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Hà Nội, Hoàn Kiếm, Hanoi, Vietnam
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11 Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

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1 person


English, Vietnamese

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🚶‍♀️Love trekking and nature? Join our tour! Explore off-the-beaten-path in North-West Vietnam🌄. Marvel at stunning landscapes, rice fields, and valleys. Immerse in vibrant minority villages. Discover hidden gems. End with a relaxing Halong Bay boat cruise. 🏞️🌾
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  • Day 1, Hanoi: Welcome to Hanoi, walking tour in the Old Quarter 🌆🚶‍♀️🍜Arrive at the airport and meet your guide. Drive to the hotel and rest. Explore Hanoi's charming Old Quarter. Visit pagodas, markets, and try delicious street food.
  • Day 2, Hanoi: Exploring culture & education 📚🎭🏛️Visit the Temple of Literature, the first national university of Vietnam. Explore the Ethnology Museum and the French Quarter. Enjoy the unique water puppet show.
  • Day 3, Hanoi - Nghia Lo: Meeting Thai & Muong ethnic group, green tea plantation 🌱🏞️👥Travel to Nghia Lo, visit a tea plantation, and walk through Thai villages. Immerse yourself in the local culture.
  • Day 4, Nghia Lo - Mu Cang Chai: Immersing into nature 🌾📸🌄Visit Mu Cang Chai's stunning rice terraces and interact with the Dao ethnic group. Capture breathtaking landscapes along the way.
  • Day 5, Mu Cang Chai: Spectacular trekking route 🥾🌿🌾Trek to Che Cu Nha, Kim Noi, and De Xu Phinh villages. Witness the magnificent rice terraces and meet the H'mong people. Perfect for photography enthusiasts.
  • Day 6, Mu Cang Chai - Lai Chau - Sapa: Transfer to Sapa 🚌⛰️🌺Drive through scenic routes to Sapa. Visit Na Tam Village and hike through rivers, rice fields, and hills. Encounter the Laotian and Lu people.
  • Day 7, Sapa: Off-the-beaten track to Hau Thao village 🏞️🥾🌄 Embark on an adventurous trek to Sa Seng village. Enjoy breathtaking views of Muong Hoa valley. Descend to Hau Thao village for more stunning scenery. Note: Remember to check hotel check-in times and flight arrival schedules.
  • Day 8, Sapa - Bac Ha: Uncover the hidden Ban Khoang village, trek through stunning landscapes, meet the Red Dao people, and visit Bac Ha's vibrant ethnic markets. 🏞️🛍️
  • Day 9, Bac Ha - Hanoi: Immerse yourself in Bac Ha's ethnic market, explore picturesque villages, and witness the colorful clothing of the local minority groups. 🌈🏘️👘
  • Day 10, Hanoi - Bai Tu Long Bay: Embark on a captivating cruise through Bai Tu Long Bay, visit Vung Vieng fishing village, indulge in swimming and sunbathing at Ban Chan beach. ⛵🏝️🌊
  • Day 11, Bai Tu Long Bay - Hanoi: Discover the enchanting Thien Canh Son Cave, enjoy the unique cruising route, and return to Hanoi with unforgettable memories of the trip. 🏞️🚢🌌


  • English speaking tour guide following itinerary
  • All entrance fees and tickets mention on itinerary
  • Selected Accommodations with daily breakfast
  • Cruise: Garden Bay Cruise - 2D1N
  • Boat: Halong bamboo boat
  • Private car following itinerary
  • Shuttle bus: Hanoi - Hon Gai
  • Meal: B: 10, L: 09, D: 05
  • Bike: Nghia Lo
  • Leisure: Water puppet, Beach swimming, Morning Tai Chi
  • Service charges and Taxes
  • International flight from/to your country
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Tipping and Gratuities
  • Other not mentioned in the program


Welcome to Hanoi, walking tour in the Old Quarter Landing at the Noi Bai airport, you are welcomed by professional tour guide and driver at the pickup lobby. Enjoy 45-minute driving to the city center (Hanoi Old Quarter) with city's briefing information about the most visited spots, culture, traffic and cuisine....Arrive in your hotel, check in and have a rest. Note: Hotel check in time at 14.00 Continue the day with an walking tour. Start with a small pagoda named Ba Da quietly located in a small alley - only few steps from the Hanoi Great Cathedral, built by French colonialism since the 19th century. Your tour guide also takes you to typical streets of Hanoi such as Lan Ong Street selling traditional medicine, Lo Ren Street where metal items are produced ... Stop to visit the Dong Xuan central market - the largest in Hanoi. Continue walking to the famous area for night activities and street food - Ta Hien street, where you can see the vibrant streets with a lot of the amazing local foods and drinks. Trying to taste some for an unforgettable experience. End at your hotel. Note: If your flight arrival late or you are jet leg after long flight, the walking tour will be moved to the city tour day. Included: English speaking guide Private transportation Entrance fees 02 bottles of mineral water (500 ml)/pax/day Hanoi Boutique Hotel(Deluxe Room)

