Sapa – Mu Cang Chai – Halong Bay Tour – 8 Days
With 8 days tour, we will take you to the most beautiful places of Vietnam: Mu Cang Chai - Land of terraced rice fields, Sapa - home of the mountains, valleys, and Ethnic Minorities. And Ha Long bay - UNESCO World Wonder.
Tour Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights
Tour Route: Hanoi arrival - Khau Pha - Ngoc Chien - Mu Cang Chai - Sapa - Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hanoi departure
Dates: No fixed departure dates. You may go whenever you wish.
Starts/Ends: Hanoi / Hanoi
Tour Type: Full board package
Activity Level: Classic & adventure home stay
Tour Customizable: Absolutely! (Tell us your specific requirements in the inquiry form)
The best time to take this tour: From September to mid-October
Day 1: Hanoi arrival (Meal: No)
Day 2: Hanoi – Khau Pha – Ngoc Chien (Meal: B, L, D)
Day 3: Ngoc Chien – Mu Cang Chai (Meal: B, L, D)
Day 4: Mu Cang Chai – Sapa (Meal: B, L)
Day 5: Sapa – Hanoi (Meal: B, L)
Day 6: Hanoi - Ha Long (Meal: B, L, D)
Day 7: Ha Long – Hanoi (Meal: B, L)
Day 8: Hanoi – Departure (Meal: B).
Day 01: Hanoi arrival (Meal: No)
A warm greeting waits at Hanoi’s Noi Bai airport, your private guide and driver will meet you in the arrivals lounge and drive you directly to your hotel in downtown Hanoi (travel time approximately 45 minutes).
After checking in (room is available from 12:00pm), if you are interested, your guide will take you on a cyclo / rickshaw tour of the French Quarter where the grand boulevards offer a welcome escape from the busy Old Quarter. You will also pass by the Municipal Theatre (also known as the Opera House), which is based on Paris’ Opéra.
Note: For the Vietnamese Visa on Arrival, please make sure you have 2 passport sized 4 cm x 6 cm photos and $25 for the stamping fee.
Day 02: Hanoi - Khau Pha - Ngoc Chien (Meal: B, L, D)
7:00 – 7:30: Pick up from your hotel and depart from Hanoi to Mu Cang Chai (distance: 285 km) follow no.32 road. On the way, we have two break point and you can enjoy some beautiful sightseeing, take photos, stop at tea planation for a cup of tea.
12:00: Arrived in Nghia Lo town, Yen Bai province. Enjoy a lunch in a local restaurant, then keep on driving up to Mu Cang Chai. We stop-over in Khau Pha Pass for taking beautiful photos of Lim Mong valley.
We continue driving for about 40km to Ngoc Chien, located at an average altitude of 1,800 m above sea level compared to the year-round mild weather is like Dalat. This beautiful and peaceful commune is the home of the Thai, Hmong, and La Ha ethnic groups who have many unique customs and habits, one of them is naked bathing custom. In addition to the special identity of the local, the other great factors that make Ngoc Chien attract more tourists annually are the natural hot mineral springs and the century-old stilted houses made of Pomu.
You will be welcome by local family, enjoy a warm meal with many local specialties such as Tao Meo wine, Tan sticky rice, grilled chicken, grilled fish.
Overnight with local family at Ngoc Chien.
Day 03: Ngoc Chien - Mu Cang Chai (Meal: B, L, D)
After breakfast, we drive to Mu Cang Chai, the land of the most beautiful rice terraces.
When you get in Mu Cang Chai, be ready to be impressed by the marvelous scenery of the terraced fields, unique culture and traditional lifestyles of people living there.
Here are 500 ha of terraced fields in 3 communes as La pan Tan, Che Cu Nha and De Xu within the whole 2,000 ha terraced fields of the area. For years, Mu Cang Chai has become an ideal stop for all nature lovers and adventurous travellers.
Overnight at Mu Cang Chai Eco Lodge.
Day 04: Mu Cang Chai - Sapa (Meal: B, L)
Shooting in Mu Cang Chai area, enjoy the great scenery of terrace rice field at Mu Cang Chai and drive to Sapa.
Arrival Sapa, drive uphill offers most spectacular scenery of Fansipan Mount. Just a kilometer out of the town, rose flower farms and later chayote grows on bamboo frames covered a vast area. We’ll stop at the magnificent Silver Waterfall before continue the road trip for some kilometers further to Heaven Gate and Tram Ton Pass. At 2047m above sea level, the Heaven Gate & Tram Ton Pass is the highest mountain pass in Vietnam. From here enjoy walking around for half an hour for beautiful scenery of both two side of Hoang Lien Son mountain range. The wind blows stronger to force the clouds moving constantly. It is the best point here to enjoy breathtaking scenery of the two side of Fansipan Mountain Range. Amazingly that the weather is very different by the side: In many days It is foggy and cloudy on Sa Pa side and sunny brightly the other side.
