Splendor of the North 8 Days

Splendor of the North 8 Days

8 Days

Flexible Itinerary

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Hanoi Arrival

When you arrive at the Noi Bai International airport you'll be met at the baggage claim by our friendly guide. Just look for the sign with our Asia Tour Advisor logo and your name. We'll get you to your hotel and see that you're comfortable, plus we'll give you an introduction to the city at the same time. Then the rest of the day is yours to settle in, relax, and explore the area.

Hanoi has many great restaurants with French, Vietnamese and international cuisines available. Ask your guide for personal recommendations.

Hanoi is Vietnam’s capital city and home to seven million people. Traditional and refined with French colonial architecture, tree-lined boulevards, scenic lakes and a bustling Old Quarter, Hanoi has a sophisticated charm. Observe locals practicing Tai Chi by the lake, with barbers and food vendors plying their sidewalk trade.

Hanoi city tour full day - Sapa

You'll have your breakfast at the hotel and then the local tour guide will pick you up to take you into the capital city of Vietnam. Hanoi is over 1,000 years old and during your Hanoi tour you'll get to explore most of attractions and explore its fascinating cultural and historical sites. You'll visit the imposing Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum where the preserved body of “Uncle Ho” has been laid to rest, the delicate One Pillar Pagoda, Tran Quoc Temple and the Quan Thanh Pagoda.

After lunch you can go to the Temple of Literature where you'll get to see ancient Vietnamese relics, then take a cyclo tour in 1 hour through the bustling and exciting Old Quarter to explore marketplace shops and foods. You'll end your day with a show at the water puppet theater - a beautifully unique cultural performance from northern Vietnam.

Our tour guide will pick you up from your hotel at 7:00pm and take you to the Hanoi Railway Station. We'll get you situated in an air-conditioned, 4-berth cabin with soft sleepers for an over-night train to Lao Cai. You will arrive at Lao Cai at about 6:00am the next day.

Sapa Tour

When you arrive in Lao Cai at 6:00am we will already be there waiting to pick you up. Just look for the tour guide with a sign that has your name on it. We'll take either a car or van up into the beautiful misty mountains of Northern Vietnam as we drive to Sapa. You'll be taken to a restaurant and hotel where you can get cleaned up, refreshed, and get something to eat. After lunch we'll visit Cat Cat Village, where a Black H'mong tribe lives, then go to see a beautiful, natural waterfall in the mountains. Afterwards, if you're interested you can also visit the impressive hydroelectric power station built by the French. You'll have dinner back in the town of Sapa and have the evening to explore the village on your own.

The former French hill station of Sapa is characterized by rocky mountain ridges, terraced rice paddies and lush green valleys. Sapa is located in the picturesque Hoang Lien Son mountain range on the border with China. Colorful hill tribe minorities inhabit the surrounding mountains, each with their own distinctive style of dress. From early childhood girls learn to grow and weave hemp, dye cloth, and decorate the family's clothing with traditional embroidery motifs.

Sapa Tour - Hanoi

You'll have your breakfast in the hotel and then a guide will be there by 9:00am to take you on your trekking day. We'll walk about 15 kilometers and in the course of the day you'll get to pass cascading waterfalls, terraced rice fields, a sweeping river valley, and truly spectacular mountain vistas. We'll also visit three different villages that belong to the Black H'mong, Dzay, and Red Dzao people. You can choose to either share a meal with a local family in one of the minority villages or have a lunch brought for you from the hotel to have a picnic with a beautiful view. A van or bus will be waiting for you at the last village to take you back to Sapa to collect your luggage. From there we can pick you up either at 4:30pm or 6:00pm, depending on train times and your own preferences, to go to Lao Cai and catch the over-night train back to Hanoi.

Hanoi – Halong Bay

Early in the morning, arrive in Hanoi, the guide pick you up and transfer you to take a daily room for relaxing and shower.
We'll pick you up in Hanoi by 8:00am and drive through the verdant Red River Delta to make our way to the famous UNESCO World Heritage site, Halong Bay. You'll board a luxury junk ship for an overnight cruise-- while you relax on-board you can marvel at the incredible limestone karsts that jut out of the sea and the thousands of jungle-covered islands that seem to float on the waves. The turquoise waters of the Gulf of Tonkin swirl around hidden grottoes and ancient caves to create an enchanting, timeless world.
We'll serve you a fresh seafood lunch while you sit back and relax as you enjoy the incredible view with a drink in your hand. We'll take you to a traditional fishing village where the locals have created an entire town on the decks of their boats, then you can explore Tien Ong Cave before returning to the cruise for cocktails, canapés, and a spectacular sunset. End your day with a romantic, candlelit dinner.

