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Viland Travel invites you to the best of Northern Vietnam, from the remote mountain ranges of Sapa to the thousands of limestone Karst of Halong Bay, and back to the capital city of Hanoi for some much-needed shopping. You get to visit Sapa‘s village to understand the life and culture of ethnic tribes. Not to mention all the amazing food options in exotic Hanoi, you’ll have cooking classes, so you can bring home a little flavor of Vietnam. See some of the best that Asia has to offer!
You will have options to stay in a twin, double, or single room at a three-star hotel or four-star hotel provided by Viland Travel. On the fifth night, you overnight on a cruise in Ha Long.
Arriving at Noi Bai International Airport (HAN), Viland Travel will greet you at the airport with welcome signboard and then you will be transferred to the hotel in Hanoi. It is the capital city of Vietnam which is an elegant city located on the banks of the Red River with tranquil Restored Sword Lake at its heart.
This morning, you will experience Hanoi cooking class. Your guide will collect you from your hotel by taxi or motorbike to the class, where you will then be taken to the market. You will meet the chef and experience a day in his life as you wander through the fresh food market. You will also learn some tips and tricks to ensure that only the finest quality ingredients are selected. You will then select all the ingredients needed for your class.
Chef will then accompany you as you make your way back to your place. You will stop along the way and get to sample a selection of street foods. During the lesson, the chef will teach you the secrets to creating decorations to enhance the presentation of your dished, well as some of the basic skills needed to master the knife skills required to be a chef. Then, you will enjoy your food after cooking. You will walk back to your hotel.
In the early morning, bus driver will pick up from the hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter then depart to Sa Pa, following Noi Bai - Lao Cai high-way. Along the way, you will have the chance to contemplate the beauty of northwest mountains that terraced fields are sparkling in sunlight or dim in thick fog. Have a short break in 30 minutes then continue the trip to Sa Pa.
Arrive in Sa Pa at 13:00, the tour guide will pick you up at the bus station then transfer to hotel. Enjoy the lunch with local Vietnamese dishes, check-in procedures. In the afternoon, you will take a 2-hour trekking to visit Cat Cat Village. It is occupied by the Black H’mong tribe. Here, you can see the hydroelectric power station which was built by the French in the twentieth century. You will experience the tribal way of life of ethnic minorities while enjoying wonderful views of the terraced rice paddy fields and the waterfall in Cat Cat Village. Then, take a walk uphill for the bus to pick up to get back to Sa Pa in the afternoon.
You are free to explore the charm of Sa Pa by night, enjoy roasted corn, baked eggs beside the charcoal fire, or go shopping your own expense. Overnight at hotel in Sa Pa.
The day is devoted to a beautiful hike through the breathtaking scenery of Sa Pa valley. Start trekking from Sa Pa to Y Linh Ho to see the spectacular landscape of Hoang Lien Son Mountain. En route, admire the rice terraces hidden behind the mist of the morning, a truly awe-inspiring sight.
Follow a small track and cross Muong Hoa River and pass well-tended rice terraces on your way to the Black Hmong village of Lao Chai. Picnic lunch at Lao Chai Village. Continuing through the colorful rice terraces you will reach the village of Ta Van. Then, your bus will pick you up Ta Van Bridge to transfer to Sa Pa town. Take a short break at hotel lobby before your guide transfer you to bus stop to return Hanoi. Arrival in Hanoi is at around 21:00. Check in and overnight in Hanoi.
With over 1600 islets, countless towering limestone karsts and hidden jungle caves, Vietnam’s “Bay of Descending Dragons” is a must-see destination for every traveler to Southeast Asia. Stay for one night in the bay aboard a Ha Long Bay cruise to experience all that this magical landscape has to offer.
At 08:00, Viland Travel will fetch you from your hotel to head to Ha Long Bay. You will arrive slightly before noon, at the Halong Bay Pier, where you will be transferred to the cruise ship. Once on board the ship, you will be provided a welcome drink, followed by cruise briefing and safety instructions, conducted by the host of the boat. After that, you will check in your cabin.
Lunch will be served on board while cruising and passing by Dog islet, Fighting Cock islet (symbol of Halong Bay), Hoa Cuong fishing village, and Swan islet. After lunch, the ship will continue exploring the wonders of Halong Bay, passing by countless islands including Soi Sim beach, Coconut Tree Island.
