5 days and 4 nights
Destinations: Hanoi - Lao Cai - Sapa - Halong Bay
Day 1: Hanoi - Sapa
Take a night train to the border city (with China) of Lao Cai, gateway to the Sapa Mountains.
Day 2: Sapa - Cat Cat - Y Linh Ho - Lao Chai - Tan Van (breakfast, lunch)
You will meet your guide at the hotel in the morning, and walk south of Sapa to the lively town of Cat Cat. You will visit one of the less crowded areas of the region through some of its most picturesque valleys, surrounding the town by Y Linh Ho. Then you will follow a gentle slope through emerald green rice paddies, dominating the throat of a deep river. Arriving at its shore, you can wet your feet in cold mountain waters and watch children fishing with nets. You will walk at your own pace later, through villages and terraces of Hmong Negros, appreciating one of the best panoramas that Vietnam offers. Then you will eat at a restaurant in Y Linh Ho, also enjoying the great view, before continuing through the valley to the village of Lao Chai. You will make a well-deserved rest there, enjoying a relaxing cup of tea, and then you will learn the art of batik painting. The beautiful fabrics of the Black Hmong are famous throughout the world and this technique of dyeing is one of their cultural traditions. Only a handful of villagers currently work the batik, because it is threatened by modernization. You will join a practical workshop led by one of these specialists, and you can even take home your own painted textile. This proposed activity supports a sustainable tourism project that helps women in the region, ensuring the transmission of this amazing art to the new generations. You will then go to the town of Ta Van to be driven to your hotel in Sapa.
Day 3: Ho Suoi - Ma Tra - Sapa (breakfast, lunch)
This half-day tour will begin with the visit of Suoi Ho, a very rustic town. You will walk through its sleeping streets and you will get an idea of the local life, before stopping at a school to meet your students. Next, delight your eyes with the bucolic landscape walking along the Suoi Ho River, heading to Ma Tra. In this second village, you will discover a lively atmosphere and a picturesque Christian church. Then you will return to Sapa by car.
Day 4: Hanoi - Halong Bay (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
You will arrive in Hanoi early, with the train from Lao Cai. After cooling off and having a quick breakfast, you will be driven by bus to Halong Bay, leaving the capital with its effervescence in a journey of about four hours. You will reach the coast around noon and board a boat to board L'Azalée, a beautifully restored wooden reed. You will eat there, admiring the jade green waters of the archipelago. In the afternoon, the boat will take you to one of its secluded areas, ideal for swimming and kayaking around the karst monoliths. You will return to L'Azalée just in time to watch the sunset from the upper deck, before savoring a dinner with the freshest seafood from the bay.
Day 5: Halong Bay - Hanoi (breakfast, lunch)
You will wake up well rested, while the ship goes to Surprise Cave, the largest in Halong Bay, where you can access with the boat. The entrance of the cavity is deceptively narrow, but once crossed, it opens onto a large gallery with impressive calcareous formations. Back to the ship, you will sail to the port of Halong City. It will arrive around noon and then continue to Hanoi.
- The sublime natural beauty and cool climate of the valleys and mountains of Sapa.
- The meeting with villagers of ethnic groups, dressed according to their traditions.
- Hiking through the picturesque valley of Muong Hoa.
- The cruise in a traditional reed through the scenic Halong Bay.
- Accommodations carefully selected, including breakfast.
- Other meals indicated in the program.
- Local Spanish-speaking or English-speaking guide with experience.
- Tours mentioned and transfers in private vehicle with air conditioning.
- Cruises and scheduled trips.
- Admission expenses to the sites included in the circuit.
- All travel insurance
- All services not mentioned above
- Tipping and personal expenses