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NORTHERN VIETNAM ENCHANTMENT

NORTHERN VIETNAM ENCHANTMENT

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CV24

|  Private Tour  | Duration: 14 Days

|  Pricing idea: $1,740 USD per person (based on 2 persons and 4-star hotels)  |

Our thoughtfully curated 10-day program is an ideal choice for your adventure in Vietnam. Meticulously designed by our experienced travel experts, this itinerary promises a truly remarkable journey. However, we understand that everyone has unique preferences, so we offer the option to customize the program to meet your specific requirements. Our dedicated team of experts will collaborate with you personally, ensuring a tailor-made solution that exceeds your expectations. If this tour captures your interest, please don't hesitate to send us a request. We also invite you to share any additional details or specific needs you may have, so we can further refine the program to create the perfect experience for you.

Overview

Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi - Overnight in Hanoi

Day 2: Highlights of Hanoi - Overnight in Hanoi

Day 3: Hanoi - Luc Yen - Overnight at a Homestay in Luc Yen

Day 4: Luc Yen - Sapa - Overnight in Sapa

Day 5: Sapa - Mu Cang Chai - Overnight in Mu Cang Chai

Day 6: Mu Cang Chai Trekking - Overnight in Mu Cang Chai

Day 7: Mu Cang Chai - Hanoi - Overnight in Hanoi

Day 8: Hanoi - Halong Bay Overnight Cruise - Overnight on a cruise

Day 9: Halong Bay - Hanoi - Overnight in Hanoi

Day 10: Departure From Hanoi - Good bye Vietnam

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Mu Cang Chai and Halong Bay

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN HANOI

City of Saigon
Ben Thanh Market

Welcome to Vietnam! Upon your arrival at Noi Bai Airport, a private driver will pick you up and take you to your hotel in the center of Hanoi. After checking in, you can relax and get familiar with the city. Take a stroll around the neighborhood or enjoy the hotel's facilities. In the evening, explore Hanoi's culinary scene, walk around Hoan Kiem Lake, or simply unwind at the hotel. Get a good night's rest to prepare for your cycling adventures the next day.

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DAY 2: HIGHLIGHTS OF HANOI

City of Saigon
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Embark on a morning cycling tour that takes you to the iconic Long Bien Bridge, where you can capture photos of this architectural marvel designed by Gustave Eiffel. Pedal your way to the serene alluvial ground in the heart of the Red River and explore the enchanting landscape of this expansive island, adorned with lush plantations and vegetable farms. After cycling along winding paths through verdant gardens, make your way back to the city, passing by the picturesque West Lake and the charming French Quarter.

After a satisfying lunch, hop into a private vehicle for an afternoon exploration of Hanoi's renowned landmarks. Discover the revered Temple of Literature, a symbol of Vietnam's rich intellectual heritage, and delve into the enlightening exhibits at the Vietnam Women's Museum. To deepen your understanding of the country's history, visit the infamous Hanoi Hilton Prison, a poignant reminder of the past. Finally, immerse yourself in Vietnam's traditional performing arts with a captivating water puppet show, bringing an end to a memorable day of cultural exploration.

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DAY 3: HANOI - LUC YEN

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Get ready for an early start at 7:30 am as we embark on a scenic drive to Luc Yen, a picturesque mountainous district in Yen Bai province, northwest Vietnam. Brace yourself for a scenic 5-hour drive through picturesque landscapes. Upon arrival, a warm welcome awaits you at a charming stilt house, where the Tay people will serve you a delicious lunch. Take some time to relax and recharge before embarking on a captivating walking tour of the enchanting Lam Thuong valley. As you explore this breathtaking landscape adorned with stilt houses, rice fields, and lush crops, you'll gain fascinating insights into the local culture and way of life. Conclude the day with a delightful dinner and a cozy overnight stay at a homestay, immersing yourself in the authentic hospitality of the Tay ethnic group.

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DAY 4: LUC YEN - SAPA

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Get ready for an unforgettable day as we kickstart it with a delightful breakfast at the homestay, energizing ourselves for the upcoming adventure. Our first activity involves a thrilling 2.5-hour trek through the breathtaking Luc Yen region. Immerse yourself in the lush rainforest that blankets the magnificent limestone mountains, marveling at the diverse and vibrant flora that surrounds you.

After the trek, return to the homestay to relax and rejuvenate. Indulge in a satisfying lunch and take some well-deserved rest as we prepare for our afternoon journey to Sapa. Upon arrival, check in to your comfortable hotel and enjoy the rest of the evening at your leisure, creating memories at your own pace.

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DAY 5: SAPA DISCOVERY

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After breakfast, you'll be transferred to the trekking point in Muong Hoa Valley. Embark on a scenic downhill trek through the stunning rice terraces, visiting the H'mong village of Y Linh Ho along the way. Experience their unique culture and way of life, immersing yourself in a different world. Cross the river and enjoy a picturesque uphill walk, offering panoramic views of the valley. Arrive at Lao Chai, another village of the Black H'mong ethnic group, where your private car awaits to take you back to Sapa town. The afternoon is yours to enjoy at your own pace. Overnight at the hotel.

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DAY 6: SAPA - MU CANG CHAI

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After breakfast, we'll embark on an exciting adventure to conquer the awe-inspiring "Roof of Indochina - Fansipan Mt." Join your guide on a thrilling 20-minute cable car ride to the mountain's peak. Admire the breathtaking vistas of Muong Hoa Valley from the cable car and explore a tranquil pagoda. Climb 600 steps to reach the summit, capturing unforgettable photos and immersing yourself in the natural beauty. Descend and indulge in a delightful lunch at a charming restaurant.

