Hanoi - Sapa - North west - Halong kayaking 16 Days / 15 Nights

Hanoi - Sapa - North west - Halong kayaking 16 Days / 15 Nights
Hanoi - Sapa - North west - Halong kayaking 16 Days / 15 Nights Hanoi - Sapa - North west - Halong kayaking 16 Days / 15 Nights See all 8 photos
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Embark on the ultimate Vietnam adventure vacation with this 16 day, 15 night itinerary. Starting in the bustling capital of Ha Noi, explore the city's rich history and vibrant street food scene before heading north to the stunning mountains of Sa Pa. Trek through the rugged terrain of Lai Chau, soaking in the natural beauty of the region before continuing on to the peaceful village of Mai Chau to learn about the local way of life. Next, venture to the coastal city of Hai Phong for a glimpse Vietnam's maritime culture before ending your journey with a kayaking excursion through the famed Ha Long Bay. This jam-packed itinerary promises to showcase the best of Northern Vietnam's diverse landscapes and vibrant culture.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  1. Discover the mesmerizing magic of Hanoi! Immerse yourself in an enchanting city bursting with vibrant culture, delectable cuisine, and captivating history.
  2. Sapa, a place where breathtaking landscapes meet cultural treasures. Embark on an adventure like no other as you hike through majestic rice terraces, immerse yourself in vibrant local markets, and connect with the warm-hearted ethnic communities. 
  3. Discover the magic of Tam Duong in Lai Chau, where adventure awaits at every corner. Get ready to be enchanted by its breathtaking landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and warm-hearted locals.
  4. Discover the enchanting beauty of Son La! Immerse yourself in a world where nature and culture unite in breathtaking harmony. majestic mountains to vibrant ethnic communities, this hidden gem will captivate your senses and leave you craving for more. 
  5. Escape to the mesmerizing beauty of Mai Chau Valley! Immerse yourself in a haven of tranquility nestled amidst lush green landscapes. Experience the magic of this enchanting destination, where nature's wonders come to life.
  6. Embark on a thrilling journey as you paddle through the enchanting emerald waters of Ha Long Bay. Discover hidden caves, majestic limestone pillars, and breathtaking wildlife.
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Hanoi Arrival
Hanoi Arrival

Upon your arrival at the airport, you will be warmly greeted by your local guide who will assist with your transfer to the hotel. After checking in, embark on a delightful adventure through the historic colonial city. Hop a traditional cyclo, also known as a pedicab, and embark on a 90-minute tour of the charming Old Quarter and the vicinity of Hoan Kiem Lake. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of the "36 streets of 36 wares". As night falls, treat yourself to a mesmerizing water puppet show, a unique cultural experience. Later, indulge in a delectable dinner at one of the finest restaurants in town. Rest comfortably at the hotel for the night, anticipating the exciting experiences that lie ahead.

Meals: N/A

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi.

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Hanoi City tour - Lao Cai
Hanoi City tour - Lao Cai

Embark on a thrilling half-day tour of Vietnam's vibrant capital city! Explore the iconic landmarks like Ho Chi Minh's mausoleum and traditional stilt house, immerse yourself in the rich history at the Ho Chi Minh Museum, and marvel at the beauty of the revered One-Pillar Pagoda. Discover the hidden gems of Vietnamese culture as you visit traditional places of worship. Before indulging in a delicious lunch, delve history at Vietnam's historic Temple of Literature, which dates back a thousand years. In the afternoon, experience the fascinating Ethnology Museum and get personalized assistance our reliable mechanic to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable biking adventure. Retreat back to your hotel for a refreshing shower. Cap off the day with a delightful dinner at a local restaurant before heading to the Hanoi railway station to hop aboard the night train to Lao Cai. Get ready for an unforgettable overnight journey!

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Accommodation: On Train.

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Lao Cai - Bac Ha
Lao Cai - Bac Ha

Start your day by arriving at Lao Cai bright and early in the morning. Enjoy a delectable breakfast at a local restaurant before embarking on a 20-minute drive. Then, hop on your bike as you traverse through picturesque small routes for a full day of cycling, heading towards Bac Ha. As the late afternoon approaches, reach Bac Ha and check the cozy Sao Mai hotel. End the day with a delicious dinner and spend a comfortable night at the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Accommodation: Hotel in Bac Ha.

