Vietnam Adventures

North Vietnam Adventure

Number of days: 10

Price from: 763$

Tour type: private tour

Departure: daily

Start from: Hanoi

Highlights: Hanoi, Halong Bay, Sapa

Northern Vietnam is a captivating blend of stunning landscapes, enchanting people and dynamic cities. Capture the spirit of the north in this quick-paced adventure from the delightful city of Hanoi to the amazing World Heritage Site of Halong Bay and to the hill station of Sapa. The tour offers a great opportunity to explore the unique culture and beautiful nature of northern Vietnam in an active way.

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  • TRIP AT A GLANCE:

    Day 01: Arrive Hanoi

    Day 02: City tour of Hanoi

    Day 03: Cruising and Kayaking Halong Bay

    Day 04: Cruising and Kayaking Halong Bay

    Day 05: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Overnight train to Lao Cai

    Day 06: Trekking Sapa

    Day 07: Trekking and home-stay

    Day 08: Sapa – Lao Cai – Overnight train to Hanoi

    Day 09: Free day in Hanoi

    Day 10: Departure from Hanoi

    Include:
    - AC vehicles
    - Return train ticket in sharing 4 soft sleeper cabin: Hanoi – Laocai - Hanoi
    - Hotels and boat accommodation based on twin/double share
    - Twin/double shared AC cabin on junk
    - Water puppet show
    - Kayak
    - Home stay permission
    - English speaking guide
    - Meals as indicated in the itinerary
    - Entrance and Sightseeing fees

    Exclude:
    - International flights
    - Drinks, meals that not mentioned in the program
    - Visa (upon request)
    - Insurance and International flights
    - Tipping and other personal expenses


  • DETAILED ITINERARY:

     

    Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi
    Arrival in Noi Bai airport. You’ll be greeted at the airport and transferred downtown to check into your hotel. Depending on your arrival time, you may have time to explore a little of downtown and enjoy a stroll around Hoan Kiem Lake.
    Meal: Welcome Dinner
    Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi.

    Day 2: City tour of Hanoi
    After breakfast in the hotel you will take an interesting guided city tour of Hanoi including Ho Chi Minh complex (the mausoleum, the house and garden and the museum) and One Pillar Pagoda, a unique ancient architecture. After here we move to Temple of Literature, the site of Vietnam’s first university dates back to 1070. Its peaceful gardens and pavilions offer a relaxing respite from Hanoi’s busy streets.
    In the afternoon, enjoy a special Water Puppet show and have welcome dinner with local delights. Then, enjoy a relaxing cyclo tour in the ancient part of Hanoi. Walking down some small and lively street to see busy local market then join locals for green tea or coffee in local café. Free time for shopping.
    “Cyclo is three wheeled rickshaws, operated by pedal-power, with a seat attached to the front.
    Meals: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

    Day 3: Exploring Halong Bay
    07.45 Pick up at your hotel in Hanoi by cruise company’s shuttle bus to Halong Bay.

    12.00 Board our junk cruise at Hon Gai International harbour.

    13.00 Check-in, enjoy a welcoming drink and cruise briefing.

    13.30 Have lunch while cruising in the magnificent Bai Tu Long Bay, admiring the fascinating rock formations in the bay.

    15.00 Cruise to Cap La.

    16.30 Enjoy paddling around Cap La and Tra San by kayak.

    17.45 Back to junk for swimming or relaxation.

    19.00 Have dinner and stay overnight on board.
    Meals: Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation: on the junk

    Day 4: Exploring Halong Bay & Lan Ha Bay
    07.30 Enjoy the bay’s morning landscape with a cup of tea or coffee. Have breakfast in the open air.

    08.30 Cruise to Cong Dam while appreciating the rock formations of Halong Bay.

    09:00 Kayak through hidden lagoons and Cong Damgeological park.

    11.30 Sunbathe, relax or swim at Tra Gioi Beach.

    12.30 BBQ lunch followed by relaxation on this deserted beach.

    14:30 Visit Cong Dam Fishing Village by a rustic rowing boat, meat the local peopleand pass through the lagoons.

    16.00 Cruise back to Cong Do for swimming or kayaking.

    19.00 Have dinner and stay overnight on board.

     Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation: on the junk

    Day 5: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Overnight train to Lao Cai
    07.30 Enjoy the fresh air and gentle breezes of the bay in the morning while having breakfast on board.

    08.30 Visit Thien Canh Son Cave followed by swimming.

    10.30 Cruise towards the harbour while an a la carte lunch is served

    11.45 – 12.00 Disembark.

    15.30 – 16.00 Arrive in Hanoi and free time.

    20.00: Pick up from the hotel and transfer to Hanoi Railway station to catch the night train to Lao Cai (9.30pm – 5.30am). Overnight on train.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Night train in a 4 soft berth sharing cabin.
    Note: If you want to have a private 2 person cabin on the train, the extra charge is 75 US$/person for the round trip.

