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Essential North Package 7 days

  • 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 Northern Vietnam. This 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 to experience Northern Vietnam, this product is ONLY born for this choice

Highlights of 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

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Full Itinerary

ItineraryRoute map


Welcome to Hanoi:

Arrive at Noi Bai Airport. You are welcomed by our guide and driver at exit gate with welcome sign board. Transfer to hotel (45 min). Check in hotel. Overnight in Hanoi.

Free-time Ideas:

You have free night for dinner. If you want to discover Hanoi street food to know the real local food, so it is ideal to note down the address of No.1 Hang Manh str. with “bun cha”, No. 10 Ly Quoc Su str. with “Pho”, No. 31 Duong Thanh str. with “Cha Ca” etc. after dinner time, do not forget to take a walk to the bustling corner of Ta Hien street, Dao Duy Tu street where there are a lot of local people and foreigners.

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Hotel: Central location & recommend on Tripadvisor,  See in hotel list by class of service


Historical Hanoi

  • 8.30 AM, after your breakfast, meet up with our tour guide at the hotel lobby. Start a day visits Hanoi City with the most interesting sights, including: Ho Chi Minh Complex: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and His Stilt House, Presidential Palace and One Pillar Pagoda. This is one of “must – see place” in Hanoi. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is a large memorial in Hanoi, Vietnam. It is located in the center of Ba Dinh Square, which is the place where Vietminh leader Ho Chi Minh, Chairman of the Communist Party of Vietnam from 1951 until his death in 1969, read the Declaration of Independence on 2 September 1945, establishing the Democratic Republic of Vietnam.
  • Continue to visit Temple of Literature, Temple of Literature, which is constructed in 1070 under Ly Thanh Tong’s dynasty, is first to honor Confucius and nowadays to celebrate the doctorates and high-rank scholars of Vietnam. In 1076, King Ly Nhan Tong continued the work and built Quoc Tu Giam as the first university in Vietnam.
  • After lunch, you will start your half day city tour with the most attractive sites in Hanoi including Ethnology Museum and Hoa Lo prison.

Ethnology Museum focuses on the 54 officially recognized ethnic groups in Vietnam. You will be attracted by the various of a colorful culture here.

Hoa Lo prison, more popularly known as the “Hanoi Hilton”, is definitely in the list of must-see places to take a look back on a period of Vietnam war. It was first built in the late 1890s by Vietnam’s French colonizers as a central prison (Maison Centrale) for Vietnamese criminals.

  • Late of the day, you spend your time taking cyclo – a traditional type of vehicle to wander around the old quarter, experiencing a bustling corner of Hanoi and your guide will be glad to share interesting information about Vietnamese culture and funny daily local life.
  • After one tiring day with full of activities, you have time in a theater to relax with a traditional show of water puppet. Check in the hotel near to station to take shower and rest until you will be picked up by our operator who comes to take you to station.
  • Overnight on the train/ 4 berth sharing

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Today useful note:

* Morning you should check out hotel and bring luggage on the car with you. Hotels are free of charge for languages keeping so just bring necessary things for Sapa tours, others leave at the hotel.

* You can leave your luggage at the new hotel (near to station) while go out for dinner and come back to transfer to Hanoi Train station.

* Bring some snacks if you prefer on the train.

* Upgrade to private cabin is upon on request

* Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Ethnology Museum will be closed door on Monday and Friday

* You visit some historical and spiritual sites so you are required to dress up formally.

Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch

Hotel: Central location & recommend on Tripadvisor,  See in hotel list by class of service.


Welcome to Sapa

  • You will arrive Lao Cai around 6.00 AM (it takes you around 8 hours on the train). Our guide and driver are ready waiting for you at the station to pick you up on arrival. Driving to Sapa (around 1 hour for nearly 30 km of hill route)

Having breakfast and take short rest at the hotel. (Early check in upon request). At 9.00, we will start to trek around 10 km to visit 2 villages of the Black H’mong & Red Dao ethnic group (Cat Cat and Sin Chai).

  • Cat Cat is the village where you can see many Black H’mong people. Visiting Cat Cat, tourists will be impressed by the peacefully picturesque sceneries. People can easily catch sight of women sitting in front of the loom with colorful pieces of brocade, while children playing around with pets or even livestock.
  • Sin Chai is a village of the Red Dao ethnic people, whose women wear beautifully embroidered clothes with distinctive silver jewelry and an enormous red turban. This short trek to Sin Chai allows visitors for cultural acclimatization.

