6 DAYS HANOI BODY TREATMENT - HALONG - SAPA BY LOCAL TRAIN

The tour design to get a glimpse of Hanoi’s historical and cultural wonders. See the beautiful Temple of Literature, iconic One Pillar Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum, and more. Get a dose of local culture with a walk through the bustling Old Quarter and catch a brilliant performance of traditional water puppetry


Discover the UNESCO World Heritage area of Halong Bay & the highlands of Northern Vietnam for an unforgettable journey of cultural discovery and natural beauty. Dive into the traditions of Vietnam’s hilltribe people & step in to a world of dramatic landscapes and colourful hill tribes on this Sapa adventure. Spend the days trekking to villages tucked on the mountainside, encountering a diverse mix of ethnic groups and learning about their rich traditions.

 
Destination: Hanoi - City Tour - Halong Bay - Lao Cai - Sapa - Hanoi - 1 hour body treatment (massage)
Tour code: 65HNHST81HA
Explore Halong Bay by boat
Cruise across the Bay’s calm seas, weaving in and out of limestone karst formations and stopping to explore caves.
 
See UNESCO-Heritage sites
Visit Halong Bay, one of Vietnam’s best UNESCO-heritage sites
 
See Hanoi’s historic sites
Visit the 1000-year-old Temple of Literature, Ho Chi Minh’s former home and ancient pagodas for a glimpse into the past
 
Wander the Old Quarter
Take a walking tour through the Old Quarter’s maze of streets and alleys for a look at local Hanoi life
 
Enjoy the Water Puppet show
This is a uniquely northern Vietnamese art form depicting scenes from rural life and episodes of national history.
 
Experience the local train
Train journeys are part of a great local experience
 
Enjoy Vietnam’s mountainous landscapes
Travel around the highlands of the north, admiring rice terraces, towering mountains and meandering rivers
 
Trek Sapa’s surroundings
Follow small trails around Sapa, meeting farmers on the way and enjoying spectacular views at every turn.
Start from Hanoi and end at Hanoi.

DAY 1: HANOI - ARRIVAL (D)  
DAY 2: HANOI - HALONG (B/L/D)
DAY 3: HALONG - HANOI - LAO CAI (B/L/D)
DAY 4: LAO CAI - CAT CAT - SAPA (B/L/D)
DAY 5: SAPA - MA TRA - TA PHIN - LAO CAI - NIGHT TRAIN TO HANOI (B/L/D)
DAY 6: HANOI - DEPARTURE (B)
 



All guests are warmly welcome upon arrival at Noi Bai International Airport by our local guide then transfer to the hotel for check in. 
 
Free at your own leisure until pick up to visit the beautiful Hoan Kiem Lake - the most beautiful lake in Hanoi before enjoy a performance of the famous water puppet show. The Vietnamese traditional art of water puppetry has roots that date back to the 10th century when it originated in the Red River Delta area of northern Vietnam. The farmers in the region celebrated festivals and harvests by performing this unique art form. Learning to manipulate the puppets is usually a tradition that is passed on as a family secret. It takes a great deal of skill and because the puppeteer’s hands are underwater, it is easy for them to hide their methods. The fascinating part is that the central stage is below the water line, and the puppeteers stand in the waist-deep water. A rattan curtain hides them, but they can see the stage and the audience through the bamboo slats. 
 
End of day, you will explore the famous Dong Xuan Market, where you can purchase souvenirs for your beloved ones. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.




This morning you will explore Hanoi city to visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (closed on Monday, Friday and during the entire months of September & October) and his former residence with Humble House on Stilts, One-Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature, known as the first university of Vietnam and built more than 1,000 years ago. Lunch at local restaurant
 
(The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is closed Mondays & Fridays and from Jun to Aug, you will view from the outside)
 
After lunch you will drive through the countryside from Hanoi to Halong Bay (165 km east of Hanoi) - a World Heritage Area of outstanding natural beauty, you will experience a rural area dotted with villages, rice fields and farms providing the many parts of the nation with rice, fruits and vegetables. Short rest stop en route, you will reach Halong city after 3.5 hours
 
Arrival Halong, check in the hotel and free at your own leisure until sumptuous dinner at local restaurant. Overnight at hotel in Halong bay.



After breakfast in the hotel (6 -7AM), you will be transferred to the port. Embark and start a relaxing in a wonderful cruise through Halong Bay, passing bizarre rock formations. You will discover Halong Bay, listed as a World Heritage of outstanding natural beauty, known in Vietnamese as “Dragon descending to the sea“. The picturesque Halong Bay has more than 3,000 limestone islets rising from the clear emerald water, many of them containing beautiful grottoes.
 
You will visit Thien Cung situated on the south-west side of the bay, 4 km from the wharf outside of Halong City. The way to Thien Cung grotto is covered on both sides by thick forest. After entering narrow gate, the grotto’s 130-meter-long girth opens up. Getting in you will be more astonished in front of the very animated and splendid beauty which is made from the stalactites. On the east wall of the grotto, there is a grandiose and imposing picture with characters of tales. Going out of the Thien Cung grotto, you will have a sensation of just watching a unique, meticulous, interesting fine-art museum which is made by nature. This grotto is one of the most beautiful ones in Halong Bay. Legend has it, that beautiful young lady named May (cloud), caught the eye of the Dragon Prince and he fell in love with her. They were betrothed, and their wedding lasted seven days and seven nights in the very centre of the grotto.  During the boat trip fresh seafood lunch will be served for your delights.
 
Disembark and transfer back to Hanoi, short rest at Dai Viet or Hong Ngoc or ABC shopping en route back. 
 
Arrival Hanoi, you will explore the famous Hanoi old quarter on 36 streets & enjoy your shopping. Dinner will be served at local restaurant.
 
