When Traveling Is Caring ❤️
When Traveling Is Caring ❤️

North Vietnam Discovery Trip – 12 Days

Tour Destinations:

What To Expect:

  • Explore the uncharted beauty of the North-West region of Vietnam, a hidden gem that remains relatively unexplored by the outside world.
  • Embark on a 12-day trip carefully crafted by Travel Vietnam to showcase the absolute top attractions of this captivating area.
  • Conquer the unspoiled hidden trail that winds through vibrant ethnic minority villages nestled in the breathtaking northwestern mountains.
  • Indulge in awe-inspiring views of Tam Coc and Halong Bay as you navigate their waters aboard boats, immersing yourself in their natural splendor.
  • Enjoy the flexibility of a private tour that can be tailored to your schedule, ensuring a personalized and immersive experience.
  • Depart on any day that is convenient for you, as this tour offers the freedom to choose your preferred departure date.
  • For more information and to secure the best deal, please get in touch with our knowledgeable travel consultants who will assist you in planning your unforgettable adventure.

Price Included:

Accommodation (3 star in average).

Breakfast & meals per mentioned in the itinerary.

Transportation by private car with A/C.

English-speaking guides.

Halong Bay cruise package (3 days/ 2 nights).

All entrance fees, performances, boat trips & excursions.

Price Excluded:

International flight.

Travel insurance.

Vietnam Visa.

Gratuities for tour guides/drivers.

Beverages & other personal expenses.

Detailed Itinerary:

Our itinerary is designed to be fully customizable to your unique preferences and interests, serving as a creative canvas to inspire your personalized journey. This is simply a glimpse of what your adventure could look like, a starting point from which we can craft a trip that truly resonates with you.

Day 01:Arrive in Hanoi

Welcome to Hanoi, Vietnam’s bustling colonial capital. Your driver and guide will meet you outside the baggage claim area of Noi Bai International Airport and transport you to your hotel in the city center. In the afternoon, take an orientation walk through Hanoi, stopping at the Opera House, Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Lake, and Ngoc Son Temple. Enjoy a welcome dinner of authentic Vietnamese cuisine at one of Hanoi’s finest restaurants this evening.

Meals: Dinner.

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi.

Day 02:Hanoi City Tour

Get ready for your full day excursion to explore Hanoi! This city will simultaneously surprise and charm you. Over a thousand years of war, natural disasters and new administrations, the city grew from swamplands into the charismatic capital it is today. Your first stop is Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Complex, Presidential Palace, Ho Chi Minh’s stilt house and the nearby One Pillar Pagoda.

Then take a stroll along Thanh Nien street, get some breeze and admire the beautiful West Lake. Don’t forget to get yourself some Ho Tay ice-cream – our locals’ favorite treat.

In the afternoon, visit the Temple of Literature and Vietnam’s first university – Quoc Tu Giam. The site is one of the oldest in Hanoi and a national symbol of Vietnamese education and architecture.
Continue to your next stop at one of the best museums in town (you are free to choose to your likings among Museum of Ethnology, National History Museum, Vietnamese Women’s Museum or Hoa Lo Prison).

Afterwards, enjoy the specialty egg-coffee or egg-chocolate only found in Hanoi before immersing yourself in the unique water puppet show – the traditional artform inspired by wet rice culture in Red River Delta.

Meal: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

Day 03:Hanoi – Drive to Sapa

After breakfast, your guide and driver will meet you in the hotel lobby and drive you six hours to Sapa along Vietnam’s longest and most modern highway.

After checking into your hotel, take a stroll to Cat Cat Village. Spend the afternoon exploring the charming town of Sapa or simply relaxing.

Optional (ticket excluded in the tour package):

The world’s most modern three-rope cable car system, Fansipan Legend, was opened to public use on February 2016.

At the inaugural ceremony, representatives from Guinness World Records presented a certificate recognizing the system as the world’s longest three-rope cable car (6,292.5 meters). The facility was also named the three-rope cable car system with the world’s biggest height gap between its departure and arrival stations (1,410m).

