Vietnam multi activity holidays: Travel Hanoi Lao Cai Cao Son Sapa Halong Bay 11 days

The 11-day tour is provided by Lotussia Travel to the northern Vietnam. Start the tour by taking the overnight train from Hanoi to Laocai. Then travel to Cao Son, Lao Cai province where you will enjoy a half day hike to an local hilltribe villages before visiting the Cao Son market is open on the following day. The multisport trip continues with a 5- day trek to Sapa. You trek through local ethnic villages are inhabited by the Black H’mong, the Red Dzao, the Xa Pho…Sleeping at local home (homestay) to experience the real life. You then take the overnight train to get back to hanoi then travel to Halong bay to enjoy the boat junk cruise tour. Optional watersport including scuba diving, sea kayaking are also provided by the boat team. Contact your travel consultant for more details.

Vietnam multi activity holidays: Travel Hanoi Lao Cai Cao Son Sapa Halong Bay 11 days

Day 1: Hanoi  – Lao Cai by train.

In the evening, transfer to Hanoi Railways Station for overnight train to Laocai. Departure at 21:00 (TBA).

Day 2: Arrive Laocai. Travel to Cao Son. Trekking Cao Son village.

Arrive Lao Cai Railway Station early this morning. You will be met up by Lotussia Travel local team and transferred to a local restaurant for breakfast. After few minutes resting, the driver will take you to Muong Khuong district, via tea plantation and forest of pine. You might encounter Giay tribe in their traditional dress in Ban Lau or Thanh Binh. Reaching Cao Son about 10.am. Check in Cao Son lodge and relax.

In the afternoon you will commence your walk to the most secluded yet peaceful village – Tin Thang. In this village, people still distill the wine from corn, making bacon in the most basic way and offering special corn cake to anyone who drop by their house.

Back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 3: Visit Cao Son Wednsday market. Travel to Sapa.

After having breakfast in the Cao son lodge, you will walk on a good paved road with local ethnic minority people to go to Cao Son market. Pine trees forests and villages surround the tinny market. Flower H’mong, Tu Di, Tay, Giay ethnic minorities come to buy and sell local products such as food and material for agriculture and fabric. People coming to the market not only for selling or buying something but also importantly to meet friends, relative and to sip some cups of wine until the dawn comes. No where else but here, Flower H’mong people greet you with a temptation of corn wine and endless hospitality. After exploring the market, you will be able to visit a village of Flower H’mong or a village of Tay people. You will then head back to Muong Khuong and have lunch in a local restaurant. After lunch, you get on the car for journey to Sapa.

Overnight in Sapa.

Day 4: Trekking Sapa (Tavan village).

After breakfast, start your trek through the market and leave the busy town behind. After a couple of minutes, you follow a road going downhill to Cat Cat village. You will stop by a waterfall and a hydroelectric station for a while before you trek on a dirt trail through rice paddy terraces. You also will enjoy spectacular scenery while walking along a narrow river. You eventually arrive in Y Linh Ho village of Black Hmong minority, where you can take a rest while you are served lunch nearby the river.

After lunch, you head Muong Hoa valley. You will pass through Lao Chai village of Black Hmong minority and then Tavan village of Giay minority by following a very popular trekking route. You will spend the night in local house of Giay minority. You will be able to take a walk to enjoy the valley view as well as swim in the river nearby.

Day 5: Continue trekking Sapa (Tavan village – Seomity village)

After having breakfast, you start today’s trek, which is mostly uphill until lunchtime. 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 Sapa 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 6: Continue trekking Sapa (Seomity village – Ta Trung Ho village)

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 trek will becomes tough on tinny footpath going up and down, which requires a lot of 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 7: Continue trekking Sapa (Ta Trung Ho village – Thanh Phu village)

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.

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 8: Trekking from Thanh Phu village to Su Pan village. Travel back to Sapa, then to Laocai. Overnight train back to Hanoi.

Today’s trek is relatively short compared to other days. On the last day of the trek you will cross several suspension bridges. You will be able to stop by a waterfall and have time to swim in the river before arriving in Ban Ho village of Tay minority. Here you stop for lunch in a traditional Tay house.

