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Northern Vietnam in Focus

VN05: 6 Days Private Tour of Hanoi - Lao Cai - Sapa - Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hanoi
Tour Type: Private Tour, any parts of the itinerary can be customized
Guide: English-speaking guide, experienced and knowledgeable
Driver: Private driver with a spacious air-conditioned car
Accommodation: 4 to 5-star hotels, also be open to your own choice
Meals: Authentic local cuisines and western-style food for your choice
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Halong BayHalong Bay karst cave
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Day 1 Arrival in Hanoi
Welcome to Hanoi! As soon as you come out from the restricted area, you will find our guide is waiting for you with a friendly smile and warm greetings. In a short while, you will be escorted to the designated downtown hotel. After a short break, we will take you to the very heart of this capital city for an orientation tour to the most popular sightseeing spots: the Opera House, the Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple. A welcome dinner of genuine Vietnamese food is served for you at a local best restaurant in the evening.

Meals: Dinner
Day 2 Hanoi - Lao Cai
We begin a full day city tour right after breakfast. We will first proceed to Ba Dihn Square to visit the Ho Chi Minh Complex (Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum and stilt house), the nearby One Pillar Pagoda and the Presidential Palace. Afterwards, we explore the Temple of Literature, Quan Thanh Temple, the sedate Tran Quoc Pagoda and West Lake. We also have chance to visit one of the city's museums, either the History Museum or the Ethnology Museum based on your interests. A lively traditional Water Puppet Show is scheduled for you next. You will then be driven to the railway station to take an overnight train to Lao Cai.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Overnight soft sleeper train
Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, a historical memorial of Hanoi
Day 3 Lao Cai - Sapa
Arrive at Laocai, drive to Sapa and check in at the hotel. Trekking through the terraced rice fields to the villages Cat Cat and Sin Chai. (B)
When the train gets to Lao Cai in the early morning, our local guide and driver will pick you up from the railway station. We will drive for about 40 kilometers to arrive at Sapa - a well-known summer resort in Vietnam. After finishing breakfast at the hotel, you can take a rest till late morning. In the next two hours, our guide will lead you to trek through the terraced rice fields to enjoy the impressive landscape. After that, we will visit two hill villages - Cat Cat and Sin Chai, from both of which one can get real insight into the way of life of the local ethnic people living there. We leave the remainder of the day free for you to relax on your own. You can just walk around the town, take in the sights and immerse in its charming atmosphere.

Meals: Breakfast
Trekking in Sapa
Our guests trekking through the terraced rice fields of Sapa
Day 4 Sapa - Hanoi
Explore Sapa town further, pass through hill tribe villages. An overnight train back to Hanoi. (B+L)
The natural scenery and unique ethnic customs in Sapa are indeed intoxicating, so a deeper visit is absolutely necessary. Our guide will accompany you to take a scenic hike through yawning valleys and hill tribe villages. You get three choices for the hiking today: soft trek (3 km), medium trek (6 km) and long trek (12km). No matter which one you choose, you will have an incredible experience. Moreover, you will get chance to interact with the H'mong, Dzao and Dzay minority people. Lunch is served at one of the hill tribe villages. After completing the tour today, we will transfer you to Lao Cai to board the overnight train back to Hanoi.  

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Overnight soft sleeper train
Day 5 Hanoi - Halong Bay
Railway station pick-up, have a short break. Drive to Halong Bay to board Signature cruise and stay one night on the cruise. You will have a wonderful time. (B+L+D)
The train gets to Hanoi in the early morning. You will be greeted at the railway station and be taken to a nearby hotel for breakfast and a short break. After that, we set off for Halong Bay, which is a must-see destination on the agenda for anybody coming to Hanoi. We will arrive at noon since the drive takes about 3.5 to 4 hours. You then spend the next 24 hours on a traditional Junk Cruise in the bay. A tasty lunch with fresh seafood is served on board. When cruising around a great numbers of islands, all you need to do is just to relax yourself and enjoy the spectacular view of the bay. En route, you will visit one of its three largest limestone caves (Thien Cung, Dau Go or Sung Sot) to explore a variety of stunning stalagmites and stalactites. If weather permits, the junk will stop at an island cove with a sheltered sugar-white sand beach and you can take a dip in the clean and warm water of the Tonkin Gulf. Stay overnight on the junk.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Halong Bay
Cruise on Halong Bay
Halong Bay karst cave
Explore the Halong Bay karst cave
Day 6 Halong Bay - Departure from Hanoi
Relax on board, disembark around noon and see off. A nice journey home! (Brunch)
If you are used to getting up early, you can simply see the sunrise or practise Tai Chi under instructions on the top deck. After having a cup of wake-up coffee or tea, you will visit nearby islands by rowboat. Continue to enjoy the breath-taking scenery as our cruise returns to Halong. Before docking at Halong pier, you will have brunch on board. Our driver is ready to meet you at the dock and transfer you to the airport to take your outbound flight. If you have extra time for the vocation and want to visit other fantastic cites or neighboring countries, we've got extensive options for you to select from. Let's go on to have more fun!

