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From Hanoi: 3-Day Sapa Trekking Tour with Fansipan Cable Car

1. From Hanoi: 3-Day Sapa Trekking Tour with Fansipan Cable Car

Day 1: Hanoi – Sapa - Cat Cat village You’ll be picked up from Hanoi early in the morning. Admire the scenery as you travel through the countryside. Stop at Lao Cai for a break. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of mountains and rice terraces along the way from Lao Cai to Sapa city. At 1:00 PM, arrive in Sapa Town, where you'll view the colorful traditional costumes of the H’mong, Dzao, and Tay local people. Enjoy a lunch of traditional local Vietnamese dishes. Then, enjoy a trek to Cat Cat village, home to the Black H’mong. In the evening, have dinner. Day 2: Sapa - Easy Trek to Lao Chai and Ta Van – Sapa  After breakfast, trek to Lao Chai village, about 8km from Sapa town. Here you will discover the daily life of the locals and how they make traditional clothes and handicrafts.  After lunch in one of the local houses, you will walk to Ta Van village, home to the Dzay people. These people have a rich culture and beautiful houses located on rice paddy fields. You will visit the home of a local family to learn about their life, and enjoy some green tea. In the evening, return to Sapa Town for dinner and free time.  Day 3: Sapa – Fanxipan Peak – Sapa – Hanoi After breakfast, check out from your room and depart for the Sapa cable car station, where you will board a cable car to Fansipan Peak. At the summit, enjoy free time to admire the panoramic views.  You’ll then head back to Sapa for lunch and to explore the town by yourself. At 3:00 PM you’ll be picked up by bus and driven back to Hanoi.

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From Hanoi: Sapa 2-Day 1-Night Trip By Bus With Hotel Stay

2. From Hanoi: Sapa 2-Day 1-Night Trip By Bus With Hotel Stay

You will be collected by bus from your hotel in Hanoi's Old Quarter, then depart for Sapa. After a comfort break, you will arrive into Sapa Town, where you can see the colorful traditional costumes of H’mong, Dzao, and Tay ethnic people. After a welcome drink and itinerary briefing, enjoy lunch and check in to your hotel. You will then go on a short drive to the gates of Cat Cat village which is home to the Black H’mong ethnic people and is located near the bottom of a deep valley at the foot of Fansipan Peak. Your local guide will show you the daily activities of the locals, before you trek down to the valley's bottom to the waterfall, where the French built a Hydraulic Power Station. Stop for a photo then come back to Sapa Town for dinner. The next day, after breakfast, you will drive to Y Linh Ho then trek through the rice terraces and along Muong Hoa stream to the Black Hmong village of Lao Chai to see the spectacular landscape of Hoang Lien Son Mountain. After that, head to Ta Van village – home to the Dzay ethnic people. Enjoy some free time in the afternoon before you return to Hanoi.

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From Hanoi: All-Inclusive Overnight Ha Long Bay Cruise

3. From Hanoi: All-Inclusive Overnight Ha Long Bay Cruise

Day 1 After getting picked up from your hotel in Hanoi, enjoy a relaxing 3-hour journey to Hai Phong. Upon arrival onboard the ship, enjoy a welcome drink and listen to your cruise safety briefing as you cruise past Da Chong islet, where you can see a lighthouse built by the French over 100 years ago. Later, sit down to a traditional Vietnamese lunch and get the opportunity to sample some local dishes while you sail through the Con Vit and Gia Luan islets, admiring the beauty of the extraordinary Cua Van area along the way. Stop to explore Ba Trai Beach or go for a swim in the crystal-clear waters of the bay. In the evening, enjoy a complimentary sunset party on the sundeck with local wine and fresh fruits. For dinner, sit down to a delicious local meal then feel free to join in one of the nighttime activities. You could do some squid fishing, watch a movie, have a drink at the bar or play some of the games provided. Day 2 Rise early to watch the breathtaking sunrise over the bay and enjoy an invigorating Tai Chi session on the sundeck before breakfast. Later, hop on a local bamboo rowing boat and journey through the famous Dark and Bright Cave. In the afternoon, learn how to cook Spring rolls at a cooking demonstration before sitting down to lunch. After lunch, say goodbye to the crew and begin the journey back to Hanoi.

