Delights Of Northern Vietnam - 10 Days

Discover the delights of the beautiful Northern Vietnam on a 10 day adventure to take in the scenic sights and historic monuments for which the country is best known. From Vietnam's charming capital to the brilliantly colored clothes of the northern hill tribes and to the sparkling emerald waters of Halong Bay, you will experience the traditions of mountain towns and the elegance of the remarkable countryside, the vivacity of the gregarious people, and the layered flavors of the traditional cuisine...

Delights Of Northern Vietnam - 10 Days - Vietnam Tours

Start city: Hanoi (Vietnam)

Finish city: Hanoi (Vietnam)

Duration: 10 Days & 9 Nights

Departure: Private Tour. Daily, upon your request.

Cities to visit: Hanoi - Mai Chau (Hoa Binh) - Dien Bien Phu - Sapa (Lao Cai) - Halong Bay

- Extendable with optional tours from Hanoi (Vietnam)

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Tour Highlights
  • Mountainous areas with hill tribe villages and minority people
  • A homestay experience in Mai Chau
  • Dien Bien Phu - the famous historical battleground
  • Trekking in Sapa
  • Overnight cruise on Halong Bay – the World Heritage Site.

  • BRIEF & PRICE
  • ITINERARY
  • TOUR MAP
  • FAQs

BRIEF & PRICE


PRIVATE TOUR COST: Prices are quoted in US dollars per person double occupancy.
Group Size
2 persons
4 persons
6 persons
> 8 persons
Landtour
1,225
980
838
Flights
0
0
0
Total
1,225
980
838

ITINERARY


Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
Welcome to Hanoi, the Vietnam’s bustling colonial capital. Upon arrival, your guide and driver will meet you outside the baggage claim of Noi Bai Airport and take you to your hotel. Check in and have a break then.
In the afternoon, take a walking orientation around the city center, visiting some of Hanoi’s main attractions including the Opera House, Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple. Later, enjoy a traditional Water Puppet Performance – a unique Vietnamese Art form hailing from Southeast Asia’s wet-rice culture.
Meals: N/A.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi.

Day 2: Hanoi City Tour
This morning, join us on a half day tour discovering the local’s life. Leave Hanoi center by a car for a village nearby. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by the local host who then escorts you to visit a local market, the most famous one in the region where many traditional items are for sales. If on market days, people from all the surrounding villages would come to trade. People bring dogs, cats, pigs, chickens, ducks, and bamboo baskets to sell. Everyone is excited to meet each other on that day. You will be surprised about bustling and colorful market which is working under the canopy of old tree. You will see the old woman chew betel and areca nut and blacksmiths work hard with his bright brazier. Right next to the market place is nice vegetable farms. We take a tour around vegetable fields growing a variety of produce including: cauliflower, cabbage, tomatoes, green peas, Chinese peas and corn, as well as fruit gardens with oranges, pomelos, papaya and more etc., and you may have chance to join with a farmer working in his field. You will have opportunity to help in the work of the small land-holding. Depend on the season this will involve ranking, sowing, water greens, picking greens and other garden activities. You will have opportunity to ask experienced for local farmers about cultivation techniques and lifestyle.
Following the market, return to the local family where you will take part in a demonstration learning how to cook delicious and traditional dishes, enjoy local fresh vegetable, fruit, make traditional cake and talk about Vietnamese family custom together. The host offer free tea and local wine. After lunch, drive back to Hanoi center.
In the afternoon, transfer to the Single Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature to gain understanding of the two driving forces in Vietnam culture. Then, walk around the Ba Dinh Square where stands the Mausoleum of President Ho Chi Minh who led Vietnam to independence from French colonial rule. This site has become an important city landmark and a perfect place to learn more about Vietnam’s rich history.  Conclude the day with a rickshaw ride through the lively Old Quarter, a series of 36 ancient streets where peddlers still trade the way they have done for centuries.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi.

