North Vietnam Family adventure
10 Days 09 nights
Hanoi – Cuc Phuong National Park– Trang An Nature Preserve– Mai Chau– Hanoi – Sapa – Ha Long Bay - Hanoi
This special tour is for a family who is interested in multi-activities such as jungle treks, overland tour, sampan cruise tour, hiking, home stay, highland market…ect. Departing from Hanoi, traveling through Cuc Phuong National Park, Trang An Nature Preserve, Sapa, Ha Long Bay. The tour focuses on the wild nature, the rich ethnic culture of the northern region. This itinerary is highly recommended for a family member or a small group tour.
Tour Code: VNC 04
Day 1: Hanoi Arrival (D)
Arriving at our one-thousand-year-old capital of Hanoi, you will be welcomed with our guide and escort you to your hotel in the heart of the city. Check in your hotel and be free for relaxing after a long-haul flight. In the evening, you will enjoy a welcomed dinner at a local restaurant with traditional live music. You will spend the night in Hanoi.
Day 2: Ha Noi – Cuc Phuong National Park, Jungle treks
Make a pleasant journey to Ninh Binh, about 120km in the south of Hanoi. Upon arriving in Cuc Phuong National park, we start visiting the Rescue Center where we will see and learn about the park’s biodiversity and variety of endangered species.
Then, we begin our trekking holidays through the life and songs of the local rain forests. A picnic lunch will be served en route. In the late afternoon, we will arrive at a village of the Muong minority people where we will spend our night in a local house. Dinner, then free time to talk with the host family and learn about the Muong people’s life and culture. Overnight at the stilt house.
Day 3: Cuc Phuong – Trang An Nature Reserve – travel to Mai Chau
After breakfast, we will take a short walk of to get reach the main road where we will get picked up by our car and transferred to Thung Nang which can be called “Vietnam’s Inland Halong Bay”.
Thung Nang is wonderful for photo hunters. The tourists often compare the place with Guilin – China, or more closely, to the limestone islets of Halong Bay in the Tonkin Gulf for their similar geological structures and shapes. Thus Thung Nang is also called Halong-Bay-On-Land.
Along the way we will visit caves and ancient temples. After the pleasant boat trip, we disembark the sampan and take our car again for Mai Chau. Arrive in Mai chau late afternoon.
Day 4: Mai Chau hiking
Breakfast at the Thai stilt house then we leave the village for a full day hiking around. We will pass many different Thai hamlets, through rice fields, hill sides…Stop sometimes to visit local houses and talk with local people. And one of the highlight on this walk is to experience the everyday life and culture white Thai people and stay in their traditional house on stilts as honoured guests. We will return to the village around late afternoon. Have a short break before enjoying the Thai traditional Music and Dance show which is performed by the village young gilrs and boys. Althrough they are not professional artistes, they will give you an unique experience of their culture life.
Day 5: Mai Chau – Hanoi – Overnight train to Lao Cai
After breakfast, we take our journey back to Hanoi . Arrive in Hanoi around noon. Free lunch in town. In the afternoon, enjoy a short cyclo excursion through the bustling old quarter streets named after the specific goods once offered for sales at these places. After free dinner, transfer to Hanoi Railways Station for taking overnight train to Laocai. Overnight on the train.
Day 6: Sapa – Suoi Ho Village – Ma Tra Village – Ta Phin Village
Arrive Lao Cai approximately 5h30am. Our local team will meet the group at the station and transfer to Sapa. Breakfast will be provided at a local restaurant in Sapa before trekking uphill through mountainous area. Enjoy while walking the spectacular view over rice paddy terraces, corn fields. Your picnic lunch will be provided on the spot. After lunch, we continue our Sapa trek downhill towards Taphin village where you will meet Red Dao and Black Hmong minorities, two largest ethnic groups in Sapa area. Stop by a house to talk with local people to know a bit more about their daily life, their customs and tradition. Finally, you are transferred back to Sapa. You stay overnight at the hotel in Sapa.