Halong Bay –Hanoi

Begin the day with a Tai Chi class on deck in the early morning mist or just admire the beautiful scenery as the sun rises over the azure waters. Choose between an excursion to a secluded island with a sandy beach for a swim or join the chef for a cooking demonstration to learn more about Vietnamese cuisine. Enjoy a leisurely brunch while your junk cruises Halong Bay, passing islets and caves as you make your way back to the dock.
Your driver will meet you when you disembark and transfer you back to Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi, check in hotel. Free time

Trang An – Hoa Lu - Hanoi

Depart to Ninh Binh (90km from Hanoi). Arrive in Ninh Binh, visit Trang An tourist attraction, take boat trip to visit cave complex: Sang Cave, Toi Cave, Ba Giot Cave, Nau Ruou in mystery and wildness, see scenery of mountain and rivers. Trang An is considered as Ha Long on the land. After lunch, transfer for visiting visit Hoa Lu - the Ancient Royal capital of Viet Nam. We will visit Dinh king temple and Le king temple. in the 10th century, finding out the heroic histories of this two Kings in Chinese Wars. At the end of day, transfer back to Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi, free time.

Departure Hanoi

You have free time in the morning until your private car arrives to take you to the airport for your next destination.

This is the end our Tour with Asia Tour Advisor. We thank you for joining us on this incredible experience to explore all the wonders of Vietnam. Goodbye, and we hope to see you again next time! Asia Tour Advisor can also arrange additional customized trips for you if the above itinerary does not match your expectations. And if you love explore our country more, you can get our Vietnam tours for more choices!

Are you looking for a tour that can give you a chance to really explore the splendor of the Northern part of Vietnam?
For a tour that balances luxury with an authentic experience, join us to discover the splendors of northern Vietnam! This the best choice for you to enjoy all the interesting places on the Northern Vietnam tours.

You have free time in the morning until your private car arrives to take you to the airport for your next destination.
This is the end of our Tour with Asia Tour Advisor. We thank you for joining us on this incredible experience to explore all the wonders of Vietnam. Goodbye, and we hope to see you again next time! Asia Tour Advisor can also arrange additional customized trips for you if the above itinerary does not match your expectations. And if you love to explore our country more, you can get our Vietnam tours for more choices!



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Good service and attitude
Reviewed On: Apr 12, 2023David AshcroftAustralia

Simply very good trip and specially with our contact Rebecca. Good professional and resolve all our problems and questions. We’ll recommend with no doubts
David Ashcroft -Australia

Great tour
Reviewed On: Apr 11, 2023PearumAustralia

It was lovely to see the beautiful landscape and interesting to hear about the destinations we were visiting. We dont normally use a guide when we visit such places but we are glad we did. Great tour.

Amazing Halong Bay
Reviewed On: Mar 09, 2023JulieAustralia

The whole day was great but the caves in Halong Bay were amazing. We went on a quiet day, luckily.

Great experience
Reviewed On: Mar 08, 2023Yam LoSingapore

If you are wondering how the North of Vietnam is, you must go to Sapa and experience a trekking adventure with AsiaTourAdvisor. 3 things i can guarantee:

– tailored trekking experience for your physical capabilities
– Amazing and funny guide
– Heartwarming homestays
Yam Lo -Singaporean

Greate 8 Days tour in the North Vietnam
Reviewed On: Mar 07, 2023SusanneGermany

We did a shirt 8 days tour with AsiaTourAdvisor .
The first contact was a little cold as there is a lot of people and the advisors try to attend to the customer as fast as possible, but they helped us quite well in the choice of the trek. The guide, Ngoc, was great. he really knew the place, tracks, history of the region. It really added a lot of charm to the trek. We learned a lot.
Thank you for everything.