Day 3: Hanoi Mai Chau
This trip to the northwest highlands of Mai Chau offers a balance of cultural interest and physical activity, set amongst some of northern Vietnam's most stunning scenery.
Your driver and guide will meet you at your hotel and take you along the national road No. 6 to Mai Chau: a small town nestled in the midst of a lush valley and surrounded by emerald-green rice fields. Enjoy picturesque views of the scenic landscape, sown with pagodas and rural villages. Stop along the way to visit the Muong tribe and then at Thung Khe Pass for a spectacular view of Mai Chau Valley. Have lunch in Mai Chau then spend the afternoon trekking off the typical tourist track. Trek through terraced rice paddies and small villages, discovering the natural beauty of the valley and encountering the culture of the White Thai people, living in the region. Stop at a Thai village for the night, having dinner with a local family and enjoying a homestay in their long house.
Distance: 170 km or 100 miles.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Accommodation: At long house in Mai Chau.

Day 4: Mai Chau Dien Bien Phu
Start the day with a simple breakfast with your host family. Farewell to your host of homestay drive to Son La. Let’s stop en route to visit villages of various tribes including the H’mong, Thai, Muong and Dzao and orchard, tea farm in Moc Chau plateau – Vietnam’s premier tea-growing region, before reach Son La (200km from Mai Chau) for a late lunch. In the afternoon, continue along winding mountain roads through North Vietnam’s stunning countryside. The most picturesque scenery here is Pha Din Pass, well-known as a historical site during the 1st Indochina War ended in 1954, and a charming and dangerous pass at elevation 1,300m with breathtaking view. According to local legend, “Pha Din” means the connection between Heaven and Earth. On arrival, check in your hotel and spend rest of day at leisure.
Distance: 320 km or 200 miles.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Accommodation: Hotel in Dien Bien Phu.

Day 5: Dien Bien Phu
Nestled in a heart shaped basin near the border with Laos, lies Dien Bien Phu, the famous historical battleground, where the Vietnamese successfully defeated the French, marking the end of French colonial occupation.
Start the day early with a visit to the local market where you will meet charming Thai tribes in their traditional costume purchasing their farm products.
Next, you will visit Dien Bien Phu Museum and A1 hill then continue to Dien Bien Phu Cemetery to observe a minute’s silence in memory of the heroes who devoted their lives for the victory of the historical Dien Bien Phu Campaign. Visit General De Castries’s Bunker, Old Muong Thanh Bridge and Nam Rom river.
Then you drive to Muong Phang Village to trek about 1 hour in the forest to visit the historical relic site of the Dien Bien Phu Campaign Headquarters. Return to the hotel for relaxing.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Accommodation: Hotel in Dien Bien Phu.

Day 6: Dien Bien Phu – Sapa
This morning, leave Dien Bien Phu for Sapa. The road is a bit bumpy at times, but the rough route is quickly compensated by the magnificent scenery: yawning valleys, winding rivers, and canonical mountains – a photographer’s dream. The drive to Sapa takes you up Tram Ton – the highest pass in Vietnam – and views of the Fansipan Peak, known as “the roof of Indochina”.  Visit the nearby Silver Waterfall. Upon arrival in the little town of Sapa, check in to your hotel. Nestled in a sweeping valley near the Chinese border, Sapa is Northwest Vietnam’s premier travel destination. Built in 1922 as a French colonial hill station, this quaint town is now a trekker’s paradise, offering hiking routes through terraced rice fields and enchanting hill tribe villages. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore the colorful town on your own. Have dinner and stay overnight in Sapa.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch.
Accommodation: Hotel in Sapa.

