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HILL TRIBE HEAVEN - 8 Day 7 Night

681$

     
    Hill tribe heaven 
    8 Day 7 Night
     
    (Hanoi - CULTURAL VILLAGE - NINH BINH/TAM COC BICH DONG - halong bay- SAPA)


     
    Day 1: Hanoi Arrival (D)
    Upon your arrival, you will be greeted at the airport by a tour guide of Indochina Travelland and being transferred to your hotel for check in.
     
    Free until enjoy the famous traditional Water Puppets Show in the evening and welcome dinner at the local restaurant with the traditional flavors of Vietnamese cuisine 
     
    Overnight at your hotel in Hanoi.
     
    Day 2: Dong Ngac Cultural Village with country bike - Full day tour (B/L)
    This morning, you will arrive in the village where you will embark on an interesting market tour.
    At the local market you will have the chance to experience the bustling market and local life, your tour guide will show you and help you to purchase the some offering for families we visit.
     
    Take a short walk from Dong Ngac market to the hosting family’s house for a welcome drink and get ready for the biking around the Village
     
    Start biking and venture deeper into the village: Visit Dong Ngac Communal House, the grounds and architecture of which are built in the shape of a dragon, the oldest house in the village belongs to the Do family and is more than 300 years old or the Nguyen family with a house given by the King 
     
    Passing by the oldest school in the Village built in 1921
     
    Back to the hosting family, it is time for your private cooking demonstration. After watching your host then practice yourself and then the best part of all, try your dishes! After all your efforts you can reward yourself and rest back into some reclining chairs in the fragrant retreat of your host’s village garden. All too soon it is mid-afternoon and time to say good bye to your new friends
     
    Continue your cycle to Lien Mac village, a beautiful vegetables and flower growing area. We have chance to join the farming activities and interact with local
     
    Cycle back to Dong Ngac for catching your Van back to Hanoi
     
    Arrive back to Hanoi in late afternoon.
     
    Overnight at your hotel in Hanoi.
     
    Day 3: Hanoi – Ninh Binh (B/L)
    This morning we head South of Hanoi to the local town of Ninh Binh.
     
    We start our picturesque journey through remote villages, we travel around 90km to Ninh Binh, with this town offering absolutely stunning landscapes, due to its proximity to the mountains of Non Nuoc and Canh Dieu.
    After a stop for lunch, we arrive in Ninh Binh, we check into our hotel, charmed by the marvelous scenery, offered by the mountains, rivers and pagoda.
     
    After some time to admire the beautiful scenery and breathe the fresh mountainous air, we board a row boat for an amazing ride to Tam Coc (Three Caves).
     
    The first visit is to Hang Ca cave, being enclosed by the scenic beauty of huge rocks standing along the river and scattered green rice fields, all combines an image of a poetic painting of the countryside. Only nature could produce such a miracle.
     
    The quiet movements of the oars create a musical rhythm inside the cave as we approach Hang Mua (Cave of Dance), the beauty of this cave creates an effect which pull one's mind away from reality into a dream world. The rocks eaten by sea water over thousands of years have been carved into a series of caves here. Although the sea is far away from the locality, now the caves remain.
     
    Only a hundred metres away is Hang Ba, which is the coolest of the caves due to its lower formation. The attraction here is the natural light inside the cave reflected by the water. The huge and even rocks lying in the stream provide excellent platforms for those who wish to bathe in the waters.
     
    After our magical journey, we return to the village to rest and relax or some time for you to explore the handmade handicrafts of the village or head out on a leisurely cycle, exploring this township and admiring its mythical mountainous range.
     
    Overnight at your hotel in Ninh Binh
     
    Day 4: Ninh Binh – Ha Long Bay (B/L/D)
    Awakening to the most peaceful and pleasant sounds of nature, we devour a delicious breakfast, before we bid farewell to the village for our drive to Ha Long Bay.
     
    A 2 hour journey heading north east, through local minority villages, we arrive in Ha Long Bay.
     
