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8 DAY(S) TOP SELLING TOURS

Hanoi - Halong cruise - Lao Cai - Sapa - Hanoi - Hue - Hoi An - Da Nang

A comprehensive tour of Northern and Center Vietnam, visiting its greatest cultural legacies, iconic town and astonishing natural wonder

Highlights

  • Experience the hustle and bustle of Hanoi’s Old Quarter
  • A leisure boat trip in Ha Long Bay – one of the world’s new seven wonders.
  • Enjoying the sublime natural beauty and cool climate of Sapa's mountains and valleys
  • Mingling with the locals in traditional ethnic minority villages 
  • Immersing in Hue city with the old royal architectural works and the most traditional Vietnamese lifestyle.
  • Strolling under the lantern lights through riverside streets of Hoi An Ancient Town

Itinerary in Brief

  • Day 1 – Day 3
    Visiting historical sites of Hanoi and cruising Halong Bay.  
  • Day 4 – Day 5
    Trekking in Sapa and surrounding village. Chance to joining busling hill tribal market which take place only few days of the week.
  • Day 6 – Day 8 
    Enjoying the peaceful royal city of Hue, unique Ancient town in Hoi An and its' long sandy beach.
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Inclusion

  • English-speaking tour guides
  • Land transportation by air-con vehicles
  • Accommodation based on Twin-shared room with breakfast
  • Overnight train Hanoi – Lao Cai – Hanoi (4-berth wooden Cabin with AC)
  • Private room on shared cruise in Halong Bay
  • Meals as mentioned in the program (no drinks)
  • Boat trips and admissions as mentioned in the program
  • Drinking water during the touring day (2 bottles/person/day)

Exclusion

  • Airfare (international and domestic) and airport tax
  • Visa services (Visa approval letter/Visa stamp fee/ Visa fast track)
  • Early check-in/late check-out/ room upgrade surcharge
  • Other meals, Drinks, and personal expenses (phone call, laundry, tipping etc.)
  • Any services not mentioned in the program
  • Optional Tours.

Welcome to Hanoi – Vietnam!

The tourguide of THREELAND TRAVEL will be welcoming you at Noi Bai airport; it takes us 35 minutes driving to the centre of Hanoi to check-in hotel. Let’s have an overall view of the capital by a “cyclo” visit, which will start around the Old Quarter of Hanoi, stop at Ngoc Son Temple located on the Hoan Kiem Lake (the “Sword” Lake), and at Quan Thanh Taoist Temple. Late afternoon we will enjoy a unique fascinating show of Water Puppetry, a traditional stage art of Northern Vietnam. Dinner and overnight in Hanoi.

Please note: Standard check in time is 14:00. Early check in is subject to availability of the hotel

From Hanoi, at 8AM, head East for more than 3 hours to Halong Bay, the pride of the Gulf of Tonkin, a Natural World Heritage as designated by UNESCO in 1994 and 2006. The road will pass by the Red River delta with green paddyfields and rural villages, where hard-work farmers are busy with their farming jobs, ploughing buffaloes or planting seedling. Upon arrival in Halong, we’ll take a big boat to cruise the Bay to discover the magnificent beauty of this “Descending-dragon” bay, created by thousands odd-shaped limestone rocks and karst grottoes. After a lunch of fresh seafood on board, we can visit the Surprising Grotto, stop for swimming or kayaking (at your own cost), passing floating villages and approach islets to enjoy their beauty in close distance. Evening attend activities on the boat or relax at your own leisure. Overnight on the boat. 
Please note!
-    The program may be little varied upon the cruise you choose.  
 

You should wake up early to enjoy the dawn on the sea in the early morning. The Vietnamese call the "East Sea" by a point-oriented name "Eastern Sea", so you may guess how miraculous seeing the sunrise over the islets of the Bay. After breakfast our boat will continue to cruise in marvelous areas, where almost each islet has its own name, adopting its shape or reminiscent like Sail Island, Fisherman’s head rock, Butterfly rock or Turtle islet etc. Having brunch on board before check out then take our car back to Hanoi.
At leisure for shopping in the Old Quarter area. After dinner at local restaurant, transfer to Hanoi Railway Station to take the night train at 21.30 to Lao Cai. Overnight on the train.

Arrive at Lao Cai Station at 06.00. Picked-up and transferred to Sapa by car (40km mountain road from Lao Cai). The mountain landscape of Sapa is magnificent and beautiful in both winter mist or green springtime. Stop at misty pinewoods, graceful terraced paddy fields and get lovely pictures of charming Hmong or Dzao girls we see on the mountainside.

