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Explore Northern Vietnam 6 days 5 nights: Sapa, Halong Bay and Ninh Binh

From 841 USD/pax. Private group of 2 pax

Explore fascinating Northern Vietnam 6 days 5 nights expedition through the gems of Vietnam: Sapa, Halong, and Ninh Binh. Over this immersive journey, delve into the heart of Vietnam’s beauty, from the terraced fields and vibrant cultures of Sapa to the mystical allure of Halong Bay and the mesmerizing landscapes of Ninh Binh. Join us for an unforgettable exploration of Vietnam’s diverse landscapes and rich heritage in just six captivating days.

Contact us at +84 983 033 966 (hotline + WhatsApp)

Highlights

  • Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of ethnic minority communities, interacting with locals and experiencing their traditional way of life.
  • Cruise through the legendary limestone karsts of Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Discover the ancient capital of Hoa Lu and the stunning landscapes of Tam Coc, often referred to as “Halong Bay on Land.”
  • Engage in authentic cultural encounters with local communities, participating in traditional activities and ceremonies.
day 1
Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Hanoi – NIGHT TRAIN – Lao Cai - SAPA
ninh binh bicycle

From Hanoi, travel to the Trang An – a UNESCO World Heritage site of both cultural and natural significance, where a boat trip and cycling awaits.

  • Visit Hoa Lu, the site of the country’s first capital, which covered almost three sq km.
  • Board a sampan and navigate Trang An River where limestone towers rise above rice fields.
  • Bike to the Bich Dong Pagoda and climb the stairs carved into the rock walls. The view from the top is breathtaking and with the climb. If timing allows, continue biking through the countryside to the Thai Vi temple in Tam Coc.
  • Visit Mua Cave and enjoy wonderful relaxation on the top of Mua Cave mountain with a majestic world around you.
  • Acquaint yourself with your homestay host and settle yourself into their daily routine.
  • Experience an overnight trip to Sapa on a night train that is equipped with private sleeper beds in clean, air-conditioned shared cabins of up to four people

Authentic Experience: Marvel at the splendid sceneries of Trang An from the boat.

day 2
Sapa - Y Linh Ho - Lao Chai - Ta Van
Ethnic tribes in Sapa

After breakfast, starting a new day of discovery:

  • Hike within the village of Y Linh Ho in Muong Hoa valley among the terraced rice fields.
  • Trek to the village of the H’mong minority, Lao Chai.
  • Walk two kilometres to Ta Van village, inhabited by the Giay ethnic tribe.

Authentic Experience: Trek through stunning rice terraces and villages of diverse lifestyles.

day 3
Sapa - Ma Tra - Ta Phin - Hanoi

After another day of discovery:

  • Commence the day with a small hike along narrow trails, through pine forests, wonderful gardens, then through the Black H’mong village of Ma Tra who occupy the higher land on which they build narrow terraced rice paddies.
  • Trek to Ta Phin village, home to the Red Dzao ethnic minority group who cultivate larger and flat fields around the center of the valley.
  • After a long day trekking, refresh yourself in the medicinal bath of the Red Dao Ethnic. This special kind of bathing is famous not only for its materials which are all good for health, but also for its refreshing that it brings to the customers’ mind. After a morning of discovery and meetings, take a drive to Sapa to get back to Hanoi.

Note: Trek from Muong Hoa Valley to Lao Chai (~6km), Lao Chai – Ta Van (~2km)

Authentic Experience: Trekking through ethnic minority villages and immersing yourself in nature

day 4
Hanoi – HA LONG BAY - CRUISE & NIGHT on board

Transfer to the spectacular UNESCO World Heritage site, Halong Bay:

  • Navigate to Bai Tu Long Bay, a well-selected route away from the main tourist circuit.
  • Arrive in kayaking area – that is Cap La Island. Enjoy kayaking through the karst and breath-taking nature, swimming and relaxing.
  • Get back to the boat and enjoys a sunset party while the cruise sailing to the overnight anchorage.
  • Dive into culinary culture of Vietnam with a local chef by joining a cooking class on board and then enjoy delicious canapé tea.
  • Free time to challenge yourself in Vietnamese puzzle games, or gathers your group/family for a board game; try your luck with squid fishing or simply has a cocktail and enjoy the quiet night on the bay.

