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Start/Finish
Hanoi / Hanoi
Duration
7 days / 6 nights
Private
Customized Tour

This ‘Northern Vietnam Discovery’ tour will take you to see some of the most stunning landscapes travelers can come across in the country! Wander the streets of Hanoi – the ancient capital with rich culture and world-class cuisine. Enjoy the tour to Ninh Binh, where the former capital Hoa Lu is located, and also a region renowned with mesmerizing untouched nature – green mountains, serene river, verdant rice fields, and incredible caves. Spend time trekking and meeting the local hill tribes when traveling Sapa. In Halong Bay, head for a memorable cruise ride for the sight of hundreds of limestone mountains rising from the ocean and watch the beautiful sunrise from the deck the next day.

Full Itinerary

- This itinerary is designed for your kind reference, and it can totally be personalized to match your time, budget and interests. Feel free to let us know your expectations for the trip and we take care of them for you.

- Trips are personally tailor-made, with basic standards of daily JOIN-GROUP TOURS where-ever possible, while accommodations and your time of leisure are at your own choice. If your budget allows, we recommend you upgrade to PRIVATE TOURS, when you are personally taken care of and be able to enjoy more private time on your own. Certainly, your trip can be a good mix of PRIVATE DAY TOURS and JOIN-GROUP DAY TOURS as you wish, just simply let us know!

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival

Warmly welcomed at Hanoi International airport, then you will be taken directly to your hotel in downtown, in a private vehicle. Check in hotel (check-in time is from 14.00).
You can then choose to relax at your hotel or stretch your legs by taking a walk-through busy Streets of Hanoi Old Quarter, a perfect way to explore the daily life of Hanoians. Dinner is on your own tonight (with the recommendation from your Travel Specialists if you wish).

Meals included: No
Overnight in Hanoi



Day 2: Hanoi City Tour

After breakfast at the hotel, dive into the sights sounds and aromas of Hanoi. Start with Ho Chi Minh Complex including his Mausoleum (Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is closed all afternoon, every Monday & Friday, and from late September until December), the Presidential Palace, the historic Stilt house, and the One Pillar Pagoda.

Continuing on our journey through Hanoi, we will drive to Tran Quoc Pagoda (which means “Stabilizing the Nation”), the oldest pagoda constructed in the sixth century in the Westlake and also a famous attraction for pilgrims.

From there, we’ll head to the Temple of Literature. Originally built in honor of Confucius by Emperor Ly Thanh Tong in 1070, a university was added to the grounds six years later. The university provided education to the royal family and children of the aristocracy or “mandarins”.

Around 12.30: you will have lunch at a restaurant. Afterward, you’ll visit Hoan Kiem Lake, the heart and soul of Hanoi. We will then take a short drive to visit the Museum of Ethnology, a museum of the 54 officially recognized Ethnic Groups in Vietnam (Ethnology Museum is closed every Monday).

From 17.00 – 17.30, return to your hotel, the rest of the day will be free.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Hanoi

Optional: Hanoi Street food tour (private tour)

We’ll start our walking tour of Hanoi’s largest covered market, Dong Xuan. Along the perimeter of the market, dozens of street hawkers sell a staggering variety of products, from live seafood to exotic fruits and spices. Your expert English-speaking local guide will give you an insight into the intricacies and traditions of Vietnamese food culture including details on ingredients and the history of popular northern dishes.

Walking through the maze of bustling streets that make up Hanoi’s Old Quarter, we’ll tempt our taste buds with the famed Hanoi dish Banh Cuon at a local eatery. Watch in awe as the skilled chefs demonstrate for you how this tasty dish is put together. Continuing into the atmospheric heart of the Old Quarter, we’ll wander past street stalls and quiet residential lanes where you can observe local life that has changed little since Hanoi was founded over 1000 years ago.

Our next stop will be a food stall for you to try our Bread, a little food stall with a few typical tiny Vietnamese chairs on the sidewalk where we enjoy the delicious fresh baguettes while observing the neighborhood.

