DAY 01 : Hanoi – Halong bay ( Lunch/Dinner )
07h50 – 08h15 : Collect from your accommodation . Leave for Halong city via the countryside , farmlands and Red River delta .
10h15 : Stopover along the way for a refreshment break
12h30 : Get to Tuan Chau habour – beside Baitho ( poem ) mountain , check – in on the Golden Bay Cruise . Welcome drinks will be served .
13h00 : Lunch is served while cruising through Halong bay .
15h15 : Visit splendid Surprise ( Sung Sot ) Cave . That is one of the most wonderful grotto in Halong bay . You will feel amaze about imposing of stalagmites , stalactites and many legend stories about that .
16h30 : Time for kayaking around surprise cave area . You will have got around 45 minutes to discover halong bay and some tunnel by yourself Halong
17h15 : Back to the Cruises , cruising to Drum cave for docking and sleeping . Moving a lot of beautiful islets on the bay : Head man’s face islet , Saddle horse islet , Fairy lake , drum cave , Virgin cave .
Time for relaxing afternoon , make the most of sunbathing on terrace . Taking picture in route . . . Have the small party with fresh fruit and Vietnamese green tea .
19h00 : Dinner is served in the restaurant .
21h00 : Leisure time to enjoy a chat around the bar , dancing , karaoke ; watch movie or enjoy night fishing… Relax and spend a romantic night
DAY 02 : HOA CUONG FLOATING VILLAGE – HALONG – HANOI ( Breakfast/Lunch )
Begin your day with Taichi exercises or a photo hunt . 07h00 : Breakfast , coffee and tea and served while cruising ahead to Baitulong Bay . The route is really tranquil and islets really imposing .
08h15 : Rowing small local bamboo boat ( around 1 hour ) to visit Hoa Cuong floating fishing village . Our guide will give you some information and interesting facts about this fascinating village and its local community .
09h30 : Back to Viola boat . Take time to refresh and relax before checking out . Keep sailing back to the Habour through the waters and passing many beautiful islets and island on the Baitulong Bay .
10h30 : Vietnamese Cooking Class .
11h00 : An early lunch is served .
12h00 : Arrive at the pier . Time to say goodbye to the staff members
12h45 : Go back from Halong to Hanoi
14h30 : Stopover in route for soft break
Around 17h00 : Get to Hanoi .
Stay in hotel 1 night
DAY 03 Hanoi – Sapa by bus with a long trek Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai – Ta Van village (L, D)
6.30 – 7.00: Pick up from your hotel/stay, get on big bus and depart for Sapa Town.
9.30: Follow the highway to Lao Cai city with the first comfort break
11.00: Second comfort break at Lao Cai city before approaching Sapa
13.00: Arrive Sapa Town with colourful traditional costumes of H’Mong, Dzao, Tay ethnic People.
Welcome drink and itinerary briefing
Enjoy the lunch with local Vietnamese dishes
14.15: A short drive to Y Linh Ho then trek through the rice terraces and along Muong Hoa Stream to the Black Hmong village of Lao Chai to see the spectacular landscape of Hoang Lien Son Mountain. You approach Ta Van village where Giay Ethnic People inhabits in late afternoon.
Trekking distance is about 9 kms and it lasts for 3.5 hours
17.45: Check in homestay; get to know the family of Dzay People. Spend time to enjoy the mountain life on Sunset. You may attend cooking local dishes with the family and enjoy dinner in peace. In the evening, you can join the local bar nearby with music and socialize with other tourists then overnight at homestay
Day 4: Medium trek Ta Van – Giang Ta Chai village – Sapa – Ha Noi (B, L)
8.00: Have breakfast prepared by the family and start a new day with more interesting trek.
8.45: Keep walking to the rice paddies where you have a nice photo session of the amazing surrounding landscapes. A trek through the bamboo forest and stop to have a panorama view of Giang Ta Chai village – home of red Dzao People.
Trekking distance is about 4 kms and it lasts for 2 hours
11.00: Trek through the Giang Ta Chai Bridge to main road, bus picks you up to come back Sapa Town.
12.00 -12.30 : Have a shower at hotel, check out.
12.30 – 13.30: Have lunch.
13.30 – 14.45: Relax and leisure on your own.
14.45 – 15.00: Meet all group members at hotel to get ready for Hanoi.
15.30: Get on bus to go back to Hanoi with two comfort breaks.
Stay in hotel one night.
Day 5: Cooking class
At 8.00/or 15.00, our tour guide will pick you up at your hotel in the old quarter and drive 5 minutes to Awesome Home stay where the owner of Awesome Travel and his family live in a villa with 600 Sq- m2, includes playground for kids to play shuttlecock kicking, badminton, Chinese chess, mini golf and scenic view dining place at Red River.
The hosts will warmly welcome you and introduce their members, lives. Tour guide then will teach you some simple phrases “local language” in 30 minutes, it is very important to help you get shopping skills and spending the currency “VND” with the friendly sellers.
You then will start cycling (or walking) to the local market only 5 minutes, It’s great chance to buy local things by yourself and experience a variety of foods from all the groceries such as: herbs, spices, vegetables, meats, fishes, fruits which are so fresh. All things bring you very close to the simple life (herbs and spices are a very important part of authentic Vietnamese food), you will have fun time to communicate and use body language with locals, incredible and unforgettable memories. Do not forget to take some photos with them.
At 10.00/or 1700. Complete your shopping, we come back our home to prepare and cook by yourself under the instruction of the tour guide from the beginning to the end, learning how to marinate and to spice will be the most crucial lesson. You will also enjoy decorating dishes with carrot flowers, lemon grass stems, banana leaves and curved chili.The authentic magical sauce mixed from fish sauce, water, sugar, lime, chili, garlic and herbs is very easy to make.
At 12.00/or 19.00, enjoy your meal at the ideal dining place with wonderful view of Red River and Eiffel bridge, was built in 1902 by the French architect Gustave Eiffel.
At 13.00/or 20.00, our tour guide will transfer you back your hotel.
Package is included: 2 single nights in hotel and car pick up airport.