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Within four days, this journey will bring you a brief understanding of Hanoi and Sapa's beauty and its tribal people while enjoying Vietnam's fascinating scenery. You will enjoy visiting Sapa town and three tribal villages of Black Hmong and Zay peoples. Moung Hoa Valley is well-known for its breathtaking scenery as well as Hanoi and Halong Bay highlights. Besides all this, you will have chance to enjoy and explore the local Vietnamese culinary culture.
You will have a choice of 3 or 4-star hotels in both Hanoi and Sapa.
Nestled in a beautiful valley about three kilometers from Sapa town, Cat Cat - the old village of ethnic groups - attracts tourists from all over the world for its distinctive customs and practices which have been lost in almost ethnic villages. The village is within easy walking distance from any hotel in downtown Sapa. Visiting Cat Cat, you will be impressed by the peacefully picturesque sceneries. You can easily catch sight of women sitting in front of the loom with colorful pieces of brocade, while children playing around with pets or even livestock.
From the plain brocade, then women can carefully dye them with special leaves and embroider beautiful patterns of flower and animal on them. Moreover, many residents of Cat Cat village are also skillful at manipulating sophisticated gold and silver jewelry. The village gives you a chance to have a glimpse into the daily life of local ethnic people, as well as take part in traditional activities such as weaving fabric. It is also a good opportunity to purchase some traditional souvenirs and handicrafts right from the craftsmen. People can also try some local food selling the way upcoming to the hill.
Start you walking tour in old quarter. Originally there were just 36 streets in the old quarter but today there are more than 50 streets. Although many of the streets are short, and the area is rather compact. You will get to visit some famous and specialized food families or stalls - local restaurants, shops where they run their business every day.
The guide will bring you to enjoy water puppet show, a unique variation on the ancient Asian puppet tradition. The show is a Vietnamese tradition dating back to the 11th century. Supported by a large rod placed under the water and manipulated by experienced puppeteers, the wooden puppets appear to be dancing over the water, telling folk tales. Its entertaining and suitable for all audiences.
You will enjoy a full day tour in Halong Bay. After arriving in Halong Bay, you will cruise on the bay to visit some unique islets and caves. Especially, you will have chance to visit Thien Cung cave (Heaven cave).
The valley is situated 10 kilometers from Sapa town in the southeast. This is a tourist attraction because of the charming beauty of earth and sky scenes convergence. This beautiful valley is inhabited of many ethnic groups as well as contains great natural beauty. Interspersed between the terraced rice fields untouched ethnic Dao, Hmong consists in ancient rocks with different engravings.
With about 159 ancient rocks, large and small stones are scattered remnants of prehistoric man. On the carved stone decoration, silhouette, terraces, floor or even traces of writing. According to some historical documents and ethnographic, the carvings are very concise, clear pristine era, when people depend entirely on nature.
Visit Sapa market and the old cathedral where you can meet a lot of local ethnic minority peoples such as Black Hmong and Red Zao wearing their traditional colorful dresses selling their farming and gathering products and handicrafts for souvenir. Locating in the north-west Vietnam, Sapa contains the variety of miraculous things of natural landscapes and local people. The town in cloud attracts visitors by magnificent mountainous landscapes and interesting experiences with ethnic minority's life.
Ta Van village is home to Zay people. You will visit local homes, village schools and you will enjoy your cultural discovery of local ethnic peoples as well as breathtaking scenery of the Muong Hoa Valley.
Crossing the river in Muong Hoa Valley by a suspension bridge you will challenge your feet uphill to Y Linh Ho village. Here you will pay visiting to some Hmong families, watching them doing their daily works.
This retreat will take place in Sapa, Hanoi, and Halong Bay, Vietnam. Hanoi is located in the Red River Delta, in the center of north Vietnam. It is encompassed by Thai Nguyen, Vinh Phuc provinces to the north, Hoa Binh and Ha Nam to the south, Bac Giang, Bac Ninh and Hung Yen provinces to the east, Hoa Binh and Phu Tho to the west.
Crossing Vietnam Tour will give you a unique experience to try the foods of the local Hanoi people. They ensure the food is handled hygienically and they provide a comfortable venue for the tastings. The benefit also goes back to the vendors or restaurants and families as they buy food items directly from them.