Sapa to the Sea UNIQUE EXPERIENCES • Admire French colonial architec ture in the capital • Meet ethnic minorities in the mountainous North West • Trek through stunning scenery ringed by lofty peaks and terraced rice paddies • Cruise through stunning Halong Bay on a traditional junk • Kayak through stunning limestone karst scenery • Feast on delicious seafood
You will be met at the airport and transferred to your comfortable hotel. Enjoy a guided city tour of Hanoi and explore the narrow, ancient streets of the Old Quarter in a traditional cyclo. Enjoy a fun performance of traditional Water Puppets. Take in some of the main sights before continuing your adventure with an overnight train journey from Vietnam’s capital city to the border town of Lao Cai. On arrival, you will be transferred to the former French colonial hill station of Sapa. Spend the rest of the day trekking through the fascinating ethnic minority villages of Cat Cat, Ta Van and Cau May. Overnight with a local family in a nearby ethnic minority village to enjoy some unique cultural interaction. Alternatively, return to the comfort of your hotel in Sapa for the night. On Day 3, climb the town’s Ham Rong Mountain for superb panoramic views of Sapa and its mountainous environs. Continue your exploration of the area with a visit to a village populated by the colourful Red Dao ethnic group. In the evening, transfer from Sapa to Lao Cai for the overnight train journey back to Hanoi.
Hanoi Sapa Halong Bay
Hanoi – Sapa
Hanoi – Halong Bay - Hanoi
Mai P Chau Extension AFam less touristy alternative to the more well known Sapa and only a four hour drive from Hanoi, the Mai Chau Valley offers a peaceful stay in picturesque scenery. A stay in the valley offers visitors the chance to trek and cycle through fascinating ethnic minority villages and emerald green rice paddies.
On your return to Hanoi, freshen up and have breakfast before starting the onward journey to Halong Bay. On arrival, you will board a traditional junk for an unforgettable overnight cruise through the majestic scenery of this UNESCO World Heritage listed bay. The bay is punctuated by thousands of limestone islands, cavernous grottoes and floating fishing villages. Observe a unique way of life as you cruise through the beautiful bay. You will have the opportunity to explore vast caves, kayak into secluded lagoons and swim in the emerald green waters. You are also sure to enjoy delicious seafood dishes expertly prepared on board your junk. This memorable experience ends on Day 5 with a transfer back to the capital and the chance to reflect on your adventure through the north of Vietnam.
VIETNAM HANOI Halong Bay
SUMMARY This five day adventure will take you from the bustling capital to mountainous north-west of the country, where you will have the chance to learn about some of the ethnic groups that make the region their home. Round off the experience with an overnight cruise in majestic Halong Bay.
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