Best Of Northern Vietnam 9 Days

Best Of Northern Vietnam 9 Days

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Arrival in Hanoi - Embrace the Capital's Charms

As you step off the plane and into Hanoi's Noi Bai International Airport, your journey into the heart of Vietnam begins. A warm and hospitable welcome awaits you, as our guide, bearing a sign adorned with the unmistakable Asia Tour Advisor logo and your name, greets you. From here, you will be seamlessly transported to the heart of downtown Hanoi.

During your transfer, your guide will offer you a delightful introduction to the city, setting the stage for your exploration. Keep an eye out for the ASIA TOUR ADVISOR LOGO signboard held by your driver, ensuring a smooth transition from the airport to your destination.

With the day now yours to command, take the opportunity to immerse yourself in the captivating essence of Hanoi. The city is a harmonious blend of tree-lined boulevards, French Indochinese architecture, and tranquil lakes, each contributing to its unique allure.

Hanoi, Vietnam's resplendent capital, is home to seven million inhabitants. With its graceful French colonial architecture, shaded boulevards, picturesque lakes, and the bustling charm of the Old Quarter, Hanoi exudes an understated sophistication. While exploring the city, you'll witness locals practicing Tai Chi by the serene lake, and you'll find barbers and street food vendors engaged in their trade, adding to the city's vibrant atmosphere.

Hanoi Sightseeing - Discover a City Steeped in History

The capital of Vietnam, a city with a history that celebrated its millennium in 2010, boasts a wealth of captivating cultural and historical sites. Today's tour will unveil the city's most notable highlights, granting you a glimpse into its rich heritage.

Begin your journey with a visit to the grand and solemn Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, an iconic structure (please note it is closed on Mondays and Fridays from October to November). Next, discover the famed One Pillar Pagoda, often considered the symbol of Hanoi. The serene Temple of Literature, nestled beside West Lake, along with Tran Quoc Temple and Quan Thanh Pagoda, each offers its own unique charm.

A visit to the bustling Old Quarter sets the scene for your exploration of Hanoi's vibrant streets. Finally, your day concludes with an enchanting water puppet performance, a cultural gem that promises to leave a lasting impression.

Hanoi – Mai Chau Valley: A Journey to Tranquility

At approximately 9:00 AM, a private car and guide will arrive to embark on a picturesque journey to Mai Chau, a serene and beautiful valley that has long been home to various ethnic groups, including the Thai, Muong, Hmong, Tay, and Viet. Mai Chau provides the perfect sanctuary, allowing you to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and immerse yourself in the wonders of nature, tranquil villages, local lifestyles, and captivating cultures.

After a scenic 3.5-hour drive, you'll arrive in Mai Chau. Here, you'll savor a delightful lunch at a local eatery before checking in at your homestay.

In the afternoon, the choice is yours: embark on a leisurely walk or bicycle ride through the valley, passing by picturesque Thai ethnic villages, where you can witness their farming practices, observe their distinctive house styles, and even engage with the locals to gain fascinating insights into their unique cultures. Mai Ha village is one of the suggested destinations to explore, although your guide can customize the route to match your preferences.

As the day winds to a close, enjoy a hearty dinner and spend the night in a homestay, hosted by a local family in Mai Hich village.

Mai Chau Valley Continued Exploration: Immerse in Local Life

Awaken to the gentle songs of roosters, the crisp mountain air, and breathtaking mountain vistas. After a nourishing breakfast, embark on a 2.5-hour trek through the valley, passing through various villages in Sam Khoe commune to further immerse yourself in local life.

You'll break for lunch with a local family in Buoc village before making your way to your charming lodge for check-in. Poom Coong or Lac Village are recommended stops for the afternoon, given their proximity to your lodging.

Enjoy a second tranquil night in the embrace of Mai Chau's natural beauty.

(Note: The choice of villages may vary based on current conditions.)

Mai Chau – Pu Luong Trekking: Nature's Splendor

Perhaps you'll want to savor the tranquility of your lodge a bit longer. At around 9:00 AM, prepare to journey to the Pu Luong Nature Reserve in Ba Thuoc commune, Thanh Hoa province, a scenic drive that takes approximately 2 hours.

Upon arrival, if your room at Pu Luong Retreat is not yet available, you can store your luggage there. Then, embark on a gentle trek downhill into the Pu Luong Nature Reserve, visiting Don village along the way. Here, you'll witness captivating rice cultivation and observe local farming activities. Later, ascend to the mountain's peak for panoramic views that encompass the region's dotted villages. In the afternoon, return to your accommodation for check-in and relaxation.

