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Hanoi: Islands, Caves, Kayak & Halong Dragonfly Boat Cruise

1. Hanoi: Islands, Caves, Kayak & Halong Dragonfly Boat Cruise

Discover the beauty of Ha Long Bay on a cruise and a guided Kayaking tour. Enjoy a delicious seafood lunch on a cruise to the Thien Cung cave. Get closer to the islands on a leisurely kayaking tour.  After you’re picked up at hotels located in the Old Quarter of Hanoi, head out on the drive to Halong Bay, making a short stop halfway to take a short break or restroom. Continue the scenic drive to Halong, reaching Tuan Chau Island pier around midday and board the traditional cruise. Enjoy a fresh seafood lunch onboard and take in the tranquil beauty and breathtaking scenery from the deck. Admire tiny limestone islands with rock arches, sheer cliffs, white sand beaches, peaceful coves, and fanciful names, such as Incense Burner and Fighting Cock (the symbol of Halong Bay). Then, head on to Thien Cung (Heavenly Palace Grotto). Explore its huge chambers adorned with stalactites and stalagmites of all kinds. Finally, enjoy 45-minutes of kayaking or paddling a bamboo boat around the islands and water tunnels at the World Natural Area recognized by UNESCO. Return to the Tuan Chau pier and board the bus that will take you back to Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi in the evening. Lunch menu:• Tomato/ cucumber salad• Fried potato• Steam shrimp• Fried eggs roll• Fried squid • Deep-fried seafood spring rolls• Fried chicken with mushroom• Steamed fish with tomato sauce• Fried vegetables (when in season)• Steamed rice• Fresh fruit• Afternoon fresh fruit and tea

Hanoi: Cooking Class in a Local Villa with Market Tour

2. Hanoi: Cooking Class in a Local Villa with Market Tour

One of the most interesting things when traveling to a new land is enjoying its culinary delights. Take part in a cooking class that provides an immersive experience in Vietnamese traditional life. Shop for local ingredients before cooking and eating your own Vietnamese culinary delights over a glass of local wine.  Take a visit to a typical Vietnamese market and experience daily life for people here. Once you have selected your delicious and fresh ingredients head to the local villa and unwind ready for your cooking lesson. This exciting program is the ideal way to enjoy an authentic cultural and culinary experience. It’s also perfect for the serious home cooks who want to learn how to cook Vietnamese healthy foods for themselves and their beloved. 

Sapa: 3 Days 3 Nights Trek & Hotel with Overnight Train

3. Sapa: 3 Days 3 Nights Trek & Hotel with Overnight Train

Day 0: Transfer from Hanoi to Lao Cai by overnight train - At 9pm you need to be at Hanoi station (120 Lê Duẩn street) where you board the overnight train from Hanoi to Lao Cai. The train leaves at 10pm. Enjoy the night on the train and reach your destination in the next beautiful morning. Day 1: Sapa center - Cat Cat village (L,D) - Morning: Meet your tour guide at the train station then to Sapa at 6am. Then, indulge in breakfast at your hotel before taking a walk around Sapa, visiting the market and old cathedral, and meet Black H’mong and Red Zao ethnic minorities selling handicrafts. A walk down to the South-west of Sapa (around 4 km) to visit Cat Cat village of the Black H’mong. Relax at the foot of the stunning waterfall and the vestige of a hydroelectric power station that was constructed by the French during colonial time in Vietnam. Enjoy picnic lunch by the side of the river, and then next 3 km to Sin Chai, the village located at the foot of Fansipan Mountain, “the roof of Vietnam and Indochina”. From here you can enjoy huge stunning landscapes before climbing up on the way back to Sapa. - Evening: After dinner, you are free to explore the charm of Sapa by night, enjoy roasted corn, baked eggs beside a charcoal fire or go shopping. - Overnight in Sapa Hotel ( 3 stars hotel) Day 2: Sapa – Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai – Ta Van (B,L,D) - Morning: Have breakfast in hotel. And then 6km of walking down to the south east of Sapa along the side of Muong Hoa valley to Y Linh Ho village of the Black H’mong. Continue on 2km of trekking down to Lao Chai village of the H’mong. - Enjoy a cooking class and lunch at a local family, and then walk through terraced rice fields to Ta Van village of the Dzay minority people where we stay for the night. It gives you a worth chance for you to learn about the local house architecture which is full of their daily life styles and exclusive custom. Enjoy the landscapes. - Overnight in a local homestay Day 3: Ta Van – Giang Ta Chai – Su Pan – Sapa (B,L,D) - After breakfast, continue on trekking to visit 2 villages of the red Dzao, the H’mong. Visit a beautiful waterfall and rattan bridge. Enjoy landscapes… through bamboo forest to the main road to catch the Car to return to Sapa. - If any roads are too far or too difficult to trek, we can go by electric car or motorbikes. - Afternoon: around 2pm you’ll be back and pack your things. Say good bye and preapre to leave Sapa, get on the limousine back to Hanoi at 2.30pm. - Evening: around 9-10pm drop off at your hotel in Hanoi. End of tour