Leaving the Heaven Gate for the way back downhill 7 km, then stop to pay visiting to some lush farm in O Quy Ho where different kind of vegetable, flower, fruit trees and even medicinal plants are grown for years which makes this part of Sapa ever green.
Overnight at hotel in Sapa.
Optional: Cable car Fanxipan
Continue on, you will take a cable car to Fanxipan Mountain. Currently the highest point of Fanxipan is at 3,143m high. As you know the cable in Sapa is the world’s longest and highest cable car, running up from sleepy Sapa town to the Peak of Fanxipan Mountain, known as Indochina’s rooftop. Enjoy the view from the highest point of this incredible mountain. The lush green and subtropical vegetation makes this mountain really very beautiful. Take some pictures for unforgettable experience from the top. After taking scenery then get cable car back to Sapa.
Day 05: Sapa - Hanoi (Meal: B, L)
We check out hotel then drive to overland to a market of the hill tribal people. Depending on the day of the week, Bac Ha, home to the flower H'mong hill tribe minority people is open on Sunday, Can Cau on Saturday, Coc Ly on Tuesday, Cao Son market on Wednesday, and Lung Khau Nhin market on Thursday.
In all these markets, we can meet hundreds of beautiful women from Flower Hmong tribe, who are famous for their wonderful craft and hand-made flowering clothes and textile fabrics, or intermingle with people from Black Hmong, Dzay, Dzao and other ethnic groups coming to the market not for purchasing stuffs, but for meeting and chatting – just once a week - like in a real cultural centre. After lunchtime, we drive to Hanoi.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 06: Hanoi - Ha Long Bay (Meal: B, L, D)
We depart Hanoi for Halong Bay, listed as a World Heritage Area of outstanding natural beauty. Dragon descending to the sea“ as it is known in Vietnamese, picturesque Halong Bay has more than 1.000 limestone islets rising from the sea, many of them containing beautiful grottoes
Upon arrival at Halong Bay we embark on a boat trip to cruise discovering this magnificent UNESCO World Wonder. This is a great journey among surreal islands rising from a tranquil emerald sea. You will visit several key locations.
– One of the most stunning caves of Halong Bay
– Stop at a beautiful beach and take a refreshing swim or sunbathe on the sundeck; take a short trek to the nearby summit for a panoramic view of the bay.
Back onboard the junk, you will watch the sunset and be served a sumptuous dinner, with cocktails available for purchase from the bar. You will spend the night onboard the junk, in a cabin with an ensuite bathroom.
Notes: The program may differ slightly based on the junk cruise’s itinerary.
Day 07: Ha Long - Hanoi (Meal: B, L)
Early morning coffee and tea will be served on the sundeck followed by a Tai Chi class. After breakfast we take a Sampan boat or Kayak to explore the bay. We may have a chance to see the wild monkeys that gather around waiting for food from the tourists. After that we continue to cruise around the bay. Lunch is served on the boat on our way back to the docks then we transfer back to Hanoi.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 08: Hanoi - Departure (Meal: B)
Free time until we are transferred to the airport for our onward flight.
End of the trip!
What is included?
- All transfer and transportation with air-conditioning
- 05 night accommodation as noted or similar
- English speaking guide throughout the tour
- Admission fee to indicated sights
- Meals as states in the itinerary
- Mineral water
What is excluded?
- Visa to Vietnam
- Int'l Air tickets to / from Vietnam
- Travel Insurance in all kinds
- Meals is not mentioned
- Tip, drinks and personal expenses.
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Dear Giang, We came back in Hoi An today from Sa Pa. We had a wonderful time and we would like to thank you for organizing everything perfectly. The tours were exactly how we wanted them to be, it was even above expectation. Our tour guide Dudu was fantastic and so was our driver.
Again thank your very much,
Nelly and Keith Brooker Monday, March 2, 2020
Dear Giang, I wanted to thank you very much for arranging our holiday so well - we had a wonderful time and everything seemed to go very smoothly. In the group tour at the start we were impressed by how various different staff always knew where...
The private tour was particularly good and Khanh was an exceptional guide - great fun to spend time with, knowledgeable and good at keeping everyone happy throughout the trip. He adapted the itinerary to suit the weather and our preferences ...
Thank you again.
Fiona Cloke, Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Good afternoon Diu, The trip was wonderful and our guide May Nihn is very helpful and experienced. Thank God that the weather turns out well on the 2nd day in Sapa so it's makes our journey easier to Fansipan and other places of interests. Our driver is also very accommodating...
We would also like to extend our sincere thanks to you for coordinating this itinerary and reacting promptly to change the hotel for us. In fact my dad had a fall in Hanoi hotel and ...
Having said that, it's still a pleasant and enjoyable trip for us.
Veron Tan, Saturday, March 16, 2019