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Ha Long Bay - Lan Ha Bay 2 Day 5 Star Cruise

1. Ha Long Bay - Lan Ha Bay 2 Day 5 Star Cruise

On day 1, you will be picked up at Hanoi Old Quarter and transfer to Ha Long Bay, arriving at Tuan Chau Port at midday to start the cruise. Start by exploring Ba Trai Dao Beach, and enjoy kayaking and/or swimming in the crystal clear waters of the bay. In the summer (from June to September) the journey progresses to the Tra Bau Area of Lan Ha Bay. This is a quieter tourist paradise of Vietnam. Enjoy the complimentary sunset party on the sundeck with local wine and fresh fruits, as well as delicious local food prepared and served for you by the onboard catering staff. After the incredible dinner, take your time to chat at the bar, watch a movie in the restaurant, or join in a fishing excursion. You will stay on board overnight. On day 2, Visitors visit the famous Frog Pond area, this is the filming location of the famous movie Kong Skull Island (King Kong) in Quang Ninh 2018. Here you can freely kayak to explore the landscape, or immerse yourself. in the cool, clear blue water of this place. This is a wild and mysterious World Heritage site to appeal to your inner explorer. Back to your cabin, take relax and check carefully all the luggage before leaving your cabin. After lunch return via bus transfer service from Ha Long to Hanoi Old Quarter.

From Hanoi: 2-Day Sapa Trekking Tour with Limousine Transfer

2. From Hanoi: 2-Day Sapa Trekking Tour with Limousine Transfer

Day 1: Hanoi – Sapa (Lunch) Start with pickup from your hotel in the Old Quarter of Hanoi and depart for Sapa. Follow the highway to Lao Cai city where you will make your first stop for breakfast by yourself. Stop off at Lao Cai city before arriving in Sapa, where you'll see the colorful traditional costumes of H’mong, Dzao, and Tay People. Here enjoy a lunch of local Vietnamese dishes. After lunch, take a short trek to the gate of Cat Cat village, home of the Black H’mong ethnic people and located near the bottom of a deep valley at the foot of Fansipan Peak. A local guide will give you insight into the daily life of the locals. Trek down to the bottom of the valley to the waterfall, where the French built a hydraulic power station. Stop to take photos before walking back uphill to meet the bus. The trek is approximately 2.5 kilometers and lasts for 2 hours. In the evening, return to Sapa Town, where you can enjoy your evening at your leisure. Stay overnight in the Sunny Mountain Hotel or similar. Day 2: Sapa – Hanoi (Breakfast/Lunch) Have breakfast at your hotel and prepare a light pack for trekking. You can keep your luggage in the storage at the reception. Take a Trek to Y Linh Ho through the rice terraces and along Muong Hoa Streams to the Black Hmong village of Lao Chai.  See the spectacular landscape of Hoang Lien Son Mountain before heading to Ta Van village, home of the Dzay People. The trek takes around 3.5 hours and covers about 12 kilometers. The tour guide will make the best itinerary for the trek depending on your ability of trekking. The bus will pick you up at Ta Van Bridge to take you back to the center of Sapa. Take a break at the hotel and have lunch, before enjoying some time to explore at your own leisure. After some free time, meet the rest of your group at the hotel to prepare for your return to Hanoi. Get back on the bus to go back to Hanoi. During the journey, you will stop for a break. Arrive back at your accommodation in Hanoi in the late evening.

Lan Ha Bay 2 Day 1 Night Cruise

3. Lan Ha Bay 2 Day 1 Night Cruise

Day 1 After getting picked up from your hotel in Hanoi, enjoy a relaxing 2-hour journey to Hai Phong. Upon arrival onboard the ship, enjoy a welcome drink and listen to your cruise safety briefing as you cruise past Da Chong islet, where you can see a lighthouse built by the French over 100 years ago. Later, sit down to a traditional Vietnamese lunch and get the opportunity to sample some local dishes while you sail through the Con Vit and Gia Luan islets, admiring the beauty of the extraordinary Cua Van area along the way. Stop to explore Ba Trai Beach or go for a swim in the crystal-clear waters of the bay. In the evening, enjoy a complimentary sunset party on the sundeck with local wine and fresh fruits. For dinner, sit down to a delicious local meal then feel free to join in one of the nighttime activities. You could do some squid fishing, watch a movie, have a drink at the bar or play some of the games provided. Day 2 Rise early to watch the breathtaking sunrise over the bay and enjoy an invigorating Tai Chi session on the sundeck before breakfast. Later, hop on a local bamboo rowing boat and journey through the famous Dark and Bright Cave. In the afternoon, learn how to cook Spring rolls at a cooking demonstration before sitting down to lunch. After lunch, say goodbye to the crew and begin the journey back to Hanoi.

