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Getting away from the bustle and hustle city of Hanoi, Trang An Hoa Lu full day tour is truly the top choice.
This specially designed tour brings tourists to the ancient capital and Trang An ecotourism site (situated in Ninh Binh province) and Hoa Lu. Due to a long time, Hoa Lu ruins and the locals built on the same ground the King Dinh Temple and Kinh Le temple in the 17th century. The ecotourism site of Trang An has more breathtaking beauty than you think. The scenery looks like in Jurassic Park with many grottoes, lakes, ponds, streams. Ninh Binh province was recognised by UNESCO as Natural and Cultural Heritage in 2014 with many beauty and history site including Hoa Lu capital and Trang An area.
Historical & Cultural
Outdoor & Sightseeing
Unique & Localized
Tour guide and driver
Lunch with Vietnamese cuisine
1 bottle of water/each
Visit the former capital of Vietnam Hoa Lu
King Dinh temple and King Le temple
Local cuisine for lunch
Trang An site, rowing boat, visit 8 caves
King Kong movies II
World Natural Heritage
World Cultural Heritage
Your hotel in Old Quarter or the Opera House (if you stay out of the Old Quarter)
Detailed ItineraryDay 1: Hanoi - Nghia Lo (L/D)8:00 am: Our guide will pick-up you at the hotel and start the journey to Nghia Lo and Tu Le via Thanh Son, Thu Cuc road 32. On the way, we will spend 1.5 - 2 hrs at Vietnam Ethnic Village. The village displays traditional houses and showcases the culture as well as life of 54 ethnic groups in Vietnam. We will introduce you to the feature groups in North Vietnam which include the Mong, Thai, Dao and Tay groups. Leave Vietnam Ethnic Village, we can take a break to enjoy the Milk products or Green Tea hill in Phu Tho province.Arrive Nghia Lo town in the afternoon, check-in homestay and take a few minutes break before starting on a short cycle trip to explore the Thai village – the home of Thai people in Vietnam. Cycle between rice fields and enjoy the peaceful sight of ducks, chickens, pigs and buffalos. Observe the quiet manual labour of the villagers, visit the house, chat with locals or say hello to the friendly & cute children beside the road. Head back to the homestay, enjoy tasty meals and sleep on stilt houses, the traditional house of Thai people.If you travel in a group of 6 people, there will be a traditional performance with local songs and dance. Day 2: Nghia Lo - Mu Cang Chai (B/L/D)8:00 am: After breakfast, we leave Nghia Lo to Mu Cang Chai, where we can see the real and beautiful rice terrace fields. You will be surprised by the wonderful rice terrace along the route from Tu Le - Mù Cang Chải.Run over the Khau Pha pass (one of the four greatest passes in Northern Vietnam with 40km, connect Tu Le and Mu Cang Chai). We’ll cross Tu Le town, you’ll have the chance to see the interesting activities of Thai women in Tu Le making the “Com – green rice” – the famous special product of Tu Le along the road during the harvest season (Sep-Oct). Most scenic roads offer a lot of stops for picturing as the viewpoint to see the Lim Mong, Lim Thai village or paragliding-point on the top of this pass. Upon arriving in Mu Cang Chai, we will spend 1-2 hrs trek to Mam Xoi rice terrace – one of the most famous destinations, where the round shape of rice terraces was built by hand of H’mong people since hundreds of years ago. Lunch is served along trekking path. Leave Mam Xoi, there are 2 options for customers:+ If you are strong trekker, we can spend 3h - 3.5hrs (13km) for trekking from Che Cu Nha village to Kim Noi village – where we will sleep in the stilt house of Thai people. For the trek, we will go up to the high mountain, pass the Hmong village, a remote waterfall and visit a kindergarten school. From above, we can see the magnificent view of rice terrace fields, visit some schools, play a game or sing with children. Besides seeing the beauty of rice fields, you will be guided on how to plant rice, harvest rice or discover the farm with working locals. It will be an exciting experience. Enjoy stunning landscapes along the way, spectacular views of countryside and nature, visit local villages, experience the daily life of hill tribe people and see how traditional clothes are made.