Essential North Package 7 Days 6 Nights

  • Duration: 7 days
  • Price from: $407 USD

Destinations: Hanoi icon-16  Sapa icon-16 Cat Cat, Sin Chai icon-16 Lao Chai, Ta Vanicon-16   Halong Bay 

We are proud to say that this is the perfect selective combination of almost highlights in Travel Northern Vietnam. This North Vietnam tour brings you the multi experiences in plain (Hanoi capital where you are attracted by historic beauties and deeply culture), in mountain area (Sapa where you are impressed by imposing landscape and colorful ethnic group) and in beach area (Halong bay – one of 7 wonders natural in the world). If you have 7 days Northern Vietnam itinerary to experience Northern Vietnam, this product is ONLY born for this choice



Highlights of North Vietnam tour trip:

  • City journey with our expert in historical and culture sites
  • Enjoy traditional water puppet show
  • Trekking to villages and exploring the life of local ethnic people in Sapa
  • Admire wonderful landscape on Halong bay – 2nd in new world 7 wonders of nature
  • Kayaking while enjoying and discover Halong bay
  • Real Vietnamese food with Top Chef of Vietnam 



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Full Northern Vietnam Itinerary

Brief and Route map

Brief

Day 1: Hanoi arrival

Day 2: Hanoi city tour – Night train to Lao Cai

Day 3: Lao Cai – Sapa – Mong Sen – Ta Phin – Sapa

Day 4: Lao Chai – Ta Van – Night train to Hanoi

Day 5: Hanoi – Ha Long

Day6: Ha Long – Hanoi

Day 7: Hanoi Departure

Itinerary

DAY 1: HANOI ARRIVAL

Welcome to Vietnam: after a long time on airplane, you will reach Vietnam – the S-shaped land, where 54 different ethnic minorities inhabited.

You will be warmly welcomed by our guide and driver at the airport and transferred to your hotel in the city center of Hanoi.

Free on your own afterward.

Meals included: __/__/__

Parameter: Driving: 30 km/45 minutes

Overnight in Hanoi

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DAY 2: Hanoi City Tour – Night Train to Lao Cai

In the morning

  • At 08:30, our guide and driver will meet you at your hotel then you start your day to discover Hanoi City
  • Firstly, you will pay a visit to Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, is a building to commemorate the merits of Ho Chi Minh Uncle – a great leader of Vietnam, and the surrounding sites of One Pillar Pagoda and his ancient house.
  • After 2 hours, you will go to the next site of the Temple of Literature, which is the first University of Vietnam and dedicated to Confucius (Khong Tu).

In the afternoon

  • After saving energy with local lunch, you will leave for the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, which focuses on the 54 officially recognized ethnic groups in Vietnam.
  • It is estimated to be 2 hours at the museum then you will be transferred back to the old quarter and visit the Hoan Kiem Lake
  • Finally, you will sit in front of Cyclo to move around the Old Quarter and experience the local life in 45 minutes before coming back your transit hotel which is near Hanoi train station to freshen up and relax.

In the evening

  • At 20:30, our guide will pick you up at the hotel then you will walk with our guide to the station for a night train leading to Sapa. The train leaves at 22:00 from Hanoi railway station.

 

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Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/__

Parameter: On train: Hanoi – Lao Cai: 8 hours

Today useful note(s):

  • Wearing formal clothes (cover your knees and shoulders) to visit some spiritual/cultural sites
  • Museum of Ethnology will close on Monday so Hoa Lo prison will be the alternative attraction
  • The complex of Ho Chi Minh mausoleum will not open for worshiping on Monday or Monday so you just visit the surrounding parts on those days

Overnight on train (sharing a 4-berth cabin)

DAY 3: Lao Cai – Sapa – Mong Sen – Ta Phin

In the morning

  • At 06:00 a.m, the train will reach the station in Lao Cai and you will be warmly welcomed by our guide and driver. Then you will have breakfast in a local restaurant and short time for relaxing.
  • At 08:00 a.m, you will reach your hotel in Sapa town. If the room is already available, you can check in and take a short rest or else you will go downhill to Mong Sen where you start a dirt trail through rice fields and villages. Along the way, it is a wonderful scenery with a full of green.
  • At 12:00, you will have lunch in a local house

In the afternoon

  • After lunch, you continue your trek downhill towards Taphin village inhabited by Red Dao and Black Hmong minorities. These are two largest ethnic groups living in Sapa area.
  • Then you make a stop by some houses to meet local people and talk with them to understand their culture, customs and traditions. Late afternoon, you will trek back to to main road to get on our vehicle for the journey back to Sapa.
  • At around 15:00, you will get out to the main road and our private car will take you back to your hotel

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/__

Parameter: Driving: 2 hours/ Walking: 4 hours/Lunch: 1 hour

Overnight in Sapa

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DAY 4: Lao Chai – Ta Van – Night Train to Hanoi

