The highlights of Northern Vietnam

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  • icon-date15 Meals

The journey will take you to all the highlights of the northern part of Vietnam, starting in Hanoi with 36 alive street, to the World Heritage Site Ninh Binh with beautiful valley and river cruise, then get yourself immersed into the northern mountain and rich culture from ethnic minority and then to the spectacular Ha Long Bay with wonderful time cruising through thousands of limestones. The trip will definitely give you the best experience of the beautiful North.


Explore your The highlights of Northern Vietnam itinerary:

The Classic of 8 day Vietnam tour package: Ha Noi -> Ninh Binh -> Sapa -> Ha Long Bay

Day 1: Hello Hanoi – Hanoi sightseeing (D)

Upon arrival in Hanoi, you will be welcomed by our guide and transferred to the city center 

Then We start to pass the various Government offices and the preservation of colonial French residences. We have a view from outside of the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (closed on Monday & Friday mornings so visit outside only) and Ba Dinh square where Ho Chi Minh declared the independence of the Vietnam Democratic Republic in 1945, One Pillar Pagoda – one of the oldest architectures dated back from 11th century and Ho Chi Minh Museum. After that, visit the Temple of Literature – the center of culture of Hanoi that worships to Literature – the only subject for the student to study in the feudal system just a hundred years ago and Confucius. If time permits, we take a cyclo ride for a short excursion through the bustling old quarter streets named after the specific goods once offered for sale at these places. Check-in hotel.

Enjoy our warming Welcome dinner. Related tour: Hanoi Tours (Daily Tour)

Day 2: Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Mua cave – Hanoi (B, L)

Just only 100km from Hanoi, Ninh Binh, with the advantage of natural beauty (river, mountain, cave) and historical meaning, has become the typical choice for tourists.

After breakfast, first we arrive at Hoa Lu, Hoa Lu is the ancient capital of Vietnam, recognized by UNESCO as one of four main areas of the Trang An World Heritage Site complex. Here we will spend about an hour visiting the temples of the two Vietnamese dynasties of Dinh and Le with very unique architecture from the old time. Pick up information about the ancient culture of the Royal Palaces’ grounds dated the 10th century.

Then we will make a short transfer to Van Lam village, you get on a bamboo boat rowed by the local villager to explore the stunning scenery of Tam Coc. UNESCO recognized Tam Coc to be a World Natural Heritage Site in 2014 and made this place become a famous destination on Ha Noi- Ho Chi Minh Tour. Boating along the Ngo Dong River, you will be able to explore the “Indochine” film set. The beauty of the area has attracted millions of French tourists since then. Continue cruising under the astonishing limestone cliffs, you will get to Hang Ca – the first cave with the river going through. The cave is 132m long as you can see from our photo on the right side. Leaving the 2nd cave, your boat will head to Hang Ba – the final cave. 

We enjoy your lunch in a local restaurant. Then we will do a short transfer to visit Mua Cave, see the Panorama View from MUA cave which means: Dancing Cave in Vietnamese. Climb up on 500 steps to top to enjoy the amazing view of Ngo Dong River and TAM COC panorama view from this. Back to Hanoi.


Day 3: Hanoi –  Sapa – O Quy Ho Pass (B, L)

After breakfast, we depart to Sapa for 5 hours on the highway. When we arrive, we take you to Tram Ton Pass at a height of 2047 meters above sea level (the highest pass in Vietnam) where great views are offered of the surrounding mountains and lush forests of the Hoang Lien National Park. From there you will trek 30 minutes through the forest. Along the way, you have many chances to see wildflowers. Trekking along the stream you will arrive at the Love Waterfall. Then we will do a short transfer to O Quy Ho Pass, and enjoy the stunning sunset in here. Back to Sapa, check in at the hotel, and relax.

