Day 1: Hanoi Arrival (D)
Enter Vietnam at Noi Bai airport, you?ll be met and driven to your hotel. You will have time to relax before we present you with Vietnam daily life in the past and now with one or two hour cylo tour around the Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son temple and Old Quarter of Hanoi. You will then enjoy a Water Puppet Show and a welcome dinner at a restaurant with Vietnamese cuisines. You will spend the night in Hanoi
Day 2: Hanoi City Tour ? Overnight train to Sapa (B/L)
You will have the whole day to explore Vietnam?s capital city. Your guide will take you to the Temple of Literature, the first university in Vietnam dating back to the 11th century, and a popular attraction, as is Ho Chi Minh?s Mausoleum, his simple stilt house where he lived and worked, and the museum dedicated to his memory. After lunch, you will call in at the serene Tran Quoc Pagoda, the oldest in Hanoi and the excellent Ethnology Museum for an overview of Vietnam?s 54 distinct ethnic groups. In the evening, you?ll take an overnight train to Sapa.
Day 3: Lao Cai ? Sa Pa - Cat Cat & Tafin villages (B)
Arrive at Lao Cai Train station at about 6.30, you will be met by your guide and driven to Sapa. After breakfast and relaxing, you will explore Sapa town and talk to ethnic minority people there. Small girls there are all good at English. You will understand more about their daily life and culture. In the afternoon, take a 2km trek to Cat Cat Village, home of H?mong Ethnics. Then you will head to Tafin village (12km from Sapa) home to the Red Dzao minority. Visit Tafin Cave, Tafin handicraft shops and see the daily life of Red Dzao people. Drive back to Sapa for overnight.
Day 4: Sapa - Lao Chai - Ta Van villages (B/L)
After breakfast at your hotel, you will be transferred by a private car to Lao Chai village of Black H?mong people. Trek from Lao Chai village to Ta Van village of Dzay minority people. Trek through the village and then drive back to Sa Pa for lunch. You will be free for the remainder of the day until being transferred back to Lao Cai. Overnight train back to Hanoi.
Day 5: Hanoi ? Ha Long Bay ? Hanoi (B/L)
Arriving in Hanoi at around 5am in the morning, you will be picked up to a mini hotel for breakfast and re-freshment. 8:30am: Depart from your hotel to Ha Long Bay, one of the most spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Areas and the world?s largest marine limestone ?karst? landscape. There you?ll board a traditional-style boat for four-hour cruise on the bay to visit some of the less well-known grottoes and caves. Weather permitting, you?ll be able to swim, and climb hills (not mountains!) for an overview of the Bay?s remarkable seascape. You?ll be served a seafood lunch on the boat. In the late afternoon, you?ll return to Hanoi. Tour ends at your hotel in Hanoi at 19:00. You will spend overnight in Hanoi.
Day 6: Hanoi departure (B)
After breakfast, you will be free until your driver arrives to take you to Noi Bai airport for your departure flight.