Sapa, Mu Cang Chai & Halong Bay

Sapa, Mu Cang Chai & Halong Bay

5 star Code tour: CAT24 | Duration: 9 Days
Travel Route
Arrival and start the trip from Hanoi → Sapa (Trekking & Fansipan Cable Car Ride) → Mu Cang Chai Rice Terraces → Hanoi (City Tour of Featured Sites) → Cat Ba Island - Lan Ha Bay (Sister Bay of Halong) → Departure from Hanoi

A trip that can learn the basic culture of Vietnam and admire the most beautiful scenery that this country must show while you only have 10 days. Hanoi, a cultural center with over a thousand years of history, will be the city for your arrival flight. After visiting the highlights of the city, your personal guide will take you to the far northern mountains where you will trek to admire the most beautiful terraces in the country, where there are ethnic minorities in colorful costumes, living in peaceful villages with few passersby. End of the 10-day program is a relaxing time of visiting Halong Bay by deluxe cruise, landmarks that have been recognized by UNESCO as a natural heritage of the world.
 

Brief Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi
Day 2: Hanoi City Tour
Day 3: Hanoi - Sapa
Day 4: Sapa - Mu Cang Chai
Day 5: Mu Cang Chai Trekking
Day 6: Mu Cang Chai - Hanoi
Day 7: Hanoi - Halong Bay
Day 8: Halong Bay - Hanoi
Day 9: Departure from Hanoi
Sapa, Mu Cang Chai & Halong Bay
  • DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN HANOI
    DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN HANOI
    Welcome to Hanoi, Vietnam!
    Upon arrival at Noi Bai airport, you are welcomed and greeted by the Custom Asia Travel tour guide and taken to your hotel by private transfer. The remainder of the day is relaxing or be on your own discovery.
    - Located on the banks of the Red River, Hanoi capital is one of the most ancient cities in the world. Here, visitors are able to find well-preserved colonial buildings, old Buddhist pagodas, and unique museums within the city. The best way to explore its Old Quarter is on foot. This French-colonial city is also known for its delicious cuisines, vibrant nightlife, and souvenir shopping…
    Included Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch
    Hotel in Hanoi
    DAY 2: HANOI CITY TOUR
    DAY 2: HANOI CITY TOUR
    This day tour to learn about the capital city of Vietnam occupies your whole day with featured sites, including Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, his house-on-stilts, One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature - Vietnam’s first university for the morning.
    Your lunch today is served at a restaurant in town with local tastes.
    In the afternoon, the tour continues with a visit to one of the following museums (you can pick the one you like): the Ethnology Museum, Army Museum, National Fine Arts Museum, Hanoi Hilton prison or Vietnam Women Museum).
    Followed by a short walk or a cyclo ride in the Old Quarter.
    End the day tour with a traditional Water Puppet show.
    Included Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch
    Hotel in Hanoi
    DAY 3: DRIVE TO SAPA & TREK TO SA XENG
    DAY 3: DRIVE TO SAPA & TREK TO SA XENG
    You will be picked up at your hotel in Hanoi early in the morning (about 7.30 AM). This morning, you will travel to Sapa on the HW Noi Bai – Lao Cai. This is the longest highway in Vietnam. The scenic drive from the Red River Delta, through the midland to Lao Cai province will be a good start for your trip. Arrive in Sapa by noon. Have lunch at a restaurant in town. After that, we will transfer to a trekking point in Sa Xeng Village, have a short stop on the way to take photo of Muong Hoa Valley. Arrive at Hau Thao, get off your vehicle and start the afternoon trek to Sa Xeng. The trek is on a small back road winding along the uneven Valley. Most of the way is gently downhill, passing several villages and views of rice terraced fields. Get picked up at the end of the trek and make your way back to Sapa town. Check in a hotel for the night. Dinner is on your own account.
    Included Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel in Sapa
    DAY 4: SAPA - MU CANG CHAI
    DAY 4: SAPA - MU CANG CHAI
    This morning, you will be transferred to a trekking point in Muong Hoa Valley where you will do a beautiful trek to visit a few villages of the Black H’mong and enjoy the terraced paddy fields in the area.
