This itinerary is ideal for those seeking to immerse themselves in the local way of life and culture. Over a 10-day period, your family will have the opportunity to explore the diverse landscapes and flavors of Vietnam, spanning from the mountains to the sea. This trip provides the ultimate introduction to the wonders of Vietnam and its unique characteristics.

  • Hanoi old quarter and cyclo ride
  • Beautiful valley of Maichau and home stay
  • Magnificent scenery of Halong bay - Overnight aboard
  • Boat rowing in Tam Coc
  • Kayaking in Cat Ba island
  • Breath taking landscape of Sapa and hill tribe market.
Trip Length: 10 days | Trip Style: Comfort travel| Trip Theme: Local life&Culture, Explore| Physical Rating: | Start/End city: Hanoi/Hanoi
Places visited: Hanoi - Mai Chau - Ninh Binh - Ha Long Bay - Cat Ba Island - Sapa - Bac Ha
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hanoi, Vietnam
hanoi view, Ho Chi Minh city

Your arrival in Hanoi will be dependent on your flight schedule. Upon arrival at the airport, you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel. You will then have a brief meeting with your tour guide to receive important information and travel documents before enjoying a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. The rest of the evening will be spent overnight in Hanoi.

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Private airport transfer
Hotel in hanoi
Hanoi, Vietnam
Hanoi capital, Vietnam

Begin your day with breakfast at KOTO, a restaurant that supports disadvantaged youth. Following breakfast, your tour will commence with a visit to the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum and his house. Next, you will explore the colorful displays and exhibits of Vietnam's diverse ethnic groups at the Ethnology Museum. In the afternoon, experience an urban adventure with a cyclo ride around the lively and bustling Old Quarter of Hanoi. Conclude your day with a water puppet show, a traditional Vietnamese art that originated in the Red River Delta during the 11th century. Your overnight stay will be at the hotel.

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Private vehicle
Breakfast & lunch
Hotel in hanoi
Mai Chau, Vietnam
Mai Chau landscape, Vietnam

As you depart, enjoy a smooth drive through stunning rural landscapes featuring verdant paddies, forested hills, and unique karst formations. During your journey, you will stop to visit a village inhabited by the Muong minority people, nestled in an idyllic evergreen valley. Take a leisurely walk around the village to gain insights into their typical lifestyle and traditions before enjoying lunch served in a local house. Next, embark on a cruise across Hoa Binh lake, admiring the picturesque scenery, before taking a short drive to Mai Chau. Check in to your homestay and take a stroll around the village to experience the daily rhythm of the locals. Your dinner will feature local specialties, followed by a traditional music and dance performance, culminating in an overnight stay in a local traditional stilt-house.

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Hotel in stilt house
ninh binh, Vietnam
ninh binh landscape, Vietnam

Following breakfast, embark on a scenic 130km drive to Ninh Binh, with occasional stops along the way for photo opportunities. Upon arrival in Tam Coc at noon, enjoy a delicious lunch before boarding a boat for a serene row upstream, passing through caves amidst the stunning backdrop of water, rice paddies, and soaring mountains. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to relax or take a leisurely push bike ride to the nearby Bich Dong pagoda. Dinner will be served at the hotel, where you will also spend the night.

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hotel in ninh binh
Ha Long, Vietnam
Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Today, embark on a 170km drive from Ninh Binh to Halong, where you will embark on a cruise to one of the most breathtaking places in the world. As you sail through the stunning scenery of Halong Bay, enjoy a delectable seafood lunch. Relax on the sun deck while the boat takes you through floating villages and a maze of islands, featuring unique shapes that rise majestically from the emerald waters. The boat will stop for a visit to a magnificent limestone cave, and you can also enjoy swimming or kayaking. Dinner will be served on board, where you will spend the night.

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overnight on board
Cat Ba, Vietnam
Cat Ba Island, Vietnam

Following breakfast, board another boat for your transfer to Cat Ba Island. Along the way, stop at a small and pristine beach located in the middle of the bay, where you can enjoy a refreshing swim and indulge in a delicious BBQ lunch. In the afternoon, arrive at Cat Ba town, where you have the rest of the day to explore at your leisure. Your overnight stay will be at a hotel in Cat Ba.

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Hotel in cat ba
 Sapa, Vietnam
Sapa town, Vietnam

Enjoy a free morning to relax on the beach. After your own lunch, take a high-speed boat to Hai Phong City, where a bus will pick you up and drive you back to Hanoi. Upon arrival in Hanoi, freshen up in the restroom before enjoying dinner. Following dinner, a bus will transfer you to the train station for the night train to Lao Cai – Sapa, where you will be accommodated in shared AC soft sleeper cabins. The train journey will take approximately 9 hours, so rest well and prepare for the next day's adventures in Sapa. Your overnight stay will be on the train.