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From Hanoi: 5-Day Hanoi Motorbike Tour to Ha Giang

4. From Hanoi: 5-Day Hanoi Motorbike Tour to Ha Giang

Embark on a lifetime journey and enjoy amazing rides on curvy scenic passes and even single dirt tracks to explore the stunning landscapes of Northeast with waterfalls, rivers, high mountains, and terraces. Day 1: Head towards Vu Linh village (Thac Ba lake, Yen Bai) 180 km with lunch and dinner included. Start your tour by riding on to dike roads following the Red river to Thac Ba lake. See the beautiful countryside with its rice and green tea fields. Turn to the little road to Vu Linh village that is populated by Dzao ethnic minority by the side of Thac Ba lake. Meet these very friendly people and enjoy an exceptional welcome. Spend the night at a local homestay. Day 2: Head towards Ha Giang City for 180 km with 3 meals included. After breakfast, ride along the Thac Ba lake on a small road lined by palm trees and scenic mountain views to join the main Road 2, heading up to Ha Giang where you will stop for the night and apply for a permit. Stay overnight at a local hotel. Day 3: Go from Ha Giang to Dong Van (Ha Giang) – offroad tours to Tribal Villages 160 km with 3 meals included. Wake up to the beautiful morning, on this day you will ride on small challenging mountain roads (but incredibly beautiful) on the land of colorful mountain hill-tribes. Head up the Ma Pi Leng Pass and visit another amazing place, with cloudy mountain ranges and the poetic Nho Que river winding off in the distance. Ride on a zig-zag track until reaching Vuong Family’s Residence, 14 km before Dong Van. The Vuong Family was considered the King of the Hmong People in Dong Van, Ha Giang. Their residence was built in the scenic valley of Sa Phin with Chinese architecture. Sleep at a local hotel.  Day 4: Head from Dong Van to Ba Be National Park (Bac Kan) via Meo Vac 160 km with 3 meals included. Cross the wild regions of the mythical province of Ha Giang, Meo Vac is included. It shares the border with Dong Van District of Ha Giang Province and Bao Lam District of Cao Bang Province. Meo Vac has most of the terrain in the Rock Plateau of Dong Van and above 1000 meters above sea level. Meo Vac has a harsh climate in the winter which is from November to April with dry and freezing cold weather. It is inhabited by different ethnic minorities including the H’mong, the King, Tay, Dzao. Overnight at homestay Day 5: Ride from Ba Be to Hanoi 230 km breakfast and lunch is included. After breakfast, take another boat-ride on Ba Be lake to another side, before jumping on our motorbikes to Cho Ra, head up to main Road 3. Ba Be National Park is an abundant bio reserve area containing the world’s only fresh-water karst lake and several rare species of fauna and flora. And head back to Hanoi.

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From Hanoi: 2 Day Ha Long - Lan Ha Bay Package Tour

5. From Hanoi: 2 Day Ha Long - Lan Ha Bay Package Tour

On day 1, you will be picked up at Hanoi Old Quarter and transfer to Ha Long Bay, arriving at Got Ferry at midday to start the cruise. Start by exploring Ba Trai Dao Beach, and enjoy kayaking and/or swimming in the crystal clear waters of the bay. In the summer (from June to September) the journey progresses to the Tra Bau Area of Lan Ha Bay. This is a quieter tourist paradise of Vietnam. Enjoy the complimentary sunset party on the sundeck with local wine and fresh fruits, as well as delicious local food prepared and served for you by the onboard catering staff. After the incredible dinner, take your time to chat at the bar, watch a movie in the restaurant, or join in a fishing excursion. You will stay on board overnight. On day 2, visit Dark & Bright Cave and islets by rowing boats used by the locals. This is a wild and mysterious World Heritage site to appeal to your inner explorer. Later, join a cooking class and learn how to make spring rolls. After lunch return via bus transfer service from Ha Long to Hanoi Old Quarter.

