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Northern Treasures Viet Nam - 11 Days

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Tour Code NOR.111
Destination Hà Nội Capital - Hạ Long Bay - North Viet Nam
Tour style Private (Minimum 2 pax)
Price USD 1,099
Overview With the capital Hà Nội at its centre, northern Vietnam offers the best of all worlds - great depth of culture, remarkable landscapes and mouth-watering cuisine; Let AsiaLotus Tours lead you on a journey to the world-famous scenery of Hạ Long Bay, the jumble of Hanoi's bustling Old Quarter and the lesser-known delights of Ninh Bình and Sapa. Hike amongst the towering rice terraces of the northern mountains, drift along slow rivers, lined with lotus flowers and channelled by thrusting limestone pinnacles, we know you'll be as inspired by the variety of this region as we are.

Our tour guide and driver meet you at the airport and transfer to restaurant for welcome lunch. Then check-in your hotel. Rest and relax for the rest of the day. Overnight in Hà Nội.

Note: Guide will be holding a sign with your names on it. Please note that local guides are not allowed inside the airport.

Pick you up at hotel in Hà Nội, switch to center Cúc Phương National Park which was Vietnam's first national park and is the country's largest nature reserve. The park is one of the most important sites for biodiversity in Vietnam, visit the Center for Endangered Primate Rescue which is houses specimens of langurs, loris, and gibbon species, include the critically endangered Delacour's Langur, Golden-headed Langur, Tonkin Snub-nosed Langur and Black Crested Gibbon. Then, have lunch by yourself at house-on-stilts in the center of the park. Then set off on a 7km hike on trails with narrow rocky slopes to the “Big Tree”, a dinosaur fossils 200 million years old and the Cave of Prehistoric man - the site of the one of the earliest discoveries of human habitation in Vietnam. The cave revealed human graves, stone axes, pointed bone spears, oyster shell knives, and tools for grinding dating back 7,500 years ago. Transfer to hotel and free by your own program. Overnight in Ninh Bình.

Breakfast and check out hotel, then drive to Bái Đính Pagoda, the biggest pagoda in Vietnam with 500 Lahan statues, bronze Buddha statue with a height of 10 meters and weighs 100 tons. Lunch at a local restaurant with some local specialties like goat meat, pork storage vessel,... Lastly in day, visit Tràng An Scenic Landscape Complex - UNESCO World Heritage Site, stop visit at the picturesque Tam Cốc – an area that is often referred to as “Halong Bay on land” with stunningly statuesque geological formations. Arrive Tam Cốc cave, go ahead to take boat trip for avoiding busy hour. We will enjoy the spectacular scenery while gliding along the river among rice paddies and ranges of limestone mountains. After 1,5 hour on the boat, stop boat trip at Thái Vi temple for cycling (optional) around mountain and village, take beautiful time to enjoy local beauty. Back to Hà Nội in evening. Overnight in Hà Nội.

After breakfast, you'll head out with your guide and begins with a visit Ba Đình Square to see Hồ Chí Minh’s Mausoleum, Hanoi's famous One-Pillar Pagoda constructed in 1049 to resemble a lotus blossom. This afternoon, drive through Colonial Hà Nội, seeing the Opera House and other local sights. Go inside infamous Hỏa Lò Prison (“Hanoi Hilton”), where Senator John McCain and Douglas “Pete” Wilson were once imprisoned and continue to the Temple of Literature, which dates back to 1070 is a first university of Việt Nam. Enjoy a traditional Vietnamese Water Puppet performance, a uniquely North Vietnamese art form celebrating rural life and folklore for over 1,000 years.…. free evening for you explore Hà Nội capital by your own program. Overnight in Hà Nội.

Please note: The city tour program is flexible. Your guide will be more than happy to adjust the tour itinerary to suit you. You can skip one site or add another if you so wish.

Today, you free to discover capital by your own, some place suggest for you such at: Long Biên bridge, Đồng Xuân Market,…. relax until departure to the railway station to board your overnight soft sleeper train to Lào Cai (04 pax per cabin). Overnight on board the train.

Upon arrival in Lào Cai, transfer to the hotel for breakfast, then we visit one of the most colorful markets in Lao Cai: Sunday Bac Ha market, Tuesday Coc Ly market, Wednesday Cao Son market, Thursday Lung Khau Nhin market, Saturday Can Cau market. To reach any of them, we will drive from Sapa about 3hours to the marketplace, where hundreds of people from tribes Hmong, Tay, Dzay, Dzao, Kinh gather for meeting, hanging around, shopping and exchanging their goods, especially fabrics and handicrafts weekly.

After your interesting time at the market for 2-3 hours, we can visit a H’mong village nearby. Then the H’Mong King’s house was built at the beginning of the 20th century (between 1914 and 1921). Its owner was Hoang Yen Chao of Tay origin. He was the father of Hoang A Tuong, a tribal mandarin under the domination of the French colonialists. The castle is a unique construction work, which harmonizes the Oriental and Western architectural styles. Its network of walls, bunkers, and battlements were reinforced by a mortar mixed with sugar molasses. In a distance, the white castle jutting out from the valley looks imposing and majestic. At present, this castle is put under a restoration scheme to better help tourists get insight into the changes of the local life. Back to Sapa town and free by yourself. Overnight in Sapa.