Exploring the center of culture & education Van Mieu, outstanding museum of ethnology, visiting French Quarter and discovering Old town 9:00 AM: Get Pick up by tour guide to the Temple of Literature which was built under the Ly dynasty in 11th century for worshipping Confucius and teaching Royal children. Enjoy a walk in the garden to the city’s symbol Khue Van Cac. You will then visit the World Heritage "stone steles” which shows the name of outstanding students. Continue to explore the Quoc Tu Giam which is considered as the first national university of Vietnam. Next stop at the Ethnology Museum (closed every Monday) which offers a deep insight into Vietnamese culture through traditional costumes, tools, musical instruments and traditional houses of many ethnic groups. To fully explore this interesting museum, it takes you around two hours. In the after noon you visit the French Quarter – it is a “little Paris” in Hanoi with tree-lined boulevards, government head offices and a big square. Visit (outside) Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum before having a leisurely walk in the botanical gardens to visit the Presidential Palace, Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts where he used to live and work. Towards the unique One – pillar pagoda which is one of the city’s symbols. It takes us from 1 to 2 hours to explore this complex, depending on the number of traveler. Come back to city centrer and have a rest before enjoying the water puppet shows that is the unique performances, first appeared in the 11th century. In these shows, the daily life, culture and belief of Vietnamese people are described by puppets on water. The show usually integrates a traditional music performance as well. Come back to hotel. End of the day Included: English speaking guide Meal: B Private transportation Entrance fees Leisure: Water puppet 02 bottles of mineral water (500 ml)/pax/day Hanoi Boutique Hotel(Deluxe Room)

Meeting Thai & Muong ethnic group, green tea plantation 8:00 AM: Meet tour guide and driver at your hotel in Hanoi and transfer to Muong Lo via Thanh Son. Muong Lo is known as one of the four most important fertile valleys of the Northwest (Muong Thanh in Dien Bien Phu, Muong Tac in Phu Yen and Muong Than in Than Uyen) in which the Thai ethnic group predominates. The village consists of hundreds of houses on wooden stilts and Thai people cultivate the water rice. Drive to the national road number 32 along the black river (Da River) one of the most important rivers in the Northwest. In Thanh Son, we will make a stop to visit the green tea plantation hill then walk through the stilt-house villages. It belongs to the Muong ethnic group, considered as Authentic Viet. The Muong ethnic group is one of few northern communities that is immune to Chinese influence. Arrive in Nghia Lo, walk or bike around the Thai village to discover the beautiful rice field valleys and hamlets that still preserve the authentic houses on stilts and meet the friendly locals. Included: English speaking guide Meal: B, L, D Private transportation Bike: Nghia Lo 02 bottles of mineral water (500 ml)/pax/day Nghia Lo Homestay (Sharing homestay)

Immersing into nature in Mu Cang Chai La Pan Tan, the best rice terraces, Thai, Dao, Dzay culture Enjoy breakfast then visit a local market in Nghia Lo then transfer to Mu Cang Chai via Tu Le. Mu Cang Chai is well known for its marvelous rice terrace widely considered as the most beautiful in the world. In 2007, Che Cu Nha, De Su Phinh and La Pan Tan were recognized as outdoor masterpieces on the list of national heritage. At the exit of Nghia Lo, you will cross the hilly region populated by the Dao ethnic group on the hills. Stop for a chance to take photos and meet the local people on the way. Arrive in Tu Le. It is possible to trek to the valley where Thai people live in houses on stilts and have some unusual encounters that allow you to immerse yourself into the authentic local life. In the afternoon, continue to Khau Pha pass which offers you a splendid panoramic view of the valley of rice terraces. Then the car will take you to La Pan Tan which is a legendary route for photographers. You will admire the gorgeous rice terrace masterpieces created by the Hmong peasant artists from generation to generation. Enjoy the majestic landscape and follow the route from La Pan Tan to Mam Xoi. End of the day, check in your accommodation. Included: English speaking guide Meal: B, L, D Private transportation 02 bottles of mineral water (500 ml)/pax/day Mu Cang Chai Homestay (Sharing homestay)

