• Hanoi Sapa 5 days-06

Hanoi & Sapa 5 days

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Destinations: Hanoi icon-16 Sapa, Cat Cat, Sin Chai icon-16 Lao Chai, Ta Vanicon-16  Lao Cai train station icon-16 Hanoi 

Discover the capital of Vietnam where all around covers of history reveal periods of French and Chinese occupation – offering a glance into the resilience of ambitious, proud Hanoians. Meet the people, dip into the past and watch the awakening of a Hanoi on the move. Then, immerse yourself in Sapa where mountains towering above on all sides mix with thick mist rolling across the peaks and covering the little town in the early mornings.”

Highlights of trip: 

  • Contemplating the most unique historical and cultural vestiges in Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Observing and experiencing life of locals ethics in mountain village
  • Enjoying quite atmosphere and breathtaking beauty of terrace fields, stream, imposing mountain chains and tiny houses interposing anywhere.

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Full Itinerary

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Day 1 : Hanoi Arrival

Hanoi Welcome: With a sunny smile, your private guide will be on time and waiting for you at the arrival hall. A comfortable private car & experienced driver are ready and will transfer you to the hotel. It will cost 40 minutes to move from the airport to Hanoi center.
Albeit being such a small city, Hanoi’s architecture is a mixture of both domestic and foreign influence. Hanoi contains in it the ancient style of feudal past, modern 21st century to Soviet-inspired monotone blocks, and that of eternally-valuable French design.

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Free-time Idea(s): Some recommendations if you want to know more about Vietnamese culture:

  • Ca Tru is an ancient northern Vietnamese vocal music tradition performed Tuesday to Sunday nights in one of two old quarter venues in Hanoi. You can find it at 87 Ma May St.
  • Golden Bell show presents to you all the sights and sounds of Vietnam through 8 performances of various traditional folk styles- all in just an hour. Get ticket and enjoy it in Golden Bell Theatre at 72 Hang Bac St.

Meals: __/__/__

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

Overnight in Hanoi

Day 2 : Hanoi City tour /Laocai (Overnight on train)

Hanoi Discovery: This beautiful capital strategically lies at the center of the triangular basin of the Red River. With around 3.5 million people, and an area of 920 square km, Hanoi is now the country’s center of economy, politics, culture, and society.
Hanoi City Tour: 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 Mausoleum –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.
  • Temple of Literature, which is first to honor Confucius before the establishment of Quoc Tu Giam as the first University of Vietnam, today is to celebrate the doctorates and high rank scholars of Vietnam.
  • Hoa Lo prison, more popularly known as the “Hanoi Hilton”, was built by Vietnam’s French colonizers as a central prison (Maison Centrale) for Vietnamese criminals.
  •  The Vietnam Museum of Ethnology offers an insight into the 54 different ethnic groups of Vietnam in an effort to preserve cultural heritage and promote socio-cultural diversity within the country.
  • Spend your time taking cyclo – a traditional type of vehicle to go around the old quarter which has experienced a nearly 1,000-year old history and represents the eternal soul of the city.
  • Savor Water puppet show – a tradition that dates back as far as the 11th century when it originated in the villages of the Red River Delta area of northern Vietnam before coming back to your hotel.

Today you will be transferred to a transit hotel which is near station to take shower and rest until you will be picked up by our guide who will lead to station and help you check in.

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Free-time Idea(s): If you want to find Vietnamese taste in the deep inside of Hanoi, there are some following guidance:

  • Cha ca La Vong- 14 Cha Ca St, Hanoi is a 100-year-old restaurant that is often a must-not-miss in guidebooks. It serves one iconic, delicious dish, called cha ca la Vong, which also happens to be the name of the restaurant.
  • Madame Hien Restaurant (15 Chan Cam St, Hanoi) is a tribute to Vietnamese women’s way of cooking, and their ‘ancestral culture and the artisanal and regional knowledge of over one thousand years’. Let’s explore the differences between northern and southern cuisines, as well as to try some of the best Pho in town in here.

Today useful note(s): 

  • On this day, you visit some historical and spiritual sites so you are required to dress up formally.
  • You can leave your luggage at the transit hotel (near to station) while going out for dinner and come back to transfer to Hanoi Train station.
  • To make it safe, you should lock the door of cabin when you are inside.
  • If you require a private cabin, please feel free to give us a request.

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/__

Overnight on train (4-berth sharing cabin)

Day 3:    Lao Cai / Sapa / Cat Cat – Sin Chai

Sapa welcome: Your night train will take you around 8 hours to reach Lao Cai train station and you will arrive there at around 6:00 a.m. Our guide and driver are ready waiting for you at the station to pick you up on arrival. It will take about 1 hour for nearly 30 km of hill route to driving to Sapa.

Sapa is a lovely hill station town in Northern Vietnam near the Chinese border. The region as also known as “the Tonkinese Alps” and it’s culturally rich with different hill tribe minorities, lush mountain ranges, rice fields and breathtaking views.
Activities: you will firstly be transferred to a local restaurant for your breakfast with tasty cuisine. At 9.00, we will start to trek around 10 km to visit 2 villages – Cat Cat and Shin Chai, which is the home of the Black H’mong& Red Dao ethnic group

  • 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.

