoon, and sunset. Finally, early evening is the time of water puppet show (1 hour), a unique art form of Vietnamese, at Thang Long Water Puppet Troupe theatre, and you will experience more about a specific culture in South-East Asia coming from the civilization of the agriculture of wet rice during the performance. Have lunch & dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Ha Noi.

Day 2 : HA NOI - NGHIA LO (B, L, D)
En route for Nghia Lo, through the main towns of Son Tay, Thanh Son, Phu Yen. Discover beautiful landscapes of mountains, green valleys, paddy fields and minority villages, namely the Black Thai. Black Thai women and girls go to the rice fields or schools still wearing their traditional dresses, a long, black, straight and tight skirt and a colored bodice closed in the front line by a line of silver buttons. Arrive in Nghia Lo and check into hotel. Lunch and dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Nghia Lo.

Day 3 : NGHIA LO - TU LE - MU CANG CHAI - THAN UYEN - BINH LU - TAM DUONG (B, L, D)
On a beautiful day, drive through Tu Le, Mu Cang Chai, Than Uyen, etc., where you can admire the beautiful scenery of rice terraces in the North of Vietnam. Lunch en route. Arrive in Tam Duong in late afternoon. Lunch and dinner at local restaurant. Dinner and overnight in Tam Duong.

Day 4 : TAM DUONG- SA PA (B, L, D)
The great interest of this area is the district market (on Thursday and Sunday), 6 km from Tam Duong. This market is one of the best markets in northern of Viet Nam. Sellers and buyers come from all the surrounding villages, some people have to walk a day from home to the market. If you have more time, you can enjoy the beauty of the landscapes while visiting Tam Duong’s surrounding.
The trail leads you to the Hmong and Dao villages. It takes an walking hour to go to theclosest villages and a walking day or more to go to the furthest villages. With our short walk, we will take you to meet these people.
The route Tam Duong- Sa Pa follows the gorge of Nam Na River after crossing the Black River. It is a journey into a wilderness, you rarely see the villages. The road is sometimes track, good, sometimes jolting in acceptable portions. We can meet along the way women Dao, they wear black or blue pants, tunics covered by embroideries and big black turbans on their head. Bringing heavy bundles of wood, they descend from the mountains by narrow paths to outlets along the route. Around the new houses, some terraces have been arranged for growing rice, maize and vegetables. Arrive in Sapa in late afternoon. Check in at the hotel. Have lunch & dinner at local restaurant. Dinner and overnight in Sa Pa.

Day 5 : SA PA- LAO CHAI - TA VAN (B, L, D)
Being attracted by the climate and the beauty of the landscapes, the French colonists had made Sapa an ideal place for relaxation and holiday. The city is located at 1650m, at roof of Fanxipan, the highest mount of Viet Nam.
About 08:30 am, we start trekking, the first part is on the road , and turn to the right and walk on a small path down the valley to Muong Hoa and from there to the Lao Chai village of Black Hmong. Black Hmong is one of the biggest minority groups in the Sapa area. They are proud of their culture and keep their traditions and way of living. We have lunch at Lao Chai village, after lunch we continue to Ta Van village to visit Day people. Day is a fairly small minority group in Sapa. Nowadays many women still wear traditional shirts with a purple, blue or green colour. The Day houses are build of wood and bamboo with a clay floor. From here you will be picked up and transferred back to Sapa.
The rest of the day is dedicated to leisure or shopping for delicate embroideries and batik at Sapa Fair. Climb to Ham Rong Mount for a panoramic view of Sapa. Lunch & dinner at local restaurant and overnight in Sapa.

Day 6 : SA PA- BAC HA (B, L, D)
After breakfast, we drive to Bac Ha market, one of the most colorful market in the northwest of Viet Nam. The Bac Ha market is held on every Sunday morning. From 7 AM to 9 AM, roads and trails in this region are very busy. A peasant pulls a donkey that doesn't want to move! Others are more prudent, preferring to transport small pigs themselves to prevent them from losing weight on their way to the market. Some go by couple, the woman carrying the basket on her back that she plaited herself and the man taking the corn alcohol he distilled. The girls are at their most beautiful, short skirts oscillating right and left with every step. The sellers display some essential products, such as groceries, books and school supplies. Some peasants come to sell their products (e.g., vegetables, handicrafts). Finally, the women calculate their day’s profit or compare goods. The girls put on make up to be more beautiful, while the men enjoy the rice alcohol and discuss about horses or land… After spending the morning exploring the market, we can walk to visit the Hmong King’s former residence and Ban Pho, where villagers make a potent maize alcohol. Lunch and dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Bac Ha.

