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Hanoi - Bac Ha - Hoang Su Phi - Ha Long Bay 10 Days

Trip Name: Hanoi - Bac Ha - Hoang Su Phi - Ha Long Bay 10 Days
Type of trip: Private
Trip Duration: 10 days
Starting: Hanoi capital city, Vietnam
Finishing: Hanoi capital city, Vietnam
Trip Grading: Trekking Adventure
Destinations: Hanoi - Bac Ha - Hoang Su Phi - Ha Long Bay 
 
Flexibility: This sample itinerary can be amended longer or shorter, more or less activities accordingly to meet your expectation. Please feel free to ask for more details. 

Highlights: This tour offers the best attractions of the North in a 10 day tour. Starting out in the capital city Hanoi, you will visit many wonderful sites. Visit Bac Ha market and trek along the spectacular landscapes & colorful hill tribe people.  Enjoy homestay with more tribal experience in Hoang Su Phi located in the far Northeast region of Vietnam. Cruise the spectacular Halong Bay on a romantic old style Vietnamese Junk boat.
 
Brief Itinerary:
 
Day 1: Arrive in Hanoi 
 
Day 2: Hanoi Half Day City – Lao Cai
 
Day 3: Lao Cai – Bac Ha Market – Hoang Su Phi
 
Day 4: Hoang Su Phi Trek
 
Day 5: Hoang Su Phi Trek, more tribal experiences.
 
Day 6: Hoang Su Phi – Hanoi
 
Day 7: Hanoi – Halong Bay by shuttle bus 
 
Day 8: Heritage Site – Lan Ha Bay –National Park – Anchorage Area
 
Day 9: Ha Long – Hanoi by shuttle bus
 
Day 10: Hanoi Departure
 

 

Day 1: Arrive in Hanoi 
Upon arriving in Hanoi, Asia Top Travel tour guide will personally meet you at the airport and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is time at leisure. 
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
Meal: None

Day 2: Hanoi Half Day City – Lao Cai
Breakfast is at the hotel,
0830 Am: Asia Top Travel guide and driver pick up you at the hotel lobby for a full day exploring Hanoi.
Today features the most highlights of Hanoi including Ho Chi Minh Complex, Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, the Presidential Palace, His House-on-Stilts, One Pillar pagoda…
You enjoy an hour Cyclo Tour through the Old Quarter of Hanoi, heading to Ho Chi Minh complex, the old quarter is also known as the 36 streets and guilds, this bustling area of narrow streets is home to literally thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers. Originally each of the street’s names was related to the products being sold there.
After that we will visit the Temple of Literature - a temple to Confucius, this is also known as Vietnam’s first University dating back to 1070.
Lunch today features a feast of the best known authentic local cuisines of Hanoi Noodle soup with beef, Pho Bo at the most famous Pho eatery in Hanoi, and the best Bun Cha Hanoi, also known as Noodle with grilled pork serving with delicious special Hanoi spring roll serving with Hanoi local cold beer.
After having lunch you enjoy a 3.5 hours drive along the new highway to Lao Cai. Arrive to Lao Lai later this afternoon. You enjoy a visit to the border of Vietnam with China. Overnight in hotel at Lao Cai
Accommodation: Hotel in Lao Cai
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Lao Cai – Bac Ha Market – Hoang Su Phi 
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Bac Ha Town.  Located at 110km from Sapa, Bac Ha mountain town is well-known by travelers with the most colorful market of the hill tribes in the North of Vietnam. This every-Sunday-market attended by at least 8 ethnic groups and last from 9:00 AM until 2:00 PM. It is also chance for tourists to discover the H’mong King’s palace (old building built by the French & Chinese). We then transfer towards Hoang Su Phi. You will have some stops on the way to take photos of the landscape and short walks to visit some village.  Upon arrival at Thong Nguyen a trekking point to Nam Hong village  and embark on a short trek (about 2 hours) to a Red Yao village for the home-stay. Dinner and overnight at the home-stay. 
Accommodation: Homestay in Hoang Su Phi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Hoang Su Phi Trek
Today, after your breakfast at the local family. We will spend the whole day for a further trek to explore the mountains of Hoang Su Phi. This area is well-known for its dramatic rice terraces and also has been recognized as the national heritage. The highlights of the day also include the local hill tribes who you will meet on the way such as the Tay people, the Black Yao people or Yao with long tunic, the Red Yao people. Your picnic lunch will be served at a local family somewhere on the hike. Late in the afternoon, you will reach a family of the H'Mong ethnic minority where you will have dinner and experience the second night at a local house. This is a great chance for you to experience the authenticity of the local culture and life. 
Accommodation: Homestay in Hoang Su Phi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: More Tribal Experience
This morning, you may be woken up by the sounds of the domestic animals like roosters, pigs. Have breakfast and set off again for further trek and enjoy the scenery of bamboo bushes, rice terraces, streams… Have a picnic lunch on the way.Trek back to Pan Hou Lodge. Arrive the Lodge, check in and relax for the rest of the day. Dinner and overnight at the lodge
Accommodation: Pan Hou Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 
Day 6: Hoang Su Phi – Hanoi
Spend your full day drive back to Hanoi, lunch at a restaurant on the way. Arrive in Hanoi in the afternoon.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
 