Vietnam Holiday
Reviewed On: Oct 10, 2018Australia

My husband and I recently travelled to Vietnam and after researching many tour companies (and on recommendation from friends in Perth) we chose Asia Tour Advisor. Many emails with lots of questions were sent back and forwards before we actually made the booking (and afterwards as well) and our organiser, Ms Thu always responded in a courteous, helpful and speedy manner. We also made a few alterations to our itinerary so we were a little worried that there may be problems when we arrived. But, happily there were none… there was not a hitch any where, everything was fabulous, including our drivers, tour guides, hotels, meals provided and all the tours we undertook. Everyone was great but in particular I praise the driver who drove us to Halong Bay…. what a crazy and funny experience. It is madness just like everyone says but you really do have to experience it to believe it. We particularly liked being met at the airport and assisted with all our flights, both internal and external. I have recommended Asia Tour Advisor to several friends upon our return and I have no hesitation recommending that you use them to plan your trip. My husband was not as keen to go to Vietnam when I originally started planning the trip but now he wants to go back! And we will definitely use Asia Tour Advisor again. I don’t eat seafood but this was not a problem at any time, our guide always ensured my dietary needs were met, without any fuss or bother. They also gave us a mobile phone to use in case we had had a problem. We didn’t need it as everything ran so smoothly, but it is a kind and thoughtful gesture, just in case! Thanks Ms Thu, we appreciate all you did for us.

The very Best!
Reviewed On: Jan 03, 2018Carol SilvestroNew Zealand

I cannot recommend this company highly enough. We booked a trip with Asia Tour Advisor after reading all the great reviews on Tripadvisor and it was without doubt the highlight of our trip. After getting welcomed from airport by our guide, Phuong, we walked through the old quarter. Phuong was incredibly knowledgable and fun and as well as getting to experience the sights and sounds of the places we visited
We learnt a lot about the Hmong Culture and it’s people during the visit in Sapa too. A truly memorable experience!
Carol Silvestro
New Zealand

Memorable stay
Reviewed On: Oct 11, 2017Sriram VaidhyanathanBahamas

Thanks for getting in touch. We had a wonderful time on the Indochina Dragon Legend – it was a memorable stay that we enjoyed very much.
Thank you very much for helping organise this – including the private bus and driver – for us. I’ll certainly be in touch in the future if any of my friends or family make a trip to Ha Long Bay.
Sriram Vaidhyanathan

Halong Highlights
Reviewed On: Sep 28, 2017GabrieleItaly

I booked a trip to Halong Bay with Asia Tour Advisor over the internet and have nothing but praise for them. It’s the first time I’ve booked a tour by myself and Mr Hong had the patience of a saint in answering my numerous emails promptly and efficiently. It’s worth every penny. The staff were courteous and helpful especially helping me on and off the boats. The meal we received on the boat was delicious and plentiful and I received s vegetarian alternative. The staff took time to point out the various rock formations. We didn’t realise the trip included a visit to the most beautiful cave I’ve every seen. It was up about 80 roughly hewedsteps but worth it once inside much easier getting out than in. We received a drink and fruit on return to the boat. We had to pay extra to be rowed around the fishing village but if you’re not able to kyack it’s a nice way to get closer to the mountains and wasn’t expensive. If you only a short time in Hanoi take this trip rather than visit a museum

A week in Nothern Vietnam
Reviewed On: Jul 19, 2017Ching LeeSingapore

We booked a week long tour of Vietnam with Asia Tour Advisor after countless hours of research and emails with multiple agencies. We are very please with the service that Thanh provided and her ability to customize our trip based on the research we had done and our interests. We were traveling with our 4 kids from 23-13 years old and Thanh was able to get us a private van and tour.

Ahn, was our guide for the first evening when we arrived in Hanoi and the second full day. She met us at the airport, accompanied us to our hotel, (we had made our own hotel reservations) where we changed and freshened up and then headed to dinner and a water puppet show. The restaurant that we went to before the show exceeded our expectations. This was the case through out the week. The food was fabulous and to be quite honest often much more than we could eat. The water puppet show was very interesting and a great way to get introduced to the many different regions and ethnic groups in Vietnam. Ahn let us adjust our schedule the second day to start a little later since,we had been traveling for a couple weeks and needed some sleep. Later, when it was pouring down rain she also suggested we visit the Hanoi Hilton, prison which was not on our tour and definitely a high point of the day. We also visited the Old Quarter, the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, and the Temple of Literature. Before getting on the night train to go to Sapa, we had diner at Koto in Hanoi, which is part of a culinary institute and was a great experience with excellent food. I would recommend Ahn as a guide. Her warm personality and her wealth of knowledge kept us all engaged.

I would highly recommend Asia Tour Advisor to anyone traveling in North Vietnam. The service they provided, the restaurants they took us to, and our guides all were excellent.

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• Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
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• All entrance fees as indicated in itinerary.
• Boat trips as mentioned in the itinerary
• Domestic flight: Hanoi – Ho Chi Minh City;
• Cruise in Halong Bay
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