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Mystique Vietnam In 13 Days

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  • Ha Noi - Ba Vi - Ha Noi - Mai Hich - Pu Luong - Muong Lo - Mu Cang Chai - Sa Pa - Bac Ha - Ninh Binh - Ha Long Bay
  • 13 Days 12 Nights
  • Max People: 15
  • Wifi Available
  • Jan 01’ - Dec 31'
  • Age range: 2 to 80
  • Pickup: Airport
Introduction
A breathtaking landscape of mountainous areas located in the north of Vietnam. Hanoi warmly welcomes your very first tours into the enticing streets named after their craft guides in the past with a bunch of delectable food and drink. After your relaxation, turn over a new leaf to the intact beauty of nature.
All immense and imposing views of mountainous areas unable to be captured by any photograph or packed into a word, will show up at a single glance and absorb any travelers. Ba Vi, Mai Hich, Pu Luong, Nghia Lo, Mu Cang Chai, Sapa, and Bac Ha will be the names staying for a lifetime. Return to the capital of Vietnam, the journey will enormously appeal to you by boat and cruise excursions. Ultimately, Hanoi is saying the biggest farewells to its new fellows.
Places You’ll See
Itinerary
Start and end in Hanoi! With the In-depth Cultural tour Mystique Vietnam in 13 Days/ Mai Chau- Mai Hich – Sapa – Bac Ha, you have a 13 days tour package taking you through Hanoi, Vietnam and 6 other destinations in Vietnam. Mystique Vietnam in 13 Days/ Mai Chau- Mai Hich – Sapa – Bac Ha includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport.

Day 1Welcome To Vietnam - Hanoi Arrival

Your tours begin with your arrival at Hanoi International Airport. Our driver will meet and greet you at the airport. Check in to the hotel and get over the jet lag. After enjoying the first day yourself and return to the hotel for a relaxing sleep.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 2 Ba Vi Eco Tour (B/L)

Have breakfast at the hotel then you will be escorted by an experienced English-speaking guide, on a countryside tour located on the outskirt of Hanoi. The approximate travel time is one hour and 30 minutes.

Then arriving at Mr. Duoc’s house, you will be welcomed with fresh honey tea and green lentils or lotus seeds made by his family.  Imagine a Vietnam in the old time of war through the stories of Mr. Duoc, who is not only a veteran who lives during those hard times but also a green tea expert. You will visit his tea plantation which is one of the largest in Ri village and join with locals in green tea processing. Afterward, have a Vietnamese cooking demonstration with another local host and then enjoy a home-cooked lunch in a lovely garden.

After that, you will wander around the village and mingle with local people. You will visit the local craftsman who has been skilled at making conical hats from a very young age and other workshops in the village to see how people there make tofu or shell the rice.  As you meander through the countryside you will experience the friendliness of the local people greeting you along the way.

Then join your guides for a leisurely cycling trip along the country roads. Observe traditional Vietnamese rural life as the local people work in the paddy fields. Along the way, watch out for a water buffalo plowing a paddy field while ducks swim across the top. Stop at another host family for foot bathing following the recipes of the Muong ethnic group and relaxing time before embarking on your private boat for a trip along the Da river. Later, finish your tours and enjoy a transfer from Ba Vi to Hanoi

Overnight in Ha Noi.

Day 3Hanoi - Mai Hich (B/L)

Leave Hanoi at 8 am for adventure tours and travel towards Mai Hich, Mai Chau. The peaceful town of Mai Hich is situated in a stunningly beautiful valley surrounded by verdant green mountains and is famed for its breathtaking scenery and friendly hill tribe peoples. Enjoying the tranquility of the paddy fields and interacting with the local people. Limestone peaks climb in the background and banks of green line the road, and you’ll take regular stops to admire the view across the lush valleys. Upon arrival in Mai Hich, you will meet and be greeted by the village hosts at the local homestay.

In the afternoon, walking or cycling to discover the surrounding villages, and enjoy the beauty of surrounding nature, there’s also the opportunity to help local farmers plant rice seeds in the fields.

Tonight you’ll enjoy local hospitality in a simple homestay in the village. You can join your host in cooking dinner or even have a chance to sample some of the local wines produced in the region.

Overnight in Mai Hich.

Day 4Mai Hich - Pu Luong - Mai Hich (B/L)

You will leave Mai Hich for the Pu Luong Nature Reserve where the white Thai and Muong ethnic groups live. While strolling in the park, you will admire a very rich fauna and flora, composed of a multitude of birds and exotic plants. You will then settle into your lodge and have the afternoon free to enjoy the charming vibes around you. Ride through small towns and wave to friendly locals on your way through picture-perfect Vietnam – lush green fields, towering limestone mountains, tranquil waterways, and charming historic sites. This is a wonderful chance to see everyday rural life in action as well as take in the beautiful countryside.

