North Vietnam Holiday Package Travel Hanoi Cuc Phuong Trang An Mai Chau Son La Dien Bien Lai Chau Sapa Hanoi and Halong bay 13 days

The 13-day tour is arranged in the northern Vietnam and includes such activities as jungle treks, overland tour, sampan cruise tour, hiking, homestay, highland market, boat junk cruise, se canoeing. Depart from Hanoi, travelling through Cuc Phuong National Park, Trang An, Mai Chau, Son La, Dien Bien Phu, Lai Chau, Sin Ho, Sapa, Halong bay. The tour focuses on the wild nature, the rich ethnic culture of the northern region. The itinerary is highly recommended for individuals, small group tours, family holidays and those who are interested in dmz, war sites.

North Vietnam Holiday Package Travel Hanoi Cuc Phuong Trang An Mai Chau Son La Dien Bien Lai Chau Sapa Hanoi and Halong bay 13 days

Day 1: Hanoi – Cuc Phuong National Park. Jungle treks.

Make a pleasant journey to Ninh Binh, about 120km in the south of Hanoi. Upon arriving in Cuc Phuong National park, we start visiting the Rescue Center where we will see and learn about the park’s biodiversity and variety of endangered species.

Then, we begin our trekking holidays through the life and songs of the local rain forests. A picnic lunch will be served en route. In the late afternoon, we will arrive at a village of the Muong minority people where we will spend our night in a local house. Dinner, then free time to talk with the host family and learn about the Muong people’s life and culture. Overnight at the stilt house.

Day 2: Cuc Phuong – Trang An. Trang An sampan cruise tour. Travel to Mai Chau.

After breakfast, we will take a short walk of to get reach the main road where we will get picked up by our car and transferred to Thung Nang which can be called “Vietnam’s Inland Halong Bay”.

Thung Nang is wonderful for photo hunters. The tourists often compare the place with Guilin – China, or more closely, to the limestone islets of Halong Bay in the Tonkin Gulf for their similar geological structures and shapes. Thus Thung Nang is also called Halong-Bay-On-Land.

Along the way we will visit caves and ancient temples. After the pleasant boat trip, we disembark the sampan and take our car again for Mai Chau. Arrive in Mai chau late afternoon.

Day 3: Hiking Mai Chau.

Breakfast at the Thai stilt house then we leave the village for a full day hiking around. We will pass many different Thai hamlets, through rice fields, hill sides…Stop sometimes to visit local houses and talk with local people. And one of the highlight on this walk is to experience the everyday life and culture white Thai people and stay in their traditional house on stilts as honoured guests. We will return to the village around late afternoon. Have a short break before enjoying the Thai traditional Music and Dance show which is performed by the village young gilrs and boys. Althrough they are not professional artistes, they will give you an unique experience of their culture life.

Day 4: Mai Chau – Son La – Dien Bien Phu.

The road to Son La is lined with fruit orchards, tea plantations, towering mountains and the traffic of Black Thai, Muong and White Thai hill tribe people heading to markets. Upon arriving in Sonla, we visit the Sonla Prison Museum, which remains as a poignant reminder of the inequities of the former. Then we continue the journey to Dienbien. Impressive scenery, and hill tribe villages fill the journey to Dien Bien Phu, the last bastion of French power in Indochina. Monuments, museums and preserved bunkers tell the story of the final and victorious liberating battle of 1954. Overnight at hotel in Dien Bien.

Day 5: Visit Dien Bien Phu war sites. Travel to Muong Lay.

Half day touring around the battlefields. You see the museum of Dien Bien with exhibits collected during the fiercest war in Indochina during the 1950s, then we visit the vestiges of bunkers and fortified stations of over 16,000 French Expeditionary troops (including Elliane Hill and De Castries bunkers…). Free lunch in town.

In the afternoon, we depart for Muong Lay. The road through Muong Lay valley is both breathtaking and dramatic. Hugging rice terraced mountainsides and fording turbulent rivers, our travels today are visually spectacular. Overnight in Muong lay.

Day 6: Muong Lay – Sin Ho – Lai Chau.