Trekking Mu Cang Chai Tour 3 Days

4. Trekking Mu Cang Chai Tour 3 Days

From Hanoi, you will head to Nghia Lo town – the home of Thai people, one of the main ethnic groups in Yen Bai. Arrive in Tu Le town, walk around the rice fields and explore the lifestyles of the Thai and Mong people. Go on a trek then spend a night in a homestay. After breakfast the next day, you will move to Mu Cang Chai. Drive over the Khau Pha pass (one of the four greatest passes in Northern Vietnam, connecting Tu Le and Mu Cang Chai). These scenic roads offer a lot of stops for picture-taking. When you arrive in Mu Cang Chai spend around 3 hours trekking from La Pan Tan to Rasberry Hill – one of the most famous destinations in the country. Eat a simple lunch at a Hmong house in Mu Cang Chai. After lunch, you will continue to enjoy some trekking from Che Cu Nha to Kim Noi village. Stay overnight in a stilt house. The next day you will trek up to Sang Nhu or Lao Chai village, where there are beautiful rice terraces. Enjoy trekking through the pine forests and along the hidden paths as you take in the views of Mu Cang Chai.

From Hanoi: Sapa Tour with Fansipan Cable Car and Limousine

5. From Hanoi: Sapa Tour with Fansipan Cable Car and Limousine

Day 1: Hanoi – Sapa - Cat Cat village (Lunch) You’ll be picked up from Hanoi early in the morning. Admire the scenery as you travel through the countryside. Stop at Lao Cai for a break. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of mountains and rice terraces along the way from Lao Cai to Sapa city. At 1:00 PM, arrive in Sapa Town, where you'll view the colorful traditional costumes of the H’mong, Dzao, and Tay local people. Enjoy a lunch of traditional local Vietnamese dishes. Then, enjoy a trek to Cat Cat village, home to the Black H’mong. In the evening, free to discover Sapa Town in Night. Day 2: Sapa - Easy Trek to Lao Chai and Ta Van – Sapa. (Breakfast/Lunch) After breakfast, trek to Lao Chai village, about 8km from Sapa town. Here you will discover the daily life of the locals and how they make traditional clothes and handicrafts.  After lunch in one of the local houses, you will walk to Ta Van village, home to the Dzay people. These people have a rich culture and beautiful houses located on rice paddy fields. You will visit the home of a local family to learn about their life, and enjoy some green tea. In the evening, return to Sapa Town for free time.  Day 3: Sapa – Fanxipan Peak – Sapa – Hanoi. (Breakfast/Lunch) After breakfast, check out from your room and depart for the Sapa cable car station, where you will board a cable car to Fansipan Peak. At the summit, enjoy free time to admire the panoramic views.  You’ll then head back to Sapa for lunch and to explore the town by yourself. At 3:00 PM you’ll be picked up by bus and driven back to Hanoi.

Halong Bay: 2-Day Luxury Cruise

6. Halong Bay: 2-Day Luxury Cruise

Check in an set sail between 11:30 am and 12 pm on your first day. After setting sail, head to the Tonkin Restaurant for a delicious set menu lunch. In the afternoon, board kayaks or traditional bamboo boats rowed by locals to reach the Dark and Light Caves. Explore these half-submerged limestone caves that are only accessible by water, spotting the abundant marine life and making your way through an unlit rocky tunnel to an airy, light-filled grotto. Head back to the ship and take the opportunity to swim in the emerald green waters of the bay. Around sunset, enjoy happy hour deals and sip a cocktail on the deck. Take part in a cooking class and lear to make a deep-fried spring roll. Then sit down for dinner and enjoy the cozy ambiance of the dining room. Take time after dinner to relax or take part in activities, including films, playing chess, reading, listening to music, or trying your luck with squid fishing. The boat will head to the quietest part of Lan Ha Bay overnight to ensure you get a restful sleep. Wake up bright and early on the morning of your second day for a tai chi session on the sundeck. Greet the dawn while engaging you body and waking up slowly. Enjoy a light and nutritious breakfast before going on a tour of a typical floating house. The local host will welcome you as guests and tell you about the traditional way of life on the bay. When you return check out and take time for a delicious farewell brunch. Return to Tuan Chau Marina and disembark around 3:30 pm.