Day 7 : BAC HA - XIN MAN - HOANG SU PHI - HA GIANG (B, L, D)
Drive to Ha Giang via Xin Man and Hoang Si Phu. The route from Bac Ha to Ha Giang is through beautiful scenery of rice paddies on mountain slopes, affording a rare opportunity to enjoy the picturesque landscape of the mountains and discover the diverse traditional customs of the ethnic minority people who live there. These men and women spend much of their time going into the woods for hunting and gathering mushrooms, berries, wild plants, etc.  Arrive in Ha Giang at end of the day. Lunch and dinner at local restaurant.  Overnight in Ha Giang.

Day 8 : HA GIANG - QUAN BA - DONG VAN (B, L, D)
Depart for Dong Van via Quang Ba to enjoy the wonderful sightseeing of this vast limestone mountain range and perpendicular walls of rock.  They bring a feeling of adventure while being lost in a magical land, passing Heaven’s Gate and meeting some minority people along the way. Continue to Dong Van, which is situated 1025m above sea level and inhabited by Tay and H’Mong ethnic groups. The temperature is approximately 1oC in winter and reaches 24oC on the hottest days. The plateau provides famous products such as Hau plums, peaches, and persimmons without seeds. Dong Van apples are as big as pears. In Dong Van, numerous valuable plants are used for their medicinal value, including ginseng, anise and cinnamon. Lunch and dinner at local restaurant.  Overnight in Dong Van.

Day 9 : DONG VAN – MEO VAC - HA GIANG (B, L, D)
In this surprising environment, we must live “the market days.” Like everywhere, markets are places where all ethnic groups (White Hmong, LoLo, Pu Peo, Co Lao and Chinese Hmong) in the region can meet. If you visit Dong Van on Sundays, you can shop in a very original mountainous market, where all kinds of goods and multicolored clothes can be purchased. Khau Vai love market, which happens once a year, often falls in May, where people with colorful clothes gather for their oldlovers and new ones.  It is a place where the ethnic groups sell their local products like food, vegetables, textiles, etc. After visiting Dong Van market, drive to Meo Vac. Lunch and dinner at local restaurant.  Overnight in Ha Giang.

Day 10 : HA GIANG- HA NOI (B, L, D)
After breakfast, all day en route to Hanoi. Stop to take photos or contact with the people. Lunch and dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Ha Noi.

Day 11: HANOI/ FULL DAY CITY TOUR (B, L, D)
Today you will enjoy a full day tour of Hanoi, let experience the basic concepts of political Vietnam currently by visit to the Ba Dinh National square, One Pillar Pagoda. A nice group picture should photo in the parade yard of Ba Dinh National square with the great back view of Ho Chi Minh mausoleum. Continuing to visit Tran Quoc Pagoda & Quan Thanh Temple are located on an islet of West Lake. Follow up, visit the Temple of Literature, is a classic Confucians temple from the category "Confucianism", was founded as a Confucian Temple and a huge statue and altar to Confucius remain there today, the first university in Viet Nam was founded here and many rows and rows of big stone slabs that sat on the backs of stone tortoises. These slabs are actually the stele of the school's successful doctorate candidates. In the afternoon, enjoy an interesting tour by traditional Pedicabs, the best and most stylish way as far more charming to see Hanoi and to take in the sights and sounds of the Old quarter is by Cycle (a tricycle). You will enjoy 1 hour cycle tour the Old Quarter and shopping streets to watch the daily lives of the people living on and around the busy areas, the small rickshaws will carry you strolling around the Old Quarter and shopping streets, to relax and view to daily-life surrounding or communicating is a good way to have a full impression of the city, catch the spirit of Vietnam. Rickshaws will return at the Garden of Hoan Kiem Lake- the Return-Sword Lake, to visit Ngoc Son– Heroic Temple, But Tower, where you will be fascinating with legendary stories from 600 years that a turtle stole a king's sword and took it to the bottom of this lake. Have lunch & dinner at local restaurant. Over night in Ha  Noi.