In the afternoon, you start climbing uphill. On the last hours you can enjoy the valley one final time while heading to Su Pan. Here your car takes you on the journey back to Sapa where you can have a short rest before travelling to Laocai to take night train back to Hanoi.

Day 9: Arrive Hanoi. Travel to Halong bay. Boat cruise with kayaking).

Arrive in Hanoi in the early morning, transfer to a local restaurant in town for breakfast.

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 a traditional sailing junk for your 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 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 10: Continue cruising, kayaking Halong bay.

Breakfast on board. Then we continue cruise. Lunch will be provided on board. In the afternoon, enjoy one more hour kayaking towards the Islands of Rocks or Ba Men temple (Paddling routes may change due to weather or other circumstances. Further details will be informed by our local guide before the trip).

Dinner and Overnight on board.

Day 11: Halong bay – Hanoi.

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.

Disembark at the dock at Halong City at 11:00 and return to Hanoi. Trip ends.

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Vietnam multi activity holidays: Travel Hanoi Mai Chau Tam Coc Halong Bay 6 days

The 6-day tour, customized by the Hanoi based tour operator includes such outdoor activities as village trek, mountain hiking, sampan cruise, countryside, rural cycling, boat, junk cruises, sea kayaking, scuba diving. The multi activity holidays takes you to such places as Mai Chau valley, Tam Coc, Halong bay are located in the northern Vietnam. Depart from Hanoi, you travel south-west to Mai Chau and then down to Tam Coc. You take another roads leading to Halong bay by traveling through Thai Binh, Hai Phong. The best time to travel this active itinerary is April, May, September and October. The tour is also available in summer time. Contact your travel consultant for more details.

Vietnam multi activity holidays: Travel Hanoi Mai Chau Tam Coc Halong Bay 6 days

Day 1: Hanoi – Mai Chau. Mai Chau village treks.

Depart Hanoi for Hoa Binh province and the town of Mai Chau. This scenic drive takes around three and half hours. Along the way we pass fields of tapioca and sugar cane as well as rice paddies. Arrive in Mai Chau valley around noon. After lunch, we leave the village for a half day walking around. We will pass many different Thai hamlets, through rice fields, hill sides…We will stop by some local houses to talk with local people to understand their customs and culture. In the evening, assist to the traditional music and dance show which is performed by The Thai young girls and boys (optional). Overnight in a stilt house.

Day 2: Mai Chau – Tam Coc. Sampan cruise tour.

A contrasting and more challenging ride today, though there is plenty of opportunity to stop, rest and admire the views. After breakfast enjoy a four hour drive to Tam Coc, also called “Ha Long Bay on land”, or the “Vietnam’s second nicest grotto” (to Huong Tich) for its poetic and inspirational natural scenery. After your lunch which will be provided at local restaurant, we will take a two hour boat trip around natural caves and grottoes, admire the wonderful landscape of the tourist area.  The trip in Tam Coc is wonderful for photo hunters, especially when local people come to harvest the water rice planted along the river, or when they transplant some seedling for the next crops. Overnight in Tam coc, Ninh Binh.

Day 3: Tam Coc – Halong Bay. Boat cruise.

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 bay 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. Enjoy a swim in the emerald waters of Halong Bay or walk uphill the Titop mountain to have a great view. Watch the sun set over the bay whilst enjoying a delicious dinner. Overnight on board junk.

Day 4: Halong bay scuba diving.

At 8h00, will will be picked up at the boat/junk by our Diving Team and transferred by another wooden boat to our 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 at another boat-house for overnight. Dinner and overnight at local boat-house.

Day 5: Halong bay kayaking.

Breakfast on boat. Transferred by support boat to Hai Pies Beach. Briefing and gear-up before start paddling through Lan Ha Bay to ward Ba Trai Dao beach for a lunch break.

In the afternoon, paddle along the cliff through Monkey Lagoon to Ranger’s base. Fresh seafood home cooked dinner then bunk down in your tents on the front yard.