Meals: Brunch
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
DestinationsLuxury HotelsStandard Hotels
HanoiPan Pacific Hanoi Hanoi La Siesta Hotel & Spa
SapaSilk Path Grand Resort & Spa Pistachio Hotel Sapa
Hoi AnLa Siesta Hoi An Resort & Spa Little Beach A Boutique Hotel & Spa
Halong BayIndochina Palace Signature Cruise
Tour Prices
Travelers2-3 travelers4-5 travelers
With Luxury Hotels
With Standard Hotels
  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
  • Any parts of the itinerary e.g. tour length, activities & hotels can be tailored to your individual interests.
Price Includes
  • Two nights accommodation on Fansipan Express train in shared 4 soft berths cabin with A/C
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
  • Services of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicles
  • Service of English speaking guides as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
Price Excludes
  • International flight into and out Vietnam
  • Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels
  • Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
  • Tips for guides and drivers
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Vietnam Visa fees
Why Choose Our Asia Tours?
One-to-one travel consultant service is available on hand, all for free, and all for your worry-free travel. You will enjoy real personalized service.
We design your holiday entirely to cater to your interests and always suggest rewarding sightseeing & experience. You will discover Asia in your own way.
Comfortable accommodation will enhance your enjoyment of the whole holiday. We and our local partners personally visit all the hotels we recommend and only select best value for you.
We evaluate our guides strictly and only the best will serve. They are superb at taking care of all of the details in addition to being proficient in cross-cultural communication.
We take every care to provide you with a wonderful experience based on professional tour arrangements and top quality service. No hidden charge!
As a reputed Asia tour operator established for 20 years, we offer the best payment plan & easy cancellation policy, to guarantee you a hassle-free booking.
Questions & Answers
Asked by George from CANADA | Jun. 16, 2016 01:57Reply
Can u confirm how long it will take to drive 300km to Sapa?
Can u confirm how long it will take to drive 300km to Sapa? Is it an air-conditioned car? Also how long does it take to drive to Haling Bay? Is it possible to drive to Halong Bay from Sapa or back to Hanoi and then? If it means an extra night in Sapa that is ok. Just trying to cut down in distances.
Answers (1)
Answered by TravelChinaGuide | Jun. 16, 2016 01:57

It takes about 5.5 hours to drive from Hanoi and about 3.5 hours from Hanoi to Halong Bay. We will arrange the Air-condition car for you. Sapa and Halong Bay are in different directions. Normally driving from Hanoi to Sapa takes 5.5 hours, from Hanoi to Halong Bay 3.5 hours. If you prefer driving from Halong Bay to Sapa directly it will take 9 hours which is too long drive. So we usually do not arrange like this.
Asked by drsam from BELGIUM | Aug. 25, 2015 14:30Reply
from hanoi to lao cao to hekou to kunming /turpan/kazakstan/europe
by train/bus drsam/ thank you
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Answered by Elena | Aug. 25, 2015 21:04

You can take train from Hanoi to Laocai, and then take bus to Hekou and finally reach Kunming. Kunming is in the southewest of China, While Turpan is in the North West. They are too far away from each other. Trains between the two cities may take around 62 hours, so I suggest you take flight to Urumqi (6 hours) and then take bus to Turpan. There is an overnight train (10 hours) from Urumqi to Ahlahs Shankou Pass, which connects China with Kazakstan.
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