Sapa - Ninh Binh by car 3 days

Sapa - Ninh Binh by car tour 3 days
Discover the new World Heritage, Trang An Scenic Landscape with easy bicycling on back roads of rural Ninh Binh & sampan boat-ride through 3 tunnel-like limestone caves​ in Tam Coc. Admire the stunning scenery of the terraced fields in Sapa while trekking on up-and-down paths. Learning the interesting culture of the most colorful ethnic groups of Vietnam...

Tour highlights:
? Sampan riding in Ninh Binh
? Trek through the spectacular scenery of Sapa mountain
? Mingle with colourful Montagnards.

Day 1 Hanoi to Sapa by car
Our car and guide will pick you up at the meeting point and depart to Lao Cai, on the highway running from Noi Bai ? Lao Cai, 245Km in less than 5 hours. You have the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful scenery on the both sides of this road.
12h00: Arrive at Sapa. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.
13h00: Our car will take the visitors and start the journey for about 4 hours to visit Lao Chai ? Ta Van and Giang Ta Chai. Explore the life of ethnic minorities and admire the spectacular natural scenery at the terraced rice fields. Visit Sapa ancient rock with engraved images in big and small rocks. Admire the bridge which is made of clouds and cross the poetic Muong Hoa stream.

Day 2 Cat Cat village - Hanoi
In the morning we explore Cat Cat ? Shin chai village of H?mong ? a colonial, French-discovered area and a renowned resort to officials from the early twentieth century. Arrive at Cat Cat village. Visitors will visit the hydropower station, the waterfall of Cat Cat village, as well as learn about the culture, customs and unique people with traditional crafts such as weaving, carved silver and hand forged agricultural tools.
12h00: Pick up from Cat Cat village and return to Sapa town. Enjoy a meal at a local restaurant. Free time to explore or shop some souvenirs.
16h00: Our driver will take you back to Hanoi. Recheck in the hotel in Hanoi. You will arrive in Hanoi at around 21.30.

Day 3 Ninh Binh exploration: Trang An - Bai Dinh pagoda
07h30 ? Our guide will meet you at your hotel/stay and start the 100km journey via a modern bus. You will pass by verdant landscape of countryside. There will be a short-break en route.
10h30 ? Arrive at the glimmering Bai Dinh pagoda complex, the largest pagoda, not only in Vietnam but also in Southeast Asia. The place is scenically set on the foothills of Dinh Mountain surrounded by amazing views of the exquisite river valley below and dotted limestone karsts which will take your breath away. This pagoda complex stunningly boasts an array of the most massive and magnificent architecture of Vietnamese tradition ever built that it takes a full day to explore the entire place. You will visit some of the highlights below:
? 500 stone statues of ?La Han? (Arhats)
? 2 huge bronze bells, one weighs 27 tons, other weighs 36 tones
? Three bronze statues of Tam The (50 tons each)
With a sacred atmosphere and an intriguing Buddhism story presented by our guide, you cannot help but be mesmerized. The visit ends with a walk up the summit mountain to see the 100-tonne statue of Buddha Shakyamuni which is made of bronze and enjoy the panoramic view of the picturesque landscape dotted with limestone mountains.
12h30 ? Enjoy a fabulous buffet lunch in a Vietnamese restaurant with some special dishes such as goat meat and pork storage vessel.
13h30 ? Leave for the Trang An Grottoes, an outstanding natural beauty of majestic limestone massif at 20 square kilometers that rise dramatically from the rice paddy fields. Deep into the linked chains of towering mountains are pristine places of mystical valleys, numerous fresh water ponds, and the jungle.
Embark on a traditional sampan gently rowed down the exquisite river and pass through numerous caves: Hang Toi (Dack) cave, 320 meter long, Sang (light) cave, 90 meter long, and Hang Nau Ruou (Cooking wine) cave, 250 meter long. Every passage brings a mystery hidden inside isolated valleys that will take you to another world and time. The fauna and flora is rich and a scene of a goat jumping from one cliff to the other is a common sight.
15h30 ? Leisure cycling on rural roads alongside the extensive canal network and through small villages with a backdrop of a maze of limestone mountains.
We return to Hanoi in the late afternoon.
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
2-4 288
5-10 172



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