+ If you are a little weaker and have a shorter time, we can spend 2-2,5hrs for trekking around Sang Nhu village which is near the centre town with stunning rice fields.5-6pm, We will arrive Kim Noi village, enjoy dinner and sleep in the stilt house of Thai People. Day 3: Mu Cang Chai - Sapa (B/L/D)After breakfast, we will drive from Mu Cang Chai through Tan Uyen and then to Sapa. The road is very dramatic with many hairpins, each opening up a new vista of the mountains, and crossing the Sin Ho pass. You will have lunch in Sapa and have a chance to look around. Then you will trek to Giang Ta Chai village, where you will have dinner and overnight in a Dao's ethnic house Day 4: Sa Pa - Bac Ha (B/L/D)We set off early and drive to Bac Ha. If it is a Sunday, we will head over to the market, one of the most colourful markets in the north. You can become an expert in spotting the different ethnic costumes, and enjoy the antics of the livestock market. There are marvellous photo opportunities at these markets. After lunch in a local restaurant, we will visit the palace of Hoang A Tuong. A curious mixture of baroque and oriental that was built in 1920 with the aid of the French. Then we will drive up a small mountain road with views of the most amazing rice terraces, with villages dotted here and there. We reach the Ban Phung village and have a chance to see the La Chi ethnic people. The ladies dress in black knee-length skirts and jackets with a little delicate coloured embroidery, their heads wrapped in a strip of cloth knotted around their hair. They have a tough life up in these mountains, often carrying a heavy load in a bag from a band on their heads. We will have dinner and overnight at a hotel Day 5: Bac Ha - Hoang Su Phi (B/L)Upon leaving Bac Ha, we set off on a full day journey through Sin Man to Hoang Su Phi The rough but scenic route traverse a dense jungle before crossing over a pass and ping down to Sin Man. This day is a real challenge for our driver as we travel by winding roads with many uphill and downhill drives. Along the way, we may encounter the Nung Ing, Tay, Red Dao, Dao Ao Dai, La Chi and Co Lao, just some of the many hill tribe groups who have settled there. Dinner on your own, overnight in Hoang Su Phi Day 6: Hoang Su Phi - Ha Giang (B/L/D)After breakfast, you will leave Phung village and drive down the steep winding road. As you descend through the rice terrace scenery, you will have plenty of stops for more photos, taking in the beauty of the changing morning light on the rice paddies. Drive back through Hoang Su Phi to Ha Giang via the Tan Su Phin Pass and the Cong Troi pass. These are most dramatic passes, and the whole area is full of magnificent views. You will stay overnight in a Tay stilt house. Day 7: Ha Giang - Dong Van (B/L)The remote region of Dong Van and Meo Vac is a land of rugged mountains and beautiful hill villages which are unchanged for centuries.Today we head north-west out of Ha Giang Town towards this northernmost tip of Vietnam. The former H'mong royal house at Sa Phin is the primary attraction of the region, and with the blend of hill tribe people's colourful costumes and the majestic mountainous scenery, the long and bumpy trip will turn into an unforgettable experience. Dinner on your own, overnight in Dong Van. Day 8: Dong Van - Meo Vac - Ha Giang (B/L/D)After breakfast, you will explore Dong Van Old Quarter, trekking to Pu Lo fortress which was built in 1890 and evacuated in 1945. From here you get to enjoy spectacular views of the entire region. Climb up 15 km to the top of the Ma Pi Leng Pass, through a gigantic maze of limestone peaks, stone forests, and canyons before descending into the valley of Meo Vac. You will travel back to Ha Giang for dinner and stay overnight in a riverside bungalow. Day 9: Ha Giang - Hanoi (B/L)You will drive back to Hanoi from Ha Giang, taking a road less travelled. You will follow the river, snaking from pass to pass through the hills of Central North Vietnam. You may find the locals fascinated by you as few tourists ever take that secret yet spectacular route. You will then pay a visit to Duong Lam Ancient Village where you can see hundreds of ancient houses. After a short stop for lunch in local restaurant, you will return to your hotel in Hanoi.
Day 1: Hanoi – Yen Bai city - Nghia Lo (L, D)
Our guide will pick you up at the airport. Start your journey to Nghia Lo, Yen Bai.
On the road, we will visit in Suoi Giang Commune, Van Chan district to admire the hundred years old – ancient tea trees, which make up the speciality Tea San Snow. The wild tea trees grow in the high mountains with a cool climate all year round. We will have lunch here. Then leave Suoi Giang, continue to Nghia Lo.
Arrive at Nghia Lo town, check in our homestay at a peaceful village of Thai people. Rest on a traditional stilt house. In the afternoon, we embark on a bicycling tour to discover the daily life of the ethnic community in the area and enjoy the beautiful scenery of villages, rice fields or enjoy the Hot Spring.
Dinner and overnight at the homestay.
