Rice Terraced Paddies & Dragon Bay

Rice Terraced Paddies & Dragon Bay

5 star Code tour: CAT25 | Duration: 10 Days
Travel Route:
Arrival in Hanoi Bac Ha Market Hoang Su Phi (Ha Giang) Hanoi → Halong Bay Departure from Hanoi

This adventure trip is designed for those who love trekking in scenic landscapes and willing to experience the local life of the hill tribes in Northern Vietnam.


Brief Itinerary:
Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi
Day 2: Hanoi City Tour
Day 3: Hanoi - Bac Ha
Day 4: Bac Ha Market - Hoang Su Phi
Day 5: Hoang Su Phi (Ban Luoc Trek)
Day 6: Hoang Su Phi (Nam Khoa Trek)
Day 7: Hoang Su Phi - Hanoi
Day 8: Hanoi - Halong Bay
Day 9: Halong Bay - Hanoi
Day 10: Departure from Hanoi
Rice Terraced Paddies & Dragon Bay
  • DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN HANOI
    DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN HANOI
    Welcome to Hanoi, Vietnam!
    Upon arrival at Noi Bai airport, you are welcomed and greeted by the Custom Asia Travel tour guide and taken to your hotel by private transfer. The remainder of the day is relaxing or be on your own discovery.
    - Located on the banks of the Red River, Hanoi capital is one of the most ancient cities in the world. Here, visitors are able to find well-preserved colonial buildings, old Buddhist pagodas, and unique museums within the city. The best way to explore its Old Quarter is on foot. This French-colonial city is also known for its delicious cuisines, vibrant nightlife, and souvenir shopping…
    Included Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch
    Hotel in Hanoi
    DAY 2: HANOI CITY TOUR
    DAY 2: HANOI CITY TOUR
    This day tour to learn about the capital city of Vietnam occupies your whole day with featured sites, including Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, his house-on-stilts, One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature - Vietnam’s first university for the morning.
    Your lunch today is served at a restaurant in town with local tastes.
    In the afternoon, the tour continues with a visit to one of the following museums (you can pick the one you like): the Ethnology Museum, Army Museum, National Fine Arts Museum, Hanoi Hilton prison or Vietnam Women Museum).
    Followed by a short walk or a cyclo ride in the Old Quarter.
    End the day tour with a traditional Water Puppet show.
    Included Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch
    Hotel in Hanoi
    DAY 3: HANOI - BAC HA
    DAY 3: HANOI - BAC HA
    Depart from Hanoi at 8:00 a.m. you will travel to Bac Ha District, Lao Cai Province on the HW Noi Bai – Lao Cai. This is the longest highway in Vietnam. The scenic drive from the Red River Delta, through the midland to Lao Cai province, will be a good start for your trip.
    Lunch at a local restaurant in Bao Nhai.
    The afternoon drive takes you about 20 km uphill to Bac Ha town. On arrival, check-in a local house for the home-stay tonight. After refreshment, set off with your private tour guide to embark on a 1,5-hour trek to a Flower H' mong village nearby (Ban Pho Village).
    Dinner tonight at the home-stay.
    Included Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
    Accommodation: Homestay at a local house
    DAY 4: BAC HA MARKET - HOANG SU PHI (SUN)
    DAY 4: BAC HA MARKET - HOANG SU PHI (SUN)
    This morning, if it is on Tuesday, Saturday or Sunday. There are interesting hill tribe markets that you are able to attend. The hill tribe markets in Bac Ha region are very colorful. Spend about 1.5 hours or 2 hours to stroll around and hunt some good photographs. The markets are alive with the bright colors and extravagant costumes of the highlanders, especially the Flower H' mong. Together with other minorities, they come from different villages at the surroundings to the markets to buy and sell a wide variety of goods and livestock. It is more common to see buffalo, cows, horses and other livestock being traded. After the market, make your way to Coc Pai town for lunch. Thence keep driving to Hoang Su Phi for the late afternoon scenic terraced field trek to Ban Luoc stilt-house village of the Tay ethnic people - Another home-stay for tonight.
    Included Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
    Home-stay at a local house
    DAY 5: HOANG SU PHI TREK
    DAY 5: HOANG SU PHI TREK
    This morning, after breakfast at the family, you will trek the scenic dirt trail up and down the terraced fields in Ban Luoc area. This area is one of the highlighted landscapes in Hoang Su Phi. The fields look best at the yellow season (in the early half of October). After 2.5 hours, you will get back to the bigger road where you will get the car transfer to the nearby town for lunch at a local restaurant.
