Duration: 4 Days/3 Nights
Price from: $168
''Vietnam Special Voyage'' journey is designed with the exception and off - the - beaten track: hike amid the splendid landscapes in the high Tonkin of Vietnam to meet minority ethnic groups, rice fields on terraces, colorful market in Bac Ha, initiation to culinary class with Tai Chi exercise in Hanoi, relaxing cruise to Halong Bay in the less touristic part - Bai Tu Long Bay
Itinerary in brief:
Day 1 : Hanoi – Arrival
Day 2 : Hanoi - Ha Noi - Nghia Lo
Day 3 : Nghia Lo - Mu Cang Chai
Day 4 : Mu Cang Chai - Sa Pa
Day 5 : Sa Pa - Bac Ha
Day 6 : Bac Ha - Lao Cai - Ha Noi
Day 7 : Hanoi Discovery
Day 8 : Hanoi – Halong Bay
Day 9 : Halong – Hanoi – Departure
Vietnam Special Voyage is deserved for whom love nature, contacts with local people, live like local inhabitants: Go, Discover and Meet
Day 1: Hanoi - Arrival (D)
Welcome to Hanoi, capital of Vietnam !
You will be met and greeted at Hanoi International Airport by our local guide. Transfer to the hotel for check in. Check in time is 14:00.
A first discovery of the city: Tran Quoc pagoda located on board the Great lake "Ho Tay", erected in the 6th century AD, Quan Thanh temple, Ethnography museum (closed on Mondays), built in collaboration with the Museum de l’Homme in Paris, inaugurated by the President Jacques Chirac when he attended at the 7th Francophonie summit held in Hanoi in November 1997.
Welcome dinner at local restaurant. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter.
Day 2 : Ha Noi - Nghia Lo (220 Km) (B/L/D)
08:00 AM Departure from Hanoi to the Far North of Vietnam. You will cross the middle region of the North, dotted with red earth hills, corn crops, cassava, green tea plantations. Lunch en route.
Arrival at Nghia Lo in the middle of the afternoon. Check in a local family - Thai ethnic minority. Their house on stilt stands on a hill overlooking the lovely valley of Muong Lo, the second largest valley in North Vietnam and considered as the land of origin of the Thai ethnic group. While your hosts are preparing dinner, you will go for a walk or ride a bike in the village of Nghia An and in the surrounding villages. The area is largely populated by black Thais, where you will discover their surroundings and their daily activities.
Return to homestay. Dinner with your hosts who will tell you the past and present life of the Thais, their habit and customs. Tonight, you stay at the local house (house on stilts).
Day 3: Nghia Lo - Mu Cang Chai (100 Km) (B/L/-)
After breakfast, drive to Mu Cang Chai via Tu Le. Visit of a village inhabited by families belonging to the H'mong black ethnic group, a rustic group living in houses with earthen walls. You will have the opportunity to discover the way of life of an ethnic group that remains away from the modernity. Here, people live "together" with their domestic animals: buffalo, beef, goats, pigs in an environment surrounded by terraced rice fields, corn fields and manioc.
Continue your journey to Mu Cang Chai by the "road of photographers", the way through the most sumptuous landscapes of North Vietnam, especially between May and October. Some stops along the way are planned to allow you to contemplate panoramic landscapes of terraced rice fields, now classified as national natural heritage, especially on the Khau Pha pass with a superb view over the Tu Le valley.
Arrive at the small mountain town of Mu Cang Chai in the late afternoon. Check in at a local guest house, then leisurely walk in the charming little village of Om Khom. This village stands on a mountain and overlooks a vast field where the inhabitants cultivate rice, corn, vegetables and sweet potatoes.
Overnight at a local hostel in Mu Cang Chai.
Day 4: Mu Cang Chai - Sapa (140 Km) (B/L/-)
After breakfast, drive towards Sapa via a plain formed by the Nam Na River before crossing the Hoang Lien Son mountains near its cumulative point at 3143 m above sea level, the famous mountain Fansipan. Some stops along the way are planned to allow you to discover these beautiful mountainous landscapes.
Arrival in Sapa, named "city in the clouds", in the late morning. The main destination of the North West, Sapa (pronounced Chapa) hides in a superb valley, in a circus of mountains covered with hamlets. This magnificent region with a moderate climate is populated by many ethnic minorities: the Black H'mong, the Red Dzaos, the Giays. Check-in at the hotel, then lunch at the local restaurant.
In the afternoon, visit the city of Sapa: the Sapa market and Mount Ham Rong which offers a panoramic view of the city and the valley of Muong Hoa.