    Ha Long Bay is by far one of the most enchanting and memorable experiences in Vietnam. The postcard pictures you so often see of Ha Long Bay will become a memory to last a lifetime. 
     
    Upon arrival, we board our boat and enjoy a spectacular seafood lunch as we sail off into Dragon Bay, gazing at the breathtaking karst formations within the bay.
     
    After lunch have some free time to relax and admire the beauty of the Bay as we cruise through hundreds of formations.
     
    Throughout our cruise today, you will have the opportunity to disembark the boat and explore Sung Sot cave, where you will learn how karsts were formed in this area millions of years ago.
     
    For beach lovers and swimmers, we make a stop at one of the sandy beaches for swimming or just relaxing.
     
    We continue cruising the bay until the late afternoon, before setting anchor for the night.
    Once anchored, there’s plenty of time for swimming or just relaxing to admire the scenery before settling into another scrumptious meal.
     
    After dinner, why not head to the top deck and enjoy a relaxing drink whilst admiring the peaceful ambience and gazing at the millions of stars.
     
    Overnight on boat
     
    Day 5: Ha Long – Hanoi – Lao Cai by TRAIN (B/BRUNCH)
    This morning we take a small bamboo boat to visit Luon, a beautiful tunnel cave set within a lagoon.
     
    We re-board our boat and continue cruising the bay, through the old part of Ha Long City, known as the fishing town and the new built harbor bridge, whilst we enjoy our seafood brunch before heading back to the pier for our return to Hanoi.
     
    On-route, we make a stop at one of our favorite organizations in Vietnam. Hong Ngoc Humanities centre in Sao Do Town. This wonderful establishment has been set up to provide skill and employment to people from small villages throughout the north of Vietnam, creating jobs and providing accommodation to disadvantaged people.  You have the opportunity to purchase some exquisite local handicrafts and wares or just watch and admire the amazing and intricate workmanship involved in the production.
     
    We return to Hanoi in the late afternoon, with time to relax or grab another bargain before our exciting overnight train trip to Sapa.
     
    On-route to the station, we make a stop for dinner at a quaint, hidden little treasure, where we can sit and relax enjoying the beautiful ambience and delicious array of foods on offer!
     
    Overnight on train
     
    Day 6: Lao Cai – Sapa (B)
    We arrive in Lao Cai around 5.00 am and met by our transport for a spectacular hour’s journey up the impressive mountains to Sapa.
     
    Seeing is believing! The imagination could not visualize, nor appreciate the beauty of the stunning vistas and breathtaking mountainous rice terraces until you observe in true form.
     
    Upon arrival in Sapa, we have breakfast and leave our luggage at the hotel for a little rest and relaxation before our exploration this afternoon.
     
    In the early afternoon we commence our exciting trek downhill from Sapa town to Cat Cat Village. Our 2 hour walk takes us through rice paddies passing by different ethnic minority villages hard at work and flower and vegetable gardens until we reach a magnificent waterfall set within the lush mountains.
     
    We take a rest and continue to Cat Cat village, where the village is eagerly awaiting our arrival. With the children’s glee and excitement and a village full of big smiling faces, we are welcomed by the Black H’mong locals.
     
    After a welcoming and a rest, we stroll around the village, learning about the traditional way of life of the Black H’mong. We observe the fascinating demonstration of traditional fiber processing including; Weaving, Dying hemp cloth, Peeling bark from the dried hemp stalks, Tying stripped bark ribbons to form bundles and with the locals strongly encouraging  us to try our hand in perfect their art….they certainly get a lot of laughs watching us!!
    We say goodbye to the village and continued our walk returning to Sapa.
     
    Overnight at the hotel in Sapa
     
    Day 7: Sapa Villages – Lao Cai Train Station – Hanoi Overnight on train (B)
    After re-energizing and a hearty breakfast, we are picked up by our vehicle and transferred to Lao Chai.
     We start our walk at this village and continue down the valley, along local trails and across rice paddies to visit Dzay ethnic minorities and Black H’mong communities living within a different environment.
     
