Day 01: Hanoi Arrival
Welcome to the elegant city of Hanoi !
Upon arrival, tour guide of Authentic Asia Tours will welcome you at the airport for your hotel transfer.
Hanoi is a vibrant city with beautiful mixture of west and east where you will be impressed by the exotic charm of Southeast Asia.
Your visit will take place in the Old Quarter where your wander leads you to different narrow streets, filled with temple and market visits.
Accommodation: hotel in Hanoi
Meal: welcome dinner
Day 02: Hanoi - Halong Bay
From Hanoi, you`ll head east to the coast and beautiful Halong Bay, literally means “ descending dragon “.The name derives from a Vietnamese legend that the gods sent a dragon to protect the people there.
Upon arrival, you will board the cruise, gazing at some 2000 limestone peaks that rise from the sea.
You’ll have the opportunity to explore one of the most spectacular caves crammed with stalactites and stalagmites. Enjoy the beautiful sunset in Halong from your deck.
Accommodation: Cruise in Halong
Meal: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 03: Halong Bay - Hanoi. Train to Sapa
Today, we travel further into the heart of the bay, exploring the sandy beach and hidden lagoon by kayak or visiting some floating village before disembarking the boat for the road trip back to Hanoi.
Dinner will be served in a chic restaurant of Hanoi then we board the night train for Lao Cai, a nice city by Chinese border.
Accommodation: sleeping train cabin
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 04: Sapa - Ban Ho Valley
As you arrive early in the morning, we will take time for breakfast and refreshment before having a scenic transfer for 2 hours to Ban Ho valley.
You will find yourself in the middle of Hoang Lien Son park, passing beautiful rice terraces and misty mountains before commencing your walk across Muong Bo river to see Tay minority in Thanh Phu village.
After lunch, we stretch our legs to My Son, inhabited by colorful Xa Pho people. Here, you have chances to know about their unique life with the concept of slow life. We settle our stay today in Nam Cang, a tranquil village of Red Dzao minority who are very friendly and eager to show you how to cook their foods.
Accommodation: Ban Ho lodge/ guest house
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 05: Ban Ho Trek - Sapa
After breakfast, our local guide will show you how Red Dzao people collect herbal medicine, making paper and embroidery.
Spend your full day trekking further into the mountain side of Hoang Lien Son park. You are free to choose the route that fit your duration. We end up the day with a transfer to Sapa town. The rest of the day is for your leisure.
Accommodation: hotel in Sapa
Meal: breakfast, lunch
Day 06: Hill tribe Market - Hanoi
This morning, we depart from Sapa hill station to one for the famous hill tribe market in the area. Depending on your day, you will visit : Coc Ly market ( Tuesday), Cao Son market ( Wednesday), Lung Khau Nhin market ( Thursday), Can Cau market ( Saturday) or Bac Ha market ( Sunday).
If you prefer a less-visited market, simply let us know, we have some very good options for you.
At the market, you are free to photograph the Flower Hmong, Nung, Tay or Dao people and see how they make a very distinctive style of trading.
Afternoon is the time to visit one of the village where Flower Hmong people dwells. En route to Lao Cai city, we will visit China border and a vivid local market.
Accommodation: sleeping train to Hanoi
Day 07: Hanoi City Tour - Departure
For culture immersion, you will see Temple of Literature, the first University of Vietnam then Museum of Art, concluding in West Lake experience Tran Quoc pagoda and enjoy the sunset with Hanoian.
If time permits, we will have a nice time at Museum of Ethnology before heading to Noi Bai airport for your departure.
Accommodation: not included