OPTIONAL: Rong May Glass Bridge – $17

Day 4: Sapa – Lao Chai – Ta Van- Fansipan (B, L)

After breakfast, we depart for the 4-hour trekking journey. Our driver will stop en route for Kodak moments on the way downhill to Muong Hoa valley. You begin the trekking on a fairly rocky road (you will need a good walking shoe for today), through Lao Chai village, a Black Hmong ethnic village, then continue to Ta Van village of Giay ethnic minority people. Terrace fields are great for photographing, and cold soft drinks, beer, and water can be found along the way of your trek uphill to a road where your car is awaiting to transfer you back to Sapa for relaxation. After that, we will take a car from Sa Pa to visit Fansipan, the highest peak of the Indochina mountains. Fansipan Peak is called the “Roof of Indochina” not because of its height but also for the wilderness. There are two ways to conquer the peak: trekking or by the modern three-rope cable system. Normally, it takes 2-4 days to get to the peak by trekking, you must be strong and brave to choose this way. 

Our driver will pick you up and head to the cable station. It takes only 15-20 minutes to get to the peak. Be careful of the thin air as you are moving upward to reach Fansipan “3,141m” peak. From the peak, you have a magnificent view of Sapa, Muong Hoa valley, and Hoang Lien National Park. Don’t forget to take pictures with the monument at the top. You can also pay a visit to the pagoda complex below, the beauty of the Buddhist culture. 

Get on the cable cabin down to the station and return to Sapa. Back to Sa Pa and overnight in Sapa.

Day 5: Sapa – Cat Cat – Ta Phin – Hanoi (B, L)

After breakfast, we will visit Cat Cat cultural village, just 3kms from Sa Pa town. A leisurely walk through the old village offers an overview of the traditional customs and practices of the ethnic Black Hmong minority. Stop by a stunning waterfall and the vestige of a hydroelectric power station, constructed by the French during the colonial era in Viet Nam. Follow a dirt trail snaking through the mountain and enjoy spectacular scenery while trekking along a narrow river. Take a rest by the Muong Hoa Stream before climbing toward the road where your driver is waiting to transport you to continue to visit Ta Phin village. You will be stunned by the beauty of the terrace field, the enormous valley, and many local plantations with strange vegetation and fruit. Once again, you have a chance to explore the lifestyle of the Dao Do minority and pay a visit to some handicraft shops. Enjoy your lunch before we head to Hanoi.

Day 6: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay (B, L, D)

After breakfast, you’ll take a 2.5-hour drive to Halong Bay, one of the great natural wonders of the world and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Upon arrival, the boat crew will welcome you and transfer you to the junk for check-in and enjoy a cruise around Halong Bay with a delicious local seafood lunch served on board. At the same time, you can behold thousands of limestone islands and grottoes rising from the clear, emerald water.  After lunch, you’ll join some activities on a boat to discover the beauty of the bay such as visiting a cave, kayaking, or enjoy swimming in the sea before getting back to the junk for relaxing and dining. In the evening, you can join night fishing with locals. Overnight on board.

Day 7: Ha Long Bay – Hanoi (B, Bruch)

In the morning, your breakfast will be served while floating on the sea to explore the beauty of Halong Bay before disembarking time. Join some more activities on a boat and then check out the cabin. The early lunch will be served before getting back to the main dock and transferring to Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 8: Goodbye Hanoi (B)!

Your free time at leisure until your guide and driver pick you up at the airport for your flight back home with wonderful memories.

Note: If you wish to continue your journey with us, and want to see a different part of Vietnam, please do not hesitate letting us know, and we will customize your trip efficiently. 


  • All domestic flight tickets
  • Accommodation based on twin sharing occupancy
  • Meals as indicated in program, (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Private A/C car or van with driver during on tour.
  • English or French speaking guide (any other requested language guide)
  • All entrance fees for sightseeing as indicated in the program
  • Junk cruise in Halong bay and other boat trips
  • Service charges, rooms tax and handling fees


  • International air tickets and airport departure taxes
  • Visa stamping fee
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal expenses and other services
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the program

NOTES: Tour can be modified, hotels changed to suit your tastes a

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