Day 1: Arrive Hanoi (No Meal)Upon arrival at Hanoi Airport, you will be assisted on your transfer to hotel. Check-in and overnight stay at hotel.
Day 2: Hanoi to Sapa (B/L/D)Begin your Hanoi city tour at Ho Chi Minh Quarter, where you will visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (closed Sep-Dec), Humble House on Stilts, Ho Chi Minh Museum and the One Pillar Pagoda. Continue to the serene Temple of Literature before indulging in lunch at KOTO restaurant. Later enjoy a walking tour of Hanoi's historic Old Quarter. This evening transfer to the Hanoi railway station for your overnight train to Lao Cai.
Day 3: Arrive Sapa-Hau Thao Village-Su Phan Village (B/L/D)Early this morning, arrive at Lao Cai railway station and travel to the picturesque town of Sapa. Travel to Hau Thao Village and take a light hike to Su Phan Village, enjoying the views over Muong Hoa Valley. Overnight in Sapa.
Day 4: Visit a local market (B/L/D)Today, visit a lively local market where ethnic people from surrounding regions gather in their colourful traditional costumes to sell their farming products and buy weekly necessities. Later return to Sapa where you will enjoy the afternoon free at your leisure. Lunch and dinner will be served in a local restaurant. Overnight in Sapa.
Day 5: Sapa - Hanoi (B/L)Enjoy a light hike today through the Black H'mong ethnic minority village of Matra, passing rice paddy fields and spectacular scenery along the way. Visit the Taphin village where you can observe the everyday life of the two largest ethnic groups in the area, the Black H'mong and Red Dao. This evening board your overnight soft sleeper train back to Hanoi.
Day 6: Hanoi (B/L/D)Arrive at Hanoi railway station this morning and transfer to your hotel where you will have the morning free at your leisure. This afternoon, visit the Ethnology Museum and later enjoy a performance of the world famous Water Puppets. Tonight you will dine at the Press Club Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 7: Hanoi - Halong Bay (B/L/D)Depart Hanoi early in the morning and make your way to the 'Jewel in the Crown of Vietnam', Halong Bay. Spend the afternoon cruising around the 3,000 islets that rise from the clear emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin, stopping to tour the floating village of Vung Vieng. Later cruise to Bai Tu Long Bay. Spend the next two nights on board relaxing and enjoying the deluxe amenities on your Au Co junk boat.
Day 8: Halong Bay (B/L/D)This morning you may like to partake in an early Tai Chi class on the deck, before later enjoying a guided kayak tour or swim in the Vung Ha area of Halong Bay. Afterwards, sail towards Lan Ha Bay and Cat Ba Island and visit the Au Co organic farm. Overnight at Au Co junk boat.
Day 9: Halong Bay - Hanoi (B/L)This morning enjoy a guided visit of Sung Sot (Surprise) Cave. After your delicious farewell brunch, disembark in Tuan Chau marina before returning to your hotel in Hanoi. Spend the rest of the day at your own leisure. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 10: Depart Hanoi (B)Enjoy the morning free at your leisure before you are transferred to Hanoi airport for departure.
** Per Person rates in USD
Hotels3 STAR: Hanoi -Hoa Binh, Galaxy, Sapa -Mountain view, Darling, Halong -Au co Cruise (deluxe cabin)
4 STAR:Hanoi -Fortuna, Prestige, SapaChau Long,Halong - Au co Cruise (deluxe cabin)
5 STAR:Hanoi -Melia,Hanoi Daewoo, Sapa-Victoria, Halong Au co Cruise (deluxe cabin)
Term & ConditionsRates are applicable to minimum of 2 persons, unless specified. Valid to ALL Markets.
Validity Period: until 30 Oct 2014
Not included in the package: airfares and taxes, any beverages, tips to guide and driver, other tours not mentioned in the itinerary, personal expenses and travel insurance, any meals not mentioned in the itinerary
Rates are still subject to change. Subject to availability at the time of booking.
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Vietnam, is the easternmost country on the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia. With an estimated 90.3 million inhabitants as of 2012, it is the world's 13th-most-populous country, and the eighth-most-populous Asian country. The name Vietnam translates as "Southern Viet" (synonymous with the much older term Nam Viet); it was first officially adopted in 1802 by Emperor Gia Long, and was adopted again in 1945 with the founding of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam under Ho Chi Minh. The country is bordered by China to the north, Laos to the northwest, Cambodia to the southwest, and the South China Sea to the east. Its capital city has been Hanoi since the reunification of North and South Vietnam in 1976.
The Vietnamese became independent from Imperial China in AD 938, following the resounding Vietnamese victory in the Battle of ng River. Successive Vietnamese royal dynasties flourished as the nation expanded geographically and politically into Southeast Asia, until the Indochina Peninsula was colonized by the French in the mid-19th century. Following a Japanese occupation in the 1940s, the Vietnamese fought French rule in the First Indochina War, eventually expelling the French in 1954. Thereafter, Vietnam was divided politically into two rival states, North and South Vietnam. Conflict between the two sides intensified, with heavy intervention from the United States, in what is known as the Vietnam War. The war ended with a North Vietnamese victory in 1975.
Hanoi, the capital of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, is a pleasant and even charming city, in large parts because of its famous lakes, shaded boulevards and verdant public parks. The Hanoi city center is an architectural museum piece, its blocks of old buildings retaining the air of a peaceful and austere provincial town, contrary to the fast-living and bustling air of Saigon. The city of Hanoi is a small part now of Greater Hanoi, which has a land area of 2,139 sq.km and a population of about 3,000,000. In the past, Hanoi was first chosen by King Ly Thai To as the capital of the country and was named Thang Long (Descending Dragon) in 1010. Through several successive dynasties, it remained the country's capital city, the heart and soul of the whole nation, and has born a variety of names, including Dong Kinh (Eastern capital), from which the Europeans derived the name they eventually applied to all of northern Vietnam, Tonkin. The city was finally named Hanoi (the city in a bend of the river) by Emperor Minh Mang (Nguyen Dynasty) in 1831. From 1902 to 1953, Hanoi served as the capital of French Indochina. There are two main seasons in Hanoi: the hot (and rainy) season from May to October with the hottest month: July - average temperature 31 degree Celsius; and the cold (and dry) season with the coldest month: January - average temperature 14 degree Celsius.
Hanoi features a warm humid subtropical climate with plentiful precipitation. The city experiences the typical climate of northern Vietnam, where summers are hot and humid, and winters are, by national standards, relatively cold and dry. Summers, lasting from May to September, are hot and humid, receiving the majority of the annual 1,680 millimeters (66.1 in) of rainfall. The winters, lasting from November to March, are relatively mild, dry (in the first half) or humid (in the second half), while spring (April) can bring light rains. It is important to note that particularly around the Halong Bay region in these months, it can get particularly cold. Autumn (October) is the best time of year in term of weather. The city is usually cloudy and foggy in the winter time with average monthly sunshine hours for February are only 1.8 h a day. Extreme temperatures have ranged from 2.7 degree Celsius to 40.4 degree Celsius. (source: Wikipedia)