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

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DAY 1: HANOI ARRIVAL

Hanoi welcome: after 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: airport – hotel: 30km/45 minutes/ way

Free time idea(s):

  • Enjoy the must-try cuisine: Bun Cha, Cha Ca La Vong, Pho, Egg coffee, beer on Ta Hien street
  • Night market is available at the nights of Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Overnight in Hanoi

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DAY 2: HANOI CITY TOUR / NIGHT TRAIN TO LAO CAI

In the morning

At 8:30a.m, 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).

Lunch time: 12:30 – 13:30 in a local restaurant

In the afternoon

After saving your energy with lunch, let’s get ready for upcoming sightseeing this afternoon

  • You will firstly 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 Temple of Jade Mountain sitting on a small island in the northern part of Hoan Kiem Lake and dedicated to the King Tran Hung Dao
  • After that, at 5:00 p.m, you will spend around 45 minutes in the theater enjoying the Water Puppet show – a traditional show of Vietnamese people.
  • Getting out of the theater, you will sit in front of Cyclo to move around the old quarter and experience the local life in 30 minutes. The cyclo tour will take you back to your hotel and the day tour finishes at around 6:00 p.m
  • Check in the hotel near to station to take shower and have free time to have dinner for your own.
  • 9:00 p.m, our guide will take you to Hanoi train station and help you to check in the cabin.

 

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Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/__

Parameter: Train: Hanoi – Lao Cai: 8 hours/way

Trip’s useful note(s):

  • Wearing formal clothes (cover your knees and shoulders) to visit some spiritual/cultural sites
  • Sport shoes, clothes must be prepared for the trekking activities in Sapa.
  • Plastic boots will be good in case of bad weather (raining season from May to September).
  • It is 4-berth sharing cabin on train and private cabin is arranged upon request.
  • Anti-mosquito scream should be prepared.

Overnight on train / 4 berths sharing per cabin

 

DAY 3: LAO CAI – SAPA – MONG SEN – TA PHIN

Sapa welcomes: Atracts travellers by the breathless view and the real experiences with local ethnic group, Sapa always is the impressive higlight during tourist’s holiday.

In the morning

  • At 6:00 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 8:00 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.

Lunch time: 11:00 a.m

  • 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, we will trek back to to main road to get on our vehicle for the journey back to Sapa.
  • At around 3 p.m, 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

Free time idea(s):

  • Visit the Stone Church in the heart of the town
  • Go to the night market for unique local products

Overnight in Sapa

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DAY 4: CAT CAT – HEAVEN GATE – NIGHT TRAIN TO HANOI

In the morning

  • At 9:00 a.m, you will leave Sapa market town and go downhill to Cat Cat village. Enjoy beautiful landscape and scenery along the road.
  • Upon reaching a waterfall and a hydroelectric station, we will take a short rest before continuing our trek on a dirt trail through rice paddy terraced fields. The area is still covered by rain forest under the protection of Hoang Lien National Park. We will arrive in Y Linh Ho village inhabited by Black Hmong people where we will have one more rest before climbing toward the main road.
  • At 12:00 p.m, our vehicle will pick us up there and drive us back to Sapa

Lunch time: 12:30 – 13:30

In the afternoon

  • After lunch, you will depart for the Silver Waterfall. The Silver Waterfall is located about a half hour from Sapa town which offers stunning views over surrounding mountains and lush forests belonging to Hoang Lien National Park.
  • Then you continue your drive uphill to the Heavens Gate, the highest stretch of road in Vietnam as well as the provincial border of Lao Cai and Lai Chau provinces. Enjoy fantastic view over the valley!
  • At around 3:00 p.m, you will get back to your hotel and have your own free time before being transferred to the station for your night train back to Hanoi.

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/__

Parameter: Driving: 4 hours/ Walking: 4 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 / 4 berths sharing per cabin

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DAY 5: HANOI – HALONG BAY /A NIGHT ON PEACEFUL BAY

Halong welcomes: Halong Bay is a natural UNESCO world Heritage site that is considered as the MUST SEE in Vietnam. Today you will have chance to explore this beautiful MUST

In the morning

  • At 5:30a.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.
  • 7:45-8:30 a.m, 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.
  • 13:00 – 15:30: A sumptuous lunch is served while cruising into the magnificent Halong Bay with its thousands of extraordinarily shaped limestone islands, considered as the heaven on the Earth.

