Highlights of North and Central Vietnam

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Highlights of North and Central Vietnam

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1          Arrival in Hanoi To be advised

2          Hanoi half-day city tour with cyclo – Sapa by sharing D’car limousine bus

3          Sapa soft trekking to Muong Hoa – Lao Chai – Ta Van – Giang Ta Chai Villages

4          Sapa – Silver Waterfall – Tram Ton by sharing D’car limousine bus- Hanoi

Optional: Fansipan Mount with cable car

5          Hanoi – Halong by sharing Cruise shuttle bus – Overnight on Cruise

6          Halong – Hanoi by sharing Cruise shuttle bus – Free at leisure

7          Arrival in Danang – Marble Mountain – Hoi An Ancient town        Morning flight

8          Hoi An Eco-tour + Cooking Class – Free at leisure

Optional: Hoi An Memories show

9          Hoi An – Motorbike tour to the countryside – Free at leisure

10         Hoi An/ Danang – Departure      To be advised


Please note: The tour program is flexible. Your guide will be more than happy to adjust the tour itinerary to suit you. You can skip one site or add another if you so wish.


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Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi

Meal provided: No meal


Welcome to Vietnam. Upon arrival at Airport, obtain your Vietnam visa and then clear Immigration and Customs. After collecting your baggage, exit the airport to meet a local Guide.

Check-in hotel.

Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.

Stay overnight in Hanoi

Day 2: Hanoi half-day city tour with cyclo – Sapa by sharing D’car limousine bus

Meal provided: Breakfast


After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to visit West Lake, the largest lake of the capital, once was named as "Foggy Lake” from its misty condition. Its name was changed to "West Lake" in 1573 to avoid the given name of King Le The Tong. Stop at Tran Quoc Pagoda, the oldest pagoda in the city, originally constructed in the sixth century during the reign of Emperor Ly Nam De, thus giving it an age of 1,400 years.

Visiting Ho Chi Minh Complex, an important place of pilgrimage. A traffic-free area of botanical gardens, monuments, memorials and pagodas, it’s usually crowded with groups of all ages, from all over the nation, who has come to pay their respects. Within the complex you can visit Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum (Outside visiting), Ba Dinh Square, the Presidential Palace, Ho Chi Minh’s Stilt House, Ho Chi Minh Museum

Closed by, the famous One Pillar Pagoda which is built of wood on a single stone pillar 1.25 m in diameter. It is designed to resemble a lotus blossom, which is a Buddhist symbol of purity, since a lotus blossoms in a muddy pond.

After that, continue to visit the Temple of Literature (Vietnamese name is Quoc Tu Giam) – The Vietnam’s first University, which was built in 1070 in honor of Confucius, his followers and Chu Van An, a moral figure in Vietnamese education.

Take a cyclo in Hanoi Old Quarter – 36 streets and guilds to discover the ancient feature of Hanoi and daily life. Stop to visit Ngoc Son Temple which is located at the northern end of Sword Lake (aka Hoan Kiem Lake). From the shore, walking on the Welcoming Morning Sunlight Bridge leads to the island.


In the afternoon, transfer to Sapa (around 05hrs on the way) by sharing D’car bus (without guide on bus)

Stay overnight in Sapa.

Day 3: Soft trekking to Muong Hoa - Lao Chai – Ta Van – Giang Ta Chai Villages

Meal provided: Breakfast


From Sapa, we visit Muong Hoa Valley, you will enjoy an easy walk downhill and along Muong Hoa River, through terraced fields passing some hamlets of the H’Mong people. Trek via Y Linh Ho through beautiful scenery to the Black H’mong Village of Lao Chai where we spend time looking around the village and learning about life in the village. Then, we walk through rice terraces and on local paths to the Zay village of Ta Van. This is the only village in the Sa Pa area where the Dzay people live. We spend time looking around the village.

We then, continue our trekking in the valley through a bamboo village. After that, we head up the side of the valley to the main a small village of the Dzao people called Giang Ta Chai, learn about the local life, then back to the rattan bridge and go up to the main road where the car picks up us to come back to Sapa.

Stay overnight in Sapa

Day 4: Silver Waterfall – Tram Ton Pass / Optional: Fansipan Mount with cable car – Hanoi by sharing D’car limousine bus

Meal provided: Breakfast


You will be transferred to visit Silver Waterfall, formed by sources of water from the Lo Sui Tong Mountain peak and about 12km from Sapa town’s centre. With a height of 100 meter, it is a big one and the loop track is steep and scenic. From the distance, the waterfall looks like a white dragon looking down from the sky. You can reach the Silver Waterfall by car in half an hour. From there you can see stunning view of the surrounding mountains and the last forests belonging to Hoang Lien Son National Park. Continue to Tram Ton Pass. From there you can see Fansipan, the highest peak of Indochina mountains as well as enjoy stunning views of Binh Lu valley. Aside from magnificent views, you can feel a bizarre thing in how dramatically the climate changes.