Overnight at hotel in Sapa.
Day 5: Sapa - Bac Ha (120 Km) (B/L/ -)
You start the day with hiking in the Muong Hoa Valley at the foot of Mount Fansipan (3143 m above sea level) and divided in half by a small river. The terraced rice fields spread out on the slopes of the mountains, thus offering a landscape of velvet. Visit the Lao Chai and Ta Van hamlets, populated by the Giay and the Black H'mong.
In the afternoon, we go to Bac Ha, home to the flower H'Mongs. Stop at Bao Nhai where you will spend a two-hour boat trip on the Chay River to Trung Do to explore the ethnic minority villages along the river. Arrival at the town of Bac Ha at the end of the day. Check-in at the hotel and free time. Overnight in Bac Ha.
Bac Ha is the habitat of several ethnic minorities, the most numerous of which are the flowering Hmongs (or Hmongs), the Phu-La Tays and the Daos. Their villages, nestled on the slopes of mountains dotted with terraced rice fields, as well as their colorful weekly markets make Bac Ha one of the main tourist destinations of North Vietnam.
Day 6: Bac Ha - Lao Cai - Ha Noi (340 Km) (B/L/-)
In the morning: visit the villages of Ban Pho 1 and Ban Pho 2 which are a few kilometers from your hotel. These villages, populated mainly by colorful H'mong, are in a valley with fascinating landscapes.
Around 9:30 am, discover the weekly market of Bac Ha where gather the inhabitants of the hamlets of the region every Sunday morning. This very typical market is an excellent opportunity to discover the life of the natives. The markets of the Bac Ha region open all weekly. They are particularly lively and colorful, as they are frequented by flowering Hmongs who still wear their traditional costumes. We can find here everything: buffalo, pigs, horses, chickens, dogs, tobacco, chillies, vegetables, medicinal plants, tissues ... in addition, all products are brought from the fields and local families. Indigenous people live nearby come to buy food and other products for their daily needs.
In the afternoon: Drive back to Lao Cai before taking the new highway to return to Ha Noi. Upon your arrival, check in at the hotel. Free time. Overnight at your hotel in Hanoi
Day 7: Hanoi - special discovery (B/L/-)
Early in the morning, Enjoy walking to Swan Lake, which is restored to Hoan Kiem in centre city of Hanoi to attend a Tai Chi exercise with the master in a park. This martial art from China’s origin is a learned mixture of gestures and postures aimed at regaining its vital energy. After the warm-up, the master will introduce you to a few basic movements. He will end up with a more complete demonstration in solo or with a few participants. After this morning exercise, you will have a traditional Vietnamese breakfast: Pho (soup).
Continue to stroll through Hanoi's old quarter, known as the "36 guilds and corporations" in the past. You will discover the small houses, the narrow streets, the crafts and the way of life of the Hanoians. In this unprecedented effervescence you will find colonial French traces such as Hanoi Opera, Tonkin Governor's Office, Sofitel Metropole Hotel, Paul Doumer Bridge "Long Bien", villas, St. Joseph's Cathedral.
The water puppet show will end your full day. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.
Day 8: Hanoi - Halong Bay (B/L/D)
08:00 Departure to the famous and magical Halong Bay located 160 km east of Hanoi. You cross the Red River Delta with villages, flooded rice fields, houses of the local inhabitants.
Around 12:30 pm boarding a junk to discover Bai Tu Long Bay which is the less touristy part of Halong Bay. Lunch with seafood. Relaxation on the upper deck while sailing between the limestone rocks immersed on emerald water. Dinner and overnight on board.
Day 9: Halong - But Thap pagoda - Departure (B/-/-)
In the early morning, enjoy the sunrise over Halong Bay before breakfast on board.
Continue cruising in the bay until disembarkation.
11:00 am We leave the junk by saying "goodbye to Halong Bay". Return to Hanoi Airport through the beautiful rice fields of the Red River Delta.
On the road, stop at the But Thap pagoda, the most beautiful Buddhist site of Vietnam on the architectural terms. Admire the wooden sculptures of the 17th century before continuing the journey to Hanoi Airport.
Upon arrival at Hanoi Airport, check in for the return flight. End of services.
Price: from US$ 789 per person.
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This superb "Vietnam Special Journey" package offers you the opportunity to explore the most beautiful landscapes of north - eastern Vietnam, to make contact with the natives of the region. You live their way of life by immersing yourself in the local culture. You will, of course, have unforgettable moments of surprises and sensations as human being. We are here to help you make your dream trip.
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