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The Balmy Coastal Waters of Northern Vietnam

Travel days:  9 days
 /  8 nights

  • All flights mentioned with in the program with economy class including tax and fuel surcharge
  • Transfers mentioned in the program, with air-conditioned car.
  • Accommodation in selected hotels in twin-bed room with bath/shower. WC, and daily breakfast.
  • All transfer and sightseeing mentioned in the program include English speaking tour guide.
  • Entrance fee for all sights mentioned in the program.
  • Meals as mentioned in the program (B: breakfast). Breakfast box in lieu of ABF when early morning flight.
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  • For certain sightseeing venues, if a child is taller than 120 cm, entrance fees are calculated as an adult. For further visits or re-entry at some sites, the entrance fee must be paid again and this will be the responsibility of the client.
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Enjoy the tranquil waters of northern Vietnam’s coast aboard the luxurious ‘Treasure Junk’ (a 35 metre vessel with spacious cabins, sundeck, dining room, spa and bar) and allow the crew to whisk you away from the tourist traps to the floating villages and markets of the Hon Gai archipelago. Mingle with locals and enjoy the sights and sounds of Ha Long and Bai Tu Long Bays, where sandy beaches and stunning rock formations dot the landscape. With opportunities for swimming, kayaking and excursions to floating markets where locals conduct their daily business, this a trip with both depth and contrast as Vietnam’s modern capital of Hanoi – your starting point for this tour – fades from memory as you are gently buffeted by the warm coastal waters of northern Vietnam.