Overnight in Mai Hich.

Day 5Mai Chau - Nghia Lo (B) - Overnight In Muong Lo

Have departure towards Nghia Lo, Yen Bai. Some stops are planned on the way to visit ethnic villages, you will have an opportunity to meet Hmong and Thai people along the way. In particular, you will see fields of tea plantation as far as the eye can see and you can enjoy a picturesque landscape during the blossoms season of peach and plum trees, which takes place in late January – early February. You will reach the Muong Lo Valley, where the town of Nghia Lo is located in the late afternoon. Muong Lo is the second-largest rice granary in the northwest and is also the capital of the Thai ethnic group.

Overnight in Muong Lo.

 
 

 

 

Day 6Nghia Lo - Mu Cang Chai (B)

Breakfast with the locals and departure by air-conditioned vehicle. The road winds along the Hoang Lien Son range, where the tallest mountains of Indochina are found. Start the trekking from Tu Le, you will cross rice terraces and suspension bridges to reach the Thai and H’mông villages. The local people here will welcome you with open arms and wide smiles. After lunch at Tu Le, continue your trip to North Vietnam. You will reach the Khau Pha pass, one of the most winding passes in Vietnam, which is the ideal place to get the most beautiful photos of the rice terraces. The landscapes are of exceptional beauty with cultivated valleys and mountains with rice terraces. Mu Cang Chai is considered a unique paradise and one of the best places in Vietnam for landscape photographers.

Overnight at homestay.

Day 7Mu Cang Chai (B) - Sapa

Depart from Mu Cang Chai to Sapa via Than Uyen. Stop at the top of the pass to enjoy the freshness and see the roof of Indochina, Mount Fansipan (3143m). Once you arrive in Sapa, enjoy some free time to rest your legs. The afternoon is devoted to hiking in the Hoang Lien Son valley, passing through rice terraces, and local villages, and meeting black Hmongs, and red Dzaos.
 
Overnight in Sapa.

Day 8Sapa - Bac Ha Market (B)

After breakfast at your homestay and trek to Giang Ta Phin village – home to the Red Dzao and Black Hmong people. Push on through 18 kilometers of terraced farmland and bamboo scrub for excellent views of emerald valleys and rushing waterfalls as you stroll on by. Take a picnic lunch along the way, then depart by bus to Bac Ha.

Day 9Bac Ha Market - Hanoi (B)

After breakfast at your homestay, visit the Bac Ha fairground market. This is a great place to pick up locally dyed fabrics, hemp plants, and handmade textiles. Depending on your availability, you can witness the extraordinary atmosphere of the ethnic markets around this region:

Tuesday: Coc Ly market

Wednesday: Sin Cheng market

Thursday: Cao Son market Lun Khau Nhin market.

Saturday: Can Cau market

Sunday: Bac Ha market

After that, hop on the bus and travel back to Hanoi.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 10Hanoi - Ninh Binh (B)

After breakfast, your English–speaking guide will meet you at the hotel at between 8 am and 8.30 am. You will be transferred by a professional driver from Hanoi to Hoa Lu for Hoa Lu Tam Coc tours, which is located 80km to the South of Hanoi. This is the ancient capital of Vietnam in the 10th century and your guide will tell you all about the history of the Le and Dinh Dynasties, who ruled this antique citadel.

Enjoy a Vietnamese traditional lunch before boarding into a private sampan to visit Tam Coc, well-known as “Halong Bay inland” and see the beauty of the karst formations as you pass along their base and row into one of the many caves carved through the limestone. You will then continue with a cycling tour through the stunning scenery of rice fields, karst formations, river, and a tranquil village (around 5km).

In the evening, return to Hanoi and enjoy a lovely night on your own.

Day 11Hanoi - Halong Bay - Overnight on Cruise (B/L/D)

Breakfast at the hotel in Hanoi then get pick-up by the Cruise at 7:30 for Halong Bay tours. Take the most scenic route to reach Halong Bay, taking you across the Red River Delta with emerald green rice paddies stretching for as far as the eyes can see. On arrival at Halong, you get to enjoy a cruise on the Bay to better explore the limestone rocks and the karst grottoes.

After you are done with your exploration of the bay, it is time to enjoy an utterly delicious seafood lunch, after which a trip to the famous limestone cave in Ha Long bay, you’ll get to spend some time here, kayaking or swimming, so that you can get closer to the floating villages and shops. Towards the evening, you will return to the boat for an early dinner, followed by some time at leisure. You can opt to attend the activities take part in the boat or relax for the day.

Overnight on cruise.

