THE NORTH LOOP - 7
The North Loop tour in Vietnam will feature the colors of various
attractions in Vietnam, withVietnamese colorful cultures. Sightseeing in
Ho Chi Minh will take you to visit famous attractions like Ho Chi Minh’s
Mausoleum, the One Pillar Pagoda, the Temple of Literature, the Quanh
Thanh Temple and the Tran Quoc Pagoda on the edge of West Lake, a cyclo
tour of the Old Quarter and watching lovely Water Puppet Show. Also
visit Lao Cai for Sapa valley to discover Red Dao and H’mong ethnic
groups and cruising to the Halong Bay.
Destinations: Hanoi – Sapa – Halong Bay – Hanoi
Itinerary in details:
Day 1 - Arrive Hanoi (D)
Arrive in Hanoi, welcome by your guide and transfer to hotel. The rest
of the day is at leisure. Before dinner at a local restaurant,
experience a traditional form of entertainment in northern Vietnam at a
water puppet show.
O/N in Hanoi.
Day 2 – Hanoi – Lao Cai (B/D)
A full day city tour of Vietnam’s capital. Hanoi is a unique city with
tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes and
oriental temples. The city tour includes such sights as Ho Chi Minh’s
Mausoleum and his house on stilts, the One Pillar Pagoda, the Temple of
Literature, the Quanh Thanh Temple and the Tran Quoc Pagoda on the edge
of West Lake. Continue to the Museum of Ethnology and end the afternoon
with a visit to the Lake of the Restored Sword and a cyclo tour of the
Old Quarter. After dinner take the night train to Lao Cai.
O/N on the train.
Day 3 – Lao Cai – Sapa (B)
Transfer to Sapa. In the terraced hills and mountains of Sapa, the
monotony of the expansive green landscape is enlivened by the colours of
its hill tribe population … the rainbow colours of the Flower H’mong,
flashes of the shining silver jewellery from the necks and wrists of
indigo-clad H’mong and the scarlet hues of the turbans worn by the Red
Dao. It is where you will find hands stained with color from fabric
dyes and shades of blue, red and green intricately embroidered and
stitched into jackets, waistcoats, pants, skirts, caps purses and
leggings. Take a morning walking tour of Sapa for a visit to the busy
market where Red Dao, Black H’mong and other ethnic minority people
converge from the surrounding countryside to sell their embroidery,
silverware and handicrafts, and to buy provisions. In the afternoon
visit the Cat Cat hill tribe village.
O/N in Sapa.
Day 4 - Sapa (B)
In the morning enjoy a trek to the Red Dao village of Tha Phin, and in
the afternoon trek through the green Sapa Valley to visit the Black
Hmong minority of Lao Chai Village and Giay minority of Ta Van.
O/N in Sapa.
Day 5 - Sapa-Ethnic Market-Lao Cai Hanoi (B)
In the early morning, depart for a visit to a local colourful market.
The afternoon involves a trek to the surrounding village, then back to
Lao Cai to catch the night train to Hanoi.
O/N on the train.
Day 6 - Hanoi – Halong Bay – Emeraude Cruise (L, D)
Early arrival in Hanoi. After breakfast leave Hanoi by road for Halong
Bay through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta and the scenery of
rice fields, water buffalo and everyday Vietnamese village life with a
stop en route at But Thap Pagoda in Bac Ninh Province, known for its
four-storey stone stupa and referred to as Vietnam’s first Buddhist
centre. The pagoda, built in the 13th century and rebuilt in 1647 by the
Buddhist monk Chuyet Chuyet, is a complex of ten buildings over an area
of 100 metres that houses ancient statues and artefacts.
Halong and board the Emeraude, a wonderful replica of one of the classic
steamships of the colonial era of French Indochina. A welcome drink will
be served on the sundeck. With 37 luxurious air-conditioned cabins, a
restaurant, two bars and a sundeck this is the ultimate Halong Bay
experience. Lunch is served on board at 13:00. Whilst cruising on the
emerald green waters of the bay try a traditional Vietnamese or foot
massage as an optional extra. Another optional extra is high tea served
on the sundeck in the late afternoon. A sunset cocktail is served on the
sundeck at 18:30 followed by a buffet dinner between 20:00 and 23:00.
O/N on board the Emeraude.
Day 7 - Emeraude Cruise-Halong Bay-Hanoi (B)
Wake up to fresh coffee and a wholesome breakfast before cruising back
to Halong City. Early morning Tai Chi is an optional extra on the
sundeck from 06:00 to 07:00 before breakfast. Arrive back at Emeraude’s
private pier at 09:30 for disembarkation. Drive back to Hanoi.
Note: the visit of the market will depend on the day of the market and
will be arrange on day 3 or day 5 to one of the followings : Can Cau
market on Saturday, Bac Ha market on Sunday, Coc Ly market on Tuesday