Around 20:00 hrs you will be transferred to Hanoi Railway Station. Overnight train trip to Lao Cai in superior 4-berth compartments sharing with other passengers. Train departs at approximately 21:50 hrs. 
 
Notes: Train schedule is subject to change. Private compartments on request at surcharge. Train journeys are part of a great local experience. Cabins are shared with other local passengers (unless private cabin is requested and all berths paid for - with supplement). Restrooms at either end of the carriages complete the local experience.




Early morning (approximately 06:30 hrs) arrival at Lao Cai, the border town to Yunnan, China. The journey starts with a 38 km drive on winding roads up the mountains to Sapa, located approx. 1,500 m above sea level. On clear days you can see the highest mountain of Vietnam, the Fansipan.  
 
After breakfast at restaurant, you have time to relax and enjoy the beautiful landscape or free discover the town on your own until time to do the check in at the hotel. Lunch at local restaurant 
 
In the afternoon, at 15.00 hrs, take a short drive to Cat Cat village of the Hmong people, there you should take a light trekking around then share their daily lives for a rare glimpse into their culture and customs. Afterward you will enjoy the lunch at local restaurant. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight at hotel in Sapa




Enjoy a full day of trekking. Visit Suoi Ho village with tea plantations and cardamom gardens. Follow the buffalo trails to visit the hospitable villages of the Black Hmong minority people in Ma Tra. After passing a school and scenic views en route, a picnic lunch will be served. After lunch, continue trekking to Ta Phin village where you will meet Red Dao people who are famous for their weaving skills. Proceed to the meeting point and transfer back to Sapa. 
 
After a short rest (time permitting), transfer to Lao Cai railway Station where you will board the overnight train to Hanoi at around 20:15 hrs (shared sleeping compartments, sharing with other passengers in 2 lower & 2 upper berths per compartment).  Dinner will be served at local restaurant
 
Notes: Train schedule is subject to change. Private compartments on request at surcharge. Train journeys are part of a great local experience. Cabins are shared with other local passengers (unless private cabin is requested and all berths paid for - with supplement). Restrooms at either end of the carriages complete the local experience.




Arrive in Hanoi early this morning, pick up from the train station and transfer to enjoy the breakfast & special Vietnamese coffee at local restaurant
 
After breakfast, you will enjoy steam bath, sauna with one hour of VIP body treatment (massage) and thereafter a bowl of noodle with fresh fruit platter before proceeding to the airport for your international flight home. We hope you had an exciting holiday with us. Making it an affair to remember!
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Service includes
Our tour prices are inclusive of accommodation in shared Twin/ Double/ Triple room with air-condition (AC) and private bathroom, meals as stated in the programme [B= breakfast, L= lunch, D= dinner], transfers and tours with local English or Chinese speaking guides in private air-conditioned vehicles, all entrance fees as mentioned in the programme, mineral water of 2 bottles on bus per day and cold towels available on the vehicles plus beautiful Vietnamese traditional gift which will be presented by HA Travel.
Service excludes
Not included are international flight, domestic flight, optional tours, personal travel insurance, personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc., meals and services other than mentioned in the programme, drinks with meals, compulsory gala dinners during festive seasons and peak season surcharges which will be advised at the time of booking, early check-in and late check-out at hotels, if not mentioned in the programme.

 
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TIPPING FOR TOUR GUIDES & DRIVERS:
US$ 5/ person/per day/ group up to 4 pax
US$ 4/ person/per day/ group up to 9 pax
US$ 3/ person/per day/ group from 10 pax
 
CHILD POLICY & NOTES: 
Infant below 2 years old sharing same room with parents is free of charge.
Child below 12 yrs old sharing same room with 1 ADL is charged for 90%.
Child below 12 yrs old with extra bed and sharing same room with parents is charged for 65%.
Child below 12 yrs old No extra bed & sharing same room with parents is charged for 55%
 
NOTES: 
The itinerary can be flexible base on your arrival flight schedule; some sites can be visited today to have more time at the next sites. 
 
Supplement charge during Lunar New Year and Holidays will be applied. Supplement charge for room rate in peak dates depends on the hotel category used, will be advise upon confirmation. Compulsory gala dinner on X’mas, New Year’s Eve & Lunar New Year’s Eve to be advised upon booking. Prices for group of 15 persons up in 5 stars hotels sometime requires to re-quote bases on the hotel policy.
 
Small deviations in the tour program are sometimes necessary, depending on weather conditions, road conditions, flight schedules and room availability, local or religious festivals, unforeseen circumstances, the sequence of itinerary may need to be changed or alternative sites substituted at short notice, some sites can be visited today to have more time at sites or adding some other sites in the next day (with small surcharge).
 
Some programs may alter due to local conditions, the size of the group and other unexpected circumstances. We will do our very best to adhere to the set itinerary, however we cannot be held responsible for any last minute changes that might occur. In all such circumstances, the guide will have the final say.
 
Standard Hotel Check in time: 2:00pm – 3:00 pm (local time)
Standard Hotel Check out time: 11:00am-12pm (local time) 
A supplement will be added if early check-in or late check-out is desired.
 
All hotel rooms are based on the lowest category of room or Run of House, upgrade is subject to supplement
 
Halong Cruise Itinerary: The Halong cruise itinerary is subject to change due to weather, tide levels and operating conditions without prior notice.
 
Please note that all the above services & tours have not booked yet, they are proposed for your information only and HA Travel will not make any reservations before we receive your confirmation
 
If one or some of the proposed service(s) is (are) not available at the time of booking, we will try to find other possibilities/options or other similar service(s) in order to avoid changes of the program.
 
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