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The North Trail Vietnam - Sapa - Cocktail Cruise Experience 5D4N

The North Trail Vietnam is specially designed for (backpack) travelers who want to travel on a shoestring but looking for of the beaten track experiences and enjoy the company of fellow travelers. We offer you the best Sapa trekking with the comfort of a cozy ... View more
Travel Styles: Adventure Tours , Backpackers
Destinations: Sapa, Halong Bay, Lan Ha Bay
Duration: 5 days and 4 nights
$239.00
$209.00

Day 1 : Hanoi - Sapa (N/A)

Picture of Hanoi - Sapa

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 : Sapa Trekking with homestay (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Picture of Sapa Trekking with homestay

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 9 a.m. 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: Homestay (dorm based)

Day 3 : Sapa Trekking and bus to Hanoi (Breakfast and lunch)

Picture of Sapa Trekking and bus to Hanoi

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: Dorm facility

Day 4 : Hanoi – Cat Ba – Lan Ha Bay - Private Island (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Picture of Hanoi – Cat Ba – Lan Ha Bay - Private Island

Itinerary Details Day 1: Hanoi – Cat Ba – Lan Ha Bay - Private Island

07:30 Departs from Hanoi by bus for 2h30 to Got pier in Hai Phong.

12:45 Arrive in Cat Ba town and get on the cruise. Tasty lunch is served on the boat. 

13:30 You will have chance to see the magnificent landscape of Lan Ha bay, then take time to visit the Fishing village and have more than one hour to do the kayaking through Dark and Light cave. Remember to try your luck looking for a member of the white-headed languor family. They are critically endangered languor’s, which are protected in Cat Ba National Park. Cruise will be anchored for a while so you can have time for swimming or boat jumping.

18:00 Arrive on our Private Island and check in.

19:30 Awesome dinner served on second floor restaurant.

“There are no strangers on our Island, only friends that you haven’t met yet”

Let’s have some friendly games with pool table, karaoke, beer challenge or just set up a small party for all of our new friends. If you don’t like noisy atmosphere you can just relax and enjoy the peaceful beach and wait for the beach bonfire at 00:00 to welcome a new coming day.

 

Transportation: A/C transportation to Haiphong – Fast boat & Bus - Cruise

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Guide: English-speaking tour guide

Accommodation: Dorm facilities (hostel) on our private island

 

Day 5 : Cat Ba Trekking to Ngu Lam Peak – Hanoi (Breakfast and lunch)

Picture of Cat Ba Trekking to Ngu Lam Peak – Hanoi

Itinerary Details Day 2:  Cat Ba Trekking to Ngu Lam Peak – Hanoi

05:00 If you don’t have a super party or stay up too late last night so you may catch a memorable sunrise view on the beach. If you did enjoy your last night so let just save your morning on bed until 07:00am.

07:00 - 08:30 Buffet breakfast at the restaurant.

09:30 Leave the Island to Cat Ba town by a smaller boat. Take the bus to Cat Ba national park and start 2-hour trekking to reach Ngu Lam peak, one of the most beautiful and panoramic view of Cat Ba island.

12:30 Have lunch at a local restaurant then transfer to the pear to catch the ferry. After 2.5-3 hours driving you will get back to Hanoi at around 17:00.

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

Transportation: A/C transportation & fast boat

Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Guide: English speaking tour guide

Accommodation: N/A

Options:

Of course it is possible to travel by overnight train instead of by overnight bus if you prefer some more comfort. It is also easy for us to extend your stay. Please inform us about your preferences and we will make it happen.

Luggage during The North Trail

We have the following advice and or options:

1. Leave it in Hanoi for Sapa and Halong Bay;

On the day of departure for Sapa you check out like normal at your hotel/ hostel. After that you bring your luggage to our partner hotel in the old quarter. We will arrange the pick-up for the bus (or train) that evening at this hotel. This is convenient because we arranged an overnight for you at this hotel after your Sapa trip. You will be dropped off at this hotel so your luggage will be there. 

This hotel is opposite of the meeting point for the Cocktail Cruise the following day so you only have to cross the street. Your luggage you can safely left behing at the hotel because after Halong Bay the trip ends at the meeting point. You just have to cross the road for your luggage.

2. Take it to Sapa but leave it in Hanoi for Halong Bay;

If you really want to take your luggage to Sapa we will arrange the pick-up at your current hotel/ hostel. In Sapa our tour guide can arrange, prior to the start of the trekking, your luggage to be brought to the homestay. After the trekking on day 2 you will be dropped off at the bus stop and in Hanoi you will be dropped off at the hotel we arranged for you.

This hotel is opposite of the meeting point for the Cocktail Cruise the following day so you only have to cross the street. Your luggage you can safely left behing at the hotel because after Halong Bay the trip ends at the meeting point. You just have to cross the road for your luggage.

3. Take it to Sapa and Halong Bay;

If you really want to take your luggage to Sapa we will arrange the pick-up at your current hotel/ hostel. In Sapa our tour guide can arrange, prior to the start of the trekking, your luggage to be brought to the homestay. After the trekking on day 2 you will be dropped off at the bus stop and in Hanoi you will be dropped off at the hotel we arranged for you.

This hotel is opposite of the meeting point for the Cocktail Cruise the following day so you only have to cross the street. You can take your luggage. After Halong Bay the trip ends at the meeting point.

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 (as indicated in the day programs or specific itineraries
  • 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

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 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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