Authentic experience: Escape the crowd and relax in the Bai Tu Long Bay.

day 5
Ha Long Bay - CRUISE & NIGHT on board
Ha Long Cruise
  • Start the morning with a Tai Chi routine on sundeck and admire the sunset while the breakfast is served.
  • Sail in a rustic rowboat that the locals are using to Vung Vieng fishing and pearl farm.
  • Spend more time for kayaking and swimming at Cong Dam, or relaxing on boat. If the weather allows, we can take a glance at Thay Cave before back to the anchor point.
  • End the day with a dinner and drinks while viewing the bay at night on the top of the deck.

Authentic experience: Visit Vung Vieng fishing village.

day 6
CRUISE - Hanoi - Departure
Heritage Cruises sundeck

For the final day in the bay, you will have adventure activities that will stick to your memory:

  • Start the morning with a Tai Chi routine on sundeck or catch a morning view of the stunning bay’s landscape with a cup of tea or coffee and then enjoy delightful breakfast with an astonishing view under the morning sun.
  • Explore the well-hidden Thien Canh Son Cave.
  • Attend in a Vietnamese cooking demonstration. You can quickly learn a simple but delicious Vietnamese dish that Gordon Ramsey (a 2 Michelin Star Chef) used to guide – Nem Cuon or challenge yourself in fruit and vegetables carving.
  • After enjoying a traditional Vietnamese lunch on boat, transfer back to Hanoi by shuttle bus. Enjoy free time until transfer to the airport and departure.

Authentic experience: Explore Thien Canh Son Cave.

Our handpicked hotel

Silk Path Grand Resort & Spa Sapa 5*
Silk Path Sapa

Nestled amidst the captivating landscapes of Sapa, Vietnam, Silk Path Grand Resort & Spa is an epitome of refined elegance and natural beauty. Set against the backdrop of rolling hills and lush greenery, this resort embodies luxury and sophistication while embracing the rich cultural heritage of the region. With its impeccable service, modern amenities, and a commitment to providing an unforgettable experience, Silk Path Grand Resort & Spa invites guests to unwind in style and indulge in the tranquility of Sapa. Whether relishing the panoramic views, immersing in the spa’s rejuvenating treatments, or exploring the vibrant local culture, this resort promises an exquisite escape where luxury meets the charm of Northern Vietnam.

Topas Ecolodge 4*
Topas Ecolodge 4* - Sapa

Nestled atop the picturesque hills of Sapa in Vietnam, Topas Ecolodge is a haven that redefines luxury and sustainability. This remarkable retreat, set against the backdrop of breathtaking mountain vistas and terraced rice fields, offers a unique blend of eco-friendly accommodation and unparalleled comfort. Guests at Topas Ecolodge can immerse themselves in the tranquility of nature while enjoying the exquisite amenities, personalized service, and an array of eco-conscious activities. From its commitment to environmental conservation to its inviting blend of modernity and local culture, Topas Ecolodge stands as a testament to both luxury and responsible travel in the heart of Northern Vietnam.

sapa relax hotel & spa 3*
Deluxe room with mountain view in Sunny Mountain Hotel (Sapa)

Sapa Relax Hotel & Spa stands as a serene oasis nestled amidst the breathtaking landscapes of Sapa, Vietnam. Boasting a fusion of modern comfort and traditional charm, this haven offers an unparalleled retreat for travelers seeking tranquility and rejuvenation. With its panoramic views of mist-shrouded mountains, a commitment to impeccable service, and a plethora of spa and wellness offerings, Sapa Relax Hotel & Spa promises an unforgettable experience where guests can immerse themselves in the natural beauty of Northern Vietnam while indulging in luxurious relaxation.

INCLUSIONS

  • All accommodation in double room at suggested hotels or similar
  • All meals as mentioned in the program
  • All transfers by private, spacious, air-conditioned car, with provision of water and refreshing towels, and a professional driver
  • All other transportation used for travel: sampan, small boat, etc…
  • A competent professional guide at each stage the entire time, (except during free time)
  • All tours as per the designed program
  • All entry fees for places you visit
  • All the entertainment and shows mentioned in the program
  • All program activities (cycling, bike, kayak, or others…)

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