From Muong Lay, the drive to Sin Ho is stunning with tiered tea plantations and verdant rice terraces carved into the landscape. Sin Ho is the most authentic market in the North West region which takes place every Saturday morning. There are many ethnic groups coming from different villages to sell their home made agricultural products such as rice, corn, vegetable, chicken, pork…

In the afternoon, continue our drive downhill to Lai Chau for the night. Overnight in Laichau.

Day 7: Trekking Lai Chau.

Breakfast at hotel. Then the car will drive us to Binh Lu market where we will have a short visit to the very big and colorful market which take place only on Sunday morning. The town is bustling with activity as the local hill tribes gather for their weekly market day here.

Then we start our hiking day. The area you are walking in this morning is a wide valley, spotted with limestone hills wherever you look. You will pass through several villages of Flower Hmong and Giay minorities where you can stop for lunch in local house.

After lunch you continue towards the village of Ban Giang, which is around 1.5 hours away. The Giay people also inhabit Ban Giang. You will then follow a small but good trail to the Lu village of Ban Hon, where you will stay overnight in a local house. You will enjoy dinner in the house, and taste, together with the family of the house, how rice wine tastes in this area of Vietnam. Our car will pick us up and get back to hotel for overnight.

Day 8: Lai Chau – Sapa. Visit Sapa town.

After breakfast, we will continue our drive uphill to Sapa passing Tram Ton Pass which offers beautifull views over the Hoang Lien mountain range. This route part is also considered the most beautiful stretch of road in Vietnam.

Upon our arrival in Sapa, we will have a walk around Sapa town. Climb up to Ham Rong mountain to enjoy the wonderful views of Sapa town.

Day 9: Sapa villages trek.

After breakfast at hotel, we begin our hiking day by taking a jeep ride to Ban Ho village. This is a village of Tay ethnic minority. The Tay preserve a traditional and fairly developed agriculture with cultivation of all kinds of plants including rice, maize and sweet potato as well as seasonable fruit and vegetables. Then we continue walking to Thanh Phu village where your lunch will be provided in a local house. After lunchtime, heading to Sin Chai village. This is a village of of Red Dao people. Special dinner to celebrate the New Year Festival. Lotussia Travel is delighted to offer each guest 01 bottle of French wine to make the New year more special.

Day 10: Continue trekking Sapa. Travel to Lao Cai. Overnight train back to Hanoi.

After breakfast, we will continue our day with a long trek downhill to Lao Cai. The route from Sin Chai, one of the most remote area in Sapa offers beautiful scenery and landscape. The trek will take us through rice paddy fields, bamboo forest, old trees jungle. Your lunch will be provided at Nam Ket. After lunch, we will trek further downhill. Upon arriving in Ta Thang village, a Tay village we will be greeted again by our driver who transfer us then to Laocai station for our journey back to Hanoi.

Day 11: Arrive Hanoi. Travel to Halong bay. Boat cruise with kayaking tour.

Arrive in Hanoi in the early morning, transfer to a local restaurant for early breakfast then depart to Halong. Enjoy the journey through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta and the scenery of rice fields, water buffalo and everyday Vietnamese village life. Arrive in Halong and board the Bai Tho traditional sailing junk (or similar junk). Whilst cruising the exquisite waters sample the regions fresh seafood. Visit the recently discovered Surprise Grotto with its great views, and on the next island see the yawning mouth of Bo Nau Cave. Alternatively journey to Dau Go Cave and nearby see the famous stalagmites and stalactites of Thien Cung Cave. Enjoy a swim in the emerald waters of Halong Bay at any spot that you wish to visit or take a kayaking trip to explore the Bay. Watch the sun set over the bay whilst enjoying a delicious dinner. Overnight on board junk.

Day 12: Halong bay – Hanoi. Water puppet show.

Wake up to fresh coffee and a wholesome breakfast before cruising back to Halong City. En route the junk weaves through strange-shaped rock formations that invite comparisons from fighting cocks to dragons. After another wonderful fresh seafood early lunch on board disembark at the dock at Halong City. Transfer back to Hanoi.

In the evening, attend to the water puppet show, one of famous Vietnamese traditional art. Overnight in Ha Noi.

Day 13: Day trip to Duong Lam ancient village.

