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1909

Outstanding Scenery

See the very best of rice terraces and the unique karst rock formations of Halong Bay, combined with a full tour of Hanoi.

A great trip for scenery lovers , with amazing opportunities for photos every day. Whether you’re a casualy walker, or a full-on trekker – we’ll accompany you to see the highlands of Sapa in our own unique way.

 

At a glance...
  • 1 night in Hanoi
  • 2 nights in Sapa
  • 2 nights sleeper train
  • 2 nights Cruise on Halong Bay

Sights you'll see

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Itinerary

Enjoy this tour as-is, or we'll tailor it to suit you.

Day 1Arrival in Hanoi

Your guide will meet you at the airport and private transfer to your hotel.

After your hotel check-in, you may wish to take a late afternoon or evening stroll of 2.5km around Hoan Kiem Lake. The lake is considered the center of Hanoi, not only physically but also symbolically.

Day 2Hanoi Discovery

Today, discover the highlight sites and sights if this vibrant capital city including: Streets of the Old Quarter, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum complex, One-pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature and museums of interest.

In the evening, we’ll transfer you to the railway station, in good time to check in to your private cabin, for the overnight journey north to Sapa

Day 3Wake up in the mountains

Today is your introduction to the mountain region of the north.

After breakfast your guide will show you around for a brief introduction of this charming town.

At the market, ethnic minority people of different groups wearing their traditional costumes made by themselves comes every day selling local products including vegetables, bamboo shoots, mushrooms and medicinal herbs etc.

Your guide will discuss treks / walks or drives around the area to suit your own pace and preferences. Whatever you choose will be an unforgettable experience.

Day 4Minority Villages and Customs

This morning, will visit Ta Phin commune 14 km southeast of Sapa town. Ta Phin Commune is home to the Red Zao and Black H’mong ethnic groups.

Continue to the Red Zao village in which you will meet groups of women making handicrafts includes embroidered clothes, handbags etc.

Later see the Silver Waterfall and Tram Ton, the highest mountain pass in Vietnam at 1,800 m above sea level. 

Day 5Scenic Valleys

Easy morning to stroll the town of Sapa, before an afternoon visiting Ban Ho Valley, home to the Tay ethnic people.

Then it’s an hour drive from Ta Van further to the wild land of Sapa with few stops along the way for visiting small hamlets of the red Zao minority, you will be in the large village formed by almost a hundred houses built on stilts.

Early evening, it’s back to Lao Cai and settle into your private sleeping cabin on the night train south to Hanoi.

Day 6Halong Cruise (d1)

After your early morning arrival in Hanoi, enjoy breakfast before your transfer to Halong Bay. Around midday, board your well appointed boat and enjoy a sumptuous lunch, while cruising the magnificent Halong Bay

Surrounded by cascading mountains that jut out from the jewel-colored waters of the bay, this place is an isolated region in Ha Long Bay used for pearl farming.

Overnight on board,

Day 7Continue cruising Halong Bay (d2)

Enjoy some rejuvenating Tai Chi lessons during sunrise, before enjoying breakfast and the views. Today you will transfer to a junk boat with a lounge, dining area and facilities for the day. In rowing boats the group will then head to Luon Cave area enjoying the magnificent karst scenery.

Back on the main boat sail to Cua Van Floating village and admire its beauty from a traditional rowing boat or kayak. Later enjoy lunch whilst the boat sails to the next stop.

Stop to discover the mysterious Trinh Nu Cave, one of the finest sunlight-filled cave in Halong Bay and then wlak through to the secluded beach for some relaxation. Trinh Nu Cave is exclusive to Bhaya guests to offer a more private and less crowded experience.

This evening, enjoy a fruit carving demonstration, before a delicious dinner.

Day 8Departure or further destinations

This morning, cruise back towards the mainland, while enjoying brunch.

Your guide will meet you upon disembarkation and transfer you to Hanoi Airport for your outbound flight home. Or to continue your discovery of Vietnam, by customizing this tour.

Details

Where
  • Hanoi, Sapa and Halong Bay
Duration
  • 8 days / 7 nights Private Tour
Tour Includes
  • 3 nights hotel with breakfast
  • 2 Overnight train journeys in private cabin
  • 2 nights cruise
  • 3 Lunches
  • 2 Evening Meals
  • Experienced Tour Guides
  • All Entrance Fees
  • All transportation and transfers
Main Exclusions
  • International flights
  • Visa / Immigration Fees
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Tips / Gratuities
Always Included
  • Expert planning
  • In-country support 24/7
  • Bottled drinking water on tour

Main places visited

More details on the towns and cities you visit