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Bac Ha - Can Cau - Bac Ha
Bac Ha - Can Cau - Bac Ha

Start your morning with a delicious breakfast before embarking on a journey to Can Cau, where you'll explore the vibrant market of the String H'mong people (open on Saturdays only). Indulge in some shopping and then take a thrilling downhill bike ride Can Cau to Ba Ha, making a stop to visit the magnificent Castle of King H'mong near Bac Ha. Enjoy a satisfying lunch at the hotel. In the afternoon, treat yourself to an easy hike up to the H'mong village and the school for Ethnic Minorities groups in and around Bac Ha.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Accommodation: Hotel in Bac Ha.

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Bac Ha - Lao Cai - Sapa
Bac Ha - Lao Cai - Sapa

Start your morning off with an exciting visit to the vibrant Bac Ha market, where you can immerse yourself in the rich culture of Northern Vietnam's Ethnic Minority people (open on Sundays only). Enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant or at your hotel. In the afternoon, we'll hop on our bikes and embark on an exhilarating downhill cycling adventure to Bao Nhai. there, we'll board a boat for a scenic 3-hour trip to Coc Ly. Upon arrival in Sapa, we'll check our hotel and indulge in a delightful dinner at a local restaurant. Rest and relax overnight in the cozy comforts of your Sapa hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Accommodation: Hotel in Sapa.

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Sapa
Sapa

Embark on a delightful cycling adventure through the enchanting Sapa Valley, where you'll discover the captivating Black H'mong and Red Dzao villages. At the end of the day, return to Sapa and unwind at the hotel, savoring a delicious dinner before a restful overnight stay.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Accommodation: Hotel in Sapa.

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Sapa - Tam Duong
Sapa - Tam Duong

Start your day by strolling through the lively market in Sapa, as the morning sun paints the scenes vividly. Here, you'll encounter various ethnic minority communities like the vibrant Black H'Mong, the elegant Red Dzao, the hospitable Dzay, and even the mysterious Xa Pho. After immersing yourself in the market's vibrant atmosphere, embark on a fascinating journey to Tam Duong, ascending up to the majestic Heaven Gate before descending through a breathtaking road. Along the way, take delightful stops to explore the charming villages of different ethnic minorities. As the late afternoon approaches, arrive in Tam Duong and check your hotel. You'll have some free time to unwind before savoring a delectable dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Accommodation: Hotel in Tam Duong.

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Tam Duong - Lai Chau
Tam Duong - Lai Chau

Embark on a picturesque journey Tam Duong at the break of dawn, traversing a secluded path that meanders alongside the enchanting river until reaching the fascinating Chinese frontier. Along the way, you'll have the opportunity to visit a series of captivating villages, including the vibrant communities of small Red Dzao, Black Dzao, Man (Khmer), Black H'mong, and Ha Nhi. Indulge in a delightful picnic lunch amidst the scenic surroundings. As evening falls, relish a delectable dinner and retreat to the comfort of your accommodation in Lai Chau.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Accommodation: Hotel in Lai Chau.

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Lai Chau - Son La
Lai Chau - Son La

Today promises to be a day filled with highlights and challenges as we embark on a journey along one of Vietnam's most breathtaking roads. Prepare to traverse numerous mountain passes, including the renowned Pha Din—a significant site the Indochina War. Ascend to the mountain peaks and descend through majestic ranges, effortlessly cycling one side to another. Along the way, we'll have the opportunity to cool off with a refreshing swim in the Black River and take a leisurely stroll through the picturesque meadows of Kh'Mu village. As the day draws to a close, we'll arrive in Son La, where a delightful dinner and comfortable overnight stay at the hotel await us.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Accommodation: Hotel in Son La.

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Son La - Mai Chau
Son La - Mai Chau

Start your day with a delicious breakfast before embarking on an exciting journey Son La to Mai Chau. As you make your way, enjoy the scenic route, which mostly goes downhill. Take a leisurely hike to Co Tang village and meet the welcoming Black H'Mong group. Along the way, indulge in a delightful lunch. Once you're ready, hop on a bicycle and cycle 35 km through a pristine forest preserve. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the surroundings. In the late afternoon, you'll finally arrive at Mai Chau. Get ready for a delicious dinner and a cozy overnight stay at a charming Thai Bungalow house.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Accommodation: Thai Bungalow House.

