Sapa short trek - Halong sightseeing 5 days

Sapa short trek - Halong sightseeing tour 5 days
A great chance to discover the northern highlights of Vietnam, the five day vacation will take you from the World heritage of Ha Long Bay to the quiet mountains of Sapa. Cruise Halong Bay on a junk, Savour delicious food on deck, Swim amid stunning karst scenery, Explore Sapa hilltribe villages and mingle with colourful ethnic minorities. This trip does it all...

Tour highlights:
? 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
? Visit hill-tribal Montagnards.

Day 1 Halong Bay Cruise, overnight on board cruiser
This morning we take a 4 hour drive to Halong Bay. On arrival we board our deluxe junk, this traditional wooden sailing junk boat offers a unique way of navigating the limestone karsts of Halong Bay with all the comforts of a motorised, floating hotel. Once settled in, you start your cruise round the majestic Halong Bay, while enjoying a delicious lunch. After lunch you have the chance to explore some of the limestone caves dotted around the bay. Then, the captain will find a secluded spot where you can swim in the clear water of the bay, soak up the sun on the top deck. In the evening the cook prepares a sumptuous meal as the boat weighs anchor in the heart of the bay.

Day 2 Halong Bay Cruise ? Hanoi ? Overnight train to Sapa
Rising to the tranquil beauty of the bay we have time for an early morning dip or enjoy a morning view of the Bay's landcapes with a cup of tea. The boat keeps cruising to float fishing village for you to have a look of local people lives on water. We enjoy brunch on board and around midday we will return to the main harbor before transferring to our awaiting vehicle for your journey back to Hanoi. We should be back in Hanoi at around 5 pm.
In the evening we board our overnight train for Lao Cai. We travel in air-conditioned comfort in our soft sleeper cabins!

Day 3 Short trekking to Lao Chai ? Ta Van 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 have breakfast in a local restaurant and then take a morning drive through the clouds by car to Sapa (about 1 hours).
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 breakfast at a local restaurant our guide will pick you up for a short walk along buffalo paths and trails through several hill tribe villages of Lao Chai and Tavan, 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 day is at leisure to explore this fascinating hillside town

Day 4 Cat Cat village, overnight train back to Ha Noi
Wake up in Sapa, breakfast at the hotel then enjoy some exercise with a 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. The H'mong people are easily recognisable by their dark blue or black clothing, dyed using the juice of indigo plants, which are native to the area. H'mong women wear long aprons with embroidered waistcoats and have their hair rolled up into a turban-like hat, while the men wear black skullcaps, long waistcoats and loose trousers.
In the afternoon we depart for the Lao Cai train station. We have dinner here before boarding the night train to Hanoi.

Day 5 Hanoi
Early arrival in Hanoi by 5:00 am. Please find your own way to your hotel, a taxi normally costs you a set of 3 USD.
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:
- Pre & post trip arrangements in Hanoi
- 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
2-4 388
5-10 275



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