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From Hanoi: 2-Day Sapa Trekking Tour with Limousine Transfer

1. From Hanoi: 2-Day Sapa Trekking Tour with Limousine Transfer

Day 1: Hanoi – Sapa (Lunch) Start with pickup from your hotel in the Old Quarter of Hanoi and depart for Sapa. Follow the highway to Lao Cai city where you will make your first stop for breakfast by yourself. Stop off at Lao Cai city before arriving in Sapa, where you'll see the colorful traditional costumes of H’mong, Dzao, and Tay People. Here enjoy a lunch of local Vietnamese dishes at the hotel. Take a short trek to the gate of Cat Cat village, home of the Black H’mong ethnic people and located near the bottom of a deep valley at the foot of Fansipan Peak. A local guide will give you insight into the daily life of the locals. Trek down to the bottom of the valley to the waterfall, where the French built a hydraulic power station. Stop to take photos before walking back uphill to meet the bus. The trek is approximately 2.5 kilometers and lasts for 2 hours. In the evening, return to Sapa Town, where you can enjoy your evening at your leisure. Stay overnight in Sapa Lodge/Charm Sapa Hotel or similar. Day 2: Sapa – Hanoi (Breakfast/Lunch) Have breakfast at your hotel and prepare a light pack for trekking. You can keep your luggage in storage at the reception. Take a Trek to Lao Chai Village through the rice terraces and along Muong Hoa Streams to the Black Hmong village of Lao Chai.  See the spectacular landscape of Hoang Lien Son Mountain before heading to Ta Van village, home of the Dzay People. The trek takes around 3.5 hours and covers about 9-12 kilometers. The tour guide will make the best itinerary for the trek depending on your ability of trekking. The bus will pick you up at Ta Van Bridge to take you back to the center of Sapa. Take a break at the hotel and have lunch, before enjoying some time to explore at your own leisure. After some free time, meet the rest of your group at the hotel to prepare for your return to Hanoi. Get back on the bus around 2:30 PM to go back to Hanoi. During the journey, stop for a break. Arrive back at your accommodation in Hanoi in the late evening at about 9:00 PM.

Hanoi: Halong Bay 2-Day Luxury Cruise Private Balcony & Cave

2. Hanoi: Halong Bay 2-Day Luxury Cruise Private Balcony & Cave

Discover Halong Bay on a 2-day cruise from Hanoi. Enjoy bay views from a private balcony, visit the Tung Sau Pearl Farm, and warm your body and soul with a sunrise Tai Chi class on the sundeck. Day 1 Begin your adventure with a morning pickup in Hanoi's Old Quarter and head to Halong Bay (if you have added on the transfer service). Around mid-morning, arrive in Halong and check in at the cruise after freshening up. Hear a safety briefing and an overview of your trip itinerary from the cruise manager while enjoying a welcome drink. After boarding, cruise towards the southeast of Halong Bay, passing Fighting-Cock and Finger Islet. Savor a buffet lunch while taking stunning views of the bay scenery. In the afternoon, stop to visit Tung Sau Pearl Farm, dedicated to growing pearls and practicing a handmade technique based on Vietnamese tradition and Japanese technology. After, hop into a kayak to explore the Bay. Next, cruise to Ti Top Island and hike to the top for stunning panoramic views of the Bay. After your hike, go for a refreshing swim in Halong Bay’s emerald waters or sip from a coconut in the shade. Once you've rested, return to the ship and enjoy a sunset party. Take advantage of the onboard Happy Hour from 5:30 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. and buy 2 get 1 free on drinks at Thalassius Bar or the Sundeck. After your drinks, enjoy a delicious dinner under the starry night sky. Day 2 Begin your day at sunrise with a Tai Chi lesson on the sundeck with a breathtaking view of Halong Bay. Enjoy a light breakfast before heading to Sung Sot Cave. Explore the cave, marveling at its fascinating stalactites, and stop to enjoy the panoramic view of the bay as you leave. Return to the ship to check out and sail back to Tuan Chau Island. As you cruise, enjoy brunch on board before disembarking at Tuan Chau Marina. If you've added the transfer option, enjoy a comfortable ride back to Hanoi.

