Discover the breathtaking scenery, warm friendly greetings from many different local ethnic minority groups and a wide variety of activities that form the core part of this trip. You will discover the treasures of Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam. You will enjoy wandering through the narrow streets of the Old Quarter, sitting and relaxing in the shade of the trees by the lovely and historical Hoan Kiem Lake, strolling along the wide tree lined streets of the French Quarter and visiting the many cultural and historical sites in this charming city.
Leaving Hanoi, you will get to explore a whole different world. There are 54 Ethnic groups of people living in Vietnam. As you head to the more Northern parts of Vietnam, you will meet people from many of these groups each with their unique way of life, style of dress and language. Your first stop is in the adorable village of Mai Chau where you will meet the warm and hospitable Thai people. Four different groups of people around the town of SaPa with the main group being the H'mong people.
A night train from the SaPa area takes you back to Hanoi and then onto a very different but equally spectacular area of Northern Vietnam. Ha Long Bay has been recognized as one of the natural wonders of the world and is well deserved of the accolade. As you Cruise around the unique and mystical rock formations that spring out of the water in the Bay you will discover the hidden treasures of caves, beaches and communities of people living on the Bay.
If you love mountains, spectacular views, meeting different groups of local people, visiting sites that are known as being natural wonders of the world and having the opportunity to explore the treasures of one of the most exciting and engaging cities in SE Asia, this is the perfect trip for you.
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- Enjoy the degree of historical and cultural information throughout your tour from our local and knowledgeable tour hosts to the degree that you and your group are interested.
- We focus on sustainable tourism by creating the very best experience for you as the tourist while supporting our local environment and local people
Your arrival at the Noi Bai International Airport marks the start of your tour. Our guide is waiting to welcome you and take you into 1000-year-old city of Ha Noi, the capital of Vietnam, and the commercial, political, and cultural heart of the country.Read More
Leaving the hustle and bustle of Hanoi, we travel through the calm and beautiful landscape of rural Vietnam. En route to Mai Chau, we stop over at the Muong tribe village of Hoa Binh. Our final destination today is Mai Chau Village, where you will meet the Thai ethnic minority people. You will be able to see how the local people live and work while marveling at the peaceful beauty of the valley in which Mai Chau nestles.Read More
Travelling north, you will go to the awe-inspiring journey to Son La via Moc Chau Plateau where there are tea hills, waterfalls and beautiful terraced rice fields. We will meet the people from various ethnic groups including Black Thai, White Thai, Hmong and Muong Tribes. There are 54 ethnic groups in Vietnam of which 88% are of the Kinh or Viet group. Each of the minority groups has their own language, own culture, dress codes and ways of life.
We will take a short tour through Son La Town to visit the Son La Museum, and prison as well enjoying a dip in the local hot springs.
Hotel in Son La
Day 5 takes us to Sapa, a town that snuggles high in the mountains and was established by the French as a retreat for westerners to use during the hot and humid summers of Hanoi. En route, we will stop to visit the Tam Duong and Binh Lu markets where you will meet many different ethnic minority communities. The ethnic minority people in these areas are different than the ones in SapaRead More
The first excursion from the centre of Sapa is to Ham Rong (Dragon Raw) to see the panoramic view of the town and a spectacular overview of the terraced rice paddy fields carved out of the side of the mountain in just the same way as they have been for centuries. Moving on, we see one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Sapa, the Silver Waterfall.Read More
Leaving Sapa, we travel to Bac Ha. Bac Ha is the largest market in the region and is where you will see the most diverse groups of ethnic minority peoples in one place at the same time. This is definitely the most colorful and exotic market in Vietnam. At the market, you will get the enjoy the Bac Ha people’s simple but unique kinds of food along with special wines made from rice, cassavas, corn. You can also taste different local grown fruits such as plums, apples, and peaches. Your guide will offer interpretation for you to engage with local people.Read More
After breakfast, we drive to one of the most beautiful places in Southeast Asia, Ha Long Bay. The Bay is a UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The day starts with a leisure boat ride through the breathtaking Ha Long Bay where you will see mountain peaks reaching majestically out of the water. Lunch will be served onboard while cruising to Bai Tu Long Bay, Teapot Islet, Blockhouse Islet, and Goat Head Islet. Fresh local seafood will be served in the characteristically delicious style of the Vietnamese.Read More
After breakfast, we continue to cruise through the karsts some of which display fantastic and mystical shapes that lead rise to many legends about dragons and by gone days. We visit to the Luon Cave before an early lunch on board and then a sad farewell to the boat and crew. On the road back to Hanoi, we stop at the Bat Trang ceramics and pottery village where they sell many kinds of ceramics, embroidery and marble statues. Dinner is at the “Rung” Restaurant.
Hotel in Ha Noi.
In the morning, we explore the multi-color features of the 54 ethnic groups in the Vietnam Ethnology Museum before travelling back to the centre of Ha Noi to the Tran Quoc Pagoda, the oldest pagoda in Hanoi. Located beside the dazzling West Lake in Hanoi, Tran Quoc Pagoda is a cultural symbol of Vietnamese Buddhism. After lunch, you are free to shop, relax and do whatever you would like at your own leisure until your transfer time to Noi Bai International Airport for the departure flight. This is the end of the service.Read More