Arriving at Noi Bai airport in Hanoi, you will be welcomed by the guide of saigonvietnamtravel.net and transferred to Hanoi City, the capital city of Vietnam, is an elegant city located on the banks of the Red River with tranquil Restored Sword Lake at its heart.Transfer to hotel in the city center to refresh. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi City.
What’s included: Private car transfer, hotel in Hanoi
Day 2: Hanoi - Mai Chau Tour
Depart Hanoi early morning for approximately 4 hour drive to Mai Chau located about 150 km southwest of Hanoi. Just an hour beyond Hanoi, after Hoa Binh Town, the road weaves through mountains, fertile valleys and traditional villages.
Arrive in the picturesque Mai Chau Valley surrounded by spectacular karst rock formations and rice paddies. After lunch, spend the afternoon exploring the idyllic natural surroundings and visit the house of the local people.
This evening enjoy a traditional Thai performance of music and dance. The Thai ethnic group has inhabited this area for centuries and much of their lifestyle and traditions have remained unchanged over the years.
Stay overnight in a traditional stilt-house* of the Thai people, an incredibly enriching experience in which you can learn about this fascinating culture first hand. (The home stay accommodation consists of comfortable curtained-off sleeping areas in one long room; all bedding and mosquito nets are provided).
What’s included: Private car transfer, English speaking guide,lunch,dinner,entrance fees, homestay.
With ‘Homestay’ experience, your overnight accommodation is provided by a local family in their traditional house-on-silts. There are some private rooms on the first floor for priavte tour and you will have toilet or bathroom sharing. The sleeping corner is set up with a single mattress (thin, but adequate), blankets (ditto), pillow and mosquito net. The restroom is at standard and a few steps from the main house.
Day 3: Mai Chau Tour - Hanoi Street food
Start this morning with a light trek or walk 2- 4 hours through one or some other villages in the Mai Chau Valley.You will have a goo chance to visit Chieu cave. To get to Chieu Cave you must climb a staggering 1,200 stone steps, but once you arrive at its mouth you will be glad you made the effort. Filled with impressive stone structures, “Hang Chiều” is like the land before time. “Chiều”, meaning ‘afternoon’, is a name given to the cave by local people, because it is made even more magnificent in the afternoon when the sun fills the cave with sparkling jewels of reflected light.
After lunch in Mai Chau, begin the journey back to Hanoi. Along the way, be sure to have your camera ready for when you reach the top of the Mai Chau Valley, the views are superb. Continue the drive and reach Hanoi late this afternoon. You will check in your hotel and have shower before we start our street food tour.Firstly our tour guide will take you to enjoy Hanoi excursion then show you the most special things in this hustle – bustle city, the busy daily life activities, the typical architecture as well ass tell you the interesting histories about this old town. By this manner, your group and tour guide can walk over most famous streets in Hanoi Old Quarter.
While walking around Hanoi Old Quarter, we do stop at uncountable numbers of restaurants/ food stalls to try Vietnamese food and drink. Those are really well-known and most popular for Hanoi and tourist. Our Hanoi Food Tasting tour team always do all possibilities to point out as special Vietnamese dishes as possible. Those are the restaurants/ food stands that maybe you will dare to enter as tourist. Our guide will introduce to you the recipe and main ingredients, the historical backgrounds of each dish while tasting them.
By our years of experience, we believe that this is really a great opportunity that you could allow yourself to experience fantastic local specialty flavors.The street food tour finish at your hotel and you will have free time in Hanoi.
Day 4: Hanoi – Halong bay
We’ll pick you up in Hanoi by 8:00am and drive through the verdant Red River Delta to make our way to the famous UNESCO World Heritage site, Halong Bay. You’ll board a luxury junk ship for an overnight cruise– while you relax on-board you can marvel at the incredible limestone karsts that jut out of the sea and the thousands of jungle-covered islands that seem to float on the waves. The turquoise waters of the Gulf of Tonkin swirl around hidden grottoes and ancient caves to create an enchanting, timeless world.
We’ll serve you a fresh seafood lunch while you sit back and relax as you enjoy the incredible view with a drink in your hand. We’ll take you to a traditional fishing village where the locals have created an entire town on the decks of their boats, then you can explore Tien Ong Cave before returning to the cruise for cocktails, canapés, and a spectacular sunset. End your day with a romantic, candlelit dinner.
Day 5: Halong bay tour –departure (Your flight should depart after 19h00)
Begin the day with a Tai Chi class on deck in the early morning mist or just admire the beautiful scenery as the sun rises over the azure waters. Choose between an excursion to a secluded island with a sandy beach for a swim or join the chef for a cooking demonstration to learn more about Vietnamese cuisine. Enjoy a leisurely brunch while your junk cruises Halong Bay, passing islets and caves as you make your way back to the dock.
Your driver will meet you when you disembark and transfer you to your hotel in Hanoi.Our driver will pick you up from your hotel by private car on your arrival from Halong bay then transfer to the Noi Bai airport for your flight to next destination. Finish unforgettable Sapa and Halong bay Tour with Bamboo. Good bye & see you in the next time! Bamboo can arrange additional customized trips for you if the above itinerary does not match your expectations.
What’s included:Transfer by mini van with group, English speaking guide on boat, breakfast, lunch, entrance fees, Halong cruise,private car pick up to airport.
Tour Prices with Luxury Hotels
Tour Prices with Standard Hotels
Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
Any parts of the itinerary e.g. tour length, activities & hotels can be tailored to your individual interests.
Private van/car for airport pick up
Local English speaking guide
Shuttle bus with group for Halong bay tour
Double/twin room at accommodation
Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
Express bus from Sapa to Hanoi with A/c
Homestay in Sapa
Transportation in Sapa
All entrance fees as indicated in itinerary
Bottled water & cold towels on sightseeing days
Boat trip as mentioned in the itinerary
Vietnam Visa Stamp fee
Other meals and drinks at meals
Hotel early check in /Late check out
Tips & gratuities
Supplement for French, Spanish, Italian and German speaking guide
Possible Compulsory Gala Dinner on 24& 31 December