Spectacular trekking route: Che Cu Nha, Kim Noi, De Xu Phinh, meeting H'mong people Depart for a trekking day to the villages of Che Cu Nha, Kim Noi and De Xu Phinh. It is a great opportunity to admire the most magnificent rice terrace in Mu Cang Chai, including the communes of Che Cu Nha and De Xu Phinh, recognized as a national nature heritage in 2007. This is one of the most exciting itineraries, highly appreciated by photographers. Visit the H'mong village located in the high altitude of 800 – 1500m. The hard work from generation to generation has left thousands of hectares of rice terraces. This makes the remote Mu Cang Chai region one of the most attractive regions in the world. Besides their cultivation, they also have many crafts such as blacksmiths and weavers. A day filled with warm encounters, together with gorgeous landscapes of the famous rice terrace in Mu Cang Chai will give you an unforgettable trekking trip. Included: English speaking guide Meal: B, L, D Private transportation 02 bottles of mineral water (500 ml)/pax/day Mu Cang Chai Homestay (Sharing homestay)

Transfer to Sapa, easy trek in Na Tam, living the Laotian & Lu people After breakfast, transfer to Than Uyen, one of the Thai rice valleys. The splendid landscape of rice terraces in Mu Cang Chai will follow you along the way to Than Uyen. Before turning right to Sapa, we will make a stop to visit Na Tam Village where the Laotian and Lu people live. This is a beautiful, tranquil landscape. Traditionally, the local women are distinguished by black teeth and indigo colored clothing encrusted with silver pieces. Take a 2 hour hike through the river, villages, rice fields, and hills and meet the locals. Meet our driver for a transfer to Sapa, crossing Hoang Lien Son pass (O Quy Ho pass). This is the longest and highest pass in Vietnam, 54km in length and 2047m in height. Stop to relax at the top of the pass and soak up the grandiose landscape. This is also a great place for photos. Arrive in Sapa, a town discovered by the French in 1903, in the afternoon. With a temperate climate, Sapa became an attraction for holidaymakers because of its beautiful rice valley, splendid mountain range and the diversity of minority tribes such as Black Hmong, Red Dao and the Dzay ethnics. Included: English speaking guide Meal: B, L Private transportation 02 bottles of mineral water (500 ml)/pax/day Sapa Elegance Hotel(Deluxe Room)

Off-the-beaten track from Sau Chua to Hau Thao village, best views of Muong Hoa valley 8:00 AM: Depart to Sau Chua hamlet to start off the beaten trek of 15km up-downhill that is your challenge but the reward is worth it. Towards a hill-tribe village of Sa Seng where you will be able to see the authentic lifestyle of the Black H’Mong people who originated from China since and have been in Vietnam from the 11th century. Enjoy a picnic lunch or a meal at a local restaurant before trekking uphill along the side of mountain to get the most wonderful views of the Muong Hoa valley at the elevation of 1,800m. Descend into the valley on a trek to the Hau Thao village, consisting of only a few houses and church scattered on a rocky point. You will get the best scenery in the area with rice terraces, small villages nestled on the huge Hoang Lien mountain range and even the peak of Indochina, Fansipan peak (when the weather permits). Keep trekking down the trail to Muong Hoa valley. Transfer back to Sapa. Free to explore the town. Included: English speaking guide Meal: B, L Private transportation Entrance fees 02 bottles of mineral water (500 ml)/pax/day Sapa Elegance Hotel(Deluxe Room)

Less touristic route, visiting Ban Khoang, Ta Phin villages, transfer to Bac Ha Travel on a less touristic road to the isolated up-hill Ban Khoang village. Today we will take an off the beaten track of 12 km up and downhill on a new trail to explore the primitive culture of the Red Dao who is well-known for the most beautiful attire in Sapa. After a picnic lunch (or early lunch at a local restaurant) in the village, follow a small hill path, trek through the corn–farm to a rainforest with amazing views of rice terraces, and on season, you may see local people and buffalos work on the field. Stop to visit orchid gardens that supply even the biggest of cities' demands for the New Year decorations. As you walk towards the Ta Phin village, be greeted as family members by villagers. Explore the unique culture and daily life of the Red Dao people who immigrated to this mountain from China, even have a special traditional herb bath. Pick up by driver then transfer back to Bac Ha. Located at an altitude of 1000m, Bac Ha is home to several ethnic groups such as the colorful Hmong, Phu La and Tay. Bac Ha region is well known for its weekly, colorful markets surrounded by wild and beautiful scenery. The markets are not only for the exchange of goods but also for the cultural exchange of the ethnic groups for centuries. Included: English speaking guide Meal: B, L, D Private transportation Entrance fees 02 bottles of mineral water (500 ml)/pax/day Huy Trung's Homestay(Double Room)

