Grand North Vietnam 5 Days

5 Days Hanoi - Sapa - Halong Bay

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This tour offers a perfect blending of onboard cruising tour sailing spectacular Halong Bay and breath-taking mountain-scenic experience trekking and exploring Vietnamese local culture from the Sapa ethnic community. With a 5 day trip, we have chance to discover the lifestyle of the hill tribe, the magnificent rice terraces in Sapa and the closing of experience of this journey takes  you to Halong Bay, one of seven wonders of the new world.


  • Explore a wonderful destination which has rich activities such as light walking, photography, minority village markets, etc.
  • Trek to interesting ethnic minority villages, enjoy the peaceful sightseeing and meet lovely children.
  • Visit one of the world’s ‘natural wonders’ which is defined by nearly 2000 awe-inspiring limestone karsts and islands of various sizes.
  • Spend time relaxing, and refreshing between wonderful natural landscapes.
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Tour itinerary

Day 1: Get Picked Up In Hanoi - Night Train To Lao Cai MEAL: N/A

20:00 Our guide will pick up you at your hotel lobby and transfer to train station, take overnight train to Lao Cai.


- Our tour guide will not accompany during the train trip

- Train schedule is subject to change.

- Private compartments on request at surcharge.

- Train journeys are part of a great local experience. Cabins are shared with other local passengers (unless private cabin is requested and all berths paid for - with supplement). Restrooms at either end of the carriages complete the local experience.

Meals: NA
Accommodation: 04 soft sleeper sharing cabin
Activities: Welcome to Hanoi! You can arrive at any time. In the evening, transfer to the train station for departure to Lao Cai on the night train.
Day 2: Lao Cai – Road Transfer To Sa Pa – Y Linh Ho - Lao Chai - Ta Van MEAL: B/L/D
Trekking Mini Bus

Arrive in Lao Cai Train Station at around 05:00. Then take an one hour bus ride up hill to the beautiful town of Sapa. The ride gives you a glimpse of the stunning vistas and impressive rice terraces that make Sapa famous with travelers.

9.30am: Meet up your local guide and start trekking. The first part is on the road but we soon turn to the right and walk on a small path down the valley to Y Linh Ho village settled down by the Muong Hoa River and from here to the Black H’mong village of Lao Chai. Black H’mong is one of the biggest minority groups in the Sapa area. They have their own language and wear traditional indigo blue clothing. The H’mong peoples have just recently changed their living way from sifting style into the sedentary one. So there are still a lot traces of the past time can be seen: rudimentary houses, stone wall around homes… After this you continue to Ta Van village (1.200 m) to visit Zay people. Zay is a fairly small minority group of about 38.000 people who live mainly in the mountains in Northwest Vietnam.

After visiting Ta Van village the car will return you to Sapa. Free at leisure the rest of the day. Overnight at Sapa Hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in Sapa


  • Participate in a trek a long the Muong Hoa Valley straight to Y Linh Ho Village.
  • Meanwhile enjoy the landscape, continue the excursion to visit Lao Chai Village of the H'mong people where the local are so friendly and hospitable.
  • Hiking to the Ta Van Village of the Zay minority.

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Local children in Ta Van Village

Day 3: Black H’Mong Hill Tribe Village - Sapa - Hanoi - Road Transfer MEAL: B
Trekking Car Bus

Locating just a bout 5km southeast of Sapa town, Ma Tra Village attracts visitors for its stunning scenery highlighted with impressive terraced rice fields. The Hmong peoples has changed from sifting lifestyle into sedentary one form early 20th Century and built terraced field to ensure their permanent earning by farming wet rice.

Trip commences from Sapa at 08.30am or 01.30pm by a 5km road transfer out of Sapa town. Then walk starts from here downhill and cross the stream to the other bank where Suoi Ho village beautifully sits on the top of a low hill. Spend half an hour to visit several local homes for understanding of local life before continue walking along a large path on hillsides which is paved with rock to get through Ma Tra village. This portion of the walk offers beautiful scenery of the valley and terraced paddies as well as flower farm. Transfer back to Sapa.

15:00 - 15:30 Driver will pick you up & transfer 5 hours to Hanoi.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
Activities: A half day walking to a Hmong village which is not so far from Sapa town but still keep village traditional way of life. Then, transfer from Sapa to Hanoi
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Ma Tra Valley
Day 4: Hanoi – Halong Bay By Shuttle Bus - Overnight On Cruise MEAL: B/L/D
Mini Bus Cruise

Halong Bay is listed by UNESCO as a World Natural Heritage and voted as a Wonder of Nature by the New7Wonders Foundation. You will have a night staying in this world famous bay.

After breakfast in Hanoi, depart the capital for the 3hr 30mins drive to Halong Bay. Arrive to Halong City’s jetty (around noon) and proceed with check-in formalities. After a welcome onboard, lunch will be served while cruising towards the bay. In the afternoon, enjoy some sightseeing, on-board activities (depending on each boat’s itinerary) or just spend some time relaxing on the vessel. Towards the end of the day the boat sets anchor for the night among the karst formations. Dinner is served on board.