    Get picked up and drive back to town for lunch.
    The afternoon is spent on a scenic drive to Mu Cang Chai, another rice terrace paradise.
    You may have time to get some stops on the way for taking pictures.
    Check-in a stilt-house homestay of the Thai people nearby Mu Cang Chai town. Dinner and overnight there.
    Included Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
    Accommodation: Home-stay at a local house (or at an eco-lodge)
    DAY 5: MU CANG CHAI TREK
    DAY 5: MU CANG CHAI TREK
    Today, you spend most of the day for a long scenic trek on small paths and back roads from Che Cu Nha to La Pan Tan. This is the best part of the region for you to admire the amazing rice terraced paddy.
    A simple picnic lunch is provided on the trek.
    Late in the afternoon, get picked up by your private vehicle and transferred back to the accommodation. Relax and stay for the second night.
    Included Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
    Hotel at Home-stay at a local house (or at an eco-lodge)
    DAY 6: MU CANG CHAI - HANOI
    DAY 6: MU CANG CHAI - HANOI
    Take your time in this morning for the breakfast at the lodge and check out of your room at 9:00 a.m.
    Drive back to Hanoi, it appromimately takes you about 7 hours.\
    Lunch is at a local restaurant on the way.
    Arrive at your hotel in Hanoi between 5:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
    Check- back in your hotel in Hanoi, refreshment and stay overnight.
    Included Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
    DAY 7: HANOI - CAT BA ISLAND- LAN HA BAY
    DAY 7: HANOI - CAT BA ISLAND- LAN HA BAY
    Halong Bay and Lan Ha Bay, in northeast Vietnam, is known for its emerald waters and thousands of towering limestone islands. Designated a World Heritage site in 1994, the bay is a "must-see" place for any visitor to Vietnam, especially an overnight trip on a traditional wooden junk. Take the morning transfer to Cat Ba Island. Around noon - Board your private boat and start the cruising itinerary with lunch and dinner aboard. Some interesting activities are available to include kayaking, swimming, sunbathing on the sun deck. Overnight at an en-suite cabin on the boat.
    Included Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
    Overnight on a private boat
    DAY 8: LAN HA BAY - HANOI
    DAY 8: LAN HA BAY - HANOI
    Get up early this morning for the sunrise and fresh air on the top deck if you want. Otherwise, you can remain in the cabin until breakfast time.
    After breakfast, the captain starts the engine again and take to you Viet Hai dock where you will get a bicycle for a scenic ride toward Cat Ba National park. The destination is Viet Hai village, located right in the national park area. Take a quick look at the village when you are riding through. Keep riding on the same road back the boat. Refresh and get ready to check out of your cabin.
    An early lunch is served on the boat today as you will finish the boat trip at 11:45 a.m.
    The afternoon transfer takes you back to Hanoi. Arrive at your hotel and you may want to do some last shopping this evening.
    Included Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch
    Hotel in Hanoi
    DAY 9: DEPARTURE FROM HANOI
    DAY 9: DEPARTURE FROM HANOI
    Today is your last day. It depends on your departure flight time, you may have to rush in the morning or just free at leisure or do some last shopping until get transferred to the airport for your flight home.
    Goodbye Vietnam!
    End of your Vietnam adventures.
    Included Meals: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Not available
    Includes
    • Private air-conditioned vehicle transfers during the tour
    • Accommodation based on twin-shared/ double basis with daily breakfasts
    • Meals as indicated in the itinerary each day
    • Private English Speaking tour guides
    • Entrance tickets at indicated sites
    • Cruise package in Halong Bay
    • Bottled water on the vehicle
    Excludes
    Surcharge in peak season (Tet holiday, Christmas, national holiday)
    Any international flights
    Travel insurance 
    Drinks and other meals
    Tips and gratuities
    Banking fee(if any)
    Personal expenses and others not mentioned clearly in the inclusion part
    Visa arrangement
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    I. Booking Terms and Conditions