Day 12 : HANOI – HALONG (B, L, D)
In the morning, transfer to Ha Long (170km), a World Heritage site recognized by UNESCO in 1994. Upon arrival, check-in on board the sailing Junk.
HALONG BAYis nearly a hidden bay with thousands of limestone islands densely rising from the blue jade water in a sea area of over 1500 square kilometres. Its 1969 green islands enfeeble the strong winds blowing from the ocean to leave the transparent water of the bay often calm in cool and healthy air From time to time, sailing Junk appearing and disappearing between the islands make the poetic sight more colourful like sparkling pearls or coral reefs found out in the bay. The beauty of the bay is not monotonous, at different positions of viewing; it will astonish viewers with quite different fascinations. In the caves and grottoes of stone islands, you will discover and admire how many impressive stalactites and stalagmites. The caves have strange but very accurate names, stop-over to visit the caves which their own legends in their names as Thien Cung (Heaven Palace) grotto, Sung Sot (Surprising) grotto, your sailing Junk will continue to visit around the shapely islets of fighting cock, incense-burner and others. Landing in Titop Islet, there is the calm and so clean sand & transparent beaches, somewhat little rocky mountains and a beautiful tall terrace, enjoy sun-sea bathing there that always waits to give you the most wonderful sea bathing in calm, transparent water under the sunlight.Enjoy a traditional lunch and dinner with the freshest and finest seafood. Overnight on board.
Note: kayaking and massaging are optional and not included in the trip cost.

Day 13 : HALONG-  HA NOI (B, L, D)
After a night on the bay, you awaken to see daylight filtering through the early morning mist and towering rock formations. After International Breakfast Buffet, visit beautiful limestone grotto then back to the boat for a final glimpse of the Halong Bay while cruising back to the dock.
Arrive at Bai Chay/Halong pier. Return to Hanoi. Have dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 14 : HA NOI – DEPARTURE (B)
Depending on your flight, you may have time at leisure before you will be transferred to the airport in time for your departing flight. End of service.


Price
Price net per person in US$
Valid till 30thSeptember  2017

 

Tour price in USD net per person in group of

Surcharge

Categories

2

3- 4

5- 9

10- 14

15- 18

19 up

Single

Standard

1.416

1.189

978

901

821

810

287

Superior

1.560

1.333

1.121

1045

965

954

368

Note: Supplement will be added to the price of the trip during Christmas and New Year period (from the 24 of December 2016 to the 05th of January 2017), and also during the Tet Holiday from the 27th of January to 05th February 2017

 

City name/ Hotels liste

Standard

Superior

HA NOI
(4 nights)

Noble Boutique Hotel Hanoi ***
(Deluxe Room)

Hanoi Pearl Hotel ****
(Premium Deluxe)

NGHIA LO
(1 night)

Chez Habitant

NghiaLo Hotel**
(Superior Room)

TAM DUONG
(1 night)

MuongThanh Hotel**
(Superior Room)

MuongThanh Hotel**
(Superior Room)

SA PA
(2 nights)

Sapa Elegance **
(Superior Room)

Sapa House Hotel**
(Superior Room)

BAC HA
(1 night)

Chez Habitant

Cong Fu hotel
(Superior Room)

HA GIANG
(2 nights)

Huy Hoan Hotel**
(Superior Room)

Huy Hoan Hotel**
(VIP Room)

DONG VAN
(1 night)

Hoa Cuong Hotel
(Superior Room)

Hoa Cuong Hotel
(Superior Room)

HA LONG
(1 night)

Garden Bay***
(Superior Cabin)

Dragon Pearl****
(Superior Cabin)


Inclusive of above prices

Exclusive of above prices

- Transportation by private air-conditioned vehicle with driver
- English speaking guide
- Accommodation based on twin sharing room including breakfast.
- Lunch and dinners in the local restaurants as per program
- Entrance fees and excursions according to program

- International flights, airport taxes, visa
- Travel Insurance in all kinds
- Peak tourist season or special event rates
- Tip, drinks and other personal expenses
- Other services not mentioned in the program.

 

Additional Remarks:
Itinerary is subject to change depending on the confirmed flights, road conditions, and room availability.
Hotels listed in above might not be upto standard of your expectation, especially in the remote area where limitation of accommodation.
Prices are subject to change in case of VAT or other tax increases and USD currency fluctuations