Optional: Fansipan Mount with cable car   


After breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to the Sapa Cable Station for very amazing trip to Indochina’s Rooftop – Mount Fanxipan by cable car. This is particularly interesting in these northern mountains of the country, where travelers seek the rice terraces and traditional arts of a minority peoples. Cultivating the land to an altitude of around 2,200 meters are the ethnic minorities the lowland Vietnamese generically call ‘Meo’ – savages – and above them looms the bulk of Hua Xi Pan: “giant protruding rock”. You can challenge yourself when hiking 600 stone stairs more to reach the rocky peak of The Roof of Indochina. Below you spread the foothills of the Himalayas, blanketed with rainforest and the first tendrils of fog.


In the afternoon, transfer back to Hanoi (around 05hrs on the way) by sharing D’car bus (without guide on bus)

Stay overnight in Hanoi.

Day 5: Hanoi – Halong by sharing Cruise shuttle bus – Overnight on Cruise

Meal provided: Breakfast, lunch, dinner


After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Halong by sharing Cruise shuttle bus

Subject to change depending on confirmed cruise

11:30: Arrive at Sealife Legend waiting lounge at Tuan Chau International Marina port, Sealife Group’s staffs will welcome you at the waiting lounge.

12: 00-12: 30: Transfer by speed boat from Tuan Chau port to Gia Luan port to board the Sealife Legend cruise. Guests are invited to drink and use cold / warm towels by season. The management will give you a short briefing about the cruise and disseminate safety regulations before you check in.

13:00 – 13:30: Lunch is ready to be served at Fish Net restaurant area and admire the beauty of the majestic limestone mountains emerging from the emerald blue sea while the Sealife Legend cruise moves to Lan Ha bay.

15:30 – 16:00: Van Ta area is inclusive of Dark and Bright Cave, border of Halong Bay and Lan Ha Bay. And Sealife Legend Cruise invite you to visit this cave by bamboo boat rowed by local people through some floating houses where they are feeding fishes, clams and oysters. You also can explore this area in your own way by kayaking (depending on weather conditions). After rowing boat trip, you have a chance to swim in the green emerald and cool water before cruising to the boat to sleeping area.

17:30: Back on the cruise, you can choose a relaxing massage service to rejuvenate the body, or take a dip in the Jacuzzi while watching the sunset fall on Ha Long Bay and enjoy 5-star-quality cocktails as the “Happy Hour” promotion program.

  • Please contact our staffs if you want to use massage services. (surcharge if request)
  • “Happy Hour” program: buy 1 get 1 drink free at Sky Bar on the 3rd floor in the hour from 17:30 to 19h.

18:00: After a relaxing time, you are welcomed to our demonstration with Vietnamese tradition liquor tasting and learn how to make the tradition cuisines made by fishmen. You and the chefs will make “Ca Thinh” rolls – fermented fish – using traditional vinegar made from distiller’s grains, rice powder, fresh herbs and rice paper. Then cheer up with a Vietnamese traditional liquor tasting. Drinking and having fun in the local style will be unforgettable memories of your trip.

19:15: Enjoy a delicious dinner at the restaurant. You can freely choose your favorite dishes according to the menu available at the restaurant.

20:30: Enjoy the nightlife of Lan Ha Bay. Immersing yourself in music, enjoy a drink from the bar when relax at Navy Club, take part in karaoke activities with the good sound equipment quality. In addition, you can relax on the Sundeck and admire the view of Lan Ha bay at night or manually catch the fresh squid or simply take a rest and watch Ha Long bay from the balcony in your room.

22:30: Return to your room, you enjoy your private rest time, fall asleep and get ready for a new day with lots of exciting activities.

Stay overnight on cruise

Day 6: Lan Ha / Halong – Hanoi by sharing Cruise shuttle bus

Meal provided: Breakfast, Brunch


Subject to change depending on confirmed cruise

06:30: Welcome the energetic new day with Vietnamese Martial Class – Vovinam activity on the deck and watch the sunrise.

07:15: A light breakfast is available to serve you at the restaurant with tea, coffee and cakes.

08:00: You will join the tour of Cat Ba World Biosphere by transshipment and just 5 minutes more by Sealife Group bus from Gia Luan Port to Hoa Cuong Cave – the wonderful stalagmite cave.

10:00: You return to the Selife Legend Cruise after the time of sightseeing. This is the time you return to the room and recheck your personal belongings before checking out. Enjoy a buffet brunch at the restaurant while the cruise goes back to the dock.

11:00 – 11:30: End of the trip. You leave the yacht to canoe to return to the waiting house in Tuan Chau and return to Hanoi.

Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Stay overnight in Hanoi.