The cable car system stretches from Muong Hoa valley in Sapa Town, Lao Cai Province to the peak of 3,143-meter Fansipan, known as Indochina’s rooftop.

Passengers used to spend two days climbing to Fansipan summit, but now it takes only 15 minutes thanks to this system. The dream of reaching Indochina’s rooftop, which used to be hard to do, becomes easier for everyone.

As soon as you reach Fansipan station in an altitude of 2,800m above sea level, 600 stairs await for you to climb up to the summit. Standing on the top of Fansipan, it seems that you are enjoying a life on heaven. Surroundings are range of mountains and cloud only. And then you return the station for a ride back to Sapa.

Working Hours:

  • Start: 7:30 A.M – End: 17:30

Price:

  • Adult and child (taller than 1.3m): 30 USD/ person
  • Child: 20 USD/ person.

Meals: Breakfast.

Accommodation: Hotel in Sapa.

Day 04:Sapa Trekking

Eat breakfast in the hotel while taking in the fresh mountain air.

At 10:00 a.m., depart Sapa by car for Lao Cai City. After a 3 km drive, you will ascend a hill to the remote ethnic minority village of Sa Seng, where you will be able to see how the Black H’mong live their daily lives. Take note of the traces of previous villages with stone wall foundations that would have been used seasonally. Before trekking uphill along the side of Den Thang Mt, stop for lunch in Sa Seng. After an hour, you will arrive at Hang Da Village, which is located at an elevation of 1,800m.

Enjoy the breathtaking view of Muong Hoa Valley. The next 30 minutes are spent walking at a steady pace before descending through Hau Chu Ngai village. Continue descending into Hong Den Hamlet, which has only a few houses scattered on a rocky outcropping. Take a moment to appreciate some of the area’s most beautiful scenery. Continue trekking down the trail to Hau Thao village, then to Ta Van Bridge, where you will meet your driver and return to Sapa Town.

Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch.

Accommodation: Hotel in Sapa.

Day 05:Sapa – Lai Chau – Muong Lay (Dien Bien)

You are free to relax or explore the town on your own in the morning.

Drive to Silver Waterfall at 10:00 a.m. for breathtaking views of the surrounding nature. Visit Hoang Lien National Park and the nearby Tram Ton Pass, Heaven’s Gate – one of Vietnam’s highest roads (over 2000m) that connects Sapa Town and Lai Chau Province. Admire the breathtaking views, including the Fansipan summit, Indochina’s highest peak (weather permitting).

Continue downhill to Lai Chau, where you will have lunch at a local restaurant. After that, you will travel for nearly three hours to Muong Lay Town (Dien Bien Province), where you will spend the night.

Muong Lay is a resettlement town on the banks of the mighty Da River, which powers the country’s largest hydropower plant and is home to some of the most colorful hill tribes in the country. The town center is situated in a long, narrow valley at the confluence of the Da River, the Nam Na River, and the Nam Lay Stream. Muong Lay has evolved from a resettlement area for those who ceded land for the Son La Hydropower Dam to a modern urban area with full community services and an appealing tourist destination in Vietnam’s North West provinces.

Meals: Breakfast.

Accommodation: Hotel in Muong Lay.

Day 06:Muong Lay (Dien Bien) – Dien Bien Phu

Today’s drive offers spectacular mountain views, but keep in mind that some sections of the road may be under construction or prone to landslides. Around noon, arrive in Dien Bien Phu City.

Dien Bien Phu was a significant historical site because it was the site of a major French defeat in the First Indochina War in 1954. The French defeat here resulted in their complete withdrawal from their Indochina colonies and the division of Vietnam into North and South Vietnam. Historians describe the battle of Dien Bien Phu as the first time that a non-European colonial independence movement progressed from guerrilla bands to a conventionally organized and equipped army capable of defeating a modern Western occupier in pitched battle.

As a result, it had a massive impact on global politics, inspiring other independence movements and triggering a period of decolonization, particularly in French-ruled Africa.

Dien Bien Phu is now a relatively quiet town with a population of around 100,000 people. It serves as a regional trade and transportation hub for the province.

