Highlight of the North

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Culture abounds on this custom tailored tour through North Vietnam. The hillsides are textured with unparalleled paddy fields creating terraces up the foothills. Ethnic tribes wear colorful textiles displaying intricate patterns. From the incredible towering karsts that decorate Ha Long Bay to the unique traditions of minority tribes within the mountains near the Chinese border, your time through the capital city and the countryside will show you the traditions of northern Vietnam within this one of a kind exploration.

 Style:                       Cultural tour through Asia

Type:                      Coach/Bus tour in Vietnam

Duration:                9 days

Destination:           5 destinations in Vietnam

Starts in                  Hanoi

Ends in                    Hanoi

Suitable:                All ages

Cities: Hanoi, Ninh Binh, Lao Cai, Sapa, halong

Highlights: Countryside of Red River Delta, Sapa hill tribal villages, local hill tribal market, cruising on the World Heritage Halong Bay.

What’s included:    Land transfers, cruise, train tickets, accommodation, guide, entrance fees, bottled water and some foods.

Day 1: Hanoi                                                                                                                                             

Upon arrival in Hanoi, your guide will meet you and transfer you to your hotel for check-in. In the evening, enjoy traditional Vietnamese cuisine at one of Hanoi’s best restaurants.

Day 2: Hanoi cooking class and walking tour

Morning experience a fascinating culinary tour than to have the famous Mr. Corlou, former chef at the historical Sofitel Metropole hotel, personally take you for a stroll around the market to enjoy the tantalizing sights, smells and flavors of local produce.

In the afternoon, visit Ngoc Son and Ba Kieu temple then enjoy a guided walking tour through the bustling Old Quarter and sprawling Dong Xuan Market. Enjoy the popular Water Puppet performance.

Day 3: Hanoi- Hoa Lu- Trang An

Day trip to Trang An Nature Reserve, a scenic area of lakes created by the system of limestone mountains with spectacular scenery. Then, proceed to Hoa Lu, which is the ancient capital of Vietnam in 10th century. Visit the remainders of the site are Dinh & Le Temple.

Day 4: Ninh Binh- Cuc Phuong. Train to Lao Cai

Enjoy 1,5 hour Van Long Nature Reserve. Enjoy bamboo rowing before travel to Cuc Phuong National Park. Explore Vietnam’s most ancient forest. Visit the Cave of Prehistoric Man where locals still pay homage to prehistoric artifacts that have been found in the cave. Visit the Primate Rescue Center. Take overnight train to Lao Cain. Sleep aboard the train.

Day 5: Market tour

On arrival in the border town of Lao Cai, transfer to a good 4 star hotel for breakfast.

Lao Cai is well-known for its colorful regular hill tribe markets in the region. Dependant on the dates of your travel we can take you to one of the following popular markets

( Coc Ly market on Tuesday –       Cao Son market on Wednesday-     Lung Khau Nhin market on Thursday-Can Cau market on Saturday-             Bac Ha market on Sunday ( this is the biggest, most popular and colorful market in the region)

 After we experience the local market, transfer to the former hill station of Sapa. Overnight in Sapa

Day 6: Sapa walking tour

Enjoy a full day walking tour to beautiful Muong Hoa Valley. Walking though the Cat Cat, Y Linh Ho and Ta Van Villages.  Interact with friendly and hospitable locals.

Hiking: Approx 3-4 hours

Difficulty: Easy/Moderate

Day 7: Sapa walking tour. Train to Hanoi

Following breakfast journey outside of Sapa Town to a traditional hill tribe village, where you will spend the night. This is a unique and charming experience and a great chance to interact with the local people of the region.  Transfer to Lao Cai station for boarding overnight train to Hanoi. Sleep aboard the train.

Hiking: Approx 3-4 hours

Difficulty: Easy/Moderate

Day 8: Hanoi- Halong Bay

Arrive in Hanoi in the early morning, breakfast before departing for Halong Bay 160km to the east of Hanoi. Board a shared traditional wooden junk for a 2 day cruise among the islands, seafood lunch on board. Enjoy a couple of hours kayaking to a lagoon and watch the sunset over the bay. Dine and overnight on board.

 Day 9: Halong Bay- Hanoi

The sound of the ocean wakes you for breakfast and a morning swim if you wish. Continue the cruise past rock formations named after their shape. Brunch is served on board. Transfer to Hanoi

Day 10: Departure

At leisure until transfer to airport for your onward flight.


PAX 2 pax 3-4 pax 5-6 pax 7-9 pax 10 pax + Single room supplement
Standard Class 3* $ 1499 $ 1325 $ 1119 $ 1075 $ 1005 $ 262
Superior Class 4* $ 2119 $ 1943 $ 1737 $ 1693 $ 1623 $ 726
First Class 5* $ 2451 $ 2275 $ 2069 $ 2025 $ 1955 $ 834
PRICE INCLUDES: Experienced English speaking guide • Private transportation by air-conditioned vehicle • Cruise•  Meals as mentioned in the itinerary. ( B=Breakfast, L=Lunch & D= Dinner) • Bottled drinking water for sightseeing • All sightseeing entrance fee where required in the itinerary • Accommodation in twin shared room in hotel with daily breakfast • Simple First Aid Kit • International flight reconfirmation.


Please read the following booking conditions carefully as they set out the terms and conditions of the contract between you and the Pioneer Asia Holidays.


All bookings will be confirmed by Pioneer Asia Holidays in writing along with confirmation of balance payment details. A deposit as required by us and the amount of which will be advised at the time of booking. Followed by the final balance of the cost by a specified date. The tour balance for all bookings will be direct debited from the payment details given at the time of booking 45 days prior to the departure date of the tour; if there is a failure to complete the payment Pioneer Asia Holidays  reserves the right to cancel the reservation.


Prices quoted in USD per person in twin shared basis. Itineraries and prices are valid from the most relevant edition of the website & the time of printing our brochure in October 2015 until 31 Sep 2018. Pioneer Asia Holidays reserves the right to change any of the facilities, services, prices, itineraries or vehicles described in the brochure or online without being liable for compensation or refund.


Cancellation and Amendment: Any cancellation or amendment request must be sent to us in writing and will not take effect until received by us. If you cancel or amend your booking the principal(s) or supplier(s) may charge the cancellation or amendment charge shown in their Terms and Conditions (which may be 100% of the cost of the travel arrangements) and you must pay us a cancellation or amendment charge of a minimum of $30 per person.

 If You Cancel Your Holiday: You, or any member of your party, may cancel your travel arrangements at any time. Written notification from the person who made the booking or your travel agent on your behalf must be received at our offices. Since we incur costs in cancelling your travel arrangements, you will have to pay the applicable cancellation charges up to the maximum shown below; depending how many days in advance of the departure date we receive the cancellation instruction:

Land & Internal Air Cancellation Fees. Per Person/ Per Trip
Days prior to Departure Fee Fee
45 or more Minimum loss of deposit
44-30 days 30% minimum of total holiday cost
29-22 days 60% minimum of total holiday cost
21- 7 days 90% minimum of total holiday cost
Less than 7 days 100% of total holiday cost

Note: specific items sold as part of a package may have more restricted cancellation conditions; for example some flights and rail tickets are non-refundable from the date of full payment being made. You will be advised at the time of booking.

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