Lunch time: 13:00 on cruise

In the afternoon

  • 15:30 – 17:00: Explore the Lờm Bò area and be charmed by this outstanding masterpiece of Mother Nature. Visit Mê Cung Cave – one of the most beautiful caves in Halong Bay and climb up to see the panoramic view of the bay from above.
  • 17:00 – 19:00: Return to the LaFairy Sails for a Sunset party to admire the best moments of the day when the sun starts to set. Take pleasure in a fruit carving demonstration.
  • 19:00: Savor a sparkling and dreamlike dinner on top deck under the light of a thousand stars in middle of the tranquil Bay with extremely delicious food and be awed by a fascinating fruit and vegetable carving show. Delight in traditional music performances. Afterwards, socialize with the artist, new friends and crew members, join squid fishing.

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Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

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

Trip useful note(s):

  • 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
  • Get ready for swimming and water activities by preparing swimsuits or any suitable clothes and sun scream

Overnight on cruise

DAY 6: HA LONG BAY – HANOI

In the morning

  • 06:30 – 07:00:Start your day with Tai Chi exercises or a photo hunt.
  • 07:15 – 07:45:Enjoy breakfast in the fresh air and peaceful beauty of the Bay.
  • 08:00 – 09:00:Visit Titov Island for swimming in the emerald water. Then hike up to the top of the island to take the breathtaking panoramic view of the Bay.
  • 09:00 – 09:45:Enjoy kayaking through the hidden beauty of the bay.
  • 09:45 – 10:15:Pack your luggage and check out of the cabin while cruising towards the harbor.

Lunch time: 10:15 – 11:45: Join a cooking demonstration before enjoying an exceptional Buffet lunch..

In the afternoon

  • 12:00 – 12:30:Disembark the LaFairy Sails & Farewell.
  • 16h30 Trip finishes at the hotel in Hanoi. Free time on your own afterward.

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/__

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

Overnight in Hanoi

DAY 7: HANOI DEPARTURE

You have free time on your own to walk down the street and pick up any great images to bring back to your country before being transferred to the airport.

Meals included: Breakfast/__/__

Today useful note(s): please check your luggage carefully and all your personal items of passports, visa etc. before leaving your hotel

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Essential North Package 7 days

What's Included & ExcludedPrice

Included:

  • Twin/double sharing rooms in the best recommended hotel with daily breakfast
  • Experienced English speaking guide
  • All entrance fee and sightseeing tickets
  • Delicious included meals with local tastes as being clarified
  • Door to door private car during the tour (shuttle bus for route: Hanoi – Halong-Hanoi)
  • 4-berth sharing cabin on train Hanoi – Lao Cai – Hanoi (Private cabin is up on request)
  • 2 bottles of water each day
  • Service charges

Excluded:

  • Meals, Beverages which are not specified in the program
  • Any un-clarified flight tickets
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Any personal expenses
  • Any gratuities and tips to driver and tour guide
  • Bank fee
  • Extra charge on local Tet or special occasion

LIST OF RECOMMENDED ACCOMMODATIONS

City Superior Class (3 star) Deluxe Class (4 star) Luxury Class (5 star)
Hanoi La Dolce Vita HotelSuperior room O’Gallery PremierDeluxe Room Apricot HotelSketch Room
Hotel for transit Cosiana hotelSuperior Room Cosiana hotelSuperior Room Cosiana hotelSuperior Room
Halong Oriental SailsCruiseDeluxe Room Lafairy SailsCruiseDeluxe Room Dragon LegendCruiseDeluxe Room
Sapa Sapa Diamond hotelDeluxe room Sapa AmazingHotelDeluxe Room Victoria SapaSuperior Room
Train Oriental Express Train4-berth sharing/cabin Chapa Express Train4-berth sharingcabin Victoria Express Train4-berth sharing/cabin

* We suggest central location hotels and highly recommended on Tripadvisor in our list.

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.

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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