You will anchor the vessel at Frog Pond area, where you can take time to explore this beautiful scenery by kayaking through the majestic scenery and swimming in emerald colored water. Relax on the sundeck with some cocktails, complemented by a variety of tropical fruits and best local wines. Then, attend a cooking demonstration with the chef to learn one of the most popular cuisines in Vietnam, spring rolls.
For dinner, you specially prepare a meal to reward your taste buds and stomach. After that, you can engage in various evening activities such as relaxing at leisure.
Wake up to a refreshing morning with an organized Tai Chi class scheduled at 06:30. Once you have revived your bodies with smooth, deliberate, flowing movements, you may enjoy a light breakfast with the assorted homemade pastries, along with coffee, tea, or fresh fruit juices.
We will move next on to Sung Sot Cave, where you will have the option to climb up and down 600 steps, to the magnificent limestone formations of the most beautiful and biggest cave in Ha Long Bay. After the visit to the cave, you will check out of the cabin, and settle your bill, if you have incurred any additional expenses like drinks or snacks in the bar. A beautiful lunch will be served as the ship cruises back to the Ha Long Bay harbor. Your coach will pick you up and return back to Hanoi. Arrival is at about 17:00 if the traffic is cooperative.
Your driver will meet you at your hotel and transfer you to the airport for your onward flight home.
This tour will take place in several places in Vietnam such as Hanoi, Sapa, Ha Long Bay, and many more.
Vietnam is an exotic and exciting country, chalked full of variety in every aspect. A nation believed to have been established over 4,000 years ago, it is one of the oldest civilizations in existence and the region is thought to be one of the "cradles of civilization". Geological formations of mountains, caves, karst, valleys, and deltas define much of the countries landscape, while a rich history in agriculture occupies the rest. Vietnam was one of the first to develop agriculture and most importantly rice farming.
All of this means you’ll have a huge array of outdoor activities to experience, maybe even experience one while you are in one of the "Natural Wonders of the World", Ha Long Bay, or one of the eight UNESCO World Heritage sites in Vietnam. Needless to say, this country has some of the most amazing views and sceneries.
But let's not forget the people. Most often your experiences in a foreign country are defined by the locals and these are the most welcoming and curious people there are. From the busiest of streets to the most remote areas, there is always a Vietnamese smiling happily at their foreign guests, glad that the traveling world is now visiting and exploring their beautiful culture.
With any culture comes a wealth of food, and Vietnam is known worldwide for their cuisine, with so many more dishes still waiting to be discovered by the western world. Given the chance, the Vietnamese people will be more than happy and proud to show you their wonderful culinary delights. This is one special country that you’ll never forget, for all the right reasons.
Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, is known for its centuries-old architecture and a rich culture with Southeast Asian, Chinese, and French influences. At its heart is the chaotic Old Quarter, where the narrow streets are roughly arranged by trade. There are many little temples including Bach Ma, honoring a legendary horse, plus Đồng Xuân Market, selling household goods and street food.
Other landmarks include One Pillar Pagoda, a tiny temple atop a stone pillar, and the 11th century Temple of Literature, once home to a Confucian academy. French colonial buildings dot the city from the neoclassical Opera House to the Gothic Revival St. Joseph’s Cathedral. The mausoleum of the Communist leader Ho Chi Minh and a museum at Hoa Lo Prison (also known as the Hanoi Hilton, which held prisoners of war) recall the Vietnam War. Cultural activities range from Tai Chi martial arts around Hoàn Kiếm Lake to traditional chamber music and water puppetry.
Hạ Long, a city on Vietnam’s northern coast, is a jumping-off point for Hạ Long Bay, a broad inlet of dramatic, often mist-covered limestone islands. Replicas of traditional junk boats tour the bay and depart from the city’s Bai Chay district. Bai Chay also has an artificial beach, a casino, cafes, and dozens of hotels from resort-style complexes to hostels.
Bai Chay connects by bridge to Hon Gai, the more industrial part of town, and together the two districts make up Hạ Long City proper. Still, the most popular destinations are offshore. Many of Hạ Long Bay's islands are peppered with scenic lakes, caves, and grottoes. The largest island, Cát Bà, is home to Cát Bà National Park, a habitat for rarely endangered langurs; Hospital Cave, a secret 1960s wartime hospital carved into a cavern; and several beaches at Cát Cò Cove.
You will be served daily breakfast, five lunches, and one dinner for the whole tour.
Noi Bai International Airport
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