VN114- Taste Of North Vietnam

    10 days 9 night

Ha Noi, Van Long Nature Reserve, Phat Diem Stone Church, Sapa, Black H’mong Village, Ban Ho, Ha Long Bay…

This trip provides a fantastic combination of the majestic splendor of Ha Noi, the lush rice terraces and the ethnic diversity of Sapa, the sublime beauty of Red River Delta and Ha Long Bay. This is an adventure to remember!

Day1: Hanoi Arrival

On arrival, meet with our guide and get transfer to the hotel for check-in. Free at your leisure. Overnight in Ha Noi.

Day 2: Ha Noi –city tour

Get pick-up for a city tour which is split into a morning and afternoon schedule, with a tasty lunch in between. We start to visit:

  • Ho Chi Minh Complex: Completed in 1975, the complex includes Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, the Presidential Palace, House-on-Stilts, and the Ho Chi Minh Museum.
  • The Temple of Literature: Originally built as a temple to Confucius, this is the site of Vietnam’s first University dating back to 1070. Inside are the stone steles mounted on the backs of turtles, inscribed with names of Vietnam best scholars.
  • Museum of Ethnology: This museum is widely acknowledged as the best in the country and has an extensive display dedicated to Vietnam’s 54 Ethnic minority peoples.
  • Ngoc Son Temple and Hoan Kiem Lake: The Ngoc Son temple is set on a tiny island on the Hoan KiemLake, its history dating back to the 13th century. The temple is reached by crossing the The Huc Bridge which literally means the ‘Place Touched by Morning Sunbeams’. The Hoan Kiem Lake is the local point of the city and the source of many legends.
  • One hour Cyclo Tour through the Old Quarter: Also known as the 36 streets, this bustling area of narrow streets is home to literally thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers.

Overnight in Ha Noi (B, L)

Day 3: Ha Noi – Van long – Phat diem stone church – ha noi – Lao Cai (train)

08.30 leave Ha Noi for Van Long natural reserve. Upon arrival, we will have a sampan boat trip to discover the amazing scenery of this natural reserve. Continue onto Ninh Binh town with stop for lunch at a local restaurant. Drive to Phat Diem. The Phat Diem Stone Cathedral is an extremely artistic, cultural and religious work of Luu Phuong commune, Kim Son district. The site is not only a harmonious combination between the architecture of Asian pagodas and European church but also shows skillful techniques of Vietnamese artisans since the 19th century (1875-1899). You can also visit the Kim Son local market which is well known for mats hand making. Drive back to Ha Noi for dinner before transferring to the train station for overnight journey to Lao Cai. Overnight on train (B, L, D)

Day 4: Lao Cai – Sapa – Ta Van

Arrive early in Lao Cai at 06.00, get picked up by car uphill to Sa Pa takes a little over an hour, giving you a glimpse of the stunning vistas and impressive rice terraces. 8:00am arrive at the chau long hotel and prepare to start trekking at 10:00am down the valley. Stop for a picnic lunch and continue to Ta Van village to visit Dzay minority people for a unique home stay in the village ( B,L, D )

Day 5:  Tavan – Ban Ho

In the morning, start driving to visit Black H’Mong village of Lao Chai and Dzay village of Ta Van.  After that, we continue our day of trekking takes you along local paths, up and down rice terraces and into the villages and homes of the local hill tribes, the Dzays, the Dzaos, the Hmongs, and the Tays. Picnic lunch by the stream before moving on to Ban Ho. Overnight with your Tay hill tribe family. (B, L, D)

Day 6: Ban Ho – Sapa – HA Noi

Short trek to the dirt road for the vehicle to ride back to Sa Pa. Free afternoon to explore SaPa town, with great shopping in the market. We are transferred by private vehicle in the late afternoon to Lao Cai for our overnight train to Ha Noi. Train at around 20:15 pm. Overnight on Train (B)

Day 7: Hanoi – Halong


Arrive in early morning, transfer to the small hotel to rest until getting pick up for Ha Long. Transfer by road approximately four hours to the port of Ha Long.  Hop aboard the traditional wooden junk and unwind over lunch as you glide along the jade green waters dotted with towering karsts. You’ll visit ancient limestone caves, swim in the salty waters and go exploring by kayak. Back on board, enjoy a sunset cocktail and dine on the bays fresh seafood. Overnight on board (B, L, D)

Day 8: Halong

Transfer by daily boat to the one of the small beaches scattered among the bay and spend whole day kayaking or swimming in clean water. Having seafood (or BBQ) on the beach. At the end of the day, transfer back to the cruise for dinner. Overnight on boat (B, L, D)

Day 9: Halong – Hanoi

Wake to the sun peeking over the horizon and see the bay at first light. Watch as vendors paddle their small sampans teeming with goods to the nearby boats and villages. Visit the Surprise Cave with its impressive limestone formations created over generations.  Look for the sacred turtle, the giant Buddha and the frog on the rock! Arrive back into the port around midday for a quick lunch and then return to Ha Noi. Overnight in Ha Noi (B, L)

Day 10: Hanoi Departure

Transfer to the airport for the flight to Sai Gon. Tour ends (B)




  • Accommodation on a twin shared basis
  • Air-conditioned Private Car
  • Train ticket Ha Noi – Lao Cai – Ha Noi
  • Boat trips as stated in the itinerary
  • English speaking guide
  • Admission fees to sites stated in the itinerary
  • Meals: As indicated in above itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • Government and service charges


  • Visas and Immigration fees on arrival
  • International air tickets to/from Viet Nam
  • Travel and/or Medical Insurance
  • Lunch or dinner unless stated in the itinerary
  • Single suppl. room accommodation (quoted separately)
  • Child or adult in triple share accommodation
  • Foreign language guides other than English
  • Peak Season or Special Events Surcharges
  • Tip, drinks and other personal expenses

Cancellation policy

  • No Show  = 100 % charge
  • 1-7days  = 50 % of the tour price
  • 8-14days  = 30 % of the tour price
  • 15-30 days             = 10 % of the tour price
  • 31 days up             = no charge


Additional Remarks

  • Itinerary is subject to change depending on flight availability, road and/or weather conditions and room availability.
  • Hotels listed above may not meet international star rating standards, especially in the remote areas where accommodation options are limited.
  • Prices are subject to change at any time as a result of VAT, Fuel Excise or other tax increases and USD currency fluctuations.
  • In the event of any cause beyond reasonable control, including but not limited to: Acts of God, Natural Disasters, Acts of War or Terrorism, Strike, Orders or Regulations of the Government etc., Asiana Link will bear no responsibility for not providing travel services, accommodation, meals, laundry, transportation or any other services as agreed between Asiana Link and clients. Party A will, in any case, undertake to do all within its power to assist the clients.