The North Trail Vietnam - Deluxe - Sapa - Halong and Lan Ha Bay 5D4N

The North Trail Vietnam is specially designed for (backpack) travelers who want to travel on a shoestring but who are looking for of the beaten track experiences and enjoy the company of fellow travelers. We offer you the best Sapa trekking with preferably lun... View more
Travel Styles: Adventure Tours , Classic Tours
Destinations: Sapa, Halong Bay, Lan Ha Bay
Duration: 5 days and 4 nights

Day 1 : The North Trail Vietnam - Deluxe - 5D4N (N/A)

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Itinerary Details Day 1: Hanoi – Sapa

Our guidance service will pick you up at your hotel in the old quarter of Hanoi at around 9.00 – 9.40pm and transfer you to the bus stop for the overnight journey to Sapa.

Transportation: A/C sleeper bus
Meals: N/A
Guide: English-speaking tour guide
Accommodation: N/A

Day 2 : The North Trail Vietnam - Sapa Trekking (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)

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Itinerary Details Day 2: Sapa – Ta Van

The bus arrives early in Sapa, at around 3am but you’ll be able to stay on the bus till around 6am. At that time you will be picked up and brought to our partner hotel where a morning shower will be offered followed by breakfast together with amazing scenery over Sapa town and the Muong Hoa valley.

Enjoy a very warm welcome from our local (Hmong) tour guide who will guide you through this stunning piece of Vietnam. From the lush terraced rice paddies to the rustic charm of the native dwellings, Sapa and its surroundings is a place you’re sure to fall in love with!

Many diverse groups like the Dzay, Dzao, Tay, Xa Pho or Hmong populate this richly cultural northern territory. You’ll sample their unique delights as you pass through each village.

At around 8.30 - 9am she will meet you at the hotel where your trekking adventure will kick off. We'll start our trekking with a visit at the market to buy food and fruit for lunch, on the way, before we’ll start this fantastic trek to Ta Van, down in the Muong Hoa valley. 

During the 15 km walk we’ll visit three villages of ethnic populations. Enjoy the spectacular views of the beautiful valley that leads towards Fansipan, the highest peak in Viet Nam and Indochina. The trek leads through the village of Black Hmong people, where you can learn how they weave and embroider their incredible clothes. Further along our descent we’ll enjoy the many colorful rice paddy fields until we reach Ta Van village, inhabited by the Dzay people. We’ll have a filling lunch on the way at a local family and dinner with your host in a beautiful and traditional Hmong homestay, by far the most cozy accommodation in Ta Van!

Transportation: N/A

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Guide: English-speaking local Hmong tour guide

Accommodation: Cozy homestay (private room)

Day 3 : The North Trail Vietnam - Sapa Trekking (Breakfast and lunch)

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Itinerary Details Day 3: Ta Van – Giang Ta Chai - Sapa

After a traditional breakfast we leave Ta Van and continue our trek to visit the Red Dao people in Giang Ta Chai village. We pass some stunning scenery and a lovely waterfall along our route. As their name suggests, red is used extensively in the Red Dao women’s clothing and scarves.

Our journey leads us along the small paths edging the rice fields, across the Muong Hoa River and lunch will be on the way at a fantastic spot. We’ll head back to Ta Van after our second amazing trekking in the early afternoon where you can enjoy a refreshing shower before we bring you back to the bus stop in Sapa for the afternoon bus back to Hanoi. Expected arrival time is around 9.30pm. On arrival we will bring you to your overnight stay for the night.

Transportation: Comfortable A/C (sleeper) bus

Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Guide: English-speaking local Hmong tour guide

Accommodation: 2* hotel - private room

Day 4 : The North Trail Vietnam - Cruising and Kayaking Halong Bay and Lan Ha Bay (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)

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Itinerary Details Day 4: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Lan Ha Bay

After breakfast at your stay it is time to go on a special adventure!

Some of the highlights of this cruise:

  • Full day cruising through both Halong Bay and Lan Ha Bay, a remote, beautiful and less touristy part of Halong Bay.
  • Overnight in your private cabin on the cruise instead of crowded dorms.
  • Non-touristic kayaking to explore hidden overhanging cave and lagoons, home to many birds and monkeys.
  • Go fishing with local fisherman and get a real feel for local life in Lan Ha Bay. 

7h45 - 8h30: Your tour guide will pick you up at your hotel or stay in the Old Quarter of Hanoi. We drive through the Red River Delta giving you a chance to see local life before we make a break half way.