    Day 6: Trekking Sapa
    Arrival in Lao Cai and take a 1.5 hour drive up the stunning mountain range sculpted with tiered rice terraces to the charming little town of Sa Pa, which nestles at 1632 meters. Lots of sightseeing en route. After checking into your hotel you'll have free time to explore the town and its great market.
    After a lunch of Vietnamese food in a local restaurant you’ll take a 3 hour trek down the valley to visit a H’mong hill tribe village. Return to Sapa and overnight in hotel.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel

    Day 7: Trekking and home-stay
    After breakfast you begin your trek around 9am. You first descend the valley then hit a beautiful dirt path which runs through rice terraces and minority villages. You will have a break in Lao Chai Village to visit the local H'mong minority group. You’ll stop beside a stream and enjoy a picnic lunch. After lunch you continue trekking to Ta Van village, home of the Dzay hill tribe. You will spend to night with a Dzay family. Your dinner will be cooked by your local guide and the hosts.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation: Home-stay

    Day 8: Sapa – Lao Cai – Overnight train to Hanoi
    Breakfast at the home stay. We say goodbye to the hosts and head to the main road where you will be transferred back to Sapa town. Lunch in local restaurant and then spend the rest of the day free for shopping or walking the beautiful Ham Rong Park. In the late afternoon you will be transferred to Lao Cai for overnight train back to Hanoi.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: AC, soft sleeper cabin on train

    Day 9 Free day in Hanoi
    Arrive in Ha Noi 4.30 am. Check into a mini hotel for the stay until the check in time at noon at your hotel. You’ll welcome this free day to relax and recover from you journey north. Lots of time to explore more of Ha Noi and pick up some of those last minute souvenirs.
    Meals: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

    Day 10: Departure
    Breakfast and free until you are transferred to the airport for the flight to onward destination.
    Transportation: AC vehicle
    Meals: Breakfast


  • TRIP COST: from 763 US$/Person. 
    The cost is quoted in US Dollars per Person based on TWIN/DOUBLE share and applied for private tour.

    ACCOMMODATION

    Place

    Hotel/Boat

    Hanoi

    Gondola Hotel or Hoa Binh Palace Hotel 3*

    Halong

    Prince Cruise or Dragon’s Pearl Cruise

    Sapa

    Sunny Mountain hotel 3* & homestay.


    Note: Other accommodations can be arranged on request.

    Include:
    - AC vehicles
    - Return train ticket in sharing 4 soft sleeper cabin: Hanoi – Laocai - Hanoi
    - Hotels and boat accommodation based on twin/double share
    - Twin/double shared AC cabin on junk
    - Water puppet show
    - Kayak
    - Home stay permission
    - English speaking guide
    - Meals as indicated in the itinerary
    - Entrance and Sightseeing fees

    Exclude:
    - International flights
    - Drinks, meals that not mentioned in the program
    - Visa (upon request)
    - Insurance and International flights
    - Tipping and other personal expenses



  • VIETNAM

    Visa and Passport
    Except for a number of ASEAN countries a visa is required to visit Vietnam. If your itinerary requires two
    entries into Vietnam then a double entry visa must be obtained. If your trip is postponed or delayed it may be necessary to obtain another visa if your original visa is not valid for your new dates of travel.


    Tourist Visa
    A Vietnam Tourist Visa is valid for the period of 30-days and for a single entry (unless endorsed for a double entry at additional cost). Your passport must be sent to the embassy along with payment with prepaid shipping arrangements with Priority Mail with Delivery Confirmation, FedEx, etc., two completed visa applications and two passport photos. Allow five-business days for processing.

    Visa-on-Arrival
    A Visa-on-Arrival is available if you are pre-approved for the visa. In lieu of a stamped visa in your passport prior to departure a fax from the Department of Immigration is issued and used as your travel document for boarding your international flight to Vietnam. This system has been working for a number of years now and is extremely reliable. Visa-on-Arrival processing charges are normally $25 and a $45 fee is payable directly to Vietnamese Immigration upon arrival.

    Double Entry Visa
    A Double Entry Visa is a Tourist Visa endorsed for a double entry. If your itinerary requires a double entry be sure and obtain the Double Entry Visa.

    Re-Entry Visa
    Re-entry Visas, prior to departing Vietnam, are possible to obtain in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City through authorized agencies for a fee of approximately $25, however it requires one-to-two days and the deposit of your passport. This is not advisable unless your itinerary allows ample time and you remain in the city where the application was filed until the visa is issued. It is strongly advised to obtain a Double Entry Visa prior entering Vietnam.

    Passport Validity Dates
    Your passport must have a validity date of at least six-months remaining after your visit to Vietnam is completed.

    Travel Document Companies
    Unless you live nearby a Vietnamese embassy or consulate or are experienced in dealing with embassies by mail or telephone, it is advised that you use a travel document company to obtain your visa.
    Notes: You can email us at 
    info@privateasiatours.com for more advice on Vietnam Visa information. The service is free of charge. All the emails will be replied within 24h.

    Entry Procedures
    Arrival and Departure Cards are required to be completed upon entry into Vietnam; they will be provided by the airline or at the border gate. The yellow copy of the card will be returned to you and must be submitted when you depart Vietnam; keep it in a safe place. Making a photocopy of it is a good idea and keeping it with your other photocopies.
    If you have been pre-approved for a Visa-on-Arrival simply process though the Visa-on-Arrival lane at immigration.
    Once your visa formalities have been completed claim your baggage and process through customs.


    Duty Free
    One-carton of cigarettes and one bottle of liquor.

    Exit Procedures
    Complete the customs declaration and process through customs then complete the immigration processing where you will be required to return the yellow copy of your Arrival and Departure Card.

    Tendering Passports
    Vietnamese law requires that passports be tendered to the hotel each evening. This may appear odd to Western travelers but until the 1960's a number of European countries required that passports be tendered to the hotel each evening.

    Travel Insurance
    Traveler's Insurance is strongly recommended. A number of companies sell competing policies and it is a good idea to read the fine print and ask questions if you are in doubt.
    Note: some insurance companies cover travel insurance in their existing policies; check, you may already be covered. Policies have differing benefits for trip cancellation, trip interruption, emergency medical and dental coverage, and emergency medical transportation, lost baggage, missed connections, and accidents.
    Of special note is the emergency medical transportation. This is extremely costly; if you any health condition which may require medical evacuation you should check to see if you are currently covered and if not purchase the insurance. Medical treatment, if required, can be costly and the pay is usually in cash.

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