Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi
Arrival at Noi Bai airport (Hanoi) via flight ???. You'll be greeted at the airport by Lotussia local guide and driver and then escorted to your hotel in town. Check-in hotel and stay free at leisure. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi full day tour (B)
Breakfast at hotel. Then we will have a half day tour of Vietnam's capital, Hanoi. Hanoi is a unique city with tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes and oriental temples. The city tour includes such sights as the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature – The first National University of Vietnam.
In the afternoon, continue to visit the Ethnology museum where you can find the biggest object collection of 54 Vietnamese ethnic groups. In the evening, attend to the water puppet show, one of famous Vietnamese traditional art. Overnight in Ha Noi.
Day 3: Hanoi – Duong Lam - Maichau (B)
Depart for Hoa Binh province with a stop en route to visit Duong Lam village, known for being the homeland of two National Heroes. Visit the village’s communal house, ancient houses then we continue our journey to Mai Chau valley. This scenic drive takes around four hours. Along the way we pass fields of tapioca and sugar cane as well as rice paddies.
In the evening, assist to the traditional music and dance show which is performed by the Thai young girls and boys who all come from the village. Try also some rice alcohol which is made of traditional plants and local sticky rice. Overnight on stilt-house.
Day 4: Maichau – Ninhbinh (B)
Breakfast at the Thai stilt house then we leave the village for a half day walking around. We will pass many different Thai hamlets, through rice fields, hill sides…We will stop by some local houses to talk with local people to understand their customs and culture. Lunch will be provided on a stilt-house. After lunch, we will continue our journey to Ninh Binh. Overnight in Ninh Binh.
Day 5: Ninhbinh - Hanoi – Laocai (B)
After breakfast, our car will drive us to Tam Coc where we will take a half hour bike through local village and rice paddy field until Thung Nang sampan pier. The river trip in Thung Nang is wonderful for photo hunters, especially when local people come to harvest the water rice planted along the river, or when they transplant some seedling for the next crops. Take a 2-hour boat trip along the Boi river. After the boat trip, we can make a visit Bich Dong Pagoda before having lunch. Then we make our way back to Hanoi. Free time in Hanoi for some shopping or personal discovery or Enjoy a short cyclo excursion through the bustling old quarter streets named after the specific goods once offered for sales at these places. After dinner, transfer to Hanoi Railway Station to catch the night train to Laocai. Overnight on the train.
Day 6: Laocai – Caoson (This day must be Wednesday or Thursday) (B)
Arrive in Lao Cai Railway station early morning. You will be welcome by Lotussia local guide and driver then transferred to a local restaurant in Lao Cai city for breakfast and short rest before proceeding to Cao Son region. Stop en route for photos. You will join the Cao Son trekking stream of people from Lung Khau Nhin and some nearby villages heading to Cao Son. Free to discover the market with our tour guide. Heading for the lunch in Cao Son Ecolodge. In the afternoon, visit the primitive forest in La Pan Tan commune. Back to the Lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 7: Caoson – Sapa (B)
After breakfast, transfer to Sapa. We will arrive in Sapa around noon. Check-in hotel and have lunch in town. In the afternoon, there will be a walking tour to the hill tribe villages of Cat Cat, home to the H'mong hill tribes minority peoples. As we walk to the villages nestled in the valley below Sapa, we will meet some of the local people on their way to and from Sapa. Here we have the opportunity to share cultural experiences with the families that live in the area. Overnight in Sapa.
Day 8: Sapa - Mongsen - Taphin - Laocai – Hanoi (B,L)
After breakfast, we will travel by car downhill to Mong Sen where we starting a dirt trail through rice fields and villages. Enjoy spectacular view along the way. Your picnic lunch will be provided on spot.
After lunch, we continue our trek downhill towards Taphin village inhabited by Red Dao and Black Hmong minorities. These are two largest ethnic groups living in Sapa area. Stop by some house to meet local people and talk with them to understand their culture, customs and traditions. Late afternoon, we will trek back to to main road to get on our vehicle for the journey to Laocai railways station for the night train back to Hanoi. Overnight on the train.
Day 9: Arrive Hanoi. Hanoi – Halong (B,L,D)
Arrive in Hanoi in the early morning, transfer to the Morning Flower Market for a short visit before departing to Halong Bay. Breakfast will be served in a local restaurant en route. Enjoy the journey through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta and the scenery of rice fields, water buffalo and everyday Vietnamese village life. Arrive in Halong and board the Bai Tho traditional sailing junk (or similar junk). Whilst cruising the exquisite waters sample the regions fresh seafood. Visit the recently discovered Surprise Grotto with its great views, and on the next island see the yawning mouth of Bo Nau Cave. Alternatively journey to Dau Go Cave and nearby see the famous stalagmites and stalactites of Thien Cung Cave. Enjoy a swim in the emerald waters of Halong Bay at any spot that you wish to visit or take a kayaking trip to explore the Bay (optional). Watch the sun set over the bay whilst enjoying a delicious dinner. Overnight on board junk.
Day 10: Halong – Catba Island – Haiphong - Hanoi (B)
Breakfast on board. Then we continue our cruise towards Catba island, through beautiful karst rocks. Upon your arrival on Catba island boat pier, you will be welcome by our motorbike drivers who will drive you then to Catba town for another adventure experience.
After your free lunch in town, take the speed boat to reach Hai Phong city, the third largest city in Vietnam after Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh city. Have a quick visit of the town if you like before heading back to Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 11: Departure (B)
Breakfast at hotel then transfer to Noibai airport for onward flight back home. End tour.
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