From Hanoi: Sapa 2-Day 1-Night Trip By Bus With Hotel Stay

7. From Hanoi: Sapa 2-Day 1-Night Trip By Bus With Hotel Stay

You will be collected by bus from your hotel in Hanoi's Old Quarter, then depart for Sapa. After a comfort break, you will arrive into Sapa Town, where you can see the colorful traditional costumes of H’mong, Dzao, and Tay ethnic people. After a welcome drink and itinerary briefing, enjoy lunch and check in to your hotel. You will then go on a short drive to the gates of Cat Cat village which is home to the Black H’mong ethnic people and is located near the bottom of a deep valley at the foot of Fansipan Peak. Your local guide will show you the daily activities of the locals, before you trek down to the valley's bottom to the waterfall, where the French built a Hydraulic Power Station. Stop for a photo then come back to Sapa Town for dinner. The next day, after breakfast, you will drive to Y Linh Ho then trek through the rice terraces and along Muong Hoa stream to the Black Hmong village of Lao Chai to see the spectacular landscape of Hoang Lien Son Mountain. After that, head to Ta Van village – home to the Dzay ethnic people. Enjoy some free time in the afternoon before you return to Hanoi.

From Hanoi: 5-Day Hanoi Motorbike Tour to Ha Giang

8. From Hanoi: 5-Day Hanoi Motorbike Tour to Ha Giang

Embark on a lifetime journey and enjoy amazing rides on curvy scenic passes and even single dirt tracks to explore the stunning landscapes of Northeast with waterfalls, rivers, high mountains, and terraces. Day 1: Head towards Vu Linh village (Thac Ba lake, Yen Bai) 180 km with lunch and dinner included. Start your tour by riding on to dike roads following the Red river to Thac Ba lake. See the beautiful countryside with its rice and green tea fields. Turn to the little road to Vu Linh village that is populated by Dzao ethnic minority by the side of Thac Ba lake. Meet these very friendly people and enjoy an exceptional welcome. Spend the night at a local homestay. Day 2: Head towards Ha Giang City for 180 km with 3 meals included. After breakfast, ride along the Thac Ba lake on a small road lined by palm trees and scenic mountain views to join the main Road 2, heading up to Ha Giang where you will stop for the night and apply for a permit. Stay overnight at a local hotel. Day 3: Go from Ha Giang to Dong Van (Ha Giang) – offroad tours to Tribal Villages 160 km with 3 meals included. Wake up to the beautiful morning, on this day you will ride on small challenging mountain roads (but incredibly beautiful) on the land of colorful mountain hill-tribes. Head up the Ma Pi Leng Pass and visit another amazing place, with cloudy mountain ranges and the poetic Nho Que river winding off in the distance. Ride on a zig-zag track until reaching Vuong Family’s Residence, 14 km before Dong Van. The Vuong Family was considered the King of the Hmong People in Dong Van, Ha Giang. Their residence was built in the scenic valley of Sa Phin with Chinese architecture. Sleep at a local hotel.  Day 4: Head from Dong Van to Ba Be National Park (Bac Kan) via Meo Vac 160 km with 3 meals included. Cross the wild regions of the mythical province of Ha Giang, Meo Vac is included. It shares the border with Dong Van District of Ha Giang Province and Bao Lam District of Cao Bang Province. Meo Vac has most of the terrain in the Rock Plateau of Dong Van and above 1000 meters above sea level. Meo Vac has a harsh climate in the winter which is from November to April with dry and freezing cold weather. It is inhabited by different ethnic minorities including the H’mong, the King, Tay, Dzao. Overnight at homestay Day 5: Ride from Ba Be to Hanoi 230 km breakfast and lunch is included. After breakfast, take another boat-ride on Ba Be lake to another side, before jumping on our motorbikes to Cho Ra, head up to main Road 3. Ba Be National Park is an abundant bio reserve area containing the world’s only fresh-water karst lake and several rare species of fauna and flora. And head back to Hanoi.

