Hanoi – Mai Chau – Ha Long 6 Days 5 Days

  • Duration: 6 days

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Highlights of trip:

  • Easy walking and interacting with local people
  • Authentic Vietnamese cuisine



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Full Itinerary

ItineraryRoute map

DAY 1: HANOI ARRIVAL – HAFT DAY CITY TOUR/THE PAST IN THE PRESENT

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 the center (45 mins).

Lunch time: 01:00 – 02:00 p.m in a local restaurant

In the afternoon:

  • At 02:00 p.m, 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
  • Afterward, 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

Meals included: __/Lunch/__

Parameter: Driving: airport – hotel: 30 km/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

Today useful note(s): wearing formal clothes (cover your knees and shoulders) to visit some spiritual/cultural sites

Overnight in Hanoi

DAY 2: HANOI – MAI CHAU/A GREAT RETREAT FROM HANOI

In the morning

  • At 8.30 a.m, our guide and driver meet you at hotel. Transfer to Mai Chau, a world away from Hanoi’s hustle. This place has long been the beautiful tourist spot appealing tourists due to The majestic nature, peaceful landscapes and enthusiasm of the Thai locals.

Lunch time: At 12:30 – 01:30 p.m, enjoy your lunch in local Muong house in Hoa Binh.

In the afternoon

After having a delicious lunch, you will continue our journey to Mai Chau

  • In the afternoon, you will have time to visit beautiful ethnic villages such as Na Thia, Nhot, Pom Coong, Lac and Chieng Chau villages on foot. This is a chance to learn more about local lifestyle and discover the culture of Thai locals
  • Moreover, on the way, you can admire the scenic view, take a lot of great photos and take a deep breath to enjoy the fresh air.
  • After the trip, you will come back to hotel to check in and have dinner.

In the evening

  • It’s the time for you to enjoy a traditional dance show and taste Ruou Can, a local rice wine.

Parameter: Hanoi – Mai Chau: 140 km/Driving: 3 hours

       Walking time (on flats village paths): 2.5 – 3 hours

Today useful note(s):

  • Sun cream must be prepared to avoid the sun
  • Bring along mosquito repellents.

Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner

Overnight in Mai Chau

DAY 3: MAI CHAU – HANOI/RICE PADDIES & ETHNIC CULTURES

In the morning

  • At 8:00 a.m, after breakfast, you will have time to ride a bike to visit beautiful ethnic villages such as Na Tang, Cha Long, Tòng Đậu, Van Village.
  • You will be their guests in their traditional stilt houses that definitely allow you to see firsthand how these minority peoples live. The ride passes through the villages, across lush rice paddies and above a valley for stunning views.
  • Come back to Mai Chau Ecolodge to relax after cycling. Enjoy your time in Mai Chau.

Lunch time: After check out at around 12:00 p.m, you will have lunch in a local restaurant.

In the afternoon

  • At 02:00 p.m, say goodbye to Mai Chau, you will be transferred back to Hanoi
  • Arrive Hanoi at around 05:00 p.m

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/__

Overnight in Hanoi

DAY 4: MAI CHAU – HANOI/RICE PADDIES & ETHNIC CULTURES

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 08:00 – 08:30 a.m, the shuttle bus will pick you up and transfer you to Halong bay, which takes you around 4.0 hours through small villages with beautiful fields of rice and vegetable.

Lunch time: 01:00 p.m on cruise

In the afternoon

  • 01:00 – 03:30 p.m: 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.
  • 03:30 – 05:00 p.m: 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.
  • 05:00 – 07:00 p.m: 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.
  • 07:00 p.m: 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.

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

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

Today useful note(s):

  • Get ready for swimming and water activities by preparing swimsuits or any suitable clothes and sun scream
  • Leave your big luggage at your hotel

Overnight on cruise

DAY 5: HALONG – HANOI/ THE FLAVORS OF THE BAY

In the morning

  • 06:30 – 07:00 a.m: Start your day with Tai Chi exercises or a photo hunt.
  • 07:15 – 07:45 a.m: Enjoy breakfast in the fresh air and peaceful beauty of the Bay.
  • 08:00 – 09:15 a.m: 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.
  • 09:15 – 09:45 a.m: Relax and enjoy the marvellous sights from the top deck.
  • 09:45 – 10:15 a.m: Pack your luggage and check out of the cabin while cruising towards the harbor

Lunch time: 10:15 a.m on cruise

In the afternoon

  • 12:00 – 12:30 p.m: Disembark the cruise
  • 12:30 p.m: you will be transferred back to your hotel and in Hanoi and it will be a 4-hour journey again

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/__

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

Today useful note(s): Check your personal belongings carefully before leaving your cabin/cruise

Overnight in Hanoi

DAY 6: 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: Driving: hotel – airport: 30 km/45 minutes/way

Today useful note(s):

  • Check all your luggage and belongs before checking out and make sure you miss nothing
  • Walk around the old quarter for shopping if you have much free time in the morning

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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)
  • 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

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

Kid < 5 years old: Free of charge (share services with Adult)Children Policy:

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

 

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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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