From Hanoi: Ha Long Bay 2-Day 1-Night Cruise with Meals

4. From Hanoi: Ha Long Bay 2-Day 1-Night Cruise with Meals

Discover Ha Long Bay, known as the “Bay of Descending Dragons” an enchanting bay in the heart of Vietnam. Relax, soak in the scenery, and embrace the culture on this 2-day cruise. This cruise includes a visit to the Sung Sot Cave, the Biggest Cave in Halong Bay. Learn about this UNESCO World Heritage site, and enjoy the stunning picturesque landscape. Day 1: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay Begin with a pickup from your hotel in the Hanoi Old Quarter in the morning. Set off towards Halong Bay on a 2.5-hour ride. Arrive at the Tuan Chau Harbor by noon, before checking in. Next, your captain will welcome you aboard the cruise with a complimentary drink. Meet the crew for a brief introduction and go through the safety guidelines. Enjoy a traditional Vietnamese lunch, cruise along the Emerald Sea, and admire the fascinating rock formations. In the afternoon, visit the Sung Sot Cave before swimming at Titop Island and witnessing the views from the mountain peak. Soak in the sun on a deck chair, sip a cocktail or read a book as you enjoy relaxation. In the evening, gaze at the night sky, as you join the ship’s sunset party. Take a cooking class and master making fresh noodle rolls. Enjoy a delicious set dinner packed full of vibrant flavors. Join in karaoke, play games, or go fishing for squid, before you enjoy a well-deserved night of rest. Day 2: Ha Long Bay – Hanoi Wake up, enjoy the beautiful sunrise on the sundeck, have breakfast, and admire the stunning views. Help yourself to a cup of tea or coffee if you like to kick start your day. Set sail past the magnificent landscapes, visit the Halong Bay Pearl Farm, and learn the history of pearls. Next, you will return to the ship, enjoy an afternoon dip or explore the bay yourself by kayak, the choice is yours. In the afternoon, enjoy a spot of lunch, and relax as you cruise back to Tuan Chau Harbor. You will then head back to Hanoi or your hotel, arriving back by 3:30 PM.

