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Glimpse Of Northern Vietnam 5 Days

See the best of Northern Vietnam with a 5-day tour that’ll take you from Hanoi to Sapa to Halong bay! Explore the famous sights of each area, experience Sapa villages, overnight on a cruise in Halong Bay and so much more.

Glimpse Of Northern Vietnam 5 Days

Glimpse Of Northern Vietnam 5 Days



Day 1: Hanoi city tour – Sapa (L)

Arrive in Hanoi, we warmly welcome you at the airport and transfer to hotel. After a refreshment, the tour guide will come to pick up you for Hanoi city tour at 8.30am. The tour starts by visiting Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Ho Chi Minh Museum. Observe the architectural and historical aspects of Uncle Ho’s final resting-place. Just beside is Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts where he used to live during wartime. Locating not far from the Mausoleum is the One Pillar Pagoda which was built by King Ly Thai To in 1049. The structure has displayed an essential symbol for the Hanoian. Proceed to visit the Temple of Literature (Quoc Tu Giam) – Vietnam’s first University constructed in 1070. Its gardens and well-preserved structure offer a relaxing sight into Vietnam’s past. Have lunch at local restaurants. Continue to visit the Ethnology Museum. Following that, we will take you to Hoan Kiem Lake, see the tranquil water, and visit Ngoc Son Temple. (Read more about these attractions) An hour of rickshaw tour around the bustling old quarter to feel ordinary life in Hanoi. At 18.00, back to your accommodation. Now it’s your free time to have dinner and a quick glance to explore the heart of Hanoi. Evening, around 20.00, our tour guide takes you from your hotel to go to Hanoi Railway Station. He will lead you to your cabin and show you things to remember on the train. Spend the night on the train.


Day 2: Sapa – Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai – Ta Van (B-L-D)

Early morning at 5.00, you will be greeted at Lao Cai railway station, the van takes you up to the township of Sapa which takes approx one hour to arrive. After breakfast and a morning shower, we will walk from Sapa towards Muong Hoa valley where we can admire the magnificent landscape. Here you will discover the fantastic scenery of Hoang Lien mountain ranges and meet Black H’mong tribes. Trek through rice terrace and minority villages along the Muong Hoa River, where we can get here a nice swim. Then we cross the suspension bridge towards the Ta Van village of Zay people. Enjoy the vast landscape surrounding the village. Stay overnight: Option 1: Enjoying the hospitality and company of Zay family and homestay overnight. Option 2: Back to Sapa town. Stay the night at the hotel.


Day 3: Sapa – Trekking further to explore the beauty (B-L-D)

Option 1: Ta Van– Giang Ta Chai– Su Pan– Sa Pa Enjoy mountain landscape with your sunrise coffee, then enjoy a tasty breakfast ready to trek through bamboo forests towards Giang Ta Chai waterfall, pass over a rattan suspension bridge and enter into Giang Ta Chai village which is resided by the Red Zao minorities. Here we will experience their regular life then pass over the Muong Hoa River up the mountain to see Supan village of the H’mong minorities.

Option 2: Visit Cat Cat village and Sin Chai village After breakfast at the hotel, walk down to visit the Black H’mong in Cat Cat village southwest of Sapa (around 4 km). Rest at the foot of the stunning waterfall and the remnant of a hydroelectric power station that was erected by the French during the colonial time in Vietnam. Enjoy picnic lunch by the side of the river, and then trek for 6km to Sin Chai, the village placed at the foot of Fansipan Mountain – “the roof of Vietnam and Indochina.” From here you can enjoy magnificent, stunning panoramas before climbing up on the way a jeep to turn to Sapa. Back to Sapa. Take a warm shower in the hotel before heading to Lao Cai Railway Train for the night train back to Hanoi. 


Day 4: Sapa – Hanoi – Halong Bay (B-L-D)

At 05.00, arrive at Hanoi Railway Station Station. Our tour assistant greets you back, accompany you to the hotel for a morning shower and breakfast. Around 8.00, our guide and driver pick you up at your hotel and go to Halong bay on a shuttle bus. After 2h, take a rest at Humanity center and have a cup of coffee. Arrival in Halong at 11.45, the Captain and crew welcome you. Relish the delicious lunch as boat pass through thousands of Islands and Islets with different shapes. After the meal, explore the largest and a marvelous cave in Halong Bay –Surprise Cave. Then Kayaking for an hour around the fishing village and learn about the life of community there. Next, back to boat for Sunset Party, get to calm, fresh water place for swimming. Enjoy delightful and romantic dinner with some barbecue courses. In the evening, leisure time for entertainment with the fun activities such as squid fishing, karaoke program, stars watching on the sundeck. Spend a romantic night on the boat. Overnight on board in Halong Bay.


DAY 5: Halong Bay – Hanoi (B-L)

In the morning, breakfast gets served on board. Cruise further and stop-over at a pearl farm to see real pearl cultivated by local fisherman. After that, we continue traveling further, go through many islands and islets to discover the mysterious charm of the bay. Join a cooking class on the cruise for all the people are interested in the kitchen, especially cooking Vietnamese food. Having lunch while cruising back to the pier. Say goodbye to the crew and disembark. Get on the bus to go back to Hanoi. Arrival in Hanoi around 04.30pm. Stay overnight at hotel in Hanoi.

Price in USD/Per person

Stay Grade Saver 2* Deluxe 3* Luxury 4*,5*
Group Tour $ 280 $ 350 390 USD
Private Tour N/A $ 479 515 USD

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  • Accommodations mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Room on a junk boat with AC in Halong Bay.
  • Kayaking: Safe, clean and friendly.
  • Train Tickets Hanoi - Lao Cai & Return
  • Meal mentioned ( B,L,D = Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  • Entrance & sightseeing fees.
  • Transfer as per itinerary
  • English speaking guide.


  • Drinks.
  • Tips and other personal expenses.


Starts/Ends: Hanoi / Hanoi
Tour Duration: 05 days/04 nights
Dates: No fixed departure dates. You may go whenever you wish
Tour Type: Landscape, Culture, History
Activity Level: Easy & Regular itinerary
Tour Customizable: Absolutely! (Tell us your specific requirements in the inquiry form)

Day 01: Hanoi City Tour - Catch a Night Train to Sapa (L)
Day 02: Sapa Tour (B, L,D)
Day 03: Sapa - Hanoi (B, L)
Day 04: Hanoi - Halong Bay (B, L, D)
Day 05 Halong Bay - Hanoi (B, L)

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