Day 7: Hanoi – Flight to Danang Morning flight – Marble Mountain – Hoi An Ancient Town

Meal provided: Breakfast 


After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport with driver only


Upon arrival in Danang, meet our local guide at the airport, transfer to Hoi An Ancient town by private transfer

On the way, stop to visit Marble Mountains, a cluster of five marble and limestone hills located in Ngu Hanh Son ward, south of Danang city in Vietnam. The five 'mountains' are named after the five elements; Kim (metal), Thuy (water), Moc (wood), Hoa (fire) and Tho (earth).

Coming to Ancient Town, spending the left of afternoon for a walking tour around this enchanting port town of Hoi an, follow the narrow lanes lined with centuries-old houses influenced by Chinese, Japanese, French and European architectures and visit its numerous places of interest: the 400-year old Japanese Covered Bridge, the Phuc Kien Assembly Halls, the Tan Ky old house, the local market …

Stay overnight in Hoi An

Day 8: Hoi An Eco-tour + Cooking Class (Join in group) / Optional: Hoi An Memories show – Free at leisure

Meal provided: Breakfast, Lunch in cooking class 


8:00 - 8:30am: After picking you up at your hotel in Hoi An, we will begin our adventure in the Ancient Quarter.

First, a stroll through the Central market to purchase all fresh ingredients for the class. Then, we board our river basket boat for a relaxing 30-minute ride on the Thu Bon River to Bay Mau Coconut Forest, which is recognized by the Province as an official ecological zone. We then walk through the vegetable fields to our teaching kitchen overlooking the water coconut trees and rows of vegetables. After that, you have a chance to meet local residents. You will be able to not only go on basket boats but also fish around the beautiful palm forest.

Finally, we will show you 4 traditional Vietnamese dishes while you enjoy the cool breeze and the peaceful setting of the countryside.

Transfer back to the hotel, and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Optional: Hoi An Memories show

Start: 19:30 – End: 20:45

Place: Hoi An Impress Theme Park


With the message: “A day in Hoi An - A hundred years of reminiscence”, Hoi An Memories is a really huge boat that will bring the audience to the ancient city port on the legendary Silk Road over the course off 400 years.

Be amazed by the world's largest outdoor show that features 500 plus performers!

Stay overnight in Hoi An.

Day 9: Hoi An – Motorbike tour to the countryside – Free day at leisure

Meal provided: Breakfast, Vegetarian lunch in motorbike tour


8:30: The scooter drivers will pick you up from the hotel and we will start with a safe ride to the motorcycle trip to the villages around Hoi An, the tour will start at the Thanh Ha pottery village, which is more than 500 years old, where you will see the residents who still preserve the method of making pottery by hand from their ancestors and you can learn how you can make a vessel. Your own pottery and maybe also buy a souvenir to take home.

We will continue and go to visit a home factory of noodles (rice noodles) and rice paper. Here you can learn how to make rice paper or noodles and maybe even taste it.

An easy drive will bring us to the Kim Bong carpentry village. We will visit home factories for wood carving. Here we can see how carpenters carve wood and how wooden ships are built.

We continue driving through rural and peaceful landscapes along the river enjoying the view until our next stop a home factory for the production of sleeping mats, local traditional handicrafts.

After the tour, we will go to a light meal at a vegetarian Vietnamese restaurant.

Back to your hotel.

Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.

Stay overnight in Hoi An.

Day 10: Hoi An/Danang - Departure

Meal provided: Breakfast


After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for the flight to the next destination with the driver.

Free for strolling around the airport.

Have a safe and sound flight!

End of services.

+ Visa letter of approval to Vietnam

+ 08 nights at hotels with breakfast on a private double/twin sharing room

+ 01 night on sharing cruise based on a private double/twin sharing room

+ Meals mentioned in the itinerary

+ 1 way by electric elevator in Marble Mountain

+ Entrance fees for all visits as mentioned in the program

+ Travel by private, air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced, safe driver

+ Cyclo riding in Hanoi

+ Round trip by sharing Cruise bus Hanoi – Halong – Hanoi

+ Round trip by sharing Eco bus (VIP ticket) Hanoi – Sapa – Hanoi

+ Private English-speaking guide with legal license in each region

+ 02 bottles of mineral water/ pax/ day and souvenir

+ All taxes and service charge

- Bank fees for both sides (Prefer cash on arrival)

- Fast track at the airport (15USD/pax)

- Stamping fee at the airport (25 USD/pax)

- Early check in and late check out at all hotels

- Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, shopping)

- Tipping for guide, driver

- Drinks and other meals which are not indicated in the program

- Travel insurance

- International or domestic air ticket and airport tax

Flight HAN – DAD: 115 USD/pax/way (Promotion ticket, flight with Vietnam Airlines)

The airfare might be changed depending on the booking time

- Any additional expenses caused by reasons beyond our control such as natural calamities (typhoon, flood), flight delays, rescheduling or cancellations, any accidents, medical evacuations, riots, strikes etc…

- Surcharge for Holiday/ Peak Season

- Other services which are not mentioned clearly in the “Including” item

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