Ha Long Bay 3 Days 2 Nights 5-Star Cruise

5. Ha Long Bay 3 Days 2 Nights 5-Star Cruise

Enjoy a trip of a lifetime with a 2-night stay on board a cruise in Halong Bay to discover this natural World Heritage site. Start with a pickup from your hotel in Hanoi's old quarter. Enjoy a welcoming drink and cruise briefing before embarking onwards to Ha Long Wharf, tucking into a delicious lunch, while cruising to Ha Long Bay. Admire the fascinating rock formations in the bay, then transfer by tender to Sung Sot Cave, with many interesting stalactites and stalagmites in different amazing shapes. Discover the Ha Long Bay landscape, the most mesmerizing moment in Ha Long Bay must be the sunset over the layered rock formations. Join the Chef for a cooking class, before enjoying a Vietnamese-style set dinner. Relax at the bar, or enjoy a spot of night fishing. Waking up on the second day, have some coffee and tea before a Tai Chi session, a kind of Chinese traditional material art. Refresh your day with this 30-minute physical and mental workout to improve health balance and relieve stress. Then, have something for breakfast at the buffet served in the dining hall. The first spot on this classic itinerary is Luon Cave, an open-air cave only accessible by boat. To enter the grotto, you have to take a rowing boat or kayak through a 100-meter-long and 3-meter-wide arch with heights of 2.5 – 4 meters. Once passing under the arch, you can feast your eye on sheer limestone cliffs rising up from the emerald water. Here, you can let your hair down and explore the diverse ecology system. You may spot brazen monkeys climbing the cliffs and fragrant orchids thriving in rocky outcrops. Next, you will visit Me Cung cave, one of the most beautiful caves in Halong Bay. The afternoon excursion heads for Pearl Farm, which is located near the fishing village. Here, you will find how long it takes for pearls to grow, harvest, and extract. It is a distinctive experience to figure out that pearl farming is an extremely slow process. Transfer back to the main boat for the second night and have dinner. On the third day, after the Tai Chi lessons and breakfast, you will be transferred to Titop Island, a photogenic spot. After one hour of discovering the island, you can climb to the peak for a marvelous 360-degree view of the bay or relax on the beach. Returning to the boat, you will have half an hour to freshen up and finish packing. Afterward, During that time, the cruise will approach the pier, so you can sit back and relax for the rest of the time onboard. Finally, travel back to Hanoi in the afternoon.

Hanoi: Guided Street Food Tour

6. Hanoi: Guided Street Food Tour

Benefit from pick-up in the Old Quarter of Hanoi and get an introduction on how to greet someone in Vietnamese! Then, experience everyday life as you brave the traffic and walk the streets. Learn about the history and culture of Vietnam as you sample 10 or more dishes at some of the city's best eateries and small restaurants. Try a variety of foods, such as nộm bò khô (papaya with dried beef salad) bún chả (grilled pork with rice noodles) and an authentic pho (rice noodle soup). Try some nem phở cuốn (fried and fresh spring rolls), bánh cuốn (steamed rice pancake rolls) and bánh mì (sandwich). Indulge your sweet tooth with bánh gối (fried pillow-shaped cake) and bánh rán (donuts). Wash it down with trà đá (ice tea) or bia hơi (beer), and end with dessert tastings such as chè (sweet soup). End at Hoan Kiem Lake or get dropped off at a location suitable to you.  

From Hanoi: 2-Day Sapa Trekking Tour with Limousine Transfer

7. From Hanoi: 2-Day Sapa Trekking Tour with Limousine Transfer

Day 1: Hanoi – Sapa (Lunch) Start with pickup from your hotel in the Old Quarter of Hanoi and depart for Sapa. Follow the highway to Lao Cai city where you will make your first stop for breakfast by yourself. Stop off at Lao Cai city before arriving in Sapa, where you'll see the colorful traditional costumes of H’mong, Dzao, and Tay People. Here enjoy a lunch of local Vietnamese dishes at the hotel. Take a short trek to the gate of Cat Cat village, home of the Black H’mong ethnic people and located near the bottom of a deep valley at the foot of Fansipan Peak. A local guide will give you insight into the daily life of the locals. Trek down to the bottom of the valley to the waterfall, where the French built a hydraulic power station. Stop to take photos before walking back uphill to meet the bus. The trek is approximately 2.5 kilometers and lasts for 2 hours. In the evening, return to Sapa Town, where you can enjoy your evening at your leisure. Stay overnight in Sapa Lodge/Charm Sapa Hotel or similar. Day 2: Sapa – Hanoi (Breakfast/Lunch) Have breakfast at your hotel and prepare a light pack for trekking. You can keep your luggage in storage at the reception. Take a Trek to Lao Chai Village through the rice terraces and along Muong Hoa Streams to the Black Hmong village of Lao Chai.  See the spectacular landscape of Hoang Lien Son Mountain before heading to Ta Van village, home of the Dzay People. The trek takes around 3.5 hours and covers about 9-12 kilometers. The tour guide will make the best itinerary for the trek depending on your ability of trekking. The bus will pick you up at Ta Van Bridge to take you back to the center of Sapa. Take a break at the hotel and have lunch, before enjoying some time to explore at your own leisure. After some free time, meet the rest of your group at the hotel to prepare for your return to Hanoi. Get back on the bus around 2:30 PM to go back to Hanoi. During the journey, stop for a break. Arrive back at your accommodation in Hanoi in the late evening at about 9:00 PM.

