DAY 1: ARRIVING HA NOI (-/-/-)
Arriving Ha Noi, our representative will pick you up inside airport, assist to do check in visa procedure and help you through customs gate (if wanted)
Driver will pick you up from airport, transfer to hotel, and check in. Free day. Overnight in Ha Noi.
DAY 2: HA NOI- CITY TOUR (B/L/-)
Have breakfast at hotel.
08h00- 08h30: Guide picks you up from hotel for visiting the Ho Chi Minh Complex which includes Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum – the final resting place of the beloved national hero, Uncle Ho. Then we visit the President Ho Chi Minh’s stilt house where he lived off and on from 1958 to 1969. You’ll also go to the Ho Chi Minh Museum where you can learn about this remarkable man and what he did for Vietnam and the region.
Visit the One Pillar Pagoda- a group of structures that collectively make up a pagoda built over the water in the middle of a square lake.
Explore the Tran Quoc Pagoda on the Shore of West Lake, go to the Temple of Literature which was Vietnam’s first university and is dedicated to Confucius.
Have lunch at a restaurant in the Old Quarter. Visit through the Old Quarter where you’ll get a sense of the daily life of this busy city on your way to Hoan Kiem Lake – the heart and soul of Hanoi, meet the ancient 36 streets and numerous alleys amongst temples, pagodas and lakes.
Visit Museum of Ethnology: This superb museum showcases the depth of Vietnamese cultural diversity with an astounding collection of 15,000 artifacts gathered from throughout Vietnam.
Optional: Rickshaw or Water Puppet show: 5usd/ pax.
Drop off hotel. Have dinner at your own cost.
DAY 3: HANOI - SAPA - CAT CAT (B/L/D)
06h30: Free pick up at your hotel in the Old Quarter of Hanoi and transfer to.
07h00: Start departure to Sapa. The tour guide will explain to you about the trip and Sapa. Then you will be served mineral water and some snacks.
Along the way, you will have chance to contemplate the beauty of northwest mountains that terraced fields are sparkling in sunlight or dim in thick fog. Have a short break for 30 minutes then continue the trip to Sapa.
12h30: Arrive in Sapa, check in hotel and have lunch.
Afternoon: Start trekking to Cat Cat Village, about 45 minutes’ walk from Sapa, this is the village of Black H’Mong hill tribe. The village is on the slope of the hill and easy walking, rice and corn are grown here.
Visiting Cat Cat village, you will have a chance to visit a big waterfall on the stream and the old Hydro Electric Power Station built by French people. That is the image of young women sitting by looms with colorful pieces of brocade decorated with designs of flowers and birds. When these pieces of brocade are finished, they are dyed and embroidered with beautiful designs. A noteworthy is that H’Mong women use indigo plants and leaves to dye these brocade fabrics. And then they roll around and smooth section of wood covered with wax on fabrics to polish them, making their colors durable.
Evening: After dinner, you are free to explore the charm of Sapa by night, enjoy roasted corn, baked eggs beside charcoal fire or go shopping.
Especially on Saturday night, we highly recommend a stop at the Love Market which is one of unique cultures of ethnic minorities HMong, Dzao in Lao Cai in particular and North West of Vietnam in general.
Dinner and overnight at hotel in Sapa.
DAY 4: SAPA - BAC HA MARKET - SAPA (SUNDAY ONLY) (B/L/D)
You will leave Sapa for Bac Ha market - a colorful market of the local hill tribes.
You will arrive in Bac Ha, independently attend the market that knows as the most colorful ethnic market of all North-west Vietnam. It is a fusion of many different hill tribes inhabiting around Bac Ha Mountains and here you can easily distinguish them by their different colorful costume dressing.
After lunch, in the afternoon, we go for a light trek to visit Ban Pho, the village is home to flower H’mong minority. We are invited to enter several local houses to have some green tea, corn wine, listen to the host talking about their family, talk to them… and then enjoy landscapes on the way to Bac Ha, then get back to Lao Cai and Sapa.
Dinner and overnight at hotel in Sapa.
DAY 5: SAPA - HAM RONG - HANOI (B/L/-)
Morning: You will begin the trek up Ham Rong (Dragon’s Jaw) Mountain.
HamRong Botanical Garden: don't miss the lovely botanical gardens above the main square in town with their spectacular viewpoint from the top.
There are fabulous views of the town and the wider landscape as well as tended gardens to visit. This park is essentially a long cobblestone walkway to the top of Ham Rong Mountain. It's a strenuous climb, but the panoramic vista at the top is well worth tackling all those stairs.
Along the way, there are countless potted orchids, beautiful landscaped gardens and a few really tacky statues of cartoon characters like Scooby Doo and Mickey Mouse. One word of caution, the stone stairs could be treacherous on a rainy or misty day.
Have lunch at local restaurant in Sapa.
Afternoon: Free time to explore Sapa on your own.
16h00: It‘s time to say “Good bye Sapa!” and get back to Hanoi.
21h30: Arrive in Ha Noi.
DAY 6: HA NOI –DEPART (B/-/-)
Have breakfast at hotel, free at leisure until check out.
Picked up from hotel to the airport; End tour and see you!