We travel west of Hanoi to visit Duong Lam village, a purely agricultural village of the Northern Red River delta where still preserve many hundred-year-old houses. It will be your unique experience as you walk along tiny ancient alleys; visit Mong Phu temple in Mong Phu hamlet – the only hamlet whose original village entrance gate remains intact, dedicated to national heroes. Then cycle to Cam Lam by village’s roads. Magnificent landscape with rice-fields and hills. The two Kings Phung Hung & Ngo Quyen were born there and the village people are very proud of this. That’s why it has the second name as “The village of 2 Kings”. At Cam Lam, we can visit the temple of Phung Hung – very beautiful temple and also the Mausoleum of Ngo Quyen in the countryside facing rice fields and nice landscape. Back to Hanoi in the late afternoon. Trip ends.

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Bac Ha Biking Sapa Trekking Halong Bay Cruising Kayaking Scuba Diving and Cat Ba Island Rock Climbing Tour 9 days

The 9-day tour is one of the best-seller tour Lotussia Travel customizes for family holidays, small group family touring in Vietnam. The tour includes such highlights as mountain biking, visit Bac Ha Sunday market, jungle, village trek, boat junk cruises, sea canoeing, scuba diving, sea kayaking, rock climbing…ensuring that you will have an active family tour to Vietnam. Take the overnight train from hanoi to Laocai, then start your adventure vacations biking Coc Ly, Bao Nhai, Bac Ha. Visit the ethnic market is opon once a week, enjoy hiking in Sapa. Speeping at local house inhabited by Black H’mong, the Red Dzao, the Xapho. The multi activity holidays continue with the overnight boat cruise to Halong bay and extens with the rock climbing to Cat Ba island. Contact your travel consultant for more details.

Bac Ha Biking Sapa Trekking Halong Bay Cruising Kayaking Scuba Diving and Cat Ba Island Rock Climbing Tour 9 days

Day 1: Overnight train to Laocai.    

Transfer to Hanoi Railways Station for overnight train to Laocai. Train??? Departure at 20:30 (TBA).

Overnight on board/train.

Day 2: Arrive Laocai. Chay river boat trip. Biking to Bac Ha.

Arrive Lao Cai early in the morning. You will be greeted by our local team & transferred to a local restaurant in town for early breakfast.

Travel by car or cycle from Lao Cai town to Coc Ly. The ride is relatively flat from Lao Cai. It will take you through rural area. The road is rougher for the last 16 km. Upon arrval in Coc Ly, take a boat cruise downstream Chay River. Along the ride, you can enjoy magnificent sight of the beautiful caves and life on the riverbank. Lunch will be provided in a Tay village.

After lunch, you first cycle on the dirt trail through the village and cross a narrow stream. Your ride will be then on a good road, which goes uphill towards Bac Ha town.

Diner in a local restaurant & overnight in Bac Ha.

Day 3: Visit Bac Ha Sunday market. Biking to Sapa.

After breakfast, take a short walk to visit the old castle of the former H’Mong King. From there you can have a view over the town. You will then visit this huge market with its colorful array of ethnic minority people such as Flower Hmong, Phu La, Black Dao, Tay, Nung who gather to buy and sell. After spending the whole morning exploring the market, your lunch will be served in a local restaurant. After lunch you will be able to take a nice ride around nearby beautiful Ban Pho village of Flower Hmong and Nung minorities. After visit Ban Pho village your start heading back towards Lao Cai by cycle (or by car). The ride will be mostly downhill and flat through rural area, which is home to Phu La, Nung and Tay minorities. Before you arrive in Lao Cai, you will be able to stop by china – Vietnamese border, where the Red River flows into Viet Nam territory. Then travel uphill to Sapa.

Free dinner & overnight in Sapa.

Day 4: Trekking Sapa hilltribe villages.

After breakfast, travel by car toward Muong Hoa valley. Your trek will begin from Tavan village of Giay minority. The first day trek will be mostly uphill. Whenever you stop for a rest, you will be able to enjoy valley view. Before noon, you stop again at a nice spot for lunch.

The trek will be softer in the afternoon. But the scenery becomes even more beautiful. You pass by Seomity village of Black Hmong minority before you arrive in a campsite, which locates nearby a river outside the village. While porters put up tents and cook dinner, you can take a walk to stretch the legs.

Day 5: Continue trekking Sapa.

