Mekong Delta Travel
Classic Tours
 
8D DISCOVERY NORTHWEST  
8DAYS/7NIGHTS (MDT/HSN)
 
 
Day 1: Hanoi - Arrive (D)
Arrival in Hanoi, welcome by our tour guide and transfer to down town before hotel check in. At leisure until enjoy dinner at restaurant. O/N in Hanoi.
 
 
Day 2: Hanoi – Halong Day Cruise – Cyclo tour – Water puppet show – Hanoi (BLD)
Breakfast at hotel.
08.00 Leave Hanoi for Halong Day Cruise. Enjoy the journey through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta and the scenery of rice fields.
12.00 Arrive in Halong and board the Huong Hai junk. Cruising on the local junk (4 hours) within the bay dotted with more than three thousands small islets of different shapes. Visit Thien Cung and Dau Go grottoes beautifully decorated by thousands of stalactites and stalagmites. Lunch with local fresh seafood onboard the junk boat.
16.00 Drive back to Hanoi. Arrive to Hanoi, then citytour by riding on cyclo tour around the Old Quarter of Hanoi (1 hour). Evening: enjoy the famous water puppet show before having dinner at restaurant in town. Back to hotel for overnight.

 
Day 3: Hanoi – Citytour – Train Station – Laocai – On Train (BLD)
Breakfast at hotel. At leisure until ready for starting citytour, visit: President Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum and One Pillar Pagoda that looks like a lotus flower; the mythical Sword Lake. Walk into Ngoc Son Temple before driving to the Temple of Literature. After lunch, visit West Lake and Tran Quoc Pagoda. Walk-in to old quarter streets for shopping with speciality of Hanoi, silk, coffee.
Enjoy dinner at restaurant before transfer to Hanoi Railway Station for catching the normal train TULICO or RATRACO to LaoCai. Spending the night on train (4 for cabin 4-berths, soft-sleep berths with air-con). Wake up the following morning in Lao Cai.

 
 
Day 4: Laocai – Bac Ha colorful ethnic market - Sapa (BLD)
Early morning arrival to Laocai around 5.00am. Laocai is bordering of China in the far Northwest, is the place to see some of Vietnam’s colourful hill tribes, in particular H’mong and Dao. Our Driver pick group up at the Laocai Sation then transfer for having breakfast at restaurant nearby the station, wash-up and change clothes. Then continue the road through rural area to Bac Ha ethnic market. Bac Ha Market which only opens on every Sunday. A slow walk to Bac Ha Market. Here you would find this big market filled with many different hill-tribe people in their colourful traditional costumes. This is a colourful market in the north of Vietnam. At Bac Ha Market, you will be able to find trading of animals like buffaloes, horses and also stalls of local hill-tribes clothings, food and local artifacts, etc… After then short trek to Pho village for visiting, then stop at H’mong King’s house - Mr. Vang A Tuong for visiting, this house built on year 1918. Having lunch at local restaurant near Bac Ha market. Then return to Sapa for a short rest before taking your dinner in Sapa Town.
 
 
Day 5: Sapa – Cat Cat & Ta Fin ethnic villages – Ham Rong mountain – Sapa (BLD)
Breakfast at hotel. All day visit some of nearby hill tribe villages: Ta Fin and Cat Cat (jeep 4seats just available for FIT under 10paxs). At the end of the week we can see the H’mong, Dao and other ethnic minorities trek into town from the surrounding countryside to trade goods at the weekend markets in Sapa. There, they sell silver jeweler, traditional embroidered fabrics and authentic articles of hill tribe clothing at the markets. Afternoon, make a short trek to visit Ham Rong mountain for bird-eyes view whole Sapa city. After then back to hotel for rest until dinner at restaurant. Discovery night in Sapa.
 
Day 6: Sapa – Cocly – Laocai – Station – On Train (BLD)
Breakfast at hotel. After which, leave for Coc Ly Market which only opens on every Tuesday. Enjoy the peaceful life of 6 different minority peoples (Flower H'mong, Black Dzao, Tay, Dzay, HaNhi and Nung). The market is the chance for the minorities to meet and share joy and sorrows after the crops, to exchange one another's experience. Bid farewell to the market and get down onto a boat along Chay river. Get off the boat to visit a village of the Tay Minority (Trung Do village) by the river. Then, proceed to Lao Cai for your dinner before boarding the local soft-berth sleeper train back to Hanoi (4 persons to a cabin).
 
 
Day 7: Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Hanoi (BLD)
Early morning arrival to Hanoi Raiway Station. Our Driver pick you up at the Station then transfer to hotel for breakfast. At leisure until take an excursion to Hoa Lu, visit Dinh & Le Dynasty temples (968 - 1009) and Phat Diem Cathedral. Take a sampan on a river through the rice paddies to the grottoes of the sacred Tam Coc Caves, known as Vietnam’s “Halong on Land”. Then onwards to the Bich Dong cave pagodas for visiting. Back to Hanoi on late afternoon. After dinner free at leisure. O/N in Hanoi.
 
Day 8: Hanoi – Departure (B)
Downtown for your own shopping or at leisure at hotel before check-out. Transfer to airport to catch your flight home.
 

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