After lunch, visit the Vietnam Military History Museum (also known as the Dien Bien Phu Victory Museum) and cemetery before proceeding to the famous “A1 Hill,” which saw some of the fiercest fighting between French and Vietnamese forces during the battle of Dien Bien Phu in 1946. Finish your day by going to the French Command Bunker (west of River Ron).

Meals: Breakfast.

Accommodation: Hotel in Dien Bien Phu.

Day 07:Dien Bien Phu – Son La – Mai Chau

Check out of the hotel after breakfast (at 8 a.m.) and drive to Mai Chau, a small town nestled in the midst of a lush valley surrounded by emerald-green rice fields.

The most picturesque scenery on today’s journey is Pha Din Pass, a charming pass at 1,300m elevation with breathtaking views that is well-known as a historical site during the First Indochina War, which ended in 1954. “Pha Din” means “the link between Heaven and Earth,” according to local legend. In Son La City, it’s lunchtime (150km from Dien Bien Phu). Continue the journey and make stops along the way to visit villages of various tribes such as the Thai, Muong, and Dzao, as well as an orchard and a tea farm in the Moc Chau plateau, Vietnam’s premier tea-growing region.

Arrive in Mai Chau late in the afternoon and check into your overnight homestay in a Thai village. Dinner will be served with a local family.

Meals: Breakfast.

Accommodation: Homestay in Mai Chau.

Day 08:Mai Chau Trekking

About 150 kilometers from Hanoi, the Mai Chau valley is a scenic patchwork of villages and limestone cliffs. This lovely mountainous region, with its dense jungle, bamboo groves, tea plantations, and waterfalls, is ideal for long walks and short treks to ethnic villages.

After breakfast, walk through Thai villages before embarking on an easy 2- to 4-hour trek through Xa Linh, Pa Co, which is home to the Green Hmong hill tribe. You may have the opportunity to speak with local minority people who will be out and about, gathering firewood, working in the fields, and caring for their animals. Take a picnic lunch and enjoy it along the trails.

Then, before returning to your homestay, take a leisurely walk through the Thai villages of Van Mai, Mai Hich, Cum, and Xam Khoe. Come to dinner with the family, watch a performance of traditional songs and dances, and spend the evening immersed in ancient cultures.

Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch.

Accommodation: Homestay in Mai Chau.

Day 09:Mai Chau – Ninh Binh

After breakfast, depart Mai Chau for a countryside drive through Ninh Binh province, where fascinating limestone karsts jut skywards between verdant rice paddies and lazy rivers. A visit to Cuc Phuong National Park is a unique way to break up the long drive.

Check into your hotel upon arrival and spend a few hours relaxing. At sunset, take a relaxing sampan tour down the Ngo Dong River, passing beneath rocky outcrops and through three limestone caves (Tam Coc). During the rowing boat ride, you will enjoy a unique landscape that has been dubbed “Halong Bay on Land”.

Take a short walk through the limestone mountains to Thai Vi temple, which was dedicated in the 13th century to the four Kings of the Tran dynasty and now offers a place of peace and simplicity against a backdrop of ancient architecture.

Spend the night in Tam Coc at your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast.

Accommodation: Hotel in Tam Coc (Ninh Binh).

Day 10:Ninh Binh – Halong Bay – Overnight on cruise

After breakfast at the hotel, your driver will take you on a 4-hour drive through the Red River Delta countryside to Halong Bay.

The Halong Bay itinerary below is an example of our standard service on a three-star junk/cruise. Our luxury cruise itineraries on the Violet, Jasmine, Ginger, Paradise, Au Co, or Indochina Sails, as well as other budget cruises, offer a variety of programs. Please contact us for more information.

Oriental Sails will take you on a tour of Halong Bay. This 3-day cruise through the legendary Gulf of Tonkin (Halong Bay, Bai Tu Long Bay, and Lan Ha Bay) includes a variety of activities that will provide a truly unforgettable experience!

12:30 – 13:00: Embark on Oriental Sails followed by cruise briefing.