The trek today takes you through beautiful rice paddies and over old suspension bridges. You will trek on small trail sneaking through rainforest. You arrive in Den Thang village of Black Hmong by noon. Here you stop for lunch either nearby a river or in a local school according to the weather.

After lunch, the Sapa trek wills becomes tough on tinny footpath going up and down, which requires some concentration. You will reach to Ta Trung Ho village of Red Dao minority where you spend the night in local house. Both the valley and the village have just received foreign visitors. The night will be even more interesting when you are in the wonderful hospitable atmosphere of the Red Dao.

Day 6: Trekking Sapa. Travel to Laocai. Overnight train back to Hanoi.

You are now at the fringe of the rain forest by the Hoang Lien Son mountain range. Fansipan, the highest peak in Indochina with its 3143 m, is located in this mountain range. You will start the trek today by ascending to Nam Toong village of Red Dao minority. Here your lunch will be prepared in a local school.

In the afternoon, before descending to Ban Ho, you can make a stop by a waterfall to refresh. On the last hours you can enjoy the valley one final time whilst trekking up to Su Pan, where your car takes you on the journey back to Sapa.

After a short rest in a local guesthouse/hotel (for shower), transfer to Lao Cai Railways station for the night train back to Hanoi.

Day 7: Arrive Hanoi. Travel to Halong bay. Boat/Junk cruise and sea kayaking tour.

Arrive in Hanoi early this morning, you will be greeted by Lotussia Travel guide, driver and transferred to a local restaurant in town for early breakfast.

Then enjoy one-hour massage in one of finest spa salon in Hanoi – A full body massage both invigorating and relaxing. This massage helps to reduce tension, soothe sore muscles and increase circulation.

Travel to Halong bay, enjoying the journey through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta and the scenery of rice fields, water buffalo and everyday Vietnamese village life. Arrive in Halong and board a wooden sailing junk (Bai Tho, Hai Au or similar). Enjoy Halong bay cruise tour. Whilst cruising the exquisite waters sample the regions fresh seafood. Visit the recently discovered Surprise Grotto with its great views, and on the next island see the yawning mouth of Bo Nau Cave. Alternatively journey to Dau Go Cave and nearby see the famous stalagmites and stalactites of Thien Cung Cave. Enjoy two-hour kayak paddling. Watch the sun set over the bay whilst enjoying a delicious dinner.

Overnight on board junk.

Day 8: Halong bay scuba diving. Travel to Catba island.

Breakfast on board. At 9h00, will will be picked up at the boat/junk by our Diving Team and transferred by another wooden boat to the first divesite – Chim Island. Enjoy 01 dive before having lunch on board.

In the afternoon, we will move to another divesite – Me Cung Island. There we will enjoy one more hour diving before being dropped off in a simple eco-resort for overnight.

Dinner and overnight by the beach.

Day 9: Cat Ba island rock climbing. Travel to Hai Phong, then Hanoi.

Climbing in Cat Ba Island is one of the most personally rewarding and exhilarating activities. Meet up with our team and transfer to the small farming village of Lien Minh. Our expert will give Basic instruction and introduction to Rock Climbing. Then start your adventure experience in Butterfly Valley for about three hours before enjoying lunch on a bee farm with fresh local foods. Return to Cat Ba Town and take speed boat to Haiphong. Join our vehicle again and drive back to Hanoi.

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Vietnam Family Holidays: Travel Hanoi Sapa Tam Coc and Halong bay 8 days

The 8-day tour is customized for small group family holidays to Vietnam since the tour includes different travel activities, all inclusive to ensure that you will have a enjoyable family tour in Vietnam. There are such activities as trekking, hiking, boat cruise, sea canoeing, visit temples, countryside cycle. Start the tour in Sapa, hiking through local ethnic villages, meeting up with different ethnic groups including the Black H’mong the Red Dzao, the Xa Pho, spending a night at local home (homestay), eating local food. Also enjoy kayak paddling in Halong bay, cycling the rural Tam Coc…

Vietnam Family Holidays: Travel Hanoi Sapa Tam Coc and Halong bay 8 days

Day 1: Hanoi – Laocai by train.

In the evening, transfer to Hanoi Railways Station for the night train to Laocai. Overnight train.

Day 2: Arrive Laocai. Travel to Sapa. Hiking Sapa.

