Explore Northern Vietnam in an active way

This is absolutely a perfect trip for those seeking for physical activities and loving exploration in Vietnam. Start from Hanoi where you can enjoy the highlighted attractions and learn about the rich culture of the country to mountainous Sapa which is a popular place for hiking and trekking through impressive rice terraces and ethnic villages. Cycle to scenic mountainous Mai Chau town to Ninh Binh city. Enjoy kayaking in the Natural Wonder of the World – Ha Long Bay.


Start
Hanoi
Finish
Hanoi
Destination
Vietnam
Code
VNAT
Physical rating
Theme
Active Adventure

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Itinerary

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival

Upon arrival at Hanoi airport, our guide will pick you up then head to the hotel.  Check in and relax.

Day 2: Hanoi City Tour (B, L)

We spend whole day exploring Hanoi city. First we come to Ho Chi Minh Complex including Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum where the body of Uncle Ho was kept, Ho Chi Minh’s stilt house - the living and working of President Ho and One Pillar Pagoda - one of the most iconic temples in Vietnam which was built of wood on a single stone pillar and designed to resemble a lotus blossom. The next destination is Temple of Literature - the first University of Vietnam built in 1070.

At noon, we will have lunch at a restaurant.

In the afternoon, we continue the tour to Museum of Ethnology to learn about culture of 54 ethnic groups of Vietnam. After that, we will explore Hanoi by cyclo around Hoan Kiem Lake and through ancient streets in Old Quarter.

After dinner, relax and prepare to head to Sapa (around 6 hours) and overnight on bus.

Day 3: Y Linh Ho - Lao Chai - Ta Van (B, L, D)

Breakfast will be served at the local restaurant. After that, we drive shortly to Y Linh Ho- village of Black H’mong minority, then trek through the rice terraces and along Muong Hoa Stream to Lao Chai village to enjoy the stunning landscape of Hoang Lien Son Mountain. You will have a chance to visit the local families, learn about their local culture.

Lunch at Lao Chai Village then we keep trekking to Ta Van Village of Zay people and stay at a homestay. You can join cooking local dishes with the family and enjoy your dinner.

Day 4: Ta Van - Giang Ta Chai - Su Pan (B, L)

After breakfast prepared by the family, we start walking through rice paddies and trekking  through the bamboo forest and stop at Giang Ta Chai village where the red Dao people live.

After lunch, we continue trekking toward Su Pan, a small village located by the road. Then we get on car to Sapa town.

Day 5: Cat Cat - Hanoi (B)

Enjoy your breakfast at hotel then we head to Cat Cat village of H’mong. You have an opportunity to visit a waterfall and the hydroelectric power station built by the French, learning about the culture and traditional crafts such as weaving, carved silver, hand forged agricultural tools.

In the afternoon, we drive back to Hanoi and stay at hotel.

Day 6: Hanoi - Hoa Binh - Mai Chau ( B, L, D)

8:00 am, we leave Hanoi to Luong Son Hoa Binh by car, then jump on your bike and follow less traffic road around 30 km to Cun Mountain where you can admire the panorama of Mai Chau surrounded by a green valley and stilt houses. We continue biking to Pom Coong village in Mai Chau by road and enjoy lunch at local homestay.

In the afternoon, you can ride around the Thai villages and rice paddies and back to PomCoong village for dinner and stay overnight there.

Day 7: Mai Chau - Ninh Binh (B, L)

After breakfast at homestay, we drive to the point where you can start biking on quiet road to reach HCM trail. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and loosen up.

After lunch, our car will drive to Ninh Binh which is famous for both natural beauty and historical stories. We stop on the way for a ride through the countryside and enjoy the peaceful landscapes.

Day 8: Ninh Binh - Ha Long (B, L)

In the morning, we will visit Bai Dinh Pagoda the biggest pagoda in Vietnam and take a sampan trip to enjoy the stunning natural beauty of Trang An.

Mid - afternoon: we drive to Ha Long Bay.

Day 9: One Day Cruising (B, L)

Today we will cruise along the bay where you can enjoy breathtaking islets and caves. You will have time to do kayaking or swimming.

In evening, you can join interesting games and activities or try squid fishing. Overnight on cruise.

Day 10: Ha Long - Hanoi (B)

Wake up in early morning, you can see stunning sunrise while taking a cup of tea or coffee, enjoy breakfast with delicious dishes.

Relaxing while cruising back to the harbor, then we drive back Hanoi.

Day 11: Departure (B)

Depending on your flight schedule, our tour guide and driver will pick you up and transfer to the airport for your next flight.

Meals

10 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 2 dinners

Transport

Car, bus, bike, van, boat and cruise

Accommodation

Hotel (6 nights)
Overnight bus ( 1 night)
Homestay ( 2 nights)
Cruise ( 1 night)

Included activities

Hanoi - city tour
Sapa - trek Lao Chai, Ta Van, Giang Ta Chai, Su Pan and Cat Cat villages
Mai Chau - cycle and visit Thai village
Ninh Binh - Trang An complex
Ha Long Bay - cruise, kayak

Dates & Price

Start price per person based on hotel standard and number of travellers. The price is subject to change depending upon availability and high or low season. Prices may change, so secure your trip today!

Price Per Person In USD

Hotel Single traveller 2 - 3 4 - 5 6 - 7 8 - 9 10 - 11 12 -14
3 Stars 0 0 2118 2035 1884 1815 1760
4 Stars 0 0 2324 2241 2090 2021 1966
5 Stars 0 0 2530 2448 2296 2228 2173

Important notes

1. Please provide your full name exactly as per passport at the time of booking (including any middle names listed on your passport) for local transport tickets. 
2. A single supplement is available on this trip, subject to availability. Please contact your sales agent if you would like to book this. 
3. Bicycle hire is included in your trip price. Please advise your height at time of booking so we can organise a suitable sized bike.

 


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