Next one is another famous dish – Bun Cha. Bun Cha consists of vermicelli, herbs and grilled pork. At this secretly hidden café, we will watch a demonstration and then try some egg coffee, a scrumptious local delicacy.

Continue to other food stalls near Hoan Kiem lake, where we can try some dishes such as Che “Vietnamese style pudding” and Nom “papaya salad with beef”.

It’s the time for dessert as we’ll venture down a small alley and try the local tradition of fresh fruit served in a cup and smothered with crushed iced – this specialty is one not to be missed!

Price: Upon request
Inclusions: English speaking guide, food.

 



Day 3: Hanoi – Ninh Binh (Trang An – Mua Cave – Tuyet Tinh Coc) – Hanoi – Night Train to Lao Cai

Depart early in the morning from the hotel for the 2-hour drive through rural northern Vietnam – Ninh Binh, on the way, you experience the peaceful scenery along the Highway 1A, stop for a short break to stretch your legs. You’ll arrive in Trang An Wharf – the most exciting boating trip with sampan boats through caves and visit stunning river surrounded by Limestone Karsts with rich fauna and flora. Then you’ll have buffet lunch with Vietnamese Cuisines in our restaurant.

In the afternoon, we’ll head to Mua cave with stunning rice fields with buffalos, goats…along the road till approaching Mua cave. You’ll walk up to the top of the mountain where Mua cave is located, visiting lovely stalactites and stalagmites inside, then take a spectacular view from the top to the valley. You’ll get back to Trang An, then visit Tuyet Tinh Coc (the on top pagoda inside the cave) from there you can see the romantic lake surrounded by Karsts and jungles. This will recall you to childhood. You’ll return the Bungalow, spend your own time at the bungalow swimming or relaxing until you get on the bus back to Hanoi. The rest of the day will be on your own.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Hanoi



Day 4: Hanoi – Sapa (Overland) – Overnight in Local House

After early breakfast at the hotel, you will be picked up from your hotel for about 5hrs driving to Sapa, the Former French Hill Station. Arrive in Sapa after mid-day and check into your hotel.
At around 14.00, we’ll take a short drive to Y Linh Ho then trek through the rice terraces and along Muong Hoa Stream to the Black Hmong village of Lao Chai to see the spectacular landscape of Hoang Lien Son Mountain. You’ll approach Ta Van village where Dzay Ethnic People inhabits in the late afternoon.
Check in homestay; get to know the family of Dzay People. Spend time to enjoy mountain life on Sunset. You may attend cooking local dishes with the family and enjoy dinner in peace.
In the evening, you can join the local bar nearby with music and socialize with other tourists then overnight at homestay.

Trekking distance is about 9 km and it lasts for 3.5 hours

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight in a local house in Ta Van Village



Day 5: Ta Van Village – Trek to Giang Ta Chai Village – Sapa – Back Hanoi

Get up early to dive yourself into the fresh air and breathtaking mountainous scenery. Enjoy breakfast prepared by the family and say goodbye the host, we will start a new day with the more interesting trek.
We’ll trek for almost 3 hours through paddy fields and bamboo forest, you will reach Giang Ta Chai, a village of Red Zdao minority. Here you will enjoy a short rest by the waterfall, then proceed to the meeting point where the driver will take you back to Sapa town.
Take the bus (at around 3 pm) back to Hanoi. The drive will be around 05hrs with breaks on the way. Arrive in Hanoi by evening time, drop off at your hotel in Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Hanoi



Day 6: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Overnight on Boat

After breakfast at your hotel, you’ll leave Hanoi for Halong Bay. The journey is through the rich farmlands where you can observe the everyday life of Vietnamese villagers. Arriving in Halong Bay in the late morning and you will board a traditional “junk” boat. You will begin a relaxing and unforgettable cruise around the breathtaking and unique limestone karsts and islets. A delicious fresh seafood lunch will be served as you cruise this spectacular bay, a UNESCO listed site.

Notes: The program may differ slightly based on the junk cruise’s itinerary.

