Summary

Enjoy this amazing 5-day Vietnam Tour (Muong Hoa Valley, Halong Bay Overnight Cruise) by train, bus and boat. You will begin with a night ride aboard the train connecting Vietnam with Lao Cai. Then, you will enjoy a trekking through various villages where the Hmong ethnic minority and Dzay ethnic minority live. You will visit the Muong Hoa Valley, popular for its enchanting natural scenery, unique rice terraces and hospitable local people. On the last two days of the itinerary, you will enjoy a cruise around the incredible Halong Bay, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and since 2011, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Halong Bay is famous for its limestone karsts that form more than 1,600 islets, many of them being great climbing destinations or having caves that can be visited by boats. This is a private guided tour and can be customized upon request.

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Alfonso

Alfonso

Local travel expert in Vietnam

More than 10 years living and working in tourism in Southeast Asia. Based in Hanoi, but living for work periods in Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos. In love with Asian culture and the wonders that I do not stop discovering in these amazing countries. They certainly do not stop surprising me with something daily.

Itinerary


Upon your arrival at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, you will be transferred to the train station to take the night train to Lao Cai (4-berth shared cabin).

Overnight in train.

Upon arrival in Lao Cai, you will be transferred to the hotel in Sapa to take a shower, relax and have breakfast.

Next, you will enjoy a private tour with an English speaking guide to Suoi Ho, a quiet village near the city of Sapa where its inhabitants preserve the traditional way of life. You will start a two-hour trekking through various villages of the Hmong ethnic minority arriving at Ma Tra village.

In the evening, you will be transferred to the hotel in Sapa.

Accommodation in Sapa.

In the morning, this 5-day Vietnam Tour will continue to the Muong Hoa Valley, popular for its enchanting natural scenery, unique rice terraces and hospitable local people. You will enjoy a gentle trek to the south of the valley and arrive at Y Linh Ho village where the Black H'mong ethnic minority live. Near the village of Lao Chai, located 6 km from the city of Sapa, is the village of Ta Van, where the Dzay ethnic minority live. The small, narrow road leading to Ta Van is beautiful with terraces on either side. The simple beauty of the stilt houses of the village will also amaze you.

You will have lunch at a local house where you can taste special dishes of the local people.

Next, you will be transferred to Lao Cai train station where you will take the night train to Hanoi (4-berth shared cabin).

Overnight in train.

In the morning, you will be transferred to the hotel in Hanoi to take a shower, relax and have breakfast.

Next, you will enjoy a Halong Bay tour from Hanoi (2 days) aboard a cruise ship including reception with a welcome drink. Halong Bay is a 1,553 square kilometre extension of water that was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1994 and since November 11, 2011 is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Halong Bay is famous for its limestone karsts that form more than 1,600 islets, many of them being great climbing destinations or having caves that can be visited by boats.

You will have lunch on board while enjoying the breathtaking scenery.

After lunch, you will have some time to enjoy kayaking and relax.

Next, you will sail to Ho Dong Tien Cave (Fairy Lake Cave), one of the most beautiful Halong Bay caves, where you will anchor for the night. You will more enjoy dinner on board and have free time for a drink on the upper deck.

Overnight on board.

After breakfast on board, you will visit Sung Sot Cave, better known as the Cave of Surprises, discovered by the French in 1901 and originally called “Grotte des Surprises”. It is a limestone karst cave, the largest in Halong Bay, which can be reached after a hard climb to Bo Hon Island. At approximately 25 metres above sea level, the cave covers a total area of about 10,000 square metres and is made up of two chambers. The first, known as the waiting room, is about 30 metres high and offers a grand entrance to the second largest chamber where you will discover a spectacle with a diverse number of flowstones, stalagmites, stalactites and columns formed over millions of years. As you enter the second chamber, you will understand why the cave is called the Cave of Surprises.

Then, during the cruise, you will pass by iconic islets such as the fighting cocks or the stone dog islet.

In more the afternoon, you will enjoy a Vietnamese cooking class by the chef on board before arriving in port and brunch on board.

After brunch, you will be transferred to Hanoi airport.

Prices

Travel dates

Upon request for individual travellers

Price per person in €

2 Pers.

4 Pers.

6 Pers.

Standard cat. hotels (May 1 - Sept. 30, 2022)

414€

365€

349€

Standard cat. hotels (Oct. 1, 2021 - Apr. 30, 2022)

417€

378€

362€

Superior cat. hotels (May 1 - Sept. 30, 2022)

492€

452€

438€

Superior cat. hotels (Oct. 1, 2021 - Apr. 30, 2022)

520€

481€

467€

Luxury cat. hotels (May 1 - Sept. 30, 2022)

522€

483€

468€

Luxury cat. hotels (Oct. 1, 2021 - Apr. 30, 2022)

547€

509€

494€

Travel dates Accommodation Price per person in €
2 Pers. 4 Pers. 6 Pers.

Upon request for individual travellers

Standard cat. hotels (May 1 - Sept. 30, 2022) 414€ 365€ 349€
Standard cat. hotels (Oct. 1, 2021 - Apr. 30, 2022) 417€ 378€ 362€
Superior cat. hotels (May 1 - Sept. 30, 2022) 492€ 452€ 438€
Superior cat. hotels (Oct. 1, 2021 - Apr. 30, 2022) 520€ 481€ 467€
Luxury cat. hotels (May 1 - Sept. 30, 2022) 522€ 483€ 468€
Luxury cat. hotels (Oct. 1, 2021 - Apr. 30, 2022) 547€ 509€ 494€

What's Included

  • 1 night accommodation in a double (DBL) or twin (TWN) room at a Standard, Superior or Luxury category hotel, 2 nights in the night train, 1 night on board the cruise ship;
  • Breakfast at the hotel / on board the cruise ship;
  • Lunch on day 2, 3, 4 of the itinerary;
  • Brunch on board on day 5 of the itinerary;
  • Dinner on day 4 of the itinerary;
  • Excursions with English speaking guides according to the itinerary;
  • Entrance fees according to the itinerary;
  • Vietnamese cooking class by the chef on board
  • Road and boat transportation according to the itinerary;
  • Night train Hanoi - Lao Cai - Hanoi, 4-berth shared cabin;
  • Local SIM card with data package included.

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