Amazing Northern Vietnam Adventure

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Hanoi - Ninh Binh - Ha Giang - Hoang Su Phi - Ha Long Bay

Adventure

Your journey at a glance

Are you looking for a fun vacation with a touch of adventure! This 9-day package will take you to the hidden treasures of Northern Vietnam, where majestic mountain ranges stretch as far as the eye can see. We’ll start by wandering the charming streets of Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Then, prepare to be amazed by the majestic karst peaks and caves as we glide through the waterways of Ninh Binh on a rowing boat. Next, journey to Hoang Su Phi, nestled in the upper North, and discover ethnic villages surrounded by breathtaking rice terraces. Finally, unwind on the sunbed of a luxury cruise ship as we sail through the UNESCO-listed Ha Long Bay.

Brief

Day 1: Hanoi - Arrival

Day 2: Hanoi - City & Street food tour

Day 3: Ninh Binh - Tam Coc

Day 4: Ha Giang – Hoang Su Phi

Day 5: Hoang Su Phi - Nam Nghi & Phin Ho

Day 6: Hoang Su Phi – Free & Easy

Day 7: Hanoi - Ha Long Bay

Day 8: Ha Long Bay - Titov Island

Day 9: Hanoi - Departure

Hanoi - Ninh Binh - Ha Giang - Hoang Su Phi - Ha Long Bay

Important Information

  • Uncover Hanoi’s street culture on a cylco
  • Trek through rice terraces in Hoang Su Phi
  • Enjoy a cave boat ride in Ninh Binh
  • Cruise through karst peaks in Lan Ha Bay
  • Unlimited customization upon request
  • Instant support
  • Accommodation with breakfast in the central location and highly recommended on travel forum
  • Experienced local guide (language is upon request)
  • All entrance fees and sightseeing tickets as listed
  • Local dishes with hygiene (others are upon request)
  • Air-conditioned transfer during the whole tour
  • Complimentary water each day
  • Service charges and government taxes
  • Any extra services are upon request

This customized itinerary allows us to tailor the accommodation to your specific preferences and budgetary considerations. Our local travel experts will recommend accommodations that align with the unique requirements of your journey, ensuring comfort, convenience, and a memorable stay.

From local homestay, boutique hotels to renowned hotel chains, we prioritize collaboration with accredited and reputable accommodation providers, guaranteeing the highest possible standards of service and hospitality throughout your entire travel experience.

Detailed information about accommodation for this itinerary will be provided in the final tour proposal.

Here are some essential tips to keep in mind before your trip. Our team is here to help, so don't hesitate to reach out to us with questions.
- Visa & Passport: Check the visa requirements for your nationality well in advance. Also, make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your trip.
- Health & Safety: Make sure you have suitable travel insurance and consult your healthcare provider about any vaccinations or medications you might need before you travel.
- Dress Code: Pack modest clothing, especially when you plan to visit religious sites or rural areas. Lightweight, breathable clothing is ideal due to the tropical climate.
- Travel Documents: Keep copies of important travel documents (passport, visa, and travel insurance) and store them in a separate place from the originals. It's also a good idea to have digital copies stored on your phone or in cloud storage for easy access.
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Itinerary

Day 1: Hanoi - Arrival

Day 1: Hanoi - Arrival

Welcome to Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. Vibrant, inviting, and delightful – the city reveals itself with your first glimpse of scooters whizzing through the streets. Yet in contrast to the city’s modern tempo, the echoes of history still resonate in many architectural sites, reflecting the eras of dynasties and French influence.

No matter your flight schedule, our friendly guide and driver will warmly welcome you upon arrival and take you to your hotel in the city center. Once settling in, you will have a chance to explore Hanoi at your leisure. While no meals have been planned for today, why not fill your stomach with some local dishes? Did you know that Hanoi is the birthplace of ‘Pho’, the world’s favorite noodle soup? If your taste buds need direction, our guide can introduce to you the best Pho eateries in town.

