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Tonkin Elegance
from USD 477
ATA-VN-TE09 9 days 8 nights

Tonkin, the northern most part of Vietnam is a charming and elegant land with two World Heritage Sites of Halong Bay and Trang An Landscape Complex. The region is also rich in diversified culture of different ethnic groups, from the dominant Kinh people in the Red River Delta to many mountainous hill tribes in up north Sapa. Follow us and together discover the best parts of this amazing area.

Tour summary

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival

Day 2: Hanoi City Tour

Day 3: Hanoi – Hoa Lu – Trang An – Train to Lao Cai

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

Day 5: Sapa – Taphin – Bus back Hanoi

Day 6: Hanoi – Halong

Day 7: Halong Cruising Day

Day 8: Halong – Hanoi

Day 9: Hanoi Departure



Hanoi Arrival (-/-/-)

Upon landing in Hanoi, greeted by our tour guide and driver. We bring you to your hotel in city center check in. Overnight in Hanoi.


Hanoi City Tour (B/L/-)

Breakfast at your hotel. Today is a full day exploring the Capital city of Hanoi. Let’s stop first at Ho Chi Minh Complex, containing Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, President Ho Chi Minh’s stilt House, and the Presidential Palace. All of them will bring you understanding the life of the greatest father of Vietnam. We then head to Tran Quoc Pagoda before visiting Temple of Literature – the first university of Vietnam dating back to 1070 from then, it is considered the educational symbol of the country.  Lunch at restaurant in town. Afternoon, visit Ethnology Museum. Tour follows by a very relaxing trip around Hoan Kiem Lake (Restored Sword Lake) of which The Huc Bridge and Ngoc Son Temple will be the must-not-miss. Head back to Hanoi 36 streets to enjoy the cyclo ride around the old quarter. Just sit back and relax. The names of Hanoi 36 streets were originally related to the products being sold in each street; today much thing has changed, however, you can find everything here, from food to souvenirs. Let’s spend your time shopping here. Every tiny shop will bring you much surprise and interest. Back to your hotel after tour. Overnight in Hanoi.


Hanoi – Hoa Lu – Trang An – Train to Lao Cai (B/L/D)

Breakfast at your hotel. By 8.00 am, depart for Ninh Binh province (120km). We will stop at Hoa Lu – the capital of Vietnam in the 10th and 11th centuries then proceed to Tam Coc to cycle along village roads and visit the old temple Bich Dong. Have lunch in local restaurant with some local special dishes. After lunch, visit Trang An attraction – the new UNESCO World Heritage. You will get on a rowing boat while enjoying the scenery of cave complex, in mystery and wildness. We arrive back Hanoi in late afternoon. Dinner before boarding an overnight train to Lao Cai. Overnight on train.

Hanoi - Trang An - Lao Cai

Lao Cai – Sapa – Lao Chai & Tavan villages (B/L/-)

Early arrive in Lao Cai station; you will get tour private transfer to Sapa, which is about 30km away from Station. Nice drive with passes and rice terraces. Upon arrival, store your luggage and have breakfast at hotel. After breakfast, leave Sapa market town. This morning, visit Lao Chai & Ta Van. You will commence your short journey by driving south toward Muong Hoa valley. You will then start your walk by descending into the valley, which is the largest rice paddy terraced among Sapa area. The guide can provide you interesting information about rice. If you visit the valley sometime in between May and October, you will be able to observe and experience how the local do planting and harvesting, one of the most important activities in the daily life. The walk takes you from Lao Chai village of Black Hmong minority to Ta Van village of Giay minority including a visit to the local Catholic Church. After visiting Ta Van the car will return you to Sapa. Check in hotel. Free time in the afternoon to explore Sapa town. Overnight in Sapa.

Lao Cai - Sapa

Sapa – Taphin – Bus to Hanoi (B/L/-)

Breakfast at your hotel. This morning, around 9.00 am, depart for Taphin village. Your journey will be mostly driving downhill toward Lao Cai, before taking a left turn into a small paved road leading to Taphin village. Here you can experience the unmixed cultural life of Black Hmong and Red Dao minorities, 2 largest ethnic groups in the area. They live happily together while maintaining their own tradition from generation to generation. You can recognise them by dressing while they are both very famous of handicraft. You will enjoy walking among local people. The trip also offers you the opportunity to visit the local houses. You will return Sapa by car.