Private Hoang Lien National Park & Tribal Village Trek

3. Private Hoang Lien National Park & Tribal Village Trek

Meet your local guide and driver at your hotel in Sa Pa Town at 09:00 AM. Depart for the first tour stops, located a 30-minute drive away, visiting the Silver Waterfall, the Love Waterfall and Tram Ton Pass. After discovering this area, leave for the O Quy Ho Pass, where the trek will begin. The trek is a 10km long dirt trail through the bamboo forest of Hoang Lien National Park, offering great views of the surrounding rice paddies. Enjoy a picnic lunch at 12:30 PM, being served at a beautiful spot in the wilderness.  Continue your trek after the lunch break to Sin Chai village, where the community-based tourism in Sapa takes place. Proceed with the tour to visit the nearby village, inhabited by the Black Hmong people, one of the largest ethnic minority groups in the Sapa area. Explore some native houses to learn more about the culture, customs and handicraft skills. Take the transfer back to Sa Pa in the early afternoon. You will arrive at around 03:00 PM and will be dropped off at your hotel in Sa Pa Town.

Sapa: 3-Day Medium Trek and Limousine Trip from Hanoi

4. Sapa: 3-Day Medium Trek and Limousine Trip from Hanoi

Day 1: Hanoi – Sapa by limousine, trek Cat Cat village After 6:30 AM pick-up, depart to Sapa. You'll stop at 2 place for restrooms or food. Around noon, arrive in Sapa, have lunch and then check in your hotel room. Take a quick break to freshen up then walk around this charming town, paying visit to Sapa market and the old cathedral. Meet local ethnic minority people such as Black H’mong and Red Zao wearing their traditional colorful dresses, selling farming products and handicrafts as souvenirs. Around 5:45 PM,  enjoy dinner at the restaurant in the hotel. Overnight at a 3-star hotel with mountain view room. Day 2: Sapa - Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai – Ta Van village (breakfast, lunch, dinner) Wake up in the morning and enjoy the fresh air. Have a local breakfast in the restaurant, then, get ready for trekking. Check out the room and begin your exploration trip to Muong Hoa valley. Follow the main road heading south for about an hour before turning right to a foot path down hill to Muong Hoa Valley. This part offers spectacular scenery of the highest part of Hoang Lien Son mountain range and on a nice day, Fansipan Peak can be seen. Crossing the river by a suspension bridge you will challenge your feet uphill to Y Linh Ho village. Here, pay a visit to some H’mong families, and watch them doing their daily work. After a picnic lunch, the trail continues up and down hill for about 2 hours as you reach Lao Chai, a large village of the H’mong and then follow the river bank to Ta Van of the Zay people. Visiting local homes, and village schools, enjoy your cultural discovery of local ethnic people as well as breathtaking scenery of the Muong Hoa Valley. Settle down in Ta Van village for an overnight homestay. Day 3: Ta Van - Giang Ta Chai - Sapa – Hanoi (breakfast, lunch) Leaving Ta Van village after Breakfast, take the trail uphill, passing fascinating terraced rice fields and some small hamlets of the H’mong before getting through a bamboo forest to a waterfall. Enjoy a break for some magnificent scenery and then continue walking for half an hour to Giang Ta Chai village of the Red Zao people, which sits on the top of a hill and looks down Muong Hoa river. After spending time visiting the village, making friends with the Zao and experiencing the hospitality, cross the river by another suspension bridge and then go uphill again to Hau Thao village. Visit a local handicraft center where H’mong and Zao women gather to exchange experience and skills of making handicrafts. A late Lunch will be prepared nearby this center and then you have time to relax and prepare before heading back to Hanoi. The tour guide will take you to the bus station. Tour ends. The limousine journey back to Hanoi takes five or six hours (depending on traffic). Arrive in Hanoi around 9:30 PM to 10:00 PM. Please notice the drop off location: - During weekdays (Monday to Thursday): your hotel/apartment in the Old Quarter - During Weekends (Friday to Sunday): the bus office or street corner that is close to your hotel/apartment in the Old Quarter. (There is a walking street area on some streets in the Old Quarter during the weekend and the transfers are not allowed inside these walking streets).