(Note: Village choices may be adjusted based on current conditions.)

Pu Luong Trekking – Drive to Ninh Binh: Nature's Bounty

After a hearty breakfast, discuss your preferences with your guide and choose from a variety of magnificent trekking routes. These trails offer glimpses of extraordinary rice terraces, stunning hills and valleys, and captivating hamlets, providing insight into daily life. The trekking options range from easy strolls through nearby villages to more challenging hikes extending into more remote areas.

At the appropriate time, journey to Ninh Binh, where you'll check in to your hotel and enjoy leisurely free time.

(Note: The choice of villages may vary based on current conditions.)

Ninh Binh Exploration - A Day of Natural Wonders

After a satisfying breakfast at the hotel, your day unfolds with a visit to Ninh Binh's most iconic attractions. The itinerary is flexible, offering you the choice of exploring Hoa Lu, the ancient royal capital of Vietnam. You'll have the chance to visit the Dinh King Temple and Le King Temple, both dating back to the 10th century, and delve into the heroic histories of these two monarchs during the Chinese Wars.

Other attractions that might pique your interest include the magnificent Bai Dinh Pagoda and a boat excursion on either Tam Coc, Trang An, or Van Long. Your guide will assist you in selecting the most appealing options based on your preferences.

Ninh Binh – Halong Bay: From Landscapes to Limestone Karsts

At approximately 9:00 AM, our team will collect you from the hotel lobby and set out on a picturesque drive through the verdant Red River Delta. Your destination is the illustrious UNESCO World Heritage site, Halong Bay.

Upon arrival, you'll board a luxurious junk ship for an overnight cruise. As you settle in and relax on deck, prepare to be captivated by the extraordinary limestone karsts rising majestically from the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Tonkin. Halong Bay's enchanting scenery features thousands of jungle-clad islands seemingly suspended on the waves.

Indulge in a delectable seafood lunch while savoring the incredible vistas with a refreshing drink in hand. Your journey includes a visit to a traditional fishing village where the locals have ingeniously built an entire town on their boats. You'll also have the opportunity to explore Tien Ong Cave before returning to the cruise for cocktails, canapés, and a breathtaking sunset. Conclude your day with a romantic, candlelit dinner.

Halong Bay – Return to Hanoi Airport - Bidding Farewell

The day commences with an invigorating Tai Chi session on the sundeck, set against the early morning mist as the sun emerges over the azure waters. As you revel in the beauty of the bay, you'll have the choice between a tranquil island visit for swimming or participating in a cooking demonstration with the ship's chef, where you can delve deeper into the art of Vietnamese cuisine.

Relish a leisurely brunch while your junk gracefully sails through Halong Bay, passing by scenic islets and caves as it retraces its course to the harbor.

Upon disembarkation, your driver will be ready to meet you, transferring you to Noi Bai Airport for your evening flight home. Alternatively, if your departure is scheduled for the early morning of the following day, we can arrange an additional night's stay in Hanoi.

Farewell and Future Adventures

As your tour with Asia Tour Advisor draws to a close, we extend our heartfelt thanks for sharing this incredible journey with us. Until we meet again, safe travels, and we look forward to welcoming you on your next adventure.

Should you find that the above itinerary does not fully align with your expectations, please remember that Asia Tour Advisor specializes in crafting customized trips tailored to your unique preferences and desires. Explore more of our remarkable country with our diverse range of Vietnam tours.

This short adventure of Northern Vietnam tours takes you through beautiful rural villages, meeting amazing people, seeing picturesque scenery, local markets, caves & waterfalls. Along the way, you’ll have the chance to experience some truly authentic accommodation of local houses or enjoy the comfort of eco-lodge or secret retreat with awesome views.


