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CTV9: Best North Vietnam Tour 8 days 7 nights

Starts in:
Ha Noi
Ends in:
Ha Noi
8 Days in Length
Tour code:

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Itinerary in Brief:

Day 1: Hanoi arrival
Day 2: Hanoi city tour – night train to Sapa (B, L)
Day 3: Sapa – Cat cat tribe’s village (B, L)
Day 4: Lao chai – Tavan village – night train back Hanoi (B, L)
Day 5: Hanoi – Halong Bay cruise (B, L, D)
Day 6: Halong bay – Ninh Binh (B, D)
Day 7: Tam Coc – Bich dong – Hoa lu - Hanoi (B, L)
Day 8: Hanoi departure (B)
Itinerary in Details

Day 1 :Hanoi arrival

Arrival at Noi Bai Airport, you are warmly welcomed  and transferred  to hotel by private Asia View Travel’s guide with signboard, check in, relax. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.

Day 2: Hanoi city tour - night train to Sapa ( B, L)
Breakfast at hotel, This morning we start city tour  with the Ho Chi Minh Complex. This famous site contains the mausoleum of the nation’s founder Ho Chi Minh (Close on Monday, Friday & October for annual maintenance ), the Presidential Palace and the Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts. Close to this complex is the One Pillar Pagoda, whose origins date back to the foundation of city. We follow this with the impressive Ethnology Museum, dedicated to Vietnam's 54 ethnic groups.  Lunch at local restaurant. Afternoon, visit the Temple of Literature, which is well known as the first university of Vietnam, Vietnam’s first university.  Constructed in 1070, the gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a relaxing glimpse into Vietnam’s past. We continue to visit the Restored Sword Lake (Hoan Kiem Lake) and Ngoc Son Temple,  do a cyclo tour around   around the 36 streets of the Hanoi old quarter to learn more about simple life of Hanoian. Enjoy water puppet show- a remarkable Vietnamese art form that combines traditional music, fireworks, underwater puppeteers, and elaborate puppets floating gracefully over water. Transfer to the train station for night train to Sapa. The train leaves Hanoi at around 9:00 PM. Overnight on train.

Day 3: Sapa – Catcat villages ( B, L )
The train arrives at the Lao Cai train station at approximately 06:00. There will be a vehicle waiting to transfer us to Sapa. The drive to Sapa is only 33km but it takes around 1.5 hours to make our way up the mountains. Arrival in Sapa, enjoy buffet breakfast at hotel. ( There will be surcharge if you require early check in ).
From  hotel there will be a  tour to the hill tribe villages of Cat Cat, visiting some H'mong hill tribe’s minority peoples. As we walk to the villages nestled in the valley below Sapa, we will meet some of the local minority people on their way to and from Sapa. Here we have the opportunity to share cultural experiences with the families that live in the area. Overnight at hotel in Sapa.

Day 4: Lao chai – Tavan hill tribe villages  - night train back Hanoi ( B, L )
Buffet breakfast at the hotel Embark on a lovely walk that will take us along small paths and trails and through several hill tribe villages of Lao Chai and Tavan, home to H'mong, and Dzay people. This is a absolutely spectacular walk through stunning scenery inhabited by some of the friendliest people you can meet. Stopping for a picnic lunch on the way at a family in Ta Van village. Opportunity to meet with local people and study the art of making batik and local weaving villages - study textile tradition of craft women o Black H'mong and Red Dzao. Transfer back to Lao cai for night train back Hanoi. Overnight on train.

Day 5: Hanoi – Halong bay ( B, L,D )
Arrival in Hanoi in the early morning at round 5:00 am. Please find your way by foot back to a mini hotel near the Tran Quy  Cap station gate to have shower and basic set menu breakfast.
Then 8:30 AM  start a 3. 5 hour drive through the Red River Delta to Ha Long City. Comfort stop en route for photos and coffee ( by your own ) before arriving to Ha Long City.
11.30 – 12.15   Welcome you at Hòn Gai Tourist International Port
12.30   Check in Overnight Cruise, welcome drink and progra intromduction
13.00 – 14.30   The cruise start the journey
Lunch served with local cuisines menu and passing the paramount view at Ha Long
such as Kicking Dog Island , Fighting Chicken Islet, Huong Peak, Thien Cung Cave,Dau Go Island…
15.00 – 16.00   Explore Surprise Cave – one of the most famous caves on the Ha Long bay.
16.30 – 17.30   Small boat take you to Titop seaside: visiting islands, climb to Titop Mountain 200m in height to see the whole bay and swimming at Titop Seaside.
18.00   Return to your cruise or relaxation or enjoy sunset on the bay
19.30 – 21.00   Dinner at the restaurant with organized menu
21.00   Free at your leisure like lying on deck or going to catch squid…
Overnight on junk.

Day 6: Halong bay – Ninh binh ( B,D )
Rising to the tranquil beauty of the bay we have time for an early morning dip with joys and emotions for watching sunrise on sea followed by breakfast. This morning we continue to move around the bay to find more secluded areas. The junk will be near us at all times serving as a back up vessel for those that require it. At around midday we will return to the main harbor before transferring to our awaiting vehicle for a 3-hour journey to Ninh binh. Arrive in Ninh binh, check in, relax. Overnight at hotel in Ninh binh

Day 7:  Tam coc – Ninh binh – Hanoi ( B, L,)
Breakfast at hotel, take aboard sampans at Tam Coc to ferry down the Boi river, spend some time relaxing on a 2 hour boat trip. The boat goes through 3 cavernous limestone tunnels, offering a cool break from the sunshine and astounding views of the cave structures. After boat tour in Tam Coc, you have the chance to visit the 15th century Bich Dong Pagoda complex. On a limestone mountain three pagodas were built, the Lower, the Middle and the Upper pagoda. Lunch at local restaurant in Tam Coc. In the afternoon transfer to Hoa lu, the ancient citadel of Vietnam in 10th century, to visit temples of two Kings: Dinh and Le, walking up and down in the beautiful Truong Yen Valley to enjoy the marvelous scenery. Transfer back to Hanoi. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.
Day 8: Hanoi departure (B)
Breakfast at hotel, free time until  transfer to the airport for your departure flight. Say goodbye Vietnam.
Thank you for traveling with Asia View Travel!

Accommodation Options




First class



Hanoi Paradise 3 *

Hanoi Imperial  3*

Hanoi flower garden 4*

De L'Opera 5*


Boutique sapa 3*

Boutique sapa 3*

Chau Long New Wing 4*

Victoria Sapa 4*

Ninh Binh

Queen hotel 3 *

Queen hotel 3 *

Legend 4 *

Legend 4 *

Boat in Halong




Victory star

Tour includes:
• All accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
•  2 days 1 night cruise on Halong Bay ( private cabin - sharing boat )
• All tours & transfers in private air-conditioned vehicle
• Private English or French  speaking guide
• Meals as indicated in the itinerary  with local foods (B = breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner)
• Boat cruise as stated
• Round trip train ticket with soft sleep 4 berth/cabin Hanoi – Lao cai, Lao cai – Hanoi
• Entrance fees and permits for all sights visited
• Mineral water & towel
• Government taxes & Service charges
Tour excludes:
• International flights to and from Vietnam
• Vietnam visa arrangement (upon request visa on arrival at 10USD, not including stamping fee at 25 USD)
• Meals not indicated in the itinerary
• Kayak in Halong Bay
• Surcharge on Christmas, New Year and our Lunar New Year
• Personal travel insurance
• Personal expenses such as Telephone and Laundry bills

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