Travel Itinerary

  • Day 1:
    Beijing/Shanghai – Hanoi
    • Arrival in Hanoi
    • Collection from the airport and transfer to your hotel. Time allowed for acclimatization on your day in the Vietnamese capital.
    • Overnight in Hanoi
  • Day 2:
    Hanoi (B)
    • A free day in Hanoi to explore at your leisure. Hanoi highlights include Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the Temple of Literature.
    • Overnight in Hanoi
  • Day 3:
    Hanoi –Halong Bay (B L D)
    • Depart from Hanoi at 8.00 for a 3.5 hours’ drive to Halong City through the Red River Delta. Upon arrival board the plushly decored Treasure Junk. Start cruising from Hon Gai pier to the edges of Halong bay while lunch with fresh seafood is served (vegetarian and kids menus available).
    • After lunch allow yourself to relax in the spacious and modern cabins, on the sun deck or enjoy the company of fellow passengers at the onboard bar.At this point the cruise leaves the tourist trail behind and seeks out more authentic surroundings.Limestone rock formations dot the way for the next leg of the journey.
    • Arriving at the perfect spot, both remote and scenic, where the waters of Halong and Bai Tu Long meet and coalesce.If you’re longing to dip your toe in the gentle waters that tickle the bow and run the 35 metres of her sides, The Treasure has full facilities for kayaking and bay exploration aboard a smaller exploration vessel, launched from the main boat.
    • After one/one and a half hour kayaking, we get back on board to refresh and enjoy aperitifs on the sundeck. Dinner is served either inside or outside depending on weather conditions. Overnight on board in a cozy air-conditioned cabin with en-suite bathroom facilities.
    • Overnight on board
  • Day 4:
    Halong Bay (B L D)
    • Breakfast will be served from 7.15am.For early risers, there is a Tai Chi session with hot drinks from 6.30.
    • Around 8.30am, we board a smaller boat, allowing for greater mobility and access to the hidden nooks of the archipelago.
    • A whole day of fun and relaxation awaits, the opportunity for swimming,a second chance to try your hand at kayaking, this time amongst sandy beaches and floating houses.The exact program depends on tide and weather conditions but we guarantee that we will make this trip extension a worthwhile experience. Lunch will be served on the support boat.
    • Our guide will then lead you back to the Treasure Junk in the mid-afternoon. There is time to refresh and make yourself comfortable on the sundeck. Dinner will be served again either in the dining room or on the deck. Second night onboard.
    • Overnight on board
  • Day 5:
    Halong – Hanoi – Lao Cai (B L)
    • We will be back at the pier about 11am, and driven to Hanoi with an expected arrival time of 4pm. The day will be short so an early rise is facilitated by a restful night’s sleep.
    • Coffee, tea and cakes will be served from 6.30am. Wake up witnessingto witness the hypnotic silence of beautifully misty bay. A 30-minute Tai Chi session will be organized to, energize your body and soul or simply enjoy some free time catching sun rays with your morning coffee.
    • At around 7.45am, we hop on bamboo boats to visit a secluded floating village thethat sits amongst a backdrop of mountains. We trace our way between numerous floating houses and small rowing boats that function as market stalls, taxi’s and fishing vessels.
    • Back on Treasure before 9am, we make our way back to the pier. From 9.30am, brunch will be served. A last chance to observe the rock formations that line the departure point. Once on land, a small café is the pick up point for our overland vehicle back to Hanoi.
    • 12:00 – shuttle bus transfer back to Hanoi.
    • 16:30 – back to Hanoi. You’ll have time for dinner (at your own cost) before boarding the 21:10 train to Lao Cai.
    • Overnight on the train
  • Day 6:
    Lao Cai – Ethnic market – Sapa (B L)
    • 6:00 - Arrivinge in Lao Cai station early morning, you’ll have time for refreshments and breakfast before taking a private drive to a weekly ethnic market. Although it’s quite a long drive, the landscape is attractive and the ethnic markets are a fascinating experience. Unlike those in the tourist areas, this weekly market is not only for buying and selling, but are also meeting places for ethnic minority people to meet and exchange news.
    • After lunch at a local restaurant, you’ll make your way back to Sapa, a small town perched on the mountainside opposite Mt. Fan Si Pan, Vietnam’s highest peak. You’ll arrive with time to relax and stroll around the town. You’ll spend the night in a Sapa hotel.
    • Overnight in Sapa
  • Day 7:
    Sapa (B L)
    • 9:00 - Start trekking from Sapa to Ta Phin valley. We start from Sapa and walk through the town for about 20 minutes before turning to a dirt road to Ma Tra, a black H’mong village. The trekking route offers a breathtaking view of vegetable gardens and rice terraces with green mountains rising above. There will be time to visit with local families and learn about their gindustrious handicrafts. We continue trekking to Ta Phin village of the Red Dzao, in one of the most scenic valleys in Vietnam. Here we’ll stop for a simple picnic lunch before exploring the village.
    • 15:00 - Return to Sapa by private vehicle to check in to your hotel. You’re free to explore the town, its market and sloping streets along with its array of colorful handicrafts.
    • With your free time, you can go up to Ham Rong peak (Entrance fee is not included) where you will be able to experience a great view over the town of Sapa. This is a great chance for some fantastic photos! (Weather permitting)
    • Overnight in Sapa
  • Day 8:
    Sapa trekking – Hanoi (B)
    • You will meet your guide and depart at 8.00. You will start trekking from. Sapa town to Golden Stream valley. The trek offers some stunning views of the rice terraces, gardens and Fan Si Pan mountain range. After crossing a suspension bridge, we will hike up to Lao Chai San village. The scenery here is great. We will continue through the Golden Stream Valley, stopping at Lao Chai village for lunch. After lunch, we will explore the villages of Lao Chai (Black H’mong) and Ta Van (Dzay). This trek is relatively easy, though the trail can be quite slippery if it rains, so good footwear is recommended.
    • After visiting an important family of the village, we walk to the main road to meet up with our driver and return to Sapa town. Shower is available at our partner's hotel.
    • 15:30 – our guide takes you to the bus station. Comfortable shuttle bus departs from Sapa to Hanoi. Enjoy beautiful views driving along the Hoang Lien Son mountain range. The bus is equipped with large individual seats, A/C and wifi. 2 stops on the way. One for toilets at about 18:30. The other one for dinner (at your own cost) at about 20:00. Around 22:00 - Arrival in Hanoi center (Ly Thai To street).
    • Overnight in Hanoi.
  • Day 9:
    Hanoi – Beijing/Shanghai (B)
    • Time will be on your own until your driver arrives to take you to Noi Bai airport in good time for your departure flight.
    • End of service.