Overnight in Hanoi

Day 2: Hanoi - City & Street food tour

Day 2: Hanoi - City & Street food tour

Morning:
After breakfast, we’ll start at Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and his traditional stilt house to learn about the inspiring legacy of ‘Uncle Ho’, Vietnam’s beloved former leader. Following our exploration is the unique architecture of One Pillar Pagoda, shaped like a lotus blossom. Our guide then takes you to the Temple of Literature, hailed as Vietnam’s first university, with doctoral steles dating back 1000 years. Later, lunch will be served at a local restaurant.

Afternoon:
You continue the visit to Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, which focuses on the 54 officially recognized ethnic groups in Vietnam. Returning to the city centre, we’ll have an orientation walk to Dong Xuan Market, which has almost everything you can think of, from fresh produce to clothing, souvenirs, and consumer goodss. Then, head to the Old Quarter, passing by Hoan Kiem Lake and diving into Hanoi’s vibrant street food scene. At quaint eateries with only a few plastic tables and stools, we’ll savor dishes that have earned praise even from Michelin inspectors. From the renowned bowl of ‘Pho’ to exotic yet delicious ‘chicken feet’, and even freshly poured ‘draught beer’ delivered daily on motorbikes, each bite and sip tells the lively story of Hanoi’s culinary rhythm.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight in Hanoi

Day 3: Ninh Binh - Tam Coc

Day 3: Ninh Binh - Tam Coc

Morning:
You’ll leave Hanoi for Ninh Binh, often called ‘Ha Long Bay on land’, known for its winding river flowing amidst towering limestone mountains. Upon arrival, you’ll visit Hoa Lu’s two remaining temples, both built with dark-red lacquered pillars. The first, Dinh Tien Hoang Temple, dates back to the 17th century and honors the Dinh dynasty. Inside, you’ll find bronze bells and a statue of Emperor Dinh Tien Hoang, with the stone pedestal of a royal throne at the front. The second temple is dedicated to monarch Le Dai Hanh, who had great contributions in building and protecting the country in the 10th century. Later, you’ll enjoy a traditional Vietnamese lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon:
With a satisfied stomach, we’ll hop on a rowboat for a leisurely cruise along Ngo Dong River to Tam Coc, where vast paddy fields stretch out beneath the towering karst mountains. To conclude the day, you have the option to pedal along country roads, soaking in the serene countryside of Ninh Binh, or hike to the summit of Mua Cave for breathtaking views of the Tam Coc scenery. Afterwards, we’ll return to Hanoi.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Hanoi

Day 4: Ha Giang – Hoang Su Phi

Day 4: Ha Giang – Hoang Su Phi

Morning:
We’ll spend this morning for a 6-hour road trip from Hanoi to Hoang Su Phi in Ha Giang province. Along the way, we’ll traverse stunning mountain passes through jaw-dropping valleys. Hoang Su Phi remains undiscovered by most tourists, providing a perfect opportunity to escape the urban chaos and immerse yourself in the beauty of nature.

Afternoon:
Upon arrival, shake off that morning travel fatigue and treat yourself to a delicious lunch at Panhou Retreat, your home for the next two days. This eco-resort has a few bungalows nestled amidst the massive forest of Hoang Su Phi, each one blending harmoniously with the natural surroundings. With their rustic charm and cozy interiors, you’ll be offered a peaceful stay amidst the lush greenery. You can spend the rest of your day exploring the resort, soaking up the tranquil melodies of swaying bamboo trees.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight at Hoang Su Phi

Day 5: Hoang Su Phi - Nam Nghi & Phin Ho

Day 5: Hoang Su Phi - Nam Nghi & Phin Ho

Morning:
After breakfast, it’s time for a hiking adventure to Nam Nghi Village. With an indigenous guide leading the way along rugged trails, you’ll discover rice terraces cascading down steep slopes and stretching across rolling hills. Hoang Su Phi is renowned for its towering peaks and winding valleys. Thus, terraced fields stand as proof of ethnic people’s desire to conquer and coexist harmoniously with nature. Grab your camera to take pictures of farmers tending to their crops and water buffaloes roaming freely on the fields. Later, we’ll have a break at a traditional stilt house of a Red Dao family, where you can relax while waiting for lunch or join the host in preparing the meal.