12h - 12h15: Arriving at Ha Long harbor where we will transfer you to the cruise by speedboat. Enjoy a welcome drink & fresh towel.

13h00: Check-in your cabin. Enjoy a fresh seafood lunch. The cruise will escape crowded Halong Bay to cruise towards Lan Ha Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay, which is a less touristy, more quiet and cleaner than Halong Bay. Take your cameras out as we pass amazing islands and beaches like, Finger Islet, Frog Islet, Teapot Islets and Dark and Bright cave...

15h00: Kayaking around Dark and Bright Cave area, which is located under water for millions of years, you may also see wild monkeys. This is for sure one of the most beautiful lagoons in Lan Ha Bay for kayaking activities. If you don't like to do kayaking, you can sit on a sampan boat, which is rowed by local fisherman.

17h00: Back to the boat and enjoy our small sunset party on the upper deck with local fruits and tea. For those who would like the opportunity to jump off the boat into the emerald water, here's your chance! The Cruise will anchor in a tranquil lagoon in between Bai Tu Long Bay and Lan Ha Bay

Our Barbecue dinner will be served on the top deck (if the weather permits) or at the cozy restaurant with fresh seafood.

Evening: You can enjoy our activities like squid fishing or enjoy the company of your new friends at the bar area or play some games...

Transportation: A/C transportation – Fast boat - cruise

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Guide: English-speaking tour guide

Accommodation: Private cabin on the cruise


Day 5 : The North Trail Vietnam - Fishing with Locals (Breakfast and lunch)

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Itinerary Details Day 5: Lan Ha Bay – Fishing with local Fisherman - Hanoi

Wake up early to see the sunrise and recharge your battery with breakfast, tea, coffee and cake, which is ready for you from 7h00 - 8h30.

We follow our unique route to visit a small, beautiful lagoon, with some original floating house where you can experience real local daily life and their culture. We'll go out to try and catch fish with nets with local fisherman. If you catch fish, you and our chef will cook it straight a way! This is a truly unique experience. For those who prefer to relax can enjoy a calm morning on the boat or go for a relaxing swim in the emerald waters around the boat. 

Around 9h30: We return to the cruise to refresh yourself and check out. You can enjoy our cooking demonstration (and to make Vietnamese Spring Roll) when the boat is cruising back to harbor. 

An early lunch will be served on boat before arriving at the harbor.

12h30: Disembark at the harbor where our shuttle bus will take you back to your hotel or stay in the Old Quarter of Hanoi. Estimated arrival time is around 5pm.

Back in Hanoi your trip unfortunately ends with us but we are sure that this tour made an indelible memory that you will cherish for the rest of your life!

Remember, our customer service will be at your disposal for advice and or information at all times. 

Transportation: Cruise, A/C transportation & fast boat

Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Guide: English speaking tour guide

Accommodation: N/A

The given price on our website is based on 2 people sharing a cabin on the cruise.


We normally start this ‘The North Trail Vietnam 5D4N – Deluxe’ - with a trip to Sapa. In terms of your luggage, we strongly advice you to pack light and leave baggage that you do not really need for the trip at your next hotel or stay. After your Sapa trip you will be dropped of at the hotel we arranged, your baggage will then be available there. That is also the case for your Halong Bay and Lan Ha Bay adventure.

Recommended kit list for homestays

Long-sleeved shirt/ T-shirt – Fleece for the cooler evenings - Trousers (such as lightweight cargo trousers, avoid jeans) - Shorts optional – Swimwear optional - Lightweight water & wind proof (jacket & trousers, especially during winter) - Walking shoes (sturdy, with good grip) - Gumboots (for the wet and wintery periods) - Sun hat and sun protection - Toothbrush & toothpaste,ear plugs & eye mask optional, flashlight.

Dietary or special food request

In order to take care of your special food requests we would like you to inform us by email in advance.

What’s included in the tour?

  • Transportation as indicated in the itinerary
  • All tours as mentioned in the overview
  • Accommodation as specified
  • Meals as indicated in the day programs
  • All entrance fees and activities as indicated in the day programs
  • Taxes and service charges
  • English speaking (local) tour guides.

What’s excluded? 

  • Beverages, Tips and Personal Expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • All not indicated in our itinerary

What do I need to bring?

  • Booking Invoice confirmation from us
  • Your passport with valid Vietnamese visa
  • Cash for personal expense (Vietnamese Dong or USD)

Get Up And Go Vietnam is doing all possible to make your journey and travel experience an unforgettable one. Weather conditions, we unfortunately cannot control. Our apologies for that!

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