From Hanoi: Private Tour to Mu Cang Chai Rice Field

9. From Hanoi: Private Tour to Mu Cang Chai Rice Field

Get picked up from your hotel at 7.00 AM and head off to the beautiful rice field in Tu Le and the amazing Lim Mong Valley. You can take the great photos of this valley from the high viewpoint on KhauPha Pass with views of the rice field in the background. Then, drive over Khau Pha, one of 4 amazing passes in the North of Vietnam. Enjoy the great scenery of the National Heritage terrace rice field at Mu Cang Chai, the most beautiful terrace rice field in Vietnam. Enjoy your dinner and stay overnight at a homestay in Mu Cang Chai. Wake up the next morning close to mother nature. Enjoy your breakfast at the homestay before setting off for the day's activities. Take a short drive from Mu Cang Chai to Ba Nha, where you can take a beautiful hike up to the mountain for the most impressive rice field in Mu Cang Chai. Just a few steps uphill, spend the whole morning taking photos of the amazing rice field, scenery Meet the locals and learn about their culture. Pause for more photo opportunities in La Pan Tan terrace rice field and the surrounding area. Return to Hanoi and arrive in Hanoi in the late afternoon.

From Hanoi: 2-Day Adventure in Mai Chau Valley

10. From Hanoi: 2-Day Adventure in Mai Chau Valley

DAY 1 7:30 AM: Get picked up at your hotel in the Old Quarter or join the tour from the meeting point and drive northwest of Hanoi to Hoa Binh 10 AM: Have a short break at the midway point 11:30 AM: Stop for scenic photos of Mai Chau valley before arriving in Ban Lac village in Mai Chau 12:15 PM:  Check in and enjoy a traditional lunch at the local house 2:30 PM-5 PM: Bicycle ride with local tour guide, see farmers working in the fields, locals weaving scarves, and visit surrounding peaceful villages 5 PM-7 PM: Free time for bicycling, walking, or shopping 7 PM: Dinner with many specialties of food will be served 8 PM: Watch a Thai traditional dance in the stilt house and enjoy ruou can (traditional wine) at the community house DAY 2 7:30 AM: Have breakfast at the homestay 8 AM: Go with a local Thai tour guide to visit the remote villages of Na Meo, Na Mo, and Xam Pa to understand more about their culture and customs 12 PM: Back to the homestay for lunch and check out 1 PM-3 PM: Free time for shopping and relaxing 3:30 PM: Get on the bus to drive back to Hanoi 7 PM: Arrive in Hanoi’s Old Quarter for drop-off at your hotel or meeting point

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4.5 / 5

based on 14 reviews

Dangerous journey ! Amazing tour !

2 days in sapa were Amazing And i would come back anytime ! The guide was very good! The hotel Really good !!! The food perfect ! We have Incredible memories. The only thing that I hated and I hope I will never go through again is the trip Hanoi-Sapa and return. The most dangerous journey ! 7 hours of panicking!! At some point I thought the driver wants to kill us driving only on the other side of the road. We were telling him to stop and he would never listen to us. He knew 0 English !! He was screaming at me in Vietnamese because he asked (pointing to the chair) me to sit down and I told him that the seat was very dirty and I couldn’t sit down and he became mad!!! I even took a picture as proof of how dirty that seat was. Such a shame ! The tour was really great but the journey there and back...horror movie !

Amazing experience once in a life time. Our tour guide Phe was so helpful and knowledgable and spoke flawless English which she had learnt only from tourists.. amazing!! Would recommend this to anyone, have told everyone I’ve met in Vietnam since that this is what they should do! Just a shame that the bus drivers were so crazy...

Great tour through Sapa - 5star property and private tour is the way to go!

Must do in Vietnam. Beautiful region even with cloudy and rainy weather

Very good. Ship is as described on photos. Staff was amazing