Day 12Halong Bay - Ha Noi (B/L)

Rise early for a Tai Chi lesson or just to enjoy a hearty breakfast. The boat will make its way back to the port stopping at the Limestone Cave, full of stalagmites and stalactites. From here, it’s clear to sail back to the main harbor and return to Hanoi around 17:00, finishing your tours in Halong Bay. Then complete the hotel check-out formalities after which you can visit the local markets and buy souvenirs for your loved ones. 

Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 13Time to Say GoodBye - Hanoi Departure (B)

Relish a healthy breakfast on the final day of your tours in Hanoi. Have a relaxing time before transferring to Noi Bai International Airport by a professional driver. Then fly back to your homeland.

Accommodation

4 star hotel:

Hanoi: Tirant Hotel or similar
Mai Hich: Homestay
Nghia Lo: Le Champ Tu Le
Mu Cang Chai: Mucangchai Ecolodge
Sapa: Sapa Charm Hotel or similar
Bac Ha: Bac Ha Homestay
Halong Bay: Renea Cruise or similar
What's Included
Inclusive

Guide

Experienced English Speaking Guide ( If mentioned)

Meals

 

11 breakfasts

2 lunches

1 dinner

This tour offers Vegetarian and Vegan food options on request. Simply let our Customer Support team know the food option that you prefer.

Transport

– Door-to-door pick-up & drop-off services

– Private transportation 

 

Exclusive

International flights to Vietnam and back

Beverage, Personal expenses, tips and gratuities

Travel insurance

Travel insurance is not covered in the tour price. You can organize travel insurance with your preferred insurance company. We recommend World Nomads, a company recommended by LonelyPlanet

Visa stamping fee on arrival at the airport (Vietnam: 25$/person)

Early check-in and Late check-out (If not mentioned)

Surcharge for airport cabs from 12:00 am – 05:00 am

Compulsory Gala Dinner on 24 Dec and 31 Dec

Other services not mentioned above

Map

FAQ

Any policies are in place for children?

The rate for children applicable for child sharing a room or cabin with two adults:

  • For infant (<02 years old): FOC except domestic ticket cost.
  • 02 – 11 years old: 85% adult rate.
  • Child from 12 years old and above will pay as adult.

All tickets: Based on each airlines policy, the price for children will be applied at time of booking.

What are the typical steps in the payment process?

Deposit: In order to secure your spot for the tour, an amount 10% of land service are required to pay (the amount vary based each on tour basis). The amount should be made via bank transfer or our online payment method. After receiving the deposit of your tour, a voucher confirmation will be sent to you within 24-48 hours. Some airfares or services must be paid in full at the time of booking.

Final payment: The balance of your tour will be made one month before the travel date. Payment by bank transfer or online payment is accepted.

I'm a solo traveller, is there a single supplement?

All prices are based on per adult, in Double/Twin sharing

Surcharge will be applied for single traveler or single room request

Will be there any alterations of the itinerary?

Alterations to your itinerary before the booking is processed are happily processed free of charge. We want to provide the best tour possible for you.

Alterations, after you have received your booking confirmation letter, will attract a fee of $10 USD per request.

Vietnam Tour Fun reserves the right to modify the itinerary of the tour if air schedule or surface transportation changes, and/or events beyond its control make such alteration necessary.

In this event, any of the increase or reduction of the tour cost will be calculated and charged accordingly.

If the tour is to be changed at the request of the client(s), the client will be required to pay any additional cost in advance.

What are the cancellation policies and how can I change mine?

We would deeply regret your decision to cancel your trip to Vietnam & Indochina; however, we realize that there are many reasons for this event.
In the event of cancellation, we will refund any payment made to Vietnam Tour Fun given that a cancellation fee is applicable.

The cancellation fee will be calculated as follows:

  • 31 days and more before departure: 10% of the full payment + airfare cancellation fees (if any).
  • 15-30 days before departure: 30% of the full payment + airfare cancellation fees (if any).
  • 14 days and less before departure: 100% of the full payment.
  • No-show travelers will be charged 100% of the full payment.

After the trip has commenced, we are unable to refund any amount for unused services due to your early departure, late arrival, or missed days on tours.

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Belva

Family Traveller

It was our third trip to Vietnam, before we were visiting it for a beach break, but for this time we decided to take and adventure trip in the mountains. We have heard a lot from other travelers about Sapa and Ha Long Bay and wanted to visit it. We were unconfident to arrange this trip by ourselves and decided to book it with Vietnam Tour Fun. It was a great decision for us. Our travel advisor Hien has recommended us this trip as we wanted to get a full insight into Northern Vietnam. We couldn’t expect more! We visited local villages, and the market in the mountains, met many interesting people. Personally I was blown away with the views in Mu Cang Chai, it is probably one of the most beautiful places I ever visited. For those who want to see rice terraces I recommend to go there. We got all what we wanted: adventures, less visited areas, beautiful sceneries and authentic experience. Hien, thank you so much for organizing everything! You are the best!

December 13, 2019
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