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5 DAYS SAPA HOMESTA & HA LONG BAY

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5 DAYS SAPA HOMESTA & HA LONG BAY

This trip includes a trek through the hills and valleys of the Sapa region, discovering several different minorities along the way. You will experience overnight accommodation in the hospitable villages of Giay and Tay ethnic minorities. The apparent hardships are worth it though as we walk through some of the most spectacular scenery that Vietnam has to offer and experience unique villages culture.

DAY 1

HANOI-LAO CAI

In the evening transfer to the train station and take the night train to Lao Cai (departing time at 21:00). Overnight on the train (Tulico Train or Fanxipan Train; sharing basis-4 berths per cabin)

On Train, 1 night
DAY 2

LAO CAI-SAPA-CAT CAT-Y LINH HO-TAVAN (B,

On arrival in the border town of Lao Cai @5:30, transfer to the former hill station of Sapa. In the terraced hills and mountains of this area, the monotony of the expansive green landscape is enlivened by the colours of its hill tribe population-flashes of shining silver jewelry from the necks and wrists of indigo-clad H'mong and the scarlet hues of the turbans worn by the Red Dao can be seen. Breakfast at local restaurant. You first sneak through the market and leave the busy town behind. After a couple of minutes, you will 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 will also 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 to 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. Overnight at local homestay. Approx. 5 hours trekking/1-hour lunch. Read more

Sapa, 1 night.
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DAY 3

TAVAN GIANG TA CHAI-SU PAN (B, L)

After breakfast, your last day trek takes you to Giang Ta Chai village of Red Dao minority. You will trek through bamboo forest, which belongs to Hoang Lien National Park. On the way, you will pass by a waterfall where you will have time to take a rest and enjoy the surroundings. It is a nice place to enjoy lunch. After lunch, you continue toward Su Pan, a small village located by the road. Here you start your journey back to Lao Cai Railway Station. The train will depart at 20:00 & overnight on board (Tulico Train or Fanxipan Train; sharing basis-4 berths per cabin) Approx. 1 hour driving/3 hours trekking/1-hour lunch. Read more

On Train
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DAY 4

HANOI ARRIVAL - HALONG (L, D)

Arrive in Hanoi at 05:00am. Transfer back to your hotel. This morning you are collected at around 8:00 by our local guide for the three-hour-drive to Halong Bay. En route there will be a short stop at the Sao Do centre run for and by handicapped children. On your arrival in Halong Bay, transfer by boat to the wonderful junk-style ship. Once settled in, you start your cruise around the majestic Halong Bay, while enjoying a delicious lunch. Drinks are available for sale on board. After lunch, you have the chance to explore some of the limestone caves dotted around the bay. Then, the captain will find a secluded spot where you can swim in the clear water of the bay, soak up the sun on the top deck. In the evening, the cook prepares a sumptuous meal as the boat weighs anchor in the heart of the bay. For those who are interested, there is the opportunity to do some night fishing. Overnight on board. Read more

HA LONG, 1 NIGHT.
DAY 5

HALONG-HANOI (Brunch)

Rising to the tranquil beauty of the bay you have time for an early morning swim followed by breakfast. This morning you continue to cruise around the bay to find more secluded areas to either swim or kayak (kayak at your own expense). On your return to the main harbour at around midday, you will be transferred by boat to the mainland where your vehicle will be waiting. The journey back to Hanoi takes approx. 3.5 hours and you should arrive at around 15:30. Remark(s):  You can leave your main luggage in Hanoi, so just take a small bag with a change of clothes and essential travel items.  The cruise itinerary is subject to change without prior notice, upon the weather condition.  The cruise is based on sharing junk with a selection of private transfers or seat-in-coach transfers.  Standard Cruise: Bai Tho Junk or similar (subject to the availability)  Superior Cruise: Indochina Sails or similar (subject to the availability)  Deluxe Cruise: Paradise Luxury Cruise or similar (subject to the availability) Read more

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Ha Noi
Day 2
Location Sapa
Hotel Homestay
Day 3
Location Lao Cai
Day 4
Location Ha Long Bay

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Return railway transfers in Hanoi in private air-con vehicle with English speaking guide
  • Return transfers Hanoi-Halong-Hanoi by private air-condition vehicle or by the cruise’s shuttle bus
  • A local English speaking guide round trip Hanoi-Halong- Hanoi.
  • 2D1N Cruise package with full board meals
  • All transfers & tours in Sapa in private air-con vehicle with English speaking guide
  • Return train tickets Hanoi-Lao Cai-Hanoi (sharing basis, 4 berths per cabin)
  • Sightseeing admission fees
  • Meals: 2 lunches, 1dinner-food only
  • Mineral waters & cool towels during tours

Package excludes

  • Visa arrangements for Vietnam
  • Expenditures of personal nature and gratuity for guide and driver
  • Optional tours
  • All items of a personal nature (laundry, alcohol, meals not listed, etc.)
  • Compulsory Christmas/New Year/Peak Season supplements as separately stated
  • International flights from/to Hanoi
  • Domestic and/or international airline tickets and airport taxes
  • Porter fees at airports
  • Any other items not mentioned

More information

  • Rates for triple rooms are equal as those mentioned for the sharing twin/double room
  • Availability of third language speaking local guides are subject to availability.
  • Early booking of service is recommended, especially for high season.
  • Hotel early check-in (before noon), late check-out (after noon), connecting rooms or adjoining rooms are subject to availability and are not guaranteed
  • No refund for unused services, splitting of package is not allowed
  • Airfares are subject to change without prior notice
  • Please note that local conditions prevalent at the time of travel may result in modifications to the tour contents

REVIEWS

5 Reviews

Donald Wright, United States

This was a wonderful experience traveling with Destination Services Vietnam, you are amazing! I felt extremely safe whilst travelling, being fully supported from office and your onsite tour guide that I can ask everything on the tour and about Vietnam, Cambodia where were on my trip. Will surely contact you for my return next year! Read more

Alicia Feraula, Spain

Thank you for arranging our best trip to East side this year! This is an excellent overview of the REAL Vietnam - its short enough to leave you wanting more but long enough to grow attached! I can't wait to go back!

Peggy GUILLEMET, France

Coucou Luca, Tu trouveras en pièce jointe le retour des participants au dernier voyage au Vietnam. Encore bravo pour ce beau résultat ! J’espère très vite pouvoir collaborer à nouveau avec toi un prochain dossier

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