Best of Northern Vietnam

In a short time, you will have chances to enjoy the best attractions of northern Vietnam. Beginning with the capital city of Hanoi, many wonderful sites are waiting for you. Then explore Sapa and easy trek along the outstanding landscapes and colorful hills where ethnic people live. Finally, cruise the magnify Halong Bay on a romantic cruise with traditional style Vietnamese Junk boat.
Journey highlights:
Discover the scrambling alleyways of Hanoi’s timeworn Old Quarter
Enjoy a cup of the famous egg-coffee in a hidden café with stunning view over Hoan Kiem Lake
Trek through the colourful mountainous hill tribes villages in Sapa
Immerse into the emerald waters and majestic islands scenery of Halong Bay on an overnight cruise

Day 1 - Hanoi Arrival  
Welcome to our beautiful Vietnam! Upon arrival, our guide and driver will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel in the Old Quarter. Check-in and spend the rest of the day free to relax in your room or stroll down the Walking Street to enjoy the ambience of the capital of Vietnam.

Meal: N/A
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

Day 2 - Hanoi sightseeing tour - Night train to Sapa (B)
Breakfast is at the hotel.
Full day tour of Vietnam’s capital city, including Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, his traditional stilt house and the revered One-Pillar Pagoda. After that, visit Vietnam’s first university, the thousand-year-old Temple of Literature. Have lunch with Pho bo Hanoi or Hanoi Noodle soup with beef and served with Hanoi flavorful spring roll. 
In the afternoon, visit the Ethnology Museum where you can learn about the customs and culture of Vietnam’s 54 diverse ethnic groups.
Finish your day with a walking through the maze of bustling streets that make up Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Your local guide will then take you to one of Hanoi’s best-reserved secrets, a hidden café with stunning views over the picturesque Hoan Kiem Lake.  This hard-to-find café is one of the few left in the city that still serves egg coffee, a scrumptious local delicacy that we will sample whilst admiring the hustle and bustle of the city center below. Or, if coffee is not your style, a cold beer awaits!
Early this evening, ready to transfer to Hanoi Railway Station for your overnight train trip heading to Sapa.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Overnight on train  

Day 3 - Sapa – Cat Cat Village (B,L)
When arriving at Lao Cai Railway station, tour guide and driver will meet you right at the exit of the station. Then, drive up to Sapa town. Check in hotel and have breakfast at the nearby local restaurant. After that, walk around Sapa town, experience Sapa market and chat with H’Mong, Dao vendors who are all able to speak fluently English. A lunch of Sapa specialties at a popular local eatery in the town has been scheduled for you.
After lunch, ramble down hill to the nearby Cat Cat village of the Black H’Mong people. Have a brief tour inside an H’Mong hospitable family’s house and get to know more about their way of life, customs and habits. Return to Sapa center, and enjoy your time at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Sapa

Day 4 - Sapa – Lao Chai, Ta Van Village - night train back to Hanoi  (B,L)
After breakfast, we will check-out and then set out on our 5 hours trekking through several hill tribe villages of Lao Chai and Ta Van where H'mong, and Dzay people live. This is an absolutely spectacular walk through stunning scenery inhabited by some of the friendliest people you could ever meet. Stop for a picnic lunch on the way to a family home in Ta Van village. Finally, we head back up the valley to meet our minibus for the return trip to Sapa. Enjoy some free time to freshen up or independently explore the town and shopping before heading to Lao Cai for the night train journey back to Hanoi.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Overnight on train

Day 5 - Hanoi - Halong Bay, overnight on junk (B,L,D)
Arrive in Hanoi around 4.30 AM. You will be picked up and transferred to the hotel for freshening up and taking a short rest. After breakfast, depart Hanoi through the Red River Delta for Halong Bay (3.5 hours driving). Upon arrival, embark on the cruise then start cruising among the limestone islands. Keep cruising to the quiet area while enjoy breath-taking seascape along the way, until enjoy sunset party on sundeck and admire the best moments of the day when the sun starts to set. Dinner is served around 19.00 then it’s time for you to socialize with other guests, to take part in board games, fishing for squid or just to laze around.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight cruise

Day 6 - Halong – Hanoi (B)
Early this morning, start your day with Tai Chi exercises or a photo hunt. Then, breakfast will be served on board while you immerse into the peaceful morning of Halong Bay. After check out of your cabin, continue your cruise exploring the Bay. While heading back to the harbor, watch the fruit carving demonstration and participate in the cooking class before enjoying a traditional Vietnamese lunch. Disembark around 12.00 then your driver will wait for you to take you back to your hotel in Hanoi. Check in then stay free at your leisure for the rest of the day.

