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Northern Vietnam: Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Sa Pa & Ninh Binh

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  • E-ticket/Mobile voucher
  • duration 8 days
  • tour type Small group
  • minimum participants 2
  • age requirement 18-79 yrs
  • max group size 16
  • guiding method Fully guided
  • Tour Code BM-14810
  • Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
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  • Starts Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Ends Hanoi, Vietnam
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HIGHLIGHTS
  • Enjoy a boat trip on the famous Ha Long Bay
  • Explore Hanoi, ride a rickshaw through its Old Quarter
  • Travel to Sa Pa, hike to Cat Cat, Lao Chai and Ta Van villages
Join us to see some of the major historical, cultural and natural landmarks of Northern Vietnam on this 8-day guided tour. Start your journey from Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam. Visit some of the most important sights in the city, including the mausoleum of Vietnam's founder Ho Chi Minh (closed on Monday & Friday), Presidential Palace, the One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature. Enjoy a rickshaw ride through Hanoi's Old quarter.

Take an overnight train to Sa Pa. Visit the village of the Black Hmong tribe. Learn more about the Tay and Day tribes that live in the Lao Chai Village. Drive to the majestic Ha Long Bay. Swim in its tranquil waters and see thousands of limestone krasts jutting from the sea. Spend a night in the bay aboard a boat.

Book this trip now and experience the best Northern Vietnam has to offer. For more about this tour, please go through the itinerary below.
ITINERARY Expand All
  • Day 1: Welcome to Hanoi
  • Day 2: Hanoi city tour - night train to Sa Pa
  • Day 3: Cat Cat Village
  • Day 4: Ta Van & Lao Cai villages - night train to Hanoi
  • Day 5: Hanoi - Ha Long Bay
  • Day 6: Halong to Hanoi
  • Day 7: Free day & optional activity
  • Day 8: Hanoi departure
WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • Pickup/drop off provided by a private car
  • Train tickets from Hanoi to Lao Cai and back to Hanoi (A/C, 4-berth sleeper cabins to be shared by 4 people per cabin, a private cabin for 2 people available as an optional add on)
  • A shuttle bus service from Hanoi to the Ha Long Bay and back to Hanoi
  • 4 nights' accommodation in Hanoi & Sa Pa at hotel 3 star
  • A 1-night stay on a wooden junks in the Ha Long Bay: private cabins with sea-view window, hot water, western toilets & an a/c
  • Meals as mention in the itinerary
  • English-speaking guide
  • A welcome drink (soft drink, tea or coffee) onboard the junk boat
  • Tai Chi exercise in the morning while on the boat
  • Entrance fees & sightseeing tickets
  • Visits to caves & floating fishing villages
  • A rickshaw tour and a water puppet show
  • All taxes & services charges
OPTIONAL ADDONS (Available during check-out)
  • Private Train Cabin (2 Ways)
  • Bai Dinh-Trang An full Day
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • Surchage for Gala dinner on 24 Dec and 31 Dec
  • Beverages and other meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Early checkin at and late check out from all hotels
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, shopping, etc.)
  • Tipping/ gratuities
  • All other services not mentioned in the itinerary and the 'Whats Included' section
  • Any additional expense incurred by causes beyond our control such as natural calamities (typhoons, floods), flight delays, rescheduling, cancellations and any accident
  • All airtickets
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CANCELLATION

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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about this tour.
  • What is the best month to visit Vietnam?

    The best time to visit Vietnam is from December through March, since temperatures are not overbearing during this time of year, hovering between 20°C to 26°C, and the rainfall light. Vietnam’s weather during March and even early April allows for tours right across the country, although it can be a little colder in the north. Mid-April through June and September to November are considered low seasons because they see two periods of monsoon rain. Temperatures rise alongside humidity during these months, and you will need to be prepared for downpours, which can flood roads and cut off access to destinations. July and August are very hot, with nighttime temperatures hovering at around 26°C. You can find more information here.

  • Is Asia open for tourists?

    Despite the initial fears of the Covid-19 pandemic, most Asian countries have managed to mitigate its effects. As such, many popular destinations throughout the continent are currently open for travelers with precautionary measures like mandatory vaccinations. A few countries, however, require newly arrived travelers to spend a couple of days in quarantine.

    As of February 2022, countries like Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia are officially open for vaccinated tourists without the need for quarantine. Meanwhile, India and Indonesia are two of the countries that may require you to quarantine for up to a week on arrival. However, Japan, Vietnam, and Myanmar are yet to open their doors to visitors.

     

  • What is the best time to travel to Vietnam?

    The best time to visit Vietnam is from December through March, since temperatures are not overbearing during this time of year, hovering between 20°C to 26°C, and the rainfall light. Vietnam’s weather during March and even early April allows for tours right across the country, although it can be a little colder in the north. Mid-April through June and September to November are considered low seasons because they see two periods of monsoon rain. Temperatures rise alongside humidity during these months, and you will need to be prepared for downpours, which can flood roads and cut off access to destinations. July and August are very hot, with nighttime temperatures hovering at around 26°C.

  • Is a trip to Vietnam expensive? Will I need a visa?

    Most travelers will find Vietnam an inexpensive country to visit. As our ultimate travel guide for Vietnam explains, both budget and luxury travelers are well catered for without having to break the bank. Good backpacker hostels will only set you back by around USD 10 per night. However, most consider staying in hotels during a Vietnam tour, since rooms in decent hotels even in big cities can cost as little as USD 40 per person, per night. Transportation is also a great value for money, and food is relatively cheap for the quality and quantity you will receive. Museum entry is usually around USD 2 per ticket.

    Most nationals who wish to travel to the country require a visa, obtainable from your nearest Vietnamese embassy for USD 60 to USD 100 per person.

  • How many days do I need to travel in Vietnam?

    Knowing how long to spend in Vietnam is one of the tricks to having a great vacation. It is possible to cover the highlights of the country during a seven-day tour. However, for greater insight into its history and people along with a feel for what makes Vietnam so special, we advise opting for a ten-day trip instead. With this duration, you can experience everything from the floating markets of the Mekong Delta to the rush-hour traffic of Ho Chi Minh City! Spend two weeks in Vietnam and you can travel from the north of the country to its south (or vice versa) without constantly checking your watch.

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