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Vietnam Northern Highlights
from USD 663
ATA-VN-NH08 8 days 7 nights

The North of Vietnam has so many things to offer from more than 1,000 year-old Hanoi to scenic Sapa, not to mention the must-not-miss Halong Bay World Heritage. Well programmed in more than a week, you will have chance to visit historical city icons of Hanoi, meet up with colorful mountainous hill tribes, explore local street food and try your hands on learning to cook Vietnamese traditional dishes. Trip ends with relaxing time on board an amazing Halong cruise.

Tour summary

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
Day 2: Hanoi City Tour
Day 3: Hanoi Cooking Class – Food on Foot – Train to Lao Cai
Day 4: Lao Cai – Sapa – Lao Chai – Tavan
Day 5: Sapa – Taphin Village – Train to Hanoi
Day 6: Hanoi – Halong
Day 7: Halong – Hanoi
Day 8: Hanoi Departure



Hanoi Arrival (-/-/D)

Upon landing in at the airport, greeted by our guide and driver; transfer to your hotel in the heart of the city. There is no activity today except for the welcome dinner and one hour Water Puppet Show. Overnight in Hanoi.


Hanoi City tour (B/L/-)

Breakfast at your hotel. By 8.30 am, start our full day tour to Hanoi’s highlights sites including the Ho Chi Minh Complex: Ho Chi Minh Museum and his stilt house, Presidential Palace and the One Pillar Pagoda (Note: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum closes on every Monday and Friday. Remember to wear clothes that’s over you knee and covers your shoulder when visiting Ho Chi Minh complex or the pagoda). You also have chance to visit historic University – The Temple of Literature, that dates back to the 11th century.

In the afternoon, continue to the Ethnology Museum where you can learn about all ethnic groups in Vietnam. Head back to Hoan Kiem lake for a leisure walk around of which Ngoc Son Temple and The Huc Bridge will be the must not miss. Back to the Old Quarter, you can choose to walk or have cyclo ride through the narrow streets that were famous for its specialized craft making guilds. The guild streets were named for their product or location and still bear such names nowadays. Back to hotel after tour. Overnight in Hanoi.


Hanoi Cooking Class – Food on Foot Tour – Train to Lao Cai (B/L/-)

Breakfast at your hotel. This morning, you will join a cooking class. Getting to know the food is also a great way of learning about the country. Vietnamese food is healthy, simple to cook, delicious, and forms a large part of the culture. This half-day tour gives you a hands-on lesson on how to shop for fresh ingredients and cook authentic Vietnamese food. Start in the morning with a visit to local market to find and buy ingredients for the class. You will then have chance to prepare dishes under the guidance of experienced chefs at your own work station and taste the food you have prepared, accompanied by local beer or wine, in our comfortable dining area. After class (lasting for 3-hour), you will receive detailed recipe cards and a certificate to take home. Back to hotel and rest.

In late afternoon, our guide comes to your hotel, let’s have a food on foot tour. Start walking around 4km in the Old quarter “36 streets” to visit some famous and specialized- food families or stalls/ local restaurants, shops where they run their business everyday, certainly you will watch and taste some particular dishes (We can customize vegetarian food or special requirement).It is very difficult to find some local food on your own in hidden alleys or sidewalks. This tour is combined by street food stalls and lovely mini restaurants (not luxury restaurants), certainly they are experienced and appreciated by our local experts everyday, you’ll keep on ordering food as long as you keep eating, suggestion that you should taste a little bit each place, then foot & food. After tour, guide and driver bring you to Hanoi Railway Station for an overnight train to Lao Cai. Overnight on train.

Hanoi - 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 – Train 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.  Free time in the afternoon to explore Sapa markets in town. Late afternoon, we bring you back to Lao Cai Railway station for overnight train to Hanoi. Overnight on train.

Sapa - Lao Cai - Hanoi

Hanoi – Halong on Cruise (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 – 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


HanoiEssence Palace HotelHanoi La Siesta Hotel – SuiteSofitel Plaza Hanoi Hotel
HalongDragon Pearl JunkHuong Hai SealifeDragon Legend Cruise
Sapa Train Fanxipan ExpressFanxipan ExpressVictoria Express Train
SapaBamboo Sapa – SuperiorBamboo Sapa – DeluxeVictoria Resort


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 2016 – 30 April 2016 & 01 Oct 2016 – 31 Dec 2016

Rate /Group23 – 4 pax5 – 6 pax7-8 pax9 pax and aboveSingle Sup.

Promotion deal: 01 May 2016 – 30 Sep 2016

Rate /Group2 pax3 – 4 pax5 – 6 pax7 – 8 pax9 pax and aboveSingle Sup.


  • Expert English speaking tour guides
  • Accommodation in double or twin share
  • All private transfers and transport in modern van (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 – Hanoi


  • Visa and visa arrangement fee
  • International airfare and airport taxes
  • Meals not indicated on itinerary
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses (tips, gratuities, …)


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