Trip Description & Day-by-day Itinerary
Vietnam Family Itinerary is another multi-activity tour we customize for small groups, family holidays in north Vietnam. The 10 days tour focus on outdoor activities, beautiful landscape and the rich ethnic culture of the northern Vietnam. Start the tour in Hanoi, travel through Lao Cai, Sapa, Muong Khuong, Tam Coc, Ninh Binh province and Halong Bay…
DAY 1: ARRIVE HANOI
Upon your arrival at Noibai airport in Hanoi, you will be greeted by Lotussia Travel team and transferred to your hotel in town. Check-in hotel(*) and overnight in Hanoi.
DAY 2: HANOI CITY TOUR -> LAO CAI
Enjoy a full day city tour of Vietnam’s capital. 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 Presidential Palace (outside), the Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts and the One Pillar Pagoda, whose origins date back to the foundation of city. We follow this with a trip to the Temple of Literature, which is well known as the first university of Vietnam. The impressive Ethnology Museum, dedicated to Vietnam’s 54 ethnic groups can be visited before or after lunch. Enjoy a short cyclo excursion through the bustling old quarter streets named after the specific goods once offered for sales at these places. In the evening, you will be transferred to Hanoi Train Station to catch the night train for Lao Cai. Train??? Departure at ??? (to be advised). Overnight on the train.
DAY 3: LAO CAI -> SAPA
Arrive Laocai Train Station early this morning at ?h (to be advised). You will be greeted by Lotussia Travel local team and transferred to Sapa. Breakfast will be provided in a local restaurant in town. 8:30 You first sneak through the market and leave the busy town behind. After a couple of minutes, you will follow a road going downhill to Cat Cat village. You will stop by a waterfall and a hydroelectric station for a while before you trek on a dirt trail through rice paddy terraces. You will also enjoy spectacular scenery while walking along a narrow river. You eventually arrive in Y Linh Ho village of Black Hmong minority, where you can take a rest while you are served lunch nearby the river. After lunch, you head Muong Hoa valley. You will pass through Lao Chai village of Black Hmong minority and then Tavan village of Giay minority by following a very popular trekking route. You will spend the night in local house of Giay minority. You will be able to take a walk to enjoy the valley view as well as swim in the river nearby.
DAY 4: SAPA TREKKING
Once you get energy for your last day trek by having a delicious breakfast, you leave for Giang Ta Chai village of Red Dao minority. You will trek through bamboo forest, which belongs to Hoang Lien National Park. On the way you will pass by a waterfall where you will have time to take a rest and enjoy the surroundings. You will find a nice place to enjoy lunch. After lunch, you continue hiking towards Su Pan, a small village located by the road. Here you start your journey back to Sapa by car. Check into your hotel for overnight.
DAY 5: SAPA -> MUONG KHUONG -> LAO CAI -> HANOI
You will be transferred to Muong Khuong. You will enjoy beautiful scenery along the road. Upon arriving in Muong Khuong, we will take another road which goes up in mountains. Pine trees forests and villages surround the tinny market. Flower Hmong, Tu Di, Tay and Giay ethnic minorities come to buy and sell local products such as food and material for agriculture and fabric. After exploring the market, we can have the opportunity to make a short walk to a Black Dao village. We then head back to Muong Khuong where your lunch will be provided in a local restaurant. After lunch, you get on the car for journey back to Lao Cai. Two-hour day use will be provided in a mini/standard hotel for you to take a quick shower. Overnight train back to Hanoi. Train??? Departure at ??? (to be advised). Overnight on the train.
DAY 6: HANOI -> TAM COC
Arrive Hanoi Train Station early this morning at ??? (to be advised). You will be greeted again by Lotussia Travel team and transferred to a local restaurant for breakfast. Depart for Ninh Binh enjoying beautiful landscape of the Red River Delta. Our first stop will be made in Kenh Ga where we will have a boat trip to witness people daily life on water, and activities on the banks of the river. After lunch, we cycle for about 30km through countryside villages, enjoying beautiful scenery of the countryside, rice fields, rocky mountains near and far, water buffalos and see people daily life. Arriver Tam Coc in the afternoon. If time permit, we will take the boat trip to see Tam Coc that means ”three lakes” and is called ” Halong Bay on land ”, amazing with the rocky mountains, and you will be completely dazzle when paddling through the green paddy fields on two sides of the lakes and more interesting to go through three caves. Check into your hotel in Tam Coc.
DAY 7: TAM COC -> HALONG BAY
Enjoy the journey through the scenery of rice fields, water buffalo and everyday Vietnamese village life. Arrive in Halong around noon and board the Bai Tho traditional sailing junk (or similar junk). Whilst cruising the exquisite waters sample the regions fresh seafood. Round over Thien Cung cave (palace of heaven), Dau Go ( grotto of wood ), Tuan Chau island, Dog island, Dinh Huong, Ga Choi (fighting cock mountain), Turtle island. Enjoy one-hour kayaking trip on the emerald waters of Halong bay or have a swim at Titop beach or Soi Sim beach. Watch the sun set over the bay whilst enjoying a delicious dinner. Overnight on board junk.
DAY 8: HALONG BAY CRUISE & KAYAKING
Breakfast on board junk. We continue visiting Halong bay while the boat is cruise through Man’s head island, Tortoise island. A stop will be made for you to visit Luon cave by a small bamboo rowing boat. Lunch will be provided on board. In the afternoon, enjoy one more hour kayaking while the boat goes through Ba Ham lake, fishery village,Cua Van, swimming at Ba Trai Dao beach. Having dinner and overnight on the junk.
DAY 9: HALONG BAY -> HANOI
Visit the recently discovered Surprise Grotto with its great views, and on the next island see the yawning mouth of Bo Nau Cave. Return to the boat and have breakfast while the boat is cruising back to Halong City. Disembark at the dock at Halong City at 11:00 and travel back to Hanoi. Arrive back to Hanoi around 15:00. Free for you your personal discovery. Overnight in Hanoi.
DAY 10: DEPARTURE
Free at leisure until transfer to Noibai airport for onward flight home. Fligh ??? Departure at ??? (please advise). End of Lotussia Travel service.