Essence of the North 9 days


Tour information:

  • Tour code: T88NP06
  • Duration: 9 days/8 nights
  • Departure: Friday
  • Tour type: Private tour
  • Transport: Car, train, cyclo, boat
  • Route: Noi Bai Airport ai??i?? Hanoi city tour ai??i?? Sapa ai??i?? Halong Bay ai??i?? Hanoi Departure

Itinerary in brief:

  • Ai?? Ai?? Day 1: Noi Bai Arrival
  • Ai??Ai?? Ai??Day 2: Hanoi City tour ai??i?? Night train to Lao Cai
  • Ai??Ai?? Ai??Day 3: Lao Cai ai??i?? Bac Ha ai??i?? Sapa
  • Ai??Ai?? Ai??Day 4: Sapa visit
  • Ai??Ai?? Ai??Day 5: Sapa ai??i?? Night train to Hanoi
  • Ai??Ai?? Ai??Day 6: Hanoi ai??i?? Halong Bay Cruise
  • Ai??Ai?? Ai??Day 7: Halong Bay ai??i?? Cat Ba
  • Ai??Ai?? Ai??Day 8: Cat Ba ai??i?? Halong Bay ai??i?? Hanoi
  • Ai??Ai?? Ai??Day 9: Hanoi ai??i?? Departure

Ai??Ai?? Ai??

  • Visit the most famous beauty spots of Hanoi.
  • An amazing trip to the world heritage site of Halong Bay & Cat Ba Island.
  • Exciting trip to Sapa to explore coloful ethnic minorities in the Northwest of Vietnam.
  • Visit the most coloful ethnic market in Bac Ha.


Day 1- Friday: Noi Bai Arrival

Upon arrival at Noi Bai Airport, our driver pick you up and transfer to Hanoi center. Check in hotel and then free time at your leisure.

Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.

Day 2- Saturday: Hanoi City tour ai??i?? Night Train to Lao Cai (B/L/D)

08:00 Pick you up at your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter. Start visiting Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Museum and One Pillar Pagoda. Continue to visit the Quan Thanh Temple and Buddhist Tran Quoc Pagoda on West lake. Local lunch in the restaurant.

After lunch, visit the Ethnology Museum then the Temple of Literature and Quoc Tu Giam. Stop by Hoan Kiem Lake to visit Ngoc Son temple. For the end of the tour journey visit by coach trip along the Hanoi Old Quarter.

18:00 Welcome dinner at local restaurant then transferAi?? to Hanoi Railway station for the night train to Lao Cai. Overnight on train.

Day 3- Sunday: Lao Cai ai??i?? Bac Ha – Sapa (B,L,D)

05:30 Arrive early in the morning, our tour guide picks up at the station. Have a short for showering and having breakfast before the tour begins.

Transfer to visit Bac Ha Market. Bac Ha is the largest Sunday market in the area as well as the most colorful one. Here you can meet mostly Flower Hmong and then Phu La, Black Dao, Tay, Nung minorities. The market offers a variety of local products, which could not be found in others areas. The animal market will be also very interesting.

Enjoy local lunch then visit the Hai??i??Mong Kingai??i??s house (King Hoang A Tuong). Visit Ban Pho village before going to Sapa. Stop over for see the Vietnamese and Chinese Harbor Mouth in Lao Cai.

Overnight at hotel in Sapa.

Day 4- Monday: Sapa ai??i??Trekking 6h, 12km (B,L,D)

09:00 Start trekking to Cat Cat valley and visit hydroelectric power station. Local lunch in the village.

PM:Ai?? Continue our trek to visit Lao Chai and Ta Van Village, explore the daily life of Dzay minority.

Overnight at the homestay in the village.

Day 5- Tuesday: Sapa ai??i?? Lao Cai ai??i?? Trekking 5h, 14 km (B, L,D)

After breakfast, trekking to Giang Ta Chai Village, visit a small waterfall and a rattan bridge, then explore Muong Hoa River and visit Hai??i??Mong village before returning to Sapa.

Free time to explore Sapa Town before heading to Lao Cai Station. Taking a shower before getting on the train. Sleep on the train.

Day 6- Wednesday: Hanoi – Halong (B, L, D)

Early arrive in Hanoi, pick up and transfer to the hotel for early check in, showering and breakfast.