    Booking & Payment
    • Bookings must be secured by a deposit of a minimum of 30% of the total booking value, or US$100 for bookings of a value US$500 or below. This deposit is non-refundable unless we cancel your tour. Full payment must be made at least 30 days prior to the first day of your trip. (Please note that increased deposit requirements may be applied for some trips).
    • Except as otherwise agreed by your direct travel specialist of Custom Asia Travel, the final payment or the balance is due earlier than 30 days prior to your departure. (Failure to pay by the due date may result in unexpected cancellation of the booking.)
    • Payment may be made by cash through Western Union, telegraphic/electronic transfer or credit card such as Visa, Master Card. (Except for the cash payment, any levied charges for the telegraphic/electronic transfer or any applied surcharges for credit card banking (3.0%) should be covered by the clients.)
    • Following full payment, the final voucher for services and related documents will be forwarded by e-mail to clients at a maximum of two weeks prior to your home departure.

    Cancellations
    Cancellation will be charged as follows:
    • More than 30 days prior to departure: We will retain the deposit
    • 29 - 14 days prior to departure: 50% of the Tour price is forfeited
    • 13 - 0 days prior to departure: 100% of the Tour price is forfeited (Note: Any of bank charge for the payment process is on the client's account)

    Refund of Unused Services
    • No refund will be given for any unused service after the trip has commenced.

    Liability
    • Custom Asia Travel Co., Ltd. is not responsible for any loss, injury or damage sustained by passengers. Additional expenses incurred due to delays, accidents, natural disaster, political actions, and unrest must be borne by the passengers. Passengers are required to have full travel insurance.
    • Airline schedules and local conditions may affect accommodation and itineraries. Should this occur, Custom Asia Travel Co., Ltd will endeavor to substitute a suitable arrangement of similar value. Participation on any tours implies full agreement to the above conditions by all parties involved. Travel Insurance
    • Travel insurance is not included in your tour price. It is the passenger's responsibility to verify whether his/her local health insurance carrier provides coverage while traveling. Please contact your insurance carrier for details.
    • Custom Asia Travel Co., Ltd. strongly advises that you purchase a comprehensive travel insurance policy to cover all aspects of your tour: the loss of deposits through cancellation, loss of baggage and personal items, personal injury and death. A waiver must be signed if insurance is declined.

    QUOTATION NOTES:

    • Please be aware that flight times, hotels and all other logistics, services and days of travel are subject to availability. Where flights are canceled or delayed Custom Asia Travel will endeavor to secure alternative arrangements of similar value as noted in our booking conditions.
    • The traveling times mentioned within this dossier are approximations only. These times will vary according to weather, road, traffic or any other prevailing conditions.
  • Ridhati, Austria
    Ridhati wrote a review Dec 2018
    Austria
    5 star
    Welcome to Hanoi, Vietnam!
    Upon arrival at Noi Bai airport, you are welcomed and greeted by the Custom Asia Travel tour guide and taken to your hotel by private transfer. The remainder of the day is relaxing or be on your own discovery.
    - Located on the banks of the Red River, Hanoi capital is one of the most ancient cities in the world. Here, visitors are able to find well-preserved colonial buildings, old Buddhist pagodas, and unique museums within the city. The best way to explore its Old Quarter is on foot. This French-colonial city is also known for its delicious cuisines, vibrant nightlife, and souvenir shopping…
    Esther, USA
    Esther wrote a review May 2019
    USA
    5 star
    Today is your last day. It depends on your departure flight time, you may have to rush in the morning or just free at leisure or do some last shopping until get transferred to the airport for your flight home.

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