You will have picnic lunch on the way or local restaurant

You also have a chance to see a waterfall and this is a chance to see the hydroelectric power station established by the French.

  • Coming back to the town around 4.00 pm
  • Free for your own leisure in the afternoon.

Today useful note:

–    Trekking around 10 km this day

–    Bringing insect protection, trekking shoes and clothes will be very useful for these activities

–    Sapa turns very cold in winter (from November till February, you should bring warm clothes this season)

Meals: breakfast/ lunch

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Welcome to Lao Chai, Ta Van

  • 8.30, after your breakfast we will transfer to Lao Chai village and Muong Hoa valley. Lao Chai village is 6 km far from the center town, you will see Lao Chai village where the black H’mong people are living, it is also the beginning of a valley which is called Muong Hoa valley. From a high point of the main road 8 Km from Sapa town, great view of the whole village open wide to offer the marvelous panorama of the village, backed by high mountains and facing the river.
  • After that, we continue trekking from here to Ta Van Village where the Red Dzao and Dzay People located. The road leads to Ta Van village that is small and narrow. Along two sides has a fertile terraced field which adorns by the green of corn and rice (it depends on season)

Having picnic lunch on the way or simple lunch in the local house.

  • Go on visiting the Red Dzao in Giang Ta Chai village, visiting a waterfall and a suspension bridge. Free time at the town until transfer to the station to get on the train back to Hanoi
  • Overnight on the train/ 4 berth sleeper sharing

Today useful note:

–    Trekking around 15 km this day (7 hours)

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Welcome to Halong Bay

You will arrive Hanoi station early morning. Taking short walk from the station to hotel that we book room for you to get early check in, take good short rest and have breakfast.

  • 8.00 you will be picked up by shuttle bus and leave Hanoi for Halong bay which is about 3.5 hours driving to the North. On the way, you will pass through different towns, villages with thousands miles of rice fields, vegetable gardens… (it depends on season)

On your arrival at Halong harbor, you will be welcomed and lead to your cruise to enjoy a welcome drink and lunch.

  • While your board is cruising to the central of Halong for embarking, you may have a chance to see thousands of islands in various shapes which are lying randomly close to each other like a big wall. The beauty of Halong is not only made by its wonderful nature but also its mysterious legend for its name.

The legend says that during the old time when the country was newly formed, Vietnamese had to fight against fierce invaders coming from the North through the sea. Feeling sorry for the country, The Jade Emperor sent the Mother Dragon and her children descending on earth to help ancient Vietnamese people defend the country.

The Dragons spat out in numerous pearls which were immediately changed into innumerable islands linked together into a firm citadel to check the enemies’ advance. After the invaders were driven out, Mother Dragon and her Child Dragon did not fly back to the sky but stayed on earth right at the place the battle occurred. The place where the Mother Dragon landed was call Ha Long bay; meanwhile, the spot where the Child Dragon landed was called Bai Tu Long bay.


  • The afternoon of today, you may visit one of the most natural and beautiful caves and ride kayaking to venture into hidden grottoes.
  • Enjoying dinner with various delicious dishes on cruise
  • At night, do not forget to try squid fishing while enjoying the peaceful atmosphere that you cannot find in any other places.

Each cruise may have a different specific itinerary so the detail will be discussed after you decide your interested cruise.

Today useful note: you may get wet while riding kayaking or swimming, it is better to have some swimsuits along with you.

Other note:

–    Shuttle bus is used on this day to save your money but if you prefer a private van for more convenience and comfortable please feel free to request

–    You should bring luggage with you because on the way back you will check in other convenient hotel.

Meals: Breakfast/lunch/dinner

Overnight on cruise in Halong bay



Horizon on Halong Bay cruise

  • Waking up in the morning and doing exercise with Tai Chi while the sun starts shining, birds are singing somewhere will be a great start of the day and awesome moments.

This morning, you may visit another cave to discover and learn about the formation of karst caves besides some interesting stories relating.

While your board is cruising back to harbor, you have time to take a shower, pack your all luggage and check out your cabin.