Day 6: Continue kayaking. Travel to Hai Phong. Return Hanoi.

After our popular big breakie, navigate your way through quiet small bays through floating fish farms. Lunch break on the way before docking at Gia Luan to take the local shuttle bus to Cat Ba town. Then take hydrofoil to Hai Phong where your car will be ready for your journey to Hanoi. Trip ends.

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Climbing Fansipan Mountain and Kayaking Halong Bay Vietnam 6 days

The 6-day tour is customized by the Hanoi based tour operator Lotussia Travel of adventure travelers seeking the hard, challenging trek adventures to the summit of Indochina. Take the overnight train from hanoi and get Laocai early the following day, travel to Sapa and be ready for the 3-day trek. The trek is tough and needs to be well prepared. A support team including local guide, cook, porters and trekking equipments are necessary to make the climb successful. The overnight cruise tour to Halong bay is provided as an extension. You can either book the two-day tour or the 3-day tour to Halong bay or skip it. This is up to your travel plan and budget.

Climbing Fansipan Mountain and Kayaking Halong Bay Vietnam 6 days

Day 1: Overnight train to Laocai.    

transfer to Hanoi Railway Station for overnight train to Laocai. Train ??? at ??? (to be advised).

Overnight on the train.

Day 2: Arrive Laocai. Travel to Sapa. Start climbing Fansipan.

Upon your arrival at Lao cai Railways Station at 5:30am (to be advised), you will be greeted by Lotussia local team and transferred uphill to Sapa.

Breakfast will be provided in a local restaurant in town.

Leaving Sapa at 09.00 for a road transfer for 16 km to Tram Ton. Enjoy some stops along the way for great view of Fansipan. Start trekking from Tram Ton at the height of 2040m along a trail for almost the whole morning through rain forest up and down hill to 2200m peak.

Lunch break for an hour.

Afternoon trek gets tougher as the trail winds its way on steep mountain sides through bamboo forest. The plantation changes a lot as the trail reaches to higher elevation.

Arrive to the camp-site at 2900m peak in late afternoon.

Dinner and overnight in the camping tent.

Day 3: Reach the summit and trek back down.

Breakfast and leave the camp-site at 08.00.

The trek gets though bamboo forest and flat land of grass for an hour and then getting up very steep mountain side for nearly 1,5 hour to reach to the summit of Fansipan mountain. Congratulation! You have conquered the roof on Indochina at the height of 3143m. In a nice day, great view of a vast region westwards to Lai Chau, eastwards to Lao Cai…even further to China and Dien Bien Phu are all in your sight and under your feet.

The way back is easier and it takes only 1,5 hour back to the 2,900m camp-site for lunch.

Leaving the campsite at 2.00 pm along the same trail back for 3 hours and arrive at the 2,200m camp-site at about 5.00 pm.

Dinner and overnight in the camping tent.

Day 4: Arrive Sapa town. Travel to Laocai. Overnight train back to Hanoi.

Breakfast and leave the camp-site at 08.00.

The trek gets mostly downhill for 1 hour and then turn left to a narrower trail getting through thick primitive forest for 2 hours. Arriving to the upstream of the Muong Hoa River at noon.

Lunch break.

Afternoon trek last for nearly 2 hours downhill passing through several isolated hamlets of the H’mong. Arriving to Sin Chai at about 3.00 pm.

You will be picked up by our vehicle and transferred uphill to Sapa.

Have a quick shower in a standard hotel before travelling downhill to Laocai for the overnight train trip back to Hanoi.

Train??? Departure at ??? (To be advised). Overnight on the train.

Day 5: Arrive Hanoi. Travel to Halong bay. Cruise. Sea kayaking.

Upon your arrival at Hanoi Railways Station at 5:00am (To be advised), you will be greeted again by our team and transferred to a local restaurant for breakfast and a short rest.

At 8:00: Depart for Halong bay. Enjoy the journey through the scenery of rice fields, water buffalo and everyday Vietnamese village life. Arrive in Halong around noon and board the Bai Tho traditional sailing junk (or similar junk).