Especially on Saturday night you can attend Sapa Love Market - a traditional culture of ethnic Mông, Dzao in the Lào Cai.

After breakfast at hotel, explore the Hàm Rồng Mountain, a remarkable tourist attraction, with magnificent scenery, visiting Indochinese garden with all kinds colorful flowers, pass through the Sky Gate set foot to the highest point of Hàm Rồng - where the interference of heaven and earth, panoramic view of Sapa town from above.

Countine for the journey to explore the Cát Cát village of the H’mong, photo with yellow Calona field, discover Cát Cát hydropower stationCát Cát waterfall, learn the culture and customs of the people here with traditional crafts such as weaving, silver, forging tools, ... enjoy the music performances by the artists in the village.

Next, the Silver Waterfall -  formed by sources of water from the Lo Sui Tong mountain peak. With a height of 100 meter, it is a big one and the loop track is steep and scenic. From there you can see stunning view of the surrounding mountains and the last forests belonging to Hoàng Liên Sơn National Park. You will then drive further to Heaven Gate, the highest peak of roads in Vietnam. From there you can see Fansipan, the highest peak of Indochina mountains as well as enjoy stunning views of Binh Lu valley. Aside from magnificent views, you can feel a bizarre thing in how dramatically the climate changes.

Lastli in day, visit Sapa Church, the ancient church is known as stone church or the Holy Rosary church which is located in the heart of Sapa town built by the French from the early 20th century. The shape and architecture of the church was built by cross. This architecture presented in the roof, bell tower… which created the elegant church.

Get back hotel, you free exploring to the charm of Sapa at night, enjoy grilled corn, roasted egg,... Overnight in Sapa.

Especially on Saturday night you can attend Sapa Love Market - a traditional culture of ethnic Mông, Dzao in the Lào Cai.

Today, you free to explore by your own, some suggest for you: Fansipan Mountain, Mường Hoa Valley,… In evening, back to Lào Cai and take the night train back to Hà Nội (departure at 20h15). Overnight soft sleeper train to Hà Nội (04 pax per cabin). Overnight on board the train.

Our shuttle bus with tour guide will pick you up depart for Hạ Long city. On arrival at pier, get on board with warmly welcomed by professional and friendly crew.  Check into cabin.

Enjoy specially seafood prepared lunch while cruising through most beautiful parts of the magical Bay with thousands of amazing limestone islands emerging from emerald water, cruising zigzag through hundreds of islands. Kayaking around Pearl farm village, visit Titop Island. Free choice of activities such as sunbathing, swimming and conquering the peak of the biggest island in Halong and taking panoramic photos of Halong bay in the afternoon. Enjoy Sunset Party with fruits and tea. Under the magnificent night sky, your dinner cooked by our professional chef with variety of Vietnamese and Asian foods. Overnight on board.

Option activities: watching movies, listening to Vietnamese traditional music, wearing costumes for King, Queen and mandarin to take photo, board games, squid fishing available for entertainment during the night time.

Note: Program may differ slightly base on cruise ships.

The day starts early onboard with Tai Chi session on the sundeck. Tai chi also called Tai chi chuan, combines deep breathing and relaxation with slow and gentle movements. Coffee, tea and pastries for breakfast are served in the dining room with morning view of bay’s landscape. Transfer by tender to Sung Sot Cave. Walk up about 100 steps to the cave entrance. It takes approximately 45 minutes for cave visiting. Visit Sung Sot Cave, one of the most biggest cave in Halong bay with beautiful stalactites and stalagmites. Return to the boat by tender. Proper shoes are highly recommended.  Check out and have a lunch while cruising back to the Tuan Chau Wharf. Relaxing on the sundeck or in the dining room enjoying the bay scenery while approaching the wharf. Disembark to Tuan Chau Wharf. Say goodbye  to the crew. Back to Hà Nội by private coach. Overnight in Hà Nội.

Note: Program may differ slightly base on cruise ships.

After breakfast, we will have free for shopping at Đồng Xuân Market, this bustling and well-organized market is very popular with tourists, primarily due to its central location. It has a wide selection of goods ranging from fake Nike shoes to beautiful silk Áo Dài until our car arrives at the hotel to take us to the airport in good time to board our departure flight. 

End of our service, thank you and see you again.

Note: Tour prices shown are 'per person', based on a travelling party of at least 2 adults, and sharing a room.  If you intend to travel alone, the cost might be much higher. However, if you can invite your Friends or Family to go with you, the cost will be much cheaper.