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From Hanoi: Private Tour to Mu Cang Chai Rice Field

6. From Hanoi: Private Tour to Mu Cang Chai Rice Field

Get picked up from your hotel at 7.00 AM and head off to the beautiful rice field in Tu Le and the amazing Lim Mong Valley. You can take the great photos of this valley from the high viewpoint on KhauPha Pass with views of the rice field in the background. Then, drive over Khau Pha, one of 4 amazing passes in the North of Vietnam. Enjoy the great scenery of the National Heritage terrace rice field at Mu Cang Chai, the most beautiful terrace rice field in Vietnam. Enjoy your dinner and stay overnight at a homestay in Mu Cang Chai. Wake up the next morning close to mother nature. Enjoy your breakfast at the homestay before setting off for the day's activities. Take a short drive from Mu Cang Chai to Ba Nha, where you can take a beautiful hike up to the mountain for the most impressive rice field in Mu Cang Chai. Just a few steps uphill, spend the whole morning taking photos of the amazing rice field, scenery Meet the locals and learn about their culture. Pause for more photo opportunities in La Pan Tan terrace rice field and the surrounding area. Return to Hanoi and arrive in Hanoi in the late afternoon.

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From Hanoi: 2-Day Adventure in Mai Chau Valley

7. From Hanoi: 2-Day Adventure in Mai Chau Valley

DAY 1 7:30 AM: Get picked up at your hotel in the Old Quarter or join the tour from the meeting point and drive northwest of Hanoi to Hoa Binh 10 AM: Have a short break at the midway point 11:30 AM: Stop for scenic photos of Mai Chau valley before arriving in Ban Lac village in Mai Chau 12:15 PM:  Check in and enjoy a traditional lunch at the local house 2:30 PM-5 PM: Bicycle ride with local tour guide, see farmers working in the fields, locals weaving scarves, and visit surrounding peaceful villages 5 PM-7 PM: Free time for bicycling, walking, or shopping 7 PM: Dinner with many specialties of food will be served 8 PM: Watch a Thai traditional dance in the stilt house and enjoy ruou can (traditional wine) at the community house DAY 2 7:30 AM: Have breakfast at the homestay 8 AM: Go with a local Thai tour guide to visit the remote villages of Na Meo, Na Mo, and Xam Pa to understand more about their culture and customs 12 PM: Back to the homestay for lunch and check out 1 PM-3 PM: Free time for shopping and relaxing 3:30 PM: Get on the bus to drive back to Hanoi 7 PM: Arrive in Hanoi’s Old Quarter for drop-off at your hotel or meeting point

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What people are saying about Northern Vietnam

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 14 reviews

The entire experience was amazing from beginning to end. A luxury bus picked us up from hotel in Hanoi and took us to the pier. We were welcomed onto the ship with warmth and excitement. The views are spectacular from every corner of the vessel. The rooms are beautiful and romantic, your main window letting in the inordinately grandiose vista of the Halong archipelago. The food is delicious, elegantly presented, and abundant. The activities were incredibly well executed and organised. It made our trip memorable and added so much flavour and uniqueness. Service was phenomenal, all the staff on board are kind, obliging and generous and bend over backwards to accommodate your every whim. This experience was spiritual in its magnitude, would thoroughly recommend La Pinta, excellent value overall

This was all that it promised.

The organisation - from go to whoa - was excellent. The company is very well-organised. The vessel was very well-appointed and quiet. The activities were apt. The scenery was excellent. The food was extraordinarily good considering the cramped galley. Three days and two nights is about right. Highlights: swimming and the walk into the cave

It is worth doing the 2 day tour

Given that the price level is similar in all ships (it is expensive in general) nothing can be said. The only complaint is the bed mattress that was a stone

it was a marvelloys experience. Mr Lee prepared and informed us about everything to the least detail. Thank you.

Everything went well!

It was an unforgettable experience for us! Ship was clean and everyone was very friendly!