  • It is another 3.5 hours to drive back to Hanoi and you will have a stop in the middle way to relax after a long time sitting on the bus.
  • Reaching Hanoi around 4.00 pm (it could be different that depends on each cruise)
  • You have free time at evening. If you want to have dinner while enjoying nice view of Hoan Kiem lake – Cau Go restaurant http://www.caugorestaurant.com/ is one of a good idea

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/__

Overnight in Hanoi


Thank you! See you soon!

This last day will be free at your leisure before being transferred to the airport for your departure flight back to your country.

Meal: breakfast

End of services./.

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Essential North Package 7 days

What's Included & ExcludedPrice


  • Hotel accommodation in twin/ double sharing basis with daily breakfast.
  • Door to door pick-up/transfer service with private air-conditioned vehicles  (Shuttle bus on Halong bay trip for superior class)
  • Experienced English speaking guide.
  • Meals as stated in the itinerary (B: Breakfast/ L: Lunch/ D: Dinner)
  • 1 small bottle of water per person on day trip
  • Return train ticket Hanoi – Lao Cai – Hanoi on 4 berths sharing/cabin
  • Entrance fee and Sightseeing tickets
  • Water puppet show tickets (45 minutes)
  • One by one care service 24/7 during the trip.
  • Visa on arrival guarantee letter( except some difficult countries)
  • Services charges and Government taxes


  • Meals, Beverages which do not specify in the program
  • International flights
  • Personal Expenses, tips and gratuities
  • Travel insurance
  • Bank fee


Destination Superior Deluxe Luxury
Hanoi La Dolce Vita Skylark Hotel  Sheraton Hanoi Hotel
Sapa Sapa Panorama Amazing Sapa Hotel Victoria Sapa hotel & resort
Halong Oriental Sail La Fairy Sail Dragon Legend Cruise

Price quote in USD per person & valid until 31 Dec 2017

Number in group Superior Deluxe Luxury
1 858 1186 1618
2 498 658 948
3-4 458 598 895
5-8 422 550 838
S.R.S 212 326 462

Children Policy:

Kid < 5 years old: Free of charge (share services with Adult)
Kid 5-10 years old: 50% Adult
Kid >10 years old: 100% Adult price

*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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Jessica (USA) – From TripAdvisor said:

I cannot recommend Travel Sense Asia enough! The team is amazing – from their hospitality, their punctuality, and overall knowledge of Vietnam. I took this trip with my family, and there were 11 of us total. We did not have to worry about anything. The hotels, transportation, and meals were so well organized, yet there was flexibility when we wanted it. My mother is from Vietnam, and I could not have asked for a better trip going back to her home country with her! Thank you to the entire Travel Sense Asia team!!… Read more

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 rae550 (Murwillumbah, Australia) –  From Tripadvisor said:

This was a hands on trip covering cooking, on the farms, walking, fishing, meeting the locals and dining with them and several visits to the theater plus. Julie (Hien) organized everything in great detail leaving nothing to chance. Her recommendation to hire an SUV for greater comfort and ease with all the luggage was most appreciated. For most of the trip we had a guide as well as the driver. During the trip Julie was always available if we needed assistance of any kind, and while we were organizing the trip Julie was very prompt with her emails…. Read more


Doyzzzz (Singapore) – From TripAdvisor said:

We also love the idea of TSA “Home Hosted Dinner”.
I want to use one of the compliments that a member in our group said right on the first day after we checked in the hotel in Saigon as the CONCLUSION of my review:
“Based on what we paid and what we got I think we were in HEAVEN!”… Read more



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.


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.


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.


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.


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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.

I’ve been working as a tour-guide in Vietnam for a long time before became a travel advisor and tour designer at TSA. I’m really interested in touching clients’ need to authentic experience in local. Let us take care of your dream in Indochina.

Henry – Travel Sense Asia Expert Tour Designer

We have spent years finding and developing the very best team in Indochina. Our team is knowledgeable, flexible and friendly, but rich in personality. They are the best team on ground to care out your dream of Indochina. Their goal is to be a lovely host, and to entice you back. Let contact our team if you want history, facts, local inside tips or even to ask about their lives they are happy to share.

Julie – Travel Sense Asia Sale Manager

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