Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi. Transfer Airport – Hotel.
On arrival at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, you will be greeted by Lotussia local guide and driver then transferred to your hotel in town.
Ha Noi, Vietnam’s Capital, is a stylish and gracious city that retains an unique old world charm and some Asia’s most striking colonial architecture. The many lakes and parks make for relaxing atmosphere.
The rest time of the day is free at leisure. A special welcome dinner will be provided in one of most typical Vietnamese restaurant in town. O/N in Ha Noi.
Day 2: Hanoi – Battrang - Vanphuc – Laocai.
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Bat Trang pottery village which is located around 20km from Hanoi city center. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of Vietnam countryside and agricultural activities along the road. Upon arrival at Bat Trang village, we visit some pottery workshop to see how the skiful local people make these beautiful pottery. Around noon, we return to Hanoi downtown for lunch (at your own account). In the afternoon, we will go further South Hanoi to visit the most famous silk village in the country, Van Phuc Silk village. Free time for shopping and admire their handmade products. Return to Hanoi and enjoy one hour foot massage to have another authentic experience.
Around 20h00, our driver and our guide will drive you Hanoi Railway Station for the night train to Laocai. O/N on the train.
Day 3: Laocai – Sapa – Tavan.
06:00 – Arrive at Lao Cai train station. Welcome by Lotussia local guide and driver. Transfer to Sapa for breakfast and a short relax after the night train. Then, we will take a jeep ride for the first part and go down hill to Muong Hoa valley to visit 2 villages of the H’mong and the Dzay (Lao chai village and Tavan village). Lunch will be provided at a family of the Dzay minority. O/N at local house – Homestay.
Day 4: Tavan – Sapa.
Get up early in the morning for fresh atmosphere in the countryside. Breakfast and continue hiking to the next village of the Red Dzao minority (Giang Ta Chai village). We will visit a beautiful silver waterfall and a nice rattan bridge. We cross then the river and go up to the mountain for Su Pan village before taking our jeep to come back to Sapa. Check in hotel. O/N in Sapa.
Day 5: Sapa – Laocai – Hanoi.
Breakfast at hotel. We will visit a village of the black H’mong (Catcat village) We walk around this small village to see how the Hmong live in such pour condition. We pass the hydroelectric power station built by the French in the old days. Then we go back uphill to Sapa town for lunch. We have the whole afternoon free to do some shopping or just enjoy the fresh mountain air before we take our car to go downhill to Laocai Station. We will take the night train back to Hanoi.
Day 6: Arrival in Hanoi early morning. Transfer Hanoi – Halong. Kayaking.
The train will arrive in Hanoi at around 5AM in the morning. You will be welcome again by Lotussia local guide and driver then transfer to a restaurant in town for breakfast and a short relax after the long train journey. At around 8h30, we drive to Ha Long City, approximately 3 hours away. Once at Ha Long City you will board our boat starting our marvelous cruise of this stunning area, stopping along the way to visit one of the limestone caves in the area. As we cruise our boat staff will serve a sumptuous local seafood lunch on boat. In the afternoon, we will start our kayaking trip through beautiful small islets until we arrive at Titop beach. Swimming and enjoy the view of sunset in middle of Halong Bay, the 8th World Wonder! Dinner and O/N on board.
Day 7: Halong Kayaking.
Breakfast on board. Then we continue kayaking zigzagging through many small islets of different shapes. We will kayak to the Black Grottoe and The lake of Three Grottoe. The journey is really wonderfull and adventurous! Back to the support boat for our lunch which will be provided on board. In the afternoon, we cruise towards the Islands of Rocks and visit the Fishermen floating village. We will kayak in Ba Men temple area which is also a important highlight of our journey. Swimming at the sandy Three Peach beach and enjoy the great view of Halong bay sunset. Dinner and O/N on board.
Day 8: Halong Kayaking.
Breakfast on board. We continue our cruise towards Trong Grotto and then the Virgin Grotto where our support boat will drop us down for another kayaking excursion. We will kayakin in this area until noon. Then we get on our suppot boat again for a delicious lunch. In the afternoon, we get on our kayak again to go through many other rocks and islets of strange and fun shapes. We also kayak through Luon cave which is quite long and dark giving you an unique kayaking experience. Late afternoon, we will take a swim at Soi Sim beach. Dinner and O/N on board.
Day 9: Halong – Hanoi. Free afternoon.
Breakfast on board. Then we cruise towards Bai Tu Long bay, through the area where one important part the film “Indochina” was made. Visit Halong local market before heading Halong pier to get in our vehicle for our journey back to Hanoi. We will arrive in Hanoi at around 15h00. The rest of the day is free for your personal discovery or leisure. O/N in Hanoi.
Day 10: Hanoi Departure. End.
Breakfast at hotel. Free time till transfer to the airport for your onward flight back home. End tour.