    In the afternoon, drive down to Thong Nguyen Commune for another up-hill trek to Nam Hong village. The trek takes almost 2 hours.
    Check-in your accommodation, dinner and stay overnight.
    Included Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
    Home-stay at a local house (or at an eco-lodge)
    DAY 6: HOANG SU PHI TREK
    DAY 6: HOANG SU PHI TREK
    The breakfast is served at the home-stay. Bid farewell to the family and get ready for the whole day trek to admire the amazing rice terraces in Nam Khoa commune. The trek is moderate but there are some small challenges at times. It is about 6 - 7 hours. Picnic lunch is prepared at a local house on the way. Late in the afternoon, arrive at your last home-stay of the trip to Nam Hong village. This village is of the Red Yao ethnic minority people. Check-in and rest.
    Included Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
    Homestay at a local house (or Bungalow)
    DAY 7: HOANG SU PHI - HANOI
    DAY 7: HOANG SU PHI - HANOI
    Take your time to enjoy breakfast and chill out a bit this morning.
    At 9:00 a.m. pack up and bid farewell to the host family for a long drive back to Hanoi
    Lunch is on the way.
    Arrive at your hotel in Hanoi after 7 hours on the road. The remainder of the day is on your own discovery in Hanoi or just relax at the hotel.
    Included Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
    DAY 8: HANOI - HALONG BAY
    DAY 8: HANOI - HALONG BAY
    Halong Bay, in northeast Vietnam, is known for its emerald waters and thousands of towering limestone islands. Designated a World Heritage site in 1994, the bay is a "must-see" place for any visitor to Vietnam, especially an overnight trip on a traditional wooden junk.
    Take the morning transfer to Halong Bay pier.
    Around noon - Board your boat and start the cruising itinerary with lunch and dinner aboard.
    Some interesting activities are available include kayaking, swimming, sunbathing on the sun deck.
    Overnight at an en-suite cabin on the boat.
    Included Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
    Accommodation: Overnight on boat
    DAY 9: HALONG BAY - HANOI
    DAY 9: HALONG BAY - HANOI
    This morning get up early this morning for some fresh air on the open deck and join the Tai-chi class for some gentle moves if you wish. Otherwise, you are able to remain in your cabin until breakfast time. After breakfast, the crew will pull up the anchor, start the engine again for more cruising to other parts of the bay. After visiting a big limestone cave, the boat is gently heading back to the pier. The early lunch (Brunch) will be served aboard. Around noon, you are ferried in and take the afternoon drive back to Hanoi. Arrive at your hotel in the afternoon. The remainder of the day is yours to relax or doing your last shopping in Hanoi's Old Quarter.
    Included Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
    DAY 10: DEPARTURE FROM HANOI
    DAY 10: DEPARTURE FROM HANOI
    Today is the last day of your Vietnam trip.
    It depends on your flight itinerary. You may have the whole morning to chill out or go to do some last shopping in the Old Quarter.
    Get picked up at the appropriate time, then transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
    End of service & Goodbye Vietnam
    Included Meals: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Not Available
    Includes
    • Private air-conditioned vehicle transfers during the tour
    • Accommodation based on twin-shared/ double basis with daily breakfast
    • Meals as indicated in the itinerary each day
    • Private English Speaking tour guides
    • Local way leader (on trekking day when needed)
    • Cruise package in Halong Bay
    • Entrance tickets at indicated sites
    • Bottled water on the vehicle
    Excludes
    • Surcharge in peak season (Tet holiday, Christmas, national holiday)
    • Any international flights
    • Travel insurance 
    • Drinks and other meals
    • Tips and gratuities
    • Banking fee(if any)
    • Personal expenses and others not mentioned clearly in the inclusion part
    • Visa arrangement
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    I. Booking Terms and Conditions

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    Cancellations
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    Refund of Unused Services
    • No refund will be given for any unused service after the trip has commenced.

    Liability
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    QUOTATION NOTES:

    • Please be aware that flight times, hotels and all other logistics, services and days of travel are subject to availability. Where flights are canceled or delayed Custom Asia Travel will endeavor to secure alternative arrangements of similar value as noted in our booking conditions.
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