Tuesday Night : Hanoi – Night train to Lao cai
TOM Travel driver & staff will pick you up from your hotel in Hanoi around 8:00 PM then transfer you go directly to the train station.
Overnight in an AC soft sleeper sharing cabin 4berths.
Day 1 Wednesday : Lao Cai – Cao Son Market – Sa Pa (B/L)
Arrive Lao Cai you will meet your local tour guide then enjoy breakfast .Departing early from Lao Cai you will enjoy beautiful scenery and visit Cao Son markets. We take a dirt road which leads up into the mountains through Pine Tree forests and villages that surround the tiny markets. Flower H'mong, Tu Di, Tay and Giay ethnic minorities come to trade local products such as food, agricultural supplies and fabric. After exploring these markets your car will take you back to Muong Khuong for lunch. After lunch in local restaurant you will visit the most secluded, peaceful villages and have the opportunity to observe traditional practices such as distilling wine from corn and making bacon. You will be offered a special corn cake when you drop by local houses. You will be transferred to Sa Pa. Overnight in the hotel in Sapa (Optional)
Day 2 Thursday :Sa Pa – Lao Chai – Ta Van – Giang Ta Chai ( Muong Hoa Valley) – B/L
Depart from Sapa town by car to Lao Chai village, following the road down the hill. Views of the Muong Hoa valley and magnificent surroundings of mountains and rice terrace fields can be seen from this road. Along the road, people from many ethnic groups (H’mong, Zay, and Red Dao) are likely to be met, and there are stalls along the way that serve tea, fruits and sweets. Soon after turning off the main road and taking a local path, we will arrive in the Black H’mong village of Lao Chai, where you will experience the daily life of the villagers.After that, we walk from Lao Chai to Ta Van village, where the Zay hill tribes live. Here you take a rest and enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by your local guide in a local house. After lunch you trek up and downhill. Specially you will trek through bamboo forest then relax beside the waterfall. Explore the Red Dao village of Giang Ta Chai where you will also have the chance to see their daily activities. In the afternoon the car will pick you up for the return journey to Sa Pa.
Overnight in the hotel in Sapa (Optional)
Day 3 Friday (BL):Sa Pa – Suoi Ho – Ma Tra – Ta Phin ( Redzdao Village)– Lao Cai – Ha Noi
We leave Sa Pa town, trekking to Suoi Ho village to see tea plantations and cardamom gardens. Follow the buffalo trails to visit the hospitable villages of the Black Hmong minority people in Ma Tra. After passing a school and scenic views enroute, a picnic lunch will be served. After lunch we continue our trek to Ta Phin village to visit Red Dao people and handicraft shops. In the afternoon we will reach the road where your driver is waiting to transport you back to Lao Cai station to catch the night train back to Ha Noi.
Overnight in an AC soft sleeper sharing cabin 4berths.
Day 4 Satursday Hanoi – Ha Long Bay – Bai Tu Long Bay ( Share group) - (B/L/D):
Today your train will arrival Hanoi around 5:30 AM , TOM Travel staff and driver will waiting you at the station to pick you up then transfer to the hotel for freshen up and have breakfast before depart to Ha Long Bay.
8:15: Hotel pick-up in Hanoi Old quarter
12:30: Arrive at Hon Gai Harbour, Ha Long City.
12:45: Enjoy a welcome drink onboard the Tonkin Cruise boat.
13:15: Enjoy a freshly prepared lunch while cruising through Bai Tu Long Bay and into Ha Long Bay.
15:40: Visit Vung Ha beach for kayaking, swimming, and relaxing in one of the Bay’s hidden coves.
17:00: Relax back at the boat as we cruise into the secluded Dong Tien Lake where the boat will anchor overnight.
17:30: Sunset party and happy hour on the sundeck.
18:00: Cooking class offering lessons in traditional Vietnamese cuisine.
19:30: Dinner will be serve on the sundeck.
20:45: Relax and enjoy the evening or choose from a variety of activities including board games and squid fishing.
Overnight on the cruise with deluxe cabin
Day 5 : Sunday - Discovery Ha Long Bay – Hanoi ( B/L)
6: 30: Rise early for morning tai chi on the sundeck.
7:15: Enjoy a light breakfast while cruising to Vung Vien fishing village.
8:30: Explore Vung Vien village and learn about life in Ha Long Bay communities.
10:00: Return to the boat for check out.
10:30: Enjoy the last of the Ha Long Bay scenery over brunch as the boat cruises back to shore.
12:00 Transfer back to Hanoi.
16:00: Drop-off at your hotel in Hanoi.
Trip finishes at around 16h30 at your hotel. Tour End.
Accommodation in Sapa :
Boutique Hotel : Sapa Elegance Hotel, Sapa Elite Hotel , Sapa Lodge Hotel, Sapa Eden Hotel
Superior Hotel : Bamboo Hotel, Chau Long New Wing Hotel
Deluxe Hotel : U Sapa Hotel , Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa
Train : Let contact us to upgrade to a Private cabin
Freshen up room in Hanoi: Viet View Hotel
Private car/mini van transfers/Shutle bus as tour itinerary
Round trip train tickets: Soft sleeper in joined Cabin deluxe express Train 4berths with A/C
All entrance fees
Sharing Cruise on Ha Long Bay
Local English speaking guide in Sapa
All meals as per program
Accommodation as program, based in twin sharing
Minaral water & Tissue are available on the vehicle
Drinks, except otherwise mentioned
Personal expenses & Tips
THINGS TO BRING:
Hat,.sun block ; good walking shoes; tee-shirt & shorts; medical kit; camera with plenty of film.
• Times of activities may vary slightly. Itinerary and Program subject to change when necessary or bad weather condition
• Advanced reservation is required with full passenger details, including Full Name, Date of Birth, Nationality, Passport Number, Visa Expiry Date etc.
• A valid passport is required upon check-in onboard..
• What to bring: Swimming suites, sun glasses, insect repellent
• Special requests on food (diet or vegetarian) please inform us before departure.
• Chartered cruise (Available upon request)
• Connecting family rooms are available on request.
Best time to do: All year round, best from September to April of next year.