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overnight on train
Sapa trek, Vietnam
Sapa light trek, Vietnam

Upon arriving in the border town of Lao Cai, you will be picked up and take a one-hour drive uphill through stunning and pristine landscapes enveloped in clouds to arrive at Sa Pa. Check into your day room and enjoy breakfast at the hotel's restaurant. The remainder of the morning is free for you to relax or explore Sa Pa town at your leisure. In the afternoon, embark on a light trek downhill along Muong Hoa River, taking in the breathtaking scenery and visiting the minority villages of H'mong and Dzay people. Return to Sa Pa by bus and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. Your overnight stay will be at a hotel in Sa Pa.

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Breakfast & lunch
Hotel in sapa
Sapa market, Vietnam
Sapa hill tribe market, Vietnam

After having breakfast and checking out of the hotel, you will drive to visit a local market, which offers a unique opportunity to experience the vibrant colors, rich traditions, and lively atmosphere of the area. Following lunch, take a short walk to a hill-tribe village, where you can visit local homes and learn more about their daily lives, culture, and traditions. Then, head back to Lao Cai city by car for dinner and take the overnight train to Hanoi in an AC soft sleeper cabin.

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overnight on train
sapa, Vietnam
hanoi, Vietnam

Upon early arrival in Hanoi, you will be transferred to the hotel where a day room will be provided for your use along with breakfast. The rest of the day is free for you to enjoy at your leisure until it's time for you to depart for your flight. Wishing you a safe journey and looking forward to staying in touch with you!

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Number of Persons 2 3 - 4 5 - 6 7 - 8 9 - 10 11 - 12 13 - 15 Single supp
Price Please contact us for best price upon your travel date, number of travelers and specific needs


  • Accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room.
  • Meals as mentioned (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner).
  • English or French speaking guide
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air conditioned vehicle
  • Domestic flights
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits
  • Water & cold tissue in car
  • Cellphone for use during your visit
  • Government taxes & Service charges


  • Other services than mentioned
  • Visa & International flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips, Travel insurance
  • Bank transfer fee if any

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Tour itinerary:This tour itinerary is designed based on local travel conditions, logistics and availabilitis of transportation between visited destinations. It is for you to see how the trip should go, what you can do, see and enjoy during the trip. The itinerary can be tailored by adding more of desired visitng destinations, activities or removing any you do not like to meet your travel time frame, style, budget and expectation the best.

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Payment:A deposit of 30% of total price is needed to initiate the tour booking after the itinerary is finalized. The balance for the trip is due 15 days prior to your arrival.

Arrival and departure flights:You are advised to make your own booking for international flights from/back your home country. This allows you to determine better the travel time frame, budget and to deal with insurance claim when needed. Travel Authentic Asia team will base on your flight schedule to work out the best itinerary for you or/and to modify the itinerary to get it matches.

Travel documents:You must carry a valid passport and have obtained all of the appropriate visas, permits and certificates for the countries in which you will visit during your trip. Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the duration of the trip. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of the correct visas, permits and certificates for your trip. Travel Authentic Asia accepts no responsibility or liability whatsoever for the failure of clients to obtain appropriate documentation.

Travel insurance:It is your responsibility to get your own international travel insurance and read the insurance policy before you travel and ensure that the insurance scheme provides with the requisite level of cover. Insurance should cover personal accident and medical expenses, evacuation and repatriation, baggage loss, and cancellation or curtailment of vacation. In some cases, travelers may have pre-existing medical conditions which their travel insurance company will not cover.
Other than local travel insurance(s) included in sightseeing tickets at sites, Travel Authentic Asia does not provide any kind of travel insurance on the trip except required and paid separately from the tour price.

Weather: The weather in this part of Southeast Asia is varied depening on the region and season. In the winter time from Nov to Feb, the temperature in some area such as North Vietnam, especially mountainous areas can be as low as 2-4 Degree Celsius (35 Degree Fahrenheit) and pretty cold. Other parts can be warm with temperature up to 36 Degree Celsius or more (96 Degree Fahrenheit). So, to know the weather condition of destination you visit, please consult our travel consultant or you can check it here on our website

What to take: What you need to bring will vary according to the trip style you have chosen, the countries you are visiting and when you are travelling. Generally speaking you should pack as lightly as possible. It is advisable to have your backpack or suitcase with wheels. An overnight bag with a shoulder strap or little backpacks is convenient to carry water and a camera etc for day trips. Warm clothes and light jacket are needed for the North Vietnam and northern Lao during the winter time from November to March. Sunblock, swimsuits and a light raincoat is advised all year round.

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