Best of North Vietnam - 7 days

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Itinerary Overview

Discover the best of North Vietnam to most popular destinations with stunning landscapes. Start travelling from bustling city of Hanoi to Sapa hill town. Meet people of local ethnic groups and explore wonderful rice terraces. Enjoy the amazing limestone karsts while boarding a boat to cruise the real Halong Bay before getting to your next destination. The trip offers a great overview of North with different experiences and activities that you would never forget.


  • Explore Hanoi bustling city
  • Meet colorful people of Sapa Ethnic Groups
  • Enjoy amazing Sapa Rice Terrace
  • Spend the night on boat that cruise between the limestone peaks of Halong Bay while feasting on sumptuous meals on board

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival

Arrive in Hanoi. Greeted by your driver at the airport. Transfer to your hotel in the city centre for check-in and at leisure in the rest of the day.


  • The hotel room will be available at 2:00pm, and in case that you would like to secure an early-check in, an additional charge will be applied.
  • Please be advised that both international and domestic might be crowded at sometimes during the day, so in case that you arrive and cannot find our representatives, please be presented at Pole No.16 outside lobby A2 (International) or Lobby of domestic arrival (Domestic flight) and contact us, so we could easily search for you
  • Meals: N/A
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi


Free to relax in the morning.

Pickup at 13:30. We will spend a half day to visit the city. We start with visit to President Ho Chi Minh's mausoleum (Outside). We also visit the famous One Pillar Pagoda nearby. Leaving the President's complex, we continue to visit the Temple of Literature (Van Mieu). Although several Van Mieu can be found throughout Vietnam, the most prominent and famous is that situated in the city of Hanoi, and was functioned as Vietnam's first university. Back to the hotel in late afternoon. Free for personal activities.

At 21:00, our guide will take you to the train station for overnight train to Lao Cai for tour to Sapa. The train departs at 22:00.


  • Late checkout at the hotel is not included.
  • Our tour guide will not accompany during the train trip
  • Train schedule is subject to change depending on availability
  • Private compartments on request at surcharge.
  • Train journeys are part of a great local experience. Each cabin has 4 soft berths and are shared with other passengers (unless private cabin is requested and all berths paid for - with supplement). Restrooms at either end of the carriages.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Overnight train


Sa Pa is a quiet mountain town and home to a great diversity of ethnic minority peoples. Most of the ethnic minority people work their land on sloping terraces since the vast majority of the land is mountainous. Their staple foods are rice and corn. Rice, by its very nature of being a labour intensive crop, makes the daily fight for survival paramount. The unique climate in Sapa has a major influence on the ethnic minorities who live in the area. With sub-tropical summers, temperate winters and 160 days of mist annually, the influence on agricultural yields and health related issues are significant. 05:30 ~ 06:00: Arrive at Lao Cai Train Station. Pick up at the train station and transfer to Sapa. Early check in upon arrival is possible upon room occupancy (Surcharge applicable). Breakfast and Relax for a while to get ready for our full day tour. 9.30am: Meet up your local guide and start trekking for 6km of walking down to the south east of Sapa along the side of Muong Hoa valley to Y Linh Ho village of the Black H’mong. A 2 km-trekking down to Lao Chai village, through terraced rice fields to Ta Van village of the Dzay minority people. On the way, we would have chance to learn about the local agriculture producing customs and daily lifestyle. We have lunch at a local family, offering you a worth chance to learn about the local house architecture, which is full of their daily life styles and exclusive custom. We will then get back to Sapa by jeep or motorbike

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Sapa


08:30: Pickup at the hotel. We start a walk down to the South-west of Sapa (around 4 km) to visit Cat Cat village of the Black H’mong. Relax at the food of the stunning waterfall and the vestige of a hydroelectric power station that was constructed by the French during the colonial time in Vietnam. We enjoy picnic lunch by the side of the river, and trek for 6 km to Sin Chai village, which is located at the foot of Fansipan Mountain, “the roof of Vietnam and Indochina”. From here you can enjoy huge stunning landscapes before climbing up on the way back to Sapa.

You are free to explore the town till bus transfer to Hanoi departing at 2:30pm. Arrive Hanoi at 9pm.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

DAY 5: Hanoi - Halong bay / night on board

07h30: Pick up from your hotel in Hanoi (option 1) or Ninh Binh (option 2). Drive to Halong City through the paddy fields in the Red River Delta.
10h00: Stopover on the way for a refreshment breakk
12h00: Arrive at Tuan Chau wharf – Break and photography time
12h30: Board the Cruise for departure. Welcome drink will be served
13h00: Lunch is served while cruising through the bay
15h30: Visit exciting Cua Van fishing village. The village is free of busy roads and streets, electric lights, houses and high rise buildings. Instead, there are only herds of little boats and rafts. You will have the chance to discover the traditional culture and customs of the fishermen.
16h30: Enjoy kayaking or swimming (if the weather permits)..
17h00: Back on board and continue cruising.
19h00: Dinner is served.
21h00: Take some leisure time to enjoy chatting at the bar or enjoy some night fishing.