Day 7: Sapa – Muong Hoa Valley trekking – Lao Cai – Overnight train to Hanoi
After having breakfast, we have a short walk of 5km along mountain trail to visit Y Linh Ho village which is inhabited by black Hmong tribe and completely secluded from tourists, especially you are able to embrace raw Sapa culture and community by coming into some native houses to discover their own culture and custom as well as study how the local tribe make handicraft from natural materials such as: hemp, indigo…ect. Continuing to walk down Muong Hoa River where you can take a rest or swim before trekking uphill to Lao Chai village where your picnic lunch will be served. After lunch, you will visit the Day and Red Dzao tribes of Tavan village, which lies in the middle of Muong Hoa valley where excellent panoramas of rice terraced fields. Climbing to the main road, you are transferred to Sapa by car. Having shower and dinner before being transferred to Lao Cai for catching the night train to Hanoi.
Day 8: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay
Arrive in Hanoi in the early morning, you will be met by another Viet Sapa Travel guide, driver then transferred to a local restaurant for early breakfast then depart to Halong bay . Enjoy the journey through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta and the scenery of rice fields, water buffalo and everyday Vietnamese village life. Arrive in Halong and board the traditional sailing junk. Whilst cruising the exquisite waters sample the regions fresh seafood. Visit the recently discovered Surprise Grotto with its great views, and on the next island see the yawning mouth of Bo Nau Cave. Alternatively journey to Dau Go Cave and nearby see the famous stalagmites and stalactites of Thien Cung Cave. Enjoy a swim in the emerald waters of Halong Bay at any spot that you wish to visit or take a kayaking trip to explore the Bay (optional). Watch the sun set over the bay whilst enjoying a delicious dinner. Overnight on board junk.
Day 9: Ha Long Bay – Hanoi, water puppet show
Wake up to fresh coffee and a wholesome breakfast before cruising back to Halong City. En route the junk weaves through strange-shaped rock formations that invite comparisons from fighting cocks to dragons. After another wonderful fresh seafood early lunch on board disembark at the dock at Halong City. Transfer back to Hanoi.
In the evening, attend to the water puppet show, one of famous Vietnamese traditional art. Overnight in Ha Noi.
Day 10: Day trip to Duong Lam Ancient Village
We travel west of Hanoi to visit Duong Lam village, a purely agricultural village of the Northern Red River delta where still preserve many hundred-year-old houses. It will be your unique experience as you walk along tiny ancient alleys; visit Mong Phu temple in Mong Phu hamlet – the only hamlet whose original village entrance gate remains intact, dedicated to national heroes. Then cycle to Cam Lam by village’s roads. Magnificent landscape with rice-fields and hills. The two Kings Phung Hung & Ngo Quyen were born there and the village people are very proud of this. That’s why it has the second name as “The village of 2 Kings”. At Cam Lam, we can visit the temple of Phung Hung – very beautiful temple and also the Mausoleum of Ngo Quyen in the countryside facing rice fields and nice landscape. Back to Hanoi in the late afternoon. Trip ends.
Since this is a private tour, the price per person is net. For the children, depends on their ages we will apply different prices (This depends on our partners and suppliers such as: hotels, air flight tickets…). If you want to get a custom price quote for this tour, please fill out the online inquiry form and give us as much information as possible about your trip. Your online travel consultants will be at your service and help you make the most of your travel time and dollars!
Under 2 years old: FOC for tour & 50% air fare charge
From 2 to 5 years old: 50% charge for tour & 75% airfare charge
From 5 to 12 years old: 75% charge for tour & airfare
Above 12 years old: 100% charge as adult
English speaking guide
Private transfer and transportation
Accommodation with daily breakfast
Returned train tickets from Hanoi to Lao Cai, in shared 4-berth cabin with soft sleeper and air-conditioning
One bottle of water/person/day
Meals indicated in the itinerary
Water puppet show
Tax and service charge
International flight tickets
Via and visa fee
International Airport tax
Tips & gratuities
Other expenses not mentioned