Meals: Brunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

Day 7 - Hanoi Departure (B)
Breakfast will be served at your hotel.
You will see your guide at hotel lobby and then you will be transferred to Noi Bai airport for boarding the flight to the next destination.

Meal: Breakfast

Tour ends.

This tour is built upon our firsthand knowledge & experience, offering you the best choices available. The price of this trip varies depending on the number of people in your party, dates of departure, and availability of ground services.

The prices are quoted in US Dollars per person based on 2 pax/room


2 pax

4 pax

6 - 8 pax

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Child from 4 – 10 years old: 75%

Please click on CUSTOMIZE YOUR TRIPS and supply the required information, enabling us to send you your personalized quote within 24 hours!

Note: Amendments CAN be made to this tour to suite your requirements, but may incur price changes

Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels 
Private Vehicles and Drivers
Transport from Hanoi to Halong and return by mini van
Private English speaking guides (Other languages if available, upon request)
Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
Drinking water available on the vehicles.
Service Charge & Government Taxes

International flights and domestic flights
Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
Any bank fees or charges at your end
Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
Personal Travel Insurance
Tips for tour guide and driver in each region
Peak season or public holidays surcharge if any
Compulsory Gala dinner on X-Mas or New Year if any
Vietnam visa stamp fee 
Other services not mentioned above


The hotels listed below are our suggestions for the best value on this tour.  However, Asia Essence Tours offers many more options of hand-picked hotels, with different "star ratings", allowing you to customize the vacation to meet your taste and budget.






 HM Boutique

The Chi


Halong Bay


La Vela Classic

Aphrodite Luxury


London Sapa


Victoria Sapa


We, at Asia Essence Tours, are aware that a good tour must have good hotels. As the hotel cost will be the major expense of your vacation in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, it is essential that all of the hotels chosen by us are the highest quality for the price paid. All of our prices are based on twin, double or queen shared rooms.


Superior/ 3 Star (from US$ 40 - US$ 60 per room/night)

The Superior/ 3 Star Hotels are good value and normally centrally located. They all have comfortable en-suite rooms, good amenities and public areas to relax in. They are usually family run hotels, so offer great personalized service for your enjoyment and comfort. Most first class properties offer an in-house restaurant, and some may even have a swimming pool!

First Class/ 4 star (from US$ 80 - US$ 110/ per room/night)

The 4* First Class Hotels offer a wide range of services. Many superior hotels feature a choice of several in-house restaurants. In addition virtually all of them have a swimming pool. Some may even feature a spa or health club. This grade of hotel offers more for your enjoyment and comfort, while still remaining affordable.

Deluxe/ 5 Star (from US$120 - US$ 180++/ per room/night)

These 5* Deluxe hotels are usually owned by Worldwide, well known Hotel chains. The deluxe hotels feature excellent locations, offer the highest standards of service and facilities, and are known as the best hotels in each region. Facilities such as swimming pools and spas are the norm, and guest rooms are luxurious. These hotels offer first class service and amenities throughout.

Asia Essence Tours™ Bespoke Style Suits Everyone

Flexibility: The sample itinerary can be modified to suit your interests, budget as well as your personal wishes including departure date, duration, accommodation used & how long you spend in each destination.

Tailor-Made Journey: This trip can be tailor made to create a unique holiday for your individual requirements by travel experts with intimate knowledge of the destination. It is a more individual trip that will suit those who enjoy immersing themselves in new cultures and environments, with the flexibility to plan a trip at your own pace. Quality and value are the hallmark of the trips, with most services being provided on a private basis.

Commitment to Excellence: We enjoys excellent relationships with all of the highly regarded hotels and finest properties in our destinations as well as with service suppliers so that we are able to negotiate the most attractive prices for our clients, which enables us to provide exclusive holidays and affordable special offers. We create one-of-a-kind vacations for groups and individuals. We love our destinations and do our best to make sure that our customers feel the same way. Our job is to make sure that everyone gets the right balance of comfort and excitement to enjoy the experience of a lifetime.

Extend This Tour With...

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Best of Central Vietnam

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