13:00 – 15:30: Savor a delectable lunch as Oriental Sails cruises further along the limestone islands of Bai Tu Long Bay.

15:30 – 16:30: You are free to choose the options below:

  • Option 1: Fishing village visit

For those who are interested in local daily life: Take a bamboo rowing boat trip (around 45 minutes) around Vung Vieng fishing village – one of the largest fishing villages in Halong Bay to see the life of local fishermen. The village is set in closed lagoon, surrounded by mountains, excellent settings for some good photos.

  • Option 2: Beach and Kayaking

For those who like some water activities and beach, the tender shall take you to Ban Chan Beach, where you can enjoy yourself on the beach, swimming or playing volleyball… or try your hands in some kayaking in the magnificent pristine waters of Halong Bay.

16:30 – 17:30: Return to Oriental Sails and have bath then relax as the sun starts to set.

17:30 – 19:00: Enjoy Happy Hour at the bar and on the sun deck and take part in our cooking class with Oriental Sails Chef.

19:00: Dinner is served. After dinner, socialize with other guests, try your hand at squid fishing or just laze around. Singing and dancing activities are available till 22h00. Overnight on board at Cong Do Area.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Accommodation: on cruise.

Day 11:Halong Bay – Overnight on cruise

06:30 – 07:00: Start your day with Tai Chi on sundeck.

07:00 – 08:00: Have breakfast at sunrise

08:30 – 10:30: Picked up by day boat and cruise forward Lan Ha Bay.

10:30 – 12:00:  Kayaking at Dark and Light Cave.

12:00- 13:00: Have lunch.

13:00 – 15:00: Cruise to Three Peaches Beach, relaxing, kayaking and swimming

15:00 – 17:30:  Return to mother boat and overnight at Cong Do Area.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Accommodation: on cruise. 

Day 12:Halong Bay – Hanoi – Departure

06:30 – 07:00:  Start your day with Tai Chi exercise on the sundeck.

07:00 – 09:00: Catch morning view of seascapes with a cup of tea or coffee, have breakfast while cruising toward Thien Canh Son Cave.

09:00 – 09:30:  Visit Thien Canh Son Cave – the medium size and less visited cave in Bai Tu Long Bay.

09:30 – 10:00: Check-out room. Luggage can be delivered to the reception area.

10:00 – 11:00: Head back to the Harbor. Have early lunch on board.

Disembark Oriental Sails at Halong wharf around noon. Here, your driver awaits for the transfer back to Hanoi’s Noi Bai Airport to end your great journey.

Meals: Breakfast.

Accommodation: N/A.

Day 01:Arrive in Hanoi

Welcome to Hanoi, Vietnam’s bustling colonial capital. Your driver and guide will meet you outside the baggage claim area of Noi Bai International Airport and transport you to your hotel in the city center. In the afternoon, take an orientation walk through Hanoi, stopping at the Opera House, Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Lake, and Ngoc Son Temple. Enjoy a welcome dinner of authentic Vietnamese cuisine at one of Hanoi’s finest restaurants this evening.

Meals: Dinner.

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi.

Day 02:Hanoi City Tour

Get ready for your full day excursion to explore Hanoi! This city will simultaneously surprise and charm you. Over a thousand years of war, natural disasters and new administrations, the city grew from swamplands into the charismatic capital it is today. Your first stop is Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Complex, Presidential Palace, Ho Chi Minh’s stilt house and the nearby One Pillar Pagoda.

Then take a stroll along Thanh Nien street, get some breeze and admire the beautiful West Lake. Don’t forget to get yourself some Ho Tay ice-cream – our locals’ favorite treat.

In the afternoon, visit the Temple of Literature and Vietnam’s first university – Quoc Tu Giam. The site is one of the oldest in Hanoi and a national symbol of Vietnamese education and architecture.
Continue to your next stop at one of the best museums in town (you are free to choose to your likings among Museum of Ethnology, National History Museum, Vietnamese Women’s Museum or Hoa Lo Prison).

