HONEYMOONERS DEEP IN THE NORTH OF VIETNAM

8 DAY(S) HONEYMOON

Hanoi - Ninh Binh - Sapa - Halong - Hanoi

A great chance for the newlyweds to discover Vietnam’s charming beauty and learn about its traditions, customs and hill tribal culture

Highlights

  • Visit the hustle and bustle Hanoi and enjoy an exciting show of Water Puppetry
  • Discover the ancient capital city Ninh Binh and have a touch of local life here
  • Visit Sapa - one of the most breathtaking hill stations and get to know the hill tribal culture 
  • Explore Halong Bay's unusually picturesque beauty with rocks and islets, beaches and hollow islands

Itinerary in Brief

  • Day 1 – Day 3
    Visiting attractions in Hanoi and getting a touch of local life in Ninh Binh
  • Day 4 – Day 5
    Trekking in Sapa and discovering the hill tribe villages 
  • Day 6 – Day 8 
    Cruising the magnificent Halong Bay before heading back to Hanoi to get more of this city

Inclusion

  • English-speaking tour guides
  • Land transportation by air-con vehicles
  • Overnight train from Hanoi to Hue/ Hanoi – Lao Cai – Hanoi (4-berth wooden Cabin with AC)
  • Accommodation based on Twin-shared room with breakfast
  • 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!

Upon your arrival in Noi Bai Airport, picked up by our guide and transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day will be at your leisure. Overnight in Hanoi.

Honeymoon set up will be prepared specially for your sweet honeymoon journey.

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

Breakfast at hotel. Morning, transfer to Ba Dinh Square – the biggest square in Hanoi where all the biggest cultural, political events of the cities, especially demonstrations, take place. Start our visit at the Complex of Ho Chi Minh including Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (outside), Ho Chi Minh’s house-on-stilts, his fish pond and the One-Pillar Pagoda. Then, visit Hoa Lo prison, also known to American prisoners of war as the "Hanoi Hilton".

Afternoon continue the trip to the Temple of Literature first which is considered as the first university of Vietnam. Later, we have an overall view of the capital by cyclo for 1 hour, which starts around the Old Quarter of Hanoi, stop to visit Ngoc Son Temple located on the Hoan Kiem Lake (the “Sword” Lake). From here wandering on the narrow streets of the Old Quarter to experience the daily life of the local people. Evening highlight will be the Water Puppet Show. Overnight in Hanoi.

Please note: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is closed on Mondays, Fridays and all the afternoons.

Breakfast at hotel. Early morning, picked up from your hotel and transferred to Tam Coc area. Upon arrival, start the journey by visiting a local family in Tam Coc. They are a traditional Vietnamese family with three generations living together. Here you will get the chance to see the house architecture and their daily life and their handicraft job of making traditional embroidery.

Option 1: You will take a bike and start riding to explore the rice fields and limestone mountains for about 1 hour with an 8 km unique route.

Option 2: Learn the traditional embroidery with the host family or joining a cooking demonstration.

11:30 Come back to the host family to enjoy a special lunch prepared by the home chef with the local cuisine featuring the yin-yang balance of the Asian culture. After lunch, a break with a cup of Vietnam green tea or coffee will be served before you continue the journey of discovery Tam Coc- the “Halong Bay on land”

13.30: Visit Tam Coc by a small boat rowed by a local for about 2 hours.  Known as “Halong Bay on land”, Tam Coc is the name of the limestone caves area stretching along Ngo Dong river. The boat trip is a nice journey along the river with the peaceful scenery of Limestone Mountains, rice paddy and the sight of some temples along the way. If traveling during harvest season, you may have chances to see the yellow rice carpet along the river banks.

15.30: Arrive at Hoa Lu, the ancient capital of Vietnam in the 10th century, visit the temple of King Dinh. Under the introduction of our local guide, you will get to know more about the Vietnamese history. Hoa Lu existed as the capital of Vietnam for 41 years (968 – 1009), of which 12 years was under the Dinh dynasty – King Dinh Tien Hoang, when country named Dai Co Viet.

16.30: Leave Tam Coc and drive straight back to Hanoi. Head to a mini hotel for a short rest before transferring to the station for your night train to Lao Cai. Overnight on train (Private cabin).

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 at local restaurant, then leave your 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.

After that, start trekking to Lao Chai and Ta Van villages down in Muong Hoa valley. Enjoy the spectacular views of the beautiful valley towards Fansipan – the highest peak of Vietnam and Indochina. Trek through the villages of Black H’mong ethnic minority to learn the way people weaving and embroidering their clothes. Keep going down to enjoy colourful rice paddy fields and reach Ta Van village where the Dzay ethnic people inhabited. Late in the afternoon, picked up by private car to get back to Sapa for check-in. Rest of the day will be at your leisure to discover the town. Overnight in Sapa.

After breakfast at hotel, take a 2-km short trekking to Cat Cat Village, the home of Hmong Ethic. Enjoy the water fall in Cat Cat and beautiful scenery along the way before going on to Sin Chai Village, which is situated on the bottom of Phanxipang mountain, enjoy peaceful scenery, meet and talk with locals to learn more about their daily life.

Back to your hotel in Sapa to collect your luggage before driving to Ta Phin village (12km from Sapa) where the Red Dzao people live to learn more about the culture, custom and their daily life. Have a good chance of buying woven and textile brocades which are locally hand-made. Pay a visit to one of the local family to experience the true life of the Red Dzao. Head to the train station in Lao Cai. Overnight on train (Private cabin).

Upon arrival in Hanoi, picked up and transferred to a mini hotel for breakfast and a short rest.

At 08:00, we will drive to Halong - one of the earliest World Heritages Sited designated by UNESCO for Vietnam in 1994.

Check-in our boat and enjoy a lunch of fresh seafood while the boat goes about unusual seascape with thousands picturesque rocks and islets, beaches and hollow islands. We can stop to visit some karsts grottoes or just go swimming, or stop at a beach and enjoy the sunset on the sea. Lunch and dinner with local food on board. Overnight on the boat.

Honeymoon set up will be prepared specially for your sweet honeymoon journey.

Please note: Cruise program may vary depending on the cruise. You will have station English speaking guide on board!

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. Early lunch/brunch (local food) will be served on board. Disembark and transfer direct back to Hanoi, arrival Hanoi about 16:30. Rest of the day will be at your leisure. Overnight in Hanoi.

Please note: Cruise program may vary depending on the cruise. You will have station English speaking guide on board!

Breakfast at hotel. Free until transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

Please note: Standard check out time at hotel is 12:00. Late check out is not included.

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