Best of North Vietnam
Northern Vietnam is one of the three regions within Vietnam. It is known for its natural and cultural beauty. Halong Bay in Northeast Vietnam is known for its karst mountain scenery. Hanoi, the largest city is capital of Vietnam. Sa pa in northwestern Vietnam, overlooked Phang Xi Pang peak, is home to minority tribes and a popular trekking base. Hoang Lien Son national park and dong van karst plateau global geopark are the most beautiful national parks in Northern Vietnam.
This tour to North Vietnam, begins in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. Take a private tour to see highlights including, mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh at the Ba Dinh Square, Ho Chi Minh Museum and One Pillar Pagoda. Spend overnight on a luxurious boat in Halong Bay to see its karst rock formations. Take train to Sapa, home to minority villages and beautiful mountain scenery. Visit local markets then return to Hanoi.
TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 8-DAY TOUR OF NORTH VIETNAM…
And, experience verdant valleys of Mai Chau and Sapa.
Best of North Vietnam This tour covers the best of North Vietnam designed for travellers with less time. It combines nicely with touring elsewhere in Southeast Asia e.g. Cambodia, Vietnam & Thailand.
Hanoi, Halong Bay, Sapa
(8 Days. Travel Any Day)
Day 1 – Arrive
Hanoi Meet and greet on arrival. After a warm reception, our representative will escort you to your hotel.
This evening, attend the theatre where the ancient and unique art form of water puppetry is performed. The puppets, 40 cms high and attached to a long bamboo pole, are dipped in and out of the water by a person behind a rattan curtain. But how to manipulate these puppets is usually a family-held secret passed down through generations. Try to unravel the mystery if you can.
Sofitel Legend Metropole – Premium Room (Nil)
Day 2 – Tour
Hanoi Full-day private guided tour of Hanoi. First visit Ba Dinh Square, where silent sentries guard the marble and granite mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh. Nearby visit the Ho Chi Minh Museum, an extraordinary tribute in abstract form to the life of the 'father of the country'. See also the One Pillar Pagoda, and hear the legend about how it was constructed as a memorial to the love of an emperor in the 11th century. Continue to the Temple of Literature, built in 1070 and now Vietnam's first university.
Sofitel Legend Metropole – Premium Room (B)
Day 3 – Transfer
Halong Bay Take a private transfer to Halong Bay and check in on board the luxurious M/V “Emeraude” for an overnight cruise. Few places anywhere rival the extreme natural beauty and serenity of Vietnam's Halong Bay. A noted Vietnamese poet and scholar described it as a "rock wonder in the sky". In modern times, it has been a backdrop for countless movies including the Oscar-winning French epic, Indochine. It is now universally acknowledged as an unmissable corner of Vietnam.
The cruise commences with and a lavish buffet lunch. Then weather permitting, visit the Sung Sot Cave (Cave of Surprises). Watch a Vietnamese cuisine demonstration will take place on the sundeck and attend a happy hour with complimentary canapés followed by an evening movie show. A scrumptious International buffet dinner is served at the restaurant.
Onboard M/V Emeraude – Superior Cabin (B, L, D)
Day 4 – Train
Sapa Wake up at sunrise and practice Tai Chi on the sun deck with one of the instructors or spend your morning swimming in the clear waters of the Halong Bay. After an energizing western breakfast, check out from M/V Emeraude and return to Hanoi (4 hrs). After dinner at a local restaurant, (own account) transfer to Hanoi railway station for your train to Sapa.
Overnight onboard train – Superior Cabin – Sharing 4 berths/cabin (B)
Day 5 – Tour
Sapa On arrival at Lao Cai, drive to Sapa, home to a great diversity of minority peoples. While there, take a short hike to ethnic minority villages and explore spectacular mountains covered with terraced rice fields. Market tour and a cruise along the scenic Chay River can be arranged subject to market day (Coc Ly Market on Tuesday or Bac Ha Market on Sunday) – Surcharge applies.
Victoria Resort & Spa – Superior Room (B, L)
Day 6 – Train
Hanoi Sapa has beautiful countryside and your private guide will take you to explore the Muong Hoa valley, one of the most beautiful valleys in northwest Vietnam. Descending into the valley by foot you will see the largest terraced rice paddy fields in the area. Visit the villages to see the different traditions and costumes of the minority people who live there and visit orchid gardens on Ham Rong Mount overlooking the town.
Overnight onboard train – Superior Cabin – Sharing 4 berths/cabin (B, Lunch box)
Day 7 – Tour
Hanoi Arrive in the early morning and after breakfast at the hotel (Day use is not included, check in time is after 14h00), spend the day biking and/or hiking through rural villages outside the city. Cycling on the banks of the Red River on a quiet dyke road you’ll pass through flower and vegetable gardens, village lanes and alongside lotus lakes to gain a whole new view of Vietnam’s capital city. After lunch at local restaurant (on account) we will take in lotus gardens (subject to seasons) as we ride along the water’s edge to Tran Quoc, one of the most revered Buddhist pagodas in Vietnam, before returning to our hotel.
Sofitel Legend Metropole – Premium Room (B)
Day 8 – Depart
Hanoi Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
Make this your holiday
Getting There There are few direct flights from Europe to Vietnam’s three main international airports – Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Da Nang, but these are steadily increasing over the years. The majority of visitors take indirect flights routed through Bangkok, Singapore or Hong Kong. It can be cheaper if you fly to Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur or Singapore or regular international carriers and from there take one of the low-cost carriers to Vietnam. Vietnam Airlines and Jetstar are the two main domestic carriers. Fares are very reasonable and the frequencies of flights to main hubs are good.
When to go The high season in Vietnam is from November to March. Prices peak over the Christmas and New Year period, and if you don’t fancy crowds then it is best to avoid this busy time. During this period, it is warm and dry in the South but as you travel north of Nha Trang, it begins to get cooler.
From April or May to October, summer monsoon brings hot, humid weather except in the mountains up north. A slight break in monsoon during July and August makes it the second-high season in the South but violent and unpredictable typhoons can hit central and northern Vietnam. May, June and September are usually the quietest months.