From Hanoi: 2-Day Sapa Cultural Exchange Tour with Homestay

5. From Hanoi: 2-Day Sapa Cultural Exchange Tour with Homestay

Day 1: After getting picked up by your guide in Hanoi Old Quarter, board your tour bus and begin the journey to Sapa, stopping for regular breaks along the way. Arrive in Sapa just in time for lunch at a local restaurant to prepare for your first hike.  After lunch, begin your hike to Y Linh Lo. Trek downhill through the Muong Hoa Valley, passing by rice paddies and small hamlets where you will learn more about the life of local tribes. Continue trekking through villages and rice terraced fields to Ta Van village, a place settled by the Dzay people and is commonly considered to be the most beautiful in the area. Whilst in Lao Chai village, you will also be able to exchange communication with the local villagers. Here, you will also cook and eat dinner overnight with a local family of the Dzay people in Ta Van. Stay with your family overnight for an evening of rest and relaxation.  Day 2: Commence your day of adventure with a nourishing breakfast prepared by the family you are staying with before setting off on your trek. The trekking distance for this part of the tour is 4 kms and lasts 2-hours. Start your scenic trek to the rice paddies, where upon arrival you will have a fantastic opportunity to take some unique holiday photos of the surrounding landscapes. Enjoy a walk through a bamboo forest and stop to have a panoramic view of Giang Ta Chai village – home of the red Dzao People. Continue on your trek through the Ciang Ta Chai Bridge to the main road, from here, a bus will pick you up to head back into Sapa town.  Upon your arrival in Sapa Town, you can shower in your hotel, check-out, have a bite to eat and relax at a leisurely pace until all the group members are ready to travel to Hanoi again. Once the group is ready, you will board your comfortable bus back to Hanoi, with two comfort breaks along the way.

From Hanoi: 2-Day Halong Bay Sightseeing Cruise with Meals

6. From Hanoi: 2-Day Halong Bay Sightseeing Cruise with Meals

Explore Halong bay on an overnight cruise. Take a shuttle bus from Hanoi cruise through the bay to see highlights like the Tung Sau Pearl Farm, Ti Top Island, and Sung Sot Cave. Have the option to take part in activities like swimming, visiting caves, singing Karaoke, and squid fishing. Day 1: Board a comfortable shuttle bus outside your accommodation in Hanoi's Old Quarter area and relax on the transfer to Halong bay. Check in at a lounge and board the cruise ship. Be introduced to the itinerary and listen to a short safety briefing from the cruise manager. Savor a delectable buffet lunch and admire stunning views as the boat cruises towards the southeast of Halong Bay. Pass by the Fighting Rooster rock formation and the Finger Islet. Take an excursion to the Tung Sau Pearl Farm, an area in Halong Bay dedicated to growing pearls which practices a technique based on Vietnamese tradition and Japanese technology. Hike to the top of Ti Top Island for stunning panoramic views of the Bay. After your hike, go for a refreshing swim in Halong Bay’s emerald waters or purchase a drink and sip from a coconut in the shade. Go back on board for a sunset party with a happy hour special from from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM where you can take advantage of the buy 2 get 1 free drink deal at the Aquamarine Thalassius Bar. Sit down to a set menu dinner under the stars. Spend some free time relaxing, singing karaoke, or squid fishing with the complimentary tools that are provided at the reception area. End the day by sleeping in your cabin that has a private balcony. Day 2: Start your day with an early morning Tai Chi lesson on the sundeck with a breathtaking view as the sun rises over Halong Bay. Have a light breakfast at the ship's restaurant before heading to the magnificent Sung Sot Cave, one of the biggest caves in Ha Long Bay with large stalactites. Return to the ship, check-out, and return to Tuan Chau Island where brunch is served at the restaurant while the boat heads back to the harbor. Disembark at the Tuan Chau Marina and return to Hanoi by bus.

