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Sample Itinerary - REF SOUTHEAST ASIA 575

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Women practising Tai Chi by Hoan Kiem Lake

Day 1: Hanoi

Arriving in Hanoi, our guide will be at the airport to welcome you and transfer you to the hotel. Rest of the day is free.

A street in the Old Quarter of Hanoi

Day 2: Hanoi - Sapa

In the morning, commence your exploration of Hanoi by visiting the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first university dating to 1070. After lunch (not included), we go to the Museum of Ethnology, which is an excellent museum containing the ethnic costumes of the various minorities of Vietnam, as well as relics, tools and even full size replicas of their homes and buildings. Later today you will taking the night train to Lao Cai

A lady from one of the hill tribes near Sapa

Day 3: Sapa

Welcome to Arrive Lao Cai. Upon arriving you will be transferred to Sapa for breakfast and check-in (1 hour drive). When you are ready, the tour will start by walking to Cat Cat village where you will see friendly local ethnic people as well as their traditional houses on stilts. Located 1500m above sea level, Sapa is a former French hill station, nestled in the rugged Tonkinese Alps, on the slopes of a spectacular lush valley of cascading rice paddy fields. Here, farmers in conical hats, plough the fields with water buffalo and local ethnic minority groups (such as H'mong and Dzao) maintain their age old traditions, including their own languages and intricately embroidered traditional clothing.

A local child in Sapa

Day 4: Sapa

Today you continue your visits to Lao Chai and Ta Van villages where you will learn more about the ethnic people and their culture.

Villagers in Sapa

Day 5: Sapa - Halong Bay

Today morning you have at leisure. In the afternoon you will be transferred to the train station for the night train to Hanoi.

The Huc Bridge

Day 6: Halong Bay

Arrive Hanoi at around 5.00 am. You shall be transferred to a 3* hotel where you will have a room to use for 3 hours before getting being transferred to Halong Bay. UNESCO Listed Halong Bay is undoubtedly one of Vietnam's most spectacular regions. Thousands of karst limestone and jungle covered peaks and isles, rise dramatically out of the emerald waters of the bay. Spend the day cruising around the islands on-board a traditional Junk boat. Stopping to explore caves and coves and to swim in the emerald waters. There is also the option to Kayak. Enjoy a scrumptious dinner and overnight on-board.

A junk sailing past a limestone peak in Halong Bay

Day 7: Halong Bay - Hanoi

Enjoy fresh air and the gentle breeze of the bay this morning as you relax on-board the Junk. Cruise through Bai Tu Long and visit the floating fishing village of Vong Vieng - where you can gain a fascinating insight into the daily life of the local people before disembarking at Halong Bay dock around noon. Transfer back to Hanoi.

Vietnamese Water Puppets

Day 8: Hanoi

Day at leisure.

An arial view of Hanoi - capital of Vietnam

Day 9: Hanoi

Day at leisure.

Food prepared at a Saigon Cooking School

Day 10: Hanoi

Today we bid you farewell and transfer you to the airport for your onward flight home.