Afterwards, enjoy the specialty egg-coffee or egg-chocolate only found in Hanoi before immersing yourself in the unique water puppet show – the traditional artform inspired by wet rice culture in Red River Delta.

Meal: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

Day 03:Hanoi – Drive to Sapa

After breakfast, your guide and driver will meet you in the hotel lobby and drive you six hours to Sapa along Vietnam’s longest and most modern highway.

After checking into your hotel, take a stroll to Cat Cat Village. Spend the afternoon exploring the charming town of Sapa or simply relaxing.

Optional (ticket excluded in the tour package):

The world’s most modern three-rope cable car system, Fansipan Legend, was opened to public use on February 2016.

At the inaugural ceremony, representatives from Guinness World Records presented a certificate recognizing the system as the world’s longest three-rope cable car (6,292.5 meters). The facility was also named the three-rope cable car system with the world’s biggest height gap between its departure and arrival stations (1,410m).

The cable car system stretches from Muong Hoa valley in Sapa Town, Lao Cai Province to the peak of 3,143-meter Fansipan, known as Indochina’s rooftop.

Passengers used to spend two days climbing to Fansipan summit, but now it takes only 15 minutes thanks to this system. The dream of reaching Indochina’s rooftop, which used to be hard to do, becomes easier for everyone.

As soon as you reach Fansipan station in an altitude of 2,800m above sea level, 600 stairs await for you to climb up to the summit. Standing on the top of Fansipan, it seems that you are enjoying a life on heaven. Surroundings are range of mountains and cloud only. And then you return the station for a ride back to Sapa.

Working Hours:

  • Start: 7:30 A.M – End: 17:30

Price:

  • Adult and child (taller than 1.3m): 30 USD/ person
  • Child: 20 USD/ person.

Meals: Breakfast.

Accommodation: Hotel in Sapa.

Day 04:Sapa Trekking

Eat breakfast in the hotel while taking in the fresh mountain air.

At 10:00 a.m., depart Sapa by car for Lao Cai City. After a 3 km drive, you will ascend a hill to the remote ethnic minority village of Sa Seng, where you will be able to see how the Black H’mong live their daily lives. Take note of the traces of previous villages with stone wall foundations that would have been used seasonally. Before trekking uphill along the side of Den Thang Mt, stop for lunch in Sa Seng. After an hour, you will arrive at Hang Da Village, which is located at an elevation of 1,800m.

Enjoy the breathtaking view of Muong Hoa Valley. The next 30 minutes are spent walking at a steady pace before descending through Hau Chu Ngai village. Continue descending into Hong Den Hamlet, which has only a few houses scattered on a rocky outcropping. Take a moment to appreciate some of the area’s most beautiful scenery. Continue trekking down the trail to Hau Thao village, then to Ta Van Bridge, where you will meet your driver and return to Sapa Town.

Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch.

Accommodation: Hotel in Sapa.

Day 05:Sapa – Lai Chau – Muong Lay (Dien Bien)

You are free to relax or explore the town on your own in the morning.

Drive to Silver Waterfall at 10:00 a.m. for breathtaking views of the surrounding nature. Visit Hoang Lien National Park and the nearby Tram Ton Pass, Heaven’s Gate – one of Vietnam’s highest roads (over 2000m) that connects Sapa Town and Lai Chau Province. Admire the breathtaking views, including the Fansipan summit, Indochina’s highest peak (weather permitting).

Continue downhill to Lai Chau, where you will have lunch at a local restaurant. After that, you will travel for nearly three hours to Muong Lay Town (Dien Bien Province), where you will spend the night.

Muong Lay is a resettlement town on the banks of the mighty Da River, which powers the country’s largest hydropower plant and is home to some of the most colorful hill tribes in the country. The town center is situated in a long, narrow valley at the confluence of the Da River, the Nam Na River, and the Nam Lay Stream. Muong Lay has evolved from a resettlement area for those who ceded land for the Son La Hydropower Dam to a modern urban area with full community services and an appealing tourist destination in Vietnam’s North West provinces.

Meals: Breakfast.