Accommodation Night 4: On-board an overnight cruise in Halong Bay
Activities: Drive to Halong Bay where you board a junk for a cruise among the hundreds of islets of this magical World Heritage Site. Enjoy lunch and a swim. Drop anchor in the evening for an overnight stay among the dramatic limestone peaks.
Our tour guide will not accompany aboard the cruise in Halong Bay. Resident English speaking guide on board is available.
Halong bay
Day 5: Halong Bay – Hanoi By Shuttle Bus MEAL: B/Br
Mini Bus Cruise

Early risers can enjoy a memorable sunrise over the karst formations of Halong Bay. Breakfast will be served shortly thereafter.

Enjoy breakfast (brunch on some boats) while the vessels cruises slowly through the magnificent rock formations back towards port. Upon disembarkation, our driver will be waiting to provide transport to Hanoi.

Around 16:30 arrive in Hanoi. Drop off at hotel (owned arrangement). End of tour.

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi is not included
Activities: Wake up to the sound of ocean. Spend the morning exploring more sites of the bay, visit a beautiful limestone cave. Have brunch while cruising back to the mainland. Transfer back to Hanoi.

Tour ends on arrival in Hanoi.

Hotel in Hanoi is at clients owned arrangement

Price & Inclusion

Tour Class Price Booking
2 pax3 - 4 pax5 - 7 pax8 - 10 pax
Standard (2*) USD $308USD $267USD $249USD $239
Superior (3*) USD $335USD $292USD $275USD $268
First Class (4*) USD $394USD $334USD $316USD $309


* Please contact our travel consultants at to get discount for big group OR special price for children (under 10 years old).

* Private tour for a solo traveler is also available with a surcharge. Single supplement: applies for those who travelling with others but requires an single room for him/herself.

* The prices above are for the ready-to-book adventure outlined in this detailed program which has been handcrafted by our product experts to include the best of every destination. Our travel consultants are also happy to customize this journey to suit your specific interests and style of travel: longer or shorter stays, offer hotel upgrades, or add an extension to additional places of interes



Hotel (3 nights), 04 soft sleeper sharing cabin (1 night), On-board an overnight cruise in Halong Bay (1 night)


 2 stars

 3 stars

 4 stars 


 La Suite Hotel & Spa

 Deluxe Room

 Gondola Hotel

 Superior Room

 Tirant Hotel

 Deluxe Room

 Halong bay

 Lavender Cruise

 Deluxe Cabin

 Glory Legend Cruise

 Deluxe Cabin

 Pelican Cruise

 Deluxe Cabin


 Sapa Vista Hotel

 Superior Room

 Chapa Ecolodge

 Superior Room

 Sapa Legend Hotel & Spa

 Deluxe Room 

Special Information about train: Sleeper trains typically have four berth compartments (occasionally six berth depending on seasonal variations and group configuration), which have bench seats that convert into sleeping bunks. A sheet, pillow and blanket are provided, although some travellers prefer to bring their own sleeping sheet. On occasion, passengers of different genders will be required to share a compartment and there will be times where you'll be sharing with local travellers or others who are not part of your group. Some trains have a dining carriage serving simple food or snack carts, but travellers tend to prefer to take some of their own snacks (bread, cookies, fruit etc) in case of getting the munchies.


4 Breakfast, 2 Lunch, 1 Brunch, 1 Dinner

We choose local ingredients, typical of the way people eat in the area, at local restaurants, markets or homes.

We also cater for Vegetarians, please request this at time of booking.


Car, Train, Cruise, Trekking

Price Includes

  • AC land transfer in Car/ Minivan.
  • Accommodation shared in Twin/Double room with daily breakfast.
  • Al in-tour experienced English speaking guide.
  • Halong Bay Cruise program shared in Twin/Double cabin as per tour.
  • Meals as stated in the itinerary (B: Breakfast ; L: Lunch ; D: Dinner)
  • Overnight train tickets Hanoi - Lao Cai in 4th berth sleeper cabin (sharing cabin).
  • All sightseeing tickets.
  • Vietnam visa Approval letter (single entry).
  • Services charges and government tax.

Price Excludes

  • Early Check in & late check out at hotel
  • Peak season surcharge & compulsory dinner in the accommodation.
  • International flights & departures taxes.
  • Beverage.
  • Personal expenses, tips and gratuities.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Other services not mentioned above.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation by Customer

  • Cancellation received before 60 days: FREE of charge
  • Cancellation received from 30 days to 59 days prior arrival date: 10% of total rate
  • Cancellation received from 15 days to 29 days prior arrival date: 30% of total rate
  • Cancellation received from 7 days to 14 days prior arrival date: 50% of total rate
  • Cancellation received less than 7 days prior arrival date or No show: 100% of total rate

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Any part of this itinerary can be altered to fit your need, e.g.accommodation, add/skip city, tour length...

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  • Ms. Emma Holloway
    Ms. Emma Holloway
    New Zealand

     5.0 - Excellent

    Best Experience of our lifetime

    Sophie - out travel consultant was very helpful in organizing our tour of Hanoi, Sa Pa and Halong Bay. Our transfers were always on time, accomodations were clean and everything went very smoothly. When one of our hotels was not good, Vana immediately found alternate accomodation which was great. Meals were .. More
  • Ms. Kelly Pan
    Ms. Kelly Pan
    United States

     5.0 - Excellent

    My and my husband were pleasantly surprised how organized my itinerary was. I liked the food and staff on Halong Bay cruise. All of my tour guides have been very knowledgeable and friendly. They always made sure that my needs were met and made sure that was comfortable at all times. Overall it was an excellent trip and .. More

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