08:00 ai??i?? 08:30Ai?? Pick up at the restaurant and depart for Halong city. Arrive in Hanoi Harbor at noon. Welcome on board with fruits and drinks. Check in your cabin and savoring seafood lunch while cruising on the bay through thousand amazing islands and islet passing by Stone Dog Islet, Floating fishing Village, Incense Burner Islet, Fighting Cocks Isletai??i??

Visit Surprising Cave (the most beautiful one in Halong Bay) and then climbing up Titop mountain to have a panoramic view of Halong Bay or swimming on the beach.

Back to the cruise and relaxing on the sundeck with complementary drink. Join a cooking demonstration before enjoy the dinner onboard.

Evening go fishing or enjoy the entertainment on the boat before retiring at your cabin.

Day 7- Thursday: Halong Bay ai??i?? Cat Ba (B,L,D)

Have breakfast on boat while cruising toward Cat Ba Island. Stop at Van Gia Village along the way to transfer to the day boat and cruise toward to Viet Hai Wharf belonging to Cat Ba National Park. Taking a 5km ride to Viet Hai village to explore the lifestyle of local residents.

Back to the boat then enjoy a kayaking trip (around 1 hour and a half) to explore Tai Keo Lagoon and some sandy beaches.

Relax on the sundeck before lunch with seafood and Vietnamese specialties while cruising to Beo Wharf. Disembark and check in your hotel in Cat Ba Island. Free to explore Cat Ba town for your own activities.

Dinner and overnight at hotel in Cat Ba Island.

Day 8- Friday: Cat Ba Island ai??i?? Halong Bay ai??i?? Hanoi (B/L)

After breakfast, transfer to Beo Wharf. Get on the day trip boat and cruise along Lan Ha Bay then transfer to our awaiting cruise on the bay.

Cruise stops over for swimming, snorkeling (equipment provided) and taking photos before cruising back to the harbor. On the way, witness the beauties of Dinh Huong Island (incense burner), Cho Da Island (stone dog), and Ga Choi Island (fighting cocks).

Disembark and take a bus to Halong City for lunch. Return to Hanoi with short break on the way. Arrive in Hanoi around 5:00 pm.

Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.

Day 9- Saturday: Hanoi ai??i?? Departure (B)

Breakfast at the hotel. Free time on your own activities before transfer to the airport for for the onward flight.


The price is valid until 31/12/2012

Group size

Service level


Single supplement

2-3 pax




4-5 pax proventil online purchase.




6-7 pax


$662.00 suhagra-100.


8-9 pax




10+ pax






Service level

Room type


May De Ville Old Quarter 3*

An Hung Hotel 3*

Asia Ruby Hotel 3*

Hanoi Legacy Hotel 3*




Sapa Elegance Hotel 3*

Sapa View Hotel 3*

Sapa Bontique Hotel 3*

Sao Mai Bac Ha 3*




Elation Cruise 3*



Cat Ba

Hung Long Hotel 3*

Holiday View Hotel 3*





  • Pick up and see off services.
  • Welcome dinner.
  • Water and wet tissue.
  • All transfers per program (A/C vehicles).
  • Train tickets Hanoi ai??i?? Lao Cai ai??i?? Hanoi (wooden deluxe cabin of 4 pax).
  • All transfers in Sapa and Bac Ha.
  • Hotels accommodation (3 star hotels) Hanoi, Cat Ba and Sapa.
  • Overnight cruise in Halong Bay (twin/double sharing cabins).
  • Kayaking trip in Halong Bay.
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (B: breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner).
  • English speaking guides.
  • Entrance fees.


  • VAT & bank charge.
  • Drinks & other meals.
  • Tips and other personal services.

Tour Notes:

  • Beware of your luggage and money.
  • Passengers are advised not to take along big luggage for convenience.
  • Inform in advance if you are vegetarian.
  • Bring passport to check in hotels and cabin
  • Things to bring: sun scream, swim suit, camera & good shoes.
  • Donai??i??t wear singlet, shorts, dresses or skirts, or tops with low-neck lines and bare shoulders to temples, pagodas.
  • All customers should follow tour guideai??i??s instruction for your safety.


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