Hanoi: 2-Night Luxury Halong Bay Cruise

7. Hanoi: 2-Night Luxury Halong Bay Cruise

Day 1: Hanoi to Halong Bay Your day will begin after 8:40AM, at which point your tour guide will pick you up from your hotel lobby in Ha Noi. After setting sail, you will have time for lunch and to relax, before you visit a local floating house. You will then have time to relax onboard, before a kayaking or bamboo boat adventure to visit some local water caves. At 5:00PM you can spend some free time swimming or relaxing, before a sunset party and cooking class takes place at 6:30PM. You will then be served dinner, before having the rest of the evening free to relax onboard. Day 2: Halong bay to Lan Ha bay Your second day will begin early at 6:30AM with some Tai Chi quan. You will then enjoy breakfast, before transferring to a day-boat to travel to Cat Ba Island. At 10:00AM you will have some time to discover the Viet Hai village on bikes, before breaking for lunch at 12:00PM. You will then have spare time to swim or kayak, before returning to your cruise to relax before dinner. Day 3: Halong Bay to Hanoi You will begin your day at 6:30AM with a morning greet, before enjoying breakfast at 7:30AM. Following breakfast, you will visit the Karst dry cave, before you have a quick brunch before checking out. You will then arrive back at the pier by 11:45AM, before being returned back to your hotel by 2:30PM.

From Hanoi: 5-Day Hanoi Motorbike Tour to Ha Giang

8. From Hanoi: 5-Day Hanoi Motorbike Tour to Ha Giang

Embark on a lifetime journey and enjoy amazing rides on curvy scenic passes and even single dirt tracks to explore the stunning landscapes of Northeast with waterfalls, rivers, high mountains, and terraces. Day 1: Head towards Vu Linh village (Thac Ba lake, Yen Bai) 180 km with lunch and dinner included. Start your tour by riding on to dike roads following the Red river to Thac Ba lake. See the beautiful countryside with its rice and green tea fields. Turn to the little road to Vu Linh village that is populated by Dzao ethnic minority by the side of Thac Ba lake. Meet these very friendly people and enjoy an exceptional welcome. Spend the night at a local homestay. Day 2: Head towards Ha Giang City for 180 km with 3 meals included. After breakfast, ride along the Thac Ba lake on a small road lined by palm trees and scenic mountain views to join the main Road 2, heading up to Ha Giang where you will stop for the night and apply for a permit. Stay overnight at a local hotel. Day 3: Go from Ha Giang to Dong Van (Ha Giang) – offroad tours to Tribal Villages 160 km with 3 meals included. Wake up to the beautiful morning, on this day you will ride on small challenging mountain roads (but incredibly beautiful) on the land of colorful mountain hill-tribes. Head up the Ma Pi Leng Pass and visit another amazing place, with cloudy mountain ranges and the poetic Nho Que river winding off in the distance. Ride on a zig-zag track until reaching Vuong Family’s Residence, 14 km before Dong Van. The Vuong Family was considered the King of the Hmong People in Dong Van, Ha Giang. Their residence was built in the scenic valley of Sa Phin with Chinese architecture. Sleep at a local hotel.  Day 4: Head from Dong Van to Ba Be National Park (Bac Kan) via Meo Vac 160 km with 3 meals included. Cross the wild regions of the mythical province of Ha Giang, Meo Vac is included. It shares the border with Dong Van District of Ha Giang Province and Bao Lam District of Cao Bang Province. Meo Vac has most of the terrain in the Rock Plateau of Dong Van and above 1000 meters above sea level. Meo Vac has a harsh climate in the winter which is from November to April with dry and freezing cold weather. It is inhabited by different ethnic minorities including the H’mong, the King, Tay, Dzao. Overnight at homestay Day 5: Ride from Ba Be to Hanoi 230 km breakfast and lunch is included. After breakfast, take another boat-ride on Ba Be lake to another side, before jumping on our motorbikes to Cho Ra, head up to main Road 3. Ba Be National Park is an abundant bio reserve area containing the world’s only fresh-water karst lake and several rare species of fauna and flora. And head back to Hanoi.