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Free- time idea(s):

  • Love Market in Sapa taking place on weekly Saturday evening used to be the place for ethnic people to find a partner to get married. At this market, you have chance to enjoy the real life of H’Mong and Red Dao ethnic minorities.
  • Village Noshery (42 Cau May St, Sapa) is a stylish cafe with decent Vietnamese food, including tapas-sized plates of interesting snacks like barbecued beef in betel leaves, and chicken and beef lemongrass satay sticks. Noodle dishes, soups and spring rolls are also available, and it’s a top place for an end-of-day beer or cocktail.
  • Le Gecko Sapa (Post Office Place, Ham Rong St) serving French cuisine, Pizza, sandwiches as well as some Vietnamese fare, is almost always busy and the bar is a popular gathering spot for an post-dinner drink.

Today useful note(s):

  • 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/__

Overnight in Sapa

Day 4 : Sapa / Lao Chai – Ta Van / Sapa / Lao Cai / Hanoi

Sapa discovery: The route leads out of Sapa, and then descends down into a valley, crossing the Ta Van River and quaint hill tribe villages. Be sure to bring your camera on this one, because the scenery is simply breathtaking. Brush up on phrases in the local dialect as you will come across a lot of local villagers.

Activities: At 8.30, after your breakfast we will transfer to Lao Chai village and Muong Hoa valley to start your cultural discovery.

  • Lao Chai village which lies in the valley. Both its sides are the Hoang Lien Son mountain range and grandeur Ham Rong Mountain. The village is surrounded by rice terraces. Coming here, you find that these terraces connect Lao Chai to mountains to soak up the clouds in the sky.
  • Muong Hoa valley – one of the most famous destinations for breathtaking scenery and is the largest farmland for rice growing in SaPa, spreading over 4 kilometers length, 2 kilometers width with at least 159 stone.

Then, we will go trekking from here to Ta Van Village where the Red Dzao and Dzay people are settling down. 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).

  • Be a guest of a local family and enjoy a simple lunch that brings new tastes.
  • Go on visiting the Red Dzao in Giang Ta Chai village which lies silently by a majestic waterfall and was hidden by old trees and bamboo groves. Free time at the town until transfer to the station to get on the train back to Hanoi.

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Free-time idea(s): Write these addresses in your notes to try some local dishes.

  • Thang Co A Quynh restaurant at 15 Thach Son St, Sapa district with opening hours from7.00 am to 22.00 pm, serves Thang Co – the traditional food of Hmoong people, made of horsemeat, horse’s viscera and horse’s bone.
  • Hill station Signature Restaurant (37 Fanxipang St, Sapa) specializes in the cuisine of the ethnic minorities of Sapa region.

Today useful note(s):

  • Trekking around 15 km this day (7 hours)
  • Early check in upon on availability.

Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch/__

Overnight on train (4-berth sharing cabin)

Day 5 : Hanoi departure

Arriving Hanoi at about 5am, you have free time for shopping until you transfer to airport by private vehicle (meeting point need to be arranged). If you need a hotel for refreshment, please contact us.

Hanoi says goodbye: 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.

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Today useful note(s): please check your luggage carefully and all your personal items of passports, visa etc. before leaving your hotel
Goodbye and hope to see you again!
Meals: __/__/__
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Sapa trekking 4 days route map

What's Included & ExcludedPrice

Included:

  • Hotel accommodation in twin/ double sharing basis with daily breakfast.
  • Door to door pick-up/transfer service with private air-conditioned vehicles.
  • 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
  • One by one care service 24/7 during the trip.
  • Services charges and Government taxes

Excluded:

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

Note:

  • Prepare 2 passport size photos for Stamping visa at airport on arrival
  • Itinerary can be run in reserve
  • Check in time is normally at 14.00; check out time is normally at 12.00. Early check in or check out is upon on availability of the hotels.

ACCOMMODATION IN USE

Destination Superior Deluxe Luxury
Hanoi La Dolce Vita Hotel Skylark Hotel De L’Opera Hanoi Hotel
Sapa Sapa Lodge Hotel Amazing Sapa Hotel Victoria Sapa hotel & resort
Train Orient Express/ Sapaly Express/ Chapa Express Orient Express/ Sapaly Express/ Chapa Express Victoria Express

PACKAGE RATES (per person):   valid until 31 Dec, 2017

Number in group Superior Deluxe Luxury
1 513 602 917
2 318 363 578
3-4 279 324 538
5-8 244 289 503
S.R.S 60 105 205

Children Policy:
Kid 5-10 years old: 50% Adult

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

Kid >10 years old: 100% Adult price

* S.R.S: Single Room Supplement

*Victoria Express Train option is upon on request.

* 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.

Passport & Visa Requirements

You may be required for visa to Vietnam. Please check the list of countries which need 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 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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