Accommodation: Hotel in Muong Lay.

Day 06:Muong Lay (Dien Bien) – Dien Bien Phu

Today’s drive offers spectacular mountain views, but keep in mind that some sections of the road may be under construction or prone to landslides. Around noon, arrive in Dien Bien Phu City.

Dien Bien Phu was a significant historical site because it was the site of a major French defeat in the First Indochina War in 1954. The French defeat here resulted in their complete withdrawal from their Indochina colonies and the division of Vietnam into North and South Vietnam. Historians describe the battle of Dien Bien Phu as the first time that a non-European colonial independence movement progressed from guerrilla bands to a conventionally organized and equipped army capable of defeating a modern Western occupier in pitched battle.

As a result, it had a massive impact on global politics, inspiring other independence movements and triggering a period of decolonization, particularly in French-ruled Africa.

Dien Bien Phu is now a relatively quiet town with a population of around 100,000 people. It serves as a regional trade and transportation hub for the province.

After lunch, visit the Vietnam Military History Museum (also known as the Dien Bien Phu Victory Museum) and cemetery before proceeding to the famous “A1 Hill,” which saw some of the fiercest fighting between French and Vietnamese forces during the battle of Dien Bien Phu in 1946. Finish your day by going to the French Command Bunker (west of River Ron).

Meals: Breakfast.

Accommodation: Hotel in Dien Bien Phu.

Day 07:Dien Bien Phu – Son La – Mai Chau

Check out of the hotel after breakfast (at 8 a.m.) and drive to Mai Chau, a small town nestled in the midst of a lush valley surrounded by emerald-green rice fields.

The most picturesque scenery on today’s journey is Pha Din Pass, a charming pass at 1,300m elevation with breathtaking views that is well-known as a historical site during the First Indochina War, which ended in 1954. “Pha Din” means “the link between Heaven and Earth,” according to local legend. In Son La City, it’s lunchtime (150km from Dien Bien Phu). Continue the journey and make stops along the way to visit villages of various tribes such as the Thai, Muong, and Dzao, as well as an orchard and a tea farm in the Moc Chau plateau, Vietnam’s premier tea-growing region.

Arrive in Mai Chau late in the afternoon and check into your overnight homestay in a Thai village. Dinner will be served with a local family.

Meals: Breakfast.

Accommodation: Homestay in Mai Chau.

Day 08:Mai Chau Trekking

About 150 kilometers from Hanoi, the Mai Chau valley is a scenic patchwork of villages and limestone cliffs. This lovely mountainous region, with its dense jungle, bamboo groves, tea plantations, and waterfalls, is ideal for long walks and short treks to ethnic villages.

After breakfast, walk through Thai villages before embarking on an easy 2- to 4-hour trek through Xa Linh, Pa Co, which is home to the Green Hmong hill tribe. You may have the opportunity to speak with local minority people who will be out and about, gathering firewood, working in the fields, and caring for their animals. Take a picnic lunch and enjoy it along the trails.

Then, before returning to your homestay, take a leisurely walk through the Thai villages of Van Mai, Mai Hich, Cum, and Xam Khoe. Come to dinner with the family, watch a performance of traditional songs and dances, and spend the evening immersed in ancient cultures.

Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch.

Accommodation: Homestay in Mai Chau.

Day 09:Mai Chau – Ninh Binh

After breakfast, depart Mai Chau for a countryside drive through Ninh Binh province, where fascinating limestone karsts jut skywards between verdant rice paddies and lazy rivers. A visit to Cuc Phuong National Park is a unique way to break up the long drive.

Check into your hotel upon arrival and spend a few hours relaxing. At sunset, take a relaxing sampan tour down the Ngo Dong River, passing beneath rocky outcrops and through three limestone caves (Tam Coc). During the rowing boat ride, you will enjoy a unique landscape that has been dubbed “Halong Bay on Land”.

Take a short walk through the limestone mountains to Thai Vi temple, which was dedicated in the 13th century to the four Kings of the Tran dynasty and now offers a place of peace and simplicity against a backdrop of ancient architecture.

