Duration: 6 days 5 nights

If you wish to live an unforgettable experience in the North of Vietnam, then this trip is made for you! Your journey begins with a wonderful cruise on a beautiful junk boat among the karst peaks and blue waters of Ha Long Bay, recognized as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Afterwards, head to the North on a night train to reach Lao Cai and then Sapa. There, you will discover Sapa’s stunning landscape and share time with a local Black H’Mong family. Trek through the valley of Muong Hoa, blessed with dazzling rice terraces, and meet the H’Mong and Dzay hill tribes. Back in Hanoi, you will visit all the highlights of this millennium city and end the tour on a beautiful note with a traditional Water Puppet Show.


  • The stunning natural setting of Sapa and the ethnic minorities of the North
  • Hanoi, an amazing capital city
  • Marvel at the beauty of Ha Long Bay during an unforgettable cruise


Day 1: Hanoi (arrival) – Ha Long City (D)
Day 2: Ha Long Bay – Hanoi – Night Train to Lao Cai (B, L, D)
Day 3: Lao Cai – Sapa (B, L, D)
Day 4: Sapa – Lao Cai – Night Train to Hanoi (B, L, D)
Day 5: Hanoi – City Tour (B, L, D)
Day 6: Hanoi – departure (B)


Day 1: Hanoi (arrival) – Ha Long City (D)

Upon your arrival in Hanoi (in the morning or early afternoon), our bus will take you directly to Ha Long City.

Check-in at the hotel.

If time permits, we will drive to Tuan Chau Island and relax on the beach.

Dinner at a local restaurant and free time in the evening for shopping at Ha Long night market.

Day 2: Ha Long Bay – Hanoi – Night Train to Lao Cai (B, L, D)

Breakfast at the hotel, then check out and bus drive to the port. Cruise in Ha Long Bay with a stop to visit the fabulous Thien Cung cave. Then, continue the cruise to admire this outstanding World Natural Heritage site. If time permits, we will stop for a swim. Lunch on board while sailing. 

After lunch, back to the bus to return to Hanoi (estimated arrival around 4:30pm).

Check-in to a small hotel.

Dinner at a local restaurant before heading to the train station. You will take the night train to Lao Cai (air-conditioned cabin shared by 4 people, soft beds).

Day 3: Lao Cai – Sapa (B, L, D)

Early morning arrival in Lao Cai. A bus will pick you up for a 38-km drive to Sapa.

Breakfast at your hotel before visiting Sapa and its surroundings: Cat Cat Village, Cat Cat Waterfall, an old hydroelectric factory, and a local Black H’Mong family.

After heading back to town, lunch will be provided in a local restaurant.

In the afternoon, visit to Ham Rong Mountain, where you will have an astounding view on the town of Sapa and Mount Fansipan.

Later, you will witness a traditional show performed by local minorities.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 4: Sapa – Lao Cai – Night Train to Hanoi (B, L, D)

Today, we will take a footpath to trek on the rim of the deep valley of Muong Hoa. During the trek, you will have the opportunity to see the most enchanting rice terraces of the area while also having the chance to meet the H’Mong hill tribes of Lao Chai Village and the Dzay hill tribes of Ta Van Village.

Right after, we will have lunch before being picked up by our bus to head back to Sapa.

Free time for the rest of the day before heading to Lao Cai station. You will take your night train to return to Hanoi (air-conditioned cabin shared by 4 people, soft beds).

Day 5: Hanoi – City Tour (B, L, D)

Arrival early in the morning. Check-in at a small guesthouse near the train station for a nap and free time until 8:00am.

Today, we will discover the millennium city of Hanoi and learn more about its rich history. Hanoi is without a doubt one of the most interesting cities to visit in Vietnam. First, we will visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda, Presidential Palace, and Temple of Literature.

Lunch at a local restaurant.

In the afternoon, we will visit the Vietnam Military History Museum, West Lake, the Old Quarter (including Dong Xuan Market, Hang Ma Street, and O Quan Truong gate), and Hoan Kiem Lake.

Finally, we will rejoice by watching a very nice water puppet show.

Dinner at a local restaurant and overnight at the hotel.

(Note: visit of Hanoi night market on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays).

Day 6: Hanoi – Departure (B)

Free time until the bus picks you up for your departure flight at the airport.

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  • All transportation
  • Accommodation (twin room or double room) 
  • All entrance fees
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B for breakfast, L for lunch, D for dinner) 
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Private boat to visit Ha Long Bay
  • Soft sleeper train ticket (Hanoi – Lao Cai – Hanoi) 
  • Room to shower before and after the trip to Sapa
  • Water puppet show
  • One small bottle of water on the bus everyday
  • Service fees

  • Personal expenses
  • Insurance
  • Drinks
  • Flight tickets
  • Visa to Vietnam if needed

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