    The interaction and closeness we experience with the local minority groups is an absolutely incredible experience.
     
    We return to Sapa for some free time to enjoy what the town has to offer, bargaining for some local wares, before our transfer to Lao Cai for our overnight train to Hanoi.
     
    Overnight on train
     
    Day 8: Sapa – Hanoi (B)
    We return to Hanoi around 6am, and head to town for breakfast at local restaurant. After freshening up, you will have free for last shopping in Hanoi before transfer to airport for departure flight.
    Trip ends.
     
    Price for the PRIVATE trip (USD/per person):
    Options 2 paxs 3 paxs 4 – 6 paxs 7 – 9 paxs 10 – 15 paxs Single supplement
    Hotel 3* 681 570 495 432 386 186
    Hotel 4* 776 665 591 527 410 281
    Hotel 5* 1,002 890 816 752 706 506
    (Valid until Apr 2016)
     
    Inclusions Exclusions
     • Private door-to-door pick-up & drop-off services
    • Excellent English speaking guide
    • Private air-conditioned transportation
     • All entrance fees
    • Boat trip in Ha Long Bay
    • Meals as mentioned (B-Breakfast, L- Lunch, D- Dinner)
    • Accommodation shared in double/twin room  as mentioned with daily breakfast
    • Water & tissue
    • No extra charge after services confirmation
    • 24/7 hotline support guaranteed
     
     
    • International  flights
    • Return train tickets Hanoi – Lao Cai
    • Personal expenses, meals and drinks unless otherwise specified
    • Travel insurance
    • Vietnam visa
    • Tipping
    • Peak season or Public holidays surcharge if any
    • Compulsory Gala dinner on X-Mas or New Year if any
    •  Services not stated in the itinerary
     
     
    Policy for children
     
    • Child under 6 years old sharing room with two (2) adults without extra bed: Free of charge.
    • Child from 6 - under 12 years old sharing room with two (2) adults without extra bed: 50% of charge
    • Child from 6 - under 12 years old sharing room with two (2) adults with extra bed: 85% of charge
    • Child under 12 years old sharing room with one (1) adult: 100% of charge
    • Child from 12 years old and above: 100% of charge
     
    Accommodation list:
    Destinations Duration of stay Hotel 3* Hotel 4* Hotel 5*
    Hanoi 2 nights Medallion Hanoi Boutique Hotel or Similar
    (Superior room)
    Chalcedony Hotel or Similar
    (Superior room)
    Hilton Hotel or Similar
    (Deluxe room)
    Ninh Binh 1 night Yen Nhi Hotel or Similar
    (Superior room)
    Ninh Binh Legend Hotel or Similar
    (Deluxe room)
    Emeralda Resort Ninh Binh or Similar (Superior room)
    Ha Long 1 night Oriental Sails or Similar
    (Deluxe room)
    Calypso Cruiser or Similar
    (Deluxe room)
     
    Bhaya Cruises or Similar
    (Bhaya Classic Deluxe  Cabin)
    Train 2 nights 4-berth soft sleeper wooden cabin or Similar
    (Sharing Cabin)
    Sapa 1 night  
    Sunny Mountain Hotel or Similar
    (Superior room)
     
    Chau Long Sapa Hotel ( New Wing) or Similar
    (ROH room)
    Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa or Similar
    (Superior room)
     
     
    SPECIAL NOTE:
    • With the perfect balance of included sightseeing and free time, you can customize your dream vacation with the things you’ve always wanted to do. We can tailor or custom design a Vietnam tour to your unique and individual specifications
    • There might be Surcharge on Holidays, please contact us for more details
    • List of above accommodation is recommended by Indochina Travelland. Please do feel free to let us know the accommodation you prefer in each category or combine accommodation category at your wish (tour price will be changed accordingly)
    • Sequence of itinerary subject to local arrangement (It depends to traffic jam/ weather or flight details)
     
     
     

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