based on 5 nights & selected experiences
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Price based on two people sharing one room with private transfers, selected tours and daily breakfast. Please note around public holidays and festive seasons, this price will increase.
Sapa is a hill town in the far north of Vietnam close to the border with China and famed for its verdant terraced rice paddies and beautiful trekking.
Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam is a great introduction to the country with a fascinating blend of old and recent history; crumbling colonial villas and glass skyscrapers.
Explore Hanoi like a real Hanoian, travel around the Old Quarter narrow streets to discover how locals live and work.
Halong Ginger cruises on Lan Ha Bay, a tranquil part of the famous Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Vietnam.
A delightful culinary journey onboard the Ginger Cruise.
Generally good weather throughout the year. The finest weather of the year extends from October to April with temperatures ranging from 15°C to 30°C. December to February are the coldest months, with temperatures reaching 18°C. The monsoon prevails from May till September with stronger breezes and higher humidity with limited rainfall. Temperatures are warmer during this time, varying between 25°C to 35°C. Most rain failing in July and August and typhoons are possible.
Spend an active week in the scenic north of Vietnam, and journey up into the hills of Sapa, where you will find terraced rice paddies, panoramic views and friendly hill tribes. In Hanoi you will have a chance to spend a day in the life of a Hanoian. End your active week with one night on Lan Ha Bay, Halong Bay’s lesser known little sister.
Start your adventure by landing in Hanoi, Vietnam’s unique capital city. On arrival, you will embark on a 5-hour scenic drive into the mountains to the north, or alternatively you could catch an overnight train in the evening, which will take you about 8-hours. In Sapa, we had included some exciting treks, passing through villages belonging to hilltribes such as the Red Dzao and Black Hmong. Two nights will be enough to enjoy the panoramic views and famous terraced rice paddies, before heading on to pastures new.If your stay in Sapa coincides with a Sunday, you can also join a tour to the Bac Ha Market, the largest and most colourful market in the area.
Today you will begin the long drive back to Hanoi, stopping off along the way to take photographs and stretch your legs. Stay two nights in the centre of the city close by to the Hoan Kiem Lake, the opera house and the characterful Old Quarter. Spend a day living the life of a Hanoian where your private guide will walk you through the local street, have a drink at the local coffee shop and listen to some fascinating story of the locals.
Rise early to drive or optionally take a thrilling sea plane ride to the coast and embark on a one-night cruise around the limestone karsts and mysterious grottoes of Lan Ha Bay, a short distance south of Halong Bay but a much less densely touristed area. Once you have set off, you will have the opportunity to swim, snorkel and explore local fishing villages by foot or by kayak. Cooking demonstrations, spa treatments and midnight squid fishing are all available on board, or alternatively just steal up to the top deck after a delicious supper to enjoy a spot of star gazing.
Spend the morning exploring Hanoi like a true local, doing as Hanoians do. Get under the skin of the city as you visit local neighbourhood hotspots, markets and coffee shops providing a true flavour of life in the Hanoi.
After boarding, spend the day floating through the beauty of Lan Ha Bay before spending time exploring Cat Ba Island and enjoying an afternoon cooking class.
Rise early to enjoy Tai Chi on the sun deck before exploring Frog Lake, perfect for swimming and kayaking.
Embark on a thrilling road journey and trek out of Sapa to Ta Giang Phinh. Pass by the Fansipan Mountains and Sin Chai Valley and learn about some extraordinary hill-tribe groups en route. This is a 7 or 8 hour journey including easy trekking.
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