Leisure till 15.00 pm, guide and driver bring group to 105 Thach Son, Sapa to catch Good Morning Sapa bus; get-on-bus time is 15.30 PM. Tonight, you can expect to arrive Hanoi around 21.00 pm. Bring you back to your hotel in the Old Quarter. Tour ends at your hotel.

Sapa - Lao Cai - Hanoi

Hanoi – Halong (B/L/D)

Early arrive at Hanoi Railway Station. We arrange a day room for you to refresh. After breakfast, driver comes to pick you up for 3.5 hours ride through the countryside of the Red River Delta to Ha Long City. Water buffaloes, paddy fields and daily Vietnamese farmer life are on both sides of the way. Arrive Halong by mid-day. Embark your cruise, enjoy a lovely welcome drink and short introduction about the cruise, program and the crews. Enjoy lunch while cruising to magnificent parts of Halong bay, admire the fascinating formations on the way. This afternoon, you will have chance to visit a fishing village, do some kayaking, swimming or cave exploring. Back to boat for a drink on top deck while enjoying beautiful sunset over the bay. Tonight, a delicious dinner is served. Evening time is free at leisure, you can join squid fishing with the crews, playing board games or leisurely relax. Overnight on cruise.

*Note: Activities and cruising program varied depending on the cruise you choose

Hanoi - Halong

Halong Cruising Day (B/L/D)

Wake up by the sound of the waves, let’s go up to cruise sun deck to enjoy morning tea whilst enjoying the fresh air and amazing view of the bay. Today, we will cruise to the further part of the bay, with active activities like kayaking, swimming… Lazy travelers can just stay on board and pamper yourself with spa service. Overnight on cruise.

*Note: Activities and cruising program varied depending on the cruise you choose


Halong – Hanoi (B/L/-)

This morning, early birds may want to join a Tai Chi class on the sun deck. Take in fresh air and morning view of the bay’s landscape with a cup of tea or coffee. We keep cruising to other parts of the bay before enjoy lunch while cruising back to the dock. Farewell to the lovely crews and disembark the cruise by mid-day. Driver will bring you back to Hanoi. Arrive at your hotel in late afternoon and rest at leisure. Overnight in Hanoi.

Halong - Hanoi

Hanoi Departure (B/-/-)

Breakfast at your hotel. Free time this morning until check out time. Based on your departure flight, our driver comes to bring you to airport. See you again in Vietnam!


Tour details


HanoiBonsella hotelHanoi La Siesta HotelApricot hotel
HalongSwan cruiseHuong Hai SealifeDragon Legend Cruise
Sapa Train Dream Express – Shared cabinDream Express – Shared cabinFasipan Express Train – Private cabin
SapaSapa Diamond hotelSapa Diamond hotelAira boutique hotel


Rates vary frequently. Please contact us to get the best possible price based upon your travel period and specific touring needs. Our travel consultant will help you find the best hotel deals & promotion air-fare available at your booking time.

Period: 01 Jan 2018 – 30 April 2018 & 01 Oct 2018 – 31 Dec 2018

Rate /Group23 – 4 pax5 – 6 pax
SuperiorUSD 647USD 645USD 489
DeluxeUSD 821USD 819USD 785
LuxuryUSD 1,180USD 1,178USD 1,154

Promotion deal: 01 May 2018 – 30 Sep 2018

Rate /Group2 pax3 – 4 pax5 – 6 pax
SuperiorUSD 640USD 632USD 477
DeluxeUSD 766USD 758USD 724
LuxuryUSD 1,058USD 1,056USD 1,033


  • Expert English speaking tour guides
  • Accommodation in double or twin share
  • Shared and private transfers while on tour (A/C)
  • Entrance fees during guided time
  • Meals as indicated on itinerary: B – Breakfast; L – Lunch; D – Dinner
  • 02 days on Halong cruise as mentioned
  • Train tickets Hanoi – Lao Cai 
  • Bus ticket Sapa – Hanoi


  • Visa and visa arrangement fee
  • International airfare and airport taxes
  • Meals not indicated on itinerary
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses (tips, gratuities, …)
  • Beverage
  • Compulsory Gala Dinner on 24th December and 31st December if have
  • Surcharge for Tet Holiday or other peak periods if have

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