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The Best Northern of Vietnam – 7 Days

Sapa Terraced Fields

Tour Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights
Tour Route: Hanoi arrival – Hanoi City Tour – Sapa – Market - Hanoi - Halong Bay (overnight on junk cruise) - Hanoi departure.
Dates: No fixed departure dates. You may go whenever you wish. If you would like to see the most beauty of the rice terraced paddy fields in Sapa, the best time to travel there is in September.
Starts/Ends: Hanoi / Hanoi
Tour Type: Private tour
Tour Customizable: Absolutely! (Tell us your specific requirements in the inquiry form)

Tour highlights

  • Visit rural market, vegetable village, home cooking class in Hanoi with local family.
  • Explore Hanoi old quarter by cycle tour (Rickshaw)
  • Enjoy the performance of the unique water puppetry.
  • Visit the colorful market of the hill tribal people
  • Admire the amazing landscape of Sapa and visit the villages of ethnic people.
  • Discover the natural world heritage Halong Bay.

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Best of Northern Vietnam holiday will provide you value experience; you will have chances to enjoy colorful markets of the hill tribes in Sapa, natural world heritage Halong Bay as well as the capital city Hanoi.

DAY 01Arrival Hanoi (D)

After a warm welcome on arrival, transfer to the hotel in Hanoi. In the late afternoon, you will take an hour Cyclo - tour viewing the charming French colonial architecture to the bustling Old Quarter. We attend the performance of the unique water puppetr and enjoy a cup of Egg coffee at Pho Co Café with stunning view of Hoan Kiem Lake and the surroundings.

Overnight in Hanoi.

DAY 02Hanoi farm tour – Cooking class with local family – Hanoi half day city - Overnight train to Sapa (B, L)
Temple of Literature Hanoi Temple of Literature Hanoi

This morning, you leave Hanoi center and drive about 35 minutes to the west of city. It is about 17 km from old quarter to Xuan Phuong vegetable village. Upon arrival, you will meet the host at meeting point and she will show you a local market since Le King Dynasty. It is the most famous market in the region where many traditional items for sales. If on market days (two or three times per week, other days market is not too crowded), people from all the surrounding villages would come to trade. People bring dogs, cats, pigs, chickens, ducks, and bamboo baskets to sell. Everyone is excited to meet each other on that day. You will be surprised about bustling and colorful market which is working under the canopy of old tree. You will see the old women chew betel and areca nut and blacksmiths work hard with his bright brazier. Right next to the market place is nice vegetable farms. We take a tour around vegetable fields growing a variety of produce including: bitter melon, corn, cauliflower, cabbage, tomatoes, green peas, snake peas and corn, as well as fruit gardens with oranges, pomelos, papaya and more (depend on the season to grow different crops)., You will learn more about background of vegetable and you may have chance to help a farmer working on his field. Afterwards, we go to her house for cooking delicious dishes. She will teach you how to cook some Vietnamese dishes by simple and traditional recipes. Enjoy local fresh vegetable, fruit, make traditional cake and talk about Vietnamese family’s custom together. After that we return to Hanoi.
In the afternoon, you will visit famous Ho Chi Minh complex comprising his Mausoleum (We will visit the outside of Mausoleum – the mausoleum is open until 11am), former residence, the impressive house on stilts and view the One Pillar Pagoda. The One Pillar Pagoda, formally Diên Huu is a historic Buddhist temple. It is regarded alongside the Perfume Pagoda, as one of Vietnam's two most iconic temples.
In the next step, you will learn more about the historical and cultural events at the peaceful Temple of Literature, known as the Vietnam’s first university since the 11th century. Back to the city central, you continue walking around Hoan Kiem Lake and visiting Ngoc Son Temple which are considered the heart of Vietnam. In the evening, transfer to Hanoi railway station for overnight train to Lao Cai.
Overnight on the train.