Day 7: Sapa Tour
Enjoy your tasty breakfast in the hotel while breathing fresh air of the mountainous region.
Today, you will start a bit later to pick up the best time when the sun arises for the best vision & photos. Your guide and driver will transfer you to Sapa vicinity where the ethnic minorities live. En route, stop for magnificent landscapes, silver waterfalls. The first your visit is Can Ho B which is a home for Red Dao people. When walking in this hamlet, you will be so much welcomed by the locals whom you meet on the way. Visit their home to learn how the traditional costumes are made from hemp and dyed by indigo plant. Then, proceed further to Ta Giang Phinh, a Hmong village, nestled in the valleys below Sapa for a four to five-hour trek. As you walk through the authentic village, you will have a great chance to meet and interact with the native people who love to share with you about their life and so.
Back to Sapa later and the rest of the day is at your leisure.
Trekking: 5 hours downhills.
Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch.
Accommodation: Hotel in Sapa.

Day 8: Sapa – Hanoi
After an early breakfast at the hotel, you leave Sapa for the long and beautiful drive back to Hanoi. Enjoy many stops en route to savor the beautiful countryside as the landscape changes from arching mountains to the flat plains of the Red River Delta. Arrive in Hanoi in the late afternoon.
Distance: 320 km or 200 miles.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi.

Day 9: Hanoi Halong Bay Overnight on cruise
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, before setting out on a 3 to 4 hour drive to the UNESCO World Heritage Site: Halong Bay. Spend 24 hours on a traditional Junk Cruise in the amazing bay: a natural wonderland composed of jutting limestone islands and sparkling turquoise waters. Arrive at the dock around noon and board your junk. Savor a gourmet lunch of fresh seafood onboard as you sail out into the mystical bay. In the afternoon, cruise around some of Halong’s many islands. Along the way visit one of many beautiful caves in Halong. Stop at an island cove with a sheltered white-sand beach and take a dip in the warm waters of the Gulf of Tonkin (weather permitting). Pass the night on your junk, lulled to sleep by the gentle rocking of calm waters.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Accommodation: on cruise.

Day 10: Halong Bay Hanoi – Departure
Awake early and participate in Tai Chi on the top deck or simply relax and enjoy the sunrise over the bay’s towering islands. Enjoy a morning cup of coffee or tea, before setting out to explore nearby islands by rowboat. Return to the junk for breakfast then take advantage of the sundeck and admire the amazing rock formations of Bai Tu Long Bay as you navigate back to Halong City. Your driver will meet you at the Halong jetty and take you back to Hanoi to catch your departure flight home. Have a good journey back home.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: N/A.

TOUR MAP

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FAQs

1. Are tour dates flexible?

Yes, this tour package is private and you can depart on any dates at your convenience.

2. Can I extend or change my stay?

Absolutely! Extra days can be arranged in most areas if desired. Let us know how you would like to customize your trip and we will do our best to accommodate you. You can ask helps from our travel consultant to amend or extend your stay (subject to availability of hotels and flights; surcharge may be applicable).

3. Are the rates displayed per person or per room?

The prices shown on our website are per person based on twin/ double accommodation.

4. Any surcharges if my travel dates are during Christmas or New Year Holidays?

The rates are regular price and they are not included a compulsory dinner (Gala dinner) on the day of Christmas or New Year Eve. Surcharges depend on specific hotels you stay at, so our travel consultants will give further information to you in communications.

5. Are there any discounts available?

We offer select trip discounts periodically throughout the year, especially in the low season (Summer time in Vietnam is from May to Sep). Please contact our travel consultants to get more details.

6. How do I pay when I want to book this tour?

We accept payment by debit/ credit card (Visa, Master, Amex), cash and bank transfer. When you confirm a booking with us, we will send you our online payment link or bank details to deposit 30% of the total tour cost. The balance will be due as soon as you arrive in Cambodia. Our travel consultants will give more details via email about payment instruction.

7. Are meals included?

We have tried to balance flexibility and convenience regarding meal options. This tour package includes daily buffet breakfast at hotels and some lunches or dinners as listed in parenthesis next to the tour itinerary on each day tour. In the major cities, where there are a wide variety of restaurants, we generally do not include meals to allow our travelers the flexibility of choosing their own food preferences. Our tour guides can recommend some options for our clients to choose from according to traveler's interest & budget.