Exploring Bac Ha region, typical mountain market 7:00 AM: Start to explore Bac Ha, it is possible to visit a colorful, ethnic market ( Bac Ha market is on Sunday. Otherwise we can visit Coc Ly market on Tuesday, Can Cau market on Saturday instead). Enjoy the striking atmosphere with so many goods such as vegetables, poultry, horses and buffalos while capturing many minority groups in their best colorful clothing of the week. After visiting the market, take a walk through some idyllic ethnic villages, which is a typical Bac Ha landscape, interspersed with corn fields, cassava hills and clay houses, plum gardens adorned by H'Mong women and their colorful dresses will accompany you throughout the trip. Come back to town for lunch before transfer to Hanoi. Check in hotel around 6:00 PM Included: English speaking guide Meal: B, L Private transportation 02 bottles of mineral water (500 ml)/pax/day Hanoi Boutique Hotel(Deluxe Room)

Cruising in Bai Tu Long bay, visiting Vung Vieng fishing village, swimming & sunbathing at Ban Chan beach 8:00 AM: Pick up at your hotel (in the Hanoi Old Quarter). Enjoy three hour drive from Hanoi to Bai Tu Long Bay. Your journey will pass the series of villages and rice fields in the Red River Delta. Have a stop for drink and restroom. Continue your driving, arrive at the harbor around noon, get warmly welcomed at cruise reception. 12:30: Embark cruise and enjoy a welcome drink onboard the Tonkin Cruise boat. 13:00: Cruising through Bai Tu Long Bay and having lunch with Set Menu 15:00: Exploring Vung Vieng Village: Guest choose to discover the daily life of the fisher communities with bamboo boat (one hour) or kayaking around Vung Vieng area (one hour) 16:30: Swimming, Sunbathing and Relaxing at Ban Chan Beach. 17:30: Relax and enjoy the sunset cocktail while the boat is cruising to Cong Dong - Cong Do area. Docking for overnight. 19:30: Having BBQ dinner 21:00: Free evening or taking part in some activities of board games or squid fishing, karaoke (on request) Taste the variety of drink at our luxury sundeck bar (chargeable) with wines, cocktails, brandy, juices... 23:00: End of program for Day One. Included: Shuttle bus: Hanoi - Hon Gai English speaking guide (on board) Meal: B, L, D Boat: Halong bamboo boat Entrance fees Leisure: Beach swimming 02 bottles of mineral water (500 ml)/pax/day Garden Bay Cruise - 2D1N(Deluxe Cabin)

Discovering the charming Thien Canh Son Cave, unique cruising route, getting back Hanoi, departure 06:30: Doing exercises with Tai chi on the sundeck. 07:15: Enjoy a light breakfast while cruising to Hon Co area. 8:00: Exploring the Thien Canh Son Cave. Located at the centre of the World Heritage Area- Halong Bay, Thien Canh Son Cave treats tourists to the wild and mysterious beauty of nature 09:30: Return to the boat for check out and relaxing on sundeck or watching fruits carving demonstration 10:30: Enjoy the last of the Ha Long Bay scenery over lunch as the boat cruises back to shore 11:45: Transfer by tender to the pier, relax inside our waiting lounge and waiting for return transportation Welcome by driver at the harbor then enjoy travel back to Hanoi. Have a rest at the middle of the way. Drop off at your hotel (in the Hanoi Old Quarter). Private driver will pick you up at the hotel lobby (Hanoi Old Quarter) for about 45 minutes to Noi Bai airport (international or domestic hall according to your request). Thanks for the visit to our city. Note: International flights require you to be at the airport 3 hours and domestic is 2 hours before departure time. Included: English speaking guide (on board) Meal: B, L Private transportation Entrance fees Leisure: Morning Tai Chi 02 bottles of mineral water (500 ml)/pax/day


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Frequently asked questions

Bring good trekking shoes, insect sprays and cameras Best time for rice terraces is May to June and July to beginning of October (green field to yellow harvest). Restaurants in the mountain regions (excluding Sapa) provide only basic standard services

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Hà Nội, Hoàn Kiếm, Hanoi, Vietnam


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