Note*: the itinerary and activities on board would vary depending on the boat you choose. Please see the choice of boat in Hotel Inclusions.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation: Night on board


07.00: Coffee and tea will be served
08.00: Continue cruising
08h15: Visit splendid Sung Sot Cave
09h00: Check out and enjoy a fantastic cruise on the bay, passing Dinh Huong Island, fishing villages, Ga Choi Island, Dog Island and Sail Island.
09.30: Buffet brunch (breakfast/lunch) while cruising back through Halong Bay to the pier
11h30: Arrive at the pier. Time to say goodbye to the crew.
12.00: Return from Halong to Hanoi. Arrive Hanoi at about 17pm.

Note*: the itinerary and activities on board would vary depending on the boat you choose. Please see the choice of boat in Hotel Inclusions.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi


Free at leisure until our transfer is presented at your hotel and take you to Noi Bai International Airport for flight to for departure flight. Trip ends. Note*: depending on your flight schedule, we will arrange airport transfer accordingly (2.5 hours for domestic flight/ 3.5 hours for international flights)!

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: N/A

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Important Notes:

  • In case of unpredictable bad conditions of weather in Halong Bay, please kindly understand that the cancellation will be made ONLY by the Management Board of Halong Bay and normally the announcement will be informed in short notice.

The best of North Vietnam Tour: 5* basing on 145 Tripadvisor reviews.

Hotels & Prices

Hotel Categories

Small Group

01 May - 30 Sept
(Low season)

01 May - 30 Sept
(High season)

Economy (2*)

Hanoi: La Suite Hotel & Spa
Halong Bay: Aclass Cruise
Sapa: Sapa Panorama Hotel

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Superior (3-4*)

Hanoi: Hanoi Noble Hotel 
Halong Bay: Aclass Stellar Cruise
Sapa: Sapa Vista hotel

Deluxe (4*)

Hanoi: Golden Silk Boutique Hotel
Halong Bay: Huong Hai Sealife
Sapa: Sapa Amazing Hotel

Luxury (5*)

Hanoi: Apricot Hotel
Halong Bay: Signature Cruise
Sapa: Victoria Resort

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  • All prices are in USD per adult, in Double/Twin sharing
  • Small group tour - daily departure with max 12 pax (for Halong Cruises, you will join bus by boat companies)
  • In some major cities in Vietnam, hotel rooms may not have windows.
  • Similar hotels are selected if any of above are booked
  • You can also change to other hotels that you want (surcharge/discount would be applied)
  • Surcharge will be applied for single traveler or single room request

Tour Price/person 

The tour price of this itinerary would vary depending on date of departure and number of participants. Please book this tour or contact us @ for free quote and consultancy by local experts.

Important information

What's included ?


Car, Cruise, Bus, Overnight Train


Hotel (4 nights), Overnight on-board (1 night), Overnight train (1 night)


6 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 1 Dinner
Note*: breakfast is included at the hotel.

Price Includes

  • Overnights in selected hotels or similar
  • Vietnam visa approval letter
  • Halong bay 2 day Cruise package
  • Hanoi - Lao Cai Overnight Train (shared in 4 soft berth AC cabin)
  • All in-tour stationed local English speaking guide.
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing mentioned in the itinerary
  • Excursions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Transfers as mentioned by air-conditioned vehicles (including airport pick up & see off)
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary

Price Excludes

  • Meals and services other than those noted in the itinerary
  • Visa stamping fee
  • International flights pre/post tour
  • Laundry, telephone calls, and personal expenditures
  • Gratuities for guides, drivers, porters, boat crew, and personal, non-itinerary services

Children Rates

  • FOC for infant under 2 years old
  • 02 - 6 years old without bed: 35% adult rate
  • 06 - 11 years old with extra bed: 75% adult rate
  • 06 - 11 years old in twin share: 90% adult rate
Note*: The rate for children applicable for one child sharing a twin or double cabin with two adults

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellation received 60 days or more before arrival date: 10% of total rate
  • Cancellation received from 30 days to 59 days prior arrival date: 20% of total rate
  • Cancellation received from 15 days to 29 days prior arrival date: 50% of total rate
  • Cancellation received from 7 days to 14 days prior arrival date: 75% of total rate
  • Cancellation received less than 7 days prior arrival date or No show: 100% of total rate

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