8. What type of food is typical of Vietnam?

Vietnamese cuisine is quite varied from the North to the Centre and to the South, having had many external influences over the years that have created an interesting mix of cooking methods and ingredients. French presence in the recent past has led to the assimilation of French cuisine influence, and is often attributed with Pho noodle soup's rise to popularity. Most meals include rice, as well as fish sauce which is a popular condiment added to almost every meal throughout the country.

9. What if I have a special request on food?

You just need to share us your request on type of foods, we will choose a right restaurant and order suitable menus for you.

10. What are the accommodations like?

Vietnam Tours only recommends good hotels rated from 3 stars to luxurious resorts. They are located within walking distance of the town center and the reception generally speaks English. For more information, check with your travel consultants to view pictures of our suggestion on standard hotels/ lodges/ resorts. Don't forget that you can give your favorite name of hotel brands to us, so we can get your concept.

11. What type of transportation is used?

Our Vietnam tours utilize a variety of primarily private transportation (arranged just for your groups) including new and modern vans/ cars, motor boats, etc. We use a mix of private (vans/ cars)/ public transportation (domestic flights, sharing cruises, trains) to provide travelers with the safest and most efficient transit in each area.

12. Is this tour suitable for kids?

Yes! If you have children traveling with, ask your travel consultants to customize the tour program to fit a variety of interests and ages. We also focus on family friendly vacations with less travel and minimum drive times and maximum in-country activity that will keep younger minds engaged.

13. How many people are typically on your tours?

We only offer completely private tours, so only the people you book for will be on the tour. If you are alone, it will just be you and your guide. If you are a couple, just the two of you and your guide, and so on. We believe this is the best type of tour, so that it can be personalized to you, go at your own pace, and so that you can have the full attention of your guide for the duration of the tour.

14. Is this trip a good choice for solo travelers?

Yes, it is. You will still have a private tour guide and driver to accompany throughout the journey. However, you have to cover all expenses regarding accommodations (single room), tour guides, transportations because no-one shares cost with.

15. Do tour rates include international flights?

This tour only includes domestic flights. We find that it is usually less expensive for travelers to book these separately and this also allows you the flexibility to choose the schedule and routing that is most convenient for you. You can purchase international flights on your own, or we can certainly help you arrange these flights with an airfare consolidator who specializes in international flights.

16. How do I get to the hotel from the airport when I arrive?

When you arrive at airports, you will be greeted with your name on our driver/ tour guide's welcome sign, then get transferred to your hotel.

17. How if bed weather such as storm, flood, landslide occurs during my holiday with Vietnam Tours?

Our Travel Consultants and Tour Operators keep checking weather forecast every-day, if the weather is bad and it may affect to your safety, we will discuss with you regarding a tentative program immediately.

18. How much should I budget for tips?

Tips are not compulsory on any of our tours. However, it is customary to offer a small tip for exceptional service. Other travelers opt to bring small souvenirs from their home to give to tour guides and drivers along the way.

19. Is travel insurance included? And is it recommended?

Travel insurance is not included in our tour price. Absolutely, we recommend you to contact with your local agent in your country to buy travel insurance before you go.

20. How to change or cancel my reservation?

- You can change or amend your schedule in advance or during your trip but surcharge maybe applied according to our contract with local suppliers, hotels and airlines. Regarding cancelation terms, please check out this link: https://asiatravelandleisure.com/terms-conditions.html

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Above Price Included
  • Accommodations at selected hotel
  • Breakfast & meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Transfer by private car with A/C
  • 2 days/ 1 night cruise package on Halong Bay
  • English speaking guide
  • Bottled drinking water & tissues
  • Entrance fees, boat trip, performance & excursions.
Above Price Excluded
  • Travel insurance
  • Flights into and out Vietnam
  • Vietnam Visa fee
  • Tipping and other personal expenses.

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