Afternoon:
Continue to the verdant tea hills in Phin Ho, where the hospitable owners eagerly awaits to treat you to a cup of hot tea. You can join them for a visit to the tea factory and learn the art of processing the exquisite Shan Tuyet Tea, only found in Hoang Su Phi. Conclude your day with a rejuvenating bath in the hot spring at Panhou Retreat, washing away the tiredness of today.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight at Hoang Su Phi

Day 6: Hoang Su Phi – Free & Easy

Day 6: Hoang Su Phi – Free & Easy

Morning:
After your breakfast, feel free to unwind and enjoy the tranquility of Hoang Su Phi before heading back to Hanoi. At Panhou Retreat, there are plenty of relaxing activities awaiting you. You can explore the on-site museum showcasing agricultural tools and traditional costumes of the local ethnic groups. Alternatively, hop on a bike and pedal around nearby stilt houses and villages. If you prefer a quieter time, grab a book and relax on your room’s balcony, overlooking the resort’s lush garden.

Afternoon:
Saying goodbye to Hoang Su Phi, we’ll return to Hanoi. On arrival, it’s time for some free-spirited exploration! You can leisurely stroll through the charming old streets, enjoying the lively atmosphere of bustling locals. If you prefer a quieter vibe, our guide can lead you to tiny alleys tucked between street vendors, where you’ll discover the city’s hidden gems – secret upstairs cafes. Treat yourself to Hanoi’s renowned coffee while watching the scooters go by on the street below.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Hanoi

Day 7: Hanoi - Ha Long Bay

Day 7: Hanoi - Ha Long Bay

Morning:
Let’s swap city bustle for serene seas today! This morning, we’re off on an exciting journey to Ha Long Bay. After a cozy ride in a private car to the port, you’ll check in and board a luxurious cruise, ready to reveal the untouched beauty of this UNESCO-listed natural wonder. Once the captain sets sail, it’s time to fill your tummy with a delicious lunch and feast your eyes with odd-shaped limestone pillars and hidden coves along the way.

Afternoon:
A bamboo boat awaits to cruise you to Pearl Farm, where you can go kayaking for a closer look at the majestic limestone formations.Then, you’ll be gently transferred to Sung Sot Cave, or Surprise Cave, one of Ha Long Bay’s largest caverns adorned with magnificent stalactites and stalagmites. When the sun sets, head back to the cruise for a breathtaking view from the top deck, followed by a traditional Vietnamese cooking class. Conclude the day with a delightful dinner and an overnight stay amidst the exotic landscape of Ha Long Bay.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight on cruise

Day 8: Ha Long Bay - Titov Island

Day 8: Ha Long Bay - Titov Island

Morning:
Waking up to the sunlight streaming through your windows, your day begins with a Tai-Chi session on deck and a warm breakfast after. Then, the cruise will transfer you to Titov Island, a small limestone island with one of the best sandy beaches in Ha Long Bay. You can immerse yourself in emerald water or hike to the top for stunning panoramic views. Afterwards, take a moment to unwind on deck and soak in the breathtaking landscape of the Ha Long Bay as we cruise back to the shore.

Afternoon:
After settling in your city centre hotel, it’s time to explore Hanoi at your leisure! You can freely spend your afternoon visiting any sights you didn’t get a chance to previously, like St. Joseph’s Cathedral or Hoa Lo Prison. We’ll help you conclude your day with a world-famous water puppet show – a delight for both young and old, promising an authentic cultural experience.

Meals included: Brunch
Overnight in Hanoi

Day 9: Hanoi - Departure

Day 9: Hanoi - Departure

Your journey across iconic destinations in Vietnam comes to its end. After breakfast today, you’ll get the morning to yourself – no scheduled activities. Whenever you’re ready to go, our attentive driver will be ready to take you to the airport, ensuring a seamless transition for your departing flight. Until our paths cross again on your next adventure, safe travels!

Meals included: Breakfast

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