DAY 03Lao Cai – Bac Ha market (Special market on Sunday) - Sapa (B, L)

After early arrival at Lao Cai, a Chinese border town, we enjoy breakfast at a local Vietnamese restaurant before drive to overland to a market of the hill tribal people. Depending on the day of the week, you will visit one of the markets:

  • Bac Ha, home to the flower H’mong hill tribe minority people is open on Sunday
  • Can Cau market is open on Saturday
  • Coc Ly market is open on Tuesday
  • Cao Son market is open on Wednesday
  • Lung Khau Nhin market is open on Thursday.
Bac Ha Market Sapa Bac Ha Market in Sapa

In all these markets, we can meet hundreds of beautiful women from Flower Hmong tribe, who are famous for their wonderful craft and hand-made flowering clothes and textile fabrics, or intermingle with people from Black Hmong, Dzay, Dzao and other ethnic groups coming to the market not for purchasing stuffs, but for meeting and chatting – just once a week - like in a real cultural center. After lunchtime, we drive to Sa Pa. Check in to the hotel and free to explore the town in the evening.

Optional: Cable car Fanxipan Mountain.
Currently the highest point of Fanxipan is at 3,143m high. As you know the cable in Sapa is the world’s longest and highest cable car, running up from sleepy Sapa town to the Peak of Fanxipan Mountain, known as Indochina’s rooftop. Enjoy the view from the highest point of this incredible mountain. The lush green and subtropical vegetation makes this mountain really very beautiful. Take some pictures for unforgettable experience from the top. After taking scenery then get cable car back to Sapa.

Overnight in Sapa.

DAY 04Sapa – Cat Cat – Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai -Ta Van village - Night train to Hanoi (B, L)
Y Linh Ho Village Sapa Y Linh Ho Village in Sapa

Meet our guide and driver then transfer to Cat Cat village. 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 continuing the 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 toward 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 return Sapa from Tavan by car. In the late afternoon, you will transfer to Lao Cai railway station for overnight train to Hanoi.

Approx: 0,5 hour driving / 5 hours walking / 1 hour lunch.

DAY 05Hanoi - Halong Bay (B, L, D)
Vspirit Classic Cruise Vspirit Classic Cruise in Halong Bay

Arriving at Hanoi railway station in the early morning then meet our guide then transfer to a mini hotel for breakfast and short rest.
08:00: We depart Hanoi for Ha Long Bay, listed as a World Heritage Area of outstanding natural beauty. “Dragon descending to the sea“ as it is known in Vietnamese, picturesque Ha Long bay has more than 1.000 limestone islets rising from the sea, many of them containing beautiful grottoes
Upon arrival at Ha Long Bay we embark on a boat trip to cruise discovering this magnificent UNESCO World Wonder. This is a great journey among surreal islands rising from a tranquil emerald sea. You will visit several key locations.
– One of the most stunning caves of Halong Bay
– Stop at a beautiful beach and take a refreshing swim or sunbathe on the sundeck; take a short trek to the nearby summit for a panoramic view of the bay.
Back onboard the junk, you will watch the sunset and be served a sumptuous dinner, with cocktails available for purchase from the bar. You will spend the night onboard the junk, in a cabin with an ensuite bathroom.
Notes: The program may differ slightly based on the junk cruise’s itinerary.

Stay overnight on the Junk.

DAY 06Halong - Hanoi (Brunch)
Halong Bay Halong Bay

Early morning coffee and tea will be served on the sundeck followed by a Tai Chi class. After breakfast we take a Sampan boat or Kayak to explore the bay. We may have a chance to see the wild monkeys that gather around waiting for food from the tourists. After that we continue to cruise around the bay. Lunch is served on the boat on our way back to the docks then we transfer back to Hanoi.
Overnight in Hanoi.

DAY 07Hanoi departure (B)

Breakfast at the hotel and stay free at hotel until transfer to Noi Bai airport for your home flight.

Price Details & Inclusions of this Trip

* The price of this trip changes a lot according your group number, travel season and tour class. Please contact one of our travel consulttants for the most detailed qoutation. We ensure the LOWEST price.


GROUP SIZE 02 03-05 06-08 Single supplement
PRICE/ Person US$ US$ US$ US$
    What's Include?
    • All transfer and transportation with air-conditioning
    • Hotel accommodation base on twin sharing room
    • 01 night on the cruise in Halong Bay
    • English speaking tour guide ( other language upon request)
    • Meals as states in the itinerary
    • Train ticket: Hanoi – Sapa – Hanoi (4 soft sleeper berth with A/C).
    • Boat trip in Halong Bay
    • Entrance fees and water
    What's Exclude?
    • Visa to Vietnam
    • International and domestic airfare
    • Single room
    • Other meals and drinks
    • Other optional and activities not on the package
    • Travel insurance, personal expense

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