Vietnam: Legends of the East

  • Destination: Vietnam
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Price: $760

Overview

A journey through the land of dragons and mythical tales. From the beautiful countryside at Ninh Binh and the trekking paradise of Sapa to magical Ha Long, the bay of the descending dragon.

Highlights

- Cycling, Trekking & Boating along the Vietnamese countryside in Ninh Binh
- Trekking the magical landscapes and rice terraces of Sapa
- Close encounters with the ethnic minorities of northern Vietnam
- Sailing Ha Long Bay one of the seven wonders of nature
- Cycling to Viet Hai village on Cat Ba island
- Kayaking around the scattered islands of Ha Long Bay

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Itinerary & Trip Details

Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi
Arrival in Hanoi

Arrival in Hanoi airport in Vietnam, Pickup and transfer to our hotel. Spend the day exploring the capital of Vietnam and getting ready to our upcoming adventure.

Accommodation: Standard Hotel

Day 2: Ancient Vietnam

Ancient Vietnam

Today we will drive south of Hanoi to the province of Ninh Binh. First we will visit the ancient capital of Vietnam at Hoa Lu and the remaining two temples of Dinh King & Le King then continue to Tam Coc where we will start our cycling tour around the beautiful countryside of Vietnam. Our first stop will be for a beautiful hike to Hang Mua peak for the breathtaking view over several rice fields and limestone peaks similar to those in Halong bay and that’s why this area is sometimes referred to as Halong on land. Afterwards we will continue cycling to the wharf where we hop on traditional rowing boats and enjoy paddling along the scenic Vietnamese countryside and through the Tam Coc grottoes. Afterwards we cycle back into town, have lunch then drive back to Hanoi.

Accommodation: Standard Hotel
Meals: BL

Day 3: Trekking Sapa

Trekking Sapa

Drive to Sapa, have breakfast then start our hiking tour to explore Sapa village and enjoy the panoramic views of the villages among the terraces. Visit the Hmong living in wooden and bamboo houses then continue to Tavan village to visit the Dzay minority. Overnight in Tavan village at a Dzay family. Picnic lunch on the way and dinner at the home-stay

Accommodation: Basic Guesthouse
Meals: BLD

Day 4: Trekking Sapa

Trekking Sapa

Get up early in the morning to enjoy the daily life of the ethnic minorities in the village. Breakfast then take the road to Giang Ta Chai village of the Red Dzao minority via the paths between terraces and through bamboo forests. Visit silver waterfall and Rattan suspension Bridge, visit the people in the village and then cross Muong Hoa River up to the mountain to visit the last village on our trek Supan village of the Hmong. Transfer back to Sapa, have lunch then drive back to Hanoi.

Accommodation: Standard Hotel
Meals: BL

Day 5: Ha Long Bay

Ha Long Bay

Breakfast then transfer to the harbor in Ha Long town where we are going to board our cruise to start sailing to the bay of the descending dragon aka Ha Long Bay, one of the world’s seven wonders of nature. We will pass by several islets with beautiful rock formations while having lunch then make a stop at one of the islands where we can hike to the top for a breathtaking view over the whole bay. Afterwards we will drop anchor at Vong Vieng floating village, a beautiful area where we will have time for swimming and kayaking around the bay and paddle around the beautiful islands and the towering limestone cliffs then relax and soak up the sun. As evening falls, we will return to the boat and have a delicious Vietnamese traditional dinner.

Accommodation: Cruise Boat
Meals: BLD

Day 6: Cat Ba Island

Cat Ba Island

Breakfast then sail to visit a Pearl farm, see the real pearl products and understand the process of pearl making in Ha Long. Change onto a Day-boat going to Lan Ha Bay, stop at Viet Hai harbor where we are going to start our 5km biking ride through the amazing landscape of Cat Ba Island to Viet Hai village. After a quick ride around the village we cycle back to harbor, have lunch on board and keep sailing to explore Lan Ha bay until we reach our beach camp on a secluded part of Cat Ba island where we can enjoy the beach and the stunning surrounding scenery.

Accommodation: Beach Bungalows
Meals: BLD

Day 7: Farewell Ha Long

Farewell Ha Long

Breakfast at the hotel in Cat Ba then transfer to the harbor to board our boat to sail back into Ha Long Bay with more amazing scenery along the way. Have lunch on the boat while sailing back to harbor, check-out cruise then drive back to Hanoi.

Accommodation: Standard Hotel
Meals: BL

Day 8: Departure

Departure

Transfer to Hanoi airport for final departure

Meals: B

Price Includes/Excludes

Price Includes

- Accommodation in a standard hotel in Hanoi for 4 nights
- Accommodation for 2 nights on a Cruise Boat and Beach Bungalows in Ha Long Bay
- Accommodation for 1 nights in a basic guest house in Sa Pa
- All mentioned activities
- All transfers in private vehicles
- All Tickets and Permits
- Airport pickups
- All mentioned meals (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)

Price Excludes

- International flights to Hanoi
- Visa Expenses
- Tips & Gratuities

 

 

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