In the afternoon, we'll drive through the scenic Tram Ton Pass, pausing for picturesque photo opportunities along the way. Upon arrival in Mu Cang Chai, we'll check into our accommodation for a well-deserved rest before tomorrow's thrilling adventures.

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DAY 7: MU CANG CHAI TREK

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Experience the wonders of Mu Cang Chai's magnificent rice terraces on a full-day trekking adventure. Begin your day with a hearty breakfast before embarking on a scenic drive to the starting point of the trek. Your knowledgeable guide will lead you through the picturesque landscapes, taking you deep into the heart of the terraced fields.

As you traverse the undulating paths, immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of the terraces, which cascade down the hillsides like giant staircases. Capture stunning photographs of the vibrant green fields, reflecting the changing colors of the seasons.

Along the way, you'll have the opportunity to interact with local farmers, learning about their traditional cultivation techniques and the significance of rice in their culture. Gain insights into the daily lives of the H'mong and Thai ethnic communities who have shaped these remarkable landscapes for generations.

Enjoy a delicious packed lunch amidst the serene surroundings, savoring the flavors of the region. Afterward, continue your trek, venturing deeper into the terraces and discovering hidden gems tucked away in the valleys.

As the day draws to a close, get picked by your transport and make your way back to your accommodation. Reflect on the unforgettable experiences and breathtaking vistas you encountered during your journey through the mesmerizing Mu Cang Chai rice terraces.

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DAY 8: MU CANG CHAI- HANOI

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After a fulfilling breakfast, we will bid farewell to the beautiful Mu Cang Chai region and begin our journey back to Hanoi. Our first stop along the way is the renowned Khau Pha Pass, known for its breathtaking views and winding mountain roads. Take a moment to soak in the panoramic vistas of the surrounding valleys and capture some remarkable photographs.

Continuing the morning activities, we'll make a short trek to explore the enchanting Tu Le Valley. Immerse yourself in the tranquil ambiance as you walk through the rice fields and experience the serenity of the countryside. Marvel at the picturesque landscapes and learn about the local agricultural practices that have sustained the community for generations.

After our gentle trek, it's time to satisfy our appetites with a delicious lunch in Tu Le.

In the afternoon, we'll embark on a leisurely drive back to Hanoi, enjoying the scenic views along the way. Sit back, relax, and reminisce about the incredible experiences and breathtaking natural beauty you encountered throughout our scenic loop trip in the Northwest region of Vietnam.

Arriving back in Hanoi, check into your comfortable hotel for the night.

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DAY 9: HANOI - HALONG BAY

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In the morning, you will be picked up from your hotel in Hanoi and driven to Halong Bay. Upon arrival at the pier in Halong City, you will board the cruise ship. As you cruise through the mesmerizing limestone karsts and crystal-clear waters, a delicious lunch will be served on board. Take in the stunning scenery as you glide along the bay. You will have the opportunity to visit a fascinating cave, where a guided tour will unveil its impressive formations. In the afternoon, you can choose to swim, kayak, or simply relax on the sun deck. As the sun sets, enjoy a delectable dinner on the boat, surrounded by the breathtaking views of Halong Bay. You will spend the night on the cruise ship, immersed in the serene ambiance of the bay.

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DAY 10: HALONG BAY - HANOI DEPARTURE

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Rise early to witness the captivating sunrise over the bay, a breathtaking sight that will stay with you. Engage in a revitalizing Tai Chi session on the sundeck, energizing your body and mind for the day ahead. Indulge in a delightful breakfast before the cruise continues to unveil more enchanting corners of Halong Bay, revealing hidden treasures and awe-inspiring landscapes. A delectable brunch will be served on board as we slowly make our way back to the pier. Upon disembarking, we'll transfer you to Hanoi airport for your departure, bidding farewell to Vietnam with cherished memories of your remarkable journey.

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Date of Experience: Dec 2022

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I cannot say enough positives about Custom Asia Travel! We visited Vietnam in December/January 2023 and had an amazing trip with our 3 teens. The itinerary exceeded our expectations! We travelled to Hanoi, Ninh Binh, Ha Long Bay, Hoi An, and Nha Trang. We had no issues with any of our transportation around the country - our drivers and guides were always there on time (early, actually), friendly and helpful. The accommodations were excellent and our guides were fantastic (Tanh, Tanh, and Viet - they were awesome!). Every place we stayed put our rooms right next to each other, often adjoining, and the kids’ room always had two twin beds and a cot, while my husband and I had a king bed. This was perfect as our teenagers did not want to share beds, lol! The activities were super fun and appealed to all of us. So many highlights - the kids loved the rice farm tour (riding the water Buffalo elicited the biggest smile we’ve ever seen from our 16 year old!), seeing the caves in Ninh Binh, the cooking class in Hoi An, and Ha Long Bay. I really appreciated that some of our itinerary was focused on less crowded activities - a couple of the temples we saw were practically empty, allowing us to enjoy and experience these beautiful sites on our own. We did a couple of bike rides which were also highlights, such a great way to explore and see the area! Minh was available and responsive while planning the trip and while we were there. I agree with others reviews about whether she ever sleeps! She was able to coordinate our luggage getting dropped off as it did not arrive with us, and contacted one of the hotels about a ring that had been left, and arranged for us to pick it up. She was warm, friendly, knowledgeable, and so helpful. We truly had a relaxing and stress free trip because of the excellent customer service from Minh and our guides. With only having 12 days to visit we were so grateful to be able to enjoy the travel and know that Minh and her team were there if and when needed. I highly recommend using this company, you will not regret it! Now I am dreaming of how quickly we can make it back!! Thank you thank you to Minh and the team, our trip was unforgettable!

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Date of Experience: Feb 2022

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