Upon your arrival at Lao Cai Railway Station, you will be met up by Lotussia Travel local guide, driver then transferred uphill to Sapa. After a short break and breakfast, provided in a local restaurant in town, transfer to Su Pan village, there we will start walking downhill through the breathtaking scenery. On the way  you will pass through the Ban Ho village where you will be able to witness the stunning views of the valley and rice paddy terraces. You will have the opportunity to explore the Ban Ho village of Tay minority before crossing the suspension bridge over the river. The walk then continues uphill to the Red Dao minority village of Nam Toong, where you guide will prepare a delicious lunch either in local school. After lunchtime, you descend to the valley where locates My Son village of Xa Pho minority, one of the smallest groups ethnic in Northern Vietnam. From there you take a short walk to Thanh Phu village of Tay minority. Here you spend the night in traditional house of the Tay. You can take a walk to explore local daily life while your dinner will be served with Vietnamese dishes.

Day 3: Continue trekking Sapa hill tribe villages.

Today’s trek will be relatively short and soft. Once leaving Thanh Phu, you follow the trekking route built in the bottom of the valley, which offers the best view to the surrounding mountains. You stop at a nice spot for lunch. After lunchtime, you continue the walk toward Sin Chai village of Red Dao minority where the night will be spent in Red Dao Village.

Day 4: Continue trekking Sapa. Travel to Laocai. Overnight train back to Hanoi.

You wake up for an early breakfast and repack your luggage for the long trek heading toward Lao Cai. Once you leave Sin Chai, the trip takes you into a fabulously mountainous area, the most remote part of Sapa. En route you meet children’ curious eyes as you are very first tourists passing by. Red Dao ethnic minority inhabits the entire area. You will enjoy the fresh of bamboo forest and jungle until you make a stop at Nam Ket for lunch. After lunch, your trek will be mostly downhill. After about half an hour, you will have an opportunity to enjoy one of the most beautiful views of days over a green valley lying along the Red River. You eventually arrive in Ta Thang village of Tay minority. Here you will be transferred by car to Lao Cai.

Day 5: Arrive Hanoi. Hanoi – Hoalu. Visit Dinh & Le temples. Cycle to Tam Coc. Sampan tour.

Arrive in Hanoi in the early morning, you will be met by another Lotussia Travel guide, driver then transferred to a local restaurant for early breakfast then depart to Hoa Lu, Ninh binh. The journey will take us around two hours and a half before we reach Hoa Lu, the first capital of Vietnam. Visit the historic capital of Viet Nam and the famous ancient temples of Le and The Dinh Dynasties.  Then we will cycle for an hour on picturesque quiet roads through villages, rice fields, rivers and rocky outcrops to Tam Coc, “Halong bay On-land”. After lunch, we will take a boat trip to visit TamCoc to see the beauty of the karst formations as you pass along their base and row into one of the many caves carved through the limestone. Overnight in Tamcoc.

Day 6: Tam Coc – Halong Bay.

Enjoy the journey through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta and the scenery of rice fields. Arrive in Halong around noon and board the Bai Tho traditional sailing junk (or Duc Phuong junk). Whilst cruising the exquisite waters sample the regions fresh seafood. Visit the recently discovered Surprise Grotto with its great views, and on the next island see the yawning mouth of Bo Nau Cave. Enjoy a swim in the emerald waters of Halong Bay or walk uphill the Titop mountain to have a great view or take a kayak to paddle navigating through the “forest stones” emerging from the sea. Watch the sun set over the bay whilst enjoying a delicious dinner. Overnight on board.

Day 7: Kayaking Halong bay.

Breakfast on board. Then we continue kayaking zigzagging through many small islets of different shapes. The journey is really wonderfull and adventurous! Back to the support boat for our lunch which will be provided on board. In the afternoon, we cruise towards the Islands of Rocks and visit the Fishermen floating village. We will kayak in Ba Men temple area which is also a important highlight of our journey. Swimming at the sandy Three Peach beach if weather permits and enjoy the great view of Halong bay sunset. Dinner and Overnight on board.

Day 8: Halong Bay – Hanoi.

Breakfast on board. Then we continue our cruise in Halong bay. Arrive at Ha long wharf about 11h00 and take our car for our journey back to Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi at around 15h00.

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