Spend the night in Tam Coc at your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast.

Accommodation: Hotel in Tam Coc (Ninh Binh).

Day 10:Ninh Binh – Halong Bay – Overnight on cruise

After breakfast at the hotel, your driver will take you on a 4-hour drive through the Red River Delta countryside to Halong Bay.

The Halong Bay itinerary below is an example of our standard service on a three-star junk/cruise. Our luxury cruise itineraries on the Violet, Jasmine, Ginger, Paradise, Au Co, or Indochina Sails, as well as other budget cruises, offer a variety of programs. Please contact us for more information.

Oriental Sails will take you on a tour of Halong Bay. This 3-day cruise through the legendary Gulf of Tonkin (Halong Bay, Bai Tu Long Bay, and Lan Ha Bay) includes a variety of activities that will provide a truly unforgettable experience!

12:30 – 13:00: Embark on Oriental Sails followed by cruise briefing.

13:00 – 15:30: Savor a delectable lunch as Oriental Sails cruises further along the limestone islands of Bai Tu Long Bay.

15:30 – 16:30: You are free to choose the options below:

  • Option 1: Fishing village visit

For those who are interested in local daily life: Take a bamboo rowing boat trip (around 45 minutes) around Vung Vieng fishing village – one of the largest fishing villages in Halong Bay to see the life of local fishermen. The village is set in closed lagoon, surrounded by mountains, excellent settings for some good photos.

  • Option 2: Beach and Kayaking

For those who like some water activities and beach, the tender shall take you to Ban Chan Beach, where you can enjoy yourself on the beach, swimming or playing volleyball… or try your hands in some kayaking in the magnificent pristine waters of Halong Bay.

16:30 – 17:30: Return to Oriental Sails and have bath then relax as the sun starts to set.

17:30 – 19:00: Enjoy Happy Hour at the bar and on the sun deck and take part in our cooking class with Oriental Sails Chef.

19:00: Dinner is served. After dinner, socialize with other guests, try your hand at squid fishing or just laze around. Singing and dancing activities are available till 22h00. Overnight on board at Cong Do Area.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Accommodation: on cruise.

Day 11:Halong Bay – Overnight on cruise

06:30 – 07:00: Start your day with Tai Chi on sundeck.

07:00 – 08:00: Have breakfast at sunrise

08:30 – 10:30: Picked up by day boat and cruise forward Lan Ha Bay.

10:30 – 12:00:  Kayaking at Dark and Light Cave.

12:00- 13:00: Have lunch.

13:00 – 15:00: Cruise to Three Peaches Beach, relaxing, kayaking and swimming

15:00 – 17:30:  Return to mother boat and overnight at Cong Do Area.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Accommodation: on cruise. 

Day 12:Halong Bay – Hanoi – Departure

06:30 – 07:00:  Start your day with Tai Chi exercise on the sundeck.

07:00 – 09:00: Catch morning view of seascapes with a cup of tea or coffee, have breakfast while cruising toward Thien Canh Son Cave.

09:00 – 09:30:  Visit Thien Canh Son Cave – the medium size and less visited cave in Bai Tu Long Bay.

09:30 – 10:00: Check-out room. Luggage can be delivered to the reception area.

10:00 – 11:00: Head back to the Harbor. Have early lunch on board.

Disembark Oriental Sails at Halong wharf around noon. Here, your driver awaits for the transfer back to Hanoi’s Noi Bai Airport to end your great journey.

Meals: Breakfast.

Accommodation: N/A.

Video Highlights:

Indulge in a vivid, sensory panorama of our cherished destinations, carefully curated to ignite your wanderlust and craft a tantalizing prelude to your forthcoming journey!

Customize This Trip
Customize This Tour
Our Travelers Have Also Choosed

These Tour Packages

Are you looking for an unforgettable experience in Southeast Asia? Look no further! Our company offers tours that will take you on a journey through the beautiful landscapes and rich cultures of this region. Join us for an adventure of a lifetime!

8 travellers are considering this tour right now!