Day 01: Hanoi Arrival Day 02: Hanoi – Sapa – Lao Chai and Ta Van village Day 03: Sapa – Ta Phin Village – Ha Noi Day 04: Ha Noi – Bai Tu Long Bay (Ha Long) Day 05: Bai Tu Long – Ha Noi – Ho Chi Minh City Day 06: Ho Chi Minh City – Explore Ben Tre river Day 07: Ho Chi Minh City sightseeing – Departure
Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
Arrive at Noi Bai Airport. Meeting with guide and transfer to the hotel.
Visit the city of Ha Noi: the Temple of Literature (Van Mieu), the temple of the Mountain of Jade (Den Ngoc Son) in the Sword Lake.
One-hour ride cyclo in the old historic district.
In the evening, attend the puppet show on the water.
Overnight at Hotel.Day 2: Hanoi – Sapa – Lao Chai and Ta Van village 08.00: Pick up from your hotel, get on van and depart for Sapa via new highway. 13.00: Arrive Sapa Town with colorful traditional costumes of H’mong, Dzao, Tay ethnic People. Enjoy the lunch with local Vietnamese dishes, check-in procedures.
Start trekking to Black Hmong Village in Lao Chai-Ta Van, one of the most beautiful regions of Sa Pa.
Also meeting of different ethnic groups of the Tay and Dzay people with their colorful traditional outfits.
Then car takes you back to Sapa. Overnight in Sapa.Day 3: Sapa – Ta Phin Village – Ha Noi
Dive to Red Dao Minority Ethnic in Ta Phin Village, meet locals working the field, see traditional housing, visit caves and medicine bath complex or go for a long walk through the rice paddies and mountain views. Pm: back to Hanoi. Arrival to Hanoi in the end of afternoon.
Overnight at Hotel.Day 4: Ha Noi – Bai Tu Long Bay (Ha Long) 08:00 – 08:30: Pick-up at hotel and start the 3 hour-and-a-half drive to Hong Gai Tourist Wharf, check in Oriental Sails JSC’s private waiting hall – The OS Lounge. 12:15 – 12:45: Embark on Oriental Sails by transfer boat. Listen to cruise briefing and receive room key. 13:00 – 15:30: Savor a delectable lunch as Oriental Sails cruises further along the limestone islands of Bai Tu Long Bay, heading to Vung Vieng fishing village – one of the largest fishing villages in Halong Bay to see the life of local fishermen.
– Option 1: Discovery local daily life: Take a bamboo rowing boat trip around Vung Vieng Fishing Village
– Option 2: ake kayak at Ban Chan Island and go kayaking by yourself with help and instruction of tour guide. 17:30 – 18:00: Return to Oriental Sails and have bath then relax as the sun starts to set. Enjoy the Happy Hour at the bar and on the sun deck 19:00: Dinner is served. Socialize with other guests, night squid fishing or just laze around. Singing and dancing activities are available till 22h00.
Overnight on board at Cong Do Area Day 5: Bai Tu Long – Ha Noi – Ho Chi Minh City 06:30 – 07:00: Start your day with Tai Chi exercise on the sundeck. 07:00 – 09:00: Catch morning view of seascapes with a cup of tea or coffee, have breakfast while cruising toward Thien Canh Son Cave. Visit Thien Canh Son Cave – the medium size and less visited cave in Bai Tu Long Bay
09:30: Check-out room. Luggage can be delivered to the reception area. 09:30 – 11:00: Head back to the Harbor. Have early lunch on board. Disembark Oriental Sails at around 12h00. 12:00 – 16:30: Transfer back to Hanoi and trip finishes at the hotel around 16h30
Transfert to the aiport to take flight to Hochiminh city. Meeting with guide and transfer to the hotel. Overnight at Hotel.Day 6: Ho Chi Minh City – Explore Ben Tre river 08:00, depart to My Tho. On arrival in Hàm Luông pier. Cruise on Bến Tre river exploring the lively activities along river as fishing, water transfering…….see brick making in handy traditional style by printing and baking. Visite one of plenty of coconut processing workshops located along canal. Turn on natural scissors creeks where they look smaller and smaller to go to village. Take a walk to family workshop making sleepmats and enjoying some fruits and tea.
Riding a motor cart (xe lôi) or bike on shady paths, pass by green rice fields and vegetable plains to be able to touch on realy life and find out about tropical culture from Peasants. Lunch at Hai Hồ house.
Afternoon - riding a sampan along canal, before boat back to Ham Luông pier.
Back to Ho Chi Minh City. Overnight at hotel.Day 7: Ho Chi Minh City sightseeing – Departure Am: Vistit Reunification Palace, Post Office. Then visiting Chinatown, Cho Lon (Binh Tay) market. Pm: transfert to the airport for the flight to your home.