Our prices Included:

  • Nights base in double/twin sharing rooms at centrally located & well selected Comfort 3 star-hotel. [Superior (4 star-hotel), Luxury (5- star hotel), High-end (best of the best hotel) properties are also available upon request]*
  • 1 night on Cruise in Hạ Long Bay
  • Night train Ha Noi - Lao Cai - Ha Noi
  • Entrance fees according the above program.
  • Sightseeing with local, English-speaking guides as indicated in the itinerary.
  • Meals as mentioned: (B) for breakfast, (L) for lunch, (D) for dinner.
  • Daily buffet or set breakfast at hotel and all hotels taxes and service charges.
  • Boat cruise as specified in the programmed.
  • Pick-ups and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle as specified in the itinerary.
  • Travel by air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced, safe driver.
  • Bottled water while sightseeing and transfers.
  • VAT and all taxes and service charge.

Our prices Excluded:

  • International flight tickets, Visa for Vietnam and airport taxes.
  • All domestic flights
  • Any items of purely personal nature such as laundry and telephone calls.
  • Personal, travel and health insurance.
  • Early check in and late check out.
  • Single room supplement if request.
  • Tipping

Child policy: Share Room with their parent.

  • Ages 6-11 at 70% of adult price
  • 12 years and older = 100% (charged as an adult).

Service Details During The Trip

We’ll immerse you in the diverse cultures of Vietnam by showcasing the unique local flavors. And with the perfect balance of included sightseeing and free time, you can customize your dream vacation with the things you have always wanted to do.

Private Local Tour Guide

You will have legally licensed local tour guide in each destination, from welcome and farewell you at the airport. Your guide will guide, help, assist and taking care of you in order to make your tour worry-free. The good guide for you means we arrange the right guide. Asialotustours.com will arrange tour guide base on the feature of the itinerary and consists of the group, to maximize your experiences in traveling.

Private Drivers & Vehicle

Safety is first priority for transportation. A well maintained good condition car with legal business licensed and an experienced driver to make sure you are in safe hands. To maximize your comfort and joyful experience with driving service, cold drinking water, cold towel and soft drink are provided in the car.

Local Flavor Meals

Don’t worry about meals; we select both restaurants and menus for you. Asialotustours.com will select clean and good environment restaurants for our customer. Menu is also carefully selected by us to ensure you try different food every meal.

We will recommend and arrange local cuisine since it is part of the cultural experience while traveling. We also recommend dinners are free on your own so you can choose your favorite food by yourself under necessary assistance of your local guide.

Well-Selected Hotels

Comfort and good value is our priority for choosing hotels for our customers. Comfort of mattress and bedding, joyful decoration style, user friendly facilities, good service and good breakfast!

Travel Visa

Most countries in South East Asia require you to obtain a visa. Please check carefully with your travel specialist regarding specific visa requirements for each country you plan to visit as the legislation does change frequently. Thailand offers a free visa on arrival to most nationalities. Other countries including Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar offer a “visa-on-arrival” service which requires you to pay a fee at the airport, or you may prefer to obtain this in advance through the relevant embassy or a visa agent. For visa-on-arrival in Vietnam, you must submit some paperwork before you arrive.

This is an option to get your visa for Vietnam instead of getting visa at the Vietnam consulate in your country.

Step 1: Provide us your application details

  • Your full name (as exactly seen on your passport)
  • Your gender
  • Your date of birth
  • Your nationality
  • Your passport number
  • Your passport expiration dates ( valid for at least 6 months)
  • Date of arrival ( dd/mm/yy)
  • Date of exit (dd/mm/yy)
  • Arrival airport

 

Step 2: Process your visa information into a visa application
We will contact you for reviewing your visa information and then submit your application on your behalf to Vietnam Immigration department and follow other procedures pursuant to the regulations of Immigration department to get Visa approval letter granted by Immigration department.

 

Step 3:Send the visa approval letter via email to you after 2 working days
After we obtain the visa approval letter from the Immigration department for you, we will forward you a scanned copy of it by email (Your visa information then have been recorded to the Visa system of the Vietnam Immigration department).

 

Step 4: Get your visa stamp on your arrival
Just print the approval letter out, prepare 2 passport sized photos and an amount of USD for stamping fee ($45 for single entry visa; $65 for 1 month multiple entry visa and $95 for 3 multiple entry visa). Put all above mentioned things along with your passport in a package, then show them to Immigration officer at Vietnam arrival airports.

Upon arrival at Vietnam’s airport, expect a simple form to fill in (or you can download here to fill beforehand), present the visa approval letter, passport, photos to the Immigration officer inside the counter and look for a place to hear your name be called to get the passport back and pay for the stamping fee. The actual process takes around 15 minutes without hassle or trouble.

 

What are the differences between this process and getting visa at Vietnam embassies?
It is only applicable for those who travel to Vietnam by air. You only need fill out the visa application form online instead of visiting the Vietnam embassies or sending documents to Embassies over by post.The online visa application does not require sending your passport away.You get a visa approval letter issued by Vietnam Immigration Department indicating that you are allowed to enter Vietnam and have your visa stamped upon arrival at one of Vietnam international airports.

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