From Hanoi: 3-Day 2-Night Ha Long Bay Cruise

9. From Hanoi: 3-Day 2-Night Ha Long Bay Cruise

DAY 1: HA NOI – HA LONG 08:00: Pick up at Old Quarter area and transfer from Hanoi to Halong Bay 11:30: Arriving at the Halong Aquamarine check-in lounge. 12:15: While enjoying welcome drinks, you will be introduced the itinerary and safety briefing by Cruise Manager. 16:00 – 17:00: Hike to the top of Ti Top Island for stunning panoramic views of the Bay. After your hike, go for a refreshing swim in Halong Bay’s emerald waters or sip from a coconut in the shade. 17:30 – 19:00: Back on board, you can enjoy sunset party on sundeck or HAPPY HOUR 19:15: Delight in the shimmering atmosphere of thousands of stars while eating a fantastic, expertly prepared dinner. 20:30: This is the perfect time to relax with karaoke or enjoy the drink at Aquamarine provide free for squid fishing tools at reception. 13:00: You will have time to savor your delicious buffet lunch and enjoy the stunning views as the boat cruises towards the southeast of Halong Bay, passing Fighting- Cock and Finger Islet. 14:30 – 16:00: Your first excursion is a visit to Tung Sau Pearl Farm, an area in Halong Bay dedicated to growing pearls and practicing a handmade technique based on Vietnamese tradition and Japanese technology. This is also an ideal destination for kayaking. DAY 2: HA LONG BAY 06:00: Warm up your day with a Tai Chi lesson on the sundeck with a breathtaking view as the sun rises on Halong Bay. 07:00 – 07:30: Light breakfast is served at the restaurant. 8:15: Transfer to day boat at Titop Island. 08:30 – 09:30: Discover Ho Dong Tien Cave – this is one of the most beautiful caves on Halong Bay due to not only charming beauty but also geological value and historical value. 09:30 – 11:30: Your next stop is Trinh Nu Cave area for kayaking and swimming. 11:30 – 12:30: After your morning excursions, re-energize yourself with a fresh and delicious lunch in the restaurant. 14:00 – 15:00: Visiting Me Cung Cave - which is one of the most mysterious caves in Halong with the compelling view to Lan Ha Bay or Tung Sau Pearl Fam. 17:30 – 19:00: Back on board, you can enjoy sunset party on sundeck or HAPPY HOUR 19:15: Delight in the shimmering atmosphere of thousands of stars while eating a fantastic, expertly prepared dinner. DAY 3: HA LONG – HA NOI 06:00: Warm up your day with a Tai Chi lesson on the sundeck with a breathtaking view as the sun rises on Halong Bay. 07:00 – 07:30: Light breakfast is served at the restaurant. 07:30 – 08:30: Your next stop is the magnificent Sung Sot Cave, one of the biggest caves in Ha Long Bay with beautiful stalactites. You will be surprised by the breathtaking panoramic view across the Bay once you exit the cave as well as the stalactites and stalagmites formed over millions of years which have taken on fascinating shapes. 08:30 – 09:30: Back on board, you settle your bill, check-out and return to Tuan Chau Island 09:45 – 10:45: Brunch is served at the restaurant while the boat heads back to the harbor. Return to Hanoi.

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Local guide ping (lady from neighboring village) take us for this tour. She was really good in explaining all things & not tired to answer our never ending questions. Really get lot of information about locals life from her. First we visit waterfalls in national park, specially path going to love waterfall through mountain is really beautiful. Mountain, forest, water stream & we walk along with it & moving fog around us. It was memorable experience for us. When we visit top most point in national park, it was cover with fog & unable to see entire valley. For village trek, it mainly from rough road in village, but path is up & down. At some points we can see beautiful valley. We can see rice terraces, corn field, cabbage, sun flower, orchids. Walking through 6 feet tall corn fields & bamboo forest was amazing experience. Total you will end up walking around 12 Km (up & down), please carry some light snacks on way to eat. Its good trip to experience nature.

The Black Hmong guide 'ppang' is an amazing woman. Kind and bright. She is good at English. Her guide career is 10 years and she is very good at explaining. After the tour of Love Falls and Silver Falls, we trekking them to valley of Ma Tra and Ta Phin Village. The restaurant was delicious, too. Thank you to the 'ppang' guide. Safa is a really beautiful place. I recommend this trekking.

Loved the experience! The agency is excellent, they took good care of me all the time and our guide was amazing! Super fun and patient. The family that hosted us is a love.

Great experience around local Villages. The local Guide was exceptional: adapted her way of explaining the history and tradition to what we were interested in. Fantastic!

Lala our guide was really fantastic, very beautiful views of Vietnam and a real immersion in Vietnamese families.