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 

A fulfilling discovery of all Northern Vietnam signatures within a week is totally possible – with this tour. The package offers you a diverse experience of various attractive destinations in the area, from a tranquil mountainous Sapa to the splendid Lan Ha Bay, which will ensure both your natural and cultural exploration.

Highlights of Vietnam Essential North tour trip:

  • Visiting highlights of historical and cultural sites around the city of Hanoi.
  • Experiencing Hanoi old life by using cyclo to move around the old quarter.
  • Hiking to small local villages and meeting local ethnic minority people in Sapa.
  • Taking a cable car to the highest roof of Indochina – Fansipan.
  • Joining fun activities of swimming and kayaking in Lan Ha Bay – a wonderful bay in the world.
  • Overnight in wonderful bay-view cabin on cruise in Ha Long Bay.

 

The TSA’s Plus:

    • Free Visa on arrival guaranted letter for some certain countries.

Why travel with us:

  • Tailor made and customized tours, flexible in organizing the trip to give you more freedom even changing in last minute.
  • 24/7 in-country support in the case of an emergency or for those unexpected events. Travel consultant keep in touch all the time during the trip.
  • Local Price with local suppliers and local guides.
  • Relaxed & fair cancellation policies.
  • Responsible tourism, contribute to a better social environment.

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 the airplane, you will reach Vietnam – the S-shaped land, where 54 different ethnic minorities inhabit.

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: A THOUSAND-YEAR-OLD CITY

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 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.

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 4-berth cabin) 

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DAY 3: LAO CAI – SAPA – CAT CAT – HEAVEN GATE: THE MOUNTAIN’S BREATH

In the morning

  • At 06:00, 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.
  • If your room at the hotel is available, you can check in and then start your day tour later. If not, you will go straight away downhill to Cat Cat village.
  • You will stop by a waterfall and a hydroelectric station for a while before continuing the trek on a dirt trail through rice paddy terraces. You also will enjoy spectacular scenery while walking along a narrow river.
  • Coming back to the town and you will have lunch in a local restaurant.

In the afternoon

  • After lunch, you continue your drive to the Heaven Gate of Tram Ton, which can be considered as the highest peak of roads in Vietnam. Enjoy the marvelous views of Fansipan from the Gate, the highest peak of Indochina.
  • Later you will come back to your hotel and have your own free time

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/__

Parameter:  Walking: 2 hours

Overnight in Sapa

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DAY 4: FANSIPAN PEAK – LUXURY BUS TO HANOI: A TOUCH OF THE SKY

In the morning

  • Around 09:00, our local guide will see you again at your hotel then transfer you to the cable car station where you start your 30-minute cable car journey through a magnificent Muong Hoa valley.
  • Finishing a long cable car, you will have another challenge of walking up around 600 steps to reach the roof of Indochina – Fansipan peak for the best photo on the cloud.
  • Coming back to town for lunch in a local restaurant at noon time.

In the afternoon

  • Around 15:00 to 15:3, the luxury bus will take you back to your hotel in Hanoi, which is around 5.5 hours driving.
  • Approximately 21:00, you will reach Hanoi.

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/__

Parameter: Driving: 5.5 hours

Overnight in Hanoi  

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DAY 5: HANOI – LAN HA BAY: A NIGHT ON A PEACEFUL BAY

The following program for Halong bay trip belongs to V-Spirit premier cruise

In the morning

  • At around 09:00, after breakfast at the hotel, you will be picked up at the hotel lobby by the staff and driver of V’Spirit Premier Cruise and transferred to Got Pier.
  • At around 12:00, you will reach the harbor and enjoy a welcome drink while waiting for the staff to prepare the finals then once they complete you will embark and be welcomed by cruise members.

In the afternoon

  • At around 13:00, after check-in on the cruise, you will have a fresh lunch whilst cruising into the magnificent maze of thousands of Limestone Mountains.
  • Then you will have a short rest and free time to hunt the wonderful photos of this World Heritage before getting on the sampan boat ridden by local residents to explore the Dark and Bright cave, two gorgeous caverns with a vast and enclosed lake on the other side. Swimming is also available here.
  • At 17:00, you will return to V’Spirit Premier Cruise for shower, refreshing and enjoy the sunset party on board or join a cooking class run by the talented chef.

In the evening

  • At 19:00, you will enjoy a fantastic dinner along with a very special performance of traditional Vietnamese music in the dining room or on the top deck (depends on the weather conditions). Before you retire to your cabin tonight, perhaps you would like to head to the bar, the spa or join the crew for some squid fishing.

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Today useful note(s): Sun cream, sun glasses, swimming suits and wide brim hats are suggested

Parameter: Hanoi – Lan Ha Bay: 150km/Driving: 2.5 hours

Overnight on the cruise

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DAY 6: LAN HA BAY – HANOI: NATURE EXPLORATION

In the morning

  • At 06:00, if you would like to do some exercise to begin your new day, let rise early and practice Tai Chi on the top deck as the sunrise greets us from behind the mountains.
  • At 07:00, breakfast will be served in the dining room at the middle of fresh and peaceful bay.
  • After breakfast, you will explore Tra Bau area with kayaking. Then you will return to the cruise to prepare for check – out and a farewell lunch with the crew

In the afternoon

  • After lunch you will disembark the cruise and say goodbye to the cruise members to get back to the car and head to Hanoi.
  • Around 15:00, you will arrive at your hotel in Hanoi for a free leisure night.

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/__

Today useful note(s): Sun cream, sun glasses, swimming suits and wide brim hats are suggested

Parameter: Lan Ha Bay – Hanoi: 150km/Driving: 2.5 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.

ChloeIf you’re looking to travel to Vietnam or any country in South-east Asia but don’t know where to start, I’d be happy to use my experiences to determine your perfect destinations. My motto in work is bringing my passion for travel combined with dedication, providing suitable packages and exceptional service to our clients. You will definitely have memorable times when traveling with us, Travel Sense Asia. Don’t delay, speak to us today!

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_nh NgaI’m proud to be a travel consultant at fully-experienced & reputable Travel Sense Asia to introduce our countries to foreign visitors from all over the world and help clients to find the best vacation. I am very confident that you won’t be disappointed with our tour packages and services. Coming to us, the most fantastic itineraries will be advised to you. Please feel free to let me know your taste and expectation about tour, we would in touch with you soonest!

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