Whilst cruising the exquisite waters sample the regions fresh seafood. Round over Thien Cung cave (palace of heaven), Dau Go ( grotto of wood ), Tuan Chau island, Dog island, Dinh Huong, Ga Choi (fighting cock mountain), Turtle island. Visit Sung Sot cave and enjoy one-hour kayaking trip on the emerald water of Halong bay.

Watch the sun set over the bay whilst enjoying a delicious dinner.

Overnight on board junk.

Day 6: Halong bay – Hanoi.

Breakfast on board. Then we continue our cruise while the boat is going back to shore. Arrive at Ha long wharf about 11h00 and join our vehicle again for journey back to Hanoi.

Arrive in Hanoi around 15:30. Trip ends.

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Ba Be Lakes River Kayaking Cao Bang Trekking and Halong Bay Cruising Canoeing Tour 7 days

The 7-day tour is arranged in the north-eastern Vietnam taking you to some less travelled places such as Ba Be National Park of Bac Kan province, Quang Hoa of Cao Bang province. You also travel through Lang son province to Halong bay, a Vietnam World Wonder. Different outdoor activities have been added in the tour including motored-boat cruise, river kayaking, trekking, junk cruises, sea kayaking. The best time to do this itinerary is summer time starting from April until October. The hanoi based tour operator Lotussia Travel recommends small group size, family holidays, individuals. Contact your travel consultant for more details.

Ba Be Lakes River Kayaking Cao Bang Trekking and Halong Bay Cruising Canoeing Tour 7 days

Day 1: Hanoi – Babe National Park.

We leave Hanoi for Ba Be via Bac Can. Throughout the first stage, we are crossing small villages ,they are handicrafts and cultures villages. Meeting the daily life in the wild environment. Lunch at local restaurant. Arrive in Ba Be in the afternoon. Check in the house on stilt in Pac Ngoi Village. Good dinner and overnight in a house on stilt (at terrace entire view of the lake).

Day 2: Babe lakes kayaking.

Today, we drive to local dock out of the National Park, then we paddle along Nang River, it’s the highlight of the trip with so beautiful and peaceful view. We stop for lunch at Mr Hien Pirate Restaurant then boating into Babe Lake. We continue to paddle about 5 km over the biggest natural lake in Vietnam, then we take a swimming before 1 km easy-walking back to Pa Ngoi village. Dinner and overnight at house on stilt in Pac Ngoi.

Day 3: Babe – Quang Hoa, Cao Bang. Trekking.

We say goodbye to the family where we stay to head up to Quang Hoa. Lunch in Caobang city.Before arrive in the village of Quang hoa, we stop to take a soft trek to discover the Nung’s peoples village, we keep walking until Quanghoa Dinner and overnight in a family in Quang hoa.

Day 4: Quang Hoa – Ban gioc Water Fall – Quang hoa.

After breakfast, we take a bus trip of 45’ to get to Trung khanh Town where we start our 2hr paddling on a river to reach the local life along the Chinese border, we stop paddling before arrive in to the water fall of Bangioc, after visiting Bangioc, the bus take us back to Quang hoa for the night.

Day 5: Quang Hoa – Lang Son.

After breakfast, the bus take us to the North-east side of Cao bang,where we meet the Bang giang river running along the  Chinese border, from here, we start paddling until That khe village where we will meet our bus and it will take us to Lang son. Lunch en Route, We arrive in Lang son in the afternoon. Night at hotel.

Day 6: Lang son – Ha Long Bay.

We leave today the northen mountains to get to the sea, after 4hr bus trip, we arrive in Ha Long Bay around 12:00AM and board a traditional red-sailed junk for a seafood lunch while sailing to a big floating fishing village. Once arrived, you’ll receive instructions on kayaking techniques and safety. Start 2,5-hour paddling from fishing village through dramatically limestone formation, giant cave, beaches. Swimming. Enjoy a fresh seafood dinner and over night on board.

 Day 7: Ha Long Bay – Hanoi.

After breakfast. Final paddling to meet mother boat for farewell lunch then cruise back to Bai Chay Harbor. Drive back to Hanoi. End of the trip.

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