In the morning

  • At 08:00 a.m, you will be met up at your hotel by local guide and driver then transferred to Lao Chai village.
  • Firstly, you will visit Lao Chai Village – a Black Hmong ethnic minority village
  • Then, you will then be able to walk from Lao Chai to Tavan village where the Giay ethnic minority hill tribe lives.
  • Enjoy lunch in a local house

In the afternoon

  • The walk continues through a bamboo forest to Giang Ta Chai, a Red Dao ethnic minority village.
  • After taking a rest nearby a waterfall to refresh, you start climbing uphill to a road where the car is ready for your journey back to Sapa.
  • At around 17:00 you will be transferred to the train station for your night train back to Hanoi

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/__

Parameter: Trekking: 04 hours, Driving: 1 hours

Today useful note(s):

  • You may have dinner on your own in a local restaurant around the station before leaving.
  • You will reach Hanoi in the early morning of the next day and be free on your own.

Overnight on train (sharing a 4-berth cabin)

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DAY 5: Hanoi – Halong Bay/A Night on a Peaceful Bay

In the morning

  • At 05:30 a.m, you arrive in Hanoi train station, walk to the hotel that we book at near to station for you to take rest, shower and breakfast.
  • 07:45 – 8:30, our shuttle bus will pick you up and transfer you to Halong bay, which takes you around 0 hours through small villages with beautiful fields of rice and vegetable
  • Reaching Halong bay at around 12:00 and you will check in your cabin and have lunch in the restaurant on cruise while cruising into the magnificent Halong Bay

In the afternoon

  • 13:30 – 15:00: Savor a delectable lunch as V’Spirit Classic cruises among the limestone islands.
  • 5:00 – 16:00: Explore the amazing Sung Sot Cave – the most beautiful cave in Halong Bay.
  • 16:00 – 17:00: Cruising to Titov island. Go swimming and relaxing at the beach of Titov or climb up to the top of the island for a panorama view of Halong Bay.
  • 17:00 – 17:30: Return to the main boat and continue cruising to the quiet area while enjoy beautiful seascape on the way.
  • 17:30 – 19:00: Enjoy Sunset Party on sundeck and admire the best moments of the day when the sun starts to set.

In the evening

  • 19:00: Dinner is served. Socialize with other guests, take part in board games, fish for squid, or just laze around.

 

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Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Parameter: Hanoi – Halong: 180km/Driving: 4 hours

Overnight on cruise

DAY 6: Ha Long Bay – Hanoi/A Night on a Peaceful Bay

In the morning

  • 06:30 – 07:15: Start your day with Tai Chi exercises or a photo hunt.
  • 07:30 – 08:30: Have breakfast on board and enjoy the peaceful morning of Halong Bay.
  • 09:00 – 10:00: Kayak among the hidden areas of the bay, around the Bo Nau area.
  • 10:15: Return to the boat. Freshen up and check out of your cabin.
  • 10:15 – 11:00: Continue your cruise exploring the Bay, passing Ba Hang fishing village, Dog Islet, and more.
  • 11:00 – 11:45: Join a cooking demonstration before enjoying an exceptional Buffet lunch.

In the afternoon

  • 12:00 – 12:30: Disembark V-Spirit cruise and get on the car to get back to Hanoi
  • 16:30: Trip finishes at the hotel in Hanoi and you have your own free time

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/__

Parameter: Halong – Hanoi: 180km/ Driving: 4 hours

Overnight in Hanoi  

DAY 7: Hanoi Departure

Depending on your flight time, our driver will pick you up at your hotel and transfer you to the airport for your departure flight.

Meals included: Breakfast/__/__

Parameter: Hotel – Airport: 30 km/Driving: 45 minutes

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What's Included & Excluded

Included:

  • The accommodation in twin/double basis with breakfast (central location, highly recommended on Trip Advisor)
  • Experienced English speaking local guide
  • All entrance fee and sightseeing tickets as listed
  • Delicious meals with local food and tastes as listed (others are upon your request)
  • Air-conditioned transfer during the whole tour
  • Complimentary 1 bottle of water each day
  • Service charges and government tax
  • 4-berth sharing cabin on train Hanoi – Lao Cai – Hanoi (Private cabin is upon your request with extra charge)

Excluded:

  • Meals, Beverages which are not specified in the program
  • Any unclarified flight tickets
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Any personal expenses
  • Any gratuities and tips to driver and tour guide ($3-5/person/day for both guide and driver)
  • Bank fee

Price

Price is different in different period of time so please contact us for the best price for your travel time

Children Policy:

AGE RANGE ROOM SHARING BED REQUEST CHARGE
Kid < 5 years old 2 adults Existing bed FOC
Kid < 5 years old 2 adults Extra bed 50% tour price
5 =< kid =< 12 years old 2 adults Existing bed 50% tour price
5 =< kid =< 12 years old 2 adults Extra bed 75 % tour price
Kid =< 12 years old 1 adult Existing bed 95% tour price
Kid >= 12 years old Any Existing bed 100% tour price
Policy for flight tickets will be issued by the Airlines

*S.R.S: Single Room Supplement. If you want to have your own room, you will pay extra amount for this.
*At the time of quotation, Travel Sense Asia reserves the right to adjust prices to take account of unusual movements in currency markets, hotel and transport costs as a result of inflationary price pressures in oil and other commodity markets.