Towards the end of the day, the boat will set anchor for the night. As the sun sets over the bay, dinner will be served with fresh seafood, salad, and fruit. You will spend the night in your private cabin aboard the Junk in Halong Bay.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Overnight on boat, private en-suite cabin


Day 7: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Departure

Early risers can enjoy an unforgettable sunrise over the bay. On a clear day, you will have a chance to see the sunrise over the spectacular horizon, reflecting in the pristine waters of the bay

Enjoy breakfast while the vessels cruises slowly back the jetty. Disembark at around noontime and you will be transferred back Hanoi then transferred to Hanoi airport flight Departure.

*** Note: In case your flight departure is in the morning or afternoon time, one more night in Hanoi should be added.

Meals included: Brunch on Cruise

Pricing

The price of this trip varies according to selected airlines, the number of people in your party, dates of departure, hotel standard, and availability of ground services. If you wish to travel with your family, friends or on your own we would be more than happy to assist you with your arrangements.

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What’s Included?

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour of Hanoi with highlights
  • Halong Bay Cruise 2 days/1night
  • Ninh Binh and Tam Coc “Halong Bay on land”.
  • Trek Sapa’s quaint hill tribe villages & Experience local homestay in hill tribes’ villages
  • Experience a local train ride

Travel Services

  • Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast
  • All Excursions
  • Transportation in AC vehicles
  • English speaking guide(s)

  • Local boats
  • Local train ride
  • Admission fee
  • Meals as stated in the program

Travel Highlights

  • Complimentary Vietnam Visa Approval Letter
  • An open choice for join-group tour or private tour with maximum flexibility
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras.
  • Transfer in good and high qualified transportation vehicles

  • Hand-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Accompanied by Experienced and friendly local guides
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of the tour

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Akshatha Shetty
Australia

Best experience at Vietnam with Asia Trip Deals

Thank you Emma and Asia Trip Deals for arranging an awesome and unforgettable vacation in Vietnam. We were 4 friends who were planning for Vietnam and were confused about how to kick start and complete our trip in 10 days within budget. Right then we got in touch with Emma and she handled everything for us, starting from our trip itinerary, domestic flights, accommodations and must-visit places. Our entire trip was fun-filled and knowledgeable, all thanks to the tour guides provided to us, they were super friendly, helpful and filled with enthusiasm. The trip deal included a few good dining options to enjoy local food, loved it. We strongly recommend Asia trip deals if you are planning a trip to a place you have never been to before. The team is very responsive and on top when it comes to communication, just to make sure the trip is as planned.

    

November 14, 2019
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Behnam
USA

Great Tour

It was a nice tour and they arranged everything as per schedule. The tour guides were great, friendly, and knowledgeable. The hotel selection was ok.

November 5, 2019
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Sitinder
Australia

Amazing Vietnam and Cambodia personalized tour

My husband and I had not been to Vietnam or Cambodia before. We wanted a tour of the main tourist stops and also to explore some parts ourselves. Emma did a fantastic job of guiding us through the options and creating a personalized itinerary.

We were very extremely happy with her choice of comfortable mid-range hotels located close to shops, markets and local restaurants so we didn’t need transport to get around. Any changes, no matter how small were communicated by Emma in advance. She kept in touch all through to check we were safe and having a good time.
The tour guides and drivers entertained us with their jokes on the longer journeys and were great company throughout.

All the internal flights, pick-ups and drop-offs from the airport were taken care of as well as all entrance fees for the sites/attractions. This takes the hassle of haggling about transport costs and options, especially in view of the huge figures in exchange rates that involved dealing in thousands and millions of Vietnam Dong. There is a big tipping culture, so be prepared to have plenty of spare cash for this, but most places also accept American dollars.

Due to the personal service from Emma and attention to detail, our trip was hassle-free, leaving us free to soak up the atmosphere, sights and smells that have left us feeling we would like to return and explore more next time. The highlight for me was the overnight cruise along Halong Bay. It was so calm and peaceful, just what I needed!! I would thoroughly recommend Emma and Asia Trip Deals, if like me you just want a holiday and not the stress of spending hours trawling through the internet looking for hotel/flight deals and places to visit.

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October 20, 2019
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