Day 2: Nghia Lo - Tu Le – Mu Cang Chai - trekking around villages (B, L, D)You will be surprised by the beautiful rice terrace along the route from Tu Le - Mù Cang Chải.Run over the Khau Pha pass, one of the four greatest passes in Northern Vietnam, connecting Tu Le and Mu Cang Chai. We’ll cross Tu Le town, and you’ll have the chance to see the interesting activities of Thai women in Tu Le making the “Com-green rice”, the famous special product of Tu Le along the road during the harvest season. Most scenic roads which offer a lot of stops for picturing as the viewpoint to see the Lim Mong, Lim Thai village or paragliding-point on the top of this pass.
Enjoy trekking tours around La Pan Tan commune and explore the life & musical of Mong people.
Continue trekking from La Pan Tan village to enjoy Mam Xoi rice terrace of H’mong people in Mu Cang Chai. Lunch will be served along trekking path.
Visit some schools or play games with the children. Besides seeing the beauty of rice fields, you will be guided on how to plant rice, harvest rice or discover the farm with working locals. It will be an exciting experience. Enjoy stunning landscapes along the way, spectacular views of countryside and nature, visit local villages, experience the daily life of hill tribe people and see how traditional clothes are made.
Sleeping at Homestay at Mu Cang Chai
Note: 3- hour drive & 3-4 hour light trek
Day 3: Mu Cang Chai – Sapa (B, L, D) (160km – 4hours drive)
After our breakfast, we will spend 3 hours to trek with the local guide from Kim Noi village to Che Cu Nha. Time will also be allocated to look around and experience life in Mu Cang Chai. After lunch at Mu Cang Chai, we transfer to Sapa.
We’ll pass by O Quy Ho pass, one of the four greatest pass in Vietnam and it is where the highest peak of Indochina- Mt Fansipan is located. You can enjoy fresh cool air and magnificent landscapes. It will be an unforgettable experience. Stay at Hotel 3* in Sapa.
Day 4: Trek up Fansipan (B, L, D)
After breakfast at the hotel, we will arrange for the guide and driver to pick you up at the hotel around 8:00 am. You will be transferred by car to Tram Ton Gate to Heaven Gate, the highest peak of roads in Vietnam. From there you can see Mt. Fansipan, continue trekking The trek will be relatively soft until lunchtime. After a couple of hours of hiking, you will have a break at a nice spot in the forest and enjoy a good lunch.
With new energy, you start to hike towards the campsite. You will have many opportunities to enjoy the scenery and magnificent views of Sapa area and the beautiful landscape of Lai Chau province. You will arrive at the campsite at 2800m ASL in the late afternoon. Now it is time to relax and enjoy a well-prepared dinner.
Trekking: 5 hrs/ascend 2,800 m from 1,900 m
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Day 5: 2800m – the top of Fansipan – Tram Ton – Sapa (B, L, -)
After having breakfast, you climb to the top, where you can celebrate your victory. From there, you get to enjoy a breathtaking birds-eye view of the surrounding scenery. You will then trek through a rainforest to go back to the campsite for lunch.
After lunch, you start your journey back. You follow the trail as well as stone steps built by Hoang Lien National Park until you reach your car which will take you back to Sapa. Arrive back in Sapa in the afternoon, where you can celebrate your achievement and relax.
Trekking: 7,5 hrs/ascend 3,143 m to Sapa
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Note: If you want to back Sapa by cable car, pay more $40/person
Day 6 +7 Free & Easy in Hanoi
P/s: The itinerary can change according to your requirement.
Snorkeling is a popular recreational activity, particularly at tropical resort and scuba diving locations. The primary appeal is the opportunity to observe underwater life in a natural setting without the complicated equipment and training required for scuba diving. It appeals to all ages because of how little effort there is, and without the exhaled bubbles of scuba-diving equipment. It is the basis of the two surface disciplines of the underwater sport of finswimming.-----08h15-09h15: You will be picked up from Hotel by our expert tour guide and minibus.Mun Island – The Marine Protected AreaSnorkelling around coral reef and discover many types of fishes. Mun island was recognized as a Marine Protected Area with 350 kinds of coral and 222 types of fishes.Mot Island – Water Sports CenterYou may do water sports such as Jetski, Parasailing, Banana boat, Wakeboarding…Fish FarmHave lunch on the floating garden: Shrimp, Squid, Fish, Vegetables, Steamed Clam, Vietnamese sour soup, Rice, Fruits, Bottled water, Wet tissue.Tranh Beach – Sunbath & RelaxContinue swimming or relax on the desk-chair for sunbath.15:00: Withdraw to mainland. Return to HotelEnd of tour & See you again.