From Hanoi : 3-Day Homestay Trekking in Tour Sa Pa

8. From Hanoi : 3-Day Homestay Trekking in Tour Sa Pa

You will be picked up from your hotel in the old quarter of Hanoi in the evening and driven to Sa Pa, where you will arrive at 4:00 AM the following day. You can sleep on the bus until 6:00 AM, then you will be woken up and taken to a boutique hotel for breakfast.  Day 1: Lao Cai to Ta Van (B, L, D) After having breakfast and getting to know your group, your guide will pick you up from the hotel at 9:30 AM. You will start trekking to Lao Chai, an area inhabited by the Hmong ethnic minority, through Y Linh Ho village. Enjoy lunch in Lao Chai village, in the home of a local family. Keep trekking to Ta Van village, where Giay people live. Stay overnight in Ta Van village, and discover the cultural identities and local tradition of the Giay people. Day 2: Ta Van to Ban Ho (B, L, D) Have a local breakfast then leave Ta Van village, trekking through the bamboo forest to Giang Ta Chai village, where people from the Red Dzao ethnic minority group live. Enjoy the countryside along the trail. Visit Rattan Bridge and a Dzao’s family home, then enjoy lunch on footpath. Continuing trekking to Ban Ho village, where you will have free time for relaxing and strolling in the village. Have dinner and spend another night in a homestay with local people.  Day 3: Ban Ho to Lao Cai (B, L) After breakfast, enjoy the amazing sunrise in Ban Ho valley. Start the short trek to Nam Tong village, inhabited by the Red Dzao tribe. Learn more about their culture and traditions. Return to Ban Ho village, where a van will pick you up for the journey back to Sa Pa. Relax at the hotel before taking the bus back to Hanoi at 4:00 PM. When you arrive in Hanoi at 10:00 PM, your tour will end.

