Ninh Binh - Sapa - Halong 5 days

Ninh Binh - Sapa - Halong tour 5 days
With this 5-day trip you will board an authentic romantic boat and sail through the unique Halong Bay, visit Sapa and walk along amazing landscapes and colorful hill, meet the locals in this region and experience the beautiful landscape of Ninh Binh...

Tour highlights:
? Sampan riding in Ninh Binh
? Junk cruise in the World Natural Heritage Site of Halong Bay
? Enjoy fabulous seafood meals on board, swim in the warm crystal clear water
? Trek through the spectacular scenery of Sapa mountain
? Mingle with colourful Montagnards.

Day 1 Ninh Binh sightseeing, overnight train to Sapa
You are picked up from hotel and transfer by for a 3 hour journey to Ninh Binh
Located in one of the most beautiful parts of Vietnam. With its dramatic scenery, historical intrigues, Ninh Binh is an ideal base to venture out on short small day trips.
Our first stop is Hoa Lu ,the ancient capital of Vietnam (968-1009) with two temples of two Kings. The trip offers spectacular scenery with opportunity to meet a host of smiling children a long the way.
Arriving in Tam Coc, we take a rowing boat trip for 2 hours on Ngo Dong river, crossing beautiful rice paddy and through mountain tunnels of Tam Coc. This is an ideal place for natural lovers.
In the late afternoon we visit Bich Dong Pagoda, located on top of the mountain, the cave pagoda offers a spectacular view of the countryside.
In the evening we jump on the night train for Sapa. We travel in air-conditioned comfort in our private soft sleeper cabins!

Day 2 Sapa tour, trekking Ta Van ? Lao Chai villages
The train arrives in Lao Cai at about 6:00 am where our guide will welcome you. Look for the sign bearing your name when you exit the train station. We take a morning drive through the clouds by car to Sapa (about 1 hour).
At an elevation of 1500 meters, Sapa was founded in the early years of the last century as a hill resort for French administrators in summer time. Just soak up the fresh climate by spending our time wandering this famous hill town. The ethnic people are frequently seen on the main street of Sapa and small vendors along the street selling local textiles and handicraft
After checking in the hotel and have breakfast our guide will pick you up for a short walk along buffalo paths and trails through several hill tribe villages of Lao Chai and Ta Van, home to H'mong, and Dzay people. This is a absolutely spectacular walk through stunning scenery inhabited by some of the friendliest people you can meet?
The remainder of your afternoon is at leisure to explore this fascinating hillside town.

Day 3 Visit Cat Cat valley, Heaven gate, Silver waterfall
Wake up in Sapa town, breakfast at the hotel then our guide will pick you up for walk to Cat Cat Village, set in a beautiful valley just outside Sapa. Cat Cat is home to the H'mong people who originated from China about 3,000 years ago.
We take a jeep ride out of Sapa town and visit Silver Waterfall and further up to Tram Ton pass, the highest mountain pass in Vietnam, nicknamed as Heaven Gate, it is so called because one gets the feeling of touching the sky, the heaven gates.

Day 4 Bac Ha market, overnight train back to Hanoi
Get up early for breakfast and then transferred to the famous market in Bac Ha (2.5 hours drive)
Just before reaching the market we will see colorful activity. Beautiful Flower Hmong people carrying hand crafted products or pulling dogs or buffalos, all on their way to the market. You are free to wonder around the market and become a part of the trading activities. Try some typical ?Thang Co? at one of the market stalls for more of a traditional taste.
After the market we can enjoy a walk to visit the Hmong King's former residence and Ban Pho village where villagers make the potent local maize alcohol.
In the afternoon we depart for the Lao Cai train station. We have dinner here before boarding the night train back to Hanoi.

Day 5 Halong Bay cruise day trip
Early arrival in Hanoi at 5.00 we check in a hotel nearby train station, have breakfast and take a few hour rest before our guide and driver pick you up for a 3.5 hour journey to Halong.
Our private car and guide will pick you up at your hotel at 08.00. The journey takes 3.5 hours. We will take a short break in Hai Duong town to take a cup of green tea.
Arrive Ha Long around noon and board our private junk for a 4 hour cruise on the emerald green water of Ha Long bay among the 3,000 spectacular limestone islands. A fresh seafood lunch will be served on board before we start our cruise to Thien Cung Cave (Heavenly Cave), the most beautiful cave and famous for its stunning stalactites and stalacimites. We keep cruising among spectacular rock formations to Titov island where we explore the bay by kayaking among mystical rock formations, hidden caves as well as many secluded lagoons. The kayaking is not only activity in places. You have plenty of time for you own pleasure; swimming or simply soaking up the sunshine?
In the late afternoon, we head back to Ha Long harbour and our waiting vehicle will transfer us back to Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi approximately around 7.30 pm.
Tour ends.

Tour Includes:
- Accommodation with daily breakfast
- Meals as per the itinerary
- Transportation as described in the itinerary
- Tours and excursions as described in the program
- Local English speaking tour guide
- Entrance fees and permits where applicable during guided time
Tour does not include:
- Other airfares and taxes
- Transfers beyond the itinerary
- Entrance fees and permits during free time
- Personal expenses such as: Telephone, laundry, and bar bills.
- Food & drinks not mentioned within the itinerary
- Tips & Personal expenses
- Travel insurance

Number of passengers Price per person in USD
2-4 475
5-10 260



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