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Mai Chau
Mai Chau

Embark on a thrilling full-day cycling adventure to immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of Mai Chau valley and its charming surrounding villages. Along the way, indulge in a delightful picnic lunch. As the day draws to a close, return to the village and delight in the enchanting traditional folk dance performance. Cap off the day with a sumptuous dinner and spend the night at a cozy Thai Bungalow house.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Accommodation: Thai Bungalow House.

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Mai Chau - Kim Boi - Bai Chao - Hanoi
Mai Chau - Kim Boi - Bai Chao - Hanoi

Today marks the farewell to the wonderful family we spent two memorable nights with. Our adventure begins as we drive up to the majestic hill of Thung Khe, where an exhilarating downhill cycling awaits us, leading us to the picturesque town of Kim Boi. A delightful lunch will be served in Kim Boi, rejuvenating us for the next leg of our journey to Bai Chao. As the day draws to a close, we'll make our way back to Hanoi, with anticipation lingering in the air. A delectable dinner awaits, followed by a restful night at the hotel in Hanoi.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi.

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Hanoi - Hai Phong
Hanoi - Hai Phong

Starting in the morning, we'll embark on a cycling adventure Hanoi along the scenic dike road, passing through picturesque rice fields and charming villages nestled in the Red River Delta. Our first stop is the renowned Bat Trang ceramic village, where we'll have the opportunity to meet talented artists and even try our hand at painting. Don't miss the chance for some shopping, and if you find something too heavy for your luggage, don't worry - shipping options are available.

Continuing our journey, we'll visit one of the most beautiful ancient Temples located on the riverbank of the Red River. A delightful picnic lunch awaits in the serene garden of the Temple. In the afternoon, we'll follow the dike once again, heading towards the captivating city of Hai Phong. Upon arrival, we'll check a comfortable hotel. As the day comes to a close, enjoy a delicious dinner and settle in for a restful overnight stay.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Accommodation: Hotel in Hai Phong.

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Hai Phong - Ha Long kayaking
Hai Phong - Ha Long kayaking

After enjoying a delightful breakfast in the morning, we will kickstart our adventure Hai Phong to Halong Bay on our trusty bikes. As we make our way, we'll hop on a ferry boat and reach our destination by noon, feeling the excitement building up. Get ready to leave our bikes behind and step aboard a classic wooden junk, embarking on an enchanting journey through the captivating Halong Bay, a gem among Southeast Asia's top tourist spots. The boat ride will be accompanied by a scrumptious, freshly prepared seafood lunch, adding to the experience. Our first stop will take us to a floating fishermen village where we'll receive safety instructions before diving our kayaks for an exhilarating 2.5-hour paddle. Along the way, we'll be mesmerized by the awe-inspiring limestone formations, discover hidden lagoons, explore a majestic cave, and stumble upon pristine beaches. Upon our arrival, we can unwind and take a refreshing swim on a picturesque small beach. As the day comes to a close, we'll delight in a delightful dinner and spend the night on a comfortable and charming junk boat, relishing the tranquility of this unforgettable experience.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Accommodation: On Cruise.

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Halong - Kayaking - Hanoi
Halong - Kayaking - Hanoi

Start your day by waking up early in the morning to fully immerse yourself in the mesmerizing aquamarine waters of the bay. After a delicious breakfast and invigorating swim, we will embark on a thrilling kayaking adventure for two hours, allowing us to discover hidden lagoons, secluded beaches, and even a floating fishermen village. As lunchtime approaches, we will rendezvous with the Junk and make our way back to the harbor in Halong. there, a comfortable vehicle will transport us back to Hanoi. In the evening, relish a delightful farewell dinner at a local restaurant in town before retiring to our hotel in Hanoi.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi.

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Hanoi departure
Hanoi departure

As your trip comes to an end, enjoy complimentary transport to the airport for your outbound flight. Before you leave, savor a delicious breakfast to start your day off right.

Meals: Breakfast.

Accommodation: N/A.

Our prices include

Transportation in private air-conditioned vehicle with driver and mountain bike

Accommodation: Twin sharing room

English speaking guide

Entrance fee to indicated sights

Boat trip and kayak boat

Our prices do not include

International flight tickets and airport tax

Visa handling and stamp fee

Other meals than mentioned

Other services than mentioned

Personal expenses (laundry, telephone...)

Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses

Single room supplement

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