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Reviewed On: Feb 22, 2023MartinNew Zealand

Exploring Northern Vietnam for 9 days was a dream come true! From the stunning rice fields in Mai Chau to the limestone cliffs in Halong Bay, every stop was breathtaking. Our tour guide was exceptional, providing insightful information and making us feel at home in his country. Thank you for an incredible experience!
Martin New Zealand

Nothing but enjoyment
Reviewed On: Feb 21, 2023J LeeUnited Kingdom

The Northern Vietnam 9 Days tour was nothing short of amazing! Hanoi’s vibrant culture, Mai Chau’s picturesque landscapes, and Halong Bay’s stunning beauty left us in awe. Our tour guide was friendly and knowledgeable, making the trip even more enjoyable. I highly recommend this tour!
J Lee UK

Wonderful journey
Reviewed On: Feb 18, 2023SophiaUnited States

What a wonderful journey through Northern Vietnam! The 9-day tour was filled with excitement, joy, and adventure. We explored Hanoi’s charming streets, Mai Chau’s peaceful countryside, and Halong Bay’s magnificent seascape. Our tour guide was fantastic, providing interesting insights and taking us off the beaten path. Highly recommend!
Sophia US

Beyond the expectations
Reviewed On: Feb 17, 2023JosephineAustralia

The Northern Vietnam 9 Days tour exceeded all of our expectations! Hanoi’s hustle and bustle, Mai Chau’s tranquil scenery, and Halong Bay’s magnificent views were unforgettable. Our tour guide was exceptional, providing us with valuable information and making us feel welcomed. We cannot recommend this tour enough.
Josephine Australia

Highly recommended!
Reviewed On: Feb 16, 2023DavisUnited States

The Northern Vietnam 9 Days tour was an unforgettable adventure! From the bustling streets of Hanoi to the breathtaking scenery of Mai Chau and Halong Bay, every moment was filled with excitement and joy. Our tour guide made the experience even more special by sharing his knowledge and love for the country. Highly recommended!
Davis US

Great trip all the way
Reviewed On: Jan 10, 2023Mr TimoSingapore

Great trip all the way. Before the trip there was good communication on email. In Hanoi we got picked up from airport and the guide gave us most information. We could leave our big luggage in Hanoi until we returned from Puluong.

Our guide Mr Phuong was so sweat. Was on time and made sure we had great dinners and hiking trips. He was also good at telling us how to handle the sales persons. He also follow us to the airport and made sure we knew everything all the time.
Mr Timo – Singapore

The best experience we could have asked for
Reviewed On: Dec 13, 2019SiewAustralia

Our trip with ATA was the best experience we could have hoped for. My husband had been looking forward to visiting Vietnam for years, and it was a life-changing experience. Everything was organized from start to finish, all travel was smooth and we didn’t have to worry about anything. Our guide was incredibly knowledgable and personable and took the trip to a whole new level. We will be booking our next trip with ATA again!
Siew -Australia

So helpful
Reviewed On: Dec 12, 2019CasanovaSpain

Our trip organiser was so helpful and catered to all of our needs. We visited all the places that we most wanted to see and had the best holiday. The tour was very well orchestrated and we had enough free time to do the things we wanted to do. I cannot thank them enough for making this holiday such an exceptional holiday. I would highly recommend anyone going to Vietnam to join on of these tours. Thanks Asia Tour Advisor.

Casanova –Spanish

Amazing guide
Reviewed On: Dec 12, 2019HowardUnited Kingdom

Thang was an amazing person and became also a good friend. Very kind and knowledgeable. He kept us informed all the time. You knew exactly where you were going and the short term plan ahead. This was great for a bunch of people with all different levels of energies. He has such a great sense of humour and was the glue to a great team. I would choose him anytime and will recommend this tour to all my friends – just because of him. He is truly the best and may he be handsomely rewarded as he totally deserves it.
Howard-United Kingdom

Magical country
Reviewed On: Dec 10, 2019CerriUnited Kingdom

Magical country to travel in Vietnam. We have enjoyed the trip too much. Pu Luong was the place we gave top marks.Mai Chau was exceptional – the hill tribes are so friendly and even though they want you to buy their crafts, they are not pushy, just helpful and welcoming. Trekking to our homestay was great – through the rice fields passing many small villages and enjoying the interaction with the local people.
Halong Bay overnight on a junk to visit the spectacular caves was a great way to end our holiday. Asia Tour Advisor was invaluable with the personal touch. Always ready to advise and guide us on our way. Top marks everyone. Hope your business flourishes and you enjoy the company of many more travellers to your wonderful country.

Cerri –UK

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  • Accommodation in double room with daily breakfast.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner. Food only – NO drinks
  • Transfers by private air-conditioned vehicles.
  • English speaking local guides
  • All entrance fees as indicated in itinerary.
  • Boat trips as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Cruise in Halong Bay
  • Cold water and towel during tours
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  • Other meal, drink, Tip to guide and driver, personal expenses
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