From Hanoi: Sapa 3-Day Medium Trek and Limousine Trip

9. From Hanoi: Sapa 3-Day Medium Trek and Limousine Trip

Day 1: Hanoi – Sapa by limousine, trek Cat Cat village Start with pickup from your hotel in Hanoi and begin the journey to Sapa Around noon, arrive in Sapa, have lunch and then check into your hotel room. Take a quick break to freshen up then walk around this charming town, paying a visit to Sapa market and the old cathedral. Meet local people such as Black H’mong and Red Zao wearing their traditional colorful dresses, selling farming products and handicrafts as souvenirs. Around 5:45 PM,  enjoy dinner at the restaurant in the hotel. Overnight at a 3-star hotel with a mountain view room. Day 2: Sapa - Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai – Ta Van village (breakfast, lunch, dinner) Wake up in the morning and enjoy the fresh air. Have a local breakfast in the restaurant, then, get ready for trekking. Check out of the room and begin your exploration trip to Muong Hoa valley. Follow the main road heading south for about an hour before turning right to a footpath downhill to Muong Hoa Valley. This part offers spectacular scenery of the highest part of Hoang Lien Son mountain range and on a nice day, Fansipan Peak can be seen. Crossing the river by a suspension bridge you will challenge your feet uphill to Y Linh Ho village. Here, pay a visit to some H’mong families, and watch them doing their daily work. After a picnic lunch, the trail continues up and downhill for about 2 hours as you reach Lao Chai, a large village of the H’mong, and then follow the river bank to Ta Van of the Zay people. Visiting local homes, enjoy your cultural discovery as well as the breathtaking scenery of the Muong Hoa Valley. Settle down in Ta Van village for an overnight homestay. Day 3: Ta Van - Giang Ta Chai - Sapa – Hanoi (breakfast, lunch) Leaving Ta Van village after breakfast, take the trail uphill, passing fascinating terraced rice fields and some small hamlets of the H’mong before getting through a bamboo forest to a waterfall. Enjoy a break for some magnificent scenery and then continue walking for half an hour to Giang Ta Chai village of the Red Zao people, which sits on the top of a hill and looks down Muong Hoa river. After spending time visiting the village, making friends with the Zao, and experiencing their hospitality, cross the river by another suspension bridge and then go uphill again to Hau Thao village. Visit a local handicraft center where H’mong and Zao women gather to exchange experience and skills of making handicrafts. A late lunch will be prepared nearby this center and then you have time to relax and prepare before heading back to Hanoi. The tour guide will take you to the bus station. The limousine journey back to Hanoi takes five or six hours (depending on traffic). Arrive in Hanoi around 9:30 PM to 10:00 PM. Drop-off location: - During weekdays (Monday to Thursday): your hotel/apartment in the Old Quarter - During Weekends (Friday to Sunday): the bus office or street corner that is close to your hotel/apartment in the Old Quarter.

Hanoi: Old Quarter Trishaw Cyclo Tour

10. Hanoi: Old Quarter Trishaw Cyclo Tour

Relax as your driver pedals you around the Old Quarter, home to many of Hanoi's highlights and unique architecture from the French colonial times. Enjoy an unobstructed view with your driver behind you so you can take plenty of photos. See the Opera House, Joseph Cathedral Church, and more. After departure from the meeting point or hotel pickup, depending on the option chosen, sit back and relax with your driver pedaling you from behind. Enjoy exploring the heart of Hanoi: the Old Quarter. See the Dong Xuan Wholesale Market, Joseph Cathedral Church, and the Opera House. Take in the beautiful view from Hoan Kiem Lake. Stop at each destination for a short visit or to take photos. Ride at the perfect pace to enjoy some of the 36 shaded streets of this historic district. Admire the products made and sold on each street, such as sugar, bamboo, leather, or silver.

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based on 642 reviews

Although the weather was clearly not on our side in Sapa (rain, muddy, foggy, and cold), yet, we had an enjoyable and memorial trip. Lana proactively provided a guidance and an arrangement before the trip. The night train from Hanoi to Lao Cai was really comfortable with private beds. Thanks to Lana, we luckily got a free upgrade to a private cabin. Our favourite tour guide, Lily (an ethnic local lady) who was nice, supportive, and knowledgeable. During the trip, we learned a lot about the richness of the local culture and the insight stories. The home stay at the village was also excellent, where we had a good evening and chat with other visitors and the locals. The foods were average but the hot drinks were outstanding. The home stay could consider providing heaters rooms for the cold nights. The hotel was good. The return trip to Hanoi on a Van (called Limousine!) was interesting as we sat on the first row to experience the “traffic”. We would definitely recommend the tour.

We liked it very much. The trip started a little late, but you're not in a hurry when you're on vacation. The guide was nice and spoke good English. The food was plentiful and with enough choice. At all stops there was enough time for pictures and to look around.

Relaxing Trip along Halong Bay!…Though Not recommended for travellers who has a flight late afternoon the following day.

Alex was very knowledgeable about the local food scene. His picks for 6 best restaurants was spot on

The guide was great and really funny The overall tour definitely worth it.