 

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Useful information for travel in Vietnam

What’s the difference between 3, 4, and 5 -star hotels?

We usually arrange centrally-located and Western-standard hotels. Five-star hotels are usually palatial with huge lobbies and comfortable rooms, their standards not quite matching the best of Paris or New York, but very close. Four-star hotels have quality facilities, but not as luxurious as five-star hotels. Three-star hotels meet the needs of most Westerners, but breakfasts have less choice. We also recommend some courtyard hotels or Vietnamese-style hotels with local features and architecture. These hotels have a good ranking, or positive feedback from our customers, and TripAdvisor. Usually, hotels in big cities, small cities, and rural areas are a bit different, even if they have the same star level. We try to use the best available hotel in each place.

What are train conditions like in Vietnam?

A soft sleeper is recommended for overnight and long-distance travel. Each soft sleeper compartment is enclosed, and contains four bunks, two on each side. The bunks are wider and more comfortable than hard sleepers, with decent bedding. Soft sleeper compartments may vary between trains. For route Hanoi – Laocai – Hanoi, it also has VIP cabin with 2 soft sleeper beds, please make quest if you prefer a private cabin. You may have both over-head storage and under-bed storage, or just under-bed storage. Fastest train is about 70kph. The railways is small here and it’s not as comfortable as train in developed countries.

Passport & Visa Requirements

You may be required for the visa to Vietnam. Please check the list of countries which need the visa to Vietnam in this links: Who need visa to Vietnam? Vietnam Visa is issued by Vietnam Embassy in your country or “Visa on arrival”. Travel Sense Asia will offer the free visa to Vietnam for you (except some difficult countries). You will need one clear page (per visa) in a full passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your departure from Vietnam.

Currency Exchange

As currency exchange rates in Vietnam fluctuate, we suggest you refer to the following website for daily exchange rates: www.xe.com or www.vietcombank.com In 2015 the USD & VND has been around 22.500VND per USD. There are many ATM machines that accept both Visa and Master card, but these are limited to cities. We also recommend the use of cash and travelers checks in USD currency. Major credit cards are accepted in most shops, but they may charge a 2–4% transaction fee.

Tipping

It is customary to tip service providers in the travel industry in Asia, depending on the service. Tipping is expected — though not compulsory — and shows an expression of satisfaction with the people who have assisted you on your tour. Recommendations for tipping drivers (3 USD per person per day as a guideline) and local guides (8 USD per person per day as a guideline) would depend on the quality and length of the service. In additionally, you will sometimes use rolling boat, cyclo riding, porter which you should give a small tip to these local people.

Food

Eating is an important part of your Vietnam experience. Generally, breakfasts are included in the itinerary and offered by hotels. Travel Sense Asia recommend local Vietnam restaurants that are popular with local people for lunch. You can order dishes with the help of your guide. We usually leave dinner for your own choice — Western food can be found in most large cities. If you are vegetarian or you are looking for e.g. halal food, please feel free to inform your travel advisor, who can arrange a restaurant to fit your needs.

Vehicle

We use comfortable sedans or vans with air-conditioning. The comfort and safety of our customers is of utmost importance, so we ensure that all of the vehicles that we use are well maintained and always very clean. Our drivers take pride in their vehicles. Our car and van are always available space for a comfortable trip. Luggage – All clients are limited to two items of luggage each; a suitcase with a maximum weight of 20kg and one piece of hand luggage with a maximum weight of 7kg. It is essential that your luggage is lockable. Please note that authorities will only allow bottles onto the aircraft if they have been checked in as main baggage. Bottles in hand luggage may be confiscated.

What are train conditions like in Vietnam?
A soft sleeper is recommended for overnight and long-distance travel. Each soft sleeper compartment is enclosed and contains four bunks, two on each side. The bunks are wider and more comfortable than hard sleepers, with decent bedding. Soft sleeper compartments may vary between trains. For route Hanoi – Laocai – Hanoi, it also has VIP cabin with 2 soft sleeper beds, please make quest if you prefer a private cabin. You may have both over-head storage and under-bed storage, or just under-bed storage. Fastest train is about 70kph. The railways is small here and it’s not as comfortable as train in developed countries.

Electric

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In Vietnam the standard voltage is 220 V. The standard frequency is 50 Hz. The power sockets that are used are of type A / C / G. Below you find pictures of these power sockets and corresponding plugs. And we provide more information about the voltage and frequency. Climate – You will find a complete packing list and a helpful climate chart in the ‘Suggested Packing List’, which is included in the pre-departure information link sent within your deposit documentation. Seasonal weather patterns can be quite unpredictable. Up to the minute information on worldwide weather can be found on www.weather.com.


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