Day 7: Hanoi – Halong Bay by shuttle bus
AM: We pick you up from your hotel between 7:30 am. and 8:00 am. (we may do several picks up) for  a 3.5 hour drive North East of Hanoi taking you across the Red River delta, the second biggest in Vietnam and through the scenic country side to reach Halong Bay.
You will arrive at Tuan Chau International Marina on the harbor of Halong’s biggest island. From here a tender boat will take you to our Halong Phoenix Cruiser. A refreshing welcome drink is served and you can check into your cabin.
PM: As you settle into your cabin, our boat sets sail to the centre of this World Heritage site.  Lunch is served in the restaurant while you enjoy the amazing scenery and delicious lunch of fresh local seafood or your requested vegetarian meal.
From the marina area, our cruiser passes by Dog Head and Swan Islands, Ba Hang Floating villages (with floating houses), Incense Burner and Thumb Islands before reaching the Luom Bo area for kayaking.
Around 3pm, we gear up for one hour of kayaking around Luom Bo area (the provincial border between Quang Ninh province and Cat Ba National Park of Hai Phong).
Your guide will show you some basic safety guidelines and techniques for paddling, before assisting you on our brand new sit-on-top kayaks. The kayaking area is so quiet that you will feel like the bay is untouched. You will see neither other boats nor kayakers, beyond your group and our Phoenix Cruiser.
As the sun sets over the bay, we head back to our cruise and relax. Coffee, tea and fruits will be available on the sundeck or you can order your favorite drink from the bar.
The Halong Phoenix Cruiser continues to sail to a private, quiet anchorage area for the evening.
Dinner is served with local seafood and then you may choose to enjoy a drink from the bar or experience squid fishing, before retiring
Accommodation: Deluxe Junk Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 
Day 8: Heritage Site – Lan Ha Bay –National Park – Anchorage Area
AM: You may choose to rise early for a breath taking and stunning vista of the serene bay at sunrise. It is a wonderful experience. Today, you will travel further, to the other side of Halong Bay, by another boat, and return to your Phoenix Cruiser at sun set time.
After breakfast, you will board a kayaking support boat, which comes from Cat Ba Island and discover other parts of Halong Bay.
Sail past the famous Frog and Chop Stick Islands as well as Cua Van Floating Village. The boat will stop at around 10:00am for you to enjoy kayaking time. You will be guided on a round trip, exploring the bay, passing fishing villages, beaches and lagoons.
After a couple of hours you take a break to swim and relax on a private beach where your delicious lunch is served.
PM: After lunch, prepare to explore further north. A one hour cruise will take you to a new kayak area in Cat Ba National Park, where you can paddle through  Dark Cave (at tidal permission) and Bright Cave to see an amazing cave and lagoon inside. Enjoy the quiet atmosphere of this area, its tranquil water, magnificent limestone formations and perhaps observe a family of Cat Ba Languar (the Golden Headed Languar) feeding on the nearby trees’ foliage.
Return to the support boat and sail to Halong Phoenix cruiser to watch the sunset over the bay while relaxing and enjoying tea, coffee, fruits or your favorite drink served from the bar on the sundeck.
Dinner is served with local fresh seafood in the restaurant. Relax and enjoy the evening.
Accommodation: Deluxe Junk cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 
Day 9: Ha Long – Hanoi by shuttle bus
AM: Breakfast is served from 7.30am until 8.30am. After that, you will visit an impressive  grotto of AM: Breakfast will be served from 7.30am until 8.30am. After that you will visit the most imposing grotto of the bay – Surprising (Sung Sot) Cave. 
10AM: The return journey cruises a different route enabling you to see new areas and view islands from a different perspective.  We arrange a cooking demonstration on the boat to show you how to make real Vietnamese spring rolls. You will about learn about the recipes and techniques that go into this very popular dish of the Vietnamese people.
Lunch is served on the boat when you are close to the harbor. You depart the Halong Phoenix Cruiser at around 12:00, and travel by tender back to the harbor
PM: Our bus is waiting for you at the marina for the return journey to your hotel in Hanoi.
Your trip ends at your hotel around 16h30.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
 
Day 10: Hanoi Departure
Breakfast is at the hotel. Meet your guide at hotel lobby and being transferred to Noi Bai airport for boarding a flight to the next destination. End of Asia Top Travel’s services 
Meal: Breakfast

Trip cost depends on your group size, travel period and your specific tour needs. Please send us an enquiry for availability and the most updated price. Our travel consultants will contact you shortly.
 
Inclusion:
  • Private tours with English speaking guide for the entire trip except leisure time
  • Private transportation for hold trip except leisure time 
  • Shuttle bus transfer: Hanoi – Halong - Hanoi
  • Entrance fee to any applicable tourist sites
  • Meals at local restaurant as indicated (B=Breakfast; L=Lunch; D-Dinner)
  • Accommodations on double/twin sharing rooms
·          Private cabin on sharing boat trip in Halong bay 
·         Homestay in Ha Giang
  • Cool water and tissue
  • Government tax 
  • Service charge
 
Exclusion:
  • International flight ticket 
  • Vietnam visa (Visa letter upon requested)
  • Early and late check out
  • Other meals not mentioned
  • Tips & personal expenses 
  • Laundry 
  • Other not stated above 
  • Travel insurance

Ho chi Minh Mausoleum One pillar Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh complex The Presidential Palace Ho Chi Minh House-On-Stilts Temple of Literature Cyclo Tour in the old quarter Bac Ha market, Lao Cai Yao people Hoang Su Phi, Ha Giang Ha Giang mountainous area Hoang Su Phi Ha Long Bay, Vietnam Ha Long Bay, Vietnam Sword lake
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