After arriving in Sapa, we will have breakfast before and leave our luggage at the hotel before hanging around with our guide to Sapa market, where we can meet the montagnards and admire their handicrafts made of wood, silver, or dyed and embroidered fabrics and clothes. Take a 2-km short trekking to Cat Cat Village, the home of Hmong Ethic. Meeting and talking with locals to learn more about their daily life. Go on to Lao Chai (10km from Sapa) and walk thru 3km to Tavan with stops at the villages of the tribal people Hmong, Tay and Dzay en route. Back to Sapa town for overnight. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner in Sapa).

Option 1: If today is Saturday, Sunday or Tuesday, nothing will be better than driving overland to a market of the hill tribal people, mainly from Flower Hmong ethnical group. Depending on the day, you can choose either Can Cau (Sat), Bac Ha (Sun) or Coc Ly (Tues).

At 7 o’clock we will drive toward Bac Ha, about 110km from Sapa. With a dozen of tribes living in the surroundings, including Flower Hmong, Chinese, Nhang, Dzao, Nung, Phu La, Thai and King (or Viet), the market is extremely exciting esp. in the early morning. The winding road to Bac Ha helps maintain the colours (in both literal and figurative sense) of the area. The distance to Can Cau and Coc Ly from Bac Ha is 30 – 50km. In all these markets, we can meet hundreds of beautiful women from Flower Hmong tribe, who are famous for their wonderful craft and hand-made flowering clothes and textile fabrics, or intermingle with people from Black Hmong, Dzay, Dzao and other ethnic groups coming to the market not for purchasing stuffs, but for meeting and chatting – just once a week - like in a real cultural center. After lunchtime, we can hike around or take our car heading to further hamlets in Ban Pho, Trieu Cai, or Na Hoi. Back to Lao Cai Station later afternoon to take the night train from Lao Cai to Hanoi. (Lunch in Bac Ha, Dinner Lao Cai). Overnight on the train.

Option 2: If today is not Tuesday, Saturday or Sunday, we will take a pleasant drive to Taphin village (12km from Sapa) of Red Dzao ethnic people, then hike thru paddy fields and pass an old seminary in Taphin Valley, reach the villages of the Hmong and the Red Dzao, who are skillful in making clothes and embroidery by traditional, old silk thread ... Here you have a good choices to buy woven and textile brocades made by the locals. Visit Taphin Cave and small hamlet of Black Hmong people. Return to Sapa and be transferred to Lao Cai Station for the night train to Hanoi. (Picnic Lunch. Dinner in Lao Cai). Overnight on the train.

Picked-up by car at Hanoi Station around 05.00. Before having breakfast, we can join the Hanoians in their early exercises, esp. nearby the lakes, diversified from jogging, yoga, sword dance, fan dance, and Taichi-quan. After breakfast and a short relax, we will go on to Noi Bai Airport for a short flight to Hue.

Being recognized by UNESCO as the 1st Cultural World Heritage for Vietnam, Hue is highlighted by the old royal architectural works and the most traditional Vietnamese lifestyle. We will discover the charm of the city from the Royal Citadel, Forbidden City, Hue Royal Museum. Go on to Thien Mu pagoda and visit the Tombs of King Tu Duc – the best-reserved monuments of the Nguyen Emperors since early 19th and early 20th centuries. (Lunch in a Garden-housed restaurant in “Hue” style, Dinner at your own arrangement for flexibility). Overnight in Hue.

 

After breakfast and check-out hotel, we will depart from Hue, passing Danang with stops to sightsee the Cham Museum, the marvelous museum which tells us in advance about the Cham Culture, once brightened in Central Vietnam. Go on to the Marble Mountain, before heading to Hoian after midday. This afternoon is for Hoian ancient town – when walking over the tile-roofed Japanese Bridge, visit taciturn Chinese Assembly Halls and Trading Houses, Pagodas, and stroll around the market located by Thu Bon river, you may find out the same feelings of the artists, who see the charm of Hoi An a magical old world of Oriental feel and source of inspiration.  

Lunch and Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Hoian.

After breakfast at the hotel, back to Da Nang Airport for a short flight to Hanoi. Take your flight back home from Hanoi. 
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# Destination Standard Superior/First Class Deluxe
1 Halong Cruise - Oriental Sails Cruise
- Gray Line Halong Cruise
- Paradise Cruises
2 Hanoi - Supper hotel
- Hanoi Pearl Hotel
- Melia Hotel
3 Hoian - Lotus Hoian Boutique Hotel & Spa
- The Beach Little Boutique
- Allegro Hotel
4 Hue - Emm Hotel
- Moonlight hotel
- Indochine Palace
5 Sapa - Sapa Dragon Hotel
- Sapa Highland Resort & Spa
- Silk Path Grand Resort & Spa Sapa

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