Vietnam Hike - Bike - Kayak in the North 10 days

The spectacular valleys and mountains of Vietnam were simply made for exploration. Strap on your boots and get ready for this immersive journey that gets away from the bright lights of Hanoi and under the skin of Vietnam's bucolic countryside. In between trekking and cycling past lush landscapes, stop in at local villages and learn about traditional life with memorable homestay experiences. It’s not all mountains and trails either, with an opportunity to kayak across the majestic waters of Halong Bay and spend a night on a boat. Prepare to be led far off the beaten track.
Start
Hanoi
Finish
Hanoi
Code
VLN01
Ages
From 10
Group size
Min 2 pax
Price from
From USD 1220

Highlights

  • Sapa - Cat Cat village walk
  • Hanoi - City bike ride
  • Hanoi - Temple of Literature
  • Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
  • Mai Chau - Village visit
  • Halong Bay - Kayaking 
  • Ha Long Bay - Overnight boat cruise.

Itinerary

Xin chao! Welcome to Vietnam!

Vietland holidays tour guide will welcome you at your hotel and we will have meeting around 7pm. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader. The meeting is generally followed by an optional group meal out at one of Hanoi's fantastic eating spots. If you have time before the meeting, head out and discover Hanoi. It's a good idea to take a hotel business card so you can find your way back.

Notes: If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive to the meeting in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability).


Hanoi Urban Adventure - Village Discovery by Bike  (extra charge USD33).

After breakfast we will take a private bus to Sa Pa, a town in the Hoan Lien Son Mountains of Northwest Vietnam. This journey will take approximately 5 hours. From the Sa Pa market, venture out on a short trek (approximately 2.5 hours) through the surrounding valleys to visit a hill-tribe village called Cat Cat. This is home to the H’mong people, who emigrated from China 300 years ago. In the evening, settle into your hotel in Sapa for the night.

Accommodation in Sapa.

Savour the dramatic landscapes and panoramic views of rural Vietnam on a trek from Lao Chai to Ta Van. You'll pass by terraced farms ripe with corn and rice, over bubbling brooks and through bucolic villages. Stop for a picnic lunch before heading on to our home stay with a local family in the evening. The total trek today is around 10 kilometres.

This morning trek to Su Pan before taking some time to rest your feet on a bus ride back to Sa Pa. In the afternoon the group returns to Hanoi (approximately 5 hours). Maybe get a bird's eye view of the city from a rooftop bar and unwind with an iced coffee.

Vietnam's capital is best explored on foot, which is why the group will head out on a city walking tour. See the final resting place of Vietnam's revered revolutionary at Ho Chi Minh's mausoleum and Museum before stopping by Bach Ma Temple in Hanoi's Old Quarter. Although the shrine was originally built in the 11th century, and is therefore considered to be the city's oldest temple, the current structure and shrine to Confucius actually dates from the 18th century. In the afternoon, have a practice on your bike with a warm up cycling trip around Hanoi's West Lake.

O
vernight in Hanoi.

Leave behind the Hanoi hustle and journey to the clean air of the Mai Chau valley (approximately 3 hours). There are great photo opportunities along the way – stop at a vantage point to take in the view of Mai Chau, home to a variety of minority groups with their own unique culture and languages. Along the way, there's also the opportunity to help local farmers plant rice seeds into the fields. Arrive in Mai Chau and head to the village of Pom Coong, where your local guide will introduce you to your hosts for lunch, and provide information on the region's people, their lifestyles, customs and culture. Lunch is a traditional affair with examples of local cuisine on offer. This is a great opportunity to experience the local area, chat with your hosts, and gain a real insight into life in this fascinating and picturesque region. After lunch, take some time to relax before saddling up for a cycle trip to nearby villages.

Back at the homestay, relax with a cold drink while watching the sun set over the peaceful mountains. Alternatively, for the food lovers, why not help the landlady cook dinner!

Home stay in Mai Chau.

Notes: At the homestay you’ll sleep on mattresses in a communal room. Bedding and mosquito nets are provided. Shared toilet and bathroom facilities are basic.

After breakfast set out again on your bike on a cycle from Mai Chau to Ninh Binh, a region well-known for its green valleys, karst mountains and conservation areas. Todays ride will cover approximately 70 kilometres in total.

In the morning catch a bus from Ninh Binh to the spectacular Halong Bay, with its towering limestone islands topped with rainforests and gold-sailed junk boats cruising along the water. Grab a kayak and spend the day paddling across the bay's turquoise waters before climbing aboard a boat.

Overnight on board.

Take the chance to discover more of Halong Bay's secret caves and lagoons on a morning kayak expedition. Later, catch the bus back to bustling Hanoi. Arrive in the late afternoon. Perhaps head down to the markets for some last-minute souvenir shopping or pay a visit to one of the city's many fascinating museums, such as the Fine Art Museum or Museum of Ethnology. Toast the end of this active adventure with an optional farewell dinner with your group.

Overnight in Hanoi hotel.

This active adventure comes to an end today. You are free to depart at any time. Perhaps consider exploring further on the Village Discovery By Bike Urban Adventure or the Hanoi Street Food by Night.

Inclusions

  • Hotels at destinations as indicated in program.
  • Hanoi full day city tour.
  • Night train Hanoi - Lao Cai (Sapa).
  • Trekking tour in Sapa
  • Trekking tour in Mai Chau
  • Boat in Ninh Binh.
  • Cruise in Halong Bay (stay 1 night on board).
  • All private land transfer.
  • Meals as indicated in program (B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner).
  • Tour guides at places (English or French speaking).
  • Entrance fees.

Exclusions

  • International air fares/ airport taxes
  • Visa arrangement to Vietnam
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expensen
  • Other meals and drink
  • Early check-in and late check-out
  • Tipping for local tour guides and drivers
  • Other services not mentioned in the itinerary.

Important Notes

  • Price and accommodation for tour group. Price is applied for one Pax and this may be lower or higher due to finalization of booking. A single supplement to have your own room is available on this trip and excludes night 7 (overnight boat) where you will be in shared accommodation.Rooms are booked on a basis of 3 star hotels, upgrading depends on your requests.
  • Passport. (i) Your passport must have six months validity from the date of the end of your travel; (ii) Your passport must have at least 2 clear pages for each country you visit; (iii) Your passport cannot be water stained or have the stitching coming apart; (iv) Your full name exactly appeared in the passport must be sent us for booking.
  • Visa and insurance. Checking your visas (if required) and travel authorisations. Be sure to have relevant travel insurance by checking your insurance coverage carefully. Taking out extra insurance for expensive equipments if possible.
  • Lugguages. It is advised that your luggages are attached the Vietland Holidays luggage labels and its main details to your cases. Domestic flights in Vietnam allow passengers to carry liquid or gel (over 100ml) in hand lugguage.
  • Cash and credit cards. (i) Consult with your bank to find the best currency to carry and whether your ATM card will work; (ii) Most major types of credit cards are accepted in the region, particularly Vietnam; (iii) ATMs are the easiest way to access your money. You can use a debit card to obtain local cash from ATMs in Vietnam.
  • Mobile telephones. If not roaming, Vietland Holidays will lend you a SIM with a small amount of money topped up.
  • Internet. Free wifi access is everywhere in major cities, hotels, cafe in Vietnam.
  • Travel adaptors and chargers. We will lend you suitable chargers and adapters during your trip if required.

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